Saturday, 31 March 2012

Colour of the Year 2012 - Tangerine Tango...I've been Tangoed !

This year's colour of the year is Tangerine Tango! Although I'm not in the US and based in the UK I love receiving emails from Sephora updating me on all the latest beauty buys so I can have a HUGE list of things ready that I want to pick up when I finally get to book a trip to the US! 

Any hoo... Sephora is launching the Sephora + Pantone Universe Colour of the Year Collection. Sephora collaborated with Pantone to create a stunning collection based on the Color of the Year- 'Tangerine Tango' (PANTONE #17-1463).

Pantone Inc. is a corporation headquartered in Carlstadt, New Jersey. The company is best known for its Pantone Matching System (PMS), a proprietary colour space used in a variety of industries - primarily printing, though sometimes in the manufacture of colored paint, fabric, and plastics. 

And so in 2012, the color of the year, Tangerine Tango, was used to create a makeup line, in partnership with Sephora. The product line named 'Sephora + Pantone Universe collection', features Tangerine Tango–embellished false lashes; nail lacquers, cream, glitters, and high-pigment lip glosses.

What Sephora says:
"United by a passion for color, Sephora and Pantone combine their expertise to become beauty's leading authority on color. Sharing an affection for how color can transform a face, mood, or even an attitude, this breakthrough beauty partnership will change how you wear, feel and think about color. You'll be introduced to playful shades that will inspire experimentation and exhilarating new products you'll impulsively want to sweep on. It will reawaken and reinvigorate your own passion for color—or ignite a new found love. Join us in celebrating Color of the Year: Tangerine Tango."

So from my investigations, Tangerine is all the hype within the fashion and beauty world, it's popped up on our runways for fashion week, makeup collections and in plenty of magazines! Pantone describes Tangerine Tango " an enticing juicy orange... a vivacious and appealing refresher to enliven anyone's outlook this spring." 

Now while I cannot get my little paws on Sephora and Pantone's collaboration I have got my makeup kit ready...I absolutely love Tangerines, Oranges, Corals and Peaches!

I think the tangerine colour family is totally awesome and for someone like me with a Tan/Golden skin tone, it's really flattering and everything works with me so well! Not to forget it's bold, daring and very colourful! 

So for now here's my little collection of Tangerine Tango growing slowly day by day! I wish I could get hold of the Sephora stuff too... But I think I'm doing OK incorporating items myself?!

I really love using Tangerine Tango shades during spring and summer! Have you been Tangoed?

Love Tangerine Tango!

Dyno x

Friday, 30 March 2012

Cosmopolitan Blend Perfection Sponge Review

"Blend Perfection Sponge which helps you apply your foundation and blend your base like a pro! The easy to hold sponge has a special texture which leaves an airbrushed finish so you’ll look picture-perfect, literally!"

You have probably heard about the famous 'Beauty Blender' and I haven't really gotten round to spending £20.00 on a face sponge just yet, but I managed to find a similar looking beauty blending sponge at a fraction of the cost for £4.99 at Superdrug. It's an absolute delight to use and I guess this perfect little blending sponge is the big reason I never felt the need to purchase the famous 'Beauty Blender'! As it gives me tremendous results! I absolutely love it and highly recommend it!

Just to clarify I don't have the original 'Beauty Blender' to compare this sponge to, but the concept and results I guess are suppose to achieve the same thing. The Cosmopolitan blend perfection sponge is made of a strange latex material - almost like one of those squeezy stress balls. It's weird but wonderful!

What do you do with it? How exactly are you suppose to use it?

The key to using a beauty blending sponge is to bounce, bounce, bounce and bounce some more! It therefore works very differently to a normal foundation sponge. It is suppose to be used in a "bouncing" motion over the skin, with the larger ball area covering the face, and the pointy end to get into all the nooks and crannies like around the nose or eyes. The bouncing motion means you are stippling the foundation on to give quite a thick and airbrushed finish.

Generally it's been advised to wet the sponge before using it and squeezing it until it is a little damp to get the best finish but personally I prefer using mine dry. If you use it wet the sponge expands in size which is intriguing and as it dries goes back to it's normal size!

