Sublime Prime(r)

As you’ll know from my previous post I recently went to Paris and had the opportunity to visit one of the Sephora stores there. I was really impressed with the wide range of brands that they had, the layout and the overall vibe in there. Having recently stocked the Fenty Beauty range the store was heaving with people ready to purchase the newest and coolest make-up range to hit the shops. Apart from bagging myself one of Rihanna’s new make-up products I also invested in the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion.

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I’ve come to know and trust Urban Decay’s products over the years so was silently confident that this primer wouldn’t disappoint. When I first felt the product on my finger tips I found it to feel quite thin and silky and had a doubt as to whether it could handle not only my hooded but also sometimes oily eyelids. In my experience I’ve also found that there are some eyeshadow primers that only work well with shimmery or glittery eyeshadows as they adhere better but are a let down when matte eyeshadows are in the picture. This isn’t the case with this, it has a small wand brush that makes it super easy to apply on your lid and you need very little. I smooth it out with a concealer brush and give it a few seconds to set then begin applying my eyeshadow. The primer keeps my eyeshadow put all day and it doesn’t matter if its a cheap eyeshadow or one of the more upmarket ones, the results are the same.

I wanted to use this a few times before reviewing it just to be sure that I really do like it and that it actually works and I’m pleased to say it does. I should also add that the beige colour of the primer works very well on dark skin tones too as I know the other Urban Decay primer is lighter and can as a result make your eyeshadows look lighter and brighter than intended.

Overall, I’m pleased with this product and would buy it again. Hope you’ve enjoyed my review, please do let me know your thoughts, comment below or drop me an email at fuschiasequins@gmail.com

Have a lovely evening x

 

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Paris!

I’ve had a few requests to write up a little review/recommendations list for my trip to Paris recently so here it goes! 🙂

My tips

-The best way to see Paris in my opinion is by public transport. If you do choose to use the buses and the trains then buy a day travel card from any of the train stations rather than paying for singular journeys. You’ll save money!

-There are lots of places that are walking distance from each other so do have your google maps handy on your phone and walk so that you can take in more of the sights 🙂

-Choose your hotel carefully. There are lots and lots of hotels in Paris but not all of them are central and can be over 30 minutes from the city centre. So do check carefully, many cheaper options are further out but will mean you spend more time travelling to where you want to go, which isn’t really worth it if you’re only staying in France for a couple of days.

-Reservations are a must in Paris. Wherever you choose to dine, I recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment. Paris is full of tourists pretty much all year round and the locals eat out a lot too so book a table (and be on time 🙂 ) to avoid a long wait or being turned away. It’s very normal in Paris for small restaurants have a queue of hungry customers leading out of the restaurant.

-You probably already know this but when planning your trip let sites like trip Advisor be your friend. People are very frank on there and give you all the little details when it comes to hotels and restaurants. I prefer to look at the pictures that reviewers post rather than the professional pictures uploaded by the company, these give you a better idea of what to expect.

Attractions

  1. Eiffel Tower is a must see. Walk around to the north entrance so that you can get a good view from the end of the bridge. If you’d like to go up the Eiffel Tower you can do. You can book in advance or on the day and it costs 17 euros per person.
  2. Louvre Museum If you’d like to go to the museum please note that it doesn’t open on a Tuesday. Admission is free but there may be charge to enter some of the exhibitions.
  3. Notre Dame Cathedral This beautiful cathedral is well worth a visit, its easily accessible by train or bus.
  4. Square Louis Michel This green area is elevated and gives you amazing views looking down onto the city
  5. Pont des Art Also previously known as the padlock bridge. Although you can no longer place padlocks on the bridge you can walk across it and enjoy views of the river. Its also very close to the Louvre, so can be admired en route to the museum.
  6. Louis Vuitton Foundation We didn’t get to see this but when I was doing my research it looked pretty cool and is worth checking out.

Food!

