Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade | Swatches and Review

Hi Beauty Lovers!

Todays post features one of the most hyped about products I've ever known, this product has flown off the shelf since its launch date and sells out quicker than if it was free!

I've been on a waiting list with Beauty Bay for months, and after the third 'notification of restock' email I finally got my hands on a pot. This stuff literally sells out in a matter of hours.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade | Chocolate | £15.00

After hearing so many amazing reviews about this product I was bursting with excitement to try this peculiar product for the first time. I've been using the pomade for around three maybe four weeks, and I've still got mixed feelings.

At the start of my relationship with the dipbrow I was in love, the product was so smooth and silky and glided on effortlessly. It defined the tail of my eyebrows but yet still remained soft and natural looking. I don't use it in the front of my brows, I like a strong brow, but a girls got to draw a line somewhere! After using it for a few days I noticed the formula had changed and had turned to more of a stodgy moose consistency making it incredibly hard to apply and made my eyebrows look unnatural. There are ways of combating this, I tend to spritz my brush with Urban Decay setting spray to just slightly loosen the product and make it appear more natural, I believe you can also use a drop of baby oil to do the same. One thing I cannot fault is the colour, it matches my natural brow colour perfectly, and there is a is a wide range of colours available...if you can get one, the popular shades soon sell out.
Swatches of Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade - Chocolate.
Left - light handed swatch | Middle - normal swatch | Right - heavy handed swatch
 
I would recommend this product to someone who likes bold brows and really likes to spend time on their makeup, because this is not a two minute job product. I currently use a mixture of wax, powder, this product and a tinted gel. This is obviously over kill, but I love spending time making my eyebrows look perfect, I couldn't not do my brows as part of my makeup routine.

Who else has tried this product? What were your thoughts?

Lauren
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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Eldora B156 False Eyelashes | Review

Happy Sunday Beauty Lovers!

I hope your all having a relaxing day, just what Sunday's were made for. Today I'm bring you yet another new brand to Porcelain Queen, which is the amazing Eldora Eyelashes. I bought three pairs from the lovely ladies at the London IMATS 2014, but today I'm showcasing the flirty and fluttery B156.
Eldora B156 Eyelashes | RRP: £4.95
 

 

These are the perfect lashes for those with smaller eyes, those of you who battle with the application of false eyelashes, or those, like me that want a smaller more petite pair. Starting off short and gradually fanning out, these lashes give you a natural illusion of a cat eye without the hassle.

My quick 15 minute makeup always involves wing eyeliner and some days I find it so much easier to apply these lashes rather than, for lack of a better word, fart about with layer upon layer of mascara. I know these have a rather thick lash band, but that's easily hidden in my eyeliner.

Despite the thicker lash band they are surprisingly light and natural, and add a subtle amount of volume to your natural eyelashes for an everyday look. I just cannot get enough!

Have you tried any Eldora lashes? Which are your favourite pair?

Lauren
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Thursday, 11 September 2014

MAC Retro Matte Lipstick Ruby Woo | The Perfect Autumn Red

Hi Beauty Lovers!

I hope your all having a fabulous Thursday, hold on only one more day until the weekend...unless you're like me and work weekends *insert video of the worlds smallest violin playing the worlds saddest song*.

Enough of the pity party, lets get started with the review...
MAC Retro Matte Lipstick Ruby Woo £15.50

Ruby Woo is by far my ultimate favourite Autumn/ Winter shade, its blue under tones suit my pale complexion perfectly and the first application signifies the change in season.

For us pale gals this is a must have lipstick, seriously if you have a pale cool complexion I urge you to try this lipstick, it will look amazing on you, think snow white! I know matte isn't for everyone, but if I want a more wearable look I apply a small amount of lip balm and if I want a glam look, a layer of clear gloss makes your lips the focus of your beautiful face.

The longevity of this lipstick is average, as you can imagine eating and drinking transfers the colour, which is obviously more noticeable with any bright lip colour, so just make sure you pack a pocket mirror for touch ups.

If you want a stark, bright,  post box red than look no further than the MAC counter, I know come winter time this will be the most sought after red shade MAC sell.

Who's tried Ruby Woo? Did you love it as much as I do?

