Collection Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Eyeliners

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What Are They?

Glitter gel eyeliners to add a bit of sparkle to your look.

 

The Review:

I originally bought the silver colour for my auntie as she was going to a silver themed party. As she didn’t use it, she gave it back to me so I decided to put it on over the liner I already had and it looked so pretty!

The first thing I noticed is the nice, fine brush on the applicator, it made applying the product easy and went on nice and neatly. The second thing I noticed was how pigmented the liner was.

My past experiences with other high street brands of glitter liners have not been very positive as I find that you get a lot of clear gel liner and perhaps a few specs of glitter – hardly the lovely solid glitter line you buy the product for.

These liners however, are beautifully pigmented and give you the full line of glitter. Not only this but it lasts a long time too and after wearing it a few more times, it easily lasts a good 6/7 hours on me.

Anything past that I cannot comment on as I haven’t worn it for longer but it looked exactly same as when first applied after that length of time, AND, without any glittery fallout falling onto my face.

The colour range is great and I now have 4 shades, a silver (Hustle) , a gold (Funk), a black and silver (Rock Chick) and a bright purpley blue (Shake It Up!).

Here are the colours swatched for you

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Worth the Money?

These retail for an amazing £2.99 each and are readily available on the highstreet in places like Superdrug and Boots.

If you ask me, these are an absolute bargain and so pretty on the eyes.  Affordable, gorgeous, readily available and an excellent shade range – what’s not to like?

You can also find these dazzling liners on the Collection website:

http://www.collectioncosmetics.co.uk/eyes/eye-liner/glam-crystals-dazzling-gel-liners.aspx

Brow Basics

 

The Basics; Do’s and Don’ts

 

DO invest in a good set of tweezers.

There are some great tweezers on the market and many different shapes to choose from. I personally favour the standard slanted shape and the ones from Tweezerman are my absolute favourite, there’s even a free sharpening service when they start to get blunt which is a big bonus. They come in several different colours and patterns and even come in mini size in a handy little tube!

DON’T pluck more hairs than necessary.

Very thin eyebrows look unnatural and affect the whole look of your face. They are also difficult to grow back so be very careful when shaping them for the first time.

DO go with the natural shape of your brows.

This is the shape that your brows appear overall. The natural shape your brows will most likely suit your face the best. The idea of grooming your brows is to enhance the shape in order to flatter and frame your face. A great example of this is to look at Anne Hathaway, she has a fairly rounded shape as opposed to a high arch.

DON’T use a magnifying mirror.

This is a bit of weird one and probably partly down to personal preference but I would suggest that unless you really struggle to see, that you don’t use a magnifying mirror, especially the ones that you can get now that show up EVERYTHING. A standard mirror in a well lit room should be enough. The risk with using a magnifying mirror is that you can overpluck your brows easily. Chances are, if you need a magnifying mirror to see the hairs, you won’t see them with the naked eye.

 

 

Shaping your Brows

Absolute basics

The overall natural shape of your eyebrows is most likely to suit your face so use the natural shape as a guide.

As a general rule the diagram at the start of this post is also a good guide to finding a nice shape.

Take a pencil in line with outside of your nose straight up, this shows roughly where your brows should start (line A). Line B is again lined up with the outside of your nose but this time runs in line with the outer edge of your pupil, this is where most people should have the highest point of the brow – the arch. Finally line C takes the line from the outside of your nose to the outer corner of your eye where it is a good place for your eyebrows to finish.

 

Your individual shape

Generally your brows should start in line with the outside of your nose, if your eyebrows start too far apart it makes your nose look wider, on the other hand, too close together and you can look very odd and a bit cross!

Now, as I said at the start, the diagram shown is a rough GUIDE. If you have a natural rounded brow shape then go with it, if you have fairly straight brows then go for a slightly straighter shape.

The same one brow shape that we see most often is the standard fairly high arch, however, this shape won’t necessarily suite everyone.

 

Anne Hathaway as seen here is a great example of going with her natural curve. She has a slight arch that curves upwards and outwards as this is what her natural brow wants to do. Her brows are not the typical highly defined arch we see a lot but all the same, enhance her features and suit her face.

Jennifer Conolly is another celebrity that has gone with her natural brow shape. Her brows are thicker and more straight but do still have a slight arch and finish in line with the outer corner of her eye so as not to have a brow that’s too short.

