Category Archives:Face Friday

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Apr. 10.

Face Friday: Feeling Summery

ff-summery-thHas anyone noticed that big ball of relative warmth in the sky? Yes, the sun is here for a little while, and to celebrate the country is losing the run of itself. Myself included to a certain extent, like with this creation, which went for a mix of pinks, corals and oranges, and coordinated with my dress, nails and mac, which I wore to an event in Inglot.

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Face:

  • Foundation: Max Factor – Skin Luminizer Foundation (35 Light Ivory)
  • Blush: Wet n Wild – Coloricon Blush  (E832E – Heather Silk)
  • Powder: Benefit – Hello Flawless (Ivory)
  • Highlighter: Benefit – High Beam

Eyes:

  • Brows: Maybelline– Brow Drama (Medium Brown)
  • Primer: Makeup Revolution – Focus & Fix Primer (Brighten)
  • Shadow: NYC – Metro Quartet Shadow (797B – Gothic Harlem)
  • Liner: Cailyn Cosmetics – idefine Liquid Eyeliner
  • Mascara: Physicians Formula – Organic Wear Fakeout Mascara (the pink one)

Lips:

  • Lipstick: Wet n Wild – Megalast Lipstick (E909B – Coral-ine)
  • Lipgloss: Kardashian Beauty – Tuesday Lipgloss (Orange Blossom Honey 321)

Brushes:

  • Cailyn Cosmetics – O! Wow Brush – Foundation
  • Blank Canvas – F16 – Powder
  • Real Techniques – Buffing Brush – Blush
  • Blank Canvas – E23 – Shadow (crease)
  • Royal & Langnickel – Taklon Shader Brush – Shadow (lid, browbone & blend)
  • Blank Canvas – L29 – Lips

Pinks and corals feel so summery to me, so I am happy to get a bit of a change from the deeper shades of winter. The lips turned out well, being coraly orange without being an over the top orange shade, which only some people can get right!

Robyn

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Mar. 27.

Face Friday: Ziaja Event Face

ff-ziaja-thYesterday evening I was lucky enough to attend an event in town, celebrating 25 years of Ziaja Skincare, along with some wonderful bloggers, customers and hosted by the amazing Emma of Mastering Your Makeup fame. Naturally I couldn’t go looking like I had been dragged through a hedge backwards, so I got myself tidied up, put on my face and off I went.

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Face:

  • Foundation: Maybelline – Fit Me Foundation (125 Nude Beige) and SuperStay 24 Hour Foundation (020 – Cameo)The Fit Me decided to run out half way through my face, and the pump splattered foundation all over a white top. Had to go back with the superstay and blend it all together
  • Blush: NYC – Cheek Glow Blush (649 – Prospect Park Rose)
  • Powder: Maybelline – Fit Me Powder (125 – Nude Beige)

Eyes:

  • Brows: NYX – Brow Cake Powder (04 – Auburn/Red)
  • Undereye: Shiseido – Sheer Eye Zone Corrector (103 – Natural)
  • Primer: Makeup Revolution – Focus & Fix Primer (Brighten)
  • Shadow: Physicians Formula – Shimmer Strips Nude Palette (03 all over lid, 04 crease, 08 browbone, 09 inner corner) shades numbered from left to right of palette
  • Liner: Paese – Liquid Eyeliner
  • Mascara: Max Factor – Masterpiece Glamour Extensions Mascara

Lips:

  • Lipliner: Wet n Wild – Coloricon Liner (E715 Plumberry) applied to outer part of lips
  • Lipliner: Revlon – Colorstay Liner (red) applied to inner part of lips
  • Lipstick: L’Oreal – Color Riche Collection Privee Reds (Blake’s Red)

Brushes:

  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation
  • Blank Canvas – F16 – Powder
  • Real Techniques – Buffing Brush – Blush
  • Blank Canvas – E23 – Shadow (crease & inner corner)
  • Royal & Langnickel – Taklon Shader Brush – Shadow (lid, browbone & blend)
  • Blank Canvas – L29 – Lips

I tried to keep  lot of things neutral, letting the red lip do all the talking. I also tried to do the deeper shade around the edge of the lips to make them look fuller thing, but the lipstick is just so pigmented it didn’t do much. I love the red anyway, and will have to try again with a nude shade.

