Make up haul & Olympia beauty show 


Hope you’ve all had a good week! I attended the beauty show at The Kensington Olympia yesterday so thought I’d upload my mini haul. 

I worked on the All that Jazz stand and had a spare 20 minutes to stop by the Nyx stand & a few others to grab a few bits for my kit. 

I simply had to grab the new ombré blushes! 😍 are they pretty or what?! I Obviously purchased them just for eye candy. I don’t think I could bring myself to actually use them! 

Ombré blushers 


Blushers


Ill upload the shade names when I’m back in the salon tomorrow! 

Nyx butter glosses 

These are my absolute favourite lip glosses! I have loads of them. Nude shades – Tiramisu & Madeline are my most used shades

I went for 2 wearable coral shades- Sunday mimosa & creme brûlée 


Nyx pro foundation mixer 

I decided on warmth & dark to add to my kit. I think I’ll use those the most. They do have a few other shades but They weren’t for me I’ve also added a pic to show you guys how they work. But I’ll have a play and let you know how it goes 



Crown brushes

Numbers C519 & C514 which I purchased to use for foundation & eyeliner 



Provoc 

Concealer & corrector palette & brow pencil 


I loooooove Provocs semi permanent gel liners (black & champagne are my favourites see them Here)  so wanted to try thier brow pencils. 

It was the launch of their new corrector & concealer palettes so I picked up one of those to try out. 

Did you attend the show?

 What did you pick up? 

I’ll get some swatches up for you guys ASAP! 

Hope you enjoyed the make up porn 👍🏼

Sam 🙂 x 

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Make up classes 

I’m a sucker for a make up class, I can’t help it. I just love to learn! Can’t be a bad thing can it? Surely not. 

When it comes to make up & make up application I want to learn as much as I possibly can. I love it!

 I honestly think when it comes to make up- no matter if you are a make up artist or just apply your own, you are always learning. There are so many different products & tools on the market and more being released all the time so just when you think you are on top of your game another technique is discovered/rediscovered (baking for instance, which has been used in drag make up for years, has recently become famous again) or another product or tool is released claiming to make your make up life easier…. 

This is why I love to attend classes,  I’m already a qualified MUA and have attended lots of other accredited courses but to be honest I find I’ve learned a hell of a lot more from working make up artists at the masterclasses they hold than I ever did in college. 

I love picking up little tips and tricks from them that I might not have thought of. Like a product I use regularly another artist might use it in a way I haven’t thought of, or they might have a brush that is typically for one thing but they find it works better used another way etc. Little things like that. 

This week I attended a class ran by a lady who did my bridesmaids make up on my wedding day just over a year ago. 

As much as I love a dramatic smokey eye & strong contour á la PLouise it simply isn’t for everyone, which is why I’ve always admired Jaimies work. She creates the natural ‘no make up, make up’ look so well when it comes to her bridal clients and her night out make ups are beautifully done with glowy skin, subtly smokey eyes & soft but flattering contour. And I simply wanted to see what it takes to achieve the above mentioned looks. 


The class was held at the Brentwood kitchen and began  with prep and then application of various brands of make up (illamasqua, Mac and Charlotte tilbury to name a few) & lashes accompanied by a lovely iced coffee and home made Victoria sponge 😋


Makeup + cake + coffee = HEAVEN! 

I learned some fab tips when it comes to application and decided on a few more make up purchases (of course 😉)  after seeing her work her magic. 
I really enjoyed myself and look forward to attempting to recreate the look we were shown at some point this week. 

The final result 


I’d definitely recommend attending Jaimies future classes to anyone. And I look forward to attending another in the near future I think there may be a Christmas one coming up. 

I also attended a seminar in London this week with my favourite Youtuber Amy of ‘Amy’s make up box’ so I’ll be writing another post to tell you all about that one 🙂 

Are you a make up artist? 

Are there any classes you would recommend? 

I’m back! ……Again 


So it’s been a while. Okay longer than a while. For that I’m sorry, but I have a good excuse I promise. And her name is Macie 😊 

The plan was to get back into blogging while I was pregnant but juggling work, home renovations, an 11 year old and extreme tiredness I failed. SO! rather than bore you all with posts about random crap, I took a little break. But I’m back, and my make up collection has  Erm let’s say blossomed. Yeah blossomed, that’s a good word. 

