Thursday, January 31, 2013

Nailed it!

Hi lovelies!

Nail art has been a huge trend for some time now, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Although I like the classic look of doing all your nails the same colour, and its the best route to go for certain occasions like weddings and graduation, I really love me some nail art! These days, there are so many different ways to spice up your nails, like nail stickers, nail polish strips, and nail polish pens, the possibilities of what you can do on your nails are endless!

Here are some recent nail art looks I've done:


Sparkly pink polish painted over a nude base coat


Sparkly red polish painted over a dark red


Ok, technically this isn't nail art, but Sally Hansen's Pacific Blue is one of my fave shades of all time!


My new years nails, sparkly tips!


My Christmas candy cane nails


My attempt at the half moon manicure turned into a triangle mani

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Feeling blue OOTN

Hey lovelies,

Here's a quick OOTN (outfit of the night) from last night. I'm heading off on a quick trip, so I won't be able to post much for the next few days. Hope you all have a great week!

P.S. Since taking these pictures, I have cleaned my mirror LOL

P.P.S. Looks like all those squats are paying off!


Blue top: Marciano
Black tank: Dynamite
Belt: Aldo
Leggings: Forever 21


Face
NARS Sheer glow in Barcelona, MAC MSF in medium dark, Estee Lauder Matte Bronzer, MAC Melba blush, Dior Amber Glow highlight
Eyes 
Urban Decay Primer Potion, MAC soft brown e/s, MAC wedge e/s, MAC woodwinked e/s, MAC blacktrack fluidline, MUFE waterproof eyebrow corrector, Covergirl Lash Perfection mascara
Lips
MAC Girl About Town lipstick

L: Ear cuff from h&M, studs from F21
R: Ring from F21

Arm candy! Both bracelets from Akira Chicago



Friday, January 25, 2013

Life via Instagram

Hey lovelies!

My obsession with Instagram is still going strong! Are you following me? instagram.com/mar_bearxo




 L: Top from Express, Pants from Akira
R: Top from Guess, Skirt from Urban Outfitters


 L: Sweater from Old Navy
R: Top from Charlotte Russe, Pants from Garage Clothing, Belt from Aldo


Top from Urban Behaviour, headband from Ardene


Sweater from Old Navy



I can't remember where I got this shirt from......

My gingerbread train! So yummy!


My "no make-up" makeup that I wear to the gym


L: Random FOTN
R: Shirt from Target, necklace from Mexx, leggings from F21, Ring from F21


My New Years OOTN: top from Guess, pants from Garage Clothing,  accessories from h&m, boots from F21

Saturday, January 19, 2013

It's the 80's baby!

Hey lovelies,

Remember the 80's? The neon clothes, the leg warmers, the blue eyeshadow, the shoulder pads? Or would you rather forget? I personally love 80's fashion (in moderation), so when a friend threw an 80's themed birthday party, I jumped at the chance to rock some blue eyeshadow and leg warmers!

Top: Express
Leggings: Garage Clothing
Leg warmers: Aldo
Lace fingerless gloves: Aldo
Flats: Macy's
Headband: h&m


Doing my best Jane Fonda move

Face
NARS sheer glow in Barcelona
Hard Candy Glamoufage concealer in Tan
MAC mineralise skinfinish in Medium Dark
Estee Lauder matte bronzer
MAC blush in Dainty
Dior Amber Glow

Eyes
Urban Decay Primer Potion
e.l.f. 100 color eyeshadow palette (I used the bright blue and bright pink)
MAC fluidline in Blacktrack
Make Up Forever waterproof eyebrow corrector in #3
Covergirl Lash Perfection mascara

Lips
MAC Viva Glam Nicki lipstick

I obviously went with a subtle make-up look for the night.......

Monday, January 14, 2013

My 2012 Favourites

Hey lovelies,

I know I'm a little late with this post since we're two weeks into 2013, but better late than never right? These are some of the products that I found myself reaching for the most this past year, did any of your favourites make the cut? Let me know in the comments below!

