Sunday, 2 February 2014

Bridal beauty crimes.

Cakey Foundation

Caking on your foundation, whether  its using too heavy a base or having it airbrushed on like a mask is the ultimate sin. No one should want a base so heavy you can’t see your real skin underneath it all. It’s not a good look and at the end of the day you still need to look like you. So many brides choose to wear such a heavy base it looks like stage make-up or like a mask. You may look glamorous for those first few hours, but wearing that many layers in the heat, damp, cold, and with all the emotions of the day;  it’s going to crack. A few light layers are best, Start with a primer then your base and then a concealer for any areas that need any extra coverage. Try a BB/CC cream if you don’t normally wear foundation. Tinted Moisturiser for a bit more coverage or liquid foundation if you want full coverage. See below for my recommendations.
Primer:  Smashbox Photo Finish Primer (Clear) or Benefit’s Porefessional.
Base: Dr Jart BB Platinum Beauty Balm Cream, Pixi’s Illuminate Tint and Conceal or Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua.

No Powder/Heavy Powder

Here’s the thing. You need powder. It sets your base in place. If you don’t have it you end up with highly shiny patches across your face. Too much and you can end up looking like you’ve put your face in a bowl of flour. It’s about choosing the right one. My two favourites are either MAC Mineralize Skinfinish or Pixi’s Flawless Beauty Powder.

Heavy Eyeshadow

If you wear this normally and and you want to have some continuity to your look this is fine. The worst thing to ask for as a bride is a heavy smokey eye because you think it’s the glamorous thing to do. It can look great on a night out, on your wedding day it can just be over the top – particularly for a daytime ceremony. However smokey eyes don’t just mean black and white shaded together; you can  use alternative colours such as bronze, purple and light greys, and they can all give that smokey sultry look without overpowering your entire look. Classically bronze and browns looks great on blue eyes and really make them pop. Violet, lavender and other shades of purple bring out the green in your eyes and  charcoal greys suit most. My favourite shadows are from the Pixi Eye Glow Cube or Smashbox’s Colour Pop Palette. Whatever you go for, make sure you (or your MUA) uses an eyeshadow primer to help it last all through the day and into the night.

Not enough Make-Up

I know if you don’t wear much or any, it’s a scary thought having someone put make up on you. However you are going to be photographed all day, from every angle and these photos are an everlasting memory of your big day. At a minimum you need a base, blusher, mascara and a liptint. Any professional worth knowing, knows how to give you that “no make-up make-up” look. Embrace it.

False Lashes (When you’ve never tried them)

Wearing lashes on your big day is only something you should do if you are comfortable wearing them. The first time you wear them, they can feel heavy and can irritate if you aren’t used to them. They are going to be on for a minimum of 8 hours. You need to be totally comfotable in them. You can’t take them off after a few hours (well not without destroying your eye make-up). Have a trial run- wear them for a night out, or a girls night in.
Secondary lash crime: Theatrically heavy false lashes. This is your wedding day. You aren’t from TOWIE and you don’t need lashes that touch your eyebrows when you open your eyes. At their worst you end up with a droopy half asleep, drunken look. A simple set that add extra volume and a touch of length is all you need. I actually really like Naturalites from Eyelure. They’re easy to wear (and apply if you are doing them yourself).

Doing half the make-up yourself

You’ve hired a make-up artist. Unless they’ve collapsed in a heap on the floor or have broken all their fingers in their hands. Let them do their job.

Counter make-up

Going to the make-up counter the morning of the wedding. Because your day isn’t stressful enough? Going to a counter and getting a random person to do your make up with no trial. Good plan. Not all counter staff are professionally trained make-up artists. Do you want to take that risk?

I haven’t used pictures for this post as it’s not fair to pass judgement on particular photo’s I’ve seen... but now you’ve read this, you may just recognise some of these crimes in others ;). 

Thursday, 13 June 2013

A promise

Today's post is not a picture post but more a few thoughts and a promise to all my future bridal bookings out there.

Today I have heard of two make-up artists and hairstylists cancelling on their brides. One I heard of today cancelled this week and the bride gets married Saturday! 

