SACO Beauty Blogger Challenge

I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by SACO asking whether I would like to take part in the Saco five product face beauty blogger challenge. I have wanted to write a five product face post for a while but it is so difficult to narrow down my makeup to five products but I have actually managed it! The products I used are as follows: Max Factor Luminizer Foundation, Laura Mercier Smoky Neutrals Eyeshadow Trio, Sephora Black Waterproof Liquid Liner, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mini Mascara and the new Makeup Revolution The One Blush Stick in Matte Malibu. 

I wanted to pick five products that would be fairly travel friendly so you can take them easily in your handbag and that are multi-use where possible. The Laura Mercier trio works as an all over highlighter, eyebrow shade and an all over the lid colour in one small compact! Also the Makeup Revolution Blush/Bronzer I used doubled up as a contour/bronzer and lip colour. I did use some brushes, including the Illamasqua blush brush, the Real Techniques buffer brush and the new Real Techniques mini brush set which is amazing for travel/touch ups!

I have created a video tutorial with a step by step guide for each stage of the day and night looks. My day time look consists of radiant foundation, subtle natural lips and winged liner. Then my night look consists of a stronger lip, smoky eyeshadow and more highlighter! The night look can be made even stronger by using more of the dark brown eyeshadow and highlighter for a super glam, smoky eye look. I love the versatility of the looks, as you can change the shape of the liner to make it more subtle or more dramatic or the lip colour could be made more subtle or stronger. Both looks are quick and easy to create. They would look fantastic on numerous skin tones and for many occasions such as a work to party look or a quick and easy girls night out look. I love the autumnal shades in this look from the brown/burnt orange lips to the dark brown smoky eyes!

There are my two looks, I also wanted to include some bargain makeup products such as the mini Too Faced mascara which is only £2.99 and the blusher/bronzer sticks are only £5 each which is fantastic. If you have any problems with the video, let me know in the comments. 

What do you think of my two looks? What are your favourite day to night looks? 

Review: RMK Power Of Love AW14 Collection

RMK is a brand that I have heard a lot of good things about, particularly in terms of skincare and makeup. The only items prior to these that I have tried from RMK includes their cleaning balm which is gorgeous and smells like roses; as well as one of the sheer nail polishes (review here), both products are fantastic so I was so excited when some items from the new RMK Power of Love AW14 collection landed on my doorstep! I received two products from the collection as well as a gorgeous wintry nail polish. 

Firstly, I have the *RMK Matte Shiny Eye Pencil in the shade '02 Navy' (£28) which has a chunky matte eyeshadow pencil on one end and an iridescent shimmery eyeshadow on the other end. I love multi-function, two in one makeup items - they are so handy and great for travel! The pencil is a gorgeous deep navy that applies smoothly, although it isn't as pigmented as I thought it would be - the longevity is fantastic though as it is matte it seems to adhere to the skin really well. The pencil can be worn alone for a everyday look then for the evening the shimmery shadow can be quickly and easily applied on top of the pencil. As you can see from the swatches below, the shimmery shadow makes the navy pencil look incredible! The navy and shimmer together is a stunning combination that will be perfect for the upcoming party season! Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5!
Next up I have the *RMK Ingenious Powder Cheeks in the shade 'EX-04 Orange Gold (£19) which is a gorgeous burnt orange mixed with shimmery copper blush, perfect for autumn/winter! Firstly, the packaging is fantastic, I love the simplistic, no nonsense, clean design. I have been wearing the blush lightly across the apples and back of the cheeks after contouring and it gives a gorgeous radiant glow. The shade just screams autumn and I have actually been using it on my eyes as well, I wouldn't really recommend doing this as you may have a reaction but it doesn't irritate my skin personally. The blusher blends well, it is buttery smooth despite the shimmer and it lasts well on my skin. Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.

Lastly, not from the new collection, I have the *RMK Nail Polish in the shade 'EX-14' (£14) which is a divine cool grey shade with tiny silver shimmery particles that make the polish look glossy and slightly metallic. The bottle is pretty as is the shade on the nails however the polish is quite sheer (as with the previous RMK polish I have tried) which I am not a big fan of. To build up the colour I do have to apply quite a few layers which takes while to dry so I have just been wearing it as a sheer wash of grey on the nails which I like but it is definitely not my favourite polish in my collection. Overall rating: ★★★★☆, 4/5.

Overall, I am very happy with the products especially the eye pencil which is limited edition. I definitely have my eye on other products from the collection such as the eyebrow pencils and matte mascaras. 

Have you tried anything from the new RMK Power Of Love collection?  

Autumn Beauty Picks Ft. Cohorted

Many of my readers and fellow bloggers have been raving about the website Cohorted recently. My blog followers may remember that I worked with Cohorted on a giveaway a few months ago. Cohorted is a unique shopping website in which weekly deals reduce in price to a set discount when more people join the cohort, the more everyone wants a product, the better the discount! Cohorted have been killing it recently with amazing products from Urban Decay, Dolce & Gabbana, Too Faced and more! I was kindly sent a couple of items from Cohorted to review from real Techniques and Smashbox. 
I have the *Real Techniques Mini Brush Trio (RRP £9.99, max Cohorted discount will be 25%). I have a lot of Real Techniques brush (two sets of the core collection, two sets of the starter set, the expert face brush and the retractable bronzer brush all of which I love). The mini travel trio is a great idea for touch ups on the go and they are freakin' adorable! The brushes look and feel like the original, full size versions although they don't have the rubber handle. All three brushes are very soft, smooth and work effectively. I have been using the mini face brush for foundation, the mini foundation brush for highlight and the mini shading brush for eyeshadow. Overall, I am impressed with the mini trio, they are just as soft, smooth and effective as the original full size brushes, in my opinion, and they are so cute! Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.
I have also been using the Real Techniques mini trio with the *Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights in 'Baked Stardust' (RRP £25, max Cohorted discount will be 25%) which in my opinion is a bronzer, blush and highlight all in one compact. I can use the lighter creamy shade as a brow bone and cheek highlighter, the pinky shade as a highlighter blush and the two deeper brown shades as a radiant bronzer. Also I have been using all of the shades as eyeshadows. The pigmentation isn't great although I think that is a positive point as it means I don't like like a glitter ball or a clown! The finish of this product is just gorgeous, so radiant and fresh but not glittery or shiny/oily looking. I have mainly been lightly swirling the Real Techniques mini face brush in all of the shades and applying to the top and back of my cheeks for a glowing, 'lit from within' look which is so pretty for dull, grey english autumn/winter days. ★★★★★, 5/5, you will see this product in a few upcoming posts. 

The Real Techniques Mini Brush Trio will be one of tonights deals (along with the Real Techniques Miracle Sponge)!

Have you bought anything from Cohorted? Have you tried either of these products?

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