Bistrotters Booking beforehand is a must here! Its a small restaurant so service can be slow but the food is faultless. We loved it here. The desert was sooo good- toasted brioche wish chocolate and caramel sauce. The menu choice is small with three options for starter, main and desert and you can have either a two or three course meal at a set price. You are of course free to order a la carte of you wish. The pictures aren’t great because I took them on my phone but you get the idea 🙂

Pottoka Again this is a lovely small restaurant and would strongly recommend you book a table in advance otherwise you’ll need to wait for a table. The food here is delicious, really different flavours and the service here is also great. I had the cod dish for my main with white beans, bacon and a tomato gazpacho, it was so tasty. A lovely dining experience 🙂

Twinkie Breakfasts If you’d rather have an English or an American breakfast in addition to french options then Twinkie is your place! The service super quick and the food is delicious. Just like with all with the restaurants do try and book. We went on a Sunday without booking and found ourselves in a queue! I didn’t get any pictures of the food itself (I was too hungry and the food smelt so good!) but you’ll like this one 🙂

Le 68 Guy Martin A lovely place with beautiful decor perfect for either lunch or dinner right in the heart of Paris.

Brasserie Barbes This cool find is open until 2am and serve reasonably priced lunches and dinner. It was on my list but I didn’t get the chance to eat there but the reviews I read on this place were very good. So if you do there please let me know how you found it.

Breakfast in America This cute diner serve breakfasts all day as well as all your american favourites. Theres no booking needed here, you just turn up and get seated. It was the first American diner in Paris and has loads of character. A cute place with good food. We had breakfast there and were so impressed by the quick service. This diner is also walking distance from lots of cool sites. We wandered down the hill from the street and discovered places as we went along.

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Shopping

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Les Halles This covered shopping centre houses over 150 stores and has many of the high street clothing brands we know and love. Its linked to one of the main train stations in Paris Chatelet-les-Halles. There’s something for everyone here, such as a dedicated basketball store by Footlocker, a Lego store as well as lots of nice restaurants to choose from too.

Galleries Lafayette A large department store in Paris’ city centre that can only be described as a shopping experience. The decor inside of this huge store is truly breathtaking. You’ll need some time in here if you like to take your time and browse through stores. The menswear is in a separate building and also includes lots of really cool brands. There’s a rooftop on the 7th floor (take the lift to the 6th floor then take the stairs) from where there are some cool views of Paris. On the rooftop you’ll also find a restaurant and bar thats worth checking out.

Carrousel de Louvre This little shopping centre is linked to the Louvre Museum. It has some shops and restaurants too.

 

Phew that was a long post and well done for making it to the end! I really wanted to include most of the places I liked/enjoyed or would have liked to go to. I found these places purely through researching and reading reviews and I tailored our trip around the things my husband and I would enjoy.

I hope its useful and as always I’m happy to answer any questions. Just leave it in the comments section or drop me an email fuschiasequins@gmail.com

Thank you for reading x

Match?

So Rihanna has launched her make-up range and we are absolutely loving it. The range of colours and the variety of products has got everyone super excited and I must admit I cant wait to try it out for myself.

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Fenty Beauty Foundation

But when shopping for a new beauty product what are some of the things that you look out for that tell you whether its going to be a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’. Apart from testing a product on the back of your hand and possibly trying it on how can you be sure that what you are getting is worth parting with your precious pounds?

It can be a game of trial and error with lots of artificial lighting at cosmetic booths and the lure of all these beautiful shades that feel right when you’re in the store. I’d say don’t rush it but rather ask for a sample (especially foundation and concealer) and test it at home or pop out of the store and take a look in the day light. By doing this you’ll quickly be able to spot if a colour is ashy for your skin or if the undertone is right for you.

From experience I’ve found that some of the foundation brands develop the darker shades of foundation with a very red/orange undertone that can be rather unflattering in daylight but looks great under artificial light, so do watch out for this.

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NARS Foundation

For eyeliners a test on the back of your hand is sufficient. A good eyeliner shouldn’t run when you draw a line on the back of your hand. Also wait for it to dry on your hand to see what the finished product will look like – is it really black or more of a dull grey?

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MAC Liquid Eyeliner

The same can be said of primers too, put a little on the back of your hand and rub in gently. Once dry, asses how it feels, is it too drying? Too glossy? Decide the make-up look you’d like to go for whether is matte or dewy and buy accordingly.

I hope this helps you when make-up shopping. If you have any questions please do feel free to ask in the comments section or via email fuschiasequins@gmail.com.

Also don’t forget that you can find me on social media too Facebook – Fuschia Sequins , Twitter – @fuschiasequins and Instagram – fuschia__sequins

Have a lovely day x

Good light

One of the most important parts of make-up application is ensuring that you are applying it in the right light. More often than not we find the most suitable place in our bedrooms where all of our make-up items fit and make the best of it. So which is best, natural light or artificial light?

