Friday, 16 December 2011

Bad blogger :(

Hey guys, just wanted to apologise for my serious lack of blogging this last two weeks. Unfortunately this is the busiest time of the year for me at work and I am suuuuper stressed and snowed under. I promise you I have some lovely posts coming up when I finish work for the year (22nd of dec)
Hope you guys understand, and are all having a lovely Christmas season!


Monday, 5 December 2011

Gone Haulin? Part 1

I decided I would do a 'Haul' blog for you all, of some bits and pieces I have picked up recently. I'm still waiting on a package from MAC, Urban Decay, and Sleek Make up. Which horrifies me slightly, because my goodness, I have bought A LOT recently. And this isn't even all of it :s

This is the beauty kinda stuff, I'm remembering a few other bits and bobs I've picked up that I've forgotten to photograph, I might just leave them out, for the sake of not looking like a maniac!
I've also bought some new clothes and accessories lately, if you're interested in seeing them, let me know :)

I'll go through bit by bit so you can have a gander at what I picked up, some I have used already, some I haven't. If you would like a review on any of it let me know!

First up we have a few bits and bobs I picked up from MAC, I got a couple of new brushes, an eye shadow in 'Twinks' and some pigment samples.
The colours are from L-R - Pink Opal, Basic Red (pro) and another Pink Opal, Neo Orange (pro) and Reflects Pearl.

Label M - Curl Cream - This was recommended to me by a client and I LOVE it. I definitely recommend it if you have curly or very wavy hair. Keeps your curls looking bouncy without any frizz!

I ordered some bits and pieces from ELF, unfortunately for us here in the UK ELF is only available online :( 

Firstly I picked up this Exact Lash Mascara, which is said to be a dupe of the Clinique bottom lash mascara.

This is the Complexion Perfection Powder. Don't be fooled by all the colours, its basically transparent.

The Matte lip colours in (L-R) Tea Rose, Natural, Coral and Praline

This empty palette fits MAC eye shadows, and is only £1.50 in comparison to MAC's quads, at £9

Some Collection 2000 goodies!!

Cream Puff Moisturising Lip Cream and Love your lips gloss (L-R) Cotton Candy, Fairy Cake an Adore

The Big Fake mascara (larger wand) in comparison to the L'Oreal Voluminous Brush. It's HUGE.

Shade 3 and 2 of the Long Lasting concealer. Oddly, the light shade is a runnier consistency.....
And finally, 3 of the Extreme 24 hour felt tip liners (L-R) Black, Teal and Purple. 

Urban Decay Primer Potion. I think this is fairly well known!

Yeaaaaah I went a bit mad for nail polish eeeep :s from top to bottom - OPI Rainbow Connection, Barry M - Purple Crackle, Number 17 magnetic polish in Lilac, Green and Grey, Models Own - Bronze Rage and finally, Number 17 Crackle top coat, black with gold glitter!

Right guys, ONE last lot, I swear!

GLITTERRRRRRR AGHHHHHH LOT'S OF BEAUTIFUL GLITTERRRR. This makes me happier than it should.....

I've also picked up a Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream, Murad Cleanser, Clean and Clear spot gel, Estee Lauder Night Repair and a few wee other things.

Hope you guys enjoyed looking at why my bank balance hates me!lol



My Name is Bex, and I'm an Addict.

I have a problem, it's not a problem I noticed before, but it has recently been brought to my attention.
I'm addicted to Nail Polish.
That's the first step right? Admitting you have a problem? I promised myself I wouldn't buy anymore nail polish......since then I've bought 7. I know, I know! I need some sort of intervention!!!
Anyway, I bought some nail wheels so I could swatch all my beautiful nail polishes, and today I took some pictures for you guys! (any excuse to show off all the pretty colours)

First off, I store all my polishes in this bad boy (excuse the phone pic)

I made this fantastic storage, shelf jobby thing with some foam board and patterned tape! I followed this youtube tutorial: DIY: Nail Polish Wall Rack
This holds 100 nail polishes if they are lined up single file, I've had to double up in some places :s eeep. As you can see they are in colour order, because I am a maniac, my wardrobe is the same.....
It is meant to be wall mounted, but I haven't quite got that far yet...

So my shame, swatches of my lovely nail polishes :)
First up, some natural colours and shimmery top coats.

Some lovely oranges!

Pretty Pinks

Some red shades, the two at the end that don't appear red have red reflects in them.

PURPLE PEOPLE EATER....that's what my school bus was called.

Touch of the blues? (these captions are getting cheesier as we go on...)

