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Depotting MAC Eyeshadows

HEY BABES!

So today I wanted to talk to you about depotting your eyeshadow’s into palettes. I don’t know about you but when I’m applying makeup on myself or one of my clients the last thing I want to be doing is rooting around in my kit trying to find whatever shadow I’m after – it wastes time and makes me look unprofessional. A lot of people I know use heat to depot their shadows – however if you’re a complete clutz like moi, then you will probably end up burning yourself – so here is how I do it WITHOUT heat…

Before we start here is a list of the tools you will need to achieve this:

~ TOOLS ~

  • Eyeshadow/s
  • Magnets (sticker magnets) I bought mine off ebay because I’m lazy haha. I just typed in “round self adhesive magnets” and it gave me a whole bunch of options for a really reasonable price.
  • Wire cutter
  • Pairing knife
  • Small plastic dish
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Sticker dots – for the labels of your eyeshadows and you can buy these from Officeworks or office supplies store. However, I couldn’t be bothered with that as I don’t depot eyeshadows enough to warrant buying a whole pack of these so I made my own template. If you would like a copy of this template… please email me on krystlegallaway@optusnet.com.au and I can send you a copy.
  • An old towel and some rags
  • Palettes

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So let’s get started and turn this

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into this

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~ STEP 1 ~

Depending on the size and type of your palette I usually like to sort out the order in which the eyeshadows are going to go into the palette and then write down all the names of them on a piece of paper so you don’t forget what they are called later on. Once this has been done I take the eyeshadow together with my pairing knife and as you can see from the picture below I take the tip of the knife and place it between the opening (where it actually locks the cover shut) and we are going to pry it open. Use gentle twisting motions as it doesn’t take much to pop the top of the shadow out. Once you have done this put the shell of the shadow to one side as you will want to keep and collect these for the Back to MAC program.

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~ STEP 2 ~

Once you have  removed the shadow, you will need to take your wire cutters and again gently and carefully (so as to avoid damaging the eyeshadow) refer back to the original lip we were working on earlier to pop the shadow out. Place your wire cutters on the lip and gently and slowly pry back the plastic (as per the first and second pictures below). Once you’ve removed some of the plastic – you will need to take your pairing knife, dip it into the rubbing alcohol and carefully drop some in by sliding the knife between the plastic container and the actual eyeshadow pan (as per the third picture below). I would do this as many times as it takes till you can get your pairing knife in between the pan and the plastic and easily remove the pan completely.

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~ STEP 3 ~

Once you’ve removed your shadow the pan itself will it will still have glue on the back of it (see pictures 1 & 2 below). So take your rag or old towel and dip it into the rubbing alcohol and gently clean in small circular motions untill all the glue is removed (see picture 3 below).

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~ STEP 4 ~

After the pan is cleaned and there is no residual glue left – take your sticker magnet , peel off the back and stick the magnet in the middle of the pan. From here you can either place on your sticker dots (if you bought them) on or you can just place the shadow straight in your palette (see below).

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~ DONT FORGET ~

To collect your empty containers and utilize the Back to MAC program

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Hopefully you found this somewhat useful and if you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to ask or let me know :)

Till next time

xoxo

NEW YEARS DAY LOOK

Well firstly let me start off by saying HAPPY NEW YEAR babes! Hope you had a kick ass day and night :) Ive seen a whole lot of glittery looks around for NYE but as I was going out for New Years Day, I wanted something a little different so read on below for a step by step tutorial

~ STEP 1 ~

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Prime your face and eyes. As I want my makeup to stay on all day and into the evening I need to make sure I’ve primed both my eyes and face so as to hold the makeup in place. For my face I used my Embryolisse 24Hr Miracle Cream and for my eyes I used my new my new Too Faced Shadow Insurance which I bought from the new Mecca Maxima shop at Warringah Mall).

~ STEP 2 ~

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Taking Creme Brulee by Makeup Geek – I use my E45 brush by Sigma and blend it into and just above my crease.

~ STEP 3 ~

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Using the same blending brush from before I take CocoaBear by Makeup Geek – blending over the top of where I placed Creme Brulee.

~ STEP 4 ~

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Taking a large fluffy brush I use a mixture of Vanilla Bean and Beaches and Cream and blend that up onto my brow bone.

~ STEP 5 ~

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From my “A Few of My Favourite Things Palette” by Too Faced I take the colours Honey Honey and Crisp Apple Strudel and place that on my lid with my MAC 217 brush – blending it out evenly over the whole lid. I bought this palette online from Tarazz – however any light golden shade will do.

~ STEP 6 ~

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I wanted to smoke out the look more so I took my Sigma E36 brush and used Mocha by Makeup Geek and placed it directly into my crease and my outer V.

~ STEP 7 ~

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I then wanted to add some sparkle so going back to my A Few Favorite Things palette I took Moon on Their Wings and just patted that on top using my MAC 217 Brush. Again you dont have to use this palette – you can either skip this step or choose a lighter golden sparkly shade or pigment.

