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Ashley Kay Gifford Make-up & Hair Artist

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My name is Ashley Kay and I am Primp Powder Pout. 

I spend my days recording tutorials, reviews, writing blogs and making people beautiful running after my son and when I have time, actually doing a bit of painting as well. 

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Top 10 Bridal Hair Do's and Don't's - Get Your Perfect Hair On!

The other week you saw me chat about the top Makeup Do's and Don'ts  and today I have written an in-depth list of all the things you should and shouldn't be doing with your hair before the wedding and on the wedding day! Including all of the relevant questions you should ask and the biggest mistakes you can make with your hair before your big day!

Don't get caught out and make a wrong decision! This simple list will help!

Top 10 Bridal Hair Do's & Don'ts (<--- CLICK ME TO READ)

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Top 10 Bridal Makeup Do's and Don'ts!

Its a new year and with that comes new engagements!

I have been overwhelmed with that soft, fuzzy feeling as all of the newly engaged, brides-to-be have been emailing me with their wedding dates. This is an exciting time for brides but also very confusing.

There is so much that goes into planning a wedding and sorting out the hair and makeup is just one portion of the whole process. 

In order to help my brides and all the other brides in the world, who are thinking of either doing their makeup themselves or hiring a highly skilled artist to do it for them,  to save the day, I have written my TOP 10 Do's and Don'ts for Bridal makeup ! (<--- Click me!)

Enjoy your wedding planning!

Sunday, 21 December 2014

RSPCA and The Body Shop - Make Over The World

I was recently contacted by a representative who told me about the amazing 2 campaigns brought together by the RSPCA and their 'Make Over the World' and The Body Shop's 'Testing on Bloggers' campaigns, to help put a stop to animal testings.

The only thing I test out on my bassets are my flower crowns I make.
As an animal lover myself, a vegetarian for 12 years (I now eat meat but only free range meat from reputable farms) and someone who has a huge amount of respect for what the RSPCA does and also a huge fan of The Body Shop (I have been using their products for YEARS! Literally over 15!), I literally JUMPED at the chance to get involved.

I have never understood the reasoning behind animal testing on cosmetics. I know a lot about this because I used to work for LUSH (who originally created Cosmetics to Go with Anita who created The Body Shop) and I learned the ins and outs of why it wasn't necessary in our day and age to be testing on animals.

There are enough people willing to test products. If there is a reason a chemical MUST be tested, maybe this chemical's original formula or source isn't exactly suitable for human consumption or application and should be banned anyway!

I have never understood why a rabbit must have their eyes tested with our cosmetics, or why rats and mice and beagles should be subjected to torture all in the name of beauty.
It makes Buckminster smile to think that animal testing could come to an end. 
I have two bassets, whom I love (unless they eat two boxes of Christmas chocolates from under the tree) and can't imagine what their fellow hounds have to go through all in the name of beauty!

I have spent the last 12 years trying my utmost to use products that I know are not tested on animals. I used to refer to a detailed list, many years ago, the PETA put out that gave you a breakdown of 'who does what' with their products in the beauty industry.

This will probably explain to you why I tend to use the same products in my tutorials . I don't use brands just because they have a big profile. I use them because I know they come from a reputable company.

This is why I think it is great, that yet another company is taking the time to push the importance of 'cruelty free' products and reminding the general beauty loving public that there is a reason these bottles and potions you buy say 'cruelty free' and why you should always aim to use products that stipulate this.
I used the amazing Body Shop Define and Lengthen Mascara, Shimmer Waves Bronzing Powder  to help create this bridal look. 
Here is the beautiful Shimmer Waves Bronzing Powder in all of its glory! You can also see me work it in the video too :)

You can watch me talk about why this campaign is important and also have a look at the beautiful products that the Body Shop provide in terms of makeup. You can also see that I am rocking the Body Shop  Black Liquid Eyeliner  in this video.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Rocking the Winter Wonderland Look with Yves Rocher

Christmas is only a few sleeps away! To celebrate this, I have created a hair and makeup look for you to try!

I got to try out some amazing new products from Yves Rocher  ! The lipstick and mascara really set off the look and the perfume was amazing! I love the mascara! It felt like I had false lashes on! The length and lack of clump was lovely!
The lipstick was lovely and creamy without drying out my lips like many lipsticks.

For those who know me, I LOVE PERFUME, especially something that is dark and perfect for winter! LOVE IT!

I rocked this look by using:
Benefit's 15 Hour Primer
Lancome Miracle de Teint
Rimmel 2 in1 concealer
bareMinerals Mineral Veil -Dark
bareMinerals Blusher
Yves Rocher Mascara Volume Deploye
Yves Rocher Rose Alba Lipstick
Maybelline Brow Drama
Body Shop Liquid Eyeliner Black
BarryM Grey Shimmer Pot
BarryM white Shimmer Pot
Estee Lauder Ultramarine Eyeshadow

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Get Cute Curly Party Hair!

