Thursday, 9 July 2015

WHY THE LACK OF POSTS?

(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

MAC HAUL: JUNE 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

BEAUTY BLENDER VS REAL TECHNIQUES

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.




MAC #35 LASHES

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

BENEFIT FAKE UP CONCEALER

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....

L'OREAL FALSE LASH ARCHITECT MASCARA

I'm really gutted to have wasted money on this L'Oreal mascara because it just doesn't do anything for my lashes.  I got it from Superdrug when they had a 3 for 2 offer and I wanted to give a new mascara a go, after loving the L'Oreal Telescopic I had high expectations for this False Lash Architect mascara.  Fibre mascaras aren't really something I go for but considering it was L'Oreal I thought it would be a decent mascara, boy was I wrong!
It makes my lashes look clumpy but sparse, I'm just gutted I wasted £10+ on this but at least I know not to ever buy it again.  I'll be sticking to my Telescopic or Benefit Roller Lash in the future... AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE LADIES!

KAT VON D LADYBIRD EYESHADOW PALETTE

This is yet another makeup item I purchased in Vegas back in 2013 at Sephora, I've finally decided to blog about it because it bloody deserves a post!  Kat Von D has an amazing collection and I love the colour pay off of these eyeshadows, I decided to pick the 'Ladybird' palette because of the interesting mix of cool and warm tones.

First of all the packaging is so pretty, it's unique and I love that it's metal because it feels very sturdy.  I also love how it has a decent mirror inside which is great for on the go touch-ups.  It includes the Kat Von D eyeliner in 'Immortal Love' which is a lovely warm brown shade, perfect for my blonde haired, blue-eyed clients.  All of the shadows are matte which I prefer and they are so blend-able and extremely buttery soft.
FUR ELISE, VESPERTINE, RENHOLDER, SIOUXSIE-SIOUX
So here we have the cooler shades of the palette:  Fur Elise which is a purple/burgundy, Vespertine is a light peach (perfect for all over the lid), Renholder is a grey/brown and Siouxsie-sioux a navy with greyish undertone.  My faves out of these are definitely Vespertine and Renholder as they are both perfect for over the lid and Renholder is a fab crease colour for smokey eyes.
UNREQUITED, HARLOW, WOLF, CLEOPATRA
The warmer shades of the palette are neutral and perfect for day-time looks.  We have:  Unrequited which is a muted peach-orange, Harlow a warm toned medium brown, Wolf another warm toned brown but on the chocolatey side then lastly my favourite Cleopatra which I absolutely love because it's the perfect matte, burnt orange shade and is great for warming up the crease of a black smokey eye.

The only fault I have to pick with this palette is the fact it doesn't include an eyeshadow brush.  I think for such an expensive brand, it should include a decent eyeshadow brush instead of the eyeliner but I can't complain too much since the eyeshadows are all perfect and matte.  I would most certainly buy more of the Kat Von D palettes because of the quality of them...

Friday, 8 May 2015

ILLAMASQUA SKIN BASE FOUNDATION

This foundation is raved about sooo much and even though it's very pricey compared to other brands, I ended up buying two shades with my pro membership discount.  I was unsure of what shade to get but after asking around most said a 6 or 6.5 would be ideal for my NC25 skin.  I opted for 6.5 then an 8.5 for days when I'm more tanned.

I've been using 6.5 for the past week and I'm seriously in love with it... it gives amazing coverage but still looks like skin and gives off a subtle glow and satin effect.  I've also used this foundation on a few clients and love how it looks as it's great for more skin types and the fact that it's so easy to work with without having to blend for ages is a huge plus.  You can build up more layers for extra coverage, I need about 2-3 layers as I do have some acne scarring on my cheeks and it covers them perfect with a couple of layers without the need for any concealer.

