Follow of the month September

A little Pot of Gold….

So this week I’ve decided to start this month off with a follow of the month! If you have Instagram it’s a great way to keep up with makeup artists, companies, bloggers and enthusiasts. This month I’m focusing on a brand, it’s exclusive online but once you have discovered it you will think twice buying at expensive high street and high end brands. If you haven’t heard of it before it’s called Eyes Lips Face Cosmetics aka E.L.F Cosmetics.

Good Points
Okay so my main reasons to follow this brand…..
#cheap
#cheerful
#goodquality
#versatile
#freeshipping
#goodrange
#longwear
#giftsets
#allyoucouldwantandmore

In a nutshell that’s why. My recommendations…. The must have lip exfoliator in a lipstick tube (so useful, handy, much needed for this autumn) and it retails for £3.95. The eyebrow kits, comes in range of colours and is as good as more expensive brands such as Benefit and retails for under £8. The makeup brushes are good quality and very affordable with some eye brushes retailing at under £2. Also I would recommend the moisture lipsticks, they’re not terribly long wear but for under £4 they’re brilliant for a quick fix and come in a range of shades.

The Bad Points
#notrybeforeyoubuy
Which means that for the foundations you kind of have to make an educated guess which is never that helpful.

And that’s about that only bad point I have about them.

The great thing about following a brands page like this is that they give you ideas on how to use their makeup, almost like a pictorial tutorial, which is great. And it also gives you an opportunity to see what products are most popular with the public as they upload customers pictures that hashtag #elfcosmetics

I think if you haven’t tried this brand you should….and if you are curious give them a follow and see what products there are available.

Happy Monday!

http://www.eyeslipsface.co.uk

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Monday Madness…..part 2!

So onto the main event of today’s post. Did you ever go through the kohl eyeliner phase when you were a teen? Yep? So did I, and now I’m older it makes me cringe because I did it all so wrong!

So, how do we do kohl eyeliner without looking too hard? Is it possible to wear it during the day as a subtle look? The answer is yes you can….it is all down to the tone of kohl you go for.
And my other rule, is no top eyeliner if you can help it, or if you are going to make sure it’s minimal!

Black eyeliner is not great for everyone, on me it looks far too harsh and shrinks my eyes, and I want my eyes to stand out! Black eyeliner is great for people with dark brown eyes or hazel eyes, smudge it a little to soften the look, but because your eyes are already dark it just nicely frames them without looking ‘too much’.

My eyes are greyish blue and I have experimented with so many kohl eyeliners and have finally found one that works! I use a slate grey, it’s soft but still gives that kohl pop you want! It is still subtle enough for wearing during the day and matches lovely with a light nude gloss! Another kohl colour that works is navy blue, yes navy blue. It reflects the blue elements in your eye colour and is a soft looking alternative to black.

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Here’s my slate grey kohl look.

For green eyes you can use greys and even blacks but dark browns work wonders so I would definitely invest in one to try!

Always try and do a subtle lip if your doing a kohl eye, lipgloss is a great alternative to lipstick to perfect the look. I usually wear lipstick as they have a deeper colour but when I wear kohl eyeliner I always opt for a sheer pink gloss so that it doesn’t look too much!

My high street recommendation is Master Smokey by Maybelline New York

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They come in a range of colours and retail under £10.

My splash out recommendation is Smokey eye Kajal liner by Bobbi Brown

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It retails at £18 so is quite expensive but a lot goes a long way.

These two products both have a smudge brush included which is great for softening a bold line, and is handy for perfecting smokey eye looks!

Happy Monday!

Monday Madness!!

Okay so I have about a million things to talk about in today’s post! Mainly because I haven’t blogged in two weeks (sorrrryy!) but also because so much has happened in those two weeks.
So firstly Madeupmondays was nominated for the Liebster Award!! Woooo! I cannot even tell you how happy that made me! I am a new blogger and I do it for a bit of fun and relaxation, so to be recognised by other bloggers is such a lovely feeling.

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So how this works is that I answer 11 questions asked by the blogger that nominated me, I give you 11 random facts about myself (yikes!) and then I nominate 11 other bloggers I admire and ask them 11 questions of my own.
Here we go…..

1. Beauty product you can’t live without?
Hmmm this is a tough one! But I would have to say…..my M.A.C foundation. I hardly leave my house without some on!

