Saturday, December 20, 2014

Beauty Review: Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow


Since I now own all of the Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadows (that were available) I thought it was about time to do a review on them. I obviously am a bit of a fan seeing as I have so many of these, but I thought I might share my thoughts with you all about the different shades available and any tips I have regarding application. I believe these cost around $11.95 each and I bought mine from a range of different places including Priceline, Big W, Target and Yes Style. 

THE RANGE:
According to the Maybelline website some of the cream gel shadows are not available anymore. This includes the 'Metals' range, so I will note which shades are no longer available in this review. Some of the metals shades might still be available on Priceline or Target websites as clearance items. I know that some different Limited Edition shades came out in the USA, but I haven't seen any of those available for purchase in Australia. Also because these have such a long name I might just refer to them as Color Tattoos or Cream Gel Shadows. 

^This is what the packaging looks like. It's a glass container with a black plastic lid. I haven't dropped these from a height or anything, so I can't really tell you how robust it is. I actually store mine upside down so I can see the colours better when I am searching for them. Because the formula is quite thick I don't have to worry about it falling out into the lid.

FORMULA:
These are a little drier than a typical cream eyeshadow. The formula reminds me a lot of the Maybelline Dream Mousse products (from years ago) and also the formula of gel eyeliners. I find that these can get a little clumpy so you have to apply it lightly and build it up slowly.

LASTING POWER:
Now according to many beauty bloggers and youtubers these shadows don't require a primer. That may be true for them, but I have super greasy eyelids, and I cannot wear these for more than four hours without a primer without them creasing on me... If you have greasy eyelids do wear a primer underneath. I use the Limecrime waterproof one and I have found that these shadows last more than ten hours with a good primer underneath. 

COLOUR PAYOFF:
This differs to shade so I will include notes in the shade description. Overall, I would say that most of these have a fairly decent colour payoff. In some cases the shadow is a little sheer, but it is easily built up without looking or feeling heavy on the lid. 

APPLICATION:
These are designed to be applied with the finger, but sometimes I find it can be difficult to get into the corners neatly, so if you have an eyeliner brush or concealer brush I would recommend using that if you have any difficulty getting into the corners. The color tattoos can be worn alone or with shadow over the top. I usually like to wear it with a different colour in the crease to at least add some definition and to prevent harsh lines. It can be fun to layer colours over the top as this can create a chromatic effect and add dimension. I haven't tried using any of these as liners, because they are possibly too sheer and would need building. 

^From Top to Bottom, Left to Right:
Bad to the Bronze, Tough as Taupe, Pomegranate Punk (no longer available), Painted Purple, Barely Branded (Metals- no longer available), Too Cool, Inked in Pink (Metals -no longer available), Silver Strike (Metals- no longer available), Bold Gold, Edgy Emerald, Electric Blue (Metals- no longer available), Tenacious Teal.

*Please note this picture was taken in indoor lighting and the paper used was an off-white colour.

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Tenacious Teal, Electric Blue, Edgy Emerald, Bold Gold, Silver Strike, Inked in Pink, Too Cool, Barely Branded, Painted Purple, Pomegranate Punk, Tough as Taupe, Bad to the Bronze

*Italics used for unavailable shades.

My Thoughts on Each Shadow:
I have decided to include the "unavailable" shades in case they bring it back or one of you come across it on clearance. 

TENACIOUS TEAL:
- This is a really pretty bright shade, but it's not overly versatile, so if you are on a budget I would recommend skipping this one. 
- Quite pigmented.

ELECTRIC BLUE (METALS- DISCONTINUED)
- Also, not really a practical shade. 
-Highly pigmented

EDGY EMERALD:
-The first shade I bought.
-Great if you love light greens. 
-Flattering for those gals with brown eyes. 
-Buildable Colour

BOLD GOLD:
-Extremely Pretty
-Looks More Glittery than Shimmery
-Can be lightly dabbed in the inner corner or over another eye shadow to create the illusion of using glitter or pigments.

