Mac Pro Conceal and Correct Palette Review

I am not a huge fan of overly done makeup.  In my early 20’s I would go bold with bronzer and big fake eyelashes but I have learned over time that less is more.

However, more recently, I have noticed that my love affair with make up has been rekindled.  My day to day routine is pretty much the same but for an evening out I have started going back to the more “made up” looks of years past.  I wouldn’t say I have bad skin as such, but every time I change products I have a mini break out; add to that the hormonal break outs and the bad habit of not leaving spots alone, which as a result  leaves my bare skin is covered in scars.
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Make up has become so much about prepping and adding definition in recent years and about having one product that can do it all for you!  I like that if I am going to have a long day- example: full day at work followed by dinner and drinks, to not have to carry round an entire make up kit.  The most I like to do it touch up my foundation where necessary and add a bit of lipstick.

I decided to invest in the Mac Pro Conceal and Correct Palette but was too afraid to use it for a few weeks.  There were so many colours and I had no idea what to do, but THANK GOD for Youtube and Vloggers.  A few video tutorials later I decided to take the plunge.  There are 6 colours in the palette, the 2 bottom are for colour correction, the 2 middle are foundation colours and the top 2 are for brightening.
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Identify the areas that need attention on your skin, paying attention to under eye circles and blemishes.  Mix the bottom left hand colour with a middle tone and start to apply to the face.  I used the bottom right colour with the top right one under my eyes to achieve a lighter and brighter look around the eyes.  As I like a bit of contouring on my face, I used the slightly darker tone on its own under my cheek bones. This product is easy to use once you give it some practice and do what works with your skin tone.  Make sure to blend in the colours a little, then apply your foundation on top.  I could really see the difference between just applying foundation and using this concealer kit first.  My skin looked flawless and almost airbrushed.  Personally, I prefer using a blender sponge like the Dior Backstage Blender, but I know a lot of people use a small brush to apply their concealer.  I use a brush only to apply on top of the foundation if any blemishes are peaking through and then blend in using the side of the sponge.
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The cream texture of these concealers makes them applied so easily and contrary to what I have experienced in using Mac concealers before, these do not leave your skin feeling cakey- or show lines once you smile! I would say to go quite light with the product as with it being cream based it can look quite thick.  This really does last all day/night and I feel that it actually kept my foundation in place the whole day also (the last photo was taken at 9pm on a train after applying my makeup at 11am). The only negative about the product that I can honestly say is that my make up routine now takes a fair bit longer!
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Steal Her Style: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I wouldn’t say Chimamanda is known for her Fashion sense, or maybe if she is known at all en mass.  If I said she wrote “Half of a Yellow Sun” or “Purple Hibiscus“, would you know who she is?  Maybe if I mentioned her in reference to Beyonce and her acclaimed track FLAWLESS, where one of Adichie’s lectures is featured in the song:

“We teach girls to shrink themselves
To make themselves smaller
We say to girls,
“You can have ambition
But not too much
You should aim to be successful
But not too successful
Otherwise you will threaten the man.”
Because I am female
I am expected to aspire to marriage
I am expected to make my life choices
Always keeping in mind that
Marriage is the most important
Now marriage can be a source of
Joy and love and mutual support
But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage
And we don’t teach boys the same?
We raise girls to see each other as competitors
Not for jobs or for accomplishments
Which I think can be a good thing
But for the attention of men
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings
In the way that boys are
Feminist: the person who believes in the social
Political, and economic equality of the sexes”

As much as she is literary icon, for me she is a fashion icon in the making, mixing traditional ethnic cloth with designer wear.  Her style is absolutely fantastic, whether she is on the red carpet or speaking at a conference, this lady is a power house in every sense of the word.

Photo credits; Vogue and Pinterest

Timeless Truth Review

I was recently sent a sample face mask by Beauty Masks Limited.  The product they wanted reviewing was their Timeless Truth- Facial Sheet Mask from their Fusion range and in particular, the Multipeptide Calming Revitalising Mask.  I have seen their products once before at a blogging event and instantly fell in love.  Now, being only 27 years old I didn’t think I would need to start using masks, but believe me, I WAS WRONG!

I decided to have a pamper night last Friday evening, so I popped on my PJ’s and vegged out in front of the TV whilst beautifying myself,  now that’s some good multitasking!  As much as this mask is pretty easy to use, it can get a bit messy so I suggest using it in the bathroom, as there is a heck of a lot of excess serum in the pack.  Peel back the mask off the sheet and apply the darker side to your skin, folding up the creases around the chin area to make sure that it fits your face perfectly.  The Pink design isn’t just for aesthetics, the powder in the mask contains negative ions which help to relax facial tension by increasing circulation.  As a result it actually reduces fine lines and wrinkles.  Funny that it should do that as  less than a week ago that I noticed some tiny lines around my eyes.  After using the mask twice (yes there is enough serum to use it twice if you store it properly!), the lines around my eyes have definitely decreased.   This came at a particularly good time for me as my skin was tired and bumpy, this mask has rejuvenated and revived my skin, I found it especially noticeable when putting on my make up the next day.  This finish was dewy and I found that my make up lasted the whole day.
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As far as face masks go, this one is definitely impressive!

Caved

Have you ever given into peer pressure in any way?  Whether it comes in the form of gentle nudging or more full on bully tactics, we all cave to pressure at times.

I feel as if these these suede culottes have been trying to make contact with me the past 2 weeks after seeing them in a store at the beginning of March. Every store, blogger and magazine I saw featuring them made me more certain they were speaking to me.  Disclaimer: I am not insane for thinking clothes speak to me- this is in the metaphorical sense.

