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The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Stain is a dual-purpose liquid product that gives lips and cheeks a hint of natural-looking colour.

Color:
01 – Rose Pink

Ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Acrylates – C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Methylparaben, Aminomethyl Propanol, Red 33

Swatch – hand:

Swatch – hand blended:

Swatch – lips:

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Pros:
– Size 8ml for around 12 euro;
– natural looking glow;
– sheer coverage;
– the more you sweep on, the deeper the color gets;
– great for all skin tones;
– watery, fast drying and easy to blend gel formula;
– sponge tip applicator;
– cheaper dupe for Benetint by Benefit.

Cons:
– do not last long (around 5 hours);
– sheer pigmentation;
– for more defined look you need to apply it several times;
– bitter-sweet taste.

Skin Food – South Korean cosmetic manufacturer – has become well-known cosmetic and skin care brand all over the world thanks to the use of natural ingredients.

Today, we would like to introduce you to Skin Food Buckwheat Loose Powder (in shade 23):

The packaging is just gorgeous! So elegant! It comes with a very soft and high quality sponge / puff applicator:

It is described as: Loose powder with its soft, fine particles offers a bloomingly radiant, flawless finish. Buckwheat oil creates incredibly transparent, shine-free skin tone, with silky-smooth texture.

Swatches:

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1. Powder:

2. Powder close-up:

3. Lightly blended:

4. Completely blended – beautifully catches the light:

Use:
After applying foundation, pat gently in a following order: forehead – eyelids – cheeks – lips. Press remaining residue gently under the eyes.

Pros:
– great radiant, flawless finish;
– silky feeling;
– beautifully catches the light;
– fine loose powder;
– easy to work with, blends really well;
– no chalky, powdery residue;
– efficient (23 g of product);
– matte effect (light coverage);
– good oil control.

Cons:
– strong scent;
– no UV protection;
– only 3 color selection (+ transparent one);
– it’s not readily available (you can order it online <lower price> or get it at Kiwi’s Shop, Dublin <higher price – around 19 euro>).

Catrice eyeshadows are already well known among all make up lovers. Not long ago, we have posted short review (you can find it here). Now, it’s time to have a look at Catrice Mineral Blushes:

– Mineral Soft Powder Rouge in 120 Wild Rose (peachy pink color with golden shimmer):

– Mineral Soft Powder Rouge in 140 Terra Brown (brown-ish color with golden shimmer, great as a bronzer):

Swatches:

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120 Wild Rose (up), 140 Terra Brown (down):

Blushes in action (shimmer):

Pros:
– easy to blend;
– good pigmentation;
– 5 g of product for around 5 euro;
– easy to apply consistency;
– natural finish;
– perfume free;
– preservatives free;
– 80% of mineral ingredients;
– hight skin compatibility (good for sensitive skin).

Cons:
– plastic packaging;
– golden shimmer (if you prefer matte finish, you should chose different product).

Spring is here so it’s time for flower inspired make-up.

Final look:

Video Tutorial:

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QL79vkgHfY

Step 1:

Start by applying eyeshadow base (UD) all over the eye area. Using soft, medium size brush, apply light lilac eyeshadow (Kryolan, lilac) all over the lid.

Step 2:

Apply purple eyeshadow (Sleek MakeUP i-Divine Acid Palette) to the crease and blend it upwards.

Step 3:

Apply pink eyeshadow ( Sleek MakeUP i-Divine Acid Palette) into the lover crease line and outer corner.

Step 4:

Apply green eyeshadow ( Sleek MakeUP i-Divine Acid Palette) into lower lash line.

Step 5:

Use mint eyeshadow (ELF Studio Eye Transformer) on the inner tear duct.

Step 6:

Line upper lash line with metalic green eyeliner (Gosh).

Step 7:

Apply white eyepencil to your waterline.

Step 8:

Add matte highlighter to your brow bone (shade close to your natural skin tone).

Step 9:

Apply mascara and you are done!

Final look:

Face Brushes

Posted by: in Make-up

Brushes are very important for even make-up application. Below, you will find must-have face brushes. All presented items are by Maestro Brush. Maestro Brush is a Poland based company specializing in hand-made brushes production. To be totally honest with you, their brushes are THE MOST EXCELLENT brushes I have ever used. The quality is just AMAZING! It’s cheaper and… better alternative to MAC brushes!

1. Powder Brush

a) Natural bristles:

b) Synthetic bristles:

Great for applying all kinds of powders. Synthetic bristles are a little bit softer than natural. Dome shape and long bristles helps to get even application:

2. Blush Brush

Soft bristles and unique angled shape makes the application easier. Avoid small brushes – it’s easier to pick up too much color and harder to blend it. It’s also great for applying highlighters.

3. Contouring Brush

Amazing tapered shape of this brush makes the bronzer application much easier! Apply just a little bit of the product on a top of the brush – side bristles will blend it beautifully!

4. Stippling Brush

Stiff flat top bristles. Great for stippling foundation onto the skin for airbrushed finish.

5. Foundation Brush

Stiff, elastic synthetic bristles. Avoid streaks by altering direction of strokes (you can use finger tips for final touches).

6. Concealer Brush

Synthetic bristles, variety of sizes depending on use: medium size is great for under eye circles and small size is great for covering pimples.

a) Medium size (rounded shape):

b) Small size:

Presented brushes:
– Maestro Powder Brush, series: 190, size: 18
– Maestro Powder Brush, Synthetic, series: 180, size: 24
– Maestro Blush Brush, series: 170, size: 22
– Maestro Contouring Brush, series: 150, size: 22
– Maestro Flat Top Brush, series: 140, size: 20
– Maestro Foundation Brush, series: 220, size: 20
– Maestro Concealer Brush, series: 210, size: 14
– Maestro Concealer Brush, series: 230

ELF (eyes-lips-face) is a well-known for make-up brand. Their products’ quality is good (especially Studio range) and prices are really low. You can get ELF make-up here: www.eyeslipsface.co.uk

We bought 32 pieces Eyeshadow Palette Everyday Brights:

PROS:

– low price (around 11 euro);
– 32 eyeshadows – great range of colors – combination of neutrals, brights and dark colors – great for everyday make-up and for smokey eyes;
– different finishes: from matte to shimmer and glittery;
– powdery consistency;
– good pigmentation;
– nice packaging.

CONS:

– fall-out;
– you have to use eyeshadow base to bring the color out.

Swatches:

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a) Browns and golds:

b) Greens and blues:

c) Blues and violets:

d) Grays:

Overall:

Good quality for very low price! Around 11 euro for 32 eyeshadows?! It’s worth it!

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