Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Christmas Wishlist

Xmas Wishlist

I am currently on a spending ban because I in the process of moving home however being the makeup addict I am it does not stop me lusting after beauty/makeup items. I am trying to be really strict with this ban because in the last few months (up until last week) I have spent quite a bit on makeup and I now need to reign it in for a month or so.... However, I may treat myself to one of the above items during the Boxing Day sales if I can find a good deal :)

1. Clarasonic Aria - £155
I have been lusting after a Clarisonic for years and I think it is about high time I got one. It will probably end up in a drawer gathering dust after I have gotten over the novelty of it but for now let me dream about it.

2. Eve Lom Cleanser - £40 
I have wanted to try this Cleanser for a while and I think it will be a perfect match for the Clarisonic once I get it.

I currently have a trial size of this product that I am trialing and I actually really like it. I wanted to make sure I liked the product before taking the plunge and coughing up £38 for such a small item, but I now believe it is worth the money.

I am not sure which colour I want just yet but I just know I need at least one Tom Ford Lipstick in my collection.

5. Charlotte Tilbury Eye Shadow Palette - Dolce Vita - £38 
I have more than enough eye shadow palettes with probably all the shades in this palette but I am sucker and I have decided I need this palette regardless.

6. Tom Ford Eau De Perfume - Velvet Orchid - £72
This perfume smells gorgeous but at £72 for 50ml it doesn't come cheap so for now it is on my wishlist.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Travel: Monaco

Last month I surprised my boyfriend with a trip to Monaco for his 30th Birthday, but as always I am late to report back. I planned it since August so it was very hard for me to not blab it to him and not get caught out in a lie whenever he asked what we were doing for his birthday. The surprise reveal went very well despite the fact that I woke him up at 3 am on his birthday to tell him and then gave him 45 mins to get ready for the airport lol.

We were only in Monaco for 4 days but we managed to sight see and visit the royal palace, the great aquarium on the palace grounds, take a day trip to Cannes and spend a few hours in Nice as well as go out to fabulous restaurants every night. We stayed in the 

1. Flying into Nice | 2. View of Monaco from our balcony 
3. View of Monaco from the Palace | 4. View of Cannes from the hill top

1. Dress I wore to my boyfriend's birthday dinner
Sequin Bardot Dress - TFNC via Topshop (also on ASOS) | Clutch - H&M | Heels - ASOS

2. Dinner & Cocktails at Buddha-Bar 
Sequin Blazer - H&M | Faux Leather Skirt - Zara | Sheer Vest Top - H&M | Necklace - Forever 21

3. Final night in Monaco dinner outfit
Sheer Peplum Top - Zara | Dogtooth Cigarette Trousers - Topshop (Tall Range)

Of course I had to hit up Sephora. I went to 3 Sephora's; Monaco, Cannes and Nice (yes I know I have a problem!). I also bought a Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara duo set from Duty Free as I always do whenever I fly and I after a little search I managed to find in the supermarket in Monaco the L'Oreal Super Liner So Couture which has not been released in the UK (it's amazing!)

The French Rivera in October was very nice with beautiful weather and amazing views along the coast line. I would recommend a trip there especially during the summer months however, be warned that Monaco is a very small so I would suggest to travel to different towns such as Cannes, Nice etc which are very easily accessible via train.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Sigma Makeup Brushes

I bought these brushes from the Sigma website a while back in May. I have this thing where I come across things I really need and buy them and then somehow forget about it straight away, this is exactly what happened with these Sigma Makeup Brushes. Now that I have resurrected them from  their hiding place I really wonder why I didn't start using them instantly, because they are really good quality brushes.

 I ordered the following brushes (l-r):

F40 Large Angled Contour Brush - $19 F35 Tapered Highlighter Brush - $21
P82 Precision Round Brush - $18 E45 Small Tapered Blending Brush - $12 E30 Pencil Brush - $12

All the above brushes came to a total of $73.80 after I applied a 10% discount code and then I paid $22.30 shipping fee, so in total $96.10 which is is approximately £60. Now that is not bad especially when the quality of these Sigma brushes can rival MAC's brushes which on average cost £25 per brush.

I paid for international delivery and from the date of purchase they took about 10-14 days to arrive  from America which isn't bad however, the only problem was that I had to pay a £17 duty fee when I went to pick them up from the Post Office. 

My favourites are the F40 and P82 brushes. I currently use the F40 brush with my Guerlain Terracotta bronzer and other contour powders and I like to use the P82 blend concealer under my eyes. Now that I have bought Sigma brushes I will invest in more brushes from the brand because I really like the quality. If you do not already own any Sigma brushes I suggest you check them out, however you may want to try buying them from a UK site such as Love Makeup the prices are not that more expensive than it would be from the US and you wont be lumbered with a Duty Fee to pay when it is delivered.

Monday, 22 September 2014

MAC x Lorde Pure Heroine Lipstick

MAC x Lorde Pure Heroine Limited Edition Lipstick | £15.50 buy here (for a limited time)

Last month I bought the MAC x Lorde Pure Heroine lipstick as an impulse buy whilst shopping online. I already own quite a few purple lipsticks (post to come soon) but I always jump at the opportunity to add my growing collection when the opportunity arises. The fact that Pure Heroine is a Limited Edition Lipstick was also another deciding factor for me when I bought it. I didn't want for the lipstick to come and go and then for me to crave something I couldn't get which (usually happens with me).

