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Basic Skincare- cleansers for different skin types.

Cleansers- quick ideas to get you started.

A few products to help as a guidance for choosing basic skincare products.

If you can afford to invest in some premium brand products it will help you get started as the consultants will be able to match and give you advice and a good regime to get you going. However this isn't always possible.

Cleanser- Micellar waters are everywhere at the moment and are a decent everyday, purchase. If used properly this will give you a really good cleanse, you need to make sure you put some product on a cotton pad and massage all over your face. Do this until the cotton pad eventually wipes clean. This should happen after the 2nd pad in the morning. When taking off your make-up you will need to go over the whole of your face and neck a few times. This is good for most skin types, especially sensitive or irritated. I like the simple one at the moment but lots of brands do them. This is definitely a better way to cleanse if you usually use face wipes(not good for everyday cleansing.)

Dry or Dry/oily combination- Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

This is amazing and really gives you a deep down cleanse. One of my absolute favs!

Oily- Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

A great gel wash that leaves the skin clean and not feeling greasy.

Sensitive- Avene are a wonderful brand if you are struggling with sensitive skin. They do a few different cleansers depending on what your skin is like but brilliant if you have sensitive, sore or irritated skin.

Toners- choose a toner that goes with your cleanser. It will work in conjunction with the cleanser you have chosen and give your skin extra benefits of those products.

High street or premium brands will have these products in there ranges, its important to know your skin and choose products that work with them. It is likely that our skin will change so do not be afraid to change products with these changes. You will get the most out of your skincare when using products your skin likes. Try them and pay careful attention to improvements in your skin by following a basic routine EVERYDAY!

Primers A Quick Guide

Primers for Face!

If you would like to try some primers but not sure what to try I have posted some ideas to give you a helping start. Some of them will cover a couple of different skincare needs but I have broken them down into the best for each concern(listed above each product.)

Longer lasting make-up.

Giorgio Armani Maestro UV Primer:

Oil control.

Smashbox Photofinish Blemish Control Primer.

Radiant skin:

Laura Mercier Radiance Primer:

Smooth skin and minimise pores:

Benefit The Pore Professional:

Sun Protection Factor:

Bobbi Brown Face Base:

Building Basics-Skincare

Building on the basics Skincare.

Exfoliators- These can come in the form of grains or as chemical exfoliators and they get rid of the dead skin cells that lay on your skin, making way for new skin to come through. This makes skin brighter and clearer as it helps to unclog pores.

Masks- I like to use these as kind of like a treatment to the skin. These come in many different types,

Serums- These are extra products used to supplement the skin. They are super concentrated so help to absorb easily into the skin.


BB cream- help to brighten and protect the skin. They usually have a higher SPF than foundation products. They have a slight tint to them and most brands will work better for normal to oily skin types.

Use these products if you have normal to oily skin, want to protect your skin from the sun/pollution. Want a light coverage on your skin.

CC cream- these are colour correctors. They help to address specific skin issues for a brighter,healthier looking skin. They work on improving the tone of the skin. Most work well with redness and have an SPF.

Use these products if your skin has redness, dull or is tired looking. Can be used under your foundation.

Primers- These come in many different types,textures and for many different purposes. The general idea of these is to smooth and prime the skin ready for a flawless foundation application.

If you want to use this product you will have to decide what your main concern is first!

Check out my blog Primers A Quick Guide for more information.

Building on the Basics Make-Up

Building on the basics.

Building on the products that we started with in my previous blog. These are extra additions for a basic day or evening look.

Concealer- this is most useful for concealing under-eye dark circles. This will add a brightening effect to you face and stop you from looking tired. If you have blemishes these will also be covered up by concealer.

Brows check out my blog about brows for more info.

Bronzer- this is a great addition to blusher. It won't brighten the skin the way blusher does but it can add definition to your face. Apply this to the area under your cheek bones to give you definition and apply lightly to areas of your face in which you may want to appear smaller or less noticeable, such as forehead. Bronzer is also excellent for adding a little warmth to the skin. Either in the Winter to warm up a paler skin or in the Summer for a sun kissed glow.

Eye liner- perfect for adding shape and definition to the eye. It can also add more drama to your look, turning it from a day to evening look or can turn your usual look to a fashionable/on-trend, coloured eye-make-up look in an instant.

