Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Eye Palette in Pink Opal Review

The Hype
It's time to embrace your inner girl with Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick eye palette in Pink Opal. The palette has ten gorgeous cool and warm shimmery shades that leave a subtle pearlescent colour on the lids.

The Lowdown
The palette has a lot of pastel pink, soft purples, blue and green shades that appear quite similar. There are a few neutral and silver shades to balance the palette out and give it a bit more versatility.

I was enticed by the obvious pigmentation of this palette and how shimmery the shades appeared.

When swatched I found the shades were a lot lighter then they appear to be in the palette. They are still very pigmented but I feel the colour is a lot more bright and intense then expected. Some of the shades also apply differently to their actual colour and appear Chameleon in nature for example the third shade appears to be lilac but is actually more of a gold.

With ten shades available the palette is good value for money and great for creating a variety of looks.

Get yours for £21.39 at Amazon 

I give it 3/5

Advantages

  • Ten fantastic shades in one palette
  • Comes with a handy mirror
  • Shades are highly pigmented
  • Small and compact so it's easily stored away

Disadvantages

  • The colours often apply differently to how they look and may not be what you expected. 

Monday, 26 January 2015

LiLash the revolutionary eyelash serum that encourages your lashes to grow

The Hype
LiLash aims to give you the lashes you have always desired without the need for layers and layers of mascara. Marketed as the iconic eyelash serum that started the beauty industry's obsession with long natural lashes, LiLash claims to be the number one natural lash increasing product.

The physician formulated serum conditions and fortifies your lash follicles to help create long natural eyelashes that make your eyes sparkle.

The Lowdown
When I was giving the opportunity to review LiLash I was of course very keen. My lashes are naturally quite straight and average and I'd love to have a bit of extra growth.

The product retails at £93.43 for 5.91ml (original) and £53.39 for 2.95ml (demi). Whilst it does appear to be quite expensive it has a 90 day money back guarantee which gives you the chance to try it out and get your money back if you're not satisfied.

Each original tube of LiLash is designed to last for a full cycle of three months and one six month maintenance cycle. The smaller Demi size is perfect for one three month cycle so you can see if the product is right for you before committing.

I have tried other lash serums in the past but I've found they haven't really encouraged much lash growth which was quite disappointing. There are before and after photos on the site which are actually rather impressive and I have high hopes for LiLash!

I'll be testing the product over the next 3 months and will let you know the results at the end of the project.

Keep tuning in for the results!

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Declutter your makeup bag for 2015

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With 2015 now in full swing and 2014 but a distant memory I felt it was the perfect time to declutter and refresh my beauty routine. #Collectivebias were keen to lend a hand and gave me the opportunity to share with you all the importance of decluttering your makeup bag on a regular basis.

Old makeup often harbours a lot of germs naked to the human eye. These nasties increase the chance of upsetting your natural skin makeup causing spots or skin irritation.It's important to only keep products for the specified shelf life on the product which can vary from 3 months for mascara up to 2 years for powder products.

When SoFab gave me the chance to refresh my makeup bag and routine I jumped at the chance. It's easy to get stuck in a rut with the same old routine, but with a brand new year in action it's a fantastic opportunity to try something new. To embrace the new season Boots had many new products on offer and I was keen to pick up something new and exciting. Whilst I wanted to pick up some new items to refresh my makeup bag I wanted to remain true to my personality and create a style that was eye catching but still quite natural.

Hot for Spring/Summer 2015 is the classic red nails and red lipstick look. To get this chic and simple look I teamed up a matte red lipstick with a red nail varnish that is virtually identical in shade. The L'Oreal counter had a great range that were perfect to create this look. I used a red lip liner to get a perfect line around the lips that will help keep the lipstick in place and stop any bleeding.
The nails and lips are very bright and certainly the main focus of this iconic look. Whilst the designers on the catwalk kept everything very simple I was keen to add my own touch with long luscious lashes and a subtle gold eyeshadow. The brand new Maybelline Sensational lashes mascara was perfect for creating lash length and definition and the Revlon gold eyeshadow added a subtle glow. I used Maybelline BB cream as a base and layered Lancome Touche Miracle on top for a dewy finish. Once the foundation had set I used a rosy pink powder blusher to get a just flushed look.

By focusing on two features I managed to create a stunning new look that is eye-catching yet so simple and easy to recreate. Perfect for a date night or wearing to work, the look can be dressed up or down to suit the occasion.

I hope you all enjoyed the post and have fun creating your new look!

Friday, 23 January 2015

How to get blemish free skin

Switch it up
If you use a product that scratches your skin you could be unknowingly spreading bacteria. Try to buy a scrub that is gentle on your skin with fruit acids and enzymes. A deep cleansing mask will also help to draw out impurities. For problem skin it's important to incorporate products that contain pore cleaning salicylic acid, tea tree oil or witch hazel.
Products to put on your must have list:

Think facial
IF you have severe acne it's best to go for a medical facial that will help skin that is extremely inflamed. When your skin is very inflamed your skin is best treated with a cleanse that can open pores and extract spots.SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Skin Therapy runs a clinic with Dr Nigma Talib from £175.00 (020 7792 8073). If you would prefer a non-medical facial make sure that it keeps skin hydrated as a facial that is drying can cause the skin to overcompensate causing more spots.
Murad blemish control facial from £55.00 (0844 472 7050)

Change is good
Changing your routine can be difficult but in the long term it's very rewarding and can help to reduce problem skin.
  • If you layer on a lot of foundation you are creating a build up of oil which encourages spots. Heavy cream blushers can block your pores with a heavy red dye which stops your skin being able to breathe and clear itself. Mineral makeup is completely natural and doesn't contact any nasty chemicals that can affect your skin. By switching to mineral makeup you're giving your skin time to recover and will soon find your skin is not irritated in the same way as traditional cosmetics.
  • Taking extra vitamins and minerals helps to maintain your zinc levels which is vital in combating acne.
  • Keep your diet colourful with lots of fruit and vegetables. The healthier the diet, the better your skin will behave!


