Thursday, July 24, 2014

WINTER WONDERS #1: SKINCARE & CANDLES

Howdy!

Now that the world cup fever is over, we are back to the usual beauty products chat. 
(However, do stay tune for a couple of my bonus world cup looks coming in the next fortnight!)

I am pretty lucky to have the chance to try out different products depending on seasons & occasions and I have been trialling quite a handful of products in the past couple of months. 

 
 As the title suggests, today’s post is about products that I have tried and have been reaching out this winter. 

 


PF claims to be an ultra-blendable and lightweight cream that effortlessly glides on, instantly infusing moisture, refining skin’s surface and providing protection from the environment. It also claims to leave your skin looks and feels smooth, glowing and naturally flawless.

This BB cream provides a pretty light coverage and it is quite blendable. As for lightweight, it is when compared to your normal foundation. However, compared to the Face of Australia’s BB Cream (my favourite before discovering this), the PF BB Cream is slightly greasier which works out fine in winter as I have pretty dry skin. Not sure if I can say the same in the hotter days though.

Also, as a plus, this BB Cream comes with SPF 30 Sun protection (yay for double protection. I always ALWAYS use a separate sun screen eventhough my foundation/ BB cream comes with SPF protection).
  

I LOVE scented candles! This scent is perfect for a relax night in or post work out – as the cinnamon scent really helps to ease the mind and relax. This spicy cinnamon candle + a cup of warm tea (usually Brown Rice Green Tea) + human burrito in bed = IDEAL night post power yoga class or over the weekend.

If you are a not a fan of overwhelming scent, then this is the choice for you J



L’occitane Fleur D’or & Acacia Hand Cream (Limited Edition)

I have always been a fan of L’occitane Hand Cream (who doesn’t, really?) but this is probably my favourite scent to date unless they decide to expand their hand cream collection to include the Neroli & Orchidee scent. :P

Since I am not the best in describing scents, I will quote from L’occitane – “luminous floral union of mimosa and acacia”.


These are my favourite lip balms at the moment to  ensure my lips steer clear of chapping in this cold & harsh weather. I keep the Manuka Honey & Shea flavoured one in my handbag and the Pink Grapefruit & Sweet Fennel flavour on my dresser (to prep my lips whilst I apply my make up in the morning). If you are not a fan of lip balm with “tastes”, go for the Manuka Honey & Shea flavour as they are neutral.


According to Jurlique, this eye cream is meant to help replenish and brighten, minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as improve firmness around the delicate eye area.

I am not sure about improving firmness and minimising fine lines and wrinkles (as I am pretty sure they still exist after all the intensive rubbings I have had over the years) but this eye cream is great for everyday use to keep your eye area hydrated. However, during the days where my eye lids are going through “draughts”, this eye cream doesn’t quite cut it and I will have to bring out the big guns – their Herbal Recovery Advanced Eye Serum.


(It is only right if we have CC cream after BB Cream right? :P)

This product comes in 2 shades (light, light/medium) and is apparently the 1st ever 100% natural CC cream (70% Organic). I am using Light/ Medium which works fine now but I reckon it would be a tad too light in the warmer months.

In comparison to the BB Cream, this definitely provides a much better coverage (medium but definitely buildable). In saying that, I usually reach out to this product on Fridays or on days where I required a more “flawless” make up look, ie more coverage.

If I were to recommend one of the two PF products, I would definitely go for this. It gives you a natural and almost flawless finish whilst keeping the hydration of your skin (without feeling greasy), especially in winter.
 

Jurlique has a new Calendula range, which I have been trialling for the past four months. These 3 new products are designed to calm sensitive skin, restore skin’s epidermal defences and soothe delicate skin. They contain Calendula extract which helps comfort skin and restore skin’s natural defence.


A little different from the usual rosewater mist, the aroma of fresh cucumber and chamomile leaves your skin feeling hydrated and refreshed. I like to start my morning skincare routine with a few sprays of this mist.


