Monday, 28 April 2014

Mac Crosswires Lipstick

Hi Everyone! I was in Helsinki over the weekend and had accumulated enough empties for a Back To Mac (there's no Mac counter where I live, boo) so I was delighted to pick this baby up. I must say it wouldn't be a colour I would usually go for, but I thought why not try something different when it's for free? I'm trying to break away from the nudes a bit and be a bit braver with my lip colours. 
Crosswires is a cremesheen formula, which I really like as it's not too drying and generally easy to wear. I found photographing this quite a challenge, the colour kinda changes in different lights and I can't quite put my finger on what it even is. Mac describe it as a "clean pinky orange". When I first tried it on my lips, to me it looked neon pink, but I guess that's just because I don't often do "coloured" lips haha. In the pictures below it came out a lot more sheer looking than I thought. It also looks more orangey in the bullet, but comes off more pinky on the lips. It has the classic vanilla scent that all Mac lip products do, which I love. 
Please excuse the state of my hair, I was not having a good selfie-day today haha. I think this a perfect spring/summer shade, I'll probably be wearing it more so just dabbed on the lips with my fingers for a more subtle stain. 
Have you tried Crosswires? What's your favourite springtime lip colour? 
Much Love xxx

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation Review & FOTD

Hi Everyone! So I know I'm a bit late on this bandwagon, so hopefully this will be of interest to some of you! A sort of New Years resolution that I've been trying to stick to this year is to try not hoard make-up, as in use up what I have before repurchasing or trying something new. I also like to switch between trying high-end and drug store foundations, so as my Lancome Teint Miracle is more or less used up this was next on the list. Actually, YSL Le Teint Touché Éclat was next on the list, but I'm on a bit of a tight budget so that was a no go. I don't think I've had a Rimmel foundation since secondary school, despite their great reputation among beauty bloggers. This particular one has been said to be a dupe for the YSL one which sold me on it, and for around €13.50 (I believe it retails for less than a tenner in Ireland) you can't really go wrong can you? 
I'm a big fan of the packaging, sleek glass bottle and a pump which dispenses just the perfect amount of product. I got the shade 102 Light Nude, which is actually about 2 shades too dark for me, but I got it on purpose as I like to go a little darker come Spring/Summer. Once I blend it down my neck it's fine, and if I have shoulders or that showing I'll do a bit of fake tan, but it's still too cold for that so not too worried about that! This has an SPF 18 which makes it perfect for everyday wear. 
I've been testing this out using a couple of different methods; with primer, without primer, using a traditional flat foundation brush, a buffing brush, fingers etc. I got the best result by using a light layer of Benefit Porefessional Primer underneath and applying with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I find that as lovely as the finish of this foundation is, it's not the most long lasting. Therefore a primer really helps it stay in place a few extra hours. I find the Expert Face Brush (pictured in front) really helps buff this seamlessly into my skin and give me the most even finish, which is especially important when you're using a colour darker than what you actually are. 

The texture of this is quite runny and light, and it sets to a satin finish, not too matte and not too dewy. I would say the coverage is medium, but definitely buildable. Sorry about the changing light in the pictures, it was a sunny day and it's almost harder to take photos when the light keeps changing! You can see the colour difference in the second photo, but it's quite yellow toned, so it blends into my skin undetectably. The product is quite heavily perfumed, which I don't mind but I know some people can't stand, so be warned! 
Aaaargh! So here I am with just my eyes done, nothing but moisturizer on my skin. I'm lucky in that I have relatively normal skin, sometimes slightly oily in the t-zone, sometimes prone to dry patches, but most of the time it behaves itself. I don't suffer from enlarged pores or blackheads or the like, so the texture of my skin is pretty even. The colour however is my problem, I have a lot of hyper pigmentation marks, dark under-eye circles and darkness around the mouth area too, so getting my skin tone evened out is my #1 concern. 
So this is my face with just the Match Perfection on. I forgot to use my primer, but seeing as I wasn't going anywhere today, doesn't really matter. As you can see it does even my skin out quite nicely and leaves a natural kind of finish. I would never just leave it like this though of course. I don't mind that it doesn't cover my hyper pigmentation (marks leftover from spots) as I use a concealer for those anyway. 
With the rest of my make-up on. With this I like to do what I call "daytime friendly" contouring, by using my Mac MSF Natural Powder in Light on the high points of my face (under eyes, tops of cheekbones, nose, chin, centre of forehead) and the colour Medium around the outside of my face and neck. 
I've been shopping my stash quite a bit lately, and completely fallen in love with my Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in Birthday Suit as a quick everyday lid colour. Here I've just warmed up the crease with Kid by Mac and highlighted my inner corner and browbone with Blanc Type
Have you tried this foundation? What did you think? 