Pure Heroine up close and swatched on my hand

Pure Heroine is described by MAC as a 'deep plum', in an amplified finish. The colour is quite pigmented but with a creamy/shiny finish to the lipstick. I actually expected Pure Heroine to be slightly darker in colour than it is, but thankfully when applied the colour is pigmented however, it is just not as intense/darker as I intially expected.

For those of you wondering Pure Heroine is very different in shade and tone to MAC's Heroine lipstick. Heroine is a lighter fuschia purple shade whilst Pure Heroine is a darker purple shade with pink undertones but has more of a gloss/sheen finish to it.

Wearing MAC x Lorde Pure Heroine Lipstick with MAC Nightmoth Lip Liner

As you can see from the above photo I am wearing Pure Heroine with Nightmoth lip liner and I think they pair perfectly well together (If you don't already own Nightmoth please believe me when I say you need it!). Pure Heroine is a definitely a welcomed addition to my lipstick collection especially for  the Autumn/Winter months.

If you are interested in buying this lipstick please remember that it is a Limited Edition lipstick and I am not sure it will be around for (not that I am trying to convince you to buy it).

Thursday, 28 August 2014

KIKO Water Eye Shadow - 208

A few weeks ago I picked the popular KIKO Water Eye Shadow in 208 from their store at Westfield. This eye shadow like many other things has been on my wish list for ages especially after hearing it was similar to MAC's Limited Edition Extra Dimension Skin Finish in Whisper of Guilt. I have never seen Whisper of Guilt or to be honest even really cared about it but I was intrigued to find out more about the KIKO eye shadow that everyone keeps raving about being similar to it. I have only shopped at KIKO once and I was literally in and out to get a primer, so it was nice to actually have a look at what they have on offer this time around. I'm not sure if I am a KIKO covert yet but they have a very wide range of affordable cosmetics and beauty products that I will like to try when I get a chance to go back to their store.

KIKO Water Eye Shadow 208 | £8.90 - buy from  KIKO online or instore

The 208 eye shadow is a 'Water' eye shadow which can be worn wet or dry, or even worn as a highlighter. It is described by KIKO as a 'light gold' and the texture is very soft to the touch when I swatched it with my fingers. The product comes in an all black square eye shadow pan which is slightly a little bulky for my liking. I think the colour is a good shade of gold for my skin tone, it is not too bronzey or too light.

Swatched once and blended out 

As you can see from the above picture with one swipe of the product on my arm the eye shadow is very pigmented and the colour is even more intense when applied wet (sorry not pictured). I have only two negatives with the eye shadow, one is that I find it is a little flaky in the pan when I swiped my finger or brush over it however once it was applied and blended onto the skin the flakiness disappears and the smooth soft texture remains. I also find that the shimmer particles in the eye shadow a bit bigger than I personally like. They are not massive specks of glitter which I absolutely hate but they are still visible enough for me to notice it, I don't think I will personally be using it as a highlighter on my skin but I will definitely be using it as an eye shadow both wet and dry. All in all this is a very good multi use eye shadow and I can see why it is popular. 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

MAC Haul

I have been buying so much new makeup items recently from so many great brands I haven't tried before but amidst of it all I have still managed to do a mini haul from my trusted MAC.

Fix+ (travel size) - £10
This is a standard purchase item. I especially love to spray it on my foundation brush/beauty blender before my foundation and concealer application. also love to spritz it on my face after applying my makeup to get rid of the cakey feel. I bought two one for my personal use and one for my kit.

Pigment - Tan - £17
This is my first MAC pigment but Tan has been on my wishlist for ages after seeing it on YouTube. Tan is described by MAC as being a 'muted pinky brown bronze' and it is such a nice colour on. I really love it on brown skin and I saw a few tutorials on YouTube where it was being used as a highlighter and it looked amazing.

MAC x Lorde Pure Heroine Lipstick - £16
Pure Heroine  is a limited edition lipstick in collaboration with Lorde. It is described by MAC as a 'deep plum' and it is in an amplified finish. I haven't worn it yet and to be honest it wasn't on my radar when it came out but I just had to get it. One being that it is a purple lipstick and I have an addiction to purples and two it was a limited edition which I may regret. Simple. 

MAC Pro Conceal & Correct Palette - Dark - £35
I have been mmeaningto buy this palette for a while for my makeup kit. It has for concealer colours in the Studio Finish formula NC45, NW45, NC 50 & NW55 which can be used for highlighting and contouring  depending on the skin tone and also for concealing. The other two colours: Ochre and Pure Orange are for correcting blemishes and dark areas. I have already used the Pure Orange colour on a client and it is great for correcting dark spots on darker skin. 

MAC Eyebrow Pencil - Spiked - £13.50
Spiked is a dark brown eyebrow pencil from MAC and it is one of my constant repurchases.

Pro Long Wear Concealer - NC45 - £17 (not pictured)
Sorry I forgot to take a picture of this concealer it is a new purchase for me that I decided to buy it on a whim. I haven't use this formula before but I am willing to try new things. I bought it a shade lighter than my skin tone to use for brightening up under my eyes especially on a day when I am running on minimal sleep, nothing too dramatic.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette from BeautyBay | £40.05 (RRP £45)

I know I may be a little late to the party as usual but I finally purchased the Too Faced Chocolate Bare Eyeshadow Palette in July after much deliberation about whether I needed it or not, obviously I needed it! The eyeshadow palette compromises of 16 colours with shade names that make me hungry, also 2 of the eyeshadows are double the size of the normal pans. Now this eyeshadow palette is just amazing! It is encased in a large chocolate bar style case and once opened it smells divine with the chocolate aromas instantly hitting my nose. Now I am not the biggest chocolate fan and I only indulge once in a while but if they all taste how this eyeshadow palette smells I think I would be eat it more often.

