Back to the 80’s

My Mum celebrated her 50th Birthday on Saturday night with a fun filled 80’s themed bash. It took her a decent amount of time to decide on a theme for the party and after much deliberation she decided to go with the era of spandex and Wham!

I love themed parties. Creating a costume for a party fills me with so much joy. The 80’s was a foreign theme for me though. Being a 90’s baby I didn’t really know what to dress up as, until my sister Sophie and I had a joint epiphany. The Breakfast club.

For those of you that have been living under a rock, The Breakfast club is an 80’s ‘Coming of Age’ movie which aided in cementing the likes of Molly Ringwald and Judd Nelson as Teen Icons. I have loved the movie forever. It is one of my favourites, so dressing up as one of the characters was pretty exciting.

My sister naturally wanted to dress up as  Allison or “The Basket Case”, she was the natural choice, her hair is dark and we kept joking that she wouldn’t have to dress too far out of her regular wardrobe. This left me as the character Claire, “the Princess”, which we joked wasn’t too hard for me to achieve either. We then slotted our boyfriends into the roles of our characters love interests. Sophie’s boyfriend Rhys was Andrew or “the Jock” and my boyfriend Tristan donned the infamous costume of John Bender “the Criminal” (not going to lie, was pretty exciting for me, I blame Judd Nelson in this film for my excessive attraction to hobo-ish looking men)

We naturally had to recreate the “effortlessly cool, leaning against the lockers’ picture on my Dads fence.

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We were missing the fifth member of the group- ‘the Brain’ Brian, until I asked my Cousin, Ashley to join us a few days before. So, we obviously had to recreate the photo again at the party.

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To create my Molly look I curled my hair and pinned it up underneath to create a bob. I even drew on freckles!

The birthday girl was completely decked out in her 80’s best.

Mum and Mick (the wig is FABOLOS)

 

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CUTTING LE CAKE.

We danced all night to some sweet 80’s tunes.

Did you go to a themed party this weekend? What did you dress up as?

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The Statement Winged Liner.

One thing I don’t post about often enough is the fact that I love applying Makeup on others. It is one of the most satisfying feelings creating a look on someone else and having them love it as much as you do. It is really rewarding.

I was extremely excited when my gorgeous friend Bec asked me to do her eye makeup for a Gala Dinner. This is dinner was a pretty swanky, thousands of Delegates from major mining companies all congregating at one event. It is a big deal.

I was not only excited by the fact she asked me, but the fact she wanted to make her eyes the staple of the makeup look. This might not sound like a huge deal, but Bec is a total bright lipstick babe. It was a complete step out of her comfort zone to go with a bold eye and nude lip. The brief I got was “dramatic wing” and I didn’t plan on disappointing. We were also on a time limit, being a Wednesday night.

I started off by priming the eye with Smashbox Photofinish Lid Primer and applying some tape to the outer edge of the eye (using the outer corner of the eye and the tail of the brow as a guideline). I then applied Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean eyeshadow over the entire lid as a base colour. I then applied Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie into the crease as a transition colour on a Sigma E40 blending brush.

I then used the Smashbox Full Exposure palette to deepen the crease. First I applied M5 into the crease with an E25 Blending Brush. I then followed that by applying M6 into the crease on a Sigma E45 Tapered blending brush. I then went back in with the E40 brush I used initially to blend out any harsh lines.

I then sprayed my E55 brush with a little Fix+ and applied Loreal Infaillible pressed eyeshadow in 002 Hourglass Beige onto the lid area meeting up to the crease. I then went back in with my E45 and buffed the lid colour into the crease.

I then took my Revlon Colourstay Liquid liner in Blackest Black and created a dramatic wing and popped some Makeup Geek shadow in Corrupt on top for intensity. I then removed the tape and popped a mix of M5 & M6 from the Full exposure palette on the lower lash line to tie the look together. We then applied a few generous coats of mascara to the upper and lower lashes and finished the look off with a set of half false lashes in the outer corner.

Lipstick- MAC Hug me.

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*excuse the wet lash glue*

The uber gorgeous Bec & Bec

 

 

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July Favourites.

Well it is that time of the month. Ew, what were you thinking, I was talking about Monthly favourites time. You’re Gross. *winky face*

Normally I film these things, but I decided to see how my Favourites fair on the ol’ blog. I also have a nasty case of Laryngitis which has now left me with no voice at all.

Lets dive right in, shall we?

