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When it comes to eyeshadows, I am always most drawn to golden, bronze and coppery shades because they really make my blue eyes pop! Some of my all time favourites for this already are MAC Twinks (as seen here), MAC Tempting, MAC Amber Lights (as seen here), Urban Decay Baked and Smog (as seen used here and here) and MAC Woodwinked and All That Glitters. But I recently discovered a new shade that I am totally hooked on now. Let me introduce you to MAC Antiqued!
MAC Antiqued is a rusty, coppery brown with a veluxe pearl finish eyeshadow. The texture is super smooth so it applies like a dream, it is highly pigmented, versatile and it is great for both day or night makeup looks. It’s been my go-to shade these recent winter months because it’s such a beautiful warm deep colour that even on it’s own easily creates a stunning coppery smokey eye.
Here are some pictures of a makeup look I created recently using MAC Antiqued eyeshadow and some other products I am loving at the moment.
FACE: Paula’s Choice Soft Neutral Cream Concealer, applied underneath the eyes // Burberry Fresh Glow Nude Radiance (No. 1) lightly applied onto cheekbones, forehead and bridge of the noise // Then I applied the Burberry Fresh Glow Foundation in Beige (No.26) all over the face with a Sigma Stippling brush (link) // Finished off with Bourjois Delice De Poudre Bronzing Powder (in 52) to contour the face // and MAC blush in Melba on the apples of the cheeks //
EYES: MAC Brule eyeshadow applied to the brow bone and to the tear duct // MAC Antiqued eyeshadow applied all over the lid and blended quite highly into the crease for a nice simply smokey eye // Estee Lauder Pure Color Intense Eyeliner in Blackened Black applied to the waterline // Curled my eyelashes with MAC Full Lash Curler (tutorial on how to do this here) // and applied two coats of Givency Noir Couture Volume Mascara in Black Taffeta onto my lashes – I’m loving this mascara at the moment! // and on my LIPS: AERIN’s Essential Rose Lip Balm.
I just can’t get enough of this coppery smokey eye look, and using MAC Antiqued makes it such a breeze to do! This shade is now definitely in my top 10 MAC eyeshadow list & you can check out my other top 15 favourite MAC eyeshadows here. Do you like this kind of bronze, coppery look and have you tried MAC Antiqued eyeshadow before?
With 2015 here, we all have set our new years resolutions to make it the best year yet! So have I, and while most of them are focussed on healthy living and following my dreams – others are a bit more beauty based; like take better care of my skin and hair! Because I can be a bit useless when it comes to removing my makeup, or doing treatments on my hair to keep it in a healthy condition.
So I decided to start the year off right by giving my tresses a real treat this month by using the Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment. They say that using this treatment once a week can help to nourish hair helping to strengthen it and therefore reduce damage, breakage and frizz.
How to use: Apply the Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment directly onto dry hair // Scoop 1 to 11⁄2 teaspoon into palm of hand and warm by rubbing between hands until it transforms into an oil // Distribute evenly throughout hair and scalp repeating until hair is fully saturated // Comb through and allow to penetrate for 20 minutes before rinsing and shampooing // For very damaged hair, apply gentle heat from a hairdryer for 5 minutes and/or leave treatment on overnight (be sure to place a towel over your pillowcase or wear a shower cap over your head to protect bed linens)
Having now used this for the last two weeks, I think my tired wintery hair is thanking me! My hair feels noticeably softer, shinier and healthier already. The wax turns into a lovely smelling oil when you rub it between your hands and it washed out easily, without leaving a greasy residue. Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment is available in 50ml or 100ml online (link) or at your local salon/Boots store. Are you going to treat your hair to some extra loving this year too?
AERIN Beauty recently introduced new products to their Essentials Collection. The collection is described as be the ‘perfect blend of fresh, new favourites and easy, must-have classic products that women simply can’t live without’. Highlights of the AERIN Essentials Collection include: a new Rose Lip Balm, beautiful Weekend and Weekday Palettes, smooth cool gel eyeliners, nude lipglosses and much more. I previously loved AERIN’s Beauty Holiday 2012 Color Collection (as reviewed here) so I was keen to try some of their new essentials. Isn’t the AERIN packaging just stunning?
The AERIN Essentials Collection includes two, well-put-together palettes to create pretty and versatile looks. From the soft, nearly nude shades of the Weekend, to a slightly bolder palette ideal for the Weekday rush, each palette includes a Blush and Highlighter, two complementary Eyeshadows, the multi-tasking Multi Color for Lips & Cheeks, and two pretty Rose Balm Lipsticks.
