Friday, 29 November 2013

Makeup for Work & Job Interviews

Hello lovelies, I though I would share my current makeup routine, its so quick and the results are flawless! Today a colleague said I look fresh! Exactly what I was going for! This is perfect for work in corporate environments or for an interview.
In my job I meet and greet important clients daily. I need to look polished and professional at all times. This everyday makeup look is perfect because the client sees you and not your makeup. The same goes for job interviews. If you rock up with blue eyeshadow and neon nails to a law or finance interview you may give off the wrong impression and the attention of the interviewer will be on your makeup and not you as a potential employee. Some people may say well that's me like it or leave but think about it, at home you love wearing your onesie although  you wouldn't wear it to the supermarket because it not appropriate for that environment. You have to be able to adjust to different situations and environments professionally without compromising your personality.

So here is what I have been using-

I have totally fallen inlove with my Sigma F80 flat top kabuki brush, this blends my makeup like a dream in two seconds flat! It gives the perfect amount of coverage and a seamless finish.
I have been using Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in shade 4.0, now I don't know if my skin has gone dry or its the weather, but this has been holding up really well and not getting oily at all! I use the Rachel K CC cream in neutral underneath which acts a primer, it really does make your skin smooth and silky.Concealer of choice is Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in light, I am loving this, I use it practically all over my face as a highlight. I then finish with my trusty Rimmel Stay Matte powder in 001 translucent. My blush of the moment is Nars Deepthroat *giggle giggle* it just warms up my skin with a hint of sparkle, I always get compliments when I'm wearing this. I don't really do bronzer in winter so one less thing to fuss about on early mornings.
On my eyes I have been using MAC paint in bare canvas, this just cancels out any redness on my eyelids and makes me look a bit more awake.
For lips I usually go for the nearest lipstick at hand, usually a pink.


Thanks for reading :) BlondeTeaParty x

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

From Desk to Dancefloor in 5 Easy Steps

Hello lovelies! It's that time of year again where Christmas drinks and parties are upon us. So I've put together five super easy steps to glam up your work face and be party ready in no time!

I know the feeling, you've been up since 6am, your face has gone through near enough nine hours already with makeup clinging on for dear life. You've got dinner and drinks after work or a last minute catch up with a friend. You need to freshen up that face pronto!
If you are anything like me in the morning the less I have to do the better! For me its the basics: foundation, concealer, powder, blush, mascara and lipstick. I don't do eyeshadow for work because I frankly can't be bothered nor do I have the time to spare.

Now be careful, what you don't want to do is go and pile on a load more makeup and look like a cakeface or worse unrecognisable to your colleagues! I know Ive made these heinous mistakes
I remember going for dinner with the bf and his old uni friends that I had never met before,  I'm at work putting on more lippy and blush and one of the Partners of the firm said to me  " look at you tarting yourself up" I was mortified! Honestly I don't think I ever touched up my makeup again after that. You really want to only touch up what has disappeared so lips are one of the first to go, then around the nose and mouth. If you are going to a party or drinks play up either your eyes or your lips and add a touch of highlight on your cheekbones and et voila you are ready to party.

Step 1. Freshen up your base. I remember girls taking off all their makeup and starting again from scratch! Ain't nobody got time for that! Blot any oil or excess product that has melted away on your face, spritz with a hydrating facial spray, then lightly powder your T-zone. Choose a long wearing foundation. I use Estee Lauder Doublewear and this does not need touching up at all! If you don't have a long wearing foundation, touch up with a smidgen of concealer or a powder foundation as this will have a bit of coverage rather than just translucent powder.

Step 2. Add some colour. If your blush has faded add the tiniest amount of you what you used that morning use with a stippling brush for the lightest touch, less is more trust me!

Step 3. Highlight those cheekbones and under you brow bone.

Step 4. Eyes: Line with black Kohl and smudge out for a quick smokey effect. Or dab some sparkle pigment on the centre of you lid for a bit of glitz!

Step 5. Lips: Line and fill in your lips,pop on your fave lippie and gloss.

Finish with a final spritz of your favourite setting spray and away you go!

This isn't by any means rules to abide by, it is just what I have tried and works best on me.

What are your tips and tricks for getting face ready after work?

BlondeTeaParty x

Friday, 22 November 2013

My Must Have Under Eye Concealers

Hello lovelies! It's a dark, cold and dismal day here in London, so when better to talk about dark circles which are ever present in the winter months if not worse.Early mornings, festive parties, generally feeling sluggish can all contribute to under eye issues. I don't have darkness as such, its more like indented circles that I have to fill in and brighten. Now when it comes to an under eye concealer my main gripe is creasing! If it dares to crease its out the door! Its got to be creamy and easy to blend and most of all good pigment to conceal but also brighten so as not to look flat. You want to go at least two shades up from your foundation for dark circles or the same shade for puffy bags. Go for pinky/peachy shades as this will counteract the blue/green in the dark circles.

