Monday, 29 May 2017

Battle Of The Higher End Brow Products

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I'm extremely smug to say- I have alright brows and I know it. Yes, the arrogance is real people. In my defence I have spent a lot of time (but mostly money) on my brows over the years and I'm pleased to say I'm finally happy with them. 

Despite my sickening pride in my eyebrows, few people know that my actual brows are pretty shit. I'll be honest, they are heaps better than they were naturally meant to be, but I was born with sparse and thin brows that will never be thick and long without a bit of extra help. 

This is where brow products have been a life saver. No exaggeration. Brow products are basically my desert island, holy grail, makeup bag essentials. So it's clear that brow products are my babies, and like any successful makeover it's all about the quality of the products.

Now, I would love to sit here and say that I've been bowled over by an eyebrow product that's under £10, but that's sadly not the case. I'm not a snob when it comes to brands and price (who doesn't love a bargain), but I've never really found a drugstore brow product that's worked as well as a more expensive one. If you know of an amazing high-street brow product, please holler at your girl because I'd love to try it!

But, the brow products I'm about to talk about are definitely worth the money and have both lasted me for well over a year, despite the back I basically use both of them every day, alternate days of the week.

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbow steals the top spot, and is my absolute favourite brow product ever. Of all time. Period. The creamy texture of the product makes it easy to sculpt your dream brows, and they seriously stay perfect all freaking day. I have previously written about this little beauty, so read the full review here

The ABH Dipbrow doesn't come with a brush, and I use it with the MAC 208 brush, which I would highly recommend. The small size makes for the ultimate control and accuracy when crafting your brows.

The product that comes in second to Anastasia is the Benefit Brow Zings Kit. This clever little kit contains a brow gel and brow powder along with a nifty collapsible brush which has an angled end and blunt end. 

The only aspect of this kit I do not use at all is the blunt end of the brush - I just have no use for it. If you aren't going to make my brows look sharp enough to slay thine enemies then girl bye. I find I only need to use the angled end and I pick up both the gel and the powder using it.

On a typical day I would use the gel to create my desired brow outline as it glides easily and creates precise, sharp lines when used with an angled brush. I'd then use the powder to fill in the brows themselves.

From a UK citizen point of view, the Benefit Brow Zings Kit is a lot easy to get hold than ABH Dipbrow, but that being said nothing has stopped me from getting my hands on my holy grail products in the past. Not even the Atlantic Ocean. 

Sunday, 28 May 2017

The Eyeshadow Palette You Need To Buy Now

Morphe 350 Eye Shadow Palette Review

Despite the sickening amounts of different eye shadow colours I have, I am constantly fighting the urge to create deep, warm, pumpkin spice coloured eye looks every time I pick up my blending brush.

Without a doubt, is one palette in particular that I always reach for, whether I'm creating a dramatic smoked out look or a natural soft one. The product in question is the Morphe 350 palette.

This gorgeous palette took the internet by STORM a while back, and has since been a constant sell out every time I went to buy it. So, you can image my excitement when I received the email telling me it was finally in stock on Cult Beauty. I went on to the website and put this little beauty in my basket quicker than Usain Bolt at the Olympics.

Morphe 350 Eye Shadow Palette Review

The palette contains 35 colours and is a mixture of matte and shimmer shades. The colours boast a spectrum of reds, browns, oranges and golds - pretty much making this the ultimate forever palette. In addition to containing every colour you dream of after a good scroll through your Instagram feed, the quality of the shadows themselves is amazing, especially considering the bargain price. The colours are all extremely pigmented, easy to apply and blend. 

I tend to find with mixed texture palettes, the shimmer shades let the side down but these shimmers blow me away. They are gorgeously foiled and only require a little bit of layering to create the ultimate sparkle in your eye look. TYSM Morphe.

Morphe 350 Eye Shadow Palette Review

Whether you're a professional makeup artist or if you're new to makeup and looking for a great starter palette, the 350 is definitely a must for any makeup collection.

So, if you buy ONE thing, I'd definitely recommend getting your hands on this little gem, it absolutely is as good as it looks.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The High Street Gel Nail Polishes I ACTUALLY Like

Rimmel Super Gel Nail Polish Review

Until very recently I was ride or die for my old reliable acrylics, but since taking the plunge and deciding to rock my natural claws for a little while, I've been discovering a lot more about the nail polish market and what it has to offer. 

Believe me when I say, as a whole I don't love wearing varnish on my natural nails. Take into consideration the very attractive ridges left from years of acrylics and then there's the chipping.

 Most of the time they chip the second I attempt to open my shampoo, cleanser or any other type of bottle that I come into contact with throughout my typical day. And if I've somehow managed to finger ninja my cleanser bottle open WITHOUT ruining my polish, they'll decide to chip the second I get to work and reach for a pen. Literally, I don't have the patience. It pisses me off.

Before caving and running straight back to my salon and asking glumly for a full set of acrylics (Legally Blonde style after Elle finds out Warner has a fiance), I decided to dabble in the at home gel polishes out there.

