Friday, 22 May 2015

brand spotlight - shu uemura ♥

When I attended the Seven Dial event in London earlier this month, I had a very big snoop around the stores in Covent Garden - including the Shu Uemura store. With 20% off in store, there was a lot to choose from, including their Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte Lipstick in shade 930 - this was incredible and really suited my skin tone. The formula is very creamy but it still provided intense colour, I definitely prefer the Shu Uemura lipsticks to MAC, they just work better with my lips. The other products that caught my eye were the blushers, they literally have every shade you could think of and they were incredibly easy to blend into your skin. What are your favourite Shu Uemura products? Have you found any new products that you are loving at the moment? ♥

Sunday, 17 May 2015

mua birthday palette ♥

I have been pretty boring with my eye shadow palettes recently, I have just been using the Naked 3 palette from Urban Decay and although I am obsessed with those shades, I've been feeling the need to mix things up. So to celebrate MUA's 5th birthday, Superdrug will give you MUA's Birthday eyeshadow palette for free if you spend over £8 on their products. Pretty cool deal right? I bought the Shimmer Stick, Velvet lip gloss and lip liner so I was able to get the Birthday Palette - I would usually prefer warmer shades like the Heaven and Earth palette but the Birthday Palette is perfect for a night out and there are a few shades in the palette that you can tone down for everyday wear. 

The pigmentation is incredible, I'm really surprised how intense the colours look and how easy they are to blend. The glittery shades are slightly harder to work with but I found wetting my eye shadow brush helps control the eye shadow more. I wouldn't usually wear the pink, violet shades but because I want to experiment with my shades a bit more this will definitely get me inspired. Overall, this is a really great deal and you can also buy other great products from the range, I'm really impressed with this MUA offer! Have you seen this MUA offer in Superdrug? Let me know what you think of the Birthday Palette! 10/10 ♥

Friday, 15 May 2015

get the look - cheryl ♥

The beautiful Cheryl Fernandez-Versini attended the Cannes Film Festival this evening wearing a gorgeous Ralph & Ross gown, didn't she look amazing? I have been obsessed with Cheryl since her Girls Aloud days and her style has just become iconic over the years - tonight is no exception. The lovely L'Oreal team have sent a Get the Look style guide for Cheryl so I wanted to put together my tips and advice for how to create it! As I've said before, make-up artists always keep in mind that hundreds of photographers will be flashing their cameras so prepping the skin is essential with red carpet looks. The L'Oreal Paris Magic Lumi Magique Primer is ideal because the soft texture absorbs quickly and smoothly into your skin. 

I would say the main focus for Cheryl's look is her lips, they are very 90's and the shade looks perfect on her - I found this L'Oreal lip liner in shade Toffee to Be, this will create a perfect base and add extra definition. The first lipstick is Colour Riche Lipstick in 630 Beige A Nu, I am in love with this shade - I have also included a darker shade called 703 Oud Obsession, this is just a suggestion if you are bored with nude lipsticks, this would still go really well with this look and it would create an edgier feel to it. What do you think of this look? What is your favourite Canne make-up look so far? You can find all of these beautiful L'Oreal products here

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

mua summer essentials ♥

I have been officially converted to a shimmer lover - for years I have loved matte eye shadows, matte powders, matte blushers.  Products with no traces of shimmer or gloss but voila, here I am, currently wearing the latest glossy and shimmery launches from MUA. The new Bronzed Shimmer stick is a pretty genius idea, it allows you to blend the formula into your cheekbones to create that "sun kissed beach look". So, what is it like? Well I found that it was very easy to blend and the pigmentation was very intense so I didn't need to use much. I did think that the amount of bronzer would run out quickly but I was definitely wrong. You only need to work in a small amount into your cheekbones, then using a clean foundation or blusher brush, gently blend into your skin moving upwards towards your temple. I am loving this product, it is so cheap for just £4 and it really reminds me of the Victoria's Secret look. It isn't too glittery though which is what I love, I don't feel like Tinkerbell and I can adapt this stick with my usual contouring routine. 

