MAKEUP (Reviews)

REVIEW: GLOSS BOMB UNIVERSAL LIP LUMINIZER – “FENTY GLOW” BY FENTY BEAUTY

Gloss Bomb. The name of one of the most raved about lip glosses since it’s launch in 2017, Fenty Beauty created and brought back the experience and excitement in lip glosses: The Universal Gloss Bomb Lip Luminizer.

Now being sold in 3 different shades, (Original) “FENTY GLOW”, “DIAMOND MILK” and “FU$$Y” the gloss bombs have brought a new and fresh dynamic to everyone’s lip gloss game. Consider it the 21st Century version of every lady in the 30’s classically owning and applying their red lipsticks out in public. This is the definition of what the gloss bomb exudes and in this edit, I will be reviewing Fenty Beauty’s original gloss bomb from their collection in: “FENTY GLOW”.

REVIEW

FENTY BEAUTY GLOSS BOMB LIP LUMINIZER: “FENTY GLOW”

Product’s Claims:

THE stop-everything, give-it-to-me gloss that feels as good as it looks: Gloss Bomb delivers explosive shine in one perfect rose nude shade handpicked by Rihanna herself, FENTY Glow. We’re talking the unicorn of nudes that looks good on everyone.

One luscious swipe of Gloss Bomb’s XXL wand gives lips more to love, while conditioning Shea butter enriches from within. Lips look instantly fuller and smoother, with a non-sticky formula that’s super shiny and has an addictive peach-vanilla scent you just can’t get enough of.

Drench lips in the FENTY Glow – it’s the ultimate finishing touch to every look.

Texture & Coverage: Noticeable-light

Fenty glow gloss has this beautiful rosy nude sheen that enhances the lips just enough to look fresh and polished. The texture has a very smooth, luxurious and non-sticky feeling. What I really like about this is that the gloss applies and sits smoothly, right from the moment you put it on to the moment it fades away at the end of the day. It allows you to re-apply with no flakes of residue that normal lipglosses can naturally do sometimes. This gloss also has a very pleasant and lightweight scent of which I couldn’t figure out what it was when I first tried it. It’s quite nostalgic and sweet with a clean and modern essence to it.

Best Application Method:

The Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb. Seriously. I’m slightly obsessed with is the XXL Applicator Wand. This, no doubt is partially the reason for the success of the Gloss Bomb. It makes everybody’s lip-application so much easier by not needing to reapply as much due to the amount of product that you get from the wand. Self-explanatory, I know, but I really wanted to highlight the appreciation I had for the wand design made for this product.

Lasts Up To 6 Hours (maximum)

Now, I know that naturally you will be expected to re-apply the Gloss Bomb throughout the day. Either because you wanted to revive your lips or because you’re just obsessed with applying the gloss as it’s really satisfying to re-apply. Six hours is actually a really long time for a gloss, let’s not forget that normal lipglosses can fade within or up to (approx.) three hours. So 6 hours is quite impressive in my opinion.

Tip For a Long Lasting Lipgloss: Prep the lips by exfoliating and moisturising your lips if you wish before finishing with the gloss bomb.

3 Best Lipstick Colour Options to Wear With the “FENTY GLOW” Gloss Bomb:

A Traditionally Nude Lipstick – This is one of the most classic ways to enhance a nude lip. A fitting lip combo for the colder months, keeping your lips looking plump and feeling hydrated.

A Coral lipstick – Perfect for the Spring! A coral glossy lip will brighten and bring out your youthful side, giving you a perfectly full yet natural look to the lips.

A Pink Nude Lipstick – This will be the perfect base for that classic but also glamorous result. A lovely combo to wear with a glam makeup look.

Pros:

  • With 10ml of product, the Gloss Bomb is the perfect minimal lip option to wear on no-makeup makeup days, naturally enhancing your lips to look full and fresh.
  • Its sheer pigment gives you the versatility to wear it alone, or on top of lipstick to give a rosy radiant sheen.
  • Has a very moisturising texture, infused with shea butter to safely and smoothly soften and hydrate the lips with ease.
  • Beautiful packaging – I mean, who wouldn’t want to take out such a sleek and modernistic lip product out of their handbag.
  • The XXL doe-foot applicator ensures a luscious and opaque sheen every time.

