Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Girlie night out FOTN - pink and purple

On Saturday night I went out with two of my best chums for chats and giggles and a proper catch up.  We can go for ages without seeing each other and when we finally manage to organise ourselves enough to meet up, it's like we only saw each other the day before.  Ah bessie mates!

I wore a pink top out and thought it would be a grand opportunity to go for some colour with my make up.  Usually I do a dark smokey eye but hey, it's Christmas and what better time to be a bit more daring, sure, sitting in a pub, it's dimmed lighting, so I got to pack it on big time!

I used Avon Ideal Flawless Liquid Foundation in the shade Nude Chair (which is a weird name for a shade, but anyways, it's the perfect shade for me).  I love the satin finish this foundation gives me, I'll be doing a full review on it soon so keep an eye out for that.  I used a new blush that I picked up in the CCO in Junction One last weekend.  It's called Tuxedo Plums by Clinique and it is stunning.  It was on sale for £12 and It gives a beautiful pink cheek that you can make lighter or darker, depending on what look you're going for.

Below are the products I used for my eyes.  Avon SuperShock gel liner in black, Benefit's They're Real mascara, NARS Cream Eyeshadow in Swing, Bourjois Eyeshadow in Bleu Magnetique and MAC's Plum Dressing and Sorcery.  I've wanted Sorcery for a while now and found it along with Plum Dressing in the CCO for £8.75 I think.  A grand price altogether.

This was a really simple look to do actually.  I applied NAR's Swing all over my eyelid and up into the crease, plotting out the shape I wanted.  I blended it all over, leaving me with a very sheer base for my shadows to stick to.  I applied Plum Dressing to the inner two thirds of my eyelids, leaving the outer third ready for Blue Magnetique.  I wonder why it's called Blue Magnetique when it's purple, but anyway, it's a gorgeous colour and I will love and use it no matter what it's called!  I used Sorcery to lightly blend the harsh edges away.  I took both Plum Dressing and Blue Magnetique under my eyes too, not paying too much attention to what I was doing.

A quick swipe of Avon SuperShock gel liner on both upper and lower waterlines helped bring the look together.  I finished it off with a generous coating of Benefit's They're Real mascara and off I went on my merry way.  I used NYC's Kiss Gloss in B'way Berry on my lips but forgot to take a photo of it with the other bits.  It was the perfect shade to bring the look together, I wasn't feeling nudey lips at all that night.

I love this look and it made my eyes look really green.  I think purple eye shadow has been my favourite colour this year.  Until I started taking photos of my eyeballs up close and personal, if you'd have asked what colour eyes I had, I would've said "look into my eyes, the eyes, not around the eyes, they're blue innit", but 2011 has been the year of me finding out that they are actually green.  Bluey green at a push.  Mad.

I've missed playing around with make up recently, trying to find time at the weekend during the day to take photos is hard.  So I figured, hey, Christmas looks and nights out, parties are at night, right?  And if you're out at a party getting your photo taken, it'll be with the flash on, so for going out looks, I'll take them with the flash on the camera.  I hope that made sense!  For swatches and reviews, I'll keep taking them in natural daylight.

Have fun at your Christmas parties this year!


  1. You look great Karen, those colours really suit you.

  2. The colours look really good with your eyes. How envy! I can't pull off pink or purple very well or I'll look like I have cried like mad the night before... you have really beautiful eyes. :)


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