Sunday, 20 April 2014

HD Brows Review ❤

Before & After!
So a few months back me and my best friend Jodie decided we wanted to try out HD brows after years of talking about it and being fed up with our eyebrow shape. As you can see above are my before and after photographs and I still can't quite believe the difference. My eyebrows before were extremely thin towards the end and when I drew them on the front of my eyebrow would become far too thick and overall they had no real definition.

At my first appointment we went through what sort of eyebrow shape and colour I wanted. I like my eyebrows quite dark compared to my hair colour and I explained that I would like more definition. HD brows is a process of training your eyebrow hairs to grow where you want them too to gain your desired eyebrow shape. Bearing this in mind though you can't go in thinking your going to come out with beautiful high arched eye brows if you don't have a natural arch at all, like me! Also in my consultation I discovered that my eyebrows were too far apart! When I first was told this I didn't really believe it and blamed it on genetics but now looking back I definitely over plucked the start of my eyebrow in my dodgy teenage years and I used to pluck away hairs that should of really been there. Looking at my brows now they look much better closer together ha! 

After my consultation I hopped into the chair and waited anxiously for my brows to be transformed. I'm not going to lie, I was initially scared of how painful it was going to be as I'm a big wuss when it comes to pain but the whole process though was completely fine and it's nothing to worry about at all! 

After the consultation the treatments begin! First you start by having your eyebrows tinted - I'd never had my eye brows tinted before and I seriously have no idea why. The tint worked really well on the ends of my eyebrows and made the hair appear much thicker. Also the surrounding areas of your eyebrows are also tinted so any additional hairs can be removed also!

Next your eyebrows are measured to make sure they are long enough and in the right place (which mine clearly weren't ha) After this its time for the waxing which like I said to my surprise didn't hurt as bad as what I thought it would! After waxing its on to threading which again isn't as painful as I thought! Finally any remaining hairs are tweezed and any long hairs are trimmed.

To finish off a powder or pencil is applied to define your shape further. For my eyebrows now I simply outline them with a pencil and slightly fill in the very front where I had originally over plucked. It's so much quicker and easier to fill in my eyebrows in the morning now! I'm going back in for my third treatment in a few weeks time and I'm so excited to see the results. In between appointments you aren't allowed to pluck or wax your eyebrows as you need to let your brows grow to gain your desired shape. I honestly wish I had this done earlier as it makes makeup look so much more polished and finished!

Have any of you tried HD brows?

Lots of love

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Loreal Nude Magique Eau De Teint First Impression ❤

So lately I've been trying out lots of new foundations as I feel I wanted a change. I always stick to my Rimmel Match Perfection & MAC studio fix fluid as I know they work so well but I've decided I really wanted to try some new products to mix things up a bit. A few months back I picked up this foundation which is the Loreal Nude Magique Eau De  Teint foundation. Its available from Boots for £9.99 which I think is a reasonable price for a foundation. This foundation claims to be a fresh feeling foundation that is weightless bare perfection. 

"A feather light foundation, feels as light and fresh as water. Instantly fuses with the skin blending seamlessly to leave a silky, second skin effect."

I have to be honest and say that the first thing that initially drew me to this foundation was the packing. The bottle is made of glass which is quite unusual for a drugstore foundation.  It gives a almost high end look which is always nice.

The foundation it self is very watery so like it instructs its best to shake this product up before applying it to the skin. 

To apply this foundation I dabbed small dots of product across the face and blended them in with a Real Techniques face brush. I seriously love the Real Techniques brushed and highly recommend them. They are so affordable and amazing quality. 

The coverage of this foundation is definitely light coverage so its perfect for someone wanting a natural looking finish. The only things I don't particularly like about this product is that it can be quite messy if you aren't careful and also it has quite a strong smell. Overall though I'm really impressed with this foundation and will definitely continue to use it to create a light natural looking finish!

Have any of you tried this product? What do you think of it?

