Sunday, 25 January 2015

How I Do My Brows Using The Anastasia DipBrow Pomade

The Anastasia DipBrow Pomade has received so much hype on blogs this year, it's unbelievable. I kept seeing reviews of it, every one singing its praises all over my Bloglovin' feed, and eventually I caved and ordered one in Dark Brown from Cult Beauty. I found it so hard to choose a shade, as the shade guides online aren't very good and I couldn't find much information about whether the brown shades were warm or cool, so I took a leap of faith with good old dark brown and hoped for the best.

It was a good choice, as the Dark Brown pomade is neutral toned which works perfectly for me, and my hair is naturally dark so I was really impressed with the colour. There's a lot of product in that deceivingly small jar, as you need the tiniest amount of it so it will last a long time. I've had mine since July and it's still going very strong, I've scraped off the top layer and that's about it, and considering how short a time an eyebrow pencil would last me I am really impressed.

First I start off by brushing my brows with a spoolie, trying to tame them slightly and get them under control. Then, using my Topshop Liner brush, I take a tiny amount of the DipBrow Pomade and line the underneath of my brows in a straight-ish line up to where the arch should be.

Then I extend the tail of the brow from the end of the first line I drew, taking it out and creating the shape that I want. Then, using the remainder of product left on the brush, I fill in the tail section of the brow as there aren't any hairs there really so it needs more filling in than the rest of it.

Then I take the liner brush, and outline the top of my brow, trying to stay as neat and straight as possible. I don't add product to the front of my brows as I hate that full on, really squared off bit at the front of the brow, it's just not the look I like at all! Then, once I've lined the top of my eyebrow, I use he liner brush to push the product from the bottom line up into the middle of the brow, and then to push it down from the top line so both lines are fully blended into the middle without having to add any more product. This makes it easier to fade the front of the brow into the rest of it.
Stupidly. I forgot to take an after photo, so this is a photo from a few hours later after I'd finished the rest of my face makeup. It's so much easier to get the look I want with the DipBrow Pomade compared to a standard brow pencil, and I have noticed that Anastasia has released some new shades so I might have to investigate! It's really long wearing too, and stays in place until I take my makeup off in the evening. I usually add a little bit of MAC Omega to set them in place and then a quick brush through with clear mascara to keep any stray hairs in place and then I'm good to go.
Have you tried Anastasia DipBrow Pomade yet? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, 23 January 2015

Friday Favourites #4

Favourite instagram account


Lupescuevas

I follow some great make up artists, but Lupescuevas is something else. She's absolutely stunning, but the way she completely transforms herself in every photo is unreal. Simply put, you need to follow her.


What I've been listening to


Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

I loved this when it first came out, and I still love it now. The dark, yet reto vibe, sulty lyrics and Lana's beautiful voice make this one of my favourite albums of all time. Favourite songs are the title track, Ultraviolence, Money, Power & Glory, and Brooklyn Baby.


What I've been watching


Pretty Little Liars

It's finally come back on! I've got a huge crush on Ezra Fitz, so every time the new season come back on the tv I get super excited. Ezra + Aria forever, and all that jazz. This is much better than similar programs in the same genre, it's actually interesting, the characters are likeable and the storylines can be quite dark and twisted, so it's incredibly addictive. I love this show!


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Thursday, 22 January 2015

My Lipstick Collection - The Oranges And The Nudes




You can see my red lipstick collection and my pink lipstick collection posts too.

I'm definitely more of an obvious lip colour kind of girl, but for those days where I have less time to get ready or just fancy a minimal effort kind of look, that's where the nude lip colours come into play. I'm wearng Bobbi Brown's Nude Rose in the photo above. Orange is a relatively new shade for me, I've had So Chaud by MAC for a few years but it takes a really good self-confidence day for me to feel brave enough to wear it.


As I said, MAC's So Chaud takes a lot of balls to wear confidently, at least for me. Super bright, but it has a hint of red that makes it more wearable than a shade like Morange. It's an amplified formula, so it's not drying, has a semi-matte finish and is really long lasting. I've reviewed it here.

Plumful should actually be in next week's post as it is much more berry toned than a typical nude, but a sheer wash of this by itself perks up dull lips without being too dark or intense op for casual daytime wear, so it still fits in here.

