Trending at the moment… Honey Belle Rose Quartz Facial Roller

What the bio says…

‘Rose quartz helps tap into the universe of love – whether it be in the form of self-love, familial love, friendship, or romantic love. This beautiful stone opens up your heart to all kinds of love and allows you to let go of negative emotions that inhibit your ability to love.

Maximise your skincare routine by incorporating this crystal roller to massage your skin. Facial rolling is a popular facial massage technique that promotes healthy, glowing complexion. Honey Belle Rose Quartz Facial Roller incorporates a natural one-of-a-kind gemstone with rose gold accents.’

Facial rollers are currently big news in the beauty world.  They came onto the market with mixed reviews, which meant that they took a bit of a dip in sales.  But they are back stronger than ever and with a more sleek appearance, rather than the sex toy they resembled before!  And with so many benefits I can completely see the appeal x

REPOST // The big questions – No. 2: Should you get a friend to do your wedding makeup?

Brace yourselves ladies – this one’s a bit controversial!  If a friend offers to do your make up for your wedding it is obviously a beautiful gesture and is always done with the best intentions.  Unfortunately, sometimes the pressure of the occasion just hits home and they pull out or the friend can no longer attend the wedding – usually because of the pressure of the occasion!  Here are a few things to consider when asking should a friend to do your wedding makeup.

1. Your friend is amazing at makeup and has agreed to do the makeup for you and your bridesmaids for free as a gift.  But is that same person attending your wedding?  Will they have time to get ready themselves?

2. Will your friend by using her own make up or will she be using products that are designed for your skin type and colour?

3. Have you had a makeup trial with your friend and discussed the look you want, ensuring it will complement your dress, colour scheme and theme?

4. Worst case scenario here: your friend has done a wonderful look… but you hate it!  How do you break the news?  Sorry, that one’s a bit bleak but I’ve seen it happen and it can put a real dampener on your big day.

5. Remember to get your friend a lovely present to say thank you for being part of your big day.

REPOST // The big questions – No. 2: Should you get a friend to do your wedding makeup?

Brace yourselves ladies – this one’s a bit controversial!  If a friend offers to do your make up for your wedding it is obviously a beautiful gesture and is always done with the best intentions.  Unfortunately, sometimes the pressure of the occasion just hits home and they pull out or the friend can no longer attend the wedding – usually because of the pressure of the occasion!  Here are a few things to consider when asking should a friend to do your wedding makeup.

1. Your friend is amazing at makeup and has agreed to do the makeup for you and your bridesmaids for free as a gift.  But is that same person attending your wedding?  Will they have time to get ready themselves?

2. Will your friend by using her own make up or will she be using products that are designed for your skin type and colour?

3. Have you had a makeup trial with your friend and discussed the look you want, ensuring it will complement your dress, colour scheme and theme?

4. Worst case scenario here: your friend has done a wonderful look… but you hate it!  How do you break the news?  Sorry, that one’s a bit bleak but I’ve seen it happen and it can put a real dampener on your big day.

5. Remember to get your friend a lovely present to say thank you for being part of your big day.

Perfect bridal pink lipstick shades…

For a classic bridal makeup look there’s nothing more chic than a nude, pink lipstick shade.  But, like skin tones, nude lipsticks come in a myriad of beautiful shades.  Whether you like a ‘true’ nude in a beige colour or a subtle pink or orange hue to enhance the natural colour of your lips, one of my top 5 nude lipsticks will be perfect for your wedding day.  For those who are die-hard matte lipstick addicts, Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk is your NBF, but if you’re a satin-finish girl (and even like a bit of shimmer) you need a Nars Satin Lipstick in your make up bag! x

1. Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk

2. Mac’s Amorous

3. Nar’s Cruising

4. Chanel’s 54 Boy

5. Mac’s Modesty

Accessories maketh the bride…

Gorgeous model Jess looking epic with these exquisite pieces of jewellery from Victoria Fergusson Accessories featuring ‘India Earrings‘ and ‘Starshine Drape Headdress

