Showing posts with label Happy Valentine's Day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Happy Valentine's Day. Show all posts

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine's Day 2019 Makeup Look

Me today. Celebrating the day of love.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Love is in the air, as I can admit that I am very much in love with my amazing boyfriend and happy it is Valentine's Day. I woke up in a wonderful mood and decided to create a dramatic yet fun makeup look to complement my mood today.

Utilizing pink and fuchsia, I wanted to create a look that would complement my fuchsia ruched-style dress, which I got from Hot Miami Styles a few years ago and am wearing for the first time today. Yes, I bought the dress back in 2016 and left the tags on until 2019.

So, is it possible to re-create my makeup look? Absolutely. I will share now.

First and foremost, I prepped my skin. I like to have a very smooth finish especially this time of year because my skin tends to be the driest during the Winter time. I decided to apply the Giorgio Armani Beauty Armani Prima Glow-On Moisturizing Balm as it is one of the greatest products that has ever touched my face. This is the perfect product if your skin is dehydrated or looking for that much needed yet perfect pick me up. After applying this product, I applied the erborian High Definition Radiance CC Crème. It is currently my favorite beauty balm product and works great to protect, prevent and even repair my skin. I love to apply this before I apply any makeup because it produces a beautiful finish and prepares my skin in a fantastic way.

As I continued with this look, I applied the Japonesque Radiance Primer, as it is one of my favorites, if not my favorite primer at the moment. I love applying primer with my beautyblender because it doesn't waste product and still applies everything flawlessly. My hand also works, but today I just want to use my favorite makeup sponge. Also to prep the skin, I love using the MAC Prep+Prime Fix+ as it is my favorite makeup setting spray and works amazing when you spray it before and after you apply color cosmetics.

For the face, I went with the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade Honey followed by the Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation in the shade 4.5. My skin tone is a light medium, unless I decide to go tanning or I am vacationing in the Maldives and find myself achieving a darker glow. To set the foundation, I went with the Mehron Pro-HD Mineral Finishing Powder in the shade Medium. Contouring is something I love to do. I did light contouring here using the KIKO Milano Sculpting Touch Contour Stick. As I have quite a few favorite contouring mediums, this is definitely a favorite right now. To highlight, I used the Mehron Highlight Pro 3 Color Palette in Cool. I didn't use any blush for this look.

As I continued, I decided to do my eyebrows. I used the Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil in the shade 04 - medium. It is literally the best eyebrow product I have used in years. I am a big fan of their brow products, as they give Anastasia of Beverly Hills a run for their money. To prime the lid, I went with the Smashbox 24 Hour Shadow Primer. As much as I enjoy others, this is one of the best I have used.

Using a standard eye shadow brush, I decided to use several shades to create this look. The first shade I used was the deep pink fuchsia shade in the Ciate London Fearless Palette. Then, I applied the Urban Decay shade "shade" from the Urban Decay Backtalk Palette. I went with the shade Hot Pink from the Mehron intense Pro Palette in Fire mixed with Kylie Cosmetics Eye shadow in the shade Bible which created a very unique fuchsia shade on my lid. As a highlight I used the Ellis Faas Lights in E301 Antique Silver and the Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Highlighter in Monarch. I lightly lined the bottom part of my eye with "Shade" from Urban Decay and "Bible" from Kylie Cosmetics.

For my lashes I just applied some lash primer courtesy of Lancôme. The Lancôme Cils Booster XL to be exact. It is almost gone, so I am going to have to either get more or buy another one from a different brand. If you have any suggestions, please do let me know in the comments section. After applying this, I decided to use several coats of the Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lash Mascara in the color black. I didn't use any eyeliner for this look, but went very bold with color and mascara.  
To finish the look, I decided to go with the Ellis Faas Creamy Lips in L104 Deep Fuchsia mixed with Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Maestro in the shade 512 Drama Nude. I topped the lips with the Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Highlighter in Monarch.

Congratulations! You have just re-created by 2019 Valentine's Day makeup look. Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day 2019

Valentine's Day, the only holiday in the world that celebrates romantic love. As the only holiday to honor romance, today is a day that is loved by some, hated by many, but wanted by everyone. Yes, those of you who hate Valentine's Day, you know you are hoping and praying to celebrate it with the man or woman you love. Without question, it is a fact that everyone in life wants love, as everyone wants to celebrate this day with their significant others.

