makeup

They See Me Haulin’

I don’t think the word ‘saving’ exists in my vocabulary… however ‘shopping’ certainly does! About two weeks ago I was having a bit of a treat yo self day and made a couple of sneaky online orders which I thought I would share with you, plus some purchases I made in store. So let’s get into it!

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Tanya Burr Lipgloss in Afternoon Tea
This lipgloss was definitely the product I was most excited about (I eagerly checked the letter box for days awaiting it’s arrival – clear signs of a shopaholic). The day I was leaving London, Tanya Burr released her makeup line in Superdrug, so naturally I ran up and down Oxford Street like a mad woman trying to catch a glimpse of her, or her products, but unfortunately I had no luck. After arriving back home I then discovered I could order them off Feel Unique, which is a site I use regularly so I was ecstatic. After much thought I finally decided on the lipgloss in Afternoon Tea, which is lovely nudey/pink colour – the formula of these glosses are amazing and I will definitely have to place another order soon.

Loreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Hour Glass Beige
Continuing with the makeup theme, this eyeshadow has been something i’ve wanted for a while but never got around to picking up. This L’oreal Infallible Eyeshadow is a shimmery beige colour, and when I first swatched it I was blown away by it’s pigmentation. It is almost too pretty to use! My favourite way to wear it has been as an all over the lid colour with a bronze shadow in the crease, or to add a light and shimmery sheen to the inner corner. Retailing for around $19.95 it is on the more expensive end of the drugstore spectrum but it’s so worth the money.

L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer
Primers have never been a regular part of my makeup routine, I usually just slap on some moisturiser before my foundation and i’m good to go. However, this product intrigued me as it claims to provide a boost of radiance – which sounded like something worth trying. So far I haven’t seen any change in the wear time of my foundation, I will be sure to continue using it and keep you updated.

Dotti Quilted Jumper
I have been on the hunt for a quilted jumper to wear during winter, as much as I love my knits I thought it was about time to revamp my wardrobe and change up my style. I purchased this jumper online along with another top when Dotti were having a half price sale, however I ended up with the wrong size in the jumper and the top wasn’t the right style for me. Thanks to Dotti’s great returns policy I was able to easily exchange the jumper for a smaller size and refund the top in store.

Converse Canvas All Star Low Cut
Early last year I invested in some black hi top converse and have had quite a lot of use out of them. I thought it was about time I bought myself a new pair – I feel like you can never have enough of these types of shoes as they are easy to wear and go with virtually everything.

And there we have it, my first haul! I’m sure they will be plenty more to come… confessions of a shopaholic!

Sarah x

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Get the Look: Red Lips & Winged Liner

One of the most classic makeup looks of all time is of course Red Lips and Winged Eyeliner. There are many different versions of this look, with countless shades of red lipstick out on the market to suit varying hair colours and skin tones. I love a bit of winged liner but i’m definitely more of a subtle cat eyed girl. Here’s my take on the look…

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If i’m wearing red lipstick it’s most likely for a special occasion, as it’s not something i’d be brave enough to wear on a daily basis. To balance out the bright lips I like to go for a higher coverage foundation. The one that does the job is the Revlon Colorstay for Normal/Dry Skin. This foundation has quite a lightweight formula but is still enough to give medium to high coverage. To apply it I use the Sigma Flat Angled Kabuki (F88) which effortlessly buffs it into the skin.
My go to concealer when I want something that will wear well and give me that little bit more coverage is the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer . I mainly apply it on any blemishes I have, around my nose and under my eyes.
To set the foundation and concealer I use the Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder which is perfect for all over to ensure my makeup stays put all night.

Cheeks
When i’ve got more of a heavy look going on I like to keep my cheeks nice and natural. A subtle but stunning blush is Essence Silky Touch Blush in Babydoll, which adds just the right amount of colour without going overboard.
Having pale skin means I can’t wear a muddy brown bronzer or it looks like i’ve just been playing in a pile of dirt. Literally. So, a colour that does compliment my skin tone well is Nars Laguna. Although this was a bit of a splurge I have had a lot of use out of it and still haven’t hit pan… isn’t that just the best feeling?
One of my more recent finds that I save for an evening look is theBalm Mary Lou Manizer highlighter. If you’re looking for a fine powder to use as an eyeshadow colour, add a sheen to your cheeks or as an all over finish before a night out then this is the one. I usually just apply this to my cheekbones with the Real Techniques Setting Brush and it helps to enhance and highlight parts of my face.

Eyes
My favourite type of eye look to wear with red lipstick is light shimmery colours with a bit of black in the crease. The Naked 2 Palette by Urban Decay has all the colours you need in one handy palette. Firstly I apply bootycall all over the lid, tease in the crease as a transition colour and then to finish it off verve & blackout in the outer corner. My go to liquid eyeliner is Maybelline Master Precise, I use this product daily and it is the perfect eyeliner for beginners and for creating that sophisticated flick. In the waterline I use Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeliner in black, and to complete the look I add a bit of Maybelline Falsies Flared Mascara to my upper and lower lashes.

Lips
And now for the star of the show… the red lipstick I have chosen to use for this look is Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Lipstick in Alarm . This is a matte red lipstick and is a great, affordable option. As this isn’t a high end product it doesn’t wear as well as some other ones would, however it is easy to reapply and to do so I use a lip brush to get a more precise look.

Let me know what your take on this classic look, i’d love to hear about it in the comments 🙂

Sarah x

 

Review: Stila In The Light Palette

I’ve had my baby, and by baby I mean the Stila In The Light Palette, for a good six months now. What a wonderful six months that has been. After eyeing it off for a while I finally caved and purchased the palette off www.beautybay.com for around $44. The palette consists of 10 gorgeous neutrals, featuring the famous kitten shadow. Also included with the palette is the Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Damsel, which is a matte chocolate brown colour.

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The packaging is compact, light and perfect for travelling. It’s a rose gold colour so it fits in nicely with the neutral theme. The palette has a magnetic lid and inside there is a nice sized mirror, which is an added bonus.

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As you can see, this palette is well used and well loved, especially kitten.

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At first I wasn’t that impressed with the pigmentation of the shadows, particularly bare and bliss. After playing around with it I have found the colours that work best for me which means I don’t tend to use every colour in the palette. My favourites are kitten, bubbly, sunset and sandstone. If I’m doing a smoky eye then ebony is perfect for a slight touch of black in the crease. What first drew me to this palette were the beautiful shimmery golden colours that are perfect for a neutral eye.

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Kitten all over the lid, bliss in the crease, Sunset & Sandstone in the outer corners, Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner in Black on the upper lashline, Stila Smudge Stick in Damsel as an eyeliner in the waterline

When applying the shadows you will find that the shimmery/lighter colours are more opaque and the darker matte shadows need to be built up, which makes for a very full proof look.

My final thoughts on Stila In The Light are that it is worth the money if you’re looking for a go to neutral palette. The kitten shadow alone is around $18, so for an extra $26 you get 9 more eyeshadows and a brown eyeliner. If you’re into extremely opaque, bright colours then this isn’t the palette for you but if you’re a neutral girl like me you need this in your life. Currently on beautybay the palette is on sale for $38.10AUD, so what are you waiting for!

I’d love to hear your thoughts below if you’ve tried it, or if you’ve chosen to pass on it.

Sarah x