Thursday, April 28, 2011

Makeup Crush, Nars & Jemma Kidd Makeup School

I couldn't help but swoon at Camilla Belle's makeup look from January 2011.  This is the most beautiful soft smokey eye I have ever seen.  The expertly smudged dark shadows make her look so mysterious and sultry!  It's not the easiest look to pull off and her gorgeous warm skin tone helps to keep the overall look sexy instead of zombie-esque.

I would say the key to this look would be a great under-eye concealer, choosing shades which complement your colouring and blend, blend and blend some more.   This look was created using black eyeliner to create a ring around her entire eye with a grey shadow across her lids and underneath the lashes. The grey tones keep everything soft and hazy. There's a deep rose shade in the crease of her eyelid, which also acts as a soft contour. There's also a creamy, light pink shimmer in the inner corners to keep everything looking fresh.  Absolutely adore this look! P.S. - I also have some serious hair envy now!

I rarely deviate from my favourite bronzer, Dior Matte Sunshine Bronzer in Honey Matte.  This stuff is the best - full stop.  However, when I feel like wearing a bronzer with SLIGHT shimmer, I have found that Nars Irresistiblement bronzer works really well with my skin tone.  I know alot of people love the Laguna and Casino shades but they both just end up looking muddy and too brown on me.  However, this shade, described as 'golden terracotta', blends so well into my skin and just gives me a really natural glow.

The Nars website claims that this bronzing powder "fills in lines and pores for smoother looking skin, sheer color enhances or creates the look of tanned skin, subtle shimmer adds glow, imperceptible finish ideal for all skin tones".  The terracotta shade of this bronzer is very subtle and never looks orange.

You do get a lot of product for your money and I have found that you don't much of the bronzer to create the desired effect.  I would say this would be a good bronzer for anyone with fair to fair/medium skintones.  The rubber packaging does annoy me slightly because it gets mucky very quickly!  But aside from that, this bronzer is great for when you want a bit of extra glow.

I'm becoming a big fan of Jemma Kidd products and this week I started using one of their new blush products JK In Vogue Perfect Blush in 5th Avenue (new for Spring/Summer 2011).  This blush is a gorgeous mixture of light pink, peach and light beige with a nice blend of satin and very, very slight shimmer section.  This blush product also comes in South Beach (bronze hues) and Rodeo Drive (Pink/mauve hues).

I just use my Space NK Blush brush and dab all over the pan to get an even hint of each shade.  I find that it gives me a lovely fresh pop of peachy pink colour and looks very natural on the skin.  The slight shimmer isn't visible unless you look very, VERY closely.  The same way in which Benefit Coralista has slight shimmer in it.  You can sweep it over your cheeks for a natural glow or build it up for more intense colour.  I personally prefer the more natural look.  The powder has good pigmentation as you can see from the individual swatches above and it is silky and smooth to apply.  I'm not as keen on the clear packaging and prefer their usual sleek black floral packaging BUT the product inside gets a big thumbs up from me!

You can get this JK Jemma Kidd blush from ASOS for £12.00.

Now I kept hearing loads about the Jemma Kidd Makeup School Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Creme in Rose Gold.  Since I'm a regular highlighter junkie, I felt it was my duty to check this product out!  It's described as a "light-diffusing crème can be used all-over for a lustrous finish, for use under or over foundation or on bare skin.  Applied to specific areas of the face, Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Crème in Rose Gold acts like a highlighter and can be layered to intensify the finish. Added moisturising jojoba and sun filters help protect the skin, while rice bran oil hydrates and enhances the skins elasticity".

This product was also recently voted Best Of Beauty 2011 in it's category by Red Magazine.

I definitely prefer the warmer Rose Gold shade because it compliments my slightly tanned complexion.  I do like the MAC Cream Colour Base BUT they can be slightly too thick and sometimes difficult to work with.  This Jemma Kidd product is the complete opposite in the respect that it has a very lightweight texture that blends into the skin perfectly without disturbing your makeup.  It has the same texture as the Jemma Kidd Blushwear Creme Cheek Colour.  It could be described as a cream-to-powder formula because as soon as it comes into contact with your skin, it just blends seamlessly.  This makes it extremely easy to layer up and create a more intense highlight.

This Jemma Kidd highlighter looks incredibly natural on your skin in the harsh light of day.  I just use my fingers to dab it onto my cheekbones and I find that works perfectly.  It really does create the effect of naturally glowing, dewy skin and I love that it's so undetectable but so effective at the same time.  It's a true contradiction in terms!  The compact it comes in has a mirror in the lid, the usual black rubber-feel Jemma Kidd packaging and it's very compact and convenient.  It does come in a cooler shade Iced Gold  for fairer complexions.  You can get it from LookFantastic for £17.00.

If you like Jersey Shore then you may love this too...I just saw an advert on MTV UK for a new show following a group of Newcastle natives called 'Geordie Shore'!

MTV have even provided a guide to learn the newcastle lingo...

Spice boys – pretty boys

Tash on – snogging

Swilling – throwing a drink over someone

Soound as a poound – good/approved

It’ll be proper mint! – it will be great

ahfancyhor or ahfancyhim – I fancy her / him

Purely belter – really good

Alreet marra? - you alright mate?

Ah wes palatick – I enjoyed myself

Hoy–ye – taxi

Let's see if it can rival the antics of Snooky, The Situation and J Woww!

Will you be tuning in for a look?

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