Friday, October 31, 2014

Sexy Kitty Halloween Makeup Tutorial

Happy Halloween! Here's a tutorial for all of you who're running late with costumes and ideas for tonight's parties, just like myself.

Halloween-tervehdys! Tässä on tutoriaali teille kaikkille, jotka paniikissa mietitte, että miksi ihmeeksi aiotte pukeutua illan juhliin.

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I'm actually rather upset that I don't have an awesome costume planned out. I wasn't supposed to celebrate Halloween at all, due to the 300 pages of economics I need to study for next weeks test but the plans changed last minute (...as always)! Next year I want to invest in a sick costume and do some cool facial art and effects.

Harmittaa ihan älyttömästi, ettei tiedossani ole mitään mahtavaa naamiaispukukokonaisuutta. Minun ei pitänyt juhlistaa Halloweenia mitenkään, sillä 300 sivua ekonomiaa odottaa lukijaansa ensi viikon kokeeseen, mutta suunnitelmat muuttuivat viime hetkellä (...kuten aina)! Ensi vuonna aion sijoittaa mahtavaan pukuun ja efektimeikkeihin.

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This look is so simple and as for the clothes; all black with heels is all that's needed.

Tämä lookki on tosi yksinkertainen -- ja päälle ei tarvita muuta kuin mustat vaatteet ja korkkarit.

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I happened to have some cat ears, bow and a tail from some previous costume party. This is not necessary though. The makeup, black clothes and black heels are good enough!

Vaatekaapissani sattuu olemaan kissankorvat, rusetti ja häntä, jostain edellisistä naamiaisbilestä. Eivätkä nämät ole edes tarpeellisia, sillä hyvä meikki, mustat vaatteet ja korot riittävät mainiosti!

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NYX - Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean
Makeup Forever - Aqua Eyes Eyeliner in Matte Black

A black eyeliner is a must! You're going to need atleast one sharp pencil to draw in precise features. I used the thicker pen to fill in my lips and nose.

Musta rajauskynä on must! Tulet tarvitsemaan ainakin yhden teräväkärkisen rajauskynän, jolla tarkemmat piirustukset tehdään. Käytin paksumpaa kynää värittääkseni huulet ja nenän.

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A liquid eyeliner with sharp tip brush will make lining the eyes in a cat eye manner easy.

Teräväkärkinen ja nestemäinen rajausväri helpottaa kissarajauksen tekemistä.

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Makeup Forever - Eyeshadow #162

For the eyes, to avoid drawing attention away from the eyeliner, I just used a matte brown all over the lid and an intense pearlescent white shade as a brow bone and inner corner highlight. I've been loving this matte warm brown eyeshadow from MUFE to the moon and back. It's of great quality, amazing color payoff and it's easy to blend.

Luomiin käytin pelkästään mattaruskeaa ja kulmaluun sekä sisänurkan korostukseen helmiäisvalkoista, ettei luomiväri vie huomiota pois mahtavista kissarajauksista. Olen rakastunut tähän MUFEn lämpimän sävyiseen mattaruskeaan. Se on laadultaan loistava, pigmenttinen ja sitä on helppo häivyttää.

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1. Start off by applying an inner corner and brow bone highlight. As per usual, add a warm matte brown that's a few shades darker than your skin tone into the crease.
2. Place the dark matte brown all over the eyelid and extend it out in a triangular cat-eye appearing shape. This does not need to be perfect because it will be blended out.
3. BLEND! BLEND! BLEND! Just rub the rims of that color with a blending brush untill it fades out. Add more and blend more if necessary.
4. Line the eyes with a very long wing. Click here for a tutorial on cat eyeliner. Also, thick and long falsies are an absolute must!
5. This step is the key to achieving that intense feline eye that we're going for. Take an eyeliner with a very precise tip (such as the NYX one mentioned above) and draw out lines from the inner corner towards the nose, mimicing and exagerrating the shape of the inner corner of the eye. Add some mascara and falsies. I purposely didn't add mascara to my lower lashes because that way the eye is kept more almond shaped, whereas adding mascara will make it appear more rounded.
6. Let's move onto the face paint now. Outline two triangular shapes that mimic your nose shape and nostrils.
7. Fill that in and draw a line with a sharp pencil from the nose to the cupid's bow. Line the lips and fill them in and we're done! I also made my eyebrows a bit darker than usual, by adding darker eyeshadow into them.

