Christian Dior Forever Undercover foundation – first impressions

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I joined Glamour Beauty Club online a few months ago, and surprisingly, have received two great products in the post since. Last week I was fortunate enough to receive a (rather large) sample of Dior’s newest foundation; the Forever Undercover foundation boasts a 24 hr full coverage. Does it live up to its claims?

The Performance & First Impressions

Firstly, I would like to advise any fellow beauty bloggers to sign up to Glamour Beauty Club. As you will know, unless you have several PR companies consistently fighting to mail you products, (we aren’t all that lucky). It can get very expensive when you keep buying the latest products just to produce blog content. It’s handy being sent free products to test – and gives a helping hand in producing content for both social media and your blog.

I’m not really a full coverage gal if I’m honest. On a daily basis I’ll wear a light Serum foundation for work. However this Dior foundation gives excellent coverage, without the heaviness that often comes with full coverage foundation. It isn’t thick or cloggy (I think I just legit invented a word), it is light on the skin but covers all imperfections. I have rather large, open pores on my right cheek. Probably an after effect of battling acne for the last ten years. And I struggle to cover them, even with a decent primer on before foundation application. The Dior Forever Undercover managed to fill them in and give a flawless finish. (See picture below).

It smells divine when you apply it, and has that luxury feel that you would expect from a £34.00 foundation. I’d be happy to wear this daily, and on a night out. As for the claim of lasting 24 hrs, I’m not nasty enough to leave my foundation on for that long. Although it did last all day without any signs of wear on my face (8 hours or so). Overall, I’d say that the foundation is great, but there are other foundations on par quality wise that are slightly cheaper.

(I know I’ve got a filter on my mush, but this foundation did give a matte, flawless finish💜)

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Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara: Influenster Vox Box review 

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I’ll be totally honest here, I have no clue how to use Influenster. Perhaps I’m just getting old (25, quarter of a century I’ll have you know), some of this technical social media online stuff I just have no clue about. I had been playing around with it, posting random reviews of cleaning products (how glamorous) and make up I had used many moons ago. But didn’t think much of it, however last week I received my first Vox Box from Influenster. 


Amazingly, my first box *which was received for complimentary purposes* was from Marc Jacobs Beauty. It certainly looked the part. It was their new Velvet Noir Mascara. It appeared luxuriant, with it’s classy monochrome design.  

Does it perform as well as it looks? 

The mascara has a rather large brush, and in this case size does matter. The width of the brush allows you to apply the mascara efficiently and equally.

The mascara ensures that lashes look naturally long, and are far from clumpy. There is one criticism – I did notice that it’s difficult to build up the layers, whereas with similar high end mascaras you can build layers for more volume quite easily. Is it worth the £22 price tag? I’d say, if you don’t own any other high end mascaras then invest in this one. If you do, then it isn’t really worth it; it’s not particularly special for the price. I believe you can get better. But it isn’t half bad either! And it’s a lovely producy aesthetically, it will look great on your dressing table. 

Overall : 8/10 

Makeup revolution lip kit review & worst of July 

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As a beauty reviewer you always have to try your utmost to be as honest as possible. And to be fair, I’m an understanding individual – it’s rare for me to write a bad review. I may mention some negative points, but I try to be as considerate as possible. But occasionally there are just some products you really do not get on with. And this week I have come across two. I decided I had to share with everyone so nobody else had to make the mistake of wasting their time and money! (Not to mention the dreams I was sold) 


First up we have Superdrug’s make up revolution lip contour kit in ‘Reign‘. Granted the kit includes a lip liner and lipgloss, and it’s only £6. Amazing value I hear you say. Nope. Nah uh. Because I was completely mislead, firstly am I right in thinking the colour on the box shows a pinky nude tone? Well much to my surprise, when I applied the lip liner it was orange. Yes orange. Coral orange to be exact, I mean yes people have different skin tones so I know some shades can vary a little. But this was so far from nude I wanted to cry at my sheer disappointment. The consistency was something else as well, let me tell you – it was like superglue. So people, if you think of buying this lip kit, please do swatches beforehand. And use a lipgloss. Or carmex. Or WD40. Your going to need it. 

Next awesome product of the month is this Vaseline stick (I don’t know how else to describe it). The only good thing about this is the added SPF. I brought this admittedly because it was cheap, at £2. However I swear to you, it does nothing. Gives no mousturisation whatsoever. I would be better off pouring a glass of water over my lips. And I invested because the good ole Vaseline pots always work, they aren’t the best lip balm in the world – but they do the job for the low price category. Honestly, do not bother buying this it’s god awful. 

