With such a huge choice when it comes to mascara it can be hard to pick the one for you. So when something new and a little different comes to the market it is hard to resist giving it a go, particularly if you are still searching for the holy grail of mascaras 🙂
Hello again fellow make-up addicts!
I am really starting to enjoy this Friday segment. I look at other make-up artists work all the time and there are so many people that inspire me all over the world. It is great that I am now able to share people’s work with you and hopefully introduce you to great artists that you too can be inspired by. This week I am taking a look at the work of Wendy Rowe.
Internationally renowned and respected in the global fashion and beauty industry, makeup artist Wendy Rowe is famed for her modern luxe makeup aesthetic. She is famous for her keen eye for detail and ability to create beautiful, flawless skin that looks real. Originally from London she now divides her time between Europe and New York. She began her career in graphic design before becoming a makeup artist, this design aesthetic is clearly seen in her work as it is precise, clean and well thought out. She has been a makeup artist for eighteen years and has a wealth of experience, working with some of the most prestigious fashion and beauty houses. From Chloë, Prada, Gucci to Cartier she is a regular at fashion week shows in London, Paris, Milan and New York.
I adore this shoot that she did for Vogue China recently with the model Lindsey Wixson, photographer Sharif Hamza, stylist Julia Von Boehm and hair stylist Shay Ashual. The idea for this shoot was a women who is angelic yet sexy, rich gold accessories styled with strong black fashion gave the look a gothic, religious feel.
Wendy was so kind as to share how she created this look on her blog Wendy Rowe which you should definitely check out. Wendy bleached Lindsey’s brows, saying that: “Although it can look quite alien in real life, bleaching brows gives the face a softer look in photographs as it takes away the strong structure lines and doesn’t restrict the eye shape.” She created a heavy, extended feline lashline to complete the look.
Below are all the products that she used:
I see that she used the Tom Ford Highlight and Contour Cream, I am dying to get my hands on this as I have heard great things about it. I also love that she used no less than 3 products on the skin. I like to mix and match my foundations as I find that some formulas work better together. This look has subtle shading and is more about the liner. Wendy shaded the eyes using Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Abstraction over the eyelid, blending up to the socket line to create a natural shadow and underneath for subtle definition. She then softly blended Laura Mercier Sateen Eye Colour in Sable into the socket line to give depth to the eyes. After this she used Dior Show Art Pen in Podium Black to define the lashline, extending slightly at the end to create a straight line that makes the lashes look heavy with a seductive feel. I think you agree that it looks so gorgeous.
I have included the behind the scenes video as well, which is a bit of fun and shows what it is like being on set of a Vogue photoshoot. Hopefully one day that will be me!
What do you think of Wendy’s work? Are you as big a fan as I am?
Lots of love,
So I notice that there are alot of people a bit confused when it comes to getting their skin ready for make-up. Everything that you use under your make-up will affect the longevity of the make-up and the way that it sits on the skin. Last week I did a post about primers, well now I would like to delve a little deeper than that and talk about skincare, potions and lotions.
I always recommend you start with a clean base. So if you are going out at night-time and have been wearing makeup all day in the office, I would highly recommend doing a cleanse. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a full cleansing regime, but you would at least like to get rid of the oil and pollution build up from the day.
If your cleanser is creamy or oil based then it is imperative that you use a toner. If you don’t do this step, then the very oil that has cleaned your face will remove the make-up that you will apply on top of it. You will see your foundation slide or simply it won’t sit perfectly on the skin.
Now I think that serums are great for those of you that have incredibly dry skin, but it is a step that I would skip during the day for those of you with oily complexions. They are very hydrating and plumping, but can create funny issues for make-up. Serum will actually make the foundation congeal if not applied correctly. I saw this happen first hand. I popped into YSL one time for an impromptu make-up application. The make-up artist applied the YSL Youth Liberator and the YSL Touch Eclat Foundation. When I looked at my skin I was surprised to see big clumps of the foundation had curdled on my face. I had actually been using that foundation for a few weeks before that, so I knew that it was ok on my skin, I am 100% sure that it was caused by the serum. On another occasion I had a client who described her make-up sliding off her face in a slimy mess and when I pried, I discovered that on that occasion alot of serum had been applied prior to make-up application too. If you are going to use a serum you need to apply it sparingly and then allow time for it to dry before applying your foundation. So what I would usually do is apply the skincare products, then apply the eye make-up, by the time you get to do the foundation the serums and moisturisers would have plenty of time to soak in properly.
