Thursday, 29 June 2017

BUY OR PASS | CHARLOTTE TILBURY BRAND OVERVIEW


I get a lot of questions about specific brands and my thoughts on popular products. In a few posts I have mentioned my thoughts on the Charlotte Tilbury range and how quite a few of their products I don't get on with. I got a bit of backlash for it as I understand CT is such a popular brand and a fantastic makeup artist with equally fantastic hair. I wanted to make it clear that I am not a brand-basher and just because a few of their products aren't my cup of tea or I consider overpriced it does not mean that I dislike the brand as a whole. So to answer some of your questions and requests I thought I would walk through the whole brand and explain what products I would purchase or pass on. This post does contain affiliate links, but this does not affect the price of the product. I hope you enjoy this different post, let me know in the comments if there are  other brands you would enjoy a similar post on. We have a lot to cover so let's jump straight in with the most popular products first


MAGIC CREAMS
This includes not only the Original Magic Cream (£70), which has 50ml of product, but also the Deluxe Sized Giant Magic Cream (£180), which has 150ml of product, the Magic Night Cream (£100) and even the Magic Eye Rescue (£40). I would happily buy them all just to see what all the fuss is about, but if I did that I would have blown almost £400 and that is when it is time to be selective. The Magic Cream was the first product Charlotte launched so I would never say never to that. I would buy the original Magic Cream and pass on the rest, no matter how tempting. I would have to see if the Magic Cream lived up to its hype before splurging on the rest of this luxury range. 

MASKS
Charlotte Tilbury actually has an impressive array of masks on offer. The one that has caught my eye the most is the Instant Magical Facial Dry Sheet Mask (£18) which can be bought in a Pack of Four (£60) as well. I heard about this mask on Fat Mascara (the podcast) and Jen and Jess both convinced me that this was a must-try. It can be used up to three times and is said to transform your skin. Other masks available are the Goddess Skin Clay Mask (£38) Amelia Liana actually mentioned this in a disappointing products video so I am not too keen on this; the Multi Miracle Glow Mask (£45) sounds great for anyone with dry skin which is not me, another pass and finally the Overnight Bronze and Glow Mask (£38) doesn't appeal to me on any level.  The Dry Sheet Mask is a buy, rest are a pass.


WONDER GLOW AND LIGHT WONDER
I am a fan of both Wonder Glow Primer (£38.50) and Light Wonder Foundation (£32). This is surprising because, if you know me you know, I like a semi-matte medium coverage foundation but I actually like the Light Wonder Foundation more than the Magic Foundation (£30). It is a sheer, light coverage formula but gives the most gorgeous radiant, skin-like finish especially used in conjunction with the Wonder Glow primer which is the primer I recommend for all brides. Buy for both.

MAGIC FOUNDATION
Tried and tested, for some reason the Magic Foundation (£30) is not compatible with my skin. I don't care for the finish or the wear time that it offers. It looks a little greasy on my skin and doesn't last long at all. There are much better foundations out there in my opinion, but that is just my opinion. Pass.


CONCEALERS
The Retoucher (£25) sounds a lot like the YSL product that everyone loves, but is more expensive, which I never got on with so it is a pass from me, but the Mini Miracle Eye Wand (£29) sounds like it was made for me as I am constantly "burning the candle at both ends" so my eyes could do with this 2-in-1 product that has a cream on one end and a concealer on the other. I saw Charlotte demonstrate this in a video and it seems like the kind of cool, innovative product that could really make a difference in my makeup routine. Buy.

AIRBRUSH FLAWLESS FINISH POWDER
This is something that has been on my to-buy list for a very long time. The Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder (£33) is very popular and comes highly recommended. If you guys know any comparable powders at a lower price point I would love to do a comparison test. Buy.

