Friday, 22 July 2011

lack of posting

Hey guys sorry I haven't posted anything in a couple of days really lacking in insperation at the moment help me out by posting stuff you would like me to write about

Take care

*gemmalou* xx
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Sunday, 17 July 2011

bareMinerals Get Started Kit

Hey guys im back again for another review, today im going to be reviewing the bareMinerals Get started kit.

I have to say when my boyfriends sister told me to start using bareMinerals I was so adamant that liquid foundation was the way forward and it was the best coverage and nothing could compare to it, boy was I wrong and i was made to eat my words lol. As I was lucky enough to do a bareMinerals training course in June I learnt ALOT about the products such as the ingredients the application of the product and how it will (over time) improve your skin condition. That part is definitely true i have noticed a big improvement in my skin, I feel the texture and overall appearance is a lot better.

The ingredients of the foundation is 100% pure minerals, most "mineral" foundations that you get on the market now only have to contain 5% minerals to actually be called a "mineral" foundation the rest of the ingredients are things like talc, colouring and a few other randoms lol. They get the colour for the bareMinerals foundation from heating up the different minerals and the hotter the minerals get the darker the colour is. This is how they can advertise that the product is 100% minerals because it is!!!

They now have 2 formulas of foundations

  • Matte

  • Original

I much prefer the Original one as it gives you a beautiful glow to the skin the Matte one is definitely good for more oiler skins and i wouldnt recommend it for really dry skin. One of bareMinerals well know slogans is


Which is how you apply the foundation you swirl the brush in the lid, tap off the excess, and buff in to the skin for an instant beautiful glowing complexion.

To my knowledge this product is bareMinerals best-selling product which is the Get Started Kit and quite rightly so it is AWSOME!!!!

So this kit contains 2 foundations in 2 of the recommended shades that are picked for you.

1 x mineral veil

1 x warmth

1 x full flawless face brush

1 x flawless application brush

1 x maximum cover concealer brush or light stroke brush

1 x bisque multi tasking concealer

1 x dvd

1 x sample sachet of prime time

The foundation is beautiful it is advertised as - "It looks like a powder feels like a cream and buffs on like silk" and that is actually what it does it is a lovely product and it is sooo weightless it does feel like you have nothing on your skin at all. The thing is what is so beautiful about this it lets your skin breath, but it can be used as a skin aid what i mean is that you can apply the product to problem areas to help treat the area because the product is so natural.

You also get 3 brushes in the kit which are worth about £50.00 if bought separately, each brush has its own purposes

Full flawless face brush - This brush is used to buff your foundation in the skin and to make it blend beautifully.

Flawless application brush - This brush is for applying Warmth and Mineral Veil

Maximum Coverage concealer brush - This brush is great for covering imperfections and dark circles  

You will also receive a Mineral Veil and a Warmth these are the products that add dimension and contour to the face and also the tie the look together.

Warmth is a beautiful all over face colour which is great for that all year round glow but you can also use this product for contouring the face to define bone structure.

Mineral Veil is a great product to use throughout the day to keep your complexion looking flawless, this product absorbs excess oil and gets rid of shine so you have that perfect face of make-up all day long .

Bisque multi tasking concelear -  This is a yellow based concealer which will help eliminate redness from blemishes or broken capillaries on the tops of cheeks or nose. It blends beautifully in to the skin so it is basically invisible.

Prime time sachet -  This is bareMinerals primer it has a beautiful silky texture and allows the foundation to be applied beautifully creating a smooth flawless base. The now do 3 different types of primer

  • oil control

  • brightening

  • original

My fav is the original it is definitely a must have if you do buy the kit you should buy the full-sized primer.

You will also receive the DVD to show you how to apply your foundation it is very usefull as shows some other simple eye and cheek looks too.

The kit in total is worth about £160 but it retails for £48.00 which is amazing value it is definitely worth a try. You can find loads of other mineral products here 

So guys if you do already use it let me know what you think about it or if you have any questions please leave a comment below and i will get back to you :-)

Take Care guys


Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Upcoming posts

Hey guys being at work today in thinking what I can do for my next review I'm thinking either skin care fake tan or some more make up you feedback would be great
Hope to hear from u beautiful people soon

Take care

*Gemmalou* x

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

bareMinerals Tutorial Kits Review

Hey guys right today im going to do a review on some new products in the bareMinerals tutorials kits.

Ive got 2 different ones to review today and here they are -

 The Smokey eye kit - This kit containes 2 x 0.57g eyeshadows

                                                                                 1 x double ended brush

The eyeshadow colours are - skyline a sultry grey violet which is a great contour colour to achive that sexy smokey eye.

                                                           - celestine a beautiful shimmery ivory colour its light reflecting which adds a light-reflecting shimmer to brighten the look and open up the eye.

The double ended  brush is a must have for your collection one end distributes great colour while the other end is great for buffing the colours together and soften your look.

