Wild About Beauty Safari Nights Collection

The first time I heard about Wild About Beauty I was working on a show for Nicholas Oakwell’s Couture collection – the head make up artist, Michelle Campbell had some of the products in her kit and was raving about how great they are.

Wild About Beauty is a range created by Louise Redknapp and make up artist Kim Jacob. After the birth of her son, Louise developed pigmentation on her skin – Kim made her skin look so good without the need of heavy make up, that they put their heads together and Wild About Beauty was born in September 2012. This isn’t your average line of make up that a celebrity has decided to endorse – this is high quality, gorgeous make up created by both of these ladies.

They have recently released a limited edition collection for spring / summer, focusing on sunkissed, natural hues – Safari Nights. The collection is made up of a multi-purpose palette ‘Safari Nights’ (£29), three nail polishes (£9) ‘Flora’ (coral), ‘Martin’ (bronze) and ‘Tanwen’ (green), and a coloured Nutrilips Balm ‘Camelia’ (£14).

The Safari Nights palette is a sleek, compact mirrored palette housing two powder shadows (Aine & Polly), two creme shadows (Edna & Buster), one multi-purpose tint (Sandra), a Nutrilips gloss (Sasha), an Ultra Dewy Glow Stick (Benny) and an Ultra Sheer Powder Blush (Kitty).

The products are all very nicely pigmented and a gorgeous range of metallic and earthy tones, perfect for a smokey or sunkissed look. I love that all the shades have human names too! As a make up artist, this is an expertly designed product for putting in my kit as it’s so versatile and has such a wide range of products inside. I found that the blush pan size was a little small for my usual blush brush, so I swirled the tip round a little more gently to pick up the product.

For the look above, once I had applied my base, I used Kitty blush with a dab of Benny glow stick above it to highlight.  I used Sandra all over my lid up to my socket then blended the edges. I used Polly in the crease and outer corner of my lid, and a little Aine in the middle and under my lower lash line. I added black liner to my inner eyes, applied some mascara, and finished with the Sasha gloss.

I am really pleased at how much of my face I have managed to get done with only one palette and 3 extra items – for travelling this will be a massive space-saver! The products applied and blended really well – the creme eyeshadows act as the perfect base for the powders which cling to it beautifully without creasing.

I also tried out Flora from the nail polish range – I was really impressed with the formula – it’s nice and thick without being gloopy and applies evenly. The brush is medium thickness and easy to use. The colour is coral with a slightly whitish undertone – it’s really pretty and will look even better with a tan! I think it’s one of those shades that would look great on any skin tone.

For my first delve into Wild About Beauty, I am thoroughly impressed and look forward to exploring more of the range.

Wild About Beauty is available at wildaboutbeauty.com and selected House of Fraser and Debenhams stores.

Lord & Berry

I was recently sent some Lord & Berry products to try out. It’s a brand I’ve never tried before, but I’ve always admired from a distance – their packaging looks nice and their products seem high in quality and reasonably priced, so I was excited to give them a go.

I was sent a Stardust loose eyeshadow – ‘Gold Black’, Seta pressed eyeshadow – ‘Premier’, and INKglam waterproof eyeliner in black.

The Stardust Loose Eyeshadow in Gold Black is my definite favourite of the three products. Firstly – as a loose pigment it is so versatile that I really feel you get a lot for your money. It’s only a small pot (1g for £9.50) but a little goes a really long way. The colour pay off is fab and the effect it leaves is gorgeous – it’s black in some lights with a hint of gold, and in other lights its gold with blended black at the edges. The particles of golden shimmer really make it special – this is divine.

The Seta Premier Eyeshadow is from the Black Wardrobe range, and costs the same as the rest of the eyeshadow ranges (£10). I was sent a palette refill, however it normally comes in a proper individual pot with sleek black packaging and a screw top lid. The colour ‘Premier’ looks lovely even in the pan – a frosted grey black – and one sweep of it over the back of my hand shows you just how pigmented it is. The only issue I have with this is that it’s very soft – some of the edge of my pan had crumbled off after doing one eye make up with it. Besides that, it’s a great product.

The INKglam eyeliner (£9.50) I have mixed feelings about. It’s meant to be shiny, long wearing and waterproof – this it definitely is. It looks glossy and lasts really well – it takes some getting off! The thing I don’t like is the applicator. I like a soft applicator to line my eyes, this is very stiff with barely any movement in it at all. The pointed end makes it great for fine detail work like the inner corners of the eyes – but when you are drawing a line, if you put any pressure on it, the pointed end rubs off a line of the product. The formula of the liner itself is great – the applicator just doesn’t work for me. I will definitely continue to use it by transferring the product from the applicator to an eyeliner brush.

I have added a couple of swatch photos so you can see the products at different angles.

I did a smokey eye using the pressed eyeshadow over my lid and, as it’s slightly darker, the loose shadow in the outer corners and under my eye. I used a kohl liner on the inner rims of my eyes, but didn’t use the INKglam for this look.

