Wednesday, 24 December 2014

FOTD: L'Oreal Couture Gift Set - 'Christmas Party' Makeup Look

Merry Christmas to you beautiful people! 

I hope you're as excited as I am about Christmas Eve and spending some quality time with the people you love. But before everyone gets stuck into their Turkey dinners, festive films and family board games I wanted to share with you my most recent beauty purchases from Boots that enabled me to create this festive 'face of the day.' (Please excuse my grainy iPhone photo, I've lost the tripod for my SLR camera so can't take a 'selfie' using that!)

As a long term lover of L'Oreal cosmetics, when I saw that Boots were offering a gift set free when you spend £14.99 or over, I just had to cash in on that bargain! 

In need of a new mascara, I decided to pick up my favourite drug store 'Volume Million Lashes' mascara and a nude lipstick from Julianne Moore's nude lipstick range in the shade 'barely peach' (I instantly fell in love with the smooth, matte black casing on this lipstick and knew it was the one for me). For anyone who hasn't purchased a volume million mascara from L'Oreal you are missing out, it coats your lashes evenly; extending them beyond their normal length and adds volume without getting that 'spidery' look that we're all trying to avoid. As for the lipstick, it's a gorgeous natural shade of pink that adds a subtle blush to my pout. I personally plan to use it as an everyday barely there lipstick for work, however I have found myself having to reapply it a fairly regularly as the pigment doesn't seem to last very long, although to be fair this could be to the cold weather causing my lips to chap at the moment. 

By purchasing these two products I became eligible for the free L'Oreal couture gift set - the perfect combination of classic reds to create that old Hollywood glamour look. Inside the set was a volume million so couture mascara, a white kohl eyeliner pencil, a red lipstick, red nail polish and a voucher for £2.50 off of a true match foundation (but to be honest I won't be using mine as I've found my dream foundation already).

To create this look I used my Estée Lauder double wear foundation in shade 'fresco' for even clear, even skin coverage and used my Sleek contour palette to define and highlight the planes of my face. I lined my lash and water line lightly with the white kohl pencil in order to brighten my eyes and draw attention away from my lips without it all looking too much then lightly coated my lashes in the volume million mascara. I always try to stick to the basic beauty rule of eyes or lips but never both! 

To achieve the deep, cleanly outlined red lips that will last for hours, I always use the same process. 

1. Buff away the chapped skin on your lips using a clean toothbrush
2. Apply a thin layer of Vaseline in order to soften your skin and keep it from drying out
3. Slowly line your lips using a lip liner pencil, it will prevent any excess lipstick from bleeding onto your skin
4. Take your lipstick and apply evenly
5. Using a small amount of translucent powder, blot your lips to set the lipstick
6. Repeat until you have your desired depth of colour

Finally to balance out the bold lips, it's important to even out your face by defining your brows (I can't even begin to stress the importance of your eyebrows, they're like the cherry on top of a cupcake) I like to use my HD brows palette just to fill in the areas where my eyebrows are more sparse. 

That's all there is to it! This look is light enough to wear during the day for a bit of sophisticated glamour, or alternatively can be worn on a night out for an alluring Christmas party look - it's totally up to you! 

I hope you have all enjoyed reading my post, I can't wait to see what I'm lucky enough to receive from Santa Claus tomorrow. Hopefully there'll be some beauty delights that I'll be able to share with you all.

Have you bought any products from L'Oreal recently, what did you think?

Thank you for reading and Merry Christmas!



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