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A little bit of vitamin C in my skincare… yes please!

So, who is Sesderma?

Sesderma has launched in the UK, and is a brand that was established 25 years ago in Spain by a group of dermatologists which soon became successful internationally winning awards for being the most stable formulation of vitamin C in the skincare industry.

Sesderma’s C-Vit range of products are recommended for the prevention and treatment of skin ageing caused by exposure to the sun, stress, tobacco, poor diet and lack of sleep. The products add luminosity and elasticity to the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles I was so excited to try this product. With the cold winter months, here and my health not being at its best, this is exactly what my dark circles underneath my eyes need.

At £18.20 you receive 5 pairs of the eye contour patches wrapped individually in a foil package. The eye patches are infused with 2% encapsulated Vitamin C alongside an antioxidant blend to effectively combat the appearance of dark circles and fine lines within a matter of minutes.

You simply place the eye patches underneath each eye and the area of where Crows Feet form. Leave on for 15 minutes.

You’re very aware that you have the patches on as they’re quite big and very moist from the cleansing ingredients, you almost feel the ingredients working on your skin so I recommend that you possibly apply them whist soaking in a bath. Once the 15 minutes has passed remove them and follow with an eye cream for best results.

The first thing that I noticed after I took the patches off was how fresh and moist my skin felt underneath my eyes. It almost felt as if by magic my skin had come alive. That area felt different to the rest of my face, but the biggest surprise was just how different that area looked. It was lighter, brighter, fresher… just healthy. The rest of my skin, which hadn’t had any products on, looked, dull and tired.

These patches certainly quickly erased the signs of my tiredness and fatigue around my eyes and my initial feeling after trying these patches is that I want to order the rest of the C-VIT range to make the rest of my skin look as good as my under eyes.

Suitable for all skin types and available from John Bell & Croyden for £18.20 for 5 treatments.

Thursday, 06 October 2016 23:01

Parissa Mini Wax Strips

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Brow shaping doesn't come easier than Parissa Brow Shaper wax strips.

Whether you're a beginner or brow junkie these super wax strips make brow waxing at home a breeze.

With 32 applications in a pack for just £6.59 from Boots you'll be able to remove those stray hairs or perfect that arch. Zip that hair off and enjoy perfect brows for 6 weeks then simply repeat.

With clear backing and small size wax strips, placement of the strip is easy, just press on and zip off!

And what's more they include a vial of Azulene Oil to soothe & soften skin and prevents ingrown get hairs.

Save some money and get perfect brows at home.

Tuesday, 09 August 2016 18:23

What does your breakout mean?

Ever wondered why you get breakouts in the same areas? I know I have.

It's good fun being a makeup artist, trying and using so many beautiful skincare products but for the past month to 6 weeks I've been having a problem with my skin. No matter how well I look after it, I've still been getting breakouts. I couldn't work it out, I use the most beautiful skincare products daily, I drink bottles of water a day.. I've even been going makeup free. But I found that I was breaking out down the left side of face. I went to the doctors convinced it was a side effect of my medication.. Apparently not.

I started to search the Internet for clues and came across this image.

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It suddenly made perfect sense. I've been having problems with my stomach, constantly bloated and in pain. I was surprised to see that according to this image the area I have been breaking out indicates I have problems with my stomach!!

Surprised even more, now that my stomach problems are starting to calm down so are my breakouts.

It seems to be correct for me... Is it for you?

Wednesday, 06 July 2016 21:23

St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Oil & Facial Oil

St. Tropez has never let me down, it's one of the most popular tanning products and celebrates being established for 20 years this year.

Their new Luxe Dry Oil is their most advanced formula in self tanning yet giving an instant luxurious glow which then develops into a long-lasting tan after 4-6 hours and lasts for up to 10 days.

Infused and approved with natural tanning agent technology that is fused with a luxe Brazilian-inspired dry oil, this self tanner has multiple skincare benefits and gives a streak-free and entirely natural looking tan.

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Benefits:

- Non-greasy formula
- Easy to apply
- Leaves skin feeling supple, nourished and perfectly conditioned for up to a week
- Gives an instant shimmering glow for those occasions when you need a bit of colour straight away
- Long lasting
- Contains100% natural tanning agents neroli, lemongrass and grapefruit
- Paraben, sulphate and phthalate free

Directions for use:

- Exfoliate skin and apply tan with mitts.

- Once it has fully developed, wash off the subtle shimmer that acts as a guide colour to reveal a golden tan.

St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Oil £25/St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Facial Oil £23

Enjoy 3 for 2 across the St. Tropez now www.lookfantastic.com

Monday, 27 June 2016 08:35

Natural Lip Perfectors

Clarins launch 3 limited edition new shades of their legendary Natural Lip Perfectors; Pink Shimmer, Orange Shimmer and Red Shimmer.

