Category Archives: Primers

Makeup of the Day – ‘Same Palette, Different Day’ (04-6-14)

I wanted to show the versatility of make-up and how you can create different looks with the one product. So for today’s MOTD, I used exactly the same make-up products as I did in my last MOTD post, but I used them in a slightly different way to create a more dramatic look.

The only thing I changed was the amount of the different colours in the eye-shadow palette and how I packed it on to create more depth of colour in the pigment. I also used a black eyeliner pencil as opposed to the white pencil in the last one.

Here you go, here is my look of the day. Let me know what you think ♥ (Larger photos below the product details).

Nuala Campbell - Makeup Artist - Make-up of the Day (MOTD), MAC, Benefit, Vivo, Cosmetics, B, Superdrug

 

FACE:

Freshness of the Morning – Age Defying Moisturiser – £25.00

MAC – Prime & Prep Skin – £20.50

Benefit Cosmetics – Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation –  Ivory (Believe in me). – £26.50

Benefit Cosmetics – the POREfessional – Agent Zero Shine – £23.50

Benefit Cosmetics – Lollitint – £24.50

B. Sculpted Contour Kit – £10.49

BROWS:

B. Defined Brow Kit (to be released)

EYES:

Makeup Atelier – T05 Eyeshadow Palette – £25.00

MUA Eyeliner Pencil – Black – £1.00

MAC Zoom Lash – Zoom Black – £14.00

LIPS:

MAC Lipstick – Mix between ‘Half n Half” and ‘Paramount’ – £15.00

Nuala Campbell - Makeup Artist - Make-up of the Day (MOTD), MAC, Benefit, Vivo, Cosmetics, B, Superdrug

Nuala Campbell - Makeup Artist - Make-up of the Day (MOTD), MAC, Benefit, Vivo, Cosmetics, B, Superdrug

Nuala Campbell - Makeup Artist - Make-up of the Day (MOTD), MAC, Benefit, Vivo, Cosmetics, B, Superdrug

Makeup of the Day (02/6/14)

Well today is my ‘Day-Off’ and I don’t have anything very exciting planned except heading out for lunch with my lovely hubbie and doing a bit of shopping for our Summer Holidays (Yippeeeee!)

So in terms of makeup I didn’t want to wear anything to heavy so I opted for a warm subtle smoky eye with some white pencil in the lower waterline to keep it light looking. I didn’t use any illuminators today as when I use the FOM Cosmetics Moisturiser and Hello Flawless Foundation together you get a lovely dewy finish to the skin.

So here you go, here is my makeup look for today. Larger Images and full product listing with links and prices are below.

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Makeup Artist Nuala Campbell’s Makeup of the Day (MOTD)

FACE:

Freshness of the Morning – Age Defying Moisturiser – £25.00

MAC – Prime & Prep Skin – £20.50

Benefit Cosmetics – Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation –  Ivory (Believe in me). – £26.50

Benefit Cosmetics – the POREfessional – Agent Zero Shine – £23.50

Benefit Cosmetics – Lollitint – £24.50

B. Sculpted Contour Kit – £10.49

BROWS:

B. Defined Brow Kit (to be released)

EYES:

Makeup Atelier – T05 Eyeshadow Palette – £25.00

MUA Eyeliner Pencil – White – £1.00

MAC Zoom Lash – Zoom Black – £14.00

LIPS:

MAC Lipstick – Mix between ‘Half n Half” and ‘Paramount’ – £15.00

http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/shaded/168/310/Products/Lips/Lipstick/Lipstick/index.tmpl

http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/shaded/168/310/Products/Lips/Lipstick/Lipstick/index.tmpl

http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/shaded/168/310/Products/Lips/Lipstick/Lipstick/index.tmpl

http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/shaded/168/310/Products/Lips/Lipstick/Lipstick/index.tmpl

If you’ve any questions, just leave a comment below.

Nuala x

 

Make-up of the Day (31-5-2014)

Hi all! A few people have been asking me to share what Make-up products I use on a regular basis, so I thought I would start sharing on here as well as my Facebook & Instagram etc.

Nuala Campbell - Makeup Artist - Make-up of the Day (MOTD)

Nuala Campbell – Makeup Artist – Make-up of the Day (MOTD)

These posts will be generally quite short with a list of products I used on each day. All products are hyperlinked to the Brand Product pages for quick buying.

If you want separate how-to’s for anything just leave me a comment below.

