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Pink Makeup Look/Walkthrough ūüĆļ

Hello Beauties! I was going to say that spring is around the corner so we should all get excited and crack out every piece of pastel clothing and makeup we can find, but with this miserable weather in the UK it couldn’t feel any further away.. nonetheless, let’s get in the mood with this cute pink makeup look that you can all rock when the spring season finally decides to come around! This bright liner and lipstick combo is all I’ll be wearing for the spring/summer, so let’s dive in and see how it’s achieved! I’ll list a full description of products used at the end of this blog post and where you can purchase them!

The first step of my makeup routine is skincare, if you don’t have a good skin base to work with then you’re not going to be able to fully achieve the look that you want to get out of your makeup. Because of this, I always start with a few pumps of Bare Minerals ‘Skinlongevity’ serum. This serum is perfect as it is made for all skin types and works to protect the skin against environmental stressors as it’s packed full of antioxidants. It’s powered by long life herb so is constantly working to help the skin look and feel young and healthy. I take a few pumps into the palm of my hand an gently press it into the face, immediately you can feel the hydration on your skin and you’re all prepped to start your routine.

First things first, primer! To go with my skincare I use the Bare Minerals ‘Good Hydrations’ primer, can you tell my skin’s a little dry at the moment? This primer is perfect because it preps my skin by smoothing out any pores thanks to the coconut alkanes therefore giving me a great base which allows my foundation to glide on flawlessly (you can find my review on both the new primers launched here!) If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know my all time favourite foundation is the Illamasqua ‘Skin Base’, this formula is so easy to apply and so flawless looking (due to it being quite full coverage) so it’s my absolute go-to when it comes to my base (you can find my full review here!) After applying my foundation with my favourite Marc Jacobs ‘The Face II Sculpting’ brush, I like to go in with the Benefit Cosmetics ‘Boi-ing’ concealer under the eyes. I use my ring finger, as this is the most delicate and gentle, to place the concealer carefully under my eyes, in the centre of my forehead and chin and then over any imperfections that might be invading my face that day. Once these steps are done, I set my base with the loose powder from Rimmel, it’s a drug-store brand so people who like more high-end makeup tend to stay away from brands like this, but this is honestly the best loose setting powder I have come across. It is very finely milled and still gives the skin the flawless look that I am trying to achieve.

So now our base is done, we move onto eyes! I fill in (and basically reshape) my eyebrows first with the Benefit ‘Precisely My Brow’ pencil and then with the ‘Brow Zings’ wax and powder. Once my brows are on and looking pretty much the same (they’re sisters, not twins!) I prime my eyelids with the Mac Cosmetics ‘paint pot’ in soft ochre. I then set this with the loose powder from before. For this pink look, I decided the Sigma Beauty ‘Creme de Couture’ palette would be perfect as it’s a gorgeous selection of, very pigmented, bright matte colours. First I look the shade cherry blossom on a big fluffy blender brush and blended this through the crease, taking it slightly above the crease but not all the way to the brow bone. I then look the shade redberry rose and did the same, however not bringing it up as far as I did the first shade in order to give an effortlessly blended effect. I then took redberry rose down onto the outer corner of the lid and blended it towards the centre of the lid. After this, I took my paint pot and half cut my crease, making sure to blend it out at the centre into the redberry rose shade for an easier blend later on. I next grabbed my Too Faced ‘sweet peach’ eyeshadow palette and selected the shade bellini to go over where I had cut the crease, I used a packer eyeshadow brush to pop this onto where I cut the crease and blended it into the redberry rose colour already there. I then grabbed by Jeffree Star Cosmetics liquid lipstick in the shade ‘Masochist’ and used a liner brush to create a bright pink winged liner. If you’re going to do the same and use a pink lipstick then please make sure to double check it is eye safe before applying it near the eye area. And there we go, eye makeup complete!

After the eye makeup is complete I go back in and finish my base by enhancing what’s already there with a bit of colour. I went straight for my trusty Juvia’s Place blush palette and added some colour to the apples of my cheeks. I then took the Bare Minerals ‘warmth’ all over face colour to warm up my complexion, blending this into my forehead, cheekbones, jawline and then using whatever is left on the brush to buff into the rest of my foundation to slightly warm up the face all over. I then took my favourite highlighting palette by Huda Beauty the ‘pink sands edition’ and made those cheekbones blinding!

