Giving my January a bit more Sparkle!

I had my New Year nails done this weekend and decided to ensure I start 2017 off in full Technicolor, style and shimmer. And wow was I impressed with the results!

This picture does not do the finish true justice but check out the Shellac Ecstasy with rainbow holographic powder on top. I absolutely love the psychedelic, rainbow shimmer and will definitely be having this on my feet when I visit Michelle again for one of her superluxe pedi’s at Just For You Treatments at Tock Lock Hair & Beauty Salon next time around!

It seemed so easy to apply and this treatment has certainly brightened up my dreary January already! Thank you Michelle!

 

-Emma Howarth

 

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You know it’s nearly Christmas when…

You are running really low on perfume and have to use it sparingly!

Despite having a bottle of Charlotte Tilbury’s Scent of a Dream I am saving that for when I have run out of them all – as living with a teenage sister and a sprayaholic mum my perfume seems to go nowhere fast!

My favourite out of all the perfumes shown (in the picture below) is Trish McEvoy Sexy 9, it has a really fruity, musky smell that lasts all day and I believe with perfume the more you pay the less you spray and that is because the products used are more organic and a lot more expensive compared to fragrances that are produced in the mass market as they tend to use a lot of synthesised ingredients so it doesn’t give you the longevity compared to fragrances with organic and more pure ingredients.

My all time favourite is the original Alien by Thierry Mugler which has such a strong smell and I usually wear it on nights out as you hardly ever have to spray more on and you can smell it for days afterwards even after a shower.

The top three fragrances that I would like this year are:

  • Narciso Rodriguez For Her Eau de Parfum
  • Dior Absolutely Blooming
  • Yves Saint Laurent, Supreme Bouquet (The bottles of this perfume range from £175-195 so I think there’s a slim chance of this happening!)

I am always eager to find new perfumes that I love so I am wanting to know what fragrances are on everybody’s Christmas list?!

I’m always on the lookout for new fragrances I haven’t tried before!

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Help! My makeup OCD is getting out of hand!

First of all, I would like to apologise for the lack of posting recently! I literally cannot tell you how many exciting posts I have in my head at the moment I can’t wait to share them with you all!

This post is about the acrylic makeup holders that have took over the world in 2016 and I am guilty! The only thing I have OCD about is about how my makeup looks in its organiser!

As you can see my lipsticks are categorised by brands so I have 24 MAC Lipsticks and 6 Charlotte Tilbury’s (obviously I am planning to expand this). Then, I have all my straggler lipsticks/glosses in a draw.

I am literally running out of space very fast to find places to put my makeup! Every draw in the organiser as at least 1 thing in it and all of the larger draws are fully occupied.

I need to find a trendy way to store all of my palettes too! If any one has any ideas then please let me know!

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Revlon Gel Envy Top Coat!

I received this product in a Glossy box & I have been waiting for the right time to use it as I very rarely paint my nails despite having 100’s of nail varnishes!

I didn’t manage to get in to have my nails shellac’d before Halloween so I thought I’d give painting them a whirl and test out this product.

As a base coat I used Barry M’s Iron Mani, it is a base coat and a nail strengthener all in one – my nails aren’t very strong so this is a life saver for me.

As my main colour I used Barry M Gelly High Shine Nail paint in Black Currant, I picked this up thinking it was black but it is a really dark purple but you can only tell in certain lights. An amazing thing about this product is you only need one coat! They’re £3.99 a polish, but you can usually pick them up on a 3 for 2 offer in Boots or Superdrug etc.

Then I used the revlon Revlon Gel Envy Top Coat and I can honestly say everyone thought I had Gel on my nails, it made them look really thick and shiny! I’m definitely going to start painting my nails more often and using this product. As mentioned I got this product in a Glossybox but you can pick them up for around £7.99 well worth the money!

