Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween! | Pop Art Makeup Tutorial

Happy Halloween everyone! It may be springtime in SA, and Halloween isn't really celebrated here, but hey - I'll take any opportunity to dress up :)

After last year's creepy makeup look (and my cracked porcelain doll look), I thought I would try something a little more costume-y this year. I've seen 'Pop Art' makeup looks all over Pinterest, so I thought I'd give this look a go! It's surprisingly easy - the hard part is remembering not to touch your face! If you're still looking for a Halloween look for this weekend, here's how I did my face. (PS: I didn't have a photographer to help me this morning, so here's a makeup tutorial entirely in front-camera selfies!)

First up - your base. You want full coverage and a matte finish. I started with Smashbox's Hydrating Primer. I used Catrice's Camoflague Concealer to even things out, then went in with my Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation, buffing it in to get an even finish. I finished off with a generous amount of powder - using Stila's Sheer Pressed Powder. I also put on some moisturing lip balm to prepare my lips for later.

Next up, finishing my "normal" face. I gave the apples of my cheeks some rosy colour using a blush from The Body Shop (the name has rubbed off, but I think the shade I have is "Guava"). I used my Catrice Eyeshadow Base, and then went in with Bliss and Gilded Gold from the Stila In The Light palette. I lined my upper and lower waterlines with a black eyeliner pencil from essence, and then went in on my upper lids with Maybelline's Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner. I finished off with a generous amount of my L'Oreal False Lash Butterfly Wings mascara.

Here's when things start to get fun! Get your cartoonish eyebrows on by outlining them and filling them in with eyeliner. I used Rimmel's Waterproof Gel Eyeliner.

I grabbed my Maybelline Liquid Eyeliner again and started outlining my face. I drew under my cheekbones, along my jawline, around the hair line and around my nose.

Time to start "colouring in" your face using comic-book style dots. In comic books, this is normally done with red dots on the white paper, but when done in makeup, it looks a little too much like a bad case of the measles for my liking, so I stuck to white instead. I used the Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, which is wide enough that I could just dot it on instead of drawing circles. Stagger your dots evenly and try to keep your lines straight.

It gets a little odd around your nose and forehead, but carry on!

Powder over your dots to help "set" the makeup! Remember to dab the powder on gently with your brush, do not use sweeping motions.

Grab your red lipstick! You want something long-lasting with a matte finish. I chose Stila Stay-All-Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso (THE BEST RED LIP EVER!!!) and filled in my lips with a lip brush. Once the lipstick had dried, I outlined my lips with my liquid eyeliner. (Between the dark lip and outlining, this can make your lips seem smaller, so don't be afraid to paint your lips on a little outside the natural lip line). 

I didn't add the typical tear-drop (because, let's face it, if I was in a comic book, I'd be the villain, not the damsel in distress!) or the white "shine" in the lips (because I'm actually going to work like this and my lips have to last all day, including several cups of tea and lunchtime).

You can wear this look with your natural hair, but mine's quite thin and boring, so I decided I wanted a nice full wig! I braided my hair into two french braids and pinned them up before pulling on a very sheksy wig cap to hold everything in place.

Pull on your wig, straighten it out, and you're DONE! :) The wig I'm wearing is the "Kerry" wig from Wonderland Wigs

If you're brave, you can pair this look with your best spandex superhero suit, or be like me, and wear black skinny jeans with a superhero logo t-shirt. (How cute is this black and sparkly SuperMan tee from Jay Jays?!)

Happy trick-or-treating!

Thought for the Day

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Some more Lush goodies!

Possibly my new favourite bath bomb! This offering from Lush smells amazing - the main fragrance ingredient is bergamot oil.  It also turns the water bright purple (but don't worry, didn't stain either my white plastic tub or my freakishly pale skin). I used the whole thing at once (YOLO) but you could easily cut this into pieces and use over several baths. There are no fancy bells or whistles, but it's an overall great ballistic. (Also yes, I am that person that you know who takes her phone with her into the bath so that she can Instagram the experience. Steam makes the photos a little fuzzy, my apologies.)

The Comforter Bubble Bar - R54.50 for a 200g bar

My new favourite for bubble baths! I used a quarter for the above bath, used the handheld shower head to agitate the water, and the amount of foam was insane (there was still left once I drained the tub!) - next time I'll use an eighth!  The bubbles are soft, gently fragranced and long lasting. The water changes a little bit pink-purple, and the cassis fragrance is heavenly! Lush Bubble Bars are definitely good value for money - you can easily get up to 8 luxurious baths out of this bar!

Yes, that is gold dust you see shimmering on the surface of the water! This ballistic is very entertaining to watch as you drop it into the water, with some hidden surprises coming out as it dissolves! (Popping candy included!) Unfortunately mine took a fall when I got home, so it wasn't as pretty to look at when it dissolved, but once it had all settled it was as per usual. The fragrance is quite citrusy, with lemon and bergamot oils. The water ultimately becomes a golden orange colour with a small amount of froth produced. A great one to try if you're looking for something fun!

Have you tried any of these Lush products? What are your thoughts?

Friday, October 24, 2014