~ STEP 8~

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I chose to go over again with Mocha and darken up my crease and outer V so as the golden shades would stand out more.

~ STEP 9 ~

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I then applied my favorite liquid liner – Schwing by theBalm and my mascara – I used Mega Plush and Colossol Volume – both by Maybelline.

~ STEP 10 ~

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Then taking my No. 1 lashes by Lashes in a Box – I applied them for extra flair. I then go on and apply my foundation and concealer.

~ STEP 11 ~

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~ STEP 12 ~

Taking Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Violet Plum I ran it under my bottom lash line.

~ STEP 13 ~

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Using Drama Queen by Makeup Geek I use my MAC 217 brush and press it along where we placed Violet Plum. Cleaning up any fall out with some concealer.

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Finishing off by applying a few coats of Goddess Mascara by Eye of Horus along my lower lash line and of course brush my brows into place.

TA DAAAA….

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Well I hope you liked this look – let me know what you think :)

Till next time babes xx

Makeup Geek

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Hi my loves,

I don’t know about you but I am constantly on the hunt the latest and greatest products and in my travels I have come across some really wonderful and different things. One of my most favourite things I’ve discovered is a brand called Makeup Geek. I first heard about the brand through watching one of my FAVOURITE YouTube beauty guru’s Jaclyn Hill  videos. So I decided to go online and have a look – if I am perfectly honest the first thing that caught my eye was the price! Their shadows come in two types: Pans $5.99 and Compacts $7.99 – to me that is an amazingly good price. I get the refill pans as I prefer to make my own palettes using my Z palettes which you can also buy through Makeup Geeks store. After watching a few other videos on YouTube featuring Makeup Geek shadows I decided to take the punt and order some – So I did and boy was I pleasantly surprised. Having sworn by MAC shadows for the longest time I was so happy to see another brand take them on and deliver on price, quality and service.

I started small with an order of a couple of their neutral shades… and today I’ve filled up one palette and am on to my second. So I thought I would share with you the shadows I’ve bought and do some swatches for you so you can see just how incredible the colours are:

Just a couple of points before I get into the swatches:

1.  I am swatching 5 shadows at a time, taken straight out of my Z palettes in the rows as Ive arranged them.

2. My skin is a medium tone (in the pictures it looks lighter because of the flash) so keep that in mind when looking at the swatches as some colours will look different on someone who is very fair and vice versa.

~NEUTRALS~

This palette I compiled over a couple of months and I have to say Im really happy with how its turned out:

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~NEUTRAL SWATCHES~

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L-R: Shimma Shimma, Vanilla Bean, Beaches & Cream, Peach Smoothie, Creme Brulee

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L-R: Purely Naked, Cocoa Bear, Last Dance, Burlesque, Brown sugar

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L-R: Country Girl, Goddess, Mocha, Corrupt, Moondust

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L-R: Taupe Notch, Twilight, Unexpected, Cupcake, Cinderella

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L-R: Cosmopolitan, Frappe, Pretentious, Preppy, Gold Digger

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L-R: Chickadee, Mango Tango 

~COLOURS~

While I love a traditional smokey eye or a neutral look I do love to incorporate bright colour into my looks as well. So with that in mind I started this palette and I have to say I’m really happy about how it’s starting to shape up.

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~COLOURED SWATCHES~

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L-R: Stealth, Galaxy, Mercury, Prom Night, Hipster

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L-R: Envy, Dirty Martini, Bitten, Razzleberry, Simply Marlena

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L-R: Wisteria, Drama Queen, Fuji, Lemon Drop, Neptune 

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L-R: Boo Berry, Peacock, Sea Mist, Mermaid, Poolside

I honestly adore these shadows and I use them pretty much every day on both myself and on my clients. The quality of them as you can see from the pictures is amazing – and I’m so happy I bought these and have no regrets. I also have to say the customer service is outstanding – but don’t take my word for it – go and try it for yourself :)

Fancy Dress

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Hey peeps!

Hope you’ve all been well and enjoyed your weekends :) Its been quite some time since I’ve posted anything but I’ve just been so busy… But I’m back now and look forward to more regular updates and posts :)

So, today I wanted to talk a little bit about Fancy Dress…. I don’t know about you guys but when I hear a party is fancy dress I can’t help but shudder a little. It’s not that I don’t like to dress up, have fun and be silly, but to be perfectly honest the majority of the time I cant be bothered to source an outfit. I also don’t really want to go out and buy something new and I’m sure as hell not creative enough to sew anything (I actually once sewed my shirt to my tablecloth… yup true story).

What I like to do is find a way to interpret the theme that best suits me :) Then I delve into my makeup kit and see what I can come up with… Here are two examples of recent fancy dress parties I went to where I chose my makeup to be my costume.

~ Christmas in July ~

A friend of mine had for his 30th Birthday a Christmas in July theme – very appropriate seeing as his birthday was in July :) Most people came to the party in outrageously bad and funny Christmas jumpers, some people came as cold/snow inspired outfits which were all great, but I wanted to take it a step further so I decided to paint my face up like one of Santa’s Reindeer’s.

