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Brand alert…

17 Jan

Brrr! Just a tad chilly at the mo, eh?!

Well, if you’re looking for indoor activities this weekend and fancy a spot of shopping, why not spend some time wandering about the beauty halls somewhere? Just me…?!

I was pottering about one such place recently and came across a new brand I hadn’t seen…. ‘Wild About Beauty’. This is a brand brought out by Louise Redknapp and her makeup artist Kim Jacob. They have an ethos that I completely agree with – not overloading the skin with makeup, natural looking finish and natural ingredients.

Taken from their site wildaboutbeauty.com

“Without over-complicating beauty; we offer a core collection of easy to use, paraben free, make-up essentials. Our products are packed with nourishing, beneficial ingredients including Winter Cherry Extract, German Chamomile and Organic Rose Water that work in harmony to enrich and care for your skin.”

Honestly, I’m not crazy on the name, or the packaging, but it’s what’s inside that counts (ha! funny coming from a makeup artist!).

I tried out the concealer (obviously, as I’m obsessed!). It is creamy and goes on nicely. I walked about the store and looked in plenty of mirrors, and yes, it covered my dark circles! It comes in a little pot with two shades, so you can mix and perfectly match the shade to your skin. They don’t have a lot of pot combos, but there are probably enough to suit most people.

I was given a couple of samples of serums

Rose Water Illuminating Serum

Rose Water illuminating serum

Botanical Skin Prep

The Rose Water serum has a nice light texture that you can use on its own, or under makeup. Nice!

I also poked my fingers into the eye shadows and cheek colours. All lovely textures. The shadows are very flattering colours, and come in powder and cream. The blush comes in powder, cream and cream to powder (clue in the name, goes on like a cream and develops into a powder finish).

You’re going to love the brand if you like soft, natural beauty. All very interesting and really worth a look ladies :0)

Have you tried any of their products? Write a post and let me know!

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14 Sep

Phew, what a wedding season!! So many wonderful, gorgeous brides and weddings, well done 2012!  And to top it off, my family and I get to start thinking about next year’s bonanza wedding, as my little bro is getting married in Autumn 2013 (well, spring for him and his fiance as they live in Brisbane..!?!)!

Now, even though I’ve been through the highs and lows of planning a wedding (although I was one of the lucky few whose partner was heavily involved), I am always amazed at how early the planning, booking and decision making begins. The smug sense of ‘having nearly done it all’ once the venue, photographer and caterer have been sorted  is quite entertaining to me – ahh, those starting the journey, you’ll see how far from the truth this is 2/3 weeks before your day ;0)!

So, I thought I’d spend a few minutes putting together some of the fantastic suppliers I’ve met and worked with, to help any of you starting out on your wedding day planning.

The large budget items I mentioned earlier, ie the venue, are usually the things that get done first. With good reason! It’s the finishing touches that get left until later, flowers, makeup, mother of the bride outfit (possibly not something at the top of a Bride’s list, but still requires your time and attention), jewelry for example, are those areas you usually come round to decide on later in the process.

Now, I think almost all girls love flowers?? Personally, I love the scent and delicate nature of flowers. However, I’m always disappointed how quickly cut flowers die (and then create that green goo in the vase?!!). Especially disappointing  in relation to wedding flowers, which let’s face it, aren’t cheap and are usually left behind at the venue, never to be seen again. If only you could have them as a keepsake, decorating your home for ever more. The solution??? I have it for you…. I have the pleasure of introducing an extremely talented lady, Claire Rowswell and her company Design and Deliver http://www.designdeliver.co.uk/ . She makes the most beautiful “handcrafted flowers –  luxurious, unique, bespoke blooms”. As she says, “a love for the sculpted form of flowers and a passion for design, led me to design my own unique handcrafted sculpted flowers”.  She provides flowers for all aspects of your wedding day, in the colours you desire to fit with your theme! Awesome!

One of her Brides and their bouquet

Decorating the cake to perfection

The lady herself, hard at work

Moving on to some finishing touches, jewelry. I used this company, and saw that a couple of ‘my’ brides also had pieces from this collection. Gorgeous sparkly items, great prices and so much choice. Well, sounded damn good to me ;0) Check out http://www.glitzysecrets.com/ . Vintage or modern, they have something to suit everyone. As a finishing touch to the finishing touch, each item you purchase comes in the pretty pink and black box, so storage post wedding is sorted!

On to fashion!! Now, we all know how hard it can be to find that perfect outfit, or one particular item, for an event (or even just day to day styling). Check out this super stylish and talented lady, Josie Stevens http://www.notjustadress.com/ . She is the stylist (and all round fun, great person to boot!) to help you, your mum, or mum-in-law to be!! As she points out she’s “worked within the fashion industry for over 10 years across a number of different fields, and because of this consistently found myself being the friend that everyone turned to for fashion do’s and don’ts, or boyfriends and husbands contacted for help with finding the perfect present”.

