Clearing out my Makeup – Forgotten makeup favourites

As per my post on Instagram at the beginning of February, (see below) I was disguised at how much makeup I had stashed away. I know that I am a professional Makeup artist and have spares of my holy grail products but I’m actually talking about all of the makeup in my personal collection. I am a makeup hoarder and I admit it. And no, I don’t need help! Well maybe a little!!!!

After writing the post on Instagram I then discovered even more makeup in my bedroom!!!!! At this point I have to admit that I need help with my fixation with makeup!

My problem is that as a makeup artist and independent blogger (and a woman!) I like to try new products. Some because they are raved about by other people, some because they are new products from favourite brands, some because they are new brands to me and finally because I like to have a mix of high end and high street products.

My actual problem is that I can have used a product for a few weeks to try/test it and even though I loved it, I will try a new product and put the current one in my makeup draws to never see the light of day again!

This is, in my opinion, despicable as there are many women in need of makeup including my sisters but also Womens’ shelters etc., and so my resolution for this year is to sort out my makeup (de-clutter) and pass it on to people who can and will use it.

I must point out that there are hygiene issues with passing on used makeup and so products which cannot be sanitised are always passed onto my sisters. They will obviously get first pick of the other makeup but things like eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks, pressed powders and products in bottles with nozzles or spatulas can be sanitised or used hygienically (and are not wanted by my family) can be passed onto my local women’s shelter for women who are in need of a little TLC.

So now that I’ve rambled on for a while, here is the pile of makeup that I’m going to be sorting out. And yes, I also gasped at the amount of products sat in my draws!

Once I had tipped everything out I put it into piles of ‘similar’ products such as all foundations together, all lip products together etc. This allowed me to see what I was actually dealing with.

I took each pile one at a time and went through quickly to see which products were out of date and then threw them away immediately.

I then used extra large lunch bags to put the products that I no longer wanted into, in their categories: Sisters, Mum, Donate, Keep. Each item was swatched and this task took me over 2 hours. Some products I knew that I wanted to use again and some I had completely forgotten how good they were or how lovely the colour was. Some products and palettes I again knew immediately that they were to be donated. It’s amazing how seeing and feeling the products makes you remember whether you loved or hated them!!!!!!

I also found a few items that I wanted to put back into my professional makeup kit

The process took a lot longer than anticipated; not just because I was testing and sanitising the products as I went along, but my cat Gladys, also wanted to help!!!!


My Forgotten Favourites

So now onto the actual purpose of this blog post which is to discuss/show my forgotten top 5 makeup favourites.

  1. Clinique Chubby Sticks: I found that I had 9 of these however I personally only wanted to keep 3 of them – Super Strawberry, Chunky Cherry Plushest Punch.
    These Chubby Sticks are moisturising coloured lip balms in an pencil style applicator which twists up therefore making them easy to use and carry about in your bag. (£18.50 Clinique.co.uk)

2. The Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes I’m glad that I discovered again as I used to love using these for a quick and easy application of colour for a simple day look. The sticks are long-wearing and non-smudging which give a sheer wash of colour. Just like the chubby sticks for lips, they are in a pencil-style applicator which is really easy to use and the product blends beautifully on the eyes. I kept bountiful beige and donated the rest to my lovely sisters who will enjoy them.
(£18.50 Clinique.co.uk)

3. Garnier BB Creams are probably about to expire as I purchased them last summer but I will definitely be using these again this summer and on days when I want a lighter coverage of foundation. The BB creams are mineral based with added vitamin C and SPF15. The BB cream evens out and illuminates my skin whilst , having 24hr hydration. BB Creams are perfect for lighter coverage on normal to dryer skin and I absolutely love these for the summer. I cant wait to use them again. (£9.99 Superdrug)

4. MUA Whipped Velvet lip Lacquer. I again have a few of these in my makeup kit however I don’t rush to grab them and use other brands first, however that is about to change.
These liquid lipsticks are richly pigmented, silky smooth and dry quickly. They also glide on effortlessly to leave a gorgeous velvet finish that is smudge proof and long-lasting. (It took a while to get the swatches off my hand!!!) I think I have saved the colour ‘Spry’ which doesn’t seem to be available on the Superdrug website anymore but I have seen lots more colours that I am going to be purchasing and for only £3 each they are an absolute bargain.

5. W7 Keep Em Dry Waterproof Mascara Top Coat. I actually tried this out last year when I tried a handful of W7 products as I wanted to see what the hype was about. I must confess that I usually use Clarins double fix Mascara seal however at £3.99 I thought that Id give it a chance and review it. I remember that I was totally amazed. This top coat does actually waterproof your lashes and keeps your mascara in place all day! I cant remember why I stopped using it other than I had one of the Clarins products open but Ill be purchasing another one as soon as they are back in stock at W7makeup.

The makeup that I am keeping for myself

Above is the only products which I saved for myself and below you can see the bags of makeup to be donated. I cant believe that I had that much makeup sitting in my drawers which is all new or in date and I haven’t used it. That being said I have purchased a lot of makeup over the last 6 months as I have been writing a lot of blog posts (some will be posted soon) but still, that’s a lot of makeup sitting about.

