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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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Email me at: primppowderpout@gmail.com

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Friday, 14 August 2015

My Awesome Summer Makeup Routine | Primp Powder Pout

This summer I have been rocking some lovely makeup looks. Some new products have come on the market, that I have been totally in love with, so I have been taking FULL advantage of them all!

Here is a lovely little lowdown on what I have been doing and how to get the look! Its all about fresh looking skin, that glows! 

I hope you enjoy!



Here is what I used:
bareMinerals- Complexion Rescue 05
bareMinerals- Stroke of Light
Maybelline- Dream Bronze BB Cream Medium
bareMinerals- Touch Up Veil 
bareMinerals- Mineral Veil Dark-
Maybelline- Dream Touch Blush 06
Makeup Revolution London- Contouring Palette Medium (Used the Highlighter)
MAC- ProlongWear Waterproof Brow Set - Blonde
Bourjois- Black Mascara

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Friday, 24 July 2015

An Insider's Guide to Long-Lasting Eyeshadow | Guest Post - Evelyn Walker

Photograph- Lucie Eleanor Brown

If you’re sick of your beautiful eyeshadow smudging and fading halfway through lunch, these tips will help you make it last longer, look better and feel smoother.
Basically, to make any product last longer on your face you’ve got to moisturize. In other words, create a smooth base without any creases so that the makeup can stay put instead of slipping and sliding. There’s lots of ways to do this so listen up!
Tip One - Primer
Start with a primer. It’s the same concept of applying primer on your face before foundation – but for eyelids. You may think it’s not worth it to spend money on a primer, but trust me. It really works! Primer will smooth your eyelids and help the eyeshadow to adhere to it without creasing. And actually, good primers don’t have to be expensive. Want proof? Check out e.l.f.’s super cheap eye makeup.
Tip Two – Concealer
If primer doesn’t do the trick, try applying a concealer base. Reason #1 to do this is because it’s a lighter shade than your eyelid and will make the eyeshadow pop. Reason #2 is that it will force the eyeshadow powder to stay put until you decide to take it off. 
It works best if you top off the concealer with loose powder so that it sets properly.
Tip Three –Cream Eyeshadow
Okay, don’t panic. I’m not saying replace all your beloved eyeshadow palettes with cream pots. But since we need a smooth, even-colored base to start with investing in a pale cream eyeshadow is a good idea. You can use it as an eyelid base for all your powder eyeshadows. It will definitely help your eye makeup last longer and look prettier.  
Photograph- Lucie Eleanor Brown

Tip Four– Water 
Water solves a lot of problems when it comes to skin and eyeshadow is no exception. Before applying any eyeshadow spray your makeup brush with some water. DON’T OVERDO IT. You want just enough to help the eyeshadow spread smoothly. As an added bonus the eyeshadow color will look even better because the water makes it more vivid. Translation: your eyes will look more gorgeous!
Tip Five – The Right Brush 
Obviously, you can’t use a giant powder brush on your eyelid. The eyes are a tricky area because of the small corners and delicate eyelids. You have to have the right brushes to apply the eyeshadows correctly and EcoTools is a great place to start looking for them. Even though there’s tons of eye brushes out there, there’s two basic ones you need for eyeshaodw – 1. A brush to apply and spread 2.A brush to smudge.
An eyeshadow “c” brush is the one used for applying because it’s fluffy but eyelid sized. A small, stiffer brush is used for smudging to create looks like the smoky eye.
Tip 6 – Setting Mist
Setting spray is for when you REALLY want your makeup to stay put and works for all facial makeup. With one spray of stuff like Clarins  Fix’ Make-Up, your makeup is sealed in place, the colors look brighter and your face feels refreshed. It’s a really easy way to keep your eyeshadow and other makeup on all day long.  

If your eyes don’t look gorgeous all day by following these tips, you can hold me personally responsible! (But I’m 99% sure you’ll see the difference). These were the tips I gathered from some trials and many errors but do you have any more to add to the list? 

