Top three best setting sprays for a flawless face of makeup all day

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For about ten years I’ve been spraying my face with hairspray in the vain attempt to set my makeup so it doesn’t slide or melt off after an hour. It was only when I was planning my wedding makeup when I decided to try a real setting spray because I wasn’t too keen on being near candles with a face full of Elnett – a highly flammable bride is not the one.

Since then I’ve tried a number of different setting sprays, and in my humble opinion, these are the top three.

NOTE: all three of the companies listed do NOT test on animals – something I believe is very important for a cruelty-free beauty industry. I’ve decided to stop using any products that test on animals, contain parabens or other potentially damaging ingredients for the environment, and buy from companies that actively support sustainability. 

I’m still learning but plan to write more about sustainability in the beauty industry and will endeavour to only recommend cruelty-free products.

1. NYX Professional Makeup Matte Finish Setting Spray (£7 from Boots)

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This one first came to my attention after a review by US teen went viral, because even after a car accident, an ambulance ride, hours in the hospital and the journey home, this girl’s makeup was still FLAWLESS thanks to the NYX setting spray. You can’t really get better hold than that.

There are two options, Matte finish and Dewy finish; both long lasting. The Matte is better if you have oily skin, but I chose Dewy because I have pretty dry skin especially in the winter.

Pros: This product is definitely long-lasting. My makeup will stay on all day at work, in wind and bad weather and at the gym.

Cons: It smudges makeup if you don’t let it dry first – especially eyeliner and mascara. It feels a bit sticky when you first put it on, a little gluey perhaps. But once you’ve used it once or twice you get used to it.

Overall rating: 4/5 – great for a night out or if you want to go to the gym with a full face of makeup! At £7 it’s a bit of a steal because it lasts a long time even when you use it every day.

2. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray (£23.50 from Urban Decay)

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At a slightly higher price than the NYX setting spray, Urban Decay All Nighter is a refreshing and light setting spray that helps makeup last all day. It also gives you a healthy glow that stays set for up to 16 hours according to the website. I used this setting spray on my wedding day and my makeup still looked good at the reception, over 12 hours after using it.

Pros: Light, refreshing, doesn’t smell weird or sit heavily on the skin.

Cons: Quite expensive but worth the investment. Probably wouldn’t leave you flawless even after a road traffic accident. Not quite as hardy as the NYX setting spray.

Overall rating: 5/5 – I can’t see a real problem with this one; it’s light and ideal for all skin types.

3. PIXI Makeup Fixing Mist (£16 from Look Fantastic)

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I’m a sucker for packaging and so I love PIXI makeup – the light greens, coppers and pinks make your beauty haul look super pretty. This fixing spray is lightly scented with rose water and green tea, which smells great and makes your skin feel light and refreshed.

Pros: Smells great, looks great and keeps makeup fresh throughout the day.

Cons: The spray nozzle itself is a little bit harsh so you have to brace yourself a little bit before you spritz. If you’ve got sensitive skin then try this in the shop first to make sure the perfume doesn’t irritate it.

Overall rating: 4/5 – a middling price for a fixing spray and it feels luxurious.

 

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Home-picked seasonal apple and blackberry slices recipe

OMG how wholesome have I been? I could have been getting drunk last night but instead I got 10 hours sleep and then picked some apples and blackberries. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

There are about 100 apples growing on the tree in the garden at the moment – SHOW OFF!

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I am trying to buy more locally sourced, seasonal products, because I’m becoming increasingly aware of my impact on the world and even though I thought I was being good for the environment, often I’m actually making all the wrong decisions. I’m actively now trying to recycle, reuse plastic bags, eat seasonal and organic products and where possible from somewhere local (although that’s quite hard in London). I’m cutting back any bottled water I’m buying and I’m currently trying to find a good reusable cup that I can use in the coffee shops instead of using coffee cups (many of these aren’t recyclable).

FullSizeRender 2.jpgThese are delicious slices of goodness. They don’t look the best, but they’re so easy to rustle up with seasonal fruit and cupboard staples that you can’t really go wrong this time of year.

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What you need for this recipe:

  • One apple cut into cubes
  • 150g blackberries
  • 100g butter
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 170g flour (self raising)
  • 2 medium eggs
  • Peel of one lemon
  • 170g caster sugar

Mix up all the ingredients apart from the apples and blackberries in a mixing bowl using a spoon. Once combined, add the apple and blackberries and bake at 180 degrees centigrade for about 25-30 minutes until golden and cooked through. You can test whether it’s cooked through by sticking a small kebab stick into it and if it comes out gooey it needs more time.

The blackberries go gooey and delicious like jam and the apples are sweet and soft.

 

Wonder products for a wonderful wedding

On 16th November 2015, Nick proposed to me on a beach in Miami (ooooooh!) where we were visiting prior to another wedding in America we were invited to.

After months of planning, excitement, stress and spreadsheets, we got married on 10th June 2017 and it was just a wonderful day.

We had a good budget and so we got a lot of suppliers like a florist and a hairdresser and the venue acted as wedding organisers for the day, but I always knew I wanted to do my own makeup.

Screen Shot 2017-08-13 at 10.44.18.png I’ve always loved doing makeup ever since I can remember, and so there was no question that i’d do my own wedding makeup. It can be quite stressful thinking about someone else doing your makeup because they don’t necessarily know what suits your face – I have to look at my face every day so I’ve got pretty used to what needs the most attention!

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I wanted a natural look, and I’ve always loved Nars’s world famous blusher colour; Orgasm (£23). So I decided to base my makeup around that colour for the wedding. And what a name to base the wedding on. The best kind I’ll be getting now I’m married (GUFFAW GUFFAW only joking).

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I needed some pretty heavy duty setting spray if the makeup was going to last all day, and I normally use hairspray, but it’s a big day so I decided to invest in some proper stuff. I bought Urban Decay All Nighter (£23.50) and I swear by it now, it keeps my makeup on throughout the day and prevents smudging.

On my skin I wore the same foundation that I’ve sworn by for 10 years, the Bourgeois Healthy Mix Serum (£10.99). It is light on the skin and perfect for combination skin. It’s anti-fatigue so it instantly brightens the skin, and then I put a little Benefit Erase Paste (£16) under the eyes to cover up dem bags.

Now I’m not a massive fan of contouring, because I think if it’s overdone it can be a disaster. That said, a friend of mine treated me to the NYX Cosmetics Pro Palette (£18) for my birthday and so using a mix of the colours I did contour my cheek bones and put a dusting of highlighter over the cheek bones and eye brow and it made such a difference.

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I was then searching for an eyeshadow and lipstick that complimented my Nars blusher whilst looking natural. This was the hardest thing to do and I spent a few evenings after work traipsing around Oxford Circus looking for them.

I found the perfect matches, so if you want to do the same and go for the Nars look then I’d recommend the following: MAC eyeshadow in Expensive Pink (£13.50) and then Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Bitch Perfect (£24) and while I was buying the lipstick I discovered this Colour Chameleon Eye Pencil (£19) from Charlotte Tilbury, which you can buy based on your eye colour and it really makes your eye colour pop. You have to be careful because it can come out quite thick and become clumpy very quickly but if you go easy with it then it’s an absolute dream.

Finally, I used a Charlotte Tilbury brown eye pencil (£16) and the Benefit Roller Lash mascara (£17.43 from Look Fantastic – cheaper than elsewhere at the moment), but I also treated myself to individual lash extensions for the wedding and honeymoon, which were really itchy but pain is gain as they say.

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Note: I’m working on some videos showing how I do my makeup but I’m still mastering how to edit them so watch this space.