Japonesque Velvet Touch Primer Review

It’s quite interesting the witness the era of the ‘primers’. About 5 years ago, a makeup primer was not a neccesity in most people’s makeup arsenal but nowadays I would say a much higher number of people use a makeup primer on a regular basis. I used to be one of those people who skipped primer as I didn’t feel like I needed it but nowadays I use it on pretty much a daily basis. Today I wanted to do a quick review of the Japonesque Velvet Touch Primer as it recently found itself a place in my daily makeup kit.

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Japonesque Velvet Touch Primer
Japonesque are a brand I have used for a quite some time, and I have watched them develop over the last few years. Previously their makeup stash wasn’t the largest but this has dramatically changed and they have really expanded their collection. My experience with the brand has always been positive so I was intrigued to see how well the Japonesque Velvet Touch Primer performs.

Japonesque Velvet Touch Primer

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When I received the primer, I automatically noticed the packaging. I loved the clear bottle as I could see just how much of the product I’d have left, I loved the heaviness the glass packaging provided as it made it feel more luxe and I especially loved the dispenser. I’ve previously really not gotten along with primers as some such as the Benefit Porefessional just roll up/ball up on my face and get clumpy. I was worried I would have the same issue with this primer but I couldn’t be more wrong. The product is very velvety as promised, and it just glides on to my skin. I use it under my eyes, and my cheeks so that my concealer goes on well and my contour/highlight and blush blend in seamlessly. I have also used this with foundation before and it works perfectly under it. It definitely smoothes the skin as promised and increases makeup longevity. My main purpose of using a primer is to ensure that my concealer doesn’t settle on any dry patches on my face and this product helps prevent that.

Japonesque Velvet Touch Primer

It is aimed more at oily/combination skin rather than dry, but it works fine for me and I have dry/normal skin. Although I would say people of oily/combination skin would benefit more from it as it does mattify the skin. My makeup holds pretty well on its own due to the dryness of my skin, but it would be really interesting to see how much more makeup wear you get by using this on oily skin – I suspect quite a bit more.

For me, this product is a winner. It delivers on all that it promises, and hand on my heart this has become my number one primer to use. I don’t really pay attention to my other ones, so I will be handing them over to friends! This product usually retails for £24.00 however it has just launched over at QVC for £21.64 – I find that to be such a good price! Find it here.

I love being introduced to new products that pleasantly surprise me and I am glad this was one of them. I now have this in my every day makeup stash and find myself reaching for it regularly. I’d love to know what primers you guy use, leave me a comment about your favourites. Tanzina x

House of Glamdolls GlamBase Wheel Review

When I visited UMAE, I gravitated towards House of Glamdolls GlamBase Wheel at the Love Makeup stand. I even had the brand founder, David Horne, trial it on me! As I mentioned in my UMAE haul, the wheel found its way home with as I knew I just had to buy it. Today I wanted to share with you my House of Glamdolls GlamBase Wheel review and show a few pictures along the way.

House of Glamdolls GlamBase Wheel

 

GlamBase Wheel Review

House of Glamdolls GlamBase Wheel

This is how the brand describes the product:
‘The GlamBase Wheel is a mixing revolution for complexion enhancement. The wheel contains 6 shades that have been blended for easy complexion perfection every time.’

I have been using this pretty much every day I wear makeup since I picked it up, so all in all I have had about a months’ worth of regular use to form my opinion. I use it as a cream contour and highlight and on most days I don’t go over with powder at all as I feel this product alone creates the emphasis I need. I love the consistency of this wheel, the product is a cream but not too creamy so it doesn’t slip halfway through the day. The texture is slightly dry which I like, as then I can use my fingers to warm up the product and deposit it on my skin better.

