Shonagh Scott

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METALLIC BLUE

If you haven’t already seen the editorial image for the new ‘Neo Noir’ collection from KIKO cosmetics then Google it now!!
It’s all about the eyes and subtle glowing skin, simply captivating! The PR company for KIKO contacted me and asked if would like to sample some of the new collection and naturally I said ‘YES’.
I just had to recreate the eyes from that image, and of course, I filmed it.

Here is a link to the tutorial: https://youtu.be/pwHyk5LicS8

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This is the video in question.

Makeup blogger and industry professional(?) showmemakeup doesn’t see the act of painting a white woman black as “blackface,” and therefore argues it’s a-ok, it’s just art.

This is a perpetual problem not only in the beauty and fashion world (with constant skin-lightening photoshop techniques and over-represenation of white women with barely any black models being used), but also in the online beauty and blogging community.  We’re always being told to contour the sides of our noses to make them appear “slimmer” (and therefore more European and/or white) because, god forbid, wide noses are undesirable (the implication of such frequently repeated suggestions).  We’re told to use a foundation a few shades lighter, and to then add a few shadows, because that’s “prettier” or “just the way you contour.”  Granted maybe some people WANT to do that, but putting forth these rules as “the right way to contour” instead of just “ONE way to contour” further reinforces white, European beauty standards.

The above screenshots are incredibly disappointing as it display the typical ignorance of a fellow white person when confronted with our racism:

1) Deny the racist act itself (“No it’s not”)

- Shows an ignorance of both the history of blackface and how it’s being manifested now.  Doesn’t acknowledge that the literal act of painting a white person black is a direct reference to the racist act, and therefore further perpetuates it as acceptable.  Basically, just outright denial without any reasoning attached (except for the attempts in 2 and 3 below).

2) Make a false parallel (“If I took a Black Woman & coloured her White..”)

- An attempt at explaining why what she did isn’t blackface/racist.  It’s a false parallel because blackface as an act that has a long history and has been done repeatedly - “whiteface” has not.  Blackface is done to mock and degradingly imitate black people, which adds to our society’s racist perception of them and the violent way we treat black bodies (as if solely for our entertainment) - again, “whiteface” has rarely been done, and on the few occasions it has been performed, it has not had the wide-scale systemic impact on white people that blackface has had on black people.

- Therefore, the act of painting a black woman white is literally not the same as the act of painting a white woman black because of the extremely important context of how each group is treated.  Black people are still oppressed, marginalized, erased, and treated poorly, while white people still occupy the majority of powerful political positions, police forces and law enforcement positions, and the upper-class/CEOs/rich population.  Mocking a white person through whiteface has no impact on us as a group or as a whole, and the average person will still assume neutral or positive facts about us, while mocking a black person with blackface further reinforces the countless negative stereotypes about black people.

- Yes, this person is not attempting to mock black people with this blackface example, but the act references the above patterns, and despite the intent being ‘innocent,’ the impact is not.  The act also makes it convenient to exclude black models since apparently it’s so easy to take already successful white models and turn them black.  This further oppresses black individuals by denying them any chances of success in an industry that already tells them they’re ugly.

3) Attempt to make an excuse for the racist act (“It’s Art…”)

- This part is even more absurd.  If it’s not racist, why is she trying to justify it with this last part?  Why throw this in if she is so confident she’s doing nothing wrong?  The only times I see someone say “it’s art” in reaction to another’s comment is when a) it’s so bizarre no one gets it, or b) it’s extremely offensive.  This isn’t some bizarre contemporary piece that no one “gets,” this is clearly blackface.  "It’s art" excuses nothing.  If I stabbed a disabled person to death and captured it on camera, I would not be able to excuse myself with “it’s art.”  People can easily recognize the example I just gave is horrific and offensive, and would know that my excuse wouldn’t work.  The same is true for this case.

I am just continuously disappointed with how un-feminist the beauty industry is in 2014.  I’m always seeing faux lipstick-feminism 'hoorays!’ and people talking about how beautiful blackness is, and then there’s really nothing actually changing.  I want to see diverse runways, and Vogue covers that feature COLOR photography of beautiful WoC, especially black women.  I want to see contouring techniques that VARy or that CELEBRATE WIDE NOSES!  I want to see countless articles on HAIR, hair that is 4c and super curly and kick-ass fros.