This look was surprisingly easy to create…. scroll down for the steps on how to get this look.

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… Step 1 …

Prime the face with moisturizer and let that sink in. Once that has sunk in I applied a light coverage foundation just on the bottom half of my face – for this I used Makeup Forever’s HD foundation. I then set it with a translucent powder.

… Step 2 …

Time to really get to work – lets start with the eyes. As we want these to be our main feature of the whole look we want this to be a fairly strong white. You can use a few different things for this, a white eyeliner pencil or MAC’s Chrome Cake, or even white face paint – to mark out the eye areas and set them. I however wanted this look to remain soft and not too hard or stiff which can often happen when using face paint. I chose to use the Make Up Store’s High Tech Lighter in Stardust and place that all around and on my eyes – taking it down the centre of my nose and up above my brows and onto my forehead. As this is a creamy highligher I needed to set it – so I chose to use another Make Up Store product – their Microshadow in White.

… Step 3 …

Now that the white outline is set, I want to define my cheeks and give them a darker look to help add some more dimension to my face. Taking Makeup Forever’s HD Foundation again but in a much darker shade I used my 130 Short Duo Fibre Brush by MAC to place and blend the foundation into my cheeks, just under my eyes and up onto the top of my forehead – and adding some more white on and blending the two so they transition nicely.

… Step 4 …

Once Im happy the darker shade and white are all blended nicely I then take some white face paint I have at home (you can get from any toy or craft store) and using the end of a round brush – small to medium size – and dip the end of it into the face pain and place the dots where I want them on my cheeks and forehead.

… Step 5 …

Taking my contour kit in medium by Sleek Makeup and my much beloved Nars Ita Brush (totes perfect for contouring) I contour my cheeks rather heavily adding further dimension to my face. I also add some shading down the sides of my nose, and under my jaw line and down my neck.

… Step 6 …

Here is where it got a little tricky/fiddley. Again you can use a couple of different mediums for this such as black face paint, black chrome cake, gel or liquid liner. I went for a combination using Maybelline’s Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner going over that with Rimmel’s Gkan Eyes Liquid Liner. As you can see I outlined the sides of my nose and blacked in the end of my nose. I then joined the lines that ran down the sides of my nose into my brows and just coloured in my brows (I have thick brows as it is so didn’t do too much). The tricky part was doing the eyes, however if you take it bit by bit and slowly you can’t really get it wrong. First I would suggest lining your upper lash line with a thin line and taking it down further past your tear duct. Then draw in a new crease line above your eye with it slightly flicking out towards the end in an un-filled cat eye shape. To make the eyes appear large – draw a new lower lash line below your actual lower lash line.

… Step 7 …

Now I apply a set of false lashes – any will do but I would definitely recommend using some soft fluttery ones to help give you a more wide-eyed look – then taking another set of false lashes (preferably the same as the ones you used on your lids) and place them along the top of the bottom line you drew underneath your eye. Make sure you turn them over so that when you apply them they sit nicely and flare out evenly. To finish up the eyes just give the upper lashes a quick coat of mascara to blend them in with your real lashes. I chose to go over again and sharpen up some of the lines with my liquid liner.

FINALE!

To finish off the look I chose to line my lips with a nude lip liner by Chanel in the colour no. 34 Natural (they are particularly amazing as they really hold your lip colour in place). Putting MAC’s lipstick in over the top and placing a little clear gloss over the top.

So as you can see it’s not 100% perfect but I don’t think it’s too bad for having to be ready in an hours time :)

~ Ace of Hearts ~

My friend had a 30th birthday and her theme was Red as she is a redhead – so I thought of what things were red that I would go as so I decided to go as the Ace of Hearts. I was inspired from a Halloween face chart from 2009 that MAC designed (see first picture below). So please check the pictures out below (excuse the poor quality as I took them on my iPhone in bad lighting :))

This look was surprisingly easy to create…. scroll down for the steps on how to get this look.

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(without the red lips)

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… Step 1 …

While I love my thick brows, unfortunately by no means can they be covered up with a little foundation or white paint. For this we need something a little more dense – to block out my eye brow I took a glue stick I had at home and went over my brow with it, then taking little chunks off the stick I patted it down over my brow to cover it completely. I then left this to set and to get nice and hard.

… Step 2 …

Once the eyebrow was set, I took a pan cake type foundation in a neutral colour from my Ben Nye Essential Matte Foundation Palette, I patted that over the top of the glue to blend it in with my skin. Then taking a transparent powder and just patting that over the top to help set the foundation.

… Step 3 …

Once that was dried, I primed my face by using my Embryolisse 24Hr Miracle Cream and applied Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation (in True Beige) mixed with MAC Strobe Cream using my Beauty Blender sponge.

… Step 4 …

To create the card I outlined the shape of the card using a white eyeliner pencil, then taking my High Tech Lighter in Stardust by The Makeup Store, I patted that down over my eye and over my eyebrow and filling out the rest of the shape of the card.

