No7 New Improved Advanced Serum and Beautiful Skin Skincare Review!

So I hope your all enjoying this wonderful weather we are having at the moment! So basically I had a little haul yesterday in Boots at the No7 counter, as Ive decided that I want to start an anti ageing routine. Im only 23, but expression lines start to appear in your early 20s, and Id like to try and put these off as long as possible! No7 had 3 for 2 when I purchased these items, which kind of justified the purchase for me! oops!

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Im going to talk about the No7 Beautiful Skin Melting Gel Cleanser first! It is priced at £9.50 for 150ml, which I reckon will last a fairly long time as you only have to use a small amount. I found this product quite interesting. It comes out of the tube as a gel like formula, which then turns to a milky substance as you apply it to your face (it should be applied on damp skin) and starts to feel slightly oily as you rub it in! It didn’t feel drying at all, and effectively removed all of my makeup, including my mascara! It was a tiny bit stingy on the eyes after I had rinsed it off, but this quickly passed. It left my skin feeling extremely soft and clean, so I would definitely recommend it from a first impression! I will continue to use this, as it is much cheaper then the Clinique Take the Day Off Balm that I have been using, that ran out much quicker then I was expecting! Overall, I would give this product an 8 out of 10!

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The next product that I purchased was the No7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser, which was priced up at £9.95 for a 200ml pump tube and it comes with a muslin cloth. I had heard great things about this product in reviews, and on the Boots website it was rated at 5 stars, so, needless to say I was expecting great things from this, and I definitely was not disappointed! This cleanser is just incredible! It has a thick consistency, which glides onto your face, and it has a pleasant smell. You then rinse the muslin cloth in warm water, rinse out the excess, and place it onto your face. I did this for ten minutes, and it was a lovely experience, as it feels like a face mask! Once you feel ready to rinse the cleanser off, you take the muslin cloth off, and can use it as an exfoliator to rub off the cleanser and remove the dead skin cells from your face. You then rinse your face in cold water to close your pores. I am very happy that I purchased this product, and will definitely use it at least twice a week! I feel that it is a gentler way to exfoliate then a scrub, which can sometimes aggravate my skin. I am going to give this product a 10 out of 10, as it was great value for money, it felt like a treat and it has more then one purpose! Fantastic work No7, you have my vote!

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Here, we have the highly acclaimed No7 Improved Protect and Perfect Advanced Serum, which comes in at a pricey £23.95 for a 30ml tube. Now, this is the first anti-aging product that I have used, and I chose it because I have heard amazing things about the previous Protect and Perfect range, let alone the apparently improved version, which has just recently been released. I actually purchased this product about two to three weeks ago, and have been using it most mornings and evenings, so I can give a fairly good review of the product. However, when I went into Boots yesterday and spoke to the very helpful sales assistant on the No7 counter, I was informed that I wasn’t necessarily using the product correctly. It is absolutely vital that you apply this product after cleansing and toning, but BEFORE moisturising. If you apply this product alone, it will have basically no affect whatsoever. I would say about 50% of the time I did this, so I haven’t seen the full affect of the product, and have probably wasted my money slightly by doing this, however, now I know this I can use it properly in the future. I have still seen an improvement in my face though, as it looks brighter and the skin texture has definitely improved. I haven’t really got lines on my face (a slight expression line on my forehead, but nothing major), but I’m hoping this will allow me to keep my skin looking younger for many years to come. My mum has used the more advanced version of this product, and has seen great improvements in her face, however. If you use the correct amount of the serum, it should last about 5-6 weeks. I don’t have much left after about two to three weeks, but, I have definitely been using too much. You only need to use three tiny dollops (I now apply these to my hand, so that I don’t overuse it) to cover your entire face, and for it to be effective. From the improved appearance of my skin already, I would give this serum a 7 out of 10, but I may change this over time as I can now use it most effectively.

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Lastly, we have the Beautiful Skin Day Cream, which comes in at £12.50. Just look at the packaging, its truly stunning! It looks like a serious high-end moisturiser, which I love! Now, this doesn’t have any anti-ageing ingredients in it, but, people always say that keeping your skin moisturised is the key to keeping your skin young, and although I don’t moisturise as often as I should (some moisturisers break me out), I want to start a proper routine where I moisturise day and night, so I thought I’d try this one, which was recommended to me by the very helpful No7 Sales Assistant. I didn’t purchase a separate night cream, as I find they can be too heavy for my skin, so Im aiming to use this one for both. Now, this isn’t quite as light as I’d like it to be (although now I think about it, I think I have applied slightly too much!), it is a lovely moisturiser. It has a slight scent, and rubs in fairly easily. It left my skin extremely soft and feeling very nourished! I am yet to see if it breaks me out, but since No7 products tend to be good for sensitive skin (which I have, ever so slightly), Im hoping this product will avoid breakouts! On a first impression basis, I will give it a 7 out of 10! I reckon it would be great to use as both a day and night cream, as you can apply slightly less during the day than you would at night, in order to give it a real treat as you sleep but to avoid any extra unwanted shine during the day.

