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FACE OF THE DAY

 

Part of my Super Busy Week Of Awesome (Which Unfortunately Gave Me The Flu) was going to a a gig where a friend of mine was playing. Because I was going to a club, I decided to amp up the makeup a little and give the Rock Chick look from Charlotte Tilbury a try– smoky eyes, nude lips, etc. Here’s how it turned out:

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I was pretty happy with it overall, although because I was over-nighting in a hotel, I only brought travel size foundation, and you can see by the comparison with my neck that it was just a tad too dark for my skin! You can also see the messy, un-made hotel beds behind me, oops. Mother would be so ashamed that I didn’t make my bed that morning, but I was just so ill that it was a struggle to dress and do makeup, much less anything else. I’m pulling such a weird face in this photo, too, mostly due to trying to look awake and like I wasn’t going to keel over and throw up at any minute. I can’t even blame having been on the town the night before (since I wasn’t; we did a spa evening instead). I can only attribute it to the oncoming sickness which has currently has me bed-bound.

Here’s what I was wearing:

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Benefit Porefessional Primer
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in #100
Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer in #02 Light
Benefit Brow Zings in Blonde
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eye Palette in Rock Chick
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They’re Real mascara
Clinique Quick Blush in #05 Pronto Pink
Wet & Wild Balm Megaslicks Stain in E128
Estee Lauder Pure Colour Gloss in Sparkling Shell

The eagle-eyed may also have spotted that I’m sporting some kind of glitter about the cheeks– couldn’t tell you what it was, since my friend applied it when she squeezed out too much for herself by mistake! I packed pretty light for this trip, and this was more or less all the makeup I brought, aside from a red lip gloss to give me an alternative look, if I should want one.

I do love the Tilbury palettes, but I can’t help feeling they’re not quite as versatile as the Naked ones. Obviously, the Nakeds are far larger and thus less easy to pack, but they’re also cheaper, despite being of similar quality. I’m planning to mess about with my Tilbury quads a bit in the future to see what can be achieved with them in terms of versatility, but I don’t know how far it’s possible to deviate from the “prescribed” look with them. Packing Rock Chick was perfect for me for this particular trip, as it was an overnight stay which involved wearing only no makeup (spa time) and heavy makeup (gig time), but I don’t think it would have been nearly as useful as one of my Naked palettes if I’d been staying longer and had a greater range of activities planned. Maybe I’ll change my mind after a bit of practice, though?

Have you tried the Rock Chick eye quad from Charlotte Tilbury? Are you a fan of the heavy eye/nude lip style? Do you have any suggestions for using this palette in other ways? Drop me a line and let me know!

-A-

FACE OF THE DAY

The other day, I posted up my OOTD, but thought it might be fun to do a separate FOTD post for the makeup I had on at the time, because it actually turned out pretty well!

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Here’s a rundown of the products I used:

Skin
Kiehl’s MicroBlur Skin Perfector
Inglot Cream Concealer in #60
Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer in #02 Light

Eyes
Eylure Brow Palette in Blonde
Urban Decay Naked #1 (Virgin and Gunmetal)
Max Factor Masterpiece Waterproof Mascara in Black

Lips
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre in Red Vixen

Cheeks
Estee Lauder Tender Blush in Rose Nuance

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My skin is actually not acting up terribly at the moment, so I was able to get away with a little bit of primer and some concealer, applied very gently with my (freshly washed!) fingertips. I’d intended to have the focus on the lips, but the eyes turned out more intense than I’d intended, so instead of going overboard on the lips, I skipped the lipstick I was intending to use and went with gloss-only for a lighter look.

In addition to the products above, I used a selection of brushes for this, a mix of Real Techniques, Jemma Kidd, and Catrice:

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Brush #1 is used for blusher, obviously, and despite the fact that I only used two shades on my eyes, I did use the other five brushes on those!

I used the Real Techniques “Deluxe Crease Brush” (#2) to apply Virgin as a base all over the lid and right up to the brow bone. This is a great brush because it’s huge and really soft, so it can do either blending or base application in a jiffy. That done, I then took #4 (the Jemma Kidd pencil brush) to apply Gunmetal to the crease, and blended it out with #3, the Real Techniques Duo Fibre Eye Brush. This brush is surprisingly useful; it doesn’t pick up a lot of product, so if you’ve blended too much, you can easily use it to add a little more colour to your look without having to worry about overdoing it in one stroke.

