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 

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!

Enjoy the rest of your day & don’t forget to follow me on:

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Sam 🙂 x

Gwen Stefani for Urban Decay! 

  
Urban Decay were teasing us this afternoon by posting a sneak peek of their new palette that comes from their collaboration with Gwen Stefani.  

 

First Impressions:OMG take my money already!! 15 shades of gorgeousness- get on my eyelids now please! 

They say it’s coming at the end of the year. In time for Christmas maybe? If so could someone kindly show this to my husband? Thank you in advance 😘

Are you as excited as I am? 

Let me know what you think 

However in the mean time the next one which will finally be available in the UK is the spectrum palette 

  
A little less ‘everyday wear’ than the Gwen palette but it’s beautiful none the less. And obviously I just HAVE to own it. 

  

Any new releases you guys are excited about?

Drop me some links 🙂 

Enjoy the rest of your week lovelies

Sam 🙂 x

Too faced romantic eye palette: swatches & review 

Anyone who reads my blog on a regular or knows me personally will know my love for Too faced cosmetics. I literally love everything Too faced! Excellent quality and beautifully packaged products. And the chocolate bar & Cocoa contour products? Erm HELLO! who doesn’t want pretty cosmetics that do what they say on the tin and smell like chocolate?! 

I own many too faced items but there are still sooooooo many more on my wishlist. 

I’ve owned this palette for a couple of months now and wanted to share its fabulousness with you guys. 

 
9 pretty, girly shades that are suitable for day & evening wear. With matte, satin & shimmer shades the amount of looks you can create are endless. And check out the names! 

 Shown here in natural light
  Shown here with flash 
Colours from L-R: 

  • Un veil
  • First dance
  • Bouquet toss
  • Soul mates
  • Kiss the bride 
  • I do
  • Cut the cake 
  • Honeymoon
  • Ever after 

Pigmentation is perfect and the shades blend like butter. As always too faced are consistent with their shadows. 

The tutorial cards are really easy to follow especially for beginners.  And as I already said its so easy to go from day to night with this cute little palette.

For day I wear bouquet toss all Over the lid, soul mates as a brow bone highlight & inner corners. Then for night just add either unveil or first dance to the upper & lower lash lines & outer corners of the eyes and your good to go! 

It’s definitely up there with my favourites. 

Here’s a look I created at the weekend using shades: soul mates to highlight, bouquet toss as a base, I do in the crease & unveil on he outer corners & lower lash line.   

Have you tried the Too faced Romantic eye palette? 

Let me know what you thought in the comments section 🙂 

This weeks manicure

It might be Autumn but Im not ready to give up my bright shades just yet! This week I’m wearing Gelish in ‘scandalous’ a gorgeous bright red.  

 

Is there anything particular you guys would like to see on the blog? 

Let me know in the comments 

Hope you enjoyed.

Sam 🙂 x 

    Olympia beauty haul part 2: Swatches!

    Happy friday people! I hope this week has treated you well?

    As promised here are the swatches from my little Olympia beauty show haul. See part 1 here

    My show purchases

    My show purchases

    NYX butter glosses

    I always have at least one butter gloss in by bag at all times. They give a lovely wash of colour that isnt too over the top for every day wear. Definitely a make up bag must have for me.

    Tiramisu & Madeline

    Tiramisu & Madeline

    with flash

    Natural light without flash 

    with flash

    With flash

    NYX Butter lipstick

    Lovely feeling on the lips although very sheer. If you don’t like anything too heavy coverage wise then this is for you. I’d be interested in hearing what some of the darker colours are like though. So if you’ve tried them link me to reviews please 🙂

    Snow cap

    Snow cap

    Without flash in natural light

    Without flash in natural light

    With flash

    With flash

    NYX High voltage lipstick

    This is my favourite lipstick ever! I love it more than (dare I say it) VELVET TEDDY!! It stays on for hours and is so pigmented you literally just need one sweep and it gives perfect coverage. I am 1005 buying more for my pro make up kit.

    'Stone'

    ‘Stone’

    Without flash in natural light

    Without flash in natural light

    With flash

    With flash

    NYX Eyeshadows

    These are really highly pigmented and for like £4.50 I think they were a bargain!

    Without flash in natural light

    Without flash in natural light

    With flash

    With flash

    Inglot amc gel liner in black 

    I’m still new to wearing eye liner myself but this is a pretty intense black liner which can be hard to find. Its easy to apply and glides on like a dream. However once its on it will not budge so if (like me) you find it hard to get your liner right first time remember a little goes a long way, also have some make up remover and q tips handy for any mistakes so you can clean up quickly before it dries. Don’t say you haven’t been warned!

    Gel liner in Black

    Gel liner in Black

    Without flash in natural light

    Without flash in natural light

    With flash

    With flash

    Milani Bronzer & Blush

    These had been on my wishlist for some time. I mean just look at them, what girl wouldn’t love them?? And they didn’t fail to impress. I love a coral blush on myself and I also find it suits many other skin tones but some are afraid to try it & are put off by the colour thinking it wont suit them.

    Go on, try it and let me know what you think!

    Milani Bronzer in 'Amber nectar' & Blush in 'Coral rose'

    Milani Bronzer in ‘Amber nectar’ & Blush in ‘Coral rose’

    Simply beautiful!

    Simply beautiful!

    Taken in natural light

    Taken in natural light

    This weeks manicure!

    I’m still sporting shorties but went for a raspberry shade this week.

    Gelish in 'Rendezvous'

    Gelish in ‘Rendezvous’

    Have a fab weekend!

    Sam 🙂 x