Sunday, May 29, 2011

My Makeup Evolution

Hey, I thought it would be fun to post a whole heap of pictures of my journey/evolution with makeup. Enjoy...

As a girl I was a real tom boy climbing trees, ripping holes in my jumpers and making mud pies with my brother but besides this I was fascinated with my mums makeup. I remember fondly playing dress up geisha by putting baby powder on my face, adding my mums red lipstick and blush and when I would come out to show my Mum she would laugh her head off. Besides dress ups I was also allowed to wear lipstick for special pictures and school dances but up until I was 12 I wasn't allowed to wear makeup. In the picture above I would probably say I'm about 4 which was in 1991 but I can't be sure.

Again another picture of me before a family portrait. I would say I'm about 6 years old here which was in 1993. Don't you just love my fashion sense??? hahaha nah my mum chose the complete outfit but believe it or not what I would normally wear as a child is 10 times worse hahaha. Anyways as you can see I've got my Mum's red lipstick on again, I think the reason why I'm not scared to wear red lipstick (besides my asymmetrically, I explain this later in this post) is because I was so use to wearing it for special occasions.

AAAHHHH hate this! Age 16 in 2003. Thin brows and harsh black liner, a mistake made by a lot of teens and young adults. The liner makes my eyes look so small. I was pretty much clueless with makeup and hair till I discovered youtube. My mum and older sister only knew the very basics in makeup (e.g an eyeshadow goes on the eyes, a lipstick goes on the lips... hahaha).

I think I was about 19 or 20 here 2006/2007 and it is about the time I first started watching youtube beauty videos. Anyways this makeup is shocking to me you can really tell that I'm not wearing blush or bronzer, my eyebrows aren't even filled in and the eyeshadow is way too far up. I remember I use to do this with an eyeshadow sponge tip and I thought I was so awesome at it... NOT!

Here I'm starting to add a little bronzer and blush but as I'm still quite new to it I only wore very little but compared to other flash photo's I had before bronzer and blush this is a massive improvement. Also checkout my eyebrows SHOCKING!!! I'm so glad they grew back from this. I absolutely love the hair colour I had at the time though as it made my hair suuuuppppeeerrr shiny. I think I was 21 which was 2008.

Going natural, a long with makeup I also decided to get to know skincare better as good skin makes such a difference. 2008.

well well thats much better! Filling in my brows... what a difference it makes right? And as you can see it still looks natural. I know a lot of girls are scared of filling them in coz we see girls walking around with obvious lined brows but this proves that not everyone ends up looking like that. I've also started using highlighters to give my skin a nice glow. 2009.

Getting into tutorials on youtube =D. This pic is from my Twilight Victoria character makeup interpretation. Most of my looks are natural but I really wanted to master smokey eyes and after practice and using the right tools I finally mastered it. I first started doing natural brown smokey eyes then eventually started darkening them up and even adding colour. Also at about this time I was really getting into false lashes and thanks to numerous eye lash application tutorials on youtube I got the hang of it and if it wasn't for youtube I probably would never have even thought of trying them. 2009.

Loving my highlighter for a really dewy summer look. Highlighters are really important to me as I'm not a big fan of completely matte skin. 2009.

Smoking out your black liners really makes a difference. Harsh lines are not flattering ladies. Love doing this look although I think I've got a bit of sun burn on my nose hahaha. 2009.

Getting creative for Christmas. I just love watching halloween and theme inspired makeup tutorials. End of 2009.

One of my favourite looks as its really quick and isn't overly done. Again loving lashes. This was actually from my megan fox inspired tutorial. 2010.

OOOOooo my extensions how I miss them, I'm blonde now so I can't wear them anymore unless I dye them but that would ruin them. I really wanna get some closest to my hair colour now but I'm always going lighter every time I go back to the hair dressers, so I guess I gotta wait.
As you guys see I'm all about enhancing my eyes, I like lips too but I trend to prefer to keep them more natural as the asymmetrical shape of my lips really shows when I wear darker colour lipsticks. Also another interesting thing that you guys may have noticed is that my whole face is asymmetrical; One eyebrow and eye is higher then the other and one nostril is smaller then the other too. But I don't think it's a bad thing, most people have some form of asymmetrically with their face or body. One of my favourite actresses actually has a asymmetrical eyebrow and that is Vivien Leigh aka Scarlett from Gone With The Wind. 2010.

