At Least I Have Lashes

I was blessed with quite long natural lashes. And I’ve always been happy about that, but I’m extra glad now, because with the state of my skin thanks to my eczema, I need to stay away from eyeshadow for a bit.

Thankfully, itDSCN1404‘s not noticable on my face. But it is beginning to affect my eyelids, and apart from anything, it makes them very difficult to work with – drier, rougher and more wrinkled than usual. Not an ideal base for nice softly blended eyeshadow.

I’m gutted, as you can imagine. I love all things make-up, but eyeshadow is my real passion. I went to see Warcraft, and I was planning on doing some really heavy themed eyeshadow for it. Instead, this look is what I wore. I know I’m lucky that my lashes alone do a fairly good job of framing my eyes with just a couple of licks of mascara (Revlon Super Length, which I got in my May Glossybox!), but I feel like an artist whose canvas is spoiled. But anyway, since I realised I had to roll with the au naturale look, I’ll talk a bit about what else I did.

I did my eyebrows as usual (in fact a friend of mine suggested that I write a tutorial on how I do them so keep an eye out for that!), though I realised that they might be a little too bold for my face with my eyes so much lighter than normal. After using my normal shade on them I went over them a bit with a paler one, but I’m not sure it made much of a difference.

I always do my eyes first. I’ve seen people call this madness, but I touch my face so often whilst applying my shadows and so on that it wouldn’t make sense to have foundation already done.

After my eyes and brows were done, I primed my face with Maybelline’s Baby Skin Pore Eraser, and then followed with a Rimmel BB cream. I wanted to keep everything pretty light, so I left it at that and set it with a Bare Minerals mineral veil. I popped some blusher on my cheeks (I use a beautiful blush palette I got in a Ted Baker gift set which I also plan on making a post about in future!), and went for my most nude lipstick shade, which again was part of this set.

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I was sceptical of this shade when I first saw it; I don’t usually go for anything with a coral tone to it, and this certainly isn’t something I would have picked up on my own. Even when I first tried it on my lips, I didn’t particularly like it. But I’ve come to love it. It’s so creamy, softly matte, and so easy to both apply and wear.

I also used Champagne Truffle as highlighter again, and I’m completely converted. This is hands down the best highlighting product I’ve used, and I own at least three other products.

As for the eczema – I’ve ordered an Aveeno cream that I’ve seen highly recommended, so hopefully that should help clear things up and I’ll be able to indulge in eyeshadow again as soon as possible. I think that the eczema on my eyelids at least has been aggravated by my use of Simple Oil Balancing wipes, and I’ve heard a few people say that similar things have happened to them, so I’ll be avoiding those from now on.

Do any of you have any eczema-busting miracle remedies? Or any products that have irritated your skin?

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Olive Eyes

I haven’t done much with olive colours before, but I enjoy how they bring out the green in my ambiguous green-blue eyes!

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I was in a bit of a hurry getting ready when I tried out this look, so I again turned to my Glamour Guide from Sweet Peach, and this time went for Southern Belle, which I’d been saving to wear on an evening rather than during the day as it’s quite dark.

It’s a nice easy one to apply, and Bless Her Heart is really such a beautiful shade. I’d never been keen on olive as a colour in any capacity before it made its way into my make-up collection, but now that it’s here, I’ve fallen in love with it. I framed my eyes with liner (no flicks, just lashes – thank you Revlon Super Length!), matched them with my Maybelline gloss and I was good to go (save for the rest of my face, but I’ll go into more detail about my routine where that’s concerned another day, as it doesn’t really vary by much).

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There’s also a little pop of Bellini on the inner corners. I promise I was intending to stay away from it for a while!

I can’t wait to experiment more with this kind of look. When I first saw Bless Her Heart before I even had the palette I was wondering about how it would go with Chocolate Bar’s Guilded Ganache, which is a sort of deeper olive shade with some gold through it, so now I’ve uncovered my love for olive eyeshadows I might delve into that quite soon! Bless Her Heart might be a touch too green to go with it, but we’ll see.

And also, as a bonus to this post: a minimal make-up look I wore to a job interview today!

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Complete with “caught in the rain” hair.

After a few days in a row of experimenting with heavy eyeshadow, it was quite refreshing to try something so much lighter. My interview was for a bakery/sandwich shop, so I had to go for a very minimal look, but I quite liked it!

I should find out if I have the job in the next few days so keep your fingers crossed for me please 🙂

Sparkling Bellini

I know that two posts in one day may be considered excessive by some… but I just have so many looks I want to try out! This one’s been brewing in my head since I got my lovely Too Faced Sweet Peach palette, along with the title Sparkling Bellini.

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For my eye make-up, I mostly used Sweet Peach and Topshop’s Chameleon Glow (more than I’d ordinarily pay for a single shadow at £9, but so pretty and incredibly versatile) in Wax ‘n’ Wane, but when I concocted this look in my head, I also thought that Champagne Truffle, of the Chocolate Bar palette, would be a good base for it. Were I to do it over I would skip this step and instead use Bellini itself for this (or perhaps Nectar, to create a brighter finish?), as I feel that they just mixed and dulled the iridescent fabulousness of the title shade.

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A reference, since I’m naming so many shades. Also another excuse to photograph this palette because look at it.

I chose to use Caramelized blended upwards from my crease, and it was a little darker than I’d anticipated – in my head this look was more subtle, not much more than a hint of pink sparkle around the eyes – but it ended up working well, and I even blended in a touch of Peach Pit to darken it slightly more. Then, I layered Bellini over the Champagne Truffle on my lid, before finishing off by dusting Wax ‘n’ Wane lightly over everything. Voilà – Sparkling Bellini!

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Once I’d finished my eyes – a swipe of NYX felt tip liner and a coat of Revlon’s excellent new mascara later – the search for a neutral lip look that would let my eyes be the focus quickly turned into an attempt at something I’d seen before, but never tried: darker colour at the centre of the lips that fades out and almost obscures the lip line. I’m still getting the hang of lipliner, so this is a favourable alternative – who needs outlined lips anyway? It took a few goes, but I hit on the idea of using my foundation as a blurring tool and that worked wonderfully.

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Lastly, as I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been seeking out some better-quality brushes, and I’ve been recommended Real Techniques. If anyone has any experience of these brushes they’d like to share, that would be great!