Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil Striking Copper & MAC Copperpot Pro Longwear Colour Stick  on NC30 Skin
Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil Striking Copper & MAC Copperpot Pro Longwear Colour Stick on NC30 Skin

With the terrible wet British weather and my fascination for all things rose gold and copper, I've decided to pick up these waterproof liners from my favourite brands MAC and Maybelline to use to brighten up my eye looks especially when I feel a lil bit rubbish. I'd like to share my brief comparisons and reviews with you incase you were thinking of purchasing these for yourself.

Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil Striking Copper

This is a slim eye pencil with a glorious well-gliding formula. It sets in a few minutes but I must admit it is not entirely smudge proof. The shade is a bright copper that is has a bit more red than the MAC alternative above.

MAC Copperpot Pro Longwear Colour Stick

I was a big fan of the ol' paintsticks and this colour stick has a similar formula. It glides less well compared to the Maybelline alternative with a bit of tugging. It is less vibrant and less red compared to Maybelline Striking Copper. It lasts pretty well through the day.

Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil Striking Copper & MAC Copperpot Pro Longwear Colour Stick  on NC30 Skin
Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil Striking Copper & MAC Copperpot Pro Longwear Colour Stick

Overall I do like both and each has its pros and cons. I doubt you would need both as the shades are fairly similar and both last quite well.

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Waterproof Rose Gold Copper Eyeliners from MAC and Maybelline

How gorgeous was Rihanna in her new movie, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets? Playing a shape-shifting entertainer named Bubble, Rihanna's different looks definitely stole the show for me - so much that I was dying to recreate her look! Check out which products I used below:

Product List

Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil (no. 6)
Benefit Ka-Brow! (no. 5)

Highlight: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in Fair, Pixi By Petra + Aspynovard Glow-y Powder in London Lustre
Bronzer: MAC Enough Said Blush
Blush: Too Faced Love Flush - Justify my Love
Foundation: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation

Lid: Sleek MakeUP i-divine Storm Palette - Gathering Storm
Crease: Sleek MakeUP i-divine Storm Palette - Electric Storm, Storm Cloud, Blackout
Eyeliner: Sleek MakeUP i-divine Storm Palette - Blackout
Eyelashes: Kiss no. 11 (Falsies), Maybelline the Rocket Mascara

Lip Liner: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean
Lip Color: NYX Matte Lip Cream Copenhagen + Transylvannia

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Valerian-inspired Make Up: Bubble (Rihanna)

Acne Treatment, Cleanser, La Roche-Posay, Moisturiser, Serum, Skincare, Skincare Tips, Vichy,

I am frequently asked by patients what skincare I use to keep my skin in tip top shape and so I've written a post on a routine that I found works well for my combination skin. I am a firm believer in the US Navy's 'KISS principle' (Keep It Simple, Stupid!), and here are the skincare products I use in my daily routine.

At the beginning of the day, I wash my face with lukewarm water and a gentle milky cleanser like the La Roche-Posay Effaclar H Hydrating Cleansing Cream. To moisturise, protect my skin and to also provide a makeup base, I apply La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Tinted Fluid SPF50+ and massage it into my skin.

At the end of the day, I use a micellar water cleanser. At the moment I use L'Oréal Paris Micellar Water for Normal to Dry Skin, but I find the cheaper Garnier works just as well. If my face is feeling particularly dry, I then wash with the milky cleanser above.

To treat my skin overnight, I find it is important to use a topical retinoid like Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10. I use two drops to cover the entire face. For added moisture, I apply La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra. The overnight version works better in cold winter days.

If I develop any new spots, I make sure to apply La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo twice daily to blemishes.

You'll notice that despite my combination skin (oily t-zone and dry cheeks) I use a lot of moisturising products.

It is important to keep your skin sufficiently hydrated to prevent flaky skin and inflammation, and it is also important to also clean your skin with gentle cleansers to avoid the building up of dirt which can clog pores.

A regular topical retinoid such as Vichy's offering above acts to destroy comedones, resolve the precursor micro-comedone lesions, prevent inflammation and allow for maintenance of clearance, preventing the formation of acne. I find that combining this with targeted treatment with salicylic acid (in Effaclar) works very well for my skin.

