NEWS: Felicity Jones. That’s all.

The name Felicity Jones may be fresh in your mind due to her Oscar nominated performance of Jane Wilde in the film The Theory of Everything, but, if you’re a true chick-flick lover like ourselves, you may also remember her playing Kim from the film Chalet Girl with Ed Westwick. No, we don’t blame you if Ed Westwick is the only thing you can remember from the film. Aaaand if we’re really going back in time, you may remember her from the classic childhood programme, The Worst Witch, where she played Ethel Hallow. Well, if you don’t know her after that introduction. You’re about to. Magnificently gracing the cover of InStyle UK and becoming the cover story for the industry’s beauty edit Violet Grey, Jones is officially here to stay. We’re forecasting big things for this young woman. Check out her best looks from InStyle UK’s March cover and Violet Grey below:

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Clean and Clear Deep Action Cream Wash – The Worst

Deep Action Cream Wash

By name, Clean & Clear is designed to cleanse the skin and clear it. By nature, it does the opposite.

I have never been so badly and so quickly affected by a new product. Sometimes when you try a new product, you notice that your skin hasn’t reacted well towards it after a few days, so you stop using it and everything goes back to normal. I wish that was the case this time..

I bought Clean and Clear Deep Action Cream Face Wash on a whim. Sainsburys were offering 3 for 2, and as I was already buying 2 other items, I thought why not? I have been hoping to get a face wash that I could use in the morning, just to get any left over dirt or sweat from my face that may have developed in the night. 

My first experience of using this face wash wasn’t too bad. It tingled my skin a bit, but I naively thought that just meant it was working. I continued to use it for two days/ three maximum, until my skin became really just sore and dry and I developed loads and loads of tiny, sore spots. I am emphasising the word sore because I have never experienced anything like it, my skin felt so tight and when I spoke the skin on my chin would hurt. The only way I can describe the feeling is as if somebody threw acid on my chin or it was really badly sunburnt.

It was a nightmare to put foundation on, as nothing sat well with it and I couldn’t wait to take my make up off at the end of the day (more than usual) because I felt I needed to press cold water on it and allow my skin to breathe. I have completely stopped using it now, obviously, and hope that my skin will clear up soon. It has been 3 days since I have stopped using it, and I have seen mild improvements. 

I don’t like writing negative reviews. But I wouldn’t be an honest blogger if I didn’t. Sometimes I feel too pushy though, as this could have been a nightmare for me, but could be somebody else’s holy grail product on their skin. For me, it definitely isn’t. So I just want to say beware! I don’t have particularly sensitive skin, but boy can you imagine if I did…

 

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My Daily Make Up Routine

 

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My every day make up routine is perhaps not as extensive as I would like to be, as I often prioritise sleep over getting ready in the morning. I see girls at university sometimes dressed to the nines in fashionable clothes and a full face of make up and I just look at them and think, you look lovely, and I could look like that too, but it’s 10am in the morning and I just don’t have time…

It’s also quite funny because a lot of my lectures don’t begin until 1 or 2 in the afternoon… and that sentence will still apply, but lets not talk about that..

I usually don’t do much to my face in the morning skin care wise as I have quite a thorough night time routine and don’t want to dry my skin out or take away too many natural oils!

 1/ Oilatum Natural Repair Face Cream – I first heard about this moisturiser from Nic from Pixiwoo who absolutely swears by it. I wouldn’t say I swear by it, but I hate fragranced overpriced moisturises, I often find things like this work the best for simply deeply moisturising the skin. Which is why I love E45 for the night time, that I definitely swear by. However – it is a good day moisturiser as it really does moisturise, without being too heavy and so it’s easy to apply make up over the top without my foundation sliding all around my face! You only need a pea sized amount for your whole face and it only costs about £7 too! Bargain!!

2/ I usually use Neutrogenas Lip Balm on my lips, but I have run out of that at the moment so I’m using Vaseline’s Paint the Town Red EditIon lip balm. It doesn’t moisturise as well as Neutrogena’s and I mainly use it because it gives a really nice red tint to the lips, which makes them look so fresh and healthy.

3/ Lasting Perfection Collection Concealer – I don’t really need to explain this one do I? Every beauty blogger I know has tried and loved this. It costs about £4.99 and is by faaar the best concealer I have ever used. I normally use it to cover any redness or spots, but sometimes if I want a heavier coverage, I will use it all over my face which gives me a flaw free complexion without it looking cakey.

4/ L’Oreal True Match Foundation in N1 – A lovely medium – full coverage foundation, that has a really thin moisturiser so it doesn’t look cakey at all. It blends really well and the great colour range means you are sure to find your exact colour match. It has a natural finish, which I love and good staying power throughout the day – although I use a different one during the night as I find it can move sometimes when I sweat/ dance/ all the other things you do when you’re out and intoxicated..

