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Today a friend and I went to Leeds to go to Harvey Nichols and do an almighty make up shop. And it was. ALMIGHTY.

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The eyeshadows pic is a bit misleading as it’s actually only the 6 in the palette by themselves plus Carbon (the matte black) that are new, but I thought they looked so pretty all together I couldn’t resist taking the photo like that.

Harvey Nicks had a deal on where if you spent over £110 you got a free goody bag and the lovely ladies at MAC gave me two of them as I spent such a hideous amount of money. There’s some great stuff in there. From left to right-Butter London nail varnish, Chloe perfume, Bare Minerals lip gloss, Trish McEvoy eye base, YSL Shocking mascara, Laura Mercier radiance primer, Shu Uemera skin purifier, Bliss body butter (love this), Lancôme Visionnaire, Espa moisturiser, Clarins HydraQuench serum, Elemis hand and nail cream and Eve Lom cleanser and muslins. Phew! The samples are all pretty generous sizes too, particularly the Bliss body butter and the Clarins serum, and the nail varnishes are full size which is brilliant as I love Butter London.

From MAC I got 6 Select Cover concealers, Groundwork paint pot, 7 eyeshadows (although annoyingly one of the ones I asked for, Omega, wasn’t in there as the SA accidentally gave me a different one), a 217 brush, Subculture lipliner, medium dark Mineralise Skin Finish Natural and 6 pigments (smaller, stackable ones which are very handy). Then in Illamasqua they had a brilliant sale so I got the cream eyeshadows for £5 each! Plus the sealing gel and Liquid Metal in Surge which is amazing stuff and I can’t wait to use. In Armani I got the Luminous Silk foundation to replace my trusty Bobbi Brown which has sadly gone off-which I guess shows how rarely I wear it! The SA also gave me a tester of serum and mascara to add to my goodies stash which was lovely. I also got a couple of bags from Muji (which is closing in Leeds sadly) which will come in very handy.

The SA in Illamasqua was a beautiful transsexual-I’d have killed for her bone structure! She looked amazing. Apparently she was stopped on the street and asked whether she wanted to work for them-I wish someone would do that to me! (Someone has told me since reading this that she was Drew from the Channel 4 program ‘My Transsexual Summer’ so now I feel a bit like I’ve met a celebrity, even though I’ve never seen the program so obviously didn’t recognise her.)

So anyway, please pray to the beauty gods that I start to make some money out of make up soon…and in the meantime I will definitely NOT be buying any more make up. For at least a year. Or at least a month…

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Kit building.

As part of my recent make up course I was given a set of make up brushes – they’re pretty good quality (Royal & Langnickel), though obviously not the best, and it got me thinking about the necessity of having a proper kit if I’m going to do make up for other people, and particularly if I’m going to charge them for it!  I have a disgusting amount of make up but of course it was all bought because it suits me, and when I was shopping for each item I wasn’t considering using it on people of different skin colours, or different ages, or with different hair colours etc.  My first thought, on realising this, was a gleeful ‘I’m going to have to go shopping!’, swiftly followed by a more sobering ‘and that’s going to be bloody expensive’.

Plenty of the stuff I’ve got will be fine to use on other people, once it’s been made hygienic of course.  The first step to that was to buy a good brush cleanser, so off I toddled to MAC for theirs, which is excellent stuff.  It’s not too expensive at just over a tenner a bottle (less with a pro discount) and, although I’m sure MAC would rather that you didn’t, you can dilute it half and half with water and get the same results.

MAC Brush Cleanser

You just put some on a bit of tissue or kitchen roll, swirl your brushes around in it and voila, perfectly clean brushes!  Next I need to find something I can spray on powder products to make sure they’re clean between uses, as although I like to think I have peachy clean skin, I’m sure a client wouldn’t want my dead skin cells being transferred onto her face.  Mascara is fine because I have gazillions of disposable wands, and creme products are also fine because I can use a spatula and/or transfer them to palettes.

And for all my palette-y type needs, I’ve discovered this wonderful website:

http://www.preciousaboutmakeup.com/

Oh my goodness is there a lot to play with there…if I’m not careful I shall bankrupt myself before I’ve even started!

