I have a new eyeshadow palette to try out – the Chanel Entrelacs Eyeshadow Palette. It looks like a go to palette for nude and natural eye looks. It has a perfect blend of both light and darker colours and matte and shimmery shades, which makes it very versatile. The no. 1 and 2 shade has a matte finish and no.3-5 has a shimmery finish.
Today I’ll show you how you what colours I used to achieve this everyday kind of smokey nude eye look:
I started by priming my eyes with a concealer. Then I dusted the no. 1 shade all across my eye from eyelid til browbone.
Afterwards the no. 2 shade in the crease and blended it out with a natural hair fluffy brush – Sigma E35.
With my Sigma E25, slightly smaller fluffy hair brush I chose shade no. 3 on the outer edge of the lid and blended slightly up into the crease for some definition to the eye.
With a flat eyeshadow brush, I used the no. 5 shade on the eyelid to add some shimmer to the look. I like to add the shimmer on the eyelid, it gives dimension and a touch of life to the look.
Underneath the lashline, I took a flat definer brush along the lashline on the outer third of the eye. With my Sigma E25 I then took no. 2 to blend the harsh line out to make the undereye a bit smokey too.
I was very impressed with how easy the colours were to work with. Very blendable, not chalky or patchy – both the matte and the shimmery shade
I didn’t use any liner, I wanted the look to be suitable for daytime so I wanted to keep it soft and as natural as possible. Lots of mascara and I’m good to go!
I’ve been scouring around ASOS.COM for the sale season. I actually have a clothing haul coming up on the blog, but firstly, my dress wishlist. Summer is the season for dresses and I’m seeing so many dresses that I would love to own 🙂
Top left is a subtle lace dress in a cool grey colour. Bottom left is a flowy black dress, perfect for a curvy body with the bell sleeves evening out the figure. Right side is a lovely, structured white dress which has a nice length, covers the arms and shows a little bit of leg.
Left side, floral gown that goes in at the waist and a little floral sleeve that covers the arms.
Middle, structured yet effortless white dress for lovely summer evenings.
Right side, structured dress on the formal side. I love stripes!
I first tried the Body Shop Shimmer Cubes back in 2014 when I was digging through a colleagues makeup bag. It was minutes before the annual Christmas party and I offered to do my colleagues makeup for the party. I’ve always loved doing makeup – both on my own face and on other faces. I love the way it transforms and enhances the best features of a person’s face.
Anyway, back to the shimmer cubes: my colleague either had this particular product or one very similar to this. Hers was warm golden and bronzy shades. I actually ended up using the shadows for all of my colleagues. The product was so versatile; I used it for the shadow on the eyelid, as a highlight and for all over shimmer. It was the Christmas party, you can go all out! Since then I have kept one eye open for the product. You know the feeling, right? Once you’ve encountered a lovely and versatile product you go on a hunt!
Suddenly I saw this at my local Body shop – even as a part of a sale! I tend to go for cooler colours so I chose a peachy/pink version and a white/grey/black version.
I’ve been wanting to put them to the test ever since but it’s been vacation and family time for the whole of July. Now, as we enter August vacation is over and I have had time to put together a look using the peachy/pink cube. I wanted to use it as both eyeshadow, highlighter, blush and all-over shimmer.
Since I’ve been doing a lot of makeup looks for the blog at this point it’s become obvious that I do have a light hand in applying makeup. Also, my makeup doesn’t show up on images as much as I would like it to. That being said, I kind of like a light hand when applying makeup. In my opinion, it looks fresh whereas heavy makeup tends to look ageing, and who want’s that? 🙂
I also got the chance to try one of my new Maxfactor products that I absolutely love! I’ve been gifted the new Miracle Match Foundation. It says that it nourishes and blurs and I would say that it actually does just that. I don’t use an awful lot of foundations during the summer, butI’ve found myself reaching for this foundation a lot, especially for when I knew I would take pictures. It has a wonderful finish, very glowy and dewy. It covers a lot without being heavy on the skin. I feel like it’s gonna be on my “top shelf” of products I will be reaching for this fall.
For the eyes I mixed the two lightest shades, the light pink and the light peach and applied to the eyelid. It didn’t give a ton of coverage, but I imagine used with M.A.C fix+ it would show up way more. And as I mentioned before, I like a light hand in my makeup which made it good enough for me. The shimmer is undeniable, though. As I’m typing this blog post I have been wearing this look for hours and it has incredible staying power.
The deeper pinks I used as blush. I have to be careful with deeper pinks on my skintone, I’m often too pale to wear it. I mixed it in with the lighter shades and it blended the highlight and the blush seemlessly together.
