2014 Beauty Favourites

It’s taken me a while to determine who or what were going to be bestowed such an esteemed accolade, hence the lateness of this post. There were several runner ups, they fought hard but just not hard enough. Finally, after being ruthless and impossibly cuthroat, I have managed to nail down my top makeup, skincare, and other beauty related favourites of 2014. The winners are as follows.

Fragrance

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Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay Cologne 40ml and Victoria’s Secret Lemon Escape Sparkling Citrus Fragrance Mist.

Body Care

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The Body Shop’s Orange Body Butter

Skincare

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L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil and Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

Makeup Tools 

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Real Techniques blush brush, MAC 217 blending brush, MAC 263 angled brush, Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and non-branded eyelash curlers

Makeup Palette

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LORAC PRO to Go eye/cheek

Base

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L’Oréal Paris Lumi Magique foundation in Rose Pearl, NARS Sheer Glow foundation in Mont Blanc, and Rimmel London Stay Matte pressed power in Transparent 001

Lips

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Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Moss lipstick in 30 and NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Colour in Gramercy Park Plum 031

All of the above are products I swear by and have worn numerous times over the course of last year and continue to wear and use now. I love them all and most, if not all, have already featured quite heavily here on Makeup Muzings. If you would like a full review on any of the products I’d suggest you browse through past posts, and if I’ve yet to do one, let me know and I’ll be sure to correct this for you.

What are your 2014 beauty favourites?

Emily x

Pretty Honest

‘Pretty Honest’ is described as the “straight-talking beauty companion” and is the handiwork of makeup artist, turned journalist, Sali Hughes. In it she shares with us her tips on achieving the perfect manicure, how to identify our skin type, discusses the pros and cons on waxing, reveals her beauty icons then and now, and much, much more. I have since christened this book my beauty bible and I believe any beauty enthusiast must own this, too.

I feel compelled to tell you that I loved this book so much that I had to pace myself. The day that it was delivered to me – thank you Amazon UK for your speedinesss! – I was so excited, after hearing the buzz about it online, that within the first hour I was already beyond page one hundred. I’m a fast reader by nature, but I was devouring this book in no time at all because it was/is such a genuine page turner. Before I knew it I had reached the two hundred page mark and vowed to put the book down after the next chapter. See, when I love a book, I become a little obsessed and once finished, I feel a massive hole in my life and actually miss the book. I didn’t want this to happen this time around. Instead, I told myself I would make the book last. Did I? No, I didn’t. I had finished it by day two.

Pretty Honest consists of thirty four individual chapters, over the course of three hundred and thirty pages. My favoured topics Hughes covers are most definitely “perfume,” what men want,” and “beauty in illness.” I wasn’t expecting the laughs I had reading this book, but even more so the tears. Maybe I’m just overly sensitive, but I wasn’t prepared to read about women who have battled through cancer, hair loss, and more and did so with their lipstick still freshly applied and a fabulous screw you attitude to long-term illnesses. It really touched me.

Hughes covers everything, and leaves no stone unturned, nor no makeup myth unchallenged. Though aimed at women, men alike can enjoy this book. I do wish Hughes had included a drag and/or male skincare section but Pretty Honest is by no means lacking without it. I will say this though, there are some fairly adult references throughout so read at your discretion.

Her dry wit and general no nonsense approach to beauty made for a very pleasant read. Pretty Honest would make a wonderful addition to any beauty lovers book collection, and is definitely one for the coffee table, or to proudly display on your book shelf. I know I would happily gift this to someone only just beginning to embark on, what is sure to be, a lifelong adventure with beauty, as well as to someone who’s love affair with beauty has been ongoing for some time now.

Pretty Honest can be bought from most book retailers online and in-store. For the time being only the hardback is available (the paperback is due for release late 2015) and can vary in price, though the average is around £22.00. I bought mine for only £12.50 on Amazon UK but I would gladly pay full price if I were to make future purchases. It is well worth the money. Get yours now.

Pretty funny. Pretty sassy. Pretty damn brilliant.

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Emily x

Happy New Year

Hello all!

This is going to be a very brief blog post to wish you all a happy new year. I hope 2015 will bring you lots of love, happiness, prosperity and many, many adventures. May it be the best year yet for us all. Let’s go show 2015 who’s boss.

