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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?!


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…


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.


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 🙂 ….

*All MAC images do not belong to me all rights reserved to the authors


BB Cream…

3 Sep

Unless you have been hiding under a rock you can’t have missed the new ‘BB Cream’ phenomenon this summer! Nearly all major Makeup brands and skin care companies have jumped on the band waggon and are producing their own unique versions so I am going to explain the difference behind them all and what a BB cream actually is!

So…. the ‘BB’ actually stands for Blemish Balm, this gives a better indication of what it is really.

It originates from Korea and has been popular in Asia now for the past couple of years; The main aim of a BB Cream is to give a natural glow to your skin without it looking as though you are wearing a lot of makeup…

Why use a BB Cream?!

Nourishes the skin like a moisturiser, continued use should reduce pores/ fine lines and wrinkles and even out skin tone.

Protects the skin from UVA/UVB damage with added SPF coverage (higher the better for the face!)

Act as a Makeup Primer (this also makes the BB Cream last longer than a tinted moisturiser would)

Give the same ‘dewy’ coverage as a foundation or tinted moisturiser but with the added benefits of being a lot better for your skin

…. Sounds too good to be true!

I have tried a couple of BB Creams myself and had a good research to find out some of the best on the market today covering different price ranges.

Pure BB Cream – Home Bargains – £1.99 (Can you believe!) 

Great for Price – Normal/ clear skin – good for anyone wanting a light coverage

Starting with the cheapest and one that I have used just to go to work! It comes in two shades Light and Medium, and is quite a think cream but doesn’t have amazing coverage – I wouldn’t advise this cream if you had many blemishes but it does the trick for me as I don’t like the idea of wearing heavy makeup on my skin in the day clogging my pores! Only downside really is that there is no SPF protection but for £1.99 you can’t go wrong!

It does work well as a primer as well! Apply a thin layer under a foundation for longer lasting coverage.

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Boots/ Superdrug – £9.99

Great for everyday – Sheer Cover for Dull/ Dry skin


I have actually used this BB Cream on a friend of mine on her wedding day, she was looking for a light coverage and does have very clear skin to begin with (I wouldn’t normally advise using a BB Cream for a wedding makeup due to the photographs) and she was very happy with how it lasted throughout the day. It has a good amount of coverage and doesn’t in fine lines like some foundations can do on dry skin. It comes in two shades and contains SPF 15.

 Garnier BB Cream ‘dewy’ sheer coverage


No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream – Boots – £15.00

Great Choice and Variety –    Normal/ Dry – Dry/ Very Dry – Normal/ Oily

There are three different choices depending on your skin types but only one colour shade! Make sure you colour match to your skin (best to use a tester and blend a bit of the cream along your jaw bone to match your skin tone.. if you see a stripe pale or dark it doesn’t suit your colouring it should blend in!)

It has SPF 15, has a creamy texture but leaves a matte finish on your skin – great for anyone anti ‘dewy’.


Clinique Age Defence BB Cream – Debenhams – £25.00

Great for Sun Defence – Oily, Mature and sensitive skin

This cream is great for its SPF 30 protection, it also contains physical sun blockers such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide (Wouldn’t advise this for wedding makeup/ photo-shoots as the flash reacts badly with these chemicals and bleaches the skin of any colour!) It contains caffeine and seaweed extract which help to control the production of oil on the skin. It’s available in two shades.


Bobbi Brown BB Cream – Debenhams – £28.00

Best Multi tasker – Available in 5 shades! For Normal/ oily skin

Bobbi Brown have only just introduced their BB Cream in the UK, it was released in Japan first then Korea in 2010 and it is definitely is worth the wait. They have produced it in 5 shades, given a SPF 35 protection. This cream contains natural minerals to absorb and control oil and shine on the surface of the skin.



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