Wednesday, 30 March 2016

MOTD #2

Porcelain Queen MOTD Makeup Look
Face //
Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm
Bourjois Paris Healthy Mix Foundation - Light Vanilla
Aveda Inner Light Concealer - Balsa
MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder
Essence Sun Club MatteBronzing Powder - Natural
Essence Blush Up Powder - Pinky Flow
The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer

Eyes & Brows // 
NYX E/S Base - Skin Tone
Makeup Geek E/S - Peacock, Nautica & Mermaid
Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner - Perfect Black
Jordana Best Lash Extreme Mascara
Red Cherry Lashes - *unsure of the name*
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade - Chocolate

Lips //
Makeup Revolution Lip Lacquer - I Fall In Love

I had a lot of fun creating this look, I used on three colours as I wanted it too be completely cool toned. It took a long time blending, as I used Peacock which is a matte true teal colour as a transition shade, but I am so happy with the result.

Let me know what you think.
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Monday, 28 March 2016

Bourjois Paris Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer

Bourjois Paris Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer
Although I have finally declared my primer search officially over, I had bought this before my beloved Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm.

Since I have been sticking to my skin care routine religiously my skin has become so much better, the oiliness has vastly reduced and I can go without powdering the vast majority of my face, and achieving a natural lit from within look, so I decided to try a dewier primer.
Bourjois Paris Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer
The primer is a light weight, gel like formula which once applied to the skin absorbs extremely easily. Although pastel peach in colour the primer offers no coverage, it also contains no shimmer or metallic particles. 

Once applied my skin did look more radiant and glowy, however on reflection, it looked no different to if I had applied a regular moisturiser. My foundation did smooth on and buff into my skin easily, and it did have the much sought after lit from within appearance. I noticed however after around 2-3 hours of wear my skin looked oily especially around my forehead, nose and chin. After several hours my foundation had started to split and break apart, again in those three areas.

Sadly this primer does nothing for my combination skin, but I am sure it would be ideal for someone with drier skin than mine, as the extra moisture boost would be greatly appreciated. It is a shame it didn't work with my skin type as I love the happy light foundation.

Has anyone else tried this foundation?
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Friday, 25 March 2016

Soap & Glory 'Archery' Brow Pencil

Soap and Glory Brow Archery Eyebrow Pencil
I was in Boots recently and I noticed that Soap & Glory had released a new style Brow Archery. I had a quick look with the intention of not purchasing it, as their original was such a let down for me. But when I actually looked at the product and the shade range I noticed it was a rival for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. I had a quick swatch and found my shade in 'Hot Chocolate', a dark cool toned brown, which, from memory looked a lot like my Medium Brow Brow Wiz.
Soap and Glory Brow Archery Eyebrow Pencil
Soap and Glory Brow Archery Eyebrow Pencil
The black packaging is slim line and sleek, with gold accent lettering, much more chic compared to the bulky, clumsy original Brow Archery. Soap and Glory have ditched the felt tip pen applicator, and replaced it with a mini spoolie, which is extremely handy, and should be the norm for all brow pencils. The other end is a twist up applicator making sharpening a thing of the past.

The product itself is very hard, which is what I prefer in a brow pencil, as it makes the placement more precise, and the colour pay off more intense. The pencil is extremely thin, literally a few millimetres thick, which makes creating faux brow hairs and a defined brow arch fool proof.

The shade choice is limited, you better hope you suit one of the limited three shades, luckily 'Hot Chocolate' suits my brows perfectly. The price point doesn't disappoint, at £8 this product is an absolute steal. I 100% recommend this product, I really cannot think of a single negative thing to say. The new and revamped 'Archery' is on my repurchase list, and I will continue to use for the foreseeable. 
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Wednesday, 23 March 2016

MOTD #1

Copper Makeup MOTD

Face //
Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm
Loreal True Match Foundation - Golden Ivory
Beauty UK Ultimate Contour Palette
MAC Prep & Prime Transparent Finishing Powder
Beauty UK Matte Bronzer - Dark
Benefit Bella Bamba Blush Powder
The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlight Powder

Eyes & Brows //
NYX E/S Base - Skin Tone
Makeup Geek Cosmetics E/S - Peach Smoothie / Creme Brulee
Cocoa Bear / Brown Sugar / Flame Thrower
MAC E/S - Nylon
KIKO Definition Liquid Eyeliner
Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner - Perfect Black
Benefit They're Real Mascara
Red Cherry Lashes -  #WSP
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade - Chocolate

Lips // 
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick - Bloodline

It's so hard to fit every single product used in the Instagram caption section, so I thought I would share one of my favourite makeup looks of the week on my blog and share every single product used to create the look.