CHEEKS
The Cheek to Chic Blushes (£30) are all gorgeous and the "swish and pop" method does work, I don't have a bad thing to say about them except I am not a blush person. The only blush I use is Amaretto from Becca so I have no need or desire to purchase any blushes. On the other hand, the Film Star Bronze and Glow (£49) duos, there is one in Light/Medium (£49) and one for Medium/Dark (£49) look stunning and I would happily buy it but I want a duo with the highlight from the Light/Medium palette and the contour shade from the Medium/Dark palette and as that is not yet available (please make it available) it is another pass from me. Finally, the Beach Sticks (£30) are excellent cream products but again I don't use them so that makes it a pass for all 3.



BROWS & LASHES 
First and foremost, I am very curious about the Legendary Brows (£18.50) and I do believe both the Full Fat Mascara (£23) and Legendary Lashes Mascara (£25) are both good mascaras. It is just a case of it not being worth it for me, I would buy the Legendary Brows (£18.50) because it is marketed as a do-it-all, one-and-done product. For the mascaras, my favourite mascara is the By Terry Terrybly Mascara(£33.50) so I would rather invest in more of those. Pass on the mascaras.

EYES
The Luxury Palettes (£39) are considered cult products and they look stunning. You can create gorgeous looks with them and they are of good quality, but in terms of pigmentation and value for money it is a straight pass for me on all of these. If I did buy one it would be the Dolce Vita Palette (£39) or Vintage Vamp (£39). The Feline Flick Liquid Eyeliner (£22) is really nice, bold and easy to use. The Colour Chameleons (£19) come in gorgeous colours but again is something that is easily duped. I really like the Kiko Cream Eyeshadow Sticks , for the same reason I would pass on the Eyes to Mesmerise (£22) range as well. Cream eyeshadows in a pot are available from most affordable brands, again rather than the formula it is the colours that steal the show. So if there is a particular colour I wanted I would be tempted to buy if I couldn't find anything similar, but basically pass.


INSTANT LOOK IN A PALETTE
The Beauty Glow Instant Look in a Palette (£49) is very pretty and if you are a Charlotte Tilbury fan this is definitely worth the money. It would also make a great gift but is not something that suits my tastes. I am either a full glam or no glam kind of girl, I like to play and this has a very muted colour palette. Perfect for if you need to do your makeup in your car before you leave for work but otherwise it's a little boring to me. Pass.
LIPS
A solid buy for all the lipsticks Charlotte has especially the Matte Revolution lipsticks (£24) and the K.I.S.S.I.N.G. lipsticks (£24). I would probably pass on the Hot Lips (£24) range. I also would buy the Lip Cheat pencils and the new Lip Lustre Lip Glosses (£16.50). Very few brands do lip products as well as Charlotte Tilbury and they come in a gorgeous shade range with something to suit everybody.


BRUSHES
I have felt the Charlotte Tilbury brushes and adore how soft and lovely they feel, not to mention the gorgeous burgundy and gold aesthetic is stunning. Out of all of them I would buy the Powder and Sculpt Brush (£35), I think it fits in the hollows of the cheeks perfectly. Buy.

FRAGRANCE
Phew, almost done. Last but not least Scent of a Dream (£68 for 50ml) is a fragrance I would pass on.  Even though you can get the 30ml for £49 option, I am just not a fan of the bottle and the scent didn't wow me when I smelt it in store. It sounds gorgeous but I prefer a slightly fresher, warmer scent. Pass.

Photo by Em Ford @mypaleskinblog
They have some great sets available so you can try more than one product at a time like this Gift of Goddess Skin Set (£39) where you get 15ml of a primer, the Magic cream and the Goddess mask. Thank you so much for reading this lengthy post. I am exhausted already. I would love to know if you would like a similar post on any other brands, I really want to try some stuff from The Ordinary, like their Caffeine Solution, and Iconic London like their Day to Slay Palette (£45) which most of my friends seem to love. I have also heard good things about the BECCA Multi-tasking Face Powder would love to see how it compared to CT's so please leave me a comment. Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' and check out my other social media. Hope you are having a great week. Take care.

