Category: Fashion

Product Review – Eylure ‘Volume 101’

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So I am a self-confessed fake lash addict, and I’m not afraid to admit it! Whenever I’m dressing up or going out, or just wanting to make some sort of effort, I whip out the fake lashes and flutter away. I’ve tried a range of brands and glues, but Eylure still remain my favourite by far – I’ve always found them easy to get on with and not had any issues with them… until now.

First of all, I would just like to say this isn’t an “attack” on Eylure – I love them as a brand and I love their products, but I always aim to be honest with my opinions when reviewing items, and today will be no different; an honest review is what I shall give.

I was heading out for the night with a group of friends and so grabbed a pair of Volume 101 lashes, happy with my choice and in a bit of a rush so not paying too much attention… the lashes were full, long and curvy – exactly what I was after. I rushed home to get ready – did my hair and makeup, then left my lashes to last (as I usually do). It was when I opened the box I noticed there was no adhesive included (which anyone who uses Eylure knows is usually included). Perplexed, I looked at the box and the lashes again, and then rolled my eyes; I’d picked up pre-glued lashes – of course there was no glue!

I applied the lashes as instructed, but to my dismay found that it just wouldn’t stick – the glue was not tacky enough and it just kept pinging off my eye as soon as I blinked! I never have too much patience with applying lashes so I gave up on my left and moved on to my right. This lash went on a bit better, though it took a fair amount of negotiating to get it to stay in place (and quite a lot of holding down too!). It still didn’t look very “natural” though and I had to tp up my eyeliner more than usual. Nevertheless, the lash was on.

So I went back to the left eye.

Once again I struggled to get the lash to stick at all, and the more I tried the less it stuck – over half of the glue strip was not sticking and the lash just kept falling off my face! Now I was running late to go out, feeling frustrated and standing in my living room with one eyelash on and the other by my foot on the floor, for the 100th time…

Usually, I have lots of mini pots of adhesive lying around, but in my quest to get rid of my hoarding habits when I moved house, I had chucked them all out (score 1 for hoarding). So annoyingly, I had to pull the lash (which had stuck) off my eye and again top up my eyeliner, before heading out… completely lash-less.

Overall, I was just frustrated – the lashes themselves were lovely, but the issues with the pre-glue were awful, and it’s safe to say that I would not buy these again just for the faff it caused, and for my overall disappointment. I have to ask, what is the point in having a pre-glued product if it is not going to stick, and you need to find your own glue to actually get them to stick?? Definitely not something I would be willing to try now on purpose.

I love Eylure, and I will continue to purchase their products, but I will be avoiding the pre-glued range (and making sure to read the packaging before buying!).

I’d love to hear if I am the only one who has had this issue!

On a more positive note, I will be posting a new video in the next few days, for a more glamorous look – perfect for a night out! Keep your eyes peeled for that!

 

Much love!

Roben x

Harley Quinn – Suicide Squad – Makeup Video

First of all, I just need to start off with a GINORMOUS apology! I’ve been missing from the blogging world for almost a month now! This is due to moving house, and a severe lack of internet (how I’ve managed to cope I really do not know!)… but on the plus side, I’m now all back up and running, and have lots of posts planned! 🙂

So let’s kick off with a new video I created and am super excited about – my video on how I created the look for Harley Quinn from the new Suicide Squad film from DC!!

I am, in all honesty, a bit of a nerd when it comes to super heroes and villains, and so I have been super excited in the run up to the release of the Suicide Squad film! I also, in case no one had noticed, love makeup and getting creative… so I thought I’d combine the 2 and recreate Harley Quinn on myself! It started with just the makeup, but then I thought I’d never find a top with ‘Daddy’s Lil Monster’ on… so I drew that on too!

Watch the video below to see how I created this look;

 

 

The makeup itself was fairly simple – after colour correcting my face, I applied a light foundation (I’m super pale anyway, but I would use a shade lighter, or your own shade with white face paint mixed in if you have darker skin). As an FYI – I used the Marc Jacobs ‘re(marc)able’ foundation in Ivory Light – it has amazing coverage so I didn’t have to layer up too much either! After concealing, and setting, I then moved on to the contouring; Harley has an almost square contour on the main part of her face, rather than a thick one along the cheekbones, but this is also very soft so I didn’t over do this on the look. I highlighted as necessary, then applied blush on the apples of my cheeks to get the glowy and innocent look.

