Thursday, 31 October 2013

Perfect Dupe For YSL Touche Eclat?

I have been on the hunt for a drugstore version of the YSL Touche Eclat, however some were either too light, too pink or too dark! I then came across the L'Oreal Lumi Magique Concealer and it is the perfect dupe for my beloved Touche Eclat! I have done a blog post HERE talking about higher end complexion pens.

L'Oreal Lumi Magique Concealer comes in three different shades, and I do find the shade selection a bit limited. I picked up the shade in dark, which is a good shade for brightening up the under eye area, yet for people who have darker/deeper skin, it may get a bit difficult to use dark.

They both have very similar packaging and come with the pen style brush applicator. The YSL Touche Eclat has a click button at the top of the pen, which pushes the product and L'Oreal Lumi Magique Concealer has a twist applicator.

Both of them have this chic, sophisticated packaging and to be honest L'Oreal does own YSL, so i am not too surprised at the similarities.

I find the texture of the L'Oreal one to be slightly thicker in consistency when compared with the YSL Touche Eclat. It is a bit more golden in colour, as the Touche Eclat is much more brighter in appearance.

It isn't cakey at all, and blends into the skin really well. It's great for all skin types, however you may notice if you are on the more oilier side then you possibly have to reapply a bit later on in the day.

This has very good coverage and brightens up my under eye area very well, but if you do suffer from very dark under eye circles, then i would suggest adding another layer or so.

I think this pen is a bargain, as it only costs £8.49 and it's even better when Boots/Superdrug has their 3 for 2 offers! I purchased my YSL Touche Eclat back in April and have been an avid user, but i have a feeling it's going to run out anytime now! It cost me £25, which is a heck of a lot of money for such a teeny tiny pen! I could actually get three of the L'Oreal Lumi Magique Concealers instead!

I am loving using this concealer pen, as it does the job as good as the YSL Touche Eclat and is significantly cheaper. I do think that there should be a few more shades added to the range, as it will cater for all skin tones.

Do you have a dupe for YSL Touche Eclat?

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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in Forest Review + Swatches

I know Autumn has pretty much flown by, but i wanted to show you the Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in Forest*, which is perfect for this time of year.

This palette is a mixture of earthy colours ranging from a satin taupe to a khaki green and would compliment pretty much every skin tone. Three of the eyeshadows are very pigmented and extremely silky. One of the eyeshadow is much more glittery, however i love to apply it either all over my eyeshadow to give it a sparkly look or in the inner corners of my eyes.

These eyeshadows can be used wet or dry and i actually wore all four colours, without a primer and it wore for about 6 hours on my oily eyelids.......mega impressed!

Even though these eyeshadows are rich in colour, they can still be worn very sheerly on the lids as a wash of colour. I also like how the black can be used as a definition colour or as a liner.

I have been using this palette quite a lot recently and love how it brings out my brown eyes! This palette retails for £31 and can be purchased online HERE.

What do you think of the shades in this palette?

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Saturday, 26 October 2013

Chanel Tan De Soleil/Bronze Universel Review + Swatches

I picked this up back in April when i was flying out to Cuba and after a few months of using it, i wanted to share my thoughts.

My first impressions was that it's not going to show up on my skin! It seemed so light in the jar, and even though i am brown, i love the look of how bronzers give the skin a sun kissed look (shame we don't see much sun here in the UK!)

Bronze Universel is a cream bronzer and the texture feels like a firm mousse. It's a bit difficult to describe because it's not quite a cream or a gel.

This isn't sticky nor greasy and feels like satin when applied to the skin. This has no shimmer, and is a golden bronzer.

I have to be honest that it took me a while to fully understand how to use it! I found tutorials online and they were all for much lighter skin and i actually couldn't figure out how to use it. After some use, i knew how and where to apply the product.

I like to use this after my foundation/tinted moisturiser but before powder. This is because the Bronze Universel is a cream product and you can't really put cream over powder. I apply this to the parts of my face that would hit the sun the most; cheeks, temples, nose. I normally use a Real Techniques Buffing/Contour brush for buffing it into my skin.

I have done a tutorial below showing how to use Chanel Tan De Soleil on darker skin.

I have always gone for powder bronzers, and even then i have struggled to find one that isn't too orange or shimmery. The Chanel Bronze Universel is perfect! I love the texture of it on my skin and how it can be built up without looking like an oompa loompa! I think very deep skins may not get much use out of this, however Sonia Kashuk does an amazing cream bronzer in deeper shades. The jar itself is humungous and is great value for money at £31 for 30g, but isn't travel friendly!

