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30 Days of Beauty – Part 3

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So here we have it! The final part of my 30 Day Beauty Challenge.

~ DAY 21 ~

…Before & After…

So here is my before – without without makeup or hair done. All I’ve done here is primed my face with Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè and my Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm by Tony Moly then primed my eyes using Shadow Insurance by Too Faced.

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And here is my after – details are as follows:

Face: Foundation is Studio Sculpt by MAC Cosmetics with Bobbi Brown’s Corrector and Radiant Creamy Concealer by NARS – applied and blended with a Beauty Blender (I get mine from ModelRock Lashes)

Cheeks: Blush – Hot Mama by The Balm

Eyes: In the crease I have Crème Brûlée and Cocoa Bear both by Makeup Geek on my brow bone is a mix of Vanilla Bean and Beaches & Cream again both by Makeup Geek. On my lid I have Honey Honey and Crisp Apple Strudel from the “A Few of My Favourite Things Palette” by Too Faced (was limited edition and I think its sold out now) then lining my lid into a cat eye flick with Schwing Liquid Liner by The Balm and a few coats of Goddess Mascara by Eye of Horus Mascara topping them with No. 1 lashes by Lashes in a Box. On my lower lash line I have Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Violet Plum by Bobbi Brown and Drama Queen by Makeup Geek over the top.

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~ DAY 22 ~

…Perfume…

What more could a girl need but sweet scents and champagne…

Chance by Chanel us my favourite scent for summer – I adore it. Its so fresh and crisp. when I put it on I feel happy and ready to take on the day. To me perfume is like your own personal theme song – it just finishes a whole look off right.

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~ DAY 23 ~

…Makeup Storage…

Come to mumma! Just ordered this bad boy – the final piece in my makeup storage collection. Its a freestanding case that comes complete with its own lights, mirror, and electrical outlet! It has ample room for my makeup supplies also! I got it from the Makeup Artist Network – they also have loads of other storage items – check ’em out.

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~ DAY 24 ~

…Runway Inspired…

I was looking through photos of the makeup from NYFW 2014 and there were so many great looks – but the look that The Blondes had designed for them by MAC Cosmetics lead makeup artist Kabuki caught my eye. I loved everything about it – such a crisp simple look but it really catches your eye. So I tried to mimic the yellow and aqua blue winged liner – products and details are below:

Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk by NYX Cosmetics all over my lid and drew it out into a cat eye flick using my Liner Brush by Hair and Makeup Addiction to get the shape right. Taking a bright sunny yellow shade from my 252 Ultimate Palette by Coastal Scents, I pack that on with the same liner brush, all over my lid. Using Texture by MAC Cosmetics I place that above the yellow shadow. Lining my lower lash line with the same Jumbo Eye Pencil by NYX – then taking a light sky blue shade from the same 252 Ultimate Palette and packing that over the top of where I placed the Jumbo Eye Pencil. Finishing the look off I line my lash line in a small cat eye flight with my Eyestudio Long Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in black by Maybelline and coated my lashes with Le Volume De Chanel Mascara.

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~ DAY 25~

… Celebrity Inspired…

Today I took inspiration from my all time she rocks the smokey eye well… So here is my take on it, details are below:

Primed my eye with Shadow Insurance by Too Faced then used a mixture of my Jumbo Eye Pencil in Dark Brown by NYX Cosmetics and Dash Eyeshadow Base by Sigma blended together as a base for the darker shadows. On the outer V is Mocha, above the crease is a combination of Brown Sugar and Country Girl all by Makeup Geek on my inner lid is a combination of Honey Honey and Buche De Noel from the “A Few of My Favourite Things Palette” by Too Faced (was limited edition and I’m pretty sure it’s sold out now). Taking my Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Jet by Bobbi Brown I tightline my upper and lower lash lines – smudging out the top liner. Finishing off with 2 coats of Le Volume De Chanel Mascara

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~ DAY 26~

… Favourite Era…

Is the 50s by far! During the 50s, beauty trends reached a completely new level and women everywhere participated by utilizing revolutionary new colors, products and techniques. It’s also where my favourite technique – cat eye flick – really came about. See below for the deets: ️

Primed my eyes with Shadow Insurance by Too Faced, placed Blanc Type by MAC Cosmetics over my lid and all up to my brow bone. In the crease I have a mixture of Haux, Malt and Kid – all by MAC Cosmetics. For my cat eye flick I used my favourite liquid liner – Schwing Liquid Liner by The Balm and finished it off by applying a couple of coats of Le Volume De Chanel Mascara on my top and bottom lashes. On my lips is En-Joystick in Retro Red by Kardashian Beauty.

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~ DAY 27~

… Face Mask/Scrub…

I have tried a lot of face cleansers and scrubs but of all the products Michael Todd True Organics are the best! I take my skin care routine very seriously – I already use the Tropical Fruit Scrub and now since adding this – Wild Berry Exfoliating Peel – into the mix my face has never felt better. It is so smooth and the best part… they are made with all natural ingredients and do not test on animals!! Plus this peel smells DIVINE – much like strawberry jam!!! I would highly recommend giving these a try! I doubt you’ll regret it!

