Sunday, 30 September 2012

Stand Out Sunday. Bioderma Créaline H20 Review

Bioderma Créaline H20 has quickly become a 'must have' product not only amongst makeup artists but also within the YouTube and blogging community.

This is probably one of the best makeup removers and it is such a shame that it's hard to get hold of in the UK. This has been a staple product in my routine for over two years.

Why is this one of the best makeup removers you ask?? For me i love using this at night on my lazy days when i hardly have any energy to walk downstairs to the bathroom! It is soothing and calming on my skin and makes it feel clean but doesn't leave a 'tight' feeling. It feels just like water, which i love. To remove my makeup, i soak a cotton pad and wipe over my face.

This removes every single trace of makeup and leaves no residue on my skin! It removes all the makeup quite quickly, and doesn't irritate your eyes, unlike other makeup removers. It is mega value for money because you get 500ml, which would last you a while! I purchased mine in Paris and for two bottles, it cost less than £15.

I have managed to use up several bottles, not only on myself but when i have been on shoots and freelance work.

Overall, this would definitely get 10/10 because the product does what it says on the tin and is excellent value for money. The only downside is trying to purchase it here in the UK, however i wouldn't mind popping to Paris every now and again!

Friday, 28 September 2012

Olivia Wilde Inspired Makeup Tutorial

Products Used:
Illamasqua Skinbase Foundation (13)
Bobbi Brown Corrector (Dark Bisque)
Bobbi Brown Powder (Pale Yellow)

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay Naked Palette (Smog/Creep/Dark Horse/Half Baked/Virgin)
MAC Pencil(Smolder)
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner (Black Ink)
L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
Eylure Lashes (107) 
Contact Lenses - Freshlook Colourblends (Grey)

Clinique Superfine Liner for Brows (Black/Brown)
MAC Brow Gel

NARS Blush (Amour)

Tom Ford Lipstick (Casablanca)
Kiko Lip liner (302)

Hope you enjoyed it!

Thursday, 27 September 2012

MeMeMe Blush Me Bronze Review & Swatches

I came across the MeMeMe brand whilst i was shopping in Superdrug one day and was intrigued by these boxed blushers, which look very similar to the Benefit boxed blushers. It even comes with the little brush too!

I decided to purchase the bronze colour, as it looked like a wearable colour on my tanned, asian skin. The powder feels incredibly silky and soft and it is highly pigmented.

The bronze is a warm bronzy colour and has shimmer to it. I like to use it as a bronzy highlighter or as an eyeshadow. I wouldn't recommend using this as a contour or a blusher because it is just too shimmery, but using it to highlight your cheek bones would look beautiful.

I am impressed with the payoff of this colour and it is value for money! It only cost me £8.50! These are just a fraction of the price compared with Benefit boxed powders, although MeMeMe don't really offer similar shades. Sometimes it is a bit overwhelming purchasing makeup from drugstores, as there are so many products but this one really caught my eye.

MeMeMe cosmetics can be purchased from Superdrug stores and online HERE

Have any of you tried MeMeMe cosmetics?

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

NARS Modern Love Palette Review & Swatches

I have a slight fixation with NARS products......who doesn't?! When i saw this palette on i knew i wanted it. The colours are neutral and different to what i have in my collection.......well, that was my excuse to purchase it!

The packaging is the classical, sleek NARS packaging and it is convenient to have all six colours in one palette, as well as a mirror. This is ideal for travelling, and for keeping in your handbag if you want to change your makeup from a day to night look.

The eyeshadows are so soft to work with, easy to blend and highly pigmented. This palette has a mixture of warm and cool shades, suitable for all kinds of looks.

Alhambra: Shimmery peachy pink eyeshadow that has a satin finish. There is no glitter and looks great as a highlighter for under the brows and the inner corner of the eyes. I love the name Alhambra because i used to live where the Alhambra was, so it's a name very close to my heart.

Jezebel: A shimmery, rusty, maroon with gold shimmer to it. It is much more deeper and earthier than MAC Cranberry.

India Song: A warm bronzy, brown with gold shimmer and some earthy green undertone. This is a very wearable shade for all skin tones.

Tokyo: A white silver with blue undertone, which can be used as a base for eye colour or to highlight under the brows or in the inner corners of the eyes.

Habanera: My favourite shade out of the whole palette! A shimmery purple, with a taupe undertone. It has pink and bluish sparkle but it is not overpowering.

