The 12 shades of Shellac...which one would you go for?
At the moment there are only 12 shades available in the Shellac range but as you heard in the video thats all about to change with another 12 this August and an extra 36 next year, taking the total to 60.
In some cases the colour of the bottle is slightly different from the shade inside. I hear that the most popular in the UK are currently the deep Chocolate shade (which David tells me is nearly out of stock in London!), Negligee, a perfect beige buff (I'm trying this next) and the rose pink shade on the top right of the picture.
As it only launched globally a couple of weeks ago it'll probably take a while to reach all salons but keep your eyes peeled, it's coming to one near you soon!
A dream come true for nail polish lovers everywhere!
I love painting my nails different colours and getting the occasional manicure but its always a pain when they either smudge immediately or start to chip a day or two later. When I first heard about Shellac it sounded like a dream come true…a nail polish that doesn’t budge for at least 2 weeks! This film shows the complete application process and explains what its all about. Read more at CND.com
I’ll post a photo of my nails two weeks after the treatment so you can see how they are doing. Hope you enjoy this bit of fun. Its coming to a salon near you! Btw, David, the lovely guy who did my Shellac so beautifully has joined twitter, he’s @nailistasista
Lily wins 3 Ivor Novello Awards!
I have worked with Lily Allen quite a bit and earlier today I did her make-up for the Ivor Novello awards. I was completely thrilled and delighted to hear she had won 3! Lily works incredibly hard and this industry recognition is well deserved.
When I heard she had cried a lot during the acceptance speeches the first thing that came into my mind was "thank god I used waterproof mascara and eyelash glue!" Lily had some incredible vintage dresses to choose from, all of which looked great on her but this primrose yellow number was definitely the favourite.
The make-up was a wash of sheer glittery gold on the eyes and a kitten flick liner with lashes. The lip was a bit of an after thought once the dress was on, a poppy coral which added to her fresh prettiness.
I'm sure she is having a big celebration tonight to toast her success.
Congratulations Lily!!! Couldn'tt have happened to a nicer girl
Uber Bright Lips
This video on bright lips is more of a trend review than a straightforward look tutorial. Uber bright lips can look very dated depending on the other elements you combine it with so I’m including my tips on how to work the trend successfully for a flattering and contemporary finish, whatever your age. There are hundreds of fabulously bright shades in the shops right now, here are just a few of my current favourites. Hope you enjoy watching x
Make-up shoot for Vogue - Chalky Pastels Trend
I created the looks for this make-up story in the new issue of Vogue. Working with Beauty Director Nicola Moulton and Editor Jess Hogan the idea was to create the 'new pastel face' using this seasons latest chalky pastel products.
Matte chalky pastels like these are quite tricky to get right and can be very difficult to pull off outside the studio. I wanted the feel to be as candy/pretty as possible whilst at the same time having a real strength and fashion focus. I feel these sorts of shades and textures look more modern when they are combined in a clashing colour way....warm sunny lemon juxtaposed against cool lilac.
I kept the texture of the skin very velvety matte for the blue/lemon/pink shot and then played around with a lot more shine and highlight in the lilac/lemon shot. Both gave a completely different frame and feel to the pastels.
Its always fun to play with make-up in this way and great to try out and mix new and interesting textures.
Emmi Berggren from Sweden is the winner of the give-away and Fed Ex is heading her way! Congratulations Emmi!
There is another give away already in the pipeline and its one I'm very excited about. All will be revealed soon.
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