Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pretty Finger Nails!!!

Hey Everybody!

So, I don't know about you all, but I LOVE to do my nails. I think it's such a quick and easy way to look polished and pretty!

There are so many awesome colors out right now and similar to all things fashion- Anything Goes! I love the turqouise color, "Jade," by Chanel... I think it really pops. I also love Lancome's "Midnight Glam" (part of their fall 2009 "Declaring Indigo" collection). It is a beautiful DEEP blue with a slight shimmer... perfect for fall. Over the past year, I also found myself testing out some gray hues for the nails and I really liked those as well. OPI makes two great shades, "Metro Chic" and "You Don't Know Jacques" if you are looking to try. AND if you don't feel confident about rocking a crazy nail, any of the classics are ALWAYS sophisticated and fashionable: Red, French Pink or Buffed!

Now to the good stuff... have any of you tested the OPI Espana collection?? I spent this past spring semester studying in Barcelona so I thought that might be the reason for my obsession, but I don't think that's the case. The colors are truly stunning!

The TRUE Colors de Espana!
  • "Here Today... Aragon Tomorrow"
  • "Suzi Skis in the Pyrenese"
  • "Give Me Moor!"
  • "Pamplona Purple"
  • "Ate Berries in the Canaries"
  • "Pink Flamenco"
  • "Conquistadorable Color"
  • "Bullish on OPI"
  • "Barefoot in Barcelona"
  • "Can You Tapas This?"
  • "Manicurist of Seville"
  • "No Spain No Gain"

Check these out, pick your paint and PLEASE let me know how it goes... Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Great Little Beauty Buys...

Hola Bonitas!

I hope everyone is playing around with the dark lipstick and LOVING it! So I don't know about you all, but whenever I stop in Target, RiteAid, CVS etc. for shampoo and vitamins, I ALWAYS end up leaving with a cart full of things I just couldn't resist. I decided that it would be fun to share some of my great little finds with all of you on this blog! These are not expensive or complex, but just cool products that are fun to play with at home.

My most recent find was the Goody ColourCollection MINI BOBBY PINS!!! They are so cute! These pins are about half the length of the normal bobby pin but they are just as easy to use. They are perfect for bangs, up-dos or fly-aways because they are smaller and easier to conceal. They are also great for all of those trendy hair styles with the braid or little twist down the side of the head with a pony tail in the back. I like to do my hair with exposed bobby pins like an accessory, but I often find that when I use the normal pins, they will jut out and stick up off my head (this is not cute), but its not a problem with the great mini bobby pin. The ColourCollection is awesome because Goody has made all of the accessories in great blonde, brown and black shades to blend with natural hair colors. They come with 26 pieces in a pack and you can find them on the shelf among all of the other pins and bows.


If you are using the bobby pins as an accessory (like we saw alllll over the runway in Spring '09) buy the color pin that will stand out in your hair.

If you have dark hair, buy the blonde pins.

If you have blonde hair, buy the dark pins.

PS- PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE comment and share your personal beauty finds!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Fall Beauty Forecast... Dark Lips!

Hello everyone!

My blog has officially been up and running for two weeks now, so I decided it's time to start talking about makeup, and what better way to start than the beauty forecast!

As most of you have probably seen by now, "punk couture" is taking over. In fashion, it's all about black, grey, zippers, studs, leather and straps, SO it's no surprise that the big-beauty-DO this season is a dark lip. Now, I realize that this sounds a little scary and most will not dare at the risk of looking like Morticia Addams; however, I encourage you to try. You don't have to wear black lipstick- try purples, deep reds, maroons, blue, etc. Chanel has introduced their Noir Obscurs collection which entails 3 shades of a beautiful, dark eggplant, maroon, and brown. M.A.C. has gone even further and is experimenting with dark shades that will give you a matte, cream, or metallic finish! (Please note that M.A.C. is theatrical makeup and has much more color pigment so it will apply a rich coat that is true to color- USE WITH CAUTION). Lancome makes a great black gloss called Phia Black that goes on more sheer. The list goes on... you will be able to find a dark hue on every shelf.

I played around with Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry, and I loved it! (they also make another great shade called Va Va Violet) For a glossy finish, I used Bobbi Brown's lip brush with Lancome's Juicy Tube in Icon of Stage.

Remember that this look can be intense so experiment before wearing out. Also, I suggest that you keep your hair sleek and minimal when sporting dark lips

Tips for applying:
1. Dark colors are going to be less forgiving when applying so make sure your hands are steady
2. Put a tiny bit of your face concealer on your finger tip and dab around the edge of your lips to fill in creases so that the color goes on smooth

3. If you're scared to apply lipstick directly- dab the color in the center of top and bottom lips then use the ball of your middle finger to spread the color over the entire lip

4. For a glossy finish (or just a gloss alone) use the wand applicator OR use a lip brush to apply evenly

Monday, August 24, 2009

Welcome to "Makeup As Muse"

Hello and welcome to my new blog! My name is Hannah, I am 21 years old, and I have always wanted to start my own makeup line. I have started this blog to stay connected to the ever-changing cosmetic world as well as all of the people out there who love makeup as much as me! I will spill some great secrets and share my thoughts about new products, collections and trends. Please feel free to comment and enjoy!