Saturday, 2 November 2013

Halloween Makeup Tutorial: Tiger

When trying to write my review on Nanshy brushes I decided the best way to test them out was to use them properly and I thought why not experiment with halloween makeup? I've created a look, inspired by meganheartsmakeup's halloween youtube video. She created a fab tiger look, which I recreated. There are some changes, for example I didn't draw the stripes down my neck and I did a golden smokey eye instead of a dark one.
Here's a headshot of the whole look. I'm sorry my hair covers some of the stripes on one side. To create all the stripes I used my ELF Gel Eyeliner with my Nanshy Precise Bent Eyeliner Brush. For some of the thicker stripes I used a finished/dried pen eyeliner and dipped into the gel. For foundation I used ELF's Tinted Moisturiser. I think it worked really well for this look as it is light enough to not hide my freckles (I thought they made the tiger look more...authentic?) and didn't cake or flake as I built the look. This is also what I used on my lips. To cover up my under-eyes I used Benefit's Boi-ing concealer and I touched up any spots and also added this slightly to my lower lip. To finish off the face I used Mac Studio Fix powder to finish covering all spots and to seal in the coverup on my lips. For colour on my face I skipped out blush and bronzer (but I would recommend to bronze as I think it would boost the look) but I used a lot of highlighter. I used ELF's Shimmer Palette to contour my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose. The palette comes with 4 pretty colours but I only used the gold in this look. To seal the deal on my highlighter I tapped on some of my Topshop pearly highlighter in Crescent Moon - this is discontinued I just double checked it IS back in stock, but they still have a lovely gold highlighter (might be better for this look) in Sunbeam

They eyes were so much fun to do! I started by priming them with Too Faced Shadow Insurance and then as a base I used ELF's Shimmer Palette (also used as my highlighter's base). I used the gold colour and dabbed it onto my lids. Using my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette and my Nanshy Large Shader brush I put Bootycall, Halfbaked and Suspect on my lid in order of mentioned so I started from lightest to darkest to start creating my smokey gradient. Then using Nanshy's Tapered Crease brush I used YDK in the crease of my eyelid and filled in my outer  corner with Busted. Using the Angled Definer brush I filled in my eyebrows using the colour Teased. Again taking ELF's Gel Eyeliner and the Precise Bent Eyeliner brush, I lined the whole of my top lash line and flicked it out at the end. I also took the brush inwards and dragged the eyeliner down till it reached the bridge of my nose. I lined my waterline and for mascara I used Covergirl's Lash Blast
Around my mouth, nose and lips I put on an extra coat of concealer and powder as I wanted to make it paler. I lined my nose with the gel eyeliner I have used for other parts of my tutorial and after making sure my top lip and space around it was dry I lined my top lip and filled it in and added some translucent powder to it so it wouldn't budge and then I added 5 dots to either side of my nose. I then drew whiskers on either of the dots.

It's easy if you ask me! How was your halloween? What did you dress up as? 

Monday, 28 October 2013

Nanshy Brushes

I received a lovely package from Nanshy brushes with their set of eye brushes! You can buy these lovely brushes from Amazon or BeautyStore4U. They are £29.95, that's around £5 per brush - I think it's a bargain! 
 All the brushes are 100% vegan and cruelty free. They are synthetic and are not tested on animals! When I heard this I got really excited!
The set comes with 7 brushes for every use. There is the: Precise Bent Eyeliner Brush, Angled Detailer Brush, Flat Definer Brush, Blending Eyeshadow Brush, Eye Crease Brush, Tapered Crease Brush and the Large Shader Brush. I think my favourites are the Large Shader and the Tapered Crease brushes! The brushes are so soft and dense and i've experienced no bristle fall out. They feel super high quality and I really recommend these! I think these are some of the best brushes i've ever tried. I have a halloween look coming soon using them and they really make the products look flawless! 

I hope to try more Nanshy brushes soon! I really recommend them. Thank you so much Nanshy! If you have any questions or recommendations about brushes comment down below! 
Disclaimer: These brushes were sent to me but all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. All photos are taken by me.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

ASOS Insider

Whilst I was shopping along the avenues of New York I received the exciting email about becoming an #AccessAllASOS Insider. I've seen tweets and pictures of many other bloggers becoming insiders too so I cannot wait till a future event where we can all mix and mingle. When I got back I received this lovely package from ASOS themselves. I love the hand-written card, I think it made the gift extra special. They sent me two lovely products: Rimmel's Tantrum Lip Stick and a cherry kiss lip balm! The lip balm is amazing, i've used it twice and it is amazing - my lips are so much softer already. The lipstick swatches a lot more pinker than it is on my lips and I also love it.
Thank you so much ASOS for letting me become an ASOS insider and for the lovely package! 
Disclaimer: This package was sent to me but I was not asked to write about it. All comments and thoughts are 100% honest. All pictures taken by me.