General Beauty Advice

How To Do A Spring Inspired Makeup Look.

Hey guys.

Today I decided to do a spring makeup look as it is spring where I am and I think it is so girly and fresh. Spring makeup to me is natural and dewy with playful pops of colour. To get this look I am going to be using purple and champagne iridescent eye shadow, pink peach blush with shimmer, bright pink lipstick, BB cream and illuminisor. Here’s what it looks like:

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1. First apply eye primer and some champagne coloured iridescent shadow on the lid.

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2. Next apply sticky tape from the outer edge of the eye to the brow. This will catch any fallout and ensure the eye shadow looks neat and polished while creating a guideline for you to apply your eye shadow. Apply shimmery purple eye shadow on the outer lid and crease.

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3. Use light purple eye shadow around the shimmery purple eye shadow to blend the look and fade it out. Add the iridescent champagne shadow you used earlier beneath the brow.

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4. fill in brows and line the lid creating a small wing. You can use the edge of the eye shadow as a guide on how to angel it as well as trying to angle it towards end of the brow. Add mascara.

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5. Apply primer on the face and cover any imperfections with concealer. Use a liquid or cream foundation with light to medium coverage to get that dewy, natural look. I am using a BB cream. I realise that not  everyone suits liquid foundation as their skin may become too oily from it. If this is the case you can just use your normal foundation and add illuminator later to make it slightly dewy.

6.  Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks (the puffy parts of your cheeks when you smile). I have chosen a peach pink shade with some shimmer as I think it is perfect for spring but you can choose whichever colour suits your skin tone as I understand everyone’s skin ton suits certain colours.

7. Line the lips with a light pink lip liner and add bright pink lip stick.

8. Apply illuminator on the cupids bow (the part just above the top lip), along the top of the nose, beneath the brow,  on top of the cheek bones and around the outer side of the eyes.

9. You can also add flowers and pretty plaits to your hair.

What I used: Designer Brands Eye Shadow Brush, Bourjois Liner Effect Mascara, Napoleon Perdis Lip Liner in Pink Slip, Almay Wake Up Concealer, Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Liner, Sportsgirl Pout About It Lip Stick in Duchess, Nars Blush in Deep Throat, Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette using Candied Violet and Champagne Truffle, Face of Australia HD Brow Kit, Napoleone Perdis Prismatic Eye Shadow Quad in Swan Lake using the light purple, Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Primer, Revlon Beyond Natural Highlighter, Natio BB Cream.

So there’s my interpretation of spring inspired makeup. The key is dewy skin, pink blush and a pop of colour on the eyes and lips.

DAISIES from the garden

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10 Makeup Tips And Tricks.

1. Consider your eye colour when choosing a red lipstick. Wear true red if you have blue eyes, orange-red if your eyes are light brown or green and a berry shade of red if your eyes are dark brown.

2. Look down at a mirror when applying false lashes as you will be able to see what you are doing much better when putting them on.

3. Sweep loose or pressed powder just beneath the eye liner of your bottom lid to create a barrier so it won’t drip down as the day goes on.

4. Do a process known as “tightlining” when applying eye liner onto your eyes for a more natural effect. Dab eye liner right in between your lashes so there are no harsh lines and the look is more subtle.

5. Draw an arch directly above your eyebrow with highlighter and blend to make the arch look raised and make the whole area look more lifted.

6. For more precision and less wastage use an eye liner brush to apply concealer on to your face then blend using your finger.

7. Decrease the harshness of your liquid eye liner look by sweeping metallic brown eye shadow with a small eye shadow brush over where the liquid eye liner has been applied.

8. Make your glossy lips look matte by sweeping a touch of baby powder on them with the help of a tissue after applying your lipstick. This will also help seal the lipstick in and make it last longer.

9. Get clear, brush on eye lash adhesive to make applying eye lashes much easier and less fiddly.

10. Did you know makeup has an expiry date? Mascara should be chucked after 4 months, foundation after 12 months, blush, bronzer and lip products after 18 months and eye liner and nail polish after 2 years.

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September Hits And Misses.