This month, you are going to see me spending a lot of time playing with my hair! Its like a new toy, now that it is a shorter version of its original self!

Now that it is officially party season, I am going to really start rocking the curls.

To kick it off, here is a little mini tutorial on how to use heated rollers on shorter hair! Heated rollers save loads of time as they set, cool and leave your hair ready to rock n roll as soon as you take them out! LOVE THEM!

The rollers I have used in this particular tutorial are my Enrapture Heated Rollers! But I also love my Remington  rollers!

SO here is how I did it! Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Glittery Festive Nails

I'm the first to admit that I'm not very good with my nails. I hardly paint them, especially in the summer (only my toes), but for some reason when winter hits, I go a little crazy for glittery nail varnish!

Its funny that I tend to step up my nail routine in winter, considering my hands are permanently in gloves, but I just don't feel properly festive unless I've got some glitter on!

This year I have tried out some new varnishes! I tend to stick with my 'old reliables' but have ventured into a brand that I hadn't used before but thought I'd give it a go.  George from Asda!

This week, as the weather got colder and the Christmas feeling really kicked in, I got to have a lovely little play with George's Nail Art. Which, I must say...was a little scary to use at first, seeing as I NEVER do my nails. The NailArt varnish comes in a slim bottle with a long pipette so that you can paint any design you like! I went for Black and Gold because..well Gold just felt Christmassy!

I also went a little nuts with the GEMSTONE Varnish in Amethyst and Garnet! One of my pet peeves about glitter varnish is it tend to chip almost the same day it has been applied. I found with these, if I applied a clear varnish first, then the glitter coat and a top clear coat it had a staying power of 4 days. That's pretty good going for glitter I think as it tends to catch an edge and chip...The price you pay for sparkles.

So basically I was quite happy with it's staying power.

Also, with the Nail Art, I found it went on really easily and had great staying power too! For a mere £3 each! That's pretty amazing!

Friday, 21 November 2014

MY NEW WEBSITE! Primp Powder Pout - UK Makeup & Hair Artist

YAYYY! My new website is up and running! I have finally been handed full control of my site and can let my hubby relinquish his duties of sorting out all the things I want changed or updated!

I am very particular about my websites and how they represent me! Though I do makeup and in my own way, am quite girly, I wanted my site to be clean and clear without the frills. I wanted the images to represent the beauty of what I do and the rest of the site to be clear and concise!

There is more I am adding as I go. I have hundreds of photos coming up from this season and many from the previous years. But for now, I have a good amount on there!

Let me know your thoughts and what you think about it!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

How to Get a Perfectly Bouncy Bob

Helloo!! So over a month ago I cut ALL of my hair off! Not just a little but ALL... ok well like a foot of hair!

This is exciting because now I get to try all new HAIRSTYLES OUT!

Here is a mini tutorial on how to curl and wave a medium length bob! I used two different tongs. One large barrel tong under the hair (I don't like super tight waves underneath my hair because it knots up) and a totem styler on top. OBVIOUSLY, you can use any one you prefer.

A large barrel tong will give looser waves and curls and a tighter styler will give tighter, bouncier curls. Both are lovely and both are easy to use!

Enrapture Totem Styling Wand
Babyliss Pro Curling Tong, Large


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Party Makeup with Emerald Green Eyeliner

Its finally made it past Halloween and we are swiftly approaching the party season...though I feel like it start ages ago!

This look that I created was inspired by my little niece, Ruby, who is seriously into her makeup. She always has HUGE cat flicks and really loves to experiment. Ruby is also my model in this tutorial as she really wanted to try something new for a big party she had coming up.

This look is more suited for evening, but could be worn during the day if you tone down the eyes a bit.

I hope you enjoy!

What I used:
bareMinerals BareSkin foundation
MAC concealer
bareMinerals eyeshadow
BarryM Eyeliner in black
bareMinerals blusher
bareMinerals Moxie lipgloss
KIKO mascara

Here's how I did it:

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Alien Halloween Makeup Tutorial- Suitably Spooky

I love Halloween and every year  I recreate new looks, as I've said in previous blog...
However, it is so hard to come up with new, original ideas. So this year, I went through Pinterest and tried to find some inspiration. I came across an amazing artist with a her instagram name Sammylovesfossas . Sammy is great at painting...particularly on her face! So I took the alien look she created and tried my best to show you all how to do it.

I didn't do a trial run on this. I literally winged it. It could probably be perfected and made A LOT better if I did it again, but this video shows you how it can be done...on the day, with no practice.

I hope you all enjoy!

I will also be uploading a video of Grey (my little boy) doing my makeup as well. So stay tuned for that. He went from making me into 'Spider woman' to basically colouring my entire body, black!