I know so many people who balk at the thought of applying an oil to their face, whether it’s because they have oily skin or they think it will make their skin oily, but there is nothing better to replenish your skin. I love using an oil at night as when I wake up the next morning my skin feels refreshed and supple!

Just to clarify, those with an oily skin tend to think that by stripping the skin of any oil and keep away from oil, their skin will somehow become balanced.  This isn’t true. If you keep stripping your skin of oil, your skin starts to produce more oil to make up for the loss.

Here are my top three oils and I tend to apply them after cleansing at night, gently massaging the face in an upwards and outwards motion:


1)      Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate – priced at £36 and worth every penny!  This oil contains Squalene, Evening Primrose Oil, Omega-6 Fatty Acids and Essential Oils including Lavender.  In the morning, skin looks brighter and feels softer and hydrated.



2)      Balance Me Extra Care Radiance Face Oil – priced at £30 this is a little cheaper than the above. I really love this oil as it doubles up as a day oil too, just apply with your daily moisturiser to give you that glow.  It contains Amazonian buruti, moringa and camellia oils that work together with soothing Roman chamomile, yarrow and benzoin to enhance the radiance of skin.



3)      NUDE Skincare ProGenius Treatment Oil – priced at £58 this is the most expensive of the three and like Radiance Oil can be used in the morning too.  This oil contains Omegas 3, 6, 7 & 9 – it feels a bit richer and thicker than the other two, which may not be to everyone’s liking but it absorbs beautifully and again skin is left feeling soft and supple.



For further information on these brands check out their websites:






Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet

I was invited to the launch of these gorgeous lip colours last week at London’s W Hotel where we were spoilt with manicures, champagne, mini fish & chips and lip readings by the Psychic Sisters.  Did I mention the mini fish & chips? Sorry, I digress.  Anyway, it was a fun night catching up with colleagues and seeing what new products Bourjois had to offer.

Our introduction to the Rouge Edition Velvet was to apply it ourselves, make two impressions on the Read My Lips card and have one of the two Psychic Sisters do a reading…obviously, I was super excited as they’ve got a great reputation. Here’s a little peek at my card:


As you can see I went for Pink Pong and having seen all the shades and swatched a few, it’s definitely my favourite.  It’s just such a fun colour and gives you that little pop of colour, especially for olive toned skin like mine.

The Rouge Edition Velvet is lightweight, comfortable to wear, matte and promises 24-hour hold – long wearing lip colours can dry out the lips but Rouge Edition Velvet is enriched with pure pigments and evanescent oils so the formula remains light and delivers extreme comfort.  I generally have very dry lips, so a good trick is to have a matte lip balm with me to apply over my colour if I do feel it drying.

Here’s a swatch of 4 of the 8 shades that will be launching in April 2014 (£8.99):


From top to bottom: Peach Club, Nude-ist, Frambourjoise, Ole Flamingo.

As you can see they apply like a lacquer, but once dry they’re matte. Promise!

Do you have a favourite?


Salina x

How To Choose The Right Base For You!

Bases – foundations, tinted moisturisers, BB creams, CC creams…it’s a minefield out there. Are you using the right one for your skin? If you aren’t, which should you be using?!  ALL THESE QUESTIONS!!

It’s ok. I’m here. We’ll get through it together. For the sake of this not being a dissertation, I’ll give maybe one or two recommendations in each category!


Ok, let’s start with foundation – depending on the coverage you need there’s sheer, medium or full coverage.

Sheer – if you’re blessed with flawless skin and coverage isn’t an issue, but maybe evening out skintone is then sheer coverage foundation (or a tinted moisturiser/BB cream/CC cream – don’t worry, we’ll get there) is what you need.  One of my favourite sheer foundations is MAC’s Face & Body (£27) – it gives a gorgeous glow, comes in a large size (120ml) and can be used on arms/legs/wherever you need a little colour.

Medium – a step up for more coverage would be medium coverage, if you’ve got a few blemishes or skintone that needs balancing out and you’d perhaps prefer to skip concealer then this is for you. I love using Estee Lauder Double Wear Light (£28.50) and Givenchy Teint Couture (£32.50) in my kit, they give a nice natural finish and if I do need more then I can build.

Full – now, I generally only really use full coverage foundation sparingly.  If you’re creating a mask with your foundation then it’s not an attractive look – if you feel you need full coverage then follow these steps. Using a fluffy foundation brush, buff the foundation into your skin so that you end up with a more natural finish. I prefer to use Chanel Perfection Lumiere (£36) or Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover (£28.50).


Of course, the time of year/the look we’re going for can have an impact on what finish we want so you can always sheer down your existing foundation by working it into the skin a bit more or using a moisturiser to sheer it down with.  Which leads us to our next item…


Does what it says on the tin really…more of a moisturiser with a hint of colour, so coverage isn’t really what you’d get here.  Great for the summer, or if you generally prefer something light and don’t want coverage!  I don’t tend to use tinted moisturisers that often, instead preferring to sheer down foundation with moisturiser but the one I do use is Alpha H Tinted Moisturiser (£32.50).


BB creams (Beauty Balms or Blemish Balms) are in between a tinted moisturiser and a foundation in terms of coverage and have the added benefit of skincare. My favourites are Guerlain’s Lingerie De Peau BB (£34.50) and Estee Lauder’s Daywear BB (£33) – absolutely beautiful finishes.