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Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner in Black: I love this eye liner! It’ is so easy to use especially if you are doing a winged eye liner and has an intense black finish. You can see me wearing it here. Rating: 9/ 10

Bourjois Liner Effect Mascara: Well this product will never be a miss with me as I buy it all the time. It is my all time favourite mascara and it separates lashes perfectly and provides so much length and volume. Rating: 9.5/10

Essence Glossy Lib Balm in Strawberry Cheesecake: Very yummy and moisturising. It has a slightly pink sheen and is not too sticky. Rating: 8/10

Essence XXXL Longlasting Lipgloss in Babydoll’s Favourite: The Colour’s nice but it’s too sticky. The applicator is also too small so you have to dip the brush into the tube multiple times to get enough gloss and who’s got time for that. Rating: 5/10

Essence Silky Touch Blush in Adorable: I bought this as I really wanted a pink blush but only had some spare change. I did not expect it to work so well and it provides a very pretty pink glow. It isn’t amazing but for what you are paying it is still good. You can see me wearing it here. Rating: 7/10

Models Prefer Magic Multi Purpose Pencil in Nude: Let me tell you this pencil isn’t magic. It markets itself as being a mutli purpose lip liner, concealer and highlighter and doesn’t do any very well. Rating: 5/ 10

Ardell Lash Adhesive: If you are like me and get yourself into a mess every time you try to apply glue to your false lashes then buy this glue! It has a brush so it is far easier to apply than using a squeezable tube and it is also clear so it’s no biggy if it gets in the wrong places. It is also quite big for a lash adhesive and will last you ages. Rating: 8.5/10

Red Cherry Lashes in DW: These lashes look incredibly naturally and blend in perfectly with my natural lashes. Each lash is a different length and it is made out of human hair so this is why. The base of them is also clear so you do not see the line of where they begin and end when you put them on. They are relatively cheap and you can buy them on crushcosmetics.com.au and ebay. They are also easier to apply than other lashes as they fit in perfectly with the shape of your lid. You can see me wearing them here. Rating: 10/10

Natio Cream Eye Shadow in Marshmallow: I don’t like this eye shadow, the colour looks gorgeous in the pack but it does not go on evenly and comes off really quickly. I only bought it for $5 though so I’m not annoyed haha. Rating: 5/10

NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray: I originally only bought this so it would make my makeup last longer but wow I actually noticed a visible difference the minute I sprayed it on. I put it on with my BB cream and it reduced the shine immediately giving me more of a matte glow. As for extending the time of your makeup it certainly works very well. I would recommend this for someone who maybe has oily skin and does not like how makeup becomes shiny. It makes foundation look more even and glowy and actually makes makeup look more high end. There is also a dewy setting spray NYX has which would be good for dry skin or if your makeup looks too flat. Rating: 9/10

Natio BB cream in Fair: This BB cream definitely achieves what it sets out to do which is provide light coverage, give sun protection and moisturise skin without being too oily. The colour perfectly matched my skin tone and it does not feel too heavy. It is a great price at $15 but it did give me some unwanted shine and does not give me an amazing glow which I was expecting from other peoples reviews. It looked a lot better when NYX setting spray is sprayed on after. I don’t know if you’ll be able to notice the difference as much in photos as it’s something which shows up better in real life but I included them anyway. Rating: 7.5/10

With only the Natio BB cream on:

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With the Natio BB cream and the NYX setting spray:

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 Thanks for reading 🙂

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How To Do Swan Lake Inspired Hair And Makeup.

