Friday, 3 July 2015

NARS Summer 2015 Gifting

This week NARS have launched their Summer palettes which are exclusive to Selfridges.
 There are three palette options, two of the sets are for the lips and one is for the cheeks.
 We have one of the lip palettes to share with you called True NARS.


 We love the bold print on the casing and the huge mirror inside. This set contains three lip crayons in bold, punchy colours and also a jumbo sharpener.


 This particular palette contains more pinky/berry shades.

Shades from top: Yu, Luxembourg, Provacative Red

The shade in Yu ans Luxembourg are a satin finish and the last shade in provacative red is a velvet matte. The jumbo stick isn't so large that it's impossible to get colour inside the lip line and it is quick and easy to fill in the lips. Make sure you keep it sharpened to maintain the point.





































Yu and Luxembourg pencils have a satin, moisturised finish on application but actually dry off slightly to more of a semi-matte finish. They last suprisingly well considering their initial satin texture.
 Provocative red being a velvet matte is much drier on application and dragged the lips a little more. It did last well on the skin though.
 This palette is £29.00 and available from 1st July 2015 at www.selfridges.com

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Make up Forever Ultra HD Foundation

The original MUFE HD foundation has been around since 2008. HD TV and advances in camera technology meant that a new level of foundation needed to be created to meet the flawless skin demands we all require in this digital age.
 MUFE developed their original foundation to meet these needs but as with everything in life products have to move with the times and evolve. We now have 4K HD. In less confusing talk this basically means that a 4K Camera has 8 million pixels. This is 4 times the amount that regular HD has. The depth and detail is so much stronger that every part of the image is hugely magnified.
 To support the change MUFE have developed their new HD Ultra foundation.
 The old HD foundation has been reformulated to produce this new updated version.


 The bottle is the same as the original formula. A 30ml plastic, pump action bottle. The lids still fall off in your makeup bag like the old bottle unfortunately.


 The liquid texture feels fairly lightweight when you pump it out. Not too runny, not too thick.
 It absorbs into the skin fairly quickly and initially with a sheer cover. We found a stippling brush was a nice brush type to use to really buff this into the skin. It was a really easy foundation to build up providing you with a fuller, flawless cover if this is what you require. A smaller amount buffed into the skin will also just give you a wash of cover making this a good choice for all coverage needs.
 It feels very silky on the skin. Not greasy at all but not drying either. Quite a unique texture really. It is water based which explains how it glides into the skin so easily but it has a very smooth almost light silicone feel once blended, even though there is no actual silicone included. It's witchcraft! 
 The finish is a natural skin radiance. It contains luminosity boosters which stimulate the blood circulation. These skin boosting ingredients help to give the skin a natural oomph and radiance.
 It contains hyaluronic acid so it plumps a dehydrated skin and evens fine lines.
 We tested this foundation on an oily skin and a dryer skin. It performed exceptionally well on both types.
 On an oily skin it never felt greasy, it didn't pool in the T-Zone area and it didn't settle into open pores. It lasted all day and still looked beautifully flawless even at 6pm.It gave the skin a soft natural radiance without looking shiny.
 On a dryer skin it blended well and never dragged. It gave a natural radiance and didn't cling to dry patches. Best of all it felt comfortable all day and it never sunk into the fine lines.
 It genuinely performed excellently well on both skin types. We think it would be great on a more mature skin also as it wasn't cakey and didn't sink into fine lines or imperfections.

 The best part of all is the colour selection. There are a whopping 40 shades in the line up. The worst part of this huge shade lineup is trying to figure out the numbering system and how to tell what you are! 
 Because this foundation is designed to look flawless under all conditions MUFE needed to create an extensive colour selection to suit a large variety of skin types. Nic wears this foundation in her Taylor Swift tutorial which is live this Friday for you.

Okay so let us try and make the numbering system a little less confusing....
 
The shades are categorised into four main colour groups. Light, medium, tan and dark. 
 Within each of these groups there are red based foundations and yellow based foundations.
  The numbering system on the base of each bottle consists of a letter and then a 3 digit number.
 The letter is either an R or a Y depending on if it is a red base or a yellow base. The light shade numbers all begin with a 2, medium with a 3, tan with a 4 and dark with a 5..stay with me!

So firstly you need to decide whereabouts you think you would normally sit with regards to light, medium, tan or dark. Next you need to think if you have a more red undertone to your skin or a yellow undertone.
 The numbers all go up in 5's so the lower the number eg R210 the lighter the foundation compared to R260 which is a higher number and therefore darker.

Once you get your head around that it's actually easy to pinpoint what shade you need.

Here are the shades...