I can honestly say it would have to be very extreme circumstances for me to not honour a booking or have a back-up plan for the bride. It brings me back to a few years ago now, where I managed on the way to a big wedding, trap two of my fingers on my left hand in the car door. Luckily it was my left hand I suppose. I didn't even hesitate- I ran into the petrol station where I had managed to do this, begged the very scared man behind the counter for bandages- wrapped my fingers really tight and on I went to the job. There was no question I wasn't going to make it (had it been my right hand it would have been more difficult, but I would have tried my best!) I worked on 6 lovely ladies for this wedding- I think through pure adrenaline I made it through!

For most brides, hair and make-up is extremely important to get right. The blasé attitude of some "artists" shocks me. To cancel on someone and then not even try to help them find replacements is really unforgivable.

So here's a promise to you all that I will always endeavor to honour my bookings and where circumstances were impossible, I would do everything in my power to get a replacement artist in place.

Monday, 25 February 2013

A spotlight on...

This Works

I love love love This Works. I've been a fan of them for a couple of years now, but it's been in the last year that I've really gone crazy for them! They are a natural beauty and skincare brand and their products are to die for!

Here are a few of my highlights; 

Clean Skin 5 in 1 Cleanser

This cleanser makes your skin look and feel amazing. It contains Rosewater, Olive & Almond Oils and Wild Water Mint. My skin always feels fresh but not tight, looks healthy and slightly glowy after using this. It's great for someone like me who wears full make-up every day and it's excellent for sensitive skin as it is very gentle- it even removes my mascara with a couple of wipes with a dampened cotton pad.

Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

I've previously talked about this lovely product on my blog, but it is just so good I have to mention it again- it's been particularly useful recently as both myself and my husband have had very restless nights sleep- with either one of us unable to drift off easily. It contains Lavender, Vetivert and Wild Camomile. It's unlike a simple lavender spray, the vetivert in there really brings another layer of earthiness. 

It's currently out of stock on their website but I urge you to give it a go if you have trouble sleeping. If you want a double hit, I would recommend their "Sleep" Mini solutions kit, which comes with a mini pillow spray and a rollerball of "Breathe In"

 Enjoy Multi-Tasking Lotion

This is just a fantastic multipurpose moisturiser to use all over. It has a beautiful scent and leaves the skin moisturised without being greasy. I have used it on my face but would probably stick to using it on my body as I do prefer to use a face specific moisturiser. 

It smells of Rose and Tuberose and I am a sucker for a rose scented body cream- especially one like this which smells fresh and vibrant rather than that older lady perfume smell!

It also contains old favourites Shea Butter and Aloe Vera to moisturise and sooth the skin. As you can see in the picture it is currently free* with purchases over £40. Considering it's worth £25 it's a real bonus!

If my words above don't convince you, then you should also know that This Works products are free from phthalates, sulphates, synthetic colours and frangrances, parabens, GMO's, mineral oils, petrolatum and propylene glycol. They are also made without tests on animals, or use animal by-products or hormones so a great product for vegetarians, vegans or anyone with a conscience really ;)

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

New favourite products & HD Brows take 3

So I've just been tonight for my third HD Brows treatment tonight and these are the results. Below you can see with and without eye make-up. I think there's a real marked improvement since my last post in terms of the even shaping on both the brows. As you can see the shape is starting to look more symmetrical. I naturally have one eye-brow that sits higher than the other, but Camilla has been working on my shape so that it is less obvious.

Make-Up (in this photo above)

Lancome Photogenic Lumessence
My absolute new favourite foundation from Lancome in Shade 01. I love the finish this gives in my skin; radiant and picture perfect, it gives a medium coverage and little goes a long way. Give it a try if you're looking for something new!

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
I swore for years to not use MAC, I didn't agree with it's ethics and I still think a lot of their products are highly over-rated. However I was at Auckland airport in December at 11.30pm waiting for a very delayed flight to Hong Kong. The only make-up counter that was open was MAC and I was desperate for a decent concealer. I use shade NW 20. I actually love the way this blends and I use it everywhere I need a bit of extra coverage! Again a little goes a very long way. Not saying I'm totally converted, but I'm warming to MAC slightly ;)

Benefit Thrrrob Blusher & Givenchy Le Prisme Blush Bucolique
I layer the two together to give a warm pink glow- Benefit Thrrrob is a subtle baby pink that warms the skin and the Givenchy blusher just gives that gentle pop of fuschia pink.

Illamasqua Liquid Metal - Electrum
I used this as a primer over my eyelids. It's a deep metallic gold which provides a great base for my bronze smoky eye. Gorgeous colour!

