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OFRA x NIKKIETUTORIALS – Review & Swatches

I looove Nikkie Tutorials, she is my favourite youtuber so this post may be a tad bias because I was probably going to love whatever she came out with anyway. However this collection is so versatile and gorgeous, there really is something for everyone!

Highlighter – Everglow

Everglow is officially my ride or die highlighter, not only is every shade completely blinding the wheel includes 3 shades for fair, medium or dark skin tones. As a makeup artist it is important that I have a shade for any skin tone without having to stock up on loads of different pans. They also make for perfect lid colours so you can get the full use out of the product!

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Liquid Lips – Long Lasting Liquid Lips

The three shades again mean there is something for every skin tone. There are two metallics – Coven and Spell. Then a matte nude – Nude Potion. I haven’t really tried metallic lips before but with a simple eye they really steal the show.

I am obsessed with Spell but that’s because I am a red girl through and through. Nude Potion is a perfect pink toned light nude for all my pale girls and Coven is beautiful for any skin tone but I personally prefer it for darker skin tones. They are all massively pigmented and have amazing staying power. They blend well when topping up and I don’t personally find them overly drying. I am so glad I got all 3 but be sure to pick up at least one if you love your lippies!

Swatches: Everglow Highlighters, Coven, Spell, Nude Potion.

The products are of such good quality, 100% worth the money! The packing when you buy the full collection is so beautiful I cannot bring myself to throw it away. All items are available separately and as a collection on BeautyBay.

Have you tried anything from this collection? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Kisses

LeaLou xoxo

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Tips for the best winged liner!

So lately I’ve been on a mission to get my winged liner skills the best I possibly can. I’ve been playing around with different products and watching loads of YouTube videos for some tips. I thought I would do a post to share the best ones I have found with you.

Gel, liquid or pen?

Mostly, it’s your own preference. However if you want a clean sharp edge you should avoid gel liners unless you want to invest in an expensive one. I like pens to fill a gap when I’ve got falsies on but for a sharp wing I’ve found liquid definitely comes up trumps for me.

The Brush

For the most accurate liner it’s best to Use a thin short brush or an angled brush NOT the product brush  that comes with liquid liner. For a liner brush I love the real techniques one but my favourite is the A17 Spectrum Angled liner brush.

Hand Position

You need to have a steady hand and unless you are perfect at keeping still my tip is to have your elbow resting on flat surface and/or the bottom of your hand resting on your cheek. How still your hand is will determine the precision of your line.

Lash Line or Wing first?

Again, it’s a preference. I prefer to outline my wing and bring it in towards the lash line. Depending on which style suits your eye is where you should start. Something you really need to play around with and see what works. I like to join the wing with the lash line a considerable bit lower than the end of the wing so the end is a really thin and sharp point.

How much is too much?

You should make sure your brush has a lot of product so it doesn’t pull your eye, which it will if it’s dry. This will leave wrinkle-like lines on your liner which is a no go. Doing it a little at a time with a decent amount on your brush will make sure you can be accurate without too much product drowning your brush so it’s not hard to work with.

Find the shape for your eye!

Everyone’s eye shape is different. If you have hooded eyes then the thickness and wing of your eyeliner will be a different style than somebody who has wide eyes and large eyelids. Again, PLAY AROUND see what works for you.

Thin, short strokes STAY IN CONTROL

Even if you’re aiming for a “big thick kill em bitch” line you need to start small and build it up. Nobody needs 2008 panda eyes to make a comeback, thank you very much.
So that’s my tips and tricks to get your winged liner perfected. If you have anymore drop me a comment I’d love to know!

Kisses

LeaLou xo

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Wishlist

There is sooooo much makeup out there and there are so many products and brands I want to try but unfortunately I haven’t got thousands to spend. ah, first world problems. Once out of interest I went through BeautyBay and added what I really wanted to my basket. Just to see what I would actually spend if I could. Turns out it was at least £1000, oops. So I thought I would put a few items together that I really want. I would love if you guy’s have any experience with these products/brands and want to let me know what you think!

