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Blogmas: Day twenty-one | Christmas Makeup Tutorial

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Hellooo everyone! Party season has arrived and I thought that I would post up a quick and easy makeup tutorial for you to follow.

Step 1 and 2

Start with a completely clean fresh face. I used Clinique’s rinse off foaming cleanser mousse which completely strips your face of all oils, dirt and makeup. It is amazing, I wouldn’t know what to do without it! Then apply moisturiser if you have dry skin. I didn’t do this as I mousturise at night and then my foundation is quite oily and so in the mornings it is my moisturiser substitute.

Once you have prepped your face, apply your foundation and concealer. I have no idea which way round these are supposed to go, so if you know the proper way of doing this please let me know! However, I tend to put on my foundation first and then concealer on top. Here I used Clinique’s even better makeup SPF 15 evens and corrects foundation in the colour 04 Cream Chamois, and Clinique’s airbrush concealer in the shade 04 Natural Fair.

Step 3 and 4

I don’t contour that much but I do apply a little bit of bronzer where the sun would naturally shine on my face. I brush it onto my cheekbones, my jaw line and the side of my nose – if you don’t have a fringe you can put it on the sides of your forehead just below your hair line. This just adds a little bit of dimension to your face and gives it a natural glow. I use No7’s Perfectly Bronzed Dual Bronzer. As it is dual, there is a highlighter in the pack too which I use down the center of my nose (and my T zone… it also sets my foundation quite well too), my cheeks and my chin. I then apply Natural Collection’s Rosey Glow blushed cheeks blusher. This is my skin done! Now onto the eyes…

I think for a Christmas look, the eyes need to be quite natural with the eyeshadow, but a lot of emphasis with the eyeliner. Here I used a light brown on my lid and then a darker brown in the crease, just like contouring this is to give my eye some more dimension. Underneath my eye I applied a thin line of light blue eyeshadow. The camera doesn’t pick it up too well but I think it really goes well with brown shades and really brings out my eyes.

Step 5 and 6

I quickly coloured in my eyebrows with Gosh’s long lasting eyebrow pen in the colour 001 Dark Brown and then went onto applying eyeliner to my eyes. On the top lid, I went for a thin line in the corner of my eye and then made it go wider the further it went out. I drew on my wings quite small for a softer look, however if you want more of an intense eye the make your wing flick out bigger. The eyeliner I used was Seventeen’s Lacquer Liner wet look finish in black. I then used Natural Collection’s pencil Eye Lines black eyeliner for my waterline. I went right into the corner of my eyes in order to really frame them. After this I used my Soap and Glory thick and fast mascara in black.

Then I finished with what I think is the piece of resistance of the look. Bright red lips. I used Maybelline’s Pleasure me Red lip liner and filled in the rest of my lips with their Pleasure me Red (547) lipstick.

I really like this look, especially around Christmas. I think the red lipstick makes it warm and gives it a festive feel.

Please let me know what you think of this turorial and if you’d like to see other posts like this on my blog! If you recreate the look please let me know in the comments below. x

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L’Oreal La Palette Nude | Review

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My Aunty gave me this as a gift in October and I’ve been using it practically every day since! The palette is in the shades of ‘Rose’ and each one is absolutely gorgeous. I feel as though with having brown eyes, nude and pink eyeshadows really seem to enhance them. Though I must admit my favourite colour in this selection has to be the dark purple – I think it looks great with a flash of gold.

I like to mix the colours with another one of my palettes that I got some Next a little while ago. The colours seem to go really well with browns and blues. The eyeshadows themselves are really long lasting and don’t tend to gather in the crease of your eye throughout the day either! They feel so light when applied and it’s one of the first eyeshadows I’ve used with glitter in that doesn’t end up all over your cheeks!

Not to mention how amazing the brush is. Now I would never buy a palette just for the brush that comes with it, but ooooh! I’ve not been that impressed with an eyeshadow brush for ages! It blends amazingly and is so soft! I absolutely love it and have been using it with my other eyeshadow palettes too.

Let me know if you have this palette and what you think of it. Also if you know of any good eyeshadow brushes please comment with them below! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Soap and Glory Eyes | Review

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When choosing makeup I always go for the same products. This is probably because I have used them for a while and I fully trust them… it scares me to try anything different. However I came to realise that I never venture out of my comfort zone!

I went to the Trafford Centre in Manchester the other week with my aunty. If you’ve never been it’s like ahuge outlet with so many different shops and stores in there, it’s amazing – and can be quite overwhelming!

I went into Boots to replenish my mascara and eyeliner and automatically started searching for Natural Collection, but my aunty said I should try something new. So after spending a good half an hour looking for the ultimate mascara and eyeliner, we came across Soap and Glory.

The only Soap and Glory products I’ve used are the body butters and the body wash, which I find are so good and smell amazing. So knowing this I did have a little faith in their eye products.

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I decided to get the Carbon Black Extreme Eyeliner Pen which has an end kind of like a felt tip. I sometimes find liquid eyeliner a challenge to apply but since using this I don’t think I’ll ever be going back to a brush! It is super quick and super easy to put on. In pretty much one stroke you have a complete look. You can get a really gorgeous thin effect with this tip or you can go quite heavy depending on your style. I find it really easy to control too especially when doing the cat eye look. It dries with a bold, glossy finish and even though it is a little bit out of my price range, it is so worth it and I will definitely be buying this product again.

The next item that my aunty treated me to was the Thick & Fast Flash Extension Effect Mascara. Mascara always worries me that it’s going to come out gloopy or leave my eyelashes stuck together with big black clumps in them, but I don’t tend to have any of that with this mascara. It goes on so lightly and defines each eyelash making them look longer and fuller. It tends to stay on throughout the day and doesn’t leave grey shadows under your eyes like some mascaras sometimes do.

