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Outfit of The Day: The Knit Dress

I’ve been a huge fan of knit dresses for a while now and I have to say my most preferred style has to be the long-sleeved turtleneck, long enough to touch my ankles lol. I find that this piece fits right in between comfort and style for me which is a win! I also love collecting them in black, only because it becomes easier for me to wear with different outerwear & shoes as well as being suitable for loungewear throughout the winter too.

I finished off this simple look with my shiny kitten-heeled black ankle boots and a sharp wing to open up the eyes.

Knit Dress: ZARA [Available in 3 colours]

Ankle Boots: ZARA

Are you a fan of Knit Dresses? If so, which ones are your most favourite? I’d love to know what you all think in the comments section below!

Thank you so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

Outfit of The Day: #CasualVibes

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Today’s mellow outfit features a mustard yellow sweater (a current favourite), put together with my go-to blue jeans and essential over-the-knee black boots.

I’ve never really been one to embrace colour throughout my wardrobe much, but what makes this sweater an exception for me is that the tone within this mustard yellow, merges the brightness and warmth of the autumn season.

SWEATER – ZARA

BLUE RIPPED JEANS – ZARA

BLACK OVER-THE-KNEE BOOTS – ZARA

SUNGLASSES – MVMT

Hope this look gives you some laid-back, brightening fashion inspo!

Thank you all so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

TOP 5 AFFORDABLE POWDER FOUNDATIONS FOR FLAWLESS SKIN

I’ve noticed that around this time of year, that I begin to regularly receive questions as to how I achieve a more flawless foundation look without looking too cakey and just all-around even in tone with my makeup. Now, of course, liquid foundation and concealer play a huge part in my Autumn/Winter makeup routine but not as much as powder foundation does, as this product/step is what really makes a difference in creating that flawless face during the colder months.

I will be uploading a film on how I use powder foundations for on-the-go multitasking purposes very soon, but for now, I’ve listed down 10 different ways to use powder foundation as I consider this to always be essential in anyone and everyone’s makeup bag.

  1. As foundation (I know, but I felt like I had to mention this at least lol)
  2. To lightly set your liquid/cream foundation or concealer
  3. To cover spots/blemishes and/or hyperpigmentation
  4. To use as a powdered eye-primer
  5. To touch up makeup on the go
  6. To lighten up the colour of your brows
  7. To full proof and mattify a nude lip
  8. To use as a transition shade for eye-looks
  9. To use as a matte bronzer (if you pick up a darker shade)
  10. To sharpen a bold lipstick by cleaning up the edges
  • TOP 5 AFFORDABLE POWDER FOUNDATIONS
  • 1. MUA PRO Base Full Cover Matte Powder

    Price: £2.50

    Coverage: Medium to High

    Shades: 9

    2. KIKO GreenMe Bronzer Loose Powder

    Price: [SALE] £3.80 Retail Price: £12.00

    Coverage: Light to Medium (buildable)

    Shades: 2

    The reason why I love this bronzer as a powder foundation is because it actually neutralises any different undertones in my foundation to suit my skin. It has some sort of a blurring effect but it’s not shiny, nor is it matte. Kind of like a good dupe for Laura Mercier’s new setting powder but with little to no shimmers in this powder. I’ve been using it for about a month now and it has become one of my best loose face setting powders without being too heavy on the skin.

    Unfortunately, this powder comes in two shades as they are bronzers. However, KIKO sells an actual powder foundation called the Skin Tone Powder Foundation (£13.90) which also comes in 18 different shades.

    3. L’Oréal True Match Super Blendable Powder

    Price: £6.99

    Coverage: Light to Medium (buildable)

    Shades: 10

    This powder is one of my favourites compared to some high-end PFs. What I really like about this one is that it has light to medium coverage, making it very buildable but with a finely milled texture, encouraging me to use a light hand. Not to mention, this compact comes with a very good mirror, easy to travel with and throw in your handbag. If you have normal to dry skin, I’d recommend using a very fluffy face brush to set your makeup with this powder in order to avoid any dry patches. If you happen to struggle with drying makeup in general, try using rose water-based setting sprays after you’ve applied your makeup.