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My first two favourites are skincare items. The I have absolutely been digging the Simple spotless skin anti-blemish moisturiser. This magic stuff has been a godsend for my skin. As you will know if you have been following me on here and on YouTube, I have to constantly battle with my acne prone skin. So a moisturiser that also fights acne is something I am going to be interested in! I do love the brand Simple in general. Their products are gentle and effective.

The second skincare item is an eye cream from Indeed Laboratories called Eysilix. This eye cream is extremely lightweight yet moisturising and a little goes a long way. My concealer sits wonderfully over top of this product. I love the serum Hydraluron by this brand and the eye cream definitely doesn’t disappoint.

A rediscovered favourite is the Fragrance Allure Sensuelle by Chanel. I have been wearing Balenciaga’s Florabotanica scent for months now and I thought it was time for a bit of a change in the winter months (also, it was getting to the point that people were smelling my perfume and automatically knowing it was me without seeing me first). My Partner Tristan bought this for me on our Anniversary, I was so proud he picked up such a lovely scent all by himself! It is a heavier scent, very sexy and very Chanel.

A favourite that has not left my side is my Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Blonde. No other brow pencil compares in my opinion. I have posted a comparison with the Anastasia Brow wiz previously, defs check that out!

A mascara I have been loving is the YSL Shocking mascara. I dont know what it is about this mascara, it is just on point. I haven’t used a mascara that separates and volumises like this product. I have it currently in sample size however I will positively be purchasing the full size on completion.

Lipstick wise, I haven’t been able to stop using MAC Kinda sexy. Ever since my obsession with finding the Kylie Jenner Lip first began, I have been using the shade daily. It is the perfect nineties beige nude, I am IN LOVE.

I have also been loving the Bobbi Brown skin foundation. I am in the shade Porcelain. This foundation is light but covers brilliantly. It has been my daily go-to, I also like to use this to mix with my other foundations to lighten them for use in the winter months. I was a bit skeptical at first, but this foundation actually does look like skin! It also lasts really well on my oily skin.

For my nails this winter I have been reaching for my Mecca Cosmetica nail polish in the shade Acai. It is the perfect deep berry shade. I really love the formulation of these polishes, they last well on my nails (which is a big deal in my day job!).

What have you been loving this month?

 

 

 

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So you are feeling a tad ill…

For the last couple of days I have been suffering from a nice flu. Rocking a super sensual man-voice and nasal passages so blocked I can barely breathe, its been crappy lovely. In an effort to recuperate and not continuously wallow in my own self pity ( Lets face it, we all revert back to 5 years old when ill.) I decided to dip into my bag of tricks for making myself feel better and I thought I would share some of them with you.

1. Rest.

This one is just common sense, really. Your body is fighting off a virus so our parents were right in making us stay in bed. I am lucky in the fact that I work during the day for my family Business and my dad is a super germ-a-phobe. Therefor, I am quarantined and ordered home to recover.

2. Keep up fluids.

Another pulled from the mum cabinet. This is very important. Even if you can’t stomach water, drink tea or anything else you can bring yourself to swallow.

That sounds slightly dirty. Moving on.

3. Medicate.

Have some painkillers. If you have a sore throat, use an anti-inflammatory spray. I have never been one to ride something out. I’m all about elevating as much pain as possible.

Now that I have covered all the essential tips, here are some personal tips I do when I am feeling less than mediocre.

4. make a smoothie.

Chuck as many healthy things in as you wish. I find it much easier to down a smoothie over a meal when I am feeling sick. My favourite is a mix of berries, Banana, spinach, Coconut milk, Almond milk, Greek yogurt, Honey and a splash of store bought green juice.

5. Yet, eat a Big Mac if you feel like it.

I tend to stop eating when I am sick, but I also have weird cravings. Which can lead to my Boyfriend getting me weird things at odd times. I think if you are feeling like a big mac, your damn body obviously needs it (contradictory somewhat to the smoothie tip, but hey -the heart wants what the heart wants.)

6. Cuddle a pet.

I have 4 rescue cats and for some reason, they know when I am sick. It doesn’t matter if I am in bed or on the couch I will have at least 2 of them laying with me at all times. It is like a furry hot water bottle, you really cannot fault a good animal hug.

7. Take a long shower.

When I am sick the only place I feel somewhat human is in the shower. I dont know if I am part mermaid (I wish, I am a Pisces!) but the water seems to rejuvenate me. Spend as long as you need in there, or until the hot water runs out.

8. Apply a face mask.

You are probably thinking, ‘What? That’s the last thing I feel like doing” but I tell you now, it will make you feel better. Why not get a product like the Biore 1 minute self heating Charcoal mask. I apply this while I am in the shower and have the energy to do so.

