Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Too Faced Shadow Insurance (A$34.95) is a full-coverage insurance policy against all fading, creasing, melting, blurring, oil-slicked and hard-to-blend eye shadow accidents. The silicone based anti-crease eye shadow primer is amazingly long wearing and is the perfect base to prepare your lids for any occasion. The skin soothing formula evens out the skin tone on your lids and smoothes out lines while securing a barrier between your skins natural oils and your make up. This creates a blendable and totally intensified eye colour and also keeps your lids feeling light and looking illuminated. It locks down your eyeshadow perfectly until you take it off to ensure no shadow catastrophes will ever happen again. It is very versatile and can be used with powder or cream eye shadow products.

I use this product every time I wear eyeshadow. It really does allow your eye makeup to last all day long and will not budge until you take it off.

Apply to clean dry lids using your finger. A little goes a long way and it will blend in without being visible. Wait 30 seconds then apply shadow.


Make your eyes ‘pop’

Complimentary colours for your eyes are usually the opposite of your eye colour. Try not to pick colours that exactly match your eye colour. Opposite colours to your eye colour will make your eyes stand out or ‘pop’ for a more dramatic look. If you perfectly match your eyeshadow to your eye colour, your eyes look will look boring and lifeless.

When you are choosing eye makeup colours you must consider your skin tone and your eye colour. You need to decide whether you have a cool or warm skin tone. The best colours to choose for you will depend on this.

To find out what skin tone you have:
– Find a piece of silver fabric and a piece of gold fabric. Hold each fabric next to the veins in your wrists. If your veins have a blue tone next to the silver, you are cool toned. If your veins have a yellow, green or brown tone next to the gold, you are warm toned.
– If you can wear BLACK without looking washed out, you are cool toned. If you do look washed out wearing black, you are warm toned.
– If you look better in pure white rather than ivory, you are cool toned. If you look better in ivory, you are warm toned.
– Test your jewellery. If you look better in silver, you are cool toned. If you look better in gold, you are gold toned.

Cool toned:
Skin tone: olive, rosy brown color or a light rosy color, fair/ medium rosy.
Hair colour: dark, black, blond, or any of the brown tones except a golden brown.
Eyes: blue, green or hazel.

Warm toned:
Skin tone: golden or medium fair.
Hair Colour: golden brown, red or strawberry blond.
Eyes: hazel, dark or medium brown

The Colour Wheel:
Have you ever noticed your eyes appear to change colour depending on what makeup, clothing, and hair colour you have next to them.
Colours on the opposite side of the colour wheel make the best contrasting colours. Match your eye colour on the colour wheel and choose colours on the opposite side of the colour wheel. These colours will enhance your eye colour and make them pop.
The intensity of colour you use will depend on your skin tone. Some colours can be both warm and cool depending on the lightness, darkness or intensity of the colour. If you place yellow at the top of the colour wheel, the yellow and red shades are warm. The blue and green shades are cool. Violet and yellow can be either cool or warm depending on their intensity. So you can choose colours to compliment your cool or warm tones.

BROWN EYES: People with brown eyes are really lucky and have a wide selection of shades that will suit them. Almost any colour will suit brown eyes. Greens, champagnes, bronzes, golds, browns and blues are fantastic shades for brown eyes. Beige, peach, corals, copper, pinks, pale purples pinky purples and browns are great too. Brown eyes also look great in grey, plums as well as burnt oranges.

BLUE EYES: Browny/oranges work best. Try oranges, coppers, golds, gray, violet, purple, deep blue and silver. To emphasize blue eyes use brown and rose shadows. Warm shades will contrast the coldness of blue eyes and make them really pop.
Avoid aqua shades that will compete with your blue eye colour.

GREEN EYES: Brown, light beiges to deep chocolate browns look great with green eyes. Purples and pinks and reds also complement green eyes. Light green can also be very flattering when applied lightly.

HAZEL EYES: People with hazel coloured eyes are the luckiest out of all the eye colours. Anything goes with hazel eyes. Avoid using lots of blue as it can dull down hazel eyes and have the opposite effect of what you hope to achieve. Try neutrals, browns, bronzes, greens, purples, Gold, pink, lavender, plum, khaki, mocha, soft pink, teal. Purple shades contrast hazel eyes making them pop and gives them a dramatic look.

Love Kirst xo

Megan Fox – Eyebrowlishus!

Ok, so I have mega eyebrow envy. Megan Fox hands down has the best eyebrows in la-la land. When I see a picture of her, I can’t help but compare my own eyebrows to hers. I study them and try to figure out how I can make mine look the same.

I have managed to create something similar by brushing eyebrows up with an eyebrow brush. I then use a small angle brush and colour them in with Nars Duo eyeshadow in Brumes ($78) or Nars Single eyeshadow in Bali ($48). This will obviously depend on the colour of your eyebrows. The main thing I focus on to achieve this look is to square off the edges and slightly lengthen the ends making sure I  keep my natural arch.

Megan Fox - Eyebrow Envy

Unfortunately Megan’s eyebrows don’t suit everyone, but they can be used as a starting point. I have had to make mine a little thicker to suit my face shape. I would recommend this look when you have made up your eyes, or have at least put on some black eyeliner and a coat of mascara – it gives it that extra bit of drama for when you are going out.

