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  • Kiko Makeup Milano Cosmetics Haul

    IMG_1962Last month during the hottest days of the year I visited my sister down in London.

    While I was there we ended up doing some damage in a number of shops, one of them being Kiko. I only really know of Kiko Makeup Milano because of Annabella, she raves about them and was even kind enough to treat me to some bits from the brand.

    Here’s what I treated myself to

    Street Fashion Eyeshadow Palette – Addictive Song

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    Soft Touch Blush – 108

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    Quick Dry Nail Lacquer – 854 Mint

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    Nail Lacquer – 491 Toucan Red

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    The prices are ridiculous, it’s a steal! And for great quality products too. I think my favourite purchase was the blush, I’ve worn it almost everyday since I bought it.

    If you also love Kiko Makeup Milano Cosmetics are there any other products you’d recommend I pick up next time?

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  • HD Brows – Review.

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    As you may have noticed in recent fotd posts my eyebrow have grown out crazy amounts and I was sporting the caveman look (while wishing it was the Cara Delavegine look).

    I usually go to The Benito Brow Bar in House of Fraser in Nottingham and get them threaded but after seeing a number of posts on HD Brows I decided to see what all the hype is for myself.

    I booked myself in at Beautification on Claridon Street for after work. Despite seeing other HD Brows Reviews I still wasn’t 100% sure what it involved.

    When I got there I was welcomed by Yasmin who is the only girl that does the HD Brows at Beautification and shown up to the room that the “treatment’ takes place in, it’s obviously where all the waxing etc happens because there was all that equipment and a table on one side of the room and a high backed bucket chair on the other. I was sat down in the chair and we had a chat about what I wanted from my eyebrows, what sort of shape and also what colour I wanted. I said I just wanted to have them cleaned up and if she could try and thicken up the ends of my brows that would be perfect, one her advice she said that I should go for a warmer colour on my brows and I was happy enough to trust her judgement.

    To start she applied the tint all over my brows and extended over the main brow to make sure to colour any lighter hairs. This wasn’t left on for very long at all but that’s because my brows are pretty dark anyway, especially compared to my lighter hair at the moment.

    That step then lead on to waxing. I’ve only ever had my brows waxed once before and I can say that this time was less painful but not completely pain free. But I have the lowest pain threshold ever so all of this may be nothing to some people.

    Following that was the threading, I love threading because it just makes everything look so neat, especially the line at the bottom of your brow. This wasn’t actually as painful as it usually is when I get it done, but again like I said, in no way pain free. She even went quite far up my forehead which was weird but it’s good because it makes your makeup sit better on your skin.

    Lastly was the tweezing, now this was the worst part for me, I ended up all teary eyed, blotchy nosed struggling to handle the pain. I don’t know why it hurts so much but it does!

    She wiped it all down and showed me them in the mirror. Despite the redness I was super happy with them, she put some powder on my face to cover the redness a bit and used a brow pencil to fill them in. I was red and my skin was a bit raised for an hour or so afterwards but it soon went down.

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    My verdict; £25 might seem steep but I usually pay £20 for a tint and thread anyway so the extra £5 for a bit of extra and more of a consultation wasn’t too painful for me to part with. I’ve booked in again for another 5 weeks and she’s told me not to touch them myself and she’ll continue to work on the ends of my brows then. I’m really happy with the result and I still felt pampered without actually having a pamper! (If that makes sense).

    What brow taming route do you take? Have you ever had a HD Brows treatment before?

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  • American Beauty Haul

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    Its been a long time coming but here is my American beauty haul. I wanted to get this up before I get the reviews of them up on the blog.

    Its actually missing a sample size pot of Glam Glow Youth Mud and some nail polish that had hidden away still in my suitcase.

    The majority of these products were purchased from Sephora, either from 3rd Street in Santa Monica or the one in The Venetian in Las Vegas.

    You may have even spotted that I treated Harvey to some Abercrombie & Fitch cologne because whenever I’m in the store it smells amazing, I think it’s my new favourite smell on a man.

    I admit I went rather crazy but I have to admit I don’t regret a single purchase!

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    Let me know which products you’d like me to review first.

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  • Guest Bloggers – Thank You.

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    I just wanted to say a massive thank you to the girls that came and did guest posts for me while I was away, it took a lot of pressure off my shoulders to have things written for while I was off and gave me a much needed break.

    I’m back now and looking forward to getting back to blogging three times a week like I was before I went away.

    There will still be beauty/review related posts but I will also be doing some about my holiday too, once I’ve gone through 3000 photos.

    If you missed the posts you can find them here & follow their names to go through to the blog homes of the girls that wrote for me.

