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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?

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Silver and Electric Blue Smokey EOTD

Most of the looks I post up are of my daily makeup but from time to time I get inspired to try out a look when I have no where to go. The other day when I was looking through my closet I came across this electric blue and silver sari. I’ve always loved the combination of the silver with the beautiful intense blue and it inspired me to try out a look incorporating both shades. Just as a side note, I very rarely match my makeup to my clothes as I prefer complimentary versus matching makeup.

I’ve been doing so many natural or subtle makeup looks so I thought it’d be fun to try out something more dramatic. The look is very smokey but with a pop of colour on the waterline and also in the crease. I thought the teal shade I used in the crease would end up pulling more blue than green so next time I’d probably use a bluer shadow in the crease or switch up the liner on the water line for a green liner.

What I used:

    • Too Faced Shadow Insurance all over the lid to prime and prevent creasing
    • MAC Blackground Paint Pot to act as a smokey base on the lid. I kept this away from the inner corners
    • Sugarpill Tiara Loose Pigment patted all over the lid
    • MAC Black Tied e/s on the outer corner
    • MAC Carbon e/s in the crease
    • MAC Stormwatch e/s in the crease to add the teal tint
    • MAC Steamy e/s to blend out the crease
    • MAC Electra e/s  to lighten the inner part of the lid
    • Milani Liquifeye liner in silver to outline the tear duct
    • Urban Decay 24/7 glide on liner in Electric on the lashline and waterline
    • Shiseido The Makeup Liquid liner in black to line the top lashline
    • Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara to coat both the top and bottom lashes

Since this look uses dark and colourful shadows, any fallout would ruin the skin so I left the foundation for last and finished the eyes off first. I like to balance out any makeup look I do so if I’m wearing dark or dramatic eyes, I like to keep the skin and lips more natural. I used Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup on my face and set it with some translucent loose powder by Laura Mercier. For the cheeks, I skipped blush and instead used the YSL Soleil d’Afrique bronzer to lightly contour and add warmth along the cheekbones. I went for a neutral lip and used a combination of Dior Addict lipstick in 333 Nude topped with Face of Australia Sheer Gloss Lip Crayon in Sundae.

What do you think of matching your makeup to your clothes?

Dior Smoky Khaki Trio review, swatches & EOTD

I’ve been eyeing the Smoky Khaki palette from Dior’s new range of 3 Couleurs Smoky since I first saw it but I restrained myself from purchasing it for such a long time. I convinced myself that I didn’t need any more eyeshadow palettes and was quite proud of myself for passing on it until I saw it on Strawberrynet 2 weeks ago and found myself clicking ‘add to cart’ without even thinking about it. It scares me some times how easily I can spend large amounts of money without any effort!

The palette comes in the standard Dior velvet pouch with the dark blue case.

However, while at first sight it looks just like any other Dior eyeshadow palette (just a bit smaller)…

… it opens in a very unique way using a slide mechanism instead of a flip up lid which reveals…

… three gorgeous eyeshadows and a cute and functional pop up mirror! The packaging is a bit gimmicky and a little bit awkward to shut as you need to press down the mirror and then slide the lid back across but it is really interesting.

There is one mini sponge tip applicator and one mini double sided brush included. The quality of the brush isn’t the greatest but it’s useful to have in a pinch if you can’t take your brushes with you. I tried using them to do a look (not the look below) and I managed to get a pretty decent outcome from them.

The palette comes with an insert on top (which I forgot to photograph- sorry!) which identifies the olive green shade on the top left as the ‘soft smoky’ shade, the sparkly shade on the top right as the ‘couture smoky’ shade and the gold at the bottom as the ‘base’ shade.

My swatches are not the greatest since my flash ran out of batteries so I recommend heading to my (and probably your) H.G. source of makeup swatches, Karlasugar. All of the trio’s look gorgeous but I went with the Khaki one since it’s a colour that’s unrepresented in my substanital makeup collection. The ‘soft smoky’ is a beautiful satin olive green shade that is perfect for the crease. The ‘couture smoky’ shade is this really complex sparkly taupe mixed with green and the ‘base’ shade is a very neutral gold shade.

I love this trio because the shades are really wearable and quite neutral. I was worried that the ‘couture shade’ would have a lot of fall out and look too sparkly on the lids but it looks gorgeous when worn as it catches the light in a really nice way and didn’t have any fallout.

I used the colours in a look the other day and I loved the combination. I used Chanel Epatant Illusion d’Ombre as a base all over my lid and applied the ‘base’ shade on the inner half my lid, the ‘couture shade’ on the outer half of my lid and the ‘soft smoky’ in the crease. I finished off with Shiseido The Makeup fine liquid liner and Avon Supershock mascara.

For the rest of my face I used Make Up For Ever HD foundation in 153, NARS Gina blush on my cheeks and Chanel Liberte Rouge Coco Shine on my lips.

                                     
I picked up the palette for $53 from Strawberrynet and, while I love it, it is a lot of money to spend on one palette. I’d recommend these palettes if you’re looking for one good eyeshadow palette with a good combination of shades. If you already have a lot of eyeshadows then most of these shades from the range will probably be dupeable from your collection. I know that the shades in the other trios look very similar to other shades I own. If you’re looking to splurge though, Dior is the way to go because I’ve never gone wrong with any Dior palette that I’ve purchased.
What do you think of this palette? Will you be picking up any of the Dior Smoky Trios?

