It’s in the Bag – Melissa

I love Mondays for one reason only, and that’s that I get to share someone’s makeup kit with you all. I asked Mel to do this week’s one as I admire her unique style and confidence. She has a very punk look and is the lead singer of local (to me) metal band Hollow Heaven, check them out on Facebook.mel

Mel’s makeup look is striking, she definitely stands out in the crowd, and in an incredibly good way.  Mel is clearly a Rimmel fan and it is doing well for her. I also love her awesome Soap & Glory makeup bag. Without any more waffle let’s look at her top 3 products.

Barry M Nail Paint in NP47

Melissa loves to finish her look with a black nail polish to tie in with her punky outfits and makeup. This Barry M is her favourite because it gives a perfect finish. It also dries really quickly and doesn’t require too many coats, perfect for a busy teen looking for fantastic gothic nails.

I say: Add some nail glitter for a glamorous evening look.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation

Melissa has found that this foundation suits her dry skin perfectly. It is a slightly moisturising foundation and gives a good even, full coverage when used with a makeup sponge. It also lasts through hot and energetic stage performances which is vital for Melissa. It comes in a wide range of shades, Melissa uses Ivory and it matches her skin a dream.

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeliner

Melissa tells me this felt tip eye liner is amazing for when she goes with a rockabilly flick line. It has a neat finish and is super easy to use. It dries really quickly and doesn’t smudge, it also stays put throughout the day/evening so doesn’t need to be continually touched up.

Thank you Melissa for letting us all see how you get your unique look, and I also love your pink hair right now too.

If you’d like to showcase your kit and top 3 products drop me a comment or an email on tams.watt@hotmail.com, I can link back to your blog or website too. 

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Brushes on a Budget

8Reviewed by Tams

Barry M Eye shadow and Foundation Brush Review

I truly needed some new brushes, what with all this extra use they’ve had over the last 2 months but I didn’t have a huge budget for them. I decided to give Barry M brushes a go seeing as I like most Barry M products and they’re also a fun colour. I only got the eye shadow brush and foundation brush to begin with but I will definitely be completing my set!

First up is the eye shadow brush, I got this when I was having trouble picking up the shadow in my Sleek palette. It is gorgeously soft and picks up the colour wonderfully. It’s also really good at applying the eye shadow evenly. I love this brush and use it every day now.

The foundation brush is a bit smaller than I’m used to and it also picks up a huge amount of foundation so it took some getting used to. However, it does blend in really well and leaves me with a flawless finish. Due to the size it’s really easy to be accurate and is great for someone new to using a foundation brush.

Overall I’d give these brushes a 4/5.

Try it: www.superdrug.co.uk, prices start at £2.99

Festival nails! Go neon!

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Reviewed by Donna, written by Tams

With Glastonbury going on Donna and I are starting to get excited for V Fest in around 6 weeks and we’re turning our attention to all things fashion and beauty when at a festival.Donna2

I got this Barry M Special Edition Nail paint free yesterday and it isn’t my colour so I handed it over to my favourite neon-loving friend, Donna. The colour is bright and summery and perfect to stand out at a festival. Donna absolutely loves the colour and will probably need to re-purchase before we get anywhere near V!

Donna found it really easy to apply and the results are awesome. This is a limited edition summer nail paint so if you love it, probably best to stock up now. I absolutely love the on-trend Aztec pattern on the bottle too.

The shade is Vernis a Onlges and having seen it on Donna’s nails I can admit I may be changing my mind about the colour.. sexy, summery and makes a statement.

What Donna loves most: The vibrant colour.

Try it: £2,99, www.barrym.com

I say: Team it with a bright eyeshadow for the real wow-factor in the festival crowds.

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In the Summertime When the Weather is Fine….

2Reviewed by Tams

With the sun finally shining in Essex I had a hankering for gorgeous summer nails, I took a trip to Superdrug and among other things (Shh don’t tell my husband) I came back with these!

I choose a bright summer colour that is very on trend right now, I also thought I’d finally have a go at Gelly nail polish. I always love the colours Barry M 3provide and it was sooo hard to choose today but I went for Greenberry Gelly High Shine Nail paint, I also picked up the All in One Basecoat, Topcoat and Hardener.