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I must admit that I have been pleasantly surprised with these products and absolutely love the effect that they give to my eyes. They allow a subtle everyday look or if applied more heavily they can create a really intense finish.

I would definitely recommend these if you want to try something new!

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Find the mascara HERE and the eyeliner HERE x

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White Eyeliner | Natural Collection

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I’m very skeptical about white eyeliners. It can either look really good or really bad.

I guess it depends on the colour and shape of your eyes. Your skin complexion but most importantly what eye-shadow and eyeliners you wear it with.

I’ve never felt brave enough to wear it and really didn’t think I’d be able to pull it off. However the other week I plucked up the courage and bought a white eyeliner.

The eyeliner is from Natural Collection. I love this brand. It’s really affordable and doesn’t affect my skin. I’ve not experienced one bad product from Natural Collection yet and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a high quality high street brand.

I must admit I don’t wear the white eyeliner everyday – I’m still a little bit unsure as to whether or not I suit it. However, I quite like to put it on on a night out.

It makes you look more awake and seems to open up your eyes.

Sometimes it can look a little bit harsh but I find that if you apply just a thin layer then it can add a really lovely effect to your eye makeup.

I guess with a product like this you’ll just have to try it out yourself. But don’t be afraid like I was to buy one. You never know, you might fall on something really great!

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Clinique Chubby Stick | Review

I am absolutely loving this product at the moment. My mum shops at Clinique for all of her make-up as it’s one of the only brands she has come across that so far, touch wood, doesn’t affect her eczema. It might be on the pricey side, but she swears by it and if it works then splashing out that little bit more than you would originally is sooo worth it.

Because she is a loyal customer, she gets all of the deals and gifts that Clinique offer. Just recently she got a free goody bag and shared it out amongst me and my sister.

Amongst the gifts came this Chubby Stick.

I’ve seen reviews on eyeshadows that come in this form before and have desperately been wanting to try it out. So when my mum offered me this, I couldn’t refuse.

The colour it came in is 09 Lavish Lilac. Although it isn’t the colour I would normally use, when applying it on my eyes for the first time I was pleasantly surprised. The shade seems to go amazingly well with my complexion.

Even though it is called lilac, it has a slight greyish tint which means it goes with almost everything. You can wear it on its own or even jazz it up a little by adding some powder shadow. I like to put it with browns or blacks and greys.

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The texture is very creamy which is great as it seems to last a very long time on your lids. It also doesn’t collect in your crease as I have found quite a few shadows do by the end of the day.

There’s a slight metallic look to the colour which is really lovely allowing you to either dress it up or dress it down.

Since this stick has been added to my make-up collection I have not been able to get enough and have worn it pretty much every day!

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Face to Face | Everyday Make Up

The make up I used today consisted of Natural Collection, Clinique and Maybelline. I wanted a natural look, that kind of ‘no make up’ make up effect. On my eyes I used a cream shadow from Natural Collection which I put on the lid but also underneath to make my eyes brighter and look more awake. I used a dark brown shadow as eyeliner for the bottom lid of my eye. The liquid eyeliner too was from Natural Collection (you can see my review in my previous entry to this) and then I used Clinique’s mascara on both my top and bottom lashes.

To get a smooth complexion I used Maybelline’s Dream Mousse foundation which I mixed with some Aveeno cream to give a tinted moisturiser effect. I then used Natural Collection’s blusher to create a matt finish.

For my eyebrows I used a Maybelline dark brown pencil then to finish them off I carefully brushed the same dark brown shadow I used for the liner effect under my eyes. This gives my brow a more natural look rather than just using the pencil.

Finally to finish off my look I used Natural Collection’s (yup! I love this make) clear lip gloss which tends to give them a lip balm look.

I’m not one for coating my face but I do think that this look is subtle, natural and good for everyday wear.

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War of the Liners

I’m a huge user of eyeliner and have been trying to find the ideal one. Over my teenage years I have managed to narrow it down to three!
They’re all completely different types of liner so I guess you can choose whichever one you want depending on what look you’re going for. I’m no make-up expert and I this is only my opinion but here are my top three eyeliners that I have come across and would recommend to anyone!
In third place I’m going to put the Lasting Colour Gel Eyeliner from Collection 2000. As much as I love this look I do feel as though it goes on just that little bit too thick and can feel quite heavy. This could be due to the brush that they provide you with, it does seem a little bit too big for its purpose and so I may have to purchase a smaller one in order to get more precision. However the quality of the liner is great and stays on throughout the whole day without a single crack or smudge!

My runner up is the Clinique Intense Black Pencil Liner. This was a lucky find as it was a freebee in one of my mum’s Clinique gifts so I just randomly fell upon it (I don’t normally buy Clinique due to the expense). However, you do get what you pay for and this is a shining example. The application is easy and the liner seems so soft that you can get a sharp line on top of your eye as well as the bottom. Again, this lasts all day without any smudges or cracks and gives a lovely matt finish to your eyes.  I do feel however that it’s harder to do a line on your top lid with pencil than it is liquid which helped my decision in ranking this second place.

This takes you to my winner! The eyeliner I use pretty much every day is the Natural Collection liquid eyeliner. With the brush being so thin and delicate the application is easy allowing you to get the perfect wing and line. The brush allows you to be accurate and the nature of the eyeliner itself gives a sharp matt finish. Throughout the day it does not smudge however it may crack a tiny bit, but nothing too obvious. I find that it is the quickest one to apply and lasts all day which is why I rated this my number one eyeliner.
Which make is your favourite eyeliner? Do you find pencil easier to apply than liquid? Comment below and let me know what you think!  

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