To apply my makeup I first will apply my concealer where needed then secondly I apply my foundation as normal using my MAC 187 stippling brush or Ecotools kabuki brush all over my face. I then, to ensure I get my perfect flawless base I take my cosmopolitan blending sponge (dry) and bounce it over my whole face. It picks up excess foundation and helps blend the foundation into my skin seamlessly and leaves a smooth and very natural looking air brushed appearance.

I've been using this Cosmopolitan blending sponge for almost 2 years now and I have to say it's the best thing for a flawless foundation base! For under £5 this is a very cheap sponge with high end perfect finish results which I would never have expected, this is my second sponge as my first after many many months of use and washes split a bit so I threw it away, but I still find the quality after so many uses and washes is maintained like brand new. It stays super soft and holds it's shape too.

The only minor thing is it takes time to rinse out the foundation from the sponge! You have to literally shampoo it a few times to get the dirt out, but I find if you rinse it out with warm soapy water after every other use, it means less work trying to clean it after say a week of use!

I absolutely love my blending sponge and since using it would not go without incorporating it into my makeup routine because it is so brilliant. It literally takes a few seconds to apply airbrushed looking foundation to the skin, you can wear it light and natural or build it up and still look natural without cakeyness!

I always get complimented on how radiant, smooth and flawless my makeup looks and it's thanks to this little beauty! A awesome product I never thought I would find in Superdrug!

Great Base Makes A Flawless Face!

Dyno x

MAC Extra Dimension Collection Release


"Introducing a new liquid-powder hybrid formula with prismatic reflections that instantly sculpts, highlights and models the face to the desired effect – extra dimension. Two formulas to try: the three shades of Extra Dimension Skinfinish and the ten shimmering tints of Extra Dimension Eye Shadow. This cool, creamy, silky, near-fluid formula creates a luminous, visually arresting, well-defined finish. With the flawless, deft application of the 234 Split Fibre Eye Blending Brush and the 128 Split Fibre Cheek Brush, these are your mediums. Share your future."

Yup you read right, another collection release! Extra Dimension is a liquid-powder hybrid formula with prismatic reflections that sculpt, highlight and model the face. This range features two new formula products: 
Three shades of Extra Dimension Skinfinishes and ten shades of Extra Dimension eye shadows.

Extra Dimension Eye Shadows £16.50 (Limited Edition)

  • Young Venus - Pale white pink,  (Metallic)
  • Blue Orbit - Light iridescent purple,  (Metallic)
  • Warm Thunder - Mid-tone silver grey (Metallic)
  • Modern Pewter - Mid-tone olive gold,  (Metallic)
  • Sweet Heat - Bright peach champagne,  (Metallic)
  • Havana - Mid-tone copper brown,  (Metallic)
  • Grand Galaxy - Mid-tone violet,  (Metallic)
  • Lunar - Royal blue,  (Metallic),  (Metallic)
  • Rich Core - Mid-tone aubergine,  (Metallic)
  • Dark Dare - Charcoal black,  (Metallic)

(Correct order as listed above across and right colour order)

Extra Dimension Skinfinishes £21.50 (Limited Edition)
  • Whisper Of Gilt - Light soft white gold with shimmery sheen
  • Superb - Soft peach nude with multi-dimensional shimmer
  • Glorify - Copper golden shimmer

(Correct order as listed above going across and right)

Brushes Repromotes (Limited Edition)
  • 128 - Split fiber cheek brush £26.00/$32.00
  • 234 - Split fiber eye blending brush £16.00/$22.50

(Correct order left to right as listed above)

My dear makeup artist at my local MAC Counter showed me a sneak preview of the stuff from their official paper promo's they get in store and I'm digging each and every highlighter! How about you?

The collection will be available in the US and International on the 5th of April 2012!

Love MAC!

Dyno x

Thursday, 29 March 2012

MAC Tres Cheek Collection Release

"Everyone loves when you blush. Fashioning your choices: A new sextet of M·A·C blush powders. Go hip in bright red-orange, or add a glorious touch of peach, pink or lavender – each shade staying as bright and un-beige on the skin as it is in the palette. With a formula that’s seamlessly sheer and unabashedly buildable, what do you get? A look that says Tres Cheek!"

MAC is launching yet another collection this time concentrated on the cheeks, with this collection you will see just blushes and be able to find your perfect blusher! This is one for everyone and there's definitely a blush out there for you!

