Decleor - Aromessence - Rose D'orient

As well as having a makeup obsession, ( it's a problem ) I also have a slight obsession with skincare at the moment.
Maybe it's because I am now in my 30s, and I am noticing the small differences in my skin.
Larger pores, fine lines - The early symptoms.
My skin has never been fantastic - see previous posts about my skin woes.
My skin is so tempremental. Oily, dry - spotty - the list is endless. I'm constantly on the hunt for new skin care products - and I tend to steer towards the more 'natural' products - as my skin tends to react or flare up to products with too much fragrance, or too many chemicals.

I love nothing more than to pamper/beautify myself - I think like many women, it make's me feel better about myself, not just physically - but emotionally too. Show me a woman who doesn't like a good old, pamper session?

The lovely people at Decleor sent me this fabulous product.
Aromessence, Rose D'orient - Soothing serum.

Thank you Decleor Angels - Its heaven sent, for my skin - in a bottle.

Its 100% natural - perfect for me.
It smells just like Turkish delight - yum.
Cares for sensitive skin
Is jam packed, full of natural oils. Look at the list:
Sweet Almond oil
Black Currant seed oil
Bitter orange peel oil
Corn oil
Sunflower seed oil
Bitter Orange oil
Soybean oil
Rosa Damascena flower oil

How on earth do they fit all that into a bottle?

I pop this on every morning and night before my moisturiser - and it instantly calms my skin.
It's called a serum - but the actual product, when used, is an oil.
It doesn't feel greasy like some face oils can - it sinks into the skin, and leaves a lovely glow and calming effect to not only your skin, but your mind.
The oil feels like an elixir, rich and soothing - another selling point.
I'm in love.

Decleor do several of these serums - in the range, all for different skin types. I would love to try each and every one.
This rose one is perfect for those of you who have sensitive skin - who's skin is prone to behaving like a stroppy teenager.
Perfect for balancing the skin - its great to use after you have exfoliated too.
£44.00 for a 15ml bottle.

I have been using this for three weeks now - and I have seen an amazing difference to my skin. The blemishes I tend to get on my cheeks and chin have significantly calmed down - and are fewer.
The dry patches, that my foundation clings to - have vanished.
I even popped down to my local shops with no concealer on - that only happens when my skin is looking half decent!
Paying for good skin care is an investment - and if it works like this product has, I'm only too happy to pay the full price for it.

Have you tried this - or any other Decleor products?


Loreal Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner

What do we want? Thicker, bouncier, fuller hair!
When do we want it? NOW!

I admit, I still get sucked in - I watched Blake Lively pouting at the TV screen, telling me 'she was worth it' - as her long blonde hair, with the aid of a wind machine - tumbled over her shoulders. I cracked - I had to try this.

Boots and Superdrug were offering (and probably still are) this new miracle, thickening shampoo at half the price.

I always envy girls who have full, bouncy hair. If I had the time and money, I would get a professional blow dry every day.

Yeah, you can attempt it yourself, but lets be honest - it never looks the same as after you have visited a salon.

So does the new Loreal, Thickening Shampoo live up to its claims?

To be honest, the first positive I noticed, was not the fact I turned into Blake Lively, but in fact the smell of this product is gorgeous!
After my hair was washed, and dried - it has the most fabulous scent, the fragrance was that intense my husband noticed. 
Those of you who have sensitive skin, that react to products easily - may be a little weary after hearing it's so highly fragranced.
My skin reacts to so much - it's ridiculous, I had no reaction to this. No itching, no scratching, no dry skin.
So thumbs up to Loreal for this product's lovely scent.

Now - let's get back to the reason I actually bought it!

How does it work?
Filloxane - According to Loreal, this penetrates the hair fibre, expanding it. This nifty substance then remains in the fibre and increases after each application - hair looks thicker after every wash. 
Does it now?

Did it thicken MY hair?
Mmmmmmmm....... I have mixed feelings.

Initally - I felt no difference, strangely enough - my hair felt thicker about two days after. Not only did it feel thicker, but it felt heavier?
I have used this Shampoo and conditioner for two weeks now - and the Filloxane doesnt seem to be doing that much for me!
The product seemed to thicken my hair towards the end, rather than the roots - or is that just me looking and trying to find if the product has had any effect?

