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Britains Next Top Model Episode 2!

Welcome back to my Blog!

As you can see this is an exciting make-up post that Ive had to keep a secret for months!

You may remember a couple of months ago, I uploaded a post which you can read here about how I assisted Lee Pycroft as part of her Make-up Team on Britains Next Top Model which was aired March/April earlier this year.

Due to high demand another series was filmed earlier this year and is currently being aired on LifeTime TV. I was so lucky and fortunate enough to have been selected by Lee again to be a part of her team.

Episode 2 aired Thursday 26th October and the client for this episode was Debenhams accessories with Guest Judge Savannah Miller.

For this episode I worked to Lee’s Brief of clean fresh skin, barely there lip, soft neat brows & subtly defined eyes finished with false lashes for fullness. I was partnered up with beautiful model Tamsin on this.

Products Used:

The make-up we used as a team consisted of Lola Cosmetics & Spectrum Collection Brushes, due to these being the Britains Next Top Model Sponsors.

  • Lancome Micellaire Water
  • Lancome Advanced Genifique
  • Lancome Hydrazen Day Cream
  • Lola Cosmetics Perfect Skin Illuminating Base
  • Lola Cosmetics Picture Perfect Foundation
  • Lola Cosmetics Matte Silky Finishing Powder
  • Lola Cosmetics Highlighting Powder
  • Lola Cosmetics Shimmer Powder
  • Lola Cosmetics Brow Pencil
  • Lola Cosmetics Automatic Eye Pencil
  • Lola Cosmetics Single Matte Eyeshadows
  • Lola Cosmetics Lash Extension Mascara
  • Lola Cosmetics False Lashes
  • Lola Cosmetics Intense Colour Lipstick

Here’s Tamsins gorgeous Final Photo

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Tamsins handle is @bntmtamsin

And follow the official Britains Next Top Model account for all updates @bntmuk

Hope you’ve enjoyed, make sure you’re following me so you don’t miss out on future Britains Next Top Model related posts!!

Thank you,

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The Highlighters You NEED.

Now with the Summer months approaching here! I thought you may want to see my favourite highlighting products to help give you that beautiful radiant sheen in the summer months.
I’m not sure about you but I’m a sucker for all things glowy, ‘sheeny’ and radiant looking. I love how they instantly help to make me look I’ve had 12 hours of sleep, I have the worlds best skin and to cheat that I eat my 5 portions of fruit and veg a day. Lolz.

 

Who doesn’t love a good highlight?

Best Highlighting Product for a Skincare Lover:
Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concerntrate

I’m kicking off with more of a skincare care treatment product. This is a serum so you need to use it everyday, the more you use it the more it will benefit your skin. It’s more of a long term permanent investment more than a cheaper quick fix ‘fake it’ product, hence the price tag at £59. BUT it’s so worth it.

Meet Lancome’s Advanced Genifique.

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I’ve been a HUGE fan of this product for about nearly 4 years now and used it almost every day since.
I apply this product every morning after I have applied my toner before my moisturiser. I’ve noticed it has really helped to improve the bright appearance of my skin, by making it looking brighter, fresher, more even toned and clearer. It also makes my skin smoother and softer. It works amazingly on a morning to give that fresh bright glow, without leaving the skin feeling greasy, oily or sticky. Its a clear formula which sinks into the skin straight away not leaving any residue or film. The perfect serum in my opinion!

It also works AMAZINGLY mixing it into a liquid foundation which already gives a nice healthy glow, to double the impact – making the skin look flawless!
Available to purchase here at £59 – £94, depending on preferred size.

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Best Highlight for Dark Skin:
MAC Lustre Drops

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If you were wanting more of a an instant result and have more of an olive to dark skin. If you have a paler skin, I wouldn’t recommend so much, as the gold is incredible gold and ‘orange toned’. The MAC Liquid Lustre Drops in ‘Gold’ are stunning. You only get a small amount of product (18ml) but these are incredibly pigmented. Again you can use these on top of foundation for the high point of the face or mix it into foundation. I prefer to apply onto of the foundation as I feel its more noticeable and using a duo fibre brush I feel works well to gently buff the product into the skin without breaking down the base product, as they are very runny.
Available to purchase here at £18.

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Winning Highlight for Multi-Purpose use:
MAC Strobe

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Another brilliant product by MAC which I cant go on a job without is MAC Strobe Liquid Lotion – original shade.