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette

I really like the look of this palette I just think it’s really me I’ve had my eye on it for such a long time now that I feel as if I may never take the plunge to order it. I just love the warm shades and I feel like I would get use out of every colour.

Jeffree Star EVERYTHING

I have recently got one of his velour liquid lipsticks, I was so stuck between three of the shades and ended up with Checkmate which I am so happy is more scarlet than it looks on the website. There’s at least three more that I want Unicorn Blood, Watermelon Soda and Androgyny, as well of one of his highlighters (I love the look of King Tut and So F***ing Gold and Siberian Gold AH HOW DO YOU CHOOSE) and the Beauty Killer Palette. From reviews and my recent purchase I feel like his products are such high quality and definitely worth the money. Originally I thought his highlighters was a bit over priced until I seen the pigment and the size of them! I NEED to get my hands on more of his products ASAP.

Colour Pop

I have wanted some of their ultra matte lipsticks for soooo long and some of their eyeshadows but I get put off by the shipping charges. It’s so frustrating when there is a brand that you hear about so much and desperately want to try but it’s so hard to get hold of!

Too Faced Power of Makeup with Nikkie Tutorials

I discovered Nikkie on YouTube at the start of this year and she is officially my favourite Youtuber. My next palette purchase has GOT to be this one. Not just to support her but also because it looks soo beautiful. I feel as if you could play around with the colours for days and not get bored. I love that it isn’t just a eyeshadow palette and that there is some blush and contour powders too, it makes it perfect for travelling. I honestly have got to invest in this yesterday, I cant wait any longer!!

So these are some of the things that I really want to get, if I do get any of these in the future I’ll be sure to tell you allll about them. Is there anything you think I would like? Let me know!

Kisses

LeaLou xo

 

Disclaimer: All photos on my blog are my own originals unless stated otherwise. Pictures used for this post are downloaded from the websites linked in the titles.

 

 

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5 Favourite Lipsticks

My 5 Favourite Eyeshadow Palettes got a lot of love! So I thought I would do the same for lipsticks. These are some of my absolute favourites..

NYX Liquid Suede – Sandstorm and  Tea & Cookies

I can’t pick between these two they’re both such beautiful colours! Sandstorm is a brown shade which is perfect when you want a slight step up from a nude. Tea & Cookies Is the best shade of pink I’ve ever had. It’s not too bright but it’s a full pink. I love this through the summer.

MAC – Russian Red Matte

My ultimate favourite lipstick ever I spoke about this in my Obssesed Vs Detest LINK I’ve brought so many and I really don’t think I’ll ever get bored of it!

Collection Velvet Lip – Mango

These are complete dupes for the NYX lip creams. They’re semi matte and really pigmented. They don’t have a brilliant staying power but the price of them means you don’t mind topping up a few times!

Rimmel Kate Matte – 107

This is such a creamy lipstick (I wouldnt really say it’s matte) and it’s a deep berry tone which is just right for winter. I live for pairing this with a gold eye it’s a favourite go to look of mine.

BD Trade Secrets – Graceful

This was actually given to me by a friend and it leaves such a clean finish. There’s no need for liner and the staying power is immense. I really wanted to pick up more of these but the brand has been discontinued. I will make this last as long as I can.

I’d love if you want to comment your favourite lipstick! 

Kisses

LeaLou xo

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Valentines Look

So, the soppy day is coming up real soon and I wanted to do a look for you guys. I didn’t want to just do my makeup how I want to and call it valentines look so I asked my boyfriend what his favourite type of makeup is. Let’s be honest, getting ready for any date we like to think we’re making ourselves look good so they can look at us and think “wow”. It’s human to want someone that we are attracted to, to think we look good. I was fully expecting his response to be no makeup but he knows me well enough to know that it isn’t an option! So his response being a glittery eye thats not too dark and a red lip, so that’s what I tried to incorporate into this look. I ended up with a pink and gold cut crease with natural lashes and a soft bronze up. I’m going to give you a quick run through of the products I used and you can take a look at the end product. Let me know what you think?

