Happy Holidays!

I've had a bit of a difficult week, but I don't want to think about it anymore...
Let me first wish every one of you and your loved ones a great Christmas, and a better 2009 ahead!

The sun finally shone down on Milan after months of darkness and rain.
Time for some photos!

Here I used Too Face Lash Injection mascara, and the M.A.C. cream colour blush in Crushed Bougainvillea - both were what my mom sent a while back.
The mascara is absolutely wonderful. My lashes are hard to get into, so I don't use the applicator inside the tube which is really big. Instead I'm using a tiny little mascara brush to pick up the product. It's really working out great! The mascara is easy to wash off too.

The M.A.C. cream colour base is beautiful. It's an intense blue-toned fuschia, which is just my thing. I dabbed it onto my lips and that's it, very easy to apply. The only drawback is that it's not very moisturising.

Here, I highlighted the corner of my eyes, the center of my eyelids, and even my cupid's bow simply with a dab of M.A.C. eyeshadow in Nylon. This beige gold colour is so versatile and beautiful.
On my cheeks, I applied an iridescent purplish fuschia with a small domed mineral brush by Sephora for precision.
What do you think? I can see a real difference. I love a matte look, but this highlighting can add some radiance.

I've been watching Smashbox's tutorials on youtube. They're so helpful! Just search under "giovannismash" as the channel name. There are all sorts of looks: beachy, bronze, everyday, soft smoky, rock n' roll, etc.

I'm still waiting for my box of Jane Iredale cosmetics to arrive so I'm afraid it won't get here till after Christmas :-(


Nic Nic said...

happy holidays, hope you have a lovely xmas and a very happy new year ahead!!

looking very pretty, love the flushed cheeks ^^

birkinbagbeauty said...

Hi sweetie, I hope you will have a better week next week!

Happy holidays as well, and you look as gorgeous as ever...

' * : . b | u 3 . : * ' said...

Happy holidays to you too :) Do you ever get snow there or just rain?

The CCB looks great on you. I need to get more use out of mine...:)

Fabuless Beauty said...

Happy Holidays to you too!

angie519 said...

I hope everything's alright!

You look beautiful! Thanks for sharing your highlighting techniques! I've been really into highlighting lately. The cheek color looks great on you!!

Olive said...

You look very pretty and I love that blush on you!

Any who I hope you have a very cheerful holiday season!!

Take care doll!!

Kimberly Tia said...

awwww nothing like a lil bit of sunshine in beautiful italy to brighten up one's day....

i wish you very happy holidays ms cheryl!!! stay lovely as ever!!!

Yume-chan said...

have a good holiday and happy new year!!

Eelie said...

I know how you feel about being overly stared at. Its sad to say but most days i walk less populated pathways because i don't want to be stared at.

Whats a cupids bow btw? I'm embarrasingly unenlightened with all things cosmetics but i hope you can be my mentor lol.

Despite my knowledge i think you look very beautiful in your pictures, the blue-tinged fuschia you've used on your lips sound interesting but looks perfect on you.

Crossing my fingers that you feel better.

*hugs* xx

Miss Sandy said...

hey sis. been working a lot. i have operation in march. a bit scared for that =/ but other than that, i'm okay. hehe.. i think i'm down with a cold though..

you should really try them shu uemura face architect fluid foundation. it's really really light :)

too faced has cute product packaging :) have u seen the smurf collection of theirs??

happy holidays sis :) hope you have a great one. have a fabuleux xmas too!!

Glow Chaser said...

Happy Holidays to you too dear. I hope you have a wonderful spectacular New Year. May it bring you a zillions smiles!!

purple snowflake said...

hey hey..
I've been lazy blogging.. bu I've been reading some to keep my self updated..

hehe glad you enjoyed reading my 16 random factors.. btw Merry Christmas..

Mrs.Zeus said...

It looks lovely over there, I am so bored here in Seattle. There's so many accidents and closed roads.
Its supposed to snow some more tonight. :(
I hope youre enjoying the Holidays.

Be safe.

girllovemac said...

happy holidays to u too!!! i really like ur hair :) i gotta get hair make over as soon as possible!!

iamgrape1119 said...

Happy holidays!!! Hope your week gets better! Eat lots of yummy food b/c they can make you happy!

birkinbagbeauty said...

Hi Cheryl, happy holidays again. Could I send the Nix'ie blush (Confidence) to you? I think it would look lovely on you...

angie519 said...

Yup, the fountain almost froze over. I've been stuck at home for the last couple of days, but yeah driving around is scary! Thanks for caring =)

angie519 said...

It hasn't really budged in my area. I think commonly driven streets are getting better. But I haven't been to work since Saturday (and I ended up alone, with my manager) but we did get off early. I actually have the day off today, but it's been snowing today as well! >.<

It's quite bad in Seattle as well..

I hope your family's doing alright! b

Mayhem said...

Very pretty pictures, I love the hair so much.

I've always been afraid of trying MAC's cream colors - almost as much as NARS' cream blushes. They're so rich.

Thanks for the Smashbox link - I love professional videos as such, always so helpful!

Happy holidays to you too and I hope stressful days pass quick.

xphoenix06 said...

You simply are glowing and radiant girl ^-^ I love lurking around your blog! LOL ^-^