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Best of Beauty – Makeup Must-Haves

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So here we are at week 3 of the #BOBBlogChallenge and we are moving onto a subject that’s very close to my heart, my Makeup Must-Haves!

I love every type of makeup so it was hard to narrow them down but I’ve broken them  into my favourites – the ones I reach for time and time again for each stage of makeup application and just can’t do without.

Foundation: Chanel Vitalumiere

Chanel Vitalumiere

This is a foundation I use a lot, particularly on clients when I’m doing bridal makeup.  It suits people with dry or mature skin best and it gives the most perfect coverage while still managing to look dewy and healthy looking and it lasts all day on that type of skin.  Sure, it is expensive but well worth it and no makeup artist should be without this in their kit in my opinion 🙂

MAC Studio Fix Powder

Mac Studio Fix Powder

This is my favourite powder foundation.  Used very lightly over liquid foundation it gives the most flawless finish to your skin as well as a gorgeous airbrushed look.  If you are using it by itself, you need to use a cream concealer underneath to hide any blemishes or dark circles but it has fantastic coverage for a powder product.  Loving it!

MAC Eyeshadow in Satin Taupe

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This is one of the first MAC Shadows I owned so it has a special place in my heart! It’s a satin finish and is a taupey brown with a purple/grey metalic fleck to it.  It just looks gorgeous on any colour eyes, but is particularly nice on Blue eyed girls.  If I’m in a hurry I apply this on my lid and in my crease, throw on some black liner and it looks amazing.

Maybelline Lasting Drama Black Gel Liner

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This liner is fantastic, it lasts really well and comes with the best little liner brush ever so as long as you are confident and practice, you really can’t go wrong with it.  It comes in lots of different colours as well which is great.

Lancome Hypnose Drama

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This is my favourite mascara, it gives lots of volume as well as length to the lashes and I’ve often been asked if I’m wearing false lashes when I have this on.

MAC 217 Blending Brush

brushes-mac-217If I had no other eyeshadow brush but this, I could get by and create gorgeous, well blended eye makeup!  It really is the best brush I’ve used.  You can use it to apply eyeshadow all over the lid and blended in the crease.  It also works to soften and blend colour in the crease.  It is amazing as a concealer brush for under the eyes too and really blends everything in seamlessly.  My must-have makeup brush for sure.

MeMeMe Arch Angel Brow Mascara/Browbone highlighter

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Since I think that well defined eyebrows are an absolute must, I am in love with this!  On one end you have a brow colour and the wand is just the right size to apply without it going everywhere.  It really gives your brows definition and fills them in for a natural look.  And on the other side there’s a gorgeous highlighter for your browbone to really highlight the area and make your eyebrows look even more defined and polished.  Genius!

MAC Mineralize Blush in Dainty

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I have recently used this blush up totally and need to buy another one so I thought it deserved to be included here as one of my faves.  It’s the most perfect corally pink and I find it looks good on all skintones.  You can really make it sheer or build up the colour slightly and it has a gentle shimmer to it so it highlights your cheekbones too.

No7 Stay Perfect Lipstick in Love Red 

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Everyone needs a good red lipstick and if you find the right one for you it will just make you look fantastic!  For me it’s this lipstick from N07.  I’d never be without it, it’s AMAZING!!

MAC Lipglass in Nymphette

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This is without a doubt, my favourite lipgloss.  It’s a gorgeous rose gold/pink colour and is shot through with gold shimmer particles that really show up on your lips.  You can wear it alone or over a similar coloured lipstick.

Ardell Demi Wispies False Lashes & Duo Adhesive

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Finally, no makeup look is complete without a fab set of lashes and these are my favourites.  They give just the right amount of volume and look really natural but glam without being over the top!  I also love my Duo Lash Adhesive and couldn’t be without it.  I always throw away the glue I get with boxes of false lashes and use this instead.  It doesn’t smell very nice now, but it does a brilliant job and I just wouldn’t use anything else 🙂

So they are my absolute faves 🙂 I know some are quite expensive but for some makeup I really believe it’s worth forking out the extra for the quality and effect you get from the product whereas, there is some pharmacy branded makeup that really gives the higher end brands a run for their money, it’s just a matter of finding what works for you and maybe signing up to my blog so I can tell you all about them 😉

Don’t forget to check out the Twitter hashtag #BOBBlogChallenge to see what other bloggers are loving and also check out Samantha’s blog on All The Buzz

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MeMeMe Cosmetics Review and Makeup Look

I have been a fan of MeMeMe Cosmetics since I got one of their fab liquid highlighters in my Glossybox a while back.   They do everything from primers and foundations to lip products and nail polishes.  I love the packaging and the quality of the products and I’ve tested them out when I’ve seen them in chemists and they’ve always looked amazing.  Plus they have some great dupes for more expensive cosmetics and are just as good, if not better!   So I was absolutely thrilled when they sent me out some bits to try out for myself.

