Product Review: ELF Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadows

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Hey Everyone,

Just a really quick review for you today as ELF has FINALLY arrived in Australia. I picked up the first colour Soiree up at Kmart for $8 and then Toast and Gala from iHerb on sale for $3 each.

Let me say that I love these and I am so happy they are in my life. They have an unusually dense, almost bouncy mousse like texture a nice colour range. I will say that the colour is very sheer but I love them for the amount of shimmer and glitter they have in them. So I will jump straight in to colour reviews.

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Soiree:

A dark pink/plum colour with a lot of pink silver and gold glitter in it. I love to use this over a dark black smokey eye as the colour really picks up and looks gorgeous.

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Gala:

This is a beautiful cool toned dark brown with purple, red, silver and gold shimmer and glitter particles shot through it. I love to pat this over a bold brown smokey eye to really liven up the look and it is stunning!

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Toast:

Probably my favourite because it is the most versatile and neutral one I have. It is a gorgeous gold colour with gold shimmer running through it. I love this one when I don’t want to spend much time on my makeup when I’m going out, I just put a sheer wash of this all over the eyelid with a bold winged eyeliner and a dark red lip and then I am good to go. Below is a photo of it pushed over the eyelid with nothing underneath.

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So I do love these, I would say I most often use them to finish off a night time eye look instead of by themselves as they are so glittery and sheer. It does set so it isn’t like other cream eyeshadows that move all over your face but in saying that the shimmer/glitter does move around on my eyelid which isn’t a biggie but something that does annoy me slightly. Also another downside to this product is that the name aren’t written on the actual containers. I do highly recommend these though, do you have any? If so which is your favourite?

Talk to you all soon

xx Amelia and Carla

HOW TO: Catwalk to Sidewalk Glitter Edition ss14

The best of the best in fashion are currently in the middle of showcasing their spring summer collections 2014 and with the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival on it’s way we thought it was tutorial time with some high fashion inspiration!

The haute couture ss14 Paris fashion week has just ended with the makeup trends ranging from metallic smokey eyes to very clean ‘no makeup’ looks. London ss14 also featured the ‘no makeup’  look along with red lips and natural eyebrows. One of my favourite looks from both the recent fashion weeks was the gorgeous holographic silver glitter eyes featured in the Chanel haute couture collection showcased in Paris.

L’oreal have just realised the photos of the makeup trails for the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival starting in mid March. All the images are stunning but the one that caught my eye was this makeup look featuring fresh skin, bold brows, a dark berry lip and gold leaf in the centre of the eyelid.

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( photo credit to Style Melbourne – http://stylemelbourne.com/ )

So I decided to create a makeup look inspired by the colours in the photo above. Hope you enjoy!

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1. Eyes first, glitter is messy. Here I placed the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Bold Gold all over the eyelid with my finger.

2. Next I placed another colour tattoo (Barley Branded) in the inner corners of the eye and part of the way along the lower lashline.

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3. On a blending brush I then put Snakebite from the Naked 2 palette in the crease and along the lower lashline. Don’t be afraid to blend this quite far up to the brow bone.

4. Grab any white or nude coloured eyeliner and put it in your waterline. Here I use Rimmel London Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal eyeliner in Nude.

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5. Getting a small amount of gold glitter on my finger, I then patted it all over the eyelid. (To clean up fallout use a piece of sticky tape)

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6. I then applied a generous coat of Revlon Grow Luscious to the lashes and followed with a pair of half lashes that flare out at the outer edges.

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7. Moving on to the face: I used an Illamasqua primer and Maybelline Fit Me Foundation with a dense buffing brush. Following that I used a Mehron concealer quad under my eyes and set my T zone with Ben Nye loose translucent powder.

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8. I then slightly contoured with NYX blush in Taupe and applied a pink gold blush

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S10100999. aaaannnnd finally I applied a deep berry colour to my lips, any will do but I used Rimmel London’s lipstick in Starry Eyes (it didn’t come up as dark in photos).

Here is the final look (sorry the photo is blurry)

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So I hoped you liked it. Please comment for any blog/video requests or if you have any questions 🙂

For more information on the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival check out their website – http://www.vamff.com.au hopefully see some of you lovely ladies there!

Thanks

Amelia and Carla