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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Makeup inspiration!

Some of the looks featured in
the 'Makeup Looks!' page 
Hi there makeup lovers! 

So many of you may have had a look at my 'Makeup Looks!' page here at Starrzbeauty. I think this should be a place for us all to share some inspiration

Many of us go through times where we feel bleh, and just very uninspired, which really sucks. I feel like having a page of just makeup looks that anyone can view any time would be a great idea for all of us! Starrzbeauty is all about makeup looks, products and beauty lovers helping each other out! 

We all have that creative side to us, and I'm sure all of you out there can create some fabulous looks for us all to share! I would love for the page to become a gallery where people can come to get inspired! 

If you have any photos of any kind of makeup look you would love to share, please email it to me at starrz3beauty@gmail.com or catch me on any of my social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook). 

I really love connecting with you guys, so let the inspiration start to flow

As always, any makeup looks I post will also be posted on the 'Makeup Looks!' page! 

Sorry for the lack of posts this week guys, I'm waiting for my new camera at the moment! Plenty of posts will be up when it arrives including tips for saving money on makeup, applying false eyelashes, and some more personal blogs

As always, leave me any requests for blogs you would love to see in the future

Love you guys, 
Starrzbeauty xoxo


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Zodiac Collaboration

Hi there makeup lovers! 

Something really exciting happened this past week! I have had the pleasure of collaborating with two extraordinarily talented, beautiful women on Instagram@amandareyesreviews23 and @green_eyesapphire! Go check out their Instagrams!

We decided that we really wanted to really have fun and do a more intricate look that we wouldn't usually put our makeup brushes to! My look definitely isn't that wearable, but hopefully you can appreciate the art that all three of us tried to show! Here are the three looks! 


Me (left), @green_eyesapphire (top right),
 @amandareyesreviews23 (bottom right) 


It was @green_eyesapphire's idea to do a zodiac inspired makeup look, which I though was a brilliant idea! The perfect opportunity to get really creative!

My birthday is towards the end of February, which makes me a Pisces. Therefore I attempted a fish inspired look, and I was pretty pleased with the results!


This was really out of my comfort zone as I've never done anything like this before. So the lesson is, never be afraid to push your boundaries! I will definitely be trying more adventurous looks like this in the near future! It's crazy how much pushing your limits can help improve your confidence! Even if it's just wearing a brighter lipstick, I'd really encourage anyone to try and push their boundaries. I hope you guys love this as much as I do!

Enough of my waffling! Here are the products that I used to create this look!

On the face:

- To contour. I used Urban Decay's eyeshadow in the colour 'Blue Bus'
- I blended the contour out using Urban Decay's eyeshadow in the colour 'Crystal'
- Along the sides of my contour, I used Makeup Revolution The One Blush Stick in the colour 'Dream'
- For highlight, I used my Coastal Scents hotpot in the colour 'Eleven Gold'

On the eyes:

- Blue and Purple colour from Dior Palette in 'Seascape'
- Morphe Brushes eyeshadows in the colours 'Pretty in Pink' (Baby pink shade) and 'Magical Magenta'
- Coastal Scents hotpots in the colours 'Maroon Berry' (deep purple shade) and 'Eleven Gold'
- Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals eyeshadow in 'Rose Gold' (I also used this in my brows)
- Nivea glitter mixed with eyedrops to create a sliver liquid liner (you can use any silver glitter/pigment)
- No7 liquid eyeliner in 'Jewel'


On the lips:
- A thin layer of LA Girl Glazed lip paint in 'Hot Mess'
- More of the Nivea glitter

I used some nail art jewels along my winged liner, and some nail art metal circles to represent the bubbles coming out of a fish's mouth! I thought this would be an interesting little detail!

I hope this gives some of you makeup lovers some inspiration! Don't forget to go check out my instagram @starrzbeauty!

