Monday, 11 August 2014

Makeup Academy - Undress Your Skin Highlighter in Iridescent Gold - (NEW)

When looking through the Makeup Academy stand at Superdrug, I stumbled across a new product that I have never heard of before, the Undress Your Skin Highlighter in Iridescent Gold. Now I have never seen this on the MUA website, nor have I seen any reviews on this product so I assume this is a brand new product release. The highlighter retails for £3 and can be found at your local Superdrug or online at the MUA Website.

Makeup Academy Undress Your Skin Highlighter - Iridescent Gold
Makeup Academy Undress Your Skin Highlighter - Iridescent Gold
Now I previously owned the original Undress Your Skin Highlighter which is a pink iridescent shade. This highlighter is one of my all-time favourites and I wear it on an everyday basis. The only problem I have with the original pink shade is that it is slightly too ‘pink’ for my pale skin tone. The highlighter almost comes off as a blush so I do need to be careful on where I apply it on my cheek bones.

Iridescent Gold vs Original
 When I saw the new Iridescent Gold shade on the MUA stand I was overly joyed because I knew this shade would better fit with my pale skin tone. The pigmentation of both of these highlighters is amazing and only requires a swipe of your finger to get good pigmentation. The highlighter is indeed glittery/shimmery but if you use a light hand, it does look less harsh than if you were to apply it with a heavy hand. It can be very easy to over apply so make sure to tap off the excess on your brush or wipe some product off of your finger before applying to your cheekbones, inner eyelid, or your brow bone.

The size of these highlighters is great especially for the affordable price tag. I have used the original pink shade since it has been released on a daily basis and I have only put a small dent into it, without hitting pan.  The only other negative other than being very easy to over-apply, is that the packaging does feel a little cheap. My original highlighter lid has actually broken off and no longer fits onto the packaging. To store the highlighter I just set the lid on the top and store it within my makeup drawers, but obviously when travelling this would come as an inconvenience. Apart from the packaging this highlighter is absolutely beautiful and I am so happy I stumbled across it!

 You can apply this highlighter using your fingers, or using a brush (one of my favourites is an angled blush brush) and swipe it on the tops of your cheekbones. You can also apply the golden shade to the inner corners of your eyes to instantly make your eyes look more open and awake. The golden shade can also be used under the brow bone for a highlight, so as you can see the golden shade is very versatile compared to the original pink shade.

Overall this highlighter is absolutely beautiful and in my opinion much more versatile than the original pink Undress Your Skin highlighter. The pigmentation is fantastic and with such an affordable price tag it is one that you should not miss out on. I can definitely see this highlighter being my new favourite and for long to come. Head out to your local Superdrug and find this ‘new’ highlighter before it is sold out on the shelves because you definitely won’t regret it!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Pretty In Pink Eyeshadow Tutorial (Naked 3 Inspired)

The other day I decided to do a Pretty in Pink inspired makeup tutorial, which I have done previously on my blog which you can find here. The post contains a Step by Step pictorial on how to achieve this makeup look, but I decided to also film it for you all and how I pulled the whole look together.

Now that it is Summertime I have been loving rose gold eyeshadows, so I come up with an everyday full face makeup tutorial on how to achieve a fresh summery look. For eyeshadows I decided to stick to one palette which is my beloved Sleek Storm palette which is great for everyday eyeshadow. This palette only costs around £8 at your local Superdrug and Boots and is well worth the money! All of the colours are pigmented and very easy to blend. If you would like to see swatches and a in-depth full review of the palette, you can find that here.
Colours used in tutorial (Sleek Storm Palette)
Step by Step pictorial

Step by Step pictorial

All of the products I used to create this look are drugstore brands and are readily available. I will list them below:

Products Used:

Foundation: L'Oreal True Match - Ivory
Setting Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte - Translucent
Blush: Rimmel Lasting Finish Blush - Live Pink

Eyebrows: Sleek Storm Palette - Matte Light/Dark Brown
Eyeshadow Base: Nyx Jumbo Pencil - Yogurt
Eyeshadow: Sleek Storm Palette
Eyeliner: Maybelline EyeStudio Gel Eyeliner - Black
Mascara: Elf 3 in 1 Mascara
Primark Eyelash Curler

Lipstick: Revlon Lip Butter - Sweet Tart
Lipgloss: Maybelline ColorSensational Shine Gloss - Pink Shock

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Makeup Academy (MUA) Undress Your Skin Highlighter - Review + Swatches

One of my all time favourite highlights that I have tried is the MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter. This highlighter costs £3 and can be found at your local Superdrug. If you do not have a Superdrug near you, you can order this on the Superdrug website or the MUA website.

