Monday, 24 September 2012

Colour Pop Lips

For the last few months I've been looking for a particular shade of bright pink lipstick that was sort of a mix between pink, red and coral... I thought it would be easy but it has been a bit of a mission.
Interestingly enough the colour I wanted was a colour I saw Kourtney Kardashian wearing in an advert for the latest season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Google proved unhelpful when I tried to find out what colour she had on so in the end I had to do my own detective work to try and match it.
I think I have succeeded! MAC came to the rescue with their Amplified Creme Lipstick in Impassioned.
It's not quite as coraly as I wanted but it suits my skin tone perfectly!
Before I apply the lipstick I use the MAC Lip Prep+Prime followed by their Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in In Anticipation before applying 2 coats of the lipstick.
It's a hot, bold colour that really pops and when paired with a primer and a lip pencil the staying power is fantastic! Seriously strong staying power... I put it on after lunch, worked all afternoon, went to an event in the evening and then went out for dinner and when I got home... still perfectly in place.
All in all, very impressed with my new addition to add to my collection.
Amplified Lipstick in Impassioned, Pro Longwear Lip Liner in In Anticipation and Lip Prep+Prime
The final result

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

The fuss about BB Creams

Every other skincare and make up company has been jumping on the BB Cream bandwagon and I've decided to investigate what the fuss is all about?
A BB cream is designed to provide an all-in-one face product and provide the skin with a serum, moisturiser, primer, foundation and sunblock. Sounds too good to be true right?

Enter Smashbox camera ready BB Cream SPF 35.

As it says on the packaging it really is a "complexion miracle worker". It moisturises, primes, perfects, protects AND controls oil all in one product. And what's even better is the sun protecting ingredients are Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide which provide broad spectrum protection and are much more gentle on the skin as an added perk. 
My skin isn't very oily at all and as the cooler weather is starting to kick in I have found that I need to wear a moisturiser underneath my BB cream for extra hydration but it really does give me a lovely even complexion so if I'm not getting ready for work or glammed up to go out it really is a wonderful product. Just pop on some mascara and lipgloss and you're good to go. You truly only need to use the smallest amount of product so there is minimal wastage. There's even a tutorial on how to apply the camera ready BB cream SPF 35!
When I used it as a primer underneath my foundation, bronzer, blush and everything else I use I found my make up set really well and didn't wear off like it sometimes done.
I really love this product and I have definitely joined the bandwagon! 

Friday, 14 September 2012

Tired eyes?

I was recently introduced to a the French skincare company YonKa and decided to give one of their eye creams a go. I have this fear of ageing and would love to do so as graciously as possible. As a Beauty Therapist with many years of experience, I find that the eyes are one of the first places that start to show your age (and lie about it as well).
Thankfully genetics have been on my side and the telltale signs of crows feet are yet to appear so I'm intent on looking 30 when I'm 40 so using an eye cream daily should help me achieve that goal (I hope).
Back to this YonKa eye cream I've decided to try, the Nutri-Contour for eyes and lips.
I've been using this for a week now, applying it morning and evening and I love it. It's lightweight but really hydrating. I also put a thick layer on my lips one night before I went to bed and in the morning my lips were super soft and I swear they looked plumper!
I've also found that it's an excellent base for my eyeshadow as well which is always a plus as I hate touching up my makeup during the day. Anything that helps right?
About the actual product itself. It contains extracts of chamomile, mint essential oils and vitamins E, PP and F. It helps to nourish the eye and lip area and helps to promote resiliency. And the antioxidants help fight free radical damage and slow the ageing process.
I think I'm going to keep using this product and hope it lets me keep my eyes wrinkle free...