Wednesday, 30 April 2014

*brow in the spotlight- april addition*

It's the end of the month so there's only one thing left to do- give details of my brows latest gift they received from their mother. If you read my last *brow in the spotlight* post, you'll already know that there was a certain product that I wanted to buy but was out of stock. However my wish was granted because I managed to finally get hold of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. For anyone who doesn't know what it is (and you should all know by now because Queen Anastasia is the provider of all things brow and beauty) the Dipbrow Pomade is a cream formula that claims to be 'smudge and water proof'. So obviously, with the help of my beautiful brows, I had to try out these theories out. 

I bought mine from Net-A-Porter, as they were the only one at the time who still had 'Dark Brown' at the time (I think they are now completely sold out). It cost me £15 for the actual thing but then altogether with postage it was £20 so not the cheapest brow product. I have to make note about the shipping process- for free they'll wrap your delivery. So I thought why not make my purchase look pretty. But I think we all should just appreciate how slick and beautiful the detailing is- they even throw in a free measuring tape! (not going to lie, I've since kept the box)

After doing a bit of research on the different shades, I thought that 'Dark Brown' was probably my safest bet. It is described as a cool brown and I love grey, ashy tones for my brows. Just like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, the Dipbrow has an equally wide variety of colours so no need to panic. So thoughts on the colour: both pigmented and exact match of the description. I was so happy because this is the exact colour that I would go for when using Mac brow pencils. In terms of texture, it is very creamy when you first apply it but then after it sets it is completely dries in place. I liked to apply concealer around my brows a little after the gel was a bit more solid just so it wasn't smudging everywhere. Another tip is that only a little is needed! I am all for brow creativity, but beware that the more heavy handed you are it will just look very cakey. Think less pressure and more gentle strokes (handle with care). When I was applying this, it glided on so smoothly and was super easy. Even my sister, who is an absolute walking disaster, managed to crack it. So for all of you beginners out there, this is definitely a great way to start on your road to the perfect arch.

Also my predictions were totally on point, this was much easier to gain a sharper shape with this than the Brow Wiz (or any other pencil for that matter). I've watched loads of tutorials of this on people with problematic eyebrows. I had the perfect shape I could ever wish for- that was until a few months ago when I got a little wax happy and took a whole chunk out of my right brow. However this managed to cover it up like no other! To prove this further I tried it on my sister (the walking disaster), who lets just say isn't blessed in the brows department (cough cough, I blame that on my mother's genes). However I managed to achieve a miracle that even Queen Anastasia would be proud of! So any of you who's scars have left gaps in their brows or maybe with patchy areas, this is a great solution.

Now in terms of it being 'smudge free and waterproof' I would say that it is correct in both departments. For example when I was using it I would sometimes dab some of the excess from my brush onto my hand. And I could not get it off even when I would scrub my hand really hard with water and soap. First tick is checked off. And throughout a very busy day, not even the sweat on my stressed forehead would get this stuff to budge. So when I'm running around my university library, I don't have to worry that my brows are looking rough. Second tick checked off.

To achieve the kind of look I get in my pictures, I used an avon small angled brush and then cleaned it up with some Benefit concealer. However over time I realised it worked better with a liquid concealer so I then reverted back to my Rimmel London Wake Me Up concealer. But I have to admit that I often turned back to my Brow Wiz brush to help soften the inner corners. So I think I might invest in the Brush that is available in the Anastasia Beverly Hills range. 


Colour Selection
9/10

Pigmentation
10/10

Texture
10/10

Lasting Power
10/10

Price
7/10

And the Brow's overall comment:
"We just can't get enough!"


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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

witchy business: Lime Crime Velvetines Review.

Today's review is on the Lime Crime Velvetines. Anyone who hasn't heard of this brand, they are all about the extreme lips, whether that means extra dark or extra light: think bold! What caught my attention was their Velvetine range. It looks like lip gloss, can be applied like lip gloss but dries completely matte! So I knew I had to get my hands on these babies, especially when I saw the colour range. Grunge, grunge and more grunge.
They claim that they last for 10 hours and are totally kiss and smudge free. So I obviously wanted to put them through my test. 
I didn't purchase mine from the actual website, as I obviously didn't want to pay for the shipping, but luckily enough for me I found some great websites that are selling it within the UK. I was originally going to get them from CutECOsmetics (http://www.cutecosmetics.co.uk/lime-crime-90-c.asp) because I heard such great reviews about the website, but they were all sold out. So I ended up turning to Cocktail Cosmetics (http://www.cocktailcosmetics.co.uk/brand/lime-crime). They are priced for £13.50 and shipping costs around £2.50- might sound like a lot but they are super fast! I bought them in the shades Wicked, Salem and Black Velvet. So that's the general points, now lets get down to business.
(There was no flash used in any of the pictures below. However the lighting varies depending on the light in my room so apologies if it looks different in some of them)



