Beauty

Khase Cosmetics Haul & Review!

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Wearing Khase cosmetics ‘Naked’

Happy holidays guys!

I was so happy to treat myself to some products from Khase cosmetics for christmas! I began following them on my blogger instagram account @byericamatthews and fell in love with their natural lipstick shade Naked!

I am a die-hard lover of nude lip colours. I always used to wear a staple red lip, but as a busy girl I now love the versatility and ease of applying a gorgeous nude shade to my make-up look or even popping on some gloss if I want to go natural!

Here is Naked…

Lip colour Naked £6.00

So when I popped open this lustre lipstick I was a little bit surprised! you know that jump out of the chair and grab your laptop to make sure you got the tight item type of surprised!!

I was expecting a soft brown colour but to the eye… I was seeing a pinky rouge. Do-not-panic!

What did i think?

As I glided it on the shade of pink was softer, in fact ‘naked’ to my lips! This lipstick is definitely sheer. When applied it is almost like tinted lipgloss/vaseline. Surprisingly, the colour can easily be built up to get the colour pigment you like. I also had to sit and remind myself that all natural lips have a different colour! So when applying lipstick I have seen on somebody else, it’s going to look different!

Here is Mumba…

Now yo guys have to understand… again! I. Was. Surprised!

I did think it was going to be a deep chocolate colour!

What did i think?

Again as I glided it on to swatch the colour, the shade of pink was softer.

but the colour transformed when I applied it is to my lips (cheek video). I never really go for deep shades of pink so I can definitely see myself pairing this up with a brown lip-lier.

Jus like the naked Lustre lipstick, this cream lipstick can easily be built up to get the colour pigment you like.

swatches under direct light

Although I didn’t exactly get what I expected, the quality and versatility of these lipsticks were amazing.

I will be chasing up to see how I can achieve the colours they have on their website (click here) but I definitely have remembered the dangers of getting sheer lipsticks/glosses.

before wearing these colours, I definitely will prep my lip with a matt nude lipliner and put it on top (image of me above in ‘naked’ with a nude base).

Hope you enjoyed! xxxo

 

 

Lush Cosmetics ‘Magnaminty’ Mask Review!

Lush cosmetics Mask of magniminty review

The Miracle pot

So, January is always a tough month right? The Monday of all months!

I’ve been recovering from yet another operation I had at the beginning of December and this has left my skin a bit sluggish!

I was thrilled with all the beauty bits and bobs I was gifted over christmas and have been dying to give this Lush ‘Mask of Magnaminty’ a try. I have never tried any of their infamous products but I always hear my sister trill at how amazing and natural their products are!

One of my New Year Goals is to get into tip-top shape, my health means more than anything right now! After a successful glute-burning session of Pilates I decided to follow my weekly planner and Reward myself with a mini pampering sesh’.

After gently cleansing my face I applied the creamy green mask using an old foundation brush I abandoned and found it really easy to apply. Surprisingly the minty smell was dominant. There was a muted delicious scent which made me scramble for the ingredients list on the pot and of course I nodded when I read my favourite word… vanilla!…

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Don’t I look Gorgeous?!

There was an expected tingle after I finished applying the mask… but nothing major.

I spent the instructed 10 minute application in the shower singing to my Spotify Tropical House playlist, desperately trying to avoid my face.

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Buff Buff and away!…

I gently buffed the mask away using the palm of my hand with my face glove (much softer than regular exfoliation gloves) rubbing in the little evening primrose seeds.

I was really impressed! my skin visibly look brighter, tighter and smoother. This miracle pot is aimed at spots and tired skin and I definitely think it gave my skin the wake up call it needed.

I love that this mask is Self-preserving, safe for the face and body, easy to apply, smells great, brightens and clears the skin in 10 minutes and is 100% Natural and cruelty free!

I will definitely be using this in my Beauty routine more often!!

Want to try it yourself? Click Here

Hope you enjoyed xxxo

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Karrueche x Colourpop Beauty Review 

So apart from being all things “fashion” I thought it would be an amazing chance to share some beauty products that I am obsessed about!

