Showing posts with label makeup. Show all posts
Showing posts with label makeup. Show all posts

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Free Shu Uemure Cleansing Oil

To celebrate the launch of their new cleansing oil on the 1st of May Shu Uemura are launching their cleansing oil amnesty. This means you can get your very own personally prescribed bottle of their cult cleansing oil for free!

All you need to do is pop in store with a cleanser (of any brand) for exchange, even if it's empty. In return you will receive a 50ml Travel Size bottle of one of Shu's iconic cleansing oils worth £10.

As well as this, every customer who exchanges will also receive a mini-facial on counter, just to kick start their healthy skin routine.

You can visit the Shu Uemura boutique at 15 Monmouth Street, London, WC2H 9DA.
Will you be picking up your bottle of free cleanser?

Monday, 31 March 2014

Recreate The Empire Awards with SEVENTEEN

Last night's Empire Awards were a star studded affair with a host of celebs polished to red carpet perfection. But why do they get to have all the fun? For this post I have teamed up with SEVENTEEN's fabulous MUA Vanesa Guallar (who actually did my makeup for a magazine shoot last year) to show you how you can recreate our favourite looks at home, and at a fraction of the price using SEVENTEEN cosmetics. Scroll down to see how you can also win a special SEVENTEEN goodie bag!

Sarah Harding

Get ready to glow!
The look: Striving for that healthy summer glow but still wanting to dazzle? Double up with Sarah Harding’s fresh-faced look and dark framed eyes. The perfect look for your spring/summer parties!

Vanesa says: With this look, it’s best to work on the eyes first so you can clean the under eye area of any black, leaving your skin clean and ready to apply foundation. SEVENTEEN Stay Time Foundation is brilliant to give skin an even look, with a great lasting finish. To enhance your look apply SEVENTEEN Cheek Stamps in Star-Struck to your cheeks and forehead. For the eyes, apply SEVENTEEN Kohl Eye Pencil in Black along the bottom of the eye line, then apply a soft eye shadow on the top of your eyelid, (try SEVENTEEN Solo Eye Shadow in Ivory Coast) and finish by applying two coats of Backlash Mascara in Black. For the lips opt for a nude shade such as SEVENTEEN Stay Pout Lipstick in Going Steady for a natural look.

Sophie Turner

Red alert!
The look: Ever dared to wear red? Be bold and take control with Sophie Turner’s sensuous red lips! Paired up with soft eyes, this claret lip trend will give you the confidence to wow friends on a night out and you’ll be sure to pick up the compliments!

Vanesa says: Begin by applying a thin layer of SEVENTEEN On the Spot Foundation to cover any blemishes. Then use a soft brown pencil to draw a thin line on top of your eye line, and softly brush some pink eye shadow on the top eyelid. SEVENTEEN Solo Eye Shadow in Statuesque would work perfectly. Finish the eyes with a generous coat of SEVENTEEN Super Lash mascara. For the lips, choose a bright red lipstick such as SEVENTEEN Mirror Shine Lipstick in Roasted Red and apply it with a lip brush for precision and staying power. Finish the look by powdering the area with SEVENTEEN Miracle Matte Loose Powder.

Annabelle Wallis

Sophisticated glamour! 

Vanesa says: Apply SEVENTEEN Photo Flawless Foundation to achieve a flawless professional finish that lasts for up to 24 hours. Then to achieve a sun-kissed glow, sweep SEVENTEEN Instant Glow Bronzing Rocks all over the face. To create definition and a nice glow to the cheek bones and top of the eyelid, apply a small amount of SEVENTEEN Skin Wow Primer and blend.

For the eyes, use the SEVENTEEN Neptune Trio to create a smoky eye look. Using the medium colour and sweeping across the center area of the lid and apply the darker shade towards the lash line. Apply the lighter gold shade into the inner corner of your eye and below the eyebrow to lift the eye. Then apply a thin layer of SEVENTEEN High Drama Liquid Eyeliner to the top lid and finish with two coats of SEVENTEEN Blow Out Mascara in Blackest Black. Finish this look by applying SEVENTEEN Berry Crush Lip Stain in Bombshell.