If you’re going out during the day or to the office for example its best to do your make-up in natural light. This means facing a window where you have a good amount of light coming in and can really see the texture of the make-up on your skin. The reason why its best to do your make-up in this light is because when in the natural light you’ll be able to spot easily if you’ve applied too much foundation, if a shade is too ashy or too red/dark and if your highlight or glitter is too much. Hold a handheld mirror directly in front of your face in natural light and you’ll be able to apply and blend your make-up better. Fluorescent lights/artificial light don’t usually show colour and texture well and offer a dimmer/duller light that doesn’t show any discrepancies- until you take a picture with a flash that is!

When applying make-up and its dark outside there are lighting options that you can use such as bright white lights which are readily available in most shops and online. There are now smaller mirrors that you can buy that have a light around them, such as this one from Amazon, and its just £15. For my readers in the USA, you can also get this rather cute LED mirror from here. This is better than relying on the lighting in your bathroom, because those bulbs sometimes have a yellow hue which can make your make-up look dull giving you the illusion that more make-up needs to be applied.

To conclude, the answer is that it depends on the time of day but natural light is best and free! When applying make-up during the day and its bright outside then natural light is best. If you’re applying make-up at night use a good artificial bright white light than shines directly in your face and not at an angle. The best way is to get a mirror that has lights around it.

If you have tried these methods and still think your make-up isn’t quite looking right them its time to look into some other factors such as the tools you’re using to apply you’re make-up, your technique, your primer and lastly but most importantly the products your using.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post and as always if you have any questions please let me know.

 

Have a lovely weekend x

My brow aid

If like me you have the brow hairs that occasionally like to do their own thing then you’ll know how useful brow gels are for keeping your brows looking pretty all day. I use the Sleek brows kit to fill/define my brows but I’ve found that this doesn’t give me the hair definition and hold I’ve been looking for so I decided to try Urban Decay’s Brow Tamer.

It comes in 5 shades and at £16 in the UK I thought wasn’t too bad a price to pay, however at just 4.5ml in size you don’t get much for your money. On the flip side, you need very little product to achieve the look you need, so it seems a little could take me a long way…we will see. I bought mine from their concession counter at House of Fraser (Westfield White City)where I sampled some before deciding whether to buy one, you can also easily buy it online.

What I like about this is that it doesn’t make my eyebrows look or feel hard but rather gives them soft definition and holds any stubborn hairs in place. I use this product after I have filled in my brows and defined them with concealer.

I’m pretty sure that I could use this product on its own on days when I want a very stripped back look. The brush lets allows you to fill in the lighter parts of your brows and the colour is a good match for me. If you’d like to try a brow gel for the first time ask one of the workers to test it out on you, although the lighting isn’t always great in stores have a look close up on how it makes your brows look and also wait for the product to dry, them you’ll be able to discern how it feels too.

I’d love to hear about any brow gels that you’ve used and what your thoughts are on them.

Have a lovely evening x

Where you’ll find me

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My lash essentials

I have some items that I have come to love as I look for dependable items with which to apply my lashes and the lashes I choose to wear. Its really great to know that there are soooo many great lash brands out there catering to almost every look you wish to achieve. Whether its a dramatic sharp look or simple everyday wear your bound to find something that meets your needs.

Beauty products should be all inclusive regardless of your skin colour, eye shape, eye lash length its possible to now find something that suits you.

Personally I prefer strip lashes to individuals for the simple reason that I find these much quicker and easier to apply, and as you all know I’m all for make-up that cuts down the getting ready time.

So the pic I uploaded shows a pair tweezers with good grip that I picked up from Boots and the eyelash glue by Eylure also from Boots. What I like about this eyelash glue is how little you need and how long it lasts for . I wear lashes everyday and one bottle can take me for about 4 months plus it lasts all day! Its not harsh on the skin and is tough enough to keep your lashes in place even in high winds lol.

As for lash styles when it comes to daily wear I prefer to go for what gives the most natural look and the wispy style I believe helps me achieve that best. Of course I opt for something a little more daring for special occasions but for everyday glam Ardell lashes and Natural Lash are my current favourites and these I pick up from any good hair and beauty store.

Whats your go-to lash brand for everyday wear?

Have a wonderful day x