A Touch of the MACabre

BOO!

Hi boys and ghouls and welcome to the HALLOWEEN SPECIAL! OOOooooooOOOOooooHHHHhhhh!!

Last weekend I went to a Halloween party. I wanted to go as a kind of zombie/ ghost/ corpse bride type thing because I have a bridesmaids dress that is essentially a wedding dress so was gonna team that with some spooky ass make up and a tiara, natch. Then I got the fear that other people at the party wouldn’t be as dressed up as me and I’d look silly so I removed the wedding dress from the equation and wore all black instead. Genius.
Two of my friends were going as characters from the film The Craft so I kind of went in with them but really I just looked like a massive goth, which is fine by me ’cause I loves me a goth.

Here we are in all our 90’s, Wiccan glory:
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-Watch out for those weirdos girls

-We are the weirdos, Mr. 

Quite good that, innit?! For the make up I used mainly MAC stuff so thought I’d talk you through what I used and how I did it.

Base:

  • Ok, so foundation wise I wanted to look a bit paler that normal so I used my friend’s foundation, which was really weird as it was really thick and matte and kind of grey in colour so felt a bit like rubbing cement into your face (fun!) I’d never heard of the brand before and I can’t remember the name so thats mega helpful but I wouldn’t recommend it anyway.
  • I finished the base with a dusting of loose powder and yadda yadda yadda.
  • I didn’t use blusher because I was trying to look ghostly but I did whack some bronzer under my cheekbones in an attempt to make myself look more gaunt. I used MAC Studio Tech in NW43 and a Real Techniques brush.
  • Filled in ma’ brows with a MAC Eyebrow Crayon in Stud but was a bit more heavy handed than usual because scary people have big, dark eyebrows… obv.

Eyes:

  • For an eyeshadow base I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance.
  • Then I smudged MAC Black Track all over the lower part of the lid with my finger and blended it up and out with a fluffy eye shadow brush.
  • This is where the magic happens! I patted on MAC Pigment in Blue Brown all over the lower part of the lid and into the crease with a flat shader brush and then blended up and out with the same fluffy brush from the previous step. This pigment is the stuff dreams are made of! On its own it comes out as a subtle shimmery brown with blue and green shimmer running through it but layered over Black Track it creates this amazing, Blue Bottle Fly, shimmery green colour thats almost holographic. And well scary, obviously… I LURVE it!
  • I then blended in MAC eyeshadow in Black Tied around the edges to soften them (same brush) which is a black eyeshadow with silver glitter running through it.
  • I use MAC eyeshadow in Vex to highlight my brow bone with a short, fat highlighter brush (I made that term up) and blended Black Tied into it with the same fluffy brush. Vex is a kind of off white/ grey shadow with a green and pink pearl finish and is also kind of holographic. I should’ve done swatches but I ‘aint that organised…
  • THE KEY WITH EYESHADOW IS TO BLEND YOUR ASS OFF!
  • I roughly smudged some Rimmel Scandal-Eyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Black over my top and bottom lash line, then blended some Blue Brown pigment under the lower lashes too.
  • I used L’Oréal Voluminous Mascara on top and bottom lashes.

Lips:

  • I used MAC Prep and Prime lip and then lined and filled my lips in with a Dolce & Gabbana Precision Lip Liner in 4, which is a kind of plummy shade.
  • I then used MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Good To Be Bad (amazing name!)

Here endeth the lesson.
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To be honest, as I’m a bit of a goth at heart I would probably wear a slightly more toned down version of this look on a night out. With my own foundation and a whisper of blusher I’d look less dead so, you know…

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Happy Halloween Bitches.

Company Beauty Forum

Hi hi hi,
Ok, so look. I was totally gonna up load a new video today HOWEVER my internet died yesterday and is still dead and might not live again for at least the next 72 hours, maybe more. Thanks for nothing Tesco Broadband! So I came to a café (where I used to work) to use their wifi but of course I left my damn headphones at home so can’t really edit the vid. And no, I can’t  just do it with the volume down really low because my laptop speakers don’t work DO THEY?! So basically yeah, I’m an idiot. Slow clap for me…

Anyhoo as luck would have it I attended the Company Magazine Beauty Forum last night so I’ve still got loads to blab on about.

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My Forum buddy, Tessa aka Sow Dogg (I cannot confirm at this time if it should be spelt with one ‘g’ or two…)

Company Magazine is basically awesome. They’re always putting on really good events for their readers, they love promoting bloggers, they’re all over interacting with readers over Twitter etc. and they really make you feel like part of their community. I’d already been to their Blogging Forum which was so good (you can read about it here) so I knew I had to get my ass to this one too.
It was £25 again, which included a free goody bag and glass of bubbly on arrival but this time they also had loads of free beauty-y things to do before the talk began. There was an HD Brows brow threading station, a Lee Stafford Blow Dry Bar, a Bourjois nail bar and a false eyelash bar.

The speakers were:

  • Hairdresser Lee Stafford
  • Bloggers Lily Pebbles and Fleur de Force
  • Lisa Potter Dixon- Head make up artist at Benefit
  • Beauty Therapist and Makeup Artist Nathalie Eleni
  • Rachael Houghton- PR Executive for Bourjois
  • Sophie Qureshi- Company Beauty Director
  • Victoria White- Editor of Company

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Lily Pebbles and Fleur de Force

All the speakers were pretty damn inspiring actually and gave really good advice, as per. It was useful for me as I’m seriously thinking about a career in beauty now that I’ve QUIT ACTING! Yes, it’s true, dry your tears. I asked the panel a question again (you know how I roll) about age being a factor when applying for internships and work experience. It was encouraging for an old bat like me to hear from both Rachael and Sophie that age doesn’t matter, they’re not only looking for fresh faced graduates and their current intern is the same age as me *cough28cough*.
Everyone also made a big point about believing in your abilities and not letting lack of experience put you off {points finger at self} because everyone is always learning, no matter how high up they are.
It was just bloody good all round really and it sounds lame but everyone was just so nice! I got to chat to Sophie Qureshi briefly afterwards which was ace and got a few extra tips about applications and shizz from her and Victoria White was just generally fab as always.

