Saturday, 27 August 2016

August Update!

Sunny August has been a super busy bridal season, it certainly has been all about weddings this month!

Here is just a few of the brides I have been lucky enough to work and some behind the scenes wedding shots.

Below are some trial makeup's ready for upcoming weddings!

Wedding Hair and Makeup for suzy and her beautiful mum.

Wedding makeup for Danielle and her gorgeous mum and bridesmaid.

Beautiful Bride Sacha.

Working outside on a beautiful sunny day for Kimberley's bridal party.

Alex and her stunning mum at Luton Hoo Hotel.

Beautiful Bride Davina at Luton Hoo Hotel.

Thursday, 25 August 2016


I have long been on the hunt for a long wearing lip colour that does not dry lips, often making them appear cakey and flakey... yuk!

After testing these lip colours for many months now I can very happily say I absolutely love these Maybelline 24 hr stay colours!  I have a great array in my professional kit now and even have a favourite in my own makeup bag 'Precious coral 470'.  I literally apply this in the morning and it lasts all day I occasionally top up the shine from the dual ended applicator but thats it!

A great choice of colours, comfortable to wear compared to other longwearing lip colours and inexpensive (£8.99).

If you are looking for a long lasting lipstick definitely give this a try!

Friday, 5 August 2016

Inside my summer makeup bag!

Here is what I am currently using in my daily makeup routine during the summer.

Laura Mercier Bronzing gel
Creme De La Mer The reparative skin tint spf 30 (I am loving this right now!)
YSL touche éclat no. 2
MAC Prep + prime 24 - Hour extended eye base

Nars Isolde eye shadow duo
Loreal eyebrow pencil in 02 Blonde
Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow pencil Bronzed garnet
Bobbi Brown long-wear cream eyeshadow stick Golden Bronze
Maybelline Brow drama transparent (a staple in my makeup bag and professional kit)
Rimmel Volume colourist black mascara (not impressed, it does not do as it is claims!)

Kiko bronzing powder 100 (I think this shade is now discontinued but I love it as its not too orange)
Bobbi Brown creme pot rouge Calypso coral

MAC Bombshell (not seen here) A nice summer pink.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

July Update!

This month I had a shoot in the August issue of GoodHousekeeping Magazine, here is my candid shot showing my morning read and much needed coffee.

Wedding season 2016 has been super fabulous so far!  Here are just some of the beautiful brides and bridesmaids I have had the pleasure of working with.

I have been doing a lot of hairstyling as well as makeup recently, here is some of my hair work.

Dont forget the all important flower girls with their pretty little updo's and curls

I also had the absolute pleasure of doing creative pink wedding makeup for the lovely Kim at St Michaels Manor Hotel on the 21st July.

I also managed to spend a relaxing weekend off for my wedding anniversary in beautiful Norfolk, such stunning beaches... our doggies enjoyed it so much!

I simply cannot finish this blog without a mention to the Gypsy Kings!! For those that don't know I absolutely love them and have wanted to see them perform live for sooooo long so it was a real treat when I saw them at Kew gardens this month and they didn't disappoint, FABULOUS!

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Monday, 25 July 2016

New O.P.I Infinite Shine2 nail lacquer

I have never been a fan of having gel nails soaked off in acetone hence why I always paint my own nails. I was therefore keen to try the newly launched O.P.I Infinite Shine 2 nail lacquer.  This claims to be a professional long wear lacquer that cures in natural light, applies easily and offers soak free removal as well as "gel like shine" and "up to 10 days wear".

I was impressed with the smooth application which was to the usual O.P.I high standard if you are already familiar with their nail polishes. The colour payoff was also true to how it appeared in the bottle and the shiny finish is absolutely high salon quality. However the colour lasted on my fingernails no longer than a day before it began chipping which for me is the same as other standard nail polishes that I already use so I was sadly disappointed with the staying power.  

There is a really great range of colours from nudes to brights.  There is also a primer to apply first and a gloss to finish, these are sold individually and I purchased these as well although they clearly didn't make a difference to how long the colour lasted! 

Overall I would buy again as the quality, high shine and colour range is good but it is a huge shame that it does not wear better!

The colour I am wearing the photograph below is "No Stopping Me Now".

Monday, 4 July 2016

Prom Beauty!

This year has been super busy with prom beautifying especially in my local area of Harpenden.  Here are some of the beautiful girls I had the pleasure of doing either makeup or makeup and hair for.