FOTD – Easy Naked 2 Eyes

Today’s FOTD was an easy everyday look using the Naked 2 palette. I kept it simple with light coverage on my skin and neutral eyes. I really like the way this look turned out!

FOTD - Naked 2

Primer – Benefit’s Porefessional to smooth everything out. I love using the Porefessional under powder foundations as it adds a little bit of extra coverage and actually does hide my pores, just like it says it does!

Foundation – Revlon’s Nearly Naked loose powder foundation in 030 Medium. I love the silky finish of this powder, it covers most imperfections and doesn’t look cakey on the skin. I like wearing Nearly Naked when my skin is having a few problems – which it is right now! – so it can still breathe and improve during the day.

Blush – Benefit’s Coralista. This coral blush shade is really flattering on most skin tones, and quite shimmery too so it doubles as a highlight which is a good time saver! I pulled mine out of my TropiCoral box set – that’s why it looks a bit whack!

Bronzer – MAC Skinfinish Natural in Medium Deep. Skinfinish Natural is actually a foundation shade that I was given, but as it’s far too dark for me I use it as bronzer and contour shade around the edges of my face. It gives a really natural amount of colour to my complexion and isn’t too orange like some other bronzers.

Brows – Benefit’s Gimme Brow in Medium/Dark. Quickly becoming a Holy Grail product, this stuff! The better I get at using it the more I love it. It’s a quick way to fill in your brows and the tiny fibers in the product are great for bulking out thin brows.

Eyes – The Naked 2 palette by Urban Decay. I used Chopper (shades pictured below) across the lid to add a little sparkle and bring my eyes forward, then put Tease through the socket with a big blending brush. With a smaller brush I ran Busted along the outer third of the lash line to make my lashes appear fuller, and finished it off with Bootycall on the brow bone and in the inner corners to highlight those areas and pull my eyes apart. Then I went in with Tease in the socket again, just to pull the look together. I love this eye look for daytime, it’s just the right amount of shimmer and definition without looking too overdone.

I do like the Naked 2 palette, but the one I have is a fake! I bought it off TradeMeΒ (NZ’s version of Ebay) thinking that I had scored a bargain but realised as soon as it arrived that it was fake, the packaging felt pretty tinny and the mirror was all warped. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a refund so I just started using it! The shadows themselves are actually okay, they have a pretty good colour pay off and are not too chalky, but they’re not fantastic like the real Naked palettes are said to be. For the price I paid for this fake one I wish I had just shelled out the money for the real Naked 2, but at least I can get an idea of the shades! Maybe one of these days I’ll upgrade and pick up one of the other real Naked palettes. Any recommendations?

Naked 2 Shades Naked 2 Shade 4Mascara – Collection’s Does It All 5-in-1 mascara. This Collection mascara is amazing for the price! Collection cosmetics have just arrived in NZ (apparently the third biggest brand in the UK? Any UK girls please let me know what you think of it!) and I am loving this mascara. It’s about $18NZD (which believe it or not is cheap here) and it’s a perfect dupe for Benefit’s They’re Real, which retails for $52! It doesn’t make my lashes too spidery or clumpy, just coats them each individually for a really fresh and clean look.

Lips – Clinique’s Chubby Stick in 04 Mega Melon. I love Clinique Chubby Sticks! They are moisturising on my lips and the colours are nice and sheer. This melon colour has an almost golden sheen to it which I really like wearing when my skin is tanned (which it is right now thanks to Bondi Sands – stay tuned, review coming soon!).

And voila! Here’s the finished product! The photo didn’t pick up much of the eyeshadow colour, but it was a beautifully warm-toned neutral eye. I really need to get a better camera than the front one on my iPhone – I promise it actually looks like I have makeup on in real life! Hope you all like it – let me know what you think, and what you think of the Naked palettes too!

Holly

xx

FOTD 2 Finished

FOTD – Dewytastic Skin!

No better way to start than to just throw something out there right? Here is today’s Face of the Day (FOTD) using a few old staples, a few products I’ve been loving lately and one that is completely new!

I started off with “that gal” primer by Benefit (be warned, I freaking love Benefit), which gives the skin a gorgeous pinky sheen and really makes you glow. Over that I put a brand new product, Rimmel’s 9 in 1Β Matte BB Cream.

I was really impressed with this BB cream! I bought the shade Medium/Dark – I’m an NC35 in MAC, not usually dark but the Medium looked waaaay too light when I swatched it in store – and the colour was gorgeous. I applied it with an XO Beauty flat top kabuki brush and it gave a beautiful finish with great coverage, I give it a massive thumbs up.

There was only one thing I would say about it – it’s not matte at all! I don’t know if it was the “that gal” primer but the BB cream seemed to highlight all of the bumps and lumps on my skin when it hit the light, so next time I would probably set it with a translucent powder to tone down the shine.

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Next up – in keeping with the liquids before powders theme – was Benefit’s Posie Tint. I’m a huge fan of Benefit’s tint family, I think they are incredibly long lasting and give you a beautiful pop of colour. I used this on my cheeks and on my lips, I just use the applicator brush to draw a Nike style tick starting at the apples of my cheeks up along my cheekbone. Just make sure you work fast with these tints, they set pretty quickly and no one wants to go out for the day with a Nike tick on their face!

For concealer I used MAC ProLongwear in NW25 under my eyes and for a little highlighting along my T-zone, then made sure to blend blend blend! After that I carved out my cheekbones with some Hoola (the best bronzer ever, cool-toned and perfect for contouring) in the hollow between my mouth and my ear, and some Smashbox blush in Bare over the Posie Tint. I love this Smashbox blush, it’s a beautiful dusty desert rose pink, perfect for bronze looks or summertime. To add a little more shimmer in the right places I used Stila’s Kitten highlight along my cheekbones, brow bones, in the inner corners of my eyes and also on my cupid’s bow. Dewytastic!

I filled in my brows with Rimmel’s Brow Pencil in Hazel and set them in place with yet another Benefit product, Gimme Brow in Medium/Deep. I love Gimme Brow, if I’m in a hurry I’ll usually just use that on its own. For my eyes I tried something a little different today, a gorgeous cream shadow by Benefit (sippin’ n dippin’, pictured on the bottom left) which is a peachy shade with a champagne shimmer to it. I applied this with my fingers just across the eyelid, then took some more Hoola on a big fat blending brush and ran it through the crease to deepen the look up. Then I used a matte brown shadow from The Body Shop (number 05, great name huh, pictured bottom right) in the outer V to add a little more dimension. Then lashings of Jordana Best Lash Extreme mascara, and the eyes are done! This look was really simple and quick to do, and it worked really well with my green eyes. I think I’ll be wearing it again!

For lippy I used one of my favourite shades, Revlon Super Lustrous in 674 Coralberry. This lipstick is gorgeous! A shimmering coral, it makes everyone who wears it look fantastic, and it really works with my olive skintone. You could put it on a bulldog and he’d be red-carpet ready. This look is great for you ladies enjoying summer in the Northern Hemisphere, here in New Zealand it’s freaking freezing but that doesn’t stop me playing with coral lipstick! I’ve put a couple of snaps of the finished product below, go easy on me – selfies really aren’t my thing!

What do you think? Do you prefer dewy or matte skin?

Holly

xx

 

Dewytastic! Trout pout!Oh hey there!