Wednesday, 21 January 2015

How to make your makeup last all day in three easy steps

If you're anything like me you'll agree there's nothing more frustrating then spending the morning perfecting your makeup only to find by the evening you look like you didn't put any on. Your foundation has faded or dried out, you've got mascara spots under your eyes and your eyeshadow has creased or disappeared.

It's a nightmare, but there are three methods you can follow to help minimise the fall out.

Prepping your face 

Get Washing
Whilst it may seem obvious, washing your face in the morning can actually have a deterimental impact on how long your makeup lasts. Applying makeup on a dirty face increases your chances of it slipping or flaking away. Cleansing in the morning washes away dirt, sebum and old makeup leaving a blank canvas for you to start from scratch.

Don't forget to exfoliate!
Whilst it may not be obvious to you dead skin tends to accumulate on your face, and it's important to exfoliate a few times a week to remove that unwanted skin. Putting makeup on over untreated skin means the surface is not as smooth and the makeup is more likely to flake off.

Moisturise
Using a good moisturiser helps keep your skin nourished and fresh. Moisturising also helps to prevent any dry patches which may result in your makeup looking cakey or plastered on. If you have oily skin, use a oil free or gel moisturiser and use something more nourishing if your skin is drier. It's important to use a moisturiser with SPF in as UVA rays are harmful even during winter.
Don't Forget! Whilst moisturisers are vital try not to go too greasy or your makeup will just slide off.

Prime it baby
If you haven't been living under a rock for the last 5 years you're probably aware of how important primers can be in your makeup routine. Using a good primer, whether it's eye primer or face primer has a lot of influence on how long your makeup lasts. Primers give your skin a gorgeous silky base so that your foundation simply glides on top.

Choose the right makeup

Go for the invisible look
It's important to remember when buying foundation that it should look like you're not wearing any makeup. Foundation is used by millions to hide the imperfections we don't want to show the world so that last thing you want is a foundation that illuminates those. If you remember anything, remember that your foundation should sink into your skin.

Try before you buy
Whilst we don't have the liberty of trying everything before we buy it, we do have the option to try out makeup. It's vital to make sure you get colour matched or else you could buy a shade that's not suitable and you've just wasted £20 on something you can't use. Many department stores like Debenhams, house of Fraser and John Lewis are more then happy to assist you with a free makeover.

What's the right formula?
Everyone's different so not everyone is going to be wearing the same type of foundation. When choosing a product you should buy something that relates to your skin type, whether it's oily, dry mature, normal or sensitive skin. Bear in mind that your skin may change from one season to the next, for example in Winter your skin may be dry but in Summer it's more oily.

What type of coverage do you need?
Depending on how much coverage you want you can opt for a light, medium or heavy foundation. Whilst you may want to conceal more in the winter and use a heavier foundation, the warm weather and brightening effect of the sun in summer may result in you using a lighter foundation. Generally if your skins good you will only need a light coverage to even out any minor blemishes, if you are more worried about your skin you can use a medium or heavy coverage. Don't be afraid to experiment!

Choose longwear lip colour
We've all been that girl who applied her gorgeous new lipstick in the morning only to find it had disappeared after half a hour, unable to resist the clutches of the morning cup of tea. By choosing a lip colour that is water/food resistant you'll ensure you'll still be seeing it later that day no matter what you eat or drink.
Don't forget! You can use a lip liner around your lip colour to keep it looking great all day long.

Use powder eyeshadow
Cream eye shadows have the unique ability to crease in a short space of time, leaving a horrible cakey effect. Whilst the formulas have certainly improved over the years it's best to resist temptation and use a powder eyeshadow over a eye primer.

Keep your makeup in place 

Take your time
You may think you don't have any time in the morning and you're stressing about running out the door but it's important to give your makeup time to set. Slapping your makeup on in five minutes won't give your makeup time to set and will result in it sliding off. After each layer try to wait a few minutes before applying the next. Once you've applied your foundation you'll want to keep it in place. The best way to do that is to use a translucent setting powder that can set and give a matte appearance. By using a translucent powder you're not adding any extra colour to your face.

Avoid touching your face
If you've ever phoned someone just after applying your makeup you couldn't have failed to miss the runny foundation marks on your phone. By touching your face you're effectively doing the same thing removing a little bit of makeup each time thus increasing the chances of your foundation rubbing off.

Wear your hair up
It may sound strange but wearing your hair up can actually help reserve your makeup a little longer. By having your hair away from your face it won't be able to rub on it and accidentally remove any makeup.