I've tried a fair few and I'm sorry to say that I've never really been blown away. I still haven't been blown away, but I have found one that I actually like. Quite a lot in fact.

Rimmel London's 2 Step Super Gel polish promises quick drying, chip resistant varnish with up for 14 days wear. While I definitely won't go as far as penning the product completely chip resistant, this polish puts up a pretty tough fight against snagging and chipping, in ways that is better in comparison to most other high street gel alternative varnishes.

In addition to the 2 Step Super Gel's hardy nature, it does have an impressive drying time. I normally apply two coats of my desired colour topped with one swipe of the clear gel coat and all in all the air drying time is a little over ten minutes. Great for busy (read: impatient) souls like myself.

Applicators make or break nail polishes, and I adore the applicator on these beauties. They're a generous, fat size which allows for ultimate control when painting those nails and minimal mess. One quick brush over and you're ready to move onto the next nail. 

Now, let's talk colours. Because the most important thing about nail varnishes are the colours. Currently there are 25 available shades, including a lovely selection of nudes, brights and there is a shimmer in there if that's your sort of thing. My favourites include Shallow Bay and Perfect Rosy, the only colour I wish they had was a gorgeous khaki (hint, hint).

It most definitely isn't a foolproof alternative to real gel or acrylic nails, but Rimmel gives it a decent shot and is probably one of the best of the at home gel alternatives the high street has to offer. 

Monday, 22 May 2017

Kiehl's Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Face Masque Review

kiehl's tumeric and cranberry seed mask review

Having a dark past of horrifically awful acne has not only left me with a thorough knowledge of all things skincare, it's made me extremely (I can not emphasise extremely enough) picky about what I put on my face. One of the lucky few skincare items I wholeheartedly trust on my irritatingly sensitive and spot-prone skin is Kiehl's Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Face Masque

At a glance at the beautiful bright orange tub, you read that the mask is labelled as 'energising and radiance', but at my time of purchase I also noted the mask contained Turmeric which is a holy grail natural ingredient for problematic complexions. In my eyes, if this turned out to be a mask that could clear my skin whilst also energising it, I would be a very impressed woman.

And impressed I am. I aim to use this mask once a week, although I have to hold my hands up and admit sometimes I do skip a week if I'm having an ultra busy weekend. But, whether I've been using it like clockwork, or haven't touched it in a while it never fails to impress me.

kiehl's tumeric and cranberry seed mask review

Pretty much every time a cluster of spots surface on my skin, after use of this mask they will calm down and ultimately F off within 24-48 hours. I know. There have been a few stubborn ones that have withstood the blemish beating power of this gorgeous little mask, but the (large) majority of the time I am perfectly comfortable with trusting the product to keep my skin clear of unwanted intruders.

As well as being a general dose of goodness for your skin, this mask also  exfoliates. The cranberry seeds in the mask gently exfoliate your skin which in turn makes the surface appear more even, radiant and youthful. Who doesn't want that? Aside from my blemishes, I also suffer from unrelenting blackheads - lucky me, I know. In addition to the Kiehl's mask's other skin saving qualities, I have also found it does wonders for blackheads. The gentle exfoliation helps extract them while the mask itself shrinks my pores and keeps them clearer for longer. 

 I mean, there's no denying that this is just my dream mask.

Whilst I couldn't rave about this product enough and I have recommended this to friends who have loved it, I have also seen my boyfriend (who has even more sensitive skin than I) react not so great to it. So, if you have super sensitive skin I would approach with a little care.

Aside for that minuscule word of caution, I have two words for anyone looking for a mask to rid them of blemishes and exfoliate and brighten their complexion: buy it. Just buy it. I hope (but kind of already know) you'll love it as much as I do.   

Monday, 22 August 2016

Hero Product: Embroylisse Eye Cream

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I have a lot of holy grail products in my beauty collection. Cleanser, hairspray, highlighter, foundation... I pretty much have a hero product for every beauty category. Except eye cream. Eye cream is something I've never really been blown away by, which is a shame considering I'm so conscious of my puffy under eye bags. That being said, in the past few weeks I've introduced a new eye cream into my routine and I think (dare I say it), it might be my hero eye cream. 

The Embryolisse Radiant Eye Cream* is the gorgeous little product in question. The eye cream comes in solid, stick form which I've found I really prefer to other types of packaging as you can apply the product directly to your under eye area super quickly.

Although it might sound lazy, the effortless application is a massive turn on for me as I do my skincare routine early in the morning before work or late at night. These are both times of day where I want everything to be quick and easy and I'm not afraid to admit that I am that person who really appreciates the conventionality of products such as this.

I'm hands down won over by the packaging and application, but I could never forget that the most important part of any beauty product is, of course, the product!