Finally, makeup ;0) I bet you have no idea who I think should get your attention…… MOI! Check out my site http://hazelburford.com/ to see my full portfolio (follow the link to see more wedding images). Here are a few Brides from this year’s bounty!

Have you found some great suppliers you’d like to recommend?? Let us know :0) Happy planning…

Brides Galore

7 Aug

Hi folks!

As you know (or at least we’ve been told) it’s summer! Summer, although it (usually) means sunshine, bronzing, picnics and alfresco dining, it also means wedding season is in full swing. I have had the pleasure of doing the beautifying prep work for a number of Brides. All of whom, I can vouch, have been wonderful ladies to work with, and gorgeous!

So, I thought I would share with you the most popular makeup and hair features I’ve seen, and done, so far.

Bridal beauty is often the epitome of ‘natural beauty’. Funnily enough, whether the end result is ‘no makeup’ or ‘party/carnival’ almost the same number of products are applied to the face and skin, and only the colour and tone is changed.

Wanting to ‘look like yourself’ is a popular request. However, I have pointed out that whilst this concept is all well and good (thanks magazines for the concept!) that if in fact you don’t wear makeup day-to-day, you are unlikely to look quite like ‘yourself’ once I’ve done my magic! Still, I’m not a total gorgon, and do at least make sure my brides look glowing and the image of perfection by the time I’m done.. The other element that should be remembered is photos have a power to essentially disintegrate makeup, so you need enough in the first place to show throughout the photos, and your album.

Lashes, individual and strips have been a very popular request. I have to say, I am a huge fan of these little additions! Individual lashes at the corner or your eye, or the full strip for volume, really do add a wow factor. These with a good black mascara and some feline shaped eyeliner really does transform your eyes. Be careful in applying them if you’re doing you own mind..!!!! ‘Transform’ can be a negative idea ;0)

Pink lips are always the starting point, but I have noticed more girls asking for brighter shades. This can add so much to the overall look of the makeup. Having the little extra ‘punch’ of colour can make your skin look healthier and your eyes more twinkly.

In terms of hair styles, a soft and less structured look is definitely the ‘look de jour’. It can be a lot more flattering, and modern than the more structured styles. Having said that, you do need to bare in mind the look of your dress and mood of the wedding in general when choosing hair styles, more so than makeup. Having heavily stylised hair and a country garden theme isn’t a natural match for example! Another interesting change is a slight shift from higher to lower styles. Now brides often talk about low buns, rather than having hair angled up from the ears (previously thought to be more flattering).

Although they may not be close ups of makeup, here are a few images of my brides doing bridey things :0)

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the different looks, and any thoughts for new bridal trends..

4 Feathers (maybe more!) and a Bride..

10 May

Good day to one and all.. It’s nearly the weekend!!

It’s been an interesting week-10 days. I’ve been helping to plan a hen party, been to a wedding, bothering ASOS and had a shoot. Pretty darn good all in all :0)

The wonderful wedding was in Yorkshire, at Ripley Castle. The sun shone, the blossom was out in full force and the birds sang, all very Disney in truth. Although I was Captain of hair and makeup for the bride, bridesmaid and mother of the bride, I have to say that they all looked fabulous! Nothing like pure happiness to make someone glow (as well as a touch of highlighter te he). After chatting to the bride, we channeled our thoughts and used Audrey Hepburn as our inspiration. Hard to go wrong with her simple, elegant beauty and style really!

So, we began. Primer, tinted moisturiser, foundation (on T zone for an extra flawless look), touch of powder on the T zone, under eye concealer, blusher, bronzer, highlighter on cheek bones, eye shadows, eye liner, mascara, lip liner, lip stick, lip gloss. I think that’s it.. Phew!! And all that to create the ‘simple, natural, elegant beauty’ we were aiming for ;0) Don’t be fooled girls, these adverts and campaigns you see of girls frolicking in a bikini apparently with no make up.. they have it!!!! Plenty of it ;0)!

Hair-wise, following the same theme we went for a small beehive and french twist. The bridesmaid had some lovely little pearl grips which i put into the ‘neck’ of the twist to decorate!!

There were two fantastic photographers on hand, so clearly their photos will do the bride more justice… Until that point however, you can have a sneak peek!

A wonderful and gorgeous day! Congratulations once again :0)

 

…And here is a much more ‘to the point’ shot, ie not by moi!!

 

 

On to the next interesting part then………..

