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

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Perfume Masterclass

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We build our wardrobes to fit different seasons and occasions, so why not our fragrance portfolio? When it comes to developing your own style and fashion, your fragrance is your ultimate accessory.

This week I was lucky enough to join five other ladies in a Pefume Masterclass at David Jones taught by the ever-so stylish and wise Lucy Borland, the National Training Director of Agence de Parfum. Lucy walked us through the basics of attempting to find what style of fragrance would best suit us as well as providing some insight into why it is we adore our favourite perfumes so much.

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Ever smelt a perfume on a friend and adored it, only to detest it when you try it on yourself? There are many factors that effect how a perfume will wear on you; namely diet, hormones and the natural acid levels in your skin. We are all individuals, we have different taste in fashion, food, wine and music so why not perfume? Lucy showed us the Michael Edwards fragrance wheel, which colourfully describes that there are roughly four categories for perfume fragrance (Oriental, Floral, Woody and Fresh) and within those four there are further sub-categories. Majority of us will have a natural inclination towards one of these categories, and you should attempt to build your fragrance portfolio from there.

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One of my favourite fragrance brands is Creed. The first fragrance by  Creed was made in 1781 for King George III. To this day, Creed is one of the most successful fragrance brands in the world. They design perfumes for specific people, eg. Lady Di and Audrey Hepburn, that can only be released to the public 5 years after their death, and only with permission from the family. The perfume to the left ‘Spring Flower’ was commissioned for Audrey Hepburn and is one of the most gorgeous bottles I’ve ever seen in my life. Creed has an extremely extensive collection and is worth a look if you are ever at a DJs near you. For further information on the history of the perfumes and the brand click here: http://www.creedboutique.com/

One of the most important things I took from the masterclass was where exactly to spray perfume. I knew neck, and wrists, but in fact one of the best places to spray your perfume is the back of your neck. There it holds for the longest period of time and gives you that ‘wrap around’ feeling of the lingering fragrance. Other good locations include all pulse points like the back of your knees, elbows and wrists. Lucy also recommended that spraying your perfume on warm skin straight after a shower will help with having a longer wear.

If anyone is interested in learning more about fragrance and how to find the best scents for you, Lucy will be running more of these Perfume Masterclasses, comment below for details of the most upcoming masterclass so the information is up to date each time you ask. I had the best time and I would highly recommend it.

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Let us know where you think you sit in the wheel. Hope you enjoyed this post and maybe see you at a Fragrance Masterclass soon.

-Rubenesque xoxo

Fall and Winter Recommendations!

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So we are well into Spring here in Australia, but I felt that I couldn’t leave Winter behind without sharing with the rest of you my favourites from the season. So let’s get straight into it!

Lips:

We all know that the colder seasons are perfect for those grungy-vampy dark lips, but one of my more favourite shades for the past winter was ‘Naked Paris’ by M.A.C. It is a really subtle shimmery-nude colour, with just enough darkness to grunge up your look a little. Lipstick Swatches

Another favourite was ‘Poisonberry’ by Lime Crime. This is a vibrant but dark purple at its full pigmentation. In most online swatches you’ll see it as a gorgeous dark sheen of purple, however, for an everyday look I tended to pat it onto my lips to a pigmentation that I was comfortable with. I’ll swatch it for you at both pigmentation levels so just check the images to the side.

I get really into stains in Winter too, because I’m always putting lip balm on to avoid chapped lips. Stains are a great way to keep some colour while continuously applying the balms that we so desperately need in the cold. Two of my favourite stains are ‘Rhubarb’ by Bloom Cosmetics and ‘Posietint’ by Benefit Cosmetics. Where Rhubard is a definite dark vampy shade, posietint can be used on both the lips or the cheeks to give a natural flushed look which can be really flattering in the colder seasons.

