Beauty

August Monthly Beauty Favourites

Yes, Yes I know I haven’t blogged for a little while now, but life has unfortunately got in the way as it sometimes does. However, I’m back and as a new month has begun (I can not believe it’s September already) I thought I would begin with what I was loving in the past month.

Now this month I’ve managed to narrow it down to 6 items in total, 5 of which I absolutely adore, one that I am firmly on the fence about.

IMG_3133First up is the CHI CHI Fabulous and Flawless Foundation. I was all in a panic when I ran out of my all time fave L’oreal True Match, as here in NZ it is ridiculously over priced. So I thought it was time to move on and try something else. After watching a favourite foundation video from Shannon of  Shaaanxo fame, she recommend this foundation and I’m so glad I tried it. I got the shade No.7, which is great for me and my post winter skin. It’s medium to full coverage, with a sheen like finish to it. Price wise it is around $39 NZD, which I felt isn’t too bad and the container is glass, which for some reason I find really satisfying.

IMG_3129Next up is the Yes to Carrots Nourishing Daily Facial Moisturiser SPF 15. I have been using this for around two months now and I obviously love it. It is, as it states very nourishing, but doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily. It has a built in SPF which makes me feel better especially when you live in NZ. It also hasn’t caused me to break out which is a massive thumbs up. I just picked this up in the supermarket and I can’t wait to try out some more in the range very soon.

IMG_3135Thirdly in the top favourites of the month, comes and oldie but a goodie. Maybellines Great lash Mascara in the Lots of Lashes formula. I first tired this version of  the cult classic mascara about two and a half years ago, when I first moved to NZ, after needing a mascara that wasn’t going to break the bank and it was love at first application. It has a teardrop shaped tapered wand, which is excellent for creating both length and volume. It also means you can use the narrow end to get those pesky inner corner lashes. This is now back in my life after my Collection Mascara dried out, which is one massive downside of that amazing mascara (man how many times can you say mascara in one paragraph)

IMG_3137 To be completely honest, I wasn’t entirely sure if this was going to make the cut this month, but recently it’s been my eyeliner of choice. The Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner, bar the really long name does just what it says on the tin. The funny shaped applicator really does pull your lashes up, allowing the gel liner to really get deep into the lashes, so that you are left with this beautiful opaque line. I also love the angle of the applicator, because it makes the dreaded feline flick a real doddle. The pigmentation is great with a true deep black shade and the longevity is awesome, no smudgy panda eyes up in here! All in all a pretty impressive gel liner, gimmicks aside.

IMG_3139Lastly in my most loved items this month comes another old favourite. After having a huge clear out of my make up collection, I came across this little gem; the Nars Angelika Blush.I’m a huge blush person, I just feels like it gives my skin life and I love me a Nars blush, in fact I’ll even go as far as to say they are my holy grail when it comes to blush. This is a baby pink shade with flecks of silver glitter running through it, which doesn’t thankfully transfer onto the cheek, it just provides a beautiful sheen. If you’re looking for something peppy and perky then this may well be the match for you, layer it on top of a similar cream formula shade for a doll like fresh faced cheek.

IMG_3142Very finally I thought I would just add this baby into the mix as I’m very much on the fence about it. It’s the Body shop Instablur all in one perfecter. The reason that I’m on the fence about this is actually because I’m just waiting for it to fully break me out, I’ve noticed a few blemishes popping up. It has that silicone type texture akin to the likes of the SmashBox Photo Ready Primer, which doesn’t react well with my skin. It does however, mattify my skin and fill in the pores, which for me is a huge plus. Weather it actually does help my foundation last longer is still on trial and the jury is definitely still out on weather or not it’s giving me that blurred like effect that seems to be so popular at the moment.

So everyone there you have it, what I’ve been loving this month. I hope this has been helpful in same way for you all, let me know what it is you’ve been loving this month. Once again I apologise for being M.I.A.

Stay Cool

Bailey xox

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Sebastian helping me out with the photography!