What is your favourite Charlotte Tilbury product?

Love 
Kiran


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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

DOS AND DON'TS FOR NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL SKIN

Following these dos and don'ts will not only improve the skin on your face but all over your body, which most of us neglect.
The path to naturally beautiful skin is easier thank you think. Whilst lotions and potions may help smooth things out, getting back to basics with your skincare regime, diet and exercise are just as important if you want a healthy glow. 

DO drink 2 to 3 litres of water a day
One of the simplest ways to help clear up your complexion is to drink more water. Drinking 2 to 3 litres of water a day allows your body to function properly, ridding it of toxins and keeping your skin hydrated. Water moisturises your skin from the inside, so drinking the recommended daily amount helps stop it from becoming dry, cracked and wrinkly.

DO get plenty of sleep
Never underestimate the importance of sleep. The average person needs around eight hours of sleep according to the NHS, although this does vary depending on age. Lack of sleep can affect moisture levels in your skin, causing it to look dry and red. Get those Z's in to keep your complexion smooth and youthful looking. They don't call it beauty sleep for nothing. 

Sleep, contrary to belief, is not for the week. It is for the strong.
DO eat well 
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is crucial for naturally beautiful skin. The powerful antioxidants and vitamins in fruit, vegetables, meat and fish support the growth of new cells, including your skin cells. You need to feed your skin with the correct balance of nutrients so that older cells can be replaced by younger ones.

DO exercise regularly
Exercising helps tone your body which, as a result, makes your skin firmer. According to Cosmopolitan it also increases circulation to bring more oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells* to give you a clearer, smoother complexion.

Exercise doesn't have to be a full workout routine, you can start with simple changes like taking the stairs.
DON’T skip the skincare routine 
Washing, cleansing and moisturising your skin on a daily basis is crucial if you want naturally beautiful skin. Find a skincare range that is made of natural ingredients and offers a selection of products so you can select the ones most suited to your skin type. Tropic Skincare* have you covered with everything from age-defying eye creams and brightening polish to hydrating masks and tanning serum all made from natural, vegan-friendly ingredients so you know they’re kind to your skin.

DON’T forget to remove your make-up
We’ve all left our make-up on overnight at some point - but have you considered what this does to your skin? Good Housekeeping explains that forgetting (or simply neglecting) to take your make-up off will make your skin look dull and aged* and could even aggravate acne. Even if you only have a minute to spare, a simple cleanse with a face-wipe is better than clogging your pores up with make-up.

DON’T forget sunscreen
Protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is one of the most important parts of skincare. Ignore it and you’ll see noticeably more wrinkles around your face and are putting yourself at risk of skin cancer. Keep your skin protected at all times by using a foundation with built in SPF and also ensuring you apply a high factor SPF when out in the sun.

All that is missing here is sunscreen.
Thank you for reading this sponsored post and I was compensated for the inclusion of a link which are marked with an asterisk. Personally, I know I would benefit from employing these simple dos and don'ts, especially in terms of beauty sleep and diet where I am certainly lacking. What could you do more of to improve your health and skin? Comment below, I would also love to read some of your own go-to skincare tips, tricks and favourite products. Hope you are having a great week. Take care. 

What skincare dos and don'ts do you swear by?

Love 
Kiran


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Monday, 26 June 2017

WORTH THE HYPE? | MAKEUP FOREVER ULTRA HD FOUNDATION REVIEW

Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation Review: Is It Worth The Hype?
Foundation, to me, can ultimately make or break your makeup and finding a good foundation that not only looks exquisite in real life but also photographs like a dream is damn near impossible. The Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation was one of those crazily hyped makeup products that every influencer and their dog talked about obsessively on the internet. It was 2015's Tarte Shape Tape and for that reason I was not having it. Nothing can possibly be that good, but a few months ago I gently nudged pushed my sister into buying this foundation because I have secretly wanted to see if the hype was justified forever. The conclusion is yes, the hype is justified and here's why.

Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation Review: Is It Worth The Hype?
As an owner of the Original HD Foundation, which I bought after devouring a slew of videos that declared it was the better option for oily skin types, I can hand on heart say that the Ultra HD is simply better. It's thinner, with better pigmentation. The less viscous formula means it blends so well and is one of those unique products that just doesn't ever look bad no matter how much or how little you apply. It is the perfect buildable base that looks good in person and in photography which is extremely rare, at least in my experience. I really do love it. Not only do they have a fantastic array of shades, but the longevity is sublime. It is my go-to foundation because it never lets me down.

Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation Review Shade Y405: Is It Worth The Hype?
You can apply it with a brush or a sponge, I find applying it with a sponge gives a slightly better, more "skin-like" finish and has some impact on the wear time as well with it lasting slightly longer. I don't detect a scent when wearing it and tend to only use one pump of foundation for my face and neck and then half a pump for areas where I want slightly better coverage. It lasts almost perfectly for eight hours on my skin but I have worn it for sixteen hours plus and not been horrified which is the real measure of a foundation if you ask me. You can see it swatched on my hand below, a little goes a long way. You can see it is quite pigmented from the stripe but blends seamlessly into the skin creating a healthy, perfected finish that is suitable for all occasions. 

Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation Review: Is It Worth The Hype? Y405 Swatch
I almost forgot to mention my favourite thing about this foundation which is it feels like nothing on the skin. I think I say this about every foundation I love, because who likes the feeling of foundation? Who? Typically, if I am wearing makeup it is going to be on my face until I go to bed that is a long ass freaking time, therefore I am not here for thick layers. I like it when my skin feels like skin even with foundation and powder and this truly feels like nothing which is fantastic. I believe it was formulated for 4K video which is as close to life-like as you can get in film and for that reason it is unbelievably light and yet still manages to be flawless

Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation Review: Is It Worth The Hype? Y405 Swatch
Thank you for reading my review, I think it is pretty clear I think this is worth the hype. The only cons I can think of is the price of course. At £30 das expensive (*Kathleen Lights reference*) but there is undeniably good reason why this is so popular even to this day and why it is such a winner for bridal photography as well. It doesn't have SPF which explains why it photographs so beautifully and the shade range is confusing so I would recommend going into Debenhams to get shade matched, or Sephora depending on where you live. Please be aware that everyone's skin is different, just because I adore this product and think it is the bee's knees, doesn't mean it will work for you and be compatible with your skin type. Everyone has different tastes and preferences. I sincerely hope you enjoyed this post and had a fantastic weekend. I hope this week is amazing for you all. To clear things up I had some questions about the two compared and I would happily do a post on that if you are interested. Take care.

What foundations do you recommend?

Love 
Kiran

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Thursday, 22 June 2017

BALAYAGE | HOW TO HIGHLIGHT YOUR HAIR AT HOME

Best Balayage
Tired of your same old hair colour? Single-coloured hair patterns no longer excite anyone it seems, to tell the truth. So why not trust a professional and try dark balayage hairstyle ideas with highlights * that will suit your brown hair the most? Hair trends come and go, we have gone from pastel to platinum to dip dye and rose gold but balayage seems to suit girls of all hair colour all year round


Balayage is a kind of ombre. Some women like it to be more natural, others prefer the transition to be more prominent. There is a wide variety of contrasting hues which will compliment your hair such as platinum blond, copper, deep red, or you may try some subtler colours such as caramel, walnut, toffee, bronze, etc. If your skin is medium-toned, then the less contrasting colours will suit you to a tee. And if you have a fair-skinned face, then it’s better to try the paler hues. Or you could just throw caution to the wind and get whatever colour suits your mood

Dark Red Balayage
So how to do balayage hair at home?

1. Make an Allergy Test
It is important to perform an allergy test 48 hours before you actually begin doing balayage. You should do this even if you have used this product before or have colored your hair regularly. As your skin and body are constantly changing and you could develop a reaction even though you didn't in the past.