Lots of love

Friday, 11 April 2014

1970s Inspired Makeup Look ❤

So today I did another shoot for my graduate project and this time I was focusing on makeup from the 1970s! I wanted to do something a bit crazy and out there and this is the look that I created. This post is just going to be about the makeup as my beautiful friend Jodie has the most gorgeous natural curly hair so luckily I didn't have to do anything to it for this photo shoot. So onto the makeup look..

Skin: As always I applied moisturiser first to give the foundation a good base. I then used Dior's Forever skin foundation which I have recently done a first impression on! I really love the flawless finish of this foundation so it is perfect for photo shoots and being photographed. It's also very light on the skin which is always a big thumbs up! I then used MAC studio fix powder in NW30 to set the foundation and to add to the flawless finish created by the foundation.

Cheeks: For the cheeks I again only used bronzer to define her cheek bones and give an all over glow to the skin.

Eyes: Of course this look is quite extreme and it definitely isn't wearable but it could definitely be adapted by placing the eyeshadow up to the crease instead of the eye brow bone. I wanted to create a real 1970s look so I placed Barry M's Dazzle Dust in 75 which is a beautiful bright green all over the eyes up to the brow bone. I then applied a purple shadow underneath the lash line to contrast with the green. To finish the eyes I applied a layer of mascara and then Primark Beauty lashes which are my all time favourites and so so cheap. Definitely check them out if you haven't given them a try - they're only £1.00! 

Lips: For the lips I wanted to create a nude lip so it didn't distract from the eyes. To do this I used a Natural Collection lip liner in the colour 'Almond' to define the lip shape and I then added Collection 2000 gloss in 'Honey' to finish off the look.

In the next few weeks I will put some final photographs up from this shoot on my facebook page! Hope you liked this slightly crazy look!

Lots of Love

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

DIOR Diorskin Forever - Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Makeup - First Impression ❤

So today I decided to try out Dior's Forever foundation on my beautiful best friend - Jodie! Its actually name is Diorskin Forever Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Makeup which is a bit of a mouthful to say the least. I bought this foundation a few months ago but I haven't had a chance to try it out so today I decided to give it a go and see what both I and Jodie think of it.

Firstly I have to say the packaging is absolutely gorgeous, its so luxurious and the bottle feels almost silky. So it definitely reflects its slightly expensive price tag at £32.00 a bottle. It's available online from Debenhams! So onto my first impression of this foundation..

When I first applied the foundation to Jodie's skin I suddenly realised it was a gel consistency rather than a liquid like I was expected. It applied so smoothly to the skin and blended out beautifully. Jodie said it felt so light and like she wasn't wearing any makeup at all which is always a massive thumbs up when it comes to foundation. There nothing worse than feeling like your caked in makeup! 

The coverage of this foundation is medium but its easily build-able. For this look I applied two layers of the foundation to create a flawless finish to the skin.

Overall I'm really impressed with this foundation and think its worth the money. It gives a beautiful finish and is so easy and quick to apply. Have any of you tried this product?


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

A 1950s Inspired Hair & Makeup Look ❤

Like I said in my previous post which was my Cindy Crawford inspired hair and makeup look; I've been busy shooting my graduate project for my degree. My very first photo shoot a few weeks ago was looking into 1950s makeup and beauty. My model for this shoot was the lovely Fyona who makes beauty videos on YouTube. If you haven't seen her videos definitely check them out - she's brilliant. She's under The FAOBeauty on YouTube! So here's how I created this 1950s hair and makeup look for this photo shoot:


For this look I wanted to create loose voluminous waves with a victory roll within the fringe area to give a real 1950s vintage look. To do the waves I curled very large sections of hair with GHDs and then pinned them to the head while they were cooling down. If you've had your hair done by me you'll know this is by far my favourite method of creating curls as it makes the curls last so much longer and gives them a more bouncy look. Once the hair had cooled down I unpinned the curls and gently brushed through them with a paddle brush to soften the curls into waves. I then created the victory roll by backcombing the fringe and rolling it into shape which I then secured with a few grips.


