FACE OF THE DAY: #FOTD

Today’s post is just a quick face of the day post but before I get on to that I just want to let you all know that I am cutting back on blogging for the summer. I have been blogging for about two and a half years now and I really enjoy it but it is time consuming. What I enjoy most is the interaction with like minded people on my blog as well as on twitter and through reading and commenting on other blogs. I really enjoy the comments and replies and getting and giving feedback. It’s nice to know that I’m not nuts and that there are loads of other people out there who are as mad about all thing beauty and fashion as me. Unfortunately there are so many things I want to do with my evenings and weekends that I am finding it hard to keep up with regular posts. But since I love it so much I plan on doing simpler outfit of the day, face of the day kind of picture posts on twitter (@Ahsuretislovely) and Instagram (@ahsuretislovely). I haven’t been using Instagram before now but that will all change now as I think it will perfect for posting pics with the list of products or clothes. If I come across a product that needs a proper review then I will indeed do a full post and it’s more than likely that when the summer is over and the evenings are long and dark, I will be back blogging regularly.
So here is today’s face of the day:

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Products Used:
MAC Prolongwear Foundation
Clarins Instant Concealer
MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural
Isadora Face Sculptor Palette
MAC Omega Eye shadow: Brows
Max Factor Excess Shimmer in Bronze as a base
MAC Mineralise Eye shadow Summer Haze
Maybelline Big Eyes Palette in Brown
Clarins Gold Eye Pencil: waterline
Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara
MAC Soar Lip Liner
MAC Brave Lipstick

Why does it always looks like such a long list when you think you have done a basic and simple look?

EYE LOOK: VIOLET EYELINER

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.

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Products used:

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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?

EYE LOOK WITH MAC SUMMER HAZE AND TWILIGHT FALLS

MAC Summer Haze & Twilight Falls

It’s Monday and it’s the start of a full week so I thought I would ease us into it with a light and easy picture heavy eye look post. You may have noticed that I have done eye looks with these two eye shadows before both using them separately and together because they really are favourites of mine. I haven’t used them in a while though because I have been playing with lots of new eye shadows and these beauties have been left aside. However, when I was in a rush to get ready on Saturday night, it was these two that I reached for, reminding me of why I love them. I liked how my eyes looked so much on Saturday night that I decided to use them to do a softer day time look on Sunday. The colours in Summer Haze are perfect for brightening up my eyes the day after the night before, while the Twilight Falls is perfect for contouring and defining.
The best thing about mineralise or marbled eye shadows is that you can either run you brush over all the colours to create a different shade every time or you can dip the tip of your brush into the individual colours, which is what I have done it the look below.

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1. Light pearlescent champagne colour – highlight in inner corner
2. Metallic orange shade – all over lid and crease, taking it slightly above the crease
3. Dark mauve colour – outer corner and into the centre of the crease
4. Metallic bronze – Liner

Clarins Gold Liner & Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara
I also used the Clarins Eye Pencil in Gold on the waterline to cover a bit of redness and then finished it all off with Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara.

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Do you prefer to sweep your brush across marbled eye shadows to get a mix of all the colours or dip the tip of your brush into the individual shades?

PACKING SKINCARE AND MAKEUP FOR HOLIDAYS

I am facing into the impossible task of trying to choose what products to bring with me on holidays to Portugal. I’m not a hand luggage only kinda gal and since I am going for ten days, I’ll need adequate supplies. We are staying in a five star (save your “ooh, no recession round here” because we got a good deal on alpharooms.com when we booked way back in January) so I expect the toiletries in the room will be decent but I still prefer to have my products with me. You never know how you might react to something when you factor in the extra heat of a sun holiday. So what’s making the cut?

Facial Skincare:

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Cleanser: La Roche Posey Physiological Foam Water, I reviewed the gel version of this here, I liked it so much I went to repurchase it but was tempted to try the foaming version for a change.
Serum & Moisturiser: L’Oreal Skin Perfection, I’ve only started using these so I will do a full review when I’ve given them a full trial, but initial impressions are very good.
Eye Cream: Sample size of Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes

Hair and Body:

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Body Wash: Dove Purely Pampering Shea Butter with Warm Vanilla
Shampoo and Conditioner Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Moisturising range
Deodorant: Dove Invisible Dry Compressed

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Sun Screens: Piz Buin Tan Accelerator, SPF 15 & 6, believe it or not I can tan

Obviously I wouldn’t go to a warm country without adequate primers:

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MAC Prep & Prime for under foundation
MAC Prep & Prime BB Cream for occasional day use instead of foundation
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly for eyelid primer

The old reliables for a perfect base:

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Foundation: Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour
Colour Corrector: Bobbi Brown – under eyes
Concealer: MAC Pro Longwear
Finishing Powder: MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural Light
Contour: MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural Medium Deep

Now the fun stuff, eyes:

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MAC Mineralise Eyeshadows in Fireside, Twilight Falls, and Summer Haze
MAC Eyeshadows in Omega (for Brows) Satin Taupe, All That Glitters, and Nylon (to use as a highlighter)

Liners: Rimmel Scandaleyes in Bronze & Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Black Violet
Mascara: Lancôme Hypnose Drama

Blush & Lips:

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MAC Powder Blush in Peaches (my all-time favourite)
Dior Addict in Jet Set
Clarins Joli Rouge in Sweet Plum

I know it seems like a lot but I am sure I am forgetting something (I might leave out some of the eyeshadows). Any other suggestions, anything important that I am leaving out?

LOREAL VOLUME MILLION LASHES NOIR EXCESS: REVIEW AND EYE MAKEUP LOOK

I actually won this mascara along with a few other L’Oreal products in a competition on the Frillseeker web site. If you haven’t checked the site out yet, I suggest you do so soon because it’s brilliant. So I thought I would do a little review and show you the mascara in action in a makeup look.

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I am a big fan of L’Oreal 4D Mascara so I had big expectations and big is what I got. The wand is massive but it is still actually easy enough to work with. I’m a little clumsy and I managed to use it without covering my entire face with mascara.

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It gave my lashes length and volume without any clumps. It dries quickly so no smudges for me, and the colour is blackest black. All in all its a great mascara that rivals the high end pricier completion.

For this look I used:

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MAC Mineralsie Eye Shadow Twilight Falls MAC Mineralsie Eye Shadow Summer Haze

MAC Paint Pot Painterly – Primer
MAC Mineralise Eye shadow in Twilight Falls – Crease
MAC Mineralise Eye shadow in Summer Haze – Lid
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl eyeliner in Bronze
L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Noir Excess Mascara

Without Mascara

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With Volume Million Lashes Noir Excess

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Have you tried any L’Oreal mascaras?