Thursday, 12 October 2017

Glossy Eyes with 3INA make-up

Hey guys,

I have spoken about the make-up brand 3INA on my blog before (see here) and was recently sent some of their new releases to try. The range focuses on the eyes, with a gel, gloss, eyeshadow and brow products. The most exciting by far for me was The Eye Gloss which I will tell you more about.



I have always been a gloss kinda gal. I was obsessed with lip glosses in my teens and would often go out with nothing but lip gloss on. My love of gloss also extended to my eyes, I would use vaseline and lather it on my lips and eyelids after seeing Natalia Imbruglia rocking it in the 90's. I love that dewy shiny look, it's totally me and I have done make-up looks using glosses before (see here), so when I saw The Eye Gloss (Shade 503, £9.95) I couldn't wait to try it out because the colour was something I hadn't tried before. 

This is by far the stand out product for me in the collection. It is so effective and so easy to use as it comes with a sponge applicator attached. You simply twist and the product pushes up into the sponge. All I have applied on my eyes in the pictures below is the eye gloss with some mascara. So simple, but really pretty. It can also be applied on top of eyeshadow to create another dimension and texture. It isn't tacky or sticky on the eye and feels weightless. I can definitely see myself wearing it through the coming months and maybe contrasting with a matte lip. That reminds me, you can double it up as a lip gloss too!




Another product I was sent was The Duo Eyeshadow (shade 606, £10.95). At first I thought this was quite pricey but I soon realised this was because you are getting three eyeshadows essentially. A brown, gold and then where the two eyeshadows meet, they have been mixed, thus creating a third colour. The eyeshadow is actually quite creamy and a great little compact. It can create a full eyeshadow look with gold on the lid, brown through the crease and the mixed colour in the middle of the eye lid. Or all used separately. Thumbs up from me.


Swatches top to bottom: The Duo Eyeshadow 606 (Gold, mixed, brown), The Eye Gloss 503, The Gel Liner in Soft Brown

The final product I tried out was The Gel Liner (shade 801, £9.95). I am partial to a gel liner, I just find using a gel gives the best colour and smoothest line. However I'm not sure I like the formula of this gel. When I applied it to my eyes I found it quite hard to work with. It didn't apply smoothly and was a little crumbly. It could have just been that the product had dried out. I think if you add a mixing medium like MAC Mixing Medium or Ingot Duraline then this would definitely make it more workable.

3INA are definitely exciting me as a brand as they are creating products that are easy to use, but with high impact. What do you think of the eye gloss trend? Will you be trying it out?

Amina xx

*PR gift. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Beauty Wishlist!

Hey Guys!

This week I am bringing to you my beauty wishlist. These are things that I have wanted for a long time or items that haven't even been released yet, either way I can't wait to get my hands on them. Basically, I just needed to get this off my chest and I feel by having a post dedicated to them, it will make me feel like wanting them less. That doesn't make any sense does it?! Anyway...



This is a limited edition Rose Gold palette and the shades just call out to me. I have lusted over all of the Ambient Lighting Palette but for some reason this one particular has my name written all over it.  I have always loved blushers, but this combines beautiful blushers with highlighters and a bronzer, all encased in a rose gold casing. The colours are perfection. Want. Need.



I am so excited for this new foundation by Huda Beauty, released later this month. Two years in the making, Huda has promised this foundation to be like no other. With a shade range of 30, there must be a match for me. From what I have seen from Huda wearing it herself, the finished look is seamless and I know I am going to need to try this. Only downside is there are no Huda Beauty counters anywhere near me so I'm going to have to guess my shade. Wish me luck!


Keeping in the theme of Huda Beauty. Her newly released Dessert Dusk Palette looks absolutely stunning. Released on the same day as the NARS X Christopher Kane palette was, I opted for the NARS (see review here). But this hasn't left me wanting the Dessert Dusk any less. Twilight, Retrograde and Cosmo are so enticing. But I can't justify buying as I have a lot of the other colours from other brands or palettes. Still would love it in my collection though.



Recently I got a sample of the NUXE Huile Prodigieuse OR dry oil from the My Little Box subscription box and was pleasantly surprised by the scent and effect the oil has on my skin. I have heard so much about this oil and read a lot of reviews and wondered what the fuss was all about. I love it so much I now want the shimmer version which has particles of glitter within it, leaving your skin glowing. 


Do I even need to say anything... Barry M has a range of Liquid highlighters and they are all so pretty. This one in particular just gives off unicorn fairy mermaid vibes. So what can I say. I want it. I don't know if it will suit my skin tone but that's not going to stop me. It comes in a bottle with dropper style dispenser and can be applied directly onto the face and blended with a beauty blender, brush or fingertips.


Again, one I have wanted for a very long time. Stila have a range of colours and you apply simply by swiping the applicator over the eye. It leaves you with the effect of eyeshadow and glitter without having to apply eyeshadow and glue glitter on separately. They are so pretty and easy, I just want one in my collection. They can be pricey at £23 but I have managed to find them for £19 here, so am extremely tempted!



This is one of those products I have wanted to try forever. This beauty elixir is raved about and it's a skincare item that so many people swear by. I love Caudalie as a brand and how they use natural ingredients in their products. The main ingredient behind a lot of their products are grapes specially grown in france which makes them quite unique. Unfortunately I don't own anything from this brand yet ,but the beauty elixir is definitely on my wishlist.



With Fenty Beauty by Rihanna having recently launched I have been super intrigued by all of her products and have been reading many reviews to get my head around which of her products I need. However, the more I read the more I felt like maybe I could give it a miss. That is, until I saw her holiday collection. The oil slick packaging on the lipsticks is drawing me towards them and that eyeshadow palette looks like it has a little bit of everything. This is definitely on my one to watch list and I'm sure it will be a sell out.

So that's my beauty wishlist for now. I feel so much better now I have got them all off my chest and have something to look back at when I feel like treating myself. What's on your beauty wishlist?

Amina xx