For extra restoration and hydration, this concentrated serum is a crucial step before applying the moisturising cream. With most serums, a little goes a long way.



This Moisturising Cream contains Evening Primrose, Macadamia, Rose Hip and Avocado Oils, providing optimum hydration and skin barrier protection benefits. I have been loving this over their standard moisturising cream and this makes my to-go-to day moisturiser in winter. However, I opt for EVOHE Intensive Repair as my companion for cold winter nights as this isn’t “thick” (that’s what she said) enough. :P


THIS Intensive Repair is god send during Sydney’s Cold Snap. Being 100% certified Organic, this cream probably isn’t the best smelling product I owned. But hey, this is when you know its natural aye? It contains Rooibos, Calendula, Golden Seal, Green Tea & Gotu Kola which are known for their anti-inflammatory (say goodbye to tomato face!), anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.

This formula is really creamy and thick, perfect for night but probably not so during the day (unless I am going through an extremely dry face mornings!). I have replaced my night routine (Jurlique Calendula Redness Rescue products – see above) with this single product in the past month.

Don’t want to wake up with Sahara face no more? This is the answer for you! :)

PS: Apparently you could combine it with other products to turn it into foundation.
Being the lazy shit I am, I would prefer to use pre-mixed products. :P 

It has been a LONGGGG time since I wrote a review-ish post! Hope you girls enjoyed it and find it useful in someway!

 
Have you tried any of the products above?
What are your Winter Wonders that you think I should try?


DISCLAIMER: As mentioned above, all these products were provided for consideration and trial purposes. All opinions are my own. 

XOXO,
A

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

2014 #FIFAWorldCup Inspired MakeUp #3 - GERMANY





Through Beauty Eyes 2014 FIFA World Cup Inspired Make Up - GERMANY



I am putting my bet (not literally) on Germany to win this World Cup although they are currently sitting on a draw at 49 minutes as I write up the post!


EYES 

Urban Decay Primer Potion 
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk 
Dolly Wink Eyebrow Pencil
Benefit Australia They Are Real Liner
 Milani Liquif'eye Metallic Eyeliner Pencil in Black 
Dolly Wink Volume Mascara in Black 
Illamasqua Powder Eyeshadow in Hype (Fundamental Palette)
LILY LOLA Mineral Eyeshadow (Matte Brown)
I Nuovi Eyeshadow in Siren Red
Urban Decay The Black Palette in Black Dog 


STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL:
 2014 #FIFAWorldCup Inspired MakeUp - GERMANY



1. After applying my Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer and NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk (this would intensify the bright colours and keep them in place), gently pack on the any vibrant yellow eyeshadow from your collection (I am using Illamasqua Powder Eyeshadow in Hype from the Fundamental palette) across the inner third of your upper lid.

2. Then, apply a matte brown eyeshadow (mine is from LILY LOLO Mineral Cosmetics) on the outer third of my lid and along my crease and meet the end of my yellow eyeshadow (leaving the centre part of my lid free).

3. This is probably the hardest step and if you're fairly new with makeup, maybe apply your foundation after you have done the eyes. Apply your blackest eyeshadow (using Black Dog from my Urban Decay Black Palette), creating a "V" at the outer corner of my lid (make sure the "V" is smaller than the area of the matte brown eyeshadow!) and slowly blend them together.

4. Finally gently pack on the brightest red eyeshadow you have on the centre of lid (I am using I Nuovi Eyeshadow in Siren Red ) and blend all three colours together. Gently. You may need to go back and reapply the yellow & red eyeshadows as they might lose some intensity whilst blending!


5. I used Benefit Australia's new #BenefitRealLiner on my upper lashline and Milani's Liquif'eye Pencil Eyeliner in Black to line my lower lashline. I then set it with the same Black Dog eyeshadow and to soften to look. 

6. To finish off, apply a few generous coat of your favourite mascara. As always, you have the option to apply falsies to further intensify the look.


