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Make-Up Look | MAC Red Alert

Last month I depotted some MAC eyeshadow singles and put them all together in an e.l.f. Elements Custom Compact**. Good idea, right? So much more organized!

✿ R.I.P. (Instagram @kissandmakeupsbeautyblog) ✿

The only problem was that I didn’t immediately write down the names of each shade – I figured I knew my collection well enough to remember – and I ended up with one eyeshadow that I just couldn’t identify.

✿ MAC Embark (top left), MAC Red Alert (bottom left), MAC New Crop (top right), MAC Lucky Green (bottom right) ✿

It was this beautiful rusty copper shade and it just killed me that I couldn’t remember its name. But last weekend I finally figured it out and had my aha moment. It was MAC Red Alert from the MAC Red, Red, Red Collection from two years ago!

For this make-up look I applied MAC Red Alert on my entire eyelid and then blended some MAC Embark in my outer eye corners and crease and against my lower lash line for depth and contrast. On my skin I’m only wearing the Kiss Me Sunkiller Super Lasting Base, set with my L.A. Girl HD Pro Setting Powder and a light touch of the Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer. And on my lips I’m wearing the MAC Tendertalk Lip Balm in Pretty Me Up.

Do you depot single eyeshadows? What do you think of MAC Red Alert?


Make-Up Look | Brown + Burgundy Smokey Eyes

You’re probably getting sick of me constantly posting looks featuring my Coastal Scents Custom Eyeshadow Palette, but I just can’t help it. I love my Coastal Scents Hot Pots! That’s the beauty of putting together your own eyeshadow palette: every single shade you pick is a shade you’ll love and use and – in my case – throw at people’s faces every chance you get. Today’s look features shimmery golden brown and red on the eyes paired with a peachy nude on the lips. Take a look!

Let’s start with eyes. I went with Coastal Scents Boca Mocha – a shimmery golden brown – on the eyelid and Coastal Scents Pomegranate Red – a matte red – in the outer corner of the eyes and crease. Blending Pomegranate Red into Boca Mocha makes it look less pure red and more burgundy, and turns it into a perfect color match for the Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eye Liner Pencil in Plumeria that I’m wearing on my lower waterline. I completed the eye look by smudging a bit of Coastal Scents Chocolatier against my lower waterline, highlighting my inner eye corner with Coastal Scents Snow Bunny and applying a lick of mascara (Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Smoky Eyes Mascara) and a subtle wing just in the outer corners of my eyes (Sephora Fingertip Eyeliner).

Coastal Scents Custom Palette Coastal Scents Hot Pots eyeshadow

Coastal Scents Boca Mocha (middle row, 4th shade) + Pomegranate Red (bottom row, 4th shade) ✿

review Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eye Liner Pencil Plumeria swatch

Makeup Geek Plumeria

On my skin I’m wearing my trusted combination of the Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer and the Morphe Banana Powder, and for blush I went with Crochet from my Sleek Blush By 3 Lace Blush Palette. And on my lips is the Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Nude Beach, a subtle peachy nude that balances out the heavy eye look.

What do you think of the look? Do you have a favorite eyeshadow palette?


Make-Up Look | Golden Brown Smokey Eyes + Pink Lips

Time for another FOTD! For today’s make-up look I went with a golden brown smokey eye paired with pink lips. Take a look!

On my eyes I’m wearing a combination of Coastal Scents New Penny (eyelid) and Urban Decay Beware (outer corner of the eye, crease & lash line).  And I kept the rest of the eye look very simple with just some black eye pencil (Lord & Berry Silk Kajal), a coat of black mascara (Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Smoky Eyes Mascara) and some thin winged liner (Sephora Fingertip Eyeliner).

Coastal Scents Custom Palette Coastal Scents Hot Pots eyeshadow

Coastal Scents New Penny 

Review Urban Decay Eyeshadow Beware swatch

Urban Decay Beware 

On my skin I’m wearing the super duper awesome Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer, set with the equally super duper awesome Morphe Banana Powder. And for blush I decided on Clinique Innocent Peach.

review Clinique Blush Powder Innocent Peach swatch

Clinique Innocent Peach 

And on my lips I’m wearing the Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lipstick, a (seemingly) green color-adjusting lipstick that is bound to make heads turn. People definitely do a double take when I bust out this baby in public. “Is she really gonna… Ooooh, I see. Huh. I wonder how that works.” It’s awesome.

