Dark Horse Makeup Look

I am totally head over heels with the video for Dark Horse by Katy Perry. The wigs, the dancers, the song and especially that makeup!

ImageImage(that grill though!)

So after two days of gel liner migraines, I managed to pay homage to this look. I would say recreate but that level of genius cannot be replicated.


The shadows are very simple. It is just gold and purple and you don’t need to worry about blending because the liner will cover it up. The liner on the other hand it a different story…I attempted this look yesterday and absolutely failed, but this time I just took my time and tried not to smash anything in rage and it went ok. I use Mac Fluidline in Blacktrack with a Mac small liner brush.


I love the hieroglyphics eyeliner so much that I am tempted to steal if for my everyday makeup look and just rock the ultimate in vintage eyeliner. Eff the 1940s flick, it’s all about the 3000AD hieroglyph.

Katy looks so bomb in this video and I just can’t get over that grill. I had to improvise with mine.


All in all, majuh snaps to Katy Perry’s makeup artist for the video, Jake Bailey. Girls all around the world are gonna be punching their mirrors in gel eyeliner rage because of you, b.


I would love to see how other people got on with this! Hit me up in the comments if you’ve attempted it too.

Pictorial: Mac Vampire

This is my first pictorial of a look I call the Mac Vampire. Because it’s how I think a vampire mac girl/guy would do his/her lips..



You will need: concealer, Mac RuPaul Viva Glam I lipstick, Mac Diva lipstick, Mac Currant lip liner, concealer brush (Mac if you have one)

Start of with prepped lips (foundation and concealer, and Mac’s prep and prime lip primer if you have it)

Apply RuPaul’s Viva Glam lipstick.

Apply Diva in the corners of the of the lips, blend with lip brush (mine is, you guessed it, Mac)

Apply Currant lip liner to the corners and blend towards the middle. Lightly line the lips and blend this also. I apply a bit of lip liner to the inside of my top lip to give it that freshly fed on blood look. 

At this point the will be some mess and bleeding (no pun, this is what it’s called when your lipstick moves onto the skin). Tidy it up with some concealer and a concealer brush lining the outside of the mouth. Then, as always, BLEND!

The end look is a very tidy vampire.

Image Darlaaaaaa (tiny vampire, not tidy vampire)

The only list of serum’s you’ll ever need

So 2013 seemed to be the year of serums. Suddenly everyone wanted them and every brand claimed to have the best one. It became a beauty must have seemingly over night. I blame YSL and their Forever Youth Liberator serum (£65-97). The buzz surrounding this product was In. Sane. But was it worth it? What does it do? What does any serum do? 

Basically a serum is another step to your beauty regime similar to and replacing your moisturiser. A serum is different to a moisturiser in that it doesn’t just hydrate the skin but it treats it for almost any specific problems. Anti-ageing, dark spots, dry skin – there’s a serum for it. A serum’s particles are smaller than those of a moisturiser meaning it penetrates deeper into the skin. A moisturiser will just sit on the top layer of the skin, which is why people with oily skin can’t use it, but a serum will deposit it’s nutrients, etc, deeper. 

So was the cost of the YSL serum worth it? Well according to my mum who bought this product, she didn’t really notice a difference, but then again she says she wasn’t really paying attention to whether it made a difference or not. But to be honest, at £65 for 30ml, you should see a difference whether you’re looking for one or not. So this one might be slightly overrated and overpriced. A good serum should be so effective that even a lay person can tell it’s working.

The next serum my mum tried was Clarins Double Serum (£55) featured on many a best buy list including Glamour, Grazia and Cosmo. This miracle juice claims to get rid of the appearance of pores, wrinkles and return a glow to your skin. Now this one my mum did like and would have bought it again if it wasn’t for the price. 

But what about the lesser known brands? Which serums are secretly changing people’s lives but we just haven’t heard of them?

A brand that is renowned by beauty writers, makeup artists and bloggers but I still think is underrated is Alpha-H. Their Liquid Gold Intensive Night Repair serum (£49) is the most affordable so far. It uses all kinds of sciencey ingredients to “reduce age spots and discolouration, soothe redness and rosacea and increase collagen synthesis by up to 119% for firmer, plumper skin”. I don’t tend to go in for serums because they all tend to be for anti-ageing which can be bad for young skin, but this has me tempted. 



The only downside for mums to be is that this product cannot be used during pregnancy. 

Another favourite brand of mine with an award winning serum is Mario Badescu which has a range of serums that seem to cater to every skin need. Their most popular however is the Vitamin C Serum (£43.50) which is on the Elle Magazine 2013 best buy list. The vitamin C in this product helps encourage collagen production, protect the skin from free radicals, reduce discolouration therefore brightening the skin.




