Monday, 8 July 2013

Guest Make Up Blog x

Hello ‘A Little Mummy Magic’ followers!

My name is Alexia, sister-in-law to Magic Mummy Jade, younger sister to Nick and proud aunty to Honey and Rocco!
I’m also a freelance make-up Artist, qualified for 3 years and have been in make-up retail for 3 years. I’ve been employed by M.A.C Cosmetics for over a year.

I’m going to share some products with you all that are quick, easy and effortless for all of you busy yummy mummy’s on the go!


1. M.A.C FAST RESPONSE EYE CREAM - The super-charged, caffeinated cream with instant effects. De-puffs, erases the look of dark circles, firms, soothes and softens skin around the eye. Special optics act like magic to fade away lines.

It works wonders! I’m not a Mummy yet but I do have to get up at 4am to wear a full face of make-up for shift work at M.A.C so my eyes suffer with puffiness which I’m sure you’ll know about! The key to this product is the caffeine! Try one eye first and you’ll see the difference. A little goes a long way!

2. M.A.C PRO LONGWEAR CONCEALER- A lightweight fluid concealer that provides medium to full coverage with a comfortable, natural matte finish. Colour-true formula lasts up to 15 hours. Helps conceal and correct the look of under-eye circles, and discolorations.

One pump of concealer can be applied quickly under both eyes, again a little goes a long way! The main benefit is that is lasts for 15 hours! Perfect for long days! You can use your ring finger for gentle application under the eyes.

3. M.A.C PREP + PRIME BB BEAUTY BALM SPF 35- lightly tinted in a nearly sheer beige tone to work on an array of complexions, it creamily re-texturizes the skin and then goes on to excel at being a face primer with high everyday UVA/UVB SPF 35 defence.

You don’t need a brush; you can use your fingers which is quick and easy! It moisturises and has a tint, which evens out the skin tone if you have any discolorations and it acts as a primer for when you may add foundation for an evening look.

4. BENEFIT POCKET PAL- This double-ended, portable duo has benetint, the famous rose-tinted lip and cheek stain on one end and shiny clear lip gloss on the other. It's so easy to tint and gloss on-the-go!

For the cheeks and the lips, 2 in 1 = bonus and a time saver! Add a tint of colour to the cheeks and lips for a rosy glow in the morning. Save the gloss for later on in the day!

5. MAX FACTOR FALSE LASH EFFECT MASCARA-  False Lash Effect's biggest brush ever doubles lash size appearance vs. bare lashes. Patented Liquid Lash™ formula coats lashes from root to tip. No flaking or smudging gives lovely lash confidence. Ophthalmologically tested.

There’s nothing better than a product that can change your whole appearance! Mascara is definitely that product for me. A quick application with this amazing brush, which will define the eye and make you look more awake, even if it is 7am! Not a bad price either.

For special occasions with only half an hour to transfer your morning look into a glam evening look.

1. M.A.C PAINT POT: A highly pigmented eye colour that goes on creamy but dries to an intense, vibrant finish. The next generation of a popular M·A·C formula, Paint Pots maintains all the intense traits of its inspiration. Long-wearing, colourfast. Creates seamless coverage without weight or caking. Blends smoothly over the lids. Cream-based, can be mixed with M·A·C shadows and liners. Available in satin, cream, frost, and pearl formulas.

The paint pots make a great base for eye shadows which means your eye shadow will last longer, it won’t crease and it will also make eye shadows more vibrant. For effortless application, smooth the product on the eye with your finger. Use on it’s own for a day look!

2. SLEEK MAKEUP, I DIVINE, ULTRA MATTE V2 PALETTE: Sleek MakeUP’s legendary i-Divines are 12 shades of high-quality, super-pigmented eye shadow, suited to every skin tone. Each i-Divine includes Noir, a classic matte black, perfect for lining your upper lid.

I recently purchased this product and it is great value for money! £7.99 for 12 colours. We all love a bit of sparkle but I particularly like this matte palette for a sophisticated evening look. The colours are very pigmented so you will save product. Sleek also do an array of palettes for the same price, sold in Superdrug. BARGAIN!

3. M.A.C 239 EYE SHADER BRUSH: Soft and dense to shade or blend eye shadow or emollient-based products. This brush has a tapered, rounded edge with smooth, firm, fine fibres. It can be used to build intense colour on the eyelid. M·A·C professional brushes are hand-sculpted and assembled using the finest quality materials. They feature birch, linden and ramin wood handles, nickel-plated brass ferrules.

4. M.A.C 224 TAPERED BLENDING BRUSH: For controlled eye shadow application. This brush has soft fibres which taper to form a medium size dome shape. M·A·C professional brushes are hand-sculpted and assembled using the finest quality materials. They feature birch, linden and ramin wood handles, nickel-plated brass ferrules.

Although these brushes are not products, they are key tools to quickly transfer your morning eye look to your evening glam look. I would not be able to easily create the perfect smoky eye without these brushes! They will make the process a lot quicker too. You may think they’re pricey but they’re good quality, do the job and if you look after them, they’ll last forever! (MY NO.1 TOOLS) Alternatively, look for brushes that have a similar shape.
Check out Crown Brush click here

5. PRO LONGWEAR SPF10 FOUNDATION: A long-wear foundation that gives up to 15 hours of wear in any environmental condition. Lightweight and creamy, applies smoothly to provide sheer to medium coverage. Even in hot and humid conditions, controls oil to keep skin fresh, natural and flawless. Provides everyday SPF protection.

This is my No.1 foundation! It seems to work well on all skin types, it can pretty much create whatever coverage you like and it honestly lasts for 15 hours! I can put it on at 4.30am, be home by 3pm, have a nap, go out and it will still be on! I have even missed a spot on my neck with the face wipes, had a shower and it’s still there! Perfect for busy Mummy’s with a long day ahead! A small amount will cover the face! Add it with M.A.C’s Strobe lotion for a lighter coverage!

6. (TO GET IT ALL OFF) JOHNSON'S® DREAMY SKIN™ Facial Cleansing Wipes with Moonflower aroma to help calm the senses. They gently wipe away impurities and effectively remove make-up, even waterproof mascara, leaving your skin cleansed and toned.

1 wipe does the job and they smell so good! PERFECT!

These are my product recommendations but alternatively I’m sure there are similar products out there that will do a similar job and fit within your budget. Just look out for products with the same benefits!

Don’t forget you can book me for occasion make-up and make-up tutorials on a one to one basis or group booking. Contact me for availability and prices, details are also on the links below.

Enjoy! Love Alexia X

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