Redefining YOUR Beauty…


Intervention needed! Lipstick junkie challenge!

I like lipstick! I like it a lot! I like it more than a lot! I also have a thing for pink lipstick. The brighter…the better! I am therefore staging my own intervention! Yes! I am doing this for my own good!

For the whole month of December (which is also my birthday month) I will refrain from purchasing any new lip products. For my personal use/ enjoyment that is. (If I need them for my kit, I will honestly declare it)!

I will in turn use one of the many lip products in the pic attached everyday for the whole month. No matter what I will challenge myself to wear one or more of these colours everyday. I will post pics either on my Instagram (The Beauty Holder) or Twitter (@TheBeautyHolder) with the colour and brand and all that good stuff! This will enable me to get reacquainted with some old favourites or need I say it- new ones that haven’t been worn yet! Oh! The shame! *hides face but shows lips*

I haven’t even got them all out on display! I should be ashamed! This intervention is so needed! Wish me luck!

Don’t forget to comment and let me know which one is your favourite! 🙂

Big pink (or whatever colour I wear on the day) kisses!

TBH! xoxo



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Homemade Eye Cream…that is not just for the eyes!

I am just as passionate about skin care as I am about make-up! I try to look after my skin without using products full of chemicals or preservatives. We automatically focus on the areas of the skin that are most visible such as the face, hands and legs and this post is dedicated to the skin around and under the eyes (but extends to the whole face).

In almost all of my blog posts, I think I have mentioned my dark circles which are getting much better down to this treatment. I have had them as long as I remember as well as a couple of fine lines in the same area. One of the main causes for this is my incessant rubbing of my eyes. When I wake up or when am tired, I rub and rub. The area under the eyes is so thin and delicate that any rubbing or pulling causes it to stretch and lose the little elasticity it already has. Fine lines and wrinkles start to form and we can also cause broken blood vessels under the skin. There are other factors that contribute to dark circles such as deficiency in iron or  simply being tired and more.

The area around our eyes needs a little bit more care and attention. If you start before you notice any fine lines or darkness, the prevention is always going to stave off the need for a ‘cure’. If you already have them like I do and you start treating them you will hopefully not only see a significant change but also prevent some new ones arriving sooner than necessary.

I am all for homemade treatments and as above, don’t like all the unnecessary ingredients in things I put on my skin. Not only is this better for my skin, it also saves me money. I like to save money. With all the stuff in the make-up I wear and the pollution in the environment if I can treat my skin kinder along the way, I know it will return the favour-which it is already doing. I am very humbled by the kind comments I receive about my skin.

I have 2 (two) home-made eye solutions. All you will need is the following:

  • Vitamin E oil
  • Evening Primrose Oil /Cod Liver oil
  • Small container to store cream

Under eye solution 1:

Dot Vitamin E oil on the orbital bone under the eye twice a day. Do not rub it but pat it in gently. Also do not place it directly under the eye, on the bone it will move towards the eye organically.

Under eye solution 2:

Carefully open about 6-8 Evening Primrose oil capsules into your container. Mix an equal amount of the Vitamin E oil into the container with the Evening Primrose. Apply using the method above. Apply morning and night.

I have switched between Evening Primrose and Cod Liver oil as they both have hydrating properties which helps give the skin what it needs to remain supple, youthful and fresh. It isn’t adding any toxins to the skin and body and should help keep the skin glowing. They both help with breakouts also. I guess you can see that I don’t just limit this cream to my under eye area but anywhere with fine lines and wrinkles, dark scarring and breakouts.

Special Mention!

Sleep and water. Yes, they are our friends! They want to help your skin look it’s best at all times. Water replenishes from the inside out and flushes out those toxins, making sure any skin that is refreshed. Sleep is something I always cosign on and is self-explanatory.

If you are running low or almost out of your current brand of eye/ face cream, then maybe try the above. You will find  that I am not the first to discover how well these natural treatments work! As always, this is something that works for me…you may not have the same results. There are some great articles, books etc out there if you want to find out more about home-made lotions and potions!

P.s I refrain from rubbing my eyes now.

