Sunday, 10 April 2016

My Current Brow Routine

A few mishaps over the years have led me to be quite the brow perfectionist, specialising in making over plucked areas look like part of the family.

Throughout my teenage years, like many of us, I took on my eyebrows with a pair of tweezers and a heavy hand. Now, many years and attempts at fixing them later, I am far happier with my framing features.

Many people don't realise that eyebrows are probably one of the most important features for framing your face shape. It is true that your brows should be shaped according to the structure of the face and that was the case for a long time. However, when the likes of Cara Delevingne became popular with her thick brows, people started to shape them according to trend rather than anything else.

For a very long time I had very straight, thin brows that were the outcome of what I had done to them years earlier. I hated them but found the idea of growing them out and having crazy brows for a while far worse than having unflattering match sticks above my eyes. In the end I found the inner strength to let them grow!

Due to the over plucking, I have got an area on my left brow where the hair hasn't entirely grown back. This is where my routine massively helps me and conceals this, making them look symmetrical.
Over the years I have been covering this I have used many different techniques but a few months ago I picked up some new brow powders and I haven't looked back since.

On a trip into Superdrug I came across the brand Freedom. It is very similar to Revolution and Collection as it is a low price point, good quality brand covering all areas of the makeup range you would expect to see in a drug store.
I picked up 2 of their Pro Duo Eyebrow Powders for only £4.00 each.

Firstly, I was very impressed with the packaging. They come in small black boxes, similar to MAC packaging and inside is a round matte black case containing the pressed powder.
When you open the case there is a mirror inside the lid, which is brilliant for travelling especially as the case is only small and was so cheap!

The powder is a duo, so the pan is split 50/50 with 2 colours meant for shading in the brows with the lightest colour at the front of the brow and the darker colour throughout the mid to the end of the brow.

The powders are also named - now this might not sound like a big deal, but there is nothing worse than finding a great budget beauty item and then never being able to find it again because the product wasn't named and you can't quite remember the shade.

The first one I picked up is called 'Soft Brown' - now these colours would be what I would use on my brows everyday. The website says this duo is for medium brown hair with warm highlights but of course this is to your personal preference.

The left side colour is very light brown perfect for people with brows that are slightly more on the blonde side of brown. It is a very soft colour and can be blended into the darker tail colour very easily.
The right side colour is a much darker, real brown shade. This is much more of a chestnut toned brown. 

The second powder duo I picked up is called 'Ash Brown' - these colours would be what I would use if I wanted a more defined, stronger brow. For example, I would use this on a night out or for an event, or just anywhere where I would be wearing a full face of makeup. The website says this duo is for cool, very dark brown to black hair.

The left side colour is a light grey/brown tone powder. This is a great powder to use if you have dark hair but only want to fill your brows in lightly as the colour is such a soft dark shade. The grey tones are what make these shades work well with black hair. 
The right side is again a grey/brown tone but this time it is a lot darker. This would be for filling out the tail of the brow or could be used alone for someone with dark coloured brows.

Now onto how I do my brows...

The first thing I do is brush through my brows using any spoolie brush. I always brush the hairs upwards. (If you have lots of brow hairs poking out when you brush them up, you can just get a mini pair of nail scissors and cut off the ends so that all the brow hairs finish in one clean line.)

Then I take my Zoeva 317 Wing Liner Brush and pick up the darker colour in the duo. I apply this to the underside of the brow from about mid way all the way to the tail.
I then take the same brush and the same dark colour and concentrate on adding definition to the arch of the brow. I will take the brush up along the straight line at the top of the brown, angle my brush at the arch to help create the perfect lift and then drag the same straight line to the edge of the brow, meeting up my brush with the underside line I have already created.

I then fill in the tail and middle of the brow with the darker colour. I then take my Real Techniques Angled Liner Brush and use this to take the lighter colour from the duo through the front of the brow and blend it into the darker colour in the middle.

Finally, I take my Estee Lauder Eye brush which is a flat sided small domed brush and I pick up any matte white eye shadow. I like to run this colour under the straight line along the bottom of the brow to clean up that line and make it super sharp!

I hope you enjoyed this post, it's something a little different from usual. Let me know if you have tried any of the above or if you have any advice on getting the perfect brows, I love reading and relying to your comments!

Shona x


Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Revolution Vivid Baked Blush

When it comes to budget beauty brands that have been on their 'A' game recently, Revolution has to cross your mind on a few occasions.

I constantly keep my eye out for products that Revolution release because of their brilliant palettes and pans that have been hitting the shelves for the last few months.

Most recently they have been fulfilling all of our dreams with contour palettes and baked highlighters to rival Anastasia Beverly Hills and NARS just to mention a few!
I came across the Vivid Baked Blush range in Superdrug and thought I would pick some up to try out.

For those of you who aren't sure what 'baked blush' means, let me explain. A baked blush is formed by baking the blush formula on terracotta tiles for up to 24 hours to achieve a creamier texture than an ordinary blush that is just packed into a pan. This is also supposed to give the blush better staying power and improve the colour payoff in the pigmentation.

Anyway, enough of the science-y stuff, let's move onto the products I picked up.

The first of the four shades I picked up is called 'Loved Me The Best' - this is a bright pink shade with a heavy gold toned shimmer. This blush has hot pink marbling throughout it adding a flush of rouge to the overall look. This goes on as a really pretty pearly pink colour that works really well as a shimmer finish on the apples of the cheek.

Next up is the shade called 'Make Love Instead' - this is a more peach toned pink consisting of more of one all over colour rather than marbling. This is again heavily shimmered with gold meaning it illuminates the apples of the cheeks well. This shade looks much more golden toned when applied with the peach shade completing the shimmer perfectly.

'Make Love Instead' and 'Loved Me The Best' in the background 

The next shade I picked up is another pink. This one is called 'All I Think About Is You' which is very similar to 'Make Love Instead' but this one has a marbling affect as well. The marbling is a luminous pink adding a real rosie glow to the blush. Again the gold glow is the same but the overall shade is much brighter than the others when applied to the skin.

The final shade I purchased is called 'Hard Day' - this is the most unique shade. It is a brown/gold toned shimmer rather than a pink. This blush has a base of a bronze/gold pigment with a white highlighter marbled throughout it. This is my favourite of the bunch as I have always been more of a bronze fan.

'All I Think About Is You' and 'Hard Day' in the background.

All of the blushes are super pigmented and have great colour payoff. I am really impressed with the quality of the blushes, especially as they are only £2.50 each. I can't wait to pick up some more shades to try out!

Let me know if you have tried any of the Vivid Baked Blushes, I would love to know your thoughts!

Shona x
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