Tuesday, 20 June 2017

A subtle bronze by Benefit

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Let’s call it trendy.

Every beauty website and magazine is talking about Spring’s barely there contour, a shadow so undetectable it seems effortless. While I know a bronzer “shouldn’t” be used to contour, they’re not the right shade, and all that jazz, I feel like where there’s a will, there’s a way. And I prefer warmth during the summer, as I mentioned in my last post.

I don’t gravitate towards Benefit much, and the products I’ve tried don’t work for me, but I love this Dew The Hoola Liquid Bronzer!

It’s subtle, warm toned but not unflattering in any way. It blends beautifully, and doesn’t move all day. A little bit can be used all over your face for some colour, mixed in with foundation, or in the usual “3” shape on your high points. I use the latter method, and I set it with a translucent powder and then go over with a soft bronzer.

Once, I forgot to use my second step, and sort of freaked out when I got to work and realised! But I’d used and set Dew the Hoola, and I could see the definition I prefer to my face.

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For some, this may not be pigmented enough. But I love how sheer and easy to use it is. The packaging is quite lovely and tropical as well, along the lines of Benefit’s usual cute shapes.

I’d quite like to try more of Benefit’s cheek products now. As insane as it sounds, I still don’t own Benefit’s Hoola bronzer because it seems a bit too orange toned for me!

Have you tried Dew The Hoola?

Sunday, 18 June 2017

In love with peachy hues

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I’ve always admired people who have their “look” locked down.

Now, I'm all about tones. Peach, coral, copper, or bronze. I’m all in, and I’ve finally found my look!

My base pretty much stays the same, with Givenchy’s Eclat Matissime in the shade Ginger, but only after I’ve primed with the Bourjois Happy Light Matte Serum Primer, and covered my hyper-pigmentation with my Bobbi Brown Corrector in Dark Peach

On days when those raccoon eyes are in full revolt, I’ll use Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Colour Correcting Fluid in Peach. Against my skin tone, I need a deeper shade of peach in a corrector, but if you’re Caucasian, it should do. It conceals the blue hue of my dark circles, but it doesn’t do much to conceal their depth. For that, I will never not trust Double Wear Concealer in Deep.

To highlight, I’m using Maybelline’s Dream Touch Lumi concealer, but it’s not my favourite. To set my base, I lightly tap on some Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder and bake under my eyes. Then to contour, I’m still relying on my Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Natural, but it’s time to switch things up as I prefer a warmer shade during Spring and Summer.

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My favourite part of the day is eyeshadow! I prime with Urban Decay’s Primer Potion and sweep a matte white shadow as a base. I’m working on building my Anastasia palette right now, but so far, it’s full of peach, browns, and rusty hues. Burnt Orange Matte is my favourite of the Anastasia Beverly Hills eye shadows I own.

I tight-line with Topshop’s Kohl Pencil in Sable, a deep brown that doesn’t budge all day, and that I lightly smudge on to my upper lash line as well. For lashes, it’s Maybelline’s Lash Sensational!

I’m still so obsessed with BECCA’s Songbird Mineral Blush that I mentioned in my April favourites. Speaking of BECCA, I’m back with Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector. It’s just too pretty!

I don’t need to touch up all day, not on blusher, highlight, or even to blot, but my skin care routine also plays a part in this. I’ll share that line-up soon.

I’ve never worn a look as consistently as I have this, and I don’t see much changing. I feel like peach tones suit my complexion so well, but then again, I could be wrong!

What are your everyday staples?

Sunday, 28 May 2017

tarte limited edition Magic Wands brush set

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I’m not the softest of girls.

Typically, I wear all black and try as I might, I can never look too polished or put together. The unicorn craze, the multicoloured prismatic highlighters, and cotton candy pastels as pretty as they are didn’t make much of an impact.

But I suppose I’m softening up!

Leave it to tarte to come out with the most colourful and creative products! Lately, seeing as I’m more open to colour in my life, these seem a good fit. I love everything tarte is doing right now, and thank you to QVC for making a little bit of tarte available for us here in the UK.

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The bristles are the softest I’ve ever felt. Softer even than sigma brushes, and that’s a tall order! I expected a bit more weight to them, yet they’ve very light and feel somewhat like plastic. I think, considering how lovely this set is, a sturdier handle and a more luxe feel would have been a better fit. But that’s about the only half negative thing I could say.

The set comes with a pink powder brush, a magenta contour brush, a purple liquid foundation brush, a blue shading eyeshadow brush, and a green blending brush.

The annoying thing, and I’m so sorry, is that this set is sold out on QVC and Sephora!

Did you manage to pick up a set?
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