Light-Red based foundations


 Light-Yellow based foundations



 Medium-Yellow based foundations

 Medium-Red based foundations


Tan-Yellow based foundations

 Tan-Red based foundations



Dark-Red based foundations

 We found the colours translated lighter on the skin than they look in the bottle.
  If you are someone who always used the old formula HD Foundation then MUFE have also included the number of the old original colour on the new bottle. It does somewhat look confusing but it's a great idea if you had found the prefect shade in the old formula.
 It looks like this...





 



















For example 160 is the number of the shade in the old formula which matches this new shade.
 R410 means it sits in the tan shade range, it has a red undertone and it's on the lighter end of the tan spectrum.
 The third number at the bottom is a batch code which you don't need to pay attention to. It'll be different on every bottle.

 Here are the original HD foundation numbers and their new equivalent in HD Ultra...

110=R220
115=R230
107=R240
117=Y225
120=Y245
135=R300
130=R330
145=R360
155=R370
140=Y305
125=Y315
118=Y325
127=Y335
123=Y365
160=R410
165=R420
153=Y405
128=Y415
170=Y435
173=Y445
175=R510
180=R530

Original shades 150 &185 have been discontinued.
 This foundation is £29.00 and available from August 2015 at www.gurumakeupemporium.com
 It is also available from www.preciousaboutmakeup.com this week for £35.00.







Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Tuesday Chat Sun protection tips

Gosh it's hot here in the UK this week and we wan't to remind you all to stay safe in the sunshine.
 We have been taking a look at SPF and found the information can all be quite confusing!
 Take a look at our chat about SPF here....


Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Sera G Lashes

A good measure on how much we like a product is if it features in a tutorial and then gets stolen from the office and put into our personal makeup bags. Sera G is one of those brands!
 Sera G are always launching new innovative lashes which provide the wearer with unique lash styles and shapes to enhance the eye.
 Sera G designs and hand makes her lashes in London and has recently sent us a selection of her newest creations.
 Here are our favourites of the moment with images courtesy of Sera-G.com


Envy Lashes




















The Envy lashes are corner lashes however they can be placed more towards the centre of the eye if you prefer. They are 3mm-12mm in length and are graduated from short to long. The will add natural volume to the bulk of your lashes or accentuate the corners.
 The black band is flexible and soft for application ease.
 These are £13.99 each.

Lola-Long Lashes



















Lola-Long lashes consist of two chunks of lashes, one on the outer edge which is slightly larger than the other.
 The length is 4mm-12mm and has a clear band to help blend into your lash line easily.
Position these towards the outer edge to add corner volume.
 These are £9.99 each.


Twin Lashes



















Similar to the Lola-Long lashes however they are more tapered, neater and create a more structured finish. These are 3mm-11mm long. The inner lash is very slightly shorter than the outer lash. They can be positioned anywhere you need extra volume.
 These are £12.99 each.


Fairy Long Lashes




















These are more of a strip style lash but are very delicate and light weight. They are 7mm-11mm long and give a soft, diffused look to the lashes. They are slightly more narrow than the standard length of lashes so they add all the volume in the centre of the eye.
 These are £4.99 each.


Geisha Girl Lashes






















These partial lashes are in a unique rounded edged shape to lift and open the eye. They look best in the centre to give a unique, rounded shape to the eye. The band is black and the lashes are slightly stiffer and more compact giving a darker look to the lashes.
 These are 3mm-9mm in length and are £12.99 each.
  

Sera-G has a huge variety of lashes so be sure to check her out over at http://www.sera-g.com

Monday, 29 June 2015

PRIDE Rainbow Eyeliner Tutorial

Congratulations to those in the U.S who can now legally marry. To celebrate this Sam has created a Rainbow liner tutorial.

Take a look here......


Thursday, 25 June 2015

Ben Nye Banana Powder


Banana Powder
 



 Ben Nye Banana powder has become some what of a cult product. I can't believe we have never reviewed it on the blog before! I'm sure it was popular well before Kim Kardashian's makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic used it in those extreme contour images however it's a product that's been going strong for quite a while and there seems to be no slow up in it's popularity. I have been informed by the ladies at Guru Makeup Emporium in London that there is a worldwide shortage!

 So what is it?
 Banana is one particular shade in Ben Nye's line up of luxury powders. There are other shades available in the range however we are just focusing on this one colour for now.
 This powder is a super fine, talc based powder which mattifies the skin without casting a cakey powder veil over the skin.
 The banana powder is the most popular of all the luxury powders in the collection and as you may expect is a pale yellow shade.


