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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Smashbox Lid Primers

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We don’t often reach for an actual lid primer when creating a smoky eye, a cream eye shadow as a base is usually our weapon of choice.
 We have however been testing out the new Smashbox base to see how it compares.
  Smashbox have created 5 new shadow-setting primers that are actually tinted to suit your needs.


The 5 options available are a pure brilliant white, a smoke and a light, medium and dark. We have the light and the smoke to share with you.


 White

Feels a bit like you’re applying Tipex to your eyelid but once blended out the vibrancy does dull down so don’t be alarmed. Apply three dots and using your ring finger or a fluff brush, gently buff out to leave a thin coating over the lid area.
 The white instantly lightens and brightens the skin but it also massively electrifies the shade of eye shadow you are applying on top of.
 You can of course use it under your more natural eye shadows however it works best when using it under bold colour. If you ever feel like you can’t achieve a strong pay off from blues and yellows then this is the primer to go for. It stops shadows from looking ashy and lifts the colour.

Smoke

This provides a brown/black sludgy base, which will deepen the intensity of your smoky eye. By applying a thin layer it does all the hard work of a dark eye for you. You won’t have to apply layer upon layer of powder shadow to achieve the depth.
 It works under any dark shadow and would also work with all skin tones.

We don’t have the skin-toned primers however these are good if you have an ashy skin tone eye or any discolouration on the lid. They neutralise the skin colour and give you a blank  and even canvas to work from.

The primers dry pretty fast so you need to blend out quickly. Once dry they provide a smooth velvety textured base to blend on top of. Powders grip nicely but are still able to blend out. 
 Don't use too much or you will find that it goes a little patchy. Longevity is improved and it doesn't cause any cracking or dryness. 
 Check these primers out if you have oily eye lids, like to create an intense or vibrant eye or if you just want to make your smokey eye a little easier.

Each primer is £18.00 and available now here.
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Monday, 20 February 2017

New Products we are loving

Catch up with our favourite pieces of the moment..


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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Too Faced and Kat Von D Better together



Celebrating the beauty of friendship (and Valentines day) Kat Von D and Too Faced have collaborated to bring us an ultimate eye collection.


Firstly we love the packaging. They have created two halves of a heart each that connects via a magnetic spine. It’s something really unique (to us, anyway) looks beautiful and also means you can disconnect each side and carry them easily in your bag.

The Too Faced side includes 6 heart shaped eye shadows, in the Too Faced signature formula, in a mix of sparkle, metallic and matte finishes. These blend well and have a good amount of colour pay-off. The ice cream tones shades work well for a natural soft day look but also have a warm bronze and a blackened mauve to smoke it up for the evenings.


 

The Kat Von D side holds 6 slices of eye shadows, again using the typical formula of Kat Von D cosmetics which I wasn’t as impressed with. The matte shades were a little crumbly although they did layer well for a solid colour pay-off. The shades in the Kat Von D side are probably not as wearable as the Too Faced side although the beauty of having the two contrasting sides as that you have a good amount of choice.  



 The set also includes a full size Better than Sex mascara and a jet-black Tattoo liquid liner.

Inside the flap of each side is a printed love letter to each other. A little bit cringy but a sweet touch.

 The information we received for this product states that it is £46.00 and available from 24th February however on the Debenhams site it states it at £57.00 and is actually available now. You can shop this here.

 

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Monday, 13 February 2017

MAC Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollet



 There’s a new Viva Glam in town. Launching this February 16th. The latest collaboration is with Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett.
 Taraji. P. Henson is an American Academy nominated actress who has starred in films such as Hustle & Flow and The curious case of Benjamin Button. Jussie Smollet and Tarija P. Henson star opposite each other in TV drama Empire.


 The lipstick in a matte fuchsia with a super fine pearl finish. It’s quite a blue toned fuchsia so perfect for enhancing the whiteness of your teeth!
 The matching lipglass is a vinyl finish vivid pink shot with a shimmering lilac pigment.
 For an intense vibrant lip layer them both together or wear separately for less intensity. It’s nice to have a similar punchy colour but with the choice of either a matte or high gloss finish.


 The MAC AIDS fund was launched in 1994 and supports more than 96 countries that are working to combat the epidemic and support those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Purchasing one lipstick from the Viva Glam range will provide 1 pair of shoes for a child orphaned by AIDS, 14 HIV tests for pregnant mothers, 254 condoms to prevent HIV infection and much more. You can read more about the MAC AIDS fund here.

