To kick off the Valentine's looks for this year on my Youtube Channel, my friend Hayley Coleman & I decided to do a Valentines Collaboration. Her doing the classic, romantic yet sexy, date-friendly Valentines makeup and I doing the anti-Valentines look which is all heavy liner and full on lipstick, not the most kissable look in the world! ha ha.
I know a lot of the anti-Valentines looks out there are full on theatrical & sometimes SFX based creations, but I still wanted mine to be very much wearable, just not your typical and expected Valentines look.
Nivea first released the Q10 range 17 long years ago and their scientists have been constantly developing and improving on the formula since then.
The formula revolves around an ingredient called Coenzyme Q10 which occurs naturally in our own skin, but like everything else, it's levels begins to decrease as we grow older. This Coenzyme Q10 works as a powerful antioxidant, fighting off all kinds of nasties that attack our skin's cells on a daily basis. This along with Hyaluronic Acid and Creatine, both of which also occur naturally in our skin (but also at lessening levels as we age), helps to lessen the appearance of existing fine lines and wrinkles while helping to prevent the formation of new ones.
The newest members to Zoeva's growing brush family are definitely more suited to the more serious makeup brush fanatics or collectors like myself or the pro makeup artist (also myself) as they are not really what I would consider necessary for beginners.
I however have been using them to death since receiving them and absolutely enjoying them, particularly the new Luxe face Focus.
I get all excited at the start of each year about the possibilities ahead, especially as I get older I feel more driven and optimistic, but I also feel the post-Christmas pocket pinch in January which can slightly thwart that excitement & optimism.
So for me, January is all about affordable, DrugStore/Pharmacy bought makeup. I can spend quite a while in pharmacies swatching and playing with makeup testers to try and make sure that I am getting the best quality products available at such low price tags.
And this tutorial is show-casing some of those good quality/low price makeup products!
So just incase ye've all been hidden under a rock for over the past month, Pantone the 'Powers That Be' who control all things 'Colour' named Marsala as this year's colour of the year. This will basically influence what we see on the runways in regards to fashion as well as whet makeup brands release in terms of colour and shade selection.
Marsala, named after a wine & a somewhat browned red colour, is described as a 'subtly seductive shade'. It is one of those truly versatile colours that works both as a neutral or as a pop of contrasting colour depending on what it's paired with.
I don't know about you guys but my own skin can change drastically from how it is during the summer to the winter and I absolutely have to change up my skin and foundation routine to adapt to these changes and to try & have it look it's best despite various skin concerns.
My no.1 skin concern at the moment is dehydration which not only can exaggerate fine lines and skin texture but can also leave your foundation looking patchy and powdery after a few hours.
In this video I share how I prep my skin and share what products I'm currently using to achieve a healthy and relative flawless looking base.
I picked some of my favourite bits from my latest 'Shiv's Stash' collective haul and created this pretty, warm makeup look, as a way of distancing myself a little from the bolder, darker looks I had been knocking out over the Christmas period.
I love a gold eye but they can often look very same-y same-y, which is where this beautiful Inglot #68 Body Sparkle comes into play to add a little interest and uniqueness!
Real Techniques recently released a brand new set of brushes in the guise of their 'Bold Metals' Collection. 7 brushes that are described as premium brushes aimed at professional makeup artists and makeup fanatics. The brushes come in three colours, GOLD, SILVER & ROSE GOLD.
Ye are going to have to get comfortable for this one! I had a tonne of products to share with ye in this 'Shiv's Stash' video (a.k.a; Collective Haul) and after cutting it down, it still ended up being about 35 minutes long,
If you have the time to spare though and are ready to add to the ol' wishlist, grab a cup of something hot, plonk yerselves down on the couch and enjoy sharing in my recent spoils
I managed to get one last makeup tutorial in on time for Christmas and of course it had to be dramatic yet glamorous! This was one of those looks that looks a bit crazy and, well... crap until it all comes to together in the end and then turns out fairly decent.
Another glitter look, this time on the eyes. I love and hate glitter in near equal measure but the love wins out thanks to just how friggin' gorgeous it looks!
(The hate stems from how hard it is to remove & clean up!)
I filmed a tutorial showing how to apply glitter as eyeliner 2 ways, the first tutorial comes with a bit of fallout and but is probably the easiest one to do due to the products needed, the second one is very tidy and perfect for anyone who wears contacts or has very sensitive eyes!