Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Turquoise Eyeshadow Tutorial - Spring/Summer Inspired!

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a lovely Easter and got to spend time with your families! Today I decided to do a Turquoise eyeshadow tutorial inspired by Spring and Summer! Here in England we have had some pretty lousy weather so the lighting is a little dark, but I wanted to pick things up and do some bright eyeshadow! If you haven't already checked out my previous YouTube video you can watch it here.

If you have any video ideas or suggestions please feel free to let me know in the comments below. I would also love to see your recreations or other makeup looks you have come up with for the Spring and Summer months! You can find all of the products that I have used and also the links mentioned in the video below.



I would also like to congratulate my friend Jessica Duffy on reaching 100 BlogLovin subscribers! If you have not checked out her blog or YouTube already you should definitely check her out! She is the reason that I mustered up courage to start YouTube videos and she is a great person and her blog is very helpful and interesting if you love things makeup and fashion related!


For this Turquoise eyeshadow look I used the following products:

Foundation - L'Oreal True Match - Ivory
Setting Powder - Rimmel Stay Matte - Translucent
Eyebrows: Sleek Storm Palette - Matte Dark Brown
Blush - Elf Studio Blush - Candid Coral
Eyeliner: Maybelline EyeStudio Gel Eyeliner - Black
Eyeshadow Under Lashline: Coastal Scents 88 Palette
Inner Corner Highlight: Coastal Scents 88 Palette (Peach Shade)
Lipstick: Maybelline Long Lasting Kate Lipstick - 101
Lipgloss: Rimmel Stay Glossy 3D - 603 Lights, Camera, Action



I also mentioned a few things throughout the video so the links for those can also be found below:

Coastal Scents Palette Review
Depotting Nyx Jumbo Pencils
Bold Winged Eyeliner

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

MUA Lipsticks - Review + Swatches

A couple of weeks ago I went to Oxford Street in London to do some shopping and of course stopped in a Superdrug store (drugstore) and picked up a few lip goodies! I love the MUA brand and I think amongst all of the cheaper products you can really find some great steals that are definitely comparable to other drugstore brands!  In my local Superdrug I always find that the MUA lipsticks are always out of stock, does anyone else have this problem as well? Since I can never find them in stock I have always been on the hunt for them every time I set my foot into a Superdrug store and I finally found some and I managed to pick up 3 different shades which I was ecstatic about!

L-R: Shade 14, Shade 2, Shade 3, Shade 12
L-R: Shade 14, Shade 2, Shade 3, Shade 12
My MUA collection is pretty big but I had previously only owned 1 of the normal MUA lipsticks and 2 of the Matte lipsticks from MUA. For the purpose of this blog posts I will only be focusing on the normal MUA Lipsticks, but if you would like to see my blog post on the MUA Matte lipsticks you can find it here. The MUA lipsticks cost £1 each and can only be found at your local Superdrug or on the MUA website. There are 16 normal MUA lipsticks not counting the newer Matte line and offers a wide array of colours. Many of the lipsticks do not have names but instead have a shade number which they are referred to. Although this is quite annoying at least they have some way of distinguishing the colours from one another.

L-R: Shade 14, Shade 2, Shade 3, Shade 12
My pervious lipstick shade that I had owned was in Shade 14 – Bare. This colour is a very viberant orange colour.
Shade 14
 The first shade that I managed to pick up was in Shade 2 which is a berry shade that almost has a purple undertone to it rather than a red undertone. It is very dark and I love paring this with a very simple eye look or even just a bold eyeliner look. I have a blog post on tips on how I do my bold eyeliner here and I also have a video showing how I apply my bold eyeliner here.


Shade 2
The second shade I picked up was in Shade 3 which is a bright hot pink colour that is also very vibrant. It is a great colour if you want to break out of your comfort zone but do not want to experiment with red lips just yet. I find that it is a very similar effect to a red lip but it is more wearable I think since it is pink based and it would look great in the Spring and Summer months!

Shade 3
The final colour I picked up was in Shade 12 and it is a sheer red/pink shade with glitters and sparkles in it. This shade really reminds me of almost a balm like texture as it does not give off much colour but it does give the lips a little pick me up, although it is not very moisturizing as a normal lip balm would be. If you do not like glittery lipsticks I would definitely steer away from this colour.

Shade 12
The formulation of these lipsticks is very creamy and only one swipe is required to get the full opaque colour. I find that many of them are very opaque apart from the Shade 3 lipstick which I would assume is supposed to be quite sheered out. I have very dry lips and I find that exfoliating the lips beforehand always makes it look a little bit better as the lipstick does not cling onto dry patches. I also find that these lipsticks give you no moisture to your lips and can actually feel quite uncomfortable if you do not pair them with a gloss on top or use a lip balm beforehand. I usually end to use my Maybelline Colour Sensational lip glosses on top to provide a moisture barrier between my lips and I don’t feel any discomfort. The lipsticks tend to last for a few hours before needing to reapply but I find that some of the darker shades e.g. Shade 2 and Shade3 almost stain my lips after a couple hours of wearing them so that when it wears off I am still left with a slight stain of colour on my lips without being patchy.

I also noticed hat on the bottom of the packaging there is a clear section that shows what colour is actually in that tube of lipstick. I thought that this was a great touch because when you tend to normally store lipsticks if there is no way of indicating which colour is which you have to open each tube to find the correct colour. But you could easily store these upside down and be able to choose the colour you would like to use. You can also unscrew this bottom section and it contains a tiny sample of actual lipstick product that you can use with a lip brush so you do not have brush lines through your lipstick or if you run out of product it should hold you over before you can purchase another tube which is great!

Extra product in the bottom compartment of the tube

Overall I think these lipsticks are definitely worth the try as they are very affordable being priced at only £1 and the pigmentation is incredible. Although these lipsticks can feel a little drying I find that if you pair them with a balm before you apply the lipstick or put a gloss over the top you will find no discomfort from wearing these lipsticks. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a cheap lipstick that can be comparable to higher priced drugstore brands.

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.

Column 1

 Column 2

 Column 3

 Column 4

 Column 5

 Column 6

 Column 7

 Column 8

 Column 9

 Column 10

 Column 11

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