Thursday, 9 July 2015

AT HOME TEETH WHITENING KIT| GIVEAWAY| PRIMP POWDER POUT

Yay! I have finally been able to share the amazing product I have been using by SmileBrilliant!

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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Wearable - Easy - Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial | Primp Powder Pout

I recently went a bit crazy and purchased a load of brilliant products from Kiko and wanted an excuse to try them out, before I added them to my makeup kit.

I purchased some brilliant products, such as their Second Skin Foundation, Soft Focus Concealer and much more!

I decided to give it a go and also do a lovely dark green and purple smokey eye to go with it!

Here is what I used: 
Kiko Perfecting Correcter - Primer
Kiko Liquid Skin - Neutral 40
Kiko Cream Crush 08 & 09 - Cream shadow
Kiko Soft Focus Concealer - 01 & 03
Kiko Lipstick 02
Kiko Ultratech Mascara
Kiko Glamorous Eye Pencil 414
bareMinerals - Utopia and a Lime Green Eyeshadow (can't remember the name)

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Sunday, 7 June 2015

My Fittness, Clean Eating & Review | Primp Powder Pout


Welcome back friends! Today I have decided to give you a little low-down on what I have been up to for the last few months in terms of my fitness, eating etc!

Back in February I decided to start clean eating. I was about to go on holiday to the Caribbean and I worked out pretty hard already but really only saw a little change in my body. My fitness was pretty spot on, so I was healthy, but I was still carrying a little extra weight that was annoying me. As a little push, I decided that really what needed to happen was I needed to change my diet. I ate pretty healthy but I have a huge sweet tooth and every once in a while, during the week, naughty little treats would sneak into my little belly and this was holding me back.

So I decided that as of the 1st Feb my new way of eating would commence. This mainly meant that I was cutting the crap, literally, from my diet. No bread, no sugar, nothing processed during the week, with the exception of a Saturday 'Cheat Day'.

After a week, there was a huge difference! I was pretty shocked actually.

After two weeks, there was an even bigger difference and had dropped about 7lbs.
Day 1 to Day 21
By the third week I was 12lbs down from my resting weight of 142. It felt amazing and pretty simple. I had more stamina when it came to running...which is great because I was then asked to run not 1 but 2 races this summer, one being The Race For Life - In Cambridge and The British 10K London .

My diet is still much the same as it was back in February, however, I am a little more lenient on the weekend and not so strict on just the 1 cheat day, because I work out so hard, I found that I couldn't keep that sort of level of fitness going without refuelling properly.
Last day of April 2015 - Diet is a little less harsh!
I still had a little energy that was missing though, so it was great when SkinnyStix came to me about a review for them. I was a bit skeptical due to the name of the product, but I was pleasantly surprised once I started drinking the drinks.
2 weeks ago. Me and my Skinny Stix
SkinnyStix can be used in conjunction with weightloss. The way that you use them is either you have a drink 15mins before your meals, 3x a day to help curb your appetite. OR you have it as your drink of choice before exercise and if you need a little pick-me-up.

I preferred the drinks as a pre-workout supplement rather than appetite suppressant. As I liked the boost it gave me before a big workout session.

The way the skinnyStix work is they contain ingredients such as : Yerba Mate (Leaf) - Which is used to boost energy and aid weightloss. Guarana (Seed) which is a natural caffeine which doesn't give you that awful spike and crash that energy drinks and coffee can give you. Cacao (powder) which has things like magnesium in it that aid digestion (cough cough...bowel movements) and Cayenne Powder (which is known for it's thermogenic heating of the gut that boosts the metabolism)

It also contains loads of other extracts that help with metabolism boosts and the flavour such as Grape, strawberry, cherry, plum powders.

The drink comes in three flavours. Tangy Tangerine, Berry Fusion and Electric Lime.  You also receive a travel bottle with the purchase of the drink which is pretty cool too.

