Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Broke Girl Last Minute Halloween Makeup Idea - Scar from Disney's Lion King

If you're broke this Halloween and don't feel like going as a generic cat, why not dress up as a big evil cat? By big cat I of course mean a Lion from one of the best Disney films ever, the Lion King. If you have a very basic makeup collection you should be able to achieve this look. All you really need are black eyeliners and a nude palette. If you owned a white eyeliner it would be handy, but a light eyeshadow should do the trick. The only more obscure item you'll need it black lipstick and whilst I used an expensive brand black lipstick, you can easily find cheap alternatives like Stargazer that cost no more than £3. In terms of clothing you could easily just wear a black or dark brown dress, or go for a shirt and trouser combination.

 I also used green contact lenses but you could easily go without it as the Scar is all that it takes for people to guess who you are. To get this look, I started off with the eyeliner around my lids, I tried to make the lines and jagged and precise as possible to give it a more cartoony effect. I then filled in the space with dark brown eyeshadow and used a lighter brown shadow around the rest of the eyes. I used NYX's Jumbo pencil to create the base of the scar and used a highlight eyeshadow to define the shape of it better. Using liquid liner, I lined my eyes, then created the shape of the nose. Finally, I used a lip liner and black lipstick to finish off the look.

Products Used
Makeup Geek Shadows in Mocha, Cocoa Bear, Creme Brulee & Shimma Shimma
Barry M Liquid Liner
Illamasqua Black Sophie Pencil as eyeliner and lip liner
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk
Illamasqua Lipstick in Pristine
B. Makeup Mascara
Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation
Illamasqua Skin Base Lift Concealer

Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Banshee Makeup Look

I'll admit I've not been great with updating the blog over the last two months. It's the end of October and I've done nothing Halloween related at all. Which is a shame as I find it's the perfect season to really challenge ones makeup skills. So over the week, I'm going to be ambitious and try to do 4 looks for Halloween. The first look is based on an old Illamasqua Halloween face chart that I wouldn't have dared to try back in the day but thought I'd do my own spin on it.

I started off the look by popping on my contacts then applying foundation. Next I began working on all the blood patterns. I used red face paint from my Mehron Prism Blending Fleur set to do this. Whenever I made mistakes I had to wipe with a damp tissue and reapplied my foundation. Since I only had one shade of red, I used red glitter to give the blood some dimension. I did a simple smoky eye look on the lids and added some subtle sparkle using Illamasqua's Beguile pure pigment on the centre of the lid. I finished the eye with a subtle cat eye and false lashes. For the rest of the face, I used a red lip and used a soft apricot blush on the cheek.

Products Used
White Zombie Contact Lens
Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation
Mehron Prisma Blend Set Fleur (red face paint)
Violet Voss Glitter Adhesive and Rose Glitter
Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper
Urban Decay Vice LTD Palette Shadows in Perversion, Laced, Anonymous, Backdoor
Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Beguile
NYX The Curve Eyeliner
Illamasqua Bat False Lashes
Illamasqua Powder Blush in Lover
Illamasqua Lip Pencil in Feisty
Lime Crime Red Velvet Velvetine

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Shiro Cosmetics 'I Am Groot' Eyeshadow Look

It's been a while since I've had a movie that I've been obsessed with. Guardians of the Galaxy is definitely a movie I see myself picking up on DVD the day it releases. I can already picture myself watching it on those gloomy rainy days as a pick me up. The soundtrack is actually the first album I've bought in around 3 years too. So when I heard that Shiro Cosmetics' new colour of the month shadow was called I Am Groot, I made my order immediately.

Left - Over Eye Primer, Right - Over Fyrinnae's Pixie Epoxy

The eyeshadow released shortly after Robin William's passing. Instead of being tasteless by making money from his suicide by creating a colour after him, Caitlin donated $1 per I Am Groot's eyeshadows sold to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. As the shadow isn't officially listed online though, no further sales outside of September 2014 won't be directing any money to them but if you were interested in the eyeshadow, you can pick it up here for $6.

The look I created kind of out of my comfort zone due to all the gold but I achieved this look by applying a natural lid shade into my crease and around my lower lashline. I made sure to avoid applying it on the inner corner of the eyes. Next, I blended a darker brown shadow into the crease before applying Shiro's I am groot shadow on the lid and inner eye corner.

The eyeshadow actually has a wooden brown feel to it but I brought out the copper gold highlight by applying it wet using Fyrinnae's pixie epoxy. It actually took a lot of eyeshadow packing to get it to look this way, which was a pain. Normally I just wear it with just eyeshadow primer.

Products Used
Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation
Shiro I Am Groot Eyeshadow
MAC Cosmetics Kelly Osbourne Palette Eyeshadow in Tickety Boo
Inglot double sparkle 459 eyeshadow
NYX The Curve eyeliner
NYX HD Grinding Powder
Illamasqua lipstick in Magnetism

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine

It feels like every brand out there now stocks some form of a matte liquid lipstick, back when I reviewed my first Lime Crime Red Velvet, there weren't anywhere near as many. Back then, I found the concept of drying/mattifying liquid lipsticks odd but now I'm no stranger to them and own several from a decent variety of brands. I finally ended up purchasing another from the brand that I'm fairly sure started the trend and after trialing out different matte liquid lipsticks, are the new repackaged Velvetines still awesome?

Wicked Velvetine swatched above Red Velvet to compare

Of all three shades in the Clueless Witch line, Wicked is the most accessible and Salem probably the oddest that I may have to pick up at some point. Wicked is a gorgeous deep burgundy red, the perfect shade for this time of year, not that the time of year would stop me from sporting a dark lip. I'd describe the pigmentation for the Velvetine range as intense.

I love wearing these because I don't have to worry about transfer or reapplying product for the most part, they're quite fuss free. These are waterproof and super long lasting although after 6/7 hours of wear the product tends to fade a little on the center of the lips. After several hours of wear, it can get a little uncomfortable on the lips though. I find other liquid lipsticks that feel more comfortable on the lips don't tend to be as long-lasting, so it's down to personal taste.

The one kind of drawback of these is that you get 2.6 ml of product for £13.50 or $20 depending on where you purchase from. For an indie brand isn't the cheapest but it's certainly more affordable than a brand like Hourglass' rouge liquid lipsticks that sell 2.8 ml of product for £23 or $28. However, you can easily get more product for less with NYX or Sleek's Matte Me range.

Of all things to try out in the Lime Crime range, the Velvetines are a must! I've yet to try a liquid lip that's beaten them in terms of durability and length of time. In my honest opinion, I prefer the Velvetine formula over every other matte liquid lipstick I've tried so far.

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