Thursday, 24 September 2015 09:48

Tinkilove SS16 London Fashion Week

Photographer: Mikey San Photography

Published in Fashion Week
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:31

Moixa SS16 London Fashion Week

Beautiful Beast SS16 Collection

Photographer: Mikey San Photography

Published in Fashion Week
Monday, 21 September 2015 18:01

Eco2wear SS16 London Fashion Week

Photographer: Mikey San Photography

Published in Fashion Week
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 08:55

How to pack for a sun holiday

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“We are going on a summer holiday, la, la, la!!! “ Yes!! That exciting summer holiday is looming, time for some valuable “you time”.
The only snag is deciding what to pack. You have your suitcase ready and all your favorite holiday pieces from last year along with the new stuff you bought, is laid out on the bed and you are trying to figure out how on earth are you going to get it all into one suitcase.
I sense that there is a bit of panic, but there is no need to panic. All you need is a bit of skilful organizing and voila!!

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Here is some basic tips for you to follow;

1. Make a list, write down each day of your trip and what you have planned to do on that day, lunch, sightseeing, sport or just lying on the beach or next to the pool. Now for each of these activities jot down what you want to wear, as this will show you what you can wear, for example the same pair of trouser, dress or skirt, can you wear it at least twice during your holiday. This will leaves more space in your suitcase.

2. Now with your list, lay out all your pieces and see how each pieces co-ordinates with another pieces. Do not take any pieces that does not match any of the items that you have picked and laid out. For example do not take that bright green top if you are not taking anything that matches with it.

3. Mixing colours is perfect for summer but you do not need to take all the colours in your wardrobe, just pack the key pieces that you know you can mix and match.

4. Keep your trousers and jackets in neutral shades like white, cream, navy and denim as it make is easier to match your tops.
5. Economise on space by putting items like shower gel into smaller containers or folding/rolling clothes neatly, as you might need space for items that you bought on your holidays.

6. Pack your shoes, like 1 pair of heels, sandals and flip flops, at the bottom of your suitcase and use the corners of your suitcase for small items like underwear.

7. Take at least one or two scarves, as you can wear it as a mini skirt over your bikini or as a turban to protect your hair from sun damage
Now that your suitcase is packed, all that is left, is for you to start counting down the days to your sun holiday.

Happy

Published in Blog
Friday, 12 June 2015 21:33

Tama Ra Soiree Makeup Look

Last Saturday saw myself and my talented team working our magic at the 2nd edition of Tama Ra Soiree. The event is held every first Saturday of the month in the heart of London at the Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury.

Guests are treated to a night of music, art and live entertainment with an all you can eat Caribbean buffet – yummy!

Fashions Finest teamed up with with CEO Of Tama Ra Soiree Hazel Jordan to bring a showcase of fashion at the event. Each event features a different designer with their latest collections modelled by models in a catwalk showcase around the grand luxurious event room.

My job is to design a suitable makeup and hair look to match the designer that month and their wonderful collection.

Last Saturday we had the pleasure of working with Helen Woolams of Hellavagirl and her sequinned collection. Glitz, glam and glamour are just a few words that spring to mind when thinking of Helen’s collection.

To match her designs I knew I had to create a look that was as equally stunning as her glorious gowns. GLITTER!!

I chose glitter as the main focus for the makeup. Sparkling colours to match the sparkling sequins in the designs – perfect! I talked to my team about picking colours from the designs and incorporating one colour into the glitter eye makeup. Keeping the rest of the makeup minimal so that the eyes really popped with the dresses, I chose a natural nude lip with lots of gloss to enhance the glamorous look even more. Fresh dewy slightly highlighted skin and a pop of blush is all that was needed for the skin. Hair was kept simple popped back into a bun or pony or left natural.

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KEY PRODUCTS

  • Mehron UK Celebre pro foundation
  • Sleek contour, blush & highlighter
  • Inglot lip colours
  • Mac clear gloss
  • Glitter from brands, Kryolan, Helen E, Stargazer and Beauty UK

HAIR & MUA TEAM

Me, Rose Taylor, Bev k & Rosita Baiamonte

Published in Blog
Thursday, 11 June 2015 17:19

Moixa

Moixa is a London based luxury brand that brings together design innovations expressing new ideas about appearance, construction and wearability.

Pronounced Moy-sha, Catalan for female cat, the textile led designs reflect modern, ultra-feminine styles for women who are individual and confident. The collections combine complex textile and fashion techniques with each garment hand-made and distinctively individual.

The concept is the brainchild of New Yorker Denise Mahmud who moved to London in the late 90s creating limited edition garments and accessories at Camden, Portobello and Old Spitalfields.

With Moxia, Denise has successfully managed to combine her expertise in Batik, Shibori, silkscreen, block printing, weaving and embroidery to create high-end, high-quality fashion.

Her textiles have been exhibited at ICFF New York, Maison & Objet Paris, MoOD (Meet only Original Designs) Brussels and The Bargehouse Festival (part of the London Design Festival) as well as featuring in international magazines.

"Fashion is the life of ideas and expression. I'm fascinated with the energy within us all and try to reflect this through timeless quality of choice fabrics and intricate detail of each garment – energy after all is never destroyed, it's simply transformed."

Moixa's garments are hand-crafted in their London based studio and hand-picked UK manufacturers, underpinning the company’s support for the British textile industry and the pursuit of impeccable craftsmanship and authenticity.

Evolving each season, the collections are beautifully crafted and trend-resistant - the very definition of investment dressing.

www.moixaclothing.com

Published in Designers
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 01:10

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 Blog
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:23

Renaissance: fashions spring re-birth

Hi readers, it certainly has been some time since we last conversed and I started to think that I would never leave the confines of my sofa, let alone write again until after the 19th of April, the night I attended Fashions Finest "Renaissance" show at Nottingham's swanky Alea Casino.

