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Glossaholics Giveaway

posted by Wendy January 7, 2017 0 comments

Glossaholics! Welcome to my first ever makeup giveaway!

I am as much of a glowaholic as a glossaholic and the new year is a good time to think about reviving your skin and getting a glow back after the busy holidays season.  So I’m giving away an amazing Wonderglow from Charlotte Tilbury Cosmetics, which is a beautiful primer/ moisturiser/all-round amazing thing.

Worn alone it gives a beautiful dewy finish that not only moisturises but reflects light, creating a soft -focus look for you skin and blurring imperfections.  Alternatively, it can be worn under foundation, mixed with your foundation to sheer it out with a glow (this is one of my favourite tricks for camera), or patted over it at highlight points. It’s a hugely versatile beauty product whether you like the look of makeup or not.

Because it has a warm gold undertone and not a pink one, it boosts but doesn’t look metallic or ashy on darker skins yet also compliments lighter ones; basically it’s your skin but better, which is why it’s always in my kit! It’s packed with lots of good things including a form of hyaluronic acid. By the way, Wonderglow won a CEW Insiders Choice Award in 2015, which, if you haven’t heard of it, is like an Academy Award for beauty products.

A glow is as good as a rest!

The rules of the competition are fun and easy:

  • follow @glossaholics
  • “like” the photo of the Wonderglow prize I’ve posted on Instagram
  • tag 2 friends in the comment section

The competition is open until Jan 31st, to residents of the UK, USA and Canada. The winning entrant will be announced Feb 1st on Instagram so your account must be public on that date. The prize will be sent by mail. Good luck and I hope you enjoy participating!

Get glowing, Glossaholics, here’s to a beautiful 2017 xxoo

 

Per Instagram rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use.

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 in 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.
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We Are Sixteen Going On Seventeen

posted by Wendy December 30, 2016 4 Comments

So here we are, twenty-sixteen going on seventeen! If you need someone older and wiser, telling you what to do, I’ll take care of you. These are my top picks of 2016, the things that made My Life In Makeup more beautiful. They are not necessarily new, and are not in any particular order, just sixteen products or treatments that served me well in my professional and personal life. There’s sometimes a bit of a crossover.

Kate Somerville DermalQuench LiquidLift

This is one of those crazy miracle products and all the rage on the west coast. A blast of hyaluronic acid and a special blend of Kate-y ingredients “fill” and “lift” the face, and blimey, it’s quite surprising to see the results. Use it regularly am and pm, or on special occasions, underneath your regular skincare and makeup. Kate Somerville is beloved in Hollywood with  an amazing skincare clinic on Melrose (you can imagine who her clients are). I consistently experience magnificent results using her products at work.

This one also looks and acts like a dalek so is quite fun to have on your top shelf.

 

Sarah Moon for NARS “Give In Take” Palette

This year has been the year of superb makeup palettes. I tend to stay away from them, preferring to buy individual eyeshadows, blushes etc, so I can pick the colours I want and need, but this year’s palettes have been exceptional and I’ve bought several. Where Charlotte Tilbury’s Instant Look palettes give you fresh and easy, albeit sexy makeup, the release of the Sarah Moon “Give in Take” Dual Intensity palette from NARS offered a different story. Sarah Moon, aka Marielle Warin, is a French model turned fashion photographer. The Moon palette is urbane, cool and utterly sophisticated; it’s a weekend in Berlin without having to go to the airport. Six sublime shadows, a contour/bronzer, highlighter and gorgeous blush. The dual intensity products also give you options for subtle or dramatic. Wear it with a nude or a burgundy matte lip, or a white sparkly lipgloss for achtung baby.  I’m very tempted to keep this one at home.

 

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Blush

I finally got my hands on these in 2016. The ultimate in liquid blush, they stand alone or can be layered with other liquid or dry blushes. Gorgeous (see “Pretty Cheeky Part I” for the whole story).

 

 

 

My first day with lash extensions, January

 

Eyelash Extensions

I came late to the party (it wasn’t the first time); I first tried these at the beginning of the year out of sheer desperation, after what seemed like an endless battle with the lashes, or lack of them. Apparently I do have quite a few, but they are blonde and short so the extensions changed my makeup life without looking ridiculous and have saved my eyes from a daily ordeal. Saving twenty minutes in the morning is also a bonus when starting work at 5am! In the summer I even went so far as to try a perming and tinting treatment before the extensions were applied. I had a summer of good lashes, without having to work hard. Finally (Read “Length Matters” for the full story).

