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Bridget Wedding

A big congratulations to Bridget who got married last Saturday and thank you for your daughter in laws kind words.

“Thank you lots and lots for making all us women look so fantastic on Saturday – we were all called beauties by everyone throughout the day (enough to give us rather large egos).”

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Igne Wedding

A big thanks to Igne for sending through some great pictures of her wedding, along with some kind words.

“My bridesmaids looked beautiful and I got lots of compliments on my hair and make up. Several of the guests thought that my son and daughter (30 and 28!) were my brother and sister, so you obviously weaved some magic!!”

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Giorgio Armani Foundation

Thought I would do a pretty eyes/lips make-up look but to really show a few examples of different types of foundations. Going to use a few from the ones I mentioned in my ‘Five Best Foundation’ blog.

I am going to make a video with the different foundations in but I thought I would just take a few pictures first of all.

Today I will be testing - Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation.

1) Start with a clean, moisturised face.

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2) Was feeling a little pale so thought I would just add a little colour by using St Tropez wash off face tan. Just a little to perk up the skin!

St Tropez face tan

3) I've now applied the foundation all over my face and blended with the Mac foundation brush. I used a little extra coverage on my breakout. I also used Laura Mercier secret camouflage concealer to cover my under eye circles!


4) Added a little highlighter to my cheeks by using Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer and some colour with Nars blush in Orgasm.

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5) I used Nars eye shadow duo Belissimo to define my eyes for a soft but defined look. Then blended with a Mac 217 brush.

NARS eye shadow

6) I finished the look with a slick of pink gloss. I used Stila lip glaze in Passion Fruit.

Stila pink lip gloss

I wanted to show the foundation as it is. It is very beautiful and gives a candlelit glow to the skin. If you like this finish but have a slightly oily t-zone finish the look with a little velvet powder.

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The Five Best Foundations

There are many factors involved in finding the best foundation and though may manly depend on your skin type, in general I would say these are the 5 best foundations on the market.

1) Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick

Creamy texture, with easily build able coverage. I really like these as they are really easy to blend and you can find the perfect shade for nearly every skin tone.

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2) MAC Face and Body Foundation

Super lightweight and long lasting foundation and an excellent choice for the hotter month as it is non-oily. Best used for a natural make-up look, due to those lightweight capabilities.

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3) Clinique Even Better

This foundation offers great coverage, but still with a duet effect. Could also be used for slightly oily skin tones. One of my true favourites as it manages to brighten up even the dullest of skin.

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4) Channel Perfection Lumiere

Offering a good level of coverage with an added creamy glow. This is a tried and tested product and makes skin look picture perfect. Not the best choice for people with really oily skin, or those susceptible to breakouts.

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5) Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

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Want that lightweight super glow? This foundation is really light on the skin and adds that dewy texture that many crave.

Vickie Wedding Hair and Makeup

Many thanks to Vickie for letting me cover her wedding. We provided make-up and hair for Vickie and her 4 bridesmaids and make-up for Vicky’s mother. Here are some images taken with my phone and a lovely thank you email.

“I wanted to take the opportunity to say a huge thank you for doing the make up and hair for my wedding. The morning could have not of gone any better and I felt extremely relaxed with what was going on.

The hair looked stunning on everyone and I was extremely pleased with the make up which looked gorgeous all day.

I could have not of got a better hair and make-up artist! Thank you so much again!”


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Kelly Richards Wedding

Many thanks to Kelly, for choosing me to do her hair and make-up for her big day. She was kind enough to send through this lovely email and I will ahare her photos with you when I receive them. Here is one from my iPhone for now!!


I just wanted to drop you an email to say HUGE thanks for saving the day and helping me on Sunday!! Your make up skills are incredible and clearly you are very good with hair too!!

You were professional, so friendly and really helpful. I am sure you are used to brides being all over the place on their big day and I was grateful for your patience and flexibility. Especially when my usual hairdresser was unable to make it to me on my wedding day and you could speedily step in without any qualms.

We have the most amazing day, it was absolutely perfect and I want to do it all again! I will send you some of the professional pics when we get them if you would like to take a look.

In the meantime I will be recommending you to everyone!

Thanks again,
Kelly x

Georgie West Wedding Photos

Many thanks to Georgie for sending me a thank-you card this selection of beautiful wedding photos.

“ We wanted to say a big thank you for doing such a fantastic job with my hair and make-up. So many people complimented on how good it looked. It was exactly what I wanted! Your such a lovely person to be around, Kirsty, you made me feel so comfortable and if you need any recommendations, then I’d gladly be one for you “ Love Georgie

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Sarah Annetts Wedding Photos

Many thanks to Sarah for sending through this selection of beautiful wedding photos and message:-

“ Thank you so much for doing my hair on my wedding day - it was absolutely perfect and just what I wanted (without even knowing what I really wanted!)

Although it was quite windy it kept in place all day, and I didn't end up taking out the pins until the next morning! “

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A Great Red Dress Look

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The Dress

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Red Textured Dress (Next) £38

Wow I do love this dress, the colour is gorgeous and the fabric is beautiful. It good quality and dressy enough for a smart work outfit or a perfect evening dress.