Fashion is a love which never fails to leave me and it proved to remain high up in my life agenda again after I attended 'Renaissance'. And, if it wasn't good enough to be entertained by a number of emerging designers and their wonderful garments, it was even more a treat to hear a diverse range of fresh musicians perform new music.

Nottingham had more talent than an evening's worth of "Britain's got talent" auditions that night and I was so happy that I had to write you a blow by blow account of the whole night! So here comes the typing and the photos all over again. Retold, in these beautiful photographs taken by Mikey San.

First and foremost opening the show was the lovely and local Josh Kemp. Josh played us to two acoustic numbers, one "a love song in his own modest words" apparently, which I enjoyed as he sung it beautifully to me!

Josh is definitely one to watch and has been touring constantly, playing no less than two hundred and fifty venues last year so we heard. His soulful voice, lifting melodies, bone structure and that determination will serve him well and I do hope to hear more from him in the near future although I'm not sure he knows my phone number yet!
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The fashion parade then commenced in a spectacular of colour and celebration thanks to talented new-comer Callecia J brown. Very much a fan of the Edwardian era, the forties, fifties and all fabrics wonderful and bright, Callecia combined all these influences to make, in my opinion a modern remake of 'My fair lady' and the result was stunning.  I loved this collection with its ruffles, tailoring and bright African inspired geometric prints and so would the Edwardians if they'd have been so lucky to have worn her designs!
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Continuing with the Edwardian theme, young designer Joey Storer made me very proud when I watched his elegant Edwardian inspired feminine clothes glide down the catwalk alongside recent creations made this year during his first year at Nottingham Trent University studying knitwear and design. I was drawn to Joey's bold use of colour, print and contoured design when I first saw his collection at West Nottinghamshire College fashion show last year. To see his progression into knitwear since was a real treat. Bold block colour and a real flair for shape and styling were evident for all to see on his first ever public catwalk and I predict that we will be seeing a lot more from Joey in the near future!
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Giving the models a rest and arresting our ears with his fine blend of soulful lyrics, rhyme and his memorable 'let's get funky' dancehall style track then was the unforgettable P.Nology. Admitting soon into his act that he was the one who chatted up Kelly Rowland live on the 'X –factor' last year, we all found it hard to see why he didn't win over her heart fully with his cheeky humour and charisma. Recently touring with Dappy and with a European tour to many clubbing destinations ahead of him, I think we will be seeing a lot more of this man and I certainly couldn't get that tune out of my head that night or, the next day for that matter. 
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Returning to fashion from yesteryear, emerging designer Helena Ocansey then took us on an alternative history trip to the French revolution through the eyes of Marianne Antoinette. In Helena's words, her clothes portrayed "a celebration of life during the French revolution". Instead of portraying Marianne's fear of persecution when her popularity fell with the French public, bright prints designed by Helena adorning beautifully boned and corseted garments sang out a celebration of life in colour! Indeed, a very talented designer, re-writing history right before our eyes.
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Taking inspiration from London night life and tailoring beautifully fitting clothing, newcomer, Dean Dufurn exhibited his 'Butterfly' entitled collection. Celebrating feminine curves and contours, Dean exhibited a wonderful collection of tailored with clever ruffled embellishment and detailing.
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As if things couldn't get any better for me, I then got to see the acclaimed Zeeno Dee Designs, Winner of Fashions Finest Top designer of 2013. Showcasing, clever detailing such as pleats, geometric patterns and futuristic contours, Zeeno took my breath away with her attention to detail. I particularly liked the geometric fashioned, Grecian –come- modernistic galactic number. So trident and beautiful like model Lily Hannah Appleton-Goldstraw wearing it. And then there was the white dress. Oh how I wish I had that dress in my wardrobe and the Grecian escape to warrant its wear or maybe a red carpet award ceremony.
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Finally, one lady who looked and sounded every inch red carpet worth was Ava Rose. A regular backstage volunteer at Fashions finest and clearly a very talented singer undiscovered until now,  Ava took our breath away with her soulful tones, raw with emotion and experience of a performer twice her age. A real beauty, singing in a unique style which could stand equally against the likes of Nina Simone.
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And if that wasn't good enough, I also won a prize on the raffle!! A NYX make up goody bag which I will eagerly await its delivery from Victoria Davies, makeup artist to the models in the show, our own blogger at Fashions finest and my face saviour!

Prizes a-side, the show did have a serious intent and the raffle was undertaken to raise money for YCR Young citizens of Rwanda, a charity set up Jemrose Walker from Nottingham to help the child  and teen survivors of the genocide which happened twenty years ago. Orphaned and Left with no parents, finances, education or prospects, these young people had nothing until Jemrose left her life in Nottinghamshire and moved to Rwanda. There she rented a 'safe house' to accommodate young people and continues to raise money to provide education, guidance, food and housing for this group of vulnerable young people. Speaking to her sister Shearon that evening, I was truly moved to hear of her sister's determination to help the young people succeed in life and achieve things we all take for granted such as having an education and being able to eat every day. I couldn't think of a more worthy cause to donate money.

All in all, a highly entertaining evening for a worthy cause. Definitely worth leaving the sofa for, and the best way to see spring in.

Photos by Mikey San. Mikey San/twitter@whoismikey

See the full gallery of photos here
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Say goodbye to clumped-up lashes after layering on the mascara and hello to dramatic lashes in just two coats!
Published in Beauty
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 14:34

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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