Category: Party

Realistic Lion Transformation Time-Lapse Makeup Video

So after having not created a video for a while, I thought it was about time I got something together and put online for all to see! Enter the lion time-lapse video…

I love doing a bit of creative makeup, and I’d be wanting to do a realistic lion style for quite some time now so I finally got my act together, sat down, and did it! I’m pretty pleased with how this turned out (seeing as I hadn’t practised before creating the video)… although it did take longer than I had expected (just under 2 hours).

Whenever I create something from the more creative side, I tend to flick between using face-paints and actual makeup – but for this particular look I decided to go for every day makeup to get more depth. I think this worked well and gave me a far better range for the colours and blending… having said that, I’m looking to make a face-paint version of this look so that I can compare them and see which style truly does work out best!

Unfortunately I didn’t make this video a tutorial (having not created it previously!), however, if there are enough requests etc then I will look in to doing this for you all. Hopefully the time-lapse is able to show just how much goes in to creating something a bit different, as well as showcase some of my skills to create something a bit special!

As always, any questions, comments and requests are welcome!

x

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

Dr Lipp – Original Nipple Balm for Lips |Product Review

It’s with great apologies that I post this product review – I had this all written out and ready to go months ago, and thought I had uploaded it… but checking through last night I realised that wasn’t the case and it seems to have got missed! So absolute apologies for that!

Dr Lipp sent me their wonderful creation which is ‘Original Nipple Balm for Lips’ to try out, and I was completely amazed with what you can do with it!

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‘Original Nipple Balm for Lips’ – yes, that’s right Nipple Balm – it’s one of them titles which the 14 year old in me giggles at inside whenever I say it out loud; it just doesn’t sound natural for me to announce I’m using a nipple balm on my lips! It’s also one of them names which makes people do a double take (good marketing their guys!) – so it tends to stick out in your head. But don’t be put off by the name – this little beaut of a product is actually awesome for more than what you might be thinking…

Lip Balm – This is the most obvious use – using a product which says in the description ‘for lips’, but I just wanted to explain how marvellous this little gem is. The texture of the product is very much like nipple balm (being a mother, I have had the joys of having to use this) …I presume this is why it has it’s name! But this isn’t a bad thing – nipple balm is silky smooth and glides on easy – it has a soothing touch to it and is a brilliant barrier; which is exactly the case for this lip balm. When you’ve got the product on your lips feel hydrated, and completely protected – like having a drink is not going to wash the product off so you have to keep reapply every 5 seconds (let’s face it, we’ve all had that kind of lip balm before…). If you’re like me where I suffer from having dry cracked lips on a daily basis, then this is a little tube of miracle that you need to try out!

Lip Gloss & Primer – Due to the high shine of this product, it makes for a perfect long-lasting lipgloss! Simply apply over the top of lipstick (or naked lips) and get a glossy glow to your look! The best thing is how little of the product you have to use for this, which means your little tube will keep on lasting! You can also use the balm before applying lipstick as a great primer – it flattens out any flaky skin so that when you apply your lipstick on top it glides on with ease.

Eye Shine & Glitter – Yes, eye shine! You must be thinking I’m mental, but this product is absolutely fantastic for changing a look and jazzing it up! Apply your eye make-up as usual, then put a small amount of the Nipple Balm for Lips on top, and you get a complete new look (perfect if you are going out straight from work – changing the look from a day to evening in an instant without having to remove make-up or carry round a million products to do so!). If you want to sparkle up your eyes, this is also the perfect product to do so – layer on a small amount of the Nipple Balm for Lips, then pad on any eye glitter – it instantly sticks to the balm and holds for a good duration of time. As an FYI, this is exactly what I did for the picture in my header of the website!

Cheek Shine/Highlighter – If you want to add a bit of shine to your cheekbones to give that highlighted effect, this product is great. Again, a small amount ages a long way, so only the tiniest needs to be applied.

Sore Patches – I know, I know, attractive right? But let’s face it, we all get sore or itchy patches on our faces sometimes and it’s a nightmare when you do (particularly if it then makes red blotchy patches…). I’ve used Dr Lipp’s Nipple Balm for Lips when I’ve had a cold and my nose got sore from constantly blowing it (you know that red raw look I’m talking about..) – it really soothed the skin and stopped the irritation; at times like that, it’s best to keep the skin around your nose hydrated so it doesn’t dry out and get so sore… which is exactly what the balm did! I’ve not had to try myself, but from what I’ve heard, you can also use this product on dry/sore patches of skin, and of course, on nipples themselves when they get cracked and sore.

There are many many many more other uses for Dr Lipp’s ‘Original Nipple Balm for Lips’, and so many benfits from using it – if you want to read more about the product then head over to Dr Lipp’s website.

Overall, I was super impressed with the ‘Original Nipple Balm for Lips’ – the packaging is awesome and so pretty! (Simple things, I know!), it’s fabulous for lasting you ages, and there are so many ways you can use it! Plus, it really helped my dry lips!

10 out of 10 for Dr Lipp!

