Friday, 31 October 2014

ZELENS ACTIVE COLOUR

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Swoon! Swoony swoon swoon! I did *not* see this coming. Makeup was *not* the next step I thought Dr Lens would take. I’m so glad he did! All of the products contain active skin care ingredients similar to the rest of the existing line.

My favourite is the Youth Glow Foundation. I’ve been using this a lot at work and it’s quickly becoming my go-to foundation. I dampen an egg shaped sponge, dab it into a pump or two of the foundation and go to work. Before I know it, my model is looking like perfection. It gives just the right amount of glow, skin looks natural, even, healthy and plump. I’ve had a couple of girls that have looked super tired when they sat in my chair. Within five minutes I’ve got them looking fresh as a daisy with the Youth Glow. At the moment there are only six shades but I’ve got it on good authority that more are coming. Phew!

There are two blushers and I have the one in Apricot. If I need someone to look like they’re not actually wearing any makeup but are perfect in every way, then I reach for this. It’s subtle but gorgeous. This formulation has Baobab pulp in it and that’s what gives the volume, moisture and smooth texture.

Finally there is the Lip Glaze. I have Coral. It’s a beautiful colour for this time of year. My favourite way to wear it is with Youth Glow foundation, a slick of Flirt Mascara and that’s it. The Coral Glaze will do all the talking for you. There are *eleven* active ingredients in this gloss! How awesome is that!? It’s beyond a glaze, it’s an uber treatment with a shot of colour. There are five different colours ranging from Nude to Rouge. I think Coral might be my favourite, though.

R xx

Thursday, 30 October 2014

SO I’M RUNNING THE LONDON MARATHON

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A week ago I got confirmed with a place in the London marathon running for a most awesome charity, Rethink. Mental health is a cause that’s so deeply close to my heart that it was the natural choice. In fact, it’s probably the only thing that’s going to keep me running for the entire 26.2 miles. Having been out of action for the better part of a year after injuring my ankle, I’ve been running again for a little over two months now. All was going relatively well and I absently messaged my Mum saying “Shall I think about running the London marathon for a mental health charity?” Within seconds she had replied saying, “Yes!!” So I started researching which charity would be my favourite. A few days later this happened…

Me: Just back from running 5.5 miles. Doing another 21 fills me with fear.

Mum: A marathon is 26 ks??

Me: Ha ha! I *wish*! It’s 26.2 miles!!

Mum: 26ks is too far. No one should run 26ks.

Me: Well, the marathon is almost double that. It’s 26.2 *miles*.

Mum: I don’t think you should do that marathon. It’s too far.

Me: Too late!!!! I’ve already applied!

Having sent me some photos of my stepdad’s niece with chafe wounds all across her collarbone after doing a half marathon last week, she’s on board and checking in with me each day to make sure I’ve put my miles in for the week.

Anyhoo, why is Rethink such an important charity to motivate me to run for an entire 26.2 miles??? It’s because they give a voice to the people struggling with mental illness. They provide advice, services, counselling, recovery homes and legal advice. These services aren’t just for the people going through it, they are for their families as well. They actively campaign for national policy change to ensure people with a mental illness get a fair chance at being able get their lives back on track.

It was thirty years ago this year since my Dad took his own life. I know that’s a really long time ago but I miss him every single day. He was beyond awesome. I had *the* most fun with him when he was here and I wish I had more memories of him. I was just shy of my eighth birthday when he died and I wouldn’t wish that experience on anybody else. I wish that he could have had a charity like Rethink to turn to when he was feeling so down and troubled. And believe me, my Mum and I could have really used their help after he was gone as well.

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So I’m going to run across London like a crazed banshee hoping that lots of people will give money to my favourite charity. Watch this space for a few events coming up where people are generously donating their artistic talents to help me raise money. In the meantime, if you have a spare tenner and fancy sponsoring me, here is my Virgin Money Giving page.

Rebecca xx

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

SCENTCHIPS

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Most people know I’m a bit of a fragrance and a candle snob. In fact, it goes beyond snobbery and is downright finnickety. This candle habit isn’t exactly healthy for my bank balance either. However, I feel that I might have found the perfect solution with Scentchips. Ordinarily I would have turned my nose up at such a thing but I have four flavours that I’m in love with and they mimmick some of my favourite candles awfully well.

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How it works is that you put three of the wax chips into the well of the burner, light a tea candle underneath and the waxes melt to release the aroma. It’s great fun to experiment with fragrance combinations and my first three chips have been consistently burnt on a daily basis and still haven’t run out two weeks down the line. My box is going to last me forever! In fact, I’m going to buy another burner to keep in the living room as well as the one I have in my bedroom.

The burner is a bargainous £5.95. I like the grey logo one but there are a bunch of different options. The chips are from £2.99 for a bag of six. My favourite flavours are cinnamon, musk, fireside and vanilla. You can get all of these from Holland and Barrett.

