Mother’s Day | Gift Guide 2014

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Mother’s Day is fast approaching in the UK (it’s March 30th, for those of you who have forgotten) and this is the year that I will not leave it to the day before to find my Mother that perfect gift that … Continue reading

A Whimsical Dream

A Whimsical Dream

Recently I worked on an Alice in Wonderland shoot for my blog – watch this space for posts to come! I decided to create a magical tea-party scene in my conservatory and at the end of the day I sat … Continue reading

Make-Up of the Day | MOTD – Drugstore Smokey Eye

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Hello there! I thought I would do a quick post showing the make-up I wore to go out for dinner yesterday night! Sorry about the photo quality – my camera battery wasn’t charged and so I had to use my phone camera which has a questionable quality – hmm.

I wore a purple lace skater dress and a silver statement necklace. I wanted a warm make-up and so I didn’t want to use silver or grey shades but also didn’t want to clash my makeup colours with my jewellery so I used a very light, subtle gold colour.

These pictures were taken when I got back from dinner so overall the make-up was really quite long-lasting as I didn’t touch it up or tweak it at all! MUA you have impressed me (though the fallout was a bit of a nightmare).

This is my first post with pictures of myself as I am quite self-conscious of putting pictures of myself up here so please be kind! Haha

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Products Used:

Skin:

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation – 115

MUA Brush On Concealer Pen

Rimmel Stay Matte Face Powder

Sleek Contour Kit

Eyes: 

MUA Undress Me Too Eye-shadow Palette

Sleek Au Natural Eye-shadow Palette

Maybelline Gel Liner  in Black

Collection 2000 volume sensation mascara

Eyelure Naturalities Evening Wear False Eyelashes – 101

Lips: 

I left my lips my natural colour and simply applied some clear lip-balm to moisturize!

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I know that these pictures are terrible quality – I do apologise!

All my jewellery is from www. essentialjewellers.com

Make-Up Through the Eras | 1950s

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The 1950s defined glamour. Style icons from Jayne Mansfield and Grace Kelly to Marilyn Monroe were shaping trends in make-up and fashion.

The iconic eye make-up was generally kept quite simple and minimal, pale pastels and whites were used across the lid and a wing was used to open the eyes. Mascara was applied coat after coat for beautiful full lashes, especially concentrating on the outer corner lashes to add to the open-winged look.  Skin was beautifully highlighted to emphasize high cheekbones  and skin was perfected and glowing. Gone were the velvety-powdery looks of the 1920s and 30s and incoming was a dewy, fresh, highlighted look.

To create this make-up look:

I first applied a thin layer of foundation to keep the skin looking fresh and concealed with a heavier maximum cover foundation.

I then highlighted cheekbones, the bridge of the nose and cupid’s bow with a strong liquid highlighter, I feel liquid highlighters are better to achieve a fresh look as powders can sometimes look quite heavy on top of a dewy foundation.

I finished the skin by subtly contouring under the cheekbones and on the temples to achieve a more heart-shaped looking face. and applying powder in the T-zone to avoid an overly-shiny face.

On the eyes, I applied a wash of a shimmery white eye shadow, making sure to apply it in the inner corner to help brighten the eye.

I contoured the eye socket slightly with neutral tones, for a subtle but effective contour.

I then mapped out the eyeliner using a black eye shadow, I find it easier to correct if a mistake is made, and once I was happy with the shape I applied a gel eyeliner.

Next was plenty of mascara on the top lashes and a pair of half-lashes placed on the outer corner.

White eyeliner pencil was used on the water line to make the eye appear bigger and a medium-dark brown eye shadow used along the bottom lash line.

For the lips, I first outlined, slightly going over the lip line to create fuller looking lips, with a red lip pencil and applied a slightly deeper red lipstick at the corners of the lips and then applied a brighter red lipstick over the entire lip.

To finish I lightly dabbed a matte white eye shadow in the center of the bottom lip to create a highlight and give a fuller-looking lip.

This is an inspired look. It is not the only 1950s look and it is not an accurate representation of Marilyn Monroe’s classic look as there are elements that are different, for example, she was known to use a brown pencil rather than black gel or liquid liner and to draw a slight line in brown eye shadow under her eye to create the illusion of a shadow from her eyelashes. This is my personal representation inspired by the glamour of the 1950s.

