Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Yazmae Cosmetics Eyelash Serum review

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Hey guys! A couple of posts back I reviewed two beautiful pairs of Yazmae Cosmetics 3D Mink Lashes and within that post I stated that I would be reviewing the Yazmae Eyelash Serum. Today I am here with said review!

Yazmae Eyelash Serum
Yazmae Eyelash Serum

The Yazmae Cosmetics Eyelash Serum is said to help you to achieve longer, thicker and darker eyelashes in less than 25 days. It contains vitamins to provide your lashes with the exact things that they need in order to grow fuller and longer. 

If you have short or sparse lashes, this is targeted at you.

If you prefer to use false lashes to achieve a full, fluttery lash then do check out my review for the Yazmae lashes. If you're after longer and thicker natural lashes then you may lean more towards the Yazmae Eyelash Serum.

It comes packaged in a matte, black tube that has a screw cap lid that contains a long, thin brush for application. Think along the lines of a thin liquid eyeliner brush.

The tube contains 5ml which is enough for 3-4 months if used twice daily.

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Avon Power Stay 16 Hour Shadow Stick review and swatches

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Hey guys! Today I’m going to be reviewing an Avon product that has just been released. Avon is a brand that actually features in the majority of my most popular posts here on the blog! In my last post I mentioned that I’d be reviewing the eyeshadow that I was wearing in the photos, but other than that I didn’t explain much as I thought I'd save it all for today.

Avon Power Stay 16 Hour Shadow Stick
Avon Power Stay 16 Hour Shadow Stick

The Avon Power Stay 16 Hour Shadow Stick is an eyeshadow stick and eyeliner in one. It promises a creamy, vibrant, waterproof formula that lasts all day. It is described as being easy to apply and blend, yet not transfer or crease during wear. At the time of writing, it has been launched with a range of 6 shades. The shade I have to show you all today is Everyday Beige which is a shimmery beige with blue undertones (and I'm sure I spy some very subtle blue shimmer amongst the silver shimmer).

The eyeshadow comes packaged in a sleek, black pen with a lid and the product info in gold lettering. At the base you can see the shade colour, but inside there is also a hidden sharpener to sharpen the stick if you wish.

So let's jump right into it!

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Yazmae Cosmetics Luxury 3D Mink False Eyelashes review

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Hey guys! It's been a little while since I reviewed some false lashes, but today I will be sharing two pairs of false eyelashes with you from the brand Yazmae Cosmetics.

Yazmae Cosmetics Luxury 3D Mink Lashes in Dubai and London
Yazmae Cosmetics Luxury 3D Mink Lashes in Dubai and London

Yazmae Cosmetics provide a range of luxury, false mink and silk lashes, Eyelash Serum for lengthening the lashes (review coming soon!) and lash glue. They also offer a generous makeup artist discount of 65%. 

I have two pairs of Yazmae Cosmetics luxury 3D mink lashes to show you from their collection in the styles London and Dubai. Each of the pairs comes with adhesive in the box and they can be re-used up to 20 times. 

Upon first glance, both the London and Dubai lashes do look quite similar. They are both big, wispy and fluffy, 3D and have black bands, but London has more of an extreme criss-cross and they are more feathery whereas the Dubai lashes have less of an intense criss-cross and are more spiky whilst still being fluttery.

They come packaged in your standard lash case with the lashes attached to the plastic and then the case is covered by a sleeve on one side that contains the brand name.

I’ll begin by talking about things that relate to both sets of lashes, then I’ll split off and discuss each pair individually with some before and after photos of how they look. Before applying them, I applied some eyeshadow (I’ll be reviewing said eyeshadow for my next post - keep your eyes peeled!) and a simple line of liquid eyeliner on the top of the lid and black pencil liner on the waterlines. No wings or bold lines, just liner on the lid to disguise the band and the waterline to create the appearance of a thicker lash base. For contrast, I also took some photos without any eyeliner.

Sunday, 12 April 2020

Tips for Keeping Our Mental Health in Balance During the Coronavirus Lockdown

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Hey guys! Right now the world is facing a global pandemic due to coronavirus (Covid-19). On top of the worry that many people are already facing from this, a lot of us have been put into lockdown. This is understandably going to effect all of us in different ways, including our mental health. Humans are a social species and we’re not built to be cooped up indoors for extended periods of time. Therefore, it’s okay to not be feeling okay right now.

