Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Urban Decay - NAKED Heat Palette Urban Decay - NAKED Heat Palette



Hello Beauties,

Ok, so I had to jump on the UD NAKED Heat bandwagon and grab myself a palette before they sold out everywhere - there has been so much talk on socials about this being the palette of the year so I had to check it out for myself. 



At first glance, I thought Urban Decay read my mind and created this palette just for me (jokes) - the colours speak to me and are the ones I naturally gravitate towards - nudes, browns, burnt orange, terracotta shades. This is a palette with a beautiful colour story - there are 12 colours in total (7 mattes and 5 metallic/shimmers) all in a more sturdier plastic casing (similar to the UD Smokey palette) with a mirror and dual-ended eyeshadow brush inside. 

So let's breakdown the shades:

Quince (shimmer) - ivory 
Chaser (matte) - nude
Sauced (matte) - light terracotta 
Low Blow (matte) - brown
Lumber (metallic/shimmer) - reddish copper with golden flecks 
He Devil (matte) - burnt red
Dirty Talk (metallic/shimmer) - burnt red 
Scorched (metallic/shimmer) - deep red with golden shimmer 
Cayenne (matte) - deep terracotta
En Fuego (matte) - deep burgundy
Ashes (matte) - deep reddish-brown almost chocolatey
Ember (metallic/shimmer) - deep copper-burgundy  




There are so many different eyeshadow looks you can create with this palette, but I really wanted to create a look you could wear during the day and night. 

So for my look, I took a MAC 217 brush and Quince all over my eyelid to the brow bone, then went in with Chaser across my mobile lid and took Sauced into my crease to create a little definition. Next, I used my Real Techniques Shading Brush and wet it with MAC Prep + Prime Fix spray and went in with Lumbre and pressed the shadow onto my mobile lid (wetting the shadow creates more of a wet look and makes the colour pop!) after that I took my 217 brush and went in with Low Blow into my crease and outer corner for more depth. I grabbed my MAC 219 Pencil Brush and dipped it into Cayenne and created a shadow liner on the top and bottom of my lashes (this is a great alternative to using a liquid or kohl liner), I created more of a smokey effect underneath my lash line by taking the brush backwards and forwards blending out the shadow. Finally, I took a volumising mascara (I used Dior Plump’N’Volume but any volumising mascara will do) to the top and bottom of my lashes to complete the look. 


I really love the way the colours work together and it’s a palette you can wear all year round - it didn’t disappoint and I have to say this one is now my favourite out of all the UD Naked Palettes so far.

Until next time, beauties…

XOXO






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Sunday, March 26, 2017

New Beauty - Dior Addict Lacquer Stick New Beauty - Dior Addict Lacquer Stick



Hello beauties,

Dior's latest makeup must have is the Dior Addict Lacquer Stick - the latest creation from Peter Philips, Dior Makeup's Creative and Image Director. These lacquers are described as the next generation of lipstick; giving you high shine, intense colour with weightless wear. And that's true they wear just like a lip balm but with high pigmentation giving you that extreme colour payoff in just one swipe.

Peter wanted to create a lipstick that would wear comfortably like a hydrating balm without compromising on colour intensity or shine and he certainly delivered with these new lacquers! They are so comfortable to wear and extremely hydrating for your lips - each lacquer stick contains nourishing oils and beeswax for extra comfort and they also smell like cotton candy (that I don't mind). 

The lacquer sticks come in 4 colour trends: Pastel, Neon, Classic and Wild - inspired by symbolic L.A. spots. There are 18 lacquer sticks in the collection with colours ranging from super intense and vibrant to the more classic timeless shades. 

Here are the swatches of a few of my favourite lacquers from the collection:

  • Hollywood Red #857 - Classic 50's Red
  • Party Red #744 - Orange Red
  • Turn Me Dior #877 - Raspberry Red
  • Underground #420 - Pink Nude
  • Rolling #344 - Peach Nude


The Dior Addict Lacquer Sticks are available at all Dior makeup counters nation-wide tomorrow! 

XOXO










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Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year's Day Makeup Look New Year's Day Makeup Look





Happy New Year Beauties,

Welcome to 2017 - I hope you are excited (just as I am) about what this new year has in-store for us. To you, my readers; thank you for visiting my little beauty blog this past year - it means the world to me because I know there are so many brilliant beauty blogs out there so I really do appreciate your continued support! There are so many great things happening in the world of beauty today and I can't wait to share with you more beauty content this year.

