Friday, 22 May 2015

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess

  It literally isn't summer until Estee Lauder drop their Bronze Goddess collection.

 This years collection centers around shimmering nudes and compromises of a new limited edition gelée bronzer, limited edition illuminating powder gelée, limited edition all over illuminator and powder bronzer all for the skin. For the eyes, lips and nails there is a new shimmering nude eye shadow palette, a limited edition face and eye palette (online only) pure colour gloss pen and new pure colour nail lacquer.
 We have a selection from this collection to show you.

 The bronze goddess shimmering body oil makes an appearance this year. The fragrance of this has become synonymous with the summer and is a scent I can always detect when someone is wearing. 

The oil is presented in a 45ml glass bottle with vapouriser spray dispenser. The oil itself is transparent but encapsulates a super fine golden shimmer pigment. Enriched with skin nourishing emollients this oil will moisturise a parched skin whilst providing a heavenly coconut scent and radiant shimmer. If it makes me look like the visual of Carolyn Murphy just casually hanging out in the pool this summer then I'm dousing my body in it!
This bottle is £29.00.

The illuminating powder gelée-£32.00


This powder doesn't really feel like a gelée at all. The texture is extremely sheer and the powder is super fine so that it glides on like a second skin. The highlight is a warm apricot and looks beautiful on the cheek bones and over the brow for a humid skin effect highlight.
All over illuminator-£33.00

Cream highlighting stick which tints skin in a peach/gold radiance. Looks great as a blusher on a lighter skin or as a highlighter on a deeper or tanned skin.

 The stick makes it convenient to sling in your bag and apply on the go. Easy to touch up with and build up as your tan increases.

The shimmering nudes eye shadow palette is the cherry on the cake for this collection.

 It is basically everything you need for all-in-one bronzing for the face and eyes.
  The slimline mirrored palette contains five universal bronze shades from nude through to deep mocha all with a radiant finish.

 Sweep your brush all over or pick out the individual shades and use on the eyes and also the cheeks as a bronzer or highlighter.

 Specifically for the eyes are three shades in gold, olive and smokey charcoal, all obviously with the shimmering finish.

  A dual ended brush is included which has a padded applicator and a small blending brush.

All three shades blend beautifully together and work in harmony with the bronzing tones also.
 This palette is £44.00.

We LOVE all the pieces from this collection and will be featuring this palette in a tutorial over the next few weeks so stand by for that!

 This collection is available now while stocks last


Thursday, 21 May 2015

Emma Lomax SOS Kits

We travel a lot and spend ridiculous amounts of time in airports. There is always something we suddenly realise we have forgotten or need so we were super excited to find these SOS bags, they are genius!

 Emma Lomax does a ton of different makeup bags and wash bags but it's her kits that we love the most.
 Of course you don't just have to use these when travelling. They are handy to carry in your handbag or keep in your car.
 I have checked the UK guidelines regarding hand luggage on flights and all of the items featured in the kits are permitted on board. If you are from elsewhere in the world then please do check your airline restrictions on hand luggage before travelling. We would hate for you to have it taken off of you at the airport!

 Mini Gold Lips SOS Kit-£20.00

 This kit includes...

1.Small hot pink, zipped bag.
2.Nail polish remover pad.
3.Antibacterial wipe
5.Sewing kit containing grey, red, white and black cotton and small needle. Also in the sewing kit bag is a small gold safety pin, a black button and a white button. Two plastic backs for earrings.
6.A nail file.
7.A tampon.
8.Two pink kirby grips/bobby pin
9.A hair tie
10.A shea butter and vitamin E lip balm

Gold Heart SOS Kit-£26.00

 This kit includes...

