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Aug. 08.

Face Friday: Classic as a Rose

ff-rose-thToday for Face Friday is a very simple face, that uses very few products and very few brushes. It also, though I didn’t realise it immediately, has two products that are both named “classic rose”.

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Face:

  • Tinted Moisturiser: MeMeMe – Flawless Tinted Moisturiser (02 – Beige Blush)
  • Powder: 17 – Loose Powder (Translucent)
  • Blush: No.7 – Pop & Glow Cream Blush (Classic Rose)

Eyes:

  • Brows: Maybelline – Brow Drama (Medium Brown)
  • Shadow: Wet n Wild – ColorIcon Shadow Trio (Walking on Eggshells)
  • Mascara: Rimmel – Scandaleyes by Kate Moss Mascara (004 – Eye Rocks Jet Black)

Lips:

  • Lipstick: No.7 – Stay Perfect Lipstick (Classic Rose)

Brushes:

  • Real Techniques – Buffing Brush – Powder
  • Ecotools – Eyeshadow Brush – Shadow (lid & browbone)
  • Real Techniques – Essential Crease Brish – Shadow (crease)
  • Emite Make Up – Lip Brush L312 – Lipstick

Literally taking just minutes to do, I love how simple this look was to achieve, yet looked so well put together. That is really all you need for day to day,  nothing fancy, just something quick and good looking.

Robyn

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Aug. 02.

Face Friday: Metallic Eyes

ff-eyes-thOn Tuesday I was looking at the Sleek Eye Dust in Vintage, and was thinking that working with other metallic colours would be ideal for this, really making the eyes intense. So, for this slightly delayed Face Friday (I have a spot that refused to behave yesterday, ick) I decided to give it a go and see what I could do.

First up, let’s take a look at the products used:

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Face:

  • Foundation: Maybelline – Fit Me Foundation (125 – Nude Beige)
  • Powder: Physicians Formula – Season to Season Bronzer, all over face (summer shade used as contour on nose)
  • Concealer: Benefit – FakeUp (Light)
  • Blush: Benefit – Hervana
  • Highlighter: MeMeMe – Beat The Blues (Pearl Pink)

Eyes:

  • Brows: Benefit – Brow Zings (Medium)
  • Shadow: Benefit – Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow – Base (Birthday Suit)
  • Shadow: Sleek – Eye Dust – Centre Lid (Vintage)
  • Shadow: Urban Decay – Naked 2 Palette – Inner Eye (Chopper)
  • Shadow: Urban Decay – Naked 2 Palette – Crease (YDK)
  • Shadow: Urban Decay – Naked 2 Palette – Outer Eye (Snakebite)
  • Shadow: Sleek – iDivine Celestial Palette – Browbone and tear duct (Galactic)
  • Liner: L’Oreal – Gel Intenza Liner (Golden Black)
  • Mascara: Lancome – Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara (01 – Black)

Lips:

  • Lipstick: L’Oreal – Color Riche Collection Privee Nudes (Douzten’s Nude)
  • Lipgloss: Lancome – Juicy Tubes (shade unknown)

And the brushes. Yes, a lot of eye brushes were used for this.

brushes

Brushes:

  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation
  • Real Techniques – Multi Task Brush – Blush
  • Ecotools  – Powder Brush – Powder
  • Blank Canvas – F03 – Highlighter blend
  • Blank Canvas – E25 – Shadow (base)
  • Blank Canvas – E32 – Shadow (centre lid)
  • Blank Canvas – E24 – Shadow (inner lid)
  • Blank Canvas – E23 – Shadow (crease)
  • Real Techniques – Essential Crease Brush – Shadow (outer lid)
  • Royal & Langnickel – C260 Taklon Shadow Brush – Shadow (Browbone, tear duct & final blend)
  • Real Techniques – Fine Liner Brush – Eyeliner
  • Blank Canvas – E30 (brush end) – Brows
  • Blank Canvas – L29 – Lips

And finally, let’s have a look at the finished product, both with and without flash.

