Saturday, 19 July 2014

Summer Skin Care Essentials | Summer Series #1

So now that summer is finally here, I've decided to do a little summer series! Starting off with my skin care essentials! Here are my top 4 skin care products to keep your skin looking and feeling its very best this summer..

1. P20

Starting off with probably the most obvious 'summer essential' sun cream. I always wear at least factor 20 as I have fair skin and P20 is my go to sun protection. If you aren't sure what P20 is, it is a non-greasy formula that you only need to apply once before you go into the sun. It is completely water proof and sweat proof meaning you have total protection from the sun all day long. So many times I've worn normal suncream, jumped in a pool and then burned because my sun cream has just disappeared!

P20 is proven to work up to 10 hours which is just amazing. I always buy a bottle of P20 at the beginning of the summer and especially before a holiday! You can get it from most places now such as Boots, Asda etc.. It is around the £20.00 mark depending on where you get it from but I can't recommend this product enough!

Moisturising during the summer months is so essential especially if you are catching the sun! My personal favourite is the Garnier Summer Body one that contains a gradual tan. It moisturises your skin and adds a hint of golden colour which is always a bonus. It also smells delicious! 

Alongside moisturising your body it is also important to moisturise your face! My holy grail moisturiser is Olay Beauty Fluid which is something my mum introduced me to at a very young age. This product makes your face so smooth and it is also the perfect base to apply foundation on also!

Finally if you are lucky enough to be blessed with skin that tans beautifully and easily then you probably won't need this product. I don't tan quickly at all - if I go on holiday for two weeks its not until the end of the two weeks that my tan starts to build up. So this is my go to fake tan! I use a mixture of medium and dark depending on what I feel like. This tan is a mousse formula which makes it so easy to apply and you know exactly where you have applied it. Its also so affordable at only £2.99 a bottle so I would definitely recommend this if you haven't tried it already!

What are your favourite skin care products for summer?


Friday, 18 July 2014

Pretty & Pink Makeup Look ❤

About a month ago myself and the lovely Fyona from Faobeauty on YouTube had a morning creating several different makeup looks and this was one of them. I wanted to create something that was natural, pretty that included a touch of pink. So heres how I created this look..

Skin: For Fyona's skin I used Maybelline Fit Me concealer across Fyona's cheeks and t-zone as she has beautifully tanned skin that I wanted to accentuate and not cover up. I blended out the concealer with a Real Techniques buffing brush to create a flawless finish. I also applied Collections lasting perfection concealer in 03 underneath her eyes to highlight this area. To set the face makeup I applied Rimmels Stay Matte powder in 'transparent' all over to keep everything in place.

Cheeks: For this look I wanted to add a flush of colour to her cheeks so I applied a mixture of pink and peach shades from the BH cosmetics palette. I also applied Bourjois's chocolate bronzer to add a slight contour underneath her cheek bones and across the top of her forehead. To finish off her cheeks I applied Benefits High Beam to highlight the top of her cheek.

Eyes: For the eyes I used my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette 'Dust', 'Liar' and 'Buzz'. I've definitely been reaching for this palette more often lately. The rose gold colours work well with tanned skin tones and really compliment one another. I then applied MACs 'Vanilla' pigment into the corners of her eyes to highlight them and create a pretty glow. Finally, I applied two layers of MACs Zoom Lash Mascara which again I've been loving lately. At the moment I only have a sample size but I am going to be purchasing the full size soon!

Lips: On the lips I applied Collections Pure Gloss Ultry Glossy gloss in the shade 'Cupcake'. I think this colour is lovely for a pop of subtle colour.

I hope you enjoyed this makeup look and let me know what you'd like to see next. I'm thinking of doing a celebrity inspired series!


Sunday, 13 July 2014

Warm Smokey Eyes & Red Lips | Make Up Look ❤

A few weeks ago I created this makeup look on my beautiful friend, Emmie. We decided to go for a warm smokey eye and a classic red lip, as personally I think Emmie suits a red lip so, so well! So here is how I created this simple and easy makeup look..

