Tutorial - Defined Brows using Wax and Powder

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I'm not going to lie, I am a big fan of my own eyebrows and in my advanced years (a grand old twenty one these days) I think that they are the single most important part of any makeup look. Without them my face isn't fully formed - there are eyes and a mouth but an all round lack of structure. I have tried eyebrow pencils but they just buckle under pressure, rubbing away as soon as I get warm. These babies are here to stay, the wild hairs wrangled and tamed with wax and set fast with eyeshadow.  Here are my power brows, I hope they are helpful.
1. Start off with clean, bare eyebrows. Mine are somehow both wispy and wayward. We are not friends.

2. Block out rough shape with brow wax, brushing all the hairs in the right direction.

3. Start filling in brows starting from the arch with darkest colour. By keeping the intensity of colour back here, it stops the brows looking too unnatural.

4. Switch to the lighter brown, using the flat edge of the angled brush to map out the shape.

5. Create sharp lines at inner end of brow where the hairs fade out.

6. Fill in the front of brow.

7. With the edge of the angled brush, extend the brow tail into a tapering point

8. Looking good, but a little harsh?

9. Take a little face powder on a fluffy brush and diffuse the front of the brow. A little more natural.

10. Well done! Have a cup of tea

The star of the show? A small, stiff angled brush that gives you a good amount of control. Mine is from Ecotools.

E.l.f. Cosmetics Brow kit in Ash (only the wax)
Very dark grey brown from Revlon Eyeshadow Quad in Siren
EcoTools angled brush
MAC Cosmetics Mystery eyeshadow
Mac Mineralize skin finish natural in Light Plus
Real Techniques deluxe crease brush.

Ready to take on the day! How do you like to do your eyebrows?

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Dark Heart - Pink Triangle on her sleeve...

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Well well, it has been a very long time since I logged onto here. I could give all the excuses in the world, but really I just haven't felt like blogging. Product reviews were just feeling like a chore, but playing with makeup has still been a daily occurrence and I have been updating my Facebook page with an almost obsessive frequency. So, from now on I think this blog will be dominated with my makeup looks and just occasional product reviews since that is the part of all this beauty blogging lark that I enjoy most!

Well, housekeeping aside, here is a fun look that I did recently. Having just recently joined Instagram (makeupmouse, just thought I'd mention...) I stumbled across this gorgeous look by @missrachellev based on a MAC face chart from @jay_lush1. I was completely fascinated by this triangular cut crease that reminded me in equal parts of a clown's conical hat and Jessica Rabbits glossy eyelids, so I had to recreate it!

The bronze and gold tones of the original are lovely, but I thought I would try it in a brighter colour! The Dark Heart Designs shadow in Pink Nights is a really vibrant hot pink and matches the Collection Glam Crystals glitter liner in Dancing Queen very well indeed.

I marked out the triangular shape with a dark brown shade on an angled brush first, then gradually deepened the line and blended it out to create the illusion of a pointed crease shape. I did the same on the lower lid, pulling out the line into a very straight winged shape as in the original look. I filled in the pink afterwards, mixed with the Dark Heart Designs Eyelixir on a small, flat brush to keep the shape very sharp and repeated the process for the little pink spots and the white lower liner. The lower lashes were individual ones so that they could look nice and fluffy and I could leave a gap for the dots, and I brushed by brows up to give them a bit of a bushy effect. The look was finished off with a purple toned blush and a lilac lipstick.


Dark Heart Designs Pink Nights (bright pink), Jadis (silvery white duochrome) and Fighter (ark, matte brown) eyeshadows
Collection Glam Crystals Glitter Liner in Dancing Queen (multicoloured pink)
Dark Heart Designs Dark Magic Eyelixir
MAC Mystery (dark, cool toned brown) eyeshadow
Sleek Face Form in Light - Contour colour
Rimmel Glam Eyes Professional Liquid Liner
Elf Eyebrow Kit in Ash
Revlon Eyeshadow Quad in Siren - Darkest Brown for brows.
Claire's Accessories false lashes - Individual lashes and 'Glam' lashes
Collection Illuminating Touch concealer in Naked
Dark Heart Designs Crash & Burn (mauve with copper shimmer) Blush
Dark Heart Designs It's My Life (warm lilac) Lipstick

Hope you enjoyed this! Would you guys try this look?

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Posted by : Heather Mouse

Returning shortly...

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You may have noticed that I have not been around for a while, well I promise you I do have a reason beyond the one about the cat eating my homework. My laptop has died a tragic demise after a long, long battle with being terrible and at some unholy hour tomorrow morning I will be travelling to Donnington for some cracking good music at Download Festival.

I will be back soon, and once I am I will have some excellent content for you, I promise!