Much Love xxx

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Mila Kunis Inspired Simple Grey Smokey Eye Tutorial

Hi Everyone! Its been a while since I did a "celebrity inspired" style post, so here it is! Greys and silvers are definitely not my favourite colours to wear on my eyes, mainly because they do very little for my eye colour. This simple smokey look will make brown or hazel eyes absolutely glow. So taking inspiration from the stunning Mila Kunis, I think this picture is from a few years back, but its a timeless look that's not too over the top but will still give you that sexy smokey effect. Let me know what you think! 

 I began as usual by priming my lids (top and bottom) with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion.
From my Mac Cool Neutrals Palette, I took the colour Cumulus on a flat shader brush and packed it on all over the moving lid, up as far as the crease but not over it. I took a clean blending brush and buffed away any harsh lines at the socket.
Taking that same frosty grey shade on a stumpy shader brush, I brought it down under the lower lashes and blended it again.
Using that same stumpy brush, I picked up a little Print by Mac and applied it along the upper lashline, to give some depth there, as there's not going to be any liner on the top lashline in this look.
To even out the colour on my browbone I took Brule by Mac on a large shader brush and just did a light wash of it, meeting up with Cumulus at the socket and blending.
Mila seems to have a tiny bit of warmth just in the socket, so I took the TINIEST amount of Swiss Chocolate by Mac on a fluffy blending brush, and just very lightly applied it in the crease. My camera didn't pick up the colour great, but it makes such a difference.
I tightlined my upper lashline and lower waterline with Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Zero (black).
Clinique High Impact Mascara.
Mila appears to be wearing individual lashes in the picture, but I have none at the minute so decided to go for a half lash instead. I just cut my Kiss lashes about 2/3 the way in and applied to the outer corners. This will help give you more of that almond-shape eye like Mila's. Every little helps, eh? And thats the eyes finished!
Other Products:
-Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
-Mac StudioFinish Concealer 
-Mac MSF Natural
-Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder
-Nars Laguna Bronzer
-Mac Well Dressed Powder Blush
-Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick 03
-Catrice Brow Kit

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Pretty Neutral Eyes Tutorial Using Mac Cool Neutrals Palette

Hi Everyone! Today's look is a bit more wearable! Again I'm using my Mac Cool Neutrals Palette for this, which I found out is in fact part of the permanent collection, so it's not going anywhere anytime soon! There's also a Warm Palette available which looks equally lovely and is definitely on my wish list now! Also I've paired the eye look with two different types of lips so this is something that's easily turned from a day to night look by switching to a more striking lip colour. Let me know what you guys think! 
I primed my lid using Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in the colour Eden, as I always do. 
I began with the transition colour in the socket, I used Cozy Grey by Mac on a Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush, which I love using in the socket. A similar colour to this would be Naked2 from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette. You can barely see the colour in my socket, but this is good, I want it really subtle.
I packed Crushed Clove on the moving lid using a Crown C124 Firm Shadow brush.
Next to add some depth to the outer corner and outer crease area, I used Brun, a cool toned, matte dark brown on a stiff blending brush and slowly built this up, blending with the brush with Cozy Grey on it. 
To add a pop of brightness I used Flounce on a Real Techniques Accent Brush in the inner tearduct and just under the arch of my brow. I love the way the pink undertones in this really brighten up my blue eyes.
Next I went back to Crushed Clove and a little bit of Brun as well with a short stumpy brush like this, and just went under the lower lash line with it to frame the eyes a bit. 
I did my signature simple flicked liner with Rimmel Glam'Eyes Liquid Liner in black and popped on a coat of mascara using a Clinique High Impact, which is drying out something serious and I need to get a new one soon! 
I used Catrice Eyebrow Kit to fill in my brows a bit and a pair of Depend Cleopatra Lashes. Et voila! 
Here I've paired the eyes with two different lip looks just to show how versatile it is! The first colour was a failed attempt at an ombré lip using Mac Lipstick in Creme de Nude, Benefit Lipstick in Shy and a tiny bit of Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain (serious?) in the colour 005 Crush Beguin. I don't think I can really pull it off, my lips don't need to look any smaller than they do. 
I went on to wipe it off and apply the Revlon Balm Stain all over, and I love the result! It's quite Christmassy though. Oh well some parts of the world are going into winter now, so this ones for you! 
Let me know what you guys think, and if you have any requests or question, ask away in the comments below! Think I'll be doing a celebrity inspired tutorial for Saturday so keep an eye out for that. 
Much Love xxx