Sunday, May 19, 2024

Mint Green Sixties Inspired Eyes- Recreating A Beyoncé Look By Rokael Beauty

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I bookmarked this look to recreate as soon as I saw it. It’s one of the recent looks that Rokael Beauty did for Beyoncé, photographed by Blair Caldwell which you can see below. His looks for her are always incredible but this one stopped me in my tracks. Mint green and sixties inspired, it’s everything I love in a makeup look. If you don’t know, Rokael has his own line of lip products and lashes and they’ve been firmly on my wish list since they were released. The shades and textures look beautiful and the packaging is something special. Check out rokaelbeauty.com to see more. The sixties cut crease is so easy to do with the Lisa Eldridge Seamless Glide Eye Pencils. I used Cinder Smoke as it’s a bit softer than black and topped it with Smoke and Mirrors from the Vega palette. I mixed a few shades for the mint eyes, mine is a bit more saturated but I still loved how it turned out. I used Lisa Eldridge Kitten Flick and Kitten Lash, the perfect liner and mascara for this kind of look. I finished the eyes with a few of the Sweed No Lash- Lash individual false eyelashes. I contoured my lips using two different NYX lip pencils and then added Songbird Gloss Embrace from Lisa Eldridge. The brushes make such a difference for a look like this, the MYKITCO and Spectrum Collections X KJH brushes make a look like this so much easier to achieve. I loved recreating this makeup, trying to find the right shades and wearing my hair a little differently than how I usually would to match the overall aesthetic. It was so much fun, sixties inspired makeup usually has a strong element of playfulness to me and that's one of my favourite things about makeup. 































By Beauty Bay Pastels Palette (Daze) (limited edition, similar here

Morphe x Nyane Palette (Yung Metsi) (limited edition, similar here)








Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof (02 Noir Intense) 











IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush (discontinued, similar here)

Zoeva 128 Cream Cheek Brush (discontinued, similar here

Spectrum Collections X KJH 08 (powder), 13 (eye blending), 18 (lips), 21 (eyes) 




Lancôme X Louvre Brush (limited edition, similar here









Thank you for taking the time to read this post, I'd love to know what you think of this look, would you wear it or are there any elements of it you'd wear? If there are any specific product reviews you would like to see from me please let me know. If you'd like to support my work as a Content Creator, you can do so through Buy Me A Coffee


Emma x






Sunday, May 5, 2024

Maximalist Mermaid- Anam Cosmetics and Half Magic Beauty

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If you regularly see my content, you'll know I'm a huge fan of the brand Half Magic. I wrote a review of the products I bought from the brand when it first launched two years ago which you can read here. A few months ago they launched their Sparkle 911 Collection which included new shades of their Glitterpill Eye Paint + Liner, Magic Drip Glitter Lip Gloss and Sculptitude 2-in-1 Lip Liner. I always love seeing the campaign images for their collections and as soon as I saw the image below, I saved it so I could recreate it. I'm not able to buy any new releases at the moment as I'm not working (I'm currently a stay at home parent), so I used the products I already had to recreate this look instead of buying the products that were used. 




At the end of last year I was sent some products from a new Irish beauty brand called Anam Cosmetics. At the moment they have one product, their Biodegradable Glitter Eyeshadow which is available in three shades, Gold, Taupe and Teal. I filmed a video for Instagram swatching the shades which you can see here.  Their brand slogan is "áilleacht le hanam" which means "Beauty with Soul" in Gaeilge (the Irish language). "Anam" is the Irish word for soul (it's pronounced like the name Anna with an M at the end). Sustainability is at the heart of the brand. The packaging is fully recyclable and the glitter is biodegradable and made from plant-derived, renewable materials, completely plastic-free and vegan.  They are also cruelty-free and Leaping Bunny approved. On their website they have a Sustainability section with a breakdown of each ingredient and its purpose. I love seeing this from brands as I'm very interested in the ingredients that are used in cosmetics and skincare. When I'm writing a review I like to research the ingredients to see if the claims a brand makes about a product are legitimate. In the past few years there's been a surge in brands using greenwashing terms when marketing products. There's a balance between explaining why and how you are choosing to try to do things that make a difference to the environment and brands that scare monger and allude to other brands as being harmful. I appreciate that Anam has chosen to explain everything on their website and the brand has been founded on these principles rather than using them as a marketing ploy. I love seeing an Irish brand doing something different from all of the other Irish beauty brands, it's so refreshing. I've been loving using these eyeshadows. I included the application video of this look below so you can see me using the Teal shade. 

