FirstImpressions

Makeup Look: Drugstore Smokey Eye – Maybelline’s #GetTheLeatherLook

NB: This post is in no way sponsored by any brand, all products were bought with our money and all opinions are our own.

I don’t know about you guys, but recently before every YouTube video I have watched has been Maybelline’s #GetTheLeatherLook advertisement. After ignoring it the first 1-10 times, I finally watched and really liked the look of the products they were using! So I got my butt to Priceline and picked most of them up.

If you want to see my interpretation on #GetTheLeatherLook (using all drugstore products!) then keep on reading!

 

Base

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To start I used my new fave drugstore primer, The Original by Australis. For the base I used Maybelline’s Fit Me Dewy + Smooth in 120 Classic Ivory with my sponge from Real Techniques. As the name suggests, this is one dewy foundation! Not something I wanted with my smokey eye to come, so I powdered under my eyes and my t-zone with the lightest shade from the Australis AC On Tour Contouring & Highlighting Kit.

 

Concealer

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I have been on the hunt for a liquid concealer that is light enough to highlight my pale skin, and I finally found it in the form of the Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous concealer in the shade Light. I put this under my eyes and in my t-zone for a slight highlight.

 

Brows

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I have been loving my current brow combo! Such great drugstore products; The Maybelline Brow Satin Duo in Dark Brown and Brow Drama in Medium Brown. They are both great on their own but together they slay!

 

Eyes

Now this is the focal point of the look, and where the ‘leather’ part of that hashtag comes in. You’ve probably heard of Maybelline’s 24 hour colour tattoo eyeshadows, they’re amazing. Now they’ve come out with a matter version, the ‘leather’ version. I picked up the shades 08 Creamy Beige, 95 Chocolate, and 100 Dramatic Black. They are just as amazing as their predecessors! Well done Maybelline!

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I started out with Creamy Beige just about my crease as a transition colour, followed by Chocolate just underneath and in my outer-v, so that the evolution into the black was more natural and gradual. Finally I used Dramatic black all over the lid, into the crease, outer-v and all over my lower lash line. The key? Blend, blend, blend. I found that using some of the Chocolate shade to blend out the edge of the black really helped. These shadows are fantastically blendable. I really like them. Definitely consider investing in a shade or two, or like 6.

 

Liner

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When I purchased the   mascara for this look it came in a little two pack with the Maybelline Master Eyeliner, score! I put this pitch black liner in my upper and lower waterline as well as my upper and lower lash line. As you can see it really brings the smokey eye together, creating a great grungy look.

 

Lashes

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Another essential to the hashtag, the Maybelline the Colossal Go Extreme! Mascara in Leather Black. Woah. The brush on this bad boy is HUGE! And it delivers on those colossal promises. Volume, Length, and black black leather black lashes. Perfect for this look.

 

Contour

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I chose to skip on bronzer for this look as I wanted it to remain grungy, but I also wanted a contour that could cut glass. To achieve this I used the Australis palette from earlier, using shade 5 (middle bottom) to contour my cheekbones and around my hair line. I also used shade 1 (top right) to carve out under my cheekbones. Oooh yeah, I love me a contour.

 

Blush

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Oops! I forgot to take photos of this step! I was too excited about highlighting haha I wanted to keep the blush natural so as not to make the look to heavy and Milani’s 01 Dolce Pink is perfect for this. Milani blushes truly are number one, and at such a great price!!

 

Highlight

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My favourite step. I wanted to keep the highlight in the cool-silvery area of the colour spectrum and so chose the Physicians Formula Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls in Translucent Pearl. Does the packaging of this product remind anyone else of a boob? M and I call in the boob highlight…nope just us? Oky dokey then, moving on.

 

Lips

I went for both a nude and bold lip option for this look so that you can take it where your mood takes you!

Lip Option 1 – Nude

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Everyone loves a nude lip with a smokey eye and this glossy option really classes it up. I used Maybelline’s Colour Elixer Liquid Lip Balm in Nude Illusion. This is definitely a gloss and not a balm, so don’t be fooled by the name.

Lip Option 2 – Bold

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The old adage goes that you can only go big on the eyes or the lips or risk looking like a 90s hooker. But rules are made to be broken! And if you end up looking like a 90s hooker you are doing something terribly wrong.

I chose Revlon’s Super Lustrous Matte in Really Red to finish on the grungy babe look I was going for and I love the result!

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I really hope you enjoyed my take on the Maybelline #GetTheLeatherLook! What kind of makeup look would you like to see next? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Stay beautiful, N x

 

 

Milk & Co. First Impressions & Review

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Any skincare brand of Australian heritage that was developed by a Balinese princess and Michael Klim is already half way to having me thoroughly intrigued and impressed. Being a keen swimmer when I was younger, Klimmy (an Australian swimming legend) was somewhat of an idol to me. His stunning wife, Lindy, is a Balinese princess/model. Princesses are awesome, enough said.

