Thursday, 23 October 2014

Whitening Lightning Mini Haul ❤

So recently I made two purchases from Whitening Lightening. If you watch beauty videos on YouTube you will have heard about this brand over and over again! So last week I decided to bite the bullet and order a few bits. 

They had a deal on the two products I purchased which are the Brow Bar To Go and the Super Boosting Whitening Pen. The company itself is based in the USA but took less than 10 days for it to be delivered which I was really impressed with. The two products together cost $34 which converts to £21 which isn't too bad considering that includes the shipping also.

I'm really excited to try these products out, in particular the teeth whitening pen! If you would like a review on these products please do let me know. 

Have you ordered anything from Whitening Lightning? What's your favourite product?


Monday, 20 October 2014

My MAC Lipstick Collection ❤

So todays post is all about my MAC lipstick collection! I remembering buying my first MAC lipstick at the age of 16 from the MAC store in West Field shopping centre at Shepards Bush. The shade I chose was 'Angel' a classic nude, baby pink colour. It turns out I wasn't the only one who loved it, as I often found my mum pinching it and in the end I bought her another one and maybe picked myself a few other shades and the rest is history really! My addiction with MAC lipsticks was born..

I absolutely love reading other peoples blog posts on their collections and discovering new shades. I hope you enjoy this post! 

Nudes/Baby Pinks/Coral

Left to Right
Viva Glam 2, Hue, Creme Cup, Angel, Politely Pink, Please Me, Sweetie, Snob, Viva Glam, Speed Dial, Costa Chic

Viva Glam 2 (Amplified)
This is probably the lightest 'nude' lipstick I own. You'll notice through out this blog post that I'm very much a creature of habit and I chose shades that are all very similar. I'll be honest and say that I don't often reach for this shade on myself as it is very brown-nude but it looks amazing on tanned skin tones! Its an amplified finish so the pigmentation is so strong meaning you only need one swipe for the full colour.

Hue (Glaze)
One of my all time favourite MAC lipsticks. This is a very nude-pink lipstick thats perfect for an everyday lip colour. Its a glaze finish so it wears off beautifully through out the day and you don't have to worry about reapplying it. This shade is very popular for the bridal looks I do for that reason.

Creme Cup (Cremesheen)
'Creme Cup' is very similar to 'Hue' but it is slightly pinker. This shade is perfect if your looking for an every day nude-pink. This lipstick is probably one of the most hyped about lipsticks in the blogging world and I can completely see why. It goes with every makeup look from dark, smokey eyes to more natural makeup looks. I would definitely recommend this lipstick if you are looking to buy your first MAC lipstick.

Angel (Frost)
My first ever MAC lipstick so I'll always love this shade. Its very similar to 'Hue' and 'Creme Cup' its a beautiful nude-pink colour which is (again) perfect for every day wear. I wore this lipstick probably every day in my first year of college. Its just so easy to throw on in the morning as it matches everything.

Politely Pink (Lustre)
One of the newest additions to my collection. Its again a nude-pink (surprise surprise) but its a lustre finish. A lustre finish makes the lipstick semi-sheer with a glossy look. This has been one of my go to lipsticks recently.

Please Me (Matte)
Of course one of these lipsticks had to be a matte finish as this is my favourite finish from MAC, coming close to Cremesheen! 'Please Me' is a muted rosy pink colour which has incredible lasting power because of its finish. 

Sweetie (Lustre)
This is probably my least used MAC lipstick and I'm really sure why to be honest. I would describe it as a raspberry colour with hints of shimmer. In the tube it does look very shimmery but this doesn't transfer as much onto your lips. 

Snob (Satin)
Again, another recent purchase. This lipstick was a cheeky purchase from duty free before I flew to America this year. 'Snob' is one of MACs most popular lipsticks and is often sold out. Its a cool-tone pink and is semi-matte because its a satin finish.

Viva Glam (Lustre)
This is one of Lady Gaga's lipsticks that she released with MAC. It is a blue-ish bubblegum pink! Very bright, very  vibrant and very barbie. Personally I love this lipstick but I'm sure it won't be everyones cup of tea.

Speed Dial (Cremesheen)
'Speed Dial' is a gorgeous blue toned pink with golden undertones. Its overall a beautiful pink shade that would suit a variety of skin tones.