I want to see BLACK WOMEN being hired to represent black women.

I want to see people finally fucking understand that the literal act of painting a white person black IS blackface, and is NOT ACCEPTABLE.

*Addendum: It’s also hard to not notice how brightly the lips are painted for the racist image above.  That BRIGHT RED thicker lip is a DIRECT reference to blackface tradition.  Barf.

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15 MINUTE HAIR & MAKEUP

If you struggle with braids and you have short hair to boot, then you’re going to LOVE this cheat braid! It’s easily done on long hair; you may have seen my tutorial using this technique on myself recently. But I was inundated with requests for it to be recreated on someone with shorter hair - so here it is

You can forget the need to weave three strands of hair while consecutively picking up new strands as you go, this technique is SO simple, you just need some clear hair elastics and you’re good to go! 
You can purchase them in UK here: http://bit.ly/2tXYEKG 
Or, if you’re in the US click here: http://bit.ly/2tfO44L

You can also complete the makeup in just 5 minutes - once you have all the products laid out and you know what you’re doing. It’s a simple but effective way to enhance your natural beauty in quick time! 

You can follow KrystalRoxx ‘here’.

Enjoy,

Shonagh x

MODELS OWN

Models Own are renown for their super cute nail polish stands, inhabited by an array colours that would put the biggest double rainbow to shame!
But the company is rapidly becoming known for much more than nail polish… Models Own have recently expanded and opened their first flagship store in Westfield Shopping Centre (Stratford, London) and filled it with a whole host of makeup products in a variety of stunning collections!! 
This week I received some of their latest products and they are simply amazing! 

Pictured above are 4 of their Luxestick lipsticks which come in 3 different finishes: 
Creamy Matte - available in 5 shades 
Velvet - available in 10 shades 
Matte - available in 10 shades

I have two lipsticks in a Matte finish (pictured left) and two in the Velvet finish (pictured right). 
Here are the swatches in both natural daylight and under mobile flash. You can see that the product stay true to the shade of the lipstick bullet even under the flash. Their staying power is fantastic and I had to use an oil-based remover to get them off my arm. 

Each Luxestick Lipstick retails at £7.99, but Models Own have an offer online and in-store during February where you can get a free Luxestick lipstick when you spend £10 or more. You just need to add the code LUXE10 at the checkout.

Next up are Models Owns ‘Colour Chrome Eyeshadow Kits’. When I popped in store a couple of weeks back the girls swatched these for me and I was absolutely blown away by the pigment pay-off! Much like the lipstick, I had to remove the swatches with an oil-based remover as they would not budge!

The kit comes with a little mixing tray, a primer liquid and the metallic eyeshadow. Again, 10 shades are available in this collection and I have 3 of them to show you. 
The consistency is very creamy and it glides on with ease using your finger or a brush. It’s a thick medium and a little goes a long, so you can use the primer to dilute the cream but I feel the thickness adds to the intense metallic pay-off.

I have swatched the eyeshadow straight from the pot on the left, and on the right I have mixed the eyeshadow with a tiny amount of the primer. If you use too much you get more of a wishy-washy pay-off so bare that in mind.
Personally, I don’t really see the point of the primer. There wasn’t any obviously contrast with and without the primer (unless you use too much) and it lasted just the same without.
I think it’s phenomenal all on it’s own! I will definitely be stocking more of these in my kit. 

Each Colour Chrome Kit retails at £14.99

The last three swatches I have to show you are from the MyShadow Cream Eyeshadow Collection. Once more there are 10 beautiful shades available in this range. 
Just to clarify incase you thought I had swatched the same shade twice, I happened to chose 2 almost identical eyeshadows from this assembly. I’m quite surprised by how similar they are, in my opinion I think one should have been a bit deeper or brighter in tone to differentiate the two. 

The MyShadow Cream Eyeshadows are less shiny than the Colour Chrome pots, but still have a gorgeous shimmery glow. The consistency is creamy with a smooth finish compare to the thick finish of the Chrome pots, and would go on the eyes best with your finger rather than using a brush. 

Each pot retails at £6.99

Overall, I am a massive fan of these products and I am excited by what Models Own have produced for us thus far! They have hit the floor running and I look forward to seeing AND trying more from them throughout 2017! 

Let me know if you have tried any of the Models Own makeup and what you think?