The yellow tone is so popular because it is a great colour to aid skin tone colour correction.
  If you have dull, grey or purple tones around the under eyes this powder instantly brightens and (along with a concealer) helps to tone down the dark circles.
 It works not only around the eyes but also on a dull skin tone to pep up the brightness.
 Quite often people with dark circles will use a powder which is too white or light coloured under the eyes. This flashes back in photographs and gives that awful panda eye effect. 
 Banana powder photographs well and rather than appearing white on camera it gives a more golden, warmer lightness.
 Being talc based it instantly absorbs oils and combats shine. Use sparingly though as too much of anything will build up and cake.
 It doesn't have a flat appearance on the skin but instead projects a slight radiance without being shimmery.
 The colour is pretty universal. It works on a fair through to medium skin tone and is particularly good as a lightening powder on a deeper skin tone (this is what Kim K uses it for).

You can get this powder in a large plastic shaker style pot for £10.95 from www.gurumakeupemporium.com


 
 
 
 

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Tuesday Chat with Dame Joan Collins

We grew up in the 80's watching Joan Collins in Dynasty. In awe of her glamour, makeup, style and in love with her bad ass character Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan (to quote her full name!)
 It was such an honour to interview Joan about her cosmetic line, beauty secrets and industry stories.

 Take a look here....


Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Models Own Chrome eye shadow palette

We have seen a lot of new launches recently which have a metallic or chrome pay off. A trend we thought we had left in the 1980's seems to be back with a vengeance!

Models Own recently delivered a collection of molten metal nail polishes and to compliment this trend you can also now have a liquid metal eye look. Housed in a rose gold mirrored compact with sponge applicator.


  The palette contains six cream eye shadows which have a smooth texture and high sheen pigment.
 Each shade provides a shimmer reflection and good colour pay off. Easy to apply and easy to blend over the eye. Could also be used as a highlighter on the skin if required.
 A sheer wash is all you need for a high impact of colour however you can layer and build the shade to add to the tone depth.
 Use too much product and it will settle and crease but used sparingly and blended you can achieve good longevity. The great thing about this product is if you wear a wash of colour over the lid it's super easy to run your finger over the cream to re-blend and smooth out any creasing. Great if you are a fan of a grunge style eye.


These look beautiful worn on their own however they also make an excellent base for your powder eye shadow. Used underneath a powder they will give a metallic undertone to any eye shadow worn on top.
 We are not a fan of the sponge applicator and would prefer to use our ring finger to apply to the lid if you don't have a good synthetic brush to use.

 A good mixture of silvers through to grey and gold through to bronze.


 Shades will suit all skin tones however it has a stronger impact and looks particularly beautiful on a deeper skin tone.

 Available from July 1st 2015 from www.modelsownit.com for a bargain £5.99.


Monday, 22 June 2015

Kendal Jenner/Bronze Goddess Tutorial

We have recently had our pixiwoo course running and we thought one of our students called H had a resemblance to Kendal Jenner.
 As Estee Lauder recently launched their Bronze Goddess range (which Kendal fronts) we thought we could create a tutorial using our gorgeous student H.

Take a look here.....

Friday, 19 June 2015

Code VLM Mascara Mini

There is something about mini products that are just so adorable. You can't help but love them!
 If you watch our tutorials you will see that we quite often use MAC Extended play mascara for our bottom lashes http://goo.gl/Fu5vOu
We recently discovered another great mini mascara made by Code VLM.
 It's exactly the same as their standard volumising and lengthening mascara but in a miniature version.
 This mascara is 3.5ml and is a rich, glossy black mascara infused with tiny fibres to build volume. The brush is a hard bristle brush which gives great separation.






































 The brush is slightly bigger than that of the MAC Extended play so it is great for top and bottom lashes. The mini wand though is perfect for bottom lashes. If you always get mascara on your skin or struggle with your eye sight then this smaller brush makes life a little easier!
 Paraben free and packed with waxes and vitamins to aid lash growth. This mascara isn't waterproof but it is tear proof so you can actually remove it with ease using your normal eye makeup remover.

The mini mascara is £10.00 (the full size is £19.95) with free UK delivery and available from http://code-beautiful.com

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Kiko Deco Delight Lipstick

The latest lipsticks from Kiko are part of the Miami Beach babe collection.
 Available now (June) the lipsticks have a moisturising wet-look finish and are adorned with contrasting polka dots.