    4. Milani Mineral Compact, High Coverage Powder

    Price: £11.00

    Coverage: High

    Shades Available: 3

    For those that prefer a higher coverage, I’d recommend trying Milani’s Mineral Compact range (linked above). The undertones of these powders would also make a gorgeous matte bronzer and a face-perimeter setting powder. This also comes with a mirror, is travel-friendly and will come in handy if you have combination to oily skin.

    5. NOTE Cosmetics Silk Luminous Compact Powder

    Price: £13.90

    Coverage: Light to Medium (natural finish)

    Shades Available: 17

    Hope this post gives you some new access into some high-Street brands that provide powder foundations 🙂

    Let me know if you have any suggestions of posts you’d like to see from The Belper in the comments below!

    Thank you so much for stopping by The Belper!

    Lots of love,

    MY SUMMER RED LIP ROUTINE

    I don’t really wear red lipsticks often (just based on personal preference). But whenever I do, it always becomes a rather strategic process for me. I made a post some time ago about my red lip routine, mentioning the time it took for me to become more comfortable and confident enough to wear red lips out when I felt like it. Now I know exactly which products to reach for and can easily figure out how to achieve the right gradient and finish more suited towards my lips, resulting into rocking a red lip without hesitation.

    In this post, i’ll be introducing a not-so-new but new-to-my-blog technique on how I wear a red lip in the summer-time. From which foundation I use on that day to the application process I always have in mind when I want to achieve that near-perfect pout. This is my current Red Lip Routine (in the summer).

    When I think of summery red lipsticks, I often think of a defined, saturated red colour with an orange undertone or base/hue. I use to actually stay away from orange-toned reds, however, I’ve now finally found a way to have the best of both worlds without looking out of place.

    First of all, the lipstick itself is very important to get right (I’ve already done an article about this on my Top 5 Reds You Need to Try Out This Summer). Once you have that sorted out, you want to pick out either an orange colour corrector, orange cream blush, orange lip-tint or even, better yet, an orange based lip liner or lipstick. So a red lipstick and an orange based lip pigment of your choice will be the two main products you’ll be working with.

    The two products that I’ve chosen:

    Red Lipstick: Coloured Raine Liquid Lipstick in Cherry Blossom

    Orange Based Lip pigment: Kiko Lipliner in “514” Poppy Red

    Okay so, not much has changed with my red lip choice, *shrugs* but what can I say? When you know your lipstick, you know your lipstick ^-^.

    This liquid lip paint, in particular, has a full coverage, which I like but I find it more suitable to wear alone during the winter seasons as opposed to in the summer (even though it can be worn alone, all year round) – which is why I enjoy this combo because the Kiko lip liner is the complete opposite in undertone, it’s very orange-based and brightening – perfect for the summer.

    So now I’ve explained the tools needed, here’s my best explanation of how I use them together:

    Using a very light hand, I first, faintly line the perimeter of my lips with a black eye/lip pencil – yes – a black eye/lip pencil on my prepped and primed lips. This isn’t to overline my lips, however, It’s just so I can follow a sharp line to create a more defined look. If applied correctly, ideally, you shouldn’t even see the black guideline so clearly. This is just to outline the shape of your lips if they’re not as defined. (You can obviously replace the black with a red toned lipliner for this step, completely optional and up to you.)

    Next, onto the lipstick. I basically fill in the cool-toned, pink-based red liquid lip paint onto my lips right on top of the faint line that I had made prior. I then work my way nearer to the centre of my lips without covering the middle section of my top and bottom lip, so there’s quite a significant gap happening.

    Here comes the pencil! Kiko’s 514, a warm-toned, orange-based red. This lip pencil camouflages seamlessly and blends in quite well, which is what you’d want when merging this method with any other red lipstick.

    So this time, I start at the centre of my lips and pretty much fill in the gaps I missed out on purpose. Once the centre of my lips has now been filled in, I then faintly go over the rest of my lips to properly blend out the two lippies together.