Yesterday I had a test shoot with the talented photographer Chris Pugh. Now, I will let you into a little secret. Test shoots can be a superb way of building your portfolio, updating your work and trying different things. However, you need a good photographer to make this worthwhile!!!! Otherwise test shoots can be a giant waste of time and energy :0(

Not yesterday as I say. Oh no!!! We had neon pinks, deep blues, turquoise and gold shadows and false eye lashes. We had feather collars and peacock feather crowns. AMAZING!!! Our model was a gorgeous girl called Zuma. She was really keen to get great poses and make sure she looked her very best. Now, you’d think most models would do this. You might even think that it was a necessary part of being a model. Ha!! Not so… So, a great team and some great results. I cannot WAIT for you to see the results…. Not long I promise!

Until then (again!) here are a couple of snaps from my phone….. You can just make out the ‘action’ shot of Chris at work!

modelling 101 by Zuma!

Bridal makeup tips

30 Apr

What a beautiful sunny start to the week. Such a pleasure!!

In no time at all the wedding season will be kicking off. We have the pleasure of being guests at a wedding on Saturday in fact. It’s all very exciting, the dress is ready, hair style thought through and makeup all sorted. And that’s just me ;0)

So many brides want to know the ‘secrets’ and tips to looking their very best. At this point it should be said that bridal makeup really isn’t that different to ‘normal’ makeup!! Everyone wants to look the best they can (i assume??) and the majority of people like to look quite natural (during the day at least). The only difference I routinely suggest to brides is the use of long wear/waterproof makeup. All that blubbing needs to be taken into account ;0).. But then again, many guests do suffer the same fate ;0)

Right. Here are a few of my hot tips:

1) Make sure your foundation is the perfect colour, that blends perfectly with your skin. Don’t make do, or your photos will be a memory of that orange day for ever more! Don’t choose a finish that is too powdery, as it will make your skin look dry. Yuk! There are long wear formulas which still leave a dewy finish, head for these – Bobbi Brown and MAC have GREAT options.

2) Use a primer (see the previous blog entry) to ensure your foundation stays in place until you cave at the end of the day.

3) Consider a cream blusher. It will give the soft but polished finish that looks so pretty. MAC, Bobbi Brown and Nars all have amazing shades of pinks and corals to make you look amazing. However, if you tend to have greasy skin perhaps stick to powder blush.

4) Use a long wear cream shadow as a base on your eye lid. This will give a great base colour, but mostly it can act as a primer for the powder shadows you put on after. Again, Bobbi Brown and MAC have great options. However, I have also recently tried Maybelline’s cream shadow which was impressive. Also, the Italian brand KIKO (at Westfield Stratford and Shepards Bush) has fabulous shadow sticks and powders, at amazing prices.

5) Waterproof mascara. Obviously! And unless you have alabaster skin, use black mascara.

6) Try a lip stain under your lipstick. Choose of soft and pretty pink stain, such as Rimmel or Benefit and layer your lip colour and gloss over the top. This way, as the top layers wear off through kissing and sipping champers, you should still have colour on your lips! You should only need to top up the top coats when you pop to the ‘ladies’  , instead of a special trip. Hurrah!

As I said, most of these tips are perfect for day to day makeup as well!

I thought you might like to have a peek at a couple of bridal makeups I’ve done….

Best wishes all!!!

BB creams and Bridal makeup

17 Apr

Happy Tuesday all!

So, here we are again.. here’s hoping you will be pleased to see my name in your inbox notifying of yet more ramblings?!! I’ve had some lovely comments so far..

I have 2 thoughts for you so far today!

Firstly BB creams. Now, I’ve done a little bit of reading and come up with two different beginnings for this new ‘wonder product’. Both are loosely based around the idea of a ‘one stop shop’ item that can care for and cover skin in one go. Bonus!!!! Love it already ;0) Funnily enough the idea of an all-in-one nourishing product that can even skin tone came from post-op skin needs?! Well, however it came about the idea has legs ;0)

However, I am currently struggling to find one which genuinely caters for us fair skinned folk. The Garnier BB cream has a lovely texture, really does give dewy glowing skin, but it’s just not the right tone, too dark. All very disappointing, especially when they seem to be trying to create different shades ‘fair’ and ‘medium’? I had the same experience with Boots No.7 cream too. So, my search continues and is guiding me towards Clinique next ..!!!

What have you found so far? Any recommends we simply can’t live without out there..??!

My second thought stems from realising it’s beginning of the (classic) bridal season!! I have a number of weddings booked in and a number to attend, and even the occasional overlap ;0) All very very exciting (yes the makeup, yes the nuptials, but really all those outfits to plan and wear!!!!?!). So, I thought I would show you some previous Brides I’ve had the honor of ‘working on’, in honor of those about to take the plunge!

For some more of my bridal images, go to http://www.hazelburford.com and go to the Bridal link!

See you here again soon :0)