Again getting into creative looks and new techniques in achieving different looks. 2010.

Going Gaga for Lady Gaga. I absolutely love Gaga's creativity and she is a huge inspiration to me. I'm one of her little monsters =D. 2010.

Loveeeee dressing up and going to theme parties!!!! This was a saloon theme night for my friends birthday. You can't really see from here but I've got huge lashes on. But their nothing compared to the size of the lashes I have in the pic below hahaha... 2011.

This was my entry into elle and blairs spring inspired contest. Again I'm going for a more natural look with a few pastel colours on the eyes. I'm so proud of my hair here, along with makeup my skills in hair has also improved thanks to youtube. 2011.

Not the best quality picture sorry, but I thought I would include it as this is me with individual false lashes on. It took me awhile to try individual lashes on again as the first attempt was so shocking I just decided to give up and just stick to strip lashes. I've always been able to apply individual lashes on other people and am actually known as the eyelash queen at my old work so I thought to myself "if I'm so good at applying individuals on other people then why can't I do it on myself?" so I tried again and presto. I guess it all came down to experience and practice. Again this is proof that anyone can apply lashes, it all just takes practice. 2011.

and finally here is the most recent picture of myself taken only a few days ago. One of my most common looks - Natural golden eyes, black liner and coral lips. 2011

I encourage you all to post a makeup evolution on your blog too as I think its really good to show makeup beginners that its so easy to achieve the look you want and all it takes is the knowledge and practice.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Easy Sultry Eyes

Easy Sultry Eyes Product List

Eye Shadow Base/Primer -
Too Faced Lock Down Eyeshadow Insurance in Bondage

Brow Powder -
Inglot 560

Eye Shadow -
Inglot 07 (light gold), 30 (lighter gold), 458 (dark glitter brown), 460 (medium brown/used under the eye), 08 (light gold slightly less yellow then 07)

Eyeliner -
MAC Powerpoint in Engraved

Gel Eyeliner -
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack

Mascara -
Too Face Lash Injection

Lipstick -
MAC Creme D'Nude

Lipgloss -
Barry M Lipgloss Wand in Toffee

Lady Vain Makeup Artistry

well well well look who's been a good little productive blogger lately =D

Anyways guys I would really love your help with something. Recently I started a page on facebook for my makeup service and would really appreciate it if you guys could 'like' it. I mainly use it to upload makeup looks.

Here is the link or search for Lady Vain Makeup Artistry on facebook.

Also recently I uploaded a look onto the page and was asked what eye shadows I used so I thought I would share the full product list here.

Foundation - Inglot Mousse LC203 (the whole line of Inglot Mousses have been discontinued)
Concealer - MAC Studio Finish NW20 (blemishes) / Inglot AMC Concealer 62 (under the eye)
Powder - Inglot Translucent Power 210
Bronzer - Inglot Multi Bronzer 78
Blush - NARS Orgasm
Highlight/glowy skin finish - Inglot Multi Highlighter 86 (can you tell I love Inglot? lol)

Eye Shadow Base- MAC Painterly Paint Pot
Eye Shadows - Inglot 30, 458 / Napoleon 40, Private Noir
Eyeliner - MAC Black Track Fluidline / NYX White Pencil Liner
Mascara - Too Faced Lash Injection
Brows - Inglot Brow Powder 560

Lipstick - Inglot 173
Lipgloss - Benefit Didn't Hear It From Me

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Too Faced Lash Injection Review

Only about 2 months back I finally got my hands on the highly raved about Too Faced Lash Injection Mascara and I can't believe it has taken me soooo long to get it. And now that I have used this mascara in plenty of scenarios its time for me to give you guys my honest review.