Make sure you go for a moisturiser that is suitable to your skin type. If your skin is too de-hydrated, no foundation will look good, it will just get absorbed by your thirsty skin and leave it looking patchy, cakey and at worst cracked looking. If you have dry skin, you need to use a nice creamy moisturiser, but I also highly recommend a serum or a moisture booster underneath this. If on the other hand you have incredibly oily skin, make sure you use a mattifying moisturiser, this will hydrate your skin, but will also help to prevent oily breakouts later in the day.
After you have finished these steps you can then have a look at my Primer Lowdown: What are the best primers for your skintype.
I hope you have found this information useful, let me know if you have any questions.
Lots of love,
So news hot off the press from Lancôme is that they are going to collaborate with Alber Elbaz. Here is a bit of the buzz from their press release:
Lancôme is delighted to announce an exceptional collaboration with one of the most highly-acclaimed names in fashion: Alber Elbaz.
More than any other designer, he has shown his ability to renew conceptions of femininity with a simultaneously quirky and couture style, creating a breed of luxury that is definitively contemporary. His approach is naturally in tune with Lancôme, a brand symbolic of joyful femininity.
“Alber Elbaz is, without a doubt, one of the world’s most influential fashion designers. But beyond that, he is also the most talented, explains Youcef S. Nabi, Lancôme President. His sense of luxury, his vision of femininity and that hint of audacity resonate perfectly with the new values of the Maison Lancôme. We are extremely proud and happy that, with us, he is set to channel his universe into the world of make-up for the very first time.”
So who is this legendary designer that they are so happy to be working with?
According to Wikipedia, Elbaz was born in June 12th 1961 Casablanca, Morocco. He immigrated to Israel with his family at the age of eight months and grew up in Holon.After serving in the Israeli Defense Forces, he studied at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan.
In 1985, Elbaz moved to New York City and spent two years working for a manufacturer of mother-of-the-bride clothing. He then worked for Geoffrey Beene for seven years.
In 1997, Elbaz left Beene and, through retailer Dawn Mello, was hired by the firm of Guy Laroche. But, by the time of Elbaz’s arrival, the Laroche enterprise had become overly conservative and lackluster. Even so, Elbaz was able to update the collection and somewhat enhance the image of the firm, whose activities at the time included the management of 15 boutiques and 70 license agreements worldwide. However, he departed within a year, 1998, and began designing ready-to-wear women’s clothing for Yves Saint Laurent, because Saint-Laurent himself wished to withdraw from his hands-on design of prêt-à-porter (ready-to-wear). In the position, Elbaz’s talent was recognized, and he was groomed to become the head designer of the house when Saint Laurent retired. This was not to happen, because the Gucci Group purchased YSL Rive Gauche, the ready-to-wear label, and, hence, Gucci design director Tom Ford dismissed Elbaz after three collections. Elbaz instead began working for Krizia in Italy and designed a well-received inaugural collection.
In October 2001, Elbaz was appointed artistic director of Lanvin in Paris. In August 2001, the company was purchased by investor group Harmonie S.A., led by Shaw-Lan Wang, a Taiwanese media magnate, who hired Elbaz. In 2006, he introduced new packaging for the fashion house. In 2012, Elbaz published a book of 3,000 photographs documenting the work of Lanvin.
It seems fitting that such a powehouse in the fashion industry would pair up with such an iconic make-up brand. The highly anticipated Lancôme x Alber Elbaz collection will be unveiled worldwide on June 15th 2013 and I for one cannot wait!
What do you guys think? Are you excited 🙂
Lots of love,
So Christmas is in full swing now! If you are like me when it comes to shopping and leave things to the last minute don’t despair, there is still 11 days to do all your shopping!! I have collected my favourite beauty gifts for Christmas, which will be great for your female loved ones.
I have included some budget presents which work as stocking fillers or work party presents as well as some pricier ones for that extra special person:
Limited Edition You Organic Lip Balm and Holder
This fantastic little tin makes a great filler present for stockings or if you want to buy a little gift for many people. It is hand-made, organic and made right here in Ireland.
