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Thursday, 31 May 2012

Red hair results

You are all probably sick of me yammering on about red hair by now. I am actually sick of myself. I have spent around £70 this month on hair stuff (not intentional) but I'm finally happy (thank god) with my colour now.

I did a post a few days ago about my plan to go a more deep wine red with the help of La Riche Directions semi permanent hair dye in Cerise and Vermilion Red. So... I did it and here are the results. Oh! I also coloured my extensions with the left over dye and they are now a perfect colour match, YAY! Just to let you know, I don't normally wear extensions. My hair is the same length as my 20" ones so I usually only wear them for volume at weekends and stuff. Chuffed. :)



Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Red hair rambling

So I had to retouch my roots around 4 days ago... So as stated in my previous post. I used my Loreal Majicontrast in Magenta with Loreal 6% 20 vol developer. I started to notice a something a little different this time though. I still have a few dark strands running through my hair which never really bothered me too much until this dye. I guess it is because I have become progressively lighter through re-dye's with majicontrast. Well, lighter in the light area's. The dark strands just do not seem to lift. I guess they really stood out now that I'm a bit of a brighter red. (You don't really notice yourself getting brighter when it's slowly progressive so I will try and demonstrate what I mean.)

Please excuse the first picture, myself and my sister were suitably drunk for Christmas Eve. The lighting difference could be accounted as the reason why my hair looks so much brighter in the first photo:


...but I assure you, it has got brighter.
I don't know if I am being completely over analytical, but I prefer my hair colour in the first photo. I don't know why. I just prefer a deep wine, burgundy red. Brighter red I feel is a little too... 'look at me' for me, if that makes sense. Another evidential issue is that my hair no longer matches my lovely extensions, which I only bought around 2 months ago. So as you can tell from my ramblings, I want to do something about it.

Here is my plan:

** PROBLEM:
 I need to try and lighten the remaining dark strands.

** SOLUTION: 
My lovely pal gave me some 30 vol 9% developer (stronger than 20 vol) and I have left over Majicontrast. So my plan is to brush over the stronger dye mix on solely the dark strands. I know it seems silly to lighten considering my overall aim is to go darker all over, but I want a more uniform colour result. I have read great thinks about protein fillers for this problem. Unfortunately, the one everyone raves about for red hair is not available in the UK. Sad face. :(

** PROBLEM:
Hair colour is too bright to match extensions

**SOLUTION:
I have two tubs of La Riche Directions semi permanent dye. One in Cerise, and the other in Vermilion red. These are darker than my usual crazy color's. I plan to mix the two together, apply to my hair after I have lightened the dark bits and then apply to my extensions.

I will do a post once I have carried out the aforementioned (either tonight or tomorrow) to keep you all updated on results. :) Fingers crossed.

**DISCLAIMER: I am not a hairdresser. All information and results regarding hair dye is solely my own experiences and preferences.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Red Hair Journey & Tips







I've had red hair for around 6-7 months now. It wasn't an 'off the cuff' decision, I had been planning to for a very long time but had always been held back. Through sheer boredom decided to go for it one day, prepped with many a box die to attempt to get my jet black hair red. I decided I would let you know how I got to the colour I was now and a few fore-warnings before even considering to go red. Please note I am NOT a hairdresser, nor do I claim to be, these are simply my experiences and tips. Here go the fore-warnings:






1. It costs a bomb!





This is literally NO LIE. If you want that beautiful vibrant red colour to last, be prepared to spend a LOT of money getting there, because red dye does not last, no matter what you do to it. This is due to red dye molecules being considerably larger than other colours meaning they shrink much faster and you end up with faded hair. The colour your hair will fade to will be dependant on the undertones of the dye you use. If you use dye's with titles such as 'fire red' or 'nuclear red', it is most likely your hair will fade to orange. Dyes with a more pink undertone such as 'cherry red' or 'magenta' will most likely fade to a murky pink. My top up dye preference is Crazy Color's 'FIRE' and 'PINKISSIMO' mixed together meaning my hair fades to orange in some places, and murky, mouldy, gross pink in other places. I order my Crazy Color from EBay which I can get for around £4.00 a bottle.





