Product Feature- Bright Eyes with Colourful Liner

When it comes to my make-up, I stick with what I know. For early mornings, I’ve mastered the neutral smoky eye and when I want to go a little bolder, I’ve got my routine dark lip. As I become more confident with makeup, the first thing I want to add to my looks is colour. The perfect way to achieve this – add a bright bold coloured liner to an otherwise neutral eye!

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Travel Tricks – Evening Outfits and Make-up Routine

There is no question that beach vacations are super fun and relaxing. Soaking up the warm sun all day. The natural sea salt water curls. The mid day Piña Colada. After spending most of the day in a soggy bikini and sticky from sunscreen, I like to dress up for dinner and night-time entertainment (and more Piña Coladas). Here are a few outfit of the night pictures from the week.

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Now you are probably wondering about my beauty and hair routine. I didn’t pack any of my hot tools for the week, so my hair care was simple. My hair was just washed and air-dried, and I added a spritz of Living Proof Instant Texture Mist (Oh Sephora samples, how I Love you). This texture mist was great for adding extra wave and body. For beauty I tried to keep it to the basics, as gross but true, the evening humidity tended to sweat it off.

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Products used:

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser, Nars Creamy Concealer, Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer, Naked Basics Pallette (for Brows and Eyeshadow), Anastasia Brow Wiz, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, Clinique Chubby Stick Contour, Nars Contour Blush, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara, MAC Lipstick in Plumful.

Let me know some of your favourite summer make-up products!

Until next time,

Sarah x

Product Feature- Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

You’re making me blush. Fine this palette is making me blush. Have you ever seen anything so beautiful?! I know by now the Hourglass ambient lighting blush palette is old news and but I thought I would still write about it. As soon as I saw this gem, I had this sudden, overwhelming need to give this trio a home! I rarely give the newest blush in stores a second glance, but this time I could not seem to tear my eyes away.

Packaged in a sleek and slim gold case, this palette comes with three shades include Mood Exposure, Luminous flush and incandescent Electra (an exclusive shade to the palette). All three shades provide the prettiest glow and colour to the face with the added bonus of the infamous hourglass highlight from the shimmers in each blush. This girl has yet to purchase the ambient lighting highlight pallet – got to keep the spending in check sometimes.

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While this palette is on the pricier end, I definitely think it is worth it. Especially if you are not a blush fanatic like I am, it’s great to have one go to set that will never let you down. The pigmentation is superb and is very buildable, allowing for both subtle romantic looks to some intense cheek colour. The shades are long-lasting without the need to reapply throughout the day.

All three shades are gorgeous but my personal favourite of the palette is Mood Exposure. As I had never worn let alone even swatched a colour like this before, I was initially hesitant towards this colour due to its purple hues. I found it looked most natural on my skin and really popped whenever I wore a colour that complimented it.  Just goes to show you can’t judge a blush by its colour.

After the success of this blush find, perhaps I should expand my horizon! What are some of your favourite blushes?

Until next time

Sarah x

Product Feature – Clinique Chubby Stick Contour

It’s no surprise that sculpting and contouring has taken the world by storm.  I myself am amateur at best in my contouring game so I’ll welcome any product to help improve skills. If only we could all achieve those Kim K sculpted cheekbones. I currently only own powder products, but I was interested in finding a cream product. Behold, my prayers were answered as Clinique recently came out with their Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour.

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This product only comes in one shade, which initially worried me as I felt it would be too close to my natural skin colour, but thankfully it was dark enough. Hopefully Clinique will introduce a wider range of shades for us. Application is very smooth, super easy to blend, and very buildable. I find the finish much more natural than a powder product. Rather than sitting on top of your makeup, the creamy formula blends and sinks into your skin and foundation. I’ve also noticed a bit of shimmer in the product prior to blending it in which adds a bit of brightness and built-in highlight.

Let’s talk about the packaging, aka the way to any beauty lover’s heart. I love the chubby stick and its compact nature. Super easy to pop in a makeup bag rather than a bulky palette. I use the almighty beauty blender to work the product into the skin; eliminating the need to carry around a brush. Also I love the chubby stick as it allows you to be precise and target the exact hollows of you cheekbones to get the sculpted look.

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I did find however that the lasting power with this product wasn’t great as the colour did fade throughout the day. Now I wouldn’t say my skin type is oily, but this could be an issue for some. Perhaps my skin is super dry and is trying to absorb every bit of moisture? Perhaps I’m not used to wearing cream products? This definitely isn’t a negative for the product. Just something I have to be aware of in my own use. I tried setting it with the Nars Contour Blush in Gienah the next day and it lasted much longer.

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In addition to being affordable, I would give this a big thumbs up. Let me know some of your contouring secrets!

Until next time,

Sarah x

The Best Red Lipstick.. for your eyes?!

When I settle into my morning at work, I’m typically perusing my favourite beauty blogs and dreaming about my future job in the beauty industry. Usually brainstorming content ideas for the blog, I’m always looking for interesting articles to write about. One particular morning I came across a video I just had to feature.

It was a video from a beauty blogger named Deepica Muylata who revealed the most interesting way to combat those pesky under eye circles. Her secret? Using a red or orange lipstick. The idea behind it is the red lipstick cancels out any blue tones under your eyes. Applied underneath your regular face makeup routine, your eyes will look less dark and much brighter.

Now I’m not usually one for gimmicky beauty tricks. I like to keep things simple and natural. But, in this one instance I had to try it out. The dark circles under my eyes have to go. The bane of my existence, under eye circles are the one part of my face I’ve been trying to perfect for years. So out I went on a cold and rainy evening to target and purchased the Maybelline Colour sensational in Rose Rush (735). Hesitant, I followed Deepica’s tutorial and started to play around with the colour.

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I was amazed that the red, which is so strikingly bright and out of place on my face, could not be seen underneath my concealer.  As for the actual brightening effect? Initially I couldn’t tell if my eyes were playing tricks on me as they wanted to see an improvement. The closer I looked, I did notice that the eye with the lip stick seemed a little brighter. The darkest areas of my eye which I usually struggle with had improved subtly and were less noticeable.  It was not a huge difference to my regular under eye routine but none the less it did work. I personally wouldn’t make this a step in my every day routine, but might pull this trick out of the bag on a big night out.

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Can you tell the difference? Here’s a side by side comparison with the lipstick under my left eye only.

“Click here” to check out the original tutorial by Deepica.

If you are feeling bold try this out for yourself and let me know your results!

Until next time

Sarah x