And last but not least the lip product that took the makeup world by storm last season ‘Solstice 201′ from the Apocalips series by Rimmel London! These gorgeous liquid lipsticks are so incredible, sit so well on the lips, give great pigmentation and have a cute colour range for most seasons. Well worth a look in the coming seasons *fingers crossed they release some more shades*

Eyes:

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This fall and winter I didn’t really discover many new eye products that I liked in terms of eyeliner or mascara but as far as eyeshadow goes, I found myself coming back to the same palette most days. The Nude ‘tude palette by theBalm has so many fantastic neutrals with enough warm, dark shades to really grunge up your look for Winter. As far as selling it to you further, I really feel that this palette speaks for itself so check out the images.

Cheeks:

theBalm really stood out to me in the last season, with their blush ‘Down Boy’ being another favourite. (though I really feel that it is a great shade for any season)

As a highlight and finishing powder for the under-eye area I found myself wearing Hourglass’ Ambient lighting powder in ‘Diffused Light’ it is a stunning (yet ridiculously expensive) powder with just enough shimmer in it that it really lights up your face without making you feel like you are covered in glitter.

Nails:

I have really been getting into Butter London nail polishes in the last year. They always have great pigmentation, great lasting power and not too long a drying period so as you can imagine, I use them all the time. My two favourite shades for Fall and Winter would be ‘Queen Vic’ and ‘Gobsmacked’. I would highly recommend most of the glitter polishes from Butter London as they dry ridiculously fast which is always a bonus, and look so cute!

Makeup Tutorial: Perfect Date Night Look

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Hello Lovelies!

Today we have a makeup look for all of you. So this started when Carla came to me and asked how she could use this gorgeous eyeshadow colour from MAC. It was called Tilt and it is a beautiful dusty frosty blue with a sort of lilac reflex. So we decided that we would do a pictorial for you on this makeup look. This look would be great for a date night (maybe too full on for first date though), a girl’s night out or even a formal occasion such as prom.

STEP 1:

– Using a flat shader brush push the Tilt colour across the eyelids

– Then grab a blending brush and blend out the harsh line in the crease and slightly wing out the eyeshadow in the direction of the end of your brow

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STEP 2:

– Using a darker blue colour (we used M.A.C. Flashtrack) on a flat shader brush place it on the outer ‘v’ or outer corner of the eyes

– Then blend way and wing out the eyeshadow in the same way as Tilt, when using darker colours is it important to make sure you aren’t creating ‘gaps’ in your eyeshadow, so you may need to go in and reapply and blend.
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STEP 3:

– Always my favourite step, draw a fairly thick line of eyeliner, it can be gel or liquid, whatever you prefer (we used Benefit Magic Ink) and draw a wing to meet the outside of the crease. The proper way to angle you eyeliner will change from person to person, If you have a slightly hooded lid (meaning that the fold of your crease will finish closer to the outer corner of your eye) you will need to create a straighter wing. As a general rule however follow the angle of your bottom lashes and wing the eyeliner as far as you like.

-With the darker blue colour we used to darken the outer ‘v’ on a small brush drag that as close to the bottom lashes as possible. Don’t put the colour all the way along the bottom as this will close off your eyes making them appear smaller, instead just apply the colour to the outer half of your bottom lashline.

– We also applied MAC Fascinating Kohl eye pencil to the bottom waterline. A white or skin-coloured eyeliner helps to open your eyes up and to knock out any redness that may have been there.

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STEP 4:

– We applied Benefit ‘They’re Real’ mascara to the top and bottom lashes and small corner lashes.

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STEP 5:

– For the rest of the face we used:

– Primer: Benefit POREfessional

– Foundation: Revlon Colorstay in 200 nude,

Powder: Face of Australia loose translucent powder

–  Lips: MAC lustre lipstick in Naked Paris and then a Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Life’s a Peach

– Contour: NYX blush in Taupe

– Blush: Benefit Belle Bamba

AND THE FINISHED PRODUCT!

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Thanks for reading! 🙂

xox Rubenesque