Essential: Sure Maximum Protection Anti Perspirant

Morning loves, I thought I’d start up an essentials series and today I thought I’d start with the most ladylike issue of all (not), sweaty pits! If you’re going to jump in, you might as well start at the deep end right?

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I’ve been really lucky for the majority of my life, it takes me ages to break a sweat.. Most of the time I went out without any deodorant or antiperspirant and it was not an issue at all. When I went to the sauna, it would take ages to work on me. But as I’ve gotten older it’s started to stop being so kind to me and on even slightly warm days I need to turn to the helping hand of Sure Women Maximum Protection Anti-Perspirant (in scent: Confidence).

I’ve been trying out a few brands, roll -ons and spray antiperspirant but this is the one that I’ve been enjoying the most. I haven’t actually tried any deodorant that is like this, it’s like a cream product that is wound up and applied and disappears once rubbed in. This has been the most effective one I’ve used so far – it doesn’t feel wet when applied and I don’t need to flap my arms around for ages before I can put clothes on. I know that aerosol deodorants aren’t really best for the environment so I if I can avoid them, why not?

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Overall I would definitely recommend this little essential – it retails for £4.29 (here) so it is affordable and it is great for keeping your underarms moisture free. Whilst I’m working the last thing I’d want to is sweat patches and with our temperamental office air conditioning that really is a possibility! This product ensures that does not occur and I avoid embarrassing situations. A must have and an addition to my permanent repurchase list.

Hope you liked this quick post. Let me know what you are all loving and see as essentials. 

Lust Product: Too Faced Melted Ruby

Hi Loves, another post for you today (hey maybe I am getting my blogging mojo back!) albeit this is quite a short post. I thought I would share with you all a lippie product that I am loving and actually have been lusting over for a while. You know just one of those products that you see on Instagram over and over again and it is permanently etched in your wish list? Well it is one of those products. 

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This is the Too Faced Cosmetics Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in a beautiful rich red colour called Melted Ruby. It is described as a ‘blood red’ and comes in as a liquified lipstick which I would describe as a highly highly pigmented lip gloss formula. A melted lipstick is probably the best way to describe the product actually but it doesn’t slip and slide, it stays on for quite some time. I have been loving it so much since it has come into my possession, I carry it with me in my hand bag at all times and do get a few ‘ooh what is that?!’ every time I pull it out to apply/reapply. I would describe the shade as a bright blood red with obvious pink undertones and I do think it will suit a lot of different skin tones.

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Let’s talk packaging, it comes in a sleek tube, with a fuzzy applicator which I find quite convenient actually with its slanted tip. I love Too Faced packaging, it’s quirky but still classy and this is no different. Like I said, it does get a few glances when I pull it out of my handbag. You squeeze the tube and then get some product at the tip for easy application. Overall the packaging are a thumbs up for me. When applying it, I can easily apply a thin layer that spreads out and after it settles I find I get quite a matte finish which for me is always a plus as it stays on for ages. However because it is not a true matte like the Limecrime Velvetines, it is more forgiving with dry lips. Because of the texture, it does last as long as matte lipsticks do so I do get about 6 hours wear from the product which is more than enough to keep me happy.

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Overall I am absolutely loving this little beauty of  a product, and I already have my eye on Melted Nude and Melted Fuschia which I am lusting to snap up. You can find Too Faced lip products here, for £19.00.

That is it for today’s post. I love ticking off products from my lust list though I do have to admit I have a pretty long list so I don’t think there will come a day where the whole list is completed. I am thinking of looking back to previous wish lists and see exactly what I have ticked off.. that would be rather interesting to see. Anyways, enough of me rambling. See you in the next post!

Collective Haul: MAC, Illamasqua and Lashes

Hi loves, recently I have been itching to buy lots of beauty products – as like every makeup junkie, I always feel like I never have enough beauty bits. However hopefully this haul post will wake me up a little bit, especially considering I have been beauty shopping after buying these! I did have these products on my wishlist for quite a while and not all of them are for me..

