Makeup Must-Haves​

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Building a good and reliable makeup kit from scratch can be difficult, daunting and expensive, especially when you veer towards the more expensive products.  A makeup artist once told me that a powder is a powder whether you put it on your eyes, your eyebrows or your face.  Makeup is your medium, it has no rules and you can use it how you like.

That is some of the best advice I have ever been given as a makeup artist, and it has saved me a lot of time and money.

On this blog post, I am going to list some of the best makeup I have used on both a personal and professional basis.  The majority of these products are more ‘drugstore’, and the main reason for this is because through the years of having a ridiculous makeup obsession, I have spent a little too much money on higher end makeup products because I thought that I needed them. Products can be multi-purpose and you don’t have to buy a million of them.

For example, in my professional kit, I have a few darker shades of foundation, a few of the lightest shades, and one or two in between.  I then just custom-make the perfect shade for each and every client.  This saves me a lot of money and space in my kit, which is a blessing for my back and my purse.

  1. B Perfect Carnival Palette

It is so useful to have a brighter eyeshadow palette in your collection, despite how scary bright eyeshadows can be. Before using this, I loved the NYX Ultimate Eyeshadow palette in bright lights (I think).  Colourful eyeshadows can add a creative flair to any look; a little blue pop on the inner corner of a bronze smokey eye, a little red underneath the eyes of a black smokey liner… the possibilities are endless.

The reason I love this particular palette is because of the wide colour variety, the continuity of the quality of the palette, and how long-lasting the shades are.  There are warmer shades and cooler neutral shades, colourful shades and two beautiful highlighters.

This multipurpose palette is an absolute must.

  1. Translucent Setting Powder

The Ben Nye is one of my personal favourites as this fine powder is amazing for baking or setting any area of your face.  My under eyes rarely crease, my face doesn’t look powdery and it doesn’t get oily either.

I also love the Coty Airspun Loose Translucent Powder, and I still do, but sometimes the scent can be overpowering.

  1. L’Oréal Pore Refining Primer

This primer is beyond the laws of physics… it is complete magic!  It completely removes the appearance of any pores, leaving your skin looking airbrushed before you apply your foundation.

I usually apply this to my t-zone and upper area of my cheeks to minimise pores, and then an illuminating primer on the rest of my face.

  1. Foundation Stick

There are two different types of foundation stick that I like; Tarte CC foundation stick, and the L’Oréal foundation stick. The L’Oréal stick is fuller coverage but unfortunately, they don’t have it in a shade for my skin tone.

The reason I recommend these foundation sticks is for contouring. If you’re a makeup artist you can carry a few different shades, and use some of them as contour shades.  I love the L’Oréal foundation stick in shade 200 for contouring.

It’s a perfect multi-purpose product.

Another great use for contour sticks is lipstick’s, lip liners, or the perfect under eye definition shade.

  1. Cream Blush

This is an underrated but must have product. It gives a natural glow and blush to the skin, and you can easily build it up, or dull it down.  Cream blush can also be used as a perfect lipstick that compliments your blush, a cream eyeshadow, or even an eyeshadow base.

Similarly, a lipstick can also make a perfect cream blush. Regardless, you put it on before you powder, and I promise you will not be disappointed.

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Five Products I’m Not Repurchasing

Buying something that doesn’t work is disappointing, especially when it’s expensive.  Unfortunately, I sometimes find myself expecting that luxury items are better than their budget alternatives, however, often that isn’t true.   In fact, the majority of my favourite makeup items are from Boots!

This all leads me to a list of products that I am never buying again.  Makeup is specific to the person that wears it, and the way in which you apply it.  These are the products that do not work for my skin, however they do work for others.

  1. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

This foundation has never worked for me.  For some reason, it separates on my face, creases in my lines and gets very patchy.  I bought this foundation after all of the raving reviews on YouTube, and I immediately hated it.

  1. Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick

This is another product that just didn’t sit well on my skin.  It separated after only a few hours of wear, and my skin has never looked so cakey and oily in my life!  I also tried the shade 5.25 to contour with, but my skin just looked patchy and awful.  I do think that this is because of my skin, as I know others who absolutely love this foundation, and it looks wonderful on them.

