Glow highlight powder – The Original

This product is one I have literally not been able to put down. It is so versatile, flattering and amazing value. Before I go any further I should really introduce you to the beauty that is Glow highlight powder – The Orignal. Created by the insanely talented Phee from Phee’s Make Up Tips its part of a range of 5 powders (naturally I HAD to buy them all) and they only cost £8.00 each or £35 for them all! Told you it was amazing value.
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Above Photos: courtesy of Phee’s Makeup Tips

The powder itself is a stunning champagne colour that gives the skin a healthy, flattering glow to the skin. Phee has really put a lot of thought into the product making it vegan friendly, cruelty free and the two minerals that make up the powder are all ethically sourced you know that you are not supporting anything to do with the ugly side of the beauty industry.
You can use the powder to highlight, as an eye shadow, to mix with foundation and if you choose to really amp up the intensity you can also use it wet. The options are endless!
My personal favourite way it to use it in its dry form with a large fluffy eyeshadow brush on the top of my cheekbones, it blends in like butter to leave a stunning glow that doesn’t leave you looking like you’ve had a fight with a Christmas bauble and lost! I’ve been wearing glow pretty much everyday for both work and going out – all my other highlighters are now kind of forgotten about even my beloved Kevyn Aucion Celestrial powder hasn’t seen daylight for weeks!
Phee's make up tips glow powderPhee's make up tips glow powder
As I prefer a matte base (Estee Lauder Double Wear) I find using a highlight just gives a bit of life back into my face and avoids the flat pancake look that sometimes a matte foundation can give.
All the shades in Phee’s range are stunning and she is even working on eyeshadow which makes me so happy as I know that are just going to be amazing – I urge you to check out her online shop which can be found HERE!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post – let me know if you’ve already bought this or if you are going to.

xxx

Waterproof Make up, it is actually waterproof?

Hello lovelies!
A few of you may know that I kinda like swimming, last year I did it lots but then for some reason I stopped, I have no idea why but I’m guessing the cold weather, comfort food and Xmas chocolates all made it less appealing to actually go. I’ve spent probably 4 months promising myself that I’ll get back into it but like most things I managed to put it off until a month ago which got me thinking about waterproof make up. Even though my skin has improved so much over the past couple of years I am still very self-aware sans make up, I blame it on my horrendously dark and sunken under eyes which against my fair skin, makes me looks well, quite frankly like I’m ill. Now I am fully aware wearing make up is not recommended when working out and getting a sweat on but I literally cannot face going completely bare-faced so I do always wear a little bit of something to make me feel ok. Call me stupid, call me vain I really don’t care as personally if it was a choice between going make up free or not going I’d pick the latter.
Anyway enough about that – The actual point of this post is to test out a few of the waterproof options available and see if they can actually hold up in the water. As summer is also coming up and lots of you will be jetting off on you holidays there might be a few ideas if you want a bit of something to wear at the beach or if your off to a pool party.

Not all the products I have used are waterproof as I couldn’t find waterproof everything easily but the make up I did I wore around 3 hours prior to going swimming on a warm UK day running errands.
All products that claim to be waterproof are markeD with a (W) at the end and anything that claims to be water-resistant are marked (WR)– so here a full list of what I used.
MAC Studio Sculpt foundation in NC25 (W)
Illamasqua cream pigment in emerge (WR)
Maybelline matte maker pressed powder in Nude beige
Body Shop Honey bronzer in 02
TopShop metallic cream blush in Pulse
Anastasia dipbrow pomade in dark brown (W)
Avon eyeshadow pot
Bourjois colorband eyeshadow/liner in Rose, beige and brun (W)
Bourjois volume 1 seconde mascara (W)
Urban decay 24/7 lip pencil in Ozone
Bourjois Colorboost glossy lipcolour in orange punch (W)

