7 Product Holiday Glam

7 Product Holiday Glam

You know what? I was never much of a red-lipstick girl. 

First of all, it’s a pain in the ass to apply. It just gets all over the place. Your hands, your nose, your cheeks (no? just me? okay…). Oh, and your teeth. Honestly, red lipstick is a bitch.

But….. also… it looks SO pretty. It’s definitely a holiday favorite, too. There’s no denying that. Most of you will probably know that NYX Matte lipsticks are my favorite lipsticks and the shade Alabama is one I’ve been loving lately. It’s red, but it isn’t super intense or intimidating. It doesn’t scream. It just sits there and looks pretty. It’s a gorgeous brick red that’s super easy to pull off.

For my base I used Chanel Vitalumière Aqua, which I’m loving right now. Of course, it’s due to the fact that my skin is really dry at the moment. When my acne was still pretty severe, I had to put at least three-four layers of this foundation (it has a very thin, watery formula) to get a decent coverage. Now, that I’m almost 100% clear, all I need are a few drops. I don’t even need powder. Hope it stays this way when get off Absorica!

For my eyes I used Nude Dip Quad. I used the lightest shade all over the lid, the brow bone and my inner corner, and the darkest shade along my lower and upper lash lines. Easy and super quick. I applied my favorite mascara: Dior Iconic Overcurl and then decided (last minute) to add some falsies. I used Ardell Demi Wispies, my all-time favorite falsies that aren’t over-the-top. I actually trim them as well, for an even more natural and subtle look/feel. I usually don’t wear falsies, unless I know that I’m going somewhere where a lot of pictures will be taken, or when I don’t wear a whole lot of eye makeup when going out.

Untrimmed (left) vs Trimmed (right)

Now, I’m not much a bronzer person, either. Especially during winter. Reason being: I have a lot of acne scars on my cheeks and adding bronzer makes them look more prominent.  I do love the Filmstar Bronze & Glow duo. Neither the bronzing nor the highlighting powder are too intense for my liking. When using bronzing products, I always go with a big, fluffy brush because I’m not a fan of a heavily sculpted makeup on myself.

And of course, the brows. ABH Dip Brow in Chocolate, because what else? Does the job well and stays on forever.

**I don’t mean to end this post like this, but I feel the need to be honest with you guys. Right now, I’m in shambles. My grandma, who I am extremely close to and just told you about in my last post, has been suffering from cancer for years and was suddenly taken to a hospital yesterday. I don’t want to get into too much detail right now, but if I seem a little distant, or not as present as I usually am, it’s because I’m going through something I’ve never been through before. I’m not letting myself go to that place, but I’m just a little bit all over the place right now. I feel lost. I really feel lost right now and I don’t know what to do with myself. To be completely honest, this blog keeps me sane, in a lot of ways. Not writing or reading through and replying to your comments, even if for a day, leaves me feeling like I’m missing an arm. This post was scheduled to go up yesterday, but I just didn’t feel right publishing it. I have a few posts scheduled to go up in the next couple of days, but it might take me a while to get back to your comments. 

I don’t really know what else I can say at this point, other than that I’m really thankful for all of you. This isn’t how I imagined this Christmas to be like and even though I’m supposed to host this year, I didn’t even start my cooking or cleaning or even planning anything. Right now, that’s the last thing on my mind. I just feel really lost- don’t know how else to put it. 

I guess I’ll just end this right here, because I feel like I’m making no sense right now. Love you. Mean it. 

  • Thinking of you at this difficult time! You look absolutely glamorous in that photo, by the way x

    Lexie
    nailgirl.net

  • You’ll get through this Paula.
    You are absolutely gorgeous there. I too, am scared of wearing reds but now, I love it even more. I did have posts on my blogs about how to wear reds in my own experience.

    Mary Ann

    peppermintcrinkles.blogspot.com

  • The Gossip Darling

    You and I are in the same boat!! The Chanel foundation is amazing and perfect for my skin due to all my acne meds!!

    You poor thing! I’m thinking and praying for you! xoxo

    Mel | http://www.thegossipdarling.com

    • Yay, so happy it works for you too!

      Thank you so much Mel. I’m a wreck right now and it means the world to me! x

  • I just love the CT bronze and glow!

    jenna

    http://www.beautyandthestyle.co.uk

  • You look so beautiful! Love the shades in the Tom Ford palette.
    Hope you’re doing okay, thinking of you! x

    http://www.abeautyromance.com
    http://www.abeautyromance.com

  • I love how the make up look on you! And the products are amazing.
    ps: hold on there, we’re here from you, and whatever you need to do it’s okay. I send you and your family strenght and love for the bottom of my heart. You’re in my prayers

    http://www.blossomikebana.com

  • Devyn

    I’ll keep your family in my thoughts. I really hope everything turns out okay!

  • SamanthaSeries

    Lovely products! I am wishing all the best for you and your grandma in this difficult time, I went through something very similar just a couple months ago… XX

    Samantha Series

  • These lashes are really amazing, you look great!

    And I’ve been through a similar situation with my grandma a few years ago so I can imagine how you feel, sending lots of love and strength to you and your family x

    http://technicolor-heart.blogspot.com/

  • So sorry to hear about your grandmother! Sending my prayers your way!

  • Sending you all the love and positive vibes I can!!! That is obviously not a good thing to go through at any time, but especially around Christmas when everyone is supposed to coming together to be festive. I’ve had several of my family members battle with cancer so I understand what you’re going through. It is the shittiest feeling and you feel so helpless. <3 <3

    PS – You look gorgeous!! That red lip suits you perfectly!

    Katie | http://www.overthemoony.com

    • Thank you so much Katie. Unfortunately we lost her and I feel broken. I’m trying to keep it together, especially for my mom, but it kills me. Thank you for the love, you’re such a kind soul and always so supportive. Thank you for that and Merry Christmas. x

  • If I’m going to wear a bold lipppie, I try to opt for a matte shade as it’s longer lasting and just easier to manage throughout the day. So this NYX option sounds like a great option plus it looks amazing on you, such a gorgeous makeup look overall! You’re such a beauty x

    Beauty with charm | ESTEE LAUDER GIVEAWAY

  • Such a beautiful makeup look Paula – you look gorgeous! Such flawless skin and a stunning lip colour, thank you for the product recommendations :)
    – Ambar x
    http://www.herlittleloves.co.uk

  • Good to hear your skin is behaving so well lately! That foundation sounds fantastic.

  • I’m so sorry you’re going through this, I wish I could so something to help. Just know we’re all thinking of you and your Grandma. Sending lots of love and well wishes your way. Lots of love, your post is gorgeous but take care of yourself over the holidays. We’ll all still be here when you’re ready to come back. You are so beautiful btw xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • Thank you so much Kiran for your comment and for the love, I truly appreciate it. I hope you enjoy your holidays.

  • Take time to mourn and unplug a bit! So sorry to hear for your loss… I can’t even imagine how it must feel right now. But… you DO look like a vintage film star in the photo above, which is always a good thing. <3 Much love to you and your family! XO!