Zoe is the one that spotted this MAC Mythology dupe when I wore it out one night and she asked me if that was what I was wearing. She was shocked to find out it was the Max Factor Wild Shadow Pot in Feral Brown. MAC Mythology is a coppery brown shade and one of my all time favourite MAC Eyeshadows. The Max Factor Wild Shadow Pots don't really get a huge amount of love but they are pretty darn good budget shadows. They come in 22 shades and range from bright eye popping shades to flattering neutrals. The pigment is good, smooth and they apply really well. They don't look the same in pan or when they are swatched next to each other but once applied to the eyes and blended and they look almost identical. It's less than half the price of the MAC one and not one to miss out on.
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|MAX FACTOR WILD SHADOW POT IN FERAL BROWN|
|mac eyeshadow in mythology £13|
I didn’t even think twice when I decided to repurchase my favourite highlighter of all time - Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder. It has barely left my cheekbones since I purchased it some time last year. Highlighters have come and go over the past year, but this is firmly in my heart. A pinky but warm toned super finely milled powder that really brightens up the face and gives a beautiful flawless glow. I’m also chuffed that now I’m almost done with my first one as I can finally upgrade to the new packaging. I hate the old one as it’s clunky and too big - This version has less wasted space (they’ve omitted the brush) and it’s much more purse friendly. Damn I love this stuff. Desert Island product for sure.
I remember when I was at the press event for the Illamasqua Glamore collection that I managed to squeeze out some info from Alex Box on the Skin Base Mixers. Illamasqua are taking the trend for colour correcting foundation shades to the next level. Skin Base Mixers are the brand new fixer for the foundation shade that's just not quite right. They adapt to conceal blemishes, correct skin tone, brighten the complexion, even out hyper pigmentation and even deepen foundation to suit darker skin tones. They are also really handy if you want to adapt your base for different seasons. The Ilamasqua Skin Base Mixers come in four shades to choose from and each shade has a specific colour correcting purpose:
Illamasqua Skin Base Mixer in White - Lifts skin tone and adds brightness
Illamasqua Skin Base Mixer in Amber - Even out olive skin tones
Illamasqua Skin Base Mixer in Terracotta - Blur out unwanted hyper pigmentation
Illamasqua Skin Base Mixer in Chestnut - Add further depth or for contouring
The formula is very similar to the Skin Base but much more pigmented. I used Amber mixed in with my Skin Base (it's very pale and slightly too pink!) and it really warmed up the foundation and added much needed yellow tones to compliment my skin. It also worked really well at hiding the red blemishes I have on my cheeks from a naughty breakout. Illamasqua say you can use all the shades to help contour the face too, apply the desired shade on the points of your face you want to add colour to and then blend your foundation over.
These come free with a purchase of the Skin Base foundation from the 8th May and you'll be matched by the professionals on counter according to your needs. I don't think they are going to be rolling it out as stand alone products but I'll keep you updated if they do. I reviewed the Skin Base a long time ago, in fact I think it was one of the first reviews I ever did on this blog. I still really like it, its good build-able coverage and has no SPF so is great for nights out.
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|illamasqua skinbase mixers|
with illamasqua skinbase purchase £ 32 *
The "Bronzed and Beautiful" look from the SS Catwalks was possibly my favourite of the season. Today I thought I’d chat my personal take on the uber bronzed just stepped off the plane look. That 70's jetsetter uber bronzed glam look with my own personal twist. My main inspiration for this makeup look was the The Micheal Kors show for SS14 - I think they used three different tones of bronzer to keep the face looking naturally tanned and defined.
I primed my skin with the Clarins Instant Smooth Self Tanner just to give the skin a smooth base and add a bit of bronze before foundation. For the skin - I wanted to keep my base looking clean and natural so used MAC Face and Body. A water based foundation which feels light on the skin and lasts all day. It’s got just enough dewiness to look like my skin, but better. I then used the Kiko Essential Bronzer in 201 Sienna Melange to up the bronze factor. I applied it from the hollow of the cheek area and diffused toward the jawline. Blending was crucial as I wanted it to look sun-kissed but also dramatically bronzed so keeping it soft made it look more natural. On my eyes, I swept a bit of the Clinique Chubby Stick for Eyes in Ample Amber and then lined the upper and lower lashes with the Rimmel ScandalEyes Pencil in Bronze for a simple brown smokey eye. To finish the lips, I used the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfecter in 06 to give a nude natural glow.
