Friday, 30 May 2014

May Favourites

Hi Everyone! I know every blogger does these types of posts at the end of every month, so I figured I'd hop on the bandwagon and try one out myself. Don't think I'll be doing one of these every month, as I am a creature of habit and tend to repurchase the same products over and over again. Since I don't have anything exciting in my empties box this month, I figured I'd do this instead. I might alternate between empties and favourites posts from now on actually. Inner monologue over, let's get started on what I've enjoyed using this month! Hope you like my artsy pictures haha. 

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

This is the newest addition to my beauty routine, I've only had it about a week so I was a bit unsure wether or not to include it in my favourites as it's a bit early to tell if it's recommendation worthy. However, I am quite impressed so far and since there's endless reviews of this online already, I thought I'd just give it a quick mention here. You get a huge 400ml bottle for around €7 which I think is excellent value. This is a multi-purpose product, I use it for quick cleansing in the mornings, removing fallout from eyeshadow, toning after using a cream-cleanser and as an eye-makeup remover just to name a few. I wouldn't say this is a necessary step in my skincare routine, but it makes life a lot easier for sure. Also extremely handy if you do make-up on other people. 

Benefit Go Tropi Coral Kit

I got this way back in January at the airport in Dublin for around €28 I think it was. I was out of my beloved Coralista blush, and this was insane value as it came with a sample size High Beam, Cha Cha Tint and the Coralista Lipgloss. These colours are ideal for spring and summer, although I wear them all year round. I've had great use out of all the products in the kit this month, what with having a bit of a heat wave and all. I haven't worn a lot of makeup really, but when I have, I've reached for ChaCha Tint and High Beam for the cheeks constantly. Also ChaCha Tint on the lips with a bit of the Coralista Gloss on top has been a firm lip-combo winner. 

Chloe See By Chloe Eau De Parfum

If you follow me on Instagram, you would've already seen me shamelessly show this baby off, I couldn't resist. After weeks of going in and testing this in my local department store and whining about my perfumes running a bit low (understatement, I literally had none left lol), mum surprised me with this about 2 weeks ago. Being a massive fan of Chloe scents already, I knew I would get on with this just fine. It doesn't have the best staying power for an EDP, but it's not an overly strong scent to begin with, so I can deal. I love the bottle too, apparently it's inspired by vintage bird cages. 

"The composition opens with fresh notes of bergamot, apple blossom and leads to floral heart of jasmine and ylang-ylang. Its base is soft vanilla - musky with additional sandalwood accords."

There for ya. 

Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Lotion

This has been my go to everyday body lotion this month, I'm already nearly out of it, wah! I got it purely because it smelled amazing. I'm always curious to try heavily perfumed lotions out, as I love them, but my skin doesn't. It's always a fun game of Russian roulette as to wether my eczema flares up or not. I'm happy to report this did not, and it's actually super moisturising. It takes a while to sink into the skin, but my skin stays as soft as a baby's bum until I wash it off. It says that it's scented with almond cream and hibiscus, but I got more of a coconutty whiff off it. Could just be me though. Definitely repurchase. 

Clinique Line-Smoothing Concealer

I purchased this ages ago for my kit, but after realising what an awful white cast it creates with flash photography, it was promptly thrown into the depths of my unused makeup drawer. As I mentioned already, we were having some amazing weather here in Finland there for a few weeks and I've been barely wearing makeup. This, however, has become my one-step product before leaving the house. I used to do my eyebrows if nothing else, but I've managed to grow them out to a respectable shape now, so a tiny slick of this on my dark under-eye circles and I'm good to go. The pink tone in this helps to disguise blue toned dark circles perfectly, it's very pigmented but light in consistency, so I only need a minuscule amount. I like that it sets and stays put without emphasising fine lines around the eyes and also works quite nicely as an eye primer. An unexpected favourite, overall. 

Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

My favourite setting powder for any time of year, but summer especially. I've mentioned this quite a few times on my blog here before, but I haven't fallen out of love with it at all. It sets makeup in place without mattifying the skin, it has a bit of coverage in it so it creates a soft-focus appearance to the skin, it's absolutely beautiful. The fact that it's not powder-like makes it perfect for setting makeup in warmer weather too. Love love love. 

What products have you been enjoying this month? 