FACE:

MAC Prime & Prep Skin

MAC Strobe Cream

MAC Studio Sculpt (NC20)

Benefit Cosmetics – Hoola Bronzer

Estee Lauder – Bronze Goddess (Medium)

Benefit Cosmetics – Rockateur

Benefit Cosmetics – Boi-ing Concealer (01 Light)

BROWS:

Benefit Cosmetics – Gimme Brow (Medium/Deep)

Anastasia Beverly Hills – DipBrow Pomade (Dark Brown)

EYES:

MAC Eyeshadow (Vanilla)

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (Naked 2)

MAC Eyeshadow (Rule)

Liz Earle – Eyeliner Pencil (Black)

MAC Zoom Lash Mascara (Zoom Black)

LIPS:

L’Oreal Infallible Never Fail Lipliner (Mauve)

MAC Lipstick (Half n Half)

 

The Perfect Wedding Companion for any Bride – ‘Agent Zero Shine’

Benefit Cosmetics never stop improving and developing their products. They have recently released a new ‘The Porefessional – Agent Zero Shine‘.

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This product has been designed to minimise the appearance of shine and pores. What I love about it is, that it’s a ‘complete product’. By that mean, you don’t need to carry around separate brushes or accessories to apply it. Everything you need is right there. It packs a very handy sized brush in the bottom of the bottle.

Sweep on moisturised skin or over makeup to instantly mattify your complexion. Touch up over makeup during the day…or whenever shine dares to return.

I think this product is great for anyone to top-up or set your makeup, but also how amazing is this for Brides! One of the biggest problems faced by brides is the ability to stay shine-free when you are running about in a Cinderella gown all day and night. This handy little bottle is small enough to fit into the smallest of clutch bags and easy enough to whip out and use in seconds.

It really is a very smart new product by Benefit Cosmetics and honestly, I expect nothing less from them.

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This gorgeous product is priced at £23.50 (or $30.00). I would like to add that a little of this product goes a long way. This would last for months on end in my opinion. A great investment for girls-on-the-go!

Available at any Benefit Cosmetics store or counter, or online at www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk or www.benefitcosmetics.com

Have you tried it? I’d love to hear your thoughts, leave a comment below.

Nuala x

Your Summer would not B.Complete without these Eye Palettes!

I love trying new products and price isn’t something I pay that much attention to when reviewing a product. When I am sent products, I judge them on their ability to fulfill their purpose, following that I weigh up the quality against the price. So whether its a £50 Bobbi Brown Palette or a £5 High Street Palette, I treat them the same.

I was sent some products by the lovely B.Range Team at Superdrug recently, and among them was the B.Complete ‘Glisten’ Eye-shadow Palette.

B. Complete Glisten Eyeshadow Palette

B. Complete Glisten Eyeshadow Palette

I try products out with all sorts of brushes and also with and without primer etc as I know that not everyone has the amount of prep products as I do in my kit.

I also tried out the B.Complete ‘Charleston’ Palette recently too. The difference in the two palettes is that the Charleston Palette has mostly Matt Colours in it, where the Glisten Palette has mostly Shimmer Shadows, with only one Matt colour.

B. Complete Charleston Eyeshadow Palette

B. Complete Charleston Eyeshadow Palette

In comparing the two, I found that the B.Range Shimmer Shadows have a much smoother consistency and are a lot easier to build up colour with.

When I tried both of these palettes without eye primer, I found it so difficult to build any colour and had a lot of product fall out beneath the eye. So next time I applied some Benefit Cosmetics ‘Stay Don’t Stray‘ eye primer before applying the shadows and the difference was like Day and Night. The colour was so much more pigmented and easy to use, manipulate and blend with primer than without. In fact, creating a look with primer took me about 3/4 minutes, where as trying to create the look without took me about 15/20. So there is a big difference.

The palettes themselves are a handy little size to popping in your makeup bag. If you aren’t that confident or trained in makeup there is also a guide on the back to show you which colour goes where.

Each palette is typically priced around £6.99, but is currently reduced on Superdrug to the yummy price of £4.66. For that price I think they are great. There are 4 palettes to choose from:

Charleston ~ Glisten ~ English Rose ~ Smokey Grey

B. Complete Eyeshadow Range

B. Complete Eyeshadow Range

I would love to try the English Rose next…. the colours are lovely and would work really well for a natural Spring / Summer look.

In my opinion, they are definitely worth a try and at such a small price you can get a few of them. If you are trying them out, do yourself a favour and apply eye primer before hand, it is a must! This will save you so much time and hassle.

I would love to hear if you have you tried them? What do you think of them?

 

 

Battle of the Primers …

Every great make-up application starts with a great primer. It is the essential base to a long-lasting, smooth and flawless make-up. There are some really great primers on the market at the moment. So what I thought I would do is recommend and compare two primers and explain the difference in their prices.

Don’t get me wrong I really love both of these primers and due to the price differences you will be sure to get one to suit you. The two primers which I am going to review and compare are, GOSH VELVET TOUCH PRIMER and ARBONNE MAKEUP PRIMER.

In texture and consistency these products seem identical. They will both give your skin a beautiful matte and silky feel, perfect to begin your makeup with. They both fill in fine-lines and disguise open pores. They both come in 30ml vacuum pump bottles and are both perfume and preservative-free.

So that is everything that they have in common; now for a few differences. The GOSH primer is priced at £12.99 in Superdrug and the ARBONNE primer is priced at £25.00 online. So I’m sure you are now wondering, why would anyone pay over twice as much for a primer that does the same job. So I am going to explain why the ARBONNE primer is priced much higher.

ARBONNE use only botanical ingredients. They do not animal test or use any animal bi-products. All of their products are gluten and nut free. ARBONNE as a company have their own Institute of Research and Development based in Switzerland and they are committed to ensuring that all of their products are pure, safe and beneficial.

The key ingredients in the ARBONNE Make-up Primer are:

Hyaluronic filling spheres – which  fill in deep wrinkles. They are dehydrated for better penetration, swelling up with water in the skin and filling wrinkles very quickly because of the volume increase. They also provide long-lasting hydration thanks to a micro-reservoir effect.

Polypeptides – to combat the signs of aging

Horsetail extract –  which is a herb high in vegetal silica and has diuretic, astringent           and wound healing properties and is useful for improving circulation, as well as boosting and rejuvenating the connective tissue – the foundation of your skin and regenerating skin cells.

The high silica content also has a softening and smoothing effect on the skin.

The bio-minerals (manganese, magnesium, iron and copper) contained are             necessary for collagen and elastin biosynthesis, while the organic silicon will link the produced collagen fibres and so help the rebuilding of connective tissue.

Green tea leaf – this leaf has a string of positive effects on the skin and body.

However a nice fact for cosmetics is that Green tea is a potent anti-inflammatory agent thereby reducing inflammation in the skin, and most importantly having an inhibitory action on collagenase, which is a collagen-reducing enzyme that breaks down collagen. Since green tea helps to inhibit collagenase, the topical use of green tea helps to promote the health and quantity of collagen, thereby maintaining a firm and elastic skin.

Grapeseed extract is most commonly used as a natural moisturiser in cosmetic      products.

Apricot oil is a finely textured oil, has a bland smell, is easily absorbed by the skin, without leaving it feeling oily or greasy and is high in poly-unsaturated fatty acids. Apricot kernel oil is particularly helpful for dehydrated, delicate, mature and sensitive skin, and it helps to soothe inflammation.

The GOSH make-up primer holds none of the above ingredients.

So the differences between these two primers lie beneath the surface.

Your skin will be enriched with natural goodness and benefit from using the ARBONNE primer, while although GOSH is a great basic primer, you won’t get the added benefit of all the above ingredients. ARBONNE publish all of their ingredients for their products publically on their website, whereas GOSH do not.

I love both primers, but at least you can make an informed decision when buying either one.

If you have any questions about the above products, feel free to ask.

 

Eliminate Fine Lines and Open Pores with one smooth move….

In my work I am often asked about products which will help with large open pores and fine lines.

There are a lot of products available, I see them in the media all the time, which promise to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Let’s be honest, some work, some don’t. One product may work well on one person and not on another. We are also told that these products will reduce the appearance of fine lines “over time”. However, when us girls are getting ready to go out on a Saturday night and are looking a little worse for wear after a long week, the last thing we want is a cream that will take weeks to work. We want something that is quick and easy to use and is guaranteed to work straight away, every time.

Therefore, I take the pleasure in telling you about this great product. PoreFessional is a silky light-weight balm by Benefit Cosmetics. This is a fantastic primer to use under your make-up. It will give you such a smooth base and reduce the appearance of those unsightly open pores or unwanted fine lines.

PoreFessional is a translucent, oil-free product. Benefit do say that this product will compliment all skin types. To be honest, my skin can be oily one day and extremely dry the next and although this product will give you an extremely smooth base for your makeup, whatever your skin type, I find that if my skin is already dry it definitely doesn’t help to moisturise my skin. In my opinion, if you have extremely dry skin, I would think about a liquid primer or even make sure to moisturise your skin well before using this product.

In a nutshell, I have yet to find another product on the market at the moment that will cover large open pores as well as PoreFessional. Get down to your local Benefit Counter and give it a try.

PoreFessional recently won the awards for “Best Pore Perfector” in the 2011 Best in Beauty Awards.

PoreFessional comes in a 22ml tube and is priced at £23.50. It even comes with a little lesson leaflet on how to use the product correctly.

PoreFessional is available to purchase online at http://www.benefitcosmetics.com, Alternatively, you can find Benefit Counters at many department stores including Debenhams, Harvey Nichols, House of Fraser and Boots.