Sunday, May 19, 2013

How to ... Look like you've had 10 hours sleep

Recently I have become a master, an expert, a guru, a pro (and every other title under sun) at a certain type of sorcery... kinda. After doing several 3 am starts, followed by many night shifts and countless sleepless nights, and just being a uni student in general, I have learned the art of faking it. Yep faking it. Faking that bushy tailed, wide eye, I've just had 10 hours sleep look, when really I would be lucky to have had half of that. I have learned a few neat little tricks to looking well rested and I am going to share some secrets with you guys. So here we go ladies:

Step 1: Prep and Base

So you've managed to pull yourself out of bed, showered and braced your face in the mirror ready to have at it, you go Glen Coco! First step is to prep your bases. I usually start off by spritzing my face with something hydrating, in most cases your skin will be dull and most likely thirsty if you've had a big night, so go for something like Caudalie Beauty Elixer [1] or MAC Fix+ [2].
Next I apply some primer any will do really, you just need a barrier between your skin and make-up or else your thirsty skin will drink up whatever you apply on it with zeal. And lastly, curl your peepers. Nothing says I am awake than opened up eyes, so curl those damn lashes.

Step 2: Foundation

Next is foundation, go for something with full coverage that isn't cakey and in liquid form. I like Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation [3], which also contains some all amounts of shimmer, or my Holy Grail Laura Mercier Silk Creme [4]. Note: Please take care to avoid the eye area, foundation under the eyes is a no-no. 

Step 3: Concealer

With this bad girl I have a love-relationship, but treat her nicely and she will work wonders. So use sparingly. Use a creamy concealer under the eye (different to what you use on blemishes), such as MAC Mineralize Concealer [5] or NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer [6], and say good bye to those ugly dark circles.

Step 4: Eye Illuminator

This is probably my favourite and the most life saving step. Illuminator works wonders to brighten the eye area, however they don't conceal dark circles, so they must be used with concealer first. I like Benefit Ooh La Lift [7] or L'Oreal Lumi Magique Pen [8] but that God Damn YSL Touche Eclat works too. Instead of doing a straight line under your eyes opt for a upside-down triangle in line with your lashline, and pat with a dabbing motion till all gone.


Step 5: Water lining, eye-liner and mascara

When tired and lacking sleep I suggest no black liner, especially on the lids. It will make your eyes like smaller and undo all the hard work of illuminating the area. Try lining the lower and upper (if you can) water lines with fleshy pink white eye-liner. This will open up your eyes, making it look brighter and of course more awake. Try Benefit Eye Bright Pencil [9] or Stila Smudge Crayon [10]. With mascara, use sparingly and opt for feather looking lashes.

Step 6: Blush and Bronzer 

The usual drill goes for blush and bronzer, both will add life and colour to your skin. I like to opt for something peachy pink usually of the NARS variety. Remember less is more.

Step 7: Highlighter 

Usually as the finishing touch I will brush some highlighter across my cheek bones or where the light hits eg. brow bone. I usually don't if I have mixed highlighter with my foundation. But I also like to add highlighter to my eyes, because looking awake is all about the eyes! I usually dab a little bit of highlighter in the inner corners of my eyes (dat V) with Urban Decay Naked 2 shade 'Bootycall' to make my eyes look bigger and more awake.


Other Neat Tips:  

  • If you dare, try no mascara it will make you look younger.
  • Also, drink up! Water only, and try to limit the amount of caffeine and sugar.

This isn't by any means the only way to do it, just what I know from personal experience, I am really not an expert despite what I like to think. Feel free to comment your suggestions below! 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Best Beauties from the MET Gala 2013

If there was just one particular event I had to pick as my life long favourite in terms of the best beauty looks it would definitely be this years MET Gala hands down. With the theme being 'Punk: Chaos to Couture' I was literally floored with the vast array of fierce hairstyles, alluring eyes and luscious lips. So much so that I may just fancy sheering off my hair and dying it white Nicole Richie style (kidding, kidding!!) But my goodness so many celebs hit the nail on the head this year, with many taking risky strides and some playing it safe.

It was a hard job picking the best looks with so many to choose from. You see, I was going to go for top 10 beauty looks, golly gosh I couldn't help myself, but I painfully cut it down and ended up with these 5 stunning ladies. So read on, take a peek, take some notes, and let's 'ooh and ahh' over these looks together.

So these are my favourite looks, what are some of your favourite looks from the evening? Are you willing to try any of these looks yourself? 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Benefit World Famous Neutrals | Review & Swatches

I think I have mentioned in a previous post how much of a die hard fan I am of neutral eye shadows. Apart from the obvious that they go with well, pretty much everything, they are so versatile and so easy peasy to use. So it was a no brainer for me to go ahead and try out Benefit's new World Famous Neutrals eye shadow sets. I was going to buy all three, buttttt my heart was particularly set on the Easiest Nudes palette (like I said easy peeeaaaasy!), the colours looked the most appealing out of the three in my opinion.

These bad girls retail for about $44 in Australia, a tad on the pricey side but are value for money I guess considering it has 6 shadows and probably a better way for trying out Benefit eyeshadows than buying them separately.

They come in a super cute box, and when I first opened it up, it reminded me of a book? Kinda, maybe? Anyways, they are very similar in design to the Too Faced eye shadow palette boxes and in my opinion is a tad bulky. The mirror of the palette is covered by a Tips and Tricks booklet that opens up to two tutorials or suggestion of how you can apply these shadows for day and night. They can also be teared off so you have the option of having the mirror clearly visible.

Each palette comes with two mini creaseless cream shadows, which is great as I've recently become a cream shadows fan. The eye shadows themselves are a pretty decent size and I think will last quite a while (hopefully).

In the palette (or jar in the case of the cream shadows), the colours appear quite pigmented and dark in colour. However, against my skin tone I think they are fairly muted and much lighter than I thought they would turn out. Despite that, they are fairly smooth and easy to apply and I can see myself using these colours almost as often as my Naked Basics Palette. They are long lasting and the creams don't smudge at all (considering I have oily lids it must be pretty good). Out of the 6, my favourites are definitely Thanks a Latte and r.s.v.p.

Have you tried out the new Benefit World Famous Neutrals palettes? Which is your favourite?