SILVER STRIKE (METALS- DISCONTINUED)
-Has a sheer Glittery appearance, but is buildable.
-I don't wear it a lot because it is bright tin-man silver and it can look a little weird with my sallow complexion.

INKED IN PINK (METALS- DISCONTINUED)
-Gets a lot of wear.
-Good colour payoff
-A dull sort of pink that goes with a lot of looks
-Honestly don't understand why it is discontinued...

TOO COOL:
-My Least favourite as the formula is really clumpy
-Not very wearable
-I use this as a brow highlight when I want an extreme highlight and that is probably the only time I ever really use it.

BARELY BRANDED (METALS- DISCONTINUED)
-Quite sheer, but very wearable
-I probably wear this shade the most.
-A Champagne/Beige Shade.
-Also, why did you discontinue it Maybelline?

PAINTED PURPLE:
-Very Sheer
-Not As Shimmery as the other colours
-Not a very wearable colour.

POMEGRANATE PUNK (DISCONTINUED)
-A Pretty Burgundy colour with bronze glitters in it, that looks deceivingly good in the pot and suits hardly anyone.
- Understand them discontinuing this.
-Only buy on clearance if you have hazel eyes (more toward green) and can master a smoky eye...
-I sometimes wear it really blended down with gold in the centre of the lid and a really dark purple in the crease.

TOUGH AS TAUPE:
-The only Matte shade
-Not great for wearing under other shadows because it's almost too pigmented. 
-A great wear alone shade
-Grey/Dark Brown kind of colour.
-I use this as an Eyebrow product.

BAD TO THE BRONZE:
- Flattering and wearable. 
- This is a must have shade.
- I love this shade...

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Colour Tattoo in 'Inked in Pink-Discontinued), Pink Shadow from the Sleek 'So Special' palette, Pink Shadow worn over the top of 'Inked in Pink'

*As you can see the effect created from layering a shadow in similar colour over the color tattoo is very metallic.


^Here I blended a darker shadow from the 'So special' palette into the 'Inked in Pink' shadow so you can see how well the shades blend and how 3D the Color Tattoo looks with shadows layered over the top.

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As always, I hope this review was helpful to you all. I really enjoy the Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadows. I do hope that Maybelline will reconsider their discontinued lines and consider adding more wearable shades to their permanent line. I would also like to see more matte shades. I think these shadows have really made a difference to my make-up and are a great asset to have in your make-up collection especially if you like your eyeshadow to last a long time.

Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie

Friday, December 19, 2014

Book Review: 'Going Vintage' by Lindsey Leavitt

THE DETAILS:
Pages:304
Genre: Teenage Fiction, Contemporary
Release Date: 26/03/2013
Publisher: Scholastic
I bought it online.

THE BLURB:
Mallory loves her boyfriend and she's sure he loves her back. Until she accidentally logs on to his Authentic Life profile, that is.

He's been cheating on her...online!

Mallory's relationship is ruined and the Internet is to blame.
And then Mallory finds a list, written by her grandma as a teenager. Things were so much simpler in the 1960s - it was all about sewing dresses and planning dinner parties.

Maybe it's time for Mallory to go vintage...


MY THOUGHTS:
This book has been out a little while and I thought it was time for me to take a break from the series I had been reading and pick this up. I have heard mixed opinions about 'Going Vintage', but decided to give it a shot anyways because it seemed like my kind of book. I think I actually agree with some of the reviews I've read on this one. While I really did enjoy the book and like the premise, I felt like I wasn't sure about how it played out in the end...

I read this book pretty quickly considering that I hadn't been reading much lately. I really liked the list-making at the start of the chapters and I really liked seeing things from Mallory's POV. I really liked Mallory's sense of humor too. I feel like this book is a fun quick read and that the main character is quite likeable. I can't say for sure that I would read it again, but I would recommend it to someone looking for a light and fluffy summer read.