2. Beer, Wine or Liquor?
I do love a chilled glass of wine….but also my gin….how do I choose?! ….Erm Wine!

3. What is your guilty pleasure?
*refer to answer to question 2* haha

4. Favourite mascara?
Changes from time to time but right now it’s Hypnosé by Lancôme

5. Favourite perfume?
Chance by Chanel but I can never afford it!

6. How did you come up with your blog name?

Well, I decided to commit to blogging once a week…about makeup so Monday seemed a good day to do that. I wanted something catchy, makeup Monday already existed and then madeupmondays just clicked and just worked. I just thought give a look on the Monday, you have all week to invest in any new products, practice and perfect the look for the weekend party!…. Everything makeup to get yourself madeup

7. Favourite meal of the day?
This has to be dinner! I literally think about it all day….. Actually making me hungry now.

8. Who are your favourite bloggers?
I have so many, every blogger has a unique thing about them! But for makeup I would have to say I love http://www.brooksmakeup.wordpress.com her page is so lovely and girly, I came across her when she commented on one of my posts so I’m glad she did! Another favourite of mine is http://www.studentsartorialist.wordpress.com the blogger is a close friend of mine and helps me keep up with fashion trends which helps because I’m so useless when it comes to clothes!

9. What is your go to outfit for a night out?
Has to be a little black dress! I have a million…my uni flat mates actually used to say all I wear out is black!

10. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years I will be turning 28…I’d like to be a microbiologist maybe working across the pond in the USA developing new antibiotics (that is my career goal) I’d like to be possibly engaged to a lovely man and be happy!

11. What is your biggest beauty fail?
When I was 18 I went on a night out and did smokey eyes but they were too dark, I had no fake eye lashes on so I just looked like a panda. Not a great look and I have NEVER repeated it!

11 random facts…..

1. I’m obsessed with the CSI franchise. I think I have seen just about every episode.

2. I hate the sound of things being pulled out a freezer, it gives me the chills (no pun intended).

3. I love weird science, using maggots for skin treatments things like that. And I got far too excited when I cultured some bacteria and it was bright pink.

4. I’m 5ft tall….that’s pretty random as I don’t know what went wrong!

5. I love the outdoors, I really want to go to one of those rock climbing places and make that a hobby.

6. I find meeting new people is really awkward because I end up talking far too much and they will probably never want to talk to me again ….

7. My favourite meal in the world is curry….and it has to be spicy!

8. I was born in Cambridge, but I have lived in Yorkshire the past 20 years but my parents are both Scottish. It’s confusing.

9. I have 5 of the most CUTEST nieces and nephews on the planet! And one just turned 9 last week…Happy Birthday again Christopher!

10. I hate mushrooms.

11. Everyone nicknames Meg or Megs…. But I hate it haha….sorry friends!

My Nominees are….

http://www.sparkleandspicemakeup.wordpress.com
http://www.sarahlovesmakeup.wordpress.com
http://www.studentsartorialist.wordpress.com
http://www.msbeautyguru.wordpress.com
http://www.kissandmakemeup.wordpress.com
http://www.loveandlipstickforever.wordpress.com
http://www.lovebeautymarks.wordpress.com
http://www.natsmakeupandbeauty.wordpress.com
http://www.thebeautyhound.com
http://www.judyandmakeup.com
http://www.brooksmakeup.wordpress.com

And my questions to you guys are….
1. What is your biggest pet hate?
2. Best beauty trend this year?
3. Biggest celebrity inspiration?
4. Biggest beauty fail?
5. Favourite bloggers?
6. Favourite blog post this month?
7. What’s your guilty pleasure?
8. Dress, skirt or jeans?
9. Most daring bright lip colour you’ve ever gone for?
10. Favourite makeup brand?
11. Favourite makeup steal?

Good luck!

Winner look of the Week

Recently I’ve been noticing a certain trend emerging, one I didn’t expect or would imagine looked good, but it looks flawless! My favourite look this week is the orange trend that has taken over this summer. I saw a post on Instagram from another makeup lover Amrezy and I LOVE the look!!

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It’s fresh and so brilliant for the summer! So to recreate it, here’s a few products you could use.

Eyes
If you’re on a budget use neon Uv reaction orange eyeshadow by Stargazer it’s cheap and cheerful and is great for the base of the lid. Another great budget choice would be Chrome eyeshadow Ces15 orange by Nyx Cosmetics. If you want to splash out try Pure colour eyeshadow in orange pop by Estee Lauder.
For underneath the eyes use a lighter orange/tan tone with a slight shimmer, such as dd39 by Barry M.
Add a white shimmer eyeshadow to the inner corners to the eyes to highlight. Virgin from the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette would be a good choice if you have that at hand. If not dd27 from Barry M is a cheap choice with a great finish.
Finish the eyes with a small line of eyeliner on the lid, some subtle fake eyelashes and a luck of mascara.