1. Aloitetaan lisäämällä helmiäisvalkoista kulmaluuhun ja silmän sisänurkkaan. Kuten aina, banaanivarjostus tehdään luomivakoon ruskealla, joka on omaa ihonsävyä paria astetta tummempi.
2. Tummempaa mattaruskeaa lisätään koko luomelle ja laajennetaan poispäin V-muodossa  silmän ulkonurkkaan kissamaisesti. Tämän ei tarvitse olla täydellisesti tehty, sillä se häivytetään.
3. HÄIVYTÄ! HÄIVYTÄ! HÄIVYTÄ! Pyyhi ( puhtaalla siveltimellä) edestakaisin värin reunoja kunnes ne ovat tarpeeksi häivytetyn näköiset. Tarvittaessa lisää enemmän luomiväriä ja häivytä uudelleen. 
4. Silmät rajataan ja rajauksen siivestä tehdä normaalia pidempi. Tästä pääset kissarajauksen tekemisen tutoriaaliin. Tuuheat ja pitkät räpsyt ovat myös ihan must!
5. Tämä on tärkein vaihe  kissamaisten  silmien tekemisessä (tereäväkärkinen rajaussivellin on ehdoton). Jatka rajauksen piirtämistä silmien sisänurkista kohti nenää. Silmien sisänurkkaa korostetaan. Sitten lisätään ripsaria ja irtoripset. Jätin tarkoituksella lisäämättä ripsiväriä alaripsiin, jotta silmistä tulee enemmän mantelinmuotoiset.
6. Seuravaksi kasvot! Nenään piirretään rajauskynällä muoto joka muistuttaa kahta kolmioa  (katso kuvaa).
7. Tämä väritetään, kuten myös koko nenän alaosa. Nenästä piirretään viiva huulten  amorinkaariin asti. Väritä huulet mustaksi.

Luo tummat kulmat lisäämällä niihin hieman tummempaa luomivärisävyä kuin normaalisti.


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Whiskers and dots can be added but I preferred this look. Especially if the night is going to consist of sweating and dancing, all that black on the face can easily turn into a hot mess. I would also like to remind to carry a small mirror at all times because when dealing with a black lipstick, it should be checked upon and maintained throughout the night to avoid an epic catastrophy.

Viiksiä ja pisteitä voi halutessa lisätä, mutta pidän lookista tällaisena. Etenkin jos ilta sisältää paljon tanssia ja hikoilua, en pahemmin suosittele piirtämään näitä, sillä siitä voi olla katastrofaaliset seuraukset kun ne leviävät illan kuluessa. Haluaisin myös muistuttaa, että kun käytössä on mustaa väriä huulissa ja suun ympärillä, kannattaa taskupeili pitää mukana läpi illan ja huoltaa huulia välttyäkseen sen leviämiseltä.

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I hope everyone has an amazing Halloween! Meow!

Ihanaa Halloween-iltaa kaikille! MAU!

XOXO, Ella

FACE / KASVOT
- Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation in Medium 62 / meikkivoide

- MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC25 / peitevoide
- MAC Pressed Blot Powder in Medium Dark / kivipuuteri

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder / irtopuuteri 

MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Give Me Sun / aurinkopuuteri

- Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Bronzing Veil in Tropical Nights / aurinkopuuteri
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Countour Kit shade in Havana / Varjostuspuuteri
- MAC Blush in Melba / poskipuna
- The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer / korostuspuuteri

 

EYES / SILMÄT

Bella Pierre Shimmer Powder in Snow Flake / luomiväri
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Naked luomiväri
- MUFE Eyeshadow #162 luomiväri

- MUFE Aqua Eyes Eyeliner in Matte Black / rajauskynä

- NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean / rajauskynä
L'oreal Infallible Gel Lacquer Liner 24H in Blackest Black /rajausgeeli
- NYX Studo Liquid Liner in Black / rajausväri 
Maybelline The Colossal Go Extreme! Volum' mascara /ripsiväri 
- Red Cherry False Lashes #47 / irtoripset


EYEBROWS / KULMAT 
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde kulmakynä 

- Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duo in Taupe / kulmaväri
- MAC eyeshadow in Espresso / luomiväri



LIPS / HUULET
- NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean / rajauskynä

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

LUSH Halloween and Christmas Collection Launch

A few weeks ago I received this invite to LUSH's seasonal product launch. Well, ofcourse the first thing that I did was purchase ferry tickets to Finland. Wouldn't miss this for a thing.

