Peachy Valentine’s Day Makeup

Hey babe, grab a glass of wine and sit back and relax while we take you through our V-Day makeup look for 2017 featuring the Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow palette.

In all honesty, we will both be sitting on the couch with our mum and dog and wearing comfy pjs but hey… we think this makeup would work for any date night or special occasion.

The Base:


For this look we wanted to stick to products we know and love and create a flawless, fresh base. To prime N’s skin we used the Nars Radiance Primer (which we believe has been repackaged… does anyone know?) which is a beautiful glowy primer with some SPF to help if you are on a daytime date. To even out the complexion we used N’s holy grail drugstore foundation, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation with round top buffing brush. For undereye concealer we used the Bare Minerals BareSkin complete cover concealer with a beauty sponge and set that and N’s T-Zone with a small eyeshadow brush and the E.L.F Undereye Setting Powder (seriously the best glowy powder!).

The Brows:

To lightly fill in N’s brows we used the MAC Eyebrows pencil in the shade Lingering and set them with our favourite brow gel of the moment, the Rimmel Clear Brow Gel.

The Face:


To Contour a little bit we used a new(ish) favourite of ours, The Balm Bahama Mama bronzer on a tapered face brush under N’s cheek bones and along the sides of her nose. Then to warm up her skin and give it an even glowier look we used our favourite Too Faced Sweet Tea bronzer (available in Mecca stores) around the perimeters of her face and through her cheeks and topped that with Tarte Blush in the shade True Love (how fitting) on the apples of her cheeks for the ultimate girly blush. For a peachy highlight to compliment the upcoming eye look we used the peach shade from the Sleek Solstice palette. And voila! Your complexion is super girly and glowy!

The Eyes:

To prime N’s eyes we used the MAC Prep and Prime 24HR Extend Eye Base from lash line to brow bone and set it with the peaches & cream shade from the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette. We ran Georgia through and just above the crease  to create a nice transition and then put Candied Peach directly through the crease and under the lower lashes. Then we used Just Peachy quite liberally through the entire lid and in to the outer-v of the eye. To top it all off we used the shade Luscious on the inner third of the of the upper and lower lid. We decided to not go too dark or anything with this look as we wanted to keep it light and feminine.

For mascara we used one we got in our Mecca Beauty Loop Level 3 box, Urban Decay Perversion Mascara. This is such an amazing mascara! Can’t wait to keep trying this out!

Finally, we used the same peachy shade from the Sleek Solstice palette to highlight the inner corners of N’s eyes and her brow bone.

The Lips:


Chi Chi has some of the most creamy, pigmented liners that we have ever come across, and they’re only $9.95!! We used the shade Shy Girl to outline and fill in N’s lips. Because they are so creamy and long lasting we decided to just top them off with the Rimmel Oh My Gloss in Crystal Clear and call it a day. We think they turned out absolutely stunning, so lushes and will last through all your nights activities ;).

Whatever you’re doing this Valentine’s Day enjoy, look after yourself, stay Happy and remember how fantastic you are!

N & M xx

REVIEW: E.L.F Eye Primer & Liner Sealer 

E.L.F has always been one of those drugstore brands that has fascinated me because people always say how amazing it is yet most of their products cost less than a cup of coffee. 
When I was in Kmart recently I came across their Eye Primer and Liner Sealer and decided to pick it up and see if it did in fact compare to some of my higher end products. 

I don’t normally wear a lot of eyeliner as I have fairly Hooded eyes so I find that the liner takes up so much lid space that I end up looking like a panda… so, to be completely honest with you, I’ve only tried the liner Sealer side of this product a couple of times. Because of my hooded lids my eyeliner, when I do wear it, tends to smudge or crumble pretty quickly and I did actually find that the Sealer made some difference with this! I applied my liquid liner and after it set I put the Sealer over the top and found that my eyeliner actually looked good and was still on my eyes after about 4 hours of wear. Again, as I’m not a big eyeliner wearer anyway I don’t think I’ll wear this product much but I think that if you do wear eyeliner and find you have trouble with its wear time this might help you. 

