Make-Up Products You’ll Want In Your Life

It’s no secret, I am a Make-Up addict! When I walk into MAC or Benefit, I am like a child in a sweetshop. With the party season upon us, I thought I would share with you some of my all time favourite products. These are the products that I use day in, day out and I’m pretty sure that soon you’ll want them in your life too!

Foundation…

I really like Bare Mineral Original Matte Foundation. It contains SPF15 so helps protect your skin, offers fantastic coverage and lasts for ages! If you prefer a liquid foundation, then for me it  has to be Studio Fix Fluid by MAC.

Bronzer…

One of my favourite Bronzers is Hoola by Benefit. This is a matte bronzer and will brighten up even the fairest complexions. It comes with a handy little bush that sits neatly in the box so is great to use on-the-go too.

Highlighter…

Another firm favourite is the Dandelion Powder from Benefit. This illuminating powder adds a real twinkle to your skin. It’s lightweight texture ensures that the product glides on effortlessly. It can be worn alone or enhanced with your favourite blush to add some va va voom to an evening look. I use it on cheeks, down my nose and on the brow bone.

Mascara…

I was struggling for ages to find a decent mascara, until someone introduced me to They’re Real, again by Benefit! (I’m not on commission for them I promise!) I just love trying new make up and when it works, it makes me fall in love. Another little tip, if you use it with their Tinted Primer, it makes your mascara last even longer!

Brows…

My eyebrows are quite fair and I’ve always had to be careful with pencils and powders. I don’t want to look like I’ve had an incident with a Sharpie pen! One of my lovely clients told me about Gimme Brow by Benefit and I was so impressed!  It’s a volumising fibre gel that adds definition and colour for a natural, long lasting finish. Plus the little mascara wand you get with it is super cute!

Lips…

I am yet to find a lipstick that I love more than MAC Pro Longwear. I first tried this for my Wedding as I wanted a lipstick that would last throughout the day and I wasn’t disappointed. In the past I have found some lipsticks to be sticky and uncomfortable to wear, but this one is my absolute favourites, it comes in a variety of shades to suit every skin tone.

If you would like to give any of these products a try for yourself or find out more information, Benefit, Bare Minerals and MAC are all available online or in various department stores such as Debenhams and House of Fraser.

If I can be of any help or answer any questions, feel free to leave me a comment below or pop over to my Facebook page, I would love to hear from you.

Before I go, I just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you to each and every one of you for your support and custom throughout 2017. It really does mean a lot to me! I hope you all get some well deserved “me-time” over the festive season and that 2018 brings you all you wish for.

Love,

Nina x

December Blog: Has Your Make-Up Seen Better Days?

Many of us apply our make-up daily and very often only replace it when something has run out, dried up or we fancy a change… Cosmetic companies are not obliged to print an expiration date on their products, but did you know that we should in fact, replace our mascara every three months? If not, you are not alone and with that in mind I’ve created a really easy guide to help you know when it’s time to show your products the bin and how you can get the best from the products and tools you usedecember-blog-image-5

Finally, here are just a few tips on getting the most out of your products and tools…

When applying your mascara, try not to “pump” your mascara wand in and out of the tube. This creates air inside and will cause the product to break down more quickly and dry it out. My recommendation would be to twist the wand in and out.

To get the best out of your eyeliner pencils and lip liners, ensure you sharpen them regularly. This not only does this improve the application, it helps reduce bacteria too.

I would also recommend cleaning your make-up brushes once a month. If you are unsure what to use, I personally recommend MAC Brush Cleanser. You only need a small amount, but it quickly removes product build up and helps take care of your brushes too. If you use a cosmetic sponge to apply your foundation, I would clean these once a week and replace after two.

I hope you have found this useful and as always, if you have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment below or pop over to my Facebook page and say hello, I would love to hear from you.

Just before I sign off, I also just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. A huge THANK YOU to each and every one of you for your custom and support throughout 2016. It really does mean the world to me! I hope you all get some well deserved “me-time” over the festive season and hope that 2017 brings you all you wish for…x

Love,

Nina x

June Blog: Summer Beauty Must-Haves

Summer Beauty Must Haves

With Summer just around the corner and holidays being planned, I thought I would share some of my beauty must haves with you.

When on holiday, I don’t know about you, but my hair just doesn’t behave in the same way that it does at home. Humidity, change in water and lower voltage of a hairdryer can all play their part. However my secret weapon… Salt spray! By using a salt spray, this really helps to give your hair volume and texture. It works really well for most hair lengths, and for those of you with mid to long hair, this product will really help create that “beach wave” look. Simply spray into towel dried hair, gently scrunch into mid-lengths and ends and leave to dry naturally.

I can’t leave home without my kirby grips. These are great to use when you want to get your hair off your face. For those with longer hair, a hair-up that’s really quick and easy is; tie hair back in to a ponytail. Then take small sections from the pony tail and wrap them over your finger, creating a barrel curl, place outside of the ponytail and secure into place with your grip and ta-dah you’re done!

A tinted moisturiser is perfect for holidays. It’s not as heavy as foundation, so can still let your skin breathe. Many of them also contain SPF, which makes them equally great for both day and evening.

Would you like to make your eyes appear bigger and brighter? If so, apply a nude eye pencil to the lower water line. This will really make your eyes stand out and give your evening look some extra va va voom!

Picture Credit- Wella, Sienna X and MAC Cosmetics

Try swapping your normal lippy for a lip gloss. If your skin is fair, opt for a light pink or peach hue. If you are a darker skin tone, apricot or rose tones will compliment your skin beautifully. A good quality bronzer is also a Summer essential. I really love the ones with a slight shimmer to them, rather than a matte finish. A light dusting over your cheek bones will really enhance your holiday glow.

We all know the dangers caused to our skin by UV rays. Therefore a high SPF sunscreen is essential when going on holiday. For those of you that would prefer to fake it, a beautiful spray tan before you go, will leave you feeling radiant and ready for total relaxation! If you’re not one for sitting in the sun or you want to top up your tan whilst you’re away, why not try Sienna X Express Tanning Mist. It’s easy to apply and requires no tanning mitt or gloves!

I hope this has been useful and given you some inspiration and ideas to try. If you would like more tips for getting beach ready, then simply click here to download my Beach Beauty Checklist. You can also find lots more tips and tricks over on my Facebook page or feel free to leave me a comment below.

Love, Nina x