Sponsored Video: Benefit They're Real! Push Up Liner

After the success of Benefit's They're Real Mascara, which by the way I tried and have LOVED, comes their latest addition to their ever increasing range, a sister product namely Push Up Liner. Promising to make drawing a cat eye appear like a piece of cake, it's lash hugging aspect has already made it a huge success amidst bloggers. 

After scanning through a tonne of images of cat eyes created with this advanced lining product, I have to say it seems like the best invention I've come across after sliced bread. Yes I know, there's your slanted tips and pointed precision brushes when it comes to professional brushes for eye liner, but I personally have never been able to master the cat eye with these make-up artist tools. 

Hence I like the idea of Benefit's Push Up Liner as it makes the entire process so much less daunting for the common customer who has five minutes to get the job done in the morning, between sipping some coffee and doing one's hair. Everything from the soft angled tip, the flat wide guard and the wide base works in sync to provide a stable application. 

Lashes are pushed aside by the structure of the liner so a closer application to the lash line is achieved. Maximum control is also one of it's best points and something we all seem to struggle when it comes to sketching a feline flick. I love the promotional video Benefit have created for this product. Their innovation isn't news but their ability to think outside the box and play with bold themes has impressed me once again. 

I adore the fact that they don't like playing safe when it comes to their videos and this one's no exception. The model choosing to touch up her liner whilst being taken to prison in a police car is so 'Orange is the new black' isn't it? Looking perfect for a mug shot - girls will be girls at the end of the day eh? 

*Post sponsored by Benefit. 

Organic Surge Awakening Body Wash

Can I just start by saying this smells out of this world delicious! It's a scent that when you open, expect to make a non seductive moaning sound. It's the perfect amalgamation of sweet, citrusy and warm scents, with the added hint of freshness shot through it. Containing a lot of gorgeous essential oils, the shower gel claims to banish fatigue and pick-you-up from the most sluggish of moments. It contains natural hydrating and calming elements as well, which round it up as a bit of a therapeutic kick needed in the shower when feeling blue. The gentle odour fighting ingredient helps keep skin feeling fresh and clean all day long, even through a heatwave that we seem to be having right now. The warm, spicy aroma instantly makes this click with men as well who don't seem to find this 'too girly'. On the whole, if you are looking for a natural, organic, kind to skin formula that doesn't irritate and is formed of simple ingredients - you need to try Organic Surge Body Washes. This one in particular is the zingy one from their latest Summer launches that surely deserves a try. 



Glam Guide 101: Graduation Beauty Tips

Keep it simple with the brows. Many graduation pictures can look a nightmare with too scanty or overtly filled in brows. With so many beauty gurus and YouTube tutorials out there on how to achieve that perfect eye brow shape and colour, it can get a little daunting for students and most end up going overboard. Over plucked brows were never the trend in the first place and a sketched in brow is only going to make you appear dated in graduation pictures. 

You want it to look natural, groomed and timeless so you can look at the photos ten years later without cringing or shuddering! Tweezers are your best friend when it comes to a little DIY with brows. If you're not the most precise person when it comes to plucking, slanted tweezers can make life much more easier. Whatever the case, just get rid of excess growth and subtly shape the arch and the beginning of the brows to suit your face shape and bone structure. 

With camera flashes surrounding you the entire day, trying to make the most of the only day of your success celebrations, it's vital to keep make-up looking fresh and matte all day. It doesn't have to be cakey 
looking to appear matte. With foundation formulations and powder textures becoming sheer and almost invisible these days, it's all about finding a foundation with oil absorbing properties. 

Once that's done, all you'll need on the day is a powder and some travel sized makeup brushes to touch up. You don't  want to be taking your long handled professional tools in your handbag for graduation. All you'll need is a foldable mini make up brush set and it should take care of oil dabbing and liner fixing emergencies. 

Nails can be tricky to do for graduation and as much as you'd like to go bright and bold, the norm calls for it be subtle and chic. Having said that, it doesn't have to be invisible! I personally feel nail art can work wonders at making you look edgy, smart and glamorous. Opt for muted, neutral nail art decorations with rhinestones in gold, black, silver set neatly on a nude, matte base. 

I'm loving the latex finish nail paints that are cropping up everywhere these days. The contrast between them and the nail art decorations will finish off the look perfectly, striking the right balance between festive and chic. 


Sisley Bronzer: Phyto-Touche Sun Glow Bronzing Gel-Powder

If you are olive skinned like myself, you'd want bronzers that are golden bronze, with a hint of sheen and ones that are heavy in pigmentation. Now besides being heavily pigmented, this baby strikes a big tick on both the former requirements. It's got a bronze goddess colour which simply resembles sunkissed skin and a sheen that only makes your skin look like it's radiant and glossy after being in the sun. 

A gel-powder like formula, it's not your run of the mill bronzer. It's Sisley, meaning high end and luxe hence it has to stand out from the crowd. It's sheer pigmentation and airbrush finish make it just as appealing in texture as it's sleek and polished packaging. The sun rays pattern embossed on the bronzer is beautiful but not over the top. It's something I wouldn't mind digging my humongous bronzer brush into quite frankly!

On the whole the bronzer is great for those of you who have been wanting to dip your feet into the luxe, high end bronzer territory. Particularly gorgeous for deeeper skin tones, it will add an illuminating touch to the cheekbones or help subtly bronze the face with natural looking shadows. Surprisingly enough, it's versatile to add depth and dimension to a pale complexion equally well and can be used contour or highlight.  



Vixen & Blush: Hair Extension Salon London

Now that the wedding season is here come Summer, there's never been a better time to indulge in a full set of hair extensions. For hair that's fuller, has more texture and comes in a bespoke blend of colours, hair extensions are the most common route to achieving that luscious celebrity like locks in a matter of hours. Vixen & Blush is the new quirky hair salon in London that's been receiving a tonne of appreciation by press and bloggers alike and I can definitely see why. 

With two locations in Clapham and Shoreditch, it's very likely that the staff and owners can give personal attention to clients and look after their bespoke needs. Housed in cute, dinky locations, the salons are just perfect to serve hair styling needs and leave clients looking dramatically different when they leave a salon. Isn't that what we all look for? It's so pointless when at times hairdressers simply do not bother to experiment or go bold with the clients hair, making them appear pretty much the same as when they stepped into the salon. 

With professionally trained, well educated and highly experienced management at hand, I quite like how meticulous Vixen & Blush are when it comes to giving attention to detail and scoring those extra brownie points when it comes to client satisfaction. They constantly keep themselves updated with the latest techniques in the hair extension industry and make sure they are only using the best quality of natural looking hair available. 

So if you have a wedding to attend, be it your own as a bride or as a guest - hair extensions are a foolproof way to revamp your tresses in just one salon visit. It's the perfect solution for those who simply do not have the patience to grow out their hair but still want to play around with some length. As for those of you who would like Cheryl Cole like volume in their locks, hair extensions can help you achieve that almost instantly, without the need to spend time, effort and money on hair growth serums that may or may not work. 

You will be surprised as to the fleet of celebrities who rely on this hair styling trick for fuller looking locks. With advancements in technology and the quality of hair available, it's just a matter of finding a good hair extension salon that helps you achieve that 'au naturale' look without it looking gaudy. Whether you are looking for fixed or clip in hair extensions, a custom blend of 3 shades to match your hair colour or a flattering hair cut to frame your face, Vixen & Blush can help you achieve that with ease. If you are a regular extension wearer and rely on cheap DIY high street alternatives that need high maintenance and add extra bulk to the crown area, it's time to upgrade ladies!