Friday, 29 November 2013

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation

There's nothing I love more than purchasing a new foundation and giving it a test drive. As you all probably know by now, I am a big make-up junkie but it seems my collection has more foundation than anything else. I'v done a few posts on different foundations already (and they were viewed by more than i expected!) so i figured I would continue to give my opinions on whatever I can get my hands on. Check out my reviews on the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation and on the hugely popular Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundations, let me know if you found them helpful.

Rimmel Match Perfection has been on the market for a year at least and I really am kicking myself that I only purchased it now. I LOVE IT. Which, I am very pleasantly surprised by. If you read my last foundation posts you will know that I am extremely fussy when it comes to what I slap onto my face. I expect a lot; lasting power, enough coverage to hide "imperfections" but not for it to look cakey, a nice dewiness but not for it to make me look even more oily and for it to not oxidize on my shite skin and make it look, well, even more shite. 

I'm not going to excite you all and say this foundation is now my holy grail product. But, it is quite good, especially for the price. In fact, I probably would have paid a lot more for it. It feels like an expensive product on the skin which is obviously quite a lovely feeling from something that is about 10euro. 

My thoughts;

It is a dream to apply and blend, I use my Real Techniques Buffing Brush (check out my brush post here for more). It has buildable coverage- I assumed it was going to be really lightweight and not cover anything. I have a fair bit of redness and acne, along with scarring and this stuff really did do a good job at hiding it. I would suggest using a concealer if you have loads to cover, I use Collection(2000).

It lasts a lot longer than any other high street foundation I'v tried. My first time using this was when I was going to work as I knew it was a perfect opportunity to really test its staying power. I worked a 6 hour shift but in total I'd say I had this on for a good 9 hours. Yes, I got a little bit shiny on my t-zone but sure, whats new? I applied powder once during the day which is a fairly standard procedure for the majority of us but asides from that, my face actually looked alright. Shocking, I know.

There's some sort of "science-y" thing to this foundation "advanced smart tone technology" which i'm not even going to pretend I understand... Anyway, it means that the foundation is meant to work with your skin to blend into its natural colour. Or something. How it does that, I haven't a fecking clue. But I did notice it blended fairly seamlessly down onto my neck. Now, as far as I know there's only 8 shades available in this foundation so the "match perfection" thing would want to work! It also claims to be enhanced with Sapphire Radiance to give a light reflecting effect, which I find to be the perfect amount of dewiness. Another little plus is that it has an SPF of 18, which is excellent but not so excellent when taking photographs so be careful.

 Just like the product, the packaging is up there with the higher end products. It comes in a fancy glass bottle with a pump and it doesn't look cheap or tacky at all. What more could you ask for? 

Apologies for these crap pictures!

For reference: I use the shade 100 Ivory which I assume is the palest. Also, I have oily skin with a few dry patches and this foundation works well with both although I have read that it isn't great for extremely oily/dry skin so just be aware of that. 

For a product that's about 10euro - good job Rimmel, good job.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

MAC Lipstick - Rebel

My very first MAC lipstick, how I went this long without even trying one amazes me. They are probably the "go-to" brand when searching for a lipstick and I now understand why. They produce great products that do really deliver. I'm not a huge MAC-head, i'v always wanted to but rarely purchase from them, probably because they can be quite expensive but my view has now changed and I already have plans to buy about 20 more lipsticks and am dreaming about owning an entire eyeshadow palette. Someday Aisling, someday.

For the last few months Rebel was on my mind. I wanted a dark plum lipstick but wasn't really sure if I'd have the balls to wear it. I'v probably seen every single picture on google of people wearing it (and looking amazing doing so) and every single picture of a celebrity (Lily Collins, you babe) rocking a dark lip but I still didn't want to buy a tube in case it looked shite on me. Plus, I couldn't afford to splash 20 squids on a product that I may only use once. 

