Thursday, 8 August 2013

Favourite Youtube Beauty Guru's - Updated!

Hello you lovely lot, one of my first ever posts I wrote included my favourite Beauty guru's on YouTube, with that being nearly a year ago now and having discovered a load more amazing talent on the interweb I thought I'd do an update! 

I luuuurv YouTube, I watch more YouTube than Tele. I find it entertaining and educational and it's gotten me through a very hard time so with out further a do here are my YouTube faveys, I hope this helps you discover some new amazing talent to watch!! 

My first pick is my ABSOLUTE FAV YouTuber Jaclyn Hill, I judge this by the fact if I see she's uploaded I'll stop what I'm doing to watch her. Her channel is so Make Up based and that's what I love, she's worked at Mac and has some amazing ideas and techniques. The rest aren't in any particular order :)

Kathleen from Kathleen Lights - I think she's pretty new to YouTube but her videos are brilliant, very informative and she's just got a lovely personality, which is another must to me!! I can't watch someone who bores me!! 

Allison from Allinicoleee - Another fav due to her brilliant Make Up skills, another channel totally dedicated to her love of Make Up!

Tanya Burr - I think there's a pattern forming ha, another channel I love because of her Make Up ideas and tutorials.

Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter - Is still beauty based but isn't a channel full of tutorials, Louise uploads more hauls, reviews and life videos. She's such an easy watch and ALWAYS makes me laugh! And baby Glitter is to die for, soooooo cute!

Judy and her adorable family from It's Judy's life - I discovered Judy on her beauty channel but since then have fallen in love with her little adorable family and their daily vlogs.

Sammie from Sammie460 - A very recent discovery but I had to include her channel, very informative videos with a really easy to watch personality.

Lauren Curtis - Lauren creates very dramatic Make Up looks buuut that's what I like soooo. 

Nicole Guerriero - Nicole does a good mixture of tutorials and hauls, reviews, etc. Another lovely personality to watch!

Melmphs - I have to be honest and say it did take me a little while to like BLA BLA but now I love her super happy personality, she's a joy to watch!

Sam and Nic from Pixiwoo - Everybody and their dog watches Sam and BLA BLA but I had to include them! another purely Make Up based channel with LOADS of amazing content, tips, ideas and inspiration.

Sharon Farrell - Sharon creates amazing looks and is super talented!! 

So there we go, my favourite YouTube Guru's. I didn't include any from my previous post but they are also included in this list, you can read that here but please don't mind the terrible post :/ 

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

NC15 or NW15?! How to pick the correct shade of foundation at MAC...

Unfortunately for me I am able to write this blog post, unfortunate because I have tried and tested resulting in some major foundation 'tide lines' ah we've all been there! So I want to help all you gals or guys out there so you don't have the same problemo - just too nice arn't I. 

So when it comes to picking ANY foundation not just MAC you need to work out what colour undertone your skin has, this has nothing to do with what shade of foundation you are, this is whether you have a Pink undertone or a Yellow undertone. To work out your undertone there are a number of things you can do, first of just have a look at yourself in a mirror with no make up on, you'll be able to see if you have a more Pinky tone to your skin or a Yellow tone, I don't mean full on pink just a hint of one or the other. Don't worry If you can't tell and it's not obvious that just means you probably have a neutral undertone which is just a mix between Pink and Yellow. If you have a neutral undertone the best way to work out what colour undertone foundation to go for is with your jewellery, do you suit Silver or Gold more? If you suit Silver more and it brings life to your face then you should go for a pink undertone foundation and if you suit Gold then you should go for a Yellow undertone foundation. Another way is to go off the colour of your veins, if you have blue veins then your a pink undestone and if there Green then your Yellow, my veins personally are Purple and Green so I always go for a Yellow undertone foundation. Don't be fooled that you have to have a darker more tanned skin colour to have a Yellow undertone, I'm pale and I have a Yellow undertone, yes it's harder to find pale Yellow undertone foundations but that's why Mac and other high end foundations are good due to there wide variety of colours, where drug store foundations don't always have a lot of colours and undertones to pick from. So to narrow that down a litte, Yellow undertone skin = Yellow undertone Foundation, Pink undertone skin = Pink undertone foundation and like I said before it's not a obvious Pink or Yellow just a subtle undertone.

Now to MAC, living in my tiny town we don't have a MAC store and the nearest MAC counter is in Manchester so I have had to work it out for myself. I have been to MAC and got 'matched' but she matched me with the total wrong colour, she matched me with a Pink undertone foundation when I am a Yellow but you know what it's like in them stores, you think they have to be right and I always feel soooooo uncomfortable at the counters I just agreed but getting home and using the foundation to find it was the complete wrong undertone was just a ball ache, especially when these foundations arn't cheap! 

