I’ve always been one of those girls that really enjoys the getting ready for a night out process, it’s so much fun to sit down and do your make up a little bit more dramatic than the usual day to day look that you wear for work. I was recently given the opportunity to participate in a make up challenge whereby I had to create a New Year’s Eve make up look using a few products from Fragrance Direct. I must admit at first I was a little worried about taking part as I will not lie I’m not that great with make up and can only really do the basics however I do like a little challenge here and there so here is my attempt.
Within a budget of £15 I chose a few items that I would use to create my New Year’s Eve look. The items that I chose were the Eylure Girls Aloud Party Lashes Kimberley*, the L’Oreal Colour Infallible Eyeshadow in the shade Tender Caramel*, the most beautiful Orly Nail Polish in the shade Rage*, a Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in the shade Pink Afterglow* and lastly the Rimmel Glam Eyes Lash Flirt Mascara* in standard black.
Orly Rage is a simply beautiful rose gold toned nail polish which I adore. I have actually wanted to try this particular shade for a while so was so amazed to see this and a wide range of other Orly polishes cropping up on Fragrance Direct for just £3.99 instead of £10.95; I seriously recommend checking out the range at the moment as there are some really gorgeous colours available for such a fantastic price.
The L’oreal Infalliable Eye Shadows are another product that I have wanted to try for a long time yet have never found myself getting around to it; priced at just £1.50 compared to £6.99 these are a huge bargain. I found Tender Caramel to be quite a cool toned bronze which was on somewhat of a taupe spectrum. This was a perfect little eye shadow to add a nice little bit of depth to the eye without being too dramatic as I had those pesky fake eye lashes to contend with quite soon after therefore I didn’t want my eye look to be too heavy.
It may come as a shock to you but before I took part in this make up challenge I did not own a lip gloss. My main reason for this is due to the fact that I never really get on very well with them, the closest product I have to one is the No7 BB lips which I really like. I decided to go for a gloss from Revlon as I really like the brand and tend to enjoy their products. Pink Afterglow is quite a sheer pink gloss with flecks of fine glitter in, I have to say the glitter didn’t bother me at all as I didn’t find it all that noticeable once applied. The texture felt nice and smooth and wasn’t sticky for me which is the main thing I look for in a gloss. Once again there is a saving to be made here as this product is priced up at just £1.99, bargain!
The Rimmel Glam Eyes Mascara was quite nice to use too however my main issue with this is the fact that it is a plastic wand which I tend not to get on with very well. This is something I should of checked beforehand however having said that it did work quite well leaving me rather impressed, my lashes were left defined with a bit of volume; priced at just £3.50 this is a fabulous price for any mascara.
Last but certainly not least were the Girls Aloud Eylure Party Lashes which retail at £7 on the high street yet are currently available for £3.99 off Fragrance Direct. I had never tried fake eyelashes before so I was quite nervous when it came to applying them; I even had to watch a YouTube video beforehand just to get an idea of how to do it. If I’m honest I have to say I found them a bit difficult to use but that is probably to be expected having never used them before. Once on though I finally understood why they are so popular, they really add a bit of glamour to the eye and indeed a whole look. I’m fully converted and definitely want to try some more in the future.
My finished look! What do you think? I probably could have gone a bit more dramatic but I generally do like quite a natural look and I think it would look quite nice paired up with a little black dress and heels. I should imagine the Orly nail polish will look gorgeous against a black dress along with a glass of champers in my hand to welcome in the New Year.
You can see my entry and the other bloggers who took part over on the Fragrance Direct Facebook page, here is my photograph.
*PR Samples. These products were sent to me in order to take part in the New Year’s Eve Fragrance Direct Make Up Challenge.