Love you guys,
Starrzbeauty xoxo

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Too Faced Natural Matte Palette! Part 1: The Review

I (*my boyfriend) bought this palette today, and words cannot describe how happy I am! I have wanted this palette for ages, and they finally had it in at Debenhams today! I was originally planning on purchasing the Sugar Pop palette, but it hasn't arrived in the UK yet. I will eventually get my hands on it and get a review up for you guys, don't you worry!

I purchased this palette at Debenhams for £32, which isn't that expensive considering you get 12 eyeshadows. You can purchase it here from the Too Faced site: https://www.toofaced.com/p/eye-shadow-palettes/natural-matte/

I also got a free sample of the Chocolate Soleil bronzer which I'm super excited about and will definitely be reviewing for you guys!

Back to the Natural Matte Palette..
First off, the packaging is adorable, which is typical of Too Faced! It's in a tin container, which doesn't feel cheap at all, which magnetically shuts. It contains a mirror and a cute little instruction manual containing simple looks to try out, which is really thoughtful for those of us who don't spend hours on YouTube learning the latest techniques. So the packaging is a promising start!
Too Faced Natural Matte Palette 


So the palette is split into three rows, which all have different tones:
- 'Day' contains cool toned eyeshadows 'Heaven', 'Cashmere Bunny' and 'Sexpresso'
Heaven, Cashmere Bunny and Sexpresso respectively 

- 'Classic' contains pink and purply toned eyeshadows 'Lace Teddy', 'Strapless' and 'Risque'
Lace Teddy, Strapless and Risque respectively 
- 'Fashion' (my favourite row) contains warm toned eyeshadows 'Nudie', 'Honey Butter' and 'Chocolate Cookie'
Nudie, Honey Butter and Chocolate Cookie respectively 
Each row can be used to create a perfect look; the lightest shade can be used as a transition shade, the medium shade can be used to deepen up the crease or be put all over the lid and the darkest shade can be used to further define the crease and the outer v. Of course, you can mix and match the shades as you wish to customise the perfect look for you. The colours in the palette will allow you to create great looks for the day and the evening, alone or in combination with other shadows!

This palette really is the perfect palette because it has a matte shadow to accompany every look, as there are such a wide range of shades. If you have this, you really don't need any other mattes in your collection (of course those of us makeup junkie will have plenty ore though!). This palette is very versatile and can be used to accompany any look! All the matte neutral shades you could wish for are right here!!

So the colour range is great, but what about the formula? I can honestly say that these are the best quality eyeshadows that I have used so far. They are so soft, creamy and pigmented. Even my boyfriend (who knows nothing about makeup!) was impressed! The swatches above were with one dip in the pan! I have tried eyeshadows that many people say are top of the market: Makeup Geek, Mac etc and these are better! Even though they are very pigmented, they blend very easily and are very easy to use, so this palette will be good for those of you who aren't pros!

The only negative thing I have to say is that there is a bit of kick up when you dip your brush into the eyeshadow (which is the most minor thing you can think of!). So I really love this palette, it's well worth your money!

I will be doing looks with this palette very soon guys so stay tuned!

Love you guys,
Starrzbeauty xoxo

Ps. Sorry I haven't been posting on Instagram or here for a few days, my boyfriend has been very ill so I've been looking after him.


Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Help! How do I wear bright colours?! Part 2

Hi there makeup lovers!

So, as the title suggest, today's post is all about wearing bright colours! It's a trend that I've really been getting into recently due to the sun popping out to say hello here in Britain recently! The sun makes me feel bright and happy, so I always want to wear makeup that makes me feel bright and happy!! I love matching makeup to the weather!

However, some of us may fear those bright, out there colours. We all have those colours in our palettes that we never use! Well crack those colours out ladies! I'm here to help!

Today's tip is quite well known in the Youtube community, but for those of you who don't know, I'm happy to share. Just pop that baby on the inner corner of your eye!
You can see here I'm wearing a bright blue on my inner corner!! 
Now I would only recommend doing this with certain colours, mainly pastel, light colours. Any dark colours could make your eyes look tired, like you have dark circles. You could play it safe with pale yellows and pinks, or you could go full on like me with blues, purples and greens!