I have really brittle nails so it was great to have an all-in-one that contains hardener. I painted on this as a basecoat first and it dried really quickly. I then popped on the nail paint which was really easy to use, even a novice like me got a great result!

The colour is definitely as beautiful on as it is in the bottom and there was no need to use the all-in-one as a topcoat as it is so shiny all on its own. I was a bit worried when I first put it on as it looked a bit of a mess but as soon as it dried it looked way better than I expected, it also only took one coat. The only thing that I found was a problem is the brush size, it is very small and I prefer a brush that covers the whole nail in my sweep.

I’m hoping that this nail paint will last a good few days, it seems pretty good so I am hopeful. Looking forward to showing off these gorgeous summertime nail tonight.

What I love most: The colour and oooo it’s shiny..

What I liked least: The brush size

Try it: Gelly High Shine £3.99, All in One £2.99, www.barrym.com

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Perfect red lips and subtle smokey eyes

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So this is my favourite look for a night out.. and here’s my very handsome husband too!

I thought I’d share my all time favourite look for an evening out with you all. I don’t ever feel myself without late night red lips. I don’t have time to do them during the day but if I did I’d probably always choose them over anything else! My husband on the other hand hates them.. but only because he doesn’t also want red lips. As a result I’ve spent so much time perfecting my non-transferring red lip look.

I have included a list below of all the products I used for this look and I’ll do a quick run down on how I got there. I also styled my hair with GHD’s and covered it in Shockwaves Ultra Strong Power Hold Hairspray.

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Step one: Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise. Leave for at least 5 minutes before starting on the make-up, this will give you a perfect base to start with and hold your make-up in place longer.

Step two: Dab concealer over any problem places, blemishes and spots.

Step three: Use a liquid foundation all over that matches your skin tone well. No one wants to look tangoed!  Top tip: Use a good foundation brush rather than hands or a sponge.

Step four: Make a fish face and apply a rosy blusher to your cheek bones, don’t forget to blend.

Step five: Now it’s time to start on the eyes! Use a light grey eyeshadow right across the eyelid and up to the crease using a soft eyeshadow brush.

Step six: Use a darker grey eyeshadow with an angled brush at the corner of your eye, blending it along the crease in your eyelid and the eye line to about half way along.

Step seven: Use a nude colour eyeshadow from the crease of your eyelid to the brow. Blend all the colours gently so that they gradually move into each different colour.

Step eight: Use a good eyeliner to draw a think line right across the top eyelid and half way along the bottom one.

Step nine: Use the angled brush and black eyeshadow to gently go along over the top of the eye-line at the top.

Step 10: Use a pink highlighting cream in the corner of the eye. Apply 2/3 coats of Mascara.

Step 11: Use a highlighter just under the brow and at the top of cheeks also to define those areas.

Step 12: Time for perfect red lips! I use Benefit cupid’s Bow pencil first but I believe this has been discontinued so I won’t go into that for now. But if you are blessed in owning one still you know what to do!

Step 13: Use a red lip liner to line your lips, I also fill in the whole of my lips too as I find it make the lipstick last longer! Cover carefully with red lipstick.

Step 14: My holy grail for red lips is Lipcote, use this over the whole lips and just over the edges a little too, allow to dry and then blot. Reapply lipstick and Lipcote a second time. I like matt lips but you could always add a gloss at this point too if you wish.

Step 15: Spritz your face with The Body Shop Vitamin C Energising Face Spritz to set make up.

Then go have fun!

Product list

Organic Surge Super Intensive daily Mosituriser
Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid in Ivory 010
Benefit Cupid’s Bow
Lipcote
The Body Shop Vitamin C Energising Face Spritz
Benefit Coralista Blusher
Benefit Smokin’ Eyes
Benefit High Beam Highlighter
MAC ZoomLash Mascara
MAC Eye/Lip Liner Pencil in black
Barry M Lip Liner in Red (No 3)
Barry M Red Lipstick (No 121)