Pandora: A very strong, intense matte black that isn't chalky. This can be used to deepen the eyeshadow, and also as a liner.

With Flash. Left-Right: Alhambra, Jezebel, India Song.
Daylight. Left-Right: Alhambra, Jezebel, India Song.
With Flash. Left-Right: Tokyo, Habanera, Pandora.
Daylight. Left-Right: Tokyo, Habanera, Pandora.
I find that this palette is worth the price, just because the individual and duo eyeshadows are a little expensive, so having six colours in one for £39 isn't too bad. Overall i love this palette and below is a look i created using a few of the colours.

Alhambra - under brows as highlighter and in the inner corner.
Habanera - used on the lid up to the socket and bottom lash line.
Pandora - outer corner of eye, blended into the socket. Also put a little on the inner corner and blended inwards. 

Hope you enjoyed the post.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Winner of my MAC Giveaway

The winner of my MAC Birthday Blog giveaway is Loveandpray!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone that has entered and i wish i could give you all prizes! I want to thank you all for the support that you have all given me. I was overwhelmed by the response that i received!

I will be doing more giveaways, so just keep an eye out on my Blog and YouTube!!

Thank you again and hope you all have a fab weekend. x

Thursday, 20 September 2012

MAC Vanilla Pigment Review & Swatches

I had been meaning to purchase MAC Vanilla Pigment for so long, as many of my subscribers were recommending it to me, so i thought why not??!

Now i know why so many of you people love this pigment! When you first look at it, it looks like a simple white pigment and kind of meh, but don't let that fool you!

Vanilla is a very unique pigment from MAC and also seems to be one of their most popular shades. I love how versatile MAC pigments are because you can use them for eyes, lips, cheeks, body or even mixing it with your foundation for a glow.

I have been using it as a highlighter for under my brown, cheekbones but also as an eyeshadow. The colour is much more complex than how it looks in the jar. It looks peach, gold and yellow depending on how the light catches it.

Luckily is doesn't have chunky glitter to it nor a frosty finish and is more a shimmery pigment. It has a beautiful sheen to it, which makes it very flattering to wear on any skin tone.

MAC Vanilla pigment is very smooth and easy to work with, sometimes i apply it with my fingers or a MAC 217 brush. This jar will go a very long way, but i did think the older MAC pigment packaging was more value for money.

Adding some MAC Fix + spray or Mixing Medium gives the pigment a vibrant colour and would look much more metallic when applied to the eyes. You can use this pigment wet or dry.

MAC pigments retail at £16.50 and can be purchased HERE

Have any of you used MAC Vanilla pigment?

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Gloss Sahara Pink Review & Swatches

I have slowly started to develop a slight obsession with Tom Ford products and believe me they certainly hurt my bank balance!

Tom Ford screams luxury, hence the price tag! However, i was lured in by their gorgeous lipglosses. I ended up purchasing Sahara Pink, which is a neutral pink and looks so beautiful. It is much more opaque than some of the other glosses i own.

It feels non sticky and there is no shimmer or glitter in the gloss, which for me is suitable to wear during the day and the lasting power is decent enough.

I love the packaging, as it looks so elegant, however i am not too keen on the applicator. I would have preferred a doe foot applicator, because i have noticed with other glosses the brushes get so frayed that it doesn't apply product very well. I am hoping this brush won't do this!

The gloss has a similar scent to the rest of their Tom Ford line, particularly the lipsticks. The texture reminds me of the Bobbi Brown lipglosses but not as sticky. The gloss has a rich pigment and is about medium to full coverage on the lips. The finish is a high shine finish.

Overall i am loving this gloss, as i find it is such a wearable colour with or without lipstick. I find that £32 is a lot of money to spend on a lipgloss and yes if you want to splurge on a high end item, then i would recommend the glosses. The packaging is sleek and functional, but the only downside for me was the applicator.

I have to admit the quality and finish of the lipgloss is excellent, as is a lot of the Tom Ford line. I haven't been able to find exact dupes for this and i think that is why the Tom Ford colours are unique to them......well for the moment!

I didn't purchase these from a Tom Ford counter because i was really pressed for time. I did swatch them when i was in Selfridges to get an idea of the colour and texture and thought it would be easier to order them online.

Tom Ford glosses retail at £32 and can be purchased HERE

Do any of you have their glosses? What do you think of them?