    If you’re using a liquid-to-dry lipstick (like me), I’d advise you to always have a mini vaseline tin on hand. This can be applied and blotted which will allow your lips to be more soft, supple and hydrated.

    A few check-ups with a clean, flat eyeshadow brush and a skin-toned concealer to really achieve that crisp finish (more details about this on my How to Pull Off Any Lip Colour article) And we’re done!

    PRODUCTS USED:

    FOUNDATION – Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r in “440”

    I’d suggest using a light-weight foundation that offers a buildable coverage. You want the skin to look clean and even rather than too artificial looking. The best foundations I’d recommend for this finish would be L’Oréal‘s True Match Foundation and/or the one I used in this edit from Fenty Beauty.

    CONCEALER – Fenty Beauty Match Stix in “Caramel”

    POWDER – RCMA No Color Powder in Translucent (has no flashback!)

    BRONZER – Sleek Bronze Block  in “Dark”

    EYESHADOW – Any silver-toned shimmery/metallic eyeshadow, I used one from the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette

    EYELINER – PoundWorld (none-irritating in black)

    MASCARA – PoundWorld

    BLUSHER – The orange shade from the NIP&FAB Contour Palette in “DARK” (for my recent review of this palette, click here)

    LIPLINER(S) – Black Eyeliner & Kiko Lipliner in “514” Poppy Red or Kiko’s Lip Liner in 513 (more orange)

    LIPSTICK – Coloured Raine Liquid Lip Paint in “Cherry Blossom”

     

    I hope this edit gives you a little more insight into how I like to perfect and adapt my red lipsticks to the summer season. As someone who’s once never thought of wearing red lipsticks, ever, I hope this gives anyone else who may have felt the same way a little inspo to play with reds from time-to-time.

     

    Thank you all so much for stopping by The Belper!

    Lots of love,

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    MAKEUP LOOK: Bold Eyeshadow Inspired by the ’60s

    I’ve recently been noticing this new re-birth of 60’s style makeup. Although it had already made its influence through many other modernised renditions of the 60’s look over the decades, this year has really become an interesting time for different makeup artists and non-makeup artists to experiment with the simplicity of single, bold eyeshadows. Paired with, of course, graphic liner.

    For this look, I not only took some inspiration from the 60’s but added in a little bit of 50’s with the eyeliner. I used just one eyeshadow from my all-time favourite colour palette, Urban Decay Full Spectrum using their shade, “Bump” a matte white shadow. I did have to re-apply this to build intensity, though it wasn’t an issue.

    Products used-

    Foundation: Loreal Paris TrueMatch in 8N “Cappucino”

    Concealer: Select Cover Up Concealer by MAC

    Bronze/Contour: Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in “Chestnut” / “Esspreso”

    Powder: RCMA No Color Powder & Loreal Paris Compact Powder

    Lips: any nude lipstick w/ a dark liner & a dab of concealed (I used one from LA Girl) does the job!

    Eyeliner: Poundworld [still my fave]

    Mascara: ELF Lengthening

    HOW TO APPLY [White Eyeshadow]:

    I primed my eyelids with a concealer first. I wanted to make sure that I had an even base on my lids so I also set them with a light dusting of powder that had coverage. Next, came the fun part! Using a soft, flat eyeshadow brush – I pat-and-wiggled the pigment onto the middle of my eyelids (avoiding the outer section), evenly distributing the shadow down to the inner corners of my eyes. I then finished my shape by blending the shadow underneath the inner tear duct area of my eyes for a lifted effect.

    I went over this a couple more times using the same technique with a fluffier brush to buff out the edges and after liner, I was done.

    One thing I loved about this process was that it was very quick to do. Took me about 3-5 minutes to complete the shadow and move straight to eyeliner. If only all of my looks took this long… *sigh*

    I significantly left the outer lids buffed out and bare to act as a natural crease shade without using eyeshadow. I feel like using a transition shade with too much of an orange undertone in it can weaken the look. The goal is for the eyeshadow to be as bold as possible in this case.

