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.

 

Shopping: The Copper Edit

Copper and rose gold everything please!

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Where to buy:

Candelabra, £30: http://www.johnlewis.com/black-and-blum-loop-candelabra-2-arm-copper/p1492312

Michael Kors watch, $250: http://www.michaelkors.com/bradshaw-rose-gold-tone-stainless-steel-watch/_/R-US_MK5799?No=13&color=0622

Plant pot, £7.99: http://www.hm.com/gb/product/89649?article=89649-A

Tealight holder, £7.50: https://www.oliverbonas.com/etched-two-tone-tealight-holder-34786

Table lamp, reduced to £84: http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Casa+Couture+Valentina+Copper+Table+Lamp/207159789,default,pd.html

Buddha sculpture, £14: http://www.next.co.uk/x6d3134s15#933939×56

Arch floor lamp, £129: http://www.marksandspencer.com/large-curve-floor-lamp/p/p22281461

No. 7 Skincare Review

No.7 has recently run a new campaign on the effects of its skincare range on women over the course of one year, showing that it really has improved the look and feel of their skin…. and being the marketer’s dream that I am, I immediately went out and bought a full range including serum.

There are many creams and serums to choose from depending on your age and skin type.

I am 25 so I bought the Early Defence Day Cream, which is also SPF 15, and hypo-allergenic; and the night cream. There are also creams for ages 30-45, 45-60 and 60+.

Early Defence Day and Night Cream

I’ve been told by so many people that even when you’re in your twenties you should moisturise twice a day to prevent signs of ageing, protect your skin from the sun and environmental stresses like pollution in the air.

I often worry when I use new products on my skin that they’ll give me spots – as many creams can be heavy or perfumed which causes issues. Both creams are very light and don’t block your pores at all and they’re both hypo-allergenic, so they’re fine for really sensitive skin too.

Buy yours here: http://www.boots.com/en/No7-Early-Defence-Day-Cream_1584652/

And here for the night cream: http://www.boots.com/en/No7-Early-Defence-Night-Cream_1584576/

It’s 3 for 2 at the moment, so you can snap up a bargain – especially if you get them in conjunction with Boots Advantage Card offers too.

Protect and Perfect Serum

This miracle serum has been hailed as the only product on the market that actually protects your skin from the ageing process. It must be true because the advertising standards people have said it is allowed to claim it is clinically proven – unlike many other products on the market.

You apply it under your day and night cream, and it works perfectly as a base for makeup, unlike some serums that cause your foundation to smear and look like it’s been troweled on.

Having tried it for myself for just over one month, I couldn’t be happier with it. It is so silky soft and a little bit goes a long way. If you can be savvy with Boots vouchers then you can also bag a real bargain.

Pick yours up here: http://www.boots.com/en/No7-Protect-Perfect-ADVANCED-Serum-30ml_1489961/