Achieving the Emma Roberts Red Carpet Oscar look 2017.

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Emma Roberts Vintage Armani dress, hair and make-up certainly won my vote at the Oscars 2017. Whether you’re getting married or going to a very special event, you’ll need the right make-up products to get you started.

It all starts with the foundation base which needs to be long wearing and long lasting. These are my recommendations that I’ve used myself.

Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Maximum Cover foundation offers longevity and a velvet/matte finish, there’s a lighter version Double Wear Light Stay in Place Make-up SPF10.  For a Liquid photo finish   SmashBox Studio Skin 15 hour Wear Hydrating Foundation, and lastly for a natural healthy translucent effect (old favourite,)  Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation Stick. ( This one is oil based)

Some of my brow recommendations include Benefit Brow collection, Body Shop, and Eylure.

For the eyes you’ll need some real definition for the camera. False lashes are the easiest way to create this effect. These are some of the affordable brands that are easy to apply and wear, Ardell  (including Press On Lash), Kiss, Eylure.  I’m also a big fan of long wear gel eyeliners and most of the brands offer this type of product. Here’s a few brands depending on your budget,  Lauder, Body Shop, MAC, Maybelline, Bobbi Brown.

The quickest and most effective way of using colour on the cheeks and eyes is to use products that will cover both.  Try the  Smashbox LA Nights Blush & Highlight Palette, Origins Pinch your cheeks, Nude by Nature Bonzing Compacts. they will all do the trick and save you money on eye shadows.

For the rich velvet lipstick finish these would certianly be on my wish list, Lipstick Queen’s Red Sinner, Boujois Rouge Velvet Lipstick Red, Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick , Dior’s Satin and Matte Finish.

To finish your look fully you will need to choose hair styling products that will smooth and mold the hair into place. Try  72 Hair Blow Dry Cream  it’s a styling hair cream that will suit all hair types and available nationwide.  Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm  have also had rave reviews. Finally to set your hair gently into place electirc’s  C7e.Spray.  is a wonder product. I’ve used this on many occasions and it doesn’t leave a sticky residue on the hair and very easy to brush out.

BRIT Brand Nathalie Bond Organics for the most sensitive of skins.

wp_20160923_10_00_00_pro3848568-3I found Nathalie Bond Organics through a Mash PR Christmas in July press event.  This brand will be offering special packaged festive gifts for all the family leading up to December. I’ve been using the Skin Balm Extra Sensitive and it’s consistency is more than just an average balm. It’s soft and has a fine consistency that soothes, calms and hydrates all in one go. It’s such a beautiful balm and hand made to order which makes this range extra special. The product above has ingredients of Apricot Kernel and Jojoba oils combined with Calendula infused Sunflower seed oil that soothes and protects the skin. It’s completely unscented so gentle enough to be applied on babies including nappy rash and general use on young children. The beauty of an unscented balm offers the versatility for use on any type of skin condition.

The product range is extensive and includes the most fabulous natural soaps in block and liquid that cleanse the hair, face, body, hands and the kitchen sink, essential oil candles, divine body scrubs, lip balm’s for men, women and children… If you’re planing to give a gift to someone you love for a Birthday, Christmas or the birth of a new baby .. Nathalie Bond Organics has everything to help lift the spirits as a gift that’s practical, ethical and offers absolute well being..

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Nathalie Bond Organics donates a percentage of its profits to World Vision, who support children in some of the poorest communities in the world.  Instagram @NathalieBond  Blog News NathalieBond

NEW extensive brow collection #BENEFITBROWS launches 24th June.

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If you hadn’t noticed there’s a brow revolution. As a make-up expert nowadays I know the importance of brows to suit your face and features. A few years ago I managed to fly over to New York to have a treatment in the world famous Brow Bar in the Trump Tower that included treatments upstairs in the Avon Spa. I’ve also rearranged brows over the years whether it’s bleaching, changing the shape and colour, making them thicker and longer to create all sorts of effects. We used hairspray back in the day to push up the brows to keep them in shape. However I was lucky enough to be invited by Camilla London’s head PR to the press launch on the Good Ship Benefit on the HISPANIOLA  and then we were sworn to secrecy for ages about this extensive brow launch.

