What I Ate Today

I thought I would bring you a different kind of post today. As well as makeup, another big interest of mine is nutrition and with the summer months looming I’m trying my best to eat as healthily as I can – without going too crazy or starving myself! 

I’m currently doing Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide (if you don’t know what that is check out some of the incredible before and after photos on Instagram!) I’ve just completed week 4 and although it’s bloody hard work I’m really enjoying it! Kayla also has an eating plan available but as I really enjoy planning meals myself and I know a fair amount about nutrition I’m not personally following that too.

Anyway, I’ll get on to what you came here for – what I ate today! If you enjoy reading this let me know and maybe I’ll make it a weekly feature! 

Breakfast  Waitrose Berry Granola, with coconut milk, chopped strawberries and a sprinkling of flaxseed. I also had a green tea. 

Lunch  A bit of a boring one today – baked beans on wholemeal toast with another green tea! 

Afternoon Snack This is one of my favourite snacks at the moment – almonds and raisins. It really satisfies my sweet tooth and gets rid of any mid afternoon hunger pangs! 

Dinner  This was so delicious if I do say so myself! I made a vegetable stew with rice and a caramelised onion focaccia. I’ve just realised I didn’t have any meat today and just wanted to point out that I’m not a vegetarian but often have meat free days because I’m a huge fruit and veggie fan! 

Evening Snack A Braeburn apple. I always cut my fruit up like this, not sure why haha.  

Hope you enjoyed reading this! What did you eat today? 


My Kit Must-Haves!

Today I thought I’d give you a little insight into a few of my favourite products from my makeup kit. You might find this useful if you’re just starting out as a makeup artist and need to build your kit or if you’re just a bit of a product junkie!

I think it’s so unnecessary to carry a billion different shades of foundation in your kit. Not only is it crazy expensive but it means your kit bag will need to be huge and heavy. I only ever carry these four shades of foundation, nothing else and I’ve never struggled to match anyone. Most of my clients are a mix of the lightest two shades (as am I), or the middle two.

This foundation is Cosmetics a la Carte’s Skin Velvet and I really love it. It’s not too thick or thin, not too matte or too dewy, meaning it works nicely with all skin types and it’s extremely long-lasting which makes it perfect for brides (the majority of my clients).

Other Base Products
MAC Prep+Prime is a must for preparing the skin for foundation and ensuring it will last all day.
The blush pictured is MAC Fleur Power and I have used it on the palest of skin tones to the darkest and it looks stunning on everyone!
The Illamasqua Sculpting Duo in Lumos & Heliopolis is another product that works on most skin tones (except the very very dark). It contains a matte, light brown contouring powder that can be applied really lightly to achieve a subtle contoured effect or built up for a more dramatic look. It also contains a lovely shimmery highlighter powder.
Benefits Boi-ing is the best concealer I’ve ever used and covers a multitude of sins!
And finally translucent setting powder is a must as a final step to set all the makeup and ensure longevity!

I forgot to photograph the eyeshadow primer but the one I use is Benefit’s Stay Don’t Stray and I wouldn’t apply eyeshadow without it!
The MAC palette is their Warm Neutral palette and it’s ideal for all bridal makeup artists because it has a perfect mix of matte and shimmery neutrals ideal for most bridal looks and all skin tones!
I also love the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette for bridal looks. All the colours are matte except the lightest shade which has a very subtle shimmer to it and is lovely as a brow bone highlight.
The best mascara I’ve ever used is Lancôme Hypnose and the best liner is MAC’s Fluidline in Blacktrack!

I carry a lot of lipsticks in my kit but I always come back to these and I think you’ll always be safe as long as you’re carrying a red, a bright pink, a nudey pink and a plum. My favourites are all by MAC and they are (from left to right), Girl About Town, Ruby Woo, Angel and Plumful.
I carry glosses in these sort of shades as well but my most used is Tanya Burr’s Afternoon Tea.
It’s also a good idea to have some long lasting lip lacquers too. This Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Nude-ist is a good all round shade and lasts hours on the lips!
Finally, MAC’s lip pencil in Spice matches almost every different shade of lips and is a great tool for keeping lipstick on longer!

Keep your eyes peeled for my next post which will be all about my must-have brushes and tools!

The Best Eyebrow Product I’ve Ever Used!

I have hideously over plucked brows thanks to a pair of my mum’s tweezers finding their way into the overly experimental hands of 13 year old me in 2003! 11 years on and I’m still paying for the plucking mistakes of my teens as the hairs are very reluctant to grow back! I know a lot of you will feel my pain so today I’m sharing with you a product that’ll help you fake better brows if yours are as stubborn as mine!


Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade (what a mouthful!) is what I’m talking about. It’s like a gel eyeliner for your brows and if applied with a very fine brush, it can be used to fake the look of more individual hairs thus making your brows appear fuller!

Here is a photo of my before and after. I think you’ll agree it makes quite the difference without looking overly fake and giving you the not-so-desirable ‘Scouse brow’ look.


It’s important to use this product with a light hand and remember adding more is much easier than taking away!

