New acquisitions…

I’ve been somewhat indulgent of late… Not only have I been adding to my make up kit, I’ve also been very naughty and acquired a new addition to my family…

Meet Fred..!

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Eating fluff, casually…

I got Fred a few days ago, he is SO cheeky… A friend of mine decided to re-home him after he realised he didn’t have the time to look after him, so me being me I decided to take him in! Pugs are one of my favourite breed of dogs, alongside Pomeranians, Chow chows, Frenchies, and St Bernards… What can I say, I LOVE the fuzzy things!

Right, back to the main topics of the day, I’ve been adding to my kit more than usual lately, so I thought i’d do a round up of some of the new products that I’m loving at the moment.

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I’ll list the products individually and do a quick review giving my personal opinions on them…

First up…

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Rimmel Stay Blushed – Sunkissed Cherry (L) and Pop of Pink (R)

The latest offering in cream blush is from Rimmel. Described as a ‘Lightweight liquid cheek tint’ these two shades of blush provide a decent amount of colour. I personally love the packaging as it’s perfect for my kit, I’m able to check which colour I want without unscrewing the lid etc as the colour is right there in front of you. You have to blend quite quickly as the kind of ‘set’ real quick once you start smoothing it into the skin. Long lasting, perfect for wedding make up or any make up that you wish to stay put all day.

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MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork

Next up is a Paint Pot by MAC in the Shade Groundwork. I kept seeing postings from one of my favourite artists Kenneth Soh (www.musingsofamakeupartist.com) using this shade and I really waned to test it out for myself. I love the shade and I think it suits almost all skin tones. It’s super blend-able and gives good definition when blending into the socket lines. Looks good as a look on it’s own with a red lip. Looking forward to using this more on shoots.

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Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo Eye Shadow

A beautiful golden pink shade of Maybellines 24 hour cream eye shadow, this gorgeously girly colour is easily blended and provides a multi tonal shade across your lids. A perfect shade for brides and natural look make up looks. I totally under use my cream eye shadows but I love the consistency and blendability (is that even a word?!) of Maybellines cream shadows. MUST.BUY.MORE…!!

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Clinique Airbrush Concealer in shade ’03 Light’

I’ve been wanting to expand on my concealers lately and after reading great reviews for Clinique’s Airbrush Concealer I thought I’d take the plunge and try it out. I got the shade 03 Light as it’s the sort of shade I use my often on my models so I knew it would definitely get used and tested. So far so good, I used it last week on a model (of which I will upload photos of soon) and it did exactly what it said it would. It’s got a lightwieght formula and blends into the skin effortlessly. I will definitely be purchasing some darker shades for my kit too.

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Sanctuary Spa Stop The Clock Moisturiser with SPF 15

Now onto skin care which brings me to this moisturiser by Sanctuary Spa. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this moisturiser. I tend to have normal to oily to extremely oily skin and I don’t find this creamy moisturiser too heavy at all. It feels extremely indulgent and has a wonderful fresh scent to it. With SPF 15 in it it also reassures me that I’m protecting my skin. I have also used this on a couple of my models and it has provided amazing results. It acts great as a base for foundation and the SPF is low enough that it doesn’t give any flashback when flash photography. I’m going to purchase another tub so that I can always have one in my bathroom and one in my kit. Super happy with this purchase.

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Soap & Glory Scrub Your Nose In It

Second up in skin care is this finely milled facial scrub – come – mask by Soap & Glory. I haven’t used many of Soap & Glory’s skin care or cosmetics, to be completely honest I always presumed that when a products packaging is so nice that the actual product is somewhat overlooked. I picked up this scrub however after I saw the AHA formula and high quality ingredients. So far it has not disappointed! I have only used this on myself so far as I forgot to take it with me to my last shoot however I cannot wait to use it on my next model should she require some exfoliation. I find a lot of facial scrubs a bit too harsh but this one has such tiny grains in that it doesn’t matter how much or how hard you scrub you’re never going to damage or harm your skin unlike those with larger beads/grains in. It has a minty scent to it and you can use it as a scrub on damp skin or as a face mask. My pores appear reduced after a week of using this and my overall complexion seems a lot clearer. I love the minty cooling feeling it gives, a great product in my opinion so far which I will definitely be adding to my models skin preparation.

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Barry M ‘Blue Moon’ Nail Polish

I am such a lover of blue nail polish. This new blue form Barry M is more of a minty green/blue colour which has a very subtle iridescence to it. It has a good coverage and 2-3 coats is plenty enough for a dense colour. This and Blueberry (also Barry M) are my latest new favourite blue shades.

