Graduation Makeup

  
Finally the day came where I got to don my robe and flat hat and leave university behind! For anyone who has graduated or had any important event with photos before it is so daunting trying to figure out how you want to do your makeup, after all you’re stuck with those photos for a while.

I decided to go with a soft, natural look that I knew I would still love in years to come. Follow along to see how I created my entire look for my uni graduation ceremony a couple of weeks ago.

The Base: 

 

I made sure I went with products I know and love for my entire face but I think it’s especially important to use base products that you know work well with your skin type and look great in photos. For primer I used the Becca Backlight Priming Filter and put my YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat on top. The combination of these two products always leaves my skin with a natural radiance and lasts a long time too. To conceal my under-eyes and lighten up around my nose I used the YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Concealer in Radiant Silk. Then, using the same damp beauty blender I had used to apply those products I applied the Face of Australia Translucent Loose Powder under my eyes and on my nose and chin (i.e. anywhere you know you are prone to oiliness). I find that applying powder with my beauty blender not only leaves me with a natural finish but also makes the product last a lot longer and keeps my oil at bay.

The Brows:

 

Again, for my brows I used a product I know looks great and lasts for years, the Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow. It’s so easy to use and the colour matches my hair perfectly!

The Contour:

 

This is a newer product for my but as soon as I got the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer I knew it was true love! I applied this in a 3 shape on my cheeks as a sort of a bronzer/contour hybrid to sculpt and warm up my face. Trust me; buy this bronzer, you will not regret it.

The Cheeks:  

JACLYN HILL IS A GODDESS! Her champagne collection palette is too die for. I’m telling you, if you haven’t already got this, go to Sephora right now and buy it… It will change your life! I used a combination of Pamplemousse and Amaretto on my cheeks and Champagne Pop and Prosecco Pop on the top of my cheek bones, brow bone, cupids bow and down my nose.

The Eyes:  

I had already primed my eyes with the concealer so I went straight in with the lightest shade in the Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette from my lashes to brow bone and along my lower lash line. Then I worked my way along the next three shades slowly building depth in my crease. Importantly, everything I did to my top lid, I did to my lower lash line, building dimension on both. With the second shade from the right I created a slightly darker outer-v to build some more dimension. This part of the eye look is totally up to your own preference, you can make it as dark or light as you like… you do you. Then, using the shade Bellini from The Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette (currently sold out on line so you can substitute this for any rose gold shade you have) on the outer 2/3 of my mobile lid. Then, to finish the look off I used Stila’s Eyeshadow Compact in Kitten on my inner corner and brow bone to add a pop and Benefit’s Roller Lash mascara on my top and lower lashes.

The Lips:

 

I kept my lips simple so it was easy to reapply if I needed to and used one of my all time favourite lippys, Tom Ford’s Pink Dusk that is a beautiful warm nude to go with the eyes and cheeks.

The Outfit:

 

For my outfit I decided to go with a simple monochrome look as my robe was bright orange (aka the clashiest of all the colours). I wore a Bec and Bridge Black and White dress and some Witchery black lace up wedges. Both of these aren’t available online anymore but again, you do you, wear something you’re comfortable in and think you’ll still like in years to come.

I hope this helps those of you that have an important event, or even a graduation coming up. Let me know in the comments below if you’ve recently graduated and what you wore.

Stay Happy,

N xx

What’s in my travel makeup bag? The 2016 Summer Holiday Edition

It’s currently the middle of winter here in Australia, and a warm and sunny holiday is just what the doctor ordered.   I am lucky enough to be heading off to the UK and Croatia very soon, and so I thought I’d share what I pack in my makeup bag for a vacay in the sunshine.

First of all, I just want to put it out there that holidays are the perfect time to go makeup free. Just some sunscreen and you’re more than ready to get your vacay on. But if you still want to add a little makeup routine into the mix keep reading.

