Every Day Make Up.

As quietly promised a few weeks ago, here is the step by step of my every day make up routine. This is not a sponsored post, nor is it a review. Just a small written guide to my methods.

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Step 1: Carve In The Brows!

After the basic skincare regime (See Here), I fill in my brows. I like to do this step first as if I mess them up I’m not removing my whole face to redo them.

Using the NYX Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade I follow the top line of my sparse hairs, then I do the same with the bottom line. Once they’re almost touching I colour them in with the brush and add the tail. Depending on how I want them to look, I will either elongate the tail outwards. Alternatively, pulling the tail down to create a more defined brow.

Step 2: Erase Your Mistakes!

Okay, So if you’re anything like me… the first step probably isn’t looking so instagrammable right now. Worry not, you can get rid of any uneven, unwanted bits by covering them with foundation! Taking a small foundation brush with a pea sized amount of the (Max Factor Healthy Skin Harmony) Foundation, I carve around the brows and cover up any overspill of brow product. Starting at the bridge of my nose I pull the foundation upwards to define the space between the brows. Then, I outline the top of the brow on both sides, following it round at the tail and finally I go in and carve out the lines beneath the brow. Any remaining product is used to cover up blemishes and dark circles.

Step 3: Build That Foundation.

Maybe my most or least favourite step depending on how rushed I am to get out the door…

I use a damp beauty blender for my foundation as I find brushes are too much effort. Putting around two pumps (EY) of foundation onto the back of my hand, I use the largest part of the Sport FX Beauty Blender to blend out the foundation around my eyebrows before it starts to dry, adding foundation as and when needed. I then cover my chin, cheeks, nose and eyes. If there is any product remaining I will add it to wherever I feel more coverage is needed. As a little side note, this product dried super quickly so you definitely want to work quickly with it.

Step 4: Set That Shit!

I’ve always found that my liquid foundation moves all over my face without a setting powder of some kind. A lot of products are very heavy on my face and end up too cakey but I’ve found this powder to be amazing. I use a basic revlon powder puff and generously shake the powder onto this, then add it to my chin, nose and cheeks first. Once patted out, I then add powder using the same method to the rest of my face (inducing eyes and undereyes).

Step 5:  Eyes and Eyeshadow.

Legit my favourite step, I LOVE creating new eye looks. Even if its the same shape with different colours!

I’ll try to make this bit as easy as possible to follow.

I use three brushes, a basic fluff/packing brush and two varied sized blending brushes. Using the packing brush, I take the lightest colour (Usually a white, cream or very light beige shade) and pack the colour all over the oval of my eyelid. Then using the smaller blending brush, I take the second lightest shade (usually a light brown) and follow the corner of my upper eyelid. Then, round the curve of my brow bone and repeat in back and forth motions. I do this until it’s at the intensity that I want. Finally I take the larger blending brush and the darkest shade of eyeshadow and pack it into the hollow of my brow bone and eyelid with large back and forth motions.

Using a clean powder brush, I wipe away any fall out.

Once I’m happy with the look of my eyeshadow, I add a thin line of eyeliner complete with (wonky) cat flick. Following the natural curve of my eyelid with the tip until around 3mm before the end of my eye, then pulling the eyeliner up to create a flick. I do this so that if my eye leaks (which it always does) I don’t end up looking like a panda. Finish off withe good coating of Mascara.

Step 6: That 80’s Cheekbone.

I am obsessed with the 80’s! Ever since I got into make up, it has influenced my style. Honestly, I have probably worn this intense blusher look in varying colours for at least ten years! I know it’s not for everyone but make up is all about expression.

To start with, using a small blusher brush take some of the NYX Mate Bronzer in Medium and create a line along your cheek bone diagonally towards the edge of your mouth. You want the majority of colour to be focused around top of the cheekbone. Next using the MUA Prism Jelly Highlight in Optic take the brown shade and a larger blusher brush and at the top of your cheek bones apply the product. If this is too shimmery for you, add a little more of the bronzer to calm it down a little.

