January 20, 2015

MAC Keepsakes All About Beige Palette Multi Winged Eyeshadow Tutorial

One of my favourite looks of the last few months was one I created using the MAC Keepsakes All About Beige eyeshadow palette. It's not the most colourful look but it's a subtle one with a twist that I enjoy wearing to work when I make the time to do my face. The colors I've used in this look are all the matte shades in the palette. This palette was limited edition but the colours are definitely not unique. If you wanted to replicate this look with another palette, the Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics palette should be an excellent (and cruelty-free) alternative.

1. Prime your lids. If you have a Naked2 Basics palette, you probably won't need a white base but as MAC matte shadows tend to be a pain, I used a white base on my lids.

2. Whenever I do this look, I prefer starting from bottom to top. I used a flat defining brush with a blackened brown eyeshadow (Night Whisper) and applied it along the lower lash line and swiped it towards the side to create the lower wing.

3. Next, I used the same brush with a soft egg shadow (Her Mistress) and swiped it above the lower wing off the corner of the eye.

4. I then used a muted beige taupe shadow (Omega) to apply all over the lid.

5. Next, I took a soft blending and crease brush to blend a muted plum brown shadow (Mystery) in to the crease.

6. I found I had a bit of fallout while blending in the brown shadow into the crease, so to fix and define the cut crease a bit, I reapplied the lid colour (Her Mistress) on to the lid.

7. Eyeliner time! I added the typical go to winged liner (black liquid liner) making sure the wing was on the edge of the eyeshadow placed on the crease. I also used a dark brown pencil liner (Urban Decay Darkside in the Naked 3 double ended pencil) on to the lower waterline.

8. Finish the look with some mascara/false lashes and filling in the brows. I also had to clean up any leftover white base with concealer.

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January 09, 2015

Tom Ford Matte Lipstick in Black Dahlia

I don't really do the whole Christmas thing, me and my partner exchange gifts and that's about it. This Christmas, I received an extra special little something, my first and probably my only Tom Ford lipstick. I admit, I did some rather heavy hinting with this gift, I made a list of things that I'd love to try out but would never spend the money on and boom, this is what I got. Even though it's the only gift I received, I still feel rather spoiled by it.

At first glance, Black Dahlia seems like a standard burgundy lipstick. However, it definitely has plum undertones to it as I've wiped some away to fix the shape of the lips before and it always looks rather purple on my fingers. On the lips, it's reminiscent of a darkened wine. Out of the current matte lipstick line-up, I only just discovered that it's one of two limited edition shades. I know I'm in the minority here but packaging wise, I really don't care for it. It's nice but aside from the Tom Ford logo on the lipstick, it doesn't especially excite me. 

Formula wise, if I'm 100% honest, I was expecting it to be rather rubbish so I was blown away initially. Whenever people describe lipsticks to apply like a dream, I've never been able to relate, until this one. It applied perfectly and to top it off the colour was just stunning. It's kept my lips moisturised throughout the day and with reapplying. However, after a couple more uses, I noticed that the problems only happened when it came to reapplying after meals. I found that a lot of the colour had sunk into the cracks of my lips so it'd require extra work for an even reapplication.

Unfortunately it's also not especially long-lasting. Considering how they've not claimed it to be longwear though, I can't really complain. If you're having a meal it'll only fade in certain bits but is rather durable but otherwiseI'd say it lasts around 4-5 hours. If that's a deal breaker, you can definitely get more long-wearing lipsticks for significantly less and even at drugstore prices. 

Even though I love this lipstick, I'm not going to encourage my readers to go buy it because of how expensive it is. I don't think many people are willing to spend £37 on a lipstick, even if it is a Tom Ford one, if you've been considering it for a long while though, I'd say sure why not. From what I understand the price is so high because it contains exceptionally rare ingredients including soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomila flower oil. Personally, I can only see myself spending the money if it were a gift for someone else, but for myself? I still don't think I could do it, even though the quality is there. 
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January 04, 2015

5 Beauty Resolutions for 2015

You know, I've never seriously done any new years resolutions before. Only in the last few years did I have goals that I very seriously wanted to get done eventually, so basically a lot of long term goals. While there are a lot of non beauty related goals to check off this year and the next, I thought I'd share my beauty specific ones that I'd like to finally do.

