Review: Get a Glow with SolarPowder

Bronzer holds such a nostalgia for me when I think back to my horrific makeup as a teen. When I first got into the ideal of being tanned and glowey I began using Rimmel’s then cult SunShimmer bronzer which left me looking more like a giant tangerine. God knows why I thought this was a good look but none the less I continued this JerseyShore-esque makeup for a good few years.

When I finally realised this orange glow was just not for me, I went on the hunt for a bronzer which was cool toned enough for my pale skin. Finding a good bronzer in the drugstore which fitted this bill a few years ago proved extremely tricky, but thankfully that’s where Solar Powder came in.

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L: Old packaging R: New packaging

 

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Left: New packaging, Right: previous (and clearly well loved!) packaging

The packaging has had a definite revamp from its old carboard exterior which I’m extremely glad of. Sturdy plastic packaging just holds up better in a jam-packed makeup bag and is so much less likely to break or get really grubby.

Regardless of the packaging, the bronzer is such a cult favourite for me. It’s only available in one shade however within the new sleek packaging there is two different tones of bronzer. The left side is a warmer bronze shade and the right is a cooler, lighter bronze tone. The colours can be used together or seperately which makes it such a fantastic bronzer for holidays or travelling.

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I tend to use my Real Techniques powder brush and sweep over both colours for a lovely glow to my sun shy skin. I also have used the cooler tone to contour with when I’m at my palest as it gives more of a shadow affect to the skin rather than a harsh orange line. I particuarly love doing this on holiday and during the warmer months when I’m tan free. The colours are also great transition colours in the crease of the eye too!

The “S&G” logo does come with a subtle shimmer to it but I found mines has worn away after just a few uses, which I actually prefer. This then allows me to get a nice sunkissed natural glow from the bronzer rather than a more shimmery offering.

I highly recommend SolarPowder to anyone, especially those fair skinned, looking for a new bronzer which wont break the bank this summer!

What’s your favourite bronzer?

C x

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Review: Soap & Glory The Mighty Contourer

Contouring has been a huge makeup trend over the past few years, with the likes of the Kardashians and Beyonce rocking super sharp faux-cheekbones. However, it’s super easy to end up with less of a shapely contour and more of a terracota line down your cheek.

Soap & Glory have launched a super cute little 3 in 1 contour kit designed to make the whole process a lot easier, which I decided to put to the test.

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In the compact, you have three cream products:

Darker shade to add definition in the hollows of the cheeks, along the hairline and under the jaw bone.

A highlight shade to lift and add light to under the eyes/tops of cheekbones and forehead.

Blush shade to add a flush of healthy colour and glow.

The compact comes with a small leaflet which has pictures and guidance of where to apply all the colours which would be fantastic for beginners!

I use the shade “Fair’s Fair” however in all honesty the contour colour would still be fantastic for medium skin tones also.

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Contour, blush and highlight shades on my fair skin.

I simply apply the products with my fingers, and then use a beauty blender to blend them out.

The contour colour is great as its not too warm yet not too cool. Its super blendable which makes it hard to go wrong with it, and it can be built up easily. The blush shade has actually become my firm favourite from the compact for adding a super healthy flush to my cheeks on a day to day basis. I was a bit sceptical about the highlight shade as I usually reach for a super shimmery shade however I did like the brightness this added to my skin.

Overall, I’m really impressed with the contour kit. Ive never tried a whole cream kit like this before from the drugstore and for the pricepoint I think it is great. As it’s so blendable, it’s also great for everyday use!

If you fancy winning a full size The Mighty Contourer in “Fair’s Fair” to try yourself, head over to my Instagram here to find out how!

You can buy The Mighty Contourer from Boots for £12.

What’s your favourite contour product?

C x

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Review: Wow Brows with Soap & Glory

My eyebrows are something which have definitely improved over the years. As a teen, they were very sparse and I never filled them in and when I look at pictures of me from that time I cringe. Then I moved onto filling them in and my goodness that was JUST as bad. Brows frame your face and are SO important in making me look human on a day to day basis, and I definitely think it’s all down to the products as well as the technique.

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Archery Two-in-One Brow Pencil

I find brow pencils the easiest product to use to fill in my eyebrows to my desired shape. Some pencils are just too chunky or waxy, but Soap & Glory’s Archery is my all time favourite for both the quality and the price point. I used to use this in the shade “Brownie Set” which was slightly too light for my dark brown hair. However I was thrilled when S&G added to the range with Dark Chocolate which is a perfect match! The spoolie on one end is also fantastic to brush through the eyebrows and then switch to the small nib to draw in individual brow hairs. I run the spoolie back through the fronts of my brows to create more of a gradient affect. This is my everyday go to brow product and whether you’re new to the realm of brows or a brow expert I highly recommend trying these out! (I don’t have any pictures of my pencil as I’ve used it so much that all the writing has rubbed off, not very picture worthy haha!)

You can buy Archery pencil here for £8 with three different shades.

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Archery DIY Brow Bar

This little kit has all your brow must haves in one easy compact. It has two brow powders in the shade “Love is Blonde” and “Dark chocolate”, a clear wax, a cream highlighter and two double ended tools to perfect your brows. You use the teeniest little spooly (how cute!) to brush your brows through, then the black angled brush to apply a small amount of the wax to the brows. The yellow slanted brush can then be used to apply your desired colour and a sweep of highlighter under the brow and you’re done! The colours in the palette are great because you can mix them together as you wish to create a custom colour. You can always swap in your own tools if you’re not a dab hand with tiny little brushes, but these make it great for travelling too! I find powders more intense for my eyebrows so I love to use these for nights out for more defined “wow” brows.

