Category Archives: Make-Up

Whats on my face?

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Moisturiser: Steam cream

Primer: Smashbox photo finish hydrating foundation primer.

Foundation: Smashbox Studio Skin 15 hour wear hydrating foundation

Eyeshadow: Naked Palette

Eyeliner: Maybelline gel eyeliner in Brown

Eyebrows: The Body Shop Brow kit

Mascara: Lancome ‘Hypnose’ mascara in Black

Lipstick: Soap and Glory ‘Guavarama’

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How awesome is this make-up!?

How awesome is this make-up!?

Wicked – Photographed by Adam von Mack

http://institutemag.com/2013/11/30/wicked/
Makeup Artist Sara Del Re
Hair Daniela Magginetti @ MKS Milano
Using L’Oreal Professional
Models Nastya D @ Lab Models-Milano
& Vika @ Women Models-Milano

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What’s on my face

What's on my face

Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow

Eyeshadow: Glo Minerals Smokey quad palette

Mascara: Bourjoir volume clubbing

Eyeliner: Maybelline Gel Liner

Lipstick: Soap and Glory ‘Red my Lips’

 

Shirt: H&M

Necklace: Accessorize

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Laura Mercier Supreme Oil-Free Foundation Review + Swatches

Last Year I popped into Space NK and decided to make my first Laura Mercier purchase. I had heard a lot of positive feedback about the brand and was eager to try something. I am a foundation junkie and am forever searching for ‘The One’ that will give me a completely flawless complexion. I was already aware that the tinted moisturiser was a hit but was looking for something with a little more coverage, so I picked up the Supreme oil-Free foundation. A consultant picked out the shade ‘Porcelain Ivory’. She asked me if I would like her to try it on me and I made the mistake of not reminding her to remove the foundation on my face. I was very pleased with the results… obviously, because my foundation was already  providing my face with great coverage.

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I bought the Laura Mercier foundation which was very expensive. About £30 if I remember correctly.

When I got home the foundation began to collect around my nose and chin area like I had covered the entire surface of my skin in clay. It was uncomfortable and looked horrendous. Realising my mistake I removed the entire mess of mass-make-up from my face and started again with my moisturiser and new foundation.

The product was a nightmare to put on. A thick texture that was near on impossible to work into the skin. I looked like I had dipped my face into a bowl of Angel delight.

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Below is a picture of the foundation after I have attempted to work it into my skin. I can see this foundation working for people that work on-stage and need something industrial to stay-on and be visible from a distance. But as an everyday foundation this just wasn’t for me.

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Have you had any positive or negative responses with this foundation?

Do you know of a better alternative by Laura Mercier?

Wax & Kohl Rating: 2/5

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MeMeMe Light Me Up Highshine Lip Gloss

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I heard about these lipgloss’s through Imogen’s blog ‘Bubble Dreams’ (She does great hair and make-up tutorials and product reviews so take a look at her blog). I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some. I’ve had these for quite a while now and the labels have rubbed off so I’ve tried to mach the shade names with the website. I think they are all correct but apologies if I have made any mistakes.

These glosses have a non stickily formula and have a slight minty fragrance. Colour pay-off is good and they are fairly long lasting. I was very pleased with the quality and the price was reasonable.

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From Left to Right:

*Shimmer: A beautiful and very wearable berry burgundy.

*Show: Barbie blue-tone pink.

*Illuminate: A sparkly sheer pink

*Luminous: Slight sparkle peach. Nice for a subtle healthy looking glow.

*Sparkle: This is an intense pinkish red with slight blue-ish sparkle to it.

The range of shades are diverse and beautiful. They really are a high quality product.

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These lipgloss’s are uniquely designed with a mirror on the side and led lights in the lid. This makes applying lipgloss in a club (or anywhere where the lights are low) an absolute dream. The mirror is pretty cheaply designed but still does the trick.

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This is the best picture I could get of the lights in action. I hope they are helpful.

