30 Days of Beauty – Part 3

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

30 Day Challenge – FINAL WEEK –

Apologies for the delay my loves, I’ve been a bit sick this week so I was a tad behind in creating the last of my looks… However I’m all better now and have managed to catch up. Anyway – here I am, in the final leg of my self-imposed 30 Day Challenge. I will admit there have been days where I found it difficult to think of what to do or if I was going to execute it in time to be ready for work 😉  So I hope I managed to keep them interesting and different enough for you guys – let me know what you think 🙂

Day 24. I wanna be famous – Every now and I see a celebrity on the red carpet at a special event, movie premier, award ceremony etc that makes me think wow! Something about the look makes me do a double or even a triple take. I think these are my favourite looks to tackle mainly because it’s a challenge for me to copy or try a tricky style or adapt it to suit my eye shape. I know for a fact there are a few celebrities that are favourites for me but one that I just love is the ever gorgeous Mila Kunis – I love way she wears such luxurious browns and golds together and don’t even get me started on when she wears a smokey eye. So todays look was inspired by her. I hope I was able to do her justice.

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1.  Primed my lid by using my faithful MAC Paint Pot in Painterly

2.  Applied All that Glitters by MAC all over my lid

3.  Using a mixture of Bronze and Mulch by MAC into my crease and on my outer “V” extending it upwards and outwards so as to lift my eye – all the while ensuring it is blended out

4.  Taking a soft kohl black eyeliner, I used Rimmel’s Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eye Liner, line the top of your lid then using an angled eyeliner brush – smudge it out to soften the line

5.  Taking the colour Luna from the Sigma Resort Palette I highlighted my inner corner and tear duct

6.  Coating my top and bottom lashes with my Goddess Mascara by Eye of Horus

7.  Finishing off the look by applying my new favourite lashes in style No. 1 by Lashes in a Box

Day 25. Contour – Made famous by Kim Kardashian (love her!) – contouring has become a common step in my makeup routine – however I have to say it surprises me that for a lot of women, contouring is often a skipped step. In my opinion when you apply foundation to your entire face, you are creating a blank canvas, making it critical to go back and add the dimensions back in. Technically, contouring is about shadows and light; if you’ve ever taken an art class you’ll know that you use darker shading to push an area inward and lighter shading to pull an area outward. So when contouring your face you use this method to help create the appearance of a stronger jaw line, more defined cheek bones, and a slimmer face or nose etc.

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1.  Applied my new favourite foundation – Revlon Colorstay Whipped foundation in colour True Beige and ensure it is blended down to my neck with my Beauty Blender sponge

2.  I know where my cheekbones are and have been practising this for a while, however, if you are new to contouring I suggest you look in the mirror and suck in your cheeks – this instantly shows you where your cheekbones are

3.  Then taking your desired medium (bronzing powder/cream bronzer/darker cream foundation) with a flat-headed bronzer brush just slightly under cheekbones from the hollows to your ear

4.  Sweep bronzer in circular motions directly on temples. If, like me, you have a rather spacious forehead you can continue the contour along the hairline. You can also contour directly underneath your jaw line

5.  I then make sure I blend edges with my Beauty Blender sponge

6.  Finishing it off by setting it with my Ben Nye Bella Luxury Powder in Banana

Day 26. Bright times – For this look I chose some colours that I love, and think compliment each other very well. My look definitely created an impression around the office that day 😉 … bright times collage

1.  Started off by priming my eye using NYX’s Jumbo Pencil in Milk – blending that into my lid and up into my crease

2.  Using my Coastal Scents 252 Ultimate Palette I took a bright sky blue colour and placed that on my lid leaving the outer “V” bare

3.  Then from the same palette I took a dark violet shade and blended that into my outer “V” and into my crease

4.  Taking a mixture of the blue and purple colours I used I blended that underneath my eye along my lower lash line sweeping it upwards in a cat eye fashion

5.  Taking Luna from the Sigma Resort Pallete I highlighted my inner corner and tear duct

6.  Taking Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eye Liner in Black I tightlined my upper and lower waterline. Then taking Eye of Horus Liquid Define Liner I lined my lid

7.  Taking the Goddess Mascara by Eye of Horus I coated my top and bottom lashes

8.  I then applied my new favourite lashes No. 1 lashes Lashes in a Box Lastly I take my Sephora Collection Glitter Eyeliner in Black and go over my black liner I created earlier

9.  Using my Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eye Liner in Nude, I draw a line in between the top and bottom shadow separating the two thus creating a double line effect.