Costa Chic (Frost)
I love this colour in the summer months. Its a beautiful coral shade with a hint of orange so it accentuates your skin tone! The pigmentation is incredible for a frost finish and is definitely a summer staple for me in my makeup collection.

Bright Pinks

Left to Right
Girl About Town, Milan Mode, Lickable, Flat Out Fabulous, Candy Yum Yum
Girl About Town (Amplified) 
I originally bought this lipstick as there were rumours flying around that Cheryl Cole wore this lipstick, so I decided to get my hands on it. This colour is a bright fuschia with a hint of raspberry. I love this colour for nights out when you want to wear a bold lip but fancy something different to red. 

Milan Mode (Lustre)
Another lipstick in my collection that isn't used as much and again I have no idea why! MAC describes this colour as a sheer deep pink with multidimensional pearl. I would say this shade is a toned down version of 'Girl About Town'.

Lickable (Cremesheen)
Surprise, Surprise another blue-toned pink! Another shade that is similar to 'Girl About Town' however this shade is much more rosy pink and muted.

Flat Out Fabulous (Retro Matte)
Another fairly new purchase. I'm a sucker for matte and retro matte shades as they are my favourite finishes. Flat Out Fabulous is a vibrant, bold bright and red-pink shade. 

Candy Yum Yum (Matte)
Again one of my all time favourites! (I swear I've said that about ten times now) This is by far my go to bright pink lip. Its a slightly neon, blue-toned pink that lasts all day and all night! I absolutely love the formula of this lipstick as its so long lasting and not at all drying on my lips. I'm so glad MAC made this colour part of their permanent collection.


Left to Right
Riri Woo, Russian Red, Brave Red, Viva Glam I
Riri Woo (Retro Matte)
'Riri Woo' is very similar to 'Russian Red' although this shade is a slighter darker red. I love the retro-matte finish of this lipstick.

Russian Red (Matte)
My all time favourite MAC lipstick as many of you probably know by now. Whenever I do a red lip whether thats on myself or a client its 99% of the time this shade. Its the most beautiful blue-toned red that makes your teeth look lovely and white. I'd highly reccomend this lipstick if your deciding which red shade to buy from MAC.

Brave Red (Cremesheen)
'Brave Red' is the only red lipstick I own from MAC that isn't a matte finish and to be honest I don't reach for this lipstick as much. Whenever I wear a red lip I want it to be long lasting so I always reach for a matte shade.

Viva Glam I (Matte) 
This shade is the darkest of all the red lipsticks I own and again I don't reach for it much.


Left to Right
Odessy, Up The Amp, Rebel
Odessy (Frost)
This is my go to purple shade for when I want a less bold purple lip. As its a frost it wears off nicely on lips so you don't have to worry about it too much through out the day! Its a perfect shade for Autumn and Winter if you aren't quite brave enough to rock a really bright, bold lip.

Up The Amp (Amplified)
'Up The Amp' is described as a lavender violet on their website. Its a purple lipstick with blue under tones which means it makes your teeth look lovely and white. Its a beautiful bold shade that isn't overly dark.

Rebel (Satin)
One of my favourites from my collection! If love a bright lip in the Autumn months you just have to get your hands on this shade. Rebel is a stunning and completely unique colour, mixing fuschia berry colours with purple undertones. The satin finish allows the lipstick to glide effortlessly onto the lips and it doesn't budge through out the day. 

What are your favourite shades from MAC?


Saturday, 18 October 2014

Vintage Inspired Bridal Hair & Makeup ❤

A few days ago I posted a makeup look that I did at the beautiful Jodie's wedding, and todays post is all about her vintage inspired bridal hair and makeup! I was so excited when Jodie came to her trial and told me she wanted to go down the vintage route for her big day. So heres the look we created..

Face: For foundation I used MAC Studio Fix Fluid (what a surprise, I love this stuff) in the colours NW10 and NW15 mixed together. Personally I find that foundation looks much more flawless when you mix two colours together, as no ones skin is one colour in every area. I then set the skin with Rimmel Stay Matte powder in 001 'Translucent' to set the makeup in place.

Eyebrows: Jodie already had a lovely eyebrow shape that didn't require much filling in at all. I used the shade 'Naked' from the Urban Decay Palette on a small angle brush to fill in the brows ever so slightly. I then set her brows into place with Benefit's Gimme Brow in the colour light.

