Thursday, 8 October 2020

FRIDAY FAVE! Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes! Mascara

As a long time lover of Charlotte Tilbury 'Legendary Lashes Volume 2' mascara I was eager to try out the new much hyped 'Pillow Talk Push up Lashes!' mascara.

Firstly it looks nice! This mascara is beautifully packaged in rose gold and pale pink, a makeup lovers dream.  

I quickly noticed it is "super" jet black and I mean "super" to without doubt instantly define and add volume to lashes.

Smudge proof, humidity proof and no lash curler is apparently needed... although I have still been using my curlers and have not noticed a significant difference...

This mascara will definitely achieve volume, length and stretch lashes plus has a 24 hour vertical lift effect!

Your eyes will instantly appear bigger, brighter and more awake, now who doesn't want that?

How to apply it and yes you do need instructions!

Firstly hold the mascara wand horizontally and use the flat side of the wand to push up the lashes from the lash root.

Now twist the wand to the brush side and comb through the lashes form the root to the tip, wiggle the bristles from side to side to help separate, define and lift.

Now use the wand vertically to precision paint lashes at the inner and outer corners.

Mascara lesson over!

Now lets get to the technical bit because there definitely is one....an innovative injection moulded mascara paddle brush complete with load, comb and lift technology will lift lashes like air, vertically painting each individual lash (yes, even those tiny awkward ones!). The diamond shaped bristles follow the lash architecture for a magnifying and amplifying effect.  A push-up lash lifting polymer (derived from the Larch tree) helps create a push up vertical lift and hold of the lashes.  Natural waxes like carnauba add body and texture to the formula for weightless volume and a false-lash finish.  Plus it contains KERESTORE 2.0 (keratin) which conditions lashes to create a thicker look and feel.

    This mascara is seriously smart!...maybe a bit too smart even for me.

    Here is my verdict.  Although I love it and the effect it achieves I have to think about what I am doing a bit too much when applying it.  Believe me when I say you could easily get in a mess with this mascara, this takes expert skill and time to apply you simply cannot pop this one on in a hurry.  A bit too much of a "faff" for many but worth it if you want the best lashes you have ever seen perhaps.  Certainly not for everyone but for the lash obsessed looking for the holy grail mascara this might just be it.  I however will be sticking with my Legendary Lashes volume 2 mascara which I am more than happy with and requires less thinking on my part!

    Definitely worth a try but it will be like marmite you will love or hate it!






    Saturday, 3 October 2020

    Super Supplier Saturday! Huntsmill Farm

    This month's Super Saturday Wedding Supplier is wedding venue Huntmill Farm in Shalstone, Buckinghamshire.

    The Huntsmill family consists of Chris, Fiona, Henry and Ruth.  Chris is the farmer, Fiona runs the self catering cottages, Henry is the 'weddings man' and Ruth deals with social media and marketing.

    Henry and Ruth themselves married at the farm in 2014 this inspired Henry to create the perfect wedding venue!  They converted the last barn on the farm's stunning courtyard in April 2017, work was completed in May 2018 and now the barn is a beautiful feature.  A space where you can get married with accommodation located onsite around the stunning courtyard. The quiet location means you and your guests will not be disturbed and you can even decorate the barn and gardens however your heart desires!

    They have a lovely group of preferred suppliers who have all worked at Huntsmill weddings, which I am lucky enough to be a part of.  If you are searching for your perfect country wedding venue Huntsmill farm is the place for you!  

    Emily Fensome, Wedding & Events Coordinator, is the newest addition to the Huntsmill team and has answered my Q&A below.

    As the images below show the team are full of fun and energy to make your wedding day extra special!  


    Emily Fensome Q&A:



    What advice would you give to couples currently searching for a wedding venue?

    Decide what your ‘tick boxes’ are before researching venues and enquire into venues that best match your criteria.  Always trust your gut instinct as it will always do you right and make sure you feel in good hands from the start of your enquiry to visiting the venue.  Having a good rapour with the venue’s staff will definitely help to make the planning of your big day so much more enjoyable.


    How far in advance should a couple choose a venue?

    We recommend 12-18 months as dates start to fill up quickly during the engagement seasons, however we have seen recently those that can turn their big day around in 6!!!


    What is your top tip for couples?

    Enjoy the whole process, the day goes by so quickly so really treasure the planning as well as the wedding day itself.


    Why do you love working in the wedding industry?

    Mainly being part of each couples wedding day and being one element that helps to provide them with special memories.  We love meeting people and seeing people enjoy our venue as much as we do!  The Industry has fast changing trends constantly so its nice to have your career continue to give you wow factors!


    Describe your Style?

    Rustic, current and family orientated.


    Why should a couple choose you?

    There are so many reasons!  Aside from its beautiful grounds, perfect photo backdrops and amazing staff(!!!) it provides the ultimate wedding experience. The stone barn is so versatile in complimenting any theme or colour and allows each couple to make it their own.  The free flow of the barn also ensures guests are able to enjoy all aspects of the day.  The accommodation is so unique in terms of providing a home from home experience and creates such a social atmosphere.  It enables couples to have an extended celebration period rather than just the wedding day itself.  Huntsmill also transforms from day to night and creates the most beautiful ambience during the evening and continues to give wow factors throughout the day.


