19.12.16

Todays Look

Purple Glitter


Christmas is my favourite time for eye makeup, I believe anything goes the more smokey and dramatic the better, and of course it is the season of lots and lots of glitter!
Here's how I created this look. . .

Blush: Contour & More, Glow Drops - Golden Cranberry
 
Highlight: Contour & More, Glow Drops - Prosecco
 
Eyes: Mac, Paint Pot - Laying Low all over
          ABH Modern Renaissance Palette - Warm Taupe & Buon Fressco in crease

          ABH Modern Renaissance Palette - Love Letter above the crease & underneath
          Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette - Blackheart & Factory in the outer corner
          NYX Glitter Primer - Centre of lids & inner corner          

          Contour & More, Pressed glitters - Unicorns are real in the centre of lids & inner corner

Liner: Mac Powerpoint eye pencil - Engraved in waterline 
          Mac Paint Pot - Black Track smudged on top lash line and outer corner & underneath  
  
Lashes: Amazing Shine - 747-M

Brows: NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade - Brunette & Blonde

Lips: NYX Intense Butter Gloss - Black Cherry


 Have a Fabulous Day!


28.11.16

Todays Look

 Blues & Silvers





I love love looooovvveeee glitter so be prepared that you will probably be seeing alot of looks involving it this Christmas.

What are your favourite glitter products?

Here's how I created this look. . .



Eyes: Mac Paint Pot - Layin Low, all over lids
          Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette - Burnt Orange, in crease
          Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette - Buon Fresco, outer corner

          Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Palette - Bandersnatch, all over lids and underneth
          NYX Jumbo Eye pencil - Milk, centre of lids

          Collection Glam Crystals Gel Eyeliner - Sliver 1 Glitz, centre of lids and inner corner
          NYX Face & Body Glitter - Silver, centre of lid
          L'oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim - Black


Lashes: Ardell soft touch - 150

Brows: NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade - Brunette

Lips: No7 Perfect Lips Pencil - 20 nude
         NYX Liquid Suede - Soft, spoken
  
Blusher: Nars - Orgasm

 Have a Fabulous Day!




21.11.16

Product Review & Look

Anastasia Beverly Hills 

Modern Renaissance Palette

 


This is my first Anastasia Beverly Hill's purchase and I'm very, very, exited! I am lucky enough to have a beautiful friend as an air hostess who does all my American makeup shopping for me(Thanks Sarah!), so I managed to get this for £30.00 which retails in America for around $42.00.

The Modern Renaissance palette was launched for summer 2016 and includes 14 eyeshadows that come in a unusual mix of warmer neutrals and gorgeous pops of pinks/reds & oranges. With around 10 of the shades being matte and the others having a pearly/metallic sheen it makes quite an exciting mixture for makeup lovers out there.


The Brush
The palette also contains a great double sided crease and buffing brush which was surprisingly of great quality, normally with any brushes that are included in palettes the quality of them are quite poor, but this one got the thumbs up from me.




ABH Modern Renaissance colour swatches from bottom to top:
Tempera - A light beige with warm, peachy tones and a satiny sheen. It's incredibly soft and silky and although you can't really see it in my swatch Tempera has great colour payoff that applied well without sheering out too easily. I like to use this as an all over base colour to my lids. This did kick up a lot of excess colour in the pan.


Golden Ochre - A matte, medium, earthy yellow. The texture was very soft and blendable, it was slightly dusty but nothing to cry home about. It had good pigmentation that applied well and blended out easily. Works beautifully as a transition colour.

Vermeer - A iridescent pink champagne colour with, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. I love this colour it has such a smooth consistency, finely-milled, and soft, which resulted in some excess product getting kicked up in the pan. It applied beautifully and just sort of melted into place instead of sheering out into nothingness. Perfect as a highlight colour and when used with Fix + spray


Buon Fresco - A dusky, lavender-mauve with a matte finish. This shade is also available individually. The texture was a little powdery but it was very pigmented, I can see this being a very popular shade, i've used it as a transition colour or just a wash over the lids, it's like the perfect mauve.