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Let’s start with MAC. I do think MAC Lipsticks are my favourite, they are the most I have of any brand in my collection and I always have some shades written down on my wish list. I’ve been eyeing up the Retro Matte shades for a little while now and definitely had to pick up a couple. I decided to go for matte red with pink undertones, so I picked up Relentlessly Red. I have been wearing it already and love it, I love the matte texture and also how bright it is. I also picked up Flat Out Fabulous, a gorgeous hot pink with a tinge of purple to it. I love the formula, it’s creamy and glides on but has the perfect matte finish. I do hope MAC bring out more in the formula. Finally I picked up Heroine, which again is a matte but a much more creamier finish. It isn’t as matte as the Retro collection but it is still lovely nevertheless. It is not a shade I would wear as often as the other two I picked up however I want to be braver and rock less conventional colours and purple is a good place to start as any.

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I also picked up a Cream Colour Base from MAC in Pearl which has a frost finish. I’ve been meaning to pick this up for ages, to use as a cheek highlight. Highlighted dewy cheeks are so in recently, especially for Asian cultures who rock heavily highlighted cheeks at weddings and events. I’ve been really enjoying this, I dab it on with my fingers and blend it out with my fingers too because I find the consistency too ‘hard’ to use with a brush. But overall I would definitely recommend it.

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I also picked up a bunch of Ardell lashes, some for my kit but I’ll admit I was naughty and I bought them mostly for myself. I have too many lashes now! I already had loads in my personal makeup collection and now I am running out of storage space eek. I also picked up more lashes at IMATS, naughty Tanzina. The thing that makes it worse is that I hardly get time to wear false lashes so I don’t really know why I am stocking up! No more lashes for me.

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Now onto Illamasqua. I have heard so many good things about Illamasqua Skin Base foundations and I thought it is about time I pick some up for my collection. I picked up 4 shades, SB01, SB6.5, SB10 and SB18. I picked the lightest and darkest shades for two reasons a) to contour and b) to create custom mixed foundation shades for customers. Out of the four, SB10 is more my shade, it compliments the yellow in my skin tone. I picked up SB6.5 because the shade would be very popular in my makeup kit as most of my customers are Asian. I already have been using the foundations and I absolutely love them, the consistency is perfect and looks flawless in pictures.

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Finally, another lip product. This comes in the form of Illamasqua Matte Lip Liquid in Forbidden. Illamasqua have recently released these matte liquid lipsticks and I knew I definitely had to pick one up. The shade I went for is a hot pink of a slight pastel nature, described by Illamasqua as a ‘sensual pink’. I apply it by dabbing it on to my lips with my fingers. It is a tad bit on the pricey side I think, at £18.50 however.

That is it for my collective haul, I will probably do one for IMATS as well but luckily I was quite restrained and didn’t go too crazy there. The good thing about this haul in particular is that I have been using everything I picked up, well everything but the lashes but I will try and fix that sometime this week. It’s just finding excuses to wear lashes, I might just stop looking for an excuses and just wear them to the cinema or something! Until next times loves, have a great day icon smile Collective Haul: MAC, Illamasqua and Lashes

 Collective Haul: MAC, Illamasqua and Lashes

Get To Know Me: 25 Questions Tag

Hi love, today I thought I would do a different kind of post – a tag. I haven’t done a tag on the blog before and I thought it would be a great way to show my personality a little bit and get to know me better. Without much further ado, let us get on to it.

 Get To Know Me: 25 Questions Tag

1. Do you have a middle name?
I actually have two, one of them is Urmi which means waves as in sea waves

2. What was your favorite subject in school?

I had a few I think, one being English Literature and another Art
 
3. What’s your favorite drink?
I think it is sparkling cloudy lemonade and.. lemon and mint juice. Absolutely love that at the moment
 
4. What’s your favorite song at the moment?
Tove Lo (Habits Remix) – Stay High

5. What would you name your children?
I haven’t fully decided but there is one boy’s name I like. But I can’t share because I’m one of those that is like ‘you’ll steal my name!’

