How To: The Nude Cappuccino Smokey Eye With Max Factor

Using the Max Factor Masterpiece Nudes Cappuccino Palette and Masterpiece MAX Mascara (*)

Dark, bold smokey eyes… some girls rock it but for me personally there’s just too much makeup involved and with my round shaped peepers it can leave me looking at little panda-esque.

So, this post is dedicated to lovers of a fresher, neutral smokey eye with cool tones.

I’ve been a fan of the Max Factor Masterpiece Nudes palettes ever since they were first released and I can say that the 03 Rose Nudes palette sits firmly in the top of my makeup drawer, ready to hand.

So when this little chocolate dusted cappuccino palette came through the post (alongside the Max Factor Masterpiece MAX mascara) I was thrilled! I already knew how rich and strongly pigmented the baked shades were. The multi-dimensional textures (matt, shimmer and sparkle) and velvet smooth feel makes them incredibly easy to blend and versatile enough to create multiple looks.

There are 8 cool shades in total that range from a natural light to a dark tone so you’re able to take your look from a fresh day time feel to a more glamorous night time look just by simply building the colour.

To create the look above, I simply used shade 2 across the lid, shade 3 under the brow bone and in the center of the lid and a mix of shade 6 and 7 in the crease of the socket. I then used a blending brush to give the smokey eye a more natural look before adding a dab of shade 3 (using the sponge applicator) within the center of the lid as a highlight.

To finish off the look I used a liquid liner to create a cat flick and added a couple coats of the Max Factor Masterpiece MAX Mascara... which is incredible by the way.

I’ve mentioned a few times that Max Factor never get it wrong when it comes to mascaras and every new one I try ends up becoming my favourite. Well… It’s happened again.  The plastic wand takes enough products to coat each lash individually and deliver volumised bold lashes without having to build up the product. But what makes this mascara my new favourite is the size of the wand. The sleek shape makes it easy to coat your lashes without dispensing product across your eye lid or under your eyes.

This look would be great to add a little something to your usual everyday makeup

Beki Xo

Iconic French Skincare Brand Review : Embryolisse (*) 

The infamous French pharmacy brand Embryolisse is a cult classic in the terms that since its release in 1950 the brand has continued to be used and loved by many makeup artists, celebrities and (most recently) bloggers.

I’d first heard of the brand French skincare when it was the focus of many bloggers monthly favourites. Up until a couple years ago it was only available from French pharmacies so although I was interested in the hype I wasn’t able to easily get my hands on it. However since it’s now readily available online, in specialist stores and Boots pharmacies I had to see what the all the fuss was... and is about.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentre

Out of all Embroylisse’s products this is the famous holy-grail product used by makeup artists and celebrities alike. The Lait-Crème Concentre is a heavy duty multi-tasking beauty product that can be used as a moisturiser, primer, repair mask and makeup remover.
The formula itself is a heavy, thick cream that contains fatty acids and vitamins to hydrate, plump and smooth the skin. The scent is that classic childhood floral smell that reminds me of my mums makeup bag when was I child.
For me personally I didn’t like to use the product so much as a daily moisturiser as it seemed a little too greasy, it felt as though my makeup would slide around rather than sit still. However as a deeply hydrating repair mask, makeup cleanser or even a night cream the formula works incredibly well. It retains water and can be used on either the body or the fact so it’s perfect for those who suffer from dry skin.

Embryolisse Hydra-mat

This is my favourite out of all the products and is (if not close to becoming) my number one moisturiser at the moment.
The formula has a light to medium cream-gel like consistency that is light weight, non-greasy and absorbs quickly into the skin. Similar to most Embryolisse products it has that nostalgic floral scent which I love as it brings back memories and although it is perfumed the product agrees with my sensitive skin.
I also find this product works as a primer as it curbs the oils in my t-zone to give a matt base ready for my foundation.  Although this is a mattifying cream it still keeps my skin hydrated throughout the day almost like it has an invisible barrier to those environmental effects.

Embroylisse Secret De Maquille

I’ve never really been one to bother with eye creams, they’re that extra product in a beauty routine that I just don’t have the energy to add. However I’m always intrigued in trying a few just to see if they add anything to my skincare regime or the longevity of my makeup.
The stick itself is incredibly easy to use and has an interesting solid gel like texture that contains aloe vera and vitamin E. A quick run of the stick under both eyes leave an extremely thin residue that soaks into the skin incredibly quickly.
Although the product didn’t visibly brighten the area it was incredibly refreshing and it’s non-sticky texture made a great primer for concealer.