House of Glamdolls GlamBase Wheel

House of Glamdolls GlamBase Wheel

House of Glamdolls GlamBase Wheel

 How I used it:

I apply the contour shade (Sculpt 2) with my fingers for precision and also I find that my natural body heat makes the product apply and blend better. I then use a brush to blend it. I use the olive toned concealer shade (Perfect 1) under my eyes and along the top of my cheekbone to highlight and some days I use the light neutral toned concealer (Illuminate) under my brow bones. In the center of the palette/wheel there is a highlighter cream (Glow), which is actually very creamy and easy to use. I dap it on the tops of my cheeks with my fingers and blend it again with a brush. Usually I only wear a tiny amount of contour/highlight just because I like the no effort look but when I want to use more product and create emphasis, I do use a primer underneath as my skin is dry so sometimes it is hard to blend products in seamlessly.

My favourite section:

My favourite part of the wheel is definitely the Sculpt 2, it is the perfect shade of contour for me, and it blends beautifully and matches my skin really well. I love how it looks like a natural shadow on my skin, just how contouring should look like! I have used quite a few dark contour creams before and although I may do that again for dramatic looks, I never will again for normal days. David, please can you come out with a single of this PLEASE? Although that being said, you need such a tiny amount that this will probably last me years. I also really like the Glow highlight in the centre, it is perfect for dewy highlighted cheeks.

Before and After

House of Glamdolls GlamBase Wheel
House of Glamdolls GlamBase Wheel

As you can probably tell, my GlamBase Wheel review is a pretty glowing review. (‘Glowing’, get it?!). I am so glad I picked this up for me and my friend, I for one am definitely getting a good use out of it and it is my most used product from my UMAE haul. If I could change anything I would just have two Sculpt 2 shades rather than having Scult 1 as it is too ashy for my skin tone but it will probably come in handy for when I do my friends makeup looks. I absolutely love this palette and definitely recommend it.

You can pick it up here for £25.00. You can also pick up one for darker complexions here.

My New Camera: Canon 70D

Hi loves, I’ve just made a bit of a splurge and wanted to share it with you all. It is a bit of a first look as I am yet to start using it, however I thought I would share it all regardless. I have decided to upgrade my camera and have picked up a new camera, the Canon 70D. I am really excited about this purchase as I’ve been using my old camera for just over 3 years now and thought I would like a change.

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I’ve really loved my old camera, it was/is the Canon 600D and although it was my first DSLR camera, it definitely was one of the best techy things to come into my life. It was so easy to use, it created some amazing pictures both for my blog and personal life and I do feel a bit sad to see it go. However the Canon 70D caught my eye and I just decided to take the plunge and pick it up. It does seem a little more ‘techy’ than the Canon 600D/700D, with more options –  but I think again it will become very easy to use once I have played around with it a bit more.

Canon 70D

Canon 70D

Canon 70D

It is pricey, it retail for around £767.00 here but when I first picked up my Canon 600D it was £600 and something so they definitely don’t come cheap. However if I paid a pound every time I used my camera, I would have more than doubled it’s worth months, if not years ago. I wouldn’t say you need a fancy camera to blog with, you can use your iPhone if you wanted to, but if you like taking pictures and want to invest in something I would highly recommend Canon cameras.

I can’t wait to start having a play with this camera, I think I will starting from today and if you would like me to report back just let me know. I personally love knowing what people use for their photography, what lighting and backgrounds so if you would like to know more about my set up let me know. Until next time, I shall speak to you soon. Tanzina

UMAE Makeup Haul

A few weeks back I visited UMAE (United Makeup Artist Expo) and of course during the visit I done some shopping. I wanted to do some in depth posts on what I picked up however I thought it would be good to do a quick overview of my UMAE Makeup Haul. Also since it was back in April, it is about time I wrote about it!