Primer – Collection Primed & Ready + NYX primer spray

Foundation – Urban Decay All Nighter

Concealer – Lasting Perfection Concealer

To Set – Collection Primed&Ready Setting Powder

Eyebrows – Makeup Revolution Brow Pomade in Dark Brown

Eyeshadow– Modern Ressinance Palette Shades Venetian Red & Red Ochre in the crease and Primavera on the lid.

Eye Liners – Glam Crystals Gold + Collection Gel Liner

Lashes – Superdrug Natural 203 Lashes

Mascara – Maybelline Lash Sensational

Bronzer – Rimmel 022 Sun Bronze

Highlight – Makeup Revolution Peach Lights

Lip Liner – Rimmel 021 Red Dynamite 

Lipstick – MAC Russian Red


 

 

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Obsessed vs Detest

This is something I wanted to bring on to my blog and maybe make into a series. There are sooo many beauty brands that I really love but recently I keep picking up the odd product that I am so excited to try but compared to the other purchases’ I made from that brand I’ve been really disappointed. So below are some products from various brands, one (sometimes more, shoot me) that I am obsessed with and one that I really didn’t like and won’t continue to use. I’m not going to include photo’s of every product as a few I have thrown away but I will link what I can!

MUA

I have picked up various bits from MUA over the years and I think because it’s such a low cost brand it’s a bit hit and miss. I know they have certain collections that are different price ranges which I think is a good idea because it means people can shop on their budget.

Obsessed- I have the Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter in Iridescent Gold which is gorgeous from the packaging to the pay off. The highlighter itself is in a beautiful swirly pattern which can  be hard to pick product up from a small fan brush but a medium size brush means there is no issue. It gives off a really healthy golden sheer glow.

Detest – I brought the MUA Luxe Highlight Shimmer Stick which you are meant to apply directly onto the areas you want to highlight under or over your foundation (dependent how bold you want your highlight) and blend out. Superdrug describe this as easily blendable which I really don’t agree with. I think it stays pretty much where you put it and within an hour or so of application it dries up and goes extremely patchy. I’ve actually thrown this away now as I got so frustrated with it every time I tried to use it.

MAC

Now I really do still love MAC, I know it’s a dying fad as everyone used to go crazy for the brand but I really do still love the stuff, I recently got one of their x9 palettes in Burgundy and I love it.

Obsessed – Now this is my definition of obsessed! The Russian Red Matte lipstick is literally my all time favourite makeup product. If I had to bin my entire collection tomorrow and could only keep one product it would be this lipstick, I think I’m on my 6th one? and it’s nearly gone. The formula is lovely not too drying but completely matte with such an even finish. The colour is to die for and it lasts so well.

Detest – The MAC mascaras are so good I love how long and fluttery they make my lashes, however, the first one I ever brought left horrible stringy bits of mascara in my eye. I thought it could just be a faulty one or the type so I tried another which did the same thing so I stopped using them all together. When I got a palette from them they sent a tester of a mascara that I hadn’t tried, this also did the same thing. I’ve spent a while thinking it was just me but I have tried so many mascaras and never had this problem. Has anyone else found this with MAC mascara?

Collection

I have some staples in my makeup collection from this brand and I do think it is one of the best high street brands there is.

Obsessed – The Lasting Perfection Concealer is my favourite concealer ever I haven’t found anything better but I am up for recommendations high end or high street! I just think it blends so well, has full coverage and really brightens which is everything I want in a concealer.

Detest – Now, I do really like some of the Velvet Kiss Lip Creams from Collection but the shade Mulberry which is a really dark plum colour dries patchy and is, quite frankly, an absoloute pain in the arse to re-apply throughout the day. I have completely given up on this as a lip product however it has found a new use as a eyeliner which I love. I’ve included a picture but please excuse my unruly eyebrows!

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New Look

I’ve never really tried clothing store make-up as it just seemed odd to me that it could be any good. However I had heard some good things about New Looks new collection. My boyfriend brought me a voucher for Christmas and since I already have more clothes than I think I could ever wear I decided to try it out.

Obsessed – Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Stone. This is a beautiful grey shade with a slight brown tinge to it in some lights. The staying power is amazing and I really like the gold lid packaging. I honestly will be getting more colours from this collection because I am in love with this formula. I can’t link it as it is the only colour not coming up on the website!