Face
The main trick here is all around using the right tone of blusher to get that tanned glow shimmer. Do not use a pink based blusher, try use a tan/orange based blusher. Boujoir Paris have a great selection that have great finishes. Why not try pot 38 velouté de pèche or 72 tomette.

Lips
For the lips, the makeup artist used Melted Coral by too faced cosmetics. But any orange based lippy would be good. On a budget? Why not try Coral in Gold by Rimmel.

Hope you have fun recreating this look! Happy Monday!

A Quick Find ……

So the one thing I hate and love about make-up is that there are sooooo many brands to choose from, how are we ever meant to find what’s great for what?! So to make it easier for some I have decided to devise a list of high street and designer brands and what I think is great to buy from which one. This is based solely on my opinion and the opinions of friends and family but comments are welcome to widen the advice and information for other readers!

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Okay so I have a couple favourites, firstly my number one and first recommendation to ANYONE is the Match Perfection concealer highlighter combo. It’s affordable, durable, does what it says and it’s easily blend able and has the benefit of two products in one! I don’t know about you but I think wherever you can save a penny or two is definitely a bonus, especially now that some brands are continuously upping their prices on popular products.
The other favourites from here are the nail polishes. £2.99 is the average pricing and again an absolute bargain for a ‘quick fix’. When I’m low on the penny situation but still want flawless paws this is where I head to!

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Okay this high street brand is a little more pricey than Rimmel but I promise their little blushers are sooooo worth the extra mile. They last longer, despite the questionable small pot it is packaged in, and it has a delightful highlight that just finishes the perfect summer look! They have a lovely range of tones that suit every skin tone. I have strayed to explore other blushers but I have to say this brand is my favourite. The bronzer tones are also great for the summer due to the highlighting quality so if you want a cheeky purchase before your holiday I recommend this one!

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You’ve seen the stands, the in-your-face cardboard advertisements about one little product from this brand…..and at first I was skeptical. I believe a product, if as good as it seems, should speak for itself, it shouldn’t take over the top advertising, but in this case this product lives up to the expectation. The product I’m talking about, is the Real Lashes mascara range. This little silver tube transforms mediocre looking lashes to luscious long, volumised beauties that just make the person’s eye pop! It retails for around £19 , so in the upper range of high street products but ohhhh so worth it!
The other products I would recommend from this brand would be the Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation. I had a little episode of breakouts and this made my skin feel amazing again! It’s £26.50 but worth it to clear your skin up!

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If you’ve read my blog from the beginning you know what I’m about to say…..MASCARA!!! I looooovvveee their Inimitable Intense in black it’s just so perfect in so many ways. I used it for ages and my mum is a returning customer again and again. It’s long lasting, and just does exactly what a mascara should do. I have no quirks with this product and that is rare!
The other product I would recommend would be the Rouge Coco Shine great range of colours and it’s not sticky, has a great feel and look. It may not be the longest lasting lipstick in the world but it certainly does the trick when it’s on. It’s one of my cheeky treat buys when I have a good payday!

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Again MASCARA! At the minute I keep returning to their Hypnosé Drama I just love the shape of the brush and just grabs my lashes in the right way. It can be clumpy when you first get it but just make sure you take off the excess before applying and you get round this little snag.

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Everybody know I adore M.A.C. One pure reason is that it is great for my base makeup. It’s kind of higher end prices but foundation is a luxury I think. I love their Studio Fix Fluid for a matte finish, it’s great for day wear, however if you want to have heavier coverage go for the Studio Sculpt it’s not too thick but still maintains a great coverage, and is very long lasting!

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If you want to perfect your eyebrows at a bargain price get their brow kits, retailing for under £6!! In three shades so you can find what’s perfect for you. This is a great little brand for cheaper makeup. I would highly recommend their lipsticks as well that don’t feel like cheap tat….despite the amazing pricing!

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Eyeshadow palettes!! They are such a bargain for £4 and everyone is lovely not just 3/12! Also their £1 lipsticks are surprisingly handy and nice to wear! I have gone back and bought a few when I’m running low on money.
They also have a great gel eyeliner range that retails for under £3 and come in a range of colours that suit any occasion. My last recommendation from this brand would be the kohl eyeliners, they have built in sharpeners that are oh so very handy!

I hope this helps to direct you to the best brands for you! Happy Monday!

Summer Prom Look

So it was my younger sister’s prom the other week and I have to say how proud I was watching her take all her photos she truely looked like a beautiful young woman! It’s crazy how quick you grow up without realising. Anyway, she had asked me to do her makeup for her so I thought I’d share with you a lovely light prom look that can be used for any special occasion.

