Sorry for the lack of posts recently, it's been a crazy couple of months filled with work, travel and personal affairs! Seeing as it's been a while, I've hence had time to trial a couple of new things that are now firmly in my permanent working kit and also for personal use. Without further ado, let's have a look. To make it easier, I've categorised them according to function.
Alpha-H Age Delay Cleansing Oil is the latest addition to the cleansers from fav brand Alpha-H. A gorgeously scented oil-gel with tangerine and rose hip that is just delicious. I love using it pre-makeup to dissolve dirt, makeup and grime off my model's face. Worked into the skin in massaging motions to really get the grime out and enhance blood circulation, add a few drops of water to emulsify into a milky cleanser, rinse or wipe off with a hot flannel or muslin to have soft, sparkling-clean skin.
£25.95 gets you 100ml.
Pai Skin Brightening Exfoliator is the latest from the brilliant range from organic experts Pai. My skincare bag in my makeup kit is quite comprehensive as I never know what type of skin I encounter on jobs so I need to have products that do a lot for many skin types. Enter this exfoliator. Boasting nourishing Kukui oil and round Jojoba Beads, this will cause no scratching to aggravate skin. Carried in a silky gel, it is easy to exfoliate and when a few drops of water added, it turns milky and silky so you could carry on doing a massage on skin.Simply brilliant as is everything they bring out!
£20.00 for 30ml.
I will throw my hands up in the air, admitting that I am a convert. I was always sceptical when it came to minerals and after many a dalliance with mineral makeup, I have always been left disappointed. Until now. Enter YoungBlood. I knew of a few makeup artists using it so when I got my hands on some, it took a while before I found a way that I liked using these incredible products. One of my many concerns with mineral makeup was coverage and also powderiness, both of which are non-existent with YoungBlood.
Coming in a whole spectrum of colours, I have used it on many skin tones, white to black, all with great success. Personally I like using a very sheer liquid foundation first then a gentle brushing of YoungBlood Loose Foundation to really get a polished but sheer complexion. I'm a huge fan now. There's also colour cosmetics as well but at the moment, I am only familiar with the loose foundations.
£31.00 for 10g.
I was told about Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder by one of the most talented and generously spirited makeup artists in the business and I knew if it was good enough for her, it was definitely going to be in my kit. There's not a lot to say about this really. The finest, silkiest colourless powder with the most incredible rose scent. So soft and fine that when used, it is virtually impossible to detect. I was also advised that it is perfect to mix with other coloured powders as a perfect carrier for darker skin tones. I can't wait to try that! I love roses so the scent always draw gasps of appreciation from my models or celebs. Everyone needs this in my opinion.
£24.50 for 10g.
Here are 3 products for the eyes that really have had me impressed and stocking so that I don't run out. I will start from left to right.
Magnifibres Lash Extender was brought to my attention by another MUA who I chat with on Twitter. What it is is a tube of natural fibres that adhere to your lashes in between mascara coats to thicken and lengthen. There's been so many products like this over the years but when I tried it on my first celeb, she literally screamed when she saw the result! Very, very clever and no clumping up like many of it's predecessors. I believe this may stay in my kit from now on so that I can opt not to use false lashes sometimes without compromising on lash density.
£18.96 for the tube.
Anastasia Lash Genius comes from one of my favourite brands for anything brows. I have been using their Brow Wiz pencils ever discovering them, way before anyone in the UK got wind of them. Lash Genius is a topcoat for mascara that makes any mascara waterproof. Yeah that's clever and all but what I love about this is when you use it in conjunction with false lashes. Anyone who uses false lashes will know that many a time once they go on, they never always sit flat against the natural lashes and upon close inspection, you can always tell where the false splay from the real. Lash Genius when applied has this ability to blend the natural lashes with the false ones! I was highly sceptical but after using it many many times, it really works! So it's a keep for sure!
£14.00 for 5.5g.
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara simply does what it says. Now when I first heard about this I was like yeah so what? Mascara for the lower lashes but when I tried it, I was hooked. I hate lashes to look all spidery and over mascara-ed, favoured by many women, I find it cheap and tacky looking. This helped define and separate bottom lashes so they looked natural but defined.
£11.00 for 2ml.
So there you go, that's a few of the things that have really impressed me the last few months. As a MUA I tend to mull things over as it takes a few uses before I include products into my permanent kit. I hope you've found this useful and maybe you're already familiar with these products. I'd love to hear your thoughts and comments.