Makeup to be donated

I encourage all women (and men who wear makeup) to sort out their makeup hoards at least twice a year and do something good for your family and women in need. Not only does it make you feel better for ‘sharing the wealth’ but it also means that you can see your makeup products more easily and therefore will use them before they go out of date and save yourself some money.


Let me know in the comments if you have taken my advice and de-cluttered your makeup/skincare and what products you have re-discovered and why you love them.

As with all my blog posts this is my opinion and is not sponsored or paid by any brand.

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The best SPF moisturisers for skin protection

The one thing I’m always diligent about is protecting my skin and using an SPF all year around. Many people believe that sun screen is only for holidays but they couldn’t be more wrong!

Sun protection protects you not only against UVB (which is sun burn) but also UVA (which ages and damages the skin) . Ultraviolet rays can be damaging even on cloudy days, and YES, even in the UK.
As a woman in my 40’s I need all the anti ageing help that I can get!!!!

Being diligent about SPF doesn’t have to be a challenge, but we know that our health depends on staying protected from harmful rays. The easiest way to make a change is to use an SPF moisturiser instead of a regular moisturiser under your makeup in the morning (remember to cover your eyelids, neck and any areas that are on show to the sunlight, including your ears!).

The best SPF moisturisers are SPF 20 to 50, to ensure the sun’s rays aren’t wreaking havoc with your skin cells. The higher the SPF the better at fighting the signs of ageing.


Here is a list of some of the top rated affordable SPF moisturisers:

The Ordinary Mineral UV Filters SPF30 with Antioxidants – 50ml £8.90 Feel Unique

Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Advanced Face Cream SPF 50+ – 50ml £8.00 Superdrug

Neutrogena Hydro Boost City Shield SPF 25 Moisturiser – 50ml £12.99 Look Fantastic (SAVE 20% – USE CODE: 20SKIN)

e.l.f. Beauty Shield Skin Shielding Moisturiser SPF50 – 50ml £14.50 Feel Unique

Estee Lauder Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Sheer Tint Release Moisturiser SPF 15 –
15ml   £10.00 Estee Lauder

Vichy Idéal Soleil Velvety Cream SPF 50+ – 50ml £16.50 Look Fantastic

Clinique Super City Block SPF40 – 40ml £19.00 Look Fantastic

Neutrogena Pure and Free Baby Sunblock, SPF 50+ – 74 ml £10.75 Amazon 

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense For Face Spf 50 – 50ml £26 Look Fantastic

NIVEA SUN UV Face Suncream SPF 50, Shine Control – 50ml £8.00 Superdrug

Simple Kind To Skin+ Protecting Moisture Cream SPF 30 – 50ml £6.99 Superdrug 


Please note that wearing a moisturiser with an SPF doesn’t provide as much protection as wearing a sunscreen on its own and reapplying when necessary. Remember that your SPF moisturiser is under your makeup and realistically its SPF properties will diminish during the first couple of hours of wear.

If possible, it is recommended not to rely solely on moisturisers containing SPF, especially if you are spending a lot of time in the sun.
Moisturisers and make-up that contain UV protection are better than nothing at all, but for prolonged periods it is recommend to apply sunscreen with high SPF. For more information on this topic please read ‘Does the SPF in your moisturiser actually protect you from the sun?’ at Harpers Bazaar.


Protecting yourself from the harmful rays doesn’t mean that you have to give up your gorgeous summer glow. Later this month I will be publishing a post on self-tanning tips for a gorgeous self tan.


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My everyday makeup brushes & where to buy them

As with all my blog posts this is my opinion  and is not sponsored or paid by any brand. The brushes I will be speaking about today are all in use in my personal makeup and not used professionally. Some are affordable and some are inexpensive and ill let you know why I find them the best for the job and also what I use them for as I don’t always use brushes for what they were intended for!

Primer:  MAC 130 short duo fibre (£34.50 maccosmetics.co.uk)

The MAC 130 is a short, round, flat-topped duo fibre brush ideal for the smooth, easy application of foundations and creams. This brush is just the right size to work primer into the areas where it is most needed, mainly my T-zone, cheeks & under eyes and chin. The duo fibre bristles don’t pick up too much product and disperses  the primer evenly on my skin.

MAC 130 Duo Fibre Brush

If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on your brushes then Zoeva have a dupe, the 122 petit stippling brush which is £10.99 at Feelunique.com


Concealer: Real Techniques 300 deluxe crease brush, (from the Everyday Essentials Set £19.99 at superdrug.co.uk)

The RT deluxe crease brush is ideal for covering blemishes and getting into creases etc. The domed small soft head of the brush is great at blending in the product and soft enough not to drag the concealer over your skin. The brush is soft enough to disperse the under eye concealer as the brush is so soft that again it gently blends the product with out moving it around your face. I bought the Everyday Essentials kit from Superdrug as I use 3 of the 4 brushes and also the beauty blender.


Foundation: Tarte Cosmetics the buffer™ airbrush finish foundation brush (£27 tartecosmetics.com)

The Tarte Cosmetics brush is my current favourite brush as it evenly distributes the foundation over your skin and does actually give you a flawless finish. It flawlessly blends and buffs your foundation that does actually give you an airbrushes finish. It also looks cute with its floral handle. Before I purchased this brush my go to foundation brush was my Zoeva 102 silk finish brush in rose gold. I still use this brush occasionally and it still sits in my brush pot however I do prefer the Tarte brush at the moment. The Zoeva brush is £12.99 from cultbeauty.com.