R xx

Monday, 27 October 2014

HOUSE OF FRASER STYLE MY YUMMY MUMMY BEAUTY BREAKDOWN

House Of Fraser Style My Yummy Mummy

Settling into a new lifestyle after having a baby can be tricky. Luckily, the gang over at House Of Fraser have put together some super easy ways to help you look fabulous with as little effort as possible. Meanwhile, I kept the makeup look as simple as possible whilst giving a wide awake glow.

Hair:

Skin Prep:

Base:

Eyes:

Brows:

Lips:

* as always, this post isn’t sponsored. It’s just a breakdown of what I used on a recent job I worked on for House of Fraser. x

Friday, 24 October 2014

ZOEVA

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I’m a brush snob. There, I’ve said it. I can’t help it. I’m addicted to expensive, difficult to find makeup brushes. Most of my makeup brushes for work are from Hakuhodo. They are the brushes of brushes. My models and clients always ooh and ahh over how fluffy, white and soft they all are. I look down upon all brushes that are not this fluffy, white or soft. I was a little flummoxed when I was introduced to some deliciously soft and very well cut brushes recently only to be told that the most expensive one was £17.50. It looked *very* similar to my £80 Hakuhodo. Suddenly my snobbery seemed somewhat misguided.

And thus I have a new addiction. Zoeva. The brushes feel lovely, they look lovely and they’re amazingly well thought out when it comes to cut and texture. My favourite bit has to be how they’re presented, though. When you buy a set, they come in these gorgeously luxurious makeup bags. I’m dying to fill mine up and put it in my handbag! It’s just so pretty. There is also a rose gold set of brushes that you would just die for if you saw them. The rose gold trim makes them almost too pretty to use.

Now brushes aren’t the only thing in the range anymore. There have been some makeup additions recently as well. I got to try a bunch of them out and there wasn’t anything I wasn’t impressed with. These awesome eyeliners are my new favourites. They’re a gel texture and are waterproof. You get some brief time to smudge, shape and mush into how you want and then they’re set for the day. This is the blackest of black eyeliners I’ve tried in pencil form. It’s going immediately into my kit. I also love how sleek and polished everything is. No frou frou here, my friends!

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Zoeva isn’t available in stores in the UK just yet but you can go to Love Makeup to check it out and have a look. You’ll be really glad you did!

Rebecca x

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

CHANGE OF SEASON SKINCARE SAVIOURS

My skin goes a little weird and crazy as Summer moves into Autumn and Autumn tries to pretend like it’s Winter. For starters, my sensitivities sky rocket. There is redness, it hurts, the eczema gets out of control and then there are the spots. So many different kinds of spots. Blackheads, small clusters of blemishes, giant-under-the-surface-golf-balls. Ouch! And then it stings and throbs half the time and the indecision between oily and scaly is mind boggling. It’s like a complexion based nervous breakdown.

To tackle the inconsistent oiliness, I’ve decided to start the attack from within. These genius little tabs of awesomeness are by Skin Doctors and exclusive to Holland and Barrett. These YouthCell supplements use powerful peptides to get skin to behave the same way it did when we were much younger. Hooray! Ordinarily I wouldn’t use an oily skin formulation but the change of seasons is creating a situation where I need it for a short term fix and this supplement is just the ticket. I’m taking one in the morning and one in the evening for a month. For long term results you usually need to be on something like this for three months. However, if I was to go for a long term course, I’d look into something along the lines of the Hair and Nails formulation.

 

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As you know, I’ve been a fan of Alpha H Liquid Gold for the longest time. I do need to be careful with how much I use it as I can get a little red and sensitive if I use it too frequently or too regularly. However, twice a week during the change of seasons really does make a huge difference. Once things are somewhat back to normal on the skin front, I’ll probably go back to using it once a week.

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Another Alpha H product that is around all year but making extra appearances at the moment is the Balancing Pore Refining Mask. This helps to keep the spots somewhat at bay, pores clean and clear, skin feeling soft. Again, this is a once a week situation as I don’t want to aggravate my sensitivities but this is my favourite deep cleaning mask.

Alpha H Balancing and Pore Refining Mask

Finally, I’m also loving this cheap and cheerful addition! The Witch Blackhead Clearing Gel is a bit of a revelation! You take a small amount on your fingers and dot it onto a dry face then massage it in with dry hands for a minute or two. You’ll notice it starting to roll and then you wash it off with warm water. There aren’t any physical exfoliating beads and I’m assuming there is some salicylic acid or some such in there but I’m loving it all the same. Afterwards, your skin is noticeably softer and clearer. I’m using this once a week as well.

Witch Blackhead Clearing Gel

R x

Monday, 20 October 2014

MY DAY TO DAY MAKEUP

Day to Day Makeup

I know I’m a makeup artist and all, but I’ve never been a huge makeup wearer. I think I went through a phase for about six months when I was 21/22 where I wore loads of green eyeshadow on a daily basis, but I was travelling. I did a lot of stuff that was out of character. Before and since, I’ve always tried to look put together, but without being caked in a ton of makeup. I’m all about looking like the best version of myself.