Photo Credit: Miguel A. Padrinan

Today I wanted to acknowledge the effects that the coronavirus pandemic is having on peoples mental health and focus on some tips for keeping yourself in balance. I’ve been in touch with some fantastic people and companies to create a collaborative post that covers a whole range of mental health boosting tips and tricks. From meditation techniques to exercise, new hobbies and recommendations, together we’ve tried to cover everything. I've split the post into two halves which cover looking after ourselves physically and also mentally. So sit back and have a flick through the advice that we have compiled and, most importantly, stay healthy and safe!

UPDATE: Post was updated on 15/04/20 to add extra tips!

Before we dive into the tips and recommendations, I wanted to start by saying that if you are really struggling right now then please do not be put off from reaching out for help. I have included contact information for relevant helplines and websites at the end of the post for anyone who may be in need of them. 

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Oracle Cards - A Little Hit of Wisdom for March

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Hi guys! So in my previous post I outlined that Beautifinous is now becoming a beauty and wellness blog, so today I wanted to come at you all with something wellness related to kickstart that aspect.

To do that I’ve decided to write up an oracle card post. What are oracle cards? you may be asking. Oracle cards are on the same tangent as tarot cards, which may be a more familiar idea. No, we won’t be going into fortune telling as I don’t personally believe that’s what oracle cards are all about (more on that in a moment), but we will be using them to dig into some of that inner wisdom that we’re all carrying within us and may be struggling to reach. 

The Spirit Animal Oracle
The Spirit Animal Oracle

But aren’t tarot cards all about telling the future? I guess that depends on your own beliefs. Some people say yes, yet others say no. I’m on the no side for cards (yet I’ll never discredit anyone carrying opposing beliefs to myself), but it doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy or get the most out of tarot or oracle cards. So what else can oracle and tarot cards be used for? As I stated above, I think that oracle and tarot cards are fantastic at digging into your own inner wisdom. Let me explain further. 

Each of us carry wisdom, even if we don’t realise it. Admit it - nobody knows you better than you know yourself. If you’re stuck in a problem, somewhere, deep down, you know what you’re supposed to do. Sometimes though we all have a little trouble accessing the answers that we need to hear, whether it be due to feeling low, having a head full of thoughts or even down to simply not wanting to acknowledge them. The best way that I can describe what oracle cards are is that they’re a prompt that we can use to access that wisdom. 

How do oracle cards work? How do oracle cards differ to tarot cards? Tarot cards are a deck of 78 cards that include the major arcana (the cards you may be most familiar with) and the minor arcana (more like playing cards, these come in suits). No matter what tarot deck you buy, they will always have the same cards with different illustrations. Oracle cards vary far more and can be based on anything that the creator of them wishes. 

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Announcement Time - Blog Genre Update

Hey guys! So, it's been a while, right? Well, I am here today and I have some news for you all.

No, I have no forgotten about the blog and neither is the blog coming to an end. I have had some family related things that I have needed to dedicate my time to, but during the time that I have been away I feel like I have evolved as a person in many ways. I have taken up some new hobbies and found new interests, and these involve things that I feel have made me a happier person overall. Because of this, I wanted to bring some of this to the blog alongside what I already write about.

I have therefore decided to open up my blog to become a beauty and wellness blog. I feel that this is a natural extension to the messages that I have already had to bring to the blog as I have always wanted to help others to feel happier and more confident about themselves and I feel that by opening up the blog to including wellness allows me to dive deeper into this aspect and hopefully to bring some additional joy to the world in some form.

Wellness posts will also allow me to partake in more collaborative projects, so if this is something that takes your fancy and you have some ideas about spreading some positivity then do feel free to shoot me an email!

I hope to have a nice balance between beauty related posts and wellness posts, but whilst I settle in to the new topics I may release a few more wellness related posts (author's excitement and all that!).

I really hope that you continue to enjoy the content that I bring to the blog and I thank you all for your patience and love.

Keep on being amazing!

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