The Chocolate Bar eyeshadow palette consists of neutrals, browns, warm purples and golden shades and it boasts being made with pure antioxidant cocoa powder. Too Faced stated that "Co-Founder and Creative Director Jerrod Blandino was inspired to combine the power of antioxidant-rich cocoa powder and makeup while having a chocolate facial and learning about the benefits of cocoa at a Hawaiian spa." I have previously heard of the antioxidant properties of chocolate in beauty products before but I have never experienced it so I cannot speak of how great it is. However, but I am happy at the chocolate / makeup combination from Too Faced. The eyeshadows are very easy to use and I experienced very little fall out when I used it. Some of the golden/shimmer shades such as, Creme Brulee, Marzipan and Amaretto feel very smooth to the touch. 

I only swiped the eyeshadows once on my arms but as you can see from the below swatches the eyeshadows are a very pigmented apart from one or two and they show up well on my skin. My favourite colours are Creme Brulee, Hazelnut and Black Forest Truffle however, I am not to fond of White Chocolate, Semi Sweet and Strawberry Bon Bon they seem a little chalky in texture and on my skin.

l-r: Gilded Ganache | Salted Caramel | Hazelnut | White Chocolate | Marzipan | Creme Brulee | Semi Sweet | Haute Chocolate

l-r: Milk Chocolate | Strawberry Bon Bon | Cherry Cordial | Black Forest Truffle | Candied Violet | Triple Fudge | Amaretto | Champagne Truffle

Now my only gripe with this product is the price and it is why it took my a long time to finally commit to buying it. Now that I have bought the palette I am more than happy with it and wished I had bought it sooner but, it bugs me that this product retails for $49 (apprx £30) however it is sold in the UK for £40-£45 depending on where you buy it. Why do we always have to get the short straw in the UK and get bumped up on price? Anyway that is my only complaint I love the the eyeshadow palette and it will be featuring in my upcoming makeup looks. See my previous post where I created my first  look using the palette.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette - Makeup Look

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A quick post to show you all a makeup look I created last weekend with my new Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette, can we talk about how amazing this palette smells? It smells like actual chocolate and I  now crave chocolate every time I smell it (blog post coming soon). I decided to go a little glam with the makeup for the evening so I thought it was the perfect time to use my new Chocolate Bar Palette for the first time. I also brought out Candy Yum-Yum for this which I haven't worn since about April last year.

To recreate this look here is a list of the products I used:
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24hr - no.11 (Muscade)
MAC Fix+ (sprayed on foundation brush)
MAC Select Cover-Up Concealer - NC45 (used to highlight under eyes & bridge of nose)
Ben Nye Banana Powder (used to set highlight under eyes & bridge of nose)
MAC Studio Finish Concealer - NC50  (used on blemishes and tidy up eyebrows)
MAC Blot Powder - Dark
Sleek Face Contour Kit - Dark (for cheeks)
MAC Blush - Pinch Me

Too Faced Choclate Bar Eyeshadow Palette, the colours I used were:
Haute Chocolate (used all over lids)
Cherry Cordial (used to blend in my crease & on lower lash line)
Creme Brulee (all over lids on top of Haute Choclate)
Marzipan (inner eye corners and to highlight brow bone)
Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner - Black (lower lash)
MAC Fluidline Gel Eyeliner - Blacktrack
Lancome Hynose Drama Mascara - Black
Eye Candy Eyelashes - Classic Strip Lashes

NYX Lip Liner - Fuschia (all over lips)
MAC Lipstick - Candy Yum-Yum

I really loved my eyes turned out and I now want to experiment more with the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette. I wore NYX Fuchsia lip liner all over my lips and then I applied Candy Yum-Yum on top of it to make it more wearable.

Munch Club

For all my foodies out there next week Saturday sees the launch of Munch Club in London by Agogo's catering company. The concept of Munch Club is African-Caribbean fine dining in London by bringing new flavours together. The Munch Club will be in a dining scene with a pop-up restaurant opening for one day at the Music Room on Molton Street, London.

With award winning chef, Anthony Cumberbatch putting together the dishes you can expect nothing short of the best food at Munch Club. So whatever you had planned for August 16th make sure you make your way to Munch Club for a fine dining experience you won’t forget – for all the right reasons! 

Take a peep at the 3 course menu from Agogo's that will be served on the night.

Event Details:
Date: 16th August 2014
Time: 6pm-10pm
Location: The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 5LF
Buy your tickets here

For further information, please contact: Jide Ariyo at Agogo’s Food 07961220855
Twitter: @AgogosFood | Instagram: @AgogosFood

See you there!

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation

Tarte Airbuki Bamboo Brush 
Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation - Rich Sand
£34 bought from QVC UK

Back in March 2014 Tarte a US cosmetics brand was released in the UK on QVC. Prior to this Tarte wasn't available in the UK so I never paid much attention to the brand apart from seeing reviews that their Amazonian Clay Blushers were apparently really good. As soon as I saw that Tarte was available in the UK I began to do some research on the brand and I became really interested in the Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation and I eventually bought it in June. I have always used MAC's MSF mineral powder which works well for me so I thought this one would be a great alternative to try especially with it being marketed as having Amazonian Clay in it. I bought it online from QVC for £34 for both the Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation and the Aibuki Bamboo brush which is a great deal because when I have looked at it being sold in the US they are both sold separately and it would cost approximately $62 (£38) to buy both. If you buy this foundation I insist you get the Airbuki brush too, it works so well with the foundation and it is so soft to touch.  