Lauren
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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Inglot #77 Gel Liner | Swatches and Review

Hi Beauty Lovers!

Today I want to share with you an eyeliner that so creamy and smooth you could butter your toast with it! I'm talking about the Inglot Eyeliner Gel, its the most pigmented black gel eyeliner I have ever used, as well as it being one of the cheapest.

A lot my UK readers might not know much about Inglot, I only discovered the brand at IMATS but due to the queues at the stall I only grabbed the gel eyeliner, which is a shame because I've recently discovered they have a huge selection of reasonably priced products.
So lets start from the outside, granted the pot isn't the easiest on the eyes, there is definitely prettier packaging out their, however its practical and seemingly air tight, its been open for three months and theirs no tell tale sign of it drying out. The pot might look small and petite but it holds more product than rivalling MAC and Illamasqua versions, at a fraction of the price.

Now for the fun bit, the formula...what can I say about this eyeliner? I cannot compare this formula to any other product as I've never used anything as smooth and perfect in my life. Once you've applied this matte black liner will stay put, giving you perfect smudge proof wings. The colour pay off is the best I've sampled, no need for extra layers and no need to set it with a black eye shadow.

Inglot sell...are you ready for it...24 shades of this eyeliner, from the down right bright to the everyday subtle shades, there's a eye liner to suit everyone's taste.

Have you tries any Inglot products? What do you recommend?

Lauren
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Sunday, 7 September 2014

How to Make Your Own Makeup Palette | DIY

Hi Beauty Lovers!

Todays post is a definitely a first here on Porcelain Queen, I recently made my own eye shadow palette and I thought why not share my method with my beautiful readers. And plus I really like reading 'DIY' posts and I hope you do too.
What You'll Need //
- Any container of you're choice to act as your palette. I chose a Benefit 'Groovy Kinda Love' tin I had hoarded away from last Christmas. Your chosen container doesn't have to be metal just choose something pretty with a lid so your eye shadows wont get damaged.

- Self adhesive metallic sheet. You can buy these on Ebay, mine cost £1.80 for an A4 sheet.

- Your depotted eye shadows.

- A pair of scissors.

Method //
Step One // cut small squares of the metallic sheet and magnetise them to the back of your depotted eye shadows.

Step Two // Plan where you want your eye shadows to be and remove the backing off the metallic sheet and stick them into place.

Step Three // Admire your new palette.

I hope you found this post interesting and maybe try this out yourself at home. If you do make your own palette please tag me in any photos you take using @porcelainqueen1 on both twitter and instagram.

Lauren
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Thursday, 4 September 2014

E.L.F Studio Eyebrow Kit | Swatches & Review

Hi Beauty Lovers!

Long time no speak, I've had such a crazy few weeks and I didn't have any posts scheduled and waiting to post, so unfortunately my blog has suffered slightly. But fear not I'm back in business...

Brows are undeniably a big deal to any girl and we spend a long time preening and combing and gelling them so they look on point. I'm sure any beauty lover has a small stash of eyebrow products, I certainly own more brow powders then you can shake a stick at.

I bought this eyebrow kit absolutely ages ago, after watching +Shaaanxo use it over and over again, but after using it once I thought the colour was too warm for me and it was pushed to the bottom of my beauty stash. I was self admittedly fearful of the tinted wax so I'd never fully given this product a fair chance. After recently falling in love with NYX wax pencil brow shaper [review here] I decided to give the ELF wax another go and I was pleasantly surprised.

E.L.F Cosmetics Studio Eyebrow Kit £3.95
L - R | Powder & Wax | Wax Alone | Powder Alone
 
The powder and the wax alone look, for lack of a better word, iffy, but when paired together they create the perfect shade that complements my skin tone and works in harmony with my natural brow colour. Using a tinted wax can be messy to say the least so a good precise brush is a must along with a concealer to eliminate any mistakes.
 
The brush included isn't great but for £3.95 you really cant grumble, and you can pick a good quality brush up for next to nothing.
 
If I fancy bold brows then I use this kit to really carve out the tail end of my brows and I lightly feather a lighter powder through the front to give them a fluffy appearance.
 
Which products did you loathe but now you love? Let me know in the comments, I love hearing how the product managed to change you mind.
 
Lauren
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