Peaches and Cream – Liverpool

22 May

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I was literally in heaven on Saturday. Surrounded by some of my best friends/ eye lashes / Makeup and glitter ….. and Bucks Fizz ;)

After taking up the current Makeup lesson offer at Peaches and Cream in Liverpool (£25 RRP £45!) I have been dying to go back and take my friends with me!

I couldn’t be more envious of the colourful and creatively designed Salon if I tried,  their whole Marketing and branding is amazing. I did Marketing at Uni so I have always been drawn to their use of the ‘Peaches and Cream’ brand throughout their shop/ website/ makeup and own products – they have their own eyelashes and Pigment eye shadow pots!!  Certainly not just Make up and hair here!!!

I’ll explain a bit more of how my Make up lesson went…

I booked in for a Make up lesson to learn their signature Peaches look, called ‘Whipped Cream’,  which involves browns smokey eyes and peach cheeks and lips.

The artist I had was Kate, who co-founded Peaches and Cream with Nicola, who specialises in hair ups! (You need to have a look at her YouTube videos as they’re a work of art!)

I was so excited to have Kate when I arrived,  I had already watched a video tutorial and read quite a few of her blog posts before and knew I liked the way she did make up on herself, which is always a good start.

As this was a Make up lesson not a total Make over I was really trying to concentrate to make sure I remembered each step of the process. I needn’t have worried as you get a step-by-step booklet included in the price (amazing) and gives great detail… with photographs!

Kate did one eye whilst I did the other, which I thought was a great idea; creative people tend to learn better from ‘doing’ rather than being shown (on the whole). She explained where to put each bit of Make up and which tool to use where and then I recreated it on the other side.

The bit I was really interested in was how their smokey eyes were so crisp and precise, I often have tried it on myself and can never leave the eye socket free of Make up as I need everything to look soft and blended. Different techniques work for different looks, this one I hadn’t quite mastered at that point!

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It was really interesting to see how she started off with very light make up and put the dark on afterwards to accentuate. This obviously made is easier to still blend the edges whilst keeping the eye socket clear of dark eye-shadow!

I also really liked the fact that the eye-shadow was applied first and then the face wiped clean to apply the foundation. I always wondered how they got away with doing such glitter smokes without the client being covered like a disco ball!

I think why I didn’t 100% like my MAC make over (See previous post)  is down to the fact that I felt the Make up was sat on my face rather than being blended into it; like my skin looked very painted. The eye-shadow sat on my eye lids instead of being blended in and the mascara didn’t cover my lashes enough.

I didn’t feel like this at all with the make-up look from my lesson. I really felt that the look was designed around my eye shape and not a standard smokey eye put onto my eye… if that makes sense. Kate worked with my almond eyes to create a lovely brown smokey eye which I couldn’t stop looking at… or taking photos of in case I forgot what it looked like haha

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Too many?! oops haha In my defense I was trying to get the right angle!

 

It is obviously again down to personal preference, but I really liked it and it was a really nice treat to go to their amazing studio in I would definitely recommend a Make up lesson from their for a defined smokey eye :)

Peaches and Cream Website below

http://www.fabulousmakeup.co.uk/

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I actually loved it so much I booked in with 9 of my friends to get #peached for a joint birthday!

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Make Overs

9 May

I only realised a couple of weeks ago that I have never really had my Make-up done professionally. I wanted to find out what it felt like for clients to sit in the chair and try to convey what they are wanting from their Make over.

I have only really  had my eyes done for a Bridal catwalk show (and hated it) and have had the odd eye-shadow application at Make-up counters but never sat down for a full face treat before. It seems slightly odd that I would provide this whilst not really having experienced it, so I decided to do a bit of research!

I thought it would be best to experience two Make overs and therefore treat myself twice (why not!… all in the name of research!)

I chose an over the counter Make over at MAC and a Make up lesson at an independent beauty bar, Peaches and Cream in Liverpool.

