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The Power of Makeup | Challenge

I’ve seen this challenge on YouTube by NikkiTutorials and since then it has been posted around a numerous amount of times… So today I thought I would give it a go! I think this is the first time I have gone (half) face naked online! Which is very scary… But I loved the idea of the challenge and couldn’t not do it!

I feel as though this is super empowering. I decided not to go way out and only do my every day make-up on one half of my face. I didn’t think it would make that much of a difference but it so does! The darker circles under my eyes disappear, my cheekbones are A LOT more emphasised the blemishes seem to have gone (though if you look close they’re still there!). I don’t know, it’s kind of inspiring and maybe I will be brave enough to venture out of the house without makeup on in the future…

I hope this has helped you realise that you need to embrace your natural beauty but also to have some fun and play around with makeup once in a while. It is not a crime to wear makeup just like it is not a crime to go out as your natural self. All you need to do is be able to love yourself!

Let me know what you think of the challenge and if you guys have done it yourself, please post them in the comments, I’d love to see your results.

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Soap and Glory Eyes | Review

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When choosing makeup I always go for the same products. This is probably because I have used them for a while and I fully trust them… it scares me to try anything different. However I came to realise that I never venture out of my comfort zone!

I went to the Trafford Centre in Manchester the other week with my aunty. If you’ve never been it’s like ahuge outlet with so many different shops and stores in there, it’s amazing – and can be quite overwhelming!

I went into Boots to replenish my mascara and eyeliner and automatically started searching for Natural Collection, but my aunty said I should try something new. So after spending a good half an hour looking for the ultimate mascara and eyeliner, we came across Soap and Glory.

The only Soap and Glory products I’ve used are the body butters and the body wash, which I find are so good and smell amazing. So knowing this I did have a little faith in their eye products.

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I decided to get the Carbon Black Extreme Eyeliner Pen which has an end kind of like a felt tip. I sometimes find liquid eyeliner a challenge to apply but since using this I don’t think I’ll ever be going back to a brush! It is super quick and super easy to put on. In pretty much one stroke you have a complete look. You can get a really gorgeous thin effect with this tip or you can go quite heavy depending on your style. I find it really easy to control too especially when doing the cat eye look. It dries with a bold, glossy finish and even though it is a little bit out of my price range, it is so worth it and I will definitely be buying this product again.

The next item that my aunty treated me to was the Thick & Fast Flash Extension Effect Mascara. Mascara always worries me that it’s going to come out gloopy or leave my eyelashes stuck together with big black clumps in them, but I don’t tend to have any of that with this mascara. It goes on so lightly and defines each eyelash making them look longer and fuller. It tends to stay on throughout the day and doesn’t leave grey shadows under your eyes like some mascaras sometimes do.

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I must admit that I have been pleasantly surprised with these products and absolutely love the effect that they give to my eyes. They allow a subtle everyday look or if applied more heavily they can create a really intense finish.

I would definitely recommend these if you want to try something new!

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Find the mascara HERE and the eyeliner HERE x

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Holy Grail | Challenge

1) Holy Grail foundation? –

Maybelline dream matte mousse SPF 15, I absolutely swear by this stuff at the moment. The colour I have is: Sand. It seems to go on quite thinly but for day to day use it’s perfect.

2) Which eyeshadow or palette do you always go back to? –

Gold Look, Next eye palette .  It has pretty much every natural colour you could ever want in there, with a few glittery ones for going out. It’s ace.

3) Which of these is your staple; Blusher or Bronzer? Which one? – 

Blusher – Natural Collection, Rosey Cheeks. To be honest I haven’t really tried that many blushers. It was my sister who recommended this to me and I haven’t looked back since.

Bronzer – Collection, Bronze Glow Matt in the colour terracotta. It’s cheap and very high Street, I know, but it does the trick and looks great, so I really can’t complain.

4) Gloss or Lipstick? Which one do you always turn to? –

Gloss – Clinique long last glosswear SPF15. I wear this every day. I suffer a lot with chapped lips, but using this lip gloss seems to prevent them from getting chapped and so I never leave the house without it on.

5) You’re having a bad skin day, which product do you instantly reach for? –

Natural Collection – colour foundation again in the colour Sand. This is a little bit thicker than the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse and the coverage is a lot better. I very rarely wear this on a day to day basis, but when it’s that time of the month and my skin starts breaking out, I do have to delve deep inside my make-up back and whack on some of this.

6) You want sexy lashes today; which mascara can you always rely on? –

Clinique high impact mascara. It never lets you down and always makes your lashes look fuller.

7) Which brand of brushes are your favourite? –

EcoTools – these brushes are great. Not only are they environmentally friendly, they are also really soft! I didn’t realise the importance of getting the right brush until I purchased these, and they make such a difference to your make-up. Giving you a flawless finish.

8) Which is your everyday perfume/body spray? –

I’ve never really been into body spray. My family have allergies and so I’ve always used scentless deodorants.

9) Which is your signature makeup look? –

I normally go for a thin line of black eyeliner with a brown smokey eye and rosey cheeks.

10) Finally, which cosmetics brand overall is your most collected? –

You can probably tell after these answers that I love natural collection, but have also hoarded some Clinique products along the way.

If I could afford it, I’d love to try out more Clinique products as they’re just so lovely.

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White Eyeliner | Natural Collection

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I’m very skeptical about white eyeliners. It can either look really good or really bad.

I guess it depends on the colour and shape of your eyes. Your skin complexion but most importantly what eye-shadow and eyeliners you wear it with.

I’ve never felt brave enough to wear it and really didn’t think I’d be able to pull it off. However the other week I plucked up the courage and bought a white eyeliner.

The eyeliner is from Natural Collection. I love this brand. It’s really affordable and doesn’t affect my skin. I’ve not experienced one bad product from Natural Collection yet and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a high quality high street brand.

