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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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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!

See you soon

MAKEUP LOOK: Thick, Winged Eyeliner

Perfecting a wing can often be intimidating, considering each eye can potentionaly end up looking entirely different to the one you’ve just spent a good 10 minutes on. I occasionally still have those days however, I have noticed that when I’m in a 10 minute-makeup rush I find myself doing either a faint or thick line of eyeliner.

It’s a simple yet quick way to give shape to the eyes without having to add eyeshadows to bring definition.

This is how I do my go-to wing!

The sun was literally shining on me when we took these photos, please excuse the shadows on my makeup that day.

I had just ran out of my NYX Matte Liquid Eyeliner, so I instead went for a Black cream Eyeshadow. Gel eyeliners are optional, but I just went with what I had in my makeup bag. I then took a flat angled synthetic brush and made a line on my lids, literally following the extension of my eye.

  • It’s often likely that using a black cream eyeshadow will not give you an opaque finish, this means that if you mess it up you can quickly remove your mistake with ease without getting it messy.

Once I had the shape I wanted (I made my liner quite thick) I then took a wipe and cleaned off excess product from the same angled brush and dipped it into a black eyeshadow.

  •  Now following the same direction as if you’re lining your eyes again, you set the cream with the black shadow.

This may sound a little tricky but I swear this method has made my liner process a lot easier. Using eyeshadow to define eyeliner helps it blend into the style of your makeup nicely. The intensity of black eyeshadow automatically makes an impact whilst looking effortless.

I finished off with a generous coat of mascara and made my liner stand out by powdering right underneath the liner with a pale shadow.

  • SKIN: Without being too heavy, I complimented the eyes by simply bringing back dimension to the face and covering where needed.

For a full blog post on my natural skin makeup routine, you can click here.  

  • LIPS: Since the eyes were already quite bold, I opted for a neutral looking beige tone. I like to use a traditional lipstick and blend it in to form a stain, I then go in with a bit of concealer on my ring finger and dab the product on top of my lips to give me the perfect nude shade.

  •  What’s the best method you’ve found to do your eyeliner/eyeshadow?
  • Have you tried this technique before and/or if not, will you be giving this a go?

Let me know what you think in the comments!

I hope this look adds a little inspo to your looks this summer, the thick liner look is one of my top favourites to re-create when I feel like mimicking a feline shape to my eyes.

Many thanks for taking the time to read this post n_n

Lots of love,

Stacy xx

GLOSSY LIDS

So I finally got round to trying out the glossy lid look. A popular trend right now where you use eye gloss or even lipgloss (what I used) on your lids to create an ethereal glow to your makeup.

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I will say this is more editorial rather than a wearable out-the-door makeup but depending on what type of look you’re going for – the “undone” eyes is also a stylish trend.


To create this was quite simple. Very straightforward and easy to customise to what you want.

First, I’d advise an eye primer (not that it’ll change the fact that it will crease and slide) but this will help with the eyeshadow stay in place whilst applying the gloss. In terms of what shade, that’s optional.

For my look, I went with a red/orange colour “Burnt Orange” from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette and blended this on the lids only.

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The gloss:

To be honest, I think any gloss is fine to use. At the end of the day, it’s makeup and you can use it as to what you see fit – you can get creative with it.

I used a sheer pink gloss purposely because I wanted a pink hue around my lids. Doing so, I dispensed the gloss applicator across my makeup palette and used a fluffy synthetic eyeshadow brush (which I highly recommend) to pat-and-swipe quickly across the lids. This helps give an even coverage since we’re working with liquid.

I also did the same thing for my highlighter (note: I had already applied cream highlight prior) but took a beauty blender, dabbing into the gloss residue on the palette and quickly but lightly patted it onto my cheekbones, down the nose a little on the side of my forehead + cheeks slightly.

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This is a look I think anyone can pull off. You can start small by adding a little gloss to a “no makeup, makeup look” or even adding gloss to a smokey eye.

The glossy lids look is not intended to be long-lasting, but is fun to try and get creative with.

I also tried this with a matte red lip

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Hope this post gives a little inspo.

Lots of love,

Stacy xx

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

REVIEW: Mikasa Powder Contour Set

**This review is not sponsored** 

On a recent Instagram post, I shared my unboxing of a new brush set I received from of Mikasa Beauty. I wanted to share my thoughts on one of their brush sets I received, as I’ve used them enough to explain how much I love this bundle!

