Skin Focused: Bronzed Glow

On Saturday I had a bar crawl, a little reunion with some old school friends, and it was very hot so I didn’t want my face caked in makeup. As I fake tanned I could get away with using a darker foundation, more bronzer and the whole pan of highlighter, if this sounds up your street then carry on reading!


F A C E

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I wanted quite a light weight foundation so it didn’t look too cakey, so I went for my trusty Maybelline fit me in the shade 238. Best foundation for a good coverage, but not too heavy on the skin so perfect for this heat. For concealer I used the Maybelline fit me in the shade 10. I have been LOVING concealer, like the foundation it’s very lightweight but provides really good coverage. To bake under my eyes and down the centre of my face, I used my Beauty Bakerie flour setting powder, this is the besssst powder to set my oily areas! To set the rest of my face I used the Maybelline fit me powder, do you reckon I like the fit me range??

C H E E K S

I tried out a new bronzer for this look, the MUA matte bronzing powder in the shade #130. This is dark dark, like red dark, it was very scary to use so I took a duo fibre brush so I didn’t apply too much. As I wanted a bronzed glow, I applied my Rimmel radiance brick basically all over to give me a nice glow. Okay so for the third and final bronzer I used my trusty Benefit hoola to contour, I will forever continue to repurchase this little gem.

At this point I spray my face with Makeup Revolution sport fix, this is the BEST setting spray I’ve ever tried and for £5 it’s amazing. Whilst my face is damp I then apply my highlighter, I used the Maybelline master chrome in molten gold, this is my fave at the moment it’s actually beautiful.

E Y E S

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For my brows I used my new NYX micro brow pencil, it has a really small nib which I’m loving at the moment, it’s super easy to fill the brows in.

I kept it so simple on the eyes as I wanted the focus to be on the skin. I literally just applied some lashes and inner corner highlight. The lashes I used were Kiss Lashes – midnight.

L I P S

You can’t go wrong with a classic nude lip, so that’s what I went for. I used the B lip liner – chocolate to over line my lips and prep them for lipstick. Going in with my trusty Maybelline superstay liquid lipstick in the shade 65 seductress, and lightening it with NYX Cario.


And that’s the completed look! Thank you so much for reading, see you soon! Shan xo

Blue Ice Queen

I’m back with another makeup tutorial! I created this look last week for work and I got so many comments on it from customers and colleagues, which is always a confident booster. Keep on reading if you like the sound of it..


E Y E S

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How pretty is this eyeshadow look?? I was so happy with how it turned out. For my base I took my Tarte shape tape concealer in the shade fair so I had a really light base, this helps the shadows pay off more pigmented.

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Taking my Revolution Pro regeneration palette and my Zoeva 227, I placed ‘crusade’ in my crease, really blending it through the crease and outer corner. With a clean fluffy brush I blended the edges so it was seamless. Next I took ‘indication’ to deepen the outer corner to add more definition. Going back in with ‘crusade’ I placed this all over the lid for a base as I next went in with glitter. Taking my Collection glam crystals glitter liner in the shade ‘hustle’ I mapped out where I wanted the glitter to go, so I basically carved a half cut crease. Going straight in with my Barry M dazzle dust – 4, I placed this where I put the glitter liner which intensified the sparkle and colour.

For lashes I used some really thin ones, couldn’t tell you what they’re called soz, this is so the eyeshadow could easily be seen. Taking ‘crusade’ on my lower lash and also putting blue liner in the waterline to tie it all together, I used my Revolution Pro gel eyeliner – blue.

F A C E

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The face makeup is the exact same as my last post, that’s one thing I don’t switch up on a day to day basis. Check that out here.

L I P S

I was so unsure what lip colour to put on, as blues a hard colour to match. I went for my trusty Maybelline 65 seductress, then I went over it with NYX Cairo to lighten it.


That’s everything! Thank you for reading, see you soon. Shan x

A Wash of Orange

Lately I’ve been experimenting with different eyeshadow colours, and today it was orange. It was so quick and easy to create, and I only used mascara so it didn’t take long at all. Keep on reading if you like the sound of this!


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Eyes

I started off with my brows, I used the elf brow cream in the shade espresso and the Makeup Revolution Pro microblading pencil, then set them using my Collection clear mascara. This is the first time using the brow cream in a very long time, and I’ve fallen back in love with the product. To carve the brows I used my Tarte shape tape in the shade fair, also dragging this onto the lid as a base for the shadow.