Lipstick/Gloss- helps to brighten the skin and adds drama as well as defines and perfects the lips. Choose a colour that is similar to your natural lip tone to find a suitable, natural shade for everyday use. Experiment with brighter shades for an evening make-up.

Check out my favourite make-up page for ideas for products.

Dual Phase Cleansing

Dual Phase Cleansing

As the title suggests I thought I would write a little article about cleansing- twice!

I was first introduced to this idea about 15 years ago when I was regularly using the 3 step system by Clinique.

Anyone who knows about the Clinique 3 step system will know that you have a Facial soap, refiner/exfoliate and moisturiser (to restore moisture) as your regular 3 step but then you also have to choose a specialised moisturiser for your skin needs. Along with this you have to choose a make-up remover. Hence the Dual Cleansing. Sometimes I would cheat and double up with the Facial Soap to remove my make-up. In later years I moved on to using Dermalogica and they have a product called Pre-cleanse. Which is an oil based make-up remover- the first oil based remover I ever used! It is brilliant.

I used to have oily/combination skin. This resulted in regular breakouts. I since believe that had I of stuck to dual cleansing my skin would have significantly improved.My skin has since changed to being dry/combination and I still find it useful- heavy oils/balms removes creamier based foundations and heavier face creams.

I have tried many make-up removers since and I have to say I do believe it is beneficial. The reason I believe it to be so useful is to ensure you are properly cleansing your skin getting rid of all the dirt and pollution and allowing new skin to come through. Making this your best skin ever!

Check out my Favourite products page for some ideas of products for different skin types.

Basics- Eyebrows


Over plucking is bad! One because you end up with no brows (sometimes they do not grow back) and two because you end up completely changing your face shape. It's also true of not keeping them maintained!

If your really stuck with your brows the first thing I would suggest is to get yourself down to a decent brow bar or salon. Explain what you are finding difficult and let them re-shape them for you.

I have dark eyebrows, which always grow thick if left, so prefer to leave them as natural as possible. Otherwise they end up looking like caterpillars! I do like to add a little powder to fill in any little gaps. Of course if you do have dark hair and want to thicken them up a bit I'm not suggesting you will end up with caterpillar brows.

If you have fair hair you may find you lose them a bit. Again I would use a little powder to fill them in and build up the colour. If they need thickening up but you don't feel confident with a powder invest in a brow gel with fibres. Much easier to build up the brows.

A general rule is that the end of the brow should be in line, diagonally, with the end of your nose and you should avoid taking too much hair away from above your brow. Also only take away some hair that is above the inner corner of your eye otherwise you end up with a massive gap between your eye brows!

For more information on filling them in check out my basic eyebrow shape blog.

Autumn Wedding Make-up.

I was at a fantastic wedding last week which had a distinct Autumn feel to it. The hair accessories, dresses, flowers all gave away that it was an October wedding.

At the trial, when I was told the theme, we started thinking about ideas for the hair and make-up which would go nicely with the rest of the wedding. The ideas that we came up with to keep a real Autumn feel would be to style the hair with a very "woodland" effect.

The bride opted for a hair up style so we created a look that was wispy and not too neat. We tested the look with a few hair accessories but opted for a flower hair vine as the final look.

On the wedding day we also decided to add in a crown plait, this was an stunning addition to the overall look.

The make-up we kept soft with porcelain skin. We went for a brown-orange wash of colour on the eyes and kept skin clear with a matte finish. We tried a berry lip but the bride felt that she would prefer a softer lip colour as that was more her natural style. So we chose a wonderful peachy-pink, creamy lipstick. We also chose this theme for the cheeks.

The bridesmaids were dressed in Navy blue with matching hair accessories. Hair up styles all round for them, staying with a similar theme but making each style slightly different. The hair was styled with curls which we incorporated plaits and pinned up. Their make-up consisted of a beautiful, grey smokey eye to compliment the darker dresses. We kept the rest of the make-up fresh with a hint of a neutral pink lip colour.

