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Basic Smokey Brown Eyes – Step By Step Tutorial

Clinique eyeshadow primer, Clinique quad

Hi peeps!  I’m still pregnant but I have been offline for a couple of days due to the arrival of my Momma from UK and the breakdown of internet at home.  I had a couple of false labour contractions (Braxton Hicks) and they were bloody agony so I’m definitely going to take all the drugs when it is time.  Anyway, due to lack of preparation even though I said I would blog like a maniac, I thought I would blog about a Smokey Brown Eye Tutorial I did for one of my Clinique It Girl posts recently.

Smokey brown eyes are now my usual eye look these days.  It took me a while to get into neutral eyeshadow but Urban Decay Naked 2 did it for me

<< Off tangent, but do you like the new Urban Decay Naked 3?  To be honest, I’m a little bit over it, but I do like the rose gold swatches but doubt I’ll be splashing out on it… >>   

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NEW LOVE : Benefit Fake Up Crease-Control Hydrating Concealer

benefit fake up, benefit fake up medium, benefit fake up concealer

Do you remember me telling you that I attended the Benefit Fake Up event a few weeks ago?  Well, I was blessed with one of these babies in the goody bag.  *squee* Like all Benefit cosmetics, Fake Up has adorable packaging and design which cannot be faulted except that this isn’t fingerprint-proof.  Anyway, it is different to all the other concealers I have in my stash…

First up, can you believe it’s the only concealer stick I own?!!  I am extremely wary of concealer sticks because back in my young days (many, MANY moons ago), the formulas of them were atrocious and they did the adjective “cakey” a lot of justice!  But Benefit’s Fake Up Concealer is nowhere near cakey – in fact, it’s the total opposite!!!

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Cute Reindeer Nail Art Tutorial

reindeer nail art, Christmas nails, festive

Christmas is days away and last night, I came up with this nail art – Cute Reindeer Nails.  Okay, admittedly, my reindeer is a bit confused and thinks it’s a puppy!!!  LOL.  I don’t have any nail art tools so relied on the nail polish brushes itself.  Anyway, it was easy peasy so you can just look at the picture and recreate it with no problem.

reindeer nail art, christmas nail art

Okay, so it went something like this :-

1.  Base coat, rich red polish and a brown splodge on the middle finger.
2.  Pop on the antlers and two small white dots for eyes.
3.  Black dots within the white dots.
4.  Red splodge for Rudolph the reindeer nose.
5.  Glitter-fy the red.  Done!!

Sally Hansen, OPI, FACE OF AUSTRALIA, Rimmel, Nail Polishes

Products used are :-  Sally Hansen Insta-Grip Fast Dry Base Coat, OPI Wocka Wocka!*, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Commander In Chic (full swatch), Rimmel I Heart Lasting Finish London Clouds, FACE OF AUSTRALIA Molten Metallics Iron Ore (full swatch) and OPI Excuse Moi!*

* The OPI are mini sizes because they are from the OPI Muppettes Mini Nail Collection – aren’t they adorable?  Will swatch them at a later date.

OPI Muppet Collection

Anyway, have fun creating festive nail art.  Let me know what you think of my Cute Reindeer Nails.

Colourful Opulent Eyes Make-Up Tutorial

Last week, I had lunch with Tine from Beautyholics Anonymous and Lilpil from Things I Love.  They are so lovely and generous to a baby beauty blogger like me – Tine gave me tons of haircare products and Lipil passed me some FACE OF AUSTRALIA goodies; whereas I gave them a MUA lippy each.  Anyway, amongst the goodies, there was an eyeshadow palette – FACE OF AUSTRALIA Opulent Eyes Sapphire Desire.  Look how gorgeous the colours are.

FOA colourful Opulent eyeshadow palette

FOA Opulent Shapphire arm swatches

Anyway, the other day, I spontaneously decided to film a make-up tutorial called Colourful Opulent Eyes (hmmm, I wonder how I came up with that name??).  Here is a photo of the FOTD.

FOA Opulent eyes

And before you watch the video, I want to say a few things about it :-

  • My favourite YouTube make-up videos are made by Michelle Phan and Bubzbeauty.  They follow a similar style which is step-by-step tutorial with background music and voiceovers.  However, the professional make-up artist Lisa Eldridge has the best tips and advice for make-up application.  Seeing as I am not a professional make-up artist and I am not very articulate, my video is in a similar vein to Michelle Phan and Bubzbeauty.
  • The picture quality is poor because I recorded this on my Hubby’s MacBook’s webcam.  It is my first time editing a video using iMovie – and I didn’t read the manual – and I have never owned a Mac so the whole operating system is so different to Windows.
  • Thus, please forgive me if you find my make-up sub-standard and the editing and the quality of the video poor.  I am quite happy with it considering I mostly did it for fun.  It wasn’t fun after 12 hours of editing though…LOL

If you watched till the end, thank you for your support.  Please do let me know what you think of my video.  I welcome constructive criticism because it helps me improve.  And yes, can you hear my Scottish accent??  LOL

List Of Products Used

Face

FACE OF AUSTRALIA Face Base Primer
FACE OF AUSTRALIA Stick Foundation in Outback Beige
FACE OF AUSTRALIA Loose Powder in Outback Translucent
FACE OF AUSTRALIA Pressed Power in Bronze
Revlon Beyond Natural Blush & Bronzer*

Eyes

Lime Crime Candy Eyed Eyeshadow Helper
Etude House Eye Brow Kit*
FACE OF AUSTRALIA Opulent Eyes Sapphire Desire
Australis Intensifeye Liquid Eyeliner
Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil*
Ardell lashes Invisibands Wispies
Revlon Precision Lash Adhesive*

Lips

Boots No7 Perfect Lips Pencil in Nude*
FACE OF AUSTRALIA Divine Shine Lip Plumper in Lavish Instinct

Nails

FACE OF AUSTRALIA Luxe in Minty Mojito

Brushes

Mixture of Red Earth and Australis brushes*

(Products marked with * were purchased by me.  All others were either provided for consideration or given as a gift.)