22.4.15

Green Underline

Today's Makeup Look. . .









Products I've Used.

Eyes:
Retrospeck - All over lid
 
Mac, Malt - Crease
Mac, Haux - Run light again through crease
Mac, Mythology - Outer corner
Rimmel/ Glam'eyes liquid liner - Winged eyeliner
Inglot, Eyeshadow 44 ( a moss green) - Lower lash line
MUA/ Poptastic Palette Jade Jazz - Lower lash line (Over the top of Inglot eyeshadow)
Ardell, Demi Whispies - Strip Lashes
 
Lips:

L.A. Girl, Natural - Lipliner
Mac, Whirl - Lipstick


14.4.15

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

Cleaning my makeup brushes.

I swear all I ever do in my job is clean my makeup brushes, I have been asked on numerous occasions how I do this without ruining my brushes so I thought I would do a quick blog post and show everyone how.
Now before I started cleaning my brushes the proper way, I used to just use soap and water and it used to take me forever, this for me and all of my brushes (over 50) can take me no longer than 30 minutes, they also dry a lot quicker as well, so that's brilliant for when you need them again later in the day!
It's not a very exciting blog and no doubt if you look at other peoples they will all be quite similar, differencing in products and a few personal touches. But none the less it's something that has to be done on a regular basis and if done correctly, your brushes will last and stay it top quality condition.




Here is what you will need, a small pot, brush cleanser I use Mac but my favourite is Cinema Secrets Quick Dry, I’ve just ran out. You will go through a lot of brush cleanser in your life time so when on offer always stock up, even if you have 50 bottles to get through already, just buy it! And finally kitchen roll, I prefer to use this rather than tissue, as I find with tissue it dissolves quickly and your left with tiny bits all in your brushes, which is never good! 



Pop some brush cleanser into your pot and put your brush in about half way, do not and I repeat do not dunk all your brush into the product this will be far too much and over time will damage your brushes.



Next just applying a light hand, circle your brushes into the kitchen roll do this until there is no more colour coming out, if you press to hard you will change the shape of your brush and they won't be any good.




Finally, mould them back in to shape and leave them to dry.
Probably the most important stage of this process is how you leave your brushes when they are drying, if you leave them standing up right - bristles pointing towards the ceiling any leftover cleanser will drop down into the ferrule of the brush and over time will start disintegrating the glue, resulting in the bristles falling out and eventually causing the brush to just fall apart.

So to avoid this either lay your brushes down so they are on their side, or some brush holders for example the Real Techniques sets are so bloody brilliant that you can stand your brushes upside down in the elasticated holders.

Before Cleaning   

After Cleaning  

Have a Fabulous day!


6.4.15

Happy Easter With Lush

Lush Easter Haul

If you're like me around Easter and would prefer something else other than chocolate, Lush has the perfect solution, introducing their 2015 Easter range. I only purchased a few items, there is also the Golden Egg bath bomb, and Somewhere Over The Rainbow soap. Returning from 2014 are Bunch of Carrots and Golden Egg.




Hoppity Poppity Bath Bomb £2.50

This bath bomb is just adorable, shaped like a bunny face and has a very earthy smell, which consists of lavender and lime. Infused with popping candy this little beauty actually hops out of the water hence the name Hoppity Poppity. 

Only down fall is it didn't last very long compared to over lush bath bombs, and I personally didn't love the smell.





Pot o'gold £3.50

This is my first experience with a shower jelly and I love it. They are so much fun. The smell for me was a little to sickly to start, a mix between sweet orange, pineapple and vanilla but after a couple of washes its soon died down so it became less over powering and I could love it more. I wouldn't say the smell lasts to long after it's used, but it does leave a light shimmer to your body, and when I say light I mean its hardly noticeable.

I'm now coming to the end of the first week of using this every day and I haven't seen any great change to the size, so I'm expecting this will last for quite a while, you could even cut it into small cubes so you're only using a small bit at one time and it may last even longer.




  


Fluffy Egg £2.95

Yum yum yum, this bath bomb smells like sweet sweeeet candy floss, and exactly like Snow Fairy (a limited edition shower gel that only comes out around xmas time) It also makes your bath turn a luscious girly pink colour.