Step 7: Oh Hi Light.

Finally, we’re getting to the end of our make up journey. I SWEAR by the MUA Loose Powder Highlighter.

I usually use an angled blusher brush. Generously dip the flat edge of the brush into the product and apply it to the highest point of my cheek bone. Then i pull it up to my temples. I also add a small dot to the edge of my nose, the bridge of my nose, my philtrum and on my brow bone to lift my eyebrows!

Step 8: Contour!

Not a step that everyone will want to do but it’s definitely something thats changed my make up game! I usually contour my nose, forehead and chin.

Using the same small blusher brush that we used in step 6 and the same bronzer! I create a halo around the top of my head to give a more rounded shape. I do the same around my chin and then follow the natural line of my jaw to give a more defined edge.

Step 9: Additional Extras!

Lashes and Lips!

For red lips I use the Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Lady Balls. For Nude lips, I use the NYX Lip Lingerie in the shade Bedtime Flirt.

Lashes, I only EVER use the Ardell Wispies in style 113.

Make Up Products Mentioned:

Max Factor – Healthy Skin Harmony- Miracle Foundation – Light Ivory 40

L’Oreal Paris – Infallible Mattifying Primer

L’Oreal Paris – True Match Minerals – 1.R/1.C Rose Ivory

L’Oreal Paris – Miss Hippie Mega Volume Mascara – Black

NYX Tame & Frame – Tinted Brow Pomade – TFBP02 – Chocolate

NYX Matte Bronzer – MBB03 – Medium

NYX Epic Ink Liner – Black

MUA Prism – Loose Powder Highlighter – Star Illusion

MUA Prism – Jelly Highlighter – Optical

Too Faced – Sweet Peach Palette

Lime Crime – Venus 3 Palette

Sport FX Beauty Blender

 

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Skin Care Routine For Uneven and Dull Skin With YesTo

As you know, I’ve been moaning about my uneven skin tone for as long as I’ve had a blog. However, I have never spoken about my own skin care routine or how I altered my skin to be more bright and clear.

I’ve used a few exfoliating products and the occasional moisturiser in the past but never had a solid every day regime. That is until B The Agency sent me a few samples of the Yes To Grapefruit Skincare range.

My skin prior to the treatments was very patchy with red marks and dulling brown patches. I had a few blackheads, white heads and dry skin patches.

VickiAmaya Uneven

Before

After a month (or two) of using these products, I praise the team at YesTo because my skin is incredible. It no longer has red patches, very little dry skin and NO BROWN BITS ANYWHERE! I mean, My nose still has plentiful blackheads and I’m still getting the odd demon spot but for the most part I’ve been fairly clear. I’ve also noticed my pores look smaller, but that could just be wishful thinking!

VickiAmaya Uneven

After

Method

Every Morning

Using the Daily Facial Scrub, I rub a small (pea sized) amount in circular motions all around my face, then wash off with cold water. Dab face with fluffy towel.

Side Note, for the first week I did use this both morning and night but I found it too harsh for my skin.

Use four drops of the Vitamin C Booster, putting them on my chin, cheeks and forehead then rubbing in until dry.

Finally, Rubbing in a pea sized amount of the Uneven Skin Tone Moisturiser.

Every Night

Removing the majority of my make up with a make up removal wipe (I use these from Superdrug).

Washing my face with a small amount of soap and luke warm water. Dab again with a fluffy towel.

Every other night use the Vitamin C Booster.

Every Night, use a generous amount of the Pore Perfection Night Treatment.

I was also sent a Mud Mask, which I am usually very dubious of due to an allergic reaction a few years ago. However, in the search for sunkissed skin I braved the application. The formula smelt incredible and definitely left mine (and Adam’s) skin looking noticably more bright.

Final Thoughts?

