This week I’m loving

Ardell Lashes

I went to a press event last month where Ardell lashes were being showcased. THE Lousie Page (make up artist to the stars) was supporting the brand that day and she chose a pair of lashes specifically for me that she thought would suit me and that I would like. And true to form, I love them! They are real human hair double lashes (no.204), aptly called Double Up, which give both length and thickness with a gentle flick, but without the dreadful TOWIE effect. These are much more gracious, less brash and less in your face. I think it was a during Chezza’s reign on X Factor that double lashes became popular. But then, people literally used to put one lash on top of another. Ardell has just gone one step further and fused 2 sets of lashes together for more drama sans fuss!

I’ve been wearing them since and I’ve probably had them on for 3 weeks straight. They are a bit knackered now, but thats 21 wears I managed to get out of them. Most lashes only last about 12 wears! I really like that fact that the lashes are easy to handle and with my heavy hands, they still managed to retain their shape, day in, day out. They are also on thinner strips, which means easier to put on too. At under around the £9 price point from Boots, they make a great set for everyday use!

The Nails Show

I love events and this is one that I am SUPER excited about. Its an all day event on Saturday 18th August at Cargo in Shoreditch and it will showcase nails on all levels. I’m still getting more information, but I know that it will be a stellar interactive, exciting and visual show, not only for nail professionals but also most importantly for the general public. There will be free nail art workshops, a live nail art competition and a polish swap for unused and unwanted nail polishes. I know I have a few that could go in that category so it will be exciting to see what I can swap them for. As the saying goes, one persons junk is another persons treasure 🙂 Its a great opportunity learn about all things nails with like minded individuals and with some great brands present there will be something for everyone.

It is a ticketed event so if you’re planning on going (like why wouldn’t you go?!) get your ticket at the early bird price of £7 from www.eventelephant.com/thenailsshow

I’ve got more to come on this, so watch this space, or blog rather 🙂

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Product Review: Keromask London – Camouflage Cream & Finishing Powder

Essentially in the concealer family of make up products. But this is so much more and the clue is in the name. The key word here is camouflage. This cream is high-powered and designed to cover a multitude of skin problems, not just your odd red spot. It actually comes recommended by the British Association for Skin Camouflage and British Red Cross Skin Camouflage Clinics. These are commendations that mean this is a trusted and regarded product. It’s even on the NHS list as a brand that caters for people with skin conditions.

Designed by Eryca Freemantle, make up artist the main function of this cream to disguise skin imperfections ranging from acne, tattoos, birth marks, prominent veins, vitiligo and rosacea. These are skin issues that can seriously affect ones confidence and the way they live their life. The reason I found out about this is that I have quite a dark patch on my chin which bothers me and it’s not always I can find a concealer that works well and stays put all day. Most regular concealers are fine, this one is just a bit more.

I’m a big fab on trialling products. In these times of austerity its makes perfect sense to me to test something first before investing big bucks and making a committment to it. So whenever, you’re at a counter, ask for a tester to try at home. Any good company will have testers and be more than happy to give you a few in the hope of securing your custom.

Keromask sells only online and I wasn’t sure what shade I’ll need to I opted to purchase a sample kit in dark for £4.99. It arrived very quickly and there’s quite a lot in the kit, which arrives in a blister pack. It contains both the camouflage cream and finishing powders to match, plus mixer powders should you need them to custom blend a shade. You can tell it was developed my a make up artist and I love the fact it provides the mixers as that’s the company accepting that everyone is different with differing requirements. This is a commendable point for me as in reality not one size fits all.

The cream itself is looks like a whipped and the colour permeates throughout. The consistency of double cream. I use my MAC 194 brush to stipple it on, then use the brush to softly blend it in. It dries quite quickly to what looks like almost a powder finish. I find it doesn’t budge or smudge during the day and stays put without the need for reapplying. This is very important when you’re trying to mask imperfections as the last thing you want is to be sat in a meeting wondering whether your make up is still in place.

For its consistency the coverage is excellent and truly covers what you don’t want to be seen. The company says its cover with confidence and I am confident that this product does its job. I’ve not used the powders provided as I am happy to use my normal finishing powder (MAC mineralised) over the top. The powders contain parabens, but as its use would be limited to such small amounts, that is not something that would bother me.

My final conclusion on Keromask is that it’s an excellent product and is up there amongst the best concealers I’ve used. I think it would really make a difference to people who suffer from major imperfections like vitiligo or perma dark circles. With 24 shades and the ability to mix them all, I’m confident that everyone will be able to use this range. I used it for almost superficial cosmetic reasons, but if you have major skin problems, this product will mean even more so to you than me.

You can watch the video below to get more background behind the product. Ignore the bit about the end about cleaning your make up off with their wipes. NO-ONE should be using wipes to clean their face. Its just filthy. Wash your face with water and a suitable cleanser. 

This week I’ve been loving

Biologique Recherche P50

This product was on my toner wish list and I’ve finally lain my hands on it. To get it, I had to go out of my way to EF Medispa in St Johns Wood. I live in Hertfordshire. When I called to find out if they had any in stock, the receptionist said no, they’d finished and she wasn’t sure when they’d get it back in. Then by luck, she found one and phoned me back to come and get it. FATE! It was cold and raining, but I hoped on the train anyway. DEDICATION.

