Hey everyone, so I’m sure that like 90% of you were watching the Brit awards the other night, so what did everyone think?
As always at these ceremony shows there is never a dull moment, from the hot looks on the red carpet, the scandalous pics of the celebs stumbling out of the after party *cough* Ed Sheeran :-), Kanye’s performance being muted, and last but by no means least poor Madonna. Capes are always a bad idea Madonna, I mean even the good superheroes know this 😉 Read More
My first album was Madonna’s self titled album. I had it on tape, a black tape!
That was the beginning of my obsession with all things Madonna, she completely fascinated me, she was the master of her image and she’s has had many. Her intelligence and musicality, abilities as an artist have sometimes been forgotten, not recognised or appreciated because of that same image. Except to those who have worked with her or been a fan of her art.
Hey Lovelies! Happy New Year to everyone
I am so excited about the New Year and all the possibilities that lie ahead of us.I normally would set loads of goals and things I want to achieve around this time. Just before I talk about the future though, I thought it might be nice to see what I have been up to over the year. I was reading an article about positivity and how we should celebrate our successes, I for one find this quite hard, I always criticize myself and focus on what I didn’t achieve rather than celebrating what I did achieve. So this is a step to be less hard on myself!
So last year was a busy year!
I travelled alot, including a trip over the sea for London Fashion Week, where I got to see loads of shows Felder Felder, Sass & Bide and more. I was back to London shortly after for the UK & Ireland Beauty Professional of the year. I was disappointed that I didn’t win as I really put my heart into it. However I entered again and made the finals again, so there is still hope. I was asked to judge the Beauty Professional London Makeup Competition alongside two esteemed makeup artists, Gary Cockerel and Paul Merchant, you can read more about that experience here. I was in Marbella for shoot with Cocoa Brown Tan who have had a meteoric rise to fame since. Not surprising as the tan is fantastic and is brought to you by the lovely Marissa Carter!
I also got to travel to the South of France for Maud’s Wedding from Maud in Cahoots, which was one of the most romantic weddings I have ever been to. Talking about weddings, I got to share in the joy of over sixty wedding days, making brides and their wedding parties look and feel like a million dollars. I also got the opportunity to instil confidence ala Gok Wan at the Secret Boudoir, where I did the hair and make-up for almost one hundred and fifty ladies this year.
I also worked with many great fashion brands throughout the year including Adidas, Aria Clothing and Coldlilies to name a few. I also represented many beauty brands, including Buff Makeup, Butter London Makeup, Beauty Matters and National Beauty. Doing shots, editorials, tutorials and ambassadorship.
Writing played a big part in my year, the blog grew from strength to strength. I contributed to U Magazine, Stellar, Your Nails Magazine, VIP Magazine as well as a few Newspapers. As always I worked on a few tv shows throughout the year including Something About St. Patrick, Xpose, Next Years News. However this year was a time of big change as I stepped out from behind the camera and actually made some appearances myself. (Well that is if you don’t include the time that I was in the blooper reel for The Panel, I came out to powder Craig Doyle and he fell of his chair, was very funny!) I appeared on Xpose a few times and also the Today Show. The Today Show was really nerve wrecking as it had to be live and I was working with kids! Of course one of the kids Conor decided on air he didn’t want to have his facepainted and teetered precariously on the edge of having a complete melt down. As the saying goes, no kids or animals 😉
It has been a great year and it is only when I put finger to keyboard (the modern day pen to paper) that I realised how busy I was. I think because I love every minute of my job sometimes I don’t feel like I am working! This year I hope to do much of the same. I would like to do more TV appearances, writing, brand representation and of course make-up! I would also like to work at London Fashion Week. I am booked on something else this coming season, but am aiming to make it happen in September! So if you know anyone looking for someone pass on my name please 😉
What about you? I would love to hear what you have achieved this year. Is there anything in particular you are proud of? What would you like to achieve this year?
Happy New Year! Let’s make this a good one.
Lots of love,
Last year I worked on a production for Detroit Public Television called A Celtic Awakening. The production team flew over from the States and they employed local actors and crew, including me! I got to work with the fantastic singer Faith-Marion Robinson who came to Ireland to record the backing visuals to her live show. She sings alot of old Irish songs, so wanted to come here to show the beautiful scenery that our country has to offer. Everything was meant to be from years gone by so the hair and make-up was traditional and old worldly.
Here is a little taster of the video:
It was a fantastic job, which had me travelling all over Ireland, seeing the best that the country’s tourist sites have to offer. One of my favourite spots was the rope bridge near Bushmills, it was so pretty and somewhat scary crossing it! We stayed the night in the Bushmills Hotel, which was the most amazing place to stay, really warm and felt homely with open fires and comfy furnishings.