Antique Bronze - A slightly muted, copper/brown with warm, reddish undertones and a pearly sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a smooth and was very easy to blend.

Love Letter - A dark raspberry with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It's dryer than the others but still has really good pigmentation, you will have to build it up lightly on the lids but it actually blended out fairly easily and didn’t become uneven or turn patchy.

Cyprus Umber - A dark coffee colour with subtle, warmer undertones and a matte finish. Again the consistency was very soft and smooth when applied, it didn't sheer out too much. It had mostly opaque colour payoff and I've used this as a smudged out winged liner and it was beautiful.

Raw Sienna - A light-medium brown with warm, golden undertones and a matte finish. This eyeshadow had a really silky consistency that was blendable on the skin, works beautifully as a transition colour and you don't need to pile it on.


Burnt Orange - A medium orange-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, very lightly dusty consistency. This shade is also available to purchase individually and is another great transition shade.

Primavera - A light peachy-gold, with warm undertones and a frosted, lightly metallic sheen. It had very good colour coverage with a soft, lightly dusty consistency. It also worked well when applied wet with Fix + spray.

Red Ochre - A medium-dark, brick, reddish,brown colour with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a very silky-smooth texture that blended out really easily, you will need to build it up in order to get truer to pan colour.

Venetian Red - A medium-dark, crimson red with subtle, warmer undertones and a matte finish. This is a dryer shade but this is common among these types of colours. It did kick up a little of excess product and had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation that blended out quite well.

Warm Taupe
- A medium, earthy, taupe-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was smooth, bendable, and easy to use, the colour payoff was fantastic. Shade like these are great, if your browns are to warm use a bit of this over the top and it will neutralise it. This shade is also sold individually.

Realgar - A medium-dark brick orange-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a very smooth, silky texture that applied beautifully to the lid and didn't sheer out.




Packaging
I do think the packing for this palette is beautiful and I'm sure if I wasn't a makeup artist and this wasn't going in my kit but instead just sitting on top on my dressing table I would love it even more. The soft lilac mauve looks very antique looking which I like, but the palettes exterior is made from velvet (like the original Urban Decay Naked Palette) not from the standard plastic or cardboard. Like I said it is very beautiful and I'm sure most people would adore this unique velvet finish but for me it's just not practical, it's not a surface that can be easily wiped down, don't get me wrong makeup marks can be removed to some extend but it will still look slightly grubby once marked. I had this for a day and already have a black mark that's refusing to budge.

Overall
I personally love this palette, I think the mixtures of colours are very unique and you have some beautiful matte colours in there. The mixture of reds/ pinks and oranges is something you don't see in many palettes at the moment as they all tend to be more on the neutral side. The pigment and colour payoff is phenomenal, they all blend beautiful well, and I didnt experience any fall out underneath my eyes. The brush is an added bonus aswell..

Do I think this palette is a must have buy for everyone. . . No not really, it's not your typical neutral, or smokey eye palette and I think a lot of the red colours can scare people off if you're not use to trying out different colours.
BUT if you want something a little different and are a little more daring with eyeshadows or if you're equally looking for some amazing matte shades this is the palette for you!



Here's how I created this look. . .

Eyes: Mac Paint Pot, Layin' Low all over
          ABH Modern Renaissance palette in Golden Ochre in the crease and underneth
          ABH Modern Renaissance palette - Warm Taupe to deepen the crease
          ABH Modern Renaissance palette - Venetian Red outer corner, inner corner and underneth
          ABH Modern Renaissance palette - Vermeer centre of eye and underneath
          ABH Modern Renaissance palette - Vermeer to highlight inner corner
          Mac Chromagraphic Pencil - Nw15/20 in the water line

Mascara: Max Factor Clump Defy Extensions Mascara  
          
Eyeliner: Mac Liquidlast Liner - Point Black

Lashes: Red Cherry lashes - #30

Brows: NYX Tame & Frame Pomade - Brunette 

Lips: Mac Lipiner - Soar
         Nyx Lingerie Liquid Lipstick - Embellissement

Blusher: Mac Mineralize Blush - Warm Soul

 

 Have you purchased this palette, if so what are your thoughts?