This stuff is amazing! So multi purpose!
You can either use it as a moisturiser base, before foundation, you can mix it with your foundation to lighten it a tiny bit and add a lovely radiance or you can just apply to the high point of the face. Again like the previous MAC product I think it works best to buff it into the skin lightly with a duo fibre blending brush. You can use your fingers with this product but I’ve find it just gets absolutely everywhere and feels like such a waste.
This product has lasted me 3 years – such an investment as a small amount goes along way as its so pearlised. Now MAC have launched some more shades to there collection to get the perfect colour glow you would like ranging from the original (pink) to red, gold, silver, you really should go into mac and swatch. I love the red toned one – which is surprising as the same does sound scarily awful. Its personal preference but I really recommend checking the strobe cream out if you’re wanting a higher end quick fix highlighter that multi purpose!
– Note: Mines the Lotion, I’m not sure if this is still available to purchase, but the lotion is just a tiny bit thinner than the cream, if you’re confused by the name.
Available here at £25.

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Best Photographic Highlight:
Illamasqua Gleam

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Another kit favourite of mine is the Illamasqua Cream Gleam Highlighters in ‘Aurora’ and they do a darker shade in ‘Supernatural’ which I also have in my kit, which is more of a coppery bronzed shade rather than a yellow toned gold in comparison to the MAC Lustre Drops.
Be aware though that you do need to use these sparingly, as they can go a little bit ‘patchy and bitty’ if you use too much on the skin. But they photograph is seamless, so stunning, a really instagram pop of highlight, so soft, satiny but bright and reflective.
I find they only work by patting onto of base product, I don’t feel like they come through if you were to apply before a base product. In my time of using them also I’ve found they work best being warmed on the back of the hand before being patted onto the skin using my ring finger. I wouldn’t recommend a ‘rubbing’ circular motion to work this into the skin, as with the texture its quite thick to needs to be gently manipulated into the skin. If you go into store I suggest swatching this first before buying, so you can feel the texture if it would work for yourself. To me the texture isn’t completely desireable, but I love it because the results it gives.
Available here at £25.

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Top Budget Highlight under £5: 
MUA ‘Undress Your Skin’ Powder Highlight

I am obsessed with these, if you dont own at least one, where have you been. You need to go purchase one and thank me later. You can thank me for introducing you to a super duper cheap life changing powder which will give you compliments to the high heavens every time you wear it.
I own the Iridescent Gold, Pink Shimmer & Peach Shimmer. Hands down all are flawless and beautiful for the price, they give intense colour pay off and such a beautiful sheen on the skin. Apply so easy and are so buildable, they dont apply patchy nor do they looks too cheap or too sparkly with huge chunks of glitter.
My first one was the pink shimmer, and I get SO MANY compliments I cant even tell you when I wear this. I wore this to work once, and after 45 minutes the girl went on her break to go and buy it as  she couldn’t stop staring at the glow haha! Its also been referred to as a ‘unicorn’ highlight too, its incredible. You will love.

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Hope you have have found the post useful, please leave me a comment below and make sure you’re following my blog to not miss out on future posts!

Thank you,

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Current Skincare Routine.

Welcome back!

So I thought I would share with you today, my every day skin care routine. As these are one of my favourite topics to find out about people in hope I will find a new product I might want to try myself!

Cleanser
The cleanser I am currently using, I have been using on and off for the past 3 years. I only ever move away from it, to try other products.
This one is the Lancome Gel Eclat Foaming Cleansing Gel, suitable for normal to combination skin types. It is activated with water and only a small pea sized amount is required to cleanse the entire face and free the skin from any impurities. It leaves the skin feeling ‘squeaky’ clean, soft and radiant looking.
Its the perfect partner for the Clarisonic Mia, which I frequently use on a weekly basis.

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Toner
After Cleansing my favourite all time Toner is again by Lancome and is the Tonique Douceur toner. This toner is the best one I’ve tried, its a very gentle toner, but really refreshes and hydrates the skin quickly, it doesn’t leave the skin feeling oily or greasy. Its perfect for an normal to combination skin type and is alcohol free. I do strongly believe its improved my skins texture over time. It is slightly fragranced, I believe this is from the plant extracts it contains, but has never aggravated my sensitive skin.