The only thing I cannot comment on is how long they lasted as I am a serious nail polish picker, hence why I usually have gels or acrylics on so that I cannot pick them off! But from another couple of reviews I’ve read is the product can help maintain Nail Colour for 1-2 weeks which is pretty much how long some gels that are done professionally last!

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Happy Halloween!

So, today is October 31st a day that is becoming more popular year by year. It is also a great time for Makeup Artists to be as creative as they possibly can without explaining to anyone why they have diamantes on their eyelashes or why they have used blue eyeshadow as blusher etc!

This year I decided not to take any bookings and have my makeup done for me for a nice change.

I decided to book in at Illamasqua in Leeds Victoria Quarter as I was attending a Halloween event on Saturday night. I went dressed as a vampire so I wanted something really dramatic and a little bit gothy too. Illamasqua were advertising a look called ‘The Damned’ with red lips and black & red smokey eyes so as soon as I saw it I knew that’s what I needed my makeup to look like.

I had my makeup done by a lady named ‘B’, she was running a little bit over with a client but was very apologetic and still took her time with my makeup throughout the appointment making sure that everything was perfect. She was very professional and a great representative for Illamasqua!

This was the first time I had had an insight to Illamasqua’s range of products and I think I now have a shopping bag saved in my head with at least £300 worth of products that I need to get from there. I will definitely book to have my makeup done there again and recommend it to anyone!

I will be writing a review on the products that I redeemed back very soon!

GOSH Long Lasting Lip Marker – 002 Pink

I have never bought anything from GOSH so when this was in Septembers glossy box I was really keen to try it!

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post – I have never suited pink lipstick and I don’t really have a big collection of pink lipsticks so when I was a little bit disappointed that it wasn’t red or a dark purple colour!

But hey ho, what I really like about this product is that it actually true to its name – a marker! It’s got a very fine tip so it is really precise with the application.

I wouldn’t necessarily use this product on a night out as it’s quite as pigmented as a lipstick, however I definitely would use it during the day as it is quick and easy to apply, won’t take up too much space on your handbag and it also has quite a nice smell to it! It also dries very quickly and doesn’t feel thick or sticky on your lips like some lipsticks/glosses.

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Vitamasque – 120 Hydro Face Mask

So this product was in September’s Glossybox, I have seen a lot of face masks all over social media recently and I have been keen to try them for ages.

I suffer really bad with dry skin especially on my face, the face mask I tried at the weekend was one that focuses on hydrating the skin on the face.

You get the face masks in two parts, one for the top half of your face and one for the bottom half. I’m not entirely sure what it is made of but it feels like jelly! The masks initially are quite cold on your face but very relaxing as you have to lay down so that they don’t slide off your face. You are advised to leave the mask on for 30 minutes which is definitely enough time for it to work, there may be some moisturiser left on the face and they advise you to rub that into the skin.

It says that it should give you 120 minutes of hydration, I did the mask on Sunday evening and it is now Friday and I can definitely feel a difference in my skin & I actually tried to purchase a couple but the website was down! They have 4/5 different face masks in their range which I am eager to try very soon, you can purchase individually or in multipacks! Brilliant product, easy to use and no mess unlike other face masks that you have to put on yourself!

Apologies for the rubbish picture of the packet, I forgot to take one before it was too late.

Mark Hill Handbag Heroes!

If you’re like me and follow endless amount of celebrities and reality TV stars Instagram, twitter, Facebook etc. You will have seen glimpses of Mark Hills ever growing electrical hair stylers and hair products all over social media!

I am always keen to try new products and see what they’re like on myself – but sometimes this can be quiet costly, in Boots at the weekend I spotted this little trio by Mark Hill, there are ‘handbag sized’ versions of some of their products. The set included a Freeze Hold Hairspray, I have really wispy fine hair that struggles to stay where it’s put. A Taming Anti-Humidity spray which won’t be put into much use at the moment as it is October and absolutely freezing, but it can be used to tame your hair that is a little bit defiant – it also gives a slight shimmer which is nice in the winter months.  There is also a ‘Plumping Powder’ included in the trio, as mentioned my hair is really fine so I have to have something that adds volume without being able to see it and this product really does the trick! Included in this set is also 2 clips that are to assist you with styling your hair, which I will inevitably lose in a week – but they will be treasured until then.

