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In July 2017 I worked with Full Aspect Productions doing hair and make up for a video shoot to create St John Ambulance's Taken Too Soon TV advert
Here is the finished product
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Most of my clients will know that I don’t buy into the whole primer trend (unless it’s to change the finish on your skin i.e. dewy/mattifying). Good quality products that are well applied should last the day anyway, and that’s why I rigorously test all my products on myself before using them on clients.
That said, even some of the best eye shadows applied in the best way can crease on the lid after several hours wear; especially if like me you have oily skin and exercise a lot. So, after reading some positive reviews about the NYX Eye Shadow Base I thought I would give it a try (in Skin Tone).
I don’t know what to say other than this stuff just doesn’t work...in fact I would go so far as to say it actually makes shadows that wouldn’t normally crease, crease! I tried a few different application techniques and got the same results every time – which quite frankly is rather embarrassing, so have given up on it and it is now in Room 101 (aka the bin)!
Latest promotional images for TV presenter and Author Jackie Kabler.
Photography: Rebecca Northway
Hair and make up: DONNA BANFIELD make up artist
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Hair and make up done by myself for Daily Mail Inspire Story: Prue Leith 'why I'm getting married at 76'
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A large percentage of my bookings are for weddings so when I’m testing a new mascara I really put it through its paces. I need to know that not only will it last all day whatever the weather, but that it will survive the potential tears and a night on the dance floor too!
Arbonne describe this as a high-performance lengthening mascara that helps create the look of ultra-dramatic lashes with major longitude. Clinically tested and formulated to be water-resistant and long wearing.
This mascara certainly does have a lengthening effect and the wand is good at grabbing all the lashes, but it isn’t particularly thickening (I needed about 3 coats to get my desired thickness). Worn normally the mascara lasted all day with no smudging or flaking.
I’m not sure about ‘ultra dramatic’, but I’d say this mascara pretty much does what it says on the tin.
Now, time to put it to the test...exercise!
I did a few 7k bicycle rides in ‘normal’ weather conditions and it survived completely unscathed. Running wasn’t so successful; the first couple of times the mascara smudged and flaked on my lower lid, so I tried again with mascara just on the top lashes. This was obviously better but still resulted in some smudging and flaking, so I’m not certain it’d last through tears.
I used this mascara for 3 months to properly see the testing through and one thing I did notice when I switched back to my usual mascara is that my lashes seemed to have grown longer! I’m not sure if this was a coincidence but if not, it’s a major selling point they are missing out on.
The big question; would I buy/recommend this mascara?
This mascara isn’t cheap, but if you prefer a lengthening mascara and are thinking of/already using a serum to help your lashes grow then I would definitely recommend giving this a go. Personally though, I’m going to stick with my favourite Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme.
Bore off cold weather! Let’s think about Spring...
For Spring 2015 the dominant trend on the catwalks was red lips in varying tones and styles; from the ‘smudged on’ matte berry stained effects seen at Missoni, Topshop Unique and Dolce & Gabbana to the more precise and satin finish looks at Zac Posen and Burberry Prorsum. All of these looks were complimented with natural earthy tones on the eyes and luminous skin.
My favourite? The Burberry Prorsum lipstick which is, of course one from their own range: Burberry Lip Cover in Ruby.
Which one will you be wearing?
Many of you will know that I have been an advocate of brow mascara for defining brows for a good few years now, and always favoured MAC’s Brow Set over other brand’s products which I have tried…until now!
I rarely use ‘high street’ make up products but decided to try out L’Oreal Paris’ Brow Artist Plumper, and after guinea pigging it on myself - which I always do at length before using products on clients, I can confirm it is now my ‘go to’ brow mascara for brunettes (I haven’t trialled the ‘blonde’ shade as yet).
I believe a brow mascara should work for you in much the same way a lash mascara would; providing colour, thickness and holding the hair in shape/place. A lot of other products simply provide a tint but lack on the thickening and hold side, whereas this product ticks all the boxes, plus it comes in a larger size and cheaper price than the high end products it competes successfully against.