I am hooked and so is Adam! We both thuroughly enjoy washing our face with the scrub every morning. All the products are heavily lemon and grapefruit scented so it also acts as a mini wake up boost! I will definitely be repurchasing the entire range once it has been emptied.

Products Used:

Yes To Grapefruit Daily Facial Scrub

Yes To Grapefruit Uneven Skin Tone Moisturiser

Yes To Grapefruit Glow Enhancing Vitamin C Booster

Yes To Grapefruit Vitamin C Glow Boosting Mud Mask

Yes To Grapefruit Pore Perfection Night Treatment

MUA Eyeshadow Palette Review with other Goodies

I promise, I am not in any way sponsored by Make Up Academy (MUA) but I am in LOVE with their products! The babes at B The Agency sent me a few treats (Less than a month ago too), thank you SO much.

Spoiler alert, I am OBSESSED! Make Up Academy is a brand that provides the perfect mix of affordability and quality. I have never had a product from them that I didn’t love. Without further Adieu:

MUA LUXE – Light Lustre Highlight Duo

I received three of these little duos and they are the perfect size for popping in your hand bag for a quick highlight fix up mid way through your day. The three shades I have are:

Splendour – White and Turquoise – Both Powders

Majesty – Pale Peach and Yellow Gold – One Cream, One Powder.

Lavish  – Pink and Lilac – Both Powders

If you’ve read my previous posts you know that I am in no short supply of highlighters at the moment. This does not mean that I haven’t passed up the opportunity to whack these babies on my cheekbones though. As this is from the MUA LUXE range of products, I had high expectations. The previous LUXE product I used provided amazing pigment, coverage and longevity. I did notice a little bit of fading with these throughout the day but the sheen was still hanging in there gone 10 hours in. All three palettes have a silver undertone to the highlight.

Lavish holds its Pink and Lilac pigment very well while Splendour is slightly more subtle with its tone. My favourite of the trio is Majesty (Surprise, Surprise) because the cream highlight looks incredibly warm and feels very lightweight on the skin. Plus who doesn’t love an opportunity to rub gold highlight all over themselves.

Make Up Academy Light Lustre

MUA PRISM – Holographic Stick – Mystical Moonstone

I am ALL about the iridescent glow at the moment and this stick just spoke to me. The shimmer from this packs an incredible punch. I actually dabbed a little on my boyfriend so that I could test it on other skin tones and he is now gleaming (which is a good sign). While I am a more yellow tone, he is definitely pink toned and this Make Up Academy miracle stick worked amazingly on both tones.

I love that this stick has such a big surface area. Bigger is better with this baby! I rubbed a large amount in a circular motion onto the tip of my nose and the result was perfect. The finish is quite dewy so I did matte it down with my MUA loose powder. If you’re looking for a more subtle sheen cream highlight, then this should 100% be in your collection! Also, it looks really cute if you rub a little on your ears and wear a messy bun. #NewTrendAlert.

Make Up Academy Holographic Stick

MUA Eyeshadow 15 Shade Palette – Green Goddess and Au Naturel

 

The excitement I felt when these palettes arrived in my post box was unreal. I LOVE eyeshadow, especially brown hues. Au Naturel is my everyday go to palette now, its outshone the Too Fact Sweet Peach Palette. Thats how much I love it. I don’t think there is a shade in here that I won’t use. The pigment is amazing, its creamy and blends out so smoothly. It’s also only £4.00 at the moment from Superdrug so if you’re a lover of brown shades, you MUST own this product. My favourite combination so far has been shade numbers 9 & 10.

Being as I had so much fun with the Au Naturel palette, I have not yet had a chance to delve into the Green Goddess palette. I have never felt able to rock a green eye, unfortunately. That being said, I know my sister loves a good array of shades so she will be happy to read it is being donated to her make up collection. However, If I were to crack it open I know it would be equally as pigmented and beautiful. Shades 9 & 12 are immediately catching my attention. I do believe that these shades will also look amazing as a singular shade blended out. I do find there is quite a lot of fat out with these powders, so I would recommend building colour in small dabs.