Image Ikonworks Photography Hair Riot Hairdressing Event & Wedding Hair Specialists Gown Hannah Elizabeth Hair Venue The Master Builder’s at Buckler’s Hard

How I ensure a successful hair & makeup trial…

After having a quick chat over a nice cup of tea – I like to really get to know my client’s personal style to be able to conduct a successful hair, and or makeup trial.  Asking a client to show me any images of looks that have caught their eye, or by showing me a picture of their wedding gown and general look for flowers, really helps to gauge what I think they like and are drawn to.  Are they a classic soft feminine bride or a wild bohemian trailblazer?  Do they love the feel of a full face of makeup, or are they a minimal makeup kinda gal?

We’ve had a bullet-point sess and seen plenty of images.  What’s next?  Well, I firstly like to discuss what I think will suit the vibe of the day, realistic expectations (no one really likes this bit!)  And what colours and products I will use to achieve that look.  If the client is happy with all of this then I will begin.

After I have finished creating the design – I always get the client to have a good thorough look in the mirror, firstly in part-shade and then I allow my client to freely move around and see the makeup in a different light.  This is especially important if the wedding is going to be an outdoor ceremony, as often this will be in very contrasting lights.

As the trial is an open forum which I fully encourage, I get the client to tell me what they do and don’t like about the hair, and or makeup design.  This is SO important as often I won’t get it fully right the first time.  Something which is quite surprising to clients and which I feel isn’t fully discussed openly enough by professionals.  Sometimes I get it terrible wrong on the first attempt!  This can happen when a client has got a particular image in mind of exactly what they want, but reality versus the internet is often hard to swallow.  Also, whilst a client has been looking at different images and kind of knows what they want – the trial is the first time we would have met and so I need to get into your head and pluck out your hidden ideas.  Bear with me though as I will get it right next time!

But how do I do this if a second trial isn’t an option?  Well I rely on good old fashion notes!  By noting down how the client’s skin reacts to makeup application and what suits them best, along with the different products I have used provides a clear client history.  And after the client has advised of preferences, or changes to the design it all goes into the note book for next time.

So don’t panic if your first trial hasn’t gone to plan!  Trust me, next time it will be bang on groovy x

 

 

REPOST // 6 things to consider if wanting an ‘up-do’ hairstyle for your wedding

When deciding on your ‘bridal style’ it can be really difficult to determine what you do and don’t like.  Instagram and Pinterest are filled with ideas that can make choosing all the more tiresome.  Below is my simple guide to help you cut through all the chaff, and really decide on want you want.  I use these questions myself to pin-point what my client does want, without them even realising it x

1. Do you prefer your hair up or down?  It’s a really simply question but you would be surprised how often this gets over looked.  If you are comfortable with having your hair down most days, then having an up-do can feel exposing and not natural.  Likewise, if you often have your hair up – leaving it down can make you feel hot and bothered.  So consider how you naturally behave with your hair day-to-day.

2. What’s your wedding gown like?  Does your gown have a high neck with detailing at the back – do you want this exposed or covered by your hair?  Alternatively, does it have a long back – therefore do you want your hair to fall onto your bare back?

3. What is your hair colour like?  Clients often bring me images of looks they love of hair up – and what do all of them have in common?  The model almost always has blonde or blonde highlighted hair, when in fact the client stood in front of me has deep brown hair.  They love the style because with blonde hair you can clearly make out the detail in the design – that gorgeous braid or pulled out twist.  It’s sad but true that in darker coloured hair this detail gets lost, so either consider a different style with similar colouring to your own, or take the plunge and book in for highlights.

4. What’s the weather likely to be?  If you’re getting married in peak heat wave season then you’ll want to minimise the risk of curls falling out, or frizzy hair sticking to your back so an up-do is your perfect style ticket.  Likewise, if you’re having your wedding during cooler climates, then gorgeous cascading curls is the perfect choice to keep a tad warmer.

5. Are you having a veil, hair accessorie, flower grown or alice band placed in your hair?  Generally speaking veils work better on hair that is down, due to the fact that the sheer weight of the veil can knock the air out of a wispy up-do.  A sturdy low bun is often better if wanting both.

