Monday, October 14, 2019

Noir Et Blanc

At the beginning of September I saw some images of the new Chanel Beauty Autumn/Winter Collection from Lucia Pica, Chanel's Global Creative Make up and Colour Designer. The collection is called Noir et Blanc de Chanel and consists of the usual deep shades in eyeshadow quads, lipsticks and liners contrasted with fresh skin, white nails and iridescent lip glosses, top coats and gels. In the imagery for the collection there are monochromatic burgundy looks and icy, shimmery looks as well as full on drama with dark eyes and lips together. 

I found the whole collection so inspiring despite it having a lot of the components of a typical Autumn/Winter makeup collection. There's something for everyone whether you love fresh, dewy skin and gloss or if you prefer smoky eyes and deep burgundy lips or a combination of both. 

I was particularly taken by this look with the "dégradé" cool, smoky eyes and dark lips. There's something a bit 1920s about it to me, which is fitting seeing as we're a few months from being in the twenties again. It could be too much and for some it probably is, but I think keeping the rest of the skin free from any noticeable blush, bronzer or contouring means it's not over the top. I used both Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter and Glossier Haloscope in Moonstone to highlight certain parts of my face since part of the collection is very glossy skin, eyes and lips, I wanted to incorporate some of that into this look to contrast with the strong colours and keep my skin looking fresh. 

I used black pencil liner and a mixture of black, grey and silver eyeshadows on my lids going from dark along the lash line blending up to the lightest shade and then lightly pressed some of Bodyography Halo glitter pigment on top for some iridescence. You could try this with any colour, it would be beautiful with browns or burgundy and reds. On my lips I used the colour Lucia used in the campaign images, Rouge Allure Velvet Extrême Lipstick in Rouge Obscur. I probably have a few lipsticks similar to this one but I saw it in the airport in Nice on the way home from our holiday and I couldn't resist it. I wear these kinds of colours a lot in the Winter, they look amazing as the main focus of a makeup look with just mascara and some pink toned blush. 

I also took some photos wearing this look with a more nude lipstick just so you can see how it might look pared back slightly. I love it both ways and the second is definitely more easy to wear during the daytime. Let me know what you think!

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*Lancôme Prep & Hydrate Illuminating Make-up Primer
*Urban Decay Stay Naked Foundation (10NN)
*Urban Decay Stay Naked Concealer (10NN)
Soapbrows Kit
Glossier Brow Flick Eyebrow Detailing Pen (Brown)
Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick (Amber)
*bareMinerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer (Fair)
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter (1 Fair)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Anti-Aging
Sephora Collection Mixology Palette (Sweet & Warm)
Urban Decay Born to Run Palette (Jet and Drift)
Sephora Collection 12hr Colorful Contour Eyeliner (02 Clubbing Stilettos)
Bodyography Glitter Pigment (Halo)
L'Oréal Paris Paradise Mascara
Glossier Cloud Paint Cream Blush (Dusk)
Glossier Haloscope Face Highlighter (Moonstone)
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Extrême Lipstick (130 Rouge Obscur)
Estée Lauder Pure Colour Crystal Lipstick (Crystal Baby) (Discontinued, similar here)
*L'Oréal Paris Infaillible Magic Loose Powder

*Press Sample

Emma x






Sunday, October 6, 2019

Into The Wild

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen this look that I posted during the week. I bought the Into the Wild palette from Diego dalla Palma earlier this week. I had been eyeing it up for a while as I thought it was such an unusual combination of quite unique shades. I found it in the M&S Beauty Hall on sale and I couldn't resist picking it up despite the fact that I have more palettes than I could probably get through in a lifetime. What can I say, I'm an addict. 

This palette was part of their limited edition 2019 Cruise Collection which had beautiful tropical/safari inspired products. It's still available on their website if you fancy a look. Diego dalla Palma is an Italian brand and I've only tried one product from them before now, their Ciglione Mascara which I really liked. Italy is known for manufacturing a lot of beauty products, so many brands have products that are made there. I definitely want to try out more from this brand as they seem to have a great reputation. 