Today is a pretty chilled day and to be honest with you, I am nursing a bit of a champagne headache (not complaining cause it's that kind of headache you don't mind having the next day haha!) but I wanted to wear a little bit of makeup to make me feel alive today! It was a really quick makeup application with a few products I had with me in my makeup bag and I wanted to share it with you because I liked how it turned out. This is a quick and easy makeup look and perfect for the day you don't feel like wearing much or you're after a natural glowy look.

Here's the breakdown:

On Face


On Eyes


On Lips


XOXO

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Festive Beauty Makeover Festive Beauty Makeover





Hello Beauties,

I can't believe, Christmas is already here! It is one of my favourite times of the year - I love everything from decorating the Christmas tree, gift giving and catching up with loved ones. I also love creating festive makeup looks and this year my look will be all about mink golden glittery eyes and a pink plum lip with a hint of sparkle. 

Here's the breakdown:

On Face

Foundation: Hourglass Vanish Seamless Stick in 'Ivory'
Concealer: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in 'Custard'
Powder: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in 'Dim Light'
Bronzer: NARS Bronzing Powder in 'Laguna'
Highlighter: Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in 'Euphoric Strobe Light'
Blush: NARS Blush in 'Blasphemy'

On Eyes

Eyeshadow: By Terry Ombre Blackstar Cream Eyeshadow in 'Bronze Moon' and Urban Decay Eyeshadow in 'Lithium' from the Moon Dust Palette
Mascara: Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes (top lashes) and MAC Extended Play Gigblack Lash (bottom lashes)

On Lips

Lip Liner: Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in 'Pillow Talk'
Lipstick: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in 'Damned'
Lip Gloss: Koko Kollection Gloss in 'Damn Gina'

Happy Holidays beauties!

XOXO

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Holiday Gift Ideas 2016 Holiday Gift Ideas 2016



Hello Beauties,

Without a doubt, Christmas is my favourite time of the year - I just love decorating my home, making it feel all Christmassy and coming together with family and friends for catch-ups, good food, gift giving and laughs. 

For this years Holiday Gift Ideas I've rounded up my favourite gifts for under the tree, stocking fillers or for yourself (there's no shame in gift giving to yourself!). So here goes...

Zoeva Rose Gold Luxury Set Vol.3 - 8 Brushes and Clutch - if you're buying for someone who adores rose gold than look no further than these gorgeous makeup brushes. This brush set is a perfect gift for a makeup novice or expert - its got you covered in terms of a brush kit and comes with a handy clutch which you can use to store the brushes in or carry just as a clutch. The brushes that come with the set are the following: 103 Defined Buffer (apply and blend foundation), 109 Luxe Face Paint (contour and shape with liquid and cream products), 114 Luxe Face Focus (apply highlight and powder), 129 Luxe Fan (apply highlighter and erase fallout), 142 Concealer Buffer (apply and blend concealer and corrector), 228 Luxe Crease (blend transitions to a seamless finish), 234 Luxe Smoky Shader (apply and blend eyeshadow for a smoky finish) and 317 Wing Liner (apply eyeliner with the perfect flick). 

This Works Sleep Tight Bauble - I absolutely love This Works Christmas goodies especially from the Deep Sleep range and this bauble is no exception. Inside you will find the Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, Deep Sleep Stress Less roller ball and Sleep Plus Pillow Spray all in 5ml and is the perfect gift for someone who loves a bit of lavender sprayed on to their pillow before bed or to accompany them whilst on their travels.

Diptyque Candle - Act 1 Un Encens Étoilé (Sparkling Incense) - it's tradition that every year around the holidays I have a Diptyque Holiday candle burning and this year I have chosen 'Un Encens Étoilé' from the collection - Diptyque describes the scent to be elemi and spicy cloves mingled with mysterious swirls of incense and sweet vanilla - divine!

Kit Cosmetics - Wham Bham Hello Glam - this is the perfect eyeshadow palette for that someone in your life who loves their makeup and experimenting with colour. There are 48 extreme impact eyeshadows in this palette with a mix of matte and shimmer finishes. The texture of these shadows are creamy, they're highly pigmented and easy to blend - this palette will be their go-to throughout the whole party season!

BECCA x Jaclyn Hill - Champagne Collection Face Palette - who doesn't love a bit of Champagne during the holiday season (I know I do!) and what can be better than a palette containing all of Jaclyn Hill's Champagne collection for BECCA, so you can have the most amazing glowing highlight at that New Year's Eve Party you're going to! There are five shades in this palette; two Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in 'Champagne Pop' and 'Prosecco Pop', a Luminous Blush in 'Rose Spritz' and two Mineral Blushes in 'Amaretto' and Pamplemousse'. All these shades will give you gorgeous highlight and beautiful lit from within skin.

