5 DIY Easy Beauty Hacks

Who doesn’t love a sneaky DIY? I have 5 easy-peasy beauty tips to get the most out of your products and most importantly,  your budget!

[ 1. Get instant 3D lips by adding frosted eyeshadow! ]
Add a soft coating of shiny eyeshadow over the top of lipstick or lipgloss for a fuller look
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[ 2. Instant ‘plumping’ lipgloss ]
Just add peppermint oil to any of your favourite lipglosses for that plumping tingly effect! Easy as pie
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[ 3. Touch up french manicures with… anything! ]
Any smooth, long, bendable surface can be used to touch up a french manicure! I’m talking tape, rubber bands, even paper! Just hold sturdy in place and paint!
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[ 4. Banish split-ends between hair cuts! ]
Simply separate hair into sections, twist, and cut any hairs that are sticking out!
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[ 5. Coloured lips using eyeshadow ]
Coat lips with a sticky lipgloss (thin lizzy lipgloss is crazy sticky) and apply any eyeshadow on top! Get creative! Today I’m a mermaid…
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xo

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A Sticker for your Kisser

At the start of semester I purchased a gold lip sticker to wear to a Shapeshifter gig during re-orientation week! I had tried nail stickers before (see here), and one of my besties suggested I try lip stickers! At crazy-cheap eBay prices ($1.70NZD) I couldn’t say no. But unfortunately like most things in my life, it got thrown into my makeup draw never to be seen again. UNTIL NOW. I decided to finally try these bad boys and I must admit it was a little weird…

The packaging reads:
[ Shape your lips with your mouth wide open to the “AHH” shape. Next measure your lip length and cut on the dotted vertical lines. Then measure the depth of your lip staying outside your water line and cut on the horizontal line. ]

That easy huh?? It was all lies. 
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The result? A mixed review… First of all, the lip shape did nowhere near fit the shape of my mouth, even with the option of cutting the edges. The cutting part was also mildly stressful as cutting off too much meant no return. The actual colour was more of a brownish leopard print than a gold which was disappointing. Also the definition between the sticker and your ‘water line’ was very exact so a sneaky peek of pink can always be seen (on my lips anyway). To apply it was literally like a temporary tattoo… you hold it on your lips and apply water. Weird. This had good point and bad points…

lip sticker, lip tattoo, how toThe good: It will stay on! I had to scrub like crazy to actually get this stuff off! If it was intended for a long night out it would definitely make the distance. They’re also super comfortable as they move with your lips. I forgot I was wearing them!

The bad: The photos above were taken after about 2 hours of wear. As you can see, the sides of the mouth where the most moisture sits started to wear down and distort the sticker. Not cute. The sticker was also hard to match to my lips.

These would be fun for a dress up party, and if I ever go anywhere dressed as a leopard they will be at the top of my list! Until then, I think I’ll stick with good old-fashioned lipstick!

xo

Mix ‘n Match: 4 lipstick colours you didn’t know you had

A couple of weeks ago I posted a photo on my instaglam of a lipstick colour I had created by mixing two of my favourite lipsticks! I don’t know if this is an existing thing or not – but I felt like the person who created sliced bread! No longer do I look at my makeup collection and say to myself ‘hmm which of these 9 lipstick colours should I wear tonight?’ I say ‘WOH which of these 72 lipstick colours should I wear??’ (9×8 options?) although some of them do look terrible together so it’s probably more like 50, or 20 – but still, it’s more than 9! Also I may need to clarify for any boys that may happen to read this – by colours I mean shades, because yes, they are all pink xo

Here are my FOUR fave combos! (I actually discovered another goodie but you’ll have to wait for that one)
I like to apply each colour to a different lip – this isn’t just for a funky photo, but it stops you mixing the colours on your actual lipstick!

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[ Mirenesse Stiletto + Lime Crime Countessa Fluorescent = ]

lipstick, colour, mix, beauty[ Barbie Pink! ]
This is such a cool colour – the orange tone brings out the pink to make it that much brighter

lipstick, colour, mix, beauty[ Revlon in Soft Nude + Lime Crime in Countessa Fluorescent = ]

lipstick, colour, mix, beauty[ Baby Pink! ]
I love my Countessa Fluorescent, but it can be overwhelming! Mix it with a little nude and your away laughing!

lipstick, colour, mix, beauty[ Mac in Morange + Mac in Russian Red = ]

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[ Tangerine! ]
Can’t decide between red and orange? Try both!
It makes it that much more vibrant and that much more fun!!

lipstick, colour, mix, beauty[ Mac in Lady Gaga + Revlon in Berry Smoothie = ]

lipstick, colour, mix, beauty[ Baby Gaga! ]
I tend to find that Gaga is a little toooo pale for me and tends to wash me out.
Mixing it with Berry Smoothie gives it that little extra colour that I need!