Good Luck!

TBH! xoxo




Straight…no chaser! Maybelline FIT ME foundation review!

I have become a bit of a foundation junkie recently. My base or ‘foundation’ is super important because nothing I do after that will have that WOW factor if I don’t get this right. Underneath that base, skin is the priority but this is not a skin care post. My other foundation review was a department store, high-end product. This is the opposite end of the market, well almost. This is a drugstore foundation, which does not break the bank. Is it the right FIT for you? Read on for my unbiased, non-endorsed, all me, review. All opinions as always are my own.

This blog post is dedicated to a couple of my beautiful friends Glemma and Liliana. Glemma because she bought it recently and didn’t quite get the colour match. Liliana because she says I haven’t blogged about a ‘cheaper’ foundation. 🙂

My pet peeve with most drugstore foundations in the UK is that they don’t have enough of a colour range for the various shades of beautiful women that make up the UK. If you are a woman of colour then you really don’t have much to choose from with the major companies such as Rimmel, Maybelline, Max Factor and the rest. This issue alone sends us to the department store and that is still no guarantee that you will find your shade. Let me say also, this does not just affect my ebony toned women but also Asian, Indian and those of mixed race. All in all, we are still fighting that battle and believe me I am right up at the front. Even some brands that say they specifically cater to the above, don’t always (if at all) get it right.

The Maybelline FIT ME range says the following: ‘Gel Foundation’ with ‘No waxes and fillers’. The coverage should look and feel ‘100% you”. It has 12 natural shades and allows you to find your ‘perfect’ fit by first choosing your shade family. Fair (100’s), Medium (200’s) or Dark (300’s). You then chose your undertone. Are you Pink or Yellow?! Final stage is possible matches. At least they are honest. They are possible matches. No doubt there is a match for a majority of people who currently wear Maybelline foundations but that means there is still a minority that will not find a match which is shame as it is a great foundation. It is a set of foundation, corrector/ concealers and powder. It is pretty new on the market so I am hopeful they are working hard behind the scenes to bring out more shades. Here is a link to their site to find out more information according to Maybelline.

I love that the site/ in-store advertisements have a guide to helping you chose the right shade. Issue is it is not always as simple as are you yellow or pink. Many of us feel we are both. Following the guide (I’m a yellow undertone) the foundation shade it chose for me is ‘too light’ and I ended up choosing the direct opposite and that for those with a pink undertone. This was the same for a couple of friends of mine. With only 3 shades to choose from (1 if pink toned and 2 if yellow) for black women it limits your options. That information is important to note as not all the stores carry those 3 shades. I went to both Superdrug and Boots and struggled to find all 3 shades at one time. I still aim to get them all so I can show you some swatches. According to Maybelline,my foundation shade is 350. Concealer shade is 35 and powder is 315. There is only one powder choice for the dark skin tone family. What I chose was the Foundation in 355, concealer in 30 and powder as standard 315. I disagreed with their guidance because their colours would have had me looking a couple of shades lighter than I am.

If you feel after following the guide your shade is not correct, try the other options in your colour range. Match the foundation against the side of your face looking at your chest. Get someone to help you if needed and also check it in natural light. So very important! Cant stress that enough! I chose according to my tones and I know it best.

Why I love this foundation!

I am all about sheer and light coverage. Foundation that lets the skin show and shine through. Foundation that doesn’t feel funny on the skin. That smells good too and is affordable. It is not going to be for everyone and in a strange way almost feels like a tinted moisturiser or a BB cream with a lil more coverage…just a little more. It is dewy and fresh and makes my skin glow. It blends into the skin really well because it doesn’t have the waxes or fillers. If you want more coverage this is not the one for you. It builds a little but you would have to put something heavier on top. I love the idea that there is a family of products from concealer to powder to make it a little easier for you to get all the products in one place- if the match is right. My skin type is dry. This product does leave a glow which may translate as ‘shiny’ or oily against your skin type so if you have oily skin be cautious.

Beauty Holder Roundup!

