Friday, 8 July 2016

#BRIDALBEAUTY the expensive and best skincare

Hello and welcome to the place where we can discuss spending seventy pounds on a face mask and it's OK. Because expensive skincare is a drop in the ocean when you've basically spent the equivalent of a down payment on a mortgage on the wedding itself. If you don't see finances this way and think that skincare should really be a place where you can save money I don't need that kind of negativity on my blog so please leave. Thank you.

For those of you who, like me, want to get into more post wedding debt in the bid to get glowing beautiful skin please keep reading. I'll discuss what I used for my wedding day but I'll also talk about some alternatives that I feel would be as good or better for different skin types.

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm
After trialling a few alternative Cleansing balms and a few hundred cleansers I whole heartedly have to say the Emma Hardie Balm is my absolute favourite cleanser (overall) that I have ever used. I love the smell, application, and the result is beautiful smooth skin that's lush. This is the whole package. It balances oily and combination skin, nourishes dry skin and soothes sensitive skin. The face cleaning part is done.

In terms of toning and treatments etc.. I used the REN Resurfacing AHA Concentrate I really enjoy it and find my skin is smoother and glowier when I wear it. I also love Pixi Glow Tonic. Which helps you glow too. Think of these as very gentle facial peels that exfoliate dead skin cells revealing new and baby smooth skin.

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel
Masks on the other hand, I have quite a bit of experience and have lots of things to say. On the run up to my wedding I wore the Elemis xxx every other 0day and, most importantly, the night before. This leaves your skin glowing with a capital G. This is basically a gentle micro acid peel which essentially burns away the nasty upper layer of skin to expose lovely new glowing skin underneath.

Sisley Radiant Glow Express Mask
For the day of my wedding I wanted to use a luxe face mask to bring the glow and help give me the best Base for the rest of my makeup. The Sisley is my favourite to give me stunning radiance however I also endorse the Charlotte Tilbury Clay Mask too. This is a great one if your skin is oily as I feel it really sucks all the nasty greasiness out of your skin leaving it balanced yet glowing.

Embryollise Lait-Creme Concentre 
Love this for day and night. Its a classic for a Reason and I used this religiously twice a day on the run up to my wedding. For my skin this feels really nourishing and soothing and blends on a dream giving plumped and supple skin. In terms of alternatives; if you have dry skin the Charlotte Tilbury Magic cream is Embryollise's thicker younger sister. For night time I'm currently really enjoying using the ren night time treatment so reccomend that for the night before your wedding. I also sampled Sisleys amazing night cream which I adored but as I have no wedding to use as an excuse to buy it I don't think even I will be forking out on this any time soon.

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels
I had like 4 hours sleep the night before my wedding and using these cooling eye masks definitely helped to make me feel more awake and refreshed around the eyes.

So there you have it. A run down of my wedding skincare, which came at a luxe price. Please take note, splurge for your big day or take advantage of samples. Xoxox


OK new stuff..  Where do I begin?!?

These kits have probably induced the most excitement I've ever felt over makeup (after Charlotte Tilbury launched). The design of the box is amazing. It's bold, simple and awesome... but, Off the bat I hate the scent. It's far too sweet and pungent for my tastes. I also find them difficult to perfect because I have thin lips but once on they stay on for hours. They're comfortable to wear but I find the light mauvey pinky shade, Koko K looks too dry and emphasises the lines on my lips. This one dried down to a nice stain. The bright red Mary Jo K, on the other hand, actually flakes off and the colour flakes off from the inner lip out. Its not crazy bad it's just that it requires maintenance, as all dark lipsticks do. The long lasting formula doesn't mean you can leave it without it looking crazy by the end of the night. On the other hand this one does look better on the lips, so it's toss up at the moment on which one I like more. The lip liner is soft, easy to use and long lasting. 

Yaassss!! Not too sure about the cream or lavender shade but the yellow and peach shades are everything. This brings the shine without the glitter. If you love highlight then this won't dissapoint.

This is the perfect accompaniment to the Sumner night bronze look I like to do sometimes... Its not the most wow in your face highlight but it does give a gorgeous bronze sheen. It dries down quite quickly so definitely be quick to blend in the edges. For my skin tone it's defiantly more of a blush/bronze/highlight hybrid product. The formulation of this cream is lovely and it doesn't have any sparkles in it which is awesome. The other shades this line do, so this is the special one. 

