Category: Contouring

New video – Everyday Makeup with *NEW* Maxfactor Masterpiece Palette!

Here’s the link to my latest video – a nice easy, every day makeup tutorial with a flick of eyeliner!

Featuring the NEW Maxfactor Masterpiece Nude palette for eye-shadow – something I’ve been super excited about trying recently (it’s truly magnificent!).

Make sure if you like the video to give it the thumbs up and subcribe to my YouTube channel for more videos and tutorials (with a few product reviews chucked in for good measure!)

Keep your eyes peeled for my newest post coming soon featuring a more glamorous eye look!

 

7 Steps to Flawless Looking Skin

It’s Fridayyyy!! Woohoo!

So what better way to start the weekend, than a quick post on how to get flawless looking skin? Because, let’s face it, we all want to look fabulous – especially at the weekend! So how to achieve it? Read on and find out for yourself…

First of all, it’s not all about the products – I love a good designer foundation as much as the next girl, but as long as your products are half decent and they match your skin tone then you’ll be fine – it’s all in the application! When you apply your face products in the below technique, you’ll be pleasantly surprised just how easy it is to have flawless looking skin, without having to splash out on the big bucks.

1 – Primer – always, always, always make sure to prime your face first! Primer smoothes your complexion and evens out your skin texture – I’d always recommend it for every makeup application, but it is most certainly a must when going for a flawless finish! Put a small amount on the tips of your fingers and rub together, before applying all over your face – don’t overload yourself with primer (easily done), or you can make your face look a bit greasy and foundation won’t sit properly on your face!

2 – Foundation – Match it. Don’t guess a shade and think ‘that’ll do’, and whatever you do, don’t choose a darker shade to make yourself look tanned – it will give you a tide-mark on your jawline, look fake, and just doesn’t look all too pleasant (remember, if you want to look tanned, use a tinted moisturiser or go to town with the bronzer, don’t up the shade of your foundation!). There are plenty of makeup counters which will match your correct shade for free, and if you don’t fancy that you can always try some on in the shop before buying (try to test on your face as your hands might be a different shade so you’ll end up mismatching otherwise!).  As for the application…

Use a foundation brush and put a small amount on to the tip of the brush; start from the centre of your nose and blend outwards. Your nose is the focal point of your face so it is important to have an even coverage here. Make sure to keep starting from the nose when you add more product, and just keep blending out – blend, blend, blend!

When applying to the cheeks, make one stroke across the cheekbone, the blend down the face – it is important to always apply with downwards motions as this is the directions of the hairs on your face; this will create a more flawless look to your foundation and reduce brush marks which need further blending.

Apply a tiny amount of product to the chin area, again using downwards strokes, and then to the forehead.

If you want a fuller coverage, go over the face again, and build it up in layers.

3 – Concealer – Again, the major need for concealer is to make sure it matches your skin tone; if you have a warm skin tone, then use a warm concealer – if you have a cool skin tone, use a cool concealer! Apply a small amount on to a concealer brush (or a foundation brush if you don’t have one, but I’d recommend getting a concealer brush as it really helps with the control when applying concealer), and then apply under the eye area – once more using downward strokes. Apply to any blemishes which also need concealing, but remember not to overload your brush – if you need more, then layer it up.

I always recommend to apply concealer on your eyelids for a nice even base (this is, of course, if you are not using an eyeshadow base or eye primer instead) – it evens out the look of the eyes and hides any broken capillaries.

If you need to use a colour correcter at this point then this is the point – I’ve used a ‘banana’ shade concealer around my eyes (by the inner corner and slightly underneath) – this is because I have grey-ish looking skin here and the yellow colour balances this out nicely…. I will shortly be writing a post on how to use colour corrections correctly soon, so if you need help on this then don’t worry I’ll be able to help! (Follow me on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date when I will be uploading a new post/video!).

4 – Setting Powder – Use a translucent setting powder to set your face. As a quick tip – a translucent powder can be used on any skin tone; from the palest of the palest to the darkest of the darkest! Don’t be put off by its pale appearance!

Apply a small amount to one side of your brush and dab gently around the face. Blend out all of these areas with your brush using light, circular motions.

Already you should be seeing the difference in your look and the base of the flawlessness should be apparent!

