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Sunday, 26 June 2016

5 Of The Best Concealers For Pale & Fair Skin


Best Concealers For Pale Fair Skin

As you will know, if you've ever seen a photograph of me or watch me on YouTube, I am incredibly, incredibly pale. So pale that most drugstore and high-end beauty brands just don't seem to cater for my skin tone or complexion at all. As a result, over the years, I've put many to the test with varying degrees of success.

Concealer is all the more important in my makeup routine as I very rarely/almost never wear foundation. This mostly has to do with the fact that I just haven't found my perfect match when it comes to a foundation, at least up until this point. I'm quite lucky that blemishes only pop up every so often, normally around my time of the month, which means that I mainly use concealers to hide dark circles under my eyes and a multitude of tiny little broken capillaries and purple veins.

So today I thought that I would share with you my top 5 concealers, ones that will work particularly well for those of us with pale and fair skin, as well as some swatches so you can get a feel for how these look, even if I did struggle to fit all the swatches on my hand/arm, hence the alternative swatches idea. I'm also going to talk about each one in a bit more depth than I would ordinarily in a post like this so you can really determine whether or not one of these, or more, might be for you. So let's get started;

Top Concealers For Pale Skin

NYX HD Concealer in CW02 Fair - £5.50
When NYX first arrived in Boots, here in the UK, I was one of those people who got more than a little bit excited. That level of excitement and anticipation was further increased when an actual NYX stand cemented itself in both the St. Enoch and the Buchanan Galleries branches of Boots, here in Glasgow. Despite there always being a big crowd huddled around the stand, I managed to fight my way through to pick up this brilliant concealer a couple of months ago. And ever since then I haven't been able to stop raving about it to everyone. As you'll soon hear me mention, the drugstore isn't always that great at offering up a wide variety of shades, particularly if you're at either end of the shade spectrum but I was instantly impressed with the selection of shades at the NYX stand. They even had a yellow, green and purple version of this very concealer, if you've been wanting to colour correct and colour correct on a budget. I'm also really tempted to try out their concealer jar for a bit more coverage.

Makeup Forever HD Concealer in 305 Porcelain - £21
I first picked up this particular concealer in Sephora during my last trip to Florida and it's one that I will always repurchase as a result. If you've got dry/dry-ish under eyes, then this is the concealer for you.
Another big plus point; this is properly porcelain. Don't you hate it when you try out a porcelain shade only for it to be orange or yellow-ish in tone? I definitely do.
This doesn't sit in any creases or crevices either and is easily one of the most blendable beauty products I've ever tried. It is a little pricey, especially when you compare it to some of the others in this blog post but for me it is practically worth it's weight in gold.
My only slight issue with this is the applicator. Who thought it would be a good idea to use a bendy silicone-y/plastic applicator for this? This means I have to apply the concealer directly onto my finger or the back of my hand instead of right onto the skin but I guess it's a pretty minor issue in the grand scheme of things.

Amazing Cosmetics A Little Amazing Concealer in Fair - £19.50
First of all, just a little heads up. Look Fantastic currently have £7.80 off the RRP of this, making it just £11.70, which is definitely worth taking advantage of if you've wanted to try this out for a while.
Out of the five concealers that I've featured in today's blog post, this is the thickest in consistency. It really works to camouflage every little imperfection. From redness, to broken capillaries and dark circles, this has you and them covered. And it's one of those rare products that truly is budge-proof, making it perfect for warm Summer days or wearing to the gym if you need a bit of concealer courage to get you there.
It's also an Allure award-winner and apparently a certain Miss Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is a big fan of this. If it's alright for RHW, it's certainly alright for me.

KIKO Natural Concealer in 01 Clear - £5.50
This next concealer is a rather recent discovery. If you saw my KIKO Glasgow Grand Opening & Haul blog post, then you will know that I picked this up when KIKO opened it's doors in Glasgow City Centre last month. But quickly this has become a go-to concealer for me, particularly when I'm in a rush.
You know when you find a perfect match when it comes to your concealer shade? Well I'm definitely not used to that, particularly when it comes to the more purse friendly options, meaning I was over the moon when I gave this a try.
This certainly has more of a pinkish tint to it than any other concealer I've tried in the past and please don't let the shade name, Clear, put you off. It's pale but not too pale or white, if you know what I mean.

Sara Hill Little Pop Concealer in Peely-Wally* - £16.50
Talking of shade names, how fantastic is the name of this little pot of wonder? If you're from Scotland, you'll definitely understand the phrase 'Peely-Wally'. Other notable shade names when it comes to the Little Pop Concealer are Milk Bottle, Caramel Wafer and Custard Cream. Out of all the concealers in this blog post, I find that this works best on blemishes. It's also incredibly creamy and one of those products that just feels lovely on the skin.
I also absolutely adore the little blurb on the back of the Little Pop Concealer box. It reads;

'Spots are awesome, redness is cute, dark circles make you look mysterious, but if you did want to keep those beauties a secret from the world then this is the stuff for you. Little Pop is a bad ass concealer, it's like a magical invisibility cloak for those wee bits you want to keep hidden.'