You can purchase a lipgloss yourself from http://www.mememecosmetics.co.uk for £6.99

Wax & Kohl Rating: 4/5

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Revlon Balm Stain

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I was very happy when Revlon released their version of a crayon balm stain. Its more hydrating than Rimmels alternative and cheaper than Clinique’s. I love how playful the packaging is. It literally takes me back to pre-school holding these big colourful crayons in my hand. I love colouring my lips in. They twist easily at the bottom which saves on the mess and hassle of a massive crayon sharpener.

They have a minty fresh scent, which I like a lot and give your lips a nice tingle. The colour pay off is light and they start off sheer after application and dry off to a matte finish. I generally prefer a matte finish anyway.

The pointed end makes it easy to get a perfect line around your lips and the flat edge is great for filling in the rest of the colour quickly and effortlessly.

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I purchased the colours (from left to right):

*Crush: Another berry shade that I’ve worn a lot through the winter period. This is my favourite of the collection.

*Rendezvous: This is quite a soft coral on the lips. This is not the best shade on pale tones like myself and I can’t say that I have worn it yet. I think if your pale but have more of a yellow skin tone than this might suit you better than someone with a pink undertone.

*Darling: I thought this was going to be a blue-toned pink but its actually quite natural and delicate on the lips. Nice for giving you a subtle colour.

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I only have a slight niggle with stains and thats they seem to suck the moisture from your lips and can be quite unforgiving if your lips are a little dry. However I do feel that the revlon stain is one of the best options on the market for its price.

You can buy them at most Superdrug’s or Boot’s for £7.99

Wax & Kohl Rating: 3.5/4

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Revlon Lipstick Review

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Around October time I purchased the above five lipsticks by Revlon. Although I had known about the brand for a long time, I had never really invested any time in to looking at what they had to offer. A big mistake on my part. My attention was drawn to them after watching one of Lisa Eldridge’s Beauty video’s (If you haven’t heard of her, as unlikely as that is, i suggest you take a look at her work. She is a genius). In this particular video she used the shade ‘Nude Attitude’.

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These 5 are my favourite from the collection. Three creme finishes and two Matte.

From Left to Right:

*665 Choco-Liscious: This chocolate creme shade has been great over the winter period. Its rich and warm and something different to wear in the evening.

*025 Skyline Pink: For those that like sheer nude/pink lips. This looks great with smoky eyes.

*477 Black Cherry: An on trend berry shade that is a real crowd stopper.

*001 Nude Attitude: A classic matte nude. This shade can be unforgiving on dry lips.

002 Pink Pout: My most worn lipstick out of the five. A perfect matte pink that can give an instant femininity to an everyday look.

I also like the shades ‘Mink’ and ‘Smoked Peach’ so check those ones out as well.

The packaging is unfussy but sleek. I like that the matte lipsticks have matte packaging and the creme lipsticks have shiny packaging. It makes choosing a shade quickly in the morning that little bit easier.

For those of you that prefer make-up without a scent, these are perfect for you. They also don’t have a horrible taste. The creme shades have a moisturising finish which makes them very easy to throw on when your in a hurry. Be careful with the matte ones though as any dry patches will be very noticeable. I would advise exfoliating your lips with a cue tip prior to application.

They can be bought from most Boots or Superdrugs for around £7.99

Wax & Kohl Rating: 4/5

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E.L.F Eyebrow Collection

I thought it might be interesting to try a brow stencil. I love immaculate eyebrows and I always wonder how the woman I admire achieve them. I am quite fortunate with mine as they are quite low maintenance. My only niggle is that they are quite a bit fairer than my hair so they aren’t as bold as I would like them.

I recently purchased the above eyebrow collection from E.L.F as they were having a 30% sale and I was intrigued. I believe I only paid around £3 for it and I think that is very good value.

The collection includes: 4 reversible stencils (easy wipe clean), eyebrow brush, Wax and setting powder duo and a clear setting eyebrow gel.

