Sephora Haul | Anastasia Beverly Hills & Makeup Forever ❤

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So if you saw one of my latest blog post you will already know that my lovely friend Emmie brought me back some goodies from Sephora when she went to Las Vegas! So I know this blog post is slightly late but here are the other bits she picked up for me..

I won't ramble on too much about this product as one of my last posts was a full review; so if you missed that you can find it here! I'd been desperate to get my hands on this kit for so long now but it was always sold out whenever I was in Sephora in the USA last summer. Its absolutely gorgeous and contains three highlight shades and three contour shades. Anastasia Beverly Hills are also set to release a cream contour kit very soon in the UK which is definitely on my wish list! 

Another product from Anastasia Beverly Hills - I just absolutely love this brand at the moment. Everything they bring out is just incredible, I just wish it was easier to buy in the UK. If your wondering where you can buy it in the UK, Cult Beauty sell it! I asked Emmie to pick me up these two shades as I'm slowly building my collection up for my clients. If you want to hear my first impression of this product and why I love it so much you can find that post right here!

Last but not least - Makeup For Ever HD Foundation. I've heard so so much about this foundation online that I really wanted to try it out! I used, which is a brilliant website that tells you which shade of foundation you'd need in other brands after you type in your current foundation shade from another brand. I'm a NW20 MAC and the website said I'd be N120 which is 'Soft Sand'. I'm happy to say that this foundation shade is a perfect match for my skin tone and I'm excited to try it out. I'll be doing a first impression post so watch out for that if you're interested!

I hope you've all had a lovely weekend!


My Skincare Tips for Brides To Be ❤

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Today's blog post is all about my tips and tricks for brides to be who want healthy glowing skin on their wedding day. Firstly let me start off by saying I'm in no way a skin care expert and this is just what  I'd recommend as a makeup artist and what I try to do myself on an every day basis. I have normal/dry skin and I fortunately rarely have to deal with spots so this post may not be helpful if you are looking for ways to combat spot prone skin. However they're plenty of YouTube videos and blogs that I'm sure can help! 

Many things can effect the health and appearance of your skin and of course on your wedding day you want it to be the best it can possibly be. Skin is effected by hormones, diet, weather, health, stress etc! 

Also we are all human so of course every now and then we forget to take our makeup off before bed or don't get enough sleep but don't stress too much about it! So here are my tips and tricks for brides to be..

Having A Healthy Life Style!

I think this is probably the most obvious one. Our lifestyle and diet massively effects our skin and of course our over all general health. I'll be honest and say here my diet is shocking so I'm definitely not one to preach on this subject but aiming to eat healthy in the run up to your wedding day will improve the overall look of your skin.  

Working out is also great for your skin. While burning calories your also increasing blood flow which improves your skins health. It also relives stress! 


Again another one we all hear about regularly. Water hydrates the body and also our skin. It is recommended to drink two litres of water every day and I find having a water bottle that you can refill and sip through out the day really helps. 


How much sleep we get every night massively effects the appearance of the skin. No one wants big dark circles under their eyes on their wedding day (although if you do have a few sleepless nights don't panic - makeup does wonders) It is recommended that we get between 7-8 hours sleep a night.

Also taking your makeup off before you go to sleep is super important! (As annoying as it can be sometimes) 

Cleanse, Tone & Moisturise! 

You should aim to cleanse, tone and moisture your face twice a day, morning and night. 

Cleansing your skin opens up the pores on your face and removes any dirt, makeup, sweat etc. There are so many different types of cleansers available and it all depends on your skin type on which one you should use. Skin types are typically dry, oily, normal or combination. My skin type is dry/normal and my favourite cleansers are Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish (£13.00), NSPA Hot Cloth Polish (available from ASDA for £7.00) and Simple Kind to Skin Purifying Cleansing Lotion (£2.19). As you can see the hot cloth cleansers are my favourite as I really feel they remove every tiny bit of makeup and dirt from your face. 

The best way to find a good cleanser is to try and experiment with lots of different ones until you find one that works well for your skin. Everyones skin is different and a product that someone else loves may not work for your skin in the same way.