In general I would always choose to have a make over using lots of different Make up instead of being restricted to one brand, like you are with an over the counter Make over. I spend a large amount of time researching Make up to see which is considered the best for – durability (will it last all day) best for all skin types (oily/ dry) and for occasion; whether that would be Bridal, day out at the Races or Fancy dress.

I decided to try a  make over at MAC as I absolutely LOVE their eye shadows and Lip gloss;  It was also good research for me and getting a full face MAC -over allowed me to see which products I liked and didn’t like. With booking MAC I didn’t know which artist I would get and whether or not they all have their own styles?!

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I had a lovely artist who listened to my outfit choice and took charge of which colours to use;  my dress was electric blue so we decided upon a blue eye-shadow with gold!

It was interesting sitting back and letting someone else take over, I resisted the urge to keep peeking with one eye (I keep mirrors away from my clients until I’m finished as they always think the worst – dark circles still there before I conceal them etc) I also found I was a ‘quiet’ client… sometimes I find myself chatting away when I’m doing a make-up and other times the client is quiet and restful; I was definitely the latter which I was surprised at!

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The foundation was NW20 Prolongwear (I will do another post on the difference between NW and NC at MAC)… it felt nice going on and was flawless looking but the ‘look’ was quite a bit thicker than anything I would typically wear. I have heard good things about their face and body foundation that I would quite like in my kit, so will try that next time.

The eye shadow colours used were Painterly (light paint pot cream shadow)  Woodwinked (golden shimmer) , Nehru (grey) and the corners of my eyes were lined with petrol blue pencil. They looked great and complimented each other and they made my eyes look ‘bluer’.

But overall I felt my eyes looked quite small. The application was quite dark and heavy which made my eyes look a little sunken in. Where it was put was fine, I cant quite put my finger on why I just didn’t like it and I think its because it just didn’t look like ‘me’.

It gave me a greater insight for when I sometimes get a client who wants to add a a line of black eye-liner  bright pink lips or no lipstick at all as they say it doesn’t look like ‘them’.

To be honest I’m sure if I would have said something the artist could have altered it to suit what I wanted but I didn’t say anything at the time;  I only had an hour slot which had already ran out at the end, I didn’t feel comfortable asking for anything to be changed.

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The blusher however, I did have to say something. It was extremely brown for my skin so I asked if a peachy pink could be used which looked a lot better. The artist agreed! – Blush Baby was put on afterwards!

All in all the experience was worth it as you get the Make over included if you spend over £30 on products. I would advise to find out which products you want before hand though. The only things I bought from my Make over were strobe cream and the Lips glass Oyster Girl, which is one of my favourites.  Will write up on all of my new Make-up soon!I think you should always get your Make-up done and leave it to see how it lasts before shelling out for something you might not like in a few hours!

The perfect example of this is that the eye-shadow didn’t last the night….. but I do think that was the application as I use many MAC shadows and they NEVER come off! Its a struggle with make-up remover!

I wouldn’t put people off going to counters to have their Make up done, it really is about personal preference, and really letting your artist know what your likes and dislikes are which I don’t think I conveyed well enough.MAC2MAC3

Read my next Post on my Peaches and Cream Make up lesson :) ….

*All MAC images do not belong to me all rights reserved to the authors

My beauty must haves for 2013

19 Feb

Winter does mad things to your skin. (So does Summer but that’s another post waiting to happen!)

I have tried quite a few Make up products over 2012 and 2013 to cover up/ hide/camouflage my pale and dry complexion but I have now realised that I was going about it all wrong! Instead of concentrating on which foundation would cover up my rosey red cheeks I needed to sort out the skin underneath!

To be honest – I normally have very good skin so I knew that my complexion was not down to any underlying disorders like Acne rosacea or psoriosis which people either forget or do not know can be helped with medication; Metronidazole 0.75% can be obtained by your GP to help rosacea for instance. There are also Make up techniques you can use such as using green concealer underneath your foundation to take the majority of the redness away! Tricks of the trade! I will go into this in more detail on another post :)

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So… I have only ever used Simple products such as face wash, day and night face cream and their under eye cream (always remember to use a different cream for the delicate area around your eyes!)