Hi guys. Today I decided to do a swan lake inspired hair and makeup look because I think the ballet is really elegant and timeless. I have always admired the work that goes in to creating the hair and makeup for the ballet. Here’s what it looks like:

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Makeup:
1. Start by filling in brows by using small flicks of an eyebrow pencil in sparse regions of the brow or alternatively use an eyebrow shadow. Add some eye primer or eye concealer on the eye lid and below the brow so the eye shadow you are going to be using has something to stick to.
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2. Apply a light pink eye shadow just below the brow and a dark purple eye shadow on the outer lid and middle and outer crease. 2nd step
3. Next put a pale purple shadow on the inner and middle lid and some black eye shadow on the outer crease and outer lid.
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4. Line your top lids and create a wing by angling it towards the brow. The wing should be reasonably thick. You can do this by drawing to lines to create a triangle then filling it in.
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5. Line your water line with nude or white eyeliner. Add some mascara on the top and bottom lashes.
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6. To Create a more dramatic look you can add false eye lashes or you can just leave the eyes as is. You can also add white eyeshdaow on the inner part of the eye next to the nose.
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7. Apply primer then foundation onto your face. Add some illuminator on the bridge of the nose, the tops of the cheek bone, around the eye and beneath the brow bone where the pink shadow is.
8. Brush some blush onto the apples of your cheek by smiling and putting it on the puffy parts of the cheeks. It would be best to use pink blush rather than a peach blush as pink is more reflective of the ballet.
9. Line the perimeter of lips with a pink lip liner. If you do not have this you can use nude lip liner instead as it will works almost as well. You can also put some white eye shadow or eye liner on the cupids bow to make lips look bigger and a thin line of light brown shadow just beneath the middle part of the bottom lip to create more of a shadow below the lip which will make them look bigger again.
10. Add some light pink lip stick or mix nude and pink lipstick together if you have none. Add a dab of lip gloss and your makeup is complete!
Hair:
1. Brush hair back and secure it in a tight pony tail. Spray it with hairspray if needed and pin back any stray hairs.
2. Use a bun maker and start by rolling the end of the ponytail underneath, working through the entire ponytail until you get to the base of the head where you should secure it with bobby pins.
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3. Wrap some pretty flowers either around the bun or stick them in the bun, using bobby pins to secure them if necessary. You could also use pretty white feathers or a bow.

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What I used: Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Liner, Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Primer, Estee Lauder Double Wear Mineral Loose Foundation, Revlon Beyond Natural Highlighter, Essence Silky Touch Blush in Adorable, Manicare Blush Brush, Designer Brands Eye Shadow Brush, Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Eye Liner, Models Prefer Magic Multi Purpose Pencil, Napoleon Perdis Pink Slip Lip Liner, Face of Australia Lip Quench Lipstick in Iced Almond, Rimmel Lasting Finish lipstick in Candy, Face of Australia High Defintion Brow Kit, Bourjois Liner Effect Mascara, Napoleon Perdis Prismatic Eye Shadow Quad in Swan Lake, Scunci Bun Maker, Red Cherry False Eye Lashes in DW.

 

 

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Why It Doesn’t Really Matter What A Guy Thinks About Your Makeup.

So recently I was trawling through beauty articles on the internet and I noticed how many of them were related to the topic of how to use makeup to be more attractive to men. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s nice to dress up and wear makeup to impress a guy you like, but it struck me how abundant and strict some of the “advice” and messages to women about makeup were. Lines similar to “don’t wear red lipstick, men hate it” or “never wear too much eyeliner, guys prefer the natural look” were commonly featured. I started to grow annoyed at these articles addressing women as if it is completely imperative they should be wearing makeup a certain way if they want to impress men. I mean let’s be honest, if guys had it their way we would all be wearing no makeup because they want the “natural” look and that would be boring right?

For me personally, I have always admired women who go out of the norm when it comes to their makeup. I remember as a little girl I would look up to ladies who wore bright lipstick or eye shadow. There’s something so interesting about a woman wearing a pop of colour on her face that isn’t similar to her natural skin tone. It draws attention to their face; it is saying “I am who I am and I don’t care that it’s different”. I think that it can be alluring when a person doesn’t just reserve bright lipstick or winged eye liner for nights out but instead wears it in day to day life. I’m not saying women should stop wearing makeup to appeal to men altogether, what I think is that we should be wearing makeup because we like it not they like it. There should be less emphasise placed on being attractive to men and more on being attractive to ourselves, makeup should be fun. As Emma Stone once said “I think women should wear whatever makeup they want for themselves”, because if we don’t like it how can we expect someone else to?

Thanks for reading.