Toner removes any excess cleanser from your face and also makes sure to remove any stubborn dirt. The toners I personally love are Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic £14.50 andThe Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Toner £5.00. Again with toners the best way to find a good one for your skin is to experiment until you find one you are happy with.

If your a regular reader of my blog you'll know my holy grail moisturiser is the Olay Beauty Fluid £4.99. This moisturiser is great for all skin types and provides the perfect base for makeup. Using moisturiser morning and night will ensure your skin stays hydrated and healthy.

Pamper Time!

A good way to give your skin a healthy glow for your wedding day is by pampering yourself with a face mask once a week. My favourite face masks are the GlamGlow Mud Mask £44.99, (extremely expensive I know but this pot will last a long time) Simple Kind to Skin Deep Cleansing Face Mask £3.99 and any of the Montagne Jeunesse masks £1.00 which are readily available in Boots, Superdrug, Tesco etc!  

Home made face masks are also a great way to pamper your skin! There are so many tutorials on YouTube with different ways to do them so I'd definitely recommend checking them out if you fancy trying something different and having a bit of fun.

Another great way to pamper your skin is to give it a break from makeup. If you don't have a reason to wear makeup then don't wear it. I feel it gives my skin a break and leaves it feeling healthier the next day! 


Yes Sudocreme, the cream that is probably most famous for treating nappy rash. This has been my go to product for when my skin has an occasional freak out. I find this cream drys out the area before a spot can come to the surface. If you haven't tried this method try it next time you can feel a spot underneath the skin - its a miracle worker on my skin! 

So they are all my tips and tricks to help you get your skin ready for your wedding day! I hope this post helps even if you aren't getting married and maybe you picked up some tips to incorporate into your everyday skin care routine!

Do you have any tips or tricks? I'd love to hear them in the comments?



Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit | Review ❤

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Vanilla - Banana - Sand (Left to Right)
Java - Fawn - Havana (Left to Right)
So if you follow my Facebook Page you'll know that I recently got my hands on the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit after my lovely friend Emmie brought it back from Las Vegas for me!  (Thank you Emmie if you're reading this) Ever since this kit came out I've been trying to find it but every time I went to buy it was sold out. I even went into Sephora several times while I was in America last Summer and every time they had sold out!

There has been so much hype about this product in the beauty world as lets face it most of us are slightly obsessed with highlighting and contouring at the moment! I don't think its a trend thats going to disappear for quite a few years. The palette comes with six shades - three highlight and three contour shades. The one thing I love about this product is the variety of colours in one palette making it perfect for makeup artists. Here is a quick run through of the six shades in the palette..

This shade is one of the lightest colours in the palette and is a creamy beige. The shade would be perfect for setting under eye concealer without any additional highlighting.

This is my favourite shade in the palette for setting and brightening my under eye concealer. Has any one tried the Ben Nye Banana powder? Its the powder that apparently Kim Kardashian wears underneath her eyes but I haven't had a chance to try it out yet. 'Banana' in this kit is a matte yellow shade which counteracts any darkness underneath your eyes.

This shade is the only one in the palette which is slightly shimmery. It is very similar to 'Vanilla' however it has a slightly more pink under tone. This shade would work really well as a subtle highlight on the tops of the cheekbones and down the centre  of the nose.

'Java' is a deep matte brown shade with a slightly red under tone. I can see myself using this shade in the summer months when my skin is slightly more tanned.

This is my go to shade at the moment. It is a taupe colour with a slightly grey under tone which makes it look very natural on the skin. Grey toned contour shades mimic the natural colour of shadow on the face making it more realistic. 

This is the darkest contour shade in the palette which again is another shade I can see myself using in the summer months. Having a range of different contour colours is amazing for any makeup artist though. 

The packaging is a strong cardboard housing and the contours/highlights are in pans which means you can purchase new ones when they run out which is a brilliant idea. Usually you only get this option when you buy custom palettes. 

The powders are so pigmented which makes them so easy to apply. They are also very easy to build up so you have full control of how intense your contour/highlight is.

I think the only thing I'd change about this product is the fact that it has no mirror. If the packaging had a mirror it would be a 10/10 from me!

 Overall I'd highly recommend you try out this kit if you are a fan of highlighting and contouring! 



Ted Baker Lipsticks | Pout & Prejudice Set ❤

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Hi everyone, I hope you're all having a lovely weekend despite the freezing cold weather (if you're in the UK) Todays little post is all about Ted Baker lipsticks! I don't know about you but I had no idea that Ted Baker did makeup until I received this lovely set at Christmas from one of my aunties! This set is called 'Pout and Prejudice' and comes with three beautiful lipsticks.

The lipsticks come in a metal tin with the prettiest vintage design. Ive been using this tin all the time to keep random things in one place in my handbag! Its so useful as its the perfect size. 

The first thing I absolutely love about these lipsticks is the packaging. Baby pink and rose gold are my two favourites colours at the moment. Rose gold is becoming so popular in the beauty industry!

The three shades are 'Nude', 'Peach' and 'Red' and they have a glossy finish but are still very pigmented. I'm pretty sure this set was available from Boots over Christmas however like I said this was a gift so I haven't researched too much into it!

I'd highly recommend Ted Baker gift sets in the future as the quality is amazing and the packaging is so pretty!

Have you tried anything from the Ted Baker range?


Smokey Peach | Makeup Look ❤

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If you follow my Facebook Page you will have seen this makeup look on the beautiful Laura last week and todays post is all about how to recreate this look. So lets get straight into it...

Skin: For Laura's skin I used MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW15 and NW20. If your a regular reader of my blog you'll know this is my go to foundation for my clients at the moment. It gives a flawless finish without feeling too heavy on the skin. To set the foundation into place I used Rimmel Stay Matte powder in 'Translucent' to matify the skin and reduce any shine.

Contouring & Highlighting: For this look I used the Crown Brush 10 Colour Concealer palette to highlight and contour the face. I used the darkest shade in the palette to contour Laura's face - underneath the cheek bones, under her jaw line and around her temples. The trick to contouring with cream based products is to blend, blend blend! I often use the Real Techniques 'Buffing' brush as this really warms up the product and gets it to blend seamlessly into the skin, creating a much more natural look. 

To highlight I used the lightest shade in the palette under her eyes and down the bridge of her nose. I then set this in place with Rimmels Stay Matte powder to make sure the product didn't crease under her eyes.

Brows: For Laura's brows I filled them in with a small angle brush using Anastasia Beverley Hills Dip-brow pomade in 'Soft Brown'. To highlight the brow bone I applied a small amount of MAC 'Vanilla' pigment to make that area pop.

Eyes: For this look I firstly applied Urban Decay's Primer Potion all over the lid to avoid any creasing and to keep the eye shadows in place. The eyeshadows I used to create this smokey eye were all from the MAC Warm Neutrals palette. I bought this palette back in May of last year and you can read my review on it here! Firstly I applied 'Warm Breeze' all over the lid to create an overall base colour. I then applied 'Gingersnap' into the outer corner of the eye and underneath the lash line to add some depth. To add a touch of sparkle to the centre of the eye lid I applied 'Honey Lust' with a large dense brush. To intensify the outer corner I applied 'Dark Brew' which is a gorgeous dark brown with hints of glitter. 

To finish off the eyes I used Maybelline's Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner in black to create a cat eye flick. If your not confident at eyeliner I'd really recommend starting out with a gel liner at first. It gives you so much more control than a liquid and its also slightly less messy! For mascara I applied a layer of Benefit's They're Real to the top and bottom lashes, followed by Primark Beauty 'Sultry' lashes to complete the look.

Cheeks: To compliment the eyes I applied MAC 'Peaches' blush which is as you guessed it is a gorgeous peach shade. 

Lips:  For the lips I again wanted to go for something with a peachy-nude tone so I went for Kate Moss '113' matte lipstick. To finish the lips off I applied MACs lipglass in 'Peach Stock'.

I hope you enjoyed this makeup look and if you do recreate it please feel free to send me a photograph! Id love to see. I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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