Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Update + Bold/Winged Eyeliner

Hey everyone! I know I have been missing for a couple weeks now and I just wanted to give you all an update on where I have been and why I haven’t been doing blog posts for a while. Basically I thought I pulled my back muscle last week and was in a lot of pain. I did end up going to the doctor and I have a pinched nerve so I have been taking some time to rest and get it to heal. It still is not completely fixed but I will be making some blog posts here and there until it gets better, now onto my next topic.

I first found the makeup community by watching YouTube videos a few years ago. I first found Kandee Johnson and instantly fell in love with the whole process. When I first found these videos I was not very good at makeup and through these videos I went experimenting and finally have come to where I am today. I still watch these makeup tutorials on YouTube and I learn something new every day.

After reading Jessica Duffy’s blogpost on her latest YouTube video I finally mustered up the courage to create one of my own! I decided to do my bold eyeliner tutorial, some of you may remember I did a blog post on it previously but it is very hard to explain when writing how to actually do a makeup tutorial. So hopefully from now on all makeup tutorials will be recorded instead of typed up!

My first video can be found below. If any of you have any recommendations or tips please feel free to let me know in the comments below. I know that the lighting is a little strange as I accidently turned on my makeup mirror in the beginning and the light turned it a little orangey. Please let me know what you think in the comments!




Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Coastal Scents 88 Palette - Metal Mania - Swatches / Review

I currently own 4 of the Coastal Scents 88 eyeshadow palettes and I love them! All of these eyshadow palettes cost around $20 but you can usually find them for cheaper depending on the website you buy them from. Each palette contains 88 eyeshadows around the size of a dime each. Now you may not think this is a lot of product but I have used these palettes quite frequently and have only run low on a few of the colours.




Overall amongst all of the palettes the pigmentation is pretty good apart from a few shades here and there that don't have the greatest colour pay off. I think though that with the amount of eyeshadows you get that are pigmented these palettes are definitely worth the price. I find that the Metal Mania palette probably has the best pigmention out of all of the Coastal Scents 88 eyeshadow palettes I have owned. Apart from the few shimmery light shades the dark colours really do pop and give a great metallic almost metal looking finish which looks gorgeous on the swatches and on the eyelid. Many of these shades are actually a glittery/shimmery/metallic finish therefore there are very few matte shades in this palette which some of you may not like. This palette is obviously geared toward more dramatic looks hence the name Metal Mania but I think this is a great palette for anyone who wants to experiment with more dramatic looks! 

I would say that these palettes are probably more targeted towards people experimenting with new colours that don't want to spend a lot of money trialling out different shades or beginners that are new to makeup and don't have that big of a collection. Now lets look at the swatches! Each swatch is going down each column in the palette going from the left to the right.

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Friday, 21 March 2014

Tips for wearing bold black eyeliner - Makeup of the Day

One of my favourite makeup looks recently is having a very natural eye with bold black eyeliner which may be obvious from my recent Makeup of the Day posts I have been doing. Now although I really love the look of bold eyeliner it is very easy to hae it become too harsh where you end up looking like a raccoon. So I have decided to give you a few of my tips and tricks for creating a wearable bold eyeliner look!

What products are my favourite for creating a bold eyeliner?

I recently bought my Maybelline EyeStudio Gel Eyeliner which I cannot get enough of! It is by far one of my favourite makeup products of all time and you can see my full in depth review of the Gel Eyeliner here. I also like using a black eyeshadow to soften the edges and I have been using my Sleek eyeshadow palette in Original/Storm which both contain a matte black shade, although any black eyeshadow will do.


Steps to create a bold eyeliner..

First I take my Maybelline EyeStudio Gel Eyeliner and create a thick line across my upper lashes. I personally like to keep this line bigger at the outer edges of my eye and go thinner as I go into the inner corner. Once this line has been created you then take a matte black eyeshadow on a small precision brush (could be a rounded top brush or a slanted eyeliner brush etc) and smudge this along the top of the line you created. This will not only blend out the outer edges and give it a more smokey feel but it will also help straighten the line and get rid of any mistakes you had before.

