Anastasia Beverly Hills - Dipbrow Pomade

If you are a follower of all things beauty social media wise, you will have witnessed the craze that currently surrounds 'eyebrow makeup'.

Eyebrow tutorials are forever arising on different platforms, with a host of new makeup products to choose as your makeup medium.

Unless you have been living on another planet, any avid follower of beauty will have heard of Anastasia Beverly Hills. Renowned as the 'eyebrow queen' to celebrities and clients alike.
This lady styles top celebrities eyebrows such as the Kardashians and top models, to name but a few.

Several years back she launched her first eyebrow, makeup range - including brow pencils and stencils.

Back in 2014 I purchased her new eyebrow makeup, which was a worldwide success - Dipbrow Pomade.
I had got to the point where I was using MACs, Dipdown eyeliner through my brows, to give a nice strong colour and sharpness ( not to be mistaken with sharpie.... )

Anastasia's Dipbrows were plastered all over every social media site with photographs of perfect brows filling my social media feed, so naturally I had to give them a go.




I purchased the colours Blonde, Chocolate and Dark Brown. I know that just recently the colours for this successful makeup line, have expanded. New, lighter browns have been added which would be perfect if Blonde was too light and Chocolate/Dark brown, too dark.

I found that most people who purchase these, feel it takes them a while to master an application technique they feel comfortable with. It does take a little practise and also several attempts to determine, how much you actually NEED to apply at one time.
The texture of the product is very similar to a cream eyeliner, which helps it glide on perfectly, and the pigment being rich enough to ensure you do not need to go over one area, more than once.

I personally found that less is more with this product. You really only need a small amount for maximum effect. I also like to use a disposable mascara wand to brush through the brow after application, to remove any excess product.



Blonde - A great colour for very fairer blonde, grey hair. I have a few mature clients, who now have this in their makeup kit. It's a soft colour, and is virtually undetectable once applied. Very natural.

Chocolate - My personal favourite. I have dark brown hair and this is perfect for me.

Dark brown - Not too dissimilar to Chocolate - I sometimes switch between the two.


It's a perfect product if you want to strengthen the shape of your brow, add definition while you are growing them out or even add more depth to the natural colour of your brow.

I use an angle brush to apply, and find that once it dries - it stays put all day.

A perfect product for the brows, once you have mastered how to apply it! Also great value for money. I find eyebrow pencils, with daily use need replacing alot sooner than these do.


I purchased mine from Cult beauty at £15.00 for one.

Have you tried these? What was your first impression?

Rx






Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder

VICHY - Dermablend Setting Powder

I can spend, literally hours scouting department stores and the internet on the hunt for new makeup to fill my bridal, makeup kit.
One product I found to be a lifesaver for bridal makeup, is Vichy - Dermablend Setting powder.




A good 25 mins can be spent hydrating, priming, blending and perfecting the desired, Bridal base makeup. But if all this work is going to slide off in August temperatures, ( well, maybe not in England ) and the hustle and bustle of busy wedding morning preperations - what's the point?

I have been using this product on my brides for the past two years, and they love it!
It's a finely milled powder, with a translucent finish. I use the powder puff included, to 'press' the powder onto the skin, using a soft powder brush to brush away excess.
The skin is left velvety matte with a lovely High-Definition finish. It diminishes shine and helps to disguise large pores.

It's a fabulous product for helping to keep makeup, intact. For excessively oily skin, I do find it hard to find a product that will keep faces, shine-free pretty much all day.

This powder is perfect for use in conjuction with their fabulous foundations and concealers.
See my previous post on their 16hr Corrective Foundation here

I use this powder to set various foundations, or to get rid of unwanted shine.

As with all translucent powders, I still find they work best on fairer skins - although I did use this on a bride the weekend who was around a NC35 in MAC foundation. I applied using only a large powder brush, ommiting the powder puff usage and it didn't alter the colour of the foundation or give her skin an ashey tone.




