Sunday, 29 June 2014

Finished Products #3

Hi Everyone! It's time for another empties post! Quite a few of these I've mentioned here before, so I'll briefly skim over those and concentrate on the bits I haven't talked about yet. I don't know if I'm imagining it, but it feel like since I started doing these empties posts that I'm finishing products up quicker than I used to? Perhaps I'm trying to validate buying more things to try out haha. 
1. Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Cleansing Cream
I'm not picky with my facial cleansers whatsoever, I usually go for whatever's on offer. I'm lucky enough to have normal skin, sometimes a bit dry, sometimes a bit oily, but I don't suffer from enlarged pores or blackheads or anything so I don't need a fancy cleanser to combat those problems, just something that takes my makeup off efficiently and doesn't dry me out too much. This has a lovely thick consistency and it leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft. It has that classic Nivea scent and removes all traces of makeup on the first wash, although I do always double cleanse. 

Repurchase? Already have!

2. Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Lotion
I mentioned this in my last Favourites post, absolutely loving Dove body lotions at the minute. 

Repurchase? Already have, different scent though.

3. The Body Shop Vanilla Bliss Body Butter
I don't think I need to describe this baby too much, I'm pretty sure most of you have tried the Body Shop Body Butters before. I love the Vanilla scent of this and it stays on the skin for ages. I think this is definitely more of a wintertime moisturizer, I find it a bit too heavy for summer, except maybe on really dry spots like elbows and knees. The only thing I don't like about this is I find it takes forever to apply, it doesn't spread very easily and takes ages to rub in, so I rather often tend to skip moisturising with this but that's probably just my own laziness.

Repurchase? Come autumn I will, in a different scent though.

4. The Body Shop Vanilla Bliss Body Polish
This came in the same set as the body butter, and to be honest I don't really know what the point of this product is. It's not scrubby enough to work as an exfoliator and but too scrubby to be a luxurious body wash. It was a nice little extra step in the shower but I wouldn't go buying it on its own.

Repurchase? No

5. Dove Go Fresh Deodorant
A boring one I know. This smells amazing for a deodorant, I hate sprays that smell like deodorant if you know what I mean. The strong pomegranate scent in this is really refreshing, however, I didn't find it actually worked very well at keeping sweat at bay. Not a huge problem as I'm not a very sweaty person anyway (TMI?) but for someone who is, I doubt this would work too well. 

Repurchase? I have repurchased this countless times, so probably.

6. Four Seasons Silver Shampoo
I bought this before I realised it was made by the same company that did the Silver Mask (pictured beside it) which I didn't like, and not surprisingly I wasn't impressed by this either. In my experience, most silver shampoos tend to leave hair feeling quite stripped and dry, but this took it to another level. My hair felt like a dreadlock after using this, but the worst part was that I didn't find it making any difference to the colour of my hair. It just kept getting brassier and brassier looking. Such a disappointing product.

Repurchase? No, probably nothing from this brand again.

7. Giorgio Armani Sí EDP 30ml
This was a Christmas present, I loved it. John Lewis website says;

 "Giorgio Armani's tribute to modern femininity, an irresistible combination of grace, strength and independent spirit. Both intense and soft at the same time, Sì is a chypre scent reinvented to linger on the skin and captivate the senses. A combination of three notes, blackcurrant nectar, modern chypre, and blond wood musk with touches of freesia and May rose. This new fragrance reveals a free, passionate, loving, and vibrant woman."  

Repurchase? Maybe

8. Avon SuperShock Gel Liner Pencil
You guys know this is like the only black pencil I've used for the last two years or so, it's really fantastic. Avon stopped selling in Ireland last year I think it was, and I'm not sure if they operate in Finland, so finding this again could be tricky. I might just have to venture out and start looking for a dupe. Any suggestions welcome! 

Repurchase? If I can find it, yes.