Best Concealers For Pale Skin

Do you struggle to find shades that match you and you skin-tone? Have you tried any of the concealers mentioned in today's post? If so, what do you think of them? And would you like to see more posts like this where I share my top 5 mascaras. liquid lipsticks, brow products, etc.?

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Friday, 24 June 2016

What Would You Like To See Me Vlog In Florida?



Just in case you've not already noticed, I finally started YouTube! After years of saying 'I'll get around to it soon' and then not, I bought myself a new camera, one with a flip screen, created my channel and sat down to film my very first video and now I've certainly got the YouTube bug. I'm constantly thinking of new video ideas, as well as how to improve and learn when it comes to my channel and as I briefly mentioned in my Makeup Revolution Goody Bag Giveaway blog post (don't forget to enter if that sounds like something you might like to win), I'm going to start vlogging too.

I already gave vlogging my first attempt yesterday when I went to a Benefit brows blog event, so that should be up on the channel at some stage soon if the footage worked out. And really, the whole reason that I finally got around to starting up YouTube was so that I could vlog this year's trip to Orlando, Florida.

I'll be doing a lot of the tourist-y kind of stuff as well as exploring the bits of Orlando and Florida that you wouldn't necessarily think of right away, as well as a whole lot of shopping! So if any of that sounds like it might be of interest to you, I'd definitely make sure to hit the subscribe button before I jet off later in the year.

I also really want to know what you would like to see most? It would also be great to find out what kind of format you would like to see the vlogs take too.

Would you prefer to have stand alone vlogs on specific places (ie. a vlog dedicated to a particular mall, a Disney Springs vlog, a Universal Studios vlog, etc.)? Or do weekly vlogs sound more appealing to you? Or what about a highlights style vlog or vlogs?

I'd love to hear what you think so please leave a comment below or get in touch with me via social media (I'm @ellistuesday on everything) or email.

Do you have a YouTube channel? If so, be sure to leave me a link to yours below. Are you a fan of vlogs? And what would you like to see more of on my channel more generally?

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette


Alice Through The Looking Glass Urban Decay

Every so often there's a beauty release that makes my heart flutter and that's exactly what we have here. If you haven't seen or experienced the Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette in person yet, I can't urge you enough to go out and check it out, whilst you still can. 

Whilst this limited edition seems to be out of stock online, my nearest Debenhams had quite a few left in store when I was last there and they still have some stock online, as do Sephora and Ulta for my American readers. So I'm sure you should still be able to locate this swoon-worthy palette if you so wish. 

Today I'll be sharing my thoughts on the palette and the shadows and basically just sitting back to admire and swoon over all of these photographs.

Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette

I mean, how out of this world is this packaging? I know we shouldn't necessarily judge a book by it's cover, especially when it comes to makeup but I just can't get over how stunning every single bit of this packaging is and that's before we even get to the main event; the shadows themselves.

Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Review

For me, the way that this particular palette has been packaged, makes it a real keepsake. One of those pieces that sits pretty on your dressing table for years and years to come. Okay, so it might not be the most practical or portable of palettes but as someone who rarely takes a full palette away with me when travelling, this really isn't an issue.

As you might be able to tell if you've ever seen a photograph of me or watch me on YouTube, I certainly opt for more natural looks when it comes to my makeup but ever since trying and buying the Urban Decay Vice 4 palette at the end of last year, I have been experimenting a bit more with colours that I previously would have thought were too bright or out there for me and my complexion. Surely I can't be the only one who has a play with different makeup looks on days and nights when I'm not leaving the house? Hehe. But basically, Urban Decay will always lure me in when it comes to their shadows, especially when they bring out palettes that include such a brilliant variety of shades and ones as stunning as these.

Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

And the fact that this palette includes 20 brand new shades, ones that are limited edition in nature, certainly swayed me in the direction of adding this to my makeup collection instead of just admiring it from afar.

Some of my personal favourites so far have to be Looking Glass, Reflection, Duchess, Salazen Grum and Royal Flush but I'm already thinking of rocking a real smoky eye with Mirror, Dream On and Time very soon.

One thing to definitely bear in mind when it comes to a palette such as this is the fact that you are completely in control of what shades you pair together. Unlike a palette that's solely made up of neutrals or brights, ones that I would never think of using together, this palette allows you do just that and get a little more experimental and brave with how you pair certain shades and colours together. That's exactly what made me go from just looking at this palette adoringly as it sat on the stand in the store to actually taking the plunge down the rabbit hole with this one.

Alice Through The Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette Packaging

What do you think of the Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass palette, both in terms of the packaging and the variety of shades? Are you a fan of collaborations like these? Which shades are your favourite? And who or what would make for your dream beauty collaboration?

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