But before I go, I’d also like to apologise for my lack of posts over the month of December. I had much planned for Makeup Muzings throughout the festive season, but between being incredibly busy with a new job, and coming down with flu right after Christmas, I simply haven’t had the time nor the motivation. Sorry, again. No one is more disappointed than I am that I wasn’t able to upload a NYE glitter eye look, or my go-to Christmas red lip.

As soon as I’m back to being fighting fit, and with any luck, this will be sooner rather than later, normal service shall resume.

Until then, feel free to leave me suggestions of posts you would like to see featured here in the new year.

Emily x

Monthly Favourites

It’s that time again, and this time I am very, very late. My sincere apologies. A new month, a new beauty favourites blog post.

Without any further delay, here are my four beauty favourites from the month of November:

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1. Cover Girl Clump Crusher Lash Blast Mascara in ‘Black’

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Yes, this mascara is still going strong though I bought it way back in May! I just adore it. It gives my lashes a lovely false lash effect and holds a curl well. I don’t find my lashes droop throughout the days wear, nor do I find it smudges or flakes on me (and no, I don’t mean that it cancels plans on me at the last minute). I do realise that I have continued to use it beyond the expiration date (three months) of the generic mascara, but in life I’m a risk taker, what cha’ gonna do? No, in all seriousness I cannot recommend you do this. I don’t want to say this because it’s fairly cringey of me, but it’s necessary that I tell you “do not try this at home”. The health of our eyes is paramount. Our eyes are incredibly sensitive and it wouldn’t take much to damage our vision permanently. This is why it’s especially important that we are careful when using makeup on our eyes. I’m sure everyone reading this knows that you shouldn’t share mascara or eyeliner with another person unless it is properly sanitised, but for those who didn’t know, you do now. In fact, having wrote this, I realise I better dispose of this mascara sooner rather than later. I’m going to throw it away today. Sob.

2. Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in ‘Black’

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I know it looks pitiful and rather unappealing in the photo, but that’s only because I use it every single day so please do ignore the state that its in. Yours will look shiny and new, well, that is until you fall head over heels in love with it too and use it as often as me, then yours will look just as grubby. Welcome to the club 😉 I’m honestly shocked I’ve never written about this eyeliner on Makeup Muzings until today. This is the only kohl liner I will use. I have yet to find anything that can top it for me – though, feel free to tell me in the comments section below if you think there is an eyeliner you’ve tried that could knock this off the top spot. It’s the blackest, black eyeliner I’ve found, which naturally makes it also delightfully pigmented. I hate when black eyeliners swatched look grey more than anything else. No bueno. This is an onyx black. It is also the creamiest liner I’ve used on my waterline. It doesn’t drag or pull and with little to no pressure, I get full impact. However, I’m not sure I believe the waterproof claim. It does stay on all day for me, but I’m fairly certain I’d have panda eyes if I went swimming with this on. But then, who goes swimming with makeup on? I don’t! My only gripe, if you can consider it one, is that it’s a pencil liner which requires regular sharpening and because the texture of it is so soft, it tends to break off which means wasted product, something I’d prefer to avoid. If Rimmel were to repackage this and make it a twist-up liner, I would be forever indebted to them.

 3. NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Colour in ‘Gramercy Park Plum 031’

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I called it. I knew this would make it into my monthly favourites. This is all I’ve been wearing on my lips throughout November. I’m so glad I bought this. It was such a complete spur of the moment purchase and its quickly become one of my staple lip products to wear. It’s a beautiful dark raspberry shade, though it is described as plum.

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The lip product itself is a step up from your traditional lip balm. It gives an evident shine to the lips so if you prefer a more matte like finish, this might not be for you. I, for one, love wearing both but of late, I’ve favoured wearing nourishing lipsticks like this one because its been bitterly cold in the UK lately and my lips have suffered. Chapped beyond belief. It’s quick and easy to apply, glides on and with a few swipes of it over the lips, you have a lovely just bitten look to your lips. It’s a buildable colour and comfortable on the lips. You can wear it quite sheer, but with additional applications you can achieve the colour seen in the photo above, which is how I have been wearing it most days. It makes my lips look juicy and kissable, if I even say so myself. Emily approved!

