This weeks style was gingham, oversized shirts and summer sandals. And even tho its now going into winter here, I'm dreaming about my wardrobe for when summer returns.
There is always some sort of makeup fad. Red lips, nude lips, highlight, no highlight. But the contouring one seems to have hung around ... thanks to the Kardashians. All that layering of highlighting and shading looks great in a photoshopped pic but often frightening in real life. Yet a little sculpting of the face to give light and shade can make the features really stand out. But is it something that we can only pull off if we're young??
The answer to that is no but we just have to be subtle about it. I am a believer that less is more as we age, so we only need to apply makeup lightly and with contour only placed it where you need it. And for that you need to know what shape your face is . For example if you're like me and your face has become gaunt - my cheek bones are like lethal weapons when I kiss someone on the cheek these days - then you don't need to sculpt in cheekbones. But if you have a round face then shading in the area below the cheekbones and under your blush will give you a nice sculpted look. If your nose is wide then placing contour either side of the nose and blending in will give it definition and make it appear smaller. If you want a more defined jawline then applying it around the jaw will accentuate this area .See below .
The products you use can make the difference between looking natural or looking like Halloween too. I use both creams and powders , often using bronzers to create a more natural look based purely on the colour of the product. Too dark and the contour appears unnatural. The aim is to make your face glow , but no-one can quite figure out how you have achieved it. Using a foundation stick that is a couple of shades darker than your skin works really well. Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Sticks are great for this. I also like Nars Laguna in powder form as the colour is subtle and blends well with most lighter colour skins. Applying with a beauty blender too can be really helpful to blend the edges in properly so it appears seamless with your foundation and blush. Also a lot easier to control than using the wrong shaped brush. If your skin is dry I would recommend a cream contour.
See below for favourite products. :) x
Pic courtesy of Pinterest
Take inspiration from this simple Saturday look....perfect for casual lunching or shopping.
Pic: courtesy of @figtny
This week's style goes from the feminine to the masculine. Mens style suits for me never go out of fashion. This beautiful Dolce & Gabbana suit is stunning, acessorised with the flower. A perfect look for winter.
Isabel Marant's peasant style tops are also timeless. Worn with jeans or skirts, sandals or boots, the look is always stunning!
I'm back! I took a break for a while and worked on a project with someone else . Some of you might have seen it. , it was a great experience. I loved the journey of pushing myself out of my comfort zone and putting myself out there. And it made me realise that I am who I am , no apologies for that , and I became clearer about what it is I want to do.
So I am back to talk about beauty , and fashion and all things relating to ageing gracefully ... or disgracefully. Which ever you choose!
And today its about a new skincare range I have found that my skin seems to love more than anything else I have tried lately - apart from Codage, but that is another story for another time. It's called Drunk Elephant... not a name I would be drawn to in a skincare range normally but I saw that there was a Vit C and Glycolic product in the range and I felt the need to give it a go. And am I glad I did, I love it. My skin is sensitive to a lot of skincare and I know within a couple of days if I can use it (or not) as I get breakouts around my chin. These products caused no breakouts or reaction, they just made the texture of my skin look glowing. Something that as I'm ageing is getting harder to attain.
It is a brand founded by Tiffany Masterson, a Texan woman with four children. "Drunk Elephant was born out of a desire to learn about toxic ingredients, the effect they have on skin health and get to the root of what causes sensitive skin." - Quote
Why such a strange name you might ask... it is said to be rooted in the myth that the elephant eats the fruit of the marula tree and it ferments in their tummies causing them to get drunk! The Marula oil , which is found throughout the range, is said to be loaded with fatty acids and antioxidants.... something we know is great for slowing down the ageing process . The products are all non-scented and non-irritating. And I can attest to that. Nothing has irritated my skin and I have now tried half of the range.
The standouts for me are the TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum , C-Firma Day Serum , B-Hydra Intensive Day Serum and the Shaba Complex Eye Serum. These are all very light products so the skin does not feel heavy when you apply them , and because they are so light I feel that they are penetrating deeper to work their magic. I also love that these products are sealed so no oxygen can get to them (this makes them lose their potency ). So you either twist the lid and pump it out or push the bottom and it comes out the end in a very small amount which is another great thing about these products... a little goes a long way. AND for a skincare that gives you results, you do not have to sell your first born to buy it! Winning all round really. :) x
Clink on the products for more info...
I am completely obsessed with grey hair. I made the choice to stop colouring my hair a couple of years ago, and after the initial confrontation of watching it turn grey and feeling like it would age me - which I don't feel it has - I absolutely love it and would never go back. There seems to be more of a trend nowadays of women allowing themselves to go grey and owning it. I have found some women have even started their modelling careers once they have done this and modelled for top designers…. looking as hot as ever. There is so much pressure as women for us to stay looking young instead of being able to look great, and even sexy, while ageing gracefully. I know from my own experience that my hair is now shiny and healthy , no longer falling out in clumps from the constant bleaching and colouring that I felt I had to do in order to hide the greys…. and most of all my age.
It is a process to allow your natural colour to come through and I did it by highlighting my dark hair with blonde so the change was not so drastic. Then cutting it off short once it had grown about 6 inches to finally get it long again. A process that was a little tedious at times but well worth it.
I have found a group of women that look amazing , and contemporary, for inspiration…….even young girls are dying their hair grey.
