What’s In My Make Up Bag?

I’ll be the first to admit that I have far too much make up than I even need for freelancing never mind just for myself but, just like everyone else I like to keep my daily makeup bag simple.  A few products that will change your make up from day to night, from office drab to party glam in a matter of minutes.  These products I have in my make up bag are products that I can use without a bigger mirror, making them great for easy and quick application!

Foundation

I always carry a sample of my current foundation with me as it’s smaller than carrying the full product and more convenient.  The next time you are in a store buying your foundation, ask nicely for a sample alongside your purchase for handiness.  Not all counters sample as is their policy, so pop into Boots or Superdrug and buy a small jar, normally located in the Holiday Travel area and fill it up from your own just in case.  This can come in so handy, drinks after work with the girls?  Surprise date night from a loved one?  More realistically I use it when I spill sauce down my face from eating something.  Either way, makes for quick and easy touch ups!  My go to foundation at the minute is Yves Saint Laurent All Hours £33.50, beautiful foundation and you need very little so will last you ages.

SHOP HERE

https://www.yslbeauty.co.uk/makeup/complexion/foundation/all-hours-liquid-foundation/WW-21201YSL.html

Powder

I am a lover of face powder but have yet to find the perfect one to suit me.  I am currently bouncing around a few powders but in my makeup bag to bring around with me I tend to bring more afforadable powders.  I have a habit of dropping them, so when I drop one that’s more affordable then it doesn’t hurt my soul as much.  I once dropped my Estee Lauder Doublewear Powder £35 down the stairs and I swear, the sound I made only dogs could have heard.  My favourite drug store powder is the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder £3.99 and is never far from my makeup bag.  There is no makeup look that can’t be solved by a puff of powder and a lick of lipstick!  Plus, powder you can throw on without even looking so there’s not even any need to run to the loos.

SHOP HERE

http://www.boots.com/rimmel-stay-matte-pressed-powder-10097901

Multi Use Palette

Whether you are more of a blush person or a bronzer person, pick the palette that’s right for you and small enough that you can keep in your make up bag.  My personal favourite is the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow Palette, £49.  When I feel in the mood to spend a little on myself and treat myself to make up, Charlotte Tilbury is my first stop, pretty much because of the packaging.  If highlight and bronzer isn’t your thing then try the Filmstar Bronze and Blush, £60 instead.  Both palettes will give you the ability to sharpen any make up look no matter the occasion.

SHOP HERE

http://www.charlottetilbury.com/uk/filmstar-bronze-and-glow.html

http://www.charlottetilbury.com/uk/filmstar-bronze-and-blush.html 

Brow Gel

Normally I would have said just a brow pencil or powder however, as of recent I prefer a bushier brow and I love the way a brow gel through the hairs look.  After work or before I go out somewhere this is always the last thing I do as it lifts a look and brings it to life.  I use the Mac Pro Longwear Brow Gel, £14.50 and so easy and quick to use so a perfect addition to your makeup bag.

SHOP HERE

http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_123443187599_-1

Eyeliner

Even if I don’t take a make up bag with me I always take an eyeliner.  You just never know when the situation calls for a cat eye or a smoky eye.  For that reason, I carry both a liquid and a kohl, Mac Eye Kohl Ebony, £14.50 and Kat Von D Tattoo Liner £16.  The pencil is best for a quick smoky eye and blend out with your finger, or if you can be bothered then bring a little blending brush in your bag too.  Failing that, whip out that Tattoo Liner and cat eye your eyes for an elegant look.

SHOP HERE

http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_123443932599_-1

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LIPS

Whatever lip combo you feel your most sexy in, you have got to have that in your make up bag.  Not going to lie, I have a ‘natural’ colour and a more out there colour for days where I don’t know what mood i’ll be in.  For me I find it best to have a nude and either a red or a deep brown/plum colour to really amp up a look.  As Elizabeth Hurley once said ‘Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together.’

SHOP HERE

https://www.rimmellondon.com/en_gb/products/lips/lasting-finish-by-kate-moss

SERUM

I never leave the house without my Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum and I always have a little travel size in my make up bag.  Pressing a little of this serum over my make up makes me feel like I can conquer the world.  It rejuvenates and re hydrates my skin leaving me with a beautiful glow from within that no amount of highlighter can give you making it a perfect item to add before you head out somewhere.

SHOP HERE

https://www.esteelauder.co.uk/product/681/26959/product-catalog/skincare/advanced-night-repair/synchronized-recovery-complex-ii

FRAGRANCE

I’m a perfume lover, I am always spritzing myself with my favourites scents and love picking up sample sizes to keep in my make up bag.  Currently I have Chloe and a Marc Jacobs fragrance in my bag.  Beautiful sweet, fresh smelling to lift your spirits for a last minute night on the town!

And so concludes what’s in my make up bag, I would love to hear from you what you put in your make up bag, and if there’s anything I am missing out on carrying around!