  1. Mac Matte Lipstick

No matter what I do, I cannot seem to get moisture into my lips.  I am always suffering from dry, painful and chapped lips, and it doesn’t matter how much water I drink or how much lip balm I apply.  That is why matte lipsticks usually don’t work for me, however, I find Mac matte lipsticks especially drying.  My lips always end up looking like a scaly mess.  This isn’t because the lipsticks are bad, it’s just because they don’t agree with my skin, and that’s why I usually go for lipsticks with a satin finish.

  1. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder

This product is a cult favourite, and for a good reason.  It is a very finely milled powder, and it certainly does the job, but so do many other loose powders.  I don’t hate this product at all, I have just found that there are other powders out there for cheaper.  My favourite loose powders are the Ben Nye loose powder or the Coty Air spun Loose Powder.

  1. Geurlain L’Or Pure Radiance Face Primer

This is a wonderful primer.  Unfortunately for me, my skin has some fine lines and large pores, and when I apply this product I can visibly see those things fade away.  However, my biggest gripe with this product is the price.  I cannot justify spending £47.50 for one bottle of primer, despite the fact that one bottle has lasted me nearly two years.  You can get primers that do more for a cheaper price, and the new L’Oréal primers are an excellent example of this.

The Story Of This Blog

Starting a website, business or blog is never easy, but it is most certainly worth it.  There is something unbelievably satisfying and addictive about following a dream, especially when there is a chance that you might achieve a dream that you once thought was impossible and out of reach.  Starting this blog was a huge leap forward for me in many ways.  This blog is not only my outlet, a way to relax and a way to express myself, it is also a physical display of my strength, determination and dedication towards achieving my goals.

When I was thirteen I filmed my first youtube video.  The video was a makeup tutorial that was filmed on a terrible phone, and the quality of the video was shocking.  I didn’t know that you could edit the video, and I didn’t know half of the things about makeup, filming, lighting and editing as I do now.  However, that video did something wonderful, it taught me a lesson about myself.  That video taught me that I need to follow my passion, and that my big dreams are nothing to be ashamed of.  However, I have been very sick for a few years, and I have been unable to get out of bed some days, never mind follow my dreams.

For years, the idea of having a blog and a Youtube channel was in the back of my mind, and my passion for makeup only grew stronger and stronger, until I finally decided that it was time to leave my past behind, get up and follow those big dreams that I had lost hope in.  I think that sometimes I am afraid to take chances because I am too afraid of what people think, I am afraid of being judged or ridiculed, but I don’t think that I am going to care about what I did on my death bed, I am going to care about what I didn’t do.

That is how this blog was born, this blog was born out of me having hope for the future, hope of happiness, peace and love.  A lot has happened to me this year that has diminished any shred of hope or happiness that I once had, but that’s the funny thing, rather than be bitter, hurt and sad, I decided that it was time to funnel that energy into getting away from what hurt me.

I decided to write this post because I wanted you to learn from my mistakes, and I wanted you to know me better.  If I had one wish it would be that I believed in myself and my abilities sooner.  I wish that I didn’t let the bullies get to me and diminish my hope, I wish that I had the strength to ignore the negativity, and I wish that I had the same knowledge a few years ago as I do now.

Anyway, this blog is a part of me and I am so proud of how far it has come in the short space of time that it has been live, and I am grateful to all of my subscribers and viewers as you are helping me achieve my dreams.

Thank you so much!  I wish you all the best, and I hope that you all achieve all of your dreams as well!

Bucket List Ideas

Everyone has a bucket list, or at least everyone has a few things that they’d like to do before they die! There are so many wonderful places and things to do in life, and it is my intention to try and experience as much as I can while I am able to.

I wrote my first bucket list when I was about ten years old, and as you could expect, the entries were along the lines of getting the new Bratz doll, becoming a famous actress and going to the moon. As I have gotten a little older, I think that it is safe to say that my tastes have changed!

So here are a few entries from my current bucket list!

· Go to Fiji

Fiji is one of those magical places that I have always seen on Instagram. The crystal-clear water, the white sandy beaches and the endless supply of gorgeous food and natural wonders makes Fiji an absolute dream!

· Drive the great ocean road

The great ocean road is a 243km road and a recognised tourist destination in Australia. Along the road there are various attractions, places to eat and experiences to enjoy, as well as the stunning views over the ocean. To some this may seem like a relatively boring experience, but I think that there is something relaxing about just driving, looking at the views and stopping at the coastal towns and experiencing what they have to offer.

· Get over my fear of deep water

I don’t know whether it is a fear of the unknown, a fear of drowning, or a fear of both, but I cannot get into deep water without freaking out! I would really like to tackle my fear and then maybe go snorkelling, swimming with dolphins or just be able to get into a swimming pool!