From the first use, I felt the difference in my skin. Its more refined, smoother and brighter. This is a keeper. At £49, I’m using it sparingly though.

Chanel Perfection Lumiere SPF 10 Foundation

I’ve been stuck in a foundation rut for a few months and I finally climbed out of that pit. Stylishly in Chanel too. I love how its feels really light on my skin with its floral smell. It’s a liquid foundation and I buff it in for a smooth flawless finish and it holds up well in my busy days, lasting at least 6 hours before a touch up is needed. The colour match is excellent and a little goes a long way – 2 pumps covers my entire face for medium coverage which is what I need.  At £36 its the top end of my budget, but I believe you get what you pay for and this time I’m getting a great deal.

Magazine Freebies

I read magazines for content, but if a little sweetener is thrown in, even better. Especially if it’s a freebie that I’ll actually use. July editions of Marie Claire and In Style came with a nail polish and Body Shop Kohl Eyeliners. All are welcome additions to my ever-growing make up stash. It’s good to read! lol!

Product Review: Nars Concealer

I swore by my Make Up Forever Camouflage Cream palette in no. 5 for dark skin tones. It was perfect in every RESPECT and came with 5 cream colours each with a different use depending on the highlighting/shading effect I wanted to create. However, there was one colour which I used religiously and suffice to say t’was a sad day when I hit the pan.  I’ve not used the palette again, which is very wasteful and lazy on my part I have to say.

I’m going to Paris in a few weeks, so I’m sure I’ll stop by MUFE and pick up a new palette or see if they do my favourite on its own. I know there are a few places I can pick it up in London, but I’ve always wanted to go to the Paris store, so as they say ‘ good things come to those who wait’. I’ll keep you posted.

Moving on to the main proceedings.

In the meantime, I’ve had to get a new concealer and on impulse decided to give Nars a go. I bought Cacao – the darkest shade in the range. To be honest, it’s not been too bad. I like it because it comes in a cute little finger size stick. Which helps keep things tidy as if you’re heavy-handed or a bit slap dash, you will get concealer over the top and things can then get very messy. As the surface area is so small, I apply with my MAC 194 concealer brush.

Consistency wise, it’s quite creamy and very malleable, so you can really work it better as it gets warmer. It works better by dabbing it on the skin, then smoothing and blending out the edges. Blending is easy and a little goes a long way.

My one minor gripe with this product, is that is a teensy bit off colour for me. You wouldn’t notice if I didn’t point it out to you, but to my make up artist trained eyes, I can see that it could do with being a touch darker. What disappoints me slightly is that this is the darkest shade in the Nars concealing range.  If I go according to their website, the range has been increased to 10 to ‘achieve Nars Immaculate Collection.’ I really hope this is a work in progress, as considering my skin tone is medium and its a touch light for me, I think Nars can and should go further down the spectrum, all the way down to Alek Wek’s rich and beautiful shade of black.

So would I recommend this concealer. Yes. So long as you’re not darker than me 🙂

I still have maaad love for Nars though.  I mean they made Taj Mahal and Orgasm blushers and Zulu nail polish! The products are excellent, quality excellent, packaging excellent. Just need to go that bit further, that’s all.

 

ps – didn’t do the usual swatch on back of my hand, as it matched perfectly. My face is slightly darker than my hand.

MAC on 3

Remember when I mentioned this?

Its now open! *danceforjoy*

Like I thought, its just like the MAC counter in the beauty hall, but its bigger, brighter and more spacious with a dedicated make up area. That’s the best bit, because there’s more privacy to work with a MAC artist to create your dream look, without people gawping at you.

I certainly will be making good use of it!

 

I spy

Whilst in my favourite shopping emporium – Selfridges, I spied this little beauty which opens anytime this month.

Away from the hustle and bustle of ground floor make up beauty hall, tucked away on the 3rd floor (I think) will be what looks like a pop up cum massive new counter for MAC.

Not sure exactly what will be on offer, but rest assured there’ll be make up and lots of it, including make over sessions and all the usual fare from MAC. I’m excited and will definitely be popping back to see what it’s all about.

Excuse the poor quality photo, was on the escalator!

Why I love Illamasqua…

The ever artistic and colourful brand that is Illamasqua is once again catering to make up magpies thirst for knowledge!

There’s always something fun, loud and quirky going on at the Beak Street store. Always a good time to be had and this new concept will be nothing short. They’ve come with Beauty School Drop In. Short bursts of 15 minute sessions with their resident artistes showing you how to make the most of what you’ve got and how to get the most out of Illamasqua products. And it’s entirely FREE!!

From Illamasqua website

According to their website, there are 12 courses to help you master everything you need to keep you looking pretty amazing. From the iconic smokey eye, to flawless skin to perfect pouts and brows. So far the classes are available on Sunday 13th May and Saturday 2nd June. I’ve attended a few events at Illamasqua before and I’ve always been wowed by the quality of their classes and how helpful and friendly all the staff are.

I’ve always wanted to try their Skin Base, so I’ll definitely be getting myself down there. If you want to brush up on a few things, I suggest you get down there too. This is why I love Illamasqua. Not only do they do quality products, they are really interested in me as a consumer and go the extra mile to make sure I have not only the tools I need, but the knowledge to help me along in my make up journey!

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