Are you Shimmery or Matte?

So here are two EOTD's for you guys. Easter it is :)

I have always been a fan of matte colors, even before I discovered them as I was always slightly uncomfortable wearing shimmer on my lids. This applies especially for everyday looks.

Although I wear soft shimmery colors, I always feel the need to tone it down a bit as I do not want people to think that I am wearing a lot of makeup.

Shimmer, be it on the eyes or cheeks (or even foundation, tut tut Photoready!) usually tends to give an impression that one is 'made up' as the actual texture of the skin is matte. I tend to wear pretty light and neutral shimmery colors for the day but still feel uncomfortable when someone's looking at my face.

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love my shimmery colors for a night out, parties or occasions as nothing else works better for that oomph effect. But for everyday casual looks, it has to be matte for me.

Besides I have a large lid area with a lot of space between my lid and the brow bone. Hence the shimmer is more obvious in larger areas rather than those with a smaller lid space and socket area.

I love the depth and drama matte colors bring along. To me, they define the eyes much better and give the whole look a 'neater' appearance. Shimmery colors make it difficult for me to define the eyes, especially in the crease area giving me a 'no crease' look.

I tried to keep the above looks similar to help you judge which looks better. The first look is created using all matte colors from the Sleek Bohemian Palette and the second look has been created using all shimmery colors from the Sleek Storm Palette.

Both have MAC's Smolder smudged on the upper and lower lash line finished off with Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara. I am wearing MAC's Select Cover up Concealer in NW35 in the under eye area and am loving it for now. Its liquid consistency helps it adhere well, plus it does not crease at all which is quite a shocker as far as concealers are concerned!

What looks do you prefer then? Shimmery or Matte? I would love to know how you guys pull off your shimmery colors!


Aurifere Make-up Brushes

Aurifere Series 480 - tapered blending brush

MAC 222 in comparison

Aurifere Series 180 - oval powder brush

Aurifere Series 330 - Flat top shader brush

Aurifere Series 820 - Nylon fan brush

Make-up brushes are the tools of the beauty trade and can make or break a look in my opinion. I know some people can do stunning looks with the least of brushes but personally I am a big sucker for brushes and love to use different ones for different uses. Plus it's super convenient if you have brushes that each serve a different purpose.

I got sent these brushes by the generous people at Aurifere. They manufacture a professional range of brushes and were seen at IMAT's if I am correct. They have recently opened an online store where they ship for free to the UK and also ship internationally.

We will start with my favorite brush here, Aurifere Series 480. This one is a tapered blending brush but is pointed at the end hence pretty unique. It is round and fluffy and the brush hair's are like silk! The tip of the brush gets right into the socket which is great for those who have sunken eyes or a hooded lid. The hairs around the tip help in blending.

You can use this brush for blending, crease color, highlight, inner corners as well as concealer. I simply love it as its the softest and the highest quality blending brush I have ever tried. This is the best dupe you will find for a MAC 222 brush and it retails for less than half of its price.

The second up for scrutiny is Aurifere Series 180. This is an oval shaped powder or blush brush. First of all, this is a massive brush ladies! It is amazingly dense and plush and so soft that you will feel like stroking your skin with this all the time. The handle is pretty long as you can see in the picture, which gives it a professional feel. The brush hairs are out of this world! They are beautifully soft and dense.

This brush is versatile, due to its density and softness, you can use it for liquid and powder foundation, blush, bronzer and loose powder. You can also use it as a body brush as well and it will work wonders and save you a lot of effort. This beats MAC's large paddle brush anyday!

The third brush to follow is the Aurifere Series 330. This is a flat top shader brush and is made of synthetic bristles. It is quite thick yet very soft unlike the similar stiff and scratchy flat top brush that Body Shop makes. This is brilliant for shading the eyelids, applying all over lid colors as well as lining the lash line. It works very well with applying pigments and loose shadows especially. I find it to be an amalgamation of MAC 239 and MAC 242 yet for a fraction of the price!

And finally we have the super funky looking Aurifere Series 820. This is a fan brush made from synthetic nylon bristles. It is very thin and scanty and this works to its advantage as it works effectively for a light dusting of powder, blush or highlighter. It works foolproof when you want the slightest of color without much effort. Yet again the bristles are very soft and it might not look appealing to many of you's but if you don't owe a fan brush you are missing out!

I have tried MAC, Nars, Bobbi Brown and Coastal Scents brushes but these brushes are the highest quality I have come across in ages. They are luxurious yet extremely effective and are in no ways comparable to any other brush brand. Plus they have amazing dupes available for some of the MAC brushes.

All their brushes are of extremely high quality in bristles as well as the handles and are perfect for a starter kit. The best thing about them is how kind and soft they are on the skin considering the fact that most of the brushes above are under a tenner! I also love the fact that they are unique in their long handle 'professional' looking design and have some unique codes for their brushes unlike some brands which simply copy the market leader!

I washed these brushes making them undergo my cruel survival test and they came out to be victorious with only a hair or two shedding. They do have some funky smell whilst they are damp but it vanishes as soon as they dry.

If you are planning on investing in brushes either for personal use, for a makeup course or your professional kit, why not get your basic supplies from here as they are much more affordable than the cult favorites, they won't break your bank and will leave you gobsmacked at their impeccable quality. I already have a list and will be going for more :)



EOTD: Bohemian Smokey Eyes

First of all, pardon the uneven blended edge on the crease ladies. I was not wearing my contact lenses the day I took these pictures due to which I missed out spotting the unblended end, yikes!

This look is inspired by the unconventional colors in the Sleek Bohemian Palette hence the title of the post. I only used matte colors for this look to add some drama and to bring out the depth of the colors.

It is so much fun and different working with matte colors as the look turns out to be completely different than what it would have been using the same colors with a shimmery finish.

And don't we just love that skin colored matte color in this palette? It is superbly pigmented and completely natural for on-the-go looks. I incorporated it within the deep colors to add some brightness to the center of the lid, especially when there is a lot of drama going around on the rest of the eye.

If you notice, I kept the crease color pointing slightly upwards, as I did not want a typical sunken crease and wanted to lift the eyes a little.

The rhinestones were completely random, just to give a boho-chic effect. All the colors I used were from the Sleek Bohemian Palette.

Products Used

- UDPP to prime the eyes
- Apply a vivid purple color in the crease and blend it upwards with a reddish brown color
- Add a indigo color in the crease to darken it
- Bring the indigo color from the crease towards the upper lashline
- Add a matte black color with a pencil brush on the upper lashline and make it meet the indigo color in the crease
- Add the indigo color on the lower lashline as well
- Apply a skin colored nude eyeshadow on the center of the lid
- Apply a stark white color on the browbone, in the inner corners and on the lower lashline
- Fill in your brows and finish off with mascara