2017 – Contouring for dummies

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Seeing as I spent the most part of 2016 drawing on cheekbones I don’t really have; I thought why not share my fake cheekbone techniques with you all for the new year. Because even the chubbiest of faces can look defined with the correct make up skills! 

My contour is simple. Recently I have only been using two make up products to create either a natural, or more exaggerated contour. Depending on mood and ocassion. (But still contour everyday, eff the haters) 


What you need & the technique: 

NYX wonderstick contour stick is a godsend for me. It has a light and dark side – it’s perfect for highlighting (creating) and hiding. 

You also need a highlighter – I prefer a stick one (at the moment I’m using Revlon), but liquid highlighter can give a more intense effect. If your going for that ‘highlight on fleek’ look. If you want the world and his wife to know you are wearing highlighter – and of course there’s nothing wrong with that. Hell, you aren’t going to spend £30 plus on a highlighter to hide it. 

The technique: 

Now this is slightly more complex to explain but I shall try anyway. 

So depending on which parts of your face you want to contour (for me it’s my nose which I despise, my nose is more evil than Donald trump not even joking – uglier as well). 

Use the lighter side of the contour stick for any concealing you wish to do. 

The darker side can be used to create shadow…. and of course cheekbones. The trick with creating cheekbones is to draw them in the desired area, and bake. Allow the make up to set for a few minutes. (This routine is as holy as baking a cake TBH). When the make up has baked for an appropriate amount of time, blend in (not too hard or you’ll blend off your cheekbones). Blend until the line looks natural, but still gives definition. You can also do this around your blusher if you wish, it creates a striking look. 

Happy contouring in 2017 ✨ hope y’all create some killer cheekbones 

That’s so hot: best of summer 16

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Even if this summer in England was a complete wash-out (quite literally); there is still an intense need to compile favourite / much needed beauty products for summer. Who even needs an excuse to buy more?

  1. Serum me up baby

Chanel -Hydra beauty serum, £78 for 50ml

Let’s be honest buying and using Chanel products can make anyone feel like Audrey Hepburn. The epitome of class; this hydrating serum is a must-have. It smells divine, and it is multi-purpose. Can be used as a primer before make-up application, as a daily moisturiser or treatment for skin. Plus it looks great on your dressing table. (Yes I am that superficial).

Quick tip: Try to buy Chanel products at the duty free section at airports, I got this serum for around £45, which is almost half price.

2. Mattify me

NYX – Matte blotting paper, £3.50 for 50 sheets

NYXX is slowly becoming my favourite beauty brand. Such good value for money – and these blotting papers are a life saver. If, like me after 3 hours your make-up looks like you’ve been dipped in a chip fat fryer; then you need these blotting papers. They soak up excess oil without spoiling your contour, and they fit in your handbag. Cuuuuute.

3. Baby,baby

Maybelline – Baby skin instant pore eraser, £7.99 for 22ml

If the blotting papers aren’t adequate defence against major grease, I would recommend this primer. The trick to achieving a matte face (espesh in summer when humidity makes your face melt off like an Ikea candle), is attacking it from all angles. Prep is the best defence, and with this primer you’ll be as matte as matte can be.

4. Good enough to eat

Hawaiian Tropic – SPF 25 lipgloss in island berry, £6 for 20ml

This does actually smell good enough to eat. And it’s brilliant because it gives a seductive glossy finish to lips, and is intensely moisturising plus has SPF 25 to protect lips from harmful UV rays. If you are going abroad this summer to a country with a hot climate – don’t leave without this sexy (practical) gloss.

5. Milky

L’Occitane – Milk veil with almond proteins, £28 for 250ml

If there’s one thing summer does do – it can seriously dehydrate your skin. This milk veil is the perfect moisturising treat for skin, apply morning and night (after bathing is the best time). This will make you smell gorgeous, and your skin will be as smooth as silk. This milkshake will bring all the boys to your yard!

SuperDrug: the £10 challenge

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As we all know nowadays £10 is nothing. I mean, I remember the days I would casually saunter round my local convenience store and buy two Freddos, a Panda Pops (usually in ice cream and jelly flavour), a bag of mixed penny sweets – and still have change from £1. Oh how times have changed radically.

This weekend in SuperDrug I decided to see what I could buy with just a tenner. Surprisingly if you shop smart you can get a lot for little money. And there’s no need to skim on quality either.

