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

November Blog: Make Up Must-Haves…

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As the party season approaches, the office parties and other social events are too. Many of us have limited time to get ready and end up rushing around, racing home, jumping in the shower before the beautify-ing process begins.

Clients often ask “Which Make-Up products are best to use?” “How can I turn my daytime look into a sultry evening look with minimal effort?” “How can I ensure that my make up lasts?” So with this in mind, I thought I would share the products I use and love…

Foundation…

I really LOVE MAC Studio Fix Fluid. I use this on evenings out as well as for Bridal work. It gives great coverage and lasts all day and night too. Simply apply to face using fingers or a foundation brush, ensuring you work it up into hairline and just over jaw line to avoid a foundation line.

Highlighter…

I couldn’t live without this, Prep & Prime Highlighter by MAC! This is definately a hero product, especially for tired looking eyes. If you have dark circles under your eyes, this will become your new BFF! It’s a pen style highlighter which is great because you can apply it with precision and can be used over make up to highlight and touch up or under make up to prime and brighten the skin.

Pigment…

I use MAC pigment in shade “Naked” to highlight brow bones and add a little sparkle to the inner corner of the eye. This can really help go from daytime looks to a gorgeous, yet natural evening look in seconds.

Eye Shadow…

Creating a smokey eye not only adds depth for an evening look but can also give the appearance of a larger eye. Just by adding a small triangle in to the outer corner underneath the crease of the eyelid, can really give your eyes some extra va va voom! I would maybe try using a darker shadow along with a lighter one and enjoy experimenting. Make-Up should be fun, so have fun trying out new things!

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Gel Eyeliner…

I use Fluidline by MAC and the one in my kit is called “Black Track”, although there are other shades available. This is a really lovely product to work with and applies really smoothly when using a small eyeliner brush. The one thing I love about this product is, it stays where you put it. There are many gel liners on the market, but this is by far the best I have ever used, I know MAC products aren’t cheap, but they are worth the investment and they last longer too!

Loose Powder…

I really like Bare Minerals range of Loose Powders, they have great coverage and they gently absorb oil so helps minimise shine leaving you with a gorgeous finish.

Bronzing Powder…

The one I really like is called “Refinded Golden” by MAC. I’ve had this in my kit for absolutely ages! This creates a really natural shimmer to highlight cheek bones, it’s also really nice to add a fine dusting over arms for an extra bit of sparkle.

Lipstick…

Once again MAC is the hero when it comes to long wearing lippy! I use Pro Longwear LipCreme in shade “Overtime” it’s a really nice subtle shade of pink, so great if you aren’t really a lipstick wearer! This can then be spruced up by adding a gloss over the top, if you wanted more of a glossier feel to it.

As I’m sure you have guessed I am a huge MAC fan, however I am not an affiliate for the brand. If you decide to take a look, I know you won’t be disappointed or if you prefer to do your own research, I’m sure you will discover products you love just as much. You can find any of the products I’ve mentioned and discover many more here… ww.maccosmetics.co.ukwww.bareminerals.co.uk

Just by experimenting with different shades, tones and placement of shadows, you can create a beautiful evening look in no time at all. If you would like to know more, then why not head over to my Facebook page, I would love to answer your questions.

Have fun and enjoy!

Love, Nina x