Good morning and welcome to my second part of the new Benefit Brow range. If you missed my first instalment, scroll down the page and you will see it, I recommend reading that one first.

These fabulous new brow products are on sale 24th June nationwide I’m pleased to tell you all about these incredible new products that haven’t left my pro kit since I first received them.

6, KA-BROW!

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• fills
• Sculpts
• Buildable
• Defines

A cream-gel brow colour that comes with its own brush. Rich in colour, Ka-Brow easily fills, sculpts and defines brows. This product is a buildable, so why not go for a soft and natural-looking brow in the day and build for a night rich look.

To use: Pull out the brush from the cap, glide across the cream-gel and stroke a tiny amount on the brows.

Available in 6 shades.

£18.50

7, READY, SET, BROW!

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• Holds hair in place
• Shapes
• Sets
• 24 hour staying power

An invisible product that not only shapes and sets the brows in place for 24 hours or until washed off but also locks on makeup so that the brows don’t pull a disappearing act. Flake free formula, this easy to apply setting gel is one of my new favourite key products in my kit.

To use: Simply brush onto the brows to set. Wear alone or over other brow products.

£18.50

8, 3D-Browtones

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• Enhancing highlights
• Water-resistant
• 12-hour wear
• Instant colour highlights

A highlighting gel that takes brows to the next dimension! 3D Browtones instantly enhances your natural brow colour with subtle highlights & soft contrast. Wear alone or over other brow products this 12-hour water-resistant, 12-hour wear product highlights your natural brow hair.

To use: Brush onto brow hair, building colour as desired. Use comb tip to define and perfect. The mini-comb tip fits narrowest part of the brow while the spiral bristles for even, mess-proof application.

£18.50

9, HIGH BROW & HIGH BROW GLOW

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• Brow highlighting pencils
• Brighter looking eyes
• Younger-looking eyes
• Lifting

Two pencils; High Brow and High Brow Glow. They instantly highlight the arches for brighter, boosted and younger-looking eyes. A creamy, bendable formula. High Brow is a linen pink shade for a natural looking finish and High Brow Glow is a luminous champagne pink for eye-opening wowness!

To use: Apply the pencil under your brow following the arch and lightly blend.

£17.50

That’s it.. the brand new Benefit brow collection! There is something for everyone, all brow dilemmas are fixed with their amazing new collection. Must have products in mine and many other make-up artist’s pro kits why not join us and wear perfect brows everyday.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 09:49

Benefit Cosmetics READY-SET-BROW!

This new amazing product from Benefit Cosmetics, shapes, sets and holds brow hairs in place and locks on makeup so brows don't pull a disappearing act.

Friday, 17 June 2016 14:40

Benefit Cosmetics New Brow Collection

A couple of months ago I was kindly invited to Benefit Cosmetics new good ship on the River Thames at London’s Victoria Embankment. On arrival I was treated to a magic cocktail that changed colour. After sipping the magic potion amongst other makeup artists and beauty bloggers we were all invited through to The Brow Lounge, and like by magic the future of brows unravelled.

Three years ago Benefit embarked on a bold brow mission.. to create a collection that would magically solve each and every brow dilemma.

Skimpy brows – Patchy brows – Barely there brows.. their mission was to instantly disappear all your brow dilemmas.

On sale 24th June nationwide I’m pleased to tell you all about these incredible new products that haven’t left my pro kit since I first received them.

GIMME BROW

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• Volumise
• Tame
• Tint
• Microfibres

A brush-on gel containing tiny microfibers that adhere to the skin and hairs creating NATURAL-LOOKING fullness and definition. Buildable, water-resistant and long-wearing.

To use: Stroke the brush tip along the brow to define the shape. Brush through to blend and build.

Available in 3 shades

£18.50

GOOF PROOF BROW PENCIL

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• Brow filling
• Shaping pencil
• Soft colour
• Super easy brows
Everyone is a brow expert with this super easy glide-on colour pencil to create a fast, full natural-looking soft brow.

To use: Glide the pencil along the brow to fill and shape, using a couple of strokesto build the colour. Blend with the spoolie-brush.

Available in 6 shades

£18.50

PRECISELY, MY BROW PENCIL

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• Ultra- fine brow defining pencil
• Brow filling
• Hair-like strokes
• Precise and defined brows
An ultra-fine pencil that fills in the blanks with incredible natural-looking, hair-like strokes. Rich in colour and smudge-proof.

To use: Apply pencil onto brows using light short strokes. Blend with the spoolie-brush.

