Sunday, 14 December 2014

Teal Shimmer

Very sorry about the awful lighting in this picture. I'm far from pro when taking photographs and I only use natural lighting and since it's so dull outside I struggled to get a clear picture, boooo. But hopefully you get the general idea, haha. 

Using more of the Anastasia Beverly Hills single eyeshadows. I used a couple again that I used in my last look because they're my favourites, hah. Sorry about that. I hope this image does these colours and shadow quality justice! 





EYES:
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow in 'Teal Shimmer' all over lid and along lower lashline 
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow in 'Vibrant Pink' blended into crease
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow in 'Violet' to deepen crease and to blend out lower lashline
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow in 'Vanilla' to highlight browbone
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow in 'Soft Gold' around inner corner 
  • Eyeko Visual Eyes Liquid Eyeliner in 'Marine' to line eye
  • Lila'lli Line.Define.Fill. pencil in 'City Lights' along lower waterline
  • Eyeko Black Magic Mascara
  • OPV #H-H006 false lashes 



BROWS:
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in 'Soft Brown'
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in 'Soft Brown'



Monday, 24 November 2014

Purple Spotlight

I feel like Christmas came early when I got the brand new Anastasia Beverly Hills single eyeshadow refills in the post last week! I received 30 beautiful shades in a variety of finishes, some of which are new to me and some which I have had the pleasure of using before as a few come along with the Maya Mia and Tamanna palettes. 

The shadow refill pans are $12 each and are perfect for putting together your own personal palettes. The pans are available to buy individually or in a bundle of 8 at a discounted price of $70 over at Anastasia.net!




EYES:
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion in 'Eden'
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow in 'Violet' blended into crease and inner and outer corners of lid and lower lash line 
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow in 'Vibrant Pink' on center of lid and lower lash line
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow in 'Bling' to highlight brow bone
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills 
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Waterproof Creme Color in 'Jet' to line eyes and upper waterline 
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Metallic Luster Liner in 'Liquid Silver' to line lower waterline
  • Eyeko Eye Do mascara 
  • Girls With Attitude 'Dita' false lashes (from the 'Burlesque Beauty' collection)

BROWS:
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in 'Auburn'
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel in 'Caramel'



Friday, 7 November 2014

Barbara Carranza Professional Tweezers: Product Info and Review

We all know how the importance of brows has grown massively in recent years, with trends, tips and techniques being shared everywhere a makeup lover or MUA could possibly turn and what a brilliant thing they are. Importantly, the right tools are an essential to achieve your desired brow style, and today I'm posting about one of my favourites - the Barbara Carranza Professional Tweezers.

Known to frame and instantly transform the face, a well groomed brow can be vital. For me, I have extremely fair, sparse and admittedly over-plucked brows that I have to heavily fill in to make a difference to my face and makeup looks. This can be a burden, as on days when I'd like to put in minimal effort I still have to put the time into making sure my brows are pretty symmetrical. On the plus side, I like that I can easily experiment with different brows shapes and styles without my natural brows really getting much in the way.

Over the passed couple of months I have favored my Barbara Carranza tweezers over my usual go-to Anastasia Beverly Hills ones. Don't get me wrong, the Anastasia Beverly Hills tweezers are brilliant and will remain a staple in my brow kit, but these ones are on a whole different level which I'd put down to their ingenious shape. 




I'm the kind of person that as soon as I feel the tiniest prickle of brow hair start poking back out of my skin it has to go as soon as possible, or it will annoy the hell out of me until it's gone. Hence why I always make sure I carry a spare pair of tweezers in my handbag! And plucking out those almost none-existence regrowth's has proven tricky in the past with regular shaped tweezers. As you can see in these images, the Barbara Carranza tweezers angle off at 90 degrees and comes down to a very fine point, much like an L-shape. 




The flat surface makes it incredibly easy to track down the finest of hairs including those super annoying invisible ones that normally hang around lower down the brow bone, and the pointed tip makes the challenge of grasping the shortest regrowth's easier than ever. Another thing that I love about the unique shape of these tweezers is they make the job of applying false lashes even simpler, giving me way more control over the placement. So a great little multitasker all round. 

The tweezers also come with a little straight forward step-by-step guide demonstrating how to make the most of them, which I found really handy as it was my first time using this style of tweezer.

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At £15, they are more than I would normally consider spending on a pair of tweezers but I can confidently say that these are amazing value for money and are a must-have for any brow-pro! You can purchase them now over at www.barbaracarranza.com.



Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Ventriloquist Dummy

There's only 3 days to go until Halloween, and yesterday I did my own take on one of my favourite makeup looks that can be seen a lot around this time of year within the makeup community - the creepy ventriloquist's dummy... And perfect timing for the new Annabelle movie!