I hope you like our top picks of the night! If you want to try these looks out for yourself please leave a comment below letting us know which is your favourite and you could WIN a SEVENTEEN goodie bag to help you recreate that red carpet glam!

*Products provided by SEVENTEEN*

Monday, 15 April 2013

It's a Nice Day for a...

This weekend I travelled north to attend a wedding of a school friend. Since the fiancé was hard at work on night shifts at hospital I was flying solo, but it was so much fun to spend some time with the girlies!

Since we stayed in a nearby hotel we were able to indulge in a little beautifying in the morning, which obviously some us enjoyed more than others... I used the Babyliss Pro Curling Wand to create voluminous curls on myself and a side sweep finger curl wave on my friend.
With a long day ahead I decided to keep my makeup mostly neutral, with just a hint of purple to reflect my dress. Over the past few weeks I have also started using Lilash (about 3/4 times per week) and was surprised to see that with a good coat of Max Factor's False Lash mascara I didn't even have to apply falsies as my lashes have really grown.
For my outfit I chose a breezy, 50's style one shouldered dress from the vintage line at Oasis. I love the soft raw silk, the ruched detailing and the built in net slip to give the skirt lots of volume and movement. I paired it with nude strappy Mary Janes and a nude leather jacket from All Saint's as it was quite a chilly (and unfortunately rainy) day.
The wedding was absolutely lovely, just the way an English country wedding should be! I am very much looking forward to the beginning of wedding season and also planning my own special day :).
I hope you all had a great weekend my lovelies! xxx

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Hold Me (Baby)

Back in 2011 I introduced you to my absolute favourite makeup organiser/ travel bag. If you missed my initial review you can check it out here. This year the Hold Me Company have launched a new 'baby bag', the smaller scale version of the original Hold Me Bag.

The Baby Bag is the perfect fit for the makeup minimalist featuring the same easy organisation and brush protection. With an impressive capacity for its size, it holds a basic brush collection, several palettes, and cosmetics and tools of various shapes and sizes. So it's great to tuck in your handbag for touch ups or pack for an overnight trip or that special night out!

The new Baby Bag is handmade in the USA and is priced at $55, compared to $85 for the larger version, though the design below is currently on sale on the website for just $69 (Beauty Stars) .

I can honestly say that I have been using my Hold Me Bag exclusively for each and every trip I have made in the last 2 years and am still super pleased with it! It protects all my cosmetics, while organising my brushes and keeping everything neat and hygienic.

How do you organise your cosmetics for travel? Have ever tried the Hold Me bags?

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Gift Edit: The Body Shop

The Body Shop have brought out a fantastic selection of Christmas gifts this year! From stocking fillers to luxurious sets all encased in adorable packaging there really is something for everyone! Plus with 40% OFF their entire website with the code SANTA for 10 days it's definitely worth a look!

Apart from the amazing packaging this set is also great value as it contains five juicy, moisturising lip balms in a selection of flavours including strawberry, raspberry, satsuma, watermelon and passionberry.

This selection of scrumptious body butters features the nutty scents of shea and cocoa butter as well as delicious chocolate and coconut. Beautifully packaged in a reusable aluminium tin this makes a great present that doesn't even need wrapping.
This festive cranberry selection is not only great value, but smells absolutely delicious. The set contains Cranberry Joy Shower Gel, Body Butter, Soap and Scrub.

This limited edition tub of shimmering copper and gold beads gives an irresistible dazzle to cheeks, temples and décolletage. It's great to use as a bronzer to lift the skin and add some subtle glow.
The Slanted Kabuki is made with soft, fluffy synthetic hairs designed to sweep a fine, even dusting of powder onto face and body. Its unique slanted design makes sculpting, layering and contouring a cinch.
This Reindeer Washball is so completely adorable I am very tempted to order one for myself! At just £3 it makes the perfect, fun stocking filler.
This gorgeous palette features four on-trend eyeshadows in cool shades of moonstone and espresso, a mini eyeshadow brush and mini eyeliner brush so you can touch up on the go. I love the colours in this palette as they would suit any skin tone and can be layered for a gorgeous smokey eye, or worn alone for a sweep of shimmering colour.