Traveling in warm weather means vastly different products are needed than any trips taken in colder areas. It means adding sun care, products to combat the humidity, makeup that can still look half decent (and panda-eye-less) after a dip in the ocean/pool, take up as little room as possible, and achieve all of this whilst feeling light and looking natural.

 

Base

First of all, sun care is essential to your summer holiday makeup routine. Not only is sun damage not good in general, but nothing is going to cover up a bad sunburn and we all want to look fabulous in our holiday snaps. I use the La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF50+ but the Mecca Cosmetica brand also has some really great SPF options.

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What kind of base makeup you choose is going to vary greatly depending on your skin type. I have combination skin (mostly dry with an occasionally dry t-zone) and I love a dewy look in warmer weather. To achieve this I use a mattifying or lengthening primer, a dewy foundation and lightly powder my t-zone.

To prime I use a recently discovered fave, the Rimmel London Stay Matte primer. Not only does it visibly help reduce shine but it also helps to increase wear time. What more could you want in a primer? It is also SPF free so you can wear it in the evenings and not worry about flashback.

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IMG_0048To conceal under my eyes I am using another favourite, Benefit’s Fake Up. This is super moisturising and covers dark circles whilst not creasing and remaining natural. I honestly can’t understand why this isn’t raved about more! I love it! I’ll also take BareMinerals’ Bare Skin serum concealer for nights out/ to cover any blemishes that pop up.

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To set my foundation and concealer I use the Rimmel London Clear Complexion clarifying powder. It keeps me shine free whilst not looking cakey or too matte; like I said summer holidays call for dat glow!

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Face

They key to keeping you makeup bag from taking up your entire suitcase is to invest in one or two all-in-one palettes. This was a little costly at first, but it has been such a lifesaver when I travel, and a time saver too! No more picking and choosing between your favourite blushes/bronzers/contours/eyeshadows you just throw in your palettes and you’re set to go.

For my face I use my NARS x Steven Klein One Shocking Moment Cheek Studio Palette. Even aside from the fact that it is a convenient grouping of a bronzer, contour, matte highlight and four blushes in one spot, this palette is the bomb. The bronzer is the infamous Laguna, the contour isn’t too warm whilst not making me look ashy and the blushes…oh the blushes…they might be my favourite thing about it. Such an incredible range.

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Whilst the Steven Klein collaboration palette is no longer available, the NARSissist Cheek Studio Palette is and it is essentially the same thing with slightly different blushes. It’s a little exxy, but it’s worth it.

The one thing the palette doesn’t have is a luminous highlight. For that I use my Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Beige. Every man and their dog has this highlight, and for good reason. It can achieve a subtle glow or all out unicorn-worthy glow.

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Brows

It took me a really long time to figure out what I wanted to take for my brows. I am getting a brow tint before I leave so that helped make the decision easier and keep it down to one product…okay two.

I decided on my go-to NYX Auto eyebrow pencil in dark brown. It’s easy to use, can be both natural or more defined and I love the colour. To set I’ll be taking my Maybelline Brow Drama brow mascara in medium brown.

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Eyes

Same deal for the eyes and the face/cheeks. An all-in-one palette will save you time and effort. You can get palettes that have both cheeks and eyes in one (e.g. the Stila Perfect Me Perfect Hue Eye and Cheek Palette) which saves you even more time. However, I like to have a few options so two palettes gives me that whilst still saving on space.

I use the Bobbi Brown Deluxe Cheek & Eye Palette. It has a little sneaky second layer with two gorgeous blushes (so if you didn’t want to contour you could just pack this with a bronzer!) as well as 8 eyeshadows. There is a great range of 5 matte and 3 shimmer/sparkle shadows, all in the neutral-cool colour range. I’ve not really used Bobbi Brown eyeshadows before, so I was a bit nervous that I may have wasted my money but wow! They’re amazing. I really truly love this palette.

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For mascara it’s obviously important that it’s waterproof. I’ve gone with the Covergirl Full Lash Bloom in very black. I honestly think Covergirl make some of the best mascaras on the market. Their spoolys are second to none and they’re so affordable!

