Lipstick Queen

 

Get kissed by the moon and travel to intergalactic gorgeousness with Ice Queen, a shimmering white lipstick flecked with silver and gold; perfect for adding to your Halloween look.

This cool icy shade will tint your lips a sparkly and transparent snowy white, bringing an ethereal beauty to your look, and yet is still transparent enough to allow the natural pink of your lips to shine through. Enhanced with ultra-flattering shimmer particles that catch the light to create an ice cool look, Ice Queen will leave your lips feeling sleek, magical and modern whilst anti-oxidant Vitamin E and nourishing oils will ensure they remain comfortable, soft and super hydrated.

This lipstick can also be worn over Lipstick Queen’s Sinner in Berry for a stunning sheen and on top of other darker colours including the Bete Noire range of dark hues.

Lipstick Queen is available in Dubai from Bloomingdales, Harvey Nichols, Areej and Paris Gallery branches in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, or online at www.beautysolutions-me.com.


 
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Burberry Festive Collection

Nothing screams “Christmas is coming!” louder then Burberry’s Festive Film which celebrates 15 years of Billy Elliot with an amazing cast! It really got me in the festive season and then seeing the holiday beauty collection was just the icing on the cake.

I love the packaging and the details, Christmas is always my favourite time to buy make-up as so many brands create limited edition items. It’s the best time to add some glitz to your make-up bag and this year I found one of my favourite products yet!! I am so in love with Burberry’s Gold Glow Luminising Powder, not cheap at 300 AED but well worth it. It gives the most gorgeous glow and makes you smell delicious as it is laced with the notes of My Burberry perfume.

The collection is available at Areej and selected Burberry retailers.

Max Factor Makeover

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I was heading out for coffee with friends and wanted a natural fresh faced look. I was feeling really tired and needed a real lift and I managed to achieve that using just four Max Factor products.

I began with the Max Factor Skin Illuminizer foundation, I put a little product under the eyes, along the forehead and down the nose and blended it outwards with a stippler brush so it was pretty natural but concentrated to the areas that really lift your face. Then I took the blusher and just blended it outwards from the apples towards the ear. I finished with 2 coats of mascara – one just wasn’t enough with my sleepy eyes. I finished with the rosy lipstick, I didn’t realise how much of a difference four products can make until I saw the pictures side by side!

Illamasqua Sculpting Powder Duo

I used Illamasqua’s highlight and contour palette to create a really natural highlight, its great for giving your skin that healthy glow in the summer. Brush it just under your cheekbone and blend it upwards and towards your hairline. You can blend it less for an evening look to give you a really sculpted, stronger finish. I finished by applying the illuminator above that along the cheekbone and brushed it upwards again. Using a highlighter with a contour is a really nice way to finish and soften a look, the iridescence of the highlighter makes your cheek bones appear higher and fuller. I finished with Illamasquas colour intense lipstick in a nude shade called born. Its really creamy and long lasting and doesn’t give up without a fight for an all night pout. 

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Splash Launches Elle Cosmetics Line

Elle has launched their make-up range right here in Dubai! You can get your hand on the goodies above at Splash stores across the region. Inspired by the glamorous Parisien woman, this make-up collection will unleash your inner glamour puss giving you that effortless beauty. There are 123 make-up products available that will help you capture looks that translate across night and day. The range is very affordable and priced between 45-90 Dhs, we can’t wait to get our hands on those babies!

20 Questions About Make-up

I got these questions a couple of weeks ago from the lovely Laila, sorry its a little late but finally found time to answer them! I love receiving your emails! Your requests help me to know what you enjoy reading so keep them coming ❤

Do you remember your first make-up item? 

My mum bought me a Tinkerbell kids make-up set when I was 5 and I was completely obsessed with it!

Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications? 

I like mascaras that separate and push up your lashes without leaving clumps. For really dramatic lashes I use Dior Show, its really black and gives loads of volume and thickness but its REALLY hard to take off… that’s the downside. I love
Bad Gal by Benefit and Clump Defy by Maxfactor, the wand is amazing, you can use any mascara and define and remove clumps with that wand after.

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What kind of coverage do you prefer from foundation?

I like good coverage that looks natural, Makeup Forever’s HD Foundation and Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua are my favourites.

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Favourite high end brand? 
I don’t actually have one, if you look at my make-up collection you will find it is very mixed but I would say the items I couldn’t live without are made by Chanel, Bobbi Brown and Make up Forever.

What cosmetic brands have you always wanted to try but still haven’t? 
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Favourite drugstore brand? 
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Do you wear fake eyelashes? 
No, I only wore them once to a fancy dress party.

Is there any kind of make-up you can’t leave the house without? 
I never leave the house without make up unless I’m going to the pool lol but bare minimum would be concealer and bronzer

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What is your most cherished beauty product? 
My Chanel Bronzer ^^^ I have used it since I was 15 and cannot live without it.

