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Eyelash Haul! (not addicted, just dedicated)

Sooo.. I may have gone a bit overboard today in my quest to buy ONE nice pair of eyelashes.. and came back with five.. not my fault! They’re just too beautiful, and when they’re 1/2 price how can you resist??

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Eyelure is definitely my all time favourite eyelash brand. They have such diverse styles so there’s always one appropriate for the look you’re after. Whether it’s a soft bridal look, a high fashion glam look or just a day to day pair, they’ve got it all. All their lashes are very lightweight and are able to be worn more than once, which is ideal seeing as I wear them every day of my life! As I don’t have to buy a pair for every day it allows me to save money (which I then admittedly spend on more lashes) HOWEVER, not the point. The point is: more wears = less money spent, and I consider that a win!

Allow me to share some of my favourite styles that I’m LOVING for the Autumn/Winter ’17 vibe!

No.107 – Volume

These lashes are just too adorable! They give off a subtle yet full look, paying homage to our vintage favs (aka Audrey Hepburn). They are SO lightweight making you feel up-market without weight you down! These are a must have in my kit as I am yet to find someone who doesn’t love them!

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No.126 – Definition

A perfectly light pair of lashes with more flutter than a butterfly! These lashes not only make your eyelashes look longer, but are also very lengthening. Just as the name suggests, these lashes give your eyes a very defined and sleek look, flawless some may say.. a gorgeous pair of lashes that work with pretty much any look you desire to create!

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No.149 – Exaggerate

These are my all time FAVOURITE lashes! They give my eyes such a dramatic shape and really structure the look that I create. These lashes are ‘double layered’ so they give twice the drama, which is perfect for someone like me that loves to make a statement. Saying this, they’re not too over-dramatic and can easily be worn on a day-to-day basis, as long as you’re not one for the very natural, ‘barely-there’ look. Due to the ‘double layered’ feature of these lashes their colour and structure is enhanced, giving the illusion of being more full and voluptuous! All I can say is these lashes will never be beaten for me!

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Enchanted After Dark ‘#mermaidsarecool’

I am such a fan of the different collections that Eyelure brings out, and the ‘Enchanted After Dark’ collection is definitely in my top rated! With the name #mermaidsarecool I’m going to go ahead an assume there’s a nod to a very famous red-haired mermaid somewhere in there.. a Princess close to my heart (hence why I had to have them).. this pair of lashes is very textured and gives a very full look to the eye. This collection is a ‘wispy edition’ so you can very well imagine each style of lash in this collection is definitely has a distinct wisp.. the wispiness (is that a word?.. we’ll go with it) of these lashes is definitely on the softer side. However, they are so soft and lightweight they allow you to flutter your lashes to your heart’s content!

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Enchanted After Dark ‘#shoesaremymuse’

Again, I’m just assuming here but I’m going with there being a distinct nod to a certain Princess who lost a glass slipper.. again another one of my favourites. These lashes definitely give the eyes more of a delicate look, as soon as I put them on I found myself fluttering away at anyone who decided to come within a five feet radius.. they immediately made me feel one hundred times more elegant, and again have a very lightweight feel. They have a delicate flare at the end of each lash which really opens up the eye and gives a beautiful structure.

Enchanted (shoes are my muse)

As I said, not an addiction, just dedicated..

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My Top 4 Affordable Makeup Removers!

“Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water”

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Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (100ml bottle)

This remover is one of my all time favourites, and not just because of the price! This product retails for £4.99 for a 400ml bottle, which is an excellent price point for the amount you get! As I have quite sensitive skin myself I struggle to find a remover that doesn’t irritate my eyes and skin, mainly the skin around my eyelids. This formula has been designed specifically to cater to sensitive skin and I’ve never found it to irritate, even around the most susceptible areas. The formula feels so gentle but still allows you to take off your makeup without the need to really rub the skin or eye area. It is made with micelles which act like tiny magnets which lift the makeup right off your face. Another thing I love about this product is that it doesn’t contain any perfume which helps be even kinder and more gentle to the skin. An absolute must have!

“Simple ‘Kind to Skin’ purifying cleansing lotion”

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I’ve always found Simple to be exactly that – Simple. This product retails for £3.80 for a 200ml bottle. This formula does not contain any harsh chemicals, perfumes, colours or oils making it very kind to the skin. Not having any of these thing, and keeping the formula ‘simple’, really helps to efficiently remove makeup without being harsh or irritating. I find that the formula gently removes makeup without leaving any residue on the skin, leaving my skin feeling fresh and cleansed. The formula also contains vitamin B which helps to smooth and soften the skin, leaving you feeling refreshed and eradicates any feeling of dryness after it is used. A great remover for people that struggle with dry or sensitive skin.

“Nivea daily essentials ‘Double Effect’ makeup remover”

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This remover is an absolute dream as it doesn’t just remove makeup, it also cleanses the skin like a toner. The price point for this product is £3.89 for a 125ml bottle. It has a ‘two phase’ technology that tackles makeup without feeling harsh to the skin. The first is an oil phase which effectively removes makeup from the skin and eyes, even removing waterproof mascara with ease. The second stage is an aqueous stage which protects and cares for your skin, and equally importantly your eyelashes, while removing any oily residue from the first phase. The best part? It’s all combines into one easy to use formula, so you get double the action with half the hassle! Another thing I personally love is the product requires shaking to combine before use, allowing me to take out any stresses I might have from the day before taking off my makeup!

