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Inspirational Makeup: James Kaliardos

By | Artist Spotlight, James Kaliardos, L'oreal Professionnel, Make-up Artist | 3 Comments

James Kaliardos Makeup Artist

Another make-up artist that I love is James Kaliardos I first came across his work about 4 years ago when I entered a competition run by Elle Magazine in association with L’oreal. He was the creative consultant for L’oreal Paris at the time, he was the first makeup artist to hold that position in the company. The competition was to win work experience with James, which I obviously didn’t win 🙂 but since then I have been a huge fan of his work.

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James was born in Detroit, USA. His mother was a hairdresser and encouraged his creative side. At the age of eighteen he attended the Parsons School in New York, where he studied Art, Design, Fashion, Photography, Theatre, History and Film. It was there that he met the photographer Steven Meisel and showed him his portfolio. Steven was particularly impressed by James’ make-up ability and helped him to develop his talent.

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After this time he decided to go to Paris and become a make-up artist. In Paris he worked with photographers Stépahane Sednaoui and Ellen Von Unwerth. He moved back to New York and has since worked with every well known photographer out there including Annie Leibovitz, Steven Klein, David Sims, Steven Meisel, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Mario Sorrenti, Peter Lindbergh, Mario Testino, Paolo Roversi, Bruce Weber, and the late Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Helmut Newton.

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James brings a unique combination of glamour and chic minimalism to his work. His style is clean and he prefers to focus on making one feature really pop. One of my favourite things about his esthetique is the clean glowing skin that features heavily in his work.

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His work can be seen in American, British, and Italian Vogue, Allure, W and V magazines. He has created looks for campaigns and runway shows for Balenciaga, Chanel, Hermès, Fendi, Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier, Yves Saint Laurent, Rodarte, Dior Homme, Y-3, Rochas, Preen, as well as campaigns for L’Oréal, Revlon, Shiseido, Cover Girl, and Victoria’s Secret.

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Some of the celebrities Kaliardos has also worked with include: Beth Ditto, Gwen Stefani, Madonna, Julianne Moore, Beyonce, Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, Tyra Banks, Drew Barrymore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Björk, and Chloë Sevigny.

So what do you think of his work? Are you a fan?

Until next time.

Lots of love,

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Beauty Lowdown: Skin Primers

By | Beauty Lowdown, Benefit, Korres, L'oreal Professionnel, MAC Cosmetics, Michael Davy, Shu Uemura, Uncatagorized | One Comment

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There seems to be alot of confusion about make-up primers out there, so I thought I would give the low down on my favourite primers that are in my professional kit and what way I use them.

Primers for OILY Skin:

Primer for Oily Skin Shu Uemura's UV MousseI love Shu Uemura’s UV Mousse, it is perfect on my slightly oily skin and ensures that my make-up does not budge all day. Mr. Shu Uemura always had aspirations to create a product convenient to use in a texture that is new to cosmetics. He described his primer as “a light make-up as transparent as they air”. Well he certainly is that! Unlike any other primers I have tried on the market, this primer is the perfect consistency for oily skin types. The mousse is lightweight and glides easily on the skin. The mattifying properties quickly get to work as the light veil dries on your skin, sucking up any excess oil for long-lasting flawless beauty. It also contains factor 30, which means your skin will be protected from the aging properties of the sun. You can purchase this at Brown Thomas.

Korres Primer

I also love the Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer, again it is great for oily skin, but this one isn’t as drying to the skin so is great for people with combination skin too. If your symptoms are visible pores, unwanted shine, and an overall makeup meltdown, then Korres has the remedy for you. This clinically proven, universally nude Pomegranate Mattifying Primer blends to an invisible matte finish while minimizing the appearance of pores, balancing skintone and texture, and preparing skin for smooth makeup application and long-lasting wear. The 94% natural, non-comedogenic formula is water-based so it allows the skin to breathe and never clogs pores. The formula is loaded with antioxidant-rich pomegranate extract to help tighten pores, willow bark extract to balance skin, witch hazel water to mattify and tighten while removing excess oil and dirt, and rice starch to absorb excess surface oil and soften skin.You can purchase Korres products at Beauty Boutique, however at the time of writing this, they didn’t have this particular primer in stock.

Primers for NORMAL TO COMBINATION Skin:

Benefit Pore ProfessionalPeople with this kind of skin type have a much wider range of products to choose from. I love Benefit’s Pore Professional. It is phenomenal at covering large pores, especially around the nose area. It has smoothing, slightly mattifying ingredients that create the perfect base on which to apply your foundation. I find this is great applied lightly on the skin with a foundation brush, this will help to prolong the life of your makeup. My favourite aspect of this primer is that it can be applied over your foundation too. If there are any areas that you still don’t look 100% smooth, you can use this as you would polyfiller! It is lightly tinted, so you can apply it invisibly over your foundation and it will help to diffuse any uneveness.