I feel like Mallory takes going "vintage" to a whole new level. Not only does she avoid the internet at all costs, she gives up her mobile phone, swaps her cordless for an old corded telephone and reinvents her wardrobe. Mallory has decided that she wants to make her life more 1962 and she wants to be as authentic as possible, because modern technology is one of the reasons her relationship failed. While many of the vintage community in the blogging world might feel like they want to dress in retro dresses, I think it's safe to say that most of us wouldn't be able to handle no internet! While I understand that once upon a time people didn't have a choice and had to live without modern technology, I feel like Mallory did go a little overboard by ditching it completely (even for school work). I also think that it seemed a little like Mallory was placing too much blame on the internet.

It did make me think a little bit about how much we rely on technology and how technology has changed our social interactions. Social media has allowed people to say much nastier things to each other online then what they might have done in person, And to say things much more publicly. We also talk to each other less and type/text more. By getting off social media, Mallory was able to start a new club and a meet a new friend.

I felt like some parts of this story were really obvious, but there were still a few surprises which is always nice. I thought that Mallory should of stayed at the dance longer after all of the effort that went into her dress. I wasn't a big fan of the ending of the novel either , because it felt like a promise and promises get broken all the time.

I was also a little annoyed at how quickly she ditched 1962 once she completed the list. Even though she was bound to start living "modern" at some point, I thought it was a shame that she was so ready to give up on "going vintage" after she got what she wanted. The lifestyle change could be compared to a fad diet of some kind i'm sure.

Overall I think this novel is worth 4/5 stars. It was enjoyable, but I wasn't really happy with the way it ended as it didn't feel finished. I would definitely read a sequel though, if one came out... I don't think this was as bad as some of the reviews made out, but it's not perfect.

Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Austenland: A Movie Recommendation

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I don't feel like I know enough about  movies to write film reviews. Sure, I watch a lot of movies, but my taste is kind of limited to historical film, retro film (very limited - mostly Audrey Hepburn- though I am hoping to change that), dance movies, chick-flick movies, books-i-have-read-turned-film movies, eighties movies, the Bourne series and Disney... I don't watch a lot of Horror or Action or much over an M15+ rating, And, I don't feel like I know enough about how films are made to comment on them. Long story short: I really liked this movie and while I want to write a Book Vs Film post about it, I don't want to wait until I have purchased and read the book it was based on (Because I kind of somehow missed the fact it was based on a book I have never read before I watched it) to tell you all how awesome it is. If  you can follow that you deserve some kind of virtual imaginary merit badge. If not, what I am basically saying is that I am Pro-Austenland, but I didn't want to write a review because I don't feel "cultured" enough to do film reviews.

I watched this movie three times within the span of a week. This is kind of rare with me. I do re-watch movies I like, but usually not more than once in the same fortnight or month. I'm not sick of it yet. I feel like I could pop the DVD into the player right this second and then watch it again maybe tomorrow, but I do know what restraint is, And I won't let myself get sucked into that Jane Austen wormhole, no matter how tempting it is. 

^Before you all read on; may I remind you of 'The Austen-Induced Disillusionment Cycle'. While this movie (or the book it's based on) is not the work of Jane Austen I believe it does have similar side effects and encourage the reading/watching of other Austen works...
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I really wanted to share some film clips in this post ( Especially for the Trailer ) however, I was not having any luck at getting it to upload the right size. If you want to watch it, click on the word "Trailer" above, or simply go to Youtube and have a look for yourself. Basically, this is a movie about single 30yo Austen-obsessed Jane, who is tired of reality and wants to live out the ultimate Austen-Fan-Girl experience at a place called 'Austenland'. During her stay she asks herself: Is this place everything it's hyped up to be? Is this really what I want?

