Thursday, 31 October 2013

Happy Halloween!


Just a quick post today to show you a few Halloween ideas! Halloween is my favourite time of year! I love being creative and making myself look scary or different. I had lots of fun creating these looks and I wish I could go out dressed like this! But I'd look mental! 

I love the sugar skull or 'dia de muertos' look. I find it so creative and pretty yet spooky. They're not exactly perfect but I'm pleased with how they turned out for my first attempts. 

This look is my favourite! I love being scary on Halloween! I love the blood, the gore! Anything that alters your appearance. I went for two looks here. One was a zombie very fresh looking and decaying skin and the other a prettier makeup look and as if my skin was torn off around my mouth. I used PVA glue and tissue paper to create the wounds as i didn't want to buy liquid latex. It works just as well and i didn't mind putting it on my own skin but i would ask for other people's permission before you apply it to them. It takes slightly longer to dry and can be a pain to work with but the effect comes out just as good. 

My sister wanted to be Jigsaw from Saw but she didn't want to be a scary version so i tried to make it as pretty as possible. It's a very simple look to create and still manages to look spooky.

And finally Barbie! I bought this blonde wig from Asda and every time i tried to create a look i just looked odd as my eyebrows are so dark. So my sister was the perfect model. I just used classic barbie pinks and purples for the eyes, blush and i used viva glam Nikki for the lips. 

I'm sad Halloween is over but I'm pretty sure I'll be making more looks throughout the year! Now i know what I'm doing I'll invest in the proper theatrical makeup but i was on a budget and the cheap stuff does fine when you're playing around.

Hope you enjoyed this post!

Ezzie xox

Monday, 21 October 2013

What's In My Makeup Bag?

Hey Guys!

So I wonder what's in my makeup bag?

I bought my makeup bag from Primark a few months back. I was looking for a makeup bag that resembled the Ted Baker makeup bags as i am in love with that bag but until i get it i thought find something cheaper! This bag, like most of Primark's makeup bags are around £3 which is a bargain to get the job done!
I really like this bag... It's just a bit too small for me!

It has two small compartments to store everything in.. which can get quite annoying as i find it hard to squish it all in. But i think the bow and the quilted detail is really cute. Its perfect for me at the moment as i spend a lot of my time out of the house.

Now down to the good bit! So i only have 9 makeup products in here as the palettes and the powder take up a lot of room but I basically have the essentials for a full face. 
I have my Urban Decay Naked Basics palette -£20 Buy here
Sleek contouring and blush palette in Light 373 -£9.99 Buy here
Mac Studio Sculpt foundation in NW20 - £25.00 Buy here
Mac pro longwear concealer in NW20 -£15.50 Buy here
Virgin Vie eye boost - discontinued
Collection 2000 lasting perfection concealer in fair 1- £3.99 Buy here
Rimmel stay matte powder in 003 peach glow- £3.99 Buy here
Maybelline eye studio lasting drama gel eyeliner 24hr in 01 black - £7.99 Buy here
Rimmel lash accelerator endless in 001 black - £7.99 Buy here

I then have all the essential makeup brushes to complete my everyday makeup.
I have the Real techniques expert face brush which i use to blend and apply my foundation. £8.99 Buy here ( I actually find superdrug to be cheaper than boots for these brushes!)
The real techniques stippling brush which i use to blend in my concealer. £10.99 Buy here 
The real techniques kabuki brush i use to contour my cheeks and apply powder to my face. I love these brushes as they are great quality and really soft. £7.84 Buy here
The Body Shop blusher brush which i actually use to contour my nose and highlight my cheek bones and nose as it's thin. Its also really soft and really well made. £12 Buy here
Then finally i have the models own makeup set which contains a powder brush which i use for blush, an angled brush which i use for my eyebrows and eyeliner, a shading brush and a blending brush. These brushes are amazing for only £10. I have definitely got my moneys worth out of them, they are soft and they blend nicely. Buy here