· Be an extra

Maybe this is playing into my fantasy of becoming a famous actress, which is extremely unrealistic, but I would love to be an extra on TV.

· Learn a new language

Speaking a foreign language is something that I have always wanted to do! I currently speak Spanish relatively well, but I’ve always wanted to learn Japanese and French! So, it is on my bucket list to learn how to speak Spanish and another language. I think that it is a wonderful and very useful skill, as well as a way to enjoy and immerse yourself in other cultures!

· Become a morning person

There is something about getting up in the morning that immediately puts me in a bad mood. Whether it is the lack of sleep, the amount of light, or the realisation that there aren’t enough hours in the day, but regardless, I hate mornings. I would love to condition my body to be able to get up in the morning and be productive!

So, there are a few of my bucket list ideas! I know that they aren’t terribly exciting, but I think that the smallest win can be the biggest achievement.

10 Ways To Relax

Coming out of the winter months and heading towards the summer should be an exciting time. However, for many students this is the most daunting time of the year. Exams are getting close, tensions are getting high, and stress levels are increasing.

Stress has an awful effect on your body! It causes insomnia, weight gain or weight loss, heartburn, high blood pressure and depression, and the worst thing about stress is that you cannot control it. However, what you can do is try to minimise how much you are affected by stress.

So here are the things that I do to battle stress!

1. Take a long hot bath

Nothing is more relaxing than a long hot bath! Put on some music or your favourite TV show, sink into the warm water and let your muscles and your mind unwind.

2. Read a book

Reading is such a wonderful thing because it lets your imagination take control. It allows you to forget about what’s going on in your life while you focus on something else. Sometimes this is exactly what we need… an escape.

3. Eat right

When you are stressed and under pressure, eating right is the last thing that you want to do. However, it is at these times when it is most important! Eating sugary food causes mood swings and weight gain, and that isn’t going to help your stress levels. Properly fuelling your body will help you feel right from the inside out.

4. Yoga

Sometimes I don’t realise how much I hold my breath or how quickly I breathe because I’m too stressed out. Yoga really helps you tune out to the world, and it allows you to focus on breathing and stretching, which can be really therapeutic at times. A yoga app that I really enjoy is Yoga Studio: Mind and Body. You can do fifteen, half hour and hour sessions, and you feel so unbelievably relaxed afterwards.

5. Sleep

I love my sleep, I really love my sleep. I feel absolutely lost if I don’t have at least seven hours of sleep per night. Sleep deprivation causes your attention span to decrease, you become less creative, your immune system becomes less efficient, your mood decreases and your memory decreases.

Getting a good night sleep helps your body to clear toxins, and means that you wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day. What could be less stressful than that?

If you are interested, here is a link to a wonderful video explaining how dangerous sleep deprivation can be. http://uk.businessinsider.com/what-happens-when-you-dont-get-enough-sleep-2017-12?r=US&IR=T

6. Get some space

Sometimes they key to relaxation is taking either your body or your mind out of the situation. Taking a few moments for yourself during a stressful time can provide you with the clarity you need to complete the task, which is why I recommend an app called Headspace. This app helps you meditate for a short period of time every day, and I have found that I feel much more relaxed and ready for life after a few minutes of meditation.

7. Follow a passion

When you spend your days following your head, sometimes it is nice to follow your heart. Taking some time every once in a while, to follow a passion whether it’s cycling, makeup, running or knitting can have a positive effect on your mood. You are worth some ‘me’ time.

8. Smell

Aromatherapy is a tried and true way to reduce stress levels. It involves essential oils being aromatically inhaled, causing mood changes. The best oils and scents for stress relief are lavender, bergamot and lemon oil!

Aromatherapy has also been proven to help treat depression and headaches.

9. Music

Music has a wonderful ability to influence our emotions, and sometimes when I’m stressed I will play a specially made ‘Stress Playlist’ to allow me to relax. My favourite band to listen to when I need to relax is Oh Wonder, they are a phenomenal band and their music is really unique.

10.  A cup of tea

Maybe it’s just me, but tea can solve almost any problem! It doesn’t matter what the problem is… if you’re tired you can drink camomile, if you want to cleanse your body you can drink peppermint etc. In fact, drinking black tea has been proven to reduce the amount of the stress hormone cortisol in your body.