Benefit They’re Real! Review

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So I have been contemplating a lot to whether I should buy Benefit’s ‘They’re Real’ mascara.
I have been hearing a lot of mixed reviews about it, but I eventually decided to bite the bullet and try it out for myself I was shocked at how expensive it was, €26 is quite pricey for my liking. 
I bought it about a month ago now, and have been using it almost every day. 

My overall thoughts on the product:

  • It’s not my favourite mascara of all time, but I don’t hate it as it really lengthens my lashes which make my eyes look bigger.
  • It lengthens my lashes but does not give them volume! ( Yes there is a difference!) Which has to do with the wand.
  • The wand has plastic bristles on it which help separate the lashes evenly leaving no clumps, but they do leave a lot of excess product at the tip of the wand making you wipe it all at the top of the mascara tube, wasting product!
  • The product is very wet, so it takes a while to dry while results in a lot of smudging.
  • I always put mascara on my fake eyelashes when I have applied them to my lashline, make them look more real, but when putting the mascara on them it makes them look like I have used an eyelash curler, making them really stand up giving me very big fish eyes. So i would not use it on fake lashes ever

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As you can see on the right the lashes are really lenghtened making your eyes look bigger and brighter.

If you have product review requests leave a comment below 🙂

Cliodhna x

Make Up Tips

Hey guys, so I’m going to give you a few useful make up tips and tricks!
Most of you guys may already know these but hopefully some of you guys might find them helpful! 🙂

1.Mascara dipping – When your applying mascara to your eyelashes make sure when you put your mascara wand in to the mascara tube you move the wand in circular motions instead of up and down. As putting the wand in and out will dry out your mascara and it won’t last you as long as it should!

2. Defining your eyebrows – When your doing your eyebrows after you apply your eyeshadow to your brows, if you get your concealor and put it underneath your eyebrows it will make them stand out more and look much more defined! Just remember to blend out the concealor so there are no harsh lines!
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3. Contouring – When contouring (putting on bronzer) do not apply bronzer all over your face! This is a big no no!
You should get your bronzing brush and apply your bronzer on your cheekbones and up towards your temples in a ‘C’ motion.
You can also put it underneath your jaw line to make it look more strong and defined and at the two point of your forehead that stick out a little bit. And if your like down the two sides of your nose NOT in the middle! To make your nose look longer.
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4. Cleaning brushes – Remeber guys always always always clean your makeup brushes after every use! Using brush cleaner! I usually use the MAC brush cleaner OR Cinema secrets brush cleaner which is slightly more expensive but it gets more off your brush using less cleaner! Or of course baby shampoo once every two weeks.
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Lip brushes are the hardest to get clean so I clean mine with my make up eye remover, as it works much better with this type of brush! Do not use it on your other brushes just your lip brush! I use an gel based cucumber remover which I got in Boots pharmacy.
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5. Thicken up your eyelashes – A handy trick for giving the illusion that you have fuller and thicker lashes, is to get black eyeshadow and apply it to your lash line on your eyelid using an angle brush. Which will make the root of your lashes look fuller!

You can also use the same technique instead of applying that dreaded gel liner or a kohl pencil. It is easier, quicker, and less hassle with a similar result!

Sharp lines– If you want to get sharp lines with your eyeshadow the trick is to put a little bit of Selotape in an upward direction on the outer corner of your eye and apply your makeup as usual.
Tear off the Sellotape when your done and slightly soften the line with a pencil brush. Depending on how sharp you want your line, soften it as little or as much to your liking!
You can also apply gel liner on your lash line on your lid and continue it upward meeting the sharp line you have created.
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Remember to add more foundation on the patch of skin that you peeled the Sellotape off as it may have taken most of your foundation off!

 
I hope you guys find these tips helpful!
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Get the Crystal Reed look!

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Hey guys! I am a huge fan of MTV’s show Teen Wolf, and absolutely love Crystal Reed, a.k.a Alison.
Her makeup on the show is always natural and flawless!

Although outside the show Crystal seems to steer away from the natural look slightly and loves a strong lip! Still rocking a subtle natural eye though.

I couldn’t decide which look to give a tutorial on, as all her makeup looks are stunning! But I decided on this flawless makeup, a subtle smokey eye teamed with a pale pink lip. Gorgeous and very achievable look!
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1. First of all apply your foundation, as usual and lightly contour your cheekbones and jawline. – to make your bone structure really stand out.
No blusher is used on Crystal, but if you want to add a bit of colour to your cheeks use a coral blusher such as adjustable colour blush- fancy coral 02.
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Do not forget to set your foundation and contouring with a translucent powder, dusted lightly over your ‘T’ zone.