I am delighted I finally went into Brown Thomas and bought it. I'v worn it twice so far, the first time when I was at home when nobody could see me and then the other day I ventured out of the house with it on, although I was fairly paranoid. Now, I may have actually looked shite to other people but I liked it and sure apparently that's all that matters. 

Rebel is marketed as being a "midtonal plum", not too dark and not too light which is fairly spot on. It looks shockingly dark in the bullet but when applied it isn't actually that dramatic. Rebel is a dark berry shade with hints of shimmer (although I didn't really notice them) and a slight blue undertone which I was trilled with because dark shades aren't usually forgiving towards teeth that haven't been bleached white by Hollywood. It stayed on me throughout the night (although I didn't have any drinks) and wasn't overly drying on my lips but I would definitely suggest making sure your lips are well moisturized before applying any lip product. Hello, Vaseline. 

What I really like about this shade is that it seems to suit just about anyone, no matter what skin tone/hair colour you have which makes this a perfect product to add to your make-up kit if you're a make-up artist. It's also really buildable so if you wanted a less dramatic look, apply with your fingers to sheer it out. Want to vamp it up? Apply it directly from the bullet, which is what I did. I used my trusty No7 lipliner in the shade "nude" underneath, but I will definitely be picking up a lipliner in a shade similar to the lipstick as it would probably be a bit easier to apply then. 

In the picture below I did use a filter on Instagram (shame on me) but it didn't alter the shade too much and I actually think it is more true to the colour than before. I paired it with a very minimal, neutral eye look only contouring the eye (using my Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette) and applying a bit of liquid eyeliner and mascara. I'v seen this lipstick paired with more dramatic eye looks and it looks just as nice so you can alter it to whatever mood you're in. I can't wait to pair it with a really dark smokey eye, so keep an eye out for pictures.

Filters are my best friend.

Last week I also got my hair cut, finally! My hair grows ridiculously quick and it becomes a total pain in the arse to wash and keep it looking presentable so I'm much happier now that it's a fair bit shorter. What do you all think? I haven't gone blonde yet as I'm still indecisive about it, and I don't have the funds at the moment.

 You can check out my blonde inspiration post here

As always, you can keep up to date with my boring life over on my Twitter page @ilovebarrystea and if you want more regular pictures of my daily make-up (awkward selfies) be sure to follow me on instagram @ilovebarrystea

Monday, 11 November 2013

Grace's FOTD/Tutorial Attempt

My older sister Grace was heading off to a wedding this morning and needed me to do her make-up. I was more than happy as I hadn't ever done her make-up before and it gave me a chance to test out my new Crown blending brushes (which were amazing! Review soon). 

Grace has blue eyes like myself so usually I would have suggested going with a gold smokey eye to enhance the blue, but she was planning on wearing a grey/silver coloured dress with wine coloured shoes so wanted a slightly pink toned smokey eye. The shades I had in mind were all from my Urban Decay Naked palette, as lately I have been opting for the same colours for myself, however Grace pulled out her Naked 2 palette so I had a chance to play around and start mixing the two. 

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Unfortunately in the pictures, the colours aren't as vibrant but in person it looked slightly more dramatic. I know a lot of people have asked me to do a tutorial on different smokey eyes and I REALLY want to but I'm afraid I won't be able to explain the different steps clearly. I might consider making YouTube videos just so as you can all see me "in action" because I know its easier to watch a tutorial than read one. Let me know if you think it's a good idea! 

I'll run through a list of the products and different shades I used to create this look and attempt to explain where each shade goes. The key to a good smokey eye is the blending, as we don't want any harsh lines, so I really recommend picking up a decent blending brush. I feel it makes a considerable difference and it does the job quicker. I'm not a make-up artist and have no qualifications at all so I'm not saying this is a perfect way of achieving the "smokey eyed" look but sure, it does a graaaand job. I think!

  • I started with the eyes as I knew there would be a fair amount of fallout and there is nothing more annoying than having to wipe the under eye area clean and then having to apply concealer and foundation all over again.