So I finally gave in to the little nudges and followed my mind, knowing that I couldn’t let myself pass these by again, after all it’s the puchases we don’t make that haunt us the most.   You know you lack will power when you take orders from clothes!

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Coat, Shirt, Culottes and Bag: H&M (H&M are killing it at the moment!) Heels: Bank

::Blushing::

Possibly my favourite shade of my favourite colour; blush pink never ever leaves my wardrobe.  Subtle and feminine, the colour can be worn in so many different ways.  What is even better- you wear heaps of it at the same time without venturing into overkill territory! 

With so many matching items, the vest, bag and heels, all in the same blush tone (all from H&M might I add!), with the slightly more baby pink coat I feared this outfit may look a bit too much. I also feared that my love for the colour bordered on obsessional, but what the heck, a little colour coordinating never hurt anyone!

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Coat: Front Row Shop | Vest, Bag and Heels: H&M | Jeans: Zara

Crossing the Line

It is Tuesday already and more importantly, we are almost in April!  I feel like this year is flying.  The start to 2015 has been a good one. I have taken an important step in terms of my career and I couldn’t be happier.  I will be sure to share all updates with you here.

Speaking all things fashion, I’m loving everything that I am seeing at the moment.   The Spring trends are emerging on the high street after the numerous worldwide Fashion Weeks.  However as much as I love a good trend, my failsafe is always and will always be monochrome.  I think this overlapping black and white skirt with bold lines is a fantastic statement piece.  H&M, you are killing my bank balance at the moment!

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Jacket: Mango | Jumper: M&S | Skirt: H&M | Shoes: New Look | iPad case: Marc Jacobs | Earrings: eBay 

Big Lips

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Coat and T-Shirt: H&M | Jeans and Heels: Zara | Bag: ASOS

As you can probably gather from the above photos- the title of this post is in reference to the t-shirt I am wearing.  I have always loved the trademark Marcus Lupfer Lips Tee’s however, no matter how hard I try, I cannot justify their ridiculous price tag.  That’s when H&M came to the rescue! This T-shirt is surprisingly nice quality and the lips are  sequinned, now that’s definitely a big tick in my book!

Sequins, a little bling and some killer heels will change the most casual outfit into something chic.  With the days getting longer and warmer, I can see myself living in T-Shirts over the coming weeks…obviously with a jacket on top!  It’s not quite summer yet.

A Song Of Spring

The Spring comes slowly up this way,
Slowly, slowly,
Under a snood of hodden grey.

The black and white for her array,
Slowly, slowly,
The Spring comes slowly up this way.

Where is her green that was so gay?
Slowly, slowly,
The Spring comes slowly up this way.

Unto a world too sick for May,
Slowly, slowly,
The Spring comes slowly up this way.

Where are the lads that used to play?
Slowly, slowly,
The Spring comes slowly up this way.

She has no heart for holiday,
Slowly, slowly,
The Spring comes slowly up this way.

The trees are out in Heaven they say.
Slowly, slowly,
The Spring comes slowly up our way.

                                        – Katharine Tynan

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Coat: H&M | Co-ord: Boohoo.com | Bag: Primark | Shoes: River Island 

INSTA NATURAL SERUM AND EYE GEL

I have been so fortunate to be able to do quite a few beauty collaborations lately.  It is so nice as a blogger to be able to promote these up and coming brands to an audience of people as great as yourselves!  People who care about good products!  I am looking to do a few giveaways through the blog but want to know the kind of products my readers would like to receive- I would absolutely love to hear from you all!
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InstaNatural is a Florida based company, started to create some safe, affordable skin care products.  It is no secret that my skin fluctuates from totally fine to having awful pimples and breakouts and because of my skin tone- I am prone to scarring.  I have been using their Premium Hydration Hyaluronic Acid Serum for about a month now and I must say- I am now a serum convert! Compared to most serums, this doesn’t leave my skin feeling gritty.  At first feel, it is almost jelly like.  I use one full pipette to do my entire face and neck, and just rub the serum all over.  In seconds this soaks in and has an almost water light feel.  No stickiness and no waiting to dry before moisturizing.  Before bed- my skin just feels hydrated and under make up is exactly the same!  I will be using this product for ages to come!
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The second product I have been using is their Youth Express Eye Gel.  This again is another fantastic product- definitely more gel like than serum and leaves skin with a s slight tacky feel.  What I really like about this product is the fact that as much as it is an Eye Gel, you can use it on your entire face to help fight the signs of aging and so once a week as part of my bedtime routine, I have been doing just that! I am not as keen to use this under make up, as I feel my make up doesn’t sit so well on top of it, but if I am having a make up free day or before bed- I am slathering this all over my face!
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Do let me know what you all think about products and what products you would like to receive in giveaways!

Spring In My Step

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Jacket: French Connection | Dress: Boohoo.com | Boots: H&M | Earrings: c/o Buckley London

It’s March! When did that happen? I feel like the past 2 months have just flown by and by the time we know it, it will be summer! With Spring comes lighter evenings and lighter layers! It has still been pretty chilly and to be honest, as much as this outfit was totally acceptable for the daytime in the sunshine- the evening was a little too chilly #eagerbeaver.  I never shop on Boohoo as I fear their material may reflect their prices! But I took the plunge and ordered a few cute pieces just to give it a go and this dress is an absolute star purchase.  It is the perfect little fit and flare dress, ideal for work and play. 

I also want to thank the lovely people at Buckley London for sending me thee beautiful studded earrings.  These mammoth sized half carat stones just make a girl wish they were real diamonds!  I should mention that Mother’s Day is around the corner (in the UK at least) and for today’s post I have teamed up with Buckley London to give readers a whopping 20% off their purchases until the end of March! Just visit their site and enter the code LFLF20OFF at the checkout.  So treat Mum to some beautiful jewellery this month!