For reference, I do have quite oily skin so I do need to touch up with powder every couple of hours just to keep it looking perfect which I don't mind doing... this product is amazing for photography too and I will possibly buy more shades and use it as my bridal foundation for clients.
FACE
MAC Prep + Prime Base
Illamasqua Skinbase Foundation '6.5'
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer 'NW15' under eyes
Chanel Bronze De Soleil
MAC MSF Natural 'Medium Dark'
MAC Power Blush 'Harmony' to contour lightly
MAC MSF Natural 'Deep Dark' to bronze the skin
MAC MSF 'Lightscapade' to highlight cheekbones
MAC Powder Blush 'Rosy Outlook' lightly dusted on apples of cheeks

EYES
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer 'NC20' to prime lids
Makeup Geek Eyeshadows in:  'Cocoa Bear, Frappe, Mocha' on the lid all blended
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in 'Corrupt' blended on outer edge up into crease
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in 'Shimma Shimma' to highlight tear duct and brow bone
Inglot gel liner in '77'
Smashbox Eyeshadows in 'Rustic and Oxidise' on lower lash line
MAC #35 lashes (love these!)

BROWS
Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade 'Chocolate'
MAC Pro Longwear Brow Set 'Bold Brunette'


LIPS
MAC Lip Liner Pencil 'Vino'
MAC Lipstick 'Diva'


Thursday, 7 May 2015

ANOTHER MAC HAUL: MAY 2015

I've done it again... hauled some more MAC goodies - I NEEDED them so there's no need for me to feel guilty.  I also took these pictures with my new Glamcor lamp which is amazing by the way - still getting to grips with how to take decent pictures though, I really want a DSLR camera at some point this year and hopefully I'll start a YouTube channel.  Anyways heres what I got this time round...
PRO LONGWEAR CONCEALER
After recently buying shade NC20 and using it pretty much nearly everyday since, I knew I had to buy more shades for my kit.  I opted for NW15 and NW25.  These are amazing for the under eye area and blend so easy, you do have to set with a powder though otherwise it will crease like crazy but once set with a powder it stays put all day.  I also like using these all over the lid as an eyeshadow primer.
PRO LONGWEAR WATERPROOF BROW SET "BOLD BRUNETTE"
I have the original brow gel which has a large brush and I find it to be too big to use on the brow area so when I realised this Pro Longwear version has a smaller brush I wanted to give it a go... I decided to get a more brunette shade as I'm currently dark haired and I've used it a couple of times already and love the way it makes my brows look a little more full and keeps the hairs in place.  I will buy more shades to add to my kit as this will be another great addition to use on all clients.
POWDER BLUSH "HARMONY"
I've been trying to get my hands on this shade for months now but it's always been sold out.  As soon as it was back in stock recently I made sure to add it to my basket.  It's a cool toned beige-brown shade which is perfect for contouring... I've been using it almost everyday as a light contour - it gives off that 'natural shadow' look rather than a heavy orange contour look.  This is fabulous for those with light-medium skin tones and can be used as a blush for those with darker skin tones. 

MINERALIZE SKINFINISH NATURAL "MEDIUM DARK"
My all time favourite powder - this is my shade when I have a tan.  I've hit pan on my other one so needed to buy a new one ASAP before it was too late.  It gives off a natural finish to the skin without that awful cakey powdery look like most other powders do and it helps control oil.
MINERALIZE SKINFINISH "LIGHTSCAPADE" 
I've wanted this for bloody ages but never really bothered buying it as it wasn't really an 'essential' but because I work on so many pale skinned beauties I needed to add this to my kit as the perfect highlight shade for my lighter skinned clients.  It's very finely milled and gives a gorgeous iridescent glow to the cheekbones.  I really need to pick up a few more of these in other shades...
LIPGLASS "NYMPHETTE"
I haven't bought a lipglass in so long and after looking at swatches online I knew I had to get this beautiful shade.  It's quite a unique shade and has gold shimmer particles, it's the perfect bridal/prom/summer lipglass shade and I can't wait to use this in the summer season...
PIGMENT "ROSE GOLD"
Last but not least, we have this gorgeous metallic rose gold pigment which is extremely pigmented.  This is a PRO product and what I love most about these pigments is the fact that they will last a lifetime.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

BOURJOIS INTENSE EYESHADOW 03

I randomly swatched this Bourjois eyeshadow in Superdrug recently and was amazed at how beautiful and sparkly it was.  '03 Sand Rose' is a total bridal/prom shade and will look good on most skin tones.  I'd describe is as a soft, pastel peach with champagne/gold sparkles that catch the light perfectly.  I'm so excited to try this out on the girls I have booked in for prom soon, it's not dramatic in the slightest but will make the eyes pop and look gorgeous on younger girls.

