Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Benefit Watt's Up Highlighter | Review


I'm a lover of the dewy look and so highlighter is something I always use to achieve that 'glow'! When it comes to highlighters i have a fair amount in my collection, the most recent addiction is Benefit's Watt's Up. I first had a small mini size of this that I got free from Sephora but after trying that and falling in love, I had to get the full size!

Benefit Watt's Up is a cream highlighter that comes in stick form. Housed in such cute packaging, you have two lids on the product end which keeps the product from drying out and on the other end you have a sponge applicator. I haven't used the sponge applicator, while it's cute I would rather use my fingers or a brush to blend. The product itself is a gorgeous cream champagne, the shimmer in this is very fine which I like as its more of a beautiful glow than *disco ball*. You can apply it straight from the stick but I prefer to take some on my finger and tap it to blend on my cheekbones, eyebrow, inner corner of the eye, cupids bow… wherever you want to highlight! It blends in seamlessly and looks natural but also gives the perfect amount of glow! I'd say it pale to medium skin tones could use this and it would look perfect.

Overall I really love this highlighter, if your into the 'dewy look' but haven't tried it out I recommend checking it out!

Whats your favourite highlighter?

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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Maybelline Colour Sensational High Shine Lipgloss | Review

 left - Cashmere Rose, right - Glorious Grapefruit

 'Glorious Grapefruit'
 'Cashmere Rose'

I recently picked up two Maybelline ColourSensational High Shine Lip Glosses whilst shopping in Boots. I picked up the shade 'Glorious Grapefruit' which is a peach shade and 'Cashmere Rose' which is a rose/pink shade with a bit of peach, both of these shades a pretty similar but there were some more pink shades and some nudes if thats more your thing! 

When it comes to the Drugstore lip glosses, I am usually not impressed as they seem to consist of a gloopy, thick or sticky formula and I just haven't liked the ones I have tried from the drugstore, although the Revlon ones are pretty good! The Maybelline Colour Sensational lip glosses beat all of the other Drugstore lip glosses in my opinion, the formula is creamy and glides onto the lips, they feel very comfortable as they aren't thick or sticky. The finish is a high shine without lots of shimmer. If this formula was put in high end packaging I would be totally fooled into thinking it was high end as it really is good! The pigmentation of these glosses are fairly good, they have enough pigment to wear on their own as a natural wash of colour or paired over a lipstick. 


Overall I'm so impressed with these lip glosses and if you haven't you need to check them out!

Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipglosses £6.19 - link




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Monday, 21 April 2014

Contour & Highlight | Using Cream Products

Contour and Highlighting is one of my favourite parts of make-up as I have mentioned before on my blog. It's something I do on a everyday basis, usually just sweeping on a bit of bronzer as a contour and using a light concealer under my eyes. But for special occasion or if I feel like spending more time on my make-up, I do the whole contour and highlight routine using cream products then setting with powder which is the method I'm going to be showing you in this post. Contour and highlighting with cream products is great for photography so if your going on a nightout or a special event this would be perfect, as for everyday it is more time consuming than just applying a bit of bronzer as a contour so I think for most people its best for special events when you have more time to get ready. So why would you want to highlight and contour with cream products? Well for me I think its adds more depth than just using powder and I find it looks more obvious but in a natural way. I choose to set mine with powder to emphasise the contour and highlight even more and too set the cream products.

So for any newbies to highlighting and contouring, the basics is you want to contour (apply a darker product, 3-5 shades darker than your skin tone) to areas you want to push back and you want to highlight (apply a lighter product around 2-3 shades lighter than your skin tone) to bring that area forward and make it stand out. Highlight and contouring defines the face and can emphasises certain features or slim features. The places you can highlight are the chin, forehead, bridge of nose, under the eyes, tops of cheekbones, cupids bow, you can also highlight underneath where you contoured your cheekbones. Contour areas are under the chin, jawline, sides of nose, around the forehead and temples.

1. I start off by applying my foundation, (I used Make-up Forever HD foundation) you can either do this before or after highlight and contouring, I like to do it before. Then i apply my highlight under my eyes, centre of forehead, chin and bridge of nose. I used the Mac Prep and Prime Highlighter (light boost) as a highlight and I also used the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (Review Here) under my eyes as it gives me more coverage. Both of these products are amazing!

2. Then I blend it in using a Beauty Blender or the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. You want to try and keep the highlight in the areas you applied it so use dabbing motions and to blend it in.

3. Then I applied my contour I used the Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in shade 'Almond', I apply this under my cheekbones, from the top of the ear towards the corners of the mouth (if you find it hard to find your cheek bones, use a brush handle or your hands and run it down you cheeks, wherever you feel it goes in that is where you want to apply the contour) around my forehead, temples, sides of nose, under chin and jawline.

4. I blend it in using my Real Techniques Expert Face brush, again you want to keep your contour in the areas you applied it so dabbing motions and small bending motions to the areas you want to contour.

