Friday, 5 September 2014
Impulse #VanillaKisses 90s Challenge
Impulse. 90s. Retro. Those three words made my little heart flutter when the Impulse 90s Challenge box landed on my doorstep. To celebrate Superdrug's 50th Birthday, every girls favourite nostalgia brand have re-released Vanilla Kisses, but with a modern twist. This time round we get a helping of apple and peach with the vanilla but it's still got that classic appeal of the original. And to get us all in the 90s spirit, Impulse
At first I was stumped as to who to base my look off. I mean, do I opt for a 90s babe like Gwen Stefani, Drew Barrymore or even try and pull a Rachel? Seriously, I had the hair. Nope, I bypassed them all to try and come even 1% of the way close to the MEGAbabe that is Cindy Crawford. I feel a Wayne's World 'Schwing' is appropriate here.
Grabbing my fishnets and my trusty oversized jumper, I got to work creating my base. Cindy always looks effortlessly matte and put together so I start by buffing in a very light helping of L'Oreal Lumi Magique foundation that reflects the light for a fresher complexion. A dusting of powder to set in place and it's time to contour. Just look at those cheekbones, how could I not? My tried and true combo of Bourjois BB Primer and Bronzing Cream give me a hint of definition I can't achieve any other way, underneath the cheeks, on the brow, down the nose and under the neck. Blush was applied high up on the cheekbones using Benefit Sugarbomb, a dusky pink that blends into the skin like silk. Adding a touch of Soap & Glory Glow All Out to the cheekbones and brow arches sets my interpretation apart a little. I'm of the mind that a little light-catching glow benefits the face more than much else and you'll rarely catch me leaving the house without having applied this logic.
The 90s smokey eye was pretty grey, so I wanted to make use of golden hues, intense browns and subdued highlights. A mix of The Body Shop Colour Crush eyeshadows in the shades Coco Deluxe* and Champagne Kiss*, blended high up to the brow line was much more matte than I was expecting. So a small amount of the top left shade in my NARS And God Created Woman palette in the inner corners balanced the look perfectly. A fine line of Soap & Glory Supercat helps when applying false lashes and I couldn't think of better than Nouveau Lashes Millie Mackintosh in City*. A quick lining of Topshop Kohl pencil along the lower lash line and smudged out finishes the eyes up. Then, taking the same dark brown eyeshadow and using a fine pointed detailing brush, I just had to create a false beauty spot. I think I'm converted!
Superdefined brows are the key to this look, and there's nothing better for intense brows than The Body Shop 2 in 1 Gel Liner*. This baby just made them pop! And to finish, I went all out and made my own cocktail for the lips as I didn't own anything even remotely similar. Lining the lips with Lord & Berry waterproof eyeliner in Bronze* helped when applying Topshop Covet over most of the lip. As there's a particular glow here, I nabbed my highlighter and used a small contouring brush to press a small amount on to the centre. I'm so for making your own colour if it's not available, it just takes patience and practise!
Go check out the Twitter and Instagram hashtag #VanillaKisses to see some amazing looks that other beauty bloggers have put together. The 90s is back. Big style. What was your favourite 90s trend?