Showing posts with label MUA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MUA. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

MUA Makeup Palette - Undress Me Too Review.

Looking for an excuse for a Tuesday Treat? This could be it! The Undress Me Too (naughty!) palette from MUA is cute, compact and beyond affordable no matter what budget you've promised yourself you'll stick to. At £4 you can't really complain right? And for all these shades, and textures, you'd be a fool to pass it up. It's been deemed the 'dupe' of a certain other, more expensively priced eye-shadow palette on the market right now and I have to say that it really shapes up to look that way. Majority of the shades are very similar to the more expensive product, and if you've wanted to try out the shades without forking over a fortune, this could be a great way of doing so. As you can see mine has got some serious use since I picked it up a few weeks ago! If you follow me on Instagram, you'll have seen my first impressions.


They say ' The Undress Me Too Palette embraces this season’s fresh-faced look and urges you to strip back and go nude! Made up of 12 warm and timeless shades, this palette will suit all skin tones and any occasion. The pearlescent flesh-toned finish of Shades Naked, Devotion and Shy are perfect for highlighting the eyes, while the shimmering bronze hues of Shades Fiery, Lavish and Dreamy give a sultry effect. There are even smouldering contour tones in Shades Tranquil, Exposed and Wink so that you can transform your minimalist day look into a sexy smokey eye in an instant. Featuring a shade range that runs from the palest champagne to the grittiest gunmetal grey, this isn’t just ‘shades of beige. Each shadow has a distinct look that works for everyone.'





They aren't wrong. I've been reaching for this product every day for work since I got it. The shades are a lot more day-time friendly than some of the previous glitter-happy eye-shadows I've seen, the three matte shades - as you can see get a lot of use in particular. Wink has been my go-to crease shade since I got it, and it's been one that adds that depth needed without adding a heavy smokey feel which is perfect for day time and even more perfect when you're working in a professional environment, where you still want to play around with your look but want to remain respectful and appropriate. The darker shades - the black - is great for a over eyeliner powder to enhance and seal in a cat eye line, or smudged just right if you need more depth or indeed want to go for the full on smokey eye. The glittered shades aren't over saturated with glitter that makes them impossible to wear, in fact for the price I was really pleasantly surprised how easy these shades were to work with - and how long they lasted without caking or creasing. I've also bought a creme blusher and a press powder from the MUA range, and I think I'll have a wee review on those up soon, if you'd be interested in reading! ;)

The #MUA Undress Me Too retails for £4 /E5.50 and I found mine in my local +S Loves SuperDrug.

Happy Smudging Peeps!

Till next time!

xo


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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Spring / Summer blush edit!

Spring has sprung... at least for the rest of the world I hear it has, for Ireland, as per usual, not so much springing as pouring! But at least one thing springs eternal and that's hope, hope that someday soon the sun remembers our tiny little isle and comes for a visit. In the vain of hope we shop! We  shop for spring dresses and shoes, and of course as a beauty blogger, we shop for makeup all with that lovely fresh, new, lively spring feeling. Gone are the dark shades we embraced in winter, the deep berry tones, the vixen reds, and in with the corals, pinks and highlights.
Oh, and bronzer too. Can't forget the bronzer after months in the dark, can we? We don't want to scare small children when the sun does start to shine again and people can see our face more clearly, so bronzer is a must! My Spring/Summer edit is as follows!

MUA Cream Blush Perfection in the shade  - Bonne Mine
MAC powder blush in the shade - Dame
Bourjois Délice de Poudre 
MUA Undress Your Skin - Shimmer Highlighter
Maybelline Dream Touch Blush in the shade 06

 If you guys follow me on Instagram you'll have already seen the MUA purchases and the Bourjois too I think, when I picked them up a couple of weeks back. I have to say I really do love MUA, for such a cheap as chips price range the actual range of products and how they work is amazing. Usually it's one of those things with makeup, you get what you pay for and the cheaper end products are usually a bit... you know... meh? But so far with the MUA bits I've tried, I'm pleasantly surprised.


 I'm a little guilty of never really straying that far from the spring edit all year around. Mainly because shades like this really do bring the face to life - that forever youthful, walk-in-fresh-air look we're all after all the time is usually just a blend away if you choose the right shade for your skin tone. Being pale it's easy for me to gravitate towards the lighter shades of pink and coral to get that colour back in my cheeks while still appearing natural. I love Spring and Summer for those excuses alone, that and the 'all natural' look in makeup becomes the way of life because we just want to make the most of the good weather and our plans don't really fit into spending more than ten minutes painting our faces, right?

The MAC - Dame is one of the few powder blushes I own, and I've had it for about a year now (can you tell by how ever-so-slightly grubby it looks? Sorry!) and it's definitely one of the ones I go to for that 'flush' of life on the apples of my cheeks with minimal face and eye makeup, it works wonders for a powder - even on my dry / dehydrated skin! 

The full review on the Dream Touch Blush can be found here.





+BourjoisUK Blush and Bronzer I picked up from @BootsUK a couple of weeks ago now, on a whim as you do and for me this is the first coral shade I've gone for in a long time - with the Bonne Mine - and I have to say I really do love it. The little pots that have been around since the 1800s really do deserve their longevity in terms of great pigment, great application (complete with tiny little oval shaped application brush) and just a great price point in general. The bronzer is very pigmented too for a highstreet brand which I found surprising. I have to go a little easier on this one than I might do with say my Urban Decay baked bronzer, as I said it's mostly because of how pale I am and I don't want to look too 'over done' on a daily basis. It does however make a fantastic contour colour for me, and I've been taking advantage of that a lot in the past couple of weeks. Be careful with contouring though, if it's just minimal every day makeup you're used to doing, with that you can escalate quickly from subtle contour to ... Kim Kardasian with just a sweep of a brush. So pay attention when doing that! 

