The Power of Makeup

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Whether you feel confident in your makeup or natural complexion, I am sure after reading this blog post and seeing these photos you’ll realise just how powerful makeup can be. 

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I have seen many bloggers and YouTubers talking about ‘The Power of Makeup’ and I was so excited to create it myself. I have a huge interest in makeup and I am always buying a new beauty product, experimenting with different looks and reading reviews and beauty blog posts.

I wanted to create this post for a number of reasons:

  1. To compare how I looked with and without makeup
  2. To show it is okay to wear makeup
  3. To show it is okay to not wear makeup
  4. To show the power of just a few beauty products

I feel like so many girls are judged everyday on how much makeup they wear or how little makeup. I think it is great to love your imperfections and I do let my family, boyfriend and close friends see me bare skinned. But also I feel a lot more confident in myself once I have applied my makeup. I feel pretty and happy.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post. I really enjoyed showing ‘The Power of Makeup’. If you have done this post or video please comment your links below; I will look forward to reading them.

Inspired Elegance x  

 

 

 

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January Favourites

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Hello lovelies,

I can’t believe it is February. That means I have officially completed dry January! My friends, family and boyfriend all thought I wouldn’t be able to do it. But I didn’t have a single drop of alcohol and I didn’t even miss it.

I had quite a few beauty products in January that I just couldn’t get enough of!

Urban Decay – Smoky Palette

My all time favourite during January was my Urban Decay Naked Smokey palette. I have started doing my eye make up quite dark lately and this palette has some gorgeous shades. I use the shades password, whiskey, combust and thirteen for a more natural look. I find the shades high, dirtysweet and radar go really well together. The dark colours in the middle of the palette create the perfect smoky eye. Overall Urban Decay hasn’t failed to dissapoint me. These colours are gorgeous and very different to their other Naked palettes. I also love the brush that comes with this eye shadow palette as I find it is great for blending.

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Clinique – Even Better foundation

At the start of January I bought my first ever designer foundation. I have only ever used drugstore foundations however I thought I would treat myself and get my skin matched. The lovely lady within Debenhams, Clinique found the perfect colour for me. I have used this foundation everyday. The foundation costs £25 and I do really think it is worth the money as it has great coverage. It is great if you are buying your first designer foundation!

MAC – Copperplate Matte Eyeshadow

For Christmas I got bought this gorgeous MAC eye shadow. This is now my second MAC eye shadow and I can honestly say it is so good! I don’t have any similar colours to this and it is so pigmented. MAC eye shadows can be a little pricey as they about £13 and it is only a small tub; they do last ages though!

Urban Decay – All Nighter

This is my life saver! I always used to borrow Amy’s before a night out and it actually kept my make up on! It is so good and really worth the money. I used to get scared and think it would make my make up run when I sprayed it, but it doesn’t aha!

Yves Saint Laurent – Concealer

I have needed a designer concealer for a while now and this is definitely worth the money. It has amazing coverage and it stays on for the whole day. I love the packaging as well!

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My first every YSL lipstick! I am in love with this colour. This lipstick is so lush and stays on for such a long time. Also the packaging is gorgeous. Perfect for winter.

MAC Lipstick – D for Dangerous

I can never ever not like MAC lipsticks, there will always be one in my favourites! I have a thing for matte lipsticks at the moment and this colour is so pretty.

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NARS – Contour Blush

This was a lovely Christmas treat! The colours are gorgeous and it is very pigmented. It is a little pricey though as it is about £30. However it has great coverage and the product lasts ages.

Real Techniques – Flat Contour Brush

This brush is from the Real Techniques bold metals collection. I love the colour of this brush, it is a beautiful rose gold. I love how it has such a long handle as well because I find it easier to apply my make up with. The bristles are very soft and gentle on the skin as well.

Have you used any of these products before? Comment links to your favourites below as I would love to read all about them.

Inspired Elegance xox

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions 3 Step Review

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Hey!

So I have been getting a lot of spots and redness lately so I treated myself to some Clinique skincare products. My bestfriend recommended this to me and now I am recommended it all to you!

So I have been using this for about a week now every night and I am already noticing the results. My redness isn’t as bad anymore and my spots are slowly starting to clear up.

First you use the Anti Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam. I just squirt a little bit on my hand and rub it into my face.

Then you use the clarifying lotion. I recommend you shaking it before you use it as some of the product settles at the bottom. I pour a little bit of this onto a cotton pad and then dab it onto my face. It is a little strong and you can feel it on your skin but this is to unclog your pores. Then you use the clearing moisturiser and apply it all over your face.

It doesn’t take long to do this routine, it only takes me about 10 minutes. The results are great!

I highly recommend this product and it is at an affordable price of £25.00. You can purchase it here at Boots.

Let me know if you have used this product before and what the results were for you?

Inspired Elegance xxx

 

Autumnal make-up

Hello lovelies,

The leaves are finally turning brown, the air is starting to cool and the days are becoming shorter. Autumn is here. Autumn is my favourite season, I get so excited for it. Maybe too excited…

I love the colours in autumn. I love going on walks as I think that everywhere looks so pretty. I find that I wear nicer clothes in Autumn compared to Summer and Spring and I have no idea why.