Day 27. Video Killed the Radio Star – I don’t know about you, but I tend to get a lot of my inspiration from music videos. Some of my personal faves that I look to time and time again are Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, and Lana Del Ray. I love that they range from the crazy colourful to the beautiful and eye-catching. So for todays look I took inspiration from the gorgeous, age defying, Jennifer Lopez – in her new clip “Live it Up”. In this clip we see her with a sultry smokey eye, a bronzed golden eye and a very out there mustard lip colour to a heavier sexy night-time look. Which one to choose? I went with the bronzed beach look. I love the other looks but this one just took my breath away – there is something about how luxurious the golden bronze looks on her eyes.

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1.  For this I primed my lid and lower lash line with NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Bronze – blending it into my lid and up into my crease

2.  to intensify this look I took MAC’s Pigment in colour Melon and applied that over the top and then taking it down to my lower lash line

3.  Using a mixture of MAC’s Mulch and Bronze I applied that to my outer “V” to smoke it out and add some depth

4.  Taking MACs Power Point Eye Pencil in colour Duck I lined my upper lash line and smoked it out with an angled eyeliner brush

5.  Using my Goddess Mascara I coated my top and bottom lashes heavily – unfortunately I ran out of time so I couldn’t add any falsies to my look but if you can I would advise adding in some Individual false lashes as it will really open up the eye further and give the eyes that lovely soft fluttery look that Jennifer has.

Day 28. Pop goes the Weasel – there are many ways you can make your eyes “pop” but my favourite is to use a color that contrasts with your natural eye color. Now, some of you might be thinking “how the heck am I supposed to know which colors to choose?” NEVER FEAR! The answer lies within the color wheel! How you might ask? Well, all you have to do is locate your eye color on the wheel and the color directly across is the perfect one for you! Keeping in mind you could also use a bit of your natural eye color, or a slightly darker version, to bring out the color!

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So for me, my eye colour is usually green but, as weird as it sounds, my eye colour greatly depends on what mood I am in, so when I am happy they are at their greenest. If you look at the colour wheel above you can see that for me my colours range from purple to orange and include rust colours and deep bronze’s. For todays look, see below…

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1.  Primed my eye using MAC’s paint pot in Painterly

2.  Taking a MAC pigment in colour Blue Brown – I chose this colour as it is a brown but with a blue-green pearl to it which should complement my green eyes – I then applied that all over my lid and into my crease

3.  Taking a mixture of MAC’s Cork, Quarry and Smut I smoked out the outer V and into my crease

4.  Taking Luna from the Sigma Resort Pallete I highlighted my inner corner and tear duct

5.  Using my Eye of Horus Liquid Define Liner I lined my lid

6.  Finishing off my look by coating my top and bottom lashes with Goddess Mascara by Eye of Horus and applied some false lashes No. 1 lashes Lashes in a Box – what do you think?

Day 29. Ombre –

This two-tone look subtly contours the mouth. A darker shade around the outer edge of the lip adds definition, while a slightly softer tone in the center reflects light and creates the illusion of fuller, juicier lips. In my opinion the key is to use two shades in the same color family. They should gradually fade into each other for a lovely ombré effect.

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1.  The first and probably most important step is to prepare your lips. To do this I used my favourite lip scrub by Sara Happ  and then apply a nice thick coat of Lucas Papaw Lip Ointment (hands down the best out there – it is a miracle worker for any set of dry lips)

2.  I then applied a generous coating of foundation to my entire lip. Beware this tends to make you look super creepy, but it helps your lip to “pop” more and your lipstick to last longer.  

3.  Next I applied a nude lipstick (I chose Shy Girl by MAC)  to my entire bottom lip. Once it was well blended I went in with the first color. I chose to use a lip pencil –  Le Crayon Lèvres Precision Lip Definer in colour 49 Rose Corail – applying this to my top lip and using the brush that comes with it, blending it out softly to top centre of my bottom lip. At this point I blended the pencil out, adding a little bit at a time, as necessary, until I had 3 fairly clear colors happening on my lower lip.

4.  The next color I added was 55 Fuschia (same Chanel Lip Pencil mentioned in step 3), I covered my entire top lip, but didn’t worry too much about getting too close to the edge of my top lip since I’d be covering that area with a darker shade anyways. At this point I also added significantly more of the Lip Pencil – 49 Rose Corail as mentioned in step 3 – to the innermost part of my bottom lip (still using the brush that came with the pencil)

5.  Now, here comes the tricky part…especially since it looked like horrible before I blended it out. I added MAC’s Candy Yum Yum lipstick along the top half of my upper lip, again, I didn’t worry about getting too close to the edge, I blended out from that point anyway.

