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Monday MOTD: How I contour & highlight!❤

Hi Beauties 🌞

I’ve been writing my blog for a little over a year and I’m yet to do a my contour and highlighting routine. So today I’ve got that for you.. I can’t believe I haven’t done one until now!!

Anyway, let’s get right into it…

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As always I start with a clean, well moisturised base. I then went in with my Revlon Colorstay Foundation (shade buff) as I wanted a more full coverage. I blended this in using my Real Technique Miracle Complexion Sponge.
To highlight my under eye area I used my L’Oréal Lumi Magique Highlighting Concealer (review to come!!).

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If you are new to contour & aren’t really sure where it goes, suck in your cheeks to make a ‘fish’ face (as you can see marked by my brush here!!).

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I applied Benefit Hoola with my Real Techniques Cheek Brush, make sure you blend it well so it isn’t just a harsh line. I also apply it to the temples and forehead to warm up the rest of my face!

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I don’t have a ‘fat’ face as such, I just like to contour my jaw line to add extra definition and warmth!

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My favourite part to my face makeup is definitely highlight, it adds so much definition and life into the face.
Once again, when you suck in your cheeks your cheek bone should stick out, this is where the highlight is placed!

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I absolutely adore this highlighter, can you not see the glow? I used Makeup Academy’s Highlight in English Rose! My favourite way to apply this is with my Real Techniques Blush Brush. It distributes the perfect amount to the cheek! 🙂

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Here’s what my contour and highlight looks like finished. PLUS this purple smokey eye is coming up for next weeks MOTD :)❤

Do you contour & highlight? What are your favorite products?

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Everyday Purple Smokey Eye ♥

Hi Beauties ☼

Recently I’ve been loving purple liner, yes, I’m being more adventurous with colour, hooray! 🙂 I have found having a subtle pop of purple on the eye really brings out my green eyes, which I LOVEEEE!!

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How to get the look…

Face

For the face I used my beloved Revlon Colourstay Foundation in Buff, I applied this using my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. This is my favourite way to apply this foundation as it looks most natural & pretty flawless! To cover my under eye circles & any blemishes I used the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair (love this bad boy!!) To set those in place I used my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent. Even though my skin is drier these days I still set my base so it stays all day! To add dimension back into the face I lightly contoured my face using my Benefit Hoola bronzer.

Eyes

To achieve a subtle purple smokey eye I started off by lining my upper & lower lashline with the Gosh Velvet Touch Eyeliner in Funky Violet. This is such a beautiful colour & compliments green eyes really well! To add a bit of smokiness to the eye I pushed the colour ‘Regal’ from my Sleek Au Naturel Palette into the upper lashline. I then used a fluffy blending brush to smoke this out, theres no technique to this, just apply a line of the shadow on your upper lashes & smoke it out towards the crease of your eye. Most of the colour should be at the base!! To finish off the eyes I added lashings of mascara.wpid-20150508_125816.jpgwpid-20150511_212241.jpgBrows

As usual I just brushed through my brows with the fabulous Benefit Gimme Brow. I love how amazing this looks in my brows, it’s so natural & defining! 🙂

Lips

For the lips I used a new product, Bourjois Rouge Edition in the shade 18 Violine Strass. I absolutely love this colour, its a pretty berry shade with a shimmer through it (not very noticable on the lips!). I can see this being my new favourite!! 😀

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I hope you all like this subtle purple smokey eye as much as I do.

Let me know what you think in the comments below…

p.s. I’m going to do a giveaway once I hit 500 followers on my blog. So stay tuned for that! – I’ll be giving away some of my fave products 🙂

Lots of Love Natasha

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Makeup, Project 10 Pan

1. Benefit Hoola: Project 10 Pan ♥

So yesterday I announced I was to start Project 10 Pan, here is my first review on Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer! I hit pan on this product a few months ago after purchasing it during the summer last year, this product (its safe to say) lasts a very long time, a little goes a long way, even if you do wear it everyday without fail (like me!!) 🙂

 


This is Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer and the packaging (mine is definitely well loved) is really cute & has a beachy feel to it. When you buy the product this is how it’ll come (obviously in new condition, also with a small brush, which I seem to have lost!).

What is Hoola?

Benefit’s Hoola is a matte bronzer, it has no shimmer/glitter particles in it what-so-ever! It is quite a light brown colour & is in no way orange-y on the skin, even on my VERY pale skin it still manages to look natural. This bronzing powder can be used to give you a nice sun-kissed glow or a chiseled, contoured cheek (AMAZING for contour because it’s matte!!) 🙂

Application

This product applies like a dream, it is so effortless to blend into the skin & looks natural almost instantly. To apply this bronzer I use a big fluffy brush (Real Techniques Blush Brush, in case you wanted to know) as this is the brush I have found to be the best for the job.

This product is quite pigmented so if you are new to it then I suggest you make sure to use a light hand with it and build it up to the desired intensity. However, saying that this product isn’t so pigmented that it’s going to make your skin look streaky or blotchy (i.e. doesn’t blend so well due to over applying!)

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What I think of Hoola!

After hearing lots of hype about this product, in summer last year (2013) I caved in and bought my first Benefit purchase, the Hoola Bronzer, since then I can safely say I have never looked back :)! In the past I have tried bronzers which would break me out, but as soon as I applied this to my skin I knew I was going to fall in love.

When applied on top of my base (foundation & powder) it glides on like silk. I usually contour my face so start at the tops of my ears and blend downwards into the hollows of my cheeks, it gives such a gorgeous & flawless look to the face. This is why I would probably say Hoola is the best bronzer I have ever tried. Also Hoola makes it to the top spot because of the brown tone of the colour (rather than an orange-y tinge like most) as this looks most natural, it’s matte & applies without effort! What more could we want? Although it may seem a bit pricey at £23.50 it is definitely worth EVERY penny!! 🙂

Overall I would give Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer a rating of 5/5 for the reasons I have stated above. You really cannot go wrong with this bronzer, although it may be a bit pricey for those just starting out on makeup, it is most definitely worth it for the flawless look you get when using this product.

Thank you for reading my review on Hoola, I hope you found it helpful or at least interesting! Like always I’d love to hear what you think, so be sure to comment below if you have any other products you want me to review or if you just want to share your views of this product 🙂

Lots of Love, Natasha ♥

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