Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sleek, Chic, & Street-Smart: The City-Kitty


Bonjour mes amis! It's official, fall is here and I'm eager to dress up in rich colors, cozy fabrics, luxurious scarves and tough leather! My association with fall is a depiction of me rushing to the subway to get to class, with bitter NY wind slapping my face, and my grande mocha soothing my nerves as I scramble to find my metro card. It's a story most New Yorkers are familiar with and one I am happy to leave behind! This year, I'm celebrating not having to rush to class, and I'm also excited to change up the look of my autumn makeup from school appropriate to party ready!

Today's makeup is dark, shimmery and demure -- perfect for nighttime and fit for a City-Kitty! I'm a huge fan of darker makeup, it always makes me feel like a chic, sleek, powerful heroine in an awesome thriller, and I'm excited to tell you all about it :)) P. S. This look can be achieved in under $30 -- those are some serious savings that any street-smart city chick can appreciate!


Read more for info, deets, tips & how-to!



I'm talking about: Prestige Cosmetics
Established over 30 years ago, Prestige Cosmetics is sold and recognized in over 46 countries in stores such as Duane Reade, Rite Aid, ULTA and Navarro’s in addition to a large online presence. Prestige offers high quality makeup at drug-store prices and a wide range of products covering all your cosmetic needs. Whether you are looking for hydrating lipsticks, long lasting liquid eyeliners or face and eye primers, Prestige has it all.

In my school days, I've often turned to Prestige for lip liners and eye liners -- the products were always available at my corner Duane Reade and were ridiculously affordable, even for a student! Of course, I always appreciated and still am impressed by the quality and range of the products, that's why I am very excited to feature this brand on my blog. I can easily vouch for Prestige makeup -- it is simply great!


On to the Maquillage!
This "Prestigious" makeup look was completed using:

TOTAL: $29.14

  • INCLUDES: 
    • Primed & Ready Unbudgable Eye Primer
    • Mini Eyeliner Pencil in Black
  • EYESHADOWS: (names added in Photoshop)
    • First Class -- ultra sparkly pink champagne (used as the brow highlight)
    • Majestic -- ultra sparkly eggplant purple (used on the inner lid)
    • Royalty -- ultra sparkly turquoise (used on the center lid)
    • Jetsetter -- shimmery dark teal (used on the outer lid)
    • Five Star -- ultra sparkly silver / white (used on the inner corner)
    • V.I.P. -- shimmery gunmetal / blue duochrome (used on the wing)
  • DESCRIPTION: This palette includes 6 vibrant shades of varying degrees of sparkly and shimmery finishes. The colors are highly pigmented, opaque, and consistent. Shimmery shades are slightly more dense, while the sparkly shades offer more of a glittery effect. The primed & ready primer goes on smooth with a cooling effect and dries slightly tacky, which is the perfect formula for sparkly eye shadows. The Black mini eyeliner is soft, creamy and ultra dark.
  • VERDICT: The Indulge Me palette is absolutely perfect and I couldn't be more pleased. The color collection is rich and dazzling with 6 complementary shades that can be worn together or alone. The primer works great, while the mini eyeliner is super smooth and perfect for smoldering looks. I've been testing out this palette for about a week and I literally have no complains. The palette is made of a soft cardboard foam and is the exact size of the Deluxe Shadow Box Palette by Urban Decay (though the colors are completely different). The Indulge Me Palette is perfect for travel and is officially my go-to eye collection for parties and nighttime!
  • Eye makeup this shimmery and opaque is almost impossible to achieve without a colorful sticky base, but these shadows just don't need it -- I am extremely impressed!!
 
