Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Contour Game Strong-My favourite Bronzers and Highlighters Part 1

 I felt it was time to spring clean. No, not my house, my make up collection of course!. Since I became a make up artist two years ago, my collection of products to use on my clients have grown at a steady pace. I do so love though when seasons change, to bring out some much loved yet forgotten products which have being lying dormant

Contouring is really taking centre stage with the drugstore (budget brands) the likes of Sleek make up and Barry M Cosmetics coming on board, they are really set to give the likes of  Nars, Anastasia Beverley Hills and Benefit a run for their money. I've
put together my 4 favourites in contour brands.

Contour powders (Bronzers)

Benefit Hoola - It's a great colour for fair skin. It is a cool tone brown, which means that there is no red tone to the product which makes it look more natural. Also its completely matt which helps with the whole natural look. It does come with a snazzy little brush and a mirror in the compact, Result!

Nars Laguna - A cult beauty bronzer in the make up world, is for me a little on the warm side. Being fair skinned I only tend to reach for this product on the rare occasion that I have a tan, as it only complements the tone of my skin otherwise it can look a little orange, saying that it does give a nice subtle glow to the skin which instantly gives me a pick me up. The case is beautiful and has a nice mirror which you never feel ashamed to bring out to check your make up in public.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit-  I purchased this last year on Cult Beauty and was a little surprised when receiving it through the post, how small it is, saying that I still love it!. It has three highlighters and three bronzers. The first highlighter Vanilla is matt and creamy in colour and the other is Sand which has  a more shimmery effect, both are pretty and natural looking but nothing knock out, apart from the 'yellow one' Banana!! It reminds me of Ben Nye's Banana powder and if you pop this on to set under your under eye concealer, it really brightens up any remnants of a 'late night.'

The bronzers vary in colour from a beautiful cool toned brown, called Fawn, which is similar to Benefits Hoola in tone, great for fair skins that are struggling for that tan goddess look. Java has quite a orangey tone to it, which looks stunning on a warmer colour skin, as would the colour Havana which is more a red toned brown, also good for the darker skin but maybe not if you are dark but have alot of ash tone to your skin.

Illamsqua Cream Pigment in the colour Hollow is a cream bronzers in a cool toned brown which is perfect for fair skin. Its creamy and is really easy to blend, and you can build on the colour to
intensify the contour, but be warned, this can look a little 'dirty' if not blended enough. It is also water resistant which is brilliant to wear in the hot weather to come.

So there you are, four of my favourite bronzers. I am sorry they are all high end products but I have yet to find any drugstore/budget contour or highlighter that is as good as these. If anyone could let me know of any that you have tried please let me know, I would love to hear from you.

Don't forget to check back next week for my four favourite highlighters.

Love Nay x

Disclaimer- I have not been paid by any of the brands mentioned, I just like to share. 

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Spring Jackets

Its that time of year in the U.K where some days it can be lovely and sunny, and other days it can go back to grey, cold and miserable. This always proves to be tough in choosing your outer wear. you move from a long quilted coat, to the other end of the weather spectrum where you will only throw on a denim jacket.

I have fallen for the 'Trench Coat'. The Trench coat has changed a little over the years. The trench coat I have chosen favours the curvy silhouette as it slightly pulls in at the waist. Not like your normal trench coat which has a straighter silhouette.When I put it on, it instantly makes me feel smart yet casual. I picked this one up from Primark for only £25. They also do this style of coat in a beautiful green colour too. This coat would be the 'cherry on the top' for any outfit you teamed it with.

My second coat is perfect for the 'April showers' that we experience far to regularly in the U.K.  Lilly Pebbles  a U.K Blogger, has been sporting the Topshop version and I really loved it. When I saw this version in, yes, you have guessed it ' Primark'. I couldn't let it pass me by for only £18. Primark has really up their game for this season and I am really looking forward to seeing what else they come out with over the next few weeks. The colour and fit of this jacket is outstanding. I love the detail on the back of the jacket, it really adds a little bit of expensiveness. The material is a waxy plastic which is perfect for this kind of weather we have been having in the U.K. I wear this for the school run, park, bike rides and anything which requires a more casual approach.

My third Jacket would be the faithful Denim jacket. I recently purchased this one from H & M with my friend who I remarked that I haven't worn a denim jacket since 1998, when I blew a whole weeks wages on a French Connection denim jacket that I just had to have. So, with this in mind I felt it was time to venture down that road again and find a new style of jacket. My chosen item is a blue stone wash, tailored, fitted into the waist, for only £29.99. The Jacket is so comfortable to wear and is a nice alternative from the other two.