The Movie Stars Keri Russel. Other Actors and Actresses Include: JJ Feild, Bret Mckenzie, Jennifer Coolidge, James Callis, Georgia King, Ricky Whittle and Jane Seymour. The movie was Directed by Jerusha Hess and based on the book 'Austenland' by Shannon Hale. The book was published in 2007 and the movie was released in 2013. This movie is classified as a Romantic Comedy. I get a little laugh out of the fact that JJ Field has starred in an Austen BBC mini series and that Georgia King's character in 'Wild Child' proclaims herself as Mrs Darcy. Also, when is Jennifer Coolidge not funny?

^The Book that the Movie is based on, which I have NOT read YET.
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^The book dedication. 
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I think that Fan-girls (Especially the Jane Austen fans) will find they can relate to Jane's character throughout the film. Not only is it easy to relate because of Jane's obsession with the Austen world, but because of what this journey represents to her. Sometimes it appears that Jane is living out her fantasy and sometimes Jane appears to be questioning whether her fantasy is everything she thought it would be, And if maybe she should just give up on it. 

The movie also has a bit of a Jane Austen inspired plot. There is a love triangle, plenty of interesting characters, a play, long-winded talk, awkward piano playing and some assuming. Really it's like a few Jane Austen books that got mixed together with modern characters and a whole lot of silliness. It's fun, it's FUNNY and it's smart. I cannot help but think, when I finally get around to reading the rest of the Jane Austen books I own (I have read three) that I will see even more similarities. I don't want to tell you what the ones I have picked up on so far are, because I don't want to spoil too much. 

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So to delve further into that. The main characters totally geek out over Victorian Era clothes, activities, interiors and cannot wait to pick a name. If you are uncomfortable about watching that kind of thing, then this movie is not for you... I felt like for most part the way things were conducted at 'Austenland' were very authentic to what I know about the 19th century. Except for this random buggy thing that the servant drives in part of the film...

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I have heard a few people say this was disappointing compared to the book (but I haven't read it yet) and that it was really cliche. I felt like the cliches were done on purpose, partially for comedic effect, but also because this is a movie about a fangirl who is veering into her fantasy world. So of course that means living out her romantic cliche fantasies... I also felt like some of the 19th century cliches were almost a social commentary on the Austenland stay. "The full Jane Austen Experience" well why wouldn't this include the cliches?

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One of the characters Jane meets is Henry Nobly. She describes him as the resident Mr Darcy and says he "plays his character very well". In this film Jane find herself questioning whether Mr Perfect is real and if he is really all that perfect. Obviously Mr Darcy from 'Pride and Prejudice' isn't quite perfect, because he is a little judgmental , he's not great at communicating with people, And he's not fond of dancing...

Overall, I really enjoyed this movie and I think anyone who is a dedicated fangirl, a Jane Austen fan, And/or likes modern day rom-coms will enjoy it. This is also a film that can be watched over and over again, so it's definitely good value. This would also make a good Christmas gift for a Jane Austen fan. 

PICTURE TIME:
I found way too many cool pictures and moving pictures to share with you and I couldn't fit them all in the post. I apologize if this slows down your Internet connection's ability to load the post, but I could not help myself. Also quick note, if you do decide to watch this movie based on my recommendation please watch the credits. ALL OF THE CREDITS. There is a very cool music video with a rap song that you just have to see. I would link the youtube version here, but I don't know if it's as funny if you haven't already seen the movie...

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So Elegant...
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Apparently he actually was in The Hobbit.
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Behind the scenes photo
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I decided to refrain a little with the pictures, because of spoilers. I hope you all enjoyed reading my recommendation and that you go check out the film trailer on youtube if you are interested. If you want to view image sources for the pictures I used click on the little "~" marks underneath the pics.

Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Pre-Xmas Beauty Haul

Since I indulged in a few online shopping sprees lately I thought I might break my usual "rule" and share the stuff in a haul. I am definitely a little behind with the beauty aspect of my blog so I thought it wouldn't hurt to share my beauty purchases in a haul with you guys. I did five orders. I ordered once from Target online and I ordered twice from both Crush Cosmetics and ASOS. There are also a few things included that I purchased earlier on, but I'm not going to include everything that I haven't already hauled or this would be the longest blog post ever. I also just wanted to apologise about the photos. I know they are not the best quality as they were taken on the mobile phone camera and the lighting was off (thank you weather). I also realised I didn't position things that well... 