The Dipbrow Pomade is not exactly cheap at £15 but is so worth it in my opinion because I’ve been using it for about 2 months now and barely even touched the top of the pot as you need so little! Also, I think I’d pay triple that amount for a product this good!

I have the shade ‘Blonde’ and purchased mine at www.beautybay.com.

Winter 2014 Makeup Trends & How To Make Them Wearable

As a professional makeup artist an important part of my job is to to stay up to date with the latest and ever-changing makeup trends. It is also equally as important for me to distinguish between which of these are wearable for the everyday woman and which should be left on the catwalk!

Today I’m going to talk you through some of the trends this season and how you can make them work for you.

Bleached Out Eyebrows
This is, in my opinion, the strangest look I’m going to talk about today and the least wearable. We live in a fickle world don’t we?! I mean for a couple of years now we’ve all been doing our utmost to grow our once over-plucked brows back to big bushy things a la Cara Delevingne and filling them in to make them darker and more defined and now we want to make them virtually disappear?! It’s actually catching on as well – not only did it appear in a lot of the major brands shows at London Fashion Week this year but it’s been popping up on celebrities too – Miley Cyrus and Kim K to name just two!

How to make it wearable:
This isn’t a trend I’ll be trying on myself any time soon and I certainly am not going to recommend you bleach your eyebrows! If you are intrigued to try it though I would start with using an eyebrow pencil or eyeshadow a few shades lighter than your natural colour and seeing how you like it first before doing anything extreme!

Doll-like Lashes
A much more flattering look but still slightly daunting if you haven’t tried it before! This trend basically involves going for a more ‘bottom heavy’ approach with the lashes – this may involve false lashes applied to the bottom lash line only or simply more mascara applied on the bottom than on top – resulting in a doll-like, bambie eyed look.

How to make it wearable:
I would advise staying away from the false lashes the first time you try this look. Instead line the bottom lash line (not the waterline on the inside of the eye but the line of skin just under that where the lashes grow from) with a black pencil liner or black shadow, the apply a couple of thick coats of mascara to the bottom lashes. In order for this look to work, do not apply liner or shadow to the top eyelid and only use a thin coat of mascara to give a bottom heavy look. If you decide the look suits you, you may want to experiment with false lashes – there are lashes especially designed for the bottom lash line available.

What makes this look unique is the use of metallics on the eyes and the lips at the same time. However, this is also what makes it slightly less wearable for daily use.

How to make it wearable:
Choose either lips or eyes and go very neutral and matte with the rest of your look. I also wouldn’t advise taking the eyeshadow all the way to your brow like this photo demonstrates, instead pack the colour into your lids only and blend away into your crease.

Stippled Eyeshadow
This is the most versatile look of the five as it can be interpreted many ways i.e using one colour all over lid and stipples out into nothing (as demonstrated in this photo), stippling one colour into another or going completely bare on the lid and stippling your liner instead.

How to make it wearable:
Apply a medium sized liner to the top lid and wing it out using a pointed liner brush. Immediately after applying this (before the eyeliner has time to set), use whatever product that is left on the brush to create dots coming out from the outside corner of the liner to create a stippled effect. Make sure the brush has hardly any product left on it and use a very light hand or you will have polka dots instead!

Colour Blocking
This trend, although it has been evident on catwalks this winter, is something that can be adapted to summer too depending on what colour are used. I like aquas, pinks and lime greens for summer and burgundys, navys and emerald greens for winter.

How to make it wearable:
Again, the key to making this look work for the everyday girl is to stick to either lips or eyes and not at the same time. A green or blue winged liner would look fab or a deep burgundy lip. Stay away from reddish tones near the eyes to avoid looking blood-shot and tired!

Images courtesy of Vogue and Cosmopolitan online.

New Bargain Purchases!


Oh I do love a bargain, especially when it involves makeup and today I was very impressed with Superdrug’s offerings! First we have Rimmel Provocalips 16H Kiss Proof Lip Colour (why such a long name?!) in 730 Make Your Move . I can definitely vouch for the fact that this does definitely last 16 hours, at least people, at least! The reason I’m so certain of this is that I swatched it on my hand couple of days ago along with several other lipsticks of a similar shade and hours after the other swatches had worn away and after several hand washes and even a shower (!!) the Provocalips swatch was still there!! Say whaaat?!! In fact it was still faintly on my hand the next day so I would say it lasted about 24 hours rather than 16. Seriously impressive.

The formula is matte but it also comes with a glossy balm to put on top (which obviously doesn’t last so long given its balmy texture), and to be honest as I like the matte look I don’t think it’s a necessity but its a nice addition to have. I’ll definitely be purchasing some more shades of this product for my kit as I think they’ll be perfect for brides given their incredible lasting power!

My next purchase was the Revlon Colourburst Lacquer Balm in Whimsical. I’ve been a huge fan of the Colourburst Matte Balm Stains for a long time so when I saw this new addition – their glossy counterpart – I just had to try it! The colour is a lovely berry pink with subtle glitter, perfect for this time of year. I don’t expect this to be as long lasting as the Matte Balm Stains (the clue’s in the name!) due to their more glossy nature but I will keep you informed!