Favourite Make Up For Ever Products

Aloha, beautiful people,

Today’s topic will be on the beauty of the brand MAKE UP FOR EVER.  Not a lot of people know about the brand, other than the odd stick foundation being used by their favourite You Tubers.  Considering a new counter opened up in Debenhams, Belfast and it is where I work, I thought it would only be fair that I share a little bit about the products and tell you my favourites (all views are my own!)

First up, a little background on the company.  MAKE UP FOR EVER is a brand that was created in 1984 by an amazing lady – Parisian Dany Sanz.  Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy has since taken over the brand however, Dany still plays a crucial role in the inner workings of the brand.  MAKE UP FOR EVER is a brand that allows their users to be creative and play with make up in a way they never have before.  They provide the tools and products for make up professionals and make up fanatics alike.

verticalIn the 1980’s there were very few products available for the working professional and those that were actually available only came in certain shades.  Dany took it upon herself to create her own products that she could use –  and MAN did that take off!  Dany got so many requests from fellow makeup artists and students that she opened up a boutique in Paris.  MAKE UP FOR EVER was born.

Fast forward 33 years and MAKE UP FOR EVER is available in 52 countries and is a widely accredited make up brand.  To have a counter in Belfast is a real treat as it is one of only 3 stores in the whole of Ireland, the others being in Cork and Dublin.  I currently work, as I have said in the store in Debenhams and it has been amazing so far.  The counter opened in June and has created a major buzz already!  The products reputation and popularity allowed us to jump straight in with our customers and we have had the most creative nearly 6 months –  which you will know if my Instagram is anything to go by (@cosmetics.junkiee)

I am going to stop giving you the run down on the company and get on to the good bits that you fellow make up junkies will be gasping for!  These are simply a list of my top picks from the counter and all opinions on the products do remain my own!

PRIMERS

Pictured are a select few of the primers that MAKE UP FOR EVER carry but I have pictures my favourites to use.  The Mattifying, Smoother and Hydrating Primers are my immediate go tos and actually have them in my kit for freelancing.  They do exactly what they say on the tin and you have GOT to appreciate the simplicity of them.  As a Make Up Artist I want something quick and easy that I can put on my clients so I can move on to the base but you don’t have to be a Make Up Artist to enjoy these products.  That’s the beauty of them!  do not be sucked in by primers that claim to do 100 things to your skin.  Take the Mattifying Primer for example – can you guess what it does?  Mattifies.  The Hydrating?  Brilliant,  great for dry skin (my personal favourite.)

Also pictured we have the Redness Correcting,  Nourishing and the Radiant Primer.  These I don’t tend to reach for as often however, they are fantastic to have on hand.  I have a touch of rosacea and use the redness primer, this is also another staple in my kit.  The Nourishing is great if you are a bit of an inbetween skin type and you want something that covers all bases ie.if you aren’t overly oily  or aren’t overly dry  but would still like a primer!  MAKE UP FOR EVER has quite a few Radiant Primers however, I reach for the pink one more often as I personally find it great for brightening up dull skin and this is a common concern in good ol’ Northern Ireland. *retails £14.20-£22.50*

FOUNDATION

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We have a good few foundations under our belts here at MAKE UP FOR EVER however, the one that resonates with everyone is most definitely the multiple award winning Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation.  If I had £1 for how many times I get asked about this amazing foundation a day I could probably buy one!  It’s the most recognisable foundation on the counter and for good reason.  I describe it as the Goldilocks foundation in that, it’s ‘just right’ for everything.  Coverage? Just right.  Creaminess?  Just right.  Colour?  Just right.  It’s thee go to medium coverage foundation with a natural finish on the market. It just happens to photograph beautifully as it was designed specifically for film and TV also so it is perfect for that selfie!  Ever wanted to look like your favourite on screen celeb? Well look no further!  Even when I am freelancing I use it as it suits all skin types, especially considering I have so many amazing primers to go underneath.  Of course if medium everything isn’t your bag then there are plenty of other foundations at MAKE UP FOR EVER that will suit you, so you are best popping in to see one of us and we can talk you through them.  *retails at £30*

CONCEALER

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Pictured here is my favourite concealer of all time.  I was exhausted from trying out concealers that could do it all as in, cover dark circles under the eyes without settling into lines but also be heavy enough that it will cover up those demon blemishes.  After years of searching,  awhile ago I finally came across it!  Behold, the again award winning Ultra HD Invisible Cover Concealer.  Not only is it a perfect concealer but it just so happens to be a fab match to the foundation.  The extensive shade range will cater to every skin need and I have collected quite a few colours as  I tend to contour slightly with this product as well.  I like that it comes in a tube as a lot of concealers that twist like a pen do my head in and any others that pump out I always waste so much product.  The concealer may seem small at 7ml however, I cannot stress enough how little you need!  A must have in my kit and on my face and for my customers – if you are ever in visiting the counter and are served by me I guarantee I end up talking about this!  *retails at £20.50*

