MAC Brow Set Vs L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper

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Right L’Oreal Brow Plumper Left Mac Brow Set

 

 

Brow set is a staple in my makeup bag, Girls if you don’t own or know about brow set then get to know! MAC Brow Set in the shade Show Off is well noted in my blog as one of my favourite products so when I heard L’Oreal were bringing their own version out I was super excited to get my hands on it. For the Brow Set novices out there, Brow set is a great alternative for those of you like myself that aren’t too handy with a brow pencil or it can be used in conjunction with a brow pencil to tame unruly brows or plump sparse brows. I would recommend if you are going to use a Brow Gel alone that your brows are neatly plucked and not too overgrown!

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Right L’Oreal Brow Set Medium/Dark Left Mac Brow Set Show Off

 

MAC Brow Set £13.50

This Brow Set comes in 3 shades, I use the darkest shade which is Show Off. As much as I love this product it has to be said the shades are a little strange, Show Off the shade that I use is a dark brown but has a mahogany/reddish undertone, the next shade is Beguile which I would recommend for slightly lighter brows has a gold undertone and there’s also a clear shade.I am surprised  that there is not a bigger shade range or more neutral shades however once applied the undertones are not as prominent and you are left with gorgeous results. To apply, firstly I comb my brows with and old (clean) mascara brush to ensure my brows are in place and then I gently comb on the Brow Set  making sure there is not too much product on the wand. This fills in any gaps, plumps my brows and sets them into place without them looking stiff or clumpy. If you do happen to make a mistake I find that its quite easy to wipe away without looking smudged or having to start again.

L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper £5.99

It has taken me quite some time to get my hands on this but finally after several trips to Boots I now have this in the shade Medium/Dark. A great starting point is that  its half the price of the MAC Brow Set priced at £5.99, and this also comes in 3 shades, Blonde, Medium/Dark and Clear. The first difference is the size of the wand which is much smaller, I do find that this makes it much easier to control the product and comb the hairs into place. Both the consistency and the colour are vastly different to the MAC Brow Set,the shade Medium/Dark definitely bears more ashy tones and is not a deep as Show Off so if you were to have dark brown or black hair you may find that this is not quite dark enough for you.  I have also found that The Brow Artist Plumper dries much faster and  some what stiffer which makes it quite hard to correct if you do happen to make a mistake.

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The Verdict

I’m really  torn as I like both products and they both have some great features, I love the smaller brush on the L’Oreal Brow Plumper but I also love the colour and depth that the MAC Brow Set provides. If I had to choose it would have to be the MAC Brow Set as the consistency just slightly trumps the Brow Plumper, However if you do have slightly lighter brows or don’t want to spend £13.50 I would  definatley recommend the L’Oreal Brow Plumper!

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Wearing my favourite Brow Set in ‘Show Off’

 

 

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Special Occasion Makeup

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This Saturday marked my 3 year anniversary with my boyfriend which firstly is a pretty big achievement and secondly was the perfect excuse for me to get dressed up and dip into that huge makeup collection of mine. The party season is upon us and this look would be perfect whether your going for a meal with friends or getting glammed up for your christmas party!

I started off with my usual base of Smashbox Photofinish Light which is an absolute must for oily girls and then applied MAC Studio Fix Fluid in the shade NC37 with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. Studio Fix is long wearing and photographs brilliantly meaning it is my go to foundation for a night out.

For my under eye area I used Bobbi Browns Porcelain Peach Corrector with Rimmel Wake Me up concealer in Soft Beige to highlight my cheek bones.  I then started on my eyes using MAC Satin Taupe  eye shadow all over the lid,blending up to the crease and slighltly winging out. Using the same shadow I then dragged the colour onto my lower lash line to create a smoky effect,I have mentioned before my love of a good smokey eye and as saturday was a special occasion I added a pop of blue to mine using Maxfactors Saphire Rage shadow onto the lower lashline over the Satin Taupe.

For lashes I kept it natural, I have really gone off strip lashes recently and am embracing my natural lashes. I used my lash curler from MAC and then applied N07 Extreme Length Extend Mascara. This mascara added length but didn’t add much volume so I added some Model Co lash fibres to add some additional thickness.

