The Balm | Nude ‘Tude

A (very long) while ago, I showed you what I got makeup wise for my birthday. Today I’m expanding on that post and showing you the Nude ‘Tude palette. I’d been pining for this palette for some time when my friends gave it to me.



Birthday | I got a lil’ somethin’

My birthday was a while ago¬†which means I got presents! Because Lilly and Ellie don’t live near me, I only saw them again for our graduation ceremony, so I wasn’t able to receive the gifts they got me until then. I figured today I’d show you what the chicas got me.


They pooled their resources together and enlisted the help of Ellie’s dad. They send Ellie’s dad on a trip to Ulta while he was in the US for business, which I gather had some funny results. He was a little out of his depth, apparently… ūüėÄ


I’m a sucker for a nude eyepalette, so I was so excited when I opened the wrapping and out came this puppy: The Balm’s Nude ‘Tude!

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It’s an absolute stunner, and I love The Balm’s cruelty-free attitude.

Ellie and Lilly had also got me the Real Techniques eye brushes set. I’d been drooling over this¬†for a long time, but I’d never gotten around to actually buying it for myself. So I’m very¬†happy that the girls were able to amend that!

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And they’re so soft! (And also cruelty-free, yay!) Aren’t they beauties?! The girls know me so well!
Thanks again for the presents, Ellie and Lilly.

I love them! Now that the weather is a bit better and the sun is shining a little more lately, I could take some pictures and do some reviews if anyone’s interested… ūüôā





Beauty | MAC Techniques Class


Céline with finished makeup look

A while ago, one of my friends Céline invited me to a MAC Techniques class. Of course, I was immediately intrigued. She was quite the connaisseur already when it came to MAC products, but I had only ever admired them from afar. I decided to take the chance and sign up for my first ever makeup class.

The class cost ‚ā¨ 50, which you could redeem for makeup at the end of the lesson.¬†The theme of the class was¬†Signature Look. The whole idea was to find the colours that best suited you.


After we had got ourselves installed in the makeup room, one person was chosen as demonstration. While applying the makeup on the left side of the volunteer’s face, the Makeup Artist (MUA) walked us through the steps and techniques she used while we all wrote it down on a little notepad we’d received.

DSCN1511Once she’d finished the demonstration, we could get started. We each received a little glass plate, on which she gave us dollops of the products we would then use.

The MUA picked a day creme for everyone individually, after asking about what skin type each of us had.

After we’d treated our skin, we had to use a primer, so the makeup would adhere better to our skin. The primer also contained algae which works soothing. This serves to counteract any redness.

DSCN1517Which leads to the next product: concealer! We each got a bit of concealer to hide the problem areas on our skin.


Then the MUA matched us with¬†foundation. This is when they taught us you always have to match your foundation to your jawline. Though I feel my match wasn’t perfect. The foundation they had me use (NW 15), felt slightly too dark and yellow for my skin colour. Maybe all this apprehension is due to the fact that I never wear foundation.¬†I’m very fair with a pink undertone, so it’s very hard to match my skin.¬†I don’t tan (I lobster), so darker foundation would never get used, even during summertime.¬†I also always worry that foundation will look too cake-y on me.

DSCN15161Once we’d applied our foundation, we moved on to bronzer (which I also never use!) Which I put in the hollows of my cheeks, starting at my ears.

Next up was blush. They gave me Margin Frost to use, which was nice, but not really a colour I’d automatically go for as it’s brown-ish of colour and has a frosty finish. I think they were desperately trying to make me appear slightly tanned. ūüėÄ Poor them, that’s almost mission impossible.

Then it was time for highlighter. Not something I usually reach for, but it was very nice. And I like that we had to use finger application for this product. As nice as the brushes are (and they’re really nice), I mostly apply my makeup with my fingers, so this was familiar territory for me.

DSCN1519 DSCN1530 After we’d “put our face on”, the MUA looked at our eyes and deliberated on which eyelook to go for. She decided to give me brown eyeshadows to complement my blue eyes.

But first, we used a paint pot as our eye base. I used the Constructivist paint pot over my entire upper eyelid. I put Dazzlelight on the inner part of my upper eyelid and Bronze in my crease. Then I lined my upper and lower lashline with Teddy eyeliner. I finished the look off with some mascara. Et voilà, the eyelook was done!

As final touch, I put Viva Glam V on my lips. It’s such a great lipstick. I fell (a little) in love with it… ‚ô•


This was the finished look:


And that signalled the end of the class. We went down to the shop to redeem our ‚ā¨ 50. I ended up buying some products I’d used in the class.¬†