Pretty In Bronze

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Work Appropriate Makeup and Outfits - Business/Casual
September 20, 20150 Comments
Hello all (maybe one or two of you)! I wanted to make a helpful video and blog post for those of you that are in my position work wise. I currently work full time at my university as a Copyright Clerk, which requires me to dress professionally. In the past I've always worked in retail so my outfits were always well... casual. The only job I worked at before this one was professional, but I worked from home so I usually just wore PJ's. Here's the video I made and if you prefer reading check below for a quick list of tips and pics!

Makeup Guide:

  • As much of a natural looking foundation as possible. Unfortunately cake face is frowned upon in the professional world of business. Most employers don't want you wearing a lot of makeup and the first step to that is a lightweight foundation or a higher coverage BB cream. I personally use just concealers in my problem areas because I work at a desk and the only people I meet with are professors who don't care what I look like, but if I can get their stuff done quickly.

Eye Makeup:

Go natural. Light browns, peaches, champagne colours are best. Avoid shimmery/glittery eyeshadow and going too dark. Just using a colour base such as a MAC paint pot like I do (sometimes with a light brown in the crease, especially on Fridays).  This will block out the veins and discolouration

  • Mascara: This you don't have to worry about. Just don't do too many layers and make it look too clumpy. One or two layers is plenty. Also, no falsies unless you work in a field where it would make sense.
  • Liner: Tightlining is perfectly acceptable, but winged liner and putting black liner in your water line is generally a no no when it comes to being professional in a business type job. There's really no use and a lot of time employers might think you're trying too hard. 
  • Lipstick: Nudes (not "I just came back from the dead" or "this matches my foundation nude"), natural pinks, and sometimes even red lipstick are the way to go. I'd say make sure your red lipstick has a warmer undertone or it might draw too much attention to the rest of your makeup.

The Rest:
  • Bronzer: Bronzing up your face a little bit (keyword: LITTLE) is perfectly fine, but seriously. Don't go crazy carving out your face. Though it may look amazing and glam, that's not what your job is. Unless it is and you work in the field of makeup then go as crazy and glamorous as you want. But if you're working in business like me stick to minimal.
  • Blush: Same rule as bronzer, just as natural as you can get and stay away from shimmer. You don't want to go overboard with the pink stuff.
  • Brows: Just make them as natural as you possibly can. Try not to make the lines too perfectly straight or make your brows too dark. Also don't carve them out. While brows frame your face, they won't help you in your career.

Outfit guide:

  • One black
  • One skin tone/nude/possibly brown
  • One fun colour (in my case hot pink)
The black and nude will work with a lot of different coloured shirts (to wear underneath) and accessories (necklaces, bracelets, rings), but nothing too crazy!

With the fun colour you should only wear this once in a while, but when you do I highly recommend wearing either a white or black shirt with it. Here's an awkward iPhone pic from when I wore this to a job interview.

  • Black dress pants
  • Regular black pants
  • Khaki
  • Skirts

Black dress pants and regular pants are a no brainer when it comes to business/casual. Though they aren't actually that easy to find. I personally prefer the regular pants because they aren't as flowy and because I just wear flats every day to work.

Khaki pants are what I like to wear for casual Friday. They still look professional, but they're comfortable enough for going out after work to the mall, movies, or home to watch Netflix.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

July 05, 20150 Comments
Just a GRWM video. Feel free to mute it and listen to whatever you want since I won't be talking during this one!

Monday, June 29, 2015

2015 Spring Favourites
June 29, 20150 Comments
Hello all and welcome to my blog! As promised on my youtube video (which is also below if you aren't coming from there) here is the long list of products that I mentioned! Unfortunately not every single product is available anymore (and not every website makes it easy to get to the products), but here's the entire list. I hope this helps and you can find some holy grail products of your own :)

 Products mentioned (In order):

 Body/Skin Care:

Johnsons 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner:

Olay Ultra Moisture Vanilla Indulgence Body Wash:

BWC Facial Cleanser: 

Olay ProX Brush:

The Body Shop (Deluxe Edition) Chocomania Body Butter:

Cetaphil Face Moisturizer:

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Sunscreen:


Nume Straightner:

Tangle Teezer:


Brush Egg:

Beauty Blender:

Sigma f80 Flat Kabuki:

BH Cosmetics Brush Set: Real Techniques Face Brushes:

Anastasia #12 eyebrow brush:

Elisabeth Mott All Over Shadow Brush:
Sonia Kashuk brush set (my exact one not available):


Makeup Geek Eyeshadows:

NYX Eyeshadow (website not working well):

Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder: 

Maybelline Fit Me Concealers: 

Maybelline Matte and Poreless Foundation:

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream: 

Loreal True Match Lumi: 

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara:
Makeup Forever Pro. Smokey Extravagant Mascara:

 Physicians Formula Warm Nude Shimmer Strip:

 Too Faced Chocolate Soliel Bronzer:

 Kat Von D. Tattoo Liner:

 Urban Decay 24/7 Liner: 

NYX The Runway Palette:

Essense clear Brow gel:

 MAC Paint Pot:

MAC “Cosmo”:

Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick: 

NYX Round Lipstick:

NYX Butter gloss:

Rimmel Moisture Lipstick: 

Essence lipstick: 

MAC Fix +:

Monday, June 22, 2015

Colour Series  ~ Pink
June 22, 20150 Comments
Hello and welcome to the first of eventually many colour series posts! Carli Bybel on youtube posted a video a few months ago (or weeks, can't remember) revolving around the colour red and I thought it was a great idea so all credits for the idea go to her! I decided to create a look that is based on PINK because pink is such a fun colour for spring and summer and let's be honest- not many people wear pink eyeshadow.

I wanted to incorporate pink in everything so I filmed this video for you :) I hope you enjoy it!

Amy Sousa

The Boyfriend TAG
June 22, 20150 Comments
Hello all! It's been a while since I've posted a blog post on here... that made no sense. However, I'm going to try my best now that it's summer to actually keep up with posts. Today's post is simple; it's just a video. Here's the boyfriend tag that FINALLY went up with my amazing boyfriend Steven. I hope you enjoy it :)