Another Glamshine Stain Splash here in the shade Bonnie. In the tube, it's a rather dubious terracotta shade, but on the lips it's a truly stunning peachy shade that really suits pale skin, it makes me look so healthy and glowing and it wears well.

Bobbi Brown's Nude Rose was a CCO purchase, as nearest counter to me in Meadowhall has been a bit hit and miss with the customer service so I don't usually go there. Nude Rose is absolutely stunning, more pink than Desert Rose but it makes teeth look white and wears around 4/5 hours before fading. It fades evenly, it's so comfortable on the lips and is actually quite hydrating.

Desert Rose, again by Bobbi Brown is the same formula, but is just a little dustier, cooler, but still beautiful. I wear this slightly less as it looks best with a bit more blush to perk up the face, but still a much loved and often reached for shade.

You probably already know how much I love the Bourjois Rouge Velvet Edition lipsticks, but Nude-ist is a newbie to my collection. One of the more muted shades in this collection, I've been wearing this as least 3 times a week for the past month. As with the other lipsticks from this range, it stays in place all day no matter what I do, isn't drying, and is the ultimate slick on and go shade. Tempted to pick up Happy Nude Year too...


Peach Club almost got missed off as I didn't want to have a whole photo just for this one, but then I felt like I should really include it. The colour is nothing like what I had expected, I thought it would be a muted peach shade but oh hell no, this is bright. Like seriously bright. It's a bit much for me. I found that with a lot of the Bourjois Rouge Velvet Edition lipsticks that the shades are incredibly bright, and this, along with Pink Pong, is just that little bit too bright.

I hope you enjoyed my oranges and nudes lipstick collection post, the final instalment of berry and purple shades will be up this time next week!


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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Apps To Make Blogging Easier

Blogging can be hard. Really hard. I don't always get time to blog on my computer, which is a pain as its so much quicker and easier, and as it syncs instantly with my phone I can take photos and then immediately add them to my posts as I go, but most of my posts at the moment are written on my iPad. I have a folder called Blogging Saviours on my iPad, which, unsurprisingly, is jam packed full of apps that actually make blogging possible and even enjoyable on the go, so I thought I'd share them with you.
Blogsy
The only app that actually works well for me when blogging on the go. I think the Blogger app is pretty useless, but Blogsy is a dream to use. It lets you schedule posts in advance, add tags, add photos from several different locations and a whole host of other features. Blogsy is well worth the £2.99 and double it.
Afterlight
Using Afterlight is an essential step for me before I add any photo to my blog posts. I use it to brighten any photos taken in poor lighting, which is almost every time at this time of the year, and just to generally perfect any lighting or blurring. It's also great for tweaking the colour slightly to get a true representation, which is really important for make up swatches etc.
Hootsuite
I use Twitter on a daily basis just to share thoughts, take part in blogger chats and interact with other bloggers, but I don't always remember to post links to my new blog posts as I tend to schedule them in advance to stay organised. That's where Hootsuite comes in. I use it to let my followers know when I've posted something new on my blog, and to share my link at the end of blogger chats without having to be glued to Twitter all day. It's super easy and you can get free reports on how your follower count is changing and how much interaction your posts get. I also like that it shortens links as I talk way too much and always exceed the character limit! I use this on my iMac, phone and iPad so I've always got tweets scheduled.
Pinterest
Pinterest has recently become one of the main ways people click through to my blog. I've started to pin every photo I take for my blog, and put them on relevant boards so they are easy for people to find. If you take the time to put effort into your photos and make them aesthetically pleasing, people will pin them, more people see them, and some of those people will click through to your blog and hopefully get hooked.
Hope you found this post helpful, I'd love it if you shared some of your favourite blogging apps with me!

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Sunday, 18 January 2015

How I Contour Using MAC Harmony - swatches and review



MAC's Harmony blush is famous in the blogging world for being one of the most popular contour products, and for good reason.
As with all the other MAC blushes, Harmony comes in the usual black plastic packaging with clear lid so you can easily see the shade. This one seems more robust than older ones I've had, it's survived several drops to the floor and is still intact.