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20 Of My Favourite Beauty Tips And Tricks.

Here are my favourite beauty tips and tricks that actually work.

1. Brush brows with an old toothbrush or mascara wand to make them look neater.

2. Use Vaseline to make brows stay in place. You can also spray hairspray onto an old mascara wand or toothbrush to help them stay too.

3. Place sticky tape starting at the outer side of your eye up to the end of your eyebrow to catch excess eye shadow for a more precise, cleaner look. The sticky tape can also be used as a guide for applying winged eye liner.

4. Make a sugar scrub for your lips mixing honey and sugar together. This will exfoliate lips, leaving them nice and smooth.

5. Apply illuminator above your cheekbones, just beneath your brows, on the bridge of your nose and above your top lip for a dewy glow.

6. Wet the tip of your eye shadow brush before using eye shadow to give it a nice sheen and make it more vibrant.

7. Make your eyes look bigger by applying a light shade of eye shadow on the middle and inner part of your eye lid and a darker shade on the outer corner and crease.

8. Having trouble applying brow liner? Use a light brown eye shadow with an eye shadow brush to fill in eye brows. You can also get buy eye brow stencils for more control.

9. Use concealer on your eyelids before applying eye shadow as it will give the eye shadow something to stick to and make it last longer.

10. Camouflage roots by creating a zig zag in your part rather than a straight line.

11. Only use the side of a brow pencil when filling in brows as using the tip can create too much of a harsh line.

12. Avoid lipstick from ending up on your teeth by smiling and placing your finger in between your lips after applying. This will take off the lipstick that otherwise would of ended up on your teeth next time you smiled.

13. Always use bronzer beneath the cheekbone and blush on the apples of your cheeks. Sucking in your cheeks will create a guideline of where to  apply bronzer and smiling and applying blush on the puffy parts of your cheek will help you find where to apply the blush.

14. Use a nude or white eyeliner on your waterline to make eyes appear larger and more open.

15. Clean makeup brushes with shampoo and conditioner as you would your own hair to avoid them building up bacteria.

16. Don’t have the exact match of lip liner to the lip stick you want to wear? A nude lip liner will have a similar effect to using the exact colour and will help your lipstick set exactly where it should.

17. Out of makeup remover? Use moisturiser instead of makeup remover. This is especially good at getting rid of stubborn mascara that just won’t come off.

18. When playing up your lips keep your eye makeup minimal and vice versa. It’s best to choose one feature and go big to keep the look balanced.

19. Help perfume last longer by dabbing moisturiser onto the place where you intend to spray the perfume before spraying. (Perfume evaporates faster from dry skin.)

20. Brush talcum powder though hair to reduce oil, it works much like dry shampoo.

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Top 5 Beauty Products Under $5.

Got some spare change and don’t know what to spend it on? Here are my top 5 beauty products of all time under $5 at Priceline.

Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser ($3.99)– This moisturiser is great for oily skin and very gentle. It doesn’t irritate the skin like other inexpensive moisturisers and lasts a long time.

Essence Metal Glam Eyeshadow ($4.50)– These colours are amazing and really do glam up any look. They put the smoulder in any smokey eye and they really makes your eyes pop. A good tip is to wet your eye shadow brush before dipping it into the eye shadow to give it more of a sheen.

Essence Strawberry Cheescake Lip Gloss ($1.80)– This lip gloss isn’t too gooey and doesn’t set on top of the lips like other cheap lip glosses. It is very nourishing and I find it similar to Lucas’ Paw Paw Ointment except yummier.

Savvy Nourishing Lip Liner in Natural and Brick ($4.99)– Natural and Brick are the only colours I own so I can’t comment on the other colours. Brick goes well with a bombshell red  lipstick and natural is very versatile and goes well with any light pink or nude lipstick. Both are easy to blend.

Maybelline Color Show Stripped Nude Nail Polish in Take it off ($2.97)–  Take it off (colour 226) is my favourite nail polish of all time as it is simply the perfect shade of nude. It looks very classy and there are other shades of nude in the range as well as other colours. It has a beautiful finish and lasts about 4 days.

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