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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: 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

Navy Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial | Blogmas

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I would like to share a makeup tutorial with you on a navy smokey eye which I had so much fun creating for you! Navy/blue eye makeup is very on trend this season and, when worn fairly subtly and with other complimentary colours, I think it can look amazing! I would personally wear this on a night out because it isn’t too ‘in-your-face’ blue, which I think we all have a low-key fear of, and it includes a little bit of shimmer. This was inspired by one eye shadow in particular which I will point out to you later. I think blue eye shadows/makeup can look amazing with brown eyes, so if you have brown/hazel-y eyes, this is one for you!

The first thing I’m going to do, as per usual, is apply a primer and set it with some translucent powder. The primer will just make the colours pop a little bit more and also enhance the longevity of it, and the powder will help blending later on, something which I find super important with a smokey eye! I then went in with my first colour which is Buck from the Urban Decay Naked Palette (available from Feel Unique) and applied this in my crease. This has some slight orange undertones so would compliment the blue perfectly and is just a staple transition/crease shade for me!

I then headed over to my Makeup Revolution Palette in Ultra Flawless Mattes (available from Superdrug) and took the shades Mud and Leather (second row down, the third one in and the second one in, respectively). I also took these through my crease but more concentrated-ly (good English there!) whereas I’d really blown Buck out to make it look super smokey. I just did this to darken it a bit and so add some more definition. I then took Earth (the one on the bottom row) from the same palette and put this in the outer third of my crease just to create a kind of gradient that I think is 100% necessary for a smokey eye, not matter how much extra time it may take!

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From the same palette, again, I took the shade Charcoal (second row up, far right) and applied this on the outer quarter of my eye and blended it forward so it looked as if it covered the outer third. I personally like this in a smokey eye as it allows me to overlap my main eye shadow and so make it all look seamless and as one *cue Spice Girls*. This is a matte dark blue that I knew would build a little bit more definition on my lid and so make the lighter colours also stand out. And you have to have a little bit of darkness really, don’t you?

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My penultimate shade from the Makeup Revolution Palette was Smoke (above Charcoal). This is a matte light blue that I placed on the inner section of my eye to brighten it some more and prepare for the gradient that was about to come! This also unintentionally matched the main lid colour so helped it all blend seamlessly. At this point you can be quite messy, and you are more able to get rid of any mistakes with this colour because it is so light.

Finally, the main star of the show which inspired this whole look! I took Gunmetal from the Naked palette and placed this on the centre of my lid. This is a gorgeous shimmery blue that really helps to brighten the eye and gives some glitter reflexes that look stunning! I then blended everything all together one last time to make it look even more flawless and ensure there were no harsh lines. I think with a little bit of eyeliner and a nude, pink lip this would look stunning for a New Year’s Eve Party!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I have loved writing this one for you guys so let me know if you would like to see more makeup tutorials in the future! Also, don’t forget to let me know what you think of this look or navy/blue smokey eyes in general and your view on the trend!

Merry Christmas Eve Eve, thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you tomorrow,

Rachel xx

EOTD: Everyday Shimmery Brown Smokey Eye | Blogmas

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I thought I would share with you a stunning new eye makeup look I have just about worn to death in the past few weeks! This may not appear ‘everyday’ to everyone but I, personally, think it is or could be. Obviously, only wear what you feel comfortable with and you can always adapt this if you would like to. This seems quite complicated but it takes no more than about 3 minutes and you’re all good! Also, I’m so sorry for this blog post being uploaded so late – I had a *very* hectic day yesterday so I woke up late and I should’ve been more prepared. I’m sorry!

The idea came for this when I decided I was going to attempt to use all the colours from the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette and challenge myself with my ‘creative skills’ to see what I could do. This is what happened on my face:

I basically decided I didn’t want to just do a wash of colour anymore because it was boring and, for a first attempt, I don’t think it went too badly! It also means I can wear this any time of year and with any lip colour, which I love because I get bored very easily! I was going to say I didn’t use many products, but the amount of eye shadows that actually went into this is quite ridiculous!

