Tried and Tested: Blank Canvas Cosmetics

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Time flies! We’ve just entered a new year and I decided to change some areas of my life. Many of you might think what to do to meet(do you mean get?) the idea behind ‘New Year-New Me’ concept. I decided to focus on trying as many new things and experiences as possible in 2018. The first step was to refresh the way I look and try some new make-up ranges and trends.

I have recently received a set of Blank Canvas Cosmetics and decided to try them.

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The set was presented in a gorgeous slider keepsake gift box which contained the items listed below:

  • 5 piece brush set;
  • Large Face brush;
  • Pippa palette;
  • Winging IT Eyeliner;
  • Borderlines Brush Soap;
  • Gift Candle.

As some of you might remember, last month, I had a total hair transformation and this month I decided to create a unique and different look which I’ve never done before. If you read my posts regularly then you will know that I love highlighters and pearly eye shadows so I was really excited to try this range which includes a set of beautiful nude, matte colors.

Firstly, I unpacked my Blank Canvas Brush set – all of them were extremely soft and made of a high quality anti-bacterial, easy to clean synthetic fibers.brushes

Secondly, I applied my regular Laura Mercier primer and Capture Totale Foundation from Dior. I then decided to use Pippa for Blank Canvas Palette. The palette was designed by Pippa O’Connor who is a leading model, busy mum and businesswoman. Pippa for Black Canvas Palette is inspired by Pippa’s love of fresh and natural make-up and consist of 6 matte finish, natural tones and 3 face shades.

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What I love about this palette is that you can apply these eye shadows dry or wet when you want a more defined, smoky look. Applying dry tones is perfect for a subtle day / work make-up and if you are going out then you can apply some of the tones with a wet brush and then get a more intense look. The palette is Blank Canvas’s bestseller as it is handbag, travel and make-up kit friendly. All shades can be worn alone but as you can see from the picture below, I like layering them to get a more classy, defined look. I finished my look by applying some of my favorite DiorShow mascara. I then needed to finish my face make-up by using 3 face shades included in a palette. Firstly, I applied a bit of highlighter to brighter up my complexion and define my nose. Then I applied a bit of a pinky blusher and finished my make up by applying a bit of bronzer to contoure my face.

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Lastly, just before I left for work I used some Bordelines Brush Soap. As some of yoiu know, I previously worked for Christian Dior as a make-up artist. Caring for your brushes is very important and if you do care for your brushes then they will last you much longer. In addition, it is absolutely crucial to clean your brushes regularly to prevent bacteria that can be harmful to your skin.

Verdict:

I love trying new products and as a formal make-up artist, it’s always great to discover a  new range that provides high quality products. Blank Canvas Cosmetics are affordable, made of quality materials and the pigments used in their make-up palettes are long–lasting. My make-up lasted all day and I didn’t have to retouch it so I would love to try some more Blank Canvas products soon.

For more information, please visit:

https://www.blankcanvascosmetics.com/

Price:

The gift box I received was €100 however you can buy all the products separately and their prices start at €5.

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Pauline

Tried and Tested: Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Make-up range

As some of you know, a couple of months ago, I reviewed some body care products from Joan Collins Timeless Beauty range.

As I really liked their textures and how they looked on my bathroom shelf, I decided to try some make-up from Dame Joan Collins.

I ordered some foundation, concealer and a combined bronzer & lipstick palette.

So how is Jane Collins’s make-up range?

I applied FIRST BASE foundation after my regular Laura Mercier make-up primer. The formula of this skincare foundation includes Hyaluronic Acid & UV filters and is completely paraben free.

FIRST BASE has a light to medium coverage and natural finish. My skin looked smooth, flawless and radiant.

Next step, was to cover some small irregularities using FADE TO PERFECT Concealer. What I really liked about this product is that it can be used all over the face so you do not need to buy two concealers. Firstly, I used it under my eyes to reduce dark circles. Subsequently, I used it to cover any imperfections in the skin. It has a great velvety texture is easily blended.