I absolutely adore my virgin vie eye boost. It is the perfect base shadow and it really brings out the green in my hazel eyes. The great thing about this product is that I've had this since i was 15 and I'm 22 only need a tiny amount for both lids as it blends so nicely and smoothly. I really want to try and get a new one as this can't be hygienic to use but I'm pretty sure its discontinued! :(

My Urban Decay naked basics palette is the best £20 I've ever spent. I use this almost every day and i haven't hit pan yet! (touch wood!) 
The colours are so pigmented and smooth and they all blend so nicely and create the nicest looks.
There are 6 shadows in this palette and Venus is the only shimmer. It is a gorgeous bright white shadow with silver shimmer. I use either Foxy or W.O.S (walk of shame) on my lid and Naked 2 in my crease. I then use the two darkest shades for depth in my outer V, which are Faint and Crave.

I really have got my moneys worth out of this palette! I thought that £9.99 was quite pricey at first but now that I've tried this and i use it every day i can see it is really worth the money! 

The bronzer is perfect to contour! It is really dark and pigmented so you don't need much. The highlight is a lovely gold toned shimmer and it looks really natural on your face... It doesn't look like glitter stuck to you!
The blusher is gorgeous too! It's like a rose gold colour and i love it! 

Now to concealer! I think that these concealers are both amazing! The collection 2000 is the best high street concealer and it is a perfect dupe for the MAC Pro Longwear concealer. They are both thick, they don't crease, they last all day and they are both water resistant. 
Although the MAC one is better, the collection 2000 one is pretty close and for a fraction of the price! One is £15.50 and the other is £4.19 and usually on offer! 

I use the collection 2000 as a highlight for under my eyes or to cover blemishes as it is the closest to my natural skin tone and the MAC one for under my eyes on days where I'm not contouring and highlighting. Sometimes i use these for a light coverage as they blend so well and so evenly across the face. The Mac Pro Longwear swatch is on the right.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Make sure to comment and like if you did!

Ezzie xox

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Review: L'oreal New Nude Magique Eau De Teint Foundation.

Hey guys,

So today is going to be a small post as I'm planning to write more this week.
I am going to be reviewing for you the new L'oreal 'nude magique eau de teint' foundation.

I had been looking forward to trying this for months after seeing so many of my favourite American you tubers raving about it. 
So when I popped into superdrug and saw it there for only £6.99 I thought I may as well give it a go. Buy here

Let's start of firstly with appearance. I actually quite like the bottle as it's not the same as every other foundation bottle. It's a screw cap bottle top and there isn't a pump to apply the product. You have to shake the bottle and then use your finger to apply it to the skin... I tried it this way and it was just so time consuming so my method of applying it is first shaking the product (lid on of course) then pouring my desired amount on to a damp beauty blender / make up sponge and dabbing it on all sections of the face before blending which i found more effective.

As soon as you blend the foundation it turns into a lightweight powdery feel and it gives a light coverage. I have really red skin and I get quite spotty so I prefer a more buildable and fuller coverage foundation but for days where I'm not doing anything or just fancy a light weight feel I now use this.

I know it's not going to be everyone's cup of tea as it's light and a pain to apply but it is exactly what it says on the bottle. It does feel lighter than water! 
The wear time in my opinion was to be expected. It doesn't last much longer than 5 hours without needing to re apply. I find that I don't need to powder my oily areas for quite a while when wearing this so that's a plus. 
I also found that when not shaken well, it tends to oxidise a lot which confused me as I had the lightest colour and ended up looking a bit tangoed! 

Overall I'm not exactly calling this my new favourite or holy grail foundation, but it is good for days when I just don't care about a full coverage look.
I would probably give this foundation a 5/10 as I do like it but it has more cons than pros. If I didn't like it then It would of been a 4/10. I don't think it's worth the full retail value of £9.99  especially as it's only 20ml and most foundations are 30ml. I'm glad I got it for £6.99! I think the only way I would re purchase this is if it was on offer.

I hope you enjoyed this post :)

Ezzie xox