Burt’s Bees Makeup Products…

Famous for it’s hand slave and lip balm containing natural ingredients such as beeswax – Burt’s Bees have now taken the leap into makeup products.  But what are they like, and do they hold up to the more well established brand names?

It goes without saying that a company whose ethos is described as an “Earth friendly, Natural Personal Care Company” have created products which reflect this natural style.  There are no brave striking colours like you might find well placed on the counters at MAC – instead you’ll find very neutrally toned, easily blend-able colours in their eyeshadow trios.  To accompany Burt’s successful beeswax lip-balm, they have also introduced a similar moisturising formula with a hint of colour and shimmer.  Their lip shimmers come in an array of beautiful shades, again keeping along the natural line.  I particularly love the shades Apricot & Strawberry.

But what of their foundations and concealers?  Well, to my delight and surprise Burt’s have created a formula that seems to be very silky and light weight – which can easily be built upon to create any sort of coverage.  I am also impressed to see that they have created a broad range of colours, and haven’t succumbed to the major pitfall most makeup companies do by not providing their customers with choice.  However, I would say that having only 3 shades for concealers – all in lighter shades does not provide the same level of choice and standard.

Overall, I would say that Burt’s new makeup range is perfect for everyday.  They are simple to apply & natural in style x

REPOST // My top 10 foundations

Foundation seems to have a myth surrounding it that it can be difficult to master.  I am often asked what the trick is to achieving a smooth finish, that doesn’t look too heavy or like a mask.  The trick?  Well, all it is is good quality foundation correctly colour matched.  How you apply the foundation is completely up to you – whether you use fingers, a brush or sponge.  What’s important is to use clean tools and adopt a method that works for you.  Here are my top 10 foundations I love to use for my clients x

1. No.7 Stay Perfect Foundation

2. L.A Girl Pro Coverage HD Long Wear Illuminating Liquid Foundation

3. Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Mousse Makeup

4. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay Perfect-in-Place Makeup

5. Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation

6. Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Foundation

7. L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation

8. Rimmel London Stay Matte Foundation

9. Clarins True Radiance Foundation

10. Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation

5 microbead-free facial scrubs

Everyone’s skin is different.  But what all skin types benefit from is a good exfoliate once a month.  Not only does it give the skin a good thorough clean, it also fights fine lines and removes dead skin cells to help the skin renewal process.

Microbeads are those harmful little plastic pellets found inside so many face scrubs, that don’t dissolve during water treatment and so end up in the ocean, causing major environmental nightmares and enough of an outcry to have them banned by 2017.

Here are my favourite microbead-free facial scrubs x

1. Alpha-H Liquid Gold

2. Epidermal Re-Texturising Micro-Dermabrasion

3. Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains for Face

4. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

5. Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser

My top 5 face sheet masks…

While they have been around on the market for quite some time now, sheet masks seem to be having something of a renaissance at the moment.  With top celebrities sharing their ‘scary’ sheet masks on social media this unusual trend is definitely catching on!  And who can blame them.  Sheets masks work effectively by holding the product in the fabric – drip feeding the skin whilst on.  Secondly they’re pretty hard to move around in, forcing you to sit down and take a few minutes to chill.  So here are my top 5 sheet masks currently available on the market x

1. Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask

2. Estée Lauder ‘Advanced Night Repair’ Concentrated Recovery Powerfoil Mask

3. Starskin After Party Brightening Bio-Cellulose Face Mask

4. NUXE Splendieuse Anti-Dark Spot Perfecting Mask

5. Crème de la Mer The Hydrating Facial

Vegan Lip scrubs I love…

I simply love a good lip scrub.  They are so effective in how they gently scrub away flaky, chapped skin from the lips leaving a lovely smooth feeling, plus they encourage blood to the surface of the lips providing a short lived lip plumping look that also helps stimulate the healing process.  So all in all they are a great little secret weapon when it comes to kissable, soft lips.  And, they ALL taste amazing!  Here are my top fave 5 x

1. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrub Valentines Collection in Chocolate covered Strawberries

2. Lush Lip Scrub in Bubblegum

3. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrub in Strawberry Gum

4. Lush Lip Scrub in The Kiss – soon to be discontinued

5. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrub Valentines Collection in Candy Necklace

REPOST // Airbrush makeup pros and cons

I’m gonna be super honest now and confess I am not a fan of airbrush makeup.  And it’s not through lack of trying or not being open to non-traditional makeup application methods – I just find personally it doesn’t work for me or my clients.  Don’t get me wrong I loved it when I was training to be a makeup artist and using it with prosthetics!  But does it have a purpose in the beauty industry?  Well I’m gonna talk you through some of the pros and cons of airbrushing x

Pros

1. Airbrush makeup is silicone based, which means that it lasts for a long time and is water resistant.

2. Airbrushing allows for an even application of the foundation spray when expertly applied.

3. Airbrushing is a minimal coverage technique – great for those who only want a very light touch of foundation.

4. As airbrush makeup dries super quick you can add layers if required.

Cons

1. Now this is the main reason I don’t use airbrushing – it flakes!  Airbrush makeup is fab on perfectly moisturised, hydrated skin with no marks, scars or spots.