To 'attempt' to keep your colour fresh, be prepared to invest in a good colour care, sulphate free shampoo and conditioner. My personal preference is Loreal Professionell Serie Expert Vitamino Color shampoo and conditioner. You will also need to stock up on SEMI permanent dyes such as the aforementioned Crazy Color as your hair will most probably need topping up before your roots come back through and you need to use a permanent colour.




The permanent dye I use when I need to top up my roots or if I ever want to go brighter is Loreal Majicontrast Magenta which is also equally as expensive. I have to top up my roots around every 5 weeks! I order mine from Hair Products Online at £7.99 a tube. You have to mix this dye with a developer which can also be ordered from Hair Products Online. I use Loreal Creme Oxydant 1000ml 20 vol 6%






2. Wave Goodbye to nice hot showers!





It may only be a myth but from researching before I dyed my hair red, nearly everything I read suggested it was vital to wash your hair as little as possible (gross) AND, to wash your hair in cold water. This is because hot water opens up your hair cuticle allowing the water to penetrate where the dye has been deposited and ultimately rinse it out faster. Of course, if it's a one off your hair isn't instantly going to be horrible and faded but I do notice a lot more bleeding red dye in the shower water if I rinse with hot water. As you can imagine, this is not ideal, it's actually pretty uncomfortable and normally means washing your hair SEPARATELY to your body as I personally cannot bear standing in a freezing cold shower. If you love washing your hair everyday then don't dye your hair red, it's simple. I wish I had learnt this before doing so. You will probably have to bare looking like a complete mug with a shower cap on the days in between washing your hair. I usually wash my hair once every 3 days (that is pushing it, most suggestions advise once every 5 days but there is no way I can stand that!)




3. Your towels, bath, skin, clothes WILL turn pink.





The semi permanent dyes that you will inevitably have to use to top up your colour in between permanent dyes are extremely pigmented and stain almost everything they touch. This means allocating at least 2 old t-shirts and towels for when you dye and wash your hair. It also means you or your mum (haha) better have plenty bleach for the bath/shower afterwards. It stains tile grout, bath enamel, your FACE, pretty much anything.






4. It will damage your hair.





The Loreal Majicontrast dye I mentioned before has been raved about by many red heads through out You Tube and blogs. This is primarily due the fact is is a 'one step' dye meaning you do not have to pre lighten your hair before hand with bleach. Please note that this is considered a 'professional dye' meaning it technically should only be used by experienced hairdressers and professionals. The amount of 'lift' it will give is completely dependant on both the condition and colour of your hair. I actually discovered this dye AFTER I had already managed to get to a deep burgundy red through colour remover and box dyes. I actually liked the colour of my hair so when I used it, I applied it only to my roots, mixed with a 30 vol developer. This was a mistake: because the roots were virgin hair, they turned a fire engine red within minutes. From then on, I have used this dye with a 20 vol developer as I do not require as much 'lift' due to my hair already being red. The main 'misconception' with this dye is that it will not damage your hair because there is no 'bleach' involved, but this is completely untrue. All permanent dyes will damage your hair. In no way am I saying that this is as bad as a bad bleaching job, but developer NEEDS bleach to be activated therefore there is still bleach in this dye. What is meant by one step is that it both lifts (bleaches) and deposits colour in ONE STEP meaning there is no need to PRE lighten your hair. Damage is repairable though, it just means you have to be that little bit more careful with your hair, treat it a bit like a wound (haha). It needs looking after and a lot of love and attention to keep it happy - deep conditioning treatments, careful brushing, protein fillers, minimal heat styling etc.






