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

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'

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..

5 step fake eyelash mastery

I discovered fake eyelashes when I was about 15 and thought they were gods gift but so flippin' uncomfortable! I absolutely LOVED pulling them off at the end of the night. Didn't love it so much when I had spent £5 on a pair only to get woken up with a hangover and a fright when one would be crumpled up on my pillow staring me in the face like a SPIDER! Ugh! Or even worse when my sister informed me I had one on my eye, the other stuck in my hair by the end of a night out once. Trashy. I don't know how anyone could have taken me seriously.

My eyelashes are pretty BOG STANDARD (haha) I can get them looking relatively OK with alot of eyelash curling and loads of mascara. The thing with eyelashes is, once you start wearing them, they become quite addictive simply because your make-up doesn't look the same without them. I have to say that's a bad thing. 1. Because although you can re-use a set if you take care of them, it is an expensive habit if you wear them on a daily basis and 2. Because I found the stress of the continual pulling of the glue was making my poor natural lashes pretty stressed and stumpy.

So here are a few of MY personal tips (By no means am I telling you how to apply, this is my advice people who are put off lashes by the application)

Spot the spider! I don't always get it right. In my defense, this photo was taken at about 4am on my 21st birthday.

^^ Ultimate photo sin.

1. I have worn eyelashes HEAPS over the years so I can just about do it without a mirror now. As I am so used to applying them, I do so with my fingers but until you get used to them I advise using tweezers.

2. Start by applying the glue to your lashes. Apply a white band of glue. Most come with adhesive, but generally I find the cheaper the lashes, the cheaper the adhesive and the more inflexible the lash band is. (Eyelure, Ardell and Revlon are my favourite's) These things combined make it EXTREMELY difficult to apply them, let alone for them to stay stuck for the remainder of your day/night.

3. Cardinal sin in eyelash application is not leaving the glue long enough. You absolutely HAVE to leave the glue on the lashes for AT LEAST 15-20 seconds to go 'tacky' before application otherwise they just slip all over the place.

4. Once they are tacky,  pick up the lashes just below the glue band. With your tweezers or fingers, place the middle of the lash very slightly above the middle of your lash line (If the lashes are too wide, trim them), press firmly and hold in place for a few seconds. Try to place the lashes as close to your own as possible, but make sure you don't actually stick them to your natural lashes or it will hurt ALOT to pull them off and could pull out your own.

5. Once the middle is stuck (I would give it around 5 seconds, grab the outer corner of your lash and place gently stick it down again following your natural lash line. Again hold for 5 seconds. Once that is stuck, it should just be the inner corner of your lashes sticking up, so repeat the process. Grab the inner corner, and place it as close as you can to your lash line, again holding in place for around 5 seconds.

** All lash glues dry CLEAR, so although you may still be able to see the glue, don't worry. Once my lashes are firmly in place, I always go over the band with a bit of gel liner, simply to blend them into my natural lashes.

** You do not have to put mascara on fake lashes but again, I find if you do, it blends your natural and fake lashes together, making them look much more realistic.


As the eyelashes should be stuck on the skin just above your own lashline, it should be relatively simply to just pull them off. I always start in the outer corner and gently and slowly peel off. (I have had a few 'OUCH!!' moments, I'm sure everyone has at some point) Put them in a safe place and they can easily be re-used. You should actually be able to see the glue from your previous application on the fake lash, so again just gently peel it off before re-using. :)

My main tip for eyelash application is don't be put off if it does not work the first time. Its one of these things that takes a few attempts to master, but once its clicked, its clicked. Just keep trying, and I promise you it will become second nature. :)

Thursday, 8 September 2011

My day to day make-up

Well, It had to happen didn't it. If I have committed myself to beauty blogging, I feel we should all get over the 'what I put on my face' hurdle while we're still in initial posting stages..

I'm joking people.. Its a pleasure! It means you can gather my style and hopefully get to know how I work. Few things before I get going that I want to 'throw in there' This post is relatively picture heavy due to the fact I wanted to show you guys every stage of my make-up. (Which has remained a secret until now!) My 'look' most definitely wont be everyone's 'cuppa tea' but this blog is about beauty and honesty.. it definitely wouldn't be honest if I adapted my makeup to suit other taste..

So without further a due.. lets go! :) 

Here are all the products I used all of which are readily available from boots or superdrug.

1. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Ultra Black
2. Bourjois Delice de Poudre in Peux Claires (51)
3. Bourjois Khol and Contour Eyeliner Ultra Black
4. Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in 02 Light
5. Urban Decay Naked Palette
6. Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
7. Yves Saint Lauren Rouge Volupte lipstick in 02 Sensual Silk
8. Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Foundation in 02 Ivory
9. Benefit Stay Don't Stray Eye Primer
10. Collection 2000 shimmer and shade in 'Just Peachy'
11. Estee Lauder Double Wear Mineral Rich Loose Powder in Intensity 1.0
12. Unbranded eyelash curlers (Sorry! They are that old, I'm ridiculous)
13.Sleek Blush in 'Flushed'

 Step 1

After first applying moisturizer, I apply my base (Collection 2000) using a QVS foundation brush.

