Saturday, 30 March 2013

TAG: Confessions of a Beauty Blogger

I've decided to do the 'confessions of a beauty blogger' tag, after reading the lovely Rohini's post last week.

Here goes!

Q:When did you start blogging?

August 2011. :D

Q: Have you had an online presence before?

I joined Beautylish.com before creating my blog.

Q: Why did you start blogging?

You may already be aware that I have an intense passion and fascination for makeup. Shortly before I created my blog, I used to experiment with makeup and create different looks. I wanted somewhere where I can publish all my looks that I created. I was super duper nervous to be honest!

Q: When did you become serious about blogging?

I don't think I've ever been serious about blogging, it's just something that I do when I have extra time. I initially used to blog religiously at least twice a week, but sometimes I used to feel pressured to keep to that level. Now I blog a lot less often but when I do, I feel like the content is a lot better. Quality, not quantity! 

Q: What was your first post?

My first proper post was a gold smokey eye look using the Urban Decay Naked Palette. 

Q: What has been your biggest challenge about blogging?

As of quite recently I have two jobs which means I hardly have any time to blog. It's a shame because when I was a student, it was easy to maintain . I guess my lifestyle change has made it more difficult for me. :(. I also have less time to create makeup looks. Another huge bummer is my lack of a decent camera! Sometimes I really want to upload a look that I created, but it won't turn out right because of the flash/lighting etc. 

Q: Where do you see your blog in a year?

Just like Rohini, I'll hopefully have a gorgeous camera to be playing around with! Hopefully a Canon 500D. That way my photos will be better quality :)

Q: What's the most rewarding thing about blogging?

I feel like I'm good friends with a lot of the bloggers that I follow, which is an amazing thing I didn't really expect to have. 

Q: What's the most discouraging thing that's happened to you?

I recently found out that Google are removing Google Reader, which is a bummer because that's how I catch up with all my blog posts. I know that there's always Bloglovin', but I'm just not used to how it works. Sigh!

Q: What is your lasting inspiration/motivation?

Makeup artists on Youtube and other bloggers definitely inspire & motivate me. Also everyone who reads my blog is a huge form of flattery and inspires me to keep blogging!

Have a lovely Easter weekend everyone!
Ayesha 
xx

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Aqua Blue / Green Eyeshadow







Hey all! It's been so long since I've done a makeup post, but a few nights ago I had a random urge of creativity. I played around with my palette called 'Manly' (lol), it's very similar to 120 palettes by brands such as BH cosmetics. It offers a huge range of blues and greens, so I knew it was the perfect palette for this look.
Face:
My foundation was Estee Lauder's Double Wear foundation in the new shade cashew, however I applied that about 13 hours ago, so I quickly refreshed it up by spraying some of MAC's Fix Plus spray on a stippling brush, with a small drop of MAC's Face & Body foundation in C5. I set my my t-zone with Ben Nye's Banana powder - A great mattifying powder with a yellow base.
I used ELF's blush in 'Berry Merry' - my new favorite blush. I can't believe I prefer it to my pricier Nars ones! 
For highlight, I used Nars' cream blush highlighter in 'Gold member', and I contoured my cheekbones using Tom Ford's shade & illuminate in 'Intensity 2'.
Eyes
I primed my eyes using MAC's cream eyeshadow in 'Painterly'. Using a fluffy blush ( I used a MAC 224) I applied a bright green on my crease and blended that well. Using a smaller blush, I then packed on a darker teal color all over the eyelid, and blended it with the brighter green. Every time I blend the shadows, I always  reapply more product  on top as blending sometimes takes away the intensity. Next I used a tiny amount of a matte black and placed that onto the outer corners of my eyes, and then blended that through. I did the same steps with my lower lash line.
Then I lined the top of my eyes, applied mascara and added a layer of lashes.
Using eyelash glue and a small eyeliner brush, I then created a line above the false eyelash and using the same brush, I dipped into glitter and packed the glitter on. 

This was totally out of my comfort zone as I tend just to wear neutrals or a smokey eye, but I had so much fun and I'll definitely wear this out soon. 
Thanks for reading! 
Ayesha 
xxx