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Pole Dancing The Night Away

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This is Alyx. Alyx and I first met when we were five, at a mutual friends birthday party. I mostly remember it because we got to share a tin of biscuits. We didn’t become proper friends until we were about ten or eleven and although for the majority of our friendship we’ve lived oceans apart she’s always been there. I could go on and on about how awesome and amazing she is and how she’s one of the best friends I’ve ever had but I’ll save that for another day.

Alyx has been doing Pole dancing for a couple of years now on and off and since moving to Christchurch (we finally are in the same city) she’s taken it up again. A few months back she said she was competing in The NZAPP competition and would I do her make up. I happily obliged.

After months of hard work and dedication the big day finally arrived. I got Chris to take pictures so that I could talk you all through what we did. Alyx had sent me a few inspiration photo’s and knew she wanted to create a bronze smokey eye and incorporate crystals, the latter a medium I’ve never dabbled in. She also asked me to do her hair too. The hair part we sort of winged, Alyx wanted a hairstyle with curls and something that was pinned back out of her face.

I was really happy with how the end product turned out, especially the hair as it ended up being super easy. But mostly Alyx was happy with what I’d created and she did amazing, I was so proud of her and how far she’d come! Well done Babe!

So, go get yourself a cuppa, and a comfy seat while I try and explain what I did;

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The Base

For Alyx’s base, I prepped the skin with Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer here. Her skin is on the dry side, so this primer is perfect for laying down an even base and keeping the skin hydrated. I then decided to use the L’oreal true match, as it’s a foundation that can be built up to a full coverage and one that I know lasts all night. Although naturally Alyx is fairer than I, she had, had a spray tan which meant that my shade in W4 Golden Natural suited perfectly. I went in with one light layer, using the Real Techniques Buffing brush. I then decided that as Alyx was going to be on stage, under bright lights, to go in with another layer, with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, mainly focusing on areas that needed a little more coverage.  Alyx has pretty flawless skin as it is so I didn’t need to use much concealer at all, just a little under the eyes. I then powdered with the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, just to lock it all in place.

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The Eyeshadow and The Eyeliner

As I mentioned earlier, Alyx had already said that she wanted a Bronze smokey eye. We decided together, to keep the eye as light and natural looking as you possibly can with a smokey eye. First I put down the Urban Decay Eyeshadow primer as a base for the eyeshadow to stick to, to ensure it would last all night. I then went over this with a translucent powder. For the shadow; I placed the shade ‘Half Baked’ from Urban Decays Naked Palette, which is a true gold shade, all over the lid. I then defined the crease with a mixture of ‘Hustle’ and ‘Darkhorse’ from the same palette which created a shimmery dark brown shade, using a MAC 219 pencil brush to carve out a ‘V’ shape in the outer corner and up into the crease. Once I’d got the opacity that I wanted, I went in with a clean MAC 217 fluffy blending brush (my all time essential brush if you want to create a smokey eye) and blended everything out. Once I’d blended to my hearts content, I then went back in with more of the Half Baked shade. At this point I felt that the gold wasn’t at the intensity that I wanted, so I went in with a Barry M Dazzle Dust in Tan and a slightly damp flat eyeshadow brush (I used a make up wipe to dampen the brush). I patted this on the centre of the eye to add more dimension. I then added a brow bone highlight, using an pearly opal shade from a Victoria Secrets Nakeds palette. I also placed this shade on the inner corner of the eye to brighten it up.

Then came eyeliner. For this look we were using really heavy Ardell Lashes, I therefore decided to add a black winged eyeliner, so that the band of the lashes blended in. I used the E.L.F Black Liquid Eyeliner to create a feline flick on both eyes. I tried to follow the natural flick of Alyx’s lashes and keep the line as  thin as possible.

