Bronzing vs Contouring

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*WATCH IN HD!* A video showing you the subtle differences between bronzing and contouring and how I personally like to do it. (Obviously this is a very subtle, natural way of doing both and some people do prefer a much stronger look which is also great, this is just how I do it day to day.) Hope you enjoy it!

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:

Soleil Tan de Chanel*
Soap & Glory Solar Powder
Real Techniques Stippling Brush
Crown Contour Brush

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Mini Product Review

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WATCH IN HD! A little chat about some beauty products I’ve been using for the last few months. All info listed below. Please LIKE if you do and SUBSCRIBE if you like! Thanks x

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Gel
Soleil Tan De Chanel
Topshop Lipliner in ‘Bee Stung’
Sleek Blusher in ‘Antique’
KIKO Milano Long Lasting Eyeshadow sticks
Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser in ‘Natural’
By Terry Rouge Terrybly Lipstick in ‘Narcotic Sienna’

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I Wuv Wipick

I LOVE lipstick. It’s the best. I have a lot in all the colours of the rainbow (except green and yellow- gross) and could keep on buying them forever.

When I was little I used to watch my mother put on makeup at her dressing table. It was all  wells glam. It was the 80’s so she had very big hair and long red talons (sometimes she would wear stick on, metallic gold nails. Yes, my mum is that cool) and was usually wearing something shoulder padded. She had liquid eyeliner that was in a metallic red “pen” and had a felt tip applicator (I tried to draw with it once and got told off) and if she was really going for it she’d slick on some lush, velvety red lipstick to finish the whole thing off. One of them was a deep red from Chanel and there was a more pink toned, Revlon one which was either called Cherries in The Snow or something to do with a dragon (Dragon’s Blood? Is that a bit much for Revlon?) and she had the matching nail polish. Obv.

The lipstick was always the best part to watch- COLOURS! For me, a chubby 3/4yr old lolling about on the bed in my pants, it seemed like witchcraft! How do you do that?! You’re just colouring in your face with crayons and felt tips and you’ve managed to make yourself look like the women in those shiny picture books you buy and not gone out the lines- good work! Can I have a go?? (Of course I actually knew the word for magazine! Please. Apparently I was speaking in full sentences at a freakishly early age and the only word I couldn’t pronounce was lipstick. I would say “wipick”- OH THE IRONY!) Also, my mum actually hardly wore any make up because she was stunning and had and STILL HAS the most amazing skin so the lipstick was the boldest thing she’d apply. And blusher. T’was the 80s after all.

Fast forward a few years and I was at the makeup wearing age. Of course I was still too young to be whacking out Cherries In The Snow. I think if I had tried I would have looked like I’d used an actual Crayola. I was more of a ‘one shade of grey and lashings of eye liner smoky eye’ kind of gal. I used to wear glasses and had braces so I thought my eyes needed decorating to make me look less like a MASSIVE DWEEBUS. Oh and I also had acne so needed to plaster foundation on with a trowel to have any hope of covering the ugly, angry redness that was my face (not my best years) so can you imagine what lipstick would have looked like on top of that monstrosity?! {Shudders} plus I went to school in the film Mean Girls so, no doubt there would have been whole lot of 3 way calling going on behind my back calling me a demented clown hooker.

Since entering the world of the 20 something I have rekindled my love of those waxy bullets of joy and now may be considered a bit of an addict. If I’m going out, a hit of red, pink, purple and sometimes even dusty rose will usually finish off my look. My all time fave, super cheap, go to red is ‘Showbiz’ by 17, weirdly bought for me by my friend Joe because I got to his house in Essex for a fancy dress party having left my own Chanel at home and threw fit because my costume wouldn’t be complete without it (slutty nurse) so he went out and bought me the first red lipstick he could find. Mental. Also a big fan of MAC ‘So Chaud’ a very matte orangey-red that I once borrowed off my friend Anne and immediately went and copied.  Revlon do a great pinky-red (sadly not Cherries In The Snow. Can’t remember the name, soz) and basically I’m just going to end up sitting here and naming every single lipstick I own because I LOVE THEM ALL!

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Take A Brow

Here it is, the brow post! When I first started plucking my brows I think I was about 15. Before then they were very full and dark with no real shape, not necessarily bushy but prominent. Back in those days the style was to have quite defined brows so I went to town on the plucking! I remember coming into school and all the girls in my class kind of whispering behind my back about how different it looked. It’s safe to say I may have gone slightly overboard. Anyway I figured it out eventually and from then on I became obsessed with eye brows. To this day it’s one of the first things I notice about a person (usually women). Every time I see someone who has plucked their brows into oblivion and all thats left is a sparse line of single hairs in a row, I want to reach out and shake the person and shout “WHY WOMAN?!”

I personally think eyebrows can make or break a face. I’m not saying everyone needs to walk around with a really full, defined brow but they frame the face so they need to have some kind of shape and, you know, be existent! (Have you seen those pics online of celebs with their eyebrows photoshopped out? Seriously creepy.)

Needless to say I’ve grown mine out since my teen years but because I was such a mother plucker, there are still bits that are kind of sparser than I’d like. I also have a scar on my right brow from when my younger brother whacked me over the face with a telephone receiver when he was two years old (charming). As I mentioned in my previous post, I never used to fill my brows in. They’re really dark and quite thick so I just never saw the need but then I’d still moan about how they never looked how I wanted them to (literally, how dumb can you get?) Then I took part in a beauty make up short course (detailed in the previous post) where we had to fill in brows as part of the looks we were doing. This was a game changer for me! My brows had never looked so good. The product used on me in the class was the MAC self propelling brow pencil in Stud (which is sort of like a really thin crayon) so I went right out and bought it and now filling in my brows is my favourite part of my make up routine. I just love watching the shape come together and how much more “finished” it makes the whole look.

At the moment I’m using the Chanel Perfect Brows eyebrow palette in 20 Brun because my mum bought it for me as a gift (aww). It comes with 3 colours, a light, a medium and a dark (I only use the dark). It looks like it’s going to be powdery like an eyeshadow but actually it’s kind of chalkier, almost a cross between a powder and a wax… (does this even make sense?) Anyway I really like it, it gives a bit more of a subtle effect than Stud. It comes with a mini brow brush, applicator and tweezers (which are really cute but I don’t use as they don’t have a sharp edge, which I prefer in a tweezer.) I think the MAC pencil is slightly easier to use ’cause you just pop off the lid, fill and go and the palette and brush thing is a bit more fiddly as the brush is quite thick and coarse but it kind of needs to be in order to pick up the product. Anyway I like it just fine and my Stud has run out so this is a good substitute.

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I don’t think I’ll be buying it myself though as I just checked the price and it’s £43 (WTF?!) on the House of Fraser website which is massively out of my price range!

Anyway below are a few pics of what I look like before and after brow filling with this palette. Soz about the crappy picture quality, my camera is actually being repaired at the mo. so I just took these with my Mac Book webcam… Hopefully you get the gist.

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After:

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