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Thursday, 31 May 2018

The best foundation for bridal makeup

There are so many things a woman needs to consider when it comes to her bridal makeup. After two trials I am still in a pickle about how I want to look on my big day. I never thought I would be so fussy. However, my years of reviewing makeup, I now feel confident in my understanding of what looks good on me and what doesn't. 
I'm thinking of doing an entire series on bridal makeup, but today, we are going to be discussing foundation. When considering your makeup, you have to go through a sort of check list. 

Do you want to be more natural? Do you want to be more glam? Eyeshadow looks, lipstick selections, highlighter or no highlighter, how much blush should you wear, contour or not to contour. The questions to yourself are endless. 


Now, most of these questions will be answered by your makeup artist if that's what you choose. I've decided to have a makeup artist as I would like to feel more pampered on my big day. The only issue with me is that I cannot let go, so I have decided to purchase every product I would like to use on my wedding day so I can have a play around with my go-to look first. 


As part of this trial and error of mine, I have been on the hunt for the perfect foundation. 

I have reviewed foundation after foundation thanks to my beauty channel. I have come across some awful foundations which make me look greasy, cakey and down right terrible. But I have also used some pretty fabulous foundations as well. 

The trick with any foundation that you use on your wedding day is to ensure the levels of SPF are minimal. If your products are high in SPF you're going to get what's known as 'Flashback' or 'Ghostface' in your wedding pictures. This means that essentially, your face will look a completely different colour to your body in pictures. You will have a sort of white shadow which looks horrendous. 
On my search for the best bridal foundation, I came across Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk Foundation and this is unbelievable. Here's why...

  1. No flashback with this foundation 
  2. It gives a natural light coverage that's easily build-able 
  3. Covers any/all blemishes 
  4. Perfect for combination skin - no greasy patches for me
  5. Provides a dewy finish without looking shiny 
  6. Stays on for more than 12 hours 
  7. Works well with your everyday makeup 
It's just gorgeous. I haven't come across a foundation I love more and for my wedding makeup it's perfect. It's definitely a product I would recommend. The only downside is the cost. At £42, it's not the cheapest but it's definitely worth the investment or something to ask your makeup artists about. 

You watch my first impressions video of this foundation here.
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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions Palette

You may look at this Huda Beauty mini palette and just see a few orangish eyeshadows with little inspiration. I look at this palette and see six different eye looks I could recreate over and over again. 
This is the perfect holiday palette and my go-to summer palette for 2018. It's my favourite Huda Beauty palette so far and I think this is perfection for all of my olive skin tone ladies and gents. Within this palette you get nine shadows - two shimmer shades and seven matte shades. The pigmentation is stunning and the depth and warmth you can create is fantastic.

They are extremely easy to blend and great to build up as well. Coral shades are my personal favourite for the summer time and this palette has plenty of them. Every shade perfectly compliments the other so you can really diversify your looks. 

I do find that shade three and shade eight are very similar, although three is more pink than coral they do have a similar payoff. This isn't great when you consider it's only nine shades, but I don't mind too much. 

This compact palette costs £25 in total.  Which for a palette of this size can seem rather expensive, so please do consider the cost and whether you can find cheaper alternatives. 

Overall, I love this little palette and it's definitely one I will be reaching for this summer. 
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Sunday, 20 May 2018

The best face oil ever

I'm a little late jumping on the Tarte Cosmetics Maracuja Oil bandwagon, but let me tell you, my skins never looked so good. 

I'm not really one to hop on the latest trends, it's just not a done thing for me and well my bank account wouldn't allow it anyway. So I may be 2 years late to the party for this one, however I still feel the need to rave about my new found love.  

Before I purchased this I read hundreds of reviews. I would say at least 80% of them were positive. Some use it because they have acne prone skin others because they have sensitive skin. I use it because it gives me a gorgeous glowing complexion that I cannot get enough of. 

I have combination skin and I was always worried that using a face oil would just cause mayhem. I was completely wrong. I've now found the perfect combination of products for me and I'm happy to say, it's working. 

So what's s great about it?