2. Use a brown matte eyeshadow in your eyebrows using an angle brush to shape them.

3. Put a light brown base colour on your lid such as, Cork from MAC.

4. Using your blending brush use any black eyeshadow and blend the black in to the crease of your eye, blending it down on to the lid as well. Carbon from MAC is a good black!

Bring the black down underneath your bottom lash line on the outer corner of your eye with a pencil brush.

5. Using a clean pencil brush, get a highlighting colour eyeshadow, such as ‘bootycall’ from the Naked 2 palette. Put it in the inner corner of your eye.

6. Using an angle brush get your black eyeshadow again and place it on your top lash line to give the effect that you are wearing liner and have fuller lashes.
Then apply your mascara.

7. Finally apply your lipstick and you have completed the look!

You can use whichever pink lipstick you have or prefer. Crystal is wearing a colour similar to NYX ‘harmonica’ 504 which you can get in most chemists.
You can put a nude colour on your lips first like, MAC shy girl and then put harmonica over it to give it a more pinky shimmery touch.

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I hope I’ve helped guys! Keep reading and if there is any tutorials you’d like me to do comment below!

Cliodhna x

Marilyn Monroe Make Up Tutorial

Hey everyone, so I recently did a photo shoot and did a Marilyn Monroe make up look on my model. I personally think a red lip and black liner will never go out of fashion so I will give you a step by step tutorial on how to create the famous look!

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1. Put your foundation on and lightly contour your cheekbones using any matte bronzer.

2. Colour in your eyebrows using any matte eye shadow, suiting your hair colour, elongating them in a downward direction (if you want the full Marilyn Monroe look!)

3.Get a white kohl eyeliner and colour in your eyelids, don’t worry if it’s all messy and jagged! I use MAC Fascinating white kohl eyeliner.
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4. Buff the eyeliner on lids with a pencil brush, and pat on white eyeshadow on top of it to make it really white!

5. Get a matte brown eyeshadow and blend on top of white eyeshadow on your eyebrow bone over your eye socket, using a blending brush. (I use a MAC 217 blending brush and MAC Handwritten brown eyeshadow) Blend the brown forward and back until soft and blended properly.

6. Using a small liner brush put a line of black gel eyeliner over lash line of your lid and slightly flick it outwards and coat your eyelashes with mascara and put white eyeliner in your waterline.

7. Using a small liner brush again, put a small dot on your cheek using brown eyeshadow.

8. Get your angle brush and put a flick of matte brown eye shadow underneath your bottom lashes at the corner of each eye to give the effect of a shadow from your lashes. Monroe was famous for this technique!

9.Finally get your lipstick and put it on your lips. Don’t go for a dark red as Monroe didn’t have vibrant red lips, it was more of a deep red.
MAC do a Marilyn Monroe collection and they have a red lipstick exactly the same colour as hers.

If you want to make the look more dramatic you could add a few individual eyelashes as well! Thanks for reading guys 🙂 This is the picture of the look I did on my model!

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Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara review

Hey everyone!
So today I’m going to do a review on the Rimmel ‘Scandaleyes’ mascara.
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I recently bought it, and thought it was a great purchase because I had a look at the mascara wand first.
As you can see from the picture above the head of the wand is very thick and big which means fuller and more volumized lashes!
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As you can see they don’t make much of a difference! The wand is supposed to make your lashes look bigger and fuller but in my opinion it is the same as any other cheap mascara. As I paid €10.50 for it so was expecting great results!

The one thing that I would say about this mascara is after a few hours underneath my eyes are covered in tiny black crumbly bits from the mascara, so bits of the mascara has fallen from my lashes underneath my eyes.

This is the main reason why I would not recommend this mascara to anyone! You wouldn’t realise it until you look in a mirror, making you look like you have panda eyes. I would rate this mascara 2/10.

If I was to recommend any mascara it would have to be NYC Big Bold mascara. I think it is amazing! A must buy!
Review will be posted about that mascara soon!

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Thanks for reading everyone, I hope I helped 🙂

Cliodhna x

Miley Cyrus Make Up Mistake

Miley Cyrus was voted no.1 in Maxim Hot 100 last night. 
For a woman who is the hottest girl in the world, according to Maxim readers anyway she cannot do her makeup! The singer and actress had a big white powder line across her mouth while posing on the red carpet. 
Either herself or her make up artist went a bit crazy and too heavy with the powder, remember guys always blend in!!
You don’t want to make a mistake like this on a night out!
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