Wednesday, 31 October 2012

My Natural Everyday Makeup Routine


Products Used:
Face:
Smashbox Luminizing Primer
NARS Tinted Moisturizer (Annapurna)
Bobbi Brown Corrector (Dark Bisque)
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

Brows:
Clinique Superfine Liner for Brows (Black/Brown)
MAC Brow Gel

Eyes:
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner (Black)
Benefit They're Real Mascara
MAC e/s (brun)

Cheeks:
NARS Blush (Gilda)
Benefit Sun Beam

Lips:
Clinique Chubby Stick (Chunky Cherry)

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Review & Swatches


I have always been searching for a good primer that keeps my makeup on all day. There are many things that I like about this product but I wouldn’t say it’s the best primer out there.

I thought the best time to try this primer out was when I was in Spain, considering how warm the weather has been over there!

The consistency feels almost like a light, watery gel and isn’t the typical primers with the silicone base. I always let this settle into my skin before I apply my foundation.
This did keep my makeup on, however not all day. I noticed that towards the late afternoon my face appeared a tad bit oily and my blush had disappeared.



I find that this primer doesn’t do a lot for oil control, however my foundation does apply perfectly on top of the primer and this is probably suitable for normal/dry skins.

I think this would work better in the colder, climate of the UK but it’s not a product I would be reaching for in the summer. I like this product but I don’t love it and I am kinda sad it hasn’t worked as well as I had hoped and costing £28, I am left a tad bit disappointed.

If you wish to try this product all Laura Mercier products can be purchased from Space NK.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Kiko Lavish Oriental Fall 2012 Collection Review & Swatches

Lavish Oriental is the new limited edition collection for fall 2012. This collection is inspired by the Orient and is a mix of traditional and modern aspects.
I ended up picking two of the Colour Seduction Eyeshadow Palettes (£12.90), Sumptuous Mocha and Sensuous Burgundy. The eyeshadows are silky smooth and highly pigmented. The colours are warm and inviting and it’s a great combination for quick and everyday makeup.
Left: Sumptuous Mocha Right: Sensuous Burgundy
Sensuous Burgundy Swatches
Sumptuous Mocha swatches

The other things I picked up was the smoky eye pencils (£6.90) in 01 and 02. 01 is a rich, dark brown with gold flecks and 02 is a beautiful deep teal. These pencils come with an angled brush on the other side. They are so creamy and easy to blend and will certainly give you that smoky look. I would also use this on my waterline and as a base for eyeshadow.


The last two things were the Exotic Highlighters (£7.90) and I got peach and taupe. The highlighter feels like a mousse and when you have applied it to the skin it dries instantly. These do remind me of the Topshop Glow, but these feel much lighter in texture.
Exotic Highlighter Taupe
Exotic Highlighter Peach

I am so excited I picked up these colours and can’t wait to start playing around with the products and creating new looks!
Kiko products can be purchased from Westfield in London and online HERE

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Smoky Green Makeup Using MAC Antique Green Pigment





Products Used:
Face:
Makeup Forever HD Foundation (153+173)
Bobbi Brown Corrector (Dark Bisque)
Bobbi Brown Concealor (Honey)
Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate (Intensity 2)
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Paint Pot Rubenesque (over lid)
Urban Decay e/s Virgin (under brow & inner corner of eye)
MAC Pigment Antique Green(lid and under bottom lashes)
Inglot e/s 340 (outer crease)
MAC e/s Carbon (outer crease)
MAC e/s Wedge (transitional colour between green & virgin)
Bobbi Brown Black Ink Gel Liner
MAC Smolder
L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes
Red Cherry Lashes (28)

Cheeks:
Illamasqua Blush (Beg)
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (Superb)

Lips:
NARS Lipstick (Tzigane)

Hope you all like it!
x

Thursday, 18 October 2012

What's In My Professional Makeup Kit/Traincase

Many people have always asked me what i take on my makeup jobs and to be honest it really does vary on what kind of job you are doing.

Below is a video on my basic makeup kit and what i have been recently using on my freelance jobs. I hope it helps any starter makeup artists out there. I was completely overwhelmed when i was starting out in the makeup industry and had no idea what to take or items that would help save space in your kit.



Hope you enjoy. x

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Autumn/Fall Evening Inspired Makeup Tutorial


Products Used:
Face:
Makeup Forever HD Foundation (153+173)
Bobbi Brown Corrector (Dark Bisque)
Makeup Forever HD Powder

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Eyeshadow (Gilt by Association/Carbon)
Urban Decay (Virgin)
MAC Smolder
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liner
Benefit They're Real Mascara
MAC Brow Gel

Cheeks:
MAC Blush (Early Morning)
Benefit Sun Beam

Lips:
Kiko Liner 302
NARS Lipstick (Dolce Vita)
NARS Gloss (Easy Lover)

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. 
x

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows Review & Swatches: Gilt By Association, Smutty Green, Blue Flame


I came across the MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows when i had stopped by the MAC Pro Store and ended up purchasing a few!