I represent my own brand ‘Erica Matthews’ and always like to look my best. I love beauty products that are effortless and easy to use! So I will be reviewing products for the lady who doesn’t want to put 20+ Products on her face that only look good on camera and scare people when you meet them face to face!

Discovering liquid lipsticks was a dreeeam and I fell in love with a few shades from the Karrueche x Colourpop collaboration! *thanks to my sister for the bring-in*

Lets talk  ‘Kae’…

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FINISH: Ultra Matte

SHADE: Nudes

How to apply:

Step 1: Make sure your lips are bare and dry! 

Step 2: Apply matching lip pencil for a precise and perfected application. 

Step 3: Apply Ultra Matte Lip with the applicator or your favorite lip brush. **For smoothest finish always exfoliate your lips first! 

My Thoughts…

I had googled so many swatches of this product, so I was really confused when I saw the colour of the bottle. the product is very thin and lightweight and is best applied with care. But the pigment/coverage is insane!! the application is smooth and the product dries flawlessly matte!

“It’s very long wearing and completely kiss proof!”

I tested… and its very long wearing and after a meal only requires a few touch-ups. this product is easy to layer, but to minimise the feeling of product on your lip (remember it is matte) and any form of flaking, I found the less product you put on, the better!

 

Tah-Daaaah!…

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 11/12

Mac Raizin 

Demure lashes ‘Dangerous’

Maybelline eyebrow duo in Dark Brown

Lets Talk ‘Rooch’…

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FINISH: Ultra Matte

SHADE: Reds

How to apply:

Step 1: Make sure your lips are bare and dry! 

Step 2: Apply matching lip pencil for a precise and perfected application. 

Step 3: Apply Ultra Matte Lip with the applicator or your favorite lip brush. **For smoothest finish always exfoliate your lips first! 

My Thoughts…

So It was love at first swipe *teeheee*…. unlike ‘Kae’ I found that I wasn’t as shocked with the colour of the lipstick in the bottle. But waiting for this product to dry to reveal its true colour…is evvvvvverything! 

Again…. its very long wearing ! I have big lips so found that I had to apply on the inner part of my lip because the red is more noticeable. After a meal, a few sips, it required a few touch-ups. but everywhere else.. it was perfect!

This product is easy to layer, I tested it with a deep plum liner.  The pigment was insane! 

I love that these colours really adapt to skin tones because it looked so different when my sister tried hers on!

Call it big lip woes…. but because I reapplied my inner lip I could feel the product, which wasn’t unbearable. But I tell you this product feels like nothing is on your lips! 

again, I found that to minimise the feeling of product on my lip (remember it is matte) and any form of flaking, I found the less product you put on, the better!  

Tah-Daaaah!

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 11/12

Mac Raizin 

Demure lashes ‘Dangerous’

Maybelline eyebrow duo in Dark Brown

They suggest storing these babies upright and shaking before application!

Swatches in Daylight…

Swatches in light….

Score 10/10

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MY REVIEW ON HELLO FLAAAWLESS OXYGEN WOOOOW FROM BENEFIT!!

Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Brightening Makeup colour Hazelnut by Benefit £24.50,

Hot looks Nail polish colour Hoola Hoop by Collection 2000

I haven’t STOPPED talking about it for the past few weeks!! Benefit have come out with a goooorgeous liquid foundation which gives amaaazing coverage!! I have been waiting for the moment when Benefit would expand their shades, so I literally JUMPED at the opportunity to try it out when I saw they had!!

Left: Benefit Foundation / Right: No foundation (Sleek Cosmetics concealer on eyebrow)

It’s a brightening liquid Foundation which leaves such a flawless and natural complexion that leaves you looking like your not wearing a THING!! Its hydrating complex boooosts cellular respiration to give that ‘plumping effect’ and best of all its a barrier from the environmental stresses and locks in that Vitamins C and E goodness… which have you knoooow are Vitamins which help to prevent Ageing of the skin!! *crowd of women cheer*..

