Bridal Glam – White dress

This gallery contains 10 photos.

I enjoyed creating this look. The model is beauty Siham @sisimissvip on instagram.

Dress is by The Bridal Gallery London. Ealing based company who cater to all wedding dress needs. Continue reading

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Coral Caftan

Taking part in this shoot was very insightful. The team I worked with were absolutely professional and amazing. The look is part of my 2017 collection. The Moroccan caftan and accessories are available for bridal-styling service, in the UK, and Europe.

The experience enables myself and my team to take care of bridal make up and hair, outfit changes, veil setting as well as Doli/Amaria to complete the bridal package. Giving each bride a bespoke, tailored to each brides preference.

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Smokey Lustre

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There is nothing more versatile than a warmish smokey look to really warm up a look which can be glammed up or toned down to your preference. For this look I went glam to the max. Using the Urban Decay vice palette 3, this palette is so great for everything, and everyday, I feel as though this palette is all I reach for at the moment. Also I have used some plum-mish colours on the Lorac palette 1 for this look also creating the perfect transitional blend for this plummy smokey look.

A new make up hack I used for this look and I am unbelievably impressed and will definitely be carrying in my freelance kit from now on because the skin looked absolutely flawless was using the Nivea Post Shave Balm as a primer. Having brought for an impressive £3.52 for a bottle of 100ml this will last me much longer than the primers I currently use, and made my skin look radiant and appearing blemish free. My skin type is combination (mostly dry however) and I do suffer from eczema, this product was very gentle on my skin. As I am very careful with what I put on my skin to not irritate it.

Can we have a moment of silence on the lashes though? How insane are they? I brought this from Illamasqua on a whim. I do not usually go this dramatic on lashes despite being a make up glam addict who’s make up drama has no bounds.
The lashes are called ‘Lush’ and really complimented this Arabic liner smokey eye look. They were wispie and dense, just how I like my lashes; they do not look any different than mink lashes which are really popular. They are synthetic too which is perfect.

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The details used for this particular look are as follows:

Primer: Nivea Post Shave Balm

Foundation: L’Oreal True match Foundation

Concealer: Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser Concealer in Nude

Blusher: Mac Cosmetics Plum Foolery

Powder: Laura Mercier Invisible Powder , and Banana from ABH Contour Palette on Under eye area

Contour and Highlight: LA girl Cosmetics HD Concealer Beautiful Bronze LA girl Cosmetics Creamy Beige and Corrector LA girl corrector concealer in Orange

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Vice Palette 3 & Lorac Lustre

Bronzer: Anastasia Beverly Hills Havana

Highlighter: Mac Loose Powder in Golden (discontinued I believe) & Kiko Waterproof Eyeshadow in Gold

Eyeliner: Inglot Blackest Black Gel Eyeliner and Mac Liquid Liner

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Chocolate & Chocolate

Mascara: Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Setting Spray: Mac Cosmetics Fix + Spray

Lipstick: Limecrime Velvetine Liquid Lipstick in Riot

Lip Liner: Mac Cosmetic’s Stripdown

Lashes: Illamasqua lashes in Lush

Holiday Glam

The details used for this particular look are as follows: Powder: Banana by Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour kit & Laura Mercier Setting Powder Foundation: Nars Sheer Matte Foundation Contour and Highlight: LA girl Cosmetics HD Concealer Beautiful Bronze Mac concealer in NW20 Eyeshadow: Urban Decay … Continue reading

Pewter lovin’

As of late my ‘go to’ eyeshadow colours have been pewter, silvers and greys. I am usually rocking a smokey eye to salvage my helpless hooded eyelids; (yes there is hope)! For this look I’ve alternated to the creamy consistency of Estee Lauder double wear foundation which might I add really feels like skin. When contouring I do suggest not applying too much as it is a medium to full coverage foundation and it dries semi matte. Which in turn is mega convenient when you want to manipulate a finish to be matte or glowy.  Who wouldn’t want to have best of both worlds? I had gone a little bit heavier on the brows. I will do a small pictorial on how I do my brows.