Review Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lipstick swatch

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lipstick 

What do you think of the look? What are you wearing today?


Make-Up Look | New Year’s Eve

If there’s one occasion to go all out with make-up it’s New Year’s Eve. Glitter! Sparkle! Falsies! The bigger the better! But not for me. At least not this year. After spending a week in Belgium for Christmas the hubby and I were all partied out and desperate for some alone time, so we decided to stay in and welcome the new year at our place with a home-cooked meal, (lots of) champagne and a festive dessert. And it was perfect!

✿ New Year’s Eve (Instagram @kissandmakeupsbeautyblog) ✿

Since we weren’t going out I had no reason to go all party crazy with my make-up, so I kept it predictable subtle with a matte smokey eye and nude lips.

On my eyes I’m wearing four shades from the Sleek Makeup Ultra Mattes V2 I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette: Maple on the eyelid, Paper Bag in the outer eye corners and crease, Pillow Talk in the inner eye corners and Villan against the lash line. I completed the look with black eye pencil (MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Feline Black), black mascara (Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Smokey Eyes Mascara) and a very thin winged liner (Sephora Fingertip Eyeliner).

review Make-Up Ultra Mattes V2 i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette swatches

✿ Sleek Maple (bottom row 2nd shade), Paper Bag (bottom row, 4th shade), Pillow Talk (top row last shade) & Villan (bottom row 5th shade) ✿

Review Smashbox L.A. Lights Blush Highlight Palette swatches

✿ Smashbox Rich Berry (left) ✿

review Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder Brazilian Nude Lipstick swatch

✿ Estée Lauder Brazilian Nude ✿

On my skin I’m wearing my beloved combination of the Kiss Me Sunkiller Super Lasting Base and the Morphe Banana Powder, and for blush I went with Rich Berry from the Smashbox L.A. Lights Blush & Highlight Palette. And for lips I decided to go with the Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder Lipstick in Brazilian Nude.

Silver Geometric Choker Necklace cheap choker necklaces

And, since we’re doing the full breakdown anyway, let’s also have a look at accessories. I’m wearing my favorite choker necklace from Born Pretty** – awesome find, if I do say so myself – together with a brand new pair of silver star earrings, also from Born Pretty**.

What make-up did you wear for New Year’s Eve? How did you ring in the new year?


This Was 2016 | Favorite Make-Up Looks

In today’s This Was 2016 post I want to share five favorite make-up looks that I did this year. Want to know more about each look and the products that I used? Then make sure to click the link below the photos!

5. Colorful Smoke Eyes For Summer

colorful smokey eyes summer makeup inspiration Coastal Scents Sundried Pomegranate Red Vibrant Lime Green

This EOTD pretty much had everything I like in a smokey eye: rosy bronze and red on the eyes, a touch of color in the inner eye corners, some colorful eye pencil on the lower waterline and a subtle wing.

4. This Kinda Totally Works

makeup look warm smokey eyes Coastal Scents Sundried Chocolatier Oktoberfest pink lips MAC Personal Pick

This spontaneous make-up look ended up being one of my favorite looks that I did this year. Funny how that happens, right?

3. Jewel-Toned Eyes + Shimmery Pink Lips

makeup look jewel toned eyes shimmery pink lips MAC New Crop Eye Shadow swatch MAC Pink You Think Lipstick

This FOTD featuring a stunning green eyeshadow and shimmery pink lipstick from the MAC Bangin’ Brilliant Collection received a ton of positive feedback from you guys, and I’m glad because this look is also a favorite of mine.

2. A K-Beauty Make-Up Look

K-Beauty makeup look Missha 3D Luster Shadow Brick House It’s Skin Babyface Petit Blusher Romantic Rose TONYMOLY Petite Bunny Gloss Bar Juicy Peach

A copper eye, a glossy pink lip and flushed cheeks? That’s so me! I immediately fell in love with the three Korean make-up products I used for this look, especially that gorgeous copper Missha eyeshadow.

1. Green Smokey Eyes

makeup look green smokey eyes MAC Sumptuous Olive MAC New Crop MAC Lucky Green

This triple green smokey eye look is probably my favorite make-up look of 2016. I’ve always had a thing for green on the eyes and by combining three of my favorite green eyeshadows I pretty much created the ultimate green smokey eye for me.

Which of these make-up looks do you like best?


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