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 A list of current products you will find in my makeup bag!! If you haven’t got these in your life…. you NEED them!! Simples!!

Dr Perricone No Foundation Foundation (yes it is actually called that) $50- Best foundation ive used so far! I hate the caked, dry, orange look! This formula gives you a dewy flawless look and provides translucent coverage, corrects skin undertones, instantly smooths fine lines and boosts skin’s natural moisture throughout the day, all the while delivering antioxidant benefits. Magic stuff indeed!

Inika Organic Eyeliner Pencil £10 (approx) – Fab formula, easy on the eyes and love that the lid has a sharpener!

NARS Downtown Lipgloss (2010 Holiday Collection) £17 – Love this entire Holiday collection! Fabulous sheer lip colour, glides on well and very this season!! Mucho Love!!!

NARS Estruque Eyeshadow (2010 Holiday Collection) £16- Gotta love a vintage gold eyeshadow. Long wearing, crease resistant and you can wear this wet or dry!!

NARS Little Darling Lipstick (2010 Holiday Collection) £17 – Gotta love a good natural lippy! I love natural lips.. this lippy is fabulous! Moisturising and dewy, wear it alone or add a clear gloss on top to make your lips really pop!

NARS Sex Appeal Blush (2010 Holiday Collection) £19.50 – ‘sex appeal… you either have it or.. you don’t! In terms of this fabulous blush… I have it’  With this seasons colours being so bold this peachy blush is just enough to highlight your cheeks without being waaaayyy over the top.

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick £18- Matte but moisturising, I totally cannot live without my pure matte lippy!

PIXI Endless Silky Pen Price £11- Glides on like butter and is water proof! What more could you want! Comes in lots of fabulous colours too.

TooFaced Cosmetics leopard Love Complexion Perfection kit $30- Love a good bronzer.. this give you 3 different choices depending on what mood you’re in!

Shu Uemura Pro Concealer £16.50 –  Provides a high but natural coverage! Great for under circles and balancing out skin un even skin tone! Can be used alone or underneath your normal concealer!

What are your faves?



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The Christmas season approaches fast and so do all the fabulous new releases.. Here are a list of my favorite current products enjoy 🙂

Orly ‘Tis the season’ holiday collection my fave colour is ‘Naughty Or Nice’ (top right) it’s a deep purple cherry colour.. I LOVE IT!! looks great with this seasons trends. Check out the collection at www.orlybeauty.com £8.75 each

Orly Matte Top coat is such a versatile product, instead of spending out and buying the new latest craze of Matte polishes.. turn any of your polishes at home into a fabulous Matte finish by using this top coat. Works a treat 🙂 Orly Matte Top coat £9.75 (approx) www.orlybeauty.com

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick is an item I never leave the house without.. these fabulous Matte Lipsticks are just gorgeous! My fave colour is Bangkok a beautiful soft rose shade! Easy wearing and so far the best Matte lipstick I’ve ever tried 🙂 www.narscosmetics.com £18 each

Shu Uemura UV Under Base Moose SPF 30 – the perfect primer.. apply a small walnut size amount of this moose after applying your moisturiser, a fabulous pre makeup product.. really sets your makeup and perfects your canvas 🙂 www.shuuemura.co.uk £28 (can leave a white residue if not rubbed in correctly and if too much of the product is used, so be careful)

Inika Mineral Blush- Peachy Keen.. unfortunately this picture doesn’t do this product justice… it’s an amazing, vibrant orange which looks amazing on.. great for people who have a fabulous holiday tan… such an amazing blusher great for oilive – medium skin tones! www.inikacosmetics.co.uk £14.00 (approx)

Inika Eyeliner- Black… I love this organic eye liner, great dark colour, feels smooth to apply and its ORGANIC!! wooohoooo! Also love the sharpener feature on the lid! Happy days… go Inika eyeliner!! www.inikacosmetics.co.uk £10 (approx)

Shu Uemura Stage performer Perfecting cream… This amazing cream actually contains gold particles that warm and melt on to your skin whilst you apply it giving you an amazing glow, Apply under your foundation or alone! All depending on what look you want! I often wear it alone with few brushed of bronzer on my face… WOWZA PUURRRRFEEECCTT!! www.shuuemura.co.uk price TBC

Too Faced cosmetics Leopard LOVE complexion perfection An amazing bronzer palette.. with a  choice of what colour you want to use wear! I sometimes tend to use this everywhere including the eyes! Great on the go makeup.. to create a fab look!! www.toofaced.com $30

I could go on forever but I wont!! Enjoy and let me know if anyone is using any of these.. would love to hear from you 🙂

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I’m really excited to have My good friend Chantelle James (www.Beautyboxartistry.com) professional makeup artist giving me monthly updates on her favorite products and top tips on how to use them. Chantelle and I work very closely together on photoshoot’s, you can see some of our work at my photography portfolio www.pritography.com.

Chantelle has given me 10 of her current favorite products and tips on how to use them.. Here we go-

1. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour cream

Price- £22.00

Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream helps to fight against chapped lips (great for those wintery lips) and leaves skin feeling silky smooth and well conditioned. The 8 hour cream is also great for burnt, irritated and dry skin.

