Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Everlasting Eccentricity - A Look (and review) for Elessa Jade Collection for Pursebuzz

Hey guys and gals! I have a super special look and review for you all today! The super sweet, gorgeous and all-around awesome Elessa from PurseBuzz.com contacted me not too long ago and asked me if I wanted to review her jewelry line. I said yes for many reasons - she has an amazing blog, loves makeup, makes great and informative YouTube videos, and she is just as obsessed with bows as I am...we're long lost besties!


So in order to tie everything together, I decided to create a look inspired by all the lovely things Elessa sent me. I thought of fun, cute, girly and edgy, and this was the result:



FACE:
  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Buff
  • MAC Studio Fix in N4

EYES:
  • Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper
  • Lime Crime Eyeshadow in Empress (wet)
  • Lise Watier Glitter Liner in Peacock over Empress
  • BFTE Eyeshadow in Raspberry (wet)
  • Wet N Wild Liquid Liner in Black
  • Rimmel Soft Kohl Pencil in Pure White
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Foxy
  • Rimmel WOW Lash Mascara
  • Spikey Halloween Lashes
CHEEKS:
  • MAC Mineralize Blush in Dainty
  • Victoria Jackson Shimmer Powder in Baby Doll Pink as highlight

LIPS:
  • Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop
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Keep on reading for the review and product shots!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Whispering Woods - A Glamour Doll Eyes Look & Review



Imagine yourself taking a midnight stroll through the dark and enticing woods on a crisp, refreshing night...you see the moonlight glistening on your skin, and feel the gentle wind whisper in your ear while it lightly caresses your senses. It's the kind of chilling sensation that is unforgettable . It's an enchanting moment that inspired this mysterious and romantic look:

FACE:
  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Buff
  • MAC Studio Fix Powder in N4

EYES:
  • Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper
  • Glamour Doll Eyeshadow in Trend Setter
  • Glamour Doll Eyeshadow in Hello Brooklyn
  • Glamour Doll Eyeshadow in Tattooed
  • NYX Eyeshadow in Black
  • Wet N Wild Liquid Liner in Black
  • Rimmel Wow Lash Mascara
  • Rimmel Soft Kohl Pencil in Pure White
  • Love and Beauty Glitter Liner in Purple
  • Love and Beauty Lashes

CHEEKS:
  • NARS Blush in Amour

LIPS:
  • ELF Lipstick in Classy
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Click on "READ MORE" to see swatches and my review for Glamour Doll Eyes!


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Broken Hearts Parade

Oh. St. Valentine's Day...we either love it, or hate it. I'm a definite lover, only because I'm married and I have an excuse to devour chocolate...I for one, never really hated Valentine's day. I've always loved the decorations, candy, and just expressing love in general. It is an extremely commercial holiday though. I believe we should be able to express our love for our significant others everyday of the year.


So, I created this anti-Valentines Day look for all of you that want to tell Cupid to SUCK IT. I wanted this look to scream, "I really don't give a f**k about chocolate or conversation hearts, and I don't need love to be happy!". Yeah, something like that. This is definitely bold and bright, with tons of glitter and an intense crease. Wear this to a club, or anti V-day party, and flaunt your angst!






FACE:
  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Buff
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light 10
  • MAC Studio Fix Powder in N4

EYES:
  • Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper
  • Glamour Doll Eye Lights in Fierce
  • BFTE Eyeshadow in Love Potion #9
  • BFTE Eyeshadow in Raspberry
  • BFTE Eyeshadow in Black
  • Wet N Wild Matte White shadow 
  • Wet N Wild Liquid Liner in Black
  • Rimmel Soft Kohl Pencil in Pure White
  • Fantasy Makers Wet N WIld Glitter in Glitz
  • Almay One Coat Dial Up Mascara
  • Fright Night Lashes in Mesmerizing

CHEEKS:
  • Bare Minerals Blush in Frisky

LIPS:
  • Lime Crime Lipstick in Coquette
  • Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop

I really hope you guys liked this crazy, intense look! No matter how you celebrate Valentine's day, I hope you spend it anyway you'd like, and don't let cupid get you down...I took care of him for you:


