Enhance your eyes with Baby Doll lashes

Enhance your eyes with Baby Doll lashes

Lashes are a must have in my kit when creating makeup looks. They can intensify the eye makeup and can give the illusion of a bigger eye shape.  Lashes come in different lengths, thickness and styles. I have always found it difficult to find the perfect lashes, the brands would lack in a selection of styles or the band of the lash strip were too thick and are difficult to apply to the eyes.

I Have finally  found the most spectacular lashes.  Baby Doll Cosmetics are an Irish company who launched in 2013 at the RDS. They have a wide range of lashes in different lengths and thickness to suit all individuals.  I have been using BAbydoll lashes for about a year now and I still love them as much as day one., the quality of the lashes are amazing they are lightweight and easy to apply.

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The lashes

My favourite are the 870 lashes, they are an average length with a demi wispy effect. The lashes are natural but yet still achieves fullness of the eye.

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If you prefer more length and minimum thickness the 795 are the ones for you. I get asked so many times, what lashes i’m wearing when wearing these beauties, the 795 they are light enough for daytime use. They are perfect if you naturally have thick lashes but need to add that extra length.

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If you like the full dramatic look the 807 are your dream lashes, they have amazing fullness and are super dark, perfect to add definition to the eyes.  Great lashes for party nights out perfect for  a bold make up look.

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You can purchase The lashes at http://www.babydoll.ie/ , hurry up and show off them lashes girls. There is also new lashes just been added to the Babydoll family  704 and 711 super excited to try them. I am wearing 870 lashes in this makeup look.

Flutter them lashes

Melissa xx

 

 

 

Bride of the Month

Bride of the Month

 

Bride of the month-Kathryn Simpson.

 

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Wow this girl is so  beautiful inside and out and had a fanastic story behind that beautiful smile.

 

Kathryn and her bridal party were from all across the world, each girl with such interesting backgrounds. I was introduced to Kathryn by her bridesmaid Gracie who is living in Berlin but also a carlow native like myself. As been across the sea  Kathryn and myself communicated through whatsApp where we got to know each others personalities and exchanged different looks and ideas ,which then I could put together ato create a unique look for Kathryn on the morning of her big day. Kathryn is currently living in Manchester but orignally from Lismore, Co  Waterford.

After all over converstaions across the phone It was finally time to meet the bride to be. I met kathryn In Hotel Kilkenny on the morning of her wedding day. It was her dream to get married in St Canice’s Cathedral and now it was happening. She was so calm and relaxed and enjoyed the giddle with her bridesmaids Gracie, Katie and Roxanne.

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Kathryn wanted a timeless bridal look, she wanted to look like herself but a better version as she says. I helped define her features while giving a long lasting flawless finish.

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Me in work mode :-)

 

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Products that I used

Face:

  • Mac Studio Fix fluid with Blank canvas Foundation Brush F20
  • Prolongwear concealer
  • Mac Studio Fix powder lightly on the t-zone with Ben eye Banana Powder underneath the eyes
  • Anastasia Beverly hills Contour palette in Light to sculpt the cheek bones and sides of face
  • To give that beautiful youthful glow I applied Young Blood champagne fever highlight on the cheek bones
  • Again I wanted  to add a youthful glow to the cheeks , urban decay score has a beautiful sheer glow with a subtle tint of colour

Lips

  • Mac dervish Lipliner  and Lipstick Hue

Brows

  • Mac omega and Anastasia Beverly hills dip brow promade – soft brown

Shadows

  • Mac : Handwritten, kid, mythology ,brule, swiss chocolate, embark.

Finished off with Mac fix + spray this excellent for setting the over makeup and keeps skin hydrated and fresh looking, also a perfect product for a bride to have throughout the day.

Bridesmaids- all the girls had a different colour dresses to represent each of their personalites ,a delicate style dress whic was a soft pastel colour they were so stunning.

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Katies dress really enchanced her eyes, I focused on the eyes to  really make that blue pop with soft coral tones with smoked lash line. Katie is from belfast and met kathryn in Belfast university.

 

 

Roxanne informed me she didnt wear much makeup so I went for a soft smokey eye using soft brown tones which complemented the soft pastel green dress. Roxanne is from france,kathryn were pen pals since they were kids and remained friends ever since. So cute.

 

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I really enjoyed working with all amazing girls and getting to know all of them.

The girls were all a pleasure to work with from start to finish and were beautiful inside and out.

Melissa xx

Photography: Elisha  Clarke Photography

Hair :Hotel Kilkenny Salon

Must Have beauty products for Summer.

Its been a while since a posted on this i have a had a hectic few weeks but i am back and have loads to talk about.

Summer has Hit Ireland over the past few days and I really hope it lasts. I love summer , long evening walks, blue fresh skies I just feel so much more energetic in the summer. Its time to pack up them winter clothes and to start showing our flesh again.  So here are a few beauty products to help you look and feel great after those long winter dull months when heading out into the sun.

  • Clinique Spf factor . Spf is a must for our face in the summer, Uva, Uvb rays are extremely harmful for our skin,  firstly it causes skin cancer but we want to prevent them wrinkles and skin pigmentation. Over the years I have found  it difficult to find a face spf that didn’t infere with my makeup. they were either too thick, oily, shiny and makeup just wouldnt  adhere to my makeup but I found this holy grail and its amazing.
  • Foundation: This can be a tricky one for us girls. The humid weather increases the chances of your foundation melting from our face. So it does depend on two things what type of coverage we want? what type of skin type we have? It depends on personal choice.

Mac: Face and body foundation

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This is a great foundation, its quick and easy to apply. It’s a sheer but buildable coverage that gives a beautiful natural glow to the skin. It’s suitable for all skin types, water-resistant and long wearing. Apply powder if you require more coverage and it will hold makeup for a longer period.

