Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The Heavy Duty Solution to Perk Up Those Pesky Dark Circles The Heavy Duty Solution to Perk Up Those Pesky Dark Circles

This little thing has been knocking around in my make up stash for quite some time. It had gotten lost in the chaos that is my cosmetics collection until I recently dug it out after some particularly late nights. I forgot just how much I loved it and thought that this rediscovery warranted some loving on the blog.

Benefit's Erase Paste is essentially a brightening concealer, and whilst it can be used all over the face, I just use it for the mammoth task that is attempting to cover my dark circles under my eyes. For me, Erase Paste (in the shade '3') does what a corrector does but also gives more of a brighter under eyes with less need to use a separate concealer over the top. That said, on days when I need more coverage, a little pat of Benefit's Boi-ing or another concealer over the top works wonders.

Erase Paste costs £20.50, which although it is not cheap for a concealer, you literally need the tiniest amount. I've been using the one pictured a lot and there is still at least 3/4 of the product left! So if you're in need of a quick fix that will leave you looking more awake/alive in seconds, this is for you!
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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Bronze Week: Bronzers Bronze Week: Bronzers

Bronze Week is going out with a bang today with the ultimate post, the one all about bronzers! These beauties are my go to items for a flawless bronzed complexion. It was hard to whittle it down to just these few, who knew that someone as tanned as me needed this many bronzers?! Well, here's a run down of why I love each and every one of them.

Rimmel Sun Shimmer Bronzer - this is the bronzer I tend to use most days. I love that it is so wide so I can swirl big bronzer brushes in it with no problem at all. It has the tiniest amount of shimmer (I'm not a huge fan of full on shimmery/glittery bronzers), and is a great golden tone. This comes in at just under £6, not bad at all!

Benefit Dallas - this is one of my first ever Benefit products. I got my first one when I was 14, and it has been love ever since! I use Dallas as a blusher, but I do know many who use it for an all over 'outdoor gal glow'. For me, this is the most natural, bronzy blush with a hint of colour to keep things looking super healthy. The Benefit box o' powders last an insane amount of time, so although they retail for £23.50, you're not going to be needing to repurchase for a seriously long time!

Benefit Hoola - the ultimate matte bronzer. Hoola has some crazy stats attached to it, it's the best selling premium bronzer in the UK for at least the past 5 years! I think that speaks a lot for itself, but Hoola is one of the few truly matte bronzers and is fab for a natural bronzing, contouring and even to dust over you eyelids if you're in a jam. Again, it lasts so amazing well like the other Benefit box o' powders, if you hit pan on this, it deserves to be repurchased!

Chanel Bronze Universal - the only cream bronzer of the bunch, the Chanel Bronze Universal is quite a cult beauty favourite and definitely a multitasker. Some people like to use it to contour with, for me personally my favourite use of it is just as an all over glow getter. I skip powdering after foundation and just buff this over the top, I would say that I am about the darkest (or close to the darkest) complexion that can use this, you'll really be struggling for this to make a difference on your skin if you're much darker than me. Bring out more shades Chanel! Retailing for £32, this bronzer screams luxury and is a fab treat for any gal's make up bag.

MAC Bronzer - this one nearly didn't make the list. As you can see from the pictures above, this one has needed a little scratching on the top layer because the colour pay off was becoming poor as a film had developed over the top of the product. I'm not exactly sure how that happened, because it definitely hasn't come into contact with a wet brush. Hence, why it nearly didn't make the cut. That said though, MAC offer an awesome range of bronzers in rather sleek, portable packaging compared to many brands. There aren't too many bronzers that are really handbag friendly. But aside from the portability aspect, and the weird film that developed over the top, these bronzers are really fab. The colour is great, not too red and they provide a nice glow without being to shiny and shimmery. At £21.00, these are more affordable high end bronzers.

