English Rose Bridal/Wedding Makeup YouTube Tutorials

English Rose Bridal/Wedding Makeup YouTube Tutorials

English Rose Bridal/Wedding Makeup YouTube Tutorials

I finally did it! I finally recorded and edited a YouTube tutorial! I think I was a bit ambitious choosing a bridal/wedding look for my first one but it’s done now.  We’ll I’ve done the eyes and brows but still need to do the base, lips and complexion which will be shorter. I’ll post again when I upload each video but for now here’s a taster in pictures:

English Rose Bridal/Wedding Makeup YouTube Tutorials

English Rose Bridal/Wedding Makeup YouTube Tutorials

English Rose Bridal/Wedding Makeup YouTube Tutorials

English Rose Bridal/Wedding Makeup YouTube Tutorials – glasses, front facing camera, indoors

English Rose Bridal/Wedding Makeup YouTube Tutorials indoor light

English Rose Bridal/Wedding Makeup YouTube Tutorials – front facing camera, indoors

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English Rose Bridal/Wedding Makeup YouTube Tutorials kit

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Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara

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Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara

Bobbi Brown smokey eye smoky eyes mascara swatch swatches

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara

Bobbi Brown smokey eye smoky eyes mascara swatch swatches

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara & Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown smokey eye smoky eyes mascara swatch swatches

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara & Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass eyeshadow

 

Expensive as this brand is, I love it. When I first heard of the Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara,  I did wonder what the point was. Surely the smoke in smokey eyes comes from eyeshadow? Does it really matter which mascara you use?

Well, this mascara is really quite clever.

I first used it when I was going for a natural look for a family portrait.  I was running late so had to finish my make-up in the way in the back of the car.   I just grabbed the Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara and left the house.

When I applied it, it was much more dramatic than I was expecting. It really was a smokey eye in a tube!

This mascara lengthens and volumises but rather than leaving lashes spikey, they are given a soft-focus effect. It’s actually difficult to describe. Lashes are individually defined – absolutely no clumps.  There are also no smudges but the effect is soft and smokey. I can even get a bit of curl out of it too. This is all without the eyeshadow.

The Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara is the perfect finishing touch to a smokey eye, or for soft drama on a natural eye.

I am difficult to please when it comes to mascara, especially those on the expensive side but this is innovative and I love it!

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Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara & Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown smokey eye smoky eyes mascara swatch swatches

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara & Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown smokey eye smoky eyes mascara swatch swatches

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara & Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass eyeshadow

May Keziah Connections with Ronke Adeyemi of Brown Beauty Talk

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Palmer’s grand prize

It’s Keziah Connections tonight! This evening we’ll be hearing from Irene Moore of Digital Marketing London.

Natalie Clue of Beauty Pulse London set us social media based tasks. We had to meet new people and find out a little about them, including posting group selfies on our own social media and adding them to ours. I didn’t do that well but I did post some photos of people other than me!

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Ronke and Nat

Our keynote speaker was Ronke Adeyemi of Brown Beauty Talk. She’s a social media guru so I made sure I was listening very carefully!

Ronke’s top tips with my views:

  • Choose your platforms wisely. You don’t have to be everywhere.
  • Plan . I can definitely see the benefits in planning but I just don’t do it, to my detriment. I need to make a better effort to plan.
  • Be social and get involved with what is trending.  Why not? It is socal media after all!
  • Consistent brand name.  This helps your followers find you easily.
  • Post regularly.  Over time I have learned that this is key. Followers want consistency.
  • Mix up the content across platforms.  I like this tip. It so much more fun this way.
  • Share and retweet. Basically, don’t be selfish. Social media is not all about you!
  • Make constructive comments on posts. This is a sensible and polite way to get yourself noticed.
  • Set a follower target.  I’m not sure about this one.  Quantity matters to brands and new followers are a lovely ego boost but for me, the number of followers is not everything.
  • Post what the audience likes to see. This is important. To achieve this you need to know your audience.