Her eyebrows are fairly similar shaped to mine so this wasn’t too hard – just slightly extended and exaggerating the arch more than I usually would. She also does her eyebrows darker than her blonde hair, so I went up a few shades on the NYX spectrum (I used the ‘Tame & Frame’ pomades). For the eyeshadows I used a palette I bought off ebay ages ago and just matched up the blue and the red as best as I could – applying all over the lid, up near the eyebrow (but not touching the eyebrow), and underneath the eye too. Then I made tear-like drags down the face and layered these up so you could see them better. This was a fun part, and one I don’t think you need to be too accurate about …have fun with it!

After drawing on her heart tattoo to my cheek (in eyeliner pencil), I then went on to write the word ‘ROTTEN’ in liquid eyeliner across the jawline. As a note of warning – writing backwards in a straight line can be tricky, so if you can get someone to write this for you, I’d recommend that!

I then got slightly carried away and started drawing on her top too (optional!) – I penciled out the neckline, then covered the top half of my chest in body makeup by Snazaroo (in Burgundy). Followed by the lower part of my chest in white. After this, I got the liquid eyeliner back out and had the very tricky task of writing upside down and backwards… in a straight(ish) line, in curly handwriting – it’s not for the faint-hearted! After scrawling ‘Daddy’s Lil Monster’, I made the top look more worn and dirty by applying black eyeshadow lightly across  areas which I found made it more realistic looking.

The part of the makeup I was least pleased about was the necklace/choker. I attempted to draw this on using eye pencil and filling in with different gold/bronze eyeshadows and a gold eye pencil from Barry M to give a more metallic look… but it didn’t stand out much, and wasn’t exactly as I had in mind… nevertheless, the look wouldn’t’ve looked right without it, so I’m glad I did this still!

Overall it was great to be Harley Quinn, and it was super fun to do; although the writing backwards and upside down was a bit difficult, it’s generally a simple look – so great for last minute fancy dress! And you could always get someone to do the writing for you if you are struggling… or buy a t-shirt and draw on there instead (probably an easier option I should have considered…).

 

Let me know if you guys have a go at this and what you think!

Until next time,

Roben x

Boutique of Molly – Laila Dress | Product Review #OOTW

So today’s post is a little different – we’re going to do a product review or the Laila dress by Boutique of Molly!

The sun was back (temporarily), which means cracking out the summer wardrobe whilst you still can.. (#loveBritishsummer), and what better way then bringing out the florals to keep that summer vibe alive?

For anyone which knows me, I am a tad bit of a dress-aholic (come rain or shine!), and so I was absolutely thrilled to pieces last week when I came home from work to find my Boutique of Molly package had arrived, containing my new Laila dress! As soon as I opened the package I couldn’t to wait ’til the weekend to try it out (and had my fingers crossed for a bit of sunshine to remain!) It’s truly stunning, and really got me in the summer mood.

Thankfully my wish came true, and we got that bit of British sunshine so I was able to wear my beautiful new dress. The first thing I noticed, was the fit of it – it clung to all the right places, and avoided all the bits I wanted to hide! I’ve got a very pear shape body, so a dress cut like this is perfect for me – it emphasises the smallest part of me (my waist), and flows out over my hips effortlessly so as not to accentuate them… and as an added bonus it enhanced my cleavage!

The material of the Laila dress is really soft too, as well as having a bit of stretch in it – perfect for when you’ve had a desert too much (something I do more often than not!). The bright pink and purple flowers are really eye-catching, but not too in your face – the perfect balance to get you noticed, but pointed at!

This really is a wonderful dress, and definitely going to be an icon of my summer this year – bring back the sunshine so I can keep on wearing this!!

For more clothing from Boutique of Molly, make sure to check out their website here – they’ve got some gorgeous pieces available ready for the summer, and at great prices too!

Check out my #BOMselfie below, and make sure to keep your eyes peeled for my newest video being uploaded shortly…

Lots of love

Roben x

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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

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