So, NW or NC?!

At Mac they have NW then what ever shade and NC and what ever shade. NC stands for Cool which are the Yellow undertone foundations and NW stands for Warm which are the Pink undertones. I hope people are following this ha. As you can see in the picture above there is a massive difference between the two considering there is only two shades difference between them. The NW18 is the colour I was matched with in the store and as you can see is not my colour, I could 100% wear a NC18 but because of the Pink undertone of the NW it looks far to orange on my skin, where as the NC15 matches me perfect because of the Yellow undertone. Once you decided whether you are a NW or a NC then you can pick your number, obviously the lower the number the lighter the shade of foundation. Never just think oh I'm super pale so I'll just go for the first one.

Just another example just to show you the difference, below are the same SHADE of foundation but in the two different undertones, you can see how the NW is more pink! 

So to sum up - 

  • Determine your skins undertone, Yellow or Pink?
  • NC = Yellow
  • NW = Pink
  • Pick your shade

Bish Bash Bosh your good to go! Hope this helps :D

Monday, 8 April 2013

Make up look - Gold Smokey Eye using Urban Decay Naked.

Yes I went MIA AGAIN but I needed a break, bloggin is meant to be fun and I blog because I enjoy it and it's a hobby and I just haven't been in the right frame of mind to blog so instead of writing absolute codswallop I thought I'd wait until I'm feeling it, getting the bloggin' vibe and BAM today I got it back so here I am with a make up look that I actually did weeks ago but like I said, no vibes, nooo blog post! 

So this is a gold smokey eye with a nude lip using the Urban Decay Naked Palette, every farmer and their dog have this palette so I'm sure it's something people can recreate or probably have already done something along these lines anywho but heyhoo! If you don't have the Naked palette then the MUA undressed palette is a absolute spot on dupe for this palette it's actually redonk, surely that's breaking some kind of law but let's not get into that ha. 

1. 'Sidecare' in the inner corner on the lid. 

2. 'Half Baked' all over the lid.

3. 'Smog' on the outter V on the lid.

4. Using 'Buck' in the crease to blend. BLEND BLEND BLEND.

5. I used 'Blackout' from the Naked 2 but just use any matte black on the outter part of the lid, bringing it close to the lash line and blending it a little through the crease. 

6. 'Half Baked' on the lower lash line on the inner part of the eye 'Smog' in the middle then 'Blackout' on the outter part connecting it to the black on the lid.

7. Use 'Sidecare' as a brow high light and then line the lash line with a black liner and wing out only a tiny bit. 

Finish with mascara and lashes and you are done!

On the rest of my face - 
L'Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation
Benefit Hoola Bronzer for contouring 
MUA blusher in shade one
L'oreal Paris Telescopic mascara
E.L.F Eyebrow kit
Lipstick - MAC Angel 

I used Mac Angel on the lips which is a frosty nude, I love this lipstick but can only wear it when I have a slight more of a tan otherwise it washes me out :( 

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Make up look - Classic pin up look, plus tips and tricks for perfecting winged eyeliner!

WHAAAAAA it's me again... finally!!!!!! Where the frigg have I been?! Honestly I don't know, wish I could say it's been a crazy couple of weeks and I've just been far to busy to blog but nope not the case, I think I've just been lazy :/ whoops!!! 

Make up look blog posts seem to be the most 
gpopular so I thought a make up look would be a good post to do on my return ha :D I won't bore you with a mahosive introduction and just get on with the look. 

The eye shadow:

1. I wanted the lid to be nice and light so I used NYX Jumbo eye pencil in Milk all over my lid.

2. Blend blend blend the milk and set with a white or light eye shadow. 

3. I used the Naked palette to add some depth to my crease. First of I used Naked on a 217 blending brush, blending it back and forth in the crease, not being to precise then using Buck on the same brush in the crease focusing more colour on the outter bit of your eye and blend blend blend!!   

The eye liner: 

YES that is sellotape on my face! If you struggle with eyeliner then my first tip is to use sellotape, sellotape gives you a guide line for your wing and makes it easier to draw a straight line! Second tip is to use Gel eye liner and a winged liner brush or fine liner brush! 

1. Take some sellotape and put it on the back of your hand so it's not super sticky round your eye area. Like I said your using this sellotape and a guide line so you need to place it where you feel you want you wing to go, you could line it up with your eyebrow or have it on more of a straight angel. I lined the sellotape up with my lower lash line, if your struggling to find the right angel then go with lining it up with your lower lash line as this will always suit your eye shape.

