Sunday, 12 February 2017

Look of the Day: Warm, Rosy Valentine

Hi, everyone! Wow, it feels like it's been ages since I've done a proper Look of the Day! This past weekend, there was a bonus event that allowed me to take extra advantage of the Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Points I'd built up, so I headed a bit north to Murale for a bit of a shop! Murale is a sister company of Shoppers and the Toronto location carries a number of amazing brands like Bobbi Brown, NARS, Lipstick Queen, YSLKat Burki, and Tata Harper (which you generally can't find at Shoppers) as well as staple Shoppers Beauty Boutique brands like Chanel, Stila, Clarins, and Clinique. After shuffling around my shopping bag several times (I really wanted to make the most of the $170 credit I'd accumulated!), I oped for the NARS Unfiltered I Cheek Palette (a limited edition blush palette with 6 killer shades, ranging from shimmery ivory to matte red), the Chanel Plisse Lumiere de Chanel Illuminating Powder (the limited edition highlighter from their Spring 2017 collection), and Lipstick Queen's Lip Liner in Natural, the perfect rosy "my lips but better shade" that can be paired with just about anything, or worn on its own.

I'll be sharing a full haul post shortly, but in the meantime, I realized that my new goodies would pair together super nicely for a warm, rosy Valentine's Day makeup look! Incorporating them, I created a romantic look that's soft enough to wear to the office (Valentine's is a Tuesday, after all), but with just enough colour, glow, and lashes to still be festive and romantic. 

I added a fresh flush to the complexion using three of the powder blush shades from the NARS Unfiltered I Cheek Palette- I mixed Out There (a matte dusty rose) and Chic (a matte raspberry plum) on the apples of my cheeks, blending upwards to the temples to create some depth and proper pinch of colour. I then topped the matte shades with Me First (a shimmering apricot) for some extra warmth and glow. For highlighter, the Chanel Plisse de Chanel Illuminating Powder is everything. Everything. Not only is it a work of art in the pan (it's almost too pretty to use; almost), but the shade itself is the most beautiful blend of ivory, pink, and gold that's extremely flattering on my fair skin. It's warm, but not overly golden and gives a definite glow without looking at all frosty. I'm pretty sure it's my new fave. 

For the eyes, I reached for some of the warm rosy neutral shades in my trusty Violet Voss Holy Grail Eye Shadow Palette. I first applied Bestie (a neutral light brown) on the crease as a transition shade, then deepened my crease with two darker matte browns, R U Kitten Me and Brownie Points (these shade names, though). I then added some shimmer to the eyelid with Cool Beans (a frosty champagne) and So Jelly (a unique duochrome golden pink) and then applied touches of berry smoke by blending Glamping (a deep matte cherry chocolate) and Cranberry Splash (a shimmery cranberry) on the outer corners of the eye, blending up to the crease. I finished the shadow by adding touches of Ploof (a pale frosty pink) and Crystal (a shimmery ivory) on the brow bones and inner corners of the eyes. The liner I chose is perhaps the prettiest red-ish eyeliner I've tried, Chanel Le Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Eros (it was limited edition, but I so hope they re-release it- I need backups!) and I made the lashes extra luscious by layering Essence Forbidden Volume Rebel Mascara with the Essence Forbidden Volume Topcoat. Serious drama! 

For the lips, I first added a dose of moisture and smoothness with my favourite lip balm, the Bite Beauty Maple Agave Lip Mask. Then, after blotting away the excess balm, I lined and filled in my lips with my new Lipstick Queen Lip Liner in Natural. I chose it because I'd been on the lookout for a new "my lips but better" liner, given that my MAC Whirl Lip Liner is now over a decade old. Lipstick Queen Natural is definitely warmer than Whirl, but does an equally amazing job at giving my naturally pale lips some life without looking overdone. Plus, the formula is so creamy and long wearing. I'm so glad I chose it! 

The Breakdown:

Foundation: Revlon ColourStay Whipped Creme Makeup in Buff mixed with By Terry Sheer Expert Foundation 02
Concealer: Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Concealer in Fair (on blemishes and redness) and Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Perfecting Concealer in Buff (on undereye circles)
Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte Prssed Powder in 011 Creamy Natural
Bronzer: Revlon PhotoReady Bronzer in Bronzed and Chic

Blush: NARS Powder Blushes in Out There, Chic, and Me First (from the Unfiltered I Cheek Palette)
Highlighter: Chanel Plisse Lumiere de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Brows: Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Taupe and Tinted Brow Gel in Caramel
Primer: Essence I Love Colour Intensifying Eye Shadow Base
Eye Shadow: (from the Violet Voss Holy Grail Eye Shadow Palette): Cool Beans and So Jelly (all over lid), Bestie (blended into crease), RU Kitten Me and Brownie Points (more precisely in the crease to add depth), Glamping and Cranberry Splash (on outer corners, blended into crease to add smoke) and Crystal and Ploof (on brow bones and inner corners of the eye)
Eyeliner: Chanel Le Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner in Eros
Mascara: Essence Forbidden Volume Mascara Rebel in Black topped with Forbidden Volume Topcoat

Lipstick: Lipstick Queen Lip Liner in Natural

And a few more shots of the look:

I'm so completely pleased with the goodies I snagged at Murale this weekend (a full haul post to come soon, as promised!), so I'm pretty sure I'll be wearing this look on the regular well after Valentine's has come and gone. I'm also happy to be back on the Look of the Day train- I'm hoping to do a lot more (including more editorial, artsy looks- I need practice!) in the weeks and months to come!

What's your go-to romantic makeup look? Favourite blush or highlighter at the moment? Most-worn lip liner?

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a lovely Valentine's Day! xo



  1. OMG I saw your haul on Instagram and I am jealous! I am at the top tier as well but couldn't make it out to Murale or the beauty boutique counters with CHANEL so I wasn't able to redeem!

    I love your rosy Valentine look - so warm and inviting and that eyeliner is beautiful! Hopefully CHANEL will re-release it too!

    Stephanie |

  2. I really need to try Bite Beauty Agave Lip mask, my lips could use all the help it could get this winter. What a gorgeous look, Jennifer!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  3. I absolutely love this look on you - especially the eyes! xx

    Beautylymin| LuxuryFragranceGiveaway

  4. This is so beautiful! The gleam of that highlighter really shows your perfect skin to great effect. And thank you for reminding me that I have to check my local Murale to see if they've started carrying LQ

  5. Beautiful look! I love that liner, it's unexpected but gorgeous. I love Murale too, it's such a trek for me to get to since I'm downtown but absolutely worth it to spend my points on NARS and YSL!

  6. Such a pretty and perfect look. Liked it.


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