Collette Griffin Masterclass

I kindly got invited to Collette Griffins Masterclass which was held in the Waterford Health Park Pharmacy by the lovely Sandra. I was delighted as I love Masterclasses as you always learn new tips and tricks! Collette is an amazing person to go to see in action, if you get the chance to see her – GO!! She is great for teaching, you will have such a laugh and made us all feel so relaxed! Collette is always doing tutorials on her snapchat (collettegriff) and she is so easy to follow. Her other social medias are Facebook (Makeup By Collette) and Instagram (MakeupByColletteGriffin).

If your from Waterford and have not been into this pharmacy I would be surprised, they stock lots of brands I love such as Catrice, Flormar, Sleek, Glam & Co, Sunkissed tan, Human + Kind, I could keep going but they also got a few BH palettes in!! Follow there Social Media to see some more new items they get in – Snapchat (whppslievekeale), Facebook (Waterford Health Park Pharmacy), Instagram (WaterfordHealthParkPharmacy).

 

 

 

  • Starts with brows, brush through with a spoolie and used Cailyn Brow Gellux in shade “Oak” and applied with a Mac 263. Also Inglot 31T is a very good brush. Small strokes for brows. Cailyn Gellux is waterproof and smudge proof.
  • Mix brow gel and duraline together on the back of hand and if it hardens up just add more duraline to make it easier to work with.
  • Used Cailyn bright on eye balm for carving, sharpening the brows and fixing any mistakes using Mac 252. We all need this brush it’s supposed to be amazing! Its one of Collettes most loved brush! The eye balm is creating a blank canvas to work on which removes things such as veins on the eye lid. Mac 252 brush
  • For the eyes The balm Meet Matte Trimony and The Nude’tude palettes were used. Collette starts with highlighting the brow bone and  inner corner of eye with a matte white.The balm Meet Matte Trimony palette
  • Blank Canvas E24 brush – highlighting brow bone and inner corner
  • Zoeva 221, 227 & 228 brushes. 228 for transition colour, 221 for building up colour and 227 for darker colour on outer V.
  • Nima “Jennie” for blending out the edges
  • Mac 212 brush to smudge out liner on bottom. Another brush like this is Blank Canvas E44.
  • Collette used Urban Decay Naked Concealer and Cailyn bright eye primer with a Mac 252 on each eye to create a half cut crease look to give us an example on each eye. The Cailyn bright eye primer came out as a better blank canvas as it was more of a white Base. To create the cut crease go over your original crease.
  • As she was using a gold glitter she settled the primer with a gold shimmer. Than blending previous colours together with the shimmer to take away the harsh line.
  • The glitter used was Cailyn glitter in shade “Blondie” but to stick this collette uses Too Faced shadow insurance as a Base. To stick pigments down she applies straight to the wet concealer/primer used on the eye.
  • Eye Rule : Eye colours used on top of to be used on the bottom.
  • Eye liner used was The balm Gel pencil liner in black “Mr Right Now” which dries matte. This was smoked out using a Mac 212 brush.
  • The balm “schwing” liquid liner was used for a wing liner. A liquid liner was used as it was easier to work with going over glitter and creates a nice smoother line than a gel would. The Balm Schwing liner
  • The lashes used for the look were Rebeluna lashes in style “kate”. To apply the eye lash glue, cut a cotton pad in half and you have 2 applicators for applying the lash glue to the lash band. Wait about 30 seconds for glue to get tacky before applying to eyes.Rebeluna lashes kate
  • Primer used was The Balm Time balm primer.
  • Foundation used was Cailyn HD in shade 03 & 04, mixed together to give an exact shade to match client as she had tan applied. This foundation is super full coverage so never use under the eyes, use concealer. Collette used a beauty blender to press foundation into the skin.Cailyn foundation
  • Urban Decay concealer was used to highlight the face using a Morphe E8 brush to blend out.
  • Cailyn banana powder was used to set areas of concealer. If you are Pale do not use this, use a translucent powder.
  • To Contour she used The Balm Highlight N Con tour palette using a Mac 163 brush for bronzing but the Blank Canvas F04 is like this angled brush. And an Inglot 4ss brush for contouring with a darker shade and only bringing it out a small amount.The balm highlight n con tour palette
  • Using none other than The Balm Mary Lou highlighter using a Sigma F35 brush to highlight the Cheek bones and top of nose and using a smaller brush to highlight cupids bow.
  • The Balm Hot mama blush using a Morphe M509 brush.
  • Cailyn lip liner in shade “maple”. Collette favourite shade! Uses it for all her lips bar a red lip. Using a real techniques lip brush, Cailyn lipstick in no 18 was applied. Oh what a lovely combo!
  • Set everything with Mac Fix+! Also a good dupe someone said for that was Rose Water… hmm may try that out!

