A FEW FAVOURITES FROM BAREMINERALS

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In all honesty, until just recently, bareMinerals have been a makeup brand I’d never really thought of trying out. However, after attending a few events hosted by a local stand in Fenwick Newcastle, I’ve been enjoying many of their products ever since so I thought I’d go through some of my favourites.

Base-wise I’m still very new to their products, however on those days I’m not wanting to wear much makeup their Blemish Remedy Foundation has been perfect for balancing out my skin tone and making it look that little bit more flawless. It’s a mineral powder foundation with a light-coverage which wouldn’t be something I’d normally choose as I tend to favour liquid formulas, however I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how this works for me. And if you’re after more coverage, it’s a great foundation to wear under what you’d normally wear – it’s formulation contains Aspen Bark and Tea Tree Oil which both encourage clearer, blemish-free skin and I’ve certainly noticed a difference through using it. To add a little colour to my cheeks, I’ve also been using their Mineral Blush in Cheerful* which is a very true pink shade that gives me a healthy-looking flush.

When it comes to makeup, eyeshadow palettes are my weakness. They’re that product that I always find myself attracted to the most, and this palette is certainly like none other I’ve tried. The bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0* palette photographed above is The Elements which unfortunately I’m not sure is available anymore, however their eyeshadow formula in general is incredible. Highly-pigmented colours, these shadows are easy to blend and can be worn both day and night. I never thought I’d see the day I was enjoying using a pale green, amber or teal coloured eyeshadow but these shades have been getting a whole lot of wear recently. I’ve especially enjoyed using the teal shadow in the outer third to smoke out my eye a little during the day as it isn’t as heavy as the darker shadows I’d usually go for. I’m typically more of a drug-store gal when it comes to mascara as I don’t always believe that high-end mascaras are truly all that. However, when I was kindly gifted this Flawless Definition Curl and Lengthen Mascara* I’ve been nothing but surprised by how this works on my lashes. Whilst it certainly by no means gives me the most dramatic look, I love wearing this on a daily basis as I know it won’t be half-way down my face by the end of the day. At first I found it a little watery, so it’s definitely one of those mascaras that work better once they’ve dried up a little = but it’s one I’d certainly recommend trying out!

Have you tried any bareMinerals products? If so, what are your favourites? I’d love to know! I’m after a few of their brushes next…

P.s. – If you live around the North East, if you pop into their stand at Fenwick Newcastle and state the name of my blog, you’ll can receive a free deluxe sample of the foundations!

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CURRENT EVERYDAY MAKEUP ESSENTIALS

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I’ll let you in on a little secret here; I shot these photographs a few months ago and totally forgot about them. But I found them in a lost file, and low and behold – these makeup products are still my absolute must-use essentials, so that has to be saying something right?! Whilst I do really enjoy to play around with new makeup looks and use products in different ways, on a day to day basis I tend to stick to what I know works for me. And these are 5 products that do it for me, time and time again.

– MAC MSF in Lightscapade – I’ve mentioned this a few times on my blog, so I’ll keep it short – but this is holy grail for me. I can’t not use it every single day. Instead of using it as a highlighter, I love to just lightly dust this all over my face to give it a natural glow. It really helps lift my dull skin and always helps maintain my foundation, giving it a helping hand in looking flawless throughout the day. If there’s one thing I couldn’t live without – it’s this bad boy.

– MAC lipstick in Twig – After months of lusting after it, I picked up this lipstick when out makeup shopping with Helen around Easter time. Having fallen in love with the Spice lipliner over Christmas time, I knew I had to try out this lipstick. It took a little patience as it was out of stock for a while, but I finally got my hands on it and I love it. My perfect dark nude, it’s that perfect inbetween brown and pink shade. It’s one of those chuck it on and you’re good to go colours, ideal for day to day wear.

– Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Permanent Taupe – I’ve owned this product for as long as I can remember, but having not enjoyed it as an eyeshadow base – it made it’s way to the back of my makeup storage. However, a few months ago, I was really curious over the eye brow pomade products, so being on a budget, I decided to shop my stash and decided to this a go. Used along side a Barry M Eyeliner brush, this has totally changed my brow routine. I was admittedly rather rubbish beforehand, but I have to say, I’m pretty darn in love with what this combo does to my brows. And it’s all under a tenner – winning!

