Monday 29 December 2014

New Year's Eve Party Look - Beauty

In my last post, I promised to write about the makeup I'm planning to wear on New Year's Eve. This includes what I'm putting on my legs - I do like a bit of a tan and something to disguise blemishes if I'm going bare-legged. My current favourite fake tan is by Cocoa Brown, and when I heard about their Lovely Legs Spray* I was intrigued. Instant, spray-on flawless legs? Yes please! In terms of my makeup, I've decided to go for a peachy nude lip, sparkly eyes and a generous dollop of highlight.

Cocoa Brown Lovely Legs spray

These are the main products I used. The palette is the Sleek i-Divine palette in Au Naturel, from which I used Taupe (back row, furthest right) and Moss (front row, second from left).

FOTD New Year's Eve Party Look

FOTN New Year's Eve Makeup

New Year's Eve Party Makeup

On my face:

Base - Revlon ColorStay foundation in Fresh Beige, Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in Fair, Rimmel Stay Matte powder in Peach Glow.

Eyebrows - Benefit Brow Zings Palette.

Eyes - Maybelline Color Tattoo eye shadow in On and On Bronze as a base, then Moss and Taupe from the Sleek i-Divine palette pressed over the top. I concentrated Moss (the darker shade) at the outer corners and Taupe at the inner corners, not that you can really tell in the photos. I used Collection's Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip liner on my upper lash line and a Lancôme kohl pencil to define my water line. My mascara is Lancôme Hypnose Star.

Bronzer/Blush/Highlight - Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess bronzer (lightly dusted all over for a warm glow), Mac Peaches blush, Benefit Watt's Up highlighter (top of cheekbones, under arch of brows, bridge of nose).

Lips - Rimmel Nude Delight.

Now for my legs. As I said, I like to give them a little TLC if I'm planning on showing them off, but with a regular fake tan, you need to be organised enough to remember to apply it the night (or morning) before you go out. I also like to add some leg makeup to cover a few pesky thread veins that I have. (If you're interested in what I use for that, I blogged about it here.) Now, all this takes up quite a lot of time, and as much as I would like to spend hours primping and preening myself for an evening out, it isn't always realistic, especially at this time of year, when there's a lot of family around who I would rather spend my time with. Cocoa Brown's Lovely Legs Spray is quick and easy to use and is designed, according to their website, for "ladies who feel they need some coverage on their legs to hide veins, stretch marks or any lumps or bumps". That would be me then!

The instructions are to spray the product onto a tanning mitt and then buff onto the skin. I have to say, when I first saw the colour of it, I thought I was going to hate it. It's practically neon orange! But I applied it anyway, and was pleased to see that it soon settled into a lovely warm bronze. It dried very quickly, and was a vast improvement on my pale, pre-tanned legs!

Cocoa Brown Lovely Legs spray

Before and after

You can see that the spray has smoothed out the appearance of my legs as well as giving me a nice tan. I did have to dab a little leg makeup over the most stubborn of my thread veins, but I certainly didn't feel the need to apply it all over as I would normally do. As a result, the whole process of prepping my legs for an evening out was much quicker than usual.

Whereas the regular tan from Cocoa Brown lasts quite a few days, Lovely Legs washes off with warm soapy water. In my opinion, it's perfect for the winter months. Most of the time we're in jeans or tights, so why bother with a full on fake tan? This is a great product to have on standby for those occasions when you want bare legs and need to get them looking their best in a hurry.

So my makeup for New Year's Eve is all prepared! Let me know what kind of look you'll be going for if you're out celebrating - I love finding out what other people are planning to do! Also, have you tried Cocoa Brown's Lovely Legs spray? If so, what do you think of it?

Kate x

*Gifted Product


  1. Love this makeup look Kate, sparkly but not over the top :) I'm so lazy to use fake tan but this one looks good on you! Hope you have a great New Year xx

    Hanh x | hanhabelle

    1. Thanks Hanh! Hope you have a great one too. x

  2. You look gorgeous! Mac Peaches looks amazing on you!
    xprincessjas | ♥

    1. Thank you! It's definitely one of my favourite blushes. x

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  4. Lovely makeup! You look stunning! :) x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  5. Lovely makeup, I like your blush and no wonder, since I am a MAC addicted ! Also the legs with fake tan look great, might give it a try myself !

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  6. This is such a glossy and glamorous look, you look beautiful! The spray used on your legs is particularly impressive, it's as though you're wearing tights - incredible! :)


  7. Beautiful look! It is perfect for New Years :)



  8. You're gorgeous! Love your makeup!

    xo Jen
    Skirt The Rules

  9. Rimmel has the best lipsticks! That eyeshadow pallet is so versatile, too!


  10. Perfect! Your look absolutely stunning!Love your blog, hope to see you soon on my blog


  11. Awesome selections. My eyes were drawn straight to that eyeshadow palette. Happy new year! ♥

  12. I use this SLEEK palette a lot and love the quality :) Also love this makeup look! Have a lovely NYE xx

  13. Some amazing products here that I would love to try! The mascara, the blusher, the eye shadow palette and the highlighter! You look stunning! :)
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  14. I love the Maybelline Color Tattoos, they're amazing xx

    Gemma | Miss Makeup Magpie

  15. I absolutely love the way you have done your eyes! :) Hope you had a great NYE. Unfortunately, I have been under the weather since 30th December and hence could not do anything fun on New Year'. :(

    Love Priya


  16. great look..and the tanning product u used looks amazing!! :)


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