Bridal Month – Look 3 – Natural Look with a bright lip

For the 3rd look of this month’s bridal looks, I have used a different model, to give an idea of how colours work on different skin tones and eye colours. As you can see from the pictures, Ruth is blonde with a fairer skin tone and blue eyes compared to Tory, the model for the previous two looks,who has a much darker skin tone and darker features. For that reason, I have gone for a very natural golden colour on the eyes and let Ruth’s gorgeous features do the talking. Just to brighten it up, I have gone for quite a bright pink lip, but you could just as easily tone it down with a nude pink lip colour such as MAC Hue, which is a very popular colour for brides.

Before - no makeup

Before – no makeup

Before - no makeup

Before – no makeup

After

After

Soft Golden Eyes

Soft Golden Eyes

 

Soft Golden Eyes

Soft Golden Eyes

Natural Golden Look

Natural Golden Look

Below is a product list that I used to achieve this look and a little information on how it was applied:

FACE
Primer – Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – I would always recommend using a primer for bridal make up as it will help the make up last all day (and night)
Buff Make Up Sheer Glow – in Movie Star – this gives a really nice glow to the skin. A small amount applied all over the face with a foundation brush. As you can see from this and the previous two looks, I always use this on my brides
Foundation – BUFF HD Foundation – really well buffed into the skin using the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to give a medium to full coverage. This foundation is suitable for all skin types and will leave the skin with a satin finish. Ruth has some pigmentation on her forehead and on the tops of her cheek bones and this covers it really well. It’s also great for bridal or editorial work as it doesn’t have an SPF in it.
Concealer – MAC Pro Longwear Concealer – under the eyes, down the centre of the nose, through the brow bone, on the cupid’s bow and in the centre of the chin
Contour – Nars Laguna Bronzer – to softly contour the cheek bones. This look isn’t about contouring, so that is why it’s just done very softly. This bronzer is a great product for fairer skins.
Blush – NYX Rose Garden – this is a really fresh pink colour, with a small amount of golden shimmer through it. It has just been applied to the apples of the cheeks and blended upwards towards the ears
Face Powder – MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation – I used this to get slightly more coverage on certain parts of the face, namely over the areas of pigmentation, but kept the cheeks and nose dewy.
Highlighter – MAC Soft and Gentle – applied to the top of the cheek bones, through the brow bone, down the centre of the nose and on the cupid’s bow

EYES
Base/Primer – MAC Painterly applied all over the lid and up to the brow to give a really even base to work on. This provides a base for the eye shadow to stick to and helps the eye shadow last longer
Eye Shadows – MAC Kid was blended through the crease using a MAC 224 brush to give a little extra definition to the eyes and then applied all over the lid just up to the crease and blended in slightly. MAC Woodwinked was then applied onto the lid and blended through the crease as well. You don’t need very much of this product as it can look too cakey if you have too much on your brush
Eyeliner – MAC eyeshadow in Carbon was applied along the top lashline, as closely to the lashes as possible using a MAC 266 brush. A very small feline flick was then applied to the outer corner of the eye. I then went over this with Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Eyeliner in Black using a Louise Young LY24A brush. With whatever product I still had on the 266 brush, this was applied to the very outer edge of the lower lash line
Highlighter – MAC Soft & Gentle through the brow bone
Brows – Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde and MAC Omega eyeshadow
Mascara – Maybelline The Flashies in Black on top and bottom lashes
Lashes – Amazing Shine lashes in no 507

LIPS
Lip Liner – MAC Subculture liner
Lipstick – MAC Speed Dial

Gloss – MACPro Longwear Lipglass 
in Infinitely Likeable

Are you getting married and is this something that you would wear on your wedding day?

Thanks for reading and have an Eggtastic long weekend.

Sara.x

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Purple Bridal Look

The second of this month’s bridal looks is using purples which would be ideal for a winter wedding to give that slightly darker look. Whilst a lot of brides tend to go for neutral colours such as browns and golds, its always nice to have other options for brides that want something slightly different. Purple is always a winner for those that have brown, hazel or green eyes, it really makes them pop and you only need to use a hint of colour to transform a look.