Now that my eyes were complete I moved on to contouring using MAC’s scuplting powder in the shade dark,  this is one of MAC’s newest products which I have mixed reviews about- I will post a full review for you soon! I blended my contour with Mac Mineralise Skin Finish in Medium and on my cheek applied Benefits Coralista Blush topped off with MAC Global Glow highlighter on the cheek bones.

As I was going for a meal I kept my lips natural using MAC Myth lipstick and Lipglass in Prrr.This look would work equally as well with a brighter shade, my choice would be Sleek lipstick in Mystic or MAC Girl About Town.

 

 

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The finished look

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Everyday Essentials

I don’t know about you but I am massively struggling to get up in the mornings at the moment due to the fact that it’s so dark it still feels like the middle of the night. My alarm gets snoozed a minimum of 3 times which means I am left with very little time to get ready for work! It’s a well known fact that I love makeup however on days like this I reach for my daily essentials that I know will see me through my working day.

Quick every day makeup…What you will need!

 

  1. Long wearing foundation

Every girl should own a long wearing foundation! Being oily skinned means that a long wearing matte foundation will always be my first choice when it comes to a long day in the office. For a quick application and flawless finish I use my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.

Best High End: Estee Lauder Double Wear

Best Budget- Revlon Colour Stay for oily skin

 

  1. Matte Bronzer

Contouring doesn’t have to be technical or take hours; I use a matte bronzer to define my cheek bones and lightly dust over my forehead to give a bronzed finish.

Best High End: MAC Give Me Sun Mineralise Skin Finish

Best Budget: W7 Honolulu Bronzer

 

  1. A Shimmer Blush

A shimmer blush will brighten up any look especially when you’re keeping your makeup simple, a natural peachy tone would be my go to for every day makeup which will compliment your contour perfectly.

Best High End: MAC Style Sheer tone Blush

Best Budget: Sleek Rose Gold Blush

 

  1. Mascara

I like to keep my eyes natural for work meaning no eye shadow just a quick curl of my lashes and a good few layers of mascara.

Best High End: Lancôme Hypnose Drama

Best Budget: Maybelline The Falsies

 

  1. Lipstick

A berry coloured shade is my first choice for everyday, just enough colour to accentuate my natural lip colour.

Best High End-MAC Lovelorn

Maybelline-Moisture Renew in Vintage Pink

 

  1. Setting powder

To finish off the look I use a powder, my first choice is MAC Studio Fix Powder which is actually a powder foundation but I find this suits my oily skin perfectly. I haven’t yet found a worthy budget alternative so any suggestions are welcome!

 

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All Day Festival Makeup

So I am totally guilty of neglecting my blog recently- Excuses I know but I have been ridiculously busy!

Anyhow last week I went to Wireless Festival in Birmingham and with Festival season in full swing what better to post about than a festival makeup look.

I have only ever been to two festivals and whist I totally dig festival chic I am by no means a pro at this! Porter loo’s are just not my thing.

The first thing I look for in festival makeup is a long wearing foundation after all it needs to withstand sweat, rain or whatever else the English weather decides to throw at you. MacStudio Fix Fluid is perfect for this! Teamed with primer and powder this will last all day without looking to heavy or false.

I am wearing the shade NC37 applied with a damp beauty blender along with my go to primer Smashbox Photo Finish Light and Studio Fix Powder in NC42. Another festival essential for me is my MAC Blot powder which I keep with me to top up throughout the day and mop up any oiliness!

Festivals can be pretty hectic so I like to  combine a corrector with a highlighting pen to look wide awake no matter what time it is. I am using Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Peach an Mac Prep+Prime pen in Bright Forecast applied underneath the eyes and to the tops of the cheeks.

On my eyes I am wearing MAC Scene Eyeshadow all over the lid and used a black gel liner to create a winged effect. To add a bit of sparkle I used a Mac Pigment in a shimmery lilac shade applied with a damp eye shadow brush to my crease. Apologies I don’t know the colour I bought it in Thailand a few years back.

To brighten up the look and give it that festival vibe I used Mac Parfait Amour eye shadow on the lower lash line paired with a waterproof black liner from Urban Decay in the waterline. One thing I do need to invest in is a good eye primer so any recommendations would be appreciated!