1. Medium sized gold zipped bag with red velour heart.
2. Hair brush and mirror.
3. Nail file.

4. Shea butter lip balm.

5. Antibacterial hand wipe.

6. Nail polish remover wipe.

7. Tampon.

8. Angled tweezers.

9. Antiperspirant wipe for under arms.

12.Sewing kit containing grey, red, black and white cotton and a fine needle. A pink hair tie, white and black buttons, small gold safety pin, two hair grips, 2 plastic earring backs.

 Aeroplane SOS Kit in Pink-£30.00


This kit includes...

1. Clear plastic bag featuring velour pink aeroplane.
2. Hair brush and mirror.
3. Toothbrush.
4. Foam ear plugs.
5. Nail Clippers.
6. Angled tweezers.
7. Phone charger lead.
8. Mint.
9. Tampon.
10. Mirror.
11. Hair tie.
12. Toothpaste.
13. Sewing kit containing grey, red, white and black cotton with fine needle. A small gold safety pin and a white and black button. Two plastic earring backs.
14. Two hair grips.
15. Two nail varnish remover wipes.
16. Sanitising hand wipe.
17. Portable power bank battery charger.
18. Plaster.
19. Orange Stick.
20. Shea butter lip balm.
21. Nail file.

There are other kits available especially for the gym and festivals. The festival kit even has a waterproof fold up poncho!! How cool is that!?

All of these kits are available from and they deliver in the UK all over Europe and in America. Check the website for expected delivery times and shipping costs.


Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Tuesday Chat: Tattoo removal

Nic has a tattoo on her back and a tattoo on her foot. Both were done quite a few years ago and although she loved them at the time she now feels they just don't fit her image any longer. Nic quite often likes to wear dresses to events and loves delicate high shoes but often feels the tattoo on her foot can sometimes ruin the look of the shoes.

 She recently begun a laser tattoo treatment on both her foot and the tattoo on her back.
 She thought you may like to take a look at how the treatment is done and how it feels during.

Have you ever had this treatment done? Nic would love to see your before and after pictures. You can tweet them to her at @nixiepixi

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Chanel Collection Blue rhythm de Chanel

Chanel seem to be branching out just lately from the classic tones we know them for and producing some pretty impressive brights.
 We recently told you about their collection de Méditerranée which also had some bold colour choices.
 This collection is still on the same lines as the previous collection but more of a sultry Summer evening look.

The eye quartet used in this visual is the Tissé Jazz palette birth £40.00. A mix of midnight blues and smokey grey.

L: Tissé Jazz R: Tissé Smoky

We have the Tissé smoky quad featuring black, pewter, silver and pearl shades.
  Each shade has a shimmer, metallic finish with good colour pigment. The shades perform nicely with each other for a perfect, blended gradient.

There are two mascara's in the collection (£25.00). One in midnight blue ( this makes the whites of your eyes so bright), the other is a turquoise with a fine silver glitter pigment. The plastic style wand ensures great definition. Use on it's own for a vivid lash look or wear on top of a black mascara for a more subtle hint of blue to the tips. Looks great worn solely on the bottom lashes too.

The only lip product is the high voltage volume clear gloss. This has a mirror like shine and contains pink peppercorn to stimulate the circulation and revive the natural colour of the lips along with vitamin E for hydration (£26.00).

The nail varnish selection is beautiful. Again two blue shades, one in navy and one in a more royal vibrant blue (£18.00).

Vibrato Nail Varnish

This collection is limited edition and available nationwide from 29th May 2015.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Urban Decay: The Stockpile

 Okay so this is every lip fanatics dream vault...The Stockpile.
If you remember back to October we gave you a sneak preview into Urban Decay's Vault..  This sold out almost instantly and we are pretty sure The stockpile will be equally as popular.

 What's in The Stockpile?

 Encased in a presentation box which has a magnetic catch are ten revolution lipsticks and ten 24/7 lip liners in complimenting colours.
 Revolution lipsticks have intense colour payoff which transfer instantly onto the lip with one slick. 
 Containing a nourishing mix of avocado oil, cocoa butter and shea butter these are a great remedy for dry lips. Because of their moisturising texture they won't cling to dry lips. The texture is thick, opaque and very comfortable on the lips. The colour pay off is ridiculously intense and bold.

