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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

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At Just Nice Things we like to shake things up a bit so today we have a guest reviewer in the form of a man – it’s our Tan. Yes, he’s ours because he keeps coming back for more!

Tan has been getting to grips with Braun’s Series 5 5040S Wet & Dry shaver, one of three models available in Braun’s series and what’s more, they are on special offer with up a third off this Christmas at Boots so if you’re wondering what to get for the most important man in your life be it your dad, brother, husband or boyfriend, perhaps this might be it.

Let’s see how Tan got on with losing his shaver virginity to this grooming gadget…

The Series 5 5040S Wet & Dry premium shaver is the new product from Braun released just in time for Christmas.

At first glance the 5040s looks a premium product that is beautifully designed.  The shaver has a rubberised, ergonomically designed body which makes it easy to hold in the hand either wet or dry. When I took it out of the box what I first noticed was how light the shaver was to hold compared to a Remington I had previously used.  It is very simple to use straight out of the box with no assembly required.

As it describes itself as a Wet premium shaver, I decided to try it out in the shower. Not only that, as I have sensitive skin, I tend to shave a couple times a week and so had a good amount of stubble for the shaver to work its magic on.  So this was a good test for the 5040s.  I found shaving to be a good experience, quick and efficient.  The shave was smooth and sharp and I didn’t find myself having to go over the same shaving spot twice. Neither did I have to press the shaver against my skin too hard, simply a soft and easy motion did the trick.  This is where the Flex MotionTec helps the 5040s as it seemed to glide at times, and the pivoting shaver head came into its own when shaving around the neck area.  Most electric shavers advise to hold the shaver at 90 degree angle for best results, however the 5040s works well even when you don’t adhere to this.

Now you can argue that the quality of a foil shaver is in the foil, and how long it stays sharp for, however with regular cleaning and maintenance I do not perceive this to be an issue.  There is also a short beard trimmer on the back for those keen on styling but I had no use for it.

It will take 60 minutes to fully charge the shaver, and you can expect 45 minutes of cordless shaving. For myself this mean charging the shaver once a week.  Maintaining and servicing the shaver is quick and easy. The head can be taken off for cleaning simply by pulling gently with the thumb and forefinger and you should do this frequently to keep the blades and moving parts clear of bristles – it allows the shaver to work better and will help the heads stay sharper and the batteries last longer. Braun supply a small brush and some lubricating oil that come in handy. 

The shaver is supplied with a two pin mains charger and can be used whilst you shave. There’s nothing worse than your shaver dying halfway through a shave when you can’t plug the charger in and carry on.

I have to admit being a more of a Gillette razor kind of guy, and having sensitive skin, I was a little sceptical but there was really no need.  This is definitely a premium shaver and the quality shines through from its well designed exterior, the new Flex MotioTec technology, to the close smooth shave it provides.

Price wise, compared to the Philips and Remington brands, there are cheaper electric shavers on the market.  Retailing at £189.99, its certainly not cheap, however by shopping around online you will find the big retailers discounting in the run up to Christmas, with Boots and Amazon pricing competitively at around the £100 mark. At this price, the Braun Series 5 5040s Wet & Dry Premium Shaver is definitely worth investing in.

The new Braun Series 5 range is available at Boots, Amazon, Argos, larger supermarkets and other good electrical retailers. Series 5 5040S normally retails for £189.99 but will be priced at £127.29 at Boots until 31st December 2012. You can also pick up Series 5 5030s for £100 (RRP: £159.99) and Series 5 5070cc for £133.99 (RRP: £199.99). Visit www.braun.com/uk for more information.

Tan Araf

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Thank you, Tan! Glad to hear your handsome visage survived the Braun machine. What do the rest of you think?

P.S: Tan occasionally writes a brilliant blog. Do check it out and hopefully he will be encouraged to write some more!