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Sustainability and Ethics

Categories: Personal, Weddings

Having now been in business well over a decade, I've seen the trends come, go, and change but the one that's stuck around and if anything, grown in its power, is that of ethics and sustainability.

I wrote at length about being cruelty-free and using vegan makeup where possible here, but I wanted to go further than that so you can know what efforts I'm making and changing to be a sustainable and ethically responsible business. I want you to know that behind the scenes I'm doing what I can to make sure you're beautiful and the planet isn't hurt by my practices.

cruelty-free make up

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Tags: about me, Ardell Eyelashes - Demi Wispies, makeup, advice, make-up artist, make-up brushes, cruelty free, ethical, behind the scenes, cruelty-free makeup, vegan makeup, vegan wedding, ethics, sustainability, cruely-free, recycling, recycled, organic
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Do's and Don'ts for your Wedding Make Up

Categories: Weddings

I've been doing wedding makeup for twelve years now (I surprised myself when I looked back at my diaries for it!) and have seen so many different weddings with so many different traditions. More and more of my couples are looking to set their own traditions for their weddings, and I'm 100% here for it! I'm particularly looking forward to celebrants being able to legally marry people, and all of my couples based in England being able to get married outdoors without restrictions. Those in Wales and Scotland can get married wherever they want; how cool is that!

Wedding makeup doesn't have to be anything other than unique to you. There are no rules to follow, but I do like to impart such guidance as below. But remember, you're the boss and you get to choose what you take away from them.

Anna Rose Heaton Photography at Holme Pierrepont Hall

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Tags: Wedding, skincare, wedding suppliers, brides to be, bridal make-up, wedding morning, advice, make-up artist, makeup lesson, flawless skin, makeup artist, flawless make up, skincare advice, Nottinghamshire wedding, Autumn Wedding, 2020 Wedding, Nottingham Wedding Make Up Artist, Anna Rose Photography, recommended supplier, Anna Rose Heaton Photography, Holme Pierrepont Hall
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Cruelty-free and Vegan Make Up

Categories: Products

I've been providing a vegan bridal service for over five years now, and it's been so great to hear from clients that they've booked me specifically because of this service. I've always been staunchly cruelty-free in my makeup kit for nearly 10 years, and I won't use brands that test on animals.

So what does it mean, cruelty-free or vegan?

Jen by Ed Godden Photography

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Tags: Illamasqua, makeup, vegan, eyeshadow palette, brides to be, bridal make-up, wedding makeup, advice, make-up artist, cruelty free, eyeshadow, makeup artist, Nottingham Wedding Make Up Artist, Award Winning Make Up Artist, cruelty-free makeup, Bridal Eyes, vegan makeup, Tarte
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Tips for Winter

Categories: Skincare

Let's be frank here; if your skincare game isn't on point, then your makeup won't be. You could have half the beauty counter in your makeup bag, but you need a 10/10 skincare regime! So here are some top tips for the winter to get your skin through it in one (gloriously moisturised) piece...

Kara at The Walled Garden, Emily & Katy

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Tags: skincare, exfoliator, advice, spf, damaged skin, moisturise, winter skincare, dry skin, skincare advice, hydrating
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Eyeliner Recommendations

Categories: Products

It's just a flick... one little, tiny eyeliner flick... 

SO WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT TO MAKE THEM EVEN AND POINT THE SAME WAY?!

(photo by Ed Godden Photography, one of my recommended suppliers)

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Tags: Illamasqua, makeup, advice, make-up brushes, in my kit, makeup lesson, makeup artist, flawless make up, eyeliner, cruelty-free makeup
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Interview: SaywellHQ Photography

Categories: Interviews

Today's blog is an interview with Andy from Saywell HQ Photography. I've only met Andy once, but with the type of person he is, we clicked straight away! He's a good human and you can get his personality from this interview. He's one of my recommended suppliers, and I'm super pleased I've got more weddings with him this year :)

"Nottinghamshire-based photographer; stealthy! Passionate about photography, professional and takes really lovely non-intrusive photos and captures really lovely moments without you ever knowing he was there. Apart from his epic beard ;)"

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Tags: Derbyshire wedding, wedding suppliers, wedding hair, wedding makeup, advice, professionals, vintage makeup, Team Pin Up Moo, self-employed, 2016, Summer Wedding, photographer, Nottingham Photographer, recommended supplier, Pin Up Curl Hairwear, vintage hair, Andy
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Summer Wedding Makeup

Categories: Weddings

Summertime, the weather is free and easy... and our faces are at risk of slipping around like they are on a slide at a waterpark!