 

 

 

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Maintaining your hair colour

Picture you leaving the hair salon with a beautiful newly fresh shiny hair colour and you feel amazing, but unfortantly when not looking after your hair it turns all dull faded and you feel awful. I am here to help you! Here are a few tips to help you maintain your hair colour!

Good colour starts with healthy hair.

HYDRATE!! W hile bleaching your hair isn’t the best way to start, it is necessary to do in order to achieve a lighter or bright colour.  Unhealthy, damaged hair will not hold colour well and being dry it loses its colour quickly. You may make it from black hair to blue in a week by bleaching your hair twice a day but that blue won’t hold because your hair is in awful condition. Be patient with your journey from dark hair to light hair. Make sure to nurture your hair. Hair masks and repair products are your best friends!

High quality hair colour

After healthy hair, the next most important thing is a very good hair colour product. I highly recommend going to a salon to get your hair done as we know what we are doing. . Since salon brands are gentle on your hair, it’s totally fine, and really highly recommended as they know when enough is enough with your hair.

Rinse with cool water.

This is actually a best tip if you have a funky colour in your hair. If you skip all other tips (please don’t, especially healthy hair!) this is the one to follow. Warm water opens the hair cuticle allowing colour to escape. I’m not saying you need to wash your hair with ice cold water, but in reality, the colder the better. Just use cold water for your hair and crank the heat up when doing your body.
While we’re on the subject of water, it should be noted that swimming in chlorinated water is awful for your hair colour. For good measures, just keep your hair dry as much as possible or smother your hair in conditioner before going in.

Use the right shampoo & conditioner!

The main step to long lasting colour is to use a colour save/protecting shampoo and conditioner. Depending on your colour you may need toning (e.g. for blondes that tend to go brassy, a purple shampoo is needed!) Stay away from a clarifying shampoo this stripes and gets rid of the colouring in your hair (i.e head and shoulders).

Sulfates and alcohol based products are another two huuuge things that will fade any hair color. Sulfate free shampoos can be kind of tricky to find sometimes, but they’re definitely worth switching to. Even with sulfate free shampoo, you should still try to cut back on shampoo use. Shampoo strips your hair of it’s natural oils, as well as the colour. If you’re lucky enough to not have super greasy hair skip washing every other day and use a dry shampoo on your off days. My dry shampoo of choice is Wella “Dry Me” It’s a little bit more expensive than others I’ve found and tried but easily the best!

Avoid heat styling.

If you must heat style (hey, I feel ya!), use a protectant! This Wella one is my personal favourite, I’ve been using it for a while now.

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Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.

Just like your skin, the sun isn’t necessarily good for your hair colour. The sun rays will bleach your hair which makes your colour fade. Try wearing a hat if you’ll be spending a long time in the sun. Highly recommended applying conditioner to your hair or even a leave in spray!

Tips for Oily Hair!

Struggle with oily hair? I totally get it.

There’s nothing more annoying than taking a nice cleansing and refreshing shower, and waking up the following day and wondering why your hair is oily enough to fry an egg. Looking for some quick and easy tips on how to help oily hair? Keep reading…

 

1. Hair Wash Cycle

For someone who has naturally oily hair, it’s actually best to not wash your hair as often as you may think. Most people tend to go straight for the shampoo and assume they’re simply due for another shower when they feel their hair is oily. Washing your hair every day or even every other day, however, will result in your hair producing more oil because it’s trying to compensate for the oil lost. Basically, your sebaceous glands are confused.

It will take time to train your hair to get used to your new wash cycle, but with time, you will start to see results. We recommend to try and reduce your hair wash cycle to only 2 or 3 (at the very most) washes per week. I would wash it twice a week. When washing your hair, start off with warm water when washing so that it opens up your pores and cleanses, and when it comes time to rinse opt for cooler water so that your pores close.

Another great tip: minimize the use of conditioner. If you’re one to slather on the conditioner, try cutting it back to just a small amount or even skip it a few times each shower session to minimize oil build up, as it can activate oil production quicker. The proper way to use conditioner is putting it all throughout the length of the hair, because that is where the hair needs to be conditioned the most. The natural oils will take care of moisturizing the roots.

I know it can be tough leaving the house when your hair feels and looks oily, but here is a few hairstyles you can do.

 

2. Straight Hair vs Curly Hair

Have you ever noticed that you can usually go a day or two longer without washing your hair if you’ve curled it? If your hair lays flat and you’re guilty for straightening it often, try to lay low on the straightening products as the closer your hair is to your head and the straighter it is, the more oil it comes in contact with, and the easier it is for the oil to make its way down your hair.