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So today I thought I’d blog a few of my make up items that I will be wearing these next few months. I wear a lot of browns and golds with a dark shade of lipstick.

I recently just treated myself to a new Mac lipstick in the colour ‘Sin’. This shade is gorgeous and it is perfect for Autumn. If you are a little nervous of wearing a dark shade,  use a lipstick brush and gently apply it on with the brush instead of using the lipstick straight to your lips. This then makes it a lot lighter and then you can gradually start building the layers up when you feel a little more comfortable.

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I have just bought Tanya Burr’s new eyeshadow quad. I think this is just ideal for autumn as it contains golds and browns. It also has a really cute glitter shade which is nice for if you are going out. I have been loving the sleek contour kit lately and I find that this is such a nice shade. It isn’t too dark for my skin and it blends in so nicely. The highlighter I have been using by Rimmel gives your cheeks that little shine as they can become quite rosey in the autumn time. I find that I use a little more foundation in the Autumn and Winter time as my cheeks and nose get very red, so Rimmel’s 25 hour foundation is really ideal for me. The concealer I have been using lately has been giving me some great coverage under my eyes, it is at such a good price as well!

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Let me know what your favourite Autumnal beauty products are; I look forward to reading them!

Inspired Elegance xxx

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water and Olay review

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Hey guys!

Garnier Cleansing Water

So recently I went into Superdrug after reading vogueinfatuations blogpost on the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water and I thought I must try it! You can see her blog post at https://vogueinfatuation.wordpress.com/
Since I have had my benefit mascara and eye liner, I have found it really hard to remove. I started using the simple eye makeup remover but that never worked, so when I read the before mentioned blog post I thought I would have to try it! I can honestly say it works really well. It removes my make up so easy and it has no perfume or scents in it so it doesn’t irritate my skin at all. It cost £4.99 and it is in quite a large bottle so it will last for a long time.

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I also purchased some Olay cream as well from Superdrug for £4.99. My skin has become really dry recently because of the weather so I thought I really need to start moisturising before It gets any worse. I moisturise after every shower and after I remove my make up. My skin has become a lot more softer lately and it is in much healthier condition.

I highly recommend these 2 beauty products as they are worth the price and are very good!

Inspired Elegance xx

New beauty products

Hey guys!

BeFunky_null_3.jpgSo for Christmas I got a few new beauty products. These include my new eos lipbalm, my benefit mascara, my benefit eyeliner, my NARS lipstick and my benefit brow zings palette. I thought I’d write small reviews on them so you guys know what they are like and whether you should get them or not.

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NARS semi matte lipstick- Fire Down Below – £17.50

I’m going to start with my NARS lipstick which is my favourite lipstick at the moment. I decided to go for a dark red colour as I already have a lot of bright reds. The price of this can vary depending on the the shop/website. This lipstick stays on your lips for a very long time and is easily applied. However the thing that disappointed me was I was expecting it to have a more of a ‘matte’ finish but overall this is a very good lipstick and is worth the money.

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Benefit brow zings palette- £24.50

I love this palette! Its small and handy so it will fit in your hand bag. It contains a blending brush, tweezers and a hard angle brush. To use on your eyebrows you put on the pigmented wax first to shape your eyebrow, you do this with the hard angle brush. Then you use the blending brush to apply the natural-shaded powder, this is for setting and filling in any gaps. The palette comes in three different shades; light, medium and deep. I went for medium and if its too light for me I can keep building it up to get it to how dark I want it.

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Benefit they’re real mascara- £19.50

This mascara is the best mascara I have ever used. It makes your eyelashes look long and stays on all day. This mascara has very good reviews on it as 100% saw long wearing results. The only bad thing I would  say about this mascara is that it is real hard to remove, make up wipes do not get it off. You have to use eye make up remover  to remove this properly. Benefit have their own make up remover that you can buy from many websites for £16.50.

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Eos lipbalm- blueberry acai

This lip balm is one of the best lip balms I have ever used. I haven’t put a price as this varies a lot! Some places do it for £8.00, however I recommend you get it from Amazon because it is so much cheaper and you’ll be saving yourself a lot of money. It smells so nice and leaves your lips feeling soft for hours. These lip balms are worth the money and I highly recommend everyone to buy them.

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Benefit they’re real push up liner £18.50

This liner is very different to what I usually use however I love it. You twist the bottom and the gel comes up to the top and you can then start applying it. I find that this liner makes it a lot of easier to give you a straight line and also helps you do flick evenly. It doesn’t smudge and it stays on for a long time as well.

Introduction

Watching youtubers such as Tanya Burr and Zoella has inspired me to create my own blog. I enjoy reading beauty tips and seeing what clothes and colours are trending right now during the seasons, and this makes me want to be able to put across my fashion ideas and my beauty tips.

I am very creative and I love designing and making things. I am currently studying textiles and this involves a lot of art, so I would also love to be able to show people my paintings and drawings.

Also another interest that is slowly growing on me is photography. I have just recently got a Nikon D3100 camera, and I’d love to also be able to present my photos to people.

Therefore I will be blogging outfits that I love right now, beauty favourites, textile pieces and some photography.

I enjoy reading your feedback xxx