Monday, March 28, 2011

FOTD: Woo! Lets get Naked!

After swatching my beloved Urban Decay Naked palette, of course I had to do a quick look with it! I'm gonna wear this out to The Doobie Brothers concert tonight - so excited :P

I needa learn to take better pics, but until then these'll have to do!


  • MAC Face and Body in C2
  • Ben Nye concealer
  • Ben Nye Neutral Set (under eyes/middle of face)
  • MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Dark
  • Smashbox Muse Blush in Masterpiece
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette - Toasted all over lid
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette - Darkhorse in the outer corners
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette - Naked in the crease
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette - Hustle in the outer crease and under the eye
  • MAC Penulitmate eyeliner in Rapid Black
  • Covergirl Lash Blast mascara
  • Revlon Colorstay eyeliner in Black
  • Lucas Papaw Ointment
  • Urban Decay Lipstick Midnight Cowboy
Thanks for viewing, let me know what you think! I promise I'll do something more bright and exciting soon :P

Swatch Watch: Urban Decay Naked Palette

Swatch watch. Good luck saying that 10 times in a row. Hahahaa. This is another new (well it has a new name anyway) series on my blog - yay!

First of all, thank you to everyone who has entered my giveaway, and to those who haven't already - enter now!

I have an obsession with Urban Decay, I'm not gonna lie. When I discovered the Primer Potion, I was in love and I still use it every single day without fail. Their Skyscraper mascara was amazing and if I could buy it here, I probably wouldn't ever use another mascara.
Everything they come out with immediately goes on my makeup wishlist - I'm so annoyed that we don't have it in New Zealand!

I turned to ebay when I heard about the Naked palette, I knew it was the only way I could get my hands on this little gem - sure it was ridiculously overpriced and close to half my week's wages went on it, but I was sure it'd be worth it.
I'm happy to say that my assumption was right, this palette was worth every cent! The colours are gorgeous and I can confidently say that they would suit everyone, no matter what eye colour or skin tone they have.

So what do you get? 12 gorgeous neutral eyeshadows and a double ended 24/7 eyeliner in Whiskey/Zero (yeah I have the original one, the new one comes with an eyeshadow brush) AND a nifty little travel size Primer Potion - so cute!


Lets get our swatch on!

With Flash:
Without Flash:
From left to right: Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck and Half Baked.

With Flash:
Without Flash:
From left to right: Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep and Gunmetal.

Whiskey and Zero:

All swatches were applied without a base, so you can see that these eyeshadows are really pigmented! Honestly one to two light swipes is all I need to cover my eyelids, I'm not even kidding. I've used it so much since I got it and I've hardly made a dent in it at all!
The double ended eyeliner was actually an unexpected love for me, it's so creamy yet seems to stay put. What else could you possibly wish for?

If you don't have this palette, then seriously go out and get it. You won't be disappointed!
Thanks for viewing!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

New Domain = New Giveaway!! -CLOSED-

To celebrate the transfer of this blog to my new domain , I decided to give away some awesome lip products!


Lets have a closer look at the products included:


Here's what the lucky winner will score:
  • Limited Edition Smashbox Muse Lip Paint in Virtuoso - A very pretty pink!
  • Designer Brands Lip Pencil in Nude - My favourite lip liner! Probably the only one I really use to be honest.
  • Napoleon Perdis Protege Lip Gloss - Really nice peach colour!
  • Revlon Matte Lipstick in Pink Pout - I love this, it's a gorgeous pink.
  • Lucas Papaw Ointment - By far, my favourite lip product for soft, kissable lips. I use this religiously and swear by it, so I knew I just had to include it in this giveaway.
  • And a mint green coloured makeup bag - to keep all your new lip products in!
  • You MUST be a follower of my blog via Google Friend Connect. If you're not a follower already, just click on the 'Follow' button in the sidebar.
  • You MUST leave a valid email address in the form, as I will be emailing the winner. If I don't get a reply within 48 hours, I will have to draw another winner.
  • You MUST also tell me what you like most about my blog in the form.
  • IMPORTANT: You have to fill in the form to enter this giveaway, it would be great if you could also comment below to confirm that you've entered!
For extra entries:
  • Follow me on twitter for 1 extra entry
  • Tweet about this giveaway for 1 extra entry (must provide a direct link to the tweet)
  • Follow my Christel Hansen Makeup Artist facebook fan page for 2 extra entries (must tell me your name on facebook)
  • Blog about this on your blog (blogs devoted to posting only giveaways will not be counted) for 1 extra entry (must provide link to your blog post)
  • Put this giveaway in the sidebar of your blog for 1 extra entry (must provide link to your blog)
So you have the potential to have 7 entries in this giveaway!
Giveaway closes on 30th April 2011 and is open internationally.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT THE FORM to enter. Good luck!! oxo

What's in my on-the-go makeup purse??

