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Cleaning your make-up brushes

Categories: Make-up Lessons

Cleaning brushes is a make-up artists never ending task. It just goes on and on and on – and when you’ve got weddings back to back, it sometimes feels like you’re in a never ending cycle of cleaning them. I’ve often dreamt about cleaning them or having not cleaned them and then panicking, and then I’ve woken up exhausted!

Make-up Brushes - to be cleaned!

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Tags: shelf life, make-up shelf life, advice, make-up brushes, in my kit
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Five must have products for a tenner or under

Categories: Products

Someone asked me at a make-up lesson recently what my favourite budget product was. In my make-up kit, I've a whole range of products and brands and I'll always try find a high street version of a premium brand. Not always easy but I do try! However, here's 5 products that are all £10.00 or under that I wholly recommend you get for your kit.

Cup of Coffee

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Tags: skincare, soap & glory, Products, advice, in my kit, moisturise, eyebrows, cruelty free, NYX cosmetics, ethical, dry skin
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Choosing your wedding makeup artist

Categories: Weddings

Weddings are a big experience as well as a big expense; you’re in a place you probably won't know that well, wearing a dress and some crazy supportive/restrictive underwear! You probably won’t see your partner until you’re at the aisle, your family may cry, you’ll worry about the flowers/catering/table decorations. Being the centre of attention, everyone is watching you while you’re dancing, eating, crying and speaking. It’s one hell of an experience and can be a stressful one at that!

Wedding

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Tags: Wedding, skincare, confidence, makeup, wedding suppliers, brides to be, bridal make-up, wedding makeup, bridesmaids, wedding morning, wedding trial, advice, make-up artist, moisturise, professionals, stressfree
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Retouching

Categories: Skincare

I shared this Beyonce retouch photo on my Facebook a couple of weeks ago. I've felt this blog post brewing for a little while, so decided to get my thoughts out after having spoken about it with other industry professionals. I'm talking about Photoshop and retouching of images. I don't think the unretouched photo is that great (make-up wise) but my feeling around these images is that the make-up artist responsible probably didn't have much time to get things right so she shouldn't be bad mouthed. Beyonce is likely to have a team around her for every makeup and skincare need she has but we forget that whilst she does have this life of privildge, she's a working mother, with ridiculous hours, tour schedules, rehearsals, travelling etc. Let's cut her some slack for having skin like EVERYONE ELSE because she's busting her butt with work and family. Reality check; it's what real life skin looks like!

Beyonce - unretouched L'oreal

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Tags: skincare, confidence, exfoliator, self esteem, advice, beauty, make-up artist, damaged skin, moisturise, self care, retouching
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Skincare for the summer

Categories: Skincare

So how is everyone's skin holding up this summer? Between dodging rain showers and the baking heat, I think I’ve just sweat a lot!
The sun might be sporadic but we need to be prepared for it. Following on from my other summer skincare post, as today is the first day of August let's make the effort to look after our skin. Here's some super easy things you can start doing every day!

Ms Moo Make Up - skincare for summer.

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Tags: skincare, No7, confidence, exfoliator, advice, beauty, spf, Simple, damaged skin, moisturise, self care
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Treatment Tuesday with Nickie Devolution

Categories: Interviews

I've known Nickie through the alt online scene for a fair few years now (Facebook says 5 years, but I reckon longer with the age of Myspace!) she is the owner and founder of Devolution Magazine and The Alt Collective, a fashion and art charity event that started in 2009. She's a one-woman machine with a dedicated contributing team working on the only alternative independent print magazine out there covering fashion, music, art, tattoos, lifestyle culture and photography; Devolution recently released Issue 40 of the magazine signifying 10 years of actual print! A decade of independent publishing is an incredible feat.

Nickie from Devolution Magazine

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Self Care to do list

Categories: Personal

I recently wrote up this list for BODY, the Body Dysmorphia (bdd) charity I volunteer for. Lauren the CEO asked me to write a quick list of things that are cheap/easy to do that will help you feel better about you. So if you have 5 minutes for self care or 50 minutes, there's something in here for you.

Self Care to do list - msmoomakeup.com, BODY charity

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Tags: BODY Charity, confidence, mental health, anxiety, coffee, exfoliator, motivation, makeup, self esteem, advice, beauty, moisturise, self care, Body Dysmorphia (bdd)
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Favourite make-up brush

Categories: Products

Man, I have so many brushes. I bought a few single ones when I started getting into makeup then my lovely friends bought me a whole roll of make up brushes and I didn’t know what many of them did; so many new and exciting things, I was gob smacked! I now have two brush 'kits' (my personal one and my professional one), and I’ve changed many around when I’ve found better quality ones. That said, I don't spend loads on my brushes; there's a few specialist brushes that I've splurged on and some have been fabulous, some have been atrocious but it's one of my mid-range brushes that's my favourite make-up brush.

