Sunday, 14 December 2014

MAC Prep & Prime Highlighter- Eyes Concealing - Review

If you read my recent post on my MAC Haul you will know I purchased 2 of the Prep+Prime Highlighters which I have been using recently ....... So here is my review:  

Who's It For?

  • If your a Makeup Artist they are a great benefit to your kit
  • Ranges of tones means you can work well with skin tones 
  • For those wanting to touch up every now and then on them busy days out/or in the office 
  • Wanting extra coverage on top of your concealer

  • To Brighten up your makeup 

Where/ How to Apply ?

Below is a demo - Apply where needed - Most common uses are Under Eyes, Nose, Cheeks, Cupid Bow, Chin, Forehead, Brow Bone 

Apply with the soft pen style and then blend away with your finger in patting motions or with a beauty blender - I find these are the best way to apply Prep+Prime

A Bit More Info....

The Prep+Prime overall come in 4 colours.  I have the Light Boost (Yellow tone) & Bright Forecast (Orange tone).  If you are a NC15-NC25 like me the Light Boost is the perfect colour for you to apply - Bright Forecast is for those above NC30/Tanned I would say it works wonders under the eyes as it has a slight peach undertone within the Orange 

I love using these on my clients for those who are wanting that extra oomph added to their makeup, day/night makeup.  I find they don't crease and that a little goes a long way.  The 'Pen Style' means its great to travel with in your case. The packaging is Black and would look sophisticated in any makeup kit/bag. 

I apply some MUFE Concealer under my eyes - Blend in with sponge 

Using Prep+Prime Light Boost 

Apply to under eyes in soft strokes 

Using damp sponge to push the concealer into place

My Clinique Powder - Great for under eyes as its so fine 
Powdering away 
After - Eyes Look Brighter, Even & Awake .. I LOVE:)
You can buys yours for £18.50 at MAC Cosmetics  

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Monday, 8 December 2014

Urban Decay: Naked On The Run Palette (Review & Swatches)

Hello there :) 

As soon as I saw a preview of this palette on my Instagram a while back I knew I had to try it out...First day of release meant I had to be one of the first at the Urban Decay Counter...

This is not only a perfect gift for someone especially for Christmas/birthday buy also to travel with.   I liked the idea that the palette came with a Lipgloss, Mascara as well as Bronzer & Blush.  My only con would be the palette is a bit thick maybe for some cases/bags but that wouldn't put me off buying personally. 

So included are: 
  • 6 Eyeshadows - Dive, Fix, Resist, Dare, Stun & 5050 (which can also be used as a highlighter) The eyeshadows have Shimmery, Matte, Metallic finishes - The colours fit in a range from Nude, Browns, Rose Golds
Swatches L-R - Dive, Fix, Resist, Dare, Stun 

  • Stag Pencil 24/7 Glide Pencil - A Grey/Black colour which lasts as it says ALL DAY- I love the range of 24/7 pencils, there easy to use and pigmented 
  • Perversion Mascara - So I haven't used this Mascara as of yet but have heard great reviews - Perversion is usually the darkest of Blacks that the UD range offer so I do find this appealing also  (Kim Kardashian wore this mascara on her wedding) 

Swatches L-R - 5050 (highlighter/eyeshadow), Pink Blusher & Bronzer

  • Bronzer - Naked On The Run - A matte  bronzer that has a warm finish and a silky texture - Definitely can be used to contour the eye socket with too - For those of you who are really pale I would probably not use this as a bronzer as it can look slightly orange but apart from that its perfect (you can use it as an eyeshadow instead)
  • Blush - Pink - The blush has a Satin finish and a blue undertone - Its blend able, pigmented and again looks great on all skin tones (palest to deep) 

Sesso Naked Lipgloss :)

The Lipgloss in Sesso is really moisturising and long-lasting - It not only works as an everyday colour but I will be using this with weddings I have coming up - The Naked lip glosses are one of the most popular on the markets so Im happy they have included this within the palette

You can buy yours for £37 at Debenhams Urban Decay Naked On The Run Palette 

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

MAC HAUL !!!! MakeupArtist Finds

Hey Peeps, I had to do a post on my recent MAC Cosmetics purchases.  Adding more love to my kit I decided to buy some products I've been after for quite a while. Check out pictures and haul below: 

Overall purchases :)
PrepPrime Highlighters I've been after this product since last year and bought 2 of the shades 'Light Boost' & 'Bright Forecast' both work great as highlighters, touch ups and add radiance to the face.. LB has a yellow tone to it and BF has a orange tone.  MUST BUY if your into highlighting and concealing :)

PrepPrime Highlighters £18.50
As for the next product MAC Russian Red Lipstick  I actually got this as part of the Back-To-Mac Recycling programme they have,  (This is the only product I didn't pay for).  So you take back 6 recyclable MAC Products and you can choose a lipstick of your choice for free .  I didn't hesitate and picked out the 'Russian Red' as its a colour that never goes out, has statement written all over it and is used on the 'Red Carpet; always  - Love this lipstick

Classic 'Russian Red' Lipstick £15.50
Even though I freelance I have never owned a MAC Mascara till now . I purchased the Mac Gigi Black Mascara and its now happily sat in my makeup draw. Read my review of MAC GigiBlack Mascara here .  This is great for adding length and a lift, the wand is a bonus as its so easy to use in the corners and bottom of the lashes :)

GiGi Black for £14.50
PrepPrime SkinBase Visage Primer this is my 2nd bottle using this.  It has the most silkiest touch and is my holy grail primer for most of my Bride/Weddings jobs.  It definitely makes my foundation stay on a lot longer and sits better on my skin.  I like applying this with a foundation brush and then using the same brush to apply my foundation with to avoid streaks. 

Skin Base Visage Primer £21.00
I'm wearing this product as I'm writing this - PrepPrime Moisture Infusion Serum  and I honestly did not know what to expect as I hadn't come across any reviews or knew anyone using it.  But as I wanted to add some new products to the kit I went for it.  After 5 days of wearing this I must say it works wonders (review coming up) it hydrates the skin so your foundation always sits well and looks radiant, the package has sparkles on it so it looks good in your makeup kit/bag   (will go into more detail in my review) A*

Moisture Infusion £29.50
 Mineralize Charged Water Face & Body Described as an 'everywhere lotion' a little goes a long way- So I've only used this products once and I did like it, gave me slight glow (has small shimmering particles in it) and hydrates the skin  - The real question is what is the benefit and use of it which I still am trying to figure out after only 1 use - There is also the point as many have questioned as to what 'charged' means for this product.  Its not a must in my kit or for myself but something different what I do admire is that for me it has two uses - Hydrates & Radiance - I'm just not sure if its something everybody will want but still do like what it does :)

Mineralize Charge Water Face & Body £23.00
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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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