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MICHAEL KORS Shirred jersey dress -£190

This dress by MICHAEL Michael Kors is a versatile choice for day or night. Featuring a flattering wide neck and ruching at the side

The Nails

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Black OPI Nail Polish £11.50

Always wanted to be a bond girl? This shimmer black polish is from OPI’s Skyfall Collection and will go great with that little red dress.

The Lips


MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick £14

A great red lipstick, add some gloss for extra shine. Incredibly durable statement lipstick that will not have to be reapplied throughout the day.

The Bag

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Lulu Guinness Lips Metallic Snakeskin Clutch £295

Gold CLutch

Michael Kors Tilda Python Leather Clutch £170

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Next Clutch Selection - From £15

The Eyes

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Laura Mercier Metallic Creme Eye Colour £18.50

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The Shoes

Black Court Shoes

LK BENNETT - Sybila mid-heel court shoes £170

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Next Black Leather Platform Court Shoes - £45


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Our Bobbi Brown Make-up Picks

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Bobbi Brown has a great make-up philosophy, making the most of every womans natural looks by developing products that only need to be lightly used to get maximum results.

If you share my love for great natural products and you feel like really treating yourself!

Here are my top Bobbi Brown make-up picks for 2013.

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Bobbi Brown Extra Soothing Balm

A top treat for any skin type. This multi purpose balm is a real luxury product that adds glow to cheeks, yet can be used wherever hydration is needed. £40 for a hydrating balm may seem a bit pricey, but a little really goes a long way with this magic balm.


Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner

Offering the precision of a liquid liner
with the ease f a gel-based liner. I have been recommending this product to everyone since it first came out and have received many a thank-you in return! Awarded by many including the In-Style Best Beauty Buy. £17 each and available in many great looking shades.

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Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream

Great as a make-up base for a really attractive glow to your face. One of the best reviewed face creams around with thousands of women trusting it to be their only face cream.

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Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Colour

Its really true- Lipstick never felt so good! Combines a great looking colour with hydration and shine. A perfect bridal lipstick choice for perfectly kissable soft lips every time.


Best Foundations Sensitive Skin

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On your wedding day you need all the best care you can get so that you will look amazing on this special day. What if you have sensitive skin that tend to develop reddish areas that could be itchy at times. Sensitive skin is a bit problematic and fragile but this doesn't mean you cannot look radiant. Mineral foundation is ideal for sensitive skin type as it has low allergy risk for those of you having skin prone to acne offering you everything you can ask from a make up foundation so keep that in mind. Read on to discover the top 5 make up foundations for sensitive skin in order to have glowing skin on your wedding day!

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Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil-Free Makeup(£ 8): this is the only liquid foundation formulated with MicroClear technology to -apart from treat blemishes- help prevent emerging breakouts. This way your skin can breathe and at the same time has a natural glow free of acne and pores! As the desired result is to achieve a flawless look and hide redness and you can slightly dab makeup onto your face, then blend using gentle strokes in an upward and outward motion and you have the most glowing make up ever on your wedding day!

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Boots No 7 Intelligent Balance  Foundation make-up (£12.50): this make up with its light air texture contains a formula that will absorb all sebum excess. This will give your skin a perfect finish and will provide flawless medium-to-full coverage for your wedding day. Being fragrance free this product is especially designed for a sensitive skin like yours and it creates a barrier that will keep your skin glowing on your wedding day.

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Rimmel London Stay Matte Clarifying Matte Foundation: this make up is a 24 hour make up that is enriched with a revitalizing Mineral Complex and moisturizing Aqua Primer that leaves your skin feeling hydrated and gives you a flawless and lightweight touch. Ideal for sensitive skin it is an oil-free formula that’s also fragrance and paraben-free protecting your sensitive skin when at the same time offering you the desired coverage.


Clinique Redness Solutions Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15 with Probiotic Technology(£22): this soothing oil-free makeup instantly colour-corrects flushing and blushing leaving your skin more than perfect on this special day that there is no place for spots and redness on your skin. Calming ingredients help minimize flare-ups and this makes it ideal for your wedding day that all you want is to look glowing. Beneficial probiotic technology helps strengthen your skin's barrier and can
visibly reduce redness leaving your skin looking amazing!

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Body Shop extra Virgin Minerals Cream Compact Foundation (SPF15) (£30): this is a dream product for your dream day! This cream-to-powder mineral foundation contains pure minerals and cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil for an impressive matte finish. It has an ultra-blendable formula and contains a custom brush for flawless application and more importantly it is fragrance & Paraben-free leaving your sensitive skin perfectly protected and glowing!

This is part of our
skin type and foundation guide

To see our other favourite products view our
previous make-up reviews or our massive make-up page


Best Foundations Oily skin

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The big day has come and yet you haven't decided on the make-up foundation you wish to use. The most important thing is that the more your make up lasts the best it is for you! Besides you need to consider which make up routine you will choose for your wedding day. Will you wear your make up just a few hours before walking down the aisle or you will start preparing from very early in the morning? However the most important thing to consider is which are the best foundation choices you are given according to your skin tone and type. Read on to find out which of the 5 suggested top make up foundation that are perfect for oily skin types!