Much Love xxx

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Purple Cut-Crease Eye Tutorial

Hello Everyone! Another dramatic look for you today! I love creating these types of looks, they're so much fun. Not sure if this classifies as a "cut-crease" but it's as sharp a crease as I can pull off with my hooded, ageing lids haha. I adore this colour combo with my eye colour too, it makes them appear more green. So this would make actual green eyes really stand out. Anyway, on with the tutorial, hope you like it! 
I primed my lids with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in the colour Eden. I also did a light wash of my face powder, Mac MSF Natural, over that, just to make sure the matte shades I'll be using in the next few steps would blend out with ease. 
On a Real Techniques Essential Crease Brush, I took Quarry Eyeshadow by Mac and really slowly began building up colour in my socket and blending up toward the brow.
On a Crown Italian Badger Angled brush, I took Blackberry by Mac and began mapping out the shape of my "cut-crease". I joined it up at the outer corner in a "V" shape. 
Using the Essential Crease brush with whatever colour is left on it, I started blending that out and up. 
I kept reapplying Blackberry and blending it out until I had the depth and shape I wanted.
For my lid colour, I used this eyeshadow I pressed myself. You know when eyeshadows are nearly finished and it gets really hard to pick colour up? If you scrape them out and mix with another similar colour, you get almost a half pan of more product you wouldn't have necessarily used otherwise as well as a custom colour! This is Brule and Naked Lunch by Mac pressed together. Mixing the matte and frosty shades together create this beautiful satin texture. Anyway, use whatever lid colour you like on a flat precise kinda flat brush and pack it on the moving lid, careful not to get it in the crease. I applied this in the inner tearduct too.
To add a bit of warmth to the look, which to me was looking a tad ashen, I used Dame powder blush by Mac on a fluffy blending brush and really lightly ran that between the browbone and where I applied Quarry. Any tricks for unsealing this blush by the way? 
On a smudgy brush, I took the colour Nocturnal from my Smashbox Girls on Film Smokebox Palette. Not sure if this is available anymore, but any dark navy would work. I worked this on my lower lashline, close to the lashes.
I lined my lower and upper waterline with Avon Super Shock gel liner pencil and my upper lashline with Rimmel Glam'Eyes Liquid Liner.
From that same Smashbox Palette, I took the deep aubergine colour, Royal, on a pointy pencil brush and just deepened up the outer corner.
I applied Clinique High Impact Mascara and applied my now much-loved Eylure Naturalites #147's. I also took that Royal colour into a feline point in the inner corner. I can't seem to say no to glitter these days! The one I used is a bit of an antique really, it's a LancĂ´me glitter pot that I think my gran gave me err maybe 13 years ago? It's gorgeous multicoloured fine glitter particles, I'm sure theres loads of similar products available. This look would be equally lovely left that matte/satin kind of texture. 
That's it! I haven't included a full face photo today, having some skin issues at the mo. Was wearing some €2 Lidl sunscreen for 2 days in a row and you can imagine the tantrum my skins thrown now because of that. I'm such a dum-dum. 

Any wayyy, hope you enjoyed the tutorial! Let me know if you try it out, or if there's any looks you'd like to see me do, leave me a comment! 

Much Love xxx

Friday, 23 May 2014

Wella Professionals SP Luxe Oil Review

Hi Everyone! I'm gonna have to skip a tutorial this week, my face is peeling a bit from sunburn (gross) so don't feel like capturing that on camera haha. I did attempt an "eye-only" type post, but I hated it so that went out the window too. It's been a while since I did a review of anything, mainly because I've had nothing to review haha. So I bring you Wella Professionals SP Luxe Oil.
I mentioned this when I first got it back in March I think. I got it to replace the Argan oil I was using at the time, I'd heard nothing about this so was going in kinda blind. It's marketed as a reconstructive elixir for keratin protection. The package says;

"The fusion of oils infuses into the hair structure to transform hair from inside and out and protects the Keratin, leaving instant and long lasting smoothness. With Argan, Jojoba and Almond oils."

The texture of this is very runny compared to oils I've tried before. I think this would be very well suited to someone with hair on the thin side, as it's not weighed down by any means, and the oil is undetectable in the hair once it's dry. My hair could do with something with a slightly thicker consistency I think, because it just drinks this up! I need a good 5-7 pumps to cover my hair, bear in mind I put this all over my hair, not just the lengths and ends. I'm a one-product type of gal, so this is all I use in my hair after washing it.

Is it any good? It doesn't leave my hair feeling quite as moisturized as the old one I had. Also this doesn't specifically say it offers heat protection, so I'm presuming it doesn't, which sucks. This is lovely as a finishing oil, but maybe not so much in wet hair. I certainly haven't noticed any improvements in my hair since using this (about 4 weeks now). One of the good points about this is that it smells absolutely divine. Oh my goodness. I find myself constantly sniffing my hair haha. 