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~ DAY 28~

…Wish List…

So I compiled a little collage of some of the things that are on my wish list for my up coming trip to the US… ️Details️:

Chanel Vintage Vanity Case, Naked 3 Palette by Urban Decay, Chantecaille Rose De Mai Cream, Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in Cognac Sable, YSL Rouge Volupté Lipstick in Nude Beige, YSL Gloss Volupté in 101 Iridescent, Makeup Forever 12 Flash Colour Case, Neo-orange pigment from the Playland Collection by MAC Cosmetics, Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light & Ethereal Light.

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~ DAY 29~

…Favourite High End Products…

This is a collection of my current favourite high end products from my kit.️ Details:

Chanel Precision Gentle Eye Makeup Remover – hands down the best eyemakeup remover on the market, it gets everything off & it doesn’t leave your eyes feeling dry or over oiled. YSL Glossy Stain in Dangerous Pinktalk about a long lasting gloss, perfect for brides & bridesmaids. Chanel Precision Mousse Douceur Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser – this is so luxurious, it makes my skin feel like it’s been to a spa & had a facial without me having to actually leave the house! YSL Rouge Volupté lipstick in no. 38 – this is the perfect summer colour and it has surprising staying power and leaves your lips feeling well moisturized. Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base – this Bronzer leaves my skin with the most natural sun bathed look, I wear it on it’s own in summer or under my foundation for a more bronzed look – either way it’s completely easy to use the perfect bronzer in my opinion. Chanel Natural Loose Finish Powder in 20 Claire – this is the perfect setting powder as it’s so fine! It helps me set my makeup while allowing my skin to hold a dewy finish – a little goes a long way with this product. Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer – this is another great bronzer – I prefer to use this one for over the top of my foundation as it seems to sit better that way.

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~ DAY 30~

…Brights

Today’s look I added a pop of lime green… What do you think? Products and details are as follows:

Primed my eyes with Shadow Insurance by Too Faced, then using my Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk by NYX Cosmeticsnot into the crease. Then taking a bright neon green shade from my 252 Ultimate Palette by Coastal Scents and pack that all over the lid. Taking Texture by MAC Cosmetics I place that into and above my crease, darkening up the crease and my outer V with Mocha by Makeup Geek. I use that same colour and line my lower lash line as well. Using Schwing Liquid Liner by The Balm to line my lid and out into a cat eye flick. Finishing off with a couple of coats of Le Volume De Chanel Mascara – and there you have it! A subtle pop of green for a little fun!

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Well that’s it my friends, I hope you liked this for something different and stay tuned for my next post…

Till next time xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 Days of Beauty – Part 2

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Here we have Part 2 of my 30 day challenge – I hope you like what I came up with…

~ DAY 11 ~

…Holy Grail Makeup Products…

Here are my top can’t live without, never fail me, multi-purpose makeup products. Would any of these on your list? What are yours?

  • Shadow Insurance by Too Faced – this is hands down the best eye primer I’ve ever used – ever! I originally bought this to help with wearing cream shadows – and OH M GEEE! When I use this my shadows never move or crease no matter how long it’s been on for. The actual product itself will last you ages as you only need the tiniest amount and it’s not overly expensive.
  • Mary-Lou Manizer by The Balm – THIS is amazing. I love it. I love how when applied it adds instant glow to the face but doesn’t leave you looking like a disco ball. I’ve used this on so many clients and they all love it. This is very pigmented so a little goes a long way with this one.
  • Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm by Tony Moly (i actually buy mine from ebay) – this is THE most amazing primer… EVER! Again – you don’t need much to make a big impact. I use it on all my clients and they cannot believe the end result after using it. It really helps keep your makeup in place all day and night and blurs out all pores and imperfections. I’ve also found it can even counteract red pigmentation to a degree.
  • Fix + by MAC Cosmetics – THIS I can’t and will not live without. Personally and for my clients or myself I like to use it as a spray moisturiser pre makeup application. It’s super hydrating and it absorbs into your skin and doesn’t affect the oiliness of your skin. I also like to apply this post makeup application as it helps take away the powdery look you sometimes get as well as cementing your makeup for all day and night (plus it smells so sexual!)
  • Luxury Face Kit from Hair and Makeup Addiction – I love these brushes – not only are they are incredibly soft and easy to use, they BLEND LIKE A MO FO! My makeup has never looked better and they clean so easy. My favourite part – they are VEGAN FRIENDLY!!