… Step 5 …

To set the high lighter I took a Microshadow in White by The Makeup Store which actually left me with a lovely pearly white colour instead of a flat white effect which is what I would have had if I’d used a face paint or something like that.

… Step 6 …

Taking my MAC Chrome Cake in Red I spritzed it with MAC Fix Plus spray took a brush (an old paint brush I had lying around. I would advise NOT using your good eyeliner brushes) and painted on the A’s and the hearts – top and bottom. Using the Black Chrome Cake and using the same spray I then outlined the whole card.

… Step 7 …

Moving over to my other eye I applied Bobbi Brown’s Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Starry Night all over my lid and blended it up into my crease. Taking a black shimmery shadow from my Coastal Scents 252 ulitmate palette I applied that over the top of the cream shadow to intensify the eye. Warming up my crease I used MACs Cork and applied my Goddess Mascara by Eye of Horus to my lashes

… Step 8 …

Taking a random pair of bold lashes I had by Model Rock Lashes (sorry they’re really old and I don’t think they make them anymore) I applied them to the one eye (top and bottom)

FINALE!

To finish off my look I contoured my cheeks using a dark cream foundation from my MAQ Pro from the 6 colour Fard Creme Foundation palette, and applied MAC’s Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul using MAC’s Soft and Gentle to highlight my cheekbone. Lips – I applied MAC’s Russian Red to my lips and voilà I was ready!

~ KISS ~

I was lucky enough to be asked by these guys to help transform them into KISS for their work Glamour Rock Christmas party. Below is the original band, KISS and after that is my recreation (again please excuse the poor quality as I took them on my iPhone in bad lighting :))

This look was easy but fiddley. There aren’t really too many steps except to copy the design onto the faces by looking and recreating it. The only products I used for this were:

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That’s me in the middle – on my way to my Christmas party… don’t normally get that dressed up to work :)

So hopefully this gives you some inspiration for future fancy dress parties or if you just want to something a little different…

I LOVE GLITTER

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HELLO MY LOVELIES!

I don’t know about you but this beautiful warm weather we are having has me all excited to create new spring summer looks with soft dewy skin. I love at this time of year to create looks that have minimal effort but maximum impact. Personally I like to embrace the warmer colours and keep it as natural as possible. One thing I do love to add is glitter/shimmer/pigments to my eyes to add for an easy way to jazz up a simple spring time to summer look. So read on for how I go about adding glitter to my eyes…

~ STEP 1 ~

Priming the eye is essential to help the eyeshadow colour you use to have something to hold onto. Here I chose to go with one of my two holy grail MAC primers – M.A.C’s Paint Pot in the colour Painterly and placed that all over my lid and up to my brow bone using my Sigma P80 brush.

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~ STEP 2 ~

Applying M.A.C’s eyeshadow in colour Jest all over my lid and Blanc Type underneath my brow with my Sigma E55 brush. Blending both out till they are seamless and blended without any harsh lines.

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 ~ STEP 3 ~

The taking my E45 brush by Sigma I blended M.A.C’s Cork and Haux into my crease and blended well and repeated until it was a dark as I wanted.

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~ STEP 4 ~

Here is where it can get a little fiddly… We want to apply the glitter and to ensure it stay on and doesn’t fall out as the day/night progresses, I then apply a small amount of lash glue over the top of my lid with my finger. Then, taking my M.A.C 242 brush I take some of the glitter (I used Glitter – White (Green Undertone by Bitch Slap Cosmetics) and pat it quickly across where I put the lash glue.

My advice is to tap out a little of the glitter you want to use on a tissue so you can dab it easily and reduces the mess made by accidental spilling of glitter containers or getting any glue into your container. Do one eye at a time and keep your eye closed until the glue and glitter are set. Then repeat on the other eye.

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~ STEP 5 ~

Finish the look off by adding liner to the top lid if you want, it’s a personal preference really but personally I like it with liquid liner as I feel it finishes the eye off nicely and makes it look a little more dramatic gives it a sharper edge. Then coat the lashes with some mascara – as little or as much as you like – and if you want to add further flair you can apply a pair of false lashes. For my finished look I went with both – I used Rimmel’s Glam Eyes Professional Liquid Liner in black and topped it off with a coat of mascara and Lashes in a Box style no. 2

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Thank you for reading and I would love to hear from you so if you have any comments, tips, advice, questions or anything please leave me a comment below – I would love to hear from you :)

Till next time xox

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BEAUTY HAUL

HI MY LOVES!

I have to say, the past couple of weeks have kept me VERY busy – so feeling a little flat after it all I decided to treat myself to a little retail therapy. So please find below some pictures and more information on what I bought…

First stop was MAC. I originally popped in as I’d run out of my favourite concealer and needed to restock, and the because of their “Back to M·A·C Program” – where by returning 6 MAC primary packaging containers to any M.A.C free standing store or counter you will receive a complimentary lipstick of your choice. After cashing in my containers I chose the colour Snob which is a lovely pink shade that goes with almost everything. I dont know if its just me but once I step inside MAC its like my eyes glaze over and I just feel this overwhelming need to buy anything and everything haha! As I find it impossible to walk away with just one thing I was quite impressed with myself – and on this particular day – I came away with only 2 extra things I didnt need. In addition to my “free” lipstick and concealer I bought this GORGEOUS new lipstick from the Sheen Supreme Lipstick range in colour Candy Apple and a Pressed Pigment in the colour Enlightening.

