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Monday, 31 March 2014

seasonal lip fixers

lush mint julips dr lipp nipple balmreview swatch photo

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Benefit Big Easy Multi-Balancing Complexion Perfecter

Benefit Big Easy Multi-Balancing Complexion Perfecter review swatch photo

forever repurchased foursome

lily melrose repurchases

Saturday, 29 March 2014

YSL CC Cream Forever Light Creator

YSL CC Cream Forever Light Creator review swatch photo

new in : real techniques retractable bronzer brush

new in : real techniques retractable bronzer brush review swatch photo

real techniques retractable bronzer brush

I wasn't overly enthused when I heard that Real Techniques were adding to their brush line a few retractable brushes. It just didn't really interest me all that much compared to some of their other products. None the less after seeing a few of my good friends become reliant on the purse friendly brushes - I had to go see what all the fuss was about. Like all Real Techniques brushes they are designed to be used in a few ways, I like to use this as an all over powder brush. As it's a duo fibre brush, it gives a light application so it doesn't overload my face with the product. I can't imagine applying bronzer on the go with this though as it's quite a large brush.

While this brush is quite weighty for a travel brush, I do think it is a must have for any beauty junkies handbag. It's much more hygienic than shoving a brush in your bag on to go. Amazing quality brushes as always from Sam and Nic - No wonder they are the only makeup brushes I use these days!

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REAL TECHNIQUES RETRACTABLE BRONZER BRUSH review swatch
REAL TECHNIQUES RETRACTABLE BRONZER BRUSH £13.99


Friday, 28 March 2014

Drugstore Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil Dupe

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil dupe review swatch photo

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Estée Lauder Double Wear Brush On Glow BB Concealer

estee lauder Double wear brush on glow bb highlighter review swatch photo
estee lauder Double wear brush on glow bb highlighter review swatch photo
estee lauder Double wear brush on glow bb highlighter review swatch photo

estee lauder Double wear brush on glow bb highlighter *

The Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush on Glow BB Highlighter is E'Lauder answer to the YSL Touche Eclat - in BB form.  I'm not a fan of the YSL Touche Eclat - It's a bit pants. This product is marketed as brush on highlighter in a twisting tube which brightens shadows, covers the signs of fatigue and highlight the face.

As spring is well and truly sprung I am on the hunt for a replacement of my favourite highlighter - Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder. The finish of the Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush-On-Glow BB Highlighter reminds me a little of a liquid version of Benefit's Watts Up. But then also has qualities that reminds me of the By Terry Touche Veloutte, a concealer/highlighter hybrid. It provides a subtle inner glow while illuminating and brighting which I think looks stunning. It actually conceals really well too - which genuinely surprises me as BB to me suggests it would be low coverage. Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush on Glow BB Highlighter is available in 8 shades, including one universal shade. Great for on the go and it claims to last up to 8 hours before fading.

It's hard to capture in photographs, but I absolutely LOVE this highlighter and I can see it being a firm favourite in my routine going forward. It just adds enough luminance to the face without looking unnatural or harsh. Love it.

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estee lauder Double wear brush on glow bb highlighter review swatch
estee lauder Double wear brush on glow bb highlighter  £23


Get Ready With Me - March Edition

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PUR minerals correcting primer review swatchPUR minerals correcting primer
 $31
Jouer matte moisture tint review swatch
JOUER MATTE MOISTURE TINT
 £30
KEVYN AUCOIN Sensual Skin Enhancer Sx7 review swatchKEVYN AUCOIN Sensual Skin Enhancer Sx7  £38
ILLAMASQUA BROW CAKE IN THUNDER review swatch
ILLAMASQUA BROW CAKE IN THUNDER
£14.50
Benefit gimmie brow review swatchBENEFIT GIMMIE BROW IN light/medium£17.50
Too Faced Chocolate Bar review swatch
Too Faced Chocolate Bar  £40
Laura mercier mineral powder review swatchLAURA MERCIER MINERAL POWDER
 £31
Clarins Summer Bronzer 2014 review swatch
CLARINS SUMMER BRONZER 2014
£30
KEVYN AUCOIN CELESTIAL POWDER review swatchKEVYN AUCOIN CELESTIAL POWDER
 £35
Topshop Hedonist Lip Crayon review swatch
Topshop Hedonist Lip Crayon  £8




Bourjois Mega Liner Dark Black review swatchSHAWN THE SHEEP TANGLE TEASER  £12.99
Oribe Dry Texturising Spray review swatch
Oribe Dry Texturising Spray  £38



Do you like this look?