As many of you probably know I am a huge fan of drugstore makeup, especially when you can get great quality products for super cheap! Makeup Academy is a very inexpensive drugstore brand that is exclusively sold at Superdrug. Most of the products cost between £1-4 and many of the products are very high quality. One of my favourites from the line is the MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter. I personally love a shimmery champagne highlight and the MUA highlighter is exactly that!

The first thing you notice about the highlighter is how much product you actually get. Compared to the £1 blushes you get almost double the actual product in the container. Since you only need the smallest bit of product this product will last you ages before you need to repurchase it. The highlighter is a champagne shade that glistens with a pink sheen in the direct sunlight. I would highly suggest keeping this highlighter limited to your cheeks and would not suggest using this down the bridge of your nose, inner forehead, or above your lip bow as the pink sheen may look a little strange.

One great way to wear this highlighter is using it lightly over the top of a matte blush. This would give a little shimmer and a nice glow to the cheeks. To do this I would highly suggest using a Stippling brush so that you do not grab too much of the powder. To highlight above my cheekbone I like to use an angled brush to place the product exactly where I want it.

The only downside I have about this highlighter is that the packaging is a little cheap. The lid on my product actually fell off so now I need to store it with the lid just sitting on top of the product. This is extremely not good for use in travel but if you placed it in a baggy I think it would be okay. Although the packaging is a little cheap I think it is still a great price for a good highlighter that contains this much product! I can also see the glitter particles being a problem for some people who prefer a more subtle highlight or a 'natural' highlight. If you are a fan of shimmery highlights then this is the perfect product for you!

Friday, 27 June 2014

How To: Incorporate Colour into your Makeup Routine! (Part 1: Lower Lash line)

I love summer and one of my favourite things to do in summer is to bring out my coloured eyeshadow palettes! I am planning on doing a makeup series here on my blog where I show you different ways to incorporate coloured eyeshadows into your makeup routine which you can expect more next week! Now I am very comfortable wearing very vibrant makeup looks on a year round basis and at any time of the day, but I do understand that some people are not as comfortable doing this. Even if you do not feel comfortable wearing coloured eyeshadow over your eyelid you can still incorporate colour into your makeup routine! A great way to do this is to add a coloured eyeshadow under your bottom lash line.

When you are planning on doing colour under your bottom lash line, I would highly suggest doing a neutral eye on your eyelid or wear no shadows at all and simply go with a winged eyeliner! Because you will be adding a vibrant colour under your lash line you do not want to over-do things by doing a super glittery sparkly look on the top (but of course if you like this than please go for it!). I have a video tutorial + pictorial blog post showing how I do my Everyday Makeup Routine for eyeshadow which you can find here. I have also used this same eyeshadow look in the pictures below, so it is a better representation of what I am going to show you.
The natural eyeshadow look I am using (tutorial linked in blog post)
The first thing you want to do is to lay down some sort of primer. You could either use a normal eyeshadow primer that is clear, or to intensify the look you can use a coloured cream eyeshadow base. For the pictures below I have used a couple different options using Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Turquoise Forever and Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick in Paranoid Purple. To apply these I would highly suggest using a small brush to really press this against your bottom lash line without pulling too far down on the brush. You really want to keep this very close to the lash line and the line to be as thick as you would like the colour to be on the bottom lash line.

Next you want to use a flat shader brush to pick up colour only on the tip and press this onto the colour base or primer you have laid down previously. For these eyeshadow look below I used my Sleek Original palette which I think is a great palette for applying colour under the bottom lash line. The colours are extremely pigmented and only require the tiniest amount to get full on colour to show up. This palette contains many colourful, vibrant, colours that really pop and are great for summer, so you could get a lot of wear using this palette simply by applying the shadows on your bottom lash line. If you do not own this palette, use whatever you have in your collection! You can also switch up this tutorial and use any kind of colour you want! Even though I used blue, green, and purple you can really get creative and use pinks, golds, coppers, yellows etc! 

Before we get into how I achieved the look, I would highly suggest that if you are using a bright vibrant colour to either stick to a very thin line or a tad bit thicker than that. But if you are using a darker colour eg purple, try to make the line thinner because a dark colour will almost act the same as a black eyeshadow would. It would end up making the eye very dark and the overall look would be very dramatic, almost like a smoky eye. Another quick tip is when you are blending the eyeshadow towards the bottom to get rid of the harsh line, try not to drag the colour too far down because again you do not want this to be a super harsh thick line it should just be a pop of colour that will stick close to your lash line. If you are blending further than your bottom lashes, then the line is probably too long.

