Cosmetics

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Nip + Fab Viper Venom Micro Blur Primer [RRP: £19.95]

The latest addition to our Viper Venom range, the Micro Blur Fix works to prime, blur and mattify the skin, for an instant flawless complexion so you’re selfie ready.   This innovative priming serum contains a concentrated blend of high-tech ingredients to reduce the appearance of pores, diminish signs of oil on the skin and give an instant blurring effect for matte, selfie ready skin. The addition of wonder ingredient  SYN®-AKE also works to instantly freeze lines for a smooth finish.

What’s the secret behind a great selfie? This! Nip + Fab‘s Viper Venom Micro Blur Fix is the only primer you’ll ever need… Apart from the fact that it smells amazing (like all other Nip + Fab products), it primes, blurs and mattifies the skin resulting in that flawless picture-perfect look. Kylie Jenner [brand ambassador of Nip + Fab] describes this product as the go-to primer if you’re looking for “a dewy selfie look”.

The latest addition to Nip + Fab’s Viper Venom range includes “a concentrated blend of high-tech ingredients” which reduce the look of pores, and absorb excess oils to showcase matte, selfie-ready skin. Nip + Fab’s website states that the best time to wear this is directly after cleansing our skin, advising that we should leave it to sink in for five minutes before applying our make-up.

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Photo Credit: Nip + Fab

Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Serum [RRP: £19.95]

A lightweight serum that delivers an instant shot of moisture to dehydrated skin. Hyaluronic acid and delicate velvet flower blend together for an intensive hydrating effect that leaves skin feeling comforted and looking plumper with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles reduced.

A little bit of de-ja-vu never hurt nobody…  Now, we’re on to one of my favourite beauty buys of the moment! Nip + Fab’s Dragon’s Blood Fix Serum, enriched with velvet flower, is a lightweight serum that seeps into the skin quickly and effectively. Its main job is to plump and moisturise the skin. Voted ‘Best Intensive Hydrating Serum’ by Superdrug, Dragon’s Blood Fix sits perfectly underneath make-up but could also be mixed with a foundation of your choice – as I later found out.

Being someone who likes to experiment, I’ve tried wearing it underneath, on-top of as well as with my make-up [as mentioned in the above paragraph]. But, I’ve found that it works best with! I like to think of myself as a trend-setter so I decided to purchase the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops and mix it with Nip + Fab’s Dragon Blood Fix and the result was that of a high coverage tinted moisturiser.

 

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Photo Credit: M.A.C

M.A.C Studio Fix Powder Plus [Day, £22]

Studio Fix is a powder and foundation in one that combines good coverage with ease of application. Designed to be used dry, the powder and pigments create a matte, velvety texture. It contains Silica, which helps to maintain a matte finish by absorbing oils on the skin, as well as Talc to provide a smoother, less reflective, matte finish. The talc has been milled to a microscopic size to provide a beautiful texture while allowing the skin to breathe. It is available in a wide range of colours. It can be applied with a brush, sponge, or a powder puff.

As you know, I tend to have oily, combination and acne-prone skin. It’s relatively hard to find a foundation that doesn’t break me out. Although I prefer the feel of cream foundations, I’ve been using powder ones for a while now and they seems to get the job done. What’s more, they don’t break me out as they absorb all the excess oils.

M.A.C‘s Studio Fix Powder Plus is one of the best daywear foundations I have ever used. I love it because it’s fragrant-free, and comes in a range of colours that won’t leave your skin looking ashy. The addition of Talc gives my skin a matte-finish. I found that this foundation sits on the skin really well, covering up all of its imperfections. I tend to apply it with Real Techniques‘ Miracle Complexion Sponge because it gives a more flawless coverage.

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Photo Credit: Rodial

Rodial Airbrush Make-Up [Night, £35]

A versatile, heavy duty foundation paste with buildable coverage, this is an absolute wonder product for achieving flawless, photo ready skin with airbrush effect. This unique formula offers ‘airbrush correction’ in one-step for perfect and instant camouflage with a satin-luminous finish. This thick creamy paste, despite the heavy coverage it provides, will feel lightweight on the skin and sits beautifully. Available in 4 shades. Shade 02 is ideal for those with a neutral beige, medium complexion with a slightly warmer tone.

Another bit of de-ja-vu, anyone? Back we go to this bad boy! I may not like the look and feel of this foundation in the daytime, but I love it in the nighttime. As I said in the previous post, Rodial‘s Airbrush Make-Up has a PVA-glue paste type of texture that is hard to glide on alone. Ideally, you’d need some sort of oil to liquidise it and make it easier to apply. I use The Body Shop‘s Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil and it works an absolute treat!