Skin: For the skin I used Rimmels Match Perfection foundation in the shade 010 'light porcelain'. The coverage of this foundation is medium but build-able and it creates a flawless finish. Emmie already has gorgeous clear skin so I didn't want or need to apply a heavy layer of foundation. I then used Collections Lasting Perfection concealer in the shade 01 underneath the eyes to highlight and brighten up this area. To set this I applied Collection's pressed powder in the shade 18 'ivory' with a large fluffy brush.

Cheeks: To contour ever so slightly I applied Nars 'Laguna' bronzer underneath her cheek bones to emphasise them and also add a touch of colour to her face. I love this bronzer as its so pigmented and matte which makes it perfect for powder contouring.

Eyes: For the eyes I used a mixture from the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette in the colours 'Trick', 'Liar' and 'Factory' through the crease. I then applied a layer of MACs Zoom Lash mascara to finish off the eyes.

Lips: On the lips I used MACs 'Ruby Woo' lipstick with Rimmel Exaggerate lip liner in the colour 'Red Diva 024'.

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy makeup look and if you recreate it please feel free to send me a photo on twitter @lindsayfrancesx


Friday, 11 July 2014

ELF Haul ❤

Champagne & Pearl swatches

A few weeks ago I received an email from ELF cosmetics that contained discount code (I can't remember how much it was but I only spent around £30.00 though) I've been a big fan of ELF cosmetics for many years now as they are so affordable and the products that I've tried so far have all been good quality. So, whenever I receive a discount code from them I just cant help myself and always end up ordering a few makeup goodies..

The first thing I ordered off the website were their eyelid primers. This primer only costs £1.50 which is so, so cheap and I love this product so much! I'd say its definitely comparable to the Urban Decay Primer Potion which is again, one of my favourite primers to use. It really intensifies any eyeshadow colour and keeps everything in place all day/night. The two shades I purchased were 'champagne' and 'pearl'. I really can't recommend this product enough if you haven't already tried it!

The next thing I bought were two new brushes for my kit. ELF are one of my favourite places to get makeup brushes along with Crown Brush and Real Techniques! I chose the 'Flawless Concealer Brush' and the 'Eyeshadow C Brush' which are both just £3.95! ELF studio brushes are so soft and such good quality. I've had several for at least two years now and they don't shed or go horrible when washed. 

Finally I bought two 'Glossy Gloss' lipglosses in the colours 'pink candy' and 'funky fuchsia' which were also just £3.95! I haven't yet tried them but they are super pigmented and the colours look lovely! 

What is your favourite product from ELF?


Tuesday, 1 July 2014

IMATS Haul & My Experience ♥ | Zuca, Nars & Crown Brush!

On Saturday the 28th of June, I went to IMATS with the lovely Fyona (FAO Beauty on YouTube) for the very first time. I've wanted to go to IMATS for three or four years now but I just hadn't got around to it. If you don't know what IMATS is its the 'International Makeup Artists Trade Show' which happens once a year all across the world in different places such as London, New York, LA, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney. 

The drive down to London was really easy and straight forward so the day started off really well. We left bright and early at 7am and arrived at the venue just before 9am. I'd seen lots of videos from IMATS from previous years but I still wasn't really sure what to expect. Once we got inside the venue there were so many different brands there such as Crown Brush, Bobbi Brown, MAC, Temptu, Sigma, Charles Fox, HD Brows, Inglot, and Makeup Forever just to name a few. It was so overwhelming and we didn't really know where to look or where to go first!

The first stand we went to was Crown Brush. I'm a huge fan of their products and knew I wanted to pick up more of their makeup brushes. I have to say I'd never seen so many makeup brushes in my life which were all so affordable! I bought three brushes which unfortunately don't have names on them but they are all eye brushes that are so, so soft!

