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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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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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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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Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

I am a big lover of neutral eye shadows. I have quite hooded eyes so neutral eyeshadows are perfect for contouring my eyes to make them more open and defined.

For a very long time, my go-to neutral eye palette has been the LORAC Pro Palette. The perfect neutral palette it had a stark white to a jet black and all the colours on the spectrum in between.

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I think I have found a new love. the beauty above is The Full Exposure palette. It has a few gorgeous highlight shades and a jet black on par with the Lorac pro. The Palette is so diverse, it would be the perfect palette for traveling, as so many looks could be created from the shades.

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All of the eyeshadows have gorgeous colour pay off. They are extremely pigmented, buttery and easy to blend. Even the brush included is worth a mention. A duo-fibre flat shader on one end and a crease brush on the other end, again- perfect for traveling.

The only thing I could fault is the fact that the eyeshadow shades themselves have no names. Only numbers. For some reason I prefer to have a name to use for what shade I am using. Especially in Tutorials. Saying that you are using a shade called ‘half baked’ is a lot more interesting then saying you are using shade ‘S2’.

Do you have a favourite eyeshadow palette?

 

 

 

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Lip & Nail options for Valentines Day.

I am not going to pretend that I am not impressed with a good Nail & lip combo. I dont think that it is too ‘matchy- matchy’ or too much colour. I think it is the way to bring cohesion to a look, without looking over done. I mean really, if a woman can manage to match her nails and lips- she obviously has her life together. I count the days I manage to put on a pair of matching socks as a life-win.

So I thought, in honour of the day celebration love- I would pop together a few combos for you.

The ‘Barely- There’ Pink.

The most demure of the combinations. Perfect for a low key movie date or get together with friends. I have chosen both a Lip and Nail colour that are beautifully sheer in application. On the lips – Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Pink Lemonade and for the nails go with OPI Nail Lacquer in ‘In the spotlight” pink.Image

The ‘Dusty-rose’ Pink.

For those wanting to go the subtle route with a little extra kick. A pretty, dusty pink is your option. Sexy without being ‘in your face’ this colour would be perfect for a first date or drinks with the girls. On the lips – NARS Lipstick in Dolce Vita and on the Nails – Essie Fun in the Gondola.

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The Candy Pink

The cute and sweet option. A bold colour without going too over the top. The perfect hue for a dinner date. On the Lips- Maxfactor Lipstick in Magenta Divine and on the nails- Opallac UV Colour in Cosmolicious.

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The Coral.

For those wanting to break the theme. A pinky orange is the perfect hue for those who dont play into the whole ‘Valentines day’ thing, or simply just dont want to wear pink or red. A colour for those wanting to be different. On the lips –Maybelline Coloursensational Lip colour in Coral Crush and on the nails- Essie Come here!

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The Classic Red.

Completely classic and effortlessly sexy, the Red lip is the perfect shade for making a statement this Valentines Day or wanting to feel like a damn sex goddess. As you would know from watching my videos or reading this blog frequently, It is no lie I love a red lip. On the lips- Estee Lauder Double Wear Lipstick in Stay Scarlett (of course.) and on the nails – Essie A-list

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Oh and I almost forgot-

The ‘ none of these appeal to me’ colour.

Ok, Fussy- pants. What about Rimmel Lasting finish by Kate Lipstick in 106 Rosetto. This hard to explain, Bright- yet deep pink is the choice for you.

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I hope you all enjoyed this post and I hope you have a great Valentines Day! I will be spending mine on the couch with my Boyfriend, a Pizza, a Movie and a few Beers.

What are you doing for Valentines Day?

Till next time-

Em x

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