^I know these are books and not products, but I just wanted to share the new 'Etiquette' one I got. I love how miniature and "vintage" these are. I really want to get a few more books from this range about photography and stuff. I think they would be really nice to have, but I think I will have to go looking for them on Ebay or something, because these two are the only ones that seem to be in-stock on the usual book websites.

^These items are from my two ASOS orders. I got mostly Bourjois brand stuff as ASOS has the best prices I have seen for that brand cosmetics and I haven't tried too much by them before. I really like the foundation so far. I have oily/blemish prone skin and I can wear both of these without primer or powder and it lasts! I got them both in the shade 'Light Vanilla' and it matches my skin perfectly.

^I also bought these two lip balms from ASOS. I used to have the Rose version but it split open. I ended up giving my mum the Lemon one, because the scent is not my favourite.

^I went a little Milani Crazy on the Crush Cosmetics website. I got the Milani Colour Statement lipstick in 'Chocolate Berries', 'Black Cherry', 'Sangria', 'Double Espresso' and 'Violet Volt'. The end of the lipstick is the colour of the lipstick inside, but in this photo they all look black... 
The bronzer was a free gift.

 
^I purchased a bunch of NYX lip liners from Crush Cosmetics as well. They sent me their oblique brush to try (which has 'Crush cosmetics' written on the otherside- gotta love my photography/placement skills- not). I got a Love Alpha Liquid Eyeliner Duo in 04 and the glitter brush was separated. I contacted Crush Cosmetics through Facebook and they sent me a replacement straight away. I am really happy with their customer service so far. I also got a Love Alpha Gel Eyeliner in Gold. It's more of a Khaki/Bronze kind of colour, but it does look great and comes with a brush.

^Here are some Revlon Lip Butters I bought a while ago in other orders. I plan on writing a review on these this summer. 

^I also got some Milani Bella Eyes Baked Eye shadows and Baked Blushes. 
The eye shadows are: Bella Caffe, Bella Pink, Bella White, Bella Mandarin and Bella Sky
The Blushes are: Pink Delizio and Dolce Pink
*Milani packaging shows fingerprints really bad... Sorry, but I don't clean make-up products before I photograph them. I want you to see a realistic representation of how they "wear" 

^Some of these are from Target Online and I think the rest is from a shopping trip where I actually went to Target. There was a sale on so Chi chi was significantly discounted and I really wanted to try some things by them. And, I really wanted to get some coloured mascara...

^This glitter nail polish pack is a pre-christmas gift from Mum. 

Since getting a new car and starting visits to the chiropractor I have to really cut back on my Beauty purchases, but I am definitely hoping to have a little bit of a splurge on some after-Christmas sales. There are a few new products out there that I am hoping to give a go, and I am hoping to get a few more colours in the Milani range.

^Today I tried out a make-up look with some of the new products I got. This picture was taken inside.

FACE: Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation in 'Light Vanilla', Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer, SAVVY Loose Mineral Powder in 'Finishing Veil' (To Set Under-eye area), Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in 'Translucent', Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer, Sleek Contour Kit in Light (Highlighter), And, Milani Baked Blush in Pink Delizio.

EYES: Avon Brow Kit, Limecrime Eye shadow Helper, Chi Chi Bases Palette (Brow Bone and Inner Corner), Milani Bella Eyes in 'Bella Sky' (Lid), Chi Chi Baked Eye shadow in 'Living on a Prayer' (Crease), Milani Bella Eyes in 'Bella Caffe' (Transition shade), Love Alpha Gel Eyeliner in 'Gold' and NYX Blue Mascara.

