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‘She’s so Jet Set’ – A/W 2012 Make-up Tutorial

Today, Make-up Artist Nuala Campbell has created a tutorial video for all the Beauty Cloud fans to recreate one of her A/W Make-up looks which was showcased on the Catwalks at the Fashion Beauty Lifestyle Show in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast in October 2012. Follow her step by step tutorial to transform yourself into a beauty, fit for any Jet-Set lifestyle.

She's so Jet-setAt this years Fashion Beauty Lifestyle A/W show. I created 3 unique looks which are individual and eye catching. Not only that, but they are designed with you in mind. Today I am bringing you the first of three tutorials.

Today’s A/W make-up look is so versatile,  it can be worn during the day or night and will never look out of place.

It is created using only the new Benefit Cosmetics ‘She’s so Jet Set’ gift box. The box itself is loaded with great quality products with great pigment content so as far as value for money goes. This set is worth every penny and would even make a lovely Christmas pressie.

Have a watch at the tutorial video to create the stunning A/W 2012 look for yourself.

Feel free to leave me a comment to let me know how you get on creating the look for yourself.

Much Love Nuala C

There is no reason to hideaway when you have the perfect stowaways!

Welcome back for my third and final instalment of the new little beauties released by Benefit Cosmetics this season! I could not be any more excited about these next two kits if I tried!

The first is ‘She’s so Jetset!

She’s so Jetset
Benefit Cosmetics

Upgrade your look in an instant! This posh and polished make-up kit for eyes, lips and cheeks will turn you into a high flyin’ head turner who looks effortlessly glamorous!

This kit is small enough to fit into even your most petite clutch bag so you can look beautiful wherever you go. It is the perfect kit for taking on those nights out or when you know you will have an action packed day, you can top up all the important parts of your makeup any time.

Follow the ‘in-flight’ makeup manual, filled with tips and tricks and lift off to lovely.

This kit comes in such a cute little festive inspired box, so it would make the perfect gift to slip under the Christmas tree this year.

This Limited Edition kit includes:

  • the POREfessional
  • 4 Shade eyeshadow palette
  • Double-ended applicator
  • they’re real mascara
  • first-class face powder with brush
  • lip gloss in ‘Life on the A-List

The colours in this kit are great so the A/W season. The golden eyeshadow’s and warm coral blush match in perfectly with the apricot coloured gloss.

Not to forget the practical mirror included so you can make sure you look gorgeous on the go!

This perfect pack is priced at only £29.50 (€39.50). In my opinion it is well worth the price as this kit is so versatile and can be used all year round for any occasion.

So are you ready? I’ve saved the best to last! I am such a sucker when it comes to practicality – products which are easy to carry and conceal when I’m out and about are definite winners for me. So when Benefit Cosmetics released their new kit ‘Sexy little stowaways‘ I have to admit, I did get a little too excited! After all…. it’s only makeup, right?? NO! They are little drops of heaven if you must know!

Sexy little Stowaways
Benefit Cosmetics

If ever you were looking for a set which would allow you to try, test and perfect your look with Benefit products, this is it!

Carry on looking gorgeous with Benefit’s bestsellers that prime, perfect and perk-up your complexion. These go-anywhere goodies are perfectly sized to take on any trip!

This collection of goodies includes:

  • it’s potent! eye cream – Brightening eye cream to fade dark circles
  • ‘that gal’ brightening face primer
  • the POREfessional PRO balm to minimise the appearance of pores
  • stay don’t stray – stay put primer for concealers and eyeshadows
  • ooh la lift – instant under-eye brightening boost
  • Sun beam – golden bronze complexion highlighter
  • Hoola bronzing powder
  • bella bamba – a 3D brightening pink face powder
  • cha cha tint – Mango tinted lip and cheek stain
  • BADgal lash Mascara

So, was I lying? Is this not the best kit of mini’s Benefit Cosmetics have ever released?! Ok ok, I know what you are thinking…. but you are wrong! This kit is not going to bankrupt you. Considering that Benefit products cost on average around £20 each, I can understand your concern. So this next bit is going to blow you away! Are you ready for the price? You get these 10 best selling Benefit Cosmetics products for a very modest £25 / $34!!

If you have any women in your life who are Benefit fans, pick them up one of these little beauties and you will be in the good books FOREVER!

That concludes my blog’s on my favourite new releases from Benefit Cosmetics – I hope you found some of these kits as brilliant as I have!

If you have picked up any of their new sets, why not leave me a comment and tell me what you think of it.