This cute coconut body butter and lip butter duo comes packaged in an ornamental bauble, perfect for any tree or stocking.

I have also heard that The Body Shop will be the official headline sponsors of the Teenage Cancer Trust concert series at the Royal Albert Hall in March 2013! The line up includes fantastic acts such as Kasabian, Russell Brand, Noell Gallagher, Rizzle Kicks and Labrinth. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.
Have you purchased any gifts from The Body Shop this Christmas? Do let me know your favourite! xxx

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Clinique Chubby Sticks

Clinique Chubby Sticks are a really fun moisturising lip balm that give your lips a soft wash of colour. They are available in a great variety of shades and I was lucky enough to pick my top 3 at this week's Clinique cocktail party.
 Top to bottom and left to right: 14 curvy candy, 06 woppin watermelon, 15 pudgy peony.
As you can see the original chubby sticks are pretty sheer and while giving lots of moisture and shine they are not overly buildable in colour. As a lip balm they work perfectly for daytime wear and the crayon shape makes them effortless to apply, even without a mirror.

Being a lover of strong lip colour I am really excited to see that Clinique have now also launched an 'intense' version.
 This stunning red is 06 roomiest rose.
Even though my lips are pretty pigmented you can see that the chubby stick intense lives up to its name delivering an intense burst of colour. The texture of this lipstick is a little thicker than the original giving the lips a matte finish.
The original chubby stick can be found here for £16.
Are you a fan of Clinique's Chubby Sticks? Which is your favourite formulation? Which of the shades would you recommend?

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Laura Mercier Signature Brush Collection

Usually I get very annoyed when people talk about Christmas in October. Perhaps purely for selfish reasons as my birthday is on the 28th (this Sunday... Yay) and it is obviously the main event of the month! However, when the press release for this beautiful Laura Mercier Brush Collection popped into my inbox this week I was swept away with thoughts of Christmas gifts.
The signature brush collection includes an essential edit of Laura Mercier's beautifully crafted wood handle brushes in an opulent case. I especially love the easel back stand which can be used to display the brushes, or removed to be used as a chic travelling case. The brushes included are:

•Finishing Brush
•Cheek Colour Brush
•Camouflage Powder Brush
•Pony Tail Brush
•Eye Colour Brsuh
•Crème Eye Colour Brush
•Smoky Eye Liner Brush
•Flat Eye Liner Brush
•Lip Colour Brush

This beautiful set is priced at £195 and is exclusive to Harrods for a limited time.

Will it be making it onto your Christmas list this year?

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Naked and Neutral

A fun and wearable smokey eye paired with peachy lips and cheeks that's super easy to create with minimal products!

Products mentioned in this video:
Dr Jart Regenerating BB*
Origins A Perfect World BB*
MAC MSF Natural in Medium
Earthnicity Minerals Coral blusher
Sleek Brow Kit
Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Colour BR306*
Urban Decay NAKED palette - Smog, Half Baked, Virgin, Sin.
Clarins 3 Dot Liner*
Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara*
The Body Shop Colouglide Shine Lip Colour 01 cheeky coral*
Jo Malone Rosewater and Vanilla perfume

Products marked with * were sent to me for review consideration.

Thanks so much for watching and I hope you enjoyed the video! xxx

Monday, 24 September 2012

Clarins 3 Dot Liner

I have recently discovered the Clarins 3 Dot Liner and couldn't wait to share this innovative product with you all. By far the most tricky technique to master is liquid liner, it took me years of practice to perfect the perfect flick, and some mornings I can assure you it looks far from perfect! The Clarins 3 Dot Liner is amazing for those that are just starting to experiment with liquid liner, those that want the intensity of a liquid, but with a natural subtlety or those that are looking to experiment.
There are so many different ways to use this liner, depending on the look that you want. It can be dotted along the upper lash line to fill in the gaps between lashes for some subtle definition and lash volume enhancement. For a more sculpted finish the dots can be joined to create a solid line and the characteristic liquid liner look.
Alternatively I love to use it on my lower lash line to create a really subtle line of dots that really help to define and open the eye without looking too harsh.
 Liner used to create a solid line on top and dotted along the lower lashline.

