Halo Smokey Eye using MAC Club


 

Today I was inspired by Samantha from Batalash Beauty. She did I look similar to this on her youtube channel and I thought I would do my take on it.

For my eyes I used my favourite transition colour Too Faced Peanut Butter, To deepen my crease I used MAC Swiss Chocolate. I blended until my arms hurt with a MAC 217 and a Blank Canvas E26 brush! My ride or die brushes!

In the centre of my lids I used MAC Club (how pretty is it!) with a wet Blank Canvas E24 brush. I pressed this colour into my lid and then i just gentle buffed out the edges using the same brush is wiggling motions at the edge!

To further deepen the outside corner I used Too Faced Truffle a gorgeous deep brown and then I went back in with the brush I used to buff out peanut butter to blend all the shades together. To really make the centre pop I added a bit more MAC club.

To finish off I smoked some Peanut butter onto the lower lash line and applied Benefit Roller Lash Mascara.

What do you think of this eye look?

Its still neutral and warm but I think the pop of green/brown in the centre is gorgeous! MAC Club is a duo chrome eyeshadow so in some lights is looks green and in other brown!

If you recreate this or want me to do any other make up looks tweet me/snap me @laurenaalice

Purple Glitter Smokey Eye

MAC came out with a new formulation of eye shadows called Dazzleshadows last year. Most of them sold out within minutes but I managed to get Cant Stop Don’t Stop which is  gorgeous cranberry/purple colour.  When I first used these eyeshadows I wasn’t that impressed I was expecting some serious colour and glitter. The best way I have found to apply them is with a damp brush and then press them into the lid.

To create this eye look I used

Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette shade Peanut Butter (my ride or die shade for all looks)

MAC Swiss Chocolate to deepen.

MAC DAZZLE SHADOW in Cant Stop Don’t Stop on the lid.

I used the Maybelline Gel liner to hide my lash band. Lashes were Ardell Demi Whispies!

What do you think of this look? Its a little different from my usual warm toned smokey eyes.

Thoughts on Bare Minerals Bare Skin Foundation


 

BareMinerals came out with a new foundation formula this year called Bare Skin. Its is a brightening serum foundation that leaves your skin with a smooth natural finish.

Bare Skin comes in 20 shades and I would strongly suggest your get a few testers before purchasing because the shade on the outside of the bottle is lighter than what is inside. I was first given the shade Bare Natural 07 which is way to dark for me, I went back in and was them matched to Bare Linen 03. That is a huge difference in shades. So definitely test it out and don’t purchase before you do.

The formula needs to be shaken before you use it as it separates easily. A little bit goes along way for this foundation and the coverage is amazing. It can be sheer or full depending on what you prefer.  As for the finish, if you put too much on you can feel it on your skin for awhile but it does dry in and you don’t feel it anymore.

I got the brush that is meant for this foundation and I wouldn’t recommend it, it left my face streaky so skip that. I apply mine with the Real Techniques Blending Sponge (like the beauty blender). Gives its a smooth finish and it really pushes it into the skin.

Bare Skin is £26/€31

What are you thoughts on this foundation? I think it gives amazing coverage and a flawless finish just make sure you pick the right shade.

A warm toned Smokey Eye


  

I just can’t stay away from neutral eyes. This time I used the Too Face Semi Sweet Chocolate Palette which finally landed in Ireland and I don’t think I have ever been more excited about getting this palette.

On my eyes I used Peanut Butter and Truffle in the outer third of my eye. I actually lined my eyes with Catrice Black Kohl pencil which is something I never normally do and Im not sure if I will do it again. I just can’t deal with the smudging! and for mascara no surprise that it is Benefits roller lash.

What to see more neutral smokey eyes, take a look at theses; one, two and and a surprise post from here.

Romantique by CND Shellac

Nothing beats having your nails done and not having to worry about them chipping for a few weeks! For my nails I either get Shellac which is a two week manicure or gel nails which are basically fake tips that are glued to your natural nail and then a gel coat is put on top to seal it all together.

In this picture I had just had gel nails done. For me gel nails suit me better as I really struggle to grow my nails (years of biting them) and I never get the desired shape I want.

Gel nails last 3-4 weeks, depending on how much your nails grows and how much you want to change the colour.

Whenever I get my nails done I stick to the same neutral safe colours; nude, red, burgundy and navy. They are just my go to shades.

The shade I have on my nails above is Romantique by CND Shellac!