It rocks. :) x
My son Marlin and I
This is one of the first tutorials I made on how to do a natural everyday makeup in under 10 mins - for all those time poor women. Don't be put off if you're older by the fact I used a young model, this look is great on any age - I made it that way… and it's so easy to do. The model is my friend, Eili ,btw who is now modelling in NY and doing really well :) . I'm reposting this as I have been asked for more tutorials.
Because it was one of my first , I was a bit nervous about being in front of the camera ( much prefer being behind it! ) and I haven't made the products very clear sometimes in the video so am listing the products used below. As I mentioned , you can use a primer under your foundation to give your skin a more velvety finish and I will list a couple of my favourite ones below too. Also some alternatives that I like too for some of the other products. x
Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation " Bamboo Beige"
By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Primer or Hourglass Veil Primer
Mac Prep & Prime powder or By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder - love this one. Does not build up on the face and keeps the moisture in your skin.
Bobbi Brown concealer
For eyes , an alternative palette to the one I used (which I can no longer find ) Nars " all about eve" over the eye and Kalahari for lid and in socket
Stila Convertible Colour on cheeks or Hourglass Illume blush " Sunset"
Maybelline volumising mascara
Nars Velvet gloss pencil" More"
Nars gloss or Chantecaille lip gloss "Modern"
Mac dark brown pencil or Kevyn Aucoin " Dark Brown" pencil
Kevyn Aucoin brow pencil " Blonde" or Hourglass brow pencil ( two of my favourites)
I made these videos awhile back with my friend , Susie, showing how to do a smokey eye for women over 40. At the moment I am working a lot with women - many over 40 - and am constantly being asked to show them how to do their makeup for evening so thought I would post them on my blog for anyone interested. It's a look that is easy to replicate and looks great but not overdone. The main concern I find with women is they say they don't want something too heavy that is going to be ageing. The colours I have used are softer than going for harsh greys and blacks so creates a more softer look to the face. The finished look is gorgeous and sexy. Enjoy. x
pic courtesy of Woman Issue
Most of us are guilty of it - we come home from a late nite, one too many drinks and all we want to do is remove our clothes and crawl into bed and go to sleep. But DID YOU KNOW that leaving your make up on while you sleep ages
you by up to 10 YEARS!! Yes 10 years!! ( I'm guessing that all of you are doing the math on how many years you might already have taken off! )
It appears that by leaving your makeup on while you sleep you dry your skin out. And the side that you sleep on is much worse because you deny that part of your face oxygen. The makeup also prevents normal shedding of the skin cells , slowing down the usual renewing process. Which inevitably results in dull , uneven skin. The damage is also compounded by environmental pollutants during the day that stick to your makeup and create free radical damage. These free radicals attack the collagen in the skin which we need to keep it plump and youthful.
Sleeping in makeup also locks in the irritants too , so if you have sensitive skin you become more prone to allergic reactions. Your pore size also becomes larger by around 5% due to the trapped dirt , which over time, can actually stretch the pore. I need no more convincing that this is no longer an option!!
It's not all bad tho….. if this is only something that you have done on a few occasions you have not done irreparable damage. If you go back to cleansing and moisturising every nite your skin will hydrate again. For those that make it a regular occurrence you might want to make time for this ritual no matter how bad you feel after that nite out :) x
I love organic. I have loved organic long before it was fashionable …. but I haven't paid much attention to organic makeup. There are a few makeup brands out there and I usually pass them on the shelf at the health food store I visit every week without paying much, if any, attention. Until now. Because finally there is one that has fashionable colours and packaging that makes you take notice. And it is sold in cool places all over the world like Harvey Nichols, Colette , Net-a-Porter and Mecca Cosmetica here in Australia. The brand is called Ilia and was created by Sasha Plavsic from Canada. She has come up with a range that is not only funky and fashionable but diverse in the way you can use it.
There are 3 ranges - tinted lip conditioners , lipsticks and multi-stick + illuminator . They can be mixed together to make your own colours to be used on eyes, cheeks and lips. The key ingredients are Cocoa butter, shea butter, sesame seed oil, essential oils of orange and jasmine and all products are made with up to 85% certified organic ingredients. And the coolest thing of all is she has named them after song titles ……Bang Bang, Crimson & Clover, Iko Iko….. so damn cute! The packaging is also made of recycled products - another plus for corporate consciousness.
My favourite colours are the lipstick crayon Come Undone - the perfect nude with lasting power… and the multistick in Sway - great for bronzing the cheeks and eyes. Iko Iko looks great on the eyes and can be mixed with one of the lighter shades like Blossom Lady to give a soft lip colour, or left on its own.
There is also a range of tinted moisturisers and concealers with the promise of more to come….I'm excited :) x
I have been a makeup artist for over 20 yrs and am passionate about beauty and helping women to look the best they possibly can. I believe that women are beautiful at any age , and being older myself, am constantly on the look out for products that will help the skin retain its glow and beauty. From a very young age I have paid attention to my skin and have always gone looking for new, innovative - or even tried and true products that make a difference. I take inspiration from my friends and women I meet in my work. These women are the reason I started this blog , so that I can pass on my knowledge and help women to keep looking, and feeling amazing . I love finding new looks that inspire and you can adapt to your own style . I am also a mum with 3 boys which keeps my life very busy ... and never dull as anyone who knows me will attest to! All items posted on this blog are chosen because I have personally tried them and like them. I hope you find something here that you will love and will work for you.