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

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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…

I LOVE GLITTER

HELLO MY LOVELIES!

I don’t know about you but this beautiful warm weather we are having has me all excited to create new spring summer looks with soft dewy skin. I love at this time of year to create looks that have minimal effort but maximum impact. Personally I like to embrace the warmer colours and keep it as natural as possible. One thing I do love to add is glitter/shimmer/pigments to my eyes to add for an easy way to jazz up a simple spring time to summer look. So read on for how I go about adding glitter to my eyes…

~ STEP 1 ~

Priming the eye is essential to help the eyeshadow colour you use to have something to hold onto. Here I chose to go with one of my two holy grail MAC primers – M.A.C’s Paint Pot in the colour Painterly and placed that all over my lid and up to my brow bone using my Sigma P80 brush.

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~ STEP 2 ~

Applying M.A.C’s eyeshadow in colour Jest all over my lid and Blanc Type underneath my brow with my Sigma E55 brush. Blending both out till they are seamless and blended without any harsh lines.

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 ~ STEP 3 ~

The taking my E45 brush by Sigma I blended M.A.C’s Cork and Haux into my crease and blended well and repeated until it was a dark as I wanted.

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~ STEP 4 ~

Here is where it can get a little fiddly… We want to apply the glitter and to ensure it stay on and doesn’t fall out as the day/night progresses, I then apply a small amount of lash glue over the top of my lid with my finger. Then, taking my M.A.C 242 brush I take some of the glitter (I used Glitter – White (Green Undertone by Bitch Slap Cosmetics) and pat it quickly across where I put the lash glue.

My advice is to tap out a little of the glitter you want to use on a tissue so you can dab it easily and reduces the mess made by accidental spilling of glitter containers or getting any glue into your container. Do one eye at a time and keep your eye closed until the glue and glitter are set. Then repeat on the other eye.

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~ STEP 5 ~

Finish the look off by adding liner to the top lid if you want, it’s a personal preference really but personally I like it with liquid liner as I feel it finishes the eye off nicely and makes it look a little more dramatic gives it a sharper edge. Then coat the lashes with some mascara – as little or as much as you like – and if you want to add further flair you can apply a pair of false lashes. For my finished look I went with both – I used Rimmel’s Glam Eyes Professional Liquid Liner in black and topped it off with a coat of mascara and Lashes in a Box style no. 2

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Thank you for reading and I would love to hear from you so if you have any comments, tips, advice, questions or anything please leave me a comment below – I would love to hear from you 🙂

Till next time xox

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