If the Royal wedding taught us anything about make up, it’s that enhancing your natural beauty is timeless and elegant. Take a good look at Meghan Markle’s complexion and you will see skin. You’ll even see freckles! How often do people let their freckles shine through these days? More often than not, and with the … Continue reading Bridal Beauty
If you want a blogger who snaps up new products as soon as they are released, for testing and subsequent follow up review, I ain't her. I can't afford to do that. ***Some day Julie, some day.*** I like to consider my purchases carefully. Read up on them, decide if it actually appeals to me … Continue reading Bare Minerals BarePro Foundation: The Review
If you saw my Instagram stories on Saturday evening, you'll already know what I'm about to say. You may still be trying to come to terms with my shocking revelation. I understand if the wound is too fresh and you need to click away right now. If you didn't see my post, you're most likely … Continue reading Prepare Yourself
Being selective with make up, for your reading pleasure, was nightmarish. However, with rigorous qualifying criteria, I've somehow managed to compile a list of my most used products of 2017. Those little gems that I reached for on the regular. Surprisingly, no Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in here, but I don't tend to use … Continue reading Make Up Favourites of 2017
So I spent an hour planning, writing and editing this post the other day. Then WordPress managed to delete all but a picture. Ragin'! Anyway, here we go again... This little quad of shadows had been on my wishlist for quite some time but I had no real intention of buying it. Enter kind and … Continue reading Quick Critique: Dolce Vita Palette (Take 2!)
I am well aware that I own an abnormal amount of make up. I'm also aware I don't need even a twentieth of it. I was thinking not too long ago, about the little bag of make up I started out with and how little I knew about it all! So, that gave my thinker … Continue reading Beginner’s Guide
I have had several requests to do another post for my 'Do's and Don'ts' series and I couldn't decide which "topic" to focus on! So, I have written a mixture! Hope you enjoy and find something useful! The Don'ts 👎 #1 Do NOT take everything you see on Instagram and YouTube as gospel. Don't feel … Continue reading 5 Do’s and Don’ts: Miscellaneous
A while back I posted on my Instagram that I thought I had found a combination of foundations and setting powders that actually lasted on my oily skin. I've always had oily skin but over the last year my hooter, in particular, has thrown all caution to the wind and just seems to produce enough … Continue reading It Really Works!
E.L.F cosmetics recently launched a stand in my local Superdrug. Yes American readers, we know that's a ridiculous name! I was delighted at the prospect of trying a few products as I had never bothered ordering from their website. Sometimes I just like to see and feel the product for myself. This was one item … Continue reading Quick Critique: E.L.F Lip Exfoliator
So you may or may not have noticed that I am much more into my winged liner of late. It really has been a recent development over the last few months and I feel so much more confident now than I ever did before. So, I figured I would share a few tips and tricks … Continue reading Just Wing It!
I would venture a guess that even if you aren't all that into your make up you wouldn't be too opposed to making the most of your peepers. I know so many people who skip the whole foundation routine altogether, big up their lashes, slick a lippy on and look fabulous. I wish I could … Continue reading Quick Critique: Maybelline ‘The Big Shot’ Mascara
You may remember that for the month of August, I pledged to wear only mineral foundation. I love liquid foundation that gives me full but fast coverage. I always have. However, the wonder that is Jennifer Rock (aka The Skin Nerd and creator of the Cleanse Off Mitt), is a huge advocate for mineral make … Continue reading Mineral Foundation
So we've covered foundation and the eyes (by the way, any other questions do ask, I love hearing from you!) and I wanted to cover contour, highlight and blush under the umbrella of powders. As an oily skinned gal, (I haven't mentioned that before, have I?) I don't use cream contouring and highlighting cosmetics. They … Continue reading 5 Do’s and Don’ts: Powders
With the popularity of the Beauty Blender and various lines of brushes- Morphe, Zoeva, Real Techniques and Sigma, to name a few, there certain tools and random items that I, personally, couldn't do without as part of my little make up family. Such as... 1. Pencil sharpener- a good one. Not one you would have … Continue reading Seemingly Insignificant
Thank you so much for the lovely messages about my last 5 Do's and Don'ts. It means so much to me to know that people are reading my blog and actually enjoying it and finding it useful! With that in mind, here comes the next in the series. It was difficult to keep these limited … Continue reading 5 Do’s and Don’ts: Eyes
