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EOTD: Pale Pink Everyday Smokey Eye

Good Afternoon Munchkins, and a very happy Easter to you all!

Something which I never do is type a blog post on the day of it’s upload, but I’m finding this Easter pretty difficult for a variety of reasons, so I thought I would start my day by typing in bed – surely the best way to start the day! The other day I had to go into school for some extra revision, but I was also meeting up with someone afterwards so I needed a neutral-ish makeup that looked gorgeous but would last from about 8 in the morning till 10 at night (check me out staying up after half 9!)! Trust me when I say it actually succeeded this; when I got in it looked the exact same as when I had first put it on! Anyway, here is the look I have created:

As you can see, it is a very simple but effective look that anyone can complete. I’ve said that it’s a smokey eye in the title, but I’m sure many of you will disagree; the only reason why I’ve said this is because it contains similar steps and tricks, and has a slight gradient which is much more noticeable when you don’t have it on, if that makes any sense! So it is a smokey eye, but it’s not! This is also a mixture of drugstore and high-end products, so I’m sorry for being awkward!

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The first product I applied is the Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo in Pink Gold (available from Boots and Superdrug), meaning I don’t have to apply a primer underneath like I usually would! I live my life by these pots of goodness, yet no one expects it because they are so affordable! I just apply this all over the lid with my middle finger, ensuring there’s even coverage and that most of the product is evident in the centre. It doesn’t have to be overly neat at this point because they are really easy to wipe off and blend out, but centre it mostly on the lid.

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I then head into the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette (available from Feel Unique) and take the shade Liar on a medium flat-headed eye shadow brush, just applying this on the outer third of my eye and blending in towards the rest of the eye. This is a slightly darker pink so will give a kind of gradient effect without looking too in-your-face for daytime.

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From the same palette, I will also be using the shade Dust on a smaller flat-headed eyebrow brush and placing it on the inner third of my eye, blending in as I do so. You are also free to use this as your inner corner/brow bone highlight, but I decided to use a separate, coordinating shade for that. This actually paired stunningly with the Pink Gold cream, and they could look just as beautiful on their own.

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This step is completely optional, but for a little bit of gradient I head into my original Urban Decay Naked Palette (available from Feel Unique – sorry for the swap in palettes!) and take the shade Buck through my crease. This is my go-to crease colour, I use it literally all the time – it’s a warm-toned chocolate brown but it goes with every single eye shadow I’ve every paired it with. I’m yet to be disappointed by this one! But if you want to keep this look to a few products only or want it to be entirely pink, I wouldn’t use this step; it’s not compulsory, I promise!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I think I need to start experimenting with my eye looks more, I just seem to be stuck in a rut of same thing each day with school taking up all my time! Let me know what you think of this look or what you’re current favourite look is!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Tuesday,

Rachel xx

EOTD: Drugstore Daytime Golden Smokey Eye

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I thought I would show you a look that I’ve only recently created but have completely fallen head over heels for! I feel like I might have mentioned a variation of this before but this is a style of smokey eye that is so easy (literally anyone can do it!) but looks so effective for daytime. It’s just a nice change to the usual brown/bronze smokey eye I would usually turn to. This only uses a few different eye shadows (all of which are very affordable) and can be completed in minutes!

So here is the look I have been loving:

As you can see, this has a stunning shimmer vibe about it (could you expect any different from me?!) but still a smooth gradient which I love! All the colours combine together really easily without any necessary blending after application of the shades themselves.

The first thing I do, as per usual, is apply a primer and set it with powder. This new primer I’m using (which will be featured in my March Favourites, so keep your eyes peeled for that!) has significantly increased the longevity of any eye shadow I put on top of it and has been a complete life saver for me! Applying powder over top just helps blending later and sets the creamy formula of the primer.

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I then head into my Collection Little Mix All About The Eye’s Palette (which has, very sadly, been discontinued) and take the colour Golden Sand on my middle finger before applying it all over my lid, but not past the crease. I just find this colour to appear more pigmented when applied with my finger, and it also ensures there’s no fallout and all the glitter stays where it should. It lets me push the colour into the primer, as well, so I know it will last a bit longer than what it would if applied with a brush.

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From the same palette, I will be taking the colour Sunkissed on my index finger and applying it on the outer third of my eye. I have quite small fingers so this is quite easy, but I know this isn’t the case for everyone, so just find a very small, detail-er brush that can do the same trick for you. I then just blend these together with a fluffy blending brush to remove any harsh lines.

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Going into my new Tanya Burr Fairytale Palette (ahhhh! I can’t believe I’ve finally got this! This is available from Superdrug and Feel Unique), I take the colour Velvet Cushion and apply this into my crease. For this, I used a small, dense blending brush in order to get some precision. I also blend it out slightly higher to give it some daytime drama (considering I can’t stay up past 10pm and I’m single, this is the most exciting thing in my life right now!). If I need to, I will go back in with the fluffy blending brush to combine it all together, but as it goes, they all do so quite naturally anyway.

