Romantic Red FOTD

Wednesday 26 January 2011

I haven't been able to do makeup looks much lately, simply because I haven't had the time! I've done some face painting on children, my normal nutrition sessions and quite a few dinners (mainly birthday ones). I did however manage to take a couple pictures of a leaving dinner I went to where I wore a lovely velvet wine coloured red dress. 
Here's the dress I wore: 

The dress is by Red Herring and I wore it with leggings; lovely and warm! It's now on sale here if you're interested, I love it =D

Although the occasion wasn't actually romantic, I decided to use it as a possible Valentine's look seeing as it had red in it and the dress is pretty romantic!

Anyway, the makeup I used for this was:

> Manly 120 palette
> Khuraira Age Control Concealer in light
> MAC moisturecover concealer in NC35
> Sleek blush in Sunrise
> Sleek Pout Polish in Scandal
> Dior Show mascara

I pretty much used the same format as my Christmassy look (here), but instead of green I used black eyeshadow for the outer corner and more yellow-gold.
So here's the eyes:
And the rest of the face:

Hope you like the look, I'll try doing more Valentine's looks where poss, but these looks I've done are pretty and suitable for Valentine's too: Simple Touch of Magic, gold eyes & red lips, neutral/brown look, or a pink-purple look.

Also, if anyone's going to the London IMATS this weekend, let me know! I'll be going this Sunday.. I'm super excited!


Oh my GOSH it's a Pixi haul!

Saturday 22 January 2011

Hello my lovelies, sorry I've been a bit quiet this week, been busy of late and next week doesn't look that less busier!
I had "training" yesterday (Thursday) on a couple bath & body products (part of my job), including brands such as XEN tan, L'occitane, Bliss & Natio. We got lovely little freebies, it was a lovely fun day!
I managed to shop around too this week, at Westfield I picked up massive bargains with the cosmetics brand Pixi, whilst popping into Superdrug I found the nail polish on my wish list - the GOSH Holographic nail polish (549), I thought the polish was sold out/limited edition but I've been on the lookout ever since I saw it on another blog a couple months ago and now I have it! It actually looked like a shimmery silver polish on the GOSH stand so I was thrilled to find it was the holo nail polish =D
At first the texture seems gloopy/lumpy and doesn't feel like it will give full coverage, but after the second coat it looks somewhat normal and by the third, flawless. I have to say it dries exceptionally fast and after I'd tested it out on my nails I couldn't stop staring at how amazing they were, how they shined when my hands moved!


The other thing I picked up was a Bourjois metallic eyeliner in "bleu clinquant" (no. 54), as the colour is lovely and I wanted to try it in comparison to the UD ones I use. 
Here's a swatch of the Bourjois pencil next to Urban Decay's "flipside" 24/7 eyeliner:
It glides on lovely and smooth just like the UD 24/7 eyeliners and lasted on my hand even after some hand (soap) washes! I hope to do a makeup look with this soon!

Finally, here's the Pixi haul; First up, the brushes I bought: 
Both brushes are double ended and very handy! The eye define & smudge consists of a mini eyeshadow brush which would be great for applying eyeshadow to corners and blending, and the "define" end is a great liner.
The brow fill and brush looks good for the brows, one end a slanted liner brush and the other a mascara/brow brush.

I also got a lot of the Pixi "lip blush" colours, four in fact! Love (a coral-red), Youth (a light pink), Beauty (a neon pink) and Desire (purple). Admittedly, they do look like highlighters, but I'm a sucker for lip tints/stains, so I had to buy them all when I saw how discounted they were!
I also bought a "lip booster" lip gloss in coral red too (I've still got a fetish for coral!), but I only bought one because I wasn't sure if it was sticky.. and after trying it out on my hand I'm glad I did, coz it sure is =(
Last but not least, I bought the "eye zone brightener" and "undercover" concealer.. 
Here's what the packaging says:

The Eye Zone Brightener (EZB), is quite lotion/liquid in consistency and quite light in texture, almost sheer (see pictures below). The concealer however is quite lovely as it is a liquid formula but goes on semi matte compared to my MAC moisturecover concealer which gives a dewy finish that I usually cover with powder to tone down (I'm not a fan of the dewy look!)
Here's swatches of the two products on my hand, first just applied via the brush attached to the product, then blended in with the finger:
My hand colour does vary to my face colour so the concealer looks a tad better on my face, and I do love the fact it isn't a shiny formula, yet moisturising enough in a liquid format.