Firstly, as always, I applied a primer and set it with some setting powder in order to help blending later. I then took a small, dense blending brush and took the shades Rosewood and Olden from the Makeup Revolution Ultra Flawless Mattes palette (third row in from the left and two up, and the middle one on the column that’s been cut out, respectively) and applied these into my crease. This is my go-to when using any kind of transition shades from this palette for day or night – they work perfectly together! I brought this fairly high up in order to create a kind of gradient effect. This palette is available from Superdrug.

I then took the colours Warm and Leather (underneath Rosewood and above Olden, respectively) on the same brush and placed this directly into the crease to give a little bit more definition and ensure the next shade blends in seamlessly with it. I then blended all these colours together with a fluffy blending brush.

I then took Leather, again, and Earth (underneath Olden) and applied this on the outer third of my eye in order to darken it. I used the same blending brush for this as it was the perfect size and it just makes applying the shadows even quicker. I popped a tiny bit into my outer crease, as well, just so it looks even more seamless.

On a small, flat-headed eye shadow brush I applied Snakebite from the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (available from Feel Unique). This was the main star of the show, but I still wanted it applied precisely! I just applied this on the only bit of eye left and blended it slightly into Earth. It was a bit warmer toned than what I was expecting but, with enough blending, it can still look stunning! And, as I said earlier, this goes with any lip colour at any time of year!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post as late as it may be – I love writing EOTD’s so let me know if you would like to see more of them in the future! Also, don’t forget to let me know what makeup looks you have been loving recently!

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

Rachel xx

EOTD: Purple Smokey Eye

Good Afternoon Munchkins!

Today I will be sharing with you a makeup look I have been loving recently! A coloured smokey eye – I know, I know! I’m proud of myself too! I never thought I’d be a smokey eye person, let alone a coloured smokey eye person but this look has changed my view completely and I’m never looking back! When I first created this in my head I wasn’t sure if the purple would clash with my blue eyes but it doesn’t disturb them at all and they do look stunning together! I’m going to stop rambling now and actually tell you how I made this beauty!

The products I used for this look were:

  • Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo in Metallic Pomegranate (available from Boots and Superdrug)
  • Sleek i-Divine Palette in Oh So Special; using The Mail and Celebrate (available from Boots and Superdrug)

I think we can all sense where this is going! I know the colours look dark (and it probably does whilst it’s on as well to be fair) but I do wear this during the day and can get away with it but I guess it would be more suited to evening. I also wear pretty thick framed glasses so I guess that hides some of the harshness.

The first thing I do is just using my ring finger I apply a layer of Metallic Pomegranate all over my lid. Depending on how dark I want the look to go, I may lay down another layer on top of that just to build the colour fully. I will also blend out the edges using a fluffy blending brush just to make it look seamless and not too harsh. I find these Colour Tattoo’s so easy to apply an even layer of and they’re so pigmented but once they’re on, they’re on! They’re not budging!

Taking a small, dense blending brush, I tuck a little bit of The Mail into my crease. As you may know if you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, this is my go-to crease colour and this just adds a small amount of definition to my eye which I need amongst the darkness. I don’t apply too much of this and also blend it out a fair bit to make it a little bit smokier but daytime smokey (please tell me you understand that!). I feel like if the lid colour is harsh, the crease shouldn’t be harsh as well to kind of balance them out.

Some of you may remember me one time trying to create a purple smokey eye with Celebrate (literally before Christmas) and it didn’t go well at all because it was so dark and I just didn’t use it right. Now, I have the answer! Taking a small, flat-headed brush (because you want as much control with this colour as possible!), I apply some of this to the outer quarter of my eye and use the other side of the brush to blend it and create almost a gradient effect. These two colours look stunning together, especially when blended to create the gradient – if you think of the Tumblr galaxy backgrounds, it’s kind of like that. I’ve even been complimented on it before!

