A couple of weeks back I spotted something on the X-Factor, Cheryl wearing violet eye shadow as eyeliner on her bottom lash line, a look she obviously stole from me in this post and this one, I used to do this look a lot but I haven’t done it in ages. I had forgotten about it so here is again with a bit of a fresh update. I decided to add a little pop of orange in here because I love gold and orange tones on my green eyes and purple and orange look great together.

Products used:

MAC Satin taupe – all over eye lid and in crease
MAC Nocturnelle – center of lid
MAC Hepcat – outer corner
MAC Summer Haze – just the orange shade in inner corner and under bottom line
Smashbox Black Violet – lined top and bottom lash lines
MAC Parfait Amour – lined over the Black Violet eyeliner
Lancôme Grandiose Mascara

Actually Cheryl’s eye makeup has been great this season, are there any other looks that you liked?



They say opposites attract and the same is true for colours in that colours opposite each other on the colour wheel complement each other. Apply this logic to eyes and the colours opposite your eye colour on the wheel will compliment your eyes and make the colour of your eyes really stand out. As you can see on the colour wheel below reds and purples will make the green of my eyes pop. For blue eyes reds, browns and golds will work and on brown eyes greens, blues and purples.

Colour Wheel
Below I have an eye look using purple eye shadows and you can see how green my eyes look with the contrast of the purples.

Products used:

1. MAC Satin Taupe in outer corner and crease
2. MAC Nocturnelle on the centre of the lid
3. MAC Pink Freeze in inner corner of lid
4. Smashbox Limitless eyeliner in Black Violet
5. MAC Parfait Amour lined over the Black Violet eye liner.
6. L’Oreal 4D Mascara.


So there you have a purple eye look to bring out green eyes. What eye shadows do you use to bring out the colour of your eyes?



Today’s eye look is a departure for the neutral toned browns and golds that I usually go for, I felt like having a bit of fun with one of my favourite eye shadows MAC Satin Taupe. Satin Taupe is a really great colour to have in your collection because it’s very versatile. You can use it on its own all over the lid and in the crease. You can use it in the crease for a contour or use it on the lid with a darker colour in the contour. Another way of using Satin Taupe is as a base under other colours; it can completely change the colour that you layer on top of it. It’s also a really great colour for lining your eyes because its dark enough to define the eyes but it’s not too dark so it’s great for a softer look or if you are like me and feel that black looks too harsh all around your eyes. If I use black on the top lashes then I can use Satin Taupe on the bottom lashes to neutralise the harshness of the black. So here is today’s taupe and pink ombre look:

First I used Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Permanent Taupe as a base all over the lid and crease.

Then apply MAC Satin Taupe by loading it into the outer corner and blending it towards the middle of the lid and crease.

Next I applied MAC Pink Freeze by loading it into the inner corner and blending it towards the centre of the lid.

Then I dipped my brush into MAC Hepcat dabbed it right in the middle of the lid.

To finish I just lined the top lashes with MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, lined the bottom lashes with Satin Taupe and loaded on Lancôme Hypnose mascara.
What eye shadows do you think are really versatile?


Real Techniques Brushes

Last week I picked up my first Real Techniques brushes and since there was a three for two offer on in Boots it would have been rude not to buy three. Real Techniques brushes were created by makeup artists, bloggers and vloggers Sam and Nic Chapman and have been a favourite of bloggers and makeup artist for ages but it’s only recently that they have been available locally for me. I have quite a few MAC brushes and because I have bought brushes online before and when they arrived they were quite different in size to what I was expecting I wanted to see these in reality before buying.

Silicone Liner Brush Silicone Liner Brush

Today I am going to tell you about how I got on with the Silicone Liner brush. All I can say is that this little beauty is the business. Technically not a brush, it has a pointed silicone tip and with it I can do something I am normally afraid to even try; I can line my eyes with a liquid liner. I can’t tell you how annoyed I get when I make a big smudgy mess of my makeup with liquid liner, and then I have to remove it and start over. The Silicone tip on this is so easy to work with, the pictures below are of my first time using it, so I can only assume that with practice I will be able to get my liner absolutely perfect and be able to create different style flicks.
Products used:

Crease and lower lash line: MAC Satin Taupe
Lid: MAC All That Glitters
Inner corner highlight: MAC Nylon
Liquid Liner: MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
Mascara: Lancôme Hypnose

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 How do you get on with liquid liner? Have you tried this brush yet?

Bourjois Contour Clubbing Waterproof Eyeliner in Purple Night: Review & Look Tutorial

On a recent trip to Boots I picked up this Bourjois Contour Clubbing Waterproof Eyeliner in Purple Night (€6.59) as part of a 3 for 2 deal. (Boots 3 for 2 is like a beauty bloggers Bermuda Triangle; where many a woman gets lost for hours.) I had been on the lookout for it after reading a few reviews especially this Lovely Girlie Bits one, and since I am quite partial to purple eye makeup, there was no hesitation when I spotted it.


I agree with Karen in loving the packaging. Purple with metallic teal are a fabulous colour combination. As for the liner itself: it’s lovely to use. It’s very pigmented and glides on easily without tugging or dragging the skin, and it is very creamy and smooth. There is a hint of metallic teal shimmer shot trough the purple liner for added interest, which really makes green eyes pop.

I wore Purple Night out Saturday night and here is how I used it.


First we have a picture of Purple Night lightly lining my water and tight line

Then I blended it outside the upper and lower lash lines

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Next I blended MAC Fireside into the crease

Then I covered the lid with MAC Satin Taupe

A little highlight in the inner corner and some mascara and I’m good to go. Now I could have went a bit heavier with the liner for a more dramatic look, but I choose to keep it a more subtle and soft smokey look for this time.