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Lee Stafford and Sophie Qureshi

So yeah, gold star for you, Company! Sorry if I’ve gushed a bit but I was genuinely impressed so whatever Trevor.

Just for lolz here is a pic of me in the cafe, looking uber cool… Photo on 2013-10-23 at 15.29

Smell ya’ later.
: )

The Lipstick Lowdown

Hey Gang,

As some of you will already know, I got a lorra lorra love for lipsticks so I thought I would list my ultimate faves. Below are a selection of the ones I use most. I tried my best to swatch them for you but the lighting in here sucks so they may look a tad different to how they actually come out. Also it depends on the person’s skin tone and blah blah.

17 Lasting Fix Lipstick in Showbiz
This stuff is the freaking bomb! It is my go to red, it’s the first one I started wearing on the reg and it’s nearly worn down to a nub which makes me sad and scared. It is such a perfect shade, it’s blue toned but goes with pretty much any skin tone. A friend of mine also wears it and she it white as cream with blue eyes and it looks sick on her too so there you go. Plus it lasts for aaaaaaaaaages, I hardly ever have to re apply it. It’s matte and is a teeeeeeny bit drying so balm up before hand but basically for me it can do no wrong. I wear it day and night but it’s pretty bold so if you’re not used to wearing red lipstick keep it for after dark.

Miss Sporty Perfect Colour Lipstick in Watch Out!
This is a great day to night product. It comes out fairly sheer so you can build up the colour or keep it subtle. More of an orangey red and smells like watermelon bubblegum. Also being Miss Sporty it was really cheap, score! As it’s not matte it doesn’t dry your lips put at all but is also not as long lasting.

MAC Matte Lipstick in So Chaud 
Goes on super creamy but is incredibly matte. Also an orange toned red, very bold, very awesome. V. simillar to Watch Out in colour but bolder (and obviously not sheer). High impact colour, pretty long lasting. Look s great on my olive skin as well as pale skin and I think it would look amazing on dark skin. LOVE IT.

Revlon Creme Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire & Ice
Lovely and creamy (duh), lasts beautifully. Another red but has more of a pink tone, even though it’s a bold shade the pink it it softens it a bit. Bright and fun and pretty but still packs a punch.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in In Vogue 
Another one I’ve had for ages that I use a lot. A bright, blue toned fuchsia with a creamy texture. Looks great on olive skin (even better when I have a tan) think it might wash out a paler face though. I see this as, like, my party colour so I only really wear it at night. Goes great with raves.

Kate Moss for Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in 701 
Kind of disappointed that this doesn’t have a cool name. Anyway its a much deeper, dark red. Kind of a wine colour, blue toned. Comes out quite dark on me but a tad lighter on paler skin I think. Great for Autumn/ Winter. Even though it is also a Rimmel Lasting Finish this one is more matte (as opposed to In Vogue which is creamy).

Revlon Matte Super Lustrous Lipstick in Smoked Peach 
This is a very pretty nude lipstick. I usually wear it to weddings with a smokey eye but looks great on it’s own as well. The finish is slightly matte but the texture is pretty creamy. It’s one downfall is that it doesn’t last as long as the other Revlon and tends to feather a bit even if used with a lip primer. Still a great nude shade that can be worn day or night.

MAC Amplified Lipstick in Vegas Volt 
A pink toned peach colour. Looks great on olive- dark skin, not sure about pale. It’s quite Spring/Summery, I wore it on holiday a lot. Again can be worn day or night, I prefer it as a day shade for me. Very creamy, not super long lasting but not doesn’t rub off at the drop of a hat either. Looks great with a slightly shimmery, glowing face. It’s pretty fab.

Swatches:
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Reach for the Lasers

Hollaaa,

Sorry, I’ve been rub-a-dub-ish at posting lately. Well, I was in Ibiza for a week (yes, amazing) but I’ve been back for a while so no excuse really.
So this is a quickie just to show you another great shellac colour, the greeny/yellowy (more yellow really) neony one. It looked really good and I got quite a few compliments from randoms actually, which is always nice innit? Ibiza was fab as always, the bight colour went great with a bit of a tan and the backdrop of neon lights. Weirdly enough as I was on the tube to the airport I realised my nails kind of matched again, maybe this could be a theme! They lasted a full week with 0 chips then v. minimal chipping for a couple of days but obviously the sun, sea and sun cream meant it was never gonna last as long. Anyway as you already know I’m a happy bunny when it comes to this brand (see past posts for details) they are cheap as chips and do the job nicely. Got a burgundy one to try for Autumn/Winter so updates on that as and when.

PICSSSSSSSS:

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Totes Balearic…

And of course the classic tube, Line Camera shot (can something be a classic after only one previous? Lets go with yes.)

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The neon-ness doesn’t really come across in the pics annoyingly, just looks like normal yellow but they were wells rave-tastic, honest!
Ok so thats it. More videos soon come, hopefully with a better camera. Had a few people go out and buy that Sally Hansen polish so I must be doing something right…?

Hasta luego!