Winter Skin Saviours!

So…although there’s a lot of “Spring is here!” being bandied about, it is still cold. In the UK. I’m still in Mumbai, where it’s sweltering, sorry. Anyways, I digress. Winter. Cold. You need to look after your skin. So here are a few tips to help!

* As clichéd as it is, the two best things for your skin are plenty of water and sleep! It makes such a difference. 

* your diet also makes a big difference and if you’re not getting the right nutrients it can show on your skin. I’ve been taking the Seven Seas Perfect7 Woman – it includes 1 capsule of Natural Source Marine Oil with Omega-3 and 1 tablet of essential multivitamins & minerals. So it does all the hard work for you and squashes everything into 2 instead of 20 tablets/capsules! A life saver for travelling as I’ve brought them with me to Mumbai. 

* A water/hydrating spray can help too, especially with central heating etc – a quick spritz gives added hydration throughout the day and has the bonus of refreshing make-up. I love Avene’s Eau Thermale water spray.

* Dr Organic’s Snail Gel is a great product to apply before moisturising – it tightens and firms the skin, one of my favourite anti-ageing products that is super light in texture and smells like lemons! Skin feels so smooth after using this.

* Time Bomb’s Complexion Cocktails are a set of waters which you apply before moisturising to boost the skin and there are three available – one for dehydrated skin, one for tired skin and one for stressed skin. These work wonders and really brighten & plump the skin. My sister cannot live without hers!

* Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm – this can be worn alone or under make-up, with or without moisturiser and it just gives skin a glow/radiance which can sometimes be lacking in the winter months.

* It’s important to not forget about your skin at night. You should be remembering to cleanse off all make-up and then depending on your skin pick a night regime to suit you. Not everyone needs a heavy night cream, look at your skin and give it what it needs. A product that works on any skin is Alpha H’s Liquid Gold – apply every other night on it’s own and wake up with bright, plump skin. On night’s where I don’t use this I like to use an oil – at the moment I’m favouring Zelens Z-22 Absolute Face Oil. It’s not too heavy and really soaks in, leaving skin extremely smooth the next morning.

* Lips + cold weather = disaster, for me. If you can’t handle lipstick or anything too drying due to constant chapped lips, Burt’s Bees have some great tinted lip balms as an alternative (Sweet Violet is a personal fave of mine)! At night, keep a little tub of Carmex lip balm on your nightstand and apply just before bed for smooth lips the next morning.

What are your winter skin saviours? x



Oscars 2015 Make-Up!

Right…well I was going to do a beauty breakdown of my favourite Oscars look but it turns out I loved too many of them so am going to just go through a few! It looks as though everyone kept make-up pretty classic around the eyes this year with a few variations on lip colours, with varying degrees of drama. 

First up we have the “nudes”. 



Both Reese Witherspoon and Jamie Chung chose to keep make-up fairly natural toned with a bit of drama around the eyes. It’s important to not look too washed out when going for a nude look so I’d suggest pepping up the cheeks a bit like they have. I love Bourjois’ Cream Blush as it applies so easily, gives a great healthy glow and has a powdery finish so there’s no stickyness!

Next up we have “pinks”. 



I love Anna Kendrick & Jessica Chastain’s eyes here, they’re classic but have a little something different going on. To replicate Anna’s look try Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Bronze and for Jessica’s brown cat eye try Clinique’s Brush On Cream Liner in Black Honey (one of my absolute fave eye products which I sometimes double up as an eyeshadow). 

And then we come to the “peaches”….Emma Stone looked absolutely incredible this year, as did Jennifer Hudson and both went for a peach toned lip showing just how versatile this shade really is. They also didn’t go for anything too overly glossy. Why not try Bourjois’ Rouge Edition Velvet in Peach Club? Everytime I’ve used this on a client they end up taking it away with them because it’s such a great shade and the texture feels lovely on the lips. It goes on like a gloss but dries matte. 



Finally we have the statement making red as was demonstrated by Margot Robbie and  Jenna Dewan-Tatum. For me, Margot was the winner make-up wise this year. The girls have gone for an orange toned red and again not overly glossy, however if you fancy that little extra bit of shine then try Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Impassioned and for something a little more matte, Bobbi Brown’s Artstick in Sunset Orange. 



And there you have it, my Oscars round-up! Who stood out for you? And who got it wrong?!

Thanks for reading!

Salina x



Bare Minerals – Well Rested Face And Eye Brightener

Our skin can sometimes lose it’s radiance around this time of year and foundations that would normally sit well on your skin can seem dry or flat. I came over to Mumbai almost 3 weeks ago and was having just this problem a few weeks before leaving, so I thought it was the perfect time to try this face and eye brightener which contains light reflecting minerals to even skin tone and improve radiance.

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I tend to apply it under the eyes in a ‘V’ formation, take it up onto the cheekbones and a little down the nose. It just lifts the skin and makes your foundation a little dewy! Having had comments on how much better my foundation looks with this, it’s become a staple in my make-up bag. Plus now that I’m in a warmer climate, it’s great to wear alone with a touch of concealer or foundation just where you need it.

For more details go to the Bare Minerals Website

Which radiance boosters do you like? Let me know!

Salina x

Filmfare Nomination Awards/Manish Malhotra Fashion Show

So I’ve been in Mumbai, India for just over a week now and my second job was working on lovely Bianca Hartkopf’s team for Revlon for the Manish Malhotra fashion show at the Filmfare Nomination Awards!

Here’s a little snapshot of the day:

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The product that really stuck out for me was Revlon’s Skinlights. I remember coming across this product years ago, again at a show (or at least a version of it from Revlon) – it gives such a gorgeous glow to the skin when used under your foundation to highlight and can also be worn alone. It comes in different tones to complement your skin tone – neutral, peach, pink and bronze.

I love a highlighted dewy look and normally use Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector but that habit can be a bit expensive, I’d definitely recommend this as an alternative especially with it’s £11.99 price point.

More info over at www.revlon.co.uk

Thanks for reading!

Salina x

Recent Fashion Shoot using Bourjois

My last shoot of 2014 was a look book/campaign shoot for a fashion brand sponsored by Bourjois – as you can see below it was a heavy liner look:

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Everyone’s always so daunted by eyeliner but not even us make-up artists perfect it in one fell swoop. The trick is to use all the tricks available to you, so here are a few tips from me.

– draw your flick in first. Look straight into the mirror and line up where you want it to start and finish.

– use a pencil to get your eyeliner right first and then you can go over it with a gel or liquid.

– don’t be afraid to layer to get the depth of colour you want. For this look I started with a pencil, went over with a gel and then a liquid pen to get the desired intensity.

Let me know if you have any tips or tricks when it comes to eyeliner!

Salina x

Spell Magazine Shoot

Towards the end of last year I did a shoot for Spell magazine using Bobbi Brown make-up – I may have already mentioned that I’ve fallen in love with their BB Cream! Here’s what the shoot looked like along with some tips:

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Salina x

Time Bomb Skincare

Love this little step by step Time Bomb have put together on their website.

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I’ve loved everything I’ve tried so far from this range, as although anti-ageing, none of the products seems very heavy on the skin. Quite the opposite, they feel super light and absorb easily. I might need to give some other bits a try soon!

Salina x