 

Make-Up Brushes from London Brush Co.

The London Brush Co. makes premium natural and vegan makeup brushes; they are “designed by a Brit, made by hand, loved by all”. Try them if you can, they are worth the expenditure.

 

 

 

TF has me covered but leaves a glow. It’s a win-win situation! Do you like the sneaky way I’ve included one of my have lipsticks of the year?…Audacious Lipstick by NARS in “Claudia”

 

Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation

Foundations are the foundation of a makeup artist’s career. Without a good canvas the rest gets lost so I need to have hundreds of them, for all skin tines and types and to create different looks.  Over the years I’ve developed foundation radar; this one became an overnight favourite. It gives a beautiful dewy finish that is perfectly traceless, with coverage ranging from sheer to full depending on your needs. The stick format makes it easy to apply, easy to layer and very easy to pop into your handbag for touch-ups. Use with either the moisturising or illuminating  primer for a lovely base for lovely makeups.

 

 

 

This beautiful shade is “Love Liberty”

Charlotte Tilbury Cosmetics

If you’re a regular reader you will know all about my love for this line which was very new in 2016. It launched in late 2015 which meant my 2016 was slightly obsessive. The “problem” is, Charlotte Tilbury Cosmetics makes it very easy to do great makeup! On yourself or someone else. I remain overwhelmingly impressed with it. Standout products include lipglosses and pencils, Miracle skincare, Instant Look palettes, Ibiza beachstick, cream shadows, big stubby eye crayons, Feline Flick eyeliner and Supermodel Body body makeup. Not to mention the Gold Bar! I gave mine to my favourite boy who dresses like a girl (watch this space) and my kit realllllly misses it. Sorry if this is cheating, but I can’t pick just one thing because I love so many.

Chanel Nail Polish in Vendetta

I go back to this one all the time and bought more than one when it came out. A glam and gorgeous dark purple on short or long nails. Including my own, which are sometimes long (time off) but mostly short (at work!). I am always rooting for nail varnishes to be good because I love them so. Chanel always delivers, in terms of pigment and silkiness. In a pinch, one coat does it all. I don’t even think this one’s around anymore (why do they do that?) but there’s bound to be a new colour close to it.

The terrible cuticles are all my own!

For recovery at midnight or midday

 

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

I have loads of Kiehl’s in my kit and have been a fan ever since I visited their flagship NYC store many many years ago. It’s a fabulous beauty pharmacy. It also has a motorcycle in it. Kiehl’s is constantly at the forefront of skincare technology and brought out some amazing things this year, which deserve their own post. This one, however, is a cult classic that I dole out constantly, especially after people have had a long flight, for reviving and nourishing tired skin overnight. Do an exfoliation first and hear your skin say “thanks!”

Containing squalane, evening primrose oil and essential oils including lavender, it’s a forever favourite. It also has a honourary place on my home top shelf.

Award winning lip balm from The Blue Lagoon skincare line

 

Blue Lagoon Rejuvenating Lip Balm

A lucky discovery in the spa shop of the Blue Lagoon, Iceland. I took a dream-come-true trip there this summer and came away with some superb Icelandic beauty products. This one stays firmly in my handbag.

Just noticed that it’s Made in Denmark. Bit cheeky but explains why it’s so good, doesn’t it? It’s hygge for the lips!

 

 

 

 

Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk

A great chemists/drugstore find from Vichy and a bargain compared to my other fave body lotions. As a makeup artist I am not just responsible for making faces beautiful; it’s all about hands and bodies too. This one is gently scented and nourishing and containing thermal spa water, LHA, hyaluronic acid but no parabens, so it softens you up nicely.

 

 

Make you own candlelight with “Bounce Around”

MAC Soft Serve Eyeshadows

This summer MAC launched twelve Limited Edition shadows that looked like fairy dust and were just as magical. I use them alone for a gentle sparkle, or layered over other shadows for instant night-time gorgeous; they look amazing in candlelight, just saying. Because they were limited edition there’s not many left around – in fact I recently saw them in the sale items at a MAC PRO store, so if you find one, snap it up. This one is called Bounce Around and works over any shadow. Apologies if they’re already sold out.

 

 

The sign of a good inner eye pencil is it’s stubbiness!

 

Laura Mercier Inner Eye Definer

Formerly known as kohl eye pencil and a staple in my kit and my own makeup bag (I wear Antique Jade on an almost daily basis). Creamy, pigmented and stays put on the water line, i.e., the inner eyelid. After my favourite Bourjois pencils were discontinued, Laura Mercier’s have taken their place. The colours are beautiful – black violet and black navy are worth a second look.