I do hope this post helps with those of you who aren't familiar with these brands/have wanted to try them but haven't!



Monday 17 January 2011

As promised, here's the makeup looks I did last week whilst I had my inlaws around. I'm going to use the same names that I used from my last post of sleepover makeup (here); Exhibit 1 (cousin J) wanted natural/neutrals, exhibit 2 (cousin Z) wanted a smokey look with brown, and exhibit 3 (sister in law Y), wanted to try pink/purple.
I used the Manly 120 palette for all three looks, if you would like to know which exact colours I used I'll try my best to remember!
Exhibit 1:
This was the look I did on the night of the Sleepover, however the pictures didn't come out that great on my screen so the next day I did a toned down version of this look (neutral/browns) and here's how it looked:

Exhibit 2 (cousin Z) - smokey look with brown:

And finally, exhibit 3 (sis in law Y) - pink/purple look:
Here's Exhibit 2 & 3 together aswell (I had to black out the background and hair sorry if it looks weird!!):
Which is your favourite? Also, with smokey eyes, what do you think is a good lip colour and cheek colour?


Sleep Bakeovers

Saturday 15 January 2011

For this last week I've been busy baking and hosting sleepovers/ catching up with mates coz hubby's been away *sad face*
Anyway, I managed to do makeup on my lovely inlaws, so I shall be putting that up as soon as I get time, possibly tomorrow (Sunday) =)
Since Lipgloss & Leopard Print's post on cupcakes I've been making cupcakes and they've gotten better each time. I even ventured as much as getting cupcake colouring and edible glitter from eBay coz I've always loved looking at gorgeous cupcakes in shops but thought they were a slight rip off at times! Sadly, they didn't turn out as great as the shop ones, but heres some pictures of my baking and the process:


It was lovely making them and even yummier eating them!


Glittery Gold 60s look

Tuesday 11 January 2011

I've been wanting to do a 60s look for a while now and was inspired by a friend on a makeup counter who regularly does a 60s style, but with different coloured glitter.
I decided to make use of my MUA glitter eyeliner, after Pixiwoo's recommendation here.

I also acquired a Girls Aloud eyelash set in the boxing day sales which was half price (£12). The set included all 5 original Girls Aloud eyelashes, a concealer, eyeliner and blush brush, all in a wrap holder:

Here's a full list if products used:

> UD Ink for Eyes in Zero (sorry forgot to add to pic!)
> UD 24/7 eyeliner in El Dorado
> Barry M eyeliner in White/ 30
> MUA glitter eyeliner in Shade 2 (gold)
> Dior Iconic mascara (for bottom lashes)
> MAC select moisturecover concealer in NC35
> Eylure Girls Aloud false eyelashes in Kimberley
> Sleek blush in Sunrise
> Elf lipgloss in Honey

To start, I lined the bottom waterline with Barry M white eyeliner, followed by UD El Dorado on top of the white. For the top eyelid I used UD Ink for Eyes for a thick top liner, then also drew a line in the crease with the same liner, but not joining the top liner to it, so that it's a single line in the crease only. The crease line can be as thick as you like, but I decided to make it fairly thick for a full on dramatic look. I used the Ink for Eyes very lightly under the white/El Dorado line on the bottom lash line also. I then added the MUA glitter eyeliner in between the top liner and crease line, filling in the full space from inner corner to outer corner of the eyelid. For the lashes I used Dior Iconic for the bottom lashes as its not as big in brush size as the others; for the top lashes I used the Girls Aloud Kimberley lashes.

For the rest of the face I used Sleek Sunrise blush on the cheeks and Elf lipgloss in Honey:

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