The Inverted Smokey Eye

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Have you ever been stuck in a makeup rut? Stuck so deep, that you didn’t want to wear eye makeup anymore?
If you know anything about my makeup preferences, you may know that I am an eyeshadow freak, palettes, singles, special editions – I am there. Lipstick is the second favorite on my list, but it’s nowhere near eyeshadow.

I have been using less makeup over the summer, but by less I mean I cut out eyeshadow, and that didn’t make sense to me. So when one of my friends on Twitter suggested I do an inverted smokey eye, I thought to myself – why not?

The inverted trend has always been on my radar, but for some reason I’ve never tried it. It was time for a change. And Macy’s Glamorama was the perfect occasion.

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I naturally reached for my Naked palette for this look. Since Glamorama I have experimented with a few inverted smokey eye combos and if you are familiar with the palette, here are the combos that I’ve tried and loved (from the inner corner out):

Dark Horse -> Smog -> Half Baked

Hustle -> Toasted -> Sin

Creep -> Gunmetal

Sidecar -> Sin

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And this is the rest of my beauty arsenal 😉 Haha

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Before (sometime no makeup is great too!) Remember, we are all beautiful!

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And the afters! I have finally been able to create the perfect cat eye. Well, it’s perfect in my world, because I haven’t been able to (and been lazy) do a good cat eye. It’s all in the brush, and I have been in love with my Sigma E06!

Happy Tuesday! How is your week going?
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The NEW Sigma Enlight Collection

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Disclosure: I received this collection for review, in exchange for my honest opinion. All Sigma products have been provided by the company, other products are my own.

Holiday makeup kits are probably one of my favorite parts about the holidays in general! And today I have the privilege to talk to you about the new Sigma Enlight Kit that will be available on Black Friday!

I am going to share a quick overview/review of the new collection, and show you the look I created using some of the products.

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The collection includes:

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I am going to admit, the brushes and the eyeliners are my favorite part! Having been obsessed with palettes and eyeshadows for a long time, I finally started getting over it! I definitely like the blush and the variety of eyeshadow primers. The lip glosses were also a pleasant surprise, since they are not sold in the store yet!

Have you also noticed how everything comes in sets of 3 (and the eyeshadow palette has 9 colors, so 3 sets of 3 – I just thought it was extra cool!)

Now for the look!

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I used Eye Shadow base in Neutralize, eyeshadows in Russet and Mild Mannered, eye liner in Vintage, my Cover Girl Flamed Out Mascara, Cover Girl lose powder (that I  applied with my Becca Brush), Serene blush (that I applied with my Eco tools brush), and Tint lipgloss!

And this is why I wear makeup! (It took Sam three tries to spot the difference! Bless his heart! I have the best husband ever!)

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I did notice that the primer doesn’t hold eyeshadow for as long as I would want, and the eyeshadow can get messy during application. But the brushes are amazing, and I realized I haven’t been giving Sigma brushes the attention they deserve (I guess the excessive amount of reviews on YouTube turned me off!) I know I will definitely be stopping by the Sigma store at the Mall of America every time I am there now, there is a lot to look at, play with and try!

What do you think of Sigma, my look, and the importance of wearing makeup in general?

Happy Hump Day! Don’t forget to join in tomorrow for some holiday looks on Thrift Style Thursday!

Zhenya

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1.5 oz of Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream

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Hello and welcome to the Beauty Week on Being Zhenya! Today I am going review a BB cream by Hydroxatone (#BetterBB), which arrived in my mail box a couple of weeks ago! See, I’ve recently joined iFabbo and this was one of the first products I “bought”!

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I don’t think you know, but I’m the biggest BB Cream fanatic out there! I don’t use foundations anymore. There is no point, especially during the summer when it’s so hot and I’m outside a lot whether for work, gardening or sailing!

So let’s talk this BB!

The manufacturer claims that it:

– Shields the skin with powerful broad spectrum SPF 40,

– Protects from the elements and oxidative stress with potent antioxidants,

– Soothes and nourishes with natural anti-irritants and vitamins,

– Evens out skin tone and brightens dullness and discoloration with active Vitamin C and advanced encapsulated peptide,

– Reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and overall skin aging, as it firms and lifts, making skin instantly look flawless and more youthful!

And here is what I have to say: 

First of all it came in a bigger size than what the website said! More product for me said I and put it right on my dresser!
Second, the SPF factor in this BB is 40! How awesome is that? We need all the sun protection we can get these days, especially me, since I am in my late 20’s.
Third, the tone matched my skin perfectly (I got Medium shade), but it did go on quiet thick and the color was lighter than after I blended it in!