Another significant factor with this particular product, was that it didn't leave a great sheen to my hair.
I want my hair to be fuller, bouncier, thicker and glossy - I know, hair diva or what?

Reading the info on the back of the products - it does state, that to achieve the best results, you should use both the shampoo, conditioner and hair booster.
Yeah, let's buy all three products ladies, and then see if it works.
No thankyou.

It also states, that the hair still thickens, after it has been washed, and thickens more, each time you wash.
So lets see how that goes.......

All in all - I wouldnt buy this product at full price - It made my hair smell great, but thats about it.
I feel - that anyone who has very fine hair, would maybe benefit from this product - if that fails, just go get a professional blow dry - I know what I would prefer to do.

Have you tried this? What did you think?


Sanctuary - Lipid Recovery Facial oil.

After leaving a hell hole of a job in 2013, and with the decision to work for myself - I made a promise that once a week, I would dedicate a day for me alone.
When I say a day for myself - that's a day I turn my phone off, pop on a favourite DVD and hibernate under a duvet. 
One word, heaven.

Not only do I do sod all on my 'day', but I also love to re-create my own spa/pamper sanctaury. I'm sure all women reading this can relate to how relaxed you feel when you've had a nice hot bath and used a few of your favourite skincare products.

It was my mom who got me hooked onto Sanctuary skincare. She got me using their oil based face wash which is still a staple skincare product of mine, and has pride of place on my bathroom shelf.

I have tried so many of thier products, I've lost count.
Click here for other Sanctuary, skincare goodness reviews.

Now, unless you've been living on a different planet, ( or hibernating under your duvet like me ) you will have noticed the huge craze surrounding hair oils? Morroccan, Argan, you name it - it's out their.
Now, the latest craze is oils to use on the skin - not just the body, but also the face.

Now I'm no stranger to this, Sanctuary have been doing a 'spa, therapists oil ' for years and I have used it for just as long.

It seems the beauty industry are finally cottoning on to the benefits of natural oil in beauty care and the fantastic results they give.
As much as I love trying 'new' skincare products sometimes I can look at all the products I'm putting onto my skin, and wonder, is this REALLY doing my skin any good? What's really being absored into my blood stream and what are the long term effects?
I've had countless reactions to so many skincare products but never to an oil based product.

I love, love, love, massaging a skin oil into my skin after a long hot bath or on a day where I have no intention of wearing any makeup or leaving the house.
It feel luxurious on the skin, improves circulation, leaves a glow, hydrates, balances - what's not to love?

The other day, whilst in Boots ( always dangerous ) I was having a nosey down the skincare aisle, (as you do) when I noticed  (I'm unsure if it's a new product, but I had never seen it until recently) a new addition to the Sanctuary skincare family.

I just can't help myself.

Sanctuary - Lipid Recovery Facial oil.

98% Organic - Concentrated 5-lipid complex to tone, noursish and rejuvenate.
I mean, that already sold it to me.

From the description - this particular oil seems to be targeted at the more mature skin -

'Over time skin becomes delicate, dry and easily damaged, while wrinkles deepen ( well I've noticed this )
Our active reverse facial has been specifially devised to reduce the signs of ageing.

Well, my skin is always dehydrated therefore can look haggered. Im now also 33 so I have the first, second and third signs of ageing.
So I tried it, and what did I think?

This oil feels rich and luxurious. When massaged into the skin it instantly comforts and gives a glorious glow.
The smell is divine, the staggering 5 essential oils contained in this oil when massaged into the skin, diffuse the scent. That in itself relaxes you.
Sunflower, Jojoba, Wheat, Lavender and Orange Oil are the essential oils contained.

I love this particular products packaging. It comes in a lovely frosted, glass bottle with a 'dropper' to evenly and consistantly use the product without waste. ( who'd wanna waste this! Its liquid gold! )

'Visibly reduces fine line and wrinkles'
'Skin is noticeably brighter and more radiant in just 4 weeks'

I love Sanctuary and I love facial oils, so I was on to a winner from the start! Sanctuary skin care, is without doubt one of best ( if not the best ) skincare brands out there. Their products never disappoint.