It's so wearable because there's such a small amount on the corner of your eye, so it draws just enough attention. I would also recommend wearing a nude lip with it, as you want all the attention to be drawn to the eye! You could match the colour up like I suggested in my previous post if you want to go really bold! Just make sure to wear natural colours alongside it, to really make the inner corner pop!!

Purple inner corner!! 


Have fun embracing the colour and let me know if you try it! I love hearing from you guys!

Love you so much guys, thanks for all your support,
Starrzbeauty xoxo




Monday, 11 May 2015

I need your help guys!!

Hi there makeup lovers!

So I'm here today guys to ask you for your help!

I currently have a party with Younique! This week, my host, @lashofglam on Instagram, has offered a great deal! If I get 4 girls to purchase the 3D mascara by the end of the week I will get a mascara for free! If I get 8 sells then I will receive a mascara, a lipstain and money! All of this of course would go back into blogging and all my beauty accounts!!

You can purchase the 3D mascara here:
https://www.youniqueproducts.com/Jordananastasia/party/1870655/view#.VU5Eg_lVikr



I very much appreciate any help guys!! 

Keep checking my blog for coming products reviews, collaborations and possibly even videos!! 


Love you guys, 
Starrzbeauty xoxo









Saturday, 9 May 2015

Makeup: Gold lip gloss?! Gold lips?! Surely not!

Hi there makeup lovers!!

So today I'm going to talk to you guys about gold gloss! Yes, you heard right! GOLD lipgloss!
I felt I needed to make a post on gold lip glosses because of how scary they must look to those who have not yet tried them!

But they are one of my favourite types glosses to wear! Don't worry, they don't really make your lips gold. Paired with the right lip liner, they make your lips look a glossy nude colour. The result is very glamorous! They are often very high shine so give really full, juicy looking lips! And who doesn't want that, right?


I have two gold lipglosses in my collection:
- Calvin Klein delicious pout flavored lip gloss in '402- Gold frost'
- Smashbox Be Legendary lip gloss in 'Glit'

The Calvin Klein gloss has it's pros and cons. The gloss smells very strongly of strawberry and tastes like them too! Yummy! In the tube, it looks mega glittery, but this does not translate on the lips. It gives a high shine without seeing the glitter. Whether this is a pro or a con depends on your preference, but for me, whether I like visible glitter or not depends on the look and occasion. The colour in the tube doesn't really translate onto the lips either, so it's pretty much a clear gloss. The biggest con of this lip gloss for me is that it is very sticky, one of the stickiest lip glosses I own. I can just about manage this because I am a gloss lover, but it does become uncomfortable and irritating to wear. For those of you who hate sticky lips, this will not be for you. It has a plastic tube applicator so is very easy to apply on the go. Overall, I love this gloss. It makes my lips look plump and juicy and the strawberry taste and smell is amazing! My boyfriend loves it! I am easily able to wear this on an every day basis.
Me wearing the Calvin Klein lip gloss

The Smashbox gloss is my favourite out of the two. It has slightly more colour payoff than the Calvin Klein gloss, as you can see in the swatches, but it is no less wearable. It still gives a gorgeous nude colour to the lips. This gloss however is a lot more glittery. The glitter you see in the tube does translate onto the lips slightly, but is not too noticeable from afar. Those who aren't used to wearing glosses may find that this is not as suitable for daytime wear. I LOVE the colour and finish that this gives on the lips and would be quite happy to wear it daily! This formula is also a lot more comfortable to wear as it is not sticky, but I still find it to be quite long wearing for a gloss. With a perfect applicator, it just glides onto the lips.
Me wearing the Smashbox gloss

I also have my eye on the Bourjois effet 3D lip gloss in 'top coat'.

In the two photos of me wearing the glosses, I used a basic pink lip liner underneath them that I usually wear under a gloss for my everyday look.