Cons:

  • [None]

Final thoughts

There is nothing more satisfying than applying the first couple swipes of a new lipgloss. And now with the Gloss Bomb consider the experience to make you feel extra glam and special. £16 is more on the high-end high-street price range, but if you think about it – to get 10ml of a concentrated gleaming gloss that will last you a long while is a quality to me. What I probably love the most about this product is that it just adds a healthy radiance to the lips. Instantly looking fresh and awake even on the days you’re not wearing any makeup at all. And that’s a win. Knowing that your lips will instantly gain a nourished, clean and gorgeous sheen whilst feeling comfortable in your own skin all in one.

Shop the FENTY BEAUTY GLOSS BOMB by Clicking here.

REVIEW: L’ORÉAL TRUE MATCH SUPER BLENDABLE FOUNDATION

True match is undoubtably one of, if not the most definitive of all drugstore foundations. Growing up, I’d watch my mother smoothly apply her L’Oréal foundation in the early mornings. Her makeup routine always began by reaching for the L’Oréal bottle in her unbelievably clean makeup bag. Before all the overwhelming skin makeup options we have today, back in the day, L’Oréal was always that foundation women could depend on, and with good reason.

In this edit, I will be reviewing this ultimate classic. The L’Oréal True Match Foundation.

L’Oréal True Match Super Blendable Foundation

Product’s Claims:

The new formula contains 3 new shade enhancers for shade matching precision. Skin perfecting pigments and the ultra gliding creamy texture gives a homogeneous finish. Even better colour matching, and more luminous and radiant skin than before. Even longer wear and better comfort. All you see is your skin at it’s best.

REVIEW

Texture & Finish: Satin

Out of all foundations I’ve used luxury, high-street & drugstore, this one is one of the best of all texture wise. What I love about it is that it’s more concentrated in pigment than it is full in texture, allowing you to have a nice and even canvas with a lightweight feel to it.

It’s finish is more satin than matte or glowy, meeting in the middle for those with oily or dry skin. I actually like this because I can decide if I want to look more natural or fully refined and matte. It’s like it mimics the natural texture of your skin in a more clean and polished way.

Coverage: Medium-buildable

I almost wanted to write that it was light in coverage, but that’s actually more in texture than in pigment. This foundation cleverly gives you the illusion of a more flawless skin as if the foundation is invisible. It is definitely buildable and can be reapplied over and over again, yet still keep its freshness on the skin.

I prefer this type of coverage as it values the true goal of making my skin look natural like my real skin but also polished and enhanced.

Best Application Method:

Apply about one full pump onto the back of your hand and take a buffing brush. Dot the foundation on areas where you would like to evenly distribute and blend then buff into the skin. This will give you a very airbrush like finish with an overall awake and brightened look.

Lasts Up To 10 Hours (maximum)

I have a combination-oily skin type and for a drugstore foundation, I have to say that it lasts a lot longer than I expect sometimes. Not to mention that this is without even priming using a matte product. I’ve worn this out from mall shopping to attending weddings with this foundation and (touch wood) this product hasn’t turned me into a disco ball in public. The most I’d do is re-apply my compact face powder here and there but that’s all.

Oily skin tip: It’s one of those foundations where if you powder it well, you’ll stay flawless throughout the day, and best of all – you won’t experience any foundation transfer to your clothes.


Pros:

  • Beautiful range 23 shades (amazing undertones with a brightening effect)
  • Lightweight in texture and rarely transfers onto clothes
  • A wonderfully balanced formula that sets perfectly
  • The sleek design in a glass bottle protects and allows the foundation to last longer
  • Stunning coverage in a way that brightens your look
  • Silky in the application, perfect one-step formulation – no need to highlight separately
  • Bargain base rrp per 30ml. Good value for money

Cons:

  • If not blended into the skin well, this could cause the foundation to not set nicely.
  • Shade range can be confusing, make sure you invest time in picking your ‘true match’.

Final thoughts

This is a foundation you can always go to if you’ve either ran out of your current one or things aren’t working out with a new one. It is going to do well by you and serve its purpose well, at an amazing price at that. In the midst of so many new foundation launches left, right and centre, it’s refreshing to know that L’Oréal decided to not only re-launch this amazing foundation but they also kept their formula simplicity with this foundation.