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~ DAY 12 ~

…Everyday look…

This is my go to look, when Im rushed for time or just want to keep it simple. Details are as follows:

Started off with my trusty Shadow Insurance by Too Faced. In the crease I have Texture by MAC Cosmetics with Embark by MAC Cosmetics to darken it up andthen darkening my outer V. On the lid is a combination of Jest and Mythology again, both by MAC Cosmetics. I line my lids in a cat eye flick using Schwing Liquid Liner by The Balm. Using Goddess Mascara by Eye of Horus Mascara on my lashes. Foundation is NARS Sheer Glow, contoured my cheeks using Contour Kit by Sleek Makeup in Light. On my cheeks I have a combination of Warm Soul by MAC Cosmetics and Hot Mama Blush by The Balm – highlighted my face with Mary-Lou Manizer both by The Balm. On my lips is my fave combo of Rouge Allure in no. 88 by Chanel with Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Buff 4. Spritzing my face with a few sprays of Fix +by MAC Cosmetics.20140513-163914.jpg

~ DAY 13 ~

 …Favourite Mascara…

To me your eyes arent completed until you apply your mascara – I have a few favourites ranging from drugstore to high end. Today I am talking about Le Volume De Chanel by Chanel. Yes, this is an expensive mascara but the return on investment is high and well worth it. It gives me incredible volume and thickness – and removes the need for me to wear falsies. I love wearing false lashes but I dont want to wear them all the time. I will say that this is a very wet formula and can clump a little, but thats what helps give the whole illusion and makes it look so voluminous. It stay ALL day, and does not smudge! You will not regret trying this!

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~ DAY 14 ~

…Bronze…

This look is all about the bronze – bronzed skin, bronzed eyes and a natural lip. My gorgeous cousin Georgia let me put this together on her… What do you think? Products are listed below:

Eyes: Mulch, Sable, All That Glitters – Lined the eyes with Dipdown gel liner all by MAC Cosmetics – lashes are coated in Shocking mascara by YSL

Face: Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm by Tony Moly, Face and Body Foundation by MAC Cosmetics, Corrector by Bobbi Brown, Radiant Creamy Concealer by NARS, contoured with my Sleek Contour Kit in Light and Hot Mama Blush by The Balm.

Lips: On her lips is my favourite natural lip combo of Chanel Rouge Allure in no. 88 with Lip Gloss in Buff 4 by Bobbi Brown – setting it all with my trusty Fix + spray by MAC Cosmetics – all brushes used for her face were by Hair and Makeup Addiction for eyes Sigma.

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~ DAY 15 ~

…Favourite Makeup YouTube Guru…

To be honest I couldnt just pick one… So here they are:

Nikkie Tutorials and Susie Morales

I always look forward to seeing what they post – if you’re not following them on Instagram or YouTube then you are LOCO! Do it now! You wont regret it – they are crazy talented, beautiful and hilarious.

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~ DAY 16 ~

…Dark Lip Look…

I know this look isn’t for everyone but I actually quite liked it. Please excuse the horrid photo… I had to take it on my iPhone at work… Details are below:

Started off by priming my lips with my delicious lip scrub by Lush I then lined and filled in my lips using Currant Lip Pencil by MAC Cosmetics. I then take my new Cremesheen Lipstick in Hang-Up again by MAC Cosmetics

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~ DAY 17 ~

…Glitter…

Today’s look is all about the sparkle – this is something you could wear out at night for a special occasion or if you just want to do something different… Details are as follows:

In the crease I used Haux by MAC Cosmetics, on the lid I packed on Shimma Shimma by Makeup Geek. Now for for the key to this look I take my Secret Weapon Adhesive by Shop Violet Voss I place it over the top of my lid then taking Wendy Glitter by Shop Violet Voss I place that on top. Going back into my crease with Haux again I re-define the crease. Finishing off the look using my Glam Eyes Liquid Liner by Rimmel I line my lash line extending it out into a slight cat eye flick. Applying a set of No. 1 lashes by Lashes in a Box – all brushes I used for this look came from the Luxury Eyes Kit from Hair and Makeup Addiction.

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~ DAY 18 ~

…Music Video Inspired…

Today’s look was inspired by the video from Beyonce’s song Mine feat. Drake. I adore the way her eyes look in this and did my best to recreate it – details are as follows:

Primed my eyes with Shadow Insurance by Too Faced, then taking my Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk by NYX Cosmetics I place it in the centre of my lid and blending out the edges. Then from the Vice 2 Pallete by Urban Decay I take the colour Prank and pack that onto the inner and outer corners – beldning out edges. On the centure of the lid I put Mermaid by Makeup Geek – ensuring you blend out the edges into the darker colour. Taking Smokeout from the same Vice 2 Pallete adding it over the top of Prank and blending out. Taking Cupcake by Makeup Geek I place that in my crease – to darken the crease further I use no. 136 eyeshadow by Kiko Cosmetics. I then line my lash line using Lovesick again, from the Vice 2 Pallete and on my lower lash line I use Damaged by from the same palette. Finish off the look using a few coats of Le Volume De Chanel Mascara.

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~ DAY 19 ~

…Favourite Hairstyle…

I’m not very good with hair so this is my go to style when I’m going out and want to do something other than straight or in a bun. To get these loose curls I used my holy grail 6 in 1 Complete Curler Set by BellaMi Hair. This curling iron is the ONLY one that has ever actually been able to get my hair to curl and hold he curl. It is so easy to use and doesn’t damage my hair at all! I am completely in love with it. For this style here I used the  32mm – 32mm (1 ½ inch) barrel.