POWDER

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You can’t never have seen this before?  If you haven’t – have you been living under a rock?  The Ultra HD Loose Powder – One of the more controversial products on the counter as there are amazing reviews and some not so amazing reviews.  The product itself was recently updated to leave an ultra fine powder that to me almost feels like Talc x1000.  It is the softest powder on earth.  Honestly, go into a counter and tip some on your hand and I swear you will never have tried a powder like it.  If that’s what it can do to your face then imagine what it will do for your eyes!  The more negative reviews boast that it gave really bad flashback and can leave the face very powdery.  From personal experience, this hasn’t happened to me however, there is a right and a wrong way to apply it.  If you apply too much with the wrong kind of brush for example, it will make your foundation a little lighter.   This powder works best in small doses and therefore will last you ages, so just be sure to ask advice when you are in store to get the best out of your products.  This works amazing under the eyes also if you suffer from creasing!  *retails at £24.50*

BRONZER

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SO, Pro Bronze Fusion Bronzer.  Honestly, I hated this bronzer at first.  I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t see the orange stripes on my face anymore until somebody complimented my subtle glow when I was wearing it and I was like ‘ohhhh’.  So when I want a subtle bronzed look that I can build up, I use the MAKE UP FOR EVER bronzer in the shade 20M.  I recently used it at the lastfew weddings I did and it also photographed beautifully.  Plus, Jamie Genevieve uses it… So I use it.  I would recommend a very soft brush to apply as I used a more dense brush and it lifted off too much product and left me grey looking.  You know that grey cheek look? Not cute.  I recommend the MAKE UP FOR EVER brush in #128.

ARTIST FACE COLOR

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Oh my GOD I love these!  I use them every day!  There’s a vast selection of blushers, highlighters both matte and luminous and contour shades.  They are magnetic and you can either stick them in a palette you already have or purchase the case.  Anything that is compact and refillable gets my vote, especially as someone who requires everything to be small and organised.  This is brilliant for people who travel also because it has everything!  This one is actually the Jessie J Limited Edition palette but it contains all of my favourite colours from the range.  I use it for highlighter, contour and blush however, there ain’t nothing stopping you peeps from filling it up with all blush or whatever you want!  Each retails at £18 however the Jessie J Limited Edition palette is £54 – which is amazing!

BROWS

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MAKE UP FOR EVER aren’t known massively for their brow products, you know like Benefit or Anastasia Beverly Hills are, etc.  but they damn well should be!  I fell in love instantly with the Aqua Brow, which is like pomade in a tube which I prefer than a little jar as it doesn’t dry out at all!  There really is something or everyone with the brows here, I go through phases of which I prefer.  Today I used the Brow Pencil with the Brow Liner to create a fluffier brow and when I want a more sculpted brow I will use the Aqua Brow.  When you buy the Aqua Brow it comes in the cutest little set!  It has a pouch with a small spoolie and small angled brush – a make up bag must have!  One thing I always use on my brows regardless of what makeup look I am doing or whether I am even wearing makeup is the Brow Gel.  It instantly makes me feel better about myself, also considering my brows are feral, it keeps them at bay! *retails from £14-£33*

DIAMOND POWDER

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Glitters will come… glitters will go but holy crap this glitter I will keep repurchasing!  There are so many beautiful colours, I can’t cope.  The glitter sticks on itself, without the need of an adhesive which comes in really handy and doesn’t leave eye makeup looking chunky!  The pot seems small but you need so little of it that it will last you ages – plus it’s really nice to look at!  Some advice, please don’t keep it in a make up bag as if it opens everything will be covered! *retails at £18.50*

AQUA XL PAINTS

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These wouldn’t be something that you would run to pick up but the range of these face paints are amazing.  They can be used on the eyes, lips and face and are so versatile.  I used them a lot over Halloween creating different looks and they are surprisingly easy to use.  I can recommend MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Seal to go along with them as it’s like a mixing agent, so it thins out the cream so it applies easier.  Pictured are my two favourites to use as a cream highlight, they are so beautiful!

LIP

Liiiiips – who doesn’t love lipstick?  It’s the one accessory I carry around in my handbag and am probably never seen without.  I cleared out my handbag yesterday and I took out 11 lipsticks and about 5 lip liners.  These are some of my favourite colours from MAKE UP FOR EVER’s lip range – we have the Artist Rouge Creme lipstick M300 and the Aqua Lip Waterproof Liner in 8C.  The lip is an amazing creamy matte that does NOT move.  If you are looking for that all day lipstick then yaaaay I found it!  I have also pictured the latest launch of the Artist Liquid Matte (L-R) 101, 105, 301, 401, 501.  The world has fallen in love with liquid lipsticks and while they can be a little on the drier side these liquid lipsticks aren’t!  Now, when they hit the like, 8 hour wear mark they can be a little dry and I normally take them off and reapply and I am good to go!  So 8 hours out of one application of a liquid lipstick is pretty good going!  They are seriously creamy also when you apply them which is an added bonus!

SO ANYWAY, that’s quite enough rambling about my favourite products!  What are your favourite products, if any from MAKE UP FOR EVER?  I would love to hear! Drop a comment or send me a message!  If you are in the Belfast/Northern Ireland area and are wanting to get your make up done – YOU CAN.  Come in and see us in Debenhams, Belfast to have a look at our amazing products and book for a make up application or a make up lesson.  See below for prices which are redeemable on products on the day!