Price: 5/5

It is under £10 and you can’t go wrong with that. I paid £7.99 for the foundation and £5.99 for the concealer. The powder was £5.99. Superdrug have 3 for 2 across all cosmetics and Boots are offering buy 1 and get the 2nd half price on selected cosmetics.

Packaging: 4.5/ 5

Glass bottle with plastic lid. Simple design that is 100% recyclable. We like environmentally friendly make-up.  With all glass bottle foundations there is always a little left in the bottle and you have to take extra care. Pump dispenser and comes in 30ml. No external box. The concealer is in a plastic tube with sponge tip applicator. Powder comes in a black square and clear plastic casing. Pressed powder with a powder puff in a compartment under the powder.

Product: 3/5

I have rambled on above in my very long intro (apologies) but I do like the product a lot. I like it because it suits my needs. It is a easy blend foundation with good coverage. I have extremely dark circles under my eyes, no secret, and the concealer does a good job of covering them. The foundation alone doesn’t do that like my NARS Sheer Glow does. I knew it was sheer so I can’t fault it that. If it had more shades to choose from (foundation, concealer and powder)  then it would get a perfect score. If the guides weren’t so confusing with just a simple pink or yellow choice it would score higher. Don’t rely on that guide without testing it first would be my advice. Because it is so sheer you could really buff it into the skin if you are at least one shade out (darker or lighter) and it is likely to work. You would need to make sure the powder you use to set it (if you do) is right. I don’t like the powder shade  as it is way too ashy looking on me but if you like a very highlighted- a la Kim Kardashian et al- then this could work for you. I will be using my MAC mineralised Skin finish in Deep Dark with this when I use it again.

The concealers are fantastic. I have used them on clients and the consistency is light and airy so if you have a little to cover then this works well. It doesn’t just sink into fine lines either under the eyes. It looks fresh and youthful. If there is a lot to cover you will have to work with layering it. An affordable investment for sure.

For my male readers who use foundation and concealer and thinking of a new product it is worth checking out depending on the coverage you want. I don’t like my concealer to highlight, so I don’t do the couple shades lighter trick on myself. I like it to look like the rest of my skin. Even with the numbering system, you can mix and match if you like. This is useful if you like to highlight and contour.

A misconception with foundations that are light or sheer in coverage is that your skin must be perfect to wear it. I can’t say I agree because no one has perfect skin. Your skin should be well looked after and as long as you are treating any issues then there is no reason you can’t try this foundation. The only person stopping you is you, not being able to find the right shade or wanting more coverage.

I have some pics below with the foundation on alone and with the concealer alone. The powder was a no pic zone. I hope this helps and that you have enjoyed this review.

Foundation but no concealer.

Shade 355Shade 355

Here I am with the concealer under my eyes only- no foundation. Blush and lips.

Shade 30

The products:

Shade 355, 30 and 315Shade 355Shade 30

iPhone 4S quality only! I will start using my camera to take pics in the future.

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Besos! TBH! xoxo

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Tool Time: Make-up Brushes!

I have a lot of make-up brushes! A lot! I also have a lot of big hoop earrings and handbags! My make-up brushes are slowly starting to take over those collections. My excuse? I need them for work. You build quite a brush collection as a Make-up artist. This is because you lose them (I cry real tears when this happens) and need to replace them, only to find them at the bottom of your case. Sometimes you ‘acquire’ them when you are working with other artists and everything is everywhere. When you’re on a big job and need more than one specific brush (e.g. blending brush) then you realise why your collection is so big! Maybe I tell myself that to make me sleep easier at night! 🙂

All in all, for use at home I use only a couple. I make good use of the brushes or applicators that come with eye make-up palettes etc. So what do you really need? It is down to preference and what you need them for but here is my ‘should-have’ brush list.


Foundation Brush/ Concealer : I love using my hands to apply foundation on myself. I also have a few clients who prefer me to use my hands on them also. This is not with everyone. Great for liquids and creams this brush should be tight and synthetic.

Powder Brush: Human / Natural hair. Loose enough for foundation, setting, translucent powders etc. There are synthetic ones out there too.