Finally, we have the Gosh Shadow Collection – 9 Shades To Enjoy In New York. Firstly can we just talk about the packaging?! It’s so sleek – a matte black with glossy black lettering on the front, a nice big mirror inside and very sturdy feeling. It reminds me a lot of the Nars eyeshadow palettes. Well done, Gosh, well done! The shadows are a nice range of purples, browns and beiges, all satiny in texture. From swatching them on my hand I can tell you that they feel lovely and soft in texture and seem as though they will be highly pigmented. I’ll keep you updated!

I had been rather dismissive of the budget brands of late in favour of the more high end ones but I stand corrected! The less expensive brands certainly do have a lot to offer so I’ll be spending a little more time perusing the aisles of Boots and Superdrug from now on!

I’m on YouTube!

Hello! I’m so sorry for my absence over the past couple of months, it’s been a busy time! I will update you all soon but firstly I’ve got some exciting news…I’m now on YouTube! Please check out my channel here or my latest video here and be sure to subscribe to stay up to date when I upload a new video!

Speak soon!

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in Nude-ist

I popped into Superdrug a few weeks ago to have a little mosey on my lunch break and as usual I left with a hand full of swatches. It wasn’t until later that evening when I stepped out of the shower that I realised one of the swatches just would not budge, even after about 6 hours, 3/4 hand washes and a shower! That’s some serious staying power right there! I cast my mind back to the earlier Superdrug trip and remembered that that particular swatch had come from one of the new Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks and I made a vow that next time I was there I simply NEEDED to pick one up!

The boring as ever, neutral fan I am I picked up a mid-toned beigey pink which closely remembers at least 9 or 10 other lipsticks and glosses in my collection. What can I say?! I just can’t seem to escape those kind of shades but at least I know what I like!

The lipstick comes in a liquid form with a doe-foot applicator and is completely matte. It’s easy to apply, the applicator picks up just enough product and doesn’t overload your lips whilst giving you enough precision to make a neat application.

As previously discussed, the staying power is pretty damn brilliant. I like knowing I can rely on what I put on my face in the morning and this is definitely one of those products. It will last about 3 hours on the lips (even through food and drinks) and then will fade to a nice stain for another few hours. It is slightly drying but nothing a bit of Blistex can’t fix.

I have now decided I absolutely need every single colour. The next on my list is Peach Club. You can pick these up from Boots and Superdrug for £8.99 each but they’re on special offer in Superdrug at the moment for only £5.99 so go go go!!

Thanks for reading!
Abi x

Bargain Base

Whenever I’m asked what my favourite drugstore brand is I always say Revlon, it just seems to be the default answer I give because I used to be a committed Colourstay foundation user and I’m in love with their matte lipsticks and their nail polishes. However, recently I’ve realised that this is no longer the case. Move over Revlon, Rimmel is definitely now my firm drugstore favourite! I think as a brand they are really consistent in quality and the price point is something that can’t be sniffed at!

Two of my favourites are the Wake Me Up concealer and foundation. I am very much a fan of the dewy skin look. I do always apply a little bit of powder over the top for staying power but really hate the completely matte look and this foundation successfully gives that glowy but not oily look that I so long for in my base. The formula is quite thick which gives it a medium coverage but it is versatile enough to be sheered out or built up to achieve the desired coverage. In terms of staying power, I’d say this lasts about 7-8 hours without needing a touch up which I think is a pretty respectable time frame for a dewy foundation. All in all, it’s a good all rounder for an inexpensive price (£8.99 from Boots and they often do 3 for 2s which is a bonus!)

As for the concealer, I can’t fault that either. I know everyone bangs on about the Collection Lasting Finish concealer but having given it 2 tubes worth of a try, I think it’s really drying and the coverage isn’t as good as I’d expected after reading all the rave reviews! The Wake Me Up concealer is everything I wanted the Lasting Finish to be, the coverage is very full without being cakey and it’s moisturising but not oily. It’s only slightly more expensive than the Collection one too at £5.49, available here.

What’s your favourite drugstore foundation/concealer combo?

Thanks for reading!
Abi x

Just Another Manic(ure) Monday: Tropical Temptation

Another pretty summer shade for you today – Revlon’s Tropical Temptation. This is my go-to holiday toe nail colour but I also think it looks really chic on the fingers! It’s a gorgeous coral (more at the pink end of the spectrum than the orange) and looks perfect with a tan.

The formula is a lovely thick cream and this is almost opaque in one coat (but I think it needs two to be on the safe side). The finish is lovely and glossy but I always complete the manicure with a final layer of my favourite Eye Candy gel-look top coat to achieve a super shiny look.

Unfortunately I can’t seem to find this shade online so I think it may have been discontinued, sob sob. However, some similar shades are Essie’s Cute As A Button and Barry M’s Gelly Hi-Shine in Grapefruit.

What’s on your nails at the moment?

Thanks for reading!
Abi x