Tuesday, 06 September 2016 15:30

Brushworks - Contouring Sponges

Perfect for contouring and strobing, highlighting your natural facial feature.

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Friday, 22 April 2016 11:46

Get The Charley Monroe Look

The talented designer and our very own Britain’s Top Designer winner Helen Woollams CEO of fashion house ‘Hellavagirl’ dressed previous X Factor Contestant Charley Monroe last weekend for The Essex Entertainment Awards.

For the Essex awards we opted for one her Helen’s signature pieces from her A/W16 collection The Birds. Helen then designed and made a bespoke shoulder piece to attach to the dress.

I decided to create a makeup look that was quite glam but remembering that it also needed to be quirky to match Charley’s style. So after prepping Charley’s skin with my favourite skincare products from Nude, Clarins and Dr.Paw Paw I created the perfect look.

I went for flawless skin with a strong bronze contour and highlight, defined brows, a gold sparkling glitter eye over a smoky green and brown winged base and a black eyeliner flick as long as the winged out eye makeup. This added that quirkiness in the look. I then added lots of thickening mascara and a slightly winged pair of false lashes.

I finished the look with the most beautiful shade of red lipstick and pencil from the new GWEN STEFANI range by Urban Decay.

I did a slight wave in her hair pinned to one side and applied long stiletto nails painted in the same shade of red as her lipstick and added gold leaf to match some of the embellishments in the shoulder piece that Helen had made.

Charley looked incredible and guess what? She WON!

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Get Charley’s look:

Skincare

Nude Skincare: Perfect Cleanse, Youth Oil
Caudalie: Beauty Elixir
Clarins: Daily Energising Moisturiser, Beauty Flash Balm, Instant smooth perfecting touch
Benefit: Pore Professional Primer and Don’t Stray eye primer
Dr. Paw Paw: Original balm
Becca: Shimmering Skin Perfector in shade pearl

Makeup

Mehron UK: Celebre pro HD foundation
Mac Cosmetics: Mineralize SkinFinish natural, Mineralize Skinfinish soft and gentle, Glitter in gold and Gel eyeliner.
Benefit Cosmetics: Zing Brows, Gimme Brow and Hoola Bronzer
Chanel: Blusher in shade Rose Glacier
Bare Minerals: BareSkin complete coverage concealer
Urban Decay: Naked 1 Palette, Perversion black mascara, Gwen Stefani pencil and lipstick in shade wonderland.
Mink and Co Lashes: In smoke
Skin prepping is a massive must have for me before doing any makeup application.

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Dress up your look over the Christmas period by adding some sparkle with cosmetic glitter, lip glosses and nail polish.

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Friday, 23 October 2015 16:56

Twisted Curls Of The Birds Nest

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The brief was to come up with a current punk theme, to set the collection off. Heavy sultry eyes, full lips and big hair inspired by Edwardian theme but deconstructed to look punk also the pin curls inspired by the movement of the clothing but remaining sharp.

The result is Avant Garde punk perfect to show case Helens collection.

The Makeup

Black intense smoky eye paired with a red lip, combined together to bring out the inner confidents and personality of every women! Not afraid to be different and stand out of the crowed. Delicate yet a show stopper. Every girls envy…She’s a Drama Queen!

The Hair

Hair was made up of lots of hair prices and extensions and another look of barrelled curls and pin curls a vintage method turned punk for the day.

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Photographer: Drew Ormrod
Make up: Sita Gill
Hair: Karen Windle
Model: Charlotte Godfrey
Designer Brand Hellavagirl: Helen Woollams

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Wednesday, 07 October 2015 20:29

How to get that perfect Halloween look

Your make-up on Halloween is just as essential as your outfit. As an added extra this Halloween I have decided to change the colour of my eyes for the night. This is to create the perfect spooky look. To change the colour of my dark brown eyes I used contact lenses from VisionDirect.co.uk. The colours I had to choose from were amethyst, turquoise and gemstone green.

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I picked amethyst as purple is my favourite colour and amethyst is quite close to that. They looked amazing when I put them in, as my eyes are dark brown the contacts did not look that bright on top of my own eyes but the subtle amethyst colour on top of them gave them a Halloween glow. I was now ready to sort out my Halloween make-up. First I had to choose what I would go as, as I had been invited to few Halloween parties and my aim was to stand out and look my best.

After an hour of racking my brain and searching the Internet for ideas I decided on a vampy look with a spiders web to complement it. Who wouldn’t love a vampy look with a creepy spiders web? To achieve the right look I went to Chez Titine salon in Leamington Spa. Jane who is a qualified make-up artist always does an excellent job and I knew if I attempted the look myself things could go terribly wrong. With Jane’s help I was on the way to a Halloween look I could be proud of.

1. Jane started the look by dabbing on white face paint to all areas of my face (this was done using a cloth).
2. Black eye shadow was then brushed onto my forehead, cheekbones and chin.
3. Using a black eye pencil Jane filled in my eyebrows so they would stand out.
4. Jane then concentrated on my eyes using a black eye pencil to draw on my top and bottom eyelids and then finally flicking the pencil slightly at the end for a winged effect.
5. Black eye shadow was then added to the eyeliner to make my eyes pop. This was added to both the top and bottom of my eyelids.
6. Using black eyeliner Jane proceeded to draw on the spider web above and below my eye. Jane referred to a picture as she did this.
7. My lips then had black lip liner drawn around them.
8. Red lip liner was then used to draw inside of the black lip liner.
9. The last step was the colouring in of my lips with red lipstick.

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In the picture posted above you can see me without the contacts, then with the contacts and white face paint and then the completed look.