Mikasa Beauty is a new brush company that specialise in creating high quality, high end makeup brushes as your essential tools when it comes to everyday looks or dramatic looks. These brushes give you the luxury to apply your products with precision and ease.

First I’d like to rave about how fast this set came in the mail. The company is located in Canada and I live in the U.K., I ordered this on a Monday and it arrived on Thursday. I was expecting at least another week before it’d arrive at my doorstep, but the fact that the process was simple and straight forward without any delivery complications made me fall in love with the brand already.

 The set I ordered was the Mikasa Contour Powder Set.

This set includes:

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1 of Mikasa E300 – Blending Brush ($12.00 value) 

Mikasa’s Description: Best used for controlled blending and smudging of eyeshadows, this tapered medium sized brush has soft bristles and a round top. Over a quick amount of time, this brush has been the one tool I have used for all of looks lately.

I absolutely love this brush, it would be hard to make a mistake with the soft bristles it holds. As well as the right amount of density the shape of the hairs has for precise application. This is definitely one of my top favourite brushes out of the set.


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1 of Mikasa F111 – Blush Brush ($17.00 value) 

Mikasa’s Description: A dome shaped brush with natural bristles that’s ideal for precise application of powder face products. Use this brush to perfectly apply and blend blush and bronzer for a natural glowing complexion.

This brush is so versatile, not only for blush and bronzer but this has been a great brush for setting my makeup. Once again the bristles are so soft while applying which is great and blends very well.


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1 of Mikasa F250 – Kabuki Brush ($21.00 value)

Mikasa’s Description: The perfect brush for buffing on powder products for a flawless finish. The short handle and soft, fluffy bristles allows for smooth, controlled application.


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1 of Mikasa Techni O2 Oval (S) Brush ($25.00 value) 

Mikasa’s Description: The perfect multi-purpose tool. This brush can be used for precise application of Contour products. It can also be used to apply a soft wash of colour to the eyelid or brow bone. It easily blends Powder or cream eye shadows, face powders and liquid or cream concealers in the hard-to-reach contours of the face. Made of 100% synthetic fibres. Features an ultra-durable, flexible handle, and a tilted brush head for ultimate precision.

I think out of all the brushes in this set, this brush was the one I was quite intrigued by the most. I have not used an oval brush before but when I tried this to apply my cream products it felt absolutely smooth on the skin. I’d recommend Mikasa Oval brushes as these do have the quality feel and smooth bristles that are at times hard to find with the huge market of oval brushes.


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**This brush was kindly sent to me for free from Mikasa so it would not be included in the set**

1 of Mikasa E310 Pencil Brush ($12.00 Value)

Mikasa’s Description: This brush has a small, rounded tapered tip that allows for precise application and smudging of powder products. It can be used to soften eyeliners or to highlight inner corners of your eyes.

From highlighting certain places of the face to letting you create a smoked out blended look, this is lovely multi-tasking brush to have in your collection.


Each brush came in their own little box fitted to its shape individually and I absolutely loved the sleek finish packaging it arrived in. On each box, had the name of which brush was inside and what it was used for. Along followed directions on how to take care of them, which I thought was very helpful. Overall, when I saw the brushes I immediately thought of how clean cut and great quality the handles were – I couldn’t wait to use them. I’ve been using these brushes for about over a week now and I can’t get over how soft they feel, it’s lovely. Whether it’s an everyday look you’re going for or a detailed glam, they’re so versatile and I love it!

The Mikasa Brushes can be bought individually in case you have your eyes on a specific brush, though I would 100% recommend this set in particular as this really has your go-to essential tools for just about any makeup look you want to create.

 If you’re someone who needs a staple essential kit for your face routine, or you’re a makeup artist that’s looking for good contour brushes to add to your kit, or if you just love adding another nice brush set to your collection then this is for you.

This set retails for $55 (with value of $75).

I think the quality of these brushes is amazing and worth every penny. I will be purchasing more of the Mikasa collection in the near future.

Here’s the link to where you can shop for the Mikasa Powder Contour Set:  http://www.mikasabeauty.com/Mikasa-Powder-Contour-Set-p/mb-pcs.htm

REVIEW: Erno Laszlo Timeless Skin System

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This review is not sponsored.

I’ve always been obsessed with skincare and the luxury of a good regimen. However, for a long time, I felt I didn’t have the right products to keep my skin blemish free.