“L’oreal ‘fine flowers’ cleansing milk”

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This formula claims to remove makeup, nourish and cleanse the skin – and it does exactly that! The price point is £5.99 for 500ml, a very reasonable price. It is designed for sensitive and dry skin. The smell of rose and jasmine immediately drew me to this product straight away. The formula is advertised as a ‘milk’ and is very gentle and hydrating, while efficiently removing makeup. It took me two cotton pads of product to remove my full face, which is around the same amount as other products. My only criticism would be that it leaves a slight residue on the skin, however this is probably down to it being very hydrating. I do find myself leaving a toner afterwards to really cleanse my skin, but this isn’t too bad as they provide one in the range for you!

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Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick Review!

Anyone who’s ever met me knows that my all time favourite product is the velour liquid lipsticks by Jeffree Star Cosmetics. These lippys are to die for!

There is a wide range of colours with 40+ shades in the collection. There is every colour you could imagine in the collection; from the deepest red, most royal blue, brightest yellow and even multiple shades of green!

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Left to right – “I’m shook”, “Calabasas”, “Gemini”, “Mannequin” and “Nude beach”

The website states that the lipsticks go on opaque and dry down completely matte, which is no word of a lie. The formula does exactly that and it stays on for hours! After eating, drinking and going about daily life these lipsticks aren’t budging. The matte formula isn’t the only one the brand provides, they also have a good range of metallic shades which give the lip a beautiful shine.

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Left to right: “Designer blood”, “Rich blood” and “Checkmate”

I found that both formulas are hydrating and do not leave my lips dry and cracking at the end of the day/night. This is especially so if a decent lip scrub is applied before application which I recommend everyone does. Jeffree Star Cosmetics even caters for this as they have their own range of lip scrubs in some delicious flavours such as; rootbeer, mojito, watermelon, blue raspberry and many more.

What’s more, all the brand’s products are vegan and cruelty free, so anyone and everyone is able to purchase their range.

This product has been a staple in my kit for many years, after discovering the formula I’ve never looked back. So if you’re looking for a long lasting, hydrating, all rounder liquid lipstick with all the shades you could dream of, look no further!

Top Left – “virginity”, Bottom left – “scorpio”, Top middle – “rich blood”, Bottom middle – “i’m shook” and Right – “prom night”

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Juvia’s Place Magic Palette Review

After seeing all the hype online about this brand I had to try it out for myself! After browsing the site I decided to purchase the “Magic Palette” for £30 as I thought it contained the widest selection of both matte and shimmer colours.

Let’s start with the good points; Upon arrival the packaging was beautiful and the palette was much bigger than I had anticipated, with the pan sizes being nearly double what I assumed from the pictures online. The artwork on the front of the packaging is absolutely breathtaking and makes the whole thing very elegant.

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Now to the eyeshadow itself. After one swipe in the pan the pigment pay-off incredible, the colours are so vibrant and very opaque. The formula blends so easily on the eyes and stays put for hours, as long as it is primed with a good base.

This leads me on to the not so great.. after wearing the eyeshadow a couple of times I found that the brighter matte colours have a tendency to stain the eyelids, especially the more warm tones. This really takes away from the great first impression I had towards this palette as I was so impressed with the other aspects.

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This however does not mean I won’t be using this palette, but I am now weary about using the product on my clients and tend to use other brands because of the staining issue. I will definitely continue to use the eyeshadow on myself because the result I get from these eyeshadows, for me, outweighs the issue of slight staining.

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Illamasqua skin base foundation review

I had heard so many people talking about this foundation I just had to try it out for myself.

I started out by doing some research on the Illamasqua website and discovered they have 33 shades available, including a completely white shade. This range includes a wide selection of colours with varying undertones so finding a match for your skin is pretty easy.

I purchased the shade 6.5 for myself which was a perfect match for my skin, then also purchased shades 01, 02 and 13 for mixing purposes in my kit.

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On first arrival the packaging appeared sleek and lightweight, without looking cheap. The bottles looked a little on the small side however when I started using the foundation I soon discovered that a little goes a LONG way.

On first application the foundation feels soft and lightweight, so I naturally expected very little coverage.. how wrong I was! The website states a medium to full coverage and that’s exactly what you get with this foundation. As it states on the bottle it has a “natural and build-able coverage” which allows you to tailor the amount of coverage to your wants and needs. The layers blend together beautifully, without looking cakey.

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After blending it on my own skin, I decided to mix a few of the shades to see how easy it would be. The formula is just as it’s quoted “easily and effortlessly blend-able” whilst keeping the quality of coverage. Illamasqua are onto a winner with their white shade (01), as it makes mixing formulas to a specific tone even easier.

I’ve found that this foundation really gives the skin a natural looking glow. Although I do love a good glow I was worried with regards to the flashback it may give in photos. I decided to test it on a shoot and all my worries turned out to be for nothing, the foundation gave no flashback and the pictures came out beautifully.

I think you can probably guess the conclusion I’ve come to about this foundation.. I’m in love! It has a lightweight feel with great coverage, is easily mixed into different shades and blending it on the skin is a dream. I’d definitely recommend this product to anyone wanting to try out a new base, great job Illamasqua!