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love this makeup look and I really hope you do too! If you try this makeup look, please let me know what you think or what your favourite makeup look is at the moment!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Sunday,

Rachel xx

P.S. Thank you so much for allowing me to hit 300 followers! That is just an insane number to be; I started this blog just as a little bit of fun and with no real expectations of anything much to come from it, so to be able to say this is amazing! I’m literally someone that has come nothing, so thank you so much for giving me this section of my life that I can always rely on and be assured by. I love you all lots and lots. xx

EOTD: Dark, Cool-Toned, Shimmery Smokey Eye

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be talking you through a stunning makeup look I managed to create using the Morphe 35K Palette on Sunday. Since my birthday, I’ve received a fair few lip products which I’ve wanted to try out so I’ve *tried* keeping my eye makeup fairly neutral, but on this particular day I was trialing a ‘my-lips-but-better’ shade, so thought I would play around with some dark colours, once more. I love playing around with colours, mainly because you never know what you will end up producing from it, and 9 times out of 10, it tends to look stunning! This palette is available from Beauty Bay.

So here is the eye makeup:

As you can see, this is very dark but still relatively wearable. I wore it for daytime and I still didn’t look insane, let’s put it that way! This still follows very basic smokey eye steps and doesn’t use very many eye shadows, and all from the same palette (shock horror!). The cool undertones of the main eye shadow used also helps to bring out the pale blue of my eyes, also.

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Unfortunately, Morphe don’t label or name their eye shadows in their palettes so you’re going to have to judge the eye shadows by my directions! I’ll apologise in advance!

The first shade I took was on the one on the left side of the palette on the second row down. I just ran this through my crease and up slightly so that I could create a gradient, though I did end up using only this shade as a transition colour in the end! As Morphe eye shadows are such a dream to work with, it blended really easily with the original brush I was using and was super pigmented, meaning my socket would look extra defined than what it probably already does!

I then mixed this colour with the one just below it to make a much richer, darker brown (the previous one was much lighter and had an orange-y tone to it) and applied this on the outer quarter of my eye. I then blended this in towards the rest of my eye so it reached the outer third to make all the transitions seem much more seamless. I really loved how this looked because sometimes transition colours and the outer third colours just don’t seem to match but these one’s did beautifully. These are also the two colours I ran under my lower lash line.

Finally, I took the middle colour on the far right of the palette and applied it to the rest (i.e. the centre) of my lid. This is a cool-toned, dark brown with silver shimmers in which really help to lift the eye shadow and not make it look or feel as flat as it could if it was matte. I think most people would be quite intimidated by a colour like this, but it can, and does, look stunning when used appropriately. This look could be worn even darker for a night-time look, which I would definitely consider after trialing it! The last few touches would include deepening the outer third if the shimmer has covered it slightly, applying some eye liner and putting some cool-toned highlight in the inner corner/on the brow bone to lift the look even more.

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love writing EOTD’s, so I will try to create more for you in the future! It’s just difficult to do so if I’m at school because I don’t really have the time to experiment in the morning – it’s just a case of ‘get it on’! It’s half-term at the moment, though, so expect some different looks to be featured on this blog! Don’t forget to let me know what you’re favourite eye makeup look is of the moment!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Thursday,

Rachel xx

 

EOTD: Shimmery Bronze using Morphe 35K

Good Afternoon Munchkins!

Today I will be sharing with you yet another makeup look I loved during the festive period (though that does feel like a decade ago now!). For Christmas I was very lucky to receive the Morphe 35K Palette and so decided to base this look around that, and this was my first little play around. I am so impressed with this palette so far, though I doubt I will be uploading a review on it because there are so many colours in it! However, if you would really like to see one, just let me know and I’ll figure out a way of doing it. Anyway, I will now chat you through how I created this gorgeous, bronze smokey eye!

This is the makeup look I created:

As you can tell, I really went to town with all the brown shades I could find, but I really wanted the main lid colour to stand out. The colours do have a slight orange undertone so really do compliment my blue eyes (always a must for me!). This is also super versatile; it can be worn at any time of day at any time of year with any colour lip! It’s perfect really, and so easy! I may have included some steps you don’t want or require so just tailor it to your preferences, but it is so simple!

The first thing I, of course, had to do was apply a primer and set it with some powder. As it was my first time with this palette, I thought it was best to be on the safe side as I knew it would help blending/longevity/colour vibrancy, and I was out for the whole day so I couldn’t always top up if needed! Also, none of the eye shadows have names, which is frustrating for all of us but I’ll just have to get my best descriptions out!