These are slightly different to the normal mineralize eyeshadows because they have a black base with a semi matte/satin finish with micro-fine glitter. Using just one of these eyeshadows can create a simple, yet smoky eye. The shimmer in these eyeshadows are finely milled and doesn't look like a disco ball on your face! The black base can sometimes appear chalky but it depends on how you apply the colour. I like patting it onto the eyelids using a MAC 239 brush. 


The pigmentation isn't super dark when using it dry but the eyeshadow is much more intense when applied wet and i normally use the MAC Mixing Medium. It makes the colour bolder and stronger. The shimmer looks slightly different when using it wet, and almost appears metallic.

Blue Flame
Left: Dry Right: Wet
Gilt By Association
Left: Dry Right: Wet
Smutty Green
Left: Dry Right: Wet
Left-Right: Blue Flame, Smutty Green, Gilt By Association. Taken without flash.
The eyeshadows adhere very easily to the skin and i normally use the Urban Decay Primer Potion, however i have noticed some fall out when using it dry and the glitter does tend to get a bit messy. I would suggest doing your eye makeup first, and then do the rest of the face because it gives you a chance to clean up under the eye area and not have to re-do your base.

I do love the MAC Mineralize eyeshadows and how the intensity can change by using it wet. The only thing that does bug me is the fall out! The fab thing is that you can just use one colour to create a smoky eye.

They retail at £16.50 and can be purchased HERE

Have any of you tried these?

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Stand Out Sunday. Illamasqua Cream Blusher Lies


I purchased Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Lies several months back and have been using it continuously! I have mentioned it a lot in my YouTube tutorials.


It is from the blush line but i don't really consider it a blusher, but more of a highlighter and a gorgeous one at that! It gives a dewy glow to the skin and has a soft pink tone to it. This is so soft and easy to blend and has a very smooth creamy texture.


This looks lovely on all skin tones and it shows up much more on my darker skin. I love applying it under my eyebrows and on my cheekbones because it catches the light beautifully.

Illamasqua Cream Blushers are £18 and can be purchased HERE

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Leona Lewis Inspired Makeup (Olive Green Smoky Eyes)


Products Used: 
Face:
Makeup Forever HD Foundation (153+173)
Bobbi Brown Corrector (Dark Bisque)
Makeup Forever HD Powder

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Paint Pot (Bare Study)
Inglot e/s (419, 112R, 120R)
Urban Decay (Virgin)
MAC e/s (Wedge)
MAC Smolder
Bobbi Brown Black Ink Gel Liner
Benefit They're Real Mascara
Red Cherry Lashes (523)

Brows:
Clinique Superfine Liner for Brows (Black/Brown)
MAC Brow Gel

Cheeks:
NARS Casino Bronzer
MAC Blush (Early Morning)

Lips:
Tom Ford Gloss (Rose Crush)

Hope you liked the tutorial!
x

Thursday, 11 October 2012

NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Review & Swatches


Can you believe that i have never owned a NARS eyeshadow up until now??? A few months back i purchased the eyeshadow duo in Surabaya.

I decided on a colour that i could wear on a daily basis but be able to dress it up at night. I chose Surabaya because the rusty colour really attracted me and i knew it would look gorgeous on!


There are two shades and one is a rusty, rich dark brown shade and the other is a more earthy, terracotta colour. They both have subtle shimmers in the eyeshadow but it doesn't overpower the colour itself.

Both shades blend beautiful together as a duo and the colours compliment each other. The eyeshadows are highly pigmented, just like any other NARS products and you only need a minimal amount of shadow for the lids. These colours are so versatile and can be used as shadow, liner, shading and highlighting the eyes.


I find that whether you are wearing the colours individually or combined together, they blend effortlessly and are smooth in application. I think £24 is quite pricey when you can purchase some of their other eyeshadow palettes with six colours but, then again, this duo would last you ages!

NARS duo eyeshadows retail at £24 and can be purchased HERE

Have any of you tried NARS Surabaya? What are your favourite duos?


Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Purple Makeup Look Using the NARS Modern Love Palette





Products Used:
Face:
Makeup Forever HD Foundation (Mixed 153+173)
Bobbi Brown Corrector (Dark Bisque)
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Kiko Long Lasting Stick Shadow (05) 
NARS Modern Love Palette:
NARS Alhambra (under brow bone & inner corner of eye)
NARS Habanera (lids & bottom lash line)
NARS Pandora (Outer crease)
 Bobbi Brown Black Ink Gel Liner
MAC Smolder
L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes
Eylure Lashes (107)

Brows:
Clinique Fine Liner For Brows (Black/Brown)
MAC Brow Gel

Cheeks:
NARS Blush (Amour)
Illamasqua Cream Blush (Lies)

Lips:
MAC Lipstick (See Sheer)
MAC Lipgloss

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Stand Out Sunday. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner Black Ink & Ivy Shimmer


Many of you know that the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliners is my holy grail product. I love using these! They come in a wide variety of colours and i decided to show you two of my most favourites!

The smooth application of this product is unbelievable and i can quickly do my eyeliner and really define a flick with this product. It is certainly long wearing, even on my oily eyelids!