Tarte describe the Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation as 'A 12-hour full coverage, weightless powder foundation...The skintuitive™ formula invigorates skin tone and texture for a youthful complexion. Powered by Amazonian clay enriched with the Earth’s natural, light-reflecting gemstones, this moisture-rich powder buffs on smoothly for waterproof, 12-hour coverage that won’t settle into fine lines and wrinkles.' The foundation is available in 11 shades however I feel that only three of those shades are suitable for women of colour which are Medium-Tan Sand, Tan Sand and Rich Sand. I bought the darkest shade available which is Rich Sand, it is described as being for deeper skin with yellow undertones. That description sounded perfect for me because I have very yellow undertone to my skin. I couldn't find many swatches of the Rich Sand foundation shade on darker skin tones online so  I decided to buy it and hope for the best, luckily for me it is perfect for me. I think the Rich Sand shade would work with a lot of skin tones similar to mine even slightly darker. Unfortunately, it is the darkest shade they have at the moment so it won't work for everyone especially if you have red undertones to your skin.

The foundation feels very light to touch and on my skin, it is also very finely milled and even creamy feel to it when applied to my skin. It blended in very well when I buffed it in with the Airbuki brush and it did not feel like I had foundation on my face after application and throughout the day. The mesh net on the foundation stops too much product coming out when the brush is pushed against it. With all powder foundations I prep my skin before applying it. I made sure I moisturised any dry patches I have (powder foundations tend to emphasise dry patches), then I used a primer for my oily t-zone area and once that all had time to settle into my skin I then used my liquid concealer under my eyes and on a few blemishes on my forehead. I still have quite a tan from my holiday so I am using a concealer just a shade darker than my skin tone to blend any patches I have. Once I finished prepping my face I then applied the foundation by buffing it into my face in circular motions. I have quite an oily t-zone in the summer and I found that this foundation was good on these areas, as long as I primed it before hand. I did find that after maybe 6 hours of wear I needed t use a very little amount of blot powder for the shine that came through.

Tarte Airbuki Bamboo Brush - The Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation Powder on my hand

Wearing the Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation - Rich Sand
The Rich Sand shade blends in well with my skin even with my holiday tan. Can we just talk about my "radioactive" tan that refuses to leave 7 weeks after my holiday?

Monday, 28 July 2014

Travel: Dominican Republic

Isla Saona (Saona Island), Dominican Republic
Last month I went on holiday for 10 days to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and I must say it was an amazing holiday. We stayed at an all inclusive hotel called Now Larimar and I must say the staff there made our stay even more special, their attention to detail was just amazing. We chose the Preferred option which meant that as soon as we got to the hotel to check in we were taken to the lovely preferred lounge away from the normal check in desks and was greeted with champagne glasses and a "butler". We had a sea view room with a jacuzzi on our balcony, free wifi throughout the hotel which wasn't just limited to the lobby, special lounges with top shelf alcohol served at the bar, a quieter pool area for preferred guests and a designated area on the beach for breakfast and lunch. In addition to the normal breakfast, lunch and dinner hall the hotel had 5 specialist restaurants such as Japanese (the best of them all), Italian (also really good), French, American and Mexican. If you ever happen to stay at this hotel I definitely recommend paying the little bit extra for the preferred stay it well worth it and to be honest we didn't even pay that much extra at the time of booking for the preferred option.

Despite how great our hotel was we did manage to leave the premises to explore the Dominican Republic on a few excursions. I am one of those people who cannot spend my whole holiday by the pool or beach, I get bored of it after a few days and I always want to explore. My favourite excursion was the Outback Safarai where we visited local areas on a safari jeep such as a family run coffee and chocolate farm where we got to sample their amazing produce. Saona Island was another top excursion we went on, it is an island away from the mainland which feels like paradise as we pulled up to it on our speedboat. We drank lots of rum and coke (Cuba Libre) on the island and had an amazing local lunch which included freshly caught lobster. After a few hours on the island we then headed back to the mainland on a catamaran dancing the sun away and once again with copious amounts of Rum and coke. We also made a 2 hour coach trip to the capiatal city Santo Domingo to learn about it's history and Christopher Columbus who found the island on his many voyages, I did enjoy the trip but it was so hot and dry and we were walking around the city for hours I literally clocked off and didn't hear much of what our tour guide was saying. I just don't do well in heat!

Anyway I think I have said enough I will let the pictures do the talking now. Please click the link

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Holiday Essentials: Sun Care

I have terrible skin when I am in the sun or in hot climates. I have sun allergies and a very sun intolerant skin meaning that I break out in a rash, sometimes hives and get swollen lip whenever I am in the sun for long periods of time without protecting my skin. Because of this over the years I have had to find products that help limit the extent of my allergic reaction and help my skin recover afterwards. Trust me you don't want to see me when this happens, I am a sight for sore eyes I tell you! (think Will Smith in Hitch type of allergic reaction). Sun care is important for everyone regardless of skin colour and I only took this into consideration when I developed these reactions over 10 years ago. Now I can't leave the house without adequate SPF protection during the Spring/Summer months because I am one of those people that can spend a day in the sun in the UK and get sun burnt (even with SPF 50 on).