9. Rimmel Scandal Eyes Precision Liquid Liner
I don't really get felt-tip style liners, I can never get enough precision with them. I got this after I ran out of my YSL one which I really liked, because the tip looked quite similar, but I was hugely disappointed. The tip lost it's shape quite quickly, making it impossible to get a clean edge and I also found that the product didn't come out of the applicator evenly. 

Repurchase? Naw

So that's all the empties I've accumulated over the past 2 months, I hope everyone's summer is off to a great start! 

Much Love xxx

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Purple Haze

Hi Everyone! Hope everyone's summer is off to a great start! I threw in a very cool violet toner into my hair as some of you might have seen on my Instagram, and I wanted to create an eye look to complement the hair shade. I loved the colour, although at the time of writing this, most of the real grey tones are gone already despite using purple shampoo and whatnot. I'm really pleased with how it turned out, this would be perfect for a night out with the girls or anything like that. Hope you like it! 
I began by priming my eyes with Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original.
I wanted a nice warm pinky peach transition colour so I began by buffing Samoa Silk by Mac on a Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush into the socket and blending it just above.
Next, on the same brush, and a little bit of Tainted from the Urban Decay 15 Year Anniversary Palette, I applied that right over the top of Samoa Silk, to get that nice warm transition shade.
Using a flat shader brush, I sandwiched Pearled Earth from the Mac Cool Neutrals Palette onto my inner and outer corner, leaving the middle part of the moving lid free of product.
Stepping out of my comfort zone again with some silver shadow (ooh daredevil), I filled that gap using Silver Fog from the same Mac palette and a generic small shader brush.
The Pearled Earth colour wasn't quite purple enough for me so I decided to intensify it with a bit of Half Truth from the UD palette using a Real Techniques Accent Brush.
I used Flounce from the Mac Cool Neutrals palette to highlight my browbone and inner corner, I really love how the cool matte pink looks beside the dark violet shimmery tones and warm socket.
I lined my upper lashline with my trusted Rimmel Glam'Eyes Liquid Liner.
I lined my upper and lower waterlines with Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Zero and I blended that down with some Blackout and Half Truth on an angled brush. I also applied my favourite mascara, Clinique High Impact.
I finished off by applying a pair of Eylure Naturalites 147
Cheeks: Benefit Coralista Boxed Blush
Lips: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Peach Passion 13

Let me know what you think! 

Much Love xxx

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Dream Vanity

Hi Everyone! I have a slightly different post for you today! I don't actually have a proper vanity in real life, I'm currently just using an old beat-up desk to do my makeup on, so when One Kings Lane wanted me to create my dream vanity as part of their Reflect Your Style campaign, I was so excited! Obviously, the mirror is the centerpiece of a vanity, so I wanted my mood board built around that. They have so many gorgeous ones to choose from, but I went for this beautiful antique gold oval one with the little bow on top, I love the vintage feel it has.
I decided to style my "dream vanity" with this lush, cream chair, it looks so comfy and kinda reminds me of a seashell haha. I'd feel like Princess Ariel getting ready every morning, which is never a bad thing! Of course I'd want loads of flowers to add colour, texture and girliness to my getting-ready area and I thought the wall decorations and storage boxes went really nicely with the image I was trying to create. All of those are available on their website, I had so much fun putting together this mood board! It's the first one I've ever done as well, I think I can feel a new obsession forming haha. 

 Of course I had to include a few of my make-up favourites, which those of you who read my blog, I'm sure are all familiar with as I never stop going on about them! We have my holy grail Clinique High Impact Mascara, my favourite spring/summer lipstick YSL Rouge Volupte in 13 Peach Passion and the Mac Cosmetics Cool Neutrals Palette, which I've included in most of my tutorials recently. I also added in my perfume of choice for the summer, Chloe See By Chloe, which I mentioned in my May Favourites post. As this is a fantasy vanity, I decided to pop in a pair of Noir Fairy lashes by House of Lashes, as I'm absolutely dying to place an order, but never seem to get around to!

 Hope you're all keeping well, the weekend's almost here! What would your dream vanity look like?