Modern hair accessories are usually made in mind of how they are going to be placed in the hair for a either an up-do or down-do.  I can highly recommend the following retailers that have been carefully designed to with-stand the pressure of both.  Kelly Spence / Victoria Fergusson / Donna Crain

6.  And lastly… is your hair long enough, thick enough, has enough texture for the style you want?  9 times out of 10 the styles on Pinterest have been achieved using hair extensions.  It’s a well known trade secret.  This makes it incredibly hard for brides to realise their expectation is not completely realistic.  Luckily, hair extensions exist for everyone to buy- so if you really want that ka-bow style we can achieve it! x

REPOST // Non invasive chemical skin peels – how to instantly rejuvenate your skin

Clients often tell me that they feel as though their skin looks tired, dull and lifeless.  Drinking plenty of water and catching up on some much needed sleep can work to reverse this.  However, water and sleep can only go so far.  If the skin has started to show signs of pigmentation, acne, wrinkles or an uneven skin tone then you may want to consider a non invasive chemical skin peel.

Skin peels have come along way from the grizzly looking peels often associated with face lifts in the early 90’s.  Now there is a skin peel for different depths, skin complaints and required end results.  There is only one thing that is important to consider before having a skin peel – who to get it from.

I personally can recommend any Sk:n clinic.  Their staff are medically trained to provide a range of non invasive cosmetic procedures including facial peels.  Meaning you are in very good hands.

What to expect from a skin peel

1. Rejuvenated and brighter skin
2. Revival of dull skin
3. Removal of dead skin cells
4. Even skin texture and tone
5. Reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
6. Smoother, softer skin
7. Eliminated pigmentation and reduced effects of sun damage
8. Reduction of inflammation and breakouts caused by acne
9. Hydrated and nourished skin
10. Stimulated collagen production for plump and youthful looking skin

L.A Girl – why I love to use their foundations…

In their own words…

L.A. Girl offers beauty without compromise and beauty for all.  Founded in 1985, the brands original ethos still stands strong – premium quality, on-trend, innovative beauty.  With their on-trend, affordable products, L.A. Girl provides the tools for everyone (from beginner to pro MUA) to express themselves through makeup application.’

I simply love their products!  L.A Girl is one of the fastest growing makeup brands currently on the market, and in my opinion easily out-does some of the more well known established brands such as YSL, especially on foundation.  I came across L.A Girl after reading many of the favourable reviews and thought I’d give their pro long-wear foundation a try.  Well a couple of years later and many happy bridal clients on, I am still using their products.

The models I work with are always asking what foundation is in my kit, as they love the way the skin is able to breath yet is fully covered with an even skin-tone.  The weightless, hydrating formula glides onto the skin imparting gentle hydration and incredible coverage.  It allows the skin to be camera ready whilst it cares for the skin x

REPOST // The big questions – No. 2: Should you get a friend to do your wedding makeup?

Brace yourselves ladies – this one’s a bit controversial!  If a friend offers to do your make up for your wedding it is obviously a beautiful gesture and is always done with the best intentions.  Unfortunately, sometimes the pressure of the occasion just hits home and they pull out or the friend can no longer attend the wedding – usually because of the pressure of the occasion!  Here are a few things to consider when asking should a friend to do your wedding makeup.

1. Your friend is amazing at makeup and has agreed to do the makeup for you and your bridesmaids for free as a gift.  But is that same person attending your wedding?  Will they have time to get ready themselves?

2. Will your friend by using her own make up or will she be using products that are designed for your skin type and colour?

3. Have you had a makeup trial with your friend and discussed the look you want, ensuring it will complement your dress, colour scheme and theme?

4. Worst case scenario here: your friend has done a wonderful look… but you hate it!  How do you break the news?  Sorry, that one’s a bit bleak but I’ve seen it happen and it can put a real dampener on your big day.

5. Remember to get your friend a lovely present to say thank you for being part of your big day.