Redefining YOUR Beauty…


You’ve Been Duped…

Well not exactly…Some of my fave products have been duped, just for you!

I know how frustrating it can be to fall in love with a product only to find it discontinued the following week. Maybe it was a ‘limited edition’, present or you cant afford it! Maybe you want something that is similar but not quite it then this is for you!

I am going through my makeup collection to try and find some dupes. Some products that are the same or very similar. Twins (identical or Fraternal). Starting with lip products as we know I have a lot of them! Lips may be in fact a 2 part post as there are alot of colours! This is just a start and I will be doing more in the coming weeks. If you have a product you have been searching to find a duplicate for but can’t- get at me. I will do what I can to help. Apologies in advance as the lighting was off in some pics.

Names of products are below the pictures!

Lip dupes: Part 1! Pinks, Reds, Nudes!

NARS vs. MAC NARS and MAC swatches

NARS Como lipgloss and MAC Lovechild.

NYX vs. Bobbi Brown   NYX and Bobbi Brown swatches

NYX Tea Rose and Bobbi Brown Hot Pink 16

Nyx Copper Penny vs. Inglot Sleeks 16  NYX and Inglot swatches

NYX Copper Penny and Inglot Sleeks 66

Inglot Tea Rose vs. Inglot 145  Revlon and Inglot swatches

Inglot (all black case) 145 and Revlon Smokey Rose 

Revlon squared vs. MAC  Revlon and MAC swatches

Revlon Lip Butter 075 Lollipop, Revlon Colorburst 030 Fuchsia and MAC Girl about Town (my fave lipstick of ALL time)! The lip butter is so moisturising and also really pigmented. It is the closest to Girl About Town for me if layered enough!

Rimmel vs Rimmel   Rimmel swatches

Kate Moss for Rimmel 01 and Rimmel Volume Sensation 03 Ruby Red 

Rimmel vs. MAC  Rimmel and Mac Swatches

Rimmel Stare at me and MAC Amorous

NYX vs ELF  NYX and ELF swatches

NYX Plush Red Mega shine lipgloss and ELF Merry Cherry lipgloss

NYXBeige Pearl  vs LA Colours Topaz  NYX Swatches and LA Colours

NYX Beige Pearl Mega Shine lipgloss and LA Colors Topaz


I know this is the important part. This is a guide only as some I purchased a while ago and prices may have gone up or down!

NARS Lipgloss £19.00

MAC Lipglass £13.50/ MAC Lipstick £14.00

NYX Megashine lipgloss £7.00

Bobbi Brown Lipgloss £17.00

Inglot Sleeks £9.00/ Inglot Lipstick £10.00

Revlon Lipstick £7.99 / Lip Butter £7.99

Rimmel £5.49

ELF Lipgloss £3.50

LA Colors £1.00

I hope you enjoyed this post. Look out for dupes on eyes, face, cheeks, lips (part 2) and more in the coming weeks!


TBH! xoxo

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Mini Make-up Haul…

Otherwise known as an excuse to go shopping 🙂 | I needed to get some stock for my kit this time.

I took a quick trip to Shepherds Bush, home of PAM (Precious about Makeup) London and then MAC Westfields. I tend to arm myself with a shopping list and a budget so that I don’t go overboard- us make-up junkies always feel we need more. Here is what I picked up!

From PAM:

Ben Nye: Banana Luxury Powder 3 oz. Super excited to try this colour as I already have Topaz and Coco Tan. They are gorgeous setting powders. The banana one when used under the eyes, gives that well sought after highlighted look- worn by Kim Kardashian.

Make Up Forever: Dany Pouch Great tool for brush storage and pencils- in fact what ever you decide to store in it. I brought it for brushes on the go!

Bdellium tools: Blending Brush 776 (Eyes) You can never have too many blending brushes!

Haul goodies

MAC Purchases:


Deep Truth- gorgeous metallic like blue

Atlantic Blue– Matt blue/ purple

Swiss Chocolate– Matt brown


Up The Amp– Rose pink but can come off almost pink/ lilac


Blooz– Blue eye kohl

Minted– Green eye kohl

We all know I am not afraid of colour and my clients don’t seem to be either. Excited to try out the blues especially!

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TBH! xoxo

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Pennies vs. Pounds! Corrector and Concealer palettes review!

So I love a beauty bargain as much as the next person. Cheap doesn’t necessarily mean poor quality as expensive doesn’t always mean simply the best. I want to add a new layer to my product reviews where I compare products from the drug store/ beauty supply store etc  with a similar or same product from a  high end range/ department store. Keeping the categories as they are in my main reviews (see example here) I will be honest and tell it like it is and I promise to try and not be too lengthy!

