Primark mermaid glow highlighter – a cult product for £3.50 

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I urge you one and all to stop wasting your money on expensive highlighters! I know the struggle; they look so attractive and shiny, but this highlighter from Primark ticks all the boxes. It ensures that you look like a real life mermaid, if ever there was one! 

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Firstly, it is only £3.50, so not really a huge investment. The highlighter also comes in other colours, should you not prefer a shiny white mermaid metallic look. 

It is ultra pigmented! In comparison to my Urban Decay highlighter (I have the powder highlighter in ‘Sin’), I can’t say there is much difference in quality. The Primark highlighter has longevity, I have been wearing it for around two weeks now; and everyday it stays put for the entire day. I know this because on my way home from work, I happened to just catch my reflection in glass and my cheeks were shining to the high heavens. Of course I smiled to myself. 

The next time you visit Primark be sure to grab one of these – if there’s any left. Sure, the packaging is rather basic maybe compared to more expensive highlighters. But you know what, I like it. It’s simplistic and it does the job, pretty darn well may I add. 

[Perhaps not the best pic to show off the highlight, but it’s there glowing away if you look close enough] 
[…Andddd swatch 😍, you can really see the high pigmentation here] 

2017 – Contouring for dummies

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Seeing as I spent the most part of 2016 drawing on cheekbones I don’t really have; I thought why not share my fake cheekbone techniques with you all for the new year. Because even the chubbiest of faces can look defined with the correct make up skills! 

My contour is simple. Recently I have only been using two make up products to create either a natural, or more exaggerated contour. Depending on mood and ocassion. (But still contour everyday, eff the haters) 


What you need & the technique: 

NYX wonderstick contour stick is a godsend for me. It has a light and dark side – it’s perfect for highlighting (creating) and hiding. 

You also need a highlighter – I prefer a stick one (at the moment I’m using Revlon), but liquid highlighter can give a more intense effect. If your going for that ‘highlight on fleek’ look. If you want the world and his wife to know you are wearing highlighter – and of course there’s nothing wrong with that. Hell, you aren’t going to spend £30 plus on a highlighter to hide it. 

The technique: 

Now this is slightly more complex to explain but I shall try anyway. 

So depending on which parts of your face you want to contour (for me it’s my nose which I despise, my nose is more evil than Donald trump not even joking – uglier as well). 

Use the lighter side of the contour stick for any concealing you wish to do. 

The darker side can be used to create shadow…. and of course cheekbones. The trick with creating cheekbones is to draw them in the desired area, and bake. Allow the make up to set for a few minutes. (This routine is as holy as baking a cake TBH). When the make up has baked for an appropriate amount of time, blend in (not too hard or you’ll blend off your cheekbones). Blend until the line looks natural, but still gives definition. You can also do this around your blusher if you wish, it creates a striking look. 

Happy contouring in 2017 ✨ hope y’all create some killer cheekbones 

That’s so hot: best of summer 16

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Even if this summer in England was a complete wash-out (quite literally); there is still an intense need to compile favourite / much needed beauty products for summer. Who even needs an excuse to buy more?

  1. Serum me up baby

Chanel -Hydra beauty serum, £78 for 50ml

Let’s be honest buying and using Chanel products can make anyone feel like Audrey Hepburn. The epitome of class; this hydrating serum is a must-have. It smells divine, and it is multi-purpose. Can be used as a primer before make-up application, as a daily moisturiser or treatment for skin. Plus it looks great on your dressing table. (Yes I am that superficial).

Quick tip: Try to buy Chanel products at the duty free section at airports, I got this serum for around £45, which is almost half price.

2. Mattify me

NYX – Matte blotting paper, £3.50 for 50 sheets

NYXX is slowly becoming my favourite beauty brand. Such good value for money – and these blotting papers are a life saver. If, like me after 3 hours your make-up looks like you’ve been dipped in a chip fat fryer; then you need these blotting papers. They soak up excess oil without spoiling your contour, and they fit in your handbag. Cuuuuute.

3. Baby,baby

Maybelline – Baby skin instant pore eraser, £7.99 for 22ml

If the blotting papers aren’t adequate defence against major grease, I would recommend this primer. The trick to achieving a matte face (espesh in summer when humidity makes your face melt off like an Ikea candle), is attacking it from all angles. Prep is the best defence, and with this primer you’ll be as matte as matte can be.

4. Good enough to eat

Hawaiian Tropic – SPF 25 lipgloss in island berry, £6 for 20ml

This does actually smell good enough to eat. And it’s brilliant because it gives a seductive glossy finish to lips, and is intensely moisturising plus has SPF 25 to protect lips from harmful UV rays. If you are going abroad this summer to a country with a hot climate – don’t leave without this sexy (practical) gloss.

5. Milky

L’Occitane – Milk veil with almond proteins, £28 for 250ml

If there’s one thing summer does do – it can seriously dehydrate your skin. This milk veil is the perfect moisturising treat for skin, apply morning and night (after bathing is the best time). This will make you smell gorgeous, and your skin will be as smooth as silk. This milkshake will bring all the boys to your yard!