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The details used for this particular look are as follows:

Concealer: Mac Pro Longwear concealer in NC20

Contour: LA girl Cosmetics in Beautiful Bronze

Highlight: La girl cosmetics in Creamy Beige

Powder: Ben Nye Luxury Powder, Laura Mercier Brightening Powder

Foundation: Estee Lauder in Dawn

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade in Chocolate

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked 2 palette

Bronzer: Illamasqua bronzer

Blusher: Nars Orgasm Blush

Highlighter: Bobby Brown Shimmer brick in Bronze and Laura Mercier (unsure the exact name)

Eyeliner: Inglot Gel Eyeliner in 77 (blackest black) and Rimmel nude eyeliner.

Mascara: Lorac Mascara

Setting Spray: Mac’s Fix + spray to set

Lips: Soar lip liner and Velvet Teddy and Myth both by Mac

Lashes: Huda Beauty Lashes in Samantha

Current Skincare Regiment

As a long time eczema sufferer I have not had the luxury of having much success with fad products and raving about certain items as of when they come out. I have a few (and safe) staple items which I can not be without albeit on holiday or anywhere else these are my holy grail items. They have worked out for me for years and the simplicity is definitely paying off for me now that I have hit the age where how my skin looks ‘matters’.

Firstly to start I can not even attempt to move forward without removing ALL off my make up. I have heard sleeping with make up on quickens the aging process by 2 weeks, if you are to lax on anything do not let it be removing your make up. The way I see it if you have washed your makeup off and wipe your face with a flannel and a bit of make up is on it, you go back and wash your make up off until there is nothing. To help this process I use oil based makeup removers. I do not usually fuss over which brand as I do alternate between Mac, Garnier, L’oreal and currently am using the Sephora brand. Personally I like the Garnier waterproof remover simply because it rarely ever leaves residue, removes waterproof make up without much effort, and most importantly it does not leave my skin feeling dry straight after.

 

Garnier 2 in 1 make up remover

Tip: Do not use an oil based make up remover when tidying up the edges of your eye make up or fall out; it just makes such a mess for even the most disciplined of hands.

 

Cleansing is intrinsic for my skin, usually I would reach out for Garnier cleaners I’ve recently opted for the Superdrug B Pure brand micellar water, and in the past year or so they have become very popular with Bioderma micellar water amongst other brands have now allowed a more competitive, cost effective and safe equivalent on the market. THANK YOU Superdrugs. As well as cleansing this does tone the skins PH balance. This product prides itself on being gentle and it most definitely is and works very well, my skin is not left with a burning or stinging sensation or drying feeling. If anything it feels refreshed, which I do not get with most mainstream well marketed cleansers.

 

B Pure Cleansing Micellar Water

Tip: How I cleanse my skin; repeat cleansing process until the cotton pad has nothing on it pressing the pads in an upward motion to not overstretch the skin.

As far as toners go; to feel a toner would only work if it leaves me with  that refreshed minty feeling straight afterwards, I have no idea as to why. After being converted from the clinique toner for which I used for years it felt it just stripped my skin from it’s natural oils as well as just being too harsh for my skin. As clean as my skin felt it left me always rushing to moisturize my skin. I read good reviews on the this product and have been loyal to it ever since. It left me with the same refreshed feeling, completely minimised clogged pore issues such as blackheads and blemishes. It is very unlikely would I change this product for anything else.

 

Body Shop tea tree facial toner

 

Tip: Like all products though you would need to use this product often in order for it to actually work, the smell of tea is tree may be overwhelmingly strong if it is not your cup of tea.

Also regular facials make the world of difference I also suffer from the odd melia spots and if you find a good esthetician hold onto them for dear life, get a deep facial (nothing too abrasive on the skin) quarterly it has helped my skin so much.

To moisturise my skin I have taken my skin regime back to basics and this was advised to me by another friend who also suffers from eczema. But believe it or not I moisturize my skin with *drum rolls please* E45 cream. The no frills basic E45 pot I prefer the tubey version. I use this every morning as my day moisturiser equivalent it has no smell, locks in enough moisture for the day and absorbs into my skin so well, it does not dry my skin at all; it really just does what it says on the tin. I spare no expenses for anything that would go on my face and I do love fancy schmancy products but the fact that it is perfect for my skin and economic it just is the biggest plus.