When I first swatched the Eye Primer on my hand I didn’t have very high hopes for it. It seemed to sink in to my lines and have quite a dry texture. For some reason, however, when it was applied to my eyelids it was a completely different story! I feel like the drier texture kept my oils at bay and it seemed to seamlessly glide across my eyelids and the shadow was far more pigmented than without it! My eyeshadows definitely stayed smoother for longer with this Primer and I’m pretty shocked that it doesn’t cost more! 
This product is available at Kmart, Target and on the Australian E.L.F website for only $8!!! Jump on it people! It’s so worth trying! 5 stars from me 🙂 

Have you tried any more E.L.F products? What should we try next? Let us know in the comments below.

Stay Happy, 

M xx 

Wearable Festival Makeup Look – #PricelineBeauties

Festival makeup is fun. But what if you’re not into glitter and gold temporary tattoos? Well, I’ve got your back fam. As my entry into the current #PricelineBeauties competition I created a festival look that is not only very wearable (and bloody beaut. If I do say so myself), but also produced using affordable products that you can find at your local Priceline. Like we needed any more of an excuse to go on a spree!!

If you want to see how I created the summery look above, keep on reading:

Skincare

I started off with my favourites Cetaphil moisturising cream. This is great for all skin types, I use it on clients all the time. For my under-eyes, that can be quite dry, I used the revitalising eye cream from QV. Finally I primed and moisturised my lips using the QV lip balm; this stuff is holy grail status!

 

Base

As you can tell from the ‘before’ photo, I’m suffering from quite a lot of discolouration and a few angry blemishes. So the first thing I did was use the Models Prefer colour correcting palette (I’ve done a full review on this product here). For foundation I used the L’Oreal True Match in shade W1 Golden Ivory which we are currently trialling…yes we are very late to this party, keep your eyes peeled for a review. For concealer I used Fit Me by Maybelline in the shade 15 fair. To blend the cream products in I used our trusty Real Techniques miracle complexion sponge.

 

Brows


For look I wanted brows of Frida Kahlo dimensions (although perhaps slightly less close together). To achieve this I used Maybelline Brow Satin in dark brown in short hair-like strokes to fill in my brows and set them with my ride or die Rimmel Brow This Way brow styling gel.

 

Face


To set my face and brighten my complexion I used a new(ish) favourite, the cult hit Banana Powder by Australis using the Real Techniques setting brush. I really wanted to make sure I looked chiselled and glowy-like-da-sun-girrrrllll for this look; Chloe Morello to the rescue. Her Sculpt and Highlight Contour Kit and brush in collab. with Revlon is seriously good quality. We have the kit in light/medium which is perfect for our fair skintones.

First off I used the brush that came with the palette with the sculpt shade to hard-core contour – I’m talking razor sharp edges – my cheekbones, forehead, nose, collar bones (yas! Get me some collar bones!), nose, neck, and under my lip. So essentially I reshaped my face and upper body – who needs plastic surgery when we have contour powder?

Next, using the same brush, I grabbed the bronze shade and applied it along my cheek bones and around the perimeter of my face. I also the glow shade in the Chloe Morello palette with the Real Techniques setting brush and a little bit of Australis make-up finishing spritz pretty much everywhere. You know the drill, we want to GLOW.

To finish my face I used a NYX blush in the shade Angel. This is the perfect neutral shade to compliment the bright lip we will be having with this look.

 

Eyes


To start, using EcoTools concealer brush, I dusted the bronze shade from the aforementioned Revlon X Chloe Morello palette through my upper crease and loosely under my lower lash line to help future blending. Because we want our makeup to last through hours of sweaty mosh pit dancing and sunshine and shenanigans, I used a combination of the Maybelline 24h Color Tattoos.

First cab off the rank is No. 80 Creamy Beige. Using the Real Techniques deluxe crease brush, I applied this all over my mobile lid and through the crease (this shade is da bomb. Why has N been hiding it from me?! The bitch.). Next I used No. 95 Chocolate Suede along the outer portion of my lash line. To create a golden pop I used No. 45 Bold Gold in my inner corner and inner third of my eyelid using the EcoTools concealer brush.

