Showing posts with label makeup. Show all posts
Showing posts with label makeup. Show all posts

Beauty // Mini Makeup Haul

Thursday, 28 August 2014



I popped into Boots on my way home from work today, and picked up a few treats from the Rimmel stand.

I'm by no means a makeup snob, but I tend to buy mainly Bobbi Brown and MAC makeup for myself, but every now and then a drug store brand catches my eye. 

I used to use a lot of Rimmel in my teens, it was always very affordable and actually pretty good!

I've been reading a lot of good things lately about their 'Wake Me Up' foundation - so thought I'd give it a go! I only wear foundation when I'm off out somewhere nice, or have a meeting with work. I like a medium to full coverage that is buildable and moisturising - there's nothing worse than a tight face from overtly drying foundation! At a mere £8.99, it was also a complete bargain - so why not!

Life // Emily Griffin Make-up Artist

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Sorry for yet another long delay between posts, once again I have let life get in the way! You may have noticed my blog is undergoing a bit of a re-vamp - it's not quite finished but I think it looks much cleaner than my previous theme. I will finish it soon I promise!

If you've been reading my blog, or following me on my various social media accounts, you'll know that I have completed my make-up course and I am now qualified - eek! My website is not quite finished, but you can see the work in progress at www.emily-griffin.co.uk (yes I know another job on my ever growing list!).

I am so excited, I got my Sally's trade card this week (for those of you not familiar with Sally's it's a hair and beauty trade suppliers - aka heaven!). I bought some fantastic supplies for my kit - and my favourite shampoo in salon size at a very good price.

I have been researching 'setting up a business' and extra makeup products to buy for my kit. I bought a fantastic holdall from Primark at the weekend, to carry all my lovely kit in. I am not a huge fan of the heavy makeup boxes, as they aren't the most practical. The bag is black with gold hardware and looks sleek and professional. I sort my makeup into clear plastic cosmetic bags, with black piping, so these fit perfectly in the holdall. I haven't taken a picture yet - but I will do this week. It was only £12, and a real bargain!

I will do a little post soon, to show you all my hard work setting up as a freelance makeup artist (and a sneaky look into my makeup kit). I am hoping to get some portfolio pictures shot this month - so that will also make for an interesting post!

I have also set up a Facebook page here - so please help support my new business venture and hit the like button! I will be sharing tips and advice soon, as well as advertising my work.

if you have any questions for me then please do post a comment!

Emily x



Review // My Makeup Brushes and 10% off code!

Wednesday, 27 November 2013



One of the most important pieces of kit for any aspiring, or fully fledged, makeup artist is a good set of professional quality brushes. When I started my makeup course we were given a list of recommended brush sets - all from the amazing Crown Brush website.

The sets they offer are really fab, especially if you are just starting out and want a pretty full set to get you going. Of course, most of us have added to our sets with other brushes from other brands - and other Crown Brushes too!

I opted for the 611 23 Piece Professional Set at £61.99 as I felt it was a good complete set to start with - and it comes in a nifty brush roll too! The set contains 23 different brushes including your foundation, powder, blusher, lip liner, concealer, fan brush and brow groomer - so a really good selection. I find the brushes really easy to use, they are soft on the skin and apply the makeup well. I teamed this with the Crown Brush makeup brush cleanser - a really top product and surprisingly smells pretty good too!

I really like the brushes, they do give you a really great selection. I will review my favourite brushes in another post soon  - but I wanted to share this with you as I have a 10% off discount code to gift you with!

Use code FINNO2013 at the checkout to get 10% off your order!












Feature // Smokey Eyes For Halloween

Friday, 18 October 2013



With Halloween just around the corner, I've done a Smokey Eye tutorial for Total Guide to's Halloween Guide!

Check it out Here..


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Makeup // Fashion and Photographic Makeup Course

Wednesday, 9 October 2013



Sorry I have been neglecting my blog of late, but once again life has taken over most of my time. I have so many draft posts I need to finish and put live - which I will hopefully get done this weakened! (Fingers crossed as we've just finished decorating our bedroom!).

Apart from the usual, and all the DIY that comes with a new house, I have just started a new evening course. I'm so excited about the course and I can't wait to start sharing with you what I learn.

Makeup // Chanel Nail Polish in Elixir

Monday, 26 August 2013

I was so excited to get my hands on this nail polish - especially as it's called Elixir! It's one of three new additions the the Chanel range and is part of their Superstition range for A/W13.

It's wears really well, you get a full coverage in one coat. Previously, I have been a little disappointed with the lack of pigment in some of Chanel's other colours - needing almost 4 coats to get a solid colour is never a good thing. This one however is packed with pigment and is solid in one clean sweep. The colour is a little deeper than in the pic - which makes it look a little pale. It's kinda like a mixed raspberry-cherry red toned down a little. I think it's fab - it's not so cherry red it glows and it's not so raspberry that it's pink. Perfect if you ask me!

A/W13 will be dominated with red nails and simple eyes. This is a great excuse for me to add to my somewhat limited red nail polish collection.

What nail polishes have caught your eyes of late? Do you have a favourite red shade? I'd love to know!





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Shine Police

Friday, 15 March 2013

I was completely blown away by the gorgeous packaging of Sisley's Phyto-poudre Compacte. I wanted to make sure that the product lived up to the packaging before I wrote a review. I was ecstatic to find out, it really does. 

I have been using this product for a couple of months now and it's become a handbag essential for me. It's a light weight powder that is perfect for my pale sensitive skin. It comes in 3 different shades. The shade I have been using is N2.

I'm not normally a big fan of pressed powders. I often find them heavy, a little drying and itchy. However, this power is light and truly feels like soft velvet on the skin. It glides on really smoothly to give a soft natural finish (when used sparingly). 

I have real issues with powders and normally avoid anything like this on my temperamental skin. But, used lightly on my t-zone I've had no issues thus far.

The powder contains Camellia extract that helps control shine. I normally only wear a tinted moisturiser, currently Bobbi Brown's in extra light tint, but when I'm out for the day, or in need of some extra coverage, I opt for Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua cream foundation in Beige 10. Both of these give me heaps of moisture - which I love. My skin literally drinks it up. The only down side is that sometimes these can leave my skin a little shiny, this is where powder comes to the rescue.

I like to use a powder to set my make up and to take any shine away. I have found many powders to be too dark in pigment or irritating to my skin. They can feel heavy and clogging. Unlike this wonderful Sisley powder that is just fab. A tiny pat on my nose, and temples, and I have a healthy matte finish that is light and airy.  

I seriously love the packaging of Sisley's Phyto-poudre Compacte. It's a really fun animal print compact. With a good sized mirror - it is perfect to pop in your handbag. I must admit, I use my powder brush to apply the powder in the mornings as I feel it gives a lighter application. The powder pad, that's included, is perfect for little touch ups on the go.

The powder is available to buy online at House of Fraser and I've seen it in store at Harvey Nichols. It's not cheap at £58, but it is so worth the splurge.






















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