Powder: Real Techniques 400 Blush Brush (Everyday Essentials Set £19.99 at superdrug.co.uk )

I bought the Everyday Essentials brush set just after Christmas as I loved the look of the brushes and my favourite brush out of the set is the Blush brush. It has long super soft bristles for applying powder to large areas of the face without it caking.


Setting Under Eyes:  RT 402 Setting Brush (Everyday Essentials Set £19.99 at superdrug.co.uk )

I know many people like to bake their under eyes and use a beauty blender to apply the powder however I am a bit older now (in my 40’s (shhhhhhhhhh) and I find that baking leaves my under eyes to dry and the product sticks to and accentuates my fine lines. I therefore like to set my under eyes with a small fluffy brush which doesn’t add too much powder to my under eye area but also deposits enough powder to set the concealer in place so it stays where it was put!


Highlight: Zoeva 105 Luxe Highlight in Rose Gold (£13 Beautybay.com)

This brush is gorgeous and comes in different colours. I have the rose gold however if you prefer your brushes to look professional then it also comes in black. This is the most gorgous shaped brush and picks up just the right amount of highlighter. It has a slight taper at the top for finer application and when used on its side, is perfect for the tops of your cheekbones. As an older woman with a round face, big enough nose etc., I don’t highlight my nose or forehead but you can use a smaller version of this brush for those areas.


Contour: Zoeva 126 Luxe cheek finish brush (£14.99 feelunique.com) and Royal & Langnickel Chique Pro Highlighter Brush (£1.75 Redcarpetfx.com)

I personally prefer a powder contour as it is more subtle and suits my style of makeup and the brush I use is intended for use with powder products. I use the Zoeva cheek finish brush for contouring my cheekbones, forehead and double chin! For contouring my nose I prefer a smaller brush and so use the extra soft Royal & Langnickel Chique Pro Highlighter Brush which is perfect fro smaller areas and a softer finish.


Blush: Zoeva luxe sheer cheek brush(£12.99 feelunique.com)

As you can see from the photo at the bottom of this post, I have been using this brush for quite a while and I actually prefer it now that the bristles have splayed a little as I get a softer application of product rather than when it was new, which deposited a bit more blusher. I prefer to build blusher rather than loading on too much and looking like a doll !!!!


Eyeliner: My Kit Co 1.22 My Feliner (£12.50 Mykitco.co.uk)

Depending upon what look I am going for I use one of 3 brushes for eyeliner. The My Kit Co feliner is perfect for a fine line, and a wing, and also for powder liner and tight lining my upper lash line. This is probably my all time favourite eyeliner brush.


Brows: My Kit Co, 2.4 My Tight Brow (£12.50 Mykitco.co.uk)

I love both of these brushes to apply both powder and pomade to my brows. The brushes are fine enough that you can create individual hair strokes but soft enough that the lines don’t look too harsh.


“It’s sharply angled with just the right amount of flex allowing for the best application of both cream and powder product”.


Eye Shadow: 1.23 My all over shadow (£12.50), 1.19 My fluff and buff small (£12.50), 1.18 My fluff and buff large (£14.50), & 1.1 My mini shade and shadow (£10.50) (Mykitco.co.uk)

I only need to use these 4 brushes for my eye makeup and these are the 4 that I always go to and are my current favourites. Each brush is designed to apply the shadow in the areas which it is designed for and create a beautiful result.


Breakdown of the cost of my brushes and where to buy them

Primer:  MAC 130 short duo fibre (£34.50 maccosmetics.co.uk)

Concealer: Real Techniques 300 deluxe crease brush (from the Everyday Essentials Set £19.99 at superdrug.co.uk)

Foundation: Tarte Cosmetics the buffer™ airbrush finish foundation brush (£27 tartecosmetics.com)

Powder: Real Techniques 400 Blush Brush (Everyday Essentials Set £19.99 at superdrug.co.uk )

Setting Under Eyes:  RT 402 Setting Brush (Everyday Essentials Set £19.99 at superdrug.co.uk )

Highlight: Zoeva 105 Luxe Highlight in Rose Gold (£13 Beautybay.com)

Contour: Zoeva 126 Luxe cheek finish brush (£14.99 feelunique.com) and Royal & Langnickel Chique Pro Highlighter Brush (£1.75 Redcarpetfx.com)

Blush: Zoeva luxe sheer cheek brush(£12.99 feelunique.com)

Eyeliner: My Kit Co 1.22 My Feliner (£12.50 Mykitco.co.uk)

Brows: My Kit Co, 2.4 My Tight Brow (£12.50 Mykitco.co.uk)

Eye Shadow: 1.23 My all over shadow (£12.50), 1.19 My fluff and buff small (£12.50), 1.18 My fluff and buff large (£14.50), & 1.1 My mini shade and shadow (£10.50) (Mykitco.co.uk)

The total cost for my makeup brushes is £199.22 (I do have Pro Makeup Artist discounts for some of the brushes and so the amount stated is the retail value) however if you look after your brushes you will have them for many many years and they will just get better and better with use.

Please excuse my brushes as they are getting a clean this afternoon!