Eyes/Base – £25

Full Make Up – £45

Make Up Lesson – £45

Can’t wait to see you all chicas!

Amy xo

 

Beauty Must Haves

Whether you are a barely there make up wearer or a Drag Queen there are a few styles of products that everyone must have in their make up bag.

My make up bag changes with whatever beauty counter has had a free gift on, so every month I have a new multi coloured bag to pull all of my unnecessary lipsticks out of.  Obviously, I am more of a self confessed beauty lover and may have more than many when it comes to make up.  Even so, I still have my ‘Desert Island’ products that I would never be without.  This isn’t so much a ‘these are the exact products you must have’ post, more of a ‘you need something like this’ post.

Let’s get started…

  1. Primer.  I am sorry, but I couldn’t bare to touch my face without having at least something separating my skincare from my makeup.  You wouldn’t put a coat of Dulux on without priming your wall first, so treat your face with the same respect! I have an ever growing collection of primers however, so long if you have one in your makeup bag, then you’ll have amazing long lasting make up all day long!  A few old faves of mine range from the Nyx Born To Glow Illuminating Primer to Make Up For Ever Hydrating Primer.  I use these two religiously considering I have extremely dry skin and love a drop of radiance.  If you are more oily can I suggest Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer or Nars Pore & Shine Control Primer as I have used both on clients with oily skin and the feedback has been excellent. Happy priming!unnamed
  2. Liner. I don’t care whether it’s a pencil, liquid, gel, powder or cream based product you owe it to yourself and to your eyes to purchase a perfect liner.  I personally am a fan of liquid and gel, I own very few pencils.  The pencils I do have are for enhancing eyeshadow looks however, for that perfect feline cat eye you have to have a fabby liner to help you along the way.  I have gathered a disgusting collection in my time so far as a makeup artist.  I can’t stray from Mac Blacktrack Gel Liner as I have tried them all on the market and this is the only one that takes the cake, guys.  Liquid liner on the other hand, I have a few favourites for different reasons.  My advice is pick the style that’s easiest for you to use and then perfect it! My tried and tested liquid liners are Maybelline Master Ink Matte Liquid for those  that perfer a pot, Charlotte Tilbury Feline Flick or Kat Von D Tattoo Liner for those that prefer a pen style.yup
  3. Red Lipstick. Yes, you.  There will come a time in every woman’s life where she will all of a sudden need to go from day to night and god forbid all you have is a bunch of rolled up tissues and an empty bottle of Diet Coke in your handbag.  You will praise the day your read this article and you went and purchased an emergency red for such an occasion.  I always have a red lipstick in the zippy part of my  handbag, even in bags I am not using that day!  I have a red stashed in every handbag just incase the need for it arises.  I like to have a variety of my reds in different levels of intensity as I don’t always want to look like an emoji.  For those of you lip-cheek-stain-1051883-003redpomegranate-1-640x640who are shaking thinking about a red lipstick, why don’t you invest in a stain like The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stain in ‘Red Pomegranate.’  Not only is this product the tits, it’s  multi functional and a bargain at £8.  It gives you that ‘your lips but better’ effect without going full of Marilyn Monroe.

For those who like a middle of the road, Goldilocks perfect style of red I can all but suggest Charlotte Tilbury again with her Hot Lips range in the shade ‘Tell Laura.‘  This is a gloriously fabby, orangey red which is seriously flattering against most skin tones.  If something a little less bright is your bag Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy in ‘Envious’ is a universally loved shade.  It gives just enough coverage on the lips without going overboard.

Myself on the other hand, when I wear a red my GOD I wear a red!  As if you can’t tell that already from my profile picture… which by the way is Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid unnamed (4)Lipstick in ‘Fire Starter.’  I am usually a Mac loving Ruby Woo, So Chaud wearing big red lip wannabe superstar.  If you are looking one red lipstick to rule them all make it Ruby Woo, Mac.  Countless times it tops the charts as the best red in the beauty world.  If it were a singer it would be Ed Sheeran.

 

4. Spoolie brush.  You have just got to trust me on this.  When I used to talk about a Spoolie Brush pre-Cara Delevigne I would get laughed out of the place.  Well, how you like me now?!  A bigger bushier brow is the first thing my clients draw  my attention to (as if I didn’t see…) is their brows.  ‘Oh, forgive my brows I am getting them done next week’ or ‘I know, there’s hardly anything there I shaved them when I was 5.’ All I can say is, brush those hairs into place and it’ll be  like your face has changed in an instant.  The best thing about this post is that if you dont’ want to spend money on a brush you can buy a pack of disposable mascara wands and they will do the exact same thing!  I do however float between Make Up For Ever Double Ended Brow and Eyelash Brush and Mac 204 Lash Brush. If you currently skip this step, please I am begging you – even if you have 3 hairs, do it! The difference is crazy.

