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Ben Nye Review (Banana and Translucent Powder)

Today I thought I would share with you my opinion about one of the best make-up powders on the market! I’d heard about Ben Nye powder for a while, specifically when contouring (Kim Kardashian is a huge fan), however I have struggled to find it on sale anywhere in the UK!

By chance, I was sent a marketing e-mail from a new company called TILT Professional Make-up. Never one to turn down the opportunity to buy more makeup, I rushed over to see what they had in store. Pleasantly surprised I discovered they did indeed stock Ben Nye! And not only was it a UK based company but unlike other UK Ben Nye Stockists the prices were actually affordable!

I ordered myself the Ben Nye -Banana Luxury Powder and the Ben Nye -Neutral Set Translucent Powder. I chose the Banana powder for a highlight because of my olive skin tone. There are other colours available such as Ebony (For darker skin), and Cameo (For paler skin).

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I was so excited to receive these products in the post! Delivery was quite quick, roughly about 3-5 days and when I ordered delivery was free so even better! I did originally order these powders in January, however did not take the photos until last week; hence the battered appearance! I have used and abused these powders in the best possible way!

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I love the banana powder. When contouring, I find it compliments my skin perfectly to give a flawless finish. The powder acts as a highlighter, when contouring applied on top of blended concealer; predominantly under your eyes, the bridge of your nose and your forehead.

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(Banana Powder Applied)

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(Banana Powder blended)

You can see in the bottom picture how the powder compliment the concealer underneath. The product is extremely lightweight, you use barely any to create the flawless look. I’ve had the same powder pot for 6 months now and I’m not even halfway through! Brilliant value. The only downside to this product is the packaging. The pot itself comes with a plastic sprinkle’ top, however I struggled to get any powder through this.

Because of this I removed the ‘sprinkle’ top, but now whenever I use the product it spills everywhere, I have to be extremely careful! This is such a minor flaw in comparison to how great the product is!

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The translucent powder is more or less the same. However as fantastic as this is, I found it’s not much different to other translucent powders such as NYC Smooth Skin Loose Powder Transluscent or MAC Sheer/Loose Powder.

I typically apply the powder everywhere once my contouring is complete, to almost set and seal the make up underneath. You do have to be very careful that you don’t apply too much and give yourself the dreaded cake face!

All in all, I would highly recommend both products (more so the highlight powders) to anyone, they’re great value for money and honestly I would be lost without either!

 

B x

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Individual False Eyelashes; the Ultimate Disaster!

I can never resist a 50% offer in Superdrug, and last week I stumbled across the Eylure Lash Combination set. I wear flase eyelashes’ quite regularly; they truly make or break a smoky eye!

I typically buy full length false eyelashes but upond hearing rave reviews about the lash combination, I figured I’d try my luck!

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Unlike other false eyelashes, the Eylure set come in three different sizes; long, medium and small. The long length are very, VERY long! I would recommend either wearing one or two in the corner of your lashes, or only wearing them if you’re after a dramatic eyelash look.

The packaging is small and simple to pop into your handbag, and includes:

– 1 tube of clear eyelash glue
– 1 tube of eyelash glue remover
– 3 rows of long, medium and small eyelashes

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I’ve come across many different techniques to apply individual lashes. If you have a friend around the best way to do this is to get your friend to apply the lashes for you! Unfortunately for me I was by myself so struggled for roughly 2 hours trying to apply these lashes!

I began by using a pair of tweezers to pick up an individual lash. I planned to stick two long lashes on the outer corner of my eye, a few medium lashes in the middle, and one or two small lashes on my lower lash line, and my inner eye.

Sounds simple enough doesn’t it?!

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Well, I can tell you it is not simple at all! First of all, picking the eyelash up and making sure it was the correct way round proved a challenge. These eyelashes are so delicate the slightest movement can make you drop them and spend another 20 minutes scrambling around trying to find the lash again!

The eyelash glue itself was not the best. I personally prefer white eyelash glue as opposed to clear glue because you can see where the glue is and really feel when it is tacky enough to stick to your lash line. This clear glue became tacky immediately but was a such a pain. When placed on a surface, to dip the eyelash in, the glue dried immediately (unlike the previous white glue which I had used).

