Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Everyday Golden Eyeshadow Tutorial - Sleek Storm/Original Palette

Recently I have been playing around with my Sleek Palettes and I created this Golden everyday makeup look. This look would be great for school and work. For this look I used two of my Sleek Palettes (The Original / Storm) which are very affordable. If you live in the US you can purchase these eyeshadow palettes from the Sleek website.

ame> If you do not own these two Sleek palettes feel free to use similar colors in your makeup collection. If you recreate this look please send a picture via Twitter/Instagram (which you can find below).

Palettes Used:

Step 1:
Apply a white base to your eyelid, this does not need to be blended into the crease. For this I used my NYC CityProof 24HR Waterproof Eyeshadow but if I'm completely honest I do not care for this that much I just want to use it up so it doesn't go to waste. I would instead recommend using Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil - Milk or Maybelline Colour Tattoo - Too Cool which are great white eyeshadow bases.
NYC - CityProof 24HR Waterproof Eyeshadow (see alternatives above)
Apply white base to eyelid.
Step 2: Apply tape extending from your lower lash line pointing up towards the end of your eyebrow (see image below). This is used to give us a crisp edge and help with winged eyeliner later on. Then take a light matte brown color (#1 marked in palette) and blend this into the crease. To blend this just use windshield wiper motions over the top edge of the brown.

Add tape to eye and apply light matte brown to crease.
Step 3: Add a dark golden color in the center of your eyelid (#2 marked in palette).

Add dark golden shade in the center of your eyelid
Step 4: Add a lighter golden shade (than in Step 3) to the inner 1/3 of your eyelid (#3 marked in palette) . These two shades are very similar but it just gives a slight gradient over the eyelid. You could optionally skip this step and just use the same color as you did in Step 3.

Add slightly lighter gold to the inner eyelid.
Step 5: Add dark bronze shade into the outer portion of the eyelid (#4 marked in palette) . Make sure you blend this really good into the gold that is in the center of the eyelid. To do this just apply the bronze on the outer end, wipe off your brush, and go back over the harsh lines. If you still find that they are not blending easily grab the gold we used in Step 3 on your brush and use that to go over the harsh lines to blend.

Add dark bronze to the outer portion of the eyelid.

Step 6: Grab a fluffy blending brush and get a small amount of a dark matte brown on the brush (#5 marked in palette). Start at the edge of the tape and swoop the brush inwards following the crease. Try to only go about half way across the eye and stay away from the inner eye while doing this. This will just darken up the look slightly and make it a little more smokey.

Add dark matte brown into the outer portions of the crease
Step 7: To create a winged liner, first line your upper lash line as you normally would. I try to make the line thinner towards the inner portion of my eye and thicker towards the edge. Once you have done this you can take your brush and make a thin line following the tape as far as you'd like your wing to go. Finally you will put your brush at the end of the line you made and swing it in back towards the line you made above your lashes.

Maybelline EyeStudio Gel Eyeliner - Blackest Black
Create winged liner by lining your upper lash line and then using the tape as a guide for the wing

Step 8: Take off the tape. I added an inner corner highlight by adding Maybelline Color Tattoo in Too Cool. I applied this on my pinky finger and pressed this into the inner corner. To blend use a different finger than the one you applied the white with and keep patting. Curl your lashes and apply mascara and your finished!

Rimmel ScandalEyes Retro Glam Mascara in Black, Maybelline The Rocket Volume Express Mascara Waterproof, Covergirl Eyelash Curlers

Finished Looik


Products Used:

- Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation - Soft Beige (mixed with a tiny bit of L'Oreal True Match foundation in Ivory)
- Rimmel Stay Matte Powder - Translucent
- NYC CityProof 24HR Waterproof Eyeshadow (if you do not have this Nyx Jumbo Pencil in Milk and Maybelline Color Tattoo in Too Cool will also work)
- Covergirl Eyelash Curlers
- Maybelline The Rocket Volume Express Waterproof Mascara
- Wet n Wild ColorIcon Blusher Pearlescent Pink

Saturday, 8 August 2015

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipsticks (Review + Swatches)

In my makeup collection the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine lipsticks are definitely my most reached for lip product. Not only do they have extremely luxurious packaging, but the formula is fantastic. These lipsticks feel very smooth and moisturizing on your lips, very similar to the feeling of a lip balm without the thickness that you tend to get from a normal lip balm.

(L-R) YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipsticks: #8, #13, #19

The lipsticks are slightly sheer compared to a normal lipstick but they do show up very well on the lips, even the more nude colors. As you can probably tell by the name these lipsticks leave a really pretty shine to your lips. I personally do not like wearing lip gloss so these provide me enough shine to skip the lip gloss entirely. I find that the darker colors do stain your lips with a color a few shades lighter than the actual lipstick, but unfortunately I find this does not happen with the two lighter colors that I have.

