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

Portfolio

Hey peeps!

So I’ve updated my Portfolio Page with some beautiful pictures from a wedding I did recently for the gorgeous Emily….

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Enjoy and hope you are having a lovely week

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. 2

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

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

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