SophieandIsobel

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Brown Smokey Eye ft The Balm Meet Matt(e) Nude Palette*

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Sophie and I have recently received some lovely products from The Balm, including the Meet Matt(e) Nude Palette. All of the items we received will have a review up soon! I thought these colours would be perfect to create a soft brown smokey eye. Here’s how I did it…

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10714891_544192752393836_424121664_nStep 1 – Apply Matt Molloy to the inner corner of your eyes.
Step 2 – Apply Matt Singh to the rest of the lid and use a blending brush to blend the two colours together.
Step 3 – Apply Matt Garcia from half way across your lid and outwards.
Step 4 – Apply Matt Wood to the very outer corner and blend into the crease to define your eye, make this as dark as you desire.
Step 5 – Use Matt Singh along the lower lash line and Matt Garcia to the outer corners of the lower lash line. If you are going for a more dramatic smokey eye add a touch of Matt Wood.
Step 6 – Blend, blend, blend!!!!
Step 7 – Add your favourite liner and mascara – I used Rimmel Glam Eyes Liquid Liner and Rimmel Wonder’full Mascara with Argan Oil.


Isobel.

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5 Alternative Beauty Tricks

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Why should we put nail varnish in the fridge?
The first reason is that it simply holds them upright preventing the pigments in the varnish falling apart. However the cold temperature will slow down the discolouration process and therefore your favourite nail varnishes will last much longer.
Personally I just feel that the variety of colours will make your fridge much prettier!!

Why do we put cucumber on our eyes?
One reason we might put cucumber on our eyes is to lighten the dark circles underneath. Cucumber works similar to a toner, putting a beige colour back into the skin and minimizing the size of pores. The acids in cucumber will also reduce the water contained under the eyes and will help stop your eyes from appearing ‘puffy’.

Why would you put raw egg in your hair?!
We can diminish split ends by putting raw egg in our hair! Because egg is so rich in protein it will help the hair become stronger and less likely to break. But why wouldn’t we just use shampoo to do this? Shampoo takes away some of the hairs natural oils, however egg can put these oils back in and help your hair appear more silky and shiny.

Busting cellulite problems… With coffee!
Coffee contains antioxidants and caffeine which can help fight the toxins in your body that are making your cellulite more visible. Rubbing coffee into your skin will also help improve circulation and blood flow. Just mix together…
– 1 cup of coffee grounds
– 6 tbsp of olive oil
– 3 tbsp of sugar.

Why peppermint will give you the ‘perfect pout’!
Peppermint will irritate the skin on your lips resulting in them swelling slightly and becoming more red, this is similar to how lip-plumping gloss can give your lips a tingling feeling. However this is not permanent and will only last for a maximum of 6 hours, so I would suggest this method for those special occasions only.


Isobel.

Balm Balm [Hibiscus Face Mask] & [Rose Geranium Lip Balm in a Pot]*

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We recently received a lovely package from Balm Balm, an organic, cruelty free skincare brand. They very kindly sent us a lip balm and a face mask to try out and since we have been using both of these for the last few days we have decided to give you review of them.

10705212_10203375513522221_1737887324_n Hibiscus Face Mask –
I was pleasantly surprised when I realised that this was a powder formula in which you mix with water to create a paste. This means that i’ll get more out of the product as a little powder goes a long way.
After making the paste as thick or as thin as you desire you can apply it to your face as a mask and let it dry/set for about 10 minutes.
When using other face masks in the past I have found it very time consuming when it comes to washing them off, as they usually become very dry on my face, but this product proves differently. As soon as you apply water to wash this product off it instantly turns into a face scrub which makes this multi functional and gives it more value for money.

This product left my skin feeling refreshed and moisturised without giving it that ‘tight’ feeling like many other face masks do. Overall, I would highly recommend this product to people and will be repurchasing in the future.


Sophie.

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Another product we received from Balm Balm was this Rose Geranium Lip Balm in a Pot.
The first thing I noticed when I took the lid off was the gorgeous smell of roses. I have to be careful with what I use on my face, especially if it is strongly scented, however, because this is made of organic ingredients only, it has really agreed with my lips. I am not usually a fan of lip balms as I feel they are sticky and gloopy, however this lip balm is the complete opposite! Instead of feeling thick and buttery it just sits on your lips with a moist and slightly gritty texture, which helps your lips become soft and smooth.

Don’t forget to visit Balm Balm and treat yourself to some of their gorgeous organic products!


Isobel.

Bohomoon Jewellery

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I recently received an amazing package from the lovely BohoMoon.
They have been so generous and sent me 4 lovely necklaces and 11 amazing rings! As you can see I haven’t got it all on here but if you would like to see the rest of the jewellery then please let me know.
I absolutely love the style of this choker and it sits so well with the sterling silver moon necklace.
BOHOMOON
Be sure to go and buy some of their gorgeous jewellery guys!


