Eyeshadow To Make Blue Eyes Pop!

I worked with a few gorgeous blue eyed models on Sunday and the brief was neutral/nude/not too much colour and they wanted the models to have different eyes but a consistent look for the shoot as a whole, so I got to play around a bit with each model. Nothing makes blue eyes pop like brown, earthy tones around the eye so I went golds/bronzes/reds/purples…here are the finished results:

  

As you can see, the looks are fairly product heavy so for staying power I recommend using a cream shadow and layering a powder shadow on top. My favourite cream shadows are from Bourjois, Bobbi Brown & Estée Lauder! Alternatively, you can use a eyeliner pencil underneath your powder shadows. 

What are your favourite cream shadows?

My Kiko Cosmetics Favourites!

Kiko Cosmetics is one of my favourite brands for various reasons – price, quality, range of colours available and also the sheer range of any one product. There are multiple lipstick types, eye liners etc., you could spend hours instore (I speak from experience)!  

I was kindly sent a voucher for Christmas by the pr girls who look after Kiko so went in to stock up on my personal and kit favourites and have done a little round up for you all. Firstly, can we just talk about how gorgeous the voucher packaging is??

  
Kiko, whether for vouchers or products, really make does make for good gifts! 

Now onto my faves. 

  
SCRUB & PEEL WIPES £5.90 – I use these in my professional kit for exfoliating lips on set, it’s quick & easy and really effective! Once a week/every two weeks I will use these on my face when I’m in need of some heavy duty exfoliation. There’s a ‘rough’ side and a ‘smooth’ side and you can really feel the difference after. But be gentle when using it and don’t apply too much pressure. Also keep in mind that these aren’t make-up remover wipes, so don’t use them to remove your make-up, just like you wouldn’t use an exfoliater to cleanse make-up off. 

NIGHT BALM £4.10 – this was bought on a whim and it’s a lip balm to use before bed to ensure you wake with smooth and soft lips, perfect prep for when you’re feeling like wearing a matte lip. 

DEFINITION WATERPROOF EYELINER £4.90 – this liner doesn’t move. I’ve used it on brides. It doesn’t move. I absolutely panic when it’s not in my kit. In fact, I have trouble removing it from the back of my hand after I’m done working with it. 

AUTOMATIC PRECISION EYE PENCIL £5.90 – this pencil in black is always in my personal make-up because I can do a heavy liner in the morning and it will still be there at the end of the day. It’s soft, easy to work with and no need to sharpen. I also indulged in a shimmery brown shade this time round, which I’m loving! It comes in a range of colours so there’s something for everyone. 

NAIL LAQUER & QUICK DRY NAIL LAQUER £1.00 to £2.90 – these are in both my personal & professional kit. The pigment is great and the colour range is wide, the quick dry nail laquer is great for shoots as it does what it says on the tin! 

As you can see, the prices are insane and I know the general thought is that you get what you pay for but with Kiko you get way more than you pay for!

www.kikocosmetics.co.uk
What are your Kiko favourites? 

Illamasqua – Glamore Lipstick ‘Vendetta’!

A couple of weeks ago I got sent a lipstick from Illamasqua and couldn’t wait to see what shade I got sent – a classic red? A pop-y pink? Or maybe an everyday nude? No. It was blue. Bright blue. Smurf blue. Obvs I tried it on. 

  



Not sure I can pull this shade off but it was fun to try!  The lipstick itself was super creamy and felt lovely on the lips, so if ‘Vendetta’ isn’t for you, there’s definitely a shade that’ll get your attention. 


What do you think? Fancy brightening up your spring make-up bag? x


www.illamasqua.com


Winter Skin Saviours!

So…although there’s a lot of “Spring is here!” being bandied about, it is still cold. In the UK. I’m still in Mumbai, where it’s sweltering, sorry. Anyways, I digress. Winter. Cold. You need to look after your skin. So here are a few tips to help!

* As clichéd as it is, the two best things for your skin are plenty of water and sleep! It makes such a difference. 

* your diet also makes a big difference and if you’re not getting the right nutrients it can show on your skin. I’ve been taking the Seven Seas Perfect7 Woman – it includes 1 capsule of Natural Source Marine Oil with Omega-3 and 1 tablet of essential multivitamins & minerals. So it does all the hard work for you and squashes everything into 2 instead of 20 tablets/capsules! A life saver for travelling as I’ve brought them with me to Mumbai. 

* A water/hydrating spray can help too, especially with central heating etc – a quick spritz gives added hydration throughout the day and has the bonus of refreshing make-up. I love Avene’s Eau Thermale water spray.

* Dr Organic’s Snail Gel is a great product to apply before moisturising – it tightens and firms the skin, one of my favourite anti-ageing products that is super light in texture and smells like lemons! Skin feels so smooth after using this.