Greens and Yellows, I know it's wrong, but I feel that I need more yellows....I told you I need help.

Browns, Bronzes, rusty reds and plums. Autumn colours really!

Blacks, silvers, platinum's.

Nail effects, Shatters, Metallic, Magnetic and nail strippers

and finally, my favourite
GLITTERS!!!!!!!!! I DEFINITELY need more glitters!

Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed this wee nosey in to my obsession!

If you want to know what any of the colours are, just let me know :)



Make up before and after, did it last?!

So as some of you may know, I sing. Not just in the shower, but on a slightly more professional level.
Before I studied to be a make up artist, I did a Bachelor of Performing arts with a major in Jazz singing, and since moving in to NI, I auditioned and secured a place in Belfast Community Gospel Choir. The choir is in no affiliated with any church or religion and has members from all walks of life, gay, straight, black, white, all colours, all creeds, and we have SO much fun. Anyway, I digress.

On Saturday night past, I was singing with 19 other girls and guys, including my Dad who is also a member, and the lovely Gemma Louise from champagne lifestyle student budget, and I was also going to the Skrillex after party straight afterwards.
Thing is, my skin is having a meltdown, I have no idea why, but I got a spot, and I'm not talking a wee blemish, I mean a MASSIVE spot. (trust me, you'll see the pics!)
So I needed my make up to cover the redness and pigmentation of the spot, and stay put through me performing and hour and forty minute set dancing and singing with the choir, then the hours of dancing to follow. All in all, I needed some heavy duty make up.

So, I primed, and I primed, and I primed. Yes, I used 4 primers on my face/eyes, but you will see, my make up barely moved!
Oh and NO TOUCH UPS! I promised I wouldn't so you could all see how it held up. (the things I do for

So these first pictures were actually taken in the car right after the concert, I didn't have time to take one before we went on stage, we literally had to run, it was madness.
The make up was applied around 8-8.30pm.

Check out the other head growing on my chin!!! I told you!! Under normal circumstances, that bad boy would have been edited out before it saw the light of day on the interwebs, but alas, I couldn't very well edit pics about my make up and put them up here! So the bare truth it is!

My eyes were primed with UD primer potion, followed by MAC paint pot in Painterly, AND then UD cream shadow ransom. PHEW! The shadow on the lid is MAC typographic, the crease is MAC beautiful Iris, with a wee bit of MAC Vibrant Grape to blend them together. The liner is the Collection 2000 Extreme 24 Felt Tip Liner, with Collection 2000 Glam Crystal liner in Rock Chick over the top, and lashings of L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara.
On the upper and lower water lines I used MAC Fluid Line in Black Track.

So! The middle of the night, sweatin like a maniac, I nipped to the ladies, and took a pic of how my make up was holding up (cue strange looks from people in the toilets)

Not too bad, the horrendous mountain on my face is still covered, so that's a win! Any sign of lip gloss has vanished, but I'm fine with that.

For my base I used Mac Prep and Prime, this is personally my favourite primer, I just love the texture and the wear. My foundation is a Rimmel 16 Hour wear in the colour Ivory. Concealer of course is the AMAZING Collection 2000 16hr concealer that I adore (you only need look at the mountain to see why!)
I powdered with the ELF complexion perfection powder. I powdered lightly as well by the way, one light sweep across the face was enough.
For contour I used Illamasqua powder blush in Disobey, blush was Elizabeth Arden Terra-Rose, Highlight was a number 7 one, I have no clue what its called however (sorry :s)

And finally, at 3am, when we stumbled back to the car, feet and legs aching from dancing non stop to the amazing beats of Skrillex, in the sweat box that is Stiff Kitten

The eyeshadow has started to wear away at the bottom corners of my eyes, and my blush is gone, leaving only the contour, which ends up looking quite severe, and I certainly don't look as 'fresh' but all in all, I'm pretty damn pleased!!

So a few wee tips, use long wear products, I wouldn't normally use the rimmel foundation, but I know it's super long wearing.
And DO NOT rub your face. This is a biggie. People tend to wipe their faces when they get sweaty, and in turn wipe off all their make up. The trick is, get a bit off toilet paper or a tissue, and pat any sweat or oil off your face, you'll be lifting the excess off the skin without disturbing your base.

Oh yes, and forgive my eyebrows, I have my waxing appt on Tuesday, I just can't tweeze them, it's far too sore!

Hope you guys enjoyed this!

If you have any questions about the products I used, or how to get your make up to last longer, give me a shout and I'll see if I can help.