Flamingo (Using Too Faced Just Peachy Palette)

Flamingo Look

Flamingo Look









The second look in my Bird Series (you can read more about the series here) is based around the Flamingo.  When I was browsing photos of flamingos online, I was struck by the variety in the colours of these birds.  The colour schemes seemed to range from cream, peach, coral, pink and vivid red.  I knew that flamingos could come in different colours but hadn’t realised there was quite so much diversity.  Nice to learn something new!

I chose to base my look around flamingos with white, cream, peach and coral-red feathers, along with black-ish beak tips (see photo below) For this look, I incorporated the white, cream, peach and coral-red on the lid and deep brown/black on the upper lashline.  I also used a bright peachy-coral on the lips to tie in with the bright coral red feathers.

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

Flamingo 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 used the Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Eyeshadow Palette for this particular look.  This particular palette has a good range of creams, peaches and plums to choose from and fitted with the colour scheme for this look.

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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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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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Kiko Radiant Baked Blush in 02 About A Coral

Kiko Radiant Baked Blush in 02 About A Coral

















I recently picked up Kiko Radiant Baked Blush in 02 About A Coral and have been enjoying wearing it so much.  This blusher gives such a radiant, natural flush to the cheeks and the lighter swirls add a subtle burst of luminosity. 

I think this blusher is so pretty for everyday and one that works well with a range of looks, from neutral, colourful and super smokey. 

I also think the Kiko Radiant Baked Blush is a great dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushers, as there are some similarities in terms of finish, glow and the overall look both products give to the cheeks.

Interested in reading about other Kiko products? You can read my other articles, see photos and view swatches of Kiko products on the site here.


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The Chocolate Series (Updated!)


Blueberry Chocolate

Caramel Chocolate

Mint Chocolate






Plum Chocolate

Cherry Chocolate







I put together The Chocolate Series back in 2015 to show how experimenting with a different lid colour could easily change up an existing look.  I thought it would be fun to re-do the series by updating the close-up of eye photos, adding in full face photos and giving suggestions for cheek and lip colours for each look. 

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

For all looks, I used medium and deep chocolate browns in the crease, a pale pink-nude to highlight and the same application technique.  I used the Urban Decay Vice 3 palette to create these looks but you can use any brand of eyeshadow you like which has similar shades.

If you are interested in how these combinations look on other people, then I’d recommend taking a look at @shinebridabeauty on Instagram! @shinebridabeauty tagged me to show she was inspired by The Chocolate Series and re-created the looks on her Instagram page.  It’s so wonderful to see the combinations on someone else.  @shinebridabeauty also uses different products, which that you don’t need the same items to re-create a look.  She also came up with her own extra Chocolate look – Coconut Chocolate – so look out for that one on her Instagram page!

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New Series: Timeless Favourites












Recently, I have been going back and trying out products I loved in the past but I haven’t used for a while.  Some of this was prompted by browsing in Boots and seeing products I used to buy all the time and wondering why I had stopped using them.  I’ve also being going through my older blog posts to see what I want to update or discard and I’ve seen posts on some real old favourites.   

I’ve found that even though time has passed, many of these products are still amazing and they have become favourites again! There are so many exciting new products being launched regularly that it can be easy sometimes to overlook or forget those gems in your make-up collection which you come back to time and time again. 

I thought it would be fun to start a new series called ‘Timeless Favourites’ featuring products which have really stood the test of time for me.   Look out for posts on my ‘Timeless Favourites’ over the coming months!

Are there any products which you find yourself going back to time and time again? I would love to know your ‘Timeless Favourites’ products too.  Let me know in the comments section!

Urban Decay Naked Heat Lipsticks: Fuel and Heat










Urban Decay recently launched their Naked Heat collection, including an eyeshadow palette, three Vice lipsticks and a 24/7 eyeliner.  I picked up two of the lipsticks (Heat and Fuel) and the eyeliner (Torch) as I loved these particular shades.  I don’t have anything else like Fuel in my make-up collection and Heat is just such a beautiful, burnished coppery-red shade.  Wonderful additions to my make-up collection!

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My Holiday Make-up Bag


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When I’m on holiday, I like my make-up to be effortless and easy.  I like to look polished and nicely presented but I don’t want to have to spend much time getting ready.  When I’m visiting warmer climates, I also like my make-up to be very light and fresh; I prefer not to have much on my face at all.  Over the years, I’ve managed to whittle down my holiday make-up bag to those products that I know I will use.

I thought it would be fun to do a post featuring those products, as I know how hard it can be to leave products behind when you are a make-up lover! This post features my favourite face, eye and lip products for taking on holiday.

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