Sunday, 23 November 2014

My DIY Brow Routine - Easy & Simple

I've recently started doing my own brows and decided to blog about how easy and simple it is just to tidy or shape them myself.  In the past I have relied on brow salons/bars and sometimes they've got them right and other times nothing what I expected so this has taught me to start taking charge myself :

Learn below how I achieve the perfect brows:

1. Comb your brows then analyse your brows - What needs taking away? What shape are you after? What suits your face shape?

Do they need filling in, extending thinned out, thicker, tinted?

 2. Use a Pencil Guide - I use a dark Brow pencil to draw out the shape I want and also to outline the little hairs that need taking away - This helps me so much...

3. Use any method to remove any unwanted hairs or to shape. The most popular ones are:


Best advice is to do this in natural daylight against a vanity mirror or small compact mirror

 4. Use a concealer around the brows and then a brush to make the brows appear tidy and well groomed.  I love using The Body Shop Concealer . I actually learnt this trick with this product when I went to Lan Nguyen Makeup Masterclass & I use this technique on all my models & clients

Final Step: I then use the Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara to add sculpt and texture to my brows - This also makes them appear tidy, shaped and defined 

Continued..... Combing the brows with my brow gel .. There are several brow mascara out there not the market from... Use what works for you..

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel
MAC Cosmetics Brow Set 
Bobbi Brown Brow Shaper & Hair     Touch Up
Rimmel Brow This Way Gel

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Monday, 17 November 2014

MAC Extended Play GigaBlack Lash Mascara .. Wow Best Mascara for Lengthening *Review*

MAC Extended GigaBlack Lash Mascara is great for everyday when you want lift and lengthening to the lashes, Its smudge proof and has a petite brush which has micro-spheres to make sure all lashes remain untouched.  I love the want it fits perfect in the inner corners and works wonders on the BOTTOM LASHES so I don't have to get my Clinique bottom lash mascara as much now.

Wearing it after 2 applications - separated, and lifted
Who is it for:

I would say this is great for anyone who needs lengthening and if you have dark lashes it will intensify the colour as it is Carbon Black.  This is not the mascara if you want that 'Big Night Out Lashes' effect, its natural yet still stands out. This is one of the few mascaras I've used that doesn't clump which is a bonus even after 2 applications

Comb that gives lashes precision

Get the best out of it by:

Applying 2 coats to the top and 1 to the bottom, Lashes will look ever so flattering, curled and separated.  You can use the top part of the brush to hit them little hairs in the corner and give them some lash love :)
You can buy yours at MAC Cosmetics or any beauty department store/free-standing store selling MAC Cosmetics for £14.50

MAC Gigi Black

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Friday, 7 November 2014

Winter Makeup Beauty Favourites :)

As its Winter in England, I have changed up my makeup routine quite a bit I was getting bored with powder products and eye shadows & wanted to try out a different style.  So I've changed and re-discovered some favourite products in my kit and have added it to my daily makeup routine.

One thing I'm loving is highlighted skin with cream eye shadows.  I'm not using any blusher at all I'm done with it for a while, I'm into good coverage foundations, glossy lips and lashes with lots of volume .. Read below to see what I'm using for this and would recommend

Winter Favourites;  Include E45, Bourjois CC, Laura Mercier, Benefit Highlighter, Maybelline Lipgloss, Collection Eyeshadow Pencils, Soap & Glory Eyeliner, Loreal Lumi, Jemma Kidd, Vaseline, MUA, Mac Shadow sticks & Avon Shadow sticks 

Cream Shadows are a must of mine this Winter, I love the fact you don't really need a blending brush as I just blend these with my fingers, also there long lasting. I have a range from high end to drugstore.  I would say the MAC Beiging although it is discontinued you do need to warm it up before applying.  The Collection Pencils  £3.19 -  and are outstanding for their price, they last, don't smudge and have great pigment. My only concern with them is they often break as they are really soft. I love using the Avon SuperShock Pencils on their own or when I wear powder eye shadow its good for a base underneath for a deeper pigment. MUA Blast Eyeshadow Tint £3 - I have it in the shade Bring It Back which reminds me of a Jlo Bronze colour good value for the price and easy to blend.