Favourite Face Products






Dior Amber Glow - My all-time favourite highlight powder for my cheekbones. I always get asked how I get a "glow" in pictures, and this is it! Its a little on the pricey side, but I've been using it for a year and haven't even made a dent in it. I like to apply this with a fan brush because it gives just the right amount of product on my cheekbones. Check out my previous post on it here.

Rimmel Stay Matte powder - An excellent dupe for the MAC Blot powder. It keeps my skin shine free all day and is very affordable. I got the translucent one, but it does come in a couple of different colours.

Urban Decay All Nighter make-up setting spray - An absolute must have if you're going to wear your make-up all day and night. Or if you're going out to the club to bust a move. Keeps your make-up looking fresh all day.

Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Gel - Helps keep skin clear, and helps prevent aging. Check out my post about it here
Favourite Eye Products


Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze - A fabulous drugstore product that doesn't crease or fade on my eyelids throughout the day. I love this in the morning when I'm in a rush to get out the door and don't have time to apply a lot of eyeshadow. I like to apply it with my fingers to give a subtle wash of colour to my eyelids. Check out a swatch here.

Make Up Forever Waterproof eyebrow corrector - Mine is in shade #3. I use this product every single day to fill in my brows and shape them. You only need the smallest amount of product so this tube will probably last me 5 years. I haven't tested out the waterproof claim on it, but it doesn't sweat off at the gym, so thats all the waterproofing I need!


Favourite Lip Products

L-R: Wet n Wild Sugar Plum Fairy,  Revlon Lip Butter in Candy Apple,  Revlon Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake, Rimmel lipstick in Airy Fairy

L-R: Rimmel Airy Fairy, Revlon Strawberry Shortcake, Revlon Candy Apple,  Wet n Wild Sugar Plum Fairy


Wet n Wild Sugar Plum Fairy - Also known as 908C (they don't list the name on some of the lipstick labels), this is the perfect matte berry shade. Its also an exact dupe for MAC's Rebel. Its a little drying on the lips, but applying some lip balm before you apply the lipstick can alleviate that issue.

Revlon Lip Butter in Candy Apple - A moisturizing lip butter in the perfect daytime red shade. Its not too bright, and is very easy to apply. It also leaves a subtle stain on the lips as it fades.

Revlon Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake - A babydoll pink that looks great with a pink gloss layered on top. My lips are naturally pigmented, so it gives them a nice them a nice pink tinge. If your lips are paler, this will show up much brighter so you probably won't need the gloss on top.

Rimmel Airy Fairy - The perfect pinky-nude for pigmented lips! I wear this colour at least 4 times a week!

Favourite Hair Products

Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo - A great way to extend a blow-out or to freshen up hair after the gym. I also like to apply this to my roots before I backcomb them because it gives some volume as well.

Tresemme Heat Protectant Spray - I use this before applying any heat to my hair. It provides protection against damage caused by styling tools, and its *very* affordable.
Got 2B Satin Drops - If I could only take 1 hair product to a desert island, this would be it! A few drops of this serum to either damp or freshly styled hair provides lasting shine. 

Organix Coconut Milk hair serum - Prevents breakage with consistent use and leaves hair shiny. I like to apply this to damp hair before I either blow dry it or leave it to dry on its own overnight. It eliminates frizz like a dream! Read my full review here.

Teasing brush - I picked this brush up at Sally's Beauty Supply and its excellent for backcombing hair. 


Random Favourites


 Viktor & Rolf Flower Bomb - Every lady should have a signature scent and this is mine. It's an oriental, floral scent with notes of Jasmine, Rose, Orchid, Freesia, and Patchouli. Its not a strong fragrance and it tends to fade throughout the day leaving a hint of patchouli behind. It's on the pricey side, so I only wear it for special occasions, definitely not an everyday scent for me.


White Barn Candles - These candles are ah-mazing! I always stock up on them when Bath & Body Works has them on sale. They last forever, and the scents are divine! My mom likes to burn them when she cooks to eliminate any odors (I'm Indian, so trust me, there are odors when she cooks! and these candles get rid of them!)

So tell me lovelies, what were your favourites of 2012? Let me know in the comments below!

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