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Lisa Loves - Steamcream

Blog - 19th Nov 2011 - Comments 29 - Read →

I first came across Steamcream a few years ago and was immediately drawn to the beautifully decorated aluminium tins and the wonderful natural lavender scent. The kitsch designs look great displayed on dressing tables and bathroom shelves, and they’re also the perfect size for handbags and make-up cases.

The cream itself has a light, creamy texture, but when applied actually feels quite rich on the skin, making it perfect to use coming into the winter months. While it’s primarily designed to be a face cream, I find the richness a little two heavy for my combination skin but perfect as a body and hand cream (being completely multi-purpose, you could use it for all three if your skin is on the dry side).

As the name suggests, Steamcream is made through a steaming production process. When this process is used, it means the ingredients (such as cocoa butter and orange flower) can be fused together really quickly – this is what gives the product its converse texture, light to the touch but rich on the skin. Steaming also allows the ingredients to break down instantly on contact with the skin, meaning it’s able to sink straight in. It also contains pure essential oils such as lavender and almond, which intensify Steamcream’s healing and moisturising properties.

I find it quite interesting that the cream itself never changes – while so many brands work and rework product after product, Steamcream change the packaging while keeping what’s inside exactly the same.

This is a really cult product – the tins change every season, making them real collectables for Steamcream fans. In this picture you can see some of their limited edition designs, perfect stocking fillers for family and friends. Plus, once the cream is gone, the tins make nice storage tins for rings, earrings, pins or loose change. So it really is a multi-purpose product, with multi-purpose packaging!

 

Steamcream is £10.50 (for 75g) at Boots, John Lewis, Selfridges, ASOS and www.steamcream.co.uk. You can buy the three limited edition Christmas tins at Boots for £24.95.

Have you tried Steamcream? What do you think of it and do you have a favourite tin, past or present?

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Puffiness & Bags Under The Eyes - Causes and Treatments

Video - 18th Nov 2011 - Views - Comments - Watch →

The second film concerning problems in the delicate under eye area covers some of the causes and treatments available to help with bags and puffiness.

Please see the information underneath the previous 'Dark Circles' video for more info. Hope you find it useful X

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Dark Circles Under The Eyes - Causes and Treatments

Video - 17th Nov 2011 - Views - Comments - Watch →

So many people write to me asking what causes their under eye dark circles and what they can do to treat them so I thought I better make a video covering the basics. I’m not a scientist but I do have access to some of the worlds best cosmetic scientists and I’m always pushing to hear what’s new and interesting. Darkness and discolouration under the eyes has two main causes which I cover simply in this video along with some of the most well researched and effective ingredients for tackling the different causes.

I don’t feature too many products, instead focusing on identifying exactly what type of dark circles you have and the best ingredients to tackle them so you can make good choices when product shopping.

There is another video in this series coming tomorrow which covers some of the causes and treatments for under eye puffiness and bags (a question subject which holds joint place with the above as most frequently asked). I also made a video about using make-up to cover up under eye issues however it came in feature film length (so much to say!) so I think I need to re-make it!

Gallery Update - Anna Friel & Eva Herzigova

Blog - 15th Nov 2011 - Comments 33 - Read →

This week two very different cover shoots I worked on came out. The first is super cute 'Pushing Daisies' star Anna Friel. I did her make up in a very retro 60's pin up/glamour girl style as I thought it really suited Anna's elfin features.

To see how to do this type of eye make-up see my 'Quick & Simple 60's eye' tutorial.

The second shoot was with gorgeous super model Eva Herzigova for the cover of the newly re-lauched Italian Amica magazine. This is a shot from inside (unfortunately its not the best quality scan but hopefully you get the idea!). The make up was very glamorous but in a completely different way to Anna's. I used the illusion d'Ombre in Illusoire on her eyes (as featured in my 'Chic 5 minute make-up' tutorial) and the lipstick is a mixture of Mac's Ruby Woo and Lady Danger.

Hope you like these make-up looks! x

Anna Friel for Tatler - Photography by Rankin  - Hair by Panos Papandrianos at CLM

Eva Hertzigova for Italian Amica - Photography by Chris Craymer - Hair by Nicholas James at Premier Hair and Make-up

 

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Simple & Beautiful Party Make Up

Video - 10th Nov 2011 - Views - Comments - Watch →

I decided to do this simple and fresh party make-up tutorial on a day I was feeling very sick and under the weather. I dont know about you but I'm often feeling tired, run down and as though I'm coming down with something around the party season.

This very simple, classic look is super pretty and really gives a fresh peachy bloom to your skin. A universally flattering make-up that works on all skin tones (with a tweak to the shades to suit of course). This look will also compliment any outfit as the shades are neutral enough not to clash with any colours you may be wearing. It also looks super chic with a classic 'Little Black Dress'

Hope you like the look and I wish you all a healthy up coming party season!

Red Carpet - Sophie Dahl

Blog - 8th Nov 2011 - Comments 50 - Read →

Last night I did Sophie Dahls make-up for the Harpers Bazaar ‘Women Of The Year’ Awards at Claridges. I kept skin fresh and natural with the main focal point of the make-up, Sophie’s incredible eyes. I think she looked simply beautiful!

This is what I used and where:

Skin:

Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua in 10

Dior Diorskin Nude Concealer in 002

Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre

Eyes:

Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Eye Shadow in Eboui (a rich red/plum/brown shade) – All over the lid area and blended up into the socket line

Suqqu Dual Eye Shadow 04 Bokuyu - the darker shade from the palette was used at the outer corners of the lid, socket line and along bottom lashes

Hourglass Script Precision Liquid Liner in Jett - this fabulous liner was used all along the upper lash line and flicked up at the outer edge to create a subtle ‘cat eye’ and also to further define lower lash line at outer corner.

Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara in Black - Lashings top and bottom

Ardell Eyelashes Natural Style 110

Suqqu Brow Powder

Cheeks:

Bourjois Little Pot Rouge in Rose Eclat 15 - for fresh, glowy pink cheeks

Lips:

No7 Lip Pencil in Nude - All over the lips for definition and to create a long lasting stain

YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Beige Tribute 10

 

Find out more about the event at the Harper's Bazaar website.

Sophie’s hair was styled by Johnnie Sapong

Lisa Loves - Beauty Deja Vu

Blog - 4th Nov 2011 - Comments 25 - Read →

Images above L-R Chanel No5 (1975), Chanel No5 (1993), Miss Dior Cherie (2011)

Look familiar??

I've recently discovered a very interesting visual beauty blog called 'The Beauty Investigator' run by clever and super chic Frenchman (well I've never met him but I've decided he must be on account of his amazing taste!) Jerome Touron. The blog is split into seven sections all featuring beautiful imagery, inspiring quotes, fantastic video footage (check out Jerry Hall talking about how she was discovered) and interviews with beauty industry insiders. One of my favourite sections is called 'Genealogy' which features a series of almost identical beauty images shot at various points in history for magazines and brand campaigns. Makes you realise just how repetitive beauty imagery really is!

How fabulous is Catherine Deneuve in the old No5 ad?!

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