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Sunday, 29 August 2010

New product hype! Girl meets pearl by Benefit

My make up obsession started with Benefit. A little bottle of 'She laq' to be exact. I just adore the cute retro packaging and the products are wonderful. I love that the brand does not bring out a new product every week and concentrates on bringing out products that are worthy of their mid range to expensive price tag. Their stores are just awesome too! I was surfing the beauty community when I saw this little baby on my favourite site . I am super excited as I love Benefit's range of primers and highlighters and this is both. YAY! This is a goldy/pink highlighter and according to sources it is raspberry and camomile scented - oo'er! The packaging is the same as 'That Gal' primer.I will be trying it as soon as it's launched but unfortunately I can't seem to find out when. Hurry up Benefit!!

Big hugs


Monday, 23 August 2010

My favourite Make - up magazines

In my quest for make-up knowledge I came across two magazines that have been brilliant to read but both very different.

 The first - Make Up International

 This mag is just awesome. It has lots of articles by professional make up artists, company's and how to's. I especially like the step by step lessons on things such as airbrushing, contouring and blending. I have only managed to get it from Charles Fox in London, prices at around £5. It is so worth the price and the hunt to find a copy. You can get a subscription for about £60.

The second - Hair Flair and Beauty

This magazine is different as it is based on celeb hair and make up. With most beauty magazines I buy, I find there is a imbalance between hair and beauty. Don't get me wrong I am happy to read about hair techniques and products but I have shelled out the cash for make up and this mag does not disappoint. I mean who would not want to know whats inside the Sugarbabes make up bags? I got this mag from my local Co-Op so I am sure you could get it at all magazine retailers. It costs £2.99 which is quite reasonable. Grab a copy and enjoy!


  • Cosmo - You cant beat this classic however I feel they tend to stay in the high end camp.

  • Fabulous Magazine - This is the free mag that comes with the News of the world on a Sunday. It is a top source of beauty news and has load's of giveaways.
Big hugs


Saturday, 21 August 2010

My Mission statement

 Hey guys,
Following a long period of sick (I have had a tooth abscess and terrible infection)  I have decided to refocus my blog , you tube channel and website and lay down my own personal mission statement. A statement of make up intent if you will!

 When I created this blog and YT channel my main goal of 'Katie loves make up' was to open a little window into my world of Make-up love. I started off untrained but with massive enthusiasm and three years down the line I now create some amazing bridal looks and my portrait make up is going from strength to strength. I want to share with this you guys! My YT channel is a year old and I love posting celebrity inspired vids with Tulisa from Ndubz and Ellie Goulding being my main inspiration. This blog will be updated twice a week (at least) and my YT channel will be updated weekly (That's a massive commitment but it's so much bloomin' fun!)

The blog will consist of my little world of make up work, inspiration,videos, experiments, reviews, thoughts and views. I have a full time job and in my spare time I paint as many faces as possible and you will see every result -good or bad!

This blog is my creative outlet and for you lovely guys to peruse,comment and follow.

I can promise you guys regular posts with my unique views of this little world we love.

Big hugs


Monday, 2 August 2010

My new love of maxi dresses.....

 I went to Spain this year for my 30th birthday and I took along 6 maxi dresses. I know six is a lot but I love them.. I love patterns, stripes, floral, smart, causual,boho just all of them but this is the next one on my list!

I just love it and must convince the hubby to let me have it! I will pair it with my distressed Calvin Klein denim jacket and white havianas. Ant thoughts on jewellery? Maybe a statement necklace?

 If anyone knows of Maxi's I should look at I would love to know.

Big hugs
Katie x x

New video - Tulisa inspired make up look 'Let me be'

This is my inspiration:

As you guys know I love the looks that Tulisa sports and this one is no exception. It really suits her brown hair and the colours are awesome. I'm not too sure who the make up artist was but I like the shape he made with the browns. The products I used were Eve Pearl HD foundation in Light all over the face with a MAC 190 brush and Eve Pearl HD concealer in light over my bags and blemishes with a Sigma SS226 brush. This is great for blending in the concealer. To set the foundation and concealer I used MAC mineralized skinfinish natural in light medium with the fabulous ELF powder brush.To get rid of the powdery finish I used a spritz of
MAC fix+ as Tulisa's skin is luminous in this shot.I used MAC espresso eyeshadow on my brows with a  MAC 266 brush and tidied them up with a Cosmopolitan eyebrow brush. I then put brule eyeshadow all over my eye lid up to brow bone with a Sigma SS239 and I then used a MAC 239 for packing on the wedge on my eyelid and a MAC 213 for placing the espresso eyeshadow on the outer 3rd of the lid. I used a clean MAC 217 for blending out the eyeshadows to get a even finish. I then applied Urban decay 24/7 liner in zero to the top lash line and then a MAC 226 for blending it out. I then put on my fave mascara Collection 2000 big fake in black and then used a MAC 168 to apply MAC Pink swoon blush to the cheeks and up to the hairline.To finish I applied lady gaga viva glam lipstick which is a spot on dupe for thr colour in this pic. To add a bit of dimension I put a bit of clear gloss on the center of the lips and voila!


Katie x x