African Grey Parrot (Using NYX Swear By IT Eyeshadow Palette)

 

African Grey Parrot Look

African Grey Parrot Look

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first look in my Bird Series (you can read more about the series here) is based around the African Grey Parrot.  I’ve had exposure to this beautiful bird over the years and thought it would be a fun place to start the series.

The African Grey Parrot (see photo below) has a striking colour scheme of grey, white and black, with bright scarlet tail feathers at the back.  For this look, I incorporated the greys, white and red on the lid, along with black liner on the upper lashline.  I also used a soft red lipstick on the lips to mimic the vivid red tail feathers. 

You can view full face shots, along with the cheek and lip colours I used, in this post.

African Grey Parrot Photo from Pexel (free photo site)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bird Series includes looks based around different types of birds and their colour schemes.  You can read more about the series and view posts here.

Tip: I’m using the NYX Swear By IT Eyeshadow Palette, along with a couple of shades from the Kat Von D Saint and Sinner Palette, for this look.  You can view posts on the site featuring the NYX Palette here and the Kat Von D palette here.

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New Bird Looks Series!

 

Photo from Pexel (free photo site)

Photo from Pexel (free photo site)

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was looking for some make-up look inspiration and thought it would be really fun to start a bird inspired series.  I have a real love for birds, as my family has kept different types of birds over the years.  Birds come in such a wide range of colours, sizes and shapes, so there will be lots to choose from for my looks.  I think the variety will make for some really interesting and fun make-up looks!

For each combination, I’ll be providing close-up photos of the eyes and full face shots so you can see how the look comes together.  The cheek and lip colours will be listed for each combination so you can get ideas for how to complement the looks.  I’ll also include a photo of the bird so you can see the inspiration behind each look.

I will be using a range of eyeshadow palettes and eyeshadow singles for this series.  I had originally planned to use the new NYX Swear By IT Eyeshadow Palette for the whole series, as it contains an incredible array of colours.  However, since starting the series, I’ve found that there are shades that I can’t find in the palette as the bird colour schemes have been so diverse.  It has been more effective using whichever palette or eyeshadow single(s) fit with a particular look.

Let me know if there are any particular birds you would love to see in a look! I am planning on creating a variety of different looks, so happy to hear any of your suggestions!

You can find all the posts in the series here or under Eyeshadow Combo Ideas/Bird Inspired Series on the menu bar.

Note: As referenced above, the photos used in this post were taken from Pexels (https://www.pexels.com/search/bird/).  Pexels provides free photos for commercial and non-commercial use.

I hope you enjoy the series!

Reader Looks: Chocolate Series by @shinebridabeauty

 

Chocolate Series looks re-created by @shinebridabeauty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was recently tagged on Instagram by @shinebridabeauty to say she had come across the Chocolate Series on my site and was re-creating the looks for her page.  It is great to see that readers find inspiration from the looks on the site! It’s really interesting to see how the Chocolate Series combinations look on someone else.  I love how each of her combinations turned out!

Brida features all sorts of amazing make-up looks and eyeshadow combinations on her Instagram page.  Her Instagram page features a mix of ‘6 look 1 palette’ looks, themed looks and collaboration looks.  I’d highly recommend taking a look if you want some make-up inspiration and ideas for combinations!

@shinebridabeauty used different products to re-create each of the looks, which shows that you don’t need exactly the same products to try out the looks on the site.  She also came up with a sixth look, Coconut Chocolate, which I think looks super pretty!

Brida has very kindly shared the palettes and shades she used to re-create each of the Chocolate looks.  Click ‘Read More’ below to get the palette and shade breakdowns for each look.

Have you re-created or taken inspiration from any of the looks on the site? Or have you created a look which you would love to share with others? I’d love to see or hear about your looks! If you’d like your looks to be featured on the site, please get in touch! You can contact me via the contact form, at sairareidlee@gmail.com or on Instagram at @makeupbysairalee .  You can find reader looks here and also under the newly added ‘Reader Looks’ tab under ‘Eyeshadow Combo Ideas’ on the menu bar.

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Rainbow Series: Roundup!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This post provides an overview of all of the looks included in my recent Rainbow Series.  The Rainbow Series includes looks based around each of the colours of the rainbow.  You can read about the series and view each of the original individual posts here.

This post provides a short summary of each look and two face photos for each combination.  You can click on the links for each look (under the eye photos above and on the titles for each look below) to view more details on how to re-create that particular look, see more photos and see what cheek and lip products I used.

Tip: I used the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette for all of the looks but you can substitute in eyeshadows from any brand.  The NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette in ‘Brights’ is a great dupe for the Urban Decay Full Spectrum and cheaper (£16 instead of £43).  You can view the NYX Palette here.

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Sneak Peek: New NYX, Bare Minerals and Stila Make-up!

 

 

NYX Swear By It Eyeshadow Palette (top), Bare Minerals Gen Nude Blush Trio and Blush Palette (bottom left), Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow (bottom, second to left), Bare Minerals Bare Pro Long Wear Lipsticks (bottom, three to the right)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I purchased some new make-up goodies this week and am super excited to share them with you! I found some great deals online and couldn’t resist picking up these items.

