Makeup: Outdated Trends That Age You!

Graphic Supplied by Kara Whittaker of Ghergitch.com

When it comes to beauty and makeup, we’re all looking for the tip or trick that can help a multitude of goals. We may want to look younger. We may want to disguise spots or other marks (or even help us not look as tired as we actually feel). We may just want to dress down or dress up for an occasion.

But one thing we definitely do not want? Makeup that makes us look older. And unfortunately, too many people use makeup in a way that they don’t realize will add many years to their face. Take, for example, foundation. Cake it on or use too little, and you can do your skin a big disservice. And it’s also crucial to find the right tone, so no one is actually aware that you’re wearing foundation and so that you complement, with color, the inherent beauty of your face.

What other makeup tricks should you use? This graphic explains some:

 

Avoid These Outdated Makeup Trends That May Make You Look Older Than You Really Are
“Avoid These Outdated Makeup Trends That May Make You Look Older Than You Really Are” on Health Perch

Spring 2018 – An Update on my Beauty Blogger Journey!

Hello lovely followers! I hope you are all well and enjoying the onset of Spring, new beauty trends and better weather!

Can you believe it is already Spring 2018 and I have not posted since February! I cannot apologise enough for my absence, but if you read my earlier post in January 2018, you’ll know this year has been a little crazy! This post is focused on updating you all on what’s happened in the last few weeks!

So, in January I unexpectedly lost my legal job. Naturally, finding a new one became my top priority. As luck would have it, this scary turn of events led me down the path of self-employment! I have been a lawyer for many years and I have always worked for a law firm – it never really occurred to me to work as a self-employed consultant. However, once I was thrown back into the job seeking world, I noticed that there were more and more opportunities to work this way. In addition, many of the law firms I applied to for regular employed work were not responding quickly or at all whereas I was being approached by a few businesses about self-employed work. I took that to be a sign that maybe it was time for a change!

I now work as a consultant solicitor from home (which is heaven!) and can work as many or as few hours and days as I want. My work comes from an innovative law firm in London and I can control how much work I take on. Right now I am taking on a sizeable amount for financial reasons but the hope is that in another few months I can take a more relaxed approach, leaving me time to do other things such as makeup work and blogging! I am also taking on contracts from other companies so I will have a few income streams! All in all, its been a whirlwind and there’s still a lot I need to put in place but its been so freeing to work in a way that suits me!

Whilst setting up my self-employed consultancy, I still managed to find time to take on other ventures. One of them was to create my own app for my blog! I was approached by a company called App Spot who explained the ease with which I could design my own app for a reasonably inexpensive cost so I thought, why not? It is a great way to get in front of more people and hopefully will attract more followers!

The company representative I dealt with was excellent and he guided me through each stage of the process via email until my app was finally ready to go live! He even dealt with some stages for me to speed the process up! It is now available for free on the Android market under the name All Things Beauty and will allow people to keep up to date with my posts on the go! If you enjoy reading my blog, why not go and take a look at my app? I can also put anyone who is interested in creating their own blog app in touch with App Spot – just leave me a request in the comments below!

If that wasn’t enough, I also decided that 2018 would be the year I started a makeup YouTube channel! It has been something I have contemplated for a while but I could never find the time to research it or to film anything! However, I have finally set my channel up now and I have filmed a tutorial which I am finalising before uploading it! When it is live I will of course post on social media and on my blog so watch this space! It’s unlikely I will be able to upload videos regularly to start with simply because of my new job but my eventual aim is to upload once or twice every week. I hope those of you that love my makeup looks will subscribe to my channel!

In February, I also managed to attend the Professional Beauty Show in London. I attended this event last year and posted my review in March 2017 – check it out here. I had high hopes that it would be even better this year than last year but sadly it was nowhere near as good. This year had a much bigger emphasis on equipment for salons and beauticians with far fewer makeup brands present. Suffice to say I did not buy anything! That being said, I will still attend next year as it a free event and hopefully, next year will have a makeup focus again!

So, that covers what I have been doing since my last update! Now, I am focusing on Spring trends and releases so I can start writing more posts for all of you in the coming weeks! Now that I am working again, I can finally allow myself to buy new makeup and there have already been some gorgeous releases which I have managed to get my hands on! I won’t give too much away now but if you keep an eye on my social media you will see some of my purchases and the looks I create with them!

I have also started receiving far more interest from brands seeking to collaborate with me to test new products! And it isn’t just makeup – I have been gifted with jewellery, bags, and skincare, all of which I have been posting about on Instagram! Watch out for future blog posts about some of the items I have received too!

Finally, if you’re keeping up to date with the beauty industry calendar, you will know May is host to two big events – IMATS London and the Beauty UK Show! IMATS is probably the biggest beauty event of the year and is always worth a visit. Tickets are around £50 and I attended last year and had a great day – check out my review here.

The Beauty UK Show is in Birmingham and is a free event for people in the beauty trades! It is well worth a visit and I attended this show last year too, my review is here. Both IMATS and Beauty UK are happening on the same weekend in May, 20th and 21st, and I am planning to go to both again this year. If you have never been to either event why not book on? Let me know in the comments if you plan to go – we could arrange to meet up!

And that’s my update for now! 2018 is proving to be a challenging but ultimately positive year so far and I am hoping things will continue to go well! Keep an eye on my social media for more news from me and for confirmation when my YouTube video is available to watch! And check out my app if you get a chance – I’m hoping you all like the finished product!

If you enjoyed reading this post don’t forget to like, share and comment – I still love to hear from all of you! If you’re new to my blog, I hope you’ll become one of my regular followers!

See you soon,

Dips xxx

 

 

My TK Maxx Finds – A Treasure Trove for Beauty Lovers!