Eyes: For the eyes we wanted a smokey look that would compliment the bold red lip. I again used the Urban Decay Naked palette in the shades 'Naked' all across the lid which is a matte brown shade. I then applied 'Side Car' to the centre of the eyelid which is a shimmery light brown colour. To finish off the smokey eye I applied 'Naked' underneath the lash line and smoked it out with a small precise brush. I then applied Collection 2000 Killer Curves mascara to the top and bottom lashes.

Cheeks: To contour the cheeks I applied the darkest shade from Crown Brush 10 Colour Palette (my review can be found here) to add shadow and depth underneath her cheek bones. On top of this I applied MAC 'Harmony' blush which is again a matte shade to set the contour into place. For highlight I used MAC 'Soft and Gentle' to add a pretty sheen to her cheek bones.

Lips: For Jodie's lips I firstly applied Rimmel Apocalips in 'Big Bang' to give the colour extra staying powder. I then applied MAC 'Russian Red'  lipstick to complete the makeup look.

Hair: For Jodie's vintage inspired hair we went for deep waves created using a large wand, finished off with a victory roll in the front to keep her fringe out of her face through out the day.

I hope you enjoyed this look and please let me know if you recreate it. I hope your all having a lovely weekend!


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

MAC Prep & Prime Highlighter | First Impression ❤

If you've read my Sephora & MAC USA Makeup Haul you'll know that I purchased MAC Prep & Prime Highlighter for the very first time! I've wanted to try this product out for the longest time so I was so excited when I got my hands on this. Its definitely one of the products that is highly raved about in the beauty/blogging world! 

My first impression of this product is its amazing! I'm a huge fan of the highlighted look and this completely lightens and brightens the under eye area. Its a creamy liquid consistency meaning its so easy to blend out onto the skin.

I picked up the shade 'Light Boost' which is slightly more yellow toned to match my skin tone. They have three other colours available to suit different skin tones also. One thing I really love about this product is the packaging. It comes in a pen with a brush on the end, so you can twist as much product as you would like onto the brush which really eliminates any mess.

I apply the product in a v-shape underneath my eyes and across the tops of my cheekbones to really brighten them up and conceal any dark circles. I also apply it down the bridge of my nose and slightly onto my forehead. I've found this concealer lasts all day and doesn't settle into any fine lines.

It retails for £18.50 and I'd highly recommend it if you are a fan of that highlighted look! 

What are your favourite under eye concealers?


Monday, 13 October 2014

Bridesmaid Hair & Makeup Look | Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette ❤

On Friday the 3rd of October I had the pleasure of doing the beautiful bride Jodie's hair and makeup, alongside with her four bridesmaids. A blog post will be coming very soon on Jodie's vintage style hair and makeup! Today's blog post is all about this hair and makeup look above for one of her lovely bridesmaids. I love doing blog posts like this when I get a chance as it gives you all a little insight into what I use and also its great for me to look back on! So heres what I used to create this look..

Face: For foundation I used MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW25 as this foundation creates a flawless finish and lasts all day long, so its perfect for weddings! To contour and highlight I used the Crown Brush 10 Colour Concealer Palette (which I've done a review on which you can find here) I used the lightest and darkest shade in the palette to emphasise her cheekbones. I used Rimmel Stay Matte powder in 004 to set all of the makeup in place for the rest of the day.

Eyebrows: For her eyebrows I filled them in Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in 'Soft Brown' using a small angled brush. I've recently written a review on this product which you can find here!

Eyes: I wanted to create a look that compliment the pink dresses the girls were wearing. To start this look off I used the Urban Decay Primer potion to make sure the eyeshadow stayed vibrant all day. For this look I used the shades 'Dust', 'Burnt Out' and 'Buzz' which are all beautiful rose-gold shimmery colours from the palette. I applied 'Dust' and 'Burnt Out' across the lid and concentrated 'Buzz' into the outer corner and under the lash line. I then used Collection 2000 liquid eyeliner to create a cat-eye flick to accentuate her eyes. To finish off the eyes I applied Loreal Volume Million lashes (waterproof of course) and then applied Ardell 107 eyelashes.

