Winter wonderland

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I hope you read this while sipping a hot chocolate or a warm cup of coffee. Yum !

When I think of winter beauty, I think of the three L’s; Lips, Lashes and Liner. No one knows how to work it better than our bad girl Rihanna!

dark

simple eyes

Here are a few beauty must haves for this winter.

Deep red, purple, wine or plum lips colours have the ability to amplify a look in an instant or as Drake would say ‘0 to 100 real quick’. Here are a few of my current favourites.

Shanghai Suzy Matte lipstick in "miss kitty Black plum" FYI this smells soo good !
Shanghai Suzy Matte lipstick in “miss kitty Black plum” FYI this smells soo good !
Mac lipstick in "smoked purple"
Mac lipstick in “smoked purple”
Mac lipstick in 'Sin'
Mac lipstick in ‘Sin’
Revlon super lustrous lips in "va va violet" 663
Revlon super lustrous lips in “va va violet” 663

Now to ensure that you don’t look washed out when rocking a dark lippy, bronzer will become your best friend! Not only will it illuminate and bring warmth to your face but it also adds definition. These are hands down my absolute favourite bronzers!

Benefits 'Hoola' bronzer
Benefits ‘Hoola’ bronzer
The balm "Betty-Lou Manizer"
The balm “Betty-Lou Manizer”                                                      

Eye makeup should be kept simple and clean. For a crisp, clean and precise line use a felt tip pen liner. This will give you more control over the thickness and style of the liner.

Kat Von d "tattoo" liner
Kat Von d “tattoo” liner
Cover girls "line exact" liquid liner .
Cover girls “line exact” liquid liner .

And to top off the look and your winter makeup bag coat your lashes in some of my current favourite mascaras !

Benefit "they're real" mascara.
Benefit “they’re real” mascara.
Two faced "better than sex" mascara
Two faced “better than sex” mascara (yes you read that right !)

These two mascaras amplify the length of your lashes and add thickness, depending on how many coats you apply.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post! If you try or have tried any of these products let me know what you think in the comment section below.

This is Monica grace and you have just been Graced by Monica!

*These images do not belong to me*

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Raising Monobrows

Raising Monobrows

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hwMlUHC4b8

(Click the link before you start reading!)

Did you just see that?

Umm-okay, let’s all just take a moment to breathe…

*I’m in too much shock to breathe*

Not only am I confused but I’m also very much horrified. Where do I even begin??

Eyebrows, their should be more than one of them, hence why there is an ‘s’ at the end of the word. It’s plural for a reason!

Eyebrows are the quintessential feature on the human face. Eyebrows are the momentous arches that extenuate and enhance the eyes. Eyebrows “are a powerful tool used to better verbal and non verbal communication” (Tuttle, 2011).“Eyebrows are like punctuation marks to your emotions”(Tuttle, 2011). In other words, eyebrows are meant to be on fleek.

Okay I think you get my point.

Having two eyebrows is so last season! With the likes of Cara Delevingne, Brooke Shields, Audrey Hepburn and the ever-evolving influence of high fashion and avant-garde the monobrow can be considered somewhat normal, striking and beautiful. The repercussion of such influences have catapulted and granted permission for such extremities to be classified as “beautiful”. In some sense I highly respect the notion of breaking the rules of fashion, as Alexander McQueen the king of Avant-garde once explained, “You have to know the rules to break them”.

This specific trend has elevated the perpetual and ever changing nature of eyebrow trends “Models in Milan, Paris and London fashion week have show cased these new beauty trends” (Bianca, 2015). The monobrow remains by most “highly unorthodox” and a rebellious style against its predecessors.

Photo Courtesy of: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2979311/Panda-eyes-kinked-quiffs-MONOBROWS-quirky-fashion-week-beauty-trends-rocking-come-autumn.html
Photo Courtesy of: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2979311/Panda-eyes-kinked-quiffs-MONOBROWS-quirky-fashion-week-beauty-trends-rocking-come-autumn.html

Personally, I like having two eyebrows, but non-the less for those who love experimenting and trying new things I say go for it! You also save money by not getting your eyebrows tamed and besides the idea of what is considered beautiful is constantly changing, I look forward the next big craze.

P.s Thank heavens that the NYX unibrow gel was just an april fools joke !

This is Monica grace and you have just been Graced by Monica!

References:

Tuttle, CT, 2011. Raising Eyebrows. 1st ed. San Francisco: chronicle books

Panda eyes, kinked quiffs and MONOBROWS: The quirky fashion week beauty trends we will all be rocking come autumn | Daily Mail Online. 2015.Panda eyes, kinked quiffs and MONOBROWS: The quirky fashion week beauty trends we will all be rocking come autumn | Daily Mail Online. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2979311/Panda-eyes-kinked-quiffs-MONOBROWS-quirky-fashion-week-beauty-trends-rocking-come-autumn.html

NYX Unibrow – YouTube. 2015. NYX Unibrow – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hwMlUHC4b8.