FACE 

Dermalogica Age Perfect Skin Primer
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation
Cover Girl Olay Simply Ageless Concealer in 215 
MAC MSF Blush in StereoRose
 Face of Australia Limited Edition Glamazon Contour (For Bronzer)
Pearly Champagne Shade from OFRA Diamonds Are Forever palette  (as Highlight)
MAC MSF in Medium 


LIPS

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Ringa Ringa Roses


#OOTD


Top: Dolly
Skort: ZARA
Boots: Country Road
Coat: ASOS
Scarf: TEMT
Necklace: SportsGirl
Bag: MnG



This is probably my favourite look out of the three I have created so far and I actually think its more wearable than the other two! 
What do you reckon?
What other countries look would you like to see?

XOXO,
A

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

2014 #FIFAWorldCup Inspired MakeUp #2 - Netherlands


Howdy! 

How are we with the whole world cup fever? I bet many of your body clocks are going through a roller coaster ride at the moment - in a way, I am glad my football-obsession-days were over! ;)



N E T H E R L A N D S  is the second instalment of this series - just in time before the Socceroos V Netherlands match tonight! 

If you have missed the first instalment for Brazil, check it out HERE

Through Beauty Eyes 2014 FIFA World Cup Inspired Make Up - Netherlands



This look is way more straight forward and easier to create compared to the Brazil look! :)

INGLOT Freedom Palette & NYX Eyeshadow in Africa
These are the colours/ palettes I used to create this look but as per always, feel free to make use of whatever colours you have in your stash - all the colours you need today are Orange, Matte Coral Red, Matte Peach (to blend) and a black eyeshadow.

 EYES 

Urban Decay Primer Potion 
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk 
Face of Australia Eye Brow Kit 
Milani Liquif'eye Metallic Eyeliner Pencil in Black
Dolly Wink Volume Mascara in Black 
ORANGE (#1) | NYX Eyeshadow in Africa
MATTE CORAL RED (#2) | INGLOT Freedom Palette
MATTE PEACH (#3) | INGLOT Freedom Palette
BLACK Eyeshadow | Urban Decay The Black Palette in Black Dog

STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL:

2014 #FIFAWorldCup Inspired MakeUp - Netherlands



1. After applying the eyeshadow primer and cream eyeshadow (I used NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk), gently pack on the orange (#1 in photo - NYX Eyeshadow in Africa) across the first 2/3 of your upper lid and 1/3 of the inner corner of your lower lashline. 

2. Then, apply a matte coral red eyeshadow (#2 in photo from my INGLOT freedom palette), creating a "V" at the outer corner of my lid.

3. This is where the magic happens, pick up some of the matte peach colour (#3 in photo from my INGLOT freedom palette) using your blending brush and apply it across your crease, blending the orange and matte coral red eyeshadow together to remove all harsh lines. 

4. Using an angled brush and pack on the black eyeshadow, line 2/3 of your lower lashline and wing it out. I reapplied at least 3 times to give a smokier effect, to balance out the bright colours on my upper lid. 

5. As for the upper lashline, I just tight lined using Milani's Liquif'eye Pencil Eyeliner to make my lash appear fuller. I skipped the liquid liner step as I think it would be a little overkill with the bright lids. 

6. To finish off, apply a few generous coat of your favourite mascara.


 As an alternative, you can always add on falsies to give a more dramatic effect. I think my HG Dolly Wink Volume Mascara does its job pretty well. ;) 



FACE 


Benefit That Girl Primer
Bourjouis Happy Tint Foundation
Cover Girl & Olay Simply Ageless Concealer in 215
Illamasqua Katie Blush
Face of Australia Limited Edition Glamazon Contour (For Bronzer & Highlight)
MAC MSF in Medium



LIPS


Face of Australia Peaches and Cream

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and don't forget to have some fun with the colours! ;)
(Don't forget to hashtag #2014FIFAWorldCupMakeUp if you decided to join the fun!)



XOXO,
A


Monday, June 16, 2014

2014 #FIFAWorldCup Inspired MakeUp #1 - Brazil

So, World Cup fever doesn’t necessarily have to revolve around the actual soccer ball (or football) itself.