 

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Before bed I use pure natural Moroccan argan oil. (the real one) I know it might seem a bit far fetched to obtain but I know amazon, ebay and selfridges also sells their version. If and when I find reliable sources online I would be sure to link them to the picture.

Argan oil

With argan oil originally sourced from south of Moroccan it is rich in vitamin A and E and fatty acids and antioxidants. Virgin argan oil works for me as it absorbs into my skin so well without leaving any oily residue. And if that isn’t enough it’s great for acne also, reduce inflammation and irritation on skin and it is anti aging. It can be used as an all over body moisteriser, and fantastic for stretch marks. To me it’s a miracle oil.

Tip: I do not recommend using this during the day and then going out in the sun. I am no dermatologist but any oil without SPF and sun would not be advisable.

Retro Beauty

If there is one thing I always recommend my brides at their trials is opt for a look that is timeless. I am all for timeless looks as the most important day of your life will be documented with a … Continue reading

Gold and Brown Sultry Smoke

Firstly using an SLR camera is such a dream, it picks up everything though; still trying to master lighting. Obviously there is nothing more perect than natural light so please excuse the lack of light for now as I plan to have it rectified in the near future.

For Nora I used the and lorac pro palette and did an Arabian sultry smokey eye of a contrast of matte and shimmer and dark and light. Which is so complimentative to any eye shape. She already has the loveliest features and with contouring I really wanted to bring more warmth to her skin. The highlight of the cheeks matching the shimmer and highlight of her eyes it was a really eye an catching look. This make up can be worn with a nude or white eyeliner or a more dramatic liner at the bottom (because yes I am all about the drama). And seeing as I went slightly strong on the eyes I wanted to create balance in toning down her lush lips with a neutral nudey pink colour, and kept them matte also.

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The details used for this particular look are as follows: 

 

Concealer: Mac Pro Finish NC20

Powder: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit Palette in Banana

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade

Bronzer: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in Havana

Blusher: Nars Orgasm Blush

Highlighter: Nars Highlight

Eyeshadow: Lorac Pro Palette in ‘Gold’, ‘Black’, Champagne ‘Taupe’, ‘Nude’ and ‘Sable’ and ‘Espresso’

Eyeliner: Inglot Gel Eyeliner in 77 (blackest black), and Smoulder

Mascara: Lorac Pro Mascara

Setting Spray: Mac’s Fix + spray to set

Lips: Mac Soar and Kinda Sexy

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Lorac Pro Palette

The Lorac palette is an affordable and sleek palette with 8 shimmer and 8 matte shadows, which is really good value for money Smashbox also have a similar concept of shimmer married with an equal number of mattes combos. This … Continue reading

Vice Palette 2

Any excuse for me to get experimental and I’m there. I am loving this look I did using the Urban Decay Vice Palette 2, seeing as I’m an Urban Decay addict I find all my post so far have been about these shadows – I will change the record; I promise. Along with the naked palettes this palette has been my ‘go to’ palette, as it has colours for most occasions with it’s reasonable mixture of velvety blends and matte shadows it’s perfect. Not very often would I wear pink especially on my eyes but it looks so pretty teamed up with your not so usual gold shadow ‘Blitz’ and Pink ‘Coax’ (who comes up with these names?). The new 2014 Vice Palette is already out and cannot wait to get my mitts on that too, and with them being limited edition I waste no time in buying them.

Vice Palette 2

Vice Palette 2

The details used for this particular look are as follows: 

Vice Palette 2 look

Foundation: Mac Studio Fix – NC20

Contour: Mac studio Finish and corrector  NC45

Concealer: Mac Studio Finish NC20

Powder: Ben Nye powder

Brows: Urban Decay Vice Palette ‘Rewind’

Bronzer: Mac’s Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in Havana

Blusher: Nars ‘Orgasm Blush’

Highlighter: Mac’s ‘Belightful’

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Vice Palette 2 – Blitz, Coax, Voodoo,X-Rated and  Betreyal

Eyeliner: Lorac’s Eyeliner Pen ‘Draw the Line’

Mac’s Fascinating

Mascara: Lorac Pro Mascara

Lipstick: Mac’s Kinda Sexy

Setting Spray: Mac’s Fix + spray to set

Lashes: Ardell demi wispies