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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!


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! ūüôā

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

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…



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!


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

Add a Bit of Colour – New Video

Just a quick blog as the sun is out today, and I’m feeling the summer vibes coming on! But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves; let’s appreciate spring first! The flowers are blooming, the trees are sprouting their leaves, and the world just seems to be a happier, sun shining kind of place right now ūüôā

So with the spring theme in mind, I put together another little video …but this time with a hint of colour! After all, it’s so easy to slip into the same old habits; using the same colour palette and the usual black eye liner… sometimes it’s good just to mix it up a bit!

This is a daytime look so nothing too drastic, but I hope you enjoy!

How to Remove Makeup… The Right Way

Today I thought I’d do something a bit different – instead of talking about how to put make-up on, let’s talk about how to take it off.

Sounds simple? Well I guess it is, but the truth of the matter is that we’re never really taught how you should be removing your make-up – 9 out of 10 of us will just grab a wet-wipe and scrub away (which, by the way, is exactly what I used to do!). Realistically, we just do what we can to get it off, and don’t think about what it’s doing to our skin; we might slap a bit of moisturiser on, but the question is whether that’s enough?

After many many years of using make-up wipes (some of which weren’t even make-up wipes, they were baby wipes because they were always readily available… if you’re a mum, you’ll know what I mean!), I soon discovered that they really are not the answer when it comes to removing make-up – they’re harsh on your skin (even the ‘sensitive’ ones), and can actually be the cause of sensitive skin if used on a long term basis! It was this fact which got me to stop using them right away!

So what is the answer? Cream, cream, cream (and a bit of toner)!

I’ve made a quick video of me removing my make-up how I’ve been taught to do professionally on others (though slightly adapted as you just can’t get the hand angles when using the techniques on yourself!) – and below I have listed everything I have used, and most importantly, why.

Please note – I have used all Simple products as I absolutely love their range, and because they use no nasties it is suitable for my generally sensitive skin – you can use any brand you wish, Simple is just my preferred choice!


Eye-Makeup RemoverKind to Eyes Nourishing Eye Make-up Remover Cream by Simple – Squeeze a decent amount between two cotton pads and pad together to spread the cream evenly. Hold one of the pads between your fingers and place over the eye, rocking gently in a horizontal motion – do this for a few seconds so that the eye-makeup remover can start to breakdown the eye makeup (particularly on heavy eyeliners and long-wear mascaras). Then wipe the makeup in downward motion – never swipe to the side – this will drag the skin and encourages wrinkles! Keep doing this until the pad has removed majority of the makeup, then fold the pad in half (so the clean side is on show and the makeup side is tucked under) – repeat the downward motions to pick up any excess makeup. Finally, fold the pad in half again (dirty side in, as before), open your eyes and look up – run the pad underneath the eye going from outer corner to inner corner – this will collect up any fallen makeup as well as any eyeliner on the lower lash-line. Repeat this process using the other pad, on the other eye.

Eye-Makeup RemoverKind to Eyes Nourishing Eye Make-up Remover Cream by Simple – Again! This is for the lips this time… and yes, you just read that correctly – for the lips. Using a small amount on one cotton pad, place between your fingers and hold over your lips – rock backwards and forwards to remove any lipstick and eyeliner. This is particularly effective for removing any lip-stain or long-wear lipsticks which otherwise are a nightmare to remove! It’s also really gentle on your lips and helps to keep moisture in.

CleanserKind to Skin Purifying Cleansing Lotion by Simple – This is the main step to removing your makeup, so make sure you have a good cleanser which suits you as you’ll be using it a lot! There’s quite a few steps for this one so I’ve broken it down a bit, but once you’ve done it a few times, you’ll be able to do it in your sleep!

1 – Take a big dollop on your hands and rub them together so that the cleanser is visible all over your hands. Gently place your cleanser covered hands down your face – starting on your forehead, followed by both cheeks, then your chin, and finally on your neck.

2 – Use continuous upwards motions on your neck and under your chin and jawlines – this will remove any makeup which is on your neck.

3 – Run your middle finger around your chin and under your bottom lip – this will dislodge any makeup which has got stuck in the crease above your chin (a common place to get spots if not cleaned properly!).

4 – Make scissor motions along your jawline, going from side to side. This is a bit more tricky to do, and it can take a bit of practice before it starts to feel natural, but it’s a really good technique for getting rid of any tide marks and foundation lines. (The video shows you how to do this better than I can describe in writing!)

5 – Run both your middle fingers on either side of your mouth – going above your top lip, then back round to underneath your bottom lip.

6 – Using your middle and ring fingers, make small circular motions around the tip of the nose and both nostrils – this is great for dislodging any makeup that may have settled in the crease around your nose (another spot-prone area if you’re not careful).

7 – Again using circular motions, but this time a lot bigger and more relaxed, move your hands down under your cheeks, up on to the cheek bones, and then back down towards the nose, in an almost triangular move.

8 – Run your middle and ring fingers, one after the other, over the top of your nose and up between your eyebrows – this move not only helps remove makeup, but feels really relaxing!

9 – Go back to the scissor movement you did on the jawline, but this time run your hands across your forehead, going from temple to temple – this will remove any makeup from around your hair line, as well as any makeup on or around your eyebrows.

Finally, grab some tissue and gently swirl around your face to remove the makeup – you’ll be shocked how much comes off!

Do this routine again (always cleanse twice!), and if you have quite a lot or a heavy load of makeup then go over a third time.

TonerKind to Skin Soothing Facial Toner by Simple – Toner is really important – by cleansing your face and getting really deep into them pores, you have to disrupt the balance of your skin, so toner is essential after cleansing as it restores your skin balance back to how it should be. Pour a decent amount between two pads and press together to spread evenly – you want a fair amount on, but if the pad is soaked through then you’ve got too much! Gently run both pads over your face starting from the centre outwards. Grab a sheet off tissue and dab any excess toner off so as to make sure you don’t look shiny!

MoisturiserKind to Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser by Simple – A girl’s best friend! Even if you’re not doing the full routine, it is super recommended that you use a moisturiser daily – it hydrates your skin and creates an amazing base before applying your makeup, as well as when you remove it. Squeeze out a fair amount between two cotton pads and press together to spread evenly, then run both pads over your face, starting from the centre outwards; just like you did with the toner.


You’ll find that after doing this routine your skin feels amazing! It doesn’t feel tight or irritated, and it’s not bright red either (which is exactly what mine used to go when I used wipes on it!). It can be a bit of a long winded routine, but once you get yourself into it, it becomes second nature and you really do start to see the benefits! It’s also a great skincare routine to use even if you’re not wearing makeup that day (just minus the eye-makeup remover), and can be really relaxing if you’ve had a stressful day – why not teach your partner how to do it, and it feels just like a massage!

Give it a try and tell me all about your experience – I love getting your feedback and know I am being helpful!

Until next time,

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).

pro foundation

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.

paint stick

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



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

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