Below you can see my little video and review on the product and some more information on it. And Because I love you all, you can also receive 20% Off your first purchase, which of course comes with it's own bottle! Simply go to: MySkinnyStix and at the end of your purchase type in: SSREVIEW

If you would like to know more about my weightloss journey and how I am maintaining my fitness and my new lifestyle change, then please let me know. I would love to help others make a change for the better! I just wish I knew years ago, what I know now, about how to eat and be in the best shape... all it took was cutting a few naughty things from my diet! Grrr

You Can follow me on my Fitness Instagram Here! This will keep you a little up to date on what I am up to :)
I will also keep you informed on my training for the Race For Life in Cambridge which I am being sponsored by ScottishPowder for Cancer Research. 

Friday, 29 May 2015

Top Japanese & Chinese Beauty Trends You HAVE to try! - Guest Post by Gwen Lewis

Today, the lovely Gwen Lewis has written a brilliant guest post on the Japanese & Chinese tips and tricks we should be trying.

Japanese and Chinese Beauty Trends to Apply to YOUR Routine!


Asian women have long been revered for their intense, elaborate, and effective beauty rituals.  Though some of these techniques are unfamiliar to Western women, there’s a good chance adopting some of these methods will help you achieve a beautiful glow, luscious locks, and even skintone. That’s why the internet is so marvelous! It’s a great way to learn new things --- and look fabulous in the process. Check out some of these treatments: 


Hair Removal Techniques You Must Try 


You might be surprised to learn that many Japanese women shave their face. The treatment, referred to as kao sori or “shaved face,” involves using a straight razor to remove any facial hair. It can be done at home or in tandem with a regular facial and massage. (Many Japanese ladies do this about once a month and consider it a relaxing experience.) At a spa, the process usually involves a double cleansing, hair removal, and then a series of special lotions, calming agents, and the like. Although some claim that shaving generally causes the hair to grow back thicker, experts have debunked this myth

If facial shaving isn’t quite your thing, consider trying a spring facial hair remover. The process involves holding a thin, metal coil between your hands and rolling it up and down your face. The contraption traps stray hairs in the coil, leaving you hair free. It sounds complicated, but a quick video demonstration reveals its simplicity. Best of all, spring hair removers require no cleanup, expensive and irritating wax, or salon appointment. 

Double Cleansing - Why It’s The Best


Do you ever get frustrated with your cleanser? You wash your face but somehow, you still feel less than clean. That’s where the double cleansing method comes in. 

First, you want to remove your makeup. Many women will take an oil cleanser and use it to dissolve the makeup and/or pollutants resting on the surface of your skin. Next, it’s wise to use a gentle cleanser--foaming or milk versions are best--and remove any excess residue. Now give your skin one more gentle cleanse, followed by a toner, moisturizer, and/or serum. Finally, if you have pigmentation issues, apply a pigment corrector. If you follow this routine daily, you should have blemish free, supple skin!     

Exfoliation Techniques For Your Body  


We’ve talked a lot about keeping the face looking youthful and healthy. Let’s talk about body skincare! 

Asian beauty is all about balance; balancing rigorous skin care with gentle techniques suitable for sensitive skin. That’s where exfoliation towels come in. That’s where these colorful skin wash cloths come in. The do the job of sloughing off dead skin cells and regenerating new ones without the damage that often accompanies harsh scrubs. (Just say no to tiny cuts all over your skin!) Best of all, they’re inexpensive, colorful, and easy to use.  


So what do you think, beauty lovers?


Have you tried any of the techniques mentioned above? How did they work out for you? And if not… would you consider adding any of these beauty products to your arsenal? Leave your comments in the space below. 

Friday, 22 May 2015

Bridal Makeup Tutorial Series 2015 - Primp Powder Pout

I am rolling out a series of bridal makeup tutorials again this year. I have two new videos live! One is a standard classic look for someone who wants to look fresh and just an enhanced version of themselves! The second video is a more sun kissed, bronzed bride! Both are beautiful and soft! Its about letting your true self shine through and not about turning you into someone you aren't! We want your husbands-to-be to recognise you!

