Tuesday, 12 September 2017

The only eyeshadow palette you need: bareMinerals Bare Naturals Palette

Last month I was incredibly lucky to win an Instagram competition by bareMinerals. The prize was their latest eyeshadow palette. Firstly I couldn't believe that Instagram competitions were legit, and secondly I was just blown away by my prize. The  bareMinerals Bare Naturals Palette (1.2g/£39.00) arrived promptly at my door no less than three days later and after these few weeks I am so excited to share my review with you all...

The bareMinerals Bare Naturals Palette is divine. I love it so much. It's a palette everyone could have - much like the Urban Decay Naked Palette. However what makes this palette better than any other I have tried is that there is 8 matte shades, out of a total of 14. Isn't that brilliant? Even the Naked palettes only had 2 out of 12 matte shades. For me, this means that this palette is more versatile - I am able to create subtle looks with a variety of different shades, but also can make a classic smoky eye and choose between three matte shades to add to the crease.
This palette is well designed in terms of it's shades and formulas but also it's actual contents; I love that there is this nifty little brush included that has two sides, one to pack on the colour and the other to blend it out. Additionally the mirror on this palette surpasses any mirror on any palette I own, and so this would be brilliant to travel with. The casing also has a magnetic closure so all your shadows and the brush stay safe!

I am the most impressed with the actual formula of the product. In terms of longevity on the lid, I have very oily eyelids and this formula hardly creased on me. But more notably, as soon as I swatched this I gasped as I wasn't expected the pigments to be that intense. This has to be one of the most pigmented palettes I own, even the lighter shades showed up on my skin, and weren't chalky in the slightest! Either the lighter colours disappear on my skin or are too powdery, however these were vibrant and just so easy to work with! The shimmery colours are buttery and are such a joy to use, I didn't have any fallout and they went on effortlessly.
You can just tell that bareMinerals have really thought about the colours in this palette, you can see that every shimmery colour has a complimentary matte shade to help blend it out into the crease. It just means that you actually use this palette and no other eyeshadows, which is the true purpose of a palette.

I just can't believe I have the pleasure of owning this palette and if you guys can at least go and see it in person, I think you'll be able to see what I am talking about. I think there is a lot of competition for eyeshadows on the market, you don't need to spend a lot to get good quality, however these eyeshadows have really held their own, and I think there was a need to perfect that everyday palette.

I would love to know your thoughts about this product! Let me know down below and be sure to follow me on Bloglovin to stay up to date with my posts!

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Makeup Mistakes + Fixes!

As we get older, we find new ways to do old things. So I present to you a few of the mistakes I used to do when I first started applying makeup. If you are a novice you might be able to learn from this, however if you are a pro at makeup then these may sound a bit familiar!

1) Artificial Lighting

Not having the right lighting can be catastrophic when it comes to makeup application. I'm not even exaggerating. I've applied makeup to go out in the day and when I came across a mirror the truth was revealed!
Dark lighting can make you over-apply products because you can't see it show up well on the skin. Artificial lighting is a bit more deceiving as it goes two ways, making you look flawless or it makes every attempt to hid your insecurities come out. I think the best way to deal with lighting is to go with natural lighting - as this is representative of how you will look outside. Actually, it might be a good idea to use the lighting that you will mostly be in, so natural lighting if you are spending the day outside, artificial lighting if you will be cooped up inside all day - this way the makeup you apply will look the same in your destination.

2) Eyeliner stability
Eyeliner is a product that almost everyone wants to master, however no amount of tutorials can really help with application, as you need to tailor your eyeliner to your eye shape and do this independently. I remember trying to learn how to do a liquid liner that suited me and it was a painfully slow process and no matter what I did, my liner would never be smooth and fluid, there would always be some bump in the line. So one tip that really helped me was to keep my elbow propped up by my desk. This meant that my hand couldn't drop down if I paused and just gave me more stability, rather than doing my liner midair.

3) Flat foundation brush

Brushes and makeup tools do have their day, and when I started to apply makeup, it was the age of the flat foundation brush. This isn't a bad tool at all, I think in combination with the bad lighting and my over-inflated confidence I misused this tool. I literally used to paint my face, so there was no blending out the edges of the face or just blending in general. I found that my makeup used to sit on top of my skin rather than be a part of it. Now I still use brushes, but for my base makeup, my Beautyblender is the holy grail, as it makes my makeup looks more seamless and skin-like, with minimal effort!

4) Blending eye shadow
Eyeshadow was one of the last things I got into. I used to wear foundation and blush mostly when I was 15 and although I liked eye shadow I knew that I didn't know how to be a pro at applying it. One of the biggest mistakes I made was using the same brush for everything, for the all over the lid colour and the crease shade and sometimes I still do this now, however my precision has changed. Before I just wanted to maximum pigment on my eyes and then things would be really tough to blend. Now I'm more keyed up to how well things will blend out, and if I want a subtle eye - how to go about it. One of the tricks that I know a lot of people use is to use a clean blending brush constantly to make sure there are no harsh lines. I think this really works, as when you use a blending brush that was used previously, the colour is still on the brush and you don't get that seamless finish, ombre style.

5) The use of products
When I was a kid, I was never really taught why people wear makeup. As in, I think when I first started to apply it, my goal was to make myself look like someone new - I think sometimes in the media we see the total transformation that makeup can really do. However I think there is some good inspiration on the internet, teaching kids nowadays the purpose of products and how they should be applying it. For instance, foundation is to even out the skin tone, so we don't treat it like concealer because the goal is to even out the base, not hide imperfections. Eyeliner is used to define the eyes, but we don't always need a jet black liquid liner to do this, a simple brown eye shadow blended in at the root of the lashes can also do the trick. I think this information is out there, however I don't think everyone accesses it.

I would love to know what makeup mistakes you guys used to make that seem so obvious to you now! Let me know down below and be sure to follow me on Bloglovin to stay up to date with my posts!