Hello, makeup fans!

As it is already approaching March and the onset of Spring and Spring makeup changes, I thought it would be helpful to share my thoughts about a great place to find beauty products – TK Maxx! It was on a trip to Newmarket visiting one of my closest friends that I discovered how amazing the beauty section of TK Maxx actually is! Since then, I periodically visit my local TK Maxx stores to see what new beauty finds they have in stock. Often, they will carry well-known medium to high-end brands for excellent prices, so it is always worth a trip!

On this occasion, I found some lovely products that were too good to miss! Here’s what I picked up:

  • Loreal’s Colour Riche La Palette Gold
  • Max Studio’s Eye Companion
  • Nyx High Voltage Lipsticks
  • Flawless Mini Makeup Blenders
  • Isabella Scott’s Highlight & Contour Brushes
  • Revlon’s ColorStay Under Eye Concealer

The Colour Riche Palette

I had seen this palette in other stores and couldn’t decide whether I really wanted it! When I came across it in TK Maxx for less than full price, I decided it was a sign and purchased it! It’s a slim palette containing 10 eyeshadows in jewel tones which is perfect for the Winter. Each eyeshadow is smooth and reasonably creamy, and the pigmentation is pretty good! The colours apply and blend well although there is some fallout. They will last for a few hours without fading or bleeding around the eye though. Overall, it’s a decent addition to any makeup kit and you can create quite a few looks just from this one palette.

Max Studio

I had never seen or heard of Max Studio before this trip to TK Maxx but having visited other stores, it is a regularly stocked brand. I liked this palette because of the neutral colour selection and its size. The palette also came with an eye look inspiration leaflet which is always a useful addition to any palette! The eyeshadows are actually very good quality and buttery! The colour pay off is also good, as can be seen from the swatches. There is very little kickback when using them and it’s the ideal palette for creating simple daytime looks or a subtle smoky eye. I will definitely try other products by Max Studio now I have tested this one!

Nyx’s High Voltage Lipsticks

These lipsticks were a fab find! There were a number of colours to pick from in store, but I chose these 4 as they were super pigmented and perfect for all occasions! Nyx is a well-known, affordable and popular brand which can be found in many places now, but TK Maxx had reduced the price of these lipsticks even further! The texture of each one is so soft and creamy, like a lip balm, but the colour is opaque once applied. Your lips stay soft and hydrated throughout wearing and reapplication is only needed after eating. All in all, they are lovely and due to their smaller size, they are great lipsticks on the go!

Mini Makeup Blenders

I love mini blenders like these! They are perfect for applying correctors, concealers and powders on the smaller, harder to reach areas of the face! My main use for them is under the eyes and on my T-Zone. I was thrilled to get 4 of them in this pack and whilst they aren’t the traditional Beauty Blender mini sponges they are just as good. The texture is reasonably soft, so they can be manipulated to apply in tricky spaces. As they are so small they are also easy to clean and take very little time to dry! I have a ton of these mini blenders now and highly recommend trying them if you never have.

Isabella Scott Makeup Brushes

These brushes came together in a set. I had never heard of Isabella Scott brushes before buying these and have not seen any others by her since, but I loved the shape of these brushes, so I bought them.

The Highlighter Brush

The first one is the highlighter brush. It has a C curved brush head which is designed to fit over the tops of the cheekbones. The second brush is the contour brush which has a wave shape to fit the bottom of the cheekbones and the hollows of the cheeks. Out of the 2, the contour brush works best. The bristles on both are quite soft but retain their shape, however trying to ensure there is product on the entire highlighter brush is tricky because of the C shape! It does fit the upper cheekbones nicely though.

The Contour Brush

The contour brush is much easier to use and when you dip the brush into a powder contour the powder will distribute across the entire brush head. When you apply the contour, the shape of the brush head fits the face’s shape well and all you need to do after the application is ensure there are no harsh edges. That being said, I would not use the entire brush head if using a cream contour as the result would be too heavy and difficult to blend out.

Generally, I like these brushes and they are sturdy and well made. However, if I could choose which one to buy rather than the set, I would only buy the contour brush!

Revlon’s Under Eye Concealer

I love a good concealer! Revlon makes great makeup, so I trusted that this concealer would be good quality and I was right! It comes in pen form, which I especially like from a portability perspective, and is a thick creamy consistency. You twist the bottom to distribute product to the sponge applicator head and you don’t need a lot to cover both eyes. It blends really well and also brightens the area slightly, always a bonus! I have used it alone and with other concealers and in both cases, it provides decent coverage and does not crease easily after application. This is a great item to keep in your handbag for quick makeup application and touch-ups!

Final Thoughts

TK Maxx did me proud on this occasion! I love everything I bought and paid a lot less than I would have in normal high street stores! If you have never thought of buying beauty products from TK Maxx before, you really should have a look! They also carry amazing skin, body and hair care ranges from well-known brands so why not pop to your local brand and treat yourself?

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See you next time,

Dips xxx

Another Post, Another Haul! My Nyx Mix Review!

Hi, there beauty fans!

How is 2018 going for you so far? If you read my new year post you will know that my year started in a very unexpected way! But, it’s also been a great time to reflect and enjoy the Spring lead up!  Naturally, I am also loving the new makeup releases of which there have been many so far! The best thing about the changing seasons is the ability to mix up your makeup routine!

That being said, this post is about some products I bought late last year! If you read my posts, you know I am terrible for splurging on beauty and makeup hauls and this one is no different! In this haul, I focused on Nyx Professional Makeup items but also threw a few other greats in which are worth sharing with you!

So, what was in this makeup haul?

