Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Flashmob Superstar Nova Eyeliner

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METALLIC SHIMMER

In this metallic eyeliner set, you get 5 colours: gold, pink, purple, green and blue. The gold looks more copper however it doesn't deter me from trying it. Copper is a lovely shade. Lilac isn't as pigmented as I had thought. It's more subtle.

Swatched on the hands, the colours are beautiful however when used on the eyes, I didn't find the pigmentation on the same level. I had to swipe plenty of times and add a little bit of pressure to make these visible on my eyes. They are soft and doesn't tug the skin however the colour payoff on the eyes isn't impressive which is unfortunate. The outer corner of the lash line was stubborn and the eyeliner didn't last long there.

If you rub your eyes, they will rub off, leaving you with a shimmery eye area. They didn't last long on my oily lids and water eyes. I could use the gold as an all over base eyeshadow shade over eyelid primer. Then eyeshadow on top would help set it. I would also use this set to draw on my face to festivals instead.

If you have oily eyelids or your eyes get watery easily, I wouldn't recommend these. Pencil eyeliners as a whole are something I struggle with and doesn't work on me. If pencils are your thing or you're looking for something that is short term or want something you can use for fun elsewhere on the face, these would be your best bet.

Are you loving colour on the eyes?

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Kalentin Magic Eyebrow Definer

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NOT QUITE A GEL NOR A POWDER

I have not idea what the secret formula or texture is but I can definitely tell you it's not as soft as a gel. I always find gel products can go to waste easily when you have a lot on your brush. With this, you can easily control how much product you get on the brush without anything going to waste. This is my first non pencil eye brow product and have found it very easy to use. Hello natural brows.

I have chosen the shade Brown and it's a perfect match for me. Not too dark or harsh for my skin tone and is similar to my all time eyebrow pencil - Rimmel eyebrow pencil in Hazel. In this set, you get 4 brushes included you need to shape and polish the brows - 2 angle brushes, a spoolie and a comb. I had found the angle brushes easy to use for a newbie like myself. I am able to get an even coverage and a precise line. The bristles aren't stiff, enabling fluid movement whilst in use.

Using the brush and product together, the texture of this spreads like a dream and sets for the whole day. You don't need much. The shade is buildable if you prefer a much bolder look but I prefer natural myself. My eyebrow area does get oily too and it hasn't eaten it up or is smudged. Hurrah! More than 12 hours and it's still going strong! I did notice some shimmer when I had swatched it on my hand with my sharp eyes but couldn't see it in my brows. I have incorporate it in my everyday routine now. I'm able to use this as fast as an eyebrow pencil. The pot may be small but it will last you ages. I haven't made a dent yet, just scraped the top.

You can easily remove this with ease with any makeup remover. The colour choice is impressive. There are 8 shades to choose from, one to suit everyone. These are going to make an appearance at IMATS London this year, at booth #621. Be sure to definitely check them out. It may be a tad pricey but it is definitely worth it.

Have you tried this eyebrow definer?

Friday, 22 May 2015

Trends I've Never Followed #3

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MISSING OUT?

Flared/Bootcut jeans/trousers - I have read that they are great at making the legs look longer but for me, the 70s trend isn't really my thing. I will end up constantly tripping whilst wearing them. I'd rather stay away from the embarrassment and bruises too.

Dr Martens boots - They're too chunky for my liking. I didn't like them when they were the trend back in the 90s. I have heard that they are very comfortable however not my style.

Fringing/Tassels - Not my thing. It seems like its out of place and makes the item look unfinished. Plus knowing myself, the tassels will get caught on something, tugged, ripped off, everything.

MAC Fluidline - I remember this being the cult classic years ago. It was "the" product of the year, or years. I saw reviews and tutorials left and right. Those were the days where I had thought I'd never spend that much on an eyeliner. Even to this very day, I still wouldn't purchase this due to the reviews I've read. Even if it has high praise, it doesn't seem to be that good with oily lids.

CC/DD Creams - After the BB cream saga, I gave up in trying products like these and decided to pass on the CC and DD series. Don't really have high hopes and will be sticking with my foundation instead.

Are there any trends you didn't follow?

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

My Top Pink Nude Lipsticks for Spring

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A SPRING WELCOME

You can never go wrong with a pink nude lipstick. Suitable all year round but I seem to wearing it a lot more during Spring for some reason but it's a good thing. Trying to use up my lipsticks before I purchase more but we all know that never happens. These four are my current pick me ups (swatches L-R):
MAC Brave
Essence 07 Natural Beauty
Essence 05 Cool Nude
Illamasqua Minx
I will wear these to work, it's become a habit. I tend to wear Illamasqua if I have to make more effort in my appearance and have plans after work. I would definitely recommend this shade if you are wanting to slowly step into brighter shades. This gem is a definite pick me up and you need it in your collection. Whereas for a general working day, I will pick the other three shades at random and don't look back. I must say, Essence Cool Nude is my favourite. It is the pink shade I have been searching for all these years. It's THE ONE, THE ONE! Oh yes I must stress this out. Forever repurchasing it. I will have a review up for this at some point.

What's your current lipstick shade you're wearing?

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer

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EASILY AVAILABLE IN THE UK

Yes you have read it right. You can now get your hands on Make Up For Ever easily in the UK now as it is launched in Debenhams online and is available in the London Oxford Street brand. I had purchased this from Sephora whilst I was in Paris and it had still worked out slightly cheaper than purchasing it here in the UK due to the weak Euro. I had asked the makeup artist which shade would suit me for my under eyes. Without a second thought, she had instantly matched me with 05 - Vanilla. I did question her as it did look too light but then told me that it will darken. In the end, the colour match is perfect. It had even matched my skin tone. 04 - Flesh would have been a tad too light for me.

You only need to tiniest amount to cover the eye area and the tube will last you ages. Even for a full face, you don't need loads to get great coverage yet I wouldn't say it has full coverage. A light is what you really need and doesn't feel heavy but you have to be careful when building this up, it will end up looking cakey easily. The consistency is thick yet creamy but it is easy to blend out. Using the patting/dabbing motion would be your best bet. Some may find it too thick and heavy for the under eye but it's all about personal preference nevertheless, you can always mix it with other products. It covered some blemishes amazingly and on some, just average which I find odd.

You can see in the photos above, it is light and has a yellow undertone but it will oxidise as it dries. I believe it's the same for every shade they carry for this so do be aware when deciding on your shade. In Debenhams, there are 8 shades available but there are more in Sephora in the USA and France. The shade doesn't get darker the higher the number so do be aware of this too. Some people may need to mix two shades together.

This needs to be set with a powder otherwise it will transfer, smudge and crease. Once set, it will last all day on my oily skin even if the oil control is average, but am not entirely sure on the waterproof aspect of this though. This isn't drying whatsoever and doesn't dry to a matte finish even if it states it does. It will suit all skin types and is oil free. I can definitely say it didn't break me out nor accentuate dry patches. The squeezy tube is hygienic and easy to use, enabling you to control the amount you need.

I like this but don't love it. I'm just going to use this for under the eyes. I'm currently in two minds about repurchasing this but the tube will last me ages so I can justify the expensive price tag for now.

Have you tried any Make Up For Ever products?