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|CLARINS INSTANT SMOOTH SELF TAN * £19||KIKO ESSENTIAL BRONZER IN 201 SIENNA MELANGE *|
|MAC FACE & BODY FOUNDATION||RIMMEL SCANDALEYES PENCIL IN BRONZE* £4.49|
|CLARINS INSTANT LIGHT NATURAL LIP PERFECTER IN 06* £18||Clinique Chubby Stick for Eyes in Ample Amber|
I’ve never ever heard of a hair scrub, but I was very intrigued when I got the Garnier Ultimate Blends Silky Smoother 1 Minute Hair Polishing Scrub. A creamy mask like product which claims to smooth and polish split ends. The Garnier Ultimate Blends range is a that I actually quite like, it has a variety of different hair products for different hair types. I’ve used Garnier Ultimate Blends The Nourishing Repairer Shampoo and Conditioner - which I felt were a nice budget friendly damaged hair duo.
The Polishing Scrub is made with micro beads suspended in an extra thick conditioner. Very odd as it does feel like one of those apricot style face scrubs… Just with less beading in. You massage it into the ends of your hair and leave for a minute and rinse. I have to admit it does leave the hair feeling slightly smoother, but I do fail to see how you can exfoliate the hair… It just doesn’t make sense to me. Kinda gimmicky, but a unique product all the same so I thought I’d share!
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|GARNIER ULTIMATE BLENDS SILKY SMOOTHER 1 MINUTE HAIR POLISHING SCRUB £4.49|
I love a red lip. I really do. I was excited when the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks came into my life recently but they got lost in the shuffle a bit and I forgot about them. A few weeks ago I pulled out the shade Hot Pepper for a test run and I was pretty darn impressed.
Hot pepper is a modern orange red shade which really pops. Ideal for this seasons orange lip trend! The pigment is insane - I actually struggled to get them off even with a oil based makeup remover. The finish is kinda matte, I dont find it that matte at all in fact I think it's quite glossy. The formula isnt anything like the Hourglass Opaque Rouges like some people have been claiming. If anything it reminds me a bit of the YSL Glossy Stains with a more opaque finish. I did like the formula but the smell and the taste is so unbelievably off-putting - I was a little worried when I initially applied them. Im too sensitive to smell and taste in products and it can literally put me off something instantly…
TLDR: They are good but not that matte, buy them (if you don’t mind the smell)
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|BOURJOIS ROUGE EDITION VELVET LIPSTICK IN HOT PEPPER £8.99|
Another day another Topshop Makeup Lipstick. I know - I have way too many of them. This time I have the shade Peach Sundae which is a pretty nude peach coral shade. My perfect shade, obvz. It has a slightly more creamy/gloss finish to it compared to some of the other Topshop lipsticks I’ve tried but I'm not complaining. At £8, it’s pretty awesome quality lipstick and definitely worth a swatch in store. Ps. It’s a pretty good dupe for MAC Shy Girl.
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|Topshop Peach Sundae £8|
So my skincare building series is coming to and end and I thought it would be time to share my current skincare routine. I do really want to stress that these are the products that work for me and my skin. As Ive already explained I have very sensitive oily/combination skin which is incredibly troublesome. I suffer from quite a lot of sallowness in my skin tone, hyper pigmentation around my mouth, scarring along my jawline and congestion in the form of blackheads.
My Morning Skincare Routine
My morning skincare focuses on a light but cleansing refresh of the skin using the Elemental Herbology Bio Cellular Super Cleanse. It’s packed full of skin friendly goodness which leaves my skin feeling refreshed for the day. I then spritz my face with a cooling revitalising toner - I current love the Skyn Iceland Aric Face Mist. This makes my face feel really zingy and perfect for applying makeup. I then pop a small amount of Hydraluron on, leave that to soak in then apply a light balancing day cream. At the moment I really like the REN T-Zone Balancing Fluid. It leaves my skin feeling hydrates without adding extra oiliness.
My Evening Skincare Routine
Sometimes I’ll go in first with a cotton pad saturated in the L’Oreal Eye And Lip Absolute Eye Makeup Remover before getting out my cleansers to remove eye makeup. On lazy days I go straight in with my first cleanse using Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. This breaks down all the makeup and grime from my face ready for a good deep cleanse. For my second cleanse I often use a brightening cleanser to deal with my skin sallowness and congestion issues. I really like the Elemental Herbology Bio Cellular Super Cleanse as it helps stimulate cell turnover and deep cleans the skin. Then I’ll use an exfoliating toner such as the Alpha H Liquid Gold and apply that all over my face. My skin is too sensitive to use this on a daily basis so I try to use it a few nights a week. Over exfoliating the skin can make it thinner and even more sensitive so I go easy on application. Then I’ll apply my Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream as I’ve got a bit of dryness under my eyes. Then I apply the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo + to help fade scarring, prevent spots and unclog pores before adding Aesop Control Gel to any spots that might need a bit of extra zit zapping. For a final step I’ll pop a small amount of Hydraluron on, leave that to soak in then apply Origins Make A Difference Plus+. This is my all time favourite face cream as it hydrates my skin without making it feel greasy or slick and best of all it doesn’t break me out.