Lastly, onto my two favourite L’s.. lippy and lashes! I used the Eyelure lashes in No.126 to really make the eye makeup standout. No surprises here, the lipstick is a combo of Jeffree Star Cosmetics ‘Masochist’ and ‘714’, I used a brush to ombre the colours by applying the darker shade to the outside of the lips and the lighter in the middle, and then blending them together.

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So there we have it! A (hopefully helpful) walk-through of my go-to spring/summer makeup look! I hope you beauties enjoyed reading, let me know if these sort of blog posts are something you guys are interested in reading/if they contain some helpful tips! And let me know what you think of the overall look, until next time lovelies!!

all products used/where to purchase them:

Skincare:

  1. Bare Minerals ‘Skinlongevity’ serum – bareminerals.co.uk (¬£34/¬£48)

Foundation:

  1. Illamasqua ‘Skin Base’ – beautybay.com (¬£33)
  2. Marc Jacobs ‘The Face II Sculpting’ brush – johnlewis.com (¬£34)

Concealer:

  1. Benefit Cosmetics ‘Boi-ing’ – johnlewis.com (¬£17.50)

Powder:

  1. Rimmel London ‘Match Perfection Silky Loose Powder’ – boots.com (¬£6.99)

Eyebrows:

  1. Benefit Cosmetics ‘Precisely, My Brow’ pencil – debenhams.com (¬£20.50)
  2. Benefit Cosmetics ‘Brow Zings’ – debenhams.com (¬£27)

Eye Makeup:

  1. Mac Cosmetics ‘Paint Pot’ – debenhams.com (¬£16.50)
  2. Sigma Beauty ‘Creme de Couture’ eyeshadow palette – cultbeauty.co.uk (¬£39)
  3. Too Faced ‘Sweet Peach’ eyeshadow palette – debenhams.com (¬£39)
  4. Jeffree Star Cosmetics liquid lipstick ‘Masochist’ – beautybay.com (¬£16)

Face Colour:

  1. Juvia’s Place ‘The Saharan Blush Vol.II’ palette – beautybay.com (¬£20)
  2. Bare Minerals ‘All Over Face Colour’ (warmth) – bareminerals.co.uk (¬£21)
  3. Huda Beauty ‘3D Highlighting’ palette – cultbeauty.co.uk (¬£40)

Lashes:

  1. Eyelure ‘No.126’ – falseeyelashes.co.uk (¬£7.20)

Lipstick:

  1. Jeffree Star Cosmetics ‘Velour Liquid Lipstick’ (Masochist) – beautybay.com (¬£16)
  2. Jeffree Star Cosmetics ‘Velour Liquid Lipstick’ (714) – beautybay.com (¬£16)
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Juvia’s Place ‘Saharan Blush Vol.II’ Palette – review and swatches!

I know what you’re thinking.. Sophie, another Juvia’s Place review?! This brand is just too irresistible! I’ve finally got my hands on the ‘Saharan II Blush’ palette, one I’ve had my eye on for a while now. Juvia’s did come out with a volume I of their blush palette but upon seeing the range of shades in the promo pics I wasn’t convinced they would look great on my skin tone as I have pretty fair skin. So, when the promos were released for the volume II palette I was¬†soooo happy. Right, let’s dive into this review!

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If you’ve read my other Juvia’s reviews (you can get to them here and here), you’ll know that I love this brand. One of the main reasons I think their products are so great is the fact they are¬†extremely pigmented. One swipe in the pan and your brush is covered in product! I love pigmented products because not only are they easier to work with but they also last a lot longer meaning you’re getting good value for your money. Speaking of money, the blush palette retails in the UK for ¬£20 (you can get it from beautybay.com). I think this is a decent price for what you get, there are six shades in the palette, four matte and two metallic, and as I mentioned previously they are¬†very pigmented! I also love this price point as the palette is very diverse, not only can you use it as blush but you can also use the shades as eyeshadow or even as highlight.

