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Tutorial: How-to Create a Natural Day-time Eye Make-up Look

in-the-nude-2If you read my earlier article on ‘Creating a daytime look which is Barely There’, a few of you asked for this in a video tutorial format, so I have answered your requests. Here is my video tutorial to create a lovely subtle day-time eye look at a minimal cost.

I have listed all the products and brushes below which I used. The brushes are quite expensive, but there is no need to use these specific brushes, you can create this with even one basic eyeshadow brush.

The Boots SEVENTEEN Eye-Shadow trio is priced at only £5.49 so you can create this look at a minimal cost.

As per usual, I love your feedback so try it out for yourself and let me know how you get on.

Keep the requests coming!

Click on the links to go straight to the products:

Boots SEVENTEEN  Trio Eye-Shadow ‘Barely There’ – £5.49

M.A.C – 227 Large Fluff Brush – £22.00

M.A.C 217 Blending Brush – £17.00

M.A.C 239 Eye Shader Brush – £19.00

MUA Intense Colour Eyeliner Pencil – White – £1.00

Cleansing Wipes – Simplified!

I am often asked about good cleansers and cleansing wipes. A lot of people use baby wipes as you get more for your money, but truth is baby wipes were not developed for the sensitive skin on your face.

A lot of brands will make wipes for Dry/Normal or Normal/Oily skin, but we know our skin is a bit more complex or temperamental than that.

So I wanted to tell you about Simple’s range of Cleansing Wipes. They cover a range of issues and skin types from Sensitve to Spot Proned through to Dull or Mature. Below is a selection from their wipes, you are sure to find something to suit your skin.

They come in packs of 25 wipes, they are priced between £3.20 to £4.20 and readily available at a wide range of outlets.

Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes

simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes

They are packed full of vitamin goodness and are perfect for all skin types, even the most sensitive.

Radiance Brightening Cleansing Wipes

The weather outside may be dull, but it doesn’t mean your skin has to be! The Simple Radiance Brightening Cleansing Wipes contain mango goodness and light-reflecting particles to help give your skin a beautiful glow. The Radiance Wipes also contain moisturisers to help keep your skin hydrated, which is ideal as the cold weather draws moisture from your skin.

Kind To Skin Exfoliating Facial Wipes


Exfoliating is a vital part of any skincare routine, and with the Simple Kind To Skin. Exfoliating Facial Wipes you can gently remove dead skin cells to help keep your skin clean, fresh and revitalised. Day-to-day life can leave your pores
clogged and in need of some deeper cleansing – using the Exfoliating Facial
Wipes is a quick and easy way to refresh and cleanse your skin.

Clear Skin Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes

If you have oily skin, you may worry about the oil content of the products you put on your skin. We have developed the Clear Skin Oil Balancing range to make your skincare decisions much simpler! The Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes are ideal for removing any excess make up or impurities whilst helping to absorb your skin’s excess oil.

Spotless Skin Quick Fix Cleansing Wipes


Spot-prone teenage skin is something that many of us will experience, but you can take steps to help improve it! Using the Simple Spotless Skin Quick Fix Cleansing Wipes helps to get rid of the impurities that can cause blemishes – worrying about spots is no fun, so grab a packet of the Spotless Skin Wipes to add to your skincare routine!

Regeneration Age-Resisting Cleansing Wipes


If premature ageing is playing on your mind, the Simple Regeneration range could be perfect for you! The Regeneration Age-Resisting Cleansing Wipes contain a special blend of ingredients – including Vitamin E and Mushroom Extract – to effectively cleanse your skin whilst helping to fight the signs of ageing.

These boots are made for Rocking!

Look fabulous this A/W whilst keeping those gorgeous feet dry and warm!

It’s time to get those comfy boots out this Winter and why not do it in style. There is such a selection of boots from knee highs to cute ankle boots so why not have them all this A/W, at Nor Lisa HQ we have carefully selected a variety of super trendy boots to help you on your way!

River Island
Dark red zip side block heel ankle boots

I love these very edgy Dark Red suede ankle boots with gold zip detail and a matching gold metal plate on the inside heel for that extra detail. Wear these beauties with a pair of black skinnies and a rock tee for that laid-back look.

New Look
Black Shearling Lace up Wedges

If you just want to be cosy this winter then you’ll love these Black shearling lace-up wedges which look simply fabulous with almost anything and if you want to be warm from head to toe then team these wedge boots up with a plain jumper dress and a pair of block coloured tights. So that you’re really getting the most out of this seasons trends.