I kid you not.. this is not photoshop business!! (photos taken on my Apple IPhone).. I LOVE IT!! it’s really lightweight and when built up.. it helps highlight eyebrows, cheekbones and nose.. NATURALLY!

I always find with my Fashion Styling life… late nights and early morning are always given away on my face.. so Flawless and lightweight foundations are everything I look for just so I could get that quick fix!!

Make-up done by Kara Matthews, Head Wrap by Gundrun Sjoden @ Varg PR

So I had my Gorgeous sister do a quick bit of Make-up on Half of my face to show just how much it can bring your complexion back to life in the best possible way… Looking Natural!!

What Else Did i Use??

From Left to Right: Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow (Brightening Makeup) colour Hazelnut by Benefit £24.50, Powder Blush colour Raizin by MAC Cosmetics £17.50, i-Divine Palette colour Sunset by Sleek Makeup £6.49, Liner Feutre colour ultra Black by Bourjouis £6.99, Mascara colour Raven by Topshop cosmetics £8.00, Rouge Coco Shine colour Boy by Chanel £23.00.

I Look forward to doing more reviews with Benefit!! I hope you enjoyed!! And I DEFINITELY recommend you head down to your closest Benefit Counter and try it for yourself!!

SCORE 10/10

 

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Top Knot Bun

I ABSOLUTELY LOOOVE THIS TREND!!

Not only is perfect for the summer weather.. but its quick and simple to do.. and will leave you with that ‘straight of the catwalk’ look!!

below is a video tutorial I liked which shows you how to get this look..

Enjoy xxxo

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SJP SKIN TIPS WITH @MARYKAYALLIE

Celebrities are natural trend makers.

We follow our favorite stars and try to do what they do.

Here’s a quick skincare tip from Sex and the City Star Sarah Jessica Parker:

 “When your face is shiny due to excess oil, pay a trip to the ladies room and, “…pull out one of those tissue toilet-seat covers and dab a piece over your T-zone (chin, nose and forehead). The tissue absorbs oil…”(News Queensland, 2011, para. 10). While this is a great tip, most of us are a bit uneasy using something that’s been in a public bathroom.”

If this is too much for you, you can purchase a pack of tiny oil absorbing tissues to keep in your purse. I recommend the Beauty Blotters® Oil-Absorbing Tissues because you get 75 in a pack, it’s small, it does exactly what it’s made to do. With a pack always handy in your purse, you won’t have to use a toilet seat cover on your face.

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Would you like a natural-looking glow this season?

Actress Brooke Shields has a great beauty tip

for you.

“Brooke Shields suggests mixing bronzing lotion with body lotion and a self-tanner,

which will allow you to achieve a bronzed, even skin tone without having to apply foundation to the face.”

To get that same look, you can also use a tinted moisturizer and dust a hint of bronzing powder. The tinted moisturizer will give you a great look while protecting you from the sun with SPF 20. The bronzing powder will give you a sun-kissed glow. Matte shades are great for everyday wear while shimmer shades are used when you desire an airbrushed look. You’ll have your ideal look even on the days you skip your foundation.

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How to get the perfect pout!

No great look is complete without a perfect pout! …It’s very easy to achieve.

Just follow these steps below:

1. Exfoliate your lips at least once a week to remove any dead skin.

Peeling dead skin tends to leave cuts in this delicate area of skin.

 

2. After exfoliating, treat the lips with a moisturizing lip balm.

The (Satin Lips Set) is a great exfoliating and lip moisturizing combination.

3. Outline the lips with a lip liner that is a perfect match or slightly lighter shade

from your lipgloss or lip stick. After lining the lips, shade in the lips to create

a matte base that will help your lip color last.

 

4. Using your favorite lipstick, start from the center of your top lip and apply

the shade towards both corners. Apply from one corner to the next on the bottom lip.

 

5. Use your favorite lip gloss and apply a very small amount to the

center of the lips for a luminous look.

 

As if that wasn’t enough…. here’s an extra tip for picking the perfect lipstick shade…

1. Lighter shade colors are used for making lips seem fuller.

2. Bright, warm shades are used to make lips seem more youthful

and darker shades are used to make lips seem smaller.

