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!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Pretty In Pink Eyeshadow Tutorial (Naked 3 Inspired)

The other day I decided to do a Pretty in Pink inspired makeup tutorial, which I have done previously on my blog which you can find here. The post contains a Step by Step pictorial on how to achieve this makeup look, but I decided to also film it for you all and how I pulled the whole look together.

Now that it is Summertime I have been loving rose gold eyeshadows, so I come up with an everyday full face makeup tutorial on how to achieve a fresh summery look. For eyeshadows I decided to stick to one palette which is my beloved Sleek Storm palette which is great for everyday eyeshadow. This palette only costs around £8 at your local Superdrug and Boots and is well worth the money! All of the colours are pigmented and very easy to blend. If you would like to see swatches and a in-depth full review of the palette, you can find that here.
Colours used in tutorial (Sleek Storm Palette)
Step by Step pictorial

Step by Step pictorial

All of the products I used to create this look are drugstore brands and are readily available. I will list them below:

Products Used:

Foundation: L'Oreal True Match - Ivory
Setting Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte - Translucent
Blush: Rimmel Lasting Finish Blush - Live Pink

Eyebrows: Sleek Storm Palette - Matte Light/Dark Brown
Eyeshadow Base: Nyx Jumbo Pencil - Yogurt
Eyeshadow: Sleek Storm Palette
Eyeliner: Maybelline EyeStudio Gel Eyeliner - Black
Mascara: Elf 3 in 1 Mascara
Primark Eyelash Curler

Lipstick: Revlon Lip Butter - Sweet Tart
Lipgloss: Maybelline ColorSensational Shine Gloss - Pink Shock

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Makeup Academy (MUA) Undress Your Skin Highlighter - Review + Swatches

One of my all time favourite highlights that I have tried is the MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter. This highlighter costs £3 and can be found at your local Superdrug. If you do not have a Superdrug near you, you can order this on the Superdrug website or the MUA website.

As many of you probably know I am a huge fan of drugstore makeup, especially when you can get great quality products for super cheap! Makeup Academy is a very inexpensive drugstore brand that is exclusively sold at Superdrug. Most of the products cost between £1-4 and many of the products are very high quality. One of my favourites from the line is the MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter. I personally love a shimmery champagne highlight and the MUA highlighter is exactly that!

The first thing you notice about the highlighter is how much product you actually get. Compared to the £1 blushes you get almost double the actual product in the container. Since you only need the smallest bit of product this product will last you ages before you need to repurchase it. The highlighter is a champagne shade that glistens with a pink sheen in the direct sunlight. I would highly suggest keeping this highlighter limited to your cheeks and would not suggest using this down the bridge of your nose, inner forehead, or above your lip bow as the pink sheen may look a little strange.

One great way to wear this highlighter is using it lightly over the top of a matte blush. This would give a little shimmer and a nice glow to the cheeks. To do this I would highly suggest using a Stippling brush so that you do not grab too much of the powder. To highlight above my cheekbone I like to use an angled brush to place the product exactly where I want it.

The only downside I have about this highlighter is that the packaging is a little cheap. The lid on my product actually fell off so now I need to store it with the lid just sitting on top of the product. This is extremely not good for use in travel but if you placed it in a baggy I think it would be okay. Although the packaging is a little cheap I think it is still a great price for a good highlighter that contains this much product! I can also see the glitter particles being a problem for some people who prefer a more subtle highlight or a 'natural' highlight. If you are a fan of shimmery highlights then this is the perfect product for you!