The Glamour Beauty Festival 

 
Yesterday I headed to what can only be described as a paradise. The Glamour Beauty Festival. The event runs all weekend, with brands from Rimmel to Liz Earle there with their own section offering amazing free treatments as well as great advice (I particularly enjoyed seeing how to really conceal my black under eye bags that you may have heard me moan about before…)

 The festival was held at the Saatchi Gallery, which admittedly I’d never been to (but definitely will be going back), where the aroma of beauty obsessives filled the gallery. There were four main sections; hair, make up, skin care and nails, where brands were set up ready to pamper and preen to perfection! I tried to get around as many as possible, but there was so much choice I just couldn’t!

 


 

In the makeup section I first headed to Laura Mercier where an artist showed me how to conceal my under eyes as well as any other areas of concern. I bought this little pot of magic, which amazingly concealed my sins from my work drinks the night before.

 I then headed to the Nars counter where I was shown how to properly highlight, contour and apply blush…


They developed this exclusive colour called Goule for the event which I absolutely loved, and so felt it was rude not to buy it….

After that, I headed to the skincare section. Balance Me were offering an amazing skin assessment service. I put my head into this box with curtains where there was a blue UV-type light with a small mirror.


The specialist then looked in from the other side to assess my skin. I had this done years ago before I underwent treatment for blemishes, so it really was amazing to see the difference it had made to my skin! The only issue she could see, which she said everyone would have, is the dehydration on my under eyes *grabs for water*. They had a pick and mix type shop, where 3 sample sized products were £10, so I bought….

I then headed over to Elizabeth Arden, where I had this amazing treatment which I sadly can’t remember or find the name of (if you can help please let me know!). It essentially looked like a mini spray tan applicator, which she filled with vitamins and sprayed over my skin. She then went back over when there was purely air pressure to massage the product in. It was supposed to be a ‘Madonna effect’, which for the rest of the day, my skin really did glow. I have to also say that on a slight hangover, this was the most amazing treatment! It was so soothing and refreshing that I asked her to do it again! She said they offer a 15 minute treatment for £15, so I would definitely pay for another.

They were the only treatments I had as the queues were fairly long, but I loved spending time just mooching around looking at products.

 

 

As part of the ticket you could also choose a talk to attend. I went to one where Jo Malone, Liz Earle and Thea Green (founder of Nails Inc) were talking about how they started and grew their businesses. It was so interesting and actually really empowering to hear about their journeys. Also, Liz’s skin was literally glowing from around 5 metres away, so I am SO excited to try the hot cloth cleanse and polish. Yes I finally have it!

Now for the best part, another perk of your ticket was that you received a goody bag full of amazing products (a lot full sized!). These are the fab things I received….

So stay posted as I’ll be posting a few product reviews of the great products I discovered at the event!

Would love to hear if anyone else was there and what they tried!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Red Carpet Lip Look

 

With it being the Oscars tonight, I thought it was only right to create a red carpet worthy lip! I recently received the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick in ‘red carpet red’, so it was the perfect colour to create my show stopping look with.

 

  

To see how I created the look, follow this link here to my YouTube channel where you can watch a tutorial I created.

The products I used for this look are:

– Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturise

-Rimmel Hide The Blemish Concealer

-Clinique Airbrush Concealer

-Mac Pressed Powder

-Benefit High Beam

-Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brink in Bronze

-Makeup Revolution Focus  & Fix Brow Kit

-Benefit Speed Brow Gel

-Benefit Cream Shadow in Champagne Sparkle

-Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Sepia

-Diorshow Iconic High Definition Lash Curler Mascara in Black

-Charlotte Tilbury Lip Magic Balm

-N07 Precision Lip Liner in Red

-Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red

 

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for visiting 🙂

Everyday Make Up in 10 Minutes 

 

 I go through phases with my make up, and currently I’d say I’m fairly happy with my routine which for me is pretty impressive, so I thought I’d share it with you all! I like my sleep so I’ve tried to cut down the amount of time I spend on my make up in the morning as much as possible. So, please find below a quick ‘how to’ for everyday make up in 10 minutes. As you can see from the picture it’s a really natural look, meaning it’s pretty easy to recreate!

First, prepping your skin is so important to ensure you get a good base for your make up to sit. I don’t use a primer, but I do make sure to thoroughly moisture my face with my everyday moisturiser. Then, comes the most important part for me, the concealing. I cover any blemishes/red areas using a concealer, my favourite at the moment is Hide The Blemish by Rimmel. I then also use this as a base for my under eye area.

