What to Love About …… Stila?

There was no shortage of shimmer on the catwalk this Season and drawing inspiration from the Runway, STILA has produced an amazing range of liquid eye shadows with their new Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Collection.

Heavy duty and dramatic, these shadows are a mix of pearl and glitter particles and are remarkably easy to apply. Tap on with a firm brush close to the lash line and it dries down smoothly. It’s staying power is impressive, I wore it all evening and the fallout was minimal. Wear on its own or over eyeshadow. Alternatively, it’s really pretty when used just as a highlighter to the inner corner of the eye.

What I particularly love about Magnificent Metals, is that belying their dense and opulent appearance, they’re still extremely lightweight and easy to wear.

Created in 8 luxurious shades with extravagant names (Bronzed Bell, Smoldering Satin, Diamond Dust, Gold Goddess, Kitten Karma, Molten Midnight, Rose Gold Retro & Smoky Storm). Not for anyone who shuns glitter or shimmer, but perfect for the Red Carpet, Glamourous Nights Out and Holidays.

Did Stila miss a trick in not launching this range a few months earlier to coincide with the Christmas & New Year Party Season 2016? I think so.

Saying that, as a Professional Makeup Artist, they will be definitely be “go to products” in my kit for this year’s Prom Makeovers, Festivals and Christmas 2017 and having opened to such great reviews, I can honestly envisage them becoming a permanent addition to the Stila  range.

Retailing at £23 online through https://stila.co.uk with free delivery on all orders, Stila can even be purchased at selected Marks & Spencer stores in their Beauty Department.

My verdict? Worth every sparkly penny!

 

Christiane Dowling is a Professional Freelance Makeup Artist for Weddings, Bridal, Proms, Photo Shoots, Makeup Lessons & all Special Occasions.

Based in Sandhurst , Christiane covers all of Berkshire, Hampshire & Surrey including Sandhurst, Crowthorne, Yateley, Finchampstead, Eversley, Shinfield, Reading, Burghfield, Wokingham, Binfield, Bracknell, Maiden’s Green, Warfield, Ascot, Sunningdale, Sunninghill, Virginia Water, Egham, Wentworth, Chertsey, Eton, Windsor, Datchet, Chobham, Woking, Guildford, Godalming, Frensham, Hindhead, Farnham, Churt, Bentley, Bordon, Aldershot, Church Crookham, Fleet, Hartley Wintney, Hook, Basingstoke, Farnborough, Fleet & across London.

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What to Love About ……. Festival Season?

That would be glitter of course! Beautiful, sparkly, gorgeous glitter!

Whether 2017 will see you rocking out to Radiohead at Glastonbury, to Muse at Reading or to Run DMC in The Isle of Wight, make sure you do it in style. There’s one collaboration that is guaranteed to add a bit of sparkle to this year’s top Festivals. Through sunshine, wind, rain or mud, glitter has a way of making great events feel even better.

GLITTER EYES, one of my favourite companies for beautiful, cosmetic grade glitter, has just launched a stunning new range of chunky/shaped pigments and glitters in pressed glitter form, perfect for recreating that Festival Vibe!

Coming in an eclectic mix of colours and shapes; my personal favourites are Glitter Party and Holiday Romance.

You can choose from 10 individually pressed glitters; Jamboree, Prom Queen, Glitter Party, Mardi Gras, Gala Gold, Holiday Romance, Masquerade, Fiesta, Angel Fish and Planetarium at £6.99 each, the Heart Duo at £9.99 or The Festival Five for at £24.99.

Even better, as a Professional Makeup Artist and an affiliated partner of Glitter Eyes, my clients can receive a 10% discount on the website prices using my code, “CHRISTIANE10” at checkout  www.glittereyes.co.uk

I love that all of Glitter Eyes products are 100% vegan and not tested on animals, so they are guaranteed to be cruelty free. A vegetable based alternative is used to replace glycerine; commonly found in makeup products.

It is worth noting that the Pressed Glitters are individually handmade and take up to 7 days to prepare, in addition to the 3-5 days for UK shipping, so if it’s for a special occasion do order in plenty of time.

These glitters are so versatile and as a Makeup Artist, I use them for so many different occasions; Parties, Clubbing, Hen Parties and even Weddings. Definitely a purchase that will see you through Spring/Summer 2017 and beyond.

 

Christiane Dowling is a Professional Freelance Makeup Artist for Weddings, Bridal, Proms, Photo Shoots, Makeup Lessons & all Special Occasions.