6. Do you participate in any sports?

Is running late a sport? If so I really do partake in that one! On a more serious note – I’d love to say I swim, but I stopped going in the last few months 

7. What’s your favorite book? 

That is a horrible question as I have so many favourites, but what I am currently itching to re-read is Gone with the wind

8. What’s your favorite color?

For the past two years it has been a pastel mint green. But that’ll change!

9. What’s your favorite animal?
I’m not sure, maybe cats?

10. What’s your favorite perfume?
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, I talked about it lots here.

11. What’s your favorite holiday?
I think it was definitely my most recent, Dubai and Saudi with my family. I have lots of pictures here.

12. Have you graduated from High School?
Well I am guessing these were not written by anyone in the UK, but yes I completed high school

13. Have you been out of the country?
Yes, most recently Dubai and Saudi

14. Do you speak any other languages?
My mother tongue is Bengali so yes pf course. 
 
15. Do you have any siblings?
Yes, 2 brothers and 1 sister but I am the eldest 

16. What’s your favorite store?

I have no idea, hmm.. right now I am thinking IKEA and TK MAXX home department so maybe home decor related stores? I’m liking Zara for their shoes too!

17. What’s your favorite restaurant?
I’m not sure, ah these questions are so hard. I go to so many different places so often, can I just say what I am craving right now instead? Nachos from Zizzi’s. I do love fine dining as well, but as you can imagine I don’t do that often enough.
 
18. Do you like school? 

I think I actually do, if I have some time later on I might do my Masters degree. I really did enjoy being a student, but maybe it was just the lack of responsibility I was loving!

19. Who are some of your favorite YouTubers?
I love Lisa Eldridge, Bubz Beauty, Pixiwoo’s.. I’ve recently discovered Miss Maven who is beautiful and amazing.


20. What’s your favorite movie? 

I don’t really know, I like so many. The Notebook?

21. What are some of your favorite TV shows?
The Vampire Diaries, Revenge, True Blood, Pretty Little Liars, Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black, Downton Abbey, Glee, Nashville, Once Upon A Time, Teen Wolf and The Originals. Shall I carry on? I do love my programmes.. oh and of course Made in Chelsea and TOWIE


22. PC or Mac?
I currently use PC but I do want to move on Macs soon
 
23. What phone do you have?

IPhone 5S

24. How tall are you?
I am 5 foot 3 inches

25. Any pets? 

Nope, I’d love a kitten but don’t know if I am responsible enough

That is it for my get to know me tag, I do hope you liked it and got to know me a tiny bit better. I think my next post is going to have to be a haul as I have been naughty and I have been shopping. That is okay sometimes right? I also popped into IMATS London last week, though I did not pick up as much as I thought I would but I will try and do a catch up post on that too. Until next time loves, have a lovely day x

 Get To Know Me: 25 Questions Tag

Date Ready Makeup ft. Urban Decay Naked 3

Hi loves, since I’ve shown you an everyday-ish makeup look, I thought I would share one I created when I had a little more time on my hands. This is more evening out, date ready makeup look, and of course you can still wear even if you aren’t going on the date! The look I went for is a soft romantic look that I went for, smoked out to add a little bit of drama. Naked 3 is all about the pink tone shades so of course that also worked itself into the look. Let’s get onto the look itself.

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Eye Product Used 

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Okay so I always start with brows, as you guys should know if you’ve read any of my makeup looks. I outline and fill in the tail of the brow with the Dipbrow and then shade it in with the lighter brown shade of the brow powder. Next I primed my lids using UD Primer Potion and applied a mixture of Nooner and Blackheart into the crease and outer V. I start on the cease first because typically it is darker shade to the rest of the eye so I don’t want it to dirty the lid shade. I then blended it out with Limit to soften it, I wasn’t aiming for a dramatic smokey look. Next I highlight the brow bone with Strange and then concentrated on the lid. On the lid I placed Buzz all over and blended it slightly into the crease. I also applied Strange and Dust to highlight the inner corner. I then finished shadow application by applying the crease shades under the bottom lash line. Now the rest – I lined my lashes with MAC Fluidline and then applied the Avon pencil in my waterline. I mascara’ed my lashes and applied false lashes to finish the look. Ta-da eyes done.

