Thursday, 9 July 2015


(prom and party makeup - recent work by me)

Hey everyone!  I've been super super busy recently... there's been quite a lot going on in my little bubble which is why I've been lacking blog posts.  I literally have 20+ posts in draft ready to blog but just haven't had the time.

So the first thing that's happened is David and I have got ourselves a flat which is our first 'home'... we did want a house but we have decided to do that next year.  The second thing is I've started renting a room in a local hair salon where I work on all my clients, I still do the odd mobile job (mainly for Weddings)... I was really skeptical about renting the room at first as I'd never paid rent for anything before and was really worried incase it didn't work out as well as I hoped, thinking clients wouldn't want to travel but boy was I wrong! ... I've totally tripled my client base, I'm pretty much full every week and can pick my own days off which is perfect for me.  I've been a professional makeup artist now for over two years and love what I do.  I'm also a lash technician and the highest qualified lash tech in the area where I live which is such an achievement, I have so many regulars for my lashes and always get comments on how good they are.  I also do the odd spray tanning job and brow waxing and tinting which aren't my fave things to do but I offer them as extras.

We have had our flat for 2 months now and I've also been in my little room in the salon for 2 months...  everything happened so quick!  But they always say good things come to those who wait :)

I've been jam packed with proms the past few weeks and a few weddings so I seriously haven't had any time to myself or any time to post on here.  I haven't forgot about my blog!!  Really sorry to all my regular readers, I promise there will be plenty more to come very soon :)  Just need to get prom and wedding season out the way and I can get back into blog mode.

Hope you're all having a great summer x

Friday, 3 July 2015


Yet another MAC haul... my favourite brand as you will probably know by now!  I purchased some bits for my kit again and a couple of little treats for myself (for a change).
I ordered a new shade of Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in 'Medium Deep' which is perfect as a bronzer for paler skin tones.  Of course I had to order another shade of the Mineralize Skinfinish highlighting powder - I opted for 'Soft & Gentle' which is hugely raved about and perfect for those with a more tanned complexion.
I needed a few extra shades of Studio Fix Fluid (NW25, NC37) which are very popular shades for this time of year as everyone has a tan.  I also picked up another Face & Body foundation in N5 as these are perfect for more mature clients or to use as a base under foundation for extra coverage.
I highly recommend the Pro Longwear Concealers and this is my fourth shade in NC35, I use them as concealers, under-eye concealer, eyeshadow primer all over the lid and also to highlight the brows.
MAC lashes are fab and obviously a bit more expensive than your average lashes you find in Boots but I opted for #2 style as they look very full and fluttery - just how I like them!
After deciding whether or not I need any new eyeshadows (NEED being the key word here) I was drooling over the new 9x palettes and couldn't decide between Navy, Amber or Burgundy.  I own quite a lot of browns, ambers and burgundies so it made sense to order the Navy x9 Palette and boy am I so glad I did!  The only thing I was quite shocked about was the size of these palettes, for some reason I was expecting them to be quite large but the actual size of the shadows are smaller than the standard MAC sized pans.  I really can't complain though as each shade is gorgeous and so wearable - I've used this palette a couple of times already on clients and it's definitely worth the money.
MSF Natural in 'Medium Deep' the perfect bronzer for paler complexions!  On the right is the gorgeous Soft & Gentle highlighter.
#2 Lashes - can't wait to try these out.
 Last but not least - a little treat just for me.  I'd been trying to get my hands on a couple of items from the Wash & Dry collection but everything sold out super fast, I checked on Debenhams and luckily I was able to order this bronzer in the shade 'Matte Bronze' which is obviously a matte.  I don't totally rate this as it goes on quite sheer and you have to properly build it up which is quite a faff on when in a rush... I prefer other bronzers to this but I think the packaging is beautiful.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015


Makeup sponges seem to be really popular nowadays and with the likes of top makeup artist and plenty of online beauty gurus using them, it's easy to get sucked into the hype of wanting one.  With so many brands offering makeup sponges, it's hard to decide which one to go for... the most popular and well-known sponge has to be the Beauty Blender which is egg shaped, has a pointed tip and originally only available in pink but now comes in a range of colours.  The second most talked about makeup sponge is probably the Real Techniques one which is orange and quite oddly shaped but is much more affordable.

I've been a proud owner of both sponges for over two years now and have finally made up my mind which one is my favourite...  after trying and testing both for so long I've realised that the Beauty Blender ticks all the right boxes and is a winner for me.  The reason being is that it gives that perfect airbrushed look and it blends perfectly.  Don't get me wrong, the Real Techniques sponge is brilliant too but both materials of sponge are slightly different and I just find that the Beauty Blender sponge works amazingly well and is better quality.  I also find that it's easier to clean and looks brand new when washed, whereas the Real Techniques sponge still looks a bit dirty no matter how many times you wash it and it changes shape slightly.

They both expand when wet but I find that the Beauty Blender expands the quickest and is larger than the Real Techniques one.  Both of them do hold water very well and are super lightweight but I think the Real Techniques sponge can sometimes feel a little bit 'soggy.'  Even though I prefer the Beauty Blender, I own both the pink and white version and I find that the pink one is still the best... the white one doesn't seem to expand as good as the pink.

I got my pink Beauty Blender from Sephora, Las Vegas back in 2013.  I purchased the white version from a professional makeup site (camera ready cosmetics) and my Real Techniques sponge is from Boots.


The first time I purchased these MAC #35 lashes I was around 18 years old and wore them almost everyday until they were no longer wearable.  They are very Kim Kardashian style and make the eyes stand out more even if you don't put on any eyeshadow or liner.  This particular style provides eye-opening fullness towards the centre of the eye as the lashes are longer in the middle and shorter on the ends.
In natural light it looks like these lashes have a mix of both black and brown strands of lashes which is different compared to your normal glossy black (cheap looking) false lashes.
They are quite long so I can't wear these with my glasses which is a shame.  They can also be stacked with other lashes to create an even thicker look.
Love these lashes so so much!!
MAC lashes are £10.50 

Wednesday, 20 May 2015


Like I've said in previous posts, I've never really been a huge fan of Benefit products simply because I find the packaging to be aimed at teens.  I do however, love their Boi-ing concealer and High-brow highlighter pencil and I've now branched out to their Fake Up concealer.  The reason being, it's meant to be perfect for the under eye area to brighten and conceal so I decided to make a purchase to see if it lived up to its claims.
I ordered the concealer off the Debenhams website as I still had some money left over on a gift card I got at Christmas so the concealer didn't cost me that much which is a bonus.  The delivery was extremely fast which is what I love about Debenhams, it arrived within two days.

So onto the concealer itself... well I opted for shade 'Light' as recommended by another makeup artist, she said she uses it under clients eyes to lighten and brighten especially for the more mature ladies.  Once it arrived I tried it on myself a couple of times before adding it to my kit... I was really pleased with how well it brightened my under eye area without looking too much (some lighter concealers can make you look too drag queeny but not this!).
It includes a moisturising ring of vitamin E and apple seed extract around the outside of the concealer which helps hydrate the eye area.  Gliding onto the under-eye area so easily, it looks even better once set with a powder such as Laura Mercier' Secret Brightening Powder.  It lasts all day once set with this specific powder and is perfect for older ladies who have dryer eyes with wrinkles.  I find that it feels silky smooth and is extremely light-weight which is perfect for those who like to wear makeup but still feel like they have nothing on the skin.

There's nothing I don't like and I highly recommend this amazing concealer from Benefit, I know for a fine fact I'll be picking up the medium shade next time!  Thanks again Benebabes....
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