5 – Bronzer/Contour – To contour use a bronzer which matches your skin tone – again, this can be sourced by any makeup counter, or just by testing some out in the shop – don’t just reach for the darkest shade and hope for the best!

Apply along the cheekbone, starting from the hair line and brushing down, then blend out, once again using downwards motions to follow the hairs on your face. To get a deeper contour just layer up!

Shade around the hairline, either side of the nose (if you want to slim your nose down), and for a fuller looking lip, brush above the chin lightly. If you’re like me and have  a wide jawbone, then you can trim this down with a few added strokes on the widest part of your jawline!

6- Blush – For the flawless look you want to have a natural looking blush – nothing to in-your-face and bright (you don’t want the attention drawn to your cheeks, you want an overall flawless finish!). Soft shades are best for this.

Brush along the cheek bone gently, then smile to reveal the apples of your cheeks, and apply in circular motions – this will give you a really nice, healthy glow.

7 – Illuminator – If you really want flawless skin you need to accentuate and highlight parts of your face – add a bit of glow and you’ll really have that immaculate looking finish. I like to use pigment shades rather than a pre-bought illuminator – these are fantastic little pots which can be use all over the face, and give an iridescent glow to eyeshadow.

Using the tiniest amount of product, brush over the tops of your cheekbones (believe me, with pigments, a lot goes an awful long way!) – better to top up than have to try and remove excess product!

Highlight your chin, cupids bow, nose and T-zone area – this will really draw attention to the centre of the face (also another reason why good coverage with the foundation on your nose is essential!).

 

…and you’re all done!

So there you have it – my 7 steps to flawless looking skin! This look is really photogenic, and you’ll soon find yourself using it on a daily basis so that people ask “how does she do it??” I’ve attached a video below to show you me putting the words into action, and proving it really does work!

As always, keep me updated with your responses and check me out on social media for more updates of new posts!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Lots of love ,

Roben

Quick. Simple. Easy. 3 Everyday Looks Which Are Actually Achievable

As a blogger myself, I love having a good scout round for ideas and inspiration, and it’s on a recurring basis that I come across the terms ‘Quick’ ‘Easy’ and ‘Simple’…. followed by then a really complicated step-by-step guide which you end up getting lost in, resulting in giving up and accepting your attempt does not look anywhere as good as the beauty telling you how to achieve it. It’s down-heartening, and makes you feel like only the pros can really get to grips with that look. As you all know, I’m all about beauty-positivity, and so I decided to put together 3 looks which genuinely are easy to get to grips with!

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the classic

The Classic

Everybody loves a classic look – it’s clean, it’s simple, and it goes with every outfit! This look was achieved with the following;

Primer – everywhere, all the time – never forget the primer as it sets the base for your face

Foundation – applied all over, topped with a bit of concealer under the eyes and around my nose area (this is because I get redness here, so feel free to miss this bit if it doesn’t apply to you!). I then set the whole face with a translucent powder; I’ve only used a setting powder at this stage as my contouring and blush are both powders so will set better on top – if you are using cream on liquid based blush/contouring products then apply your setting powder afterwards.

Contouring – This look has the deepest contour out of the 3, but it’s still fairly subtle – for this I used my BarryM Contour Kit (just the dark contour part – no bronzer) marking the underneath of my cheek bones. I topped up with some highlighter under my eyes, on the T-zone, down my nose, and a tiny bit on my chin.

Blush – applied lightly across the cheekbones

Eyebrows – drawn on into an arch with Beauty UK’s Brow Kit (I’ll be doing a separate tutorial for this so keep tuned!)

Eye-shadow – A light nude-based colour applied all over the lid, followed by a light brown applied to the outer crease line only (blend it in to give a softer look)

Eyeliner – A nice bold line running the length of the eyelid, and finishing with a small upwards flick. Drag a tiny amount down under the bottom waterline to make the eyes appear larger.

Mascara – As long as it’s black, it will do. Nothing fancy required here.

Lipstick – The main focus of this look – make it red, make it bold. Apply lip liner first if you want to make your lips appear larger, or to get a smoother finish, otherwise hit it up big and draw some attention to yourself!