Spend less on makeup
I tend to not share much of my personal life on here but I've been working 2 jobs over the Christmas period in central Birmingham. I'd be in town pretty much 7 days a week, surrounding myself with so much temptation. So over the last few weeks, I admit to have 'treated myself' way too many times. I genuinely have no idea how much I have been spending either, so I'm starting to record the ridiculous amount of money I've been spending on makeup and hope the numbers make me stop.

Clean Brushes At Least Twice A Month
Yeah, I know in reality I'm meant to be aiming for a weekly brush cleaning, but ain't nobody got the time for that. Thanks to my wonderful Koren Zander pro brush soap I have been cleaning them significantly more often than I used to but not often enough.

Master Mascara
I hate mascara, I can't ever seem to get it to apply well though and always seem to end up with thin spider lashes. It doesn't help that I'll often ruin my eyeshadow by getting mascara on my lid. It all gets worse when I try to remove it but just end up spreading black mascara all over my face instead. However, practice makes perfect, so I'm definitely not going to improve by avoiding it.

Gain Confidence Applying Makeup On Others
I've had a few people ask me to do their makeup for special events in the past but always said no because obviously I've no previous experience doing so. I'm not going to ruin their evening by doing a bad job as it'd be my first try. I'm kind of one step ahead already on this one as I've put down a deposit for a makeup artistry course, so hopefully, I'll be using my friends as guinea pigs during those months and get over it.

Improve Skin By Eating Better 
Yeah this is a rather typical one, however, I don't want to eat better to lose a bajillion pounds, I just want to improve the condition of my skin. I've definitely noticed this year that what you eat does show up on the skin. So this year, I just want to make sure I'm at least eating my greens.

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January 02, 2015

MUA Matte Lipstick in Wild Berry*

I've almost never come across a well stocked MUA stand, which comes as no surprise considering how affordable they are. I admit the cheap price has actually put me off bothering with any of their products. It wasn't until they came out with their Luxe range that I decided to try out any of their products, but that's a post for another day. Today, I'm trying out the closest thing to a 'vampy' shade in MUA's £1 matte lipstick range.

One of the coolest things that a lot of people don't seem to know about the MUA Matte lipsticks is that the bottom of the lipstick packaging isn't just there to show you what colour it is. It actually twists off and has product that you can dip a lip brush in to, which is rather impressive for a £1 lipstick. I definitely think pricier brands should do the same.

I was expecting the lipstick to apply very dark on the lips considering how dark the bullet is. With just one swipe, it applies like a rather nude but with heavy layering, it builds up to a subtle berry shade as pictured above. It's a rather disappointing colour as I find even my Sephora lip balm can be built to a more intense shade. When I tried using a lip brush with the twistable pot, I got an even less intense finish.

It doesn't last especially long on its own and will fade immediately after a meal. It'll fade in about an hour or two unless you use a lipliner to prolong wear. Most of it fades evenly but I always find it'll sink into random cracks in the lips making it seem as though my lips were bleeding. For a matte lipstick it's definitely not drying and when applying it felt a lot like a balm.

I definitely feel like the only reason I'm not incredibly disappointed with this lipstick is because of the price. Had this been a mid-range or luxury lipstick I would have told you not to bother spending your money on it. However, I'm somebody who's used to wearing bold lipsticks. If you're somebody who's so far only worn very natural makeup and have found bold lipsticks too scary to try, I'd suggest this as a gateway colour. Alternatively, if you had a sibling/child/whoever who you thought was too young to be wearing intense makeup, this would be a suitable compromise.

*Product was included in a goodie bags at an event for consideration. No other compensation was made.
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