Red, Gold, and Blue Tutorial Using Indie Brands!

Hello! Long time no see, unfortunately we’ve been dealing with some important stuff and I haven’t been able to post lately, but now it’s all taken care of!

I decided that I should create a bright look for my return to the blog, so I created this one using products from Tilt/Shift Cosmetics (my makeup company), Shiro Cosmetics, and Detrivore Cosmetics! (That’s right, all indies!)

Enjoy!

If you like the tutorial, here’s a more easily shareable version for you! Yayy!

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Makeup Tutorial Monday|Katy Perry “Unconditionally”

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Katy Perry is such a pretty lady, and since we have similar colouring I love to get inspired by her makeup looks!

The look in her “Unconditionally” music video stood out to me today; I love the glowy skin, bright doll-like flush on her cheeks, and strongly shaped brows. I decided to recreate the look for you, I hope you enjoy!

Beginning:

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This is my bare face with lotion on. Use sunscreen! Protect your pretty self!

Base:

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I applied a light coat of Maybelline Dream Matte Mouse in Classic Ivory-Light 2.

You don’t want your base to be too heavy for this look, as her skin looks quite glowy and natural, so I just used enough to even out my skintone and then used a cream concealer for any spots and undereyes.

I powdered under my eyes, in the creases of my nose, and on any concealed areas, then I applied a lip balm and used ELF Wet Gloss Lash and Brow Gel to comb through my brows.

Cheeks and brows:

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I used Starlooks Brow Powder Palette in BS4 to create a strong, straight brow with a more angular inside edge like Katy’s. In the final photo (not this one) I’ve also defined more with my NYX Eyebrow Marker in Medium (I love these things.)

I used Pixi Water Blush in Rose Stain-which are unfortunately discontinued (these were such a beautiful product, and this is the first thing I knew I was going to use when I saw Katy’s makeup). I applied it quite heavily on the apples of my cheeks, and blended back to my ears. I used what was left on the brush on my temples.

I used The Balm’s Mary Lou Manizer as a highlight on my chin, nose, cheekbones, and in the center of my forehead for the glowy skin that Katy has, now we’re starting to look alive again!

Eyes:

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Katy’s eye look is super natural and basic, it only took about 2 minutes to do! I used the same Starlooks brow powder as before to add definition to my crease and a soft shadow under my eyes, and I used NYX’s Wonder Pencil in Light later on to brighten my waterline. I highlighted my inner corner and brow bone, again with Mary Lou Manizer, and that’s it! Yes, seriously.

The End:

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I used Too Faced Lashgasm Mascara and a set of falsies to complete the eyes, and the lipstick I used was a mixture of Tilt/Shift’s Zenith, NYX’s Merlot, and Maybelline’s Fuschia Avenue.

I really hope you enjoyed the tutorial, let me know if there are any other celebrity looks you’d like me to take a swing at! ❤

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Shiro Glosses|Review & Swatches

Shiro is one of the best indie companies out there. Everything about them is incredible, from their customer service to their site, and especially their products. (Psst, speaking of indies, tomorrow is the last day to pre-order Tilt/Shift eyeshadows!)

I’ve bought Shiro’s shadows before, but I’ve been dying to try their lip glosses. I’m not usually a lip gloss fan, but I’ve heard Shiro’s aren’t sticky or overwhelming like a lot of them can be, so I decided to add a couple to my order, and here they are!

Overall:

These glosses are perfect. They’re not too sticky and feel so lightweight on the lips, the colours are beautiful (I’m pretty sure Caitlin designed these just for my face, because there’s no other way these could look so freaking good) and the smells are delicious and not overwhelming. 🙂

Super Special Adorable Gloss:

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This one was an add on, and the cutest thing ever. Caitlin layered a bunch of different beautiful colours in a tube, so it looked (and smelled) like a girly rainbow of goodness! Unfortunately the tube seal broke during transport, so some of it spilled out and I couldn’t take a photo, but I transferred the gloss to my own container, and it’s beautiful! The colour is a very natural looking, bubblegum pink-purple with medium opacity, and I’ll get tons of wear out of it, especially during the Spring. 🙂 The rainbow packaging and girlishness of it (it’s their “pink frosting” scent) remind me of Lady Rainicorn:

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And I’m so okay with that.

Nic Cage Churning Butter One Crisp Thanksgiving Morn:

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The most perfect nude on me, which is a really hard thing to accomplish. I only have 3 other lip products (out of literally 100+) that suit me this well as a MLBB colour. It’s a medium-sheer coverage, honey-scented gloss that I think would work well on a lot of people. It’s not too light or too dark, and the colour is a pinky-rose-beige. Beautiful and officially one of my favourite lip colours for every day wear.

Nic Cage Posing for a Calendar with Shiny Bright Red Cars:

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Unf. This is the bombshell of glosses. A bright but surprisingly wearable warm red which smells to me like cherry Runts. This goes on bright and after about an hour’s wear fades into a gorgeous pink-orange colour. “Bright Red Cars” would be great for those of you who are like me and need a red lip, but want something a bit more wearable and less heavy for the Spring and Summertime.

Once again, Shiro Cosmetics has impressed me fully! They for sure have a lifelong fan over here, and I know I’m not the only one. Check them out here!

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Urban Decay’s Perversion Mascara: Is it Worth the Hype?|Try-On & Review

I was lucky enough to get my hands on UD’s new “Perversion” mascara before it hits shelves on July 13th, and because of all the crazy hype, I thought I’d go ahead and review it!