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Last of my new additions are these Lipstick Palettes (they’re actually advertised a bead storage containers) from Hobbycraft. I have been wanting to get all of my lipsticks into one place for some time now as opposed to having them loose in a storage bag and spending too much time looking for a specific shade. I decided to go for something fairly inexpensive as opposed to something like the Japonesque lip palette. There’s plenty of space in these containers (a little bit more than I actually wanted) to hold a full lipstick bullet and at jus over £4 for two I think they are a great lip storage palette! Great for dividing up shades such as reds/pinks/nudes/darks etc.

Wellt that’s it from me. I hope you all have had a great weekend. I plan to do a portfolio update post shortly as I’ve had a fair few images back from recent shoots that’d I’d love to share with product breakdowns…so watch this space!

Marie x

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‘My escape is to just get in a boat and disappear on the water’.

Recently I was part of a very exciting shoot which took place on a boat on the canal in West London. One thing to know about me is I LOVE boats. In fact, one of my many aims in life is to get my skipper license so that I can sail my own boat one day. So yeah, love the things.

I was lucky to be in the company of so many talented and creative people that day. The owner of the boat, a ridiculously cool cordwainer who makes amazing accessories from leather was the perfect host, sailing us to various locations for the shoot, telling us about the history of the canal and the grand surrounding buildings. We sailed through the picturesque Little Venice and eventually moored in Camden Lock where there were hundreds of folk out drinking along the waterside and the rooftop bars – watching us as we captured the final look of the day and wrapped up.

Some behind the scenes I snapped during the day. How adorable is the husky we had for company?

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We had a male and female model on board (literally) and I was Hair & Make up Artist for the female model, Lera. Although I didn’t get a snap of Lera pre-hair & make up I have managed to find a pretty natural shot which I’ve sneaked from her book. Here is the lovely lady.

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Lera had gorgeous eyes and really full lips – a dream to work on basically! I decided to use Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in a mix of shades 51 and 53 until I reached Lera’s perfect skin colouring. There were three looks required for the whole shoot, but only slight variances, nothing too drastic which required me to change the whole look completely.

As this shoot was for submission to a magazine I’m not allowed to share the final images online however I can show you some of the beauty images that were pulled out for me to use for my book.

Look #1

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This was the first look where I used some golden shades from my MAC palette to create a golden brown defined eye. Unfortunately the harsh sunlight took away a lot of the shimmery golden-ness from the eyes but I’m kind of loving the rusty effect it has created. On Lera’s lips I used a couple of shades from my Kryolan lip palette and slicked my Tarte LipSurgence over the top for some added colour and shine.

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Here in look two I upped the ante a little, with some stronger contouring (although not visible in this image) using my Dainty Doll blush in 003. For lips I removed the first layers of products with Bioderma Crealine H20 on a cotton pad, smoothed over the foundation and concealed around the mouth area before lining with MAC’s ‘Redd’ lip liner. I filled in Lera’s lips with Russian Red, also by MAC and patted an orange coloured lipstick (Kiss Me by Sleek) for a subtle 3 dimensional look. How luscious do our models lips look here?!

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Lera Look 3

And finally look three. I used a mix of deep reds from my Kryolan palette to create this deep glossy red shade and brightened Lera’s eyes using my favourite highlighter Luna. I can’t wait to share the final editorial when it comes out, not long now!

Which is your favourite look? I think mine is the last, teamed with those wavy glossy locks I created with my straighteners!

Over and out.

Marie x

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‘Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art’. Part II

Wednesday saw me making up the absolutely stunning Michaela. Michaela is the kind of beauty that stops you in your tracks, literally. She has a face full of adorable freckles, huge, I mean HUGE eyes and full plump lips with very long voluminous dark hair. Boy was I in awe of her. And what a lovely girl she was too. I was very lucky to have such a great canvas to work with.

Michaela had very normal skin, not too oily and not too dry. She has some small blemishes to the sides of her cheeks, but nothing that a bit of make up couldn’t disguise!

Here’s a selection of some of the products I used on my model.

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List of products and shades:

Bioderma Crealine H2O (magic water!), MAC Strobe Cream, Chanel Vitalumiere in 20, MAC Select Cover Up NC23, MAC Luna, Bobbi Brown Cream Blush in Powder Pink, Selection of MAC shadows, MAC Zoom Lash, No7 Lip Liner in Nude, Make up forever HD Powder, Dainty Doll Blush (I use for contour) in 003, and Revlon Lipstick in ‘Nude Attitude’.

I gave Michaela a mini facial massage when moisturising Benefit’s Total Moisture into her skin. I then used strobe cream all over for that under foundation glow! The brief was to create a purple smokey eye and a nude lip so I looked at Michaela’s skin and feautres and picked these products accordingly. As she had beautiful freckles I didn’t want to cover them up completely and so I used Chanel Vitalumiere as her base. This foundation is one of my favourites (mostly I love the scent ha!) but it gives a beautiful light/med coverage and a gorgeous glow to the skin, perfect for our model.