For cheeks I went for a naturally flushed look using MAC Pink Swoon blush and soft and gentle highlighter on the cheek bones for an extra glow.

Lips for me have to be natural- All that drinking makes it all too easy to get lipstick on my teeth or round my face. I went for an old favourite MAC Creme D’Nude lipstick topped up with C-Thru Lipglass.

I hope you like this look and enjoyed reading.

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Studio Sculpt Foundation Review

I promised in my last post that I would review Mac’s Studio Sculpt foundation so here I am!

I have used Sculpt in the past and not had the best experience but after seeing so many makeup artists working with this and getting such beautiful results I had to try it again.

I’ll start by saying if your an oily girl like me this is not a breeze to work with! Its not to say however that this can’t be a gorgeous foundation if your prepared to put a bit if effort in and work with it!

Sculpt is a gel based foundation so its not as runny as your average liquid foundation. For any of you that have used the Clinique Stay Matte its a similar texture to that but much fuller coverage.You only need a pea size amount to cover the whole face in fact I always forget and squeeze out too much and have to dispose of the excess.

I like to apply Sculpt with a regular flat foundation brush either a Mac 190 or Real Techniques foundation brush. It took me a while to figure out  the best way to apply this foundation; My first choice would usually be the  Beauty Blender  but in this case I found it made the foundation look much to heavy. My second choice would usually be the Real Techniques Buffing Brush but I felt this moved the foundation around my face too much and wouldn’t set.

I wear Sculpt in the shade NW35  and as previously mentioned  in summer I tend to switch from usual NC to NW to compliment my tan. I would definitely say that the shades in Sculpt are not as exaggerated as the Studio Fix the undertones are not as strong which suits me just fine as I do think the SFF can be overly yellow or orange.

I apply a thin layer of Sculpt with my foundation brush in small strokes and gradually build up until I’m happy with the coverage which can be anything from sheer to full. The finish is demi matte and oily girls will definitely need to prime and powder if you want to use this. I apply Studio Fix Powder Plus over this in the shade NC45 which compliments the foundation perfectly. For reference I always use Smashbox Photofinish Light Primer which is a must for my oily skin.

I love how this foundation looks when its applied-slightly glowy but with enough coverage. Oily girls will most definitely need to blot throughout the day and you will find that this doesn’t last as long as a true matte finish foundation but that said it is a really gorgeous foundation and a great alternative to the Studio Fix Fluid. After all you are meant to glow in the summer!

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Holiday Blog Post

We all like to look our best on holiday and there’s a lot of preparation that goes in to this for us girls! I have just returned from an amazing break in Cyprus and in this post I will share with you my pre holiday routine along with some of my favourite holiday products.

Lashes

I always have my = lashes done before I go away I can’t deal with panda eyes or having to glue  false lashes on in the heat. In the past  I have had cluster lashes applied which are around 3 lashes in a cluster which are glued on to your own lashes. These last about a week and I love the fullness they provide however they can be very damaging to your natural lashes.

This time I had individual lash extensions applied which are more expensive than the clusters but a lot kinder on your natural lashes and they last alot longer.I had mine applied by my good friend Soodi last Monday who is fantastic.  I loved the fact I didn’t need to apply mascara whilst I was away and they still look great now.

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Nails

For years I had worn acrylic extensions on my nails but a few months ago I made the decision to take them off and begun the process of repairing my natural nails. I have a UV lamp at home and have been applying Shellac to my nails myself but decided to get them done professionally for my holiday. I had Gelish applied to my nails which feels much stronger than Shellac and I love the fact they don’t chip. These were also done by Soodi who is based in London. I have posted the link to her website below.

http://m.beautybysoodi.com
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Skin

For those of you that follow my blog you will know that I have been struggling with my skin and being bare-faced on holiday obviously I wanted it to look at its best. I heard that Microdermabrasion was really good for Comedogenic acne so I had an hour of Microdermabrasion at Pretty Chic salon in Leicester. My skin instantly felt silky smooth and all though at first I did have a few pimples appear my skin is now much clearer. They recommend to have this done every two weeks so I am going to continue to do so. I will be posting on the progress of my acne in the next few weeks so I will let you know how it goes.

