LAB2 'I'm Turning Pro' Brush Kit Review
LAB2 'I'm Turning Pro' Brush Kit
LAB2 'I'm Turning Pro' Brush Kit Review
LAB2 'I'm Turning Pro' Brush Kit
LAB2 Contour Brush vs Real Techniques Sculpting Brush, LAB2 Eyeshadow Brush vs Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush, LAB2 Foundation Brush vs Zoeva 112 Brush, LAB2 Buffing Brush vs Real Techniques Buffing Brush
LAB2 Contour Brush vs Real Techniques Sculpting Brush, LAB2 Eyeshadow Brush vs Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush, LAB2 Foundation Brush vs Zoeva 112 Brush, LAB2 Buffing Brush vs Real Techniques Buffing Brush

I'm always on the prowl for expert brushes and so I came across this LAB2 'I'm Turning Pro' Brush Kit*. It contains 4 professional grade brushes designed for flawless makeup application.

All brushes have special bristles with FibreLuxe Technology to provide easy pigment pick up and release.

I love the soft touch handles. They feel slightly rubbery, akin to NARS compacts, which make them easy to grip.

The LAB2 I'm Turning Pro Buffing Brush is my favourite from this collection. It has good sturdy bristles that deposit and buff foundation effortlessly. I haven't witnessed any shedding from this brush and it is easy to clean.

In contrast, the LAB2 I'm Turning Pro Contour Brush is a disappointment. The bristles are soft and the small brush head and angle are good for contouring. It sheds like crazy making it more effort to clean up the bristles than its worth.

The LAB2 I'm Turning Pro Eyeshadow Brush is a semi flat topped sturdy brush that allows an easy soft eyeshadow application. It is similar to the Real Techniques base shadow brush that I love so much.

The LAB2 I'm Turning Pro Foundation Brush is a slim brush with plasticky bristles. It takes a while to cover the face with foundation with this brush and it is a bit streaky. Personally I'm not a fan of flat foundation brushes in general because of those particular issues.

Overall, this is not a set I would recommend, but once the LAB2 I'm Turning Pro Buffing Brush and LAB2 I'm Turning Pro Eyeshadow Brush are available individually, I would wholeheartedly recommend them!

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Livia
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29/11/2016

LAB2 'I'm Turning Pro' Brush Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Holiday 2016 Collection Haul
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Holiday 2016 Collection Haul

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Copper Face Compact Review Swatches
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Copper Face Compact

MAC Saucy Little Darling, Leap of Delight Lipsticks Review Swatches
MAC Saucy Little Darling Lipstick, MAC Leap of Delight Lipstick

MAC Sweet Vision Magic Dust Powder Review Swatches
MAC Sweet Vision Magic Dust Powder

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Holiday 2016 Collection Swatches
MAC Saucy Little Darling, Leap of Delight, Sweet Copper Face Compact, Sweet Vision Swatches

I must say, the MAC Nutcracker Sweet Holiday collection is massive! There are a lot of good quality products and fun colours, that if I were new to makeup I would not be able to choose. That said, I don't think the shades are particularly original but they are flattering nonetheless.

I was lucky to pick up what I felt were the stars of this collection. Keep reading!

MAC Saucy Little Darling Lipstick

This is a gorgeous coral pink in an amplified cream finish. I find it is between MAC Impassioned and Chatterbox lipsticks from the permanent collection. It is almost too bright for a winter lipstick, but it is an interesting choice and it is most perfect for the sunny parts of the world. It has a bright glowiness to it that whitens the teeth. It has a little slip to it as an amplified cream but it last long on the lips. So beautiful.

MAC Leap of Delight Lipstick

I don't have many dark purple lipsticks and this one fit the bill. It has a matte texture that is wonderfully smooth and easy to apply on the lips. The pigmentation is great too. This lippie will take me through the winter season, and especially through the trendy roads of Islington.

MAC Sweet Vision Magic Dust Powder

If you are a fan of NARS Orgasm blush, well this one is for you. Sweet Vision is its smoother, less gritty cousin. It is a orange coral with a gold duochrome sheen. It feels absolutely buttery with such amazing pigmentation. It is similar to MAC Springsheen blush from the permanent line.