Products Used:

Skin:

Chanel Perfection Lumiére Foundation

Estée Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Foundation

Benefit High Beam Highlighter

Benefit Hula Bronzer

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

Eyes:

Maybelline  Eye Studio Gel Liner (Black)

MUA White Shimmer Eye shadow

Urban Decay Eye shadows in Buck and Naked

Sleek Eye shadow in Noir

Ardell Demi Whispies Eyelashes

Sleek Matte Brown Eye Shadow – Au Natural Palette

Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in Pure White

Lips:

MAC RiRi Woo Lipstick

MAC Russian Red Lipstick

Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in Red Diva (024)

Sleek Matte White Eye shadow – Au Natural Palette

Make-up is shown on my model, Matilda.

I’m Back!

I’m back! After two hectic months I can finally sit at my desk and write about what I love again.

I have a few excuses for my absence, some questionable, but oh well!

In August I was given the amazing opportunity to do some volunteer work with a youth theatre company for 16-20 year-olds. I was responsible for photography of a production of ‘Anything Goes’ and the head-shots and rehearsal pictures used for the programme. I was also given the job of the make-up artist for the cast which was amazing because it involved a lot of glamorous, flapper-style. smokey make-up looks and dark vampy lips. It was such an amazing experience, I made lot’s of new friends and I can’t wait to get involved next year!

I also went back to school (college) at the beginning of September – boo! :( Work has been plentiful recently and I just haven’t had time to create any make-up looks or even do any reviews, instead I’ve been typing away politics and history essays – not nearly as enjoyable or fun! (For those who may wonder, I study Politics, Late History, Economics and Business – they may seem boring but deep down I love them, I just don’t always appear to love them when I’m having to write extensive essays about Stalin – hmm)

Anyway, I am back now and hopefully will have some great posts for you all :D This week I am kicking it off with the first in my ‘Make-Up Through the Eras’ series so watch this space!

Bourjois Bronzing Collection | Review

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Who doesn’t love being tanned? I know I do, but in Britain the sun doesn’t always come out so it can be pretty hard to get that sun-kissed glow. Luckily, with a little help from make-up, you can get that glow which is why when I was in my local Superdrug I decided to give the new Bourjois bronzing collection a try and this is what I thought of each of the products:

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Can we first of all note the resemblance to the Chanel Soleil de Tan? When I first heard of this new range I was so excited to see a more affordable cream bronzer come on the market because not everyone has £31 to splash out on just one product, but on further inspection I found that although the Chanel product is much more expensive, it holds 30g whereas the Bourjois product holds just 18ml for £9.99, not as much of a price difference after all if you think about it.

As for using the product, it can be worn alone or under power or foundation. You can apply it all over the face for an instant tan or, what I like to do, is apply it in the contours of the face, the cheekbones, around the forehead and just under the jaw line, as a base for my contour – I will then apply a bronzer on top as the colour pay off is not as strong as a bronzer or contour powder, this does however make it perfect for subtle contouring! The product does mattify the skin, which is great for oily skin but also isn’t so great if you’re looking for a bronzed dewy glow, however the BB Bronzing cream does give a dewy, ‘Healthy Glow’.

It is non comedogenic meaning it does not produce or aggravate acne and allows skin to breathe therefore it is suitable for people who suffer from acne.

This product has earned a spot in my everyday make-up routine and I will definitely re-purchase it once I have used it up. A bonus is it smells so good!! The fragrance is a rich, creamy kind of cocoa-coconut type smell, very different to the biscuit smell of fake tan. Mmm yum.

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This product holds a resemblance to the This Works Perfect Look Skin Miracle, £28 for 30ml, but at only £9.99 is nearly a third of the price.

Okay, first of all, it says it’s 8 in 1, 8 being it gives a ‘refreshing sensation’, does that really count as a skincare benefit? I honestly felt no ‘refreshing sensation’ but I guess 8 in 1 sounds better than 7 in 1, hmm first bad point.

