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~Blue FOTD~ Antipodean Beauties Challenge

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I love blue makeup so this week’s challenge was right up my alley. I have a folder of inspiration images from the runway and I like to recreate them when I can. The images in this post are all from the Dior Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2012 show and are courtesy of the Dior Facebook page.

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For my version I used a silvery green instead of the starker silver used in the original look.

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Products used are (from left to right): Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Epatant, MAC Paint Pot in Pure Creation, the dark blue shade from the Sleek Storm palette and the lightest shade in the same palette, NYX Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Blue and Rimmel Extra Super Lash Mascara in Electric Blue.

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I mixed the Chanel and MAC cream shadows and then applied it to the eye in the shape that I wanted. I had to clean it up using a cotton bud with makeup remover on it to get the shape right. I then blended out the outer edge with the dark blue shade from the Sleek Palette and darkened it further with some black. I applied the light shadow as a highlight to the inner corner and then lined my eyes. I finished up by applying some white mascara to my lashes and then applied the blue mascara over it.

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I did some light contouring using the dark brown shadow from the Sleek Storm palette. I used Guerlain Blush and Sun along the cheek bone. I also applied some blue hair chalk to my highlights (and managed to get it on my forehead…) to try and tie the look together.

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The lips in the look are stunning and something that I would wear on its own.

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In my attempt to recreate the look I started by lining my lips and filling them in with NYX lip liner in Hot Red. I then applied Kardashian Beauty lipstick in Retro Red all over my lips. I patted Sugarpill Buttercupcake (bright yellow) to the top part of my lip just near the bow. I then used Sugarpill Dollipop (bright pink) on the bottom lip just in the centre.

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~Metallic FOTD~ Antipodean Beauties Challenge

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What I love about these weekly challenges is that it allows me to draw from my inspiration images and come up with looks that I might not necessarily wear anywhere else. For the metallic challenge, I knew that I wanted to do gold brows and lips and my inspiration for what I came up with were the looks below.

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Dior Spring 2014 RTW (from Style.com)

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From Fendi Spring 2012 RTW (from Style.com)

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Amazing bright pink and gold lips (From http://blog.mawi.co.uk/2011/03/16/read-my-lips/)

Here’s my interpretation:

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The main players in this look were Sugarpill Goldilux Ioose eyeshadow and Sugarpill Mochi Eyeshadow from the Heartbreaker palette. I used Mochi on my lids and then used Makeup Forever Aqua Cream in Gold in the crease. I blended out the crease with Goldilux and then mixed it with Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray so I could use it wet as a liquid liner. I also wanted to colour my brows in with it as well but my brows were too dark/thick so I went with the gold foil instead. I just used gold foil I picked up from an art store and stuck it down with Duo Lash Adhesive.

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I used Goldilux wet and applied it to my lips and then patted Mochi in the centre of the lips. I also used the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On eye pencil in El Dorado as a lip liner.

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I used Burberry Velvet Foundation as a base, Tom Ford Illuminating Highlight Pen as a concealer and highlighted my cheeks with Goldilux. The end look was kind of space agey but mint and gold will always be one of my favourite colour combinations.

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Smokey Eye Look using Stila in the Light palette

I was at my friend’s place the other day flipping through some magazines when I came across a print ad for Wolford. I really liked the smokey eye look she had on (probably because of her gorgeous eyes) and felt the need to try and recreate it. I couldn’t find the exact ad that I saw the look in but it seems to be part of the same range of ads that the picture below is from.

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I used my Stila in the Light palette which I think is much better than the Naked palette. It has a great mix of matte and shimmery shades and the shadow formulas are really lovely and easily blendable. I tried to recreate the look as much as I could and the end result wasn’t exactly the same but I still liked it. I did a step by step guide which, to be honest was pretty time consuming so I probably won’t be making them a regular feature of my posts.

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1. Prime lids with NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base to lid

2. Apply Avon Big Color Eye Pencil in Vanilla to the lid

3. Blend out the base colour

4. Apply a mixture of Bare and Kitten eyeshadow’s (from the Stila palette) to lid

5. Blend out the crease with Bliss eyeshadow

6. Apply Ebony eyeshadow to the top lash line thickening up at outer corner

7. Blend the black out using a clean blending brush and work up into outer corner

8. Darken the crease with Sandstone eyeshadow mixed with a tiny bit of Ebony

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9. Apply Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero to upper lash line

Image 10. is the look so far without concealer and image 11. is with under eye concealer applied.

12. Apply the liner from step 9 to the lower lash line and waterline

13. Take some Ebony eyeshadow on a small brush and blend out the outer half of the lower lash line

14. Apply mascara. I used L’Oreal Voluminous in Carbon Black

15. Apply some Kitten eyeshadow to the inner half of the lower lash line

16. Finish up by doing one final blend with a clean blending brush if required

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I finished up the look by filling in my brows and applying a nude lipstick. From memory, I used Burberry Copper Lip Mist. This is actually a heavier eye look then I’d wear but I quite liked it.