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Longwear Satin Lip Cream in China Rose €10.50

This gorgeous peachy coral lipstick (pictured above) was a real treat for my lips.  It felt so creamy moisturising when I applied it but yet it was really long lasting.

Light Me Up – High shine Lipgloss €8.99

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This fab lipgloss comes with a light in the applicator.  Yes you read that right, A LIGHT!   Handy for if there’s ever a power cut or if you need to top up your lipgloss in a nighclub where you can’t see a thing! How fab is that?! 🙂 It also has a snazzy little mirror on the tube of the lipgloss so it’s just perfect for bringing on a night out.  The gloss itself is fab, I couldn’t see where it was named but this one was a light pink with gold sparkly bits and I really loved it.  It’s actually a great dupe for one of my absolute favourite glosses – MAC’s Nymphette.

Shimmer Stack – Bronze Illuminating Powder €12.50

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This beautiful highlighter gives a gorgous glow to your face and body and you can sweep your brush through it to get a mix of the colours or else use the individual colours as a bronzer or even an eyeshadow.  This is comparable to Bobbi Brown’s shimmer brick, but at a fraction of the price.

Arch Angel Shape & Define Tinted Brow Gel and Highlighting Cream €10.50

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This is one of those fab makeup products that you don’t realise you need until you actually start using it!  On one side is a tinted brow gel for shaping and defining your brows and on the other is a creamy highlighter for your browbone or you can also use it dabbed lightly along your cheekbone.

Eye Inspire Quad Baked Eyeshadow €8.50

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This shimmery gold eyeshadow quad has everything you need to create a gorgeous golden/bronzey look and comes in one fab little compact so it won’t take up much room in your makeup bag.  The shimmery finish is perfect to for a night out!

I did a makeup look to show how the products look when applied and this is how it turned out:

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Overall I really love this brand and I wish it was sold in some of the bigger pharmacies like Boots.  The packaging is perfect and the products are just gorgeous with an emphasis on giving you a heavenly glow.  Plus, the added bonus is that they feel much more luxurious than the price tells you they are.  Although they are at the higher end of the price scale for a pharmacy makeup brand, I really think the products are worth it and I can’t say enough good things about them.  I’m really looking forward to trying more products, their blushes seem like great dupes for the Benefit ones and the Dew pots (cream eyeshadows) look like the perfect eyeshadow base for a colourful smoky eye.

If you’re on Facebook check out their page here, they have pics of some of their fantastic Christmas sets, I’ll be stocking up myself!: MeMeMe Cosmetics Ireland Facebook Page

You can buy MeMeMe Cosmetics in the following places:

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Pharmacy O’Regans Balbriggan

Roches Rathmines

Cottage Drogheda

Pharmacy O’Regans Clontarf

Rathoath Pharmacy

Barnhall Pharmacy Leixlip

Pharmacy O’Regans Old Bawn Tallaght

Dalkey Pharmacy, Dalkey

Walshs Pharmacy, Tesco SC, Celbridge

Pellys Pharmacy, Cabra

Fitzmorris Pharmacy, East Wall

ODC Pharmacy, Kilnamanagh SC, Tallaght

Mc Cormacks Pharmacy, Maynooth

I posted a pic of my goodies on my Facebook page and I got tons of feedback from people so it seems there are a lot of MeMeMe fans out there.  Have you tried them and if so what’s the verdict?

Christmas Cranberry Makeup Tutorial

So… I decided to bite the bullet and do another Youtube Video 🙂  This time I did a tutorial showing how to do a Cranberry Smoky Eye which would be perfect for wearing out over the Christmas Holidays.

I am just learning about how to edit videos so you’ll have to forgive me if it’s sloppy in places but I will improve over time I’m sure.  My daughter is really into photography so I borrowed her Canon camera to record this and it really makes all the difference!

Keep an eye out for more videos coming soon 🙂

Makeup Tips for Teenagers & Perfect Makeup for Debs/Prom

When it comes to wearing makeup when you’re a teenager, you have you pick of looks to choose from since your skin is young and you can get away with wearing little makeup or going all out for a really glam look.  I’ve put together a few examples of looks I’ve done on my teen clients which would be great for either everyday wear or for a Debs/Prom as well as some general tips for wearing makeup.

Foundation Tips for Problem Skin

If you suffer with Acne, you don’t have to cake your face in thick liquid or cream foundation to cover it.  The key to a flawless natural look is to wear a light foundation or BB cream and get a good concealer to go over any red areas or spots.  Even if you suffer from Acne you can cover your spots without trowelling on the slap.