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For my eyeshadow I used the Soph x Makeup Revolution extra spice palette. I bought this palette because Rachel Leary gave it a really good review, so I had to pick it up, and it’s safe to say it’s my favourite eyeshadow palette at the moment, at £10 you can’t go wrong.

I firstly took ‘running late’ through my crease on my Sigma E40, really blowing it out so the blend is seamless. For my lid I used a fluffy brush and the shade ‘sweet n sour’ and simply done a wash of colour and blending it up to crease. Going back in the ‘running late’ shade to ensure it was blended together. Repeating the same on the lower lash line.

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For the inner corner I used the Collection glam crystals in the shade ‘funk’ for a pop of sparkle, then setting it with the B pigment – #itsthem.

Usually I apply lashes when I do eyeshadow, but as it was a matte look I feel like you can get away with mascara. I used the Benefit bad gal bang, I am obsessed with this mascara! It’s the best.

Face

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To prep my skin I used the Revolution Pro pore primer, this is the best pore primer I’ve ever tried, and it’s only £7! On a day to day basis I tend to wear concealer and no foundation, especially in this heat. Today I used the Maybelline fit me in the shade 10, this concealer just makes my skin look so nice without using foundation. Setting that with my RCMA no color powder, and the Maybelline fit me powder in the shade 120. Both of these powders are amazing, they do such a good job at keeping my makeup in place.

As it’s been very warm lately I’ve been loving a bronzed, glowy look. For bronzer I used the Collection matte bronzer, this is only £2.99 and it does the job, I still haven’t found that perfect bronzer that I love. Any suggestions? To contour I used my trusty Benefit hoola, I will always use this as a contour shade, it’s the perfect colour.

When I finish with bronzer I drown my face in setting spray, the one I use is MUR sport fix, this is £5 and oh my it is the best product!! It keeps my makeup in place all day. I let it dry down a bit then I apply the whole pan of highlighter, today I used Mary Lou by theBalm, a classic.

Lips

As the eyeshadow was very warm, I wanted to go with a warm toned nude. So I firstly applied my Mac lip liner – spice and for lipstick I used Maybelline matte ink in the shade 65 seduction, I LOVE these lipsticks, when I say they don’t budge, they do not budge!!


That is everything! I hope you enjoyed reading my first post back. See you soon, Shan x

I’M BACK!

Hello strangers, I’ve been very absent for so long I couldn’t tell you how long it’s been, I am very sorry about that. I got to a point with my blog where I had no idea what to write about, and I didn’t have the motivation to do anything with it, so I ghosted.

Over the past few weeks I’ve had the urge to blog, so I’m starting my blog up again, but I’m switching things up a bit. You may have noticed, but I’ve changed my blog name to ‘Makeup with Shan’, this is because I found blogging about products became very repetitive, and I don’t want my readers to become bored, and over the past few months I’ve become more interested in makeup, so I’m using my blog as somewhere to share my makeup looks.

I’ve been so adventurous with my makeup lately, it seems a waste to not share it, so my posts are going to include photos of the makeup, sometimes videos, and a step by step description as to how I achieved the look. I also want to include posts where I talk about new products on the market, as I work in Superdrug we receive new makeup products all the time, and 9 times out of 10 I buy the new products to test them, so I will also be including reviews and an insight on new makeup products.

Whether my new blog posts are going to do well or not, I’m motivated to keep going until they get attention. I’m also really excited to get back into the swing of blogging, writing posts, taking photos and interacting with other bloggers. I’m so happy I’m back to blogging, but bare with me I need to get back into the swing of things!

See you soon, Shan x

REVIEW: Juvia’s Place Saharan Palette

A few weeks ago I was browsing on Beauty Bay and I saw they had 15% off for students, so I very nicely asked the boyf if I could borrow his student card to order a little something for myself. I knew I wanted a new eyeshadow palette, but I wasn’t sure what one. I was looking at the Morphe Jaclyn Hill palette, but it was out of stock 😢 so I turned to Juvia’s Place, I wanted a palette with colours that I don’t own, so I went for the Saharan palette. In today’s post I’m going to be sharing with you a little review with my thoughts on the palette, enjoy reading!


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Packaging

Okay, first of all, look how beautiful the packaging is! It’s a lovely bright orange colour with a design on the front. It’s slim and quite small so it’s very easy to travel with. The only thing I think they could have included with this palette is a mirror on the inside, but you obviously can’t have everything can ya?

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Price: £30

Inspired by the vibrant Fulani culture, The Saharan Palette combines a mix of 12 matte and shimmer shadows. Packed with intense colour pigments, a little goes a long way with these high-impact and long-lasting powders.