I went to the launch of the Urban Decay Naked Honey palette during the week and as it's inspired by the seventies, it got me researching the makeup of that era. This look was obviously subconsciously inspired by the seventies looks I saved during the week (Jerry Hall in particular). I was incredibly impressed by how these eyeshadows performed, they're so pigmented and blend with ease. I didn't think I'd be able to do a look with all four of the shades and make it work but I love how it turned out.  I also went a bit more heavy handed on the blush and bronzer than I usually would to keep with the seventies feel. I used a lip combination I hadn't tried before, the Primark PS Lip Liner in Foxy Nude which is a great warm toned nude for fair skin all over my lips and some of the Alex Steinherr X Primark Plump & Glow Lip Gloss in the centre for some dimension. I'm excited to try more looks with this palette, each shade is beautiful in its own right. 

I had a few breakouts this week including a huge painful one on my chin so I brought out the bareMinerals BAREPRO Foundation and it worked a treat at covering what I wanted it to without looking too heavy. It's my go-to foundation for when I need more full coverage. I think pairing it with earthy toned colour makeup helped a lot as I avoided bringing out the redness in my skin and drawing attention to the blemishes. 

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Glossier Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen SPF 30
*bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation (Fair)
*bareMinerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer (Fair)
Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick (Amber)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (Medium Brown)
Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Gel (Medium Brown)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Anti-Aging
Diego dalla Palma Into the Wild Eyeshadow Palette
L'Oréal Paris Paradise Mascara
KIKO Milano Glamorous Eye Pencil (401 Golden Hazelnut) (Discontinued, similar here)
YSL Beauty Touche Éclat (1)
Glossier Cloud Paint Cream Blush (Dusk)
Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter (Moonstone)
Fenty Beauty Killawat Freestyle Highlighter (Hu$tla Baby)
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Travel Size (Dim Light)
Primark Beauty PS Lip Liner Pencil (Foxy Nude)
Alex Steinherr X Primark Plump & Glow Plumping Lip Gloss

*Press Sample

Have you tried Diego dalla Palma? What do you think of seventies makeup?

Emma x



Sunday, September 29, 2019

Voluptuous Nude

The Emmy Awards were on last weekend and as usual I was more interested in the style and makeup than who won what (although I was very happy that both Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Bill Hader won awards). I follow a lot of celebrity and editorial makeup artists on Instagram including Jenn Streicher who often does makeup for Mandy Moore, including on Sunday night. She looked stunning in a red and pink dress but I was especially enamoured by her hair and makeup which was classic, glamorous and understated, the perfect accompaniment to such a colourful dress. From a distance it seemed like a typical brown smokey eye and nude lipstick, but the glitter was an unexpected addition that gave the look some extra dimension.

I immediately wanted to recreate the look as it was so beautiful on Mandy Moore and it's been a while since I've done something smoky like this. Jenn used Lorac products for the look so I decided to break out my Lorac Pro Palette that's been sadly underused over the past couple of years. I used the shades Cream, Taupe, Mauve, Sable and Pewter to create a rounded but slightly winged out shape with a deepened crease, lighter lid, some bronze liner along my waterline and topped it off with some bronze glitter from the Pixi Glitter-y Eye Quad.

I used Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk on my cheeks as the overall look is quite warm and tonal so I wanted my blush to be a neutral shade. The lipstick Jenn used is quite a light nude so I brought out the palest nude I own, Voluptuous Nude by Givenchy which is now sadly discontinued but it's a gorgeous shade and paired with the Pillow Talk Lip Cheat from Charlotte Tilbury it turned out a bit darker and warmer than usual. Obviously you could recreate this look with any colour palette or tones to suit your skin. It's quite a simple look overall but it's so effective and the perfect red carpet look with a slight sparkly twist. I love seeing red carpet makeup that has something different to it.

