I hate not working in Oxford Street – I pretty much spent 7 years working in various beauty departments and one of the many perks was getting my hands on the newest make-up/beauty items on the market. Now I have to wait till I get a chance to get the train to travel all the way into city and those times are far and few in between. Last week was one of those moments and I made my way straight into Debenhams – I was a woman on a mission. I had my eye on the MakeUp Forever Pro Bronze Fusion, a waterproof bronzer which glides onto the skin and blends seamlessly and stays put the entire day. It’s so beautiful in pan and once applied – a very natural bronzer which can be built up with no red/ashy tones.
With a traditional bronzer I tend to use a tapered blush to apply, however this product needs more of a dense brush which is slightly more compact but a little fluffy at the same time. There’s a MakeUp Forever Kabuki Bronze brush that goes with it too however I have yet to get my mitts on that so I opted for the Real Techniques Bold Metal Collection made for contouring. In all honesty this brush had almost become a show-piece on my dressing table. I had no real use for it and never found it to work for me, until now – it works so perfectly with the MakeUp Forever Pro Bronze Fusion. I brought mine in the shade 30M – the darkest matte shade which can be built up without looking ashy and patchy, the more you apply it the better it looks – sounds bonkers explaining it but its true!
It doesn’t look chalky at all and gives a very natural glow. I did have the Hourglass Bronzers on the list but I much prefer a matte bronzer and I’ve worn it everyday since I’ve brought it, definitely a product worth investing on to put on the ‘wishlist’. There’s also an Iridescent version and they have a bit more shimmer without looking glittery and those look just as stunning. I’ve put myself on a bit of beauty spending ban – which means that I’ll be re-discovering more products within my stash.
MakeUp Forever Pro Bronze Fusion is £28 and available here
I am not going to complain about the weather - I am absolutely loving the sun, heat, ice-creams, sleeping without a duvet and yes even the humidity, love every aspect of it!
Unfortunately my hair does not share the same appreciation for the heat and re-inacts that all famous scene from Friends where Monica has a ‘fro. And after years of embarassing summer days I feel like I’ve nailed it – well sort of, there’s always room for adjustment. In the summer I just don’t feel like running a straightener through my hair which then means I have to embrace the curly mane.
Choice of shampoo is for curly hair is unbelievably important, you want a product which hydrates and but doesn’t weigh the hair down, or cleans but doesn’t strip the hair of its natural oils. BIG shampoo for Lushis my saviour during summer months, it has coconut oil which helps to give the hair moisture but it also thoroughly cleanses. There’s an in-depth review here, one pot lasts a few months and I’m out of my 2nd pot! Note to self to go into Lush.
Argan oil in its purest form is my go-to straight after the shower, couple pumps applied onto wet hair. Once this stuff is rubbed into the ends, it just absorbs in without leaving any sticky residue or oily-feel after. Without this my mane would be so frizzy, what’s that saying, you need a strong foundation to build a house, something like that, my hair has the same concept always starting with the base product. Next up is the TIGI Catwalk Curls Rock Amplifier – I am in love with this stuff. We had an on going affair for about 2 years when I was 18 but then other products came into the picture and I forgot about this. After a recent purchase off of lookfantastic.com this was once again mine and oh boy am I glad.
If I am planning to keep my hair curly then I wash my hair in the evening and let it air-dry. It helps to set the curls in place, I often find that using a diffuser makes a hair a little dry and frizzy. The morning after washing my hair it looks and feels amazing, (if I do say so myself) however 2nd day hair is not so kind, the front parts are looking a bit lacklustre so just to give it a bit of a ‘pick me up’ I spritz a generous amount of Bumble & Bumble Sea Salt spray – which is helps to define the curls without leaving a sticky/hard residue. This is probably the one product I think costs quite a lot for what it actually does – but because I love the results it gives I continue to purchase. I’ve tried some cheaper alternatives and they just don’t do the same thing!
That’s the line-up for my summer haircare which is doing my hair good – I’m always up for changing things around…any alternatives?
I’ve always found visiting MAC slightly over-whelming – especially during a new release (which seems to be every other day) However, when you go to a shopping centre at 3pm in the middle of almost no where, (talking about Lakeside) where there are only a handful of people then you’re almost tempted to pop into MAC and see whats new. Firstly they had a huge stock of Soar and Spice lip liners but unfortunately no Whirl still – which I am extremely eager to add into my collection. Regret not getting it back when I visited Barcelona, they had a lot in stock – clearly they hadn’t got the memo of Whirl being Kylie Jenners lip-colour. During my crazy lipstick/lip-liner swatches I came across Nightingale lip-liner. It’s a little darker with more purpler tones than than Beetwhich is an amazing berry colour but has a strong pink base colour.
