Monday, 13 October 2014

Drugstore Makeup Haul & Review- Maybelline, Loreal, Rimmel & More

So I recently went shopping in Boots and bought some products that I wanted to try out.. I absolutely love Drugstore makeup I think sometimes you end up paying less for something that works out better then high end makeup.  

Below is a little review of what I bought & some tips & tricks for you all...

Beauty Haul 
Lipstick Kinda Girl - Try these shades :

I have been wanting to buy some lipsticks to add to my Japonesque pallete ( review coming) I decided to go for Maybelline, Rimmel & Loreal these just caught my eye.  I bought Rimmel Nude Delight, couple of Maybelline lipsticks these are long lasting and moisturising and lastly Loreal Color Riche in the colour Julianne's Nude this is now in my makeup bag I love this Soft Pink again moisturising and suits all skin tones. 

L-R Maybelline Summer Pink, Velvet Beige,
Rimmel  Nude Delight
Loreal Julianne's Nude, Maybelline Vintage Pink

£6.99- £8.99
Swatches below of the lipsticks all drugstore you can purchase these at Boots Lips  

Swatches of the lipsticks 
Makeup Bag Essentials Lovin it :

Loving these lip glosses from Maybelline Color Sensational Glosses there really sheer and long lasting. They also smell like sweets. Im into glosses at the moment and these are perfect for a day look or you can pair with a smokey eye in the evening. Trending in my makeup bag. 

Maybelline Color Sensational Glosses  - £6.19

Swtatches include Glorious Grapefruit 
Want a Mascara that gives lots of VOLUME:

I repurchased the Loreal Volume Millions Waterproof Mascara. This is a favourite with my clients especially my brides.  It definitely gives what it says volume but then also separates lashes.  There is no clumping of the lashes and again is long lasting.  With it being waterproof its a bonus so if you know your going to get emotional at a party or special occasion you need this....  

My favourite Drugstore Mascara for brides - Loreal Millions

Loreal Mascara wand.  The bristles are sharp and detailed therefore separating, lengthing and adding volume. I always have faith in this mascara and currently on my 3rd one 

Love the comb  giving great volume & length - £10.99
Get that J-Lo Look with Loreal Lumi Magique:

I can't count how many times I've watched YouTube Beauty Gurus using this Loreal Lumi Magique and wanted to try it. Finally I bought it. So it works as a primer as well as a luminous cream product to go under the foundation, mixed in or on top.  Its a cheaper version of Becca Shimmer and works well on really pale to olive skin tones.  I sometimes apply it under my foundation or just dab it as a highlighter on my cheekbones, nose , cupid etc and it looks amazing, Its so subtle your getting 2 uses from it (Primer & Highlighter) . It enhances radiance and if your wanting a affordable J-Lo look you have to try this :) 

Lorea Lumi - Long awaited and deco worth the hype - £9.99 
Swatch of Loreal Lumi

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Monday, 6 October 2014

The Brush Belt Company - Check out my new Brush Belt

Hey Guys, So I have been looking for more storage for my brushes for quite a while to use when I’m freelancing.  I have  2 Brush Holders which I purchased at IMATS LONDON 3 years ago and have been using them on my freelancing jobs, however I'm carrying more brushes now then ever since I'm busier and need something more flexible.

I came across a website called The Brush Belt Company and instantly loved what I saw.  It looked professional, had more then enough storage for my brushes, a secure fold over pouch and of course a little zip pocket for my phone/money/business cards/ or anything else I need to carry on the go. Oh & it also has an adjustable belt :) 

I purchased The Classic Brush Belt Company which was for £44.99 & it arrived within a couple of days. I mainly ordered it for LFW work so was happy when it came.  I'm now using it on all my jobs. I love the fact it is so easy to use as you can see it has a protective flap which secures and hides all the brushes when not in use but I also use this to place any used up brushes on the job so i can keep client/studios surfaces clean.  

The Brush Belt Company state that they wanted to design products & practical solutions for Pro Makeup Artists who were struggling to find suitable brush belts and set bags - I can relate to this 100% its hard finding the one right for you & after taking some time to research on many brands & products  I'm glad I decided to go with them.  They do currently state that they are also working on new ideas and products so I will be visiting again soon... Why not check them out link is below :) 

Packing my brushes  ready to beat faces :) 

Look at all them pockets ready to pack all them brushes in ..Lovin it

Just an example of how I like to lay out my brushes on the protective flap

Back Zip Pocket perfect for you phone/money/business cards

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Monday, 29 September 2014

Fresh Breakfast at EAT - London

Hi, So whilst I was working in London for LFW SS15 I had to of course have a good old breakfast before being in a room bombarded  with makeup & models.  One place I came across was a place called EAT which is hugely popular in London.