The texture is buttery soft, however I can imagine there to be some fall-out of the sparkles when applied to the lid but you could always use a wet brush to apply for a more intense, long-lasting finish.  The pigmentation of these eyeshadows are just unreal!  One swipe on your finger and it's true to colour... perfect!  

I bought this from Superdrug when they had a 3 for 2 offer on all cosmetics... get it here for £6.99.

ELEMIS SKINCARE ESSENTIALS: RESURFACING

I've been giving my skin a good 'ole pampering lately by treating myself to a couple of luxury facials at a local salon and I also bought this Elemis gift set to keep my skin in tip top condition between facial appointments.  The facials I get are by Guinot; a french skincare brand, the facial I go for is called 'hydradermie' and includes a neck and shoulder massage.  It's described as a natural temporary face lift effect by lifting features through facial muscle stimulation.  It's sooo relaxing and I feel amazing every time I leave the salon, it's probably the best facial I've ever had.
Anyways, moving onto the goodies I purchased...
TRI-ENZYME RESURFACING FACIAL WASH
I've quite enjoyed using this facial wash, it has cutting edge technology and natural ingredients to gently resurface the upper layers of the skin to leave it primed to get the most out of your moisturiser.  It doesn't leave the skin dry unlike other facial washes do and it makes my skin feel fresh and super clean which is always a plus.  

BALANCING LAVENDER TONER
I go through stages of adding toners into my skincare regime but found that most didn't really make a difference until this little guy came into my life.  Once I've removed my makeup on an evening with a cleanser, I then spray this toner onto a cotton pad and swipe it all around my face and neck... it's amazing how much dirt is left over even after you've thoroughly cleansed.  This has really helped keep blackheads at bay and my skin seems more clean and refreshed after each time I use it.  The amazing thing about it is that it will last a lifetime, I've used it every single evening for the past month and the bottle is still pretty much full!  You can even use it as a cooling facial spritzer which will be perfect for those hot summer days to cool your skin down and prevent skin from turning into a big oil slick.  I would most definitely repurchase this in a heart beat...
CELULAR RECOVERY SKIN BLISS CAPSULES
So many people have told me how good these capsules are and I was really looking forward to trying them, you get a weeks supply; seven day and seven evening capsules in a small pot.  The pink ones are for the day and have and the green ones are for the night time.  These capsules are known to be the ultimate anti-pollution solution containing age-defying anti-oxidants to refresh, nourish and distress the skin.  They are known to reduce visible signs of ageing which isn't something I suffer from but it's always good to prevent wrinkles before it's too late!  As this was a sample size and 7-day trial, I didn't really get a chance to see how well they truly work, I did enjoy using them especially the night capsules because my skin felt amazing the next morning and my makeup seemed to go on smoother which is always good.  I would probably buy the full sized version when I hit my 30's but for now I'll stick to my regular cleanse, tone and moisturise routine.


I'm really liking Elemis skincare, I also got a few sample sachets... I think my next Elemis purchase will be a moisturiser or the pro-collagen cleansing balm.

What are your fave Elemis products?


Thursday, 23 April 2015

HERBAL ESSENCES CLEARLY NAKED VOLUME RANGE


I'm always on the hunt for a good shampoo and conditioner to keep my hair looking squeaky clean and shiny and Herbal Essences is one of those brands that never seems to let me down, I've tried pretty much their full range of products and always find that they do exactly what they say on the tin.
After having a mooch around my local Boots store recently, I noticed the new range from Herbal Essences and even better it was on a 3 for 2 offer.  The new 'Clearly Naked' collection is free from parabens, colourants and the shampoo contains no silicone whatsoever.  