Bunch of Carrots £5.95

From 2014 Easter's range we desperately welcome these back into our lives, I mean just look at them can you get any cuter? The carrots don’t smell like carrots, don’t worry – it’s a sunny citrus scent. These are reusable, just hold one carrot under the tap when you run your bath, and you will get a huge amount of bubbles from each one, this is the most expensive product from the range but you can use one carrot multiple times.


 Have A Fabulous Day!


30.3.15

Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes

 Review & Swatches . . .

  Left: Nude Mauve, Right: Gorgeous Berries


Can we all just take a moment to congratulate Max Factor on their wonderful new creation, which is their Creme Puff Blushes? 

I only have 2 of the 6 shades on offer, but there is no doubt that I shall be buying them all. Not only is this, my new personal favourite blush but I have already used them on a couple of my brides, who absolutely loved the finish as well.

Their formula is like velvet, very soft to touch, baked with a multi-tonal pigments, which gives them that gorgeous marble effect, to illuminate and give your skin a soft glow, acting like a highlighter and blush in one.

They are super pigmented so build them up softly as a small amount of this product worked into the skin goes along way, but as these are so easily blend-able even if you do add a little too much, it takes minimal amount of effort to blend or buff away any harsh lines.  
They last well, with the colour lasting as long as most powder blushes. Even when the colour starts to fade after around 6 hours, a hint of shimmer still remains.



They have also been duped for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes, I personally have not tried the hourglass ones but with the Max Factor ones costing a small £8.99 compared to the Hourglass ones at a pricey £28.00 I probably won’t need too. 

The packaging is simple but classy, with the gold trim around the lid. I like how they have made the compact lid see-through, so you can see what shade you are going for. They are available in any Boots or Superdrug.




Bottom: Nude Mauve, Top: Gorgeous Berries
Blush shades for your skin tone:
Lovely Pink – Fair
Nude Mauve – Fair/Medium
Seductive Pink – Fair/Medium
Lavish Mauve – Fair/Medium
Alluring Rose – Medium/Dark
Gorgeous Berries – Dark

So if you're looking for a high quality blush at drugstore prices, here's your pick.
Once again, bravo Max Factor you did good!

Have a Fabulous Day!

24.3.15

MUA Eyeshadow Palettes

Reviews & Swatches 


I received these MUA (Makeup Academy) palettes as a gift so after a couple months of trying them out here is my review and swatches.
After hearing a lot of buzz on these palettes on social media I was going in with quite high expectations, and I will tell you they did not disappoint.



The white one is the "Romantic Efflorescence" palette, the black natural palette is called the "Twelfth Night", and black brightly coloured palette is called "Poptastic"
Personally I prefer the Twelfth Night palette as I thought the colours were better pigmented then the Romantic palette.

Each palette contains some great pigmented colours, a few lacked pigment but once worked into the skin and layered they worked just as well as the others.
You will need to layer these eye shadows to make them last well, but there is a great range of colours ranging in mattes, shimmers and pearls.
These are ridiculously good value for money costing only £4.00 each.


 The Twelfth Night Palette

This palette is probably my favourite out of the three I have reviewed, it has everything you need to create perfect look, including crease colours, highlighting shades lid and transition colours.

Swatches Left to right: 
The first one is Hush, but I cut half of it out with the camera so you may not be able to see it, this is a matte beige colour and its one of my most used colours in this palette as I use it as my base.
Ice - Similar to Hush but shimmery, great for highlighting your brow bone.
Myrrh - Shimmery yellow/gold.
All Spice - Shimmery, reddish brown
Frost - Shimmery Silver
Ivy - Dark green, this one lacked pigment so needs to be built up
Oudh - Shimmery beige/ copper, this one is the most pigmented in the whole palette, it's such a beautiful colour.
Plum - A rich deep purple with a slight simmer.
Coal - A shimmery moss colour, green containing brown pigments it's like they have mixed Ivy and Fir together.
Enchant - A Shimmery gun metal grey.
Fir - A deeper brown
Star Shine - A darker shimmery grey.






The Romantic Efflorescence Palette

This palette has a great combination of shimmers and mattes with a diversity of colours which can be used to create a natural day time look or a darker look for the evening. Unfortunately I did find most of the mattes patchy and lacking pigment this caused them to be hard to blend and extra time is needed to build the colours up.