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Honestly I spent about 2 hours trying to stick these eyelashes on my eyes. I managed to get about 3 lashes on one eye in this time period before I gave up! To be honest, I found these lashes a waste of money when full eyelashes do the same job perfectly.

I am definitely not a convert going forward with this! And ironically, I decided to give these lashes a second chance while I was quite tipsy before a night out. It took me 20 minutes to do both eyes! Even though I got them on, I still wasn’t best pleased with the results.

If you’d like to see how these lashes are done properly, Lisa Eldridge has a great video below:

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Love is in the Air! My top 10 YouTube Valentines Day Tutorials …

Hi guys!

Happy Valentine’s day!

My lack of posting on this blog has been awful recently! In the past month I’ve drifted between two different jobs, decided to pack my whole life up and move across the country to Manchester. Quite eventful to say the least!

I’ve been working on a few posts and here there, and a few YouTube videos, the videos however aren’t really up to the quality I would like so I may have to refilm a few!

Keeping with the Valentine’s tradition I’ve compiled my favourite Valentine’s looks (Hair, make-up and nails) from some of my favourite fellow beauty bloggers.

Have a look below to be inspired; I’m off to spend all day pampering myself for this evening!

1. “Lana Del Rey Makeup Tutorial” by Maya Mia

Maya Mia is just beautiful, and her tutorials are wonderfully eloquent and simple for even a complete beauty novice! This Lana Del Rey tutorial is a wonderful step-up from a standard cat eye look and creates a gorgeous simple Valentines look.

2. “Autumn/Fall Makeup Tutorial 2013” by Cinnamonjules

Cinnamonjules is a gorgeous beauty blogger from the UK (represent!). Her tutorials are straight to the point, and she chooses great music for her videos! This look uses simple copper eye shadow with a dramatic dark red lip to add a touch of colour to your Valentines makeup.

3. “How to get BIG SEXY HAIR!” – Teni – Missmaven.com

Teni Panosian (Miss Maven) is a YouTube beauty legend! Even my friends who aren’t really fussed with makeup love her tutorials and have heard of her work. This hair tutorial I have been obsessed with for years, I swear by it and I can’t go on a night out without watching it first! For big, beautiful hair this is hands down the best tutorial on YouTube.

4. “Elegant Braided Up-Do” by Luxyhair

Luxyhair are another YouTube channel staple. I love their hair tutorials and always find their guides on taking care of hair extensions extremely helpful! For those of you heading for a classier Valentines evening, this simple, elegant updo is gorgeous for a sophisticated evening of drinks and dinner!

5. “Gold and White Valentine’s Day Nails” by Ohnailart

I love the use of colour on this cute nail art design. Valentines day often brings out the most garish of reds, but the use of a soft, subtle gold makes this nail art more refined and elegant; I think I will be following this tutorial myself for this evening!

6. “FOUNDATION, CONTOUR AND HIGHLIGHT TUTORIAL” by Binny Khan

Binny Khan is my go to YouTube beauty guru! Her eye make-up tutorials are gorgeous and as we have similar skin tones and features its great for me to learn new techniques to highlight different areas! I adore contouring and this tutorial is without a doubt one of the best on YouTube (and I’ve seen all of them!). For those of you who love contouring as much as I do its also worth checking out make up artist Samer Khouzami on Instagram; his photos are fascinating and his contouring skills are perfection!

7. “Hagai Avdar Make Up Artist – חגי אבדר אמן איפור” by חגי אבדר

I’ve only recently discovered this YouTube channel, but the eye makeup looks are beautiful! This video creates two different eye looks; both a dramatic smokey eye. I will definitely be using this makeup tutorial for this evening! Nothing better than a gorgeous smokey eye!

8. “THE PERFECT RED LIP” by MakeupByLeinaBaaaby

It wouldn’t be Valentines Day without a gorgeous red lip to flaunt around! This red lipstick tutorial is gorgeous! I’m more a nude girl myself but if I wasn’t so clumsy and ran the risk of getting red lipstick all over everyone, I would 100% wear this out!

