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Selena Gomez’ 2016 Grammys Makeup Look

Monday February 15th saw the who’s who of music coming together for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.  Whilst the awards themselves are a bit of entertainment, our favourite part of any awards show is the red carpet; a chance for us to check out the hair, makeup and clothing style choices of the celebs.  The Grammys always brings with it a bit of flair (the musicians are just a bit more daring that the actors!) and this year did not disappoint.

Our favourite of the night, as you may have guessed, was Selena Gomez.  The girl looked flawless! So decided to do our own interpretation of her makeup look, and it was a lot of fun. Keep reading if you’re keen to see our look and maybe even try it out for your next event.

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Eyes

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This look has a pretty intense brown smokey eye so I made sure I started with the eyes to stop any fallout ruining our base. Before I did anything I ran a piece of tape along my lower lash line up to the outer corner of my eyes to give our shadows a nice crisp line. I then primed my eye lids with my MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot and set it with the lightest shade out of the Morphe Brushes 06F Pressed Powder Palette. I ran the lighter of the two contour shades from the same palette through the crease of my eye as a transition shade. Next I used the darkest shade from the Morphe palette in my outer corner and blended everything together with the Sexpresso and Cashmere Bunny from the Too Faced Natural Eyes eyeshadow palette. Finally, to finish off my lid I lined my lash line and gave a very subtle wing with my Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper and added my ModelRock Demi Wispie lashes before highlighting my brow bone with Stila eyeshadow in Kitten.

 

Base

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As mentioned earlier, Selena Gomez is a flawless, glowing goddess so I made sure I opted for a full coverage, hydrated base. First I primed my skin with the Loreal Lumi Magique Primer to give me that lit-from-within look and then used a damp beauty blender to give a full coverage of my Makeup Forever Ultra HD Fluid Foundation. This foundation gives a beautiful skin-like finish and can be built up to full coverage without looking cakey.

 

Concealer

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o highlight under my eyes I used a mixture of my old favourite, the Laura Mercier Undereye Perfector and the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer. To cover up any spots I used a new favourite, the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. To set my under eye area I used the lightest, yellow shade from the Morphe 06F Pressed Powder Palette and then used the powder closest to my skin tone to set where I had concealed my spots.

 

Brows

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Selena doesn’t have particularly sparse or full brows so I stayed with my favourite brow duo ever: the MAC Brow Set and Veluxe Brow Liner to fill in and define my brows.

 

Contour and Blush

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To get my cheekbones somewhat sculpted to the point of Selena’s, I used the lightest of the two contour shades from the same Morphe 06F Pressed Powder Palette. I then used a mixture of the centre and top right shades from the Morphe 9B The Blushed Blush Palette to give myself a natural-Selena-esque-flush.

Highlight

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Highlighting in always my favourite part of any makeup look and today was no exception. I used our TopShop Glow cream highlighter in Gleam and our brand new absolutely incredible The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer powder highlighter all over the high points of my face and my oh my! This is my new favourite combination. Hello disco ball!!

Lower lash line

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To finish off my eyes I used my Covergirl Brow and Eyemakers Pencil in 505 midnight brown to line my lower lash line roughly. (Just a quick note, I am definitely not a fan of this pencil! It gives off hardly any pigment and took me about 15 minutes to get a good line!) then I used Cashmere Bunny from my Too Faced Natural Eyes palette to blend that out and deepen the look. Next I highlighted my inner corner with Stilla’s Kitten eyeshadow and ran Benefit’s High Brow pencil along my inner water line to brighten up my eyes a bit. Finally I finished my eyes off with a good coating of Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Mascara in blackest black on my top and bottom lashes (it really helps them blend in with the falsies too!) and tada!!… We’re done!

Lips

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I ended up changing my lips a little bit to suit my skin tone but play around with whatever combo works for you. First I lined my lips with my Rimmel London 1000 Kisses Lasting Lip Liner  before I put our favourite Tom Ford Matte Lip Colour in First Time over the top. Lastly I topped it off with a coating of Napoleon Perdis Luminous Lip Veil in Sienna Shimmer.

Finish the look off with a some curled hair and dangly earrings and there you have it! Go get ‘Em girl!!

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Stay happy, -M xx

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Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation & Concealer Review

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These products are by no means new. They’ve been around for years, but I am about to finish mine off (as you can see by their condition!) and I thought they deserved a short review. So here we go!