    @huntsmillfarmweddings

    Wednesday, 30 September 2020

    September Update!

    September is my Birthday month so we spent five nights in beautiful Norfolk, it was lovely to get away!

    #staycation #anotheryearyoung 

    My pooches love the beach and Norfolk is their favourite place to holiday!  We visited stunning Houghton Hall https://www.houghtonhall.com definitely worth visiting if you are nearby. We were lucky enough to see the Anish Kapoor exhibition (on until November 1st) whilst we were there which was amazing.

    Beautiful Norfolk Countryside

    They are such nosey dogs!

    Obligatory Doggie portraits at the beach.


    Hours of fun!

    Houghton Hall Anish Kapoor exhibition



    Afternoon tea at https://www.visitpetals.co.uk Our favourite tearoom we always visit on a Norfolk trip, dog friendly too!

    Straight back into work which is honestly brilliant I am so grateful that I have actually had quite a bit of work throughout August and September.  As a freelancer it is very difficult at the moment especially with the wedding wedding and events industries really struggling so I am immensely happy to have some work at least as I love my job.  I have had a mix of weddings, shoots, trials ahead of weddings (fingers crossed) and makeup lessons as well as having the time to be involved in some fabulous bridal styled shoots working with other talented wedding industry suppliers.  This was actually on my goal list of things I wanted to achieve this year as normally I am too busy with general work to have any time for the creative part but COVID has been positive in the fact it has given me more time!

    Behind the scenes on a branding shoot with the super talented and lovely Alison, if you need branding pics she is your girl! https://www.ajburrowsphotography.co.uk


    Back at Luton Hoo https://www.lutonhoo.co.uk/golf-course-hertfordshire where I am lucky enough to be the recommended Makeup artist, it was so good to be back and working with the totally gorgeous bride Reiss! 




    Also back at St Michaels Manor https://stmichaelsmanor.com another local venue where I am lucky to recommended.


     Loved creating this beautiful updo for bride Sam.

    Just how excited was Sammi to be getting married?!

    Behind the scenes on a recent styled shoot. Photo https://fjsweddingphotography.com

    This was me talking a quick snap while I was waiting around on a shoot, I wasn't even going to post it but it turned out to be my most liked post ever on Instagram so I am glad I did! How funny...


    All Bridal enquiries via www.nikimakeup.co.uk and shoot enquiries via  www.nikimakeup.com


    Saturday, 5 September 2020

    Super Supplier Saturday! Ruth @ Harris Weddings

    This week's Super Saturday Wedding Supplier is Ruth Harris from 'Harris Weddings' who has a passion for capturing life's special moments!
    Ruth has thirteen years experience in the wedding industry, filming her first wedding in Wimbledon back in 2007.  The Harris Wedding team has now grown and includes Paul (aka Beany), Jonny, Elizabeth and Tom!
    Based in Hertfordshire, Harris Weddings have filmed all across the UK and abroad from Lords and Ladies to DIY back garden weddings every wedding is unique.

    Do check out some of their wonderful reviews on their website and socials (links at the bottom of this page).




    HONESTLY IT'S SPECTACULAR

    Thank you so much! I can assure you everyone was in tears over their lunch!! I certainly was anyway… What a beautiful video and the speeches are filmed perfectly – I’m sure you know how treasured these will be and we cannot thank Paul enough for doing such a great job at capturing everything on the day, he really was fantastic. Thank you so much for your help in being so accommodating at such a last minute request also. We really appreciate it and could not have asked for better service. Honestly it's spectacular.
    — Gemma & Paul



    Q&A:


    What advice would you give to Couples currently searching for a videographer?

    If you ask almost any couple what they remember about their special day, they will probably tell you that it all went by so fast that most of it was just one big blur. There are some things that you may miss on the big day such as the arrival of the groom or the Canap├ęs, or perhaps you may even be wondering what your own entrance was like from everyone else’s perspective. A wedding video will capture all of the amazing moments from your wedding day and make them last a lifetime, for you to treasure forever. A professionally produced wedding film is the ultimate way of encapsulating the very essence of your very special day - a kaleidoscope of memories and sounds that you can share with family and friends, children and grandchildren for years to come.


    How far in advance should a Couple book you?

    It depends on your wedding date. If you are getting married on a Saturday in the Summer, then booking a year before is a good idea to secure your date. However, if you are getting married on a Tuesday in February then you could book a few weeks before!



    What is your top tip for Couples?

    Other than 'make sure you get your wedding filmed' - is to make sure you and your new spouse take 10 minutes out from your wedding day to soak it up - it goes by so fast!


    Why do you love working in the wedding industry?

    I've been fortunate enough to film and edit weddings for over 13 years. I've filmed weddings for Lords and Ladies in beautiful castles, through to DIY weddings in back gardens! I love how every wedding and every couple are so unique!   

       

    Describe your style?

    Natural, beautiful, documentary discreet


    Why should a couple choose you?