3. Keep Your Hands Away From Your Hair

The twirling of hair or the brushing of your hair back that you subconsciously do throughout the day all contribute to the oil build-up you see in your hair. If you struggle keeping your hands away from your hair throughout the day, try tying it up in a bun at the beginning of the day so there are no temptations.

4. Dry Shampoo!!

Dry shampoo is a loved product by me. There are so many benefits to it, but the most obvious one is that it soaks up the oil in your hair and helps give the illusion of freshly washed hair, without the inconvenience and time it takes to actually wash your hair.

Other cool benefits of dry shampoo are, it acts as a texturizing spray and help provide extra volume at the roots, if you’re trying to create a more voluminous hair style. Be sure to only use a small amount as you can always add more, and don’t forget to massage it in well!

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5. Reduce the Use of Hair Products

We understand that sometimes you may have to use a little bit of hairspray or mousse to perfect that curl or hairstyle, but many hair styling products like gels, mousses, and creams contain oils and other ingredients that can contribute to the buildup of hair oil. I would recommend to use a little amount of these products as you can.

 

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Beauty Trend – Faux Freckles

While some beauty trends can be ridiculous, this one I love. Faux freckles have been going around social media the last while but Freckles will be a huge trend this year! Don’t worry if you don’t have any they can always be drawn on! I think this trend will be lovely for summer and holidays. After years of woman hiding there natural freckles with foundation to cover them all up now its the trend and people without freckles are faking them with makeup.

How to achieve faux freckles:

  • After applying foundation, choose a light brown or chocolate brown eyeliner, depending on your skin tone.
  • Scatter the placement of the freckles across your nose and cheeks.
  • When you found the placement you want, press down and twist. Don’t make the spots to perfect as having them oddly shaped will  make them more natural looking.
  • Lightly powder over or swipe with fingers to keep them natural looking.

 

What do you think of this trend or Have you tried it?

Let me know!

Another beauty trend for 2017 is saying bye bye to a heavy handed highlight (which we all love) and a dramatic contouring and welcoming back a natural look! We will be seeing more of a natural beautiful skin which will be teamed with a bold lip and eye. That will be a post for another day 🙂

Flormar – Future Historical Collection

Flormar has been one of my favourite drugstore brands since I came across it 2 years ago on holidays in Tenerife. In Tenerife, Flormar had its own store and I bought some stuff over there as it was so cheap and I knew the brand was not in Ireland. So after stocking up on a lot of makeup from this brand, used it, fell in love with it and than raging because we did not have it here, I very rarely used the items as I didn’t want to waste them.. I know I’m not the only one who would do this!!

About 2 months after the holiday Flormar had arrived in Ireland, which meant I could use my products every day!! Flormar ranges in prices from €2.95 – €12.95 and is such amazing quality! I attended Niamh Cleary (NCMakeup) masterclass in Waterford Health Park Pharmacy Waterford and she used Flormar Anti-blemish foundation, when seeing it being applied and the end result I fell in love. For the price of it, it was so flawless looking! I picked this up in shade “Honey” and I also picked up the new age matte liquid lipstick in shade “Tender Terra” and I love the colour. The foundation and lipstick were both used in picture below:

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Anti – Blemish Foundation

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This is  a buildable foundation with amazing coverage it also gives a radiant and natural finish.It hides blemishes but with its calming, soothing and anti – inflammatory ingredients it helps heal and prevent blemishes. This foundation is oil free and has a smooth texture. This is available in 6 shades and costs €11.95.

 

Radiant Touch Brush Concealer

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This smooth concealer is soft and creamy textured. It gives a natural radiant finish and is ideal for all skin types. It gives instant cover to imperfections, hiding appearance of dark circles and fatigue. This is available in 5 shades and costs €7.95.

 

Push Up Definition Mascara

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This is a creamy and soft textured mascara that lifts from the root to tips giving major volume to lashes with no clumps! Due to its formula, it allows multiple coats for extra wow!! It only comes in 1 shade which is jet black but is real intense. This costs €9.95.

 

New Age Matte Liquid Lipstick

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This is a soft, smooth and velvety liquid lipstick that sets super matte but is non drying (which I love!). It gives a rich colour with a great staying power. It is easy to apply with the lip applicator it comes with and lipliner is not needed. This is available in 6 shades and costs €7.95.

 

Colour Stretch Eyeshadow

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This is a light mousse shadow with a creamy texture. The colour is intense that is easy to blend and has a shimmery finish. This is available in 6 shades and cost €6.95.

 

Perfect Matte Nail Enamal

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This nail polish has a velvet matte finish that has a fast drying formula. It has a high coverage with a shine free effect. This is available in 6 shades and cost €3.50.