This haul was a mixed bag of different products, all good in their own right! Here’s what I bought:

  • The Nyx Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette
  • A Nyx Love Contours All Palette
  • Maybelline’s Master Blush Colour and Highlighting Palette
  • 2 Nyx Vivid Brights Liquid Eyeliners in Vivid Delight (Orange) and Vivid Blossom (Lilac)
  • Charlotte Tilbury’s Lipstick in Pillow Talk
  • Kat Von D’s Liquid Lipstick in Lolita II
  • The Nyx Control Freak Eyebrow Gel
  • The Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Filler Brow Mascara
  • The Maybelline Eyebrow Pencil
  • Charlotte Tilbury’s Brow Lift
  • Maybelline’s Colossal Volume Express Mascara

Were they all worth it?

The Nyx Blusher Palette

As soon as I saw the colours in this palette, I knew I wanted it! There is such a lovely mix of colours and textures, suitable for everyone! The blushers are mainly matte but there are a couple of shimmery ones which could also be used as highlighters. The colour payoff is brilliant, as can be seen from the swatches and they can be built up or toned down depending on the look you want. Each blusher is reasonably soft and buttery in texture making them easy to blend into the skin and once applied none of them fades or move around the skin. I love this palette and it’s ideal for use all year round!

The Nyx Contour Palette

 

Prior to buying this palette, I was not a massive contour fan. It has taken me a while to warm to the contouring trend! However, it is something I do more often now, and this palette is perfect for it! In the palette, there are not only contouring and highlighting shades but also 12  eyeshadows in various neutral tones for eye contouring and defining and eyebrow powders! There is something for every contour fanatic in this selection and, as with the blushers, everything is pigmented and smooth in texture. The colours should work on most skin tones and apply beautifully with excellent longevity. This palette is a must for the neutrals and contour lovers out there!

Maybelline’s Blusher Palette

You’d think I would be content with the Nyx Blusher palette but when I saw this one from Maybelline, I fell in love with it! The selection of pink tones is gorgeous and there is also a highlighter included which compliments the other 3 colours. You can see from the swatches that the colours are vivid and a little goes a long way when applying them! All these shades will suit varying skin tones, last for hours without budging and have a lovely creamy texture.

The Nyx Liquid Eyeliners & Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk Lipstick

If you follow me and my various blog posts, you will know that I love eye makeup and creating new and different eye looks. Having an assortment of coloured eyeliners in different textures is a big part of that! Nyx has created a full range of colourful eyeliners and I already had a few of them before buying these 2 colours.

Both the orange and the lilac shades are pigmented and just as easy to use as the other liners I already had, see the swatches below. The only downside to these eyeliners is that they can crack slightly after a few hours application and if you have layers of eyeshadow on the eyelid you will need to apply a couple of layers of the eyeliner to make the colour stand out opaque against the eyeshadows. However, those minor issues have not stopped me using the liners regularly and once applied they do last for a while without crumbling or flaking. If you love colourful makeup, you should definitely test these out!

As for Charlotte Tilbury’s lipstick in Pillow Talk, you only need to read my Brand Focus post on her products to know I am a huge fan! This lipstick shade is the perfect Blushed Nude, designed to suit most skin tones and it also has a matching lip liner. Like her other lipsticks, this one is soft and creamy and applies opaque without drying out the lips. It is a matte shade and will last hours without any need to touch up. It also looks beautiful with a lip topper or gloss! Check out the swatch below.

Kat Von D’s Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D is one of my new favourite brands! Her makeup ranges are amazing, and I am steadily building a mixture of her products! This liquid lipstick is a lovely autumn colour, not quite red, brown or pink – see the swatch! It glides onto the lips well and dries matte without drying the lips. It can be worn alone or under a lip gloss or topper and will last hours without fading, cracking or smudging! I have a couple of her liquid lipsticks now but love this one for an everyday natural look!

The Eyebrow Items

I am a big fan of sharp, defined yet natural-looking eyebrows so having good quality eyebrow products is a must. I bought all of these items to test out and each one has a positive quality! The Maybelline eyebrow gel in dark brown and pencil are both great for subtly defining and taming the eyebrows, but the pencil does run out pretty quickly so is not very cost effective and the gel needs to be applied carefully to avoid excessive product build up! That being said, once you master them they will allow you to create a defined natural brow.

The Nyx Control Freak Eyebrow gel is a clear gel which is designed to comb through the eyebrows and set the hairs in place. In all honesty, this gel was no better than any other setting gel I have tried and on some days, it controlled my eyebrows well and on others, not so much! However, as it is a clear gel it is marginally easier to apply than the Maybelline version and there is no need to worry about over darkening the eyebrows!

My favourite eyebrow product was the Charlotte Tilbury Eyebrow Shaper. This waxy pencil comes with a spoolie at one end and an under-brow highlighter tucked into the middle of the pen shaft! It has a tapered tip which allows for precise lining and applies softly to ensure a natural look whilst also adding colour to any sparse areas. The highlighter is a soft, slightly shimmery pale pink-cream colour which is applied through a small sponge under the arch of the brow. The end result once you have brushed through the brows with the spoolie is a perfectly shaped brow!

MAYBELLINE’S COLOSSAL VOLUME EXPRESS MASCARA

Finally, I bought the Maybelline Colossal Volume Express mascara. I tend not to buy mascaras much now as I love wearing false eyelashes but every now and then I like to just use my own lashes for a more subtle and natural look. When I am in that mood, I need a good mascara to make the most of my own lashes and this mascara is excellent! It has a full, dense brush head which coats all the lashes well without clogging and also separates, lengthens and volumizes! My own lashes look full and fluttery after using this mascara and there is no fallout or crumbling after hours of wear. It also removes easily with a makeup remover wipe or similar product!

Final Thoughts?

