30 Day Make Up Challenge #18: Extreme

30 Day Make Up Challenge #18: Extreme

For this rendition of the 30 Day Make Up Challenge, I decided to think outside of my comfort zone. I decided to pile on the make up and even though this may not be very extreme for some people, it is for me. I often only have 15 minutes, if that, when I do my make up when I go to work. So to submerge myself into make up for an afternoon is always a nice and welcome change. To create this look I decided to combine a few make up techniques I see many youtubers and instagrammers use, but which it just way too much for me on the daily. So this is my ‘extreme’ make up look.

The first thing I needed was a good dose of color. I mostly opt for ‘safe’ neutral make up looks when I go to work. I sometimes add a pop of color by adding a bit of colored liner or color on my lid, but I usually leave it at that. I also stick by the rule of not pairing bold lips with bold eyes when I go to work. No need to overstimulate my students and having them spend the first 10 minutes of a lesson deciding where to look. I used blue and purples on the eyes and reddish tints on the cheeks and lipst. I feel they sort of go together, but then again, not really at the same time. I had a reason for this pairing though and that mostly had to do with the make up techniques I wanted to try out.

On to the make up techniques I used. I tried to do a 5 in one here: flawless glowy skin, that is contoured and bronzed up, with a strong brow and ombre lips. Pfff that is quite a lot to work with. I also used a chuckload of products to create it and spend over 30 minutes, maybe even close to 45 minutes to create this make up look. That is at least double the amount of time I get to spend on my make up on a regular basis. When I do my make up in the mornings, I do create a full face of make up, but it’s not as ‘perfect’ and full on as this. I apply foundation, concealer and powder. I also try to create some sort of eyelook, but I usually keep that fairly simple and use no more that 2 – 3 shadows, but mostly I go for 1 shade looks. I apply just blush to my cheeks and a lipstick to my lips and that’s about it. I also do my brows, but I just fill them in a bit. You can see my more every day make up look in this video.

For the eyes I mostly went with some bold colors, but I didn’t go int with any crazy techniques. I don’t have that much eyelid space, so I have limited room to work with. If I make looks like these, a winged liner is also no option for me as I need to draw such a thick line to make that work that it would mostly cover up the amazing colors of the eye shadows. So I kept it simple: a bright purple all over the lid, a darker purple shade in the crease, highlight on the browbone and a bright ocean blue in the inner corner. I personally love this combination and feel it truly makes my eyes pop. Read below for a complete low down of how I created this entire make up look.

I used a blend of both drugstore as well as high end make up. Basically I ransacked my make up collection to put this look together.

Products used:


  • Primer: Bourjois Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer
  • Foundation: Catrice Velvet Finish foundation in 010 Light Velvet
  • Concealer: Catrice Velvet Finish concealer in 020 Velvet Rose
  • Powder: Catrice All Matt Plus powder in 01 transparent.
  • Blush: Rival de Loop Young Mono Rouge 03 Pink Grapefruit
  • Bronzer: L’Oreal Glam Bronze Sun Radiance Trio in 201 Blonde Harmony
  • Contour: Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil
  • Highlight: The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer & Dermacol Sheer Face Illuminator in Fresh Rose


  • Base: Kat Von D High Voltage Eye Primer in Skin  & MAC Painterly paint pot
  • All over lid: Urban Decay 15th anniversary palette Omen & MUA shade 9 pearl
  • Crease: Urban Decay 15th anniversary palette Half Truth
  • Inner corner:  Urban Decay 15th anniversary palette Deep End
  • Outer V: Astor Eye Artist eyeshadow palette in 320 Shopping Guerilla in New York (purple shade)
  • Brow bone: Astor Eye Artist eyeshadow palette in 320 Shopping Guerilla in New York (highlight shade)
  • Waterline: Essence Highlight it Nude eye pencils
  • Tight line: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In Place Eye Pencil in Onyx
  • Mascara: L’Oreal Butterfly Effect mascara


  • Pen: Catrice Longlasting Brow Definer 020 flASHy Brows
  • Powder: Catrice eyebrow set
  • Gel: Catrice Eyebrow Filler – Perfecting & Shaping Gel in 020 Make A Bow Wow


  • Pencil: LA Girl lipliner in Currant & MAC lipliner in Cherry
  • Lipstick: Dior Rouge Dior lipstick in 999

How did I use all these? I started with my brows. I first ‘drew’ my brows with Catrice’s brow definer. I focused mainly on the first part of my brows with this. Then, I evened it all out with some brow powder and set it with a brow gel. Secondly, I did skin. I primed my face with a glowing primer, and primed my lids using the Kat von D eyeshadow base. I then used a matte and high coverage foundation and concealer and set all that into place with a matte powder. Finally I added Painterly by MAC, to even out my eyelid color.

For cheeks I first applied a contour and blush. Then I bronzed up my face with a shimmering bronzer and I also took that down my neck. However, I did forget to take in the sides of my neck, so you can see that in these pics I’m about 2 shades darker than I normally am. I went in with blush and a liquid highlight and for extra effect, I topped that up with some powder highlight as well.