Review

As I said, I am in love with this product. It's like my secret weapon to great skin. The oil contains Vitamin C which provides the brightness and also helps to replenish and nourish your skin. You can use it in a variety of ways, it's just working out what's best for you. 

Although it's an oil, I don't find it greasy and it soaks into your skin very well. It's gentle on and really does give you the perfect glow. 

The product itself is a liquid formula. Clear in colour. It doesn't have a scent which I personally prefer. It spreads across your face with ease and you're not left with any greasy residue. 

Most people use this in the morning before applying foundation. However, because I'm not someone who wears foundation or makeup on a daily basis, I have found that applying at night allows me to have a clear glowing complexion in the morning. 

I find it extremely hydrating and it helps to heal my skin overnight. I take 2 drops and apply them directly to my face. The I slowly massage them into my skin. 

It works well for me and I'm super happy with the results. 

Packaging
Tarte's Maracuja Oil comes is this beautiful deep purple glass bottle with a glass dropper. It's sleek, simple and looks luxurious. 

Cost
This costs £42 on the Tarte Cosmetics website. You can find it here.

Overall, I really would recommend this product. It's honestly the best face oil I have ever tried. The price is a little steep but definitely worth the investment. 
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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Coco and Eve Hair Mask

I am all for any product that makes my hair look and feel luxurious and glossy. So when the Coco and Eve hair mask kept popping up on Facebook, I gave in and decided to make a purchase. 

For £34.90, I was expecting incredible results and I have to say, I wasn't left disappointed. 
Watch my video review here

Packaging
The Coco and Eve packaging is so stunning. It's sleek with great pops of colour. It's boxed well and looks well made. It arrived in three days so I didn't have to wait long. 

What do you get?
For £34.90 you get the hair mask which is a 212ml tub and a tangle teezer. I also received two hair bobbles from Cult Beauty but I'm not sure you received these if you purchase from the Coco and Eve website. 

The results
  • 5 in 1 treatment
  • Restores dry damaged hair
  • Improves hair texture and shine
  • Hydrates and deeply conditions
  • Treats split ends and tames frizz
  • Transform your hair in only 10 minutes
My review
This hair mask is divine. The smell is incredible, fresh and long lasting. It's super easy to apply and makes your hair feel weightless and glossy. I couldn't recommend it more. 
It definitely tackles the frizz, but I'm not sure whether it treats split ends as I haven't used it enough to confirm this. The texture of my hair feels wonderful and I haven't had to wash my hair in three days. Which for me is amazing - I usually end up with greasy hair after two days. 

I have tried a variety of hair masks, none of which have given me the same results as this one. I am so impressed. 

I do think the price of the product is rather expensive, however it's a good quality product that works so I would definitely recommend. Overall, I'm super pleased and will be purchasing again after this one runs out. 


Taken from the Coco and Eve website
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Sunday, 11 March 2018

The Lash Lift Procedure


Yesterday, I decided to go and get my eyelashes lifted. It's something that I have considered before but never took the leap to get it done. That was until my friend Natalie was looking for people to practice on as part of her beauty course. 

I honestly have been amazed by the results. I have quite long natural lashes, but to get them to lift and look amazing always ends up with me battling with an eyelash curler and layers of mascara. After 45 minutes on Natalie's beauty table, my lashes look revitalised and longer than ever. 

Swatch test
Before I had the lash lift, I had to have a patch test of the products that were going to be used. This test was done a week prior to my appointment, but if you have sensitive eyes it is recommended that you have your swatch test done 48hours prior to ensure you have no allergic reactions to the products. 

Preparation and cleansing
I was asked to lie on the beautician table face upward with my head resting on a neck pillow. I then had my lashes cleaned with eye makeup remover and cotton pads to ensure there was no excess mascara left on my lashes. Then my lashes were cleansed with a protein remover pad to ensure no oil residue remained on my lashes before my treatment could begin. 

The process

Firstly, under-eye pads are applied over my lower lashes. This is to ensure that your lower lashes are protected and do not get caught in the lifting procedure. The pads are really comfortable and do not damage your lower lashes. 

