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Thursday, 26 November 2015

Simplified Brow Routine

A pair of well-groomed brows can be achieved in less than a minute, read on to know more...

After faffing about with brow pomades and powders, I've finally found two products that help me achieve well-groomed brows in under a minute. I'm not a big fan of the sculpted, mega-arch brow look; I prefer a less precise approach that makes the brows look naturally thick. Soap & Glory's Brow Archery in Brownie Points is a double-ended pen that's designed with brow tint and colour to give you achieve perfectly shaped brows. The tint end of the pen comes with a fine tipped brush to help you feather on individual hairs without requiring surgical precision. The waxy end not only adds a tint, but also thickens the hairs to create fuller looking brows. It can be layered or worn alone depending on how you want to shape your brows.

I brush my brows upward and outward and fill in any sparse areas with soft feathering strokes. To give it a little more fullness, I apply the waxy colour towards the inner corners in gentle strokes making sure not to over fill. Finally, I brush through with the Maybelline Brow Drama in Dark Brown to give it some texture and hold it in place. This brow mascara is probably the best brow gel I've ever used, it's grooms the brows into shape without making it too stiff or crunchy. 

What's your brow grooming routine? Leave your comments below. 

Monday, 16 November 2015

Review: Introducing H&M Beauty

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H&M's new beauty line has some top-notch products and some absolute fails, here's my take on it...

Colour Essence Eye Cream in Sirocco, £4.99: This creamy eyeshadow with finely-milled glitter is a delight to use. The velvety cream-to-powder formula is highly blendable and wears well without a primer. Though it lacks the depth and complexity when compared to other drugstore eyeshadows, at £4.99 it is as good as it gets. This bronzy shade is perfect for everyday use; I like to smudge some dark kohl along the lash line to create a smoky eye look. Next, on my shopping list is the gorgeous mauve-bordeaux shade called 'Gentlewoman'. 

Cream Lip Colour in Rust Me, £7.99: This lipstick is a winning combination of rich, pigmented colour and high-shine. The wonderfully moisturising formula glides on easily without creeping into lip lines or highlighting the texture. It's the perfect autumnal shade that sits right between a rusty brown and red - a modern take on the 90's brown. The only let down is the longevity; it disappeared without a trace after my morning tea. Such a shame! 

Colour Essence Eye Pencil in Celestial, £3.99: This product is not the one pictured above. There's a long story behind it, so i'll skip and get right to the review. The eyeliner pencils come in a variety of finishes - matte, pearl, glitter and metallic to cater to every whim and fancy. Celestial is a black eye pencil with silver glitter particles. The creamy formula dries in an instant and doesn't budge easily. It's a real standout in the collection. 

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

What's New From Kiko + Reviews

Kiko has been killing it with their recent collection, and here's a sampling of my favourite products...

Glow Potion Perfecting Serum: I purchased this product for two reasons: One it's called a 'glow potion' and two because of the gorgeous frosted bottle and rose gold packaging. But is the product any good? Depends on what you're looking for. The iridescent serum adds a subtle glow to the face and dries to a silky, smooth matte finish. It feels hydrating but definitely not a substitution for your nightly serums and moisturisers. It's a great makeup base that creates a smooth complexion. Suitable for all skin types - particularly great for people with oily skin.

Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipstick: No the rose gold packaging didn't sway me, nor did the affordable price tag. What really swayed me was the creamy formula that delivers rich pigmented colour in just one swipe. I found two nude lip shades that perfectly complement my olive skin tone. I bought the shades 105 (pinkish brown) and 106 (mauve) because they're are so distinct yet look like my natural lip colour. With a good five to six hours of lasting power, these lipsticks can be worn sheer or built up to an opaque colour. The unique click packaging lends a luxe look to these lipsticks. A must-have in any lip wardrobe.

Intense Colour Long Lasting Eyeliner: My eyes get watery every time I apply eyeliner and I've tried every imaginable drugstore eyeliner but none have the lasting power as these Kiko ones do. Though it's not the blackest black eyeliner, it glides on smoothly without making my eyes water. It's seriously pigmented and delivers rich colour in one smooth stroke. I experience slight smudging at the end of the day but that's no biggie considering the eyeliners from Rimmel and Maybelline disappear after two hours. It comes with a smudging tool at the end which isn't of much use. To sum it up, I'd say this is a great bang for your buck eyeliner. 

Soft Touch Blush: Not a recent launch but I fell in love with this terracotta-pink blush the moment my eyes fell on it. I'm loving everything with a hint of brown and rust - autumn's changing hues is clearly reflecting in my makeup choices. This warm-toned blush perks up my skin in an instant. I've been wearing it everyday since I bought it because it adds a youthful flush to my face without looking too obvious. It's a highly pigmented matte blush that needs to be applied with a light touch to avoid looking like circus clown. 

Power Pro Nail Lacquer: This orange-y red nail colour is perfect for the upcoming festive season. The pigmented formula allows a flawless opaque colour in one coat. I can't say much about longevity because nail polishes don't last longer than two days on me. Not even with a seche vite top coat, so it'd be unfair to talk about it. Great formulation, great price, that's all. 
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