Friday, January 31, 2014

Chinese New Year Nail Art & Makeup for Asian Eyes

Ni-hao my darlings!! Today is Chinese New Year and I want to wish good fortune, great health and lots of love and prosperity to everyone who is celebrating!! The Lunar New Year is a traditional holiday in many Asian countries, so to commemorate this joyous occasion, I've got a special post lined up just for you. Today's look is all about the Asian Eyes & Complexion with plenty of tips and tricks, using all Motives Cosmetics and some of my new favorite Asian cosmetic brands. As a festive bonus, I've created a fun, CNY-inspired hand-painted nail art featuring Chinese calligraphy, the yin yang and tons of glitter.

Read on for tips, tricks, TUTORIAL & Nail Art!!!

Friday, January 24, 2014

"Bohemian Fairy" Makeup for Valentine's Day

Hello my beauties!!! Hope you're all happy and healthy. Continuing with my Valentine's Day Countdown, today's look is romantic & bohemian, inspired by blooming flowers in anticipation of Spring. The last few weeks in NY have been absolutely frigid and I'm so eager and ready for the warmer days. Good thing, I've got a trip to Miami right around the corner, which I literally cannot wait for!!! This trip is going to be a memorable one and I'll be sharing more details soon :)) For now, here's a clue: today's Maven's Makeup look was created using the one and only Motives Cosmetics!! hint hint*

Read more for deets, tips & step-by-step!

Monday, January 20, 2014

LOVE, Studded & Smokey: Makeup & Nail Art

Hi dolls!! It's Mani-Monday and I'm BACK with another hand-painted nail art created by moi for my special Valentine's Day countdown. I'm not usually the one to brag about my own designs, but this one has got to be my all-time favorite personal creation and I'm really proud of it. Plus, it's the perfect message for today's Martin Luther King commemoration: Spread LOVE, not hate!!!

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

"Pretty in Pink" in Naked 3

Hello my beauties!! Yesterday was my Lucky 13 year anniversary with Mr. Maquillage and today we're officially less than a month away from Valentine's Day. This season, I'm following last year's schedule and counting down to February 14th with V-Day looks, nails, hair styles and many more romantic and date-appropriate fashions and features. To jump start the series, I've put together a soft "Pretty in Pink" look using the coveted Naked 3 palette from Urban Decay and some of my favorite new products from Motives Cosmetics and HB Beauty Bar

Read more for tips, pics & deets!

Friday, January 10, 2014

"Wintry Exotic" Arabic Makeup Tutorial

Hi beauties!! The winter holidays are over, but the season is only beginning to unfold. Today, I'm inspired by Arabic makeup and I'm re-interpreting it using cool, frosty shadows and luscious cruelty-free mink lashes to fit the winter theme. Arabic makeup is truly one of my all-time favorite styles for any occasion -- it's always graphic, bold, edgy and so exotic!! My version of this look is using neutral pigments and shadows from Motives Cosmetics, as well as incorporating pieces from new jewelry lines and my new fave lashes.

P. S. Maryam Maquillage is THREE YEARS OLD!!! Happy Birthday Bloggy <3

Read more for deets, tips & tutorial!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

"Russian Opulence" Makeup & LANCOME Giveaway!!!

Bonjour mes belles!! First and foremost, I want to congratulate all the winners of my three previous giveaways: Allee K. (winner of BK Unique Hair giveaway); Cecilia C., Catalina O. & Francette C. (winners of Missha giveaway) and Diana C. & Jennay G. (winners of Belletto Studio giveaway) -- enjoy your prizes girls!!!

Today's dramatic ensemble is inspired by my favorite winter theme "Russian Opulence" and is in turn introducing my next giveaway prize: Lancome "Joyeuses Fetes" Holiday Collection (used to create this makeup look). The Russian theme is very near and dear to my heart and what better way to celebrate it than with an awesome International Giveaway for you guys. Read more for details & giveaway raffle at the end of the post!!!

Good Luck!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Beyonce "Fire & Ice" Transformation Makeup

Hello my beauties & Happy New Year!! I'm back with my first post of 2014 and this pretty one's self-explanatory. I aimed for something fun, different and costume-y, so I went ahead and re-created Beyonce's features and makeup worn to her recent album release party using my fave brands like Makeup Geek, Motives Cosmetics and Too Faced. I also experimented with some hair extensions to change up my look and try something radically different. It's been a while since my last avant garde look or transformational makeup, so I decided to ring in the new year by bringing back one of my most beloved challenges: celeb transformation makeup. This look was created for a costume party and mainly just for fun, simply because it's a new year and I'm going for it!!! Wishing you guys all the best in 2014!!

Read more for details & tutorial :)
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