6.  The next step was to blend. Depending on how confident you are you can use your little finger or a lip brush even a cotton tip – I used a mixture of a lip brush and my finger to blend out only the lipstick until it no longer looked harsh

7.  Then using  the same lip brush (I gave it a quick clean) I blended and precisely shaped the outer line of my lip and further blended the fuschia with the rose colors on my upper lip.

8. Taking my Lucas Papaw ointment I applied it gently by dapping over my lip so as my lips would look nice and glossy. And that’s THAT!

Day 30. Lashtastic – its amazing how such a simple eye can be transformed by adding a pair of false lashes – natural or slightly dramatic. For the look I had today I went with a slightly more dramatic set than I would normally wear… what do you think? Too dramatic or just right?

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1.  Primed my lid with MAC’s paint pot in Painterly

2.  Applying MAC’s Blanc Type all over my lid and up to my brow bone. Then I Cut my crease with a mixture of MAC’s of Cork, Quarry and Smut – blending it out thoroughly

3.  I then lined my lid with Rimmel Glam Eyes Professional Liquid Liner in black and flicking it out at the ends to create the desired cat eye effect

4.  Finishing off my look by coating my top and bottom lashes with my Goddess Mascara – then applying my No. 4 false lashes by Lashes in a Box.

SO! THERE WE HAVE IT! I made it, I completed the 30 Day Challenge – albeit a tad late, but completed none the less. I hope you enjoyed it and don’t be afraid to let me know what you thought or what one was your favourite.

XOXO

30 Day Makeup Challenge – Week 2 –

So I made it through the first week and I have to say it has been quite fun. So in week two it got a little more interesting with trying to figure out how I would make some of these wearble in the office…

Day 8. Turn Back time – The 1960s changed the face of fashion. Vidal Sassoon made the bob a popular hairstyle for women, the bikini became the popular choice of swimwear, sideburns were a thing for men and Twiggy brought modelling to a different level. It’s truly safe to say that the 1960s was a decade of change that continues to inspire people today. Having always been a major fan of this era (as well as the 50’s) this inspired me to create the look below:

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1. Primed my eye with MACs paint pot in Soft Ochre

2. Packed on Silver by MAC all over the lid and into the crease then patted Blanc Type again by MAC over the top

3. Just above my crease I created a new one by marking it in with a soft Khol black eyeliner pencil and smoked it out

4. Made the crease stronger by setting it with Carbon by MAC and blending it out

5. Lined my upper lash line with Rimmel’s Glam Eyes liquid liner in black and flicked it out to create a cat eye effect

6. Took the same soft Khol eyeliner and lined my lower lash line and blended that out then lined my water line

7. Finished off my eyes by coating my lashes heavily with Chanel’s Inimitable mascara

8. Final touch being St Germain by MAC on my lips

Day 9. Femme Fatale – by definition a Femme Fatale is a mysterious and seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers in bonds of irresistible desire, often leading them into compromising, dangerous, and deadly situations. The femme fatale today is still often described as having a power akin to an enchantress, seductress, having some power over men. To me, when I wear a my favourite red lipstick I can feel myself channeling the above…

femme fatale

1. Primed my lips using my favourite lip scrub by Sara Happ

2. Applied a generous amount of Lucas Paw Paw Ointment so as to nicely moisturise my lips

3. Finished off by applying a red lipstick in colour Garnet by Gorgeous Cosmetics

Day 10. I’m a Barbie Girl – What little girl didn’t play barbies, dress her up, brush her hair and admire her… I know I did – back in the day. So for today she was my inspiration:

barbie inspiration im a barbie girl

1. Primed my eye with MAC’s paint pot in Painterly

2. Put MAC’s Cork and Quarry into my crease

3. Took a bright pink and fuchsia colour from Coastal Scents 252 Ultimate palette and blended that just above my crease

4. Using the same Coastal Scents palette I took a pale white shimmery colour and placed that all over my lid

5. Lined my lashes using Rimmel’s Glam Eyes liquid liner in black

6. Coated my lashes with Chanel Inimitable Mascara in black

7. Placed a pair of Ardell lashes in 120 Demi black

8. Finishing off the look by placing a mixture of Mac’s Candy Yum Yum and St Germaine.

Day 11. Favour Me – While this look is a mixture of all my favourite products, its mainly a focus on the base that I do most days. So here goes:

favour me

1. Start off my ensuring my foundation has a decent starting point by priming my skin with Embryolisse 24Hr Miracle Cream