The great thing about gold gloss is that as well as just slapping them on your lips for more of a 'no makeup' makeup look, you can also use a brush to apply them over any colour lipstick. They act as a clear gloss, but with more glitter in them, adding to the shine! They are the perfect companion for any look you're going for!

So next time you see a gold gloss at the store, don't cast them aside out of fear. Give them a chance and you may be pleasantly surprised! I know I was!

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Love you guys,
Starrzbeauty xoxo

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Friday, 8 May 2015

Beautiful products!

Check out these makeup products that are great and at a great price! This is not sponsored but I do get rewards if you purchase through this link, but this will help me get more content to you guys!

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Starrzbeauty xoxo

Step up your eyeshadow game! My holy grail makeup brushes!

Hi there makeup lovers!!

This is the first in my favourite makeup products series! Today I’m going to talk you through my most loved eye brushes.


My favourite makeup brushes!! 
Thanks to Nikkietutorials and Jaclyn Hill (I’m sure you know them from YouTube, if you don’t, go check them out NOW) I’m a total blendaholic! Perfectly blended eyeshadow makes me so happy and is very appealing to the eye! I really think having seamless eyeshadow is the mark of a true makeup artist. With blending, practise makes perfect! Of course I’m nowhere near perfect, but there are tools that help me come closer!  You’d be surprised at what a different the right tools can make. Not only do they produce better results, but they produce these results quicker and more easily. And don’t worry, better doesn’t always mean more expensive

So, as I've already mentioned, the key to flawless eyeshadow is to blend until your arms ache. I have a few favourite blending brushes in my collection which I use on an everyday basis. 

Firstly, the famous Sigma E40 Tapered blending brush. This is valued at $16-21 (depending on whether you buy it in Silver, Copper or Gold). It is sold on the Sigma website. Stockists for different countries are listed on the Sigma website. 
Sigma Beauty E40
 Tapered blending brush

If you have ever watched a beauty video on youtube, you are more than likely to already know about this brush. It's job is to diffuse colour throughout the crease, so it will softly apply any eyeshadow. It is very large so sweeps across the whole eyelid with ease. This brush is best use with the transition shade you are using for your look as it will flawless blow out any colour you apply. You can also use it clean to blend throughout the process of applying your eyeshadow. I use this brush to blend my look after every stage of applying my eyeshadow to achieve the most flawless look. On an everyday basis, I use this brush to apply flesh or pale brown coloured eyeshadow such as 'Peach Smoothie' by Makeup Geek. This brush is definitely worth the investment and will definitely up your eyeshadow game! 

Ok, so if you have heard of the Sigma E40, you have more than likely heard about the E25 or the Mac 217. I use neither of these brushes, though the E25 is on my wishlist! Instead, I use a couple of dupes which I love and are a fraction of the price! 

Morphe alternative to Mac 217
The brush is by Morphe Brushes, which is also a company floating around YouTube thanks to Jaclyn Hill. This brush is from set 684 - 18 PIECE PROFESSIONAL SET by Morphe Brushes, which retails for $79.99. You can also get individual brushes similar to this by Morphe, should you not want the set.This can be purchased on the Morphe Brushes website. This brush is perfect for blending colours more precisely into the crease or packing a colour onto the lid. Again, you can also use this clean to go back and blend all your eyeshadow out after each colour application. This brush really is fantastic! It so soft on the eye and blends flawlessly! As soon as this brush was added to my collection, my eyeshadow became more precise and blended. 

Coastal Scents Pro Blending Fluff. 
Another brilliant dupe for the Mac 217 is the Coastal Scents Pro Blending Fluff, BR-250. This retails for $4.95, which is a brilliant price compared to Sigma and Mac. This brush is less flat than the brush from Morphe, so I like to use this for less precise blending. I tend to use the Sigma E40 first to place the transition colour in the crease. Then I place a slightly darker colour in the crease using this Coastal Scents brush then use the Morphe brush for an even darker colour to be blended precisely into the crease! How does this brush compare to the Morphe Brush? The Coastal Scents Pro Blending Fluff is more densely packed and less soft than Morphe brush Both blends flawlessly, and at the price, I would recommend adding both to your collection. After all, you can never have too many blending brushes! 