Once I decide that I love a brush for a certain purpose it becomes my personal favourite and is also replicated in my professional makeup kit however some of the brushes may be different brands or professional brands.

If you have any favourite makeup brushes, please let me know about them in the comments as I love makeup brushes and may even invest/swap it for one which I use currently.


As with all my blog posts this is my opinion and is not sponsored or paid by any brand.

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How much is my face worth?????

As a blogger people regularly think that I am on PR Lists (A PR List is where a makeup brand sends a blogger free makeup) with makeup brands however as a professional makeup artist I believe that it’s important to be impartial and therefore do not receive any free products. Therefore, except for a couple of brands where I have a professional discount, my face will cost the same as yours!

As a woman who lives and breathes makeup and skincare, I like to try many different brands and products including high end and high street. Some products I have already discovered are my ‘go to’ products and you will probably be sick of hearing me speak about them by now however I also like to change things up sometimes and am forever experimenting with new products or recommended products.

Below I will list my current makeup products which I use every day, why I love them, how much they are and where you can buy them from. Again, I receive no money for recommending products and this blog post is correct at the time of publishing.


My current makeup bag includes the following products:

Primer:

MUA 24K Facial Oil Base (£4 Superdrug)

Illamasqua Hydra Veil (£34 Illamasqua.com)

I have older skin (I’m in my 40’s (Shhhhhhhh)) and I also have eczema which can flair up and so everyday I will use one of the above primers however if my skin is really dry I will use one of the MUA bases under the Illaamasqua Hydra Veil Primer. This is my current favourite primer. I have previously told clients, when asked about the product, that I don’t like the texture on my skin however I picked one up from TK Maxx at Christmas to do another review on a TK Maxx haul and have rediscovered this beautiful product. Not only does it hydrate my skin but my makeup applied perfectly and seems to last longer than when I have used some other primers. It is pricy at £….. however I apply it with a small duo fibre brush and a little goes a long way so I think the cost is worth it.


Concealer: 

MAC Studio Fix 24hr Concealer in NW20 (£18.50 Maccosmetics.co.uk)

This concealer does what it claims and not only covers my blemishes but also my under eye dark circles and also doesn’t budge. It is a light weight creamy texture as you would expect from the studio fix range but has medium, build-able coverage and is great on dryer ageing skin too. As I’m in my 40’s (sssssssssssssh) I must admit that it does need to be set or it settles in my fine lines, however this is the case for all concealers when you have fine lines 😮


Foundation: 

L’Oreal True Match in shades 2N and 3N (£9.99 Boots and Superdrug)

Many of my clients and readers of my blog/Instagram will be surprised to find that I have moved from MAC Studio Fix Fluid to the L’Oreal perfect match foundation. Not only are you surprised, But I am too!!! I have been using The MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15 for over 5 years and no other foundation has managed to move me away until I tried the L’Oreal Prefect Match in 2N. Not only do I believe that it is a dupe for MAC Studio Fix but it also has a medium build-able coverage, with a creamy consistency and doesn’t catch on my dry patches and fine lines. I apply it with my Tarte Cosmetics foundation buffer brush however I do find that I have to use a mini blender over my under eye and frown line areas!


Setting powder:

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder (£34 Charlottetilbury.co.uk)

Again, I always used to use MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Medium however as soon as I tried the Charlotte Tilbury Powder in Medium I was converted. This powder is in a beautiful compact and is so finely milled that it sets my makeup without collecting in my fine lines. It also removes shine and creates a flawless finish as advertised. I don’t know what to say other than as long as I can afford this product it will always be my setting powder.


Highlight & Contour:

Tarte Cosmetics Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette (£37 tartecosmetics.com)

I am a recent convert to Tarte Cosmetics and this is one of my favourite highlight and contour palettes. It may be too subtle for those of you who want more definition and glow but I find it perfect for my personal makeup style. This palette also smells like chocolate and that’s a definite plus for me. The highlight is build-able however as it is very finely milled it can be used more subtly as with the contour shade. I love the fact that it gives me definition without looking false.


Blush:

MAC Peachykeen powder blush (£19.50 maccosmetics.co.uk)

I have been using this blusher shade for over 5 years and I still cant find a shade to replace it that I love more, including Nars Orgasm Blush!!! Peachykeen is more pinky peach toned which is perfect for my skin tone and perfect for summer and tanned skin. 

As advertised it “applies evenly, adheres lightly to skin to achieve a natural-looking application of colour that stays put all day”. This blush does have a slight shimmer but isn’t glittery and so you don’t look like a throwback from the 1970’s, you just have a gentle glow.


eyeliner:

Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Chocolate Shimmer Ink (£18.50 Bobbibrown.co.uk)

Again I have been using this eyeliner for more years that I can remember after my hubby bought me a duo set from duty free years ago. I have tried many other gel liners however the Bobbi Brown product is very easy to use, it has a texture which allows you to not pick up too much product and even though I shouldn’t condone this, I have mine for over 2 years and it still hasn’t dried up! I have also worn this eyeliner on holidays in extreme heat and whilst swimming and it doesn’t budge so this is great for me and for my clients. As you apply it with a brush you can achieve many different styles too depending upon the style of brush used i.e. Fine point, angled etc. And so I find it extremely versatile and well worth the money.