Face without flash:

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And with:

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Eyes without flash:

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And finally with:

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There is so much that I am happy with about this look. I really love the nude glossy lip, which looks nicely made up without taking anything from the eye, and the highlighter added to the glowing skin in all the right places. The eyes are the stars of the show though. I wanted them to be quite intense, so that they really stood out, and once I perfect the eyeliner flick, and practice smoky eyes a bit more, I think this will be a really spectacular look. What do you think?

Robyn

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Jun. 20.

Face Friday: Summertime

face-summer-thWith the weather having been so warm over the past while, I’ve been trying to keep makeup to a minimum, trying to avoid it sweating and melting off my face (NEVER, ever a good look). For the most part, everything has been neutral, with a sheer colour pop on cheeks, and then a bold, bright lip. I think this fits the bill perfectly.

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Face:

  • Tinted Moisturiser: MeMeMe – Flawless Tinted Moisturiser (02 – Beige Blush)
  • Powder: Mary Kay – Sheer Dimensions Powder (Lace Coral)
  • Blush: No.7 – Pop & Glow Cream Blush (Classic Rose)

Eyes:

  • Brows: Maybelline – Brow Drama (Medium Brown)
  • Shadow: Wet n Wild – ColorIcon Shadow Trio – Eyelid (Walking on Eggshells)
  • Shadow: Wet n Wild – ColorIcon Shadow Trio – Browbone (Walking on Eggshells)
  • Liner: Physicians Formula – Shimmer Strips Kajal Liner (From brown eye trio)
  • Mascara: Rimmel – Scandaleyes by Kate Moss Mascara (005 – Eye Rocks Sapphire)

Lips:

  • Lipgloss: Shiseido – Lacquer Gloss (RD305 – Lust)

Brushes:

  • Real Techniques – Multi Task Brush – Blush
  • Blank Canvas – F16 – Powder
  • Blank Canvas – E32 – Liner (Lid)
  • Royal & Langnickel – C260 Taklon Shadow Brush – Eyeshadow (Browbone, Blend between shadow & liner)

This look achieved what I was looking for, a minimalistic face, using nothing stronger than a tinted moisturiser and powder, with just enough colour to draw out the eyes and cheeks, then a vibrant lip.

Robyn

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face-eyesopen
Jun. 13.

Face Friday: Tropical Face

facce-thAfter not having a Face Friday last week I decided something must be done this week for it. For this, I’ve been working on a quite minimal face with a tropical theme. This means lots of corals are involved, along with some other light colours.

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Face:

  • Tinted Moisturiser: MeMeMe – Flawless Tinted Moisturiser (02 – Beige Blush)
  • Powder: Mary Kay – Sheer Dimensions Powder (Lace Coral)
  • Blush: Benefit – Cha Cha Tint
  • Blush: Benefit – Coralista

Eyes:

  • Brows: Maybelline – Brow Drama (Medium Brown)
  • Shadow: butter LONDON – Wink Cream Shadow – Lid (Sun Kiss)
  • Undereye: Shiseido – Sheer Eyezone Corrector (103 Natural)
  • Liner: Rimmel – SpecialEyes Mono Shadow – Used Wet (244 Moonstone)
  • Mascara: Mary Kay – Ultimate Mascara (Black)

Lips:

  • Lipstick: Mary Kay – True Dimensions Lipstick (Color Me Coral)

Brushes:

  • Real Techniques – Multi Task Brush – Blush
  • Real Techniques – Buffing Brush – Powder
  • Blank Canvas – E30 – Liner (Lid)
  • Royal & Langnickel – C260 Taklon Shadow Brush – Eyeshadow (Blend between shadow & liner)
  • No. 7 – Lip Brush – Lipstick

I really like the minimalistic, yet colourful look that this creates. It’s also the first time that I’ve done a white liner, and while I don’t have an actual white liner, the wet shadow did a lovely job. I love how that turned out, and may have to invest in an actual liner for it.

Robyn

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May. 30.

Face Friday: Mary Kay & Lush Event

marykayface-thIt’s time for another Face Friday from a busy week here. On Wednesday I was at the Best in Beaut.ie awards, where I enjoyed drinks, nibbles and was handed two tickets to the Forbidden Fruit festival, while yesterday I went to have a look at some of the products from Mary Kay and the new arrivals from Lush. The face I’m showing you today is from yesterday’s events.