This was the very first foundation I tried out as an aspiring makeup artist, without much understanding that it was a product that could bring out your true beauty without being full coverage. I can nostalgically remember my mother and aunties chatting away about makeup and bringing up L’Oréal. It just delivers every time without some of the fuss some foundations bring, of which sometimes, that’s all you really need and want in a complexion foundation and simple makeup routine.

Price: £9.99

Shop the L’Oréal True Match Super Blendable Foundation by clicking here.

REVIEW: L.A. GIRL PRO HD CONCEALER

If you’re someone who knows anything about makeup, you’ve probably heard of the makeup brand L.A. Girl pop up in conversation with a makeup artist or in almost all the earliest makeup tutorials on YouTube. The best-selling £5 concealer over the years has cultivated a dedicated following not only because of its affordable price but thanks to its variety of 43 shades (including correctors) that has made it so iconic.

In this edit, I will be reviewing the very dependable and cult classic, L.A. Girl Pro High-Definition Concealer.

Product’s Claims:

L.A. Girl’s HD Pro Concealers are crease-resistant with opaque coverage in a creamy, yet lightweight texture. The long-wearing concealer formula camouflages darkness under the eyes, redness and skin imperfections. Our concealers provide complete, natural-looking coverage, even skin tones, cover dark circles and minimize fine lines around the eyes.

REVIEW

Texture & Finish: Satin

It’s balanced and not too thick texture is one of the main reasons why it’s so easy for anyone to use. It’s not matte nor is it glowy, giving you the chance to decide what kind of finish you’d like to have with how you set it. I’ve tried out matte concealers before and if I had to choose between satin and matte textures, satin would be the most ideal. This way you have more time to blend and perfect it before it dries down. The concealer isn’t drying at all and can work wonderfully no matter what skin type you have.

Coverage: Medium/Buildable

This concealer can build up to very full coverage, however, it settles and works best when not too much is applied. One thing I do admire about this concealer is that you can apply a lot of it and it won’t separate due to its balanced texture. It can be used for both a no-makeup makeup look or a full glam which adds great value instead of buying separate concealers.

Best Application Method: Warm up the product onto the back of the hand before applying first. Then selectively conceal with a smaller brush or with its own applicator brush. This will help avoid separation of the product if it’s new or you haven’t used it for a while.

Lasts Up To 12 hours (maximum)

I have oily skin so I know it’s different for everyone. But honestly speaking, this concealer rarely moves around and even on the twelfth hour of wearing it. Also depends on what kind of foundation you’re wearing with it.

Pros: 

  • Outstanding shade range (good undertones)
  • Affordable
  • Easy formula and nice to work with
  • Long lasting
  • Covers up and brightens very well
  • Lightweight

Cons:

    The packaging can be problematic sometimes (example: experiences of not being able to receive the product through the brush applicator)
    Separation of the product can cause fluid to build up if it’s not used for too long

Final thoughts

What I love about this product is that, whether you’re a professional makeup artist or a makeup beginner – this concealer is perfect to use for both parties and everyone in between. There was a time where I didn’t have many concealers shades to choose from in the local drugstore or high-street. L.A. Girl was really one of the first drugstore brands to ever expand their concealer shades to suit just about every skin tone. So not only are you getting good value for money, but the actual product is amazing compared to some concealers that just may not deliver the basic requirements of a good concealer.

If anyone’s on the hunt for a new and simple concealer, look no further. L.A. Girl Pro HD Concealer is and will always be an affordable essential go-to.

Price: £5

Shop the L.A. Girl Pro High-Definition Concealer by clicking here.

REVIEW: L’ORÉAL INFALLIBLE TOTAL COVER FOUNDATION

L’Oréal Infallible Total Cover Foundation:

Unlike their classic medium coverage True Match Foundation, The L’Oréal infallible Total Cover fills in the missing piece for those who prefer a much fuller coverage with a matte texture. The very simplistic packaging works practically well as this has a thicker texture compared to L’Oréal’s usual liquid foundations that come with a pump dispenser.

Containing 35g of product, the total camouflage coverage foundation comes in 7 different shades, ranging from (the lightest shade) ‘Light Sand Nude 9’ to (the darkest shade) ‘Cappuccino 33’.

Product’s Claims:

Discover Infallible Total Cover Foundation for a flawless, full coverage base that lasts up to 24 hours. The zero compromise, camouflage formula covers everything from blemishes, redness and tattoos without the overload, while the matte finish leaves you with an even, shine-free base.
No compromise. No transfer. No overload.

