Month: August 2014

Bobbi Brown Day To Night Palette Review

First off. Let me remind you all, I’m all about the drugstore life. ALL ABOUT IT. But I do own some high end, but they pretty much live in my kit.

Today I reached for an oldie but a goodie, my Bobbi Brown day to night shadow palette. Sadly you can’t find this on the website anymore, but there are places online you can get this.

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Now this palette is pretty small. Fits in the palm of my hand in fact. So its IDEAL for travelling. The packaging is a sleek compact, inside you will find your 5 shadows, a mirror and a little blending brush. I have tried the brush and as far as the brushes that come with palettes go (usually a foam applicator I find) it’s quite nice.

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The colours included in this palette are PERFECT for exactly what the palette is called… day to night! You can achieve a neutral eye, or a dramatic shimmery smokey eye.

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The lightest shade would probably be a lot more visible on most people so please bare in mind I’m a ghost!

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Navajo, Slate, Heather Mauve, Steel, Caviar)

Verdict
All in all its a nice palette. It’s very travel friendly and if a neutral look is something you like than this is a great palette for you. The shadows are pigmented without fall out and easily blend able and long lasting.

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Bobbi Brown Day to night eye palette worn in photo.

Much Love
Lois Xoxoxo

Make up Revolution eyeliner pens review

I recently ordered a few new bits from Makeup Revolution. In that haul I got a couple of eyeliner pens. When they were launched I was so excited as I’m a big fan of felt tip style liquid eyeliners.

Make up revolution Double Flick & Kohl and flick liquid eyeliners  (£3.50 each)

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I got the ‘Awesome Double Flick liquid eyeliner’ and the ‘Awesome dual eyeliner Kohl & flick’

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I was very excited about this Kohl & Flick eyeliner. Everything I need in one pen! I always use gel/liquid eyeliner on my lid and Kohl for tightlining/waterline.

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The Kohl side of the pen is a twist up as opposed to a pencil, which I prefer. It glides nicely and applies a strong pigmented matte black. The other side is a ‘precise’ liquid eyeliner, which I’ll go into more detail in with the double flick eyeliner pen.

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The double flick liquid eyeliner has two liquid felt tip pen style tips. One is more pointed, the “precise” liner. This side can be used to create extremely thin and precise lines, perfect for drawing on that extra sharp wing! The other side is a little thicker and less pointed but still very precise. This side will create a little thicker of a line. My favourite method for using this eyeliner is drawing my lash line on thick using the thicker pen tip, carving out a wing with the precise side, and filling in with the thicker side.

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(I used the Double flick liquid eyeliner in this photo)

The liner is long lasting and pretty smudge proof. My new favourite, eyeliner. I love it, especially for £3.50!

Much love
Lois Xoxoxo

Www.makeuprevolutionstore.com

The Kylie lip!

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So unless you live under a rock you will know that the latest lip craze is a mauve nude colour aka the Kylie lip! A gorgeous everyday colour that I must say Iv been wearing for the longest time! it’s no magical new colour 😂 but hey anything the Kardashian/Jenner clan touch seems to blow up right???

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So basically these are the 3 colours that apparently Kylie wears, along with whirl lip liner as a base… Please don’t shoot me down if it’s not an exact match we all have different lip pigmentation at the end of the day!!

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MAC Brave a gorgeous pink-beige with white pearl and Satin finish

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MAC Velvet Teddy This is a medium-dark beige colour with a rather prominent greyish undertone and Matte finish

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MAC Cosmo a rosey-mauve colour with a amplified finish

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In conclusion I really think they all give the same ish pay of as what Kylie wears, I’d reach for “Brave” or “cosmo” if you are wanting a pretty close match to hers and “velvet teddy” if you want something that pulls more nude than mauve, but overall these are some of my personal favourite lipsticks! cosmo was the very first lipstick that I used up in less than a year! I will forever repurchase it!! 🙈❤️

Love you all!!!!
Elarner XOXOXOX

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Missha Signature radiance foundation review

One of my holy grail products is the Missha Perfect cover BB cream in #13. Not only is it the perfect shade for me, which is ridiculously hard for me to find (Revlon Colorstay Ivory is only d/store foundation I’ve EVERY found that matches me. Every other brands fairest shade is too dark.) It’s medium to full coverage, which for a BB cream is incredible, and my skin always feels great after wearing it because of its moisterising formula. So when I saw Missha had bought out a foundation, I ordered it the second I found it online. Seeing as #13 is a perfect match for me with their BB cream, I ordered shade #13 in this foundation.