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SHEEN SUPREME LIPSTICK – CANDY APPLE

If I had to sum this lipstick up in one word I would say – nourishing. It is is lightweight, non-sticky, easy to apply and just glides on like butter. Unlike most lipsticks it doesnt leave your lips stained afterwards and make them appear chapped and dry. If anything it helps give your lips that healthy sheen and dare I say… kissable?

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LIPSTICK (BACK TO M.A.C PROGRAM) – SNOB

I love the Back to M·A·C Program, however if you’re like me and dont find it hard to accumulate MAC containers, then you will find their limited selection a tad annoying. They are great for my kit as I can melt them down to make different colour combinations and put them in a more easy carry system. I like the colour snob while it might seem like a more pastel pink – with a darker lip liner underneath the colour can be transformed yet again. Hence why I love these lipsticks so much as they adapt very quickly and easily to any colour lip liner you have handy and it never lessens the quality of the lipstick itself.

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PRESSED PIGMENT – ENLIGHTENING

Ever since seeing @mac_daddyy (instagram username) use pressed pigments in his look I have been on the hunt for them. So when I saw them and then saw the colour Enlightening I was like – SNAP! I’ll be taking one of those. Pressed pigments are very intense and are actually pressed onto the skin with your fingers. They are awesome – you only need a little for a lot of impact and they can be applied dry for a high shine, or on damp skin for a dramatic wet look. Cant wait to experiment more with these in future looks…

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CLARISONIC – MIA 2

So after my MAC stop I went to David Jones and was walking around the beauty section and came across the Clarisonic Display. Let me just say that the past couple of months have been an upsetting, stressful, busy, and rather emotionally draining time for me – all of which have wreaked havoc on my skin. I had a I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews on these so I was interested to see what all the fuss was about. Luckily for me I had a really lovely lady talk me through the whole process and what they do for each skin type. My skin in on the dry/normal side so because of that my pores are really tight and don’t let much out which leads to bad breakouts and sore pimples. After some consideration I decided to go with the Mia2 which is the middle range option and my first opinion is that it is super cute (anything that comes in pink has me hooked) and its very compact and easy to store and charge. However I cannot give my full review on this until I’ve given it a thorough run through and seen the effects it has or doesnt have as the case may be, on my skin.

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CLINIQUE – TURNAROUND OVERNIGHT CREAM & MOISTURE SURGE OVERNIGHT MASK

Continuing my journey through David Jones I made my way over to the Clinique section and was looking at the face creams. I had run out of my night cream and was after something very moisturising as I am on a mission to get my skin back under control. The lady there was really lovely and helpful and after having a good chat to her about what my skin has been through and my skin type we decided that a moisture rich face cream and a overnight face mask would be the best way to keep my skin super hydrated. She also gave me a small sample of their all about the eyes cream to see if I like it for next time. I have to say for a sample – it was very generous and will keep me going for a while. So like the Clarisonic, a full review on these products will follow as I will need to give them a chance to work their magic and see what they do for my skin.

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So thanks for reading, and if you have any information or tips on the products I bought – shoot me a comment, I would love to hear from you.

Till next time

xoxo

The 411 on the Smokey eye

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Hello my beauties, hope all is well and your weekends have been wonderful sunny :)

Today I want to talk about the infamous smokey eye – well, rather the do’s, the don’ts and the don’t you dare’s which if followed, will help steer you away from raccoon eyed terror – towards sexy bombshell diva 😉

Now I think we can all agree the majority of us gals love a smokey eye and it’s the look I get asked to do a lot. When I’m asked to do this look it’s mainly because it’s popular, but also most believe it’s too tricky to do themselves. Another thing I think hinders people from trying it out is the misconception that a smokey eye HAS to be black. Well girls it doesn’t, a smokey eye can be done with many other shades that are dark – if anything I prefer using colours other than black. Anyway never fear…. like most things, the smokey eye just takes a little practice and patience before you’re a pro :) 

So before getting any further let me clarify that to create a smokin’ smokey eye 😉 you will need quality brushes (not the little sponge applicators that come in most eyeshadow compacts) to help blend the colours well and decent eyeshadow (keep in mind you don’t have to spend a lot to attain these). Excuse my bluntness but, if the eyeshadow is crap then you are going to look crap – the color isn’t going to blend, and if its powdery this will lead to extra fall out. So by the time you’re done you will have extra fall out and end up with eye shadow all over your face. Not sexy. 

So now let’s go through some mistakes women do when trying to create a smokey eye.

DO NOT DO THIS!!!