L'Oreal Glam Bronze - I surprised myself when I purchased this. I don't normally buy bronzers from the drugstore that often, let alone ones that have quite a shimmery surface. But as you can see from the photos, the crazy leopard print shimmery top has gone leaving a really great natural bronze colour, which I've gotten plenty of use out of. Unfortunately the lid has now snapped off, which although it is super annoying, I can get over it considering how much I've managed to use it. I'm very interested in trying the new L'Oreal bronzers that have come out, the matte ones, the colour pay off on this one has been so good, as well as the lasting power, so I would hope those are the same. At approximately £10 (the one I have seems to be discontinued), these bronzers are on the pricier end of the drugstore line up, but are well worth it in my opinion.

Sleek Blush in Sahara - last but certainly not least we have another bronzey blush, and it comes from the very purse-friendly brand, Sleek. I use this for basically the same reasons as Benefit's Dallas, but it is just a slightly different shade, more terracotta toned bronze blush as opposed to the ruby toned Dallas. I can't recommend Sleek blushers highly enough, they are so well pigmented, super compact and really affordable at just £4.49.

So that's it for Bronze Week folks! Never fear though, there'll always be something for the bronze lovers on the blog, I can't stay away!
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Video: Product Empties #2 Video: Product Empties #2

This week's video is a run down of all of the products that I have used up recently. It was such a nice feel to finally get rid of these from my drawer! See what makes the cut to get repurchased, what doesn't make the cut and what I now can't live without.
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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Bronze Week: More Multitaskers Bronze Week: More Multitaskers

More multitaskers? That's right folks! Having shopped my stash again, I realised there were a couple of items (at least!) that I deserve to be included in Bronze Week as they are also very handy products that can be used for lots of things.

First up we have the MAC Lustre Drops, I have the shade Sun Rush which is more golden bronze. This little bottle is awesome, and certainly a multitasker if I've ever seen one. I tend to add a drop or two to my foundation to keep things golden and glowing. But this little wonder can be patted on as a highlighter and even popped on the eyelids for a wash of colour. Retailing for £18.00, the lustre drops are a tad pricey, but they last a seriously long time.

Next we have the cult beauty favourite, the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick, in the shade (you guessed it!) Bronze. The ultimate bronze highlighter, the shimmer brick is perfect for dusting on the cheek bones, swiping on the eyelids and the very light/pearly white shade is fab for under the brow bone and the inner corners of your eyes. Coming in at £32.50, the price has definitely been upped (I remember them being £30 not too long ago!), so if your in the market for a high end multitasker, this is a great option.
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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Bronze Week: Powder Shadows Bronze Week: Powder Shadows

(excuse the super messy MAC palette! It's just because it's well loved!)

Lots of pictures today! Rather than do the run down of each and every product, I thought I would let the products do all the talking! They are all amazingly pigmented, there's a range of mattes, glitters and shimmers; all in the bronze family. Sleek is representing for the budget brands, while there is a lot on offer for the higher end alternatives - I am rather addicted to golden/bronzed shadows as you can see!
Featured in the photos are:
MAC eyeshadows
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
Tom Ford Eye Shadow Quad
Sleek Face Form Palette

If you want to know the colour of a particular shadow, comment below and I'll let you know.

Stay tuned for more Bronze tomorrow!
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Bronze Week: Eyeliners Bronze Week: Eyeliners

Day 3 and the bronze just keeps on coming! This time we have eyeliners. As much as I love a solid black liner, its great to change things up during the summer season, even if it is just on the lower lash line. 

Bobbi Brown Gel Liners in Sepia and Forest Shimmer Ink - now while these aren't technically bronzed shades themselves, they certainly compliment bronze eye make up amazingly. A little softer than traditional black yet still help a smouldering eye make up to look polished. I sometimes use these all over the lids as a base for eyeshadows - they don't budge at all with some of this underneath! The Bobbi Brown Gel Liner costs £18.00 and will last you AGES!