REVIEW

Texture & Finish: Matte

A little goes a very long way with this foundation. I must say, treating this like a regular liquid foundation can cause this to separate on the skin quite quickly. I have combination-oily skin, and on me, it seemed to have gotten oily after about 6 hours of wearing it alone (set with powder of course). I would highly recommend thinking of this as a thicker textured concealer rather than as a foundation. I found that by using it this way – I hadn’t needed as much as I was used to. This resulted in a more clean finish, avoiding that cakey textured feeling.

Coverage: Medium to Full

This foundation covers up well when less is applied ironically. If you do go in with a lot, as I mentioned before – the foundation is most likely to separate and go thin. But I don’t doubt that this foundation can very well cover up almost anything.

Best Application Method: Using a Small Concealer Brush to Apply Prior to Blending

From experience, it’s best to apply this onto selected areas of the face first and then blend. Using patting and lightweight buffing motions with a smaller foundation brush work best with this foundation I’ve found. Just like how you would treat applying a concealer, you’ll get the best results this way.

Lasts Up To 12 hours (maximum)

Depending on the type of primer that you use, the foundation can generously last up to 12 hours as it can get very oily and develop transfer.

Pros:

  • Covers amazingly well
  • The colour match is great
  • Perfect for concealer usage and spot concealing
  • Lasts long if set well with powder
  • A lot of product comes with this foundation so it should last you a while

Cons: Transfers easily

  • Only lasts up to 12 hours (maximum)
  • Lacks in the shade range (my shade: ‘Cappuccino 33’ is their darkest)
  • Gets oily quite fast
  • Can separate if too much is applied

Final thoughts

I totally loved the idea of this foundation. It can cover up any spots and hyperpigmentation so nicely, however, using this as a foundation alone has definitely caused way too much blotchiness and separation to be applied as one. Which is why I actually use this as a concealer instead. This way I have more control over the product and where it’s going. I’m currently using this foundation mixed in with another water-based textured foundation from Primark Beauty.

Since mixing the two foundations together I’ve found no problem within the end result at all, it has rather become my perfect combo for my skin. So I think that it all comes down to the actual texture which can take a turn depending on how much of it you use (as mentioned before).

So, if you are considering buying this, I’d highly recommend using this as a concealer as opposed to a full face foundation. You’ll then perhaps be more likely to get more usage out of the product in the end. But give it a go and see how you like it, I know that a lot of people get on very well with this foundation – so like most foundations, it’s down to preference.

Price: £9.99

Shop the L’Oréal Infallible Total Cover Foundation by clicking here.

MAKEUP LOOK: “Pretty in Pink”

Happy September to you all! For some reason, I’ve fallen back in love with pink hues lately. Growing up, I rarely liked to admit that my favourite colour (at the time) was pink, however, the majority of my detailed decorations all over my bedroom, throughout my scrapbooks, perfumes and handbags all happened to be pink *pretends to be shocked*. But on a more serious note, I’ve always considered pink to be an instant mood changer for me. Whether I’d notice the colour or not, pink had consistently been my go-to mood-brightener throughout my early teens. From my paintings to colourings, magazine cut-outs for colour-moods and now – makeup.

So even though, here in England, were experiencing yet again the infamous mood swings of September weather; too cold in the morning, too hot in the afternoon. I thought why not play with some of my favourite mood-brightening pink eyeshadows and remind myself to watch Pretty in Pink again.

The main concept of this look is very simple and easy, just soft and low effort. I purposefully wanted this to be quick to do, with a fresh and awake look in mind yet using high saturated pinks in contrast. Low effort, high impact.

On the eyes, you’ll notice that the pink eyeshadow carries some dimension and weight without looking heavy. The centre points along with the inner corners of my eyes are highlighted with the brightest version of the same eyeshadow, using light, glittery shimmers mixed in with the original shade I used all over the lids. This is known as a halo eye.

I’m not sure if you can tell, but I actually applied orange eyeshadows/pigments as a blusher. I also blended this into the socket line of my eyes to give the pink eyeshadow a place to look more seamless. These two shades work wonderfully together and makes the overall look seem more put together and finished as opposed to just using a pink without any complimentary shade to go with it (even though that in itself is a look).