Blush/ Contour Brush: Generally human hair, animal and rounded to apply powder blush or highlighter/ bronzer to cheeks. Using cream or liquid blush? I like my hands. It warms the product and you start with a little and build it up.

Ones I Love:

  • Real Techniques Expert Face and Buffing Brushes. Multi use, durable, flawless finish and affordable. Check out my review on them here.
  • MAC 190 Foundation Brush. One of the leaders in the brush game. Excellent liquid foundation brush that if used properly really doesn’t leave streaks.
  • ELF Powder Brush. Kabuki flat top style brush. Retails for approx. $3.00- (YES! You read that right)! It buffs foundation into the skin effortlessly. Although the names says ‘powder’ my liquid foundations loves it.
  • MAC 187. Dual Fiber brush. Great for that polished effect and flawless finish.
  • Eco Tools Powder Brush. Environmentally friendly and long-lasting.

Eyes/ Brows:

This is the category that makes my collection huge. I have said it before. It is all about ‘blending’.

Blending Brush: Fluffy brushes that allow you to create a wash of colour or gradient effect. Blend out edges and blur lines.

Eyeshadow brush: Flat stiff brushes to pack the product onto the eyes. Material of brush will depend on what you are working with e.g. cream shadows, powders etc.

Angled Brush: Great for those finer details. Likely to be synthetic although the density of the bristles will vary.

You don’t need a brush for every colour you put on or even every product (e.g. primer) get ones that multitask. Use your fingers too. Get stuck in.

Ones I Love:

  • MAC 266 Angled brush. I use this for filling in my brows as well as for gel eyeliner. Amazing little tool that I use for detailed work on my eyes for precision work.
  • MAC 217/ 224/ 226. All grouped together as they work great for blending. Fluffy, soft and blends out those edges and lines into other shadows. I also love them 217 and 224 for blending liquid concealer under the eyes.
  • Sonia Kashuk: Small/ Medium/ Large eyeshadow brushes. Great for putting colour on the lid. Allows you to build up your intensity.
  • Real Techniques base shadow brush. Great for laying your base but fluffy enough for blending.


Lip brushes are optional if I am honest as if you are using the product on you and only you, apply straight from tube. If you want more accurate placement then a small synthetic brush is ideal.

Ones I love:

Make-Up International London UK No. 5. This little brush is amazing. Long bristles and handle that are sharp at definition.

Royal and Langnickel Lip Brush. Synthetic and precise.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (standing) and Buffing Brush!MAC 187 and 190 brushes and ELF Powder BrushMAC Brushes 217, 224 and 226Make-up international NO.5 lip brush

There you have it, a couple of brushes worth having in your collection. As explained in the introduction, the brushes you are likely to have as a Make-up artist will be vast. You don’t need all of them for personal use at home. You don’t have to go out and spend a fortune on them either. It is best to think about what your budget will allow and what you actually need. Yes, most of the more expensive ones are long-lasting, that being said the more affordable ones are pretty good in comparison. You have to hold up your end of the bargain and look after them properly. Important to wash and dry them properly, store them correctly and to care for them accordingly. You will be surprised at how long they will last if you give them some TLC.

Brush talk! Beauty Holder Beauty Tips!

  1. Denser brushes pack on more product!
  2. Synthetic fibers are best for liquids, creams, gels and the like.
  3. Natural hair can be animal hair or human hair. Important for you to know this.
  4. Tapered or loose brushes do as the name suggest, deposit less colour.
  5. Brushes shed hair. If they are glued into the ferrule or handle and are not dried properly when washed they will come apart easily.
  6. Some brushes will irritate the skin. If you can, check how they feel before you buy.
  7. Cheap doesn’t mean rubbish. They also mean you may be able to afford to replace them easily. You have to decide if that is what you want.
  8. Art supply stores have some great brushes you can use also. I will leave out the ‘your face is a work of art’ comment.

This is for guidance as always. If you want more specific advice about brushes and what is best for you let me know. Hit me up on twitter @TheBeautyHolder or email me :

Hope you enjoyed this post! See you soon!

Besos! TBH! xoxo