The Porefessional Primer by Benefit.

My amazingly lovely sister bought me my fave liquid liner (Magic Ink by Benefit) and my fave primer (The Porefessional by Benefit) for Christmas, I think she’s god damn amazing. I think a review of this primer is needed.

 

 

 

 

SPEC:

Texture: A very thick balm.

Feel on skin: Light and airy.

Coverage: As it’s a primer, the coverage isn’t gonna be great but it does make the skin tone look much more even.

Base quality: Fantastic. Made my foundation easy to apply and went on smoothly.

Staying power: Made my foundation stay on all day and night.

Price: RRP £23.50 – very pricey but it’s Benefit, so it’s expected.

Bad points: Pricey.

Good points: Fit’s most skin colours, nice texture, a little goes a long way, and so many more – too many to list!

To buy or not to buy: If I was rich or if I just had the money laying around? OH GOD YES!

Star rating: Price aside – ***** out of *****

NEW YEARS METALLIC EYES.

I recently had a play around with my make-up to create a super-stylish new years look and after about 10 tries I think I finally got it. This look is quite similar to my pin-up look but a bit more eye-focused and a bit more smokey 😉

1) Apply primer, foundation,concealer, powder and a touch of bronzer to create a flawless base.

2) Apply a silver shimmery shadow to the entire socket.

3) Using a very dark charcoal (not black) shadow, carefully apply on the outer third of your eye a blend into the crease.

4) Apply liquid liner to the lash line and tightline the eyes.

5) Layer on lashings of mascara.

6) Apply a sheer slick of lipbalm and dab foundation on the lips.

7) Using a lip brush, apply some nude lipstick and finish with a baby pink gloss.

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Well, hello sidemouth again… as you can see I was very tired whilst doing this so apologies for the shoddy work. And the perspective has appeared to make my nose look bigger than usual… that’s gay.#

 

Anyway, sorry this is a short post but i’m rather tired and I also want to write a review on the Porefessional primer – check it out!

Ellie.. xx

Christmas looks.

So uni work FINISHED. Christmas shopping FINISHED. Christmas wrapping… well that’s gonna be done tomorrow. Now I can finally write about them party looks I was on about in my last post. NOTE: I did this whilst I was suffering from the flu so my eyebrows are scarily untamed and I have no mascara on and they’re not my best work – HOWEVER I will add some tips on how to improve them. Oh, and I have shot them with my eyes closed so you can get a better jist of how to apply it.

 

These looks focus on the green colour that is oh so popular at Christmas time!

 

LOOK 1. THE MORE UNDERSTATED LOOK.

eye 1

 

 

1) Apply a thick line of shadow on the top lash line and blend outward and upward to the end of your eyebrow.

2) Apply a small dusting of silver shadow lightly on the green shadow above the lash line – do not blend over the extended line.

3) Apply a very, very small line of liquid liner over the lash line.

4) Apply mascara as you wish.

 

HOW TO IMPROVE:

Use a shadow line to apply the green shadow over the lash line and instead of blending, just use a brush for the extended line.

NOTE: A shadow line is a clear liquid eyeliner that you dip into a pigment to apply. ALWAYS CLEAN THE SHADOW LINE BRUSH BEFORE YOU DIP BACK INTO THE POT.

 

LOOK 2. IF YOU LIKE A BIT MORE ON YOUR LIDS.

eye 2

 

1) Apply a green shadow half way on the lash line and blend outward and upward towards your eyebrow.

2) Blend the colour over the crease halfway.

3) Apply a bit more green shadow on the brush and blend the colour from the crease towards your outer corner and fill.

4) Apply lashings of mascara.

 

HOW TO IMPROVE:  Apply a very thin line of liquid liner under the green on your lash line. Tightline your eyes.

 

 

So the lesson learnt here today is – DON’T EXPECT MUCH FROM ME WHEN I AM ILL.

 

A few more ideas that don’t need pics are as follows.

 

1) Apply a highly pigmented red gloss over your lips for a touch of Christmas red for those who don’t like the boldness of lipstick!

