Tuesday, 31 March 2015 11:34

Ruby’s Corner at Chez Titine

I love to paint my nails, its quite thearaputic. The only problem I have is that they do not last more than two days before they chip. So when I heard about gel nails at Ruby's corner (that were on offer) I had to get them. With gels your polish could last up to a month, a date with Prince Harry could not keep me away. I decided to treat myself and have my fingernails and toes done.

On arriving at Chez Titine the nail technician who was extremely friendly and made me feel as if I was catching up with an old friend sat me down. She then proceeded to buff my nails and file them to achieve the perfect shape. Buffing I am told is an important part as it helps the gel polish to grip to the nail.

The colour choice was limited but I have been told that more colours are on order. I picked black and red. After putting the gel polish on which was called Geleration, I had to place both my hands and toes under a UV lamp to allow them to dry. After this process, a coat of finish was added to my nails.

Within a few minutes my nails were dry. I have had nothing but compliments about how they look. I have had them on for a few weeks now and I'm secretly hoping that they will chip so I can have them re-done. I cannot wait to see what exciting new colours will be available.

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To perfect your nails click on the link: Ruby's Corner

Written by FF Blogger Hayley Sweeney

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Saturday, 06 September 2014 18:50

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You fancy changing your perfume so you start spritzing yourself with testers...
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Tuesday, 06 May 2014 11:37

A Fashionable Icon: Audrey Hepburn

On Sunday 4th May 2014, Audrey Hepburn would have turned 85 years old. A talented actress, keen humanitarian worker, mother and fashion icon who sadly is no longer here with us will always be remembered not only for her box office movies but for her chic, understated sense of style which has been copied by stylists, designers, artists and generally women the world over.

From her critically acclaimed portrayal of Holly Golightly in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' to her controversial role in 'My Fair Lady,' Hepburn's on-screen style has always mesmerised and delighted audiences and fashion lovers alike as her slender, athletic frame carried even the most tricky trends with ease and elegance.

With her petite, beautiful looks and chic sense of style, Hepburn differed from her other female contemporaries like the curvy Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren, yet offered women another approach to stylish dressing. Her black Capri pants, short pixie fringe and cats-eyes sunglasses, established that a new icon was born in she shape of Audrey Hepburn.

Throughout her career, Hepburn remained firm friends with respected fashion designer, Hubert de Givenchy who designed some of her most iconic gowns, most notably the gorgeous dress she wore while collecting her best actress Oscar for 'Roman Holiday' in 1953. Her little black dress she wore in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' has remained a style staple for women's wardrobes and an instant option for party dressing, while the graceful hats Hepburn wore in the famous Cecil Beaton photographs have been images associated with high fashionable glamour and beauty.

Throughout her later years, Hepburn stepped back from the Hollywood spotlight and dedicated her time and effort to charity work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, as she helped children in impoverished areas. Nevertheless, her impeccable sense of style and vast movie history has been an everlasting vision of the 60's and no doubt will continue on into the near future. Happy birthday to a fashion icon, a wonderful lady and a talent which we will never forget: Audrey Hepburn.
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Written by Hannah Last 
Published in FF Loves
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:10

Natural Collection Body sprays.

Summer is approaching rapidly and here we are anxiously anticipating the arrival of the heat. We want tans! We want hot bodies! We want ice cream! We want Natural Collection body sprays

Honestly. We do.
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Available in all Boots stores, these light, fresh body sprays easily replace heavy perfume fragrances during the summer heat. I'm personally not a fan of overbearing scents during these months but I also feel incomplete without a pleasant whiff of something!

They come in a small plastic bottle with a spritzer spray nozzle, making a great travel companion with no breakages of beautiful bottles. My favourite fragrances include Vanilla, Mango and Papaya and I am currently making my way through the Apple and Lime which smells mouth-wateringly fruity and natural, perfect for this time of year.

It leaves the skin feeling hydrated and revitalised and keeps you uplifted throughout your day unlike the aerosol sprays which simply irritate the skin. It leaves no sticky marks unlike many body sprays I have tried in the past and did I mention the price? At an amazing £2 it is definitely affordable.

To complement the body spray, the shower gels are also a good buy. I was bought the wild strawberry body scrub and it smells so lush and as a scrub it works well. Jumping out of the shower I feel rejuvenated and my skin has become a lot smoother. However, like the spray, the smell is only truly noticeable for an hour, maybe two at most which is disappointing but it is very simply solved by casually spritzing yourself from time to time.

One hundred percent recommendable for all ages within the family.

written by Savannah Liu
Published in FF Loves
Monday, 28 April 2014 20:02

Formula X: The System

Sometimes it doesn't matter how much TLC you give your nails, chips will find a way to ruin your carefully executed creation within hours (minutes for the less fortunate).
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Say goodbye to clumped-up lashes after layering on the mascara and hello to dramatic lashes in just two coats!
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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 20:18

How to Waterline your eyes

Waterlining the eye is a hard and tricky technique to do. It involves applying eyeliner to the waterline or inner rim around the eye area that is slightly wet and right next to the lashes. It can be done to the lower rim and the top rim around the eye.