Eyeshadow Palette:

Tarte Cosmetics tartelette toasted eyeshadow palette (£38 tartecosmetics.com)

This is my current favourite palette but I have many different palettes from many different companies including plenty of the Tarte palettes. I love the fact that the powders are finely milled, highly pigmented, easily blendable and also the shimmers are of a high quality. The only drawback is the fallout in the palette after you have picked up the product with your brush but this isn’t too severe and you don’t loose too much. This also happens with many of the fine powder palettes and so isn’t an exclusive problem with Tarte palette.  

This palette is a mix & match of 12 warm, rich eyeshadows (7 wearable mattes & 5 lustrous shimmers) and is arranged in rows for three easy looks. What more could a girl want ❤️


brows:

Urban Decay Brow Beater pencil in Neutral Brown (£17 urbandecay.co.uk)

I tint my eyebrows however as many women of my age will understand, due to plucking the life out of my brows in the 1990’s / 2000’s I have sparse patches and they are shorter than they should be. With this in mind I like to use a fine pencil to draw in the individual lines and find the Brow Beater pencil great for this. It also has a twist up pencil so that your product is protected. A bonus is the amazing stiff bristled spoolie on the other end of the pencil which is also covered by a cap. This spoolie allows you to brush your brows even if they are stubborn and create a wonderful neat brow or the new trend of brushed up, ‘boyfriend’ brows.


setting spray:

MAC Fix + in Coconut (£19 maccosmetics.co.uk)

If I am going on a big night out or need my makeup staying perfect all day I have discovered Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray and it is definitely worth the hype however for everyday I prefer MAC Fix + in Coconut. Not only does it give my skin a boost of hydration but it also sets my makeup and smells gorgeous (it reminds me of holidays all year round!) There is a reason that this product is a favourite for many makeup artists and bloggers.


lips:

Anastasia Beverley Hills Lipgloss in Caramel (£17 anastasiabeverlyhills.co.uk)

This is my current go to lip product as I am a lazy girl at heart and once I have applied my makeup I cannot be bothered spending all night reapplying my lips! The lipgloss is high pigment and feels weightless on your lips and has the shine of a gloss. This liquid lipstick is a must for me as it is not only highly pigmented and long lasting but also isn’t too drying on my lips.


Guess The Price?

So that is my full face and every product that I have used. Now to guess the price of my face???????? What do you think?

Below £100 ?

£100 – £200 ?

£200 plus ?

The actual cost of my current makeup bag favourites costs £266.49 

This is quite expensive as some of the products are high end however you can swap some of these products out for your favourite products/brands, Ive just given you a breakdown of my actual favourite products that I use on a daily basis. As with all women I have cheaper versions of some of these products and find that they are good but not as good as the my holy grail products on my face at the moment.

With regards to the costs listed of these products, I have listed the full price however I have purchased some of them at TK Maxx and duty free and also in the sales and so I always suggest having a good look around for your products for the best offer.

Also follow my Instagram as I always let you know about makeup brand sales as soon as they are released and my current finds at TK Maxx (you may also want to follow tkmaxxbeautyfindsuk).

Let me know in the comments what’s in your makeup bag and if I should try some of your favourite products.  When I update this post in the summer I will add a link to you if I have tried and am using the products that you have recommended.


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Bright Lips – Wearing the spring and summer trend

Sporting a super pigmented bright lip is one of the hottest trends for Spring and Summer – for good reason! It’s a universally flattering look with just one rule: make sure your bright lip colour takes centre stage. There is something quite classic yet trendy about keeping the bold, bright lip your focus and the rest of your makeup subtle. Make your lip look an attention grabber (in the right way) with these simple steps.


Smooth the canvas

Your lips are an extension of your skin on your face so you need to exfoliate them in the same way to remove any dry skin. Use finely granulated lip scrub (or caster sugar mixed with coconut oil) and rub it around your pouted lips in a circular motion. Then, apply an SPF lip moisturising treatment for conditioning.


Lock in the look

Firstly apply a lip liner around the outer edge of your lips then colour them in with your pencil. When applying you colour, put some of the lip stick onto your ring finger and press it into your lips. This will keep the lip stick in place for the long haul.

Firstly apply a lip liner around the outer edge of your lips then colour them in with your pencil. When applying you colour, put some of the lip stick onto your ring finger and press it into your lips. This will keep the lip stick in place for the long haul.

For extra assurance, split a tissue into single sheets and place over your lips. Dust with powder like MAC’s Select Sheer Loose powder in translucent over your lipstick and then reapply the colour. The layering affect will keep your bright lips going strong for a couple of extra hours.


Embrace au-naturel eyes

Remember, your bold lips are the focal point of your look so keep the rest of your makeup minimal. Try nudes, golds and peach colours on your eyes and a few sweeps of mascara to complete the look.


Some of my favourite bright and colourful lip sticks

There are literally thousands of bright shades on the market at the moment so have fun shopping. For a closer look at the above pictures and for more bright lip ideas, please follow my Pinterest Board – Bright Lips.


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My Top 3 affordable face masks for Dry Skin

Those of you that also follow me on social media, especially Instagram will know that I am obsessed with #SELFCARESUNDAY and sitting myself in a lovely bath with a good book and a face mask, all being supervised by Gladys, my cat.

