Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Sensitivity & Redness | 6 Products you need in your life.

Problems with skincare and makeup sue to a really sensitive and reactive skin? Constant redness and soreness due to the seasonal weather changes? Had a reaction to something and need to get rid of the reaction? Sensitive skin/ reactions can be for many reasons ; genetics, skin disorders (such as eczema, rosacea etc), injured skin and even overly dry skin can all cause problems both short and longterm. To make life a little easier and stress-free then it can be good to pinpoint the cause of the sensitivity and also topical products that can help your skin ; everyone is different!

I don't generally suffer from a sensitive skin but there are times in the year when I need something to calm my skin and make it feel comfortable....pretty much now when the weather turns and it gets colder. I think that is the same with most people at the moment, you just need to give it a little bit more love and ease it into winter! There have occasional times when I've had reactions to skincare and needed to instantly cool and save my skin, and I am often asked by clients and models to use skincare/makeup that is more natural or for sensitive skin therefore I have used quite a few different products over the years. These are my hero products. 

Monday, 5 October 2015

Makeup Crush Monday #27 | Too Faced Born This Way Foundation.

Too Faced is just doing great things to my life right now and I am super impressed by the new-ish 'Born This Way' foundation. I've only ever really tried the colour from the brand which mainly, I have really liked. Because of this I've never thought of it as a strong foundation brand as the bases/concealers haven't had as much hype as say the bronzers or the melted lipsticks.

The Born This Way foundation is an excellent base, and is suitable for those combination through to dry, including acne-prone skins. Sensitive skins will enjoy it also as it is fragrance free & oil-free. Very oily skins CAN wear this foundation but bear in mind you will probably see it getting a little shiny in areas as it wears throughout the day. It is oil-free but is still really hydrating...Touch-ups and blotting will be required. The Too Faced Primed & Poreless powder is really good for a light and smooth HD-like finish on the skin. In the photos below I have no powder on to show the true finish.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Sunday Thoughts | Keeping your Circle small.

Maybe it's me getting older.....or going through loss and realising what's important ; perhaps a combination of things. Either way, over the last few months/year I have become really happy within myself and my friends and I have a clear understanding of what friends are, what they aren't and that it's certainly not important to have 'X' amount of Facebook friends. It may deem you sociable and popular but more than often the reality is very different. I have found the people who are posting selfies, nights out, status updates umpteen times a day...are the ones who are the unhappiest. It's like a constant need for attention, approval and 'like' gratification. 

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Debenhams Beauty Haul.

The beauty haul in Debenham's is fast-becoming one of my favourite stop-offs when I am on Oxford Street. I'm not afraid of saying I will avoid central London at weekends at all costs as I just cannot stand crowds and Q's but a speedy mid-week trip is always a win for me and when I have events etc I will always combine it with a bit of shopping and perusing the endless beauty counters. 

I like the mix of niche brands and the big boys which they have now @ Debenhams ; they refurbed a couple of years ago and it is 100x better than it used to be. There is your usual Dior, YSL, Chanel, Clarins etc then really great makeup brands like Make Up For Ever, Bare Minerals, Urban Decay, Too Faced...and then the cool little skincare brands such as Balance Me, Emma Hardie, Ole Henriksen, etc etc...there is LOADS. I went in last week as I had a voucher to spend so ended up getting a few bits for myself as a perk-me-up-treat. 

Friday, 2 October 2015

Hair Styling | Irresistible Me Diamond Hair Irons

I wanted to introduce to you the flat irons that I have been using lately from Irresistible Me (A US brand) as it's made such a difference to the finish and quality of my styled hair, and I've only really been impressed with the pricier straighteners in the past.

I've been using hair straighteners/irons since Babyliss did THOSE ones like 20 years ago which had two metal plates with that little thing you filled with water and steam came out. Please someone tell me you remember these?! They were pretty useless to be fair and didn't do too much to my insanely frizzy hair but fortunately for my teenage years and social life, GHD brought it to the table with their next level hair irons that actually worked. Fast forward to now and there are SO many brands that do great hair stylers and irons that we are kind of spoilt for choice.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

5 MAC Makeup Kit Essentials.

MAC is a brand that I, and most new makeup artists, will turn to to build their makeup kits. Back in my day (I'm pretty old) it was THE makeup brand that professional artists could turn to to get formulas that weren't anywhere else, colours that suited all skintones and bright shades that just weren't available everywhere like they are now. The struggles were REAL

Fast forward 10 years and I do still have quite a fair bit of MAC makeup in my kit and some essentials that I can never be without. You will see these adroned in most makeup artists's kits and they are the staples that are used backstage at fashion shows all over the world. 

Monday, 28 September 2015

Speed Tanning with He-Shi 1 Hour tan.

Waiting around in a star shape for your tan to dry so you can get dressed and then walking around all day smelling of gone with yer! Let me introduce a fake-tan haters new best friend, the He-Shi Rapid 1 Hour Liquid Tan. Normally you have to wait at least 6-8 hours for your fake tan to develop but the cleveries @ He-Shi have come up with this light liquid formula that dries in a zip and will give you a lovely golden tan in just one hour.