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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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Meghan Markle Inspired Makeup Look (BLOGMAS: Day 4)

Happy Monday, Everyone!

So last Monday we all heard the lovely news of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle’s engagement. I am just as thrilled and excited for them both as everyone else is and wish them well!

Over the last week, I’d been intrigued with Ms. Markle’s natural approach to her makeup. Very radiant, soft, fresh yet enhancing – so today I thought I’d recreate the makeup look inspired by Meghan’s Makeup worn for her official engagement photocall at Kensington Palace’s Sunken Gardens.

I dabbled in a bit of research on the Makeup Meghan likes to wear and it it’s not that much at all. According to her makeup artist, Min Min Ma, Meghan’s occasional makeup is very much neutral based. She loves to embrace her freckles, natural fuller brows, lightly bronze up the skin and add lifting enhancements on the eyes with eye pencils and taupe eyeshadows completed with a coral lip.

Ms. Markle’s Beauty Favourites:

Similar Products (Dupes) I Used For The Look:

SKIN:

  1. Foundation: L’Oreal True Match
  2. Concealer Mix: Lightweight B.B. Cream, MAC Select Cover Up ConcealerSt Tropez Illuminator
  3. Brightening Powder: Loreal True Match Powder
  4. Face Powder: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish
  5. Blush/Bronzer: Sleek Bronze Block
  6. Blush: Mary Kay In Cherry Blossom
  7. Highlighter: BareMinerals All Over Face Powder

EYES:

  1. Brows: Soap brow method + Cool Toned Brow Powder or taupe eyeshadow
  2. Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette, “Taupe” +
  3. Eye Kohl Pencil in Black
  4. Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette in “Meow”

LIPS:

Lip balm of choice +  Stila Stay All Day Vinyl Lip, Gloss

Full video tutorial coming soon…

Thank you so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

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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