* Time Bomb’s Complexion Cocktails are a set of waters which you apply before moisturising to boost the skin and there are three available – one for dehydrated skin, one for tired skin and one for stressed skin. These work wonders and really brighten & plump the skin. My sister cannot live without hers!

* Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm – this can be worn alone or under make-up, with or without moisturiser and it just gives skin a glow/radiance which can sometimes be lacking in the winter months.

* It’s important to not forget about your skin at night. You should be remembering to cleanse off all make-up and then depending on your skin pick a night regime to suit you. Not everyone needs a heavy night cream, look at your skin and give it what it needs. A product that works on any skin is Alpha H’s Liquid Gold – apply every other night on it’s own and wake up with bright, plump skin. On night’s where I don’t use this I like to use an oil – at the moment I’m favouring Zelens Z-22 Absolute Face Oil. It’s not too heavy and really soaks in, leaving skin extremely smooth the next morning.

* Lips + cold weather = disaster, for me. If you can’t handle lipstick or anything too drying due to constant chapped lips, Burt’s Bees have some great tinted lip balms as an alternative (Sweet Violet is a personal fave of mine)! At night, keep a little tub of Carmex lip balm on your nightstand and apply just before bed for smooth lips the next morning.

What are your winter skin saviours? x



Oscars 2015 Make-Up!

Right…well I was going to do a beauty breakdown of my favourite Oscars look but it turns out I loved too many of them so am going to just go through a few! It looks as though everyone kept make-up pretty classic around the eyes this year with a few variations on lip colours, with varying degrees of drama. 

First up we have the “nudes”. 



Both Reese Witherspoon and Jamie Chung chose to keep make-up fairly natural toned with a bit of drama around the eyes. It’s important to not look too washed out when going for a nude look so I’d suggest pepping up the cheeks a bit like they have. I love Bourjois’ Cream Blush as it applies so easily, gives a great healthy glow and has a powdery finish so there’s no stickyness!

Next up we have “pinks”. 



I love Anna Kendrick & Jessica Chastain’s eyes here, they’re classic but have a little something different going on. To replicate Anna’s look try Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Bronze and for Jessica’s brown cat eye try Clinique’s Brush On Cream Liner in Black Honey (one of my absolute fave eye products which I sometimes double up as an eyeshadow). 

And then we come to the “peaches”….Emma Stone looked absolutely incredible this year, as did Jennifer Hudson and both went for a peach toned lip showing just how versatile this shade really is. They also didn’t go for anything too overly glossy. Why not try Bourjois’ Rouge Edition Velvet in Peach Club? Everytime I’ve used this on a client they end up taking it away with them because it’s such a great shade and the texture feels lovely on the lips. It goes on like a gloss but dries matte. 



Finally we have the statement making red as was demonstrated by Margot Robbie and  Jenna Dewan-Tatum. For me, Margot was the winner make-up wise this year. The girls have gone for an orange toned red and again not overly glossy, however if you fancy that little extra bit of shine then try Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Impassioned and for something a little more matte, Bobbi Brown’s Artstick in Sunset Orange. 



And there you have it, my Oscars round-up! Who stood out for you? And who got it wrong?!

Thanks for reading!

Salina x



Bare Minerals – Well Rested Face And Eye Brightener

Our skin can sometimes lose it’s radiance around this time of year and foundations that would normally sit well on your skin can seem dry or flat. I came over to Mumbai almost 3 weeks ago and was having just this problem a few weeks before leaving, so I thought it was the perfect time to try this face and eye brightener which contains light reflecting minerals to even skin tone and improve radiance.

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I tend to apply it under the eyes in a ‘V’ formation, take it up onto the cheekbones and a little down the nose. It just lifts the skin and makes your foundation a little dewy! Having had comments on how much better my foundation looks with this, it’s become a staple in my make-up bag. Plus now that I’m in a warmer climate, it’s great to wear alone with a touch of concealer or foundation just where you need it.

For more details go to the Bare Minerals Website

Which radiance boosters do you like? Let me know!

Salina x

Filmfare Nomination Awards/Manish Malhotra Fashion Show

So I’ve been in Mumbai, India for just over a week now and my second job was working on lovely Bianca Hartkopf’s team for Revlon for the Manish Malhotra fashion show at the Filmfare Nomination Awards!

Here’s a little snapshot of the day:

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The product that really stuck out for me was Revlon’s Skinlights. I remember coming across this product years ago, again at a show (or at least a version of it from Revlon) – it gives such a gorgeous glow to the skin when used under your foundation to highlight and can also be worn alone. It comes in different tones to complement your skin tone – neutral, peach, pink and bronze.

I love a highlighted dewy look and normally use Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector but that habit can be a bit expensive, I’d definitely recommend this as an alternative especially with it’s £11.99 price point.

More info over at www.revlon.co.uk

Thanks for reading!

Salina x