A little trick I’ve learnt from makeupartist and Youtuber Lisa Eldridge is to sweep a medium tone brown in the crease or “socket line” as she calls it :). It gives a bit of dimension to the eye when working with pale pastels.
From when I was very young, Bourjois makeup was one of my favorite brands. One of the main cosmetics shops in Denmark carried Bourjois but sadly they don’t anymore. I remember maybe 10-15 years ago I had a bronze eyeshadow mini-palette there was extremely pigmented and stayed on for hours! I remember how impressed I was, none of my other eyeshadows had that kind of staying power. I could go out dancing and the makeup would stay on like there was no tomorrow!
When I saw that Asos.com sell Boujois makeup I slowly began to build up my Boujois collection. Today I will go through the products because there are some definite fav’s and fails among them.
Starting with foundations, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation and the 123 Perfect CC Cream – they just blow my mind! They sit beautifully on the skin, the Healthy Mix has a very light, dewy texture that enhances the skin in the most beautiful way. The 123 Perfect CC Cream has a more matte finish but it’s a very trusted foundation, it has colour correcting properties which make the skin look like very evened out. I do need to go in with a bit more makeup as it is so matte and even looking – I have to put in the contours of the face and some radiance in the form of highlighter afterward applying it.
I have two different bronzing products which don’t work for me. It’s at no fault of Bourjois it’s simply that my skin tone/undertone doesn’t go well with bronzing products at all. I have a cream and a powder and both of them are no good for me and I have to say that the scent is very powerful! And not in a good way. It smells old fashioned, like makeup you would find on the nightstand of your elderly aunt or grandmother. I don’t now why it has that scent but they really need to cancel it out, I don’t think anyone would appreciate that scent! The same with the nude coloured powder box, the product has a powerful scent. I haven’t gotten to use the powder because the scent doesn’t sit well with me. scaring me :). The powder in the “Healthy” range has a beautiful scent and I do really love that powder. It says on the package that it is mattifying for 10 hours. I didn’t count and my skin is pretty dry so I hardly ever have any oil on my skin.
I have a cream blush that I use if I want a light wash of colour on my cheeks. I had hoped that it had a dewy finish, but I would say it is a cream to powder product. It doesn’t blow my mind and I don’t reach for it as much as the foundations.
In the far right corner of the picture, you’ll find the CC corrector for underneath the eyes. I didn’t have any idea I would love this product, I bought it on a whim. It’s one one the best under eye correctors I have used, I would compare it to the Maybelline Eraser concealers. I find that I can use this product alone or with my regular concealer on top.
The eyeshadows in the center of the picture I haven’t had for that long. But the colours I really like! They blend really well and the wear time is acceptable.
I have two liners as well a taupe-bronze colour that I either apply in the inner corners of the eye or apply as the liner and then smudge it out for an easy everyday look.
I have to say that even though there are some misses – especially with the scent, I love Bourjois as a makeup brand. I think that the quality overall is really great and it’s “drugstore” prices which make it accessible for the majority of women.
A little disclaimer, the views and opinions in this post is just my own and I don’t want to offend anyone in any way. I think everybody should do whatever they want. It’s a free World – you do you!
But I can’t help wonder sometimes, are the makeup trends getting more and more intense? What is it we want to achieve with the makeup we apply on our faces?
Is It to cancel everything out and have that full coverage effect with almost no way of seeing our actually skin? Or is it applying makeup with a light hand that is almost invisible?
I am following different Youtubers each with their own style. I am following the Pixiwoo Sisters and I think it was Sam that said: ‘I always look at a face and think, what’s the last I can do to this face to make it look the best?’
That quote is very inspirational to me because I see a lot of makeup on Instagram and Youtube where people go all out for an ‘everyday look’. I think that’s fine. The only thing is that I don’t see that this makeup is very wearable for the everyday women, wether she is working or staying at home with kids or whatever. So I was thinking, is it only me who thinks that?
I am Scandinavian and most of the time my friends, colleagues etc. say: I want nice looking skin – but I don’t want anyone to notice that I’m wearing anything.
That’s kind of funny ( and almost impossible) but it is very much in the Scandinavian culture that we want to look very natural and not to ‘made up’. And it’s very much the opposite than Instagram/Youtube makeup trends- even the everyday/natural makeup looks.
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE makeup, I’m a beauty blogger for a reason. Call me old fashion ed or just plan old :), but after watching a Youtubers everyday look I sometimes think: ‘but could you actually wear that look and people on your work or school would like it?’
Not that you have to please people around you but at a certain point in your life you will be the ‘face’ of your work place and will your employer like that you are wearing heavy makeup?
I’m really interested in knowing what you guys think? Is It only in Scandinavia that we have this culture of less is more? Is the Youtube/Instagram makeup applicapple for the culture in your country?
I wanted a new setting powder, the translucent kind. I’ve tried different powders for setting; the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder but I find it to heavy to set my concealer under the eyes. I’ve wanted to try the more expensive one you see all around the Internet; Laura Mercier and Nars but I feel like they are too expensive. I also wanted to try different things from NYX because I’ve heard about it for years.
Sooo I went on Asos.com because they are now carrying NYX, yeahh!
I bought the HD powder in translucent. I’ve never seen a consistency like this before! It’s so light weight that it almost disappears, but I have used it for a couple of weeks and it was exactly what I was looking for! It goes on really smooth and it makes my skin look good.
I wanted to try the NYX under eye corrector and I had high hopes for it. I have to say that I find it a little disappoiting. It doesn’t have that much pigment and honestly I would probably get the same result with my regular concealers. I don’t know if it’s this particular shade, I have to choose the ‘fair’ shade and maybe some of the deeper tones have better coverage.
The Rimmel contour Trio it’s not the right fit for my skin tone and undertone. It’s on the warm side which just doesn’t suit me.
The little NYX palette is actually also on the warm side, when will I learn! I get so carried away when I see these beautiful palettes! That’s why I love having this blog because I want to help all of you guys buying the right kind of makeup for your skin tone and undertone.
The NYX brow mascara is acutally a really good product for busy women. You just have to be a little bit careful when applying because it distributes a lot of product.
This purchase is from about a month ago and I have become a lot wiser from this particular purchase. I thought I could be a bronze goddess – but I can’t!
Today I want to help you find the right foundation for you skin tone/undertone. If you are anything like me you have bought a lot of foundations in your lifetime thinking they would be a good match for your skin. In the store you have been pumping a dollop onto your hands trying to swatch. If you were daring you would apply it to your lower cheek thinking that “I heard someone say this was a good method”.
I am here today to tell you exactly how to find the right shade for your skin tone and help you save your money in the future!
It’s so important to do a little legwork before actually going into the store. I promise you, you will thank me later! I want you to do the following steps and this will lead you to become aware of your skin tone and undertone and why it’s important in choosing makeup for yourself!
Look in the mirror, preferably with the shoulders / chest bare – what do you see? You see most yellow or reddish beam from your skin? Red means you probably have a cold / red undertones in the skin. Yellow means that you have a warm undertone of the skin.
Look at your blood vessels in the thin skin on the inside of the wrist – are the most blue or green? (If they are both green and blue you probably have a neutral skin tone). Blue means you probably have a red / cold undertone of the skin and green veins means you probably have a yellow / warm undertone of the skin.
When you sunbathe, you lovely brown immediately or you will first right red, and then turn brown (equal)? Brown immediately means you probably have a yellow / warm undertone of the skin. If you light turns red and burned there is a greater likelihood that you have a cold / red undertones in the skin.
How do you match your skin to your foundation:
When you match your foundation, it should preferably match your neck and chest, because that part of your body will be visible. You may have areas of red in your face, but your chest / neck is more yellowish. Then you should choose a more yellowish foundation, because it will look more natural to your overall look. If you have a neutral skin tone / undertone, you will probably benefit from a foundation with a more yellowish tone, because a pink foundation won’t be flattering to your overall appearance.
The right shade vs. the right tone.
When actually purchasing the foundation you need to match it with two things: It has to be in your shade fair, light, medium, dark/deep and the foundation has to have the right undertone. The undertone is what I just described up top. When it comes to the right shade it’s a little bit easier. It’s like the first glance at the bottle or the color and the undertone is like the second look at it. Searching for undertone is a little bit more complicated (in my opinion) than finding the right shade for your skin tone.
Purchasing the foundation:
When you purchase foundations in the future you must both look after your tone ( “shade”) and an undertone – a yellow or red. There may be foundations that you simply will not be able to use because the undertone in the foundation never is going to match your undertone.
I wrote this post because I like to give tips on how to save you money when buying makeup. It’s so frustrating when you buy that wonderful new bottle of foundation only to see that it doesn’t suit your skin! Now you know that you might as well pass the bottle of foundation on to a friend and go buy a new bottle that suits your skin and will make you look beautiful!
I will continue to write more posts about foundations and bases of makeup because I think it’s so important to lay a good ‘foundation’ to your makeup to make it look the best.
See also find the perfect foundation for your skin type – normal / oily – combination or dry skin here here