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EOTD Challenge: Barbie

This is the last look for Sara-May’s ‘May 2011 FOTD Challenge’ and I’m sad to see it end but also glad that I can go back to doing regular looks. Thanks you so much Sara-May for coming up with this challenge and I wouldn’t hesitate to join in again despite the fact that it can be quite a daunting task to take on! My aim was to give you guys 2 EOTD’s per week and I think I’m one EOTD short so I may just post a backdated look but we’ll see how it goes!

Today’s challenge was ‘Barbie’ and I swear I wanted to stay away from the whole ‘Barbie Loves MAC’ thing but when I googled images of the darker skinned Barbies, the picture that came up was actually the same as one of the looks in the promo images of ‘Barbie Loves MAC’.

The look seems to be a light green shadow on the lid paired with a pink shadow in the crease and a light pink lip. I gave it a go and I’m not totally happy with how it came out but then again I never am!

For the eyes the main colours used were MAC Gorgeous Gold eyeshadow on the lid and on the bottom lashline with Humid on the outer lid and Club eyeshadow in the crease and then Sugarpill Dollipop eyeshadow above that.

For the lips I used NYX Hot Pink lipliner to line my lips, NYX Istanbul Soft Matte Lip Cream on top of this and then some NARS Turkish Delight lipgloss as a finishing touch.

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EOTD Challenge: Purple Haze

Sara-May’s ‘May 2011 FOTD challenge’ is quickly drawing to a close with only two more looks to go. It’s been so much fun taking part in this challenge and I highly recommend joining in when (and if) Sara-May decides to do another one.

Today’s look was ‘Purple Haze’ and seeing as I had to go to work today, I decided to stay away from any psychadelic interpretations and instead used MAC Purple Haze eyeshadow as the main colour. The look ended up being your typical purple smokey eye and I feel like I’ve done this look for you before. I don’t know why but any time I attempt to do a purple look, no matter what colours I use, it always ends up looking the same so I apologise.

The colours I used were mainly MAC as I’ve been neglecting my MAC palettes a bit.
From left to right: MAC Purple Haze, Sugarpill Poison Plum, MAC Nocturnelle, MAC Sketch, MAC Stars ‘n’ Rockets and MAC Naked Lunch.

To get the look:
I applied Urban Decay Primer Potion all over my lid and then patted MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot on top of this to give my shadows a good base to stick to.
I patted MAC Purple Haze eyeshadow over the inner half of my lid
I placed Sugarpill Poison Plum eyeshadow over the outer half of my lid and then blended the point where the two colours meet
I blended out the edge of the shadows with a clean crease brush before putting a mixture of MAC Nocturnelle and MAC Sketch eyeshadows on to the outer v and into the crease
I used MAC Soft Brown eyeshadow to blend out the edges of the crease colours
I used a mixture of MAC Stars ‘n’ Rockets and Naked Lunch to highlight the inner corner
I used NYX Studio liquid liner in Extreme Black all across the top lashline and coated my lashes with Rimmel Sexy Curves mascara

EOTD Challenge: Cleopatra

Today’s FOTD challenge for Sara-May’s ‘May 2011 FOTD Challenge’ is Cleopatra and I couldn’t let this one pass without giving it a go. I’ve already attempted a classic Elizabeth Taylor based Cleopatra look before (click here) but it wasn’t very impressive so I tried a more detailed version today.

The inspiration for today’s look came from two sources. The first was a picture I saw of Kim Kardashian showing her makeup for a Radar Online interview where the main colour used by her makeup artist was MAC Goldmine. The second image was one I came across when searching for Cleopatra pictures and it was from some random site and I really liked the liner pattern under the eyes so I incorporated it into my look.

Here are swatches of all the products I used to get this look:


from left to right: MAC Cashflow Paint Pot, MAC Goldmine eyeshadow, MAC Tilt eyeshadow, MAC Concrete eyeshadow, MAC Print eyeshadow and NYX Studio liquid liner in Extreme Black.

To get this look:
I started off by applying MAC Cashflow Paint Pot all over my eye from lid to brow bone but concentrating the colour mainly on the lid. I also brought it down on to the lower lashline
I then patted MAC Goldmine eyeshadow all over the lid and around the crease and then on to the bottom lashline.
I used MAC Concrete eyeshadow with a tapered crease brush to blend out the edges of the goldmine and to draw in a defined crease
I then used a fluffy blending brush to work MAC Tilt eyeshadow over the crease and up to the brow bone
I finished up the eyeshadow by darkening the crease contour with MAC Print eyeshadow.
I used NYX’s Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Black to line the top lashline and to draw in the line underneath the bottom lashline. I also worked this product through my brows to make them very defined and black and then brushed them through with a spoolie brush.
I finished off by applying some Ardell Wispies false lashes and then applying Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara to both my real lashes and the fake lashes.