    Aimee BelleHow I Prepare For Holidays

    Amanda In A TeacupTake One Dress

    Style By AmberSummer Foundations For Acne

    Elsa Pell Gold And Turquoise Eyeshadow Tutorial

    SeriouslyShallow10 Beauty Rules To Break

     

    Thanks again girls!

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  • 10 Beauty Rules To Break – Se..

    Hello All
    I’m Sarah and I usually blog over at SeriouslyShallow about fashion and beauty things – all the pretty stuff in life!
    Sally has kindly let me do a guest post while she’s off on her travels. I got to thinking about rules and tips, because I love a list. Now, we all know the basic beauty rules – we’re brought up with them. Rules make us feel safe and give us a playbook that says we can’t go wrong. But which ones are you better off breaking? Here’s the lowdown on the ten beauty rules it pays to break.
    In the UK, there seems to be a culture that you have to wash your hair every single day. Each time you step in the shower, its automatically assumed that you should reach for the shampoo as well as the shower gel. But could you actually be over-washing your hair and causing all kinds of problems, including dandruff, limp locks and even grease!
    Washing your hair every day strips away all the natural oils. The body tries to compensate by over-producing sebum, and then you get left with greasy, lank locks. So you…surprise surprise…wash it! And the cycle continues.
    Time to invest in a shower cap? Step down to washing your hair once or twice a week, and once it adjusts, you’ll be left with healthier, better conditioned locks. For those days when you need an extra lift, well that’s what dry shampoo was invented for!
    Those of us with an oilier complexion – and that includes practically every teenager on the planet – would usually avoid adding more oil like the plague. What good could that possibly do, we think? And I’ll admit it does sound a little counter-intuitive. Your body’s sebaceous glands housed beneath the skin produce a natural barrier substance. But when hormones and high temperatures are involved, this can get out of balance, and you can find yourself with an oil slick for a face!
    To treat this, many people resort to harsh, astringent cleansers to strip away the oils, but these are actually the wrong thing to do in a lot of cases. They can irritate the skin and cause soreness, dryness and more oil production as skin stuggles to balance itself out.
    But the oil your skin produces is very different than the pure, plant-based oils in a facial product. A quality oil will replenish your skin with essential fatty acids, meaning your sebaceous glands can take a breather and stop working overtime. Look for a quality oil – cheaper products often contain less refined ingredients with more fillers and additives. Pure, organic compounds made of rosehip, argan, macadamia, jojoba etc give the best results. Quality doesn’t have to be insanely pricey though-  The Body Shop’s Beautifying Oil can be used on face, hair and body, comes in several different varieties and will leave problem skin glowing and soft – try it and see!
    A few drops go a long way, and its usually best applied at night time for an intensive skin boost.
    This is the number one beauty rule, right? If you’re wearing bold or dark eye colours, keep the lips neutral. And a bright pout has to be tempered with tame eye make-up, right? Well…actually….ahhh, you guessed it. This is a beauty rule its worth breaking. Half the fun of cosmetics is exploring, experimenting and trying things out.
    But how can you rock bright bold lips with well defined eyes and not look like Coco the Clown? Turns out there are a couple of tricks to making this rule-breaking beauty work. Number one is to skip the blusher. More than two competing colours could really throw your look of track. You want to go for subtle definition, because the rest of your make-up has to hold its own. So the best way is to subtly contour cheeks with a shade of matte bronzer (for heavens sake, nothing sparkly), just a couple of shades darker than your natural skintone.
    Next, keep skin matte. No dewiness, no highlighter. The other make-up are the stars here, so skin must be a blank canvas.
    Finally, pay attention to the undertones of the colours you’re wearing.  When you
    use cooler undertones on the eye and want to pair a bolder lip with them, try reaching for one with similar cooler undertones. Look for
    colors that will complement, balance, and play well together.
    To get a perfect pout, especially a brightly-coloured one, you must always use a lipliner, right? Well, it turns out that isn’t neccessarily so. You can chuck out the twelve different shades of liner and array of lipbrushes in favour of a much simplier tool – your fingers! When you use a brush or even swipe your lipstick on straight from the bullet, you can end up with harsh lines and a saturated colour.
    A much better option is to pat on some lipstick using your fingertip. You’ll have more control over the level of coverage and can build up from a faint wash to a bold statement lip far easier.
    Plus, the heat from your fingers helps to melt the colour into your lips, so that flushed, natural look is much easier to master. And, pop the finger in your mouth and draw it out, and any errant lipstick on your teeth is also a thing of the past. Go digits!
    We’re always told that the best way to make your eye colour pop is to wear an opposite colour –  so blue on brown eyes and bronzes on blue eyes. And while there is certainly something to be said for a bit of contrast, I’d encourage you to look again at your palettes and grab a shade that matches your iris.
