Illamasqua Multi-Facets Palette in ‘Semblance’ – Gorgeous Little Thing!

I’m a little obsessed with palettes right now, especially ones that contain eye and cheek shades (and sometimes lip colours) all in one handy little palette. My favourite buy of the week has to be the Illamasqua Multi-Facets Palette ‘Semblance’ from their Facets collection; it contains just about everything you need for the Eyes and Cheeks! The best thing is that it’s now on sale at £22.50 (down from £45.00)!

Illamasqua Multi- facets Palette in 'Semblance'

Illamasqua Multi- facets Palette in ‘Semblance’

Illamasqua Multi- facets Palette in 'Semblance'

Illamasqua Multi- facets Palette in ‘Semblance’

This little beauty is slim and compact enough to slip into my handbag, has a massive mirror for quick touch ups!

 

Illamasqua Palette 'Semblance'

Illamasqua Palette ‘Semblance’

It’s perfect for darker skin-tones, but equally gorgeous for adding an overall golden toned look in the summer to paler complexions too! The shades will look amazing in the summer sun!

It has a cream highlighter, amazingly pigmented eyeshadows with a super-versatile brow powder, and a neutral taupe cream eye base (‘Hollow’) that can be used as a contour on paler skin-tones. It also contains my fave matte blush shade of all time ‘Hussy’ for a gorgeous glow!

The Holy Grail Of Contour Powders: MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation NW58 & Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder

Contour Powder Perfection: Choose From MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation NW58 And  Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder

I’ve found that contouring and highlighting the face makes all the difference to the end result of your finished makeup look. Especially when it comes to photographs. It gives you that lovely ‘uplifted’ and picture-perfect polished look. (I’ll talk more about the best highlighting products later). I’ve tried out quite a lot of contouring products and every single time, powder-style contour products always beat cream contouring products for a more natural look, easy application and blendability.

Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder (Medium): the ultimate contouring powder for nearly all skintones.

Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder (Medium): the ultimate contouring powder for nearly all skintones.

Two contouring powder products which stand out amongst the rest include MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation NW58, (Okay, I’ll admit, this is not designed specifically to be used for contouring, but the shade and texture turn out looking amazing when used sparingly to contour the face), and  Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder (Medium) which is hands-down the best contour powder around, and suits almost all skintones. It’s strange that the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder is called a ‘Medium’ shade when that’s actually the only colour it’s available in. The colour is actually great for creating a natural ‘shadow’ effect and is therefore perfect for contouring because of the fact that it goes on fairly sheer but has a grey-brown colour with almost no yellow in it; a little goes a long way so despite this product being a bit pricey, it will last you a long time. The MAC Studio Fix Powder in NW58 has a bit more yellow in the colour but can be used for olive skintones who dn’t mind adding a bit of warmth as well as contouring the face. Both look great but I would choose the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder (Medium) because the colour it comes in actually means that you could also apply it into the socket of the eye to give a natural looking contour to the eyelid if you didn’t want to add anything apart from neutral beige and brown make-up to your eyes, I don’t think the MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation NW58 would be suitable for this purely for the fact that it contains yellow tones. MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation in shade NW58: great as a contour powder when a light touch is used with a dual fibre brush or with Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush.

I always apply any contour powder with a dual-fibre brush (there are lots out there e.g. MAC 187 dual-fibre skunk brush) or with Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush (I’m actually using the Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush more often to apply contour powder because it accurately defines and contours several tricky areas using only the one brush instead of several e.g. contouring the nose as well as the cheekbones and jawline is easy with just this one brush whereas if I used the MAC 187 brush I can’t use it the contour the side of the nose or the tip, and I’d have to use a narrower brush).

Reasons Why A Cold Shower Is Probably The Best Thing For Your Skin…!

As much as you may hate them, cold showers are much better for your hair and skin than extremely hot ones. They’re brilliant at firming the skin and boosting your circulation!

As much as you may hate them, cold showers are much better for your hair and skin than extremely hot ones. They're brilliant at firming the skin and boosting your circulation!

As much as you may hate them, cold showers are much better for your hair and skin than extremely hot ones. They’re brilliant at firming the skin and boosting your circulation!

Cold Showers...Are they the best thing for your skin?

Cold Showers…Are they the best thing for your skin?

What does your perfume say about you?

Have you ever picked a fragrance to wear based on your mood or to match an outfit for the day?

