Milani Stay Put Brow Colour – Just as good as ABH’s Dipbrow Pomade?!

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A while ago I bought a few things from Beauty Bay and I decided to try something different to the ABH Dipbrow Pomade, mostly because it’s pretty expensive for what it is!

I do like the effect of using a pomade or a more waxy brow product as they tend to last longer and can sometimes have a surprisingly natural finish. I spotted this one from Milani (which is a drugstore brand that’s popular in the US) and thought, ‘for £8 why not give it a go!)

This is the Milani Stay Put Brow Colour and I chose the shade 05 dark brown.

This brow colour is very similar to the ABH dip brow pomade, but you actually get a spoolie and short angled brush so that you can get using it straight away!

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The Dumbest Eyebrow Revelation…

But it’s an important one.

A Superdrug beauty haul went up on my channel a yesterday (I’ll leave you a link near the bottom of this here post) and in it I said how I went to Superdrug to get an eyebrow pencil but left with everything but the eyebrow pencil *sniff* :'(.

What that meant was that I had nothing left to do my eyebrows, other than some nubby old eyebrow pencils, a dried out ABH Dipbrow Pomade and some old eyeshadows.

Little did I know that my running out of Eyebrow Pencil situation was going to make me realise something very important.

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All That Glitters – My Highlighter Collection!

Hi Guys! 

We are officially in Autumn now, I’ve seen so many tweets and IG posts saying ‘YAY October’ and I’m just sitting here like ‘eh, what’s so good about October?!’ We are in Autumn and I am looking forward VERY MUCH to the season of JUMPERS, AUTUMN COLOURS, HOT DRINKS and BLANKETS.

Yes, I am aware that I sound like a very stylish granny.

Determined to keep on some of that summer glow I thought I’d give you an update on my highlighter collection as there are a couple of new additions…

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NYX Mini Haul – All the Glitters!

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So unless you have been living under a rock for the past few months (no offence if you have, you might have a nice rock) you will have heard that NYX Cosmetics are now being stocked in many Boots stores! Being able to waltz into your nearest (big) Boots and being able to browse the shelves for such affordable make up products is great – Nyx have really high quality make up but for the same prices as brands like Maybelline, Bourjois and Revlon!

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The Perfect Brow Pencil

The first product I’d tried from the Anastasia Beverly Hills make up range was an eyebrow product and from that point, I knew that if I ever needed something for a brow emergency, this was the place to get it.

I had been using my Soap & Glory Brow Archery pencil for a long time, until the gold writing had rubbed off. When I really wanted to get flawless brows I would use my Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade with an angled brush, but recently I have NOT had time for that.

I was roaming around virtually on BeautyBay.com and came across the Anastasia Brow Wiz and thought it was the right time to venture from a pomade to a pencil via the brand that knows all there is to know about the brow business.

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I love that this pencil has a thin nib on one side and then a spoolie on the other – since trying a brow pencil with a spoolie I don’t think I’d ever want to use a pencil that doesn’t have one! They are perfect for using to help trim your brows (I thread mine so this is very handy) but it’s also great for brushing through your brows.

The texture of the Anastasia Brow Wiz is really clever – this pencil is very thin so it helps you be quite precise with the pencil and you can use really easy flicking motions to create your perfect brow. My pencil is in the shade Ebony, which is the shade I am in for the Dip Brow Pomade!

For me, the cleverest bit of this pencil is the formula. It’s a very waxy pencil and by that I mean that if you lightly draw with this you probably won’t end up seeing much on the skin. I think this is a great move, because basically that means that if you go wrong with one swipe it won’t ruin your whole brow. I think the reason this formula is waxy is so that your brows last as long as possible, but I think this has accidentally meant applying the product is much easier too! (A happy accident then)

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I’ve loved using this recently – I prefer the formula to the Soap & Glory Brow Archery because it lasts longer and is a bit more forgiving if you end up being a bit heavy handed. Set with some brow gel, you’re good to go!

Have you tried the Anastasia Brow Wiz?

What are your thoughts on the formula?

Thanks for reading lovely people,

Roshni xxx

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Starting out? Make Up Bag Essentials…part 1

I’d say I’ve been looking at make up for long enough to be able to put together a really STRONG make up bag…something that has the vital components to create a nicely made up face…

(BTW it’s also my 26th birthday today…feels weird. Good job there’s a product in here with ‘Anti Age’ in the title). 

Think about your everyday make up, for me that consists of foundation, concealer, eyebrows, blush bronzer, mascara and powder. A kit making up these very simple and reasonably priced items is a great way to help someone out who is just starting out with make up, or maybe you want to treat someone you know who has terrible eyebrows and you just want to nudge them in the right direction *giggles*.

Let’s start with base:

FOUNDATION – 

So, I use the Esteé Lauder Double Wear Foundation because I was able to find a really close match to my skin. I usually struggle in the lower price bracket ranges, but there are a few that I like from the drug store. The Esteé Lauder foundation starts at around £27, which might seem like a lot but you get LOADS of product and I received a little sample bottle which lasted me longer than you’d think too!

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Other more reasonably priced options (that I’ve tried and are also very good) are…

CONCEALER – 

My personal favourite concealer is a drugstore version from Maybelline. The Anti Age Eraser Eye is a bloody brilliant concealer. This costs under £10 and lasts for a very long time – it has a little sponge head applicator to make it extra easy, it’s not too high coverage, more medium. This is a really good formula that doesn’t sit in lines once set with a good powder :).