Parisen viikkoa sitten tämä kutsu ilmestyi sähköpostiini. Avasin välittömästi Siljalinen sivut ja katsoin risteilymatkavaihtoehtoja Helsinkiin, sillä en halunnut menettää tätä tarjousta mistään hinnasta. 

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I've been using LUSH products for years. Not only do they make my all time favorite facial and body scrub (Ocean Salt), face mask (Mask of Magnaminty) and lip scrubs, but I have generally loved every single product of theirs that I've ever purchased. That's rare. I have several posts where I mention them and they can be found on my blog under the tag LUSH.

Olen käyttänyt LUSHin tuotteita vuosia. Yritys valmistaa kestosuosikkejani kautta aikojen, kuten kasvojen ja vartalon kuorinta-ainetta (Ocean Salt), kasvonaamiota (Mask of Mangaminty) ja huulien kuorinta-ainetta. Olen todella pitänyt kaikista ostamistani tuotteista. Blogissani LUSH tägin alta löytyy lisää postauksia joissa kerron tarkemmin tuotteista.

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The value for money in these products is great.  They're also very effective and safe, containing as little possible chemicals and preservatives - if any. They're also made out of fresh and organic ingredients. I also really like investing my money into the companies products because the firm stands by such a great cause; fighting animal testing and initiating several ethical campaigns and charities.

LUSHin hinta-laatusuhde on kohdallaan, tuotteet ovat tehokkaita ja turvallisia, sillä kemikaalien ja säilöntäaineiden määrä on minimoitu ja toisissa tuotteissa niitä ei ole ollenkaan. Tuotteet tehdään tuoreista raaka-aineista. Tuen mielelläni yritystä, joka harrastaa hyväntekeväisyyttä, toimii eläikokeita vastaan ja johtaa eettisiä kampanjoita, ostamalla heidän tuotteitaan. 

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Here are the products in the Halloween collection: yummy soaps, bathbubbles and bathbombs.

Tässä ovat Halloween-sarjan tuotteet. Herkullisia saippuoita, kylpykuplia ja -pommeja.

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Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb

Who wouldn't want to take a bath in water like this? If you do not own a bath you can always use these for pedicure purposes.

Kuka voisi vastustaa tätä kylpyä? Jos et omista kylpyammetta, voi näistä tuotteista ottaa palan ja tehdä jalkahoidon vadissa.

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Northern Lights Bath Bomb

And as for the holidays!

ja lomien kunniaksi!

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If any men have stumbled upon this post, here's a little hint hint wink wink to make your girlfriend love you eternally:

Jos tähän postaukseen on eksynyt miehiä, tässä joululahjavinkki - ja tyttöystävänne rakastaa teitä  ikuisesti:


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YES PLEASE!

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This is definitely on my to-buy list. It's a solid moisturizer that also provides body shimmer.

Tämä kiinteä kosteusvoide on seuraavana ostolistallani. Kaunista kimalletta sisältävää voidetta hierotaan vartaloon.

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LUSH's delicious shower and bath products are out of this world and make everytime like a spa experience.

LUSHin herkulliset suihku- ja kylpytuotteet ovat ihania ja tekevät jokaisesta käyttökerrasta spa-elämyksen.

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I actually can't remember the last time that I've taken a shower or a bath without using LUSH products.

En itseasiassa muista milloin olisin viimeksi kylpenyt tai käynyt suihkussa ilman LUSHin tuotteita.

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I can promise that their soaps aren't disappointments either! And as for the last, here are some of LUSH's amazing permanent products.

Lupaan, etteivät Lushin saippuat tuota pettymystä! Lopuksi vielä ihania vakkareita:

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These lip scrubs are winter necessities!

LUSHin huulien kuorinta-aine on talvella must!

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This is my favorite alley and here I always spend the most time and money.

Tämä on lempikäytäväni ja kulutan eniten aikaa ja rahaa seisoen tässä.


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Yummy!

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LUSH gave me a cute little Christmas present. I've fallen in love with the Cola-flavored lip scrub.

