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Christmas Sparklers

posted by Wendy December 19, 2017 0 comments

I love a glittery nail for Christmas (also on birthdays, Valentine’s Day or whenever the mood takes me) but instead of buying lots of special nail varnishes, I get one or two glitter topcoats that go over my favourite nail colours. That way you can simply customise your look. Beauty genius OR WHAT? Not as if you couldn’t have worked that out for yourself but everyone’s busy so a reminder of easy solutions is no bad thing.

I stumbled upon these nail varnishes at Marks and Sparks a few months ago and have been really impressed. One coat is good, two are great and because it’s an “all in one”, meaning base coat, colour and top coat product, you save not only money but time.  The twelve colours in the range are fabulous (check out Glacier, Midnight, CappuccinoMink and this one, Emerald) and with Vitamin E and Argan Oil they go on very smoothly.

Side by side with Chanel polishes on the nail varnish shelf, it’s hard to tell the difference, don’t you think? Same with the application and how long they last so if I was a beauty detective I’d say the Autograph ones were fabrique en France. Mon dieu! They are, I just checked. The M&S ones retail for £6.00 and are sometimes in the sale so cheaper than that. Not tested on animals, nor are any of the ingredients in it, and alcohol free. What’s not to like?

Marks & Sparks vs. Chanel, I’ll let you decide

Anyway, back to getting your Christmas sparklers. Get your base colour down, let it dry and add a coat (or two) of glitter. I like the Glitter and Glitz pack from Morgan Taylor which I picked up quite cheaply at my local Sally Beauty Supply (on a sale day). Gives you four fab glitter options to really mix up your looks. Included are a gold, a red, a blue and a multi called “It’s My Party” which I then I used over my dark green “Emerald” M&S colour. I kept two and the other two may find their way into Christmas stockings. Santa is generous like that.

And so I present to you the finished look for your party season, or whenever you want an eye catching hand.  I do love a dark colour on short nails and prefer to keep my nails fairly short for work, but whatever your preference, let the sparkling begin!

 

PRODUCT REVIEWS Mylifeinmakeup.com does not receive any monetary compensation to review products. Most reviews are based on products purchased personally, and preferred, or not. Occasionally I will receive products from makeup companies and will choose whether or not to review them here. Receiving products has no bearing on the opinion of the review, nor whether I choose to review it or not. All opinions are just that, and are honest and unbiased. Recommendations are based on the knowledge I have gained during 18 years as a professional makeup artist. Mylifeinmakeup.com is not to be held responsible if you decide to purchase an item and are dissatisfied with it.

Your Life in Makeup

Lips and Lashes, Naughty and Nice

posted by Wendy December 2, 2017 0 comments

Amazing offers this weekend on Lip and Lash Kits from MAC Cosmetics. Lipstick, lip pencil and best-selling mascara for only £29.40 (value of £44.50)! Naughty or Nice, you decide.

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PRODUCT REVIEWS Mylifeinmakeup.com does not receive any monetary compensation to review products. Most reviews are based on products purchased personally, and preferred, or not. Occasionally I will receive products from makeup companies and will choose whether or not to review them here. Receiving products has no bearing on the opinion of the review, nor whether I choose to review it or not. All opinions are just that, and are honest and unbiased. Recommendations are based on the knowledge I have gained during 18 years as a professional makeup artist. Mylifeinmakeup.com is not to be held responsible if you decide to purchase an item and are dissatisfied with it.

These Are A Few of my Fave ThingsYour Life in Makeup

Black Friday vs Black Eyeshadow

posted by Wendy November 27, 2017 0 comments

I’m not sure how you feel, but I am not that keen on the concept of Black Friday. It seems to me that if prices are able to change so drastically for one day (now it’s three days isn’t it?) then there must be something wrong with them in the first place, which is annoying ….and then I can’t help but get caught up a little in the frenzy. Which is more annoying.