Palette Contains:

  • Sokoto – Matte bright red toned orange.
  • Wodaabe – Shimmering green gold.
  • Bororo – Shimmering deep red.
  • Kia – Shimmering green.
  • Zoya – Shimmering bronze peach.
  • Iman – Shimmering white.
  • Jamila – Dark matte orange.
  • Senegal – Shimmering gold.
  • Chad – Mate black.
  • Katsina – Matte tan
  • Lulu – Shimmering peach.
  • Fula – Deep shimmering rose.

Taken from Beauty Bay.

Swatches

These swatches were with one swipe, no going back into the palette or double swiping. THEY ARE SO PIGMENTED! This is definitely my favourite thing about the palette, all the shades have great pay off and they aren’t chalky or patchy at all.

Sometimes with highly pigmented palettes it can be a struggle to blend them, but no, not with this palette. I’ve done quite a few different looks with this palette now, and it’s safe to say it’s my favourite palette at the moment. I originally bought it to play around with colours, but I’ve been using it every time I do eyeshadow and I’ve been loving it!

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You get 4 matte shades in the palette, and considering how different they all are, this is all you need in this palette. ‘Katsina’ is the perfect transition shade, and ‘Jamila’ and ‘Sokoto’ are so bright and they have amazing payoff, they don’t just sit pretty in the pan, they also sit pretty on the eye. And ‘Chad’, is something else. It’s the most intense black eyeshadow I’ve ever used, it’s scary how pigmented it is.

And the shimmers, wow the shimmers. They are so shimmery, but not chunky, so they go onto the eye like a dream and stay in place all day. My favourites have to be ‘Bororo’ and ‘Fula’, I don’t really have any other shades like these two and they are so beautiful!

If you’re looking for a highly pigmented palette that’s a reasonable price, then look at the Juvia’s Place palettes on Beauty Bay, you will not be disappointed!


That’s everything for this review, I hope you enjoyed reading, see you soon 😘

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March Favourites

So here we are, writing another favourites post. Also Easter has come around very quickly, Happy Easter! 🐥 As you can tell by the title, I’m going to be sharing with you my March favourites. Enjoy reading!


Makeup Favourites

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L’oreal Infallible Mattifying Primer

I have been loving this primer, I bought it at the end of February and I’ve used it everyday since. I have very oily skin and I struggle to keep it under control, well this has really helped. Ever since I’ve been using this my makeup is lasting much longer throughout the day and it doesn’t look cakey.

It’s a very runny consistency so it melts into the skin very easily. Also, the packaging is very handy for travelling, the bottle is very slim and compact. L’oreal have many other Infallible primers, including an illuminator, a green one to counteract redness, a pore filling primer and an anti ageing one, they have quite a variety so there’s one for everyone. At £8.99 you can’t really go wrong for a good primer.

Makeup Revolution Pro Illuminate Highlighter

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Okay so I’ve been going highlighter mad this month. As it’s coming up to Summer I’ve been using more bronzer and more highlighter, can you tell I’m excited for Spring / Summer? Ever since I wrote my High End Makeup Dupes I’ve been using this, and honestly it’s the exact same as my Mary Lou, and it’s only £4! Another bonus about this price is the huge pan, you get so much for your money.

This gives the most perfect champagne glow, and it doesn’t look chalky or patchy on the skin which is a win win. Also, it stays blinding throughout the day which is what I like in a highlighter, if it can last throughout the day then I love it.

Tanya Burr Champagne Sorbet Highlighter

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I bought this from work a few weeks ago because it went on clearance, I didn’t think it was going to be amazing, but I was proved very wrong. This is the nicest, most pigmented drugstore highlighter I’ve ever used. Unfortunately, this is discontinued online, some Superdrugs still have this on clearance, so check your local Superdrug!

With most drugstore highlighters I find they don’t pay off very well, whereas this one is a different story. I use my B. concealer brush to apply it and it adds the most beautiful, beaming glow. Although you can use it with a fan brush for a more subtle highlight. Also just to mention, the B. concealer brush is a little gem I found in Superdrug, is it me or does it look like the Anastasia Beverly Hills highlighter brush? Exactly what I thought, and this was around £4 when I bought it.

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick – 15 Lover

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When I first saw these come into Superdrug, I thought oh another liquid lipstick that’ll make my lips dry and look horrible. Haha I was very wrong. I tested some on the back of my hand and they didn’t budge for a good 2 days, even though I scrubbed them to death. So I chanced it and bought one. At £9.99 it’s quite pricey for a drugstore liquid lipstick, but let me tell you, it’s bloody worth it.