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I found my experience to be a little disappointing as so many stalls that I wanted at the event weren’t actually there, such as NYX and Guru Makeup Emporium. However after I complained about this on Twitter, UMAE contacted me and let me know that they have taken my feedback on board – which was actually quite refreshing as many companies attack you when you give negative feedback. They also let me know that another event was going on over in the States so a lot of vendors went there instead. Hopefully next year it will be better than ever, I have high hopes and will be going along. Now onto my UMAE haul:

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I spent the majority of my time at the Love Makeup stand and picked up most of my haul there. The first product I noticed was The House of Glamdolls GlamBase Wheel which is essentially a cream contour palette. As I was browsing, David Horne (owner of the brand) came over and asked if I would like him to try it on me. Once he did, I was hooked and picked up two, one for me and one for my best friend. These retail for £25 and you can find them here.

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Next I went over to the Zoeva brush section at Love Makeup. Reason being, David had used a really nice bouncy brush for blending the cream products into my skin and I just had to have it. I ended up picking up a few brushes from the brand and a pencil liner. The final lot of goodies I picked up were from MAC. Unfortunately this year the MAC stand was not there at UMAE and there was only a MAC Pro sign-up desk. However as I was determined to pick up some products from MAC I visited the MAC store at St Pancras station. I picked up a few lipsticks and lip liners which I will share with you all very soon.

That is all for my UMAE makeup haul, it is not as hefty as I was hoping it would be and although I was disappointed, my bank account rejoiced! I will bring you closer looks at the products I picked up soon, I promise! Tanzina x

Escentual Haul

Morning! I recently picked up a few products from Escentual so I thought I would share with you all today my little Escentual haul. I always keep an eye out on the Escentual website and their social media as they tend to have some really good offers going on so I like to make sure I don’t miss out on a good deal. A few weeks back they had a 1/3 off French Pharmacy skin care and this just happened to coincide with one of my Bioderma Sensibio Light cream running low so I went over to the site to stock up.

Escentual Haul

I didn’t go too crazy as I know what I am like with skin care. I stock a lot of products up and then keep using my favourites over and over again meaning the rest of my stash gets neglected. Right now I am going through a process of using cleansing products up as I have amassed way too many cleansers for one person. Bearing this in mind, I had to restrain myself from going overboard so I ended up restricting myself to a £30 budget of which I only went over a tiny little bit. A tiny bit is forgivable in my books.

Escentual Haul

Escentual Haul

Firstly I went over to the Bioderma section to pick up my favourite day time moisturiser. I’ve been using the Bioderma Sensibio Light Soothing Cream a lot over the last year as I find it to be the perfect day cream for me as it is light and non-greasy and sits well under my makeup. I spoke about it here. I picked up two tubes as I do use it daily so I go through it quicker than any other moisturiser. I picked it up for £9.66 when it is usually £14.50. You can find it here.

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Next I picked the Bioderma Sensibio Eye Contour Gel as I was started to run a little low on mine. Again I spoke about this product here. I find with this a little does go a long way and it has lasted me really well even though it is only 15ml. I picked this up for £9.46, it usually retails for £14.20. You can find it here.

Escentual Haul

Escentual Haul

Finally I got my hands on my very first Nuxe product. I have heard great things about Nuxe but as I have way too much skincare in my collection, I haven’t really branched out to trialling any products from the range. I had heard great things about the Nuxe Reve de Miel so when I saw it on the Escentual in limited edition packaging I knew I had to pick it up. It is more on the pricier side for lip balms, retailing for £9.50, however when I picked it up it was a more affordable price of £6.33. So far I have only used this a couple of times but so far I find it really moisturising, non greasy yet I can still feel it on my lips hours later. I have high hopes for this product and hopefully will share my thoughts with you all on it soon. You can pick it up here.

I still am keeping my eye on the Escentual website, but I think this will keep my splurging habit in check for a few more weeks! Overall I ended up spending £35.11 which is pretty good I think. I think I’ve picked up enough skin care bits to satisfy that craving but I am on the lookout for a good exfoliator. I have my eyes on the Clarins Gentle Refining Exfoliation Cream and the Pixi Glow Tonic also perks my interest. What is on your skincare wish list? I hope you liked a little peek in my shopping bag, speak soon! Tanzina x