CITY KITTY EYES HOW-TO:
  1. Prime your lids with Prestige Primed & Ready primer and allow a few seconds for it to set.
  2. Using a flat shader brush and patting motions, apply your eyeshadow starting with the inner part of the lid and working towards the outer portion: Majestic, Royalty, Jetsetter, respectively. TIP: Clean off the brush between colors and layer the shadows to blend the transitions, while keeping the shape parallel to your top lash line.
  3. Extend the outer corner wing with the mini eyeliner pencil and draw a cat eye shape to connect with the top edge of the shadows.
  4. Fill in the cat eye wing with VIP and blend the transition. Line the lower lash line with the edge of the shader brush.
  5. Highlight and extend the inner corner using Five Star and add a highlight under the brow arch using First Class.
  6. Rim the waterline with Masquerade pencil liner and line the inner two thirds of the lower lash line with Big Teal liquid liner.
  7. Apply your falsies and Voila!
Complete this night-lovin' City Kitty look with badass studded lashes!
  • Product: Elise Decorated False Eyelashes With Black Sparkle Studs item # 235
  • Purchase: kkcenterhk.com 
  • 10% OFF Coupon: MARYAM 
  • Price: $4.50
  • These lashes are subtle, yet effective, giving this look an additional dose of edge, without competing with the eye shadows. The reflective studs play up the eyeshadow, while the thicker band of the lashes is a great substitute for eyeliner (since I'm not wearing any). These lashes are lightweight and easy to wear.
The following photos were taken with Photobooth in an effort to showcase the true wow-factor of the Indulge Me Palette eye shadows. Just look at all that sparkle!!! Even with natural lighting and no flash, these photos don't have the same effect as in real life. Again, I am so in love with this palette!
For the Ombré berry lips, I used:
I hope you enjoyed my City-Kitty take on the Slick Cat Eye made possible with Prestige Cosmetics -- a brand every NY savvy girl trusts and loves!

Classic, confident, daring and smart all play a role in the Prestige Cosmetics woman. Prestige is a frontrunner in makeup trends and product concepts and goes beyond the norm of the competition to create new cosmetics using innovations such as duochrome technology, brow building systems and face and eye primers. The Prestige woman appreciates the value of high-quality makeup and knows she doesn’t always have to pay a hefty price. 




bisous,


Maryam Maquillage




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*The product/s in this post were sent by said company for my use and consideration.


Maryam Maquillage © 2012. www.maryammaquillage.com

71 comments:

  1. this look is so rock-star, and the eyelashes are bangin'
    however, with your gorgeous face (luvin' that high bun), any look is sexy!

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  2. GORGEOUS as always!!!

    <3 from: www.thedocndiva.com

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  3. what a great pallet the colors are incredibly pigmented!!

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  4. Hiii maryannn omg love this look u look amazing ;) xoxo lia

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  5. Amazing! You look so gorgeous <3

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  6. Oh god, woooow <3
    This look is great, cat liner looks amazing on you!! And the gradient lips look great as well. Ah, love the look! *w*

    ♥♥♥

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  7. wow... i can not understand how each time you made so perfect look <3

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  8. Love the shimmer in the shadows, this is hot look!

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  9. Love the shimmer and pigmentation in this palette - I almost thought this was a new UD palette! I've used Prestige's eyeliner and the formula slides on great. It's a gorgeous look you cooked up with these shadows!

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    1. riiiiight??!!! I cannot believe this palette is only $10!!! thanks hon :))

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  10. I love the look!
    I never heard of Prestige Cosmetics before, but the palette looks nice. xx

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  11. wonderful make up doll, is really pretty chic!

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  12. This is my favorite look from you so far. I love the eyemakeup and bold lip combo!! This palette looks great, can't believe i don't know prestige

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    1. Thanks Janine!! You can definitely expect more dark fall appropriate looks :)) Thanks doll!!

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  13. Meow! Love that city kitty look, doll. But my favorite part has to be the lips. They are lined and blended so beautifully! Even with eye makeup that intense and pretty my eyes went straight to your lips (that sounds just a touch pervy, my apologies).

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    1. Thanks babe, you know you're my favorite perv haha

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  14. Maryam you are so gorgeous! Loving the cat eye affect you have going on here.

    I remember when i was in high school Prestige used to make a black eyeliner that was my favourite ever. I went through so many of those! I don't even know if the brand is available in Canada anymore though :(

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    1. You are too sweet -- thank you so much!! Yes, Prestige was my go-to in high school as well :)))

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  15. Stunning babes, this combination is fierce. I love dark colours too something so empowering and sexy about them at the same time when done correctly and the cat eyes just sets this off xoxo

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  16. This bold cateye looks lovely on you Maryam, you have the perfect eye size and shape to pull it off and certainly the blue eyeshadow makes your eyes pop. xx

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    1. aww thanks doll -- this look would be great on you!!!

