Posts Tagged ‘makeup’
Mascara…from charcoal to lightning fast wands!
Monday, October 20th, 2014

Mascara has played a large role in women’s lives for a very long time, in fact dating back to around 4000BC. Not only did it enhance lashes back then but it was thought to ward of evil spirits…I may just stick to that!

Throughout decades there were many different concoctions conjured up to create this eye ‘kohl’ varying from charcoal to crocodile stool, even including black soot and grease from lamps. It then in the 19th century, it progressed to cakes containing black dye and petroleum, activated by a wet wand (imagine applying that in rush on the tube!)



Lucky for us Helen Rubenstein came along in the 1950’s and created what we know as mascara in it’s one and only tube form. Nowadays mascara comes with different wands that promise to do new and exciting things to our lashes, so what and who do we trust when searching for the one possible thing we all apply on a daily basis? Reviews!


I’ve tried out the Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde mascara, and it is pretty awesome! Now just so you know, I don’t always use the same mascara on shoots as I do on myself. Why you may ask? Well, I want something for myself that is quick that I don’t necessary need to build up because I don’t spend a lot of time on my own face. When you are working on set and you have to change looks its easier to use something that you can build on or remove easily.

Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara

For that reason I highly recommend Volume 1 Seconde, it curled my lashes without the use of eyelash curlers and added intense color and volume frighteningly fast; even being painless to take off even with a wipe. So if you are looking for high street mascara that does the do, I do recommend Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde over mascara cake!


WIN 1 of 3 Bourjois Makeup Kits worth over £40!
Monday, October 20th, 2014

With autumn approaching, we’ve teamed up with Bourjois to offer you the chance to update your makeup bag with these Bourjois seasonal must-haves…

Give your skin a boost of radiance for the upcoming winter months with Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, a vitamin-rich fruit therapy formula for a healthy glow & flawless complexion leaving skin feeling hydrated and luminous.

Bourjois’ NEW Volume 1 Seconde mascara gives lashes instant 360° volume! With its unique brush with spherical bristles it wraps every lash create clump free definition.

Give your cheeks a flush of colour with Bourjois’ Cream Blush. With the cream to powder formula you can apply with fingertips so easy to apply on the go!

Rouge Velvet Lipstick means you can be on trend with the latest lip shade and not have the dreaded dry lips! Bold, matte and long-lasting colour with 24hr hold, Rouge Velvet is lightweight with a velvety texture and non-drying formula to give extreme comfort that doesn’t smudge! From sassy reds to vibrant pinks and everyday nudes there is a colour to suit every occasion

1 Seconde Nail Enamel means you have no excuse to paint your nails! With a wide brush it makes for easy application in one coat and fast drying time means you’re ready to leave the house in an instant!



The Prize – Bourjois Makeup Kit x3 for 3 separate winners

– 1 Seconde Mascara Waterproof   RRP £9.99
– 1 Seconde Nail Polish    RRP £5.99
– Cream Blush    RRP £7.99
– Healthy Mix Foundation    RRP £9.99
– Rouge Velvet    RRP 7.99

Total worth – £41.95


To enter, simply like the Latest in Beauty Facebook page via the Rafflecopter widget below. Competition opens 20/10/14 and closes 26/10/14. Open to UK entrants only.

To find out more about Bourjois and the products available in the makeup kit prize visit To get your hands on the 1 Seconde Volume Mascara grab your Glamour Beauty Power List box now!

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Tried & Tested: Laura Mercier Primer
Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Primers…where to begin. Some people don’t see the importance of primers and that is understandable; the market is always saturated with things we don’t necessarily need but love buying! But Laura Mercier is a different story and has been an all-time favourite of mine for a long time. What I love about it is the texture because it feels like a moisturiser and doesn’t leave a greasy silicone film on your skin.


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The Laura Mercier Primer absorbs easily into the skin, yet magically creates a barrier between your makeup and your skin so your makeup keeps for hours and hours. It also has antioxidant vitamins in it, which help protect your skin from the outside elements as well as preventing pimples. I speak from experience of private clients and brides who don’t want to be focusing on touching up their face all night. Whenever I have used this primer, I’ve been told it lasted all night/day and they are always extremely impressed.