5. LORAC PRO to Go Eye/Cheek Palette

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I’m not one for wearing bronzer much, I have fairly pale skin and most bronzers are too orangey for me and I refuse to look like I’ve been tangoed. For a long time I even avoided using the bronzer in this palette because in the pan it looked just as scary and dark to me as all other bronzers. But I decided I needed to put my big girl pants on and it try it last month, and I was pleased to learn once on, it doesn’t look nearly as brown or as orange as when I have swatched it in the past.

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Once blended in it gives just enough definition to really accentuate my cheekbones. Admittedly, I don’t go to town with this bronzer. I don’t apply it everywhere, nor do I use it to heavily contour other features on my face. It’s strictly for the hollow of my cheeks but I’ve really been liking the effect it gives and I’ll continue to use it in the coming months. Side note: this bronzer also works great as an eyeshadow, too!

Let me know what your beauty favourites are, I’d love to know.

Emily x

First Impression/Full Review Of MUA Luxe London Velvet Lip Lacquer

MUA are an affordable drugstore makeup brand here in the UK and are exclusively available at Superdrug, but also have an online website too. The brand believe “great makeup doesn’t need to cost the earth” and promise “to bring surprising quality, colour, fun and innovation to each and every product“. MUA do ship internationally but not to the USA or Russia temporarily, after taking a quick look at their shipping and delivery page.

The MUA Luxe London Velvet lip lacquers have been talked about quite a bit since their release more than a year ago, and after finally testing two of the shades from their line of ten, I can see why. They retail at £3.00, a great price I think everyone would agree.

I have my lacquers in the colours ‘Kooky’, a very deep, dark true purple, and ‘Dare’, a bright fuchsia pink.

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As soon as I got these home I wanted to give them a whirl. I decided to try ‘Kooky’. My initial reaction upon application was that they felt like a very thick lipgloss. The doe foot applicator ensured smooth application, but precision was an issue, especially with such a dark colour. Once on, your lips have a subtle shine to them which I really liked but not even minutes later the colour dries down to a complete matte finish. Very matte. I have to admit, I did prefer the shine, but what did I expect when these lacquers are alleged to be kiss proof! My mistake was to apply more than one layer and I found my lips stuck together quite a bit, and the product itself doesn’t taste all that great. Since having more of a play around with them my advice would be to apply the bare minimum to begin with, and if you find you need to add a second coating, go ahead. Don’t treat these like lip glosses, even though they might deceivingly look like they are.

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(Wearing ‘Kooky’)

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(Wearing ‘Dare’)

The good: Credit where credit is due, MUA have ensured that these are intensely pigmented lip products. The colours are both stunning and what you get on your lips is definitely what you see present in the tube, which I appreciate. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve bought a lip product and the colour you see on your lips isn’t even close to the pay-off you expected. Speaking of packaging, the product comes in a plastic tube, that has a frosted glass look to it, with a sleek black twist top and gold lettering. They look expensive. Opulent, even. The long lasting claim I can categorically confirm is true. These lip lacquers once on won’t budge. I waited a good five minutes before rubbing my fingers over my lips to see if the colour would transfer and I saw nothing on them. Impressive. As for being kiss proof? Now sadly I had no one to test this particular claim on but I did kiss the back of my hand and, similarly as before, no transfer. Of course, the price is also a big selling point here.

The bad: These are very drying lip products. I realise any matte finish is commonly drying on the lips, but these incredibly so, almost to the point that they’re quite unpleasant to wear – it definitely takes some getting used to, especially if you’re used to more nourishing/balmy lip products. If you look at the images above you can disctinctively see the lines in my lips, the product settling in between them which I’m not keen on and if your lips are even in the least bit chapped, these lacquers will accentuate the fact. As long lasting as they are, it is actually fairly tricky to remove the product. I tried with a face wipe and it took some serious scrubbing and making my lips red raw to get the colour off. Ouch.

Overall, I would give these a 3.5/5. I do adore the colour ‘Kooky’ on me. It’s a beautiful, vampy, purple shade and is unlike anything else I own. I wondered if it could be a matte dupe to MAC’s lipstick in ‘Rebel’ but its more of a true purple, whereas ‘Rebel’ isn’t. I would definitely wear these again, but they aren’t something I’d reach for constantly due to the fact they’re very high maintenance.

