I’m really liking this grey hair trend at the moment. Why wait until I’m going naturally grey when I can have it now? The question is, how does this work with non-elderly skin without making it look washed out?
The answer has been showcased by several celebrities – bold and bright lips! Mirina Diamandis wears her grey hair with bright orange or Barbie pink lips (two colours I love) and Lady Gaga wore hers with dark blue glitter lips which is clearly not for the faint-hearted.
I love bright lips so here are the colours I think will go best with grey hair:
Orange – opposites attract!
Pastel blue – it’s only a few shades away from grey – take inspiration from Jourdan Dunn
Pastel pink and purple – I can imagine a grey/pastel pink ombre for lips and hair!
Barbie pink – because it’s fun.
Bold purple – grey and purple make a gorgeous combination
Hot Pink – hot pink and grey is just, well, hot!
And of course, grey hair looks great with red lips which works for all ages. It will go with all of my shades of red because they are all so bright but I’ve picked out MUA shade 13 for a red crème and Rimmel Apocalips Lips Velvet in Burning Lava for a matte finish:
Will you be rocking grey hair with bright lips this summer?
I created this look because I wanted to wear certain products and although I wasn’t sure it would turn out ok, I tried them all at the same time anyway!
I really wanted to wear my Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Foil Finish eyeshadow in Magnificent Copper, my Givenchy Color Kajal in shade number 3 (limited edition violet) and my Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lip colour in 06 Pink Pong. It was a child-like way to approach make-up, just picking out the colours I liked and sticking them on my face but I really like the result. I think I look like a spring garden full of flowers!
The base is Bobbi Brown Illuminating Finish Compact Foundation in Golden which is no longer available, applied with a sponge. I applied the Magnificent Copper eyeshadow to my eyelids using my Models Own angled brush, lined my lower lash line with the Givenchy Color Kajal, put one coat of Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara on my upper lashes and finished the eye area by defining my brows with L’Oreal Brow Artist Shaper in 04 Dark Brunette. I swept a little Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in Golden Bronze on to my cheeks using my Real Techniques multi-task brush and finished with the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lip colour in Pink Pong.
What’s the point of make-up if you can’t have fun?
After creating my Givenchy face, I had to add a pop of colour using the gorgeous Color Kajal in shade 3, which is a limited edition shade from the Givenchy Beauty Spring Summer Collection. I simply drew it onto my waterline and lower lashline directly from the pencil.
I was wearing Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick in 202 Rose Dressing which comes up quite bright on me so I toned it down by patting it with my fingers so it wasn’t so bold. I was left with more natural looking, not-so-done pink lips. I did this so the eyes were not in competition with my lips.
I bought these Soap & Glory Smoulder Khol waterproof eyeliner pencils in the December sales. As with most things I buy, it has taken me a while to use these! They came as part of the Crazy Sexy Kohl set which is no longer available however you can still buy Superblack and Cocoa Bean separately for £5 each. I usually thought of Soap & Glory as a skincare brand but I took the plunge and decided to try out the make-up.
In this first picture I am wearing Aquabat, a beautiful metallic green in the inner corners of my eye and to line the rest of my lashline on the top and bottom I am wearing Cocoa Bean, a dark matte grey-brown. I think green will always go well with brown eyes and Aquabat is great for an instant pop of colour to perk up my face. When it comes to brown eyes, brown skin and black eyelashes, brown can be a problem but Cocoa Bean is actually perfect! It is dark enough to show up on my, aided by the fact it is has a grey undertone rather than a red or orange. It is a brilliant daytime alternative to black – it gives the impression of fuller lashes and lines well without looking too dramatic. I literally couldn’t be happier with this shade! Finally, I filled in the rest of my lid and my waterline with Superblack, a very black matte black. The colour is incredibly intense, again I couldn’t ask for more colour wise. Look how dark it is compared with my eyebrows – my eyebrows are black and they have been lightly filled in with Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Mahogany (dark grey-brown).
In the next photo I am wearing Blue My Mind, a dark denim blue along the top lashline and along the lower lashhline I am wearing Grapevine, a dark blue-purple grape soda shade. I have filled in the rest of my lid with Cocoa Bean so you can see that it is dark, but not as dark as Superblack. I am wearing Superblack on the waterline. Blue My Mind actually looks quite bright on me in the daytime and Grapevine looks more subtle. The blue tones of both make a good contrast with brown eyes and they are dark enough for brown skin and black hair.