5. People will stare.





This may seem like a bit of a silly one, but it is true. Bright red is not a 'natural' colour and although that does not make it any less beautiful, people in general will stare at anything 'un-natural'. Already being a bit of an... absolute weirdo makes it a lot easier for me to handle as I am used to the dodgy looks and comments and take it on the chin. For some people, it's not so easy, especially if you have not been exposed to such judgement before. Please do not get me wrong though, for every negative comment made, there is always a much more positive one to counterbalance. Even the days in between dyes when you feel like crusty the clown, I assure you someone will always tell you they love your hair. My favourite so far is someone genuinely believing I was Holly from Geordie Shore even though both my boobs squeezed together would not equate to the size of her nipple (drunk people).






6. You can't really wear red anymore.





I know it sounds silly again but you will understand if you ever go or have been red. Red looks good with black, black looks good with red (hair wise). I almost find I look really washed out if I wear a red dress with red hair, but again, this is my own experience only.




If you have any questions then leave a comment and I will be happy to answer. :)











Saturday, 29 October 2011

Cheap brush cleaning

I haven't been particularly well off late so I just wanted to apologise for my lack of in depth post - this is due to the lack of in depth make-up I have been wearing. Been sporting a pasty faced/disheveled look. I could of done a tutorial on this.. but it would of consisted of:

Step 1 - Get ill
Step 2 - Get ill
Step 3 - Get ill.

I started back at uni full time so I have been knee deep in reading and work since day one. Lots of 9am starts.

Anyway, as I'm starting to feel a bit better now, I thought I would give my brushes a clean (don't want any yuck ill residue sporing on my brushes) SO I can tell you how I do so.

You can buy cosmetic brush cleaner from many places. Most high end cosmetic brands such as Clinique and Mac do them. In no way am I saying these brush cleaners are not great - The only problem is they are expensive! Until I become a big boss lady.. I have to make my own.

I use Real Technique's brushes which have fully synthetic bristles so I don't have to worry about shedding. You still have to make sure with any brush that you do not get beyond the bristles wet as it can damage the glue which holds the bristles in place.

To make my spot cleaner I mix:

  1. 1 part Witch Hazel
  2. 1 part Baby shampoo
  3. 3 part Mineral Water
Admittedly I don't go much by measurement. Its just a guess until I get the consistency I want. You obviously do not want a really bubbly, soapy brush cleaner that's going to leave a residue on your brush and prevent them from drying in their natural shape. If you are finding the mixture 'soapy' when you dip your finger in it, add more water.

As you have read from my skincare post, I use witch hazel to cleanse my skin. Much brush cleaner recipe's will tell you to use alcohol. Witch Hazel, I feel does the same job without the harshness.

I then transfer the mix in to an old spray bottle. To spot clean, I usually spray the brush with the cleaner and then swirl the brush until the excess make-up comes off on an old towel. If you spot clean, your brushes should dry within around ten minutes. If I do this after EVERY use then I normally deep clean my brushes about once a month. BUT.. 9am starts means brush cleaning isn't my top priority. 

To really clean them I use warm water and baby shampoo. I use my fingers to gently rub the brushes (you will see all the old make-up surfacing!) Keep doing this until the water starts to run clear. Squeeze out the excess water, reshape and leave them to dry naturally. If your like me and only own one set of brushes, you obviously have to plan when your going to give them a deep clean as they do take their time to dry. If you have applied your make-up for the day and know you have no plans for the evening which would need reapplication, do it in an afternoon and your brushes should be dry for the next morning. :)

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Retouching in real time.


I suppose this post is duel purpose. 1. I want to show you some make-up I did on my big sister Claire at the weekend for a Burlesque night and 2. I thought this would be a particularly good opportunity to talk about retouching.

As you can see from the picture above, my sister is naturally beautiful. My two sisters are probably my favourite people to perform make-up on because they both look so different, but they can carry off so many looks. My sister Gael has her own style, including her make-up which I completely respect and although she lets me 'soften' her look out of interest time to time, It literally makes me cry with laughter when she looks in the mirror after its finished and shouts "EUGHHHH!! ITS DISGUSTING!!" (probably with much more swearing involved than I have indicated, haha) She definitely isn't a girly girl.

