Get Ready With Me — SupaNova Edition

I had every plan of creating a get ready with me style video with a SupaNova vlog attached to it, but unfortunately that plan went completely astray and considering the amount of things we had to cram in before we got there it’s no surprise we were in a bit of a rush by the time we needed to get ready. Basically, I went to SupaNova — Australia’s answer to a ComicCon style pop-culture exhibition which is currently moving around Australia, and Hamish and I decided that we’d be dressing up (/I decided we would be dressing up). Hamish picked Batman and despite him trying to convince me to go as Batgirl, think a Killing Joke Batgirl not an Alicia Silverstone/Batman & Robin/The-worst-Batman-ever-Batgirl but I decided to go as my absolute favourite version of Harley Quinn and that is the one you see in Arkham Knight.

While the costume wasn’t perfect — mostly because it turns out it’s almost impossible to get burgundy or maroon coloured tights anywhere at the moment and I wasn’t really wanting to have to check any props into the weapons check in considering my options were pretty much going to be a gun and a baseball bat — I’m really happy with how it turned out! So if you’re looking to create something like this here is where I got all of the bits and pieces:

The Costume:

  • The Harley Quinn Wig – $29.99 – (Here) – eBay
  • Harley Quinn Arkham Knight Costume – $75 – (Here) – eBay
  • Navy Blue Tights – Kmart – $5
  • Black Timberlands – Platypus Shoes – $299.95 – (Here) 

The makeup was interesting, and for me, arguably the best part, I had to figure out how to lighten my foundation even further, and I achieved that by adding some of the Mehron Fantasy FX creme face paint to it and stippling it on with a beauty blender. I continued to add more until I got to a really light colour that still had a hint of colour in it. I then set it with my usual powder and moved on to trying to hollow out my face. The eyes were the biggest challenge, mostly because black eyeshadow is just generally a bitch to put on neatly, but fortunately, that wasn’t called for here. I laid down a massive area of eyeliner and ended up setting it with the shadow and blending out the edges a little. Before finishing the whole thing off with a red lip which I sharpened the edges a little as a bit of a hint to Mister J.

The Makeup:

  • MAC Prep & Prime
  • MAC Studio Sculpt in NC15
  • Mehron Fantasy FX – White Face Paint – $5
  • elf Translucent HD Powder
  • essence Eyeliner in Black
  • Rimmel Black Eyeshadow
  • essence Get Big Lashes Mascara
  • NARS Blush in Orgasm
  • Kat Von D – Shade and Light Contouring Palette – Sombre
  • Lime Crime Liquid Lipstick in Wicked

I was pretty happy with the whole thing turned out, and the event was a whole heap of fun — particularly seeing of the insane FX work and makeup on some of the Cosplayers there! While our costumes were nothing elaborate, considering we spent about an hour getting into costume it was still a bunch of fun! Plus, it was also an interesting opportunity to check out some makeup brands that came along and try out a few products that I don’t usually get to see in store, and even got to try out a StoryBook Cosmetics Wand Brush Set! There was definitely something for everyone there over the weekend, and it’s definitely something I’d look forward to doing again!

Until next time,
x Harley

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Get Ready With Me + July Favourites

Let me start this by saying I tried this with good intentions and you know I feel like the majority of my posts feature so much text that a video would have been a really nice way to feature some beautiful new favourites. That of course veered wildly off track when I woke up with no voice. Then proceeded to be voiceless for almost two whole days – but on the plus side I got to see Suicide Squad and it was sick! So in the end I ditched the croaky voice-over and went for some cheerful music and considering the bad lighting, new program and the fact that I have no voice I’m fairly happy with how it turned out. This is a fairly standard type everyday look for me featuring a pop of colour blended onto the lower lash line and this palette works so wonderfully with this. So without further ado here is a full list of makeup and tools used:

  • Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture – Sensitive Skin
  • Rimmel London Lasting 25 Hour Foundation in 103 True Ivory
  • MAC Prolongwear Concealer in NC15
  • Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Pounder in 005 Silky Beige
  • Benefit’s Brow Zings in Light
  • Kat Von D’s Shade and Light Contour Palette – Sombre, Subconscious, Lucid and Lyric
  • NARS Blush in Orgasm
  • NARS Bronzer in Laguna
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Sweets Glow Palette – Marshmallow and Taffy
  • MAC’s Soft Ochre Paint Pot
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette – Tempera, Vermeer, Warm Taupe, Antique Bronze, Cyrus Umber & Love Letter
  • Boe Beauty Liquid Eyeliner
  • Essence Mascara – Get Big Lashes
  • Australis Velourlips – Pa-REE
  • Colourpop Lippie Stix – Lumiere
  • Sigma Round Kabuki F82
  • MAC Makeup Sponge
  • e.l.f Powder Brush
  • Sigma Tapered Kabuki F86
  • Revlon Contour Brush
  • Elf Crease and Blending Brushes

