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Thursday, 12 December 2013

'The Perfect Selfie' Look | with 'World Duty Free'

Product Selection from World Duty Free*

Even at 23, I must hold my hands up and openly admit that I'm not opposed to a selfie or two - who says it's just for the young'uns?! I would bet my lipstick drawer that a large percentage of you reading this WILL snap a cheeky selfie over the next couple of weeks whilst adorning some form of Christmas attire (festive onesie, anyone?) If not, a massive pat on the back to you for refusing to hop on the over-sharing bandwagon!  When the lovely bunch at World Duty Free offered me the chance to take part in their 'Perfect Selfie' challenge, I thought I'd give it a whirl! They sent me a lovely little package full of goodies to create my perfect 'selfie' look and I swiftly got to work.  Since the festive season is well and truly in full swing, I thought I'd create a little party look. I went for smokey eyes and a bold red lip - something I don't often put together - but at Christmas, it's perfectly acceptable to break the 'eyes or lips' rule, right? Plus, red lips and a little bit of definiton around the eyes always photograph nicely!
 
To create my 'selfie' look, I first applied Benefit's Porefessional Primer - concentrating mainly on my t-zone to help mask any obvious pores.  I then applied the Estee Lauder Daywear all over the face using my buffing brush.  Usually, I'd wear foundation for a night out look but I was really pleasantly surprised with this.  I had a little bit of Clarins Liquid Bronze on at the time, and it allowed that lovely glow to show through without completely masking my face. I'm a massive fan of Estee Lauder and their products always seem to 'mesh' well with my skin - I was really impressed with how smooth it made my skin look for a lighter coverage product.   I applied the Elizabeth Arden '8 Hour Lip Balm' to prep my lips ready for lipstick (really loved this!), and applied a small amount of the Guerlain 'Terracotta' bronzer into the hollows of my cheekbones and around my jaw line to contour - as well as a light dusting on my forehead for an extra bit of bronze! To finish the subtle contouring effect I used YSL's infamous Touche Eclat around the under eye area and tops of the cheekbones, down the centre of the nose and a little in my cupid's bow to enhance my lip shape. I've never used Touche Eclat before - so I was really excited to be able to try this cult beauty fave! I then used Benefit's Brow Zings to enhance my eyebrows.  I have very light brows and often struggle to get brow products to look completely natural as I do like a bit of definition - especially around the arch.  Brow Zings made it a complete doddle and the wax really helped to keep them in place.

After completing my base, I moved on to the exciting bit - my eyes.  I used the Yves Saint Laurent 'Black Edition' Palette to create a soft, smokey look.  This really is such a beautiful palette - it's something I'd definitely take with me when travelling away from home - the large mirror and selection of brushes included make it a lovely compact - especially for the festive season as the colours are so wintery! They all compliment each other perfectly and I instantly fell in love! I used the brown shade all over the lid. It contains small flecks of gold without looking overly glittery so it's perfect for sweeping across the eyelids.  I then used the white colour in the very inner corners to open my peepers a little and give them that 'wide awake' look, and then blended a bit of the black shade into the crease and outer corner. Really simple and quick to create!  I then curled my lashes and applied a few coats of Benefit's 'They're Real'.  I actually have a full review of the mascara here if you wish to have a read up on it - it is without a doubt one of my favourite mascaras I've used. It really opens up the eyes and makes your lashes appear fuller without clumping - perfect! Of course, no look is complete without a dash of lippie! Bobbi Brown's 'Hollywood' is the most amazing pillarbox red shade. I adore it. It really does live up to it's name, that's for sure! It's such a striking red - and doesn't lean too blue or too orange.  If you're after a true red shade - I'd really recommend this one.  I'll definitely be treating myself to another shade from the range - it was a dream to apply, the pigmentation is amazing and it wasn't at all drying.  Et Voila - look complete.

Overall - an amazing little package from World Duty Free.  As a blogger of all things beauty, there's nothing more I love doing when I'm going abroad than having a mooch around the beauty bits - I always treat myself to a new product or two before I jet away! World Duty Free have some fabulous bargains - it's worth having a check on their site before you jet away - you can even select your airport/terminal for a more tailored selection!  There's also some exclusive palettes and beauty goodies on there (it's hard to find the YSL palette online at the moment) - there's nothing like owning something that's hard to get hold of - it just feels that little bit more spesh. Of course, I have lots more to say on these lovely goodies so if you're particularly interested in a specific review - let me know! 

Any of these products take your fancy? What would be in your perfect selfie kit?!

31 comments:

  1. You look gorgeous Beth! <3 love the lipstick xxx

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    1. aw thanks beauty <3 YES the lipstick is my favourite bit too! (of course...) It's such a lovely red! x

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  2. love the look you are so beautiful !!
    lots of love,

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  3. Love this Beth - you're such a beaut :) aren't you a lucky ducky getting all of those amazing product too!! The YSL palette is dreamy :) xxx.

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  4. Wow! Beth Simply Stunning! :D
    The pillarbox red lipstick is an amazing colour to wear, your lips look so defined in those selfie's :)
    The eyeshadow's are stunning colours & I would see why people would take this away on holiday - there's basically two looks that takes you from day to night, i love the colour of the blush & the pink, sparkly shade :)
    Plus can't beat They're Real Mascara, my mini tube is running out, so I hope Santa can hopefully get me this mascara for christmas ;) haha.

    xxxx

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  5. Stunning YSL palette - another beauty, YSL just gets everything right! Xx

    http://makeupbycandlelight.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. Beautiful look, I love it! That YSL palette looks amazing xx

    Curls & Swirls Beauty Blog

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  7. You look beautiful! That is a cracking mix of products :) xx

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  8. You look absolutely amazing, you're so perfect Miss!!!!!
    This make-up seems incredible if I look anything like you after I'm in! xx



    www.jesscaedmunds.com

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  9. Ahhh so beauts!!! That bobbi brown lippy, neeeeeeed!!!! You look absolutely flawless, what a great selection of products!
    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

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  10. Love Benefits they're real mascara! great post hun xx

    bittersweet-bhavna.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. You are so pretty! Xx

    beautyundressedd.blogspot.com/

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  12. Your not to old for a selfie! Also this look is stunning.x
    catrinteleri.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. You look so good! I love the selection of products xxx

    Verity | Life of Verity

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  14. You look so beautiful Beth :) I really want to try Benefit's Brow Zings, seems like a lovely product! xx

    belle-amiebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. You look STUNNING! Amazing Beth. And that YSL palette is gorgeous!
    Kallie @ But First Coffee

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  16. Amazing! You look gorgeous! x

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  17. Beautiful 'selfie', perfect if that! :)
    Lipstick shade suits you so well. I can never pull off such a colour.. shame..
    Love your necklace too!

    Caroline.x
    notesfromcaroline.com

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  18. Stunning as always lovely lady! that Bobbi Brown lipstick looks incredible! xxxx

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  19. You look stunning, the photos are all great :)

    Sophie
    http://what-sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxx

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  20. Beautiful look, your selfie is amazing! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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  21. You look amazing! Very pretty x

    http://lifebyemmy.blogspot.co.uk/

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  22. That lipcolor - wow! Wish I had the skin tone to pull that crazy shade of classic red off. You certainly do!

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  23. You look so stunning. Great pictures, they are always so clear and crisp! My eyes are watering just looking at all those gorgeous goodies!!

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic

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  24. You look beautiful Beth, your skin looks flawless!

    Beth | BethBlogsBeauty
    xx

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