They have loads of different shades, ranging from classic nudes to bright oranges and purples. I decided to go for the shade ’15 – lover’ as I don’t really own any shades like this, and oh wow it’s the most perfect muted pink and I love it! And not to mention, the formula. It’s not called ‘Superstay’ for nothing, these stay on your lips until you scrub it off, these don’t dry your lips out and they don’t crack your lips, a perfect formula for a girl like me who has dry lips.

Skincare Favourites

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L’oreal Pure Clay Detox Wash & Bobbi Brown Exfoliating Beads

If you’ve followed my blog since day 1, you will know I used to swear by these exfoliating beads, and I’ve rediscovered them. I had a little break out a few weeks ago so I dug these 2 products out from my skincare drawer, and they worked a treat!

Charcoal is great for clearing the skin, and obviously chuck some exfoliator in there and it works wonders. You can use each of the products on there own, but I thought I’d mix them and do a 2 in 1 sort of thing, and it worked.

Nip + Fab Teen Skin Zero Shine Moisturiser

I have been loving this moisturiser as an everyday moisturiser before I apply my makeup. As it has oil control, it acts as a great base for my makeup and keeps it looking half decent throughout the day. The only thing I’m not too over keen on is the smell, but I love the product so I’m not going to complain. Read a full review here.

Skinny Tan Tanning Mitt

My old tanning mitt was getting very dirty, and I usually just buy cheap ones and then throw them when they’re done with. I was looking at tanning mitts and this looked like the nicest one, but also the most affordable one. It’s reusable, so you can wash it, and honestly it’s the softest mitt I’ve ever used, and for £5.99 you can’t go wrong!


Random Favourites

Sunglasses

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As it’s coming up to summer, I thought I’d stock up on some sunglasses, and I’ve gone a bit mad with it. Primark have the BEST sunglasses in at the moment, they’ve got funky coloured ones, mirror ones and just your standard ones, and the best thing about it is they range from £2 – £4. I’m in love with mirror sunglasses and coloured ones at the moment, they are going to be great for festivals.


TV Favourites

Gilmore Girls

This is all I’ve been watching for the past 2 weeks, I’ve completely abandoned any other programmes I watch, and YouTube. The thing I love about this programme is there’s so many episodes, so I’m going to be set for a good few months. It’s one of those programmes where you can just continue watching it, and you won’t get bored. If you need a new series to watch, give this a go!


That’s is all of my March favourites! I hope you enjoyed reading, see you soon 😘

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Best of Anastasia Beverly Hills

Anastasia Beverly Hills is one of my favourite high end brands, their products are really high quality and their packaging always looks lovely. So in today posts I’m going to be sharing with you my favourite ABH products, enjoy reading!


Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette

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It wouldn’t be an ABH blog post without this gem, this is my ride or die palette and I can’t seem to find anything better. This is the best palette I own and I’m always reaching for it, no matter how many palettes I purchase I always go back to this one!

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Price: £43

Housed in a mirrored suede coated compact, the Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette contains fourteen thoughtfully curated shades.

Modern Renaissance Palette provides incredible colour pay off thanks to its intensely pigmented creamy formula. With the selection ranging from cranberry and brown toned hues in a combination of both matte and shimmer finishes the shadows are buildable and blendable for a customised finished look.

Shades:

  • Tempera – A matte cream beige.
  • Golden Ochre – Earthy yellow with a matte finish.
  • Vemeer – An iridescent powder pink.
  • Buon Fresco – A matte lilac.
  • Antique Bronze – A burgundy toned chocolate brown with a cranberry shimmer.
  • Love Letter – A vivid raspberry with a matte finish.
  • Cyprus Umber – An intense matte finish chocolate brown.
  • Realgar – An intense burnt orange with a matte finish.
  • Warm Taupe – A soft caramel toned grey with a matte finish.
  • Venetian Red – A rich cranberry with a matte finish with a hint of shimmer.
  • Red Ochre – A deep brick red with a matte finish.
  • Primavera – A champagne shimmer.
  • Burnt Orange – A matte finish warm orange.
  • Raw Sienna – A sand brown with a matte finish.

Taken from Beauty Bay.

