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

Product Review… Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Mascara

I’m a recent convert to the Glossy Box! It’s a way of sampling products regularly without spending masses of money, which my bank balance is very grateful for. My clients and friends want to know my recommendations on all kinds of products and since writing this blog it’s become imperative to test and try new products to the market and ultimately talk about them.

When my box arrived I immediately made a bee line for the mascara, well I’m a make-up artist what do you expect? What particularly drew me to this product was the fact that it boasted a water resistant quality. Waterproof mascaras are the bane of my life, I tend not to use waterproof mascaras on a day to day basis as taking it off at the end of the day is much more of an ordeal than normal mascaras and I hate the idea of losing lashes because it’s hard to remove – they’re precious little suckers!! But obviously in the line of business I do, I need a good Waterproof mascara in my kit, and I find that normal mascaras tend to apply and generally look 10 times better than waterproof mascaras and so finding a good one can be a bit tricky. Until now I’ve used Benefit Badgal which in general is very good, it gives great volume and length but can clump if you’re not careful. This could very well replace it possibly!

Jelly Pong Pong says ‘This is not for the faint-hearted. Our first ever mascara is formulated to make eye lashes flutter & flap. Water-resistant, Fairy Lashes makes eyelashes thicker & curvier while allowing them to be spectacularly soft & light. A truly fabulous effect for the woman who wants to emphasize one deep, intense, seductive look.’


On applying the mascara the wand is a good size, the bristles are a fair length, long enough to reach all lashes but short enough that you don’t end up touching your lids. It coats the lashes quite thinly but builds up easily as the layers dry quite quickly. No clumping for sure which is a personal hate of mine. Adding volume and length to your individual lashes is a must but clumping them together is just horrible which thankfully this mascara doesn’t do. I wouldn’t say it added much length to the lashes but maybe if I continued adding it it might do, I’ll try this another time.

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Unlike most mascaras it comes in a cute box (see pic below) somehow this made me love it even more. It was really hard to throw it away but I felt it was unnecessary to keep it – I mean a mascara doesn’t really need a box does it. Plus the actual mascara tube is purple, doesn’t every girl love purple? It looked lovely in my collection of mascaras.

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I was quite surprised when it came to removing the mascara because it comes off it bits rather than dissolving like most mascaras. It has more of a gluey rubbery texture when it’s coming off but it doesn’t come away easily and definitely no pulling on the lashes so I wasn’t concerned about losing any of the pesky little fellas!

I would definitely buy this again, it goes on like a normal mascara but with the waterproof attributes and at just £15 to buy it’s quite averagely priced. The only major downside is that it’s not widely sold in the UK. You can buy it online at their shop and there are about 10 UK stockists but none nearby to me, this is very likely to stop me purchasing it in the future which is a shame. Hopefully the company will grow and eventually will be more widely available.

I’m going to start rating my products with stars out of 5 so baring in mind everything I’ve said I would give Jelly Pong Pong Fairy lashes Mascara 4 stars!


Skincare tips for a bride to be…

Well the wedding season is in full swing and my diary is packed full of weddings and trials and yesterday one of my best friends and beautiful brides asked me to write about looking after your skin in the run up to your wedding. This is a topic I like to discuss with a bride on her trial to ensure she keeps her skin in tip top condition and to give make-up the best base to start with.


So here’s a few simple tips that any bride can follow and don’t require spending oodles of spondoodles!

1. Exfoliate

Pick up a facial scrub, something like St Ives Apricot Scrub invigorating it’s roughly £4 – £5 and works a treat to remove dull and dead skin and also helps with blackheads if you’re a sufferer. I would advise using the scrub every other day for about 4 weeks running up to the big day.



2. Look after your lips

If you’re not a lipstick wearer than lip care may not be at the top of your priority list, but you’ll probably find that you’ll wear lipstick on your wedding day due to it’s longer lasting and less chance of transfer benefits, over a gloss. But this will mean your lips need to be in good condition. So at least a week before the big day grab an old toothbrush (if you have one) or buy a mega cheap one and a pot of lip balm (any kind). Then exfoliate your lips twice a day using them. You’ll find they become plumper and redder too – win win! For best results use the bursh in circular motions on your lips and blot on a tissue regularly to remove the dead skin.

3. Up your water in take

Most of us don’t drink enough water, if you can just up your in take by 1 pint a day I guarantee you’ll start seeing the benefits.


4. Superfoods for your face…

Yes these really exist, so eat more broccoli, grapefruit and and lettuce

5. Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise

Boring I know but following these 3 steps religiously in the last 4 weeks before the big day will give your skin the best chance possible. Ditch the face wipes and use gentle cotton wool in circular motions instead of wiping make-up away. Buy a cleanser, toner and moisturiser from the same brand. They will compliment each other. I recommend the Body Shop Vitamin E range for all skin types, it’s really gentle and soft smelling.

6. Sun protection

If you don’t already have one, buy a foundation with a good SPF in it. It will look after your skin as the weather gets warmer and helps to avoid red nose syndrome!!

7. Sleep

I’m sure the wedding dreams have well and truly kicked in by the final month but getting enough shut eye is vital. Go to bed about half an hour before normal. Take a book to bed to read to get you off to sleep and keep a note pad by the bed for those moments when you wake in the middle of the night and need to remind the florist about an extra buttonhole!


8. Eyebrows

Get your eyebrows shaped, initially about 4 weeks before (especially if you’re not used to it) and then again about 2 days before the big day. Eyebrows really help to shape your face and can really complete a look. Ask your make-up artist to remove any escaping hairs on the morning as it’s inevitable a couple of miserly ones will have grown!

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9. Eyes

Start using eye cream before bed. I recommend Benefit ‘It’s Potent’ eye cream, but any eye cream is better than noting! Use it daily applying a small amount with your 4th finger under your eyes up to the crows feet area.

10. Leave it well alone

If you are prone to spot break outs – don’t pick, leave it alone and it will go away a lot quicker! I promise!! If you suffer from something more extreme in skin conditions arrange a meeting with your GP and see if they can put you in touch with a dermatologist.


Ultimately don’t panic, you’ll naturally glow from happiness on the day and the best make-up you can wear is a smile so if you do any of the above then it’s just a bonus!


Have you got married recently? Is there any tips you can recommend that I’ve missed?

E x


All products and tips provided have come from personal experience with myself and my clients. I can’t guarantee all recommended products and techniques will work for everyone.

If you liked this post you might like to read my post about keeping calm on your wedding day…