All in all, I love everything I bought in this haul! There are some standout items which I will definitely replenish in the future such as the Charlotte Tilbury Eye Shaper and the palettes, but I would positively rate most of the products and suggest you try some of them to see what you like for yourself. All the brands produce good quality makeup so if you have not dabbled with them yet, you really should!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Let me know your favourite Nyx products in the comments! Stay tuned for future posts and don’t forget to like, share and follow!

Dips xxx

Guest Post: Get Ready For New Year’s Eve Fast!

Guest Post by Brigitte Evans of High Style Life

The winter holiday season is a time for celebration. All the holidays are tightly bound and you get yourself a good two weeks of having fun with your friends and family while eating delicious food and getting presents! You then get to usher in a new year!

However, this winter wonderland is often spoiled with the amount of work we have to do around the holidays. Panic struck, every company and every school places a ton of work in front of you which you need to complete before the holidays or worse, during the holidays. That is why, as we get older, the amount of work increases and we need to find a way to work fast and be efficient. The ultimate goal is to still be able to celebrate the holidays guilt-free, which leaves very little time for actually preparing for the most magical night of the year. Luckily, we’re here to help out with some tips on how to manage to prepare for this night despite numerous obligations.

Pamper yourself

When it comes to nurturing your skin, multitasking is a natural process. You can definitely study or work at home while wearing a mask or waiting for your skin to soak in creams and lotions. You can also use scrub treatments while showering and apply hair products that will give your hair that velvety seductive look you crave. Start doing this at least a week before New Year’s and make sure to do it intensively. The sooner you start, the better the results will be. Having smooth, gentle and healthy skin is half the work for looking beautiful and the best thing of all is that it doesn’t cost you a lot of time.

Outsource

As you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, get yourself a mani-pedi and visit the dentist. It’s a time saver and at the same time, it’s something that will contribute to your general appearance. There are quick ways to refresh your smile and if you want to do that, there is a  great dentist from Sydney at Quality Dental that can examine you and recommend some of the procedures that will quickly beautify your smile. As far as nails are concerned, it’s much faster to have someone do them than doing them yourself. Otherwise, it would take too much time and the results probably wouldn’t be as good as your cosmetician’s work.

New year Make-up

On the other hand, you can do your own make-up even if that seems more time-consuming. Make-up needs to be done on the very day of New Year’s and therefore, needs to be scheduled in advance. In case you have a lot of work to do and you are unsure about your plans for the 31st of December, don’t worry. There are plenty of tutorials and advice online for doing your own make-up. For instance, Maybelline recommends a shimmery look that involves a lot of glitter and a bold lipstick. That way, you won’t be able to escape anyone’s sight.

Be healthy

Most importantly, you cannot look good if you’re not healthy. That is why you need to do your part and eat well, try to rest and stay hydrated. Going for a run here and there and doing some workouts would also be great, if you have the time. Not only will you look much better, but you’ll also feel better and you’ll have that natural glow and a spark in your eyes that no make-up can give you. That’s why under no circumstances should you neglect your own health as it’s the base of beauty.

As you can see, there are ways to be well prepared for New Year’s despite infinite chores and duties that accompany it. Don’t forget that the way you feel affects your appearance. That is why you should try to be happy and do what feels good. That way, you’ll be able to look great almost effortlessly and when the time comes for actually beautifying yourself, your job won’t be that hard with healthy, pampered skin, hair and teeth. Just add some make-up and put on your New Year’s outfit and you’ll be good to go!

Meet Doe Deere! The Beauty Entrepreneur’s Morning Routine

SPONSORED GUEST POST: Kelly Hammond of Perennial Relations 

My introduction to this post 

Hi, there lovely followers! 

I am thrilled to be hosting this guest post! Kelly Hammond works with Doe Deere and I was specifically approached for this opportunity, which I am extremely flattered by and grateful for. Lime Crime is one of my favourite cult brands and it is amazing that Doe Deere even came across my blog let alone requesting to use it as a platform for a sponsored post! I hope you enjoy reading it! 

Who is Doe Deere? 

Doe Deere is one of the most well-known beauty entrepreneurs. She is the founder, CEO and owner of Lime Crime Makeup, one of the most popular makeup brands available now. Lime Crime is known for its Unicorn mascot which in Doe’s words represents individuality, rare beauty and compassionate kindness to all animals.  

Doe Deere is a rebel at heart and a self-proclaimed Unicorn Queen! Her unique vision and love for colour in all her ranges has attracted millions of beauty fans and continues to do so. Her personal values, which include promoting and creating cruelty-free and vegan products, permeate through everything she produces. 

The birth of Lime Crime

Lime Crime Makeup came into being two weeks before Halloween in 2008. Doe wanted to find cosmetics that matched her colourful, eccentric wardrobe, so she decided to create one! In 2009, Lime Crime introduced Unicorn Lipsticks, a radical range of lip colours with a sparkling unicorn on the packaging. The Velvetines range followed in 2012, putting the liquid lipstick craze on the map! And how can we forget her unique and dazzling Diamond Crusher Lip Toppers which have paved the way for a whole trend of similar products from other brands!  

Doe oversees all product development with her Unicorns in mind, and she considers her followers to be the biggest source of inspiration! She is a highly regarded influencer in the beauty community for refusing to quit her daydream. Doe encourages other aspiring entrepreneurs to do the same!

What’s Doe Deere’s morning routine? 

Just like most successful people, Doe Deere considers her mornings to be one of the most important parts of her day. But the beauty mogul isn’t only about her makeup and looks, and meticulously plans every minute, down to the very last detail. Here is a look at how Doe Deere spends her mornings. 

