FOTD: Coral Smoke

As I recall, this face was mostly about incorporating MAC’s Electric Coral Pigment into a smokey eye:

Estee Lauder DoubleWear Light (5.0)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
Rock & Republic Blush in Call Me
MAC Pigment in Electric Coral (lashline to brow/underwaterline)
MAC  Eyeshadow in Mulch (lashline to crease)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Black Bear (lid)
YSL Waterproof Eye Pencil in Black (lashline)
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Sari d’Eau

POTD: Desert Bloom

Here’s the first official shot from the photographer I worked with last week. I told you that the official pictures would come out so much better than my bootleg attempts:

Model: Natalie
Makeup Artist: Shahada Karim
Hair Stylist: Alex
Wardrobe Stylist: David
Photographer: Nadirah Bahar

Guerlain Summer 2011: Terre Indigo

This is the other part of the collection that I wanted so very badly. Each piece is worthy of its own post. I’m not kidding. They are simply fabulous.

 The Terre Indigo Eyeshadow Palette features an amazing, if impractical design:

I was so frightened to swatch it, for fear of ruining the pattern. An in the name of this blog, ruin it I did…

There are four distinct colors in this palette: Dark Brown, Orange, Matte Deep Blue, and Medium Brown Shimmer. Each color is separated by a band of gold overspray. You’ll get some shimmer in your colors initially, but eventually all of the colors look like they’ll go matte.

Every color is highly pigmented, and I had a bit of a time getting it off… which I will interpret as a testament to the shadows’ staying power.

I’m sad that I had to ruin this lovely palette to use it, but I’m sure I’ll get plenty of use out of it.

Guerlain Summer 2011: Terra Inca

Oh, I’ve been DYING to get my hands on the piece to which this post is dedicated. Took me FOREVER. No one is carrying it stateside on a massive scale. When I found it, I’d heard it was at Saks in New York, but not online. Finally I found it in the most unlikely of places: online at Who knew?

But onto the fabulousness. This is the Terra Inca Star Powder:


This powder is as fabulous as it looks. The container has a ‘resin’ feel to it.. not cheap. It’s weighted nicely and fits in to the hand without any issue. And the top is magnetized (no screwing on and off). Love that!

It swatches a distinct bronze-rose. I think this would be stunning as a blush or a highlight… even an eyeshadow. It’s gorgeous, and it feels divine going on… like silk. Guerlain really outdid themselves with this one.

It does come with a hefty price tag: $70. If you’re not into plunking down that much for an illuminating powder (you cannot  use this as a basic face powder… you will end up looking like a shimmery mess), then you might want to pass. But this thing is stunning, and a treasure to own. It’s all in how you look at it.

Lip Service: NARS Carthage

I saw the NARS Summer 2011 collection, and the only thing that stood out to me was the bold matte pink lippie: Carthage. So that’s what came home with me…

I know this color scared some folks, but I assure you that all fears are unfounded. Despite it’s very bold color in the tube and on the lips, Carthage translates quite nicely in real life:

With flash, the color comes up quite a blue based fuchsia. But unless you’re spending the day under florescent lights, this shouldn’t be a concern.

Without flash, it’s a much softer rose-pink. I’m actually surprised by how soft it wears.

Now, because this is a matte, a healthy dose of lip balm before application is probably wise. I can see this drying out the lips over time. One positive note though, this lipstick wiped off clean… no staining. I think you can also sheer it down if the tube color is too strong for you.

In all, I think this lippie is a keeper. Yep.

Giveaway: Summer Essentials (CLOSED)


I wanted to put together a ‘summer essentials’ kit…

So, say if you could only pack one kit and you needed a little something for every possible look, this is what you’d take:

From the left:
Iman Essentials Palette in Cote d’Azur
Rodial Glam Balm Wipes
Chanel Extrait Lipgloss in Insouciance (nude)
MAC Marine Life Blush Highlighter
Guerlain Shimmer Bronze Oil
MAC Shimmer Bronze Oil
Iman Essential Palette in St. Tropez
**I included both bronzing oils because they have two different finishes. I find that the Guerlain Oil works better on the body, but you can use the MAC oil in the hair… gives amazing highlights so that you can be ‘sun-kissed’ from head to toe!**
Close Ups:
It’ll all be packed up in this fabulous Dior Makeup Bag:
I tried to pack it (and kind of failed) so that you can see what it could look like:

So you guys know the drill: You MUST be a PUBLIC FOLLOWER/SUBSCRIBER TO QUALIFY. If I can’t see you, I can’t enter you. Everyone who publicly follows the blog will be entered automatically one time. You can be entered multiple times by ‘liking’ Adventures In Makeup on Facebook, following me @shahadakarim on Twitter, linking the giveaway in your blog sidebar (if you have one), and actually ‘blogging’ about the giveaway.


Group Shoot: Pictures!

I just got the first couple of pictures from one of the photographers I worked with. This is Montinique. She is just STUNNING and she was such a good sport…

Model: Montinique
Makeup Artist: Shahada Karim
Photographer: Nadirah Bahar
Location: Downtown Los Angeles

FOTD: Pink Shimmer Wash


Had to be fast with the makeup this morning… so I used pink and brown shimmers because they blend together really nicely without any real work:

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation (Dore 24)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
Lorac Red Carpet Reveal Blush
Armani Silk Eyeshadow in #7 (lashline to brow)
MAC Pigment in Rose (lid)
Lorac Red Carpet Reveal Shadow in Shimmer Brown (crease and under waterline)
YSL Waterproof Eye Pencil in Black (waterline/tightline)
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara
NARS Lip Pencil in Rosebud
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Canotier

Alakazia: Hat = Art

Here are the official pictures from the Alakazia Installation that I did makeup for. I had no idea they’d been uploaded already… just found out today (and booked another gig in the process. Yippee!!):



Final shot of the models with the designer. This man’s hats are EXQUISITE. I’m telling you guys… as soon as I win the lottery… an Alakazia hat will be mine!