Thursday, 17 April 2014

Video: My Spring Fragrance Picks Video: My Spring Fragrance Picks

I definitely have far too many fragrances! But I do find that rather than blinding picking which one to use in the morning, there is some logic behind it more often than not.

In the Spring I tend to opt for a certain 'type' of fragrance, generally something lighter and fresher. Although, these can definitely be used all year round, they are just picked that bit more often when Spring rolls around. So here's a little video with bit more detail!

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Brush Everyone Needs In Their Collection The Brush Everyone Needs In Their Collection

New make up brushes are always cropping up on the market these days. Although I do have firm favourites, like the Real Techniques buffing brush and the MAC 239 brush, there is one that I deem completely irreplaceable. It's the Bobbi Brown eye brow brush.

Why this brush? Well, as much as I love the fact that more and more brands are bringing out brushes for brows, none of them have quite hit the mark for me. The edge that the Bobbi Brown eye brow brush has over others is that it has stiffer bristles, meaning that powder is evenly dispersed and the brows are groomed along the way! I find that with softer brushes you have to work more to create an even, groomed look. The Bobbi Brown brush on the other hand is a dream!

I'm not particularly loyal to any powder to fill my brows in with, there are a number that I have liked using. Brows for me are all about the brush. Admittedly, at £22, the brush is a bit of an investment. But mine has lasted me 3 years and is still going strong! I just need to get my hands on a mini version for on the go now! 

Is there a brush you can't live without?

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Get the look: Kate Winslet at the London Divergent Premiere Get the look: Kate Winslet at the London Divergent Premiere

Kate Winslet is one of my all-time favourite actors. She is awesome in everything that she is in, and always looks stunning on the red carpet. So I thought her latest look would be great to feature in my 'get the look' series. In case you haven't seen her at the premiere, you can see her look HERE.
Here is what I've chosen to recreate the look:

Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer - this is a great, hydrating primer.
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24h Foundation - a good high-coverage foundation for Kate's flawless base.
Benefit Hoola Bronzer - a matte bronzer to give the skin warmth and to use for contouring.
MAC Bare Study Cream Eyeshadow - a light base for the eyes, great for making eyeshadow more long wearing.
Dior Twin Shadow Stick in Beige - there are two sides to this. I would use the powder side to dust a little colour over the MAC cream shadow to give the eyes a tiny bit more depth.
Benefit They're Real Mascara - a mascara for voluminous, thick and long wearing lashes.
Tom Ford Brow Sculpter - a very natural brow product, for filled in and well groomed brows.
Benefit Fine One One - a product for both cheek colour and highlighter, in-keeping with the warm tones that Kate has used for this look.
Bobbi Brown Rich Color Lipstick in Sweet Nectar - a lovely lip colour for Spring, a great coral colour that is also hydrating, very similar to what Kate is wearing.

So there you have it? Who's red carpet style are you feeling right now?

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

A little trip to MAC A little trip to MAC

I got my MAC Pro card through a few weeks ago (eek!), so it is fair to say that a trip to a pro store was definitely on the cards! I had a meeting to attend in London and decided to take a detour to Carnaby street on my lunch break to gush over all things MAC.
I didn't have anything in particular in mind to purchase - I already have tonnes of MAC products from my days of working at Bobbi Brown (where I also got a very generous discount across all Estée Lauder companies!). So it was simply a trip to see what caught my eye in the few minutes I had to spare. I'm very pleased that I was able to control myself enough to buy only two things.
First up being their cream stick lip liner in Pink Treat. I'm not a fan of having to sharpen any form of makeup pencil. I never get round to doing it, meaning that I don't often use them. So a twist up formula has me written all over it. I thought this shade would be the perfect pink pick-me-up this Spring. I often prefer lip liners to lipsticks because of the precision you get - I quite often use them without a lipstick and colour in my whole lips with them. Very excited about this!

I also picked up an eyeshadow in the shade tempting. Although I have some awesome shades in my various eyeshadow palettes, I don't have too many single shadows that I can take on the go. This colour is a gorgeous shade; bronze, but not a typical bronze. And the frosty colour with the creamy formula means that as a single colour all over the lid it looks awesome. It's a colour that can give you all of the diversity of a smokey eye in just one shade. A total win.

What would be your Spring lip and ultimate single eyeshadow?
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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Video: Neon Orange Lip Tutorial Video: Neon Orange Lip Tutorial

I haven't done a make up tutorial in a while so I thought it was about time to film another one! A look that I've always loved and that also happens to be very 'in' this Spring is a neon lip, particularly neon orange.
So I set about filming a tutorial with two of my all time favourite lip products! Here you go!
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Monday, 7 April 2014

Nails of the Moment #2 Nails of the Moment #2

So the second in the series of Nails of the Moment is here! This time I went for a much darker colour; 'Every Month is Oktober Fest' on every nail with '' on each ring finger. Again, this is the amazing stuff known as gelcolor. I can't get enough of it!

Here are my nails right after I had them done:
And here they are after 15 days:
Not too shabby eh? I can't rave about these manicures enough. As much as it is about the quality of the product, it also is about the quality of service you receive when having them done. The better they are applied, the longer they will last.

I'm definitely craving something quite bright for Spring now on my nails, so stay tuned for #3, I'm sure they will be awesome!
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Saturday, 5 April 2014

Video: Smashbox Full Exposure vs Urban Decay Naked 2 Video: Smashbox Full Exposure vs Urban Decay Naked 2

I wanted to do a video review of the gorgeous Smashbox full exposure palette that I recently got. I find that sometimes it's nice to watch a product review, especially if you've maybe got more than a couple of paragraphs to say!

But I thought to spice things up a little it would be cool, and hopefully quite interesting, to see how it compares to the much raved about Naked 2 palette from Urban Decay. And so, the 'versus' video was born!
If you liked this style of video, let me know! There might be a couple more up my sleeve for the future!
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