Sunday, 30 September 2012

Guest Post: Accentuating Your Beautiful Eyes

If you were to go about asking people what they think their best features were, you would surely get a lot of different answers. Some people are proud of their physical condition, and others would say that they think their hair is the most attractive thing about them. 

However, if you were to take such a survey, you might be surprised at just how many people say that their eyes are their best feature. Here’s the secret: eyes are simply pretty. People are attracted to things like gemstones and light, and really when you look closely at just about anyone’s eyes aren’t those the things that they look most like? A close-up of a person’s iris is usually a deep and beautiful thing, which is why so many people will tell you that their eyes are their best features. 

Still, it is not as if people are always up close to see the true beauty of your eyes. This is why so many women make efforts to accent their eyes through makeup and eyelashes – not in order to create beauty, but in order to emphasize existing beauty. So with that in mind, here are some of the top tips for showing off your eyes through beauty products.

• For blue eyes, many women find that using warm coloured eye shadow really helps to emphasize the natural colour of the eyes. Light brown and rose coloured eye shadow, for example, will lighten up the area around your eyes and truly make the blue of your eyes stand out. Combine these eye shadows with a darker coloured eyeliner, and your blue eyes should show up beautifully. 

• For brown eyes, you can also use other colours to set off the natural hue of your eyes, but it can be a bit trickier, as the colours are less neutral. For example, a bit of slight, tasteful blue eye shadow can definitely do the trick, as can a darker blue eyeliner. Brown eyes usually won’t show as brightly as blue or green ones, so one trick is to draw attention to your eyes in general rather than emphasizing colour. 

• For a more unique trick, you may also want to look here. Define contacts, which are designed specifically to show off the beauty of your eyes. Some people enjoy coloured contact lenses, but Define lenses are entirely different. Instead of changing the colour of your eyes, these lenses work on making your eyes shine a bit more brightly and show off their colour more effectively. A pair of lenses like these can be a great finishing touch for making your eyes look truly beautiful.

*This is a guest post. 

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Au Revoir...

Beach Face

image taken from Becca

I used BECCA cosmetics as a MUA many years ago, I loved the cream blushers, pigments (Nymph was one of my fave) and the foundations/liquid highlighters. I was known for my 'signature glow' as a MUA at photo shoots and on music videos and this signature glow was always created with BECCA products.

More recently, I came across the Beach Tints, available in seven delicious shades, BECCA's Beach Tint is a Summer hols must-have. It's water-resistant, streak-free, can be worn as a blush and on lips. It's non-greasy, non-drying so it's suitable for all skin types.

The shades I am going to hunt down are;

Guava -  bright coral pink
Watermelon - bright Pink
Grapefruit - pale Coral Pink
Strawberry - warm orange red

The tints cost £20 each and are available from

Have you tried the BECCA Beach tints? If so, which shades?

When I buy these four colours, I will do some swatches and let you know exactly how good they are. I'm confident they'll be AHHH-MAZING.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

LA Blush

Hello beautiful people,

How are y'all this weekend? I've got a horrible cold and sore throat, just as I'm due to come home. Urgh.

I've always had an obsession with blusher and I really appreciate how blusher can transform a face, blusher is able to balance out your features, contour cheekbones and most importantly brightens up your whole face.

I have only a few blushers, the reason is because when I like a colour and the quality of a particular blusher, I will stick with it unless something better comes along. I am very fussy when it comes to blusher.

My most recent blusher buy is from a brand I highly respect, Sue Devitt. I have been using Sue Devitt's bronzing blocks, cream blusher for a few years now.

I was in Harvey Nics at Christmas and picked up this blusher from the Sue Devitt counter.

This image was taken without flash on my iPhone 4S. Here it looks like a pale pink, it is actually a rose/coral,

It is highly pigmented so don't be fooled, like I was. When I first used this, I rubbed my blusher brush quite hard into the powder and then swept over my cheeks which resulted in a pink/coral blob, which was easy to correct.

I love the colour, it's very pretty and gives a fresh flushed look, wonderful for everyday use and also for brides. I have been wearing it everyday with winter skin and I am looking forward to seeing how it looks on my skin when I have a tan.

