jeudi 14 mars 2013

OPI Liquid Sand nail polish

Hi girls,

I'm here today to show you what I got on my last trip to Sally's. I've heard about liquid sand nail polish not long ago and I thought (as a nail polish addict that I am) that I needed to try this out !
So I purchased the Mariah Carey mini set to be able to try out different colours.


The set comes with 4 mini bottles (a lot smaller than the China Glaze mini's!!) and the colours are called:
- The Impossible: Red-ish pink
- Can't let go: Purple
- Get your number: Turquoise blue
- Stay the night: Black with pnik glitter


First thoughts about these minis is that the colours are gorgeous. My least favourite is the black one but I really like the brightness of the other colours ! My favourite is probably the turquoise one.
They are a bit sheer so you will need 2 to 3 coats for a good opacity, other than that they dry quite fast in my opinion and are easier to remove than I thought they would be. Harder than standart nail polish but easiler than full on glitters !
The feel of "sandiness" is very weird, it really seems like you stuck sand on your nails ! Which is good since it's what it claims to be !
After wearing all of them on my nails I found that they don't tend to chip as quick as other nail polishes even thought I wasn't wearing any top coat, which is a big plus for me.
I've seen swatches of these with a top coat on but then you're loosing all idea of the sand feel to it.
It also has different size glitters in it for maximum shinny-ness !


Overall I think this product is very nice, I'd recommand buying the set of mini's to give them a try before purchasing the full sizes ! It's bright and fun for spring/summer and something different as it's textured ! I can't stopp running my fingers on my nails everytime I wear these :)

I hope you're all well and getting ready for some Easter treats !

xxx Vee

dimanche 6 janvier 2013

Beauty faves 2012

Hey girls,

Let me start by wishing you all a very happy new year ! I wish you all lots of good things :)

On to the post. I know it's been everywhere in the blogging and youtube world lately, but I too would like to share with you my favourite and most used products of 2012. I think it's always interesting to see what everyone likes, which products seem to work for some people and not so much for others, as well as products that everyone loves !


Johnson's cleansing wipes:I use these wipes every day to remove my makeup, nefore I wash my face. I like that they don't get my skin all red and irritated and it removes all my makeup without much of an effort ! I also like the fact that they usually are on offer in my local Superdrug.

Simple night cream: It's the second time I purchase this product, and I would not have it any other way ! I apply the cream every night before bed and my skin is at it's smoothest when I wake up. Plus it's not very expensive and last a very long time.


MAC Asll That Glitters: I wear this colour pretty much every day. Especially when I go to work and don't have much time to put on my makeup in the morning. It's a very settled, yet shinny and classy colour which can be used for as an every day soft look or in more glamorous evening looks.

Maybelline Color Tattoo (35 On and on Bronze): Very smooth and decently pigmented, I use this as a base to most of my warm toned looks. I don't always apply an eye shadow base before this but it does seem to hold my makeup in place for a while !


Argan Oil: A simple must have for anyone with hair as ruined as mine. After years in hairdressing spent on bleaching, colouring, bleaching, colouring again my hair in any colour possible, and not growing it back, I definitely need some deep treatment to keep it healthy. This product is a miracle ! I use about three pumps of it in the lenght of my hair when it's damp and it give it an amazing glossy look and smoothes my dead tips. I recommand to use only a tiny bit for people who don't hait dry hair like me, and only to the ends or it will make it super greasy !

John Frieda 3 Day Straight Styling Spray: An other must have for those ladies with curly hair like mine. I spray it on my damp hair before brushing it through then when it comes to the drying/straightening process, it get ridiculusly easy ! And the best thing about it is that it keeps my hair straight-ish for a couple of days. If it doesn't rain that is !


Sleek Blush in Rose Gold: This peachy-gold colour is fantastic and I used it a lot earlier last year. With a lighter hand for day time but full-on peach "in your face" when going out ! Looks brilliant in the sun without being too shimmery.

MAC Mineralize Blush in Gentle: I purchased this a bit later, let's say around August last year and it's been my go-to blush ever since. It's got a very fine and flattering shimmer to it and as much as it might look a bit dark in the pan, looks stunning when applied. This kind of darker pink tone is what I like to wear more during fall and winter.


Soap and Glory Hand Cleansing Gel: Antibacterial hand gel is vital when working on a makeup set and touching people's face. S I always make sure my hand are clean and bacteria free. I particularly like this gel because instead of smelling like detergent, the scent is really good and it's a lot more confortable for the people I work with whenever my hands are near their face. They usually ask me what I use for being so clean whilst smelling so good ! Haha.

The Beauty Parlour Face Scrub: I've used this product for a while now (I'm finally getting to the end of it!) and I am completely satisfied with it. I use it once or twice a week and it gets rid of all my dead skins without being to harsh. I will probably try other products once I finish this bottle (curious beauty blogger habbit!)  but will go back to it if I don't find anything I like.


Collection 2000 Concealer: After all the fuss about this product I thought I had to try it ! And I love it ! I'm running low on my second tube now and all the writtings have dissapeared off the packaging but that just shows how much I used it ! it matches my skin tone and covers my dark circles ! What else could we ask for !?!

Benefit They're Real Mascara: An other product people have been raving about and that has worked for me too. I recieved the small version when I purchased the full sized one and started to use that one first. Just to try it out I suppose ! Now I'm getting closer and closer of the end and I'm happy I've got a big one still waiting in my drawer. This give my naturally long lashes even more lenght and definition ! I get asked a lot if I wear falsies and always tell people to go buy it whenever I get the chance to.

