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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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Monday, 11 January 2016

Top 10 Bridal Makeup Do's and Don'ts for 2016!

2016 is here and as my schedule starts to rapidly fill up for this coming wedding season, I thought it would be a great opportunity for all of the brides to be, all over the world, to have a little guidance when it comes to their makeup for their wedding day! 

Planning a wedding is such a learning curve and I know, from experience, it would have been useful to have a little helping hand in what I should and shouldn't be doing. 

The link below, is a guide of my Top 10 Bridal Makeup Do's & Don'ts for 2016! 
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If you're a past bride with a disaster story about your hair and makeup, I want to hear it! Either leave a comment below or on the link above! It helps brides-to-be to know what to look out for!

Friday, 27 November 2015

Gold Glitter Party Makeup | Acne Coverage| 2015 Party Season!

Wow! Check it out...I'm here. After neglecting my blog for a month, I am finally back in action! Oh well...Life happens :)

In the meantime, during my absence, I have spent time with my momma who came to visit for 3 weeks and also worked... a lot! So it was all for a good reason. 

Now on to the fun stuff!

It's party season now and next to Halloween & Autumn, this is my other FAVOURITE SEASON!!! AHHHH I LOVE IT!

I have already kicked off my awesome makeup & hair tutorials for this spangly, sparkly time of year!

First things first is my GOLD GLITTER Party Makeup Tutorial! 

I am super pleased with this video! The glittery flecks of sparkles on the eyes really makes it pop! Its just what every girl needs in their life!
Below is a full list of what I used and the lovely video on how I created this look!  I hope you enjoy!
MAC                               Natural Radiance Primer
BENEFIT                        Fake Up Concealer
Urban Decay                 Primer Potion
BareMinerals                Touch Up Veil
MAC                               Harmony Blusher
MAC                               Breezy Blusher
Lancome                       Miracle Air de Teint
MAKEUP                       Revolution Ultra Sculp & Contour Kit
Bourjois                        Volume 1 Second Mascara 
KIKO                              Lasting Gel Eyeliner 
BareMinerals                Lasting Longwear Eyeliner - Absolute Black
Urban Decay                Heavy Metal Loose Gold Glitter
Ben Nye                       Glitter Glue
BareMinerals               The Good Life Eyeshadow palette (You can use this entire set to do the shadow)
MAC                              Beauty Marked, Eyeshadow
BareMinerals                Well Rested Concealer/Brightener


Monday, 19 October 2015


It's HALLOWEEN MONTH and I have been a very busy bee, cranking out my newest creepy makeup looks for Halloween 2015! 

Being American, I have grown up with Halloween being a seriously big event! When I moved to England, I quickly realised it wasn't such a big deal here...UNTIL THE LAST FEW YEARS! And now you can go into any shop and buy super cool, creepy, scary Halloween bits and bobs and it literally makes me feel like a kid again! 

Last year, because my son was nearly 4, it was the first time we went trick-or-treating with him and his/our best friends. It was so memorable and so much fun and the surrounding neighbourhoods really went all out. It was so exciting!

Anyway, because I am living my life through my son's little eyes and his excitement, I am even more thrilled when October hits and even more inspired to pull some proper creepy things out of the bag in terms of makeup. So this whole month I have been filming and uploading two tutorials a week, leading up to Halloween! 

Here is the awesome playlist of all of me NEW tutorials and of course my old favourites from the past few years, all for you to view here! 

I have everything from:

Corpse Brides, Scary Clowns, Witches, Half Skeletons, Sugar Skulls to Aliens! 

(click the button on the top left to drop down the entire playlist!)


Thursday, 1 October 2015

Autumn Makeup for Glasses Wearers | Primp Powder Pout

Ahhh! Its been over a month since I have been able to do an update! This is ridiculous and totally me neglecting my blogging duties. However, in my defence, I have been in the busiest wedding season to date (I'm still not done, with over 5 weddings still to do and various other shoots and jobs in the pipeline). Also, my little boy - Grey, started school for the first time and that's really thrown me! 

Now that Grey is in school, it is bringing back all of those lovely autumn/fall memories of school starting, the Indian summer kicking in, my birthday! (Which was yesterday ) and of course Halloween around the corner! So exciting and definitely my favourite time of year! 

So to put me back on the map of blogging, I have created a new look for those who love this season as much as me- who like to go a bit bold with the ol' eye makeup and lips and who also do/don't wear glasses! 

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

Here's How I did it:

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


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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)

Here's How I did it:

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.