Sunday, 13 July 2014

Meeting Charlotte Tilbury at Selfridges & Filmstar Bronze and Glow Review






































Charlotte Tilbury - What an absolute pleasure to meet her in Selfridges, London.
I had the privilege to attend of one Charlotte's makeup masterclass, where she demonstrated her signature 'Golden Goddess' makeup look on a model. We then had to recreate the look on ourselves using her luxurious makeup line.
As you can probably see in the photo above, I instantly fell in love with her Filmstar Bronze and Glow, which is a highlight and contour powder compact. Initially I thought that the contour shade would not be visible on my skin tone, but I was pleasantly surprised by this product!
Filmstar Bronze and Glow has become a staple in my makeup routine, and although it's at the hefty price of £49, I believe it's a worthwhile investment to all contour-obsessed makeup addicts!





























Have you tried Charlotte Tilbury's makeup line before? If so, what's your favourite product?

Ayesha.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Spring favourites! Mac So Chaud, Estee Lauder Doublewear Cashew, Murad AHA BHA Exfoliator, Aveda Hand Relief Review



Hi all, 

Check out my recent beauty favorites for this spring!


Mac lipstick - So Chaud





A new addition to my lipstick collection, So Chaud is an orange based red lipstick, that brightens all tan complexions. With a matte finish, you will need to exfoliate beforehand as this lipstick can be very drying. Nevertheless, this lipstick is worth it! I wore it out to a day in London and I have never received so many compliments from strangers.

Estee Lauder Doublewear foundation - 3W2 Cashew



Probably my Holy Grail foundation so far, Estee lauder's double wear foundation provides a very decent longevity which is perfect for the warmer months, and high coverage. In fact, this has earned the record for being the first liquid foundation that I have ever fully finished! I prefer to apply double wear foundation using a beauty blender (or the Real Techniques blender) which gives me a natural finish.

Murad AHA /BHA Exfoliating Cleanser



I actually found this Murad exfoliating cleanser in TK Maxx - How epic! I use this about twice a week at night, and this truly is a great product. Murad's exfoliating cleanser contains powerful ingredients such as salicylic acid and exfoliating beads help to remove dead skin cells and prevent breakouts. It cleanses my skin nicely and also removes any excess makeup. The only downside is that I feel that this cleanser tends to dry out my skin, so this may be better for normal / oily skin types. 

Aveda Hand Relief Cream


Aveda hand relief - THE BEST HAND CREAM in the world!!! This hand cream has drastically improved the look and feel of my hands, and also lasts through hand washes. With a very thick consistency, Aveda's hand relief takes a few minutes to absorb into the hands and doesn't leave a greasy residue. 

What beauty items have you been enjoying this spring?

Ayesha xx








Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Azalea London Jewellery

Hi everyone!
Today I wanted to share with you a special company called Azalea London, a new online jewellery store stocking leather bracelets. Azalea London is owned by my good friend Ayesha (yes, we have the same name!) and after checking out her website I was blown away with the site and her bracelet designs. 








































































Each bracelet is handmade from leather materials and can be tailored to you. Azalea London is also offering free UK delivery too :).
Please support my friend by visiting Azalea London.

Thanks for reading!
Ayesha
 xxx

Saturday, 11 May 2013

MAC RiRi Woo Lipstick VS Ruby Woo

Hello everyone, 

I decided to blog about Ruby Woo and Rihanna's new lipstick by MAC, called RiRi Woo since there was so much hype surrounding it. Admittedly, I was definitely an eager beaver with RiRi Woo despite reading many reviews online stating its extreme similarity with Ruby Woo. Even though I already own Ruby Woo, I knew I would have been gutted if i didn't manage to get myself a RiRi Woo.. so at 10 59 am on the dot I was refreshing my screen like a maniac and I finally managed to get myself one.

RiRi Woo:





Ruby Woo:



 RiRi Woo VS Ruby Woo:















Can you see the difference between the RiRi and Ruby Woo? I can clearly see that RiRi Woo is darker, and perhaps a bit more blue toned than Ruby Woo. Although both lipsticks have a retro matte finish, RiRi Woo is far less drying on the lips, which I much prefer. I'm happy with my purchase and think Rihanna did a great job :)

Did you buy yourself Rihanna's first lipstick for MAC? What do you think of the colour?
Thanks for reading!!
Ayesha 
xx

Saturday, 30 March 2013

TAG: Confessions of a Beauty Blogger

I've decided to do the 'confessions of a beauty blogger' tag, after reading the lovely Rohini's post last week.

Here goes!

Q:When did you start blogging?

August 2011. :D

Q: Have you had an online presence before?

I joined Beautylish.com before creating my blog.

Q: Why did you start blogging?