LIPS: Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in 'Peach Parfait'

^Picture taken outside. I closed my eyes, because the sun had come out by this time and it was really bright. Apologies for the overgrown eyebrows. 

^Close up of eye-makeup taken indoors. I really like this mascara. It's a decent formula and it isn't super crazy. The colour is only really obvious in the sun. I really liked how this looked with the gold liner behind it. 

MANICURE TIME!
To see any of the details from these stamped manicures please check out the Facebook Album
^This manicure is inspired by the Lana Del Rey song 'National Anthem' and it's film clip. In case you didn't already know I am a huge Lana Del Rey fan. I also really like foil nail polishes...


^This was inspired by the Prada SS2012 range. I wrote this Style post when the line originally came out and I am still kind of obsessed...

^Christmas nails! Expect a few more of these...

I hope you enjoyed my 'Beauty' haul. Please let me know if you are interested in hearing my thoughts on any of these items. I am hoping to get quite a few reviews done in the holidays ( which I am currently on), but I do have other things planned too, so we will see. 

Have you been taking advantage of the Beauty sales leading up to Christmas?

Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie



Sunday, November 30, 2014

A few things that I've learned: Beauty/Style Advice

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When it comes to dressing up I like to think I know a thing or two. After numerous dance classes, watching way too many videos on Beautytube (Otherwise known as Youtube) ,And reading several blog posts and books on the subject of Style/Beauty I feel like I have definitely learned a few things. I'm not a professional anything, I'm not a professor of style, I have not taken part in any hairdressing or make-up courses... I am simply a girl with a few tips (some which you may have heard before) that I want to share with you all.

These tips are not specifically for the Vintage sub-culture, however I think these tips can be useful to anyone who is interested in Beauty or Fashion to some extent. I feel like in some ways beauty enthusiasts and Vintage enthusiasts do have a lot in common and use a lot of the same kinds of products and techniques. I hope regardless of who you are, that you can take something from this post.

The pictures I have included in this don't line up with any of the points I have made, they are simply just there to look pretty...

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1. BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO WINGED EYELINER:
I have to admit I am not great at winged eyeliner. I do not believe that it is integral to a vintage look, but I do like the way it gives the appearance of larger eyes and I think it can really make a statement. While I have improved since writing this blog post I still feel like gel eyeliner is definitely the best way to go if you are not confident with creating winged looks. The formula feels less "wet" and it's not as messy. Also, I think having a look at different winged styles to try out is a good idea. I prefer a thick line with a small triangle-type wing, but I have seen a lot of different styles. Some styles are more flattering on different shaped eyes and some are a lot easier than others. Also, you don't have to wear black. There are a lot of really nice blues and browns to try out which are definitely a little more subtle.

2. DUPES and REVIEWS
If you don't like wasting your money on expensive products that you end up not liking, then I strongly suggest you do two things before you click "buy". Firstly look for cheaper dupes of the product online. This basically means that other bloggers and beauty enthusiasts have found products by other brands that give a similar result and/or colour as the product you are interested in. Secondly, I recommend looking up reviews for items so you can decide if it's for you. The only problem I have with review sites like 'Make-up Alley' is that reviewers don't always have the same skin concerns/allergies and not everyone understands how to use a specific product. I prefer to find bloggers that I generally agree with (that like the same products I like) and scour through their archives.

3. REMOVE YOUR MAKE-UP and WASH YOUR BRUSHES
I know most bloggers are really vocal about these two things, but IT'S SO TRUE! I recently read that a survey conducted with 1000 women in Australia had asked the question "Do you always remove your Make-up before bed" and 80% said "no". Now I know this is only a survey of 1000 people and I know that it was "not always", but regardless I think that is shocking and gross. Even if you are feeling really tired it doesn't take long to use a make-up remover wipe before you hit the sheets. A make-up remover wipe is generally not enough to remove ALL of the make-up, but it's better than nothing. I usually cleanse my face really well afterwards... Also, cleaning your brushes regularly if you wear make-up daily (fortnighly or monthly) is a good idea. It is better for your skin and you will be surprised how much better your make-up brushes work after you have washed them.

