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! 

Monday, 23 June 2014

Products I've Hit Pan On! (Face) - Mini Reviews + Would I Repurchase?

When browsing through my makeup collection this past weekend, I noticed that I have hit pan on a lot of my Face products. Hitting pan is one of those golden moments for beauty lovers as this means you have truly used up most of the product and have a thorough idea of how the product works. This also means you need to start thinking about whether or not the product is worth repurchasing or trying out something new. When it comes to makeup at least for me, repurchasing an item is a huge deal and really shows how loyal and dedicated you are to the particular product. I love switching out my makeup and trying out new products that brands are releasing so repurchasing a product is a huge deal! For the purpose of this blog post I will be showing you swatches of the product along with a mini review on each product, finally I will tell you whether or not I will repurchase the product and why.

Top L-R (Elf Candid Coral, Stay Matte Powder, MUA Powder, ELF Highlighter (Luminance), Covergirl Party Peach, Rimmel Pink Rose)
Middle going Top to Bottom (Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Spot Wand, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, 2True Clear Mascara)
The first product that I am beyond loyal to is my L’Oreal True Match Foundation in N1 Ivory. This is my ‘holy grail’ be all end all foundations that I could just not live without. This foundation has light to medium coverage but is very buildable. It is very lightweight on the skin and you honestly cannot feel it once it has been set into the skin. I have acne prone skin that is very fare and finding a foundation that A. Matches my skin perfectly and B. Doesn't break me out is quite the task. This foundation has never once broken me out and it matches me perfectly. The shade range is also fantastic as it offers over 20 different shade selections! Now I could go on about this foundation for days and days but you can see by the picture below that I am beyond sold and would highly recommend this foundation! 

(There was an insane deal on the foundation so I bought them in bulk which is why I have so many!)

The first powder I ever used to set my makeup was the MUA Pressed Powder in Shade 1 which is the lightest shade MUA has to offer. If you have very pale skin I would highly suggest testing this colour in store before you purchase as this is definitely too dark for my skin tone. It does set your makeup but I do find it can look cakey throughout the day. For £1 it would do the job but I do not think it is the ‘best’ drugstore product to set your foundation. I have since then switched to my Rimmel Stay Matte powder which I absolutely love and will be reviewing as well!

My Rimmel Stay Matte powder in Transparent is one of my top face powders I have ever tried. It doesn’t give you that powder finish on your face and I find that I can use this all over my face without it looking cakey throughout the day. It feels very light on the skin and I think it works great with the L’Oreal True Match foundation! I own the transparent version which is ‘clear’ with no added colour but they do offer coloured powders as well. I will definitely be repurchasing this product.
(L-R) ELF Candid Coral, Stay Matte Powder, MUA Powder, Boots Spot Wand, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
The product I have hit the biggest pan on is my ELF Candid Coral blush which costed only £3! I loved this blush so much but I do find it is very sheer so you do really need to pack the colour on to get any sort of colour pay off. I also have extremely pale skin and normally blushes show up very easily so for this one not to show up is quite upsetting. It has a beautiful sheen to it and almost acts like a blush and highlighter all in one. If you do not mind using extra product to build up the colour then this blush is great! I will probably not be repurchasing just because I have many other blushes in my collection to use up first.

Since I have moved to the UK I can no longer get my hands on Covergirl makeup. This blush is one of my absolute favourites for my skin tone and it is Party Peach. I wouldn't say that this is very ‘peachy’ but almost bright pink on my skin tone at least. It is almost the perfect pink to brighten up the face but not look too extreme or unnatural. I would not suggest using the brush that it comes with but I like to use my ELF Angled Brush to apply this blush. I would definitely repurchase this blush if I could get my hands on it!

(L-R) Elf Highlighter (Luminance), Covergirl Party Peach, Rimmel Pink Rose

The final blush I have hit pan on is my Rimmel Pink Rose blush which is again one of my favourites. It is the perfect rose colour which looks great in the autumn and winter months. I also feel that this blush goes with any eyeshadow look dramatic or not and just suits everything. Whenever I am not sure what blush to wear I will always reach for this blush. I will definitely be repurchasing this blush as it is one of my everyday go-to’s.

Highlighters are very special to me and one of my favourite parts of applying makeup. This ELF Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder in Luminance is one of my favourites for a natural glow. This is more warm toned and definitely not a champagne or pink highlight but more of a candlelight highlight. It looks very natural on the skin and does not look glittery. It is very easy to blend and again just goes with any type of makeup look you are doing. I personally don’t think I would repurchase this again though as I do like glittery shimmery highlights and I am in love with my MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter, but I do think this product is great.

One of my favourite product in my skincare routine is my Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Spot Wand by Boots. This wand comes with a day and night side but I personally only prefer the day side. It is clear so you can apply this before you apply the rest of your makeup and it will help to get rid of the redness and reduce the size of acne. I find that this product does work to help my acne. I will and have repurchased this item many times before!

Top (L-R) Stay Matte Powder, MUA Powder, ELF Highlighter (Luminance
Middle (Top-Bottom) Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Spot Wand, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, 2True Clear Mascara)
My Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer has been well loved recently and is almost to its end. This is probably the only concealer I enjoy using under the eyes, although I do not use it everyday. If my foundation covers up my under eye circles on its own then I will skip this step but for those days you don’t get much sleep this product is great. I do find it does crease after extreme wear (8+ hours) but it is nothing drastic. I do find this product is quite difficult to blend out on its own though so I like to use my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I will be repurchasing this product as soon as it runs out!

The final product I have nearly ran out of is my 2True Clear Mascara. I use this mascara to set my eyebrows and when I first bought it I promise you it was clear! Because I use this product after I fill in my eyebrows with powder the brown powder from my eyebrows has collected inside the tube which has changed it brown. There is hardly any product left in the tube and whenever I use it I have to scrape all the sides to get the littlest amount of product. I will repurchase this product and I use it every single day. I hate when my eyebrows feel crunchy or thick like how wax feels on your eyebrows so this is great for taming the brows but being undetectable throughout the day!

So those are my face products that I have hit pan on. Have you hit pan on any of your face product? How did they work for you, what did you think about them and would you repurchase them once they finish? I would love to hear your thoughts so please leave them in the comments below!