Friday, 9 December 2011


For all those brides to be I am now writing wedding make-up advise for sharing my top tips for wedding make-up. I will be writing around once a month for the site.

Take a look at the wedding spot site its a great site for brides to be -

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Avene Skincare

So its come to that time of the year again when your skin gets dehydrated and dry. For the last few months I have been using Avene skincare, most of you that know me will know I have super sensitive skin but I can use all of the Avene range! It kind to sensitive/allergic skin.

What Avene say about the range - 'EAU THERMALE Avène is a unique French dermo-cosmetic brand dedicated to each level of skin sensitivity; from sensitive, intolerant to allergic. Each product contains the Avène Thermal Spring Water, a unique ingredient whose properties have been endorsed by dermatologists over the years.'

I love the products I have tried. One of the first ever products I used from the range was the thermal spring water spray.

What Avene say about the product -
Avene Thermal Spring Water, contains a unique active ingredient, renowned by dermatologists for its soothing properties.
Avene Thermal Water Spray provides soothing care for sensitive, hypersensitive, allergic and irritated skin. Providing relief from skin irritation caused by sunburn, after anti-acne treatments, nappy rash, razor burn or hair removal. The spray provides a comforting and refreshing sensation when used. Avene Thermal Water Spray can be used to complete cleansing, set make up, after outdoor activities or when travelling.

■Soothing action for irritated, medically treated skin or sunburn

■Comforting and refreshing action for cleansed skin

■Hydrates skin during the summer or when travelling

This product is very versatile,it has many uses. It has come in handy when I'm on holiday especially as I suffer with prickly heat. It's prefect for spraying on the area to cool it down and it gives relief from the heat and itching. Ive also found it great to use on eczema, its clams the area and stops the itching for a while. I have also used this product for a toner in the cleanse, tone and moisturise routine. I really love this product, I recommend it highly. Its sold in different sizes, the one in the photo below is the handy travel size which is great for on holiday or your handbag.
Ive been using the cleansing lotion for allergic skin for cleansing my skin morning and night.

What Avene say about the product-
A no rinse cleansing formula specifically developed for hypersensitive and allergic skin including:
■skin allergic to standard cosmetics

■skin allergies

■acute irritation (redness, tightness, itching etc)

■following dermatological surgery (laser, peels etc)

It is formulated with the purest ingredients selected for their effectiveness and safety without any potentially irritating additives. It is very rich in Avène Thermal Spring Water, and relieves skin sensitivity and thoroughly cleanses while preserving the skin's natural barrier.

This cleanser is kind to my skin, My skin didn't really tight after using it which I get alot with another cleanser. After a few months of using the product my skin looks clearer and brighter.

I am using the Tolérance Extrême Anti-irritating Soothing Cream to moisturise, this is from the same range as the cleanser.

What Avene say about the product-
Moisturiser for allergic and hypersensitive skin, suitable in the case of acute irritation (redness, tightness, stinging etc...), after dermatological surgery (laser treatment, peeling etc...), when skin has become intolerant to standard cosmetic products or in the case of skin allergic reaction. Manufactured in a sterile environment according to an exclusive patented procedure. Free from fragrance, preservative and irritating ingredients.

This moisturiser really hydrates my skin and makes my skin feel really soft. It doesnt take long to go into the skin either which you can some times find with heavier creams.

On the days when my skin feels like it need more moisturiser or my skin is particularly irritated I use the Rich Skin Recovery Cream. This cream really helps to soothe and calm the skin as well as moisturising.

What Avene say about the product-
Calming cream specifically designed for naturally sensitive skin (fair, thin, prone to redness), or skin which has become sensitive due to different aggressions (climatic conditions, excessive cleansing, drying cosmetic or dermatological treatments…). It quickly calms irritation, helps restore the hydrolipidic film and provides long-lasting protection. Its formula has been specially developed with a minimum of ingredients, all selected for their gentleness. Paraben preservative, fragrance and colouring agent free. Rich formula.

Another two products I have been using from the range when I need to are the Gentle Purifying Scrub and the Soothing Moisture Mask.