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Face:

  • Foundation: Maybelline – Superstay 24 hour foundation (020 – Cameo)
  • Bronzer: Physicians Formula – Bronze Booster Bronzer (Season to Season)
  • Blush: No.7 – Pop & Glow cream blush (Classic Rose)

Eyes:

  • Brows: Maybelline – Brow Drama (Medium Brown)
  • Shadow: Benefit – Creaseless Cream Shadow – Lid (Birthday Suit)
  • Shadow: Benefit – Longwear Powder Shadow – Browbone (Pinky Swear)
  • Shadow: Benefit – Longwear Powder Shadow – Crease (Quick, Look Busy)
  • Liner: Model Co – Liner pencil (01 – Black)
  • Mascara: Rimmel – Scandaleyes by Kate Mascara (05 – Sapphire Eye Rocks)

Lips:

  • Lipstick: Revlon – Colorburst Lacquer Balm (150 – Enticing)

Brushes:

  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation
  • Blank Canvas – F03 – Bronzer (dusted over whole face)
  • Real Techniques – Multi Task Brush – Blush
  • Blank Canvas – E24 – Eyeshadow (Lid)
  • Real Techniques – Essential crease brush – Eyeshadow (Crease & Browbone)
  • Royal & Langnickel – Silk C260 Taklon Shadow – Eyeshadow (Blend)

Robyn

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Intense and Neutral eyes closed
May. 23.

Face Friday: Intense and Neutral

intense and neutral thumbLast week for Face Friday, I did a neutral eye with an intense berry lip. This week, I’m doing the opposite, by keeping the lip neutral, instead going for an intense eye. Again it is following the common rule of emphasising either the lips or eyes, but not both. Remember though that some rules are made to be broken, so feel free to experiment.

Intense and Neutral eyes open

Intense and Neutral eyes closed

Face:

  • Foundation: Maybelline – Superstay 24 hour foundation (020 – Cameo)
  • Bronzer: Physicians Formula – Bronze Booster Bronzer (Season to Season)
  • Blush: NYR – Mineral Blusher (54 – Peony)
  • Highlighter: Benefit – High Beam

Eyes:

  • Brows: Maybelline – Brow Drama (Medium Brown)
  • Shadow: Wet n Wild – Idoleyes Shadow Pencil – Base (E133 – Techno)
  • Shadow: MAC – Shadow Single – Lid & Outer lid over crease shadow (Trax)
  • Shadow: Wet n Wild – Silent Treatment – Crease and outer lid (Crease shade)
  • Shadow: Wet n Wild – Silent Treatment – Browbone (Browbone shade)
  • Liner: Maybelline – Gel Eye Liner (Violet)
  • Mascara: Wet n Wild – XXL Lash (Black)
  • Lashes: Eyelure – Sex and the City Lashes (Carrie)

Lips:

  • Balm: Hyalogic – Episilk Lip Balm
  • Lipstick: L’Oreal – Colour Riche Collection Privée (Eva’s Nude)

Brushes:

  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation
  • Blank Canvas – F03 – Bronzer (dusted over whole face)
  • Real Techniques – Multi Task Brush – Blush & Highlighter
  • Blank Canvas – E25 – Eyeshadow (Lid)
  • Blank Canvas – E23 – Eyeshadow (Crease)
  • Royal & Langnickel – Silk C260 Taklon Shadow – Eyeshadow (Browbone & Blend)
  • Sigma – E05 Liner – Eyeliner
  • Blank Canvas – L29 – Lipstick

Robyn

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face-pf
May. 16.

Face Friday: Neutral and Intense

face-pf-thToday’s face is an application of one common rule, if you do an intense eye, do a neutral lip, and vise versa. For this, I chose to give some of the lovely, but neutral bits from Physicians Formula a go on the eye and face, and pair it with a strong, intense berry lip, which came from NYC.

