Take A Look Inside My Make Up Bag…

Make-up has always been a real passion of mine, in fact I think I’m a complete make-up addict! But for me, make-up isn’t about looking like someone you’re not, it’s about enhancing the person you are.

So with that in mind, I thought I would share exactly what’s in my make-up bag right now and the products I use each and every day.

Foundation…

At the moment I’m using Boots No7 Essenetially Natural in Cool Ivory. This is the first time I’ve used it and I’m really impressed with it. It gives a light to medium coverage and feels really lightweight on the skin. I’ve used many other foundations in the past which have sometimes felt quite cakey, but this one is really nice and definitely good for both day and evening looks.

Loose Powder….

Again this is Boots No7 and mine is in shade “Perfect Light”. In the past I’ve used pressed powders but I have to say, I really like this one. It’s nice and lightweight and is also hypo-allogenic so great for skin that can be a little sensitive.

Bronzer/ Highlighter…

I think I may have mentioned this before, but I really love Hoola and Dandelion by Benefit. Hoola is the Bronzer and Dandelion is the Highlighter. Both of these products work beautifully together. The bronzer has a matte finish, so by using Dandelion just on the cheekbones, gives you real definition. Both of these work really well for creating a dewy make-up look.

Lash Primer / Mascara…

It’s only been within the last year or so that I’ve started to use a lash primer but I really like it. Not only does it work well for those days where you want to wear minimal make-up but it also makes your Mascara last longer too. I highly recommend both the Lash Primer from Benefit and Boots No7, however for me, I’ve not found a Mascara I like more than “They’re Real” from Benefit.

Brows…

It’s taken me ages to find the right Brow product after Gimme Brow by Benefit, my old favourite was recalled. My  brows are quite fair and so I like them to look defined, but not so defined that I look like I’ve been attacked by a Sharpie Pen. So if you are looking for the perfect product, let me introduce you to Goof Proof Brow Pencil by Benefit. I have it in shade 2 (I think there are six shades in total with 6 being the darkest). It’s absolutely amazing and if you treat yourself to one product, I would highly recommend this one!

Lips…

If I’m choosing to wear a colour, I wouldn’t leave home without my Pro Longwear by MAC. I have it in shade “Overtime” but there are many shades to choose from in the range. The one thing I like the most is, it doesn’t feel sticky or tacky. Really nice to wear and lasts really well too!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s blog and taking a look inside my make up bag. Please note I am not an affiliate for any of the brands I’ve mentioned, I just love to use products that work! If you have any favourites of your own, then why not drop me a comment below or head over to my Facebook page, I would love to hear from you.

Love,

Nina x

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

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