Winged Eyeliner, Liquid Cat Eye

I am utterly rubbish at putting on make up, but in an attempt to get better, I’ve been practising. I’ve always sworn away from edgier looks, smokey eyes and dramatic eyeliner, partly because my skills are limited, and partly because I’m so used to not wearing makeup (yay for working at home!) that when I do put a full face of makeup on, it looks overdone and too much.

One look I love is the winged eyeliner, that retro cat eye that is so stylish and classy. I’ve never been very good at it because it takes a steady hand and I’ve had too many attempts where I’ve done one good eye and messed up the second, only to wipe the whole lot off and give up. I am determined to learn how to do it effortlessly, so found a few great tips on the internet about how to master liquid eyeliner and that ‘flick’.

I think I did quite well on my first informed attempt and plan on trying it out again soon – like I said, I don’t tend to wear makeup much, but over Christmas I’m sure I’ll get more opportunities to practise my winged eyeliner techniques. I adore how retro it looks, I was feeling very Brigitte Bardot with my heavy eyeliner and blonde hair!


  

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Flushed by Urban Decay – Native Palette review

Last week I decided to buy the Naked Flushed palette in Native. I’m not sure what made me pick the Native shade, but I think that bright pink blusher might have had something to do with it.

Now, I am pale…pasty, anaemic-looking, ghostly pale, so I have to pick my makeup very carefully, especially in the winter when I’m extra white. I ordered the Flushed palette wanting to add some colour and definition to my face, especially when foundation tends to give you a very flat, one dimensional base to start with. Contouring is a new thing to me and I watched some amazing youtube videos prior to ordering so I was ready to try it when my palette arrived.

Firstly, it’s a hefty little box of powders – cold, crisp metallic tin and a strong magnetic clasp to keep everything safe and tidy inside. The colours themselves are beautiful and I’d been forewarned that a little goes a long way, so I built the colour up gradually. Bronzer below my cheekbones, jawline and around the hairline, blusher on the apples of my cheeks, and very sparingly, the highlighter above the cheeks, nose, forehead and lips. What I got was a very natural, classy look – no clown makeup, no over-done thick flaking powder. Just a light, healthy glow, which is exactly what I was after.

I used the Flushed Palette with the Urban Decay foundation in 0.5 (the lightest shade). The light foundation is very pale, even for my skin, but the Flushed palette adds a bit of life back into my face after applying the foundation. I should probably review the foundation too…seeing as it’s probably the best foundation I’ve ever found (it’s super hard to find foundation for skin as pale as mine!).

Overall, I’d very much recommend the Flushed palette for anyone wanting to achieve a healthy glow and a very natural contouring effect. I don’t use many makeup products or a range of companies, because I find what I use from Urban Decay really suits my skin and is a great quality product (not to mention they are a brand that promotes cruelty free cosmetics!). It might seem like I’m a little obsessed with Urban Decay at the moment, but when I find something I like, I stick to it. Of course, if anyone has any great makeup recommendations, I’m always happy to hear them 🙂


Trying my new Urban Decay x Gwen and Flushed Palettes

I recently bought the new Urban Decay by Gwen Stefani eyeshadow palette and the Naked Flushed palette, and I have to say I’m totally impressed. I am not the most skilled when it comes to putting on makeup and as I don’t often wear much, anything tends to look a little overboard compared to my daily face of no makeup. But, I’m so pleasantly surprised with both the Gwen eyeshadows and the Flushed palette. Both are so easy to apply and can be built up to go from a more natural look to a dramatic, bolder look.

Today’s look featured Blonde eyeshadow as a base, with Baby across the middle of the lids and brow bone, and Punk (my new favourite) is the dark burgundy in the crease and lash line. I tried to create a smokey eye look, but with the beiges and burgundy instead of a dramatic black/silver look. I’ve also fallen in love with my new mascara (Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara) which builds up to a volumous, thick lash effect…not quite the length of false lashes, but certainly some good volume and a more striking look than most mascaras I’ve tried.

The Flushed Palette in Native is amazing, even for me with my limited contouring knowledge. I used bronzer below my cheekbones, jaw and hairline, with the beautiful pinkish blush on my cheeks and the tiniest (seriously, you only need the smallest amount!) dot of highlighter above my cheekbones, along the nose and above the lips.

I am not a great lover of selfies, but I did want to take photos of the look I created with my new makeup haul…it makes me realise how much growing out of the blonde I still have to do! In some light, it doesn’t look so noticeable, but I’m looking forward to having my hair all one colour again…although I will probably miss the blonde once it’s gone!


Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette by Gwen Stefani, Make-up review

I was so excited to see that Gwen Stefani was doing a collaboration with Urban Decay. I adore Gwen, her style is impeccable and she is not afraid of being herself…and then Urban Decay, my current favourite makeup brand! A match made in heaven, in my opinion.

The Gwen palette contains 15 eyeshadows, a mix of naturals, darker shades and some bright colours, with mattes and shimmers a plenty! I half expected the colours to be a little wild, like Gwen herself, but I’m so pleasantly surprised that all the colours seem amazingly wearable and I think I’m going to get a lot of wear out of all of them. While I’ve not had chance to try all the shades yet, the ones I have tried are stunning, with great coverage and very stylish. Punk (the plum-brown shade) and danger (the electric blue) are more adventurous than I’d usually buy myself but I love them both. I was worried I’d look like a kid playing with makeup with those shades but they’re very classy and beautiful on, even with my limited application skills. I can imagine they’d look dramatic with a wet application and lots of eyeliner.

The case itself is also a thing of beauty – metal hardware and a lot of weight to it. It’s very substantial and hefty, a piece of art in itself. The tiny touches like the mirror which reads “magic’s in the makeup” is a lovely detail, along with the colours named after significant Gwen-isms, such as song titles (hello, bathwater!).

In an attempt to try my hand at contouring, I’ve also purchased the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette in Native, which I’m looking forward to trying out and reviewing also!

Hopefully (photography selfie skills allowing) I’ll get some photos on of my Gwen inspired looks when I have more of a play with the eyeshadows. I got majorly excited when I found the samples of the Urban Decay x Gwen lipsticks…they will be amazing, I just know it!