After lots of research and a lot of trial and error I have found the best products that work well for my sun sensitive skin have the following ingredients. The La Roche-Posay Anthelios range was created specifically for sun sensitive and intolerant skin. Anthelios provides high sun protection for sensitive skin by offering:
  • high protection against not only UVB rays but also provides protection against UVA rays, which together are responsible for 80% of the signs of premature ageing. 
  • minimalist formulas (fragrance-free, no parabens, non-comedogenic, tested under dermatological supervision). 
  • specially formulated textures to suit all skin types and skin concerns. 
Despite the La Roche-Posay Anthelios products being great my sensitive skin they are also amazing on normal skin too, and I have seen that they are quite popular within the 'blogspehere'.

I recently came back from holiday and wanted to show you guys my sun care essentials I take on every holiday I go on.

My Sun Care Essentials (pictured below):
Somewhere on the beach in Tanzania

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Protective Oil - £17.50 from Boots
This is just heaven in a bottle. I was a bit skeptical about buying it at first because I am not used to using oils as sunscreen and I hate feeling oily whilst in the sun. However, this Protective Oil is not oily and once applied it dries to a moisturising finish that is not oily at all. You have to try it, I know its a hugh  SPF but trust me I use this every time on holiday and still manage to tan, quite a lot actually.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+Extreme Face Fluid - £16.50 from Boots
I bought the pictured Extreme Face Fluid 2 years ago but I think they may have changed it to the Ultra Light Fluid.  This is fluid for the face and it is very light and little goes a long way it. It does look a bit scary at first because of the white look to it, especially on my Afro- Caribbean skin but I find that if I mix it with a very little bit of a light  moisturiser and then apply it to my face it doesn't leave a white cast. I tend to use this more when I am on holiday simply because the sun is a lot more stronger and hotter therefore I need maximum protection to stop my skin from reacting.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Stick (for on lips) - £11 from Escentual
Because this stick has a high SPF in it I find it leaves my lips with a lslight white finish to it however, I usually wear this wear under a lipstick with no problems. If I am not wearing a lipstick I then rub a very small amount of it into my lipsuntil it is clear. I habe to use this because my lips are the most sun intolerant and have the most reaction, so I must say this has been a life saver product for me and my sun allergies.

Simple Lip Protection SPF 20 approx £3-£4 from Superdrug 
This is a lot more moisturising than the La Roche-Posay stick and does not leave a white residue. It is my fave of the two sun protective lip products I use. However, they are so hard to find, one summer they are available then the next they are not, which is why I buy at least 5 when I find them. Simple, please sort this out!

Garneir Ambre Soilare Face Cream Sensitive Advanced Protection Lotion SPF50+ mini size (not pictured) - approx £4 from Boots
Very similar to the La Roche-Posay Anthelios Face Fluid, I think they have similar ingredients in it specifically for sun sensitive skin. I bought this in the mini size which is great for leaving in my bag to use throughout the day to top up. I find that this formula is a lot more moisturisng than the Face Fluid which is why I use this a lot more when at home in the UK, it blends well into my skin without leaving a white cast.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Guerlain Terracotta Moisturising Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Terracotta Moisturising Bronzing Powder | £34.50 - John Lewis

I am usually not fussed about bronzers especially because it's so hard to find a brand that makes bronzers for darker skin tones or one that doesn't leave your face full of glitter. However, after I heard about the Guerlain Terracotta Moisturising Bronzing Powder I instantly decided I had have it before even seeing it in person. When I eventually made it to a Guerlain counter I knew I had to have it in my life but the only problem was the hefty price tag of £34.50. I decided to not buy it straight away and I held out for a few months before finally making the splurge (so unlike me).

Guerlain states that "Terracotta echoes the soft touch of the first rays of sunlight.Light, translucent and luminous, Terracotta restores a natural healthy glow in a few strokes of a brush. Combining the sensuality of a natural tan with the voluptuousness of light textures and a velvety finish, Terracotta perfectly reproduces the golden and coppery shimmer of sunlight." Now that's a lot of "lovely" words to describe a bronzer but to be honest I can't say they're lying. The bronzer is just amazing! It is so soft and is very finely milled with the smallest particles of shimmer it which doesn't make you look like your face is sparkling with glitter but instead glowing finish. When I apply the bronzer I use the "3" technique (you apply the bronzer in an 3 shape on the left side of your face and a backwards 3 shape on the right side of your face).

I just recently noticed that the bronzer has a slight scent to it which after a couple of sniffs I could only compare it to a floral fragranced talcum powder scent. After further investigation Guerlain I found tout that there is a lot more to the fragrance, Guerlain states that "The top notes reveal a joyful and cheerful accord of bergamot and mandarin. The heart takes over with the sunny, feminine notes of gardenia, jasmine and ylang-ylang, which play off the lightness of honeysuckle. In the dry-down, vanilla, blended with woody notes, gives this legendary scent all of its character and mystery." Once again lots of descriptive words from Guerlain to describe the fragrance of the bronzing powder. However, if you are like me and do not like heavily fragranced products do not worry, it is only noticeable when you smell the compact. I have very sensitive skin so I tend to stay away from fragranced makeup products but this bronzer has caused me no problems and the fragrance has not irritated my skin.
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Guerlain's Terracotta bronzing powder caters to a wide range of skin tones including black skin tones which are usually the hardest to find to a bronzer for. Now if you have black skin and have ever tried looking for a bronzer you will know how hard it is to find one on the market that stands out on our skin. The Guerlain Terracotta bronzer comes in 8 shades (01 to 08), with 08 being the darkest. I bought the bronzer in shade 07 because I found that 08 was slightly too dark for me and it would be better suited as a contour shade than a bronzer shade on my skin tone. 07 is the best match for my MAC NC50 skin tone, it provides a lovely bronzed glow to my skin without leaving any harsh lines. I love the packaging of this product because the compact comes in a tortoise shell like finish which is very sleek and it oozes luxury with the embossed Guerlain logo on the powder.

