Giveaway: The Ultimate Sampler (CLOSED)

Hey Guys!

Here’s the perfect way to try before you buy: a whole bag of deluxe samples from luxury skin care companies! And don’t worry, there are some full sized makeup items in there too:

I also tossed in a bunch of stuff from Chanel (sublimage), Sisley, and Guerlain (Orchide Imperiale)… it was too much stuff to photograph, but suffice to say I filled the tote up! It’s all going in this big makeup tote…

from Guerlain.

You guys know the drill: YOU MUST BE A PUBLIC SUBSCRIBER TO QUALIFY. You can boost your entries by following me on Twitter @shahadakarim, following on Twitter @Agendamag, following on Twitter @habibibody,  liking Adventures In Makeup on Facebook, liking Agenda Magazine on Facebook, and liking Habibi Bath & Body on Facebook, or following the Habibi blog (listed in the side bar).

Each action qualifies as one additional entry.


Professional Grade: Twice as Nice

You guys remember the twins…

I did their makeup last Halloween… 
Well, another year has gone by for them, and they wanted me to do their makeup for their birthday. So they popped over the house and told me what they wanted for the big night. Because of our scheduling conflicts, their makeup had to last for 16+ hours. So I used products that I knew would last on them.
Nina wanted bronzed skin, an extreme smokey eye and nude lips.
Guerlain Parure Extreme Foundation (Dore 23)
Jemma Kidd Showstopper Water Resistant Bronzer (contour)
Armani Sheer Bronzer in #5 (blush)
Jemma Kidd Dewy Finish in Rose Gold (highlight)
MUFE Mist + Fix
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #13 (black)
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #11 (highlight)
Ardell Half Lashes
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero (waterline)
Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara
Urban Decay 24/7 Lip Pencil in Heavy
Rouge d’ Armani in Beige #106
Shalya wanted a soft smoky eye (it was my idea to incorporate navy blue), and a statement pink lip.
Guerlain Parure Extreme Foundation (Dore 23)
Koh Gen Do Translucent Powder
MAC Blush in Pink Cult
MUFE Mist + Fix
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in Blast Of Blue
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero
Naimies False Lashes
MAC Lip Pencil in Boldly Bare
Armani Lip Gloss in Pink 505
I was on standby in case the girls needed touchups. By 9pm they’d had the makeup on about 8 hours, and they said it was still holding with no problem. I sent them with the lip products to make sure they stayed looking fresh.

Product Review: Jemma Kidd Water Resistant Bronzer

I’ve been meaning to try this for a while.

The summer months mean photo shoots near, in, or under (yes, under) water. That means, all the makeup has to be waterproof, or at the very least… water resistant. Bronzers are key to providing a summer ‘glow’ on models of all skin tones, so it’s only natural that something like this should be in my kit:

This bronzer is MASSIVE.. about the size of the Guerlain Giant Mosaic Bronzer. And at $23, it’s much cheaper than its Guerlain counterpart.

There is ‘some’ gold overspray, but not much. The bronzer itself is a very deep bronzey brown (not orange or red). I could use it to contour my medium toned skin, or color match it as foundation to an even darker skin tone.

Nautrally, I had to test its water ‘resistance’ — so I splashed a bit of water on my skin and tried to rub the bronzer off. It did not move!

So far, so good. I like the idea of water resistant products, especially in this summer heat. It’s not a stretch to imagine someone using it for a day at the beach, and even taking a dip in the ocean with it on.

I like it. We’ll see how it performs in practical application.

You can get Jemma Kidd’s Showstopper Bronzer at Target and

Lip Service: Jemma Kidd Lip Gloss in Poser

A recent trip to Target netted a brilliant find: Jemma Kidd (for Target) Lip Gloss. For the most part, the displays at my local stores are always picked over and generally unattractive. But this time, someone must have taken notice and stocked the shelves properly, because I noticed the lip gloss… especially the color called ‘Poser.’

Reminds me of a brand I used to love… Tony & Tina. I don’t even think the company even exists anymore. Kind of performs and smells the same too. The formula is sheer and non sticky. Love it.

Beauty Breakdown: Green Eyed Girl

You guys remember this picture:

I promised to do a Beauty Breakdown for the look. But I wanted to be thorough. So instead of just words, I photographed (almost) all the products that I used so you can get a comprehensive idea of the look.

From the left: 
NARS Cream Shadow in Nomad
Illamasqua Pigment in Ore
RMK Eyeshadow in Metallic Green
NARS Eyeshadow in Night Porter
Armani Waterproof Eye Pencil in Green Leaf
Rock & Republic Blush in All Nighter
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Toundra
MUFE Lip Gloss in D16
Jemma Kidd Makeup School Illuminator in Rose Gold
I started by dusting Illamasqua Pigment in ORE from lashline to brow with a loose fluffy brush, just to give her eye some overall illumination.
Then I added Nars Cream Shadow in NOMAD with a concealer brush, just on the lids, up to the socket bone.
I blended Nars Eyeshadow in NIGHT PORTER over the cream shadow (using a medium eyeshadow brush) and up just past the crease. Most of the Nars ‘night series’ is black based color. In order to get the actual color (in this case, green) to show up, it’s best to put a complimentary cream base under it. You can use gold or pale green or (in my case) olive green. The colors in the shadow will pick it up and intensify the overall effect.
If you notice in the picture, the actual ‘green’ color graduates to a deep green… almost black. That’s the Night Porter shadow turning black when it comes in contact with the Illamasqua pigment and her skin. As long as it’s on top of Nomad, it will maintain a greenish hue.