Until next time,
x ac

A Wearable Tropical Look

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I’ve really missed doing these blogs where I get to talk you through a look. Mostly because they really allow me to sit down with my entire makeup collection and find new ways to get creative. Tonight I have a tropical themed party and I really wanted to get into the spirit of things with my makeup look as well as my flamingo costume, so today I present a wearable tropical look that pretty much ties in all of the things I love about tropical colours while keeping things on a level where they can be worn without too much fuss for an every day look without looking borderline 80’s. For this look I used a total of about 8 brushes, but I’m sure you could get away with fewer if you wanted but I was just happy spraying colour everywhere at the time and didn’t pay much attention to how much cleaning I’d have to do. It does take a little time but it’s mostly because of blending and mixing of colours but I’m sure the fact that I was making it up as I went along didn’t help. If you want to give this look a try, here is the list of products I used, which of course as always can be easily substituted and switched out for brands and/or products that you would prefer:

  • Maybelline Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Liner in 001 Black
  • Benefit Brow Zings
  • Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara
  • The Chi Chi Goes to Rio Palette
  • Australis’ Velour Lips Matte Lip Cream in PA-REE
  • Australis Bronzer
  • MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC15
  • MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NC15
  • Maybelline Super Stay 24h Waterproof Powder
  • Inglot Eye Shadow 360
  • Inglot Eye Shadow 326
  • Inglot HD Sculpting Powder 505
  • MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ocre

With all that in mind here is how I used them, and I’ve decided there’s really no point in me talking you through the base, mostly because the application of the Pro Longwear Foundation and Concealer and the Super Stay Powder is consistent with my daily use, as would the Australis Bronzer, Brow Zings and the Sculpting Powder so I’d rather get down to the two parts of this look that separate it from everything else I wear.

The Eyes:
Starting with a base of MAC’s Paint Pot in Soft Ocre I took a large brush and swiped the 360 Shadow across my entire lid. The taupe base is what I wanted to build on top of so there was something natural, and next I took the 326 and darkened my crease to give it a little definition. Here’s where things got a little more tricky. Taking a liner brush I took the orange from the Rio Palette and drew upwards from the inner corner of my eyelid to the centre feathering out the end. I did this until I was completely happy with the brightness of the orange at the centre of my eye then moved onto yellow. The yellow I applied lightly at the feathered end and on the inner corner of my eyes for a little contrast. I had to build this up but eventually got them with a couple of tiny drops of water to get the colour to pop. I also added the tiniest amount to my cupid’s bow for something different and as the highlight along my brow bone.

The next step was the hardest, and it’s probably going to be the most poorly worded part of this post – basically what I did is applied a few drops of water to my neon pink shade in the Rio Palette and used this as a winged liner. The hardest part about this was reaching a good consistency and getting the right shape before taking some of the dry product and using it to set the colour into place and keeping everything crisp, sharp and separate. Once you’re happy, it’s a matter of tight-lining, applying mascara and lining the bottom waterline and you’re done!

The Lips:
The reason I added a little yellow to my cupid’s bow was because I wanted something interesting near my lips without having to have a bright colour on them. I wanted to go with this lovely nude cream lipstick I spoke about earlier this week and really wanted to keep all the statement in the eyes, so this was my something simple but dramatic.

And there you have it, my wearable tropical look to match a flamingo costume. I hope that you enjoyed this slightly different look which you can translate into pretty much anything from an 80’s costume to something for a tight and bright party. The main thing here is to have a bit of fun with the colours and see what you can come up with! I’ll be back tomorrow with a DIY, in the meantime let me know what you thought of this look in the comment section below!

x ac

Smokey Vampire Halloween Look – 10 Products

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Here is the first in two series I’m planning, the first being the Halloween series designed to give ideas and provide some idea as to how I approach Halloween makeup, and the second is a 10 Products or Less series where I aim to do my entire fact, pimples, lumps, bumps and all using just 10 products. Not a good combination for a Halloween look believe me, it’s missing the Halloween sparkles and diamonds I’ve come to know and love, not that we celebrate Halloween here in Australia. Anyway sparkles and diamonds aside, the main motivation I’ve had behind this look is to create a look which can be taken from day wear to night wear. It’s designed to be simple, sexy and versatile and hopefully you enjoy watching me pull faces at a camera for the second week in a row and luckily for me, my brows have been kind to me this week.

