Monday, 21 August 2017

Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base

I am in love with this - I can't believe it has taken me so long to buy it...

This product is perfect for achieving the bronze goddess look that has been so popular this year. The creamy, almost mousse like consistency is a dream to blend and apply, resulting in the most gorgeous sun-kissed glow. It dries down slightly leaving a velvety finish and can be worn on bare skin, under or over your favourite foundation.

My favourite way to apply Chanel's Soleil Tan De Chanel is by using a firm synthetic makeup brush (I use Real Technique's Sculpting Brush). After I complete my pre-makeup routine (cleanser, moisturiser, primer) I apply my liquid foundation and concealer (Current favourites: NARS' Sheer Glow Foundation & Creamy Concealer). I then swirl the brush into the product and use a combination of patting on to the skin and gently blending on areas that would naturally be hit by the sun, like my cheeks and forehead. I personally avoid the nose as I like to use a contour and highlight to give the illusion of a slightly slimmer shape. I would definitely recommend applying this before any powder products, but have had no problems with applying powder over the top to set my makeup and I also use additional powder contour and bronzing products over the top to compliment my chosen look (see my Summer Look post here).

This also works amazingly as a transition between contoured areas. I use it to blur the lines of cream contour and create a super bronzed, glowy look. In the pan, the shade does look quite orange and slightly sparkly, which initially put me off. However, I am such a sucker for products that continuously get amazing reviews time after time, that this pay day, I decided to treat myself. I'm glad as I did as I have using it every day since I bought it and you get so much product for your money. Although it is pricey, it works out much cheaper per ounce than many other bronzers, so I'm hoping this little gem will last me a while.

The packaging looks like glass but is made from sturdy thick plastic, which I prefer as it's lighter for travel and means no sinking-heart feeling if you accidentally drop it! The lid features the famous gold Chanel logo, and looks gorgeous on my dressing table.

I would definitely recommend if you're looking for a luxury cream formula bronzer - it is beautiful!

Saturday, 19 August 2017

FOTD - Summer Makeup Look

I'm all about bronzed glowy makeup this summer. I find that some makeup looks amazing on camera but in person, it's too heavy and looks harsh. With this in mind, I've put together a look that will take you from selfie to city. There is nothing better than that 'lit from within' look and I am confident that I've found products you will love. I have a little more time to get ready at the weekend and enjoy taking this time to experiment with new techniques and products. This weekend, I decided to experiment with combining cream, liquid and powder products and it's safe to say I'm a huge fan and this combination of formulas helped me to create a flawless result.

Product details: (exact match products or dupes are linked where possible)

Everybody has their own preferences in the order they apply their makeup, but mine always follows the same routine. Follow the below steps to get this look:
  1. I always start by cleansing my face then applying moisturiser, followed with primer.
  2. Apply foundation, concealer, cream contour/bronzing products (in this case MAC Pro Sculpting Cream as a contour, then blended out using Chanel's Soleil Tan De Chanel).
  3. Set with powder and apply powder contour/bronzer products.
  4. Use beauty blender to apply liquid highlighter to tops of cheek bones, eyelids, brow bone and along the nose, setting with a light dusting of powder highlighter.
  5. Apply blusher.
  6. Fill in brows, and use spooly to blend.
  7. Apply eye pencil in and under waterline, mascara and liquid eyeliner.
  8. Finish off my applying lip liner to entire lips.
If you have any questions at all, please leave a comment below or on Instagram.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

MAC - Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson Lipstick

When I first saw MAC's new Viva Glam range, I loved the colour of the lipstick but wasn't familiar with Taraji P. Henson, who is the face of this release, but after recently watching Hidden Figures at the cinema, which is Taraji's newest film, I went straight out to buy it! I was also swayed to treat myself as all money from the sales of this lipstick goes towards helping women, men and children living with HIV/AIDS.

This lipstick is a matte medium/dark fuchsia with a pearl finish. It's definitely a statement lipstick when applied directly from the tube, but can be patted on to give a more subtle stain finish.