2. Using a Gel liner start the liner, I used Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Liner simply because it's amazing, by far my favourite eye liner. I normally start in the middle of my eye right at the lash line then the inner corner joining up, at first you just want to draw a simple line, making it thinker later. 

3. Now draw your wing, as high or low as you like joining it with the line on your lid. Don't worry about going over the sellotape as that's what it's for! 

Now is the time to make your line thinker, close your eye, place your brush the middle of the wing you created and make it thinker from there, drawing on an angle.

Time for mascara and lashes, Can't remember the number of these lashes but there Eyelure one's. I also added the NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk on my lower lash line to really open up my eyes! 

Finish of with a bold lipstick, the typical colour of course being Red. I recently bought Mac Impassioned, a really bright bold pink so I used that for a bit of a change. 

On the rest of my face - 

Revlon Colour Stay for Normal/Dry Skin
Mac Pro longwear Concealer 
Benefit Hoola Bronzer for contouring 
MUA blusher in shade one
L'oreal Paris Telescopic mascara
E.L.F Eyebrow kit

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Mac Rebel; review and swatches plus Kate Moss 107 comparison.

Ohhhh pretty lipstick!! Everyone say hello to Rebel, a very well known lippy in the bloggin' world simply because it is god damn beautiful! Rebel is one of Mac's Satin finish lipsticks which means it's longer lasting, full coverage and is kind of Matte but is a lot more creamier then the Matte range of lipsticks.

Rebel is ubber pigmented and as you can see in the picture is a plum purple colour. What you see is what you get with this colour, often the colour doesn't transfer the same on the lips and ends up looking a lot more sheer but not with this one. 

The longevity of this lipstick is amazing, I can put this on in the morning and by the end of the day I'll have a Rebel stain on my lips. I wore this lipstick to a meal recently and it even stayed on after eating and drinking!! 

Over all I love this lipstick, definitely my most reached for lipstick when I'm getting ready for a meal or night out!

Rebel in action after eating! 

A lot of people say that Rimmel Kate Moss 107 is a dupe for Rebel but in all honesty I don't think it is. Like I said Rebel is a deep plum purple colour where as Kate Moss 107 is a reddy wine colour, yes they are both dark vampy colours but totally different types of vampy.

On the left is Kate Moss 107 and on the right is Rebel. Kate Moss 107 is a gorgeous colour and is one my favorite lipsticks, Kate Moss is a velvety matte finish and last's all day. For a lipstick that costs £5.49 it is super pigmented and is a really lovely lipstick. 

Have you tried either of these lipsticks? Love them as much as I do?!

Friday, 1 March 2013

Spot zapping gel that actually works!

How are all you lovely lot?! I've had a crazy week, well for me anyway with lots of different plans and now it's Friday afternoon I can finally take some time to blog!! First of this week I started the process of Befriending which I talked about here so that's exciting. Secondly on Tuesday I attended my local college and took part in a Bridal Make Up short course which was just for the day and was brilliant, for me to be some where for a whole SIX HOURS on my own with out my normal security blanket otherwise known as my family was super duper scary but I did it, I did get anxious but I ignored it and completed the course. I think when you really want something and you genuinely want to be there it makes your anxiety seem insignificant and the want over powers the need to leave so yeh that was exciting and has given me a taste for courses and now I'm google mad trying to find more make up courses which is proving difficult in my little town to find! My boyfriend's mum actually signed me up for the course with out telling me as she attends the college full time studying massage therapy so when she attended college the next day the tutor I had on Tuesday went to find Carol to tell her that I have a natural amazing ability with make up and that I will go far with it so that was mahoosive ego boost ha not very often we get one of them is it! well that was a long into, can tell I don't get out much eh!

Today I want to talk about Lush's Grease Lightening Spot Treatment, I've had this one bottle which you can get here for £5.95 for 45g for well over 5 months and there's still half left so I feel I am in the position to finally give me honest opinion on it and in my opinion its bloody amazing! 

Grease Lightning is a gel that you put on your face to fight spots. Lush uses Carrageen moss and seaweed to make the clear gel as seaweed is very softening and won't dry out the skin. Grease lightning also contains Aloe Vera gel to soothe and mousturise, seawater for antiseptic properties, Grape juice to cool and calm the skin, Thyme, Rosemary and tea tree herb infusion are used for the gel to be antibacterial, Which Hazel and Tea Tree oil which is a powerful antiseptic. Everything it claims to do it does, the gel isn't drying at all if anything it kind of makes it smoother and it really does get rid of your spots, I think its the Tea Tree. Tea Tree is the best kind of oil, it gets rid of everything like cold sores and spots.

