Balayage + Green Eyeliner

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It’s official, I’m a coloured eyeliner convert!

I went out for drinks for my brothers birthday last night and had an excuse to try a different make-up look with some new products that I’ve bought, specifically the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils in black (Perversion) and a beautiful aqua called Deep-End. These pencils are really soft to apply and DO NOT SMUDGE so I really recommend them.

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Eyeshadow: Mary Lou Manizer, MAC Embark, MAC Carbon. Eyeliner: Urban Decay Deep-End & Perversion. Lips: Gerard Cosmetics 1995

If you look at any picture of me you’ll notice that I never wear black eyeliner on my bottom lashes because it just doesn’t suit my eye shape. Trust me, I’ve tried it every single way and I find it closes up my eyes and ruins the look. Even when I was experimenting with this colour I was so close to giving up, but after much practice I think I’ve got it down. I find that I need to put a highlight on the inner third, I used the Mary Lou Manizer by theBalm, the coloured eyeliner in the middle of the lashline and black just on the corners. I’m really happy with the way it turned out and I’m looking to try out more colours, what do you guys think?

I also got my hair highlighted (balayage) earlier in the day at Taylor Taylor who have previously won “Best Hairdressers in London”. After I saw the results with my own hair I knew exactly why. Black hair is notoriously difficult to colour but my stylist managed to lift the dark pigment in my hair and give it some sunkissed caramel highlights.

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DSC01013_editedI know this was a super short post but unfortunately I’ve got a lot of studying to do (I’ll explain in a later post). Any questions, comment below!

Jay x

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer (Medium Dark Warm) – Review

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If any of you know me personally, you’ll know that the thing I dislike the most about my face are my dark undereye circles. Concealer is that one make-up item I try not to leave the house without, if I can help it. After much deliberation on whether to buy yet another concealer I decided it was time to give the Naked Skin Concealer from Urban Decay a go.

I purchase this concealer from Feel Unique for £17.50 and chose the colour “Medium Dark Warm”. This concealer comes in eight different shades with warm, neutral and cool undertones.

Naked Skin is packaged in a tube and comes with a doe-foot applicator. I actually really like these types of applicators although some people may find them unhygienic.

When I first applied this concealer I noticed that it is very lightweight on the skin. It blends easily and doesn’t sink into fine lines and pores. The best part for me is the fact that it doesn’t feel drying on the skin which I experience with most other concealers. It provides medium coverage and it lasts around 8 hours on the skin. If I wanted a full coverage look I would use a corrector before the concealer to neutralise dark pigmentation. The colour Medium Dark Warm is absolutely perfect for my NC44 skin tone and I love that it has a strong yellow undertone.

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. From L-R: Without concealer, Application, After blending

As you can see from the picture above the majority of my dark circles were concealed but even after two layers this didn’t get rid of my dark circles completely. If I wanted my make-up to look really flawless I’d layer this over an orange based corrector or another concealer.

In terms of how this feels on the skin, this concealer is very similar to my Maybelline Fit Me concealer, however it has better coverage and doesn’t crease as much. There are a lot of reviews stating that this concealer doesn’t crease at all and to be honest whilst it did crease significantly less than most other concealers, it still creased a little bit into my expression lines. I didn’t find this to be a major issue however, it’s nothing a bit of blending with my finger can’t solve.

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

Overall I think Urban Decay have got it right with this concealer. It is lightweight, non-drying and gives moderate coverage with minimal creasing. It has slowly become a staple for me and I will be repurchasing it after I’m done with this tube.

Have you tried this concealer before? If so what were your thoughts? Comment below and let me know!

Jay x

Berry Make-Up Look – Tutorial

It was my New Year Party at work the other day and I was in a rush to pull together a look that would complement the purple-berry coloured dress I was wearing. This look is extremely easy and requires very little skill (honestly!)

To start off I primed my eyelids with MAC Prep + Prime Eye in Medium to neutralise the discolouration on the lid. I then used Urban Decay Primer Potion all over the lid. I brushed Bobbi Brown “Ivory” eyeshadow all over the eyelid as a neutral base then took the ELF Baked Eyeshadow in “Burnt Plum” and blended this into the crease, outer V and two thirds of the eyelid. I wing-lined the top eyelid with Urban Decays Liquid Liner in “Perversion” and finished with Rimmel Wonder’full Mascara on the top eyelashes only. The reason I didn’t do anything with the bottom lashes is because I was wearing a dark lipstick and didn’t want to over-do the look.