;)

Also, check out my look's alter-ego created by the one and only Meredith Jessica from Pigments and Palettes! Just click the picture to go to the blog post. Simply breath-taking:



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Friday, January 20, 2012

Dream Catcher

Hello, lovers! :)

So I was in laying in bed the other day and was staring at the dream catcher that my dad gave me a few years ago. Not only is it pretty to look at, but it makes me think of the warm months ahead and it also inspired this look! Appropriate for most skin and eye colors, and I think can be worn as day look if it's toned down a bit. The cool teal/turquoise hues and the warm copper crease play off each other perfectly and ties it all together. In case you're wondering what a dream catchers is:


"Dream catchers of twigs, sinew, and feathers have been woven since ancient times by Ojibwa people. They were woven by the grandfathers and grandmothers for newborn children and hung above the cradleboard to give the infants peaceful, beautiful dreams. The night air is filled with dreams. Good dreams are clear and know the way to the dreamer, descending through the feathers. The slightest movement of the feathers indicated the passage of yet another beautiful dream. Bad dreams, however, are confused and confusing. They cannot find their way through the web and are trapped there until the sun rises and evaporates them like the morning dew."


FACE:
  • Cover Girl Natureluxe Foundation in Flax
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light 10
  • ELF HD Translucent Powder

EYES:
  • Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Blackout all over lid
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Smog in crease
  • BH Cosmetics 120 Eyeshadow Palette 2nd Edition, Matte copper shade in crease
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Foxy on brow bone
  • BFTE Eyeshadow in Illusion
  • Wet N Wild Liquid Liner in Black
  • Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Pencil in Pure White
  • Almay One Coat Dial Mascara in Black
  • Love & Beauty Lashes

CHEEKS:
  • Hard Candy Fox in a Box in Spicy & Sweet
  • NYC Matte Bronzer in Sunny

LIPS:
  • Loreal Endless Lipcolor in In the Buff
  • ELF Glossy Gloss in Dragon Fruit

There you have it! I really hope you all like this look and that you will try it out! If you do, please share the photos with me, I LOVE seeing your recreations :)

Stay warm, happy, healthy and have a kick-ass weekend!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Mila Kunis 2012 Golden Globes Inspired Look

Hi again, I hope you all had a great weekend! If you're like me, I mainly watch award shows to gawk at the gorgeous celebs, drool over the amazing gowns, and of course, admire and study their makeup!

There were many gorgeous looks this year, and I noticed that most of the female celebs leaned towards simple, natural, yet slightly dramatic looks. 

My favorite this year was hands down, Mila Kunis'. She never fails to look elegant and sophisticated...but what I love the most about her makeup, is that she always has an edgy feel to it. It's never just "simple". Her makeup artist, Tracey Levy for Dior said, "I was inspired by the dress to create a fresh, sophisticated look with a lot of sex appeal".


This year, she rocked a natural and soft eye with a twist - a dark, navy blue liner. I instantly fell in love with this look and immediately wanted to recreate it, with my own touches of course. I think this look is perfect for Valentine's day, or even a first date. It still has that sweet and innocent feel to it, but then the surprise blue liner gives it a fun and interesting spin.


Ahhh, her dress is stunning! WANT.

FACE:
  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Buff
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light 10
  • MAC Studio Fix Powder in N4

EYES:
  • Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette (Virgin on tear duct, Sin on lids, Naked and Buck on crease and lower lash line with a bit of Darkhorse)
  • Urban Decay Naked2 Palette (Pistol & Verve blended with Sin on lids, Foxy on brow bone)
  • Maybelline Master Drama Eyeliner in Black
  • Wet N Wild Navy Blue shadow over black liner
  • Rimmel Soft Kohl Pencil in Pure White
  • Rimmel Extra Wow Mascara in Extreme Black
  • Halloween Lashes (forgot the name, sorry!)