With Eid around the corner a new lip-liner seemed to fit the bill and Nightingale was mine. It’s a beautiful rich purple/pink shade which works well on its own or layered with Rebel which leave a stunning berry, purple toned lip. This is probably going to be my ‘going out’ lip choice for the next month.
If I had a penny for the amount of times I’ve wanted certain products from the MAC LE to become a permanent edition to the makeup line I would be able to buy that Sunday Riley Luna Oil everyone is raving about! One collection that I had on my mind was the Extra Dimension Collection, there were a range of eyeshadows which I really wanted to get my hands on. I brought two highlighters from the range which were reviewed here still massively obsessed over these so when I heard that the eyeshadows were being re-released I put them on my wish-list.
I opted for Amorous Alloy, I saw this Laura’s blog buynowbloglater a while ago and it looked stunning, a typical bronze shade with a little bit of an oomph, a one wash wonder for me as my eyeshadow skills are fairly limited. This is beautiful, pigmented, blends really nicely and just feels SO smooth – I’d like all MAC eyeshadows to have this formula please!
The lipliner and eyeshadow definetly need to be paired together.
Well, I didn’t think I’d be writing about these little beauties. They seem to be everywhere on the blogosphere and you could probably find another post somewhere with better swatches but I thought I’d put in my own two-pence in anyway.
Clinique pop Lip colour and primer (mouthful!) come in the cutest little packaging…I’ve never really been drawn to Clinique skincare/makeup. Once I saw a Clinique consultant use a toner to clean makeup counter and it put me off for a really long time. Then I stumbled across Clinique Take The Day Off balm and my opinion very quickly changed and it became a holy grail product for me, read here.
A couple weeks ago my sister was travelling and I asked her to pick me up a Clinique prep and primp lip pops but the colour I was unsure of…I hadn’t swatched any of the colours previously but managed to do the whole obligatory ‘blog search for swatches which match my skin-tone’ and I ended up choosing Melon Pop, it seemed to be the colour everyone was raving about and haven’t used any Clinique makeup for the lip-sticks so I wasn’t really sure what to expect in terms of consistency or longevity but the consensus was that these were ultra-creamy and comfortable with good colour pay off.
I adore the packaging – however the colour packaging is a little dissimilar to the actual bullet. I was expecting it to be more on a peachy tone but it was more like MAC St Germaine’s younger sister who is a little shy in pigment. If you’re an olive skin tone then this is definitely one of those lipsticks that will make you look tanned. It reminds me of one of the lipsticks that my mum used to own (she only ever owned 3 lipsticks and the baby pink shade was her favourite) and for that I adore this lip-colour.
Longevity is where this product is slightly lacking, due to the creamy texture it doesn’t last for a long time – and if you’re tucking into a burger then don’t expect this to still be on the lips once you’re done with a meal. However with that being said, it is comfortable, super light-weight and completely appropriate for me to wear to work. I ended up picking up another one – this was totally enabled by blogposts Stacey from Expatmakeupaddict.com and Kal from clutteredcloset.co.uk who both talked about their love for Plum Pop – which isn’t that ‘plum’-like but more on the dusty pink side and quite pigmented – looks so beautiful on its probably my favourite out of the two.
Do I recommend them? They’re a nice alternative if you’re getting bored of MAC lipstick choices but the consistency is very similar to MAC Cremesheens (perhaps a little creamier if anything…) They’re £16 – so obviously not the cheapest available but these definitely aren’t the most expensive out there either and I’m definitely sort of addicted to getting some more.
If you’re a lipstick addict then you’ve probably got a shade or two already…right?
I love make-up brushes, just putting that out there. I love collecting them, love using them and I actually enjoy washing them too. So there was never really a need for me to venture out onto another product. However the beauty blender was getting a lot of hype in the beauty blogging world and I ended up buying one about 6 months ago but I haven’t used it since. I just haven’t got round to taking it for a little make-up spin. A month ago when I was away on holiday I came across the mini-beauty blender – made for concealing and all the tiny areas like around the nose and inner corners of the eyes. Oh… my… I actually squealed a little when I saw the mini-beauty blender sitting on the shelf. I did get two in my little box but I gave one to my sister – these are just adorable. Everything is so much cuter when its small, don’t you think?
Adorable size aside, the functionality of it, I totally underestimated the power of a mini beauty blender. It looks small when dry but once made damp it almost doubles in size, I usually use my MAC Fix+ and it helps to set the foundation in too.