(L-R) YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipsticks: #8, #13, #19
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick #8
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick #13

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick #19

The lipsticks can be found in stores or online. If you live in the US you can find them in Sephora for $36.00. If you live in the UK you can find them in Debenhams and House of Fraser for £26.00 each. Even though these lipsticks are more expensive than a drugstore lipstick, I feel that these are completely worth the money. I have never felt another lipstick similar to these. I own a few Revlon Lip Butters and although they are also moisturizing on the lips they do not feel as smooth or creamy as the YSL lipsticks and the Revlon Lip Butters feel much more thick on the lips.

Where you can buy these lipsticks (No Affiliate Links):

House of Fraser

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Autum Inspired Makeup Tutorial: Coastal Scents 88 Warm Palette

The other week I decided to put together an Autumn leaves inspired makeup tutorial that would be easy enough to wear for work or school and require very little time and effort. The look incorporates different golden, brown, and cranberry colours to create a very pretty warm look.  To achieve this look I used my Coastal Scents 88 Warm Palette which is a very affordable palette which contains 88 different neutral eyeshadows around the size of a US dime. I have previously done my Everyday Eyeshadow Tutorial using this palette and it is probably my favourite Coastal Scents Palette and I use it frequently. If you do not have this palette or have run out of any of the colours used in this tutorial, it is fine to use similar colours already in your collection and the look will come out very similar!

Finished Product of this Tutorial!

Step 1: The first thing I did was to apply my foundation, for this I used my L'Oreal True Match in Ivory. If you would like to see my full foundation routine please feel free to check out my blog post/video review here

Colours used in tutorial
Step 2: Next I applied a small amount of the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze (US: Bad to the Bronze) to each eyelid. Feel free to be messy with this step as it will all be covered up anyway. I try to focus this on my eyelid but if a little goes into the crease of your eye don't worry.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo - On and On Bronze (Bad to the Bronze in US)
Step 3: Grab a gold eyeshadow (Colour marked #1 in the picture above)  and place this al over your eyelid. Try to keep this colour only on the eyelid, but if a little goes into the crease by accident it is fine.

Step 4: Take a warm brown colour (Colour marked #2 in the picture above) that is similar to your skintone (maybe 1-2 shades darker) and apply this into your crease. I use a fluffy brush to achieve a blended look by wiping it back and forth across my crease, similar to the way a car wind shield wiper moves. This won't really look too much different from the step before but this will really help blend the eyeshadows that we put on top of it.

Step 5: Take a red-copper colour (Colour marked #3 in the picture above) and apply this on the outer 1/3rd of your eye (so the part of your eye furthest away from your nose). Try to keep this colour onto your eyelid  but again if the colour does creep up into your crease don't worry too much about it. This again will not be a huge difference to the gold, but adding different layers of colour really blends the look and makes it stand out even more when it is all completed. 

Step 6: Grab a dark cranberry colour (Colour marked #4 in the picture above)  and aplpy this to your outer v. If you are not sure where the outer v is, basically apply colour to the outermost part of your eye close to the lashlines. Pull it out and up towards your crease, then sweep it into your crease. If you look at the picture below it looks very similar to a < and > shape on the corner of your eye which is commonly referred to as your 'outer v'. Use a fluffy brush and really blend (using wind shield wiper motions) over the colour to achieve a very blended look with no harsh lines. 

Step 7 (Optional): Add some colour under your bottom lashline. This can be any of the colours taht you applied for this look (whichever you feel most comfortable with). Using the gold colour on the lower lash line looks really good, and if you smoke out some cranberry at the outer corners it really pops with the rest of the look. You can also add an inner corner highlight (personal preference), which is simply applying a white shimmery colour to the inner corners of your eyes. This makes your eyes look more awake and open so if you have smaller eyes this will make them look much larger.

Step 8: For this look in particular when thinking about school / work I find putting on gel or liquid eyeliner can be very time consuming and on a day your running late will be the last thing you want to do. To avoid this I grabbed a very thin brush and applied some black eyeshadow  (Colour marked #5 in the picture above) to my lashline by pressing the brush into my lashes. This will create an 'eyeliner' effect but be much softer than using a gel or liquid eyeliner. The best thing about using this tip is that it takes much less time as you do not have to be so precise as you do if you want a 'perfect' gel or liquid eyeliner. 

Step 9: To finish off the look curl your lashes and apply mascara to your upper and lower lashes. And the eyeshadow look is complete!
Final Eyeshadow Look
Final Eyeshadow Look
Step 10: To finish off the makeup look as a whole I added some Nars Orgasm blush to my cheeks along with the MUA Undress your Skin Highlighter in Iridescent Gold. For lip options I decided to take a picture of a few different lipstick shades that are very wearable with this look and very fall appropriate. For each photo I will list which product I used below it as well as a link to any reviews if I have any. 

Rimmel Lasting Finish (By Kate) Lipstick in 101
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Lollipop 
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Temptation
Makeup Academy (MUA) Lipstick in Shade 2
I hope you all enjoyed this makeup look and I would love to see any of your recreations that you do. If you have any suggestions on different lip shades that would go great with this look, please let me know also in the comments down below as I am really in need of some great Fall lip combinations! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and I hope you all decide to try out this easy fall makeup tutorial!