Blush £17.50/$20.00 (Limited Edition)

  • Pink Tea - Neutral beige pink, (Satin)
  • Immortal Flower - Bright peach,  (Satin)
  • Full of Joy - Lavender, (Frost)
  • Lovecloud - Bright mid-tone pink,  (Satin)
  • Modern Mandarin - Red-orange,  (Satin)
  • Peony Petal - Bright blue pink,  (Satin)

(Correct order as above list, Top row and across, Bottom row and across order of colours)

Like anything guys? I want 'Modern Mandarin' and any pink one!

The collection will be available in the US and International on the 5th of April 2012!

Love MAC!

Dyno x

Real Techniques Powder, Blush and Stipple Brushes

"Designed with pro makeup artist Samantha Chapman, Real Techniques brushes combine high-tech materials with innovative design to make creating a pixel-perfect look easier than ever."

Taklon bristles for smooth, flawless, high-definition results like a pro.
Colour-Coded system corresponding to key steps of makeup - flawless base, enhanced eyes, perfect finish.
Hand-cut to the perfect shape for precise application.
Suitable for a wide-range of products and makeup needs.

Ultra-plush, synthetic taklon bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free
Extended aluminum ferrules/handle is light and easy to use with quick reference brush names
Self-standing bases for easy storage or counter-top display

So words been going around for quite some time now about these brushes and curious as I always am I too had to get my paws on these babies and finally I did. I picked up the Powder, Blush and Stipple Brushes, I didn't really require the sets and I love my MAC eye brushes too much to use something else! But I was really interested in these three so picked them up. 

What's really unique about them is their design, You could say they are professional but when you say professional I always think of MAC or Bobbi Brown brushes and in comparison these are quite different. But for highstreet/drugstore quality they are very nice and much more higher end looking in comparison to what you might find on the shelves usually. 

Some people have mentioned that most brushes have a tapered tip, I don't really think this is the case (I did check out all of them in store out of interest) The only tapered tip you will find is with the blush brush and pointed foundation brush from the core set, the powder brush is quite big and fluffy so it's not tapered, the stipple brush is short and dainty and pretty straight across on top, the starter set however contains your typical eye brushes slightly curved on top and these are something designed like any other brushes you would use to apply your eye makeup.

I'm going to review these brushes individually using three categories:
1. Brush Construction
2. Bristles
3. Application
Plus My Final Verdict

Powder Brush

The brush is solid, it's lightweight to hold which makes it easy to glide over the face and the handle has a decent enough size to get a good grip onto it. The size of the brush is also a contributor in the overall weight, making the head of this powder brush sturdy, this brush has to be the biggest of the Real Techniques brushes and for a powder brush in comparison to some others on the market such as MAC and Ecotools this is huge. On my face which is small I literally go around and then down the t-zone and I'm done.

The bristles are taklon; a synthetic fibre that is far superior to animal hair in makeup brushes, plus much more hygienic than animal hair brushes! These in terms of feel are very very soft and gorgeous to touch. I have to put my hands up and say this is one of the most fluffiest and softest powder brush I have ever come across, the bristles are densely packed together but the fluffyness creates a slightly looser feeling when using the brush on the skin.

The application is interesting, the domed head and not to forget huge size of the head goes right around the face quickly without any problems but it doesn't pick up a great deal of powder, which can be a good or bad thing, it's even in application for sure and any product applied with this brush is distributed well, I rarely notice the layer of powder on my skin but I know it's being applied because it tends to take the shine away from foundations when you're applying powders with it.

My verdict - I'm going to be honest, there is a lack of product being picked up which means to get fuller coverage you have to go over your make up a couple of times before your face begins to look fuller and then feels dry from so much powder being applied and then it gets harder to buff it in. I expect my one application to set my powder well and full without looking cakey - I can do this with my normal routine, I didn't get it with this brush. Usually I can use a bit of concealer and setting powder and I don't find any fading, but I noticed that after using this powder brush to apply my powder it fades quite quickly meaning the application wasn't strong enough from before. 

The brush without a doubt is three things you expect it to be: big, fluffy and soft, when it comes to application this powder brush is 'ok' only if you want a natural look all the time, or are in a rush and just want a quick fix. If like me you take time and care to apply your makeup and achieving good looking results with efficiency, or for nights out/occasions you want a heavier and glamorous look or just simply that you made an effort with your makeup, this is not the brush. I don't feel I got a flawless and high definition finish, I looked dull and I preferred my normal routine brushes for my powder setting where I noticed a difference to my makeup when I switched back. 