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the colour

The Splash of Colour

Because sometimes, we all need to vamp up our outfit with a splash of colour – why not try this look for a little bit more oomph to your look!

Primer & Foundation – the same as in The Classic

Contouring – A bit less contour is required for this look – just a light brush of a bronzer under the cheeks bones and a dash of highlighter on the T-zone and down the nose.

Blush – More blush in a rose shade applied several times to the cheeks to get a nice glow, as well as to frame the face.

Eyebrows – drawn on into an arch with Beauty UK’s Brow Kit (I’ll be doing a separate tutorial for this so keep tuned!)

Eye-shadow – This is where the colour starts to come in! I started off with a pale blush across the whole eyelid as a base, followed by a smokey blue to line the crease and outer corner of the eye. Finally I used a dark blue to go over the corner of the eye – blend this in with a brush using sweeping motions to get a nice smokey feel.

Eyeliner – To step away from the usual black eyeliner, I went for a metallic blue – this was a nice chunky line that ran across the lid and joined up with the eye-shadow to give a more defined point to the eye. Using this metallic eyeliner meant that it blended nicely into the eye-shadow and also gave the eyes a bit of shimmer and colour.

Mascara – Once again, as long as it’s black, it will do. Nothing fancy required here.

Lipstick – Something subtle; the main focus for this look is the colour on the eyes, so go for a natural pink shade or just a bit of gloss (like I have done).

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the natural

The Natural 

A refreshingly clean look which enhances your natural beauty. This does wonders for your self esteem, and gets people wondering how you look so effortlessly beautiful.

Primer & Foundation – the same as in The Classic

Contouring – No contouring is required for this look – just add a bit of highlighting to under the eyes, the T-zone, along the nose and on the chin.

Blush – A small amount of blush in a light colour, just to give the face a bit of shape – but nothing heavy.

Eyebrows – drawn on into an arch with Beauty UK’s Brow Kit (I’ll be doing a separate tutorial for this so keep tuned!)

Eye-shadow – Use a nude shade on the whole eyelid – I’ve used a light bronze colour to give a natural shimmer look. Shape the eye starting from the inner corner sweeping out, with a light brown shade – make sure to blend this in well so it doesn’t look drawn on; this is a very natural look so keep everything well blended.

Eyeliner – Use a brown eyeliner on the upper and lower water lines – use very sparingly, as again this needs to look very natural.

Mascara – This time using a brown mascara – as I’m blonde, it’s very obvious if I have black mascara on that I am enhancing my eyes – using a brown mascara keeps it looking natural and light, and doesn’t focus the attention just on the eye area of my face.

Lipstick – No lipstick, just a bit of balm – I’ve used Dr Lipp’s ‘Nipple Balm for Lips’ – it’s brilliant for hydration and gives a bit of shimmer.

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So there we have it! 3 very simple, very easy everyday looks – let me know how you guys get on with them and tag me @RobenBeauty if you try them out!

Until next time,

 

Lot of love

Roben x

 

Affordable Doesn’t Mean Bad Quality – Make-up Tutorial

Unfortunately I think budget make-up now has a bit of a stigma to it – people just presume that because something is a bit of a bargain, it must be rubbish; they think the mascaras are going to be clumpy and unusable, foundation is not going to blend and just comes in an array of orange-tinted colours, and lipsticks will rub off just by looking at them… I, of course, completely contest this.

Admittedly, if you went back a few years, you most probably would find this the case – after all, the stigma didn’t come from nowhere! Budget make-up used to be just that – budget. But times have changed, prices have changed, and the overall quality and choice of affordable make-up has changed too – it seems like the only thing that hasn’t changed is our views on it!

As you all know, I do love a bit of MAC, Studio 10 and the like, and I do tend to use these products in my videos – they are of a higher price, but also of fantastic quality! However, I also do use high-street priced products, as well as more affordable options; and it was after I made my video and review on the Stargazer products, that I received some requests from fans in regards to more products which Stargazer produce as well as enquiries as to “what other affordable brands were out there” which I would recommend using. This got me thinking, and I therefore decided the best way to show an array of products and brands would be to create a make-up tutorial not only showing what to use, but how I would use them to create a soft, simple, everyday look.

