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

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