Thursday 30 May 2013

May Update!

May has seen wedding season in full swing with wedding make up's to do each week. I have been lucky enough to work at some stunning venues this month including Luton Hoo, The Inn at Woburn, Sopwell House, St Michaels Manor, The Dorset Square Hotel and Hanbury Manor. I am also looking forward to doing bridal make-up for my friend Angela's wedding at the end of this month at The Deer Park Country hotel in beautiful Devon.

This month I was part of a small make-up team working at The Fast & Furious premiere at The Empire theatre Leicester Square and Somerset House in London which was crazy busy but lots of fun! I was also lucky enough to fly to Barcelona for a video shoot on the beach, shame it was raining and we flew back the same day!

What with the bank holiday weekends as well this month we have enjoyed some lovely country walks with our doggies Middy and Lucas(see pictures below).

Another big change for me, last month I started using a face serum, this month I had a fringe cut!  The first time I have had a full fringe since I was about sixteen! I keep getting a shock when I look in the mirror but I do prefer it.

I am looking forward to hopefully a sunny, hot June xx

Wednesday 22 May 2013

My Eye Make-up remover Favourites.

I have two favourite eye make-up removers that I always go back to.  I use them both in my professional kit for my clients as well as on myself.

Splurge: Lancome Bi-Facil.  
A non-oily, gentle eye make-up remover that even removes waterproof make-up with ease. Suitable for sensitive eyes.
RRP £21.00
Steal: Loreal Eye & Lip Make-up Remover Waterproof. 
This is my personal favourite that I use all the time, a fabulous formulation at such an affordable price. Gentle and non oily this removes even waterproof make-up with ease.  The best non-oily eye make up remover I have used. Suitable for sensitive eyes.  Nb.not to be confused with the gentle eye make-up remover Loreal do!)
RRP £4.99
***Worthy of a mention***
Dermalogica Soothing eye make-up remover
A gentle, soothing gel formulation that is both oil free and alcohol free, removes even stubborn make-up easily.
RRP £21.00

Monday 13 May 2013

Fast & Furious 6 Premier

Last week I was one of the Hair & Make-up artists at The Fast & Furious 6 Premiere at The Empire Theatre Leicester Square. I was there to create an overall look for the dancers and promotional staff.  The dancers all had a black smokey eye with glitter on top and a nude lip, the staff had a much softer version of this with high ponytails so they all looked uniform.  Products we used on the eyes include MAC Carbon eyeshadow, MAC Engraved eyeliner pencil and MAC Reflects glitter. The after party was at the stunning Somerset House and it looked amazing! It was a long day 12pm-9pm of non stop back to back glamour! So cramped and stressful at points it was like backstage at Fashion week.
See some of my pictures from the event below.

Somerset House setting up for the after party!

Leicester Square Premiere, Dancers

Dancers eye make-up

Action station!

Leicester Square

Hair & Make-up team in action!

Saturday 4 May 2013

Daniel Sandler Make-up Must haves!

Daniel Sandler is a Bristish Pro' Make-up artist who also has his own Professional Make-up collection.

There are definitely some Daniel Sandler products that are a must have in my make-up kit!

Retexturising face primer SPF20 Primer £20.50

*smooths the skin for a flawless, perfect complexion. One of my favourite primers!

Creme watercolour blusher in shade soft pink and soft peach £15.50

*I use these literally all the time they suit most skin tones and types. I absolutely love them they are my go to all time favourite blusher!

Watercolour creme bronzer riviera £15.50

*Great to warm and add definition to the face, a personal favourite in my make-up bag!

Watercolour fluid blusher shades cherub and icing £15.50

*The ultimate long wearing blusher!  Icing in a stunning light pink highlighter that looks great applied high on the cheekbone, brow bone and d├ęcolletage for a radiant glow.

Super Nectar and super candy glosses £11.20

*Great staple glosses that suit most, fresh peach and pink perfect for the summer!

Sheer satin eyeshadow in Taupe £10.25

* One of my favourite colours in my kit I use it all the time on models and brides for beautifully naturally made up eyes.

Head over to for some great offers on Daniel Sandler make-up.
Plus to celebrate bank holiday enter :BANKHOLIDAY20 during checkout to save a massive 20% discount.

Thursday 2 May 2013

All about Serum!

Why should you use a serum? You may well ask when you consider the myriad of face creams, eye creams, cleansers and toners we already use on a daily basis. The science bit...A serum is a light fluid which holds a higher concentration of active ingredients than even a heavy moisturiser would do.  Serum penetrates deep into the skin to help reverse the signs of ageing where they begin. Your average moisturiser is barely absorbed into the skin's layers as serum is made up of much smaller molecules.

You should use a serum if you want to improve the clarity and general appearance of your skin and make a difference in the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and age spots.  Serum is applied before moisturiser after cleansing.  Smooth a large pea sized amount over the face and neck and follow with your moisturiser.
Many brands now do an eye serum as well composed of a lighter formulation for around the delicate eye area and many target the specific improvement of under eye dark circles.

A long term favourite of many and indeed the serum I use myself  is Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair.
£44.00-£58.00 available at Boots the Chemist and Department stores.