Below, you will find my latest tutorial which shows me using products, all of which are under £8! Let’s have a quick look at what I used to create this look;

Foundation – £4.00 – For this I used Stargazer’s Pro Foundation – this is a really great product that I’d recommend to anyone wanting a foundation that goes on super easy and is at an extortionately great price – just £4!!! Better yet, this range from Stargazer is really good for anyone with pale skin (like myself), as there’s a good choice of different light shades to choose from.

Setting, Highlighting & Contouring – £7.99 – If you’ve seen my very first post about contouring, then you’ll know that I used to use eye-shadow as I found other contouring kits too heavy and generally unusable… however, I’ve recently discovered the gorgeous Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit by Barry M (in Light-Medium), and I absolutely love it! It comes with highlighter, bronzer and contour powders and it so easy to apply! This is the most expensive product I have used in this video, but it is still a bargain at just £7.99!

Blush – £6.50 – For blush I actually used a product from Avon called True Colour in Cedar Rose, however this product is currently not available any more (which is shocking because it is amazing and has been an old faithful of mine for some time now!) – there is however, a close alternative for this by Avon called Ideal Luminous Blush (in Peach) which is just as good, and still affordable at £6.50.

Eyebrows – £4.99 – I used my old faithful for my brows; this is a fabulous little kit from BeautyUK called the ‘All-in-one High Brow Definition Kit’ which I’ve always managed to get on with. It comes with 3 shades (which blend together well so you can match most hair types), as well as a highlighting creme to further define your brow shape. Whether I’m going for a softer look, or a dark brow look I can guarantee I will achieve what I’m after with the High Brow kit from BeautyUK – it sincerely is worth the price!

Eye-shadow – £3.99 – Now this is a tool I’d advise everyone to have in their make-up kits; an eye-shadow palette is perfect when you want a good array of colours (some of which you wouldn’t necessarily want to fork out a fortune for if you are only planning on using once or twice in a blue moon!), they’re also great ways to create new colours/looks by blending with branded products, and they just allow you to be creative without the cost! I bought my palette off of ebay (from a China store with free delivery), yet everyone is none the wiser once the product is applied to my eyes. This is a definite essential for anyone, and totally worth the price (and the wait… because shipping from China can mean a few weeks before receiving the palette!).

Eyeliner – £1.00 – I love these eye-liners with a passion! MUA Intense Colour Eyeliner’s are just £1.00 and are perfect for top ups in your handbag as well as applying first thing. They come in a fantastic range of colours, and best of all every eyeliner comes with a pencil sharpener integrated in to the lid of the pencil so you never have to worry about a blunt point! I used the Jet Black eyeliner for this look, but I have various other shades stocked up – at just £1.00 it makes sense to have several options!

Mascara – £4.99 – For mascara I used L’Oreal’s ‘Miss Manga’ Volume Mascara – this is quite a light mascara so great for every day looks, and best of all it doesn’t clump up! I bought this from Tesco’s for £4.99, however I have seen this for sales in drugstores for £9.99 or even up to £12.99, so make sure you shop around to get the best price!

Lip Liner – £1.00 – Another MUA product, and once again priced at just £1.00! Just like the eye-liners from MUA, the lip liners come in a selection of colours (I used ‘Red Drama’ for this tutorial), and also come with the sharpener in the lid of the pencil. Once more, this is an amazing product from an equally amazing brand, and at such a cheap price!

Lipstick – £7.50 – Another product from Avon; the Ultra Colour Bold Lipstick in Coral Burst – I absolutely love this colour, and it best of all I have found this lipstick to be long lasting (without needing to top up on a regular basis!).

I hope you’ve found this post helpful, and has given a bit more clarity to the fact “affordable” doesn’t have to be “cheap and nasty”. Please click on the link below to see the tutorial of how I applied the above!

Look out for my next post, where I will be showing some quick, simple looks to try out!

Lots of love,

Roben x

Stargazer Pale Products – Review & Comparison Video

Finding a good foundation can be challenging at the best of times, particularly when you have naturally pale skin like mine – most high street brands are always that bit too dark (or alternatively can make you look whiter and more ghost like!); that’s why I’m always delighted when I find a commendable brand with a wide range in colours – providing options for pale skin, rather than lumbering us with just the one shade as an “that’ll do” attitude.

