Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Turn your normal nail polish in to gel polish!

Hi Chums!

As I'm sure you are all aware, I have a rather sizeable nail polish collection. HERE. Ahem, yeah, it's a problem.
However, as I work full time as a make up artist, I am constantly getting alcohol on my hands, meaning a normal manicure will only last a day or two before chipping. So I have started having my nails done with gel polish, meaning that my rather large collection is sitting unloved and unused!

A few weeks ago, a fellow make up artist and friend Bethan, told me she had heard of a product you could mix with normal nail polish, and it would create a gel polish. I took to Google straight away and found the very thing!

Mega Mix Nails





What is Mega Mix
Mega Mix is part of a three step  universal gel system consisting of a  brush on base coat "Amazing Base"  a pot of clear pure gel ( no solvents) mixing gel "Mega Mix" and " Amazin Glaze" the ultimate shine top coat.

I bought the pot kit for £30 (ouch, I know) and patiently* awaited it's arrival  (*impatiently)

I gave it a crack with Essie Ballet Slippers and a 36watt UV lamp I picked up from eBay (here)





















Awful pictures I know, I do apologise!

Guys, I think it actually works!! I was kinda prepared to return it and call it a gimmick, but I'm 3 days in, my nails are still shiney and no chips!!

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I did use an extra product to help me along, I used a dehydrating fluid that dries and cleans the nails, I used the ASP prep and clean dehydrant


£30 is a bit steep I know, but totally worth it for me as I was paying for gel manicures every 2 weeks, and now I can do my own with all my lovely nail polishes!!

So what do you think of Mega Mix? Is this something you think you might try?

Speak soon!

Bex
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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

DIY Brush Cleaner

Hi Chums,

As I’m sure you all know by now, I am a working makeup artist, in turn, that means I use my brushes a lot, on a lot of different people, so I face two issues on a day to day basis.

1. Sanitizing my brushes so I’m not passing on any germs from one client to the next

2. Getting product off brushes so they’re clean to use for another client and won’t muddy any products I want to use

Over the years I have built a fairly substantial brush collection, so I am lucky that if I only have one or two clients, I can use completely separate brushes on each of them, however, if I am working on a large bridal party/shoot/show etc. I sometimes have to use the same brushes more than once.

This is where I need my spot brush cleaner. Most make up brands make one, and they come in a handy spray bottle that’s great to carry in your kit, spray on some bed roll, tissue or a towel and wipe off your brushes. As they contain alcohol, this kills 99% of germies and will remove most of the product from your brush. (Darker pigments are much much harder to shift and may take a few goes, and if they’re used on a white bristle brush, it will not remove the staining)

Makeup Brushes

Needless to say, I go through brush cleaner like it’s going out of fashion, and at £8 - £30 a bottle, it get’s pretty pricey, so I decided I would try and make a brush cleaner of my own!

What you will need:

Isopropyl Alcohol – at least 70%, the higher the better! (easily and cheaply bought on eBay, can also be found in some chemists, but is a lot more expensive)

isopropyl_alcohol

A gentle shampoo (I use baby shampoo)

johnson-and-johnson-baby-shampoo

Filtered water (It must be filtered/distilled)

distilled-water

dish washing liquid

Fairy Liquid

A container of some sort (a jar/bottle or spray bottle work great)

DIY brush cleaner

A measuring jug

Measuring Jug

A spoon (for stirring)

OPTIONAL: – An essential oil of your choosing, this will help it smell good and condition your brushes (I go with lavender as not many people are allergic to it and it smells good!)

Lavender Oil

So here is what you do.

Grab your jug and pour in 2 cups of your distilled water

Add 1 cup of Isopropyl Alcohol (I use 91%)

Mix in 1 tablespoon of dish washing liquid

Mix in 1 tablespoon of baby shampoo

Add a few drops of your chosen oil, really, just until the alcohol smell isn’t as strong

This will also help kill any bacteria you may transfer if you suffer from acne or breakouts.

 

Mix it all up, get a dirty brush and give it a test, if you feel it isn’t cleaning enough, add a splash more alcohol and voile! You have your own makeup brush cleaner at a fraction of the cost! I usually fill up one big bottle and then pour some in to a small spray bottle I can take with me.

 

Let me know what you think!

 

Speak soon

 

Bex

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Monday, 19 May 2014

How to fix a damaged iPhone (smart phone)

Hi chums!

Slightly odd topic of conversation today, but I thought I would fill you in on my recent technology dilemma, and how I fixed it!

Now, before we begin, I must make it very clear, I am in no way a professional phone fixer, I just googled it and worked it out myself. I have had no official training from Apple or any other company, so I can not be held liable if this doesn’t work for you, or if you damage your phone.

A week or so ago, I was heading out to pick up Mr. Bexberry from work (at the ungodly hour of 3am….) and as usual, I threw my iPhone, and my full (750ml) bottle of water in my bag.

Disaster struck. The lid popped open on my water bottle, and the entire contents ended up in my bag, I discovered this when I went to pull my iPhone out, and found it FLOATING, yes, floating in the pool of water my bag had become. I frantically pulled it out, ran inside and threw it in a container of rice, I wasn’t sure if it was an old wives tale, but the general chat is, if you get water in some sort of technology, rice will help to absorb the water.

When I got home (at 4am), I started googling ways to fix a water damaged iPhone, through my tears, I found a couple of good posts, and took bits from each of them to try and fix my phone.

Firstly, I mostly followed THIS GUIDE from Wiki how, but parts of it were lost on me, for example, it suggests you remove the motherboard and battery, and I had not a single notion how to go about that, but ever the determined lass, I took to Google again and came across THIS YouTube video (if you prefer a pictorial click HERE), which tells you how to take apart your iPhone and put it back together. I have an iPhone 4S but there are tutorials for 5,5S and 5C as well as iPads, Samsungs, HTC, the whole 9 yards!