This colour will suit everyone and the wearability is brilliant too, like NARS and my Amazonian Clay blushers, I can wear this all day without the need to re-touch. I have even cried wearing this blusher and I didn't have any terrible streaks running down my cheeks.

I will definitely be buying more colours.

I paid £16 for this blusher from Harvey Nichols.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Dull, lifeless skin? You need Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum

Good morning from Cyprus,

How are you all today? Weather here is good after the thunderstorm and I've just had a boxing session, which I really enjoyed, it was so good releasing all that frustration. I'm not a gym bunny at all, but I definitely want to continue boxing. I also had my body fat measured which is 17.9%, it's OK but I want to get it lower. So, I'll have to cut down on, that IS a challenge!

Today's review is about a product which has recently entered my 'hero' range. I have been using Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum (HMS) since December when my tan had finally faded and my skin was back to it's original olive-yellow tone. My lifeless skin needed some va va voom, I read about Healthy Mix Serum in all the mags when it first launched. I then saw it at the Clothes Show Live but the Bourjois stand was soooooo busy I didn't get a chance to match my colour.

Finally, I got my hands on some and I LOVE it! It's a light gel foundation infused with vitamins from lychee, goji berries and pomegranate. 

Here is a picture of the skin on my hands without HMS. 
Lifeless, dull...veiny
Here is a picture of my skin with HMS, just look at the difference.

Luminous, even skin tone
HMS has a semi-matt finish and is really easy to blend, I have applied this without a mirror when I've been in a rush for work, it has been my skin-saver during the miserable winter months when my skin is at it's dullest peak. However, I will continue to wear this all year round. At the moment, I am wearing number 55, an olive-beige. Obviously, when I have a tan, I will need to go maybe a shade or two darker.

Bourjois HMS is officially one of my hero products.

Have you tried HMS? 

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Happy Leap Year, Happy Bronzer

Happy Leap Year Lay-dees, wow, an extra day in the year, an extra day in Feb and the chance for ladies to propose to their other half...

I would have loved to have been born on the 29th Feb because I would have a birthday ever four years and stay young forever.

So, today's post is about a bronzer I picked up at a drugstore in NYC last March, I don't know why I haven't blogged about this sooner. I totally love Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow/Mood Boosting Powder. It only cost like $9. Such a bargain.

You can wear this either dark or light so it's perfect all year round, it's not shimmery either and has an adorable pink heart which you can use as a blusher alone, but I swipe my huge Mii face brush all over so I pick up all the colours and sweep all over my face.

I usually wear NARS Casino bronzer, which I love and have used religously for years, however, I am fed up of the block always breaking so I didn't re-purchase and instead pulled out Physician's Formula from my stack of bronzers.

I'm not sure if it's the packaging and design (cute hearts) which boost my mood or whether it's the ingredients in the product, but I gotta agree, it definitely does make me feel 'happy' when applying every morning.

The staying power is pretty good too, especially for a cheap drugstore product. If you're going to the states anytime soon, I recommend you pick this product up if you love your bronzer like me.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Fudge Me Mahogany

Last week, I tried out a Fudge Conditioning Treatment in Mahogany. I have never dyed my hair, however, at my old hairdressers (Obsession, Mailbox), I would regularly have glossing treatments (and then they closed down due to a fire and never re-opened.

Anyhow, I have wanted to gloss my hair for ages so thought I'd try a home treatment by Fudge.

The Fudge conditioning treatments have been designed for coloured hair to protect your shade from fade.

Although I have no colour on my hair, I was curious to see how my hair would take to it, I am a brunette with naturally red undertones (my hair goes light brown/red in the sun).

As you can see you get a good sized amount of product, I squeezed every last drop from the packet. However, I have very thick, long hair, so it wasn't enough for my hair, I should have used two packets.

I wore gloves to apply the treatment because as you can see from how pigmented it is, I didn't want to stain my hands. I applied it through the lengths on the top of my hair and left it on for 15 minutes (5 minutes longer than the recommended time).

I washed it out until all the red was gone and this is how my hair looks.

You can see the red in parts of my hair, which I love and my hair is really glossy (I did use some Amazon Series Acai Oil after washing out the treatment too).

It's so easy to use and only costs £2.49 for a sachet.

I'm not sure how long it will last but I'll keep you updated. I'm definitely going to be stocking up on more to give my hair a shine and colour boost.
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