Avoiding Flashback!

Recently the UK press have been having a field day over a photo of Angelina Jolie at The Normal Heart premier with a white substance on her face and neck.

This is the photo

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The press have been commenting about how her makeup artist should be sacked for not blending correctly and that Brad was mean for not telling her she had white powder on her face … neither of which are accurate.

The powder that was used is likely to be a HD (silica based) powder, these are amazing and flawless in natural light and with HD cameras but flash photography will cause a white appearance.

I’ve been caught out by this myself …

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Yep, I learnt the hard way about HD powders under flash photography!

To the naked eye, these powders create a flawless appearance. They are usually very finely milled and so are perfect for setting concealer in problematic areas. Just don’t use them if you’re going to be photographed with a flash!

Whilst HD (silica based) powders will cause this extreme white effect, it isn’t the only makeup that can problems under a flash. Foundations with high levels of SPF, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide or with ‘light reflecting’ qualities can also cause flashback, it won’t be as intense as the photos above but it will cause a bright appearance to your face in pictures.

Some excellent foundations which don’t cause flashback

Illamasqua Skin Base – Full Coverage
M.A.C Face and Body – Build-able coverage
Chanel Perfection Lumier – Full Coverage
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr – medium coverage

I hope you’ve found that helpful in assisting to avoid white face photo syndrome!

Kisses
Alyssa xx

Golden Eyes

 

The products that I used to create this look are as follows ..

Base

MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 in NC15

MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder

MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC15

Benefit Thrrrob blusher (Discontinued *sob*)

Eyes

Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo in 05 Eternal Gold

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Half Baked (Gold)

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Twice Baked (Dark Brown)

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Zero

Benefit ‘They’re Real’ Mascara

Ardell Duralash Individual Eyelash Extensions in Flare

Lips

MAC Lip Pencil in Cherry

MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger

Hope that you find this helpful!

With Love

Alyssa xx

For the love of Lipstick

For as long as I can remember I have taken the dark eyes & pale lips approach to my makeup. I love a heavy smokey eye, combined with fairly plain skin and just a slick of gloss. As you can see from the next couple of pictures, this has been my staple ‘go to’ look for quite some time ..

I have a few products that I use when I have nude lips. My favourite way of creating a very basic nude lip (Per the pics above) is to use MAC ‘What comes naturally’ lip pencil all over my lips and then just finish it off with a touch of either Carmex Cherry Lip balm or Cocoa Butter Vaseline, for a bit of moisture and a natural shine, you can buy these items at Boots.

If I want to have a glossier look then my favourite lip glosses are ‘Sexy Mother Pucker’ from Soap and Glory, MAC Lustreglass in ‘Luminary’ or the gorgeous ‘Marshmallow Elect’ Lancome Juicy Tube

If I am in a sparkly mood then I have an amazing glitter ‘top coat’ gloss from Christian Dior, it was released a few years ago as a limited edition at Christmas so cannot be brought now, Sorry! It looks so stunning on but the glitter chunks are large and it can be uncomfortable to wear after a while.

Me with a glossy nude lip …

Recently I have been being a bit more experimental with my makeup and have introduced some colour into my life! I have to say that I always thought that coloured lipsticks didn’t suit me as I don’t have the fullest of lips. However, I have experimented with some colours and I am pleased to say that I feel very differently now.

So, this first look (Below) was created using Estee Lauder Pure Colour Long-Lasting Lipstick in Black Wine. Now this was a limited edition colour that is sadly no longer available but I have found that MAC Dubonnet Lipstick is quite similar if you line and cover your lips with MAC Beet underneath to give it the darker/purple tone, this also helps to set your lipstick!

The Nail Varnish is OPI ‘The Thrill of Brazil’ which you can buy here

I have become a tad obsessed with Mad Men recently. The craze missed me when it was first came out but I am now at the end of the 2nd series and my girl crush on Christina Hendricks grows by the day! Inspired by the fabulous makeup in the show I tried to create a ‘Mad Men’ look for a recent night out, this obviously required a red lipstick. I used MAC Russian Red to create the look, which is a slightly more blueish red and is quite matte on the lips. I used Rimmel exaggerate lip liner in 024 Red Diva to line and provide the base to my colour to give an even more matte finish and a brighter red base. I really like the results – what do you think?

Having started being brave with Reds I decided that I wanted to extend my lip colour palette and try a more ‘out there’ colour. On a shopping trip to Bluewater I visited the MAC counter in House of Fraser and advised the assistant that I was looking for a bright pink. I had my friends daughter Lilia with me (she’s 4 and like most little girls LOVES makeup) and she picked the colour that she decided looked best of the two that the assistant tried on me, we settled on ‘Girl About Town’ lipstick and Magenta Lip Pencil.

I decided to premier my pink lipped look at my friend’s wedding on Saturday and as I was wearing a bright pink top, it seemed fitting to match my lips to my outfit. I hope that you love the look as much as I do!

This pic is me and my gorgeous friend Jenna!

My plan now is to try out some more exciting colours … maybe an orange or a coral next! I shall keep you posted!

What’s your favourite lip colour?

Love and Kisses

Lyss xx

Payday Wishlist

My bank account has taken a serious battering this month, which means that I am ever so slightly skint as this is the dreaded week before payday!

This means that I do an awful lot of window shopping during this week, planning what I am going to buy on Payday (which is the 23rd of each month) and spending all my hard earned dosh before I get it.

I thought i’d share with you my wants for this month …

The lovely Hayley of @DiamondsandDaggers has done it again and created a gorgeous necklace that I cannot wait to own!!

Union Jack Crystal Heart Pendant - "Blighty" - Diamond Jubilee Edition

The Blighty Love Shines necklace can be brought via Hayley’s Etsy shop here and is a bargain at only £25!

I have 2 necklaces and a brooch from the Love Shines collection already and can honestly say that they are beautiful, the attention to detail and craftsmanship is amazing and they are well worth the money. I can’t wait to get my Blighty necklace just in time for the Jubilee weekend!

 

I have sharpened by Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on eye pencil to the very bottom and really need to replace it!

I mention these amazing eyeliners in another post and I really cannot rave about them enough, the pigment is amazing and they really do stay on – even in the waterline!

I will be ordering a replacement for my Perversion eyeliner from Debenhams, you can buy this awesome eyeliner online here for the bargain price of £13.

 

Whilst i’m on the subject of Makeup, I will also be ordering a new foundation brush. I absolutely love MAC’s brushes and for me the best foundation brush is 187

 187 Duo Fibre Brush

Now, this isn’t advertised as a foundation brush by MAC, they say that it is to be used to blend powder and pigments but I can honestly say that this is the best foundation brush I have ever owned. Mine is a bit cloggy now and having washed it a gazillion times I think it’s due to be retired and replaced by a new one.

This brush isn’t cheap at £32.50 but I love the way my foundation looks when applied with this so I think it’s worth every penny! You can buy this brush online from MAC here.

 

I am going to the Isle of Wight festival this year and am trying to get my festival capsule wardrobe sorted for the 4 days camping!

I have my eye on this gorgeous bright blue jumpsuit from @SimplybeUK that I am going to order to try

Jumpsuit

I am new to the whole jumpsuit trend by love the little leopard print playsuit that I got from Simply be so think i’m going to brave trying a long one too – they are perfect festival wear! You can order this jumpsuit for only £42 from Simply Be here

So, these are the things that are on my ‘Wishlist’ so far … I do still have a week to go though so i’m sure that it will get longer!!

Do you make a wishlist before payday? If so, whats on yours?

Love and Kisses

Lyss xx

Missy Lyssy Loo