Beauty: Bronzing and Brow Building

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This month, I’ve been experimenting with a couple of new make-up items in which I wanted to share with you. I’ve been a little ‘daring’ because I’ve switched up three key items I use on the regular with some updated products, so it’s safe to say I’ve been trying something a little new.

I’ve been using bareMinerals Mineral Veil powder for a long long time. I’d go as far as to say I’ve probably been using it for the best part of 5 years. But now, after struggling to get my hands on it, I’ve switched up to a new face powder: bareMinerals Perfecting Veil in Shade Medium. I know it doesn’t sound like a big deal, switching from one bareMinerals powder to another, but trust me, for me it’s huge.

The Mineral Veil was one of the beauty industries most shine-stopping, mattifying face powders, where as the Perfecting Veil works to beautify the skin and set foundation professionally. I’ve also been switching up my delicious chocolate scented KIKO bronzer for Bagsy’s Ray of Sunshine Bronzer, and my trusty HD Brows Brow Palette for Shavata’s Brow Perfecting Palette.

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Shavata Brow Perfecting Palette (£21)

This lovely little palette features 3 crème shades that glide on like a powder, and cover the hairs as well as the skin underneath the brows. The creme shades are easy to blend, making it achievable to develop the shade most suitable to yourself. For me, I have naturally dark brows, verging on black, but just a touch lighter.

I’ve been brushing my brows with a brow brush, and then dipping the little angled brush into the dark brown creme and filling in the gaps, followed by shaping up the beginning part of my brows. I have to say I find creme a little trickier in terms of it’s more dense and deep when applying, where as powder is light and feathery, which is easy to layer up.

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What I will say though is that the colour is more intense and it lasts so much longer, with a smooth texture ideal for filling in sparse brows or for helping camouflage tell-tale grey hairs. The final result looks natural, and I prefer to finish off with a touch of the black shade just dragged a little through the arch and bushiest part of my brows.

A cute, handy little brow palette that I’m overall impressed with. Nothing beats having more than one shade to hand to blend together for the perfect colour match.

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Bagsy Ray of Sunshine Perfect Glow Bronzing Powder £18.00

Firstly – you can’t beat the packaging and design of this super cool bronzer compact complete with it’s own quote ‘engraving’. The ‘Sunshine is my favourite accessory’ is the sweetest, most uplifting message I’ve seen on a make-up product, making it really unique and also a great gift option. I usually use KIKO’s bronzer which comes in a quirky wooden box and has a scent of chocolate (I know, dangerous!) and I thought it was a pretty hard product to beat. However, this Perfect Glow Bronzing Powder is a lovely change – I use it to give my face a little ‘once over’ lightly once all my make-up is applied, and also to go over my contour a little.

This bronzer in particular is packed with that subtle glow, like a tiny bit of highlighter which adds a fresh look to my skin. It’s super natural too, and it takes quite a while to build up the colour (in my opinion), so it’s great for both day and night use.

It’s much more ‘glowy’ than any other bronzers I’ve had before. I’ve used a couple which seem a bit too shimmery when they state they offer a glow, but this one is spot on! Love love love…

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bareMinerals Perfecting Veil £22.50

So I purchased this because I couldn’t get my hands on the original Mineral Veil anymore (I think it may be discontinued?) so it wasn’t really a purchase inspired from being experimental. I was slightly worried it wouldn’t provide as much mattifying power as the original, and that 1 pm shine might start to come through. So far, so good, although I will say it doesn’t completely absorb as much shine, oil and general skin reflection as the original.

However, it seems to add a touch more tint to my face, as if my skin looks a little more warmer, fresher and healthier. Maybe it’s texture actually suits my skin more? I guess I just have to get used to not be completely matte anymore, and once I’ve got my head around that, I think I’ll genuinely love this face powder. No cakiness in sight, and almost impossible to go all product-overload with it.

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Bobbi Brown Sunset Pink Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow £28

The final product I’ve been testing this month is a product area I don’t usually divulge into very often, and that is cream eyeshadow. Bobbi Brown – one of my favourite make-up brands – have launched a stunning ‘Sunset Pink’ make-up collection, which features a range of gorgeous, glowy highlighters and limited edition shimmery tube tints, just to name a few. The cream eyeshadows come in sweet little pots which look premium and luxe on first glance (which is always a plus!).

The dinky pots are cram packed with shimmery cream eye shadow that Bobbi Brown says ‘stays on, stays true and doesn’t crease’. I have to say that even on first application, it’s creamy, blendable formula goes on comfortably with such a soft, velvety finish. They aim to last for up to 12 hours of water, sweat, humidity and are transfer-resistant wear.

I’ve been prepping my eyelids with foundation and powder first, and then using my finger to smudge on these metallic shades of Velvet Plum and Stone Pink. Up to now, they seem to last me right through my working day, but I’ll report back on the water and sweat when I try them out on holiday!

The nicest thing here is that I usually dismiss pink and purple base colours when it comes to my eyes, but because these have undertones of bronze, plums and beige’s, the pinks show up slightly muted and are glossed over with a touch of shimmer, making any eye colour pop. Plus, they are so easy to apply! Now I just need to try out the highlighters…

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And here I am, photobombed by the Olympics (what better?) with my brows filled in with Shavata, glow provided by Bagsy, sheer powder from bareMinerals and eyes illuminated by Bobbi Brown cream shadows.

Pretty impressed overall!

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