Friday, 9 October 2015

Burberry Kisses Sheer Lipsticks

The Burberry Kisses collection has been around for a while but from November 1st there are some new shade extensions.
 If you have never seen a Burberry lipstick then you absolutely must check them out, if only for the packaging! Solid, chunky silver casing with the Burberry check embossed across. The lids are magnetic so not only does the lid click down securely but if you have more than one Burberry lipstick then they will all magnetically click together in your makeup bag...we are easily pleased!

There are 28 shades in the collection, each at £25.00 each. The texture is a gel/balm with a moisture infused sheen. The colour is a sheer wash but the colour pigment is rich, the colour also translates onto the lip exactly as it looks in the tube. Feels super comfortable on the lip and doesn't cling to any dryness.
 Each lipstick is infused with rosehip, tea and lavender for hydration and conditioning.

 We have three of the new shades...

Camelia 229, Hydrangea 249, Hibiscus 237

The collection is available from 1st November via Burberry Beauty Box and selected Burberry stores.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Illamasqua Radiance Veil

The latest primer from Illamasqua is for the radiance lovers. Presented in the same style pot as the Matte Veil Primer we reviewed back in April 2014 except the Illamasqua logo is in a holographic print.

This primer is a much thicker texture than the matte finish, it has a texture similar to a whipped cream. This product is a primer/illuminator mix and coats the skin in a golden pearl sheen.

It's by no means a natural highlight but quite a strong glaze of gold on the skin. The highlighting pigments are super fine glitter particles rather than a moisturising sheen or gloss.
 It doesn't feel greasy or moisturising so would be suitable for all skins, even oily. 
 We wouldn't really use this all over the face, it's quite intense. Buffing it onto the areas of the face you require a highlight works best or if you do want to wear it all over then mix a tiny amount in with your foundation and blend together over the face.
 The cream dries off pretty quick and if not correctly blended it can collect in an area and be tricky to blend, we found applying with a slightly damp brush helped to blend evenly.
 This primer is £32 for a 30ml pot which would last ages. It's available now from

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Stylist Live 2015

We are super excited to be on the schedule for this years Stylist Live event. Stylist Live is a four day festival in Islington, London which hosts catwalk shows, live chats with industry insiders and exhibitions.
 The event runs from 15th-18th October and we will be on the Stylist Inspires stage on the Friday 16th at 10.45-11.45am. We will be chatting to Stylist beauty expert Jo McGarry about Pixiwoo, Real Techniques, blogging and what we have planned for the future.  
 We will also be creating a live makeup demo for the Stylist Inspires audience.

Stylist Live is held at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. There are a variety of ticket options but a full day adult ticket is £25.00, there are also additional charges to gain access to see certain artists. For directions and information on transport and to purchase tickets check out the Stylist Live site...

We really hope you can make it to see us.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Poison Ivy Tutorial

Halloween is coming and we asked you for your ideas on tutorials for us to recreate, Poison Ivy stood out as a popular choice...Here you go!!

Friday, 2 October 2015

Tatcha Luminous dewy skin mist

A facial mist is a really underrated product. It's something we always have in our kit or personal makeup bags. When working on a shoot they come in handy to mist over the models face if we find foundation is clinging to dry skin, also if you are struggling to blend cream products, such as cream contour they give you a little bit more slip to work with. Often brands will say that spritzing their mist over the skin will help with the longevity of the makeup, we tend to disagree. It will certainly freshen and bring the skin back to life and help to re-buff in any creased eye shadows but it's not really going to make your makeup last any longer. 

This Luminous dewy mist from Tatcha is not your bog standard facial mist. It certainly isn't one we would share on a shoot!! It's more of a skin reviving mist with beneficial ingredients. Silk extract, liquorice, green tea, red algae and royal jelly are just a few of the goodies packed within. It deeply moisturises a dry or dehydrated skin, soothes redness, plumps and calms a stressed out skin.
 It won't leave your skin feeling tight and will veil your skin in a very fine radiance. 
 If you work in an air conditioned office, hospital or travel a lot then this is an awesome product to have stashed away.
 Such amazing ingredients mean this doesn't come cheap ($48.00 or £31.00) but the biggest blow is that you can't get it easily unless you are in the States. Tatcha will ship to the UK and other countries but there are additional charges. Check out their website for more info..