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The colour selection in the palette is absolutely beautiful. As I mentioned there are four matte shades and two metallic shades. Now, usually when swatching new products I find that there is a least one shade I struggle with, but I am happy to announce all six shades swatched like an absolute dream! The formula of these blushes is so creamy and easy to blend on the skin.

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left to right: zoba, bee and yara

‘Yara’ –¬†a light brown matte shade with subtle orange undertones, I mainly use this shade as an eyeshadow colour in my crease when doing darker, smokier looks.

‘Bee’ –¬†a matte cool pink-toned/mauve shade, I really like this shade for a lid colour.

‘Zoba’ –¬†a metallic light pink shade with a gold duo chrome effect, this is my favourite shade in the palette to use as a highlight, both on my cheeks and in my inner corner to complete any eyeshadow look.

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left to right: tau, leena and sola

‘Sola’ –¬†a metallic rose toned pink shade again with a gold duo chrome effect similar to ‘Zoba’, I like this shade more as eyeshadow than blush as I think it is slightly too dark for my skin tone unless I’m more tanned.

‘Leena’ –¬†a matte coral tones pink shade, definitely my favourite and most used in the palette. I love this colour as it goes incredibly well with my skin tone and gives my cheeks the exact pop of colour that I adore.

‘Tau’ –¬†a matte bright peachy orange toned shade that again I love using on the apples of my cheeks. It is significantly darker than ‘Leena’ but I enjoy mixing the two shades together to create my own custom blush shade!

I have been using the palette non-stop ever since I got my hands on it. The high-quality of these formulas keeps me coming back for more and is going to make it¬†verrry difficult for me to find another blush formula on par with this one. If you don’t really wear blush and are thinking of trying it out, or if you already do and want to try something new and switch up your normal routine, I would one hundred percent recommend this palette as a place to start! All in all, as you can probably tell, I love this palette and it’s definitely won me over! What are some of your favourite blushes?

Until next time lovelies!

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Juvia’s Place ‘Saharan II’ Eyeshadow Palette

Okay, so it’s safe to say I am officially¬†obsessed with this brand. From the moment I got my hands on my very first Juvia’s product ‘The Magic Palette’ I’ve been absolutely hooked (you can find my review on that palette here). Recently I’ve got my hands another new palette; The Saharan II Eyeshadow palette.

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I fell in love with the colours in this palette as soon as I lifted the lid, they are so vibrant and there’s something quite endearing about the different selection of shades. The first thing that caught my eye was the fact there are¬†multiple duo-chrome shades in this palette, and duo-chromes might be the love of my life.. right, lets get to the facts shall we??

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The palette contains a total of nine eyeshadows. Along with three duo-chrome shades there are three matte shades and also three metallic shades, each as equally gorgeous as the last. Each eyeshadow is 3.6 grams of product and with the palette retailing for £20 in the UK (you can grab it from beautybay.com) I think you get a substantial amount of product for your money.

The colour selection in this palette is absolutely stunning, there are so many different looks to be created from the nine shades. Each of the shades are incredibly pigmented, the metallic and duo-chrome shades are the most pigmented with the matte shadows following closely behind. This fact allows the shadows to be blended easily and quickly with a high impact colour payoff, which is an absolute dream when it comes to eyeshadow.

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left to right: Chefchaouen, Marrakesh and Aziza

The three duo-chrome shades are as follows.. Marrakesh is a gorgeous peach colour that has a tint of gold/orange when in specific lights, Aziza is a beautiful white toned champagne colour with a tint of gold and Chefchaouen is a stunning light grey/blue colour with a tint of silver.

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left to right: Taza, Zohra and Fez

The three matte shades are as follows.. Fez is a gorgeous warm deep brown colour, Zohra is a stunning warm deep red colour and Taza is a warm brown which is much lighter than Fez.

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left to right: Nomad, Berber and Hadiya

The three metallic shades are as follows.. Hadiya is a lovely light to medium brown shade, Berber is a pure sea blue colour and Nomad is a gorgeous burgandy/wine colour.

