Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Tribute to Missoni


No need to explain my nails of the week, they're pretty self explanatory :)) With the help of a few nail polishes and nail art pens, the famous Missoni zigzag stripes have made their way onto my nails!! I love creating my own nailart and this week I was inspired by a few pieces I got from the Missoni for Target collection ;)) Better late than never!!
Read more to see pix of my Missoni :)))

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Smokey Eyes & Time for Wine

Bonjour les filles :))

Today, I'm going back to my challenge and showcasing a plummy smokey eye evening look I wore a few weeks ago to a day of various celebratory functions. At the beginning of the month, I challenged myself to incorporate different cosmetics brands into my makeup repertoire, as I had mostly been using Urban Decay for a lot of my makeup looks. Branching out to other makeup brands has been really fun and I've rediscovered a ton of great products that are both easy to use and easy to obtain. Who says you need fancy makeup to look fancy? Drug store makeup will do just fine ;)
Read more if you like my maquillage :)))

Sunday, September 25, 2011

I love a good bargain!

Salut mes amis,

Happy Sunday :)) I just got back from visiting some extended family in PA and I've got a few things to share!! Every time I go to PA, I always come back with goodies from the Cosmetics Company Outlet (they don't have one in NYC) as well as some dirt cheap vintage finds from cool consignment stores and/or flea markets. Pennsylvania has got some of the best thrift shopping anyone can ask for and I never leave empty handed. My bf and I love to scour for antiques and things, and we enjoy a good bargain like every other New Yorker who's used to being robbed on a daily basis... hehe. Anyway, in today's post I'm showing-off my newly acquired "discounted MAC" makeup and a few snippets from my trip :))
Read more for pix, deets, swatches & life snippets :)))

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fierce Clawz

Salut mes amis :))

I haven't done a nails post in quite a while, so I'm way overdue and today I'm fixing that issue. I do my nails about once a week, sometimes every 10 days depending on the nail polish and the style & length of my nails. This week I was inspired by runway nails seen on the catwalks of NY Fashion Week and fierce red stiletto nails seen on various celebs. As much as I love the idea of fierce, sharp, claw-like stiletto nails, I think they only look good on Rihanna, so I won't even attempt to recreate them on my "boy hands". Instead, I'm going for the alternative: a reverse French chevron style in gold and red.
Read more for how-to's & pix :)))

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Eurasian

Hello old friends and new :))

Hope you're all happy and healthy!! Thank you all for your feedback on my new cut, I really appreciate your comments and compliments :)) In my last post, I made a joke about looking "extra asian" with straightened hair, which had consequently invited a bunch of questions regarding my ethnicity. These questions couldn't come at a more appropriate time as I had just been contacted by some government officials from one of the places where I am from to do some work. I know this sounds very cryptic at the moment, but if you keep reading, I promise to make sense of it. I'll even talk a little about makeup hehe :))

Can you guess where I'm from? (hint: my earrings are from there too :))
Read more to find out :)))

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Light as a Feathered Bang

Ni-hao :))

Here a quick post to show off my new cut. Basically, I wanted to cut off about 2 inches of dead weight, fix the layers, and feather the bangs. My hairstylist fulfilled my cut request, but he completely ignored me when I said I didn't want my hair pin straight (he does this all the time). Once again, I ended up looking extra asian when I was done lol. I don't mind it so much though, I'll be in character until my next wash (^.^)


Maryam Maquillage © 2012.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Grown-up Tones

Bonjour mes belles!!!

I'm super excited because I just passed a final proficiency exam and now there's nothing standing between me and my graduation!!! Woo-hooo!!! Secondly, I'm finally getting a much needed haircut later today and I'm already anticipating the lightheadedness. My tresses are desperate for a trim!!

My makeup this week has been very simple and quick, and since I'm still challenging myself to venture outside of my beloved Urban Decay palettes, it's forced me to try out new techniques and different color combos. Here's another easy ready-to-wear makeup look I wore yesterday to my exam... sorry for my jittery facial expression (^_^') this pic was taken before the exam.
Read more for pix, swatches & reviews :))

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Primrose & Proper

Salut mes amis,

Happy Wednesday and may all your tasks be completed smoothly and swiftly. I say that because I have a week full of responsibilities lined up for myself, so I want to take today by storm. Sometimes, writing it out or saying it out loud helps me with my procrastination :)) Anyway, my post of the day is featuring my second installment of using non-Urban Decay cosmetics and is dedicated to the one and only Clinique. This brand is very near and dear to my heart as it was one of the very first makeup brands I ever experimented with. My mom used to get those free gifts and pass them over to me and thinking about that makes me smile from ear to ear :D
Read more for reviews, descriptions, pix and lipstick tips :)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Coralberry Cleopatra

Salut mes belles!!