I was also the Keziah Connections grand prize winner again – yay me! I won some lovely Palmer’s body care goodies. I gave the delicious coconut candle to Vicky (Beauty Breaks with Vicky) because lit candles and toddlers are not a good combination!

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Me, Ronke and my prize!

Here’s a peek into the life of a blogger – always spotting good photo opportunities!

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Vicky doing the blogger thing!

And here are the lovely Crabtree & Evelyn goodies that everyone received:

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Crabtree & Evelyn hand creams

I’m looking forward to tonight. Perhaps see you at the next one?

 

*Sip’n’Share with Denise and Janice Tunnell of Illusions Cosmetics

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Illusions cosmetics

I went to my first Sip’n’Share hosted by JoClare PR for Illusions Cosmetics. It was a lovely afternoon where we had tea and cake by Mercy’s Treats (including vegan and gluten free options) whilst testing make-up, watched a make-over by Denise Tunnell and learned about the beauty business in a Q & A with Janice Tunnell and Rhia from Pride Magazine.

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Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium/Deep

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Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium/Deep

I first tried Benefit Gimme Brow when I had my Benefit counter makeover. I wasn’t impressed then but looking back now, I can’t understand why not! It now needs a fair review.

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Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium/Deep tiny wand

I received a Gimme Brow in a gift set at Christmas after not buying it then.  The teeny tiny wand is perfect for grooming brows. It’s a thick brow gel with fibres. The fibres thicken my brows nicely which is what I need at the outer edges. The colour, medium/deep is the perfect grey-brown.

The way to make it work is all in the application. You brush the product on the “wrong” way, that is, towards your nose, to deposit the colour and fibres.  You then brush the “right” way, away from your nose, to neaten up.  I personally like to brush the side closest to my nose upwards then coax the hairs outwards.

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Can you tell which one has been done?

Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium/Deep darker skin review swatch black brown dark

Both done!

This little gem is brilliant for two-minute brows so perfect for mornings where you have had a lie-in. I can’t remember the last time I used brow powder!

Here are my brows with the camera flash on:

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With camera flash

Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium/Deep darker skin review swatch black brown dark

With camera flash

Here they are in natural light so you can see the grey tone:

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Natural light

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Natural light

On 24th June the packaging will change to an eye-catching silver and it will be available in 3 shades instead of 2.  I always thought 2 could not be enough.  I am likely to purchase this again when it is re-released, not least because I love the fun new look. I’ll pop along to the counter to check my shade – it will probably be 5 but I want to make sure just in case it is three.  Knowing me I’ll get both for multi-dimensional statement brows. Plus, some review say the formula is a little different.  I hope it’s not too different because I love it just the way it is!

New Benefit Gimme Brow in 3 shades. Image from http://www.benefitcosmetics.com/uk/en-gb/

 

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*Afro Hair & Beauty Live 2016 Haul

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I came home with all of this

You’ve seen my makeover, fashion show, and product pictures and videos from the Afro Hair and Beauty Live 2016 show so here’s what I picked up. You didn’t think I would leave empty handed did you?

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Afro Hair & Beauty Live Show 2016

The Afro Hair and Beauty Live 2016 Show

The Afro Hair and Beauty Live 2016 Show Guide

This year I attended the Afro Hair & Beauty Live Show 2016.  The show has been running for 35 years!  It always features lots of hair and beauty products with live entertainment throughout on the main stage and you can attend seminars, all included in the price on the ticket. For the stage shows and seminars, it’s a matter of first come first served- no prior booking required.

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Allergy season no-mascara no-makeup make-up inspired by Alicia Keys

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The kit!

I finally watched the Graham Norton Show that was aired on Friday 3rd June (I watch TV on my own time).

It was hilarious as always and Alicia Keys performed rocking big hair, a head wrap, sequin bomber jacket, tailored sports luxe jumpsuit and the no-makeup make-up look! It just looked so carefree, effortless and comfortable while I was here scratching the mascara out of my eyes because my hayfever tablets had worn off.

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