Makeup Looks

A Ruracio, friendship and wonderful memories

I love re-watching past movies and/or series that I consider especially those in which my favorite actors and actresses starred in. Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway are some of my favorite actresses. I first loved Hudson after watching “How to lose a guy in 10 days” with Mathew McConaughey and Hathaway in “The Princess Diaries“.

Yeah, yeah, go ahead and judge but say what you will, these were awesome movies. 🙂

Anyway, there I was curled up in bed on Thursday under the weather, shivering and aching watching “Bride Wars“. I had also watched Wonder Woman the week before so I was determined not to let some flu get me down. I was an Amazon from Themyscira damn it, or so I thought.

Turns out, I had an infection in my chest that the doc told me when I went to hospital (in my pajamas by the way…head scarf and all) was airborne. I remember how far we’ve come in our friendship and how soon she’ll be married and part of me feels like I’m losing her but on the other hand I’m super excited for her.

One time she came over to my place for a sleep over and we were chatting as we watched a movie. I’ll never forget how she was in the middle of a juicy story when she realized I had dozed off and I didn’t live that down for a while. Every time it came up afterwards, she’d roll her eyes at me. 🙂  Sigh…I’m missing her already.

Anyway, this past May I had the honor of working with her as she planned for her traditional wedding, what most people call Ruracio. It so happened that her big day was on the same day as my French exam at Alliance Française and I had to be there by 7am, while the function was set to start at 8am.

Thankfully, we were able make it work and while I was not able to attend because my exam ran long, her ruracio was a resounding success and everyone loved her makeup as did she! 🙂

Check out some of the photos, all courtesy of Sanch photography and below the makeup deets!

Primer: BlackUp SPF 25 Protective primer

Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in Mocha with a bit of Coconut.

Concealer: L.A Girl Pro concealer, Fawn

Eye shadow, liner and mascara: Morphe 35N and 35W as well as Suzie Beauty Nairobi Sunrise trio, Maybelline’s Colossal Kajal eye liner and Great Lash mascara

Blush: Suzie Beauty, Terracotta

Highlighter: Sleek MakeUp Contour and Highlight palette, dark

Lip liner and gloss: Revlon Colorstay liner in Plum and NYX intense butter gloss in Toasted Marshmallow.

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I love this lady and can’t wait to see how stunning she’ll be on her wedding day! 🙂

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Smokey eye paired with a vampy bold lip…

I’ve been sitting at my desk for the past one hour, trying to come up with a plausible reason as to why I’ve been MIA for a while. I mean I don’t get to disappear for a month and half and not explain myself! Who do I think I am? My readers need to be entertained…at least I hope you enjoy getting to know me and what I love. 🙂

Truth is, last month pretty much kicked my butt and for a moment, I needed the time to patch myself up, re-group and come back swinging. In addition to being makeup being my passion, it’s also where I love going to for comfort and just to think through things, which is how I ended up recreating this smokey and vampy slayage. 🙂

In fact, I was just organizing my makeup and stumbled across the Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit liquid lipstick in the shade Video Vixen and after swatching it on my arm, well next thing I knew I had a smokey eye going on and I was too far gone to attempt to save myself. 🙂

 

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I start by outlining the top and bottom of my eyebrow.

 

I prefer starting with my eyebrows anytime I do my makeup and especially the full on glam look because I avoid leaving palm or finger prints on my face. I filled in my eyebrows using the Anastasia Beverly Hills pomade in the shade Dark Brown and cleaned up using L.A Girl Pro Concealear in Fawn.

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Check out that eyebrow and this is before clean up with concealer.

For my eye make up, I started by prepping my eyes with M.A.C Prep+Prime 24 Hour Extend Eye Base. I then went in with the Morphe 35N palette, which is made up of matte shadows, good for transition and blending out harsh edges. You can also build up the intensity of the shadows to what you desire.

For my lid, I used the Suzie Beauty Savannah Sunset eye shadow trio and spritzed some M.A.C fix plus on the brush before picking up the eye shadow and packing it on. I smoked out my lower lash line using the same shadows, lined my waterline with Maybelline’s Colossal Kajal eye liner and applied the Great Lash mascara on my lashes.

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Thinking about the food I was going to devour at my folks.