 Have a Fabulous Day!


14.11.16

Product Review

Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Foundation

 

I get asked by many people my opinions on products, what I like, dislike, what’s best for their skin. For many people it's a sort of try before you buy. The Charlotte Tilbury Magic foundation has been requested by a lot of people unsure whether or not to put it on their Christmas list this year.

So listening to you lovely lot I went out and brought myself the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation set, this includes her famous Magic foundation, Magic cream and the Magic Complexion brush.

I will touch slightly on the brush and magic cream but this review is more based on the foundation.

Now I brought this whole kit for £80.00 which is on the higher end of the product scale, the foundation on its own you can purchase for £29.50.

Before I start this review I'd like to say that these are my own opinions based on my skin type, which is normal/dry.  
 


Product description by Charlotte Tilbury:


My Magic Foundation is a miracle in a bottle that transforms skin for all ages, skin tones and skin types.

I have worked with laboratories for five years to create a “hyper-intelligent” formula that gives full-coverage yet feels completely weightless, with all the anti-aging and protective benefits of a luxury skin cream.

It conceals imperfections, glides on like a dream, and literally feels like a second skin. Whether your skin needs just a bit of perfecting, or you struggle with a frustrating issue like acne, melasma or rosacea, my Magic Foundation will give you a perfect skin day, every day!

Chose from 15 beautiful demi-matte shades to match every skin tone from Lily Cole to Lupita Nyongo. Buff on with my Magic Complexion Brush for a flawless, air-brushed finish.


**(The dreaded no makeup selfie... in the picture above the left side of my face is covered in the CT Magic Foundation and the right side is completely foundation free, so you can compare the difference.Also sorry about the cat ears, I always use them to hold back my hair!)**

When this package was delivered you could tell that a lot of thought, pride and attention to detail had gone into it, you receive a thank you letter from Charlotte, samples, and everything is wrapped and packaged in her colours and stuck down with her logo.

The products are beautiful and very expensive looking so much so that I would assume a lot of people who own CT products have them displayed on their dressing tables instead of in their drawers.

Displayed in a frosted glass bottle, CT Magic Foundation dispenses as a thin liquid texture, slightly similar to a moisturiser. Its supposedly a fragrance-free formula suitable for those with sensitive skin, but I found the smell to be quite strong almost like that fake tan biscuit smell.

Now I have had this foundation for a few months and it did take me a while to get to grips with it, at first I hated it, now after playing with it and applying it in every method I knew how, I think I actually kind of like it, love maybe a little way off yet.

The first week I tried it I found it horrendous I vowed I had wasted my money and I was done, it clung to every dry bit of my face, even areas that I didn’t think were dry it sourced them out, it looked flaky, was hard to apply and didn't wear nicely at all.

To start with I was applying the Magic Cream which I have now started to use on my own clients, it’s a very thick formula which hydrates and plumps out the skin, great for mature ladies, and those looking for a heavy, moisturising base. I then applied the foundation with the Complexion brush this foundation does dry down rather quickly so you will have to be swift with blending.

My first real problems were with this brush, what a complete waste of money! The first time I used it I think I ended up with more bristles on my face than in the brush and with the foundation being such a dry texture they literally clung onto my face, and had to be removed with my tweezers. It didn't seem to want to stop shedding after a couple uses either, I even washed it and that didn't help. Also I found when applying this foundation with this particular brush it just didn't seem to do any buffing rather than just moving the product around on my face so I could then see brush marks when the foundation had dried.

Would I recommend this brush? Definitely not. I do still use it, but as a blusher brush and it works very well.