Swatches Left to Right:

Mesmeric - A matte light salmon.
Bewitch - A shimmery bronze brown.
Tempt - A taupe with a light shimmer can appear patchy so needs to be built up and blended well.
Magnet - A matte brown / grey, this colour again lacks pigment and can come up quite patchy.
Corrupt -  A Matte Black surprisingly with how dark this black looks it's one of the colours that lacks the most pigment it's more of a charcoal black, and again needs building up, but it's easily blendable so that's a bonus!
Exposed - A silver with a hint of brown shimmer
Obsessed - A chocolate brown with shimmer, beautifully pigmented and a little goes a long way.
Siren - A matte purple with grey undertones another patchy shade which is hard to blend.
Lavish - A light taupe, great for using as a transition / crease shade.
Reveal - A light silver which is quite chalky so you may experience some fall out when using this colour.
Fiery - A deep metallic gold, this is the most pigmented colour in the palette and a little goes a long way.
Captivate - Another matte this time a medium brown.  This is a better matte than the rest quite pigmented easy to blend easy to work with.

 

 
The Poptastic Palette

Lastly the Poptastic Palette, as you can tell from the photo, this palette contains 12 bright, fun shades that add a pop of colour to any look! This palette is definitely suited for those who are on the more daring side and want to add a brighter colour to their look.

I was quite impressed with the pigmentation of this palette most of these colours are shimmers so I think that helped. The only problems I have with this palette, are although they are lovely and smooth a few of the eyeshadows are a little difficult to blend out. The colour range is limited I would of liked to have seen a few more greens or even an orange in the collection instead of 5 different blues.
  
Swatches Left to Right:
Pizzaz Purple - A pink purple colour with a silver shimmer running through, one of the best colours in this palette, highly pigmented.
Jade Jazz - A beautiful shimmery sea green, I would have loved to have seen some more greens.
Cool Cyan - A matte baby blue, less pigmented then the rest and it's one of the ones that was harder to blend out.
Cherry Sours - The darkest pink, great pigment and easy to blend, it's a good colour but personally I'm not a fan of it.

Lime Sizzle - A light yellow, minimal pigment, creamy in texture with a little fall out.

Atomic Aqua - Quite similar to Jade Jazz but is a bit more on the blue side.
Electric Purple - A dark, deep, purple with a creamy texture.
Shocking Pink - A light, powdery pink contains shimmer. I personally prefer this pink to Cherry Sours.
Gold Mine - A gorgeous golden yellow, creamy in texture, easy to blend and highly pigmented.
Crystal Blue - A matte royal blue, great to use under the eyes for a pop of colour.
Blue Suede - It is pretty mid tone metallic blue shade. Very gorgeous shade, creamy in texture and has good pigmentation.
Sonic Blue - A very glamorous, navy blue.



Have A Fabulous Day!

16.3.15

Spring Colours

I'm getting in the mood for spring. . .





Products I've Used.
Eyes:
Mac, Paint Pot, Paintly - All over lid, up to brow bone
Mac, Speedy Pearl - All over lid
MUA/ Twelfth Night Winter Shades Palette, All Spice, - Crease
Rimmel/ Glam'eyes liquid liner - Winged eyeliner
MUA/ Poptastic Palette Atomic Aqua - Lower lash lineArdell, Demi Whispies - Strip Lashes
Lips:

L.A. Girl, Strawberry Jam - Lipgloss
 
 
Have A Fabulous Day!

9.3.15

Something Kinda Blue

Todays look. . .



Products I've Used.
Eyes:
Mac, Paint Pot, Paintly - All over lid, up to brow bone
Mac, Black Tied - All over lid
Naked 3 Palette, Limit - CreaseMac, Kohl power eye pencil, Feline - Waterline
Rimmel/ Glam'eyes liquid liner - Winged eyeliner and lower flick
MUA/ Poptastic Palette Sonic Blue - Lower lash line
MUA/ Poptastic Palette, Blue Suede - Inbetween flicks
Ardell, Demi Whispies - Strip Lashes

Lips:

Mac, Hue & Blankety mixed - Lipstick
Mac, PRRR - Lipgloss

 Have a Fabulous Day!