Cheeks: For the cheeks I wanted to add another hint of pink, so for blush I applied MAC 'Peaches' onto the apples of her cheeks and I also added a touch of Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer to emphasise the contour under her cheeks.

Lips: On the lips I applied Rimmel Apocalips in 'Nova'. I'm a huge fan of this product as the pigmentation is incredible and they last such a long time on the lips. You can read my thoughts and see some swatches here!

Hair:  For the hair I created soft curls using GHDs and a waterfall/french braid going around the side.

If you recreate this look please feel free to send me a photo either on my instagram (@lindsayfrancesmakeup) or twitter (@lindsayfrancesx) I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know what you'd like to see next.


Saturday, 11 October 2014

MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Gold Deposit | Review ❤

If you read my USA Makeup Haul back in August you'll know that I picked up this beauty from MAC! I already have Soft and Gentle and I absolutely love it (you can read my review on it here)

MAC Soft and Gentle is a champagne colour so I decided to pick up something that was a bit more bronze. Gold Deposit is a beautiful, warm gold colour that shimmers beautifully in the light! It is so, so highly pigmented like all of the mineralise skin finishes from MAC that you only need the tiniest amount to get the true representation of the colour. 

When I had just got back from holiday I found myself reaching for this highlighter more than any other I own. This highlight lasts all day long and doesn't wear off which is something I find other highlighters can do!

Overall I highly recommend this product if your looking for a new highlighter! Have you tried the MAC mineralise skin finishes?


Thursday, 9 October 2014

MAC Studio Fix Fluid Review ❤

If your wondering why the packaging is slightly different - this bottle was purchased in Sephora in USA! I'm pretty sure we don't have directions for sunscreen use in the UK ha!

Todays post is a review on MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation which is my all time favourite foundation. 

Coverage & Texture

This foundation is full coverage and has a semi-matte finish on the skin. I have dry/normal skin and this foundation is matte on my skin when first applied but through out the day has a ever so slight dewy glow which I personally love. I use the shade NW20 in winter and NW25/30 in the summer months. Considering this is a full coverage foundation I don't think it feels heavy on the skin at all, compared to other full coverage foundations. The main thing I love about this foundation is its lasting power. On my skin it lasts anywhere from 12-16 hours and it looks exactly the same as when I applied it - just amazing! 


The downside to this foundation is that it doesn't come with a pump which can be quite messy, especially when you're rushing in the morning. Also I hate that when you get to the very end of the product you have to tap the bottle (which is glass) against your hand pretty hard to get the final bit out - several times I've had a lovely bruise between my thumb and finger! Although I do know that MAC sell pumps separately, I just have never got round to purchasing one. The glass bottle and black lid is very sophisticated looking and has that 'high-end' makeup feel.


This foundation costs £21.50 which yes is expensive, but I think its worth it! I find this foundation lasts months for me and the coverage and finish it produces makes it worth every penny.

Have you tried Studio Fix Fluid? What do you think?


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

September Favourites ❤

I can't believe that its October already! The year has flown by ridiculously fast and its hard to believe Christmas is less than 12 weeks away now aah! Todays post is about my favourites from the month of September. I only have five products this month as I spend most of September travelling!

The first product probably isn't a surprise if your a follower of my instagram or read my blog regularly. I've recently done a review on this product which you can find here, so I won't ramble on too much about this product, but I absolutely love it. Its very quickly become my everyday go to brow product. It is so easy to apply and it lasts all day without smudging!

Alongside MAC, Nars are one of my all time favourite brands for blushes. Now that the summer has well and truly left us, I've been reaching for blush over my bronzer and this is the product I've been loving the most. It is a beautiful light peachy pink colour with a golden sheen that creates a lovely flush of colour on the cheeks. 

My all time favourite red lipstick! Again now the colder months are approaching I've been swapping my corals for deeper shades like this one. I'm a huge fan of a bold, dark lips in the winter months and this is a staple for me. Its a bright pillar box red with blue undertones which means that it makes your teeth look incredibly white! Its also a matte finish so it lasts all day/night long without budging. I'd highly recommend this lipstick if your on the look for that perfect red shade. 