  •  I applied Urban Decay Primer Potion all over the lid to make sure the eyeshadow stayed in place all day. 

  • I then applied a tiny bit of concealer over the top to blank out any discolouration on the eyelid. 

T-B: C139, C441, UD Flat shadow, RealTechniques Accent brush.

  • Over that, I went in with the shade Sin, a pearly pink colour from the Original Palette and put it all over the lid, making sure not to bring it up onto the crease.

  • Next I took my Crown C441 brush, with the shade Naked, a matte medium brown and blended it into the crease to lightly contour the eye and blend the above colour. 

  • I took my Urban Decay flat shadow brush and applied Toasted a deeper pink/wine shade, onto the outer corners of the eye, blending it up slightly to create a "winged out effect". You may need to go over this shade a few times to build up the darkness.

  • Again, with the C441 brush and a tiny bit of Naked, I blended away any harsh lines.

  • I then took the shade Busted, a plum/purple colour from the Naked 2 palette on my C139 brush (which is smaller and slightly stiffer than the one previously mentioned) and brought the shade into the socket and really lightly contoured the crease. This is the darkest of all shades used, I thought it was an interesting pop of colour. This step is optional and annoyingly isn't even visible in the pictures!?

  • Yet again, with the C441 brush and a tiny bit of Naked, I blended away any harsh lines. This really does help create a gradient effect from the eyelid up to the brow bone.

L-R: Foxy, Half-Baked, Bootycall, Chopper, Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted, Blackout

  • Using my UD flat brush I placed the shade YDK, a bronzed pink colour, from Naked 2 on the centre of the lid blending in towards the outer corner, to add a bit of glitter. I found this and Sidecar from the Original palette to be quite similar so either one would do. 

L-R: Venus, Foxy, WOS, Naked 2, Faint, Crave

  • To highlight the inner corners of the eye I placed Venus, a pearly shade from the Naked Basics Palette around the tearduct area, and then applied a tiny bit under the brow to highlight the brow bone. I used my Real Techniques Accent brush to do this as it is really tiny and perfect for adding small detail. 

L-R: Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half-baked, Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal

  • Next, using Blackout, a matte black from Naked 2, I applied it along the lashline to create a very soft winged out line. I then went in with L'oreal Super Liner to colour in any space between the black shadow and the lashline. This gives the illusion of thicker lashes and further defines the eye.

    • The black shadow was brought lightly onto the outer corners of the lower lash line and then blended in using Faint, a medium to dark matte brown from the Basics palette. 

    • Grace popped on some mascara (she used They're Real by Benefit) while i defined her brows lightly using the Catrice brow box and the eyes were complete!

    Smashbox Primer, Benefit Porefessional, L'oreal Moisturizer

    • She applied some of my L'oreal Skin Perfection moisturizer to her face and when that had dried I used Smashbox Photo Finish Primer to give a smooth base and to make sure her make-up lasted all day, and all night. Normally, Grace would have used Benefit Porefessional which would have done the same job. 

    Benefit Dandelion & Hoola

    • I applied Revlon Colourstay Foundation, with Collection concealer to conceal any light imperfections and also to conceal under the eye. This concealer was a few shades lighter than the foundation so actually acted as a bit of a highlighter too. Next, I went in with Benefit Hoola bronzer to sculpt her face and Benefit Dandelion blusher to add some colour back into her cheeks. I used a tiny dab of Benefit Highbeam to make her cheekbones stand out.

    • The lipstick Grace used was a L'oreal Riche in the shade "500 Arden Sunset" mixed with a Topshop shade which i think was either "Satin" or "Show Off" to create the red/wine lip to match her shoes. I thought it really complimented her eyes and brought the whole look together.

    T-B: L'oreal liquid liner, Revlon Colourstay, UD Primer, RT Crease brush, Collection concealer, RT Buffing brush

    And there you go! My awful attempt at a tutorial... If anyone could actually follow that without getting bored and learned something please do let me know because I will be happily surprised!