Browsing for breakfast as soon as I got in as you can see in the pictures the option of fresh pastry, fruit, drinks, freshly toasted and of course porridge & yogurts always gets me excited I enjoy trying a new place for food since I'm a huge Fooooooooodie.

I decided to opt for a fresh Berry Hibiscus Herbal Tea, Banana & Honey Porridge & lastly a hot toasted fresh Croissant.. Loved it whilst watching the lovely view outside the window, London red buses passing by, big green trees and of course people passing by on their way to work.  The croissant was perfect not too crispy yet not too soft which I love, the porridge again was on spot however I'm not sure I like Honey with it, but thought I would go for something different :) 

The food, hygiene and service was great and I definitely will be returning to try out many more fresh lovely food they have to offer.  They are located around London & have a branch in Manchester its definitely worth sitting down and having a bite to eat 

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My Breakfast that I chose to have

Overview of the counter and ready to order

Yummy the goodies ..what shall I pick ?

Flat screen above showing Menu of the day along with all the choices

Outside EAT... Thats not me in the pic by the way :)

Lovely view outside the window looking into everyday London 

Huslin & Buslin through the streets after my breakfast ready to start my day :)

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Vueset Pallete - Depotting my Maybelline Color Tattoo

I'm currently working on my Freelance Makeup Kit which I'm loving .  One idea I really wanted to work on was to depot my Maybelline Color Tattoo's into a palette, too often I find it hard to carry every colour with me and sometimes you never know what colours people will go for or want for their makeup when freelancing, 

I decided to buy the Vueset Palette from Love-Makeup - 12 Section Vueset Palette  this was the perfect palette to depot all my cream bases in from Maybelline. This now fits perfectly in one of my Zuca cases. 

What I found most helpful is not only is it easy to access on the job, but all the colours are right in front of me and I find it inspiring when creating looks on shoots or if I'm doing makeup on my clients whether it be for wedding or special occasion makeup.  I recently posted a picture on my Twitter, and somebody did mention if I was worried if they would dry up a lot quicker. But as the Vueset Palette is so tightly fixed and for the last couple of weeks that I've had them stored they are still creamy and so easy to work with still.  As long as your not leaving the lid off for ages then I can say they will be just as good as they were in the original Maybelline tubs. 

I highly recommend this for all Makeup Artists or for those makeup addicts who want to put all their cream products into a palette. The Vueset Palette can also be used for lipsticks, cream blushers, foundations etc so why not have a go :)

After - My palette has been filled looks amazing doesn't it?

Ready to depot all my Color Tatoos, as you can see how much space they take in their original tubs compared to Vueset


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Monday, 22 September 2014

Makeup Collection & Storage - Lipsticks & Brushes - YT Video

Hi Guys, 

So I'm back with my Lipstick & Makeup Brushes storage, as I'm a Makeup Artist I thought I would show you my Makeup Collection.. I have already uploaded my Face Products  & Eyes Storage which you can see clicking the links below 

Now its time to see what brushes I use, what lipsticks I use and a lot more.  Stay tuned for more YT videos ..


Monday, 15 September 2014

Illamasqua Haul & Swatches & Demo -Lovin It

So I'm currently adding some love to my Makeup Kit its one busy period and will be getting busier now that Christmas & more shoots in the pipeline.  Also what better way to get rid of that Monday feeling but to pop into my local Illasmasqua Store in Leeds (Victoria Quarters)

Illamasqua Store in Leeds (Victoria Quarters)

Overall Illamasqua makeup purchased looooove it .... need more !!!

Foundation, Skincare, Eyes, Base, Contour, Highlighter, Brows & More...