If you’ve been following my blog since day 1, you will know how much I adore this palette. Just look at the shades, that is the perfect variety of shades for a warm toned lover, aka me. The thing I love about this palette is the potential, you can create so many different eyeshadow looks. Feeling a natural look? Modern Renaissance. Feeling warm tones with a shimmer on the lid? Modern Renaissance. Feeling a pink / burgundy eyeshadow look? Modern Renaissance. Are you convinced to buy it yet?

So let’s get into the nitty gritty of the palette. Pigmentation is the main selling point of it, it’s the most pigmented palette I’ve ever tried and owned. The colour pay off is amazing, and you know sometimes when you put shades on the lid then they just blend into nothing? Not Modern Renaissance. Also, the colour range. Beautiful. Another benefit is the blendability, these blend like an actual dream. There’s no sitting around blending until your arm feels like it’s going to fall off, these blend so easily and quickly.

Is it worth the £43 you’re thinking, yes it is. For £43 you get 14 shades. That’s £3.07 per eyeshadow, that is amazing value considering ABH single eyeshadows are £12 each.

Dipbrow Pomade

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This is an OG product, I’ve used this for years and I always go back to it. I’ve repurchased it several times, and no matter what else I try, I always find myself reaching for this!

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Price: £19

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade is a waterproof brow colour which sculpts and defines the brows.

The ultimate choice for perfectly precise brows, Dipbrow Pomade has a smudge free, creamy formula which glides effortlessly onto the skin and adheres to the brow hairs for optimal definition. Perfect for oily skin and humid climates, Dipbrow Pomade can be used as a brow definer or eyeliner and provides luxurious colour and sculpture.

Available in a selection of shades to suit all brow colours, Dipbrow Pomade also primes the brows for brow powder application and leaves the brows looking perfectly groomed, defined and flawless. (Taken from Beauty Bay)

I know in one of my recent posts I ranted on and on about how expensive this is and you can get dupes that are just as good, but there’s nothing like the ABH Dipbrow Pomade. I’ve been using quite a lot recently, mines dried up so I spray a little bit of Mac Fix + in it, then this brings it back to life.

The product just glides on, and the pigment is crazy so be careful and make sure you have a steady hand! I use my dipbrow if I want an ‘insta brow’, this gives me a sharp and defined brow without having to carve it out. Another benefit is the shade range, it’s huge. There’s definitely a shade for everyone as they have so many different undertones and colours to match anyone’s hair colour.

The only thing I don’t like about this is the price, £19 for a pomade is a bit steep but in my eyes it’s worth it, it’s the best one I’ve tried and no other brow product seems to compare with the ABH brow products.

Brow Wiz

Again, the brow wiz, an absolute classic. I feel like ABH definitely become popular because of her amazing brow products.

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Price: £22

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz is an ultra-fine brow pencil which fills in sparse brows for a naturally full effect.

Featuring a mechanical pencil and spoolie brush, Brow Wiz is the ultimate brow pencil for convenient and effortless brow maintenance. The fine tip helps to mimic the appearance of individual hairs for a smudge proof natural look that lasts all day. (Taken from Beauty Bay)

I ordered the brow wiz specifically for the front of my brows, so I ordered a lighter shade (soft brown) and honestly it done its job very well. Sadly, it’s run out (I know, tragic), but I can’t quite bring myself to paying £22 for a brow pencil, this is the only downside to this product.

Again, same with the dipbrow pomade, the shade range is big and there’s a shade for anyone and everyone. The nib is so fine you can actually mimic brow hairs, which is what I used it for at the front of my brow. Obviously you can also use it to fill in the whole brow which is really nice if you want a natural brow, really quick to do as well.

Liquid Lipsticks

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This is such a well known ABH product, when these first come out everyone went crazy over them and they’re definitely worth the hype.

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Price: £20

A long-lasting liquid lipstick.

Available in a range of highly-pigmented colours, Liquid Lipstick comes with a sponge applicator that smooths product over lips with maximum precision and impact. Formulated with different finishes, each shade provides a wash of unique, long-lasting colour. (Taken from Beauty Bay)

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I LOVE these liquid lipsticks, I have the shade dusty rose and it’s the perfect muted pink! They have 33 shades available, ranging from nudes to reds to blacks, so there’s a shade for everyone.

The formula of these are amazing, they last all day, through eating, drinking, talking, and they aren’t drying. The one thing I hate about liquid lipsticks is how dry some of them are, but the ABH ones are so good. Also, they’re so pigmented! One swipe and it’s so opaque.


And that’s everything for this post! I hope you enjoyed reading, see you soon 😘

What’s your favourite product from Anastasia Beverly Hills?

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