After seeing the Nars stand looking crazy busy a couple of times we decided to tackle our way through and have a look to see what all the fuss was about. Nars had some amazing deals on and lovely gift sets available that I'd never seen before! The first thing I bought was the primer, illuminator and cheek set. I then picked up a velvet matte lip pencil and sharpener side and finally in amongst the craziness I spotted 'Orgasm' illuminator which I have wanted to get my hands on forever!

The last thing I purchased at IMATS and the thing I am most excited about is my beautiful new 'Zuca' Pro Artist case from the London Belle stand. The case I currently use has served me well for the last two years but its finally starting to show wear and tear, so after some researching I decided a Zuca case would be the best thing for me! I'll definitely be doing a separate review on this and let you know my thoughts on it once I've filled it up and used it! Also let me know if you would like first impressions or reviews on any of the other products that I bought!

So thats my little haul from IMATS. I think like a lot of people I was expecting to buy slightly more, but it was so overwhelming seeing so many different things and at times it was slightly hectic. Also if you havent seen already I also vlogged IMATS and have a video up on my YouTube chanel!

 However, I had an amazing time and saw quite a few YouTubers and bloggers which was really fun! I'll definitely be going again next year!


Friday, 27 June 2014

Kim Kardashian Inspired Makeup Look ❤

On Tuesday I created a Kim Kardashian inspired makeup look on the lovely Laura! This look is inspired by the makeup Kim K wore to her rehearsal dinner last month. Kim wore a dark smokey eye, classic contouring and nude peachy lips. So here's how I created this look..

Eyes: I started this look off by doing Laura's eyes first. This was because using black eye shadow creates a lot of fall out which can cause problems when applying foundation afterwards. To start the eye makeup I applied two pieces of tape onto the outer corner of the eye to create a sharp, clean edge. I then applied ELFs eyeshadow primer in the colour 'Pearl'. I absolutely love this eyeshadow primer and it is such a bargain at only £1.95.

For this look I used the Urban Decay Naked Three palette using the colours 'Dust' in the inner corner, 'Buzz' across the eyelid and 'Blackheart' in the crease. The key to this look is lots of blending to create a seamless smokey eye! I then applied a layer of MACs zoom lash mascara and to finish off the eyes I added Ardell lashes in 107! 

Skin: After the eyes were complete I applied MAC Studio Fix foundation in the colour NW15. 

Cheeks: To create Kim K's signature contoured look I used the Crown Brush 10 Colour Palette! Once I had contoured Laura's face with the cream products I then applied Bourjois's chocolate bronzer to really emphasise her cheek bones. I also applied Collections lasting perfection concealer in 01 under neath her eyes to brighten this area.

Brows: To define Laura's brows I used Benefit's Browzings and Gimme Brow which I have recently written blog posts about which you can find here (Browzings & Gimme Brow)

Lips: & last but not least I used Natural Collection lipliner (unfortunately the colour has rubbed off but its a nude colour) I then applied Elf Studio Matte lip colour in 'Nearly Nude' and to finish off the lips I applied Collection 2000s Pure Gloss in 'Honey'.

I hope you enjoyed this makeup look and if you recreate it please feel free to send me a photo on my Facebook page or tweet me @lindsayfrancesx


Monday, 23 June 2014

Copper Eyes and Red Lips & My First Youtube Video ❤

So if you follow my Instagram (@lindsayfrancesmakeup) or Twitter (@lindsayfrancesx)you will have seen that I recently uploaded my first ever YouTube video featuring the lovely Fyona, from FAO Beauty! I created a summer makeup look featuring copper eyes and a red lip. Here is how I created this look..

Skin: For this look I wanted to create a radiant and glowy look so I decided to use Revlon's Colour Stay foundation in the shade 320 'True Beige'. I absolutely love this foundation and definitely think its a cheaper alternative to MACs Studio Fix foundation. They have a very similar consistency and finish. For concealer I used Maybelline Fit Me (I'm not sure of the shade as it was Fyona's) underneath her eyes to brighten up that area. 