There's three different types in the range:  Volume, Moisture and Shine.  I opted for the Volume shampoo and conditioner as I like to make sure my hair doesn't look flat and has some sort of 'lift' to it.  Both the shampoo and conditioner have grapefruit and mint extract which sounded really refreshing and I couldn't wait to try them both out.

I've been using both for the past month now and I'm really pleased with them... they smell so fresh and clean.  My hair feels clean with no product build up and it also feels super soft after each use.  I highly recommend this range to anyone who wants a straight forward, no fuss haircare range that doesn't cost a fortune.

Features and Benefits
  • Lightweight Volume Shampoo and Conditioner with 0% Silicone, 0% Paraben, 0% Colourant.
  • Cleanses your hair while restoring its natural body and leaving it touchably soft, full and lustrous.
  • Offers a Herbalicious energising and refreshing in and out of shower experience with zesty grapefruit, lemon and orange paired with crisp mint.
  • For naturally soft hair - get naked!


You can buy both the shampoo and conditioner from Boots.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

HERBAL ESSENCES CLEARLY NAKED DRY SHAMPOO

[excuse the awful chipped nail polish]

Ever get sick and tired of washing and blowdrying your hair almost everyday?  Well nowadays we all have the option to save more time by using dry shampoo.  I remember roughly 5 years ago the brand Batiste released one of the very first dry shampoo's and I used to buy one every couple of months.  More brands have now expanded their range by releasing their own version of dry shampoo and it's now an essential part of any female hair care routine as it's so quick and easy to use... just spray and you're good to go!

I came across this new one from the Herbal Essences range which is one of my favourite affordable hair care brands.  After reading the label and realising it has 0% parabens and colourants, I decided to make a purchase to see how it compared to my beloved Batiste.
For the past month I've been trialling this dry shampoo and I must say it's definitely a winner!  It's very similar to the Batiste but I think it's slightly better as it smells very fresh and citrusy without the overpowering powdery smell other brands tend to have.  The packaging is really simple and 'clean' looking and it's a skinnier size compared to Batiste so it's easier to fit into your handbag.

I would highly recommend this dry shampoo, check out the benefits below to see why...

Features and Benefits

  • Lightweight Dry Shampoo with 0% Paraben, 0% Colourant.
  • 1st day fresh feel, with a crisp scent of citrus and mint.
  • Transforms lifeless hair in an instant, without water or rinsing, as the natural tapioca absorbs excess oil and gives tresses the lift, movement and texture you’re looking for.
  • Locks are left with bounce, volume and a just-styled look for days with the scent of crisp mint.
  • Use in-between Herbal Essences shampoos.
  • For naturally soft hair - get naked!
  • Discover the Clearly Naked shampoo & conditioner collection: Moisture (herbal mint fusion extracts), Volume (grapefruit and mint extracts), Shine (white tea and mint extracts), Dry Shampoo (with natural tapioca).

Buy it from Boots for £2.99 // for 180ml which isn't as big as the Batiste range but you only need to use a small amount of product in your roots.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

YSL ROUGE VOLUPTE: OPERA ROSE

I absolutely adore the YSL Rouge Volupte lipsticks.  The packaging is divine and so luxurious, any girl who's makeup mad would love to be gifted one (or two) of these!   After owning shade '#13 Peach Passion' for quite a while, it was time to add a new shade to my ever so small YSL collection.  After looking and drooling over swatches on google images for hours I finally decided to choose this beautiful pink shade '#29 Opera Rose'.
Now the shade on these pictures I took on my iPhone makes it look much brighter but in person it's more of a medium pink rather than a hot barbie pink.  It's very wearable and good for both during the day or evening makeup looks.
As you can see above, I'm wearing the lipstick and this is how the shade looks in person compared to the first picture.  It's a super girly pink and will suit most skin tones, especially those with a paler complexion. 
The consistency of the lipstick is extremely creamy, probably one of the creamiest lipsticks on the market.  It glides onto the lips effortlessly and it's so weightless, you feel like you're wearing a lip balm and not an opaque lipstick.  You only need one layer to get the full opaque shade but you could also apply a couple of layers to build it up a bit more but it's not totally necessary.
Just to let you know, it's certainly not the most long lasting lipsticks in the world but you can still get a good 2-3 hours before it starts to wear off. 
If you have dry lips then this formula is perfect for you with it being so creamy and easy to apply. 
I purchased mine from Boots for £26.00 which is very pricey but it's totally worth it in my opinion.  Next on my list is a nice red shade...

