Recently I was lucky enough to take part in a beauty challenge with Fragrance Direct. This post is all about creating a pretty spring/summer beauty look ready for when the warmer weather will hit us! The products in this post were very kindly sent to me for the purpose of this blog post. After a week of wondering where my parcel had got to, my neighbour popped round with it and I had no idea he had it all that time! Good job he's not into makeup! I will kick off the post by starting with the most important part of my beauty regime - makeup! I love trying new products and occasionally I will step out of my comfort zone. When I received these makeup goodies, I was thrilled with them - I was really excited to try out a new look and get first impressions on the products too! Get yourself comfy, I've got a couple of things to tell you about!
As the old saying goes - the eyes are the window to your soul - so I got straight to making my eyes look the best they could! To do this I started by using ColorSport's Eyebrow Definer in 'Brown'. This a pen application, almost like a felt tip pen, which makes it really easy to smooth the colour onto my eyebrows and created a perfect arch. I have a pale skintone and brunette hair and I thought the shade 'Brown' may have been ever so slightly light for my tone, but it suited perfectly and looked really natural. Next, I tried out L'Oreal's Super Liner Gel Intenza in 'Violet Black'. The gel liner comes in a petite pot and a small liner brush for an easy application. It did take me a few goes to get used to the product itself as I am so used to using a pen applicator when it comes to my eyeliner, but after a few tries I soon got the swing of it and really enjoyed using it. It gave me a bold look and the thin brush also gave me the perfect chance to create a little cat flick. Now, here comes stepping outside of my comfort zone - a pop of colour! When I saw the Rimmel Colour Mousse shadow in 'Mermaid' - a glitter blue shade, I wondered how I could work this as I am such an amateur when it comes to using colour! I decided the best way would be to keep it subtle. I washed the brush that came with the L'Oreal gel liner and then dipped it into the 'Mermaid Mousse'. Rather than going for a full on shadowed look, I thought it would be a good idea to add a flick of blue liner on top of my black. To finish off the look, I tried out Maybelline's The Colossal Mascara in 'Glam Black'. My first impressions of this mascara were brilliant! Sometimes it takes a mascara a good few uses to put a mascara to the test, but this volumising mascara gave me really good volume and length. It's also really easy to use on the bottom lashes too. To finish off, I quickly used the NYC Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in 'White' on my waterline to make my eyes look fresher and wide awake.
L to R: L'Oreal Liner in 'Violet Black', Rimmel Color Mousse in 'Mermaid' & NYC 'White' kohl liner.
When the sun starts to rear it's beautiful head, us girls tend to keep our foundations lighter and crack open the bronzer. Bearing this in mind, for my base I applied UNE's BB Cream Foundation in shade ' 103'. As the name may suggest, it's a cream based BB which can be applied with fingers or with a brush. It provides a light but very natural coverage and gives a slight illumination to my skin - perfect for days when I want lighter skin and don't want to feel bogged down with heavy foundation. I'm slowly becoming a bit of a bronzer hoarder and I'd like you to meet my new addition; Glo-Minerals 'Sunkiss Duo' bronzer . This a duo bronzer in shade 'Sunkiss' which is packaged with a compact mirror and sponge for easy application. I prefer to use a brush to apply bronzer, so I applied a mixture of the two shades to my cheekbones - and it really impressed me! It gave me a lot of definition to my normally chubby cheeks and this is going to perfect for summer.
L to R: Une BB Cream '103' & Sunkiss Bronzer.
Last but not least, it's onto the nails. Spring/ summer trends can tend to be pastels but in today's post its all about neon brights! I was lucky enough to receive the Ciate Neon Manicure Set in 'Foam Party'. The set includes three products and simple instructions. You start off by applying the paint pot and whilst it is still wet, you open the neon glitter pot and sprinkle glitter all over the nail to get your desired look. As you can see on my nail wheel - it's sparkles galore! Finish with a top coat and you're good to go. Warning: if you're clumsy like me, you will make a mess when using the neon glitter! The pot opens as a normal bottle so be very careful as it can spill everywhere.
So, there we have it! The perfect Spring/Summer trends with Fragrance Direct - I hope you enjoyed! x
*Products were sent for the purpose of this post.