Inspired by… BABOR Fall/Winter 2014

Today I am introducing a little series I want to incorporate: The „Inspired by…“ posts.

There are so many collections every season, so many pretty ads and stunning models, urging you to dash out and buy the latest products.
But I know not everyone (me included) can afford to spend that much money, so „Shop my stash“ is a great alternative. Especially if you already have a humongous decent collection.

One thing I have been doing lately is to try and recreate looks I loved using the products I already own.
This is the perfect opportunity to rediscover forgotten gems, but also reveals what you really are missing in your collection.

BABOR Fall/Winter 2014


My first attempt was the festive Fall/Winter Look by BABOR.

The makeup reminds me of the twenties, although it is referred to as „regal“ and „fit for a queen“ in the ad.

(Please do excuse my awkward posing, I am still struggling with my camera/lighting and taking selfies. Tips are highly appreciated!)
Here is how it translated on me:

Awkward posing


Even though the focus of the look, the eyes were surprisingly easy.
I used NYX Jumbo eyeshadow pencil in „Black Bean“ all over the lid and put the pigment „Gold Stroke“ by MAC (Fabolous Felines Collection 2010, LE) on top with a wet eyeshadow brush.
Unfortunately I had no black eyeshadow to set „Black Bean“ and had to apply quite a thick layer, so it almost instantly started creasing on me.
No liner except tight-lining the upper waterline and loads of mascara (L´Oréal Paris False Lash Flutter, review here), and the eyes were done.

Close up of the eyes.

On the lips the model was wearing a matte red color, and as I don’t own any matte red lipstick (shocking, I know), I went for a lipliner (KIKO Lip Pencil in 306), well blended with my fingers.

The lips, close up


Here are the products I used on eyes and lips.
Not mentioned above, but on the picture are Alverde Eyebrow Powder (for my eyebrows, obviously) and Maybelline Black Liner (for tight-lining).

Products used on my lips and eyes.


Most time was spend on the skin. The model has a gorgeous highlighted face without any obvious shimmer and just a subtle contour.
I went for MAC BB Cream in „Light“, just because it is the lightest shade I own, powdered down by Maybelline „The Matte Maker“.
To highlight the center of my face, I went back in with the lightest shade of my MAC Concealer Palette, which was also used to cover up my dark circles and blemishes.
My go-to contour MAC „Harmony“ Powder Blush was put under the cheekbone and around hair and jawline, and a tiny dab of Bobby Browns Shimmer Brick in „Beige“ on the bridge of my nose.
Getting the blush right was tricky.
I ended up mixing the Essence Cream Blush in „Go, Gerania“ (Guerilla Gardening LE 2013) with MACs Powder Blush in „Fleet Fast“ (Hey, Sailor LE 2012), as I don’t own a similar shade.
Looking at the pictures, I think neither the color nor the blush placement go well with my face.

Trying to look dreamy. Epic fail.
Products used on my skin/cheeks.

Overall I have to say I don’t think the look suits me very well.
Next time I would go for a slightly winged out eye shape, another blush and most likely a nude lip.
The highlighted skin and the gold on black eyeshadow on the other hand will definitely be practiced for the upcoming party season.

How do you like this kind of post?
And is this a look you would recreate? If you do so, please tweet me a picture (@LindaLibraLoca) or tag me in your instagram pictures (@lindalibraloca).
And as I now know that I need a black matte eyeshadow in my life: Any recommendations?


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  • You look absolutely stunning! I love your eyes especially! Reminds me of the Great Gatsby. I'm noting down all your MAC goodies as I'm all ways looking for recommendations! Lovely post.


    • Thank you, lovely!
      Sadly, most of the MAC products here were Limited Edition, but expect to see more MAC on my blog, as MAC was my first love. Not so keen on their foundation anymore, but their lipsticks and eyeshadows still are high in my all time favorites.

  • Gorgeous look, Linda! These gold eyes, combined with red lips are just perfect. I will try to recreate this look if I find the time!

  • Omg gorgeous. The gold is absolutely heavenly. Something about it is so regal & captivating. You rocked this look for sure. :] // ☼ ☯

    • Thank you, Carmen. The gold-on-black is something I m definitely going to try again.

    • Thank you so much. Those gold-on-black eyes are great for the upcoming holiday season.

  • beautiful look!

  • OHMY I love it! I also have this kind of series on my blog, which I started last year and I call it "After You" series but my first try was a Youtube guru. Hehehe. Anyway, I wanna recreate this too! Need a gold eyeshadow now!!!! =O

  • I have to check out your series, too.
    And I bet this one with the dark gold eye looks lovely on you!

  • First time to see this post! WHOAH that Gold Stroke is divine!