Putting black eyeshadow on your entire lid and bottom and underneath your eye and thinking that constitutes a smokey eye – sorry but NO, or rather HELL NO. Please refrain from piling on layer upon layer of black eyeshadow, instead slowly build the color up and in between use your brushes to blend, blend, blend, and blend some more.

 taylor bad

Avoid using a selection of all shimmery eyeshadows. Dont get me wrong, I love shimmer  and when used on the inner corners of your eyes, it can really lift and brighten them. It is in my humble opinion that shimmer has NO place under the eyebrow or along the brow bone. Here using a matte or even a less shimmery eyeshadow that’s close to your natural skin color will highlight your eyebrows and will help blend the colors on a more natural level.  

bad shimmer

DO NOT and I repeat DO NOT place the eyeshadow all the way up to your eyebrows. This just makes you look crazy… see poor Tyra below… If you feel you have placed eyeshadow too close to the eyebrow what you can do is to use a matte eyeshadow close to your skin color (same as mentioned above) under the eyebrow and blending down. Remember to keep separate brushes for dark colors and light colors otherwise you’ll look like 2 burnt holes in a blanket.

tyra-banks-bad-eye-makeup

Lastly, harsh lines (this goes for any look) under your eye just make you look hard and unfeminine – so lets stay away from that. In the photo below you can see the bottom liner has not been blended, resulting in a super harsh line. What I would have done here would be to take a little blending brush (if you don’t have one don’t sweat – just use a cotton bud (Q-tip)) and blend the bottom eyeliner till it has a soft smoked out appearance. You can also applying eyeshadow that’s the same color as the liner over the top – this will help to both set it and stop it smudging down your face all the while retaining that soft smoked out look you set out for in the beginning.

smokeyeyemakeup

 

DO’S

DO experiment with different colours for smokey eyes. Below is a great example of combining a fairly bold colour with black to achieve a smokey eye. Here a the colour is not only bold but it makes her eye pop so much more than black would. Also in play is fantastic blending technique which as you can see gives it that soft smokey look.  

 

 

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In the photo below you can see how  Kim’s eyeshadow is placed under the eyebrow the right way. Just remember to use a matte shadow close to your skin color. You can also see how it helps highlight brows.

kim k smokey eye

In the picture below Lindsay Price (more like her makeup artist) has nailed the under eye placement of liner and shadow for her smokey eye. This is how its done people! Keeping it thinner towards the inner corner of the eyes then widening it towards the outer edges.

smokey eye lindsay price

Below is my personal go to smokey eye look. As you can see I make sure all the colours are blended together so they have an even transition and the shadow goes high up but not all the way to my eyebrows. I’ve highlighted my brow bone flesh toned shadow that has a slight shimmer in it and blended it down. 

Should I do a tutorial on this one? If you’d like a step by step on this look, leave a comment down below :)

smokey eye combo

So I this has helped in some way and made things a little clearer… and remember – its only makeup and be wiped off easily. So go practice and enjoy :)

XOXO

COLOURED RAINE

lavender raine

Hiya! I know its been a while since I’ve posted anything so sorry about that. Things have been rather hectic for me lately but its starting to settle down now – phew 😉

ANYWHO, I have done some MAJOR shopping as one does when things are in turmoil… so amongst the many things I bought (post on that coming soon) I decided to buy some lipsticks from Coloured Raine. I have seen lots of pictures on Instagram of girls featuring really different lip colours and combinations so after being inspired by @theamazingworldofj (username) and some of the colours she had worn and taken photos of I thought I would treat myself and my curiosity and order some.

~ About ~

Coloured Raine are a cruelty free makeup brand, available online. On their website you can find a range of products from bright lipsticks, bold shadows, multi use pigments & some crazy pretty glitters!

~ What I got ~

After much searching and research I decided on the following colours:

  • Monroe
  • Socialite
  • Penthouse Sweet
  • Lavender Raine
  • Fierce & Fab

coloured raine lipsticks

~ Swatches ~

… Monroe …

Monroe is a gorgeous bright fuschia colour. It is creamy in texture and glides on really well. It isn’t overly shiny however when applied it does have a nice sheen to it that isn’t too over the top.

TIP – This would look amazing paired with a simple cat eye and lashings of mascara.

monroe

… Socialite …

Socialite is a nude colour. Unlike other so-called nudes which leave you looking like you’re wearing foundation all over your lips, this one gives you a nude look while leaving your lips defined and with a touch of colour.

TIP – Paired with a smokey eye and it will look HOT! Be warned though, being highly pigmented and having a matt finish this lipstick is not kind to chapped or dry lips – so be warned :)

socialite

…Penthouse Sweet…

Penthouse Sweet is a light red/coral colour which like Socialite has a matt finish, so make sure you’ve given your lips some TLC with a lip scrub and some hydrating lip balm before applying.

