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Fresh Faced Friday!

Hello my lovelies!

I decided to do a little bit of a tutorial for you today, just a round up of my general, everyday make up routine, hope you enjoy it! 🙂

So, this is before the magic happens, fresh faced and ready to go! (Scary, I know :p)

So first off, you know I always start with my skincare. So to start with, I applied my Lancôme Visionnaire serum, Clarins HydraQuench cream because I think coming into the winter time, my skin gets a bit drier so I need that extra little bit of hydration, and finally Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm purely because it gives the perfect base for lipstick, especially if your wearing a colour. It’s also super moisturising, which is great if you wear a lot of matte lipsticks, like me, and your lips tend to be drier.

So now it’s onto the base. I started with the Porefessional primer from Benefit (great if you have oily/combination skin like me, and open pores as well!), just applied with my fingers on the t-zone. I then buffed Doublewear Light foundation from Estée Lauder in 03 into my skin using the Stippling Brush from E.L.F. I also applied the Benefit Bo-ing Concealor (02) using my ring finger onto any little blemishes before dusting Creme de la Mer translucent Loose Powder over my whole face.

Next, onto the Contouring & Highlighting. This is the part people seem to have most difficulty with so ill do a separate tutorial on that later 🙂 I started by dusting MUA Bronzed Perfection Bronzer onto the higher planes of the face (forehead, cheekbones, nose and chin). Then, apply the bronzer, lightly, (your not trying to look like you need to wash your face!) along the hairline, down each side of the bridge of the nose and underneath the cheekbones and sweep out wards to the hair line. Then, with highlighter, I used Watts Up! from Benefit, apply to the centre of the forehead, brow bones, cheek bones, down the centre of the nose, Cupid’s bow and chin and buff in using a foundation brush. Then, with your blusher, apply lightly to the apples of the cheeks and sweep out towards the hairline.

This should be what your aiming for:

Then it’s onto the exciting part, eyes! 🙂 I used the Urban Decay Naked Pallete to cereal an everyday smokey eye look. I started by using Sidecar from the centre of the lid outwards, and then applying Naked to the crease.

I them applied Virgin as my highlight, to the inner corner of the eye.

Finally, I used Darkhorse (this is my most used colour in the palette, I blend it with everything!), on the outer crease and lid to add some definition.

Then, I simply added black kohl liner to the top and bottom lash lines and smudged slightly with my fingers, before adding They’re Real mascara from Benefit.

You can see the before and after here too, which I think is pretty amazing, my eyes go from having no lashes at all to almost looking like falsies (in a good way!).

Next, it was onto the brows! You all know i love a strong brow and if you haven’t seen my post on how to do the perfect brows, you can find it here..https://loveandlipstickforever.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/how-to-get-the-perfect-brows/, but this is what I used today.

 

Lastly, I added E.L.F’s Moisturising Tinted Lip Balm in Berry and we’re good to go!

This is what you should end up with!

Hope you had fun reading this guys,

Love & Lipstick,

Tammy xoxo

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Upcoming Benefit Launches!

Hi guys! 🙂

So, I know you all know that the new Benefit perfume is released at the end of this month but did you also know that the Bathina spray on body oil is launched on the same day?

The original Bathina comes in a creamy formula that can be rubbed onto the body to give a gorgeous, shimmery glow. The same idea with the new Bathina, except this time it’ll much easier to apply, just spray on after you come out of the shower & your good to glow!

BUT there’s also another top-secret Bene-launch coming this January that I am SO excited about! As an avid Pore-fessional fan, I cannot wait for this, coming out in January. Check it out.. the Porefessional; Agent Zero Shine translucent powder!

Annndddd… Finally, another addition to the B.right skincare range, called Dream Screen. It’s a liquid sunscreen, oil free SPF 25 PA***, the highest sunscreen protection available, coming out in the New Year.

How exciting! 🙂

Love & Lipstick,

Tammy xoxo


Benefit Stay Flawless Review

Hi folks!

Ok so I know the Stay Flawless primer from Benefit has been out for a few weeks now but I wanted to give it some time using it because I just wasn’t sure it would live up to my expectations as a diehard Porefessional fan, and also the fact that it comes ready to apply in stick form made me slightly cautious as it reminded me of a dirty old panstick foundation! But after using it for a few weeks, I’ve decided that I actually am really enjoying using it.
Now, Benefit says “Flawless works overtime! Our instant PRO-long primer acts like a magnet to lock on your foundation for 15 fresh & flawless hours. This invisible stick primer glides directly onto skin for optimal wear and a natural-looking finish. Go longer. Stay flawless!”

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I say, they’re absolutely spot on! It definitely does what it says on the tin, all day coverage with no signs of my make up disappearing, and obviously, I find it works better when I actually use the Benefit Hello Flawless foundation (which I also love, by the way!). The texture is also quite interesting, it’s tacky in a non-sticky way and isn’t actually unpleasant.

The only thing that disappoints me about it, is that it doesn’t cover open pores, (of which I have a fair few thanks to my oil slick t-zone!), which is what I loved most about the Porefessional. But of course, the Benefit geniuses have decided that we can combine the two primers for perfect coverage, hurrah!

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Anyway, let me know what you think of it guys!
Love and Lipstick,
Tammy xoxo