– No7 Stay Perfect Shade and Define in Coffee Bean – I think I originally heard about this through Alix’s blog (one of my favourites) and I loved the sounds of it. I’ve not yet nailed the whole smoked out eyeliner thing, but this lovely product is helping me along the way. A deep chocolate shade, on days I’m not wearing liquid eyeliner (which, atm is most #hayfeverproblems) I use this to line my upper eyelid and waterline before slightly blending out to add that little bit definition. It’s a bit of a foolproof product, and a massive bargain if you get your hands on one of those No7 vouchers!

– Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara – For me, I tend to just buy the mascara that’s on offer. Guilty as charged. However, after trying out this Maybelline offering, I have to say, I’m already buying back ups. It adds plenty of length, lifts my eyelashes and gives them some much needed volume. I’m definitely a girl who likes quite a lot of mascara on a daily basis (because I look like an egg otherwise) and this product definitely does the job. Plus it doesn’t melt down the side of my face through the day, result!
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FENWICK NEWCASTLE BEAUTY WEEK

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A few days ago, I was kindly invited along by the lovely people at Fenwick Newcastle with a bunch of my favourite North East bloggers to learn all about their upcoming Beauty Week. Held between 11th – 16th May, their beauty hall will be host to plenty of complimentary treatments, special offers and masterclasses for anyone who wants to get involved.
We were greeted with macarons and rose lemonade which went down an absolute treat and introduced to the event and how it would work. There was a table of appointment cards, from the huge variety of beauty brands with stands in store all offering various complimentary treatments/makeovers, and each of us were allowed to pick a number of cards to visit that evening. Already having an idea of which brands I’d love to try out, I quickly dashed over to pick up a selection of appointments and I was away to go.
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La Prairie

First stop was La Prairie, a brand I’ve heard loads about, but with their prices being crazy expensive they’re a brand I couldn’t dream of owning. So the treatment was under-eye brightening, where I was told all about their under-eye concealer and how best to use it. Now I must admit, I’m a sceptic when it comes to concealing my dark circles, as I’m yet to find a product that does it for me. However, I was pleasantly surprised by their offering and I noticed a massive difference in the darkness under my eyes. At £50 I don’t see myself purchasing the products any time soon, but it was a nice treat to try it out.

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Estee Lauder
Now I hadn’t intended to go here, but I’ve always wanted to try out the Double Wear Foundation, and since my skin is pretty bad at the moment, thought it would be the best time to give it a go. I was colour matched to their palest colour, and I have to admit, I’m already a big fan. I tend to go for fuller coverage foundations, as I suffer with spot scarring, and I loved the way it helped my skin look flawless. The lovely MUA told me all about my pink undertones, explaining to me which colours suit my complexion the best – which I was incredibly surprised (and happy) to see I should be going for brown hues!
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Tom Ford
Now I was one of the lucky few who managed to nab a space in with the Tom Ford counter, whom were offering an eye-makeup mini masterclass. This is the one I was most excited for and boy did it not disappoint. I was introduced to their newest range of products and told all about the basis behind Tom Ford’s makeup which was all incredibly interesting. As I like to add some colour through eye makeup, the MUA suggested we try a blue and khaki Cream and Powder Eye-Colour which admittedly sounded a little terrifying. She applied a wash of the metallic eye colour over the lids, buffing it out to allow to look a little worn in (which was the look we were going for) before packing on the blue powder on top. Now blue eyeshadow is normally a colour I’d stay away from, but I really loved how it helped compliment my eye colour and it’s definitely something I’d try again. She also used the Brow Sculptor which was hands down my favourite product of the night. I’m a little rubbish when it comes to brows, but oh my, they looked incredible if I do say so myself. The staff were really warming, answering any questions I had, and I’ve already booked myself in for a little contouring masterclass with the brand in a few weeks time – I can’t wait!
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Molton Brown
With a whole new face of makeup and feeling very pampered, me and the lovely Alice went along to the Molton Brown stand for a hand and arm message. I completely forgot to take photographs for this, but it was the perfect way to end a wonderful event. They used a Rhubarb scented hand cream (which smelt insanely good) and worked their magic. I tend to suffer quite frequently with RSI in my hands and wrists from spending a lot of my time typing and writing, so I found it very beneficial and a nice treat for my rather sore hands.

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All in all, I had an amazing evening at the event. It was like Christmas for beauty bloggers, and don’t even get me started on the goodie bag. I really enjoyed being introduced to such a large amount of the brands in the beauty hall, as I often find myself too intimidated to approach the stands myself. Everyone I spoke to felt the same, and each of the brands seemed really interested in how the blogging world works which I thought was really lovely.
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What are your favourite makeup brands? Any stands that you always get the best treatment from?
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