A Christmas Make-Up Look

Need last minute inspiration for Christmas Day make up? Or possibly for New Years Eve? Look no further! A gold eye and bold red lip will suit anyone and you will look fabulous. 

I mentioned last week how much I love the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream*, but here it is in action combined with a little of the Clarins Instant Concealer*. When the CC Cream comes out in stores, I can see it being a hit because as far as I can see, there are no faults. The staying power is a great, even better with a little powder over the top and it doesn't stick to any dry patches. Clarins Instant Concealer* is another hit for me, a product I wasn't too sure I would love. It's a pretty heavy coverage concealer so if you want something covering, this will do it. I have a pesky little spot hiding under this and it has lasted all day, every day this past week. To finish off the base, Clarins Bronzing Duo* has been bronzing my pale skin these past few weeks. No matter what time of the year it is, I like a little (a lot) of bronzer.

For the eyes, I started off with an old love, Half Baked, from the first Urban Decay Naked palette with Smog in the outer corners to smoke it up a little. Whenever I reach for the Naked 1, I always remember how much I loved this palette. Along the lashes, I applied a little of the Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl in Brown to add a little more depth, before adding a lot of Clinique High Impact Extreme Mascara in Black*. For the eyebrows, I went for MAC Eyebrows in Lingering, a darker shade than I'm used to using but I have been liking a stronger brow recently. I ran out of my last eyebrow pencil so come payday, I went straight to MAC for this. 

For the lips, MAC Lipstick in Russian Red is a winner. A bold blue-toned red matte lipstick, which won't budge at all. Later this day, I munched my way through a pork sandwich and it didn't budge. For this, I don't bother using lip liner as I find it rarely bleeds on me and will last the same amount of time. 

Merry Christmas, my lovely readers, I will see you just before the New Year.

Luce x

The Make-Up: Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint

I spoke briefly about this in my last daily make-up look, but I thought I'd express my love for it a little bit further. This is the opposite to what I'm enjoying wearing at the moment, but for some reason every other day I have been reaching for it. Usually, I'm going for that bit more concealer and a little bit more coverage, all down to the cold weather I think. But this is a dewy and like a second skin to me, with a sheer tint. 

The word 'sheer' is correct, Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint* is very sheer, it gives almost no coverage. But it's enough for me on days if I'm just popping to Tesco or wherever. Here I'm wearing it with no other make-up, except my brows as I didn't want to scare you. One thing which stood out to me is how thick it is, yet very moisturising. It's a little tacky at the start, so if you have oily skin, you may not like it for that reason. But as some foundations tend to dry my skin out quite a lot, this kept it moisturised all day long. I have the shade Bare 01, which is a slight too light for me, which is why I look like Casper the Friendly Ghost in the picture. This is completely fine with me as I like to add the colour to my skin with a bronzer, so I can build it up. It does have SPF 15 in so when there is a little winter sunshine, I'm covered and no need to add a separate one. 

I haven't seen too many reviews of this, but I have of their Signature Foundation which I would like to try out. What do you think of this?

Luce x

The Make-Up: Bourjois Colour Edition 24H Shadows

You might have heard about the new Bourjois Colour Edition 24H Cream to Powder Shadows (what a mouthful), so when I saw Alix post about them on her site, I was sold on this shade. Luckily Boots was having a 3 for 2 on all beauty products, so I was able to pick up some other goodies too.

I picked the shade Prune Nocturne, which is an aubergine shade and looks slightly different on everyone. I have been experimenting with purples recently, after realising that it really makes the green in my eyes pop, so it was a perfect pick. It's a very strange texture, it doesn't feel very creamy but also not too powdery. I like to apply a cream shadow with my finger before blending it out with a brush, this way is the best to get a better colour pay off. It blended out perfectly with a MAC 217 around the edges and when brought out underneath my lash line. There is a lot of glitter in them, so if you're looking for that sort of thing, it's here. I'm all for a glittery eye and it's a perfect shade for a one shadow smokey eye. The downside of these is that they creased on me pretty much straight away, which is a little disappointing. A typical cream shadow wouldn't usually, so it will be because it turns into a powder. So if you have oily lids, take that in mind and wear a primer!

Have you tried any other shades of these shadows?

Luce x

The Make-Up: A Simple Smokey Eye

For the days I want to make a little more effort, rather than just a slick of mascara, I've been reaching towards this look. It's easy, no skills are needed and any mistakes can be hidden well. I would say take notes, but it's that easy you'd be able to remember it.

I first took a cream shadow, this time in particular I used Origins Ginzing Brightening Cream Shadow in Perkle*, but any will do. The slight purple shade works well with my eye colour but it's only for a base, so a brown or neutral would do. Smudge a little of that all over the lid, to prime and colour the whole lid. Next is taking a brown eyeliner and a stiff pointed blending brush. I used Coffee by MAC and an Ecotools brush. There's plenty high street eyeliners you could use, but I like MAC eye pencils as they're soft and very blendable, but once you leave them alone they don't budge. Take the eyeliner along the lashline just at the outer corner, build it up and just blend. Keep adding and blending until it's what you want, or something like this. I went over with the eyeliner about four times on each eye to get it to the shade I want it. You could use a black eyeliner but I find they're too harsh and look strange on me. Coat your lashes with lots of mascara, I'm using Benefit They're Real* at the moment and I love it. I already have long lashes but this makes them even longer! You could add eyeliner on the bottom lashes, but I like to keep my eyes looking really wide, it's up to you. To finish off, I added a little concealer underneath to make the look finished.

It's simple, easy and adaptable to everyones preferences. Would you try it?

Luce x