All Day Festival Makeup

So I am totally guilty of neglecting my blog recently- Excuses I know but I have been ridiculously busy!

Anyhow last week I went to Wireless Festival in Birmingham and with Festival season in full swing what better to post about than a festival makeup look.

I have only ever been to two festivals and whist I totally dig festival chic I am by no means a pro at this! Porter loo’s are just not my thing.

The first thing I look for in festival makeup is a long wearing foundation after all it needs to withstand sweat, rain or whatever else the English weather decides to throw at you. MacStudio Fix Fluid is perfect for this! Teamed with primer and powder this will last all day without looking to heavy or false.

I am wearing the shade NC37 applied with a damp beauty blender along with my go to primer Smashbox Photo Finish Light and Studio Fix Powder in NC42. Another festival essential for me is my MAC Blot powder which I keep with me to top up throughout the day and mop up any oiliness!

Festivals can be pretty hectic so I like to  combine a corrector with a highlighting pen to look wide awake no matter what time it is. I am using Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Peach an Mac Prep+Prime pen in Bright Forecast applied underneath the eyes and to the tops of the cheeks.

On my eyes I am wearing MAC Scene Eyeshadow all over the lid and used a black gel liner to create a winged effect. To add a bit of sparkle I used a Mac Pigment in a shimmery lilac shade applied with a damp eye shadow brush to my crease. Apologies I don’t know the colour I bought it in Thailand a few years back.

To brighten up the look and give it that festival vibe I used Mac Parfait Amour eye shadow on the lower lash line paired with a waterproof black liner from Urban Decay in the waterline. One thing I do need to invest in is a good eye primer so any recommendations would be appreciated!

For cheeks I went for a naturally flushed look using MAC Pink Swoon blush and soft and gentle highlighter on the cheek bones for an extra glow.

Lips for me have to be natural- All that drinking makes it all too easy to get lipstick on my teeth or round my face. I went for an old favourite MAC Creme D’Nude lipstick topped up with C-Thru Lipglass.

I hope you like this look and enjoyed reading.

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Billie Faiers Inspired Makeup

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The second look I have created today and is inspired by Billie Faiers from TOWIE who always has flawless glowing skin.For those of you that haven’t heard of Billie I have posted a picture above. The girls in TOWIE always have flawless make up its all about the glamour, glowing skin and lots of tan! I have used the same foundation used by both Billie & Sam Faiers to achieve this look.

To start I prepped my face with Smashbox Photofinish Light Primer I then dampened my beauty blender and applied a pea size amount of Laura Mercier Silk Crème foundation to the back of my hand. This foundation is a crème based foundation and its really thick so a little goes a long way. Laura Mercier recommends shaking the bottle before use and using a damp sponge to apply. I wouldn’t recommend using anything other than the beauty blender to apply this foundation otherwise you tend to find it just smears and moves around your face. If applied with a beauty blender this will give a full coverage flawless satin finish. I used the shade cashew beige which I would say compares to NC40.

Laura Mercier Silk Crème claims to be a flawless light diffusing, wrinkle vanishing, long wearing base. This foundation really is flawless  but oily girls need to be realistic-This is a luminous crème foundation so you are going to need to set with powder such as Mac Studio Fix and blot throughout the day. Its another one of those I keep to one side for nights out rather than a go to for every day.

As you can see Billies under eye area is heavily highlighted so I used Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Peach and a few drops of Mac lustre drops on the cheek bones. You most definitely need to apply a concealer with this foundation as it does crease in the under eye area.  For brows again I used Mac Spiked & the Mac Brow Gel in Show off which is my everyday brow kit.

On the eyes I went for Mac Scene shadow as a base and used  Collection black gel liner and also running =this along the lash line and smudging with a black shadow from the Sleek Storm palette. I then added a flick into the corners of the eye and applied Rimmel black kohl liner in the waterline. To finish I used Urban Decay half baked in the corners to highlight and applied Chanel Le Volume Mascara to my lashes. Of an evening I would also add some false lashes to really glam this up.

I used my favourite bronzer Mac Give Me Sun and as this is a heavily bronzed look rather than using my usual angled brush to apply I used Bobbi Browns blush brush to get a more all over glow. On the cheeks I used Clinique’s Precious Posy blush which is a deep coral which shimmering particles and really makes the cheeks pop. I highlighted with Mac Soft & Gentle which is another product that Billie herself uses.