As a bonus to you all I have a new link that will give you a discount on a ton of the products I have used! Stocking up on new makeup can be expensive, so here's something to give back to you! 


I hope you enjoy!

This is the first look! 
HERE's WHAT I USED:
InstaNatural- Eyegel
BareMinerals- Original Primer
BareMinerals- Light 02 concealer
Urban Decay- All Nighter Spray
MAC - Omega Eyshadow
Benefit- PoreFessional 
MAC- All that Glitters
Maybelline- Black Gel Eyeliner
Lancome- Miracle air de teint
MAC- Light Mineralize Skin Finish
MAC- Medium Dark Mineralize Skin Finish
KIKO- Waterproof Mascara
MAC- Waterproof Blonde Brow Set
MAC- NC15 Pencil
MAC- Dainty Blusher
Maxfactor- Pink Princess Lipliner
BareMinerals- Moxi Hot Shot


My next tutorial was done on my lovely friend, Sarah! Her adorable little baby girl also makes an appearance as well! :)


HERE's WHAT I USED:
Insta Natural - Eye Gel
Urban Decay- All Nighter Spray
MAC- Pro Concealer Palette
bareMinerals- cream, shimmer brown, matte cream shadows
MAC - Corduroy eyeshadow
MAC- Face and Body Foundation
MAC- Harmony Contour
MAC- Flirt and Tease Blusher
MAC- Cream Frost
Flower- Nude Lip Liner
Clear Lip Gloss




Friday, 8 May 2015

Finding Your Skin Tone - Guest post!

I have a great new guest post by Cassie Brewer, who is going to take you through finding your skin tone! Its one of those things that a lot of us 'think' we know but really we have it all wrong!

Cassie has put together a brilliant info graphic to help you find out what your skin tone is and help you make a proper decision when choosing the makeup that suits you!



Find Your Skin Tone and Get a More Fabulous Complexion 

We always focus on skin type when choosing makeup and fashion colors. But your skin type can change with time, such as due to sun exposure or the use of skin lightening products. Much more important than your skin type is your skin tone. It never changes and matching colors to it is a guaranteed way to look beautiful and radiant! Read on to find your skin tone. 

There are two types of skin tones: warm and cool. Warm tones give your skin an off-white or yellow tone, whereas cool skin tones will have a blue or pink hue to them. Conduct a few tests to find out if you’re warm or cool.
DIY Skin Tone Tests 

  • Sun Test

Look at what happens to your skin when exposed to the sun. Do you tan easily? If so, you have a slightly yellow undertone to your skin and are warm-toned. If you burn easily, then you have lower melanin in your skin and your skin tone will probably be pink-red or blue.

  • White Paper Test

Take a sheet of white paper and hold it up to your face when you look in the mirror. Make sure you’re not wearing makeup so you get a good reading. Next to the white, does your skin look a little yellow? If so, you have a warm skin tone. If the white paper brings out a pink or blue tone, you have a cool skin tone.

  • Jewellery Test

What metals look best on your skin? Does your skin look vibrant with silver or platinum, or does it glow when you wear gold? These point to your skin tone. If silver looks good, then you have a cool tone, while gold looks beautiful on warm skin tones. 

  • Vein Test

Stand outside and look at the veins on your wrists. If they are blue, then you have a cool tone. If they are green, you have a warm skin tone.

If silver and gold look good on you, and you have green as well as blue veins, then your skin tone is neutral. This is great because you can wear both metals and colors from both groups! 

Tone Up Your Color Choices 

Now that you know what your skin tone is, you can make the right color choices. Ever worn a foundation or lipstick color that made you look pale, tired, or dull? The color was clashing with your skin tone! An easy way to prevent this and wear colors that complement you is to choose warm colors if you have a warm skin tone and cool colors if your skin tone is cool.
  • Warm colors are those that remind us of the sun and heat, such as yellow, orange, red, as well as combinations of these. Darker colors can also be warm if they contain these warm shades. For instance, green with a yellow hue to it will warm it up.
  • Cool colors are linked to sea and sky: they include greens, blues, and purple shades. Earthy colors can be cool provided they have a cool hue to  them. For instance, a red lipstick can match a cool skin tone if it contains a bit of blue.

