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? 

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

The Little Book of Mindfulness | A Look Inside

With a new year, brings new goals and resolutions which I usually do every year but instead of writing lists & not fulfilling them, I found this book - The Little Book of Mindfulness. 
Aside from the cute mint green book cover and gold fonts, this book is a great guide to mindfulness which helps you to focus, slow down and de-stress. It talks about breathing, taking a moment to slow down, looking around you & living in the now. It's not this big life changer but definitely worth a read to enhance how you live and to have a positive outlook on almost everything you do. 

A few of my favourite quotes: 

"You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf."

"Be happy in the moment, that's enough. Each moment is all we need, not more."

"Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won't)."

Have any of you read this book? What did you think? Any other positive thinking books you would recommend?

Thursday, 1 January 2015

My Favourite Winter Lip Options

You guys seemed to really enjoy 'My Favourite Pink/Nude Lip Options' - thanks for all the lovely comments & suggestions by the way! So, as it's my favourite season and I'm venturing into the colourful lips, here's a run down of the Autumny/Winter lip options I've been loving.
Soap & Glory Lipstick in Perfect Day -  a muted red with brown undertones which is darker than a 'my lips but better' shade but brings out your features and enhances you lips without really noticing you're wearing lipstick - perfect if you are venturing out into the darker lip colours.
Rimmel Kate Lipstick in 30 - this was a recommendation on Essie Button's videos which looks like a burgundy shade in the tube and a pinker version on the lips. When I first used this, I applied it with a lip brush, outlined my lips & filled in lightly. One of the nice things about this lipstick is throughout the day, the colour still lingers on the lips, leaving a worn in dusky colour.
Mac Lipstick in Up the Amp - as the more purple hued lipstick of the group, this shade definitely needs to be paired with a certain makeup look. You can notice the colour a mile off yet at this time of year, it brings in a nice pop of colour without looking liking a summer shade. This is an amplified lipstick so is creamy, true to colour and long lasting.

Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle - I just love this shade! The colour is perfect for pretty much any skin tone, it not only nourishes your lips but actually feels like it's nourishing your lips & if you don't like this shade, Revlon have quite a few colours to choose from in this formula.

Elf Mineral Lipstick in Bare Brown - apart from the amazing price point, this lipstick gives you a lovely reddy brown wash of colour on the lips with a glossy finish. I bought this when I made my first order to ELF and really enjoy the mineral collection, especially the lipsticks. This gives you a perfect winter lip look.

Maybelline Lipstick - unfortunately this colour isn't available anymore but is very similar to the Color Sensational lipstick in Galatic Mauve. It's a lighter shimmery purple shade which gives a small amount of colour but enough to know mauvy. Plus the shimmer is perfect to add some sparkle without going crazy.

Mac Lipstick in Reel Drama - I got this lipstick in a holiday collection set a few years ago and probably wouldn't have chosen this colour from the bullet colour. Once I tried this on the lips I loved it and it goes great with a nude lipgloss as still keeps its colour throughout wearing it. 

Have you tried any of these lipsticks? What are your picks for the winter season?