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What do you think of the look?

~Summer FOTD~ Antipodean Beauties Challenge

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Aah, summer. I dream about it when it’s cold and dreary and then curse it when it’s here in all its 40 degree glory! Still there are few things that can improve a bad mood then seeing the sun shining on a beautiful day but heat to me usually means simple makeup. Just a combination of bright lips and nails, rosy cheeks, gold/beige eyelids, filled in brows and mascara. I just re-read that sentence and despite how it sounds, I swear that it is a simple routine!

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I used some of my staple products for the look including my favourite blush, Smashbox Radiance which gives a seriously gorgeous flush to the cheeks. I also used MAC pigments in Blonde’s Gold and Naked Dark, my two favourite shades for a natural but radiant eye look (and also perfect as skin highlighters). I used Blonde’s Gold on the lid and then just blended out the crease with Naked Dark. On my brows I used MAC Stud Brow Crayon (which I’ve repurchased so many times) and a rediscovered love on my lashes, Loreal Voluminous mascara in Carbon Black.

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New to the line up is the Nearly Naked Foundation by Revlon (in the shade Toast) which I’m actually really liking! I used this over the Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Primer in Deep which I’ve been using religiously either mixed in with my foundation or underneath it. Primer is a step I often skip the rest of the year but it becomes crucial in summer and the Sunday Riley one is fantastic and I’ll do a review soon. Another new product was the waterproof gel liner by Rimmel which I pushed into my lash line and it’s a great budget friendly option.

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One of my favourite new products is the Maybelline Color Whisper lipstick in Who Wore it Red-er. This is one of those red/pink shades that I love because it treads the line between both shades beautifully and works really well against my skin tone. The Color Whispers are very reminiscent of the formula of a lot of new wave lipstick’s which have a translucent but pigmented balm like texture. I’ve been trying them out for a week and so far I’m loving them. I’ll be reviewing these soon as well.

So there you have it, my typical Summer look. What’s yours like? Do you have a holy grail product that gets you through the heat? Let me know below!

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~Old School Glamour FOTD~ Antipodean Beauties Challenge

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I put this  together the other day intending it to be a 1920’s inspired look and, while I don’t think I really got there, I still liked it. I couldn’t make myself commit fully and try to cover and then redraw my brows because it’s a nightmare to try and cover brows as dark and thick as mine. I hadn’t used my Dior Golden Savannah eyeshadow palette in a while so I pulled that out to the do the look.

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I really love this palette but I like a lighter shade to use as a lid shade and the middle shade in the palette is really just a gold glitter so I used the shade Bubbly ( a light gold) from the Stila In the Light Palette as my lid shade. I used the coppery shade on the outer corner, the khaki in the crease, the dark taupe to darken the crease (mixed with some black shadow) and the tan shade to blend everything out. I finished up the look with Hourglass Calligraphy Liquid Liner in Cognac. If I had been going out somewhere other than the shops, I would have also added false lashes and mascara to the bottom lashes.

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I used a mixture of Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Primer in Dark (love this stuff!) and Burberry Velvet Foundation on the skin set with MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium Dark. I skipped blush because I didn’t want the look to get too heavy. In hindsight, I probably should have at least done a little light contouring. I finished up the look by using NYX lip liner in Auburn topped with Guerlain Rouge G lipstick in Gigolo.

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~Aussie/Kiwi Brands FOTD~ Antipodean Beauties Challenge

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It was harder than I thought it would be to find products for this challenge. I searched through my stash and I managed to find enough to come up with a FOTD but it did make me realise I have to support Aussie brands more. It would of course be a lot easier to support them if they catered for my skin tone but since they don’t, I tend to have to go outside of Australian brands to find what I need but that’s a rant for another day!

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For the face I used a combination of Becca Luminous Skin Colour in Bamboo and Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Gold.  On the cheeks I used Becca Songbird blush which is one of my favourites. I love a lot of what Becca comes out with because they make high quality products with chic packaging, cater for darker skin tones and make effortless and easy to wear colour choices in their product range.

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I used an NP set palette (Party Set Palette) I was given by a friend to do the eye shadow and the Modelco Fibrelash mascara for my lashes. I can’t say that I loved the NP eyeshadow’s because they were very hard to work with and the pigmentation was not very good.

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I finished up the eye look with my favourite Aussie liquid liner, the Savvy by DB liner in Navy. I have this in the Dark Brown as well and it’s one of my staples. This says a lot coming from me since I am a liquid liner addict and have tried many over the years!

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I also used the Face of Australian lip gloss crayon in Macaron on my lips but changed that out for Lanolips lip ointment in Dark Honey later in the day because my lips were very dry. If you haven’t already tried them, Lanolips make great tinted lip products for super dry lips and dark honey is one of my favourite my lips but better shades.

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So what are your favourite Aussie/Kiwi brands?

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