Heres what Avene say about the gentle purifing scrub-
The Gentle Purifying Scrub has been specially formulated to cleanse sensitive skin in depth by gently eliminating all impurities. Its exfoliating micro-beads, selected for their extreme tolerance, provide effective mechanical scrub. Their action is completed by a keratoregulating agent which stimulates skin cell's renewal. This synergy thus promotes gentle elimination of dead cells and minor skin imperfections. The mild and gel-like texture prevents skin dryness and leaves a pleasant feeling of comfort. When used before facial mask or moisturising cream application, the scrub improves the penetration of active ingredients and refines the skin texture, leaving it once again healthy and radiant-looking. Paraben free.

and the Soothing Moisture Mask -
Specific care for dehydrated and weakened sensitive skin which has become reactive (redness, tightness and stinging) due to various aggressions.
The soothing moisture mask is genuine pampering care for your skin.
Very rich in Avène thermal spring water, this mask intensely releases all of the water's soothing and anti-irritant properties.
Its nourishing and moisturising elements restore the cutaneous barrier and thus promote skin hydration (in the upper layers of the epidermis).
The very original formula of the Soothing Moisture Mask has been designed for maximum skin absorption; fully replenished, the skin is once again soft, supple and radiant with health.

I love the scrub as the beads in the scrub arent too harsh on the skin (photo below) Using this twice a week really brightens up the complextion and makes the skin smoother. The mask is great to use as a moisture boost. I use this around twice a month but it can be used more if your skin needs it.


I have been using Trixéra+ Selectiose Emollient cream on my body once a day this has helped to really improve the texture and appearance of my skin. The cream sinks in quickly to the skin but leaves a lovely healthy glow.

What Avene say about the product-
A daily moisturiser for face and body, for very dry skin prone to dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis.

■Moisturises inflamed skin reducing dryness and itchiness

■Assists in rebalancing the skin’s surface barriern

■Gentle enough for daily use on the face and bodyy

■Suitable for infants and adults

I highly recommend this brand to anyone who has sensitive skin or who wants a gentle but affective skincare range. My skin has show great improvement since using it. They have a wide range of products from sun cream to anti ageing products.

Check out the website - They have a lots of helpful sections on there including skin diagnoses, where they can help you to pick the perfect range for you skin.

Avene can be bought online and from boots nationwide.

The Wedding Industry Awards 2012

I am so pleased to announce that I have won a regional award in The Wedding Industry Awards 2012 for 'Best Wedding Make-up Artist' in the West Midlands!!! Thank you to all the past brides that voted for me, its now down to the judging panel to select the overall winners in each category.

The awards final is on January 18th in London. I can't wait.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Behind the Scene with Tamara Peel

Here's some recent behind the scenes of a few photoshoot's that have been shot by the wonderful photographer Tamara Peel. I work with Tamara alot she a great photographer and her shots are always amazing!

Check out her work -

Here's behind the scenes from our most recent shoots, I can't wait to see the final photos.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Bonfire Night Bride

A few months back I was lucky enough to be asked to write a guest blog post for Bonfire Night Bride.

She runs a brilliant wedding blog, with lots of helpful post on planning your wedding. Bonfire Night Bride was planning her own wedding and got married on 5th November, since then she hasn't been blogging as she is having a break but its still a great blog to check out if your a bride to be or simply interested in weddings.

My guest post on Bonfire Night Bride's Blog -

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Naked 2.....

So Urban Decay have made a second version of the Naked pallet, I just can't wait for the pallet to be out in the uk.

The original pallet is a must have in my make-up kit, I love it. (A previous post about the original Naked pallet )

I really hope this one live's up to it.

Gareth Pugh for MAC

Its finally here!!! Gareth Pugh's collection with MAC is out tomorrow. I love the colour's, design and packaging.

What MAC say about the collection:
'London-based style subversive Gareth Pugh infuses his shadowy, esoteric vision into an exclusive collection for M•A•C. Shades, accessories and design - as stylistically daring as his reputation!'

The lashes from this collection are really inspiring. I can't wait to try this collection.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Wedding Shoot

A few months ago I teamed up with Sarah Jade Photography, Georgina Scott Bridal & Hampton Manor for a bridal shoot. We had Adage Models Emma Brownsword and Charlotte Wypler-Price to model for the shoot.

Here are some photos from the shoot-

I love the shots. Sarah Jade Photography style is relaxed and so unique, perfect wedding day photography.

There were so many beautiful dresses to choose from in Georgina Scott Bridal, It a stunning shop. Its a must see for all you brides to be.

I think Hampton Manor is a lovely location for a wedding with its lovely modern interior, excellent exterior and a Michelin star restaurant.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Winter 2011 Beauty trends

Contoured cheeks, coloured smokey eyes, and red hot lips are what you have to look forward to this season. It’s time to update your make-up bag and bring it up to date with this seasons must have make-up looks.

Healthy looking skin is a must this season as seen at Balmain show, the models there looked as if they had just had a facial. To create the same look use a primer underneath you foundation to create that healthy glow, try MAC Strobe cream £21.50. This can also be used by mixing with your foundation then applying it with a brush to give a flawless complexion. Try Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation £9.99 this is packed with vitamins and minerals to nourish you skin and make it glow from within.

