29 Jul 2014

Arab Makeup for Eid

Hi everyone! It's been a good while since I did an Arab inspired makeup look, my last one was rather colorful and bold. I wanted to come  up with a look for those who are currently celebrating Eid al-Fitr, which is a celebration period marking the end of Ramadan for Muslims. I realize that not all Muslims are Arabs, but I love this kind of makeup and I thought it would be fitting for those who are from this culture. Plus, this look is just super glamorous and very eye catching, so basically anyone who likes this style of makeup can wear it. I'm all about being open to different cultures and taking inspiration from many regions of the world!

Happy Eid, or Eid Mubarak to those celebrating!




Keep reading to see what I used, and the video tutorial to achieve this look!

24 Jul 2014

Glowing Ultra Violet Makeup

I'm horrible at keeping up with my Blog, I admit it. I post videos on my Youtube channel and forget to post the looks here. Make sure you're subscribed to my channel there, as you can also be notified by email when I upload a new video.

Nonetheless, here's a really fun and colorful look I had so much fun coming up with! I used to actually dislike wearing purple eyeshadow back in my early days; now I can't get enough of it. It really brings out brown, green and hazel eyes and is definitely an eye-catching look.




Read more to see what I used and the video tutorial!

12 Jun 2014

5 Summer Recipes you NEED to try!


Summer is here and I thought I'd share some of my favorite seasonal recipes with you. I love cooking, but over the past few years I've tried to change my cooking habits to be a lot healthier, reducing a lot of the added sugar, but including lots of vegetables, fruits, healthy proteins and the like. I still want to enjoy and love the food I make, but also know that I won't have to run a marathon afterwards to burn off loads of bad calories and extra fats I don't need.

All these recipes are not only extremely tasty and fail-safe to make, but I've also tried to make them as health conscious as I can without reducing flavor. Using fresh ingredients, spices and herbs, and combining them creatively is really my take on great cooking!

Keep reading to get 5 wonderful summer recipes, that will have your friends and family wanting more!

3 Jun 2014

Golden Peacock Eyes

I was rooting around in my makeup studio, pulling out a bunch of fun colors, glitter, lashes and the like, and decided to throw together this look.





Want to see what products I used and the tutorial? Then keep reading!

How to make Low-Sugar Jam Yourself



Ever since I posted pics of my homemade low-sugar jam on my fitness Instagram stream (check it out here), I've had numerous requests from you how I make it. I love jam, be it on a rice cake, a piece of toast, in yogurt, or on oatmeal. Normal store bought jam, however, contains so much sugar that it's not really a healthy breakfast option at all. I decided to make my own, so I can control how much sugar I consume. Not only that, but you can get super creative with your own fruit combinations and jam varieties.


Today I'll show you how I make it! Let's start with the BASICS:
  • Use best quality fruit that is picked at its prime, and perfectly ripe. This will make the jam naturally sweeter and you won't have to add as much sugar to sweeten.
  • Sterilize your sealing mason jars before starting. This will ensure that no bacteria is in the jars which might develop mold, meaning your jam will keep longer. (You don't have to buy mason jars, I often reuse old jam or pickle jars, just make sure the lid still fits tight.)
How to sterilize your jars: Place the jars and the lids in a pot of water. I like to put the jars in a huge pot, and the lids in a separate smaller saucepan. Then boil both items in the water for at least 10 minutes. Then drain the water and dry the jars with a clean towel, but don't rinse them again under the water! Basically, just make sure that after the boiling process, they stay as clean as possible. Line them up for filling with jam later.


Keep on reading to get the full recipe!

27 May 2014

Aishwarya Rai Cannes Filmes Festival Makeup

Beautiful Bollywood film actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looked stunning at this year's Cannes Film Festival. It's sort of crazy to think she's 40 years old and still puts most of us to shame, haha! Girl seriously lucked out in the gene pool department. I do think women can be beautiful at any age, some people seem to think that once you hit 30, your days of being considered attractive are numbered. Luckily this isn't true at all!

Anyhow, here is what some people consider to be the most beautiful woman in the world. For those who don't know her, she's an über famous Bollywood film actress and mega star in India, and was also Miss World 1994. She's also a spokesperson for L'Oréal cosmetics.


