Bank Holiday Makeup

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On a slightly lighter note than my previous post last night saw me get glammed up and head out for cocktails with my friends. You can read all about my bank holiday look below.

Makeup

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To start I prepped my face with my favourite moisturiser Dermalogica Active Moist which is perfect for oily skin. I then applied Smashbox Photofinish Light Primer to create a smooth  base. For foundation I used Mac Studio Fix Fluid which is my go to for nights out and applied with a damp beauty blender. I used the shade NW30 to add some warmth to my skin.

I brightened the under eye area with Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Peach and a few drops of Macs Lustre Drops on the cheek bones to highlight. I set my foundation and concealer with Mac Studio Finish Powder in NC42.

I have green eyes and  I find that the best colours to accentuate them are brown or bronze shades. I chose to use Mac Amber Lights all over the lid and used a Collection Gel Eyeliner to tight line and ran across the lid to create a subtle winged look .In the waterline I used A Rimmel black kohl liner and lashes was my go to Chanel Le Volume Mascara! For my brows I used Mac’s pencil in Spike and Brow Gel in Show off.

To contour I used a Mac Mineralise Skinfinish in Give Me Sun which I picked up from Mac on Wednesday which is really lovely. I wanted to create a warm rosy  look so applied Bobbi Brown Pink Coral Shimmer Blush to the apple of the cheeks and a healthy amount of Macs Soft & Gentle highlighter on the cheek bones,down the nose and on the cupids bow.

To compliment the bronze eye shadow I opted for Macs Please Me lipstick which is a soft girly pink. The matte finis is perfect for nights out as it doesn’t budge.

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 Hair

I usually wear my hair down for nights out but fancied a change last night and wore my hair in a chic up do using my Balmain B-Loved. I washed my hair earlier that morning and left to dry naturally.

 To start I teased my hair and sprayed short bursts of Schwarzkopf Got2b big sexy hairspray to create volume at the crown. I put my hair in a low pony tail and looped through to create a bun letting any loose bits fall down to frame my face. Clipping  the Balmain B-loved over the bun I had just created  I then swirled it round to create a large chignon and pinned into place. I sprayed this with hairspray to hold and pulled out a few bits from the bun to give it a messy look.

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I hope you all have a great Easter

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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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