The gel is clear so goes on clear and wet which then drys, it does dry flaky but I only use this at night time so that't not a problem. It says to just put it on your spots but I take one pump to each area of my face, all over! I think this works better as it prevents any new spots sprouting their ugly heads. If I don't use this for just one night I will wake up with spots that's how bad my skin is at the moment so using this every night after cleansing, toner and moisturiser is a must. 

This product really does work and I have tried everything to keep my spots at bay! Highly recommended product!! 

Have you tried Grease Lightening and fallen in love like I have?

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Make up look - Dramatic cat eye cut crease with glitter, using Urban Decay Naked 2

Welcome Jasmin or Min Min as we like to call her to my blog :)

So my little Sister Jasmin came round for tea last night, tea turned into her staying over and staying over meant I could do some make up on her, normal thing to do to your lil sis right?! I love doing my make up and as I want to pursue it as a career I take every chance to do my sisters make up so I can practice on someone I can make mistakes on. Doing something else's make up is so different to doing your own but so enjoyable!! I find it really calming in a way because I have to really focus on what I'm doing my mind just can't focus on anything else. I needed to practice doing eye liner on someone else, so we opted for this rather dramatic cat eye cut crease look and of course I thought I would blog about it :)

The first step to this look is creating the outline, I used Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel liner and my Sigma eye liner brush to create the shape. As you can see I did a normal winged eye line, extended it past the tear duct and drew a line above Jasmin's natural crease to create what is called a cut crease. Once you have your shape the rest is easy. I'd suggest drawing the line you draw to create the cut crease with you eyes open so you can see how it will look, making sure it's not too straight and has a nice curve to it. 

Next I put Verve from the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette all over her lid up to the pretend crease, I chose Verve because we added silver glitter later on but you can pick what ever colour you fancy. 

After that I added Blackout from the Naked 2 palette on top of the eyeliner, making the line more intense, thinker and blended. I didn't blend the blackout as much as I normally would as I wanted an intense line. 

I don't think you can really tell in the picture but I added NYX Glitter on the go - Crystal to the lid. Using Mac's Fix+ on a brush to make the glitter stick to the lid.  

We then thought we may's well go for a little more drama so I extended the black to create a winged eye liner affect, taking it up to the eyebrow, this really extended Jasmin's natural eye shape. 

Add some lashes and there you go, a really dramatic, cat eye, glitter look. I really liked this look and if you've got the confidence to do it then go for it, it's a great look to change to any eye shape by just moving where you draw the fake crease, making this wearable for everyone!!

On the rest of Min Min's face - 

Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation
Mac Studio Finish Concealer 
Mac Pro longwear Concealer - under her eyes
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Sleek Blush by 3 - Suger 364
Rimmel Apocalips - Luna (review here)

This look does look more complicated than it is, it's super easy and I didn't use a lot of products, just as long as you get the cut crease in the correct place then your good to go. 

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Mac Archie's Girls - Betty Bright Lipstick; my thoughts and swatches..

Mac's Archie's girls collection has finally hit Mac after it's eagerly awaited launch!!! The Mac website say's "The ravishing rivals for Archie's affection inspire a colour collection celebrating their iconic personas. Smoulder in deep and seductive tones inspired by spoiled rich girl Veronica or beam like blonde-next-door Betty in soft and innocent shades for eyes and face. So gorgeous in exclusively designed packaging. Limited edition."

The difference between the Veronica's make up and Betty's make up is obvious. Veronica's make up has a lot of purple, deep dark tones, deep red and purple lipsticks where as Betty's make up is all sweetness and light with peach and pinky tones. Mac has done an amazing job describing each personality through just a colour. It's a really fun way to pick the colour you want because you can have a think about whether your a girl next door sweet and innocent like Betty or a bit of a sexy vixen like Veronica. The collection contains like every other Mac collection lipsticks, nail varnish, blush, lip gloss etc but the main thing that seems to be taking the blogging world by storm is the Pearl Matter Face Powder, they do look amazing and super beautiful but I couldn't afford a splurge so opted for just a lipstick instead. 