Being the numnut I am I didn’t take a before photo of Michaela, and I was going to take a retrospective before photo after I removed the make up after the shoot was complete however she wanted to keep it on, so that failed ha! But here’s a couple of photos I took after I applied her make up with and without my flash.

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Isn’t she gorgeous? The purple goes really well with her colouring and her dark hair and brows. HER BROWS, I forgot to mention, were amazing. With the strong eye they really didn’t need anything adding to them so I used my usual trick of ‘glueing’ them in place and voila, that’s Michaela’s look complete.

I should also mention that in the background of the first image is Louise O’Keeffe (http://www.louise-okeeffe.com) who is an amazingly talented fashion illustrator. Go check her work out! I plan on purchasing some (a lot) of her prints for my house!

What do you think about this look? Simple but gorgeous I think. Comments and suggestions are welcome!

Until next time…

Marie x

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‘If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy’. Part I

This week has certainly been a busy one, so I purposely kept my Saturday free so that I could catch up on some missed sleep, possibly hit the gym, take my mum out for some birthday shopping… And of course post my first piece of content on this blog! As this week was such a busy one I shall be doing three separate posts instead of one huge one so bear with me!

On Tuesday I had my first bridal trial for a lovely lady and her darling mother. My blushing bride wanted quite a simple, chic make up, obviously something that would stand the test of time, parred with a classic feline flick and some soft definition to the eye socket area. When thinking in terms of wedding make up you need to think about how you are going to prep the skin ready for the base so that you know it’s going to last all day and night.

My bride had quite a few open pores around her nose and cheeks and some dryness around her chin area. With this in mind I used a very light moisturiser, and focused it mostly around her dry spots. I gave her a mini facial massage and really worked the moisturiser into her chin where her dryness was. Even with dry skin you don’t want to use too much of a rich moisturiser as the make up has to last; you want to layer it thinly where you need it most.

Next step was to tackle those open pores! I used a primer which was silicone based so that it would act as a filler for those pesky pores. I smoothed the primer with my hands over the larger areas of the face (chin, cheeks, nose and forehead) and voila! Hello smooth gorgeous skin! Some brands that do really nice silicone based primers are Smashbox, Make up Forever and Laura Mercier. After the skin prep was complete, I swiped a bit of Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour Cream on my brides lips and worked MAC’s Strobe Cream into the outer/higher planes of her face (cheekbones, bridge of nose, sides of forehead).

The foundation I chose to use was, of course, Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Maximum Coverage. This stuff needs to be worked into the skin quite quickly as I feel it ‘sets’ almost as soon as it touches the skins. With this in mind I tend to pat (slap) it into the skin using my hands. An odd technique but I love it and it works! It also really plumps up the skin!

Unfortunately I forgot to take a before and after picture of my bride, but I will definitely get one of her on the day so that I can show you all. She loved her final look and I asked her to keep it on all evening so that she could report back to me and let me know how it felt and sat on her skin. Some of the other products I used on our bride were: ‘Luna’ by MAC (highlight), Make up Forever HD Powder, ‘Blacktrack’ by MAC, ‘Satin Taupe’ MAC, ‘And on Bronze’ Maybelline Gel Eye Shadow.

Next up was her mothers make up. Her mother, oh what a darling she was. She was so excited to have her make up done. She said she hadn’t worn mascara for years! She was such a interesting woman, we talked about the 60’s which was ‘her decade’ (her words not mine) and we spoke at length about Biba Make up, her friends who used to mimic the Biba girls big lashy eyes and of course the fashions of the 60’s. I love talking to older ladies and hearing first had what it was like to grow up in such influential times. Gah!

So our lovely mother of the bride wanted a look that went with her lilac a dusky pink outfit. She had really good healthy skin and her prep was quite simple. I chose to use MAC’s face and body on her as with older skin you need a base that’s quite moisturising and face & body seemed to sit perfectly on her skin. I chose a few shades of purple from my Smashbbox palette to create a very soft purple eye, using the darker shades in her socket line for definition. For her lips I used about three different shades from my Kryolan lip palette to create a sort of orange/red satin lip colour.

Again, as I get older and my memory fails me I didn’t take a before photo however I DID manage to capture an after photo of our lovely lady, here she is:

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What do you think? Doesn’t she look glowing!

So that was my Tuesday, I spent about 4.5 hrs in total at the trial. I must say these ladies were so lovely that a lot of the time we spent talking about boats and the 60’s and traded mother in law stories, however upon leaving I felt confident that they both loved their looks and were indeed very happy.

On that note I shall depart. Until next time.

Marie x

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