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~ DAY 20 ~

…Concealer…

I don’t know about you but I have dark purple under eye circles my – which when I’m over tired or sick only darken more. For years I struggled with them and it wasn’t till I was introduced to Bobbi Brown’s Corrector. This is amazing, because it is pink- or peach-based it neutralises under-eye darkness so when I apply my concealer it will actually conceal the darkness and brighten up my under eye. The concealer I’ve used here is Radiant Creamy Concealer by NARS – now you can either leave it here or you can add an illuminator like I do. the one I use it Prep + Prime Highlighter in Bright Forecast by MAC Cosmetics – I then set with Le Blanc Fresh Glow Brightening Powder by Chanel as you can see I’ve canceled out my dark under eye circles, concealed them whilst brightening the area as well. 

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Well I hope you enjoy this belated second post…

Till next time xoxo

30 Days of Beauty – Part 1

Hey my lovelies,

As most of you may or may not know I completed a self-imposed 30 Day Makeup Challenge last year so I decided it was high time I did another one. After much thought I decided to make one not based solely on makeup looks but about beauty in general as well. I dont know if any of you have partaken in a 30 day beauty/makeup challenge but I actually find them to be tricky… especially seeing as I work in an office for the majorty of my day I have to somehow make it “work appropriate”. Anyway without any further delay please find the whole 30 Days of Beauty Challenge by yours truely…

~ THE CHALLENGE ~ 

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~ DAY 1 ~

…No makeup, makeup…

This is would have to be my go to makeup look. This is the look I usually wear on weekends if I have nothing really that special on but I might be out to lunch with a friend or just running errands :) Its super easy, fresh and light on the skin. Products used are as follows:

  • Embryolisse Lait Creme
  • Tony Moly Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm
  • Garnier BB Cream Oil Free
  • Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light to Medium Peach
  • Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
  • Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder
  • The Balm Hot Mama Blush
  • MAC’s MSF in Soft and Gentle
  • Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara

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~ DAY 2 ~

…Lip Cocktail…

If you’re coming into winter, or maybe you’re like me & are just prone to dry lips you find yourself always reaching for your pawpaw or chapstick… well here is my cocktail for, dare I say it – more kissable lips?
1. Firstly you will need to start with a lip scrub (anyone will do) – the one I am using here is my Santas Lip Scrub by Lush (limited edition for Xmas but they have other delicious flavours such as bubblegum). Take a tiny bit & place on your lips & scrub scrub scub. The best part about this scrub is it’s made up of all natural ingredients & you can just lick it off when you’re done – yup thats right ladies/gents it’s edible :O – and delicious :)
2. Once you’ve scrubbed your top & bottom lip apply some moisturizing lip balm (again any one will do) – I like to use Lucas Papaw Ointment (it’s da bom). Apply a generous layer & let it sink in so your lips are fully moisturized
3. After the balm has sunk in, apply your chosen lipstick – here I am using Rouge Allure in number 88 by Chanel.      4.  To finish it off I’ve applied a nude lip gloss by Bobbi Brown in the colour Buff 4 over the top.

So there you have it, fresh and ready to do some kissin’ haha!

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~ DAY 3 ~

… Victoria’s Secret Bombshell…

By no means do I even compare to the Victoria’s Secret beauties – but I thought I would attempt to give their stunning effortless makeup look a go. They are always so glowy and fresh – with an oh so subtle slight smoked out eye… Products are below:

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~ DAY 4 ~

…Evening Look…

This is just a fun look that I actually normally would wear out at night – or even for something bold during the day. It features one of my most FAVOURITE brands – Makeup Geek and their pigment Utopia. I actually posted a little video on my instagram of how I did this look if you want to go check it out :) A List of products used is below:

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~ DAY 5 ~

…Lashes…

I firmly believe that, like a great pair of shoes complete an outfit – lashes do the same for your makeup. I love them all – from the subtle to the not so subtle… They can really help open up the eye and add a dramatic flair. The pair I am wearing in the picture below are one of my favourite dramatic lashes by Velour Lashes in the style “Doll Me Up”

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~ DAY 6 ~

… Favourite Body Products (top 5)…

Here are my top 5, can’t live without, body products… Clockwise from L-R:

  • Kerastase Réflection Masque Chroma Captive – this conditioner is AMAAAAAZING. I use this on mainly the ends of my hair as they’re dyed so need a little extra love – I leave it in for approx. 5mins & wash it out – result: super soft hair!!
  • Clarisonic Mia 2 – this is my true skin savior… I’ll admit I bought this on a bit of a whim – but I have not looked back. It helps ensure my face is 100% clean, improved the overall elasticity of my skin & the way it absorbes moisturiser
  • Clinique Skin Sparkle Exfoliant – this is the best I’ve ever used. It does an amazing job of helping leave my skin smooth like a babies bottom but it also contains salicylic acid & menthol which help leave the skin feeling smooth & refreshed not tight & dry like a lot of exfoliants do
  • Michael Todd True Organics – Tropical Fruit exfoliant – I use this is on my face & I love that it’s made out of all natural ingredients is perfect for my sensitive skin 
  • Kerastase Bain Elixir Ultime shampoo – I love how this leaves my hair soft but not flat plus it smells divine!