Primers for DRY Skin:

MAC Fix Plus SprayYou have to be super careful with dry skin when applying make-up. If you aren’t you can end up with a cakey, flakey mess. The most important thing is to ensure that the skin is well prepped with the correct skin care. Once the skin is moisturised there are a few primers that work well for dryer skin types. MAC Fix+ Spray is one. It is an aqua-spritz of vitamin and minerals, infused with a calm-the-skin blend of green tea, chamomile, cucumber, topped off with the fresh, natural, energizing scent of Sugi. It can be used under makeup as a light primer, that hydrates and plumps, the skin literally drinks it up! It can also be used over your make-up to ensure it lasts all day.

studio secrets primerAnother fantastic primer for dry skin is the Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer. This primer masks wrinkles and uneven textures in the skin, making the complexion incredibly smooth with a velvety touch. Skin feels soft as if resurfaced.

 

 

Primers for SWEATY Skin:

Sweat StopOr should I say, for skin that tends to “perspire” seems a bit more lady like. There are a number of my clients that have difficulty with getting a bit hot under the collar. Especially for special occasions like weddings and when you have to give an important speach. This is a product that I discovered in my Film and Television work, we would apply this before applying prosthetics so that the actors skin didn’t loosen the glue with sweat. My personal favourite is this formula called Sweat Stop by Michael Davy.  It doesn’t dry the skin out too much or cause any nasty reactions. Remember, like any other anti-perspirant, this is most effective when used over a couple days.

I hope you have found this post helpful and if you have any questions about any particular primers out there, do get in touch as I have pretty much tried every product out there and experienced every kind of skin difficulty in the course of my work.

Hope to hear from you soon. Lots of love,

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What is in my Kit: Eyes Part 2

By | Armani, Becca, Body Shop, Chanel, Clarins, Duo, Estee Lauder, Gosh, illamasqua, L'oreal Professionnel, Lancome, Make-up Forever, Professional Kit, Rimmel, Salon System, Uncatagorized, Zuca | 7 Comments

Professional Make-up Kit Mascaras, Eyeliners and other products for eyes

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….

Eyelashes:
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

Eyebrows
Gosh Eyebrow Palette
MAC Eyebrow Pencil – Fling
MAC Eyebrow Pencil – Lingering
MAC Eyebrow Pencil – Brunette
MAC Eyebrow Pencil – Spiked

Eyeliners:
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
Chanel Denim
MAC Teddy
MAC Fascinating
MAC Smoulder
Rimmel Glam Eyes Liquid Liner Black
MAC Turquoise Liquid Liner

Eyebases:
MAC Paint Pot
MAC Groundwork
MAC Shimmer
Make-up Forever Shimmer
Make-up Forever 12 Flash Colours

Tools:
2 Nail Scissors
Standard Scissors
Sephora Eyelash Applicator
Pennys Eyelash Curler
Sephora Mini Eyelash Curler
Tini Eyelash Curler
Eyebrow Razer
Tweezers
Metal Palette
x2 Sharperners
Mini Magnifying Glass

Other:
Illamasqua Eyeliner Fluid
Colour Wheel

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,

Holidays!

By | Bath and Body Works, Brands, Chanel, Dermalogica, Garnier, Kiehl's, L'oreal Professionnel, La Roche-Posay, Shu Uemura, Trilogy, Uncatagorized | No Comments

Holidays San Francisco

I had hoped to write this post before I went away, but it was just too hectic and I didn’t have a minute. I even had to do an all nighter before going away, so I was wrecked to say the very least and very much in need of the holiday! I had wedding trials, tv show to design, blog posts for a new blog I write for as well as some editorial for a magazine! I ended up packing at 3am and I had to be in the airport for 6.30am 🙂

So I have seen on other blogs that people showed what products they bring away with them. I love these posts and I found it really helpful when trying to plan what to bring. So here is what I brought myself. It is more skincare heavy than make-up, because I knew I was going to buy loads of make-up while away…which has turned out to be true, more on that next time.

Skincare for Holidays

Skincare:

Nuxe Creme Fraiche de Beaute – Light – This is a beautifully scented moisturiser that is not to heavy and is great for the hot weather. It is perfect for my combination skin, keeping my oily nose at bay as well as keeping the rest of my skin nourished.

Kiehl’s Lip Blam #1 – This is hands down the best lip hydrater on the planet. It soothes dry parched lips and gives them a plump feeling. When I was younger always get cold sores on holidays, because no matter what I used on my lips, they would get dry and damaged and then the blasted viral infection would attack. Well not anymore, this is my no.1 defense!

Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant Plus – I apply this before I get onto the plane to really shield my skin and keep it hydrated throughout the flight. I find the air conditioning on long haul flights can take it out of your skin. Then while on holidays I like to apply this to wet skin just after the shower.