This next “gravity-defying” serum was featured on both Elle and The Independent’s best buy beauty list of 2013. It is Caudalie’s Vinexpert Firming serum (£42.75 for 30ml). This is specifically an Anti-Ageing serum so not for young skin. This baby claims to restructure the skin so that it regains its firmness and elasticity. To cite the product itself: “contours are re-sculpted, wrinkles are reduced, skin is redensified. Instant firming effect.” This product has 5 stars on feelunique.com and very positive customer feedback. 

All these products are over £40. It seems to get good results you have to pay. I have always been a believer in you get what you pay for so this makes sense to me. However I can’t leave this post without mentioning a more affordable brand that does seem to get good results. That is No.7. Their 3 main types of serum are Lift and Luminate, Protect and Perfect and Restore and Renew. These are all around the £23 mark. When a patient’s wife asked her husband’s surgeon what product they should use on his post-op scar he replied No.7 Restore and Renew, so we can guess that one is particularly good with scarring and dark spots. 

So that is my definitive list of serums, dedicated to my mum who still hasn’t found her perfect serum. I hope this helps, Mummy. 

I’m such a NARSissist…

I was in SpaceNK the other day when I remembered I could do with some more primer. My usual – Laura Mercier – was running low. But while I was browsing I spotted a NARS primer specifically for radiance boosting. It’s cheaper than my usual at £25 so I thought I’d give it a go. 





The NARS Radiance Enhancing Primer Pro-Prime range (£25)

I always set my makeup with a very expensive makeup setting spray (lies, I use hairspray. It’s £4 and works better than any posh setting sprays) so even if I forgot my primer my makeup could last all day. So the real test of this product is how well would my makeup last without hairspray? Well I wasn’t going anywhere yesterday so took the risk, my skin will thank me for it cause hairspray is not good for it. And 8 hours after application my makeup was still flawless and radiant! I already knew NARS primers were great because I use the eyeshadow primer, but I wasn’t expecting this. I highly recommend.


Makeup at LFW

The makeup at LFW this year was sponsered by Mac. So why did it look so bad?? In general, I’m not really into high fashion makeup because it never looks good, but this was some next level awfulness. Someone should teach these girls how to beat a face. For example:

Imagethis? might as well not be wearing any.

Imageerm, it’s called a blending brush. use one.

Imageso nothing on the lips then and just some bruise coloured shadow on the brow bone? k.

Imagepretty sure I did this look on myself when I was 5.

srsly guys, what’s the t? you’re mac! you are meant to be makeup gods. People look up to you! I understand if the designers want it to look a specific way but you could at least apply it with skill. Next year they wanna get some drag queens back there doing the makeup cause those girls can beat a face.

On a more positive note however, I did enjoy THIS

How to make your own Lip Plumper

I came across this recipe for a lip plumper that you can make at home for free so thought I’d do that with my Sunday and see if it works so you guys don’t have to. 

What you will need: 

1 tsp of Vaseline

1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp of cinnamon 


Mix these all together in a bowl and then apply to lips with a Q tip. Obviously there will be lots left over because it’s a teaspoon of Vaseline so I covered the rest over with cling film for keepsies. 


Leave the mixture on for 5 minutes. It will tingle. And no matter how careful you are you will probably ingest some like I did. But cayenne pepper is super good for you so don’t worry about that. After 5 minutes is up wipe it off and just apply normal Vaseline and check the results. 

This is before:


This is after: 



It’s not a complete transformation but to be honest it’s better than some designer brand lip plumpers I’ve used in the past and its free so why not try it?

Credit to @tazsangelsbeautybar (instagram) for the recipe. 

Happy plumping mother puckers x

Matte vs Glow: The big makeup debate of 2013.

Possibly the biggest beauty trend of 2013 was matte. Matte skin, matte lips, matte nails. Even cars and home interiors had their fixation with matte. I easily succumbed to matte lip and you should see my reaction whenever I see a matte black car. However I have never gotten on board with the matte skin and I’ll tell you why.

I’m a glowy girl. Always have been. I like my skin to look radiant like an angel carrying the secret to eternal youth. And it is just hard for me to get on board with a makeup trend that is specifically anti-glow. When you are young, your skin shines. Yes, this might be due to oily skin, however as you get older that oil goes away leaving your makeup free face free of shine. Therefore when we see a shiny face, we automatically associate it with youth and also with physical fitness (a post work out sweat). That is why we artificially recreate this shine by using highlighters. As we get older and lose our youthful glow we have to rely on makeup to tell the world we are still young, because god forbid society lets women age.