This little beauty from Boots, retails at £22.00 for a 30ml

If you have yet to try a facial oil - do so! The results really do speak for themselves - if you have tried a facial oil - which one? I'd love to know!


Crown brushes

Im really, very fussy when it comes to the right kind of makeup brushes to have at hand. The old saying,
'A craftsman never blames his tools' doesnt seem right to me. I think it absolutely imperitive that a Makeup Artist have the best possible tools at his or her disposal - and if they are not the best, I do blame my tools!

I've tried very cheap brushes, and they are. Well, crap.

One thing I will not skimp on, are my makeup brushes.

I have a few staples in my kit - and a few that I constantly have to renew.  Blending brushes are an absolute must in my brush belt - I could not, and would not be happy trying to create most eye looks without several blending brushes.

Once again - there are several makeup companies out there, who are - knowingly or not, bringing out brushes that are replicas of the more well known makeup brands.

I've tried them - uninpressed.

The craze for the 'duo fibre brushes' seems to be in full swing now - and I have to admit, I do like applying a liquid or cream foundation with a large duo fibre brush.

Recently, I have been on the look out for more of a dense, foundation buffing brush. I currently have a big obsession with creating a enviable, flawless foundation look on all my clients, aswell as myself.

I love the look of a flawless, full coverage base, but to not to be able to see the makeup on the skin.

After what seems years of looking - finally I found what I was looking for.

Introducing the Crown, Deluxe Buffing brush.

I love this brush. So do my clients! Everytime I use this brush on a client, they always ask where they can purchase one.
This brush is fabulous at applying foundation of all types. Liquid, cream and even powder. The density of the tight packed bristles ensure the product you are using is buffed onto the skin, creating the most flawless finish possible.

I've also used this brush for pressed powder and bronzer - it leaves any product, virtually undetectable on your skin.

I've yet to find a brush similiar to this anywhere else. Yes, other brands do the 'buffing' brushes that advertise they can be used for foundation, but I still find the bristles too loose, not densley packed into the barrel, therefore not giving the buffed look I so desperately wanted!

Another great thing about this brush? It doesnt malt allover your face - I've washed it several times, and it still hasn't shed any hairs. The brush hair is also, NOT DYED. I have one buffing brush which, every time I washed it, it would malt, and the water was alsways black after from the dye - this from a brand who charges the most for their retail, high end brushes.

Another singing praise for this particular Crown brush, is the fact it doesnt make your face itch! Alot of brushes similiar to this, leave the face so tickly, you are in great danger of scracthing all your makeup off after using it!

The handle on this brush is also the perfect length. Unlike some makeup brushes which are very long, you can't get too close to the mirror you are working in front of.

This brush provides ease of use, due to its length - it also feels comfortable to hold. The feel of the brush on your skin as you work the makeup onto it - is sublime, almost like a mini face massage.

I believe all budding MUAS, experienced muas, in fact anyone who wears makeup should buy this brush.

If I believe a brush or makeup product to be worthy of praise, I will shout it from the rooftops - and this brush is most certainly worth climbing to the top of any rooftop - and me, scared of heights.....

Use the link to take you directly to all details of this brush - and until the end of this month - get 10% off using this code: FINGC2014 - Hurry! This code can be used for ALL products on Crowns website, including all brushes, makeup and accessories! - This brush sells out QUICK!

Deluxe Round Buffer


ELF HD Blusher

Its no secret, that I love makeup. Being a professional makeup artist has been my life for the past, 12 years.

I am constantly on the look out for fabulous, new makeup to adorn my makeup kit - and as most of the work I do is going to be seen on camera, I have to be sure the makeup I create looks exactly the same in the photographs, as it does to the naked eye.

Maybe I'm making so sense? But have you ever noticed that your makeup looks fabulous when you apply it in front of your bedroom mirror - but then when the photographs appear on Facebook the next morning?
Your face looks chalky? Whiter than your body? It looks powdery and stark?

If your face is going to be infront of the camera, your need to be looking at what your are putting on your face, not only 'cus it looks pretty, but because its compatible witht the flashing lights.

HD makeup has seen a huge rise in makeup circles in the past couples of years. With HD foundations, concealers and even powders readily available.