Have you tried these? What do you make of them?

Emily x

Makeup Haul

Last week I paid a visit to Superdrug (a drugstore in the UK for anyone not in the know) because I needed to repurchase my favourite liquid liner from Collection. In the end, I left with an additional few items I hadn’t intended on buying. It was all very impromptu. But isn’t that always the way? It certainly is for me. I can never not just buy one thing when it comes to makeup. The temptation is too great. Such a hardship, I tell you.

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(Left to right: NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Colour in 031 ‘Gramercy Park Plum’, MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in ‘Dare’ and ‘Kooky’, Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in 001 ‘Transparent’, and Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner in ‘Black’.)

I had been wanting to try out the MUA lip lacquers for a while, and every time I’d find myself in a Superdrug I would gravitate towards the MUA display, so I just decided that day to get two out of the ten shades from their line that I imagined I would wear the most. A first impression and full review of these will be coming very soon.

The NYC lip crayon was just something I happened to swatch on the back of my hand and I ended up adoring the colour and knew I needed to have it. Since buying it, it’s been the only colour I’ve been wearing on my lips. It’s a beautiful raspberry shade, despite being described as plum. Don’t be surprised if its in my November favourites.

The powder and liquid liner are both items I’ve purchased time and again and are definitely holy grail products for me. You’ll never not find them in my makeup bag! If a blog post on the rest of my holy grail products, or even a what’s in my makeup bag, might interest you let me know in the comment section below.

Right, I’m off to put up my Christmas tree. Excited!

Emily x

Monthly Favourites

Another month over with, another monthly favourites!

1. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

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I have fallen in love with this makeup sponge. I never thought I’d see the day. I always thought I would be a makeup brush kind of girl where foundation was concerned, but alas, I am no longer. All of my makeup brushes were dirty one morning when I had wanted to do my makeup, so as a last resort I plunged my hand into my bedside drawer to retrieve this sponge because I knew it was clean as I hadn’t used it since I’d made this blog post. Being lazy, I didn’t bother dampening it first. This is where I have been going wrong all this time. The results of this sponge when dry are just incredible. I was a convert after the first application. It blends my foundation in wonderfully, and gives my skin a very natural finish. No cake issues at all. It’s quick and easy to use and aside from the fact that it stains after a couple of uses and no amount of cleaning can eradicate that, I have no complaints.

2. L’Oréal Paris Lumi Magique and NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

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These are the two foundations I have been wearing in conjunction with each other for the past month, probably even longer now. I mix one pump of the NARS and one pump of the L’Oréal foundation, and together they match my skin tone perfectly and provide a medium coverage. The NARS on its own, is as described, sheer, and occasionally I do wear it alone but I love the finish I get when I combine the two foundations. My skin looks dewy and like I’ve slept a full eight hours, which is generally never the case.

3. Garnier Moisture Match Moisturiser (Dry to Very Dry)

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For a while I was worried this face cream would break me out because its quite heavily fragranced and my skin is extremely sensitive. But it never did. What it did do, was make my skin incredibly soft and supple. My skin type is usually combination but now that we’re into the colder months, my skin has become very dry which is usual for me during the Winter. This moisturiser has been my saviour. It’s a very thick consistency and sinks into my skin fast, leaving it feeling hydrated and not at all dry. I will definitely be repurchasing this moisturiser.

4. MAC 217 Blending Brush

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I bought this back in May and it took me until October to actually use it. It was just too pristine, too pretty, too new. I didn’t want to spoil it. Please tell me it isn’t just me who has done this before? What am I talking about? Of course it is, I’m a crazy makeup (and cat!) lady. Needless to say, judging by the fact that it is being included in my monthly favourites, that I loved it … When I did finally get around to using it.

5. MAC Amber Lights eyeshadow

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This eyeshadow has clearly seen better days and though I alternate which shadows I wear regularly, I always find myself returning to MAC’s Amber Lights. It’s the perfect burnt orange/copper shadow and really highlights the blue in my eyes which I think creates a very pretty effect. MAC shadows are generally very pigmented and Amber Lights is most definitely pigmented. I think this is a universal colour that would compliment anyone and everyone. When you’re next at a MAC counter swatch this shadow!