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~ DAY 7 ~

…Eyebrows…

I have pretty full brows as it is – but in my opinion that’s even more of a reason to maintain them. In order to get the shape I want I get them threaded at the brow spa in David Jones (Elizabeth Street Store) then taking my Brow Powder Duo in Medium by Sigma and my no.12 large synthetic duo brush Anastasia Beverly Hills I concentrate on filling in the beginning and the end of my brow  then taking my Clear Brow Gel by Anastasia Beverly Hills I set it all in place. I usually only do this if I’m going out at night and want a more dramatic look.

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~ DAY8 ~

…Drugstore Makeup Look…

This look is for those of you who are might just be beginning with makeup, or are on a budget or just don’t want to spend a lot on cosmetics… all products purchased from Priceline:

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~ DAY 9 ~

 …Fave Makeup Products…

These are a few of my all time favourite products that I find myself reaching for time and time again – and each time I use them I remember why I fell I love with them…

1. Strobe Cream by MAC Cosmetics- this is hands down the best illuminating cream I’ve used so far. It smells great and really helps my skin glow 

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2. Radiance Gel Bronzer by Chantecaille – as I’ve got dry skin I prefer this to using powders as it blends super easy & helps give my skin a more natural sun kissed glow. 

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3.  Glam Eyes Liquid Liner by Rimmel – this in my opinion the easiest liquid liner to use, super pigmented and it’s affordable!

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4. Sheer Glow Foundation by NARS – this is a gorgeous full coverage foundation but still helps give a natural finish. A little goes a long way.

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5. My own personalised neutrals palette of Makeup Geek eyeshadows. These shadows are seriously amazing – high quality, super pigmented and completely affordable!

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6. Melon Pigment by MAC Cosmetics – this is my go to colour for summer – it’s stunning and pairs beautifully with reddish brown shadows – really makes green eyes pop!

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7. Naked Pigment by MAC Cometics – this is beautiful natural pigment that you could even use as a highlight on your cheekbones

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~ DAY 10 ~

…Bridal…

Here is a shot of my gorgeous friend Alex, I did the makeup for her wedding – she wanted very sheer, minimal makeup. I was lucky in that she had taken my advice from the trial we did & really worked on rehydrating her skin & looking after it. As you can see the end result was flawless. Products are as follows:

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Alex’s Photographs were taken by Lovelight Photography

Stay tuned for Part 2 later in the week…

Till next time xoxo

Beauty is Skin Deep

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Today I want to talk about skin care – about 3 years ago I had what I’d like to call a complete “Skin Makeover”. It all started with the realisation that even with my applying makeup I just not loving how my face looked. I felt like a Monet painting – great from far away but if you got up close I was a big ol mess. So, where does one begin a Skin Makeover? Firstly you need to know what TYPE of skin you have – is it Normal? Dry? Oily? Sensitive? Combination? Not sure? then read on :)

~ NORMAL ~ If you have the normal type, your skin has an even tone, a soft smooth texture, no visible pores or blemishes, and no greasy patches or flaky areas. Your skin also has a clear, fine-textured, supple and smooth surface which is neither greasy nor dry. It appears to glow, which stems from good blood circulation and excellent health – basically you are the envy of most women…

~ DRY ~ Dry skin has a low level of sebum and can be prone to sensitivity. The skin has a parched look caused by its inability to retain moisture. It usually feels “tight” and uncomfortable after washing unless some type of moisturizer or skin cream is applied. In extreme cases of dry dehydrated skin there can be chapping and cracking. Dryness can be exacerbated by wind, extremes of temperature and air-conditioning, all of which can cause the skin to flake, chap and feel tight.

~ OILY ~ Because of the hormonal shifts of adolescence, oily skin is common in teenagers, but in fact it can occur at any age. In general, as we get older our skin tends to become dryer with age. The flow of sebum or oil increases during adolescence and starts decreasing with age. During pregnancy and menopause, hormonal imbalances can upset the oil balance and increase the activity of sebaceous glands. A good thing about oily skin is that it is not prone much to aging or wrinkling.

~ SENSITIVE ~ Sensitive, intolerant skin reacts more than normal skin, in fact it is hyperreactive. It experiences prickling, overheating, can break out into spots, can develop redness/irritation, blotchy areas, broken capillaries, pins and needles and itching (less frequently). Sometimes these reactions can be atributed to weather changes, alcohol, food, stress, or an alergic reaction to a particular ingredient. If this sounds like you, I would strongly advise going to a qualified beauticial or dermatolgist and getting an exact dignosis of your skin so you start to use the right products for your skin.

~ COMBINATION ~ Combination skin is a blend of both oily and dry skin. This is the most common type of skin and has an imbalanced pH. The pH of normal skin is between 5.5-6.0. People with this skin type usually find that their oily skin is concentrated in the T-zone, while their cheeks remain dry. Combination skin can be influenced by genetics and, (like oily skin), by puberty, when oil glands increase their production of sebum. Sometimes a variety of products are needed to treat combination skin. So if you are unsure I would highly reccomend a qualified beautician or dermatologist.