When it comes to foundations, I love them to be as light as possible. As you get older, like I am, you do need extra coverage but you need a smart formulation that isn’t going to look cakey or settle into open pores or lines and wrinkles. For this, I’m obsessed with Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup. This formulation is being copied by loads of brands but the genius of it is completely down to the awesome Linda Cantello. Linda is the makeup artist responsible for all the products at Armani beauty and is such a visionary. This is a watery texture foundation that evaporates off the skin on contact leaving it looking completely bare yet amazingly perfect. One layer is great for a nothing effect, two gives a soft focus finish and softens out my freckles. My bottle is nearly empty. I’m going to have to repurchase. I don’t think I can go back to a traditional formulation. The great thing is that this will last you an age as you only need a few drops each application. I find the best way to put it on is with my fingers. A few drops goes into the palm of my hand and then I use wide, sweeping motions from my nose outwards towards the hairline. It takes about 30 seconds for a flawless finish.

Concealerwise, I don’t actually need much after a layer or two of the Maestro. However, I have the darkest circles under my eyes known to mankind. For this reason, I love the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. I fell in love with the Fit Me range when I was working for Liz Martins on London Fashion Weekend for a couple of seasons. It’s great! The best part is that it’s free from oils, waxes and icky fillers in general. It’s a light, creamy texture that blends well, stays all day and doesn’t settle into the creases under the eye. You can use it on any discolouration or blemishes as well.

For the quickest brow groom in the west, I turn back to Maybelline. I flick the rounded tip of the Brow Drama wand through my brows and I’m good to go. The gel is brilliantly strong so my wild brows won’t get too bushy and the tint means that the sparse areas are instantly filled in without having to pull out a pencil. Whoop!

From there I move onto liner. This isn’t an every day thing. It’s only for if I have an extra five minutes in the mornings. I like my flick to be relatively small, elongating and from the outer edge only. I have relatively small eyes in comparison to my enormous cheeks so I don’t want to make them look even smaller by going all the way across the eye. Lately I’ve been using the L'Oreal Perfect Slim Super Liner felt tip pen. The nib on this is just the teensiest bit too long for my liking. However, it’s very fine, very black and relatively long wearing. Those are all things I love.

Once that’s done and drying, I take to my cheekbones with an angled cheek brush and the two darkest shades of my Maybelline Dream Sun Triple Bronzing Powder. It’s just right for giving my poofy cheeks a little contouring. When I say contouring, I’m not talking about crazy stripes in the middle of my face. It’s just a gentle shadow. I then take the highlighter colour that has a lovely sheen (as opposed to a chunky glitter) and run across my cheekbones with it. I also shape my nose a teensy bit as well. Then I go into the middle colour with a blending brush and give my eyelids a wash and use the darker colour through the crease and underneath. After a couple of coats of Benefit They're Real mascara, that’s eyes and cheeks done in under three minutes. Told you I wasn’t one for spending very long on my own face.

Just as I’m about to run out the door, I’ll spend about 90 seconds painting on my lips. This is clearly the big hit when it comes to my daily makeup. I get asked every single day I’m out what it is. People take pictures of the tube, have me write it down on takeaway napkins and all sorts. It’s the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso. I wear it every single day. I am now to the point where I can’t imagine not wearing it or wearing any other colour. It’s the perfect colour and texture plus, it requires minimal maintenance during the day. I’m on my third tube.

OK, this was my birthday so my eye makeup was a bit different to usual, but you get the general idea…

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R x

Friday, 17 October 2014

MY EVENING SKINCARE ROUTINE

Evening Skincare

On Wednesday I went through my morning skincare routine. Well, the evening version isn’t *all* that different. The staples are all there, things just change a little when it comes to the final stages.

To start, I cleanse with my favourite cleanser. The Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm. I do one cleanse to take off my makeup and another to give my skin a deep pore cleanse. I do a good facial massage with both steps to give the muscles under the skin a good workout and I take everything off with a washcloth soaked in warm water.

Once I’m feeling all clean after a long day on set, I’ll put a few drops of TimeBomb Complexion Cocktail with a shot of H2Omega as a moisturising water. Once that’s done, I pat a small pump of my Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream around my eyes using my ring fingers. Then a pump of my Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum gets soaked into the skin. These are all the same steps that I talked about in my morning skincare post so I won’t go into too much detail about each product.

Once the serum has soaked in, I scoop out a dollop of Philosophy Hope In A Jar Night and mix in several drops of Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant +. The Philosophy Hope In A Jar Night is very rich and thick. The night time routine for me is about restocking all that mega hydrating and getting in a little anti ageing at the same time. I’ve been *so* lucky with my complexion not looking its age but I can see the first signs of ageing starting to appear so I’m upping the stakes at night with products geared towards keeping skin a little more youthful. I also love getting some oil into my skin at every possible chance. I love to use oils when I work and I love to use them on myself. I think they give skin such a delicate, translucent glow. Once the properly cold weather kicks in, I’ll probably start including some into my morning routine as well.

Finally, the good old Balance Me Stellar Beauty Balm comes out. If my eczema is flaring up then that goes over my eyelids for the night. It will always go on my lips after a day of wearing long wear lip colour. Anywhere that needs a bit more tlc.

Once I’m all done, it’s generally time for pjs and bed!

Rebecca x