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Peaches and Cream – Liverpool

22 May


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

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!


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


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 ūüôā

Peaches and Cream Website below



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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Couture Collection 2012

1 May

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!

Makeup* your eyebrows!

9 Sep

¬†My last post was all about eyebrows, and how important they are¬†in framing your face. Not everyone needs to have statement brows like Jennifer Connolly¬†or Camilla Belle but just see the difference between a happy medium See Gwen Stefani ‚Äď Nuff said.



Thicker statement eyebrows have been on trend for a while now so it is refreshing to see that the high arch will be back for autumn winter 11 ‚Äď I know did you ever think there would be an eyebrow trend?

You cannot just follow trends if they do not go with your face shape but you can use makeup to pretend or try it out!

First off, once you have had your eyebrows threaded and it has left you with your perfect brow shape  (See previous post here)  you will need to know a little bit about how to contour your face with Makeup.

When focussing on the eyebrows you need to know that the area underneath the end of the eyebrow needs to be highlighted РWhen putting on my eyeshadow I start with MAC Vanilla shimmer pot as a base for other makeup РThen when I am finished I will put an extra bit just on that area under the eyebrow so it is uber prominent! I will show a step by step in my next post! x

I have a massive crush on Kim Kardashians’ Makeup face. Its always perfectly applicated (it could possibly look too polished day to day- but I still love it) and this photo shows exactly the right places that should be highlighted and where should be shaded darker. If you think about where your bones are prominent on your face such as you cheekbone and under your eyebrow bone your on the right track!! * hint* This also helps with where you put your bronzer/ blusher I.E. NEVER a pink stripe¬† on¬†the top of your cheekbones! TOO HIGH!¬†It can be blended up like the below ūüôā

Her eyebrow has been shaded with an angled makeup brush to give the perfect shape and long line at the end. Therefore if you want to recreate this look you need to get the right tools!

If you have unruly brows you need an eyebrow brush – Any old mascara wand will do or if you fancy a treat the Dior brush has a lovely shape and handle! After you have tamed your brows you may want to put a lick of clear mascara on top; this is only for quite long eyebrows that never want to stay in your perfect shape!

The Bobbi Brown eyebrow brush has thick bristles so if you put a little brown powder (eye makeup will do as long as its the same if not darker shade than your own brow colour) and work the brush over the eyebrows it will colour them in without staining the skin under your eyebrows Рthis can happen when people use an eyebrow pencil straight onto their skin! And its not a good look!  If you fancy an even more perfect eyebrow shape put a bit of brown eyeliner/ eyebrow pencil on the back of your hand and blend with a brown eyeshadow Рusing the angled brush create the shape you want to! Simples!

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In my next post I will be showing how to do different eyebrow shapes with Makeup!!

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