Sunday, 11 December 2011

Festive Make-Up! Look 1

This time of year it's all about sparkle and shimmer.  I'm fully in the festive spirit!  So I shall share a few festive make up looks to go with Christmas.  I'll start off nice and subtle. Every look will become more dramatic but in keeping with the festive scene so expect to see lots of glitter!

Look 1 

When you think "purple"  you think  " bruise" - that really doesn't have to be the case.  Below is an example of a shimmery purple look that does not look like a punch in the face...unless tinker bell punches with a fist full of her magic dust, then maybe this would be the result!

With the flash.

No flash.

What I used :

  • Urban Decay eye primer potion.
  • Ben Nye Eye shadow in Vanilla  - all over the lid, up just past the crease of the eye socket. (base colour)
  • Nars eye shadow in Daphne  - all over the lid.
  • Bobbie Brown shadow palette  " Black Ruby Sparkle Eye Palette"  using three colours Pink Rose - dusted over all over the  lid on top of Nars Daphne.  Black Ruby - Outer corners and lower lash line  and Crushed Silver -  inner corners and brow bone.
  • Ben Nye eye shadow in Pearl Sheen ( favourite silver eye shadow!) for  inner corners.
  • INGLOT eye shadow  498 ( black shimmer colour) to line the lash line top and bottom.

These Bobbi Brown shades are best used as a ' top layer' shadow, you will need as base colour ( I chose Nars Daphne ) as they need a bit of a boost, add to any look and the shimmer is amazing! 

If anyone has any requests for make up looks please let me know!

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Cleansers - Liz Earle, Elemental, Shu

So I can admit,  I've only just  recently started to get into a really  good skin care routine for myself.
I turned 25 in September and now I'm petrified I may wake any day and find that  I have turned into a prune!!


(Potential me......or what my thumbs resemble when I've been in the bath too long.)

My Skin..

Can be oober sensitive when it wants to be and very much more on the dry and red side.. oh and hello pores.

Life style wise..

I don't smoke,  I do love the sun but I'm that lady with the pair of shorts covering her face by the pool,  always wearing factor 50 on my face and a high factor on the rest of me.  I drink very little alcohol, apart from if it's on a night out with the girl's to have a bit of a boogie,  even then sometimes no drink. ( Speaking in the last two years, in my hay day was a bit different!)

Liz Earle

Cleanse and Polish

I have been using Liz Earle for many many years.  My Mum is a huge fan of QVC and that is how she learnt of the now famous Liz Earle Skin Care range.

I'm a big fuss pot when it comes to things stinging my eyes.  Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish I can say does not.
I like the muslin cloths as you can really see how much make-up/dirt is being cleansed away.  I tend to carry on cleansing until nothing is rubbing off onto the muslin cloths so I know my face is definitely clean.
It's also amazing to take face paint off  (  if you have kids and have a battle with scrubbing away the favourite Tiger face...this will be gentle on their skin and a lot faster than a bar of soap!)

Great for all skin types and all ages.
Also really good value for money starting from £13.75 - bargain!

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish will always have a place by my sink but recently my eyes have wondered....

Elemental Herbology

( I will be mentioning this range in another few posts too.)

Purify & Soothe
Facial Cleansing balm

It says on the tube to pay special attention to areas of congestion. I get breakouts like most ladies in that special period of time.. . (har har ).

I had a bigger breakout one month and decided to use a different cleanser, after a few days of using this it seemed to do the trick and clear the nasties up!  If you have a severe case of acne consult your G.P and do a little more research on the brand to see if it suits your skin.

The balm made my skin feel really hydrated and I noticed a difference after just one use!  To take off the balm you need to use a muslin cloth.

If you have dry, sensitive or mature skin this is a good one to try.
One of the ingredients is marshmallow!

Priced at £28

Have a look at their website. - Had a good review from Vogue recently!

Shu Uemura

Skin Purifier

Having used a creamy cleanser for so long I was dubious trying an oil.
If your going to try something for the first time you might as well do it right! Voted number one cleansing oil the Skin Purifier is a good place to start.

You spread  the oil all over your face and eyes on dry skin, then add water which turns in into a milky consistency.  The directions say to rinse with warm water but I still used a muslin cloth which worked wonders with this product.

The day I decided to use it I had a full whack of eye makeup on. One pump and a rub all over my eyes.... my make-up had disappeared!! I did a double blink in surprise! There was no stinging sensation either(yey).  Two more pumps for the rest of my face and neck and I was done and clean!

The price is steep at £56.50 but that's for a 450ml which looks huge! £28.00 for 150ml.
It's moisturising  and full of anti oxidants and a good choice if you have ageing concerns.

I do not recommend mixing all three of these cleansers together. Try one product at a time or your face will get very upset with you!