Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Finding Forest Fairies...

When it gets to this time of year and there's an ounce of sunshine I try to get out there and make the most of it.  What fun we had on our recent walk, there was stick collecting, puddle jumping and perhaps the most surprising... forest fairy finding!

Ok so we've yet to locate an actual fairy but I'm quite adamant they are's hoping x

Friday, 7 November 2014

Moonstruck 3D Fibre Lash Mascara by Younique...

So you have probably heard the hype about the Moonstruck 3D Fibre Lash Mascara by Younique, it comes from America and there's a good chance you have seen it all over Facebook claiming it to be the next big thing when it comes to lashes.  I've had the chance to wear it a few times now so think I'm in a good position to let you know my thoughts on it. 

Mascara's are one of the things in my kit I rarely spend more than £10 on I'm a regular buyer of Max Factor False Lash Effect or L'oreal Double extension as I often apply individual lashes to add volume and length to my clients lashes.   My clients love the look of the lashes but this is a fiddly job and difficult to apply on yourself so I'm often asked for alternatives.  I think this mascara is a good alternative to do just that.  Price wise the mascara is £23 plus postage from america so not cheap for an everyday mascara but as an easier option than false lashes and a cheaper option than semi permanent eyelash extensions I think it definitely is good value for money.

Here's how to apply:

Do your eyes first (prior to foundation etc) as this can be a bit messy....

1. Curl your lashes with a good quality lash curler (I reccommend The Shu Uemeru Curler)
2. Apply a coat of your regular mascara and allow to dry (I have tried the 3d mascara with and without my regular mascara and I recommend doing this step.  You can do it without but you get better results with)

One eye at a time for the next steps:
3. Apply the 'Transplanting Gel' first (this is just like a black mascara
4. Apply the fibres (you'll see lots of fall out on your under eye area)
5. Quickly apply another coat of the Transplanting gel (this keeps it all in place)
6. If you want more lashes...repeat the process.

Be warned... it's a bit addictive!  After cleaning up the fall out I went on to finish the rest of my make up. I followed my five minute flawless foundation technique then my easy contouring with powder

Then I took a step back had a look and then decided to add another coat!!

So what's my thoughts...

  • I like it.  It's an easy process to apply (yes I wouldn't be spending time on it every morning prior to the school run) but I would wear as an alternative to falsies for a big night out or if I just feel like adding a little extra drama.  
  • It's easy to remove.  I recently stopped wearing waterproof mascara as I just found it too tough to budge every night and I really want my lashes to be clean when I sleep to really let them breathe and regenerate as I sleep.  I did my usual technique to remove which is soak 2 cotton pads in an oil based make up remover and press over my lids for about 30-60 seconds then gently wipe away.  This minimises rubbing at the eyes but ensure the product is all soaked off.
  • It's fine for my sensitive contact lense wearing eyes.  I was a bit worried about the fibres flying everywhere and getting trapped in my contacts but there's been none of that.
  • If you like a slightly clumpy finish then this is for you.  It you like lashes to be separated and long this probably won't suit you but I like a clumpier and dense finish.  For optimum depth to your lashes follow my free hand liner tutorial and you can come through to give more separation if desired.
  • I don't like the mess it makes in application (lots of fall out) but to be honest it's not an issue if you do your eye make up first which I think is the most efficient way to apply your face.
  • If you have been wearing extensions for a bit too long and feel you would like to try an alternative you might like this there has been some blogs mentioning the mascara might not be good for your lashes but I believe as long as you remove the product well overnight and you give your lashes a break every now and again I don't see why this would cause more damage than a regular waterproof mascara.  If this is something you are worried about supplement your lashes with a good quality lash serum.
  • It takes a wee while to arrive from the US (approx 7-9 days) and when we are used to being able to get our hands on things on next day delivery this can be frustrating.
  • Sorry I have not done the cry test on it yet so can't 100% confirm whether it is waterproof I definitely wouldn't go swimming in it but it did manage a 20 minute walk in the Scottish rain without running anywhere.

Impressed?? I am slightly addicted I have to say so if you would like to buy you can do here or send me a message on there's also lots of other products to have a look at too!!

Here's the finished look...

Monday, 3 November 2014

November Wishlist

Wow it's November already that really did sneak up on me.  Here's my monthly Wishlist a round up of the products I have seen pop up that I have been lusting over....

Younique 3D Fibre Lash Mascara

When I do a make up on someone they usually always fall in love with the lashes.  It's amazing how a longer and fuller lash line can really open up the eye and just make you look so much more awake!  This mascara is a great alternative to using false lashes which can often be difficult to apply yourself.  I will be doing a full review on this product very soon here on the blog so stop by if you are interested in that or if you can't wait the link above will take you straight to where you can bag yourself one.  What I also like about this is if you don't like it they have a 'Love it Guarantee'.

Deepi Statement Pendant Necklace

I love a statement necklace! This is one of my little tricks to instantly dress up an outfit whether I'm off out to work or doing school run there's tons of these over at Accessorize and I love that there's always matching items to add into your basket!  I equally love this statement ring to go with it.


I admit these babies are expensive for slippers BUT they are sooo cute and comfy looking! You can change the soles up so you can have a few different colour combinations plus the hard soles make them great for popping out to the bin or letting the dog out.  I think these a the perfect combination of pratical, cosy & stylish (in a Scandinavian chic kind of way)

Damn Glamourous by MAC

Loving a dark lip right now and I especially love the name of this one.  Another fool proof way to dress up an outfit it instantly adds glamour to an understated outfit if you like a glossy finish try Rebel Lipglass.  Give your dark lip more staying power by filling in your entire lip with a complimentary lip liner such as MAC's Beet.


