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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



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


B. Defined Brow Kit (to be released)


Makeup Atelier – T05 Eyeshadow Palette – £25.00

MUA Eyeliner Pencil – Black – £1.00

MAC Zoom Lash – Zoom Black – £14.00


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

No Need for Shampoo!

I’m a big lover of dry shampoo, but I have two major hang-ups about them. They are the smell and the dusty residue left behind on the hair.

When Lush’s No Drought came into my hands I thought ‘Here we go again’, but I can’t contain it anymore No Drought is AMAZZZZZZING!!

It absorbs all moisture and natural oils all while leaving no dusty remains, in-fact a lot of times leaving the hair looking shiny and healthy, which we all know lush-no-drought-dry-shampoo, fesitval, fun, party, summer, pick, hairdoesn’t usually happen with regular Dry Shampoo’s.

Lime and Grapefruit extracts not only make the powder smell fresh but also deodorise the hair at the same time – What more would you need from a dry shampoo?

So I know my session bag will now only have Lush’s No Drought Dry Shampoo in it.

Who needs water and shampoo everyday we got No Drought !!

Gillian has been writing for The Beauty Cloud since way back at 25th April 2012! You can follow more of Gillian’s work on Facebook. Any questions, email gillian@thebeautycloud.co.uk

Become a Festival Fittie with our hand-picked favourite products!

Festival Season is without a doubt one of the most exciting times of the year! But lets face it – It’s not always the most attractive. Fear not my lovely little darlings! I have round up our authors to give you their favourite product to get you through your festival mischief!

So here you go, our Prize Picks :

My Prize Pick:

Benefit Cosmetics, Big Easy, BB Cream, Concealer, Foundation, Cream, Powder, festival, party, product, pickBenefit Cosmetic’s ‘Big Easy’ – £27.50

When it comes to Festival time, unfortunately we won’t have our little vanity dressing table set up in our tents waiting for us to beautify ourselves. So my prize pick has to be Benefit Cosmetics Big Easy – ‘Bigger than BB’. You can apply this super BB Cream with your fingers completely in the absence of a mirror, it blends on like a cream and sets as a powder. It is the perfect product to even out skin tone and conceal blemishes. So you can look naturally hot and flawless at all times!


Jennie’s Prize Pick:

St Tropez – Self Tan, Dark Bronzing Lotion  – £33.00ST_0023_Self_tan_dark_bronzing_lotion_200ml Benefit Cosmetics, Big Easy, BB Cream, Concealer, Foundation, Cream, Powder, festival, party, product, pick

Old faithful! I have always been a massive fan of St Tropez! This is perfect for any festival goer as it will keep you looking bronzed, but without any give away that the tan is fake. Let’s face it, at a festival you’re not spending hours lazing around in the sun, so your tan needs to be extra good to ensure people won’t know that it is fake! In my opinion, this product gives off the most natural colour of all products that I have tried. Their  advanced formulation contains innovative melanin technology that ensures your tan is tailored to suit your individual skin-tone. Winner!


Louise’s Prize Pick:

Nails Inc. Bling It On Neon kit – £12.00 bling-it-on-neon2, nails inc, neon, nails, festival, party, manicure, fun

White nails will be in full swing this festival season, perfect for complimenting our beautifully bronzed skin tones whilst rocking out to our favourite bands.  However we know that festivals always require a bit of adornment & embellishment, whether it be your hair, outfit or nails.  This Bling It On Neon kit is perfect for jazzing up this seasons go to nail colour.  I’ll be putting it in my bag so I can keep my white & neon glitter mani topped up at all times!


Gillian’s Prize Pick:lush-no-drought-dry-shampoo, fesitval, fun, party, summer, pick, hair

Lush – No Drought Dry Shampoo –  £3.75 – £6.75

Well it’s got to be dry shampoo, without a shadow of doubt!! A few days ago, I got handed  Lush’s ‘No Drought Dry Shampoo’.  I don’t want to give too much away (because I have an awesome review coming very soon) but I am really impressed. Not only does it clean up but it also deodorises the hair as well. It is most definitely the first thing in my festival bag after my wellie’s!


