Friday, February 19, 2016

Life Update: 35 Weeks Pregnant and Exhausted!


      Hey guys hope everyone is well. Lately, I have been falling behind my blog posts and for good reason. I am 35 weeks pregnant and extremely exhausted. I remember in late summer, early fall of last year I went without blogging for about two and a half months because I was too sick and had no motivation whatsoever. In November, I felt better and more like myself and blogged three times a week up until a few weeks ago when my third trimester fatigue kicked in full force.

     I have three beautiful children already and super busy during the day between taking them to school, housework, cooking and ect. By the time night comes the last thing I want to do is blog because I am so tired. I have been busy prepping for my baby's arrival and trying to get things in order. It has been tough tackling all these tasks everyday and gets harder by the week as I get closer to my due date.

     I will not be blogging as much. I want to focus on getting things ready for the baby and resting as much as I can because giving birth requires all my strength and energy. I can't promise a set schedule. If I feel up to it you may see a blog post at least once a week or the most twice. There will be times that I will not blog at all and it doesn't mean I am abandoning my blog. I love blogging and interacting with you guys. Makeup, beauty and this blog is my passion and I will never leave it. I also won't be blogging as much once the baby is here either and probably won't be blogging for weeks at a time.  I will be around reading all of your wonderful blog posts and will be active on Instagram. You can follow me on that link. Instagram is much easier to handle at the moment.

    I am super excited to see my baby and once things are in order I will be back posting reviews and makeup pictorials for you guys. As for what is to come in the future of this blog, well I love art and I want to do more artistic or avant garde makeup looks. I know no one will wear those types of looks on a daily basis, but I love the art behind those types of makeup looks and think it will be fun to create and step out of my comfort zone. I have so many ideas and can't wait to share them. Until then I will see you guys when I can. Thanks for following and reading my blog posts!

                                               You can check out my latest blog post here.

        See you all soon! 

Much love,

Maryam ox :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Cut Crease Makeup Look Ft. Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadows

     Hey guys I have been a little MIA which I will explain in my next blog post coming soon! :) I wanted to share my first cut crease makeup look. As I have mentioned in my previous blog post, I am experimenting and having fun trying out different makeup techniques. One of the techniques that is popular in the makeup world especially on Instagram is cut crease makeup looks. A cut crease is creating a sharp crease sort of adding color to the crease and lightly blending it out, but still wanting to create a harsh line. I hope I explained that right lol. This was my first try at creating a cut crease . I think it came out pretty good. I will be practicing some more. Let's get into the tutorial.


*Prime the eyes with eyeshadow primer.
*Take color #1 and apply it to your brow bone. Blend.
*For the crease I color #2. Blend.
*In the inner crease I used color # 3.
*I used color #5 for the lid area leaving only the inner lid with no color. 
*Next I took color #6 and applied it on the inner lid. 
*Add your favorite liquid liner.
I used color #4 and with a  very flat small brush tI drew a line across the crease and then blended upward. I added a bit more brown and blended it just a bit, but not too much.
* I went back to touch up on the lid.
*Add mascara then false lashes if you have any.
*Use your favorite liner on your water line.
*Below the lash line I used color #5.
*To darken up the outer corner below the lash line I added color #4.
*In the inner tear duct I used color #6.
*Add mascara to bottom lashes.

Look Complete!

Finished Look!

     This was my first attempt at a cut crease makeup technique.The crease could have been a bit sharper. Practice makes perfect. I do love the purple shade with the pink shadow in the inner lid to soften the look. Purple and brown is one of my favorite color combos.

  Hope you enjoyed this look and once I perfect the cut crease I will do a step by step pictorial to really show  you how achieve a cut crease.

Take care guys and see you in my next blog post.