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The Lashes

To ensure the band of the lashes blended in seamlessly, I went over the liquid eyeliner with a black matte shadow, and an angled eyeliner brush, blending upwards towards the gold. Alyx had gone out and picked up these dramatic Ardell no.403 Lashes and thankfully they did fit her eye perfectly, so there was no need to adjust them. Using Ardell eyelash glue, I placed a blob on the back of my hand in order for it to get tacky, this usually takes anywhere from 30-40 seconds. Whilst I’m waiting for the glue, I bend the lashes around my eyeshadow brush, this helps to shape them, making application easier. I then use the end of the eyeshadow brush to apply the glue to the lashes. When I’m applying lashes on someone else I get them to close their eyes completely and using tweezers I place the lashes on to the eye, securing from the middle and then on both outer corners. When they open their eye, gently pull down under the eye to release any glue that may be stuck. I’d asked Alyx to apply a coat of mascara before we did the lashes, just so that she had the possibility of wearing them again. Placing Mascara on top of your falsies, does help with blending them together, but it also makes it much harder to reuse them.

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The Sparkles

This was definitely the most time consuming part of the look, and if I had my time to do it again, I would’ve allowed another 45 minutes for this part alone. Alyx purchased different sized gems from here including these really cool teardrop style ones. I used a few pictures as a reference, but to be completely honest, I pretty much went with it. We knew we wanted to place some on the outer part of her face and Alyx also thought it would be a great idea to have the teardrop ones, cascading from one eye, to look like actual tears. The application was very, very fiddly and I used a mixture of tweezers and the top of a make up brush to lay them down. The other part I found hard was making both sides symmetrical, especially under time constraints. To adhere them to her face I used eyelash glue, which worked a charm, with the loss of only one gem on the night.

To finish the face off I added a little white eyeliner to the lower waterline of the eye, to really open them up and brighten. I then added a little Benefit hoola bronzer to contour her face and then added a peachy blush to the apples of her cheek, just for a flush of colour.

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The Lips

As this was for a performance, we went all out with the lips too. Alyx had an idea of the colours she wanted to use on her lips, so I went with a Chi Chi lip liner  in bright orange shade. I decided it was a little too much on the orange side, so then went in with a true red colour from MAC called ‘Ruby Woo‘ to create more of a vintage red look. I then layered a deep red gloss, just to give a little shine.

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The Hair

 I won’t spend too long explaining how I created this look, because quite frankly it was pretty basic. I used my Curl Secret hair tool (It’s that outer space looking contraption that sucks the hair up into it and curls with steam)  to create ringlets. I did this prior to doing Alyx’s make up, as I wanted them to drop a little. Alyx naturally has curly hair, so luckily for us her hair holds a curl really well. If you’re using a standard curling wand, I would recommend curling pieces in opposite directions i.e; One section towards your face, the next away from your face. This just helps the curl to sit more naturally. Once I’d curled the whole head, I sprayed all over with hair spray and then let it sit. Once I’d finished with the make up, I came back to the curls. Using a Tangle Teezer to gently brush through the curls, to loosen them up.  I also went in with a root boosting, and texturising spray, to create some definition. The front was really simple, Alyx already had a side parting in place  so working with this, I grabbed about a 2 and 1/2 inch section from the front of the hair and looped it around and pushed it forward to create a mini victory roll, with the same on the other side. Once they were secure with bobby pins, I sprayed the heck out of it with hairspray and a little shine spray and that was that. See easy!

Well, here we are at the very end. I hope this made sense. I just wanted to say a huge thanks to Alyx for letting me share this with the internet world and trusting me with her face on her big day. Also have to say a massive thank you to Chris for sitting there for the 3 hrs it took, patiently taking photo’s for me, You did an awesome job babe. Anyway I’ve added a few extra pictures below for you to take a little look at. Also if you’re in the Christchurch area and interested in getting into Pole, Alyx goes to Altitude Pole (No stalkers please hehe) they not only do pole, but also Anti Gravity Yoga, Contortion, Aerial Hoop and Aerial Skills, go check them out!

Thanks for reading

Bailey xox

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Beauty, Makeup Monday

Monday,Monday; What’s On My Face

As I start this new week, I thought what better way to start than with a post all about what I’m currently slapping on my face make up wise. This in turn means that there will be a few cringe worthy selfies to follow below (sorry, not sorry).

