This Saturday marked my 3 year anniversary with my boyfriend which firstly is a pretty big achievement and secondly was the perfect excuse for me to get dressed up and dip into that huge makeup collection of mine. The party season is upon us and this look would be perfect whether your going for a meal with friends or getting glammed up for your christmas party!
I started off with my usual base of Smashbox Photofinish Light which is an absolute must for oily girls and then applied MAC Studio Fix Fluid in the shade NC37 with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. Studio Fix is long wearing and photographs brilliantly meaning it is my go to foundation for a night out.
For my under eye area I used Bobbi Browns Porcelain Peach Corrector with Rimmel Wake Me up concealer in Soft Beige to highlight my cheek bones. I then started on my eyes using MAC Satin Taupe eye shadow all over the lid,blending up to the crease and slighltly winging out. Using the same shadow I then dragged the colour onto my lower lash line to create a smoky effect,I have mentioned before my love of a good smokey eye and as saturday was a special occasion I added a pop of blue to mine using Maxfactors Saphire Rage shadow onto the lower lashline over the Satin Taupe.
For lashes I kept it natural, I have really gone off strip lashes recently and am embracing my natural lashes. I used my lash curler from MAC and then applied N07 Extreme Length Extend Mascara. This mascara added length but didn’t add much volume so I added some Model Co lash fibres to add some additional thickness.
Now that my eyes were complete I moved on to contouring using MAC’s scuplting powder in the shade dark, this is one of MAC’s newest products which I have mixed reviews about- I will post a full review for you soon! I blended my contour with Mac Mineralise Skin Finish in Medium and on my cheek applied Benefits Coralista Blush topped off with MAC Global Glow highlighter on the cheek bones.
As I was going for a meal I kept my lips natural using MAC Myth lipstick and Lipglass in Prrr.This look would work equally as well with a brighter shade, my choice would be Sleek lipstick in Mystic or MAC Girl About Town.
We all like to look our best on holiday and there’s a lot of preparation that goes in to this for us girls! I have just returned from an amazing break in Cyprus and in this post I will share with you my pre holiday routine along with some of my favourite holiday products.
I always have my = lashes done before I go away I can’t deal with panda eyes or having to glue false lashes on in the heat. In the past I have had cluster lashes applied which are around 3 lashes in a cluster which are glued on to your own lashes. These last about a week and I love the fullness they provide however they can be very damaging to your natural lashes.
This time I had individual lash extensions applied which are more expensive than the clusters but a lot kinder on your natural lashes and they last alot longer.I had mine applied by my good friend Soodi last Monday who is fantastic. I loved the fact I didn’t need to apply mascara whilst I was away and they still look great now.
For years I had worn acrylic extensions on my nails but a few months ago I made the decision to take them off and begun the process of repairing my natural nails. I have a UV lamp at home and have been applying Shellac to my nails myself but decided to get them done professionally for my holiday. I had Gelish applied to my nails which feels much stronger than Shellac and I love the fact they don’t chip. These were also done by Soodi who is based in London. I have posted the link to her website below.
For those of you that follow my blog you will know that I have been struggling with my skin and being bare-faced on holiday obviously I wanted it to look at its best. I heard that Microdermabrasion was really good for Comedogenic acne so I had an hour of Microdermabrasion at Pretty Chic salon in Leicester. My skin instantly felt silky smooth and all though at first I did have a few pimples appear my skin is now much clearer. They recommend to have this done every two weeks so I am going to continue to do so. I will be posting on the progress of my acne in the next few weeks so I will let you know how it goes.
Being a girl who loves makeup naturally I was going to treat myself to some goodies for my holiday! So I headed to MAC which if you hadn’t already realised is my favourite makeup brand.The first item I picked was Coral Bliss lipstick. Coral is the perfect holiday colour-It just spells summer! Coral Bliss gives a glossy peach finish which would compliment most skintones. The only thing to mention is if you do take one of the Creme Sheen Lipsticks on holiday the soft texture means they can get quite mushy- So keep it out of the heat.
I also picked up a blush in Ambering Rose which is a sheertone blush with reddish undertones and gold shimmery particles. I tend to go quite dark when I’m away so wanted a blush that will still show up through my tan. Ambering Rose works great for those with olive skin tones who still enjoy wearing a blush on holiday.
The last thing I picked up before I left Prep+Prime Highlighter pen in Bright Forecast. Usually I would wear this in the shade Light Boost which has a very yellow undertone; this one has a more peachy undertone so is more suitable for the summer.
On my return I was distracted in the airport by a huge Mac stand. I had been wearing a range of foundations whist on holiday my favourites being Studio Fix Fluid which is a staple in my makeup bag and also Makeup Forevers HD Foundation.
I wanted to get matched up for when I was tanned to use when I go on holiday and I decided to give Studio Sculpt another go as it provides full coverage but a more dewy finish than the SFF. I have tried Sculpt a few times but wanted to try it again now that I have managed to control my oiliness. I was matched up to the shade NW35 which compliments my tan perfectly along with a Studio Fix Powder in NC45 to match. I will post a full review on the Scuplt in the coming weeks.
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.
If anyone has any suggestions of any other looks they would like to see then please do let me know.
There’s nothing better than a sultry smoky eye for a night out and last night was date night! As I was wearing black I wanted to add a twist on the classic black smoky eye and opted for a blue to really make my green eyes pop.
When creating a smoky eye I always apply my foundation first as you tend to get a lot of fall down on to your face and its quite difficult to clean up without looking like a panda.
I started by applying Collections black gel liner all over the lid to give the shadow something to stick too and then went ahead and put Front Covers Deep Lake Pigment on top in a patting motion and then blended with a fluffy blending brush. Next I added they grey shade from Bourjois eye shadow trio in Gris Dandy up to the crease as the transition colour then used Mac eye shadow in Malt to highlight the brow bone. In the waterline I used a grey eyeliner- Any grey eyeliner will do.
At this point I then applied my primer (Smashbox), foundation (MAC SFF) and concealer (Bobbi Brown) before I started underneath the eye. On my lower lash line I used a Lancôme pencil in the shade Curaco Turquoise as a base and then went over this with a black shadow from the Sleek storm palette. To blend this I used the same eye shadow used on the lid and for an extra bit of sparkle I applied Benefit Mint Julep on the lid of my eye. To finish my smoky eye I added some false lashes my favourite ones are by Eye Candy.
Next up was brows and I used Mac Spike Pencil and a sweep of Mac Brow Gel in Showoff to keep my brows in place.
When wearing a dramatic smoky eye I prefer to use a more neutral shade on the cheeks and lips so I opted for Mac’s Give Me Sun Bronzer for a strong contour and Warm Soul Blush. On the lips I used Mac Hue Lipstick which is my favourite nude lipstick as it has a nice peachy tone.
To complete the look I used Mac Soft & Gentle Highlighter on the tops of the cheeks, down the nose and cupids bow and set with a little Mac Studio Fix Powder!
And there you have it…
I think this is a really great look for a night out and was really happy with the results.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.