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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

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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