Currently sitting in my Cultural Anthropology class which I would normally be very interested in, but sadly realized that I am not. I know, I know, I should be paying attention, but I blame the professor (we’re just watching a documentary which to be honest is quite boring so I don’t feel too bad!) I still find the subject very intriguing but he is one to ramble on and on, not exactly entertaining or teaching us, but rather, lecturing with a major bore. Oh well. I’ve felt quite disoriented this week, even though it’s only Tuesday. I had an 8am Biology Lab this morning, and for some reason left 35 minutes later than I should have – oops.
Today’s edition of Tasty Tuesdays involves a few unique takes on girly things – specifically ballerinas! Even though it’s still Winter, I’m going to be discussing Spring beauty tips followed by a refreshing, summery treat. I’m not one to follow trends exactly according to season, so you will find me tossing around when it comes to what I wear, how I style others, and what kind of fashion I talk about! For now though, we are looking at Nina Ricci‘s Spring 2011 collection – the beauty aspects!
Peter Copping’s Spring collection for Nina Ricci had some pretty unique takes on the smokey eye that’s normally seen in blacks/grays and browns. Heavy on poppy, diaphanous fabrics in candy colors, it got me revved and ready for next season’s bright, bold, and fresh colors. Read on to learn how to master a jewel pink smoky eye and an effortless, easy-to-do pretty bun!
Enhancing the designer’s refreshingly rosy outlook, Copping included buttercup yellows, ceylon blues, and pastel watercolor prints on the models who strutted down the runway for Nina Ricci. The guru behind the notable pink smokey eye is Pat McGrath, while Guido Palau whipped up seventies-Edwardian loose low-slung chignons – I’m so fascinated with the ballerina style lately: it’s pretty, feminine, and truly effortless.
To match what she described as the “acid candy colors” of the collection, McGrath decided on creating a “Parisian” dose of rouge at the cheekbones and an equally vivid shade of pink across models’ eyes. First, to give the girls a healthy, young, and, glowing complexion, she applied Covergirl’s new-for-spring NatureLuxe foundation. Towards the outer edges of the cheekbones and extended up toward the temples, CG’s Simple Ageless Sculpting Blush in Lush Berry was applied. This just goes to show you that drugstore brands are used on runways and can transform you just as well as higher-end brands!
Next up she began her eyeful of rich pigments with CG’s Smoky Shadow Blast in Purple Plume, a cream that she blended toward the crease and underneath the lower lash line. On top, she dusted a beautiful Stila eye shadow in Pigalle for a slutry look. After that, McGrath applied CG’s Eye Enhancers 1-Kit Shadow in Meltdown Mauve and Knock Out Pink, to create lots of depth. Its LiquiLine Blast eyeliner in Black Fire provided a thin etching on the inner rims and along the upper lash line, before it was smudged to intensy lashes coated in CG’s LashBlast Fusion Mascara in Very Black. Finally: a paled-out lip by Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage Concealer, topped with CG ShineBlast lip gloss in Glow.
As for the hair, Palau’s mindset was to create “something that a woman can create on her own”. I love this thought since most girls (at least I…) do not want to (or have time to) spend tons of time perfecting their hair before stepping out and starting their day. This easy hairdo can be done by all (I never felt that I’ve found a bun that suits me, so hopefully this one will!) Models’ hair was first prepped with Redken Thickening Lotion 06 Body Builder; then left alone to dry to bring out texture. After combing a clean center part, Palau gathered a low ponytail below the nape of the neck and twisted it into a loose knot, making sure that the hair covered both ears before it was secured. To finish off with a not-so-perfect ballerina look, he pulled out a few pieces around the hairline, incorporating hair pins to add a promiscuous flair to a classic style. I’ll have to try this out soon and let you know how it turns out!
When I think of spring, aside from imagining flowers and rainy weather, I think “fresh”… and right now I am seriously craving a smoothie. So for today’s tasty treat, I’m sharing a delicious all-year-round smoothie recipe that you can have any time of day! If you love fruit, I promise you will love this, despite the cold weather! This is an excellent method of having a quick breakfast too since it’s very rich and filling!
Ingredients (2 servings):
- 1 cup soy milk (vanilla soy or chocolate soy would work as well, if you prefer that, and also to omit the vanilla extract and sugar ingredients below) OR any type of juice (I especially love pineapple and orange)
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 banana, broken into chunks
- 14 frozen strawberries (feel free to add other fruit such as blueberries and peaches if you’d like)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/1 teaspoons sugar
- In a blender, puree the oats (unless you like a very thick smoothie) until consistency is powdery/grainy.
- Add soy milk, banana, strawberries, and other fruit if desired.
- Add vanilla and sugar if more sweetness is desired.
- Blend until smooth, pour into glasses, and enjoy!
Doesn’t that sound delicious?! Healthy, quick, and incredibly yummy! It will even match your pink smokey eye and pretty bun (: I think I’m getting hungry now! Share your thoughts on the beauty looks in the comments. Stay tuned for my favorite upcoming Spring trends! Don’t forget to send in your questions, needed advice, suggestions, and anything else to my formspring here. I’ll feature my favorite questions during my “Saturday Secrets” post!