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!
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