The formulation of this lipstick is great but bad at the same time. It's great because it applies like butter, it packs the punch with colour and, although fades, it stains the lips so your left with coloured lips all day. After eatting and drinking I was concerned it would smudge but my lips looked fine. It also smells like cake, which I love. But now to why the formulation is also bad?.. It is so soft that after my using it once, the bullet snapped. And this is the second Envy lipstick I've owned that this has happened to. My other one died a death but i'm being really careful with this one and am putting it in the fridge every now and then too. Overall though I definitely recommend the Envy lipsticks. 

Gross. My husband loves it but I think it smells awful. It's super sweet and although has a chocolate vibe to it it isn't chocolate. It's rank. The formula is good. It's a cream thick texture and is really moisturising and lovely but really?? the scent is a deal breaker. 

This is a really thick shower gel. It smells great but it's really a meh product really. I dont hate it. It's just OK. I think I prefer a cream formula over a "gel". It is very nice though I just won't repurchase, there's too much option out there.

The packaging of this product and the design in the pan definitely sold this product for me. It's very Micheal Kors, very glam, gold luxury box and the huge, sleek black pot is gorgeous too. Now the shades on the matte side, mixed together create a lovely cool toned bronze shade which I love and I use all the time. I don't use the shimmery side that much to be honest and I particularly dislike the centre shade which comes up so orange on my skin tone. I use both matte and shimmer shades individually as eye shadow and I like. 

I needed a dry shampoo and I got a texturing spray. It gives great texture to the hair and helps when styling but as a hair refresher I personally don't love this. I had really greasy hair and this just didn't do anything. But it did volumise. So I am still on the hunt for a good dry shampoo. I might try the normal dry shampoo one to see if that one will be a win. I love the London scent... It's hard to describe but its like a sweet musk scent?? I don't know but it's nice... try it. 

Saturday, 2 July 2016

#BRIDALBEAUTY The Final Bridal Look

Hi all. I'm finally ready to talk about the makeup I used on myself on my wedding day. Yes I chose to do my own for the very reason that unless I had the budget for Charlotte Tilbury I could do my makeup as good, probably better than any makeup artist I could afford. I hired a makeup artist to do my bridesmaids, mother and grandmother in law, however, who was really good, but wouldn't apply false Lashes. So if you want lashes applied remember to ask the question that I completely forgot about.

For my Base I chose to go with a much loved combination of mine... LAURA MERCIER FOUNDATION PRIMER, ESTEE LAUDER DOUBLE WEAR LIQUID FOUNDATION, REVLON COLOUR STAY LIQUID concealer and CHARLOTTE TILBURY powder. DW foundation is really long lasting and can be sheered down if you want to. Sure once built up it can create a fully matt face. But at this stage all you are bothered about is creating a even, perfected face. You can build dimension, glow and light to the face later!

Adding the LM foundation to the mix is just that extra glue that holds the foundation in place that little longer. To be honest I find that the DW covered and concealed perfectly on its own, as I was lucky enough not to have any blemishes on the day. But knowing my skin I knew I needed a little extra around my nose, chin and mouth area as this is where foundation is normally rubbed off and so I used the awesome yet reasonably priced and amazing colour match for me: Revlon Colourstay liquid comcealer over these areas.

I finished the Base (at the end) and dusted my face with my heart and soul, one and only CT powder. The best powder I have ever used and probably the only one I'll ever use in my life!! It's that good!! I repowdered twice as my forehead got pretty shiny as the day turned out to be 26 degrees Celsius... Yikes! But despite the heat it all stayed put without caking or melting so if you have combination skin then this combo might work for you too.

Haha lashes. The perfect mascara is just always out of reach. I picked up the Lancome waterproof mascara and I was really disappointed with it but time and with all the wedding prep on the run up just completely forgot to get something else. I was disappointed because it did not with the drama or length or volume. It was just "meh"!

Making the most of it though I curled my lashes with the best SHU EUMORA EYELASH CURLERS and also used the MAYBELLINE CLASSIC VOLUM' EXPRESS WATERPROOF mascara for some crazy reason. I bought the drama to my lashes by using Eyelure Fleur de Force 3/4 lashes which are perfect for my small eyes and do not give that painful inner eye scratching that I always seem to get with dull length false Lashes. I applied using the aging DUO GLUE in clear, that although smells aweful, it ensured that my lashes stayed on all day and night.

Despite being waterproof I knew both mascaras smudged on me so to avoid panda eye as much as possible I put on the smalleat amount of mascara as I could get away with on my bottom lashes and smudged liner and shadow quite low under my eyes, so as the day developed there was smudging but altogether it wasn't noticeable to anyone but me at 1oclock in the morning.

There's something very sentimental and special about your wedding day lipstick. For women who never wear makeup, their "big day lippie" can always be found in their makeup bag years and years and years after. I wanted a perfect pinky nude,  which I found in (unfortunately limited edition and no longer available - yikes) CHARLOTTE TILBURY REVOLUNARY MATTE LIPSTICK IN MISS KENSINGTON.