Much Love xxx

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Blue Lips Experiment

Hi Everyone! Something a bit different for ya today, I got really bored and started playing around with my lips, as one does when bored. I keep seeing all these girls on Instagram do amazing crazy coloured lips and I wanted to have a go at trying something different. I'm not a hundred percent happy with how it came out, but I wasn't striving for perfection here anyway, just wanted to see how different products layer on top of each other. And now I know better haha. Hope you like it!
So here's my lips prepped with just a bit of foundation around the edges and some powder. I have a very hairy bottom lip haha sorry you have to see that! :P
Here I used my Avon SuperShock Gel Liner Pencil (which is totally finished now, I seriously need to buy new make up! ) to line my lips. I went quite generously over my natural lipline and started pulling it in using a lip brush.
I filled in my lips then with Bourjois Metallise Pencil in Bleu Clinquant. It seems I missed the area around my Cupid's bow, which I didn't think would matter, but it did, as the shadow I layered on next didn't stick there. Trial and error guys.
Using my clean ring finger, I patted on some Chaos from the Urban Decay Vice Palette. I love how it layered on top, the colour looks so cool. I would've been happy to leave it matte like this, but decided to gloss it up to try disguise that unevenness on the top lip.
Guys, I don't own a clear lipgloss! What is going on? I left way too much stuff behind when I moved haha. I gently patted on some Carmex to give me shine, but as you can see it didn't quite fix the top lip. Don't really care anyway, it was a lot of fun to do.
I paired them with simple eyes, bold liner and lashes and natural skin. What do you think? Would you wear this look?

Much Love xxx

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Summer Special Occasion Make-Up Tutorial

Hi Everyone! A slightly more toned-down look for you today! This would be perfect for a prom/debs, a wedding, or any other special event! I would wear this anytime of the week, but it's glam yet subtle at the same time, that's why I like it. This is actually the second go I had at doing this, my camera temporarily broke the last day when I was halfway through (:O!) and then mysteriously fixed itself later that day. Very annoying, but I have it ready now! This is quite similar to my Festival Look 2 that I did a few weeks back, buuuut I love these colours for summer and this isn't as dramatic, so meh. Hope you like it! 
I primed my lid using Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden. I also did a quick wash of my Mac Mineralize Skinfinish in Light over everywhere but the moving lid, just to help with blending out the matte shadows I'll be using in the next few steps. 
I decided to whip out my Urban Decay Naked Palette for this look. Mine has definitely seen better days, the mirrors broke on it, hence the names being damaged and I've hit pan on most of the colours. I used this in my kit for about 2 years though, so what can I say? Anyway, I took Naked on my Real Techniques Base Shadow brush and applied it in the crease, from inner corner to outer corner, blending up towards the brow. 
Next, taking my RT Essential Crease brush and Buck, the darker matte brown, and applied right over Naked. Keep applying and blending out really well.
To create a little bit more depth, mainly in the outer half of my socket, I used Mac Brown Down eyeshadow on a more precise blending brush. Apply, blend, apply, blend until you achieve the depth you want.
The reason I didn't powder the moving lid was to give this sparkly shadow a sticky base to adhere to. I used my Crown C124 Flat Shader brush to press Sidecar onto the moving lid with.
I took Brown Down under the lower lashes and blended it out with a bit of Naked.
The face powder I laid down at the start already gave me a nice matte highlight, but to make this more "special-occasiony", I popped the tiniest bit of Virgin just under the arch of my brow. I also highlighted my inner corner with the more pink-toned Sin. I really like the balance of textures in this look.
Clinique High Impact Mascara
I used my Kiss lashes again. Fluttery lashes with an invisi-band are essential for this look. Ardell Wispies or Demi Wispies would be ideal. I'm really loving lashes without a heavy liner for summer. I also popped a bit of Nars Larger Than Life Liner in Rue Bonaparte on the waterline to subtly open up the eyes.
On my lips I used Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Posy Pink and on my cheeks I wore Fleur Power by Mac.
Let me know what you think!
Much Love xxx