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.


Livia
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15/08/2017

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

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

Face
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

Eyes
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

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


Love it or Leave It? Leave a comment below!

Shannon
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10/08/2017

Valerian-inspired Make Up: Bubble (Rihanna)

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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!

Livia
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02/08/2017

My Skincare Routine for Combination Skin

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