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Serum
Surprise Surprise another product by Lancome!
This one is the Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concerntrate, Lancome’s Number One Serum. I have used this again for so many years and cant go a day without using it. It really helps to wake my skin up on a morning, its so refreshing and light. it comes with a pipette, in one click a measured amount is released, so there is no chance of over using the product. The serum is a milky white colour and helps to add radiance, firmness, elasticity, even out the skin tone and texture of the skin.

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Eye Cream
I love eye cream, I think its such an important part of a basic skin care routine. I sometimes get quite puffy eyes on a morning through tiredness and any form of eye cream really helps to hydrate my eyes and help me me wake up on a morning.
I do have to say I’m not particularly loyal to a certain eye cream, I tend to try something new every time my old one runs out. At the moment I’m currently using a La Roche Posay one for Hydrating Sensitive Eyes, its a nice light gel non- sticky formula and really fast absorbing.

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Day Cream
Again, I’m quite similar to eye cream with Day Cream. I have a few Day Creams I like to mix and match between depending on how my skin is feeling. I like the Lancome Hydrazen Day Cream for Normal Skin and another great one from Lancome is the Energie de Vie Liquid Moisturiser. If I’m wanting more hydration throughout the day the Embryollise La Creme Concentrate is a beautiful moisturiser and a great base for make-up. Currently I am using an Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moisturiser, I got a travel size to try when I purchased the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm and its a really nice cream. Not too heavy, not greasy. But I do have to say you only need a small amount as sometimes if you use a little too much and then go onto apply foundation it can peel off.

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Night Cream
The Night Cream I am currently using I absolutely adore. I have never seen such quick results from a night cream before. The product I’m referring to is again by Lancome and is the Energie de Vie Sleeping Mask. It is a 2 in 1 product. You can use a thin layer and the product can be used as a Night Cream or a thicker amount can be applied and be left on for up to 10 minutes and it can be used as an intense hydrating mask. The texture is very different to any other product I’ve come across, its a melt in formula to is a very light weight soft gel and once it hits the heat of the skin the product starts to break down into water droplets to hydrate the skin. It leaves the skin feeling super smooth, bouncy and soft. I know the Energie de Vie Range is targeted for a dull tired looking skin so is filled with a lot of anti- oxidants, lemon balm extract and acai berries to help fight against dull tired, de-hydrated skin. I love the  clean, fresh, light up lifting scent of this product, really reminds me of the Summer time.

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If you have any questions about any of the products listed above, let me know!

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Mini London Kat Von D Haul!

Hey!

Just a quick little haul for you today which I’d thought I’d share, as I picked up some very ‘iconic’ products from Kat Von D’s range at Debenhams now it has launched in the UK.

I am planning on doing separate reviews for each of these products, so make sure you follow my blog to not miss out on a post!

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First up…

Kat Von D Lock it Liquid Foundation ‘Light Neutral’ £27

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Next I picked up…

Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in ‘Lolita’ £16

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Finally I couldnt got to Kat Von D and not pick up another Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Liner in the shade ‘Trooper’ £16

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Have you tried the above?

 

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Interview with Pro Hair & Beauty Magazine!

Welcome Back!

I have some exciting news to share with you!

Back in October 2016, I was contacted by Pro Hair and Beauty Magazine and was asked if I would be interested in sharing my top 5 products which I use in my kit, which I purchase from Salon Services.

This wasn’t a difficult decision in the slightest, having a Sallys/ Salon Services in Leeds City Centre means I am always bobbing in and stocking up on bits needed for my kit.

If you would like to see what I recommended, the article is now available in the latest issue of Pro Hair and Beauty Magazine (Jan/ Feb) available to order online now or pick up in store.

Hope you like!

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I WON! 


I’m pleased to announce I am Pro Hair & Beauty Magazine: Make-up Artist AND Student Make-up Artist of the year 2016!

Im incredibly happy and can’t quite believe I’ve won both categories!

I want to say a huge thank you yet again to Pro Hair and Beauty Magazine for picking me and a huge congratulations to the other winners!

BTS with: Adam Marc Williams

Last week, I carried out my last shoot (6/6) for my Final Major Project! YIPEE!

On this shoot, I worked with:
Photographer: Adam Marc Williams
Stylist: Taheed K
Model: Ivy @ Nemesis
Studio: Pumpkin Studios

The shoot, was getting photographed in Black and White, so please don’t take too much notice of the colours of the clothes, the prints looked amazing on the back of the camera! Taheed’s a Genius!


   
   

I should have the final photos of the shoot shortly so will let you know when I receive them!

Thanks for reading,

 

Ruth x