In the past, I’ve suffered from acne scarring and clogged pores; It was this month I decided to look into finding the best solution for my skin regimen. Going back to about a year ago, I was browsing on the Net-A-Porter website. I would always check the ‘what’s new’ tab and refine it to the ‘beauty’ section. From there, I’d go onto ‘skincare’ and look at almost everything that was listed. That is when I first came across the Erno Laszlo skin care range.

Founded by the late Dr Laszlo in 1927, Erno Laszlo was the first dermatologist to develop a skin care ‘Cleansing Ritual’ which he appropriately named the most iconic cleansing system in the world with a long list of clients from Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe and more.

I decided to try the products I remembered stood out to me the most. Their Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar, part of their Timeless Skin System. This bar is made using 97% natural ingredients, meant to hydrate and restore the skins mineral levels. While gently exfoliating your skin to remove dead cells, resulting in the brighter looking skin. Erno Laszlo also has a line of different bars for different skin types, retailing for around £39. The Deep Cleansing Bar definitely caught my eye. Having looked at many reviews as possible on it, I could not find a review giving this a thumb down. I then convinced myself to go for it and buy the bar. At the time (this was about 2 weeks ago) The Net-A-Porter website had run out of stock of the bar so my lazy-self forgot about it. The next day my mother and I were shopping in TK Maxx. I normally always go to the beauty section to see if there’s anything on offer worth buying. For the first time, I actually came face to face with part of the Erno Laszlo collection. As well as a couple of individual products like their serums and toners. On the shelf were a couple of different skincare sets, I then picked up the box with the Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar on the picture packaging filled with excitement and bought this set for just £12.99 which are a snippet on the rrp price. Considering the Erno Laszlo’s price range, I thought that was a steal!

After yapping to my mother about how this happened on the way home, I took the box again and started reading about the second product I received In the set. In this box was a full-size Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar (150g) that comes in a glossy white and black, plastic container (suitable for travelling). And the Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil (200ml). I noticed the Pre-Cleansing Oil while browsing the line although, I didn’t think much of it at the time.

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This duo is called the ‘Anti-Ageing Ritual’ designed for both products to basically work together, helping your skin achieve the ‘Laszlo Glow’.

Following the instructions on the box; Prep, Cleanse, Splash. I First apply a small amount (a little goes a long way) of The Pre-Cleansing Oil onto the palm of my hand, using both hands to massage the product on my dry face. It is also designed to be optionally used as an oil based makeup remover. I remove my makeup with wipes prior, as that’s just my preference.

Once the oil is distributed all over my face, I run the Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar under lukewarm water and massage the soap all over my face – avoiding eyes and lips.

I then rinse off the product by splashing my face with cold water to close up my pores. Following up with a toner and moisturiser to finish off my routine.

The first time I used this, my skin instantly felt clean and lifted. I’ve been using this for 2 weeks and usually when I test a new skin care product, whether it gives me breakouts or not I like to give my skin time to get used to the product before I can tell if it’s good for me or not.

With this duo, I did receive a couple spots, however, the next day they were dried out and ready to come off my skin. I will say the bar does a great job at deep cleaning, as those spots were caused by the dirt build up. The oil and bar fully extracted all the dirt build up. The end result was an exceptionally clean face.

Using this bar daily, I don’t even need an exfoliating product – that’s how purifying the bar is without being too harsh on my skin.

As a person who wears makeup all the time, I wanted something to clean my skin in a way that’ll clean out my pores without drying my skin. I have combination to normal skin, and with a hydrating moisturiser, I will say my skin has gotten a lot better and had no issues with these products at all.

Although I did purchase this set on a deal I would (and will) repurchase this product again at full price because I think it is worth it. It’s very effective on the skin which I like – and I can understand this coming as a duo with the Pre-Cleansing Oil as that’s what helps keep your skin nourished while cleaning your face.

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If you have been looking for an effective cleanser or if you’ve been on the hunt for a simple yet nourishing oil for your face to prep for cleansing, I’d say this is the product for you.

Or if you’ve also recently discovered Erno Laszlo and just wanted to see a review on a couple of their products, I highly recommend you try them out.

I absolutely love the fact that nowadays I see myself actually looking forward to doing my skincare routine every morning and night. these products do have a luxurious feel to them, giving me and my skin less stress to worry about what to use or if I’m using the right product.

My skin feels great after using this set and I will be looking into more of the Erno Laszlo range.

“I owe 50% of my beauty to my mother and the other 50% to Erno Laszlo.” –Audrey Hepburn.

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