Monday, 29 April 2013

Dramatic Cat Eye

A different twist on my usual winged out eyeliner - a fully lined cat eye with the inner corners bought to a slight point to complete this feline look. 

This is a fairly easily look to achieve as there are minimal products involved. Team your basics up with a steady hand and you will soon be on your way to creating this super dramatic cat eye. 

  • Light orange eyeshadow from BH Cosmetics 120 Color Palette (2nd Edition) above crease
  • Urban Decay 'Foxy' eyeshadow blended into browbone
  • MAC 'Blacktrack' Fluidline to create full winged liner and line lower lash line 
  • Urban Decay 'Virgin' eyeshadow to highlight inner corner 
  • MAC False Lashes mascara
  • Eylure '090' false eyelashes (trimmed down)

  • Urban Decay Brow Box in 'Ginger Snap' 
  • MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in 'NC20'

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Ravishing Red

Red is another great example of a colour that makes blue eyes appear as though they have had an extra dose of vibrancy, but many people tend to turn away from using red shades in fear of it giving off that 'bloodshot' or 'infected' appearance.

I find the best way to avoid that sickly effect is to make sure not to over blend your red toned shadows, and ensuring that the colour is well packed onto the eye so that that it doesn't fade or diffuse into a more pinkish shade that might make it look like you have been rubbing your eyes. I find this technique works well for pink shadows too, which unless done properly, can also result in looking rather unsightly. 

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Mixture of Urban Decay 'Buck' and 'Naked' eyeshadow as crease transition colour
  • Urban Decay 'Tease' eyeshadow in crease
  • Urban Decay 'Blackout' eyeshadow to deepen crease and outer lower lash line
  • Urban Decay 'Foxy' eyeshadow blended into browbone 
  • MAC Marilyn Monroe 'Preferred Blonde' eyeshadow around tear duct 
  • Matte red eyeshadow from BH Cosmetic's 120 Color Palette (2nd Edition) all over lid and lower lash line
  • MAC 'Blacktrack' Fluidline to line eyes and upper waterline 
  • MAC Studio Fix Lash Mascara 
  • Ruby Hammer Recommends false eyelashes

  • Urban Decay Brow Box in 'Ginger Snap' 
  • MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in 'NC20'

Saturday, 6 April 2013

FOTD: Nude Lips And Fair Skin

Being a fairer skinned girl, I often used to find myself steering away from using nude lipsticks in fear of them making me look too 'ghostly' or ill, and would usually play it safe by sticking to sheer lip-glosses instead but a couple of years ago when I bit the bullet and decided to order 'Myth' by MAC, I found out that isn't always the case.

Like many of the online reviews state, too much of this lipstick on me does in fact wash me out, but when used sparingly and teamed up with a darker nude lip pencil, I'm left with what is probably one of my most favourite lip colours. 

I am a huge lover of brightly coloured lips, but there are always those days when I prefer to go for something much more fresher, cleaner and minimalistic.

Today's FOTD, rushing out to meet my other half for a quick dinner together.

  • Benefit 'The POREfessional' primer 
  • MAC Studio Sculpt concealer in 'NC20'
  • Revlon ColorStay Foundation for Normal/Dry Skin in '150 Buff'
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in 'Light Plus'
  • MAC Marilyn Monroe 'The Perfect Cheek' blush

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • MAC 'Brule' eyeshadow all over lid
  • Maybelline Eyestudio gel liner 
  • Urban Decay 'Sin' eyeshadow around tear duct
  • MAC Studio Fix Lash mascara 

  • No7 Perfect Lips Pencil in '20 Nude'
  • MAC 'Myth' lipstick 

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Lime Crime: Velvetines

I'd heard a lot of conflicting things about Lime Crime in the past and although they most definitely appealed to me and seemed to have a lot of great products, the controversy surrounding the brand had always kind of put me off from actually ordering anything.

That was until, towards the end of January this year, I saw that their Velvetines liquid lipsticks had miraculously become available on a UK based cosmetics store, so I snapped them up with some left over birthday money I had received that month.

Anybody who is aware of Lime Crime knows that the Velvetines are one of their all time best sellers and seem to send everybody into a frenzy. Due to the high demand of these lipsticks - no matter how high or low you search the internet - they are almost always sold out and when re-stocked usually fly straight off the shelves - making them notoriously difficult to get hold of.

They currently only sell two colours - each a shade of red - but I do believe that Lime Crime have already announced that new colours are in the making and should be released some time later this year.

I'd never tried a liquid lipstick before I bought these so I was really excited to try them out for the first time as soon as I received them in the post. For anybody unsure of what a liquid lipstick actually is, it's an opaque lip colour that comes in similar packaging as and applies exactly like a lipgloss, and in these Velvetines case dries to a completely matte texture.

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The packaging is really cute, and the product itself smells good enough to eat.

'Suedeberry' - Click to enlarge
'Suedeberry' is described by Lime Crime as 'Strawberry red, often associated with the 1950s icon Marilyn Monroe.', and is the more orange/coral toned of the two shades.

'Red Velvet' - Click to enlarge

Whereas 'Red Velvet' is described as 'Rich, velvety red. Like petals of a red rose.' and is the deeper, more blue based colour of the two.

As for the lipsticks themselves, they're fully opaque (and a little goes a long way), they last a hell of a long time, they smell gorgeous and as for someone who often has very dry lips, I didn't find them too drying considering they are SUPER matte.

The only slight negative thing I could say about them is I personally found it a little difficult to get neat lines easily without using a lip liner, because naturally (for me at least) there is less control with a liquid compared to a regular tubed lipstick but I can imagine I would have the same problem with any brand of liquid lipstick.
I found this slight con to be easily solved by cleaning up the edges with a little bit of concealer. 

Overall, I really like them and would happily say that they are more than worth the £11.50 price tag, and I will definitely be on the look out for other Velvetines and liquid lipsticks in the future.