Like I mentioned above it's fun having a think about your personality and matching yourself to Veronica or Betty, I personally feel like I'm a bit of both depending on how I'm feeling and at the time of this order I was feeling like Betty so I had a look her the lipsticks and of course I picked Betty Bright. Betty Bright is a really vibrant light peachy coral colour and it's honestly the most perfect colour for the coming seasons - I'm a big believer in matching your lipstick to the weather so on Sunday when the weather played a bit of lets pretend it Summer for one day this was the first thing I reached for. The colour just totally brightens up your face, I did my make up as normal but as soon as I put this on I just looked healthier, the colour really brought out the yellowy, Orangey undertones in my skin and made me look like I had a bit of a tan, I was in love. I know me and Betty bright are going to have a beautiful love affair this Spring/Summer and I almost feel like I wont need to cheat on Betty Bright as this colour is everything you look for in a Summer time lipstick but I can't promise anything we all know when you walk past another pretty colour you just can't help yourself BUT this will be a definite top runner. 

Betty Bright is a Satin finish lippy, it's not super matte and it's not supper glossy and shiny, it's just right in the middle if anything a little more matte. The lipstick is really creamy and glides on your lips and like every other Mac lipstick it lasts. I did after an hr or so plus I ate had to re touch this but just because its such a bright, light colour it's a bit obvious when it's rubbed off in places but hey who cares who wouldn't want to go to the bathroom and wack this bad boy our for a retouch and show its super cute packaging off!!! The packaging is amazing, your going to love it or hate it, I love it, it's soooo cute I love the white and the cartoon character on the side showing you if it's part of Veronica's collection or Betty's. 

I don't really have much else to say about this lipstick like all Mac lipsticks it's amazing, Mac never fail on the lipstick front and yet again they've triumphed. I really hope I can afford some more from the Archie's girls collection soon but until then Betty Bright is definitely filling that hole!! 

Have you got anything from the collection yet? 

Monday, 18 February 2013

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer; My Thoughts and swatches.

So I know I'm way behind with this blog post and every blogger and their dog has wrote a post on these lovely little things but I'm going to put my 10 pence worth in! 

I was ready to write this post a few weeks ago when they first hit the bloggin' world but I found myself on Boots website ordering three more.. whoops! So here I am writing about the six colours I have out of the eight available. 

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer are basically a lipstick and a lip gloss in one, they have the pigmentation of a lipstick and the glossy shine of a lip gloss with out being sticky. They have a satin finish and feel amazing on the lips, there really creamy and do leave a stain on your lips, but if your after a lip stain then these arn't anything to write home about, your going to get these purely for there extremely rich pigmentation. The colour pay off from these little wonders is AMAZING!!! I have really dry lips so wearing lipstick sometimes is really a pain in zee behind, but wearing these is quick and easy because there super duper creamy so don't leave your lips dry or showing icky flaky bits on your lips. 

I bought my six from Boots on line, there £5.99 each but because Boots is so kind and always have the three for two offer on I couldn't help picking up three each time I ordered them. I have the colours Stella, Celestial, Apocaliptic, Luna, Nova and Big Bang. 

I personally love these, they do last a long time, they have amazing colour pay off and there so easy to apply with the doe-foot applicator, all in all I would highly recommend these :) 

First up, Stella YES I HAVE SPELT IT WRONG ON THE PICTURE BUT I'M TO LAZY TO CHANGE IT. I do apologise. Stella is a bright Neon Coral Red. It's really different to any other Coral I have, normally Coral colours have a Orangey or Pinky undertone but with this one I find it has a Red undertone.

Celestial is like your lip colour but better, it's a Plumy Pinky colour and it looks extremely natural on the lips. 

Apocaliptic is a really bright Fuschia Pink.

I have to be honest and say Luna is my least favourite of the six, it just sheems harder to work with, like it's less pigmented but the colour once it's on and you've worked with it for a little bit is amazing. It's a really neutral Orange nude colour and will look amazing in the Summer with a bit of a tan. This is the only one I feel  you need a lip liner with. 

Nova is a really beautiful subtle light pink with a slight purple undertone making it really wearable. Light Pinks never work on my but this one really does!! 

Big Bang is that kind of Red that makes your teeth look super White and it's a proper Red Red with no Pink or Purple undertones to it. 

I find the best way to apply these is to flip the doe-foot up side down and use the pointy-est bit to line your lips first then turn the doe-foot back and apply all over your lips, leave it for a little while to dry and apply a second layer. All the colours are really build able, making them all wearable during the day but I prefer a bright lip so some of them might not be to everyone's taste. One warning, this stuff will get on your teeth so I always stick a finger in my mouth close my mouth and pull my finger out, this takes off all the excess colour that will get on your teeth and also sounds really weird, ma bad! 

Have you tried any of the Apocalips Lip Lacquer?