Have you ever noticed  that your skin looks really great after the gym? My roommate at school and I used to do cross country together and whenever we came back from a run she couldn’t get over how great her skin looked. So much so that she was sad to shower and put her makeup back on. Me, not so much. When I ran I always looked awful but that was because I had awful skin in high school and my roommate had gorgeous olive skin. My point is though, that a ‘healthy glow’ is HEALTHY. Which in turn is attractive. It is human nature to be attracted to people who look like they will survive the evening. To powder over that glow and mattify it leaves ones skin looking dull and fake.

I personally feel that matte skin makes a person look 2D. Which is unnatural seeing as generally humans are 3D. An all matte face just does not look real. Now I am not one to advocate the natural look. I love a lot of makeup. But I still like to look human. To me, these matte guys and gals don’t look real. They have to contour their asses off just to add a more human look to their face, whereas with a nice radiant foundation and highlighter on the cheekbones, contouring is hardly necessary. Here, I’ll prove it:

Let’s take Priscilla. An amazing MUA and all round bad bitch. She prefers a matte look for her own makeup



Now is it just me, or does she not look real? Compare that look with Amrezy, a NY based makeup guru.



One of the few people who stayed loyal to the glow in 2013 and she looks amazing. I find this look so much more attractive, flattering and desirable. And I bet she didn’t have to do anywhere near as much contouring.

I even tried the matte look out on myself not that long ago because of a dream I had, where I did it and it looked amazing. I have the perfect tools for it. For the foundation I used Chanel Perfection Lumiere (£36) with Bare Minerals foundation, veil and concealer powder over the top. I contoured using the Naked eyeshadow from the Urban Decay Naked original palette. This was the result:


It’s fine. But I don’t think it’s anything special. Compared to my normal look of about 5 different highlighters (not an exaggeration):


I go from looking like a plastic doll, to looking like a human with a pulse and sebaceous glands.

This article is only my opinion. But if you want to get that perfect glow I can give you my secrets.

It all starts with the primer. I use Laura Mercier Radiance Primer (£29)


After that and BEFORE my foundation, I apply the RiRi Hearts Mac Diamonds cream colour base (£16.50 although no longer available at Mac) on my cheekbones, my brow bone, my temples, a dot on my chin and forehead.


For my foundation I use Yves Saint Laurent Le Tient Touche Éclat (£28)


Then finally to highlight I use a combination of NARS Illuminator in Copacabana (£22.50)


And Mac Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Superb (£22)


Both applied just above cheek bones and on the temples.


Swatches! From left to right Diamonds, Copacabana and Superb.

So there you have it. My opinion on the great makeup debate of 2013. I wonder what crazy foolishness 2014 will bring us. I’ll tell you right now if people start bleaching their eyebrows like Miley Cyrus, I’m out.

Punk eyes and Ombre lips

My favourite makeup artists are all LA based. They have a look out there that is so unique and it really inspires me. I came across this picture today on my instagram and decided to replicate the look

Imageif you don’t already follow ladydanger1 check her out. She does the exact kind of thing I’m talking about. Also if you don’t already follow me, barbzhj, what’s taking you so long?

Anyway so I saw this look and thought I’d try it out. Pink’s and purples are great for brown eyes and I thought I could pair the eyes with an ombre lip and get to use some of my new purples. So here you go!


ImageImageImage(all pictures on my instagram: barbzhj)

This is a very punky look that goes so well with that street LA style. Unfortunately it would not look so cute in my area, I’d just get yummy mummy’s staring at me. However for a night out in G.A.Y or a trip to Dalston, this wouldn’t look too out of place.

For the eyes I used three main colours. First of all on the lid I used Buzz from the Naked 3 palette


Secondly I applied the bright pink shadow above the crease on the brow bone and under my lower lashes. I used noise from the Urban Decay Vice palette.


Then finally for the crease I used a combination of Vice (above) and Black Dog and Jet from the Urban Decay darks palette. (I have a lot of Urban Decay eyeshadows. I just love the colours and I find they last all day and night). I then brought the look together by lining the eyes (Mac fluidline in Blacktrack) and applying mascara. I never use lashes when I am just experimenting with a look, because frankly I can’t spare the glue.


The second part of the look, the ombre lips, is much easier than it looks. First of all I lined my lips with Mac Currant lip liner. Then I applied my Chanel no.45 just inside of the lip, and finally I applied OCC Lip Tar in Digitalis just inside of that darker purple. I then blended it all with a lip brush (Mac) and voila.



I am really happy with this look, I just wish I lived in LA to show it off in the ‘cool’ part of town with my beanie hat and my pink dip dyed hair. One of my favourite LA based makeup artists (instagram: kilprity) liked one of my pictures of this look though so that’s something. A pretty big something.