For foundation, I used the BlackUp SPF 25 Protective primer and Matifying Fluid Foundation Teinte 06 and the same concealer for eyebrows to highlight setting it with the L.A Girl HD setting powder and  Suzie Beauty SB40 to set the rest of my face. For highlight and blush, I used the highlighter from the Sleek MakeUp contour kit and Suzie Beauty blush in Terracota.

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I was smizing for dear life…lol. Also, I have lashes!

Finally, I lined and filled my lips with M.A.C Nightmoth liner and followed with the Wet n Wild liquid lipstick then locked it all in place with M.A.C the fix plus.

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I love my big doe eyes. 🙂

I absolutely loved how it turned out and I hope you enjoyed this post. I’ll see you on the next one! 🙂

A soft, everyday makeup look….

I often receive questions and comments on how much time I spend doing my makeup particularly during the week. Most of these questions are from friends, acquaintances and family members who are looking for something easy and wearable for any occasion, those who simply want to get a few more winks of sleep and wake up with just enough time add some color to their cheeks before leaving the house and those who are clueless but want to try their hand at makeup and enhance their already beautiful features.

I love doing my makeup, seeing the transformation but it’s only when I have a special occasion to attend, I can easily spend an hour and a half to two hours getting dolled up. For some reason, it is on such occasions that my eyebrows refuse to co-operate with me and I end up spending close to twenty minutes getting them right. I always go for something quick and on most weekends, I’ll only do my eyebrows, liner and lip balm with gloss over top or no makeup at all 🙂 .

Let’s be honest though, in the hustle and bustle to get to work and earn that paycheck, a full face of makeup is not practical…at least for me 🙂 . I need something that I can do in thirty minutes at the most. By the way, I wasn’t always this quick, particularly with the brows but with practice and patience I seem to have it down and may only change up the lip color. That is the one piece of advice I’d give anyone trying their hand at applying makeup…be patient with yourself and take it in stride when you do mess up. It washes off at the end of the day 🙂 !

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Starting off with my face, I use a primer to ensure that everything stays in place. For this look I used a M.A.C primer for a matte finish. I followed it up with L.A Girl Pro Concealer in Orange to conceal and correct a few blemishes on my forehead and right side of my cheek. I set these with my Suzie Beauty loose powder in SB40 and a latex wedge. You can get a pack from Good Life pharmacy and bonus they are disposable so you don’t have to wash them. I followed this with a bit of L.A Girl Pro Concealer in Fawn under my eyes to brighten the area and used a damp beauty blender to tap it in. Finally I set my face with the same loose powder.

I used my Suzie Beauty E5 Angled Brush (one of my favorite brushes) and Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow pomade in Dark chocolate to fill in my eyebrows. I’ll admit when I first started using the pomade, it took me a minute to get the handle of it but with practice, my precision has really improved because I didn’t curve them out with concealer.

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For my eyes, I simply line my lower lash line with the Revlon Colorstay eyeliner in Black, which I got from Nakumatt Mega and smudged it out slightly for a soft smoked out effect. I love the richness of the pigment, the easy glide on formula of it, which makes it easy to apply without feeling like your tearing the skin off your lash line  and it’s non-greasy so won’t move around (it actually takes some effort to get it off). I follow this with my Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, an all-time favorite because of the volume and length it gives my lashes and most of all doesn’t clump up.

With this particular look, I wanted a nude lip for that fresh face feel so I lined my lips with the Revlon Colorstay lip liner (also from Nakumatt) in Chocolate for definition and applied Sleek True Colour Lipstick in the shade Succumb to pull the look together. This particular shade might not work for everyone because we all have different complexions so you have to do the leg work in finding the right shade of nude that suits you.

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I hope you enjoyed reading this post and do tag me if you re-create your version of an everyday look. I would love to see it!

I’ll see you on the next one!

 

xoxo

 

Urembo Fashion House Beauties…

Happy new year guys! I hope your year has started off on a high note, got your resolutions down and already taking over the world. If you don’t have resolutions, that’s okay too..go at your own pace. Besides, as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, life’s a journey, not a destination. How’s that for a little nugget of wisdom? 🙂

Seriously though, the one piece of advice I can give for 2017 is to love yourself and all that makes you unique…be your authentic self. Life can sometimes beat you down and when that happens, reach out to someone to talk, hold strong in your faith and what you believe in that things will get better.