TIP – Try teaming this colour with a soft bronze smokey eye  – talk about sizzling.

penthouse sweet

… Lavender Raine …

I know you are probably thinking – WHAAAT? PURPLE? I know it’s a rather different shade and I would guess it would be for most people. I don’t know why but I just absolutely LOVE this colour. This is also a matt finish but the pigmentation of this one is by far the best out of all the ones I bought. When I wear this I feel like I’m channelling my inner Nicki Minaj.

TIP – If you are bold enough to wear this I would suggest a simple eye to go with it. Go the subtle cat eye route or try a lightly dusting a pale shimmer shadow over the lid with a few coats of mascara.

lavender raine

… Fierce & Fab …

My last one is Fierce & Fab, a reddy orange colour which has a slight shiny finish to it similar to Monroe. 

TIP – Personally think this colour works well for day or night. Try wearing it with a simple cat eye for day or a warm cut crease look for night.

Fierce and fab

Please note the pictures take below is have not been edited in any way and so therefor the colours as they appear as they come out of the tube :)

~ My Opinion ~

Overall I’m quite impressed with the quality of the shades I bought – the lasting power for me is not that long but that’s due to my constant drinking and/or eating throughout the day 😉 They are $13 per tube (shipping for Australia I found quite reasonable) and for the pigmentation and amount you get I feel it’s more than reasonable – plus they comer really fun different colours :)  – the range is awesome.

So if you’re in the market for some new lipsticks or just want to try something new – I would highly recommend these – let me know if you end up buying some or if you already have some what are your thoughts?

keep calm wear lipstick

THE EYES HAVE IT

protruding eyes

HELLOOOOOO my lovelies!

So today I wanted to talk about eye shapes. Why? Well as a makeup artist I believe that determining your natural eye shape is just as important as finding the most flattering colors for your lids and of course – matching your shade of foundation! Knowing how to apply eye shadow and liner for your eye shape, will help you better translate trends and techniques to fit your face. So read on to discover tricks for your eye shape – so you can make the most of your peepers!

brandi wide set

Wide set eyes are usually more than one eyeball width apart. To bring them closer together you can:

  • Use a  highlighter shade on the central portion of your upper lid
  • Rim your top and bottom lash line with a black liner as close to the inner tear duct as possible
  • Use a mascara comb to swipe all of your tiny lashes from mid eye to nose

camilla belle downturned

Downturned eyes have a slight dropping on the outer corners. To pull the eyes upwards appear upwards you can:

  • Creating a sexy cat’s eye shape (this is the perfect shape for it) to do so apply a liquid liner along the top lid and extend outward and upward at a 45 degree angle – this will create symmetry and add va-va-voom!
  • Blend a dark shadow from the edge of the eye inwards to the visible crease
  • Firmly curl the outer lashes and reapply mascara on the outer lashes

close set

Close set eyes are less than one eyeball width apart.  To create the illusion of more space you can:

  • Using a light eye shadow on the inner corners of your eyes – I suggest trying frosty white or sparkling nude hues.
  • Adding an extra coat or two of mascara or placing some  individual lashes, 1/2 or 1/4 corner strip lashes to the outer corner to pull the focus outward
  • If applying eyeliner, ensure it goes from thin to thick as you apply it from your inner to outer eye corner on your upper lash line and it extends a little bit beyond your outer eye corner

deep set

Deep set eyes are usually large and set deeper into the skull, creating the illusion of a more prominent brow bone. The eyelid can also look as thought it goes way back into your head. I would suggest trying to:

  • Brighten up the natural shadowing by dusting on a beige or warm metallic hue on the lid (think peach!) this will help the eyelids to ‘pop’ open and bring the eye forward
  • If you have this shape you will probably have a prominent brow bone, so, you can apply a contour colour onto here rather than in the crease.
  • More than likely the ends of your lashes graze your lids, so, be sure to apply waterproof mascara to prevent smudges

hooded eyes

Hooded eyes feature an extra layer of skin that droops over the crease, causing the lid to appear smaller. To draw the focus upward:
  • Diffuse darker shadow over and out past the crease.
  • Tight line the top waterline to intensify and enlarge your eye shape and thicken the lash base, which also can disappear under the lid fold. 
  • Use a light highlight shade on brow bone and inner corner along lash line

protruding eyes

Protruding eyes create the appearance of projected lids in the eye socket area. On the up side, the bulge gives you plenty of lid space to play with! To keep the lid from overpowering your look:
  •  Blend darker tones all over your eye because dark tones recede space and size (pushes the lid back), smokey eyes work great with this eye shape.
  • Apply thick liner along your upper lash line to further diminish some of the space.
  • You can also use a slightly lighter shade for the crease, and blend outward towards the brow bone.

asian eyes
 Mono lids (asian eyes) are usually flat on the surface and don’t have much of a crease if any and the Brow bone is less defined. To create definition and the illusion of dimension on your flat surface:

  • Using a gradient of eye shadows, dark to light. Shading the darkest colour the closest to the lash line, the soft neutral hue in the middle and the shiny colour at the brow bone
  • Always curl lashes for a lift and you can add some individual false lashes for extra flare
  • When lining your bottom lash lines, remember to smudge it out. But be careful – wherever you put darkness is where your eye is going to follow. If you only put it in the lower rim, it makes the eye seem smaller, but if you add liner to the lower lash line and smudge it out then it brings those outer edges forward, so it makes the eye appear larger.