Have you tried Chanel Bronze Universel?

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Thursday, 24 October 2013

Bobbi Brown Blush Apricot Review + Swatches

Of all the years i have owned Bobbi Browns blush in apricot, i have never thought to review it until now! Apricot was one of my first Bobbi Brown blushes and it's one i still enjoy using!

Apricot is a vibrant pinky coral and seems so bright in the pan, however on the skin it's a different story! This blush is very sheer but can be built up and it has a matte finish, which gives long lasting wear.

It has a very silky formula and isn't chalky or powdery. It applies extremely well and looks stunning on dark skin tones (especially when it's on the apples of the cheeks). I find it super easy to blend and it's a blush that you can't over apply. I find myself building up the colour on my cheeks, to give it a more pinky glow! I either use a MAC 187 or MAC 168 brush.

The blush comes in simple, plain plastic packaging and has a clear top, so you can see the colour of the product. Unfortunately just like the MAC blushes, there is no mirror.

Left-Right: Heavily swatched, blended.

This blush pretty much lasts on my skin all day, i apply it at 7.30am and it's still there at 5pm! The blush doesn't go patchy or blotchy and clings to your skin all day. Apricot is a shade that goes well with all skin tones but because of the coral, it looks fabulous on warmer skin. The £19 price tag may put people off, but i have had this for yonks and still haven't hit pan!

Bobbi Brown blush can be purchased HERE.

Have you tried any Bobbi Brown blushes?

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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Paul's Hair Beauty World

Today i wanted to share with you a post about Paul's Hair & Beauty World and recently they got in touch with me and thought it was a great opportunity to share a beauty online retailer! This online store has so many things to offer from hair extensions, to makeup to skincare and stocking popular brands such as YSL, Elizabeth Arden, Moroccan Oil, GHD's and much more! 

A few things caught my eye on the website and i decided to make a wish list of the products i normally buy. I have noticed that the prices of perfumes are much cheaper than Boots, Debenhams etc, and we all know fragrances tend to be a big splurge!

One of the things that caught my eye was the hair extensions. I love how hair can be changed very subtly or dramatically through wearing hair extensions. Paul's Hair & Beauty World have over 20 years experience and provide amazing quality hair extensions/instant weaves. There is a huge variety of hair extensions, which can add volume and length. There is also the clip in extensions for those wanting something easy and quick.

This website offers such a huge variety of things from fake tanning, contact lenses, eyelashes and much more. They tend to have sales now and again, so make sure to check it out to grab yourself a bargain!

Shop online at Paul's Hair & Beauty World HERE

Anything that caught your eye?

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Saturday, 19 October 2013

RiRi Hearts MAC Makeup Tutorial

Products Used:
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation (Honey)
Bobbi Brown Corrector (Dark Bisque)
Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Stick (Warm Honey)
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (med-dark)
MAC Cream Color Base (Diamonds)
Sleek Contour Kit (Dark)
MAC Blush (Bad Girl Gone Good)

Tarte Clean Slate 360 Creaseless Eye Primer
MAC Her Cocoa Quad
Bobbi Brown Black Ink Gel Liner
MAC e/s Carbon
Makeup Forever Smoky Lash Mascara
House of Lashes (Femme Fatale)

Anastasia Brow Wiz (Ebony)
MAC Brow Gel

Jordana Quickliner (Cherrywood)
Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick (Shame) mixed with Sleek Lipstick (Mulberry)

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!

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Zukreat Artist of Makeup Contour Sticks Review + Swatches

I picked up two Artist of Makeup Contour Sticks way back in June at IMATS and thought it was time to do a review!

I have used the contour sticks on myself, as well as on clients and can honestly tell you how impressed i am!

It comes in a stick applicator, similar to stick foundations. I find this not only convenient but also hygienic, and it fits in nicely in my kit. The only thing that i am not too keen on is the plastic packaging, as it may crack from being bashed around in my freelance kit.

The texture feels exactly like a stick foundation, very creamy and easy to blend and doesn't feel greasy on the face. As much as i love the Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate, it is sometimes too creamy and when blended out, it becomes very sheer. The AOM Contour sticks work slightly differently because it can be blended into the skin to give a very delicate contoured look, or it can be used in a way to make the contours of your face stand out.