(by Ed Godden Photography, one of my recommended suppliers)

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Tags: skincare, confidence, Products, makeup, brides to be, bridal make-up, wedding makeup, advice, beauty, make-up artist, moisturise, winter skincare, flawless skin, cruelty free, ethical, makeup artist, flawless make up, dry skin, skincare advice, behind the scenes, freelance makeup artist, Freelance Makeup Specialist of the Year, primer, mattifying, hydrating, summer skincare
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Top Tips For Your Wedding Preparations

Categories: Weddings

Being in the business for over a decade, I've picked up so many tips from weddings about beauty preparations before the big day that I'd love to pass on to my brides to be!

Photo of a photo by Ms Moo and Ed Godden

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My favourite makeup primers

Categories: Products

Primers are a great part of my makeup kit, and I love telling people in my 1-2-1 lessons how they work and what they are all for. I have a range of my primers in my kit because I need to be prepared for all skin eventualities so you certainly won't need all of these.

Ms Moo Make Up applying Illamasqua lipstick at The West Mill

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Tags: skincare, Soap & Glory, makeup, vegan, make-up shelf life, advice, beauty, make-up artist, foundation, in my kit, makeup lesson, NYX cosmetics, ethical, makeup artist, skincare advice, self-employed, Ed Godden Photography, primer, mattifying, hydrating
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Social Media Links

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Tags: about me, makeup, brides to be, bridal make-up, wedding makeup, wedding morning, wedding trial, advice, make-up artist, makeup lesson, makeup artist, freelance makeup artist, social media manager, Freelance Makeup Specialist of the Year
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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 have got a whole range of products and brands and I'll always try to 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 in front of makeup products and brushes

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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.

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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 are 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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Tags: skincare, confidence, tattoos, anxiety, mascara, advice, treatmenttuesday
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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 makeup brushes and I didn’t know what many of them did; so many new and exciting things, I was gobsmacked! 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 are 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.

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Tags: Reviews, Products, makeup, make-up shelf life, before and after, advice, beauty, make-up artist, make-up brushes, foundation, selfie, makeup artist, freelance makeup artist, 2016
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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!

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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, 2016
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Trial advice

Categories: Weddings

Wedding make-up is about making you look the very best version of yourself possible. Getting to know each other will help us come up with an 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 your 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, make-up artist, wedding makeup review, makeup artist, flawless make up, client review, freelance makeup artist, 2016
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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, skincare, anxiety, makeup, wedding suppliers, brides to be, bridal hair, wedding hair, bridal make-up, Luna Photography, wedding makeup, bridesmaids, wedding morning, wedding trial, advice, make-up artist, wedding makeup review, 2016
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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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Tags: Lessons, skincare, Products, lipstick, makeup, shelf life, mascara, make-up shelf life, advice, make-up artist, makeup lesson, eyeshadow, makeup artist, eyeliner, freelance makeup artist, 2016
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Make-up Shelf Life - pt 1

Categories: Make-up Lessons

There are 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.

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Tags: skincare, Products, makeup, shelf life, mascara, make-up shelf life, advice, beauty, make-up artist, in my kit, makeup lesson, makeup artist, freelance makeup artist, 2016
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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, eyeshadow palette, advice, moisturise, eyeshadow, skincare advice, primer, 2016
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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 another question says that it provides a protective barrier; which is it?!

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Tags: skincare, Elizabeth Arden, exfoliator, Products, vegan, Vaseline, advice, beauty, make-up artist, damaged skin, winter skincare, makeup lesson, makeup artist, dry skin, skincare advice, hydrating, 2016
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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, moisturise, winter skincare, 2015
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