Skin is fresh and clean looking using minimal foundation and heavy blending as I wanted a flawless face but with only my eyes and lips on show. My best tip for trying out bright colours on eyes and lips would be to try lighter brows as it’ll allow you face more of a clean canvas to work on.

PRODUCTS USED:

SKIN:

FOUNDATION – Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r in 440

CONCEALER – Makeup Revolution Full Cover 13

POWDR – RCMA no Color Powder “Translucent”

BRONZER/BLUSH – Orange Blush from NIP+FAB Contour Palette in “DARK” + A.B.H. Contour Refill in “L’Orange”

EYES:

BROWS – Light Brown Brow Gel

EYESHADOW [BASE] – A thin layer of Irum Cosmetics’ ‘Splash of Beauty’ Liquid Lipstick in “LUSH”

EYESHADOW – Mary Kay Blusher in “CHERRY BLOSSOM”, U.D. Full Spectrum Palette “GOSSIP”, A.B.H. Modern Renaissance Palette “LOVE LETTER”

I used a mixture of shadows from the pinks in the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette to the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette as my all over lid shade (in light layers).

EYESHADOW [HALO EFFECT] – U.D. Full Spectrum Palette “PARANOIA” + Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette “Kitty Glitter”

MASCARA – Technic

EYELINER – PoundWorld

I only used mascara and liner on the outer part of my eyes and lash line. I even went as far as to adding a skin tone eyeliner to tight line the top inner third of my lash line to act as if nothing was really there.

LIPS:

Irum Cosmetics ‘Splash Of Beauty’ Liquid Lipstick in “LUSH”

Fin

Whether you’re an undercover lover of pink or not, I hope this post gives you a little inspo for this September 🙂

Do you have a certain colour you consider your mood-brightener? Comment below as I’d love to know ^-^ lol.

Thank you so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

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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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 🙂

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Lots of love,

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Go-To Eye Look: Summery Shimmer

Lately, I’ve been simplifying my makeup looks when It comes to eyeshadow. I’ve only been using two main products to form one of my favourite beachy looks which is a nice blend of gold lids! Not much of a true gold but more copper-bronzed and suited to my skin tone.

These two products are all I use. I have extremely oily eye lids and ever since last winter I’ve been using a thin layer of NYX’s Waterproof Eyebrow Gel to prime them and never looked back. A little product goes a long way and out of all primers I’ve used to keep my eyeshadow in place, this has worked like a charm!

I used one eyeshadow, “Tiger’s Eye” from Too Faced’s Cat Eyes Palette all over the lids. I started off by buffing this colour on with a flat-shader brush to get a good shape, I then patted a little more product towards the centre of my lids to add dimension.

Finished the look with a good coat of mascara to really let that bronze hue shine through and added the same eyeshadow underneath the crease of my eyes (slightly) to balance things out.

This look complements all eye colours and every skin tone, it just depends on which shade of gold suits you best.

I was really inspired by Serena Van Der Woodson’s (from Gossip Girl ^-^)  bronzey lids that she used to always rock during her summer days! These eyes can go with just about any lip colour/outfit, effortless yet enhancing.

Let me know in the comments what you think.

I’m interested to know if you also have a quick summer makeup/skin routine and what that might conclude. Do you prefer on just enhancing a facial feature, focusing on the eyes, going lightweight on the skin or even creating a more flawless finish to your look? I’d love to know!

Thank you so much for stopping by The Belper!

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BLUE HUES: Eyeshadow Look + Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette Review

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As one of my birthday gifts from my amazing Aunt, I graciously received the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette. Ironically I mentioned in my previous blog post that I would be playing with more colours in my looks this spring/summer, and I think I have the perfect palette to do so.

 In combination with this colourful/wearable look I’ve created, I thought I’d include a review on what I think of the palette.

 Mini Review: 

First off, the black/sleek packaging is gorgeous! I literally gasped once I realised what I was opening. With the palette comes a large built-in mirror. It’s durable, meaning it’s a travel friendly makeup item I’d take for the mirror especially.

I had so much fun creating this look. Working out the textures in these eyeshadows was interesting, as I notice they don’t perform ‘well’ when you swatch them but it’s when you apply them onto your lids they’re so soft, pigmented and workable anyone can use this.