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Lips

This is where I really struggle to control myself, I have a deep love of lipstick. I have managed to cut it down to three. Which was quite the task, let me tell you. I decided to take one nude, one pink and one classic red.

For the nude I chose an old and recently rediscovered love, the Nars Velvet Matte lip pencil in Dolce Vita. For the pink I chose another Nars lippy, the Nars Audacious lipstick in Natalie. Finally, for the red, I chose the Shanghai Suzy Miss Victorine Classic Red.

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And that’s it! That is my travel makeup bag. You can cut this down much further if you prefer less makeup, or amp it up if this isn’t enough, but I think this is a nice middle ground; you can keep it light and natural or get your glam on. Just add your favourite makeup brushes and you’re ready to go!

 

What is the makeup product that you can’t travel without? Let us know in the comments below.

 

Stay beautiful – Nx

Review: Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream

When a mini pack of Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream came on sale late last year I decided to pick them up so I could test out the five colours in the pack and give you guys and gals my thoughts. I’ve given them a try over the last few weeks and have cemented my thoughts on them so here we go.

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The Price:

You can’t really go wrong with the price of these, they are $10.49 on the Priceline website and have 10mL of product so even if you are a student or unemployed you can easily save up to buy one of these and it should last you a decent amount of time!

The Packaging:

I’m actually a really big fan of the packaging! They are sleek and feel really heavy duty. I’ve dropped a couple of them on the bathroom tiles a couple of times before and they have never broken or cracked. A+!

The Colours:

The colour range is also incredible! They range from the lightest of nudes (Mil-a-no) to the darkest of blacks (Mum-bai) so you are sure to find a colour you like.

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The Formula:

This is where my thoughts on this product go downhill… It really varies between colours and overall I’m not super keen on them. Here are the colours I own on my lips so you can see how they look and hopefully understand what I mean. Before we start, here is a picture of my bare lips as a reference of how pigmented they are:

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This colour has the worst formula out of the ones I have – when I first applied it to my lips you couldn’t really tell that I had anything on (maybe a few streaks here and there), I put this down to the colour and started applying more but it only got worse. It looked so streaky on my lips that I couldn’t make myself wear it for any longer than ten minutes. It also wore off in that time in the middle of my lips and left the dreaded line of grossness in its tracks. No thanks.

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Things got a little bit better for me with Hon-o-loo-loo. The formula was no where near as streaky and it applied really smoothly. I loved how moussey the formula was but it was the way it wore on my lips that I wasn’t big on. This colour, again, left me with a ring of crustiness (that I normally don’t get from liquid of normal lipsticks) in the centre of my lips after only a few minutes and I had to remove it for fear of humiliation if I wore it in public. It’s a shame really, because I actually really liked the colour.

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I felt like a real life barbie in Los-angel-es! Unfortunately it applied and wore exactly like Mil-a-no. There isn’t much more to add with that one I’m afraid.. You can even see it wearing away in the above photo which I only took about 30 seconds after applying.

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Again. I think Australis did a great job with the colour of Ho-chee-min! It’s such a fun summery shade and applied similar to Hon-o-loo-loo so a lot better than the more white-based shades. The line around the centre of my lips definitely wasn’t as noticeable (but never-the-less still there) and I wore this shade for about three hours before I noticed any severe wearing.

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This is my favourite shade of the bunch! Lun-dun is an absoluetly stunning mauvey colour and I absolutely love it for the Winter months! It actually applied really smoothly and the colour lasted on me nicely until about lunch time when I got the normal wear in the centre of my lips after eating. This is a colour I will probably wear a lot!

