Monday, 30 January 2012
Friday, 27 January 2012
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
It is this sort of attitude and ambition to see the end of animal testing that is integral to the aim and ethos of BM Beauty.
The make-up line, currently only sold online since its launch almost a year ago, has already had a great amount of success and will expanding into retail stores later in the year.
The make-up promotes itself as completely cruelty free, and is also free from parabens, synthetic dyes and fragrances and nano particles (just to name a few). Most of the make-up is mineral based and there are an abundance of colours and products to choose from to create looks for any occasion.
I have been trying out the mineral foundation. It contains zinc oxide, which can help with spot prone skin - so whilst some foundations feel like they are clogging up your skin, this one simultaneously provides good coverage but also allows skin to breath, feels lightweight, and helps with any breakouts. It is affordable too at £14 which is even more of a reason to try out this product.
Other collections are Starry Eyed Glamour (cool neutrals), Storybook (bright & bold greens, pink and purple) Burning Spirit (soft golds and bronzes) and Earthy Princess (warm browns and pink)
Thursday, 19 January 2012
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
What's great about it? So easy is it to apply that you could literally throw this foundation on and it would look beautiful. It blends in quickly to provide instant luminosity and radiance without any unwanted residue (it is oil-free). It looks natural on the skin, evening out skin tone and providing an all over polished look and a perfected base for applying make-up. It's texture is velvety, smooth and dare I say, it feels expensive.
The foundation has a medium buildable coverage that easily covers dark circles, uneven skin tones and blemishes but it isn't at all obvious and yet manages to maintain a naturally flawless and highly effective finish. It also feels totally weightless on the skin.
I would say that it is more suited to normal/ dry or combination skin rather than oily.
Negatives - It is packaged in a heavy glass bottle, so not great for transporting in a kit, It carries the hefty price tag on £34, which makes this foundation as expensive as gold dust!
The foundation is available in 15 shades from Selfridges.
What foundation do you love and why?
Review written by Kate Gowing
Monday, 16 January 2012
So finally... the NAKED2 palette, I've been using it for a couple of weeks now and assessing it very critically against the well-established first palette. Here are the results.
Both have colours that I would certainly buy separately, while some perhaps I would not, but as complete sets I love them both equally and both have colours that I use more than other sets. If you are looking to get one over the other, you just have to decide how many colours from each you would wear the most and go with the one that has the most wearable colours for you.
Thursday, 12 January 2012
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Famous for its use of Thermal Spring water that is found in each of their products, renowned for it's soothing and hydrating properties. Recently, I've been using their cleansing milk as part of my skincare routine in a quest to keep skin hydrated and nourished through the winter months and I'm impressed with the results so far.
The rich moisture of the milk keeps skin soft and smooth as well as giving it a hydrated and glowing appearance. The cleanser is really gentle and effectively removes make-up without being at all irritating, make-up easily comes off with cotton pads and leaves the skin clean.
This is a really great cleanser for the effects of outdoor weather, and indeed lots of other Avene products are brilliant for even the harshest of weather conditions. This one in particular focuses on combating dry skin and sensitive skin so is perfect for me at this time of year.
Avene products are really great value for such quality and effectiveness, this cleanser is £11.50 for 200ml so you get a lot of product for the money spent - a good investment!
Avene is only available in pharmacies, in the U.K you can get it in Boots and other independent pharmacies.
Sunday, 8 January 2012
Friday, 6 January 2012
The photographer was Emma Tempest and we shot this a few years ago on a cold day in a cold warehouse in Loughborough Junction.
Just as in my tutorial, I used Dusk and Pearl Creme Colour Base from MAC on the models eyes.
I love working with the CCB, I find them very versatile. They can be used as eyeshadows, shadow bases, highlighters, contours, cheek tints, foundation mixers, lip stains...the list is quite endless.
Thursday, 5 January 2012
Would you believe that I have never written a post about my brushes?!
To be honest, initially I was embarrassed to talk about them. "YouTuber's" get accused of all kinds of deception and greed (some warranted, most not) and I certainly did not want it to look like I was trying to force opinion.
True to form, this is not a post about my brushes, but rather the tutorials that accompany them.
Perhaps some people are not aware of their existence and as I put so much hard work into creating them I better let you know where to watch them. Below are links to a few of my favourites.
Glitter Disco Look
Colour Blocking Look
Diva Lash Look
As these are brush tutorials I don't actually feature the make-up products in the video.
If you really know your stuff then you can jot down what you think i'm using and check it against the Real Techniques blog for a full product list.
Wednesday, 4 January 2012
Here are the Anastasia brow product swatches that I promised you in my video yesterday.
Tinted Brow Gel - $21.00
Here are my brows using the Petite Arch brow stencil, Ebony Brow Powder Duo and Espresso Tinted Gel to set. Love, Love, Love.
You can get hold of Anastasia products from www.pomltd.com and they will ship worldwide.
Tuesday, 3 January 2012
As with the entire range, the packaging looks and feels luxurious and much more expensive than it actually is.
If you are like me then you can use these to experiment by adding coloured pigments to create your own coloured brow/lash gels.