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

Fun Makeup Look for Summer – Feat. The Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

Ain’t no doubt about it, summer is fun. The warm weather makes people happy and the good times roll well into those long summer night. In general, I don’t believe in only wearing certain colours in certain seasons, but summertime has given me the urge to be colourful. So I thought I’d use the completely stunning Gwen Stefani X Urban Decay eyeshadow palette to create a fun makeup look with a splash of colour. Without further ado, let’s get started.

 

The Base



For the base I was aiming for one thing – glowy af. Tbh, this is what I aim for daily, and in life in general, but for this look in particular I wanted that dewy like a fairy kinda glow.

 

To achieve this I used the NYX Angel Veil primer, to hydrate my skin (especially important when you’ve spent time in the sun) and help with longevity. For foundation I used the L’Oreal Nude Magique cushion foundation in shade Vanilla. Under my eyes I used my everyday favourite concealer, Benefit’s Fake Up in Light. I then lightly powdered my t-zone and under my eyes with Revlon Colorstay pressed powder in Light – this helped to keep my concealer in place and stops me from slipping from glowy to oily.

 

The Face



If you haven’t got the idea yet, we’re going for glowy. To keep this going, I used the Soap & Glory Solar Powder. This is technically supposed to be a bronzer/highlighter duo but I love to blend the two together as a very lightly shimmered bronzer. For blush I used my ride or die, Luminoso baked blush by Milani followed by a beautiful natural highlight using the Soap & Glory Glow All Out luminising face powder. This is a pinky highlight that is just so subtle and pretty, the perfect ‘glowing from within’ highlight.

 

The Brows



For brows I used the NYX micro brow pencil in brunette. I wanted my brows to balance out the brighter eye look we’ve got coming up. I love a full bushy brow – so that’s what I went for.

 

The Eyes


Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the beautiful Gwen Stefani x Urban Decay eyeshadow palette. Wow. This palette honestly shocked me with the quality; I was speechless when I swatched this in Mecca. The colour range is beautiful, that blue in particular slays me.

For this summery look I decided to play with the pink shade in the palette, Harajuku, and create a wearable yet bright (totally a thing) look. First I used the shade Stark from lash line to crease to balance out my eyelids and create a smooth base for the rest of the shades. I then used Blonde on my brow bone and Annaheim through and slightly above my crease to create some light depth and a blending point for the rest of the colours. Next up is Zone which I used directly in my crease to deepen things up and create a gradient effect through to Annaheim. To deepen my outer corners I used Blink on a more defined brush and then, with a clean fluffy blending brush, I smoked out the edges so there were no harsh lines. Here comes the fun bit – Harajuku! Using a more precise brush I popped this on the inner two thirds of my eye and, with the same clean blending brush from earlier, I softly blended Blink and Harajuku together to create an effortless gradient. To top it all off, and add a little more glow cause we all know we need it, I added Pop to my inner corners and coated my lashes generously in the Essence I Love Lashes Mascara to finish every thing off. Ta Da! 

 

The Lips


To finish this look off, I tossed up whether to go nude and balance the eye or just commit and go bright. In the end I compromised and went for a muted pink. I used a Rimmel 1000 Kisses lip liner in Natural to both line and fill in the lips. Over the top I used a true favourite of mine, Shanghai Suzy’s Dusty Rose. This lipstick gives me life, such a gorgeous pinky nude.

 

And there you have it! A bit of a fun look for summer nights, and to match those gorgeous sunsets. What’s your favourite kind of look for summer? Let me know in the comments below!

 

If you’re in the southern hemisphere I hope you are enjoying your summer!

 

Stay beautiful,

 

– N x

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