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The first thing I do after using quite a bit of shadow is clean up. I use a cotton pad with the Micellar water to clean up just in case there is fall out and also tidy up around the corner of my eyes. I think apply concealer – for this I tend to always use the Kevyn Aucion Skin Enhancer. I start off by patting it in with a sponge and then buff it in use Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush (love this!). Next the fake cheekbones aka contouring. For this I used Anastasia Contour kit in shades Fawn and Sand. This product is amazing, so finely milled and ridiculously easy to blend in. I wanted highlighted pinky cheeks so turned to Bobbi’s Nectar Shimmer Brick for the blush. To truly add the glow and highlight I topped my cheek bones with Illamasqua Furore. That product is just heaven! Finally onto the finishing touch – lips! I kept this so simple, just one lipstick and lip brush. I applied MAC Captive straight on to the lips and that was me done.

I hope you liked this look, I feel like I always have makeup on my mind because right now I’m planning what look to wear to work tomorrow. Normally I don’t make much effort but tomorrow I am interviewing people to be a part of my team, so I have to impress! I’m probably going to go for something natural, maybe false lashes if I’m feeling fancy. Sorry I’ve been so quiet on here guys recently work has been so draining. I’ve gotten promoted so changing roles is turning out to be quite exhausting! It’ll be okay in the end. I even joined the gym last week – how many times have I gone? Oh yes, just that once. Okay enough of me complaining, I hope you liked this look guys and until next time have a great day icon smile Date Ready Makeup ft. Urban Decay Naked 3 Tanzina x

 Date Ready Makeup ft. Urban Decay Naked 3

My Every Day Makeup Look

Okay let’s start with admitting that the title of this post isn’t actually 100% correct but let me explain before you right me off as a liar. These days, my every day look consists of brows, mascara, concealer and blush. If I’m feeling like I have extra minutes in the morning I might use a lip product that isn’t lip balm. However this is my fancy every day makeup look, the days where I have those extra ten minutes to apply eyeshadow and a bit of contour. So let’s get on to it.

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I am no longer that girl clearly put effort into her makeup, now I’m the girl who always avoid pencil liner because I KNOW it is going to smudge after 8 hours of working in front of a computer screen. However there are some days when that makeup loving junkie in me starts craving attention and I do it any ways. This look takes me minutes to do and it looks like I have put in some effort. I use 4 eyeshadows, my most used shadows actually that have a post of their own – here.

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Products Used:

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I start with filling in my brows, and then adding MAC Brulee to my brow bone. Next I sweep Wedge over the lid and add a mixture of Brown Down and Carbon to the crease and outer V. I blend that out with Wedge. Simple really! Hence why it is an every day look. Next I apply liquid liner, and line my waterline with the Avon pencil. I also add that to the bottom lash line, smudge it out and go over it with Brown Down. Finally with a bit of mascara, the eyes are done.

For my cheeks, I contour slightly and then add blush. The colour changes every now and then but Daniel Sandlers Spicey is a regular favourite. I am loving adding Illamasqua Furore as my highlight, it is just so light but perfect and lasts all day without looking like it needs to be retouched. I highly recommend it. Lip changes day to day, I was feeling for a bit of pink that day but usually I do tend to opt for a red lip obviously.

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And that is pretty much it. Quick, simple and easy – exactly what I strive for in the morning. Usually I am half asleep when I am doing this so it is perfect for my barely awake mood. I’ve started to wear a little more colour this past week in terms of shadows, I really do need to embrace colour this summer. That is it for this post, it’s quite a quick one but I think that every day makeup looks should be quite quick. Until next time loves, have a good day ♥

 My Every Day Makeup Look

Sneak Peek: QVC A/W 2014

Hi loves, recently I had the opportunity to nosey around the QVC A/W collection and obviously, obviously I concentrated for on the beauty side of things. As with all QVC events, I love to take pictures and share them with you all so you know what is coming up in the new season. I do have to admit, most of my attention was monopolised by Tarte cosmetics, there presence in the UK has me lusting way too much. So without much further ado, here are the things that caught my attention.