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May Beauty Stars - My Favourite Beauty Products this Month

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I always enjoy reading these kinds of posts on other blogs, but haven't yet done a round up of recent beauty loves all in one post. Well, since I have finished all my exams and I want to get back into the habit of being a good beauty blogger I though that this would be a good time to gather together some old and new makeup bits that have been making me happy in the month of May.

My best eyebrow routine
I have been experimenting with different combinations of products for my eyebrows for what feel like for ever, but it seems like I have finally found my Perfect Eyebrows™ for my taste. I kind of love those crazy concealer brows with a strong highlight on other ladies but they look ridiculous on my baby face, and totally unkempt brows are out of the question ever since I came to realise how much of a positive effect a great eyebrow has on the face.

The following image is a good example of my eyebrows looking how I like them to look. Arched, defined yet with a little softness.

For this I have found that the best ingredient are ELF Eyebrow Kit in Blonde which is clearly far too light for my brows but I found a way to make it work. It is a dual sided products which contains a sticky wax and a coordinating powder, as well as a teeny tiny angled brush. I use the wee angled brush and the wax to stick my brow hairs into the shape I want as they are determined to point directly downwards if I don't wrangle them into form. This is also the point where I fill in any bald spots and extend the tail down further. I then go in and set the brows with a Mixture of Mac Mystery eyeshadow which  is a cool dark brown and the darkest colour in the Revlon Colorstay eyeshadow quad in Siren which is a very dark grey brown. I use the Ecotools angled brush for this, as it is nice and sharp and the bristles are still so I get a precise shape. That's it! Very quick, defined and stays put all day. YES!

Happy nail polish that lasts for ages!
I am hard on my nails. I bite them, I pick at them and I am constantly fiddling with stuff so if I find some polishes that stick around for more than a couple of days then I am a very happy lady. These two colours are really fun for spring or summer or whichever season we are now in, and the formulas are both great!

Avon Nailwear Pro+ in Blue Waterlilies is a soft pale blue with a hint of periwinkle and a very subtle golden shimmer throughout. The brush is nice, it is opaque at two coats and lasts on me for 5 days with only some tip wear. It is not super glossy so some people may prefer to use a top coat, but I like it as it is as it is not too in your face but super pretty nonetheless. Essie Nail Lacquer in Capri is a hot reddish orange with a glossy finish. I think it looks so fresh and stylish, a fun twist of classic red nails that is perfect for summer. It is perfectly opaque at two coats, and you can even get away with one thick layer. Totally gorgeous!

Summer moisture
I thought I would renew my Glossybox subscription as I love the feeling of getting a little package of goodies to try out every month and my favourite product from last month's box was this moisturiser from L'Occitane. The Angelica Hydration Cream has a wonderful fresh, herby smell and is incredibly light on the skin. It is usually £30 for a little 50ml pot so the chances of my purchasing this again are slim to none, however I will enjoy it while I still have it. It feels very gentle on my tired skin and feels super refreshing.

Heroes behind the scenes
As I have been playing with makeup nearly every day these little troopers have been getting an awful lot of use, so it only seems fair to give them some love too! I have never really loved the Urban Decay Primer Potion as much as I wanted to, so in my search for an alternative I came across the W7 Prime Magic Eye Primer. It doesn't look lie much in the tube, but this bargain product works really well for preventing eyeshadow from creasing. Sticking stuff to my face is great fun, and DUO Eyelash Adhesive is the absolute best took for this as it dries quickly and stays for as long as you need it to. My Beauty Addiction Foiling and Lining Medium is a great tool is you are using loose pigments as it works as an amazing base to bring out the shine in shadows, but most of all I love using it to make coloured eyeliners. So much fun to be had.

My new hair!
My pinky lilac locks were fading fast and I need to make myself look somewhat presentable for prospective employers now that I am no longer a student, so out the dye came! One box of Clairol Nice 'n Easy Non Permanent hair colour is #83 Black later, with a streak of pale lilac left out and I am more gothy than distinguished but I totally love it. There's nothing like a dramatic style change to make you feel all shiny and new. The dye is a deep, true black and covered my bleached hair very easily and left no patches at all. I would definitely recommend this!

I hope you enjoyed this new format of blog post for me. What were your favourite things in May?

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Posted by : Heather Mouse

The Ladyboys of Bangkok Makeup Challenge - My glittery Stargazer Butterfly

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This is a post I have been very excited about! I was recently asked, along with a few other excellent UK beauty bloggers to take part in the Ladyboys of Bangkok Makeup Challenge with Stargazer cosmetics. The Ladyboys of Bangkok were recently performing their new show Glamorous Amorous in Brighton, my home town and generally the best place ever, and are touring the country as we speak!

