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Peaches and Cream – Liverpool

22 May

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I was literally in heaven on Saturday. Surrounded by some of my best friends/ eye lashes / Makeup and glitter ….. and Bucks Fizz ūüėČ

After taking up the current Makeup lesson offer at Peaches and Cream in Liverpool (£25 RRP £45!) I have been dying to go back and take my friends with me!

I couldn’t be more envious of the colourful and creatively designed Salon if I tried, ¬†their whole Marketing and branding is amazing. I did Marketing at Uni so I have always been drawn to their use of the ‘Peaches and Cream’ brand throughout their shop/ website/ makeup and own products – they have their own eyelashes and Pigment¬†eye shadow¬†pots!! ¬†Certainly not just Make up and hair here!!!

I’ll explain a bit more of how my Make up lesson went…

I booked in for a¬†Make up lesson to learn their signature Peaches look, called ‘Whipped Cream’, ¬†which involves browns smokey eyes and peach cheeks and lips.

The artist I had was Kate, who co-founded Peaches and Cream with Nicola, who specialises in hair ups! (You need to have a look at her¬†YouTube¬†videos as¬†they’re¬†a work of art!)

I was so excited to have Kate when I arrived,  I had already watched a video tutorial and read quite a few of her blog posts before and knew I liked the way she did make up on herself, which is always a good start.

As this was a Make up lesson not a total Make over… I was really trying to concentrate to¬†make sure I remembered each step of the process. I needn’t have worried as you get a step-by-step booklet included in the price (amazing) and gives great detail… with photographs!

Kate did one eye whilst I did the other, which I thought was a great idea; creative people tend to learn better from ‘doing’ rather than being shown (on the whole). She explained where to put each bit of Make up and which tool to use where and then I recreated it on the other side.

The bit I was really interested in was how their smokey eyes were so crisp and precise, I often have tried it on myself and can never leave the eye socket free of Make up as I need everything to look soft and blended. Different techniques work for different looks, this one I hadn’t quite mastered at that point!

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It was really interesting to see how she started off with very light make up and put the dark on afterwards to accentuate. This obviously made is easier to still blend the edges whilst keeping the eye socket clear of dark eye-shadow!

I also really liked the fact that the eye-shadow was applied first and then the face wiped clean to apply the foundation. I always wondered how they got away with doing such glitter smokes without the client being covered like a disco ball!

I think why I¬†didn’t 100% like¬†my MAC make over (See previous post) ¬†is down to the fact that I felt the Make up was sat on my face rather than being blended into it; like my skin looked very painted. The¬†eye-shadow¬†sat on my eye lids instead of being blended in and the mascara¬†didn’t¬†cover my lashes enough.

I¬†didn’t¬†feel like this at all with the¬†make-up¬†look from my lesson. I really felt that the look was designed around¬†my eye shape and not a standard smokey eye put onto my eye… if that makes¬†sense. Kate worked with my almond eyes to create a lovely brown smokey eye which I¬†couldn’t¬†stop looking at… or taking photos of in case I forgot what it looked like haha

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Too many?! oops haha In my defense I was trying to get the right angle!

 

It is obviously again down to personal preference, but I really liked it and it was a really nice treat to go to their amazing studio in I would¬†definitely¬†recommend a Make up lesson from their for a defined smokey eye ūüôā

Peaches and Cream Website below

http://www.fabulousmakeup.co.uk/

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I actually loved it so much I booked in with 9 of my friends to get #peached for a joint birthday!

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Make Overs

9 May

I have only really  had my makeup done for a Bridal catwalk show (and hated it) and have had the odd eye-shadow application at Make-up counters but never sat down for a full face treat before.

I thought it would be best to experience two Make overs and therefore treat myself twice (why not!… all in the name of research!)

I chose an over the counter Make over at MAC and a Make up lesson at an independent beauty bar, Peaches and Cream in Liverpool.

In general I would always choose to have a make over using lots of different Make up instead of being restricted to one brand, like you are with an over the counter Make over. I spend a large amount of time researching Make up to see which is considered the best for –¬†durability¬†(will it last all day) best for all skin types (oily/ dry) and for occasion; whether that would be Bridal, day out at the Races or Fancy dress.

I decided to try a ¬†make over at MAC as I¬†absolutely¬†LOVE their¬†eye shadows¬†and¬†Lip gloss; ¬†It was also good¬†research¬†for me and getting a¬†full face¬†MAC -over allowed me to see which products I liked and¬†didn’t¬†like. With booking MAC I¬†didn’t¬†know which artist I would get and whether or not they all have their own styles?!

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I had a lovely artist who listened to my outfit choice and took charge of which colours to use;  my dress was electric blue so we decided upon a blue eye-shadow with gold!

It was interesting sitting back and letting someone else take over, I resisted the urge to keep peeking with one eye…

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The foundation was NW20 Prolongwear (I¬†will¬†do another post on the difference between NW and NC at MAC)… it felt nice going on and was flawless looking but the ‘look’ was quite a bit thicker than anything I would typically wear. I have heard good things about their face and body foundation that I would quite like in my kit, so will try that next time.

The eye shadow colours used were Painterly (light paint pot cream shadow) ¬†Woodwinked (golden shimmer) , Nehru (grey) and the corners of my eyes were lined with petrol blue pencil. They looked great and complimented each other and they made my eyes look ‘bluer’.

But overall I felt my eyes looked quite small. The application was quite dark and heavy which made my eyes look a little sunken in. Where it was put was fine, I cant quite put my finger on why I just¬†didn’t¬†like it and I think its because it just¬†didn’t¬†look like ‘me’.

To be honest I’m sure if I would have said something the artist could have altered it to suit what I wanted but I¬†didn’t¬†say anything at the time; ¬†I only had an hour slot which had already ran out at the end, I¬†didn’t¬†feel comfortable asking for anything to be changed.

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The blusher however, I did have to say something. It was extremely brown for my skin so I asked if a peachy pink could be used which looked a lot better. The artist agreed! – Blush Baby was put on afterwards!

All in all the experience was worth it as you get the Make over included if you spend over £30 on products. I would advise to find out which products you want before hand though. The only things I bought from my Make over were strobe cream and the Lips glass Oyster Girl, which is one of my favourites.  Will write up on all of my new Make-up soon!I think you should always get your Make-up done and leave it to see how it lasts before shelling out for something you might not like in a few hours!

The perfect example of this is that the eye-shadow didn’t last the night….. but I do think that was the application as I use many MAC shadows and they NEVER come off! Its a struggle with¬†make-up¬†remover!

I wouldn’t put people off going to counters to have their Make up done, it really is about personal preference, and really letting your artist know what your likes and dislikes are which I don’t think I conveyed well enough.MAC2MAC3

Read my next Post on my Peaches and Cream Make up lesson ūüôā ….

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