I have to say I was really disappointed that years back she got a lot of flack for her red carpet appearances because she put on weight after having a child. People talked about her "letting herself go" and the like. It makes me so mad that as soon as a beautiful woman puts on a little weight, suddenly she's dropped like a hot potato and shunned for failing to live up to her former beauty queen standards. How dare she have a child and put on weight, get older and have her metabolism slow down? It's much harder to be thin and svelte at 35 than it is at 25.


But good for her for dropping a lot of weight at 40. It is so much harder at that age, so props to her. Probably the rich Indian cooking doesn't help, I'd have a hard time losing weight on that kind of cuisine, as yummy as it is!


Anyhow, here's my rendition of this stunning look:



To see the video tutorial and a breakdown of all the products I used, keep reading...

8 May 2014

Selena Gomez Met Ball Makeup


This look is inspired by Selena Gomez; this is the makeup she wore on the red carpet of this year's Met Gala. She combined the makeup with a beautiful deep burgundy dress, and I felt it was such a stunning combination. This eye makeup is a fairly easy and an absolute perfect go-to when you want to pull off any bold or dark lip. The eyes are defined and glamorous, but don't take away attention from the lips, which take center stage.



Keep reading to watch my video tutorial, and see all the products I used!

9 Apr 2014

Disney Maleficent Angelina Jolie inspired Makeup



So I admit I am not a die hard fan of Disney (as in I have to immediately see every new film they release), but the upcoming Maleficent movie definitely caught my eye! I think for one because Angelina Jolie stars as the leading villainess, and two, because it's so different from most Disney movies. Some movie critics think it will absolutely tank at the box office because it's "too scary" for most Disney fans, which actually makes me want to see it! The trailers look so beautiful, and they inspired me to come up with this Maleficent look.

Now, Angelina wears prosthetics on her face and I think the movie has been quite altered in post production to have a certain dark and almost cool toned feel to it, but I just went off the trailer and screenshots I've seen floating around the Internet. I also decided to give this look my own personal spin for a super gothic Maleficent rendition.

I'm wearing black feather wings in these pictures because in the trailer, it is revealed that Maleficent had a past where she was actually some sort of fairy, and her black wings were actually stolen from her. Exciting! I'm not crafty enough to make my own horns, sadly, so the wings will have to suffice.

Will you be seeing this movie when it comes out? Let me know in the comments!





Watch my video tutorial and everything I used below...


4 Apr 2014

Fix Broken Eyeshadows & Blushes

So a few days ago this happened...





I was filming a makeup tutorial and accidentally brushed my MAC neutral shadow eye palette off the corner of my vanity table with the elbow. Needless to say, I was really devastated and pissed of at my own clumsiness!

Luckily, I know a method how to salvage broken shadows. I first tried to rescue what I could by returning the chipped pieces to their original pan containers using a tiny spoon, then liquified the shadow using alcohol. Then I repressed the shadows using a coin, and now the palette looks almost as good as new!

Watch my tutorial below how you can fix broken eyeshadows, blushes and pressed powders, should you accidentally break them...


28 Mar 2014

Kim Kardashian Vogue Cover Makeup



Regardless of what you might think of Kim Kardashian's career, her antics, her looks...one thing can't be refuted: Her makeup on her recent controversial Vogue Covershoot was the bomb.com!!

  • What do you think of Kim and Kanye appearing on the cover of Vogue?? Do you think she "deserved" it? Did you like the cover, or will you be cancelling your subscription like Sarah Michelle Gellar?
    • My Thoughts: I honestly don't really care! It's completely irrelevant to my life who is on the cover of a fashion magazine. As long as people are interested in Kim and her life, she will be famous and probably gracing more magazine covers. 




Above I've taken a screenshot of the accompanying video from the photoshoot that Vogue posted on their Youtube channel. I changed my eye color to match Kim's, so you can see how similar the look is. When I first saw pictures of Kim's look, I thought it was actually really, really dark. In truth it's more of a medium brown and bronzey smokey eye, with some gold highlighting.




This would be a really perfect bridal makeup if you're looking for something a bit more dramatic than just natural tones. I tried on my own wedding dress after filming this look, with my hair up like this and the jewelry, and I loved it! I might wear something like this on my own wedding day next February.