Inglot Gel Eye Liner in Black (N°77): This is by far the best eye liner I've ever used. It's smooth, applies super easily and stays on until you wipe it off. It is incredibly pigmented, reminds me a lot of the perversion liner from Urban Decay because it's pure black. This is my favourite liner to use on myself and on models aswell.

Revlon Eye liner/smudge Brush: This tool is what I apply my Inglot liner with. The bristles are amazing for details and creating a bold, clean line. I use the smudge side whenever I use pencil liner instead of gel. It works perfect to smoke out a harsh line.


Urban Decay Naked and Naked 2 Palettes: Last but not least, the palettes everyone should own. I don't think I like one more than the other, their are colours in each of them that I really like and I usually use both palettes to create one look. These are the first things I reach for when I have to pack a travel makeup bag and don't wanna bother with a ton of different eye shadows. They are practical, the colours are great and good quality, and they come with a brush (which I'm not really fond of but still).

Here you have it ! My most used and favourite products of last year. I hope this was interesting and I can wait to see what this year is gonne bring ! I'm not one waiting for the 1st of january and make a list of resolutions but I want to try and use up more of the products that I own instead of buying new ones. I've got a whole lot of neglected products that I loved that some point and I plan on falling in love with them again ! If I don't, maybe someone else will and it'll male space in my drawers :)

xxx Vee

mercredi 26 décembre 2012

My work

Hey girls,

I'm gonna put on some pictures of some of the shoots/shows I've been working on since I graduated :) It was a whole lot of fun doing it and hopefully there will be a lot more to come !

I'll start with the photoshoot we had at the end of my two weeks at school. We had to team up with a hair stylist student and come up with a natural look and a strong look.


We started with the strong look on the beautiful Anjana !


And here's the natural look. I was very lucky to work with the great Handersen as a hair student, we got allong very well and ended up with a result I'm very pleased with !

Last Sunday I worked with photographer Steve Nyman on a shoot with the lovely Sarah and here's what we came up with ...


I also workeda couple of times on shows for the designers Hemyca with a bunch of other super talented makeup artists/ hairstylists s here's a peek at the model's looks and what it looks like behind the scene of a catwalk !


Our makeup stations, not always the most practical set up but improvising is part of the fun !!!


Metalic silver eye shadow and black liner with a messy bun on top of it all ! Little peek at the look before the ladies got changed =)


Behind the scene at Fashion Week, getting ready for touch-ups right before the catwalk starts ! The most exciting and fun moment of it all !


Last minute fittings at Marylebone Village Fashion Event !


The look of the day, sorry for the blurred picture but it's taken with my phone and it's a lot harder to get decent pictures at fashion show than shoots !

Anyway I hope you liked it ! If you wanna see more of the works I've done, don't hesitate visit my Facebook Page !

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, I hope you're having the best time with your loved ones !

xxx Vee

mercredi 28 novembre 2012

Instapost

Hello ladies !

Today I thought I'd share a few Instagram pictures from when I was back at makeup school and after.






 Two of my NOTD pictured when I was on the bus to school !


Smokey eye look done on my by my class mate Nydia !


Second week: Being creative ! Look done on me by my amazing teacher and great makeup artist Amanda Bell !


Having fun during creative week !


Our work stations @ Fasion Week ! I was lucky enough to be part of a team of 6 makeup artists and we were sponsored by Liz Earl ! We had to work on a tiny space but it was a lot of fun !

Just a last one of me doing my thing during fashion week !


xxx Vee

jeudi 25 octobre 2012

Depoting Lipsticks + Life Update

Hey girls,

I know it's been for ever since I posted here but I've been busy lately with something that, hopefully, will change my life in a good way.
Back to early September, I took a course here in London and officially graduated as a professional makeup artist ! I've been saving money for a long time to be able to do it and I must say I enjoyed every second of it ! I've also been working on a couple of shows (London Fashion Week, Marylebone Fashion Village Event) and photoshoots, whilst still working full time in my everyday job. That's why I haven't had much time for blogging lately !

I'm back on my beloved blog today with a little tutorial on how to depot your lipsticks and create your own lip palette.

First off you will need:

- a table spoon (to melt yourproduct in)
- a knife (to remve the rest of the product from inside the tube)
- a candle (to liquify the product)
- tissues or paper towels (it can get a little messy!)
- lipsticks (make sense...)
- an empty lip palette

I bought my empty palettes in Muji on Oxford Street, they actually are pillcases. They're available on the online store aswell and come in 6 or 12 compartments. (click HERE for the direct link)

Now first I recommand using tissues to protect the surface you're working on. Scrape the product into the spoon (make sure you empty the tube properly, there's so much product left inside!) and place the spoon on top of the flamed candle (be careful not to burn your fingers!). Once all the product is melted, just carefully pour it in the container.



It takes a few minutes before the melted lipstick gets cold and hardens but once it's done here's what you get ... Your own lip palette !


Now the reason I've been doing this post is because I'm on the look for any way to simplify my makeup kit. I've been travelling around with my suitcase full of makeup and let me tell you that it can get quite heavy !

I've also found in Muji some very usefull empty stacks to keep my loose shadows all together (instead of having them in their own separate pots) which makes it alot easier to organise my kit (and it looks pretty too!). Link HERE


There you go ! I hope this has been helpfull for some of you, even if you don't own a makeup kit, it's still an easy and cheap way to store your makeup.
Sorry again for being MIA, more posts are due on the blog soon !
I hope all of you guys are doing ok, let me know what you've been up to !

xxx Vee