EOTD Challenge: Makeup from another Era

Ok I know I owe you guys lots of posts from this past week and I apologise. It’s been a hectic week and amongst other things, I officially became a lawyer this week so I haven’t been able to muster up the time/energy to post when I had to. I’m back though and hopefully this week won’t be so bad!

I was looking back at some of the challenges from this past week for Sara-Mays ‘May 2011 FOTD challenge’ and I really wanted to do the ‘Makeup from another era’. The only problem was finding an era and in the end I settled on 90’s makeup since I am a 90’s child through and through 😀

To figure out how to go about getting 90’s makeup I decided to consult the foremost makeup artist of the era and of course I mean Kevyn Aucoin. I have 2 of his books and after poring through the pages, I decided on a really contoured eye using matte shadows and black eyeshadow as eyeliner. I used the Coastal Scents 28 Neutral Palette to get the look.

For the lips I went for the typical 90’s lip with a neutral/nude lip colour paired with a darker lipliner. Below I used NYX Toast lipliner and NYX London Soft Matte Lip Cream.

EOTD Challenge: Crazy Cat Lady

Today’s FOTD challenge for Sara-May’s ‘May 2011 FOTD challenge’ is Crazy Cat Lady and with a theme like that, you know I had to give it a shot! I’m going to start of by letting you know that I suck at drawing leopard prints whether it’s on the face, nails or paper so hopefully you can still tell what I was trying to do!

When I first saw ‘Crazy Cat Lady’ all I could think of was the Simpson’s character but then I gave it more thought and I decided the look should be something fierce, extreme and a bit sultry. Hopefully that came across 😀

I’m not going to list everything I used but the main things were:
MAC Cashflow Paint Pot as a base all over the eye
A bronze shadow all over the lid
A black shadow in the crease
MAC Blonde’s Gold pigment from crease to browbone
NYX Studio liquid liner in black for the leopard prints and the liner around the eyes
Rimmel Soft Kohl Liner in black on the waterline and bottom lashline
I also used a metallic orange shadow from the Coastal Scents Mirage palette in the centre of the leopard prints.

Here’s the same look minus the leopard print:

And here it is without the liquid liner pointed around the tear duct:

EOTD Challenge: Pin Up

Today’s look for Sara-May’s ‘May 2011 FOTD Challenge’ is pin up. I absolutely love the pin up look because it’s classic and flattering on everyone. I especially adore the defined crease eye look a la Marilyn Monroe and I’ve already done a post on this look. Check it out here. I wasn’t planning on taking part in today’s challenge since I had already done something similar but I love it so much that I decided to give it another go!

My previous post was more of a classic pin up eye but today’s one has a bit of a twist as I used a pastel blue eyeshadow on the lid instead of the normal shimmery/matte beige colour. I first wore this look to a friend’s hens night a few weeks back and I loved it! I paired it with NARS Heatwave on the night but I think this eye looks gorgeous with a nude/light pink lip.

To get this look I decided to use my Coastal Scents Originial 88 palette. I numbered the colours on the picture below as a reference (click to view bigger) and I’ll explain how I used them in the look.

I used:
Urban Decay Primer Potion all over the lid up to the brow bone.
MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot all the lid up to the brow bone as a base for the shadows.
The first eyeshadow I put down was colour 1 from the CS Palette which is a light cool brown and I used this to lightly define the crease concentrating the colour on the outer half of the crease.
I then patted colour 5 from the CS palette which is a shimmery pastel blue all over the lid just up to crease.
I then picked up some of colour 2 from the CS pallete (which is a dark cool brown) on an angled brow/liner brush and drew in a defined crease. I then blended the top of this line out with a tapered blending brush.
I then picked up some of colour 3 from the CS palette (which is a matte black) on the same angled brush and darkened the crease a bit concentrating on the outer edge of the line and then blended the top of the line out.
I used colour 4 from the CS palette (a pastel peach) as a brow bone highlight and a mixture of colour 4 and colour 6 as highlight around my tear duct.
I used Rimmel Exaggerate liquid liner in black all along my top lashline and ended the line in a flick.
I used Rimmel Soft Kohl liner in White on my water line and Rimmel Sexy curves mascara on my top lashes.
I finished the look off by adding so half lashes on the outer part of my lashline.

I chose to pair today’s look with a red lip and went with NYX Hot Red lipliner and NYX Snow White lipstick.