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Being a girl who loves makeup naturally I was going to treat myself to some goodies for my holiday! So I headed to MAC which if you hadn’t already realised is my favourite makeup brand.The first item I picked was Coral Bliss lipstick. Coral is the perfect holiday colour-It just spells summer! Coral Bliss gives a glossy peach finish which would compliment most skintones. The only thing to mention is if you do take one of the Creme Sheen Lipsticks on holiday the soft texture means they can get quite mushy- So keep it out of the heat.

I also picked up a blush in Ambering Rose which is a sheertone blush with reddish undertones and gold shimmery particles. I tend to go quite dark when I’m away so wanted a blush that will still show up through my tan. Ambering Rose works great for those with olive skin tones who still enjoy wearing a blush on holiday.

The last thing I picked up before I left  Prep+Prime Highlighter pen in Bright Forecast. Usually I would wear this in the shade Light Boost which has a very yellow undertone; this one has a more peachy undertone so is more suitable for the summer.

On my return I was distracted in the airport by a huge Mac stand. I had been wearing a range of foundations whist on holiday my favourites being Studio Fix Fluid which is a staple in my makeup bag and also Makeup Forevers HD Foundation.

I wanted to get matched up for when I was tanned to use when I go on holiday and  I decided to give Studio Sculpt another go as it provides full coverage but a more dewy finish than the SFF. I have tried Sculpt a few times but wanted to try it again now that  I have managed to control my oiliness. I was matched up to the shade NW35 which compliments my tan perfectly along with a Studio Fix Powder in NC45 to match. I will post a full review on the Scuplt in the coming weeks.

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Kim Kardashian Inspired Makeup

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Whether you love or loathe Kim Kardashian there is no denying her makeup is always flawless and on point. Kim has made it very public that her favourite foundation is Makeup Forevers HD foundation which I have also used to create this look.

To give you a little more info on the HD Foundation;Makeup Forever is an American brand and its not readily available to purchase in the UK. There is only one place that I know of where you can get your hands on this which is The Guru Makeup Emporium. (I will post the link below) This also means you have to match yourself up as best as you can which I did by using Findation.com. I wear the shade N155 which I would say is close to Mac Nw30 or Double Wears Ivory Beige.

One thing to note about this foundation is that is has quite a runny wet consistency so I find the best way to apply is with a Buffing Brush so you can really work it into your skin. This is a lovely foundation and has a gorgeous finish but being an oily girl it wouldn’t be my first choice for every day but works really well for nights out and its something I’ll be using on holiday when I want a more glowy finish.

After applying my foundation and primer I used Macs Mineralise Concealer under the eyes and down the centre of the nose in the shade Nw20. This is a really creamy hydrating concealer so it gives a lovely dewy finish.Kim always wears a strong brow so I filled mine in with Mac Spike pencil and a good coat of Mac Brow Gel in Show off to really set them into place.

For eyes it had to be a smokey eye but as it was daytime I have opted for a more natural smokey eye using Sleeks Au Naturel & Storm Palettes along with Rimmels brown kohl liner in the waterline. I curled my lashes with Mac’s eyelash curler  and applied lashings of Chanels Le Volume mascara.

This look is all about a heavy contour so using Macs Give Me Sun Bronzer and an angled brush I sucked in my cheeks to create a solid line as well as applying  bronzer on my forehead close to the hairline. I blended this in with Mac Studio Fix Powder in the shade NC42. To warm up the cheeks I used Mac Blush in peaches which works really well with a tan it gives a lovely terracotta glow.To finish I used Mac Soft & Gentle Highlighter on the tops of the cheeks, down the nose and the cupids bow.

Kim usually wears a pinky nude lip and I happen to know that some of her favourites are Mac’s Angel Lipstick and Nars Turkish Delight Gloss. I have opted for Loreal’s Colour Riche Lipstick in Doutzens nude to complete this look.

For those of you that are a fan of Kim’s look this is really easy to do even if you are new to the whole highlighting/contouring technique. If your wanting to purchase the HD Foundation here is the link as promised:

http://www.gurumakeupemporium.com/buy-Make-Up-For-Ever

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