Monday, 15 September 2014

HOUSE OF FRASER STYLE MY HOLIDAY FLING BEAUTY BREAKDOWN

House Of Fraser Style My Holiday Fling

Next up in the Style My Dilemma series from House Of Fraser is the Style My Holiday Fling video. This was all about a naturally fresh, bronzed glow perfect for looking gorgeous beachside.

When it came to the hair, we decided that natural was best so I simply went through it with a Babyliss Curling Wand Pro then tipped it upside down, floofed it up up with my hands to create extra volume and sprayed it with some Aveda Pure Abundance Volumising Hairspray.

To prep the skin I cleansed using Lancome Galatee Confort, toned using Lancome Tonique Confort then moisturised with Lancome Hydra-Zen Neurocalm Cream Gel.

As a base, I used Bobbi Brown Skin Stick Foundation and Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer under the eyes. To set all of that in, I used Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Powder Makeup.

To define the brows I used Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Brow Lift Duo before running through them with Benefit Speed Brow Brow Gel.

To keep eyes looking fresh and bright, I gave them a colour wash using Shiseido Shimmer Cream Eye Colour in Brown then smudged some Dior Crayon Eyeliner Waterproof Long Wear Pencil in Intense Brown along the upper and lower lash lines. I then washed some Estee Lauder Pure Colour Gelee Powder Eyeshadow in Cyber Copper over the liner top and bottom before highlighting the inner corners of the eye with Estee Lauder Pure Colour Shadow Metallic Finish in Sizzling Copper. The only thing left to do was layer on loads of Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effect Faux Cils Waterproof Mascara.

To get a beachy effect, I warmed the complexion up with some Nars blush in Gilda then highlighted the cheekbones with Benefit Sun Beam to bring the skin to life.

When it came to lips, we slicked on some seriously gorgeous Dior Addict Gloss in Delice. On nails I used  MAC Nail Laquer in Morange and gave the skin all over a beautiful glow using Kiehl's Superbly Restorative Argan Dry Oil.

I hope this helps you look perfectly gorgeous if you’re taking a late summer vacation to try catch the last of the summer rays! I’ll be back again soon with another Style My Dilemma Beauty Breakdown.

R x

PS, House of Fraser doesn’t sponsor these posts. It’s purely a breakdown of the products I used when working on these videos as a freelancer… x

Monday, 8 September 2014

HOUSE OF FRASER STYLE MY UPSTAGE BEAUTY BREAKDOWN

House Of Fraser Style My Upstage

As promised last week, here is the second video in the House Of Fraser Style My Dilemma series. Every mother of the bride and groom want to look their best for the photos of their children’s big day, so here are some foolproof trips on how to look drop dead gorgeous!

My favourite hairstyle for this look was the soft waves with hair down. I think soft hair and makeup for a wedding is perfect. For long wearing hair styles, I always like to prep damp hair with a product that will give hold and volume. Aveda’s Phomollient Styling Foam is perfect for this. From there I rough dried the hair with a Babyliss hairdryer then created  gentle waves using a Babyliss Pro Nano straighener. I put all the curls up into pin clips and sprayed them with Aveda Brilliant Medium Hold Hairspray. This let them set into place while they cooled and I did the makeup. Once the makeup was finished, I took down the curls, gave them a gentle brush and pinned a little back on the side we were going to put the fascinator. A quick mist of Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray and we were ready to go.

To prep the skin, I started with the amazing Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. Boy I love this stuff! I then spritzed with a little Rodial Dragon's Blood Hyalauronic Toning Sprtiz before massaging in some Estee Lauder ANR Eye Sync Complex II and a generous amount of Clarins HydraQuench Cream.

To create a flawless, youthful base I started with Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Foundation followed by some Givenchy Mister Light under the eyes and some Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer to tone down any redness that was showing through. After using my Nars Multiple in G Spot on the cheeks, I set the base into place using my Chanel Poudre Universellse Libre.

For the brows, I filled in using my fabulous Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Brow Lift Duo and ran through them with my trusty Benefit Speed Brow Brow Gel to make sure they stayed in place.

On the eyes, I started with a base of Laura Mercier Metallic Creme Eye Colour in Alloy and then used the Tom Ford Shadow Quad in Nude Dip to create a softly smoked out eye. After smudging some bareMinerals Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eyeliner along the top and bottom lashes, I went in with loads of black Diorshow Waterproof Backstage Makeup mascara.

For the cheeks, I warmed the complexion up a little with some Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer and dusted over the apples of the cheeks with some Clinique Fresh Bloom All Over blush in Peony. After that, I lined the lips using Lancome Contour Pro Ebenes in colour 315 before filling the lips in with some Lancome Rouge In Love lipstick in Midnight Rose. Nails were given a splash of sophisticated colour using Dior Riviera to complete the look.