Shonagh 

METALLIC & PEARL

Last week I shot with photographer, Martin Higgs on a new set of beauty images. We used to shoot together a lot, creating OTT beauty looks using mediums such as paint, treacle, prosthetics and Fullers Earth, to name but a few.

We thought it was time we got together again and produced some stunning work to update our portfolios.

I’ve seen this blown-out lip look trending recently, so I knew I wanted to recreate it within one of the 4 makeup looks.
I combined metallic pigments with Pearl pigments and used them in a variety of ways to achieve different levels of glow to the skin, eyes and lips.

On the décolletage I mixed the pearl pigment with water and painted it onto the chest, shoulders and neck. I knew once the water dried it would leave behind the pigment in an even finish.

For the eyes I mixed the metallic pigment with a mixing medium and layered it over a cream coloured eyeshadow. Then, I gently feathered a touch of pearl pigment mixed with a clear body gloss to the very centre of the lids so it would catch the light. 

I also added this same mix to the Cupid’s bow of the lip and to the centre of the bottom lip.

The rest of the bright colours were cream eyeshadows blended over the foundation which hadn’t been set. This means the product had some slip and made blending the products a dream!

The team:
Makeup - Shonagh Scott (Me)
Photographer - Martin Higgs
Model - Caitlin Burles
Retoucher - Stefka Pavlova

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G A M O R A - G U A R D I A N S - O F - T H E - G A L A X Y

Many of you would have anticipated the recent release of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2 after having watched the first one back in 2014. 
Zoe Saldana plays ‘Gamora’ - an orphan from an alien world raised to be a formidable weapon!

When the first Guardians was released many of my friends insisted I watch the movie as they were adamant I resembled the character, Gamora.
I think it’s probably down to the face shape and the fact I used to sport Plum coloured hair a few years back. 
Anyway, after years of being badgered to create this tutorial I decided it was time to don the Green and embrace the character - so here it is! 

For your reference, here is the image I used for my reference: 

All the products used for this tutorial have been listed in the description bar of the video. 

Enjoy! 

Shonagh x

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EYEBROW GROOMING TUTORIAL - 6 STEPS TO PERFECTLY SHAPED BROWS!

I often get asked how I shape my eyebrows, so I decided to create this tutorial showing you the easy process in 6 steps;

* Guideline
* Shaping
* Filling In
* Set In Place
* Clean Up

You can purchase all the products I’ve used here:

* Eyebrow Pencil - ZOEVA Graphic Brows
Worldwide Shipping: http://bit.ly/2kWL0lJ

* Optional * Eyebrow Stencil
Worldwide Shipping: http://bit.ly/2kWsBWp

* Tweezerman Tweezers
Worldwide Shipping: http://bit.ly/2lwBWah

* Tweezerman Brow Shaping Scissors
Worldwide Shipping: http://bit.ly/2kWt8rr

* Benefit Ready, Set Brow! Clear Brow Gel
UK & Worldwide: http://bit.ly/2kWmnpq
US: http://bit.ly/2kWzxTh

* Too Faced Born This Way Concealer
UK: http://bit.ly/2kWIlZx
US: http://bit.ly/2lwHqSC

* MAC 212 Flat Brush
UK: http://bit.ly/2kWHLe4
US: http://bit.ly/2lwDbqf

Let me know how you get on trying these steps.

Shonagh x

M O R O C C A N    S U N S E T    I N S P I R E D   E Y E S 

For this weeks tutorial I’ve used an array of Orange shades as well as Reddish Browns. 
It’s quite an intense eyeshadow look and works so well with all eye colours, particularly Brown. But warm shades like these really make Blue & Green eyes pop, so it’s a great all rounder. 

I’ve added a touch of warm Gold pigment to the centre of the lids to catch the light and draw your eyes straight to it. 
This makeup isn’t about precision, I’ve chosen shades that easily blend into one another so blending doesn’t have to been the key factor.

I will list all the products used in the description bar of the video when it goes live! 

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VALENTINE’S DAY MAKEUP TUTORIALS - PART 2

The tutorial above is for those of you who prefer cool toned eyeshadow looks. Not everyone likes or suits warm eyeshadow - which we have come to associate with Valentine’s Day makeup tutorials nowadays. So this halo effect eyeshadow is perfect for those of you that love a smoky eye with more of a sombre finish. 