Try mixing some of your own lipstick shades before rushing off to spend your hard earned pennies!
xo

Style Stalker: 60s/70s costume party

I must start off by saying this is a bit of a fail photo-wise. Last week was re-orientation week here in Dunedin, and being the scarfie I am, I ended drinking and/or being hungover majority of that week. Several of the weeks festivities involved costume! And as great as this was, it became frustrating when I planned to do an awesome costume post – but after simultaneous drinking and getting ready, I just simply was not in the mood to take outfit photos. The result? Trawling through party photos and creating a dysfunctional collage! Yay for Kiwi ingenuity! …..

So anyway, my flat threw a 60s/70s party on the Thursday night and I was torn between going for the 60’s mod look, and the 70’s hippie look. My conclusion: to do a clash of them both! I decided I was from 1969. It counts.

The inspiration: 
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I was drawn to the makeup of the 60s! And I refused to change this after I failed to find a suitable mod shift dress. I also kept my white socks, while opting for a Donna inspired hippie get-up including a tussled vest, shear dress, pendant and headband. Groovy baby.

The result:
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Does it stress anyone else out that a mystical ghost is lifting up the back of my vest?? I feel a little violated.
The night was a success and much fun was had! So many great costumes! Groooovy.

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[ My flat ❤ love these ladies ]

xo

A Cinderella Story

It’s school ball season here in NZ – apparently, so I took a small break from my exam study to help makeover my friends-boyfriends-sister and her best friend for their school formal! Oooh the nostalgia. I was almost more excited than they were!! And what a perfect excuse for a makeover post. Neither of them wear much makeup on a daily basis, so they asked for a little extra help getting dolled up…

DSCN1519[ Curls were kept long and soft on both girls, keeping them looking fresh and not over-done. No pageant ringlets here! Lots of hairspray and protectant spray kept the curls in place ]

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[ Makeup was kept light, using light browns and greys to contour eyes, pale peaches and pinks for the lips, liquid liner along the top lids to add definition, topped of with false lashes. Georgia (left) wore several single lashes at the edges of each eye, while Lydia (right) opted for a set of angled lashes. ]

beforeafter[ Our beauty work station – before and after! ]

DSCN1525 [ Georgia – After xox ]
A flower added to her curls blended with her dress perfectly ❤

DSCN1528 2[ Lydia After xox ]
Lydia kept her jewellery modest, matching it with her black dress. What a minx! ]

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Things I will never understand about fashion…

1. One thing I will never understand is why designers try to make their runway models look as unattractive as possible.. I understand if they are trying to make a statement about a new style of makeup or hair – but keep it for pictorials, in my honest opinion. I have too many times searched for a collection, just to find a parade of asexual man-women. I don’t want to be a man, I really enjoy being a girl, why are you styling these clothes in this way? I am so confused!

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Modelling as a teenager, I remember dreading runway shows. Too many times I had my hair slicked back, or worse poofed up like my fork had got stuck in the toaster, using handfuls of  moose, and nothing but one coat of mascara… why?? I stopped wanting my friends and family to come watch me because I knew I would look masculine and, well, unattractive. Bad memories. If I am ever lucky enough to have my own runway show (projecting good vibes!) I would style my models to look like super-hot-beach-babe-Victoria’s secret-style-goddess-amazon-mega-babes! Now THAT would sell clothes.

2. Fashions obsession with fur. YUCK. Are you serious? Why-oh-why do you have a desire to wear a dead animal on your back?? Wool? Great! Faux fur? Awesome! Skins and fur? No way!
But what makes fur a taboo, and leather ok? There are several reasons, the way I see it leather is an animal by-product, taken from animals used in the meat processing industry in which all parts of the animal are used for something. With fur, the animals are often raised and killed solely for the purpose of obtaining fur, while the rest of the animal is often discarded. Leather also has no man-made alternative, whereas there are many fake furs, and insulation material which actually surpasses fur for warmth and handle. ALSO many animals caught for fur are killed in inhumane means, such as traps. Where do you stand on the debate?
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3. Why do some people shave off their eyebrows, only to draw them back on? There were TOO many awesome pictures on the internet to explain this, but I don’t have the heart to name and shame. Instead, here are two patrons guilty for setting a bad example… Miss J. Harlow, and P. Anderson. Cheers guys…
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And then there are these… and I don’t have all week! idontunderstand

Match your mood with Mirenesse Lip Bomb

I love how doing something as small as wearing a new lip colour can instantly give you a confidence boost! I don’t know about you, but wearing a bold lip colour can really influence my mood! A deep purple will bring out my dark side! A bold red can make me feel flirty and sultry, while a bright pink feels sweet and playful.

glossykissWhat colour do you feel best wearing? Make up your own mind with Mirenesse Cosmetics Lip Bomb range – a deliciously vibrant glossy lacquer that really does stay in place!
I love Lip Bomb 1 and 7

What’s even better is it contains botanical oils and vitamin E – making lips feel oh-so plump. Plus it smells like PEPPERMINT!! It’s so good I could eat it…
This put me in a rather generous mood, SO I’m giving all slightly oddley followers something to smile about…

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Who knew slightly oddley could be so rewarding?? xx

Keep your face on: 5 makeup staying tips

My tips on how to keep your makeup in place aaaall night (or day) long.
Lets start from the top:

1. Brows
To keep stray hairs in place, try spraying some hairspray onto the bristly end of a brow brush and giving them a good comb.