I then apply my usual winged eyeliner, using quite a lot of Noir as oppose to Crave just because it’s that bit darker and if it smudges it only adds to the whole look! I love my eyeliner but it does need to stand out from the crowd! To see how I create my winged eyeliner, you can click HERE.

In terms of lip, I will tend to pair this with a nude or ‘my lips but better’ colour because the eyes do end up pretty dark and what other lips colours actually match purple? Just try to balance a dark eye out with a nude lip – best advice you will receive today if you ask me! I’m joking, but just bare that in mind. Even a nude lipgloss would look stunning with this but the eye is shimmery so please don’t forget about this as well!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed reading how I create this look; let me know if you try it and how it turns out for you! Also, let me know what makeup looks you have been loving recently so that I can try them for myself!

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

Rachel xx

EOTD: Birthday Shimmery Smokey Eye

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be showing you the makeup I wore for my birthday meal last night. I was going to upload a blog post yesterday explaining things and just having a bit of chat with you to do with my birthday but I started getting ill and I did kind of forget. Sorry. Anyway, just to quickly round things up for you now, yesterday I turned 15 and I went out for a meal with my best friend, my Mum and my Step-Mum. I’m still ill and yesterday was the first day where it was kind of brewing so my blog posts for this upcoming week may not be entirely up to scratch (again, sorry). I’ve also scheduled blog posts for Tuesday and Thursday as I am going on holiday from Monday to Friday and hopefully I will be able to speak about it a bit more in next weekends blog posts. Enough of that, let’s just get on with today’s blog post!

The products I used on my face last night were:

(I have no idea why that second photo is sideways!)

  • Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo in Metallic Pomegranate – available from Boots.
  • Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, using Blackheart – available from Feel Unique.

Before this look and I hadn’t even used Naked 3 yet so I did want to incorporate in some way and I received Metallic Pomegranate for my birthday so I thought I would use it (or rather, I was ordered to use it as it ‘was a mission’ to find as my Mum decided to inform me).

The first thing I did was evenly apply Metallic Pomegranate all over my lid using my ring finger. I actually found it quite difficult to apply right into the inner corners of my eyes, so do look out for that. I wanted this to be quite a dark look so I applied this fairly generously. As soon as I used this colour, I fell in love with it and if I wasn’t experimenting I would’ve just left it and applied a bit of eye liner with it. It’s a kind of burgundy colour and it just looks stunning, no wonder it’s so difficult to find!

I then applied Blackheart on the outer third. I did try to make it a V-shape but using a brush that was slightly angled but then I blended it all and it went back to that. Either way, I really liked it. I decided to choose this colour because it wasn’t a black-black and it had a bit of shimmer in so would match Metallic Pomegranate pretty well. I really liked this combination, I thought it looked stunning.

For those that want to know the touches I always add, I also added a little bit of eyeliner and a tiny bit of Toasted from the Naked palette under my bottom lash line. I decided to use a Sleek eye shadow in Noir for my liner as it’s a bit more pigmented and I wanted the liner to be obviously different to the rest of the dark eye. I did keep it pretty small though so it didn’t look too over-dramatic (be proud!). I also applied a little bit of pencil liner to my waterline and outer third of my tightline. I wore a nude lip gloss with this and it just looked stunning. I really liked this look as a whole, I will definitely be wearing it again!

And there we have it! It was that simple. Just don’t forget with this look different shades of different colours and to always blend very carefully and lightly. Let me know what you thought of this look and if you try it, let me know and send me a picture! I’m kinda happy now that being 14 is over if I’m going to be honest; 14 was a pretty life-changing year for me. I know that I could jinx it but *touch wood* I want 15 to be a really happy and good year for me. I want to try and be the best version of me possible and in that way try to emotionally heal myself from a lot that’s happening/has happened. I realise I’ve spent my 15th ill, but hey. Here’s to another year! 15 sounds so old, oh my God, haha. Halfway to 30!

Thank you so much for reading and I will see you soon,

Rachel xx

P.S. Happy Valentine’s Day to all my fellow singletons!