2. Put Your Hair Up
This will help ensure each layer of your hair is treated and makes it possible for you to create more and more layers. You may pull one part of your hair up and secure it with a clip. Then you may leave the thin layer of hair down. 

Rose Gold Balayage
3. Apply Vaseline
Don’t forget to put the layer of Vaseline to the line of hair to avoid the staining of the skin. Cool tip!

4. Twist And Tease
Twist from the medium length to the end, section by section. Tease at the starting point of the twist with a comb.

5. Begin to Dye
Apply the coluorant only to the length of the hair and to the areas you want to particularly lighten the color on. Avoid the exposure to the roots. Do small sections at a time.

Dark Brown Balayage
6. Use Your Fingers
Use gloves, however, for a more natural effect it would be better to use fingers. Wash hands thoroughly afterwards of course. 

7. Work Through the Hair Strands
Work through the hair strands and make sure all the necessary areas are saturated. 

8. Get Rid of any Unnecessary Color Mixture
You may pour it away because it becomes useless within an hour. 

Before and After Balayage
In order to achieve the best effect, try the color which is the closest to your natural color of the hair. Look at the pictures included for inspiration in case you are not sure what you are aiming for. I think atypical colours like rose gold, lavender, even peach and pink can look stunning if done correctly as well. Just be weary of hair damage and make sure you book an appointment with your hairdresser if you want a drastic change. Of course, if you don't trust yourself to do it you can always see a professional to ensure it is executed properly.

Pink Balayage
Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. I have never coloured my hair, it has always seemed to be too high maintenance and damaging for me personally and my hair stresses me out too much as it is. I think if I ever did I would definitely do balayage it looks so glorious both in photos and in person. I hope you enjoyed this post, I was compensated for the inclusion of a link which is marked with an asterisk and of course, as I have never died my hair myself at home, all instructions were checked and verified both with people who have dyed their hair at home, my hairdresser and the beautiful web. I hope you are having a great week, thank you for visiting my site. Take care. 

Have you ever coloured your hair?

Love 
Kiran


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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

ULTIMATE SKINCARE GUIDE FOR MATURE SKIN


For women of a certain age, looking younger can be a constant struggle* as there is no way to entirely stop your skin from aging and the best, most effective, ways tend to cost a pretty penny. Crow’s feet, wrinkles, fine lines, dark patches and under-eye bags are an inevitable part of the aging process. While most of us know what to avoid in order to keep our skin healthy and ageless (such as avoiding the sun, not smoking, reducing alcohol consumption, etc.) some are unaware of the importance of a good skincare regimen. An effective routine, especially for mature skin, should be based on a combination of anti-ageing products and natural skin care. If you are over 50, or under and looking to take preventative measures to keep your skin looking ageless, here is the ultimate skin care routine for you.



Keep your Skin Moisturised
This is the most important part of taking care of mature skin. Over time, our skin loses most of its natural elasticity due to loss of collagen, leading to fine lines and under-eye bags. Hence, it is important to keep our skin moisturised to lessen the appearance of wrinkles and even dark patches. Apply a good quality natural moisturiser or cream, preferably one with SPF protection, at least twice a day. 

Even better, use different day and night creams as both serve a specific purpose and offer different types of protection. For example, a day cream is more likely to have SPF to shield your skin from damaging UV rays and offer protection against photoaging and burning. As most day creams are usually worn under makeup, they are made of light and non-greasy formulas which allow your pores to breathe.


Night creams on the other hand are specifically formulated to be worn during the night, as this is the time when your skin is regenerating, repairing and restoring naturally while you sleep. Hence, night creams and moisturisers are slow-absorbing to provide you longer protection. Additionally, they also contain the highest amount of anti-ageing compounds such as hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid and retinol as they work do their work without interference from other chemicals like those found in sunscreens.