Both of these celebrities are brilliant examples of how to define and enhance your individual shape. The start and end points of their brows are pretty much the same but the curve and thickness of their brows are taylored to their own natural overall shape. This is the key to perfectly groomed brows, you’ve got to work with what you’ve got!

 

How to

If you’re shaping your brows for the first time then I suggest plucking a couple of hairs at a time and viewing the overall efffect on your face after each little session. Plucking just a couple each time and reviewing the progress from a little further back in the mirror will ensure you don’t overpluck.

Remember! You want your eyebrows to be even on both sides so I would pluck a couple of hairs from one side and then do the same on the other, making them the same as you go along until you find your perfect shape.

 

If you’re nervous then you could always go to a salon to get your initial shape.

If you do decide to do this, make sure you go to a reputable one or get recommendations, it’s also handy to have a look at the brows of the technician who will be doing the shape for you as this may show their personal preference for thickness and shape. Chances are, if they have thicker brows or a very high arch, this is what they think looks good on most people.

Just to be safe, I would steer clear if they have very thin, short brows!

Always be very clear with the shape and thickness you are looking for, explaining that you want something that goes with your natural shape and suits your face. I would also ask for a mirror so you can keep an eye on their progress. This may sound a bit OTT but once you’ve overplucked it is unlikely your brows will grow back as they naturally are so it’s best to be cautious!

 

I hope this was helpful for you, if you’d like to see a brow tutorial via video, products and tools for shaping and filling in then please like this post and comment below with anything else you’d like to see or questions you may have. Happy shaping!!

When in PARIS – Bioderma H2O

QUICK INTRO

As you may have guessed if you look at my recent tweets I am in Paris for work. I do apologise for not blogging sooner, I am no good at french and have only just managed to get the wifi to work! Anyway ….

Many of you will already know that Bioderma is a french brand known for its kindness to skin, however it still maintains its effectiveness when removing make up. As its widely available here, I have picked some up and thought I would give you an overview of this product.

 

 

What does it do?

Bioderma H20 is formulated for sensitive, normal to dry skin, the clear solution cleanses the face and eyes, gently but effectively removing make up, it even removes water-resistant make-up. The micelles contained in its formula effectively micro-emulsify impurities while maintaining the skin’s balance as it is pH neutral and contains no soap. It also contains soothing and decongesting active ingredients that prevent that raw, irritable feeling that can sometimes be associated with removing make up and cleansing the skin thoroughly.

Worth the Money?

This has to be one of the best all in one cleansers I have tried.

Now, you all know I am besotted with Liz Earle products and continue to use them religiously along with my Clarisonic (on which there will be a full review shortly) however, this is my first choice to initially take my make up off at the end of the day.

I soak a couple of cotton pads with the solution and press the pads into my skin and then swipe away the make up.

Some people have said it takes them ages to get their eye make up off or they use a load of cotton pads etc etc. This should not really be the case, I use on average, three cotton pads for my entire face including eye make up.

As you all know, I wear a reasonably natural look but it is still a full face of make up and generally two coats of mascara. The trick is to do the eye make up bit properly – wiping away at your eye with this stuff will do it but it will cost you a pile off cotton pads as some have said.

The easiest, fastest way to do it in a couple of wipes is to hold the pad over your eye for a few seconds FIRST, this enables the solution to start to dissolve the make up, thus removing it when you wipe away – simples!

I have never had any issues with this product, its effective, it doesn’t dry out my skin, my skin doesn’t feel irritated afterwards, it doesn’t smell weird and best off all – it saves me buying seperate eye make up remover yay!

Without a doubt it is a must have, especially if you have sensitive skin and I can tell you from experience that most make up artists will have it in their kit – it’s that good!

The prices vary and are generally in euros as it is a french brand but a 500ml bottle lasts me nearly 3 months.

 

The only downside to this product is that outside of France, it can be less simple to get hold of, however, the internet is great, just avoid Ebay where possible as often you will pay more than normal. I have listed some alteratives below.

 

Where to buy in the UK:

As I mentioned above, here are some handy websites that those of you in the UK can access this wonderful product from, I promise it’s worth every penny! For those of you outside the UK, the internet is a wonderful thing and many sites stock this product, just search it and you will find something 🙂

http://www.cocooncenter.co.uk/Bioderma-Crealine-H2O-Micelle-Solution-500ml!7564579.html

http://www.leguidesante.co.uk/279/purchase/crealine-cleansing-solution-perfume-free/

 

 

 

Estee Lauder Haul & Initial Thoughts

I went shopping with my mum at the weekend and set out to find a much lighter foundation…

I let the lovely Estee Lauder lady do my make up (my mum had hers done too) and I came away with this lovely lot … oopsie!