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Face:

  • Foundation: MeMeMe – Flawless Tinted Moisturiser (02 – Beige Blush)
  • Bronzer: Physicians Formula – Bronze Booster Bronzer (Season to Season)
  • Blush: NYC – Cheek Glow (649 – Prospect Park Rose)

Eyes:

  • Brows: Shavata – Brow Tamer
  • Shadow: Physicians Formula – Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow and Liner Palette (Nude)
  • Liner: Physicians Formula – Shimmer Strips Kohl Kajal Eyeliner (For brown eyes)
  • Mascara: Lancôme – Hypnôse Doll Eyes (01 – So Black)

Lips:

  • Balm: Hyalogic – Episilk Lip Balm
  • Lipstick: NYC – Cityproof Twistable Lip Crayon (031 – Gramercy Park Plum)

Brushes:

  • Blank Canvas – F03 – Blush
  • Blank Canvas – F16 – Bronzer (dusted over whole face)
  • Blank Canvas – E25 – Eyeshadow
  • Real Techniques – Essential Crease Brush – Eyeshadow
  • Royal & Langnickel – Silk C260 Taklon Shadow – Eyeshadow

Robyn

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May. 09.

Face Friday: Physicians Formula Launch

pf-face-thIt’s Friday and that means it’s time for another face. This one is actually similar but more ramped up than last weeks face, which was more minimalistic, and was what I used to go to the launch of Physicians Formula on Wednesday evening. I was looking for something that wouldn’t really move, but was still light. Inevitably some of my face did move a little, but the heat in the room was unreal!

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Face:

  • Foundation: Maybelline – Fit Me Foundation (125 – Nude Beige)
  • Bronzer: Wet n Wild – Coloricon Bronzer (E740 – Bikini Contest)
  • Blush: Benefit – Hervana

Eyes:

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

Lips:

  • Balm: Hyalogic – Episilk Lip Balm
  • Lipstick: Bourjois – Rouge Edition Velvet Liquid Lipstick (05 – Olé Flamingo)

Brushes:

  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation
  • Real Techniques – Multi Task Brush – Blush
  • Blank Canvas – F16 – Bronzer (dusted over whole face)
  • Blank Canvas – E32 – Eyeshadow
  • Real Techniques – Essential Crease Brush – Eyeshadow
  • Royal & Langnickel – Silk C260 Taklon Shadow – Eyeshadow

Other items:

  • Eyelash Curler – Eyeko
  • Glasses – Firmoo

Robyn

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May. 02.

Face Friday: New Product Face

ff-newproducts-thThere’s a box of new products sitting next to me, and it’s always getting filled up with different bits and pieces. Things I’ve bought, things I’ve won, things I’ve been given to try out, you get the idea. So, today, for Face Friday, I’m doing a new product face, to try and work through a few of them and give them a whirl.

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Products used:

Face:

Tinted Moisturiser: MeMeMe Cosmetics Flawless Tinted Moisturiser (02 – Beige Blush) I’m rather impressed by this. Normally, when I see something labelled beige I skip right over this in favour of its sister that says milk bottle. However, as I didn’t have a choice in shade I gave it a whirl and it matches my skin extremely well, if slightly more yellow than I want. It also sinks in well and leave my skin looking bare faced but better.

Blush: NYC Cheek Glow (649 – Prospect Park Rose) This is really quite sheer, but buildable if you so wish. It does, as the name suggests, leave a glow on your cheeks, again bare faced but better.

Bronzer: Wet n Wild Coloricon Bronzer (E740 – Bikini Contest) I normally use its sister (Ticket To Brazil) for contouring, but here used it all over the face to give a bit more of a sunkissed look. A light hand is required though, or you will, like I did, have to go back and start again.

Eyes:

Brows: Maybelline Brow Drama (Medium Brown) The only not new item on this face, but only because I have no new brow items to try out. You know my views on this.

Shadow: butter LONDON Wink Cream Eye Shadow (Sun Kiss) This comes in a tube with an applicator like a liquid lipstick. It is quite wet and spreads about well, but dries solid. The colour here doesn’t work as a shadow on its own, but my intention was to use its subtle shimmer to just brighten the eyes, and it works for that.

Mascara: Rimmel ScandalEyes by Kate Mascara (004 Eye Rocks Jet Black) The funky “broken heart” shaped wand looks weird, but its dense bristles helped the mascara to glide on nicely, adding length and volume.

