Beauty Reviews

@Justineskye x @MacCosmetics ‘Must-Have’ Film Noir Review!!

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Film Noir by Mac Cosmetics

So… I’ve literally been obsessed with Mac Cosmetics ‘Raizin’ for around 10 years using it as my staple blusher and I was looking for a change!! *hides face*

All I can say is thank God for Snapchat! I follow the gorgeous songstress Justine Skye and get to peek all her behind the scenes there, which is where i got to see her Mac Cosmetics Collab’.

Through each 10 sec video, she selected all her fav products and tried them out on her spotless mocha skin and thats when i met ‘Film Noir’….

A deep velvety red, that can be used as blusher, contour and a transition for eye make-up – SOLD!!

About this product:

Rich warm chocolate [Matte]

Powder Blush

High Pigment

Application:

A little goes a loooong way!  I love how you can make this product look very natural and then you can build it up to give a more edgy and vamp’ look! I remember the first day i wore it was when,my sister went into labour and after all the walking up and down, shop runs and getting the life squeezed out of my limbs… this product stayed put all day!

As mentioned before, I looove this products versatility and boy do I love when a products many uses helps you justify spending money! LOL

Above is a pic of my first attempt at eyeshadow – peek the ‘Film Noir’ on the eyes and cheeks *side eye*

Product Rating: 10/10

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BUY FILM NOIR

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Contouring Just Got Easier!

– Pride Magazine Review By Me:

Trends may come and go, but the most requested makeup look regardless of the season or occasion is beautiful contoured skin. The beauty of this look is the way it is able to remold and structure the face without needing to consult with a cosmetic surgeon!dp_contouring_poudre_sublime_uk_web-page-002-Medium1

Right now we are Loving Blackup’s new range of contouring sticks which is revolutionising contouring with it’s simple to use double-ended stick. This product blends seamlessly with your skin and its buildable cream texture with a powdery finish allows you to sculpt your face  & features where needed. In celebration of the new ‘Beauty’ March issue, we are calling this one of our top easy-to-use, must have products which can help anyone create a play of light and shadow worthy of a make-up pro! Move over Mario Dedivanovic!

Here’s Some hot tips from professional Make-up artists Ross Andrewartha and Debbie Finnegan on how to ge the perfect contour!

Highlight:

start with the lighter are first which is underneath the eyes, middle of the forehead and slightly towards the temple, down the nose, cupid bow and on the chin. This will really help to brighten, lighten and enhance these areas.

Contour:

Contour where the sun will naturally hit – on the sides of your forehead, around the hair line, down the nose either side of the highlighted section, which makes the nose seem more slimmer and sculpted. You may also choose to bring a contour down your jawline if you have excess skin there.

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Common mistakes:

  • Look at your profile – When creating a contoured look, DO NOT forget to look at all angles of your face!
  • Blend, Blend, Blend! – A big mistake is having the lines looking too strong! Make sure lines are blended with a good brush!
  • Find the right Colour – It helps to get the right product and shade for the perfect finish. highlight with a product that is one or two shades lighter on the lighter areas of your skin, that way you’re just taking the skin up a little notch or two. Then look at the deeper tones of your skin and go a shade or two deeper for the contour.
  • Keep it simple – Keep the contour simple and subtle and make sure the skin colour compliments your skin

Get your Blackup contouring stick here

 

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KARRUECHE X COLOURPOP BEAUTY REVIEW

So apart from being all things “fashion” I thought it would be an amazing chance to share some beauty products that I am obsessed about!

I represent my own brand ‘Erica Matthews’ and always like to look my best. I love beauty products that are effortless and easy to use! So I will be reviewing products for the lady who doesn’t want to put 20+ Products on her face that only look good on camera and scare people when you meet them face to face!

Discovering liquid lipsticks was a dreeeam and I fell in love with a few shades from the Karrueche x Colourpop collaboration! *thanks to my sister for the bring-in*

Lets talk  ‘Kae’…

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FINISH: Ultra Matte

SHADE: Nudes

How to apply:

Step 1: Make sure your lips are bare and dry! 

Step 2: Apply matching lip pencil for a precise and perfected application. 

Step 3: Apply Ultra Matte Lip with the applicator or your favorite lip brush. **For smoothest finish always exfoliate your lips first! 

My Thoughts…

I had googled so many swatches of this product, so I was really confused when I saw the colour of the bottle. the product is very thin and lightweight and is best applied with care. But the pigment/coverage is insane!! the application is smooth and the product dries flawlessly matte!

“It’s very long wearing and completely kiss proof!”