Sunday, 9 November 2014

MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighters - Review + Comparison

Hello everyone! I am sure some of you have seen my previous reviews on the Makeup Academy (MUA) Undress Your Skin Highlighters. I am a huge fan of these highlighters and wear them every single day. I decided to make a video where I review each of the products separately, and share with you which one I prefer better (Original / Iridescent Gold).

These highlighters can be purchased from your local Superdrug or the MUA/Superdrug website. The highlighters retail for £3 each which is quite the bargain considering the amount of product that you receive (double that of a Nars blush). The highlighters come in two shades, the newest being Iridescent Gold and the older version (which is unnamed) Original.

Both of these blushes are amazing quality and have very good pigmentation. You only need the tiniest amount to really make your cheekbones glow. I have used the Original highlighter since it's release and I have not even hit pan. My favourite way to use this highlighter is to use my ELF Angled Blush Brush. I just apply a small amount on the brush and angle it sideways, making a diagonal line on my upper cheekbones.

If you own a shimmery pink blush with a golden shimmer the Iridescent Gold shade is the perfect complimentary highlighter. My favourite blush to wear this highlighter with is my NARS Orgasm blush (a great drugstore dupe is Rose Gold from Sleek), which is exactly what I wore on my wedding day! I love the highlight that both the blush and highlighter give together and it really makes you look like you are glowing (which is exactly what you want on your wedding day!).

Cheeks: Nars Orgasm Blush + MUA Iridescent Gold Highlighter
The Original shade is great for anyone who doesn't have very pale skin. I find that since I am very pale the highlighter shows up very pink on my skintone. I prefer not to use this highlighter on the tops of my cheekbones (where I would normally put my highlighter) but instead put it on the very top part of my blush so that even though it does have a pink shimmer, it blends in with my blush but still gives me a nice highlighted effect.

In my opinion I think the Iridescent Gold is much more versatile than the Original highlighting shade. I have been wearing it every day since I purchased it and I definitely reach for it over the Original shade. I feel like the Iridescent Gold would look great amongst more skin tones (especially those of you with a tan, this highlighter would look amazing!). 

I would love to know your thoughts on which highlighter you think you would prefer best, so please leave me down in the comments which you think you would reach for in the store! Also if you have tried either of these highlighters, what are your thoughts on them, and how would you rate them amongst other highlighters you have tried? Please leave me your answers down in the comments as I love reading them!

Monday, 11 August 2014

Makeup Academy - Undress Your Skin Highlighter in Iridescent Gold - (NEW)

When looking through the Makeup Academy stand at Superdrug, I stumbled across a new product that I have never heard of before, the Undress Your Skin Highlighter in Iridescent Gold. Now I have never seen this on the MUA website, nor have I seen any reviews on this product so I assume this is a brand new product release. The highlighter retails for £3 and can be found at your local Superdrug or online at the MUA Website.

Makeup Academy Undress Your Skin Highlighter - Iridescent Gold
Makeup Academy Undress Your Skin Highlighter - Iridescent Gold

Now I previously owned the original Undress Your Skin Highlighter which is a pink iridescent shade. This highlighter is one of my all-time favourites and I wear it on an everyday basis. The only problem I have with the original pink shade is that it is slightly too ‘pink’ for my pale skin tone. The highlighter almost comes off as a blush so I do need to be careful on where I apply it on my cheek bones.

Iridescent Gold vs Original
 When I saw the new Iridescent Gold shade on the MUA stand I was overly joyed because I knew this shade would better fit with my pale skin tone. The pigmentation of both of these highlighters is amazing and only requires a swipe of your finger to get good pigmentation. The highlighter is indeed glittery/shimmery but if you use a light hand, it does look less harsh than if you were to apply it with a heavy hand. It can be very easy to over apply so make sure to tap off the excess on your brush or wipe some product off of your finger before applying to your cheekbones, inner eyelid, or your brow bone.

The size of these highlighters is great especially for the affordable price tag. I have used the original pink shade since it has been released on a daily basis and I have only put a small dent into it, without hitting pan.  The only other negative other than being very easy to over-apply, is that the packaging does feel a little cheap. My original highlighter lid has actually broken off and no longer fits onto the packaging. To store the highlighter I just set the lid on the top and store it within my makeup drawers, but obviously when travelling this would come as an inconvenience. Apart from the packaging this highlighter is absolutely beautiful and I am so happy I stumbled across it!

 You can apply this highlighter using your fingers, or using a brush (one of my favourites is an angled blush brush) and swipe it on the tops of your cheekbones. You can also apply the golden shade to the inner corners of your eyes to instantly make your eyes look more open and awake. The golden shade can also be used under the brow bone for a highlight, so as you can see the golden shade is very versatile compared to the original pink shade.

Overall this highlighter is absolutely beautiful and in my opinion much more versatile than the original pink Undress Your Skin highlighter. The pigmentation is fantastic and with such an affordable price tag it is one that you should not miss out on. I can definitely see this highlighter being my new favourite and for long to come. Head out to your local Superdrug and find this ‘new’ highlighter before it is sold out on the shelves because you definitely won’t regret it!