ALL THAT JAZZ Glitter Ankle Boots

Shine away like a star this A/W and make those winter blues disappear with these gorgeous all that Jazz Glitter Ankle Boots. It may be winter but it doesn’t mean you have fade into the murky weather either, so wear your Glitter ankle boots with a pair of thick woolly tights and a flowly short dress so that they really stand out from the crowd.

Chinese Laundry Saratoga Boots
Was £115.00
Now £70.00

If you are rocking the Gothic trend this A/W,  you will love these bondage look suede boots by Chinese Laundry. They have a leather cross -over strap design which gives these boots that extra edge matching perfectly with a sultry high stiletto heel .These bad boys will look simply divine with a lace top floaty dress for that perfect entrance.

Melissa Tricot Red Knit Boots

Keep your feet extra dry with these waterproof Melissa Plastic snug ankle boots  which have received a makeover  this A/W  with a woodland knitted detailing for extra warmth and comfort in the frosty weather. The boot is finished with an almond shaped toe and leaves your feet smelling of their well-known signature bubble-gum scent. These Melissa red knit boots are a must have this winter and they can be worn with a pair of leggings and an oversized jumper for extra warmth.

UGG Australia Classic short UGG boot choc suede

If you just want to flash the cash and treat yourself to a pair of expensive boots then you’ll love these classic short chocolate suede UGG boots, which are one of UGG Australia’s most iconic silhouettes. These boots have been well crafted with genuine twin skin sheepskin which will keep you warm on those winter days and will ensure that you’ll get your moneys worth. Wear with a long knitted dress and tights to add to these fabulous boots.

Also don’t forget to check out the Nor Lisa A/W 2012 Collection which will look fabulous with any of these lovely boots!

Nor Lisa A/W 2012 Fashion Show hosted at Café Vaudeville, Belfast

The founder of Nor Lisa, Lisa McCabe has been nominated for the IN Glamour awards so if you’re a big Nor Lisa fan you can vote for Lisa McCabe at http://www.in-magazine.co.uk/vote.aspx




For a Daytime Make-up Look which is ‘Barely There’….

I am always asked of good ways to apply a natural daytime make-up look, so today I am sharing with you one of my top finds for this look and it is totally affordable!

The secret to Natural Make-up, is not to wear very little, but to use colours which are natural and will enhance you r facial features.

My prize find for this look is a little hidden gem by cosmetics brand ’17’. It is a trio of eye-shadow’s and the name is ‘Barely There’. In this trio you get a nude eye-shadow, a pink eye-shadow and a light brown eye-shadow.

Using this trio properly you can shape and enhance your eyes very easily. It will look like you have hardly any make-up on yet with amazing shape and definition to your eyes. You can always add a little more of the brown if you need to up your game a little if you are heading out.

I love the nude colour shadow in this trio. It gives off such a subtle sheen, which means that it is great for use to highlight under your brow too.

Recommended use for this product is as follows:

Step 1: Apply the nude colour eye-shadow all over your eyelid, a little under your brow bone to enhance your brows and finally apply some under your eye from corner to corner.

Step 2: Using the Pink coloured eye-shadow apply this liberally above the crease of your eye, from the outer corner and about 3/4 the way across your eyes socket.

Step 3: Using the Brown eye-shadow, apply this deep in the crease of your eye, from the outer corner inward to the middle of your eye. Also using this shadow, apply under the eye – again from the outer corner to the middle of your eye and blend in with the shadow from step one.

That’s it! It is so simple and easy to use. The trio set is a great size for carrying round in your handbag (Although try not to be too rough with it as I find they smash easily) and a bargain at only £5.49 in Boots. These trios come in 12 different colour sets. If you have more of an almond undertone to your skin, try out the ‘In the Nude’ instead of ‘Barely There’ for a great natural look.

All 3 steps can be completed using one eye-shadow brush. Make sure to use a fluffy eye-shadow brush as this will help to blend the eye-shadow’s together when you are applying them, leaving you with a beautifully natural look. Using a smooth brush or a sponge will give you more of an uneven, unblended and unnatural look.

For an added extra and to make your eyes really shine, try applying a White Eye-liner pencil to your bottom waterline.

Try it out and make sure to let me know how you get on….

Shine like the star that you are….

I am a big fan of beautiful lip glosses. I prefer lip gloss to lip stick any day. Although I am definitely very picky about the lip glosses I deem fit for my makeup case. There are lots of lip glosses out there that promise us the world and let’s face it, they either end up gliding off onto every glass or disappear with the slightest introduction of food. So I have tried and tested HUNDREDS of lip-glosses, so today I will share with you one of them. I will reveal more of my favourites over time.

There are lots of things to take into account when searching for a good lip gloss… texture, colour density, applicator, staying power, price … So I do not make recommendations lightly.