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One of the hard things about being a fatty is that clothes can make you feel pretty crap about yourself.  The ones you have don’t fit, the ones you try on in shops seem designed to humiliate you by getting stuck over your head, the ones other people wear are always more beautiful and only ever going to fit a size 8…

I’ve spent the past 10 years or so amassing a collection of shoes that will always fit and a make up box to rival Lisa Eldrige’s.  (I expect.  I haven’t seen her make up kit.)  Make up has always made me happy.  When my bingo wings are grossing me out I can put on a gorgeous lipstick or smoky eye and feel instantly better.  My make up tends to always be a bit more dramatic than most people’s, mainly because I’d usually rather people look at my face than my body.

Lots of magazines do top 50 or top 100 lists of beauty products, often yearly, and I love browsing them for ideas – and to compile wishlists of course!  So here’s my own Best Buys for putting your face on.

Skin

I don’t tend to wear foundation (thank God my skin is ok – out of skin, body and hair it’s nice to have one that’s fairly consistently good!) but can’t live without concealer, specifically under-eye concealer.  There was a good 5 year period where I didn’t leave the house without it.  I’m not that vain anymore (and lets face it, with DD around I’m lucky if I brush my teeth in the morning) but I do love Bobbi Brown for all her concealing products.  Her corrector covers my (horrendous) dark circles brilliantly, and then concealer over the top to match my skin tone and a bit of powder means I’m set for the day.

Bobbi Brown Corrector

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit

Eyes

The beauty of eye shadows and liners is of course that you can wear whatever colour you like, and different people suit different things.  So this is really more about quality than colour, and I do believe that you get what you pay for when it comes to most make up.  In my opinion, the best mascaras out there are by Dior and YSL, and no matter how many people have told me Maybelline’s are brilliant, I’ve tried them, and they don’t compare.  These are the two I rate:

Diorshow for brilliant volume, colour and no clumps

YSL Faux Cils for superb length and definition

For the best range of powder eye colours I always look to MAC and for neutrals to Bobbi Brown (again – I love her).  MAC do great empty palettes that you can fill with your choices from hundreds of colours.

MAC powder eye shadow

Bobbi Brown always has wonderful palettes that are expensive but worth it, in particular the special editions.

Bobbi Brown Cool Party Eye Palette

Personally I wouldn’t be fussed by the blues but the quality is always fabulous and I have 3 of the past palettes.  I looooove them.

For cream eye shadow again, I always go to Bobbi Brown or, more recently, Chanel.  Bobbi Brown’s long wear cream shadows and liners are brilliant and really do stay all day, or all night if you opt for the gorgeous metallic shades.  They blend very easily with a finger or brush and are very good value for money as they last forever.  The brushes are also very good and the liner brush is a must-have for me.

Bobbi Brown Metallic Long Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner - better than in its many imitators

Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombre cream shadows are things of beauty and I have them all.  I’m not embarassed either.  They’re worth every bloody penny.  They blend, they go on sheer, they build up easily, they work as liners, they stay all day, the colours are perfect, they’re am-aaaaa-zing.  With a long aaaa.

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre

For liners, not much beats the Bobbi Brown one above, but Urban Decay are fantastic for their pencil liners.  They’re really soft and blend beautifully and the colours are lovely too.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

Lips

Gloss, matte, stain – all personal choice.  I usually like a fairly sheer lipstick like Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine, or a Smashbox gloss – I don’t know why Smashbox aren’t more popular in this country because they’re brilliant, professional products.  I tend to do dramatic eyes, hence the more low-key lips, but if I do want a strong lip I’ll go for a strong red from Chanel Allure.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine (Boy is the BEST nude/pink shade out there)

Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss - gazillions of colours in a comfortable, non-sticky formulation

So there you have it.  I have about 40 lip colours and a good 100 eye shadows so this was a hard list to make, but now that DD is around I need to start using my collection up rather than consistently adding to it…DH may be happy about this!

I find make up shopping a bit like browsing in a sweet shop, so I guess there’s a good reason I love it so much.  It’s a wonder all overweight people aren’t make up obsessives!

(Oh, and 1lb off this week despite the coven’s visit – woo!)

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