Maxi Mascara & Luxe Lips

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Want Maxi Volume and Maxi Lashes?  Try this one!  Miners Cosmetics new Maxi Mascara will “Pump up the volume of your lashes”

Miners MAXI VOLUME MascaraI just tried it – it’s great and it’s only £3.49 from Miners.  And as well as making an impact with longer, fuller, Maxi eye lashes, you’ll also make a bold statement with the bright pink packaging too!  They also do a Waterproof Maxi Mascara too for the same price – just look out for the bright blue one.


And here’s a product I love from Miners – Luxe Lips It Girltheir Luxe Lips Crème Gloss.  These are fabulous!  The colours are superb and these are only £3.99 each.

Try It Girl, Duchess, Material Girl, Beauty Queen and Uptown Girl.  I’ve used these alone and on top of lipstick to create a bolder colour on a range of photo shoots because the pigment is so good and the gloss stays put.  These definitely get the ‘Stamp of Approval’ from me!


I wrote about some other makeup products from Miners in Meade Magazine – if you want to know more, you can read about them here –



Velvet Kiss

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I’ve just tried out the 4 new colours for MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer…. These really are LONG – lasting and kiss proof.

There are 9 highly pigmented, velvety smooth colours in the range which you can buy exclusively from Superdrug or online at MUA Academy and they’re only £3 each!

They really do stay put, with a bold matte finish. Perfect for that velvet kiss and selfie pout!

Fresh Faced & Flawless

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Have you seen the new Fresh Faced range of foundations, powders and concealers from Miners Cosmetics?Miners Fresh Faced Foundations

I wrote abut their new products for Meade Magazine this month – you can read it here:


The foundations retail at £4.99, concealers at £2.99 each and powders are £3.99 each – all available from and quality pharmaciesMiners Fresh Faced Powder

Miners FF Concealers



Prime Time

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Getting married?  Have a major event where you need your makeup to look flawless AND have your foundation last? Then use a Primer! If you’re getting married, your makeup needs to look as flawless for your evening celebrations as it does for your arrival to the wedding ceremony and your photographs. But, foundation isn’t what makes your makeup look even and last, a good foundation primer is.

So what is a primer and why use it?  

There are a number of cosmetic primers (eyes, lips, foundation, mascara) available on the market, all with the purpose of prepping the area before applying in makeup. By using a foundation primer first, after your moisturiser has sunk in but before you apply your foundation, the skin will be smoother to start with meaning that your foundation will sit much more evenly and smoothly on your skin, and the longevity of your foundation increases.   In respect of foundation primers, they work like a moisturiser under foundation, decreasing the look of fine lines, blemishes and pigmentation. Some give a more matte appearance, reducing shine, some contain light reflecting particles to make the skin more radiant and some are tinted to improve skin tone.  They ease the application of foundation and are meant to create a barrier between foundation and skin.  Whatever, your preference a good primer provides a good base giving a great flawless complexion and helping your makeup last.  

I reviewed five on the market (previously printed in Just Weddings Magazine, September 2013) and there’s some more detail about each one here –

MAC Prep and Prime Skin Base Visage – £20.50
An ultra-fluid lotion formulated with special effect silicones.  The primer calms and soothes the skin, blots away excess oil, and evens out skin redness. Armani FLUID MASTER PRIMERMAC Prep & PrimeBy using this primer the lay down and application of foundation or powder is improved.

Giorgio Armani Fluid Master Primer – £34.50
This luxurious ‘second skin’ primer once applied matifies and smoothes, instantly creating the illusion of flawless skin, leaving it soft and prolonging your makeup wear.

Mehron Velvet Finish Primer Serum – £18.28 + pp Velvet Finish Mehron Primer
This primer has been formulated with a fully stabilized Vitamin C Complex that resists normal breakdown from air, heat and moisture. It also contains Aloe Vera Extract and Vitamin E to heal, soothe, and hydrate your skin. The glass bottle of primer even comes packaged in a little black
drawstring bag!  Nice finishing touch.  So cute and just looks fabulous on your dressing table.

Prime Magic Face Primer – £4.95 W7 PRIME_MAGIC_TUBES
This silicone based primer has a fabulous matt, silky finish and reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores making the complexion smooth and flawless.

Look Beauty Prime Perfect – £10
Any slight skin wobbles? Meet your makeup’s BFF.  A thin, skin-perfecting layer before you apply the rest of your makeup will see your look last much longer.  Can be worn alone or under foundation.SONY DSC

Avant Guarde Crazy Makeup Fun!

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Had such a great, crazy time being super creative and styling this model Chloe Burton on the photoshoot with Harvey Gordon last week (photographer from I was given a free rein on the makeup and styling, with only these two conditions – avant guarde and Chloe’s height to be excessive (yes – she’s stood on a bucket!!)

Here is the end result!Avant Guarde Crazy Makeup Fun!

For her makeup look I primed Chloe’s skin with Mehron Velvet Finish Primer, before applying her foundation – Mehron’s Celebre Pro HD Foundation.  This foundation is superb; oil and fragrance free, smooth, non greasy and contains anti oxidants! Great if you have someone with sensitve skin, and it can be applied as little as needed or layered to get a fuller coverage.

To stop any shine, I applied Ben Nye’s Media Pro HD Powder (colourless), which holds the makeup perfectly and doesn’t look heavy or caked on.

Her eyes were defined using highly pigmented Ben Nye’s Essential Eye Shadow Palette in black and lined with Mehron’s black kohl eyeliner pencil to get a dark gothic effect. False lashes applied from the Eyelure Girls Aloud range and coated with extra mascara to increase the thickness.

But the best part was drawing in OTT eyebrows in red, and colouring her lips blue black! Thanks Barry M Cosmetics! Your vibrant red lip liner and navy and black eyeliners did this job perfectly.

Makeup done, I dressed Chloe in swathes of velvet and wrapped a boa of ostrich feathers around her head!

Crazy day and more images on my website and my Facebook page – Katrina Stamp Makeup Artist

Ben Nye & Mehron makeup supplied from Treasure House of Makeup

EX1 Foundations for Olive Skin

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Just received the latest sample to test from EX1 Cosmetics for their new range of five foundations, especially formulated for olive skins.  Until now, women with olive skin have had no choice but to buy premium department store brands for make-up that matches their skin colour, but now EX1 Cosmetics is the first affordable, high street brand of its kind which now offers olive skinned women the chance to buy make up without the premium price tag.

The colour range, they offer is from Latino, Mediterranean and North African to Far Eastern, Middle Eastern and Asian.

It’s good.  The foundation is light weight and applies easily, blends well and gives good coverage.

The EX1 ‘Invisiwear’ Liquid Foundations retail at £10.50 and are available from Harvey Nichols and online from