Anam Cosmetics Biodegradable Glitter Eyeshadow- Gold, Taupe and Teal


I had the Half Magic Face Gems that were used in the look and different shades of the Sculptitude Lip Liner and Magic Drip Lip Gloss, so I used those instead. I wanted an ethereal glow on my cheeks so I used the new Lancôme Idôle Tint in the shade 07 Earth Red mixed with Auric Glow Lust in Morganite and then added some extra glow using the KJH.Brand Hyper Shine High Lite in the shade Lite Pink. I knew I wanted glitter and glow on my eyes, lips and cheeks so I kept my base a soft matte using the Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Foundation which is one of my favourite foundations. I intensified the freckles across my nose and cheeks using the NYX Micro Brow Pencil to give my skin more of a fresh appearance as the foundation has a bit more coverage. I loved how this look turned out and I think the Teal eyeshadow is perfect. This would be ideal festival/ gig makeup or even just for a night out (or to wear to do your grocery shopping if you're me!) You could use any shade on the eyes and change the gem placement depending on your eye shape. I'd love to know what you think!














*Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Foundation (Porcelain 140)

Smashbox Under Eye Brightening Corrector (Light/Medium)

Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Concealer (Crème)

Fenty Beauty Match Stix (Amber)

Makeup By Mario Softsculpt Transforming Skin Enhancer (Light)

NYX Professional Makeup Lift & Snatch Brow Tint Pen (Ash Brown)

West Barn Co. Soap Brows Extra Strong Hold

*Anam Cosmetics Biodegradable Glitter Eyeshadow (Teal) 

*Sweed Cloud Mascara

*Sweed Satin Kohl Eyeliner (Bright) 

Half Magic Beauty Face Gems (Iridescent Sparkle)

Half Magic Beauty Face Pearls (Bold Metallic)

Half Magic Beauty Sculptitude 2-in-1 Lip Liner (I’ll Pray For You)

Half Magic Beauty Magic Drip Glitter Lip Gloss (Frosty B*tch) 

Kosas Revealer Concealer (01N)

Kosas Cloud Set Powder (Airy) 

*Lancôme Idôle Tint Liquid Eye-Blusher (07 Earth Red) 

Auric Cosmetics Glow Lust Radiant Luminizer (Morganite) 

KJH.Brand Hyper Shine High Lite Kit (Lite Pink)

NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil (Ash Brown)

MAC Fix + Stay Over


*IT Cosmetics CC+ Skin-Perfecting Brush (discontinued, similar here)

Spectrum Collections X KJH 05 (blush), 21 (lips)

Rebeluna R14 Mini Domed Kabuki Brush (sculpting)

*bareMinerals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush 

KJH.Brand No. 1 Brush 

Real Techniques Setting Brush 

MYKITCO Pro 1.11 My Tiny Liner 

*Lancôme X Louvre (limited edition, similar here)

West Barn Co. The Brow Brush 

Half Magic Beauty Adornment Tweezers 

Surratt Relevée Eyelash Curler



Thank you for taking the time to read this post, I'd love to know what you think of this look, would you wear it or are there any elements of it you'd wear? If there are any specific product reviews you would like to see from me please let me know. If you'd like to support my work as a Content Creator, you can do so through Buy Me A Coffee


Emma x

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Strawberry Letter 23- Moondust Eyes and Prada Lips

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This look is from February as I'm a bit behind with my blog posts. I've been trying to write a corresponding post for every makeup application video I film. I wanted to take close-up photos of the makeup so that you can see the end result as well as the application. I had just received this palette and lipstick in press drops and I was so excited to try both. 

I was taken with this lipstick as soon as I saw it at the Prada Beauty counter. It’s such a happy, strawberry, summer red. I wanted to base the whole look around the lipstick but I also wanted to try out the Moondust Eyeshadow Palette so I just decided to go for it. I loved how this look turned out, three of my favourite things combined, wet look eyeshadow, a little cat eye and red lips. 

The Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadows have been around for years but in the past year or two, they have had a resurgence mainly due to the virality of the shade Space Cowboy. I don't own that particular shade but a couple of years ago when they were repackaged I was sent the shade Lithium which is a beautiful cool brown. It's not as versatile as Space Cowboy but it's a great one and done wet-look eyeshadow. I was never tempted by Space Cowboy mainly because I have my collection of Bodyography Glitter Pigments which I love and they have always scratched my wet-look eyeshadow itch. Coincidentally, a couple of weeks before I received the Moondust Palette, I bought my second Moondust single eyeshadow in the shade Solstice (which you can see here). Last Year Urban Decay released two Limited Edition Moondust Quads, Space Rider and Galactic Cowgirl. I was sent the latter and even though Space Cowboy is in the Space Rider palette, I prefer the shades in the one I was sent. For some reason these palettes are Limited Edition and I can only find Space Rider on Millies and Galactic Cowgirl on Boots. I think they should be permanent considering the popularity of the Moondust formula. It seems like a mistake for Urban Decay to not make them a part of the permanent collection. All that to say, if they interest you and you can find them somewhere that ships to you, be aware that they are limited edition and may be gone soon. Although there are similar shades to most of the ones in the palettes in the single Moondust range. 