Traditional Irish Village of Craggaunowen. This is a fantastic celtic village in Co.Clare that has been restored, which created the perfect setting for one of her songs.
I wish jobs like this came along more often, I love travelling and really enjoyed getting to see loads of Ireland, we live in such a scenic country which is the perfect backdrop for film and television. More productions need to be made in Ireland!
Where is your favourite place to visit in Ireland?
Lots of love,
You might of seen this already but for those of you who didn’t I had a little article on the Irish Times Blog: Fash Mob you can check it out here. I also posted it here incase you are too lazy to click the link 😉
Cher is rocking a beautiful fresh faced look with soft pastels, but has given it a modern twist, with a pop of lavender on the lip.
To create this look yourself you need to start with luminous flawless skin. To get the glowing base, prep the skin with an iridescent primer like MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream. If you have oily skin they now have a light version. To even out the skin tone use a foundation on the centre of your face blending up and outwards. Lancome Teint Miracle is the perfect foundation to create this beautiful fresh look. Cher has no hint of undereye circles, but for those of us that might not be as well rested, a heavy duty concealer like Benefit’s Erase Paste is just the ticket. Use a soft sheer powder like MAC Mineralise Skin Finish to set the make-up but not lose any of the luminosity. To recreate Cher’s envious bone structure contouring with any matt bronzer or taupe eyeshadow is essential. Lightly sweep this on with a soft blusher brush in a C-Shape going from the side of the forehead around and under the cheek bones. Blend this out to avoid the heavy look popularised by the 80s! After this is applied use a subtle peachy blusher like Benefit Coralista on the apples of the cheeks to keep the skin tone healthy looking.
With Urban Decays 24/7 Eyeshadow pencil in Delinquent generously line around the top and bottom lashline, smudge this out gently with a dense brush, I love No.7s Smokey Eyeliner Brush (which happily is free with the €7.50 Boots vouchers). This creates a soft wash of purple. Layered on top of this is a dramatic black eyeliner. Use a waterproof gel liner like BobbI Brown Black Ink and a very thin brush (I like to use a small watercolour paintbrush from the Art and Hobby Shop). Thickly line the eyes on top, coming to a slight point at the outter edges. Then line the bottom waterline with an Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Perversion. This is by far THE BEST black eyeliner out there, as once dry it is waterproof and doesn’t budge. To finish of the eyes, apply feathery lashes that add volume and density. The Illamasqua No.16s are great, although there are no Illamsqua stores in Ireland anymore you can still buy their products online. Top this with lashings of mascara to blend them in.
Complete the look with a fantastic lippy from Barry M called Palest Lavender. Top this up with YSL Golden Lavender lip gloss to create sparkle and shine. It is a more unusual choice for the lips, but is a great alternative to a nude lip and surprisingly suits most complexions, so go on try it!
I am finally catching up with some of the posts that I have meant to do for ages. This is a music video that I did a few months ago with the fantastic band “The Ambience Affair”. This is their new single called The Fallen which is on their debut album “Burials”.
Burials was released through Bluestack Records on October 14th. You can get more information about where they are touring, where to buy their album etc here.
Credits for the video
Produced by: Soul Jacker
Featuring: Sophie Merry
Camera Assistant: Damien Dunne
Make up: Me @ Music Video Makeup Artist
Special thanks to Lauren Murphy, Julia Davin-Power, Donnacha Coffey
A few months ago I had the pleasure of working with an up and coming star called Maverick Sabre. He is a true gent, originally from London, he moved to New Ross in Wexford and spent his formative years there. He moved back to London to pursue his music career.
We filmed most of the video in Co. Wexford, we were so lucky because we did alot of filming outside and the weather was absolutely splitting the rocks!
It was a very quick 2-day shoot, so there was alot to fit in to that short space! We travelled from Rosslare, to Wexford Town, New Ross, Greystones and the Dublin Mountains.
You might remember some weeks ago I shared some behind the scenes photographs of the Music Video for “My Little Honda 50“. I shared the actual video later on facebook, but for those that didn’t catch it there I thought I would post it up on the blog too.
It is very tongue in cheek and was quite a bit of craic!
I did a Music Video with Hazel Entertainments for Seamus Moore a musician from London a couple of weeks ago called, “My Honda 50”. The song itself is written by Thomas Tuohy a musician from Timahoe, Co. Kildare. Christy Moore did a cover of this song last year on the Late Late Show.
It was a really fun and interesting shoot to work on. I got to hand lay some facial hair for this Desert Prince Look:
Also got to do other interesting character make-ups like Sgt Kelly – Garda , Beetle Juice, the Blues Brothers, a priest, a convict, a doctor, a gangster and a nun.
He also had a little accident 🙂
And of course had a bit of a scrape. Get the plaster!
Stefania Maniscalco was my wonderful Make-Up Assistant on the day, thanks 🙂