Back To Basics-Skincare

Back to Basics- skincare

Okay we could talk about this forever and it is an endless topic but again I shall attempt to break it down in this blog a little for beginners.
The age old saying " Cleanse,tone, moisturise" isn't far wrong and a very good place to start.
And it's amazing how many clients I see who do not do this on a regular basis. When they do start you can see an instant improvement.

Cleansing: This gets rid of dirt and grime and excess oils that build up during the day/night. Also removes make-up! Most important! By not doing this your skin literally cannot "breathe". It gets congested and looks dull. It also can accentuate fine lines and wrinkles.
Cleanse morning and night. Choose a cleanser for your skin type.
(Help with products will come later)

Toners/refiners: Closes pores,smoothes, calms, can hydrate, some types exfoliate(with ingredients rather than just grainy bits)Prepares skins surface for moisturiser.

Moisturiser: This is Key to better looking skin, smoothes, helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles and acts as a great base for smoother looking make-up, but most importantly adds moisture to the skin.
A blog will follow about winter skincare tips, also see my blog about dual phase cleansing and building on the basics for more information.

Products shown in the above picture are a few of my current everyday products and are ideal for a dry/combination skin type. The above link will give a few ideas of other products which are amazing!

Back to Basics-Make-up

A beginners Guide

A couple of my friends and clients have recently asked me about what they should have in their make-up bags, saying they want to achieve a bit more with their make-up on a daily basis.

They all seem to have the same problem a bag full of their favourite products and just a little time to achieve their daily look. So I thought I would go back to basics on a series of quick looks and essential daily products for your bag!

Here goes-
Back to Basics- A Beginners Guide

5 key everyday make-up products ( I will do a seperate one for skincare as this is a whole different area!)

Base- If you are starting from scratch or not used to wearing any make-up, I suggest starting with a tinted moisturiser. This is also much easier when looking for a colour match as most brands only have around 3 colours light,medium, dark. If you are unsure use a tester to apply colours to along your jaw line. Whichever is easiest to blend to your skin colour choose. Look out for an oil free tint if you have oily skin.

If you wish to increase the coverage use a foundation or use a concealer for problem areas such as dark circles,blemishes.

Check out my Foundation/concealer Blog for more information.

Mascara- Always a firm favourite in desert island beauty products. There are a huge range to choose from. I always think Black is the best colour to choose as you will get maximum impact. Only go with brown if you have really fair lashes and want a really natural look. If you have short lashes choose a lengthening mascara and if you have thin/sparse lashes go for volume. If you have perfect lashes the choice is yours!

Blush- Always the quickest way to add colour and warmth. (Try and avoid using your base to do this)
A peachy/pink tone will give your skin a fresh,everyday glow. Pick a lighter shade for fairer skin and increase colour for medium/dark tones. If you have normal or oilier skin choose a powder formula and if you have dry skin choose a cream blush (these can double up as a lip colour).

Eyeliner/Shadow- As this is a starter guide I suggesting one all rounder product. To change your look, then you will need to build up your products. Choose a medium tone/neutral eye shadow. Taupe is usually a really good colour for light/medium skin tones and a light chocolate hue is great for medium/dark.

Lip- The easiest and quickest way to pick a lip colour for everyday use is a tinted lip balm. It will keep your lips hydrated and add a little colour.

A quick before and after!

Quick Autumn Update

Quick Autumn Update

I'm not keen on the weather turning so cold this quickly however really enjoying all of the berry and khaki colour trends that Autumn brings.

A quick way to change from summer to Autumn without having to change your whole make-up is to use an eye pencil/shadow or lip colour.

There are lots of eye pencils on the market but I have found three colours which are a wonderful combination for all eye colours but still stay on trend and are not overly expensive.

Rimmel Soft Kohl in Jungle Green

Barry M Bold Bronzer Waterproof Eyeliner

Clinique Cream Shaper in Chocolate Lustre

You can use all on there own or mix and match to create slightly different variations, especially to bring out your eye colour.

A few combinations to try:

Blue/grey eyes- Try the Gold with Green

Blue/green eyes- Try brown with Green

Hazel/brown eyes- Try a combination of all three.

For an extra treat or for someone treating you (even better!) try the new Chanel Eye shadow Quad in Tisse d Autumn or Bobbi Brown Lip Colour in Berry Punch.


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