Contoured cheeks were created on the models for Michael Kors, Barbara Bui and Dolce & Gabbana shows. It doesn’t matter if you’re not blessed with supermodel cheek bones, the secret is to use a matte powder to create the look. Sleek MakeUp Face Contour kit, £6.50 is a must have to achieve this look. Using the dark matte colour under your cheekbones and use the highlighter on top, you will achieve razor sharp features.

Coloured smokey eyes were all over the catwalk seen on Philip Lim, Zac Posen and Felipe Oliveira Baptista from violet, blue to emerald colours. Navy is the new black so try updating your smokey eye this season by using MAC Eyeshadow Deep Truth £12, a vibrant deep blue tone. Try cream eyeshadow this season to create a perfect matte or shimmery look using Nars Duo Cream Eyeshadow in Burn it Blue £23.50 use the shimmery colour in the duo to highlight the eyes in the inner corner. By using a cream eyeshadow then setting this with a powder eyeshadow this will make the colour more vibrant, which is key to this look.

                Sixties make-up influences were seen throughout the catwalk on Moschino, Dolce & Gabbana and John Richmond. From cakey nude lips, black smokey winged out eye make-up and bambi looking lashes. Graphic sixties influenced eyes were created using a black liner on models on Louis Vuitton and Kinder Aggugini shows. The models from the Anna Sui show were treated to a  twiggy make-up look with a twist. The effect this created on the eyes was dramatic but yet simple only using a black/brown liner and no shadow. Getting a good gel eyeliner will help you achieve defined sixties style eyes, MAC fuildline in Blacktrack, £13.50 is the perfect product to help you achieve this. To create a matte nude lip for this look try Collection 2000 they have just bought out the perfect product, Cream Puff Lip Cream in Powder puff £2.99 gives the lips a hint of a velvet matte colour perfect sixties looking lips.

Red lips are back this season, the look was seen on the catwalks of Diane von Frutenburg, Giles and Ralph Lauren to name a few. From pillar box red to Flame red and every shade between, anything goes. A great colour for this look is MAC lipstick in Cockney £13.50. A lip liner is a must when using a strong colour on the lips, it will help you to achieve a defined neat edge, which is important with this look. Vampy berry toned lips were used on the John Rocha catwalk this gave more of a  grunge make-up look paired with no eye make-up and contoured cheeks. A great way to wear a stronger lip colour if you are not sure or haven’t tried this before is to tone down the eye make-up and make it all about your lips. Tom Ford’s Lipstick in Bruised Plum £36, is a fantastic colour and the packaging is to die for.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model

Last month I worked with Tanya Mihailovic from Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model. She's a lovely girl and a great model.

Here are some photo's from the shoot-

Photographer: Jennie Sherratt
Stylist: Flock Lnd

I created the natural radiant look on Tanya by using Mac face and Body foundation. I used a cream blush and highlighter stick from the Topshop Make up line. Around the eyes I used Urban Decay eyeliner pencil in Whiskey.

For this look I contoured the eyes with a matte brown eyeshadow. I used a Collection 2000 lipstick in Cherry Bomb to make the lips pop.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

London Fashion Week S/S12

Last month I was given a great opportunity to work at London Fashion Week. I was assisting key make-up Artist Sandra Cooke.

The look was designed by Sandra for Jacob Kimmie show 'Rhapsody' using Bodyshop make-up.

Make-up I did for the show-

Behind the Scenes, backstage was packed and really busy. With hair and make-up and dressing all in on area.

I really enjoyed London fashion week, hopefully be there again next year!

Check out the video of the catwalk on the Vaxhall Fashion Scout website-

Friday, 9 September 2011


I love the new Illamasqua range, Theatre Of The Nameless launched this week in stores. There's some lovely colours within the make up the range, one of my favorites is Pure pigment in Berber.

What Illamasqua say about the range:

'Descend into the riotous scene of erotic adventure that is the Theatre of the Nameless collection.

In this nocturnal den of the dissident leaders of underworld subcultures, exotic dancers rub shoulders with actors and anarchists.
Infused with the essence of self-expression that transformed 1920s Berlin, this rich and indulgent collection envelops the senses.
Darkly sophisticated tones are accompanied by shocks of dazzling iridescence and kinky rubber-look finishes, creating a breathtakingly modern interpretation of the most illicit nightlife in history.
It's time to cross the threshold and embrace a world of unadulterated decadence.'

Alex Box has worked her magic again on the photos to accompany the range. I love her use of colour, the way the eyebrows have been shaped and the black outlining of the features.