The above products are available at your local Benefit Cosmetics stores or online at www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk or www.benefitcosmetics.com – Remember these products are LIMITED EDITION, so when they are gone, they are gone for good! Boo Hoo! So dont delay, get online or down to your Benefit Store soon.

Happy shopping and Keep Smiling!

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.

Beauty on the go…..

If you are anything like me, packing to go on holidays is a nightmare, not just trying to limit the clothes I bring, but trying to limit the makeup I bring. I constantly feel like I am forgetting something… and usually do! Also packing all the makeup I want to bring can be quite space consuming. Today I am going to show you some of Benefit’s top Makeup Kits which I love and think are great if you are travelling anywhere or simply if you like to carry some makeup with you day to day, these little kits have everything you would need.

The first one I think every girl should have is ‘CONFESSIONS OF A CONCEALAHOLIC’. This is Benefit’s Secret concealing and brightening kit.

This kit is packed full of everything you need to camouflage, conceal and brighten your face. It comprises of:

  • ‘THAT GAL’ Brightening Face Primer
  • ‘BOI-ING’ Industrial Strength Concealer in 2 shades (01, 02)
  • ‘ERASE PASTE’ Brightening Camouflage for eyes and face (02 Medium)
  • ‘LEMON AID’ Colour correcting eyelid primer
  • ‘EYE BRIGHT’ for instant bright eyes
  • Conealers brushes
  • Step-by-Step lesson on how to use all of the above products.

This kit really does have everything you need in a concealer kit. I couldn’t have asked for anything more in this kit. Due to the shade of the concealers, it is perfect light to medium skin, however I wouldn’t recommend it for darker swarthy skin as much.

This very inclusive and handy kit is priced at £28.50.

The next kit I want to talk about is a Limited Edition set called ‘I’M GLAM – THEREFORE I AM’

I haven’t found this kit available in the UK stores or even on Benefit Cosmetics UK website….. I have found it hiding in the US website though and its great! You do have to pay a high postage when ordering from the US website, but usually these items are stocked on other websites too where you may get the postage a bit cheaper.

This is such a great party kit. It consist of:

  • ‘GIRL MEETS PEARL’ deluxe mini liquid pearl for face
  • ‘GLAMMING FACE POWDER’  with powder brush
  • ‘ULTRA SHINE’  lip shine in life on the A list (bubble gum pink)

I love GIRL MEETS PEARL it really adds a beautiful glow to your face, when used on its own or with makeup. I would apply this under or over makeup.

The Glamming face powder give such a beautiful bronzed look to your cheeks perfect for day or night wear.

I love this kit, it really is complete with everything you would need for a night out or if you are feeling glamourous during the day.

SMOKIN’EYE’S kit is definitely one of my favourite kits by Benefit. This is Benefit’s sexy eye and brow makeover kit. I use it all the time. I love the colours and textures of the eyeshadows. It also comes with the much-loved BROW-ZINGS and EYE BRIGHT which I used every day.

The full kit contains:

  • EYE BRIGHT – Eye brightener
  • 3 SMOKIN’ EYESHADOWS – Pink Highlight Shadow, Pewter Base Shadow and Deep Charcoal Shadow.
  • BROW-ZINGS – Brow Shaping Wax
  • Fluff Shadow / Hard Angle Brush
  • Tweezers for discreet touch-ups
  • Step-by-Step Lesson to help you achieve Smokin’ Eyes

SMOKIN’ EYES is priced at £28.50

The next Kit I want to show you is perfect for every-day use. Great for work or play and will suit every skin tone. It’s quite a simple kit, therefore this kit is a little more affordable than the first two. The kit is called BIG BEAUTIFUL EYES.

This little kit is all you need to line, define and contour your eyes like a pro.

This kit contains:

  • BOI-ING Medium, industrial-strength concealer
  • Alabaster pink base shadow, cocoa shimmer contour shadow
  • Rich chocolate brown liner shadow
  • Two brushes for easy application
  • Step-by-step professional makeup lesson.

The BIG BEAUTIFUL EYES kit is priced at £24.50

I quickly want to mention a kit I found online on the US website as well. However, it is due to be released in the UK in March 2012.  It is called CABANA GLAMA.

This vacation-ready makeup kit has everything you need for a gorgeous glow all year long. It’s the ultimate brightening & bronzing collection!
Kit includes:

  • HOOLA bronzing powder
  • SOME KIND-A GORGEOUS medium the foundation faker for medium complexions
  • POSIETINE poppy-pink tinted lip & cheek stain
  • EYESHADOW PALETTE: peach fuzz, bronze buzz and cocoa pizzazz
  • double-ended sponge applicator
  • mini cheek brush
  • step-by-step lesson with tips & tricks

Most of these products are 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.