Do you own a lipstick from YSL?

Saturday, 18 April 2015

MAC HAUL - KIT ESSENTIALS (APRIL 2015)

I decided to do a big(ish) MAC haul online this month to stock up on some items for my kit and a couple of treats for myself.  I wanted to try a new foundation as I had been using the Studio Fix Fluid Foundation for quite some time and fancied a change for my makeup kit.  I decided on the Pro Longwear Foundation and it's meant to be good for both oily and dry skin types so it's perfect to have in my kit to use on clients.  I also wanted some new concealer as I only really use drugstore brands at the moment, I opted for the light concealer palette and one of the Pro Longwear Concealers which is loved by many makeup addicts.  There are plenty more goodies I purchased so keep on reading to find out what I bought!
PRO LONGWEAR FOUNDATION SPF10
I opted for three shades of this foundation all in NC tones to start off with.  The reason I went for NC is because I find most people suit this yellow/olive undertone better than pink, I find pink undertones can make the skin look quite 'dull' unless you have extremely fair skin.  MAC have done well with the packaging for this one as it already a pump unlike the Studio Fix Fluid where you have to buy the pump separate.  It's also less likely to 'flashback' in photos due to the low SPF, perfect for photography!  I went for shades NC15, NC25 and NC35, will soon be purchasing NC40 and maybe a few shades of Studio Sculpt foundation for clients who have very dry skin.  Even though I've only used this a couple of times on myself and clients, I'm already loving this foundation and I will do a review soon to let you know how it compares to Studio Fix Fluid.

PRO LONGWEAR CONCEALER
After seeing plenty of positive reviews on this concealer I decided to add just the one to my basket, I was quite unsure of what shade to order so I went for NC20 (a shade lighter than my foundation) to use as an under eye concealer to highlight the area.  The consistency of the concealer is quite runny but it blends in so easily without leaving a cakey finish, the only downfall to this is the pump... it squirts out far too much product so you do have to be very careful with it.  So far so good with this concealer, it's very long lasting and blends with ease.  Will certainly be buying more shades to add to my kit as this was a treat for myself but I may opt for NW shades as these are more forgiving under the eye area to brighten.

PRO CONCEAL AND CORRECT PALETTE
I tend to need to use lighter shades of concealer on clients especially if they have fair skin and a lot of redness.  These little palettes are so convenient and even include two colour correcting shades as well as concealer.  It has all the shades you need for fair-light skin tones and I will most certainly be purchasing the medium palette next.
LIP PENCILS
I've always been into lip liner but after the huge Kyle Jenner hype the addiction to lip liner is now out of control.  Everyone loves lip liner nowadays, it's so popular and you see a lot of young girls rocking the lip liner trend these days which is cool to see.  I chose a dark shade in Vino and then two nude shades in Whirl and Spice to add to my nude lip liner collection.  They all match perfectly to the lipsticks I purchased at the same time as you can see in the picture...