If you don't own this product I dare you to go to a Guerlain counter and check it out, you will definitely need it in your life after that. It's such as shame that the price is quite expensive but I think it has ended up being a worthwhile spend for me. I bought my bronzer in store at John Lewis in March for £34.50 but I have since seen it being sold for about £5 cheaper online so check it out if you are interested in buying the bronzer.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Purple Smokey Eyes

A few weekends ago I went out to a party (a Nigerian one to be precise) and after much deliberation whilst I was getting ready I decided on a subtle purple smokey eye with a nude lip. I wasn't too sure about it at first because over the years I somehow have fallen into a comfortable zone where I prefer to go simple on the eyes and then wear a bold lip. However, once I finished my makeup I realised that I actually do like bolder eyes on me and I may even start to wear them more often.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24hr - no.10 (Beige Praline)
MAC Select Cover-Up Concealer - NC45 (used to highlight under eyes)
MAC Blot Powder - Dark
Sleek Face Contour Kit - Dark (for cheeks)
MAC Blush - Pinch Me

MAC Fluidline Gel Eyeliner - Dipdown (for eyebrows)
MAC Studio Finish Concealer - NC50 (used around eyebrows to tidy)
MAC e/s - Sketch (all over lid and lower lash line)
MAC e/s - Carbon (outer corner)
Stila e/s - Batura (outer corner)
Stila e/s - Pigalle (crease)
MAC e/s - Amber Lights (inner corners of eye)
Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner - Black (lower lash)
MAC Fluidline Gel Eyeliner - Blacktrack
Loreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara - Black
Eye Candy Eyelashes - Classic Strip Lashes

MAC Lipliner - Spice
MAC Lipstick - Half n Half

My outfit for the night:
Dress, Heels, Clutch and Necklace -  Zara

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Dinner at Hawksmoor

Last weekend over the Bank Holiday I went to dinner at Hawksmoor steakhouse in Shoreditch and I decided to step out of my casual clothes and glam myself up a little bit. As usual I was napping throughout the day and I got ready at the last minute which left me with 20 minutes to do my makeup and get dressed but I somehow managed to pull it all of in time. Here is my outfit for dinner last week saturday.

Dress - Zara | Nude Heeled Sandals with Gold Strap - ASOS | Bag - Zara | Necklace - ASOS

Primer: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
Foundation: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24hr - no.10
Concealer: MAC Select Cover Up - NC45 (used under eyes)
Powder: MAC Blot Powder - Dark
 Contour: Sleek Face Contour Kit - Dark
Blush: MAC Blush - Pinch Me 
Eyebrows: MAC Fluidline Gel Eyeliner - Dipdown 
Eyes: Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette 
Eyelashes: From TK Maxx 
Lips: MAC Lip Liner - Magenta and MAC Lipstick - Heroine

Everyone that knows me knows that meat is not one of my favourite choices and 80% of the time I am eating fish or seafood. I actually nearly chose fish when I went to order but I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try the amazing steak that everyone raves about from Hawksmoor. I must admit I was not disappointed, it was seriously amazing steak and the side dishes were just as good. The Mac & cheese was just to die for and it went well with the steak. 

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick | £8.99 each 
06 Pink Pong | 05 Ole Flamingo | 02 Frambourjoise

Bourjois recently released the Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick collection and with the bright vivid colours they come I would say just in time for Spring/Summer season. Bourjois describes the collection as "a range that gives your lips bold, matte and long lasting colour with 24hr hold. Lips are left smooth and soft as velvet. Enriched with evanescent oils, it’s incredibly sensuous formula provides a soft, second-skin feel, without drying or fading lips."

The lipsticks in the collection are of a lip stain formula but they are amazingly soft, creamy, buttery and easy to apply to the lips all of this whilst drying to a matte finish. After applying the Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks to my lips I must say that I was surprised that such a great product is available on the high street. It is very hard to find lip stains that are not over drying on the lips, in fact these are the opposite. They are so moisturising I found it took at least 5 minutes for the stains to dry to a matte finish on my lips. This allows you more time to ensure you applied it correctly and to rectify any mistakes which I find most lip stains do not allow due to their fast drying properties. They are also long wearing lasting more than 8 hours with the need for only one touch during the day.

Pink Pong - A hot pink/fuchsia. This colour is a lot more vivid and bright in person, and it really packs a punch! I have seen it worn on many skin tones and it somehow just works, t is my favourite shade from the collection. 

Ole Flamingo - A bright pink. It is not as bright a Pink Pong but it still out there and 

Frambourjose - A raspberry shade. It is not my favourite of the three shades because I find it needs more than two layers when applied if not it looks slightly patchy.

top row: Pink Pong | Ole Flamingo
botttom row: Frambourjose

I have worn these lip stain regularly since buying them 2 weeks ago and I have nothing but praises for them. Pink Pong is my favourite colour and I have had lots of people asking what I was wearing when I had it on over the weekend.  My only gripe with the product was that I wish they dried a little more faster than they do and I find that if I put more than two layers on it takes quite a while for the product to dry to a completely matte finish.

