Baby it’s cold outside… winter moisturisers perfect for the colder weather

Tight skin, rough knuckles, chapped lips? Say hello to winter, about to wreak havoc from head-to-toe. To show it who’s boss, I’ve tried and researched the best winter moisturisers that will keep skin happily hydrated throughout the cold snap.

1. Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30

2. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+™

3. Pure Jojoba by MV Organic Skincare

4. SENSAI Cellular Performance Extra Intensive Series Extra Intensive Cream 40ml

2019 ‘on trend’ bridal nail polishes

Whether you’re into nail designs and want sparkling bridal nail art or prefer natural nails, picking your wedding day varnish can be a tough decision to make.  Firstly, it’s got to go with your wedding dress, but it’s also got to stand the test of time without chipping half way down the aisle or an hour into the reception.

Luckily, I’ve rounded up my favourite pearly pinks and beautiful beige shades to help you make your decision x

1. YSL La Laque Couture Nail Polish in 25 Rose Romantique

2. OPI Infinite Shine Bubble Bath – Infinite Shine 10 Day Wear

3. Chanel Le Vern is Long Wear Nail Colour 588 – Nuvola Rosa

4. Essie 13 Mademoiselle Sheer Pink Nail Polish

 Photography by ikonworks

REPOST//Tips for growing beautiful, healthy nails for your wedding

I have a confession to make.  I am a former nail biter!  I’m not going to lie it took a lot of patience and time to kick this lifetime habit.  And it all started with starting to plan my wedding and wanting to make sure my nails (which were in a sorry mess at the time) were not going to let me down.  Especially as my good friend and wedding photographer Mia mentioned that she would be taking a few ‘wedding ring’ shots, which immediately spurred me into action!  Don’t get me wrong there were plenty of relapses on the lead up to the wedding, as no wedding is completely stress free!  I learnt a lot of things along the way that helped me kick this naughty habit and now I’m going to share them with you x

Let’s get started!

1. Buy the wedding nail polish you want to wear and get excited about putting on that first coat of polish!  Often if you can visualise what your nails are going to be like by the end of your journey, then it makes it all the easier to make a good start.

2. Often our hair and nails need a little help in getting the right vitamins to them, so try adding a supplement to your daily routine.  I personally love Imedeen Derma One teamed with Imedeen Hair & Nails so my skin and nails get a kick start.  Also Perfectil is a wonder and slightly cheaper, but still as good.  Always check with your local GP before taking any supplements.

3. Get off to a good start by having a professional manicure to improve the cuticles and shape of the nails (be that with tiny nails for now!)  This will ensure good habits and make you want to keep up the good work.

4. Avoid the temptation to have false nails applied for your wedding.  I honestly don’t know why these have not been banned yet!  False nails are incredibly bad for your own nail bed – cutting off the air supply to your nails can make them brittle, yellow and left with unsightly ridges.  All those chemicals are not good for the nails, or your lungs!  There’s a reason why they all wear masks in nail salons…

5. Regularly paint your nails in expensive nail polish, or top coat it in special nail biter polish which tastes awful!  Why expensive nail polish?  Well, knowing how much it cost often made me not want to bite it off at all (I definitely wanted to get my monies worth!)

REPOST // Vegan lip scrubs I love…

I simply love a good lip scrub.  They are so effective in how they gently scrub away flaky, chapped skin from the lips leaving a lovely smooth feeling, plus they encourage blood to the surface of the lips providing a short lived lip plumping look that also helps stimulate the healing process.  So all in all they are a great little secret weapon when it comes to kissable, soft lips.  And, they ALL taste amazing!  Here are my top fave 5 x

1. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrub Valentines Collection in Chocolate covered Strawberries

2. Lush Lip Scrub in Bubblegum

3. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrub in Strawberry Gum

4. Lush Lip Scrub in The Kiss – soon to be discontinued

5. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrub Valentines Collection in Candy Necklace

Dissecting Princess Eugenie’s bridal makeup look and how to achieve it…

It’s no secret that Princess Eugenie is a massive fan of Bobbi Brown and Charlotte Tilbury products – with the Princess even admitting to being a bit of a pro of doing her makeup in the back of a moving car!  So it’s no surprise that these two brands seemed to have featured quite heavily in her bridal makeup look.  And like Meghan Markle, she has embraced the natural makeup look, along with using a professional makeup artist Hannah Martin.  A very sensible move.

1. The Base.  Like Meghan Markle’s bridal design in May, makeup artist Hannah Martin seems to have gone with a similar sheer foundation, allowing Eugenie’s cute freckles to appear on her nose and upper forehead.  The princess has very flawless skin, so there wasn’t a need to cover any blemishes or spots.  A good foundation for her to have used would be Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk – rumoured to have been the foundation of choice for Meghan.  I would only recommend a sheer coverage foundation if your skin is as in tip-top condition as Meghan & Eugenie’s.

2.  A lighter concealer does seemed to have been used under Eugenie’s eyes, which has been expertly blended into her foundation, along the sides of the nose and upper lip.  A brilliant concealer for brides is  Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Conceal.

3.  The brows.  Eugenie appears to favour a bold brow and Hannah Martin has filled these in very neatly, yet very naturally.  I suspect a combination of a brow pencil and a little pomade may have been used here to separate the hairs and give it a bit of sticking power.  I think Martin would have used Eugenie’s favourite brand Bobbi Brown for this one, and a good pencil for her would be BB Perfectly defined long-wear brown pencil in Expresso, along with a touch of Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip-brow Pomade in Medium Brown.

