Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Sarah Hyland Inspired Makeup Look

sarah hyland inspired makeup

Sarah Hyland looked like a bronze goddess at this years Emmy Awards Ceremony. I especially find her brows very striking. Her makeup stood out the most at the Emmy's so I decided to do a makeup look inspired by Sarah Hyland's Emmy Awards 2014 look.

Please keep in mind that by no means am I trying to make myself look like her. It is pretty clear that there is no resemblance in our face shape, skin tone or hair so this is only a makeup look that was inspired by this gorgeous lady. So no when you see the final product I will not have magically transformed to look just like this pretty girl! Let's face it I am way too pale to pull off a bronzed goddess look as well as she does! 

I used quite a lot of products as you can see in the photo down below. I will post any reviews that I have previously written on mentioned products at the end of this post so you can head over there for a detailed review of the product.

no makeup makeup look

I started off by applying my Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector (1) with my fingers. Remember to extend it onto your neck and to quickly go over and behind your ears to make it look flawless. After this I applied my Essence I Love Stage eyeshadow base (2) and I used my fingers to pat it in on my eyelid. I did this relatively early because it needs some time to dry before you can apply your eyeshadow over it.

To get a more bronzed look I applied my Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder (3) with my Essence Powder Brush (4) in the 3E areas of my face. I also brushed a little bit over my forehead and down my neck to ensure that my face does not get too bronze in comparison to my neck.

Next I used the brush in the Essence eyebrow stylist set (5) to pack on quite a lot of product into my eyebrows. For this look I think the eyebrows are one of the most important features so do not be afraid to really fill them in. After this I added some more product with my Catrice Smokey Eye brush (6) and ran that through my brows to ensure that my eyebrows are neat and all the hairs are going into the correct directions.

By this time the eyeshadow base has dried and I took the pinkish colour (the bottom one) of my Wet N Wild Walking On Eggshells palette (7) and packed some on my eyelid with my finger. I then added the lightest colour onto my browbone with a different finger. I feel I can get more product onto my lid by packing it on my with fingers instead of using a brush. I did however use the brush I bought at Woolworths (8) to blend the darkest colour of the same pallete into my crease. It was much more prominent off camera and I am a little bit disappointed with how the photos came out. I then applied the Essence Long Lasting Pencil in Chocolate (9) on my tight line and the outer corners of my water line. 

Finally it is time to conceal the imperfections. I used the Essence Stay All Day concealer in 01 Natural (10) by applying a bit underneath my eye next to my nose and then blending it outward towards the outer corners of my eyes. Today I also added a little bit of the Catrice Camouflage Cream (11) to try and create flawless looking skin like Sarah has. After finishing concealing my undereyes I also concealed the spots of hyperpigmentation on my chin.

I then climbed in with another bronzer, the Essence Sun Club bronzer for blondes (12) to try and bronze myself up a bit more. I seriously need to buy some more pigmented bronzers for summer! I applied this with the Essence Powder brush (4) as well and I also added a bit to my cheeks because Sarah's cheeks looks quite bronze. Then I used the brush that came with my Wet N Wild blush (13) to contour my nose. I actually contoured my nose earlier but after applying the concealer I covered it all up and had to redo it at this stage.

My Yardley Stayfast blusher in Sherry Sparkle (14) is my only blush that is not a pink or a red so I rather went with this berry coloured blush. I applied it with my Sarah Hofmann blush brush (15) on my cheek bones and avoided adding any on the apples of my cheeks. If you do see any redness on my cheeks please excuse it. My rosacea was quite prominent today so I had quite a prominent red cheek throughout the entire process and if you are not wearing foundation rosacea can be quite a pain to cover up!

sarah hyland makeup
I set it all with my Yardley Stayfast Pressed Powder (16) in 01 Translucent using the Essence Powder Brush once again. With everything in order it was time to curl my eyelashes (17) and put on some Maybelline One By One mascara (18). I was a bit disappointed with this mascara today. It just did not want to seperate my lashes and didn't hold the curl as well as it usually does.

After this I used a bit of the eyeshadow I applied in my crease to add just below my lower lash line. I did this with the spongy applicator that came in the Wet N Wild eyeshadow trio compact. I also added a bit of the brow bone colour to the inner corners of my eyes to brighten up my eyes.