Monday, 17 September 2012

Urban Decay Vice Eyeshadow Palette Holiday 2012

I am a huge Urban Decay fan and love their eyeshadow palettes and, yes, soon there will be another palette! YAY!! This is unlike any of the other Urban Decay palettes, as it has 20 never before seen shades.

It is being released in America at the end of September but there doesn't seem to be a date for the UK. I am hoping around September or October, as i want to get my hands on it!

There are a variety of matte and shimmer shades and the shades which are in this palette are:
  • Desperation Taupe brown with satin finish
  • Muse Deep sepia brown with multi-dimensoinal sparkle finish
  • Jagged Metallic black gold with shimmer finish
  • Blitz Metallic yellow gold with shimmer finish
  • Penny Lane Metallic peachy bronze pearl with golden shimmer finish
  • Junkie Dark green/blue pearl with golden shimmer
  • Chaos Bright blue matte
  • Occupy Metallic steel grey with multidimensional sparkle and shimmer finish
  • Unhinged Metallic electric turquoise with shimmer finish
  • Black Market Jet black satin
  • Provocateur Light metallic mauve with multi-dimensional sparkle and shimmer finish
  • Rapture Dark greyish purple with multi-dimensional shimmer finish
  • Vice Deep Eggplant purple with shimmer finish
  • Noise Electric punch pink with gold sparkle and shimmer finish
  • Armor Metallic dove grey with silver micro-glitter shimmer finish
  • Nevermind Metallic cork with shimmer finish
  • Echo Beach Pale wheat with shimmer finish
  • Anonymous Opaque almond with matte finish
  • Free Bird Pink champagne with silver micro-sparkle shimmer finish
  • Laced Opaque pinky taupe with matte finish

It will also be coming with a double-ended brush and the palette is much more slimmer than their previous palettes.

In America it is retailing for $59, so possibly £45-£50 for us Brits? Personally, I think it would be a steal, just because of the new 20 shades you will be receiving.  This palette looks as though it will be limited edition, so i would suggest getting it as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

This is definitely on my list of things to get! Will any of you be putting this on your Christmas list?

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Stand Out Sunday! NARS Liberté Blush Review & Swatches

Several months back,  I purchased the NARS blush in Liberté and this is from their summer 2012 collection and i knew as soon as i saw it i had to get it! I love the name Liberté which means freedom in French and i think the name suits the blush very well.

NARS blushers are extremely pigmented, so you hardly need any product. The Liberté shade is a burnished apricot colour and looks fabulous on golden olive, tanned skin tones. Once applied the terracotta shade just uplifts my face and adds a bit of warmth to my skin. It adds a fresh and effortless glow to the skin.

Like all NARS blushes, it is very easy to blend and depending on what mood i am in, i would use either a MAC 187 stipling brush or the MAC 116 blush brush.

This is a very unique colour and i have nothing like this in my collection. Don't be fooled by how strong it looks in the pan, as once applied to the skin, it just adds a gleam to your face.

NARS blushes are £21 and can be purchased from HERE

Have any of you tried NARS Liberté?

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Banish Those Unwanted Hairs! HoMedics Me My Elos Quartz Review

Everyone knows that it is such a chore to remove those unwanted hairs, right? Well, no more i say! I jumped at the chance of trying a NEW way of permanently removing hair with the HoMedics Me My Elos Quartz*

I have always wanted permanent hair removal and there were TWO main reasons that put me off. One was the price, as it can range from hundreds, if not thousands of pounds. The other reason was because of my skin colour, I was never the right candidate because there was a possibility i could have left with scarring or pigmentation problems. This was disappointing to me because it meant that only people with lighter skins could have permanent hair removal.

Over recent years, many machines have come onto the market and these are the ones suitable for home use, but again i had the same problem......the machines were not suitable to be used on someone of my colouring!

I have always wanted to banish those unwanted hairs, mainly on my legs, underarms and bikini. It is sometimes so tedious to have to keep going to the salon to go get waxed!

The HoMedics Me My Elos is ideal for the following reasons:
  • Suitable to use on all skin tones.
  • Full body treatment can be done within 30 minutes! 
  • Up to 89% hair reduction after only four treatments.
  • Suitable to use on the widest range of skin tones.
  • Very easy to use and in the comfort of your own home. No 'stop and stamp', just use it in a gliding motion as if you were shaving or epilating.
  • No gel needed, prior to treatment.
  • No pain!
  • Long life with 100,00 flashes, which would last approximately six years.