 

 

 

 

Josie Maran Intensive Hydrating Treatment

What goes under makeup is as important as the makeup itself, and this one saturates and glows without interfering with foundation. Wear alone for juicy skin. Made from only natural ingredients including argan oil, and from the amazing Josie Maran, it’s one that gets used a lot.

 

 

 

Aveda Hand Relief

Hands off this hand cream. I can’t keep this around very long – the salicylic acid formulation works wonders, short or long term. Another surprise find, as I don’t usually go to Aveda for skincare. The scent is non-offensive and everybody seems to love it. I use it to counteract my grandpa hands.

P.S it’s got French on the packaging because I bought it in Canada. C’est la loi!

Barefoot Venus Therapeutic Mustard Bath

Last but not least. At the end of long days, this is where it’s at. Barefoot Venus is a wonderful line of bath and body products that I was lucky enough to come across in Canada. They are made in a small town, with the best ingredients, and the retro packaging looks fun and fab in the bathroom.

Containing essences of mustard, wintergreen , eucalyptus and rosemary, it is therapeutic indeed, whether your days are short or long. Run a hot bath, throw in the salts, immerse yourself and relllllaaaaax. Kindly, they also sell refill salts so you don’t have to buy the tin over and over. Unkindly, they only ship to the US and Canada so far but I’m thinking of starting a smuggling ring.

 

That’s it, sixteen for sixteen and another year of My Life In Makeup almost over. I am looking forward to a new year of using all my favourites and discovering new ones. I will, of course, keep you posted! I didn’t even get to the best lipsticks of the year.

Dedicating this post to Charmian Carr, another beauty who left us this year and who will be forever sixteen going on seventeen as far as I’m concerned.

 

Happy Shopping!

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Cult Beauty Ltd.

 

Canada:

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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 in 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.
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The Tide Is High

posted by Wendy June 6, 2016 0 comments

Some people in my world are raving about water cleansers. This new breed of cleansers are called micellar waters. And the tide is high.

The first one of these water cleansers to hit my headlines was by Koh Gen Do…..the people (mentioning no names) sung loudly of its praises and so I felt the need to jump on the bandwagon, or to catch a wave. I have tried three of them for comparison, Bioderma Sensible H20, Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water and La Roche-Posay Eau Micellaire.

The latest breed of cleansers are micellar waters

The latest breed of cleansers are micellar waters

 

Originally created in the 90s to help Parisian women deal with the region’s notoriously harsh water, micellar cleansers were a well kept secret, until makeup artists and models started raving about the benefits of the no-rinse formula.

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The Supermodels of the 1990s must have been among the first to use the new cleansers n'est pas?

The Supermodels of the 1990s must have been among the first to use the new cleansers n’est-ce pas?

Very quick and easy to use, a micellar cleanser is a lifesaver for on-the-go beauty and late nights. I concur, that sometimes my usual cleansing routine can seem like a chore, and that micellar versions don’t even need water to work. But does that make them any better for your skin? One of the good things about them is that they have mostly been adapted for sensitive skin and have been formulated with mild and non-irritating surfactants; one of their biggest marketing points is their suitability for sensitive skin types.

Even stubbon make-up can be theoretically removed with one sweep of a cotton pad and with no harsh chemicals or detergents to irritate and inflame skin. The waters contain tiny micelles (microscopic oil spheres) that dissolve impurities without stripping the skin so “even the most troublesome complexions are left feeling soft, nourished and hydrated”. So they say.

There is one big advantage to removing your makeup this way, and that is that you have to use cotton pads together with the cleansing waters. This actually plays a major role in why they are so effective at removing makeup. Cotton is hydrophilic (“tending to dissolve in, mix with, or be wetted by water”) so  when you pour a micellar solution on the cotton pad, the hydrophilic heads are attracted to the cotton, leaving the hydrophobic tails sticking up to trap oil, wax based substances and dirt i.e., makeup and oils. When applied to skin, micellar water and cotton pads cleanse the skin by acting like a magnet, attracting and entrapping impurities without harsh rubbing or scraping. So you get clean, without damaging the skin.

They sound too good to be true, n’est ce pas? How could I not give them a go? So I have tried and tested them. I sampled three leaders in the market which are available most everywhere and range in price: Bioderma Sensible H20, Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water and La Roche-Posay Eau Micellaire.