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2. Complexion

Although foundation is called ‘foundation’ as in, it goes at the bottom, there is a vital first step: PRIME. Primers really do help your makeup last soo much longer and they prevent build up by leaving your skin soft and smooth to work with. Currently I’m using the Invisible Fill Airbrush primer by Mirenesse cosmetics. Cheaper alternative? Moisturise!! It wont particularly help with your makeups staying power, but it will give an easy and smooth application.
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3.Lipstick
Want to help your colour last all night? First, moisturise your lips with a small amount of lip balm. Too much will cause your lipstick to smudge and come off on every glass/person that you come in contact with. Next, apply your lipstick using a lip brush. This will ensure you don’t apply too much as;
A) it will come off on everything
B) it will help to stain your lips rather than the product sitting on top
C) you wont use up your lipstick as quickly!
Next, apply a lip liner to the outer edges of your lips. This will help define them and act as a barrier between your lipstick and the rest of your face!

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4. Smile
The ultimate beauty bag essential! Vaseline.
Not only can it be used for anything and everything, applying a small amount to your front teeth will keep your smile bright and stop lipstick sticking to your teeth. Amazeballs.

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5. Eyeliner crease
We’ve all experienced the trauma of the awkward eyeliner crease… This is where your top liner somehow finds its way onto the crease of your upper lid. I didn’t want to fork out for a fancy eye-primer so I went back to basics…
To get rid of any oil on your lid which may cause eyeliner to run, dab a skin coloured eyeshadow or face power across your lid before applying your liner! Lately I’ve been using the Studio Magic BB Pore powder by Mirenesse.

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How do you make your makeup last? Let me know! x

Makeup Brush Guide

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The day I got my first set of makeup brushes I was suddenly overwhelmed – the sizes, the shapes, what did they all do? Well lucky for you, I’m here to help.
These are the brushes that I like to use and what I use them for (some of my uses may be different to yours – but it works!)

1. Powder Brush. For bronzer, blush, and BB powder. This brush is large and I use it for pretty much anything that needs to cover a large area. Not ideal for contouring.
2. Contouring Brush. – Note the angled head. This brush is ideal for bronzing or blushing along the cheek bone. I also use this brush lightly around my eye when bronzing.
3. Highlighter Brush. Use this brush to apply highlighter across the top of the cheek bone and under the eyebrow. I don’t have a highlighter myself but a white or shimmery eyeshadow does the job!
4. Fan Brush. These brushes are good for applying powder – which I don’t really wear, but look how cool the brush looks!!
5. Foundation Brush. For applying foundation (duh). I usually use my fingers to apply foundation but it can turn out patchy and uneven. Using a foundation brush will allow an even and smooth application!
6. Mineral Foundation Brush. Thin Lizzy anyone? I love Thin Lizzy foundation and the brush it comes with is the only one that applies it well.
7. Eyeshadow Brush. I swear there are 100 types of eye brushes, and I swear they all do the same thing, it just depends how you use it. A basic eye shadow brush like this can cater to all my eyeshadow needs.
8. Concealer Brush. I use this puppy a lot – hence why there is so much product left on the brush. My bad. The angled shape makes it easy to use around the eye area.
9. Eyebrow Brush. Smooth down stray hairs with the comb side, then spray a little hairspray onto the fuzzy side of this brush before smoothing my brows. This will keep them in place aaaall night long.
10. Lip Brush. For your lips!
11. Angled Brush. I think this brush is intended for use on your eyes, but I use this as a brow filler by using it with a small amount of brown eyeshadow.

There are so many sizes, shapes, and brands to consider when buying brushes BUT at the end of the day, it’s what you do with it, and your level of skill. If you find one brush that does it all and works for you, then rock it! But be sure to let me know! xx

Dress me up: Saturday night

Last night a group of us went to a classy BYO at a local Japanese restaurant – and by that I mean a goon sack under the table and gourmet chicken nuggets.
A perfect opportunity for my first outfit post!
I have been meaning to do this for a while but I’ve only just settled into my flat and had access to my model (mannequin) Lana.

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[ One Teaspoon Pinkie dress in orange, Boohoo.com crop top, The Third Eye gold necklace, Wildpair black heels, lace socks, black satchel, misc silver bracelets ]

[ Makeup: Russian Red lipstick by Mac, dark winged liner ]