CHEEKS:
  • NARS Blush in Amour
  • NYC Bronzer in Sunny

LIPS:
  • Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Born With It
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Mila's makeup artist used all Dior products on her: 

Skin: Diorskin Nude Foundation #030 and #040 mixed with Diorskin Forever Foundation 030
Eyes: Dior 5-Couleurs Eyeshadow in Garden Pastels #441, Dior 5-Couleurs Eyeshadow in Navy Design #208 (along the lashline), Diorshow Iconic Extreme Mascara in Extreme Black
Lips: Dior Creme de Rose Lip Balm and Dior Rouge Serum in Sweet Pink Crystal #645
Cheeks: Diorblush in Passion Fruit #533 and Dior Bronze Original Tan in Healthy Tan #001


I really hope you all liked my recreation of Mila's look. I know it isn't exactly the same, but I like to put my own twist on things :)

Who was YOUR favorite look on the red carpet at the 2012 Golden Globes?

Stay happy and healthy, and have an outstanding week!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Rustic Romance - A BFTE Look & Review with Swatches

Hello, my beautiful love bugs! I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by BFTE Cosmetics (Beauty from the Earth) and they sent me some goodies to create a look and review for you guys. I am totally digging these indie, mineral makeup companies!

I put together this romantic, intense and sultry look that is appropriate for hot date night, event or, even Valentine's Day. The warm shades compliment almost everyone, and is just seeping with romance (or lust, you choose) ;).

Get ready for tons of photos!



FACE:
  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Buff
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light 10
  • MAC Studio Fix Powder in N4

EYES:
  • NYX Eyeshadow Base
  • BFTE Mineral Eyeshadow in Whimsey on inner corners
  • BFTE Mineral Eyeshadow in Raspberry and Karma on center of lids
  • BFTE Mineral Eyeshadow in Seduction on outer-v and crease
  • BFTE Mineral Eyeshadow in Black applied wet as eyeliner and also applied dry to further darken outer-v
  • Wet N WIld Liquid Liner in Black
  • Rimmel Volume Accelerator Mascara in Extreme Black
  • Maybelline Master Drama Liner in waterline
  • Love & Beauty Lashes
CHEEKS:
  • NARS Blush in Amour
  • ELF Blush in Gotta Go

LIPS:
  • Lime Crime Lipstick in Coquette
  • Lime Crime Lipstick in Countessa Fluorescent 
  • ELF Glossy Gloss in Dragon Fruit
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Keep on reading for swatches, review and product shots!


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Alluring Amour - My Everyday Look

Hello everyone, and Happy New Year! I hope you all rang in 2012 on a good note. 2011 was such a great year for bowsandcurtseys. In just 6 short months, I have managed to gain over 1500 followers (insane...), I've met some amazing people, came across lots of talented bloggers, discovered some great companies, and of course, made some new awesome friends along the way. None of this would be possibly without YOU. So thank you for always being so supportive of me, my blog and my work. I really do appreciate you all tremendously. <3

So, for my first post of the year, I have for you my much requested everyday look. I did one of these before (you can check that out HERE), but this one is a bit more fun, and dramatic. This might be a little much for some of you, but for me, it's just right. It's a neutral, smokey, shimmery and sultry look that will totally grab attention, without screaming, "Look at me!"....




I love pairing this look with rosy cheeks and a pink lip that's not too pale or bright, I think it's compliments the eyes perfectly.


FACE:
  • Loreal Studio Secrets Face Primer
  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Buff
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light 10
  • MAC Studio Fix Powder in N4

EYES:
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette (Sin on tearduct, mix of Sidecar and Toasted on inner half, Mix of Darkhorse, Hustle and Greed on outer corner)
  • MAC Eyeshadow in Satin Taupe to create a seamless blend between the light and dark shades
  • Wet N Wild Matte Cream Shadow to highlight brow bone
  • Rimmel Soft Kohl Pencil in  Jet Black
  • NYX Eyeshadow in Black to smoke out liner
  • Rimmel Volume Accelerator Mascara in Extreme Black

CHEEKS:
  • ELF Studio Blush in Blushing Rose

LIPS:
  • Cover Girl Lip Perfection in Fairytale 


I really hope you guys enjoyed this look! I know it's nothing like I usually do, but I think it's nice to see a simple and wearable look once in a while :)

I have some very exciting stuff coming up later this month, so stay tuned!

Love you all!