    If you’re interested in experimenting with white eyeshadows, here, I’ve accumulated and linked five different alternatives that you could consider. Please note that some of these pigments have a pearly finish as opposed to matte due to lack of availability with this particular shade but nonetheless, these are my top five recommendations.

    Maybelline Eyestudio 24 Hour Color Tattoo Gel-Cream Eyeshadow, 45 Infinite White (Gel Formula)

    Price £7.06

    I’d recommend using a product like this as a base first and then applying your eyeshadow on top for a more opaque finish.


    Bourjois Little Round Pot Eyeshadow No.90 Blanc Diaphane (satin finish)

    Price (on sale): £4.99


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    Ice Queen 1.8g Eyeshadow Pan by Makeup Geek

    Price: £4.95


    Pearl/White Ivory Eyeshadow in Oyster by MUA Cosmetics (pearl/satin finish)

    Price: £3.45


    Matte, Long Lasting Colourful Eyeshadow Eye Shadow in (#1) by LHWY (matte finish)

    Price: £1.88

    I really wish more makeup brands would expand with more colourful and pigmented mattes, kind of like SugarPill’s singles which do also come in palettes, I believe. For me, wearing white eyeshadow alone never came to mind until I actually saw it in this palette. Personally, I love this look! And I would actually wear this look again.

    Please do let me know in the comments what you think and if wearing just one bold shadow would be a look you’d wear, as I’d love to know!

    For the product details of this makeup look, make sure to head over to my Instagram!

    Thank you all so much for stopping by The Belper!

    Lots of love,

    TOP 5 [RED] SUMMER LIPSTICKS YOU NEED TO TRY THIS SUMMER!

    Happy Weekend, everyone! Summer is finally here and I am so excited to share a variety of different fresh, glowy and experimental looks on here The Belper. However, with this heat wave… I’ve found myself channelling my inner minimalist makeup artist and I’m currently loving it at the moment!

    The simple, fresh face and a red lip look have been a new obsession of mine. I feel like it’s the perfect Summer look as I rarely have time to do a full face let alone a full eye-look etc. So keeping a red lip in my makeup bag has given me such a nice balance between glam and little effort makeup.

    I like to think of the French and Italian influences in beauty when it comes to these sorts of looks. Very polished, yet free and authentic, all thanks to a red lipstick (well, excluding foundation, powder, concealer- you get what I mean?).

    So in this post, I’ve researched and put together five different lipsticks, that could compliment you this summer or just remind you of what you have in the back of your makeup drawer.

    L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in Red Carpet, Number 357 – Cannes Edition (Amazon Exclusive) 

    COLOUR – A bold red with a slight blue undertone

    PIGMENT – Full

    TEXTURE – Creamy

    FINISH – Slight Shine

    VIBE – Red Carpet, Glam

    PRICE: £8.99

    Okay, so L’Oreal Paris is pretty iconic for their Colour Riche collections and do pretty well with their reds. But what makes this one slightly more special is that in this mini collection, (that also carries a nude) the lipstick itself has ‘Cannes’ hot stamped on it. It’s just gorgeous ^-^. This lip colour is also suitable for all skin tones.

    Super Lustrous Lipstick by Revlon 720 Fire and Ice

    COLOUR – A bold red with a slight orange undertone

    PIGMENT – Medium-Full, Buildable

    TEXTURE – Creamy

    FINISH – Slight Shine

    VIBE – Glamorous, Bold Summer Red

    PRICE: £4.94

    This lipstick is definitely a classic that has been around for quite some time now and it’s with reason because this beautiful red has a slight orange-pinky undertone, meaning its very vibrant. I would suggest this shade for anyone whos loving the gradient lip look, or just wants the perfect red tint for their cheeks, nose etc. Perfect for anyone who wants a classic, bold lip without the need to splurge. Revlon also carry great nude lipsticks! A cult fave for women of colour is Revlon’s lipstick in “Mink.”

    Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick, 03 Hot Pepper

    COLOUR – A true red with a slight orange undertone

    PIGMENT – Full, Intense

    TEXTURE – Soft, Velvety

    FINISH – Matte

    VIBE – Elegant, Pop of Colour, Bold Summer Red

    (Current) PRICE: £6.12

    Ever since Bourjois came out with these, I have been nothing but in love with the formula. These lipsticks do not function like your normal liquid-to-dry liquid lipsticks. they actually stay creamy and, well, velvety. I would not recommend this to anyone who wants a lot of staying power or rather, no transfer, due to the texture of these. But my, are they one of the most comfortable liquid-lipsticks I’ve ever worn! (in my opinion).

    Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Divine Lips in “Helene”

    COLOUR – A true red with a blue undertone

    PIGMENT – Full, Intense

    TEXTURE – Creamy

    FINISH – Luscious

    VIBE – Old Hollywood Glam, Luxurious Red

    PRICE: £18.00

    Now, this lipstick is probably the epitome of a Hollywood glam lipstick, given it was created by one of the iconic moguls herself, Joan Collins. Pretty much, this suggestion is for all of my old-Hollywood-glam-loving readers out there (including me, hehe). It is a classic red. Pretty much the shade that will never go out of style.

    COLOUR – A true red with a pink undertone

    PIGMENT – Full, Intense

    TEXTURE – Liquid-to-matte

    FINISH – Matte

    VIBE – Classic Red

    PRICE: £18.00

    Do I even need to explain how much I love this product? I don’t think I’ll ever not get over how amazing this really is. Yes, it is a liquid lipstick, but a very comfortable one. I always like to use a lip pencil on the centre of my lips to balance the finish if it ever feels too drying. Nonetheless, this is a great true red suitable for all skin tones! 

    (Makeup details on this look will be featured in my next post)

    I’m currently loving this fresh new wave of creativeness taking over the classic looks we’ve witnessed over decades and with red lipstick, it is no different. I’d recommend any lipstick lover to use this time to experiment with not only different shades of lipstick but, different textures! From gloss to frost, powder-to-liquid, liquid-to-matte, balm-to-gloss etc. Discover your perfect Summer lip! lol

    I hope this post, helped in some way or at least gave you a little inspo for your usage of wearing red lipstick this summer. Enjoy rocking your Summer reds, everyone!

    Thank you all so much for stopping by The Belper!

    Lots of love,

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    REVIEW: NIP+FAB Contour Palette & Liquid Highlighter

    In this blog post, I’ll be reviewing a couple of products from Nip+Fab that I ordered not too long ago.

    So it was after hitting pan on the Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Contour Refills, (that I used to set my makeup with) that I subconsciously went on a face powder/palette hunt and soon found myself on Superdrug checking out on a Contour Palette with a lovely looking variety of shades and a beautiful deep golden liquid highlighter that was on sale. ^-^

    NIP+FAB Contour Palette

    For a while now I’ve found that when it comes to powder makeup, having a variety of shades to choose from is one of the best things anyone can do since no face is simply one tone. I like to use contour palettes to lightly set my makeup, contour and brighten my under eyes.

    • Packaging

    Rating: 4.5/5

    One thing I absolutely love about the packaging is that the lid is see through! It really helps me a lot on days when I’m in a rush because then I know exactly which product to reach for – a small, but very useful feature. I also like how compact this product is, I didn’t realise just how petite this palette really was until it came in the mail, but it’s actually perfect to travel with. It’s lightweight and slim enough to fit into almost any bag/compartment.

    • Shades

    Rating: 4/5

    The palette comes with six powders: (from the top left) Tan, Chestnut, Cocoa, Sugar, Soft Honey and Sunset.

    All shades apart from Sugar are matte. Sugar has some iridescent sparkles in the pan – like a very understated highlighter. I like to mix this shade with Tan and Soft Honey when I want to brighten my under eyes just a bit – it works perfectly fine without looking glittery.

