Friday, 24 January 2020

Friday Fave!:Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base

This moisturiser has been in my Professional makeup kit now for a good few years it is much loved by my clients and smells simply divine with its uplifting scent of grapefruit and geranium!

A Bobbi Brown Cult beauty buy!  It doubles up as a primer and moisturiser ideally suited for normal to oily skin types.

Oil-free. paraben and sulfate free and suitable for vegan beauty fans.  It contains shea butter, vitamins C, B, and E to moisturise.  A rich yet non-greasy moisturiser that is the perfect primer before makeup application.

This is a firm staple in my pro' kit, I highly recommend as a daily moisturiser.

RRP. £44.50 50ml

Friday, 17 January 2020

Friday Fave: Pure Gold Collagen

For my Fortieth Birthday in September 2019 my Mum kindly gave me amongst many other beautiful gifts a box of ten 'Pure Gold Collagen' drinks saying 'you are not getting any younger!' She meant well!

Collagen is produced naturally in the body within bones, skin and muscles but at around age 25 production starts to decline and from then on continues to do so.  Levels in the body can be effected by smoking, sugar, UV rays and the menopause in women.  Skin ageing can be associated with decreased collagen levels as it will lead to wrinkles and sagging skin, therefore a collagen supplement will help to preserve the skins firmness and elasticity.

Pure Collagen Gold is a liquid Beauty Supplement containing Copper, Zinc, Biotin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin B6 as well as 5000mg of Hydrolysed Collagen (from fish) designed to promote younger looking skin and help support healthy hair and nails, support skin hydration and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  It is available to purchase in a box containing ten bottles, I buy them from Costco as I receive great trade value there.  Singular bottles are also available if you would like to try the taste prior to investing in a box.

Quite a few of my Clients have been taking a Collagen supplement and my mum herself has been taking it for a couple of years and swears by it to improve her skin, hair and even her joints.
I am now a convert and have been taking a Gold Collagen drink every day for the last few months (other similar brands are available).  I definitely see my skin is more hydrated and radiant and my makeup appearance is much better than before I started using it.  The disappearance of wrinkles will be next!!

I prefer Pure Collagen Gold to other options on the market as it is super easy to take, you just shake well and open a small glass bottle and take a few sips every day to promote younger looking skin and support healthy looking nails and hair.

Available at Boots, Holland & Barrett, Amazon and more:

Friday, 10 January 2020

Friday Fave!: MAC 'DOWN TO AN ART' Matte Lipstick

I am really into my coral peachy lip colours at the moment!

I love this Matte MAC lipstick in shade 'Down to an Art'.  It feels really comfortable to wear and stays on very well.  It is a nude peach shade that will suit a lot of skin tones from dark to pale so a great one for a Makeup Artist's kit.

You know it is a good shade when I brought it for my professional kit but it has ended up in my handbag! I just can't part from it... I will have to buy another one!

Note these photos make it appear darker than it actually is, it is a nude peach.!/shade/Down_to_an_Art

Friday, 3 January 2020

Friday Fave!: Tom Ford 'Bare Peach' Lip Colour

MAC 'Shanghai Spice' Lipstick has long been an absolute firm favourite shade in my Professional Makeup kit.  It suited so many of my clients as it was a beautifully unusal muted soft peach tone. I found it great on blondes and redheads and a perfect daytime/bridal colour for those that didn't really like pink shades.   I was pretty miffed when they discontinued it recently especially as they have no other lipstick that is very close.  MAC 'Peach blossom' is probably the closest but it is still not right.
So I set about scouring the makeup counters and I found a pretty much identical shade at Tom Ford in fact I prefer it as the texture is much creamier and more comfortable to wear.  At £40.00 it is certainly a pricy lipstick but a nice treat for all those 'Shanghai Spice' mourners out there as I am sure I am not alone!

The picture below shows Tom Ford 'Bare Peach' next to MAC 'Shanghai Spice'.

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

December Update!

December has whizzed by far too quickly much like the rest of this year as indeed life as we get older it appears!...

I have had a busy month of shoots unexpectedly many of which were rather last minute most involved travelling, I have been working in Oxford, Peterborough, Cambridge and London which has been really nice!

I have brought lots of new kit additions this month including my new hair kit bag which I love! It is so lightweight holding all my hair tools, products, grips, clips and pins available at

I have met some gorgeous 2020 Brides for makeup trials ahead of their weddings.  Availability next year is now very limited, please do get in touch to check if your wedding date is free sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment and be aware that a booking deposit is essential to secure your wedding date.  There will also be a price increase in January 2020 book this year to secure 2019 rates!
See for testimonials, pricing and full portfolio.

Both of these brides wanted beautifully natural glowy bridal makeup, what I do best! You but better!

I enjoyed a lovely family Christmas lunch in Balthazar covent Garden, London was looking gorgeously festive.

My last Christmas 2019 Winter weddings were at Coltsfoot Country retreat and Hanbury Manor

Braided curls and defined eyes for Jess at

Holy wood waves and smokey eyes for Sally at

Charlotte Tilbury liked my Instagram post @nikimakeup

Obligatory Lipstick tree decoration!

I love Christmas and every year we get a real Christmas tree mostly because I love the smell and all the fun of going to choose it.

I made a Christmas cake this year I hope it tastes good!!

Niki Makeup HQ

Friday, 27 December 2019

Friday Fave!: Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponges

I have recently started using Real techniques Complexion sponges in my Professional Kit and I really like them!  I must admit they are designed to be used with foundation but I still prefer a brush or fingers for that, however I absolutely love them used with powder to set makeup.  The mini miracle sponges sold in a set of four are a revelation as I can use them to get really close in under the eyes and around the nose to set base and blot shine well.  I am totally hooked on this new technique now as I always used a small powder brush or powder puff before.

I can fit all four mini sponges into the Real Techniques sponge case (see previous blog post) and have since brought another case to keep my full size complexion sponge inside!

These sponges are great for blending and building up coverage with foundation and the different sizes available fit the facial contours really well.  Pro Tip: I recommend you try them with your pressed or loose setting powder too!

A firm new favourite in my kit!

Friday, 20 December 2019

Friday Fave!: Real Techniques Premium Sponge case.

Little things please they say and my goodness they do! I love my Real Techniques sponge case to carry my makeup sponges.  I know they are kept clean, safe and organised within my professional  makeup kit.
The case itself is washable as made from silicone and travels well inside any makeup bag. There are also holes within the case to let air circulate, although you should dry sponges thoroughly after washing them before popping them back inside.

There is no better storage for a makeup sponge!

Real Techniques Sponge Case

Real Techniques Mini Sponges

Neon Lips