Wicked
This is a vintage looking dark burgundy. I knew I would love this because this is such a classic red, so this will probably be the one everyone goes to the most. If you are not feeling too adventurous this is the shade for you. 'Wicked' really made my complexion look a lot brighter than it is which is a plus for me. I was so excited to try it and my first impressions did not leave me disappointed. I intentionally thought that I would have to use one of my own applicators as I'm personally not a fan of lip gloss brushes. However the brush for this is quite small so super easy to get into all of the details of your mouth. It dried on within I would say a good minute- however I would still give it another 30 before you get too crazy. The trick is that the more layers you put on the longer it takes to dry. So my tip is to do one thin layer, let it dry, and then apply some more until you are happy. Also I expected the colour to look dull once it dries, and although the colour does fade slightly, it was still very vibrant.

So after it ticked all the first few boxes, I left it for half an hour and then did a kiss test (see picture below) and this one was pretty good at not leaving anything on the paper. The only part that showed was the outline of my bottom lip, but that's just where I applied the most on. However I did find that when I ate and drank it tended to wear off in the middle, but still excellent and far better than any other lip products!








Salem
This is milk chocolate shade- rich and creamy. I have to admit, I honestly did not think I was going to like this one that much because pictures I've seen haven't done it justice (even my own pictures aren't showing it off as well as it looks in person)! But as soon as I put it on 'Salem' gave me a real 90's vibe, which is obviously very current at the moment. Although 'Wicked' wasn't patchy that much, I think out of the three this one was best in terms of layers. You only need to apply one to get a good effect. When it comes to texture and lasting wise, I had this on all day and it did not budge at all!
This had the exact same results as the previous Velvetine- after 30 minutes it left a slight mark on from the bottom lip outline but that is all! And you should take note that I was pressing pretty hard on the paper so the results are amazing.


































Black Velvet
I'm not going to lie, when I bought this range this was the one I was dying to try- for all the right and wrong reasons. Yes this is for the daring kind, but I was feeling particularly brave when I purchased them. This is 'Black Velvet', which of course is black. I have never worn something like this before but I've always wanted to try it. The problem is the ones that are out there can be a little too much of a satin finish. So when I found this I was so excited to start using it. Out of the three it was the most patchiest, so a good few layers are needed to really get the colour going. I don't know why on my skin it looked either blue or green but I promise you it is black. It can look a little flat though so my tip would be to get a little black or clear gloss and to put this in the centre. Plus I found that the texture of this 'Black Velvet' felt a little more flaky, but I guess it just takes some time getting used to such a matte lip gloss.
In regards to the final kiss test, it was pretty much the same but a little off the top came onto the paper. The fact that it is hard to notice in the pictures proves how well this is. The tiniest bit that comes off does not compare to normal lip products, so it really does say what it does on the tin.









Overall I would say the Velvetines are an absolute must have! They have not let me down in comparison to some other makeup products (that receive too much hype). So I am desperate to invest many more items in the Lime Crime collection. There are more shades in the Velvetine range but they were sold out- so as soon as I can get my hands on them I will. I think it's fair too say that I too want to become a member of their unicorn, pretty pastel tribe. Which ones are your favourite? 

Monday, 14 April 2014

mini fashion and beauty haul: wedding addition.

So like I've been documenting on my Instagram, some of you may know that I attended a wedding this weekend. And because I'm the most organised person in the world, I left it until the last minute to get all the finishing touches for my outfit. So this means crazy Dina coming out to rummage whatever the high street has to offer- which most of the time means that I never actually get what I initially wanted. However this time I've got to say, although it took me a whole day of panic and sweat to find, I'm pretty happy with purchases. So I thought I'd share my thoughts on my mini beauty and fashion haul. 

1) I don't know if anyone is having the same problem as me at the moment but I could not find any nude or tan heels. They are either pastel or have pink undertones. Any of the shoes I had in mind from New Look or Primark were on sale- and of course those that were left were not in my size. But luckily enough I managed to find these beauties from Dorothy Perkins for £25. When I go to a wedding or party I'm always on the move from morning to evening so my feet end up in agony. With these shoes though the chunky heel offers comfort, but the front gives the illusion that you are still wearing high heels! I was literally wearing these for 12 hours straight and it really did not hurt me at all. I was even told that they made me look taller. (the secret trick about wearing nude heels) If this is pricey for anyone ASDA actually offer a similar pair for £14 but they are a lighter cream with a black heel. 