 All of the ten shades are part of the regular colour line up so hopefully some of your favourite shades are included in the set.
 It's also a great opportunity to try something you wouldn't normally go for. Please note you can't swap the colours, they come as they are in the set

To ensure your lipstick lasts and looks crisp Urban Decay have included ten of their 24/7 lip pencils. Not only are these long lasting but also waterproof. They act as a primer and a liner so when used with your lipstick they will ensure your colour lasts you through the day.
 Each liner works in harmony with the colour positioned with it in the kit, they even have the same name as the lipstick in case you jumble up the order of them in the box.

 The Shade selection

Colour selection is great in the Stockpile. Shades range from nudes through to vibrant reds.
 The line up is as follows.....



Lip Liners


Lip Liners

 This collection of lipsticks and liners is  £180 but worth £310. This will be exclusively available from Selfridges from 21st May 2015.
 There are only 300 of these available and it's going to go super fast.
 To find out the moment it lands in store you need to register your details via this link.. 
 This is online only and can be purchased from
 Selfridges do ship to over 60 countries including the states and Australia. To check if your country is on the shipping list you will need to visit the Selfridges online site.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Anastasia Waterproof Créme colour

We have told you recently about a lot of new waterproof products but these new créme shadows from Anastasia Beverly Hills are something else!
 I think after a nuclear war the only remaining things would be cockroaches and the colour of these eye shadows.
 The colour intensity is the same on the skin as it is in the pot.
 They are cream shadows and apply to the skin in a slick of thick, creamy colour. Blending is easy so long as you blend immediately. Once these dry off there is zero movement and you will be left with a blob of opaque matte colour so work fast.

Available in 6 shades of not particularly everyday colours.....

  These colours are not going to be your everyday shades but they have multiple uses.
 Used as a block colour over the eyelid they make a strong impact when worn on their own. You can use them as a long lasting base underneath a powder eye shadow.
 Use them as a liner along the lash liner which will withstand even the most watery eyes.
 Great for use in body painting also.
 They dry off completely matte on the skin.
 I couldn't remove these with water or a face wipe. You have to use a really oily makeup remover. Massage the remover into the skin well before rinsing. Be careful not to drag the skin around the eyes.

They are $18 each and are available from

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Adriana Lima Met Ball Tutorial

Did you catch Nic's tutorial on Friday? She recreated the beautiful Adriana Lima's look for last weeks Met Ball.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Louise Young Super concealer trio

Here in Norwich where we live there are a lot of talented people. Makeup artist Louise Young is another resident of this fine city (she also taught Sam at college).

You would have seen us use lots of LY brushes in our various tutorials and also Louise's eye shadow palette but Louise also now has concealer palettes.

 Louise is a working makeup artist (view her work here

Louise has launched four different concealer palettes which each contain three complimenting shades. 

The light palette contains 2 pink toned concealers and one yellow based concealer.

The lightest colour on the left would probably be equivalent to an NW15 in MAC's Studio finish concealer. The second colour has the yellow/peach base equivalent to an NC15 in MAC. The third colour isn't too dissimilar to the first shade however it is a little brighter pink so would work well as a colour corrector.

The medium palette again has two pink based concealer and a beige.

The first shade is the darkest in the palette and is a warm nude, probably closest too an NC30, the middle colour is pink based and still pretty fair in around an NW20. The third shade is a mix of pink and beige but translates lighter on the skin.

The medium olive palette obviously has warmer tones and would be good on a medium skin tone.


This palette would suit if you normally wear around an NC30/NW25. The third colour is much warmer and could be used to contour with.

The dark palette has a really nice selection of tones.

 A mix or terracotta, rich chocolate and an ashy beige (the third shade is an awesome contour shade on a fair/medium skin tone).