Claire’s accessories Nail Pearls Set €6.95
Nail art has really taken off in Ireland. This 3D Nail Art kit is fantastic for young and young at heart. I love this rich turquoise colour. The great price means that it is fantastic for Chris Kindles Presents.
MAC cosmetics Guilty Pleasures Pigment Gift Set €37
Every year I try and pick up one of MACs pigment gift sets as they are such good value. This one I actually picked up in the UK, so I am only guessing the price. I love the colour pay off from these products. Also as an added bonus the box makes a pretty container for holding things, I currently have my hair clips living in it. This would make a good present for a sister or friend.
The Body Shop Body Butter
They are famous for their Shea Body Butters and for good reason. These delectable creams hydrate your skin and keep you smelling fabulous. They are great for layering with your fragrance. These small pots are so handy you can pop them in your handbag for moisturisation on the go. All the different flavours mean you can have a different smell 5 days a week! This is a great present for all ages.
Lancome Happy Holidays Christmas Collection 2012
This whole collection is fantastically sparkly and full of festive colour that is sure to delight. With prices in the region of €17.28 to €25.41. Buy the pieces individually or pair them together depending on how much you want to spend, there is something for every budget.
Make-up Course in Dublin with Emma Farrell Makeup €75-€500 [Yes me :-)] I think this would be a lovely present to give someone. From the beauty obsessed to the person who is nervous about make-up and hasn’t a clue what will suit them, there is a course that will benefit them. There are also courses for make-up artists looking to improve their skills or learn new ones like airbrushing, fantasy, bodypainting or special effects.
Clarins Holiday Essentials
Every year without fail I buy someone a Clarins gift set. I just think that they are such good value and are also superb quality products. They are a failsafe for moms, nanas or anyone who is seeing the first signs of aging and is looking for some serious results.
Butter London Lips and Tips €27
This fashion week cult brand, is the perfect gift for the girl/lady with a bit of style. These matching lipstick and nail gift sets will go down a treat. Great for a main present for your friend or colleague. Perfect as part of a few gifts for your daughter or sister.
Nima Brush Set
Every person who applies make-up needs a good brush set! There are now a few Irish companies selling great quality brushes, so you no longer have to wait a long time for them to be shipped from America and get stung for the import duty! I ordered a few brushes for a friend and they arrived the next day, so the service is excellent!
The Gift of Love (pic courtesy of contemplativejourney.blogspot.ie)
Ok so for those that hate sentimentality, switch over now! Although I love giving and receiving gifts, I do feel that there is an awful pressure on people these days to go all out and buy each other really expensive things. I have to say that the best gift of all is love. You can do this by giving up some of your time, being helpful or going the extra mile for someone. If you are feeling the pinch this Christmas, your friends and family will understand and wouldn’t want you putting yourself under undue pressure. So be inventive, you could make something or give them vouchers for a coffee date with you at a later time, the only limitation is your imagination!
I am sure that I will be speaking with you again before Christmas, so until then. Enjoy the buzz and excitement of the festive season.
Lots of love,
Hello my lovelies!
I know, shock horror, another post from me this week…what’s going on? Well I just thought I would get in touch quickly because I wanted to share some news with you.
I was invited to try out a new service in Debenhams on Henry Street this morning that I just had to share! It is called the ScentLab and it is a fantastic tool to help you choose a fragrance, for either yourself or you better half, friend or any one else you might be buying a gift for this festive season.
So a couple of years ago I had started to do a “What’s in my Kit” series, but got distracted by something sparkly and never finished it. Needless to say my kit has grown substantially since then, so I guess I should probably start again. So I was thinking I would finish off where I left off and then do a current post about the ones that I had already done. Not sure if that makes any sense!
Anyway, here is goes. This is one of my make-up bags dedicated to EYES! There are three in total. I currently use a Zuca Bag and have done so for years. I love the way that it is so easy to roll around. Mine is extremely heavy though because I have so many products, so I have decanted alot of products to try and reduce the weight. More on that later….
