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Going Nearly Naked for Valentine’s Day

Going Nearly Naked for Valentine's Day

Well, I’m going Nearly Naked with my beauty and makeup look for Valentine’s Day since my fiancee prefers me when I wear a ‘no makeup makeup look’  versus a full face of makeup, as pretty as pinks and reds are on that particular occasion.

I do want to have a full coverage, flawless skin look, which is why I’m including such heavy hitters as Estee Lauder’s doublewear foundation and Mac’s Prolongwear concealer, but with skillfully light/built-up strokes of the brush, I can make my skin look covered but not cakey with this combo which leaves it looking fresh and nice with a bit of setting powder over the top. Not pictured above is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette that I will set over the top of my foundation and place as a highlight over the bridge of my nose and the high points of my cheekbones. I might double the Radiant Light shade in that palette as a blush, or the Milani Baked blush in Luminoso (not pictured above).

I think that Valentine’s day looks should be about feeling your sexiest but also your most comfortable and I think our partners appreciate when we make an effort to look good for them whether it’s a downplayed more laid back makeup look, or a super vampy one. I like to think that having a Nearly Naked face has the advantage of both making you feel super comfortable for yourself, and really quite sexy for your partner, as that is often the preference I hear from men who prefer more natural makeup from their partners as more attractive. At least I know that’s what my man wants, and it’s Valentine’s Day, so, why not? 🙂

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NYE Neutrals

NYE Neutrals
It’s not even Christmas yet and yet I find myself thinking about New Years Eve and what’s to come for 2014… Given it’s only 2 or so weeks away, it’s no wonder, but the change from one year to another is still a big deal. To welcome in the new year, you can’t go past a neutral yet glammy gold eye look paired with a va-va-voom red glossy lip. Cheers to that!

Wedding Guest Makeup

This is the makeup I plan to wear on the day of my brother’s wedding which is coming up at the end of September. I own all of these but I have to buy a replacement for my Kevyn Aucoin mascara as it has now completely dried up. This is mainly a drugstore look with a few luxury items, but you can achieve a neutral look with any quality product, high or low end. I actually like the fact that most of these are budget buys, because it means drugstore makeup has really stepped up and has become comparable with high end makeup for a lot of products. I couldn’t live without my maybelline color tattoos for example, they are flawless!

Wedding Guest Makeup

Chanel translucent face powder
$52 – debenhams.com

Coral blush
$7.29 – fashionaddict.com.au

Estee Lauder foundation and concealer

I wandered up to my local Estee Lauder counter and got colour matched for the infamous Double Wear foundation that many people love to love (or hate). I was very impressed by the colour match and the shade range and I was confident that the Sales Assistant matched my to my correct shade, so I asked for the matching concealer, but I think she didn’t give me the actual double wear concealer, but rather the Disappear Smoothing Creme concealer. Here are some pics of the product:

Exterior packaging is sleek and simple, cleanly representing the classic brand:Image
The product was smaller than I thought, but I’m sure it will still take me ages to get through. I was matched to the concealer in 04 deep, and to 4N1 Shell Beige 05 in the foundation:

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I used both my fingers and a small Kabuki brush from Nude by nature (Australian brand) to apply the foundation to see which was easiest. I found the brush to be the easiest and most effective way to apply both the foundation and concealer, but you could also use a sponge and fingers as a last resort. The consistency of the foundation is thick but not gloopy, and does run but isn’t super watery. The concealer is surprisingly opaque, smooth and creamy and a little goes a long way for both products.

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I did my eye makeup using my naked palette (version 1) and the shadows I used were Sin, Toasted and Hustle, over Maybelline’s Color Tattoo Metallic in Inked in Pink.

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I used Maybelline’s The Falsies mascara in waterproof after curling my eyelashes with the Shu Uemura eyelash curler. For anyone with short, poker straight lashes like mine, I HIGHLY recommend this eyelash curler! Once I got used to the idea of using an eyelash curler (and practising a lot), I finally got my eyelash-curling mojo and can achieve a nice curled long lash with this curler and The Falsies Mascara. I like slightly clumpy lashes because I don’t have much going on with my natural lashes to begin with, so I go for as much va-va-voom as possible (even if it looks uber fake, I don’t care!).

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I used the blush and highlighter from my well-loved Rockstar palette by The Balm:

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I went back and filled in the outer V of my eyes with Gunmetal from the Naked Palette to try to accentuate the eyes a bit more. I’m not sure if I like the end result, I could have left it more natural, but c’est la vie.

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At this point I have nothing on my lips and forgot to take a ‘final’ picture (way to go organised blogger!) but you get the picture. I only put one layer of the Estee Lauder foundation and a little bit of the concealer and despite the dryness on my chin due to current blemishes and sores (ew sorry), I’m really happy with the mainly matte finish and coverage. Trust me, I have way more pigmentation, blemishes and scars normally, and this super close up (hello pores!) looks much better with the foundation on than without it. If I had gone in with another thin layer of foundation and a teensy bit more concealer, I think I could have achieved a more polished look. But since I was only running basic errands and wanted just to give a try out to this product, I was happy leaving it slightly incomplete.

Overall I’m understanding the hype surrounding this foundation. I haven’t heard much about this particular concealer but I’m liking it so far and will play around more with both. The foundation provides an instant opaque smooth coverage without appearing cakey and feels pretty nice, although wearing it longer you can feel it on the skin more (but not necessarily see it in the mirror). I feel like I’m wearing makeup, but I don’t look like I’m wearing makeup,and that works for me. I am going to take a massive leap and faith and even say this could replace Illamasqua’s skin base foundation as my holy grail, as this covers more and doesn’t leave me shiny. Time will tell!

Have you tried the Estee Lauder Double wear foundation and if so, what are your thoughts? What’s your holy grail foundation / concealer?

Millie’s thoughts on the Urban Decay Naked palette

“I don’t need makeup, mum”, says Millie. “Even the Urban Decay Naked Palette cannot enhance my already abundant beauty.”

I’m inclined to agree, little pup.Image“The shadows are impressive, being such warm and everyday-wearable neutrals that have very good colour payoff and smoothness, and as much as they’d go with my fur-tone, I already have such gorgeous hues in this fluffy coat.” Millie muses. Image

“What’s that calling me?” Image

“Nap time calls. Being this beautiful takes a lot of sleep, don’t you know?”Image