Foundation

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As the name of this range suggest, the foundation promises to help you to look instantly more awake. It boasts an “anti-fatigue effect” that helps you to attain a radiant glow.

Does it achieve this? I’m gonna go ahead and say “hells yes!”

This is one of my favourite drugstore foundations. Whenever I come back to it I mentally give myself a little slap on the wrist for ever having moved away from it in the first place! It creates a skin-like coverage whilst also covering any uneven skin tone. The finish is somewhere near ‘dewy’ but not quite there. I love that as it avoids you wandering into ‘oily’ territory during the day, which can so easily happen with dewy finish foundations.

I have worn it both as an everyday foundation with one layer or built it up for a night time look and it looks fantastic both ways. I wouldn’t say it’s a full coverage foundation, but that’s kind of how I like it. I prefer to build it to medium coverage and then use concealer if I need it.

It leaves your skin looking healthy with a radiant glow, protects it with spf15 and with the addition of a moisturising complex makes it perfect for us dry-skinned gals. I have found myself reaching for this foundation over my high-end alternatives such as MAC face & body or Chanel vitalumiere aqua!

So if you love full coverage matte foundations, this is definitely not for you. It may also be one that you want to steer clear of if you skin is rather oily. However, if you want radiant, glowing, youthful looking skin, get this in your shopping basket asap.

Retails for AU$16.69-19.95.

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Concealer

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My love for the foundation doesn’t quite carry over to the concealer. I really like it, it is even probably my favourite drugstore concealer of the moment. However, unlike the foundation, I always find myself overlooking it in favour of my high end concealers.

The concealer promises to illuminate under the eyes as well as cover blemishes and it does both those things. The best thing about this concealer for me is the consistency; it is lightweight and moisturising, which makes it a perfect no-crease under-eye concealer. However that same consistency makes it less appropriate for covering any annoying blemishes as it tends to move around during the day, even when set with powder.

Don’t get me wrong this is a great product! If you’re in the market for a perfectly adequate concealer at drugstore prices then this is for you. But if you have a high end product that you already love, this is probably just not going to cut it.

Retails for $AU12.69-14.95

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What other drugstore foundations and concealers do you adore? I am always keen to try out more! Let me know in the comments below.

Keep smiling, N x

Birthday Makeup Look

Another year has gone by and so arrives another birthday! I’m not gonna lie to you, I’m getting to the point in my life where I’d quite like to skip this birthday and press pause on the aging process for a little while. Alas! ‘tis not possible (trust me, I tried), and so I decided to give in and celebrate yet another year of my life.

 

Celebrations call for fun makeup looks! Generally, as a rule, I don’t like to try new looks/techniques/products on special occasions. You never know how its going to go, it could be a flat our disaster and then you’re left stressed and feeling less than perfect. Not how you should be feeling on your birthday! But with age (apparently) comes some courage! So this year M and I decided to try out a few new looks, products and techniques to achieve the makeup look for my birthday night out. I know, we’re crazy brave.

 

For a while now we have been meaning to try the eye-taping technique, where you use a piece of sticky tape to mark out a sharp line for your eyeshadow/eyeliner. My birthday was the day.

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It worked really well! I recommend doing your foundation post-eyemakeup if you’re using this technique as the tape strips off quite a bit of coverage. However, all in all, I get the hype.  It left a clean sharp line and ensured there wasn’t any shadowy fallout on the temple that can leave it looking dirty. I chose to soften it slightly with a blending brush but the look was still much more clean cut. I’ll definitely be using this technique again!

The star of the show were the eyes. We used a combination of our new Tarte Tartlette Amazonion Clay Matte Eyeshadow palette and the Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette. We haven’t used either of these palettes much but they both really brought their A-game. I created a brown/golden eye that looked seriously amaze. Still so in love with the finished look.

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Tarte Tartlette Palette

From the Tartlette palette I used the shade ‘free spirit’ as a base to set the primer and then the shade ‘force of nature’ in the crease to give the eye a bit more dimension.  The shade ‘dreamer’ was used to carve out the outer v and create the almost wing-like edge (thanks to the tape!).

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Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette

The combination of the two golden shades from Vice 3 (‘brokedown’ and ‘lucky’) made my heart skip a beat.  The pigmentation was insane and it stayed that way. Well done Urban Decay, well done.