Waterproof make up

Here is what the make up looked like freshly applied and right before swimming

Waterproof make up

Here is what I looked like after swimming

Overall the make up stood up pretty well. The lipcolour was the biggest let down as it had pretty much complete disappeared. The foundation and base had started to disappear just around my hair-line and was breaking down around my nose and chin area. The mascara hadn’t run at all but I did feel the it had started to lose the curl on my eyelashes. The colorbands stayed quite intact over my eyes but I can’t say I got my eye lids overly wet and my eyebrows stayed on albeit looking a little lighter!
I did test the colorbands on my hand to see if they could withstand a lot of water – I found half way through my swim they had gone quite tacky to touch and by the end of my swim that really begin to start to breakdown and lost all of their gorgeous luster.
bourjois colorband before and after swimming

bourjois colorband before and after swimming

I know this isn’t a scientific test or anything like that but I think it does put the products I used through their paces. If you’re not too much of a water baby this summer then I certainly think that nearly all of these products could work for you but I’d give the Bourjois lipcolor a swerve as I feel a normal long-lasting lip product would last just as well potentially even better.

I’d love to know if you liked this post or if you found it useful at all.

Thanks for reading
XXX

Shu Uemrua – the best setting powder?

Shu Uemrua is a brand I’ve known about for years but never actually tried. Founded by the Japanese make up artist of the same name who believes beautiful make up starts with beautiful skin it combines nature, science and art. I picked up their loose powder in the matte version from Space NK (£27 for 20g), available in 5 shades (ivory, colourless, 5yr light – neutral undertones, 5yr medium/light – neutral undertone and 7yr medium/light – warm undertones) I opted for the colorless version as I wanted something that I could use as an all round powder to set my foundation, under eye concealer and for touch ups.

shu uemura loose powder. matte colorless

The powder comes in a large round plastic screw top tub with a white lid with the brand name on top. Inside there is a small round puff with branded band and the product is kept in the tub by a plastic and net shield which allows a small amount of product through to ensure waste is kept to a minimum.
Shu Uemura loose colourless powder
Shu Uemura colourless powder

The powder itself is extremely finely milled and I true to its colourless shade name. The puff included is ideal to help set your foundation or under eye concealer. I’ve been using the powder now daily for a good couple of weeks and the weather has been at times warm and other chilly aswell as windy and I’ve found that it really does help keep my face looking matte and shine free. It doesn’t cake or give the skin a dull looking matte finish more of a skin like softness that feel light and not heavy in the slightest. As I went with the colourless powder it really is a fantastic all-rounder – it doesn’t alter your foundation shade in any way, it beautifully sets your under eye concealer/highlight and if you have to use it later in the day it takes away any shine without loosing any of the make up colour you applied beforehand.

Even though this is quite an expensive product it really is worlds apart from my usual trusty drug store pressed version and a little goes such a long way that I’m sure it will last quite a while.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post – Please let me know what you think.

xxx

Burberry Kisses

You probably have seen the recent Burberry Kisses campaign ALL over Twitter recently – it was probably one of THE best campaigns I’ve seen in a long time. If you are sat here reading this and thinking “what is she going on about?” then let me update you. As part of the campaign you could nominate a friend via Twitter to receive a free sample of a Burberry Kisses lipstick…..pretty cool right?

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I bagged myself a sample in the shade Sepia which is a stunning antique plum shade. The packaging is just stunning – I was expecting it to just be a little sample in a generic plastic holder but Burberry have actually produced these in the same packaging the read deal comes in and the lipstick even has the Burberry pattern all over it.

The Burberry Kisses range comes in 28 shades and cost £25 each. The formula is gel based and hydrating as it contains Burberry’s signature tea blend along with lavender and rosehip. It’s a buildable colour meaning one swipe and its more of a natural look but two to three swipes and we are talking full on colour. The packaging features a magnetic closure which personally I like the security of this especially like me you chuck your lipstick in your handbag and hope that the top doesn’t come loose!

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My personal favourite shades from the range are Poppy Red and bright coral. If you fancy treating yourself to one of these beauties then you can buy them from the Burberry website.