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LA ROCHE POSAY Eau Micellaire

BIODERMA Sensibio H20

BIODERMA Sensibio H20

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KOH GEN DO Cleansing Spa Water

There are many many more, with lots of brands putting one into the marketplace. Go to your local drugstore/chemist and you’ll find lots of options. I tried each one for a week each, and here are my conclusions which are not watered down.

There is no doubt that a sweep of micellar water can take away all your bronzer!

There is no doubt that a sweep of micellar water can take away all your bronzer!

  • Micellar waters are really easy and quick to use.
  • They do a good job of removing make-up and clean a dirty face.
  • They do not feel nourishing in any way – not so good for dry skin
  • They come in handy for lots of makeup changes in a short period of time so cannot deny that they are good for make up artists to have in their kits.
  • Great for travel or short-term skincare. I will be packing a mini one in the holiday makeup bag
  • Because they don’t offer that much in the way of nourishing or anti-aging skincare, I don’t think they can replace a good three-step routine (which, granted, takes longer at the end of the day).

To be honest I found them all one and the same, maybe the things that would point you towards a particular brand are not the same reasons I would pick that one…fragrance or lack of, and even colour, and price. They all left my skin feeling dry, but the Bioderma one is ok to use to remove eye makeup if you have lash extensions, and it’s not too expensive, so it’s my winner. The Koh Gen Do is runner up because the packaging makes it look like pink water. A stupid reason to like it, but there you go!

Bioderma retails for approx $15.00/ BPS8.00 for 250ml

Koh Gen Do retails for approx $39.00 for 300ml and doesn’t appear to be available to buy online on the UK although other products on that line are

La Roche-Posay retails for approx $10/ BPS 12.00 for 115ml

I concur that they do speed up the cleansing process, and yes I think they are much better than cleansing wipes which are usually loaded with chemicals, but the speediness of using them is mostly what I don’t like about them: they take away the process of cleansing. For me one of the reasons to take the time to cleanse your face is the ritual of it; the whole process of it, the feel, smell and texture of your favourite cleanser and most importantly, being in actual touch with your face. I don’t think I am alone in feeling this way as so many beauty experts emphasise the need for massage of facial skin and muscles and a new breed of oil-based slippery cleansers are marketed with specific instructions on how to do facial massage.

So the micellar water method leaves me feeling a bit jipped to be honest, but then again I grind my coffee beans every morning for the same reason: the joy of the ritual and the way it slows me down in an otherwise frenetic world. Slow food, slow travel, talking instead of texting, I am a bit of a dinosaur, a Cleanasaurus. But I’ll have one in my kit for fast changes.

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Pucker Up! Lip Scrubs tested on your behalf

posted by Wendy December 24, 2015 0 comments

Any mistletoe coming your way this holiday?  If you’re one of the lucky ones (or not, depending on who’s brandishing the branches), you will want your lips to be ready for puckering, which mean nice ‘n soft, not chapped ‘n chunky.

Exfoliating the skin on our faces and bodies has become embedded in skin care culture, but most of us don’t exfoliate the skin of our mouths on a regular basis. In winter time it’s not a bad idea to add a lip scrub to your routine once or twice a week, because not only are chapped lips uncomfortable and unsightly, you just never know when that mistletoe will appear.  The same principle that applies to skin exfoliation applies here – get rid of the dead and dying older cells to reveal the newer ones underneath. Out with the dull, in with the shiny and new (that’s a clip from a Madonna song by the way).

There are a few benefits to using a lip scrub (apart from the snoggability factor): your lipliner/lipstick/ lipgloss/lipbalm will adhere longer and look better. It makes any lip product you might use more effective and long lasting. Lip exfoliation makes your lips more moist and helps to retain moisture longer which helps to prevent cracked lips. If you scrub your lips regularly, you won’t have to worry about wind and cold and sun exposure (take one on holiday to sunny places too!). Lip scrubs also bring out the natural colour of your lips, so you could do that and just a balm to protect, for a natural look. By the way, lips lack oil glands, so increasing moisture by exfoliating is a good idea. Whenever I give them to clients to use before I do a full makeup, they are very pleasantly surprised and wonder why they’ve not used them before. I am doing a product comparison because my old go-to (Smashbox) has been discontinued and there are lots of new ones to discover.

I tried three products, and the testing took quite a long time, as I had to wait at least a week in between products to let my lips winterize again.  With any lip exfoliant, apply a liberal amount to the lips (without lipstick on is a good idea or you’ll end up a bit Scary Clown Face) and rub in gently in a circular motion, including over the lip line. Leave it on for up to ten minutes, then wipe away with a soft tissue or damp, warm cloth. Have lip balm standing by to continue the moisture surge and really repair.

