My Top products for blonde hair

My Top products for blonde hair

Bright clean blonde hair is amazing but as a blonde lets be honest it can be a pain to maintain.

There are many elements such as Water, pollution and the sun can turn our locks brassy. Over styling can cause hair to be dry and more prone to breakage.

Over the years I have put together a few tips to help prolong my freshly toned locks.

 

Finding Your Blonde

Choose a professional hair colour stylist. Going to a Top class salon to get your highlights done is essential. Blonde hair is the hardest colour to get correct so its important to find a qualified colourist.

 

Making your colour last

I found the key to preserve my illuminating toned hair and it may sound bizarre but wash your hair less. ( your hair not your daily showers obviously  ). I know it sounds disgusting but I trained my hair to not get greasy. OK at this point you’re thinking what is she on about but it works believe me.  I found over the last year or so that every time I got my colour done it wasn’t lasting as it should. I was washing my hair every second to 3rd day so I started leaving it an extra day every week. I am now only wash my hair every 5-7 days. I found that the condition of my hair also dramatically improved it was amazing.

 

Choosing the correct shampoos and conditioners

As a blonde ,look for formulas that are designed to maintain and protect your colour, opt for a sulphate free formula if you have dry scalp. To keep the tone of your hair and to stop brassiness opt for a purple or silver shampoo.

Here are my favourites:

 

Joico Colour endure Violet Shampoo €11.70

Available at hair salons I picked mine up @ Blakes carlow

or @ Beauty Bay

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Alfaparf  Never Brass €18.00

Available in Alfaparf salons

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Bleach London Silver Shampoo and Conditioner

Boots €8.49

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Provoke Touch of silver

Boots €4.99

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Alfaparf semi Di lino reconstruction shampoo and conditioner

Available at Alfaparf Salons

€15 to €30

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Happy hair days

 

Melissa xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catwalk HQ Tan – Summer goals

Catwalk HQ Tan – Summer goals

Hey guys

This weeks blog is about the newest tan on the market at the moment, which you might not have heard of yet Catwalk HQ.

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I am a massive tan addict. I love testing all different tans on the market. I love looking bronzed and golden, it gives me so much more confidence. I have had my ups and downs with Tanning products. Every skin type is different, it is important to find a tan suitable to your skin type therefore its all about trial and error. Summer is also approaching , which requires more body parts exposed and we all want to look sun-kissed and bronzed.  I have found the perfect Tan.

 

My Top Tan at the moment is Catwalk HQ. Where do I even start, I just am in love with it. It is an Irish product and produced in the west of Ireland. I love when Irish brands create amazing products,we are seeing a lot more fantastic Irish products coming into the beauty industry over the past few years. Firstly they do not test on animals and it contains no parabens or harmful ingredients. It is full of antioxidants which are good for our skin, which is amazing.

 

Its a mousse formula that is available in a medium and dark shade. It smells divine and feels super soft on the skin during application. Its very easy to blend onto the skin with the help of their own branded velvet mitt. Drying time is about 2 minutes and develops within 2-4 hours. I personally leave mine over night and shower in the morning as I like my Tan to be a nice deep shade.

The catwalk tan lasts a good week and it fades gradually.

I get so many compliments when im wearing the tan and have been using it the last two months. Overall its an amazing tanning product and it gets a 10 /10  from me.

 

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Melissa x

 

 

 

 

Bride of the month

Bride of the month

Hope you are all having a lovely week. I’m back to show you again my bride of the month. I love doing bridal makeups its so different than regular day to day makeups, its much more personal.

I find as a makeup artist you really get to know the bride as a person, which I love. It is very important as I need to create a makeup style to suit their personality. A brides day is the most important day of their life so its so awarding to enjoy the moment with them.

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Tina was a spring 2016 bride, I know this seems like a lifetime ago now as the months have just flew this year. Where has the time gone?. I always wait for brides to send me professional photos of the day to post up a blog ,as it lets me show you the special moments of the day.

 

Tina was the nicest person ever and so calm.

Her makeup was Glowing and flawless. Look at that highlight.

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Foundation was Mac Studio fix fluid and Nars radiant creamy concealer.

The eyes were all Matte tones with lashes and smoked in the waterline to add definition.

 

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Bridal gown and bridesmaids dresses: Embrace Bridal Gorey

Photography : Gibbons Photography

Flowers: Anita Gibbons Flowers by Anita

Jewellery: Thomas sabo

Hair: Sinead Redmond and Sis Doyle

 

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For bridal enquires  please contact Melissaclarkemakeup@gmail.com

Hope you enjoyed and have a lovely day

Melissa xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stunning Jayme – Bride of the month

Stunning Jayme – Bride of the month

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I had the pleasure of doing  Jayme’s bridal party on her wedding day which took place on the 7th May 2015 at Mount Wolseley Hotel.  I went to school with Jayme since I was 4 so it made the day a bit more special.  The entire day was perfect from start to finish.

 

 

 

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The Stunning bridesmaids were in full spirit that morning enjoying a glass of bubbly and I enjoyed one myself LOL. It was such a relaxed morning.

 

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The kids Millie and Michael kept us entertained. Millie was more excited than Jayme on the day.  They are the cutest kids ever.

 

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Flawless glowing makeup on bridesmaids Tracy, deva and head bridesmaid Nicole. I designed each of the Makeup looks to suit each bridesmaid Individually.

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The weather was not as expected  that morning but that did not stop everyone enjoying the day. Every bride wishes for a sunny day and the weather is out of our control lets face it we live in Ireland ha. Tips for Brides try not to stress about the weather just be prepared and on a positive note umbrellas make lovely pictures LOL.

 

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Proud Mam Liz walked her Beautiful daughter up the aisle.

 

 

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Jaymes dress was to die for ,it suited her to perfection she looked like a little princess.  Her dress was purchased at Cameo Bridal Kilkenny

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Mount Wolseley is a superb location for Photographs both inside and outside, it is a top class hotel with great attention to detail.

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Now on to the makeup one of the most important things and can be the most stressful for any bride.

We went for a structured glam style for Jaymes Makeup. Jayme loves her makeup so it suited her style and personality

PRODUCT LIST:

To prep the skin I used Guinot Mini Eclat Beaute this smoothes of out the complexion reducing wrinkles and prolongs makeup and I used Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow to add radiance to the skin.

Foundation : Mac Studio fix fluid

Concealer:  Mac Prolongwear  under eyes

Amazing concealer to highlight

Powder: Laura Mercier Transulent Powder under eyes

Mac studio fix dusted lightly on T- zone

contour: Anatastia Beverly hills

Highlight: The Balm Mary Lou Maniziser

Brows: Cailyn Cosmetics Gelux gel in cocoa

Eyes: Makeup geek shadow – Peaches n cream – I’m peachless  – Cocoa bear

Push makeup – Tori and Abbi

Mua :highlight under brow

Inglot Gel Liner no 77

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Photography  John Delaney Photography

 

I wish them both all the happiness in their future.

 

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Hope you enjoyed. For Bridal enquires Please email MelissaClarkemakeup@gmail.com

Melissa x