How often do you shop for make-up? Do you like to pick up an item here and there or get lots of goodies at once? 
A bit of both, before I used to shop for make-up a lot more often but now I tend to make a list of what I need and then go on a bit of a haul, I do pick up items off the list too as I like to try new things and sometimes if I see offers while I’m shopping I’ll get some bits.

Do you have a beauty secret? 
Hmm not really because I like to share all my beauty secrets with you guys! umm…let me think…. I hate wasting products so if my lipstick is almost finished or breaks I scoop it out and mix it into one of my lip balms or with Vaseline to make it tinted. If one of my eye-shadows cracks I spray make-up fixing spray on top of it put a tissue on it and then a 1 dirham coin or 10p and apply pressure for 30 seconds, when you lift it its as good as new! (obviously change the object you apply pressure with depending on the shape and size) Also you know when your powder/blusher/bronzer compacts are about to finish and there’s some around the edges that eventually cracks I mix them into my bronzing pearls (if they are similair shades).

What type of product do you buy the most of? 
Lipsticks and lip-glosses

Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics like parabens or sulfates?

I try to read ingredients and pick up the ones with less but generally they are difficult to avoid! I also always do a lead test with lipsticks, put the lipstick on your hand, rub a gold ring on it and see if the lipstick colour turns black, if so it contains lead.

Do you have a favourite place to shop for makeup?

In London the beauty floor in Selfridges is like Paradise for me, seriously I’m like a kid in a candy shop and in Dubai its gotta be Sephora!

Do you like trying new skincare products or do you keep a certain routine? 
I love trying new skincare products, I always feel my skin becomes immune to a product after a certain time and the industry is constantly churning out new and improved formulas. I am a Clarisonic convert though, I will use that forever with different products.

Favourite bath and body brand? 
Sanctuary, OMG that sugar scrub ❤

Do you like multifunctional products like lip and cheek stains? 
No, So far I find they always do one better then the other and I never use them for both.

Are you clumsy in putting makeup? 
No

Do you ever consider taking makeup classes? 
Yes! I want to learn special effects makeup.

What do you love about makeup? 
What don’t I love? I love all the colours, textures and packaging. I love how you can use products to enhance your natural beauty and it probably shouldn’t but I definitely feel make-up gives me more confidence. It changes the way so many women feel covering those things we hate people seeing like spots, pigmentation, scars, yeah… I LOVE MAKEUP!!

New Bright Red Lipstick

I just got a new lipstick from YSL, its Rouge Pur Couture in shade no. 1 le rouge. It has a lovely creamy texture and a nice finish, neither matt nor gloss… just perfect 🙂 I don’t usually wear bright red lipstick as I have quite full lips so it often looks too much but if I do I always just do a simple eye-liner and mascara and finish with a dusting of bronzer as blushers just make it all look too much.

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Sculpt and Pop Makeover

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Katrin has amazing blue eyes and I wanted to make them really stand out or “pop” as we call it in the make-up world. She has a beautiful smile and I wanted to sculpt her cheeks so I did a soft contour as her features are already pretty defined. Its important to always recognize features and face shapes and do what works. A strong contour would make her face look very harsh so I blended a medium brown into the hollows of her cheeks which really drew our her dimples and above that put a peachy blush and highlight to soften it. I slightly contoured her nose and added a highlight down the centre.

Brown eye-shadow really makes blue eyes stand out so I played with bronze tones on her eyes and lined with a brown liner. Since I wanted her eyes to be the focal point of this look I finished with a nude gloss on her lips.

MAC Red Red Red Collection

MAC’s Red Red Red collection couldn’t have launched at a more perfect time for me. Last night I was watching a documentary on Geisha’s and watching them do their make-up made me want to transform somebody’s face into a Geisha (Any Volunteers?). I learned that they painted their faces white because in the olden days when their was no light their faces would glow in the candle light and show all their best features.

They have a gorgeous set of red shades in this collection and the peachy blushes are the perfect accompaniment!

Maybelline Beauty Box

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A big thank you to Maybelline for my box of goodies! I have now tried and tested them all and I have to say I loved every item. The 14 hour Superstay lipstick in shade 065 Ravishing Rouge is a beautiful deep red that has a lot of staying power. The mascara is really volumising and defining and I loved the texture of the gel liner and the brush that comes with it is a great shape and size. You can use the brush on its side for a thin line or flat for a thicker eyeliner.

There was a really nice array of colours available in the color show nail laquer, they were great at first but sadly chipped within a day so you would have to use them with a really good top coat.

I would definitely re-purchase the eyeliner and have always been a fan of their lipsticks, I have many of the colour sensation range but really like the new 14hr more matte colours.