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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 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!

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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 ūüôā

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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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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After…

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.

 

Escape Hair and Beauty HD Brows

If the eyes are the window to the soul…. eyebrows must be the frame!!

24 Aug

I have a slight obsession with eyebrows.

They frame your entire face so I don‚Äôt see why people don‚Äôt put enough time into getting them right and keeping them that way! Changing an incorrect Eyebrow shape can make you look thinner, more awake… sultry or even younger! There is no point, in my book, having a full face of makeup with Freida Kahlo eyebrows it¬†just doesn’t work –

Now I do actually have a¬†penchant for extremely thick eyebrows…not omnibrows of course. Just see the below pic of Keira Knightley… I think the thinner eyebrow makes her look younger but there isn‚Äôt really anything special about her face anymore? On the left you see a much more unique stricking look. Also her chin looks more pronounced on the photo where her eyebrows have been thinned out!

Perfectly shaped eyebrows

Now it‚Äôs not just about which eyebrows you quite like the look of, or what is in fashion‚Äď you pretty much have to go with the eyebrow shape that goes with your face shape. You can go slightly thicker and thinner but overall if you change the whole shape you‚Äôre going to look weird.¬†Massive¬†eyebrow fail.¬†

Have a look at these face shapes and once you have determined which you are see if your eyebrows match up! Some people have over tweezed their eyebrows for years, you should read my next post on how to create a perfect Brow with makeup!

Threading

I get my eyebrows threaded all the time, I’m a total convert and love it, I‚Äôm not going to lie though ‚Äď it does hurt!!

 Threading originated in the Middle East and has been practiced for centuries! All it involves is a piece of cotton string and a qualified beautician who knows the technique. The string grabs a patch of hair at a time. I much prefer threading as it does not remove a layer of skin like waxing, and gets the hair from the follicle. Waxing can lead to hair breaking so the results are not as silky smooth!

Look out for my new post which I will focus more on how to¬†‚ÄėMakeup‚Äô eyebrows!! Bx

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