Tip: when choosing your wedding foundation there are several things you need to consider. Bear in mind that you need a high standard make up for this particular day that will match 100% your natural skin tone and will also be chosen according to your skin type. Your skin tone is also of great importance, as if you choose a foundation that is not right for your skin type the result will be disappointing for both your guests and your skin. Find out which are the top 5 make up foundations made to suit oily skin perfectly!

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Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation (£5.99): on your big day you should fight your oily complexion's cons by choosing a make up with a powder feel and that will offer you great coverage for 12 hours like Rimmel's stay matte foundation. With a system that controls oiliness-Unique Natural Shine Control Complex- this foundation is offering you flawless matte coverage that hides imperfections. Also be aware that it is fragrance free, oil free and paraben free product so rest assured that nothing can go wrong!


Clarins ever matte oil-free foundation(£24): when you have oily skin then what you are looking for is first a great mattifier. Well this product is an anti-shine foundation ideal to create a matte finish. The plant-based "Skin Detox" complex helps stops oil production and tighten pores, which is all you can ask from your make up on your wedding day. With its lightweight texture, it allows your skin to breathe and more importantly keeps your skin shine free when minimising fine lines and skin imperfections. Find the colour that perfectly matches your natural skin tone and let clarins ever matte foundation work its miracle on your skin!

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Bobbi Brown natural finish long lasting foundation (£29): this award-winning, all-day wear oil-free foundation by Bobbi Brown is offering you a soft-matte finish without having to pile on powder at all on your wedding day as it is very possible that you will not even have time to hit the bathroom! Excess oil is absorbed by the surface of your skin leaving it looking unbelievably matte and clean coming packaged in compact with a sponge for easy application. Choose the shade that best matches your natural skin tone – you will find nine shades available- and enjoy a perfect matte touch for more than eight hours!

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No 7 Beautifully matte foundation (£13.50): a perfect price for a great foundation ideal for oily skin! This foundation will effortlessly provide you with shine-free coverage for up to 12 hours, thanks to its Salicylic Acid packed formula that helps minimise open pores and keep your skin lokking stunning with a silky matte look.


Lancome teint idole silky mat foundation, (£26): if a perfect matte complexion is what you are dreaming of on your wedding day, then try Lancome's teint idole silky mat foundation! With its matte and fresh finish it concelas pores and imperfections and it is also very lightweight and you only need to apply a small quantity to your face and neck! Be aware that this product refines the skin's surface leaving it with a silk and radiant glow!

This is part of our
skin type and foundation guide

To see our other favourite products view our
previous make-up reviews or our massive make-up page


Best Foundations Normal Skin

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5 top make up foundations for normal skin


Your wedding day is here and you wish to look your best on this special day. The thing is that what you ask from your make up on this day is a lot and all you have to do is find the perfect make up for your skin type. Read on to discover the top 5 make up foundations for normal skin in order to naturally glow on your big day!

Normal skin is the least problematic skin type as it doesn't have traces of oils or dryness that can block your skin. Besides normal skin is considered the less problematic skin type of all skin types. Liquid or powder makeup are both suitable for your skin type but be certain to layer it bit by bit rather than applying a lot right away so that you will achieve a more natural look and prevent caking.

Normal skin has a great advantage, it can look great even if you do not take great care of it, it somehow manages to look radiant and glowing at all times and more importantly on your big day that the expectations are so high. Mineral make up is the best for most skin types and of course normal skin type as it is effective and provides full coverage all day and night long but read on to discover the top 5 foundation make up for normal skin ideal for your wedding day!

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Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20 (£9): if what you are looking for is natural coverage with light silk texture then this make up will do miracles with your skin on your wedding day! Ideal for a perfectly natural look it can even improve your skin's tone and the groom will not be able to take his eyes off you! Its silky formula is offering your normal skin full coverage without showing that you have any make up on, while giving your skin a natural glow!

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Bobbi Brown long-wear even finish foundation(£30.00): what else can you possibly ask on your wedding day other than a natural- looking glow on your skin and a foundation that will stay put for the whole day and night? Well this dream foundation offers you full moisturized skin with a light-weight finish that can last up tot 12 hours that protects your skin at the same time. Bear in mind that this is an oil free product that is ideal for your skin type and will keep all eyes on your glowing face!

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Max Factor Second Skin Foundation (£12.99 ): an innovative formula that will become your second skin on your wedding day is introduced to you by Max Factor and with no doubt it is a miracle foundation! Having a fresh cream texture and leaving you with a natural finish you must only use a little quantity to cover your whole face and you will see its fine texture blending perfectly with your skin. More importantly you will see that it does not have any shimmers and as a result it leaves your skin looking naturally radiant and fresh on your big day.

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Maybelline Dream nude airfoam(£ 5.20): offering you light-medium coverage that lasts this magic air infused mousse foundation by Maybelline can be lightly applied on your skin and leave you with a lightweight feel thanks to its amazing mousse formula that is light, airy, and soft . If you do not want to look like you are wearing make up on your wedding day and you want to go for a completely natural look then this is the best way to achieve it.


Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream ( £8.60): this innovative formula combines the benefits of skin care and make-up in one moisturiser while offering you natural coverage. The moisturiser- an all-in-one cream that contains vitamin C and mineral pigments for long-lasting hydration - with a light touch of make-up leaves skin looking flawless absolutely naturally on your big day. Be aware that it can be worn on its own or under your make up since its light weighted texture gives you a fresh and natural glow.

This is part of our
skin type and foundation guide

To see our other favourite products view our
previous make-up reviews or our massive make-up page


Best Foundations Dry Skin

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Finding the perfect make up for your wedding day is the second hardest thing after finding the groom. Which make up will take full responsibility to keep you looking smoking hot for your whole wedding night? If you have dry skin then you must definitely give it some time to figure out which make up foundation is ideal for you. Read on to discover which make up foundation will make your skin glow the big day before hitting the stores.

Do you have dry skin? If you are not certain that you have dry skin then there are several ways you can understand this by just giving a closer look to your skin. Do you suffer from occasional breakouts or do you face a dull skin in the mirror? It is not hard to recognise dry skin when you see it as the skin feels rough and appears dull and flaky so you will notice it straight away. All you need to do is find a deep moisturiser to make it regain its glow and as long as coverage is concerned choose the correct make up foundation for your skin type. Read on to find the best foundations for dry skin for your wedding day!

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Mac Mineralize Satin Finish Foundation(£22.20): available in 16 different shades this foundation make up by Mac will with no doubt make your skin appear healthier and will cover perfectly your skin imperfections and fine lines leaving you with a satin finish that is all you could ask for from your make up on your wedding day. Containing vitamins A, C and E it enriches your skin while offering you full coverage making your skin appear more radiant than ever!

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L'oreal Paris Infallible make up (£12.29): best applied with a damp sponge with red undertones this make up foundation is ideal for dry skin as it stays put and is matte but the best thing is that it covers perfectly any skin imperfections as it stays put and stands up to its name! If you are looking for a natural finish from your foundation on your wedding day, then this is the ideal make up for you!

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Clinique Supermoisture Foundation (£21): with a thick texture and offering you a satin finish this make up foundation is offering you full coverage whilst being really light weight, slightly sparkly and deep moisturizing. You can easily apply it with your fingers for a more sheer finish that is all you need on your wedding day as it leaves yours kin looking naturally glowing.


Chanel Vitalumiere Satin Smoothing Fluid Make up (£31.66): this make up foundation is perfect for dry skin as it is ideal for winter months as well and it gives you light to medium coverage with its fully moisturizing formula. Maybe you find that other foundations leave your skin looking even drier and flaky by this one is top for dry skin type. You really cannot feel that you are wearing any make up at all and your skin looks more natural than ever as its perfect blending will make you look glowing on your wedding day!

Bourjois Healthy Mix make up(£9.99): this foundation promises to offer 70% more radiance and flawless complexion for up to 16 hours with its impressive ingredients such as apricot for radiance, melon for hydration and apple as an antioxidant offers all it promises but most importantly leaves your skin looking naturally glowing and lets it breath but also moisturizes it, which is of major importance when it comes to dry skin.

This is part of our
skin type and foundation guide

To see our other favourite products view our
previous make-up reviews or our massive make-up page


Best Foundations Combination Skin

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5 top make up foundations for combination skin


Your big day has come and you are full of agony regarding your looks on your wedding day. Your foundation plays a significant role on your whole make up as it is the base where you whole make up will be built on. If you have combination skin like the majority of women then you might have signs of both dry and oily skin which in other words means different care is required for different areas on your face.

Combination skin zones: in order to identify your skin type as the combination type you can just check your dry zones that are located on the cheeks area as well as around the eyes. There you have the need for deep moisturiser because this the key to looking amazing with your make up on. Oily areas might be your forehead and the nose area and especially if you notice any spots around the area, there is no doubt that there is an oily spot. So when choosing the right make up for your combination skin type you must bear in mind both your skin type needs and make the best choice. Be aware that in the case that you have combination skin you might need two make up foundations one for the winter and one for the summer(depending on when you are getting married) as your skin's needs change along with the seasonal changes.

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Revlon’s PhotoReady Foundation ( £13.99): combination skin might be a bit of a hassle but on the other hand it is a challenge! Season's changing play a significant role if you have combination skin but Revlon's photoready foundation blends in beautifully with your skin tone and does the trick all year around offering you a soft, luminous finish. This make up promises and offers you poreless, airbrushed skin in any light and this is true bliss when you will be taking all these photos on your big day that you will need all the glow you can get in every light!

Vichy Aera Teint Pure Fluid Foundation for Normal to Combination Skin (£12.99): an other miracle foundation that offers you fresh and radiant coverage and is ideal for you Allowing your skin to breathe this make up is offering you a natural finish for more than 12 hours. This make up with its mat finish and light texture allows skin to breathe as if it was bare since it is formulated in an oil-free base and is ideal for your big day.

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Estee Lauder Equalizer Smart Makeup for Combination Skin( £22.20): this product is not just a foundation make up but it is an equalizer as it manages to balance oil and moisture and keep your skin looking amazing on your wedding day. It can actually release hydration in the places that you need it to do so and reacts to your changing environment whether it is daily stress or whether changes, while your make up stays on fresh all day long. What else can you possibly ask from your make up on this particular day?

