Monday, 29 December 2014

My Christmas Day Face

Products Used:
NYX Angel Veil Primer // Nars Sheer Glow Foundation // Nars Copacabana Illuminator // MAC Prolongwear Concealer // MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter (Light Boost) // Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit (Banana & Fawn) // MAC Peaches Blush // MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (Lightscapade) // Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade (Taupe) // Urban Decay Primer Potion // Urban Decay Naked Palette (Virgin, Naked, Sin, Sidecar) // NYX Gel Liner & Smudger (Scarlette) // Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner (East End Snob) // Tom Ford Lipstick (Spanish Pink) // NYX Butter Gloss (Tirimasu) // Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray - phew!

Brace yourselves, because this is going to be one very text-heavy post with no pictures I'm afraid! *Slaps self on the wrist* bad blogger. Christmas Day is the only day of the year I find it appropriate to completely cover every inch of my face in as much makeup as I want and not feel any guilt whatsoever... So I did.

Firstly, I prepped my skin by priming with the NYX Angel Veil primer (Thank you, Kim!). This just helped to even out my skintone and smooth my skin over. In terms of increasing the life of my makeup, I do think it helped somewhat.

Next, I used my usual every-day base of Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, mixed in with a drop of their Copacabana Illuminator, but amped up the coverage by just applying more to the areas I needed it. That's the good thing about this combination, the dewiness allows you to layer it up without things getting too cakey. Then as usual, concealed under my eyes and on any blemishes using MAC Prolongwear Concealer and highlighted under my eyes, down the nose, on the cupid's bow, on my chin and the forehead using MAC's Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost.

I then set any highlighted areas using the Banana shade from the ABH Contour Kit to brighten my face up further. I then set the remainder of my face, as usual, using Rimmel's Stay Matte translucent powder.

Since I'm so pale, bronzer is an absolute essential for me, especially when there may be any photos taken. I took the shade Fawn from the ABH Contour Kit to contour my face and then bronze in all the usual areas. Then to add more life to my face I used MAC Peaches blush on the apples of my cheeks, and MAC Lightscapade MSF on the tops of my cheekbones, on my brow bone, down the bridge of my nose and on my cupid's bow.

Moving onto the eyes, primer is essential for my hooded eyelids to keep everything in place with no creasing or smudging. I use Urban Decay Primer Potion to do the job. I went for a typical Alice neutral eye look using the Urban Decay Naked Palette. Naked in the crease, Sin all over the lid, Sidecar on the outer corner and Virgin in the inner corner. Then, to give my hooded eyes some definition, I used Topshop's liquid liner along my lash line without winging it out. Followed my lashings of mascara, my eyes were done. As for eyebrows, a bit of ABH Dipbrow Pomade through the tail of them and they were good to go. You know you're in need of an eyebrow threading when you don't even need to fill in your eyebrows because they're too thick as it is!

Finally, to complete my look, I lined my lips with the Rimmel lip liner that everyone seems to be going crazy over at the minute (Eastend Snob), went over them with Tom Ford's Spanish Pink Lipstick and topped it off with NYX Butter Gloss in Tirimasu.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Dear Santa, I'm A Poor Student...

I've been lusting after a lipstick from this luxury brand for a long, long time, but at nearly £40 a go, I thankfully have been resisting. I would like to think I am highly unlikely to spend this much money on a lipstick, so I've put this at the top of my Christmas list.

I'm not a fan of the original Jimmy Choo fragrance, but there's something about their limited edition releases that always reel me in. Typical! I'm not good at describing scents so I'd just recommend going and giving this one a smell, because it really is lovely. I would never buy myself a perfume (unless it was my staple Zara one), so that's why I'm asking for this this year.

I've really been favouring a glow to my skin recently and word on the blogging street is that these powders are the perfect product for the job. If anything's going to blur my imperfections and set my makeup for the day too, sign me up.

Since I get little sleep, I need some help in the under-eye department. I've heard that these MAC Prep & Prime ones are one of the best bag disguisers in the game and I've been dying to try this for ages.

I'm addicted to highlighters and once again, this is another product I've wanted for a long time. I absolutely love Soft & Gentle, so I'm sure I'm going to love this one too.

I may or may not have sneakily treated myself to this before I could publish this post, but it's just so perfect I couldn't wait! If you're looking for something that's going to last on your brows all day and give you a really defined shape, you can't get much better. The lighter shades aren't too warm toned either which is perfect for cool-toned blondes like myself.

I'm a big fan of the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks and this shade is just another pinky nude from the range that I've been lusting over.

Monday, 1 December 2014

The Perfect Travel Companion

The Shimmers L-R: Silk Teddy / Push-Up / Honey Pot / Erotica / Chocolate Martini

The Mattes L-R: Heaven / Nudie / Cashmere Bunny / Sexpresso

Whenever I have the excuse to pack a travel makeup bag, the Too Faced Natural Eyes palette is the first thing I always throw in. Perfectly small and compact, it fits in any makeup bag without being too bulky and because of it's metal casing, isn't easily damaged. It also contains a small mirror should you need one.

The palette contains 9 shades, 4 being matte and 5 being shimmer (although the shimmer in Erotica and Chocolate Martini doesn't really translate too much until the light hits) so is perfect for creating any neutral eye look, whether you want a simple everyday eye, or a full on gold smokey eye for night time.

As always with Too Faced products, the eyeshadows are excellent quality. My only complaint is that I don't think the matte cream shade should be so big. I think a shade like Push-Up or Honey Pot would be much better suited. Who uses that much matte white shade?!

Packing for going home for Christmas this year will be easy this year with this palette. A good all round palette for every occasion!