My eyebrows were outlined first with MAC Eyebrow Pencil in “Spiked” and then filled in with KIKO Eyebrow Expert Kit in Deep Brunette (this is a fabulous product by the way).

Next I completed the base. I used MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NW40 and blended out with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. This foundation is high coverage and photographs really well. To cover up my panda eyes I used MAC Pro-Longwear Concealer in NW35 (another fabulous product). As there was already a lot going on my face I didn’t want to use a blusher, so instead I used ELF Studio Baked Bronzer in St Lucia to bronze all over and contour my nose and cheeks.

As a final touch I lined my lips with NYX Lip Liner in “Deep Red” and applied a few coats of “Black Dahlia” from OCC on my lips to reach the colour below >>>

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Burnt Orange Eyeshadow look – Tutorial

I rocked this eye look to the Common show in London in December, if you don’t know who Common is YouTube him now, GO! (No wait…read this post first haha!) Anyway I’m no make-up artist but I’m rather please with how this look turned out and it was quite easy to do.

I first primed my eyelids with MAC Prep + Prime Eye in Medium. I’m not sure whether this product is still available. It doesn’t really prime my eyelids in any way but it neutralises the discolouration, you could easily just use concealer if you have this same issue. I then used Urban Decay Primer Potion all over the eyelid

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For the orange colour I blended “Rule” by MAC into the crease and blended out and above the crease line. This is really important if you, like me, have small eyes that are spaced quite close together.

Afterwards I used the Barry M Dazzle Dust in “Bronze” all over the eyelid. This is one of my all time favourite pigments to use as it is so flattering on all skin tones and it costs next to nothing.

Afterwards for the warm brown colour, I used “Embark” by MAC in the outer V of my eye and packed on the colour on in layers whilst blending into the Bronze pigment, I used a bit of Rule again afterwards to blend the three colours into each other.

As a final touch to the eyeshadows I took Rule and blended it lightly under my eyes and then used Embark on top. You want to focus this towards the outer corner and make sure it meets with the edge of the eyeshadow on the lid, blend in for a smouldering, winged look. I then took a bit of the bronze pigment and placed it on the inner third to open up the eye.

To finish the look I lined my waterline with Clinique Kohl Shaper (Black Kohl) and wing-lined the top with Urban Decays Liquid Liner in Perversion. For my eyebrows I used the MAC Eyebrow Pencil in “Spiked” and after two coats of Rimmel Wonder’full Mascara on the top and bottom lashes the look was done!

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Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner (Perversion) – Review

I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect liquid eyeliner for practically the last 8 years. I’ve tried products right from the drug store through to the high end and I decided to try this eyeliner because it gets a lot of love within the beauty community. I picked this up at John Lewis and it cost me £14.

www.johnlewis.com/urban-decay-24-7-liquid-eyeliner/p1495563 

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This eyeliner comes with a tapered brush tip, it is VERY fine which allows for precision when applying the eyeliner. The formula of the product is quite wet (make sure you shake the bottle before use), it applies smoothly and opaquely on the lid. I’m no expert with liquid liners  but this one was very easy to use and I only re-dipped the brush in once to achieve my desired cat-eye look. Initially the product dries shiny, but after drying fully it has a matte finish. Furthermore, the colour is a truly deep dark black.

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The two pictures on the left show the eyeliner immediately after application before it has dried. The two on the right are after 12 hours.

I wore the eyeliner over the Elf Eyelid primer as I always do and there was absolutely NO smudging after a full days wear. I travelled on the London Underground, wind and rain blew in my face, my skin became oily and nothing made this smudge or flake.

The best part of the eyeliner is the removal. Now I’m very fussy about eye make-up removal. I don’t like using harsh chemical removers or tugging at my eyelids. This eyeliner however just peels off when I hold a warm muslin cloth over my eyes.

Hands down this is the BEST eyeliner I have ever used so far and I fully understand why it gets so much hype on the interwebs. It doesn’t break the bank unlike other high-end eyeliners, it applies like a dream, doesn’t smudge or flake and it removes easily.