A perfect matte black like this gives you lots of options

While Black Friday may be a short-lived thing, black eyeshadow is always in my kit. It adds intensity to any eye make-up, and with a good blend can go from deepest darkest soot to a softer grey. Used sparingly in the right places, a black shadow adds dimension and works on every skin tone. Used generously, it gives a dramatic and intense look. A matte black shadow like this one can also be used as an eyeliner – use it dry on a liner brush to fill in the lash line, or with a damp brush to paint on a classic eyeliner, even a cat eye. So though you might think the shadow looks intimidating, once you’ve played with it you’ll see how versatile it is and what a great addition it makes to your make-up bag. It’s also brilliant for a sixties look if you feel like really going for it and attempting some make-up history!

I first met MAC – Eye Shadow – Carbon many make-up years ago shopping at MAC in Vancouver, before I got a job there. I’ve had one in my kit ever since, not the same one of course! But if I don’t have a Carbon at hand I get uneasy and have not yet met it’s match, so I usually have two of three of them in various places. The good news is that the price is as trusty as the product itself, it’s not going to go half price on one crazy shopping day or weekend of the year, and one will last you ages….at least until the next Black Friday!

The verdict is in: Black Friday, Not Essential. Black Eyeshadow, Essential.

PRODUCT REVIEWS Mylifeinmakeup.com does not receive any monetary compensation to review products. Most reviews are based on products purchased personally, and preferred, or not. Occasionally I will receive products from makeup companies and will choose whether or not to review them here. Receiving products has no bearing on the opinion of the review, nor whether I choose to review it or not. All opinions are just that, and are honest and unbiased. Recommendations are based on the knowledge I have gained during 18 years as a professional makeup artist. Mylifeinmakeup.com is not to be held responsible if you decide to purchase an item and are dissatisfied with it.

New Things on The BlockYour Life in Makeup

My Holiday Crush

posted by Wendy November 24, 2017 0 comments

I’m very excited about MAC’s Holiday Collection and this lipstick is sure to sparkle at your parties and perhaps lead to a crush or two, it is called Holiday Crush after all. Do not be afraid of frosting up, it isn’t like the hard frost lipsticks of yesteryear but has a smooth velvety texture and won’t leave you too dry to pucker up. I was lucky enough to get one before the shopping blitz, but if it sells out quickly, as the collections usually do, you’re bound to find something else that’s fab. Oh Baby Lipglass is a classic for a more luscious, glossier sparkle and suits every skintone. Happy mistletoe!


M·A·CPRODUCT REVIEWS Mylifeinmakeup.com does not receive any monetary compensation to review products. Most reviews are based on products purchased personally, and preferred, or not. Occasionally I will receive products from makeup companies and will choose whether or not to review them here. Receiving products has no bearing on the opinion of the review, nor whether I choose to review it or not. All opinions are just that, and are honest and unbiased. Recommendations are based on the knowledge I have gained during 18 years as a professional makeup artist. Mylifeinmakeup.com is not to be held responsible if you decide to purchase an item and are dissatisfied with it.

Best Face Forward

Stella, the Golden Goddess

posted by Wendy November 24, 2017 0 comments

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty finally arrived in Vancouver the same time as I was designing the make-up for a new TV series called The Magicians in 2014.  I’d seen a lot of incredible signage signalling the arrival of the Brit Make-Up artist’s new counter at Holt Renfrew, where I did most of my make-up shopping (pre Nordstrom days it was between HR and Sephora) so when it landed I do believe I left work early, don’t tell anyone, and made a beeline for the beauty floor. For research purposes you understand, you gotta know what’s out there. I even booked into a Masterclass when the woman herself came to Vancouver, cos it’s important to keep learning all the time and you do that by meeting as many artists as possible.

Surely it should say The World’s #2 Make-Up Artist!