WARM BROWNS WITH A HINT OF VIOLET 
My latest tutorial uses the exact same technique as the tutorial above except I’ve swapped the colours from cool to warm, and added in an accent colour.

TWO-TONED BLUE 
This tutorial is still one of my favourites! If you’re a fan of colour then definitely check out this tutorial, it will not disappoint. Who says you have to sport Red this Valentine’s Day?

COOL PINKS & BLACK LINER 
If you prefer something more subtle then take a look at this makeup tutorial. Simplicity at it’s best… but still on trend for Valentine’s! 

TWO-TONE SPRING INSPIRED CAT-EYE
Another favourite of mine. This is a look I get a lot of requests for from my clients. If you love to sport a sexy feline eye then you need to try out these techniques! 

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BLOWN-OUT BRAID USING HAIR ELASTICS

Whether you have naturally long hair or you wear hair extensions, you can create this blown-out braid!
This is a great tutorial for those of you that cannot get to grips with braiding your own hair, whether you struggle to master the pattern or just find it too fiddly. This a simple cheat that will change your braiding game forever.

All you need is clear hair elastics, mousse & hairspray for added grip, and a spare 5 minutes! It doesn’t get much easier than that.

You could sport this gorgeous cheat-braid to a festival this Summer, or, you could strategically place some gypsophila down the braid and turn it into a stunning bridal / bridesmaid hairstyle.

Enjoy x

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M O R O C C A N   S U N S E T   M A K E U P   T U T O R I A L 

These warm hues work so well for all eye colours, not just Brown.
Orange and Red are opposite Blue and Green on the colour wheel, also known as ‘complementary colours’.
So when you wear the complementary shade to your natural eye colour it will make them POP!
For those of you with Brown eyes, like myself, are fortunate as we’re are able to wear any hue.

All the products used have been listed and linked below: 

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
UK & Worldwide: http://bit.ly/2s6Sabj
US: http://bit.ly/2s6UrTP

MakeUp Geek - Flame Thrower Foiled Eyeshadow
UK & Worldwide: http://bit.ly/2quCVYt
US: http://bit.ly/2rfJscH

MAC 286 Duo Fibre Brush:
UK & Worldwide: http://bit.ly/2rO04ZI
US: http://bit.ly/2rg4oA7

MakeUp Geek - Morocco Eyeshadow
UK & Worldwide: http://bit.ly/2rOgjFX
US: http://bit.ly/2quCInR

E25 Round Top Blending Brush - Blank Canvas Cosmetics USE DISCOUNT CODE: SHONAGH for 10% OFF
http://bit.ly/2s6J8Lf

MakeUp Geek - Bitten Eyeshadow
UK & Worldwide: http://bit.ly/2qutlF2
US: http://bit.ly/2rxsnf8

Sigma E47 Shader Crease Brush: http://bit.ly/2r4ttOc

MakeUp Geek - Americano Eyeshadow
UK & Worldwide: http://bit.ly/2quWUpG
US: http://bit.ly/2sdWqoG

NEVE Cosmetics Pigment - Compilation http://bit.ly/2rOuLxV

MAC 239 Flat Shader Brush
UK & Worldwide Shipping: http://bit.ly/29yNUv6
US: http://bit.ly/2quUdo7

Peaches & Cream ‘Famous’ Pigment http://bit.ly/2hTo1JO

MakeUp Geek - Peach Smoothie Eyeshadow
UK: http://bit.ly/2quXu6N
US: http://bit.ly/2rOz785

Sigma E36 Brush http://bit.ly/2qv5Ueo

Bobbi Brown Gel Liner - Sepia Ink
UK & Worldwide: http://bit.ly/2rFUdCW
US: http://bit.ly/2r4Gp6t

MAC 210 Liner Brush
UK & Worldwide: http://bit.ly/2se6g9U
US: http://bit.ly/2rxTkzc

Crown Brush - Smudger Brush http://bit.ly/2qELL8e

ZOEVA 317 Angled Liner Brush
UK & Worldwide: http://bit.ly/2rOwuTW

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
UK & Worldwide: http://bit.ly/2rg3LGJ
US: http://bit.ly/2qEZH29

Natasha Denona Sculpt & Glow Palette
UK & Worldwide Shipping: http://bit.ly/2pLuxDo
US: http://bit.ly/2r6KJmu