I did this look for Claire to show her how to cover her skin in a natural way.  She is a beautiful girl but wanted to feel a bit more confident with her skin so I covered her skin with MAC’s Face and Body which is a really light foundation and then spot concealed with my concealer kit from Makeup forever (Catrice do a cheaper version of this also) and you just use a pointed concealer brush to go lightly over each spot then powder over lightly to set.  I kept the rest of her makeup really natural with just a light wash of shadow and some liner, mascara and a smudge of lipgloss.

Natural Look on Claire

Natural Look on Claire

Then for a night out for her graduation we did a gorgeous Cranberry/Purple look which made her beautiful Green eyes pop! Claires eyebrows are the perfect shape so I just brushed through with a brown powder shadow which looks much more natural than those drawn on black eyebrows I’ve seen lots of girls wearing!

A defined eyebrow looks fab and really frames your face but these drawn on “check marks” on your face are far from a good look!  If you’re not sure what to do with your brows there are plenty of tutorials for filling in eyebrows on Youtube so check them out and get yourself a good angle brush and brow palette.  I love the one from GOSH cosmetics.

Dramatic look

Dramatic look

 

For Laura I also did a natural look which I used a bronzy brown liner to compliment the light colour of her eyes and she looked really stunning.  This would be perfect for wearing at the weekend or even on a night out.

 

Natural Makeup on Laura

Natural Makeup on Laura

Then for a more glam look, we went for a more dramatic but pretty glitter eye which would be perfect for a Debs and was quick and easy to do!  We went for a nude lip which is always best if you’ve got loads going on with the eyes.

Laura Dramatic Look

Laura Dramatic Look

Of course if you want to go all out and try something really different that looks great too.  For Kristina I did this really dramatic Metallic Winged Eyeshadow look using Black and gold eyeshadows from the Urban Decay Naked Palette as well as some Silver eyeshadow on her inner corner, I just intensified them by applying with a wet brush.

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Also for a Debs/Prom you can’t go wrong with a classic “Red Carpet” look of light eyeshadow with winged liner and a Red lip.  That looks really fab for a night out also.

Here are some of my fave celeb Red Carpet looks which would be perfect for a Debs/Prom.

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If you’re still struggling with doing this yourself, give me a shout on my Facebook page.  I am taking bookings for the 2013 Debs season but places are filling up quickly!  🙂

Which look do you like best??

How to Define your Brows

Defining Brows

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One of the best makeup tips I could give to anyone is to fill in and define your brows!  So many women go to the bother of getting their eyebrows waxed or threaded and then when they apply their makeup they make the mistake of not defining their brows.  All eyebrows can benefit from using either a pencil or shadow to fill them in, just make sure that they are well tidied to begin with and give them a brush through with an eyebrow brush or clean mascara wand before you start.

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Choosing the Right Colour

The general rule for choosing colours is, if you have dark hair, brow colour should be one or two shades lighter than your hair colour, and if you have light hair, brow colour should be one shade darker than the hair colour for definition.  Here are the different ways to fill in brows:

Pencil:

If you have a good shape to your brow and only need to fill in small gaps or define the shape a little more, then it’s best to use a pencil.  You don’t need expensive brands for this, brands like Rimmel have good brow pencils and are affordable.  Use light strokes to feather the pencil over the hairs for a natural look, rather than drawing them on in hard lines which will look too harsh and unnatural.

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Powder:

You can use either eyeshadow or a brow kit like the one from Gosh Cosmetics below.  Take an angle brush and use that to apply again using soft strokes to fill in any gaps and don’t overload the brush.  Don’t be tempted to use the darker colour just because your eyebrows are dark. I have dark brown  eyebrows and I always use MAC’s “Cork” eyeshadow which is about two shades lighter and suits me perfectly.  If you find that your eyebrows need to be tamed, or if you want a less powdery look to them you can always go over the shadow with clear mascara which will also help keep them in place.

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HD Brows

There is a new trend for “HD brows” which has been made popular by reality TV stars on shows like TOWIE and Desperate Scousewives.  All I can say is this is not a good look and it seems like a bit of a gimmick and a passing fad to me.  I really think going that dark on your eyebrows makes your face look very harsh and besides, your brows are meant to blend in with the rest of your makeup and look neatly defined – not take over your whole face!  When I see pretty girls walking around with these monstrous brows, it just makes me want to pin them down and attack them with a babywipe 😀

If you want to define your brows you could easily do this yourself using the products and steps I outlined above so seriously, don’t even go there!!  And ESPECIALLY if you are blonde!  Trust me on this one.  Please. 🙂

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Try filling in your brows next time you do your makeup and you’ll see the difference it makes, it just brings the whole look together and makes you look very polished and groomed.  Let me know how you get on!

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