A beautiful bronze shade, Harmony isn't too orange on paler skins like other bronzers I've tried, but it's not too grey either, so you don't look washed out. Used lightly, this really is the perfect contour shade, or it could be built up slightly for a natural tanned glow, but that's not really my kind of style. It's very pigmented so a light hand is needed, but with a small, fluffy brush, this can be easily blended into skin so it is easy to correct if you go overboard.


The above swatch shows Harmony built up, and as you can see it is more bronze than orange even on my skin tone.


This photo shows me with just tinted moisturiser and Harmony so you can see how it looks without adding blush etc. into the mix. It adds warmth to my skintone but still creates the illusion of shadow under my cheekbone,. When blended well with blush and highlight, it looks seamless and natural.


Sneak peek of an upcoming post here, but I just wanted to show Harmony in action accompanied by the rest of my face make up. This photo was taken in front of a window so in just natural light, and I honestly can't see myself needing another contour anytime soon.


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Friday, 16 January 2015

Friday Favourites #3

Favourite blogposts


A really helpful post that I've bookmarked and keep referring back to. It has all the chats and hashtags you could possibly need to know about, along with tips on how to make the most out of participating in Twitter chats.


Hello Terri Lowe - WTF Topshop Sale Edition

I've missed Terri's WTF Topshop posts, her writing is so funny and she just says what we all think when wandering around Topshop! I always make a point of reading all Terri's posts, but these are definitely my favourites.

What I've been listening to


Taylor Swift - 1989

I've mentioned my love for this album before, but I still keep playing it over and over again! It's really different to her other albums but it still feels as relatable as them. My favourite at the moment is Style.

What I've been watching


Friends

No brainer really since every episode is on Netflix! My favourite show ready to binge watch whenever I fancy? Sounds good to me.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

My Lipstick Collection - The Pinks


I love my red lipsticks, as you can see by my Red Lipstick Collection here, but some days you just need to rock a pink lip. Whether it's a soft, rosy pink, or a psychedelic flamingo pink, it can be as girly or as fierce as you want it to be. To me, pink is one of the most versatile colours, and though my pink lipstick collection might not be as big as my red one, it still gets a lot of love from me. The photo below is me and my other half at my brother's wedding wearing MAC's Girl About Town, just to show I do wear lipsticks in colours other than red!



I'll start with MAC Girl About Town. A bright, blue toned fuschia, it has an opaque satin finish and feels really comfortable on the lips. It has incredible staying power, and despite my tube melting in my handbag, this is one of my most loved pink lipsticks. (Review here)

MAC Please Me was actually the very first MAC lipstick I bought. A yellow toned pink, ultra matte and unfortunately without much longevity, this still has a special place in my heart but it's just so damn drying!

MAC Heaux was limited edition, as part of the RiRi Hearts MAC collection. I had to buy this from America and get it shipped over in the end, so I reserve it for days when I want to feel really special. Again, a matte finish, incredibly opaque and an unusual berry pink, I haven't found anything close to this. I just wish it would be repromoted!

Back to the Bourjois Rouge Velvet Edition lipsticks. Olé Flamingo is similar to Girl About Town, but a little brighter. This lasts until I take it off, so I sometimes later GAT on top so I don't feel like I'm cheating on it with a younger model.

I love Frambourjoise. Everything about it. The name, colour, everything. It's just like a tube full of raspberry goodness that looks incredible on so many skin tones, and doesn't budge. See? Told you I loved it.

NARS Barbarella should really be in the Nude section, but let's go with it. My first NARS lipstick, and it's really nothing special. The colour is much too pale for me, although less opaque on lips than in the swatch above. It's a gorgeous glossy finish but it just wears off so fast. (Review here)

Another YSL Glossy Stain here, number 7. A stunning, rich deep pink with the most beautiful, subtle hint of a shimmer. The lasting power on these is excellent as I've said previously, with a good 7/8 hours of perfect colour.

I like the Revlon lip butters, this one here is Strawberry Shortcake. A very sheer wash of colour, but the yummy scent and hydrating formula will always make these winners in my eyes.

I do not like the Maybelline Baby Lips though! They just aren't hydrating at all, and although this pretty cherry colour perks up pasty lips, they just don't do what they are supposed to.


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