 5/ ….I apply it with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush which should be a staple item in everybody’s make up bag. It has soft but very dense bristles, which spread foundation evenly and give a flawless full coverage. Real Technique brushes have been a revelation to the high street beauty market over the past couple of years and I am excited to see where they go in the future.

6/ Eyebrows Eyebrows Eyebrows. My love. I thrive off having good eyebrows, they really make a difference between a good and a bad day for me. I found a good shade for me in the Big Beautiful Eyes Benefit palette, it doesn’t have a name but it is simply a matte dark brown which I’m sure you can find anywhere.

7/ Rimmell’s Stay Matte powder is definitely a holy grail product. I have never, and will never use anything else. It locks in my make up all day and the powder is so refined, it doesn’t look cakey at all no matter how much you apply. The best thing about it is, it costs about £3.99!

8/ …I apply this with a Mac 187 brush in stipiling motions. I like a full coverage, and using a face powder brush just doesn’t give me the coverage I want. I also find it easier to lock my make up in place using this brush and the stippling method, as some face powder brushes can wipe your foundation away.

9/ Another holy grail product of mine, L’Oreal’s Telescopic Mascara. I would say this is similar to Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara, but less clumpy. The applicator is very thin with rubber bristles, that really helps my lashes to separate and look long. I have tried other products and nothing compares – I could never see myself using anything else!

10/ I haven’t been using Nars’ Laguna for very long. And I have mixed reviews on it. For the day time, with the paler foundation and generally less make up that I use, I find it a bit too orange toned. Especially as I like to contour rather than bronze, this isn’t always ideal. However for the evening it’s great, especially when I use my darker toned foundation. I’m still unsure and on the hunt for the perfect contour shade though, especially as I’m still grieving over Benefit discontinuing no.10 which was my ultimate highlight and contour, and probably my favourite product ever!

 

What do you use for every day make up? Can you recommend an amazing brown toned contour for me please!?

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LAURA MERCIER SILK CREME FOUNDATION REVIEW

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After a 5 year relationship with MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid I was becoming more resentful towards it and felt like it was time to break away and try something new. I had heard so much about Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation and so after watching countless YouTube videos, I decided to take the plunge and got colour matched in Selfridges.

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I find colour matching foundations really difficult for my skin tone as I am pale and have red hair, but I don’t have that porcelain/ blue undertone to my skin, and I think peach/rose undertones are really unflattering on me and often leave me with an orange toned face. I much prefer yellow undertones in foundation as you can go quite light, but still have a warm, glowing undertone. Shall I say undertone one more time?

One of the good features about Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation is that the 4 lightest shades all have different undertones – it doesn’t just jump from 1) light to 2) medium etc like some foundations. The colours that are included in the lighter shades are, Soft Ivory, Cream Ivory, Rose Ivory and Peach Ivory. Soft Ivory seemed waay too light and would completely wipe any colour from my face, Rose Ivory was too pinky undertoned, and Peach was too orangey undertoned – so I was happy when I saw that they did a light colour with golden (yellow) undertones in the form of Cream Ivory.

The lady colour matching me said it was the fullest coverage foundation they do, but that it is classed as medium coverage but buildable. When I tried it at home however I would definitely say it is a full coverage foundation as one ‘coat’ completely covered my freckles and any blemishes I had – I also checked on the website and it comes under full coverage, so I guess the lady got confused……

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Despite Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation being a water based foundation, the formula is very gel-like and is quite a thick consistency. At £33 the foundation is quite expensive, but a pea sized amount covered my whole face so I imagine the bottle will last me a while.

This post is going to be in two sections, one of my thoughts after the first few days wearing the foundation and secondly after two weeks. They change a lot.

MY FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Full coverage without using concealer underneath was exactly what I wanted and exactly what I got.  It gave me a very natural finish, maybe verging a bit shiny – I definitely need to use a setting powder with this foundation.

Once I finished and completed my make up I was very happy with the results. I didn’t have to use a white concealar to bring the colour down (like I had to do with Studio Fix Fluid) and I didn’t have to ‘bronze up’ loads as it did not leave me with a white/ porcelain finish – but with an illumination healthy glow.

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When I went to work I got a compliment straight away saying my skin looks flawless so I was very pleased with that. Overall on the first few days, I was really happy with the foundation and would advise it to anyone who is looking for a high medium – full coverage foundation, with a natural finish, perfect for day and night. I would just say get colour matched properly because the different undertones really make a difference.

 One last thing – I reeally like the packaging of the foundation. It looks really sleek and the squeezy tube makes for a much better bottle than the glass ones with pumps you get, this makes it a lot handier for travelling.