Now a staple in my professional makeup kit - It's a must for bridal makeup, perfection and for everyday wear.
Prices at £17.00 on Feel Unique for 28g. Pricing correct on January 9th 2017.
Grab yourself a bargain.

Rx


Vichy - Fluid Corrective Foundation. 
'Don't be labelled just because of your skin concern'


Acne. Once you have experienced it, you know how it feels to suffer with it. In a world where so much relies on, and so much emphasis is placed on image, being an acne suffer can make you feel like an outsider.

From the age of 13 onwards - I had acne.
13 - 16 my skin erupted and all during my secondary school years I endured the teasing from class 'mates'.
From the age of 18-20 I then experienced ' adult acne' which re-surfaced on my cheeks in painful, unsightly red sores.
The stress, bullying and torment of these years left me mentally and emotionally scarred.

I still get spots and blemishes now regardless of what I use on my skin and what I eat. Thankfully, my skin has never reverted back to the way it was during my teens and early 20s. I have accepted the fact I have acne prone skin, and this alone has slowly helped build my confidence.

Looking back, I think my experiences with acne lead me towards and into the makeup field. I loved how makeup could transform you, not only physically but also emotionally. It's no suprise that I now work as a full-time, freelance makeup artist.
With the knowledge I now have, I can disguise unexpected breakouts leaving me confident and ready to face the world, instead of hiding behind closed doors.

Always on the search for that 'perfect' base makeup I have tried, God only knows how many foundations. I went through the phase of using MAC studio fix ( too drying ) MAC studio sculpt ( too oily ) and Estee Lauder double wear ( too heavy AND too drying )
You name it - I've tried it.

I wanted a foundation that didn't look heavy on the skin, but also gave great coverage. I also wanted a foundation that didn't budge on my oily skin, but also didn't start to look shiny and get patchy after a few hours. Yes, I also began to think I was searching for the impossible.

Finally - after searching, for what feels like an eternity I have found my miracle product.
Introducing Vichy, Fluid Corrective Foundation 16hr.



The foundations come in this 'tube like' packaging, with a screw lid. It helps save on usage, as you can just squeeze out the amount you need. This 'God send' also has a SPF of 35


I dread to think how many foundations I have tried and the thousands I must have spent. It just doesn't bear thinking about!
With my job, I can be up at 4am, and back home at 7pm. It's imperitive that I have a foundation that is longlasting but also gives great coverage.

This foundation is creamy, gliding onto the skin and drying beautifully. It doesn't oxidise ( get darker throughout the day ) and it looks exactly the same when I get home from a job, as it did when I applied it that morning. I set the foundation with their setting powder, which also helps to prolong it's hold, giving a lovely matte finish.

I used this foundation on a client,only the other day. This lady had rosacea and thread veins. Like many ladies who suffer from this, she did not want a foundation that was going to look heavy on the skin, but also didn't want a foundation that was too 'high' maintenance. Ie - need's touching up every hour or so. This foundation gave a lovely coverage without looking caked on. Just beautiful.

Vichy do 5 colours in this range
Opal - being the lightest
Nude
Sand
Gold
Bronze

The ONLY downside to this product is the colour range. I really hope as this brand becomes more popular they expand the range of shades.
Opal - being the lightest shade, is still a little too dark for me. I do need to blend it down the neck to ensure I dont get the dreaded 'tide' mark.

This foundation has been a god-send for me this summer. No more worrying that my makeup is sliding off whilst I'm working, or that my spots/blemishes are visible to clients.
I will be doing a seperate post for their Dermablend, setting powder, as I feel it needs a review all of it's own!

Vichy can be purchased online, but if you want to test the colours out first, large branches of Boots sell it. This particular foundation cost me £18.00 from Boots, but is currently on offer at £13.50. (23/07/2015 )
Worth every penny.
Vichy do other products for base makeup, including concealers and a cream foundation. I would love to try the concealers on myself and clients.
Have you tried any of the Vichy range?