Isobel.

What’s in my makeup bag?

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 In this post I will be talking about a few of my favourite products that I find myself using on a day-to-day basis and therefore have found a place in my everyday makeup bag.

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Estee Lauder – Double Wear foundation

This is my holy grail of foundation. Although I bought this foundation for special occasions I have found myself wearing it  everyday. It has great coverage and really does last all day!

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Mac – Studio Fix concealer
This is a great concealer for your makeup bag as it is small and practical yet still covers all of those pesky blemishes.

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Rimmel – Stay Matte powder
This is the powder I always go back to. For me it does all the jobs a powder should do and therefore I do not need to splash out on a ‘high end’ product… Cheap and cheerful!

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MUA  – Undress Your Skin highlighting powder
This highlighter comes in two different colours, however I personally use this one (Iridescent Gold) because it has a beige/champagne colour to it which I feel matches my skin colour.

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MUA – Pro Brow kit
This is a great item to have in your makeup bag as it includes everything you need to get that ‘perfect’ brow. Also the little mirror makes it ideal for when you are travelling.

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Maybelline – Brow Drama
I recently bought this brow gel and have fell in love with it. It holds each hair in place whilst giving a subtle tint to the eyebrows making them appear thicker and fuller.

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MUA – Undress Me Too palette
The colours in this palette are amazing just like the price! I have this in my make up bag because it’s small but has a range of colours to create a perfect everyday smokey eye.

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Rimmel – Glam Eyes liquid eyeliner
I am an eyeliner junkie and have been trying different eyeliners for about 5 years, however this is the one I always come back to. It is long lasting and sits perfectly on top of all my eye shadows.

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Soap and Glory – Thick and Fast mascara
I received this mascara within the Soap and Glory Eye Box and I have to say I loved it, it does exactly what it states in the title!

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Mac – Taupe
No7 – Coral Whisper
I have both of these lipsticks in my makeup bag as the Mac lipstick is perfect for a natural look and the No7 is great for when I want to add a pop of colour to my look.

So that’s all the products in my makeup bag. As you can see I haven’t added all of my brushes and tools however I will put these into a different post. You may have also noticed I don’t have a bronzer in my bag, this is because the bronzer I use is part of a palette which is way too big to fit into my makeup bag.
If anyone would like to know a little extra about any of the products, please feel free to let me know.


Isobel.

REVIEW: Bourjois Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer

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As you can see I have already used up quite a bit of this primer so I thought it was about time I did a review of it.
As you may or may not know this primer comes in two types of formulas – A matte serum and a luminous serum, which is the one I picked up. Although I haven’t tried the matte one I would say that this one would be better suited for people with dry/normal skin and the matte would be aimed towards people with oily skin, but I can’t be certain.
I originally bought this primer to take away with me while I was camping as I wanted something that would hold my foundation on longer throughout the day and something that I could wear alone in order to make my skin look less ‘dull’ and more luminous as I didn’t think that would come naturally whilst sleeping in a tent…
I can certainly say that this primer did the trick for both of these points. It definitely keeps my foundation on longer while giving my face a healthy glow underneath my foundation and on it’s own.
Although this primer is from Bourjois’ ‘Happy Light’ range I haven’t been able to try it with the Happy Light Foundation yet, but I have found it works well with the Healthy mix foundation as both products work as an illuminator.
I will definitely be repurchasing this primer when I’ve used it all up as it does everything it states on the bottle!

If anyone has any different opinions on this primer then leave a comment below, I would love to hear what you thought.


Sophie.

REVIEW: Mac Studio Finish Concealer

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I am a lover of a ‘dewy’ complexion, however I have found it very hard to find an illuminating foundation that covers my blemishes. This is when I decided to buy a ‘high end’ concealer of which I could wear with my favourite dewy foundations. When finding my colour match I looked straight at the ‘NC’ range as this stands for ‘Not Cool’ and I prefer a warmer tone to my skin, I resulted in buying NC20.

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The first thing I noticed about this product was that it has a hard, thick texture which resulted in it being difficult when applying the concealer to the brush. I would suggest heating it up with your fingers first to create a smoother consistency. However I can’t dwell on this fault too much as the texture is what makes this product give such a flawless finish. I applied this before my foundation and without a doubt it diminished any blemishes, although I can’t say I was shocked with this as it has been stated, on other reviews, that this concealer can cover even tattoos.
The brush I used to apply this product was the Real Techniques – Blending Brush. The reason I bought this brush was admittedly because it was the only brush left on the shelf, however I would highly recommend it for this concealer as it enabled me to buff the product into each area of my skin and give a full coverage.

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Isobel.