The gorgeous cream glides onto the skin and I find it feels cool and refreshing on application. This makes my eyes feel instantly more awake and look noticeably less puffy, which has recently given me the confidence to go makeup free for work. My under eye area in general just looks a lot more radiant and so much less dull, which is a massive deal for me as I've never really been overly impressed with any products that I've used to help tackle that problem before now. 

This eye cream is recommended for those with sensitive skin (like me!) and I've found it's been the perfect formula for both my skin type and my skin issue. 

Saturday, 20 August 2016

My Hair Makeover- Yay!

Before & After!

Since dying my hair black, I've had a love/hate relationship with my colour. A few friends have said they love the colour, whereas others have admitted they preferred me blonde. It took me AGES to actually start to like it even a little bit, and despite the fact I did eventually feel comfortable with it, I was always planning how I could slowly get back lighter.

That being said, I am the sort of person that absolutely can't make decisions when it comes to this sort of thing (I can NEVER decide on a colour at my trips to the nail salon), so actually deciding what colour to go and when to do it was difficult. So, when the opportunity arose to get a cut, colour and hacial* - a hair facial - I pounced at the chance. I had my appointment at the gorgeous Andrew Jose salon in Charlotte Street (London) and had my hair done by the equally gorgeous Evelina Lundgren.

On arrival, I showed a few pictures of the hair I was aiming for to Evelina, which was ashy brown balayage on my already black hair. I knew this wouldn't be possible in one appointment as my hair was pitch black all over, and Evelina explained that we could probably get it a dark ashy brown on the ends, and a more warm dark brown higher up my hair where there was more dye. I was absolutely fine with this and after my appointment, I'm actually really happy with the colour and am not even sure I want to go lighter for the time being!

For the process of colouring my hair, Evelina balayaged it, bleaching it with Olaplex, which if you don't know, is an amazing product that massively minimises the damage bleach does to your hair. After the colour had lifted as much as possible, it was orange at the ends and more red higher up the hair. She then used a toner to give it an ashy brown finish. 

During my appointment, Evelina also gave me a hacial treatment, which is basically a facial for your hair, a term developed by Andrew Jose. The treatment focuses on the pores on your scalp and looking closely at the health of the hair shaft.  During my hacial, she used Salon Science products, of which Andrew Jose is the ambassador of. The Salon Science products are perfect for specifically targeting particular hair issues, as they have a selection of products for different needs. She applied Salon Science's Scalp Scrub to my roots to help hydrate and stimulate my scalp, then used the Salon Science Cellutensive Masque Treatment in the lengths to give the rest of my hair a deep treatment. 

After my appointment, I'm absolutely thrilled with my hair and have had some really nice compliments since changing up my colour. I'm always very conscious of bleaching my hair and the effect it has on the condition but I am so happy with the condition its in, and even though I did get it cut, she trimmed off barely any which made my LIFE. I'm always worried hairdressers will trim off absolutely inches when I always express I want less than an inch off, but Evelina cut it perfectly and I'm so grateful for that!

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

The Ultimate Summer Foundation: Urban Decay Naked Skin Review

This summer we've seen some super warm spells of weather, which I absolutely LOVE. I'm definitely not one of those people who moans "it's too hot" when the temperature creeps anything above 20 degrees. I fully embrace the warm weather because you seriously never know how long it's going to last in Britain!

One thing the lush weather has been doing, is making me take a step back from my usual go-to foundations. I typically opt for a 'higher the coverage the better' approach to foundation, but the heat has changed my tune and I've had the chance to fall in love with some of my more lightweight foundations.

My recent favourite has to be Urban Decay's Naked Skin Foundation, without a doubt. The formula of the foundation is a lot more watery in consistency compared to other foundations but I'm guessing this is what gives the foundation it's ultra natural and lightweight feel, which I'm obsessed with.

On your complexion, this gorgeous foundation feels insanely natural which is an absolute must at this time of year when it is hotter. It has a stunning satin finish which I think gives a beautiful 'glowing from within' look to my skin. On application the foundation instantly evens out my complexion and conceals my redness whilst also keeping my skin radiant and natural looking.

I have oily skin and this does give me a gorgeous natural glow without making me look oily so if you do have oily skin, this would still look great on you. Those with dry skin, I think this would be great as it as a really moisturising consistency and is full of ultra nourishing ingredients such as Litchiderm (natural derivative from lychee), Japanese Green Tea and Vitamin E which are all amazing for keeping your skin supple, hydrated and less dull.

The coverage is buildable and can be built to a fair coverage, but it does describe itself as providing medium to full coverage, which I don't agree with. I first bought this foundation back when my skin was causing me absolute havoc (acne, I do not miss you) and unfortunately the coverage of the foundation just wasn't suitable for my skin problems at that time as I needed a really high coverage, which it just didn't give. So from my experience, I would describe this as a light to medium coverage foundation.

That being said, I still do absolutely adore this foundation. Now my complexion has cleared up, it's perfect for my skin and is one of my favourite foundations at the moment. I would definitely recommend this for anyone looking for a lightweight, natural looking foundation which gives a stunning 'my skin but better' look.