I only really use it with my Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer as its a thick consistency and super pigmented and I usually need something to help really buff and blend the product onto the skin. Buffing brushes are great for foundation where they blend the product onto the entire face, but staring at my collection, I don’t really own a vast range of concealer brushes, I have a couple namely the Real Techniques setting brush and a Sephora brush, both of which are okay, nothing life changing. The mini-beauty blender however is somewhat a game changer – it works amazingly well with thicker concealers and helps to ease them onto the skin so that they melt in to appear as if you have naturally woken up with no dark circles - everything blends so much better – I have a video herewhere you can see it in action. To clean it I’ve been using my Johnsons baby shampoo which works incredibly well.
If you were tossing between the original one or the mini one - if you’ve got make-up brushes that you’re 100% happy with then go with the mini but if you’re in the market for an entire new brush then go for the face beauty blender.
Hair removal isn’t something that I’ve spoken about before on my blog, however it’s something that I have experimented with quite a lot when growing up. I began to remove hair off of my body before I acquainted myself with makeup. From waxes to shaving right down to epilating, I’ve been there and done it all and I think now I have found a routine and a range of products which really work for me. Shaving is a big no no, I find that the hair grows back within an hour (I kid you not!) and because of my Asian routes my hairs (esp on the legs) are a lot darker than on my arms so when hairs grow back after shaving. Some people say shaving hair makes it thicker and others believe its a myth, personally the seeing dark little dots in the form of new hair growing back instantaneously freaks me out.
My go to has always been waxing and epilating – the hair takes much longer to grow and it definitely reduces the amount of hair that grows back and I’m pretty sure my hair in thinner, however that may very well be my mind playing games. Epilating is amazing and I’ve had about 4 in the past 7 years – so the pain threshold for me is minimum, but after not really epilating my legs/arms throughout winter – come summer, the time to remove hair is creeping up and I can not handle the pain epilating gives.
If you want a quick fix, clean hair removal with minimum pain then waxing is the way to go. I for one am not confident enough to go into a salon and have my legs waxed – I always prefer to do it in the comfort of my own home at my own pace. Waxing strips are a godsend for me, they aren’t 100% pain-free but I can assure you that it’s almost as good as. Now because my skin is quite sensitive, I need to be very careful when picking waxing strips – they need to be suitable for sensitive skin but also very good at gripping all the hairs and remove it without causing too much aggravation on my legs.
This is where the Nair argan oil wax strips come in – these are brilliant. So gentle yet effective on the skin and super easy to use. You rub the strips between the palm of your hands just to warm up the product, there’s also a blue font print onto the strips and as you warm it up the letters start to fade away and that’s how you know that the product is ready. Apply onto clean skin and wax away – I use one strip about 3 times until the stickiness goes. Hair removal can feel quite strenuous on the skin but due to the Argan Oil element, it leaves your skin feeling so soft and nourished. I am obsessed with these and can see myself using these throughout the entire summer. These also come with post-epilation wipes which is basically soaked in oil goodness which removes any residue. I don’t really use the other wipes that comes with the pack which are the pre-epilation wipes. More then anything my skin feels moisturised and hair-free with minimal pain – win win!
Matte skin is out, dewy skin is in…and I like it, a lot.
I had my eye on the Burberry Fresh Glow Foundation for the longest time but I resisted temptation. Mainly because I was quite happy with my Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation and to be honest no body really needs 5 bottles of foundation on the go, right? But one late evening I was walking past Boots in Liverpool Street – which I believe is the only Boots in London to stock Burberry makeup and I caved. I brought the Burberry Fresh Glow foundation and got myself matched to the shade Warm Honey which in my opinion is ever so slightly too dark but the next shade down was too ashy and to be honest Warm Honesy is definitely a shade that I can blend and make it work for me.
First time that I used it I just knew that this was going to be pretty special, it’s literally good-healthy-dewy (can I think of any more words?) skin in a bottle. 2/3 small pumps are enough to give me a light coverage and its definitely build able to a medium coverage. Waking up at 6.30am and applying a foundation which makes your skin looks like you’ve walked out of a beach is fine by me.
It lasts a good 8hours without powdering – I hate layering my products and tend not to use a setting powder, if and thats a big if, I need to then it’ll be something like the Hourglass Ambient lighting powder or Chanel powder which is finely milled and literally apply it onto my t-zone. I’ve had so many compliments on the Fresh Glow Foundation, it doesn’t look cakey or over-powering. I have a normal/dry sometimes a combination skin and this is my favourite foundation so far…
So much so that I included it in my monthly May favourites this month – also I’m almost at 1000 subscribers…waaah?!
If you want to know what else I’ve been loving this month then click down below and don’t forget to subscribe if you liked it. I’m trying to upload every Sunday at 9.30am – it’s the time when I watch most of my YouTube Subscribed inbox, however I am thinking to change the upload schedule…hmmm, any thoughts?