Despite the claim that this foundation is for ALL skin types, it clung to and really exaggerated every last dry patch of my skin, with this being said when I dug it out my drawer for the second time I was ready to give it another shot, as I said before I have normal to dry skin but I treated my skin as if it was the driest skin out there. I applied Mac's Prep + Prime Moisture Infused Serum, Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturiser and Benefits Pore Professional primer, then applied the foundation with my Zoeva buffing brush and a damp beauty blender. In areas where I needed more coverage I sprayed my face with Mac's Fix + spray and applied some more.

Once set I was actually surprised with the results, I agree with CT's claim that the formula feels lightweight on skin, but I completely disagree with the full-coverage claim. Instead, I would describe it as medium, slightly buildable coverage. Unfortunately, I found the coverage wasn’t enough on its own and had to cover extra red blemishes and scaring with my Nar's Radiant Concealer. It does fade a bit as the day wears on, though pairing this with a setting powder helps but don’t be to heavy with a powder as it will cling and look cakey.

So if you have dry skin, I’m afraid a primer alone is just not going to hack it and if you can’t be bothered to go through all the skin care that this foundation demands than this one is probably not for you.

On the other hand, those with oily, flake-free skin may find CT Magic Foundation to be an a suitable candidate, offering a demi-matte finish and medium coverage for a more even-looking skin tone, once set, you get a comfortable, almost powder-like finish, which helps hold back oily shine.

The foundation does provide a gentle broad-spectrum of a SP15 to help anti ageing sun damage but what few beneficial ingredients this does contain, are in a minuscule amount.

Shade-wise, the Foundation comes in over a dozen shades for the palest of skin all the way up to very deep complexions. I purchased shade 4 Fair which is slightly lighter than I was expecting so if you are on the paler side just be careful that you don't go to low down the colour spectrum as I have a feeling you will be darker than what you think. I would definitely try a sample first to see how the colour looks on you.

So to summarise do I think this foundation is MAGIC? To be brutally honest...No, and I don't think it should be advertised for all skin types as claimed. (Unless you’re prepared to prep your skin as if you’re attending a photo shoot or a wedding everyday) However, for those with normal to oily skin (including acne-prone), the demi-matte, medium coverage evens out skin tone attractively and feels comfortable. When you factor in the SPF, it’s an added bonus to boost your normal facial sunscreen for those sensitive skin beauties out there.



** (The photo above shows my whole face covered with the CT Magic foundation, with blusher bronzer and concealer added where I needed more coverage, which was around my chin, mouth, nose and temples. As with any Matte foundation you will have to add colour back into your skin.)**



Pros:

- It gives a medium coverage which evens out skin tone nicely.

- It's a very light, comfortable, almost powder-like finish, great for sensitive skin.

- A very broad shade range.

- Photographs nicely.

- The formula + the demi matte finish is perfect to help control shine ideal for oily, acne or breakout prone skin.

- Having a SP15 helps ward off pro-ageing sun damage.

- The packaging is absolutely beautiful.


Cons:

- Not a full coverage foundation (for people who have red scaring like me, you will have to build it up or apply a concealer over the top) 

- I used a lot trying to achieve a full coverage, around 3 pumps, so all this 1 pump talk is nonsense. 


- Hard to apply, you will need to work quickly and see what works best for you, I also found using my fingers helped, but I know that's not for everyone.

- It is not odour free.

- Not suitable for every skin type as claimed.

- Packaging may not be suitable for makeup artists to carry around as the bottles are bulky and heavy. 


Would I purchance these products again? The Magic Complexion Brush, never! The Magic Cream, although it has a hefty price tag, yes I would. The Magic Foundation, for my myself. . . No, I have better full coverage foundation's that demand less work and are better for my skin type. I am however undecided whether to add this to my kit for my more oily clients, I think I will have to try and test it out on a few more people before I fully commit to buying more shades.


I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences with these products, comment down below!

Have a Fabulous Day!