Once your lower lashes are covered, it's time to start the treatment. Curled shields are placed on your eyelids. These come in three sizes, small, medium and large. The larger version is for a more subtle lift and the smaller for a more intense lift. I had the medium applied to my lid.

With the shield in place, the technician will apply a thin layer of bonding gel to the shield and then using a small metal tool begin to press the lashes to the bonding gel. This is quite an unusual feeling and can feel slightly scratchy but not painful at all. This takes around 5 minutes to do. 

Once this is done, a lifting balm is them placed on the lashes. This balm breaks dojwn the disulphide bonds in the hairs that determine your natural lash shape. By breaking down your eyelashes, the beautician can then manipulate your lashes into forming a new shape.

A lifting balm is then placed on your lashes for around 15 minutes to create the perfect lift. As my lashes are very straight, this really works amazingly to give me a great look.  

After the lifting balm is removed, another cream is applied to repair the bonds in your lashes. This enables your lashes to stay in the new structure that's been created. This is left on the lashes for around 10 minutes. 

The final treatment which is completely optional is tinting. As someone who always wears mascara, this was a great option for me. Tinting of the lashes just intensifies the colour giving you a natural intense eye look without having to wear mascara - perfect for people on the go and amazing for fair-haired people. The tint is left on the lashes for around 5 minutes. 

Now your lashes should have taken on their new shape. The technician will then remove the pads and brush through your lashes to get rid of any excess. Then a moisturising serum is applied to your lashes to nourish them. After this, your treatment is complete. 

Aftercare
A few tips that Natalie gave me:

  1. Your lashes cannot be subjected to steam or water, avoid hot showers, sauna, swimming, dishwasher etc. for the first 24hrs. 
  2. Try not to rub your eyes for the first 24hrs
  3. No mascara for 24hrs
Always go to a professional to get this treatment done. Do not try this at home and be sure to always do a patch test before having any chemicals applied to your skin. 
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Saturday, 10 March 2018

Makeup Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick


When a product has been hyped up so much, I cannot help myself, I just have to try it. Makeup Revolution only went and dropped a full coverage foundation, so the one question on everyone's mind is - how does it compare to their conceal and define concealer?

So how does it compare? Well, it's pretty amazing actually. If you're looking for an affordable, full coverage foundation then this is the one for you. 


It's super easy to apply, feels smooth on the skin and works well with the conceal and define concealer. It lasted around 5 hours before my t-zone started to get a little oily. However, the coverage is actually incredible. I wanted to test it properly, so decided to use the foundation to cover up my tattoo. 


The one negative thing I did find is that it accentuated my pores which weren't great. But I believe that with the right primer, that could be fixed. 


Overall, I really like it. I would definitely recommend this foundation. I don't believe that this isn't the best foundation for someone with oily skin. If you did want to try it, I would suggest using a good baking powder. 

I hope this helps! You can watch my review here
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Thursday, 8 March 2018

#PressforProgress

First of all, what does #PressforProgress even mean? Well, for International Women’s Day, a theme is created that we can collectively get involved in.

Since the Hollywood scandals erupted in the media, gender parity has been more exposed than ever before. Whilst it’s common knowledge that gender equality won’t happen overnight, the movement to push forward and progress for the equal rights of women is more prominent than ever before.

Women around the globe are marching together. We are unified for one cause. 
That cause being – US.

International Women’s Day isn’t a day just for feminists. It’s a day for advocacy and support. It’s the one-day where we can really share the successes of women, no matter what age or race etc.

For me, #PressforProgress means knowing where I stand and fighting for where I want to be. As a career driven woman, it’s important for me to strive to be the best I possibly can be, to lead a life I can be proud of and to confidently be heard and know that my opinion is respected.

It’s also about being involved in a movement that’s much bigger than myself, bigger than any person, organisation or country. Bringing people together – not just women, everyone together, collectively to make progress in an initiative that’s been holding women back since the dawn of time.

The more voices heard. The closer we are to succeeding. It would be great to see in my lifetime, a better more equal society for women.

Remember, empowered women, empower other women! Let’s #PressforProgress together. 
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