All in all I probably won’t be buying anymore of the Velourlips. I loved the moussey texture and the shade range is amazing but the formula is probably my least favourite of the liquid lip sticks I own. They take quite a bit of work to get to a nice opaque shade and I just don’t know if I’m that keen on working that hard every time I apply them. I did love that they didn’t make my lips look dry though (always a plus for a liquid lipstick!).  I do think, if you want to try them out try and stay away from the white-based shades like Mil-a-no and Los-angel-es as they seemed to be the worst in my opinion. They are so affordable and I would love to know if you guys have any tips on how you apply them (if you already own any) that helps with the streakiness as I love Australian brands and really wanted these lippies to be great!

Have you tried them before? Do you have any tips on application that might help me? Let us know your thoughts down below. 

Stay Happy,

-M xx

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Makeup Look: Too Faced Sweet Peach palette Winter Look

 

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It’s no secret that our Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette is one of our all time favourite eyeshadow palettes so when Too Faced came out with the Sweet Peach palette in the same format we jumped on it! It has the most glorious warm tones and a great amount of mattes and shimmers!

My favourite look for winter time with this palette is a warm smokey eye and warm nude lips. So let’s jump straight in to it!

The base: 

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First I used my Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation (shade Fair Sand) with my Zoeva Silk Finish brush to create an absolutely stunning airbrushed effect! Then to cover my under eye circles I used my Laura Mercier Secret Concealer (shade 2) and blended that in with my fingers. On top of that I used my Kat Vond D Lock-It Concealer (shade Light 16) to lighten things up and also to cover any spots I had. To set all of that I used my Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Powder on my T-Zone and under my eyes using Zoeva’s Powder brush.

The Cheeks:

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To add dimension back to my face I used my The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer under my cheek bones, under my jawline, along my hairline and in my temples with my Zoeva Luxe Highight brush. Then, to add warmth and blend out my contour I used my new (and amazing) Too Faced Sweet Tea Baked Bronzer through the places I had already contoured with Zoeva’s Powder Brush. For blush I used my new favourite, Becca’s Mineral Blush in Flower Child with my Zoeva Luxe Sheer Cheek brush. To finish off my cheeks I swept Becca X Jaclyn Hill’s Shimmering Skin Perfecter Pressed in Champagne Pop along my cheekbones, cupids bow, nose and eyebrow bones.

The Eyebrows:

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Hallelujah! How much better does everything look when your brows done?! For my brows I used my all time favourite brow product, Tarte’s Amazonion Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse in Medium Brown and the brush provided to carve out my brows and then Nars’ clear Brow Gel to set them in to place. To highlight my brow bone I used Benefit’s High Brow.

The Eyes:

 

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To Prime my eyes I used Mac’s Prep and Prime 24Hr Extend Eye base and blended it in with my fingers. To set that I used Peaches ‘N Cream all over my eyelids on Zoeva’s Luxe Crease brush. Then, using Zoeva’s Luxe Petit Crease brush, I ran Puree just above my crease to create depth. I constantly blended with the Luxe Crease brush to diffuse the edges. I also ran Puree under my eyes with the same Petit Crease brush and joined it with the outer part of my eyeshadow on the top lid. I blended Summer Yum on the outer corner of my top and bottom lid with the Petit Crease brush to deapen the look up and add more depth and warmth. Then, using one side of the Cream Shader brush by Zoeva, I patted Caramelized on to the outer 2/3 of my mobile lid and lower lash line, using the other side of the same brush I then put Luscious on the inner 1/3. To finish the eyeshadows up I used Zoeva’s Luxe Pencil brush to put White Peach on the inner corner and along my brow bone. I then lined my upper water line and the outer 2/3 of my lower water line with Maybelline’s Color Show Crayon Kohl Eyeliner in Chocolate Chip and then finished off my eyes with the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. 

The Lips:

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Because the Sweet Peach palette is so warm toned I wanted to create a nice warm toned, nude lip. To create this I used Chi Chi’s Stay on Lip Liner in It Girl to line and fill in my lips and then used Rimmel’s Apocalips Lip Velvet in Atomic Rose.

So there you have it! My Winter Too Faced Sweet Peach palette look. What do you think? Do you think you’ll recreate it?

Stay happy,

–  M xx

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