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Makeup Must Haves

As a makeup artist, I'm constantly trying out new products. As a result, I tend to chop and change my daily makeup routine quite often. My primary focus is always on using quality products that are effective in creating a flawless, radiant makeup look. My current makeup routine is simple and quick. I want to look natural yet polished, so I use the following products: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation This is a great full coverage foundation that can be easily buffed into the skin. This creates a flawless but very natural base. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard This evens skin tone and balances any pigmentation, while covering and diminishing any blemishes and imperfections. This is one of the best concealers on the market as it is designed to last. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Powder in Natural This is a lovely finishing powder that really sets the foundation and holds everything in place throughout the day. MAC Blush in Well Dressed This blush

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An Alternative to Botox – The Guinot Hydradermie Facial at Sam McCauley’s

I think it's safe to say that we love our beauty treatments in Ireland. It's also probably true to say that most women of a certain age have definitely contemplated Botox at some stage. It's a sign of the times, and Botox seems to be the remedy of choice for people who have spent years neglecting the prevention process or for people who are looking for an easy way to take the years off. However, it is important to remember that there are anti-ageing treatments other than Botox. For instance, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles can be lessened by choosing to eat a healthy diet, by drinking 2 litres of water a day, by exercising regularly to reduce stress and worry and by sticking to the rules. You can also take the years off with the Guinot Hydradermie facial if the rules just aren't your thing and if Botox doesn't float your boat. I recently started having Guinot Hydradermie sessions in Sam McCauley's and wanted to review the treatment for you all, as I have found it is ama

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Brown Eyed Girl – Best MAC Shadows for Brown Eyes

Have you got beautiful brown eyes? Do you need eyeshadow combinations that are guaranteed to make your brown eyes smoulder? Here are my MAC choices for you. Golds, coppers, rose golds and pink tones are stunning on light brown eyes as they highlight the intensity of colour within the eye. Retrospeck, All That Glitters, Expensive Pink, Tempting, Woodwinked and Amber Lights are all beautiful golds, rose golds and coppers to use on the lid. Add definition to these looks with beautiful browns - such as Antiqued, Bronze or Embark. Use the deeper colours on the crease and the outer corners. Patina 'a taupe brown with a hint of gold'  really enhances brown eyes. Combine it with Mulch for the perfect eyeshadow pairing. Similarly, Satin Taupe and Mulch work well together. Gorgeous greens, such as Sumptuous Olive, wear amazingly with a hint of black on brown eyes. Either use some black eyeliner to tight line, or define or smoke out the look with a black eyeshadow such as Typ

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HD Brows at Coco Beauty

Shall I share a little secret with you? It’s one that a lot of celebrities are in on and one that involves a beauty treatment that has gradually made its way from Hollywood to a beauty salon near you. It’s a treatment that is guaranteed to make your life easier and to take the stress out of your daily makeup routine. It is also a secret that, once revealed, will leave you looking more youthful and more beautiful. Want to know what it is? …….. HD Brows! HD Brows is a unique seven step brow-shaping treatment, which will help you achieve the right brow shape and the right brow colour for your face. Whether your eyebrows are over-plucked, or lacking in shape and definition, HD Brows will definitely help you to achieve the gorgeous eyebrows of your dreams. Interesting fact: Over 70% of your facial expressions depend on your eyebrows, so they really play a big part in expressing your personality! Hence why it’s so important to have them looking their best! I visit Coco

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Makeup Inspiration-Coral Summer Makeup Look

  This soft coral makeup look that I created on the beautiful Lisa, is a look that is both simple and effective. It is the perfect look for the summertime! Work some tanned and radiant skin, a subtle smoky eye and a pop of coral where it matters, through hazy sunny days all the way through to those cool summer nights. Face As ever, I began this look by using Dior Star Foundation for radiant coverage. All great makeup looks begin with a fabulous face of foundation from Dior! They carry makeup to suit all skin types and requirements, so there will definitely be a foundation to suit you. Eyes To truly rock the coral look, the eyes must smoulder. I smoked out the eyes and used some beautiful burnt orange and brown tones, which compliment the soft peach hues on the cheeks and the coral lips. To create the look, firstly I used Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Linen all over the lid to create a base. Next, I used MAC Vanilla Eye Shadow on the lid and worked it up as

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My Top 10 Luxury Make-Up Products for Creating Flawless Bridal Looks

Attention all Brides-to-Be! Like any bride, you will want to look a million dollars on your big day. You’ll only be getting married once, right? So, you might as well go the extra mile. While the dress is the star player in how you’ll look on your wedding day, I personally believe that stunning hair and make-up are the makings of a bridal look. As the saying goes 'people will stare, make it worth their while!' At Caroline Bourke Make-Up, we use only the crème de la crème of skincare products and make-up to ensure that you are looking natural, fresh and flawless on your special day.   Base and Face A good base is essential to ensure that your wedding make-up applies properly, covers well and lasts for the day. I love the Dior Airflash CC Primer. When it comes to foundation, I generally tend to use DiorSkin Foundation on my brides. This is a hydrating foundation that delivers the right amount of coverage to ensure that you look natural but radiant at the same

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