I must admit I don’t wear the white eyeliner everyday – I’m still a little bit unsure as to whether or not I suit it. However, I quite like to put it on on a night out.

It makes you look more awake and seems to open up your eyes.

Sometimes it can look a little bit harsh but I find that if you apply just a thin layer then it can add a really lovely effect to your eye makeup.

I guess with a product like this you’ll just have to try it out yourself. But don’t be afraid like I was to buy one. You never know, you might fall on something really great!

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Clinique Chubby Stick | Review

I am absolutely loving this product at the moment. My mum shops at Clinique for all of her make-up as it’s one of the only brands she has come across that so far, touch wood, doesn’t affect her eczema. It might be on the pricey side, but she swears by it and if it works then splashing out that little bit more than you would originally is sooo worth it.

Because she is a loyal customer, she gets all of the deals and gifts that Clinique offer. Just recently she got a free goody bag and shared it out amongst me and my sister.

Amongst the gifts came this Chubby Stick.

I’ve seen reviews on eyeshadows that come in this form before and have desperately been wanting to try it out. So when my mum offered me this, I couldn’t refuse.

The colour it came in is 09 Lavish Lilac. Although it isn’t the colour I would normally use, when applying it on my eyes for the first time I was pleasantly surprised. The shade seems to go amazingly well with my complexion.

Even though it is called lilac, it has a slight greyish tint which means it goes with almost everything. You can wear it on its own or even jazz it up a little by adding some powder shadow. I like to put it with browns or blacks and greys.

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The texture is very creamy which is great as it seems to last a very long time on your lids. It also doesn’t collect in your crease as I have found quite a few shadows do by the end of the day.

There’s a slight metallic look to the colour which is really lovely allowing you to either dress it up or dress it down.

Since this stick has been added to my make-up collection I have not been able to get enough and have worn it pretty much every day!

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Taylor Momsen Makeup | Tutorial

Since watching Gossip Girl I have become a big fan of Taylor Momsen. It was when her character Jenny Humphrey got a new look, began wearing leather and heavy eye makeup that really began to grab my attention.

Girl rockers are hard to come across in today’s industry so I think it’s really cool that she is naturally wearing this look and has become a star for being herself.

Her punk / rock band, The Pretty Reckless, are also ace too. I’ve only just started listening to them as it was just recently I found out she is a musician. But I am slowly falling in love with them.

She’s a very empowering female, which is something I love about her, and comes across as strong and independent which is great to see, especially being a girl in today’s music industry.

It was only today that I found out she played Cindy Lou in the Grinch, it’s a bit weird that such an innocent child has turned into this rock chick, but at the same time, I think it’s pretty awesome.

So to show my appreciation to her, I decided to do a Taylor Momson make-up tutorial. I hope you like it.

For her eyes, she tends to just do a black or grey smokey eye, which I managed to achieve with the black and grey shades in my Gold Palette from Next. I started off with a dark brown eye shadow outlining where I wanted the black to go and then went over this with the black shadow.

She smudges her eyeliner underneath her lower lid and blends this through to the corner of her eye. Then I applied a lot of mascara to my eyelashes.

I feel as though she doesn’t put much foundation on and is lucky enough to have pretty clear skin. But to emphasis those cheekbones, I used some bronzer which just gives the look some depth.

Then for the lips, I kept it pretty natural with some browny red lipstick as she seems to wear a lot of darker colours on her lips.

Like Taylor Momsen,  I too have a beauty spot just above my lip, so for this look I just emphasised it by colouring over the top of it with some brown eyeliner. However you could just draw one on.

To complete the look I added a choker, ruffled up my hair and pulled a sleeve off my shoulder to give a rock chick vibe.

Now all I need is my leather jacket and I’ll be on my way!

xoxo

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Clinique 3-Step Skin Care | Review

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For Christmas I was so lucky to get this 3-Step skin care set as a present. I was really excited to start using them!

I’d tried a few Clinique products before when my mum had gotten freebies, and they’re just so lovely.

All three of these products have been dermatology tested and all are fragrance free. So far they haven’t irritated my skin in any way which is absolutely awesome. In fact since starting to use these products, my skin feels and looks the best it has done in a long time.

Step-1 Liquid Facial Soap Mild

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I must admit this is a little sticky and has a bit of a gel like substance when if first comes out of the tube. But as a soap substitute it does the job amazingly. It seems to effortlessly take off my make up without me having to scrub away at my face leaving an overall fresh look.

Step-2 Rinse off Foaming Cleanser Mousse

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I think this is my favourite stage of the three. Aesthetically this foam looks gorgeous. When it comes out it almost has a pearl like look to it which is so pretty. It cleans my pores and even though it doesn’t claim to exfoliate, it leaves my skin feeling extremely smooth and hydrated. However, after these two steps my skin can sometimes feel  a little bit dry as they literally remove all of the grease and make-up from my face – which is why Step-3 is so good.

Step-3 Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

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This gives such a great finish. Applying this moisturizer after steps 1 and 2 leaves my face feeling so soft and silky smooth. The moisturizer itself is really thin and spreads easily and evenly over my skin. It seems to sink in quite quickly and doesn’t leave me with that greasy feel like some moisturizers do.

I am so impressed with this set. Not only does it make my face feel amazing, it seems to be clearing up my skin as well. I know Clinique is quite pricey and I definitely wouldn’t have been lucky enough to try out these products if it wasn’t for them being a gift. But if you have the time and money for this 3-step Skin Care then I would most certainly recommend that you try it out. Hopefully these bottles will last me a long time as you don’t need to use much of them when cleaning your face. However, when they do eventually run out I might have to save my pennies and purchase them again. It is such a beautiful set.

 

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