4 Beauty Essentials to Pack in your Carry-on Bag

It’s that time of year when we all start to think about packing for our summer holidays.  Everyone knows long plane journeys can wreak havoc on your skin and leave your face looking tired and dull. Keep your skin fresh and beautiful with these travel beauty must-haves. Bring them in your carry-on and go straight from the plane to your summer adventure.

1.      Hydration SprayMAC fix plus

Hydration Sprays are the BEST product to bring with you on the plane. Not only do they refresh your skin with a light fragrance, but they also keep it hydrated in the dry cabin environment. I always use MAC’s Fix Plus as it is infused with green tea, chamomile and cucumber to gently soothe and refresh the skin. Another added bonus is they are flight friendly at 30ml.

2.     Travel Sized MascaraMAC Zoom Lash Mascara

I like to take MAC’s Zoomfast Black Lash Mascara on flights as it is only 4g and so is airport friendly but also has a creamy black formula which also conditions your lashes with zero smudging. What more can a girl ask for but to add instant volume and glamour to her lashes for that wide-awake effect, especially at the end of a long flight?

3.     Hand Cream/ MoisturiserNip and Fab moisturiser

Hand cream and moisturiser are a necessity on flights, especially medium to long haul. Cabin air is especially drying to your skin and as such I like to stay feeling moisturised throughout the flight. I like to use Nip + Fab Soften Kale Fix Moisturiser, as it soften & comforts dry skin which comes in a handy 30ml size and packs a moisture punch to any dry areas including your face, hands and body.

4.    Lip BalmNIVEA-Soothe-Protect

I love to use Nivea’s Soothe & Protect Lip Balm as not only does it help to prevent dryness and chapped lips with a combination of ingredients of panthenol, bisabolol, and vitamin E, but it also contains SPF 15 so that I can use this handy little balm on the flight to keep my lips hydrated, but also on the beach, by the pool and in the evening; and the balm is only 4.8g so well within flight regulations.

I hope that these four products help you enjoy your flight and look refreshed at the end.

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“Don’t forget to play with your makeup as one product can sometimes have many applications!” – Claire Murray


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5 Must Have Products for your Wedding Day Makeup Kit

You’re all set to for your wedding day and you are ready to walk down the aisle – only later on you find that you want to top up your make up and you don’t have anything to do it with.

A good tip is to have a mini emergency kit on the day that you can give to your mum or bridesmaid to have in a bag for you so you don’t have to worry about it. Having make up professionally applied will make it last all day but if you touch your face a lot and with all the tears, kisses and drinking on the day of the wedding, it might affect the longevity of the make-up.

If you’ve booked me as your make-up artist why not ask me about the ‘Bridal Top Up Kit’ which can be custom made to meet your requirements.

A bridal top up kit is just the right size if you’re heading off to the church as it will fit nicely inside a friends bag. If you’re having a ceremony and reception in the same venue then you can leave it in your room so you can freshen up later in the day!

Emergency Kit Suggestions

Bobbi Brown Lip Set

 

Lip Pencil – Use the pencil to neaten the edges of the lipstick and stop colours bleeding. I like

Lip colour or Lip Gloss – Lipstick and/or lip gloss wears off during the day with drinking and eating. Top up your lip colour regularly so you’re always ready for the candid shots too.

For lips, I particularly love to use Bobbi Brown’s products as they are long lasting and feel great on your lips too.
lovely red woman lips isolated on white

Pressed Matte Powder – If you’re prone to oily shine on the t-zone a light dusting of powder over this area will rectify this. I love to use Jane Iredale’s Purematte Finish Powder  as it absorbs oil and eliminates shine and doesn’t look chalky on the skin.

Blotting Papers – Pressing these onto the shiny parts of the face will absorb the oil.

Small Mirror – great for just checking over the make up for the close-up shots.

Tissues – For blotting tears, lip colour if you apply too much and making lip gloss less sticky.

MAC fix plus

Hydrating Setting Spray – If you’re getting married on a hot day or abroad in a humid climate. A light spritz of hydrating spray over make-up will refresh your make up, cool your skin and help your makeup stay in place. I always use MAC’s Prep n Prime Fix + Spray. Its infused with green tea, chamomile and cucumber to gently soothe and refresh the skin whilst refreshing and finishing makeup.

 

 

You could add many more items to your bridal makeup bag however as it’s your big day you don’t want to spend too long touching up your makeup when you should be celebrating; the above items are my suggestions but feel free to pack as small or large makeup bag as you want and remember to have fun.

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Pretty and Natural Summer Makeup using only 5 Products

I am someone who loves makeup, especially working with Jane Iredale, Bobbi Brown, and MAC’s products, but as the weather is finally warming up, our thoughts are turning to warm, summer days, holidays and honeymoons.

So, what’s a makeup-crazy girl to do when she is headed out to the beach, BBQ, or a summer walk with her boyfriend? Bare-faced may be a little too bare, but looking made up looks out of place. A little enhancement always boosts our confidence and brightens our day, so here is a fresh and natural look that takes less than five minutes:

Natural Makeup
Natural Makeup for Summer
Jane Iredale Dream Tint
Jane Iredale Dream Tint

Product 1 – For a warm summer day, you don’t want to build up to a full coverage, just protect and enhance your natural skin. I like to use Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Foundation which is an SPF 20 or Jane Iredale Dream Tint which is SPF 15. Use a light layer of either product and remember to apply the foundation/dream tint to the eyelids and ears, as these burn easily and are prone to hyper-pigmentation as we age. If you have dark circles or blemishes, you can add a little extra to cover up.

Product 2 – Bobbi Brown’s Brightening Brick in the shade Bronze Glow gives the most natural, radiant glow to the cheeks and face. The color in the compact looks dark but it is soft and beautiful on the face. I like to use Charlotte Tilbury’s Bronzer Brush to achieve a perfect light finish.

Product 3 – I team the Brightening Brick with Pot Rouge for lips and Cheeks; a gorgeous multi-purpose product which I use on the cheeks to give a soft glow, and the eyes for a blush of colour. My favourite summer colour is Powder Pink which gives a soft pink flush on the cheeks and eyes to make your eyes pop in the sunlight.

Product 4 – Finish the eyes with a just a thin layer of mascara. I like to use Maybelline Great Lash Natural Pretty MakeupMascara in Waterproof as it has a more natural dark lash look than the full on black mascara which we all love for special occasions and evening makeup, and it also stays put!

Product 5 – Finish your brows with a clear mascara to groom and hold them in place.

Product 3 – For lovely lips, moisturise your lips then blot your Pot Rouge for lips and Cheeks on your lips for a soft, stained finish.

Now you can head out, fresh, natural and gorgeous!

 

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