I tested… and its very long wearing and after a meal only requires a few touch-ups. this product is easy to layer, but to minimise the feeling of product on your lip (remember it is matte) and any form of flaking, I found the less product you put on, the better!

 

Tah-Daaaah!…

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 11/12

Mac Raizin 

Demure lashes ‘Dangerous’

Maybelline eyebrow duo in Dark Brown

Lets Talk ‘Rooch’…

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FINISH: Ultra Matte

SHADE: Reds

How to apply:

Step 1: Make sure your lips are bare and dry! 

Step 2: Apply matching lip pencil for a precise and perfected application. 

Step 3: Apply Ultra Matte Lip with the applicator or your favorite lip brush. **For smoothest finish always exfoliate your lips first! 

My Thoughts…

So It was love at first swipe *teeheee*…. unlike ‘Kae’ I found that I wasn’t as shocked with the colour of the lipstick in the bottle. But waiting for this product to dry to reveal its true colour…is evvvvvverything! 

Again…. its very long wearing ! I have big lips so found that I had to apply on the inner part of my lip because the red is more noticeable. After a meal, a few sips, it required a few touch-ups. but everywhere else.. it was perfect!

This product is easy to layer, I tested it with a deep plum liner.  The pigment was insane! 

I love that these colours really adapt to skin tones because it looked so different when my sister tried hers on!

Call it big lip woes…. but because I reapplied my inner lip I could feel the product, which wasn’t unbearable. But I tell you this product feels like nothing is on your lips! 

again, I found that to minimise the feeling of product on my lip (remember it is matte) and any form of flaking, I found the less product you put on, the better!  

Tah-Daaaah!

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 11/12

Mac Raizin 

Demure lashes ‘Dangerous’

Maybelline eyebrow duo in Dark Brown

They suggest storing these babies upright and shaking before application!

Swatches in Daylight…

Swatches in light….

10/10

 

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Lush Cosmetics ‘Magnaminty’ Mask Review!

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The Miracle pot

So, January is always a tough month right? The Monday of all months!

I’ve been recovering from yet another operation I had at the beginning of December and this has left my skin a bit sluggish!

I was thrilled with all the beauty bits and bobs I was gifted over christmas and have been dying to give this Lush ‘Mask of Magnaminty’ a try. I have never tried any of their infamous products but I always hear my sister trill at how amazing and natural their products are!

One of my New Year Goals is to get into tip-top shape, my health means more than anything right now! After a successful glute-burning session of Pilates I decided to follow my weekly planner and Reward myself with a mini pampering sesh’.

After gently cleansing my face I applied the creamy green mask using an old foundation brush I abandoned and found it really easy to apply. Surprisingly the minty smell was dominant. There was a muted delicious scent which made me scramble for the ingredients list on the pot and of course I nodded when I read my favourite word… vanilla!…

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Don’t I look Gorgeous?!

There was an expected tingle after I finished applying the mask… but nothing major.

I spent the instructed 10 minute application in the shower singing to my Spotify Tropical House playlist, desperately trying to avoid my face.

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Buff Buff and away!…

I gently buffed the mask away using the palm of my hand with my face glove (much softer than regular exfoliation gloves) rubbing in the little evening primrose seeds.

I was really impressed! my skin visibly look brighter, tighter and smoother. This miracle pot is aimed at spots and tired skin and I definitely think it gave my skin the wake up call it needed.

I love that this mask is Self-preserving, safe for the face and body, easy to apply, smells great, brightens and clears the skin in 10 minutes and is 100% Natural and cruelty free!

I will definitely be using this in my Beauty routine more often!!

Want to try it yourself? Click Here

Hope you enjoyed xxxo

 

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In Love With BlackUp’s New Eyeshadow Palettes!!

– Pride Magazine Review By Me:

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Make-up trends change from season to season, but we love that Blackup cosmetics products always seem timeless!

Our beauty team are obsessed with their compact Luminous and vibrant ‘5 eyeshadow’ pallettes they have released, making it even easier to look glamorous on the go!

This sleek palette gives you four textures in one palette and allows you to apply a very natural day look, which you can then work into a deep sultry look for the evening!

Pal05 is one of the more more feminine palletes in the collection. The rich Mauve colour (top left) has a Satin finish which gives a gorgeous subtle sheen to the eye, perfect for creating a more edgy natural eye. Next to it (Top Middle) is a warm pink, which on application offers a soft metallic colour with a playful sparkling finish making it perfect for blending. The true underdog in this palette is the deep purple (top right) which gives a high pigmented metallic finish perfect for an evening look.