Truth be told, I use to hate Valentine's Day. I felt like it was a glorified "Hallmark holiday" to rub into the face of the unfortunate who didn't have a significant other to celebrate it with. I also felt like the influence of the holiday came from disrupted imperialism to cash in on overpriced flowers and chocolate and make money for those who sell them. Needless to say, I was wrong. The holiday exists for a reason, a purpose and when you realize what it means, you will understand why it is vital in the 365 days we live in a year.

Today, I think it is a great day and I have learned to not only love it, but appreciate it much more so. Is it my favorite holiday? No, but I am happy to have someone to celebrate it with. In fact, when I first met my current boyfriend it was last year, several months after Valentine's Day in April. Before I met Sumit, I was single since late 2016, so I didn't celebrate this day at all in 2017 or 2018. I am very happy to celebrate it this year in 2019 with my incredible boyfriend. He is truly a force of happiness in my life, as he is the love and the light in my life.

And speaking of love, I believe everyone deserves love in their life, no matter who they are. Yes, I do. And even those of you who hate me, you deserve love also.

And Sumit, if you are reading this - I love you. Thank you for everything. I am truly blessed and grateful you came into my life.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

 
When I think of life now versus life several years ago, I think a lot of amazing things have happened. I have discovered new experiences, garnered new knowledge, met some amazing people, and managed to rekindle a romance with my first love, Joe. And ever since, life has been great.
 
"Flowers heal me. Tulips make me happy. I keep myself surrounded by them as soon as they start coming to the island from Canada, and after that when they come from the fields in La Connor, not far from where I live." - Rebecca Wells, NY Times Best Selling Author

 
When I look at the word "love" I see something that is virtually impossible to define because it's a plethora of feelings, moments, states, and attitudes which connect to the physical, mental, social, emotional, and even spiritual affection towards another party. Love has many sides, but if a person is one's soul mate, all of these one dimensions of love come together to create a full, everlasting romantic ardor. When I met Mr. Valo, I was a teenager and now, being in my 30s, I have come to realization that we are in fact, soul mates and are truly meant to be.
 
"I'm calling for you, under the moonlight, staring at the daylight shining through. I see the sunrise, shining in through your eyes. I look up to the sky, I'm calling for you." - I'm Calling For You, Unchained Echo (Sarah Afshar & Joseph Valo III).

 
If love is real or if love is true, the person that you loved long ago will come back to you eventually. A love lost is never fully gone, if they return. Throughout the years, you will recognize this. I have dated an array of men, but have always wondered how Joe was. I guess you could say, he was always in the back of my mind.
 
"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." Charles M. Shultz, cartoonist.
 
My Valentine's Day message to Joe that I recorded using my iPhone 5 memo last year. Just click here to listen to it.
 
"I see the sun, when two become one. I'm running away from you, I'm running to the way of the moon. I see the stars, shining on the way to Mars. I'm running back to you." - Running, Unchained Echo (Sarah Afshar & Joseph Valo III).

 
Love happens naturally. If you go searching for love, you are never going to find it. Sure, you may feel like it exists right away, but can honestly say "I know that he is going to come back into my life" and that the feelings, the states, the attitudes, and the emotions are reciprocated? Every single person that I know that chases love, never finds it. And when they do, it doesn't last long. To me, love is not temporary, as love should never be pursued. Sure, lust can be pursued, but you will never find love that way.
 
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." - William Shakespeare, poet and playwright.

 
If you believe you won't find love it is because you have spent your time chasing the wrong person. I believe there is someone out there for everyone, so don't believe for one second, you will be alone forever. That is, of course, you choose to think pessimistically and self sabotage. True love, real love does not go away. You don't have to work for it, as it happens naturally between two people.
 
What is your favorite love song? Check out mine here. Also, do not hesitate to check out my favorite classic rock love songs too. Just click here. And, if you are looking for an amazing song to make love to, just click here.
 
"I can't stop loving you, I'll never want to leave you, no matter what we've been through, it is you. I'll never surrender, our hearts will be together, the days we'll always remember, it is you." - It Is You, Unchained Echo (Sarah Afshar & Joseph Valo III).

 
Through thick and thin and through black and blue, the love Joe and I have is true. Sure, we have had to endure the trials and tribulations of what every couple goes through in life, but without struggles in life, you will have no progress (thank you Frederick Douglass) and that my friends is the reality of everything. Read our love story here. I love you, Joe.
 
Happy Valentine's Day!