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There are so so many amazing brands available at QVC, if I tried to capture a picture of them all we’d be here forever. Tarte is definitely at the top of my list of things to try, and I think it is Josie Maran Argan Oil infused products second? Also did you know that Tarte stock are going to stock my favourite hair masque in the world?! It’s the Macadamia Deep Repair masque which I cannot recommend enough.

I hope you enjoyed this little sneak peek at the QVC A/W preview, do let me know if you have your eye on anything. You can find some amazing products and brand over on the QVC site (beauty section especially) so if you haven’t already checked them out, find them here. Until next times love, have an amazing day. Tanzina x

 Sneak Peek: QVC A/W 2014

A Kneipp Sleep

I’m definitely a long hot bath kind of girl, well I used to be until I started working and I couldn’t afford to regularly spend and hour plus in the bath. However just because I can’t do it often, doesn’t mean I try to indulge when I get the chance. Most nights I plan to have a bath but I’m usually too strapped for time and have to decide between a longer sleep or a bath and my sleep always comes first meaning a quick shower it is. But when I do get the chance to indulge, I really do indulge.

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Like I’ve already said, recently sleep is like gold dust to me, I appreciate every second of it. Previously (in my student life) I used to sleep upto 10-11 hours but it used to be light, interrupted sleep which probably wasn’t very healthy for me and it used to be at crazy hours, I’d go sleep at 6AM and wakeup around 5PM, my whole day used to be wasted away. However now that I have gotten into a routine I only get aroun 6-7 hours a day (huge change) and I have to make sure that it’s a well rested deep sleep. Now if you’ve read my blog for a while you’ll know I love a hot bubble bath, it’s the perfect medicine for me when I’m sad or tired but recently I discovered a new love that doesn’t include bubbles – cue shock and horror. I’ve heard quite a bit about Kneipp before, especially their bath salts that are said to work wonders and actually fulfil what they promise. I thought it was about time I put that to the test.

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I’ve got Deep Sleep, Muscle Soothing and Cold & Sinus Relief in my bath salt collection, and I have to admit the childish side of me reached straight for Deep Sleep due to it’s bright blue colouring. This contains Valverian and Hops and is said to help sleep well and feel more rested. Hops is known for its calming qualities and Valreian has been used since medieval times to reduce stress. I poured the bath salts in, about half a cup and watched with child like glee as my bath turned bright blue. And that’s when the scent hit me, this beautiful herbal scent that smells like fresh herbs and garden flowers. It’s hard to describe but it just smells so fresh and therapeutic. I filled my bath up with pretty hot water and sunk in, and it just felt so good. I’m not sure if it was a placebo effect or it really is that effective, but I felt like falling asleep there and then. I have never had a reaction like that before and believe me I cannot wait to have another Kneipp bath tonight and get the same effect.

I really do want to try more from the Kneipp range (mostly colourful salts more than anything). I also have some bath oil/treatments which I need to get round to using. I thought, and please forgive me for this Kneipp, that bath salts were out dated and for the more mature market but I was so wrong. I’ve had such pleasant results from my first experience that I can’t wait to try more. You can see more from the brand here. Okay I’m off now to have a super relaxing bath and fall asleep. Night night x

Haulin’: Bath & Body Works

Happy Sunday! Today I thought I would share some goodies I picked up from Bath & Body Works when I was in Dubai. I have always lusted over Bath & Body Works goodies, especially when I see American bloggers & youtubers share their hauls, I really wanted to know what the fuss was about. I have actually had some hand gels from them before, and I haven’t found any better sanitisers in the UK so I was anxious pick up some more. 

