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

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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

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

New lippy alert!!

Hi everyone! I know its been ages…but I didn’t really want to post anything until I had a product review or an outfit post to put up. Dont forget that you can follow me on my instagram page @fuschia__sequins where I post a few times a week 🙂

Okay so I had a short trip to Dubai recently and I absolutely loved it. The thriving city oozes luxury and class at every turn. I got some time to browse around Dubai Mall and loved the plethora of brands that were on offer. these weren’t just the big brands we all know and love but there were many that were local too such as Charles and Keith they had some gorgeous shoes and bags and guess what…they ship to lots if countries so check them out!

I of course had to pop into Sephora and have a look at what they have. It was a pretty big branch. Being a lover of matte lipsticks I was looking for a really nice nude shade to add to my collection as most of my matte lippys are either pinks or reds. I probably tried about 30 on the back of my hand then I stumbled across the Gucci Spring Rose Matte Lipstick. Now I know what your thinking Gucci may be a little much for a simple lippy but the richness of the colour and the texture on my skin left me unable to put it down.

Although being a rosey pink when you first look at it on brown skin the shade is definitely a nude beige colour. I have tried lots of Sleeks, Rimmel, Maybelline. Loreal matte lipsticks and also mid-range ones such as MAC and NARS and I can honestly say that the finish of this was totally different. The matte is also velvet to the touch and lasts! I did also wear this with a lip primer to further enhance the colour.colour swabFullSizeRender

This purchase was an investment piece that I know I’ll be wearing for a while 🙂 I’d love to hear your thoughts if you have used any of Gucci’s other make-up products and your thoughts on them.

Thank you for reading,

Claudia x

In which order?

When applying my make-up I used to get stuck on what I should apply first and wondered what the logical order was to apply the different products. Initially I’d begin by prepping my whole face, applying my primer, foundation and powder before starting my brows and eyes. I quickly learnt that this method wouldn’t work. I’m now settled with a routine that works for me and will share with you today 🙂 Here it goes…

  1. Prime the skin
  2. Fill in and define brows
  3. Prime eye lids, apply eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, false lashes
  4. Contour, cover up dark circles, spots
  5. Apply foundation
  6. Complete contour
  7. Apply finishing powders/sprays

I find that applying your products in this order also helps you to envisage the finished look much easier and helps you clean away any excess eyeshadow that can fall onto your cheeks during application.

I’d love to hear your suggestions and routines too.

Have a lovely day!

Claudia x

Return of the matte

From as far back as I can remember I have always preferred the matte look when it comes to make up. Matte lips and most certainly matte eyeshadow. The shine and gloss didn’t really appeal to me, largely because I have an oily t-zone, so any feature that further highlighted this was a no no for me. 

I have and still am trailing different primers/and moisturisers that will keep my skin shine free and moisturise my skin- it’s a tough balance to achieve but for the majority of the day I can rely on my no.7 primer to keep those oils at bay. Anyway I digress…

Matte lipsticks for me are a perfect day and evening look, I find the colour to be richer and I can create better lip definition then I can with a lip pencil (at times). Although I often (in the working week) prefer to stick with more nude/neutral tones, matte lipsticks for me have a staying power that moisturising or high shine lipsticks lack.

There are numerous brands that execute the matte lipstick well and have created a range of colours that provide that full coverage and ultra classic look.

If you’re a fan of MAC products you will already be familiar with the world renowned Ruby Woo lipstick, I’m yet to find a lipstick that provides such high colour intensity and is suited to almost every skin tone. When worn alone however it does tend to flake so teaming it with a good lipstick of a similar shade works rather well. Other very good matte shades from MAC that I’ve tried include Pink Pigeon, Flat Out Fabulous, Kinda Sexy, Please Me and Taupe. 

There are a wealth of other good brands not exclusive of but including Revlon, Nars, Bobbi Brown and more value for money offerings like NYX and MUA from Superdrug who also sell a nice selection of matte lipsticks.

If you’re new to lipsticks or haven’t found the shade(s) that work for you do keep searching and don’t limit yourself to the brands that you usually use. The brands that make great foundations may not necessarily be experts when it comes to lipsticks.

Mixing shades can also give you even better tones. Lightly dabbing a darker moisturising lipstick on the lips before applying a lighter matte lipstick can create rich tones and lasting colour that endures all the conversation and food consumption of a normal day.

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post and would love to hear all about your favourite matte lipsticks and the tips you use to make them last throughout the day.

Enjoy your weekend! X