Have you tried any Lord & Berry products before? I am really impressed with the intensity of the colours and will definitely be checking out more of their range.

Lord & Berry is available from Beauty Expert.

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

Everyone (myself included) went crazy when Urban Decay released their first two Naked Palettes – a range of 12 shadows on the neutral scale which are perfect for creating brown toned looks and smokey eyes. The only issue some people had, was that most of the shades were shimmery – some people preferred matt finishes, and they would like to see a more matt version along the same line. So that’s what Urban Decay did! They created the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette – a palette containing 5 matt and 1 satin colour.



The Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette is a lot smaller than the original Naked & Naked 2 palettes – there are half the amount of shadows, but there is no brush or eyeliner included with this one as there was with the first two. It makes it a really good size to be able to put in a standard sized make up bag without being too bulky, and contains a nice range of colours.

Venus is the only satin colour in the palette – it is a white frosty shade which is perfect for highlighting under the brows, inner corners of the eye, or to add over another of the shadows to give less of a matt finish.

Foxy (which also exists in the Urban Decay permanent line) and Walk of Shame (W.O.S) are both pale fleshy toned shadows, Foxy being more peach, Walk of Shame being more pink. They can be used as a base to any of the shadow looks, or used on their own with a darker colour for contour for a softer looking result. They are also good for neutralising any discolouration your eyelids may have – Foxy knocking out any blue tones, W.O.S taking away redness.

Naked 2 is latte coloured, creamy brown also found in the Naked 2 palette, with Faint being the darker big sister. These two would work well together to create a smokey brown eye look.

Then there’s Crave – the blackest black eyeshadow which is very highly pigmented. This can be used to add definition to the more neutral shadows, or for a full-on black smokey eye.

The colours feel creamy and glide onto the eye easily and last all day – they contain the Urban Decay Pigment Infusion System to ensure you get a great colour pay off from each shadow. Despite there being only 6 colours, it’s a really versatile palette which you can use for both day and night looks.

Here I have created a neutral, daytime look.

For this look I used W.O.S all over the lid with a little Venus over the top, Naked 2 in the socket and blended out, Faint in the crease, blended out and a little crave on the outer V, taking it into the lash line, and blended. I also used a little Naked 2 under the lower lash line and finished with liquid liner and mascara.

And here a more full-on, night time look.

To create this look I used W.O.S to give a nice neutral base, then Faint into and above the crease then blended out. I then patted Crave on all over the lid and into the socket, then blended it into the Faint. I used a small amount of Venus under the brow bone as a highlight, and in the inner corners of my eyes, then with a small brush, applied Crave under the lower lash line. I finished it with black eyeliner in the waterline, and mascara.

I really love it – the range of colours is perfect for me, and a touch of black can vamp up any look! The fact the colours are so highly pigmented and long lasting means this is a perfect little palette for me!

The Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette costs £20 (fab value too) from Look Fantastic

How To: Soft Brown Smokey Eye Tutorial

I go through phases of wearing the same style of make up. At the moment I am loving a bronzey, soft smokey eye with nude lips and today I am going to show you how I do my eyes. There are lots of ways of doing this, this is just one technique, which is the groove that I seem to be stuck in at the moment!

What you will need:
A light eyeshadow (I used MAC Brulee)
A bronze eyeshadow (I used Chanel Ebloui)
Black pencil liner (I used Models Own)
Black mascara (I used Rimmel Volume Flash)
Make up brushes 

1. Prep the eye by patting on the light eyeshadow as a base. Put it all the way up to the socket and in the inner corners of your eye – this will help to open it up.
2. Using a brush with short, firm bristles pat on a thick line of your bronze shadow close to the lid.
3. Using a soft dense brush, move the shadow up to the socket so there is now a gradient of bronze shadow going up your lid. 
4. Use a fluffy brush at the edges to remove any harsh lines.
5. Line your eye close to your lid – don’t worry about being too precise.
6. Repeat step 2.
7. Repeat step 3 – you are layering the eyeshadow on.
8. Using a very small brush, apply bronze shadow to the outer 3/4 of your lower lash line. Stay as close to the lash line as you can!
9. Line the upper lid (more carefully this time) and the lower lash line (gently) – again, staying as close to the lash line as possible.
10. Use a bullet tipped brush to rub the liner gently from side to side to smudge and smoke it out. At the outer corner of your eye, use the brush to push some of the colour into the outer 1/3 of your crease.
11. Use a fluffy brush to remove any harsh edges.
12. Curl your lashes, and apply mascara to top and bottom lashes. 
Voila!

Although the layering takes a little bit of time, I really like the finished effect. It doesn’t have to be done with bronze – you could use any colour you like – I think it looks really effective with a vibrant purple. I love the contrast of the purple and black together.
What do you think? If you give it a go, let me know how you get on!