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  17. wow the eyes look gorgeous n love the ombre lips as well

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  18. Girl that's some fierce look! Love it! >.<

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  19. Amazing makeup, love it!

    www.fashioncontainer.com

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  20. i really like the SHAPE of the eye look....super cute and well done!

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  21. Darling this is freaking gorgeous! I love Prestige makeup <3
    And OMG you like Metallica too? Heck yeah! <3333333333
    I am dying to see them live!!!

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    1. Thanks so much doll!!! Yes, I'm a huuuge fan of Metallica -- I love to rock out haha

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  22. You look gorgeous Maryam <3 <3 Love the eye makeup!!!!!

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  23. Sexy and chic! Love your earrings as well. :)

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  24. love the shape of the eye make up ... and this ombre lips are gorgeous!

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  25. Great look just beautiful!
    http://starvogue84.blogspot.com

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  26. This one is FANTASTIC! :) i want the lipstick and the eyeshadow palette! :) I have a prestige lipstick and honestly, it was one of the best lipstick that I had :) Btw, i love your make-up look :) Followed you already! :) You are awesome, keep it up! Hoping you can check and follow my blog too :) looking forward for your new posts :)

    http://thepiinkrouge.blogspot.com/

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  27. i love all the colors blended together, they are so beautiful! :D

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/
    Too Much Soul Giveaway

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  28. *.* your eyeshadow wow :) very nice look :)

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  29. you are such a goddess!!! absolutely stunning :) i really love the eyeshadows you used, the lip colour too. it's perfectly applied. :) I definitely want to try this makeup look, LOVE it! <3

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    1. awww thanks christine, I'm no goddess, but makeup is magic haha :))

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  30. It's super beautiful! I love your eyeshadow and lip colors!

    xOxO
    http://www.lunamerza.com/

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  31. So beautiful.. That eyeshadow looks so pretty!
    And how is it that every hairstyle suits you? You're so gorgeous!
    xo

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  32. What a gorgeous look! & I'm in love with those lashes girl!

    Oh! & pretty, pretty please do a tutorial on how you do your bun, mine never comes out at neat as that. I have flyaways EVERYWHERE.

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    1. Thanks lovely :)) I know what you mean about the flyaways, I used to have the same problem when my hair was layered. Now that it's grown out, it's much easier to do up-do's with :))

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  33. Beautiful as always!! :)

    Rosie xo

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  34. I actually would love to see you in those lashes, especially the big spider ones.
    I know you would do a "out of this world" look with them.

    xo
    Sandra

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  35. I'm confused which i love more, your fierce cat eye makeup or your ombre lips! im surprised to hear that that pigmentation didnt need a primer!

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    1. thanks hon! well, the primer I used, but it didn't need a colorful base like most shimmery eyeshadows

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  36. Oh wow, stunning! Your eye makeup gives me plenty of ideas for Halloween, even though I still have to figure out my costume LOL!

    I think your lips always look gorgeous, you should totally do a tutorial on how to properly apply lipstick for the noobs like me =P

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    1. thanks Gaby!! I'll make sure to include a lips tutorial in my next look :))

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  37. Omg love this pictures the makeup is gorgeous I love the shimmer!!!

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  38. Great post! That City KItty looks is fabulous!!

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  39. This look is amazing!! Your makeup looks flawless!
    I love your eyes and how you winged the eyeshadow!! I love the lippies and the colour! And I looove the contouring you did!!
    I just LOVE this!! Everytime you give me a new look to love!! :)

    X

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  40. Gorgeous look, I love the shape of the eyeshadow! I can't believe that they look this good without some type of base! Also, I'm loving those eyelashes and the earring in your one ear in the second picture!

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    1. Thanks hon! The pigmentation is amazing -- probably the best I've seen in shimmery eyeshadows. The earring is from Israel, it's one of a kind and I bargained to get it for something like 20 sheckels (which is under $5) -- pretty good for silver!!

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  41. you look pretty gorgeous... Makeup,hair,everything is just perfect.. Colors of palette are so pretty n pigmented

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  42. Amazing !! I love Your makeup!

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  43. I love this look, the colours are gorgeous! What a great party look and I adore the way you have done your lips, very pretty!

    Stories of an English Rose

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  44. I really really love this look! And I love how your hair compliments it, you look great!

    [fashionablyfly.blogspot.com]

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