March and April empties

Monday, May 2nd 2016 Makeup

This post combines my empties from March and April, since I didn’t get the chance to write a post at the end of March. I finished or decided to throw away 9 different items over those two months, from makeup to skincare, haircare, body and more. The empties are from Models Prefer, Essence, Real Techniques, Za, La Roche-Posay, and Lush. Get ready for a long post, because I have a lot to say about them – maybe make yourself a cup of tea, I’ll be waiting right here.

Doing my mum’s makeup

Tuesday, August 26th 2014 Makeup

Today I’m going to show you a makeup look I did on my mum recently! I like playing makeup artist, it’s a challenge compared to doing makeup on myself – different skin types, different eye/lid area, just a totally different canvas to work on. All week she, my friend, and I had been joking about wearing ‘double makeup’ – twice as much as you would usually wear, so that was part of my ~creative vision~ for this look. Mum wears makeup most days but usually her eye makeup is fairly neutral so I decided to make use of colour in this looks to really make her pretty eyes pop!

For the base of this look I used my NYX anti-redness primer – mum hasn’t really used primer before so it was a novelty for her. Then I applied her Revlon Colorstay foundation for normal to dry skin in shade 240 Medium Beige using my XOBeauty flat top brush. It had to be my brush as she doesn’t really believe in using brushes for foundation but I must say she was impressed with how it turned out so maybe we have a convert. There was no need for concealer but I put some of the highlighter from my ELF highlighter/concealer duo under her eyes to brighten things up a bit. Next up I was very intrigued by these shimmer balls from Lacura Beauty so I swirled my brush around in them and applied to her cheekbones. Disappointingly, they didn’t seem to be very pigmented so I went over the top with my ELF blush in Peachy Keen.

Lacura Beauty Shimmer Balls

I was really excited to see this huge palette of Models Prefer eyeshadows, and then I opened it up fully and just about fell off my chair! It has 98 eyeshadows, 70 lipglosses/lipsticks, 3 blushes/highlighters, 6 cream liners, and apparently came with eye and lip pencils and a mascara too (their location is presently unknown). Mum was given it for a gift a couple of years ago but google leads me to believe it cost about $30 which is such a bargain!

Models Prefer eyeshadow set

I started with my Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer, because mum doesn’t have one, and this is great. Using a large Sephora eyesahdow brush I applied this light green shade all over her eyelid and I then picked up a darker colour and put in in the crease. At this point my highly demanding client requested some glitter, so I obliged and used the silver shade from one of her Maybelline quads on the outer v of her eye. Madam looked disappointed when I went to use my black pencil eyeliner on her top lid, but the only liquid-ish one I had with me was the Benefit gel liner mini which I haven’t had much success with, and I didn’t want to fail and ruin her whole look with it. I applied a green eyeliner from a brand I’ve never heard of called ‘MIB’ to her waterline for extra pop as after all we were going for double makeup! I finished it off with my Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes mascara and made her apply it herself after how much of a mess I made when I put mascara on my friend Caitlin!

Models Prefer green eyeshadows

For her lips, I chose a dark terracotta shade which I think balanced the eyes out nicely. I initially went for red but she didn’t want to look too much like christmas which I think is a good call!

Mum's lipsHere is the final look – I think she looks gorgeous, and everyone else agreed.
Final face
I realised later that all of my pics of her eye makeup were pretty rubbish, so this is the best I have – sorry!

20140823_124916For a bonus, here is me and mum together that night. She doesn’t think we look alike but everyone else on earth pretty much does.


Lena x

Should blue eyeshadow stay in the 80s?

Sunday, July 20th 2014 Makeup

Blue eyeshadow has a bit of a bad reputation, after its heyday in the 1980s. Even Paula Begoun, my skincare goddess, wrote a book called ‘Blue Eyeshadow Should Be Illegal’. Controversially though, I like it. I think that there are ways you can wear it that looks great, and not at all like Mimi from the Drew Carey show.

Mimi Drew Carey Show 2

According to some experts, people with blue eyes like me should stay far away from blue eyeshadow, but I don’t care for their rules. So, I’m going to show you a look that I did the other day that features blue eyeshadow without looking like an 80s throwback.

Maybelline and Models Prefer blue eyeshadowAs usual, I started with Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion, something I’ve been raving about on here ever since my very first post. I applied the lighter, silvery-blue shadow all over my lid -it doesn’t have a shade name, but it’s from my Models Prefer ‘Ice Queen’ mineral eyeshadow duo, which you can see in the featured image at the top of this post. I really like Models Prefer products, but I’ve only seen them for sale in Australia, never in NZ, but I digress. The darker shadow is a Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigment, in the shade 10 – Brash Blue. The colour is very bold, and when I initially received it to review for a post, I was hesitant about using it, but because it’s a loose pigment it does blend out nicely to a slightly more subtle colour. Then I (shakily) applied The Balm Schwing, which is the black liquid eyeliner. I am still learning how to use liquid eyeliner, so this isn’t exactly amazing looking but at least it’s not smeared all over my eyeshadow so I’m improving! The mascara I’ve used is Napoleon Perdis lashes to lashes black mascara that I got free with a magazine last year.

Both eyes Maybelline Models Prefer

That’s how it looks when my eyes are open – you can’t see much of the lid, especially on the right eye (left on the photo). I’ve used the ELF brow kit in light on my brows, which I really love.

Blue eyeshadow whole face

On the rest of my face I’ve used the following products:
NYX anti-redness primer
MAC Pro longwear concealer, NW20.
Phoenix custom blend foundation
Tarte Amazonian clay Matte bronzer –  Park Ave princess
Silk Naturals sheer blush – Lychee
Rimmel Vinyl Gloss – Snog

I didn’t actually wear this out anywhere, I just put it on one evening for the purpose of this post, but I would wear it out to a bar or a party. I think by wearing a neutral lip and letting my eyes make a statement, the blue looks good. Potentially some people will look at this and think it’s awful, but that doesn’t bother me – makeup is about expressing myself and being creative, not just trying to look good for other people.

Readers – what do you think? Should blue eyeshadow stay back in the 80s or does it have its place in 2014?


follow along @lenatalks