With this powder brush It's harder to pick up product from pressed powders, very easy and quick work with loose powders, dangerous with bronzers - my bronzer literally got slapped onto my face and my skin colour looked so different, it wasn't right I redid my makeup because it was just too much, the softness and fluffyness of this powder brush makes it in my opinion unsuitable to apply bronzer all over as it picks up bronzer/colour alot (sometimes you need a warmer shade all over) and lets face it the colour of bronzer is deeper than say your setting powder which is always either translucent or matched to your skin tone. 

The powder brush is by no way bad and I'm not dismissing it, in my preference I just feel it didn't meet the expectations I have when I apply makeup which I am taking my time on to look like I've made an effort. For a natural in a rush/everyday look by all means I would use this brush but carefully and only with my loose powders to feel like I have a bit of coverage. I most definitely would not use it for bronzer which then doesn't make this brush multi-functional if I'm on the go, I'd have to stick to incorporating my kabuki brushes and buffing in! 

Blush Brush

The brush is also solid, it's lightweight to hold which makes it easy to glide around the face and the handle has a decent enough size to get a good grip onto it. This has a lovely tapered shape to it - functioning for contouring and blush application. It has a cute egg shape and I don't own anything like it! The brush deposits just the right amount of blush product on the cheeks and the fluffiness and softness of the brush diffuses the colour neatly so there are no harsh appearance and edges of blush.

The bristles are taklon; a synthetic fibre that is far superior to animal hair in makeup brushes, plus much more hygienic than animal hair brushes! These in terms of feel are very very soft and gorgeous to touch. I have to put my hands up and say this is one of the most fluffiest and softest blush brush I have ever come across, the bristles are densely packed together but the fluffyness creates a slightly looser feeling when using the brush on the skin. There is absolutely no scratchyness to this blush brush.

The application is really good, it's even, light and the blush brush allows product to be built up. I have used it to apply powder and cream blushes, alongside bronzer as a contour and appreciate the transfer of colour and easy, smooth and brilliant application. 

My Verdict - I love this blush brush! I was on the look out to buy a new blush brush and the shape and uniqueness plus multi-function of this brush makes it a winner in my eyes. It's versatile so I can use it with powders and cream product plus it works so well specifically with bronzer as it gives such a natural finish around the contours of the face.

 It doesn't shed so I'm really enjoying using it with my Soleil Tan de Chanel bronzer plus my cream blush. With this blush brush I most definitely got what I was looking for and expecting my brush to do, I will be picking up one or two more of this blush brush so I can have one each for my pink, natural and coral toned blushes. This is a lovely and unique brush and I highly recommend it for multi-functional uses! 


Stippling Brush

The brush is also solid, it's lightweight to hold which makes it easy to glide around the face and the handle has a decent enough size to get a good grip onto it. In comparison to the other two brushes this is even lighter to hold due to the smaller head of the stipple. This is a dual-fibre brush so the tip of it is different to the root hence forming a 'stipple'/'prickle' end to the brush, no it doesn't hurt! It's just a technique description! This stippling brush can be compared to MAC's 130 (closest), shorter and smaller than MAC 187 and round and shorter than MAC 188 - all three are stippling brushes.

The bristles are taklon; a synthetic fibre that is far superior to animal hair in makeup brushes, plus much more hygienic than animal hair brushes! These in terms of feel are very very soft and gorgeous to touch. This stipple brush in my opinion maintains the same quality as MAC so it's not the only softest and fluffiest stippling brush I own but it's just as nice. The bristles are dense but not dense enough to give you say enough good coverage with your foundation, quite light and natural as a on the go look in my opinion.

The application is good, I'd say it's more light to medium coverage. As this is a so called dupe for MAC's 130 short duo fibre brush I don't own it but I think in comparison they would perform pretty close and get into the crevices of the face due to it's size. It applies product nicely and evenly and I think that's due to the nature of the bristles, I enjoy using the brush under my eye area and nose to get foundation buffed in more easily. I also used it to apply highlighter and it picks up product lightly and applies it very evenly giving a beautiful sheen to the skin. 