Wednesday, 30 September 2015


It's hard for anything to be innovative these days. When flicking through Vogue you'll see lots of beautiful ad campaigns all of which have a nod to trends of the past. Spring/Summer issues will always roll out 60's and 70's looks from Biba or Woodstock and Winter issues quite frequently take a Mary Antoinette ethereal direction. You can see reflections of the past on nearly every page.

We have worked in the industry a long time and have been known to give a sigh and an eye roll when a new way to apply makeup comes along. The sound bites heard backstage at the various fashion weeks can sometimes be comical to listen to.. "it's black but it's white, "it's a matte look which has a sheen". If you've ever sat and watched a backstage interview with a key artist you'll know what we mean. It's really hard to come up with a new term to describe a trend we have seen roll out season upon season.

One of the latest trends in makeup which has been kicking around is strobing. A technique which has probably been born out of rebellion against contouring. 
 We all know about contouring and just how difficult it can be to get right. Strobing is basically using products to highlight and project rather than contour and recede.
 It's actually a much more 'real' look and heaps easier to achieve. It's hard to get strobing wrong really.
 By using various highlighting creams and liquids simply apply with a buffing brush to the high points of the face or anywhere which the light would naturally catch.
 The best highlighters to use are ones which give a pearl or soft golden sheen (depending on your skin tone) rather than products infused with glitter. Anything glittery will look fake, you need to use balmy products which create a natural radiance.

Here are some of our favourite products to use to create a strobe/highlight on the skin in a cream, liquid or powder...

MAC Cream colour base

These are pressed creams which have a thick balmy texture. They create a radiant sheen without looking metallic. Nic quite often wears Hush cream colour base on her cheekbones. They are available in different colours depending on your skin tone. Probably one of favourite highlighting products.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector

This is a pump action, liquid highlighter, available in five shades. Our favourite shade is pearl but if you have a lighter or deeper skin tone than us then there is still an option for you.
 It's water based so it glides on and sinks in to give an illusion of a natural radiance. The light reflection is from the fine mica particles, not a glittering finish but a smooth satin gloss look.

The Balm- Mary-Lou Manizer

A pressed powder highlighter in a mirrored compact.The colour is perfect for a fair to medium skin tone and never looks powdery or metallic. The honey toned shade is perfect for a natural radiance and can be used over the eyes also.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Fashion week chat and Tutorial

Did you catch Friday's tutorial? We went to London Fashion week for the TopShop show.....

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

NARS Audacious Lipsticks

We recently reviewed the new NARS Audacious mascara and now we have managed to get our hands on some of the shades for the Audacious lipsticks.

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Huge line up of 40 shades in this collection contained in the classic matte packaging with magnetic lid.
 The sharply angled bullet tip applies with precision and colour glides onto the lips in a highly pigmented moisturised slick.
 Creamy but not glossy, more of a rich satin finish and the pigments are true to how they look in the bullet.

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One coat provides an opaque, punchy colour which lasts well on the lips with minimal transfer and no feathering. They feel super comfortable to wear.
 We have 12 of the shades to show you....

 All 40 shades are available now from and are £24.00 each.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Estee Lauder Expert Liquid Tape

When this new launch arrived into the Pixiwoo office we weren't too sure what it was. The box doesn't give too much away but the aqua blue metallic packaging is very attractive and instantly makes you want to sample.

So what is it? It's a 15ml tube which dispenses a clear, odourless serum textured fluid through a plastic paddle style wand.

The nozzle is an on and off twist applicator. It's really important to twist on to squeeze product onto the paddle and then twist off before you begin to apply. You only need a small amount and if you forget to twist to off then more product keeps pumping out.
 The new dimension range is all about transforming the volume and structure of the skin. The expert tape is a precision application that applies to key areas of the face to help achieve a tighter facial contour. The clear fluid applies to the areas which need a little help with tightening. As it dries it pulls on the skin to give a lifted appearance. Think about when you were younger and used to get glue on your hands. When the glue dried it would almost shrink on the skin and pull it taught. This works in much the same way.

This tape needs to be applied to clean, naked skin. You can cleanse as normal but you must apply before any makeup as it won't adhere to foundation.
 You can apply wherever you feel you need it but the key areas are...

  • Apply a thin strip of fluid from brow bone to temple.
  • Corner of the cheekbone up to the temple.
  • Corner of the mouth up to the underside of the cheekbone. 

