Monday, February 7, 2011

5 Minutes to LOVE-lee

Cheers mes amis ;)))

It's Monday and it's warm in NYC...? Really? Not really... it's actually not surprising at all if you know New York and its weatherly mood swings. Today, I wore leggings and a oversized cotton button down underneath my Uniqlo parka and I was sweating... I'm not complaining though, I'm all for global warming actually feeling like warming rather than cooling. Feels nice to walk with my coat open and feel a pleasant breeze through my hair, for a change. Too bad this is just a Monday and I've got no birthdays to celebrate tonight hehe. Let's see, what else is new... my dinner was very crunchy tonight... I guess I didn't put enough water in my rice. Adding more soy sauce did not make it less crunchy, so needless to say, I'm still hungry, but I'll live. I'm feeling very uplifted today, maybe it's the weather or that I'm finally feeling better after my cold, but today, I kinda felt like smiling at strangers as I walked down 42nd street. I don't know what it is, but I'm smiling now, even though nothing's different :))


bisous,

Maryam Maquillage















Today, I'm going to show you guys how a little bit of makeup can make you look and feel instantly better, while taking virtually no time or hassle in applying it. I call it my 5-minute Perk Me Up makeup routine.


Start with a clean and moisturized face. Apply mineral foundation using a kabuki brush all over your face, concentrating on areas that need covering--blemishes, dark spots, etc. Brush your brows in place and apply some eyebrow gel or wax to set them, if you need to (I need to). Take a peachy blush and apply to the apples of your cheeks. 
 

Take a flat brush and a shimmery lavender eyeshadow (a universal brightener for all eye colors) and pack it all over your lid, slightly past the crease. I used Grifter from the Urban Decay Ammo Palette. Curl your lashes, brush them with a spoolie, and apply two coats of mascara. Tip: Place your mascara wand at the root of your lashes and wiggle it outwards (towards your temples) instead of straight up. This technique will make your eyes look bigger because the outer corners will be more lifted. Coat the bottom lashes once, this will make your eyes seem more doll like and awake.

 A fellow blogger pointed out that I don't always need to line my lips and it made me realize that I almost never leave my lips or eyes without liner. It's like my security blanket... I feel naked and cold without it lol!! Well, she was right. We tend to forget that makeup hides our true features, sometimes wrongfully covering up something that is actually beautiful about us. So what, if my eyes aren't big enough or blue enough and my lips aren't full enough or red enough and my skin isn't blemish free or light enough or dark enough... so what!!

Having said that... I will add that someone does find my eyes beautiful even though they're not big. Someone also thinks my lips are nice just the way they are. That someone loves every single freckle on my face and is sad to see them disappear under a coat of cover-up. That person thinks I'm special just the way I am... That person is me, on a good day ;))
On a regular day, we all need a reminder or a pick me up... We've all got insecurities or things we don't like about ourselves. Remember, makeup is not the answer to a low self-esteem. It's merely a temporary solution that won't fix your problems in the long run. I'm no spiritual guru, but you gotta start from within... heal your core = heal yourself.


Why do we hate the things that most people like about us?
My freckles... they come out more in the summertime, and I love them, now.

My "Asian" side...
where my nose is flat and my cheekbones are extra wide looking haha
♥ I love you Asia ♥

I accept me =)



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