OK – END OF FIRST IMPRESSIONS

SECOND WEEK

From using a thin consistency foundation such as Studio Fix, to going to a really thick- gel like foundation has been hard. I can definitely feel when I have Laura Mercier on my face, it feels quite heavy and you can definitely tell it’s foundation.  Also I have found that for some reason it really enlarges my pores, I guess the gel-like formula just doesn’t sit well in them as opposed to a proper liquid foundation. Which is odd because it is water based foundation. Lastly, I like a semi matte finish and I have to wear a lot of powder to set this foundation as it feels like it’s just going to make me look a bit sweaty. The powder doesn’t blend very easily into the skin, it sort of clings on to the foundation rather than letting it glide over meaning you have to use more. Also unfortunately, I have noticed that when I am not in direct sun light, it is actually quite dark. The photo’s below look like it is my exact colour match, because a big window is right in front of me. When I have looked at myself in the mirror at work or at uni, I think it is about half a shade too dark.

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Before and after the foundation

HOWEVER, it’s not all bad, as I do think this would be a brilliant foundation for the evening when you want a fuller coverage and darker shade which I do need on a night out to avoid the flashback in photo’s that I can some times get.

I tried so hard to love this foundation as it was £33 and gets such good reviews, but I had to be honest and I didn’t love it!

I feel like there needs to be a better system of trying foundations because you just cannot tell properly in the store..

I am overall giving this foundation a slightly disappointing…

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Have you tried Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation – if so I want to hear your experience!? 

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EYEBROW TUTORIAL | BENEFIT BIG BEAUTIFUL EYES

Eyebrows are such a staple part of my look. I could go out with no foundation, no concealer and no mascara, but as long as I had my eyebrows on I would feel happy(-ish!)

I use Benefit’s Big Beautiful Eyes Palette, in the matte brown shade and a MAC 212 brush to complete my look.

Find out how I make this transition below:

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I’m quite lucky in the sense that my eyebrows are blonde and in the summer turn basically white, so I don’t need to thread them as much as some people. I used to get them done once a month but then I was thrown into the world of being a university student and having no money, so I usually get them done about 4 times a year, (around every 3 months.) A drastic difference I know! But I have realised that they don’t actually need them done that often – although these photo’s might tell a different story! On an everyday basis, you really can’t see the hairs. So here is a step by step guide to how I get my perfect eyebrow shape.

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These are my brows with absoloutely no product on!! Shameful! They have minimal shape and are barely visible to the naked eye.

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I began using a powder to do my eyebrows just before Christmas, before that I used Rimmells eyebrow pencil Hazel for years. Yet I found using a powder gives a much more precise line and you don’t have to faff around with sharpening it etc.. Also I found that Hazel had quite an orange undertone, which was very visible in pictures with a flash especially. I didn’t particularly like that, so I tried a matte brown eye shadow that comes in the Benefit Brown Smoky Eye Palette and have continued using that since. I’m so annoyed that the picture below came out slightly blurred as I didn’t realise until I zoomed in on the computer. Aside from that, my first step is to draw the top end of my brow. I know a lot of people start with the bottom, but I find it easier to define an arch and control the shape by beginning with a line at the top.

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I then draw a line at the bottom to the desired shape, which creates the template to my eyebrow. I like an arch, but still a relatively straight and thick brow with a sharp point at the end. I also like for the point of my brow to be a lot darker than the beginning of my brow and this is an easy way to achieve that.

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With a light hand I drag the bottom line of the brow to the beginning, trying to get fainter and fainter as I do it.

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The next step is my favourite as you just colour in your brow!! Stop ‘colouring’ with a heavy hand about ¾ into your brow …

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Wipe some product of you brush, and gently do upward strokes from the beginning of your brow to create a less harsh finish.

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If you’re shape isn’t as precise as you would like it, a simple trick is to put a concealer/ highlighter underneath and maybe above your brow with a brush. This will stop any out of place lines or smudges from showing and give your eyebrow a flawless finish. (I haven’t blended my concealer in don’t worry!)

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My finished eye brow! Hope this helps, practice makes perfect so don’t be disheartened if it goes wrong.

Products I used:

  • Benefit’s Big Beautiful Eyes Palette – Matte Brown Shade
  • MAC 212 Brush
  • Collection 2000 concealer in #1 ‘Fair’
  • L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara
  • Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in Cream Ivory
Whats your holy grail eyebrow product? Let me know in the comments or tweet me at @making___up

MY BEAUTY COMPARE | beauty junkie heaven

The world of the blogosphere has grown more than ever these past few years and has given beauty bloggers like myself a chance to explore all different kinds of products that are tried and tested by unbiased and real people – but the problem is, one product that works on one person may not work for you oryour skin tone and type –  simply how do you know without wasting your money?

So, what if I told you that a website has been launched to revolutionise the way you search for products online – as it searches and compares over 200,000 products especially for you. That’s right – newly launched website mybeautycompare.com keeps you from being overwhelmed with product reviews that aren’t right for you by refining your search based on the information you give.