Goes without saying but needless to say I will say it anyway (mouthful). The reviews are based on my own opinion and trials (errors too). I have not been paid or endorsed to do this. Will you choose to spend pennies or pounds? Who comes out on top? Read on to find out more! Let’s get to it!

Today’s duelling products- SLEEK Corrector and Concealer Palette vs. MAC Pro Conceal and Correct Palette.


I purchased the Sleek Corrector and Concealer a couple months ago. I was super excited to try it but have to be honest. It didn’t live up to my expectations. In all honesty I have used it about 3 times and wanted so much more from it. In my case it just didn’t do what it says it on the package. That being said, it can be used in other ways and I am not about to waste money without really trying to get the most out of them in some way. Those who follow me on twitter may have seen me post about being excited to review this product. After I tried it a couple times I just lost the enthusiam about it. That review ended up on the cutting room  floor.

I bought my MAC Pro Conceal and Correct Palette a month ago now and have used this the most. Now let me state now, this has nothing to do with it being MAC. I do like MAC products but I also like Sleek ones too. Most people hear the name MAC and assume it is the best on the market. In some cases this is true but there are many other top quality products from drug store and high end. For me, it is important that a product does what it says at a bare minimum. Whether you cost £2 or £20 just do what you say you can. I do allow a little leeway but lets be honest- if you purchase a product it should perform no matter how much you paid.

Correcting and concealing is a must if like me you have dark circles or hyperpigmentation. In order to achieve a flawless coverage the aim is to cancel out the issue (correct) and the conceal or even out the skin. You don’t always have to do both steps as it depends on coverage you want, your skin condition, preference and so much more. Sometimes concealing is just enough. Look out for a post in the coming weeks with more info on the art of this.

Beauty Holder Roundup! Sleek (S) Mac (M):

Price: Sleek £7.99 / Mac £35.00 (As a MAC Pro Card holder I paid £22.75)

5/5 (S) and 5/5 (M)                                     WINNER- DRAW!

I am not mad at the price for either product. Sleek’s palette is made of 3 products whilst MAC’s has 6 in a palette. Other concealers from the latter will generally run you about £14.50 whilst other Sleek concealers start at £3.40. As a drug store brand it is expected that there will be a considerable difference in price so I will not just choose Sleek as the obvious price choice winner as they are cheaper.

Sleek Corrector and Concealer Palette MAC Pro Conceal and Correct Palette

Packaging: 4.75/5 (S) and 4.5/5 (M)       WINNER- SLEEK!

Sleek wins because the palette has a mirror. Handy dandy. It has a durable plastic casing which is sleek (no pun intended) and cute. It is their normal black packaging which is similar to MAC and NARS but of a cheaper feel. The logo is also on the front in black. When I test drive a product, I am rough on purpose. I have accidentally and purposely dropped it on the floor a couple of times and it has survived. It is a 4.2g/ 0.15oz product size. As mentioned the palette has only 3 round products so smaller than MACs. More detail on this below in the product part of the review.

MAC has changed their palette casing recently for the better. They now have a clear plastic cover (with the MAC logo in white) which allows you to see what is inside with ease. I love this little feature. The back is a hard wearing black plastic case with a magnetic trim along the front. I am hopeful that the empty product can be returned to MAC (Back to MAC programme) for recycling or refills in the future. The size is an enviable 6g/ 0.21 oz. There are 6 square products inside. Purse, pocketbook and travel size- what every girl looks for.

Sleek Packaging MAC Packaging

Product: 3/5 (S) and 4.75/5 (M)               WINNER- MAC!

MAC should add contour to the palette name as there is enough product choice in their 6 pan palette to correct, conceal, contour and highlight. There are 4 of these palettes to choose from. Light, Medium, Medium Deep and Dark. A mixture of cool and warm concealers and pure colour correctors from pink and yellow to orange. It ideally should cover every shade from pale to dark. You may have to mix the colours but which such a vast range you’re more than likely to find the right fit within one palette. I have the dark one and the orange works wonders to conceal the darkness under my eyes before I use one of the concealer shades. I sharpen my eyebrows with one of the concealers and contour with darkest shade. I am able to do so much with this palette that I have not stopped doing make-up looks without it. The consistency is creamy which is especially great under the delicate eye area. MAC describes the product as ‘enriched with antioxidants and suitable for all skin types’. If you have fine lines and wrinkles under the eye area, it may crease and I would suggest using a primer or line filler or your regular eye cream. It blends extremely well and I would recommend a setting powder on top.