LUSH antoi minulle söpön pienen joululahjan. Olen rakastunut tuohon Colan makuiseen huulikuorinta-aineeseen.

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Next up is a Halloween themed tutorial! Stay tuned!

Seuraavaksi vuorossa on Halloween tutoriali! Pysykää kuulolla!


Monday, October 20, 2014

ALL About Makeup Brushes!


YES! It's finally here. This is my most requested post and it's been in the making for a very long time because I've wanted it to be perfect by sharing the most and best knowledge possible. First of all I want everyone to know 4 things:
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1) A good makeup application cannot be done without (good) makeup brushes. Period.
2) Invest in good quality brushes rather than good quality makeup. Why? Because good quality brushes can make any makeup go on well and look good.
3) Makeup brushes can be used as wished. If it says it's meant for the eyes, it can be used for foundation. It's all about what feels the best for you. I'm currently using a lip brush as my eyeliner brush.
4) Good brushes are investments that are gradually bought and will last a lifetime when properly taken care of. I have been building my collection for several years. No-one is expecting you to walk into MAC and purchase 5 different brushes retailing at 60€ a pop.

All brushes

In this post I'm going give recommendations for beginners, share my personal favorites and give tips on brush care and travelling. I will glady answer any questions on the comments field at the end of the post. All text in pink contain a link to where the brush can be purchased.

I swear by Sigma Beauty, MAC and Real Techniques makeup brushes.

- Sigma Beauty products can be ordered online and are shipped worldwide. Sigma has a store in the Mall of America in Minnesota, USA.
- MAC products can be ordered online in certain countries. Most big department stores have MAC counters. MAC also has their own pro and regular stores in certain countries and cities.
- Real Techniques products can be ordered online and are shipped worldwide on several platforms. Certain countries sell their products via retailers such Ulta and Boots.

Most of my brushes are from Sigma Beauty because in my opinion their brushes, price point and customer service is excellent. If you're a beginner and you want to get started with brushes, I would highly recommend on purchasing a brush kit from Sigma such as the one below:

Sigma Essential Kit

This is the Essential Kit and it retails for $159.

For all the beauty lovers in the Euro zone; let's not forget that the prices mentioned are in $ (USD). Due to the Dollar being weaker, the prices in Euros are lower, for ex the above is ~125 Euros.

Here are some of my all time favorite brushes that I use in almost all of my makeup applications:

Foundation Brushes

This is the amazing trio for foundation that everyone should own. I actually have several ones of each because I love them so much. The F80 is the best foundation brush on the market, it gives a flawless finish. The F86 is great for undereye concealer blending and the P86 for blending out hard-to-reach areas such as around the nose.

Sigma Beauty's customer service is impeccible. They reply quickly to any enquiries and last time when a ferrule of a brush that I had bought over a year ago, came off the handle, they sent me a new one. This kind of customer service is very rare nowadays.

Concealer Brushes

These I use for concealer application. MAC's 195 for cleaning up eyeshadow on the outer corners of the eyes and the Detailer Brush by Real Techniques to spot conceal any blemishes. 

I would like to note, that the prices within MAC products vary depending on the country. I recall paying 25 euros for this concealer brush in Finland.

Powder Brushes

The F25 is the softest and most pleasant feeling brush I've ever come across. I use it for powdering my face.

The F35 is perfect for setting undereye concealer with powder or placing a powder a highlight there.

Face Brushes

These are the brushes that I use for powder product applications.

- MAC's 129 for an all over bronzer application.
- NARS' Ita Kabuki is the best brush for contouring the cheekbones. It just makes it so easy.
- Sigma's F05 is perfect for blending those contours.
- MAC's 217 is my favorite for contouring the nose; it blends the contour out at the same time.
- Sigma's F40 is the best blush brush I have used. Due to its dense and precise shape it distributes the perfect amount of product onto the cheeks. I find many blush brushes on the market to be oversized and therefore they end up making the whole cheek area blushed.
- Real Techinique's Setting Brush is perfect for applying highlighting powders ontop of the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and the cupid's bow. It places just the right amount of product, whereas other brushes may place too much and then it just end up looking like there's a bunch of glitter on the face. No thanks.

Real Techniques Powder Brush

And finally I'll blend everything out with this big fluffy powder brush. It feels like heaven on my face.