This primer comes in 2 variations, a radiance primer and an ordinary primer. The radiance primer highlights and gives you a beautiful glow beneath your base. One thing people don’t realise about primers is that they’re not just there to hold your makeup in place, but the good ones will give you an enviable soft focus effect. If you’re already using a illuminating foundation or tinted moisturizer, then I would recommend the ordinary primer, which is fantastic at keeping your face in place but won’t have you going overboard in the glow department.

Primers can be used on a daily basis there is no doubt about that. I would mostly recommend them for functions or long nights, because if you are like me you won’t want to look in the mirror to notice all of your makeup has dissappeared somewhere on the dance floor!

To find out more about Laura Mercier visit Want the chance to try before you buy? The head on over and snap yourself up a Glamour Beauty Power List box pronto!


Goodbye mascara, hello happy eyes!
Monday, September 22nd, 2014

With the party season comes late nights, and whilst we love a bit of fun our skin is another story. The first thing I want to do when I get home after a night out is get all of my make up off, and get it off fast. But no matter how much I want a quick fix, face wipes have always been a no go for me. My skin and eyes are sensitive, so to me face wipes equal a lot stinging and rubbing to get every last scrap of makeup off – definitely something you want to avoid around the delicate eye area.

Okay, so a quick solution is starting to sound pretty hopeless, but that’s because you haven’t yet been introduced to the Eyeko Mascara Off Eye Makeup Remover Wipes. Makeup wipes lovers may now exhale…


But what is it that actually makes these different from your regular face wipes? For a start, they’re alcohol free. If you’ve ever accidentally gotten your Friday night beverage splashed into your eye (let’s not go into the why or how) you’ll know alcohol isn’t something you want near your peepers. Eyeko we’re also definitely on to something when they decided to include hero ingredients Olive Oil and Aloe Vera. This duo will have tired eyes feeling relieved and ready for bed in no time. Last but not least, these bad boys are paraben free!

Okay, so it doesn’t begin and end with ingredients, because the things actually have to work right? Rest assured you’ll well and truly be breaking up with your eye makeup when you crack these out. Just hold the wipe over each eye for 5-10 seconds to let the ingredients work their magic before gently wiping away. You won’t have to rub your eyes raw – which is a big no no – and the fact they’re made of 100% pure cotton makes the Eyeko magic touch all the more soft.


Think less sting and more soothe when it comes to the Eyeko Mascara Off Eye Makeup Remover Wipes; no compromises, just a quick and gentle solution to eye makeup removal that actually works.

Get yours now in the Glamour Beauty Power List box, and to find out more about Eyeko visit



The benefits of mineral makeup…
Thursday, August 7th, 2014

We’ve all heard of mineral makeup, but not all of us are brave enough to take the leap and give it a try. How different can it be anyway?


For a start, mineral makeup is quickly becoming many people’s first choice. In the past few years people have become more aware of what they put on their skin and brands have stepped up the range of choices available so that many of us reach for the mineral stuff over their conventional makeup counterparts. Bellapierre is a great example of a brand who leads in the industry, always keeping their mineral formulations pure.

Being from natural sources, mineral makeup is much kinder to skin. If you’re prone to breakouts, rosacea or dermatitis that you then try to cover up with makeup, the chances are your current makeup isn’t doing your sensitive skin any favours. True mineral makeup won’t clog your pores, naturally filters UVA and UVB rays, and is free from skin irritants that are sometimes found in more traditional makeup. You may think that all that powder would feel heavy and dry on your skin, but in reality it’s quite the opposite! The minerals sit on your skin light as a feather even when built up to full coverage, not to mention staying put throughout the day and blending  in seamlessly so you’re not left with that dreaded caked on look! The beauty of ground up minerals is that due to the concentrated pure pigments, colour payoff is unrivalled, so a little will go a long way!

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However, what mineral makeup has to offer doesn’t start and end with powder. Bellapierre’s mascara inside the BBL box gives you the drama without the tears. Eyes are especially sensitive to any irritants, which is why I opt for a mineral option in that department too. Natural waxes nourish lashes instead of drying them out and without skimping on extra definition, length and thickness.


Top tip – Investing in a good set of brushes is key to enjoying the benefits of mineral makeup. Most important of all is a nice Kabuki Brush! Synthetic is usually best as they’re easier to clean and last longer.



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