About last week...
If you follow me on Instagram you'll know that I'm just back from a sunny week in LA, where I had lots of exciting meetings (watch this space...) and events. I was also thrilled to be named Best Makeup Artist at the WWD and Variety magazine StyleMaker Awards, which celebrate talent working in the fashion, beauty and style industries (you can read the accompanying feature on WWD's website here). I was delighted to be able to attend the ceremony in West Hollywood and the beautiful, star-studded affair didn't disappoint. There were so many fabulous women like Kerry Washington, Katie Holmes and Viola Davis there, who brought a great energy to the room. I was seated next to the fantastic Freida Pinto and we chatted a lot during lunch, what a gorgeous creature she is!
Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaway 2015 - Makeup
Part two of my annual gift guide... this time it's all about MAKEUP! you are going to love this stuff!
As I mentioned in my skincare film, I’ve tried to feature products that are more easily available, still in stock and, where possible, sourced sites that deliver free of charge.
Watch Part 1 - Skincare here. x
Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway 2015 - Skin, Body & Bath
It’s that time again … my annual holiday gift guide is here! Part one is all about skincare, body and bath gift ideas.
This year, i’ve tried to feature products that are more easily available, still in stock and, where possible, sourced sites that deliver free of charge. I hope you like them. X
Watch Part 2 - MAKEUP here. x
My #facepaintbook beauty story in this month's Glamour Magazine
When Glamour UK's beauty director, the fabulous Alessandra Steinherr, heard I was about to publish my first book on the history of makeup, she not only wanted to feature it but also asked me if I could come up with a concept for a beauty shoot to celebrate the launch. I thought it might be fun to showcase signature makeup styles of four of the 'makeup muses' I feature in FacePaint, but bringing each one right up to date.
My Favourite Brushes (updated) - From My Kit
Quite a lot of you have requested an updated Favourite Brushes Film (my last one was almost four years ago!).These are some of my favourite makeup brushes that I have in my pro-kit at the moment.
Brightening Ingredients - The Low Down on the Most Effective
Like lots of people, my skin doesn't fit into one category - it's oily/combination, often dehydrated and prone to uneven texture and pigmentation, so I'm regularly on the lookout for products with brightening benefits that I can incorporate into my regime (to both improve tone and keep future discolouration at bay). I often find that products like these are good to use in autumn and winter months when you know you're not going to be exposed to strong sun every day (UVA is a huge catalyst for dullness and pigmentation). That said, no brightening product will be able to work to its full potential without a broad-spectrum sunscreen, so make sure you apply your SPF each morning (even when it's cloudy and grey outside) so your skin can respond as effectively as possible to the brightening products you're using.
Four Great Cleansing balms (without mineral oil)
I made a film about some of my favourite cleansing balms a while ago and had a few requests for recommendations of balms without mineral oil. I won't go into the mineral oil debate again here (I did talk about it a little bit at the end of my video - so if you want to hear my stance on it you can take a look), but if you prefer to use a cleansing balm that's mineral oil free, here are some that I've been trialling recently and have really enjoyed using...