MAC Soar Lipliner – Review

300Evening lovelies ūüôā Just a quick post here.

As soon as Soar lipliner from MAC came back into stock I rushed to buy it. Pinky-brown lipsticks have become really popular over the last year and I wanted to try the trend myself. Soar lipliner is a creamy, matte, long-wearing liner. I would describe the colour as a pink with a ¬†brown undertone, on my lips it pulls more nude compared to¬†lighter skintones, nonetheless it looks very pretty. What I also love about this liner is that it really brings out the shape of your lips. Soar is great to use as a lipliner under a lipstick, or just filled in on it’s own.

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Until next time ‚̧

Jay x

High-End Beauty Haul feat. Nars, MAC, OCC, MUFE and Ben Nye

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Happy Sunday everyone I hope you’re well. I’ve been on a bit of a make-up binge recently. I’ve always been more of a skin-care gal myself but I realised that I needed to update my make-up collection a little, so I took to the shops for some much needed retail-therapy. Here are the things that I purchased:

1) MAC Studio Sculpt PF 15 Foundation РNC44 (£25.00)

I’m going to be doing a full review on this foundation soon but it is a great product which perfectly matches my skin tone. It is gel based, satin finish and long wearing foundation which gives medium to full coverage. I prefer to use this product for special occasions as it is one of the few foundations that I can actually feel on my skin.

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2) MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters in Peach Lustre and Light Boost (£18.50 each)

The Peach Lustre is what I use to colour correct ashy-dark spots on my face before applying foundation, this works fabulously on my skin tone. I wrote about colour correcting here.¬†I bought the Light Boost to use as a highlighter but I think it’s a bit too light for me. Any suggestions on what else to use it for?

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3) NARS Pressed Powder РMountain (£25.00)

This is a really pigmented pressed powder that gives a surprisingly good coverage even when used on its own. It also has¬†a soft focus finish which leaves an air-brushed look to the skin. The only disappointing thing is the “powder puff” that comes with it, it’s a flimsy piece of sponge.

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4) NARS Immaculate Complexion Concealer РDark 2 Cacao (£19.00)

I bought this deep concealer especially for the purpose of contouring. It is the perfect shape for drawing precise lines and the colour has a cool tone which is great for NC 42-45 wearers. It is creamy and blends well for those perfect chiseled cheekbones!

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5) Makeup Forever HD Foundation РN173 (£30.95)

I’ve been meaning to try this foundation for a while. The colour is quite a bit darker than my NC44 Studio Sculpt, but it has the same undertone so I could probably wear this in the summer. It is a medium- full coverage foundation with a satin-finish and is also oil-free. Watch out for a full review soon. MUFE swatch is on the top, compared to MAC Studio Sculpt NC44.

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6) Makeup Forever Sculpting Blush РSatin Blood Orange 20 (£22.95)

This is such a pretty coral shade with a really fine shimmer. It has great staying power and doesn’t look patchy by the end of the day.

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7)¬†Ben Nye MediaPRO HD “Banana” Poudre Compact (¬£18.50)

This is a pressed powder form of the famous Ben Nye Banana Powder. It is a bit more luxurious than the loose powder and is great to carry in your bag for touch-ups. This powder really does have a highlighting effect when applied to the high points on the face and under the eyes, it also absorbs extra moisture really well.

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8) OCC Cosmetics Lip Tar Matte РHoochie (£11.95)

I am obsessed with this colour! This matte liquid lipstick is the perfect cool tone purple, definitely one for the brave. It takes a while to apply this product and you need to use a lip-liner and primer underneath to stop feathering/bleeding, but once it’s on it stays on and feels really nice and moisturising. What’s more is that the product is 100% Vegan and Cruelty Free.

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Now that I’m poor again and counting down the days till the next payday please let me know if you’d like full reviews on any of the products featured. Also what products have you been buying recently? Comment below and let me know.

Jay x

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation (Syracuse Med/Dark 1) – Review

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Nars Sheer Glow Foundation Syracuse Med/Dark 1

Finding foundation to match my skin is a major pain in the butt. Despite my skin being in good condition I have the patchiest, uneven skin tone. My face is lighter than my neck and the area around my mouth is darker than everything else, which I know a lot of women of colour experience. However, my first Nars foundation hasn’t been a disappointment. I went into Space NK and was matched to the colour Syracuse.

Sheer Glow from Nars is a sheer, buildable¬†coverage foundation with a satin-finish meant for dryer skin, it comes in 20 different colours. At ¬£31 a bottle it is not a foundation I can personally afford to use every day. Furthermore, it doesn’t come with a pump making application a bit more laborious and unhygienic. Having said that the formula is very light and blends really easily. I like to apply this foundation with my Zoeva Silk Finish Face Brush.

The formula contains¬†anti-oxidants to combat the free radicals in the atmosphere which can cause damage to the skin. As this comes in a see-through bottle and has an open top I’m not sure how stable the anti-oxidants are, as they can react to light and air. It is non-comedogenic and fragrance free making it great for sensitive skin.