Lips:

Lipstick: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet (05 Olé Flamingo) The only item that is meant to look made up on the face, this works perfectly to deliver that stand out feature. It is rich, creamy, and while it dries to a matte finish, it at no point felt drying on my lips (though I had put on a good dose of lip balm shortly before) I think I’m in love with this.

And the finished look goes something like this…

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I did have to up the exposure of the image in photoshop a little, to try and bring the colours back to what they look like in real life, as the light was playing with the camera a little. That said, I am really happy with how the pared back, natural features of the face allow the lips to be the stand out in the look. It did not need anything else or it would have looked overdone.

What do you think? Does it inspire you to try out anything new? Let me know.

Robyn

Note: Products are a mixture of shop bought, won and items for review.

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el-featured
Apr. 19.

Something Else Saturday: Purple Eye Makeup Look

SES-eyethumbBefore we begin I am required to include the following statement: I am not a makeup artist. I’m just a girl who loves to play with makeup. Before attempting anything you see here please consult a doctor, priest, solicitor, and psychiatrist. Robyn Rants and Raves can’t be held responsible for any loss of or damage to property or body parts. Always read the label.

Now that that’s out of the way, for Something Else Saturday I’m doing something that was requested by the delightful Karen of Beating Myself Into A Dress. She requested that I do an eye makeup tutorial, and being a glutton for punishment, here it is. I chose purple because, well, I love purple, and rich colours like this always work on a night out. Let’s begin!

Before: I prepped my face using Osiris Avise BB Cream, topped with Benefit Hello Flawless and Wet n Wild blush in Heather Silk. That’s not the important bit, as I’m focusing on the eyes.

Step 1: I did my brows using my trusty Maybelline Brow Drama in medium brown. A few strokes of this through the brows and they’re done.

After step 1.

After step 1.

Step 2: For an eyeshadow primer, I used the Wet n Wild Idol Eyes shadow stick in techno, covering the eyelid. It wouldn’t show through in the finished product, but the complimentary colour to the rest of the shadows would help.

After Step 2

After Step 2

Step 3: I took a Blank Canvas E25 brush, and my new Inglot AMC Pure Pigment Shadow in shade 73, and patted it onto the centre of the eyelid, and a little towards the outer corner of the eye.

After Step 3

After Step 3

Step 4: Using a Blank Canvas E32, I took Mac Trax eyeshadow, and applied it to the outer corner, partly covering the line over the Inglot pigment. I tidied up around the eye with a cotton bud.

After Step 4

After Step 4

Step 5: Using an Ecotools fluffy shadow brush, I applied Solar, from the Sleek iDivine Celestial palette to the inner corner, again slightly overlapping the Inglot.

Step 6: Using the same brush, and the Stargaze shadow from the Celestial palette I worked up to the brow bone.

After Steps 5 & 6

After Steps 5 & 6

Step 7: With a Blank Canvas E23 brush, I applied Galactic, from the Celestial palette to the tear duct at the inner eye.

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After Step 7

Step 8: Taking my Royal & Langnickel C260 Taklon shadow brush, I blended all of the shadows together, so there were no clear lines.

After Step 8

After Step 8

Step 9: For liner, I used a Sigma E05 liner brush to apply L’Oreal Gel Intenza liner in golden black on top and bottom, with a small flick at the end (I find this slightly easier to get the correct angle working from the lower lid.)

After Step 9

After Step 9

Step 10: I used an Eyeko eyelash curler to curl the lashes (free with the current issue of In Style Magazine – issue May 2014) and applied Benefit They’re Real Mascara. I then combed through the lashes slightly with a spoolie brush, and did the same with my brows.

After Step 10

After Step 10

Step 11 (optional): For extra oomph. I added strip lashes, these ones being Carrie from the Sex and the City by Eyelure range.

After Step 11

After Step 11

Finish: On my lips I added a coat of L’Oreal Color Riche Collection Privee nude by Eva, using a Blank Canvas L29 brush. And we’re done.

All Done

All Done

What do you think of the look? Is there anything you would do, or indeed do differently? Was this easy to follow, and should I leave this as a one off, or maybe do more? Please do le me know!

Robyn

Note: There is a video to accompany this, which will never see the light of day. It was used so I could just hold bits up to the camera, which I could watch back and make notes on afterwards.

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