Now for the technical bit. Only joking! Unfortunately I am not convinced by the waterproof ability. I tried the Superblack on my waterline once for a night out but it really didn’t last long at all. It just disintegrated. However, when I line my upper lashline with Superblack after preparing the lid with a little neutral matte eyeshadow, it stays put all day and into the evening! I find the staying power over eyeshadow incredibly impressive. All of the pencils glide on with ease, delivering an intense hit of colour in an instant.
Overall I am incredibly happy that I bought these. I cannot believe they are only £5 and if you do buy Superblack or Cocoa Bean, there is a sharpener in the lid. I guess this makes up for the fact the metallic are no longer available. I would happily buy all of these again – great performance and great value for money.
There were also eyeshadows in the Crazy Sexy Kohl set – post coming up!
Since the L’Oreal Shocking Les Ombres Color Riche Eyeshadow Quad in Disco Smoking came out I’ve always wanted it but couldn’t figure out what to do with it. Then I saw Naomi Campbell on The Face USA wearing amazing purple and yellow eyes and this was my perfect excuse to try it. I attempted the purple and yellow eyes here.
I have discovered that on the back of the palette, it tells you how to use it. I should have turned it over ages ago because I really need the help! For this look I followed the colour placement as instructed using the following tools:
Ruby & Millie Eyeshadow Brush for colour 4 (yellow)
Ruby & Millie Eyeshadow Brush for colours 3 (pink-purple) and 2 (violet-purple) – one side of the brush for each colour
MAC brush 219 for colour 1 (black)
No7 eyeshadow brush to blend all of the colours.
I found that the best way to do this was not to apply the colours in number order but to do it in this order:
Colour 3 (pink-purple) all over the lid.
Colour 2 (violet-purple) from the inner corner and crease to the brow and up to just before the highest part of the arch.
Colour 4 (yellow) from the highest part of the arch to the outer corner and to the socket.
Colour 1 (black) along the top lash line.
I really like these colours- they’re so pretty and the shimmer is just enough to make the eyes stand out, but it’s not a dramatic glitter looking shimmer. The colours go on well – darker than a wash but not too bold so if you want a dramatic look, simply layer the colours.
I’ll state the obvious – they are bruise colours but in a strange way this works! I think the key is to blend, blend, blend! I’m quite impressed with this, and the instructions, so I’ll probably buy some more colours. Also, I’ve already got a few more ideas in my head as to what to do with this palette so I’m am very pleased I finally bought it.
The other products I used were:
Clinique All About Eyes concealer in Deep Honey applied with my Bobbi Brown cream blending brush and then blended into the skin using my finger.
Kiko Make Up Milano Eye Base Primer – essential for a look like this, applied with my fingers
Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Mahogany and the angled liner on my Bella Pierre dual brush for my brows.
Maybelline the Falsies Volum’ Express Flared mascara in Very Black
This is really a facial skincare blog however every now and then I’ll tell you about hand and body products I have used. Here’s my first hand post.
Boots Botanics Soothing Hand Cream
I bought this as I forgot my hand cream and I had a voucher to give me 100 Boots Advantage Card points with the purchase of any Boots Botanics product. However, the validity of the voucher began the next day! I bought the cream anyway as I needed it and it was reduced, possibly half price.
It was just what I needed – it really did soothe my very dry hands and provide instant relief. My skin immediately felt relaxed and revived after applying it. It moisturises for hours, unless you wash your hands or deal with lots of paperwork.
It contains “soothing Iceland moss” along with Shea butter, almond oil and pro-vitamin B5 and other ingredients. I know I like Shea butter and almond oil. I now like Iceland moss!
It has a very gentle scent – I have no idea what it is. I guess it just smells like cream The consistency is like a thick lotion with a little gel. I did get through it quite quickly so it’s just as well it was reduced!
I would definitely buy it again as it does what it says on the tube! (I just looked an it’s not on the Boots website. I hope this is a mistake!)