Hopefully this will help you to feel like the belle of the ball next time you’ve got a wedding to attend! Obviously, these are all readily available online or at any House of Fraser beauty hall. They really do make it too easy! I’ll have another Style My Dilemma Beauty Breakdown for you any day now.

 

R x

PS, I should point out that these posts aren’t sponsored by House Of Fraser. They’re simply beauty breakdowns from jobs I’ve done for them… xx

Thursday, 4 September 2014

HOUSE OF FRASER STYLE MY UPGRADE BEAUTY BREAKDOWN

House Of Fraser Style My Upgrade

So I’ve been having loads of fun over the last few months with the House Of Fraser gang. The very first video was the super fun Style My Upgrade. Ever wondered how people manage to nab that upgrade at the gate on the way into the plane? Here’s how!!!It goes without saying that if you feel the need to go in search of any of these products, there is one place you can go and get them all! I’ve included all the House Of Fraser links below for you! *cheeky wink*

 

For the hair, I started out by prepping with Aveda Phymollient Styling Foam and blow dried that in with a Babyliss hair dryer before giving the hair a light wave using Babyliss hair straighteners. To finish off, we tied the hair in a glamorous Jackie O style with a scarf and sprayed it into place with some Aveda Air Control Hairspray.

For nails, we went for a super chic shade of dark plum using Tom Ford Dark Cherry. I’m a bit in love with this colour.

Makeup was clean and sophisticated. To prep, I used the Yves Saint Laurent Top Secrets Toning and Cleansing Water before massaging in some Givenchy Hydrasparkling Moisturising Lotion. For the base, my good old favourite Givenchy Teint Couture was perfect. Under eye circles were given a lightening treatment with Givenchy Mister Light. I did some really light contouring and highlighting with my Tom Ford Shade and Illuminating Cream then set everything into place with a little Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre.

Brows were filled in with a new favourite brow pencil, Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Brow Lift Duo then kept in place with my trusty Benefit Speed Brow Gel.

Eyes were super quick. I started by smudging some Clinique Quickliner Intense in Sable into the lash line above and below to create definition. Using the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Eyes Eyeshadow Quad, I swept over the entire lid using the mid brown shade before going into the crease and under the eye with the darker brown shade. Using my finger, I pressed over the centre of the mobile lid using the lightest shade and added a dot of the same colour on the inner corners to lighten and brighten. This was all finished off using a good coating of Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara.

Cheeks were swept with a dusting of Bobbi Brown Blushed and lips were coated with a layer of Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector in Candy Shimmer.

Enjoy all your last minute sunny holidays and watch this space for the next Style My Dilemma Beauty Breakdown!

 

R xx

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

lotta for sicky magazine

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I have another editorial out with the awesome Alice Fisher. This time, you can see the whole story over at Sicky Magazine.

As always, I prepped skin using my favourite Balance Me products. For the makeup, it was all about the Nars. The star product of the day was Iceland eyeshadow duo which helped to create the iridescent sheen over Lotta’s eyelids.

For hair, I prepped it using Lee Stafford Poker Straight Heat Protection Mist, went through Lotta’s gorgeous locks with my straighteners and finished off with Lee Stafford Poker Straight Shine Mist.

Rebecca x

Monday, 4 August 2014

Balance Me super toning

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My obsession with Balance Me continues. I don’t seem to be able to get enough of the stuff. Most recently, I’ve become completely addicted to the Super Toning range. First of all, the smells are *to die for*. Every time someone walks into my house they always comment on the yummy smell coming from my room. It’s this! The fragrance is a blend of juniper, bergamot, geranium and lavender essential oils. Yummmmmmm. It’s just the right balance of fresh and cosy. My favourite. I also love that it’s packed with hyaluronic acid, iris root and corn poppy extract. It’s all these lovely things that help to plump the skin back up and keep it looking more youthful. I am convinced it’s already helped reduce the look of cellulite on the tops of my legs! They’re also supposed to help boost your circulation. For someone, like me, that’s on their feet all day, this will definitely be a saviour!

I’ve been using the body lotion in the day and the oil at night before I go to bed. It makes me deliriously happy and I’m pretty sure this is going to be my routine for the foreseeable future.

When I last when shopping I picked up a few other delicious Balance Me bits so definitely watch this space. They don’t disappoint!!

Rebecca x

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Karolina For Revs Magazine

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These were taken by the ace Alice Fisher and are currently in Revs Magazine.

Skin was prepped with my favourite Balance Me products and makeup was using Viseart from Love Makeup.

Rebecca x

Monday, 16 June 2014

A Few New Images

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These were taken by Natasha Cheek for Flesh Magazine.

I prepped Ewwelina’s skin using Balance Me Cleanse And Smooth Face Balm followed by Wonder Eye Cream and Natural Protection Moisturiser SPF 25.

Brows, eyes and cheeks were all done using MAC Pro.

R xx