The Sleek range comes in one more shade than the MAC ones. Shades 01 to 05 for Fair, Medium and Dark skin. I purchased 04 and 05. It comes with a corrector, concealer and setting powder. The consistency is creamy but not as much as the MAC and I found that it dried out my skin quite quickly. The corrector was not as pigmented and did not feel like it cancelled the darkness. You would have to apply several layers which makes it become cakey. It is not the best for buildable coverage but you can work with it. On small areas it is not so bad and can be used to clean up brows, or cover blemishes. The setting powder is a bonus in the palette but quite yellow and comes off looking ashy if too much is applied. I don’t love this product but I don’t hate it. I try and find a little bit of goodness in everything- except tomatoes (I will say no more). As a drugstore buy it is not too bad but didn’t quite fit my needs. On the box it says it is the ‘ultimate tool for creating an ultimate eye lift. Correct and brighten dark circles…’ I do not agree with their bold statement as it didn’t do this for me but I could be the exception. It may work for you.

Sleek 05 Dark MAC Dark

The Winner: MAC

For all the reasons above and more. I have to say that this product is genius. It is a product that does what it says it can and delivers. It is value for money for the product size and even without the discount, I would have paid the full price. It does more than what is says it can (e.g. contouring, brow clean up) and feels good on the skin.

As mentioned above, look out for a post on concealing and highlighting and looks with this palette.

Hope you enjoyed this review. If you have any questions or queries, get at me.

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TBH! xoxo



Lipstick Junkie! Final week in pictures…

Sorry this is so late. I thought I had posted it already. Apparently not. Thanks for being so patient!

I really enjoyed this challenge. A lot more than I thought I would. Maybe because I got to actually use more of the colours in my collection. It taught me a lot also as I realised that my pink lip obsession goes further than I thought. I have so many colours that are similar and my sister and friends will benefit from the clear out that I will be doing. There were colours I forgot that I bought and some that were very much still unopened. I do love playing with colour on my lips and will try to keep using what is in my collection and not just my ‘everyday’ colours.

The last week is probably not as exciting as the earlier weeks as it was the run up to Christmas and I wasn’t as glamourous. Here they are… (for product details click on the link).

Day 22:

Day 22

Day 23:

Day 23

Day 24:

Day 24

Day 25:

Day 25

Day 26:

Day 26

Day 27:

Day 27

Day 28:

Day 28

Day 29:

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Day 30:

Day 30

Day 31:

Day 31 Day 31

Thanks for coming along with me on this lip journey! I hope it has inspired you to try something new for your lips!

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TBH! xoxo


Look into my eyes… Makeup tips for hooded eyes!

So you wanna try and recreate a Rihanna smokey eye but it’s not coming out right? What about a Beyonce eye catching look or maybe one of looks Adrianna Lima wore in the Victoria’s Secret fashion show? You followed the pictures to the letter even using the exact same colours but it didn’t come out right? Hopefully this blog post will help because unless you have the exact same eye shape as your favourite celebrity then your attempts to recreate the look may be in vain. Let me explain!

Before becoming a Make-up artist, I would watch videos on YouTube and think I can’t wait to do a look like that. I knew that everyone has different eye shapes but not in as much detail. When I studied make-up artistry and took a closer look at my eyes… things became a little clearer.

Look into a mirror and stare at your eyes. Really stare into them. Do you have a lot of lid space? Does the lid fold over the eyes down to your lash line? Do they appear droopy at the corners? You could have hooded eyes- like me, Iman and Blake Lively (not to mention countless other celebrities). You could have wide set eyes, close set eyes, monolid eyes, almond shaped eyes and more. Make-up can be used to enhance the eyes and no matter what eye shape you have you can adapt your makeup to make the most of that shape. I will do a feature on various different shapes in the future but as a start, I am working on hooded lids as that is what I have.

Here is a look at different eye shapes from


It is super important to note that no matter what your eye shape, you are still fabulously gorgeous. Your eyes are unique to you and that always makes you spectacular in my eyes.

Hooded lids are when there is a small amount of ‘lid space’ as skin hangs over the socket line. There is often a large space between the eye brow area and lid. This can happen with age or you may be born with it. For me my eyes have always been this way. If I am honest I don’t think I have ever looked at anyone else’s eyes that closely to have known there was a major difference- until now. Some of the most common eye make-up looks (e.g winged cat eyes) are challenging with a hooded eye but not impossible.