L’Occitane Hand Cream in Subtle Violet
I received this mini cream free with Marie Claire magazine last year. I think it was a limited edition scent. I don’t like to pay too much for hand cream so I don’t buy L’Occitaine however I know it is good. Actually, this is the best hand cream I have used! A little goes a long way, it sinks in without a trace and my hands stay hydrated for ages. It’s thick, creamy and it is completely non-greasy. I shouldn’t have been surprised that it is so hydrating as it contains 20% Shea butter. As the name suggests, it has a subtle violet scent which I quite like. I don’t like strong smelling skincare as I don’t want any clashes with my perfume. One day I think I will treat myself to a full sized tube of any L’Occitane cream as I know it will last a very long time.
Cowshed Cow Pat Moisturising Hand Cream
The name cheers me up every time I see it! Fear not! This does NOT smell like cow pat. It does however smell masculine and herby with a hint of sharp fruit. That’s no surprise when you find out it has essential oils of grapefruit and coriander. This makes a nice change from the perfumed, girly fragrances. When I first used it, I think my skin might have been shocked by all of the essentials oils as it went paper dry. I should have done the patch test as the tube advises. After that, sometimes I’m fine and sometimes my skin tingles. I enjoy using it as the scent perks me up in the afternoons, just when I need a boost. It feels like a very thick lotion. I don’t find it as moisturising or hydrating as the other two but I’m glad I received it with my lookfantastic.com order. If you do get this, remember the patch test!
This look is inspired by Stylist Magazine‘s Trend on Trial where they tried eye pencils in shades of violet. There was a time when the only eye make up I wore was a brightly coloured eye pencil so I thought I would challenge myself and try the Jourdan Dunn eyeshadow look. The great thing about having brown eyes is that I can get away with any colour on my eyes, and I make sure I take full advantage!
As the focus is on the eyes, I didn’t use any foundation, although I would have done if I wanted a flawless look. I swept some Bare Minerals Mineral Veil onto the bridge and tip of my nose using the Flawless Face brush, to lessen the shine. Using my Bobbi Brown concealer brush, I applied Bobbi Brown colour corrector in Dark Bisque and Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Golden underneath my eyes. I then used my Ruby & Millie travel sized blusher brush to apply a little Bobbi Brown loose powder in Pale Yellow.
I don’t have a violet shade in my make-up collection so I blended two colours together. I started with the metallic purple colour in the Sleek Bad Girl 596 eyeshadow palette and applied it using my Ruby & Millie travel sized eyeshadow brush. The brush is slightly firm so I could control the shape. I applied it over the whole upper lid, the crease and just above the crease, extending it out beyond the edge of my eye in a winged shape. I then applied a little of the eyeshadow just underneath the lower lash line, three-quarters of the way using my Ruby & Millie angled eye brush, as this brush is quite soft.
To lighten the colour, I applied the metallic sky blue colour from the Acid 570 Sleek eyeshadow palette over all of the area I had just covered in purple, including under the lower lash line, using the same tools as I used for the purple colour. I blended the two colours using my Boots No7 eyeshadow brush to make sure I achieved the violet colour I wanted. The brush is soft so great for blending. To add depth, using my Ruby & Millie eyeshadow brush, I applied another layer of the metallic purple colour to the winged tip and three-quarters along the crease. I extended this just to the beginning of the lower lash line. I blended the colours again using my Boots No7 eyeshadow brush to create a seamless graduation of colour.
To finish on the eyes, I applied one coat of Maybelline Volum’ Express the Falsies mascara in Blackest Black to the top and bottom lashes to open up my eyes. I defined my eyebrows using Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Mahogany 10 and a firm, short bristled angled brush.
I applied a little YSL bronzer and No7 blusher in Honey 20 to my cheeks for a hint of colour and shimmer using my No7 blusher brush.
Finally, for my lips, I lined my lips with Bobbi Brown lip liner in Cocoa and applied Bobbi Brown lip colour in Hot Cocoa 57 straight from the tube.
I think this is a very wearable shade of violet. I wonder if I can get away with this during the day…
Unfortunately, the following products are no longer available:
Anything by Ruby & Millie – the whole line has been discontinued.
Bobbi Brown lipstick in Hot Cocoa 57.
YSL bronzing powder – this was a free gift when I purchased foundation however there are two other shades currently available.