Doe Deere usually wakes up at eight thirty in the morning. She always makes sure that she goes to bed early the previous night and gets at least eight to nine hours of sleep. Doe stands by the age-old tip that a good night’s sleep can give you better-looking skin, which is why she tries always to stay true to this! Doe says that she usually doesn’t need to keep alarms since her body clock naturally wakes her up at the right time every morning. She can usually just decide a time that she wants to start out her day at and wakes up in accordance to that! 

Doe starts out her day by drinking a glass of water. Drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning is great for your overall health and skin, which is why she always does that. Through the day, she tries to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.  

To then get her body ready for the day, Doe indulges in a few light exercises. Stretches and a little bit of light yoga are Doe’s preferred choice of exercise. She openly stated that she isn’t a very athletic person, but still tries her best to stay fit and healthy, and not slack off!  

The next thing that Doe Deere does is prepare her breakfast. She is an incredibly professional vegan cook and can whip up any meal that she wants. Normally, for breakfast, Doe likes to eat grits or even yoghurt with fruits and nuts. Along with her breakfast, she likes to have a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice that she gets from the trees that grow in her backyard! She tries to keep her breakfast as healthy and fresh as possible.  

Doe also considers her mornings as an important time to sit and plan her day. While having her breakfast, she tries to plan the day ahead and thinks of what she needs to do. She also uses the calendar app on her phone to make a note of all the tasks that she needs to complete. During her mornings, she also coordinates with the people working at Lime Crime and sends and receives emails about the company.  

Even though it may seem like her mornings are tightly scheduled, Doe Deere tries her best to stay as technology free as possible to indeed make the most out of that little time that she gets to herself, when she isn’t the boss to the employees at Lime Crime! She sometimes likes to think of the direction that the company should take in the future, and also the new products that she wants to introduce to her customers through Lime Crime at this time in her day.  

The last thing that Doe Deere does before she sets off for work is her makeup! She considers this to be her most favourite part of the day and it is what inspired her to start up her company in the first place. She plans her looks according to her outfits and tries to vary it every day! Before she puts on her makeup, she tries to cleanse her face as thoroughly as possible. She uses good quality products, which is another secret to her flawless skin. She loves to listen to music whilst she makes herself up and always makes sure to spend time with her two Persian cats! 

The rest of Doe’s day is spent in the office with her team, in and out of meetings and socialising. If her creative juices are flowing she will easily work until midnight!  

For more information about Doe Deere and her amazing makeup, check out the Lime Crime’s collection here! 

My IMATS & Beauty UK Makeup Hauls!

Hi there, beauty lovers!

I hope you’re enjoying the festive build up! I can’t believe its mid-November already – I’m already planning Christmas activities and my decorations are going up as we speak! Christmas is my favourite time of year, everyone is that bit happier and everything is sparkling and lit up! It’s also the time for glittery makeup looks, holiday gift sets and limited edition beauty releases!

However, I’m not going to post about those things just yet….this post is my review of the long-awaited IMATS and Beauty UK hauls! I have been trying to write this post for weeks! If you keep up to date on my blog, you will know I wrote 2 posts about IMATS and the Beauty UK Show. You will also know that I bought some lovely makeup and beauty items from both! In this post I tell you all about them – there are so many great items so keep reading!

So, What did I buy?

  

Look at all these amazing products!  I was like a kid in a candy store when I got home from both shows and unpacked everything! Working from the top left here’s what I purchased:

  • Inglot Body Sparkles & Liquid Eye Liner
  • Thalia Eye Glitters
  • Lit Cosmetics Eye Glitters
  • Naked Cosmetics Loose Pigments
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Eye Glitter
  • Danessa Myricks Pigment & Highlighting Powder
  • Lime Crime Diamond Crusher
  • Beauty Bakerie Lip Whip
  • LA Splash Liquid Lipstick
  • AJ Crimson Liquid Lipstick
  • Provoc Eye and Lip Pencils
  • Makeup Atelier Concealer
  • Louise Young Blusher
  • Lash Unlimited Lashes
  • Velour Lashes
  • Louise Young Brushes
  • Hakuhodo Brushes
  • Bdellium Brushes

The Inglot Products

These Body Sparkles are awesome! The powder is super fine and highly pigmented, as can be seen from the swatches. They can be used on the face and body and can be applied as they are or with a mixing medium to create a more liquid metal/foiled result! They are the perfect Christmas addition to any makeup kit!

The Inglot liquid eyeliner is equally gorgeous! Its quite a loose liquid in a rose gold colour with a slight sparkle. It’s reasonably easy to apply using the applicator wand but can also be used with an eyeliner brush for a different effect. Once it has dried, it has a lovely shine and catches the light beautifully. See the swatch below to see what I mean!

The Thalia Glitters

These eye glitters are beautiful! It is difficult to capture in the photos but the iridescent sparkle is amazing – they catch the light so well! The glitter is slightly coarse to the touch but the texture is still fine and applies well with a glitter glue. Once applied, it doesn’t move and can be built up or left sheer – check out the swatches below.

Lit Cosmetics Glitters

I always wanted to try Lit Cosmetics so when I saw these at the Beauty UK Show I knew I had to buy them! These glitters are almost like a pigment, they are smooth and almost buttery to the touch but the glitter is no less impressive. They can be applied with and without glue and can also be mixed with a mixing medium for an even more intense result! For swatches, see below.

Naked Cosmetics Pigments

These pigments are so pretty! There were so many colours to pick from at the IMATS show but I loved these shades of mermaid blues and greens! The pigments can be used dry or with water for a deeper colour payoff and you can see from the photos that the texture is very fine and almost silky to the touch. They also provide a very subtle silver sparkle on application which just adds to the final result!