Following this, I apply Oil Free Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser using my fingers as I prefer to blend that way. I take Clinique Airbrush Concealer in Medium and apply under my eyes. To set this all using the real techniques powder brush I apply Mac Select Sheer/Pressed Powder in NC5 over all of my face. I’ll then gently define my cheekbones using the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Palette in Bronze.

To highlight, I dab 3 dots of Benefit High Beam under my eye area and then blend in. Moving onto my cheeks, I take The Multiple by Nars in Orgasm and apply to the apples of my cheeks. I then blend this out with a touch of the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Rose Quartz using the Bobbi Brown Face Blending Brush.

Moving onto my eyes, I first focus on my brows. I fill in using the dark colour in the Focus & Fix Kit in Medium by Make Up Revolution. I then brush over to really tidy up using the Benefit Speed Brow Gel.

Using my finger I then sweep a layer of Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Sparkling Champagne over my eye lids and up to the brows. For my eyeliner I turn to my trusty Bobbi Brown Gel Eye Liner in Sepia Ink and create a simple flick at the outer corner of my eye. I follow with a coat of mascara in Diorshow Iconic High Definition Lash Curler Mascara in Black, and then another coat of Ultra Tech Curve Mascara by Kiko Cosmetics in Black.

Finally for my lips, I moisturise first using the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Magic Balm and then follow with the MAC Pro Longwear Lip Liner in Staunchly Stylish. I then apply a coat of Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Colour Lipstick in Neutral Rose for the final touch!

Writing it down it seems like a long process but I promise it really isn’t! I’ve done it half asleep before so it is almost like a foolproof guide to applying makeup.

Thanks for reading 🙂

MAC Lip Liner in Staunchly Stylish

Hello hello!

This will only be a short post this evening, but I had to share with you my new favourite lip liner that I recently discovered. I picked it up last week at the MAC counter when I was travelling through Milan airport. I was pretty overwhelmed with the products available, but after trying more than 10 different colours in various lipsticks and lip liners on my hand (getting to the airport early meant it got a little out of control…),  this lip liner in Staunchly Stylish kept catching my eye because of it’s deep and pretty nude colour.

 

It’s quite a neutral colour on and the finish is so moisturising and yet buildable that it looks really natural on. This particular colour is part of the pro longwear lip pencil range which is really obvious when wearing! It’s durable and gives a great finish, but then that’s no surprise from MAC!

 

 

I wear mine alone under lip balm to give a slightly more dewy effect on my lips, but it definitely gives enough nourishing coverage to be worn alone.

I’m starting to really invest in my lip liner collection so I’d love any suggestions you have!

Have a great Friday!

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Product Review: Lush Santa Lip Scrub

My lips have been really suffering recently due to cold mornings, heating and air con (why my office uses air con at this time of year I don’t know), as well as generally feeling run down. Not only were they feeling really dry, but they were unsightly and embarrassing, especially during meetings.

So, one evening after work I headed to Lush adamant that I wasn’t leaving without some miracle cure. To my relief I came across this amazing lip scrub which has significantly increased the feel and appearance of my lips.

I instantly fell in love firstly because this scrub is called ‘Santa’, clearly making it part of their Christmas range. It has this gorgeous smell that sings of Christmas, with aromas of cherries and dates Jumping out at you as you use it. It actually also smells a little like coca cola, which surprisingly is nice!

To use I literally take a finger tip full and gently apply in circular motions, focusing especially on those areas that need extra attention. I tend to do this for a few minutes before rinsing off with water. The shop assistant also told me it’s fine to lick off, which I haven’t done yet; but given how amazing it smells I can guarantee it tastes pretty delicious too.

It only took a day for me to notice a difference in the softness of my lips, so I can definitely recommend this for instant results. What’s great about this product is that it really isn’t harsh on your skin, as it almost dissolves when you use it. My only issue with this is that is leaves a faint red tinge behind. I’m not sure if that’s to do with the colour of the product, or that it had just given my skin an exfoliation. It did fade pretty quickly, but just to be safe I apply either before bed, or an hour or so before I know I have to go out.

I won’t be using this product everyday, but I definitely think a scrub once a week will be so beneficial in maintaining the condition by buffing away any dead skin.

 

I love to then follow this scrub with this lip balm by Kiehl’s. This product is so nourishing and really absorbs into your lips for when you need an intense treatment. Kiehl’s are great for giving out tester samples, so if you’re dubious about investing see if your local shop offers a sample size of this product!

