Wednesday 25 April 2012


My new obsession is Pinterest! If you love to create mood board's Pinterest is definitely going to appeal to you.

The concept allows you to create boards onto which you can repin images from other Pinterest users. You can also upload and add your own images which can then be repinned. You can follow other pinners if you share interests to keep updated on their new pins added. In particular I like to follow make up artists and photographers.

It is a great way to store all your inspirations in one place which can be extremely useful as well as really enjoyable. Personally as a make up artist I like to have creative and historical images of make up and hair styling to use as reference material. I am also getting married soon and I have all my inspirations pinned. I will for example be able to show my hairstylist my board related to bridal hair this should give her a clear vision of what I would like.

Many hours have been spent on my IPad searching through thousands of images carefully selecting my personal favourites to pin to my boards.

Those of you who have not yet had the time to check out Pinterest should do so soon. You can see and follow my boards at

Saturday 14 April 2012

My top ten beauty products used on photoshoots this week!

I have had a busy week with work and thought I would share with you some of the fabulous beauty products I have enjoyed using. To create uber gorgeous skin on a lingerie shoot I used MAC Face & Body foundation to add a hint of colour and even the skintone. I mixed this with my favourite body moisturiser Loreal Nutrilift which gives a beautiful sheen to skin. I used MAC studio fix compact to set make up used to cover tatoos and also to tone down redness on the skin. To finish I applied Daniel Sandler Billion Dollar Body Shimmer with a large powder puff to give the skin a gorgeous glow and sparkle.
I also worked alongside Make up Artist Daniel Sandler to glamourise the ladies at Conde Nast Traveller. Products I used included Daniel Sandler Cream rouge watercolour blusher in shades Soft peach and soft pink. MAC Splashproof Black mascara and MAC Eyeshadow in Woodwinked. Mister Mascara lashes were a firm favourite with all the ladies!
I absolutely love my Real Techniques Stippling brush it feels heavenly on the face, I have been using it to apply and blend foundations and moisturisers it helps achieve a beautifully polished finish to the skin.

I have listed below websites/stockists of all products I have mentioned and hope you have enjoyed reading.,,

Tuesday 3 April 2012

How to become an expert in Eyeshadow tools

There are a variety of eyeshadow tools you can choose to use. These range from sponge tip applicators, brushes made from real hair ie. sable, synthetic brushes, cotton buds/q tips and your fingers.

When applying cream bases and cream colours I usually opt for a synthetic brush as it will be easier to clean product from than a real hair brush or I will just simply use my fingers.

For powder shadows I tend to prefer a real hair good quality brush. There are a wide variety of brushes to choose from. Generally a smaller brush will be used to create more definition and achieve a more precise application. A larger brush will achieve a softer, lighter payoff of colour.

A firm brush adds stronger colour to the eye, a soft brush therefore adds a light amount of colour. Soft, fluffy and tapered shaped brushes are great for blending colours. Very small tapered, rounded brushes are great for applying colour around the lash line.

Personally I tend not to use sponge tip applicators but they can be used to apply colour to the lid and are useful to pack colour on in layers to achieve a stronger colour. Cotton buds are excellent for cleaning up the edges of your eyeshadow especially the pointed cosmetic bud variety.

I would reccommend having a least two eyeshadow brushes. A firmer one for applying colour and a softer, slightly biggger brush for blending colour.

Small and firm synthetic pointed or angled brushes are best to apply any form of eyeliner.

I highly reccommend looking at the following brands when searching for good quality brushes:
MAC, Bobbi Brown, Real Techniques and Daniel Sandler.