Here is a swatch of the colours there is no base underneath the colours so you can see the true pigmentation of the colours.  

   The colour on the left is skyline and on the right is celestine.

   I think this is a lovely kit espically for a beginner as you get all the instustions for day and night time looks on the inside of the box. The only thing i wish the kit contained was maybe a small eyeliner or a small primer of some sort, i personally love primer especially for loose pigment eyeshadows but you guys might be different. The Kit retails fot £30.00 which is definitly good value for money as the eyeshadows are full size.

The second kit is the bareMinerals Get cheeky kit

This kit contains 1 x blush in colour Lovely

                                   1 x Pure radiance all over face colour

                                   1 x double-ended seamless blending blush brush

This kit is lovely for creating a lovely "fresh as a daisy" look if you want to achive that freshley pinched cheeks look this is definitly the kit for you.

The Blush in colour Lovely is a warm shimmery pink that adds a beautiful youthfull glow to your complexion.

Pure Radiance is an all over face colour which adds a light fresh lumionous glow to the skin and has a light peachy undertone to gently warm up the skin too.

Double-ended seamless blending blush brush is also a great tool for your collection, the synthetic end of the brush will sculpture the cheekbones and add definition to the face, while the fluffy end of the brush will buff the product in the skin making it completly flawless on the skin.

Here is a swatch of the 2 products on the left is Pure Radiance all over face colour and the left is lovely blush

I really like the colour of the blush in this kit im not to keen on the all over face product just beaucause i find it too shimmery and i find it dosnt photograph great either which isnt such a concern for most people i just dont like to look too shiney but hey thats my oppinion :-) but has just been informed by my sister in law (who worked for bare minerals) that if you do find it too shimmery use it as a highlighter under the brows or on the cheekbones great tip :-) thanks Linz lol x

These kits retail for about £30.00 each you can buy them at selected Debenhmas stores but if you happen to live in the Ipswich area pop into Baiss&Co hairdressers as we carry selected bareMinerals products

Take care guys

*gemmalou* x

Monday, 11 July 2011

New Catwalk by Tigi Session Series Collection

This is the new CATWALK by Tigi session series, the collection is one of my favourite ones at the moment the packaging is sleek and professional and would look great on anyones vanity. Im a sucker for packaging anything that looks nice im like a magpie to something shiny :-) . I suppose thats why companies love me lol

The Collection is made up of 7 different products all with a unique perpous of there own.

There are 3 sub catagories

Texturising - For a Beautiful texture matte finish and AMAZING body !!                                                                                               

Holding  - For a flexible hold and beautiful mirror shine finish

Working - Amazing at controling frizz and a pliable hold

These are the products that are included in the collection to suite any hair type and to create pretty much any look              

Transforming Dry shampoo - Amazing for the festival season or for holiday as this adds amazing volume to the hair and can also be used as a finishing spray. It is virtually invisible too which is great for a dry shampoo as sometimes they can look powdery.

Salt Spray - This is by far my favourite product for men and woman its great for adding volume and definition, and to achive  beautiful beachy hair for you lovely people with long locks.

Styling Cream - This is amzing for getting that sleek beautiful shiny hair it tames frizz and and containes shea butter and keratin to keep the hair smooth and sleek even in humudity.

Work it Hairspray - This is one of 2 hairspray in the collection is is the more managable hold and tames frizz and adds a beautiful shine to the hair.

True wax - This is a great product for defining the hair but adding a lovely shine without the hair looking and feeling bulky like you get with some waxes it smells amazing too a blend of vanilla and sandlewood is lovely :-)

Wet look gel - Gel isnt a product to be used as much as it used to be but this one has amazing shine and brilliant hold so you can achieve that city slicker look in an instant without the hair looking like you have stepped out of the 90's (unless you want that of course ;-)  )

Finishing Hairspray - This hairspray is the strongest hold one of this collection it has a beautiful smell of rose vanilla and sensual musk which is a bonus as most hairsprays smell of.....well you get my drift. It has amazing hold but the difference is that this hairspray can be brused out and restyled without leaving a white residue behind which is great if your like me and very indecieve with the look you want to achive.

I would highley recomend these products especially if you want to achieve that "just stepped out of a top salon" look at home there very easy to use smell great and look great!!!

All good salons should retail these products and they are on special offer at the moment for £9.99 per product.

If you do happen to live in the Ipswich area get yourself down to Baiss&Co Hairdressers where the full range is stocked

Hope this is helpfull to anyone if you have any questions drop me a comment and ill answer you best i can :-)

Take care 


A little intro......

Good morning beautiful bloggers I'm gem if you haven't read my profile. Im a qualified beauty therapist and self taught make up artist.
I'm going to try and combine make up skincare and haircare reviews with having the knowledge of a professional.
Working in the industry makes me very lucky to know about upcoming trends and new products to the industry.
If there is anything you would like to know or products you would like me to review just ask

Speak to you beautiful people soon

             xGemma Lou x