Monday, 27 January 2014

Peachy/Pinky Valentine's Look

Hi Everyone! A really simple make-up look for you today, so simple in fact, that I didn't feel the need for a tutorial! I'll list all the products used at the bottom of this post :) . These are not colours I use often, but I actually really like the end result, so I probably should! I didn't create this with Valentine's Day in mind, in fact, I tend to forget the damn day exists, but looking at the finished look, it reminded me of those pinky make-up looks that some people like to do for Valentines, hence the title :) I would wear this any day of the year. If you have any questions about this look or how to create it, ask away in the comment section below :) Much Love xx

-Urban Decay Primer Potion
-Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Tainted (inner corner)
-Mac Eyeshadow in Expensive Pink (middle & outer lid)
-Mac Eyeshadow in Samoa Silk (crease)
-Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Half-Truth (outer-V)
-Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Anonymous (browbone & tearduct)
-Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Liner
-Clinique High Impact Mascara
-Kiss Lashes 

-Lancôme Teint Miracle Foundation
-Mac StudioFinish Concealer
-Mac MSF Natural
-Nars Laguna Bronzer
-Mac Powder Blush in Fleur Power
-Mac Eyeshadow in Shroom as highlight

-Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick 003

Thursday, 16 January 2014

My Everyday Make-Up Routine Eyes & Skin

Hi Everyone! Something different for ya today, I wanted to share with you a kind of "what's in my make-up bag" post, but decided to do it in a tutorial type form, so you can see the order in which I like to go about applying my make-up. Hope you find this interesting and once again, eye-look requests are welcome ;) Enjoy!
So I always start with UDPP either the original or Eden, today I went for Eden.
For my everyday look I like to keep the lid colour a shade or two lighter than my skintone or the same as my skintone, sometimes matte, sometimes iridescent, today I actually used a colour I'd mixed up and pressed myself, its a combination of Mac's Brule and Naked Lunch. You could use either colour you preferred, or if you have both, just dip your brush in both and mix them together :). This is a handy way of making sure you get as much mileage out of expensive shadows like this, both pans only had bits at the sides left so it was really hard to get the colour out, but when I pressed them together, I actually had loads left! So anyway, that went all over the moving lid using a flat shader brush.
Next I took Kid by Mac, a matte, warm, light brown colour, and used this in the socket using the base shadow brush by Real Techniques. I find this brush excellent for use in the crease when trying to create soft definition there.
For my highlight (browbone and inner corner) I usually mix together Brule and Blanc Type by Mac, I prefer a matte highlight to a shimmery one.
To add a bit more definition, I dipped my essential crease brush by Real Techniques into the tiniest bit of Swiss Chocolate by Mac, and blended into the very outer corner of the eye. You can blend this in using the same brush you used to apply Kid.
I used a Crown angled brush and Crave from the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette to create a simple winged eyeliner.
My favourite mascara ever, Clinique High Impact.
When I have my eyes done, I usually clean up under the eyes (especially if I've used a dark eyeshadow as liner, like here), and move on to my skin. So the foundation I'm loving at the moment is Lancome Teint Miracle, which I apply using the Real Techniques pointed foundation brush. I like to build it up around problem areas (for me, around the mouth and chin area) and have it very thin towards the outside of the face. I then go in with my holy-grail concealer, the Mac Studio Finish (NW20) which I apply under the eyes, all over my nose (foundation never seems to want to sit on it very long) and again, any blemishes. I use the double-ended, synthetic brush which came with the Urban Decay Naked2 palette, I use the flat side to scoop some out of the tub and apply where needed, and then I buff it in with the fluffy side. I love Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural as a powder, it doesnt mattify the skin too much but helps keep my make-up on all day. Today I used my Real Techniques Multitask Brush to apply this.
At this stage I usually fill in my eyebrows using (my very battered looking) Catrice Brow Kit and a Crown angled brush. I use mainly the lighter shade, but a little bit of the darker on the outside part.
For the rest of the skin, at the moment I'm loving this Tropi-Coral kit by Benefit. I use the Coralista blush with my Bdellium Tools 940 brush (the little green one) mainly on the apples of the cheeks only. For daytime-friendly natural contouring, I actually like to use a darker than my skin face powder, here I used the Mac MSF Natural in Medium (I used the colour Light as my setting powder)with an Avon synthetic angled face brush. I find this looks nice and undetectable in daylight, as to using a full on bronzer. Lastly I like to dot a little bit of High Beam with my ringfinger along the tops of my cheekbones for a little healthy glow, et voila!
The finished look, easy and simple :) Apologies by the way for the poor light in these photos, still trying to suss out the best times to do photos in my new room..! Hope you liked it! Much Love xx

Monday, 13 January 2014

Quickie Review: Lancôme Teint Miracle Foundation

Hi Everyone! I haven't done of these posts in a while! So when I was at the airport last week I found myself with over an hour to spare and a makeup bag in need of foundation. I was settled on the YSL Le Teint Touché Éclat and me and the salesgirl ran around the different counters looking for my shade but they were out of stock! So I was deciding between this one and the Diorskin Nude, but the Lancôme was a few euro cheaper so I went for it obviously. 

I got the shade 010 Beige Porcelaine, which was the lightest in the range and very neutral in tone. My skin tone would be on the yellow side, but the next shade up (which had cool and warm variations) was too dark. The difference isn't noticeable once I have my powder on so it doesn't even bother me. 

This retails at €36 (Debenhams) but only cost €28 at the airport (lift), for 30 ml, it has a SPF 15.

Lancôme describes this as a perfecting foundation; "Teint Miracle helps recreate and boost the skin’s luminosity. Instantly, complexion appears flawless and luminous, as if lit-from-within". This is my favourite type of foundation, not too heavy but buildable. It's like a more luxurious version of the Bourjois Healthy Mix. I've found from testing it this past few days that it lasts lovely on the skin, although problem areas, such as blemishes, do need touching up after a few hours, but this doesn't claim to have super staying powers so I'll forgive that. It certainly gives that lovely dewy freshness to the skin, whilst covering up imperfections and seamlessly blending into the skin. I like to apply this with a synthetic foundation brush, such as the Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush, as very little product gets wasted (it's expensive shit aaaight?! :P) and allows for precise application. I would say this is a foundation suited best to dry, combination or normal skin.

Overall, I would say that there is nothing bad about this that I can come up with, other than the price! But if you're like me, and get a weird thrill just from splurging on a product, it's well worth it! If you're on a tight budget I would say save your pennies, you can get cheaper alternatives that do just as good a job! (Like the Bourjois Healthy Mix haha). 
Have you tried this foundation? Let me know what you thought! Much love xx

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Recent Work & Update

Hi Everyone! Sorry I've had no posts recently, Christmas was so busy! It's also been so dark and it's impossible to get good clear pics without good daylight so that's why I haven't bothered much with tutorials either... Also a little side note, I've relocated to live with my mum in Finland for a while so that's taken up a good bit of my time and energy haha. I've got some reviews hopefully coming up in the near future, might do one tomorrow as I've got some nice new products I wanna a show you :) . But in the meantime I want to share some pics from a recent photoshoot I did with my friend and photographer Terrie Burton and hairstylist Marie McCabe, both based in the Donegal area. Enjoy!