9. “How to get Perfect Nude Lips” by Hollie Wakeham

Hollie Wakeham is hilarious; her videos really make me laugh AND learn great makeup techniques! For those of us who prefer a nude lip this is a perfect tutorial to get natural looking, voluptuous lips; and we know that everyone wants perfect kissable lips on Valentines Day!

10. “DRY & CRUSTY TO KISSABLE LIPS!” by Patricia Bright

And finally, a quick video on how to curb those winter lips and turn them into perfect kissable lips for Valentines!

Hope you all have a lovely Valentines day! My date night tonight involves drinking and a lot of dancing!

B x

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Christmas Lipstick’s …

Grab the mistletoe and pucker up! Its Christmas party season! I’ve put together some of my favourite Christmas shades and lipstick looks for party season. Grouped into brown’s, orange’s and red’s, have a look below and be inspired this Christmas!

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1. Max Factor, 18, Orange Shine
2. L’oreal 805 (discontinued, available on eBay)
3. Hanorah Personal Makeup, 50

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1. Hanorah Personal Makeup, 55
2. Elizabeth Arden, 25, Perfect Tulip
3. Hanorah Personal Makeup, 57

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1. L’oreal, 311, available on eBay
2. MAC Film Noir, Satin, A83
3. L’oreal, 620, available on eBay

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Beauty for Breakfast?!?

As my previous post states, over the past week I have been set a challenge by Emma at The Breakfast Affair! All week I have experimented with differet breakfast ingredients  to create a plethora of organic, natural beauty remedies. From the expected to the bizzare (Anti-aging champagne meat facial anyone?!) have a look below to try out a few receipes yourself!

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1. Hydrating Honey and Oil Hair Mask: Typical organic beauty ingredients. I cannot rave about honey enough! Not only can you use it on your hair, but you can incoporate it into face masks, homemade wax, and even health aids! This mask leaves your hair feel lovely and silky – believe me my hair is so damaged from bleach, this mask was a lifesaver! However be careful with the amount of oil you use, as you could end up with far too much and greasy looking tresses!

2. Mayonnais Conditioner: This is a bit of a cheat but I have previously blogged about the wonders of using mayonnaise as a hair mask. Particularly for you bottle blondes out there, the protein factor does wonders for your hair. You can find the receipe and blog post here.

3. Natural Blackhead Remover: When I was researching egg receipes, I was pretty disgusted by this at first, but I threw myself, literally, head first into trying it! When mixing and apply the mask it was just as I expected; slimy, slimy, slimy!! Once you get over the intial ‘gross-ness’ of the recipe, it sits on your face like an average face mask. I suffer from large pores, and I have very noticeable blackheads on my nose. Although this recipe did not completley remove them, it did a great job for my first time. I think after trying a few more times my blackheads may have disappeared!

4. Dandruff Hair Mask: Personally, I don’t tend to suffer from dandruff but I thought I’d still give this a go. Lemon juice can be used as a natural highlighter for blonde hair so I felt I would achieve something from this receipe at least. I was shocked at how fresh my hair felt afterwards. Over the past week I’ve also had new hair extensions applied, and the I felt the yoghurt helped gently sooth my scalp. Bonus, this mask smells lovely!

5. Cereal Exfoliater: This receipe I am rather proud to say I invented myself! (Although I am sure there must be variations or similar receipes available online!) I was eating weetabix for breakfast, drafting this blog post and I began thinking about the texture of the weetabix. Milk is a well known beauty aid; often used to revitalise the skin. Milk has been used in beauty as far back as the Egyptian period when Cleopatra would bathe in goats milk to ensure soft skin! The combination of the dry weetabix (which could naturally scrub away dead skin) and milk (which would soother the skin after the exfoliation process) I felt would be perfect! Naturally when eating breakfast, my first thought is to put it onto my face; the life of a beauty blogger eh! Haha. Anyway, I tried this exfoliater and loved it. I was suprised how well it worked. The only struggled was trying to get the correct consistency; I have given a rough estimate on the infograph above however you may need to try a bit of experimentation – just rememeber you need to double the ratio of weetabix to milk. Enjoy!