Whilst most people are excited about summer, rooftop bars and wearing summer-esque clothes, I’ll be battling the curse of hay fever and the after effects that comes along with it. Not only do I get itchy, watery swollen eyes, snotty nose (sorry for the tmi) and a throat which feels like its on fire but I also get an extremely dry face. So products that people would tend to use in the winter, I am using in the summer. Origins Drink Up Intensive is an ultra-hydrating mask which smells so good. A peachy, light fruit scent and the mask comes out clear. I apply it just before I get to bed. Having a product plastered onto your face can feel weird, so this mask could feel really uncomfortable at first but you get used to it after a while and its totally worth it the morning after because your skin feels absolutely incredible. I’ve also tried applying it just in certain areas as opposed to the entire face, for example the cheeks and forehead and it works just as well. You could use it as as a 20min mask but because my skin is in incredible need to moisture I choose the latter method.
Mask done, skin is feeling slightly more revived now onto moisturising. My go-to face cream is Effaclar Duo and I bloody love it but it just isn’t enough when my skin is feeling so tight and dry. Avene Skin recovery cream is one of the few creams that work on my skin without breaking me out. There’s a rich version of Skin Recovery cream and I’ve tried it however it’s slightly too heavy for me. I’ve got a strange combination of sensitive, dry to normal skin which sometimes becomes combination/spot prone. Oh the troubles. Skin recovery cream smells of nothing, feels lightweight and moisturises like a dream. Bring on the pollen my skin can handle it…my eyes and nose though, thats another story.
A couple days ago whilst getting ready I went onto YouTube and switched my usual Lisa Eldridge video choice to Charlotte Tilbury, in specific the Amal Clooney wedding day makeup look and the Filmstar Bronze and Glow made an appearance – it looked so beautiful on the model, at this point I remembered I actually own this! But I’ve never actually used it, so I pulled it out my MUJI acrylic draws and took my Charlotte Tilbury Sculpt and Powder brush and began to apply. Charlotte Tilbury is one of the few women that I admire, from her product line it’s evident that she’s trying to aim towards the ‘everyday working women’ and pursues to make women feel glamorous and make it really easy a lot of her make-up products are simple yet effective and easy to apply.
Now when Charlotte Tilbury talks about this product she says that it’s contouring made easy – for me I definitely found this to be more of a bronzer than a contour. In some parts of her video she would refer to the Filmstar Bronze & Glow as a bronzer and contour in other parts. To me contour is a completely different type of art than a bronzer. Contour is an art of creating shadows on the face to help create definition – for which you should usually use a cool toned neutral shade, I found taupe coloured eyeshadows best for this. Bronzer on the other hand is more of a ‘glow’ giver, something to warm up the skin to make it look like you’ve had a few hours at the beach and caught some well-needed sun. How can both concepts be embedded in the same product? For me the sculpt powder is definitely a bronzer as opposed to a contour shade but a lovely one at that. It is so finely milled, really buildable and I really enjoyed using it. The highlighter shade is my favourite out of the two. I love a good bit of a healthy golden glow and again this is really finely milled, feels really creamy but is a powder. A few people said the highlighter wasn’t day appropriate for them but I’ve worn this to work and it’s beautiful, doesn’t come across as being overly ‘golden’ for £49 it is on the pricey side but you’re getting two products so it’s slightly justified, right?
Makeup Revolution is a brand which is made in London and offers very similar ‘dupes’ to higher end products. If I’m honest at first I wasn’t really sure what to make of the products and the brand as it was really difficult to get my hands on the Makeup Revolution range to test and try. I don’t think they were in that many stores and I’m always really wary when it comes to ordering makeup online. One too many orders gone wrong. I love a good highlighter and was really intrigued to give this a go. Its a baked product but surprisingly I didn’t find the powder to have too much fall-out unlike another baked product. The pigmentation is great, picks up colour really evenly and when I swatched it with my finger-tips there was almost a white-powder wash with a golden tint which scared me but when I applied the product with a brush it sheered out to a beautiful veil of gold shimmery highlight. With that being said it is on the high shine-end of things so I haven’t been able to make this for a an everyday look but wore it out to a bbq and I received so many compliments on the highlighter. Its incredibly blend-able and so affordable for only £3.00! It’s going to make a perfect golden inner corner and eyebrow highlight. This is probably going to be my go-to highlight for summer evening and weddings.
I can’t believe I didn’t try Makeup Revolution before, have you tried the range? What are your favourite products…I’m feeling the urge to explore into what the brand has to offer.