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Friday 10 January 2014

The Perfect Selfie with World Duty Free

Hello My Lovelies,

Hope you are all doing well and are having a fabulous New Year so far! I have literally been glued to my computer doing University work and i seriously cannot wait for the next few months to be over and to graduate in July! It's extremely stressful but it will all be worth it in the end. On a brighter note, I was recently contacted by the lovely team at World Duty Free to take part in their 'Perfect Selfie' challenge. I was literally over the moon as World Duty Free is a treasure chest and great escape whilst at the airport and who doesn't love a cheeky splurge at duty free?! So, i though why not give it my best shot.

They sent me a gorgeous makeup bag with an added 'World Duty Free' luggage tag (so adorable) jam packed full of coveted makeup goodies…my eyes where literally like the heart eyed emoji, i was that excited! I had a little rummage through the makeup bag and discovered lots of amazing makeup goodies and thought they would create the perfect bold lip and smokey eye party look. You would never catch me in a bold red lip as i never used to think they suited me but since being part of the blogging community i have really come out of my comfort zone and got so more confident with my makeup and if you follow me on Instagram then you will see the odd selfie shot with a bold lip…whoop! 

To create my selfie look i firstly applied 'Benefits POREfessional Primer', mainly concentrating on my t-zone area to reduce pores to ensure my base would apply more smoothly. This is an award winning product by benefit that i cannot fault. I have used it in the past under and over makeup and love how it leaves my skin. I then applied 'Estee Lauder Daywear' which is sheer tint release advanced multi-protection anti-oxidant moisturiser with SPF 15. This is a product i have had my eye on for a while after watching countless videos of Nic from Pixiwoo using it. For me personally thank goodness i was having a good skin day as it is such a sheer tinted moisturiser and i would need more coverage. I think this would be the perfect base product for when your on vacation. To complete my base i then applied the famous 'YSL Touche Eclat' under my eyes, on the top of my cheek bones, down my nose and a little on my cupids bow to enhance the dewy glow look from the Daywear, i then applied a tiny amount to my eyelids to act as a primer for my eyeshadow. I have used Touche Eclate in the past but i am so glad i rediscovered it as i have fallen in love with it all over again! To contour and slightly warm up my complexion i added the 'Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer' in all of the classic places like in the hollows of my cheeks, my temples and a light dusting everywhere to enhance a natural glow. This is the first time i have ever used a Guerlain bronzer and it is such a stunning product. The packaging is just divine and i love the embossed logo pressed into the powder. It is a natural bronze shade with slight flecks of shimmer which i adore. I then used 'Benefit's Brow Zings' to enhance and fill in my brows. This was my first time using this product and i now understand why everyone loves it. Its so simple to use, leaves a lovely finish and the mini tweezers that come with it are adorable!

I then reached for the ever so fabulous 'YSL Very YSL Black Edition Palette', it is such a stunning palette and i wish it was a permanent product but it is Limited Edition to World Duty Free, so if you like it grab one whilst you can lovelies. I already used a small amount of the Touche Eclate to primer my eyes and then took the peachy shade and applied it all over my eyelid for a wash of natural colour. I then took the bottom sparkly bronze shade and applied it to the otter corners and crease of my eye to start my smokey eye, i then took the black sparkly shade and added it to the outer corners of my eyes to add a little more definition. It's not a super Kim K smokey eye but i do love a soft neutral esk smokey eye which could be worn to a numerous amount of occasions. Personally, on my eye shape i do love a cat eye wing to finish off my eye makeup, so i sprayed a thin liner brush with MAC Fix+ to create a liner consistency from the black sparkly eyeshadow and run it along my lash line and created a small flick. I then took the gorgeous pinky bubble gum shade blush and sweeped it across my cheek bones which was then accompanies by the white eyeshadow on the tops of my cheek bones, brow bone and inner corners of my eyes to act as a highlight (this is one of my favourite makeup tricks). To finish the eyes i curled my eyelashes and then applied a few generous coats of the best mascara in the entire world (I love it that much) 'Benefit  They're Real' mascara to give me that false lash effect without the need of using actual falsies. 

Last but certainly not least we have the lips. I firstly applied the 'Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Tinted Lip Protectant' to prep my lips ready for the gorgeous red lipstick. the 8 hour range by Elizabeth Arden has always been loved in the Meola household and we always stock up when we can. Once the lip balm settled into my lips i applied the stunning 'Bobbi Brown Lip Colour in Old Hollywood' to my lips. It is such a pigmented, glossy and moisturising red shade and it has become one of my new favourite lipsticks. I have only ever tried other Bobbi Brown product and now i really want to try more lip products. It is a divine Old Hollywood shade which would look fabulous on anyone, it was extremely easy to apply and lasted so well throughout the day. 

Whoop...The selfie look is complete! I would love to know what you think of the finished look and how you would have created the perfect selfie. Overall, this was such an amazing package from World Duty Free and i love every dingle product they included…its a beauty bloggers dream! If you would like to see a full review on a particular product then pretty please let me know. Like always lovelies, if you have any questions, requests or if you just want a chat you can contact me on my social media or leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you all and i make sure to read every single comment…they really make my day!

Lots of Love


  1. Literally loooovveee so many of those products, except the Estee Lauder Day Wear and Guerlain Bronzer, I've never tried those but I may have too now!

    You're so beautiful, you could probably wear no makeup and get a flawless selfie!
    Great post :)
    - Maisie x

  2. You look so gorgeous! Red lips totally suits you!! You got some amazing products these! :)

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic

  3. Gorgeous! The lippy really pops on you :)x

    The Belle Narrative

  4. What an incredible collection of products! Your makeup looks flawless :)


  5. WOW! How amazing that you got to take part in that. I would LOVE to have all that makeup sent to me!
    Funnily enough, a lot of the products are ones I already use.
    You look gorgeous.

    xxx | daisydaisyxxo

  6. That is one incredible package to receive and you look amazing!

    Stephanie (@hopefreedomlove)

  7. Wow what a gorgeous selection of products! You look amazing :)

    Sophie x

  8. LOve the look you created! Your base looks flawless & you really suit that bold red bobbi brown lipstick!

  9. Woww great selection of goodies - no wonder you were excited to get stuck in! I love the look of the Guerlain bronzer - I love all their bronzing products like their Terracotta Skin foundation. I can't believe I still haven't tried YSL Touche Eclat - after loving their foundation I definitely need to get my hands on this sometime! xx

    Candy Cosmetics | For All Things Beauty

  10. What an amazing package to receive! Makeup looks gorge!

  11. Such a pretty look! Dying to try the porefessional and the YSL palette looks lovely xx

    Jess | Jessica Charlotte

  12. Beautiful, you've created a really natural flawless look with a hint of a red lip, suits you so well Sophia.

    Beth | BethBlogsBeauty

  13. You look bloody gorgeous, love the eye makeup!

    Megan xxx
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty Blog

  14. You're so lucky! That all sounds so fab, and I think you really have nailed the perfect selfie! Coy, fun, and of course gorgeous!

    Charlotte - xx

  15. Your skin looks so flawless! x

    Elissa |

  16. Such a great post, and your skin looks amazing!

    Sarah Betty xx

  17. That's a beauty bloggers dream indeed! You look gorgeous, although I'm not a fan of red lips (I know, what kind of beauty blogger am I haha) it really suits you :) xx

  18. Your eye make up looks gorgeous! Danielle xx

  19. Very very jealous, and you look gorgeous!


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