The makeup is actually pretty straightforward and didn't take me much time at all, which is great for anybody that needs a last-minute costume idea. No SFX needed and only uses basic products that pretty much any makeup lover will have lying around. Throw on a cute dress and pigtails or bunches and there you have it - one quick yet effective creepily cute dummy costume. 

Below I will do a breakdown of each section of the face to try and make it simpler, even though products will be repeated. If there's any other questions you'd like to know about this look or the products I used then feel free to drop a comment below!





FACE:
  • Revlon Colourstay Liquid Foundation (for Normal/Dry skin) in '150 Buff' 
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in 'Light'
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Copper Brown' Contour Kit powder to contour cheeks and nose
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Carob' Contour Kit powder to further contour cheeks
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Banana' Contour Kit powder on the apple of the cheeks and centre of nose
  • Urban Decay 'Blackout' eyeshadow (from the 'Naked 2' palette) to define cheeks 

EYES:
  • Motives by Loren Ridinger 'Angel' Khol Eye Pencil to all over lid and around lower waterline/lashline as a base
  • Urban Decay 'Yeyo' matte white eyeshadow all over lid and lower lashline on top of  'Angel' pencil 
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Copper Brown' Contour Kit Powder blended into crease, around and beneath eyes to create a 'hollowed out' rounded effect
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Carob' Contour Kit Powder to define the crease 
  • Urban Decay 'Blackout' eyeshadow (from the 'Naked 2' palette) to deepen crease, to create a 'new' lower lash line below the eye and to create a soft eyelash effect 
  • Eyeko Visual Eyes Liquid Eyeliner in 'Ebony' to line eyes 
  • Eyeko Black Magic Mascara on top lashes only 
  • Lila'lli #11-23 false lashes
LIPS/MOUTH:
  • Urban Decay 'Blackout' eyeshadow (from the 'Naked 2' palette) to create a dummy mouth shape
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Copper Brown' Contour Kit powder to shade inside edges of dummy mouth
  • Lime Crime 'Red Velvet' Velvetine on lips 

BROWS:
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in 'Auburn'


Thursday, 9 October 2014

Blood Thirsty

Threw together something a little bit creepier and vampiric this aftertoon since Halloween is right around the corner, yay! Had a lot of fun with this even though it would of looked so much cooler with fake blood but I was unprepared, boooooo. Also realized when I was editing this that I wish I had blacked out my eyebrows too to make it way more gothic but I was still happy with how it turned out nonetheless. 

Wouldn't really recommend wearing a liquid lipstick along your lower lashline for any amount of time though, but it seemed to do the trick!





EYES:
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Waterproof Creme Color in 'Jet' all over lid as a base
  • Concrete Minerals Pro Matte Eyeshadow in 'Jet' all over lid and blended lightly along lower lash line
  • Concrete Minerals Pro Matte Eyeshadow in 'Risque' blended up from the crease and lower lash line
  • Lime Crime 'Red Velvet' Velvetine along lower waterline and base of lower lashes 
  • Eyeko Eye Do Mascara 
  • Girls With Attitude 'Diva' false lashes (from the 'Dramatic' collection)
  • EyeCandys GEO Magic Black contact lenses


BROWS:
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in 'Auburn'
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in 'Caramel'
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel in 'Caramel'



Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Dress Your Face

My first look at the brand new Tamanna palette - an exciting collaboration between Anastasia Beverly Hills and stunning MUA artist +DressYourFace!

It's finally officially Autumn (even though here in England we're clinging onto the last bit of Summer for as long as we can) and this palette has some perfect shades that drop right into the current popular Fall trends and I couldn't resist putting a few of them to good use today.




EYES:
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion in 'Eden'
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Bengal' eyeshadow (from the 'Tamanna: Dress Your Face' palette) blended into crease
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Chocolate' eyeshadow (from the 'Tamanna: Dress Your Face' palette) to deepen crease
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Sangria' eyeshadow (from the 'Tamanna: Dress Your Face' palette) all over lid and lower lash line
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills 'China Rose' eyeshadow (from the 'Tamanna: Dress Your Face' palette) around tear duct
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Fresh' eyeshadow (from the 'Tamanna: Dress Your Face' palette) to slightly highlight brow bone
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Waterproof Creme Color in 'Azure' along lower waterline
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Venezia' eyeshadow (from the 'Tamanna: Dress Your Face' palette) to set waterline 
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Waterproof Creme Color in 'Jet' to line eyes and upper waterline
  • Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara
  • Girls With Attitude 'Mysterious' false lashes (from the 'Shorties' collection)

BROWS:
  • Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in 'Auburn'
  • Eyeko Brow Gel