Shadow Sticks L-R Avon Cream, MUA in Bring it back, MAC Beige-Ing, Collection Bronze & Vanilla, Avon Brown

I bought the Soap & Glory SuperCat Eyeliner - £6 - last Summer and wore it throughout, Ive just re discovered it this winter and I'm using it for creating more depth to my top lash line and creating a flick on those creative mornings when you want to have a bold liner look. Its really easy to use with a sharp point tip, it is Black but I have worn darker liners so not the Blackest on the market, & it glides on easy no need for double swipes to create the flick

Soap & Glory Cat Liner

I'm loving highlighted skin at the moment its the biggest change to my routine this winter I'm tired of colour and instead just want healthy radiant glowing skin like I'm naturally gifted with it :) Swatches below are of Jemma Kidd Iced Gold (Discontinued)- great for tanned to pale skin tones has a cool tone, Benefit High Beam  £19.50 - Love this on my cupid bow, cheek  bones and bridge its so subtle yet transforming I've been using this for 4 years never disappoints, Benefit Watt's up! £24.50 - Soft highlighter with a warm gold finish great on all skin types can also be used as a eye shadow pop colour for centre of the lid, Lastly my recent purchase Loreal Paris Lumi Magique Primer  £9.99 great mixed with foundation for daytime  

Top to Bottom  - Jemma Kidd Ice Gold, Benefit High Beam, Benefit Watts Up, Loreal Lumi Primer

Chanel Le Volume De Mascara - £25 -  This has to be one of the BEST mascara ever. I got this as a tester sample when I bought the Vitalumiere - One thing about black lashes like mine is that yes they stand out but I find its hard to make them look really out there sometimes with some mascara due to lashes already being dark - This Mascara gives my lashes amazing Volume, Length and Separation and it seems to make my lashes look darker which is what I wanted - I will be buying this once Ive finished the sample - Also it doesn't transfer & is long lasting, Oh & did I mention I love it :) 

Chanel Le Mascara - Best Mascara Ever :) :)

Bourjois 123 CC Cream - I love the CC Cream it has amazing coverage for a CC and makes me look flawless - I use my E45 creme to go under so its all affordable.  It gives me a soft healthy glow as a base. The CC is great for evening out skin tone and covering redness.  

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation - I'm liking this for those days where I want heavier coverage and feel a blemish coming to visit me for a few days.  I always buff this in and a little goes a long way.  I would powder this always as it can break up sometimes,  I have combination skin so may depend what skin type you have. Overall covers all acne, marks and evens out plus its long lasting :) 

Bourjois CC & Laura Mercier Silk Cream Foundation

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Barbie Doll Makeup - Wearable Tutorial How To - Makeup Zaira Cantara

Last week I did makeup for a 21st birthday party, the Birthday Girl requested a smokey eye with eyeliner.  Jessica was already stunning so didn't need much makeup but after I looked at the pictures I likened the makeup to a wearable Barbie Doll Makeup.  I think sometimes everyone thinks it has to be bright, colourful and a bit full on but the look I did on Jessica was wearable.  

See how I got the look below :

Eyes : 
Brow Bone - Strange
Crease - Limit
Outer Corner - Nooner

Outer Corner & Top Lash Line - Mystery smudged on top and further into crease
Bottom Lashes - Mystery & Carbon smudged with a Sigma Brushes Love-Makeup
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Gel Liner -  Top & Bottom and inner water line smudged again on lower lashes - for the flick I did quite a high point to give a really feline effect 

Cheeks Blusher:

I used Chanel for the cheeks to achieve a natural bronzed look and to add a natural glowing look
I used Charlotte Tilbury The Climax Blush which looked amazing bit of swish & swash as CT says worked well right on the apples of the cheeks 

Lashes & Mascara : 
Jessica had a pair of Benefit Cosmetics Lashes which I must admit I loved need to try them out in my kit 

So of course as its a party we want lashes to be Va Va Voom using Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

Using Colour Sensational in Maybelline Sweet Pink

I curled Jessica's using the Babyliss Salon Soft Waves Hair Wand to create soft waves I then tied 2 pieces together into a knot to finish off.  I also used TRESeme Extra Hold Spray & Volume Spray to hold the hair for the night and added Sebastian Hair Products including Texture Spray & Heat Protector 

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Saturday, 25 October 2014

My Zuca Artist Makeup Bags

FINALLLLLLLLYY...... I purchased the Zuca Pouches and wow let me tell you it is so worth it.. The amount of compliments I get on freelancing/studio work on how great my kit looks always organised & clean.

So Zuca are a brand that cater for many outdoor sport activities such as Hockey etc.  They also do Makeup Pro Bags, Pouches, Hair Pro Bags. They are clear so you can see what it is your carrying and its easy to find.  I bought 5 large pouches and labelled them into what products I wanted to carry in each pouch.  Ive seen many celebrity Makeup Artist carry the Zuca around so I knew it would cater to a lot of makeup 

Zuca bags are for all freelancers those who travel around and practically live in their kit,  I put all my pouches in my River Island suitcase and it works so well. I bought them from Puck Shop UK for £11 which offering web exclusive prices. They are easy to clean and stain-proof inside. Ive labelled them into 5 categories:

  • Prep - Skincare, Primers, Setting Spray etc
  • Base -  Concealer, Foundation, Powders, Correctors 
  • Definition - Blusher, Highlighter, Bronzer, Contouring
  • Eyes  -  Eyeshadow, Palettes,  Eyeliners, Glitters, Eye Bases/Primers
  • Lips -  Lip liners, Preps, Lipsticks, Lip-glosses, Palettes

Check out my pictures below & if your freelancing kit needs organising why not look into Zuca :) 

My Zuca all packed and organised for the weekend chaos to come :)

All new & shiny :) :) :)

Label Sorting 

Set out on my one of my freelancing jobs they look perfect, clear and ready to use :)

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Monday, 13 October 2014

Drugstore Makeup Haul & Review- Maybelline, Loreal, Rimmel & More

So I recently went shopping in Boots and bought some products that I wanted to try out.. I absolutely love Drugstore makeup I think sometimes you end up paying less for something that works out better then high end makeup.  