MUA PRISM – Strobe Cream – Flash and Golden Ray

Can you guess which one I opened quicker than lightening? If you said Golden Ray, then you go Glen Coco! 100 Points to Gryffindor.

This cream highlight smells insanely good as a little FYI. It also looks stunning. Very shimmery with a golden undertone. Its definitely one I’m going to savour until the summer so I can dab a little on my shoulders as well as my brow bone. The formula is very smooth, rich and creamy. A little goes a long way with this stuff too. I used about a pea sized amount the first time and managed to do both cheeks, brow bone and upper lip groove. This can take about a minute to dry but its well worth the wait.

Flash is a sheer pale pinkish tone. I found it very subtle but beautiful all the same. It is perfect for the inner eye glow that’s popular at the moment. I also feel as though it would be great to add into foundation for a more glowing finish. I wish I had thought of doing that before I wrote this review actually. However, there is always tomorrow to test it out!

MUA Eyeshadow – 6 Shade Palette – Rusted Wonders

A question for you, have you ever found a palette that you have used every shade of? If not, allow me to introduce you to the Rusted Wonders palette! Again, its a variation of brown hues which just screams my name. Make Up Academy is serving me with all the looks this season!

These little pans have upped my eyeshadow game. The formula is very silky and so bendable. You can create a subtle glow with the golds or a sultry smokey eye with the beautiful burgundy shade. The moment this was delivered, it was put in my make up bag. I do not regret that decision AT ALL. Its also a perfect pairing with the Au Naturel palette if you want to use a more muted shade as a base and one of these as a cut crease shade.

Final Thoughts?

Make Up Academy is a brand that constantly provides quality at a low cost. If you haven’t already, please pop in to your local Superdrug store and check them out.

If you only picked one item from this review I would strongly recommend the 6 Shade Palette as the pigment and longevity of these powders is unbeatable. They also come in 8 shades (Listed Below), so you are bound the find the perfect one to match your eyeshadow shade preferences. I’m eyeing up Soft Suedes and Coral Delights for my next payday treats!

Soft Suedes

Coral Delights

Dusky Curiosities

Scorched Marvels

Glamour Golds

Smokey Shadows

Natural Essentials

Is there a product that you would like me to try or review? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time

VickiAmaya

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-Disclaimer: Whilst the products in this post were sponsored by B The Agency, the opinions of these products are my own. – 

MUA – Prism Highlighters – Why I LOVE them!

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A long, long time ago a package arrived at my doorstep that contained nine incredible highlighters, sent by the amazing team at FBBeauty. The brand was MUA (Make Up Academy), a brand I have used time and time again. Their Luxe Bronze and Sculpt Contour Kit is a must have, their Matte Lipsticks come in some amazing shades (for £1.00 each!) and their Undress Your Skin Highlight is so dreamy! If you’re doing beauty on a budget you HAVE to try this brand, it does not disappoint.

I did originally post a little video on Instagram about this package, which you may remember. Since then I have used them to death and enjoyed every single moment.

The Prism Highlighter (circular pans) are available in five shades:

Polarised Green

Aquatic Shine (Blue)

Rose Tinted (Pink)

Solar Flare (Peach)

Ultra Violet (Violet)

These are your everyday pressed powder highlighters. They pack tons of pigment with even with the lightest of brush strokes and will gleam and glisten on your skin. I have been using the shade Ultra Violet for about two months now to highlight my brow bone and temples. It does not disappoint in staying power. Something else to add is that it does looks white in the pot. However, when it hits your skin the colour transforms into a beautiful muted violet tone.

Prism Loose Powder Highlighter

. I have the shade Star Illusion (they are also available in Oceanic Wonder and Emerald Marvel). It is iridesant and very striking! I usually stay clear from loose powdered anything because I find it:

1. Makes a mess.

2. Absorbs into my skin.

3. Doesn’t have staying power

My god was I surprised by this one though! It is the perfect consistency for use on your nose and cupids bow and looks spellbinding in the sunshine. Plus, I have tons left which is an achievement for me as anything loose powdered normally gets dropped and goes everywhere… The joys of clumsiness.