Starting from the top of my hand:

Collection Lasting Perfection Medium 3

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Light

MAC Prolong Wear nw20

BareMinerals Well Rested

What are some of your go to concealers?

BlondeTeaParty x


Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Why Do You Wear Makeup Tag!

Hello lovelies! I saw this on the gorgeous Cali Jae's  blog and just couldn't wait to do it! So here goes!

                                                 When did you begin to like makeup?

I would say at around 10 or 11 years old. I was obsessed with the Bonne Bell lipsticks I had one that was frosted brown that smelled of cappachino. Yikes! I started to dabble in foundation in my early teens because I had really bad acne. I would do anything to hide it. I used to use Covergirl clean foundation in the hopes my skin would get better. I loved putting on eyeshadow and blush but I didn't know how to do it properly, I would get so frustrated! So after highschool I decided to go to makeup school and learn all the techniques I had been so desperate to master. After that I tried to go freelance, ( I was only 19) and I remember my first client hating the makeup I did for her, I lost all my confidence at that point and quit! Long story short, I feel confident now thanks to my constant desire to learn and try new products and ofcourse You Tube.

                                                  How do you feel without makeup?

Even though my skin is relatively clear now, I still feel like I need something on my face, even if I'm going for coffee or to the supermarket on a Sunday. I usually wear Bareminerals or a BB cream on days off from work. I just feel exposed without anything. Don't get me wrong I have been out bare faced before it just depends on how confident I am feeling about myself that day.

                                                  What do you like about makeup?

I love the endless creativity of makeup, all the different colours, textures and effects. The brands and their philosophy behind them, the packaging, how it makes me feel. I love how anything is possible, I can be full on glam one day then beach bronze another. I never stop learning there is always something I haven't tried before or new ways to apply things. I love getting ideas from seasonal trends, TV,magazines and best of all You Tube! I can enhance my best features and hide my flaws. I live and breathe makeup, when I enter a beauty department its like all my Christmas's come at once! I love nothing more than playing with makeup.

                                                          Three holy grail items

Estee Lauder Doublewear Foundation - Dawn 2w1
Rachel K CC Cream- Neutral
Liz Earl Hot Cloth Cleanser

I tag everybody!! yay!!

Thank you so much for reading :)

BlondeTeaParty x

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Cult Classic- Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick

Hello lovelies! Every now and then I shop my stash and fall back inlove with old favourites I haven't used in yonks! Well this morning I re-introduced my face to the glorious wonder that is Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick. This award winning five bars of luminous colour for cheeks and eyes got us hooked. Many brands followed suite with their own versions but nothing came close to the 'Brick'

There are five shade variations to choose from

Bronze shimmer for a deep bronze glow ( this is my favourite and is the one I'm wearing in the picture below
Pink Quartz - soft, warm pink glow
Nectar - soft coral glow, great in combo with peach tone blushes ( I need to have this!)
Rose Shimmer - soft, rosy glow. Great for pale skinned gals
Beige Shimmer - candlelight glow works well with pink,neutral and peach blush shades

I love how this product is so versatile, the bronze shimmer in particular acts as a bronzer, highlighter and blush all in one! Plus the brush I use with it contours at the same time in one strategic sweep!
I love using this as a sheer wash of colour on the lid as it requires zero blending and really pulls the look together.
This is definitely a must have for summer but I must say its gorgeous for the winter months too because it just brightens up a dull, tired face.

So if you have one, dig it out of your stash and give it a go! You will swoon at the sheer delightfulness of your glowing cheeks!

What have you re-discovered recently that you haven't used in ages?

BlondeTeaParty x

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Friday Face

   Hello lovelies! Happy Friday!! Hope you have all had a splendid week. I sure have as I have been off from work, yahoo! I thought I would share with you my Friday face. I have really been enjoying trying out lots of different tones of brown all over the eyelid, paired with warm cheeks and copper lips. What have you been trying out lately or have you been sticking to ye ol faithful?
 This week has given me a chance to play with my makeup and try out some different looks.
Products Used
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation 4.0
Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer Light
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder 001
Benefit Rockatuer Blush
YSL pencil Dessin Du Regard
Too Faced Natural Palette Push Up
Too Faced Natural Palette Sexpresso
Maybelline One by One Mascara
Bare Minerals Natural Lip Colour Bellini
MAC Lip Glass Amber Glow
Thanks for reading! Blondeteaparty x

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Easy Makeup Look for Fall

Hello lovelies here is another easy breezy makeup look for fall. I hope you like it. All the products I used will be listed below.

Bare Minerals Matte Foundation Golden Fair
Bare Minerals Blush Avant Garden

Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in the crease
Mac Teddy Eye Pencil on lower lash line
YSL Dessin Du Regard Eye Pencil top and bottom lash line
Maybelline One by One Mascara - Black

Bare Minerals Natural Lip Colour - Bellini
Bare Minerals Natural Lip Gloss - Wild Honey