    Using a colour close to your real shade gives the appearance of much larger eyes, especially on the lower lash line. Here I am showing some brown shadow on my brown eyes. It looks much more organic, and with a competing colour out of the way, you can play with shapes instead to really balance and re-sculpt the face.
    I sometimes wear coloured contacts, and one of my favourite things to do when I’m ‘wearing’ blue eyes it to line my lower lashes with a shot of sapphire. It really perks your whole look up and draws attention to your colour.
    Lipstick is for lips, right? That’s what they tell us. And while I wouldn’t recommend smearing your lipstick all over your forehead, there is a place on your visage that’s crying out for some lipstick love- and that’s your cheeks!
    A lipstick is a perfect substitute for a cream blusher and can provide a natural and pretty flush to your cheeks. It’s best to use one with a creamy texture, for blendability. There’s also a beauty about using a lipstick with a glossy formulation, and this catches the light and provides an in-built highlight, defining your bone structure and adding a youthful flush to skin.
    Using a lipstick on my cheeks is actually one of my favourite tricks, and its also great if you’re in a hurry. Here I’m wearing L’Oreal’s Rouge Caresse lipstick in ‘Lovely Rose’, a pale cool-toned pink, on my lips and its also bringing a subtle flush to my cheeks – perfect if you’re wary of stripy, unconvincing blushers!
    As a sort of reverse of the above logic, there are other places on your face where eyeshadow can really work for you.
    Eyeshadows are intensely pigmented and can really give your lip colour a new dimension. Plenty of make-up artists intensify a red pout by pressing red powder shadow or loose pigment on top of the lips, and this gives a glorious velvet texture as well.
    And there’s a lot you can do with metallic shadows to really amp up your pout – a bit of gold or pink shimmer paired with a clear gloss and you have yourself a whole new look.
    Here I’ve used an older trick –  a bit of white shimmer shadow added to the very centre of your lips makes them look much fuller and really brings the skin to life. Bourjois Light Concentre de Lumiere was design to lighten and frost other eyeshadows, but pressing it into your pout makes your lips pop and your lipstick look about a thousand times better. So experiement with eyeshades and see what makes your kisser look good!
    Lipgloss goes on TOP of your lip colour, right? Right? Well, you know by now that I’m going to say no. Of course, that is one way to do it. But using gloss as an undercoat can bring a different dimension into play and also make your lip colours do double duty.
    Take the picture above. I’m using a Mac Frost Lipstick in ‘Costa Chic’, which is a really popping bright orange. Its a stunning colour, but what happens on days when you don’t want something that bright? Or when it doesn’t match your make-up?
    Popping a coat of clear gloss on first results in a paler shade that’s pretty and fresh. The middle shot is the gloss on first method, and you can see that the colour transforms into a very pretty sheer coral.
    And you can make lip colours go darker too by adding a plum or blue smile enhancing gloss under your chosen shade. Double the mileage from your lipsticks? That has to be good!
    This is such a common myth and I reckon its the one most of us always get wrong. Not sure where this piece of erroneous advice even came from, but it seems to be in constant circulation and never goes away.
    Almost without thinking, we swipe new foundations onto our jawlines to check whether they match our skintone. But stop just a minute. The angular shape of a jawline casts shadows, right? So it stands to reason that these shadows will affect the appearance of the colour, toning it down and cooling it off. Suddenly emerged from the shop with a shade that now looks orange and unconvincing? Oh yeah…
    So, where should you be testing out base colours? The best place is actually your chest. The goal is to find a shade that seamlessly blends in to your natural tones and matches the rest of your body. That way tidemarks are a thing of the past.The chest is the only other area that’s exposed
    to the same amount of sunlight as the face. By matching your base to
    your chest’s skin tone, you won’t risk looking ghostly pale or
    unnaturally dark. Finally!
    This ‘rule’ is the one I always fall foul of myself. Everyone wants big, beautiful eyes, and most people are aware that lining all the way around the eye visually closes it up and makes your gaze look smaller.
    As a result, I’ve been phobic about lining under the eyes for years, and yet I kept spotting pretty make-up looks that used lower lash-lining to beautiful effect. So how can you line under there and avoid an eye closing effect?
    Couple of tricks. The first is not to use an eyeliner. Using a powder shadow under the eye gives a softer, more diffused effect that’s more flattering.
    The second is to make the line thicker than usual –  and use a colour that isn’t black. A thin, black line will make your eyes look piggy and small, but using a wider stripe that’s more diffuse actually does the reverse, opens the look of the eyes up and makes them look bigger. And experiment with dark shades that aren’t black – brown, taupe, navy and grey will all still have impact but won’t look as harsh.
    Finally, tapping a little shimmer or a light colour into the inner corners with a tapered brush or your little finger will bring more light to the area and balance out the under line, ensuring you still look bright eyed and beautiful. Et voila, all the drama and none of the small peepers!
    And that’s it – I hope you enjoyed breaking some rules with me and trying out a few tips to experiment with. Let me know what beauty rules you’ve been breaking lately!
  • Summer Foundations For Acne –..