Each palette has a miniature pointed brush which is great for precise application to blemishes or scars. For use around the eye we would opt for a larger, fluffy brush to blend with.

The texture of these concealers is quite fluid rather than a thick cream which makes it easy to blend with. They feel sheer on the skin but are easily buildable. The finish is more of a satin finish than a matte. If you have a combination/oily skin you will definitely need to powder these as they feel quite moisturising on the skin.

Each palette is £20.00 and available direct from Louise Young at or from Beauty Bay 

We love the slimline packaging and mirrored lid for transporting around and touch ups on the go.


Friday, 8 May 2015

MUFE Aqua Collection

We often get asked about waterproof makeup in preparation for holidays and general water based fun in the sun! Likewise if you reside in a hot and humid country you may also be interested in products that won't slide off of your face by lunchtime.
 Makeup Forever have a great selection of waterproof products for the eyes.

Aqua matic
 Waterproof twist up cream eyeshadow sticks. 

These have a pointed tip for precision and added sharpener in the base so you can maintain the defined nib.

 These sticks are super smudgy and are soft enough to be blended with the finger or a brush. We only had the shade in iridescent electric blue but found this shade to be strongly pigmented and deliver a smooth, even finish. These do dry off fairly quickly so apply and blend straight away. Can be worn as a base colour under powder or layered with other Aqua matic shadesAqua matic is available in 12 shades and are £16.00 each.

Aqua Cream
Similar product however pressed into a pot. Cream eye shadow in 18 shades which are highly pigmented and have a delicate mother of pearl sparkle.

 We found these needed to be built up a little more than the Aqua matic to be able to achieve the same payoff. The shades blend out beautifully creating a diffused edge which looks amazing blended into the socket.

shade 19-purple


 All the Aqua creams are £17.00 each. 

Aqua eyes  
 These are the eyeliner pencils in the waterproof range. They have a kohl texture and once dry will not fade or transfer. Especially good for people who have watery eyes.

  Available in 19 shades

Shades in 7l-Turquiose 9L-Gold

 Check out the Waterproof range from Makeup Forever here.. 

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Jo Loves Pomelo Bath and Shower Gel

 We haven't ever tried anything from the Jo Loves range so we literally couldn't wait to get home and hop in the shower (separately!)
 The bath and shower gel we have is from the Pomelo range of scented products.
  This is a totally luxurious product and as it is £35.00 for 200ml it's one we will definitely be removing from the shower after we have left it!
 Jo Loves is created by Fragrance queen Jo Malone and each scent is inspired from the moments in her life which she has fond memories of.
 The Pomelo scent according to Jo was inspired by memories of summer holidays, fresh linen sheets and sparkling iced water.
 Pomelo is simply gorgeous. Almost a masculine smelling fragrance (it's also unisex).
 The key ingredient is obviously the Pomelo fruit. If we are honest it's not a fruit we had heard of but it's a fruit native to southeast Asia. It is also known as a Pamplemousse and looks like a mix of a large lime and grapefruit. The Pomelo is what gives the citrus zing to this scent. 
 The other top note is rose but we can't detect that at all.
 Middle notes are clove and vetiver and the base notes are suede and patchouli.
 This shower gel cleanses, moisturises and leaves the skin smelling simply Divine!
 The Pomelo range also holds a fragrance, body lotion, bath cologne, body cream and hand wash.
 You can purchase Jo Loves from the Jo Loves store on Elizabeth street, London or online from

Wednesday, 6 May 2015


We were in Chicago for Real Techniques last week and picked up some amazing pieces. Check out what we bought here....

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Acapella singing and hanging out in Chicago

We have just returned from our Real Techniques tour in Chicago. If you missed our vlog from Friday night then catch up with it here....