9. Watch a few good movies.

Disney movies or whatever will make you feel better. I have been loving watching the Disney Movie channel on Foxtel. I have also watched a few Brat-Pack 80’s movies such as St Elmo’s Fire and the Breakfast club. Oh that Judd Nelson, #babe.

10. Keep the makeup to a minimum.

If you have to leave the house while sick, keep things simple. I know I barely have the energy to put on pants while sick, let alone a face full of makeup. Maybe just try a tinted moisturizer, mascara and a cream blush.

What is your Feel better Remedy when Ill?

 

 

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Lets talk contour.

Contouring is the perfect way to give the face structure and dimension when applying makeup. Blanking out your face with foundation and concealer can diminish the natural hollows of the face, this is where adding colour back in is most important, to avoid looking ghostly and washed out. Contouring is the method of darkening the points of your face that would be shaded if you were in direct sunlight. On most faces these points include the temples of the forehead, under the cheekbones (hollows of the cheek if you were pulling a pouty face), under the jaw line and either side of the nose.

Contouring can be achieved with both cream and powder products. For a more subtle contour, I would go with a cream product. Some companies have stick contour colours, but for a beginner I would go with a stick foundation a few shades deeper than your natural skin tone, such as the Maybelline FitMe stick foundation.

I personally prefer to contour with powder products. If I am aiming for subtle dimension I will go with a pressed powder a few shades darker than my skin tone. In summer, I like to use a light matte bronzer. It is always important to use a matte powder, we are trying to essentially hide parts of the face, using a shimmery colour would attract attention to that area. I would keep the shimmer for highlighting.

When creating a dramatic look I love using cool toned, ashy contour colours. I find that they seem to suit my fair skin and dont make me look like I have a muddy streak down the side of my face. I have really been loving the NARS contour palette in Olympia and as a cheaper alternative, I do love using NYX blush in Taupe. If I am absolutely going to town on my makeup, I do also like to use a grey/purple eyeshadow to contour, such as Tease from the Naked2 palette or Makeup Geek’s “unexpected’ eyeshadow.

My golden rule with contouring is build the colour. If you go in with a brush loaded with product, it is going to make the blending process a lot harder. I would also recommend investing in a good contour brush if you can. I love my Real Techniques contour brush, it is relatively inexpensive and gets right into the hollows of the face. A fluffy eyeshadow brush can also be used for a strong contour. If you are looking for super definition, try holding a business card just under the cheekbone to get that crisp line and then blend out from there. Another thing to keep in mind when blending is always blend in an upwards direction. Never bring the colour down towards the chin, this will make the face look sunken and drag the face down.IMG_0878

 

 

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The brushes you should own.

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Just like painting on a canvas, with the right tools you are going to create a beautiful piece of art. The same principle applies to the process of makeup application.

I am a strong believer of investing in good quality makeup brushes. Not only will they change the way your makeup looks, they last an incredibly long time with the correct care. That being said, I understand that not everyone wants to spend a fortune on a brush for every single step of the makeup application process. I understand first hand how costly that can be. So I have narrowed it down to a handful of multitasking brushes that a makeup novice could put all their trust into.

The flat Eye Blending Brush.

Think a MAC 217 or a Sigma E25. A slightly tapered blending brush with a pinched tip. Something that can be used to not only blend shadow out on the eye, but can be used flat to pack a shadow on to the lid.

The small Face Brush.

Think a Real Techniques Expert face brush or a small kabuki. Something that is small but dense. A brush like this (especially something slightly oval shaped while looking at it Birds-eye-view) is great for not only blending in foundation, but is small enough to blend in concealer and get into the hollow of the cheeks with a cream contour colour. I have also at a pinch used this brush to apply blush and it did a great job. I do recommend cleaning or at least wiping off the brush while using for multiple coloured products.

The Angled Brush.

Think a Real Techniques Brow Brush or a Sigma E65. A small angled brush is great for a multitude of uses. Products such as the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade (gel brow colour), brow powders and Gel eyeliner all apply well with this type of brush. A clean angled brush can also work really well with concealer, either to spot conceal imperfections or to clean up the edge of the lip after Lipstick application.

The Powder Brush.

Think the Sigma F20 or the Real Techniques Powder Brush. These brushes are obviously great for the application of both loose and pressed face powders. A big powder brush can also be used for application of powder and Mineral Foundation and the application of bronzer. Using a big brush for bronzer minimizes the risk of applying too much product and looking streaky or muddy. I have also used a brush like this for cheek colour as it deposits enough colour for a healthy glow.