Robyn

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Mar. 20.

Face Friday: Before & After Face

ff-before-after-thIt’s the return of Face Friday, and today I am trying an experiment. This is my before and after face. Before you click close on your browser, it involves no makeup free pictures. Let me explain. On Wednesday, I got my hair done. It went from being a deep brown with some growing out gold highlights, to being a lot brighter, close to blonde. And I wanted to see, side by side, how the change in colour affected the makeup look.

So, today I recreated the same look I did on Wednesday, to try and compare side by side. There may be some slight differences, but I used the same products and brushes, and the same technique. You may ask why I just didn’t take the after photos on Wednesday too, but by the time I got home it was too dark. Trying to match up lighting and brightness would just be too much of a hassle!

Anyway, here we have a before and after, starting with my looking straight on to the camera:

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And an angle view:

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Face:

  • Foundation: Benefit – The Porefessional
  • Foundation: Make Up For Ever – HD Foundation, working from a potted sample (115)
  • Blush: No. 7 – Pop & Glow Cream Blush (Classic Rose)
  • Powder: Maybelline – Fit Me Powder (125 – Nude Beige)

Eyes:

  • Brows: Maybelline – Brow Drama (02 – Medium Brown)
  • Shadow: Clinique – Chubby Stick for Eyes (10 – Big Blue)
  • Liner: Physicians Formula – Shimmer Strips Kohl Liner (Brown Eyes)
  • Mascara: Physicians Formula – Organic Wear Fakeout Mascara (The Pink One)

Lips:

  • Lipstick: Makeup Revolution – Scandalous Lipstick (Crime)
  • Lipgloss: L’Oreal – Glmshine Miss Candy Gloss (703 – Tart Lollipop)

Brushes:

  • Blank Canvas – F23 – Foundation (application)
  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation (buffing)
  • Blank Canvas – F16 – Powder
  • Real Techniques – Buffing Brush – Blush
  • Blank Canvas – E23 – Shadow/liner blending
  • Blank Canvas – L29 – Lips

I’m not sure if it was lighting differences (I did try to equalise light levels), the change in hair colour, or the way my mood has been lifted and I’m smiling so much after getting my hair done, but I really do believe that my skin and my eyes look so much brighter in the after pictures. Sometimes, making a change is just what you need to do. What do you think?

Robyn

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Dec. 05.

Face Friday: Magazine Inspired Red & Gold Christmas Look

ff-redgold-thLast week, while reading through a magazine, I saw two looks that combined elements of red & gold. It stuck with me, and I wondered if I could create something of a Christmas party look inspired by it. Well, I gave it a go, and the results are here for you today for Face Friday.

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Here are the looks that I drew inspiration from, which come from the December issue of Cosmopolitan. I was particularly taken by two elements, the gold eyes from the left, and the gold cupids bow and red lips on the right. It’s these elements that I wanted to combine into one look, so after scrubbing, cleansing, toning, moisturising and putting on a ton of lip balm, I went through my collection and took out the following to be used in creating the look:

Face:

  • Primer: Benefit – The Porefessional
  • Foundation: Max Factor – Skin Luminizer Foundation (40 – Light Ivory)
  • Blush: Benefit – Benetint
  • Blush: Benefit – Hervana
  • Highlighter: MeMeMe – Beat The Blues (Pearl Pink)
  • Contour: Wet n Wild – Coloricon Bronzer (E740 – Bikini Contest)
  • Powder: Benefit – Hello Flawless (Ivory)
  • Concealer: Benefit – FakeUp (01 – Light)

Eyes:

  • Brows: NYX – Eyebrow Cake Powder (04 – Auburn/Red)
  • Primer: Makeup Revolution – Focus + Fix Primer (Brighten)
  • Pigment: Barry M – Fine Glitter Dust (10 – Yellow Gold)
  • Shadow: Makeup Revolution – Awesome Eyeshadow Collection (Various Golds & Silver)
  • Liner: Paese – Liquid Eyeliner (Black)
  • Mascara: Physicians Formula – Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Mascara (Fakeout)