Lots of love,

Roben x

 

 

Butter London – Product Review!

So I’ve been extremely fortunate and been sent some lovely samples through from Butter London – a fantastic brand I’ve been wanting to try for ages! They sent me 4 items in total – 3 fabulous matte lipsticks, and 1 liquid eyeliner, to which I have made another video to show the amazing products (the video is at the bottom of this post!).

I’ve been playing around with ideas for a while now, and wanted to write a small piece on how lipstick colours can change a look in an instant – using the same brand, and style of lipstick, but just changing the colour. Using the 3 lipstick colours I was sent by Butter London I’ve now been able to do this – I’ve started off with my make-up already applied, and literally just gone through applying the different lipsticks… you’ll be surprised the difference it makes! Using pink-ier shades lightens the face and gives a gorgeous daytime look (especially the ‘Macbeth’ shade Butter London sent!), whereas a more rose tinted shade makes great for an early evening look. For a more sultry, late-evening look you can transform your whole look with a much deeper shade of red… keep reading to find out my thoughts on the shades Butter London sent me…

 

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Matte Lipstick ‘Macbeth’ – This is the first shade I apply in the video – it’s absolutely fantastic! It has great tone to the pink, and the vibrancy of the lipstick is outstanding… it almost has a neon/luminous look to it? The lipstick glides on effortlessly, and it’s claim to being ‘long lasting’ is 100% on point – I’ve trialled this beautiful shade out at work to see if it rubs off easily, yet despite various drinks (hot and cold), and food eaten throughout the day (I’m not ashamed to say I constantly eat – there’s always some form of snack in front of me!), the lipstick stayed on, only needing a top up once (and this was around 3pm, so pretty good going!). The ‘Macbeth’ shade is absolutely perfect for people with pale skin with a cool undertone (such as myself) – it really draws attention to the lips without making you look deathly white or with yellow-tinged skin. As an added bonus point, this colour really brought out the whiteness in my teeth (which always goes down with me!). This shade, out of the 3 I received is most definitely my favourite!

Matte Lipstick ‘Loved Up’ – If you’re looking to go out for dinner, pop to the cinema, or going on a date, this beautiful shade is immense. Again, easy to apply, a wonderful matte finish, and superbly long-lasting (even more so than the ‘Macbeth’ shade!) – you really can’t go wrong with these lipsticks. ‘Loved Up’ is a redder shade which really can change up your look – whether you want to jazz up your daytime look, or you’re heading out for the evening this colour is definitely going to make your look more striking!

Matter Lipstick ‘Ruby Murray’ – This was actually the first out of all the samples that I tried out – I was heading out for the evening and I thought this would be ideal to test out.. my findings revealed that the lipstick withheld all night with just the one slight touch-up! I was super impressed, and to top it off, I was complimented throughout the night how great my make-up was and asked where I got my lipstick from! It certainly is a show stopper, and the deepness of the colour gives such a sultry, sexy look. Best of all, the ‘Ruby Murray’ shade didn’t make me look ridiculously pale (as I have found with previous darker shade lipsticks) – the cool undertone to the red complimented my skin, and I had real confidence when wearing it. Once more, this was easy to apply and super long lasting!

Eyeliner

Matte Eye Liner in ‘Union Jack Black’ – I think this was the product I was most excited by when I received the samples – I love a good liquid eyeliner, and I love trying them out! I have to say though, this was perhaps actually the more disappointing item out of the lot – maybe because I had such high hopes for it? But either way, it wasn’t my favourite. The eye liner itself was easy enough to use, and the shape of the body of the eyeliner made a good grip and easy to hold – the colour also gave good coverage… when it worked. The main issue I had with this eyeliner was that it ran out so quickly! The first 2 times I used the liquid liner it was perfectly fine and I was quite happy with it… but every use after that the product became less dense and I found myself having to reapply several layers to get a half decent coverage. This was a bit frustrating – it was fine if I had lots of time to do my makeup, but on the occasions I was in a rush (which in my case, is 9 out of 10 times!) it was a bit tedious to keep having to build the colour up. On a positive note, the fine point to the eye liner allows you to get a really sharp flick to your wing!

 

Overall, I was very impressed with Butter London’s products – all of them were super easy to use, and the range of colours which are available on the website are superb! Although the Matte Eye Liner didn’t quite meet up to my expectations, the Matte Lipsticks went above and beyond, which certainly made up for it! I was so pleased with the longevity of the lipsticks and how little I needed to top them up to last throughout the day, and the colours were absolutely beautiful.

I will certainly be adding Butter London to my shopping list, and I can’t wait to check out some of their other ranges!

Make sure to check Butter London out here – http://www.butterlondon.co.uk

 

My next few posts are going to be focusing on brighter colours as we start to transition from spring to summer (even if it doesn’t feel like it right now!), some tips on how to get a spectacular smokey eye, and how to achieve some film inspired looks!

If there’s anything in particular you would like me to cover, just give me a shout @RobenBeauty on either Twitter or Facebook or comment below!

Lots of love,

Roben x

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

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

 

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

 

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