I’ve had such a great day today, I recorded my first ever youtube video (click HERE to subscribe) and then I attended the Debenhams Beauty Secrets Fashion Show, I’ve just got home and couldn’t wait to get started telling you all about it!!
It’s that day of the year when everyone goes crazy and buys everything they can get their hands on because they’re slightly discounted, and of course they really needed it (Yes, i do need another nude lipstick, you can never have too many can you?) Continue reading
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I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again, Real Techniques make up brushes are amazing!
Real techniques make up brushes
Until a few years ago, I’d never used a make up brush, never mind owned one. Finding the right brushes can be difficult, not to mention expensive! Continue reading
If you’ve followed me on Instagram for a while, you’ll know that there is one foundation I just can’t get enough of. It’s dewy, it glides on, it stays all day and as much as I try, I just can not find one quite like it. I did think I found a great dupe for it in Rimmel match perfection, but it’s just not the same…
I never really used to understand nude lipsticks, I always thought if you wanted to look completely ‘done’ you’d have to wear a coloured lipstick… Needless to say I’ve learnt a lot since then.
I’m a bit of a lipstick hoarder now and probably have about 20 nudes in my collection but these are the ones I always reach for…
Like everything in life, there’s are tips and tricks to improve everything, and here are some to take that killer selfie…
Want a flawless base that doesn’t cost the earth? If you answered yes, read on…
Good price? Check
Good pigment (colour comes out well)? Check
Smells nice? Check
Pretty packaging? Check
Where to begin? Firstly to say that make up definitely, 100%, looks better when it’s been applied with make up brushes instead of your fingers.
There are hundred of different brands of brushes that you could buy, trust me I’ve been through quite a few and from the ones I’ve tried, here are my favourites…
Today I was all set to upload a blog I’d written a few weeks ago claiming that foundations are something you should splash out on, and that if you wanted quality you need to pay for it. But I am happy to admit I was completely wrong!
I’ve found an amazing foundation and it’s under £10!
When you’re in school and some boys give you the nickname eyebrows, because you look like you don’t have any, you start to get a bit paranoid you know? People are mean and although the culprits won’t even remember doing it, it’s stuck with me for 12 years now!
I know we’re nearly into mid July but better late than never right? I’ve been away on holidays and am currently looking for a full time job so I’m a little behind…
I want to talk about my June favourites, I want to try not to talk about my holy grail products, but as this is my first favourites I’m going to do what I like so here goes, it’s a bit of a mix: Continue reading
So, I’m sure you’ve heard or you’ve seen this photo…
However, as long as Kim K is rocking the look I doubt this is true. But Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube is telling us it’s now all about the strobe.
What is strobing I hear you ask, in simple terms it’s hardcore highlighting.
So that means no contouring, no bronzing just foundation on the skin followed by lightening the high points on your face and adding some blush. It’s very dewy and bright. It’s great for summer, however it can easily look like your just oily and a bit sweaty, so maybe trial it in the house before you go out completely strobed!
Use something highlighting under the foundation as well as a rich moisturiser, I like Mac strobe cream and their moisturiser too!
I tried it yesterday and here are the products I used:
To see a full product list jump onto my Instagram
The amazing Nikkie tutorials has done a super easy tutorial below, she’s fab!
What do you think? Have you tried it yet?
Fancy some procrastination? My Instagram is full of beauty tips and tricks to keep you entertained.
Spots, why? What is the point of them?!
Before my last year of Uni, nearly three years ago now, my skin was great. I’ve always had blemishes and redness in my face but spots were not something I had to really worry about, that was until a few years ago. I don’t know what actually happened, or if anything did happen, but my skin just changed.
Every time I would get rid of a spot a new one would pop up from nowhere, and this had been nonstop for about three years now. I know my bestie Halpin will be reading this thinking “I’ve told you, don’t use make up wipes” and that’s true, she has, many times. I also read Sali Hughes’ book Pretty hurts, in this her friend told her wet wipes should only be used for three things: Fannies, Festivals and Flights.
So I decided to listen, something that I’m sure many people would say is a rarity. It was a big changed for me, after all I have used wet wipes since I started using make up, which was probably about 10 years ago (I know, I don’t look old enough, we start young in the Valleys!!).
So at the back of my mind hearing ‘Fannies, festivals and flights’ and seeing Halpins ridiculous skincare routine every time she stays over, I thought it was time to take note and make some changes.