Want to get the look? Then watch my video tutorial below, see all the products I used, or directly on Youtube here.

20 Mar 2014

Make Up For Ever HD Tutorial

Good Day, mateys!

Today I wanted to share with you a quick tutorial using, and review of the Make Up For Ever HD product range. I was sent these from the company and I showed all the goodies MUFE sent to me in my last Unboxing video here - there was a ton of great stuff in there, I'm really excited to really try out everything else too!

I was immediately drawn to the HD foundation, the primer, and the setting powder because I have heard a lot of hype surrounding these products. Watch my video below to see how I apply these products and my thoughts on them!





Aaaand if you're too short on time for that, here's a quick Pros and Cons list:

Pros


  • The foundation is very lightweight and comfortable to wear. I honestly can't feel that I'm wearing a bunch of products on my face, which is always nice.
  • Buildable coverage means you can use as little or as much as you like, depending how much coverage you need (see my Con on this later)
  • I love the setting powder - it looks and feels invisible on the skin but does a good job of setting the foundation and mattifying oily areas. Also great to use on concealer under the eyes, and I will use this with other foundations too.
  • These products don't contain sunscreen so they would be ok to use under flash photography (meaning no white flashback on the skin)
  • Good for oily and combination skin as well
Cons

  • To me the foundation just doesn't have enough coverage. It almost goes on sheer and I needed several applications to get a decent coverage. I don't have major problem skin but I mainly use foundation to even out my skintone on blotchy areas - it really didn't do that great of a job for this. To me, this just isn't enough coverage in an HD setting when a camera is a few inches from your face.
  • The primer didn't wow me, but then, I rarely use primers. It wasn't a bad primer per se, but I didn't really see a noticeable difference here. Probably skippable.

In conclusion...

I would recommend this foundation to people with combination or oily skin who are looking for something very lightweight that has buildable coverage. The first application is semi-sheer, so you are flexible in how much you want to apply for more coverage. If you have a lot of discoloration in your face, however, and you're looking for something to cover it in one go, this probably isn't it. I did really enjoy the setting powder though.

Where to buy:


Have you tried any of these products? What did you think of them yourself?


14 Mar 2014

Zurich Meet-Up & Makeup Event



Some exciting news! Globus department store has invited me to once again be part of their Beauty Days special promotional event, where I will be doing makeup by appointment in-store on two weekends. Last year I was at Globus in Bern, this time around I will be at two different locations in Zurich!

Saturday, 22 March 2014 at Globus Glattzentrum
Saturday, 29 March 2014 at Globus Zurich Bahnhofstrasse

Hours for both dates that I will be there:
11am - 2pm and 4pm - 7pm

If you would like to book an appointment with me to get your makeup done, you can do so through the Globus website. The appointments are free of charge.

Make an appointment for Glattzentrum
Make an appointment for Zurich Bahnhofstrasse

In case all the appointments get booked up and you would still like to meet me and say hello, please drop by between 6:30pm to 7pm on both those dates. We have reserved the last half hour on both days for anyone who would like to come by spontaneously to take pictures, chat, etc.

I can't wait to meet you! Please drop by and have your makeup done by me. :)


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WAS: Julia Graf schminkt bei Globus Beauty Days

WO & WANN:

→ Samstag 22. März, 2014 @ Globus Glattzentrum, 11-14 Uhr & 16-19 Uhr
→ Samstag 29. März, 2014 @ Globus Zürich Bahnhofstrasse, 11-14 Uhr & 16 - 19 Uhr

★ Kostenloser Schmink Termin buchen:

Glattzentrum
Zürich Bahnhofstrasse

Im Fall das alle Termine ausgebucht werden, und du möchtest trotzdem vorbei kommen um mich kennen zu lernen, wir haben die letzte halbe Stunde an beiden Tagen frei gehalten (18:30 bis 19:00 Uhr). Komm dann einfach spontan vorbei!

Ich freue mich auf euch!! ♡


27 Feb 2014

Kendall Jenner Makeup Tutorial


Hi everyone! Today I'm recreating this Kendall Jenner Look for you today. I thought it was really fun and flirty, so I hope you like it. Check out my video tutorial below how to recreate the look. Above you can see the inspiration picture I used!