Thursday, 26 May 2011

Happy Birthday Stevie

I cant tell you how often I go on youtube to watch this clip. Something so absolutely mesmorising
about how this woman sings.. even if its just her presence.
'Wild Heart' suits the setting and the singer.. The setting for this clip was at a shoot for the cover of Rolling Stone..

I cant help but love the fashion also, funny how something so fashionable so long ago is now what we are choosing to wear today.


Thursday, 19 May 2011


Seemingly, as summer steadily approaches and idea of hot balmy nights excites me, I am also excited about one particular

The looks available to wear with pink these next few seasons are endless... whether you decide to go for a bold and daring neon pink (as discussed in the 'Quite Cute' post a few weeks back), a hotpink lip- the perfect accompaniment to beautifully natural, dewy skin.. using 'Show Orchid' or 'Girl About Town' by MAC or for a much subtler, romantic look..go for a soft wash of colour...

Girl About Town

For day to day looks or even for a night where you dont feel like having too much imapct with your look- you would just rather compliment your floral dress, having a tinted lip conditioner on the lip may be all you need.. I use religiously 'Fuchia Fix' by MAC or another colour 'Petting Pink' for a prettier affect.

Petting Pink

Make sure you understand the benefit of highlighting your face. The planes of your face must be always empahasised, and if you feel- like me, that you dont necessarily have amazing strength to your features..fake it! Using contouring and highlighting on the face is so important, and when I have lessons with clients- its almost the number one rule I insist on when it comes to their makeup. I have discussed contouring before (just go to the contouring tab at the bottom of the page), but something that it totally intoxicating me at present is the heavy use of highlights. To give your skin a beautifully glowy look, allowing your skin to scream "Look how healthy and natural I am!!".. use products that have a wetter consistency. I have previously raved about MAC's 'Soft & Gentle' highlight powder, but try something new- MAC's Cream Colour Bases or a highlighting gel/liquid.. pat the product softly on the highest points of your cheekbones..and arch it around up to your temple and above your brow bone, stopping just before your brow arch. Other places to highlight are the bridge of your nose, your cupids bow (middle of top lip) and your chin.

Other products which can help tie in the look is some soft pink blush on the apples of your cheeks. Ones I would recommend are:

Darker skin: MACs Dollymix, Benefits Coralista
Medium: MACs Fleur Power, Nars Orgasm
Light: MAC's Pink Swoon, MACs Blushbaby or Benefits Thrrob


On the eyes- go for a nude eye or a nude with just a slight tint of pink.. and make sure you add just a really fine line of liquid liner along the top lash, to frame it or for an even more natural look- omit the liner and use a brown eyeshadow and smudge into the lash line to frame the eye. To top it off, use a mascara which will define and lengthen, but wont clump or bulk up the lash..remember, its all about a soft, delicate look.

Ellie Saab S/S11

Valentino S/S 11

Chanel Cruise Show 11-12


Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Tennessee Thomas

One time flame of Mark ronson, drummer for The Like (see one of their
songs below) and a lady with quite a style..

Love the 60s theme of the video below, and generally of Tennessee's
taste in fashion, makeup and hair. lush...


One of the biggest events on the fashion calender, the Met Ball in New York hosts the whos who of fashion and celebrity royalty. Each year a designer is partnered with a celebrity who not only is a massive fan of their work, it is someone the designer is inspired by.

As expected Anna Wintour, accompanied by her daughter Bee, is wearing Chanel couture. Karl Lagerfeld partnered his muse of the moment Blake Lively from Gossip girl, who like so many chose to wear a neutral shade.Other trends seen were a many a sequin, crystal and detail; metallics, block colours, silks and thigh high splits.

Makeup was varied, with a number of people choosing smokey eyes- to compliment the metallics and heavy details in their dress; bronze eyes and contours; and beautifully dewy, flawless skin. Lips were kept clean, with soft washes of oranges, reds and nudes were extremely popular! Except for the minority, most kept their makeup clean, simple and effective... Softly lined eyes and lots of mascara.