So there you have it – Our top product pick’s to get your through those festivals all while looking amazing! All that is left to do is dance your heart out and enjoy! ♥

Bringing ‘The Voice’ of Benefit Cosmetics to you…

Helen Gaughran Benefit Cosmetics director of story and voice san francisco In April I had the pleasure of meeting up with Irish born Helen Gaughran, the woman behind Benefit Cosmetics Branding (all those catchy tags and story lines). Basically she is responsible for my irresponsible spending at Benefit Cosmetics! I love the packaging and their individual stories. I am almost sold on the branding alone – thank goodness the products are amazing too or I would be in serious diff’s.

She is primarily based in sunny San Francisco, but I was lucky enough to get hold of her for a quick chat while she was back home, meeting up with her at Benefit’s stylish Dublin Boutique.

I can honestly say I have never met someone in such a high-powered job who is so graceful and down to earth. I felt instantly at ease and welcome in her company – definitely a Champion member of the team for Benefit Cosmetics.


(Nuala) So your official title is Director of Story and Voice? I’ve heard on the grapevine that you are known as simply ‘THE VOICE’.

(Helen) Yes that’s right, the team back in San Francisco tease the hell out of me to get us to drop the ‘Story’ bit of the title so they can just say “Here comes the Voooooice” *Queue Spooky Echo*

N: How does it feel to be back in Ireland again? Does it still feel like ‘home’ or is San Francisco more like your home now?

H: Ah that’s a tough one, I’ve actually lived in San Francisco longer now than I lived in Dublin.  I’ve been there since ’89, so about 25 years. Oh Wow – you’ve ruined my day, I feel so old! I was only 22 when I left here [Ireland]. I mean, San Francisco is my home now.  It feels familiar there whereas Dublin has changed like you wouldn’t believe.  Even so, Dublin will be home.

N: Can you run me through a typical day in your job, is that even a possibility?

H: No, there’s no such thing as a typical day in my job. What’s interesting is that obviously you guys see all the product names and the big splash they make but there is a huge amount of work behind the scenes.

For example, take ‘Big Easy’.  So we’re thinking through stuff like, what’s the name of the product going to be and what are our tag lines?  We know that the product is an uber BB Cream because it’s got better coverage and it’s easier to use.  So, we call it the ‘Big Easy’ and then title it ‘Bigger than BB’, but this takes a lot of time – even with a little tag line like “A Multi-Balancing Complexion Perfector’.

big easy multi balancing complexion perfector Helen Gaughran Benefit Cosmetics director of story and voice san francisco  nuala campbell interview

These details are hugely important though.  We pull people in with the fun sexy names we use.  However, you will notice that more and more of our product names are starting to have a touch of directionality to them.  For example, for problem-solver products we’re looking for names, titles and tags that give an idea of what the product is and does (e.g. Porefessional – Agent Zero Shine) and this is essential in guiding customers to choose the right product for them.

Then there is the time spent talking about product testing, meetings with toxicologists and lawyers So we have that side of things which is all very business-like. Then there is the fun sexy stuff – we’ve just got done with a new spy gal theatre commercial which was hilarious and so much fun to be part of creatively.

And then, of course, there are a whole lot of emails to get through each day, and ya know how that goes!

N: It seems like there would be a lot of brain-storming in your job?

H: Yes, we probably brainstorm a lot more than other places and, selfishly, I like that. You have got to be a bit of an introvert to be a writer and it can get really lonely if you sit up in a walled off tower, so me and the girls head out to a little bakery nearly every day to sit and brainstorm instead!  To tell you the truth, it is productive as hell – sometimes even in the act of walking to the bakery we get the next idea figured out.  Then we are so pleased with ourselves that we just stay there anyway and eat cake. What’s the rush, right?!

N: What are the best and worst parts of your job?