Available from this Thursday at all MAC locations.


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Friday, 10 February 2017

Natural glam V's Instaglam

Which side do you prefer?


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Thursday, 9 February 2017

Tyra Baby got matte



Matte liquid lips can always be a bit hit or miss. Often they apply well but over the course of the day they either go ‘bitty’ or they crack and wear off patchy.
 We have been testing the new Baby got matte trio from Tyra.

The kit, which is presented in a soft matte laminate case (I’m all about these details!) opens up to reveal 3 liquid matte lipsticks. You don’t get to select the colour choices, there’s just the three set shades, however we’re hoping they will perhaps develop shade extensions with popularity. 



They apply with a firm doe foot applicator. Would love a bit more of tapered flexible tip as it feels a bit like applying with a paddle but that’s just my opinion.
 The firmness of the applicator means that the product applies quite thickly. I found I had to wipe the excess off to be able to apply with a little more precision.



The finish

It dries off instantly but the texture does allow for you to correct areas or layer up if needed. Once set it weirdly doesn’t feel dry. You can feel that you are wearing something on your lips and have the feeling like you may want to give them a lick, but it doesn’t feel uncomfortable whatsoever and even after licking, the colour remains.


 They look stunning on the lips. Like a velvet cushion. The product grips round the contours of the lips and the natural lines within the lips are emphasised but I think this adds to the cushiony finish. It actually makes lips look a little plumped.
 They even feel velvety to the touch too and lasted really well. No transfer onto a glass or whomever I kissed and rather than developing a patchy texture throughout the day it softly diffused and wore down.

If you want a comfortable matte lip which you can be sure won’t budge (especially with Valentines day coming up) in a selection of 2 really good neutral shades and a beautiful winter berry then check these out.

The Baby got matte kit is available here.
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Monday, 6 February 2017

Living Proof Restore Perfecting Spray


Continuous hair colouring, blow-drying, central heating and lack of TLC over the winter has left my hair feeling pretty crap. It’s just totally confused with greasy roots and super dry ends. I regularly use hair masks and overnight treatments which definitely do help however I’ve been on the hunt for a spritz in product which will give me a little added protection and care during styling.

For the last 3 weeks after every hair wash (twice a week usually) I have been misting the Living Proof restore perfecting spray through before drying with a hair dryer.

The packaging, as with all Living Proof products is particularly chic. It has a soft touch bottle in a soft lilac. I know that makes no difference to the product inside, but we all want our products to look nice on the shelf don’t we?

It’s basically a one-stop shop so great if you have zero time. It targets damaged hair through hydrating the cuticle, smoothes the hair and provides a good old moisture shot. It doesn’t feel heavy in the hair and once dry I couldn’t detect any weird chalky texture. It also smells nice, which is important when you try and avoid washing your hair for as long as possible!
 It provides heat protection up to 400 degrees and also has a time-release formula, which continues to condition after use.

It’s not a cheap product unfortunately but you only need a couple of spritzes through the length of your hair and if you only wash your hair as often as me then it’s going to last you ages.

It’s available from this March at M&S, SpaceNK, John Lewis and Cult beauty. It’s #26.00 for a 236ml spray bottle.
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Friday, 3 February 2017

5 quick looks tutorial

5 quick looks you should master...


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Thursday, 2 February 2017

MUFE Ultra HD Pressed powder




We reviewed MUFE HD Ultra foundation a while back but it’s still a firm favourite in our kit and one we recommend to lots of other makeup artists. This February MUFE are launching an Ultra HD pressed powder to sit alongside it.

It’s 4K compatible (read about what 4K means here) and mattes the skin whilst still providing a fresh luminous finish. Similar to the foundation it’s a great choice for those who have a combination to oily skin and like the matte feel but don’t necessarily want the matte dulling finish.

The powder has an extra fine texture which is talc free and has an anti-dullness micronized pigment which will never cause an ashy finish on a deeper skin tone. The powders within are silicone based so they will give you a silky, flawless finish which is still transparent enough to let your natural skin radiate through. They also feel amazingly smooth on the skin.

 
There a 3 shades available, although only a minimal amount of colour is visible on the skin.
 01 is a white powder, pretty much transparent and is great for a very fair to light skin tone. 02 is a banana yellow and will liven up a medium to olive skin tone or those who suffer with greying under the eyes or with visible veins through the skin. 03 is a warm apricot and is perfect for a medium to deeper skin tone. It will naturally warm the skin tone and add vibrancy to a dulling winter skin.