Three lip scrubs in the ring for the championship title!

Three lip scrubs in the ring for the championship title!

 

The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ

This is an industry favourite, and for good reason. It comes in many flavours, some of them sounding very yummy. I choose to test the peppermint, for reasons I will divulge. …The scrub is exceedingly candy-cane pepperminty and super gritty, so it felt as if I was really getting a good exfoliation. It produced a nice strong tingle (due to the peppermint oil) which is blood rushing to the site, so it acts like a lip plumper as well. Two-in-one, I like that! Because it was so gritty, it took longer to clean off but my lips felt silky and soft afterwards and were definitely plumped up. I loaded on the lip balm, and wore a favourite lipstick that night which went on very smoothly and lasted longer than usual. P.S It also really made me crave a peppermint latte, so that may not be a good thing.

Sugar Lip Polish by Fresh

This is what Fresh says: “This unique formula is enriched with real brown sugar crystals to gently buff away dry flakes as it exfoliates and conditions for a smooth finish. It nourishes the lips with quick-absorbing meadowfoam seed, jojoba seed, and grapeseed oils while shea butter provides long-lasting moisture. Lips are left smooth, protected, and hydrated”.

This is what I say:  really pleasant, fine-milled polish in an appetizing brown-sugar colour and texture. But therein lies the disappointment. From the luscious look of it, I was expecting a tasty, burnt-sugar, caramel kind of treat so was rather surprised to discover it was quite tasteless and odourless. In fact it smells more of lemon than burnt sugar. (You may be getting the impression that I was on a sugar binge with these lip scrubs….you may not be wrong about that! Tis the season and all). The texture of this one was less scratchy, which I appreciated actually. It was gentle but with enough particles to feel like it was doing it’s job, and with an easy clean up. My lips did feel quite dry afterwards; they were really squeaky clean after this one. I loaded on lip balm for two days post-scrub, which is no bad thing as it reminded me to do it at least.  My lipstick test had great results; smoother and longer-lasting, but that is the effect of lip scrubs in general.

Fruit Scrub with Resveratrol by bite Beauty

“Resveratrol is a natural compound found in red grape skin, Japanese knotweed (polygonum cuspidatum), peanuts, blueberries and some other berries. It is a powerful antioxidant produced by some plants to protect them against environmental stresses”. I’m finding it popping up in more and more cosmetic and skin care products, which then claim to have extra anti-aging properties. Time will tell. Ask me when I’m 83.

This is what Sephora says: “a 100-percent natural cherry-flavored mousse infused with exfoliating beads to smooth and condition lips. Made from antioxidant Resveratrol, fruit acids rich in vitamin C and rice bran, the Fruit Scrub exfoliates and helps to brighten lips over time while fighting free radicals and conditioning around the lip line”. Sounds good, but is it?

This fruit scrub comes in Whipped Cherry flavour which was really yummy in a non-intrusive way, and was the only lip scrub not to make me thing immediately of consuming sugary foods! It is much less gritty, and much creamier than the others I tested, and after ten minutes it melted away and I hardly had to wipe anything away. There was no tingle (so no plumping either) but my lips did feel softer and the scrub got rid of all the dry wintery bits. The lipstick test was a success, as with all of the scrubs I tried. Bite Beauty is a Canadian brand, hand-made in small batches in Toronto.

Exfoliate! Exfoliate!

 

And The Winner Is….Fruit Scrub in Whipped Cherry by Bite Beauty

All the lip scrubs I tested were really lovely and had a great effect but this one wins for me. It is a scrub that I feel I can use all year round and regularly, it was the most moisturising and I really liked the texture of it compared to the grittiness of the other scrubs. I loved the peppermint component of the Sara Happ scrub, and will definitely use it again to plump up, but I think the gentleness of the Bite Beauty scrub means it will be a staple on my bathroom shelf. It’s half-way between a scrub and a super-moisturiser. Waiting to see how the anti-oxidant component works out. Will keep you posted.

With all of the scrubs, the amount you get is very generous. You could hold a lip scrub party with the Sara Happ and still have leftovers. One pot of any of these will last for ages. Your lips will thank you!  So go ahead, exfoliate! exfoliate! exfoliate! And don’t forget to pucker up for Christmas. Snog on xo

Pucker up!

 

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 in 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.