MAC Sweet Copper Face Compact

This duo is a beauty! I know a lot have raved about this product and I'll keep it short. It has Whisper of Gilt, a shimmery pale gold highlighter, and Pleasure Model, a coral brown blush which I will be using for contour. If you are a fan of highlighters and compact cases, run out to get this, now and fast!

There you have it. My fantastic four. Did you pick up anything from this collection?

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Livia
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27/11/2016

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Holiday 2016 Collection Haul

Embryolisse CC Cream Review Swatches
Embryolisse CC Cream Review
From the company that brought us the cult fave Lait Creme Concentre, Embryolisse has launched its Embryolisse CC Cream Complexion Correcting Care with SPF20* (£32.95). This is a sun-protecting tinted moisturiser that is meant to provide a flawless complexion with smooth plumped up skin.

This CC cream comes in one shade, which I believe is good for cool-toned medium skin. I like applying this with a flat foundation brush for an even application. When applied with the fingertips, some product tends to clump into little balls so I wouldn't recommend that.

When worn on its own, it reveals a natural-satin glow that actually makes my skin feel good. Sometimes I wear this on its own when I'm relaxed off work, but when used alone indoors it isn't enough to control oil especially on my T-zone hence I set with powder on these occasions. MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus seems to work well and keeps the skin matte for about 4 hours and then its time to touch up.

PROS:
1. Non-comedogenic ie. it does not break you out in spots.
2. Lovely natural satin finish.
3. Good light-medium coverage.
4. Makes the skin feel good and comfortable!

CONS:
1. It contains the Embryolisse fragrance which can irritate some.
2. It comes in one shade that leans a bit cool. It would look ashy on darker skintones.
3. SPF20 is insufficient for sun protection. I would recommend using a separate sunscreen with SPF30 and above for adequate protection.
4. It can cling to dry patches if you don't moisturise enough.

Embryolisse CC Cream Review Swatches
Embryolisse CC Cream Swatches on NC30 Skin
I'd like to compare this with other popular tinted moisturisers due to the light coverage with SPF content. Compared to NARS Tinted Moisturiser, this is less glowy/oily and it lasts longer. The finish is more dewy than Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser (Oil-Free version). The shade selection is much better with the NARS and Laura Mercier counterparts.

I would recommend this to those with medium toned combination to oily skin. Unfortunately the shade range (or lack of) is a big problem that they should perhaps sort out.

I am hardly impressed by tinted moisturisers, but I actually do like the way this Embryolisse CC Cream feels on my skin. I feel this is one of the better light-medium coverage face bases out there and I do recommend it, if the shade fits.

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Livia
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24/11/2016

Embryolisse CC Cream

The Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette is an affordable drugstore palette with a range of shades making it suitable for most skin tones. Darker skin girls (see swatches below) may not find the contour shades deep enough. As my face is a bit lighter than the rest of my body - I was able to get away with it and I found that I really loved the contour shades as they added a nice warmth to my face as a soft contour as the shades were similar to my skin tone. I would have preferred a deeper shade to give an option to have a stronger more defined contour look.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette Review Swatches
Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette Review Swatches
Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette Review Swatches
Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette Review Swatches
The palette consists of three contour shades, 3 highlight shades with 2 baked highlighters in a sleek black case and full sized mirror. Retailing at just £8 this palette is definitely value for money considering the high quality. The shades are very pigmented and easy to blend. I have found mixing the contour shades working well using the darkest shade to sculpt and the other two to blend above. This palette is powder based but there is a cream palette available too. 

Swatches on Livia's (top) and my (below) arms to show they show up on different skin tones. From left to right on swtached arms - the bottom row starting with the highlighter has been swatched first (and moving across left) and then moving onto the top row with the glittery baked white/gold highlighter and moving onto the highlight tones.
Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette Review Swatches
Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette Review Swatches



The products are very easy to blend and I think this is a great starter kit enabling you to play around with the different shades to see what works best for you. The baked highlighters are gorgeous but I have to say the white/gold one is far too glittery for my personal taste however the pink one gives a good subtle shimmer. 

Of the powders, I find the white and pale pink have been untouched but the banana shade is a good everyday under eye setting powder. I personally do not think I would repurchase this as the shades are a little out of my skin tone comfort however I do think it is a great product to get started with and more suitable for slightly paler skin tones. At such a good price it is definitely worth a try!