MUFE recommend a dot and dust technique to be used so that the powder can crush into the fibres and be distributed evenly.
 This is a great pro kit essential if you're looking for a good all rounder that is suitable for multiple ethnicity'.

It launches this month in Debenhams for £26.00 each.
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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Hourglass Girl Lip stylo




 We love a bit of female empowerment and so do Hourglass by the look of their latest collection. Girl Lip Stylo is a collection of 20 shades each given inspiring names such as influencer, warrior and creator.

The lip stylo are a large crayon style applicator with pointed nib. The texture is a beautiful buttery cream, which is infused with Shea butter, jojoba, mimosa and sunflower seed.
 They have a balmy texture on the lips but in a very pigmented colour pay-off. They don’t have a greasy texture and wear nicely without separation on the lips. 


 They have a good colour combination to suit all skin tones.. 


 

Hourglass Lip stylo is available from today at Liberty, Net-a-Porter, SpaceNK and selected John Lewis and are £26.00 each.


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Monday, 30 January 2017

Kylie Jenner Makeup Review

Nic has given an honest review of the Kylie Jenner line...


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Friday, 27 January 2017

YSL Shock Eye event


Now you know how much we love a messy, grungy eye? Well YSL have launched an imperfect perfect eye story to help us create the ultimate smudgy unkempt smoky eye.


 The underground eye palette holds 10 shades in a portable slim line compact and duel ended blending and liner brush. 



 The shades are a gradient from cream to lavender, blackberry, slate, charcoal and on to black. The finish is a mix of matte and shimmer but it’s the texture and bendability that gives this palette the wow factor.


The first and last colour chips ares a cream primer, which helps build intensity when used as a base. The remaining shades are powder but can easily be mistaken for the texture of a cream. 



  Even the brush with its delicate YSL embossing is a beaut.
 This palette will create the ultimate intense eye suitable for all skin tones and eye colours. Perfect for those who like black and every other shade that blends seamlessly with it.



Next up is the couture eye marker. Chunky felt tip pen style liner with a glossy jet-black finish. The nib is flattened on one side so you can still get a little precision however this beefy tip is not designed for perfection. It’s more of a “I’ve been out until 4am dancing to the Prodigy and couldn’t give a s**t” kind of liner (we’re in bed by 9pm, but that’s what we’re imagining). This eye marker is not going to be one that remains fluid for very long and if you’re not careful to replace the lid it would probably dry up if repeatedly used on top of powder.


 Unless you have never watched a Pixiwoo tutorial then you will know of our devotion to the YSL Volume Effet mascara. It’s one we return to again and again. If you like long, separated lashes, which create impact, then give this one a shot. Again, it dries out too quickly for our liking but it’s a fabulous mascara. 


 If you want to take your grungy eye to the next level then grab yourself the eye gloss smudger too. It’s a non-sticky, balmy textured crystal clear gloss, which will add a pop of high shine to your lid. It won’t stay in place, it will definitely crease your eye shadow and I promise your hair will get stuck in it…but that’s the idea. This type of product works so well with the tones of the underground palette so if you can bear to blur your beautifully blended eye then get dabbing this onto the centre of your lid.

 This collection is available nationwide in all your usual locations from February 1st. Wearing this type of eye over Valentines is bound to get you into all kinds of trouble, enjoy.
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Thursday, 26 January 2017

Dior Colour Graduation



Hurrah Spring is coming.  You may not feel like this as you defrost your car this morning, but I promise it’s on its way. To celebrate Dior has launched a collection which is the epitome of spring.

Colour Graduation is the latest for Spring 2017 and is encouraging us all to get our blending brushes out and jump onto the gradient trend.

This collection has slight 80’s feel to it with its bold blues and corals but the tones used give it a modern twist. If you enjoy wearing a blend of tones from dark to light with a seamless blend in between then this is the collection for you.
 The eye palettes make it very easy to achieve an effortless amalgamation of dark to light and teamed up with ombré toned soft balmy lips and a drape of apricot blush then you’ve got yourself a beautiful trend based look without even trying!

Here’s the products..

The eye palettes

Blue Graduation

Almost too beautiful to touch (almost), there are two quads to choose from. One is basically like the beautiful Caribbean Sea and the other is the sun setting over it.  

Coral Graduation

Seriously beautiful shades and even though you may not be 100% sure where to place the shades to begin with, it’s the type of collection which will inspire you to just get it on and start blending.