5. I like to then take a MAC 188 Brush and make sure everything is blended.

6. Then I set my contour with a bronzer, this emphasises the contour even more and helps it to last all day. I used a MAC 109 Brush and Benefit Hoola Bronzer.

7. You can also set your highlight with a powder that is a couple shades lighter but I didn't do that today.

Do you contour and highlight with cream products?

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick 
Mac Prep and Prime Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer
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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Clinique Cheek Pop Blushes | 'Ginger Pop' 'Peach Pop'

Clinique Cheek Pop
Clinique Cheek Pop Blush
'Peach Pop'
'Ginger Pop'
'Peach Pop' 'Ginger Pop'
Clinique Cheek Pop Blushes are a recent release from Clinique for Spring, Available in 4 gorgeous shades. I went for 'peach pop' - a bright peach/pink and Ginger pop' - a rosy peach shade. Both shades are gorgeous and perfect for spring. The packaging really caught my eye with the pretty floral pattern. The blushes themselves have a tiny amount of shimmer to them which doesn't really show up on the skin, I would say they have more of a sheen finish as they aren't shimmery but they aren't matte. The pigmentation is good and the texture is smooth and easy to blend. 

Overall I'm really impressed with these blushes, I absolutely love the shades and the gorgeous packaging! If your into peach blushes I would recommend these shades, but if not I'm sure you will love the other two shades in the range as they are just as beautiful! 

Have you tried Clinique Cheek Pop Blushes?
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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer Review

 
The Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer has been raved about a lot. It is a cream foundation that is super pigmented and can be used as a concealer as well, which is my preferred way to use it. Its available in 16 shades so i'm sure everyone can find there perfect shade. I got mine in the shade SX05 which is a little bit lighter than my skin tone as I planned on using it under my eyes and other areas I want to highlight/conceal. I expected it to be a lot dryer but it's actually really creamy, it is thick though and if you apply too much I can see this looking a bit cakey but when you apply the right amount it gives a lovely satin flawless finish. It comes in a very tiny pot but as its very pigmented you only need the tiniest amount. The longevity is great as well and I find it lasts all day on my skin, if you have oily skin I would recommend setting it with a powder though.

Overall I really like this product, I love using it for highlighting and concealing, the coverage is amazing and it isn't drying or heavy. If your looking for either a high coverage foundation that you can sheer out or build up, or if your looking for a high coverage concealer I really recommend it, I think its amazing and I can see why so many people rave about it.
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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Lorac Pro Palette | Review

Lorac Pro Palette
Lorac Pro Palette
Lorac Pro Palette
Lorac Pro Palette
I had wanted the Lorac Pro Palette for a while!  I saw it when I was in the states and I came close to purchasing it, I don't know why I didn't! But I was lucky enough to receive this palette for Christmas. I absolutely love this it! It has become one of my all time favourites, I think it's a must have for any neutral eyeshadow lovers! One of the things I love about this palette is all the shades it has, It includes 16 shades with a mix of mattes and shimmers, the top row are matte finishes and the bottom row are shimmers. I feel like this pallet has everything you need, from everyday neutrals shades,  bronze shades, golds, browns, copper, purple. 

The palette itself is kind of like the Nars packaging in the way that it gets very dirty easily! It's slightly annoying but thats the only downfall of this palette and when a palette is this good it doesn't matter! The palette is very thin which is good as it doesn't take up much space. It comes with a mirror inside and you also get a mini Lorac eyeshadow primer.

The eyeshadows are all very pigmented and easy to blend, I haven't had a problem with fall out. The shades are so well put together and as I said you have everything you need to create so many looks! It really is perfect and out of all the palettes I own this one definitely has the best shade range!


Shades

White - (Matte) white shade
Cream - (Matte) Creamy light beige shade
Taupe - (Matte) warm brown shade
I.T.Pink - (Matte) Pale light pink shade
Mauve - (Matte) mauve brown shade
Sable - (Matte) warm chocolate brown shade
Espresso - (Matte) dark warm brown shade
Black - (Matte) black shade
Nude - (Shimmer) creamy pink gold shade
Champagne - (Shimmer) light champagne shade
Gold - (Shimmer) gold shade
I.T Bronze - (Shimmer) light bronze gold shade
Pewter- (Shimmer) - purple/tuape brown shade
Garnet - (Shimmer) copper shade
Deep Purple - (Shimmer dark Purple shade
Slate - (Shimmer) Grey Shade

White, Cream, Taupe
Lorac Pro Palette Swatches

I.T.Pink, Mauve, Sable
Lorac Pro Palette Swatches

Espresso, Black
Lorac Pro Palette Swatches

Nude, Champagne, Gold
Lorac Pro Palette Swatches

Bronze, Pewter, Garnet
Lorac Pro Palette Swatches

Deep Purple, Slate
If you are looking to buy this palette and you live in the UK, you can purchase it online at Roses Beauty Store which is where I got mine. The delivery costs 99p per item you buy and there are no custom charges as it is a UK based site. They also do some other brands that you can't get here.The lorac pro palette costs $42 in the states and on Roses Beauty Store it costs £45.99, which is expensive compared to the price in the States but you do get a lot of eyeshadows and the quality is amazing! 