For the lips, the Luxe Whipped Velvet gloss in 349 is perfect for my skin tone, I have been putting a thin layer of foundation onto my lips to really let the MUA gloss pop - it is such a beautiful shade and it is very pigmented for just £3. These two products have not left my side, I cannot recommend them enough - especially with summer right around the corner! There are five different shades in this range, perfect for every occasion! As a brand, I don't think Make-Up Academy gets enough praise, the products are so affordable and they really let you experiment with different looks without having to spend a fortune. Perfect for you girls that are in secondary school right now! Have you tried either of these products yet? I'd love to know what you think of them! 10/10 ♥

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

TFS discovery club - the classic collection ♥

I don't know about you but I can be very narrow minded when it comes to my perfumes, I have been stuck with my Alien perfume for years so I love that The Fragrance Shop have invented the Discovery Club*. For only £5 a quarter you can receive a subscription from TFS which is purely based on fragrances. They send you sample sizes from a range of different brands and you get the chance to find yourself a new fragrance! This box is the "Classic Collection" - it contains Givenchy Very Irresistible, Alien by Thierry Mugler, Lady Million by Paco Rabanne, Nina by Nina Ricci, Jimmy Choo Original, Touch of Pink by Lacoste, Classique by Jean Paul Gaultier, Boss by Hugo Boss, Invictus by Paco Rabanne and L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme by Issey Miyake. So quite a few! Whether you are a fan of floral or woody scents, you will definitely find  a fragrance you love by doing the Discovery Club subscription. 

I have been keeping these samples in my bags so it saves me having a carry around my larger perfumes - I'm always paranoid the large bottles will end up smashed somehow... Another benefit for the Discovery Club includes a book of vouchers being included in the box, you can get £5 to £10 off the fragrances! Pretty neat huh? This box is perfect for me because it has finally got me to branch away from my usual scents, my favourite has to be the Jimmy Choo Original fragrance, it has notes of orchid, toffee and patchouli. Have you tried the Discovery Club before? What fragrances are you loving at the moment? 10/10 ♥

Sunday, 10 May 2015

get the look - lucy mecklenburgh ♥

Okay so the BAFTA's are currently in full swing at the moment and as soon as I saw the photos of Lucy Meck I had to put together a quick get the look! She looks incredible and her make-up is so on trend right now and also so easy to create. I've picked some products that are mainly from the high street (the Terry lip liner is the only exception), so lets get started! The key focus for this look include dewy, bronzed skin, statement brows and glossy lips with a lot of lip liner. For foundation, you want something with maximum coverage, Lucy lets her skin do the talking for this look - I am loving the Bourjois 1,2,3 Perfect Foundation, this provides coverage for redness and dark circles which is pretty handy when Lucy is getting photographed on the red carpet. Before you apply foundation to your primed skin, mix a dab of the Bourjois Bronzing Cream 8-In-1 and mix together - this will create a freshly tanned look, without needing a beach! From looking at photos I can see that her cheeks and forehead have been highlighted so don't be afraid to add a dab of the bronzing cream to these areas. For the eyes, apply a matte, brown eyeshadow and line them with liquid liner - this is a pretty basic eye make-up look so it is perfect for everyday wear too! 

I am useless at using liquid liner but I think the Revlon Color Stay Liquid Liner is super easy to manage. Next, the brows - an angled brush is essential for creating Lucy's brows, they are perfectly shaped and very straight, Superdrug have a new brush range called L.A.B.2 that are super affordable and have easy grip - their angled brush is perfect for this look. I've picked the Rimmel Brow This Way kit because it does exactly what it says on the tin and you could even use the shades as eye shadow. Finally for the lips, draw you lips with a warm, matte, beige shade, this needs to be slightly darker than you lipstick. Now, I will be reviewing this lip gloss later in the week but the MUA Whipped Velvet in Spry 349 fits very well for Lucy's look. The formula provides great coverage like a lipstick but it also creates a subtle gloss finish, this shade is a few shades lighter than the Terry lip liner so we have a winner! And there we have it - a quick and easy evening look which is perfect for the warmer weather. What are your favourite looks from the BAFTAs? Would you like me to create any other looks? Have a lovely evening girls! ♥

brand spotlight - caudalié ♥

I have had a pretty busy weekend at the Seven Dials & St. Martins Courtyard shopping event! I was invited by the lovely Lily to talk about this annual event, a variety of shops offer you 20% off in their stores so I got the chance to get snap happy with my camera! The first shop I went into was Caudalié - you have all probably seen this brand in magazines or on Look Fantastic or Feel Unique. This particular skin brand focuses on vines and grapes and incorporates the ingredients in their skin care formula. The store was absolutely beautiful and I was in heaven getting to look at their products. Their Teint Divin Mineral Tinted Moisturiser really caught my eye, the formula was perfect and I really recommend it for oily skin like mine. Have you tried any Caudalié products before? Are there are new skin products you've been loving at the moment? I'll be post more posts about the Seven Dials event over this week so keep your eyes peeled! Have a lovely afternoon girls 
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