Prism Jelly Highlight

Finally and most versatile in my opinion, we have the three shade palettes. These are the Prism Jelly Highlight, highlighters (a first for me) and I’ve already hit pan with the Optical palette. The peach tone was phenomenal on the tip of my nose and under my eyebrow bone, The darker brown shade is my go to sheen supplier for layering on top of my powder contour  to give it some extra depth and the lighter copper shade is the perfect bronzer. I also use it for blending up and into the cheekbone highlight! All of which I achieve with two blush brushes!

These shades also work amazingly on top of a smokey brown eye look to add just a hint of a dewy glow. They are called “Jelly Highlights” due to the consistancy when in the pan but they still appear very matte when applied as above (in my opinion). So if like me, you usually avoid anything without MATTE plastered over the front, please rest assured that these will not leave you feeling like an oil slick.

The other two palettes are:

Light Spark – in White, Cream and Gold

and

Crystal Cut – in Grey, Green and Violet

After writing this, I had to jump into the Light Spark palette and it is now being used every day as a transition from cheek to temple.

Also, I promised Light Spark to my sister once I’d finished my review so now I need to go out and buy a new one (Sorry Shelley)

What is your favourite highlighter at the moment? Do you have any that you would recommend? Let me know as I love hearing from you!

Sleek Make Up Review

I’m sure you’re sensing a little theme here but many moons ago, I was fortunate to receive a PR package from the babes at Brand Nation. The envelope included two foundations, one liquid lipstick, one eyeshadow palette, one coloured eyeliner, one contour kit and one strobe highlighting dome. Sleek Make Up is one of the more underrated brands out there and I’m here to shout about them because they deserve more credit! I must admit, I’ve only ever used a small handful of their products before these were sent out to me. However, I am happy to report that I’ve been thoroughly enjoying using them and will be repurchasing a few when they run out!

Lets start in order of use, shall we?

Lifeproof Foundation – LP01 & LP02

This foundation is:

Sweat-Proof

Oil-Free

Buildable Coverage

Medium to Full Coverage

I received shades LP01 and LP02, the former being a perfect match for my pale yet pink complexion. First impressions left me feeling gobsmacked! I never bother with primer these days because I haven’t found one that doesn’t suck. Usually without a little primer I have to blot midway through my day… However, this foundation went an entire work day without showing signs of sweat and oil. I set it with a powder (as I always do) and didn’t give it another thought until taking it off that night. Incredible.

The Lifeproof foundation blended out really smooth and crease free. Its fairly light on the skin but is easy to build up coverage. It also dries down very matte so you need to be quick with your application. I used a damp (I hate the word moist) beauty blender to apply. By the time I was applying my powder it was almost entirely set.

Face Contour Kit – Light 884

I’m pretty sure this was hand crafted by the goddess Aphrodite. It is a perfect formula for contouring and highlighting. For those of you that don’t know already, I love a good nose and cheek contour. This product delivers!

I was sent the shade Light 884 which was a perfect coconut brown shade for contouring and a luminous peach/sheer highlight. The contour pan was exactly the right size (I say was because I have none left) for my little sculpting brushes. It sat lightly on my cheeks and nose and had maximum effectiveness. I actually started using the contour shade as a base for my blusher as I loved the tone of brown that much. As previously mentioned, I need my products to be matte and this did not budge from my face at all.

The highlight is equally as impressive, with a only slightly smaller pan size. I found the highlight a great contrasting tone to my foundation and skin tone. Its a very warm highlight with flecks of golden pink undertone. I’m not one of these girls that has a summer and winter look. I like to have a bronze glow all year round and this highlight captured that essence without any effort.