The Pencil Brush.

Pencil brushes can be sourced easily. I use the Sigma E30. This brush can be used for precise eyeshadow application, such as a cut crease or inner corner highlight. It is also perfect for smudging out eyeliner and cream eye products.

The Optionals.

These are the brushes you can do without, but it is nice to have them in your stash.

  • Eye Shader brush (for packing eyeshadow onto the lid.)
  • Blush Brush (go with an angled one, as it can also be used for contouring.)
  • A spoolie. (for brushing through the brows or de-clumping the lashes)

Other kit items you might want to consider.

  • A sponge applicator ( I’m talking, BeautyBlender or a Real Techniques Miracle complexion Sponge). These are great for seamlessly blending out foundation, concealer, creme blush, creme highlighters and creme contour colours. You could even purchase this instead of a face brush. I have been using my BeautyBlender more than a brush lately.
  • An eyelash curler. This is going to make you look more awake and give the appearance of larger eyes.
  • Tweezers. Not only to remove the pesky stray hairs, but these are a godsend when fighting with applying false lashes.

There is another tool you already have but probably underutilized. Your Hands. The hands are a great applicator for almost everything. Foundation and concealer, tapping on creme cheek products, applying powder and creme highlighters, blending out lipstick and patting on eyeshadow. I tend to forget I can use my hands (derp?) but hey, God gave them to us for a reason?

Is there a brush I have missed that you think is a “Holy Grail?”

 

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New in- Benefit “They’re Real” Push Up Liner

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The new “it” liner.

I had seen a lot of hype on many beauty blogs, YouTube channels and Instagram surrounding the new Push up Liner from Benefit. A gel liner in Pen form, the first of its kind.

I tend to steer away from Gel liner. It is notorious for transferring on my hooded eyes so I normally stick to liquid eyeliner. Curiosity however, got the better of me with this product. I figured with such a precise applicator I would be able to get close enough to the lash line to prevent tranferring to my eyelid. I had seen demonstrations of the liner, and the appeal of an easy Cat-eye was too much for me to resist.

Living in a Country town, I knew it would be hard for me to get my hands on the new launch. Luckily, one of my good friends was in Melbourne and was kind enough to brave the crazyness of Myer to pick one up for me (Thanks Bec!)

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The formula is quite pigmented and creamy and the tip of the pen is soft, flexible, extremely thin rubber, allowing it to get close to the lash-line with ease.  The pen is lightweight and long enough to have a steady grip. I did not experience any flaking and it took a decent amount of eye makeup remover to get it off at the end of the day.

Much to my disappointment, the gel did transfer to my upper eyelid. Although not as badly as other Gel liners I have used (possibly due to being able to get close to the lash-line). I will be trying a black shadow over the top of the liner to see if it will set the liner and prevent transferring.

Overall I do love the concept and the product itself. I think it will be brilliant on a majority of eye-shapes that do not experience Transferring. The team at Benefit always do a great job of marketing and the aura around this Launch was great. I do think this is one of those products you will need to try for yourself, as I think it will work differently on everyone.

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My hunt for the perfect Kylie Jenner Lip Colour.

One woman, one lipstick, one mission. I have been determined for a few weeks now to find the perfect Kylie Jenner lip colour.

Unless you have been living under a rock (or your sister hasn’t texted you the picture of her, captioned- “what the hell is this lipstick?!?! Find it for me, it is amazing”) Then you should have witnessed a Kylie Jenner nude lip selfie somewhere on the internet. It is the most gorgeous dusty pink/beige nude lipstick I have ever seen. Honestly, it causes unnatural anxiety within me that I don’t know what shade/brand it is. Without sounding creepy, her lips look like giant, soft pillow clouds that I just want to nap on.

OK, that sounded hideously creepy- Moving on.

Being the obnoxiously stubborn determined person that I am, I have done my fair share of research into the topic and it seems I am not alone in my quest. There is as many theories attached to the Kylie Jenner lip as there is to bigfoot. Everyone has an idea of what they think the shade is, yet I cannot seem to find any concrete information anywhere. A forum seems to think she has answered the question on her twitter and it is a lipliner from MAC called “whirl” (which conveniently is out of stock at the moment, hrmm) while others swear it is layers over layers of different lipstick brands and shades.