As I have dry ageing (I’m in my 40’s, shhhhhhhh) skin with occasional eczema break outs I find that face masks are amazing for adding a boost of hydration to my skin. Obviously I follow and have followed a skincare routine for a few years now however I have noticed a big difference with my skin since I began my weekly mask routine.

As with all masks, there is usually extra serum in the packet and so I make sure not to waste this and once my mask is removed I rub this extra serum into my face, neck and décolleté area. Don’t waste a drop of this lovely serum as its great for all over your body not just your face!

I try many face masks and usually pick up a few new brands/bargains from TK Maxx however I have 3 face masks that I know work for my skin and leave me hydrated and glowing. As with all posts, this is not sponsored or paid and is my personal opinion only.

In reverse order:

3. Bioaqua seaweed extract Korean skincare mask (£1.59 eBay)

I bought these masks to test more affordable skincare options for following a Korean Skincare routine and they are absolutely gorgeous. As you can imagine, for the price and fact that they come from abroad and are also off eBay, I was absolutely amazed by the results. Not only is the packaging cute but they readily did add moisture to my skin and made my skin feel soft too.

2. Garnier Moisture Bomb fatigued skin lavender sheet mask (£2.99 Superdrug)

This mask is a new favourite and not only leaves my skin soft and hydrated but it also smells lovely and is one that I use when Ive not been sleeping properly. I don’t know if its psychological but I do seem to sleep a bit better when I am smelling with lovely serum on my skin at bedtime. This mask is infused with an intense de-tiring formula enriched with lavender essential oil and hyaluronic acid, which is a powerful hydrating active capable of retaining 1000x its weight in water. Once applied on the face, it diffuses it’s de-tiring and hydrating benefits onto the skin.

1. Garnier Moisture Bomb Sakura Hydrating Face Sheet Mask (£2.99 Superdrug)

This mask is my absolute favourite and as an extra boost on a Sunday I also use the Garnier Moisture Bomb moisturiser once the serum has soaked into my skin. I have found that no matter what condition my skin is in (and yes I get stressed and have hormonal breakouts too) this mask gives my skin an amazing boost of moisture and leaves it looking and feeling radiant. This mask is also amazing to aid in getting my eczema under control if I have a flair up. It has never irritated my sensitive skin and is my all time ‘go to’ mask for any occasion. (Ive also been known to use this mask on models skin before a shoot as this ensures that the skin is hydrated and so the products work and photograph beautifully).

These are my top 3 face masks however below are a list of all of the face masks that I currently use and adore.

If you are using or have used a face mask that I haven’t mentioned and you think I need to try it, please leave me the information in the comments as I am always happy to purchase a good face mask and to share the love.

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Makeup Tips for Girls with Glasses

As a glasses wearer myself I’m so pleased that wearing glasses is now seen as the new trend rather than being geeky, and are now being worn in public by many celebrity fashion queens who are showing us that wearing glasses doesn’t mean that you need to shy away from wearing make-up. In fact, new glasses give you the perfect excuse to experiment with different beauty looks. Here are my fool proof tips to help make sure your eyes pop and your makeup looks beautiful.

Some of us are lucky enough to be able to see clearly to apply our makeup however if you are more ‘visually challenged’, since you can’t wear your glasses while you apply makeup on your eyes, use a magnifying mirror. You can purchase some amazing little mirrors from Amazon that stick onto your regular mirror.

Also, don’t apply makeup with a heavy hand. You can always add more, which is easier than taking it off and restarting.


Makeup Tips

Lashesmakeup for glasses

Use eyelash curlers to open up your eyes. This will also help stop long lashes from rubbing on your lenses. Also, switch to a long-wearing mascara that won’t smudge on your lenses.

Also, for daytime, keep lashes soft and floaty. Glasses can accentuate and magnify any clumps in your lashes and as always, if there is any sign of clumping make sure to comb and separate the lashes.


Eyebrows

Groom and shape your eyebrows. Your glasses frame your eyes, but your brows need to frame your glasses. After shaping them, fill in any gaps with eyebrow shadow or pencil, and finish with a clear mascara gel to keep them looking sleek. Don’t forget to pluck any scraggly hairs as they are magnified behind your lenses.


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Use a nude eyeliner on your lower lids. Some glasses can make eyes appear smaller. Using a nude eyeliner on your waterline will make your eyes look bigger and help them really pop!

Match your eyeliner to your specs. Adjusting liner thickness is important when you’re wearing glasses – if your frames are thicker, you’ll want to apply a thicker line to the upper lash line so that your eyes stand out. If your frames are thinner, a softer liner works great. It’s important to make sure that there is a balance between the definition of your frames and your eyes.


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Avoid applying eyeshadow beyond your glasses line. While you might like the idea of blending a strong colour up toward your brow line, this can clash with the lines created by your frames and end up looking messy. Instead, try blending a light or bronze shimmer up to your brow.

The colour of your eye shadow shouldn’t compete with the colour of your glasses. If you want to do the same colour as your frames on the eyelids, try a base hue that’s a shade lighter, and go a few shades darker for the crease colour. A shadow that is lighter and brighter than your frames will help eyes stand out. Always finish with eye liner and mascara.


makeup for glasses wearers 2Concealer & Highlighter

If like me, you love wearing dark rimmed glasses, remember that sometimes they can cast dark shadows under our eyes. This is a nightmare for people like me who also has natural dark circles. You can counteract this by blending a peach-toned concealer beneath the lower lids to correct the darkness and use a concealer such as YSL Touche Eclat to highlight the area.