I have always had very dry skin around the front part of my cheeks and no where else. I normally try and add a thicker cream just to this area which does tend to help but since getting lots of new products for Christmas I haven’t needed to!

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This Soap and Glory face wash smells incredible. I don’t think I would recommend it if you have very sensitive skin as you can definitely feel it working away as soon as you put it on damp skin; I lather it up and leave it on for a couple of minutes. Then rinse with warm water. Keep it away from your eye area. My face feels really clean afterwards without it drying out and feeling tight. peaches

*Bev’s tip of the day – I think Salma Hayek does this too**  Always try to wash off your Make-up at the end of the day or night time. Then in the morning I just rinse my face with warm water and no soap or face wash. You don’t really want to take off the layer of natural oil that your face produces during the night – this is a great tip for For dry/ normal skin – however, if you have oily or teenage skin prone to break outs I would still use an anti bacterial face wash in the morning.

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After dabbing my face dry* with a soft towel, I have started to apply a face serum. I only use a pea size amount all over my face and leave on for 5 minutes to soak in before putting my moisturiser on.

*I have dabbed my face instead of rubbed it dry since I was little! Any action that you do a couple of times a day (in my opinion)  could increase giving you wrinkles! So stop rubbing!lacura

The face serum from Aldi (of all places) is amazing!!  it is called ‘Lacura – face Care , Restorative Multi Intensive Serum’ and is a whopping £3.49!!!  It includes Vitamin E and Shea Butter which are great for dry and skin. On the Aldi website it advertises that “Its moisture complex has a 24 hour effect to help improve the skin’s elasticity. When used regularly the skin feels noticeably smoother and tighter.” And I would totally agree. My skin is very much smoother but I do feel it is the combination of serum and moisturiser that has helped!

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Seeing as the serum was such a bargain find I feel this is why I allowed myself the purchase of  a new (Expensive!) moisturiser as well :)  I’m (unfortunately) a sucker for packaging, and the Bobbi Brown glass jar and embossed black lid on their Hydrating Gel Cream instantly caught my eye. I wiped a smidge across the back of my hand and the luxurious cream smelled sort of tropical and clean all at the same time, and I was at the till before I knew it – albeit £36 worse off.

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Thankfully these new purchases have worked wonders to my dull complexion and I found as soon as I started my new routine I was using less foundation and bronzer daily and I am back to only using BB Cream! (See previous post for more info on BB Cream!)

Well recommended peeps :) 

BB Cream…

3 Sep

Unless you have been hiding under a rock you can’t have missed the new ‘BB Cream’ phenomenon this summer! Nearly all major Makeup brands and skin care companies have jumped on the band waggon and are producing their own unique versions so I am going to explain the difference behind them all and what a BB cream actually is!

So…. the ‘BB’ actually stands for Blemish Balm, this gives a better indication of what it is really.

It originates from Korea and has been popular in Asia now for the past couple of years; The main aim of a BB Cream is to give a natural glow to your skin without it looking as though you are wearing a lot of makeup…

Why use a BB Cream?!

Nourishes the skin like a moisturiser, continued use should reduce pores/ fine lines and wrinkles and even out skin tone.

Protects the skin from UVA/UVB damage with added SPF coverage (higher the better for the face!)

Act as a Makeup Primer (this also makes the BB Cream last longer than a tinted moisturiser would)

Give the same ‘dewy’ coverage as a foundation or tinted moisturiser but with the added benefits of being a lot better for your skin

…. Sounds too good to be true!

I have tried a couple of BB Creams myself and had a good research to find out some of the best on the market today covering different price ranges.

Pure BB Cream – Home Bargains – £1.99 (Can you believe!) 