Finally I added my Catrice Ultimate Colour lipstick in 200 Maroon (19) as this is literally the only dark bronzish lipstick I own. I added some of my Essence XXXL shine lipglosses in dazzle glow (20) to the middle third of my mouth but to be honest I could have skipped this step as it did not make much of a difference as the lipstick is quite glossy already...lol stupid me for thinking it would actually have an effect!

Down below is a photo of the final makeup look compared to my before photo. 

make up before and after; sarah hyland inspired makeup

Next is a photo with my eyes closed so you can see the eyeshadow. The eyeshadow showed up really poorly on all of my photos. Does anyone perhaps have some tips on photographing eyeshadow?

That is it for my celebrity inspired makeup look! I will be away for the weekend so I decided to post this a bit earlier so I don't have to worry about a blog going up as the rest of the week will be quite hectic.

Hope you are all doing well!

Friday, 22 August 2014

Drugstore Gem: Catrice Camouflage Cream

drugstore gem catrice camouflage cream

The Catrice Camouflage Cream caught my attention after reading about it on Chicara's blog Lipgloss Kisses. After reading up about it even more I just had to get my hands on it. I honestly didn't need it since I already have a heavy duty concealer, but with all the lovely things said about it and the price tag (under R50 at Dischem) I just had to get my hands on it as soon as possible!

So this high coverage concealer by Catrice can basically eliminate any sign of redness, dark circles and the zit that sets up camp on my chin every single month. I had one of those awfully painful zits earlier this month, you know those "blind" ones that hurts when you move your face or smile, anyway it was also bright red and this concealer literally eliminated that pimple. Yes, the bump was obviously still visible, but there was no sign of redness and the concealer didn't budge. I set it with a powder and according to their website this leads to a waterproof effect. 

catrice camouflage cream

It works really well for the under eye area as well. However I would not recommend that you use only this for that purpose. If you were to pack it underneath the entire eye it easily looks cakey and I think it makes my pores look worse. So I use my normal concealers to cover up the most of my dark circles and then I use the Camouflage Cream on those difficult extra dark areas close to my nose that is always such a pain to cover up. I find doing it this way works the best as everything is camouflaged without looking heavily packed. Below you can see how it easily covered up the naevi on my arm. The insides of my arms are extremely pale so the shade of the concealer does not match the extra paleness of my inner arms, but it does match my face luckily! So it doesn't look perfect down below but you do get an idea of the amount of coverage this product offers.

catrice camouflage cream

I would definitely recommend this soft creamy miracle photoshop-on-your-face concealer. The price is great, the consistency is great, it is easy to use and personally I think the packaging is good. The packaging is black with a clear top as you can see in the photos, but it gives it a very simplistic classy look which I like.

catrice camouflage cream

The only downside to this concealer is that it does start breaking down after a few hours which is such a pity. So underneath the eye it gets kind of patchy with areas with no concealer so if you are going out for the day be sure to pack the concealer in so you can touch it up throughout the day. Luckily it is a small pot that would not open up in your bag so this should be easy enough. Setting it with a powder also helps.

I think this is a must have in any drugstore makeup lovers makeup bag! Do any of you own one yet? What are your drugstore makeup gems? Let me know!

Hope you all get loads of time to rest today beautiful ladies!
daisyperson xx

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Mini Midweek Haul

Beauty Haul

I consider myself to be a pretty healthy person. Trying to eat clean and going to the gym four to five times a week. Gym however is starting to get a bit expensive because I always find myself wandering through the beauty aisles of the Dischem, my favourite local drugstore, which is in the same building as my gym.

I purchased these guys during one of those aimless wandering sessions yesterday. Technically I will need a new concealer soon. It is so difficult to tell how much product is left in the Almay Wake Up concealers. It always looks as if they are quite full but then you have to put effort into squeezing out product that I guess there is not that much left. For R45 however I am happy to give the Essence Stay All Day concealer a try. I put it on today, but would like to wear it a bit more before I do a full review on this one.

I have been reading up on some cheap drugstore eyeliners. Being the biggest noob in eyeliner history I decided it is time for me to play around with some liquid or felt tip eyeliners. There was a specific Essence one I have read great things about on blogs recently but they didn't have it so I purchased this one on impulse instead. It is the 2 in 1 eyeliner pen that has a thick and a thin side so we will have to see how that goes. Not sure if a decent liner would really fix an unsteady hand. This eyeliner retailed for R53.