The tape dries totally clear although we found in certain lights you could see a shiny film on the skin. Almost as though a little snail has slithered up your face! This is why you need to apply a base of foundation on top to conceal the texture of the tape.
 When applying your foundation you must pat the product over the skin very gently. If you use a brush or sponge to apply your base you will break the film and your makeup will appear bobbled.

Does it work? Hmmm we are not totally convinced. Because the liquid film dries on the skin there is a certain amount of pulling up of the skin but it is minimal. The skin definitely did feel tighter. You're not going to have the facial contours of Joan Collins after using it but it will draw the skin up slightly to give a little more structure. Not a cheap product at all at £46.00. I think we will stick with our cream contour makeup but if you have the cash and fancy a very subtle contour which also has skin benefitting ingredients then give it a whirl.

Check this and other new products in the New Dimension range out over at It's available now.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Film Noir Tutorial

We can't believe we have never done a Film Noir tutorial before!
 Film noir was synonymous with the 1940-1950's film era. Often crime dramas or detective films, this dark and tense style set a trend which spawned a generation of über glamorous women (and men).
 Some of our ultimate style and makeup icons arose from this era. Lauren Bacall, Veronica Lake, Ava Gardner..the list goes on. 
 Film Noir was obviously shot in black and white which meant the makeup had to be extra strong to ensure it was both visible and striking.
 Believe it or not Kim K wasn't the pioneer for a contoured cheekbone. These women and their makeup artists were doing it way before.
 Matte products with seamless blending were used to show both light and shade on the face. Lets also not forget about the hair. Always set and brushed out into soft waves and gentle curls.
 The Film noir look is something we all still recreate in one form or another, a deep lip or a matte powdered skin, it's a timeless look that we adore.

Check out Sam's recreation of a Film Noir look here and let us know what you think.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Halloween by Face.Lace

Where is this year going?? Is it really almost Halloween time again!!? We LOVE Halloween. It's that time of the year when you can really get creative and try out extreme looks that you may not dare to wear during the rest of the year.
 It can also be a time when you have all these amazing ideas and Pinterest boards of looks to wear to your Halloween party but just simply run out of time to get organised. It can also be really frustrating when your chosen look just isn't applying as easily as you imagined. Don't panic, there is Face lace!!
 We always blog about Face Lace during Halloween but every year they bring out some really cool pieces which just make dressing up for Halloween so much easier.

This year they still have some of their classic pieces but they have also added to the lineup.

These eye adornments allow you to add a touch of spookiness with minimal effort. We love the skeleton eye wing.

If you are feeling adventurous then check out the skull lace which covers the whole top half of the face in an intricate skeleton design.

These are simple to use but can be a bit fiddly. Ensure you apply all of your normal makeup first and then allow your self time to delicately remove the lace and position onto the face. They stick to the skin well but are delicate so take your time and handle with care. Face Lace supply extra glue dots when purchasing so that you can get a few uses out of them
 The eye wings are £11.95-£13.95. The skull lace mask is £24.95. There are also tons of other design on the Face Lace site so check them out here..

 If you're not sure how to use these then check out Sam's tutorial here from a previous Halloween.....

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Clarins Joli Rouge Lipsticks

The latest lipsticks from Clarins are the revamped Joli Rouge collection.
There is a whopping 25 shades in the lineup, mainly pink based tones but there are a few tangerines and plums thrown in for those who dislike all things pink.

 The gold case with click on lid (I wish it was magnetic) house the tapered bullet.
 They have a moisture enriched formula and are seriously hydrating. They don't feel sticky, just pure balmy gorgeousness. The sheen is more of a satin finish than a glossy finish and they glide on very comfortably. Are they long-lasting, not really but the texture makes it no bother to touch up, almost like applying your lip balm.
 Because of the moisture, which is provided by the mango oil and the Salicornia plant (member of the succulent family), these are perfect for dry lips or for those who have smaller lips and want a natural radiance to draw attention to their lips.

A good selection of warm and cool tones in a varying boldness.
 These lipsticks are £19.50 each and are available now

Monday, 14 September 2015

Mineral Makeup Tutorial

There is always a lot of confusion around mineral makeup and it's something we had never really tested out.
 Nic has created a tutorial using only mineral makeup to see how it performed.
 What are your favourite mineral makeup brands?

