Saturday, April 25, 2015

Face of the Day- Bitch Perfect

I wore this make up look last weekend and I liked it so much that I wanted to share it with you all. The look is centred around this quick and easy smoky brown/bronze eye. I used the shade Factory from the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette which I blended out with the matte shade Limit. This created a really easy multi-dimensional smoky eye. I then added some dark brown pencil liner from No7 to my lower lash line and water line and blended it out before adding some of the Factory shade on top of the pencil. 


I finished off the eyes by curling my lashes with my new eyelash curler from Eyeko which is amazing at making my eyes look wider. I think I prefer it slightly to my Shu Uemura one. I used one of my favourite mascaras, Volume Clubbing by Bourjois which is great for anyone who loves voluminous lashes.


I wanted to have natural but flawless skin so I used one of my current favourite base combinations of the L'Oréal Nude Magique Blur Cream (which is very similar to Benefit The Porefessional) and No7 Stay Perfect foundation which gives a little more coverage than the Superlight version that I reviewed recently. The Blur Cream is great for blurring pores and smoothing out the texture of the skin, I like to use it just on the centre of my face. I've found the key to the Stay Perfect foundation is to use less product and you end up with a very natural but even finish to your skin. These two products make a great combination for days when your skin needs a little more help to look it's best. 


My dark circles weren't too bad so i just used a little bit of the No7 Instant Radiance Concealer under my eyes and at the sides of the bridge of my nose to lighten up the area. It's such an easy product to use, it blends effortlessly onto the skin and doesn't crease or look too heavy. 


I finished off my skin by using a stunning new product from YSL, Les Sahariennes, a balm-powder that gives a sun-kissed perfecting glow to the skin. I used it to contour my face a little bit, along my forehead and nose and across my cheeks in lieu of blush. I won't say too much about it now because I plan on writing an in-depth review before it's release on May 27th, but after just a few uses I'm already smitten. 

I didn't use powder because I didn't need the make up to last that long and it allowed my skin to look sun-kissed and glowy. 

To finish off the look, I used one of the most gorgeous nude lipstick's I've ever used, Bitch Perfect by Charlotte Tilbury. First of all the formula of these lipsticks applies beautifully and I've found it to last very well for such a creamy texture. The shade is perfection, as the name suggests. I feel like this would suit every skin tone it's just one of those colours. It just makes me want more of Charlotte's lipsticks. If you're on the fence about investing in one of her lipsticks, let me just gently nudge you over the fence. You won't regret it. 


Products Used:

L'Oréal Nude Magique Blur Cream
No7 Stay Perfect Foundation in Calico
No7 Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes Pencil in Brown
No7 Instant Radiance Under Eye Concealer in 10
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay Naked Palette 3
Bourjois Volume Clubbing Mascara
Bourjois Little Round Pot Eyeshadow in Beige Rose 08
Eyeko Eyelash Curler
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
Sleek MakeUp Brow Perfector
Soap and Glory Archery Brow Tint and Pencil in Hot Chocolate
No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Bitch Perfect
YSL Les Sahariennes Sun-Kissed Blur Perfector in 3 Épice

What do you think? Would you wear this look? What is your favourite make up look at the moment?


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Armani Eye Tints

These Armani Eye Tints are my first venture into the Giorgio Armani beauty range, for shame! After trying these just once I could already see why people rave about Armani Beauty. The products are such beautiful quality.

The Eye Tints come in 12 shades ranging from pale neutrals to vibrant greens and dark blues, there is something for everyone. I have never tried an eye colour like these before. The innovative formula uses a unique water/pigment suspension which means that the fine pearl pigment is dispersed evenly across the eyelids and stays put for up to 16 hours without creasing or smudging. 



I was sent two shades from the new Eye Tint range, Cold Copper and Rose Ashes. As you can see from the swatches below, Cold Copper is a champagne gold shade while Rose Ashes is a dusky pale pink shade.


Rose Ashes, Cold Copper

These are the perfect everyday eye make up shades because they are so easy to wear. I use the applicator to apply the product to my eyelids and blend it out with a fluffy blending brush, I'm sure you could use fingers to blend if you prefer. I've worn the shades alone and with brown eye liner smudged at the lash line or with black liquid liner as you can see below. You can also use one wash of colour or blend it out and layer up the product so that you get a more intense colour pay off. I'd imagine this would be great for the darker shades and because the formula is so lightweight it doesn't feel like you have lots of product on your eyelids. 


You can see above the fine pearlised pigment which looks stunning on the eyes, especially when it catches the light. 


I love the sleek packaging of the Eye Tints, I like that you can see the product in the tube. It's sturdy and hard wearing which makes them great for when you're travelling. I love the applicator as I find it gives a precise amount of product and makes it so easy to apply the Tints to my eyelids. You could also take a fine liner brush and use it as eye liner. 


Cold Copper, Rose Ashes


Cold Copper with brown liner


Rose Ashes with brown liner


Rose Ashes with liquid liner in direct daylight

I've been wearing these on an almost daily basis since I got them because I find them so handy for my morning make up routine when I don't have that much time to get ready but I still want to look like I've made an effort with my make up. Both of these shades look great with a bit of eye liner to define the lash line and then a bright lip shade. The lasting power is incredible too, you don't need to use any primer as they last all day (and night) without an sign of creasing which I find to be a huge bonus. I feel like these could be the perfect eye product for the warmer Summer months when you want to wear make up but don't want to worry about it smudging and melting from your face. 

There are some gorgeous shades I'd be interested in trying like Shadow, Senso, Green Iron and Emeraude. I definitely want to add some more of these to my collection. The Eye Tints are priced at €32 and are available in Ireland from Brown Thomas. I really think you get value for your money as the quality is second to none and to me it's such a unique product. 

What do you think? Have you tried these yet?


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