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Clinique Perfectly Real Makeup Foundation for Dry Combination to Oily Combination Skin Types (£21.50): if what you are looking for is a weightless foundation that can perfectly match your natural tone and leave you with a natural finish then this foundation is ideal for you for perfectly healthy skin. This make up can neutralize redness, ruddiness and imperfections with just enough coverage that feels weightless on your stunning skin. Do not forget that the best way to apply it is by starting at the center of the face and then use your fingertips to blend foundation outward toward jawline and admire your glowing skin!

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Lancôme Adaptive SPF 10 - Re-balanced and Flawless Natural Finish Foundation - For Normal & Combination Skin (£28.09 ): this extra-light texture glides on silky smooth for flawless, natural-looking coverage that will amaze you! Why? Because it has the ability to matify oily zones using a unique, self-regulating complex capable of continuously adapting to the specific needs of combination skin. So really is there anything better than such a smart make up? Its exclusive formula contains 3 powders that work in synergy to absorb excess sebum and control shine that can ensure an absolutely matte finish for your oily areas.

This is part of our
skin type and foundation guide

To see our other favourite products view our
previous make-up reviews or our massive make-up page


Τhe top 5 OPI nail colours for brides

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5 pretty pinkish shades great for your wedding

The big day has arrived and you are in the middle of a nail crisis! What is it going to be then? The timeless french manicure -bride' s favorite all over the world- or a traditional beige? The sky is the limit regarding the color that you will choose for this momentous occasion! Read on to find out which are the top 5 nail polishes suggested by one of the most successful nail care brands in the world, OPI, as do not forget that all eyes will be on your hands -and of course your nails- on your wedding day and you have to be well prepared for that!

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1. Nude nail magic: if you want a traditional but yet feminine color that suites every skin tone then try OPI Nail Polish Barre My Soul, (£ 11,33), a timeless sheer beige hue that can be perfectly applied on square shaped nails. Easy to apply and reliable as a quality brand nail lacquer, this shade by OPI can be perfectly used as a french manicure base color as well.

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2. A pink bride with a dusty rose hue: well as a girl you dreamed of this day and now that the time has come you want everyone to see it? Then choose OPI's Nail Polish You Callin Me a Lyre?(£ 11,33), a girlie pink that hits all the right notes for your big day! No matter how many handshakes you have in one day this nail polish will not disappoint you!

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3. Engaged to be married: well do you fancy a girlie nail polish that tells the world how happy you are to be engaged? Otherwise Engaged by OPI (£ 11,33) is ideal for you as it’s the perfect color for your dream day! It looks lovely on every length you might have as it is pale and makes your nails look healthy and shinny. As delicate as it should be this shimmer pale lacquer is the sweetest nail color to complete your fine- wedding ring wearing-hand!

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4. A date with destiny: do you want your life with your future husband to be sweet like candy? Then OPI's Got A Date To Knight (£ 11,33) is your first choice as it is a deliciously sweet candy pink, that gives you a strawberry sweet look! Well your knight in a shinning armour will be dazzled by this beautiful pink from the OPI Princess Charming Collection. Very easy and smooth to apply you will see that is thicker than other nail polishes but for a more stunning result apply two coats so that the result is more solid.

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5. Do you i want a nail polish that whispers romance? Then OPI's hopelessly in love (£ 11,33) is the idyllic pink for your romance and your nails! Apart from adding a natural glow to your nails it is a pink subtle bu effective hue that is also perfectly used as a french manicure base. If you are after a natural look then is the one to hopelessly fall in love with on this day, apart from the groom of course!

Tip: even if you are not a manicure lover bear in mind that on this particular day your hands are playing a significant role in the whole event. All eyes will be on your hands and your wedding ring which in other words it means your nails-no pressure but- have to be perfect! Choose from a huge variety of nail services and give yourself a full luxury manicure or try for this day the miraculous gel nail extensions and nail your wedding!


4 Top lipsticks for your wedding day

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Many brides consider picking the right make up for thier wedding day just as essential as selecting the right groom!

Imagine a bride without trace of make up on her face, not many of us are lucky enough to have perfect skin and great natural colour as the bride below, sure in the modern time considering not wearing make-up is as good as impossible.

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Their will be allot of strain of thoose lips, this day in particular. One thing is for sure: you will be blowing uncountable kisses and be asked by the photographer to have a ‘quick kiss’ a hundred times! So you wonder which lipstick is suitable for your wedding day!

The basic idea to remember is that you will only want to enhance either your eyes or your lips, so first you have to decide which of these two it is going to be. Try pairing bright lip colors with minimal eye make up to attract all the lights to your lips or the other way round and choose a natural lipstick to achieve a softer lip look and the deeper focus on your eyes. The sky is the limit with the choices here, so all you have to do is choose which way you will go.

In both cases all you have to do is read on to discover the top 4 wedding lipstick shades for your big day that will make your lips more kissable than ever.


1. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Faubourg Peach #30(£ 22): What else is there to ask from a smooth and creamy lipstick other than to make your lips pop on your big day and give you a sensual and radiant lip shine? Well this long lasting product will stay put for many hours and you can choose from 22 amazing shades which ones suites you best! Number 30 will be giving your lips a pastel coral shade with peach undertones that can be ideally combined with natural eye make up if what you are looking for is to highlight your natural beauty.


2. Be addicted to Dior Addict High Shine #454 Rose Show(£17):
with a feel of butter in your mouth this high-shine lipstick with a great texture that glides on easily is here to provide you with an amazing glass effect to enhance shine, volume & color that delivers intense moisture to your lips and gives you a glamorous lip color on the day that you need it the most. If you wish to impress everyone -and especially the groom- on this special day then try the rose show color for sexy, velvety, shimmering and seductive lips!

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3. Dior's serum de Rouge #850 Red(£20). For scarlet red bride's lips, what you need is the perfect red lipstick. If you wish to make a statement with your lipstick- as in the groom is marrying the hottest girl on the planet- then a sexy red lipstick is what you are looking for! Be aware that especially if you are blonde this will be the ideal lip color for you. Why this one? Beacause you will be dazzled by its creamy and moisturizing effect but be aware that you will need to really it every two hours. This vibrant, bright red color could be easily combined with natural make and perhaps a beige or brown eyeshadow for a more natural eye effect as you cannot attract the attention on both eyes and lips. This is a color that will take your bridal lip make up to an other dimension as long as you keep it with you to refresh it every no and then!


4. Mac's pro Longwear Lipcreme Love Forever(£10): Do you want a girlie poppy pink with a lightweight texture and creamy finish? Then this lipstick by Mac is what you are looking for asit is has it all! Comfortable longwear and slick in use, will allow you to blow thousands of kisses to all your guests as it lasts up to 12 hours and without a need for top coat and the best part is that the color stays true and helps your sexy lips stay soft. Well if this isn't a miracle lipstick then what is?

Luxury Make-up Christmas

Christmas Luxury Make-up Gift List.

I Love Christmas!! What could be better to start celebrating than the launch of the new Christams make-up collections from some of our favourite brands!

YSL Christmas Holiday Look 2010 

ysl luxury make-up christmas gift

The new Limited Edition collection that was launched a few weeks ago is top of my santa wish list.
The collection is based on the metallics seen at some of the top catwalk shows. It contains nail polishes, lipsticks,glosses and some new shimmer face and eye powders. Check out my run down of my favs.
YSL Shimmer powder comes in a  pretty pink pouch. Stunning
YSL Gold shimmer gloss- twinkle all the way! Although it was difficult to decide between the four beautiful colours.
YSL Touche D'or Gold illuminator Pen- this handy little pen is AMA-ZING! It may not last very long.......
Duo Eyeshadow includes a pale blue and contrasting maroon shade. Great for on there own or beautiful mixed together you can creat some great catwalk looks.
The collection also includes some stunning metallic nail polishes.


Some other products that will also be included on my list:

Bobbi Brown:
The Brand new Bare to Bold Palette eyeshadow palette. It includes six hues that will take you perfectly from day to night in one glamourous sweep! 
Long Wear Gel eyeliner in Chocolate Shimmer Ink is a dark but shimmery liner great for adding a bit of party sparkle to your evening look.
They also have on sale some perfect palettes from there holiday collection to achieve your different party looks.
The MAC Tartan Tale holiday collection includes some little pots of Pigments, glosses and eyeshadows. I particularly like the Tartan make-up bags which come filled with goodies!
My fav being Vain & Glorious Lip Bag, this one comes with a Lip liner, lipstick and Gloss.
Other bags are filled with eye make-up and face make-up.


Christmas Stocking Ideas

Santa Make-up Stockings!

My guide to the best seasonal make-up, beauty and  hair products. But don't hang around as some of these are Limited Edition! Perfect as gifts or as a little treat. I have been a very good girl this year....!

All from either Boots, House of Fraser, Superdrug or Debenhams


£ 5 and under
* Girls Aloud Party Lashes (from Debenhams or Boots)
* Collection 2000 Glitter Eyeliners (from Boots or Superdrug)
* Next Spa Paradise Renew Your skin Coconut & Fragipani Cream Body Wash (from Next)
* Next loves chocolate bath fizzers (from Next)
Fake Bake for New Look Oil Free Moisturiser

sanctuary christmas make-up gift

£ 10 and under

* Boots No.7 Limited Edition Christmas Glitter Mascara (from Boots)
Fearne Cotton Gloss over it Lip Gloss set (from Boots)
* Next Gold Nail Varnish Gift Set (from Next)
* Fake Bake for New Look Pasty to Tasty- Wash off tan
Fake Bake for New Look Bland to Tanned - Self Tan
Sanctuary Spa Favourites Gift Set (from Boots)


£ 20 and under
* St tropez Mini Bronzing gift set- (from Boots)
* Boots No.7 The Mirrorball Collection Eye Palette (from Boots)
* YSL Holiday 2010 Collection Gold Sparkle Lipgloss (from Debenhams)
Umberto Giannini Perfect Beauty Set (from Boots)
Sanctuary Spa Perfect Skin Set (from Boots)
* Urban Decay All nighter Long last make-up setting spray (from Boots, House of Fraser)


