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The Brown Lip.

Commonly associated with the likes of Cindy Crawford, the brown lip was a 90’s staple. Shades ranging from a Beige Nude to a Deep Brown were gracing the pouts of many women and the counters of major makeup brands.

I remember inheriting an Avon tube of lipstick from my Mother. It was a gorgeous mahogany brown colour and I thought it was fabulous. I used to wear it all the time. If a 9 year old can rock it, you certainly can.

With the likes of Kylie Jenner re-hashing the nineties trends, the Brown lip has again started to weasel its way back on to the lips of the modern day woman. The most of us embracing a nude brown, while the extravagant are waging full blown dirt-mouth kissers (I mean that in the most flattering way).

The two Brown shades I have been loving lately are The shade Salem from the LimeCrime ‘The Witches” velvetine collection and Savvy Ultra Matte Lip Colour in the shade Lights..Camera. Both of these shades are matte in consistency which, in my opinion, makes it easier to wear and are extremely long wearing.

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Left- Salem (LimeCrime) Right- Lights..Camera (Savvy)

Salem is a rich, deep brown with a slight red tinge and Lights..Camera is a wearable pink brown nude (also a great dupe for MAC- Velvet Teddy and is under $10).

I think the tip to wearing a brown lip is keeping the rest of the face neutral. Stick to minimal shadow with lots of mascara on the eyes and bronze up the face to avoid looking washed out. A peach toned blush also works well and a lot little highlighter on the high points of the face will really tie the look together.

Would you rock a Brown, 90’s Pout?

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It’s 11.30pm.

This is going to be a bit of a different post. It’s 11.30pm and for some reason I am still awake. Not that being awake at 11.30pm is particularly unusual, it is just one of those days I can’t switch my brain off.

I’m trying to think what the reason is for not being able to sleep. I’m going through a hard phase. I have had two family members quite ill in the last few weeks and have also split from my partner of 5 years. The thing is, I don’t think that is what is keeping me awake this Monday evening.

This is a blog based around beauty. I write about making yourself feel beautiful on the outside, maybe it’s time I write about feeling beautiful on the inside too.

The thing is I don’t feel beautiful on the inside. I don’t feel a lot of anything. I think sometimes it is a lot easier to feel beautiful on the outside over inner beauty. It’s a hard thing to be completely comfortable with yourself and to love yourself. I know that I have struggled with it for a long time.

I think I have spent a lot of time living my life to please other people. I know I let myself be miserable because it was easier to do that then to face the reality that everything around me wasn’t working. I sometimes had a reoccurring nightmare that I was in a tube like maze that I couldn’t find my way out of. There was barely enough space to move and I felt like I was suffocating. I have only recently realised what that must of meant.

You can’t live life for anyone but yourself. You have to be selfish. You are important. Most important. I think when you exhaust so much of your energy to salvage what’s around you, it can suck the beauty out of you. I feel like the beauty in me is gone. Not on purpose, of course. I gave it because I loved the people around me.

Now I have to work on getting that back. Which I think is a whole new challenge on its own.

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The effortless Smokey Eye.

Lets be honest here, not everyone has the patience and/or the time to create the perfect smokey eye every time they apply their makeup. A flawless smokey eye can sometimes take me 20 minutes when working with many a shadow, liner etc.

Lately I have been loving the shadow sticks. Most major cosmetic companies have a variation. Essentially it is just a cream eyeshadow in stick form.

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All it takes to get a flawless smokey eye is 5 minutes. Apply the stick directly to the mobile lid and up to the crease. ( slightly over if you have hooded eyes) Then take a small fluffy blending brush (like a MAC 217) and blend upward slightly towards the brow bone. I then take the blending brush and run under the lower lash line with whatever product is left on the brush to tie the look together.

Sometimes I leave the process there, for a more intense eye I set the cream with a similar shadow and highlight the brow bone/ inner corner. I tend to stick to bronze/brown shades to enhance my blue eyes.

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Latest Obsession: Charlotte Tilbury Cosmetics.

Charlotte Tilbury is a magnificent Celebrity makeup artist who is phenomenal at her job. Definitely on my list of favourite makeup artists, I have been waiting to get my hands on her signature makeup line for a long time. I had settled into the idea that I would have to wait until I travel to the UK, not knowing it was possible to get it sent to Australia. So when I was perusing net-a-porter.com (for a gift for my Mothers Birthday) and understandably I found myself sidetracked looking at the beauty section, I almost wet myself with excitement to find I could get Charlotte Tilbury cosmetics sent to me here in Oz.

I spent ages deciding which products to get, it was a very agonising decision. In the end I went with palette that started my obsession, the Dolce Vita. I was also surprised to find I could get the palette in a set consisting of the Dolce-Vita palette itself, a blusher, mascara, liquid liner, lip liner, lipstick and lip gloss, all tucked in a signature cosmetics pouch.

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The packaging is so sleek and glamorous. I almost didn’t want to use them! I am also finding it hard to throw out the boxes in which the products came, they are gorgeous too!

The Dolce-Vita quad is incredibly pigmented and the shadows blend seamlessly. It is also great to have a guide to using them to create the signature eye look on the back of the packaging.

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I think the blush is my favourite of the set. (Cheek to Chic swish and pop blusher in Ecstasy) The outer section is used on the top of the cheekbones to add structure and the centre colour is purposely for the apples of the cheeks.

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I have been using the Full Fat Lashes 5 star Mascara daily since i got it. The Feline Flick eyeliner is lovely and thin and gets super close to the lash-line.

The Perfect nude pink lip is achieved with the Lip Cheat lipliner in Pillow Talk, the K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick in Penelope Pink and the Lip Lustre in seduction.

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Apologies on how bad my skin looks in this picture! Having a skin freak-out at the mo.

I am really loving every product I got. The makeup bag you get if very roomy and super adorable. The price is a little exxy, but completely worth it in my opinion. I am saving my pennies to acquire more!

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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*

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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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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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