Chantelle’s Top tip- Apply all over the face including lips first thing after your morning cleansing routine, this will throughly condition your skin and prepare it for your makeup.

2. MAC fix + spray

Price- £11.00

Fix + is a hydration spray made from spring water, vitamins and minerals. Some ingredient’s include: camomile, cucumber and green tea.

Chantelle’s Top tip- Spray before applying your moisturiser, this will help to hydrate your skin leaving it supple and smooth. This is great preparation for your base makeup. Hydrated skin does not drink your makeup therefore allowing your makeup to last longer throughout the day.

3. MAC SPF50 Primer

Price- £19.50

Mac’s SPF50 Primer is great for oily/combination skin. This primer will keep makeup looking fresh and will give makeup longevity, it also helps the skin to produce less sebum helping to prevent clogged pores and spots. Mulberry root extract is one of the ingredient’s used in this product, it helps to tone down skin redness.

Chantelle’s Top tip- Apply on a daily basis on top of your moisturiser for maximum effect.

4. Bobbi Brown Lip Crayons

Price- £18.00

Creamy and full coverage, this product looks like a jumbo lip pencil but is a glossy lipstick with great precision.

Chantelle’s Top tip- Great for a girl on the go. There is no fuss as you have a lip pencil, gloss and lipstick all in one.

My favorite shades:

Honey suckle for Light/pale skin tones

Raisen Berry- Darker/chocolate skin tones

5. Estee Lauder Pure colour eyeshadow colour- Mink

Price- £14.00

This eyeshadow is the yummiest darkest, deepest shade of brown, great for a dark smokey eye look without being overly dark or looking black.

Chantelle’s Top tip- Apply base concealer and buff in the ‘Mink’ eyeshadow.Finish with lining your eye with a black ‘Khol’ liner and smudge in for a smoky effect.

6. MAC eyeshadow in colours  Brown Script and Symmetry

Price- £11.0 each

Chantelle’s uses these colours as blusher’s instead of eyeshadow.

Brown Script- A beautiful shade of reddish-brown great for contouring the darkest of skin tones

Symmetry- Great for contouring Light/pale skin tones

Chantelle’s Top tip- Use an angled blusher brush or a small kabuki brush to contour the hollows on the cheek. For maximum effect use natural hair brushes only.


7. YSL Lip Baume Exfoliant (lip exfoliator)

Price- £18.00

This amazing lip exfoliator contains strawberry and brown sugar grains that eliminate dead skin cells. It is also enriched with chorea butter which intensely nourishes the lips.

Chantelle’s Top tip- Use a small amount and apply to the lips in circular motions. Once the dead skin has started to peel away leave the lotion on your lips for around 2-4 minutes, this will allow conditioning time for your lips. Follow by using Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream on the lips.

8. Bobbi Brown Long wear Gel Liner

Price- £14.00

This award is a multi awardwinning liner. A gel based formula which is used with a liner brush.

Chantelle’s favorite shade- Ivy shimmer Ink: It dries with a very glitzy glam effect.

Chantelle’s Top tip- Use it on a night out for minimum effort maximum effect.

9. MAC Mineralize skin finish/Natural

Price- £17.50

A face powder with minerals which are good for nourishing the skin. This product gives a youthful appearance to the skin and provides a dimensional natural matt finish.

Chantelle’s Top tip– Use on it’s on or over foundation. Darker shades can be bought and used as a bronzer as all mineralize powders have gold tones for that beautiful holiday look.

10. Illamasqua Shimmer lipstick shade- Underworld

Price- £14.00

This pinky violet with a blue hue shade has a real 80’s colour feel to it. This lip colour creates a different look for women of colour.

Chantelle’s Top tip- Apply MAC ‘Luster Glass’ on top to give the lips a real candy floss glossy colour.

Chantelle James @ BeautyBox Artistery


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I love this product, but probably for all the wrong reasons… Now most of you probably use this as a full on concealer, I dont!! Not sure if anyone has noticed, this product has lots of light reflecting qualities so when you apply it as a full on concealer you may think you look ok but when your on a night out and somebody takes a picture OH JHEEZ!! You look like you have two light bulbs shining underneath your eyes. So I use it as a highlighter instead, I apply a small amount on top of my concealer just to highlight certain areas under the eyes. I also use it to highlight my cheek bones, another fab tip, try using it underneath your favorite lipgloss/lipstick it really lifts the colour and gives you really fabulous full looking lips.

Ok so I know it’s a little pricey at £23 a pop, and on another downer the colours they stock are ridiculous, their colours come in numbers, 1 being the lightest and 3 being the darkest. My olive pale skin can handle no.2 just about but really I would like to wear no.3 if it wasnt such a nasty orange colour. I would love them to bring out more colours for different skin. Also you cannot get colours n0.2 and n0.3 unless you are buying from duty-free or at selfridges. If your lucky you can bag an online bargain of this product from as little as £13 if you look in the right places, duty-free always works out cheaper too.

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