The Obsessive Compulsive Glitter

This glitter is the most coarse of all the glitters I purchased but just as gorgeous. It applies with a glitter glue and results in a multi-tonal bronze effect! It can be built up to full coverage or applied sparingly to create a more subtle light-catching look. Its a perfect choice for Christmas!

The Danessa Myricks Items

Before the IMATS show, I have never seen or heard of Danessa Myricks but I am very glad I have now! Her makeup is designed to be used for professional photography so it is exceptionally good quality and I decided to test one of the pigments and one of the highlighting powders. The pigment is silky smooth and glides onto the skin like a liquid metal! A mixing medium can be used to create just that! The colour is intense and doesn’t diminish even after hours of wear. Look at the swatch below!

The highlighter powder is one of many stunning powders! Its very fine and light, almost fluffy! It’s also very pigmented and delivers a high dose of shine! It can be used on the face and the body and can even be mixed with body lotion or foundation to give an all over glow! I absolutely love this powder and recommend trying her range as soon as you can!

Far left – Thalia glitters; top right – Danessa Myricks pigment; second right – Obsessive Compulsive glitter; bottom two – Lit Cosmetics glitters

Lime Crime’s Diamond Crusher

Lime Crime Diamond Crushers are amazing lip toppers – check out my post on lip toppers here! I have a number of them now and I picked this one due to the lovely pink gold colour. It can be worn alone and over other lip products and will dry down after application. The end result is a pretty iridescent layer which doesn’t dry out the lips and stays in place for hours!

The Beauty Bakerie Lip Whip

I had been curious about Beauty Bakerie makeup for a little while before this so when I eventually found it at IMATS I made sure I had a proper look! I decided to buy one of the lip whips as I had heard lots of good things about them! But, I have to be honest, after testing it a few times I found it to be one of my least favourite products. The liquid lipstick applies well and the colour is lovely but once it set, it dried my lips out very quickly and actually did not last that long. I am keen to try other Beauty Bakerie items but won’t bother buying other lip whips!

LA Splash Liquid Lipstick

This was another brand I had heard a lot about but never tried! There was a great selection of lipsticks at the Beauty UK Show and I decided to buy this particular one because the colour is so unusual! Its a deep olive green with a gold glint and I was instantly drawn to it! On application, it’s fully opaque and dries semi-matte but it does not dry out the lips. It has good staying power and is definitely a head turner!

The AJ Crimson Liquid Lipstick

This is a brand I have not seen anywhere since the IMATS show and had never heard of it before then. There were a number of different coloured liquid lipsticks and I picked this one because I have a love of burnt orange anything! The texture is light and smooth but very pigmented. After application, it sets in place and the finish is semi-metallic and opaque. It does dry the lips out very slightly after a while but this is a minor negative compared to the end result!

Check out the swatches:

Far right – Inglot eyeliner; second – Diamond Crusher; third – LA Splash liquid lipstick; fourth – Beauty Bakerie lip whip; fifth – AJ Crimson liquid lipstick and bottom – Danessa Myricks Highlighter powder

The Provoc Liners

These eye and lip liners are excellent! They come in a vast array of colours and can be interchanged so a lip liner can be an eyeliner and vice versa! I tested a whole host of shades but selected these to complete my already massive collection! They are very soft in texture and can be used all over the eyelid and lips as well as for liners. Once applied, they dry down within seconds and then they don’t smudge, bleed or fade. They can even be used as a base to glitter as long as the glitter is applied quickly! Check out the swatches:

The Louise Young Blusher & The Makeup Atelier Concealer

Louise Young is a great but relatively unknown brand. I have a number of her makeup brushes which are excellent and the blusher was the first makeup product I tried! It’s a lovely pink colour and very pigmented but on application, it provides a natural ‘rosy cheeks’ effect! Its a good shade for all skin tones.

The concealer by Makeup Atelier was a product I wanted to try for ages due to a YouTube endorsement by Wayne Goss! He considers it to be one of the best concealers on the market and now I have one I have to agree. The brand does not carry made shades as yet but I managed to find one that matched my skin tone. The texture is quite creamy and lightweight but the coverage is very good and blends like a dream! After application, it sets well and there is very little creasing. If you’re looking for an alternative concealer to the likes of Tarte Shape Tape and Nars Creamy Concealer, this is worth a look!

The Lashes & The Brushes

I love false eyelashes and I love good makeup brushes! Prior to these shows, I had not tried Velour Lashes or Lashes Unlimited but now I am hooked, especially with Velour. Their lashes are not cheap by any means but they are so fluffy, come in a variety of styles and apply easily! I can’t wait to buy more when I have some spare money! At the other end of the cost spectrum, Lashes Unlimited creates good quality designs for an affordable price. They are easy to apply, look lovely and provide a great alternative to the pricier lash companies without losing the results!

As for the makeup brushes, these are some of my most used brushes now! You can see I bought a variety of different types all for different purposes, from fine liners to blenders of varying size and those designed for the crease and outer corner. The brands are all synonymous with excellent quality and results, particularly the Hakuhodo brushes which are beautifully crafted and feel gorgeous on the skin! I have used them all repeatedly and they always provide amazing results, don’t shed any bristles even after cleaning and are easy to use.

Final Thoughts

And that’s my vast makeup haul from both shows! This post is much longer than other posts but I had to make sure I covered everything properly! Everything I bought bar the odd item was worth the money and lived up to or exceeded my expectations! I cannot wait for next year’s shows to see what other great brands and products I will discover – IMATS 2018 tickets are now on sale if you want to attend – I know I will be!

I hope you enjoyed reading my review and I’d love to know what you thought of some of the items and whether I have tempted you to try anything! Feel free to comment, like and share and of course subscribe if you don’t already!

Catch you soon!

Dips xxx

IMATS 2017 – The Greatest Makeup Extravaganza of the Year!

