Friday, 30 October 2015

Halloween: dramatic cat eye makeup look

Last week I shared with you 'not so glamorous' Vampire Halloween look and today I want to show you a look perfect for a Halloween night out/party without dressing up but with a bit of edge and more drama then your regular smokey eyes. I have created this kind of cat eye look before many times and it's quite easy to do, you only need to be careful with blending but with the right tools anyone can do it. You can choose whatever colours you like but I chose purple and peachy orange as these shades make me think of Halloween, just be sure to apply black eyeshadow to the outer corner of the eye for the look to stand out more.
 
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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Stila 'Trust in Love' set - review

Today I'm excited to share with you another limited edition Holiday 2015 palette, (you can check the other ones here and here), this time from Stila and it's the gorgeous Trust in Love set (£30) which I got from Beauty Bay.  I have to be honest and say that what made me buy the set was the packaging, how gorgeous is it?! Inspired by old style love letters, golden with beautiful design all over it. The truth is I don't need more eyeshadows ( I wouldn't need more even if I was granted another life) but, being a makeup junkie collector, I can't resist a limited edition palette which is so pretty. Fortunately for me the quality of products inside is really good so it's all so much more worth purchasing. I have a few Stila palettes and their eyeshadows are really nice but I find majority of those in this new palette better then any others I've tried. If you're tempted to treat yourself or a friend to this Holiday palette keep on reading to see if it's worth it :)

Stila 'Trust in Love' set
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Monday, 26 October 2015

The perfect base combo for oily/combination skin? Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot primer and foundation - review

Soap & Glory isn't a brand I have tried much from, especially from the makeup line but I've heard lots of good things about their products so when I saw they recently released One Heck of a Blot Primer and Foundation I have ordered them immediately. I've been looking for a new favourite base products and these two from Soap & Glory seemed to be the perfect pair for me: oil controlling, medium/full coverage, lightweight and longwearing. For a reference my skin is combination with normal cheeks and more oily T-Zone, usually a bit dehydrated. 
Did they live up to my expectations? Keep on reading to find out :)

Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot primer and foundation
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Friday, 23 October 2015

Halloween: very easy vampire look - tutorial

With Halloween just around the corner I've decided to join in the madness and share with you my vampire look that I will be rocking next Saturday going 'trick or treating' with my children. In the country I come from we don't really celebrate Halloween (but it has been changing in the recent years) so when growing up I only knew it from American movies and then I got to experience it when I moved to UK. But I never was the one to dress up until the very recent time when my boys are big enough to understand what's Halloween is about and they're looking forward to it and all the sweets of course. So we've decided to make more effort this year and actually create some scary characters to make the day more memorable and fun for our kids.
I had never created any Halloween makeup look so I wanted to go for something quick and easy, using products I already have in my collection, the only extra was the artificial blood which you can find in any shop selling some Halloween costumes, I bought mine in a supermarket.
 
Halloween Vampire look
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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

New from Freedom Makeup, contouring on a budget.

If you're fan of Makeup Revolution brand you must know their sister brand Freedom Makeup who launched earlier this year. They claim to be a pro brand aimed at makeup artists and makeup enthusiast who want to experiment with great quality makeup without the high price. From what I have tried from Freedom Makeup I can say that the quality of their products is really good at this price point, quite on par with Makeup Revolution really and I still don't understand the need of creating a new brand instead of expanding the one that is already doing amazingly well. Anyway, I love makeup, even better if with good quality comes affordability so I'm not complaining. Last week Fredom Makeup has released some new products and I was kindly sent a few of them to try. As usual, we can see many 'dupes' of high end products which is always exciting. I have been using them for the last few days and I'm ready to share with you my first impressions and thoughts on them.

Freedom Makeup Pro Strobe and Contour palette
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Monday, 19 October 2015

New Max Factor Lipfinity Long Lasting Lipsticks - review

A few weeks ago I was perusing aisles of Boots and found a few new products that caught my eye, one of them being the new Lipfinity Long Lasting Lipsticks by Max Factor (£8.99). They're fairly new, I believe they were launched last Summer and as I had never tried any lipsticks from the brand I decided to get couple of shades. I don't remember reading any reviews about them but I was curious to try lipsticks that promise to be long wearing but moisturising and lightweight.
"Infused with nourishing oils, this long wear lip colour doesn’t crack, crumble or bleed. Up to 8 hours of vibrant, nourished colour that doesn’t dry out lips."
 