One of my favourites is Benefit Cosmetics Ultra Shine Gloss. It comes in a range of 12 colours. What I love about them is that the colour you see in the jar is the colour you get on your lips. Their colours are true to shade so you always get what you see. There is such a great range of colours too, some are even-toned glosses and some with added glitter to make sure you sparkle at your brightest. The colours range from subtle nudes to high shine Sparkling Fuchsia. One of my personal favourites is ‘Wild Child’, which is a glimmering Amethyst.

All of the Ultra Shine glosses have a silky soft brush applicator. There is nothing worse than having a nice lip gloss and then having to wrestle with it for 5 minutes, only get enough to do half a lip. The gloss comes out easily and the soft brush allows an even and consistent application.

The density of the product is perfect. When I buy a lip gloss, I want a good shine off it and if the brand doesn’t have the density of the product just right, they lose the dramatic shine. Ultra Shine lip gloss has a beautiful high gloss shine. It is thick enough to make sure it stays put yet its consistency ensures minimal product usage yet keeping its beautiful shine. You don’t get the stickiness which comes so often with many lip glosses. It has such a light and silky feel to wear.

Ultra Shine Lip Glosses have great staying power too. I am an avid tea drinker, if you ever see me without a cuppa in hand, you should assume there is something very wrong with me 🙂 This is usually a lip gloss nightmare, but not for Ultra Shine. The gloss really does put up a fight against my caffeine addiction. Even when you start to lose the volume of gloss on your lips, you don’t lose the colour. While we are on the topic of staying power, I have to mention that I have been using these glosses a LOT for over a year now and I have yet to reach the end of one of them. A small amount of product goes a long way so you can be sure you will not be needing to run out and buy one every couple of months.

Benefit Cosmetics Ultra Shine lip Glosses are very reasonably priced at £14 for a 5ml tube and is available to purchase online at http://www.benefitcosmetics.com, Alternatively, you can pop down to any Benefit Counter at many department stores including Debenhams, Harvey Nichols, House of Fraser and Boots to try before you buy.


Oxygen WOW for your skin!


This is big news for all you Benefit Cosmetics lovers out there. Benefit has released their first liquid foundation!!

Hello Flawless is a new oil-free liquid foundation which provides a light to medium coverage. It is available in 9 great shades, so you are sure to find one to suit your complexion.

It does state to the box to blend on your face with a brush or your fingertips….. you all know my views on applying makeup with your fingers! 🙂

This foundation blends on the skin beautifully with a brush and is very easy to build the coverage without it looking caked on, it remains natural looking with 2/3 layers.

Benefit have launched this foundation at the perfect time of year. With SPF 15 and UVA PA+++, you can be rest assured that you don’t have to add any extra sun cream in the summer months. It’s got you covered. Not only that but, if you are anything like me and your skin tends to get a little dry in the summer with the heat, the new Hello Flawless Liquid Foundation will leave your skin feeling moisturised and looking healthy and dewy.

Although the SPF in this product is great for everyday wear, for a Makeup Artist, SPF usually screams  DANGER! The particles in the SPF will usually reflect the light from camera flashes etc, which would make it a nightmare to use in the professional environment of photo-shoot’s etc. . . . I am pleased to tell you that I have tried this out and as long as it is applied correctly and evenly, you do not get the dreaded ghost like reflection from the SPF in this foundation. . .  So I pronounce this product, Makeup Artist friendly 🙂The foundation has a plumping effect so it will help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Since switching to this foundation I have had so many compliments on my skin and makeup. My advice to you is, you MUST try this out! Pop down to any Benefit Cosmetics counter and they will apply it for you so you can test it out and fall in love for yourself.

I think this product is perfect for Dry to Normal skin. If you have combination or oily skin, I would just suggest a little tester first. That is not to say that it won’t suit your skin type, as I have used it on many people with oily t-zone etc, but I just recommend that you test it for yourself before purchase.

Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation is priced at £24.50 for a 30ml pump bottle and 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.


Concealing just got even easier…..

Now you all know how much I LOVE Benefit Cosmetic’s Boi-ing Concealer (if you didn’t see my first post, you can check it out at http://wp.me/p27fvX-1a ).

Today I found out that Benefit are now extending their Boi-ing range from three shades to FIVE! I know this doesnt sound too exciting if you have already found your perfect Boi-ing shade but this is big news for those of you with darker skin tone. The new additions with be for the client with a darker more swarthy skin tone!

Can I just say to those of you who will be colour matched with the new shades 04 and 05 of Boi-ing…..WELCOME TO HEAVEN!

All shades are priced at £16.50.

Boi-ing 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.