Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Fashion Fair True Finish Concealer Trio

A few years ago, I came across an article on beauty products that Ciara(the Like-a-Boy songstress) loves to use and this was one of them. I loved her review on this product but as I wasn't a fan of cream products at the time, I decided to pass.

Well towards the end of last year, I was looking for a new concealer to cover all the excess baggage under my eye and I came across the concealer trio again so I decided to give it a go.

The concealer itself is very creamy and requires a lot blending to avoid the patchy look but it does a good job in hiding away my imperfections giving a matte finish afterwards.

The Good News: the concealer comes in a light, medium and dark shade. The medium matches my skin tone exactly and I use that the most. The light shade can be used to highlight underneath the eyes, the medium shade to conceal and the dark shade to contour. The dark shade has a reddish tone which I didn't like but the good thing about this trio is that I can mix the three shades to achieve whatever I want.

The Bad News: The concealer trio is now discontinued by Fashion Fair but it is still available at Debenhams website (not sure how long it'll be there).

Verdict: as this is my first cream product, it took me a minute to get use to but eventually I got a hang of it and I am liking it.  
PS: I am a liquid foundation fanatic but from the success of this, I am thinking of getting a cream foundation to see how it looks on my normal to dry skin. 

Have you used any Fashion Fair product or the Concealer Trio? What do you think?
What cream foundations would you recommend for me to try?


Friday, 24 February 2012

A Day at the Fashion and Textile Museum

Earlier this week, a few friends and I went to the Fashion and Textile Museum in London to experience a fashion show through the eyes of the photographers.  

The Catwalk to Cover: A Front Row Seat exhibition told the story of what happens at a fashion show both backstage and on stage. The exhibition gave us an insight and unraveled a few secrets of a successful catwalk show through backstage, front row, catwalk, and street style photos of collections by Karl Lagerfeld, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Marc Jacobs. 

This post is on the makeup seen backstage at the catwalk show

Let me know if you'll like to see pictures of the fashion seen at the exhibition.

The exhibition started in November 2011 and will end 25 February 2012. For more information on the Fashion and Textile museum, visit their website here.

My look for the day was very basic but wore my new lipstick Stiletto by Sleek Makeup to add a bit of oomph.

PS: I'll try and recreate a more wearable version of some of the looks from this exhibition.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Oh So Special Makeup Look 1: Ribbon & Gateau

I am loving my new "Oh So Special" palette and I've been playing around with it since I got it. This is one of the looks I created featuring Ribbon and Gateau, two colours that caught my eye. Gateau is a pink shimmery eye shadow with gold reflects while ribbon is a peachy matte eye shadow. 

Please ignore the cheesy grin lol....
Products Used:

Primer: Milk of Magnesia (MoM)
Foundation: Medium Coverage Foundation, Bronze 600 (Mary Kay)
Concealer: Select Cover-UP, NC45 (MAC)
Powder: Mineral Powder Foundation, Bronze 2 (MaryKay)
Blush: Magenta (La Femme)
Contour: Face Contour Kit (Sleek Makeup)

Primer: Shadow Insurance (Too Faced)
Base: Jumbo Pencil, Milk (NYX)
Transition Colour: Ribbon, Oh So Special palette  (Sleek Makeup)
Lid: Gateau, Oh So Special palette (Sleek Makeup)
Blending colour: Boxed, Oh So Special palette (Sleek Makeup)
Outer Corner/Crease: Noir, Oh So Special palette (Sleek Makeup)
Brow Bone: Honey Spice (Mary Kay)
Upper lash Line: Dip It eyeliner (Sleek Makeup)
Lower Lash Line: MUA Intense Colour, Jet Black (MUA)
Lashes: One by One Volume Express (Maybelline)
Brows: Eyebrow Pencil, black brown (Rimmel); Brow kit, Dark (Sleek Makeup)


 Pout Paint: Mauve Over (Sleek Makeup)

What do u think of the Oh So Special palette?


Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Nail of the Day (NOTD): Wired

Wired is a deep blue coloured polish by L.A.Colors. I purchased this a while ago but have only used it once as I do with all of my nail colours because they don't seem to last on my nails for more than a day before they start to chip away which is très annoying. 

Wired gives a great colour pay off after two coats which I love and the brush enables easy application of polish although the handle is a little short and chubby (if that makes sense).

Price: 99p (a bargain and a half lol)
Where to buy: any hair and beauty supply store e.g. Paks Cosmetics 
Verdict: I love but will give it a B-

Do you have any tips on how to stop my nail colours from chipping away?

Have you tried any L.A.Colors nail polish?


Monday, 20 February 2012

Sleek Makeup Gift Bag Winner

Hello Beauties, hope you all had a great weekend?

In the last week of January, Sleek Makeup had a 5 day competition on Facebook  and on the 3rd day, I was a lucky winner. Fast forward to last week, my winnings finally arrived by post and I was pleasantly surprised because all the items that was sent were not already in my collection.

The items were placed in a Sleek Makeup gift bag which I have kept nicely for future use.
Side note: am I the only person that collects cute looking carrier/gift bags?lol
The gift bag contained 6 items perfect for creating Spring/Summer look with 2 pout paints, black liquid liner, dark brown brow kit, oh so special palette and a lipstick.

