Beauty has a new boss

Hello all! 🙂 Its been a while, as the nights draw in faster than we can get to used to at least we now have a very good reason to bring out and revive our winter wardrobes as the temperatures whittle down.

Recently I’ve seen so many encouraging posts from women who were once reluctant to really express who they were and felt increased pressures to conform to the industry standard of beauty (which often than not is unattainable for the average joe/joanne) leaving many feeling deflated and left out but are now feeling confident to express who they really are and live it out unapologetically.

But what I can only describe as a ‘revolution’ seems to have swept over almost everyone bringing us into a space of being able to share who we are and the things we love unreservedly on social media.

It doesn’t matter your skin tone, religion, face shape, contour style, we are now realising that there is a space for everyone in the beauty world. Brands no longer (to an extent) dictate to us how products should be used and what they should look like when worn but many have now taken this into their own hands.

This really is so refreshing to see and long may the ‘revolution’ continue! The standard of beauty seems to now be more firmly in the hands of the people it should have been in all along- ours 🙂

Thank you for reading x

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.

urban decay eyeshadow primer potion

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

 

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

Clean me!

I have to say that cleaning my make-up brushes has become a boring and rather laborious task. I like having clean brushes but would rather they had their own sort of washing machine that I could put them in! lol, first world problems ayy!

But then I discovered this cleaning glove which has made the cleaning process so quick and easy. The different grooves helps me to clean and rinse all of my brushes with ease. Whether it’s an angles eyebrow brush or a big fluffy powder brush I can wash them all till they are squeaky clean using this glove.

I bought it on Amazon (UK) for under ten pounds and is one of the best cleaning tools I have used. Its silicone and has an inner glove which is made of a cotton like material that allows you to keep your grip. The different sections on the glove are labelled so you know which area to use to wash the brush, rinse and remove excess water.

My preference is to use an ordinary shower gel and warm water when cleaning my brushes as I find these to be just as effective as the make-up removers. I also wash my brushes regularly because my face doesn’t like dirty brushes and will quickly let me know in the form of spots when my brushes aren’t clean.

Let me know what tools you use to clean your make-up brushes.

Have a lovely evening x

Beauty blender benefits

Being one who looks for ways to cut down on the 'getting ready' time I like to use make-up tools that will allow me to achieve a flawless look without having to spend too much time. To be fair unless you're an absolute pro, rushed make-up shows, so its best to allocate yourself enough time.

There are some parts of my make-up that I previously preferred to apply with my finger-tips including glittery eyeshadow, foundation and concealer. However, since discovering and using the beauty blender I much prefer the finish that I achieve when I use it. I only use it to conceal and contour but the finish is far more flawless and quicker than other methods.

The beauty blender also has a large surface area allowing you to blend out more product across the skin.

Before using the blender I wet mine and squeeze out excess water and I only use it to blend liquid products.

To clean my beauty blender I use any good moisturising bar soap, and using circular motions I cover the blender in soap, run under warm water and keep squeezing until all the soap is out and the blender is totally clean. I then leave it to dry naturally.

This is a great tool for applying all liquid make-up products, I haven't tried other brands yet but have so far enjoyed my experience of using this one. You can shop the beauty blender here.

I'd love to hear about the blending tools that you use and what you prefer to use.

 

Have a lovely weekend x

Make-up products and beauty tools you didn’t know you didn’t need

Let’s face it, its great that we have soooo much choice when it comes to eyeshadow palettes, brushes, foundations, you name it. But there are some products you can definitely go without. Here are just a few:

Lower lash mascara – I’m fairly confident that the mascara you use on the upper lash will be just as effective when used on the lower lash. If you want to catch all the super small lashes, try a comb mascara as opposed to a brush mascara to coat those little lashes. A comb mascara will also beautifully coat and separate all of your longer lashes too.

A cream for your neck – Whatever face cream you choose to use will be just as effective on your neck. Our necks should actually be treated the same as the skin on our face because its just as delicate and deserves the same level of care and attention.

Aftershave balms – If you shave your legs and underarms opt for coconut oil or a vitamin e oil instead to protect and hydrate your skin after shaving.

Translucent Powders – I always thought I really needed this because I have oily skin but if you are using the right facial wash, creams and primers you’ll find that you wont need to use lots of powders and can achieve the finished look that you desire. However, if you are going to have an extremely long day and will be taking lots of pictures then you may want to carry the powder around with you incase your skin gets oily but it probably wont be needed for a normal day at uni/work.

Lip primer – If you would like longer lasting lipsticks then you can use the primer that you use on your eyelid on your lip too, its just as effective.

Hope you’ve found this useful!

Have a great day! x