Before

Before

Soft Purple Smokey Eye

Soft Purple Smokey Eye

Soft Purple Smokey Eye

Soft Purple Smokey Eye

Soft Purple Smokey Eye

Soft Purple Smokey Eye

Below is a product list that I used to achieve this look and a little information on how it was applied:

FACE
Primer – Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – I would always recommend using a primer for bridal make up as it will help the make up last all day (and night)
Buff Make Up Sheer Glow – in Movie Star – this gives a really nice glow to the skin. A small amount applied all over the face with a foundation brush
Foundation – BUFF HD Foundation – really well buffed into the skin to give a medium to full coverage. This foundation is suitable for all skin types and will leave the skin with a satin finish.
Concealer – MAC Pro Longwear Concealer – under the eyes, down the centre of the nose, through the brow bone, on the cupid’s bow and in the centre of the chin
Contour – Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel to contour and bronze the cheeks and then a little MAC Harmony just to go over it in the hollows of the cheeks (again layering is key)
Blush – MAC Pinch O’Peach – this is a really nice matt soft pink colour, applied to the apples of the cheeks and blended upwards towards the ears Face Powder – MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation – I used this to get slightly more coverage on certain parts of the face, but kept the cheeks and nose dewy.
Highlighter – Sleek Face Contour Kit – applied to the top of the cheek bones, through the brow bone, down the centre of the nose and on the cupid’s bow

EYES
Base/Primer – MAC Painterly applied all over the lid and up to the brow to give a really even base to work on. This provides a base for the eye shadow to stick to and helps the eye shadow last longer Eye Shadows – MAC Yoghurt was applied all over the lid where the Painterly had been applied and blended in. Through the crease MAC Blackberry was then applied using a MAC 217 brush and blended. Using the 239 brush, MAC Blackberry was applied under the lower lashline to give some definition to the eyes.
Eyeliner – Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Eyeliner in Black – along the top lash line following the natural shape of the eye and winging it up to create a feline flick.. To make the eyes open up a little I used MAC Naked Liner pencil on the inside of the lower lash line.
Highlighter – MAC Vanilla through the brow bone and on the inside tear duct
Brows – Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Brown
Mascara – Maybelline The Flashies in Black on top and bottom lashes
Lashes – Amazing Shine lashes in no 747-S

LIPS
Lip Liner – MAC Spice Lip Liner
Lipstick – Maybelline Pink Brown
(not available anymore)
Gloss – MAC Deelight

Are you getting married and is this something that you would wear on your wedding day?

Thanks for reading and have a fab week.

Sara.x

Spring Look using High Street Make Up

This is the first of my Friday posts that will feature a new look each week. Given that this week has given us a spring in our steps with the lovely appearance of the sun, I thought it was appropriate … Continue reading

Top 5 Beauty Bargains under €12

The high street is packed with great make up and beauty products these days and you really don’t have to spend huge money on make up to get great products. I can often been found in the make up aisles of my local Boots store discovering what new (and old) products are out there. I just love that feeling when you discover a high street product that beats a high end product to touch, it makes you feel like you’ve got such a bargain (or is that just me)? I have numerous favourites from the high street, but these are my top five that you can pick up for under €12.

High Street Bargains for under €12

High Street Bargains for under €12

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter
I absolutely love these lip products since I bought two last month. I find that lipstick for the day is sometimes just a bit too much for me and these are the perfect solution. Revlon describe them as somewhere between a lipstick and a lip balm and I would totally agree. Packed with mango, shea and coconut butter, they are extremely moisturising but without having a strong scent. I bought Tutti Frutti and Macaroon and can’t get enough of Tutti Frutti. It’s a beautiful coral colour that’s not too overbearing and the beauty of these products is that you can build them up to increase the intensity. Macaroon is also a gorgeous pinky/plum colour, but probably slightly too pink for me, I tend to prefer peachy/pink colours. Currently available in 21 shades, there is definitely a colour out there for everyone!
€11.20 and there is currently a 3 for 2 offer on selected Revlon products in Boots.

Maybelline The Falsies Black Drama Mascara
Best high street mascara….FACT! I have been using this mascara for well over a year at this stage and is a staple in my kit….especially the waterproof version for my bridal clients! I have tried numerous mascaras over the years and this is by far the best in this price range. I recently tried Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara which has been so hyped and I still find the Maybelline one far better. I often think that finding the ultimate mascara, that suits you and your lashes is a bit like hunting down the perfect pair of jeans to suit your body and shape. It’s not a pleasant experience, but once you know what you like, you stick to it!
€11.99 and there is currently a 3 for 2 offer on selected Maybelline products in Boots