LIPSTICKS
Just look at how stunning Diva lipstick is, such a gorgeous dark berry shade which can be built up to a deeper colour on the lips.  In the centre we have Mehr which was a random last minute add to the basket and is a pretty everyday pink AKA 'your lips but better' kind of shade.  Lastly we have the infamous Velvet Teddy which is known to be Kyle Jenner's lipstick of choice to help create a poutier lip.  I'm so pleased with each of these lipstick choices, they are all so wearable and great for any skin tone.
EYESHADOWS
I have been after Naked Lunch eyeshadow for ages now, I always lusted after it whenever I saw it on the counter... the way it glistened under the store lights just looked amazing.  I honestly don't know why it took me so long to get it but now I finally have it.  
Expensive Pink is a beautiful golden shimmery pink shade which I will use on a lot of prom and bridal looks this year.
Deep Damson is a new-ish berry shade and it's totally matte which is perfect for a smokey eye or even blending into the crease.
The bottom right eyeshadow is from Makeup Geek in the shade Cupcake which is such a gorgeous pink shade.
BLUSHER
The pink shade blush in the name of Rosy Outlook is highly recommended by Jaclyn Hill and she mentioned in one of her youtube videos how she uses this shade on most brides for makeup. 
Sunbasque is a very bronzy, sunkissed shade and can be used as a bronzer or as a blush.  I suppose you could even use it as an eyeshadow.

PREP+PRIME SKIN BASE VISAGE
I remember getting a sample of this primer quite a while ago and fell in love with this consistency of it, I loved how well it glided on to the skin but still sank in nicely without leaving a greasy silicone feel like most primers.  The full size version comes in a pump bottle and is perfect to have in my kit because it's good for most skin types and helps makeup last that little bit longer.
DUAL SHARPENER
I've needed a sharpener to sharpen my large pencils for quite some time but never got round to buying one, I opted for this dual sharpener from MAC because it's great to have in my kit as it's handy to sharpen all sized pencils.

EYESHADOW BRUSH
I have purchased three MAC 217 brushes in my lifetime purely because it's my most favourite blending brush in the world.  I know that the MAC 224 is probably the next top blending brush so I decided to treat myself to it and I'm extremely pleased with how well it blends as it's extremely fluffy and softens harsh edges effortlessly.


So that was my recent haul from my favourite makeup brand... I can smell another haul coming soon as I've got my eye on more things, addicted much?

Sunday, 12 April 2015

CHANEL BRONZING MAKEUP BASE

Ever wondered how the celebs get that golden goddess finish to their cheekbones?  Well this product from Chanel aka SOLEIL TAN DE CHANEL is used by many top makeup artists who use it on plenty of celebs and supermodels to give them that beautiful golden glow.  I've had this bronzer on my makeup wishlist for quite some time now (possibly 3 years?) but only recently decided to splash out and treat myself... and boy am I glad I did!!!  The packaging, the size and the consistency of the product is just so perfect and luxurious, it's one of those 'it' products every girl should own.
You get 30g worth of product which will last nearly a lifetime... I use this on myself and for my makeup kit on clients because it's so versatile and can be used on most skin types.  
So what do I love about this bronzer?  well, I find that the product blends effortlessly into the skin, leaving no harsh edges or that dreaded 'too much contour' look which is quite dramatic and over the top.  This is perfect for bridal makeup as it leaves a soft bronzy glow to the skin without the need for orange toned powders that can look muddy and ruin the whole look.  Even though it's more on the 'orange' toned side rather than a grey contour shade, it still looks fabulous on.
You can see below how natural yet glowy the bronzer is blended into the skin.  
This is actually meant to be a makeup base but I truly believe it's just a bronzer.  I suppose it would be ok as a makeup base if you have fake tan on your body but not your face and need to darken your face but in all honesty, it may look a little orange.  
I find this 'bronzer' to be perfect for those with fair skin tones as it's so natural but still gives a subtle bronzed finish.  It's very build-able so you can make it deeper, even with a few layers it's still quite subtle and doesn't look cakey or anything which is one of the great benefits of this product.  You can never apply too much.

I've been using this on almost every single client recently and even on myself on days where I don't want a heavy contoured look to the skin.  I tend to use my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush which you can buy from Boots for £9.99.  It picks up the product with ease and helps blend into the skin like a dream.  You could also use your fingers but I prefer to use a brush for hygiene reasons.


Have you tried this beautiful product by Chanel?
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