Smokey Monochrome Eye

Quick post on a simple smokey eye makeup that is very versatile 🙂

You can use this monochrome look with most outfits, as it is very basic and complements most colours (outfits that is).

On to the steps!

1. Fill in your eyebrows with a dark brown eyeshadow or an eyebrow pencil.

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2. Apply a shimmery white or silver eyeshadow all over your eyelid. I used two shades: a white shade from my Estee Lauder palette and a white shimmery shadow from my Yves Saint Laurent palette on top of it to make it more shimmery.

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3. Next, I use the black eyeshadow on my Bobbi Brown palette and a flat liner brush and line the top of my eyelid. The line does not have to be super-precise and you can smudge it a bit as you go along.

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4. Using an angled blending brush and the same eyeshadow as before, I apply it to the crease of my eye.

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5. Now I am going to intensify the black liner by smudging gel-liner on the same line, applying it on my waterline, and smudging it on my lower-lid (half-way).

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6. Using a blending brush, I do another application of black eyeshadow on my crease and intensify it.

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7. I top off the look with mascara. To counter eyeshadow fall-out below your eyes, apply some concealer under your eyes. Add some dark lipstick to finish off the look.

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Stay fab! xx

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Whip yo’ hair back and forth

Hey there!

It’s Juna here 🙂 Sorry about the lack of posts recently but between exams and classes starting again, we’v been pretty busy. To make up for it I’m doing a short post today about a couple of hair products I really like.

By the way, I have to apologise that a lot of the products here have their caps missing. I am cursed when it comes to bottle caps.

1. Argan Oil

This dubious-looking bottle is singularly the best hair product I have ever used. It’s Argan Oil (marketed sometimes as Moroccan Oil) and I got this while in Essaouira. The oil can be used for multiple purposes, but I primarily use it for my hair. Since I use straighteners on my hair a lot, it gets pretty damaged over time, specially the ends. After a couple of weeks of using this product I noticed a marked difference in the appearance of my hair, and it was falling out much less. This is one product that should be in every girl’s beauty arsenal.

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2. Aussie Dual Personality Hi-Hold + Hi-Shine Hairspray

One of the better hairsprays that I have come across. Aussie products are great for volume, and this hairspray doesn’t disappoint. It doesn’t dry out my hair (as some other hairsprays do) and doesn’t make it too rigid to the touch. Plus, it smells great!

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3. TRESemmé Heat Defence Styling Spray

This product disperses a mist (though it says spray). It’s very light so I use this when I am going for more voluminous hair. One problem is that your hair gets damp when you put a bit more of the product on, so you have to wait for a bit for the hair to dry before using the straightener/curling iron.

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4. VO5 Tame&Shine Heat Defence Taming Spray

This spray doubles as a heat protectant and a shine spray. The texture is more similar to that of a hair serum, and it is great if you are going for a more sleek do, as it de-frizzes your hair (not recommended if you want to go for volume). One down-side is that you have to be careful about how much you spray on, as a heavy application can result in your hair looking too slick and feeling oily to the touch.

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5. John Freida Full Repair Deep Infusion Serum

Again, a wonder product. The bottle is tiny but it packs so much goodness! Just one pump is enough to leave your hair feeling remarkably healthy. Instead of just applying the serum, I would recommend really working it in to the ends of your hair. This really helps with split ends. When out and about and in humid weather, you can use this product to get rid of frizzy hair and fly-aways.

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6. Batiste Dry Shampoo

All those days I over-slept and woke up with 20 minutes to get myself to class and no time to wash my hair, this dry shampoo spray helped me look presentable. This may sound nasty to some of you, but I can’t afford to wash and straighten my hair every single day because so much heat would damage it. I spray this on to my roots and work it in with my fingers, comb through, and voila! Instant volume and fresh-looking hair. It’s a bit difficult to wash out though, sometimes it would require about two shampoos to get your hair completely clean. I wouldn’t dare travel anywhere without this!

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7. Babyliss Ceramic Straightening Brush

With my new hair, it’s not really possible to wear it curly because my hair poofs up in to the most unflattering afro and I look like your neighbourhood crazy cat lady. I don’t want to use my straightener all the time, and want to change over to blow-drying my hair. I haven’t tried this out yet, but I have heard good reviews about this. It may not be visible in the photo but the black plate of the brush is perforated so the heat from the hair dryer goes right through. I’ll update you all on how good this product is, but I have high hopes!

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There it is for now, drop a comment if you want to know where we got our products from, or if you need any advice on specific styling 😀

Until next time, stay fab! xx

Ella’s Shanghai goodies

Hey guys

As Juna mentioned earlier, I was in Shanghai over the winter holidays and got a few beauty items from there! Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to explore the beauty stores over there as much as I would have wanted to. However, I still got a few things and I want to share them with you. Some of them I have tried for quite a few times now, and some of them I still have to try. I will make sure to let you know what I think of them later.

