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

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