Firstly, the burlesque look I did on Claire product and technique wise, is very much identical to the 'Dita Von Teese inspired look' I posted a few weeks ago. Main differentiating factors are: Much less brow, a lot more highlighter and a higher end base for longevity. I have stated before I prefer using a higher end base for nights out SOLELY for performance. It has nothing to do with the actual FINISH or aesthetic of the product. 

On Claire, I used both Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation and Estee Lauder Mineral Rich loose powder. My sister did point out that although she liked the finish of these products, last time I did her make-up she felt they sat quite heavily around the hairline - something I had not noticed before but thought I better mention. E.L Double Wear is a full coverage foundation, which is why many may find it too heavy and ultimately it can appear heavy round the hairline on certain skin types. My advice for getting rid of that effect is to use a buffing brush instead of a flat foundation brush to apply your base. I used a buffing brush this time round with Claire and she had no complaints. :)
I actually had the idea to do this post before I even took the pictures of my Sister with her completed look. The issue of retouching is such a current topic in the advertising of beauty products and appears to be receiving increased scrutinization now more than ever. Many super brands have had their make-up advertisements pulled because the models or celebrities endorsing these products looked like actual plastic.

There are three reasons why these adverts no longer affect me:

1. Even an amateur knowledge of photo manipulation software such as Adobe Photoshop has taught me how simple it is to make people look unrealistically flawless.

2. Both my age and an in depth study of consumer behaviour, fashion branding, marketing/advertising and fashion communication has taught me to be slightly more assertive to unrealistic product claims. (I guarantee the next mascara advert you watch will have the tiniest text in the corner of the ad stating 'Filmed with lash inserts')

3. It would be simply ridiculous for me to think that buying a foundation or make-up product whether high end or high street is going to make me look like Julia Roberts.

That being said, this wasn't the case when I was 15 or 16, and that is the danger in retouching, providing an unrealistic and completely fake image for young men and women to strive for, which could ultimately develop in to an inferiority complex. Of course its not just in the beauty industry but across all industries. I'm sure all of you know that you are allowed to apply anything to food before taking a picture of it for an advertisement - you could cover it in poo if it made it look better. People think 'Mmmmmm', you get it out the packet and it looks and smells like it's been sat on for the past month. Well - it seems its much the same in the beauty industry.. Super brands know they have that power, so be one step ahead. You are after all, the customer, their business would not exist if it were not for you.

Lets get down to it: here is my sister, un-edited un-touched, after I had completed her make-up.


Here is my sister after I spent 2 hours retouching the photograph:


Now, I do not claim to have a vast knowledge of Adobe Photoshop: This is simply for post purpose.. So I will short list what I did to the photo so you can gain a small idea of how unrealistic retouching is:

  • I made her eyes 5% Bigger
  • I made her lips 5% Bigger
  • I changed her eye colour to a brighter blue
  • I filled in patched in her eyelashes
  • I softened her skin
  • I sharpened her eyes
  • I removed all stray hairs
  • I removed imperfections
  • I made her hair more voluminous
  • I extended her eyebrows and filled in patches
  • I applied highlight to the most attractive parts of her face
  • I added extra sparkle to her eyes
  • I darkened her pupils
  • I intensified her lip colour and tidied it up
  • I removed shadows to the face
  • Finally I darkened the background to make her stand out.
Did she need retouching? No. Is she beautiful already? Yes. Does it look like Claire? No. Is it Unrealistic? Yes. In fact - although I enjoy working with Photoshop, I don't like this photo of my sister because there is no emotion - The more beautiful photo is her in her natural state. Its too pristine, too perfect - she does not look human. This is all primarily because she does not need retouching and neither does anyone else.