Sigma/MAC/Real Techniques stippling brush comparison

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Tags: Reviews, Products, makeup, before and after, advice, beauty, make-up artist, make-up brushes, foundation
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Summer Skincare

Categories: Skincare

I apply SPF to my face each day; so much so that I probably remember to do it more than I do brush my hair! SPF is important every day of the year, but especially in the summer and it’s best to incorporate it into your daily skincare routine. Do you know what else is good about SPF? It'll help prevent aging and skin cancer. Wearing SPF is is probably the most important thing that you can do for your skin; even in the dark and cold winter, cloudy/rainy days, you should put sunscreen on EVERY SINGLE DAY. Your skin rejuvinates completely every 25 to 35 days but the damage is permanent.

Sun damage under a UV light

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Tags: skincare, No7, confidence, coffee, Products, brides to be, advice, beauty, make-up brushes, spf, Simple, damaged skin, in my kit, self care
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Trial advice

Categories: Weddings

Wedding make-up is about making you look the very best version of you possible. Getting to know each other will help us come up with absolutely perfect plan for your wedding make-up, ensuring you look and feel the very best you can on your big day. When you come for your bridal trial with me, it's our time to get to know each other; you can ask me all questions about make-up as you'd like! I get a lot of questions about what to bring to a trial, so here are a few pointers. Emily - Roar Photography, Pin-up Curl

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Tags: Wedding, makeup, wedding suppliers, brides to be, bridal make-up, Luna Photography, wedding makeup, wedding morning, wedding trial, advice, wedding makeup review
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Wedding morning tips

Categories: Weddings

I've had the privilege of being at flippin' loads of wedding mornings; here's the expert advice I've picked up over time which may help you on your big day...

James Green Photography - Kirsty

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Tags: Wedding, anxiety, makeup, wedding suppliers, brides to be, bridal hair, wedding hair, bridal make-up, Luna Photography, wedding makeup, bridesmaids, wedding morning, wedding trial, advice, wedding makeup review
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Make-up Shelf Life - pt 2

Categories: Make-up Lessons, Products

After my little rant a few weeks ago about mascara shelf life, I figured I'd do a little guide on the shelf life of other products that are likely to be in your make-up bag.

make-up bag picture

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Make-up Shelf Life - pt 1

Categories: Make-up Lessons

There's a bazillion (yes, that's a word!) of articles for the shelf life of make-up but I don't think people really realise why it's so important.

I asked someone recently at a make-up lesson, if they had mayonnaise in the fridge that was 6 months out of date but there was still loads left in the jar, would they eat it? Answer: Hell no, and dry retch.

So damn it, why are people still using mascara on their EYES that's out of date?!

sore eyes mascara

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Top ten under £10.00

Categories: Products

Here's my list of year round goodies that you absolutely MUST have in your make-up bag or on your dressing table.

 Adrell Demi Wispies eyelashes

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Tags: skincare, soap & glory, No7, Garnier Miceller Water, Ardell Eyelashes - Demi Wispies, Seventeen, Products, advice
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Dry lips

Categories: Skincare

Vaseline is one of those things ingrained in us that it's moisturising and good for dry lips. In reality it doesn't moisturise dry lips at all; it causes a barrier over your lips and gives a sense of false hydration :/ Even on their site they say that it's absorbed into the skin but in another question says that it provides a protective barrier; which is it?!

No Vaseline

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Tags: skincare, Elizabeth Arden, exfoliator, Products, vegan, Vaseline, advice, damaged skin, winter skincare
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Make-up Artist accessories

Categories: Personal

As I'm re-arranging my studio and redecorating a little bit, I've been nosing around Pintrest and the internet for make-up artist accessories. Holy flip, I want them ALL...!

MUA Hoodie multi tasking ninja job title make-up artist

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Skincare Resolutions

Categories: Skincare

Hope you've all had a cracking Christmas! If you're anything like me, I'm full to the brim with amazing food (roast duck, wow!) and too many bottles of prosecco to count...! Did you get any skincare goodies under your tree for Christmas? This lucky Sali got no7's Ultimate Collection gift set; yay! It's got the no7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Day AND Night Cream, oodles of bath goodies and both the Beautiful Skin Cleansing Lotion and Beautiful Skin Dry Skin Rescue; both staples in my kit at work and at home.

no7 - the Ultimate Collection 2015

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Tags: skincare, Christmas, No7, Resolutions, advice, winter skincare
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