Dermalogica Gentle Soothing Booster – Throughout the flight I will regularly apply this on my skin, it is so refreshing and has ultra-soothing botanicals that help calm and hydrate sensitized skin.

La Roche-Posay Eau Thermale Spring Water – A fantastic pick me up on a hot day, love spritzing this over my face and on my pulse points to cool me down.

Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil – I use this to remove mascara and heavy eye make-up, I then use a flannel and lukewarm water to clean my face. I will always try and get samples of products to bring away so that you aren’t carrying too much weight.

The Body Shop Mango Scrub – I always use a scrub to get rid of any dry skin as I find that it helps to make my tan last longer.

 

Sun Protection:

Avene Very High Protection Spray and Face Cream SPF50 – I never scrimp on your sun factor, it is just not worth getting burnt! I love Avenes products because they are not too thick, rub in really easily while still giving great protection.

Ambre Solaire Medium Protection & Aftersun – Normally will use this when I know I won’t be in the sun for long. Usually bring aftersun, just incase I get burnt, but rarely use it.

 

Scents:

The Body Shop Mango Body Butter – I am a huge fan of layering scents. So I would usually use a number of products that compliment each other. At the moment I use quite the cocktail of fragrances. I apply this after I have a shower.

Bath and Bodyworks Midnight Pomegranate Body Spray – I spray this all over my body after the body butter.

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle – I love the fresh youthful sweetness of this perfume and it works perfectly in hot weather as it is not too heavy.

Mitchum Deodorant – I have been using this deodorant for years and it is fantastic for keeping you cool even during the hottest weather.

 
Hair:

Head and Shoulders – I recently changed my hair care products and had quite a terrible reaction. I ended up with a rash and dry flaky scalp, so have been using this good old favourite to clear it up.

L’oreal Professional Mythic Oil – Instead of using a conditioner on holidays, I will opt for a leave in hair oil. The avocado and grape seed oil in this product help to counter act the drying effects of the sun, sea and sand!

 

I hope you enjoyed this post, if you did, be sure to check out the follow up to this: Holiday Makeup which is coming soon. What are your favorite products to bring on holidays? Do let me know as I love hearing from people.

 

Lots of love,

 

 

PS Be sure to check out what the other beauty Gurus have to say about beauty & holidays:

1.) Viva Adonis do a great post about what’s in their Holiday Make-up Bag: Summer Lovin Holiday Make-up Bag

2.) Lisa Eldridge shares her Long Haul Skincare Routine

3.) Fluff and Flipperies share some fantastic  Holiday Space Savers

My Professional Makeup Kit – Part 1

By | Ben Nye, Chanel, Estee Lauder, L'oreal Professionnel, Lancome, MAC Cosmetics, Make-up Forever, Professional Kit | 2 Comments
I have been threatening to do a post of what is in my kit for ages, but there is so much that it takes forever to go through. I often clean my kit as make-up by its very nature is very messy. The last time I was giving it a spring clean I decided to do an invintory and take some pictures, so here they are. This is the first in the series.
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My Basic Foundations:
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Foundations Top View
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Foundations Front View
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Foundations in Zuca Pouch Bag
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Foundations in Zuca Pouch Bag Front
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Make-Up Forever Liquid Lift Foundation No.1
Make-Up Forever Liquid Lift Foundation No.2
Make-Up Forever Liquid Lift Foundation No.3
Make-Up Forever Liquid Lift Foundation No.4
Make-Up Forever Mat Velvet No.35
Make-Up Forever Mat Velvet No.60
Make-Up Forever HD Foundation No.115
Make-Up Forever HD Foundation No.117
Make-Up Forever HD Foundation No.120
Make-Up Forever HD Foundation No.125
Make-Up Forever HD Foundation No.140
Make-Up Forever HD Foundation No.155
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MAC Face and Body Foundation C3
MAC Face and Body Foundation N1
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation NW20
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation NW40
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation NC25
MAC Full Coverage NC35
MAC Full Coverage NW35
MAC Pro Longwear NW20
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Chanel Pro Lumiere Cameo No.20
Chanel Teint Innocence Beige No.40
Chanel Teint Innocence Shell No.30
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Lancome Color Ideal No.1
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Ben Nye Cream Foundation L-1 Creamy Peach
Ben Nye Cream Foundation P-4 Ultra Fair
Ben Nye Cream Foundation B-5 Warm Sand
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Estee Lauder Doublewear 1W1 Bone No. 17
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Loreal Infallible Porcelain No.15g
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Still to come in future posts are:

Face 3: Airbrush Foundations
Eyes 1: Eyeshadows. Pigments, Glitters
Eyes 2: Mascaras, Eyeliners, Cream Eyeshadows, Eye Primers
Eyes 3: False Eyelashes and Glues
Skincare: Moisturisers, Toners, Cleansers
Nails: All things nails
Lips: Lipsticks, lipglosses and Lip Pencils
Hair: All things hair
SFX: All things SFX
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