I immediately took to the colours and textures of Tilbury’s make-up and the first things I bought – Magic Cream, eyeshadow quads, lipsticks, glosses and the fantastic beachsticks and colour chameleon pencils worked beautifully for camera and were perfect for the series about a group of beautiful young things studying magic at an invisible university in upstate New York. I quickly stocked lots from the line in the make-up trailer and into our beautiful make-ups for the show (which is now in it’s third season. I left after the first one) and am still a CT fan in my professional and personal lives, because it’s easy to use, gives very pretty results and is great quality for the money IMO. If you haven’t tried Magic Cream under your makeup yet you might want to give it a whirl. I’m talking beautiful skin and best face forward kind of stuff. Always ask for samples.

One thing though I didn’t especially love (and still don’t) when I first saw it was the make-up wardrobe concept of specific looks, although strangely enough when I was buying for Stella I unknowingly picked a few things from the Golden Goddess look, but only because I knew they’d look fab on her and suit the character she was playing, an earthy, intelligent urban women.  I suppose having “looks” (Ingenue, Bombshell etc) may make it easier for a non- makeup artist customer to choose stuff but I’d much rather women buy makeup because it flatters them and makes them feel good, not because it’s part of a pre-ordained “look”. If a “look” gives you some ideas and helps you then go for it, but also please try stuff that you simply like the look of.

Golden Goddess or not, I think you’ll agree that Stella’s makeup flattered her beautifully, and gave her a naturally sexy look without being overly made-up. These colours look beautiful on almost every skintone.  I use the beautiful gold / brown eyeshadows on myself often so don’t think they’re only for brunettes. This is what I used to get Stella’s look:

Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic Cream – Moisturiser – 50ml

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation mixed with Armani Fluid Sheer No. 10 ( my fave, I’ll do a post about the fluid sheers one of these days)

Amazing Concealer in Medium Golden for under her eye – available from Marks & Spencer in the UK, this one’s a great colour for medium olive skins but always try concealer on and go outside to see how it looks in real light. Lighter skin tones will do better in Medium Beige. Go back a few posts to read about my rules for concealer xo

NARS Concealer Stick 

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick – Lip and Cheek Colour – Ibiza for contouring, using a cream in stick form is really pretty and this one is a bit shimmery so doesn’t give the flat, ashy contour look which I am NOT a fan of

YSL Touche Eclat for highlighting

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick – Lip and Cheek Colour – Las Salinas

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish – Powder – 2 Medium. Not a fan of powder but needed it to dull the shine in a couple of spots for camera. Please don’t use powder on your cheeks or cheekbones if want that healthy glow

NARS Brow Perfector – Stella has beautiful natural brows so I used the pencil to fill in a couple of places and to extend the length of the brow

NARS Brow Gel – to keep everything in place for long days and nights of filming

MAC – Eye Shadow – Brule – a brilliant base colour for any eyeshadow look, light to medium skin tones

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette – Eyeshadow – The Golden Goddess

Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘n’ Kohl – Eye Liner – Barbarella Brown

MAC – Haute & Naughty Lash Mascara – Haute & Naughty Black – one of my fave mascaras, you can take it from natural to luscious by changing brushes (it comes with 2 options) and it’s not too pricey.  and as a highlight for darker skin

Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess Lip Kit

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre – Lip Gloss – High Society

If you have any questions about application techniques please ask! I’d love to answer any of your questions and am always ready to give top tips xo

 

PRODUCT REVIEWS Mylifeinmakeup.com does not receive any monetary compensation to review products. Most reviews are based on products purchased personally, and preferred, or not. Occasionally I will receive products from makeup companies and will choose whether or not to review them here. Receiving products has no bearing on the opinion of the review, nor whether I choose to review it or not. All opinions are just that, and are honest and unbiased. Recommendations are based on the knowledge I have gained during 18 years as a professional makeup artist. Mylifeinmakeup.com is not to be held responsible if you decide to purchase an item and are dissatisfied with it.

MakeUp 101

Golden Girls

posted by Wendy July 6, 2017 0 comments

If you are going golden this summer (purposely or not) remember to change the tone of your under eye concealer to match the warmer tone of your face.