6. Anti-anging Meat Facial Mask: Well, I never thought I would be placing champagne soaked meat on my face in the aid of beatuy!! I did cheat wiht the ingredients a bit as Emma originally asked me to use bacon or sausage. I could not think of any benefits bacon or sausage could bring to a beauty regime! Too much fat, too much salt, too much grease and thats before you have eaten either of them! I took to the internet to research and found recipe made from raw meat. For those of you rolling in dosh, they also have red caviar facials! Leant meat does contain a combiantino of nutrients which can be abosrbed through the skin, reducing wrinkles, strengthening and increasing collagen. So I tried the mask, place the champagne soaked piece onto my face, which to put nicely, was DISGUSTING!! I spent the next half hour lying down try to stop the meat from sliding down my face (there’s a sentence I never thought I’d type!!) I removed the meat after 30 minutes and felt no different. I could see no visible signs of change. All I could think was that I’d rather spend my afternoons dirnking champagne then putting it on my face! Try this by all means but I honestly don’t think it will be beneficial at all!

Thank you to Emma at The Breakfast Affair for suggesting a joint post; it was really fun!

Have you ever tried any bizarre facemasks? What is the most disgusting thing you’ve ever done in the name of beauty? Comment below and let me know!

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Beauty for Breakfast?!? An upcoming joint post …

This week I have an upcoming treat for all you organic beauty fans!

I have teamed up with Emma over at The Breakfast Affair to help unravel the most unusual beauty tricks and tips found in your breakfast!

The Breakfast Affair has set me a challenge to create breakfast inspired recipes to enhance your beauty AND your wallet!

The challenge ingredients are:

Eggs
Mayonnaise
Honey
Yoghurt
Weetabix
Bacon or Sausage

Over the next week, I will experiment with these ingredients to bring you an innovative and organic beauty product for you to try yourself. Believe me when I say I have some crazy age defying ideas up my sleeve!!

In the mean time, check out what else The Breakfast Affair gets up to here…

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The Glamour Beauty Edit Beauty Box Review (including HD brow and Benefit discount code!)

On Tuesday I was casually browsing Instagram when I came across this gorgeous beauty box. Glamour magazine have teamed up with Latest in Beauty (http://www.latestinbeauty.com) to bring the ultimate party ready beauty box! At only £15 this box is well worth its value, totalling in over £65 if all products were bought individually.

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Filled with excitement, I ordered the box during my lunch break on Tuesday. In total the box cost me around £18 includng P&P (still a huge saving!). Shipping stated it would take up to 5-7 days which was a bit dissapointing, however Latest in Beauty exceeded my expectations as the beauty box arrived after only 2 days!

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The box was presented beautifully. About A4 in size, it was smaller than I expected but full with wonderful, luxury products!

Included in the box:

1. Eyeko Lash Curler (RRP £12.00)

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I rarely use eyelash curlers, my go to is either a great mascara or false eyelashes, so this was my first time using a high-end eyelash curler. The velvet handles add a luxurious feel, and the curler is a great size. The protective rubber coating helps curl the lashes with minmal discomfort; when curling my lashes I could barely feel the curlers. Without any mascara or lash products on eyes, the curlers definitley helped lengthen my lashes by at least 1-2 inches.

Rating: 8/10

2. Benefit ‘They’re Real!’ Mascara 3.0g (RRP: £19.50 (for 8.5g size))

IMG_0378 copyI’ve been using this mascara for about a year now. I adore it! Honestly, I cannot reccomend a great mascara than any by Benefit. This review will be a bit bias because this product was one the draws for purchasing the beauty box! The great feature of this mascara is that it not only lengthens your lashes, but thickens them as well. With two coats they can easily replace the hassle of sticking on false lashes all the time!

