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!
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?
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!
Summer is finally here!!! Well, on my channel it is - although to be fair, it has brightened up here in the UK today - yay!
This makeup tutorial is all about Corals. You can wear Coral coloured makeup whether you’re pale, tan or deep! You just need to vary the shade of Coral to suit your skin tone.
It’s a great colour to wear on your face to bring some life and youthfulness to your complexion. Don’t be afraid of colour, it can brighten the dullest of skin making you appear healthy and well rested. We can’t always have just stepped off a plane from a two week holiday in a hot climate, but we can pretend ;)
All products used have been listed in the description bar of the video, to see more click ‘here’.
Spring summer must haves for: fashion, literature, anything else in general?
Spring: fresh peonies, ballet flats, Claude Debussy, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, ankle-cropped black trousers, Françoise Hardy, Charles Baudelaire’s La Spleen de Paris, walks to the lake shore to admire the swans and blossoming trees, Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulin (2001), Fresh’s rose face mask, meeting with friend’s in coffee shops, Nicole Krauss’ The History of Love, Charlotte Gainsbourg, John Berger’s Ways of Seeing, silk blouses worn with delicate lace underwear (with no underwire), Feist, Patti Smith’s Just Kids, hope…
Summer: silk and linen, Bonjour Tristesse (1958), Hindi Zahra, small gold hoop earrings, figs picked from my grandfather’s tree, a closet of white and off-white, Lancôm’s lightest sunscreen, Fernando Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet, balconies with a view of the sea, Bossa nova, espadrilles with ribbon, seafood risotto (mussels, squid…), handwritten letters, turkish coffee, barefoot dancing, Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being, eating every meal outside on the terrace, straw bag, Federico Garcia Lorca’s Gypsy Ballads, Erik Satie with a view of the stars, a simple black bathing suit…
Ok ya’ll. Last night I was thinking about muggleborn kiddos and about Harry’s gen being born in the 80′s and going to Hogwarts in the 90′s - and being a fan of skate punk, 90′s ska and other crap I had the thought about what the fashion must have been for the muggleborn children when they came to Kings Cross for the first time. How many of those kids do you think showed up in ripped jeans and converse shoes? How many of those kids do you think showed up in Green Day shirts that said DOOKIE across the front and the non-muggleborn kids were kind of embarrassed and whispered to themselves “why do they have that word on their shirt???’ And what about the older muggleborn kids who in their 4th and 5th years come back to Hogwarts from Summer break with skateboards under their arms and their non-muggleborn friends are excited because even though it’s a board with wheels “You can do tricks too?? Show me!! And this is a muggle invention??” And maybe they try to discreetly put a spell on the board to prevent you from falling off or something. And then maybe some of the kids have dyed their hair and when their friends ask them if they’re a
Metamorphmagusthey just go “A what? I dyed it’ and the others go “YOU KILLED YOUR HAIR AND IT TURNED BLUE?? I WANT TO TRY”
like seriously though, I want to know about the skate punk scene at Hogwarts.
And on that note, can you imagine like Draco being the kid that would take a skateboard while the owner was sleeping and trying to ride it in the halls? “If muggles can do this and make a sport of it, it can’t be that hard.” And then he busts his ass on the first try.