H: The best part is the lack of creative limits. That’s awesome.  A lot of brands think, ‘What can’t I say?’ and, don’t get me wrong, we do that to a degree too but for the most part we feel like we can push good ideas out there.  I mean, the
whole story of how Benefit started was with the nipple tint! [In 1976, Jean and Jane Ford opened up a small makeup shop called The Face Place, blush-benetint, benefit costmetics, helen gaughran, director of story and voice, san francisco, interview, nuala campbellin San Francisco’s Mission District. Their first product was a blush and lip tint called “Rose tint” (now renamed “benetint”). They originally created the rose flushed tint for an exotic dancer who was in need of a nipple tint.] A company like that has, as you can imagine, a lot of creative latitude, there’s not much off limits and this come from a creatively oriented leadership.

The toughest part of my job is the pace. You have to be able to think fast and make changes and decisions quickly.  There are a lot of different moving parts to the organisation. For example, the legal team who might tell us that we can’t have a certain name which we loved. Or, we might have to change strategic direction following feedback from a customer.  You can’t get too attached to what you were doing last week, even if you were all convinced it was perfect as someone might come along the next day and tell you “yeah we’re not going that way anymore” – when this happens you just have to be like “Oh.  Alright, suppose I’ll head off to the bakery then!”

You need to have stamina. You need to have serious stamina. Very few people have that straight out of the gate, you have to build it up, grow a thick skin and tolerance. You also have to build up confidence. Early in your career, you might to get a certain place in your marketing and think, ok I’ll stop there, I’ve found something that’s good enough. We don’t do that.  We really push our ideas.  We sleep on them or even come back to them a month later and we keep trying to make them better.  I love that but it definitely takes a lot of stamina.

N: When you were growing up, did you always picture that this is what you would be doing? Was this always your life plan?

H: Oh never in a million years, I went and studied commerce at University College Dublin, which was the weirdest decision I’ve ever made.  You know what it’s like when you’re 16 and you just tick a box on a little form? I tried to drop out of commerce, it was horrible. I needed a tutor in accounting, my brain just couldn’t work out the whole debit and credit thing. I remember in my last year saying to a friend, “what are you going to do after?” and she said “Oh I’m doing marketing”, and I thought, Oh! You can do that? So gradually I made moves into marketing and then into advertising.  I was in the account management side of advertising and from there I jumped over the fence to the creative side of advertising, which took some doing!  And that’s what I’ve been doing ever since.  Even though it’s a lot of ‘work’ at Benefit it’s also a lot of fun. The people I work with are so much craic – they are very open-minded and creative.

N: What do you feel is your greatest achievement to date with Benefit Cosmetics?

H: Ooooh, just one? Really? It has to be the ‘Benefesto‘. How to summarise this company with it’s amazingly rich heritage, it’s crazy beauty locker-room banter, it’s sense of fun, it love of faking it and bringing the best beauty solutions to people.  How to boil all that down into a tight little story so that everyone knows, ‘This is us’. It was hugely satisfying to work on that with a fantastic team.

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N: OK, so this is a very important question. If this lovely benefit boutique was burning to the ground and you could only save 3 products, what would you save from the brand?

H: Oh you are crafty!! OK, no doubt about it, ‘they’re real’, ‘gimme brow’, and ‘Big Easy’.

N: One more sneaky question, is there anything new we can expect to see hitting the shelves over the summer?

H: Oh product wise?? You know, someone else asked me that earlier and before I could even open my mouth to say “I’m not allowed…” someone else jumped in and said “Oh she can’t say that!”

There is something really big coming up that I wish I could tell you put you’ll just have to wait and see!

No, You’re NOT The One….. I’m The One! #GirlPower

I love Valentines Day’s! There, I’ve admitted it. I love the whole Romancing Fairytale feel to it. However, as a Makeup Artist, I also love it for a different reason. Cosmetic Brands always bring out the most gorgeous Valentines Edition sets. One brand who never fails us is Illamasqua.

I'm the One by Illamasqua Valentines CollectionAptly named ‘I’m the One’ – The name drew me in as well as I am very much on the understanding that you are the most important person in your life and it should always be that way. If you don’t love yourself, you cannot fully love anyone else. So when this collection was named ‘I’m the One’ as opposed your ‘You’re the One’ – I was sold!