Next I usually take that same brush and apply the remaining colour on the brush to my lower lashline. This line you really want to smoke out and have it gradually fade into your skin colour. Make sure you spend a great deal of time on this as it will look very intense and harsh if the line is not blended enough. This line on the bottom can be as thick as you would like it to be but I personally like it almost bigger than the top line.
To finish off the eyeliner either use a gel or pencil eyeliner in your waterline and make sure all of the ‘flesh’ colours of your eye are covered and no spots are showing between the waterline colour and the colour that is blended on your lower lashline. And now you should have a very smokey bold eyeliner.



Tips for making a bold eyeliner wearable..

Give some Dimension! After your eyeliner has been completed it may still look very flat without any dimension so to avoid this you can add a darker eyeshadow colour into your crease. This will give your eye more dimension and give you a 3d look which I find very flattering on the eye. You can use any colour you would like for this step but in my pictures I used a dark cranberry and matte medium brown shade in my crease. Make sure that you blend this colour out very seamlessly.

Highlight the Inner Corners! Highlighting the inner corners of your eyes really opens up your eyes and makes you wide awake. I like doing this step with any makeup look but I find that when you pair this with a bold eyeliner it really does lighten the look a little and makes it look less harsh.

Fill in them brows! This can be a personal preference but I find that when you do a dark eye look you should have your brows shaped and filled in so it balances everything out. Although I like to do this you can obviously choose not to do this step if you normally do not fill in your brows

Use a bold lip shade! I absolutely love pairing a bold lip colour with an intense eyeliner look and feel it pulls the whole look together. Imagine wearing a really intense eye look and pairing it with a nude lip, it just feels unbalanced on the face. So my favourites is to use a red, berry, purple or some type of bold lip shade to compliment the look!
Keep minimal on the cheeks! If you do intend on doing a intense eyeliner and bold lip I would recommend keeping the cheeks very minimal as you don’t want to look like a clown yikes! I love wearing a very light pink shade or even a coral shade that gives you a little colour without being a big pop of colour. I think that bronzing would also look very pretty with bold eyeliner so if you love a little bit of contour go for it! 


Products I used for the pictures in this blog

Eyes

Eyeliner: Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner – Black
Eyeshadow to put on top of Eyeliner: Sleek Eyeshadow Palette – Storm (matte black)
Crease Shade: Sleek Eyeshadow Palette – Storm (matte brown + dark cranberry)
Eyeliner Under Lashline: Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner - Black
Inner Highlight: Sleek Storm Palette – Storm (gold shimmer shade)
Mascara: MUA Lash Boom Mascara

Face

Foundation: L’Oreal True Match Liquid Foundation - Ivory
Powder: MUA Pressed Powder – Shade 1
Concealer: Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer – 01 Fair
Eyebrow Gel: 2True Instant Colour Mascara -1 Clear
Eyebrow Colour: Sleek Eyeshadow Palette – Storm (matte light brown shade)

Cheeks

Blush: ELF Powder Blush – Candid Coral
Highlight: ELF Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder – Luminance

Lips

Lipstick: MUA Lipstick – Shade 2

Lip Gloss: ColorSensational Cream Gloss – Fabulous Pink

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Maybelline New York Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24H - Review / Swatches

On my last Boots haul I picked up a few things on their 3 for 2 event running across all cosmetics, one of these being the Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner in Black. The Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliners come in a few different colours including Black, Violet, Black Gold and Brown. The gel eyeliner costs around £8 at your local drugstore but can usually be found on a deal so you get it a little cheaper. The box comes with a pot of the gel eyeliner along with a brush specifically for use with the gel eyeliner.


Previous experiences with eyeliners..

Before I get into the review I want to give you a little background information about what liners I have used previously. I most commonly used pencil eyeliners in the past, my favourites being MUA Colour Intense Eyeliners and the Maybelline ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliners. I also attempted using liquid eyeliner from the MUA brand in both the normal and waterproof formulas. Although I consider eyeliner an essential when wearing eyeshadow, I have never been overly attached to any one eyeliner method or even the type of eyeliner whether it be liquid or pencil. I always find it very difficult to do my eyeliner without bumps and streaks and never found my ‘holy grail’ eyeliner before.


