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LIPSTICKS YOU NEED TO TRY THIS CHRISTMAS! (BLOGMAS: Day 6)

If there’s one way to treat yourself without feeling guilty this December, it’s by buying a new lipstick to add to your collection!

It’s something small but it goes a long way, not only to lift your mood but also give you a fresh look!

Here are my top six tried and tested lipsticks perfect for this holiday season.

NYX High Voltage Lipstick – “Feline”

Finish: High Shine

Probably the most hydrating and pigmented lipstick out of all the lipsticks I’ve tried. NYX has a wide range of colours to choose from in this collection – so comfortable on the lips and lasts a long while, whilst leaving a nice smooth fade on the lips towards the end of the day – so easy to re-apply but that’s rarely needed. If you don’t already have a lipstick from this range, I’d highly recommend trying out “Feline”, the lipstick I wore in my “Downton Abbey Inspired Makeup Look”.

Stila Stay All Day Vinyl Lip Gloss – “Merlot” 

Finish: Glossy (Highly Pigmented Lipgloss)

This lipgloss has to be one of the shiniest yet most pigmented glosses out there on the market. Matte warmed up skin, lashes and this lip equals festive all around. An amazing yet very unique lipstick to add to your collection.

Tanya Burr-Bear-Hug-Lipstick-734563Tanya Burr “Bear Hug” Lipstick

Finish: Satin

I can’t put into words how luxurious this lipstick feels when applying it. I feel like this lipstick is one of those ones that’ll be kept in my collection because of its pretty packaging ^-^. Not only is the packaging well made but the quality of this lipstick is just so true to colour it’s wonderful. I appreciate the fact that Tanya Burr worked on this collection with the intentions of giving nothing but high quality. And for just 6.99 it is SO worth it.

Illamasqua Lipstick – “Growl”

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Finish: MATTE (Very Matte)

This is by far the most matte lipstick I have ever tried. if you don’t fancy extremely matte lipsticks then this probably isn’t for you however, the shade of this has such a lovely deep plum to it with brown undertones – totally a favourite nonetheless and looks fabulous contrasted with glowy skin.

Sleek Makeup True Colour Lipstick – “Dare”

Finish: Matte

This shade has just the right amount of ‘berry’ in it – such a flattering shade to wear when you don’t feel like wearing a red lipstick. For anyone who’s just getting into reds or darker lip colours in general, Sleek’s True Lip Colour in “Dare” is the one to go for. 

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Coloured Raine Matte Liquid Paint – “Cherry Blossom”

Finish: Comfortable, Matte Liquid Lipstick

Okay so, of course, whats a Christmas edition lipstick recommendation post without recommending a red lipstick? And I know I’ve already mentioned this in a couple of posts before but I just had to mention this yet again because I cannot stress how much of an AMAZING lip colour this is. It is the definition of the ‘perfect red’. The number of times people would compliment my lipstick whenever I wear this is crazy. As long as this is in stock I will always turn to re-purchase this specific red. The lipstick that I know suits not only mine but ANY skin tone!

That concludes my top recommendations for this holiday season! comment below if you have any wintry lipstick faves, as I’d love to know!

Thank you all so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

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MY TOP 5 FAVOURITE BEAUTY ADVENT CALENDARS (BLOGMAS: Day 5)

So I’ve managed to pin down my top 5 favourite advent calendars for this Christmas. Was quite the challenge this year but for the moment these are my top picks!

1. The Body Shop 25 DAYS OF GAME-CHANGING ADVENT-URE ULTIMATE ADVENT CALENDAR 

2. Soap & Glory It’s a Calendar, Girls!

3. No7 Ultimate Beauty Calendar 2017

4. Lancome 24 days in a Parisian Wonderland Advent Calendar 2017

5. Charlotte Tilbury Limited Edition Beauty Advent Calendar 2017

If you haven’t already got one, it’s still worth getting one as it’s a fun way to count down to Christmas with mini beauty treats for 20 Days straight!

lots of love,

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MY FOUNDATION ROUTINE

Happy Monday!

Sometimes it’s hard to narrow down a simple yet effective face routine without including a lot of products. This lightweight, skin-like base is what I do whenever I need a long lasting yet enhancing makeup look for for the day ahead!

I love cutting time and using multitasking products that can work for different things, such as my all-time favourite Sleek Bronze Block (what I use for bronzer) the little bit of pink mixed in with the warm tones create a beautiful soft eyeshadow look! No need to reach for a palette. As well as Olay’s 2 in 1 primer that can double as a moisturizer, I have combination to oily skin and I’ve found that this works perfectly for me when on the go.