Happy Monday, hope everyone is well :)) Today's post is a quick makeup review and a maquillage du jour using some Bare Minerals, NYX, Sephora and Revlon makeup. This month I'm challenging myself to explore eyeshadows outside of my Urban Decay palettes, just to break my addiction and show some love to other awesome cosmetics. So, here goes:
P. S. my hungry birds necklace is from Anthropologie
Read more for details, pix, reviews & descriptions :)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

We Remember...

a moment of silence for our angels and heroes
Commemorative 9/11 beams as seen from Jersey City. Where were you 10 years ago today?

Maryam Maquillage © 2012.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Back in the Day :)

An oldie but a goodie: Maryam pre-Maquillage & Mama Maquillage :)
Just thought I'd share this blast from the past family portrait :))


Maryam Maquillage


Maryam Maquillage © 2012.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

My Desert Island Lip Pick

Salut mes amis,

If you could only choose one lip product to wear for the rest of your life, which one would it be? Say, if you were stranded on a deserted island? Today's post is my very first tag ever, passed over by the lovely Nancy of the Dark Side of Beauty. Here's my lipstick pick, can you guess what it is?
Read more to find out!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Rockstar Pink Nail Tips

Salut mes amis,

Quick and easy nail post today, using Sally Hansen Rockstar Pink glitter nail polish on my tips... as if I was playing in a glitter sand box :))) P. S. Sorry for reposting this a million times, but my preview pic ins't showing up in the blogger dashboard and I am über ::annoyed::

UPDATE: OMG guys, I feel like a genius!! After wrestling with blogger the entire day, I finally figured out that the reason why my preview pic wasn't showing up in the dashboard is because the first "pic" was an Amazon Associates link to the nail polish I was using. If you ever experience this problem, make sure your first link appears after your preview pic, like so: Sally Hansen Rockstar Pink, or simply drag and insert your pic above your writing (I did that as well). Doing so will prevent any interference with the blogger dashboard.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Sisterly Bridal

Salut mes amis :))

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of doing a bridal makeup trial on my beautiful friend Amelia and a couple of her gorgeous bridesmaids. I always get extremely excited when working on faces other than my own, so needless to say, I had a blast. Yes, I am a true makeup nerd and proud of it!!! Reason for this post--other than the obvious--is that I want to remember all the steps I took in creating Amy & her sister Lizzie's makeup looks and what better way than to blog it :))) Plus, just look at these two stunners, how can I not share this beauty with the world?!

Striking their signature sisterly pose: Amy--the bride to be (ironically in pink :) & Lizzie--the bridesmaid to be (in white :)
Read more for pix & deets :)))

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Walking the High Line

Salut mes amis :))

As the fall season approaches and summer months come to a close, I begin to miss all the small things that are made exceptional when hugged by warm blankety weather. For me, one of those simple pleasures is taking long walks in my city with my beau and/or friends and stopping for occasional beer breaks. As much as I love friends, beer and strolls--I can only fully enjoy that combination in the summertime. Once the weather drops and the wind picks up, I tend to want to hibernate at home, in front of the telly... So, before I get any more ahead of myself, let me tell you about one of my favorite NYC summer hot spots to wear your walking shoes to: the one and only High Line park.

The High Line is a unique park that was built on top of an old elevated freight railroad, running on the west side of Manhattan from the Meatpacking district up to 34th Street, spanning about a 1.5 miles. The converted park has become a popular destination among New Yorkers and tourists alike thanks to its undeniably spectacular views of the city and peaceful, green-friendly ambiance. One thing for certain--this park was made with loads of palpable love that every New Yorker needs to appreciate in order to let go off the hustle and bustle. Check out my pix from my stroll and be sure to visit the High Line if you're ever in New York :))
Read more for pix, pix, pix :)))
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