Before we get started, here’s a comparison of the same eye with/without Perversion:

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Urban Decay Perversion Mascara-which will retail at $22-boasts “Bigger, Blacker, Badder Lashes” and a thickening, dark formula.

I’m going into this as a bit of a skeptic. I love a good mascara, but at the end of the day, it’s still mascara. UD has been promoting and hyping this product like crazy, and I’m just wondering if this is a case of overpromoting an “okay” product. I’m personally more of a length and separation gal’ (UD’s Supercurl  and NYX’s Pin-Up Tease are my favourite mascaras), but I tried this out with Urban Decay’s intent in the back of my mind.

What it did for me:

This mascara added more length than I was expecting, tons of volume, and it’s definitely dark. I like the sleek packaging and the plain-looking bristle brush worked surprisingly well compared to similar brushes. The formula wasn’t too dry or wet, and it stayed on all day with no flaking.

What it didn’t do:

It doesn’t hold a curl much, and clumps quite easily. I find it difficult to get to the smaller lashes with this mascara wand as it’s quite a “fluffy” shape and doesn’t have much of a tapered end. I wish it were a waterproof formula since it is the Summertime, this runs off in water like crazy.

Overall:

This is a pretty good mascara, it achieves what it was made to achieve, and I think the formula itself is really great. It’s just not what I look for in a mascara, and I personally wouldn’t pay $22 for it. I think you can find similar, comparable mascaras for much cheaper at the drugstore, and this is coming from someone who pays $20 for their mascaras on a regular basis.

It’s decent, but I think it was over-hyped for what is a pretty basic result.

But hey, that’s just my opinion! It could end up being a holy grail for some people, and that’s great! It just wasn’t for me. :/

Value: 3stars

Ease of Use: 4stars

Formula:4stars

Brush:3stars

Packaging: 4stars

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Modern Marilyn Monroe + In-Depth Comparisons

When I think of iconic makeup, Marilyn Monroe instantly comes to mind. Her big lashes, sleepy-sexy eyes, and huge lips have been known around the world for decades as one of the most beautiful and expertly done faces, and the look she had helped her land movie roles and become the bombshell she is known as today.

While the makeup is beautiful, it was made during a time of  black and white film and flash photography. Nowadays it seems a bit too much, so I attempted to modernize the look. I tried to create a look that would stay true to the high level of glamour and the general idea of the makeup, and combine it with the trends of today. I’ve tried to go very in depth as far as the similarities and differences, and I hope you like it!

Pretty much all of the little facts and tidbits about the older look come from Lisa Eldridges’ Marilyn Monroe tutorial, which you have to watch. She is an incredible makeup artist (the best, imho) and is such a huge inspiration to me!

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THE FACE

Old:

Marilyn’s highlighting and contouring was done to make her face appear as more of a heart/round shape, so the contour was applied quite low and the highlight was brought all the way to the sides of her nose in order to draw attention to the middle of the face. She also highlighted down the middle of her nose, her cupid’s bow, and in the center of her forehead. Her blush was pink and was heavily applied on the apples of her cheeks and swept up to the temples.

New:

Now the style is high cheekbones and a more elongated look, so I applied more precise contour just under the cheekbones, and highlighted just on top of my cheekbones and under the eyes. I kept the highlight down the bridge of the nose and on the cupid’s bow, but I applied it more precisely. I decided to use a more peachy blush and place it in between the highlight and contour. Here’s a diagram so that you can see what I’m talking about:

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THE EYES

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Marilyn used a bright white on her inner corner, brow bone, and along the lower waterline, she also applied a brown shadow into her socket line so that her eyes would appear deeper and more sleepy. The liner used was a dark brown pencil, which was drawn out at the ends for an elongated effect. She used a heavy set of false lashes on the outer corners, and drew on a fake shadow under her eyes, which looked like it was cast by the top lashes. There was a pink dot placed in the tear duct to make her appear more awake and healthy. Her eyebrows were strongly arched and made almost an upside-down “V” shape. They were plucked far apart and were quite rounded at the tail to enhance the rounder look they were trying to achieve.

New:

I used a slightly more taupe-y shade to deepen my crease, and darkened it a bit more than in the classic look. The inner corner highlight is a shimmery champagne, and I applied a bit of glitter to the inner 1/3rd of my top lid. I used a skin-coloured pencil instead of a white one on my waterline to avoid a harsh look, and went for a black liquid liner instead of a brown pencil. The liner is a lot thicker and more precise than the classic look, think more 60’s. Think “wings so sharp they could kill a man.” 😉 I used a half set of lashes again, but this time they are shorter and more separated, which looks a lot less jarring than the big ones used before. I still used the shadow trick, and actually made it darker to balance out the darker liner. I skipped the red dot, again for a more subdued look. My eyebrows are straighter, closer together, and come to more of a point at the end. The arch also hits less in the middle.

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THE LIPS

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Marilyn’s lip shape was much more rounded and big. She thickened her entire bottom lip, and the outer portion of her top lip. She tended to go for a brighter red overall, but everything was VERY  layered. She used a darker colour on the outside and a lighter colour on the middle of the lip to make it seem like her lips were more full and pouty, and she also applied lots of lipgloss.

New:

I altered the lip shape a lot, keeping to my natural shape on the top lip, and on the bottom lip drawing a line that was fuller in the middle, and tapered off toward the end, creating a rounder mouth with a smaller width and a fuller middle. I skipped the layers of cherry red lipstick and gloss, and went for one shade of matte red, which is deeper and slightly more orange than Marilyn’s.

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Thanks so much for reading, and I hope that you enjoyed my ridiculously in-depth looks!

xoxo-Niamh

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