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*bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation (Fair)
*bareMinerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer (Fair)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (Medium Brown)
Glossier Boy Brow (Brown)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Anti-Aging
Revlon So Fierce! Vinyl Eyeliner (Mighty Mocha)
KIKO Glamorous Eye Pencil (401 Golden Hazelnut) (Discontinued, similar here)
LORAC PRO Palette
Pixi Beauty Glitter-y Eye Quad (RoseBronze)
L'Oréal Paris Paradise Mascara
YSL Beauty Touche Éclat (1)
Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick (Amber)
**Glossier Cloud Paint Cream Blush (Dusk and Beam)
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter (Moonstone)
*L'Oréal Paris Infallible Magic Loose Powder
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat (Pillow Talk)
Givenchy Rouge Interdit Lipstick (Voluptuous Nude) (Discontinued, similar here)

*Press Sample
**I bought Dusk, Beam is a press sample

What do you think of this look?

Emma x

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Hardcore Velvet

I placed a Glossier order before I went on holiday which included a new set called The Ready Set which includes a Milky Jelly Cleanser, Boy Brow and a Balm Dot Com all of which I needed to repurchase. I also bought the Colorslide Eye Pencil in Hardcore Velvet which is a deep teal shade that I thought would be great to wear for Autumn and Winter. In the airport in Nice I bought a Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Extrême Lipstick in the shade Rouge Obscur from the new Noir et Blanc collection, it's a beautiful rich berry/burgundy shade in a matte finish. I wanted to pair the two products together as they both have a velvet finish and I thought it would be a good contrast against my holiday skin with all my freckles. 

I used Double Wear Light Foundation so that you can still see my skin, I also used the Clarins cream bronzer for a sun kissed look which I thought would add to the contrast with the dark matte lips and teal liner. I applied YSL Touche Éclat and double highlighter to bring extra glow and light to my face and the L'Oréal Paris Paradise Mascara I bought in Duty Free too as it gives lots of volume and length which is exactly what you need with a liner like this. I used the tiniest amount of powder just under my eyes as I wanted my skin to be as luminous as possible. I really love how this look turned out. It's so simple but I think the colours work well together especially against my fresh and freckly post-holiday skin. The liner is such a unique shade I can't wait to try other ways of wearing it. 

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Glossier Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen SPF 30
Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation (1N2 Ecru)
*Clarins Glow 2 Go Blush and Highlighter Duo (02 Golden Peach)
Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick (Amber)
Soapbrows Kit
Glossier Brow Flick (Brown)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Anti-Aging
*bareMinerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer (Fair)
YSL Beauté Touche Éclat (1)
Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler
Glossier Play Colorslide Technogel Eye Pencil (Hardcore Velvet)
L'Oréal Paris Paradise Mascara
**Glossier Cloud Paint Cream Blush (Dusk and Storm)
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter (1 Fair)
*Glossier Play Niteshine Highlighter Concentrate (Platinum Rose)
Chanel Beauty Rouge Allure Velvet Extrême Lipstick (130 Rouge Obscur)

*Press Sample
**Storm is a press sample, I bought Dusk myself

Is anyone else excited for Autumnal makeup? What do you think of this shade of liner?

Emma x



Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Purple Rain

A couple of weeks ago I did a sixties inspired liner look but I wasn't crazy about how the liner turned out so I did what I always do when I want to salvage my makeup- added glitter!

I bought this Pixi Beauty Glitter-y Eye Quad a while ago and haven't played with it much so I tried out the purple glitter shade in a winged shape over my existing liner and I really loved the finished look. The glitters are a cream formula which makes them so easy to work with. I used a flat brush to apply it in a winged out graphic shape and barely had to tidy it up at all as the glitter adheres to your lids straight away. I have the BluePearl quad too, which you may have seen me use here and here. These quads are great for anyone who wants to try out glitter but doesn't want to faff around with loose glitter pigments, glitter glue and fallout. With these products you get a lot of impact with very little skill or effort.