Use a Gentle Cleanser
Use a gentle cleanser to cleanse your face at least twice a day – once in the morning and once at night. Regardless of your age or skin type, it is always important to cleanse your skin, especially at night. This helps in ridding your skin of excess oil, sweat and dirt which may have built up during the day. 

As you get older, your skin also tends to become drier. This is the point when many women buy into the common myth that washing your face more often could lead to dryness. Instead of cutting down on the number of times that you wash your face, it is better to switch to a gentle, cream based cleanser. Compared to gel and foam cleansers which can dry out already ageing skin, a cream cleanser can help preserve the natural moisture and oil of your skin. You should also try to keep your purchases focused on anti-ageing products and cleansers, for example Nakin Skincare have a collection of natural products that help ageing skin and provide a much gentler product.


Exfoliate at least Twice a Week
The accumulation of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin can cause you to lose most of your natural glow. This is because as you age, the rate of cell regeneration in your body slows down considerably, causing build-up of dead skin on the skin’s surface. Hence, by exfoliating at least twice a week, you can remove dead cells which make your complexion look dull and uneven. A gentle exfoliator with anti-ageing properties will polish away dead skin cells while ensuring that your skin does not become overly dry.

Use Facial Serums
An anti-ageing facial serum has higher concentrations of active ingredients such as essential vitamins and minerals which help repair your skin and protect against further damage. These are very hydrating and lightweight formulas and are usually applied under a daily moisturiser for added protection.They also help fight against dullness, dryness and breakouts to keep your skin looking fresh. Serums do a lot of hard work hence their high price tag and can be used both day and night.


Eat a Balanced Diet with Foods Rich in Antioxidants
Skincare routines for mature skin can be slightly more complicated – you need to use a combination of anti-ageing products and natural ways to ensure that your skin is receiving the maximum amount of protection. Foods that are rich in antioxidants such as kale, tomatoes, nuts, goji berries, blueberries, etc. tend to affect our skin in a positive way as they contain higher amounts of essential minerals, vitamins and other chemicals. It is important to remember that the old adage ‘you are what you eat’ is true, especially for women over 30. What you put in your body is important. Don't we all want to look as breathtaking as Elle Macpherson does at 52?


Many skincare brands are now finally acknowledging and addressing that mature skin has unique needs. The increase in sensitivity and dryness, loss of glow, appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark patches, etc require gentle anti-ageing products which can fight off the different signs of ageing and defend your skin from further damage. Luckily, there a great range of products available at different price points now the world is paying close attention to skincare. I would love to hear some of your favourite skincare products below in the comments. Thank you for reading. Take care.

What is your favourite step in your skincare routine?

Love 
Kiran



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Sunday, 18 June 2017

NARS x CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG | OLD CHURCH STREET VELVET DUO EYESHADOW REVIEW


Can we talk about this hunter green and gold packaging for a second? I  am so in love with it, makes such a nice change from the matte black. I went to an event a few weeks ago and picked up the Nars Old Church Street Velvet Duo Eyeshadow (£25) from the new-ish Charlotte Gainsbourg collection. This was simply a case of I had to pick something from the collection and out of everything this duo is what caught my eye. I didn't even realise the packaging was green until I unwrapped it at home, in the photo below it looks black but in better light it is the most striking green which perfectly compliments the gold lettering. I want everything in this packaging now. 




Eyeshadows are always going to be my weakness, I don't think there is such a thing as too many but even I can admit that £25 for these two colours is a ridiculous price. I would only recommend buying it for those of you who are die-hard Nars fans, or just want to treat yourself to something small but fancy. The quality of the shadows are top-notch, they are so smooth and buttery soft to touch especially the champagne gold which is a stunning, classic shade that will work on everybody. The matte deep not-quite-navy isn't as smooth and doesn't swatch or apply as intensely as it could but it is buildable and depending on the brush you use you can get a varying amount of intensity. I think this dark matte teal can be daunting so the buildable, blendable formula makes it easier to use.