So, have you tried any of these products? Or anything else by the No7 range? Please let me know in the comments below! I hope you have found this review helpful, and please let me know if you purchase any of these products and your experiences with them!

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely rest of your day!

 

Little Miss Makeup x

 

 

 

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Clubbing / Night Out Golden Glitter Eyes with Shocking Pink Lips Tutorial!

Today is such an exciting day for me as it’s the first blog where I will be using my brand new camera! I was lucky enough to receive a Canon SLR 100D from my parents for finishing university with a decent grade, and as I was really getting into my blogging! It’s an incredible camera, and will allow me to show you the true colours of my makeup tutorials! I can’t wait 🙂 This tutorial is inspired by a clubbing night out, using gold glitter, lots of shimmer and shocking pink lips to finish. Keep reading to find out how I achieved this look!

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This tutorial is just going to be focusing on the eyes and the lips, but if you would like to know what products I have used also, please comment below and I will be happy to answer 🙂

I started with applying Mac’s All That Glitters through the crease, blending it thoroughly and bring it up towards the eyebrows, but not too high. Mac’s Honesty eyeshadow was then patted onto the lid, in order to brighten up this area, as we want to eyes to really sparkle!

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I then took MUA’s Luxe Glitter Eye Palette in Burlesque, and applied the gold shaded glitter onto the lid. This is quite sticky, so it is best to just pat this on rather then brushing it onto the lid, as it can become quite uneven this way.

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I then applied Mac’s All That Glitters under the eye, and put Mac’s Nylon into the inner corners of my eyes. This highlighter is just incredible for this area, as it is extremely metallic and bright! After the eyeshadow was done, I used Maybelline’s EyeStudio Lasting Drama Gel Liner in black, and lined the top lid with a line that is of a medium thickness, and created a small flick at the end. I lined my lower waterline with Max Factor’s Liquid Effect Pencil in the shade Black Fire. Lastly for the eyes, I applied Max Factor’s Masterpiece High Definition Mascara on my lashes, including my lower lashes. This really made my green eyes pop!

I finished off the look with Mac’s Chatterbox, as this is a beautiful bright Barbie pink shade. It really complimented the gold glitter, and I felt this made the look appropriate for a night out with the girls!

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So what do you think? I hope you like the look, and if you try to recreate this, please let me know by tweeting me (https://twitter.com/LMMakeupBB), commenting on this blog or on my new Facebook page (www.facebook.com/littlemissmakeupblog). Please give me a ‘follow’ or a ‘like’ as well 🙂

Thanks for reading guys, and i’ll speak to you all soon!

 

Little Miss Makeup x

Cheryl ‘Crazy Stupid Love’ Music Video Inspired Makeup Tutorial!

Hi everyone!

As soon as I saw Cheryl in her new music video for ‘Crazy Stupid Love’, I just knew that I wanted to do a makeup tutorial for it! I usually love her makeup style anyway, but what she had done this time round just looked amazing, and it’s completely different to anything else I had done so far! I gave it my absolute best shot, and I hope you guys like it 🙂

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I first primed my face with Mac’s Prep + Prime Moisture Infusion Serum, and then buffed Maybelline’s Superstay Better Skin Foundation into my face. I used the colour 010 ivory, and this foundation has a matte finish. It has a slightly higher coverage then other foundations I use, but since Cheryl’s skin is absolutely flawless, I definitely had to use this. I then applied Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Concealer under my eyes and on a couple of blemish scars. I also used it in the middle of my forehead and blended it out with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, to brighten my face up a bit.

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Cheryl tends to have a strong contour in her music videos and for events, so, I recreated this by using the Sleek Face Form Contour Palette in Light. I contoured the sides of my face where by cheek bones are, as well as down the sides of my nose and around the edges of my face, with the Real Techniques Multi Task Brush. This gives your face great depth, as foundation tends to make your face look quite flat. Cheryl used a matte blusher in this video, so I took the Estee Lauder Blush, in 11 Nude Rose, with the Real Techniques Blusher Brush. I used the Sleek Contour Palette again to highlight my face, on the tops of my cheek bones, my cupids bow and just on the brow bone. Cheryl likes a strong highlight, so I recreated this. I then applied my trusty Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, using the Real Techniques Setting Brush. I then went onto the eyebrows. Cheryl’s eyebrows are quite dark and are fairly thick, so I kept with this, and made mine slightly thicker and darker then Im used to.