5.  Bronzer.  Ah duh, who doesn’t love to transform themselves into a gorgeously, glowing glamazon who looks like they have lived in Dubai for the last decade?  I know I do.  Not much I can say for bronzer, to me bronzer is kind of like pizza in that even a bad one, is still a good one and you can make do with it.  I like having small compact ones that I can take around with me, preferably one with a mirror (vain much?).  Bronzer is great on the eyes too so don’t forget how multi functional this product is too!  My current favourites are Mac Give Me Sun, Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion 20M and Chanel Soleil de Tan for those cream/gel bronzer lovers.  Nyx’s Make Up Matte Bronzer is a great alternative for those on a budget (or for those prone to smashing bronzers… guilty).unnamed (1)

6. Setting Spray. Yes, this may be extremely unnecessary for some and I thought so too until a few years ago, a lovely girl at Urban Decay talked me into getting a setting spray.  I owe her.  A lot.  Setting spray changed my whole makeup game… not only does it feel refreshing AF, but sprays genuinely help the longevity of your makeup.  WHY wouldn’t you want that?  Again, I used an extreme variety of setting sprays however, that’s now mainly down to the fact I am enjoying collecting them.  I like to look at them all on my shelf.  It’s very satisfying getting to the end of a makeup application and dusting a decent bit of spray over your face to help lock in all that effort.

I use setting sprays to dampen my beauty blenders before application and my brushes before I use certain eyeshadows.  Obviously, I can use good old H2O for that but why would I when I have an array of sprays?

First up, I love the Mac Fix Plus however, as setting sprays go it doesn’t set much?  To me it just adds a little hydration and takes away that powdery cakey look from foundation.  Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray is always a firm favourite and the first spray I ever bought (thank you lady).  Make Up For Ever

unnamed (2)once again getting a mention for their Mist & Fix Setting Spray, a spray that both sets and hydrates – DING DING DING – Winner! Basically every counter and brand have a setting spray on the market so my advice is pick a brand you love and try out theirs.  Your skin will thank you.

 

 

 

Now, that’s quite enough from me.  This post is now longer than the majority of essays I have written for school but with a far nicer content!  Please comment and let me know what your must have products are because I will more than likely head out and buy the damn thing!

Also, let me know if you end up with anything I mentioned and tell me how you get on, I would love to hear.

Thanks,
Ciao Bellas xo

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Skinkissed La Meor Vitamin C Serum Review

Hello friends,

I know, I know… it’s a long title.  I am very excited to bring you this post as for once, I have researched something and actual given a product a fair chance for me to see a difference.  Normally I post about fall-in-love-immediately products like lipsticks or chocolate.  This time, I am bringing you my thoughts on a serum I came across and I am so glad I did.

I have seen this serum floating around on the odd YouTube video and Instagram page so naturally, I had to try it.  I have for a long time been used to my skincare range and haven’t dared move away from it.  I am pleased I sucked it up and tried this serum but it seems to have been the missing ingredient that has made everything else work together.  When it goes on, I feel like I can conquer the world.

 

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Firstly, some background on my skin.  I am relatively lucky with my skin however, we are all our own worst enemy so of course i’ll pick up on every little aspect of my face that I would love to change.  Normally I have a nose like Rudolph, small broken veins around it constantly making it red.  I have quite uneven texture on my skin around my jawline, small bumps and my skin would range from normal to dry.  Don’t get me wrong I get the odd demon spot every month, who doesn’t?

This Vitamin C serum has quickly become my holy grail product because the difference that it has made to me is sensational.  My redness, although still there is bearable and I actually am just back from Tesco after leaving with no makeup on.  That. Never. Happens.  I always feel the need to wear makeup, especially in the industry I work in.  This serum is the  only thing I have changed in my regime in the last 2 months so I know that it’s definitely this that is making the change.  It’s actually become a go to for ridiculous things, like I burnt my hand on the oven the other day and I put a little serum on it and it calmed right down.  I’m like the Dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding and his bloody spray.

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BENEFITS

Plumps and hydrates dry/dull skin

Reduces wrinkles, fine lines and blemishes

Leaves skin soft and fresh

The perfect base for your makeup

Leaves skin looking youthful and glowing

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Main active ingredients are Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen.  Each one of these ingredients carry powerful benefits which are designed to help you achieve healthy and natural looking skin – SIGN ME UP, AM I RIGHT?

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Cruelty Free and NEVER tested on animals

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My Thoughts On Instagram Trends

I. Love. Instagram.

I love that I have a medium to use to promote my makeups, etc and only people that are interested will actually look at, maaaybe even click that little heart button to show me some love.  Unlike Facebook for example where normally no one gives a shit.

HOWEVER, every so often some horrific trend comes out of Instagram which is absolutely ridiculous.  Here’s a short list of the absolute worst in no particular order.

  1. Squiggle Eyebrows squiggle-eyebrows

What. The. Fuck?

Yes, yes, it’s very creative and not bad to look at but I just know where this is going to go… it’s transcend if it hasn’t already from Instagram to YouTube and I swear to GOD if someone comes to me for a  makeup appointment and asks for this I will actually quit, there and then.  This isn’t even the worst photo I could find, I could just about bear to have this on my post.  It’s been traced back as far as blogger Promise Tamang and I really need to have a word with her to see if she’s aware of what she has started.  I go onto Instagram for inspiration and to share my work with others – this I will not be sharing.