2) I'm more of an extra large handbag type of girl, so it's understandable that my clutch collection is virtually non-existent. For my outfit I was in major need for a gold clutch with maybe a little feature of tan to pull in the colours of my shoes together. However I could not find anything! I was starting to think I was going to end up being a walking fifty shades of cream! I went around everywhere in town and was preparing to have to carry my phone and lipstick around all day with me. Then I remembered seeing a few cool seasonal stuff in ASDA so thought I'd try my luck. I managed to find this tan leather, metallic woven clutch for £8- a real bargain. It has more of a silver undertone so not really what I was hoping for but still great nonetheless. However what's great about this is that it actually fold out so it has double the amount of room than it looks. Also the material inside is the same as a wash bag, so if you end up getting it covered in makeup (like me) than its super easy to clean out. 

 3) I have now got all of the Katy Perry eyelashes and these did not disappoint. Personally I hate lases that almost touch your eyebrows nor do I like the ones where each of the lashes are spread too far apart. Obviously I don't want to look natural when I wear them, but that doesn't mean I have to completely swamp my eyes. They are meant to enhance! What I love about Katy's collection is that she offers a selection of small eyelashes (so no need to get the scissors out) that range from really thick to fine. These ones are probably down the thicker end of the choices, and are just enough for me. I find that these always stay in place. are so easy to apply and are completely reusable for a long time. I got these particular ones from Superdrug for just under £6. 

4) I've heard so much about this Maybelline Fit Me foundation from bbloggers and vloggers for a long time. And a while back I thought I'd give it a quick go on my face while I was out shopping. But at the time I just ruled it out because it tended to make my dry patches look worse. However this weekend I felt like getting a new foundation and wanted to give this one another go. I found that the more I blended this in with my buffing brush it actually looked really dewy and softened onto my skin quite nicely. They offer quite a good range of colours, my shade is 120 which was pretty spot on. I purchased this from Superdrug for £7.99 which isn't that bad but still probably not the greatest foundation ever.


5) I love these! I think they are so great that they can easily be compared to Mac paint pots. This is of course the Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadow pots. These make a great base for any eyeshadow or can be used alone. I knew that I'd be wearing a lot of gold eyeshadow for the wedding so I bought this in the shade On and on Bronze. Because it's slightly sticky when you first apply it, it can pick up all the pigments from the eyeshadow so I don't end up getting it all under my eyes. It dries after a few minutes and this can hold for a long, long time. So long that, although I'm ashamed to admit, there has been some times when I've fallen asleep with this still on and I've woken up to still in place. It's just a great makeup bag must! I got this from Superdrug, and although it's actually £4.99 they are actually doing an offer on selected items that if you buy one you get another product half price. Because I bought the foundation I actually got this for a lot cheaper! It's a total bargain anyway so to get this for half of that can make anyone want to buy them all. (don't miss out!)




6) My outfit was cream so I aimed to go for a dark lip for a more edgy look. I've got quite a few anyway but you can never have enough! I've bought these Topshop lip liners in the past and they are super creamy, so you can actually get away with just wearing this to achieve a matte look. I bought this for £5 in the shade Deception. It reminds me a lot of the Kate Moss 107 lipstick that I love in the sense that it's like a dark raspberry. What's great about this though that if you rub it with you finger you can actually achieve a much softer colour. Of course I slapped loads on because the darker it is, the more I love it. I just wish that they'd start making retractable ones soon though because it is rather hard to sharpen.
 

7) I know you're meant to save the best for last but I've got to say I was rather disappointed with this Topshop Glow Highlighter. There has been so much hype surrounding this product but I honestly think it could have been better. I bought the shade Polished, which is a white colour with a pinky, purple undertone. At first when I tried it on my hand in the shop I thought it was very creamy and gleamed a lot when the light hit it. I was really excited to use this on the day but it just did nothing for me. I don't know if it's down to my skin tone or the way I applied it but it didn't actually show up. I even applied quite a thick layer, but nope still no result. Also it has more of a mouse consistency I would say so anyone with really dry skin this probably won't work on you. It was £9, and although this is still quite pricey for what it is, I have to say I'd rather pay extra to get an amazing finish. 


So that was everything on my check-list that I purchased over the weekend. The best out of this all was probably the shoes as I know I'll be wearing them throughout the whole of spring and summer. However that glow pot was just a no no, so if anyone has any suggestions on how to make the best of it feel free to drop a comment!
Saturday, 5 April 2014

lady lavender: on a budget.

I did a 'be spring ready: on a budget' post on the most popular runway makeup looks for less. And as it seemed to go down quite with you all I thought I'd do another one- this time lavender. I've mentioned before that pastels are a huge trend for spring and summer but I'm yet to do a makeup look on them just as I don't think they really suit me. However I'm really loving pastel purple at the moment and it seems to be a new craze these past few months. Everyone has either got lavender hair, lavender nails, lavender clothes, lavender lips. So I've decided to do a pastel lavender eye makeup look- for less!

