Work that eyeliner flick!

Those who know me can confirm the fact that if I have make up on, I have eyeliner. The flick has been with me for ages now and I (almost) cannot leave the house without it.

When a new eyeliner comes along, I’m filled with excitement, especially when it is a pen, my favourite medium. So of course the Lord & Berry Shodō eyeliner ticked all the boxes.

Perfecting the eyeliner application is really down to exhaustive practice, and even after many years of daily doings, there are some days my eyeliner hates me. A lot.

Shodō is a form of artistic writing of the Japanese language and this eyeliner doesn’t let us down. The tapered brush is made of soft bristles that retain their form, thus being firm enough for precise thick and thin lines.

The formula is super black, rather glossy, extra pigmented and smooth. Upon drying, which happens quickly, it sits film-like on the skin.

It is water and sweat proof and does not budge, but can be removed with warm water and flakes off with little effort.

My only recommendation is that an eyelid primer or powder shadow is used prior to application, as the film didn’t particularly love my oily bare eyelids!

Shodō has been upgraded to my everyday eye make drawer to stay.

The Shodō Stylograpic Eyeliner costs a reasonable £16 and you can get it from the Lord & Berry website and other online retailers, such as Look Fantastic.

written by Dani

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A lipstick shade a day: the Sleek Lip VIP

sleek_lip_vip_lipstick_review - 3Not too long ago I mentioned Sleek was the very first red lipstick I ever owned, and that started a love affair that spanned years.

Guess how happy I was to get a LOAD of amazing Sleek MakeUp lip colours, but this time it came in the shape of their fabulous new Lip VIP lipsticks, which are somewhat different: they have a semi-matte finish.

sleek_lip_vip_lipstick_review - 1Apart from the more luxurious packaging with the colour at the bottom, this £5.49 gem packs a punch. It’s super pigmented and hydrating, with Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Coconut Oil, at the same time, while offering a very decent durability!

This Very Important Pout collection has six new shades to take you straight into spring/summer and more.

sleek_lip_vip_lipstick_review - 4My favourite, Flaunt It, is a vibrant orange; Night Spot is a rich pinkier red (and I love a red lipstick!); Guest List is a bright coral; Backstage, a warm coral pink; Reserved, a candy pink and Private Booth a great nude with some pink in it, and not grey and dull as most, so suitable for my skin tone!

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L-R: Night Spot, Flaunt it, Guest List, Backstage, Reserved and Private Booth

This fabulous collection will update your wardrobe for the coming season. In fact, I’ve already started injecting it in my life now!

 And at £5.49 each, you can certainly afford a few, if not all!

The gorgeous Sleek MakeUP Lip VIP collection is now available from Superdrug, Boots and at sleekmakeup.com.

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Amped up lashes: I discovered the Benefit They’re Real! Tinted Lash Primer 

benefit_theyreal_lash_primer_review - 2There is something about Benefit I canto quite gauge. I love their packaging, adore the name and the concept behind their products, see thousands of people who swear by them but nothing I tried seemed to quite work for me.
Until now. To my surprise, at the uber generous QVC SS16 press preview bag, there was a Benefit They’re Real! Tinted Lash Primer.
Let’s start with the brush. It’s a plastic, with super thin and flexible bristles in varied lengths that will get right in there, on to every little lash. It also has a spiky end, which is fabulous for lower lashes.
benefit_theyreal_lash_primer_review - 1 (1)The formula is gel, in a watery brown colour, which is great and can be used on its own for a lighter, feathery and super defined look.
But as a primer it truly shines. It separates and defines, conditions and gives a little bit of lift and volume.
benefit_theyreal_lash_primer_review - 1Mascara application (admittedly, my new found love from Charlotte Tilbury), is somehow smoother, lashes go that extra mile in terms of length and separation.
Am I about to start a love affair with Benefit?! Not yet, but I am not dismissing it. At all.
benefit_theyreal_lash_primer_review The Benefit They’re Real! Tinted Primer costs a brilliant £14.55, plus £2.95 p&p from QVC. You can also get it in shops nationwide, as well as online.
Beauty at QVC is something I have rediscovered recently. Apart from having an extensive range of amazing big known and boutique brands and great prices, they will also carry exclusives and special packs which usually carry a very special price tag too. Well worth checking for all you beauty needs!
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Easy eyes with Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil

charlotte_tilbury_colour_chameleon_review - 1Since I did my Charlotte Tilbury Rebel look, with John Lewis, I cannot stop wearing the makeup products, separately. I don’t think a day has gone by without me using at least one.
From my initial hesitance, despite rave reviews, to fork out for must have items, to a wish list that is close to s best seller, I have developed an unhealthy obsession with it. and includes two shopping trips and a visit to the Charlotte Tilbury beauty boudoir in London’s Covent Garden shop.
Yes, Tilbury lives up to her “makeup magic” motto and I’ve been enchanted.
My biggest surprise was the Colour Chameleon Colour Morphing Eyeshadow Pencil.
charlotte_tilbury_colour_chameleon_review - 2I run away from eyeshadow pencils at the best of times; in fact, I believe there is only another brand that will work for me.
I got sent the pencil in Smokey Emerald, for hazel eyes. While mine are not hazel (they are light brown) and I think the colour works pretty well. I also bought Bewitching Black, perfect for easy smokey, light or dark.
charlotte_tilbury_colour_chameleon_review - 3This pencil glides amazingly and blends beautifully. I usually draw the crease, from the Middle of the eyes and use a fluffy brush to smoke it.
It takes seconds to achieve a great look, for all occasions. And it’s immovable; it will stay in place all day, no crease, no melting.
The great thing is that there are many colours and Ms Tilbury has clearly labelled them as being for day and night, as well as for your eye colour. This one, for example, is night for hazel eyes.
I do feel though, it’s good for day too, if you use a bit less and blend more. And it can be layered later on for a darker evening look.

Also works wonder on the lower lash line, and it’s easy to smoke it there too, my favourite way is with a pencil brush.

Clever, eh? Now I have at least another one my wish list: Champagne Diamonds, which I think will make a great base and highlighter.
The Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon comes in a good half a dozen colours, all designed to bring out eye colours and cost £19 each online, at stockists like John Lewis and also from the fabulous newly opened Charlotte Tilbury shop in Covent Garden, London.
At the moment there are fabulous gifts sets containing the pencil, as we as a box with five colours (including bewitching black) for you to crate amazing looks.
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Fluttering my Fleur de Force Eylure lashes

eylure_fleur_de_force_review - 1When I heard about the Eylure collaboration with superstar blogger/vlogger Fleur de Force I was intrigued.

Being a fan of Eylure and knowing the fabulous range of lashes they offer, what could she bring, apart from her off-the-charts popularity? Continue reading

I fell for a Two Timer, a NYX eyeliner, that is!

nyx_twotimer - 2If it is ever allowed to maintain a relationship with, and keep loving,  a Two Timer, this is the case. This NYX eyeliner is so handy yo wouldn’t believe.

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Makeup in Minutes with Clarins

A little while ago, I was late for a cocktails and Clarins decided to give me a helping hand, picking me up from work.

And they offered me their fabulous makeup to get me ready; from work day pumpkin to party night princess. The catch? I had to do it in 15 minutes at the back of a taxi. And no tools. Eeeeek.

Well. Here’s what happened:

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A face all-rounder: meet the NYX Wonder Pencil

IMG_2774Don’t you love an all-rounder? Oh, yes, we do have that special affection for those products that offer extra value for money.

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How I feel about trends

trends - somanylovelythingsTrend. Such a powerful word nowadays. Everyone uses it. There’s a trend overload in all aspects of life.

Now, let me get this out of the way: I don’t dislike the word trend (or real trends themselves). In fact, I quite like it, as helps give you guidance to easily update your wardrobe, but sometimes I do think it is overused to mis-sell stuff.

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Primed and prepped: a guide to primers

which_primer - 2 of 6 (1)Many a times I went on about how primers changed my life and how important they are in the makeup routine. I will give you a brief round-up not to bore you.

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