My two favourite shades in the palette are Marrakesh (the orange toned peach) and Zohra (the deep red). I honestly can’t get enough of using this palette and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone looking for some top quality eyeshadows.

All in all I adore the ‘Saharan II’ eyeshadow palette and can’t wait to start creating some different looks with the shadows! Juvia’s Place holds a special place in my heart and they keep¬†killing it with these palettes, bring on the next one!!

Until next time!

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Liebster Award

I’ve been debating the post I should add to my blog, and luckily I’ve had the decision made for me! The gorgeous Paige of ‘Little P Blog’ has nominated me for the Liebster Award which is so lovely of her, and you should¬†definitely¬†go and check out her blog!¬†Now at first glance I wasn’t quite sure what it was about, but after reading her post I’ve discovered it’s a brilliant way of discovering new blogs to follow, while telling everyone a little more about me in the process!

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Paige has given me some questions to answer, so here they are!

how long have you been blogging for?

I have only been blogging for two months, so not long at all! Even so, I’ve really enjoyed writing and editing the posts I’ve put up so far so long may it continue!!

have you considered uploading to YouTube?

I can’t say I have, maybe something to think about in the future! Never say never!

what do you like to blog about most?

Not sure if anyone’s noticed, but I¬†love posting about beauty! Anything from makeup to skincare to bath bombs, you name it, I’ll blog about it! I think it’s mainly because that’s my industry, being a makeup artist, so I can’t help but be fascinated by it and want to share it with others!

where is your favourite place that you have traveled to?

Now that’s a hard question! I’ve been incredibly lucky with some of the locations I’ve been able to visit so it’s very hard to pick one, but keeping with the theme of this blog I’m going to have to say Milan. Clearly, the shopping capital of the world so I was going to adore it anyway, however this trip allowed me to find new love for products and brands I’d never heard of thanks to their MASSIVE Sephora! We’re not lucky enough to have a Sephora in the UK so shopping there was an absolute dream! Not only that, but the architecture was absolutely incredible. The ‘Duomo Di Milano’ was one of the most spectacular things I’ve ever seen, it is absolutely massive and so detailed, an amazing place to be able to visit! I’ve attached some pictures below (maybe I’ll do a separate blog post about it??)

what made you start to want blogging?

I started my blog because I had so many products that I absolutely love and wanted to tell others about them! I thought it’d be a good way to get that out there, whilst also being a good way to spend some of my free time!

what is the most frustrating thing about blogging?

I think one of the hardest things about blogging is knowing what to blog about! I have so many ideas for posts but it’s difficult knowing which ones will reach the audience I have in mind for this blog, so that can be quite frustrating sometimes!

favourite series to watch at the moment?

Definitely Stranger Things! I’ve just started to re-watch season one as I want to have a refresher so I can go into season two in the know! I’ve heard really good things about season two so I’m really looking forward to watching it!

what is your favourite Christmas tradition?

Bar far my favourite tradition is putting the angel decoration on the top of the Christmas tree. My siblings and I do it together every year and it’s the sweetest thing!

are you open about your blog? do you tell people you blog?

I don’t see the point of keeping the fact you blog from people, I put a lot of effort into my posts so I’d like as many people to see them as possible!

twitter or instagram?

Definitely instagram! I post nearly every day and it’s a great way to advertise myself and my business! I am on twitter as well but I prefer the layout of instagram for sure!

Now I’d like to nominate a few others for this award! They are:

A Reading Cat

The Beauty Swatcher

All Things Allatt

UniLifeTravel

Tales of Belle

If you’d like to join in, here are my questions for you!

  1. what made you start your blog?
  2. what’s your favourite thing about your blog?
  3. what’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?
  4. what’s your favourite book?
  5. what’s your favourite scent of candle?
  6. what mainly inspires your blog posts?
  7. who inspires you the most?
  8. do you prefer giving or receiving presents?
  9. what is your favourite post on your blog?
  10. what is your favourite day of the year?

The rules:

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award, and you choose to accept it, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to them on your blog.

Answer the questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.

Nominate blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers.

Create a new list of questions for the nominees to answer.

List these rules in your post.

Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

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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.