I bought these in store from Superdrug and they currently have a deal where if you buy one Bourjois product you get the second half price! So hurry and get your hands on these. Alternatively you can find the whole collection online at Boots.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Makeup Revolution

On Monday I was invited to the launch of a new makeup brand called Makeup Revolution. Makeup Revolution is an affordable high street brand which claims to 'transform the high street with the introduction of the hottest and most desirable makeup trends at every day, affordable prices'. The prices range from £1 - £12 which...

The makeup range is very extensive and includes a few impressive products within the range.

The One Foundation £4 (pictured on the left) / Matte Perfection foundation £2 (pictured in the middle)

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Shameless

I did a blog post about the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balms (here) but I just wanted to show you guys a quick FOTD with me wearing my favourite shade from the collection. The purple shade I am wearing is called Shameless as I currently have a thing for purple lipsticks there was no doubt I was going to like this shade over the others I bought from the colllection. I wore Shameless layered over NYX's Purple Rain lip liner and I must say it is such an easy shade to wear on daily basis.

Monday, 17 March 2014

MAC All Fired Up Lipstick

MAC All Fired Up Lipstick - £15 
Purchase here from MAC Cosmetics or in store

I bought MAC's All Fired Up lipstick back in October as a Duty Free purchase on my way to Italy, but after getting back from my holiday I dumped it somewhere in my room with all my other holiday makeup purchases and I forgot about it until recently. All Fired Up was released back in September last year as part of an update to MAC's retro matte collection. The consistency of the lipsticks in the new retro matte collection are matte but I feel that they have slightly been updated compared to the old version to be a little more less drying than before. The lipsticks are still very much matte but when worn on exfoliated lips that have been prepped with a lip balm before hand I find they don't dry out my lips as much. 

All Fired Up is described by MAC as a "bright fuchsia matte". This shade is deeper than most bright fuchsia lipsticks I own and I feel it has a slight red tone to it.  It is also a warm toned shade which I feel works well with my skin tone. Most of the time I find bright pink/fuchsia lipsticks are usually cool toned with blue undertones which sometimes can be a hit or miss with my skin tone. I think this shade will definitely work well on darker skin tones compared to other bright fuchsia/pink lipsticks from MAC such as Candy Yum-Yum which I feel do not compliment some darker skin tones.

I wore All Fired Up in the above picture without a lip liner with two layers and as you can see the pigmentation of the lipstick is very good. I found that the lipstick lasted a long working day and I only needed to reapply it once during the day after eating lunch. 

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Milani: Baked Bronzers and Baked Blush

Milani Baked Bronzer - Soleil - $9 | Milani Baked Bronzer - Golden - $9 | Milani Baked Blush - Rose D'Oro - $8

Back in October I did a massive haul from Cherry Culture which I never got the chance to blog about, but part of that haul were some items from Milani. I have never tried Milani products before but because I had seen them on other blogs I decided to take the plunge by trying two of their baked bronzers and a baked blush. The baked bronzer and blush range from Milani instantly reminded me of MAC's Mineralize Skin Finish range however, Milani is an inexpensive alternative as they retail between $8-$9 (apprx £5-£6). Milani describes their baked bronzers as 'A bronzing powder that features a mélange infusion of colors baked on Italian terracotta tiles... This hi-tech, streak free bronzer, gives a perfect radiant look.'

Soleil - 'Medium tan with gold shimmer'
On my complexion this shade seems to be more of a highlighting colour than a tan/deep bronzer. It has a golden tone to it with lots very fine shimmer particles running through which would be great to place in areas that I want to add shimmer to. Such as, my cheekbones, bridge of my nose and on my eyelids (as an eye shadow). This colour would be great for the spring/summer months and it will definitely be in my makeup bag for my next beach holiday. 

Golden - 'Golden tan with gold shimmer'
This is the darkest bronzer shade of the collection and it would be a good shade to use to add a bit of warmth and glow to my skin, especially during the winter months. Just like Soleil it has a golden shimmer to it but not as much. This would be great applied with a kabuki/buffing brush all over my face especially on my cheekbones and forehead. If you are of a tan complexion this bronzer will look lovely on you but for anyone my skin tone or darker this will not be a bronzer that you can use to contour with. I will mainly be using this just to bring some warmth to my skin.

Rose D'Oro - 'Pink and gold with shimmer'
This blush shade is just gorgeous! It is a warm coppery pink with a golden shimmer shade. I wore this shade for the first time yesterday over my contour and it was gorgeous. It is very easy to build up and it doesn't leave a cakey texture when building up. Apparently it is a dupe of the MAC's every popular MSF in Stereo Rose, I don't own Stereo Rose so I can't give my opinion on that but I would say that Rose D'Oro is a shade that would compliment practically all tan, brown and darker skin tones. This may became one of my everyday go to blushes.

Overall, the textures of the bronzers and blush are very soft which is surprising for a drugstore brand. They don't look chalky when applied to the skin and very easy to build up and blend. My only negative of the is the packaging, I find that it is bulky and looks a little cheap. But hey! who am I to complain when comparing it to the quality of the product that comes in it and the cheap price too. I am very pleased with the Milani products I bought and I am happy I finally took the plunge to try the brand out. If you like the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish range but find them a little pricey I would definitely recommend trying Milani as a cheaper alternative.