I hope this post helps. I am in no way affiliated with the companies mentioned above, but through my experience these products do the trick!

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My Skincare Routine for Combination Skin

A colleague at work got me interested in monthly beauty boxes again and the one she recommended was Birchbox.

I previously subscribed to other beauty boxes, such as Glossybox, but discontinued since I realised 1) I have more than enough skincare and makeup to last me a lifetime, 2) I already get sample sized products from beauty companies from blogging and dermatology reps that my excuse for 'travel-sized' products became redundant and 3) The samples I was usually provided ended up unused and less loved compared to the HG products I already purchased.

But there are also good things about the monthly boxes such as 1) As technology evolves, so does skincare and makeup and it is always useful to discover new products, 2) Beauty boxes tend to give a mix of makeup and skincare and boxes such as Birchbox takes into account your personal preferences, and 3) Receiving a new mystery beauty box every month makes it feel like its Christmas all year round!

There were three things that lured me into trying out Birchbox for May 2017. Undoubtedly these included the beautiful marble printed box that also doubles up as a drawer, the full sized Spectrum Collections C06 Tulip Eye Contour Brush with a white handle and gorgeous rose gold ferrule, and also that they had an offer for another box free. Bargain!

Here's a run through of the individual products and my initial thoughts on them.

Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara RRP £18

This mascara has a jumbo fibre wand to add volume and thickness to lashes. I must say I am very impressed with this mascara. At first I was scared that the giant jumbo wand would smear my eyelids, but with a light hand, it avoids that, applies so easily and holds a curl on my stubborn straight lashes. This one's a winner for me!

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray RRP £19

I love this season-appropriate and trendy addition to the May Birchbox. Part dry shampoo and part texturiser, this sample travel-friendly size will save many holidays for lifted beachy hair.

Caudalie Vine Activ Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum RRP £36

This serum targets tiredness, stress and pollution. It contains an anti-cell burn-out complex to brighten dull skin and smooth fine lines.

Spectrum Collections Marbleous C06 Tulip Eye Contour Brush RRP £4.99

I love fluffy yet firm synthetic brushes for my eye contour and concealer. I think this brush will work for both. And I must say I am inlove with the rose gold ferrule!

Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow in Fifty Shades RRP £14.49

This shimmery gunmetal grey smokey loose mineral eyeshadow is paraben-free. Disaster always strikes when I use loose pigmented powders so this will find another home.

Manna Kadar Cosmetics High Definition Powder RRP £27

This pale vanilla powder has a velvety finish. Its an excellent travel size for the mobile makeup bag for touch ups through the day. I am likely to apply this on my oily T-zone which are also my 'highlight' areas so the paler shade wouldn't be much of a problem.

Baija Paris Creme Moana in Fleur de Tiare RRP £15.90

I had a silent squeal when I read the label. This is what I would expect a Disney's 'Moana' inspired moisturiser to smell like - shea butter and coconut oil - to smoothen parched skin. Of course this is in no way related to the Disney film, maybe just a coincidence.

Elemis Hydra-Boost Day Cream RRP £39

Everyone loves Elemis. This day cream has hyaluronic acid to improve the skin's hydration and texture. I would actually apply this for the day and night after cleansing. It makes your skin feel so smooth, I love it.

Polaar IcePure Gentle Scrub with Arctic Cotton RRP £23.50

Here's a skin smoothing body scrub that contains Arctic cotton for its moisturising properties. I would recommend limiting body scrubs to twice a week and following with moisturisers to avoid harsh effects on the skin.

ModelCo Eye Define Crayon Liner RRP £11

I am always on the look out for a HG eyeliner as despite these many years of beauty blogging, I still have not found it. ModelCo's offering is a twist-up pencil, so sharpening is not required. The formula is water-resistant but not as smudge or budge-proof as it claims. The formula isn't as creamy as one would hope, so there is a bit of tugging on application. It deposits a rich black matte colour that lasts long, with a thin tip that works well for my Asian eyelids.

Overall, while there are still some products I feel may go unloved from this set, I've enjoyed trying out my new products and my subscription will continue (for now). I look forward to the Birchbox in June!

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