On my way to the tills I took another look down the beauty aisle since they have quite a few specials running where you get gift packs if you spend a certain amount. At the Maybelline counter they had a 3-for-2 special on any of the Color Show products. I got (from left to right) Coral Craze, Peach Pie and Fall Deep. I am wearing Fall Deep today and it is basically identical to my Wet N Wild nail polish in Haze of Love which I absolutely love. Probably could have done without one that is so close to one I already own, but the deed is done so I will continue to wear this one. These nail polishes are so affordable in the first place so getting one for free is an absolute bargain. It retails for R37 each but technically I got mine for R25 a piece due to the special.


maybelline color show

I will probably review most of these in the future or at least feature them in posts where I can give a bit more information on their performances. A bit nervous about the eye liner, just have a feeling that it is not going to work well. Let's hope for the best though!

What was the last thing you purchased on impulse? And was it a dud or a good find?

Hope you are having a lovely week
daisyperson xx

Friday, 15 August 2014

The Lipstick Tag

I am absolutely addicted to buying lipstick! I do not own a crazy amount, but if I earned a salary I probably would have! The reasons I love lipstick so much is because it can make you look and feel so much more put together without a big fuss.

Since I love lipstick so much I thought the lipstick tag will be loads of fun. Be sure to check out the links posted at the bottom of this blog post if you would like to see more swatches and in depth reviews on some of the lipsticks. Let's get started!

How many lipsticks do you own?

Right now I have twenty four which is quite a lot if you consider that I have only been buying makeup for a year now. To prevent things from getting too crazy I am on a lipstick buying ban right now till next year!

What is your most worn lipstick?

This is so difficult because I have four or five lipsticks I rotate through regularly. So I am going to limit it to two. One of them is my Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in 03. This is such a beautiful nude that does not wash me out as many other nude lipsticks tend to do. 

Then I would say I most often wear my Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya. I used to wear it almost every day but when it got a bit screwed up, as you can see in the pic, I have started using it less often because it just gets too messy for my liking.

Lipstick Tag Rimmel Kate 03 and Revlon lip butter in juicy papaya


What was your first ever lipstick?

The first lipsticks I bought were my essence lipsticks in 53 all about cupcake, 52 in the nude and 48 red carpet. I was very disappointed with their performance. Soon after this I bought the Revlon Superlustrous lipstick in 680 Temptress which I absolutely love. This lipstick led to my infatuation with lipstick so I like to consider the Revlon one as my actual first.

lipstick tag essence lipstick revlon superlustrous in temptress

What is your favourite brand for lipstick?

I mostly own Revlon lipsticks and I love all of their different ranges (except for the Ultimate Suede one) so I must say that Revlon is my favourite lipstick brand. I have a long post with loads of pics and swatches of the Lip Butters so sure to visit the link posted at the end of this post.

What is your favourite finish?

Definitely cream/satin finish. I love that they offer long lasting medium to full coverage without drying out your lips. 

What was the last lip product you bought?

The Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in 205 Elusive. I have not worn it yet since it is winter in South Africa but I am sure that it will be the perfect shade for spring and summer.

Lipstick tag revlon elusive

How many lip products do you currently have in your handbag? (including balms and glosses)

Three, I have the Catrice Ultimate Shine lipstick in 200 Get The Nudes Paper! then I have a Woolworths Mango Tango iced lip balm which smells absolutely delicious and lastly my Lip Ice in Cherry which is the best product for dry lips. With products like Labello I feel that they have a short period where they make your lips feel amazing. After a few minutes or so however they often tend to dehydrate your lips even more so you end up using more and more product to keep your lips feeling satisfied. This does not happen with Lip Ice which keeps your lips moisturized for hours.

lipstick tag catrice lipstick

What do you use to rock a red lip?

I hardly ever wear red lipstick. I usually tend to lean more towards the pinks and neutral colours. However I do really like the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Candy Apple. If I feel like I want to wear something a bit more colourful I tend to reach for my Yardley Supermoist lipstick in Melon Burst which is more like a vibrant pink red.

lipstick tag

How do you store your lipsticks?