Using a small detail brush, I blended RMK Eyeshadow in METALLIC GREEN into the inner corners of her eye, and under the waterline. 
Then I applied Armani Waterproof Eye Pencil in GREEN LEAF to her waterline. Since I work on multiple clients, I always sharpen and sanitize eye and lip pencils between uses. So that way, each person gets a ‘fresh’ application. No germy transfer.

**Her eyelashes are done with Naimies false lashes, cut into pieces to fit on her lashline. I don’t have anymore (time to go shopping!) to photograph, so I’ll just make a note of it**
On her cheeks, I applied Rock & Republic Blush in ALL NIGHTER and blended the color back into her hairline. This is a strong shimmer orange, but it shows up a flushed peach color on the model’s rich skintone. It was the perfect complement for her strong eyes.

As a highlight, I used Jemma Kidd Makeup School Illuminator in ROSE GOLD. I just dabbed it along the top of her cheekbones using my finger.
I lined her lips with Nars Matte Velvet Lip Pencil in TOUNDRA. This is another example of a strong color coming out much more muted on richer skintones. Montinique’s skintone picked up the gold shimmer in this traditional burgundy color, and turned it into a bronze.
On top of that, I applied a coat of Make Up For Ever Lab Shine Lip Gloss in D18, using a standard lip brush.
That’s it! Montinique arrived with her own foundation already on. I did go under her eyes with a bit of Bobbi Brown concealer just to even out everything. I also ran a dark brown eyeshadow through her brows.

Hope this was helpful to you guys. Ciao for now!

FOTD: Metallic

This is one of those ‘too much time on my hands’ faces. I started playing with metallics… and this is what I ended up with:

Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation (Banana)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
By Terry Rose De Rose (Amber)
Jemma Kidd Makeup School Dewy Illuminator (Rose Gold)
By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon (lashline to brow)
IMAN Luxury Eye Powder in Bewitched (lid)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Black Bear (lashline, crease and brows)
MAC Eye Liner in Smolder
By Terry Terrybly mascara
Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Sunset Bronze

FOTD: Green & Purple Smoke

I have been trying to figure out how to marry green and purple beautifully … in a short amount of time. Typically, when you blend unusual color combinations, it takes longer because you have to get the gradiation right so that it doesn’t look a mess.

Today, a cheated a bit and used shimmers to get the job done. Face took about 10 minutes:

Guerlain Parure Extreme (Dore 24)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
Jemma Kidd Dewy Illuminator in Iced Gold
NARS Orgasm
Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in Gold (lashline to brow)
Guerlain Kohl in Oriental Bronze (above crease)
Chanel Enigma Quad (Aubergine) (lid)
Make Up For Ever Lash Fibers
By Terry Terrybly Mascara
Rock & Republic Lip Gloss in Trust Fund 

Giveaway: Bombshell (Naughty & Nice)


I’ve been busy gathering items for the next giveaway. I wanted to do a ‘bombshell’ themed giveaway this time, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

I figure a proper bombshell ought to have fabulous lashes, a killer red lipstick, and something to make her smell divine!

Here’s what I came up with:

Here’s what the giveaway includes:
1 tote featuring Bombshell Marilyn Monroe (naughty & nice)
1 Pair of Smoke & Mirrors ‘Hollywood’ Lashes (nice)
1 sample of Chanel Intimitable Mascara (nice)
1 sample of Chanel Glossimer in Spark (naughty)
1 full sized Benefit Blush in Coralista (nice)
1 sample of Benefit ‘Bad Gal’ mascara (naughty)
1 Illume Candle in Pomegranate (nice)
1 Ilumme Candle in Black Amber & Lavender (naughty)
1 Jemma Kidd Makeup School Lip Gloss in Pink (nice)
1 Make Up For Ever Lipstick in Moulin Rouge (naughty)
1 Habibi Body Balm in Vanilla & Sandalwood (naughty & nice)
1 MAC Kissable Lip Color in Love Peck (naughty)
1 Zoya Nail Polish in Isla (naughty)

Hmmm… there’s a lot of naughty in this giveaway! lol Ah well… a proper bombshell ought to look good, smell good, and feel good!

You guys know the drill: you have to be a public subscriber/follower to qualify. You can amp your chances by following me on twitter @shahadakarim – ‘liking’ Adventures in Makeup on Facebook – linking this giveaway to your blog – and actually blogging about the giveaway.

The contest runs from February 1st, to February 14th.

Good luck everyone!

FOTD: You Melt My Heart to Stone

I wanted to do a ‘stone colored’ look on my traditionally warm skintone. The biggest challenge about doing this look was keeping all of the colors ‘cool’ — but keeping them from going ashy. 

Chanel Pro Lumiere Foundation
Koh Gen Do Translucent Face Powder
MAC Sculpting Powder
MAC in Lilyland Pearlmatte Powder
MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre (under brows)
MAC Paint Pot in Underground
Wet n’ Wild Iconic Palette in Vanity
(the ochre and brown matte colors, blended together and swept over Underground)
Jemma Kidd Makeup School Dual Illuminator (inside corner) in Champagne
Stila Smudgestick in Stone (waterline)
Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara
Make Up For Ever Lip Pencil in 1C
Rock & Republic Lipgloss in Alpha Blonde

FOTD: Golden Girl

By Terry Lumiere Foundation in #8
Jemma Kidd Makeup School Dual Illuminator in Burnished
Shu Uemura Eyebrown Pencil in Seal Brown
Belmacz Blitz
SugarPill Chromalust Eyeshadow in Goldilux
Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner
Guerlain Eyeliner Pencil in Shimmer Beige
MUFE Smoky Lash
MUFE Lab Shine Lipgloss in D18