 I set up a free account with My Beauty Comapare to see if it really did work and to see if it was more than just a gimmick – so below I recorded my steps to show you how you can too. After entering the basics, for example, your skin complexion, type, concerns etc.. this website gives you a chance to provide even more information that affects the type of skin you have – some things I didn’t even think of! (See screen shot 2)

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As you can see My Beauty Compare takes into consideration your diet, water intake, amount of sleep you get and your occupation. This definitely gives a more personal feel when you get your recommendations, because it is much more than saying – ‘she has dry skin, give her a moisturising foundation’  – this website is really tailoring your wants and needs into the perfect product matches. After a really quick and easy joining process, I was ready to go!

Foundation is something that I find really hard to buy, as I have fair skin that also has a lot of redness, so I was really interested to see what product matches they had for me. I was really impressed with their selections, when I clicked on the #1 foundation, it’s description states that it contains a 15 SPF,  that its suitable for fair skin tones, and skin with imperfections. Powder foundations are never something I have looked at for myself properly before, but the product description fits perfectly so I will definitely be trying it out.

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Overall I think My Beauty Compare is a great website that all beauty lovers should use and will love, as it refines its searches especially for you and allows you to search across 1500 brands and 200,000 products whilst giving you unbiased reviews by people with the same or similar skin type.

Give mybeautycompare.com a go and tell me what you think?

Sorry if you cannot see everything in the screen shots – I tried my best to get it up to the greatest quality. Best thing to do is try it for yourself!

Should Russell Brand get royalties for Katy Perry’s album PRISM!? (late post)

So today’s post is slightly different and quite lengthy! I wrote this piece a while back, but I didn’t really have anywhere to post it – but I am trying to expand the content of my blog to include such things as music, food or places, without taking off the beauty focus of course! 

Because it was written in October time, some of the phrasing such as ‘yesterday on the X Factor..’ won’t be correct but I hope you can look past that! Enjoy..

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It just goes to show, a good publicity team and an interesting private life really helps in the sales of music. Last night I watched Katy Perry on the X Factor, and I just think she is an amazing and interesting woman –  so at about 2 AM last night I impulse purchased her new album PRISM.

 I’m not even a massive fan of Katy’s music, though admittedly I do have a few of her classics on my iPod, I would have never of seen myself actually buying her album and to be honest with you Katy, at some points today I’m beginning to wish I didn’t.

The whole album is dedicated to her break up with womaniser, and also love of my life, Russell Brand and the subsequent shift to her new found love, John Mayer. This album is literally her diary in song form from the years 2011 – 2013 and of course I want to read that diary, but 16 songs on an album about it can be a little dreary.

Obviously the caption to this article is tongue in cheek, but it is heavily influenced by Brand and there is no subtlety about it at all. For example in her song Ghost, she begins it by ‘you sent a text, it’s like the wind changed your mind … now you’re just a ghost.’ These poignant lyrics are synonymous with the interview she did with Vogue in the July issue, in which she stated that she hadn’t ‘heard from him since he texted me saying he was divorcing me December 31, 2011.’

Another clear reference is the hidden ‘other’ reason for which they divorced, which she briefly mentioned in her Vogue feature, saying ‘I felt a lot of responsibility for it ending, but then I found out the real truth, which I can’t necessarily disclose.’ A lot of her songs give subtle reference to this quote, as a lot of them talk about her realising that it was not her fault, or her responsibility and the transition to becoming a stronger woman, one that recognised her worth. Most notably, By the Grace of God, which you could infer hints to Perry taking her own life, ‘laying on the bathroom floor.. by the grace of God there was another way .. I looked in the mirror and decided to stay.. wasn’t going to let love take me out that way.’

It’s interesting really, originally this article was a tongue in cheek look at Katy Perry’s new album, yet it’s difficult to criticise something that is so clearly personal and close to the artist’s heart. Perry suffered badly in the relationship and that is clear throughout the album, although I truly hope it’s a great success for Katy – which I’m sure it will be at first due to her dedicated fan base – I can’t see a lot of number one song’s emerging from this album just yet.. But who knows.. Perry is a strong woman with a strong fan base to match.

What strikes me most about this album however, is what could have been and what could we have lost.. Imagine a world where Katy and Russell were still together, would she have had a Teenage Dream style album again? Or was the break up a blessing that pushed her to a different direction where we now have the powerful and catchy Roar and the most beautiful, By the Grace of God.

My transition of feelings have been an interesting throughout this article, and I feel a lot of people may go through the same thing. At first your expectations are set at a Teenage Dream style, and after the first play you just wish you never bought it. But listening to the whole album and remembering what she went through, I think this is a beautiful, personal, empowering and most importantly honest album. Katy has transformed and grown into a woman. And the answer to the question… no. Russell should not receive a pittance from this album, as this is pure Katy at her best.