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Fourth, the retail value of this was almost $50, and I got it free, nothing beats that, does it?
Fifth, it is lightly scented, and I know to some of you that may be a downside, but I actually like it!
Now let’s talk application:
In spite of the fact that it’s a cream, I always wear a moisturizer underneath. I spread my BB with fingertips and use a powder finish on top. Plus add blush. I haven’t been using bronzer as much this summer, because I’ve been getting so tan.

Stay tuned for my Go-to Summer (hot weather) Make-up Tutorial later this week!

Have a great Sunday!

Xx,

Z

FOTD and why sometimes I don’t want to go home

It was boring at work… Wait, let’s put it this way – there were no customers, and I have already organized all the drawers… Anyways, my coworker from MAC decided to do my make-up. The rules were simple – she could pick whatever she wanted and I couldn’t see what it looked like until she was done. Easy peasy 🙂 Here is what we ended up with:

Today after work I didn’t want to go straight back to the apartment. Even though I got done at 8, it’s something about not wanting to go to the place which you spent the whole morning cleaning (and by cleaning I mean some serious cleaning – you could eat off of the kitchen floor!) in fear of finding it all trashed by your own husband. Anyways, I went to Loring Park instead, to finish my book (How did you get this number?) and watch the bunnies (I only have a mild obsession with those).

And in spite of today being the hottest day of the summer so far (the heat advisory was from 1pm-8pm) I really enjoyed my time. In times like this I remember how important it is to find alone time, to be a little selfish and do what you feel like doing, not what others want you to do. It’s times like this that people call – stop and smell the roses (or the flowers, whatever the expression is), but you get what I mean.

So here it is – here is a small snapshot of my moment today:

XO,

Z

PS. Did  you find the rainbow?

Outfit of the Day – Dressing up for the Dentist

Today was my last visit to the dentist. Now I am not talking about cleaning or anything, I was getting my teeth fixed big time, no I mean it, BIG TIME!

I guess dental care in Russia sucks, because when I was leaving last July, I went to see a dentist, who told me I was going to be fine and that my teeth looked okay. Then I came here, and they took the X-rays, and it all went downhill from there. Well now it’s all fixed, and I am a happy camper. I am also happy the anesthesia wore off and I can enjoy dinner, without having to worry about biting my lip off! But in all it’s honesty, I had 8 or 9 teeth done, that’s how bad it was!

It always helps when the dentist calls you hun though 🙂

But enough me blabbering – here is what I wore today:

Loafers – Lucky Brand

Jeans – Dollhouse

Shirt and undershirt – Old Navy

Purse – Ralph Lauren, duh!

Watch – Marc Jacobs – It’s actually not in the picture, but I don’t leave the apartment without putting it on!

Check out my bicycle necklace – how awesome is that? Yup, I won it in a giveaway!

I was also wearing my Steve Madden shades, but those aren’t in the picture either!

And finally, I haven’t been blow drying or straightening my hair for almost a month now, feels awesome! Anyone out there need an extra curling iron?

Doodles,

Z

Сегодня был мой последний визит к дантисту. И я не имею ввиду чистку зубов, мне лечили зубы и еще как лечили!

Как оказалось, зубные врачи в России не знают, что они творят, за что мы их конечно простим, но когда я переезжала сюда на ПМЖ в прошлом июле, мой русский врач сказала, что у меня все в порядке. А потом мне сделали рентген и понеслось! Но сейчас уже все заделано и вылечено и радости полные штаны! К тому же заморозка отошла к ужину, и мне не нужно было задумываться о том, откушу ли я себе нижнюю губу или нет? Но на полном серьезе, мне вылечели 8 или 9 зубов! Да, все было так плохо!

Но всегда приятно, когда зубной врач обращается к тебе ласково, меня моя называла “hun” (сокращенно от “honey”)!

Но хватит болтовни, лучше расскажу из чего состоял мой аутфит:

Мокасины – Lucky Brand

Джинсы – Dollhouse

Майка/кофта – Old Navy

Сумка – Ralph Lauren, удивились?!

Часы – Marc Jacobs – на самом деле на фотографии часов нет, но я без них из дома не выхожу!

Обратите внимание на мой велосипед на шее – правда классный? Его я выиграла в конкурсе!

Я также была в своих солнечных очках от Steve Madden, но их тоже нет на фотографии!

И еще, хотела отметить, что уже почти месяц я не подвергаю свои волосы никакой термической обработке, и чувствуют они себя на все сто! Никому не нужна плойка? У меня одна лишняя!

Всем всего самого хорошего,

Z