I lined with the perfect long lasting liner CHARLOTTE TILBURY PILLOW TALK. And used no gloss. I would say I reapplied when I powdered, but it lasted really well and the amazing formulation of the Revolutionary matte mean that my lips were comfortable all day and that the colour evenly fades through out the day. I recommend you check out this formulation for your big day.

So to recap: sample double wear foundation, try 3/4 false Lashes and Wear  your most special lipstick that you love and feel amazing in. Oh and trial as many mascaras that you can afford if you haven't yet found "the one". See you next time xoxo

Next on the wedding makeup agenda is to talk about the cheek products essentially and the products that I used to carve and lift my features to get picture perfect on my wedding day. I used my most favourite face products.

I used TAN DE CHANEL to sculpt my face and bring dimension. I built this up using The bronze shade from CHARLOTTE TILBURYS FILMSTAR BRONZE AND GLOW PALETTE and carved out my cheekbones and slimmed that nose with Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium.

To lift and illuminate I used the highlight powder from ct filmstar Bronze and Glow palette. I lifted my under eye area with my CHARLOTTE TILBURY THE RETOUCHER pen which is a tad light for me so was the perfect choice to do this.

My pop of colour, my glow was my something old but going strong...ESTEE LAUDER BRIMZE GODDESS Blush which is literally 6 years old but still going strong and I love it a lot. It's just my perfect glow shade... So don't judge me.

So yeah my face makeup stayed on all day. My advice (which is actually Lisa Eldridge's advice which I'm sharing with you) is to apply thin layers and build upon them. Using a cream/liquid formula and essentially setting with powder is a great way to do this.

The overall plan was to look as perfected as possible. So my Base and lips were supposed to just accentuate my looks as far as possible. My eyebrows were just perfected as far as I could get them. I used Hi Impact HD BROW POWDER, DELIA BROW PENCIL and set in place using SLEEK CLEAR EYEBROW GEL, which is actually really good. One week before my wedding I got my eyebrows (and moustache) threaded. This gave my skin plenty of time to heal in these areas.

Honestly, when I do my eyes I like to go big or go home and the eye makeup on my wedding day must have taken me 45 minutes easily. And I used so many products and eyeshadows and eye pencils and I blended and built, blended and built. Blended and built until the Lashes came on and I was "done" (time ran out). If you do your eyes right they take forever!!!  but I loved it. It helped me zone out and relax.

My bridal look Definitely centralised around the eyes. I learnt long ago that, for me, the sixties, wide eye look was the most flattering for my small, hooded eyelids. My dress was definitely Based on the Audrey Hepburn Funny Face(esque) look circa 1962 so I used this to create a modern sixties eye. My pale skin and pale pout bought the look all together.

OK so the deets... Honestly I was in "the zone" at this point and products were everywhere so I cannot remember much, but I'll give a food whack at it. I primed my lids, up to the brow bone and around the eye with NARS EYESHADOW PRIMER. I then used my ct bronze shade to define my eyes and set out the shape. The CT highlight shade was used to highlight my brow bone and inner corner of my eye. By using the same products that you use on your face really ties the look together.

On top of this I lined my eyes (under my waterline) and shaped my wing using URBAN DECAY 24HOUR LINER IN smog, a dark brown. I created my winged flick using ESTEE LAUDER LITTLE BLACK LINER. At this point I went Cray Cray mixing colours in my mac eyeshadow palette to deepen and define my crease shade. I may have added the if liner. Brow shades and KA sculpting powder too. What I do remember though is that I used MAC ALL THAT GLITTERS on my lid.

I then did my lashes and added a but more dimension. I finished off the look using CHARLOTTE TILBURY EYE CHEAT on my water line and added sparkle and beauty to my lid using MUA AMAZING FOIL shadow in rose gold. AMAZING eyeshadow which is literally £4. Can I ask at this point why the Stila version is £33?!?  I finalised my look doing my Lips, more Base and a good Spritz of MAC FIX+ SPRAY and I was DONE!!

And "what makeup brushes did you use?", I hear you ask... I used the CHARLOTTE TILBURY SCULPT BRUSH, two REAL TECHNIQUES STIPPLING BRUSHES and so many eyeshadow brushes I couldn't tell you... if in doubt go to MAC and get yourself 3 217's and your covered.

And we're done. I really hope you have made it this far down and have picked up some tips and some products you might be interested in trying. If your getting married soon and plan to do your own makeup. Give yourself time, light and space and get into it! Good Luck xoxoxo