 

 

 

 

Mac Prolongwear: A long wearing foundation suitable for humid condition, it controls oil but allows your skin to breathe. II would say its a medium coverage. I would highly recommend Pro longwear as it’s not too cakey for summer

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Estee lauder Double wear: Super long wearing foundation lasting 15hrs even without primer or powder. It has a matte finish and liquid consistency, medium to full coverage. I love this foundation for going out but for a day in the sun i think it is too full on that’s just my opinion. If you like full coverage then this is the one for you. It’s a fantastic foundation.download (1)

  • Tan:  A nice glowing tan is a must have but after the long winter months and irish skin we are milk bottles lol so we need a solution quickly . Instant tans are fantastic which are  quick and easy tan but not so great if you decide to go swimming then you will be left looking like a zebra, so ifs that’s the case opt for a gradual tan and use both accordingly to what suits the situation best.

My two favorite instant tans are academie instant tan and good reliable sally hanson.

Academie bronze express is a liquid formula, I wouldn’t advise for a beginner as it can be messy. I love that you can see where i am applying the tan and it has a low tan odour, that really bothers me about tans. it doesn’t transfer into my clothes,  It’s not cheap and its small enough but i would give it a 9/10

Sally hanson: This is just so  handy and reliable, long-lasting and retails at €10. Just spray onto my body and use the glove to blend. I did find it can transfer onto my clothes but now I use a towel and give my body a quick rub down and it works wonders, perfect tan for the handbag and holidays.

Skin illuminator . Apply to your cheekbones to give a skin a sun kissed glow, can also be applied on collar bones, front of legs when the sun hits it, it looks fantastic.

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  • Nail polish. Get yourself a pedicure at the start of the summer, most of us neglected our little feet over the winter period. Invest in a few nails polishs to mix and match to your outfits. I find the Rimmel polishs good quality and affordable.

 

All the highlighters you need to know.

Highlighting our faces has become huge in the past year nearly as much as brows. I am a huge fan of highlighting my face, it instantly brightens up my faces and distracts those tired eyes in the morning. I feel so naked without it, I will not go a day without wearing it whether it’s a soft subtle glow or a statement either one I just love them. I have picked a few that I think at least one will suit your style of make-up looks.

Mac Skin finish Soft and Gentle

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I have being using this products for over a year on clients and myself, it’s definitely my go to highlight product.

It is a soft powder with a frost finish. It is a warm tone highlight with peachy and champagne tones with a tint of gold. It applies softer than it looks in the packaging  but in a good way, it’s a perfect hint of shimmer, more of a glow. It’s very easy to apply with its velvet texture , its build-able for night-time,but perfect for day time. It would suit all skin tones.

it comes in approx 6 more shades, perfect topping is also a lovely one to try

overall rating 5 stars €30.00

Sleek contour Palette

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I use this on a daily basis as its so convenient. It is a small compact palette one side is your contouring and the other a highlighter with a mirror.. Super handy to carry around in your bag when im on the go.

The contouring shade is a nice matte cool tone. Its one of my favorite contouring shades, some contouring shades can be too warm which doesn’t give a natural look. The palette comes in light , medium and dark. I personally find the medium and dark a bit more orange but the light is perfect for our Irish skin tones.

The highlighter is very pigmented, it’s a pearl/champagne tone, apply lightly as it can be a bit powdery if that makes sense but lovely when applied.

It is fantastic value for €8.00 euro, its perfect for young girls on a budget  and also as a travel kit in your handbag

Overall rating 3.75 stars

Nars illuminator

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This is a Cream illuminator, it is a multi purpose used product. It’s a pearlised pale pink, a little goes a long way believe me,It is very pigmented.

You will either love or hate this product!!!

I think it suits the fairer skin types. It can be applied in different ways, under the foundation, over your foundation or mixed with it. I personally prefer under my foundation on the cheekbones as it gives a natural look.When applied over your foundation especially if you are not good with blending (i also recommend a brush to apply ) it can look unnatural but if you love the Kim k trend you will love it. I love strong contouring and highlighting but that’s not everyone’s taste

Using a small amount with a good blending brush this product will look soft and pearlised, especially under your foundation it is beautiful on brides.

Orgasm is another shade which is more of a peachy colour which is more of a natural look that would blend better into skin tones  which is also a must have. Price is approx €30 which is a bit expensive I would rate it higher if price was slightly cheaper.

overall rating 3.5 stars

mac hush

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Hush is a creme based product. It is a warm toned  highlight with a peachy frost finish. It is a multi use product which can be used on the cheeks, lips and eyes which does what it says unlike some multi used products out there. It is light not sticky or oily on the skin, its glides on easy and is easy to blend as it takes about 30 secs to fully dry. Although it says a frost finish I would say more of a sheen but it’s build-able which I do love about this products. Retails at €20 which is think is very good

overall rating 5 stars

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I always forget about this product in my kit, when I use it I remember how amazing it is. It comes in a decent size pot and basic packaging, it  will last you forever as you literally one need the bare amount. It is labelled as a multi use product can be used on cheekbones ,eyes and brow bone. It is very pigmented and is a soft dust texture. It gives a gorgeous golden glow but apply sparingly and blend blend,blend.It reflects the light beautifully when applied correctly. Retails at €18 which will last a lifetime worth a buy.

overall rating 5 stars

swatches in two different lights

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  1. Mac soft and gentle
  2. sleek contour palette
  3. Nars
  4. Mac hush
  5. Inglot shimmer dust

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Hope you enjoyed this post. Please leave comments below

Mel x