ZOEVA 117 Petite Defined Buffer Brush
UK: http://bit.ly/2quGfm7
Worldwide: http://bit.ly/2quJomd

Crown Syntho Brush http://bit.ly/2pZIl19

NARS Laguna Bronzer
UK & Worldwide: http://bit.ly/2quKtKN
US: http://bit.ly/2qv0W1j

ZOEVA Luxe Sheer Cheek Brush
UK & Worldwide: http://bit.ly/2rO320i

MAC Sweet As Cocoa Blusher
UK & Worldwide: http://bit.ly/2qv0n7K
US: http://bit.ly/2rOJzwC

MAC Brick Lip Liner
UK & Worldwide: http://bit.ly/2quX1BF
US: http://bit.ly/2sdUzQw

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METALLIC

I recently shot with my friend and photographer, Martin Higgs, and model, Caitlin Burles. I created 4 makeup looks on the day, this being the last of the set. I love how this particular image captures Caitlins’ natural beauty but still has an element of ‘pow’ with the metallic lips and chest. 

How-to: 
I used Mehrons metallic pigment in ‘Rose’ mixed with water to liquify it, and I used a large makeup brush to apply the mixture to the neck and décolletage.
* If you want more of a glossy finish you can mix the pigment with something like a clear body gloss or glycerin.
I wanted more of a muted glow which is why I chose water as my mixing medium, although I did add a touch of MAC’s clear gloss to the centre of the lips so it would catch the light. 

For the skin I kept it relatively simple; I brush on some of the new ‘BECCA Backlight Primer’ all over the face - it gives you that ‘glow from within’ look. Note, I had previously cleansed, toned and moisturised Caitlin’s face prior to this step.
Over the backlight primer I worked in Illamasqua’s Skin Base foundation using a dampened Beauty Blender sponge, and set the centre of the face with MAC’s ‘Mineralise Skin Finish Natural’ in ‘Medium Plus’. 
I filled the brows in following her natural shape, and used a soft brow powder for this as I didn’t want anything too defined. 
Using MAC’s Sculpt powder and an angled brush by ZOEVA, I softly sunk the hollows of the cheeks to add some shape to this area.
On the top of cheekbones I used a ZOEVA fan brush to sweep over this beautiful Purple toned highlighter from the new ZOEVA ‘Winter Strobe Spectrum’ palette. You may also notice I have also added a subtle amount of the same product to the inner corner of the eyes. This highlighter worked so well with the Rose coloured metallic pigment. 

The team: 

Makeup - Shonagh Scott (Me)
Photographer - Martin Higgs
Model - Caitlin Burles
Retoucher - Stefka Pavlova

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VALENTINES DAY MAKEUP TUTORIALS - PART 1

Valentine’s day is on Tuesday, so for those of you that have dates or maybe dinner with the girls I have some makeup ideas for you! 

These are tutorials that I have created over the past couple of years and are the most popular on my channel. You have a mix of options from full on glam to more subtle sultry looks, as well as the choice of warm eyeshadows to cool toned eyeshadows. 

ROSE CHAMPAGNE 
This is the most popular from the list, with over 1.6 million views. 

 SOFT DAYTIME GLAM 
This tutorial is about subtle matte shadows and placing the emphasis on the lashes!

GLAM METALLIC VALENTINES DAY LOOK
If you love a metallic finish that is eye catching then check out this tutorial! It features warm shades but you can easily mix it up and use cool tones.

SEXY DATE NIGHT EYES
For those of you that love the full on smoky look with a crisp wing using Black eyeshadow then this tutorial is a must for you! 

PRETTY IN PINK
All about the eyes! Soft hues with dark liner to frame the eyes, and a pop of cream liner on the waterline to make the eyes look bigger!

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PEARL-ROSE CHROME FINISH SMOKEY EYE

A couple of weeks ago I showed you swatches of the new ModelsOwnChrome Colour Eyeshadow Kits’ here on my blog, and over on my YouTube channel I created a tutorial featuring the Vintage Pink shade from the collection. 

It’s the perfect product to use when creating that on-trend cut-crease smokey eye that we’re seeing all over Instagram. Metallics are also huge at the moment, so paired with a pink liquid glitter mix, you have a super eye-catching makeup look! 

All the products used have been listed and linked in the description bar of the video. 