The only palette I used was the Morphe 35K (available from Beauty Bay), which is a miracle for me! I’m always going from palette to palette but this had every colour I could possibly need right here! As per usual, I wanted to create a seamless, well-blended gradient in my crease, so I began with this pale, grey-toned brown. Although this looks completely like a muted brown, it actually looks slightly pink in the crease! Maybe it’s my bad eyesight but I swear to you, I see pink! I blended this quite far up past my crease to reach the effect I wanted.

I then headed into the colour next to it, which is this orange-toned, pale brown. This is going to be my new go-to crease colour, I can sense it in the air! These colours are so pigmented so I would be a bit more careful with these darker colours, though with the previous one it wasn’t much of a bother for me. They do blend out pretty well, however, so you can always turn to that if need be! This just defined the crease even more and allowed me to introduce the next few darker shades really easily. To finish this step, I blended the two colours together with a fluffier blending brush, though you can do this at any stage.

I next decided to add the glitter! I used this gold pressed glitter eye shadow and applied it all over my lid, underneath the crease shades. This colour was so pigmented (as you can see) and the glitter was really evident on the lid, something which isn’t always notable for certain brands/eye shadows. This is so perfect for the festive period as it is quite warm-toned but I know you’ll catch me wearing it in June! I was so happy with how well it matched the second crease colour because that is always the fear if you don’t swatch them beforehand!

Finally, I added this slightly darker, warm-toned brown on the outer third of my crease and very outer edge of my lid. I personally like a lot of definition on the eye and so I knew I had to add this final step, though I know it will look gorgeous without it for a day-to-day look. This also proves their pigmentation because on the outer edge you can’t really see any glitter from the glitter eye shadow at all. I then finished with a *little* bit of eyeliner and mascara, and was good to go!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love writing EOTD’s, as I think you have been able to tell over the past couple of weeks! Let me know what makeup you received for Christmas, if any, or what your favourite eye makeup looks are at the moment!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Tuesday,

Rachel xx

EOTD: Drugstore Shimmery Barbie Pink

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be sharing with you a much more neutral eye makeup look than I may have previously shown you from the recent festive period! This is one that was actually inspired by a picture I found on Instagram which I looked at and thought ‘I have those colours’, ‘I have the capability to do that’, ‘I’m going to do it!’. That’s literally my thought processes throughout my life! This is a much more feminine yet still super easy pink eye makeup look that I honestly think I could get away with for school! It’s a simple way to introduce adding definition without it being over dramatic or too dark, which I think most people would expect from hearing that technique. Also, I was having a really bad eyeliner day, so just ignore that!

This is the makeup look I created:

As you can see, there’s still a fair amount of darkness to make it a little bit more defined and smokey but I still wanted to work with ordinary, ‘day-to-day’ colours. I think I was quite successful in that, and every product used was drugstore, so this is 100% affordable and accessible for everyone! It can be quite difficult to match lip colours to this, so I just applied a nude lip gloss and it seemed to do the job very well!

The first product I used was a cream eye shadow, so I didn’t have to use my usual strict routine of primer and powder! I used the Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo in Pink Gold (available from Boots and Superdrug) and applied this all over my lid with my index finger. I’ve owned this eye shadow for years now and it’s hardly got a dent in it despite the amount I use it! Long-term readers will know how much I love this eye shadow range and how I literally swear by them! I just blended out the edges at the crease with a fluffy blending brush.

I then headed into my Sleek i-Divine Palette in Oh So Special (available from Boots and Superdrug) and first of all used the colour Gateau. This is the purple/ice-toned pink in the palette that is slightly darker than Pink Gold so managed to create a decent amount of, what I call, ‘daytime definition’. I just applied this on the outer third of the eye and blended it with Pink Gold so they look conjoined, as if two have become one *cue Spice Girls*.

From the same palette, I took the colour The Mail and applied this is my crease. This is my go-to crease shade from this palette as it’s a pale-ish brown that effectively defines the eye but isn’t too dark or harsh for everyday. It also has orange undertones so helps compliment blue eyes, something I always seem to be talking about! I finally blended out the edges once more and added a little bit of eyeliner!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love having a look at new makeup looks and finding new things to try! If you have a particular picture or look you would like to try, let me know in the comments or email me the picture so that I can re-create it for you!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Thursday,

Rachel xx

 

EOTD: NYE 2016

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be sharing with you the eye makeup look I wore for this New Year’s Eve as I actually decided to be sociable and leave my house that evening! I decided I wanted to do something a little bit different and out of my comfort zone because if not now, then when?! I also based it entirely on one specific eye shadow I wanted to use, which has become a common theme recently! Anyway, this is perfectly simply which anyone can do, all you need is a night out, a dark outfit and a little bit of confidence!