I applied a Mac lipstick in the shade Dressmaker Dressmaker which is a lovely soft peach shade and a slick of W7 Peach Lights Gloss to finish.

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 If anyone has any suggestions of any other looks they would like to see then please do let me know.

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Kim Kardashian Inspired Makeup

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Whether you love or loathe Kim Kardashian there is no denying her makeup is always flawless and on point. Kim has made it very public that her favourite foundation is Makeup Forevers HD foundation which I have also used to create this look.

To give you a little more info on the HD Foundation;Makeup Forever is an American brand and its not readily available to purchase in the UK. There is only one place that I know of where you can get your hands on this which is The Guru Makeup Emporium. (I will post the link below) This also means you have to match yourself up as best as you can which I did by using Findation.com. I wear the shade N155 which I would say is close to Mac Nw30 or Double Wears Ivory Beige.

One thing to note about this foundation is that is has quite a runny wet consistency so I find the best way to apply is with a Buffing Brush so you can really work it into your skin. This is a lovely foundation and has a gorgeous finish but being an oily girl it wouldn’t be my first choice for every day but works really well for nights out and its something I’ll be using on holiday when I want a more glowy finish.

After applying my foundation and primer I used Macs Mineralise Concealer under the eyes and down the centre of the nose in the shade Nw20. This is a really creamy hydrating concealer so it gives a lovely dewy finish.Kim always wears a strong brow so I filled mine in with Mac Spike pencil and a good coat of Mac Brow Gel in Show off to really set them into place.

For eyes it had to be a smokey eye but as it was daytime I have opted for a more natural smokey eye using Sleeks Au Naturel & Storm Palettes along with Rimmels brown kohl liner in the waterline. I curled my lashes with Mac’s eyelash curler  and applied lashings of Chanels Le Volume mascara.

This look is all about a heavy contour so using Macs Give Me Sun Bronzer and an angled brush I sucked in my cheeks to create a solid line as well as applying  bronzer on my forehead close to the hairline. I blended this in with Mac Studio Fix Powder in the shade NC42. To warm up the cheeks I used Mac Blush in peaches which works really well with a tan it gives a lovely terracotta glow.To finish I used Mac Soft & Gentle Highlighter on the tops of the cheeks, down the nose and the cupids bow.

Kim usually wears a pinky nude lip and I happen to know that some of her favourites are Mac’s Angel Lipstick and Nars Turkish Delight Gloss. I have opted for Loreal’s Colour Riche Lipstick in Doutzens nude to complete this look.

For those of you that are a fan of Kim’s look this is really easy to do even if you are new to the whole highlighting/contouring technique. If your wanting to purchase the HD Foundation here is the link as promised:

http://www.gurumakeupemporium.com/buy-Make-Up-For-Ever

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My Hair Heroes

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As well as being blessed with oily skin I’ve also been awarded with very fine flat hair! (Boo!) Its not all bad though as I am lucky enough to have really shiny soft hair even when I don’t treat it as well as I should, It just means I need a helping hand in the volume department if I don’t want my hair to be completely flat to my head.

Being an ex hairdresser means I have sampled a lot of products on the market ranging from professional to some of the more reasonable drugstore products. Whilst I do agree that some of the products with a smaller price tag aren’t as good as professional products I’ve definitely found some gems and I certainly don’t buy in to all the hairdressing jargon that even I used to feed people!

I’m very particular with my hair and as most of you know I’m never without my Balmain extensions so its important for me to keep my hair in top condition and free from damage. I have put together a selection of  of my favourite hair products ranging from high end to some real bargains!

My Favourite Hair Products

Best Luxury Mask-Kerastase Masquintense (Fine Hair) From £18.68 (Online)

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I was working in a salon from the age of 14-19 and was surrounded by Kerastase so naturally they are going to be amongst some of my favourite products. The only problem is the price tag is pretty hefty for the amount of product you get.This one however is my favourite hair mask and is well worth the splurge. What I like about this is that its a mask tailored for fine hair (They do a thick one too!) so it doesn’t weigh the hair down but still makes the hair feel nourished,super soft and silky-It also smells amazing! I like to apply this a couple of times a week and leave on for a good 15 minutes. It works great on extensions too!