Initial thoughts: Estee Lauder Signature 5 tone Shimmer Powder – 01 Pink Shimmer


Normally I am a peachy colour blusher kind of girl but after seeing this on my face I was convinced that a bit of pink is no bad thing! This is such a young, fresh medium pink that will suit fair and medium skin. This has a gorgeous sheen to it and brightens the complexion for a fresher, younger look.

I also love the fact that this is actually a ‘shimmer powder’ you could use the colours seperately if you want to on yours eyes too… and the packaging is yummy!

Initial thoughts: Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara – 01 Extreme Black


I like to try different mascaras, normally however I stick to the cheaper brands like Maybelline and L’oreal because I honestly believe they make the best ones.

However, the lovely Estee Lauder lady, Jodie, used this on me and I loved it. Its just a really lovely deep black, doesn’t look clumpy and I like wand on it.

 

Initial thoughts: Estee Lauder Pure Colour Lipstick – 01 Crystal Baby

I love this colour, it’s a soft neatral peachy pink, almost like a ‘my lips but better’ shade with a subtle sheen. Very wearable and will suit most skin tones.

 

The foundation I bought that you can see in the first picture I will be doing a full review on so will not feature in this initial thoughts type post. It deserves its very own post!

The products shown in this post are available at most department stores and online :

http://www.esteelauder.co.uk/cms/promotions/index.tmpl?77tadunit=8f2e1210&77tadvert=11501396345&77tkeyword=estee%20lauder&77tentrytype=s&77tentry=2samples_freedel30_Feb12_brand_headline&cm_mmc=google-_-search-_-brand-_-estee%20lauder&gclid=CLepqsSBprACFSghtAodFi5tWQ

 

MAC Eyeshadow – Dazzlelight

I am absolutely loving this eyeshadow right now! A gorgeous shimmery golden shade.

 

Great for?

A natural shimmery wash of colour on the lid, neutral looks and of course this shade also makes a great highlight for the top of the cheek bones and under the brow bone.

Easy to blend and makes a nice change from my usual highlight which is Shroom (also by MAC).

LOVE.

Urban Decay Naked Palette

What is it?

A gorgeous palette containing 12 neautral eyeshadows by Urban Decay.

The Review

This is a palette every make up fanatic needs (well – this or the Naked 2 palette – or both 😉 ). It’s full of a wide variety of neutral shades, both shimmery and matte and none of the usual chunky glitter that you run the risk of getting with some Urban Decay shadows. The shadows go on smoothly and blend very well.

This palette is perfect as a gift or for your average make up junkie and there are shades for a very natural look, summery bronze shades and of course some spectacular smokey ones too.

 

Worth the Money

Personally I feel like this palette is quite pricey (it’s £36 – ouch!) but because of the quality of the shadows I would still say it’s definitely a good investment as there are a huge variety of looks that can be done with these colours.

This palette can be bought from some department stores and the official Urban Decay website:  http://www.urbandecay.co.uk/

Sleek Eyeshadow Palettes

What is it?

A highly pigmented eyeshadow palette that comes in several different colour ways and contains 12 eyeshadows. The one pictured above is called ‘Sunset’.

The Review

I was so impressed the first time I tried these eyeshadows that I now own four of these palettes! The colours are VERY pigmented, easy to blend and go on the skin really smoothly. The palette comes with 12 shadows and a double ended sponge applicator that sits in a smooth black case with a large mirror on the inside.

The majority of the shadows in each palette are shimmery with a couple of matte ones thrown in – you may be able to tell in the picture that the only matte in the Sunset palette is the black, this however doesn’t bother me in the slightest as they also do a natural palette.

The natural palette contains plenty of matte browns and soft neutral colours which is fantastic for every day use!

There are several palettes to choose from depending on what you’re looking for, some contain crazy acid brights and others are more neutral but there is definitely something for everyone. 

Worth the Money?

These palettes are £6.49 each from Superdrug or Sleek’s official website so I firmly believe they are well worth the money – that’s not even £1 per eyeshadow and the quality of these are amazing!

http://www.sleekmakeup.com/