CC Creams have colour correcting properties to reduce redness and sallowness which make it different from a BB Cream or foundation, however in terms of coverage it’s very similar to a BB Cream  – saying that, coverage tends to vary from brand to brand.  I’ve only used one CC Cream and it’s one I’ve really liked – Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream (£9.99), it gives a nice luminous finish with good coverage.  I’d say it’s more like a foundation than any BB cream or tinted moisturiser in terms of coverage.


And there you have it – hope that helps!

Thanks for reading,

Salina x

Clinique Invisible Blend Powder

Having been through a fair few powders in my kit over the years, I’ve got to the stage where I know what I like and also I know what works on the job and I always come back to Clinique’s Blended Face Powder in Invisible Blend.

This powder seems to settle right into the skin and doesn’t sit on top of it – it also works across the board on mostly all skintones, except for very dark. You don’t get that white powdery look you can get with some colourless/translucent powders, it really is a kit favourite for me and as I’d just replaced my empty pot I thought I’d tell you all about it (it also lasted me forever).  Another bonus is that it comes with a little compact brush, perfect!

You can check out more on http://www.clinique.co.uk/product/1607/6271/Makeup/Powders/Blended-Face-Powder-Brush/index.tmpl

Thanks for reading!

Salina x

London Fashion Week – Zoe Jordan AW14

I had the pleasure of working on three LFW shows this season and one of them was the Zoe Jordan presentation, headed by make-up artist Attracta Courtney. The collection was called Chicane and inspired by the enthusiasm of the boy racer and the world of motor sports.

The make-up look took on a boyish outdoorsy elegance to compliment the sporty and stylish collection – it was all about a strong contoured cheek, barely there smudged eyes in prune, lashings of mascara and a nude sheeny lip. This was the completed look:


The show was sponsored by Bourjois, who’s products are a joy to use! To create this look we used the following:




Bourjois’ new CC foundation and concealer are absolutely lovely, so easy to work into the skin and you end up with a semi-matte finish – it looks just beautiful. If you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of the Bourjois foundations and they just keep bringing more out so there’s definitely something for everyone.

Next was the Delice De Poudre bronzer, which was used to contour and define the cheekbones and this was then followed by the new addition to Bourjois’ cream blushers – no 5, a sheeny bronze shade.

Then for eyes, we used one of my favourite eyeshadows – Bourjois cream shadow in Prune, it’s just so pretty! Finish off with their new Volume 1 Seconde Mascara (not out until May but you won’t be disappointed). You get such great volume in such little time!

Final step is the lips, Attracta just wanted to bring out the natural colour of everyone’s lips so decided on Bourjois Rouge Edition in 02.

The look was all about effortless beauty so eye shadow, blush and lipstick was all able to be done with fingers. I really love this look and think it’s so wearable – what do you all think?

Thanks for reading!

Salina x

Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

I met up with the lovely Jess at Estée Lauder recently to see what was new within the brand – I think I’ve mentioned before that Estée Lauder are one of my favourite brands – I’ll go out on a limb here and say that if I had to pick one brand to use and that brand only, it would probably be them. From skincare to make-up to nails, the products and colours are just gorgeous and not just for the ‘older woman’ as many still think. So I would suggest you all check them out next time you’re near a counter!

I just wanted to tell you all a bit about the new lipstick launch – Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick. They’re super pigmented, creamy and promise long-lasting hydration as well as sculpting your lips and making them look fuller.


Having swatched most of the shades on the back of my hand over tea with Jess, it was clear that there’s a shade for everyone – from nudes, to pink and reds, to my favourite Insolent Plum, which seems to be the lipstick shade of the moment. Everyone’s loving the plums and purples on lips! You can see the swatches below (with and without flash), apologies for the bluriness:



There are 20 shades in the range and they wouldn’t all fit on the back of my (unusually small) hand but you get the idea. I tried on 3 of the shades when I got home and found that they were a dream to apply, I only needed a couple of swipes of the lipstick and my lips felt hydrated, also it was almost as though once the lipstick was on it defined the lips.

You can get these from www.esteelauder.co.uk for £24.

What shade would you go for?

Salina x

Skin Saviour – Weleda Skin Food


Weleda is a natural and organic brand that was introduced to me back in my assisting days by make-up artist Sally Branka who was obsessed with beautiful skin, we used to use the Wild Rose cream a lot but after a while Weleda sort of fell off my radar until earlier this year when I was introduced to Weleda’s Skin Food. I’m so glad I was! It really has been a skin saviour and I would not be without it in my kit. Skin Food is a skin repair cream made with organic sunflower seed oil, and extracts of wild pansy, chamomile, calendula and revitalising rosemary extract – it’s great for skin that is dry/flaky or needs a little tlc and it can be used on the face or body.

How I use it/why I wouldn’t be without it? Working in London and the cold climate, I often have clients who have dry to very dry skin that, even if moisturised well, their skin just absorbs all the foundation and I’m left with a dry and flaky base which isn’t ideal. In the past I’ve used other moisturisers on top but they don’t get rid of the flakiness. I find that a tiny bit of Skin Food does the job, it blends beautifully with the foundation and you can apply more foundation over it if needed.


As a little goes a long way, a tube will last you for a pretty long time and they’re available in two sizes – 30ml (£5.95) and 75ml (£8.95). I don’t think you can go wrong at that price and would definitely recommend it as an addition to your handbag/bedside/bathroom counter!

Available on the Weleda website.

Salina x