Then I took #6 (which is from Catrice and is actually a lip brush), dipped the pointy end in the Gunmetal, and applied it very gently along the lower lid, just outside the lash line. The tip of this brush is so fine that you can easily nudge individual lashes out of the way and get a really super precise line– almost like an eyeliner, but much softer. I then did the same on the upper lashes, and blended both out with #5, the Real Techniques Accent Brush.

I finished by curling my eyelashes, applying the mascara, and then letting my lashes dry before curling a second time. While they were drying, I filled in my brows with the Eylure powder, applied a light slick of the Charlotte Tilbury gloss to my lips, and added gentle sweep of the blush to finish up my look. I then gave my lashes another go of the curler just for extra hold (which lasted more or less all day). Overall, I was quite happy with how it worked out!

What products are you loving right now? Which brushes are your go-to godsends? What colours see the most use from your shadow palettes? Drop me a line and let me know!

-A-

INSIDE MY MAKEUP DRAWER #9

Let’s look at some more things Inside My Makeup Drawer! Today we’re delving into my bag of:

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Lipsticks & Glosses

1 x Revlon Just Bitten Kissable (Lovesick)
1 x Wet & Wild Mega Slicks Balm Stain (E127)
1 x PS Love (Pink)
1 x Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick (Sugar Plum)
1 x Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick (Nude Pink)
1 x Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick (To Nude Or Not To Nude?)
1 x Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick (Diva Red)
1 x Max Glaze (Frou)
1 x Inglot Lipstick (138)
1 x Max Factor Lasting Finish Lip Tint  (01)
1 x Max Factor Lasting Finish Lip Tint  (05)
1 x Max Factor Lasting Finish Lip Tint  (60)
1 x Clinique Different Lipstick (Raspberry Glaze)
1 x Clinique Different Lipstick (Blushing Nude Soft Shine)
1 x Clinique Long Last Lipstick (Pink Spice)
1 x Clinique Long Last Lipstick (Blushing Nude)
1 x Clinique Colour Surge Lipstick (Sassy Spice)
1 x Clinique Colour Surge Lipstick (Vintage Red)
1 x Clinique Colour Surge Lipstick (Delovely)
1 x Clinique Moisture Sheer Lipstick (Silver Pink)
2 x Smashbox O-Plump
1 x Chanel Lipgloss (66)
1 x Guerlain  Lipgloss (464)
1 x Technic Lipgloss (Gold)
1 x Estee Lauder Pure Colour Ultra Light Gloss (Sparkling Shell)
1 x Maybelline Super Stay 10H Tint Gloss (Forever Fuchsia)

Holy wow that’s a lot of lipsticks. I had no idea I’d accumulated so many over the years? Some of these are definitely from the Jurassic era! I should probably toss them out, but some of them are just too pretty and difficult to replace…

Do you have any lingering old favourites in your makeup drawer? Do you spy any of your preferred lip colours here? Drop me a line and let me know!
-A-

INSIDE MY MAKEUP DRAWER #8

Next on Inside My Makeup Drawer, part eight:

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Blushers & Highlighters

1 x Autograph Pure Colour Powder
1 x Inglot AMC Face & Body Illuminator 61
1 x Inglot AMC White Highlighting Powder
1 x Estee Lauder Tender Blush Rose Nuance

Not pictured: Benefit Danlion, Nyx Winter In Moscow Pink Blush, Clinque Quick Blush Pronto Pink

I just love blushers; they’re one of the few items of makeup that I wear more or less daily. My collection of these is pretty small, but when it comes to blush, I’m less interested in having several options and more interested in finding the one that most closely matches my natural flush.

Are you a blusher fan? Have you found your perfect blush? Drop me a line and let me know!
-A-

PRODUCTS I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT #4

Continuing on my Products I Can’t Live Without series, I bring you something that’s been on my list of must-haves for a long time now (at least five years):

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Estee Lauder Eye Pencil Duo. This little beauty is super sleek, so it won’t take up much space in your make-up bag (it’s one of the few things that make it into the tiny one I carry around with me), but it really packs a punch. As a general rule, I prefer powder over pencils, but they’re messy to carry around and the packaging is by nature bulky and awkward.

I turn to this to top-up my brow colour during the day if I’ve used a powder in the morning– though it’s often enough on its own, depending on whether my brows need tinting or not. There’s a decent range of colours (four, which for brow products is pretty impressive), and I like the lightest one since anything darker tends to give me cro-magnon face.

Pencils run about €25, which is on the high side, but refills are only €13, which is a long kinder in the long run. To me it’s well worth it for the good colour selections and wearing power: unlike the powder, this stuff tends to last all day long.

Are you a pencil person or a powder person? Is there a better pencil out there I should be using?

Drop me a line and let me know!
-A-