    I did find that some of the shades in this palette were quite similar in tone. But nonetheless, I like having a variety of options to set, contour, blush and even apply as eyeshadow. I also like to use Chestnut and Soft Honey to set the face sometimes.

    The contour shade, Cocoa has the perfect undertone without looking muddy – I also like to mix Cocoa and Sunset (the orange shade) together to bronze the skin on days when I really want to achieve that sun-kissed look!

    • Pigmentation

    Rating: 5/5

    When my Nip+Fab package came in the mail, the first thing I was adamant about doing was to check out the shades in the palette (unaware of its pigmentation). and let me tell you, these powders are full of pigment. These aren’t powdered foundations in any way, but I’d still say it gives medium to full coverage as you can really build it up if you wanted to, or sheer it down depending on the type of brush you use.

    • Application/Texture

    Rating: 4.5/5

    When you apply these powders, you will face some simple fall out, however, the texture of these powders make up for all of that. It’s so buttery in texture it’s unreal, its almost like you can’t mess up only because you have full control of how you apply it and how much of the product you need. All that I’d suggest when applying, is to use a light hand as you blend.

    The finish of these powders are definitely matte, so I like to use a face mist right after setting the skin.

    (Please excuse my watching skills… ^^)

    • Long-wear

    Rating: 4.5/5

    It holds up pretty well compared to other powders that are actually meant for keeping the face matte. I’d totally depend on this for a long day.

    My thoughts

    I’d recommend this product to anyone who’s looking for a good face powder/contour palette. I find It best to have options of colours to choose from instead of having one face powder that likely ends up giving a flat finish. I’d go for a face palette over buying one face powder, this palette carries six colours and it’s only £15.

    Now I will say although the price is a little high for a drugstore product, I’d still repurchase this product because of the quality, value and efficiency of the palette. Plus the pans last a fairly long time.

    NIP+FAB Liquid Highlighter

    • Packaging

    Rating: 4/5

    It’s cute. But sometimes if not handled too gently, the product can get a little messy. There’s a lot of product in this small bottle, though it’s easy to clean so…

    let’s just say, if I wanted to travel with this, I’d keep it in a small tightly sealed bag/pouch just to be safe. ^-^

    • Colour

    Rating: 5/5

    It is stuniiiiing! Nip+Fab carry 3 different shades of this illuminator and I essentially went for this one (the darkest) because right went I clicked on it I could only imagine how beautiful this bronze Deep Gold shade would look for the summer. And I wasn’t wrong, it is indeed stunning.

    • Pigmentation

    Rating: 5/5

    Very pigmented. Like, so pigmented 😉 – but no, I’m actually serious, it is. You can, however, sheer it down if you wanted to so needn’t worry, this will not serve you the tin man look.

    • Application/Texture

    Rating: 5/5

    There are a number of ways to use/apply liquid illuminators, but the best method that I’ve found to apply this one, (for me that is) it to mix it in with foundations to either dilute the coverage or give them a glow. For instance, I like to just mix a dot of this product with my Fenty Beauty Foundation (in 440) to add a little glow as well as to soften the texture of the foundation because it’s very matte – I find that mixing this with matte foundations gives a really nice balance.

    You could also use this as a primer, or dot this on the highest points of the face to create a glow.

    I prefer liquid or cream based highlighters/illuminators as the finish results in a more natural texture, whilst some highlighting powders tend to look artificial. But then again, it all depends on the type of look you’re going for.

    • Long-wear

    Rating: 4.5/5

    I haven’t really paid no mind to its lasting effect, though I will say that this product does set once left on the skin. Also, if you mix this in with your foundation it’ll last for as long as your foundation lasts without altering it’s staying power.

    My thoughts

    I’m not going to say that this product is a necessity, because it isn’t. However, I think that if you have any summer, beachy, bronzy, glowy makeup looks in mind then this is a perfectly small makeup essential to add to your collection – enabling you to go all out with your glowing goddess embodiment.

