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If you are planning to give someone make-up this Christmas but feel overwhelmed about where to begin, go straight for Front Cover. They have a marvellous choice of kits that cover all essential bases which are fool-proof and the quality is outstanding too.

Each one comes with a very simple ‘how to’ guide and pictures to inspire you but it will also suit hardcore addicts just as much as beginners.

I was sent their Smoulder Eyes kit, which is four palettes in one, allowing you to achieve four contrasting and original smokey eye effects for every possible occasion.

It includes:

Smoulder look
2 chunky creamy eye pencils in silver and bronze
1 mini black kohl
1 double pencil sharpener

Red Hot look
3 domed baked powder eyeshadows – Fudge (cream), Redfern (rusty red), Black Jack (glittery black)
1 double-ended eye applicator
1 shadowline

On Fire look
1 two-toned liquid eyeliner
3 shot silk embossed eyeshadows – Angel Violets (lilac), Mazarine (dark blue), Shiso Leaf (jade green)
1 double ended mascara

Burning Down The House
1 melted metal eyeshadow
2 dome baked twinkle powders
1 shadowbase

Burning Down The House was my favourite look so I tried to recreate it…

For the look, there is a beautiful, richly pigmented gold melted metal eyeshadow and 2 dome baked twinkle powders infused with glitter – one in purple and the other in navy blue. It is a very straight-forward look to follow though my attempt is hurried and not neat as the picture in the example.  This did frustrate me and I think  I need to try this again…sorry!

It’s also wonderful Front Cover’s kits includes all the tools you need and it’s clever how some of the products are multi-functional. Turn the shadowbase stick around and use the sharp edge to line under the eyes.

I’m usually dismissive of make-up kits that are geared towards cashing in on Christmas.  A lot of them are cheap and badly made (usually found in the Christmas gift section of a chain store) but don’t make the mistake of assuming Front Cover falls into that category. From what I’ve read, Front Cover has a glowing reputation to come up with fool-proof high quality cosmetics without breaking the budget and this collection definitely ticks all the boxes.

I am looking forward to trying the other shades out (and hopefully I can share those looks with you too).

Smoulder Eyes retails for £25 and is available in the UK at QVC and, and worldwide in Sephora.

*PR sample*

My Winter Make-Up


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If you follow fab make-up brush brand Japonesque on Twitter, (read my post about them here), you’ll know that the are currently running a competition to win a fantastic travel case packed with brushes and other tools of the trade.

All you have to do is tweet them a photo of your winter make-up. Seeing as I really, really want to win this (competitive instinct kicking in), I thought I’d do a real-time post (yes, I’m publishing this as I write it) featuring a winter make-up look that I did this morning. Might as well make the most of finishing work early for Christmas!

I used the blues from the Front Cover Cosmetics mineral palette that I reviewed yesterday, coupled with a lot of Chanel Fantasme Illusion d’Ombre (review here )

What do you think? It might be a bit OTT for every day – yes, I did use blue eyeliner on my eyebrows, and it might be more drag queen than snow queen, but I like it!

Face: Youngblood mineral foundation in Cool Beige / Barely Bage (mixed), Nars G-Spot multiple used as blusher, Front Cover Cosmetics eyeshadow in Point Pink used as highlighter

Lips: A mix of Chanel Fantasme and Illamasqua lipgloss in Explode

Eyes: Front Cover Cosmetics in Rock Blue, Sargasso and Dark Arts (also used wet as liner). Max Factor Masterpiece Max mascara in black. Nars Rue de Rivoli Larger Than Life longwear eyeliner (on eyebrows), Nars St Mark’s Place Larger Than Life Longwear Liner (on waterline) . I also used some mini blue and yellow winged false lashes that I found in a drawer of my make-up box. No idea who they’re by but they are perfect!

Keep your fingers crossed for me that this is a prize winning look!