Happy Friday folks! I hope you have all had a great week.
I’ve spent all of mine working with an extra shift thrown in too and a cold, so I have been a little more tired than usual. However I did make sure that I took some time out for myself in my day off on Wednesday and headed to the big smoke, to Birmingham.
I was supposed to be heading to the Jewelry Quarter to check out some wedding rings, but being a complete idiot where directions are concerned I just gave up and got heavily distracted in Selfridges.
Cue the shoe porn…
More on these is a post coming up next week!
Another thing that I have been thinking about is my wedding makeup. I am definitely going to do it myself as not only is it going to save money but I know my own face and what suits it.
Ok, so I am not a makeup expert or anything but I would worry that if I got a makeup artist to do it for me I would be more stressed just incase they did it wrong and I didn’t look like me. Basically, I don’t want to walk down the aisle with Alfie to turn around and say “who the hell are you!”
My everyday makeup is very minimal as I like the natural look an I think I want to follow through with a similar thing with my bridal make up, but with a defined eye.
After drooling over the shoes I looked around the shops to look for some new make up to try out. I even went over to the Benefit counter and had my make up down too. The makeup artist was also a bride to be so we were chatting for ages.
I love what she did with my face, although I think she got a bit heavy handed with my eyebrows. As I have started to think about my makeup now I have plenty of time to play around with different looks and makeup brands.
Foundation wise I usually use MAC studio fix which gives a light coverage, but I was looking for something a little different for a change. So at the Benefit counter I was really impressed with all of the products the makeup artist used, but if I had bought everything I would have spent in excess of £200. Instead I picked the new Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW foundation (£24.50) that the lady used in Hazelnut.
This gives a light to medium coverage and is so lovely and very natural looking. It may be a dead cert for my bridal make up.
She also used on my face: Porefessional and That Gal primers, blusher in Dallas, powder in Hello Flawless Hazelnut, Whats Up? highlighter, Brow Zing in dark, They’re Real mascara.
I will be definitely going back for the eyebrow pencil, blusher as I love the colour and the primer if I cannot find a cheaper alternative.
I have so much love for MAC and their wide colour palette, which is why I always go to them for my foundation and concealers. Unfortunately the drug store brands tend not to stock concealer or foundation colours in my skin tones, they are either too dark or too light. Hence, make is always my favourite brand for these items. I think investing in a good base is very important for building up your makeup and this mineral concealer (£16.00) gives such great coverage for blemishes, scars and dark circles.
On to the drug store brands
In the past I admit that I have been a bit of makeup brand snob and have always gone high end. However, since being addicted to YouTube and make up tutorials, particularly Anna Saccone (love this girl!) I have seen that drug store brands are pretty amazing and give great results.
So I headed to Boots to check out their make up:
In the end I took advantage of the buy 1 get 1 half price offer currently on the Maybelline products and got a Dream Touch blusher and an Eyestudio Lasting Drama gel eye liner which comes with a brush. I picked up both products for about £11.
I have been really surprised with the quality of these. The blusher is perhaps too pinky and bright for the look I want to create for my bridal makeup, but it creates a beautiful shimmery glow, perfect for spring. The gel liner is very impressive, easy to apply and it doesn’t budge!
Overall I am very impressed with all of these make up buys. I am definitely liking mixing premium make up brands with good drug store brands as I think you then get the best of both worlds and it doesn’t get too taxing on your purse.
Now I am in the market for new makeup brushes. I have heard that Sedona Lace, Sigma and MAC are all good, but brushes are such a mind field for me.
I also want a new mascara, which gives great volume and length. Right now I am using Dior Show, but would love a cheaper alternative. Apparently Cover Girl Lash Blast is just as good but I don’t think it is available in the UK!
So loves I need your advice on makeup brushes and mascara and I’m very open to trying different options…
Which brushes do you recommend? Do you have any favourite mascaras?
Do you like to mix premium and drug store makeup? What are your favourite products?
I have actually really enjoyed writing this post so perhaps as my confidence grows I will do more beauty posts and maybe, dare I say it, vlogs!
Have a great weekend guys!