I use the Anti Age Eraser Eye with the Maybelline FIT Me Concealer which is the best highlighting and concealing product to layer over the top of other concealers. It’s great for adding just the right amount of coverage – if I’ve had a particularly heavy night this helps me out lol. I use the shade 20 for highlighting 🙂

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MASCARA – 

When it comes to mascara, you are SPOILT by the drugstore (or high street stores as we say in Britain). Several of my favourite mascaras you can easily pick up from Boots for around £7-8. My current favourite is the Maybelline Lash Sensational which is brilliant for curling and lengthening – and it has a sturdy brush which means it’s perfect for catching all your lashes in a few sweeps. If you want to see my full detailed review of it then click here!

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Other great alternatives are:

EYEBROWS – 

Rather than point you in the direction of a cheap product, I’d rather point you in the direction of the BEST performance product and let you make your mind up. My favourite product for everyday eyebrows is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade which costs around £15 but it’s so worth the money. Used with an angled brush, you can create defined yet natural brows and I wouldn’t be without it. The only downside is that this product can dry up – but I spray mine with a few pumps of Make Up Setting Spray and that injects a bit more life into it.

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I also love the Soap & Glory Brow Archery for the days when speed is the name of the game!

Those are my most vital components that I think should live in your make up bag – if you liked this I may follow this post up with a part 2 containing blush bronzer highlighter and whatever else I can think of that finishes off the basics 🙂

Thank you for reading everyone!

Roshni xxx

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June Favourites!

I know that June is well and truly done with but I thought it had been a while (approximately a month I believe) since I’ve done a good ol’ Monthly Favourites post!

There are four things in particular that I’ve been loving in June, which are mostly make up item – surprise, surprise

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After a pretty tough month with a lot going on there is one product that has saved my eye bags from turning into Tesco Bags for Life. I’ve been LOVING the Maybelline Instant Anti-Age ‘Eraser Eye’ concealer in the shade Nude. It’s a small tube of concealer with a weird puffy applicator at the top. Please note I had to turn the clicky thing around 100 times in order to get the first bit of product out but after that I was sold.

The coverage isn’t very high, BUT you don’t need it. It creates luminosity, making your eye area appear brighter and more awake, it does settle into lines a little bit but setting with a teensy bit of powder soon sorts this out. The applicator is nice as well, I tend to dab this on in an upside down triangle shape under my eyes (Thanks to Kaushal Beauty for that tip, check our her Youtube videos here!) and then blend out with a Real Techniques Contour Brush.

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Next I’ve been obsessed with my most recent MAC purchase. I have been wanting this product for a very long time, it is MAC’s Soft & Gentle Mineralise Skin Finish. This may possibly be the most beautiful highlighter I have ever seen! It is pretty flashy, so if you are using this day to day then please have a gentle hand! I love using this as a brow highlight, it also makes a pretty beautiful eyeshadow so it’s a bloody versatile little pot of gold.

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Next, I have been loving filling in my brows with the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in Ebony . This is one of those products where you have to be VERY light handed, also it helps to dab most of the product off in the lid before applying to the brows. Brushing through your brows with a spoolie first helps get the most defined brows, and I usually start at the end of the brow and slowly do gentle strokes with an angled brush like a MAC 263.

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LASTLY! I have been really liking using the By Terry Ombre Blackstar (why does autocorrect put that as Backstair?!), the shade I have is called Misty Rock which has been RAVED about over tinternet. This is the most beautiful shimmery amethyst colour and it’s perfect for applying straight on the eyelid and then just blending out the edges. The glitter from this has true staying power, the consistency of the crayon is really soft and creamy so it blends LIKE A FRIVOLOUS DREAM.

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Please leave a comment if you want and a like if you wish!

Hope you enjoyed reading 🙂

Rosh xxx

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Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in Ebony – Totally Worth the Hype!

So, recently I made a purchase from www.beautybay.com after reading a blog review on the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade. I have heard rave reviews about this product COUNTLESS times on youtube and on people’s blogs.

I have always tended to use either eyeshadow or an eyebrow pencil to fill in my brows, but this waxy/watery pomade was a new one for me. I chose the shade Ebony, which is a great ashy brown which is perfect for my brows. It came in at £15 with free delivery, which wasn’t bad at all considering Anastasia Beverly Hills is an American brand.

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The way I’ve been using this so far is to brush through my brows with a spoolie and then use an angled brush like the MAC 263 brush to lightly dip into the dip brow (haha, see what I did there).

When you use this, DON’T smush your brush into the pomade, or you will end up with a thick paste to work with which will make your brows looks a bit drag! If you do put too much product on the brush, I’ve been dabbing the excess off in the lid of the dip brow pot. This helps you slowly build up the colour as you have a very small amount on your brush.

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I just LOVE the packaging. Black and clear glass, gold fancy ‘A’ on the top and just the most satisfying weight to the little jar. I’m weird, I know.

It’s quite a watery consistency when you are using the right amount of product, which is weird as it’s intended to be WATERPROOF. Waterproof eyebrows, whatever else lol.

I really like the finish this gives your brows, as you can be so so precise. Way more precise than if you were using a shadow or a pencil. It does stay on all day and I was really chuffed with the colour that I chose.

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Here is a more recent brow update! (May 2016)!!

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All in all, a great product and I am curious to see what the other Anastasia products are like!

Thanks for reading you lot,

Roshni xxx

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