As you will all know, my usual choice for foundation is MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid (NC15), as well as my newly discovered little treat which is Studio 10’s Skin Perfector*, however I also realise that these foundations are not for everyone’s budgets, and you can quite easily find yourself paying £25-£35 on foundations in this range. It was this exact issue which people have raised with me when asking where I usually buy my foundation and how much it costs, therefore, I wanted to write a little bit about the wonderful brand which is Stargazer.

Stargazer are most well known for their vibrant, colourful ranges – which include a spectacular range of neons, glitters, and pretty much every colour under the rainbow for eye-shadows and lipsticks! Nonetheless, Stargazer also provide an amazing range of more natural shades; and it’s this range exactly that I wish to talk about today.

Whether you’re after liquid, pressed/loose powder, paint sticks or concealers, Stargazer has got it! I am a particular fan of their liquid foundation range (“Pro Foundation”) which can also be bought with a pearl tint – there are currently 8 shades available, with a particularly good range of pale colours which are subtly different from one another; perfect for finding that special shade! The Pro Foundation liquid foundation is easy to apply, gives great coverage, and most importantly is at an incredibly affordable price of just £4.00!! If ever, you’re looking for a great foundation when you’ve got a small budget, this is definitely the product I’d recommend most. In the below video I use 2 shades to compare my face (for the matte-look I use ‘Light Olive’, and for the shimmer look I use ‘Alabaster’), I also incorporate a darker shade, ‘Light’, to contour my face slightly – this is then further enhanced using my eye-shadow technique I have used in previous videos (click here to see how).

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However, I realise that some people just can’t get on with liquid foundations (after all, it doesn’t suit all skin types), which is why I’m pleased to say that Stargazer also offer wonderful powder foundations – coming in loose or pressed powder. Admittedly, there is less of a range available shade wise on both of these products (the loose powder in particular only comes in 4 shades), however at the price of just £5.00 for the pressed powder, and an incredibly budget busting £3.50 for the pot of loose powder, it’s certainly not something to be dismissed! Both sets of powders also come available with a shimmer touch, which is perfect for when you want to glam up a bit and give yourself a natural shimmer. These are also both good products to use to set your liquid foundation, or even to highlight your face when contouring (think outside the box!) – you can see an example of this on my video below.

What if you don’t like liquid or powder foundation though? Well, that’s simple – Stargazer also offer the Pro Paint Stick – an easy to use foundation which you can layer in coverage, available for yet another bargain of £5.00! I was super impressed with this product and am even more pleased about the amount of colours available to choose from – this little gem is defintely worth raving about! Unfortunately, I didn’t use this in my video as I only have it in the one colour and I wanted to show the subtly different looks that can be created using some of the other foundations provided by Stargazer; however, it is an amazing little product which is easy to pop into your handbag, also making it perfect for on-the-go touch-ups.

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Within my below video I have also incorporated the Stargazer eyebrow pencil, which comes with a handy brow brush on the end, and is perfect as a basic brow enhancer. This pencil is once more easy to use and great for all kinds of looks, as well as yet again being super affordable at just £3.50! It does only come in 3 colours (as a bit of a downside), but I’ve found that you can adjust the colour intensity by the amount of pressure used when applying to your brows – and afterall, at that price you can’t really complain!

Overall, Stargazer is a brilliant brand which is perfect for a range of styled looks, ranging from the simple to the outrageous, and it is incredibly affordable and easy to get hold of. I love the pale collection which Stargazer is able to promote, as well as all of their more vibrant range (which I will be doing a more in-depth look at in March), and will always continue to happily consume their products – I’ve yet to be disappointed by them!

Make sure to check out Stargazer’s full range here, and see what awesome looks you’re able to create!

Lots of love

Roben

 

* (click here to check out my full review on Studio 10)

Studio 10 Makeup Review

First of all, I would just like to apologise for the lack of a post recently – unfortunately after the Christmas festivities, I became poorly and had to take a quick trip to hospital; which meant I had to miss all the New Year parties too! Luckily I came out just before my birthday (4th Jan), and am all better again now!