Find Your Skin Season

Other important parts of your skin tone are contrast and season.

Your skin’s contrast is either high or muted.
  • A high contrast means that there is a big difference between your hair color, eye color, and skin tone. So, you might have really dark hair and eyes with pale skin.
  • Muted contrast means that you have less of a gap between the saturation of your skin compared to that of your hair and eyes. For instance, you might have ash blonde hair with blue eyes and pale skin.

Once you know your contrast, you can figure out your season.

Spring

If you’re spring, this means you have a warm skin tone and high contrast between your hair and eyes, and skin. An example is dark hair and pale skin that has a yellowish undertone to it. Great color choices for you include light and soft colors, such as rose pink or egg yolk yellow.

Autumn

You have a warm skin tone with a muted contrast. So, you might have light hair and pale eyes with a yellowish-toned skin. Rich earthy tones, such as forest green and spicy browns make you look radiant.

Winter

You have a cool skin tone with a high contrast. An example is if you have a pink or blue tinge to your skin and it is much lighter than your hair color. Go for jewel tones, such as purple and aquamarine.

Summer

You have a cool skin tone with a low contrast. For instance, olive skin (with a pink/blue hue) and features that aren’t much darker than your skin color, such as brown hair and hazel eyes. Neutral colors and pastels work well with your skin, so choose sky blue, emerald, and peach for example.

Finding your skin tone is an easy way to start having fun with color choices so you can look gorgeous every time you leave the house. 


Friday, 1 May 2015

The No Makeup - Makeup Look | Natural Makeup

I know so many women who don't like the look of makeup on their skin but also don't like the look of their skin without makeup!
There is enough there to see I look brighter and fresh, but equally natural as the first image!

I created a tutorial on how to look flawless with amazing skin that looks like you aren't wearing makeup even when you are!

HERE IS WHAT I USED: 

bareMinerals - Complexion Rescue (I love this Complexion Rescue! It not only has an spf30 but it feels amazing on the skin, is lightweight and helps restore the skin!)

Clinique        - Even Better concealer
Estee Lauder - Mochaccino Cream Shadow
Collection     -  Eyes uncovered
Superdrug Soltan Maxi Bronzer - Deep Bronze
Boots No7   - Pop and Glow Cream Blush
Maybelline   - Brow Drama
Maxfactor     - Pink Petal Lip liner
Kiko Milano - Divine Reflections Volume Mascara 01

HERE'S HOW I DID IT:

Friday, 10 April 2015

Coachella Makeup & Hair


Coachella is literally about to kick off in 4 hours! I couldn't be further away on the planet from Coachella seeing as it takes place in California and well...I'm in England. However, I did grow up in California and spent several years in L.A. so I totally know what I'm talking about :)

Here is a look I put together for this amazing festival, which of course would not be complete without a flower crown!
A video posted by Ashley Kay Gifford (@ashleykaygifford) on
I hope you enjoy!
HERE'S WHAT I USED:
Maybelline - FITME Anti-Shine Stick
Estee Lauder- Magenta Metallic Eyeshadow
Shimmer Shadow
Clinique- Perfectly Real Foundation
Rimmel- Match Perfection Concealer
Kiko- Liquid Eyeliner- Black
BarryM- Black Waterproof Eyeliner
e.l.f. eyebrow Kit- Blonde
Maybelline- Brow Drama
Benefit- They're Real Mascara
e.l.f- Blush and Contour Kit
Benefit- Hello Flawless
bareMinerals- French Kiss Blusher
MAC- Flat out Fabulous Lipstick

HERE's HOW I DID IT: