Friday, 30 August 2013

Wedding Make up.... Lip

When choosing your Wedding Make up you need to decide whether you want to go for a dramatic smokey eye or even a Neutral eye with a nude lip, or a neutral eye & a bold lip, You want to keep your make up simple as the dress is the main feature, here are a few Lip products I've been loving recently.

BECCA Ultimate Matte Lip Colour, A hydrating, colour-intense lipstick with a creamy, ultramatte finish.This high-impact lipstick delivers vivid colour in a sumptuous, super-matte finish. The hydrating formula glides on comfortably and stays in place. Wax-free and enriched with vitamin E and emollients, it imparts a creamy matte finish that will not dry lips, while pure pigments provide full coverage with rich, deep colour. I have mine in Eloise, it is a gorgeous Pinky nude perfect for your a simple daytime look or to pair with a dark smokey eye. £19.00

These 20010 Lord & Berry, come in 15 different colours ranging from nudes, to oranges to this bright red. It has a slight vanilla scent, which is really nice & feels really hydrating on the lips. The formula is not sticky at all & is very creamy-it glides on like a dream. Mine is in Scarlett a gorgous bright red, it is opaque in one swipe & has great lasting power, I also have intimacy which is a browny nude shade. £8.00

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector, A softly textured lip gel with a deliciously sweet scent. Lips are left looking soft, smooth, shiny and plump. Sheer, but has enough colour to wear alone or to complement your favourite lip shade. These just glide on & leave your lips loveable & kissable - Perfect for your first kiss! £17.00 

Of course I have my Chanel & Dior Lipsticks which I love, but I thought I'd show some budget friendly options. I am really loving the Lip Crayons, Revlon, Bourjois, Soap & Glory, MUA, etc have all brought out their own versions of the original Clinque chubby stick, they are smooth & apply easily also being small & compact - Perfect for touch ups.

What's your Perfect lip colour/Product?

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Wedding Make up.... Mascaras

Every Girl wants long, thick, luscious lashes especially on their special day! Everyone's lashes are different & you know what will work for you but here are the one's I've been reaching for & loving recently. My biggest pet peeve with Mascara is Flaking & these little gems keep me happy!

A repairing and nourishing formula that strengthens and adds intense colour and volume to every lash. With a texture that creates a highly resistant, even film along the length of the lashes to give stay-fast daylong wear. It gives Great staying power, volume & fullness. £21.00

New L'Oreal Telescopic False Lash Mascara Waterproof. Get a lengthening false lash effect with False Lash Telescopic. The innovative lengthening fibre formula builds intensity. Lashes look elongated as if beyond their tips.The new telescopic brush stretches every lash for an intense look. This makes my eyelashes look so long & full. £10.99
The unique combination of the Reservoir Brush which releases the perfect amount of mascara to maximise volume ,and the formula enriched with a fixing botanical extract, leaves your lashes looking sensational. Great volume & fullness £10.90
This super volume mascara creates amazingly, longer, fuller, fabulous lashes. Featuring Superfill False Lash Fillers, Shine amplifiers, No flake 24technology and super-fine no-clumps natural wax film formers.Great hold, volume & thickness £10.00

L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes in Black, If you Want a mascara that gives lashings of volume without the clumps, Don’t just volumize, millionize your lashes. 
Millionizer Brush: a multitude of bristles separate lashes for a fanned-out effect. Excess Wiper: in-built wiper system removes excess mascara, wiping brush free of clumps. The pop when you pull the brush out proves the wiper is working! This will leave you lashes plump, thick, long & extra black. £10.99
If your a Fan of Eyeliner, some great long lasting ones are the Rimmel Scandeleyes, Avon Supershock & Urban Decay 24/7 are all really good for your waterline, a flick or make help thicken your lashes.
What's your favourite Mascara?

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Wedding Make up...... Eyeshadows

I personally think the 'no make up' natural make up looks gorgeous on a bride, using neutral shades that complement the skin tone as the only thing that should get the guests talking is your DRESS! Not your blue kohl eye & neon pink lip.... Here are a Few of my  favourite Neutral palettes.
Stila In the Light Eye Shadow Palette is a beautiful collection of Stila's award-winning eye shadows in wearable, neutral shades for every skintone that can be worn wet or dry.The palette also includes an exclusive Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Damsel, a matte chocolate brown. £25.00
Clarins quartet in Rosewood, A collection of wet and dry formula eye shadow quartets, each containing four toning shades of satin and iridescent long lasting, super silky and blendable eye colour. Presented in Clarins' signature pale gold compact with mirror and two quality foam tipped applicators; one for defining the eye and one for shading and blending. £31.00

Urban Decay Naked Palettes, You can look great NAKED! These long, lean, seductive case is packed with TWELVE gorgeous neutrals. Shades range from delicate champagnes to dark, gritty gunmetal, with names like Darkhorse, Virgin and Buck. They also included a range of textures: everything from glitter to shimmer to matte. £36.00 each

Wet n Wild in Comfort Zone, a stunning collection of 8 silky, ultra-pigmented day-to-night colors. Mix-and-match for a variety of looks from sweet to wild! Lot's of different shades to choose from. $4.99 or eBay around £5.00

MUA Heaven & Earth is a palette of 12 beautiful earth tone shades that blend effortlessly to give a soft shimmery finish. Create a natural effect using the individual shades, or mix colours together to intensify your look. But this brand has several great palettes on offer. £4.00

Sleek Mke up, The most feminine palette around creates super-sultry looks with shades from every day beiges and peachy hues, to matte browns and shimmering greys.A palette of 12 pressed, mineral-based eyeshadows, Oh So Special contains five shimmers and seven mattes. Each super- blendable eyeshadow is ideal for creating multi-dimensional looks. £7.99

There are lots of palettes & shadows from different brands that can suit your bugdet, you need a base or the lid, a mixer & crease colour, the other shades just add that something extra to make it suitable for you.

Wht's your favourite shadow or palette?

Monday, 19 August 2013

Wedding Make up..... Highlighter

Highlighting goes hand in hand with contouring it allows you to brighten & gets part of your face noticed like your Cheekbones, cupids box or down your nose! I like to use a slightly shimmery product but if you prefer matte then you can use a Concealer 2-3 shades lighter than your skin tone, I'd personally steer clear of glittery products especially on your wedding day *Unless that's your thing!*, highlighting will make your face look healthy & glowing with a ' lit from within' result, There are lot's on offer from light concealer, to cream/liquid or powder highlighters choose the one you are most comfortable with!

This shimmering, brush-on powder creates a soft, rosy glow. Works well with neutral, pink and rose blush shades. Five bars of luminous colour work as individual eye shadows. Swirl the Brush through all five shades and dust lightly on cheekbones after Blush. Focus on applying shimmer on the top of cheekbones - where light naturally hits the face - for the most flattering look. I have mine in Rose Gold. £32.00

Dior Amber Diamonds, sheer and shimmering as silk, the Poudre Shimmer Diorskin brightens the complexion with thousands of sparkles and an airy caress of translucent light subtly shaded with delicate, sparkly gem-like effects.Just the right amount of pearlescent particles and pigments designed to give the skin a beautiful sheen. This is just *sings* "AHhhhhhh" stunning the effect it leaves is stunning! £32.00 for 10g

Accessorize Bronzer in Golden Sands, this is definately NOT a Bronzer! it is the perfect product to Highlight it's a perfect combination, a lovely shimmery shade and not glittery at all, leaving a gorgeous sheen to your skin, you get alot of product for your money, great quality product & comes in a few shades perfect for light to dark skintones. £5.00

Meet Mary-Lou Manizer by The Balm, a seemingly innocent honey hued luminiser that catches everybody’s eye. This highlighter, shadow and shimmer diffuses light so your skin looks softer and younger while adding a subtle glow. This is a brilliant product but if you prefer subtle then this probably isn't the one for you. £15.00

Becca Illuminating Skin Perfector is a water-based moisturizer with an SPF of 20+ and light-diffusing particles of shimmer that creates instant radiance and vitality and reduces imperfections. You can mix with your foundation to illuminate the whole face or just apply to the skin after your foundation is on areas you'd like to highlight. It gives a gorgeous finish. £33.00 for 50ml

Benefit High Beam is a pale pink shimmery highlighter that gives a radiant, dewy glow to all those who dab it on their faces. As it’s only used sparingly, one bottle will last for ages and it’s one of those products that goes on like a dream, is fairly difficult to mess up and looks great without looking too much. It’s a satiny pink highlighter that creates a young, radiant, fresh complexion on all skin tones. £19.50

You can make your highlighting look as natural or as noticeable as you wish just choose the formula you are happy with, for very subtle highlighting just use a light concealer either before or after your foundation.

What's your preferred Highlighter formula & product?

Wedding Make up... Blush

Blush is a great way of brightening your complexion, whether you prefer a rosy glow or a coral shimmer there are lot's of great brands from the Drugstore to High-end suitable to everyone's budget, they break up your neutral foundation & bring your face to life..

BECCA Mineral Blush is a luxury powder for cheeks, imparting natural, luminous colour that is ultra-kind to skin. This longwearing mineral contains a hint of highlight to lift the complexion, with a delicate formula that never appears cakey or chalky.Infused with anti-oxidants such as Vitamin A, E and C. Natural mineral complex including Mica Contains skin treating conditioners for smooth, even application. Free of parabens and phenoxyethanol, fragrance, alcohol, oil, chemical dyes, talc and other fillers Delicate illuminating particles to create luminosity. Packaged in a classic BECCA compact with mirror for on-the-go application. These blushes are like silk so soft & blend magically into the skin leaving a stunning finish, I have mine in Flower Child - review to follow shortly. £25.00 for 6g

Accesorize Baked Blushers are really nice, silky in texture blendable & pigmented, giving you a beautiful sheen in your cheeks, these can double up as a highlighter depending on the shade you choose. They really are pretty once applied as they instantly brighten up your complexion. £5.00

Soap & Glory Love at first Blush, this blushing powder has a gorgeous rosy glow for beautifully luminous skin. The skin-smoothing emollient base and encapsulated metallic shimmer pearls deliver instant chic for the shabby cheek and a fresh lift for tired lids. This blush also has shimmer in it, so will also highlight. £11.00 for 7.5g

Sleek Make up come in individual & trio form they are Highly pigmented blushers to brighten and define cheekbones, These silky-fine and long lasting blushers create a subtle and radiant glow and they come in many different shades to suit all skin tones. These blushes need the lightest of hand as they are really pigmented, otherwise you'll look like a clown! Fortunately they blend amazingly well. £4.99 or £9.99 for the By 3 Trio.

NARS Blush offers a range of translucent, natural shades, each with a subtle pink for natural blush undertone, created to highlight the complexion. Designed to be worn alone or layered together for more depth, NARS Blush provides a healthy glow to flatter any skintone. My Favourite Nars Blush is Deep Throat as the shade can make any look better.Great pigment, easy to blend. £21.50

If your going for a smokey eye then keep your blush to a minimum to make your eyes the main feature & more dramatic, or for the blushing bride keep the eyes simple & dab on a pink blush.

What's your Favourite Blush?

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Wedding Make up.... Bronzer

When you are choosing a Bronzer for your big Day, I would recommend going for a matte shade, this will allow you to not only contour your face making the shape more defined for pictures but also for adding colour. I like to use a cream bronzer under my foundation & then add a little powder bronzer to add extra shape to my face especially under my cheek bones & chin! It doesn't matter what budget you have there are some great products out there, here are a few of my favourites.

The velvety finish of this light cream-gel bronzer leaves your skin with a beautiful sun-kissed look. Wear it on its own to enhance your complexion, or for a hint of outdoors radiance, over or under your Foundation. A great cream bronzer, you need to use a light hand & slowly build the colour as this can look a little orange if your not careful.£31.00 for 30ml

The Bronzer Multiple, is a cream-to-power, multi-purpose makeup stick. You can apply with fingers, brushes, or directly from the stick itself. The bronzer shades of The Multiples are designed to help naturally bronze or sculpt the face/cheeks. This is my favourite multiple I wear mine in Tuomoto & the colour is perfect for my skin, the product just melts into my skin creating the perfect shadows. Full Review can be found HERE. £29.00 for 14g

If you want to learn more about Contouring & Highlighting to help make the most of your features & help any flaws disappear... then read my post HERE. Or just to give you a couple of extra tips.
your complexion lightens and darkens naturally with the seasons, Guerlain has invented Terracotta 4 Seasons: a selection of four shades that blend together to create a matte & customised, natural-looking glow any time of year. This sun-kissed palette is perfect for sculpting and highlighting, To help women make the right choice, Guerlain has created a set of coordinated shades tailored to each type of complexion. All women, fair or dark, can indulge in the pleasure of a Terracotta glow. This bronzer gives a lovely natural colour as you are able to mix the shades giving you a unique colour. £46.50 10g

This honey-enriched pressed bronzing powder from The Body Shop gives skin an even, bronze matte natural looking finish, it is a lovely smooth powder that can be used to contour or add colour. This bronzer is brilliant, cheap in price but the product is quality, it gives a great natural shade & has no shimmer. £13.00 for 10g

A great bronzer at a Budget price, Let a little sunshine into your life for cheap, with NYC New York Color Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder. It glides on easily for a sheer bronze glow that looks like you just stepped off the beach. It is easy to use everywhere and is perfect for quick touch-ups throughout the day. This is my daily go to bronzer, It has a great matte finish & looks very natural on the skin, it can also be built up for a more night time look. £3.00 for 10g

With all bronzers you need to apply little product & blend as it is easy to add colour than take away! They can dramatically change the shape of your face by enhancing your natural features instantly slimming & contouring your face especially when you use along with highlighters.

Do you have avFavourite Contour/Bronzer?

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Wedding Make up..... Setting Powder

When choosing your powder you need to look for one to compliment your foundation, whether you choose a coloured or translucent shade.. There are some great powders that contain tiny reflective particles that give the impression of flawless skin by reflecting light over your face helping to disguise fine lines and skin blemishes. 
CHANEL POUDRE UNIVERSELLE LIBRE is a sheer, natural finish for the complexion. It unifies the complexion, with a natural sheer matt finish, and disguises imperfections without emphasising lines. Providing a sheer matt finish, obtained by the use of an ultra-fine talc and silica microspheres. A flawless natural complexion, through the inclusion of photo-reflective pigments, which disguise fine lines and skin blemishes. £36.00 for 30ml

Becca Blotting Powder Perfector is an oil-absorbing powder that mattifies skin and sets makeup for a long-lasting soft-focus look. This non-drying microfine powder controls shine without adding noticeable color or texture for sheer coverage in a matte finish. Imperfections are softened while the appearance of pores are minimized for a velvet-smooth finish. A special blend of silica beads offers a long-lasting matte finish, while optical mattifiers help minimize the appearance of pores. This product is free of oil, parabens, and fragrance, and is suitable for all skin types, especially normal to oily ones. £29.00 for 10.8g

Mary Kay it’s translucent, this powder is the perfect match for any skin tone – from very fair to dark. It sets foundation for a sheer, invisible finish and has light-diffusing properties designed to help soften the appearance of imperfections for a skin-perfecting look. The powder feels weightless, natural and velvety soft on skin and is suitable for all skin types, even for women with sensitive skin. The long-wearing formula keeps makeup looking fresh throughout the day, controlling unwanted shine while never looking chalky. £18.00 for 18g

Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder is a silky translucent facial powder that refines the complexion and helps reduce unwanted shine.Ideal for normal and combination skin, Rose Silk Finishing Powder is infused with Corn and Rice Starches which act as natural substitutes for Talc whilst Silicon imparts a smooth texture on the skin. Glycerin helps to moisturise skin by preventing moisture loss and Arnica has a soothing and cooling sensation on the skin.This lightweight, natural facial powder soothes and maintains moisture balance whilst reducing unwanted shine with a smooth matte finish. Rose Silk Finishing Powder leaves skin feeling fresh, smooth and radiant.You don't need to add a setting powder, but it will help to set your liquid foundation & add an extra step to creating the flawless look you want to create. £19.50 for 10ml

You don't have to use a powder, you can skip this step but by using powder you will set your liquid foundation, keeping it looking fresh & Flawless. You need to just give your skin a light dusting & make sure you blend it in properly to prevent you looking cakey, the powder is purely there to keep you looking shine free, you could also try using it lightly in your T-Zone to see if it prolongs your make up or invest in some good Blotting paper Sheets.
What's your favourite setting Powder?

Friday, 16 August 2013

Wedding Make Up..... Concealer

Concealer is your friend! It helps to conceal imperfections such as dark circles, discolouration & blemishes - Anything you want to disappear, making your face appear flawless for Pictures... There are lots of different types of concealer the creamy liquid concealer work best under the eye as the are easily blended in, be careful when applying as too much will lead to creasing & this can sometimes make your eyes look crepey. For under eyes get a concealer one or two shades lighter than your foundation to give a brightening effect making you look wide awake, but for concealer for spots etc get a similar shade as your foundation to blend & hide rather than draw attention to them.

Bobbi's Creamy Concealer blends easily to instantly cover, lift and brighten dark circles. It also helps maintain skin's moisture levels for a smooth, virtually line-less look. Fuss-free pressed powder sets concealer for long-lasting wear. Conceal and set in one portable kit. Great choice of shades to suit every skin tone, great coverage but if not blended properly it can crease. £24.00 for 5.9g

Nars radiant concealer with hydrating,multi-action skincare benefits and light diffusing technology to create a softer, smoother complexion.  Ideal for all skin types, Radiant Creamy Concealer is a multi-action formula that instantly obscures imperfections, blurs the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and hides dark circles and signs of fatigue. Hydrating and luxuriously smooth, it layers lightly for buildable medium-to-full coverage and a natural luminous finish. The multi-active botanical blend hydrates, firms, reduces redness, and strengthens the skin by helping its barrier retain vital moisture. It also delivers antioxidant protection to protect the skin against damaging free radicals. Lovely & creamy in lot's of shades, brightens, similar to the Rimmel below. £21.00

But you don't have to pay a fortune for a concealer!

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer is their first full coverage concealer that visibly reawakens and illuminates under the eyes. Completely conceals spots and other blemishes. Instant anti-fatigue effect. With peptides and a vitamin moisturising complex. A really great concealer considering the price! This is my go to concealer when my circles are bad! £5.49

Bourjois new Healthy Mix fruit-therapy
 correcting concealer smoothes away dark circles and imperfections for a visibly rested and radiant look. Its exquisite and glide-on formula blends onto the skin for a natural result, with no marks. Available in 3 natural anti-dull complexion shades, to reboost the complexion's radiance. A lovely concealer giving lovely overage & is hydrating. £7.99

Lasting Perfection Concealer will take you from dawn to dusk and back again, with no need for reapplication.  The ultimate wear concealer promises to conceal flaws, imperfections and blemishes again, for up to 16 hours.  This skin perfecting, oil free product is also transfer proof and water resistant for full and long lasting coverage.  It provides beautiful, blemish-free skin for every waking hour. This gives great coverage but can crease, it hasn't even creased on me, some people love it some people hate it! Great for spot coverage too.£4.19

What's your favourite Concealer?

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Wedding Make up..... Foundation

When choosing your Foundation for your Perfect Day there are a few things you need to consider, it needs to be natural looking, have good Longevity, be a perfect match to your body.... Don't be shy go to a few department stores & ask for some samples (That's why they have them) and test them out over a day or two, take photos of yourself outside in natural light to make sure you don't get flash back from the SPF or that it doesn't oxidise throughout the day... as I'm sure no one wants to look like a Casper the Ghost or an Oompa Lumpa in their Wedding Pictures!

Clarins Everlasting Foundation offers 15 hours of impeccable coverage and total comfort. Formulated with a "high-fidelity system," a light, invisible veil sets your foundation, leaving it looking perfectly even, and gives a long-lasting wear. Clarins* exclusive Light-Optimising Complex instantly captures, diffuses and magnifies light. Fine lines and small imperfections are visibly minimised and the complexion appears even and radiant. This is a lovely foundation that is long lasting, gives great coverage, photographs well & makes your complexion look radiant, Just how a Blushing Bride should look, Also great for covering problematic skin.. Redness or acne. £26.00 for 30ml

CHANEL VITALUMIÈRE AQUA Ultra-Light Skin Perfective Makeup Instant Natural Radiance. Its soft and evanescent ultra-fine fluid texture is a real surprise: although exceptionally delicate and light, it offers an incomparable second-skin perfecting result. The complexion appears amazingly even, freshand energised. The skin glows with seemingly nude beauty. As if lit from within. Bathed in light... Its formula, enriched with a UVB sun filter and mineral sunscreen, protects the skin from damaging sun rays (SPF 15). Its crystalline fragrance accentuates the sensation of freshness and pleasure on application.£31.00 for 30ml

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer was created to mimic the appearance of healthy, radiant skin. It can be used as a spot foundation, concealer, all-over foundation, highlighter or mixed with your moisturiser for a tinted moisturiser effect 
Honey and jojoba oil create a soft, dewy finish as well as lend themselves to the formula's silky texture. leaves the complexion with a fresh, flawless finish. This product is amazing it comes in teeny tiny packaging but lasts forever! As you can see if offers multiple uses so can be used very lightly or to acheive full coverage enabling you to hide any imperfections. £38.00 for 18g

DiorSkin Nude is a light melting foundation that provides a subtle velvet finish with just the right amount of correction, revealing the skin's texture and adding natural, shine-free radiance for a perfect natural glow. Its formula is enriched with natural skin care ingredients for more beautiful and radiant skin, day after day. A great natural looking foundation offering great coverage without being obvious. £32.00 for 30ml

There are so many different foundations all offering something different, just sample, sample, sample until you find your perfect texture, cover & result! But If your not a fan of medium to full coverage foundations try a BB or CC cream I love Pür minerals CC Cream, Dior BB Cream & Liole BB Cream the provide lovely coverage that will even out your skin tone whilst still looking very natural.

Also like I said in my Primer Post, if you splurge on a great primer you could get away with wearing a Drug Store foundation as there are some fantastic ones out at the moment that are under £10.00!

My current favourites are: Bourjois Healthy Mix, Rimmel wake me up, Revlon Coverstay.

What's your favourite High end / Drugstore Foundation?