  • The packaging is actually really basic compared to other mascaras I have had.
  • The mascara wand is quite large in comparison to my finger, but I imagined this guys to be monstrous from all the reviews that I heard. I hardly notice the size and find there is no issues with its thickness when I'm applying it on.

Things I like about this mascara is that it thickens my lashes which a lot of other mascaras don't, it covers nicely, sets quick, and doesn't smudge or flake. Another really cool thing about it is that it literally smells like orange juice. I remember reading somewhere that the reason why too faced did this is so that once its time to throw it away that sweet orange smell will start to get stinky to let us know. These are all good things in my books but my favourite thing about this mascara is how easy it comes off.

When removing my eye makeup I use an oil based eye makeup remover (or baby oil) which does wonders however I find that with some mascaras a little still remains and I end up with a little bit of panda eyes. However when I remove too faced lash injection mascara with my normal oil based eye makeup remover it comes off onto the cotton pad like little pieces of fibre and that means no panda eyes =D. So on days when I know I'm going to not wanna spend so much time removing my makeup afterwards (all nighters) this is my go to mascara.
However as much as I love this mascara there is a down fall and that is its price (in Australia). Its expensive and I understand that quality costs more but mascaras perish so quickly and I honestly don't want to pay so much so often. I'm yet to find a drugstore mascara that I love but I'll continue my search. If you guys have a drugstore go to mascara that you love please let me know! However I must mention that I will not try maybeline, covergirl, rimmel, l'oreal and a few others as they test on animals and in order to abolish animal testing we need to stop the demand for these companies.

Anyways if you guys were wondering where to find Too Faced you can purchase them at Kit Cosmetics store or online. I got mine online from Apothica

Thanks for reading guys xx

Monday, May 23, 2011

Skinstitut Gentle Cleanser Review

I always get compliments on my clear skin but I must assure you all that my skin hasn't always been like this. My skin has gone through a lot and it has taken some perfecting in products to get to the skin I have today. So today I would like to share with you all my favourite cleanser.

This review is on Skinstitut's Gentle Cleanser

I first came across this awhile back when I attended a special night event at a Beauty Salon and on that one night they were offering 50% off their Skinstitut range among other things. So I thought I would support the salon and purchase something. Little did I know how amazing this cleanser would be for my skin.

Before I started using this cleanser my skin was starting to break out and the cleanser I was using at the time just wasn't penetrating my skin to do its work. The ladies at the salon told me that Skinstitut products are chirally correct which basically means that the ingredients are more active at doing their job. So naturally this caught my attention. Here is a copy and paste from the Skinstitut website to explain things clearer about what chirally correct is.

"Skinstitut uses combinations of highly active cosmeceutical ingredients with Chiral Technology to achieve a purified, safe yet highly effective product range.

Chiral technology ensure that only the most effective side of molecule is being used, this means that it will be more active, creating a more purified, concentrated and effective result.

Skinstitut cosmedical formulations are Chirally Correct, artificial fragrance and paraben free to ensure maximum efficacy and results orientated skincare."

From the very first use I noticed that the cleanser foamed up nicely and removed every last trace of my makeup, it didn't dry out my skin either which most cleansers do and the best thing is that after about a week I was pleasantly surprised to see that my skin was clearing up and pimples became almost non existent from then on.

This product is all thumbs up for me and I just really wanted to share this with everyone. If there was any down side to this brand it would be the packaging just because its so simple but at the end of the day if they put this stuff in a take away container I would still love it hahaha.

here is their website where you can find the nearest salon that stocks Skinstitut

*I am not being sponsored by Skinstitut and this is my honest opinion.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

My Updated Foundation Routine

Concealer- MAC Studio Finish Concealer NW20

Concealer used for under my eyes- Inglot AMC Concealer 62

Loose Mineral Foundation- Bare Minerals Medium Beige N20

Setting Powder- Laura Geller Balance and Brighten

Bronzer- Inglot AMC Multicoloured Bronzer 79

Blush- NARS Orgasm

Highlight (I used all over)- Inglot AMC Multicoloured Highlight 86