FOTD: Cool Neutrals

01For those of you who have read my blog for a little while you’ll probably have come to realise that I’m seriously drawn to warm tones and with my fair complexion and blue eyes I’ve always assumed this is what suits me best. However just lately I’ve been trying to step out of my comfort zone a little more and play about with new colours and looks. Anyway, I was spending the day with family going to a Christmas Fair and out for a pub dinner so I wanted something that looked like I’d made a bit of an effort without going too OTT and I’d promised myself I’d change things up a bit and stick to more neutral-cool tones.

Base – I started off by buffing the Collection (formally Collection 2000) Illuminating Touch Foundation in 02 Ivory all over my skin to give me a radiant medium coverage look. I’ve really been enjoying this foundation and would recommend it for a real variety of skin tones, illuminating doesn’t mean oily! I next used the Urban Decay Naked Concealer in the shade Light Warm to highlight down my t-zone, under my eyes and onto my chin. This is a great creamy, full coverage concealer that brightens whilst packing a punch at covering spots or blemishes.

Eyes – next I applied the Maybelline Colour Tattoo cream eyeshadow in the shade On and On Bronze, though not strictly cool-toned it works brilliantly as a base under any brown or purple powder eye look to give it a little extra dimension and longevity. I then applied a generous dusting of MAC’s Sable into the outer-v, this is a beautiful cool medium toned brown shimmer shade that’s a real staple. For a similar shadow I’d recommend Rimmel’s mono-shadow in Smoky Quartz! Next I used a little of MAC’s Satin Taupe in the inner part of the lid which is a cult favourite for a reason; this is a stunning purple toned taupe hue with a beautiful shimmer. Again this is colour that really does suit anyone and is a great day or night colour! I then applied the Rimmel Scandaleyes Pencil in black to the lower lash line and water line and used a pencil brush to smudge. Finally I grabbed my trusty Maybelline Colossal Mascara in Black to give me a feathery look.

Finish – With this being a more cool toned look I used my 2true bronzer in 01 Natural Bronze in the hollows of my cheeks, down the temples and under my chin to sculpt my face a tiny bit. Next I used a MAC blusher in the shade Feeling which is a nice cool raspberry colour, I used a duo fibre brush to ensure I only applied a very small amount. Using the same brush I then popped on a little of the MUA Undress Your Skin highlighter in the Pink shade on the tops of the cheek bones. This provides a subtle rosy glow!

Lips – Finally I used one of my favourite wintery nudes which is the Maybelline Colour Sensational lipstick in the shade Velvet Beige. This is a stunning dusty pink nude which has a slightly cool-brown undertone. This is also a great dupe for MAC’s Brave lipstick and as lovely comfortable, easy to wear formula.

I really like the way this look came out and even my father-in-law complimented me on my make-up which was really nice given his son isn’t quite so observant! Let me know what your favourite cool-toned products are…

 

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FOTN: Quick Christmas Party Makeup

0001I had fairly limited time to get ready for a night out this Saturday evening and therefore I quickly came up with this super speedy look which would work really well for a Christmas Party or evening event over the festive period!

Base – I started off my priming my skin with the Arbonne Makeup Primer. I just had a sample of this stuff (from my friend Kerry who works for Arbonne) but I’ll definitely be getting the full-size as this made my foundation apply really evenly and didn’t dry out my skin. I then buffed in a mixture of the L’Oreal Infallible Matte foundation in the shade 11 Vanilla and the L’Oreal Tue Match Foundation in 1C Rose Ivory all over my face. I find this gives me a demi-matte full coverage look without being cakey! Next I popped a small amount of the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer under my eyes, I use the shade 01 Fair.

Eyes – As I was doing bold lips I wanted to keep the eyes nice and simple. I used the MAC eyeshadow in the shade Jest mixed with MAC eyeshadow in the shade All That Glitters all over the lid. I then used the Maryloumainser from The Balm as an eyeshadow and highlighted my inner tear duct and brow bone. Next I applied the Rimmel pencil eyeliner in Brown to my top and bottom lash lines and used a pencil brush to smudge. This gives a small amount of definition without having to faff about with liquid winged eyeliner which is a nightmare in a rush. I finally used my Maybelline Colossal Mascara and applied a few coats for drama.

Finish – To give my face a bit of definition I use the 2True bronzer in 01 Natural Bronze to slightly contour my face and give it a little dimension. I then applied a little of the Maryloumainser highlighter from The Balm to give me a nice golden glow. Be careful with this highlight though as it really is amazingly pigmented!

Lips – Firstly I used the Gosh lip Liner in Cardinal Red which is a beautiful berry red tone. It’s a really matte texture but applies nicely and really gives your lipstick some staying power. I applied this all over the lip to give myself a nice full looking shape. Lastly I popped on the Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipstick in 107 for a deep cherry red lip. This really is a beautiful colour and truly one of my favourite ever red lipsticks.

