Or colourful eyes? I ‘m really not one to come up with a dazzling header am I…
Anways this is a FOTD from a couple of days back. I used the new Cargo Shimmers I was talking about in my last FOTD post, But I used the Pinky Purple and the Blue this time. I also used Illamasqua’s Angst through the crease, Benefits Smokey eye’s palette for the pink highlight and also for my brows. I again used those gorgeous Japonesque lashes, BYS liquid liner, Too Faced Lash Injection Mascara plus Illamasqua’s Sophie Pencil. On my face I used Graftobian Foundation mixed with the Stilla Illuminating Foundation, an Estee Lauder Gloss (changed to Mac Myth later but didn’t get pictures). And on my cheeks, well I used, sorry I honestly don’t remember!
I’m not gonna lie, I failed! But only by 1 product so its not that bad I ‘spose. I was tagged by Hip&Haute , you really should check out her blog!
So what did I pick, (thanks for asking!)
First things first I had to pick a foundation, my skin was looking rather patchy so that just had to be fixed, I used Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation. I’m not entirely sure why I chose it as its one of my “oh my skin looks really good today, I only need a little foundation, foundations” and the fact that I had red patches and two spots meant I had to layer it a bit.
Next problem was my under eye circles, that just seem to get darker and darker these days.For this I used Illamasqua’s Emerge Cream Pigment, which works a treat! I also used it as a base over my lids, as a super light blush (just to ‘brighten’ my complexion a little). I had originally hoped to use it for my lips as well but it really would have looked odd with a nearly bare face. In hindsight (what a wonderful thing) I wish I picked Sob cream Blusher from Illamasqua instead but I already have a pink and brown tutorial and I felt it would have looked a bit too similar.
To fill in my brows, line and shade my eyes I use Nude by Nature Waterproof eye pencil in brown. I then used Illamasqua’s Halcyon Illuminator on my cheekbones, cupids bow, inner v and brow bone highlight area.
The photo’s were taken after I cheated and added the Illamasqua Gloss in Rouse, the look really needed it if I were to leave the house. Not that I was as soon as I finished filming I washed my face did a quick mask and watched old episodes of Desperate Housewives. Yes my life really is that exciting!
Oh and on a side note, if any of you lovely readers took part in the #bbloggersoz chat last Sunday you would have not only learnt some in-valuable photography tips (like I did) but you may have noticed that I mentioned I usually have to adjust the lighting and colours in IrfranView (Photoshop is far too advance for me at the moment sorry to say) then crop before it starts to resemble what I looked like in real life. But I took my usual million (ok I exaggerate a tad) shots, played around with my camera settings and voila, the shots came out perfect (colour wise, I need to work on my posing ha!) all I had to do was crop! Ok this may not be as exciting news to you as it is to me I just thought I’d mention it anyway cause I can. Oh and the second photo is stretched because Live Writer just likes to mess with me sometimes.
Make sure you tune into Sunday’s Twitter chat, they’ve all been awesome so far!
Of course if your wondering how I applied each of the products watch the video below….
As this is a tag I probably should pass this on. But its been going around for a while now and its likely most people have done it or aren’t interested, however if you haven’t and are make sure you try it and tell me! (Its harder than I thought to only pick 5 products, I mean I knew I would have some trouble picking but not that much, and I cheated, its kind of embarrassing how much of an indecisive hoarder I am…..)
Madame B Fatale
All products purchased by me except the Illamasqua gloss, but that will be reviewed at a later date.
This post is mainly going to be filled with pretty pictures, but to explain……
Last Friday night I got invited to attend the Brisbane Illamasqua Blogger Event, and gosh I am so glad I went! Not only did we get to watch a fabulous Toxic Nature look demo by Tiarah but we also were given some great tips for using the products. Finally meeting some of the girls I either chat to online or read their blogs was pretty awesome too, (even if I am terribly socially awkward, lol!)
We learnt that Glister eyeliner is great for brides.
Lashes used were the #2 Strip lash that is a long strip of lashes (hence the name) that can be cut up into any desired length, half, full or individual pieces and you should get a minimum of 3 pairs from the strip!
Something else we learnt was that the lash glue that comes with the lashes is latex free, which is a major bonus as many people tend to have an allergy to latex. Also that when waiting for the glue to get tacky it will go darker in colour when its ready to be applied then dries clear.
during the transformation…
To set and brighten the face Tiarah used the 105 powder, (also to set the lips).
Some of the other lovely bloggers…
In all of the excitement of getting ready and there I completely forgot to get a FOTD or any photo of myself!
What’s in the gift bag? You’ll have to wait for the next overview of Illamasqua Products Part 3!!!
Thanks again to Christabel and Illamasqua for having me, and Tiarah for the fabulous demo, it really was a fun night!
