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Bridal Beauty: Liz Earle Smoothing Line Serum

A high end skincare range that doesn’t pilfer your purse can be hard to find. Lately, I’ve turned my affections to ole Lizzy Earle after hearing some great things from family and friends. I am on a mission to have my skin perfect for the wedding and I am willing to put my face on the line for all you other brides and skincare enthusiasts alike.

Within my Liz Earle skincare set, I got the Smoothing Line serum too and I was thought “oh, hellllllllllllllllooo!” I’ve started to notice as I creep towards 30, that I’ve all kinds of lines that seem to have cropped up out of nowhere. Either that, or I am just staring in the mirror a little longer, oh the vanity! Now, ideally, I would like this lines to feck off, but it’s probably not going to happen but this little baby certainly reduces the appearance of them.

 

Serum

Enriched with antioxidant grapeseed extract and soothing echinacea, this serum plumps and give elasticity to the skin. It’s oil free too, so it’s great for all us shiny sebum producing creatures. Simply apply at night under your Liz Earle Moisturiser to seal in an extra hydration boost. You can also use it as lightweight alternative to moisturiser for really oily or combination skin.

The serum worked really well on my decolletage and my nasolabial lines. You know those little shit ones that go from your nose to your mouth and in certain light looks like an old Tom Selleck? Yep, those ones. After I’ve cleansed, toned and moisturised, I gently pat this onto my face, paying extra attention to the eye area.

This serum will appeal to brides looking to get their skin in the best shape it possibly can be especially if you are worried about how oily your skin is.

The serum is €22.00 but you only need a small amount and it should last you. Check out http://ie.lizearle.com/smoothing-line-serum.html for some great deals or drop into Boots for a personalised consultation now.

Cheers Lizzie babes!

The Girl Pout Town x

 

 

 

 

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HD Brows – A cult you want to join!

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock the last few years, you’ll have noticed that brows are kinda a big thing. The best type of brow you can have is a HD Brow and I am one of their biggest fans. You’ve probably noticed in the majority of my photos, my brows are in the focal point of the picture and good thing too, cause otherwise it’d be my nose!!! HD Brows, I am forever indebted to you. Mwah!

Recently, I decided to take my passion for brows a little bit further and undertook a HD Brows training course with the Beauty School. The excitement was at fever pitch as I made my booking and counted down the weeks until I started. Then, on the run up to it came the fear. What IF after all my talking about brows this and that, I was actually shite at doing them. Scarlet for me…

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As I travelled to Warrenpoint to attend the HD Brows course the excitement was back and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. I was greeted by Katie and Martina, the educators. They are both highly skilled HD Brow Elites so I knew I was in good hands. After all, I’ve a rep to protect 😉

As we started to go through the theory, I relaxed as I realised it was quite a fun approach to the learning. You were asked to look at different face shapes and comment on their currents brows and what would make it better. I loved this part, I always enjoy changing someone’s brows even when doing makeup.

Next, came the threading part. We had pretty much one on one training for any of the practical elements. It’s actually harder than it looks. Those bad-ass ladies with thread in their mouth and every other orifice make it look simple. Eventually, I got my rhythm and I was taking hair like I just don’t care.

It’s not as easy as this mad ole wan makes it look…

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Next up, waxing! We practiced on arms and hands first, a good safety measure, sure who will miss their hairy arms! We were told we would have models to work on too and I was secretly praying my client would have the brows of Cara Delevingne, at least if I waxed off too much we still had something to work with. There was no need to fear though, under the careful eyes and guidance of the trainers we slowly worked our way through the procedures. And voila, I had done it. I had styled the brows and they looked pretty effin’ good. If I do say so myself…

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The next models we worked on, the educators took a bit of a step back and allowed us to take the consultation and make the recommendation on the brow ourselves with regards to colour and shape. I was really happy with how both of my models had turned out. I had a knack for the tailoring too, possibly from years of borderline living in The Lash Lounge!

Day two, this was a good day, as when I entered the school, our kits were awaiting. I dived right in, zero decorum. The kit was packed full of HD Brow items, all you need to kickstart your career. The kit would easily see you through weeks of brows. I couldn’t wait to use my Foxy and Vamp palettes as they double up as eyeshadow palettes too.

The day consisted of more practice models and further theory work such as contraindications and all kinds of different brow problems. Myself and the other trainers got to do each other’s brows too, which is serious trust on my part considering I barely knew them. Good thing I’d been nice to them all or they easily could have lopped off one of my brows. I’d die, on the spot.

