So I'll begin with the most noticeable con; The smell, peee-euuuu! It's definitely on the strong side and quite alcohol-y. Now this isn't actually a massive deal with me personally but I know many a gal that gets her knickers in a twist at the mere mention of alcohol in facial products. The alcohol content in Clinique isn't really that high, but Clinique being a brand that believes in 'pure' ingredients, doesn't mask their ingredients with unnecessary smell-heavy fragrances and thus you smell what you get!
Gosh but I do love me a good sexy cat-eye makeup!! Similar to most Arabic styles and very flattering it's one that takes a bit of practice to perfect the blending of, without compromising the fine eyeshadow wing that needs to be both soft & defined at the same time! In this tutorial I try to break it down to be as simple as possible to follow & re-create!! Hope ye enjoy it.
The lovely Faye Hurley of Eden Aromatics recently contacted me about trying out some of her natural skincare products and after checking out her gorgeously kitch website, I was sold! And the products didn't disappoint.
So while in boots the last day, I decided to pick up a few 'drug store', or as we call it here 'pharmacy', brand eyeshadows for an inexpensive makeup tutorial I plan on filming a little later on this month.
These Bourjois eyeshadows caught my eye while roaming about the place as they sparkled under the unnatural lights of the store. That, and they are on a '3 for 2' offer in Boots at the moment so I just couldn't resist!!
The lighter 'highlight' colour I already had but I picked up the 3 dark 'smokey' colours, and purposely chose colours I don't normally reach for ie. forrest green & dark navy. The black seemed very black and as I don't actually own any stand alone, single black matte eyeshdow (not in palettes), I picked that up along with the dark jewel tone shadows which I think will work nicely in a dark smokey eye look.
Many of ye may know that the Lipstick Sealer 'Lipcote' which is a top-coat for lipstick to seal it in place for hours of wear, and prevents transference, smudging, fading & feathering, has been around for longer than many of us have, 50+ years now!!! Pretty nifty work!
The package above sports the new logo & design courtesy of a collaboration with illustrator Dora (http://www.okdora.com/dora/) who is largely inspired by 1950's burlesque and femininity, making her the perfect person for the job.
Now that Halloween is well & truly done til next year, it's time to focus on my second favourite holiday of the year! I'll not mention the 'C' word quite yet as it can have such a strange angering effect on people when uttered before December hits, so this tutorial is the first of my Seasonal Party Makeup looks ^_^
So according to the website..... http://www.anastasia.net/ ..... Miss Anastasia Soare, originally an esthetician from Romania but now living and working in L.A., is known as the 'Beauty Innovator and The Definitive Brow and Eye Expert' and, it says, for good reason.
She boasts an impressive list of celeb clients from Oprah to Madonna, and has been featured in Vogue, Allure, Elle and a number of other high profile publications.
She ''developed her own specific Golden Ratioª technique behind the science of shaping eyebrows"* based on her background in Art, engineering, architecture & mathematics, as well as her interest in Leonardo DaVinci's 'Golden Ratio'.
All that, along with years of dedication to the balance of beauty, has led her to where she is now and to her hugely successful 'Anastasia Brow Studios'.
So there you have a small background snippet of woman herself, now onto the product at hand.
The 'Beauty Express' Eye & Brow Kit.