This is another product that I picked up while I was in Target in America. I'm not sure if we can get Sonia Kashuk in the UK but I have to say I'm so impressed with this little sponge. After hearing so much about the Beauty Blender and to be honest, being quite sceptical about it I was pleasantly surprised when I tried this out. I was always under the impression that applying makeup with a sponge was old fashioned and messy but I've been proved wrong. I use this sponge to blend in my concealer under my eyes and it gives an airbrushed and flawless look that no brush could create. Its best to use it damp so it doesn't soak up all the product. I'm definitely going to get my hands on other makeup sponges now!

My final favourite product from the last month is another product that I picked up in America. This eyebrow pencil has again become something I use every single day without fail now. It contains the product at one end and a spooly at the other. The nib is so small making it very precise in achieving neat, polished eye brows. I picked up the shade 'Soft Brown' as I like the shape of my eyebrows to be slightly more defined. 

So they are all the products I was loving last month! Let me know in the comments below what you've been loving?


Sunday, 5 October 2014

Kim Kardashian Inspired Bridal Makeup & Hair ❤

At the end of August one of my lovely brides Kim asked for a Kim Kardashian inspired hair and makeup look for her special day. Back in June I did a blog post on a dark smokey makeup look inspired by Kim K and it was one of my most popular posts so I decided I'd do one on this softer bridal look! So here's how I created this look..

Skin: For the skin I wanted to create a flawless finish so I used MAC studio fix fluid in NW30. If your a regular reader of my blog you'll know that this is one of my all time favourite foundations. Its a full coverage foundation and doesn't create a white cast in flash photography so its perfect for weddings! I then applied Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in 01 underneath her eyes to brighten up this area.

Cheeks: For this Kim Kardashian inspired look I used the Crown Brush Concealer palette to define her cheekbones and create a highlighted look. I used the lightest and darkest shade in the palette and blended it out using a Real Techniques contour brush to make sure there were no harsh lines. After all of the contour and highlighting was blended, I set the face makeup with MAC studio fix powder in NW30 to matify the skin and help prevent any shine during the day.

To finish off the skin I applied MAC blush in 'Pink Swoon' to give her cheeks a healthy flush of colour. I absolutely love this colour and supposedly its one of Kim Kardashian's favourites also!

Eyes: For the eyes I wanted to create a soft brown smokey eye and to do this I used the original Urban Decay Naked palette using the colours 'Sidecar', 'Smog' and 'Darkhorse'. Kim had eyelash extensions done before her wedding so we didn't need to apply any mascara.

Lips: For the lips we went for a mix of MAC 'Politely Pink' and 'Hue' and to finish off the lips I applied MAC 'Oyster' lipglass to create a pretty sheen! 

Hair: To create these soft curls I used Enrapture Heated Rollers mixed with curling sections of hair with GHDs!

I hope you enjoyed this Kim Kardashian inspired bridal look and congratulations once again to the new Mrs Yeates! You truly looked like a princess Kim! 

This look would also be perfect for special occasions and nights out! If you recreate this makeup  look please feel free to send me a photo to either my twitter @lindsayfrancesx or my facebook page!


Friday, 3 October 2014

Everyday Contouring & Highlighting ❤

Hi everyone! Today's post is a highly requested one about contouring and highlighting that is suitable for every day wear. I know that not everyone will have the time to do this every day but if your like me I absolutely love the effect it creates and I do these steps most days.

For an everyday look I prefer to use powder products rather than cream. I think they give a much more natural finish and lets be honest they don't need much precision or blending (unlike cream products)

To contour my face on a day to day basis I either use Bourjois's Chocolate bronzer or Nars 'Laguna' bronzer. I apply it underneath my cheek bones and blend up into my temples with the Real Techniques 'Contour' brush. I'm a huge fan of Real Techniques brushes, they are amazing quality and such good value. In April I recently bought some more for my kit and you can find my review on them here!

For an every day highlight I typically use Topshop's 'Crescent Moon' highlighter which is a beautiful shimmery champagne colour. I apply this using the edge ELF 'Powder' brush as its quite a large brush it evenly distributes the product lightly, giving a natural glow.

The key to contouring and highlighting is making sure everything is blended well and that there are no harsh lines. I usually blend my contour and highlight together using an ELF 'Complexion' brush with a tiny bit of my powder on to make sure there are no harsh lines.

& thats really all there is to it, pretty simple! If you'd like an in-depth post on the more extreme highlighting and contouring I do for nights out, photo shoots etc please let me know! I hope you enjoyed this post and it was helpful.