Beki Xo

#EatPastaRunFaster at Vapiano Manchester (*)

There's so many restaurants in Manchester it can be a challenge to pick one that offers something a little different but that's precisely what this German chain has done. I know what you're thinking, pizza and pasta is Italian right? Yes but Vapiano first opening its doors in Germany as a fast, casual restaurant chain offering Italian food and they've now brought that concept to Manchester.

So what makes Vapiano differ from the rest? First of all it has an unusual concept with a food hall style, self service system which means you can see your food made freshly in front of you.

The restaurant itself has a number of bars that specialise in pasta, pizza, antipasti and desserts. On arrival you're given a 'dining card' and an extensive menu to choose from. From there you pick your seat, visit the relevant bar of your food choice, pop your card on the 'points' machine and watch your meal being made from scratch.

I opted for the 'Salami E Ricotta Con Rucola' which contains spicy Italian sausage, ricotta cheese, pine nuts, onions, butter, white wine and rocket. Upon visiting the pasta bar I chose the penne pasta and additional flavours of garlic and chilli. The pasta tasted incredibly fresh, light and flavoursome, almost what I imagine it to be like in Italy itself!

What I really liked about the Vapiano concept is the range of pasta types you can choose from, the options your given when it's being made and the control over what goes into your dish. It not only means you can tweak the dishes to suit your personal taste but it also helps to accommodate dietary requirements.

Which brings me onto introducing the #EatPastaRunFaster campaign that Vapiano have introduced! They've teamed up with nutritionist Dr Sarah Schenker to create two special diet plans. One is designed for runners (or those who do cardio) regularly and the other is for those prepping for a long distance race and require slow release energy. Both diet plans are well balanced and are designed to contain enough carbohydrates for energy but not enough for weight gain.

The 5 day diet plan for those who run regularly...

The 3 day pre race energy loading diet plan... 

Beki xo

Summer City Style Feat. MarcB Staten Croc Bag (*)
Shirt-Newlook, Tshirt-H&M, Skirt-VeroModa, Necklace-NewLook, Hat-Topshop, Sunglasses-Folli&Follie, Watch-Newlook, Bag-MarcB

Although it’s spring over the last week or so the weather has really given us a taste of summer and the brighter mornings and warm afternoons mean I can leave my trusty leather jacket hanging at home and not regret doing so.

The pre seasonal sun also gives me (and I’m sure many others) the biggest excuse to pick up some key wardrobe pieces and start prepping my style for those summer months. For me, this means I’ll be introducing tan shades, boyfriend shirts, sandals, slip dresses and more practical handbags.

So when I was contacted by MarcB and asked if I’d like to collaborate again with something from their new SS16 collection, (which is launching on the 23rd of May) of course I said yes! Their handbags are incredibly well made, affordable and diverse which for me ticks all the boxes in what I look for in a handbag.

For me, In Spring and Summer I prefer to opt for a smaller handbag where and when I can because who wants to be carrying around the ‘kitchen sink’ in humid weather? However that doesn’t mean that I want to sacrifice room for my essentials and that’s precisely what the MarcB Staten Black Croc doesn’t do.

I’m not one to splash out on handbags but I really like the look of an evening style designer handbag teamed with a casual day time style. There’s just something about adding an expensive accessory to a pair of pumps or a plain white tee that I think looks great. It’s so simple yet instantly changes an outfit from being overly relaxed to almost like you made the effort to look so casual.

The MarcB Staten Black Croc is the perfect designer-esque style handbag with a patent croc material, silver hardware; chain strap with croc shoulder detail and twist lock closure. The structured style of the handbag teamed with the details make the bag itself looks incredibly expensive *whispers* even though it’s from the high street.

It’s of course the perfect style handbag to team with a classic LBD and a pair of heels but it’s also the perfect size to fit your essentials and team it with a more day time look. Just like every MarcB bag, it is fully lined with a leopard print material and includes an inside zip pocket for your valuables. The outer croc material (although I’d be worried it’d get scratched very easily) is incredibly hard wearing and feels well made.

The SS16 MarcB collection (including the Staten Black Croc bag) will be launched on the 24th May 2016, so keep your eyes peeled!

Beki Xo
A Food Lovers Online Paradise - Caprera (*)

I’m more of an online shopper than one of those who ventures into a store and hopes to come out with everything I wanted because as we all know that rarely happens. But I also love the experience of shopping in my local butchers, fish mongers and/or cheesery so what if you could combine those two?