Rx


#LipGlam

LipGlam.
Not a name I had heard in the beauty world, until a few weeks ago.

During one of my Admin days, which are better spent nosying through Facebook/Twitter/Instagram, I discovered these guys.

I think everyone on planet earth has heard of Elizabeth Ardens, Eight hour cream.
I myself have used if for years, and swear by it - but have I stumbled across a product just like it, or better?

LipGlam retails at £9.99 for a 12ml tube.
It's a handy size so can be popped in your handbag or like me, next to my office computer alongside my makeup brushes.

It's advertised as a 100% natural lip balm that lasts up to 8 hours - but just like Ardens 8 hour cream, it is a multi-purpose product, and who doesn't love a multi-purpose beauty product?




It can be used as a:
Lip Balm
Cuticle ointment
To smooth split ends ( yes, really )
Eyebrow balm
For dry skin relief

Hypoallergenic and 100% fragrance/colour free/paraben free

If you already use Ardens 8 hour cream, you will know it has quite an oily consistency once blended onto the skin area, but it also has a distinct smell.

The texture of LipGlam is quite dense but non-greasy which I like, but it has no fragrance.

I had very dehydrated lips after a bout of illness, and this stuff worked wonders after just a few hours.

I'm impressed - I love how such a compact, beauty product can have so many uses. I've started to use this before applying Lipliner/Lipstick.
Lipliner glides on and does not 'drag' and lipstick is left with a delicate, sheer sheen.

One tip with this product. If like me you live in the UK, which is renowned for its unpredictable weather - this product does not like the cold.
This may be due to the product containing Lanolin - I'm not sure, but like other lip balms it will solidify in the tube.
Not too bad if you are home, just run it under a hot tap but if you are out - this may prove a little more difficult!

Regardless, I've popped this in my Makeup kit and only product's I deem worthy have a place there.

Check out their website
Official LipGlam Website

Rx


*This product was sent to me for review
LA Girl Concealers

Another company who it seems, business has boomed for during 2014/2015 is LA Girl Cosmetics.
Like so many new makeup companies, LA Girl now has a huge following with Makeup Artists and on Social media sites, especially Instagram.


Top to bottom - Nude/Medium Bisque/Warm Sand/Warm Honey/Classic Ivory/Beautiful Bronze


Makeup gurus, and Instagram 'celebrities' have gone crazy for these concealers, so naturally - I had to see what all the fuss was about.
The majority of the makeup work I do is going to be seen on camera, and live on for years to come in photographs - so it's imperitive that the makeup I use is suitable.
I constantly have clients who ask why they look so white or washed out in photographs and the reason is always the foundation/concealer/powder being used.

Certain foundations can look great to the naked eye, but in photographs can look lifeless, grey and washed out.
Any makeup product with a high SPF and even talcs will interfere with flash photography, but not only flash photgraphy, just photographs in general.
Flash photography - Wear an SPF? The flash will reflect, leaving you looking as white as a ghost.

The LA Girl concealers are HD - High Definition. If you see makeup that specifies this, you can be sure it will look great in photos.
HD makeup is not just reserved for foundations now, but concealers, blushers and powders are also popping up from different makeup companies - claiming the all important 'HD' stamp.

Why are the LA Girl concealers so popular?

Seveal reasons:
They don't cost the earth - and for this I LOVE LA Girl. I think alot of people are finally cottoning on, that alot of bigger brands really do mark their products up far too high, price wise. If you can get a product just as good, at a quarter of the price - it's really, a no brainer....

They are compact and 'mess' free - I love how versatile they are. If you are a follower on Instagram - you will know how crazy people went for these last year. They are used alot in contouring/highlighting techniques.
With the design of the packaging, its easy to pop it into your makeup bag for re-touch ups during the day.

They are HD - Look great in photographs.