When I came across a sale on Milk & Co. products I used it as an opportunity to grab a couple of items for myself (pretty keen to have the glorious skin of a Balinese princess tbh), as well as a couple for my dad for Fathers’ Day (cause let’s face it, dad isn’t going to buy skincare on his own). I have been using them on and off for a couple of months now, and here I am to let you know my thoughts so far.

 

Face Cleanser 150mL

Overall impression: I like!

It’s a gel-like consistency initially (something I really like for some reason) but then foams up on your face. Usually I’m not a huge fan of foaming cleansers, I feel like they dry my skin, but not this one! The geranium oil, ylang ylang, and extracts of hibiscus and turmeric leave my skin feeling fresh and supple but also moisturized.

It has a beautiful scent that instantly transports me to a lovely day spa somewhere tropical. I will add, M absolutely hates the scent. Like couldn’t get it off her face fast enough. It is quite strong, which I love but perhaps give it a smell before purchasing in case it disagrees with you also.

This product has me weirdly excited to wash my face. I don’t look like a Balinese Princess/model quite yet, but give it time guys, give it time.

If you’re keen to give it a go you can pick it up here: http://www.milkandco.com.au/facecleanser

 

Rejuvenating Masque 100g

There’s nothing in life that makes me feel more like “a grown up” than donning a facemask. According to every American chick-flick ever made, this is what the cool kids do at sleepovers and adults do before hot dates the world over. Well, females anyway. My point is I love me a facemask.

This one is truly lovely. The mask looks and feels like a clay mask initially, but having scanned the ingredients and the website turns out it’s not! The ingredients of fruit extracts, vitamin e and green tea extract work to exfoliate the skin whilst also moisturizing. I have used this mask almost once a week and it always gives my tired skin a much-needed boost!

It recommends on the packaging to couple the facemask with a relaxing bath and candles, and I took this advice very seriously. At night after a long day of procrastinating I put on the facemask, pour a bath and relax. We don’t have any candles, which is very upsetting but the mask never disappoints.

If you’re keen to feel grown up and rejuvenated grab yours here:

http://www.milkandco.com.au/rejuvenatingmasque

 

I am so happy with my first try of Milk & Co. products and very keen to try more! What products have you tried? Any recommendations?

 

– N x

Michael Todd True Organics: First Impressions

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Honey & Oat Cleanser

I’m not sure why, but having watched so many YouTube videos reviewing this cleanser, I always pictured it as a creamy white cleanser. Just a heads up, it’s not. It looks like honey! Once I took a second to take that in (small things, hey) I immediately noticed the beautiful texture. It feels incredible; you only need a tiny amount of product to cover your face. It removes all my make-up and is perfect for removing eye makeup as it’s sulfate free and doesn’t sting your eyes (something I have discovered the hard way with other cleansers)! This cleanser has gently nursed my skin back to health and I haven’t looked back. 10/10.

Tropical Fruit Scrub

My very first impression of this product was that it smells like Starburst lollies. Like, exactly as if you were rubbing Starburst lollies on your face. This was a little off-putting at first, but I soon got used to it and…wow. My skin normally doesn’t react well to scrubs, it’s always made me break out and so I’ve learnt to steer clear. Not this one! It exfoliates enough to get the job done, but gentle enough so as to not harm the delicate facial skin. It leaves my skin feeling beautifully soft and clean without the drying effect I’ve experienced with other exfoliating scrubs. This product gets a big thumbs up from me!

Blue Green Algae Toner

Toning is not my strong suit. I used to do it when I was a teenager religiously, but was convinced it wasn’t doing anything and somewhere along the line I stopped. I’ve known for a while now that I should start toning again, but kind of put it off, until I bought this! Admittedly, I do sometimes forget to use it, but I’m always disappointed when I do because it feels so beautiful. The scent is relaxing (it smells so familiar but I just can’t put my finger on what it is!) and the product is so soothing and beautiful. My skin is left feeling supple and deeply cleansed. It’s also antibacterial and I am naming this product as the cure for my recently problem skin.

 

Right before my Michael Todd order arrived my skin was hectic; for some reason it had just decided to break out all over the place with no sign of going away. Within days of starting using these products my skin cleared up and looked better than it has in years! I get far too excited about cleansing my face now. These are definitely my new holy grail skincare products, and I’ve been raving about them to anyone who stops long enough for me to pop it into conversation I’ve even bought my mum a kit for her birthday! Shh, don’t tell her.

I’m keen to try out more of their products. What are your favourite Michael Todd products? What should I try next?

-N x

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