Three Old Loves...
If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen that I've had to move into a new place while my house is being completely redecorated (the cats are not impressed!). I used the move as an excuse for a beauty spring clean, and while I was clearing out my products I rediscovered a few old favourites. I had to pack light for the temporary move and take things that would see me through the rest of the winter (I won't be moving back home until early May) - these 'old loves' have made the cut and come with me...
The Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Gorgeously Golden and Glowy Makeup Look
Get Rosie’s gorgeously golden and glowing signature makeup look and do let me know what you think on Instagram x
In Essence... What's An Essence?
Years ago, when I was first appointed creative director at Shiseido and was working in Japan a lot, I remember being blown away by the sheer volume of products you could find that catered to every whim. In England for example we had one kind of cuticle cream/oil, whereas in Japan there was one for day, one for night, one for dry cuticles, one for dehydrated etc. etc., it was incredible (and in fact I'm still amazed whenever I visit Asian drugstores and beauty emporiums today). So it stood to reason that the typical Japanese skincare regime (like the typical Korean one) was very different and incorporated a lot more steps than the European equivalent - around five steps morning and night in Japan, and up to ten or more steps in Korea. They also used products like essences and lightening/whitening serums which weren't popular in the West at that time. Fast forward to 2016 and Asian skincare trends and beauty obsessions are gaining popularity globally - think the BB creams and sheet masks of the past few years - and recently at my studio I've seen a huge influx of essences.
#MakeupMoments - 'Carol' Cate Blanchett's Dreamiest Makeup Look Yet
Before the holidays I went to see Todd Haynes’ critically acclaimed and exceptionally beautiful new film, Carol, and was swooning over how gorgeous and brilliant Cate Blanchett is in it (newly Oscar nominated for her performance). With incredible costumes (designed by the legendary Sandy Powell), set design, cinematography, performances, hair and, of course, makeup, it truly is a visual feast of beauty - dreamy, alluring and completely intoxicating.
Kate Winslet at the Golden Globes - Beauty Breakdown
Hello from Hollywood! I'm in LA and have had an amazing weekend - on Saturday I did a booking signing and meet & greet at Violet Grey's incredible store-come-beauty haven (thanks SO much to everyone who came, I loved it!) and last night I was making up Kate Winslet ahead of the Golden Globes awards. Kate was well-deservedly nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, for her part as Joanna Hoffman in Steve Jobs... and if you saw my Periscope you'll know that we were all jumping up and down with excitement when she WON!! HUGE congratulations Kate!
Kendall Jenner Editorial Smokey Eye
Exclusive First Look - Strobing Powders for a January Glow
Strobing is a big beauty buzzword right now, but really it's just a new term for highlighting - a makeup technique that started in the theatres of Europe over 100 years ago. Highlighting has traditionally been used for bringing the high planes of the face forward, accentuating dimension and shape, and often in conjunction with contouring. In recent years highlighting products have evolved almost beyond recognition and now, in addition to their face sculpting qualities, they add incredible, often undetectable, skin beautifying luminosity. Modern highlighting products are especially perfect for grey January days when you want your skin to look radiant - they impart skin with a light glow and give the appearance of almost 'stepping into the spotlight' (hence the term strobing).