It did give me an even sheer tint but, as i suffer from redness, I didn’t feel it evened out my skin tone and I did need to put a foundation on top. It is SPF 15 but I always advise, if you are going to be out in the sun for a long period of time, put sunscreen on before your make-up! SPF in make-up is not as effective as sunscreen and if you don’t use SPF in the sun it can lead to burning, premature wrinkles and more so put on your sunscreen please!

The fragrance is similar to the primer, a kind of rich chocolatey, cocoa smell.

It gave me a healthy glow and definitely did boost my radiance, I would recommend those with oily skin use a powder if not just in the T-Zone.

I will use this product up but I don’t feel I’ll rush out to buy another just because I wasn’t blown away by it and it didn’t give enough coverage for me.

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I wasn’t impressed by this bronzer. At all.

The colour is more orange toned because it contains Beta-Carotene, the strongly red-orange pigment  that gives carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes their colour and it is used as food colouring.

It is very shimmery, it has a lot of gold shimmer throughout the product described as ‘glints of sunshine’, in my opinion it just gives you a shimmery face, making it look un-natural.

When applied with a fluffy blush brush it appeared patchy and un-even. I then used a different brush and again the same effect meaning I had to really buff and blend it in.

I will definitely not be using this product, when I did use it I wiped it off and used my trusty Benefit Hula Bronzer instead, sorry Bourjois, you haven’t won me over with this one.

Summer Nails | From Nudes to Brights

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I’m sat here with my nail polish collection finding it difficult to chose just a few beloved nail polishes but finally I’ve narrowed it down to my 9 most used shades for summer. From nudes to brights, nails make a statement, they make you look more polished and with the right shade can brighten up your day. Golds and Neons do a great job of showing off your tan, nudes can make your hands look ten times more glamorous and brights can add something to a terribly average outfit.

My Summer Nail Polish Favourites:

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From left to right: 

Essie – Where’s My Chauffeur? (242)

Essie – Watermelon (27)

MAC – Creme Silly

OPI – It’s a Girl!

Essie – Sand Tropez (79)

Ciate – Sand Dune (085)

Barry M – Yellow (134)

OPI – In My Back Pocket

Nails Inc for InStyle – It’s Red, Babez

My absolute favourites have to be Ciate – Sand Dune (085) and Nails Inc for InStyle – It’s Red, Babez.

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Summer Make-Up Bag | Hot Weather Proof

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Make-Up and heat don’t mix well, your eye make-up has melted and now it’s on your chin and your lipstick is smudged across your cheeks, disaster. Like it or not, summer is the season for light make-up, and anyway, who really wants to be constantly checking their make-up in the mirror? My advice is keep the heavier looks for the cooler nights and go au-natural during the bright sunny days. Less to worry about means it’s easier to enjoy yourself and have fun whether you’re at the beach or having a BBQ. Keep it simple with a few trusted products and the added bonus is there is less to carry!

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Items I carry include: 

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Vintage Selection

L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Waterproof Mascara

Lancome Effacernes Longue Tenue Softening Concealer in 01 Beige Pastel

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner in Black

Nars Eyeshadow Duo in Madrague

MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl

Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base SPF 15

Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint

MAC Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder

Benefit Hula Bronzer

Rimmel Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Lip Tint in 100 Endless Blossom and 700 Nothing but Nude

Vaseline Rosy Lips

My Make-Up bag is from Ted Baker

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Smokey Eyes; a Never Ending Trend.

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For me, there’s nothing better than a winged out smokey look. By using warm colours, like gold and brown, rather than blacks it creates a less harsh look without sacrificing the dramatic edginess a smokey look can give.

Products used:

Foundation/Base:

Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint, in shade Bare 01

Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation, in shade 25 Nude

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder, in shade Peach Glow

Benefit Hula Bronzer, used to contour

MAC Cream Colour Base in PEARL, used as a highlighter

Eyes:

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Indian Wood

Urban Decay eyeshadows in Sidecar, Half Baked, Naked, Smog, Darkhorse and Blackout

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

Jemma Kid I-Glamour Volume Mascara

Ardell Demi Whispies (Cut in Half, using the outer half)

Lips: 

Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lip Liner in Red Dynamite

Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lip Liner in Wine

MAC Lipstick in Russian Red

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Make-up shown on my model, Matilda.

All jewellery shown in this post is available at http://www.essentialjewellers.com.