I'm still testing out the new No7 Foundation since my last post and so far I'm really loving it, I might do a full post on it and compare it to the IT Cosmetics CC Cream which I find is quite similar.

The two lip glosses I used are both inexpensive and beautiful on. I lined my lips first with my trusty No7 Precision Lips Pencil that I've used for years and although it's not pictured, I actually very slightly lined the very outside of my lips with the Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Brown as I was going for the 60s Sharon Tate look and apparently that's a trick she used on her lips. I applied the e.l.f. Lip Plumping Gloss all over in a light layer and then the Catrice one on top in the centre of my lips as it's lighter and more pink toned. I'll try the sixties look again as people seemed to really love it when I tried it first and posted it on Instagram


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No7 Protect and Perfect Advanced All in One Foundation (Porcelain)
*Urban Decay Stay Naked Concealer (10NN)
*bareMinerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer (Fair)
Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick (Amber)
Soapbrows Kit
Glossier Brow Flick (Brown)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Anti-Aging 
Sephora Mixology Palette (Sweet & Warm)
Tarte Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner
Pixi Beauty Glitter-y Eye Quad (RoseBronze)
Hourglass Caution Mascara
**Glossier Cloud Paint (Dusk and Beam)
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter (1 Fair)
*Glossier Play Niteshine Highlighter Concentrate (Platinum Rose)
No7 Precision Lips Pencil (Nude)
e.l.f. Lip Plumping Gloss (Mocha Twist)
Catrice Volumizing Lip Booster

*Press Sample
**I bought Dusk, Beam is a press sample

Are you a glitter fan?

Emma x



Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Total Eclipse of the Rose

I'm currently sitting in our apartment in a very rainy South of France and since there's not much to do except swim in the rain which I've already done, I thought I'd finish this blog post. I haven't been wearing much makeup at all on holiday, as much as I love makeup, going to the beach barefaced is the only option as far as I'm concerned. But I took photos of this look from last weekend and I wanted to share them. 

I posted a look similar to this a couple of months ago on my Instagram and I really liked how it turned out so I wanted to recreate it for the blog. I liked the combination of different shades of pink in different finishes. I started with the rosy matte shade Backtalk from the Urban Decay palette of the same name that I've mentioned here several times before, then added the Bodyography glitter pigment in the shade Eclipse on top which is more of a cool toned pink that adds dimension and an almost wet-look. I applied the Hourglass Caution Mascara because it gives quite a bit of volume which I think is needed with a look like this. 

For my base I've been trying out the latest foundation offering from No7 that I bought when it came out recently. Anyone who has been following me for a while knows I love No7 foundations and I was extra excited to see that this new one not only has Protect and Perfect Serum skincare technology to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles but it also has a broad spectrum SPF 50 in it which protects against UVA and UVB rays. I've only tried it a few times so far but it does remind me of the IT Cosmetics CC Cream in the texture, finish and the fact that it has SPF 50 and skincare ingredients. It's definitely one to look into if you want more from your foundation than just coverage. 

I've been mixing the Urban Decay Stay Naked Concealer and the bareMinerals Complete Coverage Serum Concealer and I love the combination of the two which gives me coverage, lasting power and a brightening effect.  

I've also been loving using my Soapbrows kit and Brow Flick for my eyebrows. I love the feathery look I get from using the soap and how well it holds my brows in place. I've seen some flack online from people saying its ridiculous to spend money on Soapbrows when you can buy clear soap for much cheaper, pop it into a container and just use water or whatever fixing spray you have and a spoolie. That's very true of course and it's been a makeup artist technique for years that I only discovered within the past year. However I really like the way Soapbrows comes with everything you need and it's all done for you, if you want to go and buy a clear soap from Boots, that's completely up to you. Most of the beauty industry is spending your money on things that are overpriced and do the same thing as less expensive products but it's up to the individual how they choose to spend their money and it's not up to me or anyone else to judge another person for what they buy. 

