Sunday, 29 March 2015

Review: Real Techniques Bold Metals 301 Contour Brush

I’ve been wanting a contour brush for a couple of months now and was really excited to hear that Real Techniques had brought out a new collection. I personally love a little contouring as it sculpts the face to give a slender look and adds a lovely holiday glow to pasty skin.  
After stalking Boots for several weeks, I finally got my hands on the 301 contour brush from the Real Techniques Bold Metals collection! Needless to say I didn’t waste any time in testing this baby out.  

Firstly let’s just take 5 to appreciate the beauty of this brush! it’s a pretty rose gold colour with a white to pink ombre effect running along the bristles.
This brush is amazing for those who like a precise application as the weighted handle adds comfort and helps to control the distribution of product. It picks up products with ease and it’s super soft bristles allows for easy application as well as blending to be seamless. The shape and size of this brush is perfect as it fits into the hollows of my cheeks perfectly giving me the most amazing definition and sculpted look.

I would say however as the brush is very densely packed, this could be a downfall as I was simply using the brush that came with the Benefit Hoola bronzer which in comparison is not dense at all so using the 301 for the very first time was difficult.

Nevertheless I am very much in love with this brush and would recommend it to those who love contouring and are looking for a cheaper alternative to the NARS contour brush

Pui x

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Face of the Day - Simple Make Up

It's officially Spring, so I've decided to ditch the dark smoky eyes and plum lips for a more natural/fresh look. This look is a very simple yet wearable everyday look which can be achieved by both drug store and high end products.

I usually navigate towards simple looks as I'm super lazy however this winter I've really enjoyed vampy make up. But it's time for a change as the sun has sort of come out for us Londoners (we go crazy over the tiniest amount of sun).

FYI - I dyed my hair yesterday and it's a shock every time I walk pass a mirror as I've not been this dark for quite some time. Stay tuned for my hair journey & how to keep hair healthy after bleaching.

To achieve this cute simple look I used the following products:

1. Benefit Porefessional Primer - £24.50
I absolutely love this primer! It leaves my skin feeling baby smooth and helps my make up stay on for hours.

2. Mac Studio Fix Fluid - £21.50
I know, I know! I raved on about my undying love for the Studio Sculpt in my previous post (the betrayal) but as I decided to opt for natural/fresh looking skin, I felt the Studio Fix Fluid worked best for this look as it's not as full coverage.

3. MUA Undressed Eyeshadow Palette - £4.00
This is a great palette for nude shades, the eyeshadows are easy to apply and very buildable. I would say however there are only 2 matte shades and I only wish there could be a couple more.

4. 2True Effortless Eyeliner Shade 1 - £1.99
This eyeliner is super cheap and lasts for months! It doesn't sting my eyes at all and the felt tip brush makes application super easy.

5. Maybelline The Eye Eraser Concealer - £7.99
This under eye concealer is amazing, it covers dark circles without too much creasing throughout the day and doesn't leave my under eyes dry.

6. Shu Uemura Eyeslash Curler - £20.00
This curler is everything! I've never been so impressed with a make up tool until I found this bad boy. They even curl the most stubborn lashes effortlessly, definitely a make up must have!

7. 2True Voluptulash Waterproof Mascara - £2.49
This mascara is actually very pleasant, it has a small brush which helps to coat even the shortest of lashes and holds the curl better than any high end mascaras that I have tried so far. That being said, holding the curl is the only thing it does, it doesn't lengthen or volumize lashes at all. So I tend to use this as a base before applying a second coat of another mascara.

8. Natural Collection Pressed Powder - £1.99
This is my everyday go to powder, it is great for locking in foundation however you will need to blot throughout the day as it hasn't exactly got the best staying power.

9. Benefit Browzing Brow Kit - £24.50
I love using the wax provided in this kit to define the brows and fill in any sparse areas. As I have very light brows, this kit is perfect for adding colour and definition.