Lips:

  • Lipliner: Revlon – Colorstay Liner (Red)
  • Lipstick: L’Oreal – Color Riche Lipstick (297 – Red Passion)
  • Gold Lip Line: Essence – Effect Eyeliner (02 – Gold Digger) topped with Barry M – Fine Glitter Dust (10 – Yellow Gold)

Brushes:

  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation
  • Blank Canvas – F16 – Powder
  • Real Techniques – Setting Brush – Blush (Apply/Blend)
  • Real Techniques – Pointed Foundation Brush – Apply Contour
  • Blank Canvas – F03 – Blend together blush/highlighter/contour
  • Blank Canvas – E24, E25, E32 – Shadows
  • Blank Canvas – E30 – Undereye shadow/comb lashes
  • Ecotools – Angled Liner Brush – Brows
  • Blank Canvas – L29 – Lipstick
  • Emite Make Up – L312 – Pigment on upper lip line

That is quite a list of products and brushes to work through, but Christmas is a time for going all out. And to answer the question of what all of this gets you in the end, here it is:

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Now, I’ll freely admit I was a little forgetful, and forgot to do photos using flash, which is a pity, as it would really show off the eyes. The glitter pigment used will really make your eyes sparkle, and the combination of red and gold is a classic. The addition of silver in the corner of the eyes added another dimension to them, giving a bit more colour depth, while the mascara created great lashes without resorting to potentially over the top falsies. The only thing I am slightly concerned about is the gold along the top lip, which may have benefited from a liquid gold. I felt that in the minute amount I used, it was just slightly lacking. Not awful looking, but not stand out. I think that once I have somewhere to go that isn’t a hospital, I will be redoing this look and actually showing it off. In fact, I may just have the perfect matching manicure to show off for you on Monday.

What do you think of this look? Would you go for a gold lined lip, or should it be left to editorial makeup? And am I using enough glitter? The comments await!

Robyn

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Oct. 03.

Face Friday: Paint It Pink

pink-thIt’s October, and that means it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Specifically today, the Irish Cancer Society are asking people, men and women to Paint It Pink and paint Ireland pink through social media, raising awareness of Breast Cancer. As I am sure it has affected many of us, both directly and indirectly, it would be a shame not to take part, so I painted my usual Face Friday post pink, with these results…

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Face:

  • Foundation: Max Factor – Skin Luminizer Foundation (40 – Light Ivory)
  • Blush: Benefit – Benetint
  • Powder: Maybelline – Fit Me Powder (125 – Nude Beige)
  • Concealer: Benefit – FakeUp (01 – Light)

Eyes:

  • Brows: NYX – Eyebrow Cake Powder (04 – Auburn/Red)
  • Primer: MUA – Pro Base Eye Primer
  • Shadow: MUA – Stargazer Palette (Shade 2)
  • Shadow: Natural Collection – Shadow Single (Sea Shell)
  • Shadow: Earth Spirits – Shadow Single (501 – Rose Petal)
  • Shadow: Sleek – Celestial Palette (Solar)
  • Shadow: Sleek – Celestial Palette (Galactic)
  • Liner: Physicians Formula – Shimmer Strips Kohl Liner (Brown Eyes)
  • Mascara: Wet n Wild – XXL Lash (Black)

Lips:

  • Lipliner: Rimmel – 1000 Kisses Liner (004 – Indian Pink)
  • Lipstick: Rimmel – Full Volume Liquid (Unknown Pink Shade)

Brushes:

  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation
  • Blank Canvas – F16 – Powder
  • Real Techniques – Buffing Brush – Blush
  • Blank Canvas – E23, E32 – Shadows
  • Real Techniques – Essential Crease Brush – Shadow
  • Blank Canvas – E30 – Brows

Pink Eyes, Pink Cheeks and Pink Lips (I was missing a pink foundation or face paint). I do of course encourage EVERYONE to get involved, both today and throughout all of October! If you haven’t yet painted it pink today I would encourage you to get to it and paint your nails, your face, your house, your husband, your brother, your boyfriend, your father (in law) or your cat (maybe not the last one) PINK! Post the picture on social media under the hashtag #PINKPICS and text PINK to 50300 to donate €4. Hopefully through awareness and support posts like this will no longer be required, but until then, please do try and get involved!