To get back into the swing of things I’ll start off with some short posts, and hopefully I’ll get my blogging mojo back. 

To get the ball rolling I’ll do a little ‘today’s face’ post. You can see it Here

If there’s anything you’d like to see, leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to sort it 👍🏼 

Sam X 

Today’s face 


Base:

 Becca shimmering skin perfector in moonstone

Mac prolongwear foundation in NW15

Maybelline fit me concealer on 15

Contour:

Benefit Hoola bronzer 

Highlight: 

Mac soft & gentle 

Eyes:

Urban decay Eden primer 

Urban decay Naked smoky palette, shades combust, whiskey & radar

Peaches and cream pigment in selfie

Provoc eyeliner in 90 (black)

Urban decay perversion mascara on black 

Brows:

Illamasqua brow gel in strike 

Lips: 

Nyx high voltage lipstick in stone 
The finished look

If anyone would like a review of any of the products mentioned above, leave me a comment & I’ll get right to it 

Sam X 

Gwen Stefani for Urban decay palette 

  
I’ve not been around in like, forever so apologies for that. Some pretty life changing things have been happening but all will be revealed in the coming weeks I promise 😉 

I was on a spending ban so wasn’t going to purchase the Gwen Stefani palate but those 2 little words ‘limited edition’ swayed me and I caved and ordered one! And I’m not disappointed.

First impressions

I love the box! It looks so smart all in gold, white & black and has the perfect sized mirror for make up application. And the colours! Apart from the pink they are all everyday wearable shades that can take you from day to evening in the flick of a brush. 

I also received some lovely Urban decay samples with my palette. I’m loving the 24/7 liner in ‘Vice’ it’s going to be perfect for Christmas. (Shown in the above image) 

  Shown here with flash 

  Shown here without flash 
I shall get swatches up before the weekend so you can have a nosey. I’m sure you’ll love them as much as I do 🙂 

Take care lovelies! 

Sam 🙂 x

Anastasia Beverly Hills : Self made palette first impressions

It’s here, it’s here!! 

  
My first ever Anastasia Palette! 

  
   
Shown above with & without flash.

Isn’t it just perfect 😍 I can’t wait to  try it out. I really like the packaging and the brush seems really good quality. 

I’ll get swatches up ASAP. 

Have you used any of the Anastasia palettes before? 

What did you think of them? 

Let me know in the comments 

I purchased mine from Cult beauty for £26 (free delivery) however it’s now out of stock, but you can add your details Here to be first in line as soon as its back in stock. It will be worth the wait, trust me 😉

Enjoy the rest of your weekend

Sam 🙂 x

Clarria Cosmetics: Foundation review & swatches

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I finally received my products from Clarria! Eeeek! Couldn’t contain my excitement when they arrived!

If you’ve seen my previous post on Clarria cosmetics then you’ll know what they are all about. But for those that haven’t check it out here.

I was really surprised at how broad the range of shades were, considering there is only 7 at the moment.

I tested the lightest 3 on my face and shade Lucky 003 was literally made for me, its the perfect shade.

Application:

I applied with my Real techniques buffing brush & it blended seamlessly into my skin. The coverage I would say is medium, but I’m having a bad skin week due to the weather so needed a little extra coverage. So with my damp beauty blender I added a little extra where needed. Its build able so I easily achieved the coverage I required.

Wearabilty:

Well 11 hours on and it still looks as perfect as it did when I applied. I haven’t used a primer (which is completely alien to me) so I could see its true staying power.

Swatches:

In natural light top to bottom 001,002,003,004,005,006,007

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With flash same order as above L-R

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Below: Me wearing Clarria flawless foundation in shade 003. Both taken in natural light.  Taken in the morning straight after application.
 12 hours after application. 

Overall I’m a big fan already! I can’t wait to see the other products awaiting launch. 

For more information on Clarria cosmetics and what’s to come check out their blog here

Clarria cosmetics Instagram

To purchase click here

Would you try it? What do you think so far?

Whats to come:

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Self Made palette Is winging its way to me as I type,so as soon as it arrives Ill be sure to share it with you all. I can’t contain my excitement!

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Sam 🙂 x