Just before Christmas I was sent a few products to trial for Studio 10 – a make-up brand I had only ever heard brilliant things about, so I was super excited to receive them! Studio 10 make-up is generally targeted for women in their mid 30s, and was created with the knowledge that our skin changes over time, therefore our make-up and techniques used to apply the make-up, should change too. I, personally, am in my mid 20s, but was still keen to trial out Studio 10 make-up – after all, better to start the anti-ageing techniques early; prevention rather than cure! Studio 10 also offer a range of products which help fix imperfections on younger women, and all of their products are cruelty free (something which is incredibly important to me!).

I was sent 4 products to try – Age Defy Skin Perfector, I-Lift Longwear Liner, Long Last Velvet Liquid-Lips, and Miracle Effect Priming Serum… and needless to say, I was delighted with the results!

Age Defy Skin Perfector [02 medium/dark]- 10/10 So this has got to be my favourite product by far – this magical little beaut of a set if perfect for contouring, and really diminishing unsightly flaws (for me currently, this would be the enormous spot I had acquired on my chin… as a result of not taking my make-up off before bed one evening – lesson learnt!). The set comes with a primer (which is tinted like foundation) – which is applied all over the face, then there are two colour correctors (Green and Peach) at the end of the palette, which were the saviour to my spot situation – the green corrector sorted the redness of my spots spectacularly. A light concealer and a darker concealer are supplied so the face can be contoured – now, anyone which has seen my previous posts knows that when it comes to contouring I find it extremely difficult to find cream/liquid based products which don’t look to harsh on my pale face – for this reason, I usually use an eye-shadow to contour my face. Therefore, I was extremely surprised, and really impressed by the Age Defy Skin Perfector kit by Studio 10 – it is so easy to apply, and despite being darker tones, I found the product blended perfectly to leave flawless looking skin, and contouring without dark heavy lines on my face. This palette was the product I was most skeptical about due to my previous bad experiences with cream based contouring products, yet I am now so in love with it, and will now most definitely be stocking up on!

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I-lift Longwear Liner [02 mocha] – 8/10 This double ended eye liner was one of the products I was most excited about receiving – I love a good eye liner and am constantly on the look out for the latest products which are easy to apply. This eye liner glides on easily, without crumbling, and leaves a good smooth line so I was very happy with the usability of the product, however, I found the tip to be quite chunky – therefore, I would not advise to use this eye liner if you are going for a more precise flick to your eye liner wing. On a more positive note, the double end of the eye liner helps to lift and brighten your eyes – it has a nude tone to it which helps to highlight your eyes – I used this underneath my eyes to make them appear less tired, and it worked wonders!

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Longlast Velvet Liquid-Lips [02 blossom] – 7/10 I love a good lip gloss or lipstick, and when I saw the colour of this little gem a smile crept across my face – it truly is a stunning colour pink! For pale skin I do tend to recommend lighter shades of pink rather than the darker lip shades (which can make you seem a bit too pale, depending on how your make-up is done), and I love a light gloss/lipstick which doesn’t feel heavy on your lips – so this lip gloss fit the bill exactly! The only criticism I would have for this gloss is that it is a bit on the watery side, so lip liner is a must when wearing this, and some tidying up is required once applied.

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Miracle Effect Priming Serum – 6/10 For me, primers are an essential before applying any kind of make-up; they set a perfect base to smooth your face before becoming creative with your look, and they also make your skin feel incredibly soft! I have always preferred MAC’s Prep + Prime for a primer, and have yet to find anything which rivals it. After giving the Studio 10 primer a few goes, I found that I unfortunately just couldn’t get on with it – I found the serum to be too thick and sticky, and just didn’t seem to fit my skin at all… however, I was intrigued by whether the primer serum would be the same on the skin of someone older than myself (and more of the target market which Studio 10 are aimed at)… So I gave the remainder of the primer to my Mum (who is in her mid 40s) and caught up with her a few days later to see how she got on with it; needless to say she got on with the primer a lot better than me, and found that it made her skin really supple and soft, and even helped smooth the appearance of her smile lines around her eyes! I have given this product a lower score due to the fact that I just couldn’t get on with it, however, a second opinion proved it to be a good product; therefore I would recommend the Miracle Effect Priming Serum for anyone in their mid 30s+.

Overall, I found my experience with Studio 10 products a positive one and have found a few little gems out of their range which I am eager to continue using! I would highly recommend this brand, and I look forward to exploring their range further – you can find all of their products online here.