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SMOKEY EYE WITH CHROME ACCENT FINISH 

This week’s tutorial is an intense eye look with a flawless base, suitable for a special occasion or a night out on the town!

All of my tutorials are adjustable, so you can tailor them to suit your needs - for example; if you prefer less coverage then you can opt for a lighter foundation, if you like a smokey eye but find Black to be too intense then just leave off the Black shadow, if you don’t get on with lashes then just opt for lashings of mascara! Each step is optional, just have a play and workout what best suits you. 


Products used: 
MAC Paint Pot - Groundwork
UK & Worldwide Free Shipping: http://bit.ly/2sf9Zob
US: http://bit.ly/2tEaFaP
MAC 239 Brush
UK & Worldwide Free Shipping: http://bit.ly/2seUJaQ
US: http://bit.ly/2rFDYp9
MAC Paint Pot - Constructivist
UK & Worldwide Free Shipping: http://bit.ly/2sfdcnu
Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush
UK & Worldwide Free Shipping: http://bit.ly/2sftjSa
US: http://bit.ly/2ud33JF
Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette
Global: http://bit.ly/2sAyknN
US: http://bit.ly/2sfvm8R
Crown Brush C528 Pro Crease Brush
http://bit.ly/2ty9IAz
E25 Round Top Blending Brush - Blank Canvas Cosmetics
USE DISCOUNT CODE: SHONAGH for 10% OFF  http://bit.ly/2s6J8Lf
MAC 218SE (Possibly been discontinued)
Too Faced ‘Born This Way’ Concealer
UK & Worldwide Shipping: http://bit.ly/2tEayMK
US: http://bit.ly/2uduR0k
MAC 242 Flat Shader Brush
UK & Worldwide Free Shipping: http://bit.ly/2sfegaY
US: http://bit.ly/2t5aHHd
MAC Paint Pot - Indianwood
UK & Worldwide Free Shipping: http://bit.ly/2sfwcCx
US: http://bit.ly/2uxQEPz
Models Own Colour Chrome Eyeshadow 05 Copper Lustre
http://bit.ly/2tycDJH
MAC 228 Mini Detailer Brush
UK: http://bit.ly/2tydb27
US: http://bit.ly/2t5nWb8
Eyeko Black Magic Liquid Eyeliner
UK: http://bit.ly/2t5CqaT
US: http://bit.ly/2t5nRUQ
Esqido Lashes - Grandiose
Use “SHONAGH” for 15% OFF at the checkout! http://ESQIDO.com
PUR Bare It All Foundation
UK & Worldwide: http://bit.ly/2sADIam
US: http://bit.ly/2ty8Trm
ZOEVA 117 Petit Defined Buffer Brush 
UK & Worldwide: http://bit.ly/2tyfPoD
Kryolan Dermacolor Foundation 
http://bit.ly/2tzLO7k
Benefit - Hoola Contour Stick 
UK: http://bit.ly/2udqTVx
US: http://bit.ly/2uycL8S
ZOEVA Graphic Brows Pencil 
UK & Worldwide: http://bit.ly/2tyea2f
NARS Laguna Bronzer 
UK & Worldwide Free Shipping: http://bit.ly/2ty4953
US: http://bit.ly/2qv0W1j
BECCA x Chrissy Palette 
UK: http://bit.ly/2tyesGn
US: http://bit.ly/2sAJdFZ
ZOEVA 129 Fan Brush 
UK & Worldwide Shipping: http://bit.ly/2tyiJJN
Charlotte Tilbury Iconic Nude Lip Liner 
UK & Worldwide Free Shipping: http://bit.ly/2sf0d5q
US: http://bit.ly/2tyaU6O
MAC Peachstock Lipstick 
UK: http://bit.ly/2t5MjW7
US: http://bit.ly/2tA2RpG
MAC Oyster Girl Lipgloss 
UK & Worldwide: http://bit.ly/2tAak8a
US: http://bit.ly/2udAz2q

FILMING EQUIPMENT:
Camera - Panasonic GH5 http://amzn.to/2tzAxno
Lens - Panasonic 14-140mm http://amzn.to/2sf6Ggz
Lighting - Soft Boxes http://amzn.to/2sAMHbC
Dimmable Ring Light with mirror & stand http://amzn.to/2sAIswH


Shonagh

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C O R A L S

Summer is practically here, although in the UK you would never know - torrential downpours have hit! But in my filming room Summer really is here. I dug out my favourite Coral coloured products and applied them to every aspect of my face for this weeks tutorial. 