Missha Signature Radiance Foundation #13 (£14.99)

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The foundation arrived in this beautiful gold box. When opened I was amazed at how pretty the bottle was. It’s frosted glass, very high end feeling. The lid is gold with a pattern on the top, and the foundation has a pump! So far so good!

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When I pumped it out, I noticed the fragrance was so so strong. Think, old ladies perfume. I was already worried about putting this on my face and I’d only just pumped it out. I didn’t like the smell at all, it was so overwhelmingly strong! Plus having sensitive skin I was sure I’d probably break out using such a heavily fragranced foundation.

I did try to apply it but I removed it immediately as having it on and under my nose was horrible. Although during the few seconds of having it on I would say it’s light to medium coverage.

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Colour comparison to Revlon Colorstay

Verdict.
As a huge fan of their BB cream I was massively disappointed in this foundation. With the BB cream being medium- full coverage and a perfect match I was let down that this wasn’t anywhere near similar to it. If you like heavily fragranced light coverage yellow foundations, this is the one for you. Unfortunately for Missha I can’t really think of anyone who would like this. Think I’ll stick to their cheaper and much more skin friendly blemish balm cream!

Much love
Lois Xoxoxo

Mini Review of Garnier Perfect Blur Primer

This  is only going to be a quick one, because, to be honest, the photos will pretty much review this for me. Firstly let me apologise for the kinda gross close up of my pores. But at the same time it’s worth embarrassing myself for as this product is amazing.

Garnier Perfect Blur Primer (30ml – £9.99 but depends where you buy it)

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So the only “negative” thing I can say about this, is in terms of making your make up last longer, it doesn’t. But they don’t advertise it as that kind of primer so we’ll let them off for that.

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The consistency is very silicone feeling, glides on skin VERY easily and makes your face very soft feeling. You only need a tiny bit for your whole face, although as this is a pore blurrer I’d only use it on problem areas as I don’t see any benefit using it all over.

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My biggest problem area is under my eyes/beside my nose. Again, sorry for the extreme close up 🙈

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This is the after picture. I PROMISE you no editing has occurred, picture was taken it exact same lighting at exact same position. It has literally done what it advertised  (which as a make up lover, you’ll know isn’t always a common thing, especially for an affordable drugstore item) and blurred my pores.

As I said this will only be a short review, but look at those results. I’m blown away, kudos Garnier, I’m sure this product will live in my make up collection for as long as it’s available for!

Lois
Xoxoxo

Elarner’s Top 3 Highlighters!!!

So one of the biggest craze in beauty these days is contour & highlight right? I know I jumped on the band wagon and now I can’t leave the house without it!!!

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So today I will be reviewing my three favourite highlighters ranging from high end, to very affordable and in three different shades, and let me say I believe any skintone can use any shade of highlighter! A lot of people worry that if it is to silver toned it won’t show up or if it is to bronze they will look over the top (I used worry the same!) however with a light hand and the right tool (I find a fan brush best) you really can use whatever tickles your fancy!!

Let me start buy giving the run down of what highlighters are used for, there are afew different types of highlighters out there and they have different purposes, today we are looking at shimmer highlighter powders. You apply these along the top of cheek bone, cuspids bow, brow bone and I also like to pop a little on the tip of my nose all to give that illusion of a youthful, fresh complexion, but of course you can use it in other areas this is just my personal preference.

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So let’s get started with the best value of the three
ELF Baked Blush “Pinktastic”
and as you may have guessed it’s actually not a highlighter at all, it’s a baked blush! However this IS a highlighter you just couldn’t use this as a blush unless you are trying to look like a fairy princess in that case knock yourself out 😜

This highlighter is pink based, however the veins that run through give it that gorgeous mix of pink & beige and they create the most gorgeous colour together! I find it’s not the longest lasting highlighter out there but for £3 I’m happy to retouch it after afew hours!

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Next we move on to my personal holy grail
MAC Cosmetics Mineralize skin finish “lightscpade”
Anyone that follows me on Instagram will know I’m a total M.A.C addict and can do little wrong in my eyes, but they really did create a wonderful product here!