Colour is sheer, glossy and extremely comfortable on the lips.
 Good selection of fruity summer shades. The polka dots are pretty much for aesthetic reasons however they do transfer the colour of the dot onto the lip to give you a slight reflective sheen in a contrasting colour. You have to swipe the side of the lipstick on the lip though to get the colour from the polka dot as it will take you ages to wear down the bullet to reach the coloured dot.






















































Gorgeous colour selection, there isn't one shade we don't like or wouldn't wear.
 Each lipstick is £7.90 and available now in store and online from www.kikocosmetics.co.uk


Thursday, 11 June 2015

Benefit License to blot

If you have combination or oily skin you know what a battle it can be to maintain the balance between radiant skin and an oily sheen.
 If your skin is combination or oily the the best place to begin to control this is always your skin care. Ensure you are using the correct skin care regime and this will go along way in helping you to balance out the oily areas.
 New products are always being launched to combat the shine and Benefit have just added to the line up by releasing their License to blot, instant oil blotting stick.























What is it?
 A twist up, triangular shaped stick which is designed to be gently stroked over the skin to combat shine on the skin. It contains a mixture of coconut/palm fatty acids which leave a balmy, silky film over the skin. Nylon is used as a synthetic polymer to act as an absorbent. Also contains a number of waxes and silica to absorb the excess oil from the surface of the skin.

What do we think?
 For us, the jury is out on this one. The triangle shaped, slanted stick is really easy to use. The shape enables you to reach all of the corners and contours of the face.
 If you use this on bare skin, or skin which has minimal areas of cover from a concealer then this works. It does matte you down and take away the shine, leaving your skin feeling soft and matte.
 If you want to wear it on top of a foundation or powder then we personally don't think it works.
 Benefit do state it is to be used lightly over the skin however even with the most delicate touch this does disturb your makeup underneath. After using over the T-Zone my base transferred onto the stick which left my base looking patchy and uneven. It also didn't feel very hygienic as it left the stick looking particularly grubby!

After light use on the T-Zone


The left over foundation residue doesn't make this the most hygienic of blotting methods so you will need to clean it with a tissue after each use. We also think if you suffer from problematic skin or acne then avoid this product. It's so easy to spread bacteria around the face and aggravate your skin further.

Overall if you wear hardly any base and just want to take down the shine then it's great and it works. If you want to touch up your makeup with this and remove shine from skin which has makeup already applied to it then it's not what we would recommend. Stick to your blotting sheets.

License to blot is £15.50 and available now https://www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk


We would love to hear what you think of this product if you have tried it.

 
  


 

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Tuesday Chat with Sunday Riley

Did you miss our Tuesday chat with skin care goddess Sunday Riley? It's a good one, take a watch here....




Monday, 8 June 2015

Spring/Summer Makeup tutorial with Tia Ward

We had a guest model in last week so we thought we would create a beautiful Spring/Summer tutorial for you. Tia Ward is our model and she has her own blog which you can check out here..www.tiaward.com

She also has different colour eyes which makes this tutorial a little more unique.
 Check it out here.....


Friday, 29 May 2015

Diorshow Collection

Dior show collection is a capsule collection featuring some new everyday essentials.
 We have three key eye pieces to show you...

 Diorshow Mascara
 I can't keep up with the amount of mascara's Dior launch but the latest is a reinvention of the classic. 






















Huge brush but the formula of the mascara is really nice. Creamy and long wearing with no flaking. The brush itself is really bristly and adds volume easily.
 The USP of this mascara is the updated formula. It has a patented anti-drying formula with an air-lock system that helps the mascara to stay fresh and fluid. This is great news as we have found that Dior mascaras have previously gone dry after a few weeks.
 Diorshow Mascara is £25.00

 Diorshow Pro Liner
 This new liner is a hybrid. It looks like a kohl but feels like a gel on application. It has a bevelled, angled edge so you can get close to the lash line and use the angle of the liner to create a flick.

 














 The liner is a twist up and the product glides on very easily. It's hard to get a fine line with this liner and you can't really blend the line you have created. Once on though this is waterproof and lasts really well. Good if you want a solid, un-blended line. Great for watery eyes or for humidity and sports.
 Available in six colours and is £20.00.

Diorshow Brow Styler
 In our opinion this is the best of the new launches. It's a firm plastic brow comb. It has a twist up end which then dispenses the serum-like gel out through tiny hole in the brush.




















The formula of the gel is lightweight and non sticky. It separates the brow hairs and holds them in place.
 Available in three colour options of clear, light brown and ashy blonde.

 Be careful not to wind the the end too much as it can dispense too much product and leave your brows looking wet rather than groomed.

 The Diorshow Brow styler gel is £21.00

 All three pieces are available nationwide from June 2015.




Thursday, 28 May 2015

Tuesday Chat - NPU

Sorry it was a bit late this week guys but we had some internet issues!
 Take a look at this weeks Tuesday chat.....

