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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!

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Today beauty blogger Rucksana Hussain is a guest reviewer for Just Nice Things. The Birmingham beauty junkie kindly agreed to try a selection of eye make-up from George at Asda.

Whenever I go to Birmingham, I always call in on Rucksana who is like a little devil sitting on your shoulder, egging you to buy more make-up from Selfridges’ in the Bullring. Her blog Walking in a Beauty Wonderland is one you must add to your list of blogs to follow. Without further ado, let’s see what Rucksana thought of George’s offerings.

I have been keen to try the George make-up range but my local Asda doesn’t stock it annoyingly, so when Sheenie asked me to review some products I jumped at the chance. I was given a selection of 4 single eyeshadows to try, which are a mixture of textures with variable results.

First up is Jellybean, a blue toned lilac. This is the kind of colour I am always attracted to. However I was left a little disappointed with how it performed. I used this all over the lid on top of MAC’s painterly Paint Pot but discovered it wasn’t true to the colour in the pan. It’s very sheer so to get a good depth of colour I had to build it up with a few layers. Jellybean is a shimmer eyeshadow but gritty in texture though it did blend fairly well.

Next up is Yeti, a red toned brown which is a matte eyeshadow. I am always on the search for a good cheap matte eyeshadow and this delivers nicely as it’s well pigmented, smooth and buttery to work with. Yeti blends beautifully and works well for a smokey look.

Panther is my favourite. Firstly I love the name as it reminds me of my black cat. It is a very deep slate grey shade with the same texture as Yeti, and has a silver sparkle. I used Panther in the crease and it looked so pretty and sultry. It also serves well as an eyeliner when used with a damp liner brush.

Snowflake is the final shade I tried. It is a pearly white iridescent shade and rather frosty which is quite apt for its name. I used this as highlighter on the brow bone but found it to be way too stark. It is exactly the same in texture as Jellybean, a shimmer but not smooth and quite gritty. Unfortunately it is the one I’m least fond of out of the 4.

I tried all 4 shades over MAC’s Painterly Paint Pot for around 6 hours. There was a fair amount of fading especially with Jellybean which had lost a lot of its vibrancy but there was no creasing.

Overall the eyeshadows are pretty good quality and the design of the packaging is sturdy and secure fpr £2.50 each so you can’t complain.

The final product from George is Volume Lash, a waterproof mascara. It claims to thicken lashes and add volume. It definitely added volume but didn’t really lengthen them much. It is a dry formula and if too much product is applied it clumps the lashes together. I favour my mascara to add length, volume and to fan out my lashes so they look, full, fluttery and voluptuous. Volume Lash didn’t give fanned out lashes but spiky instead.

Volume Lash comes with the ubiquitous bristle which I prefer over plastic applicators. The other thing that stands out is the yellow packaging, which bears a similar look to Maybelline’s eye-catching Colossal mascara.

All in all, I do like Volume Lash. It is very good value for money at just £3.50 and outperforms some major mascaras I’ve tried that cost more. George really does offer some absolute gems, I just wish it was more accessible in their stores.

George make-up is also available online at www.asda.com.

Rucksana Hussain

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Thank you so much, Rucksana for your honest opinion. Have you tried these or other products from the George range? If so, what do you think of them? Do you have any favourites you could recommend? Let us know your views by commenting below.

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