Not all hooded eyes are the same and the reason I want you to look at your eyes is because you need to see how best to use make-up to bring out the best in your eyes. I think I have said before that you don’t have to follow any rules when it comes to makeup and the same can be said now. Sometimes I go with the above advice for my eye shape, other times I do what I want and what I like.

Beauty Holder Beauty Tips (for hooded eyes):

  1. Simple techniques of highlighting and contouring will be useful to you.
  2. Using light colours with shimmer to reflect light will draw attention to what you want to be seen.
  3. Using darker matt colours will give the illusions of shadows and create depth to areas that you want to hide or appear smaller.
  4. Concentrate on the lash line and lashes! This is the area that is seen the most.Use a pencil liner over the lash line or underneath the inside of your eyes (known as tightlining on the top lashes- takes a little getting used to. Don’t force it).
  5. Lash curlers are not the enemy. Even if you have short lashes! Try and curl the tips the most. Curling the lashes really opens the eyes. Which is what you want.
  6. Don’t be afraid of false lashes. Ones that are slightly longer in the middle are great for lifting and opening the eyes.
  7. If you want to create a winged liner look. Start with pencil to create the shape on the outside corner of the eye. Keep your eye open so you can see where the wing looks best. It may be a small wing but it is one none the same. You can always go over it with gel or liquid liner once you have the look.
  8. Get adventurous with colour. Yep! I said it! You can certainly work with colour with hooded eyes. Especially on the lower lash line. The lower lash line is your colour playground.
  9. If like my eyes, yours slightly droop at the end, keep the shape up and always work upwards. Create a cat eye shape with the shadows/ make-up you use. Use your concealer or foundation or moisturiser to keep the shapes clean and sharp upwards.
  10. Remember your brows. A strong defined brow will draw attention upwards.
  11. Highlight that brow bone. Please don’t leave out this important step.
  12. Keep your eyes OPEN when doing your eyes. Sounds difficult but this is really the most important step. If you are not looking at what you’re doing you may be wasting your time on work that won’t be seen because it is hidden by the hooded lid. The only time it needs to be closed is when placing colour on the lid. All in all if you have your eyes open you can create any look you want that is specific to your eye shape.

Now you can adapt that Rihanna look you tried before to your eye shape. It is all about knowing what to do with what you have. What you have is beautiful. Don’t forget that!

There are some great videos on YouTube to inspire you and some of them that I love for hooded eyes below.

Lisa Eldridge

Emily Quak

Emmy Vargas

Loads more out there. Just type in makeup for hooded lids.

Here are some pics of looks I have done with the above tips in mind and just going with the flow *shameless*. If you look at me straight on you will see that my right eye is more hooded and appears smaller than the other one. I tend to always pose at an angle.

Simple Cat Eye and mascara... Closed Cat eye Simple neutral makeup Playing with colour!Heavy Purple smokey eye...


Hope you enjoyed this post and that it helps! If you want any more advice or need any specific help with your makeup needs please let me know. Don’t forget to subscribe to this blog! All you need is an email address (and a smile). You can also find me on Twitter @thebeautyholder and Instagram: TheBeautyHolder

Thanks for stopping by!


TBH! xoxo



New Year Giveaway…

Happy 2013! Wishing you love, health and happiness this year and every year!

I wanted to do a giveaway before Christmas but that wasn’t meant to be, so I thought what better way to welcome in the New Year than doing one now. This giveaway is a little different in the sense that the giveaway will be either beauty or skin care and will be tailored to either the male or female follower that wins! Simple!

Here are the rules / instructions!

  1. You must be following this blog to be entered (either via WordPress or email subscription).
  2. You need to comment on this blog to register your interest to take part. Please comment if you would like the skin care package/ beauty (makeup) package/ mixed (both) or male gift package.
  3. Contest is open internationally.
  4. Open from today Thursday 3rd January 2013 to Thursday 31st January 2013. Winner will be chosen at random and announced on Friday 1st February 2013.
  5. Giveaway will be to the value of £30.00
  6. As prizes will be chosen based on the choice of the winner above, I will post items/ pictures once they have been selected. (I want to giveaway items that the winner will actually be able to use)! 🙂

That’s it! Fellow WordPress followers please reblog this competition to your followers also if you would like.  If you are not following via WordPress and have come across this blog by chance/ Facebook/ twitter all you have to do is sign up via the email subscription service on the left.

Good luck! If you have any questions, just ask!


TBH! xoxo