Smoke and Glitter

Today’s tutorial is on a look I came up with that can go from day to night, and has a slight smoked out effect. I feel this will fast become one of my go to day to night smokey looks. It definitely makes blue and green eyes pop! So if you’d like to see how I completed this look READ ON!

~ COLOURS USED ~

Todays look I’ve used all shadows by Makeup Geek and a pressed pigment by MAC Cosmetics called Day Gleam.

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~ STEP 1 ~

As always, I start off by priming my eyes with my trusty Shadow Insurance by Too Faced. Then taking the colour Beaches & Cream I using my big fluffy blending brush (E35) I blend that into my crease and all over my lid and all the way up to my brow bone. Taking more of that same colour I concentrate it into the crease and keep blending till I am happy with the colour.

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~ STEP 2 ~

Taking the colour Nearly Naked I use a slightly less fluffy blending brush (E25) for more precise shadow placement, and blend that out into my crease and just above. I go in a few times to darken and smoke out the colour more.

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~ STEP 3 ~

As I want to really help make my eyes pop, I take the colour Cocoa Bear to deepen the crease further. Using the same brush I used before, I blend the colour out into my crease and onto my inner corner and outer V. With this step, you want to make sure you keep the centre of the lid free of colour – for now…

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~ STEP 4 ~

Taking a more precise blending brush (E45) I blend the all the colours together so there are no harsh lines or edges.  this helps to also keep the centre of the lid shadow free.

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~ STEP 5 ~

Taking the pressed pigment Day Gleam by MAC Cosmetics, I take my ring finger and lightly swirl it around picking up the colour with my finger and pressing it into the Centre of my lid.

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~ STEP 6 ~

Then taking a small crease blending brush (E47) I take the colour Mocha and darken up just the outer V and bring that into just my crease and blend it out. This will help to smoke out the look whilst adding some depth to it as well.

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~ STEP 7 ~

I go over the crease again with my big fluffy blending brush and go over the crease and ensure there are no harsh lines. As I want this look to be really smokey I decide not to use a liquid liner but rather an eye pencil (Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Mahogany by Bobbi Brown) and smudge it out using The Liner brush by Hair and Makeup Addiction.  I also decide to take more of Day Gleam and place it into the centre of my lid and right into my inner corner.

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~ STEP 8 ~

I curl my lashes with MAC Cosmetics Full Lash Curler and then apply a couple of coats of Smokey Eye Mascara by Bobbi brown (am really loving this at the moment) and finish off my under eye by taking the same eye pencil I used earlier and smudging it with the same liner brush under my whole waterline and then lining my waterline with it. Going over the top of the liner with the colour Cocoa Bear and coating my lower lashes with the same Smokey Eye Mascara.

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FINISHED …

So here you have the finished look. You chould choose to add false lashes if you wish but I just chose to go au natural-ish and just stick with mascara.

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Hope you like this one – let me know what you think or if you try it for yourself…

Till next time XOXO

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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