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

the bold brow guide

how to wear bold brows

ILLAMASQUA BROW CAKE IN THUNDER*
BENEFIT GIMMIE BROW IN MEDIUM/DARK*
URBAN DECAY BROW BOX IN BROWN SUGAR
REAL TECHNIQUES EYEBROW BRUSH

I don’t think the bold brow trend is showing any signs of stopping any time soon. Cara Delevingne is still the pioneer for the bushy brow look but it is not always something us mere mortals can get right. I suppose she does have a team of people making her look fabulous constantly… We’ll give her that. Most of us worry about the dreaded "scouse brow” or looking like were forever angry due to over filling of the eyebrows. Don't fret. Here are a few of my tips I’ve picked up when attempting the heavy brow look.

Powder, Always

Pencils are so 80’s. A go-to for brows for generations, but I can’t help but think the whole thing is really dated. While there a few good eyebrow pencils out there nothing looks as natural as a nice soft powder. Choose a shade that is either the same colour as your brows or slightly darker in tone if you want a really dramatic look. I love the Illamasqua Brow Cake in Thunder, it’s slightly darker than my natural brows but can be used wet or dry to give different effects.

Pigment Precision

Think about where you place your pigment. What I like to do is lightly apply product to the middle of the brow, brush down from the arch and then blend into the front to shape. Typically the front of the brow is most sparse, but applying too much pigment to this area can make them look fake and over defined. Blend outwards and always remember to tap off before application!

Mixology

As with foundation, one colour doesn’t fit all when it comes to brows. Some brows have grey undertones, red undertones or neutral undertones. Picking a shade that's too cool or too warm can make your brows look fake. Mix and match different shades to find the perfect shade for defining your arches! The Urban Decay Brow Box has one lighter shade and one darker shade as well as a wax for taming the brows down.


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ILLAMASQUA BROW CAKE IN THUNDER review swatch
ILLAMASQUA BROW CAKE IN THUNDER
£14.50
REAL TECHNIQUES eye starter set review swatch
REAL TECHNIQUES eye starter set
£21.99

Benefit gimmie brow review swatch
BENEFIT GIMMIE BROW IN MEDIUM/DARK £17.50
urban decay brow box review swatch
URBAN DECAY BROW BOX IN BROWN SUGAR £17


How do you feel about bold brows?

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

book review : the craft - lou teasdale

the craft lou Teasdale book review
the craft lou Teasdale book review
the craft lou Teasdale book review
the craft lou Teasdale book review
the craft lou Teasdale book review
the craft lou Teasdale book review
the craft lou Teasdale book review
the craft lou Teasdale book review

The Craft - Lou Teasdale *

When I heard that Lou Teasdale - sleb MUA and Hair icon and Harry Styles bezzo - was releasing a book I was quite interested to see what she’d come up with. The Craft is marked as an “alternative" look at beauty. It has a real hipster/tumblr feel to it, with tons of cool look grungy girls with a huge nod to the 90’s and zine culture.

The look’s in the book are for the most part what I would consider pretty edgy/grungy. Including lot of bright colours, smudged makeup and how spider lashes should be in. She talks about a ton of products which are a nice addition to the book as it’s always nice to know what MUA’s use. The strongest part of the book is the hair tutorials, especially Lou’s advice on hair dye and chalking. I do think that’s her strong point, but it barely touched the surface. I wish there were a few more ways to create cool hair looks with an alternative vibe. I especially like the tutorials on the Bjork inspired non briesmaid updo. Im going to have to give that one a go myself!