Skin: I firstly applied moisturiser to the skin to give the foundation a good base. For this look I used Rimmel Match Perfection foundation in the colour 200 'soft beige'. This foundation is my favourite drug store foundation as its really affordable but provides good coverage that lasts all day! I then used Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer under Fyona's eyes to brighten up this area and to create a highlighted look.

Cheeks: For cheeks I kept it very simple by using only bronzer. For this look I used Sleeks Contour Palette in 'light' to sculpt the cheekbones and emphasise her face shape. 

Eyes: For the eyes I wanted to create a classic 1950s pin up look so I used a white eye shadow all over the eye lid  and applied a grey eye shadow in the crease to make the eyes appear larger. The eyeshadows that I used in this look are from Sleek's 2012 'Glory' palette. I love Sleek eyeshadows are they are so affordable yet so pigmented - I would definitely say they are comparable to MAC eyeshadows. I then applied winged eyeliner using Collection 2000's liquid eyeliner which is my all time favourite eyeliner! To finish the eyes I applied  a layer of mascara and then Primark Beauty lashes to really accentuate the eyes.

Lips: On the lips I used MACs 'Russian Red' lipstick which is a beautiful matte lipstick. Matte lipstick are perfect if you want a lip colour that stays on all day without budging. It is my favourite red lipstick as it contains blue undertones which make your teeth look super white.

More photographs will be up from this shoot on my facebook page very soon so be sure to keep an eye out for that! If you recreate this look please feel free to send me a photo either on my facebook page or my Instagram is @lindsayfrancesmakeup!

Hope you enjoyed this hair and makeup look!

Lots of love

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Cindy Crawford Inspired Hair & Makeup ❤

Recently I've been doing photo shoots for my graduate project as I'm in the last few months of my degree in photography - how scary! For my graduate project I'm looking at makeup and fashion over the decades and this mornings photo shoot was focusing on 1990's makeup. 

I was inspired by the Pepsi advert from 1992 featuring supermodel Cindy Crawford; have a little google if your not too sure what it is - she's incredible! So here's how I created this inspired look...


To give the hair a voluminous look I started by curling small sections of hair with GHD's and pinning them to Reo's head as this sets the curls and makes them last longer. After this I went on to do her makeup which gave the hair enough time to cool down.


Skin: I applied moisturiser to Reo's skin to provide a base for the foundation. Once this was applied I went on to do the foundation. For this look I used MAC Studio Sculpt in NC30. I love this foundation as it provides a full coverage look without feeling heavy on the skin. After this I applied Collection 2000 concealer under the eyes in 01 fair to lighten up this area. I finished off the skin by setting everything with Rimmel Stay Matte powder in 'Transparent' as this helps to control the oils in the skin and help the foundation be long lasting. 

Cheeks: For this look I really wanted to capture true 90s style makeup. So for the cheeks I contoured slightly with Bourjois chocolate bronzer to sculpt the face slightly and give it more shape. I then applied MAC's 'peaches' blush on the apples of the cheeks and blended it up into the hairline.

Eyes: For the eyes I used one of my all time favourite palettes - the Urban Decay Naked palette! I applied the colours 'Naked' and 'Buck' all over the eyelid and blended it up slightly into the crease to create a smokey look. I then applied a layer of Loreal's Volume Million Lashes mascara and to finish of the look I applied Primark Beauty Lashes in 'Sultry' which again is another one of my holy grail products.

Lips: On the lips I used Rimmel's Exaggerate Lipliner in 018 'Addiction' to really give the lips that typical 90s emphasised look. I then used Rimmel's Lasting Finish lipsticks in '077 Asia' which is a beautiful browny pink colour.

& to finish the whole look I unpinned the curls and applied hairspray to give the hair even more volume! 

If you recreate this look please feel free to send me a photo either on my facebook page or my instagram is @lindsayfrancesmakeup!

This look is easily adaptable to be perfect for an evening look - perhaps change the lip to a colour of your choice! Also if you'd like to see the photographs from this photo shoot be sure to check out my facebook page too as they will be up there very soon!

Lots of love