Do you have this palette? What do you think of it?

Lorac Pro Palette - Roses Beauty Store
Type in '100' to get 10% off!
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Sunday, 6 April 2014

Current Favourite blogs..

Image from 'We Heart It'

These are a few of my favourite blogs at the moment, of course these are not all of them but if I was to put all of my favourites in one post it would be too long! So maybe I will do another one of these posts soon. I'm sure a lot of you will already know a few of these blogs but I hope you discover some new ones!

Beautyandthechic
Claudia from 'Beautyandthechic' has a great beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog! She does great reviews, and her blog is so pretty! She is also so lovely and friendly. If you are not already following her blog, you should!



absolute beaut
Sandy from 'absolute beaut' runs a beauty blog. She has great taste and does well written reviews, I read her posts and I'm like 'I want that'.



Pretty little obsessions
Melissa from 'Pretty Little Obsessions' has a beauty and fashion blog, her blog is great and I recommend checking it out if you don't already follow it!



Sophia Meola
Sophia from 'Sophia Meola' has a beauty fashion and lifestyle blog, she always does great reviews and with lovely photos!



Miss Makeup Magpie


Gemma runs a beauty blog 'Miss Makeup Magpie', her hauls are always amazing and she does great reviews as well!



Couturegirl

I'm sure everyone knows Kayleigh from 'couture girl', but her blog has been a favourite of mine for a long time. Her photos are beautiful and her reviews are always brilliant as well as her outfit/fashion posts. I'm sure you are already following Kayleigh's blog but if not, you need to check it out!



Dizzybrunette

Corrie from 'dizzybrunette' is another blogger who I'm sure you all know but I had to mention as I love her blog and Youtube! Her blog is amazing and she I love her writing style, her youtube videos are also amazing! I'm sure you all are already following but if not you have to check her out.






Bird's Words
Beth from 'birdswords'  has a great beauty blog, her photos are always beautiful and I love her reviews!



Sweetheartsweetmind
Laura is a more newly discovered read of mine but I love her blog! She's has a great beauty and fashion blog, you should definitely check her blog out if you haven't!




LifeSetSail


Brittany from 'LifeSetSail' has a beauty and lifestyle blog, I love her blog, again great photos with easy to read posts. She has recently joined the word of Youtube which you should check out too!


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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Anastasia DipBrow Pomade | Review

Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade Review



I'm a brow lover! I know that sounds weird, but filling in my brows is one of my favourite partS of make-up as I think they frame your face and can transform your look. Filling in brows is a life saver for someone like me who isn't blessed with beautifully full brows, to those that are… you are very lucky! So being a fan of eyebrows, its a given that I'm a fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products! She is the brow queen! I have the Brow Wiz, Brow Powder Duo and the Clear Brow Gel, all of which i love! today though we are talking about a more recent addition to her line... Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade - which is a tinted creamy formula that is water-resistant, smudge proof and ideal for creating defined natural looking brows. Available in 5 shades, Dark brown, Chocolate, Auburn, Ebony and blonde. The formula is a soft gel/mouse that is super pigmented, so you only need the tiniest amount!


I have the shade 'Blonde' and have been using this ever since I bought it. I love it! The formula isn't like any brow product I've ever tried before, as I said it is a gel/mousse like texture that is very soft which glides on effortlessly. It is also very pigmented, you only need to tap your brush into the product. This product does set and is water proof and budge proof! So great for hotter months when you don't want your eyebrows sliding off your face! I even find that once I have cleansed my skin and gotten all of the product off of my eyebrows that my eyebrow hairs still have a tint to them, so it is very long lasting! If you haven't ever tried a product like this before it may take some getting used too, one tip would be to use a tiny amount.


Eyebrow Routine

Before

Step 1
I take my Anastasia Eyeliner brush 12, which is a dense angled brush. dip it into the product and draw a line along the bottom of my eyebrow, leaving the very front of my eyebrow bare. 

Step 2
Then I apply another line along the top of my eyebrow, following my natural arch and enhancing a little bit. I use a slightly lighter hand with this as I want the bottom part of my brow to be the most defined.

Step 3
Then I take what ever is left on my brush and fill in the rest of my brows, starting from the bottom line and blending the product up a little. I start at the middle of my brow then take the rest of whats left on the brush and very lightly fill in the front of my brow.

Step 4
Then I brush through my brows with a spollie.

After



Overall I really recommend this product! It's amazing! It can even be used as a budge resistant eyeliner!   

Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade  £15 - Cultbeauty Link
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