I hear some people dispute it's just another way to get everyone into a new craze, buying, yet more makeup to weigh down our makeup kits.
I beg to differ.

I work with hundreds of brides, creating their bespoke Wedding Day makeup. Their makeup looking impeccible is paramount - when they get their photographs back, they want to be looking their very best.
I also work on alot of photoshoots - where the minute the model walks onto the set he/she is surrounded by photography lighting. If the makeup isn't compatible, you will notice. Likewise if the makeup is HD - this is also noticeable. It looks fantatstic!

High Definition products are usually:
SPF free
Talc free
Contain low amounts of Mica.

I could easily write a blog on all things HD - but lets keep to why I am here. Introducing ELF HD blushers.

I discovered ELF Makeup last year - trialing a few of their products. The range of products they have are great, and the prices are also fantastic.

Im fussy at what makeup products become destined to take pride of place in my professional makeup kit. I always trial a product on myself - before deciding if its worthy for travelling with me far and wide.

I discovered these little gems a few weeks back and at only £4.50 each I decided to buy one of each colour. Well, it is for my kit.............
I also couldn't help but notice they could easily be a dupe for another well known brand of HD blushers. The only thing that wasn't a dupe was the price......

The blushers took around two weeks to turn up - I could have kissed the postman when he arrived with them.

Positives and first impressions.
Packaging looks very modern and is definitely dressing table worthy.
The range of colours is impressive. Elf currently do 5 colours in this range. To some people this may not seem enough, but really, it is. I find some companies stock way too many colours - trust me, a few staple colours in your kit, is all you need. I have far too many blushers, as it's one of my favourite beauty products. In all honesty I only usually take around 8 with me for each job I work on.
The range of colours ( see below ) means there is, without doubt a colour for all skin tones. Well done ELF - no skin tone will miss out with this product.

Superstar - This is a deep pink tone - with what I would say a peach undertone. This colour is perfect on olive skin tones. I am a NW15 in MAC foundations - I did try this on my skin tone, and it was quite deep in tone. I found day time use it was too strong, but for evening wear, it was perfect. I use this colour alot on brides - Asian skin tones look lovely with this colour.

Headliner - This is my favourite colour for myself - and fairer skintones. Its a light, pastel pink. Dont be deceived thinking as it is the lightest colour it wont give good colour pay-off. Only a small amount is needed to give a lovely flush of colour. Another favourite for bridal makeup.

Diva - I compare this colour to a MAC lipstick - 'Girl about town'. This colour is very richly pigmented and looks best on warmer skin tones.

Encore - A deeper version of the colour, Diva. Again this colour would look great on the deeper skin tones out there.

Showstopper - Love this colour on the darkest of skins. Gorgeous. A deep, rich purple.

Diva, Encore and Showstopper are great blushers to use on photoshoots - fantastic on camera.

How to apply
I read a few of the reviews of this product on the elf website. The one things which seemed to pop up time and again was some people decided this product 'horrendous' or 'made you look like a clown'.
It doesnt.

Its very difficult when you buy a product, especially if it is offline, as you have had no demonstration of the product, nor have you had the chance of trying it before your buy, as you could do if you were buying it instore.
HD products as always richer in pigment - as is this product.
This is one of the best things about this product! I would rather have a product that was richer in pigment, which when used correctly, gives fantastic results, than a watered down, low in pigment product that needs constant build up ( hence using alot more ) and wears off within a few hours. What a waste of money.

The ELF HD blushers are so rich in pigment - when I first tried them on my hand - the smallest amount left the most fantastic colour pay off. I find products low in colour pigment, easily rub off just with the hand or a tissue. This stuff had to be removed with makeup remover. Thats a good start.

I applied the colour Stargazer - at 8am. I was working all day, and got home around 6pm.
The blusher hadn't moved, it hadnt slid down my face. It was still on, where I had applied it, with the same colour intensity.

Apply this product correctly - and you are onto a winner.
Apply this product incorrectly, rubbing it into your skin, will, quite obviously give you clown looking cheeks - whatever colour your choose.

The best way to apply this product is with a brush - if you apply using your fingers, dont expect fantatstic results, you've been warned.