I think it’s made for you to pick up the product (with a brush) and work it onto your lid as opposed to a swatch on your hand to tell the quality of the eyeshadow.

They’re so easy to use, even when mixing the shadows they didn’t separate at all.

I love the fact that these shadows are based on the rainbow. There’s so many different looks you can create, from really bright and fresh eyes to really dark and moody eyes the list goes on.

In the future, I feel like it’ll become a makeup essential of mine.

I will say that there was a little bit of fall out but it’s no issue of mine since I do my eyes before my base. Overall I’d recommend this to anyone who’s looking for a colourful palette or if you just want to add a really pretty palette to their collection…

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 Creating The Look:

I was inspired to go for a bright ‘Blue Hue’ look on the eyes whilst adamant to keep it simple yet bold at the same time. I think with any eyeshadow look, blending is the most important step towards making a bold colour wearable on the eyes. The main focus was blue. Icy, light blues blended in with touches of pink to suit my skin tone. I personally think this look can suit just about any skin tone with the right colours to complement each other.

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 I used 5 shades out of the palette:

  •  “GOSSIP” (Shimmer/Metallic, Hot Pink)
  • “BLINDSIDED” (Satin/Shimmer, Sea Blue)
  •  “DELIRIOUS” (Sheer Shimmered, Chalky Purple)
  •  “METAMORPHOSIS” (Duo-chrome, Sheer Shimmered, Chalky Blue)
  •  “BUMP” (Matte White)

Priming:

When working with multiple colours, it’s always a good idea to start with an eye primer to get the best out of your eyeshadows. I have extremely oily eye lids when wearing makeup. But I find that when I add a tiny bit of the NYX (waterproof) Eyebrow Gel, my eye makeup will not budge (until I remove it of course). It is a great, yet an affordable way to prime if you have really oily lids like I do. If dry, try a hydrating concealer or just go for a traditional eyeshadow primer.

I set my eye base with a skin-toned eyeshadow (1-2 shades brighter) using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette, although any neutral/warm eyeshadows will do.

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Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Application: 

 To make this look more chic, throughout the whole process of the eyeshadow blending I made sure that the shadows were diffused upwards to give my eyes a cat eye shape without needing winged eyeliner.

Starting with “GOSSIP” this shade went slightly on top of L’Orange (ABH Contour Powder, but any orange-toned bronzer will do) to emphasise a smooth transition into the blues.

Next was a pinch of “BLINDSIDED” right underneath “GOSSIP” then going straight in with a synthetic flat shader brush (I used the brush it came with) packing-and-buffing this quickly onto my lids.

I then Mixed both “METAMORPHOSIS” + “BUMP” right over the lids (twice), to help brighten and give a more pastel tone to my lids.

Lastly (this part is optional) I added a little bit of “DELIRIOUS” right over the crease to blend “GOSSIP” and “BLINDSIDED” together, again to help show of the blue slightly more.

Products Used:

💖Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette 💖

  • Eyebrows: Any Brow Pencil
  • Concealer: L.A. Girl HD Pro Concealer “Fawn”
  • Foundation: Stila Stay All Day “Cocoa”
  • Powder: Mac Studio Careblend Pressed Powder “Dark”

    Contour: ABH Contour Refill Powders “Carob” + “L’Orange”

  • Setting Powder: RCMA “No Colour” Powder
  • Liner: (I only lined my lids without a wing to give a sleeker look) NYX Matte Black Liquid Liner
  • Mascara: Bourjois “Queen Attitude” + Maybelline “Stiletto Voluptuous”
  • Blush: Any Pastel Pink colour will do (on the cheekbones)
  • Highlighter: There are so many cream highlighters, any will work. I like to use a good goat haired blush brush to lightly apply and quickly pat the product onto the tops of my cheekbones. This method will prevent your foundation from moving while giving you a nice glow✨

    Thank you to my amazing Aunt @heidimapeza for inspiring me into the world of makeup! As well as this awesome palette to create this look and much more!

Here’s a link to the brushes I used for this look:

https://www.mikasabeauty.com

You can use my code: STACYJANG25 for 20% OFF 💛

I swear by these brushes.

I also have a first impressions review on them here on my blog. 
Hope this gives a little inspiration to play with more colours this spring/summer.
Lots of love,
Stacy xx

This blog post is not sponsored. 

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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