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Today was pretty uneventful. I have however, got the day off work. I love days off work, and not because I don’t enjoy my job, I do. But because I often like to use this as my time to get ‘Glam’, even though I know, at the very most all I’ll probably do is pop to the shops. It’s fun to have a play and get out items that I’ve neglected and fall back in love all over again. And today my friends, was definitely one of those very days.

Enter the make up that graced my face…

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NB: Please do excuse the fact that some of the products pictured above look well, a little well loved.

Starting from the top is L’oreal True Match Foundation in W4 Golden Natural. This has very quickly become a cult within the make up community, thanks in large part to the amazing Lauren Curtis. If you don’t know who she is go check her out, you won’t regret it (unless make ups not your thanng). I’m so happy she brought this puppy back to my attention. I remember this was my very first foundation I ever bought. I was 17 in Duane Reade, New York City, at Christmas, with my family. Am I painting a good enough picture?. Anyway, I clearly remember thinking that I was now old enough to use foundation. I chose this one, pretty much purely because Beyonce was on the picture above the stand and even then I knew, if the Queen that is Bey used this stuff well, then so should I. Long story short its been an almost 10 year on and off love affair. It’s a medium coverage however, you can build it up to a full coverage, likewise you can also sheer it out by adding a little moisturiser, if you prefer a more natural look. It stays in place all day, which I love especially for work. It also photographs well, considering it has an SPF 17, none of that horrid ghost face in any of my pictures. It’s available in NZ at Farmers, Kmart and most pharmacies that stock L’oreal. I got mine on a recent trip back to my local Boots in the town in Essex that I grew up in. Give it a go, you won’t be disappointed, I hope!

Next up is Collection Concealer in Warm Medium. A recent purchase as of last week. I was over the moon, over joyed when I saw Shaaanxo post on Facebook, that we can now get our hands on Collection in little old NZ. Lets us hope that this is a good sign and slowly we’ll catch up with the rest of the world. I have used this in the past and loved it. The only reason I stopped was because it was so hard to get here. And now its in my local Supermarket down the road, thanks Countdown! It’s a beautiful concealer. I use this under my eyes and find its enough to hide my big blue under eye bags. It perks up my face, giving me that ‘Oh, yeah I got 10 hrs beauty sleep’ look. It’s creamy enough to blend but has real staying power, that if I forget to powder it doesn’t really matter. It’s also good enough to tackle any pesky blemishes that rear their head.  The colour match is pretty much spot on too. As I mentioned I purchased mine here at Countdown, but it’s also available in the Uk at both Boots and Superdrug.

Onto matching the colour of my face to my body, and in comes Bronzer and my bronzer of choice is the ‘Chocolate’ Bronzer as its commonly known by Bourjois. I’m not going to lie but, I’ve had this in my stash for around two years… however, I only cracked into it about 6 months ago, so technically thats not bad right??. I have always been a Benefit Hoola girl. Since funnily enough that trip to New York. Anyway as I said, this have been at the bottom of my collection for a very long time and I’m so pleased I took the time to take it back out. It’s a lovely Winter bronzer for me. As I’m naturally quite tanned, I like to top this up in the winter months with fake tan, like many of us out there. This bronzer really just helps to pull everything together. There’s little, to no shimmer and the colour is a warm bronze, which is great in the winter. I got mine once again in Superdrug in the UK, however you can purchase your own one here courtesy of my favourite website ASOS, who also do free Worldwide shipping, whoop.