You may already be aware that I have an intense passion and fascination for makeup. Shortly before I created my blog, I used to experiment with makeup and create different looks. I wanted somewhere where I can publish all my looks that I created. I was super duper nervous to be honest!

Q: When did you become serious about blogging?

I don't think I've ever been serious about blogging, it's just something that I do when I have extra time. I initially used to blog religiously at least twice a week, but sometimes I used to feel pressured to keep to that level. Now I blog a lot less often but when I do, I feel like the content is a lot better. Quality, not quantity! 

Q: What was your first post?

My first proper post was a gold smokey eye look using the Urban Decay Naked Palette. 

Q: What has been your biggest challenge about blogging?

As of quite recently I have two jobs which means I hardly have any time to blog. It's a shame because when I was a student, it was easy to maintain . I guess my lifestyle change has made it more difficult for me. :(. I also have less time to create makeup looks. Another huge bummer is my lack of a decent camera! Sometimes I really want to upload a look that I created, but it won't turn out right because of the flash/lighting etc. 

Q: Where do you see your blog in a year?

Just like Rohini, I'll hopefully have a gorgeous camera to be playing around with! Hopefully a Canon 500D. That way my photos will be better quality :)

Q: What's the most rewarding thing about blogging?

I feel like I'm good friends with a lot of the bloggers that I follow, which is an amazing thing I didn't really expect to have. 

Q: What's the most discouraging thing that's happened to you?

I recently found out that Google are removing Google Reader, which is a bummer because that's how I catch up with all my blog posts. I know that there's always Bloglovin', but I'm just not used to how it works. Sigh!

Q: What is your lasting inspiration/motivation?

Makeup artists on Youtube and other bloggers definitely inspire & motivate me. Also everyone who reads my blog is a huge form of flattery and inspires me to keep blogging!

Have a lovely Easter weekend everyone!
Ayesha 
xx

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Aqua Blue / Green Eyeshadow







Hey all! It's been so long since I've done a makeup post, but a few nights ago I had a random urge of creativity. I played around with my palette called 'Manly' (lol), it's very similar to 120 palettes by brands such as BH cosmetics. It offers a huge range of blues and greens, so I knew it was the perfect palette for this look.
Face:
My foundation was Estee Lauder's Double Wear foundation in the new shade cashew, however I applied that about 13 hours ago, so I quickly refreshed it up by spraying some of MAC's Fix Plus spray on a stippling brush, with a small drop of MAC's Face & Body foundation in C5. I set my my t-zone with Ben Nye's Banana powder - A great mattifying powder with a yellow base.
I used ELF's blush in 'Berry Merry' - my new favorite blush. I can't believe I prefer it to my pricier Nars ones! 
For highlight, I used Nars' cream blush highlighter in 'Gold member', and I contoured my cheekbones using Tom Ford's shade & illuminate in 'Intensity 2'.
Eyes
I primed my eyes using MAC's cream eyeshadow in 'Painterly'. Using a fluffy blush ( I used a MAC 224) I applied a bright green on my crease and blended that well. Using a smaller blush, I then packed on a darker teal color all over the eyelid, and blended it with the brighter green. Every time I blend the shadows, I always  reapply more product  on top as blending sometimes takes away the intensity. Next I used a tiny amount of a matte black and placed that onto the outer corners of my eyes, and then blended that through. I did the same steps with my lower lash line.
Then I lined the top of my eyes, applied mascara and added a layer of lashes.
Using eyelash glue and a small eyeliner brush, I then created a line above the false eyelash and using the same brush, I dipped into glitter and packed the glitter on. 

This was totally out of my comfort zone as I tend just to wear neutrals or a smokey eye, but I had so much fun and I'll definitely wear this out soon. 
Thanks for reading! 
Ayesha 
xxx

Monday, 21 January 2013

Nicole Scherzinger Boomerang Inspired Makeup Look

Hello everyone & happy belated new year!
I'm back with a makeup look inspired by Nicole Scherzinger's new music video for her single boomerang. I haven't heard the song or seen the video as of yet, but some images are now online and she looks fantastic. I love the cranberry toned smokey eye contrasted with  the gold eyeshadow. Dark eyes and dark lips has been huge recently, and Scherzinger pulls it off so well. Unfortunately I don't own any dark lipsticks so I had to improvise a little bit with a brownish lipgloss from MAC called 'tunnel of love'. I'll be honest and admit that I've never actually actually used tunnel of love before, but I guess there's a first for everything! 
Inspiration: 

Recreation:



















Products used
Face: 
- Smashbox Photo Finish Luminizing primer
- MAC  Face & Body - shade C5
- MAC Pro Longwear concealer - NC35
- Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate - intensity 2
- Makeup store highlighter - venus.
Eyes:
- Loreal loose pigment - vintage (GORGEOUS cranberry toned pigment)
- Urban decay eyeshadow - half baked 
- Mac eyeshadow - mulch
Lips:
- Tom Ford lipstick - Indian rose
- MAC superglass - tunnel of love.