Smaller Morphe blending brush
Another brush I love from the set by Morphe is very similar to the last blending brush, but smaller and thinner. This brush is perfect to really carve out the crease. I even love this to blend out cut crease looks! This is the perfect precise blender! It can also be used to pack colours onto the lid because of the flat shape. It really is useful to have a brush that can do more precise blending for more precise looks! 

Coastal Scents Classic Blender
Crease Synthetic brush 
Another brush I love for precise application of colour into the crease is the Coastal Scents Classic Blender Crease Synthetic, BR- C- S08, which retails for just $2.49! This brush is small and very tapered allowing you to apply and blend a colour very precisely in the crease. I also like to use this brush to blow colours out on the lower lash line for a more smokey look, as it can act like a large pencil brush. Its multiple uses make it a great addition to any collection. 

Coastal Scents Classic Blender Natural
The last blending brush I'm going to mention is, again, by Coastal Scents. It is the Coastal Scents Classic Blender Natural, BR- C- N06, retailing for $2.95! I like to use this brush clean to go back and blend all of my eyeshadows together. This final step makes all the difference! It is very tapered, more so than the Sigma E40, and very soft, so is really able to blend and blow out your eyeshadow look! I feel that going back in at the end with a clean brush and giving the eye a final blend is a very crucial step that should not be skipped! 

Coastal Scents Classic Shader Medium
Synthetic 
And so we progress onto the lid... Until I purchased this next brush, I did not feel like I should invest in a flat shader brush. I was previously using flat blender brushes on my lid and was quite happy with the results. While placing an order on the Coastal Scents website, I decided to order the Classic Shader Medium Synthetic, BR- C- S52, for $2.49. I was blown away by how I had been wrong. Having a decent shader brush is an essential part of any brush collection! This brush packs on colour, whether neutral colours or darker colours for a smokey eye, like a dream. It is also very good for packing on pigments and glitter. It has enabled me to create more versatile looks and has been one of my best investments! And for the price you can't go wrong! 

Morphe Pencil Brush 
For me, the lower lash line is an important part of my makeup routine as I'll take any excuse to smoke it out! I've so far found that the best pencil brush for this is, again, from the Morphe set I mentioned earlier. It dense enough and tapered enough to use for both colour application and blending. I also love to use this if I want a really precise application of colour in the crease e.g. when I'm doing a cut crease. It's so soft and is really easy to work with. This is an all round great, multipurpose brush! 

Estée Lauder Eyebrow brush 20  
And finally.. Phew! The next brush is very close to my heart, as this is the only brush I've ever used on my eyebrows, and I love it. It is the Estée Lauder Eyeliner/Brow/Brush 20, which retails for $25. So that makes this the most expensive brush in this blog. I love this brush because of its size: it is very thin, so allows you to draw in and mimick individual brow hairs but is long enough that this does not take forever. You could probably find a cheaper alternative if you can't afford to spend $25 on a brow brush, but if you are willing to pay, it will be a great addition to your collection! 

So there you are guys! These are my favourite brushes for applying my eyeshadow, and have enabled me to really step up my makeup game. I would love to hear some of your favourites too! Don't forget to stay tuned for my coming blogs, including my favourite face brushes

Love you guys,
Starrzbeauty xoxo 





Wednesday, 6 May 2015

New Series! Getting back up after you've been knocked down!

Put that smile back on your face!
Feel beautiful and confident!
Blog coming on this makeup look soon! 
Hi there makeup lovers! I just wanted to let you guys know that I’ll be starting a new series which will hopefully help people get back up once they've been knocked down. This will be both beauty and non-beauty related. Make up has been a huge part of my recovery so of course it has a place in this series, but there are other methods and tips for cheering you up that I’d also like to share.

