Showgirl/Fantasy Peacock Eyes
Before I went on holiday I did two more looks on Meve, this one and a summery bronze tanned look - I’ll put up in a few weeks. This dramatic look plays with some of the really intense greens and vivid blues in my kit. The beautiful iridescent peacock feather shades and textures combined with the showgirly feel makes it a fun look for a party, club or festival.
Lisa Loves - Holiday Things
Fresh back from my holiday in the Maldives (don’t hate me), I thought I'd share with you some of the things I enjoyed using, reading and watching.
Suncare: For face I mainly used Suqqu's SPF 50 Oil Free Face Protector as it really works and is water resistant. I was also trying out Institut Esthederm's new Photo Regul for face, which claims to help regulate melanin production so you can get a glow without exacerbating patchy pigmentation. I usually use their Photo Reverse Anti-Pigmentation cream for my face, which I love, but thought I'd try out this, their newest edition for a change. I never lay or sit with my face in direct sunlight anyway but I did like this product a lot. The texture is lovely and I've returned with a light glowy tan on my face without any increase in pigmentation around my mouth and chin.
For body, I switched between the Institute Esthederm Photo Reverse Spray and Avene's High Protection Emulsion. When I knew I was going to be in the sea for a long time I used the Avene as I found it very, very water resistant. Its also non-comegenic so good for backs and chests if sun creams bring you out in spots in those areas. The less water resistant Institut Esthderm High Protection spray was great for walking around and easy to apply to legs, shoulders and arms etc throughout the day.
Skincare: To further guard against pigmentation and sun damage forming I used Murad's Essential C face wash. Packed with antioxidants vitamin C, E and A to help neutralize free radicals and environmental damage.
At the end of the day before dinner I washed my face with this and then applied Bioderma's Sebium Pore Refiner to the areas of my face that get horribly shiny in hot, humid weather. I then used 'This Works' Perfect Look Skin Miracle - a marvelous skin beautifier (more about that in forthcoming tutorials). Before bed I washed again with the C cleanser (I also had a small bottle of Bioderma Crealine with me to remove mascara on the couple of occasions I wore it in the evening) and then used Alpha H Gentle Daily microfoliant - a powder which transforms to a creamy smooth paste when mixed with water. A very gentle, non-abrasive exfoliator, it brightens skin and cleans the pores. I then used Murads Vitamin C serum which is marketed as a day product but worked well for me at night. It delivers a very high dose of Vitamin C for brightening, post sun collagen boosting and cell protection. No7's protect and perfect intense eye cream and a thick layer of Elizabeth Arden’s 8 hour cream on my lips finished off the process.
I often get breakouts on holiday, a combination of the hot tropical heat and using so much sun cream so I took Alpha H's Purifying Clay Mask for twice weekly spot prevention treatments. This mask deals very well with blemishes, containing large doses of vitamin A (don’t use when pregnant), Aloe Vera to soothe, Bentonite Clay to draw out impurities and Lavender Oil to hydrate and moisturise.
Red Carpet - Kate, Helena, Vanessa
I decided that whilst on holiday this past week, I would give myself a complete computer/online break. Most of us are glued every waking hour, constantly checking emails on our phones etc, and I'm no exception. I've hardly been online at all since I've been away (amazing for me haha!) but today I thought I do a tiny bit of work, gathering together a few recent red carpet pictures. The first two of Kate Winslet are from the worldwide premiere of Titanic 3D. I wont go into the make-up as this look has already been requested by a whole lot of people... so I'm planning a tutorial of this classically glamorous look. if you would like to see any of the others, please let me know in the comments.
Below, lovely Kate again, this time for the Cesar’s (the French equivalent of the Oscars). A completely different look this time, the stunning dress was head to toe sequins and provided a lot of dazzle so I went very simple on the make-up with a pretty black flicked liner and peachy lip.
Trend - Candy Colours
Candy coloured make-up is everywhere at the moment and lends itself to more playful looks. In this video I’m using sea green, lavender and candy pink to create a pretty spring look. I’m using a Givenchy palette but you can use any ice cream/sorbet candy shades to suit your skin tone and budget. Have fun!
French Pharmacie Skincare Favourites
I travel to Paris for work a lot and when I'm there I ALWAYS make time for a pharmacie shop. These are a few of my favourite brands & products from over the years plus a couple of new finds. Some of the items have been in my kit for longer than I'd care to mention ; ) Although several of these brands are now available in the UK, I still prefer a French Pharmacie shop to buying them in a department store back home - and there is always the excitement of discovering something new! I havent edited this video at all so it is quite logn but I hope you find it interesting X
Find City Pharma at 26 Rue Four, 75006, Paris.
A lot of French pharamcy brands are available from www.leguidesante.co.uk.
Gallery Update - Liv Tyler for Pantene
I thought I'd post this fab shoot I did for Pantene with Liv Tyler as the make-up looks are very different to the recent Marie Claire Cover look I did on her. Liv’s glossy mane was styled by the brilliantly talented hairstylist, and friend, Sam Mcknight using their Pro V range.
Sam created three distinctly different hair looks and the make-up needed to complement each one perfectly.