Both formulas are a powdery to begin with but turn into a smooth creamy texture as soon as they hit the skin. Be very sparing with both powders as the more you put on, the heavier they look.

i-Lust – Into The Night – Silver – Eyeshadow Palette

This six shade palette is perfect for any babe that loves a smokey eye (Eva, I’m looking at you!). There are three cream shades and three powder shades each with a white, grey and black pigment. The cream shades are very hard wearing and have a beautiful sheen to them. The powder shades are highly pigmented and look amazing when blended out.

Whilst the palette looks amazing and is small enough to pop in your overnight bag without compromise. It’s not a palette I would personally reach for very often as I don’t feel I suit darker eye shadows. However, If you can easily rock a metallic silver to black smokey eye then this Sleek Make Up palette is right up your street!

 

i-Art Precision Liquid Eye Colour – Futurism

My experience of eyeliner goes as follows:

Kohl Eyeliner Pencil – Black – Collection – £2.99

Liquid Eyeliner – Black – Maybelline – £5.99

Felt Tip Eyeliner – Black – Whatever Brand – £3-£10

You get the idea. Never in my life have I strayed far from the Black section of eyeliner colours. So, when this little pot of metallic blue eyeliner was sent my way, I was very cautious to try it. I’m a girl of habit and that habit is racoon eyes or GTFO. That being said, I needed to test it out for the purpose of this post and let me tell you I am shook. The consistancy is quite thick so I did wipe some product off the applicator brush before popping it on my eyelid. Dubious, I applied a thin streak on the inner top lid and it really dazzled! The mix of silver to blue in the line is perfect. I have blue eyes and this product really makes them standout. I will be adding this little beauty to my make up bag for a little extra somethin’ somethin’.

 

Strobe Dome Face Highlighter – Pink 1158

It is no secret that I love a good highlighter. My makeup bag is overflowing with various shimmery powders and creams. I think I actually own more highlighters than socks right now…

Sleek Make Up have made this the absolute PERFECT shape (Domed) for adding a dab to your nose and cheeks! The colour is incredible, it’s a very rosy pink and has a warm gold undertone (which is perfect for me). I do prefer a powder highlighter as I love having a matte finish to my face but this product really works well on my powder. With other cream products on a powder base, i find there is a lot of pull off. This product is fine for that, but I would recommend a dabbing motion instead of a wiping motion. Also, I learnt a little trick from Jeffree Star which is to warm the cream up on your hand then dab it with your fingers onto the area (thanks Jeffrey, you babe!). The formula is very light, none sticky and subtle but it can be built up quite easily.

I’ve been using this product for a good few months now and have loads left too, so a little really does go a long way. I would recommend this for a warm glow look. With spring on the way, I think this will be an amazing addition to your make up routine!

Matte Me Metallic – Matte Lip Cream – Anodized Ruby 1167

The amount of compliments I received when wearing this liquid lipstick is insane! It was my go to over the Christmas period and actually kickstarted my red lipstick obsession (thank you, Sleek Make Up). The consistency is quite thin but very creamy. I always find that thinner formulas are better when you’re using a liquid lipstick. You can over-line your lips a hell of a lot easier without mistakes (guilty)! This product dries almost instantly too!

The shade is breathtaking! Its a deep ruby with gold metallic undertones. If I want to add some sparkle to my day to day, this is the lipstick I go too! Another amazing bonus is that it is almost transfer proof, which is good because I often get red all over me from other lipsticks. I’m a messy person, I can’t change that haha! This lipstick is definitely being added to the re-buy list once it’s run out!

Final Thoughts?

If you’re like me and you want to test the waters of a brand before diving headfirst into all of their products then I would highly recommend the Matte Me Metallic Lip Cream Range and the Face Contour Kit. However, all these products are amazing and have a great price point so none of these products will disappoint if you pop them in your shopping basket.

Have you tried any other products by Sleek Make Up? Let me know as I would love to add a few more items by this brand to my make up bag!

VickiAmaya

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