We're all well aware that cosmetic and skin care brands are constantly trying to catch our attention and take our dosh with fancy advertising campaigns, celebrity endorsements and snazzy editorial shoots. The easily swayed among us, myself included, find it challenging to resist. A habit that I've got myself into is heading on to Cult … Continue reading Ten Items on my Wish List
Let's cut to the chase. I own enough foundations and have been laying it on thick for long enough to have picked up a thing or two. Bearing in mind, my oily skin dictates certain steps of my foundation routine and therefore may not apply to you so much, let's get started. The … Continue reading 5 Do’s and Dont’s: Foundation
It seems to me that there are three attitudes to make up... Obsessed, love it, own everything, can't live without it. (That's me) Like it, own some but can do without it. Couldn't care less, never wear it. No matter what your view, there's a general consensus, from the majority, that you should just do you. … Continue reading You Shouldn’t Wear Make Up
At the end of June I wrote myself a little list of things I wanted to achieve and wee jobs I wanted to do over the summer months. These things ranged from small household tasks such as organising my study/make up room to launching a blog that had previously been private...for two months. I took … Continue reading I Do Solemnly Swear
Make up junkies, enthusiasts and novices alike...gather round, if you please. We're always hearing of supposed dupes of high end cosmetics and seeing videos and Pinterest posts comparing the two. Well, there's one brand that seems to be the Queen of the dupes. This company both impresses me and infuriates me. They seem, in terms … Continue reading MUR versus Kat Von D
I have never won a thing in my life. Ever. As a former pupil of Kings Park Primary and therefore an annual participant in the Park Show (paintings, handwriting and miniature gardens, whoop whoop!) I only ever received commendeds, highly commendeds or, if I was lucky, very highly commendeds. Never a medal nor a certificate … Continue reading HD Brows With LKS Make-Up
Tuther day was a hateful one, for that day was brush washing day. Yes folks, you must clean your make up brushes, both thoroughly and regularly. This goes for sponges and Beauty Blenders too. All hail the Beauty Blender. It's especially destable because I have accumulated so many of the darn things over the years. … Continue reading Best of: Brushes
Name: Julie 'No Name' Hynds Age: Clinging on to my twenties Skin Type: Oil slick! I'm told oily skin ages better. That's good, if people are being truthful. I'm also told I'll never have laughter lines around my eyes because I don't smile enough. I'm ok with that also. Anyway, my oily skin is a pain … Continue reading Urban Decay De-Slick Primer…The Review
You may have gathered from my blog thus far that I have an inclination towards pricier items. Not the priciest products in the world, but up there by comparison to Superdrug standards. P.S and by the way, this time last year, whilst holibobbing in Florida, I mentioned to an I-Drive operator that Superdrug was our … Continue reading Three Drugstore Products that Out Do High End
I've mentioned in previous posts about the influence of Instagram make up on the teenie bopper generation and the idea that you must wear a full face of slap if you're sitting in your pyjamas and binge watching Netflix. I admit, there was a time that I would have applied my make up in my … Continue reading Make Up Trends: Can we get over these already?
If you know me personally you may well have assumed that I would have made a list of blog posts I intend to pen by now. You'd be right. The one at the very top...eyeshadow palettes. Will this be a who's who and a what's what of the best palettes out there? Of course not. … Continue reading Best of: Palettes
This time last year was quite exciting for us. We had just a couple of days to wait until we set off on our holibob to Florida. Russell and I had both been before with our respective families. I was 9 when the parentals, my wee bro and myself visited the land of the free. … Continue reading 🇺🇲Reminiscent Blog Post 🇺🇲
So I'm the type of blogger, writer, rambler, whatever I am, who just types the way that I speak/think. I don't try to come across as more of a word wizard than I am. Sometimes I can be concise and get to the point and at other times I blether. That's just me! However, I … Continue reading A to Z
Julie 'No Name' Hynds, so called because my mother decided I didn't need a middle name like the rest of the family. My husband inserts the 'No Name' portion to make me feel better. My maiden name was Campbell and after 4 and a half years of marriage I finally don't have to double check … Continue reading Who is this yolk?