Top left: Peek-a-bloo & Mauve over; Top right: swatch of Peek-a-bloo; Bottom right: swatch of mauve over: bottom left: Peek-a-bloo & mauve over mixed to give a purple shaded goodness lol

 True colour Lipstick - Stiletto (matte finish).

 Dip-It eyeliner - Black

 Brow Kit  - Dark

Oh So Special Palette - Top (L-R): Bow, Organza, Ribbon, Gift Basket, Glitz and Celebrate.
Bottom (L-R): Pamper, Gateau, The Mail, Boxed, Wrapped Up and Noir.

I'll let you know what I think of these items after I've played with them a lot more.

 If you'll like to keep up to date with Sleek Makeup then like their Facebook page here and also follow them on Twitter here as they are having another competition this week.

Thanks for stopping by beauties and let me know what you think of these items if you've used any of them.

PS: I promise to be a better blogger this week.


Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Window Stalking: River Island

I just love the bright orange lipstick....it looks red but it really is orange.

Monday, 6 February 2012


As requested by the lovely Dak's of TWP, I decided to make a pictorial on how I achieve my brows.

Here's a picture of my messy brows before.


Let's get started - what you need:

1. concealer or foundation that is one or two shades lighter than your skin tone
2. a brow pencil
3. eyebrow powder kit or eyeshadow of choice
4. two angled brush
5. eye pencil sharpener
6. spoolie brush

So here's what I use:

From Left - Right: Select cover-up concealer NC45 (MAC) , spoolie brush from an old mascara, two angled brush, NYX eye brow cake powder (dark brown/ brown), Rimmel eye brow pencil (dark brown 001), pencil sharpener.

What you need to do

Step 1: brush your eye brows into shape using the spoolie. When brushing your brows, start by brushing them upwards then outwards.

Step 2: get your brow pencil to a sharp point using the sharpener, then lightly draw out the shape you'd like for your brows to be.
NB: if you like the shape of your brows then you can skip this step but if your brows are as unruly as mine then this is necessary.

Step 3: Using the concealer/foundation and one of the angled brush, go around the edges of the outline you drew and blend out using your fingers or a brush as shown above.
NB: ensure that any stray hair outside the outline you drew is covered properly using the concealer/ foundation.

Step 4: Using the other angled brush, fill in any sparse areas with the eye brow powder or your eye shadow of choice.

Step 5: blend out the light concealer/foundation properly with a foundation that match your skin tone to avoid the "halo" effect.

and you are done.

TIP: To get the faded effect at the beginning of the brow, lightly dip your spoolie brush into the lighter concealer/foundation and brush your brows with it (just the beginning).

Once you are done, use a brow gel to keep everything in place. Alternatively, use a clear mascara if you don't have a brow gel.

The brows are the most expressive part of our face and we like them to look perfect but they can never be perfect. Your brows are sisters not twins so don't be scarred if they are different from each other.

Hope this is helpful and informative.

Newest Addition to the Family: La Femme, M.A.C, Sleek Makeup

1. L-R: Magenta, Russet & Sienna (La Femme blush)
2. Duo Eyelash Adhesive
3. True Finish Concealer trio (Fashion Fair)
4. Cherry Lip Pencil (M.A.C)
5. Eldora B157 Lashes
6. Too Faced Shadow Insurance
7. Rose Gold Blush (Sleek Makeup)
8. Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder (M.A.C)

The La Femme blush and Eldora lashes are from Cocktail Cosmetics but can also be found at Love Makeup and Genie Cosmetics

I'll be reviewing the La Femme blush when I complete the palette. I really should have bought the 12 pan palette but didn't think I'll love them as much as I do.

Do you own any of these products? 

What do you think of them?


Sunday, 5 February 2012

Birthday Celebrations

Before the snow descended on London town, I went out with some lovely friends who agreed to brave the freezing weather with me to celebrate my birthday two weeks after the day and it was such a fun night.

Since it was my birthday, I decided to go a little extra with my look and add two lashes. Yes! two lashes  (well one full lash strip and one lash accent) lol and for me that's a big deal as I don't really use false lashes often but maybe it's time I do and as always the lovely Ruby woo finishes the look.

Products Used:

Primer: Milk of Magnesia (MoM)
Foundation: Medium and Full Coverage Foundation, Bronze 600 (Mary Kay)
Concealer: Select Cover-UP, NC45 (MAC)
Powder: Mineral Powder Foundation, Bronze 2 (MaryKay)
Blush: Sienna (La Femme)
Contour: Face Contour Kit (Sleek Makeup)

Primer: Shadow Insurance (Too Faced)
Base: Painterly (Mac)
Transition Colour: light brown Matte eyeshow 357 (Inglot)
Lid: Biscuit (Front Cover book of Shadows)
Blending colour: Clove (Front Cover book of Shadows)
Outer Corner/Crease: dark brown 329 (Inglot)
Brow Bone: Honey Spice (Mary Kay)
Upper lash Line: Glam eyes liquid liner (Rimmel)
Lower Lash Line: MUA Intense Colour, Jet Black (MUA)
Lashes: One by One Volume Express (Maybelline)
Falsies: Ardell 107 & Eldora Lash accent B157
Brows: Eyebrow Pencil, black brown (Rimmel); Eyebrow Cake Powder, Dark Brown/Brown (NYX)

Liner: cherry (MAC)
Lipstick: Ruby Woo (MAC)