Friday, 22 June 2012

FOTD: Brown Smokey Eyes

Hey everyone. Thought I'd do a different post today on make-up and beauty! My first ever blog post on the, MAC Cranberry Eye-shadow look did well so I thought I'd try out a different one. This time I did a, Brown smokey eye using, 'The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes' which I have. I used the, 'Chocolate Box' which has four gorgeous shades in the colours - Marshmallow (the lightest Peachy colour), Honeycomb (a Bronze shade), Dark Chocolate (a rich shimmery Chocolate colour with Orange undertones) and lastly the darkest in the set, Choc Chip (which has a deep Chocolate tone). You can look at the eye-shadow palette, here. They also have a selection of other colour palettes to choose from as well. The reason why I chose to do a Brown Smokey Eye is because it looks so good on Brown eyes. Black sometimes can look a little harsh and this is more subtle. 

Here are the products I used to complete the look:

To complete this look, I firstly defined my eyebrows using a dark Brown eyeshadow and a MAC 266 angled brush. I started the eye-shadow by dusting the Marshmallow eye-shadow all over my eyelid up to the crease using a MAC 217 brush. I then used Honeycomb across the inner section of my eyelid up to the middle of it. Then to create some definition, I used the Dark Chocolate eye-shadow along my socket line, remembering to blend well using the 217 brush to avoid any harsh looking lines. 
Next, I applied, the Choc Chip shade over the outer third of the eyelid and through the socket. Then I also used this under my eyelashes to create some depth. I also added a matte Dark Brown shade in to the socket as I felt the two darker Brown shades of the palette were not strong enough to create that desired smokey effect. That's maybe one of the things I don't like so much about the eye-shadow palette as some of the shades aren't strongly pigmented.

Once the eye-shadow was done, I lined my top lashes with Clinique Gel Liner with a very thin fineliner. I only drew a thin line as I didn't want the Black to appear harsh against the Brown. I also applied some Brown eyeliner on to my water-line. Finally, I applied lashings of mascara to complete the look. To compliment the shimmers of the eye-shadows, I used my Sunbeam Topshop highlighter on the top of my cheekbones.
I really like this look!

Some good Brown Smokey Eye Tutorials I've looked at:


Tuesday, 12 June 2012

New Beauty Products

Oilatum Natural Repair Face Cream, £7.65 - After watching, Pixiwoo's YouTube tutorials for a year non-stop I've always been intrigued to try it as Nicola always recommends it for her dry skin. I also have dry skin and mild eczema on my face so I thought this would be great to use. I've only used it for a few days now but already I am seeing an improvement. I put this on morning and night and when I wake up in the morning my skin feels hydrated, refreshed and a LOT smoother. If my skin feels a little tight during the day I'll also pop on some more to keep it going till the evening.

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation, £25 - I've been using MAC Mineralize Satin Finish Foundation for some time now and it's got to the point where I really hate it and cannot bare to put it on my skin anymore. Because it's finish gives a, 'satin' effect it means that it's not matte - and I much prefer a matte finish especially with my foundation.  It gives a, 'dewy' look and even though I'm all for that, it leaves my skin feeling greasy and if my hair touches my face it also gets greasy - not a good look.
I came across this foundation during a photo-shoot I did for fun and the make-up artist used this on me. He recommended it to me and said it suited my skin tone well. I also loved the way it looked and felt. Again, Pixiwoo use this product in a lot of their tutorials and said it is great for people with pale skin. I do have pale skin and find it very tough to find a shade that looks natural on me for this reason. 
I went to Selfridges in London to get this so that the make-up artist could find a perfect match for me which she did. I'm really pleased with the results so far. It's just what I look for in a foundation. It's a medium coverage with a matte finish and doesn't look cakey at all. You can also buy Illamasqua foundations on their website or on ASOS, Debenhams and House of Fraser websites. 

Topshop Highlighter in, 'Sunbeam', £9 - I've been lusting over this product for a long time now. As you've probably seen from my previous posts, I am a teensy bit obsessed with highlighters. And this is my latest edition. It's different from any of the other highlighters I have purely because of the colour. This highlighter is in a powder form and has a gold shimmery colour. Perfect when complimenting a tan or bronzed look. I was also pleasantly surprised because the product is highly pigmented and for the price it gives the, MAC Mineralize Skin Finish products a run for their money.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir, £11 - I'm not really going to go too much in detail about this because it's been hyped about so much on so many blogs, I'm sure you don't really want to here about it again! It's a toner-slash-serum-slash-refreshing spray. I've been using a Simple Toner for a while now and it's nearly run out so I thought I'd buy the 30ml to try out. I used this for the first time yesterday by spraying a few pumps on to my face - I'm not even exaggerating when I say that it instantly made me feel more awake and refreshed, it actually scared me for a few seconds to be honest, (lol). It's filled with essential oils and plant active ingredients to smooth and tighten skin/pores and can be also used on top of make-up to set it. I haven't been using it long enough to tell you exactly what I think, but I am really intrigued to find out if it's any good.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in, 'Black Cherry', £7.49 - This was my first Revlon purchase ever. I've been trying to find a lovely dark purple lipstick with red undertones for some time but haven't had any luck and I didn't want to buy an expensive one just incase it didn't turn out as good as I'd expected. Saying that, I am loving the colour of this and it surprisingly lasts all day. The only thing I'd say is that it looks a lot better with a lip liner being applied as a base because it does easily smudge due to it having a sheen. 

Bio-Oil, (prices vary due to size) - I bought this because I wanted to get rid, or reduce, some scars and blemishes I have. I'm a bit skeptical as to whether it will work but I apply this twice a day and rub it in. It is quite expensive but I do like the way it smells and if it works it's definitely worth the money. 

Have you tried any of the products I have bought? Are they any good or not worth a re-purchase?

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Nails Of The Day: Model's Own - Indian Ocean

('Model's Own' Nail Polish in, Indian Ocean: £5)

First of all, sorry for the not-so-brilliant image and not-so great nails, I really was rushed for time!
Anyway, I really love love love this nail polish. This particular colour is part of the Model's Own BeetleJuice Collection which you can look at: here. As it says on the website, the polishes of this collection are, 'inspired by the beautiful wings of a beetle' meaning that the shades of all the polishes are multi-tonal and in different lights the shimmering shades differ.
I picked up, 'Indian Ocean' because I fell in love with the colour - it's so unique from any other polish I have seen. Indian Ocean is an iridescent, pearlescent blue with pink undertones, although in some light I also noticed green and silver shimmers. It really is one of those nail colours that will get you a lot of attention when wearing it. So many people complimented the colour when I wore it. 
With this nail polish, to get an opaque finish, you need three coats. Personally, when applying nail varnish I only like to apply two at most because anything more appears gloopy and I therefore can tend to pick it off easier, however, with this, it applied so so smoothly and thinly it didn't feel gunky at all. It was also very chip-resistant so it is definitely worth the five pounds I paid for it. For an even more opaque finish you could apply a thin, white/shimmery pink base coat for a different final finish. The nail polish is actually quite big as well compared to the other nail polishes in my collection from other brands so you are definitely getting your money's worth. This is the first Model's Own nail polish I have bought and I am super happy with the way it applies and it's longevity. 

Have any of you tried any of the Model's Own nail polishes?

Tuesday, 5 June 2012


Just a quick little post to say that if anyone has, Instagram and wants to follow me on it, my username is: katielovess. I tend to post pictures frequently on there so it would be nice to have some new followers. :-) 

Will check out anyone who follows me on there too! 


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