I keep mine bottoms up so I can easily see the names and colours of the lipsticks. I keep them in a Forrero Rocher chocolate's plastic container. I love the way it looks with the transparent exterior and it fits 28 lipsticks. An added bonus is that if you buy it you also get to eat the chocolates! I use the lid of the same container to keep my eyeliners and mascaras in. It works really well without breaking the bank as the acrylic containers do. This would cost around R60 where I have seen the acrylic containers being sold for around R200.

makeup storage lipstick tag

What lip products are you currently lusting after?

I actually have a whole list of lipsticks that I still want to buy some day. Whenever I read a blog or see a post on Instagram with a product I like I save the name on a list on my phone.

In no particular order:
  • Body Shop - rush of pink
  • Catrice - it's a matte world + spicy coral + berry delicious
  • Revlon - unapologetic
  • Rimmel - airy fairy + Kate 16 and 8 + let's get naked!
  • Maybelline color sensational - pink please + born with it + coral lustre + pink peony
  • MAC - fanfare + creme cup
I tag Monica from villemo20, Luzanne from Pink Peonies and Kaelah from Field of Beauty. Be sure to click on the links to read their blogs!

If you have done the tag please post a link to your blog in the comment section, I would love to read each and every one!

daisyperson xx

The links to swatches and reviews as promised:
For Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters click HERE. 
For Rimmel Kate 03 or Revlon Superlustrous lipstick in Temptress click HERE.
For Yardley Supermoist lipsticks click HERE.
I will keep these links updated as I post more reviews and swatches.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Budget Beauty: Highlighting

Budget and beauty are two words that I love reading in the same sentence. Products that are able to fit my tight budget are always welcome and I truly believe that one can make almost any product work no matter how crappy it is. Yes, you may need to put more effort into the process with less expensive products, but when that is all you can afford it should not really matter right?

Initially (ages ago) after seeing highlighting being done by all the beauty gurus I just had to get onto this as well. I didn't really find many highlighting options at the drugstore at that time when brands like Essence didn't have a highlighter on the market yet. I did not want to spend too much money on it either since it has a relatively minute effect on a day makeup look. I agree it looks really nice when it catches the light, but it is not a staple such as mascara or blush. I finally found some pencil-like highlighters by Catrice which looked really nice but silly me ended up buying the brow lift instead (I did a review on the brow lift here).


As I am sure you can imagine the brow lifter obviously didn't work for highlighting. I thought if I draw a line on the areas that I want to highlight and blend it in it would have the same effect as a highlighter because it is lighter than my skin. It did not work and I was still left with this urge to find a highlighter. By this point being a student and all I decided to not spend any more money on it since I do not really need it. So I took my Essence Cappuccino, please! single eye shadow (pictured above) and applied it just above my cheekbones with my Essence powder brush (pictured down below, the picture on the right shows about how much product I use on each separate cheekbone). It was easy to blend and due to its shimmer effect it still left me with the luminous effect normal highlighters have.


However it is important to use a shimmer eye shadow so that it reflects light and to use the correct colour. Either one similar to your skin tone or whitish. For me the white worked perfectly. It may be because I am quite fair so you do not see the slight contrast in colour of Cappuccino, please! which I find is perfect for my needs. Just don't use a dark or colourful one, it really is as simple as that! Also do not use a heavy hand so you don't over pack it on your cheek. It should just be a hint of shimmer that slightly catches the light and not end up actually looking like eye shadow packed on your cheek - now that would be embarrassing!

Down below I tried to capture the effect of the eye shadow as highlighter. Picture 1 shows what my hand look like with no eye shadow applied. Picture 2 has the amount I normally put on my brush as I showed as an example above. If you did not know it had some highlighter on you might not have even noticed it, but that is why you don't want to use too much since you want for it to look as natural as possible. On pictures 3 and 4 I applied much more of the eye shadow so that you can see the colour of the shadow a bit better.



Personally I think this works just as effective as a highlighter and would therefore recommend trying this if you do not want to spend money on an exclusive highlighter. Why not save money on beauty by making items multi-purpose products. I have always loved this concept where people for example use their lipsticks as blush or a dark matte eye shadow to fill brows.

So this is my little budget beauty tip. Have you ever done this? Which other eye shadows would you recommend for this? What other products do you use for purposes that they were not intended for? Let me know in the comment section!

Stay awesome
daisyperson xx