Great for Price – Normal/ clear skin – good for anyone wanting a light coverage

Starting with the cheapest and one that I have used just to go to work! It comes in two shades Light and Medium, and is quite a think cream but doesn’t have amazing coverage – I wouldn’t advise this cream if you had many blemishes but it does the trick for me as I don’t like the idea of wearing heavy makeup on my skin in the day clogging my pores! Only downside really is that there is no SPF protection but for £1.99 you can’t go wrong!

It does work well as a primer as well! Apply a thin layer under a foundation for longer lasting coverage.

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Boots/ Superdrug – £9.99

Great for everyday – Sheer Cover for Dull/ Dry skin

 

I have actually used this BB Cream on a friend of mine on her wedding day, she was looking for a light coverage and does have very clear skin to begin with (I wouldn’t normally advise using a BB Cream for a wedding makeup due to the photographs) and she was very happy with how it lasted throughout the day. It has a good amount of coverage and doesn’t in fine lines like some foundations can do on dry skin. It comes in two shades and contains SPF 15.

 Garnier BB Cream ‘dewy’ sheer coverage

 

No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream – Boots – £15.00

Great Choice and Variety –    Normal/ Dry – Dry/ Very Dry – Normal/ Oily

There are three different choices depending on your skin types but only one colour shade! Make sure you colour match to your skin (best to use a tester and blend a bit of the cream along your jaw bone to match your skin tone.. if you see a stripe pale or dark it doesn’t suit your colouring it should blend in!)

It has SPF 15, has a creamy texture but leaves a matte finish on your skin – great for anyone anti ‘dewy’.

 

Clinique Age Defence BB Cream – Debenhams – £25.00

Great for Sun Defence – Oily, Mature and sensitive skin

This cream is great for its SPF 30 protection, it also contains physical sun blockers such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide (Wouldn’t advise this for wedding makeup/ photo-shoots as the flash reacts badly with these chemicals and bleaches the skin of any colour!) It contains caffeine and seaweed extract which help to control the production of oil on the skin. It’s available in two shades.

 

Bobbi Brown BB Cream – Debenhams – £28.00

Best Multi tasker – Available in 5 shades! For Normal/ oily skin

Bobbi Brown have only just introduced their BB Cream in the UK, it was released in Japan first then Korea in 2010 and it is definitely is worth the wait. They have produced it in 5 shades, given a SPF 35 protection. This cream contains natural minerals to absorb and control oil and shine on the surface of the skin.

 

 

HD Brows… my new obsession!!

11 May

*HD Brows Official advertising poster!

I have an obsession with eyebrows. Just putting it out there.

I LOVE big thick eyebrows and in every possible opportunity I will paint on some massive ones in a photoshoot as I think they are bold, difficult to perfect (from a Makeup artist point of view) and can change the whole look of someones’ face – See one of my previous posts! *Makeup your Eyebrows!*

For an example the below shots are of a Chester based model, Emma Dixon, I have worked with her many times and I LOVE doing her makeup as she has amazing skin and any slight change to her features dramatically changes the look of a shot!

Photographer: Jess Brown Photography

Model: Emma Dixon

I heard about HD brows through Niki Sheridan at Escape Hair and beauty, a stylist I have worked with on a Bridal Photoshoot a couple of months ago. She was advertising a new style of eyebrow shaping and I was intrigued!

So.. I booked in at Escape in Ellesmere Port with Ellie Finlay who is a trained HD brow specialist! You need to be specifically trained by HD Brows to be able to advertise their copyrighted name and use their products.

Before my first appointment I needed to have a patch test, this is best practice with any form of dye including hair dye, but most common with eyelash and eyebrow dyeing.

On arrival Ellie talked me through the 7 step HD Brow process.. You would never imagine so much work would go into an eyebrow shape!

Be warned.. my eyebrows were pretty bad, so I was in the salon for over 45 minutes being tweezed, threaded plucked

and dyed. All in the name of beauty!

Before!

After!