I then went onto the eyes! This is my favourite part of the tutorial, as I love the warm colours Cheryl has used. I firstly took Mac’s Woodwinked, and just took this through the crease and up to the brow bone slightly. I blended this thoroughly as I didn’t want any harsh lines at all.

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Next, I used a Revlon eyeshadow in the shade Melon, which is a beautiful coral orange shade. Perfect for this look! I patted this onto the lid, layering lots as I wanted this to be as bright as possible. It didn’t come out quite as pigmented as I had hoped, but I still think it was dramatic enough. I then blended the crease with the original brush used for Woodwinked, to blend the colours in together. I then took Woodwinked under the eye, using a narrow eyeshadow brush.

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I then took Maybelline’s Gel Liner in Black, and lined my top lid with a medium thickness line, with a flick. I applied this with the Real Techniques Liner Brush. I lined my waterline with Benefit’s Bad Gal Liner in Brown. I added mascara to my tops and bottom lashes, and used Maybelline’s The Falsies Mascara for this.

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The last step was the lips! Cheryl used a fairly dark red for this, so I picked Mac’s Craving lipstick. This looked perfect on, and I felt it was very ‘Cheryl’! So, here is the finished look!

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I hope you like it! I was so happy with the finished look that I will probably recreate this again for my next night out! What do you think of the look? If you try to recreate this, please comment below and send me a picture! Also please don’t forget to like me on my new Facebook Page! The link is http://www.facebook.com/littlemissmakeupblog 🙂

Thanks for reading!

 

Little Miss Makeup x

Glamorous Evening Eye Makeup using Mac Eyeshadows!

Hi everyone!

So I went out for the evening with my girls and decided that I really wanted to do glamorous eye makeup. I had a little idea of what I wanted to do, and knew I wanted to use my new Mac eyeshadows below – the left hand side shadow is called All That Glitters, and the right hand side shade is Cranberry. I had only swatched these shades, so I was extremely excited to see what I could do with them!

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I won’t go into detail about my base products (primer, foundation, etc) in this tutorial as I have done lots of blog posts on this already, but I did use Lancome Teint Miracle Bare Skin Foundation. If you have any questions at all on this then please comment below and  I will be happy to answer them.

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The first colour I used on my eyes was Cranberry, which I applied using the Real Techniques Blending Brush into my crease and slightly upwards towards my brow bone, as I wanted this to be a dramatic look. Blending is absolute key in this look, so definitely get yourself a good blending brush if you don’t already have one, as you don’t want any harsh lines due to this colour being so prominent. Here is a before blending and after blending picture, which shows you the huge difference it can make!

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I then patted the shade All That Glitters onto my lid, and softly blended this into the cranberry shade through the crease. These colours look absolutely stunning together. Once Cranberry has been completely blended, you can take this on your outer v also, and blend through the crease again to intensify the colour. I also dabbed a tiny bit of Mac Nylon into my inner corners as a highlight.

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Next, I took cranberry underneath the eye, starting from the edge and only taking this into the middle. As it’s such a bright shade you don’t want to take this the whole way as it can close up your eyes. On the inner half of your under eye area, you want to take All That Glitters and line your eye with this. It’s important to blend the two colours together to create an ombre affect, as this looks really pretty!

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Once I had finished the eyeshadow, I lined my upper lid with Max Factor Colour X-Pert Waterproof eyeliner. I will say one thing about this eyeliner – It is definitely NOT waterproof! I wouldn’t repurchase, as it has absolutely no staying power whatsoever. So when I do this look again, I will try a different liner. I lined my waterline with a black eyeliner.

Now for the dramatic lashes! This is the first tutorial that I have used false lashes on, as I don’t tend to wear them often, but for this look they are absolutely essential! I firstly coated my upper and lower lashes with the Smashbox Full Exposure mascara, and then applied a pair of Eylure Naturalite eyelashes. I then applied Mac’s Hot Gossip lip stick, as I didn’t want anything too dark but wanted to keep with the warm shades.

Here is the finished look, before the lipstick and after!

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I am very happy with how this makeup look turned out! What do you think? If you recreate this look please comment below with a link to your recreation! Id love to see it 🙂

Thanks for reading!

 

Little Miss Makeup x

 

 

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette Review and Tutorial!

Today is an exciting day as I received the beautiful Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette! I have seen bloggers writing about this product for a while now, and there were so many excellent reviews on it, so I just had to make the purchase. This retails at about £45.

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To start off, the packaging – Oh my gosh! It’s just beautiful. They have really paid attention to detail with this product, and even before opening the product it looks high quality. Thumbs up! Now, I had been told that the eyeshadows smelt of chocolate, however, I was not expecting the smell to be so overpowering! I love it though, as they do genuinely smell like chocolate, and who doesn’t want their eyeshadows smelling like chocolate? :p

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This palette comes with 16 shades, including two highlighters, one matte and one shimmer. The shades are so diverse, and I feel you can create many different looks which just using these shades! I will name the shades for you, from left to right, top to bottom: Gilded Ganache, White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Black Forest Truffle, Triple Fudge, Salted Caramel, Marzipan, Semi-Sweet, Strawberry Bon Bon, Candied Violet, Amaretto, Hazelnut, Creme Brûlée, Haute Chocolate, Cherry Cordial and lastly, Champagne Truffle.