Focusing on two brands both homegrown at SuperDrug, MUA and Make-up Revolution. MUA I have briefly mentioned before, as I have reviewed their amazing products. Make-up revolution, I am a complete rookie. Judging by their impeccably aesthetic stall – I was already sold on first impressions.

What did I buy?

1). The must-have eyeshadow palette

Make-up revolution eyeshadow palette in Redemption, Iconic 1, £4

Wow. For only £4 this palette is an absolute bargain. It comes with 12 shades (you can pick matte or shimmery palettes, in various shades), and the eye shadows are very pigmented. This is serious, serious competition for the high-brow cosmetic brands. I mean, I never want to pay more than £4 for a palette now I am aware I can purchase one this great for such little money. A real game changer.

2). The iconic eyebrow pencil 

MUA eyebrow pencil in Blonde, £1

Believe me when I say I have searched high and low for a perfect eyebrow pencil. As much as I love my Chanel eyebrow pencil, for just £1 this has got to be worth a try. It’s extra long (excuse the pun) so should theoretically last longer through sharpening. It comes in various shades – it isn’t as pigmented as the more expensive brand eyebrow pencils. But, it’s decent and a lot better than other high street ones which are almost 9 times the price of this (a prime example is the Maybeilline one – DON’T EVER BUY THIS, EVER EVEN IN DESPERATION. It is like using my three year old nieces crayola crayons on my brows. Just no).

3). The highest highlighter

Make-up revolution Vivid baked highlighter in Peach lights, £3

This is perfect for me as I usually mix my highlighter with a pink blush, now I have a product which is 2 in 1. I also prefer powder highlighters – they are the easiest to apply in my opinion. This product is also highly pigmented – and comes in three shades. I’m sorry but if you don’t already have this in your life what the hell are you doing with your life???

4). The penultimate pink/nude lipstick

MUA lipstick in Tulip, £1

Just in time for spring, this pretty pink ticks all the boxes. This amazing £1 lipstick comes in a variety of appealing shades. It stays on throughout the day, and again, there is no lack of pigmentation.

 

Go on, treat yourself. After all – all that make-up and I only spent a tenner!

 

P.S Once I reach 100 followers I will be doing a fantastic giveaway, winner chosen at random. For the meantime you can follow my Facebook page – blondeghetto. Or my Instagram – versaceblonde xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

 

 

Get your ”glow up”: 4 highlighters that suit everyone

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Now, let’s face it glitter & shimmer have been the awe of every girly girl in the world for decades, however this year has been a game changer for ”the glow”. It is mandatory to have shimmered cheeks so very shimmery that light bounces off your pearlescent cheekbones and slaps any haters around the face. I have decided that 2016 is officially the year of the highlighter. The glow, the fleek, the shimmer. But who knew there were so many types of highlighters!? I’m going to give you the low-down on the 4 main types.

1). The perfecting bronzer, Kiko, £16.90

Bronzer is a comfortable (powdered) classic, an easy way to add colour and glow to your face. Use a particularly shimmery one to maximise your glow. Perfect for those of you who are glow virgins.

2). The liquid ”high beam” complexion enhancer, Benefit, £19.50 (for full size)

Liquid highlighters are slightly more tricky to apply; during contour stage number two rub some on your brow and cheek bones to add depth, and enhance complexion. For extra glow, when your make-up is finished, rub a small amount onto your cheekbones over existing make-up. These can often last months, they are highly concentrated, you only need to use a tiny bit each application.

3). The radiant shimmer blusher, Bare Minerals, £18.75 (for the entire radiance collection)

If you aren’t careful with this one you will end up looking like a clown that has puked up giltter blusher onto your own face, or a drag queen with hugely exaggerated make-up. Yes, this is a blusher but it’s concentrated. Tap with a blusher brush, flick some into the air, and then apply to your cheekbones. Remove excess with a clean tissue.

Although that being said, this is a handy multi-purpose product. If you like rosy cheeks, and glowing cheeks – bang you have a blusher and highlighter in one. These mini radiance pots also double up as eye-shadows and powders.

4). The iridescent gold powder highlighter, MUA, £3

This highlighter is genius. Can give even the chubbiest cheeks structure, I am living proof of this theory  (check out featured image, ft. good lighting to bless me). The cheapest of the options, but coincidentally also the best (saved the best til last). The powder highlighter is easy to apply, brush gentle strokes onto cheekbones either beneath foundation, or on-top; or if you want to really push out the boat and look like a human unicorn – both. A really really great value product that lasts ages, and is so on trend. Invest now. Pop that glow!