I’m always looking for new ways to look after my lips during the winter, so would love to hear if you have any other suggestions!

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Burberry Lip For Less

 

Happy Sunday all!

If you follow my blog regularly you’ll have seen on my AW15 Beauty Wishlist the Burberry Beauty Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Bright Plum. I became obsessed by this lipstick thanks to the Burberry catwalk show at London Fashion Week last week. A main beauty look was a gorgeous bold berry lip, which was complemented beautifully by a simple base. As soon as I saw the look I was completely hooked! Firstly I am IN LOVE with the colour; it’s great for autumn, and looks amazing against any skin tone. I also think it’s a fab colour to wear if you don’t like being adventurous with your lip colour. Yes it does stand out in the sense that it’s not a neutral colour; yet the fact that it’s so flattering against different skin tones means it’s not too overpowering, which makes it a perfect bold lip colour!

The look as seen at Burberry…

 

The Burberry lipstick used is quite pricey at £25, so I thought I’d try and find a cheaper alternative to recreate the look. I created my first ever video for this look (please be nice), so take a look at it here if you fancy! I’m really not a fan of hearing myself back (I’ve been cringing all morning), and know I have a few things to perfect when posting videos, but hopefully you’ll like it!

The look I created:

Products used:

 

Rimmel Long Lasting Lipstick in Starry Eyed , £4.99
Natural Collection Lip Liner in Mulberry, £1.99
Eve Lom Kiss Mix, £16
Benefit Boiing Concealer, £17.50

I hope you guys enjoyed the video and found it somewhat useful (sorry my phone buzzed during it, oops)! Any feedback on the blog/video is very welcome, and would love to hear your thoughts on the look!

Thanks for visiting!
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AW15 Beauty Wishlist

AW15 Beauty Wishlist

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eye Palette

I’ve been lusting after this eye palette for some time now! As a religious user of the Naked and Naked 2 palette, I was ecstatic when I heard of a new set of darker colours being released. The smoky eyes set is perfect for winter with the darker shades perfectly complimenting the colours that define the colder months. Equally, I also love that Urban Decay has stayed true to its beautifully soft colours that are so perfect for day to day wear to achieve a minimalist look. With a price tag of £38 it’s not the cheapest, but from personal experience I can definitely say that this is a brand worth investing in (especially if you love to experiment with eye colours)!

Burberry Beauty Burberry Kisses – Bright Plum No. 101

Burberry is always my favourite show at London Fashion Week, and when I saw the make up look this year my obsession was once again confirmed. I am besotted by this lip colour as not only it is gorgeous in itself, but it was so flattering against the different skin tones strutting down the catwalk. Of course, alongside these facts, it’s the perfect berry winter colour, so is definitely top of my wish list!

Eve Lom Moisturiser SPF 15

As the cold begins to creep in it’s so important to ensure that the skin on your face is kept as well looked after as your toes in your warm and cosy boots. So, to keep my skin moisturised and hydrated as the cold weather begins to take its toll, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect daily moisturiser. This one by Eve Lom not only enriches and nourishes the skin through deep hydration, but also acts as a great base for make up. Although I never regularly use any products from this brand because of their hefty price tag (this product is £40), I certainly think this would be a special product to invest in. I don’t think it will become a regular in my beauty cupboard, but definitely would be a perfect treat to myself and my skin!

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Nail Polish

If you regularly follow my blog you’ll realise I have a slight obsession with nail varnish, and making sure my nails are in tip top shape. I saw this polish recently and was hooked; this is such a great colour for Christmas time, and will be perfect for any nights out/Christmas parties when I want to add a bit of extra sparkle to my look. I’ve never owned a nail polish from Bobbi Brown, but going on past experience from their other products, I’m sure I won’t be disappointed!

Charlotte Tilbury Bronzer Brush

This is the most luxury product on my wish list at £60 (I can dream!). I’ve never really spent a lot on my make up brushes, and actually consider them to be the least important part of my make up bag. I know that the key to flawless make up is a great set of brushes to apply with, however I would always much rather buy a new lipstick/eye liner than invest in a good set of brushes. But after seeing the Charlotte Tilbury collection of brushes I am starting to change my mind. I’ve chosen to feature the bronzer brush as after all this is a winter wish list, so I need as much help as possible to get some colour in my face! Whilst I can’t see myself buying this any time soon, it’s definitely a great product to daydream over.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my first wish list! Would love to hear if anyone else is dying to get their hands on these products!

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