A brush means you have control over how much is applied, and where it is applied. The best brush I found for applying this was the ever popular Crown Duo fibre brush. Choose the medium size brush. Too big, and you cant control the placement of the product - too small, I find it holds too much product and gives alot of colour payoff.

When using the ELF HD blusher, make sure you shake the bottle before use, as any water/oils can easily seperate whilst it is standing.
The pump bottle keeps the product hygenic and gives ease of use. Apply a small amount to your hand, and using your duo fibre brush, apply the product to the cheek area, gradually.
Again - I find this product is best applied to a fresh, foundation applied face. Dont cake your cheeks in powder, than expect a cream product to apply seamlessly - it will just clog and go patchy.

I find it hard to find any negatives with this product. I have tried - but in all honesty, for me, there aren't any.
Buy your ELF HD blushers here:

e.l.f. Studio HD Blush

Why not try it for yourself? ELF also do some HD foundation - I have my eyes on those! Has anyone else tried these?

Let me know what you think!


New Makeup series - Katy Perry!

Happy New Year to you all, fabulous followers!

I had a fantastic 2013 in regard to work - and have decided to up the game on my lovely little blog, which Im afraid to say has taken a back seat, for quite a while.

Welcome to my new makeup series called, 'Celebrity'.

Here I will be taking a well known celebrity and recreating, their signature makeup look.

So here we have to introduce this new series - Katy Perry.

I love Katys makeup - her signature look is full coverage, flawless skin - eye liner with full on lashes, and more often than not a fabulously strong colour on the lip - with a lovely flush of colour on her cheeks.


This is my favourite look of Katys. She also, sometimes will wear bright colours on her eyes, and I've noticed she loves to wear golds too - as this enhances her beautiful blue eyes.

Makeup products I used and placement of them if you would like to recreate ths look are as follows:

1 - My eye makeup saviour - Urban Decay Primer Potion. All over eye. Then sweep a light matte colour over the eyelid. I opted for MAC, Blanc Type
2 - Katy has blue eyes - Ive noticed her MUA uses a alot of golds - and yellow/orange based browns to enhance her eye colour. Here I used MAC Wedge eyeshadow to contour above the crease, to give more of a rounded shape to the eye, and make my eye colour 'pop'.
3 - Katy always has well groomed brows - and her brow bone is always clean and highlighted - here I used one of my Sleek makeup palettes - using the matte white to create a clean, crisp brow bone.
4 - If you look at her makeup closely - Katy often ears a white eyeliner instide her waterline - this brightens and open up the eye. Here I used NYX white Kohl pencil.
5 - I always recommend ensuring your brow is the right sahpe and correct length before you apply eyeliner, as its a good guide to create an axis for you liner 'flick'. Here I used MAC Spiked brow pencil with a little brown eyeshadow powder to set.
6 - Eyeliner. I used Illamasqua gel liner in Infinity. In my opinion, the best gel liner out there. Waterproof, and jet black. Not wishy - washy like some, it only need one application. Katy lines the whole eye, and flicks out the end.
Lashes were NYX. I only had these to hand - Katy normally goes for a much fuller, flirty lash, but with my eye shape, if I had applied these kind, you wouldnt have seen the makeup!

For my base - I kept it very full coverage - and very Matte. I can't ever remember Ms Perry having a dewy, highlighted complexion?

I used:
Bobbi Brown Long Lasting Foundation - in Ivory.
MAC - Light boost Prep and Prime pen - for brightening under the eyes.
MAC Studio Fix Powder in NC15 to set and add to the coverage.
For a pinky flush to the skin I used MAC Pink Swoon Blusher.

Lips - Katy loves, loves, loves her bright lips.
For this look I used two products. I used MAC Chromographic pencil ( available in pro stores ) in Magenta Madness allover the lip - and MACs iconic lipstick, Ruby woo on top. This gave the most gorgeous colour - and also satying power. No gloss on top, as Katys look is very matte.

I hope you like ladies - I have a few more makeup recreations up my sleeve - is there anyones makeup you would like to see re-created?
Let me know!

So now I can recreate Katys makeup - I'd love to recreate her figure for myself too? Hmm, that one may be a little tricky!