Saturday, 30 August 2014

What's in my August make up bag

I am feeling the need to write some beauty babble, it's been far too long since I swooned over lipstick and rambled about blush. 

So today I thought I would share with you what's currently in my little on the go make up bag. 

Now you will notice there is no lipstick in this bag....I am going to have to come clean! I have a separate lip product 'on the go' bag so now you know, I am crazy lipstick lady. So that will be my next post. 

So enough chit chat, I know you what to see what's inside. 

Lets take a closer look. 

First inside my bag of tricks is my baby skin instant pore eraser from Maybeline. This is a lovely little silicone based product that minimises pores and primes the skin ready for a full face of make up. You only need a very thin layer of this gel to get the right results. I have to admit I prefer Porefessional from benefit, but this cutely packaged version from Maybeline is much more affordable, so until I can justify repurchasing porefessional, baby skin will do nicely. 

I am really enjoying the bronzing primer from Bourjois it's a great product to give you skin a bronzed glow, it can be used under foundation but I personally like to use this for a subtle contour as it gives you a very natural bronzed finish. It also smells like chocolate so no complaints from me. 

If your a regular reader here at Emma Louise Dreams you are probably well aware I adore Maybeline the falsies mascara, I have tried so many others but no other mascara gives my lashes the volume like this little beauty. I think it will forever more be part of my make up collection. 

Then there is Mac prep and prime in light boast, this a fantastic product for highlighting the face, a la Kim Kardashian. This one of my few holy grail products in my collection, I hate applying a full face without this product. 

Healthy balance radiance powder from Bourjois is my current favourite finishing powder, it gives you a natural radiant finish but still eliminates any shine with great lasting power. I love the size too, you get a good amount of product and a very good sized compact mirror. 

Another Mac product hidden in here is my mineralise skin finish in soft and gentle, this gives the skin a beautiful golden glow and highlight. I like to use this on my cheek bones, above the Cupid bow and for under brow highlight. It's such a beautiful shimmery shade it's perfect for a full glam look. 

Then for my eye shadow I have been enjoying these golds and bronze shimmering shades from the Ri Ri Mac quad, this was limited edition so I am not sure if this is still available. I have loved using mixing these shades for a bronzed smoked eye recently. 

The little blush pot in rose tea is the perfect plum rose shade that gives your cheeks the perfect rosey matte finish. 

Finally I have rediscovered an old favourite in my Mac studio fix fluid. I used to be obsessed with this foundation a few years ago, but swapped this formula for lighter coverage foundations. However I have fallen back in love with this, mainly thanks to its amazing lasting power, it really does stay put all day and it's been my go to foundation this month, I used this when I was a bridesmaid last week and it was the perfect all day coverage for a warm summers day. 

So I think that's everything that's made it in to my make up bag this month, stayed tuned for the lipstick edition coming next.

Hope your all having a fun filler weekend. 

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Bridesmaid duties- My best friends Hen do

I have not been the only ‘blushing bride’ this summer, my best friend Samantha is also tying the knot, not only that we are both each other’s bridesmaid.  It’s been amazing sharing the wedding planning experience with someone else I am so close too, we have helped each other out with hints and tips as well as understanding the stress the other person is going through, while others may have thought we had gone bridezilla, we both understood the stress of running out of ribbon at that crucial moment, chasing up RSVP’s because the venue need to know your final meal choices and don’t even get me started on the table plan!

Now that my big day has passed, it’s is now time for me to focus on my bridesmaid duties. Last weekend it was Sam’s Hen party and I got my creative head on and filled the wedding planning hole with planning a few bits and bobs for the hen party.

Sam’s instructions were ‘nothing trashy’ so I knew from the start any inflatables, head gear or wings were completely out of the question.

Sam is probably the only person I know who is more girly than me, she loves anything sparkly, flowery or pink so I decided to go down this route. 

I searched high and low for ‘Classy Hen do’ accessories which is when I came across Danni_Humber on Instagram she has a beautiful vintage wedding supply shop on Etsy, its filled with beautiful vintage style one of a kind wedding pieces, (I really wish I had found this shop before our wedding, however I may have spent a small fortune). This is when I came across her vintage, shabby chic style 'bride to be' accessories and I knew straight away I needed to get these for Sam’s hen party.

The beautifully package gift set arrived very quickly and I was so impressed by the quality and finish. Inside there was a pastel pink ‘Bride to be’ Wand, ‘Bride to be’ rosette and finally a very cute L Plate, nothing trashy here.

I then decided to make some ‘Hen party Survival bags’ for the all the hen’s. Inside the little pink pin striped bags were all the essentials for a night out and the morning after, including sweets, plasters, Hair ties, tissues and a cute candy striped straw, so no one ruined their lipstick.

I hold my hands up I am a total perfectionist and I always try and think of little bits and bobs to make things extra special, so I loved putting the bags together and finding ‘Bride to be’ accessories and it was lot of fun getting my creative head back on and fill my wedding planning hole, if you haven’t noticed I loved planning my wedding (well 99% of the time) so it’s lovely being a part of someone else’s big day. 

We had a great night out for Sam's hen do. We have a lovely meal at Jamie's Italian, I particularly enjoyed the 'posh chips', chips in truffle oil and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. 

It was lovely have a chance sit down with all the girls and we chatted excitedly about Sam's wedding, I also put together (with the help of her husband to be) a how well do you know the groom quiz, which had us all in giggles. 

Then we heading to some bars where the bride drank too much and we all danced so much that we went home with aching feet, a sign of a good night I think.


Isn't she a beautiful bride to be!!