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The rest of the face I kept pretty simple. For foundation I used my new Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid MakeupThis was the first time I had ever worn this foundation and I was pretty impressed! My skin has been beyond dry lately (painfully so) and this foundation adapted to the landscape rather well.  A dash of Benefit’s Hervana on the apples of the cheeks and their Dallas bronzer for carve out dem cheekbones. To highlight (my absolute favourite part of any look!) I used a combination of MAC’s cream colour base in the shade ‘hush’ and mineralise skinfinish in the shade ‘soft and gentle’. On my lips I used my brand new (M gave it to my for my birthday, she’s the best!) Tom Ford lip colour in the shade ‘pink dusk’. The finishing touch was the Katy Perry Feline Fierce Lashes by Eyelure, which really brought together the rest of the eye look!

All in all I’m really happy with the finished look. Keeping the rest of the face simple allowed the eye look to really pop! I felt glam whilst not looking too over-done for a Thursday night.

It was fun. Birthdays are fun. Having said that…I’m in no rush for he next one to come rolling around haha

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Until next time, stay happy!
N x

REVIEW: BENEFIT THEY’RE REAL! MASCARA AND PUSH-UP EYELINER

 

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 If I had to marry an inanimate object the Benefit They’re Real! Mascara would probably be it! I don’t want to be melodramatic but this is my favourite thing on this planet.

My mum bought me the mascara in Beyond Black when I first started getting in to makeup and I instantly started planning our marriage. This mascara packs a punch in the lengthening department but I find that I can tone it down on a more casual day without looking crazy.

Benefit just released two new colours (Beyond Blue and Beyond Brown) in their They’re Real! Mascara and I was quick to snatch up the Beyond Brown colour, which did not disappoint. Both colours are rich in pigment and give the same length and volume to the lashes but I like to wear the brown one on days where I want a more natural look or am wearing a brown smokey eye (the combo is SICK!).

The formula of the They’re Real! Mascaras isn’t flakey at all and never transfers on to my eye area (take it from a girl who is prone to panda eyes). The only complaint I have ever heard from other people about They’re Real! Mascara is how it is so hard to take off, but to be totally honest, that doesn’t bother me at all! I would rather take longer to take my makeup off than for it to transfer or not last. My mum bought the They’re Real! Remover to take it off with which she absolutely loves too so if you are having troubles maybe give that a go!

I’m on my fourth tube of They’re Real! Mascara and I can’t see myself giving it anytime soon!

 

I give the Benefit They’re Real! Mascara 4.75/5 stars.

 

Pick yours up from the Myer website if you’re in Aus (http://www.myer.com.au/shop/mystore/benefit-theyre-real–1/benefit-theyre-real-mascara) or the Benefit website (https://www.benefitcosmetics.com/product/view/theyre-real).

 

They’re Real! Push-Up Eyeliner

 The Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Eyeliner is essentially gel eyeliner in a pen. I thought this was a really cool idea when it first came out and couldn’t wait to grab some! Unlike the mascara, the eyeliner comes in five different colours (Beyond Black, Beyond Brown, Beyond Blue, Beyond Purple and Beyond Green) and N and I bought the brown and black colours to try out.

The idea of this product is great! Who wants to stand around dipping a brush in to a pot of gel when they can have one handy pen to do it all for them? The tip is super fine making it easy to get a fine wing too. I’m just not a fan of the formula.

To start off, I can’t get it to go on evenly. Every time I apply this eyeliner I end up with gaps half way through my wing which, when I try to cover up with more product end up cakey and flakey. I find that my liner doesn’t last very long at all when I’m wearing this and it flakes on to my under eye area within an hour. I also end up wasting a lot of product as I try to twist it out of the end and it all comes out at once.

I have tried EVERYTHING to try and make the They’re Real! Push-Up Eyeliner work for me. From watching countless Youtube videos and tutorials, to setting it with a powder, wearing eyeshadow, not wearing eyeshadow, priming my eyes, not priming my eyes… I just can’t make it work, and I really wanted it to work.

I’m sorry Benefit, this one just isn’t for me.

 

I give the Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Eyeliner 2/5 stars. Those 2 stars being for the awesome colour selection and the whole idea of the product.

 

If you want to try it out for yourself, pick up the push-up liners from the Myer website if you’re in Aus (http://www.myer.com.au/shop/mystore/theyre-real-liner-231054310-231054490) or the Benefit website (https://www.benefitcosmetics.com/product/view/theyre-real-push-up-liner).

 

Stay Beautiful,

M xx

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Black mascara/eyeliner on left and brown on the right.

 

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