Hello lovely followers,

I hope you are all having a great week so far!

This post has been a very long time coming! I attended IMATS back in May this year and it has been on my draft list for ages! I first attended IMATS with a friend a few years ago, long before I became a makeup artist and beauty blogger, and even then I was hooked!

So what is IMATS?

IMATS stands for International Makeup Artist Trade Show! It is the world’s largest celebration of makeup artistry and creativity. Every year, thousands of make-up artists, exhibitors, and enthusiasts attend the how to discuss, display and collect the best the makeup industry has to offer. Professionals from the fashion and film sectors also attend to provide education and demonstrations at IMATS, and new products often debut there. IMATS also features a make-up museum and the Battle of the Brushes student makeup competitions, where international makeup students race to create winning looks! It’s basically a makeup lovers paradise!

Before IMATS, there were no trade shows specifically designed for make-up artists so to address this, Emmy Award-winning make-up artist and Make-Up Artist magazine publisher Michael Key held the first IMATS in August 1997 in Los Angeles. IMATS then expanded to Europe in 2002, with the debut of IMATS London and now you can attend it in many different places around the globe – the show is held six times annually in Los Angeles; New York; London; Vancouver, B.C.; Sydney; and Toronto.

IMATS 2017

This year’s IMATS was, as expected, amazing! I booked my ticket to go months in advance for £45 and by the time the day finally arrived I was so excited I could barely sit still! It was at this year’s event that I actually found out you can sign up for a Pro card which provides lots of additional benefits depending on which level of card you qualify for. I will definitely be applying for the card for next year’s show – you can find out more here.

This year, I attended the event alone and despite arriving pretty early I still had to queue to get in. However, the buzz in the queue was great and everyone was super excited! Once I arrived at the entrance, this is what I walked into:

   

   

The atmosphere was crazy! Everywhere you looked there were people shopping, trying makeup, displaying artistic work – it was overwhelming! The first thing I decided to do was find my bearings, as there were loads of makeup brand stands I wanted to visit. Looking back and through the many photographs I took, which are all shared in this post, I am sure there were some I missed!

The Brands

Where do I start? There were some familiar loved makeup brands and then a whole host of brands I had never heard of or tried before. I was literally in heaven! I’ll start with the brands we all know and love:

  • Nars
  • Kat Von D
  • MAC
  • Inglot
  • Urban Decay
  • Beauty Bakerie
  • Lime Crime
  • Nyx
  • Makeup Forever
  • Bobbi Brown

As you can imagine all these stands were busy all day long! A few of them I could not even get close enough to look at the displays!

   

   

    

  

You can see all the brands had good sized displays and there were some lovely products to buy! Most of the items were available in their normal stores although some of the brands did have offers purely for the show. Watch out for my next post with details of all the makeup I spoilt myself with!

The lesser known brands and those that I had never heard of or bought anything from were:

  • Kryolan
  • Velour
  • Treasure House of Makeup
  • Royal Langnickel
  • Graftobian
  • Makeup Atelier
  • Sugarpill
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
  • The Makeup Outlet
  • Guru Makeup Emporium
  • Bdellium Tools
  • Louise Young
  • Naked Cosmetics
  • Provoc
  • Thalia
  • Lash Unlimited
  • Ben Nye
  • Hakuhodo
  • Mehron
  • Screenface

    

    

Exploring these brands was the most fun for me! They sold general makeup and accessories to heavy duty theatrical face and body cosmetics! I got to test makeup by brands I had always wanted to try like Makeup Atelier and Ben Nye and play with lashes by Velour! One of my favourite discoveries was Guru Makeup Emporium which stocked Danessa Myricks photographic makeup – her makeup is exceptional! But my highlight had to be visiting the HakuHodo stand! This brand produces some of the finest makeup brushes in the world! There were so many to pick from, I was like a child in a candy shop! You could tell just from the feel of them that they were going to deliver excellent results and the available ranges covered every type of brush possible.

Was it worth attending IMATS 2017?

Without a doubt yes! If you love makeup and meeting other people that love makeup, this is the event you have to attend each year. You’ll see what treasures I picked up in my next post, but even without spending, it is such a fun and vibrant day out, filled with colour and variety and just by talking to the brand staff you can learn so much. I am already planning for 2018 IMATS – tickets will go on sale 6 months before the day, which will be in May again. For full information check out the IMATS website here. Who’s going to join me? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to follow and subscribe!

Watch out for my next makeup reveal post on my gorgeous IMATS purchases!

Dips xxx

A Deck of Scarlet – My Second Palette!

Hi there, lovelies!

I have been meaning to write this post about the second Deck of Scarlet palette for ages and finally, I have the time to do it! It was a while ago that I wrote about this subscription service – to find out all the details, check out my first post here.

The Palette contents

The second palette is as lovely as the first one! As before, there are 3 eyeshadows, 2 lip colours, a highlighter and a blush/bronzer. When I first saw these colours on the preview email I received, I was not sure I would really like or use them. However, when I received the palette, I loved them! Here are the swatches for each:

Along with the palette, I also received a lip liner and an eye liner:

  

The lip liner is a brown-nude shade to correspond with the lip colours and the eye liner is a pretty deep green shade. Here are the swatches:

the quality

As expected, the quality of all the makeup was excellent. The eyeshadows are very pigmented, reasonably soft and easy to blend with minimal fallout. Despite how contrasting the colours are, they work well together and the highlighter and bronzer can also be used on the eyes to provide more options!

The highlighter is a pale gold shade, perfect for emphasising under the eyebrow, the inner eye corner and the cheekbones. It also works well as the base to any eye look. The bronzer is ideal for creating a warmth around the face and also works as a contour shade! It’s also perfect for a daytime smoky eye look!