Smokey Green EOTD using Sleek Storm Palette

I know that one of the big makeup no-no’s is matching your makeup with your clothes but rules are made to be broken! That’s why I decided to try out a smokey green look yesterday while wearing a similar coloured cardi.

I used the Sleek Storm Palette (review coming soon) to get this look and I have to say that I LOVE this palette! I bought this and the Urban Decay Naked Palette at the same time and I have been reaching for the Sleek one so much more. The colours in this palette are just beautiful and as soon as I saw the stunning smokey teal colour in this palette, I knew I had to use it in a post!

The colours I used for the look are circled below in red. I only used two lid colours, the teal and gold, and then used the other shades for blending or darkening the crease.

Here are the swatches of the shades. There is a colour swatched next to the black but it’s hard to see as it’s pretty much my skin tone colour and it’s matte which makes it great for blending.

To get the look I used the steps below:

Step 1: Prime lids using Urban Decay Primer Potion

Step 2: Apply MAC Indianwood Paint Pot to the lid. I used this because it’s very neutral on my skin tone but you can use whatever works for you.

Step 3: Apply the gold shade from the Sleek Storm Palette to the inner half of the lid

Step 4: Apply the dark teal shade from the Sleek Storm Palette to the outer third of the lid

Step 5: Slowly start pulling the teal shade over onto the gold so you get a gradient effect. This technique can take a while to learn but it really just requires a light hand and patience.

Step 6: Pick up a mixture of the dark brown matte shade and the black matte shade from the Sleek Storm Palette on a blending brush and apply to the outer v and crease.

Step 7: Use the lightest nude matte shade from the Sleek Storm Palette to blend out any harsh edges.

Step 8: Apply liquid liner. I used the MeMeMe Cosmetics Eye Sweep liner (product sent for consideration).

Step 9: Apply mascara. I used the Avon Supershock mascara which I received free with a magazine.

Step 10: This step is optional but I finished off the look by applying a green liner to my bottom lashline. I used the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On liner in Covet.

On an unrelated note, I went shopping yesterday and I came across these cute studs which came in a pack of 9 different earrings named the ‘Coco’ range (I’m assuming after Coco Chanel). They were from Colette Accessories which is an Australian accessories store which seems to mainly sell costume jewellery and bags.

How adorable are they? There was also a pair of small pearl studs, small diamante studs and a pair of plain gold heart studs included in the pack which I haven’t shown. I have a nickel allergy but these are apparently nickel free so hopefully I can wear them without getting a reaction!

It took me a while to figure out what these were but they’re little perfume bottles 🙂

MAC Bronze eyeshadow smokey look

I recently bought MAC Bronze eyeshadow but I haven’t really used it much so I though I’d try out an EOTD with it. I decided to go for a smokey bronze look by layering it over MAC Blackground paint pot. If you don’t have this paint pot and you love a good smokey eye then I seriously recommend you get it because it’s the perfect smokey base. It doesn’t go on super opaque at first so you can get a really subtle look with it or you can build it up for intensity.

What I used:
NARS concealer duo in Praline/Toffee all over the lid and under the eye
MAC Blackground Paint Pot on the lid and blended just up to the crease
MAC Bronze eyeshadow all over the lid
Inglot black eyeshadow (sorry don’t know the exact name!) blended in outer v and into the crease
Milani Liquif’Eye pencil in black to line top lashline and bottom waterline
MAC Naked pigment around tear duct
I also brought some of the Blackground paint pot along the bottom lashline and then went over that with more Bronze eyeshadow

Hope you like the look! Leave me a comment below about what you pair MAC Bronze eyeshadow with.

Pixiwoo’s Crystal Renn inspired look

I adore Pixiwoo’s videos but especially those by Sam. There’s something so mesmerising about watching her apply makeup because she’s so elegant but seems very down to earth. She makes every look she does seem easy but this look in particular is actually easy because she really only uses one eyeshadow. Check out the video first because I used the techique exactly as she has in this video.

The look is based off pictures of Crystal Renn from a shoot for Muse Magazine. I felt a bit funny posting this first picture of her smoking a cigarette but it’s the picture that captures the look the best.

Sam did the look with the red lip but you can see by this last picture that the eye is easily paired with a natural or nude lip. Sam used MAC Mystery eyeshadow which is a very dark cool toned brown which I don’t have so I had to improvise. I mixed MAC Embark eyeshadow (dark warm brown) with MAC Print eyeshadow (dark grey) but it still came out quite warm. Sam also uses top and bottom fake lashes very similar to those used on Crystal Renn but I didn’t have any that were similar enough so I skipped that step.

To get this look I used:
MAC Warm Light Shape Powder all over eye from lid to brow bone
MAC Embark and Print eyeshadow mixed through the socket line, outer v and bottom lashline and then smudged across whole lid
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack smudged across top lashline
Covergirl Lashblast Fusion on top and bottom lashes
MAC Chromographic Pencil in NW25/NC30 on waterline

So obviously my version didn’t come out as great as Sam’s but it was fun to do. The key with this look is blending and I don’t think I blended anywhere near enough. You also need a cool toned brown because they tend to look more sophisticated than a warm toned brown because your eyes will look like they’re contoured rather than coloured. If you want to go for the type of red lip that Crystal is wearing in the first picture than NARS Heatwave lipstick is perfect as it has the right amount of orange and red through it.

How do you feel about this look? Let me know below!