Friday, 7 October 2011

A different take on 'skincare'

I was really reluctant to do a post on 'skincare' because I have to admit to you - I am really not the best with my skin. People say I have been blessed with 'good skin'. I don't necessarily think that's true, I just think people mean I do not/have not suffered from spots at any stage YET, and I really should have because I have had some horrific all nighters and I am admittedly nonchalant about skin care 'ROUTINEZ'. What I do suffer from time to time is a great amount of sensitivity, redness and dryness

I've tried the Clinique 3 step system out of interest and although it was lovely and I felt expensive, I believe it was more of a placebo than a huge difference. BUT saying that many swear by this range and other high end regimes and I definitely would not disagree. If it ain't broke, don't fix it - that's probably my motto and may be a justification as to why I don't really feel I need to use higher end stuff (and I really really cannot afford it anyway)

I think when it comes to skin care you just have to find something that works, continually works and stick with it. Every single person has different skin. A prime example is the difference between me and my two older sisters skin even though we share the same DNA. I've never had a 'big' spot. My eldest sister suffered from spots during the expected teenage years, they disappeared and now she only occasionally gets a breakout. My middle sister did not really suffer from spots at all until she hit her mid twenties and she now gets breakouts quite frequently. She has to be quite careful as to what she uses on them. Many of you may cringe but she has found the best thing to swiftly and consistently perform is washing morning and night with baby shampoo and applying Sudacrem afterward.

The reason I am stating this is because I would never want one of my posts to encourage someone to go out and buy similar products and to be disappointed if it just does not work with their skin and that could be quite probable. By all means, if your on the look to try new products then go ahead but if you have a skin care routine and products  that work, then its simple, stick with it. :)

Products I use and why

1. Eye makeup Remover
 

My skin care routine starts with removing my eye make-up. I used to not really see the point in eye make up removers and would just try and remove ALL my make-up with baby wipes but I realised it's so much EASIER to remove your eye make-up with a separate product when you wear as much as I do. I think this Asda Young Skin eye make-up remover cost me 99p from asda. I have to say, it does the job with a slight sting. I will not complain about it for the price it cost, but my favourite will always be Simple's eye make-up remover, which does not sting whatsoever.

Method:
I apply to cotton pads and remove eye make-up.

2. Baby Wipes


I am not really fussy about what baby wipes I use. At current I am using Asda Little Angels Pure & Mild Baby Wipes. I will generally go for anything that states pure, mild, sensitive, on the packaging due to the fact my skin is in fact very sensitive. I think these were no more than £2. Asda almost always has at least one offer on branded baby wipes:


I am currently waiting for the Johnson's Extra Care ones to come on offer as I stole some of my Mums and they made my skin feel so soft and clean!

Method:
I normally use two of these at a time to remove my 'face' make-up.

3. Distilled Witch Hazel


This bottle by Care + is the exact bottle I use. I purchased it from my hometown chemist for around £3.99 but I know many different brands sell distilled witch hazel, and I am not a believer it would make a great difference. In fact, I know it is sold much cheaper than what I paid for mine (Small store price banding tends to be much higher)

The main reason I got in to witch hazel was due to the fact I also use it as part of a make-up brush cleaner. (its has the same cleansing properties but is less harsh than alcohol which most homemade brush mixtures tell you to add)

A recent article published in the Independent entitled "Remedies for Summer" stated:

"It is a strong anti-oxidant and astringent, which makes it great for fighting acne. You can use daily as a skin cleanser, but depends on skin-type as for some it dries out the skin. Witch Hazel can also help with bruising, sores, cuts and swelling."

As previously stated, I suffer from dry skin and do not find this to be drying. I'm going to put it out there.. It smells HORRIBLE, but most of you know that things that taste nasty are the best for you, therefore my opinion is likewise in the case of the scent of skincare products.

Method:
I use this on cotton pads (after removing my face make-up with baby wipes)

4. Oilatum Junior Cream


I have been using this for quite a while now. It is around £5 and can be bought from Boots or Superdrug or any Chemist.

Oilatum provides products to suffers of dry itchy skin conditions or eczema, I am prone to both in the winter and find this to be the only product which alleviates it. I use the Junior version due to the fact I believe its very slightly less greasy than the adult version - but that could just again be a placebo. This is not a specific 'face cream' but I use it as a moisturizer even when my skin does not feel particularly dry as I don't feel it to be over whelming.