In addition to makeup and the style of clothes you wear, the fragrance you spritz on can play a powerful part in adding or detracting from the image you want to represent and, it can even influence your mood and that of those around you! So choose your fragrance carefully. Play with perfume and wear a different version of your signature fragrance on your pulse points, (such as a stronger, deeper-toned perfume oil instead of a light eau de toilette or an eau de parfum) to unfold a new fragrance altogether throughout the day and evening as it combines with your body chemistry, or even choose an uplifting fresh citrus perfume if you usually wear florals or orientals. Make sure to layer on a matching perfumed lotion or body cream if you’d like the fragrance to last.

Here are some of my fave perfumes…

 

From left to right: Tom Ford 'Black Orchid', Tom Ford 'Jasmine', Chloe 'Chloe', Armani Prive 'Rose D'Arabie'.

For evening glam, nothing beats an exotic scent. I really love these fragrances in particular: from left to right: Tom Ford ‘Black Orchid’, Tom Ford ‘Jasmine’, Chloe ‘Chloe’, Armani Prive ‘Rose D’Arabie’.

 

For a lighter, more romantic tone, I love these perfumes: from left to right: Agent Provocateur 'L'Agent', YSL 'Parisienne', Chloe 'Chloe' perfumed body products, Lancome 'Tresor In Love'.

For a lighter, more romantic tone, I love these perfumes: from left to right: Agent Provocateur ‘L’Agent’, YSL ‘Parisienne’, Chloe ‘Chloe’ perfumed body products, Lancome ‘Tresor In Love’.

Is This One Of The Best Winter Skin Saviours Around?

Dry skin sufferers, take note, (especially during the autumn and winter seasons when the central heating is turned on high!): A humidifier might just change your skin forever, making your complexion satiny soft. Turn one on before you sleep and let it work its magic.

A humidifier can save your skin!

A humidifier can save your skin!

(by @Shahena_Ali, Naturopath & Naturopathic Nutritionist)

The Perfect Multi-Use Brush? – Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush Review

Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush Review…So Many Uses For It!

(My previous post on this brush got deleted in a system error! So I’m re-writing this for you all! *cry*)

This little versatile beauty tool is fast becoming my favourite all-rounder brush, despite being shocked at the price when I first got it; I’ll explain why…it does the job of nearly 5 different brushes! It’s an excellent eye socket contour brush, cheek, nose and face contouring brush, highlighter brush as well as having the perfect sized brush head to be a wonderful powder blusher brush to fit the apples of your cheeks. Although it may seem very pricey, it actually is worth it as it more than pays for itself over and over again; I don’t use separate contouring, highlighting or blusher brushes, I simply use this for all of those things.

Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush

Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush

The brush itself is amazing to use with very pigmented powder blushes such as Nars Exhibit A or Nars Seduction or even the Sleek Powder Blushers, this is because the pointed domed shaped brush head picks out just enough colour to dab onto the apple of your  cheek and then the remaining graduated brush hairs around the pointed end act as a ‘diffusing’ tool. Absolutely brilliant to create that ‘lit from within’ glow with pigmented powder blushers. Because it’s made from natural hair (goat hair in fact!) I would not use this brush to apply any cream products as otherwise the hairs would become loose, damaged and less ‘fluffy’ even when you wash it.

Although it seems quite fragile and delicate, it’s actually quite robust, but even so, I would still keep it in it’s card box container when not in use, so as to prevent the thin handle from becoming unravelled or a little bent. It has an unusual handle wrapped with wisteria, and this gives it that ‘bendy, springy’ feel when you hold it by the thinner end and use the brush in a back and forth or swirling motion.

Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush. A very soft multi-use brush that's perfect for applying pigmented powder blushers lightly and also for contouring, highlighting as well as being a great crease brush for the eye socket. The brush head is approx. 2 inches wide at the widest section and has a pointy tip.

Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush. A very soft multi-use brush that’s perfect for applying pigmented powder blushers lightly and also for contouring, highlighting as well as being a great crease brush for the eye socket. The brush head is approx. 2 inches wide at the widest section and has a pointy tip.

The pointed tip of the brush is also the perfect size for precise and quick contouring of the sides of the nose to make your nose look slimmer, as well as contouring cheekbones and jawline. The brush actually blends any contour powder really well with only a few strokes. You can even use it to blend colours or contour in the eye socket line, as the size of the tip of the brush head is small enough!