~ DEVELOPING A ROUTINE ~ I want to take this opportunity to say that while I am no expert in skin care I have done a lot of research into my own skin type, experimented with different products and consulted professionals. Once you know your skin type you can really get to work on treating it and caring for it. For me, it took me a couple of years of trying and failing to finally develop a routine that works for me and my skin. If you are interested in what my routine entails please read on :) My skin type is Dry and for years I had been using products that were not catering to my skins need for moisture leaving me with with flat, dry, dull looking skin. I learned that for me the key was in ensuring my skin was clean and rehydrated every evening (as this is when your body does most of its repair work). ~ STEP 1 ~ Every evening when i come home (even after a big night out) I take a makeup wipe and remove all my makeup. I know a lot of people say you shouldn’t use these but you now what I say… Hell yes you can use them! I know I’m no professional but if you have a decent cleansing, toning & moisturizing routine, I figure you’ll be alright :)

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~ STEP 2 ~ I get in the shower and use a face scrub – my chosen favourite is Tropical Fruit Facial Polish by Michaell Todd. I take about a 20 cent piece size and apply this all over my face – concentrating the light scrubbing around my jawline, chin, forehead and nose. Then rinse off.

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~ STEP 3 ~ Using my Chanel Cleanser I take about a 10 cent sized piece and apply this all over my face and neck – then taking my Clarisonic Mia 2  I go over my whole face ensuring that every last scrap of makeup is washed off and my skin is left clean.  The beauty about the Mia 2 is that  you can follow T-Timer prompts while gently moving the brush head in small circular motions. I usually allow 15 seconds on the forehead and temples, 15 seconds on my nose and chin, 10 seconds per cheek and 10 seconds on my jawline and neck. Then I rinse my brush head and face.

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~ STEP 4 ~ After cleansing my face and I am out of the shower, I like to use a gentle toner – the one I use is Chanel – I love this one as its extremely gentle on my skin and Im not going to lie, it smells amazing! So after I’ve used my toner I rinse my face with some luke warm water.

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~ STEP 5 ~ After cleansing and toning my skin I apply my moisturiser – again mine is by Chanel, called Hydra Beauty Gel Creme, and I apply a generous amount all over my face (avoiding my eyes) and down into my neck.

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I note that while I have mentioned some high end products in this post, in no way does that mean means am I suggesting you have to use only those products, or that those products are the only ones that get results. You can get the same results from a drugstore item, these are simply the products I am using at this current time and that work for me. So, there you have it… that is my skin care routine…

I hope it helps in some way and gives you some clarity about skin types and the importance of learning about your skin type Till next time xoxo

Valentines Day Look 4

Firstly Happy Valentines Day my loves!! I hope you’re having a lovely day no matter what you’re doing. Well, here is the fourth and final look in my Valentines Day series. This is my take on a smokey eye… So if you want to see how I do this read onwards xx

~STEP 1~

As this is a strong look with dark colours I definitely don’t want this look to crease so I prime my eyes with Shadow Insurance by Too Faced Cosmetics. Then taking Crème Brûlée by Makeup Geek on my E45 Small Tapered Blending Brush by Sigma I place this just above my crease and blend thoroughly.

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~STEP 2~

Using the same brush I take Cocoa Bear by Makeup Geek and blend into my crease and upwards into where I placed Crème Brûlée. Blend until the two colours transition smoothly.

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~STEP 3~

Next I take my Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Jet (I am obsessed with this btw – it is the only eyeliner pencil that actually stays put and doesnt smudge underneath my eyes) and roughly line my upper lash line.

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~STEP 4~

Taking The Shader Brush from my Hair and Makeup Addiction Luxury Set, I blend the liner over my lid. When doing this make sure to NOT blend it into you crease – stop just before the crease. If you take it further you’re going to end up with too much black, you will lose your transition colours and end up looking like a panda or two burnt holes in a blanket

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~STEP 5~

After I have blended the eyeliner over my lid I take Corrupt by Makeup Geek on the same brush The Shader we used to blend in the eyeliner. To place this on the lid I gently pack it on in patting motions.

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~STEP 6~

BLEND! This is the key element in making this look work. So I take the same E45 brush we used earlier and take a little more Cocoa Bear and start blending Corrupt and Cocoa Bear together until the two become seamless and transition nicely.

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~FINISH~

Once I am happy with the blending of the two colours. I apply my fave mascara – Goddess Mascara by Eye of Horus. Then I line my lower lash line with Mocha by Makeup Geek with The Detailer by Makeup and Hair Addiction and add a coat of Goddess Mascara by Eye of Horus. Then to lighten my inner corner a bit I add the colour Nylon by MAC Cosmetics with my finger tip and then applied a nude lip using the shade Shy Girl by MAC Costmetics and TA DAAAAA all finished!

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So I know this look is a little bold but I hope you like it and if you try it out and like it I would love to hear about it.