    If you want a beautiful, affordable wedding video with a professional and personal service - then please visit www.harrisweddings.co.uk @harrisweddingfilms https://www.facebook.com/HarrisWeddings/

    Tuesday, 1 September 2020

    COVID -19 Update!

    Covid-19 Hygiene Update


    The following measures are being put into place to protect clients’ health & safety during the Covid-19 pandemic.


    Prior to a Bridal Trial Appointment: 


    If you or anyone you have come into close contact with has symptoms of Covid-19 including but not limited to a sore throat, cough, temperature, loss of taste/smell, shortness of breath then please reschedule your appointment with me.

     

    If you or anyone you have come into close contact with has recently travelled abroad to any of the countries on the UK's quarantine list please allow a 14-day quarantine period before visiting me for your trial.

     

    Where possible please avoid using public transport to visit me.

     

    Please ensure your hair is washed within 24 hours of your appointment.

     

    For the foreseeable future I will not be visiting clients homes, all trial appointments will be held at my home in Hertfordshire.

     

    Please attend your trial appointment alone.  If another member of your bridal party would like a trial with me they will need to book a separate appointment.

     

    Forward hair, makeup and any other relevant visuals to me ahead of your appointment via Pinterest , Whatsapp, Text message or Email and ideally leave your mobile phone in your bag upon arrival.

     

    My workplace strategy for bridal trials and make-up lessons:


    It is not necessary for the client to wear a mask during a makeup appointment with me.


    Trials will take place either in my garden weather permitting or in a well-ventilated room.

     

    If possible minimise what you bring along with you i.e, jewellery, scarves, handbags.  Please leave any necessary jackets, bags and shoes inside the door and proceed to wash your hands. Paper towel and a bin will be provided to dry your hands and dispose of the paper, remember to use the paper towel to turn off the taps.

     

    Hand sanitizer will also be available to you throughout the trial and you are encouraged to use it.

     

    During your appointment if you really need to sneeze or cough please do this into a tissue provided and bin the tissue immediately after use, then thoroughly wash your hands.

     

    I will be wearing a full face visor, mask and gloves when applying makeup  as well as washing my hands during the appointment.  I will also not be wearing any jewellery as this could harbour bacteria.  If you wear a nose piercing please remove this prior to your visit and ideally any other jewellery.

     

    Surfaces, tools and makeup will all be thoroughly disinfected and cleaned using Barbicide, Dettol, Isopropyl alcohol and The Pro Hygiene Collection products thoroughly before, during and after your appointment. Disposable applicators will be used to apply lip colours and mascara as well as other disposables where possible.

     

    Should you wish me to use any of your own makeup or tools these will also be sanitised before and after use.

     

    Unfortunately hot drinks will not be provided for the foreseeable future. I will provide you with a bottle of water, please take this away with you.


    If you need to use the toilet during your appointment with me please wash your hands before and after use and use paper towels and the bin provided


    Covid-19 Hygiene Update for Weddings/Events/Occasions:


    Please be aware 10-15 minutes additional time will now be required before and after every client to thoroughly disinfect, clean and sanitise work surfaces, tools and makeup.  Wedding Day schedules I send out to Brides going forward will reflect these changes.

     

    Please wash your hair within 24 hours of the appointment with me.

     

    Please prepare a well-ventilated room for me to work in with only one client at a time in the room with me.  I will only work in a separate room from other suppliers and a two metre minimum distance must be kept at all times apart from the client I am working with.

     

    As with trials I will be wearing a visor and a mask and gloves for makeup application.  My hands will be washed before and after each client and I will be wearing no jewellery.  I will also have hand sanitizer available and disposable tissues available.

     

    Please kindly wash your hands before your appointment with me.

     

    If you wear a nose piercing please remove this prior to make up application.

     

    During your appointment if you really need to sneeze or cough please do this into a tissue provided and bin the tissue immediately after use. Please wash your hands.

     

    I will carry a disposable rubbish bag with me on the day.

     

    I will not be carrying my makeup chair to homes and venues for the foreseeable future.

     

    If you or anyone you have been in contact with has COVID-19 symptoms please respectfully cancel your appointment with me before or on the day.


    Please be aware I am at a slightly higher risk as I have Asthma and therefore I am being extra cautious.

     

     




     

    Friday, 28 August 2020

    August Update!

    August 15th a date I personally will remember for a long time to come.... the date close contact face-to-face beauty services could finally resume working in the UK following the COVID-19 pandemic.

    It has been a very busy couple of weeks back at work on shoots, weddings, lessons and bridal trials. I feel very grateful to have work, as a freelancer it can be difficult at times and to have such lovely clients.  I have managed to retain some weddings this year which I know many other wedding industry suppliers and venues have not been as fortunate.  I have also been lucky enough to pick up some last minute wedding bookings for September. 

    Before I was back physically working I occupied myself with painting everyday which was therapeutic and enjoyable for me.   There is a theme here you may be able to tell I am a little obsessed with Lips!





    I have worked on some fabulous styled wedding shoots recently, here is a few of my behind the scenes shots taken on my I-phone but I am excited to see the final images!



    I managed to jump in on a cheeky behind the scenes group shot!


    Some hair and makeup styling for weddings, trials and shoots.








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