The Palette retails at £32.00 get yours here!

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 ‘RING MY BELLA’ HANDBAG MUST HAVE!!

‘Ring My Bella’ Crescent Row Eau de Toilette, 30ml – £29.50

So fiiinally.. after a few months I am finally ready to give my FULL review on a Goooorgeous Perfume from one of my favourite cosmetics brands ..Benefit! I am a huge fan of Benefits Perfumes.. in particular Carmela.. They gave me an AMAZING opportunity to do a review on their Newest addition to their fragrances (which was launched a few months ago exclusively to Bootsbut now you can get it at any Benefit Retailer)!!

Realistically guys… I will never choose to do a review on a Perfume like this again.. very very time consuming *sigh*.. But! I was so inspired that my Benefit Perfumes always lasted me longer than any other perfume I have used, so I thought I would do the review WHEN my sexy bottle finished. When I have previously walked out with Benefits Carmela perfume on.. I would always get at least ONE person stops me asking where I got my perfume from.. NO exaggeration… My Idea was to use the fragrance in Many of the everyday situations that us girls get into.. with that, I was to record the effects and opinions that people gave.. just so you know HOW GOOD IT REALLY IS!..

MY FIRST IMPRESSION:

So when I first got the perfume.. The packaging like the others from the collection is definitely candy for the eyes… *whispers* definitely a gift you should consider this Xmas!! The smell is sweetly seductive with a citrus kick.. which proves to get your senses caught in a ‘juicy fling’ .. it’s surprisingly fresh and light aroma brings warmth and clarity opposed to some of the real heavy over-priced perfumes out there…

HANGING WITH GIRLS/ THE NIGHT OUT:

So, like when shopping.. most of us always turn and ask “what do you think”.. the opinion of your friends is a MUST! Perfume choices do tend to be an individual selection.. but let’s face it.. your friends WILL tell you if you smell like “a baby prostitute” (#MeanGirlsQuotesILove) or if that perfume is ..let’s just say.. putrid *holds nose*. I’ll admit.. I did smile when two of my friends asked “mmn.. what are you wearing” when we done our exaggerated run.. scream.. then hug routines! I didn’t even have to boast or try to awkwardly fit conversation in about the new perfume! * fist pump* it was described with words like; fresh, fruity and reminders of holiday.. Which I totally agree on.. Later I was regretting that I didn’t tell them it was new shower gel.. because when we decided to go out that evening.. everyone was leaving their perfumes and sprays in the bottom of their clutches and asking to have a “quick ring (spritz) of Bella” LOL!

AT WORK:

So this proved to be much more difficult being someone who (at that time) is not in an Office, shop etc. Full Time. So I used my photo shoot day to my advantage.. I know I could be a lot more cheekier with my MUA friend Chanel Boateng and ask her straight up what she thought. It was a hit with her.. fresh and light.. but she did say she is not the HUGEST fan on sweet smells.. and too much was too much when I myself and the whole team were testing it out on ourselves LOL!!… poor photographer…

THE DATE: 

Gawsh.. anyone who knows me.. knows I’m not too much of a fan of dates.. For many reasons including the feeling that I’m going to have that Bridget Jones/ Miranda moment where I trip.. slap someone in the face.. something flies into my eye and then my skirt gets caught on something which exposes my knickers.. (nothing like that has happened.. yet..) *covers face*… But for the love of ‘Ring my Bella’ and all you women out there.. It was for you LOL! Someone’s fragrance is always something that greets you when getting into the car.. Sooo I was more than happy when I heard.. yes.. I HEARD (not imagining things I tell ya).. him take in a deep breath and then saw him smirk.. so I took that as a good sign right?.. he didn’t open the window or start sneezing LOL! So I went in for the kill.. the hug.. and there it was again.. the deep breath.. “mmn you smell nice..”. .. Oh I kid you not.. this could have been perfect advert.. me just taking the bottle out of my bag and meeting eyes with the camera doing that slow nod *LOOOL*

THE GYM: 

So this is for those of us who are not gyming it out on the Wii Fit board but trudging of to the good old gym to work up a sweat!! I am one of those that makes that promise “from Monday, I will be going to gym at least 3 times a week” and then Tuesday I’m sitting on the sofa scoffing a Krispy Kreme Doughnut *LOL* So I thought let’s keep to the ‘promise’ and see how it lasts.. By this time.. I was getting use to the perfume but with a lift a kick and a very slow squat.. I got bursts of Bella.. and it was gorgeous. I weirdly felt at least If I look a mess.. I sure smell great LOL!!