For more information on banishing those dark circles you can visit my blog post.

Highlighter is a quick make-up fix to brighten eyes. Make your eyes look brighter, and more radiant by blending a light highlighter near the inner corner of your eyes.


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Blot away excess foundation to keep your makeup from coming off onto your frames.

This is especially important to do on the bridge of your nose and on your cheeks, since that’s where your glasses rest. Use a makeup sponge, like the Beauty Blender, dampen it slightly, and roll it over the bridge of your nose and along the tops of your cheeks to lift off any excess product. Don’t worry, it won’t remove what you just put on; it’ll simply leave you with a non-cakey, airbrushed look. Lastly, dust on setting powder, which will keep your glasses from sticking to your foundation and removing it when you do decide to take them off.


makeup for glasses - eyeliner 3Lips

Complement your bold frames with an equally bold lip. A great pair of statement frames and classic eye makeup will always look best.

Alternatively, keep your look prettySince thick frames can look quite masculine, add a feminine girly touch in contrast to dark glasses with pretty cheeks and lips in shades of pink.


Glasses are a fashion statement just like your clothes and makeup so have fun playing with each element and experiment to find the right look for you.

If you want to watch a great video by another glasses wearing makeup artist on how to create makeup for girls in specs, please click on the video below.

Makeup for Glasses - Lisa Eldgridge

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3 Easy steps to perfecting Winged Eyeliner

Ever since the 1950’s and Adel adopting the iconic look, the winged liner look has been a continuous hit. Here are my tips on how to achieve the catwalk look at home.

Step 1 – Line the lid

Using a pencil liner or Gel liner with a thin brush, draw a line from the inner corner of your upper lid to the outer making it thicker as you go. I do this by adding ever-so-slight pressure which makes the brush naturally widen.

Winged Eyeliner TutorialStep 2 – Create your wing

Looking straight ahead into a mirror, place a small mark where you want your wing to end. I like the wing to be a continuation of the bottom lash line, this way it looks more natural and in keeping with your eye shape.

Now place your brush / liner at the outer corner of your eye where your eye liner ends and use that as the starting point for your “flick” ending at your mark. You can extend it out as far as you dare – the shorter and thinner the more delicate it looks.

If you want a thicker wing, draw a line from the top of your flick to the middle or 3/4 of your line on your upper lid. Now “fill” this in with eyeliner.

If you make a mistake, its easier to remove pencil and gel with a small or pointed cotton bud dipped in Micellar water.

Once you have the perfect wing, go over your line with a liquid liner for more definition or leave it as it is for a softer look.

Step 3 – Less is More

If you’re doing heavy shadow and eyeline, make sure to keep your lip neutral. However, this look also looks great with a clean/neutral eye lid and a pop of colour on your lips.

P.S. Remember that practice, practice, and-more-practice makes perfect! If you’re a bit nervous try the look with a soft eyeliner pencil and go over it with a liquid liner once you have the perfect wing.


Have fun creating different looks with your  eyeliner like some of those from a shoot I held recently.

How to create Winged Eyeliner by Claire Murray


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Holiday Travel Beauty Tips – How to Look Gorgeous On the Go (2019)

Well as I am heading off for my winter sun vacation (definitely deserved) I thought Id update my travel beauty tips and give you an insight into my beauty regime both on the flight and on holiday.

I spend my life making other people look and feel beautiful and so when it comes to Holiday Travel Beauty Tipsspending time doing the same for me, you guessed it……I cant think of anything worse! And so, I usually find myself heading to the airport in an absolute hurry, realising that my nails are chipped, my skin is stressed and I’m less than ready for a long haul flight.

As an Ex-Cabin Crew member (long haul), I know the importance of looking after your skin and hair whilst flying and so here are a few tips on how to look after yourself whilst you’re in the air, just in time for your holiday.


Travel Beauty Tips

Nails

1: If you didn’t have time for a manicure or to get your nails done, quickly file your nailsBarry M All in One Nail Polish and paint two coats of clear polish. This only takes a few minutes, and the hint of shine on freshly filed nails will give the illusion of a clean manicure. Try a fast drying top coat instead of a clean nail polish. I like to use Barry M All in One Nail Polish to protect my nails whilst I’m away and its quick drying too!

2: If your nail polish is chipped or smudged, don’t try to fix it in a rush or you’ll likely make it worse. Instead, remove it completely. Throw a pack of Cutex Essential Care One Step Nail Polish Remover Pads in your carry-on bag and use them once you get through security.


Hair

When it comes to styling your hair pre-flight, don’t go against nature, you won’t win.

Top Knot Hair Style3:  If you have thin, straight hair, do a basic sleek, smooth blow-dry or use hair straighteners before you head to the airport. If you do a bouncy blow-dry or add curls to your hair and then sit on a plane for five + hours, your hair will fall flat.