SuperDrug: the £10 challenge

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As we all know nowadays £10 is nothing. I mean, I remember the days I would casually saunter round my local convenience store and buy two Freddos, a Panda Pops (usually in ice cream and jelly flavour), a bag of mixed penny sweets – and still have change from £1. Oh how times have changed radically.

This weekend in SuperDrug I decided to see what I could buy with just a tenner. Surprisingly if you shop smart you can get a lot for little money. And there’s no need to skim on quality either.

Focusing on two brands both homegrown at SuperDrug, MUA and Make-up Revolution. MUA I have briefly mentioned before, as I have reviewed their amazing products. Make-up revolution, I am a complete rookie. Judging by their impeccably aesthetic stall – I was already sold on first impressions.

What did I buy?

1). The must-have eyeshadow palette

Make-up revolution eyeshadow palette in Redemption, Iconic 1, £4

Wow. For only £4 this palette is an absolute bargain. It comes with 12 shades (you can pick matte or shimmery palettes, in various shades), and the eye shadows are very pigmented. This is serious, serious competition for the high-brow cosmetic brands. I mean, I never want to pay more than £4 for a palette now I am aware I can purchase one this great for such little money. A real game changer.

2). The iconic eyebrow pencil 

MUA eyebrow pencil in Blonde, £1

Believe me when I say I have searched high and low for a perfect eyebrow pencil. As much as I love my Chanel eyebrow pencil, for just £1 this has got to be worth a try. It’s extra long (excuse the pun) so should theoretically last longer through sharpening. It comes in various shades – it isn’t as pigmented as the more expensive brand eyebrow pencils. But, it’s decent and a lot better than other high street ones which are almost 9 times the price of this (a prime example is the Maybeilline one – DON’T EVER BUY THIS, EVER EVEN IN DESPERATION. It is like using my three year old nieces crayola crayons on my brows. Just no).

3). The highest highlighter

Make-up revolution Vivid baked highlighter in Peach lights, £3

This is perfect for me as I usually mix my highlighter with a pink blush, now I have a product which is 2 in 1. I also prefer powder highlighters – they are the easiest to apply in my opinion. This product is also highly pigmented – and comes in three shades. I’m sorry but if you don’t already have this in your life what the hell are you doing with your life???

4). The penultimate pink/nude lipstick

MUA lipstick in Tulip, £1

Just in time for spring, this pretty pink ticks all the boxes. This amazing £1 lipstick comes in a variety of appealing shades. It stays on throughout the day, and again, there is no lack of pigmentation.

 

Go on, treat yourself. After all – all that make-up and I only spent a tenner!

 

P.S Once I reach 100 followers I will be doing a fantastic giveaway, winner chosen at random. For the meantime you can follow my Facebook page – blondeghetto. Or my Instagram – versaceblonde xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

 

 

Get your ”glow up”: 4 highlighters that suit everyone

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Now, let’s face it glitter & shimmer have been the awe of every girly girl in the world for decades, however this year has been a game changer for ”the glow”. It is mandatory to have shimmered cheeks so very shimmery that light bounces off your pearlescent cheekbones and slaps any haters around the face. I have decided that 2016 is officially the year of the highlighter. The glow, the fleek, the shimmer. But who knew there were so many types of highlighters!? I’m going to give you the low-down on the 4 main types.

1). The perfecting bronzer, Kiko, £16.90

Bronzer is a comfortable (powdered) classic, an easy way to add colour and glow to your face. Use a particularly shimmery one to maximise your glow. Perfect for those of you who are glow virgins.

2). The liquid ”high beam” complexion enhancer, Benefit, £19.50 (for full size)

Liquid highlighters are slightly more tricky to apply; during contour stage number two rub some on your brow and cheek bones to add depth, and enhance complexion. For extra glow, when your make-up is finished, rub a small amount onto your cheekbones over existing make-up. These can often last months, they are highly concentrated, you only need to use a tiny bit each application.

3). The radiant shimmer blusher, Bare Minerals, £18.75 (for the entire radiance collection)

If you aren’t careful with this one you will end up looking like a clown that has puked up giltter blusher onto your own face, or a drag queen with hugely exaggerated make-up. Yes, this is a blusher but it’s concentrated. Tap with a blusher brush, flick some into the air, and then apply to your cheekbones. Remove excess with a clean tissue.

Although that being said, this is a handy multi-purpose product. If you like rosy cheeks, and glowing cheeks – bang you have a blusher and highlighter in one. These mini radiance pots also double up as eye-shadows and powders.

