Use Everywhere Balms (and I mean Everywhere)

Use Everywhere Balms

It’s Winter and as such skin is so easily and quickly chapped: be it the lips, hands, feet, elbows or even the cheeks (yes really!) – basically anywhere the icy winter winds can attack, they will. Now I don’t know about you but I don’t have the gumption – nor budget – to be purchasing a hundred and one products to care for all my skin ailments, I would much rather have one multi-tasking product. As variety is the spice of life, I have whittled down my top three “use everywhere balms” so you can get on with the more important things in life, such as finally getting around to watching the Gilmore Girls. No judgement here.

Use Everywhere Balms
Use Everywhere Balms

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream £26 – link

The original and arguably the best (what can I say I’m a ride or die kinda gal) – yes I am of course talking about Elizabeth Arden’s iconic 8 Hour Cream. This thick, gel-come-balm has saved my skin quite literally, more times than I can count; yes it can be a little greasy but this do-it-all potion, quickly and effectively injects moisture when and where it is most needed. Safe to use anywhere – including the face – Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream offers a blanket of instant hydration and continues to moisturise for up to 8 hours – hence the name. No long haul flight or Winter skin survival kit should be without it, and if ever hesitant about the thicker than average texture, mix a little into your regular product (hand cream, face cream, body lotion – it all works) and apply to the skin for a lighter, less daunting but ultimately the same moisture rich, quick fix. Continue reading

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Collection Picks

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Collection

The MAC Nutcracker Sweet collection launched in the UK whilst I was in New York and as the U.S gets the latest launches a week before we do, the collection had all but sold out in both locations before I had a chance to snag a few of the key products (the face kits were the things dreams are made of). I was however fortunate enough to receive two of the new MAC Nutcracker Sweet lipsticks and one of the best-selling MAC Khol pencils too – perfect for creating a subdued yet polished festive look, be it for a party, work or a stroll around the local supermarket (I really do live my best life, don’t I?).

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Collection

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Collection

The first thing that I noticed and inevitably want to mention about the MAC Nutcracker Sweet collection is the packaging. I rather like that MAC have side stepped the traditional festive and often garish colours associated with the season, and settled on a refined palette of bright pink, plum and hints of gold. It’s modern, quirky, unexpected and frankly perfectly presented to create a memorable gift – I’m not here to judge if that person happens to be yourself. Continue reading

Silver Holographic Makeup Tutorial

PRODUCTS USED:
ud eyeshadow primer potion – eden
kat von d shade n light palette
mufe step 1 primer
bobbi brown bronzer golden light 1
mac blush – prism
becca hightlighter – moonstone
tarte shape tape – light
nars creamy concealer – custard
kat von d tattoo liner – trooper
kat von d foundations
colourpop eyeshadow – liberty
laura mercier translucent powder
nyx glitter glue
nyx lipliner – nude beige
colourpop liquid lipstick – chi

M·A·C How-To: Coloured Smoky Eye Holiday Look

1. Curl lashes.
2. Apply a light veil of Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder under the eyes to help catch any fallout.
3. Using a 268 Brush, line the upper lash line with Fluidline in Blacktrack, and blend the colour upwards over the eyelid with a 217 Brush.
4. Apply Eye Shadow in Performance Art from the Nutcracker Sweet Cool Eye Compact with the fluffy side of the 213/214 Brush, also from the palette, to the centre of the eye and blend outward.
5. Using a 224 Brush, apply Eye Shadow in Absurdly Pretty, also from the palette, to the crease, inner and outer corners of the eye, connecting the colours and blending through the crease in circular motions.
6. Line the waterline with Eye Kohl in Prunella and gently apply along lower lash line.
7. Using a 219 Brush, blend Eye Shadow in Absurdly Pretty along the lower lash line.
8. Apply Eye Shadow in Sugar Plum, also from the palette, with a 266 Brush to the outer corner of the upper lash line, then blend with a 224 Brush. Repeat this step on the outer corner of the lower lash line.
9. Tap Pigment in English Gilt from the Nutcracker Sweet Gold Pigments and Glitter Kit to the inner corner of the eye, using a 219 Brush.
10. Contour the face using a mix of Powder Blush in Blunt and Sincere with a 168 Brush, focusing under the cheekbones and around the hairline.
11. Using a 129 Brush, apply Extra Dimension Blush in Pleasure Model from the Nutcracker Sweet Copper Face Compact to the cheeks and above the eyebrows to give a lift to the face.
12. Highlight the face using Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Whisper of Gilt from the same palette, applying to the top of cheekbone with a 224 Brush.
13. Apply In Extreme Dimension Lash to the upper lashes.
14. Fill in the brows using a 263 Brush and Eye Shadow in Concrete. Brush out the brows using a 204 Brush.
15. Finish the look by adding Vamplify in Tuned In to the lips.

Icy Cut Crease Makeup Tutorial

products used:
-smashbox photofinish primer
-marc jacobs foundation
-nars radiant creamy concealer
-laura mercier translucent powder
-maybelinner super stay powder
-benefit hoola bronzer
-smashbox LA lights blush and highlight palette
-becca champagne pop highlighter
-sanias brow bar mechanical brow pencil
-benefit give me brow
-ABH clear brow gel
-makeup geek- creme brulee,mango tango, bitten eyeshadows
-tarte in the bloom palette
-toofaced glitter glue
-alexa persico concealer
-furless depraved loose pigment
-lancome liquid art liner
-backstage lashes chelsea lashes
-makeup forever 2C lipliner
-nars raquel lipstick