Products Used:

  1. *Olay 2 in 1 Firm and Lift Primer
  2. *L’Oréal True Match Foundation 8N Cappuccino
  3. *MAC Select Cover Up Concealer, NW45 – Applied and blended in the corners of my under-eyes (a little goes a long way)
  4. *RCMA No-Color PowderTo set the centre of my face
  5. *L’Oréal True Match Powder – Tapped lightly to brighten underneath my eyes, nose, and forehead
  6. *Sleek Bronze Block, Dark – To add warmth to the skin
  7. *E.L.F Baked Highlighter, Blush Gems – Applied a small amount on the tops of my cheekbones

Perfect amount of products for your makeup bag.

This routine takes me up to 30 minutes though it depends, sometimes I’ll replace my foundation with a bit of concealer or skip the highlighter and bronzer for a no makeup, makeup look.

But all in all, this concludes my current, full foundation routine!

I hope this look gives you a little simple inspo. It’s easy to end up using a bunch of products that more than likely do the same job, best to find what works for you 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

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Autumn’s Go-To Makeup Look

I wanted something easy to re-create without any fuss or a ton of products. I really wanted a light approach to the makeup on the eyes and skin, focusing on light shadow and enhancing my natural features. It’s no secret that I have a thing for pink eyeshadow because it is a colour that can really elevate eyes, nothing too prominent but softly applied making such a difference.

This is a simple look that anyone can re-create, a light glam suitable for occasions, going out or anytime you feel comfortable to wear it really.

Products Used:

EYES:

I actually used an iridescent pink mineral blush as eyeshadow from M&S (Discontinued) there are many different alternatives to this shade, similar here*.

LINER – “Panther” eyeshadow from the TooFaced Cat Eyes Palette*

MASCARA – E.L.F Cosmetics Lengthening Mascara* 

SKIN:

FOUNDATION – L’Oréal True Match Foundation in 8N “Cappuccino”*

CONCEALER – L.A. Girl HD Pro Concealer in “Fawn”*

CREAM CONTOUR/ BRONZER – Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in “Chestnut”*

POWDER – L’Oréal Pressed Powder in “8W”* (Only underneath my eyes and centre of my face)

BLUSHER – Mary Kay Cosmetics Cheek Color in “Cherry Blossom”*

HIGHLIGHTER – E.L.F Cosmetics in “Blush Gems”*

LIPS:

MAC Lipliner in “Chestnut”*

Covergirl Trushine Lipcolor in “Blushberry Shine” (discontinued) any hydrating lipstick or tinted lip-balm works well.

I applied MAC Select Cover Up Concealer in “NW45″* on the centre of my lips to give a nude lip look.

Makeup should be fun, an outlet for people to experiment, get creative with colours, different shadows or even to give illusions. It used to be (and still is now) a therapeutic hobby for me because I can express what I’m feeling on my face pretty much. I personally prefer small kits of multi tasking products with maximum impact rather than large quantities of makeup with only one purpose like huge palettes. Even though I always like to encourage natural beauty and simple ways to enhance natural features, everyone should be able to wear whatever they want however they want as there’s something so captivating about one’s individuality than everyone looking the same.

Thank you so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

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THE SPRING LIP EDIT

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Spring is upon us and lately, I’ve been gearing towards a more fresh-faced makeup look. knowing that I will be doing more colourful looks this spring/summer, I thought I’d share my current go-to makeup look + my favourite lip colour at the moment.


 Keeping within the ‘fresh face’ theme, for me, that is clean looking skin + a subtle/bright coloured lipstick. For example, switching from a deep red lip colour to a nude lip makes the biggest difference in anyone’s look with minimal effort. With that being said I’ve rediscovered a lip item that I’ve had in my drawer and haven’t put it down since.

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Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick “07 Nude-ist”

 The formula of Rouge Edition is the reason why I think this is perfect for spring: It does not dry matte, but once you apply – gives a nourishing, matte finish. A velvet finish if you will.

For me, sometimes I may feel like I don’t want the heaviness of a traditional liquid lipstick, however, I still want a matte-looking lipstick. This lipstick is right in between.


 Pigmentation: This is another reason why I love it. Though it may not be to someone else’s ideal, I’d say it is sheer to buildable. Once you apply, it’ll give a sheer amount coverage but since the texture is very creamy, this allows you to add more coverage to your desire without build up.