Below is a little review of what I bought & some tips & tricks for you all...

Beauty Haul 
Lipstick Kinda Girl - Try these shades :

I have been wanting to buy some lipsticks to add to my Japonesque pallete ( review coming) I decided to go for Maybelline, Rimmel & Loreal these just caught my eye.  I bought Rimmel Nude Delight, couple of Maybelline lipsticks these are long lasting and moisturising and lastly Loreal Color Riche in the colour Julianne's Nude this is now in my makeup bag I love this Soft Pink again moisturising and suits all skin tones. 

L-R Maybelline Summer Pink, Velvet Beige,
Rimmel  Nude Delight
Loreal Julianne's Nude, Maybelline Vintage Pink

£6.99- £8.99
Swatches below of the lipsticks all drugstore you can purchase these at Boots Lips  

Swatches of the lipsticks 
Makeup Bag Essentials Lovin it :

Loving these lip glosses from Maybelline Color Sensational Glosses there really sheer and long lasting. They also smell like sweets. Im into glosses at the moment and these are perfect for a day look or you can pair with a smokey eye in the evening. Trending in my makeup bag. 

Maybelline Color Sensational Glosses  - £6.19

Swtatches include Glorious Grapefruit 
Want a Mascara that gives lots of VOLUME:

I repurchased the Loreal Volume Millions Waterproof Mascara. This is a favourite with my clients especially my brides.  It definitely gives what it says volume but then also separates lashes.  There is no clumping of the lashes and again is long lasting.  With it being waterproof its a bonus so if you know your going to get emotional at a party or special occasion you need this....  

My favourite Drugstore Mascara for brides - Loreal Millions

Loreal Mascara wand.  The bristles are sharp and detailed therefore separating, lengthing and adding volume. I always have faith in this mascara and currently on my 3rd one 

Love the comb  giving great volume & length - £10.99
Get that J-Lo Look with Loreal Lumi Magique:

I can't count how many times I've watched YouTube Beauty Gurus using this Loreal Lumi Magique and wanted to try it. Finally I bought it. So it works as a primer as well as a luminous cream product to go under the foundation, mixed in or on top.  Its a cheaper version of Becca Shimmer and works well on really pale to olive skin tones.  I sometimes apply it under my foundation or just dab it as a highlighter on my cheekbones, nose , cupid etc and it looks amazing, Its so subtle your getting 2 uses from it (Primer & Highlighter) . It enhances radiance and if your wanting a affordable J-Lo look you have to try this :) 

Lorea Lumi - Long awaited and deco worth the hype - £9.99 
Swatch of Loreal Lumi

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Monday, 6 October 2014

The Brush Belt Company - Check out my new Brush Belt

Hey Guys, So I have been looking for more storage for my brushes for quite a while to use when I’m freelancing.  I have  2 Brush Holders which I purchased at IMATS LONDON 3 years ago and have been using them on my freelancing jobs, however I'm carrying more brushes now then ever since I'm busier and need something more flexible.

I came across a website called The Brush Belt Company and instantly loved what I saw.  It looked professional, had more then enough storage for my brushes, a secure fold over pouch and of course a little zip pocket for my phone/money/business cards/ or anything else I need to carry on the go. Oh & it also has an adjustable belt :) 

I purchased The Classic Brush Belt Company which was for £44.99 & it arrived within a couple of days. I mainly ordered it for LFW work so was happy when it came.  I'm now using it on all my jobs. I love the fact it is so easy to use as you can see it has a protective flap which secures and hides all the brushes when not in use but I also use this to place any used up brushes on the job so i can keep client/studios surfaces clean.  

The Brush Belt Company state that they wanted to design products & practical solutions for Pro Makeup Artists who were struggling to find suitable brush belts and set bags - I can relate to this 100% its hard finding the one right for you & after taking some time to research on many brands & products  I'm glad I decided to go with them.  They do currently state that they are also working on new ideas and products so I will be visiting again soon... Why not check them out link is below :) 

Packing my brushes  ready to beat faces :) 

Look at all them pockets ready to pack all them brushes in ..Lovin it

Just an example of how I like to lay out my brushes on the protective flap

Back Zip Pocket perfect for you phone/money/business cards

Disclaimer ; This post is not sponsored or affiliated in any way with The Brush Belt Company - All notes & opinions are my own I will only review what I think is worth reviewing :)

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