4: If your hair is wavy, work mousse through damp strands, scrunch it, let it air dry. Once you’re on the flight, wrap your hair into a loose high top knot and secure with an elastic band that won’t crease your curls. Let your hair down when you arrive.Batiste Blush Mini Dry Shampoo 50ml

5: If you don’t have time to prep your hair the day you’re travelling, go for a chic, high top knot. As you can tell, its my favourite ‘go to’ hairstyle and it’s classic, pulls the hair off the face, and is simple to do in a minute. (Original Photo can be found at Pinterest )

6: To give your hair some oomph after a long flight, spray roots with a dry shampoo. It’ll also get rid of that awful air plane smell. I like to carry Batiste Dry Shampoo On The Go Blush with me when I’m travelling as its only 50ml and perfect for taking on the plane. I get mine from Superdrug from their 3 for 2 travel mini’s section.


SkinGarnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask

7: If you’re taking a flight that’s longer than two hours, prep your skin as if you’re going to bed. Pack sample sizes of cleanser (Micellar Water), moisturiser, lip balm and sheet mask. (Yes I do lie back on a long flight with a sheet mask on my face – my skin feels amazing after the flight). I like to apply all of these products after boarding as it gives me something to do on the flight however if you prefer to sleep on the flight, head to the bathroom before boarding or carry out your skin routine in the lounge. This will give your skin the hydration and care it needs.

I like to use the Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask as the sheet mask is made from ultra-thin tissue and infused with a cocktail of Pomegranate extract, Hyaluronic Acid and plant serum (one mask contains the volume of half a bottle of serum*) which is intensely rehydrating and only takes 15 mins to work. I like to massage the additional liquid in the package onto my neck, hands and arms.

8: Though it’s best to head to the airport without makeup for a long flight, if you need to wear a little something, go for finished brows, waterproof mascara and pink/nude lips. This will help you look pulled-together while keeping your skin clean.

Evian water spray9: Water is an in-flight essential. If you want your skin to look great when you arrive, drink water. The small cups they bring around during the food service are not enough. Plane air is very dry; at such high altitudes it has very little moisture, making the cabin air dry. That is what makes your skin feel dehydrated. I buy the largest water I can at the airport and sip it all through the flight. If you can’t afford to buy water at the airport (the prices are ridiculous) take your own empty water bottle to the airport and either fill it in the lounge or most airports have water fountains.

10: I’m a big fan of face misting during a flight, especially on long international trips. I don’t mean makeup setting sprays but actual hydrating sprays. I like Evian water spray, Jane Iredale D2O or Rose Water. I always decant the D20 or rose water into a smaller spray bottle so that I can take them on board with me but the Evian sprays are just the right size anyway. Spritzing your face with water is another way to keep skin hydrated in the dry cabin environment.


My Tips

If I have larger bottles/pots of products at home, I like to decant them into Muji’s travel bottles/pots for my carry on beauty essentials. If you don’t have a label maker (you don’t know what you’re missing if you don’t have one) then you can just use stickers or colourful sharpie markers to label your pots.

I hope this encourages you to look after your skin both whilst you are away but especially on those long flights.

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Claire xx

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Easy Weekend Makeup, in under 10 minutes

One of the many things which I get asked is how to make makeup light, bright and pretty for shopping at the weekend or having lunch with our friends.  We all want a slightly different look to the one which we wear for work or going out and it’s nice to look like we’ve made an effort without looking too done up.

For those times at weekend when we don’t want to be bothered but still want to look good, here is a makeup look that that takes less than 10 minutes.

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  • Firstly you want to use a light foundation. I like to use a BB Cream or mix a little moisturiser in with your current foundation to give a lighter coverage. I like to use the Zoeva Silk Finish Foundation Brush.

Zoeva Silk Finish Foundation Brush - Copy

  • Next apply a bit of concealer. I love YSL Touch Eclait for this because it is subtle and brightens the whole eye area. Apply a small amount on your dark circles (if you have them) and then in the inner and outer corners of the eye. Blend out well. Cover any blemishes with a good creamy moisturiser like Benefit Boi-ing.
  • Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & CheeksFor a natural healthy glow, use Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks. Dab a bit on your finger then pat onto your cheeks. Your foundation brush is ideal to blend it. If you need more, just remember that its easier to add cream blush than take away so add sparingly in thin layers. For application, fingers are fine too, but I find that I end up wiping off as much I put on if I’m not gentle!
  • To bring out your eyes without looking overly made up, choose a light eye shadow that compliments your eye colour. My current favourite is the Bobbi Brown Rosy Nudes Edition Palette.   To quote Bobbi this palette is “packed with an array of rich and rosy nude shades perfect for creating sweet to sultry looks”. My tip is to brush on the colour with your brush upside down so that the majority of the colour is around your lash line. Use your brush to blend around the edges and up into the crease. Whatever is left on your brush, dab into the inner corner of your eye to make you look more bright and awake. Alternatively, you can also use your Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks.
  • Apply 2 coats of Mascara. There is no need to go all out and full on, it should look soft and gentle. Keep your lashes light and feathery.
  • Finally, don’t forget a splash of lip gloss to finish your look. My favourites which suits almost everyone are as above, Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks (I like Powder Pink) and MAC Plushglass in Ample Pink .  Don’t forget to pop your gloss in your pocket to reapply during the day.

MAC ample pink lipglass

It’s as easy as that for your quick weekend look so that leaves you plenty of time to have fun.

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To see the original images above or to see more natural makeup ideas, please take a look at my Pinterest Board – Natural Makeup

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Claire xx


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