10. Benefit Hoola Bronzer - £23.50
As I am quite fair, bronzers can tend to look orange on me however this is the perfect shade! It gives a lovely glow to skin and I love using this to contour the hollows of my cheekbones, temples and jawline.

11. Mac Pinch Me Blusher - £18.00
This is a lovely rose coral shade which compliments my skin tone perfectly, I tend lean towards rose shades as it gives a great natural flushed look.

12. YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick in Peach Passion - £26.00
This is the perfect spring shade! This lipstick has a creamy consistency with a great colour pay off. It glides on the lips with ease and doesn't cause any drying throughout the day.

The falsies I used are not listed in the above as these were purchased from Vietnam so I have no idea of the price and brand.

Pui x

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Current Favourite Foundation

My current favourite foundation award goes too... *drum roll*... Mac Studio Sculpt.

After reading mixed reviews about this foundation, I decided to give it ago. I have dry sensitive skin so I'm usually wary when trying new foundations as I'm pretty much allergy to everything! Although I have dry skin, I do prefer a semi matte finish so my first impression of this foundation was 'woah, how dewy is this bad boy?'. Nevertheless I was instantly hooked as the creamy consistency of this foundation is easily buildable for a medium to full coverage.

For a flawless finish, this foundation is best applied with a brush/sponge as it can appear cakey if not applied carefully. I like to use Benefit's Porefessional primer as a base before applying the foundation with a Real Technique's stippling brush. I then lock in all that goodness with Boot's Natural Collection pressed powder for my desired semi matte finish.

This foundation is hydrating and doesn't dry out my skin after long hours which is a huge thumbs up however you will need to blot throughout the day as the dewiness of the foundation will peek through.

I've been wearing the Studio Sculpt for a couple of months now and have had several comments on how flawless my skin looks. I've not had any break outs with this foundation and would definitely recommend this to those who are looking for a medium to full coverage foundation with a dewy finish.

Pui x

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Recent Fashion Haul

Lately I've been kicking myself for not buying the perfect duster coat that I came across back in November and with all the stores transitioning into SS15, I will never see that coat again... au revoir!
So instead of beating myself up, I decided to make myself feel better and buy the following (as you do):
1. Denim Jacket with Borg Lining (Petite) - Topshop £58
This jacket is super warm and perfect for the transition from AW to SS! It is a lovely casual jacket that can be paired with so many different outfits, from a cute day dress to leggings/black skinnies with Converses and ballet shoes. I would say this jacket is not true to it's size as the Borg lining is pretty thick thus making it look much bigger when on. If you're going for the oversized look then buying your usual size will be fine but for me I was looking for something a little more fitted so I chose to go one size down.

2. Black Joni Jeans - Topshop £36
Everyone loves a pair of black skinny's and since my previous Topshop Leigh jeans were fading (and the shape of the ankles had changed) I decided to invest in these Joni jeans. I already own a couple pairs of Joni's but the black pair are SUPER skinny and I love them.

3. Mardy Gladiator Sandals - ASOS £16 
Omg aren't these just the cutest sandals ever? These will be perfect for Summer and can be paired with almost anything. They were also on sale from £20 so I couldn't resist... Summer please hurry up!

4. Mears Loafers - ASOS £32
I've finally jumped on the loafer bandwagon after debating for almost half a year on matte vs patent leather but I've made up my mind and have settled for this pair. They are really comfortable as loafers can tend to be too stiff however they are slightly too big but nothing insoles can't fix.
What I love about these loafers is that they can be dressed up or down as the brown soles add a casual touch.  

5. Gold Curved Bar Necklace - H&M £3.99
I've recently moved away from statement necklaces and onto dainty styles which at £3.99 I had to buy! The simple design allows the necklace to be dressed up or down depending on your chosen outfit. Easy peasy!

6. Mid Sleeve Top - H&M £6.99
I love H&M's basic range as their tee's are fitted and do not loose their shape after washes. These tops are perfect for casual days and can be paired with jeans or skirts.

Pui x