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

Beauty is Skin Deep

Today I want to talk about skin care – about 3 years ago I had what I’d like to call a complete “Skin Makeover”. It all started with the realisation that even with my applying makeup I just not loving how my face looked. I felt like a Monet painting – great from far away but if you got up close I was a big ol mess. So, where does one begin a Skin Makeover? Firstly you need to know what TYPE of skin you have – is it Normal? Dry? Oily? Sensitive? Combination? Not sure? then read on 🙂

~ NORMAL ~ If you have the normal type, your skin has an even tone, a soft smooth texture, no visible pores or blemishes, and no greasy patches or flaky areas. Your skin also has a clear, fine-textured, supple and smooth surface which is neither greasy nor dry. It appears to glow, which stems from good blood circulation and excellent health – basically you are the envy of most women…

~ DRY ~ Dry skin has a low level of sebum and can be prone to sensitivity. The skin has a parched look caused by its inability to retain moisture. It usually feels “tight” and uncomfortable after washing unless some type of moisturizer or skin cream is applied. In extreme cases of dry dehydrated skin there can be chapping and cracking. Dryness can be exacerbated by wind, extremes of temperature and air-conditioning, all of which can cause the skin to flake, chap and feel tight.

~ OILY ~ Because of the hormonal shifts of adolescence, oily skin is common in teenagers, but in fact it can occur at any age. In general, as we get older our skin tends to become dryer with age. The flow of sebum or oil increases during adolescence and starts decreasing with age. During pregnancy and menopause, hormonal imbalances can upset the oil balance and increase the activity of sebaceous glands. A good thing about oily skin is that it is not prone much to aging or wrinkling.

~ SENSITIVE ~ Sensitive, intolerant skin reacts more than normal skin, in fact it is hyperreactive. It experiences prickling, overheating, can break out into spots, can develop redness/irritation, blotchy areas, broken capillaries, pins and needles and itching (less frequently). Sometimes these reactions can be atributed to weather changes, alcohol, food, stress, or an alergic reaction to a particular ingredient. If this sounds like you, I would strongly advise going to a qualified beauticial or dermatolgist and getting an exact dignosis of your skin so you start to use the right products for your skin.

~ COMBINATION ~ Combination skin is a blend of both oily and dry skin. This is the most common type of skin and has an imbalanced pH. The pH of normal skin is between 5.5-6.0. People with this skin type usually find that their oily skin is concentrated in the T-zone, while their cheeks remain dry. Combination skin can be influenced by genetics and, (like oily skin), by puberty, when oil glands increase their production of sebum. Sometimes a variety of products are needed to treat combination skin. So if you are unsure I would highly reccomend a qualified beautician or dermatologist.

~ DEVELOPING A ROUTINE ~ I want to take this opportunity to say that while I am no expert in skin care I have done a lot of research into my own skin type, experimented with different products and consulted professionals. Once you know your skin type you can really get to work on treating it and caring for it. For me, it took me a couple of years of trying and failing to finally develop a routine that works for me and my skin. If you are interested in what my routine entails please read on 🙂 My skin type is Dry and for years I had been using products that were not catering to my skins need for moisture leaving me with with flat, dry, dull looking skin. I learned that for me the key was in ensuring my skin was clean and rehydrated every evening (as this is when your body does most of its repair work). ~ STEP 1 ~ Every evening when i come home (even after a big night out) I take a makeup wipe and remove all my makeup. I know a lot of people say you shouldn’t use these but you now what I say… Hell yes you can use them! I know I’m no professional but if you have a decent cleansing, toning & moisturizing routine, I figure you’ll be alright 🙂

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~ STEP 2 ~ I get in the shower and use a face scrub – my chosen favourite is Tropical Fruit Facial Polish by Michaell Todd. I take about a 20 cent piece size and apply this all over my face – concentrating the light scrubbing around my jawline, chin, forehead and nose. Then rinse off.

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~ STEP 3 ~ Using my Chanel Cleanser I take about a 10 cent sized piece and apply this all over my face and neck – then taking my Clarisonic Mia 2  I go over my whole face ensuring that every last scrap of makeup is washed off and my skin is left clean.  The beauty about the Mia 2 is that  you can follow T-Timer prompts while gently moving the brush head in small circular motions. I usually allow 15 seconds on the forehead and temples, 15 seconds on my nose and chin, 10 seconds per cheek and 10 seconds on my jawline and neck. Then I rinse my brush head and face.

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~ STEP 4 ~ After cleansing my face and I am out of the shower, I like to use a gentle toner – the one I use is Chanel – I love this one as its extremely gentle on my skin and Im not going to lie, it smells amazing! So after I’ve used my toner I rinse my face with some luke warm water.

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~ STEP 5 ~ After cleansing and toning my skin I apply my moisturiser – again mine is by Chanel, called Hydra Beauty Gel Creme, and I apply a generous amount all over my face (avoiding my eyes) and down into my neck.

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I note that while I have mentioned some high end products in this post, in no way does that mean means am I suggesting you have to use only those products, or that those products are the only ones that get results. You can get the same results from a drugstore item, these are simply the products I am using at this current time and that work for me. So, there you have it… that is my skin care routine…

I hope it helps in some way and gives you some clarity about skin types and the importance of learning about your skin type Till next time xoxo