I'm a big fan of Stargazer products, particularly for their hair dyes, glitter shakers and fantastic eyelashes, and for this look I was sent a selection of super bright products to play with with a definite theme of pink and blue emerging.

Get a load of these lashes! They are absolutely enormous but a lot of fun for a super dramatic look like this.

When coming up with ideas for my look I was thinking about the amazing transformation of the Ladyboys, that metamorphose into these beautiful performers for their dazzling shows. From there, and inspired by those huge fluttering lashes, I came to the idea of a colourful, glitter drenched butterfly! The exaggerated shapes may have been influenced a little by my obsessive trawling through Alex Box's makeup artistry and the super cool Under Blue Light's cartoonish fantasy makeup.

I really went all out on the eyes for this one. The initial basis for the shape was very much taken from drag makeup - covered eyebrows, cut crease and ultra lifted brows but then I went a little artsy with sticking on little pearls and rhinestones all across the crease, heaps of glitter and the under eye curlicues.

I loved those crazy pink lashes and was determined to use them, so for this I cut off a centimetre long section from the inside end of the lash band and applied them to my created lower lashline like little wings. I think this is a really fun way to use these kinds of lashes in a way that doesn't necessarily take over the look, and is also much less heavy on the eyes if you aren't used to falsies.

Here is how it looked with the full set of lashes attached, even more dramatic in a Carnivale or Pride parade way, but I felt it hid all my individually stuck on gems and pearls which made me feel sad, so I decided to remove them.

This was so much fun! In fact I enjoyed this look so much that I couldn't bear to take it off when I went to Tesco for my weekly shop. There were a few horrified faces, but then again I guess they had never seen such a big butterfly.

Here's what I used for this look!

Glue Stick and spatula to cover eyebrows
Stargazer Rose Pink (flourescent) eyeshadow all over brows and down to crease
Sugarpill Flamepoint at inner part of upper crease shadow and up to new brows
Sugarpill Poison Plumon lower lashline and blended out with Dollipop
Stargazer UV Orange glitter shaker all over upper crease, adhered with cheapy glitter liner
Darling Girl cosmetics Bubbles pigment over Sugarpill Tako on the lid and inner corner
ELF Eye Transformer in blue over inner corner for more shimmer
Maybelline Eye studio Gel Liner to line the eyes and crease lines to mimic butterfly wings
Snazaroo Clown White face paint mixed with a little Sugarpill Afterparty for brows and dots beneath eyes
Collection Glam Crystals glitter eye liner in Le Freak on inner part of brows
Stargazer Diamonte Coloured Diamonds (clear) on crease, with other ebay gems
Stargazer Pink Feathered False Eyelashes #53 cut and applied.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in 10
Illamasqua Powdered Metal in Ether all over the face as setting powder to give a soft golden sheen
Sugarpill Dollipop a blush on high points of cheeks
Dainty Doll blush in My Girl on apples of cheeks, nose, temples and chin

Stargazer Lipstick in 104 (turquoise with golden sheen) on upper lip
Barry M lip liner in 12 on lower lip with 17 Lasting Fix lipstick in Pink Power on top
Stargazer UV Orange glitter shaker applied to tacky lipstick

What do you guys think? I felt like a magical pixie creature in all of this and was so happy to have been asked to take part in such a fun challenge! I am always blown away by the beautiful glamour makeup of the Ladyboys, but for this I wanted to put my own playful spin on it!

Have a wonderful, glittery week!

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Posted by : Heather Mouse

Makeup Magic - Warm Neutral Look in High End and Budget Products

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 Do not fear, that haggard beast in the first photo has not risen from the dead into the internet wires as you would expect in any dodgy late 90's horror movie - it is me. Today I wanted to do some super neutral makeup that probably doesn't look anything special at all, but when you see the before and after I think you can really see how much of a difference it makes in brightening up the face and giving off that effortless 'I just threw this on' impression.

Honestly, I have no qualms with heading out of the door with not a drop of concealer or a swipe of mascara in sight. I'm not one of those girls who just happens to look amazing with a bare face (as you can very plainly see in the top left), but on the other hand I feel no shame in the face that I came with. Posting it on the internet is still a little scary though...

However, for those occasions when you do want to look like a little effort in for a brighter, shinier version of yourself then I think this kind of warm peachy brown makeup is a great one to go for. This would be a really great look for a job interview as it is so neutral yet polished. The fully set face, and tinted lip balm and lip liner also makes it a really long lasting look that wouldn't need touching up like a bolder lipstick or gloss would.

