Thursday, 5 May 2016

Halsey Inspired Make-up Look - Including my Halsey Mac Lipstick

This look is inspired by all the little things I love about Halsey's style/makeup and matching it with her collab with Mac for her Halsey lipstick! It's a gorgeous matte cool toned grey - I'm obsessed. (I just need to get the balls, for lack of better term, to wear it in public!)

Here's the finished look.. 

It's a cool toned grey/slate grey metallic lid, the colours inspired from the lipstick she created, a pop of metallic blue under the eye as a nod to her blue hair which was my favourite and her all round obsession with the colour blue, a bright futuristic highlight as I always love her looks with a dewy glow and of course her lipstick on my lips! I'll go into more detail below on what I used for this look and what techniques I used.

For the base and face:
Firstly I moisturised as I have dry skin and apply a light layer of Mac Skin Base Visage to even out my skin. I used the L'Oreal Infalliable foundation in shade 140 mixed with a pump of the L'Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Primer. This adds the most healthy and gorgeous glow. If you're on the dry side like me I definitely 100% would recommend adding this into your foundation - it's gorgeous!
For concealer I use the L'Oreal True Match La Touche Magique, it's a pen like packaging with a brush at the top but this concealer is heavy duty! I find this even brightens up my under eye area a lot more than my Mac Pro Longwear Concealer.
For contour I used my Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette in Medium. For my contour I used the shade Cinnamon. I then set my eye and highlight area with Ben Nye Powder in the shade Banana. For my contour I set that using my Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette and I used the middle, of the three, contour shades.

For my eyes:
On my eyebrows I used my trusty Illamasqua Brow Gel in Stare and filled the ends in with a dark eyeshadow. 
Onto my eye lids, I first prepped them with my Mac Pro Longwear Concealer and my face powder. To make sure the silver and grey shades stood out I used the metallic white shade from my Morphe Brushes 35K palette to cover my whole lids to my brow bone and used this for my brow bone highlight.
All shadows I used were from the 35K palette (thank you for recommending Jaclyn Hill!) In the crease I firstly placed a light grey matte shadow and blended it out, I followed with a darker grey shade and kept this closer to my crease this time. I then went in with a dark metallic grey and blended out the crease again going back and fourth until the three shades were perfectly blended. I then took the white shade and lightly sweeped this around the outside of the crease, and into my inner corner area for my inner corner highlight and to make sure it had an airbrushed effect blend on my lid. 
For the inner third of my eyelid I placed a metallic sliver shadow as a highlight and to brighten up my grey toned eye. I dampened by brush first to get a gorgeous foil shadow effect on the inside.
Under my eye I used a bright metallic blue eyeshadow from Urban Decay (it was in one of my older palettes) and blended this out with the white shadow. (The blue doesn't show up so well on camera but it's a gorgeous metallic royal blue!)
My eye had a lot going on so I placed a white liner on the inside of my eye to brighten it up again and bring my eyes back out! I decided with the intense shadow not to do a winged liner (shocker!!) and only a long wispy lash as I know this is something Halsey is fond of. She always has gorgeous long and thick eyelash extensions so I used the lashes closest to that I had. I used one of the pairs I got in a 5 pack from ebay I'll link them here, as I know they're not an easy find but they're very cheap!! They're not for the faint hearted though and they're definitely not a 'natural' lash.
Before applying these I coated my eyelashes in my Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara and applied them using Duo eyelash glue.

For Highlight:
I used my Sleek Highlighting Palette in Solstice. This palette is gorgeous. I used the shade Subsolar for a gorgeous light highlight and from the whole palette I felt the cooler shade matched this look perfectly! See my review here of this palette! I placed on the top of my cheeks, nose and cupids bow with a slight dusting on my chin and forehead of whatever was left on the brush!

On my Lips:
I used the Halsey x Mac lipstick and then I felt it was a little flat in comparison to the rest of the look as it was very matte so I added a little of the Subsolar highlight to the inside of my lips using my finger. I love the metallic effect it gives. I didn't use a lip pencil with this so I cleaned up the edges with concealer and a brush.

To finish off this look I sprayed my face in my NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray to ensure I stayed flawless and dewy.

This is my finished Halsey inspired look including Halsey Mac Lipstick! Hope you liked this and feel free to recommend me any good products I should be using! 

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Sunday, 1 May 2016

How I Maintain and Tone My Clip-In Extensions and Colour-Freedom Metallic Glory Review!

I bought Milk + Blush Triple Weft Extensions in Spaced Out in November (Check out my initial review here). As I style mine often to wear on nights out I tend to wash them often to keep them sleek and soft. I noticed the grey tone from the ombre ends had faded and I decided to use Knight & Wilson Colour Freedom Metallic Glory in Silver Blonde. 

This is a Permanent Hair Colour and on the box looks a grey/blonde shade. The picture below shows an unfiltered picture of my extensions beside the box to show the colour before and how it should look after..

As you can see my extensions are supposed to be a grey shade but have become quite ashy blonde, that being said they are definitely not much different than when I received them, which can be seen in my review above. From the colour key on the box I expected them to be a nice toned grey/'white' shade.

The photo above is a full photo of my extensions before they were dyed. Below is the contents of the box:

The box contained:

  • Instructions
  • Gloves
  • Conditioner
  • Cream Developer
  • Colourant
I followed the instructions and left the dye on for 25 minutes (pictured below). I then followed with rinsing them, leaving the conditioner on for 5 mins and rinsed it off to leave my extensions really soft!

Once I dried my extensions, trimmed the ends and applied a little coconut oil to the ends they looked like this:

To be honest I don't see a great difference but what you mightn't be able to see from the picture is that the ends are a cooler tone with a slight grey look in the right light. The light in which I took the photo is a 'yellow' light which can cause them to look warmer in tone. This dye has definitely brought my extensions back to their original colour and removed the warm/brassy tones I didn't like about the ends.

If I was to do this again I would use one of the 'grey' dyes and not a silver blonde as I feel this would achieve the grey I wanted. All in all, I'm happy with the end result as my extensions look thicker, healthier and toned which was the next best thing to grey hair!

I would rate the dye a 3/5 as it has great conditioning qualities but lacks in the fact it didn't produce the colour promised on the box. 

What dyes/hair products do you use for the most coveted hair colour lately? Let me know in the comments!

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