2. Then taking MAC’s Studio Sculpt Foundation (my colour is NW 25) and mixing in a little bit of MAC’s Strobe Cream – I apply that with my Beauty Blender all over my face and blend into my neck

3. I then prime my eyes using MACs paint pot in Soft Ochre

4. Taking MAC’s Blanc Type I apply that all over my lid and up to my brow bone – cutting my crease with a mixture of Cork, Quarry and Smut

5. Then lining my lid using Rimmel’s Glam Eyes liquid liner in black and finishing off my eyes – coating them with Chanel’s Inimitable Mascara in black

6. Taking my Bobbi Brown Corrector I conceal my dark under eye circles finishing it with MAC’s Prolongwear concealer and setting it with Ben Nye’s banana powder

7. I contour my cheeks using a cream foundation by MAQ Pro from the 6 colour Fard Creme Foundation palette

8. Using MAC’s mac Mineralize blush in Warm Soul I apply it to the apples of my cheeks and sweep up towards my ear then highlighting my cheekbones with Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle

9. Finishing it all off by setting my makeup with a light dusting of MAC’s Sheer/Loose powder and a spritz or two of MAC’s Fix Plus spray

Day 12 & 13 – Smokey Jo and Bronze Goddess – Due to having some extensive dental work done on my teeth 😦 I had to merge day 12 into Day 13… there is nothing that says sexy to me like a good come hither – smokey eye. Its so simple yet so effective – if done correctly. I think one of the biggest mistakes women do is to put black eyeshadow on their entire lid and bottom and think they have a smokey eye. Sorry, this just doesn’t work. You HAVE to blend!! Also, don’t pile on layers and layers of black eyeshadow. You have to slowly build the color and blend in between. As for my bronze goddess look I wanted to get the effect of nicely sun kissed skin NOT looking like I had spent a year in a tanning bed or rubbing a bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos on my face! So, to comeplete these two looks I did the following:

Smokey joe and bronze goddess

SMOKEY EYE

1. Primed my eye with Bobbi Browns Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Starry Night 5

2. Then I packed on a pretty shimmery silver black colour from my Coastal Scents 252 Ultimate palette across my lid (though photos don’t do the shimmer justice)

3. Lightly blended that colour up into my crease

4. Taking MAC’s Cork I blended that over the black into my crease to soften it out

5. I then tightlined my upper lashline and lined my lower waterline with Rimmels Scandaleyes waterproof kohl liner in black

6. Finished off my lashes with Chanel Inimitable mascara in black.

BRONZE GODDESS

1. Taking my Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel bronzing makeup base (a MUST HAVE for summer) under my foundation to give it that sun kissed colour without having to go with a darker foundation

2. Personally I don’t like using bronzers as a blush, so to get a more bronzed cheek but still keeping a slightly flushed look I went with MAC’s Mineralize blush in Warm Soul (such a gorgeous colour and suits most skin tones)

3. Finishing off by highlighting my cheek bones with MAC’s Soft and Gentle to help emulate a lovely glow to the skin.

Day 14. Green eyed Monster – Green was on the agenda today so rather than go for a green shadow on my lid I went for something a little different…

green eyed monster

1. Started off as usual by priming my eye with my faithful MAC paint pot in Soft Ochre and applied that all over my lid and up to my brow bone

2. Applied Blanc Type all over my lid and up to my brow bone

3. Taking MAC’s Rice Paper across my lid and over the top of that I put MAC’s All that Glitters

4. Cut my crease with a mixture of MAC’s Cork and Quarry

5. Lined my lid using Rimmel’s Glam Eyes liquid liner in black and flicking it out at the corners for a cat eye effect

6. On bottom last line I used NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencil in Peacock following the same flick as my black liner

7. Then taking a bright grass green shadow from my Coastal Scents 252 Ultimate Palette I pressed it over the top of the NYX liner to create a bright green liner underneath my eye

8. Tightlined my eye with Rimmel Scandal’Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in black – also lining my lower waterline

9. To finish it all off I coated my top and bottom lashes with Chanel Inimitable Mascara in black.

So there you have it folks – week 2 completed! I hope you enjoy as much as I have enjoyed getting creative each day. I would love to hear any thoughts or advice or anything really 🙂 Thanks again and tune in next week for Week 3!

