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!
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!
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?
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.
I mentioned in a previous post how I was trying out the HER Haircare Rituals Volumising Shampoo and Conditioner, but now that I’ve been through a couple of cycles of it, I wanted to give a fuller review. You can read the previous post here (I’ve still not had a chance to try out the Trecento Treatment but that could be due to lending the tub to my sister who’s yet to give it back to me – she assures me it’s amazing but no sign of it yet).
The condition of my hair isn’t too bad but it is waist length, coloured, medium textured and slightly dry on the ends meaning it tends to tangle pretty easily and fall a bit flat due to the length. Before using the HER combo I had to use a detangling spray after washing my hair and then either a styling treatment oil or a volumising spray to get the results I needed. However, while using this shampoo and conditioner I’ve used nothing else – no oils, no detangling sprays and no volume products. The condition of my hair has been brilliant and so much fuller, there’s enough body so I don’t feel like it’s plastered to my head and it doesn’t feel too flyaway which is what sometimes happens to my hair if I don’t use any product on it.
I can’t recommend them highly enough – check out more info and pricing on the HER website.
Have you used the HER shampoo & conditioner? What are your thoughts?