How do you find Nicole's look? Are you a fan of cranberry tones eye shadow or dark lips? Do let me know in the comments box!

Ayesha
xxx

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Autumn Favourites!

Hey my lovelies! How are you?

Here are my most reached for products so far this autumn. For once i'll be talking about skincare as well as makeup, because I completely change my skincare routine during the colder months.


Makeup
Topshop eye crayon in Equinox
I'm head over heels for this Topshop eye crayon that was available last year. It was part of their stand-storm collection back in 2011, and my sister actually purchased it but then 'donated' it to me haha. I would describe Equinox as a beautiful champagne cool toned cream eyeshadow that is particularly long lasting on me. I don't use this as a cream eyeshadow all over my eyelids, but instead find it handy to apply in the inner corners on  my eyes. The application is so easy to get into that difficult inner corner eye area, and if applied heavily it creates a beautiful effect. Personally I only find this appropriate for evening makeup, unless you're a little daredevil :)
Pictures of Topshop eye crayon in Equinox: 
 

Stolen from my Instagram, but I'm wearing Equinox in the inner half & lower lid!










Equinox was limited edition, but Topshop makeup can be purchased HERE.







MAC Pro longwear concealer in NC35
OH MY GOD! I can't live without this concealer now! It is the best concealer I have ever used for under eye circles. I usually squirt a tiny amount onto the back of my hand and work the product in with a fluffy MAC 224 brush, and next I dab the product underneath my eyes in a slightly "Kim Kardashian" V shape method. I'll add a piccy underneath for reference, If you're clueless about the Kim Kardashian Kontour effect LOL:

I have been trying many concealers under my eyes for about two years now, and my history with under eye concealers is the Bobbi Brown correcter in peach, which I love but too much of this and it creases and makes me look 10-15 years older. I also used MAC's studio fix concealer for a few months only to realise that it creases and also makes me look old and haggered. 





Pro longwear concealer isn't perfect, but it's the best concealer for my under eyes that I've tried. It's very long lasting, and set with Ben Nye's Banana powder makes it budge-proof. I've noticed that it does oxidize which basically means that after a while the colour of the concealer develops an orange cast, which is quite a bum, but luckily I got NC35 which is light on me, so it doesn't affect me too much. Another bummer is the packaging, and I end up using waay too much product because the awful pump basically way too generous. If anyone owns the concealer and feels my pain, there is actually a great solution to this problem where you can just visit your nearest MAC counter and ask for a sample bottle whilst explaining your issue with the pro longwear bottle. After you get the sample bottle you can use bottle instead which will save so much product!
Lastly, on me sometimes the concealer feels tight around my eyes, and I'm not sure why this is so. It is mildly uncomfortable on sensitive eyes (but worth it, as I'm eye bag-less LOL)
Pro Longwear can be purchased HERE

Skin care 
Lush Skin Drink Cream
With my severely dry and dehydrated skin, I was eagerly looking for an extremely moisturing face cream. Then I popped by my local Lush store, and fell in LOVE when i tested a bit of skin drink. I've been using it every day for about a month, and I've noticed how much better my skin looks, and it's probably due to the ingredients such as avocado and sesame oil. I'm proud to say that I no longer have to race from the shower to my room to slather face cream on before my skin starts to tighten and feel sore. I have noticed that with most moisturisers that it needs to set for about 5 minutes before it no longer looks oily on your face/hands. If you have normal skin but enjoy applying a thicky heavy face cream on at night, then I would certainly recommend this.

Skin Drink can be purchased HERE.









Jojoba Oil as eye makeup remover
BEST remover for eye makeup! I usually grab a cotton ball and slightly dampen with lukewarm water, and then add a few drops of pure jojoba oil and place gently on my eye for about 20 seconds. Afterwards using the cotton ball I gently wipe away from my eyes. I repeat this process 2 more times, especially ensuring to get all the mascara out my eyelashes. Jojoba doesn't make you break out, so don't worry you won't get eye acne! 
You can find Jojoba oil anywhere from Tesco to Holland & Barrett.













Clarisonic MIA
Allow me to conveniently use copy & paste: "The Sonic Skin Cleansing System uses a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to clean, soften and smooth skin. In just 60 seconds, the brush gently, yet thoroughly removes 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt and oil than manual cleansing alone. Removing these impurities has been shown to allow a 61% better absorption of Vitamin C, and better prepares skin for other products"

After all these months of owning a Clarisonic I have finally reached my verdict! Although these little exfoliating machine suggests that you can use it twice a day, I actually only prefer to use this every 3 to 4 days. If I am wearing foundation every day, then I will definitely use the Clarisonic every day to ensure every speck of foundation is removed. The brush head that I've been using is the sensitive version, and despite that I do find it a little harsh  on some areas of my skin ( I don't apply any pressure at all). Unlike some people, I haven't experienced any severe breakouts thank goodness, but I do like this product to buff away any dead skin cells and to completely remove anything on  my face.

