30 Days of Beauty – Part 2

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

~ DAY 11 ~

…Holy Grail Makeup Products…

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

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

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~ DAY 12 ~

…Everyday look…

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

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

~ DAY 13 ~

 …Favourite Mascara…

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

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~ DAY 14 ~

…Bronze…

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

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

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

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

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~ DAY 15 ~

…Favourite Makeup YouTube Guru…

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

Nikkie Tutorials and Susie Morales

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

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~ DAY 16 ~

…Dark Lip Look…

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

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

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~ DAY 17 ~

…Glitter…

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

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

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~ DAY 18 ~

…Music Video Inspired…

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

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

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~ DAY 19 ~

…Favourite Hairstyle…

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

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~ DAY 20 ~

…Concealer…

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

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Well I hope you enjoy this belated second post…

Till next time xoxo

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Fancy Dress

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…