Product Review… Monu Primer

I’m so sorry I’ve been so quiet recently. I’ve decided to give myself a few months off whilst doing up our house and concentrating on my full time job as a production manager in television. I will however try to keep blogging for you all. As you know I subscribe to Glossybox, it’s a great way to keep in touch with new products to the market and to try new brands. The majority of the time a product comes in my box I use it and enjoy it and then go back to what I usually buy, but on receiving one of the items in my October box I’m now a complete convert to the Monu Illuminating Primer. I’ve never heard of Monu as a brand before and always open to new things, so gave this one a bash.

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I always use primers in my work but I’m not a total advocate of them as until now I’d not come across anything that I felt was really worth the money for day to day use, but agree that the addition of a primer for bridal make-up adds a longer lasting effect and much more flawless look. Read my blog here about primers. The Monu Primer was quite a different texture to other primers I’ve tried. It’s a thick white cream with a slight (illuminating) shimmer to it, not that the shimmer is visible after the application of foundation though.



Apply to the face and neck in the morning after cleansing and toning, using gentle upward movements.

My experience:

I have quite greasy skin, certianly as the day goes on I find that my foundation has worn a bit especially on my forehead and around my t-zone and feels very greasy. I’ve tried all sorts to combat this, from using soap, loads of different moisturisers and serums. Initially I used this over my moisturiser which is a No7 Protect and Perfect for oily skin one, I found it improved the greasiness but it still wasn’t great, so I then cut out the moisturiser and tried just the primer. It amazing, it goes on well and my make-up really does last all day and no shininess. I’ve also tried it on some of my clients, it seems to work well with all skin types and really does help to give a good surface to work on and a healthy glow.

How much?

It’s not cheap but the hope is that you don’t need to use very much so it would last you. A 50ml bottle is £24.95 and can be bought from the Monu Shop online.

I highly recommend this product, so give it a go and let me know what you think.

E x

Thought for the day… how to wear foundation well…

This is just a quick thought for the day… I don’t normally do this but it really bothers me so I’ve decided to write about it….

I was sitting on the bus this morning and group of girls got on all dolled up for college and I couldn’t help but notice how badly applied their foundation was. I appreciate not everyone is a whizz with make-up but there are a few simple rules to ensuring you don’t leave the house looking a) fake and b) like your head is separate to the rest of your body.

Now I’m a true believer in make-up should enhance you and make you look and feel more fabulous and it’s for this reason that I find it baffling that so many girls apply a foundation numerous shades darker than their actual skin tone and then they apply it so thick that any slight itch reveals a virtually white mark underneath. The vast majority of the time these girls have great skin and would actually look better with no make-up at all.  My biggest bug bear is the foundation face / neck line, where the foundation stops in one neat line under your chin up to your ear. I wish I had an example to show you but I couldn’t bring myself to do it on me and funnily enough I don’t think these girls would like me to approach them for a photo for my blog!! But I think you all know where I’m coming from.

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Amy with just her base make up on – fresh faced! Photo by Benjamin Thapa

The key is in the blending and of using other products such as bronzer to help create a more even skin tone and to add definition. Here are a few quick tips to avoid such an occurrence.

1. Chose a foundation as close to your skin tone as possible, test it on your jawline and blend it in as much as possible when doing this test as this will give you a good idea of whether it’s the right shade.

2. Apply your foundation in thin layers using a brush, you can always add more but it’s really hard to take it away.

3. Use concealer on problem areas and not a heavier layer of foundation and try powder over the top to help hide these problems.

4. Blend your foundation down your neck almost to where your collarbone begins.

5. Use a bronzer (particularly in the summer months) to help match your face to the rest of your body, but be careful not to over do it on the bronzer, no one likes the tangoed look! And again blend into your neck too.

6. This should probably have been tip 1 but use a mirror in good light, daylight is best if possible, everything looks different in artificial light.


Kelly having her base applied. Photo by Abi Moore Photography

Like I said I appreciate that it’s not everyone’s forte but the key is less is more and blend blend blend!!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic so feel free to message me or comment…

Make-up Product of the week…

I’m sorry I’ve been a little quiet recently but things have gone a little crazy in my life. Not only am I working full time and have my bridal business in full seasonal swing but we’re buying a house! Yippee! It’s very exciting but suddenly we have 3 years worth of accumulated rubbish to sort out and every free moment is spent clearing, cleaning and packing.

But I thought I would talk to you about a product I’ve recently been using and love. It’s called Helen e shimmer eye powder. It comes in this gorgeous little bottle and so doesn’t take up too much room in your make-up bag. It’s also a steal at just £5.




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Anyone who knows me knows I just love a bit of shimmer, anything that sparkles make me very happy and this pot is for this reason a little pot of joy. I’ve got it in a bronze shade 13, but they make them in 32 different shades. This definitely isn’t the only colour I’m going to buy it in.

Application is relatively easy, now I never usually say this but application is easiest with your finger. I start a look with a non descript creamy base coat which I work upwards towards the eye brow. This gives you a good base and removes any discolouration you might have in your eyelids. It also helps to blend the colours in. Now you can use a small brush to apply the shimmer powder but I find that it has a tendency to flick down onto your cheeks or your nose. Applying it with you finger has more of an impact and you get a better coverage of colour. I would however then use a blender brush to blend into the upper lids so you have more of a graduated colour. A quick sweep of eyeliner on your upper and lower lids and and flash of mascara and you’re done.

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On a day to day basis I would normally use other shades on lids and not just one colour but the shimmer effect in this powder is enough on it’s own. I highly recommend it.

You can buy Helen e cosmetics here

Disclaimer: All my product reviews are based on my own experience. I can’t guarantee every product I recommend will work for every reader.