MAC | Strobe Cream

Thursday, 4 September 2014

A glowing, dewy and fresh complexion is something I strive for whenever I apply my makeup, especially when my skin is particularly dry. One product that has been helping me achieve this in the last month or so is MAC’S Strobe Cream (£24.50) link

This super-powered moisturiser boosts and brightens tired, dull and flat looking skin with its added antioxidants, vitamins and green tea. Straight from the tube, this cream looks like it could turn you into a Twilight character but pink and purple iridescence of this cream is so flattering and when blended out. It gives your skin a beautiful sheen without any chunks of shimmer.

I love to use this cream in a number of ways; Before foundation gives me an all over dewy complexion, mixed in with my foundation gives me the same effect but with a more tinted moisturiser finish and coverage, and finally on the high points of my face before or after foundation to add a natural glow to specific areas.

MAC’s Strobe cream has become a staple in my makeup routine as I hardly ever wear foundation without using this in one way or another. Now that summer is over and my skin inevitably becomes even drier, I can tell this will be a product I won’t want to put down. To all my dry skin girls I urge you to try this!

Anastasia Beverly Hills | Contour Kit

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

It feels like I have been waiting forever for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit to launch over here in the UK. I kid you not I have been on Cult Beauty's wait list for months! When I got the email to announce it was finally here, to say I was excited is an understatement!

As you may know Anastasia Beverly Hills specialise in mainly brow products (Anastasia herself is the lady behind Kim K's brows) but have branched out into other products such as eyeshadows and concealers. This Contour Kit in particular is one of their most hyped products on Instagram and with Beauty Vloggers all over Youtube. 

The packaging of this kit is nice and slim and houses the six highlighting and contour shades in a sleek reinforced cardboard compact. The first thing I initially noticed was that there was no mirror in the lid. Its not a necessity as this kit intended for makeup professionals but I think it would have been nice to have one. This type of cardboard packaging gets dirty so easily. Finger prints stick to it instantly and I can already tell I will be wiping it down after every  use.

The kit itself contains three highlighting shades, and three contouring shades. All of these shades have a matte finish with the exception of Sand which has a subtle shimmery finish. The highlighting shades Vanilla and Banana are intended to highlight underneath the eyes and to set concealer. Vanilla is more of creamy shade whereas Banana has much more yellow undertones to it. Both of these shades brighten up your whole face and set my concealer beautifully without looking cakey. Vanilla is more suited to my skin tone but I find that mixing the two together gives me that bright under eye without being too yellow. Sand reminds me of a more subtle version of MAC's Soft and Gentle Mineralized Skinfinish with its champagne tone that looks so flattering on the top of the cheekbones. 

The three contouring shades in the kit are equally beautiful. Java and Havana have more warmer tones running through them whereas Fawn is much more cool in tone. Fawn is my favourite of the three being the most natural looking and is the most universal shade in the kit. Java is perfect for warming up my complexion and Havana will be perfect when I'm a little more tanned. I use these powders in the hollows of my cheeks, on my temples, forehead and under the jaw to sculpt out my face making it look much more defined and slimmer! 

All of the shades in this kit are buttery soft and blend like an absolute dream. They look so natural on the skin and even work well when mixed together. The beauty of this kit is that you can customise your perfect highlight and contour to get exactly what you want. I think its a brilliant idea to introduce a refillable kit and the brand are also introducing lots of new shades to choose from. 

Whether you are a professional makeup artist or a beginner at contouring and highlighting this is a must have kit to own. For £45 it does seem a little on the pricey side but when you break it down you're getting six pans of product which I would happily pay £20 for each of them. Since trying this palette it completely deserves the hype and "cult" status. I am in love.

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit is available in the UK now from Cult Beauty- link

Products I've Used Up: July Edition

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

This is a bit of a different post for me, showing you what beauty products I've recently finished. I'll give you quick run down of each product, whether I liked it and if I will be repurchasing it or not. It's 
almost like a super quick review! Lets get into what I've used up this month...

Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment £31.85 for 100ml
I've had this stuff for over a year now and its only just finished! When it comes to hair oils, this one from Moroccan oil is definitely my favourite. It leaves my hair feeling so soft and shiny. I switch it up between using it on my wet hair when I leave it to air dry which stops it going frizzy, and after blow drying to tame fly aways. What gets me excited the most is the smell, I absolutely adore it. I will 100% be repurchasing this in the very near future!

MAC Fix + £15.50 for 100ml
I bought Fix plus on a whim while I was at the airport duty free last summer and for a little while didn't even touch it. Since rediscovering it about six months ago I haven't been able to put it down. It has so many uses in my makeup routine from spritzing onto makeup brushes for more intense eyeshadow to refreshing your makeup. My favourite way to use this is after finishing a full face of makeup. I love the dewy look since I have dry skin my makeup can sometimes look a little powdery. This little spray sorts that right out. It feels so refreshing and I love the smell too. I already have another bottle on its way to me.

Kiehls Ultra Facial Toner £15.00 for 250ml
I'm a big fan of Kiehls skincare and have been using their products for about six years. This is a really great toner for me as it doesn't make my skin feel tight yet it gets rid of all the impurities and left over makeup. For dry skin girls this is great as it doesn't strip your skin of it's natural moisture. I'm currently trying to swtich up my skincare to try out some different products so I haven't repurchased this. However its a great fail safe to go back to as I know it works for me.

This powder has such a beautiful finish which looks so natural on the skin. Even though my skin is dry I still need to set the centre of my face if its hot or for a night out but it doesn't look powdery at all. Sometimes I use this powder by itself to even out my skin tone a little. This is a holy grail powder for me which I cannot be without. I always have a backup for when I run out!

I had intentions of doing a full review on this pencil but never got around to it. This is my favourite brow pencil because it makes my brows looked groomed but not "filled in". The self sharpening nib is really fine and creates hair like strokes. The spoolie on the other end is the perfect size for blending without smudging them all over the place. Dark brown is a good shade for me as its not too warm which some browns can be that look weird in your eyebrows. This is another repurchase for sure although I would like to try the Hourglass eyebrow pencil next.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and found some good recommendations of products I've been loving. If you did like it please let me know in the comments below! I hope to do a post like every month or so providing I've accumulated enough products to show you! 


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