2. Squiggle fucking Lips

screen-shot-2017-09-02-at-12.25.32The eyebrow trend has really only taken off within the last few weeks and already we have moved onto Squiggle Lips.  Can we just get a grip here?  I refuse to speak too much about this because this is most ridicularse thing I have ever seen come from a trend.  Squiggle lips? Are you kidding me?  I have only just got to grips with taking the time to use concealer to perfect my overdrawn pout.  I can understand the appeal of doing something funky with the ends of brows but not this. NOT THIS PEOPLE.  Also, I have just realised she has squiggle eyeliner too.  Give. Me. Strength.

3.  Leech Facials

NOPE.  Can’t even bring myself to attach a photo to this point but Miranda Kerr, I am looking at you for this one.  Unless them damn leeches can reverse time or turn me into a unicorn I ain’t putting any of them near my face!

4.  New Post

Not exactly a beauty trend, but still something that pisses me off.

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Attention Instagrammers! Can you please stop taking screenshots of your own account and scribbling out the picture you  uploaded while writing over the scribble NEW POST.  I don’t understand this?  If people are following you and you have just posted, unless they have blocked your sorry ass aren’t they going to see it pop up on their page anyway? Pointless.

I am unsure why this grinds my gears so much – I just don’t get it.  Is it effective? Should I be doing this..?

 

 

 

5. Contouring with Ridiculous Objects

I mean, as a Make Up Artist I get especially peeved when customers open their eyes and give you the stare while asking ‘Can you contour me? I want to look like Kim Kardashian.’  Contouring has become something widely known now and regular people ie. not MUAS are able to use it at home albeit some still find it a challenge to complete.  With that in  mind why are there now people using spoons, credit cards, fucking fidget spinners and all sorts to draw on their faces with for contouring?  ENOUGH. Brushes are there for a reason.  Using a seriously straight edge like credit card will only make you look like a bad Madame Tussauds piece of work.

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6. 100 layers

I am pretty certain this has died?  I wasn’t overly annoyed by it until Jenna Marbles took it to the extreme and spent like 9 hours painting on 100 layers of nail polish, 100 layers of lip gloss, 100 sprays of fake tan (SRS) and put on 100 eyelashes and all the other wacky shit she did. jenna-marbles-100-coats-video Even so, we have got to be done with this.

 

 

 

 

7.  Household items as beauty blenders – marshmallows, etc – NO.

8. Using your iPhone back as a palette – SERIOUSLY YOUNG PEOPLE?  You may as well just stick the middle finger up at those less fortunate who don’t have the things you have. Are you really that flimsy with your belongings?

9.  So like, is everyone a Unicorn now?  We get it.  They are unique.  You are NOT.

I love how all these people always post ‘No negativity please’ like they already know it’s dumb.

Gone are the days of cute makeups, glam makeups and subtle makeups – now the trends got me like Gordon.

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Lipstick Lover

Namaste people,

As any of my whole 12 or so followers might know I am partially (completely) addicted to lipstick.  Yes, makeup is my profession and I am around it constantly however, I am genuinely weirdly in love with lipsticks.  It doesn’t matter what type of lippy – matte, satin, cream, matte liquid, frosted, lip stain, gloss – ANYTHING.  Even a damn balm – LOVE.

Sometimes I will legit zone out of conversations thinking about things like ‘oh God, her lipstick is nice… should I ask her what it is? I can’t be rude and not listen to her.  Oh wait, I’m not listening to her.’

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My friends great me with ‘Hey, how are you? My lipstick, before you ask is Mac Creme d’Nude.’  I actually once sat on Face Time to my friend Jenna and made her count my lipsticks with me… I think she liked me a little less after that conversation.  My collection has grown considerably since that video call as it would take hours to go through them all now.  I blame my clients (jk. i love you and you feed my makeup habit.) everytime I book someone in for a Bridal trial I think I suggest a new lipstick that I don’t have yet just so I can go and buy it.  I know, I have a problem.

I stand in work for example and I mean, I work there are so am fairly familiar with every lipstick on my counter.  I still end up swatching the same 20 lipsticks halfway up my arm that I swatched a few days earlier.  I stand and look at them, shake my hand under a light to see how they glisten.  My hand is always so dirty looking – I can’t help it.  At least it’s dirty with pretty colours.

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I don’t know why I love it so much I mean there’s so many articles of makeup that I absolutely love but lipstick always takes the cake.  Lipstick completes every look!  When I’m doing makeups I know it looks good but there’s always something missing and it’s until the lipsticks goes on that it really looks good.  If you scroll through my camera roll on my phone, I wouldn’t be surprised if there are around 500 screenshots of lipsticks that I have seen on Instagram, Pinterest, etc and am waiting to buy.  My lipstick shopping list is more in depth than my actual grocery shopping list.

I’m now away to sit in my little beauty room and rearrange them all into my new beautiful acrylic containers.

I know right, typical female who loves makeup… it’s groundbreaking.  I’m expecting a call any day now about my book release from a publisher.