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10/11/2016

Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette Review

Monsoon Rose Gold Perfume Review
Monsoon Rose Gold Perfume Review

Monsoon Rose Gold Perfume* has a light and flowery aroma. It's timing couldn't be better in keeping with my rose gold obsession and I think would make a great stocking filler! 

It boasts 'top notes of sparkling lemon, soft fruit and ozonic scents are layered with velvety rose, tuberose, neroli and cyclamen, and underpinned with base notes of Eastern woods, vanilla, mosses, musk and balsamic amber.'

It definitely has a girly light scent that lasts throughout the day without being overpowering. The packaging is so cute and would definitely make a great gift for all the rose lovers out there.


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Shivanee
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07/11/2016

Monsoon Rose Gold Perfume


PRAI Beauty Luxury Skincare Review
PRAI Beauty Luxury Skincare Review
PRAI Beauty is a new upmarket skincare brand with some great high quality products enriched with key ingredients that help keep your skin youthful and vibrant. Nigel Barker  (of whom I am a massive fan!) has just taken over as creative director. 

I have tested these products for a while and I can say my favourite by far is the PRAI Beauty Platinum Firm and Lift Eye Serum*. I have noticed my under eyes magically transform and hydrate in prep for any eye makeup and I go to apply after. It contains platinum, nulastic silk and praisomes (the last two patented) with help lift and firm the skin and help erase fine lines and wrinkles. It is a firm textures and you can feel it working each time.

The PRAI Beauty 24K Gold Illuminator* is a rich creamy bronze formula which contains vitamin E and other antiaging peptides and vitamins. As it has a shimmery texture, I feel it is perfect for summer skincare. What I love is how it gives a beautiful and elegant glow, that is not overpowering, with its light reflecting particles.

The PRAI Beauty Ageless Eye Dark Circle Corrector* is a slightly too light a shade and shimmery to work on my skin tone but its rich and creamy texture provides a good base to then apply concealer on top as it smooths out any wrinkles and illuminates the dark areas.

The PRAI Beauty 24K Gold Wrinkle Filler* is an extra thick texture and again provides a great base to put on concealer and has noticeably helped prevent and reduce creasing throughout the day. I have extremely sensitive skin and stress, cold weather and wearing makeup too regularly can really make my eczema flare, especially around my eyes. This product has really helped!

The PRAI Beauty 24K Gold Concentrate Retinol* firstly smells amazing. It has a lighter texture but contrarily gives a deep rich hydrating and really does make my skin glow.

I am in love with this range. The packaging is luxurious in gold and silver and products have been generously sized. These products are great for aging skin and those like me who have very dry/eczematous skin as they really moisturise to a new level.

Overall I think these products are great and would definitely recommend!

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05/11/2016

PRAI Beauty Luxury Skincare Review



Makeup Obsession is a new brand launching in Boots and we at the Skin and Beauty Blog are loving it!  The concept of being able to build 'designer' palette is incredible, especially at affordable prices. The range currently covers eyeshadows, blushers, highlighters and contour colours.

I've swatched quite a few and the colours are highly pigmented and great quality. Below you can see how these shades look on mine and Livia's skin tone.





(Colours left to right:  E143 Mink, E117 Chroma, E120 Rich, E136 Rapture, E103 St Tropez and E145 Azure)

Overall I am in love with this product! The shadows are of high quality and very blendable and very buildable and at such a bargain price you cannot really go wrong - especially when you are picking out each shade. Each pan is quite large making it even more worth it for your money and the case comes in a variety of colours (white, silver, pink and gold) with a large mirror and two sizes (6 shadows or 12). I would say the quality is comparable with morphebrushes palettes as well as pigmentation.

The only thing I have found is that you need to take care when opening the palettes - as the shadows can clip in and out of the cases - sometimes some may pop out when travelling which can (and has) led to a real disaster! But.. on the up side it means you can customise your palette for events so you dont need to take any unecessary shadows with you!

I would recommend this palette for all - but especially for those who know what shadows they need to work for their skin tones and different looks. Although great for beginners too at such a great price - they may benefit more from pre made palettes with similar tones already set for them.

I love this palette and defintiely give it a 10/10!


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Shivanee
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03/11/2016

Makeup Obsession Eyeshadow Palette Review

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