Thursday, 27 February 2014

Catrice light Reflecting Concealer Pen Review

I was looking for a budget friendly highlighter and i came across the Catrice Light Reflecting Pen in my local Penneys.  For me its all about skin illumination at the minute as i love that soft finish on my skin.  I have been on the look out for a budget friendly one since Aldi discontinued the Lacura Concealer Pen which in my opinion was just as good as the touch√© √©clat pen at a fraction of the cost.

 "The ultimate creamy, light concealer for radiant eyes and a fresh appearance; its light reflecting pigments and medium coverage combined with moisturizing ingredients hide shadows under your eyes and blurs out other small imperfections in no time. Its gentle texture  feels pleasant on the sensitive skin around your eyes. Available in 3 shades.

The pen is in a twist end format and looks a lot more expensive than it is, however i did find that on the first application that had to twist it about 20 times before anything came out of it.  It has a creamy texture and good enough coverage for dark circles under the eyes.  I personally love this product for when I'm contouring as I do find ordinary concealer  a bit heavy for contouring and that is why i went for the lightest shade ivory 010. I have a yellow tone base so i found that this shade really blended well on my skin and out of all the shades the Ivory was the most neutral.  

Overall i think this product is a gem as its cheap and cheerful,it is easy to carry around in your handbag for touch ups and sits lovely on the skin. The only downside is because of the silver packaging you never know when your near the end of it .

Ruth xx

So my Journey Begins........

So i have to say that i have been neglecting my blog recently but I'm so new to this and I'm trying to juggle my blog,Facebook blog and my twitter account and I'm the the process of recording you tube tutorials as well!  So I made the decision during the week to get my ass in gear and pick a few courses to further my skills and start my journey to become a Make Up Artist.  There was so many courses to pick from and found it very hard to choose but finally decided on the Make Up Forever Pro Artistry course. This is a 6 day intensive course that concludes with a photo shoot to build up photos for a portfolio. On completing the course you receive a certificate from Make Up Forever in Pro Artistry make up. I know that it won't make me a MUA but it is defo a stepping stone in the right direction i think and its always great to pick up new techniques as well!!! The course is starting at the end of the month so I'm looking forward to that!!! To give me a taster I'm doing a 1 day course in Make Up Forever on HD i think it involves there HD range of make up which i love that is a favourite with celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Katy Perry.  So i will take loads of pictures and do a blog entry for you all!!!

The next course that i decided to do was the HD Brows course.  It was a bit pricey but i think it will be well worth it as its all about the brows and in my opinion they are the focal point on the face. And i am hoping in the future when i qualify as a HD brow stylist it will give me a bit of an edge when applying for jobs in the beauty industry.  It is a two day intensive course and i think the you have to keep record and take photos of the clients brows before you qualify! I am starting that on Monday the  3rd of March so I'm a bit nervous and excited about that!!

Ruth x

Monday, 17 February 2014

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Stick

Ok so i was in my local Boots store and they had a promotion on the maybelline products so i decided to purchase the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation stick to try it out.  It comes in 12 different shades but in Ireland (well in my local town Dundalk) they only seem to stock about 5 shades. I went for a lighter shade than usual 120 Classic Ivory as i wanted a foundation that i could wear without the need of wearing fake tan and lets face it ladies most of us are pale skinned girls its time we embraced it!I also purchased the 315 Soft Honey to contour with.

It fashions to have an anti shine core that has ultra lightweight powers built in to dissolve oil. The coverage is medium to light and glides on effortlessy. 

I have quite dry skin so i was a bit apprehensive using this. I was so surprised with this product as it is so creamy and transforms into a soft matt finish and melted beautifully into the skin.  I am a great believer in prepping the skin before any application of foundation as it really makes a difference in the over all finish. For instance before using the stick i used both a primer and an illuminator on my skin.  

The product has a buildable coverage to give a nice finish and is great for day time wear. It blends so well into the skin with a buffer foundation brush or even with your finger tips. Even though i have dry skin i did use a translucent power to set the foundation and although it does claim it absorbs oil it can go a bit patching around the t- zone on oily skin so power is a must.

Overall i really like this product but is a no no if you are looking for high coverage.  It retails at 13.49 euro. Its creamy and gives a natural finish, its compact and lightweight to carry around. I think its a bit pricey for what you get so the value is a little low in that regard. 
If you have oily skin i wouldn't recommend it as it it can go oily  around the t-zone. I will defo purchase this again for my every day wear!