Detest – I picked up a Erase Eye Makeup Remover. It’s one of those where there are two liquids that don’t mix. Now, when I say this burned my skin, I don’t mean that it stung me I mean it BURNED my skin and made it really puffy after. I could possibly have had a reaction to it but this has happened every time I tried it and I haven’t been allergic to a facial product before so be careful if you try this!

So.. Let me know if you loved or hated any of these products and if you would like to see more of this type of post in future!

Kisses

LeaLou xo

 

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January Favourites

I am so so excited to be doing my first favourites post. It’s something I knew I wanted to do on my blog from the beginning. Here’s what I have been loving this month.

Fortune Favour’s The Brave Eyeshadow Palette

I wrote about this in my Makeup Revolution Review 2 – Palettes and I have honestly loved it since. It’s what I have been reaching for pretty much every time it has such a good mix of colours the possibilities are actually endless! I feel as if I could use it everyday for months and still be doing a new look every day. I love the presentation of the palette and the pigment for most of them is to die for. There is such a good variation of colours but still a scheme to it which I think is amazing. 30 colours for £9.99 is just a steal!

Tony + Guy Texture Detox Shampoo

I received this in a set for Christmas. The other product I didn’t really like which I will be including in a post soon. This shampoo left my hair feeling brilliantly soft but also so easy to style which isn’t a combination you can always get with freshly washed hair. I usually pair it with a Dove or Herbal Essences conditioner and I’ve found it doesn’t make much difference which one. I will definitely be repurchasing this when it runs out (I’m currently hiding it from my mom and sister because I don’t want it to!).

Soap + Glory Sunkissed Tint Moisturiser

Now I really love to be tanned but I think fake tanning is such a pain in the arse, to be honest. I hate when it goes streaky and horrible it looks when it’s coming off. So I’d got this for Christmas and I thought it would look just like a moisturiser so I crapped myself when it came out brown! I applied it and was so happy with the result! It’s perfect if you have your shoulders or arms out and want a healthy glow. It washes right off but doesn’t go patchy if it rains or heaven forbid get a bloody drink spilt on you on a night out! It’s such a big bottle as well I can already tell it’s going to last such a long time.

NYX Liquid Suede – Sandstorm

I spoke about how badly I wanted this in my Boots Haul and it has not disappointed me! I’ve reached for it all month and I am just loving the consistency of it and the colour is lush. I fully recommend the NYX liquid suede’s to anyone and I feel bad for neglecting my others lately! They’re definitely one of my favourite lip products ever.

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation

I picked this up earlier in the month because I really want to try more foundations, especially high-end if anyone has any recommendations! At first I wasn’t sure of the matte finish because it’s not as easy to blend concealer on top but I’ve found if I use a little bit more foundation than usual it’s easy. It’s also such a full coverage foundation that it completely covers some of my blemishes which is brilliant. I’ve been using this constantly now and I dread the day it runs out! It really does last a long time with or without a setting spray.

Makeup Revolution Rose Gold Lipstick – Chauffer

I think one of the main reasons I am loving this so much is the fact that it’s only £3! The packaging and the colour is to die for. It last’s so long and it’s the perfect nude. It’s described as buildable colour which it really is. You can have it quite sheer or a full coverage and it doesn’t affect the feel on the lips which I think is just so clever.

L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Purity Mask

I really wanted to try and use masks more regularly, one of my new years resolutions was to take better care of my skin. I ordered this along with some others and I am obsessed with it. It really clears all the crap from your skin and leaves you feeling so clean and fresh. I love to use it on a night because you don’t want to put anything else on to tarnish your skin afterwards because it feels so clear! This has become a firm favourite in my skin care routine.

Boots Sponge Applicator Wand

I was so excited when I seen this and for some reason I forgot to include it in my boots haul. I think it’s because it very quickly became a staple product of mine. I don’t like the small beauty blenders/sponges because I don’t like the lack of grip you have. This is just like a small bb/sponge but on a wand meaning you have complete control and it works so well in the contours of the face. It’s only £4.50 and such a good tool to have! It’s a little hard to wash as it feels as if you squeeze or pull too hard it might come out but I haven’t had too much trouble with it yet.