Smashbox Liner Palette (shade in the top right) - this little eyeliner palette is so handy. As you can see from the picture I haven't actually got round to using the bronze shade yet, but I discovered it while shopping my stash for to write this post. I will definitely be using it. It looks a tad light to really define my top lash line, but buffed out on my lower lash line, I'm certain it will give me a soft bronzed glow.

Kiko Eye Pencils - Kiko is a brand that has really impressed me. I have only tried a couple of things from them and they have both been really great quality considering the price, a bit like Sleek actually. These pencils are so affordable at £5.20 and come in so many colours. They are super soft and easy to blend, making them my go to for an effortless bronze. I have also, like the Bobbi Brown liners, used them all over the lid as an eyeshadow or eyeshadow base.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Pencil - this is basically the premium version of the Kiko Eye Pencils. Again, it is soft, but a teeny bit more sturdy than the Kiko dupes, making it good for achieving more definition. These retail for £16.50.

In case you're in need of a little 'catching up', here are Monday and Tuesday's Bronze Week posts:

See you tomorrow!

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Bronze Week: The Multitaskers Bronze Week: The Multitaskers

Ah! No make up bag is truly complete without a trusty multitasking product. Something you can pop in  your handbag and ticks more than one box therefore saving some much needed space. These bronzed gems are my go to's when I want make up with less fuss, more speed and great quality.

First up, we have the Sleek Face Form palette in Medium. Retailing for £9.99, this handy compact palette has three colours. The darkest one is great for contouring, the centre shade is perfect for highlighting and the final one I like to use as a blush. All three make awesome eyeshadows too. They are highly pigmented and so easy to work with. A true multitasker!

Next, there's the Bourjois 8 in 1 Bronzing Cream. This stepped into my make up wardrobe some time last summer and has been something I've reached for a fair few times since. I use it on its own for light coverage and a bronzed glow, mix it in with foundation if it's a tad too light, and buff it over foundation if I want a more dewy bronzer than my usual powder. All in all a very different product that I've found very useful. I particularly like that it has SPF in there, which is perfect for this time of year when I want to wear a foundation that doesn't have any form of sun protection. This also retails for £9.99.

Now for a multitasker for the eyes. The Dior Twinset Eye Shadow Duo & Blend Pen in Beige Ribbon, retails for £24.99, certainly a very 'premium' price point! One side has a cream shadow stick and the other has powder which is great layered over the top. Anyone here remember an old Benefit product called Gilded? Well the cream stick side is very similar to that just a little less golden and more beige, making a little more subtle. So it makes for a really great highlighter, particularly in the inner corners of the eyes and under the brows. The Twinset is something that I often forget about, but after writing about it, I'm definitely going to be getting mine out again!

And then there's the most expensive of the bunch, something I coveted for such a long time, the NARS Matte Multiple in Vientiane. Coming in at £30.00, the matte multiples are certainly an investment. Personally I love that I can use this and not have to worry about it being 'too much' for my sometimes oily skin. I most often use this as a contouring product, striping it on my face in the usual contouring places and then blending out with a buffing brush. Although, it also makes for a nice bronze blush and can be used as both an eyeshadow and a lip colour (not that I personally tend to use it on the lips). This nifty little thing can take the place of about 3 items in my make up bag, so it definitely earns its name as a multitasker. 

Last but not least we have a blogger favourite, the Solar Powder Bronzer from Soap & Glory. This lovely little thing is £11.00 and often makes an appearance in my daily make up routine. Admittedly, it is a teeny bit too fair for me to use as a contour product, but if you have fairer skin than me, that's one use right there! I like to use it for an all over glow; swirl the colours together for a healthy bronzed blush or just use the lighter shade to highlight the high points of my face. If I was in a jam, I'm sure I could also use them as eyeshadows too!

So there you have it for the second instalment from Bronze Week on the blog. In case you did catch yesterday's post, you can read that HERE. See you tomorrow for another dose of all things Bronze!

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