This New Year's Eve was one of the most relaxing ones I've had in the past few years; definitely not as exciting or adventurous as previous ones, but surely equally, if not even more important, since I got the chance to spend it with my family.
But, not going out certainly doesn't mean that we can look unpolished, right? It is NYE after all and the way it finds you sticks with you for the whole year (or so they say)! So, I thought I should put a bit of an effort:
Starting off with the eyes, I kinda went all out and added even more drama to the sparkling look, with some fake lashes (scary eye closeup to follow):
The eyeshadow I used was Chanel Epatant, one of my most prized makeup possessions.
Epatant is a beautiful shimmery silver khaki with flecks of silver and micro rainbow glitter and, as the rest of the Illusion D' Ombre eyeshadows comes in a spongey whipped texture, that doesn't crease or budge (nor should it at its pricepoint).
I didn't want to spoil the look by adding a crease shade or darkening it with a smokey eye, so I just opted for some eyeliner and some fake lashes.
The ones I used where the A166 by the Korean brand ES. These were definitely more dramatic than what I've previously tried, but I really enjoyed stepping out of my comfort zone.
The A166's are ideal for adding volume and major length to your lashes, and they still don't look extremely over the top (call me #towie). This time the band was black and thicker instead of the clear one I'm used to from ES lashes, but still bendable and easy to work with. The look is quite natural too, despite the drama (you know how I hate glossy, black, plastic looking lashes).
On my nails, I applied 3 coats of Chanel Quartz, a light metallic taupe shade, shot with the tiniest multicoloured glitter. The colour itself is lovely and elegant, but it really required 3 coats to show properly in all its glory. Nevertheless, it was worth it, and it's still going strong as I'm typing this, 4 days later.
That was it for the makeup portion of the post.
Next up are some of the presents I got for New Year's (here in Greece, we exchange presents on New Year's day, but our family tradition is to open them right after we ring in the new year):
A faux fur vest (that I'd been wanting for a while now) by More&More, and a wonderful piece of fine jewellery: a dainty sun-shaped pendant necklace. I'm gonna try and wear the vest soon and hopefully make an OOTD of it too! ;)
I didn't receive as many presents as I had in the past few years (austerity and all) and certainly nothing like the extravagant christmas haul videos on YT, but I'm honestly happier than I ever was, because this time they were more thoughtful and personal.
Kudos if you made it this far!
So, what makeup did you have on on NYE? Any presents you were extremely happy to receive this holiday season?
Disclaimer: the ES A166 lashes were sent to me for consideration of review. My thoughts and opinions on them are an honest reflection of my experience.