Available in 6 shades

£18.50

BROWVO! CONDITIONING PRIMER

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• Conditions
• Primes
• Wear under brow makeup
• Fuller-looking brows
• Contains Keratin & Soy proteins to help the brows look thicker, healthier and fuller.

A nutrient-rich primer for fuller looking brows. This magic product works in 2 ways, conditioning the brows to make them look fuller, thicker and healthier and primes allowing the brow makeup to last longer and enhances the colour.

To use: Click the pen once and glide over the brow. Repeat for the other brow and allow to dry. Wear alone or as a primer under other brow products.

£21.50

BROW ZINGS

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• Tame
• Shape
• Includes tweezers
• 12 hour wear

Everything you need to tame and shape the brow. A perfectly paired waz and powder with mini brush and tweezers.

To use: Pluck any stray hairs with the tweezers. Shape and define the brow shape with the soft wax and then fill in with the powder.

Available in 6 shades

£24.50

Keep an eye out for the next 5 brow products from Benefit on my blog soon.

A must buy product this summer is Urban Decay's B6 Vitamin Infused Complexion Prep Spray.

Since being a makeup artist I’ve often found that one of the most popular questions inspiring makeup artists often ask me is how do you do male grooming?? So I thought it was time to let everyone in on my male grooming process; and with the permission from the lovely Vangelis Polydorou semi-finalist from this year’s BBC The Voice I’m happy to show you how.

Almost 9/10 times with male grooming the key is to give him a healthy looking almost invisible makeup look. It’s important that the skin is visible to the eye and not a face full of makeup. Makeup on a man can look artificial if not done correctly.

Follow my steps on how I achieved perfect male grooming on Vangelis:

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Skincare

Skin prepping as with women’s makeup is my KEY element to perfect face makeup. The difference between male and female skin is that males skin contains a lot more oil. As a makeup artist you need to tame and control the oil. You do this by adding a product with water and vitamin B6.

I began with cleansing Vangelis’s gorgeous skin using Nude Skincare; Perfect Cleanse omega cleansing jelly to clean away all impurities. I love that this product is a natural formula and leaves the skin clean and fresh with a natural healthy glow – yes men should have a healthy looking glow too.

Secondly spray on Urban Decay’s B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray. The B6 vitamin in this product absorbs any unwanted oil found in male’s skin. You can also use this miracle bottle anytime throughout the day to refresh his skin or take away any excess oil that may shine through.

Moisturise; never miss this step. As long as you use the right moisturiser you will never add extra unwanted oil to the skin. I use Clarins Men Super Moisture Gel.

Concealer: unlike a woman we don’t want to brighten under the eyes with a concealer, so instead of using a highlighted liquid based concealer use a flat cream. I used the Mac Pro Conceal palette. Remembering how important it is to keep male’s makeup visible, dot on the cream based concealer where you see the deep undertones underneath the eye. It usually looks like a line from the inner corner of the eye stretching underneath. Pat your product in with your fingers. It’s important to leave the natural skin tone right under the eyelashes, so avoid placing concealer in that area. You can apply the concealer underneath the foundation or over as we’re not brightening the area just neutralising the tones.

Foundation: Don’t apply a thick coverage, this will look false. It’s important that you look at a man’s skin differently to a woman’s; you want to keep the different tones in the skin. The forehead may be darker to the cheeks, or the cheeks darker to the nose. It is very important that you see this and use different tones of foundation in the different areas. Applying one colour all over a man’s face will make him look very artificial, too even. When applying, avoid any stubble or facial hair, try applying with a beauty blender as opposed to a brush to give a shearer coverage. Opt for a tinted moisturiser or BB cream. I used Mac Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm and Bare Minerals complexion rescue.

Powder: Apply using a big brush. You don’t want to apply a matte flat powder, the aim is to keep the skin healthy and visible. I used Mac blotting powder.

Bronzer: This really depends on the individual. But always remember to use a matte bronzer. Simply sweep over the face to warm up the skin or use as a contour to show off striking cheekbones.

Brows: Depending on the man and the brows, you can get away with a quick comb and set with a clear brow gel. On Vangelis I filled in his brows to make them look slightly darker as he was performing on stage so we wanted them to be visible. I used Benefit Cosmetics Brow Zings, Gimme brow and brow setter.

Eyelashes: This really depends on the individual and what they like. It’s very common that a male doesn’t like his eyelashes coloured, if not, simply brush clear mascara through them. Again as Vangelis was performing on stage we opted for colour. I used Benefit Cosmetics They’re real tinted primer – a brown tinted eyelash primer.

Lips: Simple, a bit of balm. I used Dr.PawPaw Original balm.

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Any questions, feel free to comment and I’ll answer.

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