My Simple Birthday Look

As I turn a year older, I chose simple, neutral colors mainly because I was running late. I also used the photo op to feature DreamWorld's creme topping in Butter creme. This is exactly how I want my finished face to look - not flat-out matte but not uber-glowy either. Butter creme may look pretty yellow in the container but it looks sheer and natural when applied. I made the mistake however of ordering the creme topping in the silk formula, as I realized that it didn't do such a good job of absorbing oil on my greasy t-zone. I had to apply my Milan Minerals Oil at Bay primer on my t-zone using my concealer brush to combat the oil. Oil at Bay is a terrific product, but I want to eliminate that step in order to simplify my routine. That said, I am going to order creme toppings with clay and silica from now on in order to eliminate the extra step of using Oil at Bay. I can't wait to try out my other variants of the creme toppings as they are gorgeous as well.

As for my birthday celebration, the family went out yesterday evening for dinner instead of today because the hubby has work. Co-workers and friends treated me out for lunch, and I received a slew of text messages, e-mails, calls and PMs from family, friends and well-wishers. Hubby is sending me off to New York next week to see my closest cousins and to enjoy the city that never sleeps as his birthday gift for me, and I cannot wait! To everyone who remembered and who sent their greetings, thank you so much, you made this day truly extra special (you know who you are guys!).

MAC Beige-ing shadestick on lid as base
Valerie Beauty eyeshadow in Miranda foiled on lid and used wet on inner lower lashline
Valerie Beauty eyeshadows in Fall and Gala on crease and outer V
Valerie Beauty eyeshadow in Delicate Sweetness to highlight
MAC Graphic Brown fluidline on upper lashline
Shu Uemura lash lifting and MAC Zoomlash mascaras

Camellia Rose skin smoothing primer
DreamWorld mineral foundation in Theia and Tethys (70-30 mix) (Luna formula)
Mary Kay undereye concealer in Ivory topped with
Bare Escentuals Well Rested
Milan Minerals Oil at Bay on t-zone
DreamWorld creme topping in Butter creme
Ocean Mist mineral blush in Vanora

Almay Ideal lipliner in 105 Bronze
MAC lipsticks in Captive and Touch
MAC lipglass in Sugar Trance


Anonymous said...

many more glorious and beautiful years to come Aileen!

- Mhean aka ITmom

Chris said...

Happy Birthday Aileen! I wish you only the best. And of course many more blogging years to come! =) You're hubby's so sweet a trip to New York is a wonderful present. Don't forget to share your vacation photos with us. Especially photos of your New York haul cause I know it's gonna be a big one! - Chrissyclass

Vanessa said...

Happy 18th Birthday Aileen! ;)

May you enjoy your special day and may all your birthday wishes come true, have fun in NY! I am heading out there next month!

BeautyChick101 said...

Happy birthday Aileen! I wish you all the best in the year ahead. Keep the beautiful blog posts coming! :)

shades of hue said...

Mhean-thank you for the greeting sis!

chrissy- thanks girl! I do intend to chronicle my NY adventures; I can't wait!

vanessa- haha, I wish girl, I wish. =D You are? Are you going to the MAC pro store there? That's one of my target destinations, time permitting!

beautychick101- thank you! I do appreciate all the kind words, thanks for visiting! :)

i♥make-up said...

Happy Birthday hun<3 Many happpy returns of the day!!! Hope ur NY trip is full of great hauls <3

Mrs. Lynne, said...

happy birthday! i know it's late now but i wish you nothing but the best and many more :)