I want to show you the Illamasqua image for this collection. I love it, its so edgy, pretty and dramatic. It’s very typical in the amazing and unique images Illamasqua continue to produce for each of their collections.

I'm the One by Illamasqua Valentines Collection

I love that they have not only used the red pencil on the lips, but also the brows. I think they look amazing!

I'm the One by Illamasqua Valentines Collection

There are four items included in this collection:

I'm the One by Illamasqua Valentines Collection1. Intense Lipgloss in ‘Touch‘ – (RRP £14.50)

2. Lip Colouring Pencil in ‘Feisty’– (RRP £14.00)

 3. Nail Varnish – ‘Throb’ – (RRP £14.50)

 4. Lipstick – ‘Maneater’ – (RRP £16.50)

If you were to buy these items separately it would cost you £59.50. However for a limited period, Illamasqua are offering these together as the ‘I’m the One’ collection for only £50.00 so you get a very please £9.50 off and you get to look sexy, sultry and generally AMAZING!

Have you got the collection? or maybe even some of the individual items? What are your thoughts, leave us a comment below.

Stay Gorgeous!

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Product Review: Benefit Cosmetics – ‘Hoola’ Bronzer

hoolaI had to do a video about this product! It’s the best-selling Bronzer in the UK and definitely my favourite bronzer at the moment!

Check out my quick 2 minute video below.

As per usual, all links are beneath the video.

Do you have Hoola? What are your thoughts on the product?

Products & Tools:

Benefit Cosmetics – Hoola Bronzer – £23.50

Crown Brush – Small Chisel Brush – £5.49

Product Review: Lush Cosmetics – Imperialis Moisturiser


Following a recent visit to Lush Cosmetics in Belfast. I was given some of their ‘Imperialis’ Moisturiser to try out. I was advised that this would be good for my skin type (Combination).Imperialis Moisturiser by Lush CosmeticsI love using products which I know are ‘feeding’ my skin with Natural goodness. Some of the natural ingredients in this moisturiser are Lavender Flower Infusion, Mullein Leaf Infusion,Orange Blossom Water, Organic Extra Virgin 

Orange Blossom waterOlive Oil,  Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Glycerine,  Orange Flower Absolute, Brunello Lily Petals, St Johns Wort Extract,  Elderflower Extract,  Sweet Violet Extract, Sunflower Petal Extract and Alkanet Extract. (Click on any of the ingredients above to read more about their wonderful properties and why they are in this product). In other words, a little tub of this moisturiser is packed full of earthly goodness!

Lavender Flower InfusionI have heard a lot of people say that they aren’t too keen on the smell of ‘Imperialis’. However, in my opinion, I would rather use something which is good for my skin than using a product loaded with perfume.  I find this product has quite an antiseptic smell to it, which may be the Sweet Violet Extract or Lavender Flower, saying that, it could be many of the beautiful products and essential oils.

It may be a good time to tell you that Lush Cosmetics are strictly against animal testing. All of their products are vegetarian and where all their products are not Vegan-Logo-from-The-Vegan-Societyclassed as ‘Vegan’, the ‘Imperialis’ Moisturiser is.  Lush invent all of their own products and make them fresh BY HAND! They use little or no preservatives. They use minimal packaging and encourage recycling of their tubs, offering their customers free face-masks when they return 5 empty tubs.

I found this product absorbed into the skin well and where I found I have a few breakouts in the first couple of days of using it, they cleared up and my skin has been clear and bright since. This may be due to the fact that I stopped using this product at night and used it only during the day time after cleansing. This product doesn’t leave a heavy residue behind and is quickly absorbed into the skin, so it is great for using before make-up without having to wait before being able to apply.lush1

In summary, I feel this is a great moisturiser. When you consider all of the natural plant extracts and oils put into this product, I think the price is very reasonable in comparison to other products of this nature.

The ‘Imperialis’ Moisturiser comes in a 45g tub and is priced at £12.50. It is available online at www.lush.co.uk for worldwide delivery or at your local Lush Cosmetics Store.

Have you tried ‘Imperialis’? If so, why not leave me a comment and let me know what you think of it.