Robyn

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Sep. 26.

Face Friday: Stargazer Eyes

ff-stargazer-thI did a post recently where I looked at the Undressed Palette from MUA, and I noted that I also had the Stargazer Palette to try out at some point. Well. I did eventually get a chance to give it a whirl for something, so today let me share with you a look I did with it.

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And, as the eyes are so important here, let’s have a close up of them.

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Face:

  • Foundation: Max Factor – Skin Luminizer Foundation (40 – Light Ivory)
  • Highlight: MeMeMe – Beat The Blues (Pearl Pink)
  • Blush: No.7 – Natural Blush (Soft Damson)
  • Powder: Maybelline – Fit Me Powder (125 – Nude Beige)
  • Concealer: Benefit – FakeUp (01 – Light)

Eyes:

  • Brows: Maybelline – Brow Drama (Medium Brown)
  • Primer: MUA – Pro Base Eye Primer
  • Shadow: MUA – Stargazer Palette (Shades 1,2,9 & 12)
  • Liner: Maybelline – EyeStudio Lasting Drama Liner (10 – Ultra Violet)
  • Mascara: Benefit – They’re Real (Black)

Lips:

  • Lipstick: NYC – Cityproof Twistable (031 – Gramercy Park Plum)

Brushes:

  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation
  • Blank Canvas – F16 – Powder
  • Real Techniques – Buffing Brush – Blush & Highlight
  • Blank Canvas – E23, E24, E25 – Shadows
  • Blank Canvas – E28 – Liner
  • Real Techniques – Angle Liner Brush – Undereye Shadow

A lot went into these eyes, but unfortunately I didn’t write down exactly what (my bad). Sometimes though, you just have to break out the colours, grab a brush and see where you end up. I think I ended up in a good place! Maybe a nude lip next time, but the intense/neutral rule is made to be broken :-)

Robyn

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Sep. 05.

Face Friday: Barely There

face-barelythere-thWhen I received Max Factor’s new Skin Luminizer Foundation, I wanted to create a look that minimised how many layers I was using on my face, to try and allow the foundation and my own skin to speak for themselves. Here is how it turned out.

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Face:

  • Foundation: Max Factor – Skin Luminizer Foundation (40 – Light Ivory)
  • Blush: Wet n Wild – Coloricon Blush (E832E – Heather Silk)

Eyes:

  • Brows: Maybelline – Brow Drama (Medium Brown)
  • Primer: MUA – Pro Base Eye Primer
  • Shadow: MUA – Undressed Palette (Shades 3 & 4)
  • Mascara: Wet n Wild – XXL Lash Mascara (Black)

Lips:

  • Lipstick: Revlon – Colorburst Matte Balm (225 – Sultry)

Brushes:

  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation
  • Real Techniques – Buffing Brush – Blush
  • Blank Canvas – E25 – Shadow

Keeping the look very minimalist on the skin and eyes allowed the lips to stand out, but I am really impressed by the finish of the skin, despite using so few products on it. It looks exceptionally well polished, without looking like there is a heavy coating on it. I’m impressed!

Robyn

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Aug. 30.

Face Friday: Holyhead Face

ff-holyhead-thHaving been to Holyhead during the week, and knowing it would be a long day, I was looking for three things from my makeup for the day – that it would be simple to do (complicated and 5am do not mix), that it would look good, and that it would last. I think I got the right combination with this face.