I stumbled upon the product that has changed my skin; I wasn’t looking for it. I was just doing my usual thing, watching Youtube and catching up on Instagram and everyone seemed to be raving about this new cleanser.
When there’s a new trend, it normally comes with a hefty price tag – I’m thinking Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kits, anyone from the UK who bought into the hype like me would have had a huge export and delivery cost with it! Ouch. However, this time it wasn’t and I was so, so, so pleasantly surprised.
So what am I talking about exactly? It’s Garnier cleansing water. It comes in a bloody huge bottle (400ml) and looks like water. *Now wondering if it is and all is a big money making placebo effect?!?!* … But seriously, it’s great. I’m converted. Wet wipes have not been anywhere near my face for over a month, and boy have I noticed a difference.
I use this every day, well in the night to be specific. Instead of removing my make up with wipes after I shower, I add a little of the water to a cotton pad, I normally use about 3 pads a night, maybe more if I’ve got a shit tone of make up on (if you know me, you’ll know this can be often).
For those of you still on the wet wipe bandwagon, put them down, stop! Use your last ones up at Glastonbury and make a tiny investment of £3.99 you wont regret it!
Since I’ve been blogging on Instagram & ADDICTED to Youtube the contouring craze really has gone mad! Like ridiculously. I was in Superdrug the other day and there were girls which I’d say were about 12 talking about contouring – When did this happen?! What has Kim K done?! When I was 12 me and my friend Emily used to think we looked great with the cakey-est, thickest foundation we could get our hands on and eyeliner that would make Avril Lavigne quiver!
Now, when I heard about contouring I literally had no idea what it was. So let’s just make this clear from the start. Contouring is basically just building shadows on your face and helps give the appearance of a different shape than it actually is. It can slim the face down, give you killer cheek bones and can completely change what you look like! However, contouring is something that I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with. I’m not a trained make up artist, I’m self taught (from about 1000000 hours on youtube watching the latest and greatest) and in my blogs I talk about my experiences with make up and take in information for other make up and beauty gurus too.
Contouring is great for photos, it’s great if you’re doing photo-shoot, or like many of us you’re in your room posing for a killer selfie for Instagram! But, when it comes to the cold light of day, and the sun is beaming down on you, more often than not I think it’s so obvious and doesn’t look great! So be careful, the great people who do Kims Make up (@makeupbymario on Insta) is at the top of his game, he’s a pro, he has the best tools, perfected products for her skin and of course she is the selfie queen, so when it comes to angles and lighting she knows exactly where to position herself to look amazing!
When you’re looking for a contour powder it should be a ‘cold’ colour. So when you look at it, it shouldn’t look really orangey and glowing, instead it should have a grey tinge to it, a more dull colour. This colour helps to give the effect of shadow on your face. It also needs to be matte, you don’t want that ‘shadow’ shimmering around the place.
My favourite are the powders, you can get creams too but that’s for another day:
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil in Milk Chocolate – I get mine from Debenhams £25 (Great for pale skin tones)
Benefit Cosmetics Hoola -£23.50 Both of these are completely matte (no sparkle) and are the cold colours I was talking about earlier.
You’re going to need a brush to do this, this isn’t something you can put on with your hands. I use the Eco Tools tapered blush brush – Yuuup, using a brush which was made for a different purpose, I do this A LOT!
Less is more, build up the colour and BLEND! Please blend in that big line on your face, I promise it’ll look better once you’ve blended it, and if it doesn’t, go over the top of it with your foundation brush.
Don’t expect to be transformed into Kim K first time you try it, well actually ever. You’ll still look like you, and you is beautiful, just with some more pronounced cheek bones – and that can’t hurt! oh and finally, I think its easier for everyone if I direct you to a tutorial on YouTube by the amazing Jaclyn Hill than try and talk you through a ‘how to’.
See you soon, Beth x
After a long time umming and ahhing about starting a blog on here, with a bit of a shove from a friend I’m finally doing it!
If you follow me already on Instagram (cheeky plug) you’ll know I’m a little obsessed with make up and beauty. From the pretty packaging it comes in, that feeling of slight guilt but also absolute delight when you spend £20 on a lipstick, to applying it – on both me and whoever else will let me play around with their face!
So join me in my blogging world of all things make up and beauty, and no doubt some fashion and home ware, I’m definitely a little obsessed with how my house looks at the moment.
See you soon,