Lancome Hypnose Mascara Waterproof Black
Lancome Hypnose Dolls Eyes Black
L’Oreal Power Volume Collagen Waterproof Black
Rimmel Day2Night Waterproof Black Mascara
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Mascara Black
Georgio Armani Eyes to Kill Black
The Body Shop Define & Lengthen Mascara Black
YSL Volume Effect Waterproof Blue
Clarins Mascara Intense Plum
Becca The Ultimate Mascara Black
DUO Glue Clear
Duo Glue Black
Salon System Individual Eyelash Glue
Make-up Forever Disposable Mascara Wands
Gosh Eyebrow Palette
MAC Eyebrow Pencil – Fling
MAC Eyebrow Pencil – Lingering
MAC Eyebrow Pencil – Brunette
MAC Eyebrow Pencil – Spiked
MAC Blacktrack Gel Liner
MAC Brown Gel Liner
MAC NC15 Concealer Pencil
Rimmel Sable Brown Pencil
Estee Lauder Softsmudge Black
Becca Cabrera Double Pencil
Clarins 3 Dot Liner Black
Estee Lauder Newport Blue
Rimmel Stormy Grey
Loreal Kohl Blue Denim
Make-up Forever Double Cream Liner
Urban Decay Lucky
Urban Decay Flipside
Urban Decay Electric
Rimmel Glam Eyes Liquid Liner Black
MAC Turquoise Liquid Liner
MAC Paint Pot
Make-up Forever Shimmer
Make-up Forever 12 Flash Colours
2 Nail Scissors
Sephora Eyelash Applicator
Pennys Eyelash Curler
Sephora Mini Eyelash Curler
Tini Eyelash Curler
Mini Magnifying Glass
Illamasqua Eyeliner Fluid
I know I have alot of mascaras right? I am kinda on the search for the holy grail of mascaras and have been trying nearly every single one on the market. I still feel like there could be a better one out there. Any suggestions do let me know.
So what do you have in your kit? Is it similar? I would love to hear from you.
Lots of Love,
I did a shoot the other day and it was an absolute fabulous day, so excuse the poor quality of the pictures, but my phone camera just couldn’t handle the sunshine! I will share the finished photos when they are released. Amber was the model and she is so gorgeous already, we wanted to keep the make-up really simple. As there was alot of skin on show I made sure to really hydrate the skin. I usually use Body Shop’s Strawberry Body Butter, but I recently picked up some in M&S when I was in there recently. I am a huge fan of their tights and salads, a weird combo I know! Well now I can add their body butters to that list too.
On Amber’s face I also really hydrated her skin, but this time with Clinique’s Moisture Surge for Normal/Combination Skin. I love how lightweight and readily absorbed this moisturiser is. Skin just drinks it up and it quenches any thirst meaning it is perfectly prepped for the foundation. She has such great skin with the most beautiful freckles. I lightly evened out her skin tone with MAC Face and Body which created a thin veil allowing her sunkissed skin to glow through.
For the eyes, I lightly buffed a light peach eyeshadow called Samoa Silk into the contour of the eye and slightly shimmery cream colour called Dazzlelight to soften the edges, both from MAC.
I then lined the eyes with Estee Lauder’s Double Wear stay in place eye pencil in Chocolate which was smudged out and softened. I used my much loved Eyelure 020 False Eyelashes and applied lashings of Lancôme’s Hypnôse Mascara, which is simply THE BEST mascara on the market.
I warmed up her cheeks and décolletage with the Terre Saharienne Collecter bronzer from YSL, the texture is soft and silky. It contains a polymer that works with the skin and helps maintain its moisture level. It also has this gorgeous snake skin print engraved which I nearly wanted to preserve!
To complete the look I used a little Hush Liptar from OCC Cosmetics dabbed on with my finger to keep it soft and subtle.
We had a great days shoot, we were absolutely blessed with the weather. It rained so hard all night that it actually kept me away all night. The day of the shoot wasn’t the best, but as soon as we got to the Farmleigh to shoot, the clouds parted and we were basked in sunshine! Happy days, no need for the wellies that I packed.
Photographer: Therese Ahern @ Fashion Photography Dublin
Stylist: Sarah Williams @ Dublin Fashion Stylist
Model: Amber Jean Rowan @ Morgan the Agency
Hair: Joe Hayes @ Toni & Guy
Makeup: Emma Farrell @ Editorial Makeup