The Dress Scenario
The dress my sister wore was a simple, elegant long black dress that had a lovely respectable V-neck shape and was slightly backless. Black is the best to mess about with makeup but I decided because she is blonde and only 16 I wanted to keep it light and simple.

The Base
For the base I used the hydrating primer moisturiser first by Nivea as I love it under my makeup and its not oily at all. I then used her own foundation which was from the Barbara Daly Collection which you can find in any Tesco superstore. For young skin it’s great and the colour match was much more suited than any other she has tried. It didn’t have a matte finish which was great because I wanted her skin to look almost airbrushed in photos, and matte foundations don’t work as well as others for this. I then used a simple highlight and concealer combo from Rimmel just on her cheek bones and line of her nose and blended. I then set with a light dab of sheer powder from MAC. I then used Matte Bronzer from MAC to lightly contour the face, and to finish a light brush of blusher from Bourjoir which are great because they are illuminous.

The Eyes
For her eyes I prepped with eye primer from E.L.F Cosmetics. I used the Urban Decay Palette 2 for the whole look. I used Virgin in the corner of the eye and highlighted the brow bone. I then used Sin all over the lid and shadowed with Buck. A thin wing shaped line of any eyeliner that’s durable and some simple fake eye lashes, a set from No.7 were used for this look and it just finishes the look perfectly. A quick dab of clear or pale pink lippy or lip gloss and you’re good to go!

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Hope you think she looks as beautiful as I do! Happy Monday!

New Make-Up Haul Review

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Hello Make-up lovers! I’m back! I’ve finished university and I now have the time to get back to blogging. It’s been crazy the last 6 months and I’m so proud I passed my degree with 2:1 honours. My graduation is next week so I’m sure I will upload a post about what look I am going for….definitely sophistication.
Now a couple of months ago I was directed to a website that stocked makeup goodies and decided I wanted to try out this new brand and see for myself if they worth the upmarket prices. Well, they are! The company is called Amway but the makeup line is called Artistry Makeup. The company prides itself by making a cosmetic range that is scientifically tested to make sure it’s good for your skin, so like a skin care range and makeup line in one!

I got sent two different foundations and an illuminating powder set. I was impressed just by the packaging, it looks upmarket, sleek, simple and elegant, and that was before I opened the box. One foundation was called Ideal Balancing Foundation and retails at around £20 for UK buyers and $24 for overseas. It is a liquid foundation with built in SPF 20 protection.

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The first thing I have to say about this foundation is how good it feels on my skin! It feels so light, almost like I’m wearing nothing at all. It has great coverage, which can be built up for a heavier night look, however I just used a small amount and still saw great results.

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I got it in Ivory which matched perfectly to my skin tone. Another great point about this foundation is that it’s so easy to work with, it’s not sticky and heavy, so you don’t have to use lots of it. I think for the price it is definitely worth it, and I would recommend it for all skin types. It doesn’t have a matte finish, but that can be easily altered with a sheer powder.

The other product I got from the artistry range was an Illuminating Powder which you can use to help sculpt your face by highlighting and contouring key areas.

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I have to say I really love this product, it’s a soft pink shimmer so isn’t too obvious which is great as some liquid highlighters are just too much. It’s great for a subtle look during the daytime. I think it retails around the $15-20 range, and although there are cheaper products available in the market I do think this is worth the small investment.

The last product I’m going to review was from Amway again but from another cosmetic range called Beautycycle.

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This product was an oil free liquid foundation with built in SPF 15 UVB/UVA protection.

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I will start off with the good points….it has GREAT coverage, and is perfect for going out as you get more for less. Again this product retails for around £20, $24. It doesn’t feel oily, as it says its oil free, so is suitable for oily skin types which is great! However, there are some negatives that I found. I don’t think it’s easily workable, and I had to use more than I usually would to cover my face as it absorbs so quickly, reminds me of the same consistency as Estée Lauder’s double wear foundation, and also I got it in medium 20, which is slightly too dark for my skin tone (but that’s my own fault!). I have seen many reviews that disagree and love this product so it just depends on the person. It does look great but I personally think it feels quite heavy, however I would use it going out as the coverage is fantastic.

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All in all I would definitely recommend these products, I feel I have come across a nice little find! The prices are good for the quality of the product, and I would say the Artistry products are packaged nicer than the more expensive MAC cosmetics I love to use. The only snag with these is that they are only available from the Amway online store, but I’m sure tester products should be available.

If you would like to have a gander the shop can be found at Amway just locate the beauty and makeup section and anything can be ordered and delivered in and out of the UK through a sales representative, as they are only available exclusively online so please contact Ben Warnock on his email :benwarnock.91@hotmail.com to order or to gain some more information.

Happy Monday!