Posts Tagged ‘makeup’
An entire Collection Cosmetics party look for under £30!
Monday, December 8th, 2014

Have you ever discovered a brand and instantly wanted everything in the range? Silly question, I know. Sadly, that’s an expensive habit to keep up…but not when you find a brand like Collection Cosmetics!

When party season rolls around I always want to freshen up my makeup, especially any bits and pieces I bought last year which are starting to look a bit sorry for themselves – and yes, I am talking about that liquid eyeliner that dried up long ago! Having the option to stock up on quality makeup that’s still affordable can make the party season that much more fun. Why stick to one colour when you get 3? Make this Christmas the time to experiment with Collection Cosmetics…


I’ve chosen 8 Collection products to create a simple but stunning party look, and the best bit? You can get them all for under £30! Of course any evening look has to start with a great base, and one that will last the night out. Whilst Collection has an array of foundations and BB creams to choose from, my pick for a night out would be the Lasting Perfection Foundation (£5.99). The last thing you want to worry about when you’re on the dancefloor is touching up your makeup, and this oil-free formulation will keep you looking flawless all night long. I would then finish off the base with the Illuminating Touch Concealer (£4.99). This isn’t just good for covering imperfections and dark circles, but can double up as a highlighter to add dimension to the face – who doesn’t love a multi-tasking product?! After evening out your skin tone it’s time to add some colour back into the face. Again, there is a big selection of bronzers from Collection, but I think the Bronze Glow Mosaic Sunkissed (£2.99) would be ideal for a little evening sparkle. This pressed bronzer will add just enough shimmer to create a glow without looking like you’ve gone crazy with the glitter!

Carrying on with the theme of all things that shine, my next weapon of choice is Collection’s Galactica Liquid Eyeliner (£2.99). Available in both silver and gold, pick your favourite colour to add a little Christmas glamour to your look. Use the skinny brush to wing your eyeliner into a fine point, or for a less dramatic look use a bigger eyeshadow brush to spread a thin layer over the whole eyelid which will create a subtle metallic sheen. No party look is complete is without big fluttery lashes, and the ultra black formula of the Lengthening Mascara (£3.99) will amp up your eyes to the next level with long and defined lashes. Take it a step further with the Luscious Lashes Glamour Volume (£2.99) to make your eyelashes appear thicker and fuller.

With the eyes being the focal point of the look, finish off the look with a soft pop of colour. The Work The Colour Lip Butter Pencils (£2.99) add the perfect amount of moisture and depth without being as heavy as lipstick. I love the colour Perfect Plum to a touch of vampiness. Of course, the finished look is all in the detail, and you can’t forget the nails. With a 23 shades of Collection’s Work The Colour Nail Polish (£1.99) to choose from, you can find the best one to go with any outfit. Added bonus? The 60 second drying time will have you out of the door to the party of the year in no time!


Left to right: Work The Colour Lip Butter in Cappuccino, Popping Pink and Perfect Plum.

Get the full size Collection Lengthening Mascara in The Glamour Party Beauty Edit box. For stockists of Collection Cosmetics visit

Mayah Parmenter

Get party perfect this season…
Monday, November 10th, 2014

As party season rolls around, I find it the perfect excuse to get a little more wild with my look…

For me getting ready for a night out always starts with a little extra attention on my hair in the shower. I don’t have the budget to head over to the salon for a nice wash and blow dry, so I like to bring the salon home! Kerastase are a brand loved by hairdressers and novices alike, and combining their Bain Satin 1 Irisome shampoo and Lait Vital Irisome conditioner makes the perfect special treat for hair. Rich and concentrated, this duo will nourish locks that need looking after without weighing them down. Expect bounce, softness and shine…what else could you ask for to start your perfect party look?

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But the volume doesn’t have to stop with the hair! If you’re going all out in the lashes department, nothing adds the wow factor quite like a good pair of falsies. False lashes don’t have to look fake to add a bit of drama. We’re currently in love with Ardell’s Natural Style Demi Wispie Lashes. They’re great for a length and volume boost whilst still mimicking your natural lash shape. They also make a great base to have a little more fun with your eye look. It’s about about coloured mascara this season, and  Ciate LashLights offer an incredible amount of shades to choose from. Just add a coat to the tips of your lashes for an accent of colour, or apply from root to tip to if you’re feeling more adventurous. Of course no eye look is complete without a finished brow, and we’re currently loving the Eylure Brow Crayon in Mid Brown to do the job. With this soft pencil you can skip the sharpener and simply twist to to get more product; that’s a winner in our books!

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If beauty in 2014 had to be summed up in one trend, it would be contouring. Endless tutorials have popped up across the internet with beauty mavens showcasing their very best makeup skills, but really it can be narrowed down to two key products; bronzer and highlighter. The Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Duo includes both in one palette, making it a great of contouring kit. The two shades compliment each other perfectly and have neutral undertones to making them easily suited to a whole array of skin tones. Both have a slight shimmer which illuminate the skin; the key with contouring is not to overdo it, but accentuate the natural structure of your face by creating light and shadow which is exactly what this duo does.

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With the emphasis on the eyes, keep the lips simple by keeping to a universally flattering pink. Lola Intense Color Lipstick in Strawberry Fields is a great choice with it’s slight iridescent finish which is the perfect way to take pink from day to night. Carrying on with all things shimmery, add a touch of glamour to your talons with a glittery nail varnish. The shade Toggle To The Top from Essie is all deep opaque red which is perfect for this season, but also has an elegant shimmery dimension to it to add that special finishing touch for this party season.

You can find all of these in The British Beauty Blogger Dream Box II!

Mayah Parmenter

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!


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