I won’t go too much into my story now, but last summer I went through the toughest time of my life, and I’m still far from over it. I physically and mentally just broke down. I’m still suffering with depression and anxiety, but I am combatting it and I am getting better! I'm picking myself back up!

None of us have perfect lives. Far from it. Everybody goes through tough times in their life, though sometimes you feel like you’re the only one. But life has to go on no matter how crappy you feel, there are still people you need to live and smile for, there are still things you need to get done every day. So we all need to find ways to get through the days and help to get yourself back to normal. You need to find some way to get that smile back on your face!

I’m writing this today to let you know that if you feel like this, there is a way out. And I’m here to help! I’m going to be starting a series on how to combat depression and anxiety. Everyone can use these tips, from those of us that really need help and have no one else to talk to, to those who are just having a bad day and need to cheer up.

And don't be disappointed if you aren't right as rain immediately. Recovering takes time. You have to build yourself back up and get back your confidence. Putting pressure on yourself to get better quickly will just lead to more anxiety. Trust me, I talk from experience and it does more harm than good!

I hope this series will help people feel like they are enough, gain more self- confidence and get back to smiling! Please stay tuned! I really appreciate anyone who supports me!

Love you guys,

Starrzbeauty xoxo

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Help! How do I wear a bright colour?!?!

A lot of us often want to dabble with colour to spice up our makeup life! More and more companies are coming out with beautiful, bright and bold colours as both singles and palettes. For example, the Urban Decay Electric Palette came out last year with a great response!

But the main problem for many of us is: how the hell do we wear such a bright colour without looking like a clown?!?! I may have the answer to your prayers right here!

I like to use a trick called matching up!

I love to match lipstick to my hair- I have red hair so this really works! It makes both my eyes and my lips pop! You can find looks where I did this in my makeup looks section. So if you have a hair colour that you are able to do this with, go rock that look girl!

Another trick is matching colours to your outfit. If you are wearing a yellow top, a yellow pop of eyeshadow may not look so out of place, making it less shocking and more wearable!
My purple makeup look!
With purple on the lower lash line AND on the lips! 


The trick that I’m going to talk about in depth is matching different elements of your makeup. This could be matching liner and lipstick, nails and lipstick, eyeshadow and lipstick or even eyeliner and lipstick! In the particular look I created, I decided to use purple lipstick and pair it with purple eyeshadow on my lower lashline! I matched the purple eyeshadow on the lower lash line with a warm neutral look on the lid of the eye to make the look not too in your face.

Matching up your makeup products creates cohesiveness within the look, which makes the look more wearable. A bright purple lipstick doesn’t look so in your face and out of place when there is another element of purple on the face bringing the look together.

My makeup look explained!


On the lid of my eyes I used:

-         -  Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place EyeShadow Base as a primer
-          - To set the base, I used Makeup Revolution single eyeshadow in ‘Touch Me’ 
-          - For my transition colour, I used ‘Peach Smoothie’ from Makeup Geek
-          - To deepen the crease, I used ‘Cocoa Bear’ from Makeup Geek
-          - To warm up the look, I dusted Makeup Geek’s 'Chickadee' into the crease
-          - I kept the lid of my eyes a nude colour by touching up with the Makeup Revolution shadow we used earlier

To create the smoked out purple lower lash line:

-          - First, I buffed a light pink colour from Morphe Brushes called ‘Pretty in Pink’ along the lash line to act as a transition colour
-          - To deepen this up, I used a magenta colour from Morphe Brushes
-          - For the purple colour, I used a Coastal Scents Hot Pot in the colour 'Maroon Berry'

For those gorgeous purple lips:
-         
      - Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal in the colour ‘Purple
-          - Makeup Revolution Lipstick in the colour ‘Depraved

      Make sure you pair this look with a blush that isn't too overpowering to avoid that clown look! 


And that is how I achieved my purple makeup look, with purple on the lips and on the eyes!
Thanks for reading guys! If you have any requests on what kind of makeup looks or blog posts you would like to see in the future, please comment below!

Love you guys,

Starrzbeautyxoxo

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