Till next time xoxo

Valentines Day Look – No. 3

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So here is the third look in my Valentines Day series. This one focuses on lashes and bold lip… To see how I get this read on through :)

~STEP 1~

As always I start by priming my eye using my trusty Shadow Insurance by Too Faced Cosmetics, then taking my E25 Blending Brush by Sigma and the colour Grain by MAC Cosmetics and blend it all over my lid but not up into my crease.

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~STEP 2~

Taking the colour Texture by MAC Costmetics and using my E45 Blending Brush by Sigma I blend it into and above my crease.

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~STEP 3~

To ensure my crease colour is blended smoothly towards my brow bone I take a mixture of Vanilla Bean and Beaches and Cream both by Makeup Geek on my E35 Tapered Blending Brush by Sigma and blend those colours together softening up the transition of the crease colour.

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~STEP 4~

To intensify my crease I take the colour Handwritten by MAC Cosmetics on my E36 Blending Brush by Sigma and blend it directly into my crease.

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~STEP 4~

Once the crease colours have been blended together, I first curl my lashes with my Full Lash Curler by MAC Cosmetics, then taking my Skinny Liquid Liner by Eyeko in black and line my upper lash line, ensuring to get as close to the lashline as possible. Then taking my Goddess Mascara by Eye of Horus I apply a couple of coats on the top lash line.

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~STEP 5~

Here is where I apply my false lashes, as I wanted to keep this look as natural as I could. I chose to add a pair of Velour Lashes in the style – “The Extra Oomph” these lashes are amazing. They mink hair and are about 5-15mm long. As you can see from the picture below they really do add a little extra something to your eyes and because they are accent type lashes they are super easy to apply.

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~FINISH~

So to finish off the look I simple coat my bottom lashes with Goddess Mascara by Eye of Horus. You could leave the look here or you could add a bold lip like I did. I chose to go with a matt red shade – Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in the shade 38 La Fascinate and there you have it! Look complete.  

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So there you have it peeps, I hope you liked this look – if you don’t think you could do the red lip, this look could work in any colour you feel comfortable.

Till next time xoxo

Valentines Day Look – No. 2

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Hey Loves,

As I mentioned in my previous post – I would be doing 4 looks, so here is my second look. It’s a bit different and possibly not for everyone, but I find this really makes my eyes pop. So if you’re interested to see how I create this look, read on :)

~STEP 1~

So as always I start off my priming my eye with my trusty Shadow Insurance by Too Faced Cosmetics. Then taking the colour Red Brick by MAC Cosmetics on my Sigma E25 Blending brush, I blend this into and well above my crease. I keep blending until the colour becomes a softer shade.

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~STEP 2~

To deepen my crease – I take Handwritten by MAC Cosmetics on my Sigma E36 Blending brush and blend that directly into my crease.

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~STEP 3~

For my lid I wanted a nice bronze colour so I chose my favourite shade – Woodwinked (again) by MAC Cosmetics. Taking my Sigma E35 Blending brush I blend that into and all over my lid. I then take the E36 brush I used earlier and go back over my crease to make sure the colour stays strong.

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~STEP 4~

To smoke this look out a bit more I chose to darken my outer V with the shade Espresso by MAC Cosmetics and the same E36 brush used earlier, and concentrate this colour directly into my outer V and taking it a little of the way into my crease but not too far as I want to keep Handwritten the prominent crease colour.

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~STEP 5~

So now that I have the colours all on and blended nicely to how I want them – I then line my upper lash line with Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in black by Eyeko. This time I didn’t take this out for a winged cat eye effect as there is already a lot going on with the colours. Together with a few coats of mascara, lining my upper lashline will give the illusion of much thicker lashes. So from here I just apply my foundation like normal…

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~STEP 6 – optional~

This step is optional. After I applied the my favourite Goddess Mascara by Eye of Horus (which you could do to and then add some to your  bottom lashes and be on your way) – I wanted to make it a bit more intense. So I took my new favourite brush for under eye detailing – aptly named The Detailer by Hair and Makeup Addiction and use Red Brick again – placing it all along my lower lash line ensuring its well blended. Using my Accent Brush from Real Techniques I apply a small amount of Espresso blending it into my lower lashline where I placed Red Brick.

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~Finish~

To finish off the look I add a few coats of Goddess Mascara by Eye of Horus to my lower lashes and a nude lipstick (the names worn off it :() there you have it… I hope you like it I know it’s a bit different but if I always did the same look you and I would both be bored :)

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Till next time xoxo

Valentines Day Look – No. 1

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Hello my loves,

It’s hard to miss Valentine’s Day coming up, and whether you’re looking forward to being romantically spoilt by your man or are dreading the date with the strength of a thousand suns, you should look fabulous. Stock up on wine, get the boy or your single girlfriends around and recreate one of these looks so you look hot for the occasion. This is the first of the four Valentine’s styles I’ll be showing to you this week.

~STEP 1~

I primed my eye with my trusty Shadow Insurance by Too Faced. Then taking Blanc Type by MAC Cosmetics, I blended that all over my lid and up to my brown bone with my E35 Tapered Blending brush by Sigma.