Having combination skin I wasn’t sure whether this would suit my skin but it doesn’t leave me looking too oily. I would compare the feel of this foundation similar to a moisturiser as it doesn’t feel heavy or uncomfortable to use.

Now on the to the appearance. Although the coverage is said to be sheer, I would say that this is more medium coverage. The finish is definitely dewy so I need to apply setting powder on my T-Zone, but then again I have combination skin.

I find that this colour is a good match for my skin, the colour has a neutral-beige undertone (not too yellow or pink) which means if I wear too much of it it can look a little muddy (not good!). It is heavy enough to even out my skin tone and cover up imperfections, but it doesn’t cover beauty spots or look cakey, even after a second layer.

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No make-up on Left. Nars Sheer Glow on Right. (Flash Photography)

Now unfortunately for me this foundation is going to have to go¬†into the¬† “No Flash Photography” category. As you can see from the picture above there is an ashy appearance around my mouth with the flash, which is surprising as this colour matches me and even looks a little darker in real life and it doesn’t contain SPF. When I wear an orange corrector underneath the ashyness reduces a lot.

This foundation does oxidise a bit by the end of the day but nowhere near as near as my MAC Studio Fix Foundation. I do need to touch this up with pressed powder every 3-4 hours on my T-Zone but the coverage doesn’t fade over the course of the day. I would recommend this for people with drier skin and also if you’re sensitive/break-out prone. Also my mum who is in her 60’s LOVES this foundation.

Have you tried this foundation? What were your thoughts? Comment below and let me know

Jay x

Berry Make-Up Look – Tutorial

It was my New Year Party at work the other day and I was in a rush to pull together a look that would complement the purple-berry coloured dress I was wearing. This look is extremely easy and requires very little skill (honestly!)

To start off I primed my eyelids with MAC Prep + Prime Eye in Medium to neutralise the discolouration on the lid. I then used Urban Decay Primer Potion all over the lid. I brushed Bobbi Brown “Ivory” eyeshadow all over the eyelid as a neutral base then took the ELF Baked Eyeshadow in “Burnt Plum” and blended this into the crease, outer V and two thirds of the eyelid. I wing-lined the top eyelid with Urban Decays Liquid Liner in “Perversion” and finished with Rimmel Wonder’full Mascara on the top eyelashes only. The reason I didn’t do anything with the bottom lashes is because I was wearing a dark lipstick and didn’t want to over-do the look.

My eyebrows were outlined¬†first with MAC Eyebrow Pencil in “Spiked” and then filled in with KIKO Eyebrow Expert Kit in Deep Brunette (this is a fabulous product by the way).

Next I completed the base. I used MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NW40 and blended out with the¬†Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. This foundation is high coverage and photographs really well. To cover up my panda eyes I used MAC Pro-Longwear Concealer in NW35 (another fabulous product). As there was already a lot going on my face I didn’t want to use a blusher, so instead I used ELF Studio Baked Bronzer in St Lucia to bronze all over¬†and contour my nose and cheeks.

As a final touch I lined my lips with NYX Lip Liner in “Deep Red” and applied a few coats of “Black Dahlia” from OCC on my lips to reach the colour below >>>

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Burnt Orange Eyeshadow look – Tutorial

I rocked this eye look to the Common show in London in December, if you don’t know who Common is YouTube him now, GO!¬†(No wait…read this post first haha!) Anyway I’m no make-up artist but I’m rather please with how this look turned out and it was quite¬†easy to do.

I first primed my eyelids with MAC Prep + Prime Eye in Medium. I’m not sure whether this product is still available. It doesn’t really prime my eyelids in any way but it neutralises the discolouration, you could easily just use concealer if you have this same issue. I then used Urban Decay Primer Potion all over the eyelid

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For the orange colour I blended¬†“Rule” by MAC into the crease and blended out and above the crease line. This is really important if you, like me, have small eyes that are spaced quite close together.

Afterwards I used the Barry M Dazzle Dust in “Bronze” all over the eyelid. This is one of my all time favourite pigments¬†to use as it is so flattering on all skin tones and it costs next to nothing.

Afterwards for the warm brown colour, I used “Embark” by MAC in the outer V of my eye and packed on the colour on in layers whilst blending into the Bronze pigment, I used a bit of Rule again afterwards to blend the three colours into each other.

As a final touch to the eyeshadows I took Rule and blended it lightly under my eyes and then used Embark on top. You want to focus this towards the outer corner and make sure it meets with the edge of the eyeshadow on the lid, blend in for a smouldering, winged look. I then took a bit of the bronze pigment and placed it on the inner third to open up the eye.

To finish the look I lined my waterline with Clinique Kohl Shaper (Black Kohl) and wing-lined the top with Urban Decays Liquid Liner in Perversion. For my eyebrows I used the MAC Eyebrow Pencil in “Spiked” and after two coats of Rimmel Wonder’full Mascara on the top and bottom lashes the look was done!

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