The trainers also let us practice on them, it was all about getting as much time working on different kinds of brows and different approaches to tailoring to tastes. You don’t have to be a beauty therapist to do this course either, as there’s a different mechanism with HD Brows to other types of waxing. I even ended up doing Stephanie in the Beauty School’s offices, I was in the zone.

The range of products that come with the HD Brows brand really make it a differentiator too. There’s so many different products to ”finish” or ”fill” the brow with that you can uniquely tailor every different brow you meet. There’s also a gorgeous makeup range to complement the Brow range.

The HD Brow training and the support system are fantastic, you can attend refresher courses or send in photos of brows you’ve worked on to get feedback. You are also promoted through their salon finder on the official website. It’s not like other courses where finish the course and that’s it, the door is closed. It’s a network of brow enthusiasts and in order to protect the brand, they want you to be the best artist you can be.

I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in brows, a makeup artist, a beauty therapist or just anyone looking to make a career change. You will love it, I am already eyeing up the HD Make Up course next.

Oh, and if you want your brows did, call me 😉

For further information, contact Laura McPolin in the Beauty School on +44 (0) 2841 753900 or email: info@thebeautyschool.co.uk. There’s also a school in Cork now too.

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The Girl Pout Town X

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Art Deco Camouflage Cream

I have been using the Art Deco concealer the last week as part of my makeup routine to see how it compared to my other cream concealers. I usually use Mac’s Full Coverage Foundation as a cream concealer when I want the effect, so I was interested to see what this product would do for me.

The Camouflage Cream is a long-lasting concealer that would work well on problem areas for a bride’s makeup and lasts well even if the surrounding temperature is high. The coverage can be light or heavy, depending on the amount applied and becomes waterproof after fixing powder has been applied. The cream will warm up on your hands too as when I initially looked at it, I thought it might be cakey or too thick and that I’d end up looking like Jodie Marsh had done her makeup on crack.

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However, it applied really well and covered my blemishes perfectly. I also like this product on my nose area, yep, right on those pesky pores. You just need to make sure you blend. In terms of coverage, this stuff is the dog’s boll*x! I wouldn’t use it under my eyes but I liked it on my lids for concealing discolouration and it can be used as a primer for the lid.

It is very practical because these Camouflage Creams are available separately, but can be combined with other colours in a refillable magnetic box and those that have been used up can be replaced.

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I had a massive bruise on my thigh from blocking a ball in a match and it managed to cover this perfectly. It’ll work well on most scars too, once well healed.

The camouflage cream is only €10.85 and it’s available in a fab salon called Carshelles Beauty. You can check them out here and Michelle or Caroline can find you your perfect shade.
The Girl Pout Town x 

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Ógra Skincare Range

Peat on your face?? Ah sure load it on there Ted. I received the Ógra Face and Body Mask this week and I was more than happy to dive straight in and test it. As you know, I will pretty much try anything. But if you had of told me I’d be putting bog on my face.. well, I would have told you to go and shite!!

Ógra, meaning youth, are the first in Ireland to use peat as an integral ingredient in their range. The product is packed with vitamins, minerals and trace elements to treat, hydrate and restore the skin. ÓGRA harnesses all the goodness and preservative qualities of natural Irish peat to enhance and rejuvenate the skin. The rejuvenating benefits come from a mixture of essential oils, humic acids and lipoids in the peat. These penetrate the skin, re-establishing the Ph balance and encouraging blood flow. Their products have been recommended also to help with conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and acne, that’s some impressive stuff.

I put this on one evening after work and despite looking like an absolute creature after emerging from the depths of a swamp, I could feel it work instantly. It’s quite gloopy and I followed the instructions and began treating my problem areas. I did my chin, above my lips and my nose as a tester. I looked like a dodgy Ali G by the time I was finished but the tingling sensation let me know that it was working. I left this for ten minutes and then removed with warm water.

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My skin looked better afterwards and it felt really nice to touch too. My pesky pores reduced considerably too! Take that, you bastards. I tried this again for the next two evenings and I can see my chin is improving where there would usually be some hormonal spots. I am really selling myself here!!! I’d say I will really feel the benefits of this product when I return from my drink filled upcoming holiday!

The packaging is really nice too and it feels like a luxury product in hand and on your face too.

You can check out Ógra skincare here and this product is €59.95… it will last you though and you’re really treating yourself to some essential nourishment.

The Girl Pout Town x