Benefit are offering some AMAAAZING Gifting Ideas!! So why not get your hands on this Perfume one (for yourself or) for a woman in your life who would LOVE IT!! better yet.. you have an option of breaking up the set to give as lush stocking fillers!!!

Benefit – RRP £29.50… BARGAIN!!!

Available at any Benefit Counter!!!

“LAUGHTER IS THE BEST COSMETIC…SO GRIN AND WEAR IT!” – BENEFIT

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MY REVIEW ON HELLO FLAAAWLESS OXYGEN WOOOOW FROM BENEFIT!!

Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Brightening Makeup colour Hazelnut by Benefit £24.50,

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I haven’t STOPPED talking about it for the past few weeks!! Benefit have come out with a goooorgeous liquid foundation which gives amaaazing coverage!! I have been waiting for the moment when Benefit would expand their shades, so I literally JUMPED at the opportunity to try it out when I saw they had!!

Left: Benefit Foundation / Right: No foundation (Sleek Cosmetics concealer on eyebrow)

It’s a brightening liquid Foundation which leaves such a flawless and natural complexion that leaves you looking like your not wearing a THING!! Its hydrating complex boooosts cellular respiration to give that ‘plumping effect’ and best of all its a barrier from the environmental stresses and locks in that Vitamins C and E goodness… which have you knoooow are Vitamins which help to prevent Ageing of the skin!! *crowd of women cheer*..

I kid you not.. this is not photoshop business!! (photos taken on my Apple IPhone).. I LOVE IT!! it’s really lightweight and when built up.. it helps highlight eyebrows, cheekbones and nose.. NATURALLY!

I always find with my Fashion Styling life… late nights and early morning are always given away on my face.. so Flawless and lightweight foundations are everything I look for just so I could get that quick fix!!

Make-up done by Kara Matthews, Head Wrap by Gundrun Sjoden @ Varg PR

So I had my Gorgeous sister do a quick bit of Make-up on Half of my face to show just how much it can bring your complexion back to life in the best possible way… Looking Natural!!

What Else Did i Use??

From Left to Right: Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow (Brightening Makeup) colour Hazelnut by Benefit £24.50, Powder Blush colour Raizin by MAC Cosmetics £17.50, i-Divine Palette colour Sunset by Sleek Makeup £6.49, Liner Feutre colour ultra Black by Bourjouis £6.99, Mascara colour Raven by Topshop cosmetics £8.00, Rouge Coco Shine colour Boy by Chanel £23.00.

I Look forward to doing more reviews with Benefit!! I hope you enjoyed!! And I DEFINITELY recommend you head down to your closest Benefit Counter and try it for yourself!!

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BRING THE SUN WHEREVER YOU GO THIS SEASON WITH BENEFIT SUN BEAM!!

 

We didn’t have much of  a summer this year and we were whipped into bitter autumn at the snap of a finger!!

So why not choose to bring that summer sun glow with you wherever you go with Benefit cosmetics amazing product Sun beam!!

Glowing skin is known to help you to look healthy, hydratedfull of  life and younger!!

I love the fact that I can cut corners and have an instant boost with this ONE PRODUCT!! *crowd of women cheer*

Above are the products in my Make-up bag that Make-up artist Kara Graham used to create my natural Glowing look for the wella trend awards 2012 I was styling Shingai Shoniwa from the noisettes for!!

(from left, clockwise) Urban Decay Naked Palette 1, Sleek Au Naturel, Sleek Molten Metal, Fashion Secret Gel Liner, Fashionistaa Supermodel Lengthening (I LOOOVE THISSSS), Mac Matte blusher Raisen, Benefit Cosmetic Flawless oxygen Wow, Sleek ‘Hide it’ Concealer.

What I love about this product is its simplicity.. it can be used to highlight on the cheeks, cheekbones, brow-bone and nose. This product also offers easy on-the-go application with its nail varnish brush.

This product is small and therefore easy to carry on the go in your make-up bag, handbag and even your smallest clutch!!

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The simplicity of this product is a reliable ‘what you see is what you get’ product… I have seen a lot of reviews on this product for lighter skin tones… but you can see that it doesn’t make me look grey like many ‘bronzing’ products tend to go!!

working in fashion.. sleep is like Gold dust.. so on days I am exhausted from work, this product truly fools my team!! In fact… I’m not quite sure how I was able to do without this product before.. LOL!!

I have had this item for a few months.. and It is still full!! So retailing for £18.50 this is a MUST HAVE!!

Click here to buy yours!!

I give this product…

SCORE 10/10

it truly gets my thumbs up!!

Enjoy the glow!! xxxo