Friday, 25 September 2015

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

I finally took the plunge and got myself the Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit, when it arrived in the post, I kid you not, it felt as though I had the Holy Grail in my hands. 

Incase you have been living under the stairs for the past few years, the brand Anastasia Beverly Hills has become known as the best for brow products, you couldn't call yourself a makeup fan without their brow whiz in your makeup bag. The brand has expanded over time and with that more products have become available, from lip gloss to highlighters. (Yes, 'So Hollywood' Highlight is next on my want list) 

The contour kit became such a cult item it was sold out for weeks. In the end I gave up checking and instead moped for a while, sulking as I watched Instagram makeup icons such as Amrezy and Desi Perkins use it in their tutorials. 

Once I had it finally in my hands, I opened it in a similar fashion as Charlie did when he found the last golden ticket! The colours are perfectly suited for light/medium skin tones, I especially like how the contour colours have a grey undertone which allows the colour to look more like a natural shadow on the skin. I use the NARS Ita kabuki brush for a sharp and precise finish for the contour and a damp beauty blender with the highlight colours. The yellow shade Banana is particularly my favourite, using it to set my under eye concealer  which leaves a flawless finish that doesn't look too 'made up' for a daytime look. These powders have a creamy feel to them which allows them to look so natural and not cakey with a velvet finish. 

This contour kit is one of many I have tried and I can honestly say it will stay within reach. However I don't think I will use it on a daily basis, but save it for when I have some good amount time to get ready for a night out, or special occasion when I know there will be countless photos taken as these powders photograph beautifully. This product asks to be used at its best, just how you will see it's followers use it. Defiantly not worth wasting on a trip to Tesco for the weekly food shop. 

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Thursday, 24 September 2015

What's in my Makeup Bag?

So I was spoilt on my recent birthday and got a beautiful Maggs London makeup bag, naturally I threw out my grubby old one and filled my lovely, shiny new one with the items I've been reaching for recently. Do any of you have a Maggs London makeup bag? Find my one here

Shu Uemura Eye Lash Curlers here
NARS Ita Brush here
Mario Badescu Facial Spray here
Lacome Grandiose Mascara here
YSL Kiss and Blush here
Benefit Gimme Brow here
NARS Creamy Concealer here
Tom Ford Lipstick here
Tom Ford Concealing Pen here
MAC Bronzing Powder here
MAC Lipstick here
MAC Lip Pencil here 

Hope you enjoyed having a nose in my makeup bag cake lovers, I know I love having a peek in other girls ones! 

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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Kylie Jenner Galore Magazine

So this is one for all you Kylie fans out there, a quick tutorial on how I achieved an look inspired from her recent shoot with Galore Magazine. I loved the subtle contouring and gorgeous chocolate looking lips! 

I started by using the Eve Lom primer, focusing mainly on areas such as my nose and cheeks. I then used the Nars All Day Foundation with a damp beauty blender all over and used the Nars concealer for pin point concealing. This achieved a flawless finish with minimal level of coverage, I didn't want this look to become too cakey and draw the attention away from the lips and eyes.

Once the base was finished I went in with some very light contouring and highlighting. The Illamasqua Gel Sculpt gives the perfect look I was after which I then set with the shade Fawn in the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit. 

With the main base of the make up finished use a warm toned blush and a hint of highlighter on the high points of the face. Of course don't forget to give your brows! Kylie's ones are super sharp so I reckon using a pencil or pomade for a clean finish as powders give a more natural, bushy look.

For the eyes apply Mac's paint pot in Soft Ochre all over the lids and up to the brows to give the shadows great staying power. I then used all Mac shadows but you can use any you prefer in similar shades. For the first transition colour I went into the crease and over the lids with a cool toned mauve. Once that is nicely blended with a fluffy brush I deepend the outer corners of the eyes with a rich chocolate. Carry a mixture of these two colours down onto the lower lash line, Kylie has the shadows blended quite low on which can be a little unnerving if you're not used to wearing your shadows like this, trust me though, you are all able to pull off this look more than you think. 

Next I used an Estee Lauder liquid liner to get the cat flick, focusing the thickness mainly on the outer corner of the eyes. For a look that gives your lashes a thicker appearance use a kohl pencil on the upper and lower waterlines, taking it right into the inner corners to get the almond shape Kylie's eyes have. Once that is all done finish it off with some mascara and your favourite falsies! 

Now in my personal collection of lipsticks I didn't have the right shade of brown, so had a little play about with these two and managed to get something similar.... obviously give your lips some attention to achieve the perfect, over drawn Jenner pout! 

There you have it! This look is obviously my interpretation of the make up so I haven't listed every single product I used as I thought you could all use your own goodies to give this look a go! However, saying that, if the shade of blusher or shadows are going to be something you obsess about, you will find a full list on my Instagram post. 

Have fun with this look cake lovers xo  

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Monday, 7 September 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation

So sorry for my lack of activity on the blog recently cake lovers, the day after my last post I went into labour with my little girl! It's been a crazy time and I have never been so happy, my daughter Zara is doing really well and it feels like she has always been with us. So, back to business, this morning I had a little treat arrive in the post. 

Charlotte Tilbury's new Magic Foundation sample, just what the doctor ordered, I couldn't wait to give it a go and see how this new product will work with my new mummy skin...I've had a flare up recently which has really put a bee in my bonnet! No more pregnancy glow, but tired, red, blemished skin in its place. Reading up about the foundation it explains how the full coverage will feel weightless and smooth, just like a second skin. It is said to help with a number of concerns, such as redness, blemishes, dullness and mature skin types. With a large selection of 15 shades to choose from you can be sure to find your perfect match! 
My sample shade was 4.5 Medium which matched me rather well and I love the fact it had a warmer, golden tone to it.
Application wise, there is a Magic Foundation Brush to team with it or you can use your fingers. I cheated a little and used a Tom Ford brush that, to me, looked quite similar... but shhhhh....
Oh, and one more thing, it helps with oiliness in 9 weeks too.....

...Sounds too good to be true right?

Well I didn't really have anywhere to go today, apart from a walk in the park with my new little buddy, so I let it do all the work and kept the rest of my makeup simple. Two hours later, I was back from feeding the ducks and still looking airbrushed. Honestly, this stuff really is magic. I noticed it reduced the appearance of pores and lines with a gorgeous finish that gave the skin a beautiful, youthful look. When it comes to a foundation announcing it is full coverage, yet still weightless, I usually brand it as nonsense, only because of pervious products I have used in the past that have said the same. This however, isn't telling porkie pies! Flawless coverage, without that cakey feel and a finish that looks as though you are having a really great skin day. 

It is safe to say that I will be using this sample up until there is no drop left and treating myself to a bottle of this wonderful foundation. It wouldn't surprise me if the Gods themselves had created it...only messing, but you have to hand it to Charlotte Tilbury and her team that spent five years developing its formula, well worth the wait in my personal opinion, makes me feel guilty for wasting it on afternoon park strolls. Oh well, at least I'll look flawless for the ducks. 

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