It is no secret that I have become somewhat of a make up addict! If you follow me on any of my social media channels, you would know that my latest spoils are made up of gorgeous shoes and enviable cosmetics, it was only a matter of time before I decided to write a blog about my favorites… I have not really done much beauty blogging barring a few posts when I was selling Younique, this is not a review as such but more so a show of my improving skills (Which I am a little bit proud of).
Saturday morning I had nothing better to do, naturally that meant I had at least 2 hours to kill in front of a mirror. It was a day of make up, brush fails and selfies. Isn’t that what one does when one gets all made up with nowhere to go? I had also received my Jeffree Star velour lipsticks the week before in Blue Velvet and Abused, having been stopped numerous times and asked about the lipstick shade / brand I was wearing, I thought it fair to share that with you as well.
Note – I am by no means a make up artist and have no expert skills! This is just a gal, wearing make up for herself.
SO… WHAT IS IN THE BOX?
In case you don’t know what the box is, it’s the beauty box of course! The box that is now getting far to small for all it’s treasures. There are many things in the box but I thought I would focus on a few of my favorite things :
I started off by prepping and basing my face as normal. This requires the following simple steps – In truth, I have gone from someone who used foundation and that was it (Not even a blush), my base layer now consists of the following :
PRIMER – To be honest, I did not even know what primer was. When I started selling Younique, I received this Younique primer and so far it has served me well.
FOUNDATION – I use Estee Lauder, Double Wear in Fresco. This foundation has an awesome matte finish and provides excellent coverage, I have a lot of scarring and psoriasis and so far this is the only foundation that I have found covers the way I need it to.
POWDER – One of my more recent purchases was the Urban Decay Naked Skin Loose Finishing powder in Naked light. Lightly dusted over an already matte foundation, this powder makes my skin feel like silk!
CONCEALER – I never used to wear concealer but not only does it cover up the dark bags under the eyes that one is gifted at the birth of your first child, it also doubles up as a highlighter so if you are feeling artistic and have time to contour, a concealer is a great way to bring it all together. This Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral is a perfect fit with the products I already use.
BROWS – It is also no secret that I am not the most on fleek brow artiste. I have eyebrows. That is the extent of my knowledge on them… As for keeping them tidy, I manage. I am dying to have my brows permanently tattooed but until then, the scarring needs a little filling in and when my hand is steady enough, they get elongated as well. I use a Kiko Eyebrow sculpt as my hand helper.
The latest mega trend in the beauty world is the art of Çontouring’. Thanks to Kim Kardashian, Pinterest and numerous Youtube videos, everyone can now rock the chiselled cheek bone and shadowed jaw line. Well, almost.
All of the tutorials and videos on Contouring make it look easy, realistically it isn’t. After trying a few products and experimenting with blending, I have found that the best contouring tools for me are powder based and so I purchased the Anastasia Beverley HIlls Pro Contour Kit in Light-Medium. This product goes on well, blends beautifully and paired with my Urban Decay Limited Edition Gwen Stefani blush palette, left me with rosy highlighted cheek bones and feeling pretty, oh so pretty (“,).
But lets be fair, it is not ALL about the face! (See what I did there). For the purposes of show casing my new Jeffree Star lipsticks, I decided on a light eye make up making use of my Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette (Obsessed with this!). Once I had my face and my eyes on, it was down to the lips to complete my look! Let it be known that I did a full eye make up application, attempted winged liner, stuffed winged liner up, removed all eye make up and re did it sans the winged eyeliner. Sometimes, you have to leave it behind if it is not working!
Towards the end of last year, I became a mega fan of Jeffree Star – His make up skills are off the charts and all of the energy he put into his make up line has paid off. I now have 4 of the lipsticks (Unicorn Blood, Weirdo, Abused and Blue Velvet) and this look was the first Blue Velvet application and the brand / colour did NOT dissapoint!
After spending 2 hours on a full face of make up, the only thing left to do is make sure that it does NOT go anywhere. For this, I use the Urban Decay De-Slick setting spray after which I proceeded to take a thousand selfies – To prove that I did not do such a bad job after all…
And there we have it, 2 hours of make up work to make the face look this good but at the end of it, I thought it turned out really well! For someone who doesnt wear make up Monday to Friday and most certainly did not spend time chiselling cheeks, I am proud of my progression in the make up world! Looking forward to trying out new things and rocking funky looks – Because why not?