I am not a sun worshipper and wear sunscreen every day but in the warmer months (whether or not I’m playing the ukulele in Honolulu) even my skintone changes and I have to go from using my usual  AmazingCosmetics AmazingConcealer in “Medium Beige” to “Medium Golden”. You’ll be able to see right away if your usual undereye concealer is too light – it will stand out against your sun kissed face and look odd, which is not a good look. So invest in a summer shade and then mix it with your usual one as the tan starts to fade. Remember, you want to skin under your eyes to look the same as the skin on your face, so a little mixing might be in order. Two tubes of Amazing Concealer will last forever so it’s worth the investment.

Don’t forget your sunscreen.

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PRODUCT REVIEWS Mylifeinmakeup.com does not receive any monetary compensation to review products. Most reviews are based on products purchased personally, and preferred, or not. Occasionally I will receive products from makeup companies and will choose whether or not to review them here. Receiving products has no bearing on the opinion of the review, nor whether I choose to review it or not. All opinions are just that, and are honest and unbiased. Recommendations are based on the knowledge I have gained during 18 years as a professional makeup artist. Mylifeinmakeup.com is not to be held responsible if you decide to purchase an item and are dissatisfied with it.
New Things on The Block

Teamwork

posted by Wendy June 1, 2017 0 comments

Today is the day Becca and Chrissy Tiegen launch a new beauty palette born of collaboration, the glow face palette. It’s a four-colour kit comprised of Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Rose Gold and Beach Nectar (a new shade); Sunlit Bronzer in Malibu Soleil, and Luminous Blush in Hibiscus Bloom, a golden pink coral. It’s a beautiful palette to help you glow your way through the warmer months, whether you have a go-away or stay at home summer. Having said that. it does make me want to book a flight to the tropics!

Chrissy says: “There is a way to use every single aspect. I’ve had makeup artists tell me the bronzer is wonderful on eyes. You hear people using it for different things. It’s just like cooking, I swear to God. I don’t want people to think there are set rules for everything. For me, it was really to use colors that would resonate with all sorts of skin tone shades”.  She said the palette was heavily influenced by the colors her makeup artist Mary Phillips uses when prepping her for the red carpet. I hope Mary stands to make a bit of dosh out of it too xo

It’s a beautiful thing. Get glowing, glossaholics xo

 

Your Life in Makeup

So ICONIC

posted by Wendy May 30, 2017 0 comments

IF you’re going to indulge in contouring, strobing, highlighting, face shaping, call it what you will, the secret to success is in the blend. Each texture has to blend seamlessly into the next and to get the right effect one needs the right tools. Enter these brushes from ICONIC LONDON which will buff you and your stuff to perfection. Ranging in size from contour/ foundation brush to small ones for eye and Cupid’s Bow highlights, they will get the job done.



MakeUp 101

Samples Are A Girl’s Best Friend

posted by Wendy May 16, 2017 0 comments

Marilyn may have been right about a few things and diamonds are pretty high up on the list, but in the beauty stakes, samples are a girl’s best friend!

The French are glad to freeze their faces

They delight in using ice

But I prefer a brand who gives samples of all things nice

A jar in the hand might be quite continental

But samples are a girl’s best friend

A gloss may be grand

But it won’t pay the rental

On your humble flat or help you at the laundromat

Shops grow cold as girls grow old

And we all lose collagen in the end

But square cut or round shaped these packs don’t lose their shape

Samples are a girl’s best friend!

I save mine up and take them on trips

If you’re a Hey Big Spender at the cosmetics and skincare counters, or even if you are not, there is a way to try before you buy, and to stock up on some yummy things. Many companies and department stores have an in-built policy to give samples to those that ask and some of them offer without an ask: Kiehls is so far the best I’ve come across, and their samples are brilliantly packaged, making them superb for adding to your holiday packing so you don’t have to take big sizes of everything with you. I usually manage to save enough samples to have skincare and hair stuff for trips, saving on baggage allowance  and extra purchasing once you land. Just a thought! Charlotte Tilbury and other brands offer free samples with online shopping but it’s worth asking at the counter too. Don’t be shy – they want you to try their stuff!