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Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Make over by a celeb make up artist.......

Ok so first of all I am soooo sorry for the lack of blog posts lately- I have been really busy working on some very exciting upcoming projects that I am sure I will be blogging about in due course.

During this busy but super interest and exciting few months I have had the amazing opportunity of working with a top celebrity make up artist and I have to say I thought I was pretty clued up about make up before but what I have learnt these last few months has been fantastic and completely changed my style and made me look so much younger. Would you like me to let you in on my new make up secrets?

Well first of all the most amazing make up artist I have ever met told me she hated my foundation (angered and upset- yes I was!!) For those of you that use or have ever used Estee Lauder Double Wear I am sure you will agree with me when I say it is so hard to stop using it- there really is no other foundation that provides the same coverage and lasts all day (and night too) like this does, but I did agree to change foundation for a while (well it did mean I got my make up done by a professional every day for a couple of weeks).

My make-up regime before the make over:

Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation in Pale Almond
Clinique True Bronze pressed powder in Sunkissed
Estee Lauder Double Wear gel eyeliner in Black
YSL mascara in Black
Clinique blusher in Iced Lotus
Any old blotting powder

The professionals regime:

Chanel Pro Lumiere foundation in shade 30
Mac blotting powder
Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel bronzing make up base
Mac eyeliner (in black on the top and a grey eyeshadow on the bottom line)
Bourjois Volume Glamour Max mascara in black
Mac blusher

The results.......

I must admit at first my new look was a bit of a shock, and I wasnt sure I liked it but didn't want to sound rude or unappreciative so I left it and as the day went on I received compliment after compliment about how well I looked. I thought to myself maybe it will just take a while to get use to, so I let the make up artist do my make up for me each day and it really did grow on me. I think it was just the initial shock that put me off at first. I am not saying now I hate double wear foundation I have just realised I dont need it- its far too heavy for my skin and I am fortunate enough to have healthy looking clear skin (thanks to Sudacrem) so there really is no need to plaster my face with such a thick foundation. I may still use double wear mixed with Chanel for a nice evening look but will never ever be using it by itself again.

I really really really love the Chanel bronzer too- I always bought Clinique bronzer and blusher because it's oil free and I cannot stand oily skin, but I dont have oily skin so buying oil free products as a precausion is silly really.

Soleil Tan De Chanel

Anyways although my new make up was really expensive after seeing the change and the huge improvement to how I look I felt it a necessity to invest in all of the products (and a few more). The only thing I didnt bother getting was the Mac blusher- I have recently bought an Estee Lauder silky powder blusher in pink kiss, so I may turn to Mac once this one has run out! Oh and the Chanel Pro Lumiere foundation has been discontinued :( which made me really sad, but I am very pleased to announce that Chanel Lift Lumiere is a fabulous alternative.

Would you like to find out how to apply these amazing products to produce the best possible results? Well its all in the tools you use, keep reading my blog to find out the best tips- I will be posting my next post: 'Make up tools and tips for the professional look' within this next week- so keep reading.

Saturday, 13 August 2011


Usually my skin is pretty clear apart from a few little bumps under my skin on my forehead, I cleanse, tone and moisturise daily so this helps keep my skin in good condition. However a few weeks ago I encountered a bit of a facial disaster and my skin was covered in spots. I had been told before that Sudocrem was great for keeping skin clear, but had never really tried using it. 2 weeks ago I thought I'd give it ago and I am far from disappointed. I have been using it every night after cleanser, toner and moisturiser and sticking to my usual cleanse, tone and moisturise routine in the mornings. I have been applying a thin layer all over my face and it does tend to turn the face slightly white, so not really appropriate for daytime wear.

The results are phenomenal and it cleared my skin up pretty much straight away and even got rid of the bumps under my skin on my forehead (which I have had for a while but make up covers them so they were never a massive issue). Now I can wear less foundation and my skin looks flawless.

This week I'm loving Sudocrem. Not only does it reduce the redness of spots but also it prevents them from appearing, makes your skin feel beautifully soft and is cheap too.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Wednesday's Wishes # 1

There are many fashion and beauty products that my budget won't stretch to at the minute or that I want but simply haven't found the right one yet. So I have created a wish list and I thought I would share some of this list with my readers and would love for people to comment on this post if they have tried and of the products below or have any feedback/recommendations.