30 Day Challenge

There are lots of 30 day challenges out there which inspired me to put myself to the test and create my own. I started on the 1st June and have been working through my list day by day creating my looks. I have been sharing them on my instagram page – @krystalis_00 or @makeupbykrystle. However since I started my blog it only makes sense to put them up here and share them with you lovelies 🙂 Hope you like them and would love to hear your thoughts.

The List

30 day challenge

The Challenge Starts

Week 1

Day 1. Bare it all – For those who know me and know me well know that I never ever go bare faced, except for when I am around the house or if Im sick. Say what you want but its not that I depend on makeup for my self confidence its just that I love it, I love the whole experience of putting it on and creating something different each day. So here I am – not a stitch on… my face that is 😉

bare it all

Day 2. Every Day – Because of my job, I like to keep it pretty simple on a day to day basis. I created this by doing the following:

1. Primed my lid with MAC’s paint pot in Soft Ochre

2. Cut my crease with a mixture of MAC’s of Cork, Quarry and Smut – blending it out thoroughly

3. Finishing it off with Chanel Liquid Liner pen in brown and a coat of Chanel Inimitable mascara in black.

every day

Day 3. Feline – Who doesn’t love a good cat eye effect? Its such a simple way to make your eyes pop. To create this look:

1. Primed my lid with MAC’s paint pot in Soft Ochre and used MAC’s Blanc Type all over the lid and up to the brow bone

2. Cut my crease with a mixture MAC’s of Cork, Quarry and Smut – blending it out thoroughly

3. Packed Retrospeck onto my lid

4. Lined my lid with Rimmel Glam Eyes liquid liner in black and flicking it out at the ends to create the desired cat eye effect

5. Finish off by coating lashes with Chanel’s Inimitable mascara in black

feline

Day 4. Purple Haze – went for a nice pop of colour today… everyone loves purple:

1. Primed my eye with MAC’s paint pot in Painterly, cut my crease with a mixture of Cork and Quarry

2. Packed on a bright purple colour all over my lid (don’t know the colour sorry but it was from my coastal scents 252 ultimate palette)

3. Blended MAC’s Smut and Carbon into my outer V

4. Lined my lid with Rimmel Glam Eyes liquid liner in black

5. Finished off with coating lashes with Chanel Inimitable mascara in black

purple haze

Day 5. Bright Lights – for those days when we need to appear more awake no matter how tired or hungover we really are 😉

1. Primed my eyes with MAC’s paint pot in Painterly and cut my crease with a mixture of Cork and Quarry

2. I then packed Half Baked, from the Naked palette, all over my lid

3. Then I took Darkhorse and Smog from the same palette and blended it into my outer V

4. I highlighted my tear duct with Napoleon Perdis’ White Gold (from the Gold Digger Glimmer set) then went over it with Napoleon’s loose dust in number 37

5. Lined my lashes with Rimmel Glam Eyes liquid liner in black

6. Finished off with coating my lashes with Chanel Inimitable mascara in black

bright lights

Day 6. Caribbean Crush – inspired from a picture I saw of a beautiful pretty pink sunset in the Caribbean:

1. Primed my eye with MAC’s paint pot in Soft Ochre and cut my crease with a mixture of All that Glitters and Cork (both by MAC)

2. Using my Coastal Scents 252 Ultimate Palette I took a pretty shimmery coral colour on my outer V

3. From the same palette I used a fuchsia colour on my inner lid

4. Highlighted my tear duct with a strong yellow colour from the same palette

5. Lined my lid using Rimmel Glam Eyes liquid liner in black

6. Finished off with coating my lashes with Chanel Inimitable mascara in black

caribbean crush

Day 7. Four Play – had a bit of a play using four different colours:

1. Primed my eye using MAC’s paint pot in Soft Ochre and cutting my crease with a mixture of Cork and Quarry

2. Packed on MAC’s All that Glitters all over the lid

3. Using Cork and Quarry again – blending them into my outer V

4. Placed Napoleon Perdis’ Loose Dust in number 37 over my lid

5. Lined my lid with Rimmel Glam Eyes liquid liner in black

6. Finished off with coating my lashes with Chanel Inimitable mascara in black

 

four playWell hope you liked my first weeks looks from my self imposed 30 Day Makeup challenge and that you’ll tune in for week two…