Corals suit all skin tones, whether you’re pale, tan or deep! Whether it be a blush, shadow or lipstick, there are varying shades for every skin tone. 

This look certainly brightened up my day, and I hope it will do the same for you.
The tutorial for this makeup look will be up on my channel this Sunday: http://bit.ly/2lhmzCv

All the products used to create this makeup will be listed in the description bar of the video.

Shonagh x


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This week I was fortunate enough to receive the brand new simplehuman Wide View Sensor Mirror
I had seen a link to this being shared around on Facebook and it instantly piqued my interest! Being a makeup artist, one of my pet hates is poor lighting when it comes to makeup application - particularly at night. So when I read the features of this mirror, I knew I just HAD to review it!!! 

I nearly snapped off the delivery mans arms when I hastily snatched this beauty from him a few days ago. In fact, I often find myself stood at the door mumbling briefly about the product to warrant my erratic excitement when he knocks - I’m sure he’s used to me by now. I hope! 

Anyway, let me give you a little overview as to why this mirror is magic: 
As you can see from the images above, it has 3 wide view panels that are adjustable so you can view it flat or curved. This means you are able to see yourself panoramically from any angle!
So when it comes to checking if my contouring is completely blended I need no longer crane my neck to see the sides of my face, I can now see both sides with ease. The mirror also tilts back and forth so you can adjust it for a more comfortable view. 
In between the three panels are 2 strips of light, known as the tru-lux light system. What makes this light-up mirror different from many others is that it simulates natural sunlight so you can get a true view of your makeup as if you were outside. More on this in a moment! 

Another key feature of the wide view mirror is that it has a built-in sensor. So as your face approaches the mirror the tru-lux light system automatically illuminates without the need to turn it on. Only once you move away does it turn itself off again. It’s a rechargeable device which gives you 3 weeks battery life. And this also means it’s cordless once charged, so yes, you can easily move it from room to room. 

There is more to the tru-lux lighting system that just a sensor and the ability to check your makeup in natural sunlight… It’s the first of it’s kind to be app-enabled!
As soon as it arrived I downloaded the free simplehuman app and wirelessly I was able to control my mirror! I think Tommy had more fun than I did, you know men love a gadget!
You can adjust not only the lighting, but the sensor timings AND set alarms - incase you get swept away in the moment and don’t realise it’s time to leave for work. To alert you the light starts to flash. Cool eh? 

This next part is what REALLY made me long for this mirror…
You can capture the ambient light from different locations using images from your PHONE. Yes.
You simply choose your desired photo - it could be your office, or your favourite restaurant even, and the mirror will mimic the colour temperature and intensity so you can check your makeup in the lighting of the venue before you even leave the house! Gobsmacked….? Tell me about it. 

I will be consciously snapping photos of my favourite places just so I can see my makeup in those lightings - just incase.  
The app is so simple to use. I put in my WiFi code upon request, enabled bluetooth on my phone, it then searched for my mirror and we were connected.

Here is a little snap shot of some foundation swatches in a typical lighting situation vs in front of the tru-lux light system: 

You can see the colours of the foundation in much more clarity. 

This is what the app looks like upon opening. You can see the name of the mirror, the battery life, and options to click on to access light modes, alarms, and sensor settings.

Here is the light modes page within the app. It contains some pre-set light modes: ‘natural light’ ‘candle light’, ‘restaurant’ and ‘cloudy day’. 
The first 5 symbols are pre-sets, and then you have the ‘plus’ button to add your own custom light settings. Below, you can manually adjust the brightness OR you can press auto brightness. 

The mirror itself is quite weighty and extremely sturdy, you can trust that it will not fall over and break. Although it’s a little weighty it’s still portable. You can see from the images above that it’s super slimline and fits beautifully on a dressing table, or even in the bathroom.

It’s ideal for me as I often teach 1-2-1 classes downstairs, and I have a filming room upstairs, so I can easily cart it back and forth. 

Here is a little mobile snap of me and my magic mirror:

The mirror retail prices are as follows:
£299.99 here in the UK
$400.00 in the US
€399.99 in the EU

It’s currently available on the UK & US sites, and will be available on the German & French websites by the end of the week!

If you have any questions feel free to ask!