To smoke this out a bit I used L’Oreal’s Color Riche Le Smoky eyeliner pencil and smudger in 204 Brown Fusion. I popped this through my lower waterline and to tightline my upper lash line. The smudger on the other end of this pencil is awesome and makes it so easy to create a smokey look!

To finish off this eye look I used THE BEST MASCARA IN THE WORLD. I AM NOT JOKING YOU NEED THIS IN YOUR LIFE. THANK YOU GOD FOR THIS MASCARA.

Australis Fierce Eyes Volumising Mascara, you slay me. As you can tell in the photo above dey were not joking when they said ‘volumising’. All the lashes.

Get your asses to Priceline and buy this right now. Don’t walk, run.

 

Lips


To pay a bit of homage to Summer and Seth we finished off this look with a bright pop of colour brought to you by NYX Liquid Suede in Orange County. The formula of these is amaze. There’s something about a bright pop of orangey red that screams festival seaons, and has the added bonus of making your skin look so healthy and bright.

 

Setting Spray

To set it all in place, all day long, we used Australia make-up finishing sprtiz.

 

Ta da! Go forth and slay!

Stay Happy, 

M xx

Review: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light Palette (Limited Edition)

In my experience so far, I’ve learned two things about Hourglass: 1) You have to mortgage your house to afford their makeup. I don’t even have a house so I really have to get creative, which leads me to 2) Their products are of incredible quality, which means you find yourself wondering if you really need that second kidney more than you need their latest product.

 

Which is exactly the place I was at when Hourglass launched their limited edition (holiday release) Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light. A face palette about the size of my hand that will set you back a whopping AU$116. So is it worth it? Read on to find out my thoughts.

 

 

First Impressions

I tentatively swatched this in Mecca just after its release, fully expecting to love it so much I would end up in tears trying to justify its addition to the budget. So I was (almost pleasantly) surprised by how awful it looked on my hand. A glitter bomb of little pigment. It did nothing for me, so I congratulated myself on saving a hundred bucks from not buying it online and continued my Mecca browse.

 

Cut to ten minutes later when the Mecca girl suggested I try it out on my face, an offer I begrudgingly accepted. Dammit. It looked freaking amazing, and no glitter in sight. I had to get it. There goes that hundred bucks I saved earlier.

 

What You Get



For AU$116 you will get yourself one ambient lighting powder in Surreal light, two ambient lighting blushes (surreal glow and surreal effect), an ambient lighting bronzer in surreal bronze glow, and an ambient lighting strobe powder in surreal strobe light.  This palette is the perfect colour range to help you look like you naturally wake up looking like a freaking goddess every morning.

 

I’m not sure how the colour range would go on darker skin tones, the bronzer is natural even on my pale-to-the-extreme skin.

 

Worth It?

In a word, yes.

 

In many more words:

 

This palette just makes me feel so pretty.

The ambient lighting powder in surreal light is by far my favourite ambient lighting powder to date! That is saying something because they are all great.

 

 

The bronzer gives me the perfect natural glow. Gives my skin some warmth and definition without looking too done. I love it. It’s that sun-kissed look we’re all after.

 

The blushes may be my favourite part of the palette. There is a nude and a pink blush, both of which apply extremely naturally. They blend themselves. The nude blush is my new go-to. I cannot rave about them enough… they’re gorgeous! Unfortunately I think I’ll now have to try the other hourglass blushes out…dammit.

 

The highlight is beautiful. It’s not going to give you a beaming streak of light across your cheekbone but if you’re after a natural gleam then this is for you. I personally think it is stunning, just makes you look like you have perfect lighting on you 24/7.

The only downside for me (aside from the price) is the pan size. You do get a large pan (4g) of the finishing powder  but the other four are small (1.4g).  Aside from the fact you’re paying for not a heap of product, for the bronzer in particular, it is just annoying getting your brush into the tiny pan.

I’m so sorry to tell you this. But mortgage the house, get a second job, go sell your kidneys, cause you need this in your life.

 

100% in love.

 

Have you tried this palette? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Stay beautiful,

N x

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