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    Hi ‘Rainy Day Faces’! How are you?

    I’m Amber from Style By Amber.

    I have a YouTube channel focusing mainly on acne and a blog just like this one on life advice, beauty, fashion and experiences.

    Basically I’ve teamed up with Sally to create a blog post souly on acne products for summer.

    I know having acne can be such a bummer in the summer as your self conscious of hyper-pigmentation but also want to stay away from foundation so you can let your skin breath!

    Firstly I should say that, although it might be hard at first, you should pluck up the courage to go bare faced in the sun (with SPF), you will feel free mentally and physically, trust me, its hard, but worth it!   Of course if you can’t quite find that confidence, then here are my top 3 favourite foundations for the summer months:

    1) My number one foundation summer through to winter will always be the Arbonne Perfecting Liquid FoundationThis foundation goes on liquid form but adapts to your skin type and with acne completions being so interchangeable, this ones a good one to go for, it has an spf, medium to full coverage without being caky or heavy on the skin. 2

    2) Second love, that I used all through out last summer is the Bare Minerals loose mineral powder. Having oily skin means we love a bit of powder! It is a lifesaver and this product is beautiful in giving coverage, however with hyper-pigmentation I used a concealer under it just to give added coverage so no scars where showing at all, but just a light dusting of the powder was also nice just to fade the imperfections rather then cancel them out all together! To be honest, when I had a tan, the powder was all I needed, also it was great at minimising that sun burn!

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    3) Last but not least is another one from Arbonne! It’s their tinted moisturiser. It’s light weight but builds from a light to medium coverage, smells understated when you first put it on, but soon goes and is the most smallest amount of dewy, which can be covered by powder. Like wise with the Bare Minerals, it’s great to calm down rather then completely diminish. The O Natural look as it where!

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    Best thing is that none of these products break you out so you know you in a safe bet with any of them! They are all also great for non-acne sufferers I must also mention that all of the products are natural and paraben free which is something close to my heart! What is also close to my heart are that the natural products actually work! I think there is so much controversy that natural products are a bit naff, but not Arbonne and Bare Minerals!

    So what’s stopping you? Grab yourself a new healthy summer foundation!

    Hope you enjoyed? Leave a comment telling us YOUR fave summer foundation.. A big thank you to Sally and she is welcome on Style By Amber anytime! Love Amber x

  • Gold and Turquoise Eyeshadow Tutori..

    Hi there, I’m Kate from Elsa Pell, I was delighted when Sally said I could do a guest post for Rainy Day Faces, I really hope you guys enjoy it!

    If you read my blog already, you might know that I was really taken with the colour schemes used in this year’s Summer make up collections. I have already done a blue eye make up tutorial based on one of the Dior eye palettes, but my absolute favourite was this YSL palette for Summer 2014. I absolutely loved the copper and turquoise hues, but I couldn’t spare £39 for a new palette, so I thought I’d see if I could make do with what I already had.

    First off, I got the gold shade from the Body Shop Shimmer Cube Palette in 06 Warm and applied it all over the lid. Next I got the dark blue from the Topshop Lost In Time Palette and put it in the crease. This palette isn’t available anymore, but if you don’t have a similar shade already, the darkest blue in their Atlantis palette is similar. Next I got Plumage from MAC, and I placed it in the outer V section of my eyelid and under my lower lash line and blended. To balance everything out, I got some more of that gold eyeshadow I used on my eyelid and placed it under my tear duct before finishing off with some black eyeliner, here I used Blacktrack from MAC, and mascara – YSL Babydoll.

    I really like how this look is quite colourful, but still wearable. I know a lot of people have these bright turquoises hanging around, but are always too scared to wear them, so this might give you an opportunity to get them out from the bottom of your make up drawer and dust them off! This would look great with a bronzed and highlighted face and a nude lip, but in the picture I’m wearing a coral lipstick, specifically Pygmalion Rouge Coco Shine by Chanel (LE).

     

  • Review – Benefit Total Moistu..