I have put together a quick video of me using the Studio 10 products to show their amazing affects – please make sure to subscribe and like my YouTube channel, and like me on Facebook here!.

Lots of love,

Roben x

 

Everyday Winter Look – xmas eve!

It’s boxing day! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and got thoroughly spoilt!

Here’s a quick look I put together the other day for Christmas Eve (very simple and easy to do so this is just a video of me doing the makeup rather than an in depth tutorial!). I’m wearing my glasses at the end as I couldn’t find my contacts (and I’m totally blind without my glasses!) – but you can still see this is an effective everyday look.

As usual I have used MAC for my face (but I will soon be testing out some rival brands to challenge if my favourite foundation is as good as I think it is – keep tuned for that!), and I’ve used maybelline on my eyes along with my ususal Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner (the best eyeliner I’ve yet to use!). For the lips I’ve used a MUA lipliner topped with a GOSH velvet touch lipstick – absolutely lush!

I hope you all like this look, and if you do then don’t forget to like the video and subscribe to my channel! I have also now set up a Facebook page, so you can now find me under Roben Beauty on there – please like my page for some more updates!

I have recently received some makeup to trial for Studio10 – an absolutely amazing brand that I’ve only ever heard amazing things about! I’m so excited to start using the makeup and I will shortly be posting up my review and tutorials using the makeup; make sure to keep an eye out for that one!

Wishing you all a very merry christmas 2015!

Lots of love

Roben

Winter Party Look – Dark Lips, Big Eyes, Full-on Contouring

It’s the last few days before Christmas and there’s parties everywhere to cram in to our busy schedules – even after Christmas there’s winter celebrations going on tenfold! I, myself, have already got something booked in every night this week – it’s nonstop!

So to try to help, I’ve put together a winter party look tutorial which should glam up any evening do! Dark lips (very sumptuous!), big eyes (but not too heavy nor dark – keep the focus on your dark lips… we’re not going for the gothic look tonight!)… and some full on contouring! All the best bits to make you stand out.

This look is super easy to put together, and it’s also an affordable look using a variety of brands – as always, I use MAC for my foundation, highlighter, concealer, and this time for my eye shadow too (I do love MAC!), however I also use products from BeautyUK, Stargazer, Avon, Maxfactor, MUA, GOSH and eyelashes from Eylure.

I absolutely love the velvet touch products available at the moment, and find myself using them with more and more looks which I create – in this video I used the velvet mascara from Maxfactor, along with a velvet touch lipstick from GOSH – both amazing products that I would highly recommend.

If you like this look/tutorial then keep tuned and subscribe to my YouTube channel (RobenBeauty) as well as on here – I will shortly be receiving some new samples to try out from various brands and I can’t wait to update you all!

Lots of love,

Roben x

 

Contouring for pale skin

 

My very first tutorial video! How exciting!

As I am a naturally very pale person, I know how hard it can be to master the art of contouring – particularly when a lot of ‘how to’ videos star beautiful tanned women (if not naturally, then fake tanned – something I’ve never been overly interested in doing)… so I found a way to get over the obstacle of being able to contour – after all, just because we’re pale doesn’t mean we shouldn’t enjoy the art of make-up!

There are a lot of contouring palettes available on the high street, however, I found them all to be too dark or harsh on my skin tone, and so I opted for something a bit different…. eye shadow! As crazy as it sounds, it really works! And best of all, there are so many shades out there that you can make the contouring as dark or as light as you need – perfect!

Once you’ve found the perfect shade for you (mine in the video is a True Colour eye shadow palette from Avon in ‘Mocha Latte’ that I bought about 3 years ago), you can just go ahead and follow the steps to apply.

I would just mention that if you are using an eye shadow for contouring, you will need a powdered base, or the eye shadow will just stick in clumps to you face and not blend at all. If, like me, you use a liquid foundation then simply dust a coating of a powder foundation on top or use a finishing/setting powder to set a nice smooth base ready for your eye shadow contouring!

Top it off with a quick brush of blush and you’re all set!

Please watch my video (they’ll be links to my other videos along side this one), and comment, like and share.

Lots of love,

Roben x

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