MUA Professional- Undressed Eyeshadow palette
I used various shades of smoky bronze blended up and out from my lash line to create this smoky look, finishing with a wash of nude highlight over the top. This palette is my every day go to- from nudes to shimmering bronzes, matte brown's and gun metal greys- it has a great choice. 

Kiko Kajal Khol Pencil no. 100
An inky black pencil with a very similar texture to the arabic khol- I used inside the upper eyelid to define the lashes 

Kiko Super Colour Eyeliner in Shade 110
A metallic purple liner which I've just used to line right along the lashline- super long lasting and very easy to apply

Pixi Eye Bright Liner
A must have for any make-up bag- peachy nude liner you use to line the inside of your lower lashline- gives you a bright eyed look even when terribly hungover!

Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara
When I first tried this, I wasn't sold as I thought it was quite a thick formula and I don't normally go for those types of mascara, however the more I have used it, the more I love the look and shape it gives my lashes- builds volume at the roots and coats the lashes from root to tip in a very deep black colour. (I know I sound like a mascara advert but this really does what it says!)

Lancome Juicy Tube
I used shade number 15 in Cerise for a touch of glossy pink

Other products you can't necessarily see are Kiehls Lip Balm #1- the best for my dry and cracked lips in winter. Hydrates them instantly and keeps them feeling soft all day.

Also a fantastic serum recommended to me by my wonderful friend and beauty guru- Amanda Bell
Sophyto Tocotrienol Super Skin Concentrate. I've been using this for a couple of weeks now and I already see a difference in my skin. I use it every night before bed and my skin looks so much healthier when I wake up! 

Monday, 26 November 2012

HD Brows

So tonight I have treated myself to the HD Brows experience. HD Brows is a seven step process to shape, tidy and create your perfect brow. It involves tinting, waxing, tweezing and threading to shape your brows to suit your face.

My brows naturally on the left and after the HD Brows treatment on the right.

Before- just pencilled in 

After- the HD Brows treatment

What is great about HD Brows is that with each treatment your technician will be able to shape your brows so they start to match in shape, length and arch. This is just the start of my treatment and each time, they should become perfectly shaped to match each other. 
 Most people will have uneven brows to start with- unless you are naturally lucky and have perfect even eyebrows with the exact same shape. This treatment is the perfect solution for those uneven, overplucked, or under shaped brows.

Thankyou to Camilla Seton's Beauty & Aesthetics for my wonderful brows. 

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Quick pretty make-up look

Excuse the seriousness of my face in these photos! I'm not the best at posing for my own photos!

This is a really simple look to achieve a flawless glowing complexion, using really pretty colours.

Products used:

  • No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream in Fair
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in Shade 1
  • Chantecaille Compact Make-Up in Shell
  • Benefit One Hot Minute Bronzer
  • Smashbox 'O' Glow.
  • Lancome Color Design, Sensational Effects Eyeshadows in 'Honeymoon' & 'Guest List'
  • Laura Mercier Brow Gel Definer in Soft
  • Pixi Eye Bright Liner
  • Pixi Straight on Til Morning Liner
  • Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara
  • Jelly Pong Pong 'Irish Cream Pavlova' Lip Frosting.

There you have it for tonight xxxx

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Chantecaille Compact Make-Up.

I recently bought a fabulous new powder compact foundation from Chantecaille. I usually wouldn't buy anything from this brand due to the high prices of each product- however I am an Ebay scavenger and I came across a couple of people selling a brand new one, in my exact shade.

It is a wonder product for my skin. I can see why it has such a high price tag. It is like no other powder I have used before. It is lightweight but gives great coverage to my skin. The shade also matches my fair skin perfectly- I use 'Shell'. All too often I find powders are too yellow or dark for my skin despite them being 'fair' or 'ivory' etc. Translucent powder doesn't give me any coverage.

It's texture is like silk on your skin and even when you build it up it doesn't go cakey or powdery. This compact is going to be perfect for my holiday down under, to keep my skin looking beautifully dewy in the summer sun rather than high shine and neon red! Which is sadly how my fair skin will go if it's not protected correctly.

It is also animal derivative and lanolin free, a nice added bonus when you are looking for a luxury product. It retails for £48.00 so it isn't something you would buy on a whim. But if you are looking for a special foundation, then this is it... and if you still can't justify it, there's always Ebay ;)

I'll do a picture post soon using some of these products for you all.. until then...