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.

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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.

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R x

Monday, 20 October 2014

MY DAY TO DAY MAKEUP

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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

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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

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

MY MORNING SKINCARE ROUTINE

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My skincare routine gives me great amounts of joy. I love the ritual of my facial massage when I cleanse morning and night, of seeing the results each product is bringing me and the compliments I get when people think I’m ten years younger than I actually am.

My basic routine is pretty much the same for morning and night. Not a lot changes year round when it comes to this. Morning and night I love to cleanse with my Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm. I’ve been banging on about this forever. I think this is my third or fourth tube. I can always tell when I use a different cleanser as my skin goes to a bad place. This is definitely a keeper. In fact, this might be a good time to note that it seems my skin prefers natural or organic products. I was having this conversation with another makeup artist the other day. We’re the same age, we’ve always had similar ideas about skin care despite having wildly different skin types. We both were amazed at how we’ve noticed our skins loving natural skin care as of late. We’re not sure if it’s the age of our skin but we both agree that natural skincare has come a long way as far as formulations and textures over the last few years. These really can hold their own next to the more technologically advanced brands these days.

Anyhoo, I have digressed. Sorry. Such a bad habit.

Once I’ve had a light cleanse, I’ll put a few drops of my TimeBomb Complexion Cocktail with a shot of H2Omega in the palm of my hands and pat it into my skin. This is what I would call a moisturising water. It’s thicker than a toner but liquid at the same time. First of all, it smells just like coconut. Delicious. Second of all, I can notice how my skin glows when I’m using it. Love this.

Then I use a small pump of my Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream on my ring fingers and pat that in around the eye area. This is one of those staple items that I need to use all the time. It just does the job. What else is there to say? Again, I think this is about my third bottle.

I’m not sure why it took me so long to get around to trying Caudalie Vinosource Serum on myself. This is a range that’s all about pushing hydration into skin whilst keeping redness and sensitivity at bay. That has my skin type written all over it! I’ve long been a fan of the Sorbet for my kit but never got around to trying it on myself. The serum is definitely doing what it says on the tin. My rosy cheeks and nose are definitely neautralised whilst my complexion in general remains hydrated and happy. Phew. This is a super light texture and one pump is definitely enough for the mornings.

Once the serum has soaked in, I apply a generous layer of Balance Me Natural Protection Moisturiser SPF 25. This is one that I love for myself as well as in my kit. The texture is super light and turns to a watery consistency almost as soon as it hits the skin. This makes it super easy to wear during the day. The natural spf does give the lotion a somewhat white cast so isn’t terrific for darker skin tones but this does evaporate off quite quickly. It’s a terrific base for makeup and brilliant if you’re on holiday and find most spf lotions too greasy. In case you needed more reasons to love this lotion, it’s packed with hyaluronic acid to keep your complexion plump and hydrated all day. Whoop!

Finally, there is my beloved Balance Me Stellar Beauty Balm. I’m afraid this is the old packaging. It does take ages to wade through a pot of this. I use it morning and night as a lip balm. If the eczema on my eyelids has flared up, this goes over the top. If I’m going for a run and it’s windy and raining, this goes on my entire face. If my skin is being particularly sensitive, stinging or looking enraged about something or other, then this goes on as a twenty minute mask. It is my saviour. I could have put this in the special treatments post that is coming up but I feel that it’s a daily staple that I needed to include here.

So there you have it, my three minute morning skincare routine. I can’t recommend it enough.

Rebecca x

Monday, 13 October 2014

IN MY KIT – ST TROPEZ INSTANT TAN WASH OFF FACE & BODY LOTION

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Sometimes when you’re shooting in London during October, you need to make someone look like they’ve been sunning themselves in a tropical holiday location. Chances are, they’re looking as pasty and pale as humanly possible so you’re going to have to fake it. This little gem is my favourite instant tan of the ones I’ve tried. It comes in two intensities and looks super natural when it’s on. The best method I’ve found is to start with a layer of moisturiser that’s been vigorously massaged into the skin. Then, taking a St Tropez tanning mitt, buff this all over the skin. If you’re going for subtle, one coat will be enough. Meanwhile, if you’re going for a deeply tanned look, it’s really easy to build this up in layers. I like to finish by giving the skin a good pat with the mitt just to make sure the skin looks streak free. One thing to remember here is that it is a wash off tan. If you get wet, this is going to start running. On the upside, it’s really easy to shower off!!

You can get your St Tropez Instant Tan here.

Rebecca x

Friday, 10 October 2014

HOUSE OF FRASER #FEARLESSFRIDAY LADY SHE

Please meet the amazing Lady She. Coining the term, “Glam Ma”, she’s pretty awesome and is the first of the House of Fraser #FearlessFriday icons being showcased over on their YouTube channel. Take a look.

 

 

R x

Monday, 6 October 2014

HOUSE OF FRASER STYLE MY SECRET BEAUTY BREAKDOWN

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Ah, the trickiness of hiding a baby bump before you’re ready to make the big announcement to the world. It’s not just the wardrobe dilemmas you’ll be dealing with, your skin and complexion will probably be going through some big changes as well! Here are my top picks for keeping skin looking fresh, healthy and helping you keep the big secret for just a little longer.

 

R x

 

This is definitely a time to let your hair do the talking! It’s going to be so much thicker and richer than usual so feel free to leave it down. For this video, I prepped hair with Aveda Pure Abundance Style Prep spray and some Aveda Phomollient Styling Foam before giving it a quick blowdry and setting it into curls while I did the makeup. Once they were cool, I brushed them out using a bristle brush to create a bouncy wave.

To prep the skin I used:

  1. Lancome Galateis Douceur
  2. Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Recovery Serum
  3. Lancome Visionnaire Cream
  4. Lancome Hydra Zen Neurocalm Eyes
  5. Clarins HydraQuench Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm

For the base I used:

  1. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua
  2. Chanel Eclat Highlighter Face Pen
  3. Chanel Correcteur Perfection Long Lasting Concealer
  4. Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base
  5. Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre Loose Powder

Brows were filled with Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Brow Lift Duo and set using Benefit Speed Brow Quick Set Brow Gel.

I put a pale wash across the eyelids with Dior Mono Fusion Matte Cream Shadow in Songe and some contour in the crease with the shade Mirage. The lash lines were defined using Dior Crayon Eyeliner Waterproof Long Wear Pencil in Intense Brown. Those cream colours were then intensified using Dior 5 Couleurs Designer All In One Artistry Palette in Amber Design before piling on layers of Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mascara.

Cheeks got a healthy hue thanks to Nars Douceur blush and highlighted with Benefit Sun Beam.

Finally, lips got a coat of Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Petal Shimmer.

All these creamy, brightening textures will make your complexion look like you’re incredibly well rested while the neutral tones will highlight your natural features.