My hope and prayer for this year is to be a better person in every area of my life; a better daughter, friend, girlfriend, colleague…you get the general idea right?:-)

That said, this post has been on the back burner for the longest time owing to the fact that I lost most of the images from this gig. Thankfully, I managed to retrieve some…well after crying blood, sweat and tears and performing a traditional dance. Yeah, tell me about it….

I got to work with Urembo Fashion House after a friend referred me.(thank you Agarther 🙂 ) and as always I loved it. Located at Garden City Mall, they have an exquisite range of dresses, shoes and accessories for all occasions.

Brenda, Sharon, Rhoda and Michelle were such a delight, I enjoyed every minute of it and look forward to another opportunity to work with them. In addition to being so beautiful and smart, they have such amazing skin, it was a breeze. Again I say, your skin comes first…take care of it and it will take care of you.

For these looks, I used Sleek MakeUp and Suzie Beauty Foundation and powder, Morphe 35N and 35W eye shadow palettes, Sleek MakeUp i-Divine eyeshadow palettes; Sunset, Original and Au Naturel, L.A Girl Pro concealer, M.A.C Nightmoth lip liner, Black Opal Dark Cherry lip liner, Revlon ColorStay lip liner in Chocolate, Sleek True Color lipsticks and NYX butter gloss.

Check out the photos! 🙂

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Brenda with the classic simple eye look and bold lip color

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Rhoda also with a classic simple eye look and bold lip color

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Michelle with a smokey eye and soft nude lip color

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Sharon went for a semi-bold eye and lip combo that worked out perfectly

I hope you have a beautiful year and pass by again next week for my January 2017 favorites! 🙂

Models, Makeup and Dresses….

I recently turned 30 and in celebration of joining the third floor, I thought of doing a photo shoot. The inspiration came from one of my friends Nyambura Mukora who shared a few photos from a shoot she did.She looked amazing! Since I’ve never done a photo shoot, I figured there’s no better time than flirty thirty.

I reached out to my friend Maurice, who owns Avalanche Media asked him if he would be willing to do it. Even better, I thought, it would be great if my boyfriend and I did the shoot together,  you know like those photos you’ve seen online of a couple. They look so good, you can’t help but share the photo with the hash tag #goals. 🙂 Seriously though, I thought it would be fun for both of us because he’s never done one either…at least I hope he hasn’t, otherwise it’s curtains for him..curtains I tell ya!

First thing Maurice asked was my theme and I kid you not, I drew a blank. At first I thought of a vintage theme but I remembered I don’t own anything along that line and my bank account wouldn’t allow me to just spend money I don’t have. Then I thought of going the geeky/nerdy themed way. He’s a software developer, I love reading, plus I wear glasses. Kind of works, yes? no?, okay. Then I thought, humor with a helping of sarcasm because a healthy dose of sarcasm keeps the doctor away…no shade against apples or anything.  Added bonus, I believe I got the sarcasm gene from my mum.

Long story short, I’m still planning to do the shoot. I just need to figure out a theme and how to pose Yeah, that’s my other problem. Unless I’m taking a selfie where all I do is look at the camera and smile, I’m bad at having my photos taken. My go to response when someone tells me to pose is bursting out in giggles after trying to hold a pose for ten seconds (my colleague and also talented photographer Lydia can tell you all about that). She’s taken a few photos of me and it’s always taken her a few takes before she gets the shot. I always end up looking awkward because I don’t know what to do with my arms, face, legs, pretty much my entire body.

Anyway, back to the purpose of this post….:-)

A while back I got an opportunity to work with some models for an company called Rent A Dress that rents out expensive events dresses at an affordable price for any occasion be it a cocktail or gala dinner.

I was excited to work with the two models and I got to play with my Morphe palettes, the 35N, which consists of  all matte shades and 35W, which is a mix of matte and shimmer shadows and a set of Morphe brushes as well. I’ll talk about them in detail in a later post but they are super pigmented, easy to work with and have minimal fall out. The looks for both models, was soft smokey brown eyes and a bold lip. I went with Sleek in Vixen a shimmery red for the first model and  Smother (my current Sleek favorite) for the second model, lined with M.A.C Nightmoth lip pencil. I loved both looks and think they are wearable both during the day and night.