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer
Another staple in my kit alongside my higher end concealers, and by no means the poor relation. The consistency is lovely and creamy and it offers great coverage, able to cover the worst under eye dark circles as well as blemishes. It comes with a great applicator and lasts amazingly on the skin.
€6.49

Rimmel Stay Matte Transparent Powder
This product is such fantastic value. At just €5.99, it’s a bargain. I have been using mine every day for about a year and am still only about half way through it. It’s a lightweight powder and it’s free of talc, which means that it won’t clog the pores. As someone who normally has oily skin, this product offer me a matte look complexion for most of the day.
€5.99

Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner
There are so many gel eyeliners on the market these days, but very few good high street offerings. This is by far the best product. Available in various shades, it’s waterproof, smudgeproof and as with the Collection 2000 concealer it is no different from the more expensive high end brands. I actually much prefer this to the MAC and Clinique versions as find the pot doesn’t dry out as quickly, which is great as I don’t want to regularly be replacing it in my kit when it’s no where near being finished. It evens comes with a brush applicator, making it even better value.
€11.99 and there is currently a 3 for 2 offer on selected Maybelline products in Boots

Have you tried any of the above? If so, what are your thoughts?

Thanks for reading.

Sara.x

November Favourites


So this month, I’ve decided to do a ‘Favourites’ post as there are quite a few products that I have been loving this month. Hopefully I will be able to keep this up, although can’t promise it will be every month. So here we go……these are what I have been loving and using lots of this month,

YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils Baby Doll Mascara

Babydoll mascara

I wouldn’t normally be one for purchasing high end mascaras as I really do think that the high street has this particular area wrapped up. However, something made me purchase this when I was buying my face cleanser from http://www.feelunique.com. Anyway, I’m delighted I did sneak it into my order. I can honestly say that this is my favourite mascara ever! That’s quite a claim, given that I didn’t think that anything could top Maybelline The Falsies mascara. The wand has very small spikey bristles, which ensures that it coats every lash without any clumps at all, and makes it much easier to reach those small lashes that a bigger, fatter wand wouldn’t enable you to. It’s also the perfect wand for coating the lower lashes. As I have straight upper lashes, I curl them every day before applying my mascara and this product really does hold that curl all day. However, I did find that the tube has begun to dry up already and I’ve only had it 2 months, which I don’t think is great for the price you are paying. But overall, an amazing mascara. I paid £24.50 for this and as much as I would love to repurchase it, I just think it’s too much for a mascara. ;-(

Sleek Contour Kit in Medium

This is definitely one of my ‘Holy Grail’ products. I bought this last year over in the UK from Superdrug. Sleek are by far one of the most under rated brands in the make up universe. They manage to bring out fantastic dupes for high end brands, such as Nars Blush in ‘Orgasm’, Sleek’s is called ‘Rose Gold’.  Their products are fantastic quality and retail at an amazing price. Their Contour Kit is no exception. I have the medium palette and literally use this every day to define my chubby cheeks. The colour is perfect for me, really pigmented, matte and really easy to blend. The highlighter powder is really fine, which ensures that it doesn’t enlarge pores when on the skin – it’s a similar colour to MAC’s Soft & Gentle, but a much better quality product. This one cost me £6.49, but Sleek products can be purchased on http://www.beautyemporium.ie and http://www.cloud10beauty.com.

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in the colour Eclipse

Nov 13 Favourites images 019Nov 13 Favourites images 017Rimmel really are the Kings of high street lip products. I have quite a few of their lipsticks in my kit and find the texture and lasting power very good. Recently, I have been looking for a rich plum colour lipstick for winter that lasts as I’m no good at topping up my lipstick and this is the business. Every time I wear it people not only comment on the colour but the look of it as well. The range now comes in 13 shades from nudes to festive bright reds. Eclipse is a plum colour and perfect for this time of year. The applicator has a little well in the middle of it which collects product, so just be wary when you put it on, it transfers a lot of product. The consistency is really creamy and opaque with fantastic colour pay off. It’s a satin finish that actually ends up drying matte, which means that the staying power is great, even after eating and drinking. I bought mine in Boots for €7.95. I’m not a huge fan of the packaging, as with most high street make up, but for the price, it’s a fantastic product.

Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Colour – Rock N Roll

Nov 13 Favourites images 028Another Rimmel product, a nail varnish this time. Out of all my nail polishes that I own, Rimmel are the brand that feature the most as the quality is excellent, far better than some of my high end brands. Their Salon Pro range really does what it says on the tin. It probably would last for 10 days as it claims, but I get bored after about 7 and want to change colour. I bought Rock N Roll as I was looking for a festive red. I also own Soul Session, Celebrity Bash, Night Flight and Hot List. I always apply a top coat and this definitely keeps it looking fresher for longer.

Cloon Keen Atelier candle – Christmas Pomander

Nov 13 Favourites images 008Whilst this is not a make up product, these candles are an absolute staple in my life – there is always one burning in my kitchen. If ever my husband is stuck for what to buy me for Christmas or Birthday, this is a winner and my mum is now addicted to them as well. I have worked my way through most of their collection, and been purchasing their candles since I moved back to Ireland 6 years ago. My favourites tend to be Cassis Leaf and Gooseberry Leaf, but at this time of year I always purchase their Christmas scent. This year it’s called ‘Christmas Pomander’ and is a mixture of orange, clove and spice. It’s perfect for getting you in the festive mood (along with a sneaky glass of mulled wine). Their scent is strong enough to fill a room, but by far from overpowering and definitely not that horrible sweet smell that you get from a lot of candles. They are just perfection and a Galway company which makes it even better ;-). Check out their store in Kirwins Lane in Galway or online www.cloonkeenatelier.com.

What products are you loving right now??

Autumn/Winter 13 Make up trends

As we head into Autumn, you can definitely feel the air changing….that calls for a revamp of our make up. Make up for Autumn/Winter 13 definitely brings with it a touch of glamour. Here’s what’s hot for Autumn/Winter 13…..

BOLD BROWS

This trend is staying around, so if you haven’t started growing yours, now is the time. They don’t necessarily need to be bushy, just keep them well groomed. A great way to do this is by using a brow gel to set them in place.  MAC do a great clear gel which is a permanent fixture in my kit and you can also get a less expensive version from Rimmel or Maybelline. Using the brushes on these helps tame the brows and gets the hairs to grow upwards.

MAC Clear brow GelMaybelline Clear Brow Gel

If you think you need some extra definition on the brows, then you can do this with a powder or pencil product. For blondes I’d recommend using MAC;s eyeshadow in Omega or their eyebrow pencil in Fling. For brunettes, MAC’s Lingering pencil is great and they also have a huge variety of brown shades, so they’ll definitely be one to suit your brows. Definitely try to stick to the exact colour, or even one shade lighter than your natural brows. If you’re feeling a bit flash with your cash, try Anastasia Beverly Hills range of brow products which can be purchased at http://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/anastasia-beverly-hills and they are currently offering free worldwide shipping for orders over £25.

DARK AND STAINED LIPS

Wine stained lips are definitely a big trend for the coming seasons and it’s all about being matte. So apply your lip colour/lip stain and then blot away any excess. You can even put a light covering of face powder over your lips. Colour wise, it’s the typical wine, berry and rich colours your would associate with this time of the year. I’m totally lusting after the Tom Ford range of lipsticks that are in the shops, actually, I tell a lie, it’s not just the lipsticks I’m lusting after, it’s the whole collection. Oh a girl can dream.

Tom Ford lipsticks

However, this year there are more options in terms of the texture of the product that you use, from Clinique’s Chubby Sticks, a lip stain, lipstick or a lip tar.

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SKIN

We’re finally seeing a move from the “no make-up” dewy-skinned look that has dominated catwalk beauty for a long time to a shift towards groomed, velvety skin carefully prepped with foundation before being dusted with a liberal coat of powder to set it. Apparently make-up artists spent five times as long on the skin than the rest of the make-up at the fashion shows toachieve the perfect matte satin skin. For a high street option, I would opt for L’Oreal Lumi Magique Foundation, which will help you achieve a healthy glow without too much shine.

lumi-magique-foundation

THE BLACK EYELINER
Eyeliner will always be on trend in some form or another. This season it’s in the form of thin, black, sometimes barely-there liner.  There is also a noticeable nod to the ’60s with extravagant feline flick.

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Dark & Dramatic Eyes
The focus for this season’s dark eyes is on a smudged, sexy look, with extra details like glitter and metallics. Just remember to keep the lip bare.

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I hope this helps you find a look that suits you. Make up, like your wardrobe should change a few times a year to suit your skin colour and colours appropriate for the season. There are some absolutely amazing new collections for this season, so go on, treat yourself to something!

Sara. x