Instead of doing it on myself like I normally do, I've decided to use my best friend Jessica as my test model. Although I think this look can be adapted to any skin tone (which I'll talk about later) I just love how pale her skin is, so it'll make everything just pop. When I was initially discussing with her about what I wanted to achieve, the best way I could describe it was a 'prom queen from the future'- loves her pastels, covered in diamonds and just looks liked she's been brought down from space. Weird yes, but I knew it would work. So when I was scanning through the high street for products, in my head I was searching for things that I could either soften or build up in colour as well as some metallics. I've seen  some great colour selections in H&M and Boots, but the first shop I went to was Superdrug because they have a lot of low-based brands that are fairly cheap (but still good quality). 

The first thing I purchased was this Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel eye shadow in the shade 'Endless Purple'. This is only £4.99 and I think they are a makeup bag vital! I have them in so many different colours and they are so similar to Mac's paint pots- you can use them as a base, primer, or as I have just purely a shadow. They are so soft but as soon as they dry they last all day long without budging! After I found this I was quite open-minded as to what to buy next- lets just say that by the end of my day my hand was covered in a billion shades of purples. GOSH offer quite a few different types of eyeliners, even ones with a brush at the end. But I went with this Velvet Touch eyeliner in 'Temptation' for £4.99 because it's incredible if you want to smudge it out. Also it has a metallic finish, which makes it look more expensive than it actually is. That's pretty much it for the purples- might seem strange as my look is based on this but I felt that if I used too many products it would look overdone whereas I aimed for something more basic. The next two items was to make the eyes stand out a bit more. This MUA Intense Eye Liner Pencil in 'Snow White' is an absolute bargain and I know I'm going to end up buying them all! This was only £1 and it is absolutely great for the price and even comes with a built in sharpener (which actually works, unlike some other ones I've used). It is so creamy and so pigmented that I would even compare it to some expensive brands. Lastly I bought this 

Barry M Metallic liquid eyeliner in 'Silver' for £4.79. Although I don't think you necessarily need this for your own look, I decided it would finish everything off. However instead of using this in the usual way, I decided to do something a bit different with it. I couldn't find a good enough metallic eyeshadow so I thought I liquid liner has enough colour and stickiness to make a nice base. So that's all the purchases I bought for the eyes alone- it's important to note that everything else I used was a mixture of high and low brand items. The budget element was all about the eyes because I wanted to show you don't need to spend a lot to have a great party look.

So for Jess, I based my idea half on what I said before and also what I've seen on this years runway. I wanted an emphasis on the inner eye folds but wanted the lids and lash line to look fresh. So I put the the Color Tattoo on her eyes and blended it out with just my fingers- this way I would get a lot of colour on, but then can easily control how much I wanted to soften it. After I put the GOSH liner 2/3 on the her upper lash lines but winged it right out. Again I softened this out because I didn't want this to be too harsh- I was aiming for a really girly look. Once I had done this I could judge how much more colour I wanted to apply- so again I added more and more colour from the Color Tattoo and repeated the process of blending it out. The more you add the more dramatic it will be, so it's all about personal preference. You could easily leave it like this for an everyday look but I think this is more for a party. So I lined the whole off Jessica's eyes with the white eyeliner but as it's so creamy I actually applied it all on her bottom lashes and her tear duct area- this just makes the eyes look more awake. Then to finish this off I dabbed some of the silver liquid liner on the centre of her lids, and brought this slightly up towards the crease. I loved doing this because when she opened her eyes you could see it, so it just made everything even more glamorous.  

In terms of the rest of her face, I didn't want to add too much colour to Jessica's complexion except for the cheeks- I applied a Nars blush to give a rosey, glowy look. For the eyebrows you're aiming for a Cara Delevingne brow- so slightly bushy but quite dark as well. To recreate that I used the Anastasia Brow Wiz just because the brush is amazing for this. And then as you may have noticed, I love a dark lip. As a pale pink may have been a bit predictable, I chose a really dark brown- and if I'm honest I think it made the eyes stand out a lot more than it already did! Also it just makes it a bit edgy which is something I look for when doing makeup. 

So I hope you enjoyed this post- I know I loved doing this and Jessica looks great if I say so myself! I think not only did all the eye products work well together, I think they are great individually! (and great prices too). I think out of everything the biggest surprise was the MUA eyeliner as it was great for value but so easy to work with too. So I'll definitely be going back to get more soon. Let me know what you think in the comments and don't forget to follow! 










 

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