Tuesday, 31 March 2020

March Update!

On the 24th February my husband and I headed off to sunny Barbados to celebrate our recent 40th birthday's.  We had such an amazing time, our first visit to the Caribbean and hopefully not our last. We retuned to England on the 8th March to an increasingly worrying COVID-19 situation in the UK.
It is a very difficult and worrying time for all of us at the moment.  I have lost all of my work for the next few months at least.  I also had to cancel my Mothers Day Makeup workshop due to the situation which was very disappointing for me.  I am however keeping busy with work that I often think about doing that I never have time to do, like 'Supplier Saturday' blog posts which will be starting on Saturday April 4th.  I have wanted to do this Q&A style blog post with other wedding suppliers for some years now but I never had the time to prioritise it.  This week I have written up five of these posts already with more to come!

Beautiful Barbados!  Happier times...

The Caribbean Sunsets were stunning to watch every day with a sundowner or two!

Getting in touch with nature, switching off and relaxing was wonderful although most of the good has now been undone on my return home!

Our hotel was near to a racetrack, early in the morning they bathe the horses in the sea after training. We got up at 6am to walk to the beach to see this, it was definitely worth it!

Rihanna's home where she grew up! A visit had to be done thanks to ours taxi driver.

The view from Cherry Tree Hill after a visit to St Nicholas Abbey.

We stayed at https://sugarbaybarbados.com and highly recommend.

I retuned to England a week before the social distancing began.  I managed to meet a few lovely Brides for their trials before having to sadly stop doing trials altogether.

Testing out the face mask before clients! It is hard as Beauticians, Makeup Artists, Hairstylists and Manicurists as it is impossible to adhere to a two metres distance apart rule. Sufficed to say I had one VIP client, a Bride and then I downed tools... after sanitising my entire kit obsessively!

Kit essentials!
1. MAC Brush cleanser.
2. Isopropyl Alcohol
3. Hand Sanitiser

A new Kit essential item to sanitise my tools, note the gloves! For my last job I wore a mask and gloves as a precaution as I have asthma.  It was interesting having to work in this way and I wonder if this could become more the norm' now in the future.

Bridal Makeup for Rachel www.nikimakeup.co.uk
Wedding Hair www.hairbyjaydean.com

Saturday 21st March was my last wedding for a while, it went ahead despite the odds and with a lot of changes but Bride Rachel was stress free and enjoyed her day.

My vanity station in my home studio is redundant for a while so it has now become another work space as my husband, also working from home has taken over my office desk!

For the foreseeable future I will be working in isolation at home...

For all enquiries please contact nikimakeup@aol.com

Friday, 27 March 2020

Friday Fave! Kryolan Isopropyl Alcohol

I have long used Isopropyl alcohol for cleaning make-up brushes and sanitising my tools.  It is multi-purpose solvent used for a multitude of applications in make-up artistry.
For any Make-up artists that do not have this in their kit already, definitely add this as when we all return to work hygiene will be of more importance than ever before going forward.
At the beginning of the current COVID -19 situation in the UK I quickly ordered another can from Charles H Fox in Covent Garden https://uk.kryolan.com.  I ordered online and it arrived super fast by the next morning! Sadly I used it last weekend at a wedding which will be my last job for a while until the situation improves.

For all Bridal/Shoot enquiries please email. nikimakeup@aol.com

Friday, 20 March 2020

Friday Fave! Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour cream has long been a staple in my professional make-up kit and now more than ever with all the hand washing we are doing it seems the perfect time to make it my "Friday Fave!"

This legendary multi-award winning product created by Miss Arden herself in 1930 is much loved by makeup-up artists and beauty influencers across the globe.

Eight Hour Cream soothes and goes beyond moisturising dry and cracked skin when applied liberally and often.