Blusher, Blusher, Oh how I love you dearly. Blush is one of my Essential make up items. I just adore the heck out of it. I feel like its the icing on the cake, that just completes the whole look. This Creme Blush by MAC here in the shade ‘Posey’ has been a product I’ve loved over and over. It’s a constant in my make up bag, especially in winter. I always get comments on how good my skin is when I wear this blush. To put it simply, it’s a dewy dolly pink colour. The finish gives me a ‘just popped out into the cold’ glow to my cheeks. I really think it would look great on most complexions. I use it as base for my powder blush. Which leads me straight onto Nars ‘Outlaw’ which I layer on top of Posey for a longer lasting blush. Outlaw is a Rose pink with Golden flecks running through it. I love this shade as the gold transfers onto the cheek as more of a sheen, rather than full on sparkle, which is something I’m not too keen on. This can be picked up in NZ from Mecca Cosmetica here or in Space NK or Sephora if you’re in the US.

Moving swiftly onto eyes. I always start with some form of a primer. I have oily lids, so this is a MUST. Today’s primer of choice was in the form of the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Creme Shadow in Rose Gold. I was very lucky to get this as a present from my Dad. He picked it up in duty free as a part of a travel gift set. He’s pretty awesome like that. This is as the name suggest a Rose Gold. Which looks beautiful on its own, but for me personally works at its best as a primer. Its long lasting and makes sure I have crease proof lids all day. It’s available at most department stores around NZ that have a Bobbi Brown Counter. On top of that, to give my eyes a little more oomph I turned to my trusty Naked Palette by Urban Decay. Another constant in my make up bag. I got mine here from Beauty Bay. They too do free shipping internationally. I could go on about this palette for a life time, but this post is already an essay, so I’ll refrain. I used three of my favourite shadows; Sin, a shimmery pale pink tone; all over the lid. ‘Naked’ mixed with ‘Buck’ two mid tone, matte brown colours to define my crease. This is one of my go to combos, when I’m feeling lazy.

Eyeliner is an item I have a love hate relationship with. I love the look that a winged, cat eye liner gives you, especially as I have almond shaped eyes. However, I’m partially blind in my left eye, this therefore makes applying it a little bit of a pain in the bottom. My eyeliner of choice today was the E.L.F Liquid Eyeliner in Black. I got my one from Iherb when I was ordering my vitamins. But I’ve also seen this stocked in Kmart. It has a fine enough nib that, it makes application fairly straight forward, with the ability to create both a fine, natural cat eye to a thicker more dramatic one. Its matte black, which is great and stays put all day. My only tip with this product is to defiantly wipe the nib before applying to avoid too much product and those dreaded panda eyes.

Mascara. This is my desert island item. Without it I look even more like a 10 year old, with bug eyes. With it I look a little more presentable. Once again Shaaanxo is to thank for this purchase. She mentioned this Collection ‘Does It All, 5 In 1’ Mascara available here at Countdown (once again thank you Countdown) was an awesome dupe for Benefits ‘They’re Real’. And man was Shannon right. I’m converted to this mascara, so much so that, this is my second tube. I’m normally very fickle with mascara so, buying another one was a huge deal for me. If you’ve used ‘They’re Real’ then this is pretty much the exact same result but a whole lot cheaper. It’s also way easier to remove. This curls, lengthens and thickens my eyelashes, what more could I ask for really?.Oh no wait… It also makes my pretty non existent bottom lashes look full too. Its very quickly knocked Maybelline the ‘Falsies’ off of the top spot in my favourite Mascara of all time, mental list.

Then comes Lips. Lipstick of Choice for today was dug out from the bottom of my make up dresser. Nars ‘Barbarella’ a gorgeous light coral, pink shade. You can get this one again from Mecca Costmetica It’s pretty non offensive colour and teamed with Tanya Burrs Lipgloss in ‘Afternoon Tea’ available from Superdrug, you’re left with a lovely peachy, pinky, coral lip, which I love for days that I’ve got a bit going on with my eyes.

So, If you’ve managed to make it all the way to here, I’d firstly like to congratulate you for sticking with me. Secondly, below are some more photo’s. I hope that this has been of some use to you all out there! What are you all putting on your faces this Monday/Week? Any products you can recommend for my next Make up Monday would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again, so much for your support and comments. Anyway queue the Selfies…

 

 

 

Thanks for reading,

Bailey xox

 

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