I’m currently trying out the products and would love to hear if there are any you would like to hear about first! That will help me decide what order to work on and post the articles to the site.  I’ve summarised what I purchased below.

I’ve been seeing so many great reviews of the new NYX Swear By It Eyeshadow Palette and couldn’t wait to get it.  The palette contains 40 eyeshadows in a variety of shades and finishes.

I’ve always wanted to try the Bare Minerals Gen Nude Blushers and came across this fantastic set on QVC.  There are three blushers and a brush included in the set, for £26 (plus £3.95 P&P).  I think that is a great price, considering the blushers cost £22 to purchase individually.

I’ve been wanting to try out the Stila Liquid Glitter and Glow Eyeshadows for so long and found a couple of reduced shades on Look Fantastic.  I ordered Sunset Cove to try and am looking forward to trying it out!

Bare Minerals just released their Bare Pro Long Wear Lipsticks and I have been curious to see what they are like.  There are so many beautiful shades that I found it hard to decide which ones to get.  I came across a set of three on QVC UK for £33 (plus £3.95 P&P), which is a great deal as the lipsticks cost £20 individually.

Have you tried any of these products? It would be great to read your thoughts on them.

Indigo Rainbow (Using Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette)

 

Indigo Rainbow

Indigo Rainbow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s look for the Rainbow Series is based around INDIGO, the sixth colour in the rainbow.  I was a little bit nervous about this colour, as I don’t normally wear dark, satin shades on my lid.  I like how it turned out, though, which shows it can be fun to experiment with different looks.  You can view full face shots, along with the cheek and lip colours I used, in this post.

The Rainbow Series includes looks based around each of the colours of the rainbow.  You can read about the series and view more posts here.

Tip: I’m using the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette for all of the looks but you can substitute in eyeshadows from any brand.  The NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette in ‘Brights’ is a great dupe for the Urban Decay Full Spectrum and cheaper (£16 instead of £43).  You can view the NYX Palette here.

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Rimmel Wonder Swipe 2 in 1 Liner to Shadows

 

Rimmel Wonder Swipe 2 in 1 Liner To Shadows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I recently picked up a few of the Rimmel Wonder Swipe 2 in 1 Liner to Shadows in a 3 for 2 deal and I’ve really been enjoying using them.  These products can be used just as their name states; apply them as a liquid eyeliner or blend them out on to the lid for a sparkly eyeshadow look.

I think this product is a great way to experiment with your look, whether you choose to wear it as a bold, metallic liner along your lashline or if you like to smudge it out for a soft, gentle sparkle on the lid.  The wide choice in shades (16 on the Rimmel site) also means you can mix it up however you choose.

Interested in reading more about Rimmel products? You can view more articles on the site here.

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Blue Rainbow (Using Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette)

 

Blue Rainbow

Blue Rainbow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s look for the Rainbow Series is based around BLUE, the fifth colour in the rainbow.  I’ve not combined bright blue with hot pink before so I thought it would be a fun combination to try out.  I think this is one of my favourite colour combinations from the series so far!

The Rainbow Series includes looks based around each of the colours of the rainbow.  You can read about the series and view more posts here.

Tip: I’m using the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette for all of the looks but you can substitute in eyeshadows from any brand.  The NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette in ‘Brights’ is a great dupe for the Urban Decay Full Spectrum and cheaper (£16 instead of £43).  You can view the NYX Palette here.

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Lid Looks With MAC Shiny Pretty Things Eyeshadows

 

MAC Make A Wish Shiny Pretty Eyeshadow

MAC Major Win Shiny Pretty Eyeshadow

MAC Joy To Shiny Pretty Eyeshadow

 

 

 

 

 

 

I thought it would be fun to post some simple looks showcasing the new MAC Shiny Pretty Eyeshadows I purchased recently (you can read my post on the MAC Shiny Pretty Eyeshadows with details, application tips, photos and swatches here).  Each of the three looks in this post showcases a different MAC Shiny Pretty Eyeshadow on the lid to illustrate the effect you can get with these products.

One thing worth mentioning is that the extreme sparkle, sheen and complexity in the shades shows up much more intensely in person than it does in the photos.  So you can expect much more sparkle and glitz with these products in person!

There are quite a few ways I can envisage using these products, whether you want a subtle pop of glitter or full on sparkle.  Let me know if you would like to see more look idea posts on how to use these eyeshadows! 

Interested in reading more about MAC products? You can find more articles on the site here and read my ‘Spotlight on MAC’ posts here.

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Glimmer and Shimmer With MAC Shiny Pretty Eyeshadows

 

MAC Shiny Pretty Things Eyeshadows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAC has released a new formulation of eyeshadow – Shiny Pretty Eyeshadow – as part of their Holiday 2018 ‘Shiny Pretty Things’ collection.  I bought one eyeshadow (Make a Wish) to try and ended up going back for two more as they are stunning!

If you are looking for a product which is ultra shiny, sparkly and pigmented, then I highly recommend trying the Shiny Pretty Eyeshadows! These eyeshadows impart a opaque coat of glitz on the lids with just a simple patting on with a finger or a brush.  I’ve not used a glittery eyeshadow before where been able to get a high impact, opaque finish so quickly and easily! 

Interested in reading more about MAC products? You can find more articles on the site here and read my ‘Spotlight on MAC’ posts here.

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