Wednesday, 11 July 2012

On My Fingertips: Sportsgirl Nail It in "Denim"

While it is no secret that I am quite partial to navy polishes I am always searching for a more wallet friendly alternative because at $42 a pop for my favourite Dior 997 Blue Label, I tend to treat it as a precious resource.

So it was to my great delight when browsing in Sportsgirl that I came across a brand new colour in their Nail It range. Enter... "Denim"

Sportsgirl Nail It in Denim
It is a bit more blue than the Dior, however the consistency is much more sheer and it took a good three coats to achieve this colour.

Three Coats + Top Coat

Wearability was not so bad considering it was three layers. I went about 2-3 days before any serious chipping occurred. 

So while the formula is no Dior, it definitely is a great substitute and the look is very similar. What a winner! And for only $7.95, you are making money.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Winter Favourite: Emerald Green Smokey Eye

While I normally do not stray from my trusty brown and grey smokey eyes, there is something about the winter chill that makes me want to add a bit of colour and drama to my daily eye look. On one daring Tuesday morning I rummaged through my kit to look for all of the rustic emerald greens and shimmery khakis I could find and this is what I created.

Emerald Green Smokey Eye

To achieve this look, it involved quite a lot of layering and blending - despite it looking like just a swipe of green eyeshadow! These were the products used:

Products Used
  1. I began by dipping my flat eyeshadow brush in the black eyeshadow once, then straight into the matte emerald green and then proceeding to dab this all over my lid. I repeated this process 3-4 times to get the right amount of depth and saturation.
  2. I then lined my lower lashline with this colour combination.
  3. Next I used a lighter khaki green and a fluffy blending brush to blend into the outer corner and crease to give the colour some more depth and also blend out the harsh edges.
  4. I continued blending with a lighter khaki shade and took this up a little higher into my crease and brow bone. as well as blending under the lower lashline as well.
  5. Using a light, skin toned colour I highlighted under my brown and the tear duct.
  6. I used a black gel liner to line both the top and bottom lashlines to give some added definition.

As you can see, quite a lot of technique and layering goes into what looks like quite a basic look. I find that if you skip the step of combining the black and the emerald green, the colour payoff is not as strong and ends up looking quite sheer.