I love the colours that Mark Hill has used for his packaging, I think it is very differed than what you see on the hair care aisle usually and really stands out and makes you want to buy it!

I picked this up in Boots, it’s was £12 and also in the 3 for 2 offer that Boots put on in the upcoming weeks to Christmas, so if you’re picking up a couple of presents and fancy something for yourself then I’d definitely invest – or even as a stocking filler for a loved one. Or if you’re like me and just testing the products before you buy the full version!

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My makeup from the weekend!

So, since I am a qualified Makeup Artist myself, I thought I would go through what products I used to create last weekend’s makeup, I was off to a 70th birthday party so apologies it’s not as glamorous as I would want it to be!

Face:                     On the face I used my MAC Pro concealer to get rid of any imperfections and dark circles, on top of that I used MAC Face & Body Foundation in a mixture of C1 & C3.

To create a subtle contour I used Benefit Cosmetics bronzer ‘Hoola’ underneath my cheek bones and a little under my jaw line.

For my highlighter, my absolute favourite is the Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘That Glow’ kit and for this look I used the shade ‘Bubbly’.

Eyes:                     I experimented with pigments for this look, I mixed MAC ‘Old Gold’ pigment with MAC Fix+ for the inner lids of my eye and blended that out to Urban Decay Naked Palette in the shade ‘Buck’.

For my eyelashes I applied Eyelure Lashes in ‘101’ these are a really nice length and not too heavy on the eye, they’re also a perfect fit so need to cut them down before application, I then topped it up with the Chanel Inimitable mascara to make them stand out a little but more.

On my brows I have MAC brow gel in shade ‘Dirty Blonde’, I put most of my product on the end of my brows and blend it out to create a subtle ombre look.

Lips:                       I am a massive lover of bright or dark lipsticks there is no in between, I have only a few nude lipsticks in my collection. This lipstick is a sort of orangey red colour and it really pulls the look together I personally think, it is MAC and the shade is ‘So Chaud’.

So, this is the sort of makeup I would wear to a family gathering or a nice meal out!

Keep checking back as I will be posting more selfies explaining the products I use in everyday life, especially that Halloween is just round the corner…

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Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar – 12 day countdown!

As soon as I saw this, I knew I needed to have it! After dropping many hints to various my family members, boyfriend, friends etc. My mum eventually give in and bought me it – no matter how old I get I will refuse to myself an advent calendar, whether it has chocolate in it or makeup!

I’m not officially allowed to use it until the 13th December when the 12 day countdown to the big day begins – but I have had a sneaky little peak inside. The products inside are a really good size, they are not tiny sample sizes like what you get with other brands advent calendars, I think the lip gloss and various other products are actually full size. I am a massive Charlotte Tilbury fan, it is one of my favourite brands. One of my favourite things about CT is the packaging, the pinks, purples & rose gold just goes together so nicely!

When you open the doors on the advent calendar there are 12 little pull out draws with the products inside, some are wrapped in purple tissue paper and some are in their boxes. Some are just purely there on their own which I am not too fussed about.

When Christmas is over and the countdown has been done, I will probably keep the box and potentially use it to put my jewellery in or even create an advent calendar for myself next year (if they don’t bring out another one as amazing as this!). I think it is a brilliant idea on how to test products before you go out and buy them, especially the skin care products as they are quite expensive. Great value for money and I cannot wait to share with you all when we get a little bit closer to the date, not long though as there is only 9 Fridays left before we reach Christmas!

I will be doing a Christmas Gift idea’s post very soon so keep your eyes peeled for that.

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