You can use various products to do this technique, I recommend using a pencil eyeliner, especially a Kohl pencil as they are much softer on the eyes and go on more easily. Some people may prefer to use gel, liquid liners or waterproof pencils. Most people like to waterline their eye in black, my recommended product for this and the one I use on all my jobs is MAC Kohl pencil in shade Smoulder. £17

Bright, bold, pastel eyeliners are also great for adding a splash of colour to the eyes in the warmer months whilst nude/white coloured eyeliner will make the eyes appear larger. It is important to always sharpen the pencil before each use and replace regularly to help avoid eye infections.

Simple Steps

Step 1, Gently with your finger pull down the skin underneath your eye exposing the waterline. Take a cotton bud and gently remove any excess moisture to help the eyeliner to sit better.

Step 2, While still pulling down the skin, take your eyeliner and gently run it along the lower waterline. You may feel you need to repeat it a few times to make the colour bolder.

Step 3, Clean any mistakes or slips up with a cotton wool bud.
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Tuesday, 08 April 2014 06:38

Get That Classic Red Pout

Red lipstick is a classic, always has been and always will be. The best make-up looks worn by Marilyn Monroe in the 50's always came with that classic red lip, the sexiest most glamorous looks today come with the classic red lip. To me as a Make-up Artist it signifies passion, glamour, love, class, high end and definitely sex appeal!

In my job I hear a lot people saying "red won't suit me" but that's where they are wrong. Red suits everyone, just like blonde hair suits everyone, the trick to both is to fully understand your own colour tone and of course experiment.

Warm Skin Tones

If you have a warm skin tone complexion you don't want to choose a red that will clash with your warm delicious skin. You need to opt for red tones that are 'warm reds' and not 'cool reds'. Look for and experiment with shades of 'orangey reds'; so look for, deep brown based reds, golden reds, tawny reds, tomato reds, warm reds and orange reds. Hold the lipstick up towards a light (natural daylight is best) and these colour tones will show through on the lipstick.
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Cool Skin Tones

If you have that lovely cool tone to your skin then a warm red will be far too harsh against your complexion. You need to opt for 'pink red tone'. So experiment with red lip colours that when held up towards the light you see; pink; berry, blue, plum, blackberry, purple and brick red.
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All Skin Tones

If you're lucky enough to have a cool skin tone and tan to a fairly warm complexion in the summer and you are looking for a red lipstick that will suit both cool and warm skin then opt for a real pure 'telephone box red'. This shade of red is the only red that is suitable for both skin tones. Maybe if you're a new make-up artist and you have a tight budget and want a nice classic red then a good red lipstick to buy on a budget is 'Loreal Colour Richie Serum in shade True Red'
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Some of My Lipsticks
 
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Photographer Biggi Ayo
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Model Nadia Nichole
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Tuesday, 01 April 2014 13:34

My Skin Care Favourites


Being a make-up Artist, I love make-up, but a great skincare routine is crucial to any job I do, the make-up simply wouldn't sit right on the models face without it. Great skin is the best palette to start any make-up trend on, whether it is summer or winter, beauty or film. The same applies to all of you at home. With my job I get to test lots of skin and beauty products, old and new brands and of course I find my favourites and products I cannot live without. So in line with last week's blog it's my pleasure to bring you my favourite recommendations for everyone to enjoy!


Bioderma

While working at Paris Fashion Week in March 2014 I came across this beautiful product. I had heard all about it before and read reviews but with the product being French it was everywhere in Paris. It's simply a bottle of miracle cleansing water that gently cleanses and removes make-up and dirt from the face and eyes. This is an amazing product and is very popular with a Make-up Artists as it is gentle and calming on the skin leaving the skin feeling refreshed. Ideal for sensitive skin as there is no fragrance preventing the skin feeling irritated. Simply soak a cotton wool pad and slide over the face and eyes where you'll find you are left with little residue. Bioderma is available at leading pharmacies and dermatologists nationwide and comes in various ranges for different skin types. It is definitely a product I can now not live without.

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Temple Spa Toning Essence

This is a beautiful toner without alcohol. What I love about this product is that it is made from Mediterranean staples such as tomatoes, basil, orange, limes and more creating a beautiful fragrance as well as working as an excellent luxury toner. The product benefits from not only being an instant skin refresher and removing the last traces of make-up and dirt but also contains ingredients for anti-aging benefits, anti-inflammatory and anti-itch ingredients again making it suitable for sensitive skin.
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Clinique Dramatically Difference Moisturising Lotion

Is my top must have moisturiser for keeping skin soft and healthy. It provides a double moisture level and keeps the moisture locked in the skin all day as well as giving a healthy glow to the skin. It's also been voted NO.1 bestselling moisturiser is the UK so that speaks volumes.

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Mac Prep and Prime Natural Radiance

This amazing primer from Mac is needed in every woman's beauty bag! I use this on all my make-up jobs! It improves the skins appearance by filling in any lines, pores and keeps the skin hydrated all day with a beautiful glow. I never apply foundation without using this base first.
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Lush Fresh Handmade lip scrub

This is an absolute must in my personal beauty bag and in my professional kit. It's made with sugar and johona oil, making it a natural scrub that works wonders. I always ask my model to take a small amount on her finger and work it into her lips; I then take extra dry skin off my buffing with a toothbrush. This is the idea product to keep lips soft and crack free.
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These are my top 5 beauty products but don't forget that you're welcome to comment with any questions you may have and I will answer them for you.

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Volume Vertige is a new mascara using a unique Reservoir Brush© introduced by creators of botanical beauty Yves Rocher.
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