My First Ever Cohorted Beauty Box – April Edition!

Hi Guys!

I got a bit bored of my Birchbox subscription that I’d had for around 4 – 5 months, so I thought I’d see what else there was on the market beauty box wise. After a little bit of research, I’d decided to give Cohorted a try as it’s more of a luxury, high end box with an amazing box value each month!

The Cohorted beauty box costs £35 each month that you receive it, which is very expensive, BUT the value of the contents in each box is usually around £100 – which means that you are actually saving money against if you were buying these products full size from another shop.

When I was researching beauty boxes, I found people’s blog really useful and as this was of the more expensive boxes, it helped me make sure I wasn’t wasting my money. So I thought I’d add my review to the mix so hopefully, this might help someone else who’s after a bit of monthly pampering/treats!

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What’s In My Make Up Travel Bag?

I’ve been pretty busy the last few weekends and it’s made me realise that recently I have probably done the best in terms of trying to condense down my make up bag :). I thought I’d share with you the products that I’ve chosen that have pride of place in my make up bag when I am off on my travels on a weekend away or hen do like the weekend just gone!

I try to travel as light as possible and usually try to take multi tasking products – some of which you will recognise as I more than likely will have already spoken about them before.

My make up bag of choice is the Zoeva Rose Gold clutch that my make up brush collection came in.

Not only is it beautiful, but it’s the perfect size for storing a few choice make up tools and the essential things that ensure you can get your face from zombie to flo’less without having to carry shed loads.

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When it comes to skin I have a few products that might be small but make a big difference to my make up.

The Esteé Lauder foundation I use is the Double Wear, which comes in a beautiful frosted glass bottle – NOT appropriate for travelling. Especially with the turbulence it would experience being banged about and hurled up stairs in Tube stations (poor little bottle). So I decanted some of this into a little empty sample pot I got from the Body Shop. For concealer, I use the Maybelline Anti Age Eraser Eye which is bloody brilliant at hiding those bags from late nights, in combination with the Maybelline Fit Me concealer for a bit more coverage.

The Revlon Photoready powder is PERFECT for setting your concealer without it flashing back too much in photography which is one of the reasons I bought this in the first place (it also has a little mirror in it which is useful).

Finally for skin I use the Tanya Burr Peachy Glow Palette as it has a bronzer, highlighter AND blush in it! Genius!

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For eyes/eyebrows I use the Soap & Glory Brow Archery (all my packaging has rubbed off now lol) set with a Rimmel clear brow gel. The mascara of choice is a teeny tiny one, a little Benefit Roller Lash sample which is actually really good!

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For tools, again I try to keep it down to a few key essentials – from Real Techniques my two favourite brushes and most USED brushes are the Buffing brush which I use for foundation and the Contour brush that is ideal for concealer under your eyes.

I always make sure I take my Tweezerman tweezers (you never know when you might need them), with a Laura Mercier cheek brush for powder and an FCUK brush which doubles for both bronzer and blusher :).

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What essentials do you have in your travel make up bag?

I’d love to hear your essential products 🙂

I am always opening to swapping things out or finding a larger make up bag…I mean, no I’m not that’s a lie. Who said that?! *looks around*

Love Roshni xxx

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5 Essential Products for Great Looking Eyeshadow

Make up tutorials are so popular now, with the rise of youtube and blogging there are so many professional looking and glamorous looks available for people to try.

I was thinking about the things that I use when I am doing a tutorial or even just make up on myself and I realised there are a few things that kind of make an essential kit for creating great eyeshadow looks!

I have narrowed this ‘essentials kit’ down to 5 things! (I know, well done me!).

**Look how well co-ordinated they all are**:

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GOING BACK TO BASICS:

USE A PRIMER 

Using a primer will give you an blank canvas and an even base to layer your eyeshadows over. I now do this step whenever I am doing an intense or matte eyeshadow look – especially because it helps to even out any veins or unwanted red tones on your eyelids. My favourite to use isn’t actually a ‘primer’ but a paint pot from MAC (aptly named, Painterly). It’s a great, cool toned taupe grey shade (this doesn’t sound that nice but it works really well as a primer!). I’ll put in a close up picture below 🙂

BUY A GOOD CREAM EYESHADOW

For those days where you want a bit of colour or something something on the lids, don’t spend half an hour faffing about with eyeshadow if you don’t want to. Invest in a good long lasting cream eyeshadow (now this doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot!) The one I love the most is the Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo in ‘On and On Bronze’. Loads of bloggers have raved about this shade and the formula is one of the best that I’ve tried! This doesn’t crease, which is amazing, and it lasts for aaaaages on the lid.

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GET A DARK BROWN SHADOW STICK 

If you are in a hurry getting ready to go out or go to work but you need to give your make up a lift, get a simple dark brown eyeshadow stick. Using one of these you can smudge it along your upper (and lower if you are going for an evening even) lash line and using a fluffy brush to blend this out a bit. This helps to add a touch of definition and a bit of smokiness, it’s a great way to update your make up and add something different. I love the Laura Mercier Cocoa Caviar Stick :).

GET A GOOD PALETTE WITH MATTE SHADOWS

The Lorac Pro Palette pictured below is my go to palette when I want to create a good day time eyeshadow look, but it’s also got some great eyeshadows for evening. When you get a good palette with great quality matte eyeshadows it means you have a myriad (a lot) of eyeshadow looks waiting to be created. This palette has a brilliant pigmented black shade which can be pressed into the crease for an intense smokey eye, or you can use an angled liner brush to push it into the lower lash line.

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INVEST IN YOUR PERFECT TRANSITION COLOUR

Before starting on a layered eyeshadow look, or a smokey eye, I’d definitely recommend using a transition colour. This doesn’t have to be the exact same colour as the eyeshadows you are using but it is a great base layer for the colour going in your crease. I’ll let you in on a little secret…

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Bronzers are perfect transition colours! If they are good enough for contour, they are good enough to use in the crease for a transition colour. The one I love using is NARS Laguna bronzer, which is mostly matte but has a touch of shimmer. It’s a great warm brown, which helps other eyeshadows blend into it with a nice gradient. Either I’ll use Laguna OR I’ll reach for the Taupe shade in the Lorac Pro Palette!

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my tips for getting the best eyeshadow look you can. Please feel free to leave me a comment, or click through to my Blog Lovin’ and follow me there :).

Thank you for reading and have a great week ahead!

Roshni xxx

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