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    I got this sample pot of the Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream when I made a purchase after a mini makeover that I had recently.

    I’ve never bought any of the skincare from Benefit but they always use it on you when you have a mini makeover. Out of all of it I’ve always had a love of the Moisture Prep Toning Lotion but I’m yet to use that for myself.

    But onto the moisturiser. I have noticed that since using this on an almost daily basis my skin hasn’t been as problematically dry as it usually is. I tend to use it in the mornings but you could probably use it morning and night, it’s just that I have different things that I use in the evenings.

    It’s quite a thick consistency and needs a bit extra time to soak into your skin. Some days I can get quite far into the day and it’s still soaking in, that’s if I haven’t put any makeup on. This might not be ideal for anyone with oilier skin.

    I’ve had this for about 2 months now and it’s still going strong because you don’t need to use that much. If anything it might even be worth buying a different product from Benefit just for the sample of this… but don’t tell them I said that! That’s just from one blogger to another.

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  • Empties #2

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    I’m so backed up with empties it’s getting ridiculous, I need to blog about them more often!

    Following on from my first empties post, here is another lot of products I’ve finished off recently. Or just given up on because it was so horrible. Can you guess what that product was from the photo?

    Ojon Damage Repair Hair Spray – Unfortunately this product is no longer available on the Ojon site for whatever reason but you can still get it from Boots. I bought this such a long time ago when I was on the Ojon hype. It’s a fairly standard size of hairspray and it was pretty pricey, although no more costly than any other product from Ojon. This is a fairly light hold hairspray with a strong scent and a fine mist when sprayed, however I’m not sure how I feel about the repair claims. Personally I wouldn’t spend £24 on a hairspray again, now I think about it it’s madness.

    LOreal Skin Perfection Micellar Water – I did a bit of a comparison of this product in a previous post reviewing the Garnier Micellar water. I do like this water, it does an all right job at removing 80% of your makeup. I just prefer the Garnier one and you get less product in this one although I don’t think there’s much difference in the price.

    Nivea Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover – I used this along side the micellar water. This product had a double layer of water and oil that you had to mix up. This did a really good job at removing stubborn eye makeup, again I don’t think I’ve found anything that removes makeup completely. It does leave a bit of a residue on your face but if you follow it up with the micellar water then that removes anything left.

    Soap & Glory Peaches and Cream – This is a product that I was first introduced to by Mel almost a year ago as a sample size and I liked it so much that I purchased it in full size. The smell is a bit off putting, it’s not my favourite but it leaves your face feeling super fresh, it almost feels tingly on your skin. I loved using this in the morning cause it completely wakes you up. The only downside is that you can’t get all the product out so you’re wasting a bit, it took me so long to get that last little bit out of it, it was a bit of a pain.

    Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash – Now this is the product that I just can’t stand. I picked it up on a whim because I had run out of any other cleansers and I love the smell of pink grapefruit. This however, is gross, it feels horrible on your skin because it barely foams up, the smell is less than appealing. Just all round not nice, it reminds me of a product you’d buy as a teenager.

    Soap & Glory Ultimelt Cleansing Balm – As you can see I was on a bit of a Soap and Glory love in. I purchased this at the same time as the Peaches and Clean. I used to use this in the evenings to ‘melt’ the last bits of makeup away. The scent of it was really relaxing which helped chill you out in the evening. I do really rate Soap and Glory cleansing products.

    Anne Semonin Bath And Shower Gel – I got this product in a set, I think it was at the northern meetup held by Em. Before then I’d never heard of the brand before so it was a nice treat to be introduced to it. It feels luxurious and it smells like sherbet, its a really nice refreshing smell that I’ve not smelt from any other product.

     

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  • Inhibitif Hair Free Deodorant.

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    I bought this alongside the hair removal serum which I will also do a blog post on. I began using this when I was thinking about trying to limit hair growth for while I’m in America. I suffer from really dark skin and hairs under my arms and it’s really unsightly, especially when it grows back within 24 hours.

    Maybe I was expecting too much, and I didn’t give it enough time to work. But after about 3 weeks I noticed no difference what so ever. I also suffered from really bad, seriously unattractive  yellow stains on my clothes. Luckily it washes out  but it’s still not great when you’re walking around with pit stains and no serious deodorising properties.

    The smell wasn’t particually appealing either, there was no fresh smell whatsoever. Which is one think I like when it comes to deodorant.

    Personally, I wouldn’t spend the money on it again. I ended up throwing it away because I was so disappointed in it.

    If you want to try it yourself you can get it from Boots for £8.99.

    Has anyone had good experiences or is it a general consensus that this product just sucks?!

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