Best Inexpensive Shampoo & Conditioner- Aussie  (Currently 3 for £10 in Boots)

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Wow what can I say about this! I picked up the Ausome volume and Miracle Shine conditioner from Sainsbury’s last week because I was desperate for some shampoo & conditioner. I didn’t expect to love this as much as I do it was only meant to tired me over until I had time to order some of my then favourite Loreal Mythic Oil. I can honestly say my hair feels better using these two beauty’s than any professional product I have used in a long time. Soft,shiny,tangle free=Amazing!!

Best Blow Dry Cream-Kerastase Chroma Thermique from £13.92

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The first thing you notice about this  is the smell! Its unreal!  In fact after using this I quite often get asked what perfume I’m wearing. This is applied to damp hair and helps to protect the hair from heat damage and create a smoother blow dry. Love this!

Best Serum-Carino Miracle Oil £3.99

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This little gem is from Aldi (Yes Aldi!) and is a dupe of the Morrocan Oil just with a much much lower price tag.I add a few drops to conditioner to create a treatment, on damp hair before blow drying or to smooth out curls or split ends on dry hair. Pretty good considering its only £3.99!

Best Inexpensive Styling Range-V05 (Currently 2 for £5 in Boots)

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I just love the V05 styling range especially the Plump It Up and Give Me Texture products. I have tried quite a lot of products in this range my favourites being the dry backcombing spray which you spray on to dry hair to add extra volume, the Blow Dry Lotion and the Instant Oomph powder which gives any professional styling powder a run for its money. All of these products are relatively reasonably priced and currently on offer in Boots but the best thing is the trendy pink packaging makes them look really expensive on your dresser. I can’t wait to try some more in the range!

Best For Extensions- Balmain Conditioner £13.95

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This makes extensions look and feel like a dream! On application it feels really light but when rinsed  my extensions feel deeply nourished and brand new. I have used this on both individual bonds and weft extensions and it works equally as amazing on both.

Best Inexpensive Hairspray- Schwarzkopt Got2b Big Volume Hairspray £3.00 Boots

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I like this spray because if sprayed in short bursts it doubles up as a volumiser, it smells great and holds the hair in place giving a nice sheen to the hair.

Best Home Colour-Schwarzkopt Live Colour XXL £5,99

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So I’m not usually one for home colours but found I was spending so much money getting my hair done in the salon only to find that it didn’t last and being an ex-hairdresser I knew how to apply colour on myself so it seemed silly to pay someone. I read about these colours in Look Magazine and they had such good reviews I thought I would try it myself. I use the shade Tempting Chocolate which is a gorgeous warm dark brown and it has lasted longer than any salon colour I have had done in a while. Being naturally light my hair sometimes doesn’t hold colour as well as I hoped and I get a few golden undertones start to poke through but this colour has provided complete coverage, rich colour and long lasting shine. I’m now on my second box and will continue to choose this over a salon colour.

Best Hair Tool- The Tangle Teezer £10.99

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I couldnt live without my tangle teezer. For those of you that still yank your hair with a brush or comb you have to invest in one of these. I take this into the shower with me to comb through whilst my conditoner is on and also afterwards. It really does what is says on the tin removing tangles and ensuring there is no breakage to your hair.

What are your hair heroes?

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Contouring and highlighting for beginners

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Highlighting & Contouring is hugely popular at the moment thanks to Kim Kardashian who is a pro at this technique. I would just like to say that I am not a Makeup Artist but I do have a few hints and tips along with some of my favourite products  which I use for creating the highlighted/contoured look.

I’ll start with contouring, for those of you that don’t know contouring in simple terms is basically creating a shadow,for example creating the illusion of higher cheekbones or slimming down the nose. As I have quite a round face I personally like to use contouring to sculpt my cheekbones and slim down the face.

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There are lots of products on the market for contouring but I find the best are matte bronzers-No sparkle allowed! My favourites would have to be Diego Dalla Palma Tanning Cake or Benefit Hoola Bronzer. My skin ranges from NC20-NC41 depending on the time of year and I find that these products are the perfect shade to create a shadow without being too dark or looking mucky. I also have the Chanel Soleil Tan cream bronzer which is also lovely and would work well with someone with a lighter skin tone.

I apply my bronzer after my foundation and before my powder I like to use and angled brush either the BK04 by Crown Brush or a Mac 168. If I’m using a cream bronzer such as the Chanel I would use the Real Techniques Contour Brush. To create a contoured look I suck in my cheeks so that I can see the hollow of my cheeks and gently build up a shadow pushing the product back into my hairline so that there is a visible line.