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Mink Eye Lashes

We have been approached a few times by brands asking us to review mink lashes. It's a product which did interest but we were keen to find out the background behind how the mink hair was sourced, something not every brand could provide us with.
 We were contacted by a fellow Youtuber and blogger called Fatiha who wanted to tell us about her range of mink 3D lashes. 
 We discussed the minks living conditions Fatiha explained how this range of lashes were 100% cruelty free. The minks are kept clean and safe, cared for to an extremely high standard and fed their correct diet. The hairs from the mink can only be collected primarily in the summer months. This is when minks begin their shedding season. The naturally fallen hairs are collected and cleaned so that they are hygienic to be used. The hairs are never exposed to harsh chemicals or dyes. The fluffy, glossy texture you see in the case is exactly how they would naturally look.
 The lashes look almost synthetic in the case because they are so fluffy and glossy.

 They are jet black and very full. Tons of fine hairs have been hand crafted and tied onto the black, cotton band to provide extreme volume. These lashes are for people who like a strong, false lash look. There are 6 styles available, 3 of which we have to show you. They do look quite similar but each offer something a little different.

Rola Lashes, Image from

Cyrin Lashes, Image from

Haifa Lashes, Image from

 They are quite wide so you will need to trim up the inner corner edge to enable them to fit your eye shape. There is no glue provided so you will need to purchase this separately. Fatihas does also sell an adhesive but to be honest you could use any.

If you look after these lashes carefully by gently removing, picking off any excess glue and storing in the case then you can get numerous uses from them.

 The lashes are £14.99 each and can be shipped to the UK for an extra £1.98 or £4.99 internationally.

 Sam will be using these in a Film Noir tutorial coming over the next few weeks so you can see how they look.

You can read more about the mink lashes and purchase over at Fatiha is also happy to discuss any questions regarding the minks if you should want to know further information.


Monday, 7 September 2015

10 Minute Elegant Makeup Looks

Sam has created two looks for the price of one!! If you prefer a strong eye then check out the 1st look or if a bold lip and glossy skin is more your thing then look number 2 is for you.

Which will you be wearing?

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Cowshed Grumpy Cow Shampoo and Conditioner

Nic especially is in love with Cowshed products. She is always raving about their haircare. Cowshed don't have tons of different products for the hair, they just focus on the shampoo and conditioner range. Nice and simple, just how we like it.
 We recently trialed their Grumpy cow volumising shampoo and conditioner.
 We love the huge 300ml bottles, they last absolutely ages.
 The shampoo foams up really easily. You only need a small amount, even for long hair.
 The conditioner we felt required a heavier application. A good two dollops were needed to make your hair feel like it was coated well and detangled.
 The scent is very fresh and zingy. With Lemon, orange, bitter orange, grapefruit and tangerine all packed in there you can imagine just how citrus based these are. Definitely a good choice to wake you up and get your day started!
 They did leave hair looking bouncy and particularly shiny. A couple of people even asked if we had recently had our hair coloured. Hair colour seemed to be revived.
 The only negative was that the holes which the product is dispensed through is quite small. Fine for the shampoo because it's quite liquidy but the conditioner is thick. You have to shake and squeeze quite a few times to get enough out.

Overall a really nice fresh duo which would be good for lifeless, lank or dulling hair that needs a bit of an oomph.
 Not the cheapest shampoo and conditioner. Shampoo is £16.00 and conditioner is £18.00 but they do last a long time. If you purchase together you can receive a £10 discount.
 Check out their range of haircare over at


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Bobbi Brown Intense Pigment Eye Liner

Cake liners are making a come back in Bobbi Brown's Autumn collection 'The new greige'. 
 Three small powder liner palettes which each contain three complimentary colours.
  These little palettes are great for carrying in your kit or to transport in your makeup bag.
 You don't need to wet them, just use a fine brush straight into the powder.
 There is no drop down from these but they do require a certain amount of building up. A firm brush, such as a small angled brush, will give you a stronger finish but it always looks slightly diffused rather than crisp. Perfect if you like a softer line. Not so great on a mature eye or eyes which have fine lines as the powder tends to wrinkle up in the skin texture.

Palette 1 in Midnight is a mix of navy, royal and midnight blue. We didn't have this palette to swatch for you.

Palette 2 in Black Plum is a charcoal grey, plum and soft black.


Palette 3 in Forest is a mix of taupe, forest green and chocolate brown.


 Use colours individually or create a look using all three blended into each other. If you require a stronger colour pay-off try using them over the top of a black or coloured gel liner.

 These are available later this September and are £26.50 each. 


Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Blue lips and graphic liner

Makeup is all about having fun and experimenting. Check out our tutorial of a zig-zag liner with a blue lip.
 Let us know what you think.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Chanel Infiniment Illuminating Powder

Every year Chanel launch a powder which is generally so beautiful it will usually remain in it's box and admired from afar. Don't save it for best guys, get stuck in, life is short.

For this Autumn Chanel have produced an illuminating powder to give us all a little light reflection to our skin as the dark nights begin to roll in.
 A soft beige powder which gives skin a very sheer powder radiance in a warming delicate biscuit shade.
 The classic Chanel double C logo looks as though it has been stitched into the powder. The apricot highlight of the C's will delicately add a skin brightening radiance. It is shot with an ultra fine glitter which reflects violet and gold to the skin.

On a fair or dull skin it will lift the skin tone and add brightness. On a deeper skin tone it will softly highlight and reflect.

 Suitable for every day as the shimmer will only really reflect when your skin gets caught in the light. You can see below just how delicate the radiance is..

 Dust all over as a radiant setting powder or use a smaller powder brush to apply to the high points of the face.

 Chanel Infiniment powder is £42.00 and available from Chanel counters nationwide from 18th September.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Tanzee Tanning sheet

The simple ideas are always the best. This product has answered our tanning prayers! For years we have moaned to each other about how we want to apply some tan before bedtime ready for an event but it's such a chore to then have to wash your bed sheets the next day. A chore we despise at the best of times.

Applying fake tan before bedtime is always the logical time to do it. You go to bed, the tan is left on overnight for around 8 hours, you wake up and wash it off. The only issue with this is that your bed covers get a horrid orange stain and your sheets are left stinking of that biscuity evilness which fake tan generally smells of.
 The other option to combat this, and something we always do, is to cocoon yourself in old clothes. Loose tracksuit bottoms, old disgusting T-Shirt with a tatty scratchy towel over your pillow. Oh the glamour!

Australian brand Tanzee have produced a genius product to stop all of this nonsense. 

The Tanzee is basically a super lightweight silky sheet which looks like a sleeping bag. It's huge so unlike a sleeping bag, you have room to toss and turn about at night without getting twisted up.

 It has a large pocket at the head end which you insert your regular pillow into. The opening also has a flap which you fold over your duvet to protect your bedsheets from rubbing around your shoulders and neck.

 We thought initially this would be really sweaty but it isn't at all. It's made from a micro fiber silk fabric which feels soft, lightweight and silky on the skin. The silky feel means your sticky body won't get stuck to the fabric.
 Your bedsheets are totally protected and you get to have a good nights sleep without sweating in your usual tanning clothes!

It folds down to a tiny square so you can take it with you if you are staying away but need to tan.

It's available in a few colours of brown, black, purple or pink. There are also two size options of regular 210x80 or large 210x120.
 In the morning just sling it in the washing machine ready for the next use.

This is an Australian brand and although they do ship worldwide you will need to be prepared to wait up to 21 days if you live out of Australia.
 Tanzee's range from $38.95-$42.95 (AUD) which is around £27-£30 so by no means cheap but once you have one then you will never need to replace it. I guess you have to weigh up the cost against how much you tan and how often it means you have to re-wash your bed linen.
 International shipping is around £5.00 but their website has a shipping calculator so you can get the precise cost depending on where you live.

Check out the Tanzee over on their site

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Illamasqua Sculpting Palette

One of the nicest powder sculpting palette we have seen in a while.
 The colour options cater for a pale skin through to a deeper skin tone. We love the taupe and the dove grey powder for creating a 'real looking' contour.
 Four shades of versatile contour tones and two shades for highlighting all in a slim, magnetic shut lid with a large mirror.

 Finally a powder contour palette which isn't full of deep tan shades, the 3rd and 4th colours may not look appealing in the palette put for a fairer skin these work really well to create a shadow on the skin.

The champagne highlighter on the end has a high shimmer and reflects a soft apricot glow. The matte highlighter in cirrus would create a much stronger, harsh contour but can be buffed into the skin to soften and blend. Using a mix of all four of the contour shades you will be able to achieve a natural contour with a matte finish. If you feel the grey tone is too cool then layer over a little of the taupe to warm it up.
 The texture of the powder is beautiful, really silky with a good pigment payoff. Transfers onto the skin in a soft wash and builds up easily.
 The shades work nicely through the socket of the eye as a contour or to aid eye shadow blending.