Let me know what your go-to quick Christmas Party look involves…

Review: Freedom Cosmetics Pro Lipstick Kit – Bare Collection

freedomlip01As a big fan of the Freedom eyeshadow’s I was pretty excited to try their recently launched Pro Lipstick Kits which retail for only £5 for 5 lipsticks which seemed like great value for money. As a nude lipstick lover I was keen to try this range of shades and thought I’d be pretty happy if 3 out of the 5 ended up being ones I’d wear.

The shades have names, which for a super budget brand is handy for bloggers! I have to say though I wasn’t mightily impressed, the lipsticks seemed to have a sheer finish which when I tried to build them just went patchy. 3 of the shades, Naked Beauty, Untouched and Mannequin look quite brown/tan coloured on me which on my fair skin isn’t very flattering and when thinking about it I struggled to think who exactly these might suit. I guess Untouched would look okay on a deeper freedomlip03more olive skin tone but even then it might pull a little ashy. Don’t get me wrong, for £4 I wasn’t expecting the earth but when I consider the quality of MUA lipsticks which are the same price and have brilliant pigmentation and pay-off I was disappointed!

I did however like one of the shades, Sooner or Later which is a nice rosy nude and has a satin finish. This works when I’m going for a 60’s style look and opt for heavier eye makeup though I’ve also used it to mute some deeper shades! The last one is the shade Whispers which is most definitely a pink. It’s medium tone and again a satin finish, for me this will work better when I’m fake tanned as it definitely has a coral/orange undertone! I’ve got better lipsticks in this kind of colour and price point such as Sorbet from Natural Collection so it’s not one I see myself reaching for too often.

Overall I wouldn’t recommend this set however I’m still keen to try some of the deeper shades in the collection though I’ll do this when I have the chance to go to a stand and do some serious swatching! If you’ve tried any of the Freedom Cosmetics lipsticks please let me know the shades you would recommend…

DUPE: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum

I love both high end make-up and skincare plus some true beauty bargains. Browsing the isles of ‘Savers’ (believe it or not) I discovered a skincare gem which really is a decent dupe for many skin types. I love the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum and have used it on and off for a year or so when AgranOilSerummy skin if feeling a little neglected and in need of a pick-me-up. It’s pretty heavy duty and at the age of 25 I don’t need anything too crazy to treat my skin all the time. So I was pretty pleased to find this dupe from the ‘Argan Oil’ range which I believe is available in Savers, on Amazon and some lower priced items such as haircare and face masks are also available in Poundland!

This serum is great under make-up or used before moisturiser before bed. It’s a light weight gel texture and comes in very similar packaging to the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum and even has a pipette dropper which is great for providing the right amount of product. Though it doesn’t have all the swanky essential oils it contains a decent whack of hydration in the form of Glycerine which repairs skin and nourishes too.

I’d recommend this product for oily skins used alone after cleansing, combo skins for a hydration burst before a light moisturiser and dry skins morning and night between a good facial oil. It’s a really nice product and frankly for only £1.99 compared to Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum at £50 it really is a true beauty bargain. I challenge you to find me one cheaper!

Winter Work Makeup

 As the mornings are getting colder, foggier and more wintery my morning routine has been cut down to give me maximum sleeping hours. I like to keep things fairly simple makeup-wise for work, mainly because I’m pushed for time and don’t like to look too overdone. This winter look uses nourishing products that are complimentary on my pale skin and whilst also making me look a little more awake.

Base

For my base I’ve been spraying my skin with the La Roche Posay Serozinc Spray and moisturising with my Bioderma Sebum Ultra Hydrating Moisturiser. I have a review HERE on how I use the two to zap any central heating induced break outs. I then applied the Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation which for me is the best foundation of all time. I use a small amount to create a medium coverage base and then use the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer under the eyes and down the nose. For both of these I use my Real Techniques Buffing Brush to give a smooth and seamless appearance.

Eyes

On the eyes I’ve been using the Rimmel eyeshadow in Smokey Quartz. This is a beautiful medium brown which is the most pigmented creamy shade which I blend all over the lid using a Crown Brushes Oval Sable Shader Brush. I then use the Bourjois Colourband Shadow and Liner Stick in Brun on the lower lash line and then smudge into the lashes using a Crown Brushes C431 Pencil Brush to give it a softer finish. I then use my ever-trusty Maybelline Collosal Mascara in Black all over the upper and lower lashes.

Skin

On the skin I’ve been using a tiny amount of the 2true Bronzer in Natural Bronze 01 to give my skin some dimension, not full on contouring and not ‘bronzing’ but just a little bit to stop me from looking too flat. I then used the MAC Blusher in Melba, this is a beautiful neutral blush which seems to suit a real range of skin tones. I like to apply this quite high on the cheeks for a ‘I just stepped outside on a wintery day’ kind of look.

Lip

Finally I used the MAC lipstick in Brave, this is one of my favourite lipsticks of all time and is a great neutral mid-tone pink with a hint of brown. It’s fresher than Whirl and is definitely a great wearable shade! I then apply a small amount of the 2true Lip-gloss in 01, this is a nice neutral brown/pink gloss which works perfectly with Brave to stop it looking too overdone.

Let me know your favourite winter makeup products in the comments below…