I do feel like about 70% of the book is incredibly beginner in terms of beauty advice. It’s kinda like a Fisher Price alt girls guide to beauty, very basic. But then again there isn’t really anything out there for the punkier, grungier gals like this. While The Craft boasts 25 Alternative beauty looks, but some of them are just advice and tips. For example there's a page on how to fake tan and another on how to contour and a section on becoming a MUA… While great help, it’d been nice to see something more focused on the crazier fun beauty looks as I think there is such a gap in the market for this.

Although it sounds like I'm criticising the book, I do think visually it’s quite nice, quirky and has some decent tips. The content that's there is good, I just think it could be a little better. The Craft is the kinda book you’d see in Urban Outfitters, get as a gift and read once or twice and draw a bit of inspiration from. At £9.99 it'd make a good gift for a friend, but it isn't quite as good as it could be I think.


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THE CRAFT - LOU Teasdale review swatch
THE CRAFT - LOU TEASDALE 
£9.99



This is released April 14th and available for preorder on Amazon

oribe dry texturizing spray alternatives

oribe dry texturizing spray

TONI & GUY ROUGH TEXTURISER
CHARLES WORTHINGTON VOLUME & BOUNCE SPRAY 

Now I will start off by saying that the two of these products I’m going to talk about are as good as the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray. It's so hard to find an actual dupe for that bottle of hair mattifying lived in goodness. There's just something about it that is hard to replicate. But because of its huge and frankly ridiculous price tag I’ve been trying to seek out some alternatives for a while.

The closest I’ve come is the Charles Worthington Volume and Bounce Spray and the Toni & Guy Casual Rough Texturiser. Both dry shampoo/hair spray hybrids that matte the hair down and give it a sexy bedhead look. A good spray into the mid lengths of the hair, a bit of mussing up and the hair looks perfectly undone.

Saying that I do still buy the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray regularly. But day to day I reach for the other two more and more. If you’re on a budget then I’d recommend the two alternatives, if you’re feeling flash then definitely opt for the Oribe.
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toni & guy rough Texturiser review swatchTONI & GUY ROUGH TEXTURISER
£7.19
Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray  review swatch
CHARLES WORTHINGTON VOLUME &
 BOUNCE SPRAY 
 £6.99


Are you a fan of dry texturising sprays?

Monday, 24 March 2014

3 Spring Fragrances to Spritz

spring fragrances review swatch photo

The Body Shop Special Edition English Dawn White Gardenia *
Chloe Roses de Chloé *
DNKY Be Delicious Skin *

Get ready for the changing of seasons and pull yourself out of that springtime fragrance rut! I thought now would be the right time to take you through some of my picks for spring ready fragrances. In spring I like light, unfussy, clean and simple fragrances to contrast the sensual and dark ones from the winter months.

The Body Shop Special Edition English Dawn White Gardenia

A charming blend of Bergamot, Tuberose, White Gardenia and Sandalwood. A fresh and floral blend, It feels crisp and clean with a natural softness as the perfume wears. Conjuring up images of the UK countryside garden - unmistakably British. It contains the first 100% Organic Fair Trade Alcohol, the first time this has been used in perfume.

Chloe Roses de Chloé

Girly, sweet and gentle. Chloe Roses de Chloé has notes of bergamot, amber, musk with the with the top note is being rose. It’s a soft, non-synthetic rose scent which isn't overwhelming or fake. It has a crisp, light freshness that suits spring so well all while being youthful and unfussy. An inoffensive charming classic fragrance.

DNKY Be Delicious Skin

I was introduced to this late last year and it’s become a firm favourite in my perfume line up. Instantly recognisable by its signature apple shape, DKNY Be Delicious has been updated with some skincare friendly ingredients. Light fresh and uplifting and very crisp, just like I'd imagine an apple perfume to smell. Although not as apply as I expect it - I find it to smell quite strong of vanilla or cucumber with a hint of apple. Simple to wear and easy on the nostrils!

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The Body Shop White Gardenia review swatch
THE BODY SHOP SPECIAL EDITION ENGLISH DAWN WHITE GARDENIA 
£15.50

Chloe Roses review swatch
CHLOE ROSES DE CHLOÉ 
£52



DNKY BE DELICIOUS SKIN review swatch
DNKY BE DELICIOUS SKIN 
£38




What's your spring scent?

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