Thursday, 2 September 2010

Top Make-Up Tricks - Smokey Eyes

The following tips will help you achieve a smouldering smokey eye effect without a professional at hand, perfect for a night out on the town this weekend!

Firstly as with anything start with a good base, take a light neutral colour and with a large brush sweep across the lid. Then with a smaller defined brush take a dark colour of your choice which works best as a shimmer or frost finish & apply to your lower lid then with your larger brush blend outwards to soften (don't worry if it looks s little messy at this stage!).

Then take the dark colour again & shade in the outer corners of your eye in a shape such as a 'V' on it's side with the point facing outwards, this will add depth & make your eyes look darker & wider, make sure you blend well & take a cotton bud to soften this out which will also define as well.

Line the top lash with a matte dark shadow, use a small slanted brush for this, it will create a softer smokier finish & take it from the outer corner to the inner, for the bottom lash again use the shadow with the same brush & take it three quarters of the way across from the outer edge & with a cotton bud soften this out & even add a little more shadow to create a more dramatic look (use the dark colour used on the lids for an extra shimmer).

One thing to bare in mind is to try & apply more depth to the outer corners so the finshed result is not too heavy, cotton buds are your best friend while creating this look as they are perfect for blending in this area!

Take a highlighter & blend up to the brow bone, this is great for bringing everything together, also take a little of the highlighter into the inner corners to open the eye & tidy any edges by softening them out with the cotton bud.

Another tip is do your eye make-up first before the foundation, using dark colours can be messy!!

New From Body Shop - Natrulift

Check out NEW Natrulift from the Body Shop, their new anti ageing line for firmer feeling skin & softer looking wrinkles.. The line is made from pomegranate seed oil which comes from pomegranates that are organically grown and hand-harvested by farmers in south-east Turkey. To ensure the seeds retain their natural goodness they are cold-pressed & all the oil that's extracted is organically certified, so you can be sure your skin is being treated to only the best wholesome goodness! Body Shop say themselves about the range "We believe that true beauty comes from confidence, vitality and inner wellbeing. We also believe that wanting to look and feel your best is the most natural thing in the world. That's why our new Natrulift range for firmer-feeling skin has been specially formulated to address the signs of ageing. It won't work miracles, but its temporary effect will leave skin feeling plumper and firmer, softening the appearance of wrinkles."
The range includes cleanser, toner, facial wash, day & night cream as well as a firming serum & starts from £7. As with all Body Shop products the quality is at a high standard & I love their honesty with this one, that it doesn't claim to work miracles but will give you good effects while you're using the product, definitely worth a shot! Available Nationwide, order online now ( & receive free delivery as well as a free Mini Natrulift Firming Serum!

New Must Have!! - Nails Inc Fall Collection 2010

It’s that time of the year again. The leaves start to fall, the temperature drops and nails inc. bring out another gorgeous new collection of Autumn/Winter season’s must-have shades.

The A/W trend reports are complete and the verdict is in. This season the overwhelming message from the dazzling world of haute couture is clear; the hottest must-have colours are variations of black, particularly an array of gorgoeus grey tones. Never one to let a fashionista down, nails inc. have got this trend covered (and glossed!) with their new range of darker, muted shades to compliment the luscious hues spotted on this season’s catwalks.

These four limited edition colours also boast THE must have nail colour for A/W - Lowndes Square. This perfect shade of lilac mink will, without fail, make every ‘look’ sizzle this winter!

The A/W Collection contains:

Lowndes Square – a unique shade of lilac/mink, a must-have for every fashionista

Duke of Wellington Place – the perfect gunmetal grey, sure to warm your hearts this winter

Queensgate Mews – a sultry glossy black grape hue, perfect for the ultimate temptress

Palace Garden Terrace – this season’s answer to ‘greige’ and a staple for any beauty bag

So, pack up your pastels and banish the neon brights, A/W10 is fast-approaching and nails inc. are prepped to
ensure you are oh-so on trend!
The new A/W collection colours from nails inc. are available as a set for £25.00 or on their own for £10.50 on