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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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…