2) Try adding a little gold or silver shadow over your usual lipstick or lipgloss around the top of your cupids bow and in the centre of your bottom lip for a truly gorgeous Christmassy pout!

3) Apply an illuminating face primer before your foundation for the essential Christmas glow. I’ve discovered a new one by Technic called “Prime It” which i’m dying to try! It’s very cheap at only £3.99 for 33 ml on LoveThyMakeup. It’s also got amazing reviews from like EVERYONE.

http://www.lovethymakeup.com/product-technic-prime-it-1758

 

prime it

 

 

Got any Christmas make-up tips? Lemme know 😉

Ellie.. xx

 

 

 

Good news!

Hey hey hey 🙂

I only have today, tomorrow and Thursday left of uni and then it’s the Christmas holidays!

WOO HOO 😀

Anyway… since I am currently at uni writing this post, I did not bring a USB lead to hook up my phone and post some christmassy looks I tried out recently but they will be up very soon! They are all about showing the Christmas spirit through make-up whether you like to be bold or not. Think bright red lips for those more adventurous or forest greens for those who like the more subtle approach 😉

So right now i’m gonna to to take slight inspiration from Christmas merged with inspiration from one of THE PRETTIEST GIRLS ON THE WORLD….

PIXIE LOTT!

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Her lovely green eyed look here is Christmassy but super-glam at the time so here’s how to achieve it:

1) Apply an illuminating primer such as Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer £9.99 at Superdrug. It’s more pricey than others but I love it!

http://www.superdrug.com/face/loreal-lumi-magique-pure-light-primer/invt/382076/

2) Apply a light coverage foundation or tinted moisturiser such as Nivea Visage tinted moisturising creme £3.65 at Superdrug. I’m loving Nivea’s make-up range right now!

http://www.superdrug.com/face/nivea-visage-tinted-moisturising-creme-50ml/invt/462942/&bklist=

3) Grab a bold, shimmery, green eyeshadow and apply all over the socket. Barry M Dazzle Dust is perfect for bold colours and they have the perfect shade called Bright Emerald for this look. £4.59 at Superdrug.

http://www.superdrug.com/eyes/barry-m-dazzle-dust-72-bright-emerald/invt/907238/&bklist=

4) Blend the colour towards the outer corners creating a wing and blend it further under the bottom lash line. Use a very small brush like Barry M’s eyeliner brush £2.99 at Superdrug.

http://www.superdrug.com/accessories+tools/barry-m-eyeliner-brush/invt/429650/&bklist=

5) Line the upper and lower lash line quite thickly with a liquid liner. My favourite is Magic Ink by Benefit but at £14.50 – it’s not easily accessible on a budget.

http://www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk/product/view/magic-ink

Try this cute liquid liner with a hello kitty design if you haven’t got lots of cash to spend. It’s called Hello Kitty Eye Liner West to East Liquid and is £4.99 from Superdrug!

http://www.superdrug.com/eyes/hello-kitty-eye-liner-west-to-east-liquid/invt/545861/

However, if you’re a bit of a liquid liner junkie like myself, invest in a high-end brand!

6) Tightline the eyes with a jet black eye pencil. Try MUA’s 3-in-1 contour pen for £1.50 exclusive to Superdrug.

http://www.superdrug.com/eyes/make-up-academy-professional-3-in-1-contour-pen-black/invt/267451/

7) Apply some big false lashes such as Girls With Attitude range, these ones are £4.59 at Superdrug.

http://www.superdrug.com/eyes/gwa-on-the-lash/invt/591742/&bklist=

Coat them with a volumising mascara or if your a false-lash-aphobe like me, just apply lashings of mascara!

8) Finally, apply a sheer coral shade of gloss. Barry M’s Lip gloss in Coral is £4.49 at Superdrug.

http://www.superdrug.com/lips/barry-m-lip-gloss-11-coral/invt/217792/

Anyway i’m off to slave over a news diary 😉 Wish me luck.

Ellie.. xx