I finished the look with the gorgeous Skyscraper Rose from Lisa Eldridge, you could of course wear a more neutral lip colour with this eye, or even red would look great with it but I loved all the contrasting shades of pink. 

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No7 Protect and Perfect Advanced All in One Foundation (Porcelain)
*Urban Decay Stay Naked Concealer (10NN)
*bareMinerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer (Fair)
Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler
Soapbrows Kit
Glossier Brow Flick
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Anti-Aging
*Urban Decay Backtalk Palette (Backtalk)
Bodyography Glitter Pigment (Eclipse)
Hourglass Caution Mascara
Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick (Amber)
**Glossier Cloud Paint Cream Blush (Dusk and Haze)
Glossier Haloscope Face Highlighter (Moonstone)
*L'Oréal Paris Infaillible Magic Loose Powder
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
Lisa Eldridge Insanely Saturated Lip Colour Skyscraper Rose 

*Press Sample
** I bought Dusk, Haze is a press sample

Would you try this tonal pink look? Have you tried any of these products?

Emma x




Monday, September 2, 2019

Mixology

A couple of weeks ago I was in Berlin for my birthday and of course I made it my business to visit the Sephora in Alexanderplatz. I bought a few things that aren't available here in Ireland, a couple of the Sephora Collection Retractable Waterproof Eyeliners, a Tarte Cosmetics eye set with a mini Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara and Double Take Eyeliner, Lanolips Lip Water and a Sephora Collection Colorful Metal Effect Eyeshadow in the shade Pinkalicious. When I was paying the sales assistant put a Sephora palette in my bag and said it was a free gift. I have no idea why, but after using it a few times now I'm delighted with it. 

It's the Sephora Mixology palette which comes in two colourways- Sweet & Warm (which is what I was given) and Hot & Spicy. It was apparently released a couple of years ago and contains 18 shades of 6 colour combinations, 9 are matte and 9 are shimmer so an overall great mix of shades and finishes. Honestly I wasn't expecting much from this palette, despite being a big fan of the Sephora Collection products. I guess because it was a free gift I figured it must not be great. Then I tried it and I had to eat my words. It's not life changing and the colours are fairly neutral and basic but the eyeshadows are easy to blend and pigmented and I love how the palette is laid out so you know which colours work well together. I've actually worn the bottom left trio several times now as well as some of the other shades and it's gotten me back into wearing more than one eyeshadow at a time which has been fun! The double ended brush it comes with is surprisingly good too. I've been loving wearing cool tones recently and especially sixties inspired looks so I hope you like the look below which I've been wearing a lot over the past couple of weeks. 

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Glossier Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen SPF 30
No7 HydraLuminous Moisturising Foundation (Porcelain)
*bareMinerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer (Fair)
Soapbrows Kit
Glossier Brow Flick (Brown)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Anti-Aging
Sephora Mixology Palette (Sweet &Warm)
Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara
Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick (Amber)
**Glossier Cloud Paint Cream Blush (Dusk and Beam)
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter (1 Fair)
Glossier Haloscope Face Highlighter (Moonstone)
*L'Oréal Paris Infallible Magic Loose Powder
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat (Pillow Talk)
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick (Pillow Talk)

*Press Sample
**I bought Dusk, Beam was a press sample

I recently repurchased the No7 HydraLuminous Foundation which is probably the first foundation I've used up and repurchased in a long time. I used it with this look because I wanted my skin to be luminous rather than matte so I didn't look too overdone. I paired the cool eyes with warm blush and pink/nude lips in the form of Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk which is still one of my favourite neutral lipsticks.

What do you think of cool tones? Has anyone tried this palette?


Emma x


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