I have used the contour stick for brightening up under the eyes and on my skin, it took a while to really blend it out. I would have liked the highlighting stick to have a few more colours, so that it can be used on different skin tones because it does take time to blend out the product.

I also like how Zukreat has put an expiry date on the back of the products, as we all know makeup items need to be thrown out after a certain period and how many of us actually remember how long we have been using a product for?! This is a great reminder on when to stop using the products!

Overall i am loving both products and it's an excellent addition to my kit. I am unsure how much i paid for the contour sticks but they were around £18? Zukreat will be launching her products very soon and i can not wait to start picking up a few more items. I have so much respect for Zukreat, as i have been watching her on Youtube for so long and i'm so happy that she is launching these new products. I wish her the very best of luck!

I thought i would share with you a contouring tutorial i did a while back using the AOM contour sticks.

Have you tried any AOF products? Thoughts?

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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Stick Review + Swatches

Eyeshadow sticks are becoming very popular and more drugstore brands are slowly bringing them out. Years ago, i remember when MAC had their shade sticks but i don't recall any other brands having anything similar.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow sticks come in five different shades and i picked up Blackmail and Bad Girl can't really go wrong with a black and a brown!

Both these colours are super pigmented and they honestly are one of the creamiest eyeshadow sticks i have ever used and i have quite a few in my collection! It feels extremely buttery on application and is very easy to blend with either your fingers or a brush. This does set, so you do have to work quickly.

These Scandaleyes have a matte finish and i did mention before that they set, which is why i think it's great for oily lids, but also, for people wanting to make their eyeshadows last longer. I like using these more as a base, because they increase the longevity of my powder eyeshadows and also makes it more vibrant.

I wouldn't use blackmail on my waterline, as i think it will smudge a lot due to the moisture in that area, nonetheless, i would use it as a shadow for the lower lash line. I personally think if you are looking for that smokey look, it would look fab.

I have been continuously using the Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Sticks since i got them because i am so impressed with the formula and the texture. I love how long they last on my oily lids and how they can change the appearance of powder eyeshadows.

They cost £4.49 and can be purchased from Boots or Superdrug.

Have you tried these? Thoughts?

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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Illamasqua Hydra Veil Review

I wanted to share my thoughts and review on the new Illamasqua Hydra Veil, as i know some people are a bit confused whether it's a primer or a skin care product. To be fair, it can be used as both, so hopefully my video review will help any of you guys out! I personally love this product, and it makes my makeup apply better.......i'm going to stop rambling as it's all in the video!

Hope you enjoy!

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Tuesday, 15 October 2013

MAC Riri Hearts First Impressions + Swatches

We all know how insanely popular the MAC Riri Hearts collection and that it practically sold out within minutes! I was lucky enough to pick up a few bits from a MAC store, as they seemed to have quite a bit of stock left.

I decided this post wasn't going to be a review because i haven't had a chance to really use the products etc, and i was getting frustrated how British Beauty Bloggers were putting up reviews at the weekend, when it only launched last Thursday! I honestly don't think you can properly review a product, unless you have thoroughly used it. This post is going to be my first impressions of the product with lots of swatches!

I picked up four things from the collection, 'Riri Woo' lipstick, 'Bad Girl Gone Good' blush, 'Diamonds' cream color base and 'Her Cocoa' eyeshadow quad. I did want the 'Talk That Talk' lipstick, however it was sold out everywhere and i took it as a sign i wasn't meant to have it!

First of all, i love the packaging.....the rose gold looks so beautiful and I'm not normally a sucker for packaging, however my sister thought the packaging looked pretty cheap! I guess we all have our own opinions eh?!

I'm not too fond of super matte lipsticks but i have wanted Riri Woo for so long and decided it was finally time to take the plunge. Riri Woo is super matte but extremely pigmented and is very similar to Ruby Woo (separate post on that soon). It's a very bold red with blue undertones and suits all skin tones.

When i swatched this blush in the store, i knew i had to have it! It's a warm copper with a slight coral undertone and has a satin finish. It reminds me a bit of warm soul, but with a bit more pigmentation and less shimmer. On my skin it appears a golden, copper with a sheen and just gives my NC42 skin a glow!