Written by Hayley Sweeney

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Friday, 14 August 2015 22:54

Strobing - This Seasons Big Makeup Trend

Strobing is the talk of the beauty industry this season and it's fast becoming a popular trend for the catwalk.. But what is strobing?

Essentially, strobing is an advanced form of highlighting with no contour to compliment it. We use the technique to make the skin appear fresh, natural and healthy.

So how is it different to highlighting?...

When we highlight the skin whether it be teamed with a darker contour or not, we have more going on in the makeup look. That may be eye makeup, a lip colour or a strong contour. Strobing, is highlighting with no other distractions within the makeup look. It is the main focus and is instantly the technique our eyes are drawn to when looking at the face.

The technique…

The technique to strobing is adding a highlighting cream or powder to the highest points of the face.. Above the eyebrows, the forehead, top of the cheek bones, nose and above the upper lip. My favourite way is by using highlighting creams.

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My must have product…

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector £33.00

www.uk.spacenk.com

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Are you a Star Wars fan? Then you will love this, American cosmetics brand, Cover Girl is launching a collection of Star wars make up that is asking you to choose between the light or dark side.

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The collection is a collaboration with designer Pat McGrath and will be available in September and will include 10 mascaras, six lipsticks and three nail polishes that relates to the good or bad characters in the Star wars series.

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According to an article on Style Cater- http://goo.gl/s0n9p8- each mascara tube will feature a Star Wars quote, with mantras from the Light Side, which is the waterproof version and the Dark Side, the regular mascaras.

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Looks a bit futuristic for me but if you are a super fan of Star wars, and Lupita Nyong’o who can be seen in Star Wars: Episode VII, I am sure you will do what you can to get your hands on it.

Cover Girl is not sold in the UK but can be found on www.covergirl.com

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Oriflame cosmetics are fast becoming a well know home brand. The brand which has its origins in Sweden, offers a wide range of high quality beauty and health products. Selling direct to their customers.

Here is a sneak peek into the brands, The One collection, an easy to wear and affordable collection for everyday beauty.

The One, Illusion Face Primer

Smooth’s out uneven skin and conceals the appearance of pores and fine lines. This is a lightweight primer, it glides unto the skin leaving it baby smooth and ready for, The One Illusion Foundation.

The foundation with its light-reflecting qualities, leaves skin with a natural glow and satin touch texture. Non greasy and with an SPF 20

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Available in shades Porcelain, Fair Nude, Nude Pink, Light Ivory, Natural Beige, and Olive Beige

The One Illuskin concealer, a creamy liquid concealer. What is great about it, is that it does not settle into fine lines or crease and really conceals all blemishes. This is the perfect everyday wear concealer

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Available in shades Porcelain, Fair light, Nude Pink, Nude Beige

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The One Kajal eyeliner, available in Carbon black, Smokey charcoal and Midnight blue. Creamy textured and glides on easily for sultry eyes. Gives intense colour.

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The One wonder Liner- dry’s quickly on application and gives a beautiful matte finishes with great staying power

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The One Khol Pencil available in Black, Brown, Grey and Nude

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The One Colour match eyeshadow duo, rich pigmented eye shadow with a silky textured, in complementary shades, good buildable coverage for a sheer or more dramatic look. Can also be used wet to double up as an. Available in shades, Black Pearl, Bronzed brown (pictured), Pink Mauve, Midnight purple, Denim blue and Forest green.

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The 5-1 Wonder mascara, nourishes lashes while giving it more lift, length and volume with its high definition 3D lash-separating brush. One of their top sellers

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Moisturizing and nourishing with shea butter and botanical oil and flexi wax that keeps lips well moisture all day. This is a multi-benefit lipstick with rich, lasting colour intensity and a luminous finish. Colour Comes in a variety of shades from light pinks, corals to red copper, colour featured- Red Passion

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The One Triple core lipstick is a combination of vibrant colour, gloss and nourishment. With a high shine pearl in the centre for all day shine and colour.

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The One Illuskin press powder is lightweight and gives skin a naturally luminous matte finish. With HaloLight Technology™ to perfect and illuminate complexion. Ultra fine silky texture blends into skin without caking or setting into fine lines. Colour variety – light, medium and dark

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The One Illuskin Bronzing powder this is a versatile bronzer duo with darker bronzing shade for contouring and shimmering shade for highlighting, in a silky smooth powder. Perfect for that summer glow all year round.

Interested in finding out more about Oriflame cosmetics and finding a consultant in your area visit - uk.oriflame.com

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Friday, 19 June 2015 17:41

Bourjois Aqua Blush

NEW – out today Bourjois Aqua Blush 12hr hold. 

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Thursday, 11 June 2015 18:31

S/S 2015 summer make-up trends – TIP 2

I bring you my 2nd hottest summer make-up trend that you can achieve in minutes….

Trend two…. Soften those lips

 

By soften I don't mean keeping those luscious lips of yours soft, but of course that goes without saying.. Always use a lip scrub twice a week and balm daily throughout the day, but what I mean is keep those lipstick colours slightly smudged this season. You want to create a soft focused look on the lips.. Perfectly straight bold lip line is out and slightly smudged long wear looking lips is in.

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Trick

Apply your lipstick how you would normally, don't concentrate on creating the perfect straight line as that's not required for this hot look, instead apply quickly. This may be enough to create the smudged effect or if it's not simply take a cotton bud and roll inwards along the lip line. This will diffuse the edges making them look smoking hot and smudged. Simple.. Now you're ready to show off your beautiful lips in this seasons hottest lip trend.

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