I find that these don't dry out as quickly as the MAC Fluidlines and if the lid is shut properly, you can get a lot of use out of these products.


Sometimes i use these as a base for an eyeshadow because they actually make the eyeshadow much more vibrant. I normally just apply it either with my fingers or a brush and just smudge it. I also like to apply a very thin line to my top lashes and then smudge it with a MAC 219 Pencil brush before it dries and it gives a soft, smokey look.

I have worn the gel eyeliner from very early morning, until late at night and i can say it does stay put on the lids! I find that when my lids are much more oilier, then towards the end of the evening it has transferred onto my upper lid. If i know i am going to have a long day i would use Urban Decay Primer Potion, as it stops it transferring later on in the day.


Yes, there are very similar gel eyeliners on the market and it really does depend on what your budget is. These retail for £17, which is quite expensive but the quality is outstanding. I have gone through several pots of the black ink eyeliner and they last me about 7-8 months and i haven't had a problem with them drying out. This is probably one of the blackest eyeliners on the market and i love the quality of it.

Bobbi Brown products can be purchased HERE 

Have any of you used Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliners?

Thursday, 4 October 2012

MAC Antique Green Pigment Review & Swatches


I recently managed to get hold of MAC Pigment in Antique Green, purely because i love how different this green is.

This shade is sort of a smoky dark teal but with more of a golden undertone to it and it can be intense if you layer the colour. It is super silky to apply to the lids and there was minimal fall out.


The great thing about pigments is that they are so versatile and can be used for a wide variety of things for example: eyeliner, eyeshadow, mascara etc. MAC also have different mixing mediums and the one i have can intensify the colour.

Left-Right: Antique Green with MAC Mixing Medium, Antique Green on its own.

Below is a look i did using MAC Antique Green pigment and i used MAC Rubenesque Paint Pot as a base. The outer corner of the eye, i used Inglot eyeshadow in 340.


MAC pigments retail at £16.50 and can be purchased HERE

Have any of you used MAC pigments? What do you think of them?

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Autumn/Fall Inspired Makeup Tutorial


Products Used:
Face:
Laura Mercier Primer
MAC Face & Body Foundation (C6)
Bobbi Brown Corrector (Dark Bisque)
Bobbi Brown Concealor (Honey)
Makeup Forever HD Powder

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Duo
MAC e/s brule/wedge
Bobbi Brown Black Ink Gel Liner
Benefit They're Real Mascara
Kiko Pencil Eyeliner(603)

Brows:
Clinique Superfine Liner for Brows (Black/Brown)
MAC Brow Gel

Cheeks:
 Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush (Spicey)
Benefit Sun Beam

Lips:
Catrisse Lip Liner 
Bobbi Brown Lipstick (Crimson)

Hope you like the tutorial!
x

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Tom Ford Shade And Illuminate Intensity Two Review & Swatches


The Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate is such a unique product and i have no other product like this in my collection. This product has taken the beauty world by storm and now i can understand why!

This is a contour kit but it is like none other on the market. It's incredible how much contouring has become a trend now! I decided to purchase the Intensity Two shade, as it was the best shade for my skin tone.

This is what Tom Ford says about the duo:

A duet of highlighting and shading creams designed to make sculpting and contouring the face remarkably intuitive. The super sheer, light shade formula can be used to draw light onto the skin to brighten and lift the face. The dark shade defines and contours bones, while staying invisible to the naked eye. Offered in two intensities.


The Shade and llluminate has the elegant Tom Ford packaging. It comes with a pouch, which is ideal for protecting your contour kit in your makeup bag.


The texture is completely different to what i have used previously. It fees like a silky cream and glides on effortlessly. The contour shade looks much more natural and once applied to the face, highlights the natural contours of the face, without it looking like you have applied any product.

The darker shade blends in beautifully and you don't need much product. I like using the MAC 130 brush, as it picks up enough product and it means i can stiple the product on the areas where i wish to contour.

Tom Ford has got the colouring just right. There are many contouring products on the market and sometimes they are either too orange or too brown and the skin can appear dirty and muddy. This is perfect! It is ideal for both warm and cool skin tones and can be layered depending on what intensity you would want.


The highlighter isn't the same as traditional highlighters. I have no idea on how to explain it, but it looks as how the skin naturally would glow. It gives a subtle sheen to the skin and is not like the shimmery highlighters. It catches the light beautifully and appears to give the skin a healthy look.

I like applying the highlighter either with my fingers or with a MAC 187 stipling brush. The one issue i did find with the highlighting coour, was that i needed to warm up the product before application.


Do i regret purchasing this item? Certainly not! Yes it costs £55 and i can't really imagine it being an impulse purchase. I love how the texture of the product is much more creamier and easy to work with, which gives a more natural contoured look. I think it is worth the £55, purely because it is such a good quality, luxury product. I wouldn't say it is a total makeup essential, but for me i am intrigued in trying new products and comparing with others on the market and being a makeup artist........well that says it all!

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate retails at £55 and can be purchased HERE

Have any of you tried this? What do you think?