Check out some of the photos below :-). I really enjoyed working with the entire team and learned a lot from them. 1467978563068

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As always, thank you for stopping by and let me know what you think. 🙂

Purple Smokey Eyes and Classic Red Lips

Trends on how we wear makeup have changed and we’re only getting bolder and more daring with the looks we wear. The one golden rule when wearing a dramatic eye look was to always pair it with a subtle lip and similarly, when wearing a bold lip color to go easy on the eyes. The main reason given for this was that you were to pick one feature you want to emphasize to avoid looking like a clown. No one wants to walk around looking like a clown…I mean of course I think they are creepy but that’s beside the point right? However times have changed and it’s great that we’re experimenting more. After all, it’s just makeup and you’ll wash it off at the end of the day.

My one piece of advice is to know your colors, play around with your eye shadow palettes and lipsticks to figure out what works and what doesn’t but most of all have fun with it. Have I had moments when my eye makeup and lip color didn’t go well together? Yes! Did I go through my day, knowing I looked funny? You bet I did and I rocked it!

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With this particular look, I decided to experiment a little and add a bit of color to my eyes and get dolled up. All brushes I used are by Suzie Beauty and I’ll be sharing a post on how I clean my brushes and take care of them. For my face, I used a primer from M.A.C for a matte finish. With this heat and my pores and sweat glands that open up at the sight of sunshine, a matte finish is what I needed. I followed with Suzie Beauty concealer in Caramel using the F4 Concealer Brush to cover up a few blemishes as well as on my eyelids and lips to prep my blank canvas for all the products I was going to apply. The coverage with this concealer is phenomenal and I’d recommend it any day because a little goes a long way. To set everything, I used Suzie Beauty Loose Powder in SB40 and F1 Powder Brush.

On my eyes, I first used the Toast from the Sleek Au Naturel palette to set my eye area up until my brow bone and also act as my transition color. I used the E2 Medium Shadow Brush, which is good for application of eye shadow all over the eye. Next I used the E4 Contouring Brush with a bit of Regal still from the Au Naturel Palette to contour my eye shape, curving it out into a sort of V-shape for that cat eye feel. I also used a bit of Bark to slightly darken my crease and add dimension.

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I first closed my eye then placed the brush in my crease on the outer part of my eye, opened it and started working in light circular motions and then slowly dragging it to the center of my crease as well as flicking it outwards to the edge of my eye. A good tip on doing this is to use a little product at a time and build it up to the desired result.

I finished the look by applying a purple shade from Sleek’s Original palette using the E3 Small Eye Shadow brush, which is good for packing color with precision with minimal fall out. In between applying the different shades, I kept going back with the E2 brush to blend out the shadows and remove any harsh lines and soften the look and cleaned my edges with my concealer brush.

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To fill in my eyebrows, I used the E5 Angled Brush and Changa. I was once stopped by a lady who just wanted to ask me what I use to fill in my eyebrows and I often get asked how I do it using eye shadow. Truth be told, my eyebrows take the most time to do…it’s like I’m doing surgery and do not even get me started with the winged liner. From holding my breath so that I can maintain the precision and not mess up, it’s a daily struggle but practice makes perfect. Anyway, I line the bottom side of my eyebrow following my brow bone to where my brow ends.

Without dipping my brush back for more product, I line the top of my brow again following my brow bone then carefully curve over my arch (feel free to exhale and take another deep breath 🙂 ) bringing it down to meet the bottom line just before the end. After that, I fill in using the same eye shadow in small flicks so that my eyebrows look natural. I use the slightest black matte shadow from the middle part of my eyebrows and fill in till the edge to slightly darken it.

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To perfect my pout and full lips, I lined my lips using the M.A.C’s Nightmoth liner blending it inwards using a lip brush. For lipstick, I mixed M.A.C’s Rubywoo and Sleek’s Russian Roulette cleaning out the edges with a bit of concealer. Anyone who knows me, knows my go to lip color is red…there’s a reason it’s called a “power lip” :-).  I finished off this look by applying some highlighter on the tops of my cheeks, tip of my nose, Cupid’s bow and just above my eyebrows for a glow.