This may not be the case for individuals prone to breakout's. In fact, I do not think this product would be recommended whatsoever for that skin type. It does however, work perfeclty for me.


Method:
I apply an amount based on how dry my skin is feeling (big dollop if my skin is dry, small if it's feeling fine) after I have cleansed my skin with the aforementioned products.

So, that's about it guys. Very simple and cheap routine, but one that works. I think that's all any one is out there to find skinwise really.

Happy Friday everyone! :)

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Back to Uni - My ten minute face.


First of all, I want to apologise for my disgraceful lack of post recently. I’ve had the roughest couple of weeks EVER. I got pretty ill right before I started my fourth/honours year at uni which as I’m sure many of you know is HARD. So I have been readjusting my whole LIFE. Haha. I would also like to mention the fact I have been 'trying' to regrow my eyebrows after being a serial waxer for several years. I am 21 and there is now NO EXCUSE. Every girl that has been through this hideous phase of mid regrowth will understand why I have not wanted to show my face. Caterpillars.


So my purchases since I last blogged are all mentioned in this post, as most of them have become my ‘wee faves’. Been stocking up on MORE Collection 2000 (Still 3 for 2 at Boots ) 

Was also dying to see the hype with the Garnier Beauty Balm (A.K.A Miracle Skin Perfector) and managed to grab it while it was on intro offer in Superdrug. Think I got it for £8.99 instead of £9.99. The stuff is great. You could honestly wear it alone, but the longevity of make-up is so important to me so I always wear it with foundation also. My only criticism is the colour range. I purchased in the lightest option available which I have to admit is still slightly too dark for me. Extremely blendable though due to the fact is more similar to a tinted moisturizer, so don’t worry. No oompa loompas. Oh, and it smells ace. My boyfriend keeps asking what perfume I’m wearing and I’m like “Dude, its MA FACE!! SNIFF IT!!” :)


So I thought I would show ya’s how I’ve been wearing my new stuff by showing you the make-up I have been wearing to uni for the past two weeks. A lot of 9am starts and a lot of stress so I have been going for the LEAST stressful make-up ever. I will start by saying YET AGAIN, not everybody will see this as ‘daily make-up’ but I am a punky monkey. There. Justified. :)

If I make reference to a brush you are unaware of then check out my brush review and you should find it here.

Base - I started by using my Real Techniques buffing brush to buff my Garnier Beauty Balm in to my skin. I then used a very small amount of my much loved Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection in Vanilla just for a bit of back-up.





I'm not using any shadow with a huge amount of 'fall down' so I then powder using Collection 2000 Pressed Powder. Using a Real techniques contour brush I use my MUA bronzer (shade 2) to apply quite a heavy contour under my cheekbones. 




Using my previously used contour brush I use the smallest amount of Sleek Blush in Flushed to add a slight colour.




I fill in my brows using an Eco Tools angled brush, mixing Rimmel SpecialEyes eyeshadow in Dusk and a matte black shadow. (you usually get a matte black in most Sleek Palettes) Moving on to the eyes, I line both my top and bottom waterline with Bourjois Kohl and Contour eyeliner in Ultra Black.



I use a Real Techniques eyeliner brush and my Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner to draw on a thick flick worrying little about precision. (I am normally doing this make-up at 6.45am) BUT I am going to blend it through so it is pointless making it perfect.



Using my Real Techniques angled brush I draw right along the top seem of the flick and below the eye with my MUA bronzer I used previously (multi use products are the BEST at the time of the morning this make-up is done)



Using a Real Techniques shadow brush I blend blend blend everything through. Grungy.