4.  Cheeks.  Eugenie’s cheeks have been given a bold flush high across her cheekbones, but unlike the Duchess of Cambridge’s famous rosy cheeks these are far more subtle and genuine.  Interestingly enough, Eugenie has no bronzer – which she normally loves.  She does appear to have a touch of highlighter on the tops of her cheeks bones.  Something like Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand would be a good option.   The blusher has also been drawn up high into the temples – a good trick which makes the blush seem to radiate from within.  A good choice here would have been Bobbi Brown blush in Desert Pink.

5.  The lips.  A very soft pink lipgloss has been used, which almost exactly match the Princess’s natural lip colour.  I wouldn’t normally recommend a lip gloss for brides, especially on a windy day which Friday most definitely was!  But Eugenie seems to have stuck to her guns and used a favourite shade.  Something similar would be Charlotte Tilbury lip lustre in Hall of Fame.

6.  The eyes.  Eugenie’s eyes were very simple with what appears to be a touch of Charlotte Tilbury’s Eyes to Mesmerise in Jean, across the lower lid.  I did notice that when she closed her eyes during the ceremony she had a slighter darker brown shade along the lash line, just above her eyeliner.  A good way to achieve this would have been to use Charlotte Tilbury The Classic eyeliner in Sophia – which has a rich copper/brown tone to it to create this illusion.  Her black eyeliner is very simple and neatly thin across the upper and lower lid (not within the waterline) and there appears to be no wing.  She may have used Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl in Bedroom Black for this.  Lastly, her mascara has been used to define every single eyelash – Eugenie’s favourite mascara is Charlotte Tilbury Legendary lashes in Volume 2 Black Vinyl.

Lastly, much like Meghan it appears as though Eugenie has opted for the more modern way of setting makeup, via a setting spray rather than powder.  A good spray to use is Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray.

Wedding ‘scents’ for 2018 – what’s on trend for wedding perfume next season

If like me you’re totally addicted to perfume, then you might be interested to find out what are the top scents predicted to be popular for the 2018 wedding season.  Who knows it might help you narrow down that ‘One’ perfume that captures who you are! x

1. Elie Saab Girl of Now

2. Chanel Chance Eau Tendre

3. Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium

4. Thierry Mugler Alien

5. Lancome La Vie Est Belle

6. Marc Jacobs Daisy

7. Lancome Hypnose

8. Lolita Lempicka

9. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle

10. Lancome Miracle

Vegan lip scrubs I love…

I simply love a good lip scrub.  They are so effective in how they gently scrub away flaky, chapped skin from the lips leaving a lovely smooth feeling, plus they encourage blood to the surface of the lips providing a short lived lip plumping look that also helps stimulate the healing process.  So all in all they are a great little secret weapon when it comes to kissable, soft lips.  And, they ALL taste amazing!  Here are my top fave 5 x

1. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrub Valentines Collection in Chocolate covered Strawberries

2. Lush Lip Scrub in Bubblegum

3. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrub in Strawberry Gum

4. Lush Lip Scrub in The Kiss – soon to be discontinued

5. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrub Valentines Collection in Candy Necklace

Skin oils and serums – the secret weapon when it comes to skincare

I am often asked what is a skin oil or serum and what exactly does it do by my clients.  I consider serums to be the secret weapon when it comes to youthful, line free skin and I often use these in my personal skincare routine.  If I know I’m going to have a lot of early mornings coming up, then I’ll start my week with an intensive course of facial oils and serums just to make sure my skin is packed with moisture ready for the 5am alarm call!

Skin oils and serums are basically moisturisers that are more intense in their ingredients so do not need to be used daily, but rather once or twice a week before bed.  Because of the complex blend of oils they often take a while for the skin to ‘drink’ but once into the skin the full benefit is gained.  Skin oils & serums are fabulous for fine lines, dark age spots, dry skin and creating an even skin tone that is also firmer and smoother.  For those reasons I always recommend them to my bridal clients, as the preparation they put into their skin now makes for a better makeup application on the day of the wedding.

Here are my favourite skin oils & serums.

1. Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement

2. Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Nourishing Milk

3. Bobbi Brown Extra Face Oil

4. MAC Prep + Prime Essential Oils Grapefruit and Camomile

5. Elemis Superfood Facial Oil

REPOST // My top 10 foundations

Foundation seems to have a myth surrounding it that it can be difficult to master.  I am often asked what the trick is to achieving a smooth finish, that doesn’t look too heavy or like a mask.  The trick?  Well, all it is is good quality foundation correctly colour matched.  How you apply the foundation is completely up to you – whether you use fingers, a brush or sponge.  What’s important is to use clean tools and adopt a method that works for you.  Here are my top 10 foundations I love to use for my clients x

1. No.7 Stay Perfect Foundation

2. L.A Girl Pro Coverage HD Long Wear Illuminating Liquid Foundation

3. Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Mousse Makeup

4. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay Perfect-in-Place Makeup

5. Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation

6. Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Foundation

7. L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation

8. Rimmel London Stay Matte Foundation

9. Clarins True Radiance Foundation

10. Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation

My top 5 fave sheet masks…

While they have been around on the market for quite some time now, sheet masks seem to be having something of a renaissance at the moment.  With top celebrities sharing their ‘scary’ sheet masks on social media this unusual trend is definitely catching on!  And who can blame them.  Sheets masks work effectively by holding the product in the fabric – drip feeding the skin whilst on.  Secondly they’re pretty hard to move around in, forcing you to sit down and take a few minutes to chill.  So here are my top 5 sheet masks currently available on the market x

1. Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask

2. Estée Lauder ‘Advanced Night Repair’ Concentrated Recovery Powerfoil Mask

3. Starskin After Party Brightening Bio-Cellulose Face Mask

4. NUXE Splendieuse Anti-Dark Spot Perfecting Mask

5. Crème de la Mer The Hydrating Facial