This is the most beautiful yet subtle highlighter, no chunky glitter just the a smooth blendable shimmery silver! This also has gorgeous veins of blues & yellows running through it and oh my it really is perfect! It truly is one of them products I will always reach for and lasts a good 6-8hours! And for £23 it’s actually very good value for money because of the sheer amount of product you get!

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Last but not least we have my high end pick
Bobbi brown shimmer brick “bronze”
Let me start by saying the is quite pricey even for me coming in at £32.50, so I really did have to take time to decide what shade I wanted as I won’t be getting another anytime soon! After researching for a while I settled on the shade “Bronze”, and gosh I’m so glad I did! I never used to reach for a bronze highlight purely because I’m so pale I was always worried I’d look rather strange and it would be VERY obvious that I had it on my cheeks, but Iv been pleasantly surprised!!

This has 5 shades that you mix together an results in a gorgeous light gold shimmer that like the mac is not chunky and blends like a dream! I find I can wear it all day with no touch ups and it just stays put!

So that is it my three faves!!! If you have any or try them after this l’d love to know what you think!

Much Love! Elarner XoXoXoX

SWATCHES! Left to right, MAC “Lightscapade”, Bobbibrown shimmerbrick “bronze”, ELF Baked blush “Pinktastic”
Top pic indoor light, bottom in direct sunlight

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Make up Revolution – I ♡ Makeup “Death By Chocolate” REVIEW!

I’ve been very excited to try this palette, it got released the day after I’d put in an order for some other MUR goodies, and as I didn’t want to have to pay the shipping for this palette alone, I decided to wait until my next order. So its finally here, I’ve photographed it, swatched it, worn it, so now here’s the review!

I ❤ Make up by Makeup Revolution “Death by Chocolate” Eye-shadow Palette £7.99 from http://www.makeuprevolutionstore.com

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The palette comes in a cardboard sleeve, with a viewing window where you can see the palette. On the back of the box there is a display of the colours found inside the palette.

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So I’m sure as you can see for yourself, that this palette was probably inspired by the ‘Chocolate Bar’ eyeshadow palette by Too Faced. It’s very similar in size, and the layout of the eyeshadows is somewhat similar too, with both palettes having 16 colours in total, and both having bigger sized highlight shades. The shadows don’t smell of chocolate like the Too Faced one does, but I can live with that!

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Inside the palette you will find a clear slip with the names on the shadows. I really like this, as it’s a nice touch, and allows you to easily learn the names of your favourite shades 😉 There is a mirror on the inside, and as I said before, the highlight shades are bigger than the rest of the eyeshadows. This palette is perfect for day to day wear, as it has your base colour/highlight, matte transition shades, a variety of beautiful lid colours and dark mattes for the perfect smokey eye. I’ll definitely be taking this with me when I go away this weekend, as it has everything I need!

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Swatches: Natural light, Samsung s5 phone camera. No primer.

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Verdict:

I’m already in love with this palette and can see myself using alot for daily neutral looks, possibly even more dramatic stuff using the darker shades. A couple of the matte shades needed a couple of swipes before there was anything to swatch, but I have found that to be a very universal problem with affordable eyeshadow palettes, and have learned to use a heavier hand. Once you swipe it a couple of times, it’s absolutely fine. The consistency of the eyeshadows are quite creamy, they’re soft and very blend-able. You can blend out the intensity of the shimmer shades quite easily, so to avoid that, pat on the shimmer shadows rather than swiping. I think this is a beautiful palette, especially for £8. The packaging is perfect, it’s good for travelling, and the eyeshadows stay put all day. Yet another amazing product by the amazing Make up Revolution.

Much Love
Lois
Xxxx

Chanel soleil tan de Chanel VS Maybelline dream matte mousse sun bronze… DUPE ALERT!

Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel vs Maybelline Dream Matte Mouse “Sun Bronze”

DUPE ALERT!

