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Do you remember my friend, Helen (aka YouTuber Casual Beauty) who graced the pages of Just Nice Things a few weeks ago? Well Helen is back tackling another grooming product. Let’s see how she got on…

helen_casualbeautyukFacial hair. We all have it. It’s just that some people are blessed with hair so fine and translucent  that it’s barely visible to the naked eye while others are cursed with thick dark dark hair which, if not removed, results in monobrows, moustaches and sideburns. Obviously I being to the latter group or I’d have no need for facial waxing strips.

I’d tried wax strips a teenager but didn’t get on with them. It seemed that my unwanted hair very much wanted to remain attached to my face and no cheap own brand waxing strips were going to change their mind.  So, I embarked on long and tumultuous menage a trois with a Lady Bic and a pair of tweezers, until I discovered the miracles that can be worked on facial hair by certain talented ladies with a magical piece of thread.

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However, parting with upwards of £20 to have someone rip the hairs from you face gets old very quickly and I was lured away by the bright pink candy striped packaging of a new brand of facial strips by SweetEase*. 

That said, I did find a problem. For the wax strips to work properly they need to have a decent length of hair to grip onto, and this means refraining from all other forms of hair removal for two weeks to give the hair a chance to grow!

Now I’m not saying I let it ALL grow out. There was some plucking of my eyebrows  but I let everything else grow out like a 1970s feminist. (Us modern feminists have no problem with beauty and grooming – your body, your choice). HELLO, SIDE BURNS, HEY, MOUSTACHE! Thanks  for visiting but now it’s time for you to leave…

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The SweetEase pack contains pairs of soft paper strips loaded with wax which you are instructed to hold between your palms to allow the wax to melt before pulling the strips apart.

You know how a watched pot never boils? Well it’s the same thing when you are trying to warm these wax strips. It took ages and once I managed to separate them it was obvious that I hadn’t warmed them enough. My first attempt to use them on my face was a complete failure and not a single hair was removed.

For the second set of strips I decided against hand-warming and tucked them into my bra where they warmed up very nicely indeed. The strips separated easily and I had good hair removal results. The short, sharp pain was nothing more than you’d feel from plucking or threading and soon subsided.

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There are after-wax wipes included too which help to clear up any remaining stickiness and there are easily enough strips to wax all of your problem areas with one kit. Thankfully also I did not suffer from any bad reaction to the strips but if generally if wax strips don’t agree with you then perhaps it’s wise to stay away from them.

For me SweetEase is no mess, no fuss and easy to use and definitely something I’d use again.  At £3.99 a pack, it is certainly a cost-effective product and I love the fact that it all comes in a nice and neat little package.  The strips are available for legs and the bikini area, and are exclusively available from Superdrug stores. For more information, visit http://sweeteasegirls.com.

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I am thrilled about today’s post because it is a guest post from a friend, a beauty blogger and an inspiring and hugely talented make-up artist. Tanzina from MakeupAtoZ has very kindly created a look that is easy to do yourself. Let me know what you think in the comments box below. I am definitely going to have a crack at it!

Hi Sheenie’s lovely people, I’ve been meaning to do a post on here for a while and here it is! Yay! Oh let me start by introducing myself, I’m Tanzina and I am behind MakeupAtoZ. It is through blogging and such I’ve become quite chummy with Sheenie whose is so lovely to me. She always says nice things about my make-up so I decided to do a step-by-step make-up look for you to recreate yourself. Here we go!

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The look I created is a Glittery Cranberry Look, concentrating on the pinky berry colour palette which I thought would be really suitable for the Autumnal season. I decided to stay away from the typical berry toned lips and opted for a bright pink. Most of all I wanted to incorporate products from the Illamasqua ‘Sacred Hour’ collection and other bits I picked up from them in my recent haul.

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Let’s take a look at the products list first. I used:

·         Illamasqua Reflection Palette (£34)
·         Illamasqua Beguile Pigment (£16.50)
·         Tom Ford Burnished Amber Palette (£62)
·         MAC Brown Down eye shadow (£12.50)
·         Anastasia Brow Powder Duo (£17)
·         Anastasia Brow Duality (£16)
·         Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer No.8 (£38)
·         2True Liquid Eyeliner Waterproof (£1.99)
·         Pixi Pencil Liner in Black (£11)
·         BareMinerals Lash Domination Mascara (£16)
·         Ardell 117 Lashes (£5.49)
·         Illamasqua ‘Peaked’ Velvet Blush (£18)
·         Illamasqua Eurydice (£16.50)

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I filled in my brows with the Anastasia Brow Powder and highlighted under the brow slightly with the Anastasia Brow Duality. Then what I did was start by applying Pericipe from the Reflection palette all over my lid. I topped that up with Beguile pigment and then used Acute from the palette to deepen the crease. Using a deep berry tone from the Tom Ford palette (you can use any berry tone you have) I applied that over the crease colour and slightly above it. Then I blended away.

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Next I added Acute under the bottom lash line, and in the 6th picture you can see me add the berry tone on top of that. I then went ahead and added pencil liner in my water line, lined my eyes with liquid eyeliner and added mascara. In the final slightly out of focus picture you can really see the glitter and also the set of lashes I added. The finished eye look is below.

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After concealing under the eye and around the mouth using Kevyn Aucoin, I decided to finish the lips. Now this would be the stage foundation wearers apply foundation, you want to clean up under your eye and then do the base to avoid fallout streaking all over your face. For lips I opted for a gorgeous matte pink, I think this quickly becoming my favourite pink – Illamasqua Eurydice.

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So the finished look. In this picture I contoured my cheeks with MAC Brown Down (a matte brown shade) and added Illamasqua Peaked on to the cheeks. I usually hate cream blushes but I really do like this one as it isn’t tacky and the finish is gorgeous.

I dab it on with my fingers, slightly blend out with my fingers and then buff it in with a synthetic brush (they work best with cream products). I have pictures of the overall look below, basically it’s just an excuse for me to publish pictures of my face!

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makeupatozpiccranberrylook4I hope you liked this make-up look I created for you all and do let us know if you will be creating this look for yourself. I’d wear this out in the evening, adding a bit of glamour and sparkle to our cold autumn days.

If you’d like to keep up to date with my blog you can follow me here and also I post more make-up looks over at my Facebook page or my Instagram so do say hi! Thank you so much for having me, Sheenie and I’d love to see you have a go with this look!

Tanzina x