Eyeshadow Brushes

These brushes I use for eyeshadow placement, not blending!

- Sigma's E60 is perfect for a quick eyeshadow application all over the eyelid due to its big size.
- MAC's 239 is my favorite shader because it picks up so much eyeshadow that the placement is super pigmented.
- Sigma's E55 is my favorite for highlighting the brow bone.
- Sigma's E30 is perfect for doing more precise work with eyeshadow such as defining the crease or the outer V. It's also great for smudging eyeliner to make it smokey.

(As you can see the text on some of my MAC brushes is starting to wear off. I find this to be a bit not cool due to their price range. To avoid this, coat the text with clear nailpolish.)

Blending Brushes

As for blending:

- Sigma's E40 is a must for everyone! It's so soft and fluffy, it blends any eyeshadow really well.
- MAC's 224 is like the above but smaller so you can get into smaller areas, it's also a bit denser so the blending intensity is stronger.
- Sigma's E45 is smaller than the 224, so it's great for blending more precise detailing such as the outer Vs or cut creases.
- Sigma's E36 is a tiny blending brush that can blend out really small areas. It's a must for hooded eye lids!

Lower Lashline Brushes

The 219 is very similar to the mentioned above Sigma E30. I use it for placement of eyeshadow on the lower lashline.

ELF's C Brush is my favorite for smoking out or blending the eyeshadow on the lower lashline.

Eyeliner Brush

For the inner corners I like to use a foam sponge applicator. However, I really dislike them for any other applications though. I can't understand why they're still given with some palettes.

As for an eyeliner brush; these bent brushes are the best and make it so easy to line the eyes. There's no point in investing in one that costs a lot because they all go bad after a few months of usage.

Eyebrow Brushes

I love this brow comb for blending out my eyebrows. I got it from a set from Coastal Scents years ago and unfortunately they don't sell it anymore. The provided link will land on a similar product. However, almost all makeup lines make combs like this.

I couldn't do my eyebrows without both of these great angled brushes from Sigma.

Sigma Beauty also makes amazing eyebrow products and palettes, which I'll be talking about in upcoming posts.

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It's very important to take good care of brushes. If they're not well looked after they will break or brittle, no matter how good the brush is. Brushes that are especially used with liquid products gather a lot of bacteria and can easily be the cause of blemishes.

Depending on the usage of my brushes, I will deep clean them aka wash them with water and a foaming cleansing fluid around a few times a month. During those middle days I will use a spot cleanser such as the MAC Cleansing Fluid with a cotton pad to sanitize and wipe off makeup. It's also important to remember to wipe the handles with a sanitizing fluid because they gather a lot of bacteria aswell from constantly being touched.

Don't ever wet the makeup brush past the metal ferrule because this will soften up the glue and cause the handle to possibly detach from the brush. Same applies for when drying brushes; make sure to lay them flat or facing down whilst drying, because otherwise the water will start to loosen up the glue that's up there.

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I love using a lip brush when with darker colors. Trying to apply a dark lip color without a brush is a big no-no for me. The L05 by Sigma is my favorite and it's great to throw in the purse or a pocket due to its protective cover and slick shape.

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Handwashes, soaps, shampoos, dishwashers are all good for cleansing brushes. When the bristles are synthetic it really doesn't matter how rough the cleansers are, so normally I'll just use a dish washing fluid. When the bristles are made from real hair they should be treated like real hair, so shampoos are an appropriate alternative. However, avoid using shampoos that're too hydrating because this can leave a greasy film on the bristles. If the bristles start feeling a bit rough, use a bit of conditioner on them.

Tip: MAC's Brush Cleanser is also great for cleaning up makeup stains on makeup bags, brush cases/rolls, and those black rubbery palettes that like to capture every single finger print.

Sigma Brush Roll Set

When travelling, it's very important to store brushes safely and well because letting them hang around in spacious makeup bags can be very damaging for the bristles. I have used this brush wrap for years and I love it. It's great quality, it holds all the brushes I need for travelling, it's durable and most importantly - it takes up very little space.

Unfortunately it's currently not in stock but a great alternative is the Extravaganza Brush Case ($29). I do not own it but I've seen and admired it several times and it's definitely on my to-buy list.

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XOXO, Ella