Monday, 24 February 2014

MAC: RiRi Woo & Nightmoth

This is just a quick post to show you my current favourite lip combo that I tried out last week. It is MAC's RiRi Woo lipstick paired with MAC's Nightmoth lip liner on the outer edges blended in with a lip brush. I really like this combo as it added a depth to my RiRi Woo making it stand out with a slight ombre effect. RiRi Woo is a matte red lipstick with a cool undertone to it, check out my review of it here

You may have heard this before but if you do not already own the Nightmoth lip liner you need to get your hands on it. It's such a fitting colour for the winter season with the dark burgundy tone to it and it is great paired with really well a lot of my plum, deep red and burgundy shade lipsticks. 

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm - £7.99 
Shameless - a dark purple
 Showy - a bright blue toned pink
Unapologetic - pink shade with a slight coral tone

A few weeks ago I saw Revlon's new Colorburst Matte Balm's all over the internet so I decided to buy a few and see what they were like. I bought the lip crayon's in the shades Shameless, Showy and Unapologetic online from Boots with the 3 for 2 promotion they currently have at £7.99 each. Revlon describes the Colorburst Matte Balm as a 'Velvety Matte Look. Moisture Rich Balm A Matte finish that’s beyond plush. Balm that’s beyond comforting'. The ingredients in the Colorburst's include a mixture of three butters to keep them nourishing: Shea butter, Coconut butter and Mango butter.

As soon as I got my hands on them I wore the Shmeless shade straight away without thinking as I currently have a slight addiction to purple lip products. On first application it glides on my lips very smoothly however, I wasn't too fussed about the tingling sensation it left on my lips, it felt very menthol-ly (I know that's not a word) which I don't like. The Colorburst's are not highly pigmented as some matte lip products can be and they take about 2/3 applications to achieve the look in the above pictures. For a more pigmented finish I ended up wearing similar toned purple lip liner (I can't remember it right now) all over my lips and then applying Shameless on top of it.

I have to say for a High Street product the Colorburst Matte Balm's are not that bad especially considering the price. My only problem with them is that I think they could be a little bit more matte than they are but I guess it moisture to it is down to all butters that are in the ingredients of them to keep the lips nourished. I would also say that the lighter shades do come acrooss a little chalky when applied, especially the Showy shade. It's nothing too major to worry about, something a good lip liner as a base can probably help sort out. However, I don't think I would recommend the Showy shade if you have a darker skintone than mine though. 

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Paris: Make Up Buys

This weekend I went to Paris for a short trip and as usual Sephora was on my list of things to do. I  went to the massive Sephora on Champs Elysees which I always love to visit when I am in Paris, I knew exactly what I wanted as I previously went to Sephora when I was in Florence back in October. When I was in Florence I previously picked up a Cream Lip Stain in Always Red which I absolutely LOVE and two Colour Lip Last's in Wanted Red and and Royal Raspberry but this time I picked up back ups as well as new colours to try. 

Sephora Cream Lip Stain - 01 (Always Red) "Matte bold classic red' 
Sephora Cream Lip Stain - 06 (Forever Fuchsia) "Satin electric fuchsia"
Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain - 12 (Cherry Nectar)
Sephora Colour Lip Last - 20 (Wanted Red) "Matte dark red"
Sephora Colour Lip Last - 19 (Pure Red) "Matte red"
Sephora Colour Lip Last - 11 (Forever Fuchsia) "Hot pink"

Sephora Colour Lip Last -
20 (Wanted Red), 19 (Pure Red), 11 (Forever Fuchsia) 
(not that you can tell the difference in this picture, my bad!)

Sephora Cream Lip Stain - 01 | Sephora Cream Lip Stain - 06 | Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain - 12 |  Sephora Colour Lip Last - 20 | Sephora Colour Lip Last - 19 | Sephora Colour Lip Last - 11

I absolutely love the Cream Lip Stains as they go on so creamy and smooth and dry to a complete matte finish which does not budge regardless. If you get a chance to visit a Sephora in Europe or America you have to pick up at least one of the Cream Lip Stains.  

The Rouge Infusion Lip Stain is a new product from Sephora and whilst I was trying to translate what it meant in French in a busy store I decided to buy the first colour I swatched on a whim. I am not a fan of coloured lip glosses but after a weird conversation where I spoke English and used a translator app with a French speaking sales assistant I got the impression it was a long lasting lip gloss that doesn't budge with a slight matte effect (don't ask me how I managed to get that from our convo). I haven't used it yet but after swatching it in the store I realised it's doesn't budge at all! It still has it's gloss but I really like the fact that it doesn't budge whilst retaining it's glossy look. 

The Colour Lip Last's apply very smoothly and then dry to mate finish apart from no.11 which has a shimmer to it. From experience with my previous Lip Last's they are very comfortable to wear and have a long lasting stay.

Bioderma Crealine H2O
I always have to stock up on my favourite cleanser whenever I visit Paris, I also bought a small travel size one (not pictured). I usually get my "French" friend and sometimes her lovely family members to bring back a back from France for me.

The Cheri (tea) - "Delicate blend of black tea, cocoa, caramel and vanilla" 

What is a trip to Paris without visiting Laduree and bringing back some Macaroons? I went to the store on Champs Elysees which was busy and ram packed as it always is but we waited and got a table and sat in for the first time. I ordered the Mille-Feuille pastry with raspberry jam which was delicious and the Cheri tea which was so amazing I had to buy it to take home.

By the way if you haven't already noticed my blog has changed it's look to a more simplistic design and I have also changed my blog name and made it a dot.com too at: www.makeupbyhenessy.com. I hope you like it all, my blog has been long overdue for a change x