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My 2014 beauty mantra has been all about experimenting with bold lip colours. This year I ventured in to the world of unusual (for me) shades like deep purples, blackened plums and a shade I once said I would never wear on my lips- reddish browns.

This year will see a lot of changes for me — I’m moving back to England! So excited to be in London again and with that comes an awesome promotion with the company I love and the chance to see my friends again. WHO’S EXCITED?!

With this new found excitement and life change, I’ve been experimenting a bit more about what I consider my “signature beauty look”. Hit ‘read more’ to see which products are helping me get this look!

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nude smokey look

For someone who’s a bit of a beauty hoarder I don’t really mix up my beauty looks as much as I should. Awful, I know! I have been trying a new look lately but there will be more on that later. For now, check out the products I’m using for these two beauty looks when I’m strapped for time.

six products two looks

{The six stars}

These are the products you’ll need for both looks. Gotta love multi-taskers, non? The base for both looks involves Givenchy Foundation for a matte but glowing base and Dior’s Iconic Overcurl Mascara for volume and curl.

1. Givenchy – Teint Couture Foundation

2. Shu Uemura – Tint in Gelato in Cassis Delight

3. Benefit – they’re Real! Push-Up Liner

4. Diorshow – Iconic OverCurl Mascara

5. Dior – Addict Extreme Lipstick in Mirage

6. Lancome – Blush Subtil Palette

shu uemura tint in gelato red

The first look is as easy as pie. Base as above with Shu Uemura’s Tint in Gelato in Cassis Delight on the lips and a cheeks. It’s my favourite lip and cheek product by far. Keep this badboy in your purse for beauty emergencies.

red lip wing liner look

Red lip lovin’

benefit liner smokey effect

This look is all about the eyes. Using Benefit’s they’re Real! Push Up Liner I apply it to the lower and upper lash line, as well as the waterline.

lancome blush subtil palette

For the cheeks I use Lancome’s Blush Subtil palette in Nectar Lace — bronzer, blush and a little highlighter for good measure.

dior addict mirage

For the lip I have pretty much one go-to nude lippie for a balm-like finish. Dior’s Addict Extreme Lipstick in Mirage is perfect for olive-toned ladies like myself. It has just enough caramel and pink in it to look natural but healthy.

nude smokey look

The finished “smokey-nude” look

Which is your fave? Ya’ll know I’m a red-lip aficionado but recently I’m all about the nude-lip, lined up combo!

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Shine the brightest on New Year’s eve with YSL

{Lights of winter nights}

These colours blow my mind. I’ve always had a fascination with the Aurora Borealis and it’s still on my bucket list of things to see. In the meantime I’ll settle for the make up replica. If you wear eye shadow on most nights out, this is one you’ll have to see for yourself. The limited Boreal Palette, $79, features bright blue shades that resemble a night of northern lights. Inspired by the Aurora Borealis the shades will have you in awe. The ultimate New Year’s eve shades to make you stand out in a crowd.

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{Pure Chromatics #12 }

The sister palette, Pure Chromatics no #12, $74, boasts 4 of the smokiest shades for a sultry look. If your signature eye is a smokey, then you’ll want to get your hands on this. As someone who doesn’t wear much eyeshadow I find that it takes a collection of unusual colours to get me interested. The Boreal Palette would be my first pick hands down as the colours really are so beautiful.

{Smokey and sparkly}

{Vivid blues complimented with an earth tone}

{The shades on skin}

I’ve heard that a few bloggers haven’t found these shadows to be pigmented but for me they came out quite vivid. I’m sure when used wet (yes, you can!) the colours will stick even thicker. This mix of colours are sensational to me, I can’t wait to wear them on New Year’s evening!

Which palette would you choose?

Update!

I just had to show you the look that I did for New Year’s Eve with the Boreal palette! I’ve fallen madly in love with it and it’s sparked a new love for eyeshadow in me. I opted for a light lip and cheek to keep the focus on these gorgeous shades of blue. Enjoy!

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