 

23.2.15

All Tied Up In A Bow

Bow Hairstyle Tutorial. . . 

In this blog post I will be showing you step by step on how to create a bow hairstyle, this is such an easy, simple hairstyle but which looks so cute and creative.
So if you would like to know how, keep reading . . . 






What you will need to create this look:

 
- Hairspray
- Hairbrush
- Bobby Pins
- Hair Tie





Step 1: 

Use your hair tie to create a pony tail but on the last loop don't pull it all the way through.

 

Step 2:
Separate the bun so its split in half.




Step 3:
Take the existing bit of the pony tail, and wrap it around the middle of what you separated and bobby pin it.



Step 4:
Lastly just perfect your bow, pull the bottom of the bow down and pin with a bobby pin, to make the bow bigger.
Tuck away any loose strands underneath and spray with hairspray to keep in place.


And wallah there you have it, a funky bow style for your hair that took less then 10 minutes to do.

There are different ways to wear this look:
Try doing it with half your hair down and curly for a more dressy look.
OR 

Just a little bow on the side of your head or on a side pony tail for a more casual look.









I would love to see you try this, so if you do please send me your pics!

Have a Fabulous day!


9.2.15

Graphic Eyeliner

Today's Look. . .





Products I've Used.
Eyes:
Maybelline, Eyestudio Gel Liner -  Base Eyeliner
Rimmel London, Glam'eyes Liquid Liner - Over the top on the gel liner to give it a smoother sleeker look

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, Strange - All over eye lids up to brow
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, Nooner - In Crease
Mac, Expresso - Eyebrows

Salon System Lashes - Naturalash 110

Lips:

L.A Girl Endless, Pink Parfait - Lip Liner
MAC, Girl About Town - Lipstick

Have a Fabulous Day! 

 

 

2.2.15

Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner

First Impressions...

As you all know I am a lover of eyeliner, something must be seriously wrong if I don’t have some kind of eyeliner look going on as I feel naked without it. 

I do like playing around with new ones so I thought I would give the Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner in black a try. First impressions was "cute pot" I really like the look of this product, I like the style of packaging and the fact they have gone for silver not black like all the others gel eyeliner pots I have. The brush is quite dense but I hate that it’s a flat brush and not a angle or liner brush I do however like that its quite a big brush and not one of them tiny ones that just gets lost as soon as you open the box, however saying that I did achieve a perfectly good winged effect by using it so it defiantly can be done. I also like that it has got their branding on the side as others don’t, so I thought that was a nice touch. This would only be a love from me or someone else that takes pictures of makeup but the fact that there are no branding / barcode stickers and the name of the product is engraved in is a huge deal, I cannot stand photographing products that have all the ingredients sticker plastered all over them, just looks damn ugly!



As for the gel liner itself it’s a very intense black, creamy and easy to apply. It does take a little longer than expected to dry but I didn’t have any transfer, if you are someone with hooded eyelids you may find this will transfer but it’s easier than other gels I have tried in the past to wipe off.
As for duration what I like to do when testing a new liner is apply it without any other makeup so from the picture you can see I have no foundation or eye shadows on, I also haven’t got any eye primers on either, this means the product has nothing to grip to, if it lasts a long time without any products underneath you know it will do well with the help of eye shadow and primers. 
I have been wearing this for over 7 hours now, the product hasn’t crumbled or cracked which is a good thing when it comes to eyeliners, but it has worn a tiny, tiny bit just where my wing flicks out, as here, for me is quite an oily area so you may find this doesn’t happen to yours, if this happens when I use eye shadow underneath I will just go over it with a liquid eyeliner. This product does state just like many others that it is smudge-proof and waterproof for 24 hours so I am intrigued to know if it lasts as long as it should.

The product does state that it is safe for sensitive eyes and for people who wear contact lenses I don’t have either so I cannot comment on that fact. I will say that I did apply it to the inside of my upper lash line and there was no problem with it being there.
There doesn’t seem to be a great deal of product in the tub as most of the bottom is the just the glass container, however I only used a very small amount literally just swiped my brush in there once and that was enough to create this look.




If you have used this gel liner before I would love to know your thoughts?

Have a Fabulous Day!