In the Weekend Palette, which is the one I tried, the overall look is about natural beauty. It has warm shades of neutral browns and pale pinks. It includes two eyeshadows; Simplicity and a rich Cocoa shade to bring definition to your eyes, two cheek shades in Pretty Bronze and Golden Glow; two Rose Balm Lipstick shades in Whisper and Cabana and Multicolor for Lips & Cheeks adds a wash of natural color anywhere you need it. This is one of those palettes that is perfect for travelling. The overall look is pretty, yet pulled together.
Have I ever told you that I suffer from a weird phobia of getting my hair cut? Well basically I dread going to get my hair cut or trimmed because I am worried they will just put the scissors in it and I will lose a huge chunk of length. My hair actually grows soooooo slooooow and that’s why I just never want to cut too much off. Silly I know, because trimming your hair regularly keeps it healthier and probably will make it grow longer (as dead ends won’t keep snapping off). Anyway, recently I decided to face the facts that I really did need a haircut as my ends were looking awful.
I was recommended to visit the Neville Hair and Beauty salon in Belgravia/Knightsbridge so I booked myself in for an appointment to see Reece for a cut and blow-dry. And oh boy, am I glad that I did. The salon is well established and seems to be very popular amongst models and celebs in London. Hey what’s good enough for them, is good enough for me!
The interior is clean and modern and service is effecient and offered with a smile. You can order a range of drinks and even anything to eat from breakfast through to afternoon tea. Also you can immediately tell that the stylist that work here know what they are talking about. Reece and I discussed my fear of haircuts and he quickly made me feel at ease and offered some suggestions, after I showed him some photos of a more layered hairstyle. He said I would actually suit a more straight cut at the back (that way keeping my length) and for a change, as this doesn’t happen often, I felt I could trust him and he would make my hair look great – without losing too much of my precious long hair! After cutting my hair he blow dried it into gorgeous wavy bouncy curls. The did this with a round brush – a technique I’d never seen before and I loved the result. Insert quick mirror selfie ;)
I would definitely go back to Neville Hair & Beauty to get my hair cut or get it styled for a special event. Reece was great and we even talked about our joint love for a textured long bob (also called the ‘lob’) hairstyle but don’t think I am that brave just yet – baby steps, baby steps ;)
White low V Neck Jumper from H&M (link) // Plaid scarf from ZARA (similar HERE) // Wool with leather trim jacket from ZARA // Gorgeous wavy curls by Neville Hair and Beauty Salon // CatEye Sunglasses by Bailey Nelson London (link)
A week later and I am still loving my haircut, it feels less heavy and looks so much healthier. Do you ever get scared of cutting your hair like me or am I the only weirdo that feels that way? ;)
Neville Hair and Beauty
5 Pont St, London SW1X 9EJ
Phone: 020 7235 3654
Burberry is one of those brands that produce high quality in whatever they do, and that includes their make up. Their textures and applications are always brilliant and the packaging super luxurious. I recently got some new Burberry Beauty items and wanted to share the love.
Firstly they have their Winter Glow collection which was inspired by the soft light of winter, and this this festive make-up collection features glowing, luminescent skin with seasonal hues of oxblood and gold.
I’m loving the Oxblood Lip Mist (#214 – link) which gives a sheer illuminating finish with a hint of colour. Because Oxblood is quite a deep shade it means it’s actually not that sheer but it’s smooth, lightweight and glides on effortlessly. You can apply lightly with your fingers for a more natural look or you can also build it up for a stronger colour. Another item in the collection is the Lip Glow in Gold (#25 – link) which is limited edition. Love the gorgeous packaging and this light reflecting gloss is stunning on its on or on top of any lipstick for a pretty gold shimmery finish!
Next up is the Burberry Eyes collection which includes new mascaras, liners and brow definers. Their new mascaras are Effortless, Bold Lash and Curve Lash. I got Bold Lash in Ebony (#1 – link) which is for intensely volumised lashes. It has a creamy and highly pigmented formula and the brush easily allows you to cover every lash from root to tip to give you a long lasting rich and bold look.
Burberry Eyes also includes new eye liners and brow definers. I especially love the Effortless Liquid Eyeliner in Jet Black (#1 – link). It has an ultra-thin tip applicator so you can apply this rich liquid liner with precision and the rubber grip design also helps to give you more control. There is also the Effortless Eyebrow definer (link) for creating that signature Burberry brow (think à la Cara Delevingne) and the Effortless Kohl Eyeliner (link) which is designed to outline eyes with long-lasting definition and intensity, or to use on the inner lash line for a softer look. Looks great smudged for a smokey look! It has a waterproof and highly pigmented formula and comes with a retractable tip and built-in sharpener. Available in four shades: Jet Black, Chestnut Brown, Storm Grey and Pale Grape.
What do you think of these Burberry Beauty items, spot anything you are lusting after this winter?