Chanel Ombres Lamées De Chanel - this is an exclusive eyeshadow palette that was inspired by the rich textures of iconic Chanel Ready-to-Wear creations with gorgeous shadows laced with gold that harmonise beautifully together. The eyeshadow palette comes with two mini eye brushes and is packaged in a beautiful Chanel box - it's super luxe and is the perfect gift for a Chanel lover.

Felt & Co. Christmas Tree Decorations - my favourite part of the holiday season (other than shopping for presents of course!) is decorating my Christmas tree and each year I will go on the hunt for baubles and decorations that catch my eye. This year I decided to go for 'simplicity with impact' and I found just that in these beautiful felt red and marble (marble lovers these decorations are just for you!) snowflakes and reindeers made from 100% Natural Merino Wool. These hand finished decorations will add a lovely warmth and elegant touch to the Christmas tree.

Happy Holidays Beauties!

XOXO
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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hills - Master Palette By Mario Anastasia Beverly Hills - Master Palette By Mario



Hello Beauties,

I think I may have found my favourite eyeshadow palette for 2016 (yes - that is a big statement - I know!) in the Anastasia Beverly Hills - Master Palette by Mario. Made famous for creating the Kim Kardashian makeup look, Celebrity Makeup Artist, Mario Dedivanovic has collaborated with Anastasia Beverly Hills to create a limited edition eyeshadow palette containing twelve neutral and jewel-toned shades in a range of matte to metallic finishes.


The palette is quite compact, slim-line and light so perfect for travelling or carrying in your bag if you fancy taking your eyeshadow look from day to night. The palette is a durable case with magnetic closure capability and has a decent sized mirror inside as well as a duo shadow brush which is really lovely to use and helps blend the shadows really well.

The twelve eyeshadows in this palette were named after the most influential women and places in Mario's life - a lovely touch. The shades are as follows:

Hollywood (metallic) - a golden yellow
NYC (metallic) - a chocolate brown with golden specks
Kim (metallic) - a tan muted bronze
Muse (metallic) - a reddish copper
Marina (metallic) - a silver taupe
Claudia (metallic) - a midnight blue with silver specks
Lula (matte) - a brown taupe
Isabel (matte) a burnt orange
Violeta (matte) - a chocolate brown
5th Ave (metallic) - a classic gold
Bronx (metallic) - an olive green with golden specks
Paris (metallic) - an antique gold



The eyeshadows in this palette are blendable, they are super creamy and luxurious to the touch and highly pigmented so they have staying power. 

There are so many different looks you can create with this palette and I've been testing many but my go-to look at the moment is applying 'Muse' all over my eyelid, 'Hollywood' on the brow bone and inner corner of my eyes and 'Kim' on the centre of my eyelid to give a pop to the eye. I then take the shade 'Muse' again and smoke underneath the bottom lash line. To finish off I use a brown kohl eye pencil across the top of my lash line and then add a few coats of mascara. 

I think if you're like me and have a love for warm brown, coppery, golden eyeshadow tones than you will absolutely fall in love with this palette - just like I have!

XOXO



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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Melbourne Cup Beauty Makeover - Rosy Gold Makeup Melbourne Cup Beauty Makeover - Rosy Gold Makeup



Hello Beauties,

It's currently racing season in Australia and on the 1st November, Aussies will come together to watch the 'race that stops the nation', the Melbourne Cup. I love race season because it is the perfect excuse to get glammed up in pretty dresses and statement headpieces. 

This year I have decided to go for a rose gold theme because I am obsessed with anything rose gold at the moment! I have a beautiful mini leaf headband (in rose gold of course!) by Australian designer, Gregory Ladner which is available in-store or online from David Jones


For my makeup I am going to go for glowy skin, golden smokey eyes with rosy pink lips and cheeks. Here is the beauty breakdown featuring the products I used:

On Face

Foundation: Hourglass Vanish Foundation in 'Ivory'
Concealer: Collection Lasting Perfection in #1 'Fair'
Powder: Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder in #1 'Fair'
Blush: Chanel Joues Contraste in #320 'Rouge Profond'
Highlighter: Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in 'Euphoric Strobe Light'

On Eyes

Eyeshadow: Tanya Burr 'Hollywood' Eye Palette
Eyeliner: MAC Modern Twist Kajal Liner in 'Groundbreaker'
Mascara: L'Oréal False Lash Wings Sculpt (top lashes) and MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash (bottom lashes)

On Lips

Lip Gloss: Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss in #15 'Sensible'


XOXO

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