Some general impressions about the beauty industry in China:

I loved the packaging of most products, so cute and girly! Also, they tend to have a very big variety of different kinds of tinted lipblams, while in the Western beauty stores we find more lipsticks. I must confess, I was never a big fan of tinted lipbalms, just because I always  thought that the color is not bright enough. However, I found many good lipbalms with a good tint of color that have replaced most of my lipsticks while in China( it was very cold as well, and they were so moisturizing!).

Another thing I noticed is how many whitening products are on the market there! Almost every single cleanser/cream etc. claimed to have a whitening effect. I was curious to try some of them, but unfortunately did not get a chance while there, the trip was certainly not long enough! Oh well, I keep telling myself that now I have an excuse to go back: there are so many things that I still have to try! 🙂

Enjoy:

1. This is a set of 2 mascaras(a white primer and the black top coat) and a liquid liner. I haven’t tried the mascaras yet, but the liquid liner is really nice. It is very black and allows you to draw very thin lines. I will definitely try to use it in a tutorial soon!

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2. This is a scrub that I am really excited to try, especially after days when I used quite a bit of make up on my face and I want a very deep cleansing! I will let you know how I felt about this soon.

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3. This is the magic tinted lip balm( or at least that  is how I would describe it). They had a big color selection of these and this particular one is really pretty. Also, very moisturizing and it almost looks like a sparkly lipgloss on the lips.

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4. This is another tinted lipbalm. It is a bit more on the red side, and less shiny than the previous one. It is great for a bit of a red color flush on your lips, can look very natural if you are fairly pale and it is cold outside. Otherwise, it is a nice product if you like a bit of a brighter tint on your lips.Image

Hope you enjoyed!

xoxo

The FabPalette gets a makeover!

Hello beautiful readers!

Hope you’ve had a wonderful start to 2013. Good luck with those resolutions! We’re recycling a couple this year 😉 and yes it’s to do with being more healthy, more active, you know, generic resolutions.

One thing we decided to do to really ring in the new year and have a new start was to get a new haircut.

We haven’t had a drastic haircut in a long time, the both of us. So we decided to take a spontaneous trip to the salon and chop off our locks! We went for identical hairstyles; a shoulder length bob.

Here is Ella’s new haircut with a ‘before’ picture:

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Here is Juna’s new hair with a ‘before’ picture too:

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Some final photos of us together:

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Stay fab! xxx

Peacock make up:jade, turquoise and purple

Hey guys!

It’s Ella here today:)  I decided to recreate this peacock make up, I think it is very bright and colorful, perfect for days when you want to brighten up your mood! I apologize for the photos being so dark, but unfortunately we did not have very good lighting when shooting this look.

Step 1: Using a flat brush, apply a jade/green color in the inside half of your upper eyelid. Don’t worry too much about blending at this point.

 

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Step 2&3: Using the same flat brush, apply a turquoise color in the middle of your upper eyelid and a darker purple color in the outer corners. Do the same under the eyes.

 

 

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Step 4: Using a fluffy brush, apply a light brown color in your crease, blending out the harsh edges. You can also use the same brush(make sure it is clean) to slightly blend the green, turquoise and purple together.  Use a smaller crease/ fluffy brush to add a darker blue in the crease, concentrating in the outer corners(we forgot to take a picture of this step, sorry!) Don’t worry if it is not too blended though, this look is quite dramatic and you can choose to not blend it too much.

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Step 5: Add liquid liner on your outer corners or your upper eyelid and also a bit on your waterline to make the look more intense. Add mascara on your top and bottom lashes.

 

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Voila!

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xoxo

TheFabPalette.

 

 

Smokey fall look with a twist: copper eyeliner and burgundy lipgloss

Hey guys!

I am glad to be back! I apologize for not posting for a while, but as Juna mentioned before, I was in China and unfortunately could not access WordPress from there. But I am back now, with a ton of new ideas, so keep posted!

The look I decided to recreate today is perfect for fall and winter and complements pretty much all eye colors. It is quite simple but unique in the same time, for those who want to add a bit of a twist to a classic smokey eye with a vibrant coppery eyeliner. I hope you enjoy!

P.S. I apologize in advance for some of the pictures that are slightly blurry, I hope you still get the idea!

Step 1: Apply a warm-toned brown all over the lid with a flat brush. Also apply a bit of the same color under the eye.

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Step 2:

Using a brown kohl liner, apply it on your waterline, smudging it slightly under the eye. If you have a kohl liner with a sponge applicator for smudging such as the one I have, you can use that. Otherwise, you can use a small precision brush or small crease brush. Don’t be afraid to smudge it quite low under the eye, as it will help achieve the look we are aiming for.

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Step 3: Using an angled crease brush, apply a matte black on your top eyelid, creating an elongated ‘V’ shape in the outer crease. Don’t worry too much if it is not blended perfectly, focus instead on creating the shape desired. Some of the next steps will help put this look together and it will look much better, I promise! 🙂

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Step 4: Using the same brush, blend in some of the harsh lines. Add a lighter brown color above the black, and blend it slightly with the black.

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Step 5: Add a copper glitter eyeliner on your top eyelid, winging it quite far in the outer corner of the eye, following the black outline you have already created in the previous steps. Add another layer for extra intensity.

