Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Jewel Tone Eye Tutorial

Hi Everyone! My family got me the best souvenir ever from their holidays - the Urban Decay 15 Year Anniversary Palette! I didn't realize they even sold it anymore! This is just a look using mainly that palette, hope you like it!
So first of all, I primed my lid with Urban Decay Primer Potion as usual.
I wanted to have a nice dark base for the colour I wanted to use so I smudged Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in zero along the lashline and all over the moving lid, leaving the inner corner free.
On a flat shader brush I took the colour Half Truth and patted this along where I put the eyeliner. Bewarned - these shimmer shadows fall out like crazy.
I took a clean blending brush and buffed away the harsh line at the socket.
Next, using the same brush, I took a little bit of Tease from the Naked2 palette (you can use any transition colour you like) and buffed this in to the socket to create a nice transition between the Half Truth colour and the browbone.
I lined my upper and lower waterlines and under the lower lashline with Zero again.
Taking a small smudge brush, I picked up the colour Evidence and placed it right over where I put the liner.
Next I lined my upper lashline with Blackout and an angled brush.

I added an inner corner highlight with Midnight 15.

Clinique High Impact Mascara and Ardell 102 Lashes.
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Monday, 16 July 2012

Monday Lip Swatch: Gosh Darling

Hi Everyone! Sorry about skipping these swatch posts this past few weeks, I haven't had a laptop! I'm currently loaning one of my friend, so I'm trying to get as many posts ready to go as I can and have them automatically post later. So, that said, this week's swatch is the infamous Darling by Gosh. This was my first nude lipstick (which I recently repurchased, €11.95) and at first I thought it was going to be completely unwearable. Then I discovered the trick to making it look nice is to gently pat it on with your finger, not slapping it on straight from the bullet. It is a creamy texture with absolutely no shimmer (yay!) that goes on quite opaquely. The colour itself is a very pale beige with a pink undertone. It's perfect with a smokey eye, I love it!

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Day To Night Make-Up Look

Hi Everyone! I've been in such a rut trying to think of new looks to do, and while the finished look itself isn't anything special here I thought I'd do it a little differently. This is really 2 looks in one, the first is the general way I wear my make-up during daytime mainly for work (on my days off I prefer to wear none). It's just a super simple defined eye using matte neutrals and the second look is one that I do if I don't have a lot of time to get ready for going out after I finish work, so I'll show you how I just tweak what I have already on to turn it into a night-time look :) Enjoy! Look #1 Day Time
Look #2 Night Time
Ok so I started off by applying my Urban Decay Primer Potion all over the lid. This step is really essential for this particular look because it keeps your eyeshadows perfectly in place for later. So apply any eye primer you like. I then take a neutral matte bone coloured shadow, the one I used was Vanilla from the Smashbox Girls On Film Softbox palette (something like Brule by Mac is perfect) and I applied this all over from lid to browbone.

I then like to add in a little definition into the crease so my eyelid doesnt look completely flat, and for this I used the colour Pebble from the same palette, which is a cool toned medium brown/grey colour. I popped this in the crease with a stiff blending brush and blended the edges with a clean fluffier brush.
To add in a little bit of warmth, I used the colour Sienna from the same palette again, on a pointed crease brush just in the outer corner and into the socket slightly. I blended it a little with the same brush that had the Pebble colour on it.

Next, to make the lashes appear fuller I patted in a little bit of a black shadow on an angled brush, the colour I used was Black Top from the Smashbox Smokebox palette. Remember you don't have to use the exact same colours I'm using :)
A coat of Clinique High Impact Mascara. Choose a mascara that doesnt flake or transfer everywhere throughout the day.
I filled in my brows with Catrice Brow Kit.
That's it for the eyes! On my skin I just used Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer (Fair and Light mixed together) under my eyes, along my nose, and on any hyperpigmentation marks and I ran some of it over a few prominent veins I have in random places... I set that with Mac MSF Natural in light. On the cheeks I used a touch of Benefit Coralista blush and on the lips I just wore my trusted Chap Ice as I don't like wearing much on the lips during the day as I don't usually get a chance to touch anything up.
Apologies, there's some blurry pics coming up, i don't know what happened..! :( But anyway on with the second part of this tutorial. Obviously I love taking my make-up off and starting fresh for a different look, but let's face it, you're not always going to have time. So to start with I will usually mist a little bit of something like La Roche Posay Thermal Water Spray over my skin and buff in a little more concealer where its needed. I will also re-powder, add in a light contour and deepen the blush. Oh and add a little highlight with something like Urban Decay UrbanGlow Cream Highlighter in Sin. As for the eyes, here's how I turn them to night-time peepers. Going back to the Smokebox palette and a pointed crease brush, I took the colour Royal, a deep matte aubergine shade and used this to dramatically deepen the crease and under the lower lashes. I used a clean blending brush just on the edges to soften out any harsh lines.
To make the lid colour pop more, I took the colour Shroom by Mac on a flat shader brush and gently patted it along the inner half of the lid, going back in with the darker shade over any bits that the Shroom covered.
Back to my angled brush and Black Top, I made the liner darker thicker and bolder.
I added some previously worn Ardell 120's and I was ready!
I also patted on some YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick in Peach Passion on the lips. What do you think? Are you guilty of loading on more layers of make-up instead of taking it off and starting fresh? Much Love xxx

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Quickie Reviw: Benefit They're Real! Mascara

Hi Everyone! So I know I'm a bit late hopping on this wagon, but I got around to buying the They're Real mascara (€25) about a month ago and have been testing it out ever since. Here's my thoughts;
Packaging: I love the packaging, its a sleek gunmetal tube, that looks pretty in your make-up bag :P And I'm a sucker for nice packaging.
The wand: The wand is made up of loads of short fine rubber bristles with an unusual ball-shaped head for picking individual lashes easily. I love the idea of this wand, but I wish the formula was better.
The Formula: I love how black the colour is, but I'm not overly impressed with the formula overall, I find it hard to build up volume without clumping and getting the "spider" look and it is a pain in the ASS to get off! So if you like spider lashes and like to keep your mascara on for days and days at a time, this is the mascara for you! :) No Mascara
One Coat
Two Coats
Overall, I don't think this product lives up to the hype, it has it's pros and cons just like every other product, and in my mind its definitely not worth splurging 25 quid on, I would rather go and repurchase my Clinique High Impact any day.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Sunny Day Make-Up

Hi Everyone! This is not a full-on tutorial as such, mainly because there's not very much to it, but I'll briefly tell you the type of products I reach for on those rare sunny days. So first of all I still apply my urban Decay Primer to make sure everything stays in place, as nothing seems to stay on my lids without it. I then go for a cream shadow in some subtle shade- this is Clinique 8 hour Antioxidant Cream Shadow in 04 Ginger-ly. You can barely see it in the pic, its very subtle but it helps to even out colouring on the eyelid. I used Sketch by Mac to line my top lashline, this helps make the lashes appear thicker and I like the subtle pop of colour. Clinique High Impact Mascara. I filled in my brows with Catrice Brow Kit. Products Used on Skin; -Bourjois 10 Hour Sleep Effect Foundation -Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer -Mac MSF in Light and Medium Dark -Benefit Coralista -Urban Decay Urbanglow Cream Highlighter in Sin On Lips I like to go for something simple like Sleek Pout Polish in Bare Minimum.