And here is the look I created:

As you can see, it is quite dark but I still managed to include a little bit of glitter in there! Couldn’t go on a night out and not wear any glitter, could I? This is also so easy and is one that I am very likely to do again!

Because I wanted this to stay on all night and appear very smokey and seamless, I first of all applied a primer with some setting powder on top. The primer also helps colours/glitters stand out even more and the powder will reduce the amount of clumps of powder that may end up forming during the evening.

I then took a small, dense blending brush and used the shade Buck from the Urban Decay Naked Palette (available from Feel Unique) in my crease. This is my go-to transition shade that works with every other eye shadow colour ever so I knew I could rely on it! I also didn’t want my crease too dark or overly defined because it would, with the other darker eye shadow, look as if I just had a black eye! This is also the colour I ran along my bottom lash line once I’d completed everything else on my eyes just to make it a little bit more evening-y and smokey.

From the same palette, I took the shade Darkhorse, the one that I had wanted to use for ages! I applied it on a small, flat-headed eye shadow brush because I wanted it to be really precise – I could think of nothing worse than having fallout with such a dark colour! This is a very dark black-toned brown that is perfect for the evening and I think has some khaki-y/green-y undertones that matched the outfit I wore perfectly. It had small amounts of shimmers but not enough where it was too noticeable. I just put this all over my lid and really pushed it in to reduce the amount of fallout there could’ve potentially been.

I then decided that my eyes looked a bit too flat and 2D so wanted to use a glitter/pigment to really brighten it up. I, hence, went into my W7 Neon Nights Palette (available from Ebay) and used the pressed silver glitter from it on the centre of my lid, using my finger to do so. I find that with this eye shadow, in particular, it appears much more pigmented when used with your finger rather than a brush. It allowed some reflexes on my lid in different lights and just brightened it all up a bit! I wanted dark, but not too dark! I genuinely think that actually helped lift the whole look a little bit, so I would highly recommend using that technique if you think a look is too dark! I used my little finger for it so that I could build it up and keep it quite precise, though I have really small fingers so anyone of them would do, depending on the amount of glitter I want and how far across my lid.

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love writing EOTD’s and I have a few more lined up for you, so look out for those! Let me know what you wore on New Year’s Eve to welcome in 2017 or what your go-to smokey eye makeup look is! Also, don’t forget to let me know what you think of this look or what more you would like to see on this blog!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Sunday,

Rachel xx

EOTD: Boxing Day 2016

Good Afternoon Munchkins!

Today I will be sharing with you a really simply eye makeup look I created for Boxing Day, which I spent with my Dad this year. This is also a little bit of a first impressions because I did try out a new eye shadow I had received for Christmas and was pretty impressed with it. I will let you know about that later, though! This is probably going to appear really simple but this is perfect for beginners and felt I should document it for future reference for myself, if no one else!

Anyway, here is the look in question:

You can’t really see but the main shimmery eye shadow I used I initially thought would be pink, but was instead a frosted purple, which is still beautiful but it just wasn’t what I was expecting. Hence why this looks a bit last-minute and unplanned – because it is! Nonetheless, I will now share with you how I created it!

The first thing I did was took the Splurge Cream Eye Shadow pot from Younique (which is similar to Avon in that it’s a catalogue brand you can’t buy in any shops) in the shade Dainty. As this is a cream I decided to not use a primer or anything as I find they work better straight onto the skin. First thing I noticed was how little you needed; I used a bit too much on my finger to apply it so shared it between both lids. This is a pale, sugarplum kind of colour with silver shimmers in it that looks amazing with pale skin (already has won me over!). However, it is so shimmery and the glitter really did get everywhere! A lot of wiping was done to try and control it, so only use a little bit! I will probably write a review on this at some point during the month or early February so keep your eyes peeled for that!

Because I was so thrown off, I then turned to what I would usually go for and created a subtle gradient in my crease! The first shade I used was The Mail from the Sleek i-Divine Palette in Oh So Special (available from Boots and Superdrug) which I blended out really far up to make it look a little bit more smokey and seamless. I then used Buck from the Urban Decay Naked Palette (available from Feel Unique) which is literally a tone or two darker than The Mail so blended perfectly. They are both orange-toned browns which really compliments my blue eyes. The only difference I made was by applying this directly in my crease and only blended it out when I finished with a clean fluffy blending brush. Of course, I then had to finish off with a little bit of winged liner and decided for this look to wear a little bit of red lipgloss, though I think a pink lipstick/gloss could also look amazing with it!

And there we have it! Very quick, very simple, and no room for mistake! This is literally the routine of makeup I do for everyday when I go to school because it’s neutral (depending on the colours used) and there is no way to mess it up! This, as I said earlier, is ideal for beginners or those who just want something really easy to ‘chuck on’. Let me know what you thought of this blog post and I really hope you enjoyed it!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Tuesday,

Rachel xx