One of the best things I love about this look is it did not feel heavy on my skin and I can rock it in the office, out to dinner or a cocktail with friends. I would love to see you recreate this look and if you do, please share your photos or leave a comment and tell me how it worked out for you!

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Have a lovely Easter break! 🙂

Gold Shimmer and a Bright Orange Lip Colour

Who would have thought that I’d write my first blog post on a chilled out Friday night in my bedroom as I listened to the rain pouring outside? Seriously, I had just finished trying out this orange lipstick and posted a photo on Instagram (because you know we’re all bout that life nowadaysJ). Anyway, I was just about to post another photo with details on my look and after I’ve gone listed all the products used and how used them, just as I was about to share the update, my phone froze! I tried coaxing it to work, giving it a few minutes come around. I dropped it last year the screen went black. Instead of fixing it, I just dumped it in my bedside drawer till I got someone who could fix it without me having to part with my spleen and one of my kidneys!

Anyway, I think my phone caught feelings and was determined to get back at me for sticking it in the drawer instead of parting with my kidney to fix it immediately :-).

Back to my story…I gave up on my phone and started folding laundry, frustrated that after all the time I took to type out the details of my look, I would have to start all over because I had to restart my phone. I was debating sharing the details tomorrow when the idea came to me. I have thought about it enough times because it’s something I’m passionate about but never quite had the courage to take that step. Well here goes nothing…wish me luck!

Gold Shimmer and an orange lip

To prime my face, I used the Nivea Men Aftershave Balm in Sensitive. Now before you go ahead and cringe in horror, it worked. Since training with Suzie Beauty as a makeup artist, I started following brands and other make-up artists both local and global artists. I came across this channel NikkieTutorials, a make-up artist based in Netherlands whose work is out of this world. In a number of her tutorials, she used the aftershave as a primer. The reason it works is because a key ingredient is glycerine, which helps products stick to your face. I decided to try it out and I loved the results. For foundation, I used SuzieBeauty foundation, mixing SB40 and SB50 and set it with loose powder in SB40.

I filled in my eyebrows with SuzieBeauty’s matte brown eye shadow Changa and a black matte eye shadow from Sleek MakeUP using an angled brush.

For my eyes, I created the look using Sleek MakeUP I-Divine Au Naturel and Original palettes. I started with the Au Naturel palette, sweeping Honeycomb and Cappuccino over my eyelid as transition shades. I blended Bark and Regal on my brow bone contouring to get a sort of “V” shape on the outer corner of my eye.

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Sleek MakeUP i-Divine Au naturel Palette

To finish off, I patted Sterling all over my eyelid blending it out with the rest of the eye shadows to remove any harshness. The Au Naturel palette consists mostly matte, velvety shadows with the exception of Taupe, Mineral Earth and Conker, which are shimmery. If you’re one for a very natural or neutral look, this palette is more than enough. Yeah right…as if you can ever stop at one eye shadow palette. The Original palette on the other hand is all about metallic and shimmery shades for a bit more drama.

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Sleek MakeUP i-Divine Original Palette

 

I must warn you however…the fall out with the Original palette is major so you need to be careful otherwise you will end up with the shimmer all over your cheeks and especially if you decide to do a smokey eye, you definitely do not want a big and will need to clean it up after. I watched a YouTube video makeup artist Chloe Morello who used panty liners to catch fall out of any glittery/shimmery eye shadows in a tutorial.

*Something to consider trying perhaps* 🙂

One of the best things about Sleek MakeUP eye shadows is they are highly pigmented and you the payoff is amazing and you can them almost in all beauty stores and stands in supermarkets. A point to note though is for the Au Naturel palette, I have only been able to get it at Lintons Pharmacy near Hilton Hotel.

To finish off my look, I mixed Sleek MakeUP O.M.G and Island Beauty’s Papaya. Again, very affordable and are available locally. The Sleek MakeUP lipstick goes for a little over Ksh800, while Island Beauty goes for around Ksh300.

Hope you have had a great start to your year and here’s to more posts! I have a feeling this will be quite an adventure! 🙂