4. TRANSITION SHADES and LAYERING PRODUCTS
If you want to have a flawless eye make-up look one #lifehack is to find a shade somewhere between the crease colour and the base/brow-bone shade (depending on the look) to apply before the crease colour goes on. This makes blending so much easier.  Also, it might seem a little ridiculous to watch a make-up tutorial where the guru uses ridiculous amounts of products, but sometimes layering products is actually really helpful to help you get the look you want. For example a pigmented matte blush and a shimmery sheer blush worn together. This is also great if you are trying to make a colour you don't have.

5. LONG LASTING MAKE-UP
I have heard a lot of tips over the years for making make-up last, but I feel like nothing beats a good quality primer, eye primer and translucent powder. I find that the make-up sprays I tried were too watery and wrecked my make-up before sweat ever could. And, while the suggestion of hairspray possibly could work, I could never attempt it as I usually end up in coughing fits, I hate the way hairspray makes everything stiff/sticky and I also think that it can clog your pores up a bit!

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6. FIGURE OUT WHAT WORKS FOR YOU
While some suggestions for different skin types are accurate, not all skin types are the same. For example I have an issue with blemishes and most of the "blemish fighting" products at the local super market contain sacylicic acid which actually makes me break out more. I think this has something to do with my skin also being sensitive... I also find it really annoying when beauty bloggers with dry skin do a review on a product and say it doesn't need a primer or powder. For them this may be the case, but I have oily eye-lids and I have tried that cream eyeshadow and it definitely does crease. So definitely take reviews with a grain of salt and experiment a little bit to not only find what suits you, but how well it lasts.

7. MOST SHAPE AND COLOUR GUIDES ARE A JOKE:
I have read quite a few "guides" from different eras and the suggestions they provide you with are all based on the style at the time. In one guide someone with an oval face is told one thing and in another guide the style favours large foreheads and the suggested style is different. Also, these guides don't tend to take hair type, eye shape, nose, mouth ears or anything else into consideration. The same way a colour guide may only take skin colour, but not hair colour or eye colour into consideration. I have always found it difficult to figure out what face shape and skin undertone I have and I have just found it to be a lot easier to try things out for myself. I also think you should stick with what you like. Life is short and there are ways around getting something to suit you (like only wearing that colour on your bottom half, so it doesn't wash you out).

8. WARM and COLD nails
I've got to be honest, I don't really care for undertones and the rules regarding them. I have pale yellow/green looking skin and I have a lot of nail polish in a bunch of colours and not all of it is going to be flattering... I find that some of the more bright yellowy-colours make my skin look tan, while dark Reds and Blue-toned colours make my skin look really pale. I don't care either way, however, I do think you should be careful when mixing warm and cold colours in one manicure as it can look a bit funky...

9. BLUE and DENIM
I really like blue so I am probably a little biased, but I honestly think that blue (especially muted blues and navy) is pretty much a basic/neutral colour. I honestly believe that certain shades of blue can go with almost anything and that you definitely have an excuse to add it to your outfit if you are wearing denim because some shades of blue and denim just work...

10. GET A PINTEREST ACCOUNT
If you haven't already I highly recommend pinterest. Pinterest allows you to follow other people who post rad things, to save inspiration to boards, to find beauty dupes, to find great buys... It's basically a search engine with everything and you can save stuff. It's also great for all your other hobbies, for recipes, for something to laugh at... Just do it, and next time you have a Halloween costume dilemma or are looking for a new haircut, this site will be there to help you.

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I know that I only shared 10 tips and that you might have read/heard them from me or someone else before, but I think they are stellar tips to know. If you want to see more Beauty/Style tips on the blog please let me know in the comments. Also feel free to share any Beauty/Style tips that you know.

Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie