Tuesday, 28 January 2014

FOTD: Glam Duochrome Make Up Look

There's something very satisfying about a make up look that looks more complicated that it actually was. The main eyeshadow used is only £1 from MUA, and when blended out it looks like much more effort has been put in, as it has a lovely duochrome finish.

I wore this to a family occasion but it would also be great for a night out too with some false lashes added. The eyeshadow suits all eye colours due to the mixture of shades. Here are all the products I used for this look...

I started off with the Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer which is a long forgotten buy from America. It is lovely but very silicone-y and too much can cause the opposite effect, and cause foundation to slide about. I used the Avon Ideal Flawless Foundation in Light Pink as I am very pale at present and this is one of the lightest foundations I have in my stash. The NYC Blushable Creme Stick* is quite a neutral pink which suits a variety of looks. It also provides a lovely glow and sheen to the cheeks. Of course I use my old faithful Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, as I find it covers both blemishes and under eye darkness very well.

For contouring I used the Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow as a base, followed by the NYC Color Wheel Mosaic Face Powder in All Over Bronze Glow. I used the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder to set my base and the Illamasqua Powder Blush in Lover which is one of my go-to blushes. The MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle provides a subtle highlight to finish of the face.

You can see how well loved my HD Brow Kit is! It is my favourite brow powder and I am devastated that I am almost finished it. I used Avon Super Shock Eyeliner for lining the water line and tight line as well as for adding some smoky definition. I used two mascaras; firstly, Soap & Glory Thick & Fast, which isn't my favourite... I think the brush is too big for my lashes! It also was quite clumpy which I am not a fan of in a mascara. I used Avon Supershock for the second coat to help separate my lashes a bit!

My eyeshadow base of choice was Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Shadow Pencil in Rehab as I thought the brown shade would emphasise the red undertones of my main eyeshadow, MUA Pearl Shade 12. I also used a little Wet n Wild Brulée in the crease to help when blending. Not pictured is MUA Pearl Shade 2, a pearly white which I used as an inner corner highlight and forgot to photograph, oops!

The final touches for this look were the Urbdan Decay All Nighter Setting Spray which I used to dampen my eyeshadow brush to apply the colour more intensely over the lid, as well as my current favourite nude lip (and I do love a nude lip) Rimmel Apocalips Nude Eclipse.

I have also done a video on this look if you're interested in seeing how I put it all together!

Is this a look that you would wear or try out? It's definitely one I will be wearing more often!

* PR Sample

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

How I Clean My Make Up Brushes / Sigma Dupe

I can't be alone in dreading the chore that is washing make up brushes. When I manage to keep on top of the task and wash a few brushes here and there it is bearable, however I am prone to letting the stash of dirty brushes build up until the 'dirty brush pot' is jam packed and my heart sinks at the sight.

Previously I washed my brushes on my left hand, which was time consuming and usually resulted in a very wrinkly hand at the end of the process! Not a bit pleasant. Then one day last year, as I was browsing in Tesco, the heavens opened and a sun beam shot down and the angels sang as I laid eyes on this...

A silicone oven glove! With different textures and ridges for brush cleaning! Just like the Sigma Brush Cleaning Glove and all for the grand sum of £6.50. I purchased it and went home with the knowledge that even if it was a failure for cleaning my brushes I could still use it for its intended purpose.

Fortunately, it was a complete success when it came to washing my brushes! The glove is lined inside and keeps my hand warm and dry. I use some baby shampoo and the brushes get a really good lather and clean thanks to the ridges of the brush. A thorough rinse and my brushes are good as new and it makes the whole chore a lot faster and less dread inspiring.

If you are interested, here is a link to the oven glove! I bought this almost a year ago now, and it is still as good as new and going strong. It is a fraction of the cost of the Sigma version and, although I haven't tried it personally, I am sure it does just as good a job. If you would like to see me and my mitt in action, you can check out my latest YouTube video!

Do you have something similar for cleaning your brushes? Or perhaps you have an even better method?! Do share!

Sunday, 12 January 2014

New Year, New Name!

Hello there! As you can see, I have changed my blog's name, so I thought I would do a little post to let you know!

I was fed up with Gotta Love A Trier... I had originally picked it back in 2010 as I was unsure as to what direction my blog would take, and I wanted an all-encompassing title. However I had become really irritated with it as it was long and didn't exactly roll off the tongue. I have had a rather lengthy life related hiatus from the blog world, however I am now inspired to revive my bloggy once again.

So, as you can see, I have changed my blog name to my name (or my first name plus middle names, to be precise). This way it is still all-encompassing, but I like it better, and it is more personal. My YouTube channel, sadly, cannot be changed so it will have to keep the old name; it would be a pain to start from scratch with it!

Anyways, new posts on here will be coming soon so keep an eye out :)