 

Caring for your lips this Winter!

London Beauty Queen: Dr PawPaw Original Balm: A Soothing Skincare Must-Have:  Dr. PawPaw Peachy Pink Balm Review:  During a recent intense Instagram-scrolling session, I came across a picture of a beauty product. Surprise! It looked like every makeup artist’s and cool girl’s favorite Australian-made balm, but with a red tint: It was Dr. Pawpaw Tinted Ultimate...:

The cold weather is now here and we know that brings out the dry lips! I suffer from this every year.. Here are a few steps to help prevent it:

  • A gentle exfoliation once a week to help shed off any dry skin on lips. Your lips cant stay healthy with all that dry skin on them. I bought a soft toothbrush just for this and I run it across my lips in circular motions or what else I love is LUSH bubblegum lip scrub. I heard of some home remedies for lip scrub such as honey & olive oil & brown sugar but have never tried it out.
  • Moisturise your lips every night before going to bed to hydrate the lips to make them soft and kissable!
  • This tip is the one I find hard not to do… when your lips feel dry we automatically tend to lick our lips in order to moisten them.. In fact when the saliva evaporates from the surface of the lips, it takes the skins moisture with it, causing the lips to become even drier! I tend to always lick my lips but will have to stop to help me prevent chapped lips.
  • Wearing a lipstick or lipgloss when outside protects your lips from harsh weather. For days where I don’t wear lipstick/lipgloss I always use Dr.PawPaw balms!

 

DIY Lip Scrubs (That are Sweet enough to Eat!) –

  1. Sugar , Coconut Oil & Honey
  2. Sugar , Honey , Olive Oil , Rasberry Extract & Pink Food Colouring  (Copycat – Bubblegum Lush Scrub)
  3. Brown Sugar ,  Honey & Olive Oil
  4. Sugar , Coconut Oil & Lime Juice
  5. Brown Sugar , Shea Butter , Walnut Oil & Cocoa Powder
  6. Brown Sugar , Honey , Almond Oil & Peppermint Oil

These are awesome and no need to wash off as the ingredients can be consumed as well :):   LipScrub:

If anyone has any other DIY remedies or some tips please let me know 🙂

Hair for your Halloween Costume!

Halloween is just around the corner and if your like me and Halloween is your favourite holiday than you tend to go all out on your costume!

Todays post is all about the best hair products for your Halloween look. Halloween hair can be the reason why your costume stands out! If you’re looking to temporarily colour your hair, add a frightening amount of volume, or keep your hair in place, then this post is just for you! Keep scrolling to see to see what needs to be achieved to perfect your Killer hairstyle!

  • Temporary Hair Colour: I know Crazy colours are quite a “no no” in some jobs but that’s why having temporary Hair colouring is great because when shampooed it washes out!

Hair chalk is the perfect way to add temporary colour to strands of your hair.If your hair is dark, wet your hair in the areas that you want to colour. If you have lighter strands (that’s you, blondies!), skip this step or else the colour will remain for a few more washes. Strand by strand run the calk up and down your hair until you’ve reached your desired colour.

Hair colour spray works perfectly on dry hair and comes in the prettiest of colours. It also washes out after one shampoo so don’t worry about scaring your coworkers when you return to work!

  • Wigs: For costumes that the hair plays the major part in, think Ariel, Cleopatra.  Cruella De Vil, rather than changing the whole colour of your hair a wig is best off for those kind of looks. If you really wanting to keep the wig in place and make sure nothing goes away, a wig cap is the best for helping to style your look.
  • Accessories: Compared to years ago, there are so many fun ways to accessorize your hair using items like plastic spiders and spider webs. Hairbands or chains are another great way to dress up an outfit!
  • Extra hold Hairspray: If your costume requires amazing big hair, Extra hold hairspray will be your Best Friend!  This will keep your hair in place for the whole day and night! Schwarzkopf Silhouette hairspray is the best!
  • Glitter: In my opinion all costumes can be made better with a hint of sparkle! If your looking to add that sparkle to your costume there is either loose glitter or hairspray glitter.
  • Hidden Props: Are you wanting to be a character that’s hair goes to a new level of height? First think of what you can use in your hair before backing coming your hair for dear life!! To achieve a Unicorn look you can use tin foil to shape the horn and than once sliped into place all that’s left is to wrap the hair around to cover the foil! .

A great site to buy off of is Party World. This shop is in Waterford but also delivers  around Republic of Ireland. Here is some of the hair items:

Hair Colour Pink Blue Hairspray Long Curly Wig RedPocahontas Wig

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evil Madame WigBlack Charlestown Headband

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So now I am curious, who are you planning to be for Halloween or what was your best costume ever?