Warm smokey eye – all MakeupGeek eyeshadows!

Hey, guys! First of all I want to say a massive I’M SORRY because I said a few weeks ago that I was going to be posting more often, and that didn’t happen
In reality, I’ve had the photos for this for about 2.5 weeks but I was nervous to put it up, and I’m not sure why
Just want to put it out there, though – my brows look terrible. They were in serious need of a wax but I just didn’t have the time
Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy my first tutorial-type post!
Step one: Apply the primer of your choice, whatever works for you will be fine. I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Step Two: Next, you want to put a really neutral, matte colour through your crease. Something that’s slightly darker than your natural skintone
For this I used Makeup Geek’s Creme Brulee eyeshadow

Step Three: Using a fluffy blending brush (something similar to Sigma’s E30 or E40), put through a slightly darker brown into your crease and blend above
I used Latte by Makeup Geek for this

Step Four: Add an even darker brown, continuing to blend where you just put Latte by
For this, I used Mocha by Makeup Geek

Step Five: Now we’re adding the warmth! You want to use a really warm, deep burgundy shade. Adding little bits at a time, blend this through your crease, using something slightly more precise than the E40 (What we used earlier) – I used the Sigma E45 to place the colour where I wanted it and then used the Makeup Geek Soft Dome Brush to diffuse the colour
I used Bitten by Makeup Geek

Make sure you’re bringing your warm shadows into the inner corner a bit – not too much, but enough so that it looks blended and diffused

Step Six: Next, I went back into both Mocha and Bitten with my E45 brush and connected the end of my shadow to the corner of my eye, to give a nicer shaper to the shadows and my eyes. I did this mostly because I wasn’t going to be adding any eyeliner, so this is how I decided to add some more dimension

As you can see, there’s a blank space in the centre of my lid, so next we’ll be filling it in

Step Seven: Taking any sort of flat shader brush, or your finger, take Grandstand by Makeup Geek (This is a foiled eyeshadow) and softly pat it onto the centre of your lid. Next, take a brush and slowly and carefully blend out the edges of Grandstand so that it doesn’t look too harsh on the lid

Step Eight: Taking a Flat Definer Brush (Sigma E15 is what I used), mix the colours Bitten and Mocha together and bring both colours underneath your lower lash line and blend out softly with a clean pencil brush

Step Nine: Just to add some more dimension, I then took a tiny amount of Corrupt by Makeup Geek and blended it through the outer ‘V’ of my eye and slightly through my crease


Step 10: Add a couple of coats of your favourite mascara (Mine is Jordana’s Best Lash Extreme) and you’re done!

I hope you guys enjoyed this and it helped some of you out!
As usual, all products were purchased by me, with my own money
Pictures photographed using Canon EOS 1100D Camera in natural lightning

Thanks for reading!
Much love, Caitlin xo


Online Haul Including MAC, Chi Chi, Saucebox, Melt + Swatches!

Hey guys!
So I recently watched a video on YouTube by an Australian YouTuber named “KatieBambrickBeauty” and she did this massive haul of American makeup that she used a shipping service to get to her (You can find her here). Anyway, I got into contact with her and asked which shipping service she used, how much it cost, etc. She responded and told me that she used the service comgateway.com so I decided that maybe I should do this because I’ve looked into it before but I’ve always been nervous about using a shipping service when nobody that I knew had ever used it. I made my order using their BuyForMe service and just had to wait. The wait time from he time I placed my orders and the time it arrived to me was only about two weeks, which is insanely fast! From the time I got the shipping notification, it was only 4 days. 4 days is so so so fast. I’m used to waiting at least 10 days for things from America, but this was just so fast it was insane
Anyway, enough babbling from me, I’m about to show you what I bought!



So here is everything that I bought. Some of it I purchased straight from their websites and didn’t use the shipping service because they had international shipping anyway, and Chi Chi is an Australian brand anyway, so that would have been pointless


These are the products that I haven’t swatched.. Because I don’t think that I can. So there’s the Stila One Step Correct Primer, MAC Gel Fluidline in Dirty Blonde, MAC Prep and Prime Fix+ and MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC15
I love all of these products, but the Fluidline is slightly too warm for me, but I still use it because I love the consistency and it makes my eyebrows such a nice shape


This is the swatches of my Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit. As you can (not) see, the highlight shades pretty much just blend win with my skin, but that’s okay because the lightest colour, slightly mixed with the yellow colour makes a great undereye setting powder. All the shades are really creamy and blendable, although I’ve used the highlight shades more than the contour shades