The most important thing for me was fixing my sallow, discoloured skin. I have quite a bit of red pigmentation on my nose and under my eyes, and greenish-yellow around my mouth that can make me look rather sickly so I used a light liquid foundation so as not to cake up my skin but really focussed on concealing imperfection and adding in a nice rosy glow. Beyond that the most dramatic improvement for me is filling in and defining the eyebrows. Mine have quite a nice arch naturally but are a bit patchy and uneven so I just emphasize the shape with a brown shadow and set with a clear mascara. I like big, full, vintage brows but tend to stick with shadow to fill them in just to keep the look somewhat natural.

After that all there is to it is a very simple blown out golden brown eye with a little kitten flick of eyeliner to keep with the slightly vintage theme and a neutral coral lip. I absolutely hate the look of nude lips on myself as I have dark eyes and such a small mouth I think it looks very out of balance, but if you are fairer then a nude may suit you very well. As with everything in makeup the key is to find what you are most happy and comfortable in.

Here is everything I used! Sorry for the horrible photo, but my camera was dying and I didn't realise it was so over-exposed. Gosh it looks like so much stuff for such\a neutral face.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in 10 Beige
Real Techniques Stippling Brush
Collection Illuminating touch Brightening Concealer in Naked 1 on high points of face
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light 2 on under eye bags
Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush
MAC Mineralize Skin finish Natural in Light Plus
Crown HD Powder Brush
Sleek Face Form in Light - Contour under cheek bones, under jawline and on temples
Crown HD Blush Brush
Sleek Face Form - Blush along cheeks
Real Techniques Blush Brush

W7 Prime Magic eyshadow primer all over lids
BH Cosmetics 120 Palette 3rd Edition - Warm shimmery gold over lid, warm dark matte brown blended through crease and on lower lid, pale shimmery beige on inner corner
Crown HD Oval Shadow Brush & Blending Crease Brush
Mac Mystery Eyeshadow (dark neutral brown) to deepen crease and along lower lashline
Crown 020 Precision Crease brush (as pencil brush)
Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Liner in 100% Black in tiny winged liner shape on outer half of the eye
Rimmel Day 2 Night Mascara - small size on upper and lower lashes

Mac Mystery Eyeshadow
Eco Tools Angled Liner Brush
2True Clear Mascara

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in 018 Addiction to perfect lip line and fill in lips
Clinique Chubby Stick in Mega Melon over lips

Hope you enjoyed this, and weren't scared away by my naked face! What is your favourite 'my face but better' look?

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Posted by : Heather Mouse

Green With Envy - Two Makeup Looks based around the Pantone Colour of the Year: Emerald

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I think green is probably one of my favourite colours in the world. It's very versatile, but I don't really wear it very often at all. I think it clashed quite a lot with my pink hair, but I really like it next to my new lavender locks! Since I hear Emerald is the colour of the year then it's a good time to wear some green!

This was my look of the night for Eurovision (my favourite night of the year), which I had done for Aqeela's Weekly Makeup Tag but kept on as I really liked it! I'm not sure if green and gold were the national colours for any of the entries, but either way I am dedicating this to the glorious Greek entry: Alcohol Is Free! That was a toe tapper and a half.

The products I used were:
My Beauty Addiction Shadiw Poxy all over lids as primer
Sugarpill Midori on inner and outer corners of upper and lower lids
My Beauty Addiction Burnished pigment in centres
Sleek Bad Girl palette - Dark Green to deepen outer corners
Sleek Original Palette - Olive green to blend edges
BH Cosmetics Liquid Liner pen
Jelly Pong Pong Mascara (still testing this one out)

Next up is green at it's summery brightest! Inspired by kiwis for the Dark Heart Designs summer fruits collaboration, I had a lot of fun with this one! I'm still practising with cut creases, as I think they are a very flattering eyeshadow shape, especially if you have slightly hooded lids but a lot of upper lid space. Having a bit more going on above the crease stops it looking like my eyebrows are floating up off the top of my head. I would definitely wear this out, but I had only one eye done by the time I had to go buy milk from the shop so it had to go.

My Beauty Addiction Shadow Epoxy as primer
Sugarpill Tako on the lid and inner corner
Illamasqua Pivot eyehsadow above the crease and underneath the eye
Sugarpill Acidberry to brighten the green closer to the crease
Sugarpill Midori mixed with Acidberry to create little lines radiating outwards like on a kiwi, and a little in the deepest part of the crease
Rimmel Exaggerate eyeliner in 100% Black in a big winged shape and little above crease for kiwi seeds
Collection Glam Crystals glitter liner in Rock Chic

I also quite liked it without the glitter liner. It's a little more subtle that way. But only a little. Which do you guys prefer?

How do you like green, is it a favourite or one to avoid? It makes my brown eyes look very orange!

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Posted by : Heather Mouse