The quality of the above items was very surprising… I mean what can you possibly expect from such a cheap purchase?!

Below is the result:

I used the third stencil down to create my ideal arch. The brush was very good quality and the wax and setting powder were smooth and extremely easy to use. I did a very slap dash job of this but I really think they could look amazing with a little more time. I was quite happy with the colour although I could probably afford to go a little darker.

All in all I thought this was a steal but would I use this on a daily basis? Probably not… I am just too lazy. But I might if I was going out for a special occasion.

You can buy it here for £6:

http://www.eyeslipsface.co.uk/product~prodID~537.htm

Wax & Kohl Rating: 3.5/5

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Revlon Lip Butters

 “A buttery balm with beautiful shiny colour to give you baby soft, healthy glowing lips”

The texture is definitely buttery but perhaps on the slightly greesy side. They feel moisturising when you first put them on but they don’t seem to fill all the requirements of a lipstick or a lip balm. I don’t disagree that they are beautifully soft but the colour payoff isn’t great and the staying power is poor. Neither does it provide repairing ingredients or protection from the sun.

I don’t love the packaging either. It has a quilted design on two faces of the outer plastic but I think they look pretty cheap for Revlon. Certainly not in-keeping with their usual boutique branding.

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From Left to Right: Cotton Candy, Sugar Frosting, Raspberry Pie, Pink Truffle, Creme Brûlée, Strawberry Shortcake, Cupcake, Peach Parfait.

This review may sound like a bad one but I don’t hate this product, I just had very high expectations that weren’t completely met. I expected beautiful work-safe colours that I could throw on that would leave my lips shiny and hydrated. Aesthetically the lip butters do just that but it doesn’t last longer than 10mins.

 Cotton Candy: A lovely baby pink with a blue undertone.

 Sugar Frosting: This is the easiest shade to wear. Practically translucent. Nice for a natural look.

 Raspberry Pie: This is probably my least favourite colour. I bought this because I don’t have anything in this shade. Now I know why…. this is the wrong shade for me.

 Pink Truffle: This is my second favourite shade. It’s a dusty beige pink.

 Creme Brûlée: A very wearable peach beige.

 Strawberry Shortcake: A very pretty pink with a bit more depth than the other shades.

 Cupcake: I can barely tell the difference between this shade and Cotton Candy but I think Cotton candy has slightly better colour pay off.

 Peach Parfait: This is my favourite lip butter. I love the name. The colour is an autumn peach with a slight shimmer. Also, its the shade Emma Stone models in the campaign and she looks incredible. Not sure how the sugar sticks fits in to the ad though? Thoughts?

Wax & Kohl Rating: 2/5 (Sorry Revlon. We still love you).

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Sleek Face Contour Kit

 I am a big fan of Sleek products. They offer quality at competitive prices. You will see more reviews to follow about their i-divine’s as they are a favourite of mine and I am regularly buying them as gifts. Today I will be reviewing this contour kit that I have purchased in ‘Light’. I do also own ‘Medium’ for when I am slightly more tanned.

This is one of my everyday go to products. I like the contemporary packaging. Sleek is a slightly edgier brand and the root always seems to be, in my opinion, quite Urban.

Some people have a problem with the highlighter being too white but this works perfectly on my pale skin. It has a slight goldness to it and reminds me a little of Nars ‘Albatross’ highlighter. Its not close enough to be dupable but its definitely a good alternative. It has quite a shine to it and some glitteryness so it might be best to pair this with a matt lipstick or shadow or you might end up looking like a glitter ball.

The contour shade is a bit muddy coloured but with a good buffing brush you can blend it in to your skin quite nicely. I would recommend using a fixing spray afterwards as you could end up with glitter on your fingers every time you touch your face.

All in all this is a bargain at £6.49. It can be purchased at http://www.sleekmakeup.com or at your local Superdrug store.

Wax & Kohl Rating: 4/5

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