Tuesday, 19 May 2015

The Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder Duo from Elf Cosmetics

One of the reasons I bought the The Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder Duo from Elf Cosmetics is that it was meant to be a dupe for the Nars blush & bronzing duo. This post isn't about how the one from Elf is a dupe as I've never tried the Nars one but after looking at many close up photos of swatches, it seems that the Elf one really is similar.

The quality of the Elf Blush & Bronzing duo is amazing but very pigmented, especially the bronzer! I use it for contouring/bronzing as I haven't mastered a full contour yet so it blends like a bronzer. The bronzer has slight flecks of gold which you can hardly see when it's on the cheeks - it actually helps with the glowing look. When paired with the blush, it gives your cheeks this sculpted blushed look. Unfortunately, you can go overboard really easily, so apply the product sparingly and build up the colour.

I've been using a contour brush from Real Techniques which is the perfect shape to contour your cheek bones as well as blending it out with the blusher. The blush shade is a mix between a girly pink & peachy colour with golden flecks which compliment the cheek bones, cheeks and whatever part of the skin has this product on, it glistens when any light hits it. When it comes to tones & shades, the bronzer isn't orangey at all - it's a darker brown but when dusted on and built up, it's the perfect shade to use for contouring or bronzing the face.

The packaging is sturdy, comes with a huge mirror & is compact - this is great if you are travelling and want to save space plus it's also really slim! It's basically 2 products in one as has both a bronzer and blusher.

In last week's blog post, I mentioned that the Elf Cosmetics UK website was closing down so again if  you would like to get your hands on this blush & bronzing duo, you can click here which takes you to Amazon which is selling it for only £1.34 + £3.99 shipping. For the quality and sturdy packaging, it's definitely worth the money.

Have you tried this duo? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

A Guide To Dewy Looking Skin

Over the last 2 years, my goal when applying my makeup has always been to create dewy, luminous looking skin & I think I've cracked it. Here are my findings:

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation - The key ingredient to dewy skin is the base - make sure you apply a good moisturiser beforehand. My favourite all-round foundation to keep your skin looking dewy, giving it good coverage & being long-lasting is this one. I only discovered it a few months back after never being able to get my Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in my shade. I'm kind of happy about it though, as I've found a better alternative which is similar but not as thick once applied. 

Mac Cream Colour Base in Pearl - highlighters are the way forward to transform your skin from matte to luminous & this frost colour base from Mac has never steered me wrong. It lasts all day and blends really well. The formula is creamy which adds to the dewy effect and you won't run out of it quickly as a little goes a long way. 

Elf All Over Colour Stick in Lilac Petal* & Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in 05 Lovely Pink - When it comes to blush, these two really give you a luminous blush to the cheeks. The Elf all over cover stick can act as a lipstick, blush or anything in between - the consistency is smooth and isn't going to budge once applied. The Max Factor blush has a beautiful marbled effect which swirls basic pinks with golden flecks to create a truly dewy finish. A little does go a long way though as I found out the first time I eagerly swirled my brush into it and firmly applied. 

Max Factor Excess Shimmer Cream Eyeshadow - I usually wouldn't add in something to do with eyes when it comes to dewiness as no one wants greasy looking eyes but this cream eyeshadow from Max Factor gives a lovely sheen to the lids - similar to the metallic eyes range from Mac. The shade 20 Copper has so many dimensions to it when seen under different lighting. 

To set things off, I love to use some sort of setting spray. Ones from Urban Decay work really well but the Makeup Mist & Set from Elf is a budget friendly option which gives a subtle mist to your look - adding to that sought-after dewy look. This one in particular has Aloe, Green Tea & Cucumber which are all ingredients that soothe the skin and keep it looking fresh. 

How do you keep your skin looking dewy? Any extra tips would be great!

*after searching for this on the UK Elf cosmetics website, I found out that they are closing down & no longer sell this product. I really hope this isn't the last we will see of Elf cosmetics in the UK! The link I found was on Amazon for £6.40 including postage which in my opinion is still worth it but can't believe I only paid around £1.50 for this a few years ago! This also goes for the Makeup Mist & Set from Elf but is much cheaper. 

Monday, 16 February 2015

A Dupe For Mac's Satin Taupe Eyeshadow (for only £1.99)

For quality, pigmentation & colour variety, Mac is one of my favourite places to shop for eyeshadows - who knew there could be so many different brown and gold shades? Their only downfall is on some of the products including the single pot eyeshadows & refill eyeshadows can be pretty pricey and although they last a long time, if you want to buy a few shades, you can easily spend about a hundred pounds and come out with a palette and about 8 or 9 eyeshadows. One of my all time favourite shades is Satin Taupe - if you don't own it, you need to pop into Mac and swatch it. It's a gorgeous deep taupe brown with silver shimmer that blends into this lovely reflective shadow - this along with Jest was one of my first shadows from Mac. So this being a staple in my makeup bag and being quite expensive, I've been on the hunt for a drugstore dupe with similar quality & I've found an almost perfect match - Natural Collection's Single Eyeshadow in Asteroid.

This dupe is the swatch in the picture on the left and Satin Taupe is on the right - you can see that with blending you can create the same look. When inspecting Asteroid, the shimmer flecks are golden compared to Satin Taupe's silver shimmer which is the thing that makes it look different but guess how much it costs? £1.99. The packaging of Natural Collection's range is simple yet sturdy and the brand as a whole is very affordable, I think that the majority of the whole range is under £5. The price point of this brand may make you think the quality isn't great but each product is dermalogically tested & fragrance-free. The pigmentation of this eyeshadow is amazing, long-lasting & easy to blend.

I'm over the moon with this dupe, not only is the colour near on exact, the price compared to a £9.50 Mac eyeshadow is so much cheaper. Natural Collection have many other shades so definitely try these out - Boot's usually have a 3 for £5 so look out for that! What's great about this makeup brand is you can experiment with colours and not completely spend a fortune!

What do you think of this dupe?