I curl my lashes and apply as much Collection 2000 Big Fake Lash Mascara as humanly possible to both top and bottom lashes. If you think its enough - do one more coat, then maybe one more after that. :)



On my lipperz I do a quick coat of Collection 2000 Lasting Colour lipstick in Birthday Suit (I LOVEEEEE this lipstick!!) and blend through with my finger (don't want anything to pristine)


Then obviously the last step is to find your best Dennis the Mennis jumper, throw your hair on top of your head like marge simpson and pull a stupid face - then you too can expect some epic funny looks like me! Yay! :)


 


Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Hiyas and Illamasqua

I had the Monday blues everyone, I am so sorry. As you can probably tell, my posts are quite a time consuming process - enjoyable for sure but I would rather whole hearted post than go swatch happy. And I'm not going to lie, I more than over did it on Friday night - slept in my make-up (Eeep!) and spent most of Saturday dying on the sofa trying to pull off the remnants of last nights TUBULAR mascara and not noticing I was pinging the bits at my boyfriend. Ew. I know. I am horrible! So anyway.. No one wants to see a make-up tutorial on joke the coal man. So.. Yeah.

This is what my make-up looked like on Friday, imagine what it looked like on my pillow the next day. SINFUL
As you can probably see, I definitely up the game a bit on a weekend, but who doesn't? I'm also in my make-up tee! You got to have a make-up tee! Along the similar lines of my day to day make-up.. just a bit more of this and a bit more of that. :) I did promise a post on my generic Friday make-up - although I actually want to do it on a Friday for realism so fingers crossed that should happen on Friday.



I also saw this lovely Illamasqua Theatre of the Nameless A/W 11 teaser, and thought the make-up was beyond beautiful. I had not had a particular 'play about' with make-up in a long time so decided to try and create something similar. It was lovely and fun but I decided to give my face a break from make-up or the rest of the day/night.

The hardest part was getting rid of the eyebrows with concealer! Sheesh!  
 
I hope everyone has had a nice weekend! :)

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Dita Von Teese inspired 10 minute look







Isn't it amazing how a change of black to white eyeliner can make somebody look so different? Thats what I love about make-up. 
Hope everyone enjoyed!
:)

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Green envy - make-up tutorial


  
Eyes
1. Maybelline Great Lash Ultra Black
2. Sleek I-Divine Palette in Original
3. Rimmel SpecialEyes Eyeshadow in 084 Saucy Mint
4. Benefit High Brow Pencil
5. Sleek Molten Metal Metallic Eyeshadow
6. Maybelline Dramatic Gel Liner in Ultra Black
7. Real Techniques brushes from 'Starter Set'

Face
1. Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Foundation in 02 Ivory
2. Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in 02 Light
3. Collection 2000 Sheer Loose Powder in Translucent
4. Sleek Blush in Flamingo
5. QVS Foundation Brush
6. Real Techniques Buffing Brush


Start off with your base. Today I am using my usual faves. Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Foundation and concealer.


Using a Real techniques Deluxe Shadow Brush, I apply Sleek Molten Metal to my eye (Colour on the left) right up to my socket. Over the top of this, using the same brush, PRESS on the bronze colour from the Sleek I-Divine Original Palette then gently buff through (all with the same brush)

Using the Olive shadow (one shadow up and on your left of the aforementioned palette) and a Real Techniques Angled brush press thickly across your lash line and underneath. Blend this through with  a Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush


Using the eyeshadow to the left of the olive one used previously, draw a thin line with the SAME angled brush through your outer socket, and blend through with your Real Techniques Base Shadow brush used above.


Using the same angled brush as before, take the black from your Sleek Palette and drag across your lash line.

Now using a Real Techniques Pixel Point Eyeliner Brush and my Maybelline Gel Liner, I draw my signature flick.


 I now apply Benefit eye pencil to the waterline


I then take Rimmel eyeshadow and my Angled Brush, and gently place a line just above the flick previously drawn.
Curl your eyelashes and apply plenty mascara to both top and bottom.

For all wondering: The scar on my eyebrow is from a Piercing I used to have. :)

I then Powder using my Collection 2000 Sheer loose Powder. I'm not going for a contour today because I want the eyes to pop, so using a Real Techniques Buffing Brush, I gently buff some Sleek Blusher in 'Flamingo' over my cheeks. Finish with a slick of Maybelline Max effect lip gloss. (I'm sorry guys, the colour has worn off the packaging)

 
And voila..