By: (Independent Beauty Consultant) Alison Ryce

For more tips, visit www.Trinibeauty.com

and make sure you keep your eyes out for next Tuesday tips!!

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Make Your Eye Color POP!

 

Image from Mary Kay eyeshadow collection 2011

“It is believed that the eyes are the windows to the soul.

With that said, eye makeup is a very important accessory. “

Eye colors can be flirty, fun, or business minded. Whatever look you desire, there are specific colors that can bring out the very best in your natural eye color.


Your natural eye color is a great factor that should be considered when choosing eye makeup shades.  Regardless of your eye color, it is important to start with the lightest shade and work your way down with the darkest.

The lightest shade should be applied to your brow bone,

the mid tone in the crease,

and the darkest shade should be applied towards your lash line.

Brow bone and crease shades can be natural but colors used on your lower eyelid are most important.

Here are some lower eyelid color suggestions from celebrity makeup artists:

Brown eyes stand out with purple, blue, and gray tones. To add drama to your look, a navy eyeliner would make your beautiful browns stand out.
Blue eyes look great with warm brown and bronze shades. The orange undertones of these shades bring out the sparkle in your eyes. A bronze eyeliner is a perfect accessory.
Green Eyes radiate with purple and taupe shades. An amethyst eyeliner gives you extra allure.   
Hazel eyes pop with dark green and lavender shades. Shades with slight yellow undertones are best for bringing out the best in your eye color.
Start with these shades and explore with more colors for your own custom look.

By: (Independent Beauty Consultant) Alison Ryce

 

For more tips, visit www.Trinibeauty.com

and make sure you keep your eyes out for next Tuesday tips!!

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GET HER RIHANNA’S HAIR!!

As you all know.. I am a HUUUUGE fan of Rihanna, She is one of my FAVOURITE style icons… And I feel I’m right to say we are all loving her ever-changing hairdo’s!! *grin*.

She looked absolutely gorgeous last weekend on X factor in her thigh high split  Maxi dress and her gorgeous curl bob framed her face amazingly! So.. I researched a quick and ‘easy’ way to GET HER GORGE’ HAIR!!

For those who find it easier to follow a step by step plan, this is for you:

But then.. for those of us who find it easier following something visual I found this GREAT tutorial on Youtube which ‘funnily’ enough gives a step by step guide for a *whispers* Beyoncé Inspired hairstyle *covers face*, at the end of the day.. you still get the GORGEOUS look!

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ENJOY!!! xxxo

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HORAY! A FULL ENGLISH BREAKFAST..

THATS HEALTHY!!

I am a fan of #lovetheskinyourin which is one of Gok Wan’s famous quotes, BUT! there is nothing wrong with looking after ourselves and lets face it.. we all want to be healthier! well… YES LADIES.. THAT’S RIGHT!! Here is a recipe for a FULL ENGLISH BREAKFAST where we don’t need to be counting all of the calories, worrying about our waistlines.. or practicing our breathing techniques to suck in our guts due to our jeans getting to tight *gassp of relief*

  • Serves Up to: 4 people
  • Cooking Time: 20 mins
  • Chef Skill level: Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!
  • Recipe Cost: ‘cheap as chips’

A shame… if I cooked this.. it would look NOTHING like this *sigh*

look below for more…

What ingredients will I need?

Here are the basic Ingredients you will need for this dish.. why not use special supermarket products i.e. weightwatcher bacon to make this dish even healthier!

  • olive oil, to brush and drizzle
  • 4 Portobello mushrooms, cleaned
  • 300g vine-ripened cherry tomatoes
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • 16 rashers of smoked back bacon
  • 8 large eggs
  • dash of white wine vinegar
  • 8 slices of rye bread, toasted

How do i make it?

1.      Pre-heat the grill to the highest setting. Half-fill a wide, shallow pan with water and bring to a simmer. Line a large (or two small) baking sheet(s) with foil, then brush over with a little olive oil.

