Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Make-up International Supermatte Anti-Shine

This is one of those pro favourites that once you've used it, it's never not in your kit. As a make-up artist you need to be able to problem solve as quickly as possible and the Make-up International Supermatte Anti-Shine is a small miracle worker that gives real piece of mind. A little goes a long way so it's worth having and hardly takes up any space in your kit. It's a bit of an unsung hero, but I'm about to sing.

Whether you are on a film set, photoshoot, working with a bride or just in the hot lights of a studio, shine in the wrong place is not what you want. Packing on blotting powder can cause cakey build up or really affect the finishes of your base. Anti-shine matte's out the skin under the base so you don't lose the desired finish. You can also tap it over the top of foundation if shine appears. This is also great if you do a lot of male grooming shoots - perfect for use around the hairline.


Friday, 15 July 2016

Daniel Sandler Intense Volume Pro Mascara - Quick Review

Long overdue (as is the full blog review which is to come) one of my favourite mascaras and for those who only wear mascara, this is perfect. 

If you are reading this in July 2016 then this is part on my 10th birthday giveaway this month which you can enter here.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Recover Correct and & Conceal Red

Concealers are abundant, meaning slightly rubbish ones are all too easy to get your hands on. And I've had my mitts on a lot of bad concealers. There are two approaches to concealing. You have pretty good skin, minimal dark circles and just want something for a bit of brightening and to cover the odd spot. Or you want or need to use it to conceal redness, pigmentation, dark circles, add highlight and more.

If you are in the latter category then you need to make sure you are using the right concealer for the right job. Using a pink-toned, illuminating or heavy concealer on spots isn't going to cover them up, it's going to draw attention to them. It's a mistake I see often and one that's easy to avoid. Recover have just made this easier by developing the Correct & Conceal Red which, as the name suggests, is specifically for covering redness.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

June 2016 Favourites - Friday Video

A few favourites and a quick look at this months giveaway. Sorry if I look and sound gross, the baby got me with his lurgy.


Wednesday, 6 July 2016

How to Get Great Summer Legs

So I've been trying to shift the baby weight and one year on I've still at least 1 stone to go. I don't fit into many of my clothes which is upsetting but the first thing to trim down is always my calves and though we may not have much chance to get our legs out in the UK in the summertime when the sun does appear I for one don't want to be caught with legs that could blind people at 100 paces. But I don't have time for full leg waxes, spray tans and massages (sadly, I wish I did) but I do have a fail-safe routine for keeping my pins presentable. I do it on two consecutive nights but you can do it all on one if you have to.

I'm an unashamed leg shaver. I've tried everything and the only thing that works for me is shaving or waxing and as I've mentioned above, I don't have time for a full leg wax (there are other areas that take up my child-allotted wax time). So I shave and exfoliate my legs on the first night. Shaving is pretty self-explanatory, I use soap and a men's razor. Not my husbands. That doesn't go well for anyone. Then I exfoliate. Now, I'm not a huge exfoliator but I do do it every now and then and when I'm prepping my legs properly I do it as I find it does make a difference to fake tan application.

I really like the St Grape Aqua Bliss Face and Body scrub which I would never use on my face but love using on the tops of my arms and my legs pre-tan. It's incredibly moisturising and effective without being too abrasive. It uses mineral sea salt as the main exfoliator so it's pretty gentle. No silicone, parabans. I don't love the smell but it's not that strong and it's floral, not offensive. I then moisturise when I get out of the bath, as I do every time I get out of the bath. For my legs I like to use a reasonably priced quite thick moisturiser I really like the ones from Nutrogena and Dove. I keep the expensive Clarins Renew Plus Body Serum for my upper body but I will use it to get rid of the keratosis pilaris on the tops of my thighs when it's time to tan (see my original review here).

Friday, 1 July 2016

Ned Does My Make-up - Friday Video

So those who follow me on Instagram may have seen a post saying I was filming with a special guest. Well, it was my eldest son Ned who has longed to do my face for ages so I let him have a go. He wanted to use every single item of make-up I own so this is a bit long. I begged for mascara but he wouldn't relent. I think this is a good look if you want  to go to a fancy dress party as Eli Cash when he goes on a bender in The Royal Tennenbaums. Not my most attractive look, but the best fun I've had filming a video.

LMB Turns 10 - July Giveaway

Hands up who finds the Rafflecopter thing confusing 🙋. So this month we are going to go old school. If you want to enter then just leave me a comment, I will enter all names into a list randomiser and choose the name from the top.

Right, the prizes this months are about eyes. And I'm so excited to be able to include one of my absolute top mascara's not just since I've been blogging but ever the Intense Volume Pro mascara from Daniel Sandler. There will be a full blog review and a quick review to follow this month so you can see it in action so I'm not going to bang on about it here but I simply love this mascara - and so do my lashes, fantastic for contact wearers and those with sensitive eyes, long lasting but easy to remove and though it's not waterproof this is the one I wear for baby swim and I've yet to come out looking like a panda (I should say that I don't go under water but one year olds are very splashy). This is the real deal.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Art and Makeup Seminar

You may remember that last year when Art and Makeup came out I completely fell in love with not only the book but the creative force behind it, Lan Nguyen-Grealis. A genuine make-up maverick who has spent the last 14 years working her way up, completely self-taught and doing things her way. Any opportunity I have to see her work I take so I was thrilled to be invited to the Art & Makeup Seminar which was organised by Lan to showcase how she does some of her most iconic looks but she invited some incredible artists along to show their work too. It was really like an event planned for me - Daniel Sandler and Phyllis Cohen were two of the other artists and I love their work and the products that they create (and love how different they are). The third artist was Ruby Hammer who I have longed to see in action since discovering her as one half of Ruby & Milly the fantastic cosmetics line that is sadly no longer being made.

I've made a vlog about it - it's easier for me to explain by talking and you get to see a tiny bit of what we were able to see on the day and then a sneak peak at the amazing goody bag we were given, not including the haribo which I ate...


Tuesday, 28 June 2016

June Giveaway Winner

The winner of the Louise Young brush, concealer trio and Philip Kingsley Elasticiser is Silvia Ferreira - huge congratulations, I will get your products out to you as soon as I can.

The next giveaway will go live on 1st July and for those of you who are into books I am doing weekly giveaways on my Instagram for the next couple of week so go and have a look there (I'm @corinnaharrod there and on Twitter)

Thanks to everyone who has taken part so far.

Friday, 24 June 2016

How to use the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette - Friday Video

I have a new light (thanks Mr H) and it's a bit bright here but hopefully you get the idea of how to use this palette - I'll hopefully have it sorted for the next video. Any questions then do leave me a comment and let me know if there's anything you're having trouble using and I'll do my best to help.

This is currently back in stock in Space NK and you can read my original review here

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