Thursday, 10 April 2014

New Work

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This was a super quick shoot I worked on a couple of weeks ago and I think it’s a really cute image.

The hair was drenched in Structure London Beach Spray then backcombed and brushed out slightly before putting some Structure Dust through the roots and plaiting it out.

For the complexion I prepped with L’Oreal Cleansing Water, Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream and Balance Me Natural Protection Moisturiser.

Foundation was Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, Givenchy Mister Bright, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate palette, Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre.

Brows were defined with Anastasia Brow Wiz and Benefit Brow Gel. Eyes were defined with MAC Coffee Pencil, MAC Taupe powder, Bourjois Gold Creme Shadow.

Lips were prepped with Lucas Papaw ointment and the colour was from my “magic palette” and I have absolutely no idea what the colours were that I combined to create it.

Cheeks were highlighted with MAC Lustre Drops.

R xx

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Bourjois Instant Dry Nail Varnish Drops

These have been a saviour for work of late. The bottle is super space saving in comparison to a spray dry and it makes nails really quick to dry.

Models seem to all have a crazy habit of smooshing their nails while they’re drying and hair and makeup is happening. It’s one of the great mysteries of life. There are also days on set where time is against us but we need to do a colour change on the nails. These little drops have been so helpful with all of the above. I can’t recommend them enough. I’ve had a smoosh free zone on all my jobs since I’ve had these drops in my kit.

You can find Bourjois in pretty much any Boots or Superdrug.

 

R xx

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Balance Me Beauty Daily Essentials

The more I use Balance Me products, the more I love them. I've found more and more items creeping into my kit as well. Whenever I use Balance Me on a model or clients, they always ask me what it was then take a photo on their phone so they can go and get it.
The latest to make it into my kit are the Cleanse And Smooth Face Balm and the brand new Natural Protection Moisturiser with SPF 25.
I've been a fan of the cleansing balm for myself for quite a while now. On most jobs I use a micellar water to cleanse but on recent beauty shoots I've been making sure skin is as gorgeous as possible by spending a bit of extra time giving it a deep cleanse and light exfoliation. This balm has been perfect. Models feel so relaxed afterwards and the light oatmeal scrub makes sure their skin is super fresh for close ups. I use it morning and night on my own skin and can notice a huge difference if I haven't been using it for a while. It definitely makes my skin happy.
It's taken a long time for Balance Me to bring out a daily moisturiser with an SPF in it. They've been ever so clever keeping the SPF as natural as possible whilst making sure there is a decent level of protection as well. SPF is super tricky to incorporate into skincare at the best of times but natural SPFs are even trickier. You'll need a light hand with this one as the SPF initially comes up quite white. However, if you massage in two light layers (this sounds a lot more time consuming than it actually is), your skin will look amazingly flawless and you can strut around being fairly smug about having ticked all your sun protection and natural skincare boxes for the day. This isn't on the website yet but I have seen it in the Debenhams beauty hall on Oxford St.
Rebecca x

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Bourjois Colour Edition 24H

I’m a cream eyeshadow hussy. I love them and use them daily at work as well as on myself. One I keep coming back to over and over on set lately is the relatively new Bourjois Colour Edition 24H. There are six shades all together and I love them all. If you smudge a little across the lid you get a stunningly sheer twinkle. You can also pack it on with a brush for more intensity. I’ve even been known to use the silver and gold ones as highlighter on the cheekbone.

The thing I love about these in comparison to other cream shadows is the texture. These are so lightweight yet intense. They’re long wearing without feeling dry or chalky. The twinkle to colour ratio is just right and the twinkly bits aren’t too chunky. Best of all, the packaging and formulation on these is just right. The container is lightweight, the lid stays on and mine don’t seem to be drying out at all.  I’ve got all six shades and I’m totally hoping that more come out soon!

You can get yours here.

R x

Monday, 24 March 2014

Time Bomb Complexion Cocktail

Complexion Cocktail H2O Omega

Make a note in your diary for April 19th. You’re going to want to get your hands on one of these. I got to check out a sneak preview of these pretty amazing products and only after a few days I’m already hooked.

Time Bomb isn’t like anything I’ve tried before. I’m using it in place of a toner, but it’s not a toner. It’s similar to a moisturising water, but wayyyyyy better. I’ve been using them morning and evening post cleansing. I pour a shot of the gel-consistency-water in the palm of my hand and massage it into my face. It absorbs incredibly quickly and doesn’t leave a trace of residue. Then I use my eye cream, serum and moisturiser as usual.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that you’ll practically see results overnight. It’s that good. The other thing I love is that there are three formulations and you can use whichever one you think your skin will like most at that particular moment in time. I used the Chlorophyll shot in the first couple of days seeing as I had a breakout whilst using the H2Omega at night for anti ageing. The breakout cleared up within a couple days so now I’m using the B12 shot to revive and awaken my skin again. It’s *that* quick to react to the product that you’ll want to be able to switch between the three on a whim.

The latest Time Bomb is the one I’m using at night, H2Omega. It’s pretty amazing. It pushes moisture back into the skin like nothing I’ve seen before. The coconut oil gives a flavour that will make you want to drink it but is also packed with essential fatty acids, the Chia Oil provides the Omega 3s and the Hyalauronic Acid makes the skin look super plump overnight. Being suspended in a water soluble base rather than a cream means that they can work mega quickly and really get to work on a deeper level than a regular lotion.

So set your diary reminder for April 19th and keep your eye out for the launch on QVC. You’re definitely going to thank me!

R xxx

Friday, 21 March 2014

Kiehl’s Creme De Corps Soy Milk And Honey Whipped Body Butter

The biggest drama with this product is trying not to actually eat it. It smells sooooooo good!!! This is a slightly out of season post seeing as it’s a rich formula but suffering from dry skin means I use it all year round. This time of year I switch up to a lighter formulation in the mornings and keep using my Kiehl’s Body Butter in the evenings. I do love getting into bed smelling edible!

As fabulous as this is, always remember to wait a few minutes after applying before you put any white clothes on. The high beta carotene content can create stains and those are tricky guys to remove!!

You can get yours here. I know this is a pretty big tub, but I’m still excited that a jumbo size is now available as well! Hooray!!!!

R xx

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Bourjois So Laque Glossy Nude Collection

It looks like this spring is all about a nude nail. Let’s face it, a nude nail is never out of style. Bourjois do brilliant varnishes and I love the trimmed brush on their So Laque varnishes.

This nude collection has been specifically designed to look its best on short nails so get the nail files out! I’ve already used all three of these shades on jobs over the last couple of weeks. I think we’ll be seeing nude nails everywhere over the coming months! There are seven shades all together and they’re all nudes and fresh pastels. There is a colour that will look great on every skin shade and with every outfit. You’ll see them in stores around April/May.

R xx

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Maybelline Smokey Eyes

Ooh how I love to sport a bit of smokiness around my lashes on a day to day basis. It helps that I have two cheap and cheerful items that make this amazingly easy to achieve each morning. I start with a little Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner smudged into the roots of my lashes. Then I’ll apply whatever eyeshadow I’m wearing that day and throw on *loads* of Volum Express Colossal Smokey Eyes mascara.

The brushes on both these brilliant products are ace. The liner brush is great for either blending out a smokey haze or creating a super cute kitten flick. The mascara brush is fat and feathery for creating fluttery lashes. I also love that the wand is quite short so it’s easy to control as well as get right into the corners of the lash line.

Smokey eye happiness!

Rebecca x