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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…

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Lots of Love Natasha

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Makeup Reviews, Project 10 Pan

3. MaxFactor 3in1 Foundation: Project 10 Pan!♥

Hi beauties.

Sorry about my lack of posts this past week or so, but my twin sister has been home from university so I’ve been busy out & about with her (as well as work!).

Anyway, today I  have another Project 10 Pan Review for you. Todays product is MaxFactor’s All Day Flawless 3in1 Foundation. I have literally just used this foundation up & thought it’d be a perfect product to review since there doesn’t seem to be much about it in the beauty community.

 

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What MaxFactor claim;

Face Finity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 foundation holds like a primer, corrects like a concealer with the long lasting finish of a liquid foundation with SPF 20.

  • Lasts all day, giving a flawless finish
  • Primer gives a smooth base for hold
  • Concealer corrects for a flawless look

Do I agree with these claims?

Yes, I would say I agreed with MaxFactor’s claims. The first claim that this foundation ‘holds like a primer’  is true as it does last a long time on the skin (even my combination/oily skin). However, the foundation does not act like a primer in the way that it fills in large pores, it will cover small pores but I did notice that if i didn’t put an additional pore primer underneath it did settle into larger pores (but what can we expect? nothing works a miracle!!).

MaxFactor’s second claim that this foundation ‘corrects like a concealer’ is 100% true, in my case anyway! Whilst using this foundation I found that I used less concealer, as when I chose to wear this foundation I would only conceal my undereyes. I found that this foundation covered up my redness/any discolouration I had on the skin perfectly (I don’t have bad acne or anything; just redness & scars from past blemishes!)

I would also agree with the third claim that this foundation is a ‘long lasting finish of a liquid foundation with SPF 20′, obviously we cannot, ourselves, test for SPF in a foundation but we just trust that it does. But the ‘flawless finish’ claim is definitely true in my opinion as this foundation NEVER cakes up, even when powdered & other face products are applied on-top. It doesn’t even look cakey if you have to touch it up during the day.

 

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Application

My favourite way to apply this foundation is with either the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge or theReal Techniques Buffing Brush. To me the combination of this foundation with either of these application methods is a dream, the application of this foundation is so effortless. While it is a liquid, it isn’t so liquid-y that it drips all over the place, this is especially good for me as I like to do a pump & a half of this foundation (this amount is enough for my whole face) on the back of my hand. I then use either the Real Techniques sponge or brush to evenly distribute the product all over my face before using a stippling motion to blend the foundation into my skin.

What I Think of MaxFactor All Day Flawless 3in1 Foundation

Although when I first bought this foundation I had no idea what it was like, as at the time there wasn’t many reviews online or hype about it, I thought ‘what the heck’ and took the plunge in buying it! After the first use of this foundation I fell in love, it has amazing coverage, doesn’t look/feel cake-y on the skin, lasts all day, has SPF 20 (who doesn’t love the fact it’s protecting you?) and lets face it, has 3 products in 1. The only down side to this foundation (which most brands fall down at this hurdle) is the fact it only has 6 shades. MaxFactor you need to make more shades!!!

So for all of you that have been debating whether to buy this foundation or not, I suggest you go check it out. It really is a brilliant drugstore/highstreet foundation, which you can’t really go wrong with, I give it a rating of 5/5 😀

**I am now lead to believe that this is the same as the Covergirl foundation everyone hyped about, so for any of you in the U.S or anywhere else that sells Covergirl, this is the same as that foundation.**

I hope you all liked this post, if you have any other questions about this product please feel free to comment below 🙂

Also, if you’ve tried this foundation I’d love to know your thoughts! xo

Lots of Love, Natasha ♥

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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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Real Techniques Core Collection

The Real Techniques brushes, designed by Samantha Chapman; a professional makeup artist known as one half of the Pixiwoo sisters on YouTube, first created the Real Techniques brush line to bring a professional finish to your makeup at home and from the high street. The Real Techniques ‘Core Collection’ is one of many collections Sam has designed specifically in mind to give an easy flawless finish to any makeup look, anywhere, anytime.

About the brushes

  • The Real Techniques brushes are made with synthetic bristles, making them extra soft, compared to other makeup brushes I’ve used, and easier to create a flawless look. With the bristles being synthetic it also means they’re cruelty free.
  • Each collection or individual brush is colour-coded, orange brushes are for a flawless base, purple for enhanced eyes and pink for the perfect finish. As well as each brush being colour-coded they are also cut to the perfect shape of your hand making them easy to grip, allowing precise application and therefore a perfect finish to your makeup.
So, we know a little bit more about these fabulous brushes, but if you are inexperienced with using makeup brushes you may be wondering what products are suitable to use with these brushes. The answer to that question is any, these brushes are suitable for any product; powders, creams, liquids, mineral makeup, highlighter, shimmer, etc. the list is endless. Yes, the brushes may be labelled but it doesn’t mean you can’t experiment and use them for a different purpose, for example; I own the blush brush but I use it to contour, the purpose of these brushes are so flexible you can use them to what suits you best and I think that is one of the amazing things about Real Techniques.
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Pictured above is the Real Techniques Core Collection; (from left to right) foundation brush, contour brush, detailer brush and the buffing brush.
The Core Collection retails at £21.99 here in the UK and were the first set of Real Techniques brushes I purchased about a year or so ago, to me this was the best choice as you have your face essentials in one kit. The Core Collection includes the 4 full-size brushes and the travel case;
  • pointed foundation brush: ideal for liquid foundation, the brush itself is quite small but allows for a precise application and is easy to use to build the foundation to your desired coverage.
  • contour brush: ideal for highlighter or bronzing powder to create a contour and soft finish to your makeup look.
  • detailer brush: a small precise brush which can be used for multi-purpose, e.g. conceal problem areas or use with lipstick to create precise, long-lasting definition and shape to your lips.
  • buffing brush: can also be used for liquid foundation, powders or mineral makeup, this brush creates a full coverage application.
  • the brush case is ideal for travelling or transporting your makeup brushes as it protects them and keeps them safe as well as doubling up as a stand (folds back on itself creating a stand).

My thoughts on the Core Collection

In my opinion the Real Techniques Core Collection is a very useful collection to have, especially if you are a massive fan of all things make up like myself. Not only are the brushes well designed, they’re also very well made. I have had my Real Techniques Core Collection brushes for over a year now, they have NEVER shed a single hair, they wash perfectly and are like brand new once washed, the best thing about them is that they are very affordable and worth ever penny as they are such good value for money.

It is safe to say that Samantha Chapman is a genius, she has brought the high street amazing products, and for people like me who are unable to afford high-end brands she has definitely delivered a high-end experience to our doorstep.

Overall I rate the Real Techniques Core Collection 5/5 as they live up to the hype, they deliver flawless results and are still going strong after more than a year of constant use. This also applies to the other Real Techniques brushes and collections, they are all designed and made very well. In my opinion; they are faultless.