Hi guys, I've seen people doing these sorts of things all the time, but I've never got around to doing it myself - so thought I'd give it a go!

These are the things I carry around in my handbag everyday as my on-the-go makeup kit. I can actually do my whole face with everything in this, but usually I just use it for touch ups.
First of all, this is the little bag I keep everything in:


It's actually supposed to be a sunglass case, but when I saw it I thought it'd be perfect for makeup!

Now lets take a look inside!
- MAC Skinfinish Natural in Medium Deep (this is the colour I wear in summer, for the rest of the year I use Medium)


- Thin Lizzy Brush. I don't use thin lizzy myself, and this brush isn't the best, but it's great to use on-the-go for reapplying face powder and blush!

- The Body Shop - Tea Tree Oil Facial Blotting Tissues. I can't even begin to tell you how often these have come in handy - I recommend that everyone carries blotting tissues with them!


- Cute little mirror that a friend bought me years ago. Could not live without this. Seriously. :P


- Two MAC Lipsticks in Snob and Hug Me. I actually wear these two colours quite often, so it makes sense to always keep them on me.



- Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in Black. I'm not even sure what this is doing in here, must've randomly chucked it in one day when I was doing a smokey eye look.


- Altoids Tin 'Palette'! xD


I love this little thing. Inside there is:


  • An empty Everyday Minerals container with Ben Nye Neutral Set powder inside.
  • A Yaby Blush in BL005
  • 3 Yaby eyeshadows in ES347, ES155 and ES154
  • Ben Nye concealer depotted into a little Yaby emptie
  • Mini Fresh Supernova Mascara
  • Mini Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Zero
  • Teeeeny little MAC 213 brush (from one of their little holiday eyeshadow palettes)
The eyeshadows, blush and concealer all have magnets on the back which keep them from banging around inside the tin. So easy to make, I can do my whole face with this little tin alone!

So that's what's in my on-the-go makeup bag. I also have a 'Girls Survival Kit' that I keep in my handbag at all times too - maybe that should be my next post?

Thanks for viewing!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

New Series: Old Reliables!

Yay! Today I'm kicking off a new series on my blog called 'Old Reliables!'

If you know me in real life, then you know I'm literally obsessed with beauty products, I don't care what it is, lipstick, concealer, mascara, if it's new and exciting - then I want it!
Sometimes these new products lose their spark pretty quickly, suddenly that neon green eyeshadow you thought was amazing and absolutely had to have, doesn't seem quite so great anymore. It's times like these that you turn back to those good old all time favourites (Old Reliables).

To kick off this new series, I thought I'd start with face powders/powder foundations.

  • Ben Nye Neutral Set

    This is my go to powder for myself, and everyone else that sits in my makeup chair. Chances are if I do your makeup, I most likely set your foundation with this little baby. I love this. Not only is this ridiculously cheap, but it gives your skin a perfect matte finish. Recommended to everyone!

  • Graftobian HD Pro Powder

    I love my HD products and this is no exception. Can be used both wet and dry, for varying degrees of coverage - although I find I only need to use this dry to get great cover! Like all good professional makeup lines, it comes in lots of colours, so finding a colour suitable for your skin tone should be easy. Highly recommended, especially if you're a fan of dual finish powders.

  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

    I honestly did not think I would like this face powder as much as I do. Don't get me wrong, I love MAC products in general, but I imagined this would just be one of those over-hyped products that were actually pretty average. I was wrong, this face powder is so damn good! I love how the finish is matte, with a very slight dewy feel to it - it makes it seem more skin like, which is especially good when you don't want to look like you're wearing lots of makeup. Still not entirely sure if I like how this photographs or not, but nonetheless it's a great everyday powder.
Thanks for viewing, watch out for my next instalment!

Monday, March 7, 2011


Babylush is having her first giveaway! Head over there now to check it out!

fashioneggplant is having an awesome stila giveaway! Check it out here!

Alex is having a huge MAC giveaway over at her blog! You have to check it out!


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