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

L'amour Glamour-Front Cover

So happy that I could be on such a fabulous team that made it to the front cover of The Best Scottish Weddings Magazine.  This is my second cover I have had the pleasure of working on and it gives me a great sense of achievement.  Shot at Ingiliston Country Club in Bishopton we were surrounded by gorgeous scenery and the beautiful sights, sounds and smells that having horses about brings! 

The gowns were show stoppers and all about all out glamour, details that could be changed up (such as detachable trains) or little quirks in design that just makes these dresses draw dropping, my favourite was the cut out detail in the red lift shot this dress really blew me away!  I chose a smokey eye using neutral and warm browns, a really fresh look to skin to keep the dark berry and red lip looking really modern and still bridal.  I think the images really show how a more dramatic make up look can still look natural, elegant and very bridal.

Photography: Hamish Campbell
Fashion: Beth Forsyth & Sarah Gillespie
Make up: Amy Hughes Made Over Ladies
Hair: Kirsty Stevenson Made Over Ladies
Model: Lauren Tempany Model Team

Monday, 27 October 2014

Simple contouring with powder

Soooo contouring then? I always get asked about this as if contouring is a new and crazy difficult make up technique but it's really not it it's been part of a make up artist techniques for years plus can be simple, quick and incorporated into your daily make up routine (if you want to).  I do it most days and it's really not complicated and really is just strategic placement of bronzer. If you want to read more in detail about it see here and here

Here's my easy peasy technique:
1. Choose a matt bronzer this is the Rimmel Natural Bronzer (which has some slight shimmer)other good options are Benefit Hoola, Bourjois Delice de Soleil Bronzing powder I love this tapered blusher brush by Eco tools for this task
2. Make your first sweep under the cheekbones (from the top of the ear at an angle going toward the corner of the mouth but stopping about 1 or 2 inches from the mouth)
3. Go under the jawline (you can also bring this down the decleotage)
4. Sweep down the sides of your nose and lightly under the tip of your nose
5. Optional extra- the upper corners of your forehead
6. Go over each area again adding a little bit more product if you need it.

Voila easy peasy contouring...


Thursday, 23 October 2014

How to do your own wedding make up- added drama!

I'm honoured to be featured on the fabulous Braw Brides once again with a new wedding make up tutorial I've opted for a budget look this time round but the products I have chosen are great quality & still long lasting and is just a little bit more drama for your big day.

If you like the look and are interested in the products click on any of the clicks below and you can buy it all online. Easy peasy!


Brushes I used:
Nasnshy Blending Brushperfect if you have small eyes or need more precision!

Here's the finished look...

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Changing up your make up for the season...

As Autumn/Winter sets in here in the UK I've been thinking about the ways I change up my skincare and make up routine to suit the change in weather and to ensure my make up tones & colours  suit the richer warmer tones we see in winter fashion.


No big surprise here and sorry if it's predictable but I love plum for autumn/winter.  My favourites for lips is Clinique's Chubby Stick in Broadest Berry or if you prefer a lipstick I particulary like No 7's Moisture Drench in Sugar Plum.  Both are cool tone and therefore have that magic teeth whitening effect.  I always think you can go really bare minimum on the rest of your make up but still look really impactful will a darker lip.


You might have found that you have become more prone to breakouts since autumn has hit that's usually because we tend to suffer blocked pores .  So as the weather gets colder we really need to treat our skin to a good exfoliation once or twice a week to let the healthy skin shine through and shed the drier flakier skin that comes hand in hand with winter.  I personally like a hot cloth cleanser option such a the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish but to be honest you don't need to spend a fortune you can use your usual facial wash but buff it off with a muslin cloth.  Follow the exfoliation with a good serum or facial oil, these products have much smaller molecules than moisturiser so gets absorbed into the the skin quickly and goes much deeper.  If your skin can really handle it and isn't prone to breakouts follow up your serum or oil with a rich night cream to really lock in that moisture.

Warm Browns.

I love using warmer browns and copper tones in make up at this time of year as it suits so many eye colours.  They can make blue eyes appear bluer, green eyes warmer and brown or hazel eyes richer.  They are really worth experimenting with if you don't really use them.  Copper pigment placed in the centre of the lid over a soft brown smokey eye is a great way to really make your eye stand out I like the Barry M Dazzle Dust in Venus as they are very fine and inexpensive!  If you feel like treating yourself you can rely on the MAC pigments to transform a smokey eye into something more intense and lustrous.  My favourites are copper sparkle and for a darker finish I like Blue Brown.


As we succumb to turning our central heating on and we receive less vital vitamin D from the sun our skin becomes parched and that's how it becomes drier in the winter.  Treat it from the inside by drinking lots of water, get yourself a nice water bottle and get guzzling.  I did this about mid August and I find it so easy to drink more water now however feel a bit lost when I leave the house without it!  Also try and replace some of the moisture in the air in your home by placing bowls of water near the heat sources around your house which will also stop your hair & nails from drying out.


Yes you are still allowed to use bronzer.  Just because it's autumn now it doesn't mean you have to banish any warmth to your skin in fact a bronzer can really help compliment the warm browns, plums, rich greens and even mustard colours that we see more of in Autumn/Winter.  I tend to change to matt textures though and add a bit of shimmer just with a highighter. I love the Korres Wild Rose Compact to add a bit of warmth but it gives such a velevty finish I think this is something I will always re-buy. I generally also use this in a scuplting way so not so all over bronze as I would in summer.   Look out for my upcoming post 'easy contouring with powder' soon.  If you prefer to stick to something you know go for Benefit's Hoola although its quite dark in colour it is matt therefore great for adding colour and definition to the face but not sparkle which is much more in keeping with autumn/winter make up.

This gorgeous wee make up bag was found on Etsy.