Rating: 10/10

3. HD Brows Eye and Brow palette (RRP: £19.95)

IMG_0385 copyI’ve lusted after the HD eye and brow palette for a long, long time! As soon as I realised this was included in the beauty box, it became a must have! This palette was well worth the wait. Whilst saving up for this palette I’ve been using a great dupe by W7, however you can immeadiatley see the difference in both brands. The pigmentation within the HD palette is fantastic; the colour really stands out on your skin, and manages to stay in place all day. The palette comes with a great angle brush to precisley fill in your HD brows. If you need any advice on achieving HD brows read my previous blog post here (shameless plug! ;))

Rating: 10/10

4. Balance Me Radiance Face Oil 10ml (RRP: £15.00)

IMG_0372 copyI was rather intrigued by this product. I am a huge advocate for hair oil, however I’d never thought about using oil on my face! I suffer from combination oily skin, so the thought of putting even more oil onto my skin, in my mind, spells beauty disaster! The great defining feature of this product is that it contains tea tree oil which is a fantastic natural anti-bacterial spot/acne remedy. I haven’t used this product enough yet to truly notice a difference in my skin, although once applied it is a very thin layer of oil, I feel this product which be far better suited to a consumer with dry skin. If you suffer from dry or oily skin like myself I’d suggest avoiding this product.

Rating: 5/10

5. Philip Kingsley ‘One More Day’ Dry Shampoo 50ml (£6.00)

IMG_0368 copyAh dry shampoo. One of the biggest beauty challenges I’ve faced in the past! Dry shampoo can be very hit and miss; by the correct brand and you’ll have gorgeous long lasting, fresh hair. Buy the wrong brand and your hair will be hit with a dry avalanche shampoo powder, creating the very attractive look of a head full of dandruff! (Cough, cough looking at you TRESemmé!). I’m not going to beat around the bush here, I was very dissapointed with this product. With much trepidation I sprayed the dry shampoo onto my roots and aged about 50 years! My roots turned a white/grey-ish colour which when massaged into hair spread the colour further and further. I tried the product on my younger brother who has jet black hair thinking the grey effect could be due to my blonde-ish hair colour, however it also turned his hair white! Honestly this Philip Kingsley product falls into the latter category of AVOID dry shampoos; take a shower instead! Don’t waste your money.

Rating 2/10

6. Maybelline Baby Lips in ‘Hydrate’ (RRP: £2.99)

IMG_0376 copyI’ve heard great reveiws of this lipbalm from my friends who swear by it. Personally, I am obsessed the EOS brand of lipbalm! I love the packaging for this Maybelline product; simple and chic. There are a plethora of flavours available, the one provided in my beauty box is entitled ‘hydrate’ and has a wonderful bubblegum smell and taste to it. Once applied to the lips, the lipbalm gives a silky smooth feeling. My lips feel instantly hydrated and so soft! I think I may be converted to Maybelline; I’m definitley going to stock up on different flavours!

Rating 8/10

7. Toni & Guy Glamour Firm Hold Hairspray 75ml/50g (RRP: £6.39 for 250ml)

IMG_0370 copyI used to be a huge advocate for hairspray, but since dyeing my hair lighter, I find the less product I can use the less damage to my hair, and often hairspray can weigh down and knot your hair. I sprayed this product into my hair and was quite suprised at how light it felt. The residue was not sticky, nor did it knot my hair. It smells lovely; no harsh chemical smells like other hairspray products that are available. Although I have not used this product properly yet (other than to test for this post) I am excited to see how holds on a night out in a few weeks. So far I’m very impressed!

Rating 8/10

The box also comes with two beauty discount codes, which I will share with you lovely readers!

1. BENEFIT, 10% off Benefits products with the code glambeautyedit

2. HD BROWS, 20% off HD brow products with the code glamourhd

Overall I’d say this beauty box is a wonderful investment. For the price of £15 you receive a wonderful selection high-end products that can last months! I will 100% reccomend this beauty box to my friends; it would make for a great gift this christmas! Have a look here.

I would love to hear your opnions on this beauty box, or if anyone can reccomend anymore beauty boxes feel free to add them in the comments section below!