6. The Body Shop Orange Body Butter

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This stuff smells delicious and feels divine. It’s nourishing, sinks into the skin fairly quickly and the scent has decent longevity. Enough said.

What are your monthly favourites? Comment below and tell me! I’ve also been toying with the idea of doing a non-beauty monthly favourites each month too. So please do let me know whether this is something you think you would be interested in seeing here on Makeup Muzings.

Emily x

Gunpowder, Treason and Plot

Today in the UK it is Guy Fawkes Night, otherwise known as Bonfire Night. I would explain the significance of this historical event but its just as easy for you to Google it, plus I wouldn’t want to bore any of you who aren’t in the least bit interested.

In a nutshell it is an excuse for us Brits to eat, drink and be very, very merry. Oh, yes, and to set off fireworks and watch all of the pretty colours illuminate the nights sky.

As a result, I felt inspired to produce a fireworks themed makeup look.

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I used two different eye palettes to achieve this, both from Urban Decay.

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To begin with I smeared a champagne coloured eye cream shadow stick all over my eyelid, taking it up to my brow bone too. This was primarily because I wanted something for the shadows to adhere to, in the hopes of avoiding as much fall down as I possibly could.

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Next I roughly applied the bright pink shade “Junkshow” to just the centre of my eyelid, not taking much care about how neat it looked. The blending process comes much later.

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I then added the purple shade “Omen” to the bare sections of my eyelid, either side of the pink, taking it up to my crease. To do this I used a MAC 217 brush, but any fluffy brush will do.

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Once adding the purple, I placed a small amount of the green shadow “Vert” to the inner corner of my eye, I then coated the outer corner of my lid with the beautiful teal blue shadow “Deep End”, blending it into my crease.  After this I took my blackest of black kohl pencil and lined my waterline.

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BLEND! I blended all the edges out until everything was seamless. Make sure you use a clean blending brush to do this. You don’t want to spoil the colours, and all of your hard work up to this point.

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I then took a makeup wipe to clean up all of the fall down, and to generally tidy up around my eye area. Afterwards I applied my foundation, and the rest of my cheek products.

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I then added lashings of mascara to both top and bottom lashes and filled in my brows as normal.

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Finally I opted for a bright fuchsia pink lipstick and pink lipgloss combination. Both items are by Revlon.

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Incidentally, the finished result reminds me more of a throwback to the 80s or of a mermaid, than of the colours of fireworks but them’s the breaks. Sometimes a look turns out as intended, other times not. Let me know what you think anyway.

And to those of you who celebrate Bonfire Night, have a terrific time tonight!

Emily x

Hallowe’en

Happy Halloween to you all!

I absolutely adore Halloween and despite having no plans this year, I still like to indulge myself in imagining what my costume might have been if I were attending a Halloween party, or a themed event of some sort tonight. I thoroughly enjoy all aspects of fancy dress, I take it very seriously, and any excuse to dress up is fine by me.

This year I would have chosen to dress up as Dr Frank-N-Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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Yesterday I was bored, and at a loose end so I decided to see if I could master his makeup look. Why shouldn’t I still get to have my fun, even if I’m not actually doing anything for Halloween?

This isn’t going to be a tutorial or a how-to blog post and I’m sorry to disappoint anyone who had hoped it might be. At the time I had intended on taking photos of each step of the makeup application but I got a little carried away and completely forgot. Before I knew it I was half way through the look before I remembered I had planned to take photos!

The two photos I do have that aren’t of the finished result:

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(Apologies about the change in lighting with these two photos. I was doing this in the late afternoon when the sun was starting to set. Also, yes, its true, I cannot do any makeup look without rocking out to my music).

I Googled a handful of images of Tim Curry as Frank and used these to refer to. I mostly remained true to his look, with a couple of minor differences. As you can tell I didn’t take the shadow all the way to my eyebrows, unlike Frank’s. Nor did I use any kind of contouring/cheek product, simply because I didn’t want to and I was concerned it might disrupt my white cream makeup. The eyebrows were definitely the most challenging element to the look and it takes a very steady hand. Tip: make sure your kohl liner is sharpened to within an inch of its life before drawing the eyebrows on to get the sharpest, crispest line you can. I purposely didn’t make the look perfect, because Frank’s isn’t. His makeup is meant to look messy and unprofessional, as if he has applied it rather than the film’s makeup artist who will have actually done it.