The Clarins 3 Dot Liner can be found for £20 here.

Have you ever experimented with a triple pointed liner? What do you think of the idea? How would you use this liner? xxx

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Liz Earle Makeup

As you all know I am big fan of Liz Earle skincare, having used the Hot Cloth Cleanser almost every day for years and swearing by their Deep Cleansing Mask to heal blemishes overnight. Over the past few months I have also tried out various products from their new makeup line and have had slightly mixed feelings. This is not to say that the products have been disappointing, but they do give a very natural, effortless look which is great when you want to look naturally flawless, though I prefer a little more 'oomph' on a night out. Personally I reserve these products for more casual days when I want to give my skin a break and ensure it stays looking young, natural and healthy.

The Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint (£21) is a weightless tinted moisturiser that goes on smoothly and makes skin look fresh and radiant. When blended this is almost undetectable with low to medium coverage. It also provides SPF 15 to protect the skin while softening it with Vitamin E, borage and avocado extract.
Healthy Glow Powder Blush (£16.50) in Peony is a super pigmented, dusky raspberry pink. It feels extremely smooth and gives the cheeks a flushed, yet matte look without any shimmer or glitter.

Natural Glow Bronzer (£19.50) is a super lightweight and fine bronzer perfect for the lightest skintones to give the most subtle colour to cheeks. This is definitely not a bronzer that you can go overboard with as it is very light, even on my pale skin. It has no shimmer or sparkle, but adds a subtle glow to fair skins. I imagine it could also be used as a setting powder on darker skin tones.

Bronzer (left), Blush (right).

Have you tried any of the Liz Earle line of makeup? Do you have any product recommendations? xxx

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

TAG: 10 Minute Makeup Challenge

A few of you got in touch to request I take part in some TAG videos including the 10 minute makeup challenge, and never one to back away I thought I would give it my best try!

Products mentioned:
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation
MAC Fix+
Real Techniques Buffing Brush*
L'ancome Effacernes concealer
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium
The Bodyshop large brush
NARS Laguna Bronzer
MAC Peachykeen blush
MAC 130 brush
Sleek Makeup Brow Kit in Light*
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay Sin eyeshadow*
UD flat eyeshadow brush
MAC Quarry eyeshadow
MAC 139 brush
Stageline Precise liquid liner*
Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara*
Estee Lauder Lavish Pink Lipstick
Jo Malone Rosewater and Vanilla Perfume

Products marked with * were sent to me for review consideration.

Do let me know what you think of this video and if you have any requests for my next one! xxx

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Real Techniques Brushes

I always think good makeup starts with good tools, so in this post I wanted to share with you some of my favourite brushes. As you all know I use a lot of MAC brushes as they are great quality and honestly speaking a MAC Pro discount also makes them more affordable. However, as they are mostly made with natural bristles they do have a tendency to shed and need careful cleaning and maintenance. Recently, I have been trying out other brands of synthetic brushes and have to say that Real Techniques are by far my favourite!
Designed by the amazing Sam Chapman of pixiwoo Real Techniques brushes combine high-tech materials with innovative design at an affordable price. They feature taklon bristles which are super soft and smooth, as well as really easy to clean (with no shedding) and quick drying. Plus, since taklon is synthetic these brushes are 100% cruelty-free!
 Left to right: Stippling brush, shading brush, powder brush. 

The stippling brush (£11.99) is perfect for applying liquid foundation or cream blusher. It blends cream or liquid products effortlessly giving a really natural finish. The shading brush (£7.99) can be used for any powder or cream products. It works just as well for eyeshadow as concealers, especially under the eyes or over blemishes as the soft bristles can be used to blend as well as apply colour. The powder brush (£12.99) is amazing for use with setting powders or bronzers as it's super soft and its large size ensures application is speedy and streak free.