2. It’s extremely difficult to re-blend with airbrushing or regular makeup.  So if you do end up with a few tears and the makeup streaks, there’s no way to recover this.

3. Because the foundation used for airbrushing is a different formula to traditional foundation, there is a limited shade selection to choose from.

4. It’s more expensive.  For most makeup artists airbrushing is seen as an add-on and is typically more expensive than regular makeup application.

Rosie Bea – beauty blogger and false eyelash guru

Many of you already know, through reading this blog, that I am a complete advocate of the false eyelash.  When paired correctly and applied perfectly – I truly believe falsies can take a beautiful makeup design to the next level of awesomeness, so I am always on the look out for the next best false eyelashes on the market.  And I think I’ve found my next holy grail of lashes via beauty blogger and gorgeous red head Rosie Bea.

I am really blown over by these lashes at the moment – it’s not just the range of width and length, but also the wonderfully delicate (and easily disguisable) lash band which just makes it an absolute must for my brides.  These are also awesome to use on bridesmaids  I’ve already bought and used 50 pairs so that must tell you something! x

Airbrush makeup – pros and cons

I’m gonna be super honest now and confess that I am not a fan of airbrush makeup.  And it’s not through lack of trying or not being open to non-traditional makeup application methods – I just find personally it doesn’t work for me or my clients.  Don’t get me wrong I loved it when I was training to be a makeup artist and using it with prosthetics!  But does it have a purpose in the beauty industry?  Well I’m gonna talk you through some of the pros and cons of airbrushing x

Pros

1. Airbrush makeup is silicone based, which means that it lasts for a long time and is water resistant.

2. Airbrushing allows for an even application of the foundation spray when expertly applied.

3. Airbrushing is a minimal coverage technique – great for those who only want a very light touch of foundation.

4. As airbrush makeup dries super quick you can add layers if required.

Cons

1. Now this is the main reason I don’t use airbrushing – it flakes!  Airbrush makeup is fab on perfectly moisturised, hydrated skin with no marks, scars or spots.

2. It’s extremely difficult to re-blend with airbrushing or regular makeup.  So if you do end up with a few tears and the makeup streaks, there’s no way to recover this.

3. Because the foundation used for airbrushing is a different formula to traditional foundation, there is a limited shade selection to choose from.

4. It’s more expensive.  For most makeup artists airbrushing is seen as an add-on and is typically more expensive than regular makeup application.

product spotlight – Chanel Coco Shine in 54 Boy

I love it when a bride finds a real product hero that they can’t live without.  And Chanel Coco Shine in 54 Boy is one of those gems.  This utterly beautiful lipstick by Chanel was recommended to me by one of my brides who wanted to use it for her final wedding look.  And I can understand why.  It’s that perfect combination between pink & a subtle soft brown with a very ‘grown up’ shine that catches the light beautifully.  All the Rouge Coco formulas also have an added bonus of having a built in lip plumper and hydration complex, making it easy to wear anytime of the day.

I would highly recommend using this particular shade if you’re trying to tie in your makeup look and can’t quite find that right hue that goes with everything.  Or for those that want to use a lipstick for their wedding day, but are not used to the feel of a matte finish x

Buy Rouge Coco Shine in 54 Boy

 

Repost//Mac Nutcracker Sweet Collection…

For a few months now I sort of drifted away from MAC – I don’t know whether this was due to boredom, or that I just wanted to try other niche brands on the market.  This all changed when the new Nutcracker Sweet Collection came out and suddenly this burst of colour drew me back.  Instantly attracted to the very vibrant hues in the collection, I knew I had to add these to the pro kit – not least because I have a shoot coming up next year which will work perfectly with these!  Watch this space for me on that…So the colours below shown are eyeshadows in Rabblerouser and Dance Flowers Dance – the lipstick is in Kingdom of Sweets.

The eyeshadows seem to be highly pigmented with a slight sheen.  The lipstick is a cremesheen so should give a matte appearance without being too drying.  I can’t wait to try them out! x

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