 

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

L'oréal Pin-up collection




































 It's been the 68th annual Cannes film festival and as the official makeup sponsors of the event L'oréal have launched their pin-up collection.

 
 We have two of the eye shadows in pin up pink 507 and French Riviera 505.
 Shimmering finish pearl eye shadows with good colour pay off and no drop down. Shades lay down and blend easily providing sheer washes of colour. The eye shadows are £5.49 each.


















 Also for the eyes is L'oréal's first flexible tip liner pen in jet black.


 The tip creates a really nice finish. Firm enough to apply colour and reach into the inner corners but flexible enough to move with the shape of the eye. Not too wet either so you don't get the product in your lashes. Ink dries off quickly too which helps prevent transfer. The superstar liner is £6.99.

Another mascara has joined the already vast L'oréal mascara line up. It is a dual ended mascara. One end coats the lashes in white micro fibres to build volume and separate the lashes. The other end is a curved, bristly brush which provides the intense black to the lashes. The mascara is very black and the slightly curved brush makes application easy. Gives a very spiky, separated finish but helps to curl the lashes well. The false lash superstar mascara is £10.99.



For the lips there is just the one colour in the collection called My sky is the limit 504. Extremely glossy, sticky texture but the colour doesn't translate as vibrant as you may expect. It's quite a translucent pink. To get the pink as bold as the image you would need a lipstick underneath also for sure. The gloss is £6.99.





 













 The nail varnish in this collection although very pretty, feels a little disjointed. All of the colours seem to be more clashing rather than working in harmony. The nail varnish is called Dating coral 305. A rich coral with a sheen finish. Perfect on toes and fingers for the Summer. The nail varnish is £4.99.
























Really nice products individually but not really a collection we would purchase to wear all together.
 Available mid May.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Perfect Summer Makeup Tutorial

Did you catch Nic's Summer tutorial on Friday. Using coppers and golds to catch the sunlight this look would work on all skin tones and eye colours.
 We are now trialing our tutorials at a slightly earlier time of 5pm on a Friday. What do you think of this time slot? We would love your feedback.
 Hope you enjoy.....


Friday, 22 May 2015

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess


  It literally isn't summer until Estee Lauder drop their Bronze Goddess collection.

 This years collection centers around shimmering nudes and compromises of a new limited edition gelée bronzer, limited edition illuminating powder gelée, limited edition all over illuminator and powder bronzer all for the skin. For the eyes, lips and nails there is a new shimmering nude eye shadow palette, a limited edition face and eye palette (online only) pure colour gloss pen and new pure colour nail lacquer.
 We have a selection from this collection to show you.

 The bronze goddess shimmering body oil makes an appearance this year. The fragrance of this has become synonymous with the summer and is a scent I can always detect when someone is wearing. 




































The oil is presented in a 45ml glass bottle with vapouriser spray dispenser. The oil itself is transparent but encapsulates a super fine golden shimmer pigment. Enriched with skin nourishing emollients this oil will moisturise a parched skin whilst providing a heavenly coconut scent and radiant shimmer. If it makes me look like the visual of Carolyn Murphy just casually hanging out in the pool this summer then I'm dousing my body in it!
This bottle is £29.00.

The illuminating powder gelée-£32.00









  


























This powder doesn't really feel like a gelée at all. The texture is extremely sheer and the powder is super fine so that it glides on like a second skin. The highlight is a warm apricot and looks beautiful on the cheek bones and over the brow for a humid skin effect highlight.
All over illuminator-£33.00

Cream highlighting stick which tints skin in a peach/gold radiance. Looks great as a blusher on a lighter skin or as a highlighter on a deeper or tanned skin.


 The stick makes it convenient to sling in your bag and apply on the go. Easy to touch up with and build up as your tan increases.

The shimmering nudes eye shadow palette is the cherry on the cake for this collection.


 It is basically everything you need for all-in-one bronzing for the face and eyes.
  The slimline mirrored palette contains five universal bronze shades from nude through to deep mocha all with a radiant finish.

 Sweep your brush all over or pick out the individual shades and use on the eyes and also the cheeks as a bronzer or highlighter.

 Specifically for the eyes are three shades in gold, olive and smokey charcoal, all obviously with the shimmering finish.

  A dual ended brush is included which has a padded applicator and a small blending brush.


All three shades blend beautifully together and work in harmony with the bronzing tones also.
 This palette is £44.00.

We LOVE all the pieces from this collection and will be featuring this palette in a tutorial over the next few weeks so stand by for that!

 This collection is available now while stocks last http://www.esteelauder.co.uk