L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow Quad & Models Own Brushes


L'Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow Quad in 'E4 Marron Glace' £7.99* Models Own Shading & Blending Brushes (2/5) £10

L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow Quad in ‘E4 Marron Glace’ £7.99*
Models Own Shading & Blending Brushes (2/5) £10

Looking for a 5 minute makeup wonder? Then look no further. I love experimenting with eye makeup, but when in a hurry, I don’t always have the time to dabble with more fiddly products like eyeliners. Earthy, neutral tones are my go-to, daytime eyeshadows, and this palette by L’Oreal has become my new favourite. This nifty quad boasts 4 divine shades, each highly pigmented and enriched with shimmer particles. Like most palettes, the colour riche eyeshadows include a double-ended applicator, but I find that using a brush creates a smoother, more even finish. As a beauty product fiend, I have become no stranger to the extortionate prices of fine quality brushes, and so I was delighted to discover that the Models Own brush kit is the perfect budget buy. The kit includes 5 excellent quality brushes for just £10 – working out at a mere £2 per brush – and in no better colour than fluro-orange (hurray for neon!).

To create my look, I used just two of the brushes; I started by working the lighter eyeshadow (number 2) across the lid using the shading brush, and taking the blending brush, I used small, circular motions to blend the shadow out, particularly concentrating on the outer corners – this produces a smokier effect. On my lower lash line, I used the darkest eyeshadow (number 4) and gently brushed it across using the tip of the shading brush, gradually lightening as I reached the inner corners – this makes the eye appear brighter. I then took the blending brush to slightly blend it out, this time using a small, sweeping motion. I finished by adding Bourjois Volume Glamour mascara, blogged about here. Despite the rather wordy description, this took me no more than 5 minutes to create!

What do you think of this look? Have you used any of these products before?

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Disclaimer: I am in no way claiming to be a professional when it comes to applying makeup (I’m sure the pictures display this). I just enjoy using makeup and decided to share some tips which I have picked up from practicing over time.

Essie & Models Own


Essie 'Mint Candy Apple' £8 Models Own 'Southern Lights' £5

Essie ‘Mint Candy Apple’ £8
Models Own ‘Southern Lights’ £5

A new day, a new nail polish; today I’m wearing Essie’s Mint Candy Apple and Southern Lights by Models Own. I’m beginning to stray from my predominantly monochrome wardrobe and embrace the wonderful array of pastels which complement the spring season. Despite the temperamental weather, I opted for a lustrous mint accompanied by an ever so sparkly silver and blue glitter for my feature nail.

When it comes to nail polish, Essie is most definitely up there as one of my favourite brands. Mint Candy Apple is the exact shade of mint that I was after, sitting perfectly on the colour spectrum between green and blue. After using a clear base, I applied two coats of this polish and then set it with a clear top coat. The polish applies smoothly on to the nail bed, leaving no streaks or bumps. It appears to be highly durable too; I’ve had this on for 3 days so far and not a chip in sight!

Now this may not come as a surprise, but I’m a sucker for anything that glitters, so when I laid eyes on Models Own’s Southern Lights I became enraptured by its sparkle. The polish is part of the Wonderland collection which was released around Christmas (a long time ago I know) but let’s face it, when it comes to glitter it’s never too late to jump on the bandwagon. Southern Lights comprises navy glitter with iridescent silver pieces, which really catch the light and enhance the dazzling effect. I applied two coats of this over the mint colour and the combination fits like a hand in a glove –perfect.

Have you tried these polishes before?

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