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I normally colour my eyebrows in with an eyebrow pencil and a bit of brown eyeshadow as they tend to be blonder in places and they are not long enough either side for my liking. I found that the dye and technique used in the HD brows made my eyebrows seem a lot thicker (which I loved!) and gave them an elongated shape. It made such a difference to the shape of my face and also when I was applying makeup in the morning and not having to touch my brows was a treat! I got mine re-done after 5 weeks, the shape also stayed for longer and I didnt need to pluck in between appointments.

I would definetly recommend Ellie  as a HD brow specialist you can contact her for amazing eyebrows below!

Escape Hair and Beauty HD Brows

Couture Collection 2012

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I was kindly asked to do the Makeup for the ‘Couture Collection 2012′ at TheBoutique Salon and Spa in Ellesmere Port. A London based Photographer Andy Espin contacted me through Model Mayhem and showed me an extremely interesting mood board so I was really excited to get involved!

The photoshoot was T/F (time for print) so I always want to make sure I will be getting different types of shots to benefit my portfolio.

Seeing as the shoot was based in my home town I had already heard of the Salon and the owner Richard Phillipart – he is turning into a little celeb in his own right at the moment!
Richard opened his own salon five years ago and has since styled at London and Paris Fashion week, the contestants on Britains next top model and is regularly styling the cast of Hollyoaks and Coronation street at events like the British Soap Awards… so I was nervous.

Thankfully on arrival to the Salon Richard and his team (including Napoleon the dog, Richards’ amazingly cute pug… studded collar and all) were all in high spirits which instantly put me at ease… I was excited to get started!

Richard had done ALOT of preparation for this shoot and had an erray of wigs and hair pieces ready to use for the two models Naomi and Felicity.

I don’t want to give any of Richards’ secrets away but my favourite hair piece was dyed blue and pink and had been manipulated in such a way it didnt even look like hair anymore! VERY clever!

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As it was firstly a hair shoot I was initially worried that I wouldn’t get many beauty shots as the hair pieces covered alot of the models’ faces, but Richard made sure I was getting the shots I could use in my portfolio as well. He even trimmed around one of the hair pieces so I ended up with a great shot!

I ended up having an amazing day with Richard and his team and loved being in such a creative environment. Richard was quite inspiring to watch when he was at work!! There is a great backstage video taken which is worth a watch!!

Video taken of the Photoshoot

Richards’ Salon is contactable through facebook on the below link!
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000896801454

Bridal Photo shoot…

13 Mar

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For a while I have really wanted to organise my own Bridal photoshoot, with the aim to get the exact Makeup shots that I feel would benefit my portfolio and showcase my work. So… A couple of months ago I did it!

I asked Jonathan Yearsley at JAY photographic Images if he would be interested in taking part and thankfully he said Yes! 

I have worked with Jonty on a Model portfolio shoot before, I really enjoyed working with him as he is very professional and works hard to create an amazing atmosphere with each shot he takes. I also trusted that he would shoot the images I required (which doesnt always happen in photoshoots!!) but at the same time knew he would get some great wedding images for his portfolio! Everyone’s a winner!

Jonty and I worked out a theme for the shoot and were overjoyed when Oddfellow in Chester allowed us to shoot there. It was my number one choice as it is such a quirky venue, and each room has a different feel.

I was also very excited to find out that ‘Brides Up North’ blog would be covering the Photoshoot! Have a read!http://http://bridesupnorth.com/2012/01/08/on-the-couch-a-styled-shoot/

I enlisted Niki Sheridan at Escape Hair and Beauty in Ellesmere Port to do the Bride and Bridesmaid hair for the shoot,  I have been working along side Niki for over a year and knew that her specialised ‘up do’s’ and bouncy curls would be perfect for the photoshoot and would make it look exactly like a real wedding!

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I had a fantastic day being creative with Jonty and Niki – I roped in some of my friends to model with their own gowns and I think they did a fantastic job! Well done and Thank you to all involved xxx

For more photos please click below and visit Jontys’ blog!http://www.jayphotographicimages.com/2012/01/oddfellows-wedding-photography-bridal-images/

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