The palette is £44.00 and available now from


Monday, 24 August 2015

Bollywood Sunset Makeup Tutorial

We have had tons of requests for a Bollywood inspired look so we finally  created a tutorial for you guys.
 You could definitely also build on this look and add face jewels for an Asian bridal look.

Let us know what you think?

Friday, 21 August 2015

Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel

Did you know that we now have a deep cleansing gel to clean all your Real Techniques brushes with?

This cleansing gel is for when your brushes are full of stubborn make up and are in need of a real deep down cleanse. 
 The slimline 150ml bottle contains a clear gel which get's deep into the brush fibers to break down the makeup.
 It also leaves your brushes smelling amazing!

 It's available from Boots and Superdrug in the UK and is £6.99. For retail locations overseas please head to the Real Techniques website for

 Take a look at Nic demonstrating how to use it here.....

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardamom Cologne

Nicola Chapman
The latest collection from Jo Malone represents the struggle of holding onto the last remnants of summer but also secretly welcoming in the cosy evenings perfectly. 
 Mimosa is a beautiful evergreen tree typically grown in warmer climates. The swaying branches holding the delicate puffs of yellow are often used in Indian chutneys, all adding to the bohemian feeling of this scent.
 Cardamom is also widely used in far eastern cooking. This ancient spice which sits behind saffron and vanilla in the line up for the worlds most expensive spice fits nicely into the Jo Malone line up of fragrance ingredients.

We initially thought this may be quite a spicy fragrance and overly heady but it's the total opposite.
 Softly floral with a delicate soapiness to it. The cardamom gives it the warmth and longevity on the skin.
 Other ingredients include creamy tonka bean and sandalwood. The purple heliotrope flower gives this fragrance a slightly almond scent and damask rose for a floral kick.
 We will be dousing ourselves in this fragrance this autumn!
 The line up for this collection includes cologne, body créme, hand wash and home candle. A 30ml bottle of the cologne is £42.00 and 100ml is £85.00.
 This fragrance will be available from September 2015 at
 If you are feeling creative head over to the Jo Malone website where you can create your own bohemian tile in honour of this collection.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Makeup baking

We have been asked a lot recently about makeup cooking or baking.
It's not some new weird diet don't panic!
Makeup cooking is an application process, which has become popular in recent times, mainly down to Kim Kardashian....or at least her makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic. 
 The idea is to apply your base makeup and then press a translucent or light coloured powder heavily onto the skin in areas which you require to be brightened or lightened.  Usually under the eyes, cheekbones, center of the forehead and cupids bow. This thick layer of powder is then left on the skin for up to 15 minutes to allow the heat from your skin to set the foundation. This is called makeup baking. It’s meant to give a more flawless, even base which looks naturally lightened but with a heavy coverage.

 It’s actually not anything new or innovative; drag queens have been doing it for years. If you have ever watched Ru Paul’s Drag Race you will be familiar with this type of base application.
 Drag Queens do it so that it gives them a full on, flawless look to their makeup. It also helps to create a strong, obvious contour for their performances which are often under harsh or bright lighting.

 Baking makeup will definitely give you that dramatic lightened, contour look but we feel it’s a look which is best left for stage performers or for people who are photographed regularly. It’s a look which should be viewed from afar and not something that will ever look natural for the high street.
 In natural, daytime lighting this style of makeup can look caked and will also show up any fine lines and skin texture. Heaven forbid you were to ever get caught in the rain as this style of makeup would show any watermarks and would begin to look slightly cracked.
 We believe if you are using the correct skincare, foundation and concealer to suit then you shouldn’t really need to bake your makeup.
 The alternative of this style of makeup application is using small amounts of product, layering them lightly and blending well. You can still use a natural cream contour or a light reflecting highlighter to give you a more contoured and structured look but it will be more wearable for the daytime.
 Instead of this heavy style of makeup try out the following..
 Apply a primer followed by the foundation of your choice. Buff your foundation well into the skin using a stippling brush and then apply any concealer where required.  Opt for a cream contour and highlight placed on the low and high points of the face and try spritzing the skin with a facial mist to help aid blending. Follow with a light dusting of loose powder. 

 If you do like the much brighter effect round the eyes which is created by makeup baking then you could use a product such as YSL Touch éclat under the eyes to lighten and brighten. Just be aware that in photographs this will show up a lot lighter!
 If you fancy giving this trend a go then watch Sam create a slightly more wearable version of makeup baking here.....

What do you think of the makeup baking trend? 