The Video:


The Products:

  1. Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub
  2. Australis Bronzer
  3. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC15
  4. MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NC15
  5. Australis Neutrals and Neons Eyeshadow Kit
  6. Top Shop Waterproof Eyeliner
  7. Aye Aye Captain – Liquid Eyeliner
  8. Rimmel London Colour Rush Eyeshadow in Matte Black
  9. Lime Crime Velvetine in Wicked
  10. Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Rockin’ Curves in Black

I’d like to talk about the Australis Neutrals and Neons palette. It’s a wet and dry eye shadow and eyeliner kit. There’s something a little bit sheer about these eyeshadows, they apply quite lightly and you really have to work at building up colour when applying them dry. But if you apply them with a little water or a makeup mixing medium they are bright and so beautiful. I find the lighter shades perfect for a highlight regardless of how they are applied, hence why I chose to use them here. I also really like the concept of having neutrals and neons in a single palette it means that it really works on so many levels and reduces the number of products you might need to carry. I feel the brushes the kit came with are quite pathetic as most brushes that come in these sorts of palettes are, but aside from that I really love the range of looks you can create, both subtle and vibrant with just one single product – it also has a shade that works perfectly in my brows as shown in this look. That, and it definitely wasn’t expensive not that I remember how much I paid for it last year.

This look was a bunch of fun to create and I love teaming up dark eyes with these dark lip colours, particularly seeing as this one was the one I spoke about on Friday so you can see how it works with a darker, warmer look. It’s gorgeous and I just wish I could wear it every day. If you have any looks you want to see me create let me know and I’ll see what I can do. I’m looking forward to creating a bunch of Halloween looks this year and I’d love some suggestions!

x ac

Every Day Work Makeup

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There’s a fine line between too much and not enough makeup at work as far as I’m concerned. I tend to go over the top in some aspects but I totally scale back on others. This is always the case where my work makeup is concerned. I love bold lips. Be it bold red, dark purple or a fluorescent pink. There’s something to be said about self-expression through a single aspect of your makeup and it’s something I love. Nude lips with dark eyes. Love it. Plain eyes red lips. Double love. It’s about expressing yourself within the confines of your workplace appearance guidelines and I think it’s something I manage pretty well. Today, I’m going to talk you through a basic eye look coupled with a bright and bold red lip. It’s perfect for a night out so hopefully you find there’s more than the one application for this look.

Base:

I started off by priming my face with Mary Kay Timewise Day Solution, it’s a product I really love and it’s something I’ve been using for ages. I followed this by Maybelline Coverstick Green Redness to cover up any red spots around my nose, they were actually minimal today! I followed this with MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation in NC15 and MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC15. Contouring is my work enemy. I like to dust my whole face with Maybelline Super Stay 24h Waterproof Powder and then go under my cheek bones and along my temples with Australis Bronzing Powder in Sunkissed, following up with Australis Paparazzi Perfect High Definition Blush in Shoot to Thrill on the apples of my cheeks.

Eyes:

As always, I prime my eyelids with Face of Australia Eye Primer in Matte. I fill in my brows with Savvy by DB Eyebrow Pencil in Taupe and move onto my Sportsgirl Eye Like It – Eye Palette. I used two colours, the base was a light matte brown and I cut the crease with a darker brown that had a gold undertone. Next, dramatic liner. Using TopShop’s Waterproof Liner in Ebony I tight lined my eyes, followed by a dramatic winged liner using Aye Aye Captain Very Black Liquid Liner. I finished off the eyes with Rimmel London’s Scandal Eyes Rockin’ Curves in 001 Black mascara.

Lips:

My lips are a combination of Lime Crime’s Glamour101 and Australis’ Mint Lip Gloss in Red. I think the gloss gives it a sleek look that really compliments the redness and draws away from the colour just a tad making it easy to rock this colour in the workplace.

The one rule I have is bold lips every day. The customers know me for it, and it’s something I really enjoy wearing and experimenting with. It works really well with a classy, simple eye look like this, and I’m hoping when I finally get around to it, it’s something I might be able to look into filming and adding to these blogs as reference. As always, I’m on the hunt for bold lip colours, so if you know of any I might like, chuck the names in the comments below.

x ac