Maryam ox

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

My Skin Care Wish List

My Skin Care Wish List

My Skin Care Wish List by maryamperez featuring Clinique

      Hey guys!  I just wanted to post skin care products that I have been wanting to try. When It comes to makeup application your makeup will only look flawless if your skin is cared for properly. I have heard many great things on all these products and I hope to pick up at least a few of these to add to my skin care routine. I think it doesn't hurt to invest on good skin care products even if some are a bit pricey. I think our skin deserves the best.

GlamGlow dry skin care

Murad face cleanser

Clinique eye care
$32 -

FOREO beauty product

            Do you  own any of these products? Let me know in the comments below!

         See you in my next blog post!

Maryam ox

Monday, February 1, 2016

My Top Ten Neutral Eyeshadows and Swatches

Hey guys! Hope everyone is doing well. In the beauty world there a ton of different neutral eyeshadow palettes and neutral eyeshadow singles that seem to be a long lasting trend. With so many neutral  color options it can be overwhelming choosing which one you like. Today I want to share my top ten neutral eyeshadows that I often use not only for the color and pigmentation, but how well they blend and their staying power. I hope you enjoy some of my favorite neutral eyeshadows. It was hard to choose. ;) Let get started!

In no particular order we have...

Makeup Geek Cosmetics Vanilla Bean

You might be wondering it is a pretty sheer cream shade. At least that is what I thought when I first purchased and swatched it. When I used it as a highlight for my brow bone it added just enough highlight with out it being stark white. Sometimes a little goes a long way and as you can see this color is well loved. 

Urban Decay Basic Eyeshadow Palette- Skimp

Here is another highlight shade great for the brow bone. Unlike the first highlight shade, this one is more opaque and has a bit of a sheen to it which catches and reflect light adding shimmer and a nice subtle glow to your brow bone. 

Makeup Geek Cosmetics-Latte

This color is a light brown color perfect as a transition shade. I love this color because it is soft and really brings a neutral look together helping blending out harsh lines adding a soft look to your neutral makeup. This color is buttery and blend well.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow - #738 
This is not really a shadow but a blush . Most people use it as a shadow and so do I. This color has excellent pigmentation and staying power. I love rusty colored browns to create a warm neutral look. Great color to create a sunset or rusty eye which is what I love and wear the most.  

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette-Milk Chocolate

Name of the color is accurate. This color reminds of a milk chocolate bar. Another wonderful transition shade to tie a neutral look together. The eyeshadow is buttery and has great pigmentation. It also smells like chocolate!

Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette-Succumbus

I love burnt brown colors and this one is a nice one to add to any neutral look with out creating an overly warm look. This color is gorgeous! The texture is so velvety and blends well. 

Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette-Sytry

     When It comes to a neutral look it is nice to have mid tone brown to darken things up a bit. You can add this on the outer v area of the eye to add depth to your look. Nice pigmentation and staying power. 

Anastasia Beverly Hill Self Made Palette- Hot Chocolate

This color is a perfect chocolate color. I do not own a brown like this. Such a gorgeous color to own and I have been using this color often. Perfect mid tone brown color that has excellent pigmentation, smooth texture and lasts for most of the day. 

Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette- Espresso

This color is perfect for smoking out a brown eye. A little goes a long way when using this eyeshadow. Very pigmented and blends well.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow- M600

     Last and certainly not least is this Make Up For Ever Artist Eyeshadow #M600. It is a nice earthy brown great for the lid and crease. It has great pigmentation and blends well. At times I just apply this color to my lid and blend it up to the crease for a simple neutral look.

   Here is what the swatches look like all together. You must of been thinking while scrolling through the swatches that a lot of the brown shades look the same. They are all very different from each other and are my favorite colors to use when doing a neutral makeup look. If I would have to choose one shade that is my absolute fav that would be  Succumbus from the Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette. It is not too orangey or burnt toned which is great to use to add subtle warmth to your neutral makeup.

Hope you enjoyed my top ten neutral eyeshadows. It was definitely hard to choose, but these are what I reach for the most and have awesome texture and blend well.

What are your go to neutral eyeshadow shades? Leave a comment below.

See you in my next blog post!

Maryam ox