Both shades get a thumbs up from me, do I think my £25 could be better spent? Hell yes. I did pay for it myself by the way, and I strongly considered returning it but then I saw the packaging and I melted like chocolate on a summer's day. It is so pretty. I look forward to using it a little more. I found that the shadows last on my eyes for around six hours without primer and eight to ten when used with a primer. 



Overall,  a good purchase just not the best bang for your buck. I would love to know what you guys think of Nars Collections. I always adore their packaging and this time around it isn't as striking as most of their previous summer collections. While I welcome the simple yet stunning design I do think it is more suited to a winter collection. Imagine a navy blue and gold lettering design. How gorgeous would that be? Thank you for reading my quick review, it is too hot to do anything right now. Hope you all had an amazing weekend and enjoy an even better week ahead. Take care. 

What has been the most ridiculous makeup product you've bought?

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

LAVENDER LIPS | AISHWARYA RAI BACHAN CANNES INSPIRED MAKEUP TUTORIAL


Last year, 2016, Aishwarya Rai wore this stunning floral Rami Kadi gown paired with a striking purple pout and smoky eye to The Land of the Moon premiere. The second I saw this photo I knew I wanted to try this look on myself. While, I think she looks flawless, she actually received a lot of flack and criticism for this look which inspired me to be more adventurous and try a colour I would never normally purchase. Finding a bold lavender lipstick is not easy, I didn't want to run to Anastasia Beverly Hills because there is a very real possibility that I will despise it on me. Luckily NYX came through for me and I found a gorgeous colour that I fell in love with. NYX is fast becoming my favourite drugstore makeup brand, praise the makeup gods for bringing them to Boots and Superdrug. Now, if only they would bring Catrice, Covergirl and Wet 'n' Wild here too. To see how I created my own version of this look, please keep reading. It's not perfect but I do really like how it turned out. I actually added glitter to the eyes but because it took around three hundred photos before I settled on one that was half decent (the struggle) most of the glitter had fallen off by this point. Enjoy!


I always look so angry in photos, I apologise. In case you are wondering, I didn't retouch the photos they are as they are. I took the photo with my Snapchat app though so my face is flipped. I just prefer it that way. There was actually a study done that produced evidence that because we are so used to looking at our mirror image we think we are more attractive when our faces are horizontally flipped i.e. reversed, but others (the people in your life) prefer your true image because that is the sight they are used to. If you're interested you can read the study here, it was carried out by in 1977 and is called Reversed Facial Images and mere Exposure Hypothesis. It's quite short too.

EYES: Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Kit for transition shades, Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Palette 'Punk' (OOS), Sleek Au Naturel Eyeshadow Palette shadows 'Regal' and 'Noir', Barry M Dazzle Dust in Silver, Cover Girl Super Fibres mascara

LIPS: NYX Liquid Suede Lip Cream in Sway. This colour is beautiful and comfortable to wear as well as transfer proof! I really like this formula. I did have to apply it with a lip brush first because my lips aren't particularly defined and I had to layer quite a few coats to get the opacity and evenness I wanted, but all in all I am pleased as punch with this purchase. 

Really impressed with NYX Sway out of everything I used. I also love the Barry M Highlight Stick in their contour duo it adds the perfect matte highlight to the face and blends out seamlessly. I am still not a fan of the Marc Jacobs foundation, I think it photographs superbly but in person looks heavy.


Thank you for reading, I had so much fun creating this look. I was going to add lashes but couldn't find any lash glue. There was a dark moment when I considered using non-toxic PVA glue and then had to give myself a reality check. No makeup look  is worth losing your eyesight over. I read online that Vaseline will act as glue in a pinch but it will only last for half an hour so I tried that but I couldn't get the bastard to stick on. It might work better with a fresh set,but it seemed a waste when I am literally washing it all off as soon as possible. I really hope you like this look and if not then at least this amazing lip. Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin', you won't regret it. Take care. 

What is your favourite colour (mine is purple)?

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