I won’t bother to list the makeup items I used because I don’t believe it’s important you use the exact ones I did to recreate this yourself. All you need is white face makeup, a basic black liner (liquid or kohl, your choice), a jet black eyeshadow, a dark grey eyeshadow (both matte preferably), a deep burgundy red lipstick, a clear lipgloss to add a subtle shine to the lips and (optional) mascara or lashes which I chose not to use because I thought it would make the look too pretty which wasn’t my goal.

Here are two more photos of my finished look. I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome and I think I did Frank justice. What do you think?

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I hope you all have a spooktacular and safe Halloween! Don’t forget to comment and tell me if you’re getting dressed up for Halloween, or if you liked this blog post.

Emily x

Look Of The Day

For today’s makeup look I was inspired by the classic pin-up. I wanted the statement rouge lips and black winged liner. Generally I don’t wear makeup during the week, preferring to let my skin breathe, but for some reason this morning I woke up and I felt like making a real effort and putting on a full face of makeup. Does anyone else do this?

To begin with I prepped my skin with the Garnier Moisture Match face moisturiser:

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I only got this a few days ago so I can’t say what I make of it yet. It’s catered to those with dry to very dry skin, which I have, especially now that we’re in the colder months. It’s very thick so I had to give the cream around five minutes to fully sink in before moving onto my base. 

For face products I used the L’Oréal Lumi Magique foundation, Maybelline New York Age Rewind concealer and the Milani Baked blush in “berry amore”.

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I applied my base with a buffing brush. I squeezed about two pumps of the foundation onto the back of my hand and that was more than plenty to cover my entire face and neck. After allowing the makeup to set I then used the concealer under my eyes and blended the product in with my fingers, relying on the warmth of my fingers to help melt the concealer into my skin. I didn’t use the concealer elsewhere on my face as I find my foundation evens my skin tone out more than enough so I never require additional coverage. After concealer I moved onto blusher. With this Milani blusher a little goes a very long way, and it is incredibly pigmented so I always make sure to tap off the excess powder from my Real Techniques blusher brush. I applied it directly to the apple of my cheeks before sweeping the brush over my cheekbones to add a little colour there too. I didn’t set my base with anything because as mentioned previously I have a dry skin type so I rarely need to worry about my makeup moving or sweating off throughout the day.

To recreate the signature pin-up eye look I used the Lorac Pro to Go palette, along with Cover Girl’s Clump Crusher mascara and Collection’s Extreme black felt tip liner.

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I first used the cream shade “shell” from the palette and applied a thin layer all over my lid and up to my brow bone using a flat top shadow brush before adding more of the same shade more heavily to just my eyelid. I then used the medium brown shade “café” with a blending brush in my crease for definition, making sure to really carve out the socket of my eyes, almost giving myself a cut crease. I used a second blending brush with zero product on it to make sure there were no harsh edges and that both shadows were blended thoroughly for the final step to my eyeshadow. After which I used the felt tip liner and created a fairly thick winged line and then added mascara to both top and bottom lashes. I left my waterline void of any product so that my eyes would appear big, open and very doll like, in keeping with the traditional pin-up eye look.

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I filled my eyebrows in as I would normally, following the natural shape that they grow in. To do this I used my MAC 263 angled brush and a dark brown eyeshadow from the Stila Written In The Stars eye palette.

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And now for the most important (and fun!) step in achieving a pin-ups trademark look. The iconic red lip. I opted for one of my favourite red lipsticks by Rimmel from the Kate Moss range, a matte deep red in “07”.

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I applied the lipstick directly from the bullet onto my lips, choosing not to use a lip brush, nor a lip liner. Despite this lipstick being matte, it doesn’t tug on your lips during application nor is it drying, making it very comfortable to wear. I made sure my lips weren’t chapped beforehand though because, like with any matte lip product, they do have a tendency to emphasise even the slightest crack or flake.

And voila! You’re done. This was my finished look and I was very happy with the outcome. I felt so glamorous. Shame I had no where to go to show it off. If you want to really do it up right, and get the full pin-up girl effect, curl your hair and don your stockings and heels. Boop-oop-a-doop.

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Emily x