    I love how small this is, it carries 15ml of product which in my eyes, is a lot because a little goes a very long way. Trust me. Anyways, I love this product and I will be using it all throughout this summer. ^-^

    So if you’re also a lover of Liquid Gold, I’d highly recommend this liquid illuminator to you. 😊

    Nip+Fab carry 3 different shades of their Contour Palette:

    01 LIGHT £15.00 – (Currently on sale for £10.00 in Superdrug)

    02 MEDIUM £15.00 – (Currently on sale for £10.00 in Superdrug)

    03 DARK (the one I own) £15.00 – (Currently on sale for £7.50 on Nip+Fab.com)

    Nip+Fab Liquid Gold Illuminator:

    01 White Gold £12.95 (currently on sale for £6.48 in Superdrug)

    02 Rose Gold £12.95 (currently on sale for £6.48 in Superdrug)

    03 Deep Gold (the one I own) £12.95 (currently on sale for £6.48 in Superdrug)

    https://www.nipandfab.com

    I hope you found this helpful, or interesting lol.

    Thank you all so much for stopping by The Belper!

    Lots of love,

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    TOP 5: HOLIDAY MAKEUP MUST-HAVES (BLOGMAS: Day 7)

    This Friday I’ll be travelling to visit family, so I thought why not post something about my top five makeup essentials when it comes to grabbing your multi-purpose products on the go.

    Sleek MakeUP Blush by 3 Palette Sugar 

    This blush palette is my most versatile blush palette. Especially for this holiday season, you have this intense, rich, warm berry shade that can not only be used as a blush but as an eyeshadow. the middle shade has this duo effect iridescent/shimmery finish filled with all the warmth a blush could need, great for defining the eyes or for adding a wash of colour to the eyelids and lastly probably my favourite orange base shade, perfect for blending in with your bronzer and highlighter together and a great transition shade for the eyes. This compact palette is what I call an alternative to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette – great for travelling.

    Too Faced Cat Eyes Ferociously Feminine Eye Shadow & Liner Collection

    I bought this palette not knowing just how much I’d use it… I truly use this every time I do my makeup, I use “Panther” (bottom right, black/brown shade) on my brows and use “Meow” (pale, matte shade) as an eyeshadow base (that I’ve just hit pan on :/).

    These colours look like you wouldn’t reach for them but they are in fact all you need to start creating bold eyeshadow looks. The quality of these shadows blend like a dream and hold like no other shadows I’ve used (apart from ABH) but anyways if you’d like to experiment with different textures/finishes and colours. I think this would be the perfect palette – not to mention the pretty compact packaging! ^-^

    L’Oreal Paris True Match Powder

    After running out of my usual M.A.C. Studio Careblend Pressed Powder I was in search of a new, quality powder. So I went to a person I knew would be honest and upfront about which powder to choose, my Mother (lol). She’s been an avid user of Loreal products for a while now and was actually shocked to find out that I had never used their face powder. Long story short, I love this compact. It’s not only durable but it also comes with a nice mirror inside so that you can always touch up on the go. Doesn’t cake up, holds up well and looks immaculate when applied with a light hand.

    Sleek MakeUP Bronzing Block

    The. Best. Bronzer. Ever. I’d compare this to the Guerlain 4 Seasons Bronzing Powder. The bright pink blends in lavishly into the rest of my makeup without looking dull – just gives the right amount of colour and warmth to the skin. I also use it on the eyes for a clean look.

    Shiseido lipgloss

    Shiseido Lacquer Rouge

    And last but not least, a lip product! This gloss has a non-sticky yet hydrating and nourishing formula that lasts throughout the day. The pigmentation of this is phenomenal and I absolutely must mention, the colour stains the lips without drying them. Not only do I like to do gradient lips with this, I like to apply it right on top of the apples of my cheeks and on the bridge of my nose (blended in well of course) for a flushed look without looking clownish. Great for no makeup, makeup days!

    So these are the products that are currently packed in my makeup bag and ready to go. Comment below if you will also have any travelling makeup must-haves this holiday!

    Thank you so much for stopping by The Belper!

    Lots of love,

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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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