round eyes

This eye shape is often large, and open-looking – the width and height is nearly the same. Personally I think these eyes are actually quite adorable and can be quite beautiful if you use your makeup correctly: 
  • Using a two to three eyeshadow shades apply the lighter eyeshadow from your lash line to your brow bone (your entire lid). You can also apply a bit of this eyeshadow under your lower lash line. Apply the darker shade in your crease and create a V shape on your outer eye corners. 
  • Ensure you extend the color upwards and outwards until it almost touches the outer tip on your eyebrow curve at about a 45 degree angle. This will help in create an illusion of an elongated eye thus reducing the round appearance of your eyes.
  • When using eyeliner I highly recommend tightlining your eyes and/or applying the liner to create a cat eye effect.
  • When applying mascara, you need to put more emphasis on your outer third of your upper eyelashes with less mascara on your middle and inner eyelashes.
 
almond eyes
 
The best way I can describe am almond-shaped eye is very simple, the inner corner of the almond-shaped eye resembles that of the tapered point of an almond and rounds up and out to a slightly upturned outer corner. People of many different ethnicities may have almond-shaped eyes so:
  • Feel free to experiment with different eye shadow placement, but a classic eye will always serve you well. Work with three shades and place the lightest shade on the inner half of the lid, the darker shade on the outer half and the crease, and the lightest shade on the brow bone
  • Because the almond-shaped eye can pull off almost any eyeliner look – I would suggest for everyday makeup, use eyeliner to highlight that great shape. Put eyeliner on the outer half of the upper and lower lash line to make your eyes look large and romantic. Make sure to use light strokes and apply lightly toward the middle, getting darker and heavier toward the outer edge.
  • I would suggest considering a more angled brow rather than one with a rounded arch. 

I put this together to help explain and showcase the different types of eye shapes out there and give some tips on how to make the most of what you have. You may even realise that you’re a combination of two or more (like me).

However I want to leave you with one final thought:

happy girls

Cutting the Crease

Hey my loves!

When you think of cutting the crease – what celebrities spring to mind? For it would have to be Adele and Kim Kardashian –  as you can see below both Adele and Kim K nail it (or rather their makeup artists do ;)) – ranging from the dramatic to the soft.

adele

 kim k cut crease

Cutting your crease helps to really open up your eye and make it pop – personally this is my go to look for every day as I love how it makes my eyes appear bigger than they normally are. There are many ways to wear this look – for me I usually go more subtle. So I did a quick and easy tutorial for you – check it out and let me know what you think

~ Step 1 ~

Firstly I like to prime my eye using MAC’s paint pot in Painterly applying it with my Sigma P80 precision flat brush all over my lid and blending it up to my brow bone

prime

~ Step 2 ~

Then taking my MAC 239 brush eye shader brush, I use a combination of MAC’s Ricepaper and Retrospeck  and apply that all over my lid.

lid

~ Step 3 ~

Here is where I start to define my crease  – for this I use one of  favourite brushes by Sigma – the E45 small tapered blending brush. I find this brush is PERFECT for applying colors to the crease. The first colour I am adding to the crease is MAC’s Cork – using my E45 brush I apply it into my crease blending it out softly, using a windscreen wiper motion. Then repeating the same process but using MAC’s Quarry over the top. You should now have a nice light brown cut crease appearing. Depending on how comfortable you are you might decide to stop here and apply your liner and mascara – or you can follow my other steps for a more defined cut crease. 

crease 1

~ Step 4 ~

Taking the same E45 brush by Sigma I apply Oktoberfest – from my Coastal Scents 252 Ultimate Palette – and repeat the same cut crease motion as in Step 3 – but as you will see the crease darkens to a lovely rich brown.

crease 2

~ Step 4 ~

Again you could choose to finish it up here and it would still look lovely, however for me I wanted to add a pop to this crease so I chose to take Vibrant Red from the same Coastal Scents Palette  – and by adding that into the crease and blending with my E45 brush by Sigma, very thoroughly out into and just over the crease I get the colour effect I am after – a light red-brown combination which I believe helps make my eyes stand out (please excuse the uncombed brows).crease complete

~ Step 5 ~

Taking my E65 small angle brush by Sigma and Maybelline’s Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black – carefully line my lid, flicking it out only a little to create a suble cat eye effect.

cat eye crease

~ Step 6 ~

I Finish off my eyes by applying a few coats of Maybelline’s new Volum’ Express® the Mega Plush® Mascara in blackest black to my top lashes and just one coat to the bottom. HEY PRESTO we’re done!

cut crease final

So don’t be shy – go and give it a go! Once you’ve tried it a few times you’ll love it I’m sure :) So hope you enjoyed and I would love to hear any feedback – especially if you gave it a go yourself :)

xoxo

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