So, there is my three jackets that I will wear again, and again these next few months. What jackets will you be wearing this season? Have you got your favourite? I would love to hear from you.

P.s  Sorry for the lack of enthusiasm on my face in these photos, but my little baby has given me far too many sleepless nights #problemsofamother

Love Nay x

Disclaimer- I am not being paid for any products mentioned above, I just like to share.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Trend forecast- The 1970's Budget Jumpsuit styled 3 ways

The Jumpsuit

With a distinct 70s style, playsuits and jumpsuits for women have made a retro comeback in the UK. As a onepiece design jumpsuits and playsuits show off your silhouette and their pretty prints and colours perk up your look. Not being one of my favourite fashion eras, but none the less I am always keen to try new styles.

The Jumpsuit I have chosen to feature, is a really pretty black number, from Primark. With a unusually straight legged trouser, instead of your normal flared or cuff style. I really liked the fit, the way the cut emphasises your waist, I found particularly flattering. I have styled it three ways to really get the wear out of this item, and to show how versatile you can be for any occasion. 

The first look I have chosen is for a night out or date night, with a gold tiered necklace from Freedom at Topshop, Black, snake skin effect, ankle strapped killer heels from Red Herring and a cute leopard print clutch (old) which ties together the whole look.

My second look is more in keeping with the up and coming Festival season. I teamed up the Jumpsuit with a Cape cardigan, and a neutral fendora both from Primark. Shoe's wise I paired neutral sandals (old) with a black fringed bucket bag from H & M to add a practical element to the outfit.

My third and final look, was for the work place. A Jumpsuit can be nicely worked with a crisp oversized casual white shirt from Next and a pair of black pointed court shoes (old) really finishes off the look. Making you ready for any professional environment.

So there you go, three great ways to wear a Jumpsuit to pretty much any occasion. I hope you enjoyed my post, and I would love to hear your views. what would you pair with your Jumpsuit? Will you be trying this season's Jumpsuit yourself?.

Thanks for reading.

Love Nay x

* Disclaimer- I have not been paid to advertise any of the products mentioned, I just like share.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Garnier Miscellar water and 5 Sec Perfect Blur Beauty Products

I first came across Garnier skin naturals 5 sec Perfect Blur a smoothing and perfecting primer over six months ago. Not one to jump on the band wagon, I like to try products over a course of time to really give a fair review. The reason I purchased this item was that I was noticing that since having my last baby, that my pores had increased and that when I wore foundation, it would seep into my pores and highlighted how many I had acquired. 

The primer itself works a treat. You apply the product by smoothing and patting the product into the areas which you need filling then 'hey presto' your pores, any shine and fine lines disappear. I am only 34, and already have fine lines around my mouth and my eyes. I noticed that they did appear less noticeable, but what really sold it for me was my pores really had disappeared and I was left with a smoother skin. My foundation went on beautifully and was left with a smooth, flawless complexion.  I loved this product so much, I decided to purchase the New 5 sec Perfect Blur Eye Cream as it claims "Immediately skin appears perfected and younger with a reduction in the appearance of fine lines: Skin feels smoother and softer, like velvet. Wrinkles and dark circles appear blurred for a younger look. Overall appearance of skin around the eye looks improved". I suffer from darkness around the eyes and ever more so now with three young children, so this was a 'Must have' for me.

The product, for me delivers exactly what it states. I do notice that my under eye does feel smoother and less dark when using this product. Happy days!.

products mentioned

My next product which has had much hype, but I was a little dubious about, as I have always used in my line of work Bioderma Sensibio H20 which has a clever ingredients to make your skin feel like it is has been thoroughly cleansed and feels fresh. The down side, it costs a pretty penny, so to hear there is a more affordable alternative, which one of them is Garnier skin naturals Micellar cleasing water. Drugstore products have finally got on board with this very clever piece of technology. Here's the science bit, Micellar water is micelles are suspended in the formulation and act like little magnets, attracting dirt, make up and any impurities from the skin. You are left with perfectly cleansed skin in just a few swipes. The product is also fragrance free which is kinder to the skin. This product really is a pleasure to use, as when you use it for the first time, it is shocking how much cleaner your skin feels. It really is every 'lazy girls' prayer answered.

My final product is Garnier Express 2-1 Eye make up remover. Its a great eye make up remover and removes waterproof eye make up with ease, but it has something extra, it also cares for your lashes enriched with Arginine (amino acid) which helps to protect and care for them. For the price, you really can't complain.  

So these are my skin care beauties, which are just brilliant for the price. Have you discovered any of the above products?. I would love to hear from you.

Love Nay x

* Disclaimer: I have not been sponsored to mention any products above, I just like to share.