1: Casual T-Shirt- I am looking for a fun day time t-shirt, I am loving the ones on Truffle Shuffle but am currently searching for the right one to buy.

2: No7 Beauty Balm- I love Clarins Beauty Flash Balm but I'm really intrigued to try No7's cheaper version (I think it retails at around £16- so almost half the price of Clarins) I think I will buy this once my Clarins runs out to see if it is as good as I'm always up for any money saving. Anyone tried it yet?

3: Designer Handbag: I got a Chanel hand bag as a gift a few years ago and was distraught when it got ruined by my dog. Now I am in desperate need of a replacement but need to get the money and make a decision on which brand/style. I'd love another Chanel one but also quite liking some of the Marc Jacobs arm candy too.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Casual, City Chic or Date Night Tops

I don't know about all you fashionista's but I am very much a dress girl- I rarely wear jeans or trousers, I'm bottom heavy and don't really feel as comfortable in them, a lovely dress suits my figure much more. However recently I have bought a new pair of jeans from Topshop (The only pair I own) and although I still prefer my dresses, my bum doesn't look too bad in the new denim threads (with some heals of course). The only problem is I don't have any tops (you don't really find the need for tops if you live in dresses everyday like me).

So I spent a bit of time over the weekend searching for cool casual tops and more dressy blouses to wear with the new denims. Here is what I found:

Because Barbie gets too much credit:

£14.99 Truffle Shuffle

Ok so this is really not me, and I think if any of my friends saw me in this it would shock the hell out of them, but I'm loving it. Now I've got my new jeans I can be a bit more casual in the daytime and this screams casual chic.

Get it here

City Chic:
£25 ASOS

This on the other hand is very me. I love it, and it probably won't be as much of a shock for my friends if I wear this with the jeans for the first time, great for work wear and will dress up your denims.

Available here

Date Night:
£55 Warehouse
Wow. This is definitely my favourite of all the tops I found, (although not strictly a top more of a shrug) isn't it amazing? You could wear it with a plain vest top and would look perfect for a date or evening meal with friends.

Available here

Monday, 8 August 2011

Competition time

So here it is my first ever competition, you wanna know how to enter? Well all you have to do is follow the blog- simples!

Once I have reached 100 followers I will choose the first winner at random to win a bottle of my favourite fake tan: Lancome Flash Bronzer for face.

Then once I reach 150 followers I will choose another lucky winner to win all my favourite cosmetics:

  • Clinique blusher in 114 Iced Lotus
  • 2 bottles of Estee Lauder Double wear foundation in 02 Pale Almond
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear gel eyeliner in black
  • Clinique True Bronze bronzer in 02 Sunkissed
  • 3 bottles of Lancome Flash Bronzer for face

Top 10 Summer Time Essentials

Are you planning a summer holiday? or city break? Are you on the search for your new summer time make up collection? Then look no further. I have put together a top 10 list of summer essentials all tried and tested by me:

  1. Clarins Beauty Flash Balm- Mix in with foundation to create a flawless face with a radiant glow.
  2. Clinique True Bronzed pressed powder- Creates a natural looking bronzed glow.
  3. Nails Inc I Can't Paint a Rainbow- I love the colours in this set, bright and perfect for summer time fun.
  4. BareMinerals Get Started Kit- Contains:
  5. 2 Foundation shades
  6. Mineral veil/tinted mineral veil
  7. Warmth
  8. Full flawless face brush
  9. Flawless application face brush
  10. Maximum coverage concealer brush/ light stroke brush
  11. Bisque multi-tasking concealer
  12. Get started DVD
  13. Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes Palette- enhance your eyes with this eye shadow set, in natural shades of brown
  14. Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm Tin- refreshes lips and gives a lovely natural daytime look.
  15. Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer- glides on easily and evens skin tone whilst ensuring make up stays in place all day long
  16. Benefit High Beam- for cheek and brow bones to create a radiant glow
  17. Benefit Coralista Face Powder- perfect for summer- not too pink or too orange. A warm coral pink tone brightens up cheeks for a summery glow
  18. Lancome Flash Bronzer for Face- I have blogged about this product before, I love it and use it all over the body for a natural looking tan.