In the box, you get:
  • The device
  • Power cord
  • User guide and quick start guide
  • Cleaning brush
  • Warranty card
  • Protective goggles (for facial treatments)
  • Protective cap
How does this work? The pulse of elos RF (radio frequency) and IPL (intense pulsed light) is emitted for a fraction of a second and then the IPL energy is converted to thermal energy. This heats up the hair shaft and hair follicle. The RF energy is attracted to the pre-heated follicle, which heats it further and permanently disables the follicle and prevents re-growth. 

So, when do you use this? Perform the first treatments every two weeks for six weeks. After the initial treatments, a top up treatment is required and this varies on an individual basis but you can expect up to three months between treatments. 

You can see how it fits nicely into my palm, so it is not overly big. It is also useful that it is not cordless, as it is sometimes a pain when you start your treatment and then the battery dies!

The HoMedics Me My Elos retails for £499, however Boots now have £100 off. It is exclusive to Boots and can be purchased HERE

For further information on this product, please visit HERE

I will be regularly doing posts on how i am finding it, so i shall be keeping you posted.

Thank you for reading.

* Disclaimer: This product was sent for review. I was not paid for this post, nor am i affiliated with them. This is my honest opinion, as always.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Dramatic Arabic Eye Makeup Using Illamasqua Neutral Palette

 Products Used:
Illasmaqua Skin Base Foundation (13)
Bobbi Brown Corrector (Dark Bisque)
MAC Invisible Setting Powder

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Topshop Crayon (Pewter as base)
Illamasqua Neutral Palette:
Wolf on lids & bottom lash line
Obsidian on outer crease
Stealth under brow and inner corner of eye
Vintage blending the rest of the eyeshadow into Stealth
MAC Smolder Pencil
Bobbi Brown Black Ink Eyeliner
Maybelline One by One Mascara
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
Eylure Lashes (107)

NARS Laguna Bronzer (Contour)
Illamasqua Blush (Beg)
Illamasqua Cream Blusher (Lies)

MAC Lipstick (Cream in your coffee)
NARS Lipgloss (Deep Throat)

Hope you all like it!

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

NARS Liberté Blush Dupe

I love finding dupes for products, as sometimes you don't want to splurge £20+ on beauty products.

I had previously purchased the NARS Liberté blush from their Spring 2012 collection which was limited edition and i knew so many friends who wanted the shade but didn't want to fork out £21 for a blusher.

Off i went and managed to find the most perfect dupe! It's the Sleek Blusher in Coral and is a quarter of the price!

NARS Liberté is a burnished apricot colour and looks incredible on olive, tanned skin tones. The Sleek blush is a tad bit more pinkier in undertone but still looks beautiful on most skin tones. Both blushers have superb pigmentation and come with mirrors.

Top-Bottom: NARS Liberté, Sleek Coral

The Sleek blusher is a bit more smaller in size and is ideal to put in your makeup bag, as sometimes i have had problems with trying to fit it into my very tiny makeup bag. The other downside with NARS blushes is that if you drop the product, then it shatters everywhere and you're left with a broken blusher.

NARS products can be purchased HERE

Sleek blushers are £4.49 and can be purchased HERE

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Review & Swatches

I have been eager to get hold of the NARS tinted moisturizer for so long and finally i got one! This has received rave reviews all over the internet and i have always been a fan of NARS products. They are actually one of my favourite brands.

This tinted moisturizer has it all and is suitable for my combination skin. It has an SPF of 30 and is oil free but it still manages to keep my skin feeling hydrated without it feeling greasy. As soon as i applied the product, i could notice a difference because it is not as sheer as some tinted moisturizers and has a nice coverage on my face. It evened out my skin tone and just looked like healthy, glowing skin.

There are 9 different shades to choose from and i am shade 04 Annapura. I tend to apply this with my fingers and work it into the skin. I have used many other tinted moisturizers and i love that NARS has a variety of shades, unlike other brands that only have light, medium and dark.

It isn't artificially fragranced and smells a bit citrusy to me which i find appealing! There is vitamin C derivative, which protects the skin from free radical damage. NARS claims that it helps to reduce hyperpigmentation but i haven't noticed anything.....maybe after using it for a long period of time it may improve??

I can not fault this tinted moisturizer and i will definitely be repurchasing this. It is probably my favourite tinted moisturizer! It retails at £27 and can be purchased HERE

Have you used the NARS tinted moisturizer? What do you think?