I have actually removed the outer rim of the brush, as I personally found the brush size a little tricky to exfoliate areas around my nose and I certainly prefer it this way.
The Clarisonic MIA can be purchased HERE.




Movies & TV shows

My favourite movie this month is 'The Perks of being a Wallflower', with Emma Watson. I really really enjoyed this movie and urge everyone to watch it! I've just seen Taken 2 and thought I would probably prefer that more, but it certainly doesn't compare to how amazing The Perks of being a Wallflower is.  This movie really moved me and I've been begging my friends to watch it, LOL!
As for TV shows I'm addicted to Styled to Rock, which is a show in which some extremely talented UK amateur designers have the potential to design an outfit for Rihanna, but face weekly challenges and evictions. Watching the designers create their outfits from scratch really inspired to try and make my own outfits! Maybe one day...

What are your autumn favourites so far? Have you been to the cinema lately? Have you heard about Styled to Rock? Do let me know in the comments!


Ayesha
 xxx

Friday, 14 September 2012

Glowing Makeup using MAC + Maybelline Colour Tattoo

Hey everyone!

How are you all? I know I'm really late to jump on the "colour-tattoo bandwagon" but I recently checked out the popular Maybelline Colour Tattoo cream eyeshadows for myself, and I was particularly appealed to "On and on Bronze", a beautiful subtle bronze eyeshadow that I've basically been wearing almost every day since I purchased it. Sometimes I get bored of the application of regular eyeshadow,as  having to prime my eyes is generally a nuisance and the issue of fallout is also quite troublesome.

This colour tattoo has made my life a lot  easier basically, and when I'm in rush and want something to be on my eyelids, then I'll reach for this and apply it using my fingertips. I've tried using my MAC 224 brush however I feel like you have to swirl the brush is continuously to get a nice wash. It just seems easier with my fingertips. Below is swatch of Maybelline's Colour Tattoo in 'On and on Bronze'












I was recently looking for some makeup inspiration on the internet on bronze smokey eyes, and came across some photos of Jennifer Lopez and Rachel McAdams and Nicole Scherzinger. I must share them with you :)



































Images taken from Google.com and TroyJensen.com





I was inspired by these awesome looks and so decided to recreate all of these looks into one, but to also put my own twist into it. 

Eyeshadows used:
Maybelline Colour Tattoo - On and on Bronze



 MAC- Mulch







Mac - Handwritten









Mac - Wedge




Mac - Texture





































































Makeup breakdown:

Eyes:
I applied Maybelline's colour tattoo in 'On and on Bronze' all over the lids up to crease. Then I used a mixture of 'Handwritten' and 'Mulch' from MAC on my outter corner to create a 'V' shape with a 217 brush. I used 'Texture' directly above this V shape and a bit of 'Wedge' as a transition colour and blended outwards. Next I used  a bit of 'Amber Lights'  on the inner corner of my eyes.
Using a Kohl eyeliner from MAC called 'Teddy' (LOVE THIS), I lined my top and bottom lash line, smudging the line with an angled liner brush to erase any harsh lines.
A few coats of Dolce and Gabbana's mascara in Secret Eyes, and the eyes are good to go!

Face:
For foundation I used MAC Face + Body in C5 combined with a bit of MAC's studio sculpt in NC30. C5 is a little too dark for me, but NC30 is a little too light, so they both work nicely when they're mixed together.
I can't remember what I used on my cheeks, but it doesn't stand out anyway thankfully aha!

Lips:
Firstly I lined my lips with a nudey brown lipliner from Barry M on the outer corners and blended it with a lighter pink lipliner by Sue Moxely called 'Glamour'. I topped off with a tiny amount of 'Peaches and Cream' from Sleek Makeup and topped with gloss from Bobbi Brown called 'Almost Bare'.


What do you think of JLo's, Nicoles and Rachel's makeup? Does everyone remember when JLo was famous for  her beautiful golden JLo glow? Her makeup artist was Scott Barnes at the time and he published a book called "About Face" a few years ago. I was casually reading the book (which is my sister's) in Cuba back in 2010 when I was still a 18 year old. His transformations are incredible, and inspired me so much. I knew from that point that my hobby and passion for makeup has reached another level and I wish I could be as amazing and creative as  him. He has a new book due to be released soon called "Face to Face" featuring Kim Kardashian. Can't wait to get my hands on it!


Thanks for checking out my blog :)
Have a lovely weekend! 
Ayesha
 xxx