Archive | February, 2013
28 Feb

A re-blog! Mostly because I am a naughty lazy devil who didn’t have a blog prepared for yesterday when I was meant to post, and partly because … who doesn’t love a bargain. This isn’t a brand I am familiar with but one that the kids in the know rave about, so I’LL be shopping up a storm ūüôā

Life Through the Eyes of a "Cat"

e.l.f. is having a 1/2 off sale on their Studio line of products! This makes their already inexpensive products cost virtually nothing!!!

If you’ve never tried e.l.f. this is the perfect time! If you are familiar with e.l.f. then this is a great time to stock up!!!!!

http://www.eyeslipsface.com/studio?wm_tag=ewaydirect&utm_source=transactional&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Promo:50offStudio(V1.1)(ReengagementRecipients:30F)

Happy shopping, Kat

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8 photos of my eyebrows.

25 Feb

Take 2 x eyebrows…

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and one of these guys…

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… and if it’s nice n’ sharp, you can start at the outside of the brow, using the pointy pencil tip to pick the hairs up and colour them against the grain, which keeps it off the skin.

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This creates a fetching wild-n-bushy look:

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… which I like to smooth out with one of these:

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The Maybelline Eye Studio Brow Master pencils come with one on the end; most brow pencils do, and if not, just use an old clean mascara wand.

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Brush from underneath up and out, then from on top brush any long stragglers back down to join their friends in your perfectly arched neat line-up.

So THAT’S how she does it…

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Re-sharpen the pencil then add more where/if required…

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et voila.

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More eyebrow tips:

Adding a light-coloured powder or pencil (well blended) underneath the arch of the brow can really lift the whole face and highlight the eyebrows nicely.

Put down the tweezers. ¬†Step away from the tweezers. ¬†If you’ve been plucking your brows for years and have gotten into a bit of a pickle and found yourself with misshapen, skinny, stubbly worms on your face, I challenge you to let them grow wild and free for… 6 months. ¬†You’ll thank me. ¬†It’ll be hard at first, and if you need to deal with a monobrow or hair on your actual eyelids, be my guest. ¬†But for a much more flattering, youthful brow, more is more.

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Cara Delavigne knows it.

In these photos I am also wearing:
Garnier BB Miracle Skin Perfector – 02-Light
Rimmel Match Perfection Silky loose face powder – 001 Transparent
Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo gel-cream eyeshadow – Permanent Taupe
H&M Eyeliner – Chocolate
Boots No.7 Intense Volume mascara – Brown/Black

contemplation…

23 Feb

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(Photo by Grant)

This is me, on the beach with Chloe, and as you can see, we’re both wondering how the hell I’m going to come up with today’s post. ¬†My phone-camera is broken, and the digital camera has been missing for days. ¬†I haven’t been able to capture any of this week’s ground-breaking makeup artistry! ¬†DISASTER!

You probably also noticed how amazing our eyebrows are. ¬†I get mine threaded at Superdrug every time I’m down in Glasgow, and as regular readers will also know, I’m a huge fan of Maybelline’s Eye Studio Master Shape brow pencil, either in Blonde or Soft Brown, depending on how much drama I plan to bring with my brows. ¬†My hair, eyes and skin are pale and there’s something I like about having high-contrast dark-dark lashes and brows against that light background.

I’ll show you how it’s done when my technology situation improves, but for now, here’s something for you to contemplate – courtesy of http://www.mandatory.com

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Lichtenstein cartoon pop-art makeup

21 Feb

For Halloween 2012, Chloe wanted a Lichtenstein-style pop-art cartoon face to match her favourite comic-strip skirt.  And I was like, bring it on.

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We decided against the small-pox dots all over the face, mostly because by the time we got to that stage, we were running sooooo late for the party that there simply wasn’t time.

Pretty much, I just went to town on her with a black liquid liner. ¬†Starting the eyebrows higher in the inside corner, and ending them lower on the outside creates a miserable, about-to-cry expression, as if by magic. ¬†Try it, and you’ll have everyone coming up to you all night, saying “are you OK?”

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The tear was a work of art, if I do say so myself.  Shiny and long-lasting thanks to MAC Liquid Last eyeliner and with extra sparkle, care of MAC Pigment.

So off we went to our party.  Me, Chloe and Zoe Winehouse.

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May I remind you all that this boo-hoo expression on Chloe’s face is drawn on, she’s actually not pulling a face at all. ¬†Or she wasn’t, until we arrived at the party…

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and Faron was also a Lichtenstein-inspired cartoony face!  OMFG!

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And Chloe ripped off her wig in a rage, and was all like, waaaaah.