Cheeks: To contour and highlight Fyona's face I used the Crown Brush 10 Colour Palette which I have recently done a review on! So I won't go on too much about this palette but I think by now you all know how much I love it, I've been using it constantly ever since I bought it. To apply the contour and highlight I used a small square brush for precision and then used an ELF cosmetics stippling brush to blend it all into the skin.

Eyes: For the eyes I wanted to create a bold and vibrant look using coppers and browns. For this look I used the Urban Decay Naked palette. Firstly I used the colour 'Half Baked' all over the lid using a damp brush. Using a damp brush accentuates the pigmentation of the eye shadow making it much more vibrant. I then applied 'Dark Horse' in the outer corners of the eyes and underneath the lash line to create a smokey look. To finish off the eyes I applied two layers of MACs Zoom Lash mascara. 

Lips: On the lips I used Rimmel Apocalips in the colour 'Big Bang'. After rediscovering this lip product recently I've really been loving their finish and gorgeous bright colours. I also recently wrote a little post on them if you'd like to read more about them!

I hope you enjoyed this makeup look and if you recreate it please feel free to send me a photo either on my Facebook page or tweet me @lindsayfrancesx Also, please let me know what other videos you'd like to see! 


Thursday, 19 June 2014

Crown Brush Haul | 10 Colour Palette & Brushes ❤

So recently I made my first order from Crown Brush after hearing so many good things about their products. The first thing I knew I wanted to get my hands on was the 10 Colour Palette after seeing the lovely Liza Prideaux mention it in one of her YouTube videos a while back - if you don't know who Liza is you seriously need to check out her blog; Glambeautys and YouTube channel! I love her videos and blog posts and she's super gorgeous and lovely!

So the 10 colour palette contains a mix of 10 shades that are perfect for highlighting and contouring for a variety of skin tones. I've absolutely fallen in love with this palette the last few weeks as its so creamy and pigmented. The product glides effortlessly onto the skin, making it super easy to blend! This palette is also a real bargain at only £16.99 and its available from the Crown Brush website!

I did attempt to film a video on how I use this palette to highlight and contour but I didn't quite realise how difficult it is to actually film a video, from memory card issues to getting used to being recorded. I am going to attempt to start doing videos soon when I get my head around it all, but hats off to all those lovely ladies that do make YouTube videos! If are interested in using this palette to highlight and contour just pop 'Crown Brush 10 Colour Palette' into YouTube as lots of videos pop up!

Alongside the 10 colour palette I also ordered three makeup brushes to add to my kit. I ordered the C100 Tapered Blush, C139 Stiff Tapered Crease and the BK48 Angle Fluff! These brushes all cost under £5.00 which is amazing value for money. I've been using these brushes on my clients the last few weeks and I'm so, so impressed with them. They are so soft on the skin and have had minimal shedding when washing them. I really can't recommend them enough and will definitely be purchasing more in the future!

I hope you're all having a lovely week!


Sunday, 15 June 2014

Benefit Browzings | Review ❤

So if your a regular reader of my blog you may have noticed a little trend in the form of eyebrow related posts, such as Benefits Gimme Brow & my review on HD Brows! This is my third repurchase of this product which is of course, non other than Benefits Browzings

This product has been a holy grail product for me for a few years now; and was my go to eyebrow product before I started having HD brows done and I really need to fill my eyebrows in. Browzings consists of a wax and a powder which both help you create definition and volume. Personally I use the wax first to fill in my brows and define the shape, I then fill in any sparse areas using  the powder which is highly pigmented. Also with this product you receive two brushes and a pair of tweezers, which are great to have with you if your on the go!

It comes in three shades which are light, medium and dark and I use the light which is perfect for blonde/light brown hair. This product retails for £24.50 which is quite expensive but it is 100% worth the money as it lasts around a year for me. 

Have you tried Browzings? What's your favourite eyebrow product?