Sunday, 14 February 2016

The Sunday Spend

One of these deals below I've already taken advantage of. Why not celebrate the end of awful January.

Friday, 12 February 2016

Foundation Chat with Leila - Friday Video

Right this is the longest video ever. We will do better next time and try to be more concise. We do discuss 21 foundations here though so it may be worth just skipping ones that aren't of interest to you. I've listed what we talk about in order below. Please do leave a comment if you want further info and we will get back to you.

This is the first proper video we've done together and foundations is a HUGE topic - Leila wasn't feeling great hence why I do a lot of the talking. I also have two ill little boys so my time editing this has been punctuated with brow mopping and cuddling.

NARS Sheer Glow
Chanel Vitalumier Aqua
Chanel Vitalumier
MAC Face & Body
Estee Lauder Daywear
Estee Lauder Double wear
Estee Lauder EE Cream
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation
Bobbi Brown BBU Palette
Bobbi Brown BB Cream
MyFace MyMix Foundation
Benefit Hello Flawless
Chanel Pro Lumier
Dior Star Fluid
Laura Mercier Silk Creme
Hourglass Illusion Hyluaronic Skin Tint
Sisley Phyto Oil-free foundation
Babara Daly Face Lift
Chantecaille Just Skin
Dr Hauchka Day Tint
Daniel Sandler Invisible Radiance Foundation and Concealer

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit

I included this in my Christmas gift guide last year when I had just received it and I've been using it pretty solidly ever since. Time for it to get a proper review. Just when it's selling out everywhere...

Since I started using the Diffused Light Ambient Lighting powder in August I've been completely converted to the idea of an 'ambient lighting powder' and feel dull (in every way) if I don't have it on. My (ongoing) beef with palettes is, why make us want and pay for extra colours which can't possibly suit everyone? Well this is not the case here. I think this palette really could work on everyone. I have to be incredibly careful with the blush tones or I come out looking like Andy Pandy so for those who need a bit more ooompf, you get it here.


Monday, 8 February 2016

What's in the Kit - Louise Young Make-up Brushes

Being a make-up artist and writing about beauty, make-up and skincare means I'm not slavishly loyal to any brand. I try what I get my hands on and if it works I'll keep using it until I find something better. For many make-up artists brushes are an almost guilt-free shopping pleasure. You always have an excuse to buy new brushes, there's nothing worse than not having the exact one you want to hand and no one likes having to clean brushes mid-way through a job so it's best to have plenty to hand. And ones that can do more than one thing are often the best.

However, if I was told I was only allowed to use on make of brushes both in my kit and on myself there's no question that Louise Young Cosmetics is the brand I'd go for. And I'm not alone. Her brushes are found in kits all over the world - in TV studios, film sets, bridal specialists and the backstage areas at all top fashion shows. And with good reason. These brushes are handmade in the UK (you can see how in the video link below) and all created by Louise, one of the hardest working artists in the business and a complete perfectionist. All the brushes (and the make-up in her range) are made for her, they are things she wants to use when she's working. Which means I've yet to use one of her brushes and not really get why it's in the range.


Friday, 5 February 2016

Urban Decay Naked Palette Quick Review - Friday Video

I really love this palette, which is why it's chosen for the #LMBturns10 giveaway, but haven't featured it as much as I should have. Look out for a Face of the Day with this later on in the month but for now here's a quick review on why I love it...


Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Dr Sebagh Serum Repair

Pic from Space NK
One of my most annoying habits, there are many, is constantly asking my friends what products they are using and whether they work/like them/would buy them again. One of these long-suffering friends is Bree (of Average Baker fame) and when she hit the motherload recently (Liberty calendars, No 7 calendars, various vouchers for lovely beauty shops) I insisted that she write me reviews for everything that she was testing. And she did. So here's the first. I have shamelessly stolen pictures from the Internet and credited them from whence they came. So over to Bree...

'First things first, I’d have never coughed up £69 for 20ml of anything, not even in my hardest partying days. This product came as part of the 2015 Liberty Advent Calendar, a thing of wondrous beauty and which I can heartily recommend.

This serum promises to hydrate and firm and reduce wrinkles. It’s basically made of hydrolysed collagen (watery collagen), and a version of hyaluronic acid, as well as a lot of other things that sound really complicated and which I’d rather not know about.


Monday, 1 February 2016

LMB turns 10 - February 2016 Giveaway

Thank you to everyone who got involved last month. Now to February's giveaway and I have three really exciting prizes.

The original Naked Palette from Urban Decay is 7 this year and although I have one in my kit that I do use sometimes, it is here as the winner of the go-to eye palette for my personal use. Whenever I don't know what eye make-up to wear or I don't have very much time, or when I go on holiday this is the palette I reach for.


Thursday, 28 January 2016

January Giveaway Winner

The winner of the Origins Make A Difference Plus + and NYX Wonderstick is Clare E. You should have received your email, I'll post it out as soon you've sent me your address.

Thank you so, so much to everyone who entered. The next giveaway will go live on 1st February so keep an eye out - the prizes are amazing, one for the make-up lovers.

Friday, 22 January 2016

January Empties - Friday Video

I haven't done an empties before but thought it may be interesting to see what I use to the very end, what I through away angrily half full and what is quite good, but not good enough to get a full review on the blog


Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Chantecaille Faux Cils Mascara

Man am I hard to please on the mascara front. I've been trying out one of the most popular high end mascaras, Chantecaille Faux Cils and am I going to sit here and tell you that my 17(ish) year hunt for the perfect mascara is over? No I'm not. Do I really, really like it? Why, yes I do thanks.

I'm starting to come to terms with the fact that maybe you just need to have a few mascaras and use each one depending on your mood/requirements/make-up.

This is certainly the higher end pricewise. I didn't buy it I was given a sample size to test and test it I have. It's probably best to start with the smell as that's one of the first things you will notice about it. Roses. If you love them then this is a great added extra, if you are not that keen like me then it's totally fine, it's not like it lingers. If you find the smell of roses absolutely repellent then give this one a miss. It's not so mind blowing that you need to get over your sense of smell. I would tell you if it was.
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