27 February 2015

Review: L'Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream

Good morning lovelies! I wanted to review this little gem today because it is my new best friend. I actually bought this quite a while ago and it's sat amongst my makeup collection, only seeing the light of day every once in a while. However having put it into my makeup kit and using it several times, I gave it another go. And I'm pleased I did!

 L'Oreal have launched 2 shades in their blur cream. I bought the light to medium skin, however they also do a medium to dark skin. Although the choice is very limited, these 2 shades tend to suit the majority of people as it's a cream with very slight colour as opposed to a foundation which has high colour coverage. 

The product itself is more of a paste than a cream. It's quite thick but very moveable and soaks into the skin without leaving it tacky. The cream has a velvety finish and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth. 

Before & After

As you can see from the before and after pictures, the cream certainly does blur the skin. I have quite visible pores on and around my nose and suffer from redness so this is perfect at smoothing over the pores and reducing the redness. I've read quite mixed reviews about whether it does "blur" but I can certainly say it works for me. 

It doesn't give coverage but it evens out the skin tone, something that I think people don't understand when purchasing the product. Many of the reviews have been negative due to it not giving coverage. I love using it on days I don't fancy wearing makeup because it does give that even appearance to the skin, however I also use it under makeup and it's an equally good base/primer for my foundation. I've also found I'm using less foundation as this does half the job for me. 

At £9.99 this is a steal compared to some of it's competitors and I would definitely recommend it whether you like the natural look or whether you want a good base for your makeup. I'm definitely going to get my hands on a couple more of these and invest in both shades for my kit. 

Have you tried this product? What did you think of it? 




23 February 2015

High End Makeup Wish List

So... this month I seem to have quite a few high end products on my wish list. Shame my bank balance can't even buy me one of these at the moment. Some of the products such as the Bobbi Brown foundation palette, Embryolisse moisturiser and Anastasia Beverly Hills contour palette are on my wish list for my makeup kit rather than personal use. Although who's to say I won't have a cheeky play with them once in a while!

Other products such as the NARS and Hourglass eyeshadow palettes are purely indulgent items that look so beautiful I need them in my life. All the shades that Hourglass have bought out are so lovely that it's hard to choose which shades I like best.

What is on your wish list at the moment? Are any of them the same as mine? Or do you already own any of these beauties?



18 February 2015

Restaurant Review: The Breakfast Club

This cute little place was somewhere I had never heard of until a couple of weeks ago. Apparently it's one of THE places to go for breakfast/brunch and I now see why. I think it's a very touristy thing to do and having lived just outside of London my whole life, I can't say I've explored much of the city.

I ventured here on a wet Monday morning with my girls Laya and Melissa before they travel halfway around the world in opposite directions to move back home. As you're reading this I will be taking Melissa to the airport for her flight home to California. As for Laya, she's heading back to India at the end of the week. I'll be sad to see them go, but this isn't goodbye!

Anyway I'll stop going off on a tangent and get on with the food shenanigans! It probably wasn't the wisest idea to go at lunch time the day before pancake day and in half term. We ended up queuing for just over an hour to get in. Mad, I know but it was worth it.

Laya and I had fresh OJ to drink, whilst Melissa went for a healthy smoothie which tasted amazing! Food-wise Melissa went for eggs Florentine and again Laya and I went for the same thing ... THE ALL AMERICAN! 

As you can see they don't hold back on the portions! I never thought I would finish even half but my oh my I managed to pack it away! I have to say I think this is the best breakfast/brunch I have ever had. I think you've probably realised by now that this place gets a 5 star thumbs up from me. I would urge you to go and I know I'll certainly be venturing back there before long. Hopefully not with an hours wait in the rain next time!

 Have you ever been to The Breakfast Club? What do you think of their food?



14 February 2015

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day! 

Just a quick note from me today to say Hello and to let you know that I haven't gone anywhere! I graduated from Delamar Academy yesterday so I am officially a makeup artist and hair stylist. This week has been crazy and emotions were certainly high yesterday. I'm giving myself the weekend to relax and then I'll be back on with blogging next week and hopefully be posting a lot more often than I have been. 