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So after trying the chanel soleil afew weeks ago on recommendation of a friend i had play with hers and OMG talk about contour heaven! 🙌 seriously it was so easy to use and blended out like a dream! So I had a hunt for one and after seeing how expensive it was I just can’t justify nearly £40 on another bronzer right now (I have a million and 1 already) so I did some serious homework trying to find a dupe yet after googling my little heart out I wasn’t having very much luck…. until I stumbled on a YouTube video with only about 4 views (I wish I knew her name to shout her out! Sorry!) and she was using the Maybelline dream matte mouse foundation as a bronzer … A foundation you say? Whatttt??? Lol but then I had an lightbulb moment! This could well be my dupe! The mousse formula is exactly the same concept, it is matte …no shimmer… Blends amazingly….I need to try this

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So I picked up the shade sun bronze from Superdrug (boots doesn’t stock this shade) and I can’t believe how much of a dupe it is! In fact it’s better as you actually have a choice of shades unlike the Chanel’s standard one, I find it works best with the real techniques contour brush it fits perfectly in the little pot and blends the product seamlessly!

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So on conclusion you need this in your life! I’m so happy I didn’t splash out on the Chanel! As a lover of high end products it’s easy to get caught up on a name and pretty packaging but why spend more if you don’t have to? You can just buy more makeup with the money you save!!!! Hehe! I hope this helps someone looking for a good contour product any questions please feel free to ask!!

Much love Larny XOXOXO

#LoisMUAgiveaway

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Giveaway

 

To celebrate my 1 month anniversary of my MUA Instagram account and also to celebrate our brand new blog, I will be doing a giveaway!

I have chosen some of my favourite products from @makeuprevolution plus their ♦♦♦BRAND NEW♦♦♦ Colour Chaos eyeshadow palette!

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To win:
1) You must follow me (@loismua), and @makeuprevolution.
2) Share this picture and tag @loismua and hashtag #LoisMUAgiveaway
3) Comment Done on the giveaway picture on my InstagramMore rules and info can be found on my blog

Please ensure that if you have a private account, please make your account public during giveaway so I can see your entry!

OPEN INTERNATIONALLY

You may enter up to 3 times. Instagram only (Upload giveaway picture up to 3 times during giveaway period)

Good luck!!!
Full product lists

IHeartMakeup Lipgeek lipsticks

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Left to right : “Cherry Bomb” “Marshmallow Kiss” “Candy Rock” ” Smile is the best make up” “Ken Will Want Me” and “Dream about success”

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Colour Chaos Eyeshadow Palette “Run Boy run” salvation eyeshadow palette, “Sugar & Spice ” Blush & Contour palette, Vivid baked highlighter “Golden Lights “

Again, good luck to you all

Introduction to Beautiful Darkness

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Hi guys! First of all thank you for checking out our blog! We seriously appreciate everyone here!

So let me introduce myself I’m Elarner but Larny to most! I’m 24 from kent just outside of London, a mum of 2 gorgeous kiddies and a self confessed Makeup addict! My obsession mainly lies with M.A.C but most high end products I find I can’t resist!!! (So expect lots of reviews on them 🙈)
I’m a self taught MUA I do freelance but I also have some exciting things coming up in the future!!! 😁 Lois and I are so excited to colab on this blog as we both have the same passion for all things beauty! I hope our reviews and tutorials help everyone lean new things an enhance your inner beauty!! Please feel free to ask questions and let us know what you think!! 😘

Much love
XoXoXoX

Instagram @ElarnerDawn

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Hi Beautifuls!

I’m Lois, you may know me off Instagram, but it’s hard to really tell you about myself on just a photo caption, so here you’ll be able to get to know me better, as well as in depth reviews and the occasional tutorial!

 I’ve teamed up with my friend Elarner and together we created “Beautiful Darkness ” The name inspired by both  being pale ladies with dark hair! We’re both in the Make up artistry industry, so we thought putting our passion for make up together in one place could be a pretty cool thing! We hope you think so too!

So more about me. I’m 22, I live in Surrey, which is on the border of London, I’m a self taught MUA. I have 2 beautiful children, both boys. When it comes to make up I am a hardcore drugstore junkie. I love me some affordable yet quality make up that doesn’t break the bank. You can expect a lot of reviews on make up under £10.

I’m also a big fan of out of the ordinary make up. I find having rainbow eyeshadow and blue lips way more fun than a neutral look! But now and again I rein it in a bit and try and go natural 😁

Other than that I can’t think of much else. But I’m sure you’ll learn more about me through reading my blog posts, and future videos. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and we are so excited to have you join us on this exciting journey! Love & Kisses

Lois.
Xoxox

Instagram: @LoisMua

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