Thank you L’Oreal!
You can view a lovely montage from my bride Emma's wedding on the photographer's blog.
Make up done by myself for the bride, bridesmaids and mother of the bride.
Hair by Kimberly Mills
The lovely British weather has meant our Autumn wardrobes are coming out early, so, to keep you up to date, here’s my take on the key trends for the new season’s make up:
The Autumn/Winter 2014/15 catwalks had a real mishmash of looks, but realistically, we are only going to be interested in the wearable ones and won’t be bleaching/wearing feathers on our eyebrows to recreate those seen at Alexander McQueen!
As I see it, it’s all going to be about the Ls…Liner and Lashes. Worn together, or separately, these are two main looks that you may want to start honing your skills at.
There’s a plethora of ways to wear these looks; so to whet your appetite and for some inspiration here’s some of my favourites from the shows.
it's all about the L's
My bride Juliette's wedding at Cowley Manor featured on page 85 in the June 2014 issue of Cotswold Style magazine. Photography by Cotswold Weddings
You can see the make up done by myself for Kate and Tracey's new website video Introducing Style Coaching here:
The key catwalk looks for Spring/Summer 2014 shown here came from Marc Jacobs, Carolina Herrera and Dsquared2, however, the ‘au naturel’ fresh faced looks featuring liner or orange lips were seen everywhere....and they are tricky ones to get right!
If you want to recreate these looks on yourself don’t try to mirror them exactly as you see them; to get the most flattering finish liner needs be applied in a way to compliment your own eye shape, and orange lipstick is a tricky one to get right - take your time to find the right shade to suit you.
Get in touch with your feminine side...
...it's all gone girlie with the Meteorites Blossom Collection from Guerlain, the French Ballerine Collection from Lancome, the Over Rose Collection from Givenchy, the YSL Spring Collection and the Trianon Collection from Dior.
See pages 62-65 of November's Cotswold Style magazine for my latest shoot for Cowley Manor Village Shop.
My models: Sam, Emma, Rachel, Lisa (and myself)
See before and after images of the make over competition in conjunction with Beau Amis hair salon, Cheltenham in the October 2013 issue of The Cheltonian.
Dare I talk about Autumn already?? Well, yes, we’ve lost the sunshine and it’s hard to avoid the Autumn fashion collections arriving in stores.
I’m so pleased to see so much navy on the rails as it’s much more
flattering than black on most skin tones. The cosmetics companies have picked up on the same trend with navy featuring in many of their Autumn palettes.
You can go all out with a navy smoky eye (which looks fabulous on
brown eyes), or just add a flash of the colour using liner/shadow along the upper and/or lower lash line.
Here’s some looks to inspire you:
See the front cover and pages 58-61 of July's Cotswold Style magazine for my latest shoot for Cowley Manor Village Shop.
The latest addition to my kit bag!
The micro-faceted brush makes lashes appear multiplied and magnified: On one side, thick and spaced bristles coat the lashes and create volume. On the other side, fine and close bristles reach every lash, including the smallest lashes at the corner of the eye for a full fringe effect.
Another fabulous mascara from YSL! You can really feel their new style wand grabbing each of your lashes; this is why it achieves the separated “eyes wide open” lash look.
If you prefer your lashes thick but with a less separated finish, go for the YSL Shocking mascara (which has been my favourite mascara since I first used it).
Some images from my recent photo shoot at the Greenway Hotel and Spa www.thegreenwayhotelandspa.com with Beau Amis hair http://beauamis.com, Suzi Lawrence photography www.suzilawrencephotography.co.uk and clothing by Weddings Days of Cheltenham www.weddingdaysofcheltenham.co.uk/.
See page 108 of this month's Cotswold Style magazine for a chance to win a makeover including; hair by Laura Leigh, facial by A-List Aesthetics and a special occasion make up session with me.
Everyone’s been buzzing about London Fashion Week’s autumn and winter 13 trends but let’s not wish our lives away, we have spring and summer to look forward to first!
Here’s some of my favourite spring 2013 looks;