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.



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:

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

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

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.


Lust List – Autumn/Winter

I’m a little late in getting this up, as there is just too much gorgeousness out there this Autumn/Winter to chose from. I’ve chosen mostly make up, but also thrown a nail polish in the mix as well, as I’m a girl that always needs nail varnish on her nails to hide them!

YSL Gris Underground (38) La Lacque Couture – it’s finally time to swap our summery pink nails for more muted colours and I think that this is the perfect colour to do just that. Part of their Fall Collection 2013, it’s

a beautiful blue-grey. I’m becoming a bit obsessive about grey at the moment having painted my bedroom in this colour, I now want to get my hands on the rest of the house! I’ve never used YSL nail varnishes so I don’t know how they last and if they are chip resistant, but just couldn’t resist the colour.


Tom Ford Bronzer – this is so much of a lust item and never going to be reality as it’s just too expensive for me to justify buying, plus, I’m really happy with my Nars Laguna bronzer, but a girl can always dream. Anyway, it comes in two slightly different colours and has received rave reviews to date. A major downfall of this product I feel is the size of the packaging, it’s just so big and just not particularly handy to keep in your make up bag. But a great product all the same.

TF bronzer

Nars Blush in Sin – (€30) – Again, this has received great reviews online so want to try it out. I’m not a great one for a really pinky blush as it just doesn’t suit me, but thought this would be a great Autum shade to try. I know it doesn’t look like much in the palette, but once on, it’s a really nice tone.

Nars Sin BlusherMAC Pro Conceal and Correct Palette – This would be so handy to have in my kit. I’d probably get both the Light and the Medium ones as these go up to NC35 and I would very rarely need anything darker than that. I’ve yet to find the ‘Holy Grail’ of concealers and think these would be great to try and nice and compact for my kit.

MAC Concealer Palette

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer – This is definitely something that I’m going to purchase for myself rather than my kit. I’ve heard that it doesn’t crease at all under the eyes. I’m about to run out of my Bare Minerals cream concealer and whilst I quite like it, I feel it’s a little too creamy for me and by the end of the day, I feel that it’s sliding off, which is never a great look!

MAC PRo Longwear concealer

MAC Pro Palette for eyeshadows – I’ve got three of these for my kit, the old ones that haven’t got the clear plastic lids, but really would like one of these large ones for my personal collection. I’ve a few of the small palettes but would like to have a large one that I can keep all the eyeshadows in and then transfer them to the smaller palette if I’m traveling or something. Every time I go to get one of these, they have been out of stock, even when I was over in New York earlier in the year. Fingers crossed I’ll get my hands on one soon enough.

MAC Pro Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Make Up (www.charlottetilbury.com) – If you don’t know who Charlotte Tilbury is, she is an absolute legend of the make up world, having worked on some of the most famous faces around. She has recently launched her own make up line and it all just looks gorgeous. I must have watched her tutorials a million times over and really want the whole collection, including the brushes. She’s such a natural artist and makes it all look so easy. If I had to choose I think I’d go for a couple of the Luxury Eyeshadow Palettes; Rock Star and The Dolce Vita, the Penelope Pink Lipstick with the matching lip pencil in Pillowtalk, the Rock n Kohl eye liner in black and her Cheek to Chic Blusher in Ectasy. And that’s me being conservative, there is heaps more that I want from the collection, especially some of the brushes! Think a few of these maybe making it onto my Christmas list!

A selection of products from Charlotte Tilbury's collection

A selection of products from Charlotte Tilbury’s collection

What’s on your wish list?

Sara. x

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…..


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.


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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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.


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.


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