Based in Sandhurst , Christiane covers all of Berkshire, Hampshire & Surrey including Sandhurst, Crowthorne, Yateley, Finchampstead, Eversley, Shinfield, Reading, Burghfield, Wokingham, Binfield, Bracknell, Maiden’s Green, Warfield, Ascot, Sunningdale, Sunninghill, Virginia Water, Egham, Wentworth, Chertsey, Eton, Windsor, Datchet, Chobham, Woking, Guildford, Godalming, Frensham, Hindhead, Farnham, Churt, Bentley, Bordon, Aldershot, Church Crookham, Fleet, Hartley Wintney, Hook, Basingstoke, Farnborough, Fleet & across London.

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What to Love About ……. The Tarteist Palette?

That would of course be TARTE COSMETICS New “Tartiest™ PRO Amazonian Clay Palette.”

Already on their Best Seller list and limited to a maximum of 2 per customer online, it retails at £41 at http://tartecosmetics.com Free delivery by DHL is quoted for orders of over £40, 6-10 Business Days once processed and shipped, but don’t forget this is a US company and duties and taxes will apply if, (like me) you can’t wait for widespread UK distribution to get your hands on it. Expect to pay an additional £8-£10 in taxes on an order of this value.

Ordered online Sunday, the delivery arrived on Friday.

First impressions? A huge plus is the gorgeous presentation. Sleek black and stunning gold, with a mirror large enough to actually be useful. If you chose this as your one “go to” palette whether you’re on the move or on holiday, you won’t be stuck.

So, what’s inside?

Tarte describe it as a Pro-Level, everyday eyeshadow palette with 20 ultra-pigmented shades powered by naturally-derived ingredients. 16 longwearing matte eyeshadows infused with Amazonian clay for smooth blending and flake-resistant wear, plus four brand-new iridescent shades with a beautiful shimmer.

The shades are set out in rows of colours that will coordinate; they do blend together beautifully and are very flattering shades for all skin tones and ages. It really is a very versatile collection and perfect to cater for any mood. Tarte have helpfully included a step by step guide, which help you recreate four professional looks at home.

If you are more adventurous you can mix it up with the strong, pigmented options. I’m in love with Trendy (Teal) & Vamp (Deep Plum).

If that’s not enough, like other Tarte products, this palette smells absolutely wonderful. Open it up and you’re hit with gorgeous scents of vanilla.

The shades are:

  • Classic (cream)
  • Innocent (soft peach)
  • Whimsy (brick)
  • Smoked (dark brown)
  • Ethereal (bronze)
  • Vintage (ivory)
  • Fierce (cool plum)
  • No filter (purple mauve)
  • Vamp (deep plum)
  • Glam (champagne)
  • Chic (pale pink)
  • Profesh (taupe)
  • Mod (deep cherry)
  • Drama (maroon)
  • Minx (shimmering mauve)
  • Indie (greige)
  • Bold (light brown)
  • Edgy (chocolate)
  • Punk (black)
  • Trendy (prismatic teal)

As a Professional Makeup Artist, one of the other big reasons that I love Tarte Cosmetics, is their Ethos. Cruelty-free cosmetics infused with Plant Extracts, Vitamins, Minerals, Essential Oils and other naturally-derived ingredients. Plus, all of their products are formulated without Parabens, Phthalates, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Synthetic Fragrances and Gluten.

So, would I recommend it? Absolutely! A very usable palette, cruelty free, smells gorgeous and as it’s highly pigmented a little will go a long way. A great buy for Spring/ Summer 2017!

 

 

 

Christiane Dowling is a Professional Freelance Makeup Artist for Weddings, Bridal, Proms, Photo Shoots, Makeup Lessons & all Special Occasions.

Based in Sandhurst , Christiane covers all of Berkshire, Hampshire & Surrey including Sandhurst, Crowthorne, Yateley, Finchampstead, Eversley, Shinfield, Reading, Burghfield, Wokingham, Binfield, Bracknell, Maiden’s Green, Warfield, Ascot, Sunningdale, Sunninghill, Virginia Water, Egham, Wentworth, Chertsey, Eton, Windsor, Datchet, Chobham, Woking, Guildford, Godalming, Frensham, Hindhead, Farnham, Churt, Bentley, Bordon, Aldershot, Church Crookham, Fleet, Hartley Wintney, Hook, Basingstoke, Farnborough, Fleet & across London.

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