I once queued outside Debenhams (before I worked there) for a Limited Edition MAC Lipstick…

Life As An MUA

As a ‘mooah’ I constantly get asked – when i’m so close to people I can smell what they had for dinner last night – ‘Oh you’re so lucky to play with all this make up all day long’ and ‘Aw, you have such a great job, so easy I wish I could do it.’

EXCUSE ME PEOPLE?  I have dabbled in many a job type from retail to office work, from a gym to a law office and while what I do is by NO means the hardest job in the world, it’s certainly not the easiest (that’s taste testing Domino’s pizza…)

I absolutely love my job and really wouldn’t change it for anything in the world.  While I have my ups and my downs I know that this is what i’ll be doing until my sweet retirement (or until I win the lottery and buy Ibiza).

I currently work on a beauty counter in Debenhams and I can list for you hour by hour what I do but the main thing is I try to make women feel good about themselves.   If anyone is one of those ‘You don’t need make up to be beautiful, you’re beautiful on the inside, fuck mascara’ types then I would just leave now.  You give any woman a highlighter and watch as her eyes light up and go OOOH as she pops her cheekbone with it, I guarantee success.  Highlighters are like pizza (obsessed), even if it’s bad it is still a highlighter.

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Anyway, I am miles off the point.  I serve people all day for. a. living.  Shouldn’t all people who work in retail receive a high honour or a medal?  It can be so difficult to break some customers into relaxing around beauty counters as they have an automatic instinct that I am going to be some snobby bitch who will make her feel bad if she doesn’t know what an eyelash curler is.  We are SO the opposite, seriously.  All we want to do is sit you down and teach you things.  To be honest, more often than not it’s customers who teach me things – there are some inspirational people out there.  We’re women (and men) and we all love a good gossip.  It’s amazing what total strangers will confide in you after only knowing you 10 minutes just because you’re doing her eye makeup for a night out.  Seriously, I found out that a lady’s husband was cheating on her with his assistant and she was laughing about it because of how much of a cliche it is.  Another woman told me about how she can’t have children and is scared to tell her husband.  A guy was in getting his makeup done because he didn’t want his parents seeing him do it in the house.  This is personal shit.  I tell you, people on beauty counters and in this industry are part time mooahs, part time psychiatrists.

It’s not all smooth sailing don’t get me wrong.  If one more person comes in to get their makeup done and shows me a picture of Kim Kardashian or Kylie fucking Jenner I may stand and scream.  You’re lips are never going to look like that because if I overdraw them anymore you’re lip line will touch your nose.

Personal pet peeve is when a customer is browsing the lipstick station and has close to 1000 colours up her arm, and when I ask what she is looking for the answer is ‘I’m looking for a sort of brownish, reddish nude that isn’t too pinky and has a blue tone through it.’  LADY, unless you have recently come from p3 art class I genuinely doubt you understand what a blue tone is or does or will actually do for you.  Furthermore, pick one. One.  I beg you.

As well as working on the counter I do work freelance too.  With working full time I can’t do many however, there is nothing I love more than doing wedding makeups.  It’s the hardest, easiest job I’ve ever had.  I never feel as much happiness as when I am in a hotel room with the bridal party, or in the family home.  I find it amazing that someone can bring me into one of the most special days of their lives and trust me with their bridal beauty.  The flowers smell amazing, there is champagne flowing with strawberries, mini frys or sausage baguettes being passed around mere hours before squeezing into bridal and bridesmaid dresses and family everywhere.

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In the middle of all this love and adoration is ME.  I have a kit the size of the kitchen, I only have 20 minutes per face, I can’t remember what eye shadow I used in the trials, praying I have eyelash glue and this god damn bridesmaid is lecturing on how she does her contour?! Shut. UP.  The bride hired me to do your face the way she wanted, not the way that you read how it should be done in Heat Magazine 3 weeks ago.   Take a seat and drink your champagne while I do my job.

 

I have no idea where this blog post was headed but I’ve ranted enough about what I do for a living, this is a tiny portion of what I do.  Any other make up artists out there, get in touch and share your stories, what you love and what you absolutely hate!

As always, thank you for reading

Amy

@cosmeticsjunkiee xo

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lips Review

Buonjiorno Bellas!

I was recently very lucky to be sent out a lovely package by Rimmel London as shown on my Instagram @cosmeticsjunkiee and wanted to share with you lovely people what was inside it.

As previously stated, I am a Make Up Artist and with that role comes an awful lot of makeup and knowing what products are good and what quite simply, suck.  The benefits are I am used to all kinds of skin types and skin colouring and so will be able to recommend things for everyone!  Which might be nice for a change because as much as I love Nikki Tutorials in all her glory, not everyone wants that blinding ass highlight on skin the colour of snow.  Don’t get me wrong, I love her but c’mon – where are the products for normal people?!

Anyway, moving swiftly onwards.  In my pretty, little black Rimmel box parceled up with black tissue lay 5 glorious Stay Matte Liquid Lipsticks from their new line.  I immediately got very excited because visions of Kate Moss came flashing by and I adopted an English accent while saying ‘Get the London look.’