You can buy the brow bar here for £12.00.

 

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Left: with Archery pencil. Right: with Archery Brow Bar

 

I think Soap & Glory have nailed the brow game for the drugstore and have such a huge array of products to suit everyone. One thing I would LOVE for them to bring out is something along the lines of the ABH brow pomades as, if the rest of their products are so good, I think they’d be the darkhorse with this too!

What’s your favourite brow products?

C x

*Blog supported by Soap & Glory. All opinions are my own.

Beauty Hacks You Need in Your Life #1

Whilst I am a massive makeup and beauty junkie, life can sometimes just get a little too busy with work, university and a social life to keep up to focus on perfecting my baked under eyes. Anything I can do to cut down on time and multitask, I will do! Here’s my top five beauty hacks which you need in your life:

Use conditioner as shaving cream

This is an oldie that I use all the time. Shaving foam can be expensive, and I’ve found certain ones can dry out my skin. Use up those conditioners that just aren’t cutting it for your hair instead. Conditioners give a close shave, whilst acting as a good lubricant and guideline for shaving. I use a cheap Alberto Balsalm one in the shower which you can pick up from most places for a mere £1. This is also great for cutting down on toiletries for travelling. Smooth and silky legs in an instant!

Use matte eyeshadow for your eyebrows

Trying to find a perfect match for your brow colour can be difficult, however the majority of us will own at least a few matte eyeshadows. Save yourself a pretty penny on buying eyebrow powders and use these for your brows instead! These are perfect for filing in your brows with, and can be mixed and matched according to how dark you prefer them. I often use the colour crave from Urban Decay Naked Basics for mines.

Apply dry shampoo before going to bed

We’ve all had days when our hair has definitely needed a wash but we just don’t have the time/can’t be bothered to do it. In steps the trusty dry shampoo with it’s amazing grease lifting properties and its not so amazing white residue that takes an age to brush out. Apply it before going to bed and tie your hair up to give it more time to absorb. You’ll have little to no white cast left in the morning!

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Apply a translucent powder to a glossy lip to mattify it

This ones fantastic to transform any glossy or satin finish lip colour you have in your collection. I particularly love doing this to red or deep berry tones to instantly give them a revamp without having to buy a matte alternative. I use a flat brush to pat a small amount onto the centre of my lips and move it outwards. This can also be added onto matte shades to intensify the colour.

Bake your under eyes with a translucent powder and damp beauty sponge

Translucent powder isn’t just for the face or the lips as seen in the above hack! This one’s a tip from Kim Kardashians very own makeup artist Mario. Apply your powder under your eyes with a damp sponge and leave it for a few minutes before sweeping it away. By using a damp sponge rather than a brush, it gives an amazing brightening effect and just settles nicely into the skin. Well, if it’s good enough for Kim K!

I loved writing this post and sharing some of my favourite beauty hacks to introduce into your routine. I’m thinking of possibly doing a series?

C x

What are your unusual beauty hacks?

*Blog supported by Soap & Glory. All opinions are my own.

 

Spring Clean: Makeup Bag Edition

With Spring fast approaching, now is the perfect time to change up your makeup wardrobe. Clear out the old products you reach for in winter and give your makeup bag a freshen up for this season. Here’s the products I’ll be using to fake a glow and brighten my skin even if the weather hasn’t quite got the memo yet…

BASE:

Spring for me is all about a glowing completion and fresh looking skin. My favourite primer all year round is the Smashbox Hydrating Primer as it stops my dry skin becoming uncomfortable. If I want a serious glow, I apply a drop of the Sleek Barekiss Illuminator in Monaco over the top of the primer to add a touch of luminosity, or mix it in with my foundation. My go to glowy foundation is Nars Sheer Glow. I seriously cannot get enough of this and have ran through numerous bottles over the years. Finally, I have been loving the Bourjois Radiance Reveal concealer under my eyes to brighten and illuminate after a few too many late nights. I have also been trying out the Soap & Glory range of concealer and colour correcting products and so far I LOVE them. A review will be coming soon!

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FACE:

In Spring, I love swapping my usual pink blush for more peach tones. My holy grail in the warmer months is Soap & Glory Peach Party blush brick. This looks gorgeous on all skin tones and you can swirl your brush in all the colours or pick out the more bronze/peach tones dependant on your preference. For bronzer, I love using Makeup Revolution Baked Bronzer in Golden Days to warm up my whole face. It’s not to warm, not too cool and has just a slight sheen to it to make the skin look so healthy. Seriously, if you are fairer skinned you need this in your life. Lastly, MAC Soft and Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish is such a beautiful highlighter sweeped over the tops of the cheekbones.

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EYES:

For brows, I’m swapping in the Soap & Glory Archery pencil for soft defined brows, and the shade dark chocolate is a perfect match for me. I’m continuing to use my favourite Maybelline falsies mascara and Urban Decay Naked Palette as I love wearing more warm/gold tones in the lighter months. The original palette is definitely my most used for daytime.

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My lip changes on a day to day basic depending on my outfit or mood. Recently I’ve been loving my Kylie lip kit in Candy K and my old fave Velvet Teddy by MAC.

I definitely recommend rummaging through your makeup collection and have a makeup bag reshuffle, you’re guaranteed to find something you used to love!

What products will you be swapping into your makeup bag this Spring?

C x

 

* Blog supported by Soap & Glory. All opinions are my own.