So I wanted to try out the Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation & add it into my kit.  I purchased 3 shades, so I could match or mix when using on clients & models.  I needed a pale colour equivalent to MAC NC15, and was recommended 4.5, then 6.5  which was similar to MAC NC25 & finally 10 which was slightly darker going on to MAC 35.  I was surprised at how little I needed and how far it went :)

(L-R Shades)  Swatches  4.5, 6.5, 10
Illmasqua Skin Base Foundations 

My client wearing shade 4.5 Skin Base, Brow Gel & the Hydra Veil and she looked flawless- Makeup By Zaira Cantara 

Precision Brow Gel in Strike which is fairly new, I love the fact this is long-wearing & water-resistant, can be applied with an angle brush, It seriously stays put and when used correctly can make your brows look perfect

OMG next is the Cream Pigment in Hollow - Wow does this product give you one of the best contoured yet natural looks (if used right) It has a grey under tone which is perfect as it creates a natural shadow I applied this with my Zoeva Contour brush and i was amazed at how little i put on yet the effect it gave I was pouting all day literally . Perfect for really pale skin to olive & tanned skin.  A staple for my kit now & forever 

(L-R) Precision Brow Gel in Strike & Cream Pigment Hollow 
Swatch of Brow Gel Strike - Long wearing & pigmented 
Hollow Swatch (the camera light has washed it out) but trust me its amazing 
Next I needed a really Black Gel Liner, (currently using Maybelline which I do love too) so I bought the Gel Liner in Infinity- Again it says what it is, Its the darkest Black gel liner I have used & also is extremely creamy and very rich I love using this with a pointed liner brush and Im going to try using it as a base for a dramatic editorial look I have planned. I would only say on me it did crease and transfer to lid after several house in this hot weather 

Inifinity - Gel Liner - Creamy & Rich Black 10/10
I had to buy the Hyrda Veil after learning it was great as a base- the Illamasqua Counter Assistant explained to me it basically balances out the skin and works amazingly with the Skin Base Foundations. . I knew this anyway after seeing some great reviews from leading Makeup Artists, so wasn't just relying on 1 persons advice. Great for Dry - Combinations & slightly Oily skin tones. Its great for hydrating your skin, gives a radiant finish & also works as a primer.  I like the fact its Gel and has a little spatula I do feel like a scientist doing some weird experiment when I'm using this on clients ... 

Hydra Veil - Illamasqua - Great for balancing out the skin before applying foundation 

Illamasqua Sculpted highlighter & contour

Illamasqua powder highlighter

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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Hot Lips & Colour Clash Shoot - Makeup Zaira Cantara

Hi People.... So last month I did a shoot with beauty Model Saskia Kane, and amazing photographer Amrits Vision.  The theme for the shoot was all about Strong Lips and colour clashing with Styling and Jewellery.

We went for bright bold lips,  Hand 'Panja' and tribal themed necklaces and of course not to forget the cool Green shades used all bought from New Look Jewellery .  I loved that the styling with the shades reminded me of a really strong look as thought Saskia was on a stroll in Milan City or somewhere in a busy City.  Amrit is always on spot when achieveing this images the adrenaline and passion can be seen through his work every single time I work with him 

Saskia had the most beautiful natural clear skin topped with a hint of a golden tan very sun kissed this of course made the look I wanted more achievable. I needed that natural clear skin and of course with lots of colour it went perfectly well.  

This is how I achieved Saskia Kane Looks ( More pictures on my Website link below ):


Mac Face & Body Foundation  - Applied this lightly with my foundation brush and mixed in Body Shop Radiant Highlighter then went over to highlight and conceal with  Clinique Airbrush Concealer I then powdered with Sleek Suede Effect Powder before applying my favourite blusher from Avon Pink Blusher

Eyes :

I applied Mac Brule Eyeshadow over Mac Painterley Pot  to give the eyes an even base and colour, I then used Maybelline Gel Liner with my Mac Liner Brush to give a strong liner look.  For the Bold Colour Clashing look I used Bourjois Green 
all over right up to the brow bone and softly blended I didn't want to blend too much as I wanted a hard edge left look and finished at the bottom using bright colours from the Urban Decay Vice Palette


For the 1st look I used Kate Moss No 22 Long Lasting Lipstick I went for strong bright lips to go with the Green Shades from New Look which I also bought the Hand Chain & Necklace from - I love New Look they have amazing stuff all the time - I then for the 2nd Look used Bourjois Velvet Ping Pong to leave a Matte effect on the lips but again also bright which went with Saskia skin & eyes. For the Final look I also used  Maybelline Colour Sensational - Coral  to create that 2 tone look - I have had so much great feedback on this look which Im very proud of something different in my work .

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Also my great photographer friend Amrits Vision has a variety of looks on his pages and is currently taking many fashion & wedding bookings in thick & fast. Pay a visit you won't be disappointed 

Exotic Pink Velvet Lips - My Favourite from the shoot 

Highlighted Skin, Red Lips, Sun Kissed 

Be Bold, Be Proud, Colour Clashing :)
Green Shades finishing off the styling- Bronzed & Soft Contour - Cool & Chic