Once applied, you’ll notice that it gives a camouflage effect, covering up even the most minuscule of imperfections. It reveals amazing coverage even when the smallest amount of product is used.

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Photo Credit: Cargo Cosmetics

Cargo Contour Palette [Day, £36.00]

Contouring made easy! Trio of expertly coordinated shades and textures to contour, color and highlight the face.

I watch my fair share of make-up tutorial videos, and they all say the same thing… If you’re using a powder foundation, do not use a liquid or cream contour kit. So, seeing as I love to use M.A.C’s Studio Fix Powder Plus, it’s makes sense to use a powder contour palette… Enter Cargo‘s Contour palette!

This is one of those contour palettes that I cannot get enough of… Regardless of its price, this powder contour palette will be your best friend for life. It comes in the most beautiful array of shades, providing a sheer and an easy to blend coverage. I use Real Techniques’ Sculpting Brush to apply it as I find that it works the best.

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Photo Credit: Anastasia Beverly Hills

Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit [Night, $40]

This best-selling, easy-to-use palette contains three highlighting and three contouring shades that work together to help you sculpt, define, and enhance your natural features. Create the illusion of higher cheekbones, a smaller forehead, a softer jawline, or a slimmer nose with these smooth, velvety formulas that blend seamlessly while imparting a subtle, dewy sheen.

Every MUA I know of seems to own an Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit. I mean, I sometimes cannot believe how much hype surrounds it.

I love this stuff. I’m not lying when I say that it’s one of the best cream contour kits out there. However, you need a lot of patience when applying this product. The best way to apply this product is with your fingers, and then blending with a beauty blender of your choice. Please bear in mind that this is by far the most difficult contour kit to blend.

I find that the sellotape trick works fabulously on this product! Start by sellotaping the areas of your face in which you wish to contour and highlight, then add the cream contour  on top, stripping the pieces away when finished to reveal fine sculpting lines ready to blend away. Without the sellotape trick, you’d find it extremely messy and difficult to blend.

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L.A. Girl Matte Pigment Gloss in Dreamy [Day, $5.00]

Blurring the lines between lipstick and lip gloss, Matte Pigment Gloss has already become a favorite of makeup artists, blogger and fans. These 16 bold shades provide rich, intense color in a flat finish for all day wear. The long wearing formula goes on as a high pigmented liquid and dries to a flat matte finish. Leaving lips colored in gorgeous velvety perfection that last and lasts.

If you know me, you’d know that I’m obsessed with these matte pigmented lip glosses. They come in 16 colours that last almost all day without transferring. I would say that you need to find a colour that’s right for you [from my experience] because not all of them look great on. Once you find the right colour for you, make sure you stick to it!

L.A. Girl‘s matte pigmented lip gloss is cheap, and very easy to apply using the doe-foot lip brush attached. Ideally, you’d need to apply two coats if you want to see the colour pop. If you wish to wear more than two coats, please be aware that the gloss becomes really sticky on the lips and won’t dry quick enough.

The only bad thing I’ve got to say about this product is that it feels tacky on the lips. Although it didn’t dry my lips out, the gloss dried up on my lips instantly and begun flaking off towards the end of the day. But, for $5, it’s a complete and utter bargain!

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Photo Credit: Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Red Carpet Red [Night, £23]

Create the illusion of fuller, wider lips with my Matte Revolution – for lips that look lit from within. It’s a trick I use all the time on photo shoots, using lighting trickery, pigments and powders, and have been working for years to re-create this effect in the slick of 1 lipstick. Now everyone can create this full, matte lip effect in a long-lasting, buildable, hydrating formula – it’s the matte lipstick of the future! Exclusively enriched with Lipstick Tree extract which protects lips and is a natural anti-oxidant, and Orchid Extract which soothes and hydrates for a soft, buildable cashmere finish. Available in 10 modern-matte shades for all skin tones – 1 for each of my signature looks. Red Carpet Red is a true ruby red to bestow Hollywood style wow-factor – think Scarlett Johansson, Marilyn Monroe and Michelle Williams

My favourite lipstick ever is from Charlotte Tilbury‘s range of Matte Revolution lipsticks! I’ve got one in the shade: ‘Red Carpet Red’ and I can’t be without it… Although I’ve chosen Red Carpet Red, there are plenty of other beautiful shades to choose from. I wear it both during the day and at night [when I’m out] and I get complimented on it everywhere I go. Matte lipsticks work best on my lips because the smooth-look suits me more than that of the shiny.