After getting mildly frustrated at not being able to find the answer to such a simple freaking question, I decided to take the matter into my own hands. If I couldn’t find the answer, I would find something damn similar. It looks quite apparent that she is wearing a matte shade and has slightly overdrawn the natural shape of her lips, making them appear fuller.

Two shades from MAC come to mind. It is possible that it is “Velvet Teddy” (some forums have also suggested this), I tend to think it leans more towards the shade “Kinda Sexy” a gorgeous neutral Dusty pink matte colour. MAT 7, from the new Maybelline collection could also be used as a substitute. Although it is slightly leaning more towards a beige nude rather than a dusty pink nude, I think it is a great alternative for those wanting to achieve the look on a budget.

Do you have the perfect Kylie Jenner shade?

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Winter Skincare Menu

Lately, the skin I have known for the last 24 years has left me rather puzzled. The normality in my body has been thrown out the window and I have been left with a complexion I find extremely foreign. My limbs are drier than the most barren of deserts and my face, which normally contains most of the world oil stores- is quite dehydrated. I can only put this change down to the dramatic drop in temperature ( to reference Game of Thrones- Winter isn’t just coming, it has come.) or I have had my skin texture messed with by Aliens.

While the dramatist in me wishes it was the latter of the two (hello, movie franchise), I have had to adapt my skincare routine to counteract the changes. I have also mentioned many a time that I suffer from acne, so I have continued to use a lot of the products I was already using in my routine. In my morning skincare routine I have introduced the Simple Spotless Skin anti-blemish Moisturiser to give me the extra moisture my skin needs, while also treating any sneaky spots. My lips have also been chronically chapped (sah not cute) so most mornings i tend to slather on a generous layer of Paw Paw balm to keep my lips hydrated. Lately I have been loving the Suvana Certified Organic Paw Paw & honey Balm. This Balm is natural and does not contain chemicals that can sometimes be found in Paw Paw balms/ointments.

The skin on my arms and legs has been hideously dry, flaky and irritated. I have found that even my tried and true body creams are not remedying the situation. Fear not, I have found solace in Palmer’s Intensive Relief concentrated cream. This moisturiser is seriously rich, thick and soothing. Also, it contains no fragrance, colour, parabens or phthalates and will heal the skin while not messing with the scent of your perfume (is it just me or is anyone else completely crazy with that?).

Most of the new additions have been slotted seamlessly into my evening skincare routine. The addition of a moisturising toner (People for Plants Mist Toner), Serum (Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron) and night cream (Antipodies Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream) as well as an intensive lip repair treatment (Blistex intensive repair) has really been working miracles on my skin. I have even noticed a change in the amount of breakouts I have been getting.

What is your Winter Skincare staple?

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New in- Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lip colour.

 

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Just encroaching into my favourite season of the year (Winter here in the land of Aus, for all you Northern Hemisphere peeps) I am enthusiastically unpacking all of my knitted jumpers, dusting of my 200 pairs of ankle boots and sorting through my extensive scarf collection. Cosmetics-wise I am pulling out all my Full Coverage foundation, packing away my bronzer and embracing the Pale.

One huge trend over winter in the Northern Hemisphere was the Matte Lip. Honestly, nothing excites me more than a bold, matte lip colour. I love the colder months for the fact I feel completely at ease rocking a burgundy lip at 8am. Many cosmetic brands have jumped on the trend of the Matte Lip and now, some of the collections are being dropped here in Australia to coincide with the beginning of winter.

One particular release I was waiting for was the Bourjois Rouge Edition 24 hour Lip colour. With the likes of Viviannadoesmakeup raving about them, I knew they were going to be a winner (Lady knows her Lip colours!).

I was not disappointed.

The consistency of well, velvet. This little gem glides on with no effort. Light texture yet build-able with the promise of 24 hour wear. What more could a girl want? The application is easy with a small wand, I do however recommend starting the application in the centre of the lip, working the colour out to the edge of the lip line as the wand is quite dense with product. Although probably not necessary, I do still like to line my lips before applying (probably because I am a stickler for a neat lip application!).

After a night of eating, drinking, dancing (sweating) and forgetting to reapply, this baby was still present on my lips when I woke. Yes, I beautysinned. No makeup was removed that evening (forgive me!). I did notice when my narcissism took over and I checked my reflection in everything I could that this colour handles longevity with ease, not flaking or becoming patchy as the evening progressed. It just- fades or almost sinks into the lip.

Currently I own the shades Frambourjoise (velvet 02) and Hot Pepper (velvet 03), I have a feeling a few more shades are not far off being in my collection.

Have you tried these? What do you think?

Until next time-

Em x

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