4). The iridescent gold powder highlighter, MUA, £3

This highlighter is genius. Can give even the chubbiest cheeks structure, I am living proof of this theory  (check out featured image, ft. good lighting to bless me). The cheapest of the options, but coincidentally also the best (saved the best til last). The powder highlighter is easy to apply, brush gentle strokes onto cheekbones either beneath foundation, or on-top; or if you want to really push out the boat and look like a human unicorn – both. A really really great value product that lasts ages, and is so on trend. Invest now. Pop that glow!

 

 

Contouring: a review in context

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Contouring; according to the online dictionary is defined as – an outline of a figure or body; the edge or line that defines or bounds a shape or object. Perhaps a term more commonly used in the art and design world, contouring has recently become a massive phenomenon.

It’s been one of the biggest beauty trends since last year; everyone is talking about it, everyone is attempting to create it, it’s the structured look we’re all longing for. But, the fundamental question here is, how easy is it to achieve?

I will give a brief outline of how to achieve the ”contoured” or ”structured” look. And then compare a Chanel contoured make-up look against the humble MUA brand retailed in SuperDrug.

Being a self-confessed avid make-up addict I could go into intense detail here (believe me, just this weekend I spent £320 on Chanel make-up, the addiction is real). Here are my top tips;

  1. You need the correct tools for the job

    Like anything in life without the appropriate equipment, you will end up with a half-done job rather then a professional looking one. For contouring you need a decent primer, concealer, foundation, powder (usually darker then skin-tone for highlighting). A good foundation brush, powder brush, blending brush…and yes, you guessed it, blusher brush. For the ultimate in contouring purchase a fixing spray to keep your make-up in place.

  2. Base to basics

    You need to start with a smooth base. To ensure your skin is in the best condition, always cleanse, tone and moisturise thoroughly. Especially before applying make-up, if you wear it everyday inevitably it dries the skin. Drinking plenty of water will keep your skin nourished from the inside. After moisturising apply a primer which is suited to your skin type (for example a mattifying one for oily skin).

  3. Layering is key

    After priming start with concealer, cover all blemishes. Next layer would be highlighting, you can use a darker tone to highlight cheekbones, hide nose shapes, hide dark circles. After these layers apply your foundation, then powder (before foundation you can also use bronzer to highlight cheekbones, or after foundation application)

  4. Blend, blend and blend some more

    Each layer needs to be dry before the next layer is applied, and needs to be blended in properly. Make sure you have sufficient lighting, and good quality blending brush. So that you don’t end up with the dreaded orange foundation line around the bottom of your face, it’s not pretty, it’s not classy, and it definitely isn’t successful contouring.

Most of the beauty industry would have you believe that the most expensive products are needed to achieve the best looks; but I don’t believe this. MUA, possibly one of the cheapest brands in the cosmetic industry, has coincidently taken the industry by storm. With prices starting from as little as £1 who could argue!?

Now I’m not saying I’m about to abandon my Perfect Lumière Chanel foundation just yet…But MUA gives healthy competition for the more prestige brands, (for any brand with those prices) and I am going to review it against the French fashion, beauty and perfume powerhouse that is Chanel.

Chanel stats

Price range – Products start from £18-£80+

Quality rating- 10/10

Description-

When you think of Chanel, several connotations appear within the mind; I always envisage a dreamy black and white setting, a classically beautiful woman with curves and flowing hair sitting in a Parisian café, sipping a latte sporting cat-eye sunglasses; her hair effortlessly blowing in the wind, and her nose high in the air. Chanel is classic, classy, up-market everything a woman aspires to be. And Chanel products, despite the huge price tag are a great investment. The foundation provides a great coverage for contouring, its light and not cakey as full coverage foundations often can be. Chanel face products are also perfect for contouring as they have developed a new technology which allows them to be light resistant; consequently you don’t look different colours in different lights. The products create a radiant, flawless finish. All in all, I can’t fault the products in regards to creating a contoured look. Only advice I would give is that the bronzing powder is highly pigmented so apply sparingly.

MUA stats

Price range- Products start from £1-£10

Quality Rating- 9/10

Description-

Comparing a much cheaper, but still great quality brand to Chanel is difficult. I can’t decide which brand is better for contouring;but rather advise that you mix and match, taking the best of both and combining (better for your purse strings as well no doubt). MUA has an extensive range of products when it comes to contouring, from £1 face powders and highlighting palettes, to brilliantly helpful hydrating fixing sprays. As you can see the look created is not any less flawless to the one created using Chanel. The quality of the actual contouring kit leaves a little to be desired, the concealer has great coverage, but overall quality is lacking. However, it’s perfect for a base, as it is slightly greasy you can cover with a mattifying foundation/powder to give a less shiny finish.

In conclusion this proves my theory that no matter the price tag every brand has its staple must-have beauty buys. And amazing looks can be achieved on a low budget! Main piece of advice here is: invest in expensive products because they do last longer, however cheaper alternatives could also equally turn out to be some of your favourite products. It’s all about mixing and matching.

MUA contoured look

MUA contoured look

 *For full details of products used please check out my next post.

Chanel contoured look

Chanel contoured look