After I had spent a good hour carefully taking my phone apart, I dried all the water I could see and cleaned down the phone, including all the connectors, with Iso Propyl alcohol, you can usually pick this up at the chemist, I have a ton of it as I use it in my home made brush cleaner (tutorial to come!) Make sure you get everywhere with the ISO as it neutralizes the water and stops it doing any more damage.

Now, have a hunt through handbags, boxes, anywhere you can think of, and gather as many packets of silica gel as you can find, I used a small Tupperware container and filled it with rice and the silica packets, then gently laid all of the pieces of my phone in to the rice, including the back cover. I stuck the screws to the lid of the container with sellotape so I didn’t lose any of them.

Now, the next day, I put my phone back on, and discovered that my battery was fried, and there was a large water mark on the top middle of the screen, so I popped on eBay and bought another battery for £9.49. It took 4 days to arrive, which sucked, you don’t realize how much you rely on your phone until it’s gone! During those 4 days, I kept my phone in the rice and silica gel, to make sure all the water had been absorbed.

When the battery arrived, I popped it in, and the water mark had dried up! There are a few tiny (like pin pricks) little dots at the top of the screen, but I’ve had to point them out to anyone I’ve shown, they’re barely noticeable. I put the phone back together, and voila! Done!

I did a little research online and found that it would have cost me between £50-£100 to get someone to try and fix it. It cost me a total of £9.49….

An odd little post for a beauty blog I know, but if you’re anything like me, you would much rather spend your hard earned pennies on lipstick than getting your phone fixed, so should something like this ever happen to you, well, if I can do it, you can definitely do it!!

There are also tutorials out there for broken screens, replacing speakers and charging ports, and basically everything! DIY phone fixing!

Hope you are all doing well!

Speak soon lovelies

Bex

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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

MASSIVE make up haul l Illamasqua, Laura Mercier and more!

Hey chums,

I have a HUGGGGEEEEE haul for you all, so huge, I've actually filmed it, and split it in to two videos!



I am so blessed to have some super lovely friends, Laura (LINK to Laura's YouTube) from My Makeup Perspective, kindly sent me some awesome bit's from Wet'n'Wild which has only just become available to us in the North, and Nic from (Strawberry Blonde Beauty) who I am sure you all know and love, who gave me a MOUNTAIN of stuff, but if you don't be sure to check out Nic and Laura, they're hilarious and lovely and gorgeous!

Check out Part one: (external link)


And Part two: (external link)


As you can see, I was thoroughly spoiled! Let me know if you would like reviews on any of the products!

Have you tried any of the things I got?

Speak soon lovelies

Bex
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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Cheltenham Ladies Day Festival Outfit

Hi Chummies,
The time of year is upon us once more, where we will begin to don our fancy frocks, and fascinators, and head to the races!
I was quickly reminded about this by an interesting email I received from the lovely team behind Cheltenham Ladies Day Festival, alerting me to a competition where you could win tickets for you
and your bestest gal pal, to pop along to to Cheltenham Ladies Day Festival, sip some champagne and cavort with all the celebs!

As part of the competition, you have to put together an outfit that you would wear to the Cheltenham Ladies Day, now, when you see the outfit below, don’t be fooled in to thinking I have secretly
won the lottery and not told you all (I wish!!), this would be what I would wear, if money was no object, which unfortunately, it is (anyone know this weeks winning numbers?!)

Ladies day
The Valentino shoes have been on my wish list for a while, and will continue to stay on said wish list, because there’s no way I could justify the £600+ price tag. I will however, willingly accept
them as a gift, hint hint, it would be rude not too ;)
The dress is from the ASOS curve range, and I think it is so chic,  but still has a bit of fun and interest with the ruffle sleeves. This has been added to my wish list also.ha!

Anywho, should you like to enter, you can do so HERE and you can find out a bit more about the Cheltenham Gold Cup HERE

Let me know if you pop an entry in so I can take a look at what you would wear!

Speak soon lovelies

Bex
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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Lorde Grammy inspired Make up Tutorial

Hi Chums!

 

Back with another tutorial for you! This time I’ve created a look by Lorde at the Grammy awards 2014 last weekend.

The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! Countdown to Music's Biggest Night held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA. 6/12/2013<br /><br />Featuring: Lorde<br />Where: Los Angeles, California, United States<br />When: 07 Dec 2013<br />Credit: Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com

I’m a big fan of Lorde (musically) and I’m not going to lie, the fact that she is from New Zealand, where I lived until I was 21, makes me like her that bit more.

Skip to the Grammys where she took home two awards (Best song and Album) I noticed her make up right away, she has always seemed to dress and behave older than her 17 years,

which btw, led some crazy people to buy a copy of her birth cert to make sure she wasn’t lying about her age…..she wasn’t…she’s 17, but her make up really suited her, her style, her personality and

her three dress changes!

 

Here is my interpretation of Lordes glowy skin and dark lip combo

 

 

Lorde-2 Lorde-3 Lorde-1-water

 

Let me know what you think! Are there any celebrity looks you would like me to recreate?

 

Speak soon lovelies!

 

Bex

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Monday, 3 February 2014

Katy Perry Grammys 2014 Make up Tutorial

Hi Chummies,

I LOVED Katy Perry’s make up at the Grammys 2014, she looked STUNNING! SO fresh and beautiful!

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So naturally…..I had to create a look inspired by her, on my lovely friend Ellen! Make up Tutorial below!

katy-perry

 

There’s some bloopers at the end, so make sure you watch the whole thing so you can laugh at us!

So how do you think I did? Are there any celeb looks you would like to see me recreate?

 

Speak soon

Bex

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