The first colour I applied was the Turquoise Blue shade in the palette. So I first started off with the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Turquoise Forever and blended this under the lash line. I love wearing blue eyeshadows so I did make this a little thick so it shows up more under the eye. Next I applied the bright blue shade in the Sleek Original palette and patted this onto the cream shadow using a flat shader brush. Once you have applied the initial colour I took a fluffy blending brush and just quickly went back and forth over the bottom of the eyeshadow. This blends it out just a little bit to make it look less harsh. Finally I applied some black mascara on my bottom lashes just to tone the colour down a little bit.

The next colour I applied was the Green shade in the Sleek Original palette. Again I used the Turquoise Forever Colour Tattoo and blended this under my lash line. I also made this line a little thick just because I love vibrant greens and blues under the lash line and really like them to show up. Then I took a flat shader brush and patted the colour onto the cream eyeshadow. Finally I used the blending brush to blend out the bottom of the liner and applied some mascara to my bottom lashes.

The final colour I applied was the Purple shade in the Sleek Original Palette. I used the Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Crayon in Paranoid Purple and blended this very close to my lash line. I made this line a little thinner because the purple is not as bright and vibrant as the blue and green so it would look very dramatic if the line was thick (almost like a black shadow would be).  Next I used a flat shader brush and patted the colour onto the cream eyeshadow. Finally I used the blending brush to blend out the bottom of the liner and applied some mascara to my bottom lashes.

Adding colour to your makeup routine is very easy especially when adding colour to the bottom lash line. This only adds a couple of minutes extra to your everyday makeup routine and gives you a great pop of colour which is so much fun for the Summer months. If you recreate any of these looks I would love to see them so tweet me a picture of it @SweetShelbz on Twitter! What is your favourite way to add colour into your makeup routine? I would love to hear your answers so leave them down in the comment section below!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Rouge Volupte Shine - Review / Swatches

A few months ago I decided to invest in a few higher end makeup items to see If the quality was indeed better than drugstore quality. In this high end makeup haul I ended up purchasing a Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Rouge Volupte Shine lipstick in shade 13 ‘Pink in Paris’. This lipstick retails for £25 and can be found at department stores such as House of Fraser, Debenhams, Selfridges etc. The Rouge Volupte Shine lipsticks also come in over 20 different colour selections so there is a shade for everyone!

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick - 13 'Pink in Paris'
The first thing you notice about the product is the gorgeous packaging! This packaging is so sophisticated and really makes you feel amazing when you remove this from your bag to reapply throughout the day. The outer packaging is a shiny gold colour with a small section in the middle cut out. Inside this cut out there are small circles with the YSL logo printed inside of them which goes around the entire tube. The colour behind the YSL circle logos is the actual colour of the lipstick so you can identify them from each other without having to open the packaging. I think this is a very creative way to display the colour as you would assume it is just a part of the actual packaging, but it obviously comes in handy! The packaging itself is also very heavy and if you compare this to a normal lipstick you can feel the weight of the product which also makes it feel more ‘luxurious’.
YSL logo on packaging, colour behind it is the colour of the actual lipstick!
When you open the lipstick container again the inside is gold plated which looks really sleek and luxurious. The metal part around the actual lipstick is very compact and very close to the actual lipstick, which does make it look smaller compared to most lipsticks, but it is indeed the same size. This is great that the packaging is ‘hugging’ the lipstick because you have less chance of the lipstick breaking off. When there is space between the lipstick and the packaging the lipstick will push when you use it and could possibly end in breaking the lipstick off!

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick - 13 'Pink in Paris'
Difference in size of the 'twiting' part of the lipstick tube.
YSL lipstick hugging the packaging, Maybelline lipstick has space between the lipstick and packaging
The feeling of this lipstick is so amazing it is almost like a balm. It makes your lips feel very smooth and hydrated even when they are chapped. It does not cling to dry patches and easily glides across your lips. Even though the product has a ‘balm’ like consistency it is very opaque and leaves a distinct colour on your lips after application. I also find that even when it looks like the colour has worn off of your lips a little the smoothness is still there on your lips which is great if you have dry lips.

This is by far my favourite type of lipstick formula of all time and the next time I do a high end purchase I will definitely be repurchasing more of these! I think these are outstanding and I love the balm feeling while still getting a very opaque colour pay off. Although these are worth a little more than a drugstore brand, the formula is very luxurious and the first time you apply these lipsticks you will be able to tell that this is no ordinary lipstick but magic in a tube!