Superb for soothing dry cuticles, nails, hands, cracked elbows and heels as well as smoothing brows and taming hair. It makes an excellent lip balm especially for dry or chapped lips.  It can be worn alone or over lipstick for hydration and super shine.  You can even add a little to your cheeks to achieve that dewy glow or a little over eyeshadow to create a glossy eye.

It will help to alleviate symptoms resulting from sunburn, windburn, chapping, scrapes, abrasions and peeling.

Dermatologist tested & Clinically shown to protect skin for eight hours.

A great staple to have in your bathroom cabinet!

RRP £28.00 50ml


*Winner of over 100 Beauty Awards Worldwide

Sunday, 1 March 2020

February Update!

Bridal trial season! I met some lovely Brides to be this month, I can't wait for lots of happy summer weddings!

I had a fab shoot at the amazing Channel 4 building.

It was my husband's 40th this month so we enjoyed lots of celebrations this was his fab cake!

Beautiful Norfolk

I have a Mothers Day Spring Makeup workshop in Hertford on Saturday 21st March 11-1.30pm
£45.00 p/p

All makeup and tools will be provided plus tea and cake.
Learn natural makeup to suit you using beautiful spring shades.
Demonstration and Tuition plus gift.

Email to book your space nikimakeup@aol.com

All enquiries via www.nikimakeup.co.uk

Friday, 31 January 2020

January Update!

A busy month of wedding makeup trials and some hair and makeup trials ahead of spring/summer weddings, it is going to be a busy year!

I have had lots of one-to-one makeup lessons as well as a group makeup lesson all locally in Harpenden.  I am happy to visit you in the comfort of your own home for lessons or you can visit me in Harpenden.

Eased into shoots slowly this month with just a couple which meant I have had time to plan and schedule work and some exciting new makeup workshops will be coming soon.

This is me at the Offley Place Open Evening, my last wedding show until the Autumn!

Why not treat your Mum to something a little different this Mothers day weekend and yourself to boot!  Tea and cake will be provided at this fun spring makeup workshop, book early to avoid disappointment.

To enquire or book for weddings, proms, events, workshops and lessons drop me an email at nikimakeup@aol.com


Friday Fave!: OLAPLEX No.6

I have been using OLAPLEX NO.6 as a leave-in hydrating treatment after drying my hair since it launched last year.  I apply a small amount to my fingertips and smooth through my hair after drying mostly to the mid-lengths and ends. This small amount tames frizz, adds shine and moisture to my hair which definitely feels much stronger and shinier.  I love that it doesn't weigh the hair down or leave a greasy residue.
My hairdresser commented that my hair was in a very healthy condition considering it is so long and highlighted, I think OLAPLEX No. 6 has something to do with that! You only need to use a small amount as it is concentrated, the bottle will certainly last you well.  It can also be applied to damp hair and combed through and will offer heat protection and speed up blow drying!  I prefer to use it as a leave-in styling treatment after drying as it finishes my hair by adding beautiful smoothness and shine that I didn't have before!

Made from natural and vegan ingredients it smoothes, repairs and strengthens all hair types. OLAPLEX is a singular molecule developed by world-class material scientists.  A unique chemistry that is an absolute "Game Changer" I love it!  It also contains Coconut oil and Vitamin E as well as OLAPLEX.

Top Tip: Apply at night for amazing next day hair.

RRP. £26.00
Available at SpaceNK

Friday, 24 January 2020

Friday Fave!:Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base

This moisturiser has been in my Professional makeup kit now for a good few years it is much loved by my clients and smells simply divine with its uplifting scent of grapefruit and geranium!

A Bobbi Brown Cult beauty buy!  It doubles up as a primer and moisturiser ideally suited for normal to oily skin types.

Oil-free. paraben and sulfate free and suitable for vegan beauty fans.  It contains shea butter, vitamins C, B, and E to moisturise.  A rich yet non-greasy moisturiser that is the perfect primer before makeup application.

This is a firm staple in my pro' kit, I highly recommend as a daily moisturiser.

RRP. £44.50 50ml