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Feel Fresh Every Morning with this Age Defying Moisturiser!

I am always on the search for products which up-the-game in the cosmetics market. I came across FoM Cosmetics, which is short for Freshness of the Morning Cosmetics. I know the name comes across a little different from your usual Brand name, but when you try their products you will understand why.

All of their products are made up of 100% natural plant-based ingredients. I had a little read of their philosophy and commitments as a brand and it is very refreshing to hear their ethical approach to cosmetics, from how they are so dedicated to the safe sourcing of their ingredients to making sure their packaging is made from 100% recyclable English glass.

Freshness of the morning age defying moisturiserI have been trying out the FoM Age Defying Facial Moisturiser for a number of weeks now on myself and on a wide variety of my clients. I really do love it. I wish I could capture the smell of it and post it up here for you…. well, you may all end up on a shopping spree of their products if I did that! It’s smells so beautiful and is full of gorgeous essential oils.

The product name markets this moisturiser as ‘age defying’ and I would agree. Since using the moisturiser my skin is noticably smoother, brighter and firmer. My fine lines which have been making a featured appearance the past while are no longer. This is down to their selection of wonderful ingredients which contain Essential Fatty Acids, Key Amino Acids, natural proteins, vitamins, antioxidants and mineral. Yet all of this is achieved without the use of harsh chemicals!

As a Professional Makeup Artist, I want products which are effective and easy to incorporate in my routine and kit. I find so many moisturisers need time to settle and absorb into the skin before applying makeup and some even after 10-15 minutes wait can still adversely affect your makeup application. I am happy to say that you are safe to apply this moisturiser right before your makeup with no waiting time. In fact, it actually enhances your makeup as it leaves you with  a gorgeous dewy glow without being too shiny or over the top.

This moisturiser is suitable for all skin types. I have tried this out on friends and family who suffer really badly with sensitive skin and there was no bad reactions. It’s fantastic!

So if you are on the look-out for a natural, ethical and effective premium moisturiser, it is well worth your while to invest in this product. I know I will definitely be keeping it in my kit from now on. It is priced at £25.00 and is available online at www.FoMCosmetics.co.uk.

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.


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.

Naked Beauty

Well I couldn’t pass through duty free without picking a little something up for myself…. oh sorry, I mean picking something up to blog to you about 😉

So many people have been talking to me about Urban Decays new ‘Naked’ eye shadow palette, how could I not buy it with £10 off! This sleek palette is Urban Decay’s best selling eye shadow set of all time! So is it really all that it’s made out to be??

Yes! I love it! Not only for the great pigmented eye shadows that Urban Decay deliver on every time, but also the fact that they have given us a little travel size potion eye primer to help us along the way. The primer is great, it is neutral in colour and non greasy, allowing you an even and smooth application.

The colours of the shadows are great. I love how each of them match one another. You can literally use any of the 12 eye shadows alongside the others. Urban Decay have blessed us with not only a great range of colours so that you can great any look you like, from natural day time to a dramatic smokey night time look, but they have also made sure to include different textures of shadows as well. Your 12 eye shadows range through matte, shimmer and glitters – What more could you ask for?? A mirror? Well you’re in luck as they have even included one of those too!

This palette of eye shadows really gives you freedom to experiment. You can’t go wrong with your colour choices. The colours are beautifully pigmented so that you can wear them solo or create a bit of depth and drama and create your own trio.

Urban Decay have included an eye shadow brush which they said is worth £14 (RRP). I think this is the only detail that lets their side down. Urban Decay market this brush as great because its animal cruelty free. It doesn’t give you a lot of freedom to blend and create different looks. We could have really been doing with a duo brush, perhaps a synthetic brush like they have included on one end and a natural hair blending   brush on the other.

All in all I think this is a great palette – once again Urban Decay have lived up to their standards of excellent eye-shadows! One my way back through Duty-free I will be searching for ‘Naked 2’ which is their newest version of this palette… they were sold out on my way out so I will keep my eyes peeled this week on my way back.

The RRP for this Naked Palette is £35 and is available at all Urban Decay counters and online.

If you have any questions about the palette, feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer them.

Achieving the perfect face shape….

Unless you have been blessed with a perfectly oval shaped face and beautiful prominent cheek bones then you will want to contour your face. Without adequate contouring and highlighting you face will look dull and flat.

By contouring and highlighting your face properly you can reshape your face, making it appear more oval, thinner and more 3-dimensional.

The method being highlighting and contouring is, by contouring you push away that area from view and highlighting will pull forward and area. Together they will give such great depth to your face shape.

When contouring, try to use a matte taupe shade, or a powder with a blue base colour.

I love Benefit Cosmetics ‘HOOLA’. It is perfect for so many skin tones as it can be built upon for a more intensified colour, it also contains no sparkle or shine so it is perfect for contouring.