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Upon first swatch, I can see that the pigment is intense along with a really soft applicator.  I let them sit on my arm for a few minutes to see how dry they went and/or if the cracked and after an hour they hadn’t smudged or moved in the slightest – no cracks!  I was so excited to actually get them on my lips.  Naturally, I floated towards the nude as I have a love hate relationship with pinks – I just can’t pull pinks off 😐

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So, first up we have the shade ‘Mocha 720’ which for me, it is the most perfect shade of nude to suit my skin tone.  I do like a slightly darker shade of nude so that’s why I liked this one so much however, they have another shade called ‘Latte To Go 710’ which is just a fraction lighter for those who are paler or prefer lighter lipsticks.  I didn’t feel the need to use a lip liner with the liquid lip as it didn’t bleed or move much at all.  I wore this the first time applying it at around 7am and I didn’t take it off until around 10pm – I not ONCE reapplied.  I don’t have bionic lips, people this is just a damn good nude.  Don’t get me wrong, they were feeling dry around the time of 7pm but that’s a whole 12 hours after I applied it and I had been out for lunch, out for dinner and scoffed my way through a box of popcorn and slugged down several cocktails (That’s not all I do – it was my birthday!) I am in love with this nude, all I can say is Rimmel you have outdone yourself and I haven’t even moved onto the other 4 shades!

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Don’t worry I am not going to drone on about how great each and every lip shade is as every point I have on each colour is much the same as Mocha 720.  This shade is ‘Pink Blink 200’ and is so so pretty.  It is slightly deeper than the average pink lippy which is why I can get on board with it.  Surprisingly pigmented for being a pink!

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‘Mightnight 800.’  Need I say more?  To those familiar with a dark toned liquid lip like this, I know how hard it can be to find a dark shade that doesn’t break up on your lips into little bits.  I’m no scientist but I guess it’s down to the formulas for darker tones.  Anyway, this is beaut and I love it.

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This is ‘Blush 110’ and probably my least favourite from the 5 shades sent out but again, probably only because I am not a pink lover.  The colour pay off was a little harder to get with this shade and I would definitely recommend a lip liner for this one unlike any of the others just to add a little more definition.  If you want to stay within the Rimmel family then the East End Snob is a perfect match.

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Last but not least, this is ‘Fire Starter 500.’  I love a good strong red as much as the next person but I never would have thought to go for a liquid lipstick let alone trust a drug store brand for my go to.  I have been proved a little wrong here… Rimmel you take the cake above my others including Mac Ruby Woo and So Chaud.  There is however, only one red within the range and some may prefer a more orange tone red but this is still a beauty and make my teeth look really white!

On Rimmel’s website, they claim that the lipsticks give a  bold matte colour in one stroke, kiss proof, touch proof and waterproof!  I can agree with all of these points and I am so thankful to have been sent these lipsticks as if I was in Boots, Superdrug, etc I would have completely walked past them!

10/10 would recommend – as drug store liquid lipsticks go these are the best (even better than some premium brands!)

 

As always, thanks for reading 🙂

@cosmetics.junkiee

Ciao xo

PS. I was curious, and showered with Fire Starter on – My mind is blown it didn’t move AT ALL.

PPS.  This is not a paid post, Rimmel kindly sent me products for free allowing me to try out their lipsticks however, all opinions are my own.

Mooah

Greetings,

First of all, thanks for reading or at least skimming this as I believe there are hundreds of thousands, millions even of blogs on wordpress.com and lucky you – you’re here!

Who knows where this blog will lead, or if it will lead anywhere.  I did try to start a blog once after having watched Bridget Jones’ Diary and got myself all worked up with a journalistic approach.  I had 3 posts.  That was around 2 years ago and no body would have wanted to read about what I was doing then, it wasn’t overly interesting.  It still isn’t, don’t get any ideas but I like to think that someone will read this and go ‘ooOOoo’.

I’ll introduce myself – I am Amy, a self taught make up artist specialising in nothing.  You want your make up done? I’m your gal!  I have been working for make up companies in department stores since 2012 and been working freelance about the same length of time.  I have never been happier in my work than what I am now.  As my domain name suggests, I am a self confessed makeup and cosmetics junkie (I had to add an extra e when I started my Instagram which I actually like now, it made me realise I am not the only cosmetics junkie out there so i’ll have to offer something different than the average beauty guru).

In my spare time I tend to lock myself away in my beauty room and play with makeup and try to push myself out of my nudes loving comfort zone.  It’s starting to work!  I think i’ll aim this blog at women/men who are looking for the newest beauty trends because let’s be real, there aren’t enough trend blogs out there 😐

I will however, try not to become a typical make up artist who drones on about the same make up looks and same God damn Kardashian make up style.  As much as I can’t stand when someone asks to have their make up done like one of the K Clan, I can’t help but think ‘Dammit, this does look good.’

Anyway, here’s a picture of me – a MUA (pronounced. mooah), which also stands for Made Up Acronym.

 

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Til next time,

@cosmeticsjunkiee x