Step Two

I then apply concealer (Collection 2000) under my eyes and blend in using a Real Techniques Pointed Foundation brush

Step 3

Then I gently blend Benefit Stay Don't Stray eye primer over my lids using the same brush as I used for my concealer in the previous stage.

Step 4
Using a Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush, I apply the colour 'sin' from my Urban Decay Naked Palette all the way up to the brow bone.
Once this is completed, I draw a thick winged line on my eye in colour 'buck' from the same palette with a Real Techniques Angled Brush.

Step 5

Now using a Real Techniques Base Shadow brush, I blend into the socket the winged line I previously drew, softening it as much as possible.

Step 6

Now I line both my waterline and lash line with my Bourjois eye pencil.

Step 7

Using my Maybelline Gel Liner, I then Proceed to draw on a signature flick with a Real Techniques pixel point eyeliner brush. At this stage, the line looks very harsh.. but don't worry. :)
Step 8

Using a Real Techniques angled brush, I go back over the flick I've just drawn ruffly with colour 'creep' from the aforementioned UD naked palette. I then get my previous used RT base shadow brush and gently blend the harshness out of the line.
Step 9

I then Curl my lashes (VITAL) before applying numerous coats of my faithful Maybelline great lash mascara to both top and bottom lashes.

Step 10

By this point my foundation has now set, I clear up any fallout with the left overs on my foundation brush. I then apply a contour under the cheek bone using a RT Contour Brush and My bourjois delice de poudre.

Step 11

Again using my my RT Contour Brush, I stick on a big cheesy grin and apply my sleek 'flushed' blush to the apples of my cheeks.

Step 12

Finally, I set my skin with my Estee Lauder Loose Powder and, If I am feeling like it, I will apply a highlight. I did this today using my RT Contour brush and my Collection 2000 Shimmer and shade. (Under my eye, down my nose, and my brow bone) I finish with a light coat of YSL Rouge Volupte on my lipperz.

... and then children are safe from nightmares! My face is DONE! :)

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

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Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection VS Estee Lauder Double Wear

This is a matter that is close to the heart. My two favourite foundations of all time. One high end, one high street, both amazing and I cannot decide which one is better. It all boils down THE question in make-up. Is it worth the money to invest in high end make-up brands? I'm going to say in certain cases, yes. However I do find myself being lured in to the 'higher price means higher quality' mindset, and it is for EXACTLY this reason that I cannot decide which of the two foundations mentioned is my all time favourite.

In fact, when I have a night out, I automatically reach for Estee Lauder because its 'special' and I want to look 'special' If you put £25.50 on your face, the psychological impact will be that you feel worth more and even though I am well aware of this ridiculous trickery.. it most definitely does not block the effect. I cannot count on both hands how many times my Double Wear doesn't do what its told while I'm in a rush on a Saturday and I think to myself "Ya shudda just used your faithful old collection 2000" but no. Its Saturday, I'm going out, so I'll use my expensive stuff. Victim of the super brand, I think so.

So I'm going to lift the brands of the bottles out of my mind and focus on how the product actually performs. I am going to start by saying that I have good skin and *touch wood* I have never suffered from a spot bigger than a pinprick on my face (I know what your thinking people..'Lucky b***h') So these foundations may not be for everyone - they are just my faves! :) I generally go for anything that claims to 'last' both of which are the main selling points of these foundations

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Foundation in Ivory - RRP £5.99 (can get this from asda right now for £4.00!!)

"Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Foundation provides up to 16 hours of flawless looking skin."

I'm going to put it out there that this foundation does not last 16 hours, but I'd easily say at least 10-12. This is the cheapest foundation I have found that glides so easily. It is so easy to work this around your face. I use a QVS foundation brush from superdrug and one pump is usually enough to do your whole face. This foundation sets itself, so I usually move on to my eyes before giving it a once over with powder.

One of the main things I love about the foundation is how lovely other makeup seems to sit on top. (Powders,eyeshadow etc) If you truly want this to not budge, use a primer underneath, powder and then spritz with a fixing solution such as Urban Decay All Nighter and you will have a base that will not budge all day.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup in Shell - RRP £25.50

"15-hour staying power. Flawless all day." (READ MORE @ Estee Lauder)

This foundation does last 15 hours, however obviously it does not look as perfect as first applied. It wears off VERY well.. giving you a dewy look.. and if that's the look you prefer, I do not think you would have to reapply. Unfortunately, this comes in a glass bottle with no pump so its difficult to judge how much your actually using. Quite a bit of product pours out so its best to put it on your hand as oppose to directly on your brush. 

This sets considerably faster than Lasting perfection so you HAVE to work quickly with it or you end up looking like someones glued sand to your face. BUT. Once, worked in, and the rest of your base completed, this foundation looks beautiful.

Consistency and functionality of packaging have to go to Collection 2000. Staying power and setting time go to Estee Lauder.  I still cannot decide on my favourite, but  I cannot say there is anything wrong with having two. So its not really a question of performance.. its looks better on your dressing table! :)

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