I may have tiny lips, but this lipstick creates the illusion that I’ve got fuller and wider lips in a flash! The only bad thing I’ve got to say about it product is that it does smudge and transfer pretty easily, I found out in the most embarrassing way. I’d smile at people with bright red teeth [from the lipstick] and as you can imagine, that’s not a good look! Other than that, I’m obsessed with it and can’t get enough. My top tip would be: make sure you schedule check-ups regularly when you’re out – this’ll eliminate embarrassing situations where you’re smiling at someone with bright red teeth!

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MaxFactor Masterpiece High Volume Mascara [RRP:£9.99]

Finding a high impact volumising mascara that doesn’t leave your lashes looking clumpy and clogged can be a challenge.  Masterpiece Max Mascara is he next generation of mascara.  It delivers bold, thick lashes with up to 400% volume* but defines and smoothes at the same time for a surprisingly, sleek effect.  One swipe of its high tech IFX brush gives a chic, catwalk finish in seconds – no wonder it was the official mascara of Milan Fashion Week! For beautifully framed eyes check out Masterpiece Mascara, also available as Waterproof.

I refuse to change this mascara because: ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’… MaxFactor‘s Masterpiece Max Mascara is perfect for my naturally long-ish eyelashes. With two coats of this stuff, all my lashes get covered and are lifted/curled to reveal even longer-looking lashes. Being a lover of thick eyelashes, I promise that no mascara will give you a thickness as good as this one does!

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Photo Credit: Lush Cosmetics

LUSH Tea Tree Water [RRP: £8.50]

Keep skin clear and refreshed. Tea tree is antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial, so can help keep away the bacteria that can cause spots. Grapefruit is rich in vitamins and is also lightly astringent on the skin, whilst juniperberry is antiseptic and helps keep skin clean and clear. Use any time of day to keep skin refreshed, or to remove traces of makeup or cleanser.

Third time lucky – #DeJaVu, please welcome the Holy Grail of all Toner Waters… There’s not much to say about this product apart from: it’s perfect. I am loving LUSH‘s products at the minute and am starting to use everything from there. Whether it’s their bath bombes, lip scrubs, cleansers, masks or toners, I guarantee you won’t find a brand as natural and cost effective.

Anyway, back to Tea Tree Water, I spray this stuff on to set my make-up and bizarrely, it leaves my skin looking as though I’m not wearing anything. I find that it also gives my skin a natural glow… So, if you’re looking for a spray that sets your make-up in place and absorbs quickly – this is your jam!

Again, I give these products 5***** because I don’t think my make-up would look as good as it does without them!

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Photo Credit: Rodial

I recently discovered that, Rodial, the founding company of Nip + Fab, produce a range of high quality make-up. Prior to coming across Rodial’s new Airbrush Make-Up, I was on the lookout for a foundation that covered my skin’s imperfections and one that’ll keep it looking flawless and photo-ready.

During my quest to find the perfect foundation, I came across many that either dried my skin out or  left it looking oily, cakey or pastey. Also, being Lebanese means that it’s increasingly difficult to find one that matched my olive skin-tone.

Anyway, back to Rodial, as soon as it came in the door I knew it was “the one”. I fell in love with it instantly. I mean, it’s hard not to when it’s packaged in a classy and sleek looking black box with Rodial running down the side.

I opened the box to find a circular pot with “R” [for Rodial] engraved on it in white. Inside was a golden yellow paste [shade 02] with a texture similar to that of PVA glue. Although it’s really sticky and thick, it glides on pretty well when mixed with a Beauty Oil of your choice. Rodial recommends its Snake Booster Oil  or Stemcell Superfood Facial Oil but I chose to go with The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil. I found that mixing these products together resulted in a full coverage and it left my skin looking dewy and flawlessly airbrushed.

If you’re looking for more of a matte finish, it’s worth mixing with a primer of your choice. Again, Rodial recommend using their Instaglam Airbrush Primer but I used Nip + Fab’s Viper Venom Micro Blur.

What do Rodial have to say about its Airbrush Make-Up?

A versatile, heavy duty foundation paste with buildable coverage, this is an absolute wonder product for achieving flawless, photo ready skin with airbrush effect. This unique formula offers ‘airbrush correction’ in one-step for perfect and instant camouflage with a satin-luminous finish. This thick creamy paste, despite the heavy coverage it provides, will feel lightweight on the skin and sits beautifully. Available in 4 shades.

My verdict?

I’d give it a 4**** rating because it does exactly what it says on the pot, but the coverage can be seen as too thick and almost camouflage-like. It looked as though I was wearing a heavy amount of make-up which may not be everyone’s pot of foundation…

At a price of £35, it’s great for parties, but not for day wear.