I highly recommend you try these brushes out, they really are fantastic and such a great price for quality tools! You can purchase Real Techniques brushes online in the US, as well as in Boots stores and online here in the UK.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Olympic Makeup Look

Did you see the Olympic Opening Ceremony? What did you think? I think everyone involved did a brilliant job and I actually felt very emotional and proud to see the fusion of history, culture, technology, creativity and imagination along with a good helping of British humour displayed to the world!

Unfortunately as I was stuck on a train for the majority of Friday night with no internet (thanks Virgin/ T-Mobile) I wasn’t able to post this amazing Olympic Ceremony look created by the talented and genuinely lovely Max Factor MUA Caroline Barnes before the event. This look was created specifically for volunteers, medal bearers and escorts, but that doesn’t mean we can’t all have a go!! Though they do have a slight head start on us as they have been gifted with Max Factor makeup and P&G goody bags to recreate the look ;).
However, I think this look is so wearable and versatile that it doesn’t need a special occasion to try! The video below gives a step by step guide on how to achieve the look.
Good luck ladies and Go Team GB (though I am also supporting Russia and Ukraine for obvious reasons). xxx

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Accessorize Lovely Day Palette

Everyone loves a good bargain, especially when the quality of the product is much higher than its price! Recently I have been playing around with some makeup from Accessorize and am absolutely in love with their beautiful Lovely Day palette!
The palette comes in cute cardboard leopard and rose print packaging with a sizeable mirror. Although I am not normally a fan of paper cases this does make it lightweight and perfect for travelling or just throwing into a hand bag.
The selection of colours and textures is also impressive. There are lots of different colours to choose from in matt, shimmer and satin finishes. I love the mix of pigmented fun, bright, yet wearable shades and staple neutrals making this palette extremely versatile.
A selection of shades (with flash)
 (Without flash)

I recently created a neutral brown and gold smokey eye using a couple of shadows from this palette.
The shadows were really rich in pigment and effortless to blend. Not bad for under £8.95!

This palette is available in Superdrug and online, and I highly recommend you check it out.

Have you tried any makeup from Accessorize? Which are your favourite products? Any recommendations? xxx

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Prohibition in the 1920s

Last weekend I stepped back in time to the roaring 20s at one of Prohibition's secret parties. Though the dates of these are not top secret the venues are hidden and only disclosed to ticket holders. If you haven't heard of this before, then do check their website out here. With flowing vintage cocktails served in tea cups, live bands, silent movies, casino and even a burlesque show this was definitely a fun and unusual way to spend a Saturday evening. It was fabulous!
You all know that I love to dress up and when given a theme I can never go less than all the way! Luckily, I already had this little flapper outfit hidden away in my wardrobe. The dress is a Massimo Dutti number that I have had since I was 16 (does that count as vintage?). My style has changed so much since then and I even surprised myself that I have kept it all these years. The dropped waist style is perhaps the least flattering shape of all for my figure as it highlights the widest part of the hourglass and the length shortens my legs. To accesorize I wore my Chanel pearls and various feather pieces including a broach that I made into a headpiece, a feather clutch from ASOS and green feather detailed shoes from New Look.
Even the bf grew a 2 day moustache for the occasion so I made sure we both looked perfectly 20s. I tonged my hair with the Babyliss Wave Envy (check out my review here) to add texture. I then painstakingly pinned it around the nape and folded it under my shorter layers to create a faux bob, which I am proud to say lasted through many a dip on the dance floor! 
For makeup I used lots of powder to create flawless, matte and pale skin. I then contoured the cheeks to narrow my face shape. On the eyes I used a mixture of pigments - collection 2000 teal all over,  shimmery golden green in the centre of the eyelid, matte brown to blend and create a more rounded eye shape. I also made my brows thinner and darker to create the classic strong, slimline pencil brow of the 1920s. I then added two pairs of lashes (top and bottom) to make my eyes look larger and alter their shape. I used the new Katy Perry Cool Kitty lashes (£5.95 here) on the top as they are perfectly full and not too long.
I then finished off with a strong lip, making sure to define the cupids bow. This is my slightly more modern and wearable take on flapper makeup!
Have you ever been to a 1920s themed party? What is your favourite decade? Are you tempted to attend the next Prohibition event? I believe it will be held on Saturday the 8th of September! xxx