Friday, May 13, 2011

From Vintage Barb to Barbarella

Salut everyone!

Is Blogger finally back to normal? I apologize to all of you whose comments were deleted... I'm as confused as you are...

Anyway... I've got a lot of material to share, so I'll start with my latest maquillage du jour and coiffure du jour (makeup & hairstyle of the day), voila!

Vintage Barbie = Daytime makeup & hair for the office a la Mad Men :)

The Look: Simple, almost natural blushing makeup with a hint of color and retro "good-girl" hair to match. I was going for sweet & innocent... did I pull it off?

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For the eyes, I used: an iridescent pink/lavender eyeshadow on the inner half of the lid (from a Russian palette similar to the 88 palette); Urban Decay Half Baked (gold) shadow for the outer half of the lid (Naked palette); UD Buck (matte brown) shadow for the crease and under the lash line (Naked palette); UD Virgin (shimmery pale pink) shadow for the highlight under the brow and inner corner (Naked palette). I used Clinique cream liner in True Black to line my eyes, as always.

On my lips, I'm wearing MAC Amplified Creme lipstick in Profusion. I apply this formula by dotting it on and blotting away the excess. With bright amplified creme lipsticks, I go for a wash of color, otherwise it's too overpowering for my little lippies.

Hair: This hairstyle is best on day old hair... mine was more like 2 days old. I don't like to wash my hair often because of the obvious blah blah blah, so I'm always looking for styles and ideas for unwashed tresses :) OK, so here's what I did:

  1. I pinned my hair up in a bun (20 minutes or so) while doing my makeup to create the slight wave.
  2. Next, I parted my hair on the side that I find flattering and separated my super long bangs.
  3. Using a comb, I teased underneath the long bangs for a bit of volume.
  4. Taking the smaller piece (my left) I twisted it behind the ear and secured with a small clasp.
  5. Taking the bigger piece (my right) I clipped it over the rest of the hair that was falling naturally.
  6. Last, I sprayed some medium hold hairspray over the bangs and the crown to lock the hair in place.
The clips that I used are from H&M and go for just under $3. There are 12 in a pack, so this is practically a giveaway. I love these because they're so small that they're almost invisible; yet they open wide, so they can grab more hair that you'd think! I wouldn't use them to pin up a bun, but for bangs and smaller pieces, these are perfect :)

By the end of the day, I grew tired of my retro good girl image, so I unpinned the hair, took off the lace cover-up and went to Sephora to try on some lipsticks (I had a melancholy day, so I needed to treat the heartache). On a brighter note, I found my new favorite lipstick--Barbarella by Nars, though I didn't buy it. I hate the fluorescent lighting at Sephora, and b/c it was dark out, I couldn't really see whether the color was flattering or not. So, I decided to leave it on and come home to take a pic.  

Here I am pouting at myself in the mirror & looking a little deranged...

The Nars website describes Barbarella as a sheer pretty peach, but I see it more as a coral. I like how it looks and I could always use more pretty peaches and corals in my life, sooo... I think I'm gonna go snatch me up some Barbarella. What do you think? Anyone know of any dupes before I go spend $24? Thanks ladies ;)

From vintage Barbie to Barbarella


Maryam Maquillage


  1. beautiful natural look! I don't know if you look innocent but I would say flirty and sweet!

  2. OMG I love your hair wavy like that!!!

  3. Vintage makeup suits you really well! :) Your hair looks lovely!

  4. You look beautiful! Love you blog! =)

  5. Wow, You look gorgeous. I wish I could do makeup like this! I came across your blog from Steffy's and I'm def going to add! I'd love it you'd check mine out and let me know what you think!

  6. Wow so gorgeous!I love the makeup and the hair, specially the eye look <3 Fantastic job :D

  7. Thanks everyone!!! @Shareena: lol @ the NOT innocent part :D

  8. Beautiful!

  9. Just found your blog, you do makeup so well and you're so pretty. I love how you changed looks, Mad Men is one of my fave shows. :)

    Following you now, I have a fashion blog here in San Francisco if you have time


  10. you always look so gorgeous in every single look. <3 Love it xx

  11. u look so natral an beautiful! u are blessed with a great face! :D:D:D


  12. every look you create is so beautiful but i love this natural look!!



  13. thank you ladies you are too kind :D oxoxox

  14. This is beautiful! I just started following. ;)

  15. Ahh this is gorgeous, girl. Your skin is so flawless. I love the makeup & the hair. <3

  16. Gorgeous makeup!! And the lipstick looks fab! =]

  17. are so pretty..i love your blog too and i'm following you. plz check out mine and it'll be so sweet if you follow back. thanks

  18. You look so beautiful sweetie ^^

    Love Christine ♥

  19. you're so damn gorgeus :D, love your make up and your hair as usual :D
    looks warm so nice for summer!

  20. Thank you so much for following me <3 ^^

    Love Christine ♥

  21. how beautiful!!!!! love your look

  22. Prettyyy and sweet!!!.. maybe a less intense line (eye shadow for a softer look) to look more innocent? I don't know.. but I like =]

  23. your comments always give me such a booost haha.

    pff i love the bone structure of your face!


  24. You look so pretty! I love soft mu looks!


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