The lip liner is smooth and easy to apply. It does not pull the delicate skin around the lips and has great colour payoff. Even though it’s darker than the lighter lip colour, they still work well together and you can use the combination to create an ombre lip!

The eyeliner is equally pigmented and soft enough to use on the water lines and as a smudgy eyeliner due to its blend-ability! The colour also has a hint of shimmer which I love!

The 2 lip colours are beautiful. The peachy colour is more a matte lipstick and applies smoothly with good coverage in one application. It had great staying power throughout the day and good colour payoff. It also did not dry out my lips which can sometimes happen with matte lipsticks. The darker brown is more a glossy lipstick, soft and putty-like. It applied easily and left a slight shine to the lips after application. Despite being a softer glossy product it still lasted well and the colour did not fade. It also did not dry out my lips.

My first look

As you’d expect, as soon as I received this palette I created a makeup look with it!

In this look, I used the highlighter as the base eyeshadow, the bronzer as my transition and outer corner shade and then applied the green and orange shades across the eyelid. I then applied the eyeliner in the water lines and across the upper lash line.

I used a little of the bronzer around the face and the highlighter across the cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose and under my eyebrows. Lastly, I applied the peachy lip colour and just faintly lined my lips with the lip liner. Hopefully, you can see how pigmented all the colours are – I was really pleased with the final look!

Overall, I was very happy with the second Deck of Scarlet palette and think the price is brilliant for the quality and amount of makeup you receive! To buy all these items separately would cost much more than the subscription fee and would not necessarily be quality either. If like me you love to try new makeup without the hassle of trawling the shops, this service is well worth a try!

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post and stay tuned for more in coming weeks! Don’t forget to like, comment, follow and subscribe!

Dips xxx

The Blogger Recognition Award – My 5th Nomination!

Hi, there beautiful people!

Sorry, I have been slow in writing a new post, its been a crazy and challenging couple of months – I did not realise self-hosting could be so time-consuming! I’m still developing the new site so bear with me!

That being said, I really wanted to write this post as it is long overdue. A little while ago I received my 5th blogger award nomination for the Blogger Recognition Award! I only started blogging in January 2017 and I’ve already received my 5th award, for which I am very grateful. The lovely blogger that nominated me was Altea Leszczynska and her blog site can be found here. Her site is amazing and her art and photography is beautiful!

The Award Rules

As with all awards, there are rules I have to follow! These are:

  1. I must thank the blogger who nominated me and provide a link to their blog
  2. I must write a message to show the award.
  3. I must write a brief story on how I started my blog
  4. I must give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  5. I must select 15 bloggers to pass this award on to
  6. I must comment on each of their blogs to let them know they have been nominated for this award and provide a link to this post.

I’ve thanked Altea above and definitely recommend you click on the link to her blog!

My story

If you have followed me from the beginning you will know what inspired me to start my blog already but for those of you that aren’t familiar, I deliberated about blogging for some time before I finally bit the bullet and started this year!

My blog started as a pure beauty blog. This stemmed from my love of makeup and the beauty industry, which had grown since I had my wedding makeup done by an exceptional makeup and hair artist. Makeup is like art for me and allows me to be creative in ways my day job as a solicitor does not! Blogging is also another outlet for me and I am still learning so much!

I decided after taking the plunge to self host, that I wanted to share more than just my love for the beauty world. There are so many beautiful things in life and expanding my blog’s niche will allow me to share those things and my feelings about them! My blog will still be focused on makeup and beauty in the main but I will be throwing in lifestyle and spiritual posts along the way too!

advice for new bloggers

Even though I am still a new blogger and learning myself, there are things I can pass on to new bloggers entering this exciting world!

  1. Don’t feel the need to compare or compete with other bloggers. Everyone has their own message to impart and their own creativity so just be yourself, design your blog the way you want to and don’t be intimidated that other bloggers have massive followings and post all the time! Do what suits you and your style!
  2. Write posts when you feel inspired. I know that when I have tried to write a post simply because I needed to meet a deadline or schedule it wasn’t my best work. When I wrote posts because I was motivated and excited the words flowed easier and the finished post was well written and engaging! Blogging is supposed to be fun and inspiring as well as a business for some of us so write when you feel you can engage your followers.

My nominations

I follow so many amazing blogs now it is hard to choose only 15! But, I have narrowed it down the following:

  1. Island Beauty Junkie – a well designed blog devoted to beauty and skincare
  2. OLITA – an elegant blog dedicated to everything lovely, from makeup to fashion and lifestyle
  3. Jay Colby – a truly motivational blog covering various aspects of life
  4. UGHMANGO – a well rounded lifestyle blog
  5. Ashley Beth Beauty – a lovely beauty and fashion blog
  6. Adryana’s Blog – another visually pretty and well written beauty blog
  7. Hunnyy – a classicly designed but fun beauty blog
  8. Emily X Online – a beautiful well thought out lifestyle, beauty and fitness blog
  9. The Emma Edit – a vintage feel lifestyle blog covering, beauty, fashion and recipes
  10. All Things Glitter – another chic beauty and lifestyle blog
  11. Jessica Riga – A gorgeous beauty blog with great imagery
  12. Unboxing Beauty – a blog all about beauty boxes!
  13. The T Zone – And another fun beauty blog!
  14. Budding Regardless – An inspiring lifestyle blog
  15. Faded Rouge – A retro styled all encompassing lifestyle blog

I will make sure each of the lovely bloggers above knows about my nomination and I hope you will check out their blogs because they each offer something unique and interesting! Can’t wait to see their responses to my nomination!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments and don’t forget to follow me and subscribe to future posts!

See you soon,

Dips xxx

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