Friday, 15 June 2018

Friday Fave! - MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot

This is my go-to eye base for most of my clients!



It is a perfect primer before eyeshadow keeping eye makeup in place all day without any creasing or wear.  Although it is not specifically sold as a primer more of a longwear cream eyeshadow.  I however have always preferred eye primers to have a little creamy colour to even skin tone so this does the job perfectly.

I like the shade 'Soft Ochre' as it evens out the skintone of the eyelid before colour is applied on top.  You also get the true eyeshadow colour this way as you have a perfect even skintone to apply the colour on to, as opposed to the reds and blues that are naturally on our eyelids which will change the colour of eyeshadow if you apply directly onto this.

I usually set the paint pot with a neutral cream shade of shadow first before applying coloured shadows to set it similar to how you set a foundation with a powder before powder blusher or bronzer is applied.  A colour like Bobbi Brown 'Bone', MAC 'Brule' or the lightest shade in any Urban Decay Eye Palette would be perfect for this.

Eye Primer is essential to keep eye makeup in place and this is definitely my favourite, in my pro-kit as well as my personal makeup bag!

There are nine shades available.  RRP. £16.50.

https://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/13840/1573/products/makeup/eyes/eyeshadow/pro-longwear-paint-pot#/shade/Soft_Ochre


Friday, 8 June 2018

Friday Fave! Benefit Eye Bright

I have had this pencil in my professional kit for more than fifteen years now!

It is an amazing pencil to place inside the bottom water line of the eyes to make eyes look instantly much brighter, bigger and generally wide awake even if you do not feel it...

Most eye brightening pencils are white and can be stark but the Benefit eyebright is pink toned and looks very natural when applied correctly. Do not press too hard as it will look obvious you have drawn it on!

This can also be applied to the inner corner of the eyes to brighten, blend well with a brush or the warmth of your fingertip, I recommend using your ring finger to gently pat the product into the skin a couple of times. This pencil can be worn alone or with makeup.

It is a staple for your makeup bag when most of us now lead busy and tiring lifestyles.  Also a great one for brides who have not slept!

RRP. £17.00

Available at John Lewis, Amazon, Boots and many Department Stores.

Friday, 1 June 2018

Friday Fave: Maybelline SuperStay 24 Lip Colour

I love these lip colours!!



My current favourite is 'Perpetual rose' a gorgeous pink that is just perfect for the summer.

I literally apply this at 9am and I am still wearing it at 9pm it stays on all day and the best bit is does not dry your lips and crack like so many other long wear lip colours. It is dual-ended so you apply the colour from the perfectly shaped applicator which has a pointed tip to follow your lip line, wait a minute or two then apply the balm on top.  This will make the colour feel comfortable to wear, add shine and condition the lips.  This can be applied throughout the day to top up.

Apparently it is the micro-flex technology that stops flaking, cracking and dying, well I must say it is fabulous!

There are so many great wearable colours for all skin tones.  I have lots of these in my pro' kit, they are great for bridal parties who need their lip colour to stay true as long as possible. 'Always Orchid' and 'In the Nude' are great natural colours for everyday wear.

To remove the colour use an oil based makeup remover!

Available at:

https://www.superdrug.com/Make-Up/Lips/Lipstick/Maybelline-Superstay-24HR-Lipstick-Perpetual-Rose/p/602002

http://www.boots.com/maybelline-superstay-bold-matte-24hr-lipcolor-10151436

Thursday, 31 May 2018

May Update!

I have been enjoying the sunnier weather with some lovely long dog walks in the stunning Hertfordshire countryside at long last after what certainly feels like the longest winter ever...









A day in London ahead of the Royal wedding!





Hair and makeup trials ahead of summer weddings.





Some of the beautiful brides I have had the pleasure to meet and do makeup for during May.












Little bit of makeup kit action behind the scenes!










Wedding hair styles, half up half down is a popular timeless style.







Portfolio, reviews and Pricing at www.nikimakeup.co.uk

Friday, 25 May 2018

Friday Fave! Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Volume 2

Legendary Lashes Volume 2 is a great mascara in my opinion, although I think I was one of the minority that loved the original it was the perfect mascara for me and my short fair eyelashes!

It is a new staple in my makeup bag which is fast becoming a bag of Charlotte Tilbury!!  I apply a good two or three coats and it really builds the thickness and length of my lashes.  I also love the fact it is an intense jet black mascara.  The brush is a good size, it is quite big to build the lashes but not too big and works perfectly on my bottom lashes as well.

A brand new Long-wear, smudge-proof and humidity resistant formula.

Increases Lash volume and thickness after just one application.

Paraben and Fragrance free.

It is a definite thumbs up from me!

£25.00 www.charlottetilbury.com



Friday, 18 May 2018

Friday Fave! Maria Nila Luminous Colour Shampoo & Conditioner.

The Maria Nila Stockholm Hair styling range is 100% Vegan and cruelty free and is sulphate and paraben free.

Manufactured in Sweden.

Certified by Peta, Leaping Bunny and The Vegan Society.

I have been using the Luminous Colour shampoo and Conditioner for a couple of weeks now and I absolutely love it!  I love the packaging and the smell of pomegranate is divine plus my hair feels and looks shiny, healthy and hydrated.

There are plenty of hair styling and other Shampoo and Conditioner options within the Maria Nila range so do check it out you won't be disappointed!

https://www.123hairandbeauty.co.uk/maria-nila-m543?gclid=Cj0KCQjw0PTXBRCGARIsAKNYfG0fyRjaaMgnSvqXJpInIghmFhQydKEyRTIgoy0UDJAsfeGgvrO7KhwaAgRGEALw_wcB

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=maria+nila&index=aps&tag=googhydr-21&ref=pd_sl_90vtcszneh_b&adgrpid=53415974876&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=259041566119&hvpos=1t1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=2023318508047034372&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9046017&hvtargid=kwd-327372814004

Luminous Shampoo 350ml £27.00
Luminous Conditioner 300ml £27.00

Friday, 4 May 2018

Friday Fave: Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask

My "Friday Fave" this week is Charlotte Tilbury's 'Goddess Skin Clay Mask'.


I must admit I have never really been that good at using masks at home in the past but I absolutely love this one! I use it 2-3 times a week. I smooth it on to my face in a thin layer using my finger tips and leave for 10 minutes before massaging my face as I wash it off.  I am left with glowing, super soft clear skin. I follow up with the Charlotte Tilbury 'Magic cream' moisturiser http://www.charlottetilbury.com/uk/charlottes-magic-cream.html which is equally as fabulous!  
My Makeup even looks better and sits on my skin just beautifully after I have used this mask.

I would especially recommend using this before an important social event like a wedding when you really want your skin to look and feel amazing...this is a great product for Brides to be!

The formula itself consists of Spanish clay with almond oil to nourish, BioNymph Peptide to promote collagen and elasticity, Frangipani flower extracts that have antiseptic properties to soothe and essential oils to hydrate.  

Even better it is 'Vegan Friendly' and not tested on animals.

Goddess Skin Clay Mask.  £38.00 75ml
http://www.charlottetilbury.com/uk/goddess-skin-clay-mask.html

I 100% recommend this product, Happy Shopping! : )