This is the Saucebox Etude palette and I bought it because of NikkieTutorials on YouTube, and holy wow, it is so amazing. The colours are so creamy and blendable hnnnnng. Can’t even deal. If you don’t have this palette, you should get it, like, now. I bought this off the Lipstick Republic website (I don’t remember how much I paid). I haven’t had much of a chance to play with this but I love it so much and it’s so pretty

Stila Stay All Day Eyeliner. This eyeliner gives me life. I couldn’t do a decent winged eyeliner to save my life before this. It’s a felt tip pen form and it’s so pigmented and so dark. I get so many compliments on my eyeliner when I have it on and I’ve convinced several people to buy this and every one of them has loved it as much as I do. I bought this off the BeautyBay website

These are the Chi Chi Viva La Diva Lipsticks. I am so in love. I already owned one that I purchased several months ago in store (Target I believe) so that I knew if they were worth buying, and holy crap are they ever! My love of Red lipstick shows, but as you guys will see in my next few lipstick swatches, I’m really loving my pinks lately. This is probably because it’s spring in Australia right now, and I don’t think I could rock a red lip at work, I might get some strange looks! Anyway, these lipsticks are so pigmented and creamy and they don’t feather on me, which I honestly have some trouble with a lot of lipsticks. Anyone who lives in Australia should definitely try these out!

Ohh the pretty MAC lipsticks. In love. I think everyone knows all about MAC lipsticks so I’ll keep this short. They’re amazing

Again from Lipstick Republic, I decided to buy some Bite Beaut. Because they’re a bit on the pricey side, I only got two but I’m already planning to get more. The shades are so wearable and I get complimented at work by the other girls and I’m forever being asked what I’m wearing. They’re so easy to apply and they last on me a really long time (And I do a lot of talking at work) I’ve used Velvet more than Amarone, but I love them both equally, how could you not love these colours?

Next I bought some OCC Lip Tars (Lipstick Republic). The colour of these is phenomenal, and you only have to use the tiniest drop and it’ll cover my entire lips. They’re very smooth and creamy/. The only issue I have is that they bleed a bit on me, but I expect that if I line my lips first then this will stop that. I apologise for the crappy lighting in the swatch picture, I have no idea what happened

Last but certainly not least, I picked up Melt Cosmetic’s 6six6 and (wait for it) DARK ROOM! I didn’t realise this was limited edition until after I’d purchased mine (And Vanessa’s to save on postage – winning!) but I did know that it would sell out super fast. The pictures truly don’t give either of these colours justice. They’re so dark and vampy and amazing, and I cannot wait to try them out

So that concludes my haul for today! Can you tell I love lipstick?
I’m thinking of doing a lip swatch post, but I’m not sure yet (I would’ve done it to include pictures for this, but my lips have been horrific lately and my skin looks terrible from an allergic reaction I had to a skin product I used last week -shudders-)

As usual, all opinions are my own and I purchased all of these with my own money
You can find us on Instagram at ‘itscaitessa’
All shadows swatched without Primer and photos taken with Canon EOS 1100D camera in natural lighting and some were taken with flash because the lighting was being annoying today so I apologise for that!

You can find Lipstick Republic here
You can find Melt Cosmetics here
You can find Chi Chi here
You can find Beauty Bay here

Thank you so much for reading!
Much love, Caitlin xo

“50 Facts About Me” Tag!

Okay so I know I said a few weeks ago that Vanessa and I would both try and post weekly, but we haven’t! I’m not sure if you guys really care all that much but I feel kinda bad anyway haha
I didn’t want another week to go by without posting at least something so I thought that I’d do this Tag type thing, so hopefully that’s not too boring for the people who read this

1. What are you wearing?
At the moment, a Harry Potter shirt, a pair of black leggings and some socks (it’s what I’m going to sleep in so have to be comfy!)