Today I have part 2 of the Illamasqua products overview, be sure to check out part 1 if you haven’t already!
First up is the three blushes I currently own.
Left to Right Sob (cream), Tremble and Disobey.
On the left is Sob, its one of the brands cream blushers and I have to say one of the easiest cream blushes to blend I’ve used so far!
The colour is a cool toned pastel (-ish) candy pink. It dries to a dewy matte finish that stays put.
Next are Tremble and Disobey which are from the powder blusher range. Tremble is described on the Illamasqua website as being “soft lilac pink/matte finish”, I would say that its of more a pastel peachy pink with a matte finish. Disobey is described as “Soft biscuit – ideal fro contouring” and that’s exactly what it is! My skin is pretty fair and I have no problems with it being too orange or dark, its become my new favourite contour.
The lipstick is in Obey is described as a bright peachy pink with a matte finish. To me its also kind of a neon pastel type of colour.
Last up we have the SOPHIE eye pencil, a dark true black that is a must in everyone’s makeup bag. The pencil itself is also extremely bendable, works perfect as a base for a smokey eyed look and of course great for tight-lining and waterline. Besides all that some proceeds go towards the Sophie Lancaster Foundation which should be enough reason the buy it either way!
So that’s part two done!
Madame B Fatale
The pencil was given for post/tutorial consideration (and already used in it months ago)the rest I have bought myself.
Today’s ‘bare faced’ FOTD, well as ‘bare faced’ as I get!
I started off by applying Nivea Rich Daily SPF Moisturiser (trailing it for BeautyHeaven so you’ll get a review in a few weeks) Followed with Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation. On the cheeks I used Illamasqua’s cream blush in Sob and Halcyon Illuminator. Brows were groomed with Benefits Brow Wax. Too Faced Lash Injection Mascara and Exhibit White Eyeliner on the eye’s. Then finished off the look with Illamasqua’s Obey Lipstick with Natio Mineral Lip Butter in Loving.
My ‘relaxed waves’ were achieved with the Babyliss Conical Wand ( tutorial coming soon!). I used One ‘n Only Ceramic Silk Thermal Protection and finished with Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Hairspray and Inecto Pure Coconut Oil Glossing Spray.
I’ve used Illamasqua products in a few tutorials here and there (one coming up too!), but here is a quick run down of a couple of products. This will be part one and the second will be posted in a few weeks!
L to R : Illamasqua Illuminator Halcyon, Illamasqua Lipstick Liv, Illamasqua Lipstick Flare, Illamasqua Cream Pigment Mould, Illamasqua Liquid Metal Stoic.
First up is the lovely illuminator Halcyon, besides the swatch I unfortunately couldn’t get great photo’s of it in action. These come in 7.5ml thin tubes, they may look small but this is one of those products that a small amount really does go a long way. Since I purchased this I have used it every time I’ve done my makeup, the glimmering nude gold shade is a perfect highlight for me and I love it! The texture is creamy, spreads evenly and stays put. I definitely want to try more of these!
Next up is two lipsticks- Live and Flare(NEWISH Toxic Nature Collection), both are creamy long wearing and unbelievably pigmented! Usually when I find a lipstick that is long wearing on me I find that they dry out my lips, but not with these. Even after I take it off my lips still feel soft and supple. I would recommend having your lips in a good condition before you apply as they can show up flaky spots (see below, my lips are not in awesome condition!) when worn without gloss, but this is something I’d recommend with all lipsticks. And as with any orange based lip products they don’t exactly brighten your smile, it actually inspired me to start whitening my teeth so it suits me better! Here they are applied to bare lips.
I would say the top swatches are much more accurate colour wise than the lip swatches. Although I love them both I have to keep a close eye on the Liv lipstick as my sister has mentioned numerous times that its just ‘simply her’ colour. (Umm she’s the older sister, shouldn’t I be ‘borrowing things from her?!?)
Onto the Mould Cream Pigment (NEWISH Toxic Nature Collection) and the Stoic Liquid Metal both swatched above. You know I love a multi purpose product and this is exactly why I like Mould a little more than Stoic. Don’t get me wrong Stoic is stunning on the eyes but Mould is stunning on both the eye’s and the lips! Both of these formulas tend to crease unless a shadow is applied over the top. The only thing that helps them last a little longer for me is by applying them with a fluffy brush and applying in very thin layers. That being said they are stunning as bases (above right, Illamasqua Lashes in 24 also worn) and Mould works perfectly on the lips as either a solid colour or for lip contouring (below, used as subtle eyeliner as well).
So that’s it for part 1 , part two coming soon and of course the next tutorial (picture left).
Madame B Fatale
Some products were sent for post consideration, the rest was bought.
First time I tried a voice over, it makes editing a whole lot easier! Hopefully I’ll get better at it as I wanted to try this for a long time but never bought a mic but then I realised I could use my phone!