Friday, 17 March 2023

Makeup & Skincare Empties March 2023

 I have not done and empties video in a long time - here's my most recent bag of empties

Products mentioned: Farmacy Cream Clean Cleanser Honest Beauty Hydrogel Garden of Wisdom Hyaluronic Acid VO5 Volume Boost Gel Spray Doterra toothpaste Doterra Conditioner NuSkin Stain Removing Toothpaste NuSkin Activating Cleanser for Sensitive Skin (to be used with the LumiSpa) Tropic Skin Shade (I wear Light/Medium) Clarins Eau Dynamisante Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Nourish London Illuminating Face Shimmer Naturismo Recycle Your Empties


Saturday, 28 January 2023

Clean Your Makeup

 Take this as your kick up the bum to go and sort your makeup out. Most of use have a ton of makeup that we don't use, have forgotten we own or is in the bottom of a really gross makeup container and we'd rather pretend it wasn't there. We're going to fix that 

What You'll Need:

  • Kitchen roll or a couple of old tea towels
  • Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) - a good thing to come out of covid is that this is more readily available and cheaper too. I use this to clean every thing in my pro kit and to clean my pro-brushes because it gets them really clean and dries almost instantly. You do not need to clean your makeup brushes with this unless you really want to, using this wrong can damage brushes so a soap is often better. Keep the lid on this - it evaporates so if you leave the lid off it will disappear. This spray one looks good 
  • Solid Brush Cleaner - they have, of course, discontinued my favourite Japonesque one but next time I need to restock I will probably get this. You don't need to spend a lot of money and the reviews are excellent
  • Sellotape 
  • Pencil sharpener
You will also need three bags, receptacles or just three clear piles on you floor will do - Keep, bin, give away
  • Keep - try to be ruthless though the more often you do this the easier it will be because you will realise what you are using and what you aren't. Keep products you use or you think you will use. I tend to keep concealers that are the wrong colour to use as eye primer
  • Bin - anything that is gross, past it's sell by date, smells funny or you are never going to use and isn't ok to give to someone else
  • Donate - maybe you have a mother/daughter/son/friend who would love the makeup you are just not using. Anything that is unopened can go to Give & Makeup (address below)

And then it's time to start. Have a quick glance through and anything you see that can straight in the bin, bin it. 

Then get everything out and onto a clean surface and clean out whatever you keep your makeup in. 

Now you are going through product by products, open things, smell them think about how long you've had them. Be ruthless. 

Clean anything that needs cleaning, see my video below, you can spray everything with isopropyl alcohol - it evaporates in air so you need to keep the lid on if you have a non-spray bottle and, once you've sprayed makeup, leave it open for a few minutes. 

Make a pile of things to donate, have a box ready to post of things to Give & Makeup or to give to a friend who might want things. There is no point holding onto something that you are never going to use


Wednesday, 18 January 2023


When I first started wearing make-up concealers came in a lipstick-style bullet. Chalky in texture and very limited in colour they were ok for covering a spot if you had a whopper. They were pretty pigmented and unblendable.

Correctors, concealers and brushesNow a lot of clients I work with, especially those over 35, have not kept up to date with how concealers have evolved, often using a heavier coverage foundation and skipping the concealer altogether which makes it hard to get a natural finish

I often get asked how to get dewy skin without losing coverage and I always recommend a lighter, dewier foundation and a good concealer. They've come on a long way since the 80s/90s bullet, now you can get the coverage you need, where you need it whilst still keeping a light finish everywhere else.


Friday, 16 December 2022

What to Avoid in Skincare

 It can be difficult to remember what you want to be avoiding in your beauty product ingredients when you are making a purchase so I've created this downloadable for you 

You can download the PDF here 


Saturday, 26 November 2022

Black Friday Deals

There are lots of offers on at the moment but here are some of my favourites

⚡ A Beautiful World - they have 20% off everything using code BLKFRI22
⚡ The Body Shop - have 25% off everything using the code BLACK FRIDAY
⚡ Goldfaden MD Bright Eyes - my favourite eye cream currently 25% off at Space NK -
⚡ Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder - my favourite
⚡ Hourglass - they make hands down the best powders and these palettes are stunning and
⚡ Naturismo - my favourite place to get ethical beauty brands. They have 20% off all orders
⚡ Origins - may have stopped doing my favourite moisturiser but they have got nearly £10 off this tinted moisturiser that i love
⚡ MAC Retro Matte Lipsticks - not cruelty free but All Fired Up and Dangerous are my absolute favourites... that I no longer buy
⚡ Sephora - was Feel Unique
⚡ Space NK - up to 25% off lots of great brands and products
⚡ Tropic - 25% off all makeup - the gel eye liners and lip liners are absolutely fantastic
⚡ Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray - keeps your makeup on your face but also great if, like me, you use eye shadows as liner


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