There are 6 main areas to contour on your face. All equally important as each other. Please note that depending on your face shape you may or may not need to contour all 6 areas. Below are the 6 areas that I would stick to when contouring:

1. Cheekbones – This is such a great place to contour as it can instantly change the whole look of your face. Remember that contouring is a subtle art. You should not see any drastic lines, but more of a shadow effect.

2. Jaw line – Contouring the jaw line is really great for hiding double chins. It will further define the shape of your face while separating it from your neck.

3. Temples – By contouring your temples and upper hairline you can’t really start to achieve your desired Oval face shape.

4. Nose – By contouring the sides of  your nose you can change how the shape of your nose will appear, you can either narrow or widen it. Make sure not to narrow your face too much, you don’t want to completely change your nose shape so that it looks unnatural, but contour it so that it is complimented along with the highlighting.

5 . Eye Crease – By contouring the crease of your eye. It will give the illusion of depth and can completely transform your eyes, to really make them stand out.

6. Inner Eye socket – This will work to deepen your eyes and further narrow your nose.

Now you know where to contour, let’s talk about where to highlight. Highlighting is used when you want to bring someone’s attention or focus to something. Again, I cannot emphasis enough how this should be a subtle application. Later in this post I will show you the effect of these techniques when they go wrong.

Try using this guide to show the areas of contouring and highlighting.

Listed below are your 6 point of highlighting:

1. Central Forehead –  When you have contoured your temples, highlighting the centre of your forehead will really work to bring forth this area to really emphasis your oval shape.

2. Brow Bone – Highlighting the space between the crease of your eye and your brow will help to make your brows stand out and will compliment your previous contouring to give your eye depth and help to give your eye makeup some drama.

Look how contouring and highlighting is used in this photo of the beautiful Marilyn Monroe to give her eyes shape and definition.

3. Under eye and inner cheeks – Highlighting under your eyes will work well to disguise dark circles. Highlighting these areas will work to bring out the apples of your cheeks as well.

4. Nose – Highlighting the bridge of your nose will once again add depth to your face and make it appear more 3-dimensional. It can also work to lengthen your face.

5. Chin –  This will work to separate your chin from your jaw line while lengthening your face for achieve the desired oval effect.

6. Central Lips – By highlighting the centre part of your lips, you will give the illusion of more full plump lips. This is great for people with small thin lips or you want them to appear larger. A simple way of doing this would be to add a little clear gloss to the centre of your lips over whichever colour you choose.

Now have a look at what happens when highlighting and contouring goes wrong. It actually works to have the complete opposite of the desired effect. It breaks up your face in blocks and looks completely unnatural.

When highlighting try to use a natural coloured highlighter, if you use a gold highlighter in the wrong place on your face you will look completely false. The point of highlighting and contouring is for your face to appear naturally shaped.

Can you see how in this photo, the eyes lack depth and shape due to the missing element of contouring in the crease of the eye?



This photo of Rihanna captures beautiful subtle highlighting, however the lack of adequate contouring makes her cheeks very one dimensional and works against creating prominent cheekbones.



When this technique of shaping the face is done correctly it can have such beautiful and unbelievable effects on the appearance of your face. See the before and after effects of correct application on the model below.

Contouring and Highlighting your face is not an easy job to do and will take patience and practice. Once you learn how to best do it for your own face shape you will LOVE the effects.

Happy practicing!

Nor-Lisa Designs

Just a quick share about something exciting I have coming up.

In 2011 I had the pleasure of working on a photo shoot for NOR-LISA A/W 2011 collection.

Nor-Lisa is the designer range developed by top Belfast designer Lisa McCabe.

Her A/W collection was inspired using very eye-catching 1940s Spitfire Planes along with luscious fabrics  to create unique and eye-catching designs.

In my opinion, this is one designer you need to watch out for!

Next week I will be doing another photo shoot with Nor-Lisa to show case her S/S 2012 collection. I haven’t seen any of her pieces yet. I have however seen her inspiration behind her new line and I am so excited that I think I may burst!

I have included some photos from her A/W 2011 range and look forward to sharing her new line with you very soon!

Photography by Creative Distortion Photography

Models: Nikita Tully, Diona Doherty and Victoria Cheevers

Headpieces by Jessie L Millinery

For flawless makeup, you need the right tools…

My clients always LOVE how flawless their foundation is after I apply it and I am often asked what I think is the best way to apply foundation, whether it is to use your fingers, sponge, brush…. so I am going to share my secret with you….

Introducing the MAC 187 DUO FIBRE brush. This is the brush I use to apply most foundations.

It is a large full circular brush made from a soft blend of goat and synthetic fibres. The mix of fibres allow you to apply foundation evenly and smoothly. A must buy for perfect natural looking foundation.

These are priced at £32.50 each on the MAC COSMETICS website.

If you have any other questions about this brush, feel free to leave a comment.