Repurchase? No I don't think so. I want to try the good original Moroccan Oil next. Can't go wrong with that one can you? 

What hair oils would you recommend? Have you tried this?

Much Love xxx

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

LOTD - Rose Gold & Bold Liner for Spring/Summer

Hi Everyone! Just a quick look of the day for you today! This was just too simple to even bother doing a tutorial on, I've shown this technique countless times on here, but not this colour combo. I was inspired by this rose gold chain I got in H&M yesterday, and wanted to do a pretty spring look based on it. I'm actually pretty sunburnt at the minute, you can see my hilarious tan lines below. But as I said, this was super simple, I wasn't in the mood to do anything complicated today. Also my hair is a bit unruly, I'm trying to give it a couple of weeks break from heat styling, so this is it just natural with a bit of hair oil in it. 
Products Used

-Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Eden
-Urban Decay Eyeshadow Chopper (moving lid) 
- Mac Eyeshadow Samoa Silk (socket)
-Mac Eyeshadow Blanc Type (browbone highlight)
-Urban Decay Eyeshadow Bootycall (inner corner highlight)
-Avon SuperShock Gel Pencil Black (tightline)
-Rimmel Glam'Eyes Liquid Liner Black (upper lashline)
-Clinique High Impact Mascara
-Depend Vanessa Lashes
-Viva la Diva Eyebrow Trio

-Benefit Porefessional Primer
-Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
-Mac Studio Finish Concealer
-Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Light
-Benefit Coralista Boxed Blush

-Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Lipstick Peach Passion

Yup so that's it today! Sorry now if it's awfully boring, but after having raved about my "twice weekly posting routine" in my last post, it would've been a bit silly not to have posted at all haha. What kinda looks do you like to rock this time of year? 

Much Live xxx

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Festival Miniseries - Look Two

Hi Everyone! Hope everyone's enjoying the weekend! This post is technically a day late, it was way too overcast yesterday to even attempt taking decent photos. And am I glad I waited, my goodness what a cracker of a day it is! I don't schedule my posts very strictly at all, those of you that have been reading my blog for a while know this, and new followers -welcome! You have been warned haha. I must say I'm rather proud of this twice a week posting routine I've got into, *pats on back*. Enough of that though, here's my second festival inspired look! Again, not something I would realistically wear to a festival, you wouldn't catch me blending out eyeshadows for hours on end! But I wanted to do something really summery and bronzy, something that would look fantastic out in the sun. Let me know what you think of it! 
I began by priming my lid with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original, all over the lid with my ring finger. 
On a Crown C124 Firm Shadow brush, I took the colour YDK from the Urban Decay Naked2 Palette (mine smashed, so I pressed it into an empty Mac pan I had spare) and patted it in the middle of my moving lid. My head was a bit up my arse when I was doing this tutorial, as I forgot to take a picture of this step, but I've shown this technique before, you didn't miss out on anything complicated. Next, on a firm blending type brush, I took the warmest matte brown I own, Swiss Chocolate by Mac, and placed it on the inner and outer corners, and into the socket also. 
To blend those harsh lines right out, I used a Real Techniques Essential Crease brush and Kid eyeshadow by Mac. I just buffed and blended for ages, working up towards the browbone. 
To even out the color on my browbone and help blend out Kid, I used Brule, also by Mac, on a generic brand small shader brush.
To create more depth in the inner and outer corners, I used Crave from the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette on a Real Techniques Accent brush and blended it out carefully.
I took the shader brush I used in the first step again, and patted a little bit of Half Baked on top of YDK, just to add a warmer tone to it. Again forgot to photograph this step, but it didn't make too much of a difference anyway, so it doesn't really matter I guess. I'm sorry this tutorial is a bit all over the shop! I took Half Baked again on a Real Techniques Angled brush, and popped a little just in the tearduct and under the lower lashes to create a glowing highlight.
I ran Avon SuperShock Gel Liner Pencil on the inner rims of the eye, top and bottom. With the Accent brush again, I smudged Crave and Swiss Chocolate under the lower lashes, and into a soft winged shape at the outer corner.
Clinique High Impact Mascara.
Eylure Naturalites #147
And that's the eyes done! 
Other Products Used:
-Benefit Porefessional Primer
-Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
-Mac StudioFinish Concealer
-Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
-Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder
-Nars Laguna Bronzer
-Gosh Giant Sun Powder
-OCC Lip Tar in Hush
Hope you guys like it! I think I'll do one more festival look for next week, anything you guys would like to see? 
Much Love xxx