I did a wash of the Moondust shade Cosmic Cowgirl and then a thin winged liner just on the outer corner. Even though I was pairing glitter eyeshadow, liner and red lipstick, I wanted it to not be too much. I hope you like the look! 













*Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Primer

*Prada Beauty Reveal Skin Foundation (LC5)

Smashbox Under Eye Brightening Corrector (Light/Medium)

Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick (Amber)

Makeup By Mario Softsculpt Transforming Skin Enhancer (Light)

NYX Professional Makeup Lift & Snatch! Brow Tint Pen (Ash Brown)

West Barn Co. Prep Mist

West Barn Co. Soap Brows Extra Strong Hold 

*Urban Decay Naked X Robin Eisenberg Palette (Moonsand, Solar Storm) 

*Urban Decay Moondust Palette (Cosmic Cowgirl) 

*Surratt Auto-Graphique Liner (Chat Noir) 

*Sweed Cloud Mascara 

Victoria Beckham Beauty Instant Brightening Waterline Pencil 

*Unleashia Glitterpedia Eye Palette (04 All of Lavender Fog) via Stylevana

Givenchy Beauty Prisme Libre Skin-Caring Concealer (N95) 

Finding Ferdinand X Kackie Reviews Beauty Summer Abroad Cream Blush (Latte, Au Lait)

NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil (Ash Brown) 

*Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder 

*Prada Beauty Monochrome Hyper Matte Lipstick (R26 Lava) 



*IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe #7 Brush 

MYKITCO 0.6 My Flawless Contour (blush)

MYKITCO 1.29 My Sheer Blender

Rebeluna R24 Small Pencil Brush (lower lash line)

Rebeluna R08 Domed Concealer Buffer Brush (concealer) 

Spectrum Collections X KJH 08 (powder) 

West Barn Co. The Brow Brush

Surratt Relevée Eyelash Curler 



Thank you for taking the time to read this post, I'd love to know what you think of this look, would you wear it or are there any elements of it you'd wear? If there are any specific product reviews you would like to see from me please let me know. If you'd like to support my work as a Content Creator, you can do so through Buy Me A Coffee

Emma x







Saturday, April 13, 2024

Silver Dagger- Prada Beauty Eyes and Lips

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A couple of months ago I was sent a press drop of one of the Prada Beauty Dimensions Eyeshadow Palettes. The palette name is 02 Profusion which as you can see has the most amazing colour story with a pop of chartreuse yellow. It’s based on a print from the Prada house archive and contains four different finishes- satin, soft matte, hyper matte and mega foil. I also have a swatching video of the palette so you can see the detail close up. I wanted to do quite a simple look so that I could get a feel for the eyeshadow formula. I used the silver mega foil formula and the mink satin formula and they are so creamy and easy to work with, I have included the application video of this look below so you can see just how easily they apply and blend out. There are six palettes, each with a bright pop of colour alongside some gorgeous neutrals. 

On my lips, I used the Prada Beauty Hyper Matte lipstick that I bought a couple of months ago from Selfridges. I've been sent a couple of these lipsticks too but the shade I bought is B01 Argile. It had my heart from the moment I saw it last year when Prada Beauty first launched. It's a beautiful light neutral shade that almost has some grey to it. I've seen this shade on various skin tones and it looks great on everyone. It's a matte formula but I like to wear it over a lip balm too for a more sheer and hydrating finish. If you're near a Prada Beauty counter, I highly recommend checking out these lipsticks in person because the formulas are beautiful and there are some really unique shades. 

I’ve been wanting to use these Bakeup Beauty Daggers again and I thought this would be the perfect look, using them almost as bottom eyelashes paired with the silver eyelids. I'm also wearing the Prada Foundation which has quickly become one of my favourite base products. I've been using it for four months now and I absolutely love it. I'm planning on doing a full review as I know it's been one of the most popular foundation launches of the last year. I'll take before and after photos and compare the shade to my other base products for reference. I hope you enjoy seeing the makeup and products up close in the photos below!
































Pat McGrath Divine Blush (Fleurtatious) 



*Sweed Lip Liner (Barely There)





*IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin Brush 













Thank you for taking the time to read this post, I'd love to know what you think of this look, would you wear it or are there any elements of it you'd wear? If there are any specific product reviews you would like to see from me please let me know. If you'd like to support my work as a Content Creator, you can do so through Buy Me A Coffee

Emma x

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