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Top Tip Tuesday – High Street Blusher

Affordable and really pretty blusher comes to you this Tuesday morning, care of High Street staple Maybelline, NY.

Dream Touch Blush is a cream/mousse blusher which dries to a powder finish but still appears beautifully fresh and dewy on the skin. There are a few shades to choose from, from a peachy ‘barely there’ sheen, to a deeper plum pink and I’ve found that I like to use two together for a beautiful glowing finish which is still a bargain when buying two!

top left, Maybelline Dream Touch blush are now in the kit!

top left, Maybelline Dream Touch blush are now in the kit!

Shade options are ‘apricot’, ‘peach’, ‘berry’ and ‘plum’. All have a beautiful built in highlighter which reflects light and enhances the condition of the skin. They are perfect as part of a bridal or daytime make up palette and can help you achieve of of my favourite London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 16 looks by Pat McGrath for Gucci.

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My Top Tip for creating this fresh peachy look and keeping it well blended is to use ‘apricot’ as a blusher base. On most skin tones it will be invisible but just add a bit of a sheen. Then dot and dab to blend upwards along the cheek bones with any of the other shades. It gives you something to work into if you’re not wearing foundation and prevents any hard line of blush developing.12662722_956554594427317_6740260878929970402_n

It’s priced at roughly £6.50 per pot and currently on 3 for 2 at Boots! Total bargain. Blush with abandon.

Carolanne x

 

 

 

 

 

A Make Up Artist’s Kit Secret: Skin Food

Skin Food. It’s multi-purpose wonder stuff.

I know a lot of you are interested in ‘no nasties’ in your skin products and Weleda are marvellous for thatSkin Food is something of a cult wonder product, rated highly by celebs and my model favourite Erin O’Connor I’ve been in love with it for years and thought I’d add a post here for anyone still unfamiliar with it. Skin Food contains organic plant extracts, plant oils and waxes, essential oils orange and lavandulae and almond oil, sunflower oil,organic beeswax and hypoallergenic lanolin. No artificial preservatives or parabens. Nobody likes a paraben.

image: carolanne armstrong

The key active plant ingredients in Skin Food read like my dream garden: Chamomile Flower Extract. The flowers of this plant possess gentle healing and anti-inflammatory properties. In skin care it is often paired with Calendula, the combination having a soothing, calming effect. Wild Pansy Extract: the tiny viola tricolour is particularly good for rough or cracked skin, and helps keep skin supple. Calendula Flower Extract is known for it’s soothing and healing effects on irritated or inflamed skin and has antibacterial properties, protecting from infection. Rosemary Leaf Extract which  is revitalising and stimulating to the complexion.

So with all that in mind, here are my 5 favourite applications of Skin Food…

5. Elbows and knees – target dry skin patches.

4. Hand cream – especially in the winter, apply with abandon. It’s great for nail and cuticle conditioning. It’s a good day when even your nails look moisturised.

3. Baby safe – I happily use on my baby’s skin, you only need a teeny amount.

2. Overnight foot treatment for cracked heels and dry toes.

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1. If you have dry lips from the assault of the winter winds but want to wear a statement lipstick, Skin Food makes for quite the awesome matt lip primer, as used on this photoshoot. (Apply sparingly, pat in and allow to dry)

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I have lots of samples of Skin Food in my kit for any clients with skin in need of feeding (I am a feeder).

Carolanne x