My Verdict - Again I'll be honest, this is great as an extra edition to your makeup routine when applying foundation for around the nose and under eye - basically the areas where its hard to get foundation to blend. But it takes ages to apply foundation with this brush all over the face because it's quite small, I also wasn't getting fuller coverage but a lighter one, So I will be sticking to my MAC 187 or Ecotools Kabuki brush which get the job done very quickly, evenly and with better coverage. 

I'll simply be using this to finish off around my nose and under eye area. This brush however is quite versatile and can be used to apply cream and powder blush or even bronzer as it's small size allows colour to be applied precisely to your cheek area. But I absolutely love it to apply highlighter, it's the perfect size for above my cheeks and applies product well enough for a healthy glow! So I'll be picking up another so I have one to keep for small areas on my face to use with foundation and one for highlighters. 


I really like the blush brush, enjoy the stippling brush and feel ok about the powder brush. If your after a new powder brush for very light coverage I would pick this up it is nice for on the go. If you need a new blush brush I'd also definitely give this one a go as you won't be disappointed. The stippling brush is optional, if you don't own a MAC 130, 187 or 188 give this a try before you splurge the money on MAC.

 I think for the price I got these brushes for they are a nice bargain (I got mine on 3 for 2 at Boots) and I got what I paid for in the end. They are different and unique brushes in their own way and it comes down to your own personal preference and needs for makeup, as things work differently for every individual! Has anyone else got these brushes, how did you get on?

Interesting Techniques!

Dyno x

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick - 180 Vintage Pink

"Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick, infusion lip colour from Rimmel London. Beautiful colour starts with well-conditioned lips, Moisture Renew Lipstick is formulated with three superpower moisturisers – polypeptides, hyaluronic acid and natural collagen that deeply hydrate lips and improves their condition instantly and over time."

 "Ultimate Colour Indulgence with SPF 20 Protection. Now infuse lips with perfectly luscious, luminous and richer colour: a wide & fine selection of perfectly blended, sumptuous shades. Caring colour complex of vitamin A, C & E, anti-oxidants and SPF 20 protects lips from everyday damageLips so cared for, true colour is maximised!"

I'm not one who goes for drugstore brands, very rarely unless there is something limited edition, hyped up, works great and is worth the price, and I most definitely skip drugstore brand lipsticks because I find I never use them and always go for my MAC, Chanel, Dior, Nars, YSL religiously - that anything else just sits there.

I don't have anything against them I just enjoy the quality more of higher end brands. But my Aunt the other day pulled out her brand new lipstick to show me and get my seal of approval on her choice and to both our surprise I was impressed and approved. I had to get one too!

So Here I am with my own Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Vintage Pink, a different kind of natural deep nude pink with a pinky plum undertone. Flattering to say the least and very unique, I think MAC's 'Up the Amp' is a shade which would be a close colour, but this is a beautiful shade for a everyday lipstick to-go with a slight deeper colour but a toned down purple colour in comparison.

To be honest I don't know what attracted me to this lipstick but I knew it was so different. It really flatters Asian skin tones and it doesn't have a over powering plum undertone to it but a hint of it that looks beautiful with the universal pink shade being the dominant tone of colour. 

Sometimes I get really put off by some shades of lipsticks in their tubes, because it’s not a colour you can picture yourself wearing. When I first saw this I was apprehensive because this is a slightly darker colour lipstick to one I would normally choose, but I swatched my Aunts one and fell in love and now haven't missed out on a unique colour! On my lips it's got a really slight tone of purple which looks pretty.

Rimmel’s Moisture Renew lipstick does exactly what it says on the tube, it “moisturises” and gives lips a gorgeous rosy sheen. This lipstick compared to my Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick's is a better formula and not nearly as sheer so you can definitely see the difference when you are wearing it.

The only thing I don't like about this lipstick is that it does wear off quite quickly, especially if you're eating or drinking so I find in comparison to some of my higher end branded lipsticks I have to touch it up a few times, the most wear I got even without eating and drinking was at most 2-3 hours. 

But even so it's a nice lipstick to wear with the moisturising factor being great, I liked the feeling on my lips and enjoyed wearing this shade alot! On my lips it's a toned down pink/purple. I wouldn't mind checking out one or two other shades from Rimmel Moisture Renew collection but only as a to-go lipstick because of the formula or to wear under a lipgloss to add more 'oomph' to my look.

Like Rimmel!

Dyno x