 The two MUA products I picked up ( I also picked up a contour eyebrow pencil too which I might do a full review on if you guys are interested?) I picked up the cream blush because, well, I'm a sucker for creme / cream blushes in general and for the price points (I think it was less than a fiver for each product, which I mean, come on! How could you not?) and I fancied giving them a go. So far I find the creme/ cream blush to be super blendable, however it doesn't really have very much staying power throughout the day. I guess that's to be expected, there has to be some drawbacks to it being such an affordable product, but for the price really, would you mind reapplying once or twice through the work day for what you've paid for your wee blush? I know I don't mind! I wear it, and then dot the highlighter over the top. 

Now, the @MUA highlighter is the first time in a long time that I've deviated from my usual (Benefit - Highbeam) mostly because nothing really lived up to that - and it was a creme/creamy texture too. But! This caught my eye and I'm so glad it did. For £2 I think it was? It's a really great product I've gotten so many compliments on my new glow and my healthy look since wearing this on a daily basis and I was so pleased because it literally took two seconds to apply and that - unlike the blush- really did I found have good staying power throughout the day.

Big thumbs up on all my new buys - and some old ones too! What's your Spring / Summer Blush edit? Sound off below or follow me : 

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See you soon peeps! 

xox

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Going gaga for Gatsby! Hair & Makeup inspiration.

With the worldwide and much anticipated release of the Great Gatsby coming up very soon, it seems everyone and their mama - at least in fashion and beauty terms - is going utterly gaga for all things Gatsby! I can't really say I blame them however, as the time period of the book and now the film is one that is so utterly rich in inspirational style. Everything from the hair, the makeup and the fashions of the 1920s is something that we all seem to latch on to, look up to and strive to emulate whenever the mood strikes. How many of us have been a Flapper girl at Halloween solely to get away with the drop waist glamour, the (faux) bobs, and the feathers? I know I have!

 I say the faux bob because I unlike a few of my friends have never been brave enough (or had the jawline for it) to cut the mane into a 20s bob, but I salute you if you have, it's not an easy choice going so short! If like me you are a little scared of going full chop there is the solution of The Faux.

Start by heat styling your hair whichever way you'd like it -straightening, wavy curl, or full on curly curly) and part it a little slightly off the center of the head. Then make a low ponytail, about halfway down the length of your hair from the base of your neck to the bottom.Then just tuck and roll the ponytail underneath, moving upwards until you reach the nape of your neck, then discreetly secure underneath with slides/bobby pins - ones that colour match your hair would be perfect as they'll be harder to spot! Complete the do by spraying hair with a strong hold finishing spray.


Image - Pinterest


The style of the film, and of the Hollywood version of the 20s in any film really focuses on the softness of the era, style wise at least. The soft makeup - with a daring lip from time to time, but mostly a soft eye and base - the silks and drop waist dresses, the buckle Maryjane's and the headpieces. Everyone from Downton Abbey to Miuccia Prada has caught the bug - rightfully so too since she was co-costume designer on the film! Click here to see some of her original sketches.




Ralph Lauren Ready-to-Wear S/S 2012



For the Daisy look - seen here from Carey Mulligan in her Vogue shoot for this month's issue, I see they've focused on the soft base with a slight smokey eye and berry lip. It's bold, teamed in with the elaborate feather dresses and headpieces, it runs the risk of looking too 'over done' - but - bad photo-shopping aside, I think it's a look that looks stunning on her, it really helps the audience get a sense of who  this character is.

My dupes for the Daisy look at home would be the following :

Start off with a good base, and for a good base make sure you cleanse and tone and of course slap on a good moisturiser, one of my faves is the 'Total Moisture facial cream' by +Benefit Cosmetics


Next up is your foundation (or use a primer if you feel you may need one!) for this flawless finish I find I work with liquid foundations best, and this one from +BourjoisUK the 'new' Healthy Mix (full review if you'd like it, later in the week?) is fab! 

 
Next up to conceal any unsightly blemishes go for a hydrating concealer, something like the new FakeUp by +Benefit Cosmetics I hear is fantastic for those of us with a dry under-eye area. After that I'd focus on eyes, using any plumping and thickening lash lacquer that will help to widen and thicken your lashes giving you that wide-eyed seemingly innocent Daisy look.

Using a neutral pallet, such as the MUA Heaven and Earth Pallet - £4! would be ideal if you're on a budget.

Sweeping a neutral across the entire lid, followed by a darker shade in the crease for depth, and a little of that under the lash line below should finish off the shadow work. If you feel so inclined, the winged eyeliner look can only add to the luxurious drama of the 20s look, choosing a gel liner I find is easier to work with over a liquid - it's less messy and there's less room for mistakes! I use the +Maybelline UK  gel liner in black for this effect.





Finish off the look with a deep berry shade for an over the top statement face, or a softer neutral shade for that subtle more understated vibe.

For the berry shade I love the Fabulous Fig from +Revlon or the softer sheen shade in Temptress to round off the look.




Happy facepainting, peeps!

xox
Laura