An online marketplace named ‘Caprera’ has done exactly that by introducing a food lover’s online paradise with the experience of a local indie shop. Their online store offers a wide range of food from independent artisan producers who individually specialise and focus on one type of product, so you’re basically getting the best of the best from what you choose.

From oils and seasoning, meat and cheeses, snacks and cereal, jams, honeys and preserves, confectionary to beverages, each range of product is linked to an individual whose passion is finding and sourcing the perfect ingredients to create their speciality product.

I was kindly sent a few items to get a taste of what Caprera has to offer and those items where far from your average bulk produced supermarket brand. The chutney was like nothing I've ever tasted before, a chunky texture and sharp taste of whiskey that would go hand in hand with a nutty, creamy cheese! The crackers are perfectly flavorsome with a soft yet crunchy texture and the fudge melted in the mouth with a smooth vanilla taste.

What I love most about the Caprera website is that you can ‘meet the maker’ of each product you purchase and find out more about them. This is clearly listed within each individual product which I think is the perfect personal touch, I mean how many places can you actually see whose put passion and effort into creating the product you’re about to consume? It's almost like walking into your local farm shop or weekend market and getting to know the owner without having to move from your couch.

Something else I love about Caprera is they offer gift cards and hampers for the all those foodie loving friends or family of yours who will appreciate something a little extra special. But If I’m perfectly honest I’d probably by one for myself! Even the general delivery packaging of individually chosen products is perfectly presented with shredded cardboard which as you can see even Hokey (my pet pygmy hedgehog) appreciates!

Beki Xo
My 5 Step Skincare Routine 

I think this is probably the first time I've gone bare faced on the internet I'm going to show you my skincare regime then it would be silly not to, right?

Personally for me, skincare is far more important than makeup, I prefer to spend my money on products that are going to sink into my skin rather than sit on top of it. After all it doesn’t matter how much you spend on makeup products, if your skin isn’t at its best then your cosmetics won’t be either.

My skin care regime changes from time to time depending on its condition and what products I’ve recently discovered. At the moment we’re heading into summer so my skin always becomes slightly dry around the T-zone and I am prone to the odd breakout or two.

The 3 main things I want from my skincare regime is that the products remove all traces of makeup, hydrate my skin and keep breakouts at bay.

1. Simple Makeup Remover Wipes

I use these to remove my eye makeup only. They have enough moisture in them to easily remove even waterproof mascara without stinging the eyes. They also don’t contain any harsh ingredients so they’re perfect for sensitive skin and great for convenience.

2. Absolution Micellar Water

After using a makeup wipe I usually opt for a miscellar water to quickly and effortlessly remove the rest of my makeup. This is a sample from Birch Box which I have been trying out for the last couple weeks and will 100% be purchasing the full sized product! Not only does it smell incredible (almost like a spa) but it contains natural and organic ingredients which make it incredibly green!

3. This Works Cleanse & Glow
I forgot how much I love gel melt cleansers until I hit bottom on my usual foam cleanser and opted for this balm. The balm itself is applied onto dry skin and massaged in; you can either leave it on for a couple minutes for a deep cleanse or add warm water and wipe away with a muslin cloth after you have covered all areas of the face to remove makeup. This product removes all excess makeup and also leaves my skin feeling fresh and soft.

4. La Roche-Posay Serozinc Spray

Could it get any easier than a spray on toner? This toner is aimed towards those with blemish and oily skin to leave it spot free and matt. The great thing about this toner is that it doesn’t dry the skin out so it works perfectly on my combination skin targeting those pesky areas.  After cleansing I spray the product over my face and leave to dry before applying my chosen moisturiser.

5. This Works Light Time Skin Plumper

At the moment I’m switching between two moisturisers depending on what my skin needs. The This Works Light Time Skin Plumper is a morning and evening moisturiser that contains Persian Silk Tree extract and hyaluronic acid to smooth and plump up the skin. It leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth and my makeup sits perfectly on top.

Origins Ginzing
If I’ve been out the night before or my skin is in need of a little energy with some brightening effects then I usually opt for the Origins Ginzing moisturiser.  It contains Panax Ginseng and Coffee Bean to jump start the skin into drinking up the moisture. The product itself is incredibly light weight and smells like fresh grapefruit!

Origins High Potency Night-a-mins

If my skin is feeling a little dry and I need an overnight miracle then I always opt for the Origins Night-a-mins. As a mineral enriched renewal cream it contains a handful of vitamins to aid in resurfacing the skin and replenishing any lost moisture. The scent is incredibly relaxing (almost like a spa) which aid in feeling relaxed and waking up with brighter, softer skin.  

Beki Xo
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