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

NARS Audacious Mascara

If you were a teen in the 90's you will no doubt have watched Bill & Ted's Excellent adventure with the catchphrase "Totally bodacious". I can't help but say the name of the new NARS Audacious mascara in the same style accent as them.. and now you probably will too!
 Anyway, enough of my ramblings.. what's this new mascara all about?
Packaging is true to NARS usual style. Matte black with a soft feel.  The lid has an orange tip which makes it easy to locate amongst the ever increasing draw of mascara's we have in the office. The brush is also the same hot orange colour but it's covered with mascara so you can't actually see that.

Nicola Chapman

As with most mascara's all the hard work is done by the wand head. It's a plastic wand ( we normally prefer a softer bristle brush) which has a mix of long and short moulded bristles. Reminiscent of a medieval torture implement! It's slightly tapered and the bristles even extend around onto the tip of the wand. It's a pretty impressive looking brush to be fair.

On inspection the formula is silky, creamy and intensely black. The brush doesn't grab excessive amounts of product but just the right amount to ensure a good coat is achieved.
 On the lashes it separates really well and lashes are instantly coated in a thick, creamy coat which is totally jet black. This mascara is great for people who like a lot of mascara and need help with thickening and separation. One coat was enough for us but if you like an extreme look then this is easily achievable with a second layer.

 Only down side is that the brush is quite big so it's easy to catch the skin or inside of the nose. Getting a good coat of mascara on the bottom lashes using the flat of the brush is almost impossible. You need to use the fine spikes on the tip of the wand.

This mascara is available from 1st September 2015 and will be exclusive to Space NK It will be available from all other NARS locations from 1st October 2015. It is only available in black and will be £20.00.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Quick everyday makeup tutorial

Did you catch Nic's tutorial on Friday? It's perfect for those who don't have much time and great for busy mum's on the go.

Take a look......

Friday, 14 August 2015

What's the deal with pyramid schemes?

What even is an MLM brand? MLM stands for Multi level marketing. Probably more commonly known as Network marketing or a Pyramid scheme to you and I.

 If you're reading this then the chances are you know which brands we are talking about. There are a lot out there globally.
 The structure of these brands usually works like this...

They have a sales team who promote the particular cosmetic or brand. This sales team rally in the support from friends and family by throwing "parties" or by constantly talking to their loved ones about how these products have changed their life.
 They encourage you to buy from the line (which they generally have had to purchase large quantities of themselves) and in some cases they then try to recruit you to also sell the brand.
 They are compensated through their sales and by how many people they can get to also sell the brand. The people they then recruit also try and sell to their family and friends and try to recruit. The chain gets longer and longer with only the people at the top of the pyramid making any real money.

We are not out to berate these companies or their sales teams but we wanted to write about our personal experiences with these brands and information we have learnt from talking with many others in the beauty industry or from those who have had first hand experience of working for them.

So this is the experiences we have personally had with MLM brands...

  • Our inbox contains no less than 10 emails everyday from various consultants, all often working for the same brand and competing against each other asking us to review the brand/product....for their own financial gain obviously. We decline because we don't feel comfortable supporting a system where one person receives all the benefit and who are also under pressure to sell to you regardless of the product efficiency.
  • Invites from friends to come over for a catch up. The coffee and catch up was not really what they wanted however, they want to bombard you with their sales pitch and try to flog you their products and get you to sign up with the promise of a huge income, new car, amazing lifestyle etc etc..
  • Speaking with others who no longer talk to certain friends because they have been constantly flooded with texts and calls asking them to join the brand and sell the products.
None of these have been positive experiences for us or others who work in the beauty industry. For that reason these emails go straight into the trash can and we don't pick up the phone when certain friends names flash up on the screen anymore, which is really sad.

I don't know how they train their new recruits but the language and hard sell used at these parties can make a familiar friend seem quite alien. It's almost as though they have been brainwashed! We are yet to come across anyone who has made millions and have only ever heard horror stories of people who have lost a lot of money.

It's a free world and everyone can make their own decisions however we wanted to put a little of our experiences on MLM brands out there and also to explain the reason why we never review or respond to emails from these types of brands. We can now just reply to the emails with a link to this blog!

We would welcome your comments on this subject and if you are now living in a beach fronted mansion in Cannes, driving a new white Mercedes and look twenty years younger than your age because of these wonder products then we would absolutely love to hear from you.

What are your opinions guys?...