Friday, 1 May 2015

EMJ Kit essentials

As working makeup artists we have to carry kits about with us everywhere. For a makeup artist quite often the worst part of a job is packing your kit. If you're anything like us you'll be doing it at midnight the night before.
 If you can organise your kit into smaller segmented bags then it honestly makes your life so much easier. You can simply pack which individual bags you think you will need rather than taking every item.

 We often get asked which brands we prefer to transport everything in and we really like the range EMJ has to offer.
 EMJ is created by working makeup artist Emily-Jane Williams( Having worked in the industry she knows what works well and is always creating new designs and products to suit the needs of the working makeup artist. Of course anyone can use these products so if you are just a makeup fanatic there are some great products to help you store away all your products.

We have the Zinc kit bag which is made from faux leather and oil cloth in black and silver. It's unisex, lightweight and really easy to clean when you spill products on and in it.
 Around the outside are lots of large, deep pockets to store styling brushes, makeup brushes or whatever you please.
 The zip is strong and opens up wide so you can reach in easily.
 It's a very deep bag so you can get everything you need for a shoot inside.
 This particular bag is £60.00 but there are other styles and colours available on the website if this is not to your taste.

Other pieces we love from the range are  the brush tubes. We have the matching zinc finish one but again there are other options.
 What we love about these is that they are soft enough to squeeze into your kit but also firm enough to protect the product inside.

The tubes can be used for brushes, lip pencils, eye pencils or even your glosses.
 There is a hard base at each end of the lid and base so that once opened each end can stand upright holding your products straight. 

This is perfect when space is limited and you can just pop this at your work station and locate your colours or brushes with ease. The case is secured with a clip to make sure your products don't escape in transit.
 These are £34.00 each.

For your remaining products there are mesh style pouches with zip to separate all your products. They are available in different sizes so you can select the size depending on the product.

 We like to keep foundations in one, blushes in another, lip gloss in another and so on. These range from £15-£17.00
 Products such as concealers and eye shadows we always purchase in a palette and for lipstick we decant into pill box style palettes to make it easier to view the colours. You can then just lay these in your kit bag.

If you are in need of kit essentials or storage solutions then check out EMJ over at
 Emily-Jane has tons of other products also that may be of interest.

Illamasqua To be alive collection

Illamasqua are not a brand to conform to the norm. Rather than the standard summer corals and warm bronze tones this Summer collection is dedicated to the colour blue.
 Not a collection for everyone but hey,  makeup has no rules so why not go for something a little different.
 Blue is not usually a colour we all reach for but blended and layered we can all make it work for us in some form.

The key piece is the eye shadow quad called Spirit palette featuring three powders and a cream eye shadow. This palette actually creates a beautiful smokey eye which when teamed with a nude lip and pink cheek looks stunning.

 The cream in the quad looks an icy blue but translates onto the skin a little lighter. Works nicely under the darker powders to help grip and intensify the powders.
 The deeper matte navy has a solid, dark colour payoff but blends without any patch texture. The mid toned royal blue looks beautiful blended through the socket to give a colour gradient.
 The highlighter looks white in the pan but blends onto the skin as an icy, cool blue with a pearl like finish. Beautiful to blend into the inner corner of the eye as a highlight.
 This quad is £34.00.

The lips may take a little more confidence to wear. The lipstick in Vendetta is an electric blue satin finish. The creamy texture means this won't cake into any dry skin. If you are wearing this lipstick go bold and coat the lips thickly. It's not a colour to be worn half heartedly.

 The gloss in shade Iridesce is much more wearable. It gives a transparent pearl finish to the lips with a mirror shine.
Looks great on it's own or on top of Vendetta if you like a shine.
 The lipstick is £18.50 and the gloss is £ 18.00.

To finish with there is of course a nail varnish in shade Prismatic. It has a two tone finish of aqua and lilac shimmer. Reminds me of Elsa from Frozen's dress. She should definitely accessorise with this shade on her nails! This is £14.50.

The collection launches today 1st May 2015 so head over to or in Illamasqua stores or counters.