Give great, customisable coverage with a creamy texture

Great range of colours, on their website there are 18 colours advertised.

They have a 'brush' applicator - which again is great for contouring. Just apply them directly to the skin.





One downside for people outside US - are the shipping fees. You will need to do your homework and search sites to find the best deal and what you are prepared to pay.
I tracked a supplier down on Ebay - so didn't pay a fortune in shipping fees.
All six of these concealers came to around £28.00 - with postage.
As with ALL successful makeup companies/products you will get the odd idiot selling / charging a fortune for them, so be careful - shop around.

LA Girl have other fab makeup products that I am dying to try - but annoyingly, I need to eat and pay bills.
Being a makeup artist is an expensive game................

Have you tried any LA Girl products?

Rx




W7 Eyeshadow Palettes

This week, I have felt like a child at Christmas. I have had a few unexpected parcels land at my door, and W7 was one of them.
I have a HUGE bundle of makeup from them that I will be working through, so I thought I'd start with these fabulous, eyeshadows palettes.




First glance, you would be mistaken into thinking they were the Urban Decay, eyeshadow palettes.
They have the same 'tin' packaging - which I personally love, as they are easy to clean! (What's with the cardboard packaging that is so popular at the moment? It looks nice for a while, give it a few weeks in my kit and it look's a tatty mess - let's all make these tins please... )
They are the same size, and once opened they have the same design, containing 12 eyeshadows, and a small applicator/brush.


In the Nude
The camera doesn't pick up the lovely shimmery highlights, but they are there!
12 colours.
Natural Nudes
3 Matte colours in Cream/Light/Mid Browns. Great if you just want a matte eye makeup or to define your eye crease.
Alot of the colours in this palette I can see are similar to many MAC colours. Think of the colours:
Jest/Naked Lunch/Mulch/Satin Taupe/Woodwinked
Altogether, a gorgeous palette.




In the Buff, Lightly Toasted
Two Matte tones, in a colour similar to 'Brule' from MAC and a colour that looks a little like 'Cork' from MAC.
You have 7 frosted shades, which are of fabulous pigment. Colours similar to, 'Amber lights', 'All that glitters' by MAC.
Colours are very 'earthy' tones 
You also have two darker shades. One is a Black, with glitter running through it and the other a Charcoal, again with glitter running through it.





In the Night 
One Matte colour in this one - In Black.
This palette has three neutral shades, think Peach/Champagne tones.
You have one deep Purple, alongside another light Purple.
A gorgeous rustic Red, very much like 'Cranberry' from MAC, acompanied by an AMAZING pink, with glitter running through it. This colour would be great, 'patted' on top of a colour or straight onto the eyelid.

I know alot of the brushes you get included with eyeshadow palettes are usually pretty naff - but I would use the finer end of these brushes. It's really great at running under the eyes to add colour and definition - as for the sponge applicator tip - I still wish companies wouldn't bother. It CAN be used to PAT eyeshadow on with, but apart from that - there's really no point.

Now - as for the eyeshadows themselves, how do they compare to other higher end, or higher priced
or a SINGLE eyeshadow it's great.

I have A LOT of what would be classed as 'cheaper' makeup in my kit, not because it's cheap - but because I use it, rate it and it does the job. That's it.

These shadows are of high quality. They are rich in pigment, not full of talc, giving a wishy washy application of colour.
The colours are rich, and they blend well. I would recommend popping an eye primer on first, to give the best colour pay off.

If you are after an eyeshadow palette, but cannot afford £35 upwards for one invest in one of these . You will not be disappointed.
These cost a mere £9.99 each


W7 also do another palette called, 'In the Buff' - Which seems to be filled with very natural, earthy tones - with a mix of frost and mattes.

Take a look at their website here

What do you think? Have you tried these? If so which palette?
Stay tuned to me on Instagram - where I will be posting some new makeup looks using these.