Hair was mostly keep carefree and down. Soft tousled waves were all that was needed.. Loved all the hair/head accessories!


leighton meester met ball 2011 04

nicole richie met ball 2011 02

Love House of Harlows headgear and accessories above!

chloe sevigny met ball 2011 01

This girl is always a fav of mine. She doesnt give a shit,
and always plays by her rules <3

bar refaeli met ball 2011 02

isabel lucas met ball 2011 01

Isabel not only has the name I want, but the
boyfriend, the cheekbones and the dress sense.
Give me all of them and your head dress please!!

claire danes met 03

Her clutch is perfect, as is the fit of that stunning dress..

Alexa! I giggle everytime I see her on a red carpet event.
She makes simplicity an art. Knows what she likes, and
works her butt off in such a carefree way- makes you want
be her.


ginnifer goodwin met ball 2011 02

Not because this look blows me away, but because
the entire look makes a cool statement. Gennifer is
bang on trend and works it effortlessly. Her skin looks

rosie huntington whiteley jason statham met ball 2011 04

No reason in particular- I just think shes stunning.
The makeup perfectly compliments the dress..

liv tyler met ball 2011 02

Liv looks just a stunning as she did 10 years ago.
Effortless chic.

mary kate ashley olsen met ball 2011 07

Not a huge fan of the dress, but a MASSIVE
fan of the makeup. Mary Kate is a perfect example
on how to make a smokey eye sexy.. by grading it out.

rihanna met ball 2011 19

No one can ever blame the girl for not taking risks,
and the Met Ball is the place to do it. The hair is great up top, until
the plait comes down to her bum. Ew. Love the makeup though!

Sunday, 1 May 2011

A Right Royal Riot

With a 'Once in a lifetime' event happening 1km from my front door step- I had to get as close to the action as possible! Well, ok..maybe not out the front of the Abbey..but at Hyde Park where all the real action was happening! With a 120,000+ crowd, 600,000+ Union Jack flags and uncountable Kate and Wills face masks I enjoyed it all with a cider in hand on a nice patch of grass.

The grass wasnt so nice after all the cider had been consumed and the Pimms ordered, but the crowd was amazingly happy and festive.

Proud as punch to have been there to experience such an event! And I wasnt far off in the predictions on Kates dress too! The lace was superb, the makeup applied by The Duchess of Cambridge herself (thats what the public were told..but us MUAs arent convinced..) and the day a success.

Heres to a long and prosperous reign! X


Fitting timing for a new post- I do so on the day that I discover the exciting news that a lady very close to my fashion style-less heart- Alexa Chung, will be appearing on Vogue UKs June cover.

Vogue UK June 2011\

Alexa Chung At The New York Film Screening Of Ceremony, 2011

Alexa Chung's fashionable life!  - Alexa Chung at Topshop Unique - 11

But its not only Alexa's fashion style that has me weak at the knees, its also her barely there, quick and simple makeup that has me going! I love her makeup sense, in that she never feels the need to wear too much or too over the top makeup. She works her natural features simply and effectively.

Normally on the eyes she'll line them with a dark brown kohl (know for a fact shes got a major crush on MACs Teddy Kohl Pencil), with the occassional flick. For eyeshadow colours shell tend to stick to earth matte tones, to keep it simple and effective. On the skin she has used La Prairie Cavier Foundation with the creamy concealer on top. This foundation, with a whopping price tag attached is stunning. The caiver means the skin is perfectly illuminated without too much oil in the product to cause patching, lines or giving a cakey look. She teams this product with YSL's Touche Eclat. A perfect combination of a natural looking base, with the highlighter under the eyes for a natural brighter eye.

And with a quick swipe of mascara, and one of two combos- some baby doll pink blush and matching matte lipstick; or a nice ginger blush and a nice red lip.. shes ready to go!

But dont also forget kids that its not only Alexa that knows the benefits of having a really well prepared skin under her makeup. If you ask any fashion makeup artist out there- mua's spend more time preparing the skin before makeup then on the makeup itself. Get yourself into it now, if you havnt already!

I personally use the Creme de la mer oil cleanser, so that I can use it as a double cleanser. For the days that I am wearing makeup (most, if not all ;) ). Once on the dry skin it sloughs away the malkeup, with the oil breaking down everything on the skin..then splash on some warm water to make it react and it kicks into its next stage of cleansing. I then team in with my Clarins Multi- Active day cream and my creme de la mer eye concentrate.

Alexa personally likes Keihls and Dr. Hauschka (organic brand). Both of which are lovely also.

Enjoy x