Another simple trick is to make sure your eyebrows are waxed regularly by a professional. Don’t let just anyone touch your eyebrows. Your eyebrows are the soul of your face. They make or break your face. Have you ever seen someone with bad eyebrows? Can you remember anything else about their face? Exactly! I made this mistake once and ended up with wax all through my hair and one eyebrow thinner and shorter than the other. It took ages to get them back to looking half decent, so make sure you do your research first!

Love Kirst xx

LOVE: Stila #30 Double-ended Shadow brush

I bought this brush from eBay and it is AMAZING! A few months ago I used this brush during my makeup lesson at Mecca Cosmetica and came across it again on eBay.

Stila #30 Double-ended Shadow Brush

The bonus was it was also only half the price. I have bought almost all of my makeup brushes from eBay. At first I was worried that they wouldn’t be the real thing but I have found that all the brushes I have bought are of proffessional quality – and only a fraction of the cost!

This brush is really easy to use and blends to perfection. You can just slap a bit of eyeshadow on with the thicker side and easily blend with the other side. The results are fabulous and I could not recommend this brush enough.

Love Kirst xx

Xmas Presents / Boxing Day Sales!

I was absolutely spoilt rotten at Christmas by my family and friends. They obviously know me better than I do myself! They are the best and I wouldn’t trade them in for anyone else.

Here are a list of things that I scored on the day:

Mimco makeup bag
Body shop shimmer body lotion, shower gel and soap
Car sticker – I love shoes, I’m superficial, whatever…
Tea set
Book – Gossip Girl, Meet the Carlyles: Love the one you’re with.
Mecca voucher
Inglot voucher
Candle snuffer

With the money I received I went crazy at the Boxing day sales. Surprisingly enough, this was actually the first time I have ever been shopping on boxing day. 

My plan of attack was to start early and know what I was looking for.I went to Chadstone Shopping Centre and arrived at 8:00 am. I couldn’t believe that there was no traffic and I just drove straight in and parked about 20 metres away from the entrance. I knew it was going to be a good day shopping after that – and it was! 

Here is a list of things I splurged on:

Silver Flower Ring – City chic: $15.00
Strapless yellow and black floral baby doll dress – City chic: $40.00
Purple and black Maxi Dress with braid straps – City chic: $65.00
T-Shirt – City chic: $10.00
Purple floaty top with frills – City chic:  $20.00
Light pink and black 3/4 sleeve floaty top with lace detail – City chic: $20.00 Black singlet with stud detail – City chic: $30.00
Jeans – City chic: $45.00
Underwear – Target: $50.00
Book / Target – I heart hollywood, Lindsey Kelk: $16.14
Book / Target – Hot on her heels, Susan Mallery: $11.04 
Book / Borders – Makeup – The Ultimate Guide, Rae Morris:  $45.00
Black patent Thongs – Target: $20.00
Multi coloured Heels – Target: $45.00
Duo Nars eyeshadow in Jolie Poppee (purples) – Mecca Cosmetica: $78.00
Duo Nars eyeshadow in Brumes (Black/Brown) – Mecca Cosmetica: $78.00
Mini Stila lip gloss pack of 6 – Mecca Cosmetica: $32.00
Inglot Eyeliner (White) – Inglot: $22.00
Inglot 3 palette eyeshadow (Gold, Lilac, Purple) – Inglot: $35.00
Inglot pigment (Copper) – Inglot: $25.00
Inglot pigment (Mahogany) – Inglot: $25.00
Inglot Brush Cleaner – Inglot: $17.00

All in one day – not a bad effort! I definitely shopped till I dropped and loved every minute of it!

Love Kirst xx

Colour me Inglot.

If you haven’t already noticed I am totally and completely into Makeup. I love it and everything about it. I love creating and applying new ideas and wish I could play with it all day long! I’m looking into doing some sort of course at the moment, so please leave a comment if you can recommend anyone. I am looking at Helene Abicair Makeup course at the moment. They seem to offer quite a lot for a price that doesn’t send me running. I’d like to perfect my technique and really just have a good go at it.

Someone very generous gave me an Inglot voucher for Christmas. I vaguely remembered that there was a store in Chadstone but had never been in before. So I ventured down to Chadstone during the sales and the moment I stepped into the store I got carried away with the beautiful colours and the energetic atmosphere, and I wondered to myself why I had not visited sooner.

The most impressive thing about the Inglot store is the splash of colour that just hits you the moment you look inside. There is an entire wall dedicated to eyeshadows. You can create your own palette with as many colours as you like. They have all the colours of the rainbow and then some! There are counters full of eyeliners, gel eyeliners, blushes, creams, highlighter and nail polish. There are walls of lipsticks, lip glosses and lip liners. There are metallics and pigments in every colour you could imagine. There is a huge range of makeup brushes and rolls as well as brush cleaner, makeup remover and lashes.

I was immediately lovestruck and have already accumulated a white eyeliner ($22.00), 3 palette eyeshadow – gold, lilac and purple ($35.00), brush cleaner ($17.00), mahogany pigment ($25.00) and copper pigment ($25.00). I am currently lusting after the range of metallic eyeliners in turquoise, purple and green ($22.00), metallic silver pigment ($25.00) and dark purple nail polish ($15.00).

I was really surprised with how low their prices were. It is really affordable and I don’t know about you, but purchasing a new lip gloss or even a nail polish makes me feel happy and I can always afford something that will boost my confidence.  I will definitely be visiting again soon!

Love Kirst xx