What is a gel eyeliner and why use one?

A gel eyeliner basically comes in a little pot which you would then dip your brush into the product and sweep it across your eye. The consistency of the eyeliner is almost like a Jello/jelly consistency where the product is a solid but when you get some product on your brush the brush instantly pushes through the product with ease. Many people find that gel eyeliner is in fact the easiest to use as you have the most control as you are using a brush and can go at your own pace. The product is usually very opaque so it does not contain streaks and only requires one coat to be very black.


What do I think of the Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner?

First off I love that this product comes with a brush to use with the product. The brush is almost like a very tiny eyeshadow brush that is rounded at the tip and very short. The bristles are very dense which makes it very easy to press colour onto the lash line or swipe it across the eye. I find that the brush is also thin enough that you can easily create winged eyeliner which I have never really been able to do very easily.


The actual eyeliner itself is very creamy and easily grabs product when you press your brush into it. The colour payoff is incredible and comes off as being extremely black without any fading or looking ‘grey’. The pigmentation is amazing and honestly only requires one swipe and you are done without needing to touch up or go over the line you created again!


The best thing about this product though is it lasts all day without smudging too badly even when it is not set with powder (I typically do not set my gel eyeliner with any powder). I honestly wear this eyeliner maybe 13+ hours in a day and it is still looking perfect on my eyes with the exception of my outer corner of my eye which usually smudges just a tiny bit. I have watery eyes especially this time of year because of my allergies so I do not find this too bad considering the eyeliner overall still looks perfect! I also use this in my waterline which may be controversial to some of you but it stays on my waterline pretty good even after 12 hours of wear. Of course around the inner and outer edges it will smear a little but overall you can still see the black on the waterline.

1 coat of Maybelline Gel Eyeliner on lash line and waterline
1 coat of Maybelline Gel Eyeliner on lash line and waterline
Overall is this a product worth trying?


Overall I think that this eyeliner is by far the best eyeliner I have ever sued and I now consider it my ‘holy grail eyeliner’. I actually don’t think I could ever go back to my pencil or liquid eyeliners again as I find this so easy to work with and almost every time I come out with a perfect line without bumps and a spot on wing! I definitely think all of you should give this a try because it may indeed change your makeup experience just like it has mine! If you do try this product let me know what you thought of it down in the comments below! 

Monday, 17 March 2014

My ‘Lucky’ Makeup Look of the Day! St. Patricks Day

Happy Saint Patrick's day everyone, I hope you all are having a very lucky day! For Saint Patricks Day I decided to incorporate some green into my everyday makeup look. Instead of doing a full on green eyeshadow look tutorial, I decided to do something that is a little more wearable and gives a hint of green so it is more suited for everyday wear. I went with a natural eye with very little eyeshadow (only a crease shade to be exact) with thick eyeliner on the top. For under my lashline I added a bright green shade and towards the inner corners and for my inner highlight I used a gold shade! I kept my cheeks very soft and went with a bright red lip! You could obviously use any red lip to go with this eyeshadow look but I went with red because on the colour wheel red is across from green which means they complement each other. This is more than likely the reason that Christmas has red and green paired together!






Products I used:

Eyes

Eyeliner: Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner - Black
Crease Shade: Sleek Eyeshadow Palette – Storm (matte brown)
Eyeliner Under Lashline: MUA Colour Intense Eyeliner – Forest Green
Inner Highlight and Lashline: Sleek Storm Palette – Storm (gold shimmer shade)
Mascara: Maybelline Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara


Face

Foundation: L’Oreal True Match Liquid Foundation - Ivory
Powder: MUA Pressed Powder – Shade 1
Concealer: Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer – 01 Fair
Eyebrow Gel: 2True Instant Colour Mascara -1 Clear
Eyebrow Colour: Sleek Eyeshadow Palette – Storm (matte light brown shade)



Cheeks

Blush: ELF Powder Blush – Candid Coral
Highlight: MUA Undress your Skin Highlighter
Contour: L’Oreal Infallible Foundation – 200 Golden Sand


Lips:

Lipstick: Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick – Temptation

Lip Gloss: ColorSensational Cream Gloss – Fabulous Pink