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The end.

Or was it?….

In the thrilling sequel to today’s post, CHLOE WEARS A DIFFERENT BLONDE WIG! ¬†Stay tuned!

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men with makeup: Colin

19 Feb

Today we explore another type of non-permanent body decoration: indelible-pen nipple-art.

Allow me to introduce you to my favourite male housemate, Colin.

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That’s us on the California Zephyr from Chicago to San Francisco, in March 2012. ¬†And here we are in Vegas, with my doing a shocking job of the Amplifier octopus on his arm.

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Sometimes we like to swap clothes, which works for me because he’s Scottish and in a kilt 100% of the time. ¬†It also works for him because I dress like a man from the 80s.

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And of course, like any friend of mine who’s ever been in the same room as me, a bottle of vodka and a Sharpie, Colin is an esteemed member of the Pen Fifteen club.

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Colin is such a good sport, in fact, that he didn’t press charges when I did this to him:

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As I always say, that’s what friends are for.

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PS Here’s a photo of me, Chloe and Colin playing hooker-card snap on the Strip, because I know she’ll be pissed at me for making it look like she wasn’t even there for Road Trip 2012.

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let me run something up your flagpole

17 Feb

Going to the football?  Here, let me sort you out.

Here’s me on Australia Day in 2009 – we had an excellent party in the hostel that year, all down to other resident redhead Aussie at the time – Ken – who paid outstanding attention to detail and got in everyone’s favourite Australian delicacies (Toffee Apples, Milo, Chicos, Cherry Ripes, Burger Rings – you name it).

Anyway – these flags are all done with cream makeup/facepaint that’s available on eBay for a couple of bucks per tube. ¬†Not sure if you can see on my blue face but it’s flaking to buggery – maybe I had it on too thick? ¬†Or maybe it was a dud batch of paint. ¬†The blue corner of the South African flag on Alewyn’s face suffered the same fate, while the rest of the facepaint lasted pretty well (not only on his face, but everyone else’s who came within smearing distance!)

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And Dos Tonis, getting ready to celebrate LOUDLY for the World Cup in 2010 (?? – is it every four years like the Olympics??)

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I’m not sure what was going on with Chloe’s makeup here; from memory we were at a dress up party (Morgan’s birthday?) and at the last minute hastily threw together her costume; I think she was a flag. ¬†The dress she’s in was a floor length stripey beach-ball number and her face was just painted with the colours I had to hand that kind-of matched. ¬†Heehee. ¬†That was the day I first had my hair cut into a mullet (April or May 2012) by Oban’s one and only Karlos; it has since gone from strength to strength (in length).

Anyway.  Not an official flag according to the UN, but still.

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illamasqua sealing gel

15 Feb

Just a wee experiment with this product, which I bought a couple of weeks ago and only today got around to trying out. ¬†It’s been raved about by all and sundry, the new miracle product to mix into your powder eyeshadow to instantly turn it into a high-density liquid liner.

I have been using a similar miracle product for years – called “water” – but I’m always up for trying these things out.

These shots were all taken after about 14 hours of wear and tear, including me intermittently rolling my eyes then squeezing them shut in frustration for 8 hours straight at college.

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oop, let’s see if we can crop that down a bit, less nose, more eyelid.

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and even closer…

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What we have here is MAC eyeshadow powder in Coppering (a daring reddish shade that if applied right, makes blue eyes insanely blue, and if applied even a little too heavy-handedly, makes one look as if one has a scorching case of pink-eye), mixed with a little – and I mean a tiny drop – of Illamasqua Sealing Gel, applied with a flat brush in a thin line, slightly winged out in a flick on the outer corner of the eye.

There’s a bit of Maybelline gel-cream eyeshadow (24 Hour Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze) on my eyelids, although it’s mostly worn off, and Boots No. 7 brown mascara.

If you can only set aside 10 seconds for eye makeup yet want to look incredibly incredible, get your ring-fingertip into a pot of Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo and smear it on. ¬†You cannot f_ck it up, I swear. ¬†Shimmery, flattering colours for everyone! ¬†The 24-Hour claim is a bald-faced lie, obviously, but the good news is that you can just pat it back into place if it does travel or crease during the course of the day. ¬†Maybe she’s born with it, or maybe that’s just me and my greasy eyelids.

The MAC Coppering/Illamasqua Sealing Gel is all the way along the top lashline, right down into the inner corner of my eyes, and there it stayed all day, not a smudge or a wrinkle or a fade or a blur in sight. ¬†I’m well impressed, Illamasqua.

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Sealing Gel, welcome to my makeup kit.

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