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posted by on Concealer, Foundation, Kevyn Aucoin, Make-Up, Space NK

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Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer is something I have been very curious about yet I knew very little about it. It took a Youtube video by Selina (also known as YazMakeUpArtist) who broke it down and explained what it is with a top-notch demonstration:

Sensual Skin Enhancer is a multi-functional formula which can be used on its own as a foundation, as a concealer, a highlighter or blended with moisturiser and as the name suggestions, it enhances the skin or mimics a flawless and radiant complexion.

The ingredients used to create a soft, dewy finish are honey and jojoba oil. I use the Sensual Skin Enhancer to conceal my dark circles and there is no creasing from it. I also like to mix a small amount with my foundation, and have used it successfully with NARS Sheer Glow; it instantly uplifts my complexion.

I’ve read reviews that people aren’t applying it correctly or in fact, are using too much. I followed Selina’s advice to scoop a teeny amount from the end of a small make-up brush and wipe it onto the back of my hand before dabbing it on under the eyes and then mixing it separately with my base. The key is to use very little for it go a long way.

The Sensual Skin Enhancer can be used for contouring and highlighting – you just need to select a shade darker or lighter respectively. However that is an expense I wouldn’t want to incur and I’m not exactly obsessed like Kimmy Kardashian.

It’s a pricey pot at £38, though saying that I’ve been using it for a few weeks and what you see above is how much I’ve got through so I can foresee this lasting a long while yet. I don’t use it daily, only on occasions when I want my make-up to stand out and last longer than I usually care to wear it for. I do love it immensely as it’s made such a difference, giving my foundation a boost and brightening the areas around my eyes.

There are 15 shades available and I strongly advise you get colour-matched – Space NK can help you out with that. I was paired up with SX 11.

The Sensual Skin Enhancer is my first foray into Kevyn Aucoin’s  range and I would like to explore more of it. Do let me know if you are a fan and can recommend something. Also please check out Selina’s videos (AND SUBSCRIBE) because she is brilliant – and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t have a great deal of patience to sit through YouTube videos more than three minutes long.

posted by on Benefit, Eye pencils/eye liners, Make-Up

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benefit_theyrereallinerI think I have finally mastered the cat’s eye flick and it’s thanks to Benefit’s much talked about They’re Real push-up liner.

The hype say it makes the dreaded eye lining task a breeze with its unique applicator and blacker than black formula. I was rather dubious of it but my curiosity was driving me mad so I waited for the madness to calm down before I gave in.

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The mascara of the same namesake did nothing for me (and I have huge lashes), however with the liner I’m a sucker for new gimmicks and refuse to give up on a tiresome journey to find the perfect one.  It’s the only thing I can do to enhance my eyes when I’m short of time during the working week. One false move though and the whole thing goes tits up and that is very annoying.

Well, I am pleased to confess since biting the bullet and parting with £18 I haven’t stopped using the Push-Up Liner. Mind you, it has taken numerous practises to find the right way to use it but now I know what makes for the perfect close finish with zero chances of messing it up.

The liner is designed like a pen which you press at the top to push the formula out through the slanted rubber nib.

It does take getting used to and the trick is to not press too much or there will be too much product – a tiny amount is enough to line your eyes because the formula is very pigmented. Also it helps to wipe the rubber tip before use so you don’t get crumbly stale bits.

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I find stretching the eyelid across makes for a smooth and easy application. The rubber tip glides close to the lash line with absolutely no dragging (yeah, I didn’t believe that at first but it’s true!) and the formula is ferociously black. More often I am pretty cack-handed with the eye liner but Benefit’s They’re Real Push-Up Liner makes my efforts look perfectly pro.

There is a special remover available from Benefit because apparently it’s so tough to get off. Of course this is a load of nonsense as the liner is easy to remove with an oil-based make-up remover or something like coconut oil. Why would you need a special remover just for the eyeliner? A complete waste of money and utterly pointless.

Any way, I applaud you, Benefit – for the Push-Up Liner, I mean. This might just be your new hero product. It certainly is for me. Now would you just admire the flick (and the cat too)? See what I did there??

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