 Especially for us chicas, the FIFA world cup gives us more reasons to rock bright and colourful looks during the tournament. (Not that we need any reasons to – but as I grow older, I tend to stay on the “safe side” and haven’t been exploring colourful FOTD as much as I used to do. Is it just me or are there anyone else with me? :P) 

So,after a random playtime and experiment last Friday in conjunction with the open ceromony of 2014 Brazil FIFA World Cup, I decided to create this ThroughBeautyEyes 2014 FIFA World Cup Inspired Make Up series. 



This series will consist of make up based on the World Cup theme over the couse of this tournament - not neccessarily in the order of countries I support! 


ThroughBeautyEyes 2014 #FIFAWorldCup Inspired MakeUp - Brazil




Of course, Brazil will be the first instalment in this series, being the host country and all ;)

Illamasqua Fundamental Palette | INGLOT Freedom Palette | Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Palette in Pride
These are the palettes I used to create this look but feel free to make use of whatever colours you have in your stash - all you need is bright yellow, green and dark blue eyeshadows. AND of course, a very good blending blush!

EYES 

Urban Decay Primer Potion 
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Edgy Emerald
Face of Australia Eye Brow Kit
Dolly Wink Liquid Liner 
(I replaced it with Face of Australia Budge Proof Gel Liner in Brilliant Blue in my step-to-step tutorial guide)
Dolly Wink Volume Mascara in Black
YELLOW (#1) | Illamasqua Fundamental Palette - Powder shadow in Hype (#1)
GREEN | INGLOT Eyeshadow (#2) + Wet n Wild eyeshadow palette in Pride (#3)
BLUE | Wet n Wild eyeshadow palette in Pride (#4)


STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL:
2014 #FIFAWorldCup Inspired MakeUp - Brazil 



1. After priming your eyes with a primer and set the base with a cream eyeshadow (I used NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk and Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Edgy Emerald here), gently pack on the green eyeshadow on the centre of the lid, leaving out the inner and outter corner of your eyes.

2. Then, apply the dark blue eyeshadow at the outter corner of your eyes, creating a "V" shape and bringing it slightly into your crease.

3. Next, apply a bright matte yellow eyeshadow (using Illamasqua Hype from the Fundamental Palette) at the inner corner of your eyes, dragging it down to your inner tear duct area/ lower lash line.

4. BLEND, BLEND & BLEND all three colours together. You may lose some of the intensity of the colours, just go back and pack on more colours and blend it until there are no harsh lines and reached the intensity you are looking for.

5. Line your upper lash line with either a black or dark blue eyeliner and create a wing.

6. Then, line 1/3 of your bottom lash line with the same eyeliner and connect it to the wing.

7. Set the eyeliner with the same blue eyeshadow that you use on your outter V.

8. Line the middle (1/3) of your lower lash line with the green eyeshadow you used on your eyelid.


To finish off the look, apply a few generous coats of your favourite mascara (mine is Dolly Wink volume mascara - no surprises here) and to magnify the effect of this look, you may add on some falsies but I wasn't quite up for that. ;)

FACE 

Benefit That Girl Primer
Physician Formula Organic Wear CC Cream in Light & Medium
Cover Girl & Olay Simply Ageless Concealer in 215
Illamasqua Katie Blush
Face of Australia Limited Edition Glamazon Contour (For Bronzer & Highlight)
MAC MSF in Medium

You can easily transform from day to night with a different lip colour! :P


Wearing FoA Lasting Looks Lip Creme in Permanently Pink

FROM DAY: Wearing a baby pink lips 


Wearing FoA Lasting Looks Lip Creme in Love Berry

TO NIGHT: By amping it up with a fuchsia lips!

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and you should definitely give it a go!
(Don't forget to hashtag #2014FIFAWorldCupMakeUp if you decided to join the fun!)

I am quite lucky to be work in a rather casual environment - that means no warning letter for rocking up to work with these colours. :P

What countries would you like to see next?

XOXO,
A

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