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Step 6: Add a good coat of mascara on your top and bottom lashes.

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Step 7: Apply a dark red lip gloss( it looks more brown in the package, but for some reason a lot more dark red on the lips). I prefer lip glosses, lip balms and lip stains for the cold season, as my lips tend to get very dry and lipsticks tend to look awful 🙂

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Voila!

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Hope you enjoyed this look!

Stay fab!

xoxo

New purchases :)

Hello all 🙂

First off, Merry Christmas! Hope you all had a lovely festive day!

Today I’ve decided to do a short post today on makeup I’ve bought over the last two weeks.

I’m also working on a New Year’s dramatic makeup, so bear with me!

1. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink

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I normally stick to liquid liner (L’Oreal Superliner Carbon Gloss). The essential difference between these two is that liquid liner is glossier, while the gel liner is more matte and intense. Also, with liquid liners you can make mistakes and it is easier to correct than gel liners, because they dry out in 10-15 seconds. With gel liner, you have to use a separate liner brush (I use an angled flat brush), but liquid liners come with applicators.

I really like this product because of the long-lasting effect and the intensity of the colour.

2. Sleek Blush by 3 in Pink Sprint 366


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I bought this palette after falling in love with Ella’s Pumpkin Palette. These colours are incredibly matte, and you have to be careful about how you apply them, as a much heavier application will make it difficult to blend. I use Pink Parfait (the colour on the left) for the hollows of my cheeks and apply a bit of Pink Ice (the colour in the middle) on the apples of my cheeks. It’s a good palette if you want to go for dramatic blush.

3. Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes Mascara.

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I absolutely love this! Such a good investment 🙂 My lashes are pretty long and they cross over, so it’s pretty difficult for me to control the application without making it clump (with other mascaras). This mascara has an excellent pointed brush, and it separates and lengthens lashes without them clumping. A single coat leaves your lashes defined and separated, and adding on more coats will make your lashes look very dramatic. I recommend this to everyone!

4. Revlon Colorburst Lipsticks in 050 Hazelnut, 095 Crimson, 015 Grape.

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I’ve used these lipsticks in two posts before, and I must say I really like them. They are quite moisturising, but you may want to add some clear gloss on top. The colour is not too intense so you can build it up or play it down if you like 🙂

There you have it!

Stay fab, everyone! xx

Put a turban on it!

It’s gloomy and cold in England these days, and I really miss tropical weather.

To escape the freeze, Ella and I visited Morocco over Easter, and we tried out turbans almost every single day 🙂

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Here we are at Jardin Majorelle.

If you’re in warm weather, and it gets too humid and your hair frizzes up, a turban is the perfect way to look stylish (with bird’s nest hair underneath it :D) Plus, you don’t need any clips or pins to hold it down, and its super-easy and very fast!

I’ve done some videos on my four favourite styles of wrapping a turban. You will need a long shawl for these looks 🙂

ps. I did a voiceover because I was absent-mindedly playing Kenny Rogers in the background. You may disapprove of my choosing to listen to Kenny Rogers.

1. Moroccan Turban

A classic one, I learnt this while in Marrakech. This is a simpler version of the Moroccan turban that the Berbers wear when they are out in the desert.

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2. Moroccan Turban 60’s Style

This style was taught to me by some Bedouins who took me on a death ride on a camel. It is very simple, and looks very chic!

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3. Retro Turban

I came up with this after experimenting with the shawl for hours. This is the same style I did in the first photo of me and Ella 🙂

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4. African Turban

I looked at a couple of YouTube tutorials for this one, and came up with a style I am comfortable with 🙂

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There you have it! Try out a turban today 😉

Until next time, and stay fab! xx

Minimal look: Gold, Bronze and Brown Eye

Hello!

It’s Juna here again. Ella is temporarily away (in China!) and will be back to normal posting as soon as she is back 🙂

Today’s look is a very simple and understated eye that you can wear everyday. The colours I used help brighten my eyes and they go really well with my skin tone.

I used my Estée Lauder Five Colour EyeShadow Palette in 08 Bronze Dunes for the whole look.

Now on to the steps!

1. I apply the shimmery white shade all over my eyelid and in the corner of my eyes (with a large flat brush). Putting a light colour such as this as your base will ensure that all the other colours you put on your eyelid stand out and look like their true colour.

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2. Next, I apply the metallic bronze shade all over my eyelid, avoiding the corner of my eye. I use a medium flat brush.

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3. Using a medium flat brush, I apply the matte brown colour in the outer corner of my eye, and blend it up to the middle of my eyelid.

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4. With a small flat brush, I apply the dark satin brown into the outer corner of my eye (I do not blend this as far as the step above) and up in to my crease.

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6. For finishing touches, I use a liner brush and use the same dark satin brown and apply a soft line right above my outer eyelashes. You can make this heavier and more defined if you like. I apply a soft mascara with a lengthening and separating wand. I finish the look with a soft lipstick (Revlon Colourburst Lipstick in 050 Hazelnut).

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7. Finished look!

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Stay fab!