For the eyes I didn’t go crazy with techinques. I applied a darker shade in my crease first. Then I originally added Omen by Urban Decay, but once everything was done I topped that off with the purple eyeshadow by MUA. It brightened everything up and really amped up the look. For a fun detail I added a bright blue in my inner corners. I used a darker purple shade on my lower lashline and also defined my Outer V with this. I used a highlighter on my brow bone, a nude eyeliner on my waterline and I tightlined with a black eyeliner. As a final touch I topped up my lashes with mascara.

Lips wise I decided to try an ombre lip. I applied a dark red lip liner on the outer edges of my lips and then filled in my lip with a brighter red. I topped it up with a bright red, glossy lipstick which I applied with a lipliner to not get a very full on effect, but that still nicely covered the liner and evened everything out.

Yep, this, in my book, is an extreme make up look. So much make up, so full on is great for a shoot or when you’re being filmed I’m sure. It is not suitable for an every day make up look, but it was definitely fun to do and to play around with my make up again.

What would you do for an extreme make up look?

Bioderma Hydrabio H2O Micellar Water

Bioderma Hydrabio H2O Micellar Water

Am I the last person to jump onto this bandwagon? Yes and no. Yes, Bioderma is a cult classic and many bloggers, vloggers and beauty press people rave about this product. However, what I didn’t know was that Bioderma comes in a range of ‘flavors’. In other words, there are different types of Bioderma. I had never heard anything about the one in the blue bottle, which is especially formulated for sensitive and dehydrated skin.

Bioderma Hydrabio H2O Micellar Water

In this review I will be comparing the blue bottle to the standard pink bottle that everyone knows. I picked both of these up when I was in France last summer. The blue bottle was much harder to find than the pink one. You can find that in pretty much every drugstore you walk into. I only spotted the blue bottle in 2 ‘pharmacies’ I went into. I ended up purchasing this in a drugstore near Galleries Lafayette. Apart from these two types, there is also a yellow version which is formulated especially for oily skin. I don’t remember how much I paid for these, but I believe the blue version is a bit more expensive than the pink version.

Just like the regular Bioderma, the Hydrabio version is suitable for cleaning up your face and eyes. Before I started using this I had tried two other micellar waters. One by Garnier and one by L’Oreal and both of these cleansers are more like the pink Bioderma than the blue one. Since I have sensitive and dehydrated skin, this blue version feels like a revelation on my skin. Where I liked the regular Bioderma (I’ve used it a few times to see how it compared, but am keeping it for travel purposes), this blue version feels totally different on the skin, yet still gets the job done.

The packaging claims this product can be used the clean your skin, remove make up, but also moisturize it at the same time. The regular Créaline version claims it is suitable for all skin types and pretty much the same as the blue version. The blue version feels a lot richer than the regular one. It cleans my face, but at the same time leaves it feeling hydrated and well, very pleasant.

Ingredients Hydrabio (blue bottle)

Ingredients Créaline (pink bottle)

As you can see these two products are formulated quite differently. The main difference? The blue version includes glycerin. That must be why it feels so much gentler and more nourishing than the regular version. It also contains apple extract, hydrolized castor oil and a few other ingredients (of which I have no clue what they are!) that the pink version doesn’t have. Oddly enough, the blue bottle contains fragrance, whereas the regular version doesn’t. I haven’t noticed it smelling of anything in particular though and didn’t realize it contained perfume until I had a good look at this picture.

But the real question is: does it work? To answer that question I decided to clean some swatches from my arm. On the left you see a liquid liner and there are two eyeshadows. As you can see, the Bioderma Hydrabio has no problem clearing away the eyeshadows. The eyeliner is a different story. I find that with any micellar water I have to use a separate eye make up remover to rid my eyes of eyeliner and mascara. Bioderma Hydrabio is no different. I love using this to clean my face, but for hardcore make up removal I need something more.

Bioderma Hydrabio is a clear liquid, and I simply put some on a cotton pad. I use it in the morning to quickly clean my face before applying my day cream. At night, I sometimes use this as my only face cleanser. I then use it twice: once to remove make up, once to make sure it is all gone. But mostly, I use it as the last step in my skin cleansing routine. Whenever I clean my face with an oil or cleansing balm, I love running a cotton pad with some Bioderma on it over my skin to make sure my skin is completely make up free.

Like other micellar waters I’ve tried, Bioderma Hydrabio is not something I will use to remove eye make. However, like other micellar waters I’ve tried, it is a gentle cleanser that is a staple in my skincare routine. The main difference between this and the regular Bioderma Créaline and drugstore micellar waters is that this is even more gentle, more hydrating and much more pleasant feeling on my skin. In fact, I like this so much that I know I will miss this once it is gone. Despite the fact that I have two of the Garnier micellar waters lying about, I have already been looking into places that stock this so I can repurchase this once it runs out.

What is your opinion of Bioderma?