A Little Party Never Killed Nobody… Part 1

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So it was my gorgeous friend Ellie’s hens party this Saturday just gone, and her best friend, now also now a dear friend of mine, planned the whole thing herself and it was awesome – so much fun was had by all. The theme was Great Gatsby/1920’s Flapper and all the girls that went really got into it which was great – some went the traditional route, but not me… I chose to put my own spin on it – naturally 😉 So if you’ve been invited to go to one of these type of themed parties and are looking for something a little different and “non-traditional” then read on to see what I came up.

~ MAKEUP ~

The roaring ’20s were both extremely racy and dramatic. With harsh make-up and short bobbed hair, the ladies of the 1920s were set to make an immense impression upon the world, and upon the history of beauty. According to my research (thank you Google ;)) Make-up was scarce during WWI, but the end of the war and the economic boom of many western countries, resulted in a decadent decade of dressing up, dancing and partying. So I perused some different options and came up with the following inspiration of both modern and traditional:

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As you can see the women of the 1920’s embraced the bold eye and bold lip and paired them together. So if you’re interested to see what i came up with and how I did it… READ ON 🙂

~ STEP 1 ~

As I am going to be using bold shades and i want them to last without creasing i am going to need a strong eyeshadow primer/base that also acts as a blank canvas. Here I am using Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden. I take a small amount (which goes a long way with this product) and place that all over my lid using my Sigma  P80 brush and blend that all over my lid and up to my brow bone. Taking a neutral shade, I blend that all over my lid and up to my brow bone – I used Blanc Type by MAC Cosmetics – This just sets the primer and will make it easier to blend the dark shades I plan to use.

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~ STEP 2 ~

I take a warm neutral shade, for my transition colour and place that above my crease – blending it back and forth in a windscreen wiper motions (I chose to go with a mixture of Beaches and Cream with Creme Brûlée both by Makeup Geek). Next I take the light baby pink shade from my Eyes on the 60s palette by BH Cosmetics and using my go to blending brushe, E35 Tapered Blending brush by Sigma and blend that just beneath where I placed my transition shade – using windscreen wiper motions to blend it out thoroughly. As this was to be a very dramatic look I went back in a few times and added more of the baby pink colour till I was happy with the intensity of it.

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~ STEP 3 ~

To further intensify this look I chose to go for a red shade, yes I said RED! LOL!  Taking my Crease Brush by Hair and Makeup Addiction and the red shade from the same Eyes on the 60s palette and place that directly into my crease blending it upwards and smoothly into my transition shade. I keep adding to it until I am happy with the intensity of it.

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~ STEP 4 ~

After I am happy with the placement of the red shade, I take my NYX Jumbo Pencil in Gold and place that all over my lid, being careful to not take that into my crease. After that I blend out the colour with my finger till it is nice and smooth.

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~ STEP 5 ~

Taking a mixture of the light warm brown and the darker brown from the Eyes on the 60s palette I place that over the top of where I put the Gold Jumbo Eye Pencil. I then blend that out and redefine my crease with a clean E45 Small Tapered Blending brush by Sigma. I also take more of the darker shade and concentrate that in my outer V.

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~ STEP 6 ~

Next I take Utopia by Makeup Geek (this pigment is AMAZING) and pack it on with my finger – once I am satisfied, I take my Eye Pencil in Black Moon by NARS and line my upper lash line and then smudge it out with my E65 Small Angle brush by Sigma till it has a more smoked out less harsh look. Before I clean up and finish off the look, I got over my transition colour to make sure the red stands out nicely. I also add a bit more of Utopia as I want it really sparkly.

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~ FINALE ~

Taking a baby wipe I remove all the fall out from my shadows and pigment – making sure the area is nice and clean ready for foundation. Here I complete my look by curling my lashes using my favourite lash curler by MAC Cosmetics and then apply a couple of coats of Smokey Eye Mascara by Bobbi Brown and Le Volume de Chanel Mascara. Once that has set, I then apply my false lashes (I told you this was an intense look!). The ones I chose are called Girl, You Craazy! by Velour Lashes. I love this brand… you can honestly wear them (provided you take care of them) at least 20 times before having to get a new pair. I actually stop and ask me where I’d got them from. Once they are on and all set, I then take some of the red shade mixed with the dark brown shade from the Eyes on the 60s palette and blend that under my lower lash line with my E21 Small Smudge brush by Sigma and really smoke it out. I apply some the Smokey Eye Mascara by Bobbi Brown on my lower lashes and line my water line with the same Black Moon Eye Pencil by NARS and there you have it! The eyes are done! I then of course applied all my foundation and blush etc. I have also created a little video if you want to check that out also – its fairly basic but you at least you can get an idea of what I’ve been talking about in the steps above…

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So I hope you enjoyed this very different and somewhat intense look. I did actually choose to pair this with the Rebel Lipstick by MAC Cosmetics but I forgot to photograph it… SILLY ME! Would love to hear what you think … Next post will be on my hair and how I styled it for this look.

Till next time XOXO

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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

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

COLOURED 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

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~ 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.

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… 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 🙂

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…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.

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… 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.

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… 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.

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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?

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