Make-up Artist Tools Trade

The best 5 handy tools to help keep you look wonderfully groomed:

shu uemura eyelash curler

1. Eye lash curlers:
These are one of my favourite tools, I always like curled lashes as it makes them look thicker and longer! Try Shu Uemura for the best lash curlers! At the moment check out their limited edition in gold!! Because a girl deserves to be pampered!

tweezerman eyelash curler

2. Tweezers- How could we function with out them?! Great for getting rid of unwanted strays. I like to use them to help get a grip on false eyelashes! Tweezermans are must haves! Benefit have teamed up with tweezerman to produce some lovely ones. An ideal present for your bridesmaids!

ruby mille powder puffs

3. Sponges and powder puffs. I mainly use brushes and fingertip when applying make-up but sponges are an ideal way to blend away any harsh lines. Also good for applying cream products. A powder puff is perfect for pushing powder into the skin. and to mop up any oily areas. Ruby and Millie do the best sponges and Powder puffs, they are great quality and easy to wash.

wedding eyelash glue adhesive

4. Eyelash adhesive and lashes- Try Duo eyelash adhesive this will work with all false lashes. It's perfect because it's white so you can see how much your applying but then dries clear, it doesn't have a strong odour like some adhesives do, and they will stay put all day  but the glue is very easy to dissolve meaning no damaging your own lashes. Don't forget to team it with your fav falsies for a pretty bridal look!

nail file wedding

5. Nail files and polish- No-one wants scruffy looking nails. Keep yours in tip top condition with a nail emery bored and perfect polish. Go for a french polish for your wedding day. Or if your a bridesmaid or guest why not match it with your outfit to lip colour. Nails Inc do the best range of colours from classic to on-trend, there is a colour to suit every occasion.


Favourite Wedding Mascaras

Guide to Wedding Day Mascaras !

ysl bridal waterproof mascara

1. YSL Mascara Waterproof Mascara in Black I love this one. I like the consistency, it's creamy and makes your eyelashes look lush! A full flutter is always great to finish off your bridal look. It will not smudge and is perfect if you have some tears.

waterproof wedding day eyes

2. Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Mascara- Makes lashes very long with any clumps. Perfect if you want wedding eyes that look polished and pretty but not too full on. Good for defining long lashes and getting into the corners as it has a thin wand.


3. Max Factor False Eye Lash Mascara in Waterproof- Make eyes defined and adds loads of volume. This seriously doesn't budge! A think wand but it is very flexible so you can still reach the corners. The dark colour is perfect for a smokey grey wedding look.

million lashes for brides

4. L'oreal Volume Million Lashes- I really like the fact that this comb type wand helps build up the volume without adding any clumps. Perfect for a glamourous wedding look without adding false eyelashes.

estee-lauder-bridesmaid wedding eyelashes

5. Estee Lauder Magnascopic Mascara- Perfect wand which helps lengthens lashes and boosts them to the max. Doesn't feel like your wearing  lots of make-up. A great all round mascara perfect for all wedding looks great not only for the bride but for mothers and bridesmaids.

WATER-PROOF TIP-- Mascara formulas are much better than they used to be for not running every-time your eyes water. If your worried about using a mascara that is not waterproof, in case you have a few wedding tears, then try using Benefit's She Laq over the top of your mascara(wait for it to dry first). This handy little product can also double up as a lip sealant for your lips! Long lasting lipstick is always a bonus.


Luscious Summer Lips

Get your perfect summer lips

One of summers big trends is all about Luscious lips. I've tested some of these to get you the perfect pout! All have added benefits!:

My Favourite 3 products:

1. Clinique: Vitamin C Smoothie Anti-Oxidant Lip Colour-
This feels like a Lip Balm but looks like a gloss and with the added benefit of Vitamin C and anti-oxidants! This is the perfect little treat!

healthy glowing wedding lips

2. Bobbi Brown: Treatment Lip Shine
If your not a fan of Lipstick but want a hint more colour than gloss these are for you! Gorgeously fresh and moisturising and contains SPF! Perfect for looking after your lips.

More than a wedding gloss

3. Dior Addict: Plumping Volume Spectacular Shine Gloss-

I love these glosses! Beautiful range of colours, great shine and Volume Boosting! Always a bonus.

We love dior addict summer lips

These are all fresh and add the perfect finishing touch to your Summer, Wedding look, while looking after your lips!


Helen E Wedding Cosmetics

Helen é Cosmetics - Some excellent bridal make-up

Having recently had the pleasure to use some new goodies from their range, I thought I would write a quick review of their products and my favourites.

My Favourite 3 products from the Helen é Cosmetics range:

Powder Blusher in the Pink:
This shade of blusher is ideal for a pretty bridal look, it gives skin a healthy glow but still allows you to focus on your eyes or your fab hair do. I have been using it everyday since I tried it!


I first tried this in the morning after I didn’t have much sleep. This was the first make-up product I used and it made a huge difference to the appearance of brightening up my dark eye circles.


Glamour Colour Gloss- Champagne Pink
A great alternative to lipstick. I loved this gloss because of its gorgeous pinky tone and shimmer, very girly. A must-have for all gloss gals!


