Friday, 21 February 2014

7 Days of Secret Diamonds! DAY 3 - Makeup Favorites

Welcome to Day 3 of the Seven Days of Secret Diamonds event!
Each day for seven days, we will be counting down until the release day of The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow, with a special fun fact for each day from Michelle!

Thanks to the amazing Tiffany at About to Read for organizing this event (and for asking me to make the banners & buttons!)

Let's get started!
Event Schedule:
19 Feb – SDS giveaway hop mini-interview
20 Feb – SDS review
21 Feb – SDS Makeup favorites
22 Feb – My favorite Diamond
23 Feb – If I Woke Up in Vegas…
24 Feb – 7 Reasons I love my family/sisters
25 Feb – Happy release day!!!
Michelle started outlining The Secret Diamond Sisters in October 2010. That’s almost four years from idea to bookshelves!


Others by Michelle Madow:

Timeless (Transcend Time #3)

Note. Michelle chose the quotes for all these bookmarks!

Secret Diamond Sisters Makeup Favorites
Before and after every good event it is (to me) essential to have products you can rely on to remove your make up, and thoroughly clean your skin. I'm going to be doing something different today, I'm going to show you my favorite before and after makeup products, as well as my favorite makeup look!

The Prep:
I absolutely LOVE the skincare brand, Formula 10.0.6. It works wonders for your skin (including horrid pimples!), the products smell great, and you can literally see the result!
Before you put on make-up, it is essential to have a clean face and to moisturize. Here are a few products from this brand that I always use:

Daily Foaming Cleanser
Everyday Sensitive Skin Cleanser
Everyday Skin Cleanser

You can use any of these, depending on your skin type. I usually use the Everyday Sensitive Skin Cleanser morning and night (moisturizers below), and the Daily Skin Cleanser in the shower. Now here are the moisturizers:
Tinted Moisturizer (with SPF15+)
Everyday Gel Moisturizer (with SPF 15+)
I use both of these. The Tinted has Vitamin A, and the Gel has Vitamin C, so depending on what your skin is like, you can use either. Usually before makeup, I will use the Everyday Gel Moisturizer to keep my skin hydrated, while smoothing my skin, perfect for used before makeup!

If you want to check out the rest of the Formula 10.0.6 range, you can go onto their website. Want to find out where this product is sold in your country? Click the Shop Now tab on the Formula 10.0.6 website and select! The bonus with this product is that it's cheap, so there is no harm done on your wallet!. If you want to try this product first, before you buy one of the full size bottles, there is a promotion going on with a Limited Edition Pack! It includes everything to get you started:
The above pack is available in Australia, but check your local store to see if they have any packs available!

Make sure you use a cleanser and moisturizer before putting on your make up!

The Make Up - Versatile Smokey Eye
So, I won tickets to go to the Vampire Academy Australian Premier, and was looking up makeup tips for the red carpet. I found this amazing tutorial that is so versatile, depending on what style you are after and the occasion! This tutorial was inspired by Emilia Clare's (Game of Thrones) Golden Globes look:

Mandie from The Gloss, re-creates this look, but you can do it with different colours etc. You can get step by step instructions and photos on this tutorial from The Gloss website. It is such an easy and quick tutorial, I fell in love with it as soon as I found it!

I used these products for this look:
Rimel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder - Silky Beige

Loreal Paris Lumi Magique - Pure Beige
Revlon Colour Stay 16hour Eyeshadow in Addictive
The Cleanup:
YAY! time to use more Formula 10.0.6 products haha! The clean up is another important step, you need to make sure that all of your make up is completely removed before going to sleep. You should use wipes to remove all your makeup, then cleanse so you can ensure all your make up is off your face:
Clarifying Facial Wipes
After using these Clarifying Facial Wipes, you can use any of the Cleaners (shown above under The Prep). You can tell that the two Everyday Cleansers work, because as you wipe a facial pad with the Cleanser liquid, you can see the dirt from your face on the pad. A tip, because these two Everyday Cleansers are both a Cleanser and Toner, I go over my face twice. One to remove the dirt from your face, and another to fully tone and cleanse your face! This is seriously a miracle brand!!

The Secret Diamond Sisters (Secret Diamond Sisters #1)
Released: 25 February 2014
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN (US)
Buy Me: Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Book Depository
At the Other End:
Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.

The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. 

Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.

Author Bio
Michelle Madow has visited Las Vegas every year since she was fifteen years old, and was inspired to write The Secret Diamond Sisters while walking through the beautiful Wynn Hotel. She grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, then went to Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She wrote her first novel, Remembrance, in her junior year of college, and later went on to self-publish it as book one in the Transcend Time Saga. She wrote The Secret Diamond Sisters in the year following graduation, and is so happy to finally share it with the world!

Michelle lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is writing more novels for young adults. She loves reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling, shopping, sunshine, Disney fairy tales, and Broadway musicals.

Find Michelle:
Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Instagram
Here are the rest of the banners for this event! 
Australian cover banner
Australian cover button
US cover button
US cover banner
Like what you see? If you want me to make your event banners/buttons for FREE, email me the details!

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