2. Ever been in love?
Sure have!

3. Ever had a terrible breakup?
Not at all

4. How tall are you?
Approximately 5″10 or 5″11. I haven’t measured myself for years and years, so I’m just having a guess here haha

5. How much do you weigh?
Not a clue! Again, I haven’t weighed myself in years and I’m in the process of trying to lose weight so I can be comfortable in my own skin, and I really don’t want to jump on the scales because I feel like that would kill my motivation

6. Any tattoos?
I only have one, on my right foot 🙂

7. Any piercings?
Not at the moment

8. OTP?
I actually have a few, but I have Jily (James and Lily from Harry Potter), Dramione (Draco and Hermione, again from Harry Potter), Ten x Rose (Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler from Doctor Who) and Sherlolly (Sherlock and Molly Hooper from Sherlock). I do have more but I think that’s enough to be getting on with

9. Favourite show?
I have too many to be able to choose just one! But I love Supernatural, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Criminal Minds, Castle, Bones, Friends, Will and Grace, Charmed, Gossip Girl… Ugh I can’t decide haha

10. Favourite bands?
I’m a big fan of Bring Me The Horizon and (does she count?) Taylor Swift haha

11. Something you miss?
High school!

12. Favourite song?
At this particular moment in time I have a tie: Blank Space by Taylor Swift and Drown by Bring Me The Horizon. Don’t make me choose!

13. How old are you?
21 as of October 7

14. Zodiac sign?

15. Quality you look for in a partner?
Honesty is number one

16. Favourite quote?
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
-Oscar Wilde

17. Favourite actor?
Vanessa knows exactly how much I love this guy. Like honestly. Can’t even deal

18. Favourite colour?
Deep burgundy, vampy red

19. Loud music or soft?
Depends on my mood, really, but generally I like it loud to drown out my poor attempts at singing

20. Where do you go when you’re sad?
I go to my bed and wrap myself up in my blankets with a book and a mug of tea haha

21. How long does it take you to shower?
10 minutes generally, but up to 15 if I’m shaving my legs or just being lazy

22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
I always allow at least an hour and a half, just so that I know I have plenty of time, but I could get ready in half an hour or less

23. Ever been in a physical fight?

24. Turn on?
Smelling amazing, nice teeth, nice smile, kind eyes

25. Turn off?
Bad breath, rudeness, arrogance

26. The reason I started a blog?
It looked like it could be a lot of fun and I buy a lot of makeup so I thought that I should post about it on the internet where I thought people might appreciate it

27. Fears?
Being left alone in a crowd of strangers – it’s literally so terrifying to me

28. Last thing that made you cry?
Probably a movie of some kind, or a book. I have a feeling that it was How To Train Your Dragon 2

29. Last time you said you loved someone?
This afternoon

30. Meaning behind blog name?
Well, we basically just took our two names (Caitlin and Vanessa) and mooshed them together. So it was either Caitessa or Vanelin and we preferred Caitessa hahaha

31. Last book you read?
Actual book I think it was Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets but I’ve been reading a lot of Fanfiction lately

32. The book you’re currently reading?
I haven’t got any at the moment but I have a lot that I’ve been meaning to read

33. Last show you watched?
Brooklyn Nine Nine

34. Last person you talked to?
Vanessa, via text

35. The relationship between you and the last person you texted?
Beeeeeeest friiiiiiiiiiends!

36. Favourite food?
Probably Pesto Gnocchi

37. Place you want to visit?
I want to visit Greece, Paris, New York, Orlando, England, Ireland and pretty much everywhere else

38. Last place you were?
Out looking at houses nearby, before that we were in Ballarat

39. Do you have a crush?
Does Chris Evans count?

40. The last time you kissed someone?
About an hour ago

41. Last time you were insulted?
Yesterday, I believe

42. Favourite flavour of sweet?
Watermelon or Apple, I think. Maybe Strawberry. Or Raspberry

43. What instruments do you play?
None anymore but I used to play the Clarinet and the Saxaphone

44. Favourite piece of jewellery?
My engagement ring, hands down

45. Last sport you played?
I legitimately don’t know. I was always far too clumsy to participate in sports activities

46. Last song you sang?
Blank Space by Taylor Swift

47. Favourite pick up line?
“How much does a Polar Bear weight? Enough to break the ice. Hi, I’m ______” hahahaha

48. Have you ever used it?
Jokingly on friends, but never seriously

49. Last time you hung out with someone?

50. Who should answer these questions next?
I think Vanessa should give it a go, even if she doesn’t post it, it’s fun! And anybody else that wants to

So I hope you guys liked this kind of TMI post, I thought you guys might like to get to know me a little better.
I’ll be doing a haul very soon, because I’ve gone a little shopping happy online over the past two or so weeks so keep an eye out for that!
Until next time, have a great day, night, or whatever it is in your timezone

Thanks for reading!
Much love, Caitlin xo