To purchase any Helen É Cosmetics have a look at their fab new website


Quick Guide to Primers

A Guide to Primers

There has been lots of talk this week about Primers, so I thought I would add a quick guide to (hopefully) make it a bit clearer!

WHAT ARE PRIMERS? Primers are designed to enhance and improve skins look, feel and texture.
They also help to provide a good base to ensure smooth, even foundation and can help make, make-up last longer.
Just like moisturisers you can get different Primers for different skin types/concerns.


wedding day primer matte

For a Matte look or to help oily skin try Givenchy Mister Matte.

Illuminating primer for face

For an illuminating glow try Dior Skinflash.

Long Lasting Base Primer

Try Mac Primer or Nars Primer for an extra long lasting base.

Laura Mercier also has a whole range of primers including one for oily skin, a hydrating primer, illuminating and one that all the pros use, Laura Mercier Primer. Which is one of the originals!
For my all round fav I love the Guerlain Meteorites Primer.

Fav wedding day skin prep

It's perfect for a fresh glowing skin. It makes a great improvement to the skins texture and smells amazing! The downside is it is quite expensive so make sure it's on your birthday list!


Sunless Wedding Tan

Achieving a Sunless Wedding Tan

TIP: Always exfoliate your skin first for a smooth, even application and make make sure you wear gloves to avoid orange hands.

Try one of these for a fabulous fake tan:

1. Fake Bake Self Tan Mouse
Beautiful colour and very easy to apply. You can see the colour while you apply so you don't miss any bits.


2. Model Co Airbrush Body Bronzer
Quick to apply, nice colour and it doesn't feel like you have any product on your skin.


3. Lancome Flash Bronzer Leg Gel
Perfect for nights out, you can apply the tan and it develops in an hour. Nice golden shimmer. Let's show off those pins!


4. St Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan
No fuss, apply this like you would your normal moisturiser and you'll be glowing before you know it!


5. L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Fresh Feel Gel
Great value and easy to apply. This self tan doesn't dry out the skin like others do.



Top 5 Spring Palettes

Top 5 Spring Palettes:

ysl spring bridal palette 2010

1. Ysl- Ombres 5 Lumieres in Parisain Sky
Amazing on trend colours. Use them on there own or mix them up to create different looks. My pick for the perfect wedding make-up.

mac spring wedding palette

2. Mac- Colour 4 Plum/Burgundy Palette
These colours blend easily to create the spring catwalk smokey eye.

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3. Dior- Spring 5 Colour Palette 743
Beautiful mystic shades to suit all skin tones


4. No.7- Natural Radiance Eye Palette
Pretty pastel hues, wearable for any natural day looks.

spring wedding make-up

5. Lancome- Pop'n'Palette in Pop'n'Petrol
Update your smokey look with this green palette. Mix the light colours for day and add the dark and sparkly ones at night!


Spring 2010 Makeup

Spring 2010 Make-up Look

Having once not been a fan of Spring, with its usual soft wishy-washy colours, I have been completely transformed with this Seasons Spring Summer collections. I'm loving the pastels, coral shades and the amazing skin enhancing foundations and the new palettes ideal for the 2010 wedding season.

Here are my favourite spring wedding products:


Dior Skin flash primer-

leaves skin smooth, soft and ultra glowing.


Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge Calypso Coral-

leaves a fresh, natural blush instead of my usual pink hue.


Dior 5 couleurs 743 Coquette:

a perfect blend of Spring colours which suit all skin tones.

Get the look:

Perfect on-trend day look
1) Get rid of any flaky skin on the lips and apply a lip moisturiser. 

2) Prime Skin with Dior Skin flash Primer for immaculate skin ready for foundation.
3) Get rid of dark circles with a dab of Bobbi Brown Eye Bright.
4) Apply 2 drops of Max factor Skin Foundation and blend well with Foundation Brush to achieve a flawless finish.
5) Combine colours from the Dior Spring palette to define and bring out eyes and soften edges with a fluff brush.
6) Apply Pot Rouge to the apples of the cheeks and lips.
7) Finish with lashings of mascara.


Top 5 Spring Illuminators

Top 5 Illuminators for a Spring/Summer Sheen:

spring wedding illuminator YSL

1. Yves Saint Lauren- Spring Look Highlighting Palette.
Soft, pastel pearly shades. Looks great for a natural wedding look. It also comes in a chic compact. Carry this is your handbag and you will be the envy of your friends.
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chanel tan illuminator wedding

2. Soleil Tan De Chanel- Iridescent Highlighting Emulsion.
Great for a warm-enhancing glow.
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skinflash bridal spring illuminaotr

3. Dior -Skinflash Primer

Perfectly primes the skin before foundation. It will half the amount of foundation you will need.
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Avin spring illuminator

4. Avon- Luminous Finish Face Illuminator

Easy to apply with it's built-in brush. A bargain buy!
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bobbi brown spring wedding illuminator

5. Bobbi Brown- Shimmer Brick in Nectar

Perfect for oily skin types who still want a subtle glow. Can also be as eyeshadows to highlight the eyes.