MaxFactor Lipfinity Long Lasting LIpsticks
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Friday, 16 October 2015

Makeup through the decades #4 1950s, collaboration with Angela from Chocolate and Lipstick

Welcome to 1950s, the golden age of makeup, one of the most glamorous decade! Who doesn't know beauty icons from that time like Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Elisabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren whose style is still admired nowadays?! I'm very excited to share with you today's post not only because the makeup was beautiful and classy but also because it's a collaboration with one of my blogging friends, the lovely Angela from Chocolate and Lipstick. Angie has decided to join me on my journey through the decades (check my 1940s, 30s and 20s makeup looks) and recreate the 1950s makeup look inspired by one of her favourite actresses from that time - Audrey Hepburn.
Please, check out her fabulous post fabulous and show her some love!
 
Pictures source: Glamourdaze
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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

HoMedics NEWA - Skin Rejuvenation Treatment, 1 month update

A few weeks ago I shared with you my first impressions after one week of using the NEWA - Skin Rejuvenation Treatment. NEWA by HoMedics (£199) is a safe to use at home device which by delivering energy 3 layers deep into the skin reactivates your skin’s natural ability to produce collagen. More natural collagen means your skin is lifted and plumped up, and wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes, face and neck are reduced. (Check my previous post for more details on how to use NEWA). The treatment should last around 12 weeks, the first 4 weeks NEWA needs to be used 5 times a week and then twice a week. I'm now during my 5th week of using it and I'm ready to share my further thoughts on the treatment.

HoMedics NEWA - Skin Rejuvenation Treatment
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Monday, 12 October 2015

Benefit 'Real Cheeky Party' Holiday set - review

Today I'm sharing with you another makeup set which is a limited edition for Holidays 2015, it's the Real Cheeky Party set by Benefit. I missed out last year's one so as soon as I saw the new one available on Debenhams website I ordered it straight away. I hadn't tried any Benefit blushers or the 'oh so famous' Hoola bronzer before, so I thought this kind of set is a perfect way to try out a few products without a high price tag. Even though I use blush every day, if wearing makeup, I don't like to spend lots of money on one as I feel like drugstore alternatives are good enough. That's the reason why I never bought a single Benefit blush, even though lots of people love and recommend them.
But now I have a whole set to play with which I'm happy about.
 
Benefit 'Real Cheeky Party' Holiday set
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Friday, 9 October 2015

Makeup look #30 Autumnal berries using Sleek 'Enchanted Forest' palette

A few weeks ago I bought the latest Sleek palette 'Enchanted Forest' and even though I certainly don't need more eyeshadows, the selection of shades in this palette drew me in, I think they're beautiful and very A/W appropriate ( check my review for swatches). Today I want to share with you one of the makeup looks I've created using this palette and seeing as we're truly in Autumn right now I paired it with berry/plummy lips, my favourites at this time of year.

Sleek 'Enchanted Forest' palette
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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Too Faced 'Le Grand Château' Holiday set - review

It's October already and if we're not talking about Halloween makeup looks, we're certainly talking about Holiday 2015 limited edition beauty releases. This time of year is absolutely exciting for beauty enthusiasts/junkies like me, nearly every brand brings new products, most of them limited editions, to makes us swoon over them and spend our money even before Christmas :) Last year I got the Everything Nice palette from Too Faced which is beautiful and I love the quality and selection of shades and reach for it quite often. I knew that I will most definitely be tempted by Too Faced Holiday 2015 palettes because they just have the cutest packaging and the quality of their products is great. They have released a few sets , some of them exclusive to Sephora or Ulta in US but one of them is available on the Too Faced website (they ship to UK) and apparently it will be also available in Debenhams, it's the Le Grand Château Christmas in Paris Collection ( sorry for the pictures heavy post, but I wanted to show you all the details).
 
Too Faced 'Le Grand Chateau' Holiday set
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Monday, 5 October 2015

MAC Craving and its perfect 'dupe'

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen that recently I got my first MAC lipsticks. Yes, you read that right, it took me only few years to join the big following and finally try the cult product, LOL! There is no MAC counter anywhere close to where I live and I couldn't be bothered to try to choose from the hundreds shades of lipsticks online, until couple of weeks ago when I decided to jump on the bandwagon. I bought Brave - Satin finish and Craving - Amplified Crème finish, I love them both but I'm still not entirely sure about all the hype surrounding MAC lipsticks but that's a great topic for another post :) Today I want to share with you the perfect 'dupe' for MAC's Craving, in case you love the shade but want more affordable option.

MAC Craving lipstick
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Friday, 2 October 2015

Makeup through the decades #3 1940s

Welcome to the 1940s! After sharing with you my recreation of 1920s and 1930s makeup looks, today it's time for another decade. 1940s was a time when the makeup industry was growing, with leading brands like Max Factor, Elisabeth Arden, Maybelline and Helena Rubinstein, and not even II World War could stop women from trying to look glamorous, they were wearing makeup already in their teens which was quite revolutionary.
I love makeup trends from that time, more natural but groomed brows, simple eye look with well defined lashes and red lips. This elegant, feminine look was paired with long hair, either let down or in a stylish up-do.

Pictures source: Glamour Daze

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