After I applied some loose powder, it was finally try the SUMMER KISS COMPACT DUO Lipstick & Bronzer. It is definitely my favorite product from Joan Collins’s range.

The bronzer made my skin look fresh, relaxed and I looked like I just came back from the holidays. DIVINE LIPS Lipstick added some more glamour to my look. I absolutely love, love, love the packaging. Both products are placed in a totally glamorous, golden, luxurious Compact.

I finished my look with one of my Dior eyeshadow palettes. I hope that you like it!

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Pauline

Tried and Tested: ‘TEN EFFECTS’ Timeless Beauty Skin Treat & Make-up Fixer, JoanCollins

As some of you might remember, I have recently tried the ‘I AM WOMAN’ Dry Oil Body Polish from Joan Collins. I really enjoyed using this product thus I decided to try some more products from Timeless Beauty Collection.

This week, I would like to tell you about TEN EFFECTS Skin Treat & Make-up Fixer.

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Ten Effects revolutionary skin treat & make-up fixer aims to revise and rejuvenate your skin whilst at the same time setting make-up in place. It is a luxurious product that uses a unique blend of 7 natural ingredients:

  • Allantoin  that exfoliates and rejuvenates,
  • Red Algae Gel and Frescolat MGA that calms and soothes irritation,
  • Organic Rose Water  that tightens pores and reduces redness,
  • Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerine that hydrate, moisturise and diminish the appearance of fine lines,
  • Vitamin E that protects and revises skin.

Application:

This 7 in one product comes in a travel friendly bottle with spray. I used one spritz over my make-up. It locked my make-up in place to create long-lasting and flawless coverage. It can be used anytime morning or night and if you use it regularly then it will add some extra radiance, hydration. As I have a combination skin, I really like that Joan Collins’s Ten Effects not only fixes my make-up but also minimises my pores and tones my skin due to a pH balancing layer.

Skin type:

Joan Collins Ten Effects revolutionary skin treat & make-up fixer has been formulated for all skin types.

Price:

£20.00 for 100ml

Website:

Joan Collins Ten Effects revolutionary skin treat & make-up fixer is available at:

www.joancollinsbeauty.com

I hope you enjoyed reading this review!

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Pauline

Getting ready for a summer ball

I was invited to attend a summer ball at the Porters Park Golf Club last week. I wanted to look my best so I spent my afternoon preparing for that event.

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Face:

I have recently bought a mineral-rich PRISTINE Beauty Dead Sea Mud Mask from Amazon.co.uk so it was a great opportunity to try it and check if it really works. According to the producer, the Pristine Dead Sea Mud Mask helps to:

• Purify the pores as a natural skin cleanse.

• Promote clearer skin and reduce the frequency of blemishes.

• Remove excess oil to combat shine.

• Minimise enlarged pores.

• Diminish the appearance of wrinkles.

• Address blackheads.

PRISTINE Beauty Dead Sea Mud Mask contains Vitamin E and is based only on natural and organic ingredients. Furthermore, it is a cruelty free vegan so it protects your complexion and the planet at the same time. I have a combination skin and enlarged pores so it seemed like a good idea to try it before the event as mask promised to deeply purify and provide anti-aging benefits.

The mask has a nice, creamy texture. I applied it for 15 minutes and then once it dried I rinsed it off with some warm water. My skin was soft, looked radiant and I could see some instant and noticeable results. The mask gave my skin a fresh, healthy glow and my pores were less noticeable. In addition, lines from under my eyes looked visibly smaller.

The only unfavourable feedback I could give was about its packaging. It looks very simple and unappealing but then again mask offers instant results and a great value for money. One pot of the mask (250ml) costs only £16.90 and it will definitely last you for a few months. I would recommend that you use it 2 to 3 times a week to see a long-term improvement.

You can get it from Amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/PRISTINE-Dead-Sea-Mud-Mask/dp/B01FLUGRYG

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Make-up:

I decided to wear my favourite ‘smoky eyes’ make up with some soft beige lipstick.

Hair:

I added a lot of volume and after decided to do some soft curls to get a soft look.

I hope that you enjoyed reading this review.

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Pauline

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Pauline