Here I have swatched the first 8 shades for you, the bottom colour starts with Gilded Ganache and the order is the same as above, as you get to the top of my arm.

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Here are the last 8 colours, starting from Strawberry Bon Bon on the left hand side.

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As you can see from the pictures, these eyeshadows are extremely pigmented. I feel as if I would use them all, except maybe for the Strawberry Bon Bon, as I’m still thinking up ways in which I can incorporate this into my eye makeup! I love that you have a mixture of matte, shimmer and glittery eyeshadows too, so it’s extremely diverse.

I decided to do a little tutorial for you guys, showing you how I decided to do my make-up for a meal out with my friends. I won’t go into my base make-up as I have plenty of tutorials on how I do this, however, If you have any questions about that just comment below and I’ll be happy to answer them 🙂

I started with Salted Caramel, by taking this through the crease and halfway up to the brow bone with the Real Techniques blending brush. I then took Marzipan and patted this onto the lid. So far, the eyes should look like this.

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I then took the shade Amaretto, and took this on the outer v and halfway through the crease. I also lined underneath my eye with this shade.

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I then took the shade White Chocolate and put this on the inner corners of my eye, to brighten my eyes up a bit. I was really impressed with this highlighter, and the matte effect looked great with this makeup look. I then added mascara to my top and bottom lashes, as I wanted an extreme lash effect.

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So here is the finished look! I really like it, and will definitely be using this eyeshadow combination again! What do you think?

Have any of you tried the Too Faced Chocolate Palette, or any other palettes that are similar? What do you think about them? Please comment below!

Thank you for reading!

 

Little Miss Makeup x

Sun kissed bronzed Summer Inspired Makeup Tutorial!

Hello everyone! Hope you have all had a good weekend and start to the week. As Summer is pretty much here now (not the greatest weather yet, however) I thought it would be a good idea to do a sun kissed bronzed inspired makeup tutorial! With this look I wanted to go for bronzed skin, golden shimmery eyes and a pretty coral lip. I hope you all like it!

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For my base, I started with the Bourjois Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer. I definitely recommend this primer as its extremely light and makes your foundation glide on beautifully. I used the matching Bourjois Happy Light foundation, in the shade Rose Vanilla. This is ideal for summer, as it’s a light coverage, you can barely feel it on your skin and it gives a lovely dewey effect. Perfect for this look! For concealer, I used two different ones. I used the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair, to cover my blemish, and then the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory, to cover my under eye circles. Both were applied using the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.

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In order to give my skin a real glow, I used the Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer to contour my cheeks and the sides of my nose, as well as the edges of my face. For even more glow, I used the Benefit Coralista blusher, and applied this with the Real Techniques blusher brush, to the apples of my cheeks. To finish my face makeup, I used Benefit’s Watts Up highlighter. I applied this just using my fingers, and put it on the tops of my cheekbones, the brow bone and cupids bow.

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For the eyes, I wanted to use the Naked 3 Palette! I haven’t used this palette for a tutorial yet, so thought it was time to bring it out! I started with patting the lids with the shade Strange, as a base, and then applying Trick over the top of this, to create a glowing peachy colour on the lids. I also took trick under the eyes, with a thin angled brush. Next, I used the shade Liar and blended it through the crease. I took it slightly higher then I usually would, blending it well using the Ecotools Airbrush Concealer Brush. This is how it looks so far.

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I then wanted to darken the eye colour slightly, so took the shade Mugshot, and applied this to the outer v, blending it slightly into the crease. To highlight the inner corners, I used a colour from my Mac Pro Palette called Nylon, as this is a beautiful shimmery highlighter. To line my waterline, I used the Benefit Bad Gal Liner in brown, as I didn’t want my eyes to be too dark. At this point I went onto my eyebrows, just filling them in with the Benefit Browzings in the shade medium. To finish the eyes, I curled my lashes and applied the Maybelline ‘The Falsies’ on my upper lashes. Lastly, I used the Nivea Pure & Natural Milk & Honey lip balm and coated my lips with the Maybelline ColorSensational lipstick in the shade 852 Coral Pearl. This lip colour is absolutely gorgeous, and I highly recommend it for Summer! It’s very sheer but still extremely pigmented! So, here is the finished look!

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I’m really happy with this makeup look! I hope you all like it, and if you try to recreate it please comment below with a picture 🙂

Thanks for reading!

 

Little Miss Makeup x