Shine Bright Like… My Eyebrows?

 

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Is it just me, or is everything nowadays glittered? It’s like a beauty version of the salted caramel-craze released on the world a few years ago. Don’t get me wrong I love both of these things; salted caramel is to die for and I think everything looks better with glitter, but I had never really seen the real-life applications of some of the glitter embellishments… Until now.

I have always enjoyed making my looks twinkle and some of you may remember the glitter lip tutorial I did at Christmas time. The glitter eyebrow however is something I’ve always wanted to try, so when my friend threw a faerie themed party I jumped at the chance to give it a go and thought I’d write down what I did in case any of you would like to try:

What You Will Need:
      1. A clean makeup brush
2. Eyelash glue (it’s important to use a cosmetic glue that won’t cling too stubbornly to              your eyebrows when it comes to clean-up).
3. Cosmetic glitter (once again it’s important to use product designed for purpose here,               regular glitter is sharp and, especially when working so close to your eyes, you need             to use a product that isn’t going to put you at risk of cutting yourself – no point having          great eyebrows if you can’t see them because you cut your eyes)!

Method:

  1. (Optional) Draw in your eyebrows as usual. I didn’t bother with this step as I already have very dark eyebrows, but if your eyebrows are lighter then having them lightly drawn in can aid with packing on the glitter. 
  2. Once you are happy with the starting point for your eyebrows, paint some eyelash glue onto a small section of your brow. It’s important to do this in small sections to give yourself enough time to add the glitter.
  3. Using a clean makeup brush, dab the glitter onto the glued area. Use a pressing motion, not the usual drawing motion you would use on your eyebrows as the glitter will end up everywhere but where you want it!
  4. Repeat these steps along the eyebrow, in small parts, until you’re done.

 

Glitter eyebrows are actually really easy to do once you know how and really fun to experiment with. The picture above was my first time sparkling-up, I used blue and gold glitter, and I think it went pretty well – even if I do say so myself! Now… when is it going to become an everyday trend??

 

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Eye love your lashes

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Lately false eyelashes appear to becoming less of a special occasion add on and more of an everyday staple for some. I’m still a little too lazy to put on lashes daily but I do have a few tips/thoughts on the practice.

Which Lash? Which Lash?

That is the question… Personally I see no reason why anybody should spend more than a couple of pounds on one set of lashes and certainly never over £5 – my lashes are always budget (often from Savers) and I have no complaints. One of the best things about false lashes is that they can be layered so you can create a unique lash that’s perfect for you and more often than not can be reused; as long as you look after them.

Now you can also go for individual lashes too (which if are done well can look amazing) but I find them a little fiddley to work with so unless I am having them done professionally I stick to full bands.

Putting them on.

  1. First things first measure your eyelash to your eye and cut it to size. It’s always better to have your lash a tad too short than having a nasty overhang!
  2. Next wrap your lashes around something small to make them more malleable. I tend to just use the handle of an eye shadow brush. By doing this the eyelashes will be somewhat more willing to go where you want them to.
  3. Apply your chosen adhesive. Although I swear by cheap and cheerful lashes I can’t worship the adhesive that comes with them. Luckily you can buy glues separately or, if you want something really heavy duty then weave glue has been known as a stronger alternative for your lashes. Cheap and sturdy weave glue is a couple of pounds for a big tub and will last ages – be warned though they tend to contain latex so aren’t good for allergies and will take a lot more work to remove.
  4. Once you’ve applied adhesive wait for it to get tacky. If you stick your lash on straight away it won’t stay where you put it, the glue will go everywhere and the whole process will just become a mess. When the glue has gotten tacky pace the lash above your lash line (not on your you will probably rip out your lashes when you come to take them off – ouch) and press them into place. I do this part by hand but a lot of people like to use tweezers and if you can get scissor tweezers it can be even easier!
  5. While the glue dries don’t be afraid to play with the lashes and gently nudge them the way you want them to go.
  6. Once dried put on a little bit of mascara to blur the line between your lash and your false ones.

And there you go, just a few tips on how to get the most out of false eyelashes. I don’t claim to be a guru but I hope this helps!

 

Ichiban – Number One!

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So up until last night whenever I saw blue lipstick on anybody I immediately thought of Joey from Friends in his startling blue Ichiban advert. Due to this I had (and still do to some degree) an aversion to blue lipstick. Last night however my friend Coral (https://coralchanelhammond.wordpress.com/)  insisted on my trying out her Kat-Von-D lipstick in Poe and, although I have to admit I was resistant at first , Von-D has converted me. This shade is a midnight blue flecked with glitter to produce a nebula effect on the lips which made me feel like a sea-witch-come-dark-queen. If you are planning on wearing a blue lipstick however I would recommend applying a base to your lips beforehand (such as foundation) as the contrast between pink lips and blue colour means that any missed bits are very obvious.
Some good news for any readers in the U.K. who may have had trouble getting their hands on Kat-Von-D products in the past, Debenhams are now stocking her range! Amongst their inventory they have the lipstick pictured above (£16) and it’s a lot cheaper than buying in from America and paying for shipping.
In conclusion, although still dubious about pale blue shades it’s safe to say that in this deeper shade of blue I feel like a pretty little girl!

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(photo shows Matte Me in Birthday Suit)

Following on from my previous matte lip cream post and in the wake of my sadness that It isn’t easier to purchase Jeffree Star Cosmetics in England I decided to go on the hunt for a budget alternative. Amongst the famous brands like Nyx and Rimmel I came across Matte Me by Sleek Makeup. Although nowhere near the desired nude tone found in Celebrity Skin for £4.99 I thought I might as well give it a shot. 
The lip cream goes on and wears well. It looks the part too and despite what other reviewers I have seen said, I didn’t find it sticky at all once it dries. However do not make the same mistake I made and put Vaseline on on your lips afterwards because the product has dried out your lips – which like other matte products it will! After I put a tiny bit of Vaseline on my lips it seemed to rehydrate the creme and just turned my lips into an unattractive sticky mess and I found myself scrubbing at my lips until I was just left with tacky feeling, regular colour lips. Another bad thing about this creme is that it has a better-than-regugular-matte ability to highlight the flaws on your lips. Therefore if you plan to use it ensure your lips are in better condition than mine were!

All in all, although I think there are better products out there, until there is a larger range of colours and they’re more easily accessible to the British market I’ll still with my bargain balm. After all does it really matte-r if it gets a little messy after rehydrating if it wears well and looks good? 

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick? Yes Please!

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Photo: http://jeffreestarcosmetics.com/collections/velour-liquid-lipstick

Like every other former Myspace kid I was obsessed with Jeffree Star and his line of cosmetics is the perfect marriage of old school scene kid and the polished look of 2016 celebrities.  With colours like Celebrity Skin which echo’s Kardashian lips, Drug Lord for the bolder amongst you and my favourite Posh Spice there’s something for every mood. All lipsticks go on liquid, dry matte and better yet are vegan and cruelty free. Prepare the wake because with this lipstick my vanity is ensured.

 

The Future [Forward] is now!

  
We’re barely two days away from Mac’s Future Forward campaign. Launching on March 17th the line will feature four breakthrough artists: Tinashe, Dej Loaf, Lion Babe’s Jillian Hervey and Halsey. Each artist is the face of a different product which reflects each’s personality ranging from Dej Loaf’s nude lip glass to Halsey’s gun metal lipstick. I am personally super excited that Mac is putting their energy into promoting lesser known artists rather than the usual path companies take of blowing extra smoke up a-list celebrities. Way to Mac a difference!