Diamonds CCB was the first thing i knew i wanted and was keen to swatch it before i purchased it. It is much more shimmery than the other CCB's, but it doesn't appear like that on the skin. It is a very subtle golden shimmer, and is the idea product for highlighting. This can be applied very lightly or heavily depending on the effect that you wanted. It compliments the  'Bad Girl Gone Good' blush very well!

Left-Right: Bad Girl Gone Good, Diamonds, Riri Woo

This quad looks so beautiful and is filled with four warm, neutral eyeshadows. There is one metallic eyeshadow, two shimmery shades and one with a satin finish. Three of the eyeshadows are very pigmented, except the first comes up more glittery than anything else with not much colour.

I have to say i do like this collection, however i wish MAC had prepared themselves for the response and demand. I honestly didn't expect this to sell out so quickly!

Did you managed to pick up something from the collection?

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Thursday, 10 October 2013

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Brunette Review

I never realised how important it was to find a good brow product, until i met my new BFF.....Anastasia Brow Wiz. Anastasia products are the creme de la creme when it comes to anything to do with brows.

I don't really 'fill' in my brows per se, but i do like to define them and give my brows a bit more shape. I actually thought brunette was going to be a bit too light for my black brows, but i like the natural definition it gives to them, without making them look drawn on.

It is a double sided pencil with a twist up for the brow product and on the other side there is a stiff spoolie. The firm spoolie makes such a difference because it is easy to brush the colour through your brows, giving a more natural appearance.

This brow pencil is actually is the BEST brow product i have ever tried! The pencil is slightly waxy but still firm. When i apply the product to the brows, even with pressure, it doesn't leave harsh lines. It is appears very light on the brows.....almost as if you have drawn on individual hairs.

Top: Bare eyebrows. Bottom: Using Anastasia Brow Wiz Brunette.

I am honestly loving this brow wiz and will be purchasing another one as a back up! It has really made a difference to my brows but without it being so obvious. The only downside is that you can only get it from one website and is a pretty expensive brow product to use everyday, as it won't last as long as other brow pencils. I am also wanting to try the shade ebony, as it is more suited for black hair.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz is £15.50 and can be purchased from Cult Beauty HERE.

What's your go to brow product?

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Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Anastasia Beverly Hills Catwalk Palette Review + Swatches

I have only recently heard about Anastasia products, purely because it kept on popping up all on Instagram. I managed to find one website, which sold Anastasia products and that was Cult Beauty. I'm quite surprised with how popular Anastasia products are, that there isn't any other website retailing them.

I have had this palette for about five weeks and wanted to thoroughly try it out before reviewing it.

It comes in a gold, black cardboard palette with leopard like spots on the front. Inside there is a mirror, as well as the eyeshadows and a dual ended brush. You also receive a booklet on how to create different looks.

All the eyeshadow shades are on the back of the cardboard packaging and not on the palette itself, so it can get inconvenient when you want to find out the shades you are using.

Top Row Left-Right: Call Back, Strut, Scout, Beauty Mark,  LBD.
Bottom Row Left-Right: Day Rate, Couture, RTW, 10K, Pose.

There are 10 eyeshadows in this palette, with a mix of shimmers and mattes. The colours are on the warmer side, however it will suit all skin tones and it's great for this time of year when you want to wear warmer, autumnal shades on the eyes.

The shades are:

Call back - Subtle shimmery gold
Strut - Deep shimmery aubergine
Scout - Shimmery peachy gold
Beauty Mark - Dark chocolate matte
LBD - Matte black

Day Rate - Matte flesh colour with a pink undertone
Couture - Medium brown with gold flecks
RTW - Shimmery orange
10K - Light shimmery gold
Pose - Dark taupe with specks of silver

Left-Right: Call Back, Strut, Scout, Beauty Mark, LBD. 
Left-Right: Day Rate, Couture, RTW, 10K, Pose.

The eyeshadows are soft and not powdery, however the a couple of the matte shades seem to swatch quite patchy, but it's better on the lids. They blend very well with minimal fall out. I find the eyeshadows work much better with a primer underneath, as it brings the true colours to life.

Click HERE to find out which products i used for this look and to watch the tutorial.

I have really enjoyed using this palette and i think it's one i can take travelling with me. I paid £21 from Cult Beauty, which is great value for money, as you do get 10 shades. I like how there is a variety of colours and not just neutral shades. All the colours compliment each other and it's an ideal palette for everyday makeup, but also dramatic evening looks.

Have you tried this palette?

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