Makeup Revolution Blush Palette – Golden Sugar

I’m going to keep this short because I did already review this palette but I have been reaching for it constantly for blush and highlight and I am just living for the glow! It does such a brilliant job at brightening the face and I can’t get enough of it.

That’s what I have been loving this month! Let me know if you have been loving any of these products or one of your favourites this month that you think I would like to try!

Kisses

LeaLou xo

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Makeup Revolution Review 1 – Lips

If you follow me on Twitter you will have seen the huge order I placed with Makeup Revolution which was farrr too big to fit a review into just 1 blog post, so I’ve separated it into three. Here is everything I got that is lips! Links are in the titles if you want to check them out yourself. There is a good variation in the colours because I needed a break from my ridiculous amount of red lips so there’s something for everyone! Continue reading “Makeup Revolution Review 1 – Lips”

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Make-up Revolution Review 2 – Palettes

Ok now palettes are like my favourite thing and they was sooo cheap I couldn’t resist any of them. I originally had nine in my basket which I realised was far too ridiculous so I managed to get rid of three but I couldn’t get rid of any of these because I knew they’d be such good staples. Let me know which one is your favourite, I don’t think I can decide. Continue reading “Make-up Revolution Review 2 – Palettes”

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Beauty Hacks!

We’ve all been in a situation where we are a bit stuck for money, and the most common time for it is January. While we might have wonderful new palettes and lipsticks that we have been kindly gifted at Christmas, beauty and make-up essentials are running low and payday feels like foreverrrrr away! So here are my little hacks for when I’m in a pinch.

Setting Spray

Now, setting spray’s can be quite expensive. I wanted to try it but was sceptical, so I had a look online to see if there was a way to make your own and……. there is! And it works just the same. Have a look at the video here… it is so easy. Basically just a bottle of water and some Glycerine in a spray bottle. As you can see from the photo, I made mine a little prettier with a sticky backed sheet of patterned paper. I kee Continue reading “Beauty Hacks!”

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5 Favourite Eyeshadow Palettes!

If you’re anything like me and have a slightly worrying obsession with eyeshadows then get yourself a nice hot drink, get comfy and have a read of this!

Eyeshadow is my ultimate favourite part of makeup. Sometimes I wish I could take it off and do it again because I enjoy it so much (I’m aware how sad that sounds).
I have so many eyeshadows and palettes to the point I wonder if I’ll ever use all the colours, but it doesn’t stop me getting more.. woops.
I thought I’d share my top 5 favourites, from high end to cheap af ones.

1. Anastasia Beverley Hills – Modern Renaissance.abh-pic
I am obsesssssed with this palette. The colours are so so so beautiful and the mirror on it is a brilliant size.
I love the orange and red tones and it has a couple of pinky colours aswell. The brush isn’t as soft as I would expect for the price but it does blend the colours
really well.

2. Mac – 9 Colour Burgundy Palettemac-pic
The. Shimmer. Shades. Oh. My. God. I looove MAC’s sparkly eyeshadows and Day Gleam was my favourite until I found Star Violet and Honey Lust in this palette.
The matte shadows compliment them so well and I couldn’t imagine a better mix of colours for this palette.

3. Urban Decay – Naked 1nkd pic.jpg

This was the first high-end palette I ever brought. The first time I let that amount of money leave my pocket for makeup and I remember the pain.
Until I used it. I’ve had this palette for a year now and I’m still so in love with it. If you haven’t got a naked palette, my gosh, you need one!

4. Morphe 35T

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I’d seen this palette online a few times and couldn’t wait to get it. Can you imagine my pure HEARTBREAK. When it came and about 6 of the colours was smashed.
Honestly. Ouch. I had a mare with trying to send it back and in the end I decided the sacrifice the colours I had lost, cleaned it up and used it.
So there are colours in this palette that unfortunately I haven’t used, however, the ones I have got are absolutely beautifulll. Such lovely, pigmented shades. There are so many options to match with this many colours and I have done some lovely looks with this through the Autumn/Christmas period.

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