I then take my Bobbi Brown blush brush and gently blend away the line and also apply bronzer to any other areas that the sun may naturally hit such as the top of the forehead. I then apply my powder to set my foundation and also blend away any harsh lines.

Some people like to contour their nose to give the illusion of a slimmer nose, if you’re wanting to do this I would recommend taking a fluffy blending brush such as the MAC 217 and gently running the bronzer either side of the bridge of your nose.

Contour using Diego Dalla Palma Bronzer

Contour using Diego Dalla Palma Bronzer

Highlighting

Highlighting is used to lift and brighten the face, there are various different products you can use to highlight and my favourites consist of using concealer,a highlighting pen and also a powder highlighter. Kimmy K has this one nailed and looks absolutely flawless however her technique is quite time consuming and involves a lot of blending which I certainly don’t have time for in the mornings.

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Kimmy K- Queen of contouring

My Highlighting Routine

To highlight I first of all like to apply concealer on my under eye area I do this using either my ring finger and gently tap to blend or using a Mac 188 brush. My favourite products for my under eye area are Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Peach, Mac Pro-longwear Concealer (NC20) & Mac Mineralise Concealer (NW30) to name a few. I will do a post on my favourite concealers later this week. I then apply a highlighter on the cheek bones, down the bridge of the nose,cupids bow and on the forehead fanned out as shown in my picture below. I like to use a highlighting pen such as Mac Prep +Prime Light Boost, Touche Éclat, Rimmel Wake Me Up (Soft Beige) or the Mac Lustre Drops which is a liquid highlighter and perfect for nights out. I blend all of this in with a real techniques buffing brush.

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To finish off I apply blusher to the apples of the cheeks and Mac Soft & Gentle Mineralise Skin Finish on the top of the cheekbones and down the centre of the nose.

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I know I don’t look quite as good as Kimmy K but this is simple way to create the highlighted/contoured look perfect for beginners who are wanting to have a go at contouring.

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Clinique Stay Matte Foundation Review

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Top- 14 Vanilla Bottom-9 Neutral

Another day means another foundation to review and this one is gradually climbing to the top of my make up bag. The foundation I will be reviewing is the Clinique Stay Matte liquid foundation and its fast becoming my go to foundation each morning. I first bought this foundation when it first came out about 2 years ago and had heard it was going to replace the ‘Superfit’ foundation which was firm favourite with me and my friends. In fact this was my HG until I started wearing the Chanel Pro-Lumiere but again this was another one that was discontinued.

So I’ll start with the packaging which Iove. The foundation comes in a plastic squeezy tube which is a really nice change from the usual glass bottles this means it doesn’t weigh down my make up bag and you can control the amount of product perfectly without getting it every where. (Hurrah! Take note MAC!)

I have this foundation in 2 shades the lightest one being 9-Neutral which is perfect for winter and also the shade 14-Vanilla for the summer months which is slightly more golden. In terms of shades they aren’t as yellow as some of MAC shades and the 2 shades I own are definitely a more neutral tone. I actually really like  neutral shades as I find sometimes MAC foundations can be too yellow or too warm and I end up  having to mix them. I would recommend getting matched up at the Clinique counter or using Findation.com to help find your shade-I will pop the link to Findation below.

http://findation.com/

The consistency of this foundation is very much like the MAC Studio Sculpt which for those of you that don’t know is a gel based foundation- so its not as runny as your average liquid foundation. I have applied this foundation many ways but again find  that the most effective is with a damp Beauty Blender. This foundation is sheer to medium coverage and using the Beauty Blender I am able to get a more medium coverage and can build this up really easily.

I have been using this foundation for the past week and I’ve fallen in love with it all over again! It feels creamy to apply and comfortable on my skin and provides enough coverage to cover my blemishes as well as being flawless. Don’t be afraid of the matte in the name this foundation is by no means heavy or powdery.

Stay Matte is still a foundation I would definitely recommend for oily skin if teamed with the right products. I will be posting a blog soon on how to get the most out of your foundation.

Over all I’m really happy with this foundation and could well be on the way to earning HG status. I think it’s a really good all-rounder and would  also recommend this for someone with normal/dry skin again if teamed with the right products to suit your skin type.

Have you tried the Stay Matte… What did you think?

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