I will try and keep this up and have this a regular feature every Wednesday - let me know if your down for that...
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Monday, 21 March 2016

KIKO Milano Eyebrow Fibers

For someone with a thick pair of brows, a good quality setting gel is an absolute must, a spritz of hairspray on a spoolie just wont cut it. I was in my local shopping centre and I notice a KIKO milano shop had opened, so naturally I sauntered in. If I'm being honest I didn't need a new brow gel, I had a couple on the go in my makeup stash, but for some reason or another I ended up purchasing it...whoops.
I chose shade 'Deep Brunettes', this being the darkest next to black, it is a fraction too warm, however I never wear it alone so I can just about pull it off. The spoolie applicator is one of the biggest I have ever witnessed in a brow gel, so if you have thin eyebrows, or even thin brow hairs you will need an incredibly light hand. It is also a very basic spoolie design, think disposable mascara wand, which is a shame. 

The product it's self is really good, I'm a fan of feathery brows and it does hold my hairs in gravity defining, obscure angles. For a firmer hold, which I prefer, I need two layers and I'm set for the whole day. The consistency is very thin, so I don't understand why KIKO have branded this as 'Brow Fibres' because there isn't a single fibre in mine, as you can see from the above close up.

For £7.20 I expected a lot more out of this product, but all in all it is a good, basic eyebrow gel. But if your looking for a wear alone, plumping formula this is not the product for you,

Have you tried this product?
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Monday, 14 March 2016

Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm

For months now I have watched Nikkie Tutorials subsitute primer for the Nivea Men Post Shave Balm, as constantly sing it's praises. Then one by one other YouTuber's I subscribe to started to use it, so I got to thinking, does it really work?

The rationale behind using this product as a primer is quite simple and all down to one ingredient, glycerin. Glycerin is a sticky product which will bind with the makeup you apply directly on top of it, it also draws water from the atmosphere so is super moisturising.

A little goes a long way with this product, I dip my little finger tip into the bottle, and that small amount is enough for my entire face. Once applied gently massage it into your skin until it becomes slightly tacky, trust me you'll know when your there. Once you start applying your foundation, you'll notice how smoothly it applies, and how little blending you need to do. After several hours my skin looks healthy, fresh and is visibly plumper, thanks to that extra moisture, but like magic it isn't oily, and hasn't started to separate.

I picked a bottle up from Superdrug for a surprising £5.29, I don't know what I expected to pay, but compared to my usual £25.50 Smashbox Primer I felt like I was stealing it. Compared to a normal primer which contains around 30ml, the Nivea Men Post Shave Balm contains 100ml of product, which will keep you going for months.

I feel like my search for the perfect primer has come to an end, and I can save myself so much money.

Have you tried this product as a primer?
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Thursday, 10 March 2016

L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Matte Foundation

L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Matte Foundation
After hearing so much beauty buzz surrounding this foundation, I thought I would give it a whirl myself. I can honestly hold my hands up and say that as I have got older I have gotten consistently better at looking after my skin, and one thing this foundation has made me realise is my skin is no where near as oily as what it used to be.

On first application I thought this foundation was difficult to work with, it took a hell of a lot of blending, and even then my face resembled a badly glossed door. My face felt physically tight, and itchy, and in dire need of a thick layer of moisturiser. But I stuck with it and wore it for an entire night shift at work, so it would have been on my face for around 15 hours. By the time the morning came I took a good long look at my face under hideous fluorescent lighting, and I was horrified at how I looked. The foundation had separated on my face, especially on my nose and chin, and my forehead was a layer of dry, flaky skin.

Not one to give in so easily, I skipped setting powder the next time I wore it, and it was exactly the same, so this time I washed my face and switched to my beloved True Match. I gave myself and my skin a break, and tried again, but this time mixing it with my True Match to see if that would help, and low and behold, I created myself the perfect foundation. The thinness of True Match reduced the thick, cake like look of Infallible, and made it a lovely full coverage foundation. I have also mixed it with several liquid highlighters to give it a less lacklustre appearance on the skin.