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The shade I have is “07 Nude-ist”. This one, in particular, is super versatile and through my eyes, a universal colour – bright, yet subtle.

Depending on what look I’m going for, I like to use a lip liner here and there but when I’m in a rush I simply run this across the centre of my lips and gently blend in with my fingers.

 All in all: This has become a lipstick I always have to carry in my makeup bag. Whether it’s when I’m travelling or if I need a something on the lips but don’t know which lipstick to go for. This is a must have.

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Products used:

Skin- Loreal True Match Foundation

Concealer- L.A. Girl HD Pro Concealer

Setting Powders- Anastasia Beverley Hills Contour Refills

Bronzer- Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick

Glow- Anastasia Beverley Hills Modern Renaissance Palette eyeshadows “Primavera” + “Vermeer”

Eyebrows- Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette (Dark Brown Eyeshadow)

Lashes- Bourjois Queen Attitude Mascara

Lips- Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick “07 Nude-ist”

 

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THE PERFECT RED LIP

I’ve never really been the type of girl to wear red lipstick as I feel many red lipsticks out on the market have different undertones, so finding the right shade can be tricky. It’s also important to note that the ‘Red Lip’ is known to be worn as a bold, statement Lip colour to vamp up almost any makeup look however it’s different for all skin tones.

I thought I could never pull it off until I came across one lipstick that came in a ‘liquid’ lipstick form, the shade was not like most I’ve seen where the undertone is either blue or slightly orange. This shade suited everyone! On top of that, I hadn’t come across any negative reviews on this particular product.

It’s from the makeup brand, Coloured Raine and the lip colour is in the name ‘Cherry Blossom. It’s perfect, I absolutely love it and I’d highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good, red lipstick.

As well as Their high-demand liquid lipsticks, Coloured Raine also stock lip glosses as well as eyeshadows (which I haven’t tried yet). They’re based in America therefore initially I didn’t really bother to look any further, up until one morning I noticed that Beauty Bay (a UK online beauty department store) were now including Coloured Raine.

I was super excited when I made my purchase and thrilled when I received the item. Here are three key things I absolutely love about this product:

  • The Smooth application
  • The highly pigmented colour payoff
  • The Non-drying formula on the lips

With that being said I will be trying out more shades in the near future!

The Coloured Raine liquid lipstick in Cherry Blossom retails for £15 on Beauty Bay (where I purchased mine).

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MAKEUP LOOK: Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day next Tuesday, so I thought why not do a look inspired by the Red, Pink, Blush tones the day is well known for. For me, makeup looks to do with these hues in mind is perhaps one of my favourite types to create – not only on myself as I think this look complements everyone! I’m not saying I only do pink-toned makeup for V-Day, but for whenever I want to feel pretty in pink, this is a makeup look I’d generally go for.

Product Details:
Base- L’Oréal True Match Foundation in shade: 8.N. Cappuccino

Concealer- L.A. Girl Pro HD Concealer in shade: Beautiful Bronze

Cream Contour & Bronzer (2 in 1)- Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in Shade: Chestnut

Under Eye Setting Powder- M.A.C. Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in Shade: Dark

Highlight (subtle)- Bare Minerals All Over Face Powder in shade: Warmth + MUA’s Single Eyeshadow in Bronze (for a more exaggerated glow)

Blush- I Used a subtle, dark rose, pink shade from a Nars palette in collaboration with Andy Warhol (Discontinued)
EYES:

Brows- NYX Eyebrow Gel in Shade: Espresso

Eye Base- I used a matte brown eyeliner on the inner and outer part of my eyelid (blended first, before I apply eyeshadow).

To set only the outer area while blending upwards for a ‘cat eye’ effect, I used an eyeshadow from the Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette in Panther (an intense dark brown/black shade).

Next, I covered my lid with a satin-finished blush from Sleek’s Blush Palette in Sugar, making sure the edges of the brown shadow was transitioned into the pink tones on the crease of my eyelid.

Adding pops of shimmer on the lids and high points of my eyes while keeping within the theme of pink, I took a flat dense eyeshadow brush and pressed it into MUA’s Single Eyeshadow in Bronze (even though the actual colour is a pearlescent pink shade).

Lastly for Eyeliner and Mascara:

Liner- Nyx Liquid Liner: Black

Mascara- Bourjois Queen of Attitude Mascara

Hope this makeup gives you a little-added inspo for any of your upcoming looks you create this Spring!

Lots of love,

Stacy xx