Miami Inspired Makeup Look

Last week I posted an LA inspired make up look, so for my second make up look my inspiration was Miami. When I think of Miami I think of of colour, sunshine and fun. I almost always stick to neutral make up looks, aside from colourful lip now and again, but I decided to add a pop of colour to my eye make up to fit the Miami vibe!

I started the look by using my new Too Faced Hangover RX Primer and Born This Way foundation which I have been liking so far. A little bit of bronzer was definitely needed to warm up my face, I used a matte bronzer first then my fave shimmering bronzer, Kevyn Aucoin's Bronzing Veil, to add a slight bronzed glow to the face.

For my eyes I stuck to neutral brown/taupes for my top lids, with flicked out liner and then added a pop of colour to my lower lash line using a combination of the prettiest blue shadows from Sleek's Limited Edition Nautical eyeshadow palette. The colours in this palette just scream Miami!

Tonnes of mascara next and I also added some false lashes to give some extra drama (Velour Mink Lashes in Whispie Sweet Nothings). For the cheeks I applied a shimmering pink blush and to keep the focus on the eyes I decided on pinky nude lip (sorry I forgot to take pics of the lip products, they are listed below though!).

I loved the end result and this look would look great on anyone, although if you have brown eyes the blue shadow will really make your eyes pop.

All of the products I used for this look were:

Eyeliner- Kat Von D Tattoo Liner  & NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk (inner corner of eyes)

Two cities down, two to go! Next stop New York?

Olaplex: The Hottest New Hair Treatment

Whilst getting my hair done recently, my hairdresser was telling me about a new hair treatment called Olaplex (thanks Hazell!). Olaplex is fast becoming the hottest and most talked about thing in hair.

This single-ingredient solution is a miracle worker when it comes to repairing damaged colour-treated hair. There is a lot of science behind Olaplex and this is not surprising considering it was developed by a Californian chemist, Craig Hawkers. To simplify things, when we colour or chemically treat out hair, the sulphur bonds split to become sulphur hydrogen. This can break down the proteins in the hair causing damage and making it look dry and all around unhealthy. Olaplex works by linking the bonds together to repair and stop any damage.

Olaplex can be summarised as a three step system. No 1 Olaplex Bond Multipler is mixed directly in with the colour before being applied to your hair. No 2 Olaplex Bond Perfector is a cream formula containing the same active ingredient as No 1. This is applied before shampooing your hair, left on for 10-20 minutes then rinsed. The final step, No 3 Olaplex Hair Perfector is a take home product that you can buy. This is a diluted version of the in-salon treatment and will help to give you the best results at home. This is applied sort of like a conditioning treatment.

The results are said to be amazing and the treatment is being described as a 'reset button' for your hair, helping to repair and strength the hair from within as opposed to only on the outside. Ever wondered how Kim K went from dark, to full on blonde and then back to dark again without frazzling her hair?! Yip you guessed it, Olaplex!

Salons across the country are starting to offer this treatment after arriving from the US earlier this year. John Frieda currently offering Olaplex starting from £50 which gives a rough idea of the cost.

Strong, healthy, glossy hair, here we come!

Too Faced Hangover Rx Primer & Born This Way Foundation

For the last four to five months I have been wearing the same foundation (which is unusual for me!) but when I saw Too Faced's latest foundation release, Born This Way, it was definitely time to try something new. Unfortunately I couldn't find it here in the UK so took to Sephora to order it online. Whilst I was ordering I decided to also try their Hangover Rx Primer as this is another Too Faced product that we don't have in the UK yet.

This primer is loved by many beauty bloggers and YouTubers. The Hangover Rx primer is silicone free so it isn't one of those primer that will make your skin feel impossibly smooth and make your foundation glide on. Those sort of primers have their place but I often find that half way through the day the silicone makes your foundation slip and slide. This primer contains coconut water and probiotics to help revive the skin and hydrate it. 

I love that it comes in a handy pump tube and to me this primer is akin to a light moisturiser. It helps to add moisture back in to the skin, brightening it and making it look fresh. It is not heavy in the slightest and is instantly absorbed. It gives you skin a healthy look, making it ready for foundation.

I would say the Born This Way foundation gives medium to full coverage and gives a demi-matte finish to the skin. Demi-matte foundations are fast becoming my favourite finish of foundation as they last all day and keep shine away. If you want a bit of a glow there is always highlighter!

I have been using two pumps which is plenty to do my full face and I have used both a brush and Beauty Blender to apply the foundation, and I have to say I think I prefer applying it with a Beauty Blender as it gives the most natural effect. 

I ordered the shade Warm Nude, purely from looking at swatches online and other beauty blogs, so I was so relieved when it came and was the perfect colour for me. Too Face have 18 shades so everyone should find a colour that suits them.

This foundation hides imperfections well and doesn't look cakey for having such great coverage. It last really nicely on the skin due to the slightly more matte finished and the lovely ingredients such as coconut water and hyaluronic acid really help to make the skin feel hydrated and plump.

So far I have no complaints about the primer or foundation. The key will be seeing how long I use them for before wanting to try something else!

I would love to know what your favourite foundation is?

LA Inspired Make Up Look

I thought I would try something a bit different and do some make up looks based on four American cities, the first of which is LA. When I think of Los Angeles I think of the typical laid back Californian girl; bronzed glowing skin and fairly natural make up with just a hint of glam. Think Lauren Conrad, Kate Hudson, Jennifer get the picture!

For this make up looked I started by creating a glowing base and using a shimmering bronzer to get that sun kissed vibe.

I kept the eyes really simple, only really focusing on my lashes for that bit of glamour but ditched the liner to keep the look relaxed.

For cheeks I used a natural flush coloured blush containing subtle golden shimmer and applied plenty of Champagne Pop highlighter to the tops of my cheekbones, down the centre of my nose and on my cupid's bow.

I finished the look with a pink/nude lipstick, topped with a peachy pink gloss with golden shimmer. I loved the, overall natural, yet pretty look.

The products I used to create this LA inspired make up look were:

Look out for a New York, Miami and Vegas inspired make up look coming soon!

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