This foundation is thick and heavy duty, and made for someone with more oily skin then I. It is very hard to work with, and admittedly I never tried it with a beauty sponge, but that could be a better way to apply. For all the negatives about this foundation, I will end on a positive and say I adore the packaging style, the squeeze tube makes it so easy to get out, and means you'll be able to use every last drop.

What are your thoughts on this foundation?
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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Clarisonic Aria

Over Christmas and New Year I was ill and unable to take advantage of the huge in-store savings and sales, but Sinusitis did not stop me from ordering a few purchases online, the Clarisonic Aria being one of them. I have wanted one of these babies for a while, but I always knew they were extremely pricey, but with the mammoth savings I managed to snap one up for a fraction of the price.

After an hour or so scouring every beauty website know to man I managed to bag myself the 'Clarisonic Aria Winter Lace Kit' for £100, this included 2 free brush heads - bargain. If like me you do not mind what your Clarisonic looks like, you'll be able to bag yourself a ex-limited edition colour for a fraction of the price. But to be quite honest I love the silver snow flake pattern and it matches my bathroom - bonus.

I have used this little beauty twice a week for 2 months, and I have noticed a vast improvement in the texture of my skin. The larger pores and textured area surrounding my nose has markedly improved, and the patch of irritating flaky skin around my forehead is a thing of the past. I apply an exfoliating face mask, allow it to do it's magic and then wash it off with my Clarisonic. Afterwards I am left with skin so soft it rivals a new born babies.

The Aria has 3 speed settings, and when used with the appropriate head, can be used on your body, this I  haven't tried, as a shower puff is a lot cheaper and quicker in my opinion. I use mine on the fastest setting, and this has no issue breaking through a full face of makeup, or tackling a face mask. If I was to use it daily I would choose the lowest speed setting as not to irritate and strip the naturals oils from my skin.

I purchased my Clarisonic Aria from Current Body for £100

Who else has tried a Clarisonic?
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Monday, 29 February 2016

NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

narsissist dual intensity eyeshadow palette
I have had this absolute beauty sitting pride of place on my dressing table since Christmas Day and boy have I had my use of it. I have had this palette on my mental wish list ever since I became obsessed with the NARS Dual-Intensity single eye shadows. 

The texture of these shadows are like none other, highly pigmented both wet and dry, but each shadow evolves into a molten metallic pool of heaven once wet. The palette contains a good mix of day and night time shades, with a gorgeous highlight shade for good measure.

Inside the high shine mirrored and matte black compact is eight generously sized eyeshadows, and one full sized #49 brush, which is idea for applying the shadows wet. As with any black compact, it is impossible to keep clean, but like any true makeup junkie, it doesn't bother me the slightest as I am too busy using my makeup to worry about keeping it looking neat.
narsissist dual intensity eyeshadow palette
Top row left - right : Europa | Himalia | Ursa Major | Subra
Bottom row left - right : Andromeda | Lysithea | Giove | Sycorax
swatches of narsissist dual intensity eyeshadow palette
Left - Right : Europa | Himalia | Ursa Major | Subra | Andromeda | Lysithea | Giove | Sycorax

This palette was Limited Edition at the time of first release, but I know you can still buy in in a few places, ASOS being one of them, as that is where I bought mine. I also managed to bag a 20% discount meaning I got this gorgeous palette for £36, rather than its regular full price of £45.

Who else loves this palette?
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Monday, 22 February 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Medium Brown
If you're a regular here on Porcelain Queen, you'll know I have previously shunned brow pencils, but after wanting a shake up my routine I switched my Dip Brow Pomade for the coveted Brow Wiz. Funnily enough you wont need the power of precognition to know that it has become a firm favourite and a staple in my brow arsenal. 
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Medium Brown
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Medium Brown
 I chose the colour Medium Brown which matches my eyebrows perfectly. I was admittedly slightly weary of using a brow pencil, having a set thought that it would make my brows look harsh and too drawn on for lack of a better word. However I was happily proved wrong when the pencil applied in thin precise strokes which, when blended with the spoolie end, blended perfectly with my own brows and made them appear thicker, fuller and a more structured shape.

The pencil is extremely handy, I no longer have to faff around switching between a spoolie and a brow brush. The incredible small pencil makes drawing natural hair like strokes foolproof, or you can blend for a more high impact look.

I cannot wait to add the Brow Definer to my collection, a cross between the Dip Brow and the Brow Wiz sounds like heaven

Dare I even ask who loves the Brow Wiz?
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