Whether your all loved up or a single pringle I hope you have a lovely weekend!



9 February 2015

Review: Illamasqua Multi Facet Palette

 Way, way back in November, I blogged about the Illamasqua event I had been to and also showed you some of the goodies I picked up. I featured this eyeshadow palette and promised to review it for all of you. A few weeks after that post I took some pictures (the ones in this post if you must know) and they've been stored away. Well today ladies, these pictures have finally been unleashed ... I bring you my Multi Facet Palette review!

This palette originally cost £45 although I was lucky enough to get a cheeky discount on it! If you fancy buying it now then you lucky buggars can get it here for a mere £22.50. Bargain if you ask me! The palette contains a cream highlighter, a powder blush, a cream contour shade, eyebrow cake and 4 eyeshadows. 

 This palette originally came in two colours, of which this is the darker of the 2. This one is called Semblance and the lighter is called Aura. Personally I would have chosen the lighter one for my skin tone but as this was an investment for my kit I went for Semblance as it would suit a wider variety of skin tones. Has it seen my kit yet? Ha, no. 

It can definitely be said that I've fallen in love with this palette. I love that it incorporates everything I need aside foundation and mascara. The contour shade is lovely and the brow shade is perfect for me. I've used the blush a little but on my pale skin it is quite bright unless used VERY sparingly! On the eyes, the 2 shimmery shades look lovely together and the matte black is definitely the blackest eyeshadow I've ever seen, which makes it perfect to use as a liner. 

L-R: Gleam Highligter in Mirage, Powder Blush in Hussy, Cream Pigment in Hollow, Shadow in Slink, Shadow in Tango, Eyebrow Cake in Thunder, Shadow in Dizzy & Shadow in Obsidian.

The only parts in the palette I haven't used much are the highlighter and Dizzy shadow. On my skintone the highlighter is a little dark unless applied lightly but I love the look of it on tanned skin tones. And the pink, well ... it's not really my colour. This is probably the one disappointment of the palette as it doesn't really go so I'm at a loss as to what to use it for. Any suggestions/tips for the eyeshadow would be much appreciated!

What do you think of this palette? Have you created any funky looks from it?


5 February 2015

Delamar Week 16 - Fashion

It's another week of Delamar shenanigans. The week before Christmas we did basic fashion. It seems like so long ago now and to think I only have just over a week left of the course is so sad!

To start out basic fashion week we spent a day doing makeup with all cream products and then a day with all powder products. It was really good to get a feel for doing a whole look with one medium. We then moved onto a bold smokey eye. We went really intense black with a flawless base. 

At the end of the week came the really fun part. Glitter! We had to create a mask of some sort from glitter. We could pretty much do anything we wanted so the looks got a little crazy, as did the amount of glitter both on the faces and all over us. I chose to go for a blue glittery mask. I added some gold sequin squares around the edge and finished the look by adding a few gems here and there. 

Finally, our last day was project day. We had to combine 2 period looks and create a fashion look including styled hair. I chose to combine 60s and 80s. I went for a 60s eye with lots of mascara and huge lashes and a bright 80s cheek and lip. I set the hair in hot sticks and styled it by pulling out the curls and backcombing slightly. I was so pleased with the finished look and I think this has to be my favourite makeup to date. 

What do you think of all my fashion looks?



1 February 2015

Makeup Portfolio

Apologies for being a little distant this week. I've now only got 2 weeks left of my course so things are getting pretty full on and panic is setting in! Aaaaahhh! 

So just a quick note from me today to say I'll be back this week as much as possible but in the meantime, I have launched my makeup portfolio! Not all my work is on there yet but it's a start. I'd love to know what you all think of my work. So go on... take a peek. 

All images are my own so if you would like to use any, please contact me first. If you would like to contact me regarding my work or would like to hire me, please find my details under the Contact tab. 

Keep a look out for more pictures as I'll be uploading some more during the week.