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I think I always knew what I would get from the store, hand sanitisers and candles. I just did not realise just how much of a selection I had to choose fom! There are just so so many scents to choose from that overwhelming is not even the word. I must’ve drove the shop assistant insane, I am 95%  sure I smelt all the candles in the shop. My brother and sister were beyond frustrated but I am just the type of girl that needs to try everything to make sure I am not missing anything amazing. So what did I go for? Let’s start with the hand gels

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I think they had a buy 5 for a certain amount so I decided to pick up 5 hand gels. To be honest I was slightly confused as I had smelt so many different scents that my nose was too confused to make sense when choosing these. However luckily I ended up with some rather yummy scents. Firstly I picked up Midnight Pomegranate  as I loved the candle version of this and wanted the hand gel too. I prefer fruity smelling hand gels so I also picked up Island Margarita and Pink Passion Fruit. I also picked up two Dazzling Diamond, as they looked so pretty that I thought it would be nice as a mini gift for someone.

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Now the candles, for candles I do like deep woody musky kinda scents over fruity ones but since I did not have any fruity scents  decided I needed one to burn in the summer. Peach Bellini appealed to me the most so it found itself into my basket. I absolutely fell in love with Midnight Pomegranate, it just smells so good it’s spicy and fruity but still quite a deep scent. It was just perfect. And finally I opted for Dark Kiss, which is the best selling candle in Dubai. It is dark and exotic with musk and berry notes. Really beautiful and perfect for an evening scent.

That is it for my Bath & Body Works Haul, I did intend to pick up more but a) I was driving my family crazy with my sniffing and B) I had to be wary that I had a baggage limit. I’m not sure if Canada have Bath & Body Works but if they do I definitely will be picking up more bits and pieces when I go there this summer. Until next times loves, have a good day. Tanzina x

Arabic Themed Wedding Look

Hi guys, today I was tempted to share more pictures of my holiday however I thought it is about time I shared a beauty-related posts with you guys. Now this isn’t a too in-depth one, it is more of an overview but I thought it would be one you might like having a look at. Very recently it was my boss’s wedding and I decided to attend with my best friend. Initially I thought I would wear a saree, I had one picked out however with my recent trip to Dubai I picked up some Abayas (a long flowing dress) and decided to opt for one of those instead. 

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For my hair I decided to go for something down but I wasn’t really sure what. I ended up opting for a wavy slightly retro (only because I can’t fully create the full retro) look to one side. Initially the curls were a little too tight for my liking but as the evening wore on it dropped slightly and became more retro-y – if such thing exists! For jewellery and accessorises I didn’t go too heavy at all, instead I wore a long pair of silver stone earrings for jewellery and a matching silver clutch. I didn’t want to wear a heavy set of Asian jewellery as the dress itself had a lot of work on it especially around the neck and chest. Because the dress was so long for me, I opted for a pair of black Guess wedges. That helped me dance the night away!

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 Arabic Themed Wedding Look

Now on to makeup, the bit I enjoy most. I wore foundation – I almost always do at weddings but I actually sculpted my face slightly using Illamasqua Skin Bases. For my eyes, I knew I wanted something gold and glittery but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to incorporate the green of the dress in to. In the end I went for both – I haven’t been to a wedding since last summer so decided not to hold back. I used mostly the Urban Decay Naked palette (original of course) and created a gold base all over the lid and used coppery brown and carbon black shades in the outer V to smoke it up. I then decided a wedding look would not be complete without glitter so added copper glitter to the outer half of my lid. I had copper detail on my dress so that really complemented it. I also add green on the bottom lash line to add a pop of green without it being overwhelming. After lashes, blush, highlight it was on to my lips. Lips were easy I went for my classic red lip, it just works. I always use MAC Lip Pencil in Brick, MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo and then Limecrime Velvetine in Red Velvet – and that is lips completed. Ta-da look done.

I hope you liked this quick look over on a look I created, as my camera is still full of my holiday pictures my iPhone pictures have to suffice. I did want to make a video on this look but knowing me, I would’ve ended up really late and winded my best friend up really badly since I was being picked up for the long drive to the venue. I had an amazing amazing time, and I think I’m ready for another wedding so I can get dressed up again!

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