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Face:

  • Primer: Gosh – Velvet Touch Line Perfector
  • Foundation: Maybelline – Superstay 24 hour foundation (020 – Cameo)
  • Blush: New York Color – Cheek Glow Blush (649 – Prospect Park Rose)
  • Powder: Maybelline – Fit Me Powder (125 – Nude Beige)

Eyes:

  • Brows: Maybelline – Brow Drama (Medium Brown)
  • Shadow: Wet n Wild – Coloricon Eyeshadow Trio (E380B – Walking On Eggshells)
  • Liner: Wet n Wild – Coloricon Eyeliner Pencil (E655 – Charcoal)
  • Mascara: Lancome – Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara (01 – Black)

Lips:

  • Lipstick: Bourjois – Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick (05 – Ole Flamingo)

Brushes:

  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation
  • Real Techniques – Buffing Brush – Blush
  • Ecotools – Powder Brush – Powder
  • Ecotools – Shadow Brush – Shadow (lid & browbone)
  • Real Techniques – Essential Crease Brush – Shadow (crease)

I can safely say that the look was long lasting, having lasted more than 18 hours with only minimal touch-ups. It was easy to do, which was great at 5am, and looked fresh and well put together, just what I wanted from the look.

Note: It must be said that this is a recreation of the look, not the look itself, again going back to the 5am thing.

Robyn

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Aug. 22.

Face Friday: Five Product Face

ff-5product-thI am all for using a million different products and brushes to make amazingly complicated masterpieces from my makeup collection. It can be great fun experimenting. However, there are also times when I just want to get ready and go. And that’s where a look like this is so useful. It is literally just five products, and the most complicated tool you need is your finger.

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Face:

  • Tinted Moisturiser: MeMeMe – Flawless Tinted Moisturiser (02 – Beige Blush)
  • Blush: No.7 – Pop n Glow Cream Blush (Classic Rose)

Eyes:

  • Shadow: Clinique – Chubby Stick For Eyes (10 – Big Blue)
  • Mascara: Wet n Wild – XXL Lash Mascara (Black)

Lips:

  • Lipstick: Rimmel – Apocalips (301 – Galaxy)

Okay, this literally takes minutes to do, and almost everything is done with fingers (except for the mascara and lipstick). It doesn’t look overly special, but is put together and looks so much better than my bare face. Besides, I try not to look ready for a night out early in the day.

Robyn

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Aug. 15.

Face Friday: Not Going Out Face

ff-goingout-thIt seems like forever since I’ve done any kind of going out makeup, and even though I’m not going out anywhere tonight, I decided that, for Face Friday today, to at least do some kind of going out makeup. Here you have the results.

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Face:

  • Foundation: Maybelline – Superstay 24h foundation (020 – Cameo)
  • Powder: Maybelline – Fit Me powder (125 – Nude Beige)
  • Blush: NYR Organic – Mineral Blusher (54 – Peony)
  • Contour: Wet n Wild – Coloricon Bronzer (E740 – Bikini Contest)
  • Highlight: MeMeMe – Beat The Blues (Pearl Pink)

Eyes:

  • Brows: Maybelline – Brow Drama (Medium Brown)
  • Shadow: L’Oreal – Colour Infallible – Browbone (016 – Coconut Shake)
  • Shadow: L’Oreal – Colour Infallible – Lid (012 – Endless Chocolate)
  • Liner: Wet n Wild – Coloricon Liner (E655 – Charcoal)
  • Mascara: Lancome – Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara (01 – Black)

Lips:

  • Lipliner: Wet n Wild – Coloricon Lipliner (E715 – Plumberry)
  • Lipstick: Wet n Wild – Megalast Lipstick (E918D – Cherry Bomb)

Brushes:

  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation
  • Real Techniques – Setting Brush – Contour (apply)
  • Real Techniques – Multi Task Brush – Blending (Contour & Highlighter)
  • Blank Canvas – F03 – Blush
  • Blank Canvas – F16 – Powder
  • Royal & Langnickel – C260 Taklon Shadow – Shadow (browbone & blend)
  • Blank Canvas – E24 Flat Shadow Brush – Shadow (lid)
  • Blank Canvas – Lip Brush L29 – Lipstick

This was a little involved to do,  but well worth it. My skin looks great, and I am in love with the super strong lip from the lipstick. Now, if only I had some place to go!

Robyn

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