2.      Trim the mushrooms, removing their stalks, then lay, cap side down, on the baking sheet. Place the vine tomatoes alongside. Drizzle over a little olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch each of salt and pepper. Lay the bacon rashers in a single layer on the baking sheet (the second one if using two). Place under the grill for 5 minutes until the mushrooms are tender and the bacon is golden brown around the edges.

3.      To poach the eggs, break each one into a cup or ramekin. Add a dash of vinegar to the pan of simmering water. Whisk the water in a circular motion to create a whirlpool effect. Gently slide the eggs into the centre of the whirlpool, one at a time, then reduce the heat to a low simmer. Poach for 1 1/2 minutes if the eggs were at room temperature, or 2 minutes if they were straight from the fridge. The whites will have set but the yolks should still be runny in the middle.

4.      Divide the bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes and rye toasts between warm serving plates. Carefully lift out each poached egg with a slotted spoon, dab the bottom of the spoon with kitchen paper to absorb any excess water and slide onto a rye toast. Grind some pepper over the eggs and serve at once.

AND THAT’S IT!!.. THE PERFECT HEATHY FULL ENGLISH BREAKFAST!!

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GET COLOUR POPPIN’ NAILS

You REALLY can not go wrong when it comes to Barry M nail Varnish… They offer all the colours of the rainbow and MORE!! My attempt to  fit all of them into one picture would result in an EPIC fail *covers Face*.. I took a selection of some of my favourite shades that I would LOVE as a gift.. ahem..

xxxo

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HOW TO GET: POWER BROWS


Image taken from http://www.thechicscribe.com/

Get one of this seasons hottest looks ‘power brows’ with ‘M.A.C. Cosmetics’ make up artist Gina Bettelli.

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Website: www.shavata.co.uk

lIKE ANY GORGEOUS LADY! I’m guessing you want something that can help me keep your youth for as long as possible, and ask ANY Beauty expert.. you can lose YEARS with having the PERFECT EYEBROWS for your face *crowd of women cheer*

The first time I saw one of Shavata’s concessions was in my current work place House Of Fraser.

“Shavata has worked in the beauty industry for over 20 years and has now launched Shavata brow studios and Lash Lounges across the UK. She has become a leader in her field and has forged a reputation as THE leading authority on eyebrows. No one shapes and grooms brows in quite the same way.

Shavata truly believes in the difference professionally manicured eyebrows can make and all her clients can verify this instantly! It is equivalent to a mini face lift, which takes no longer than 15 minutes. Using a wax, tweeze and threading method, eyebrows are groomed to create the perfect frame for the face. Shavata says “Eyes are the most important feature on your face” so having them perfectly framed with beautiful brows only makes sense.”

So let’s get to it!!

STEP1 – The Shape:

THANK GOD.. Shavata has answered our prayers.. we all see eyebrows on celebs or in the magazines and say “I want those brows..” and Shavata offers a ready-made stencil so you can EASILY change the shape of your brows to suit your face and get that hot celeb look!! ‘The stencil kit (£12.50) helps you to create the perfect arch every time by either by filling in or tweezing. The kit includes 4 different eyebrow shapes (with 3 pairs of each style) as well as a double-ended (light and dark) pencil. By simply shading and or tweezing using the eyebrow stencil, you can create the perfect brows.’ HOW EASY IS THAT!!

STEP 2 -Tame those Brows

So after you have your desired shape… you need something than can maintain them and tame those devilish fly-away hairs! ‘ The eyebrow mascara clear gel ‘click pen’ tube (£14.50), tames unruly eyebrows and gives a manicured look, great for in between appointments’.

Step3 – Glam it up

So you have your beautifully shaped brow’s all in place… now its time to glam them up for daywear or nightwear. ‘The three eyebrow creme shadows (£19.50) in a sleek mirrored compact that can be used individually or together to create the perfect shade when enhancing your brows. What i particularly like about this kit is that people who don’t like to wear a lot of make up can easily use this palette to just brighten the eyes.
AND THATS IT!
In three easy steps , you can look 13 again lol..
xxxo

 

Tell me what you think!!