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~STEP 2~

Taking Malt by MAC Cosmetics I use my E45 Small Tapered Blending brush by Sigma and place that in and just above my crease. Make sure this is blended out completely and there are no harsh lines. The idea is to create a soft shadow effect.

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~STEP 3~

As I want a little bit of shine to the lid I use a mixture of Shimma Shimma and Vanilla Bean by Makeup Geek and blend that all over the lid with the same E35 brush I used earlier. Then I take the E45 brush I used for my crease and go back over my crease to strengthen the colour.

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~STEP 4~

As I want to sharpen up my crease a little more, I take my E36 Blending brush (perfect for precise application to the crease)by Sigma and the shade Moondust by Makeup Geek and apply it using windscreen wiper motions, blending it directly into the crease.

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~STEP 5~

Then taking a baby wipe I quickly clean up under my eyes and then create a sharp line on the side of my eye (this is how I mark out where my liner will go).

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~STEP 6~

Now if you want you could leave the look as it is and just apply mascara and it would still look lovely. I however chose to add a cat eye flick. Now I understand that this isnt easy but the only way you can improve is to practice practice and then practice some more. I personally find it easiest to start by drawing a line across my upper lash line. So for todays look I wanted a more matt finish for my eyeliner so I went with my trusty fave – Schwing Liner by The Balm.

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~STEP 7~

Then I draw a line out to however far I want it and then take it back down and fill it in to my desired thickness. Excuse the poor quality of this liner today as my hands were a little shakey (I may or may not have had a few drinks the night before… dont judge me). Again this is personal preference but I like to take the same shadow I used in my crease and line the lower lash lne with it. So I took the colour Moondust again and lined my lower lashline and then finished off the look with a few coats of Goddess Mascara by Eye of Horus on top and bottom lashes… TA DAAAA!

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~STEP 8 – optional~

So from here you could just put on some clear lip gloss, a nude or a coloured lipstick. I’ve shown the look below with a coloured lip. Here I am wearing Sheen Supreme lipstick in the shade Candy Apple:

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Well I hope you liked this look, its a pretty simple look but I like it because it allows you to go from day to night and you can apply any lip colour you want. Depends on how daring you want to be 😉

Till next time xoxo

Birthday Makeup

Hey guys, it was my 30th birthday on Monday and rather than sticking with my normal neutrals I wanted to do something a little different. So, I chose to add a strong pop of colour – below is a quick little step by step tutorial on my birthday makeup :)

~ STEP 1 ~

ALWAYS Prep and Prime your skin. I like to prime my skin using my favourite moisturizer Embryolisse 24Hr Miracle Cream – while that is sinking in, I then prime my eyes using Too Faced Shadow Insurance ensuring to blend it into my lid and all the way up to my brow bone with a little along my lower lash line.

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~ STEP 2 ~

Taking Creme Brulee by Makeup Geek I use my E45 brush by Sigma and blend it into and above my crease. This will be my transition colour.

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~ STEP 3 ~

Using that same brush I take Cocoa Bear by Makeup Geek and blend that into where I placed Creme Brulee – this will help darken up the crease and give me the colour I want. 

 

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~ STEP 4 ~

Taking Maybelline’s Colour Tattoo in Painted Purple I use my Hair and Makeup Addiction brush – The Shader – to blend the colour all over my lid  but avoiding to go above the crease.

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~ STEP 5 ~

Once I had packed on the Colour Tattoo – I then took a purple shimmery shadow from my BH Cosmetics “Eyes on the 60s” palette and packed it on all over my lid with my MAC Cosmetics 239 Eye Shader Brush.

 

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~ STEP 6 ~

Here is where I blend, blend, blend, and then blend some more. I wanted to add some depth to this look so taking my E36 blending brush by Sigma (I find this is amazing for precise placement and blending of colour in your crease) and using Mocha by Makeup Geek I added it just in my crease and outer corner. I made sure I blended this thoroughly and then going back to my E45 brush I used earlier to place Creme Brulee and Cocoa Bear I blended those colours up further above my crease. You do not have to do this, it was just a preference of mine as I like to have my colour up higher. The main aim here is the darken the crease and ensure that there are no harsh lines between the crease and the purple lid – you really want it to blend seamlessly.

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~ STEP 7 ~

Once I was satisfied with the blending of the colours, I then went on to curl my lashes, draw on my liner out into a cat eye flick, then finishing off with Lashings of Mascara. Again this is my personal preference but I like to apply one coat of Maybelline’s Mega Plush mascra then a coat of Maybelline’s Colossal Volume mascara and then go back in with a third and final coat of the Mega Plush.

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~ FINALE! ~

After apply my foundation, concealer, powder etc. I finish off the look by quickly lining my lower lash line and water line with MAC Cosmetics Eye Khol pencil in Tarnish. I then take my pinky finger and just smudge it out a little. Taking Tarnish I re-line my waterline to darken that up more – and there you have it…

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I hope you liked it – was something to break up my normal routine of neutrals which I tend to lean towards. If you have any questions, thoughts, ideas or requests please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you.

Till next time xoxo

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