There are also some single shadows within the collection. We have the mono in the shade Now. It’s a beautiful midnight teal. Stunning on a grey or blue eye.


Blush

We have one of the shades of blusher in Coral twist.


It comes in a handy sized portable, mirrored compact with angled brush. Coral twist is a gradient of tangerine through to tropical coral and onto apricot. A great blusher for the draping trend. You can watch Sam’s draping tutorial below if you’re unsure about what to do.



For the lips

Gradient shine lipsticks provide a moisturised sheer wash of colour with the CD emblem providing a pop of a lighter shade.

Also for the lips are the double ended ‘lip shadow’. An interesting powdery matte lip product. The powder is applied from the lid onto the soft flexible sponge pad.



One end is a deep tone with the opposite end housing a lighter complimentary tone. A little of this lip product goes a long way so apply in light feathery strokes. The best way to achieve a good ombré look with this is to coat the lips with the darkest colour all over and the pat on the lighter tone in the centre of the lips. We did find that this product bobbled up a little on the lips which was a little annoying.

 They last on the lips really well and weirdly don’t feel as caked and dry as you may think. Nice when applied over a dab of lip balm if your lips are on the dry side.

This collection is available now here.


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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Tom Ford Cheek colour


 

January for us is the month where blusher becomes an essential product. Skin looks and feels as dull as the UK weather and no amount of moisturiser or mascara is waking this face up.

Blusher, on the other hand allows you to layer shades to create warmth, depth and radiance with one easy sweep. The best blushers are ones that apply with a strong pigment and little effort but still enhance the skin and look real.

Tom Ford have 8 new powder shades, which create a beautiful sheer wash of luminous colour. We have 6 of the new shades to share with you in a mix of nudes, apricots and fresh pinks.






Each blusher is £48.00 each and available here.
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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Clarins Booster Energy





 Anything that states that it gives more energy to tired parents is something that I need to try! It’s the first product I have seen which actually refers to benefiting a parent’s skin. I guess the parenting market is a massive industry that Clarins are also trying to tap into, who can blame them.

What is it?

It’s a liquid booster, which you add 3-5 drops of to your regular moisturiser or foundation and massage in. It’s not to be used on its own, not sure what will happen if you do, but it’s not recommended.
 It comes in a 15ml container with a tiny opening, which dispenses drops slowly.
It mainly contains ginseng, which has a stimulating effect on the skin.



I love these little skin boosters that Clarins keep bringing out. They are easy to drop into your makeup bag and whip out when you feel you need a little shot of something, or for when you’ve had too many shots of something else!

It doesn’t really have a scent and doesn’t add any texture to your existing moisturiser/foundation, which is nice.


Did it work?
Weirdly I think it did give me a little boost. I don’t know if it’s the basic act of adding something into your foundation and mixing that makes it feel like a more luxurious application or if it really did liven my skin up.
 The results are not as dramatic as you may wish for after 3 hours sleep and baby sick in your hair but it’s refreshing and had a tightening effect, especially around my under eye. It also aided the blending of my foundation and seemed to offer a smoother base with no cling in my dryer areas.

This booster is also great if you fly a lot (it’s under 10ml so fine for aircraft) or if you feel your regular moisturiser or foundation needs to be a little more customised for you.

Clarins also have two other boosters in the collection including a repair booster for damaged or sun scorched skin and a detox booster if you have over indulged.

Each booster is £30.00 and available here.
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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

CoLab Dry Shampoo Paradise

--> The holiday adverts have begun and the bikini's are in the shops. Even though I de-iced an inch of frost off my car this morning, we are looking ahead to Spring/Summer.
After a freezing start I was so happy to find this on my desk this morning. It’s CoLab’s latest launch and besides being an amazing dry shampoo, which absorbs oil, boosts volume and refreshes the hair, it smells AMAZING. If that wasn’t enough the packaging is covered in Flamingos!

We prefer using CoLab because it doesn’t leave any white marks in our hair and is suitable for all hair tones without fear of a snowy looking residue.

 

 The fragrance of the new paradise dry shampoo is particularly tropical, as you may expect. If you have ever sniffed Estee Lauder’s summer fragrance, Bronze Goddess and loved it then this one is a winner for you. It’s exactly the same scent. You wouldn’t be able to tell them apart. For those who are not aware of how Bronze Goddess smells then it’s a soapy coconut. Not overpowering, just bloody gorgeous.
  This has now launched and has a special price of £1.73!! It's available at http://www.superdrug.com/




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