Rx

* These makeup items were sent to me for review

Crown Brushes - Best Makeup brushes in the business. Yes, really!


If you are a regular client of mine, then you will know - I love my Crown Brushes.
Whether I am working on a Photoshoot, doing a lovely Brides makeup, or even a one to one Makeup lesson - you will always find me using my trusty Crown brushes.

Now, I own ALOT of makeup brushes - Although my excuse is, I have been buying them for the past 13 years!
Having worked for some of the biggest brand's in makeup, I know a good makeup brush when I see and use one - and you can't go far wrong with brushes from these guys.

If you already use their brushes, you will know that the quality is second to none - but you will also know that their prices are amazing.
Yes, you can buy two or three brushes from Crown, and not have to take out a second mortgage to pay for them.

Here I have listed a few of my favourite brushes from Crown. Let's start with a few of my favourite base brushes.




C406 
Love, love love this brush. I always reach for this brush when I want more of a natural finish to the foundation I am using. Being a larger brush, less product is distributed - leaving the skin looking deceptively flawless. The popular duo brush - buffs the product onto the skin. I also love to use this brush if applying makeup to the body.

C439
This is my FAVOURITE Crown, Face brush. This is catergorised under their bronzer brushes section - but I also use it with cream foundation. The bristles are so tightly packed it buffs whatever makeup product you have on them so effortlessley onto the skin - it's fab for anyone with larger pores as it smooths makeup over them. It is also great for powders, and bronzers - as it leaves a natural, subtle look - helping mimick a natural tan.

C472
A relatively new purchase, the brush hairs are tightly packed into the furrell and softly angled.
This brush is great is you are a fan of contouring your cheeks - and buffs whatever makeup medium, whether it be powder or cream beautifully into the skin.

C454
Another new purchase, great brush for more controlled, contour work and more precise placement of product.

C429
Love this duo brush, in smaller form. You have to feel the brush hairs, to believe how fine, and delicate they are. Absolutely love this brush at buffing concealer onto problem areas. It's so soft, it  distributes just enough product - so you get no build up. Heaven.

C460
I use this brush for concealer under the eye - the shape makes it easy to 'pat' and 'place' the product just where you need it - you can then use the same brush to pat until evenly distributed.




Here are a few Crown brushes I have, that not many people own - and many ask about when they see them in my brush belt.

C200
I like to call this a 'bigger blending brush' - bigger than your average blending brush.
It's great at softening down any harsh edges in re to eyeshadows and using transition colours ( lighter, complimenting colours ) to soften. A great brush to have to really 'blow' shadow out - resulting in a soft fusion and gruduation of colour.

IB113
My all time favourite angle brush for eyeliner, whether it be powder or gel - and also for applying product to your brows. I find the brush handle, longer than other brands - therefore giving greater ease of use.

C465
Finally! A brush to use with cosmetic glitter! Any Makeup artist will know the pain of trying to apply eye glitters/glues with your average makeup brush - and also trying to clean them after!
This silicon 'brush'  means you can pat the glitter onto the eye/face, avoiding a lot less product fall down. Cleaning of this brush is also so easy - wash in warm water!

C461
Love this brush - for so many reasons. It's a true multi-purpose brush.
Use it to smudge eyeliners, shadows, create a cut crease, crease work, applying highlighter to inner corners of the eye/brown bone - the list is endless.

SS033
Tiny smudge brush. Feels softer on the eyes than a larger brush, great for more detailed eye makeup - I've even used this as a lip brush on more than one occasion.

BK41 Bought this over Christmas - love using this to 'clean' up eyeliner - making it look sharper and more defined. It's also great if you are a fan of the sharp, clean brow - great for applying concealer with.

Check out the official Crown Brushes website here - for lots of other fab brushes and also makeup and accessories.

For an exclusive 15% off all brushes and accessories, Using the link below type 'Blush' in at checkout. 

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Enjoy!
Rx