The Marilyn Monroe MAC Collection

I always look forward to seeing what celebrity MAC collaborates with next and this Autumn I’m even more excited because their new collection, which is launched tomorrow, features the iconic Miss Monroe.

The Marilyn Monroe MAC Collection consists of false lashes, mascara, liquid eye liner, liquid brow marker, a brow grooming tool, four eye shadow shades, two kohl eye pencil shades, five shades of lipstick, two Dazzleglass shades, three lip pencil shades, two shades of blush, beauty powder and five shades of nail lacquer. If you’ve always wanted to try the Marilyn look or the red lip she was so famous for then there’s no better time to try it out and just in time for the party season that’s creeping up fast! The collection is beautifully designed in black packaging featuring shots of Marilyn from The Black Sitting, her 1956 session with photographer Milton Greene.

I will definitely be getting my hands on some of these pieces, even just to have and keep.

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Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model 2012 Winner

So the final of Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model 2012 was on last night and Letitia was crowned winner. I didn’t really watch it as religiously this year as I have in previous years but I do think they had a great line up of girls and some stunners including Cork girl Lisa Madden who made it to the last 4.

I have to say I get quite bored of the fighting and bitching that goes on between the girls although I know that’s a big part of the show in terms of getting viewers. My favourite part each week is the styling and make-up that they girls go through and in particular the episode where they get their major transformation. I love seeing how they change their look completely with a haircut or colour.

So what do you think, did they pick the right winner?

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Disney Goes Fashion by Sashii-Kami

I’m a sucker for anything Disney so when I saw these drawings titled ‘Disney Goes Fashion’ by artist Sashii-Kami I fell in love. These fashion sketches inspired by Disney characters are just stunning with their statuesque figures, chiseled jaws and vibrant colors. The selection is amazing and she’s even done some portraying male villains. I don’t know if I could possibly pick a favourite but I love Snow White and Ariel and check out the thigh high boots on Pocahontas!

You can see more of Sashii-Kami’s work here

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The Importance Of Exfoliating!

As a makeup artist I’m a firm believer that in order for your make-up to look good you must start with your skin and a very important step is exfoliating. In order for your make-up to sit well and look good you need a smooth canvas and getting rid of those layers of dead skin is a must. I would exfoliate at least once a week and you really do feel the difference afterward.

There are so many different products on the market and some are harsher than others. I would recommend going for something with a finer grain than anything too course or rough as this can actually cause more damage to your skin. You just want something gentle to remove the dead skin and allow the new skin to come through. If you have sensitive skin be very careful as harsh products can irritate your skin so be sure to get one that is specially formulated for sensitive skin.

You don’t need to spend a fortune on face scrubs. There are so many really good ones that will last you ages and don’t cost too much. Three of my favourites would be Simple, St Ives and Liz Earle. The Simple scrub is the cheapest of the three and is does the job perfectly but I have to say the other two would be my tops, mainly because the grain is so fine and really works well into the skin and they both smell gorgeous. My skin really feels amazing after an encounter with these two.

So if you don’t exfoliate and you feel your skin is looking dull and lifeless and your make-up just doesn’t sit well or look good then get yourself one of these little must haves and you’ll never look back!

Clare xox

Face Scrubs

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Wedding Make-Up Looks – Some Of My Favourites!

Well wedding season has well and truly kicked in so I’ve decided to show you a few of my favourite wedding make-up looks.

I really believe that when deciding on your wedding make-up you should go for something that truly represents you and your style. Go for something that shows off your best features and makes you feel amazing and like yourself only better! The following looks are all quite different but still beautiful and would work really well for any of you brides-to-be out there.

(Please note: The below images are for reference only and not my own work.)

Wedding Make-Up Looks

1. The first look look is very soft and natural with the main emphasis on the eye’s. A brown smokey shadow blended the whole way around the eyes with lashings of mascara and then a nice soft nude or soft pink lip.

2. The second look is again focusing on the eye’s but using more eyeliner to highlight them. A soft shadow blended into the socket and black or brown liner on both the top and lower lash line. If you have small eye’s and want to make them look larger then steer away from liner the whole way around the eye’s as this can close them in. You can still have a more dramatic eye without looking like you’re heading out on the town but the key is to keep it very clean and polished looking. The thing to remember is you’re going to be starting your day early and having pictures taken in day light so you still want to look natural. To finish off this look they went for a coral shade on the lips which is a gorgeous option if you’re not a pink girl!

3. Look 3 is probably the most requested look that I get from brides. Very natural, soft eye colour with just some definition on the eye’s with liner. Clean, polished skin, a soft flush of colour on the cheeks and a gorgeous pink lip. You really can’t go wrong with this look and will look timeless in your photographs!

4&5. The last two looks are more of a nod to the vintage style that has become quite big again this year but with 2 different options on the lip colour. Most people think they need to go for a red lip but there are so many different reds from vibrant reds to more burgundy or plum colours, you can even go bright pink which can look amazing if you’re confident enough and have worn similar shades before. These looks use very little colour on the eye’s, using mainly liner and the main focus is on the lips. This looks requires your lips to be in great condition so the colour will look immaculate and will require more touching up through out the day so keep this in mind.

For tips on how to get your skin ready for your big day and to get the most from your wedding make-up check out my piece here.

Clare xox

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