My products arrived in a pink parcel so that I could try out the products myself. There are many types of effects, colours and thankfully ones that are dark enough for black brows.  The nine-product range comprises of mistake-proof shades that address every brow issue out there, from easily faking a natural brow to grooming unruly hairs from the lightest to the darkest in shades 1-6.

For a full cover of the product range you should view Lisa Potter – Dixon You Tube  explanation in full detail.  She’ll be giving you the history and low down on everything you need to know leading up to the launch date 24th June 2016.  So you’ll have the full facts on what you’ll be looking for to tame your brows. Btw #BENEFITBROWS are for absolutely everyone…Bold is Beautiful in the month of May 2016..
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Avon’s latest BIG & MULTIPLIED Mascara launches 5th May 2016.

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Avon’s latest Big & Multiplied Mascara £8.50. I’ve always had a soft spot for Avon’s make-up range as its a good workable product and good value.  For many years I felt it was always an underrated make-up range due to the fact it was sold door to door and not over the counter in department stores. Those days have long gone and if you know your local rep it’s good to support them and an excuse to get together : ).  I’m sure as a customer you’ve used many mascaras and tried many types along the way. This mascara is designed to give maximum impact and volume by coating every individual lash without sticking to itself. So creating a fabulous full lash effect. I’ve used their mascaras and haven’t ever felt let down by the product. Top tip always coat the bottom lashes first before the top. Anyway it’s up to you & available online  Avon.uk.com  including through your local Avon Rep, Launches 5th May 2016.

Kim Kardashian’s make-up artist loves Brit brand ICONIC Strobing Stick to highlight the skin.

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Ever wanted to know how Kim achieves the light reflective look and effect on the skin? Well now you know it’s the Brit brand ICONIC Strobing Stick £29.99.  It has a cream consistency so easily glides onto the skin whether you’re using it over your foundation, mixing it in or using directly onto bare skin. I prefer cream highlighters to powder ones due to the fact it adds moisture to the skin and offers a more definite fashion finish. It’s the perfect finish for photography and a must have for all skin tones. For more information  ICONIC.

Stila’s Impressionist make-up for Spring/Summer 2016.

StilaLooking for a natural glowing finish effect for your skin this Spring/Summer 2016 then Stila have what you’re looking for Stila UK.

Liquid foundations tend to be more sensitive to skin tone and offer a realistic colour match and cover for the face.  There’s  a sensitivity to this type of consistency that makes it perfect for the photo finish and ultra close up scrutiny for brides on their wedding day.  So when this press release was sent to me about the Radiance-Enhancing Foundation Aqua Glow Serum Foundation £34.50,  i knew it would be a winner.  It’s added skin enhancers create a soft, silky and lightweight feeling on the skin perfect for a photo silky finish for brides.

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Concealers offer extra coverage on the skin whether you apply it before or after the base. The Ultra Glow Serum Concealer £19 matches the consistency of the base you use so that the effect is seamless and flawless. Usually applied to the areas around the eyes and lids ( use as a primer to cut costs), around the nose and sometimes if there’s high colour over the cheeks, works well as a lip primer too.

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Convertible Color Dual lip & Cheek Palettes £29, available in two different colour themes Sunrise Splendor & Sunset Serenade. For the consumer of all skin tones these palettes offer you plenty of versatility that can be interchanged for lips & cheeks and very portable. It’s a product that with a finger tip can be easily applied. Although with a good make-up brush the colour can be built up gradually for a much stronger more definite finish. palette

Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks £16, have added further colours to the line up this season.  Long-lasting up to six hours, creamy-matte colour, and a lightweight, comfortable texture. These lip colours are rich in colour with added Vitamin E and Avocado Oil to keep the lips soft & supple. Stila is one of my favourite brands so have a look online for the latest news and offers online from Stila UK. 
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Reasons to love Eco Tools Complexion Collection Make-up brushes.

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I’ve been meaning to write about these brushes for ages. I’ve had the pleasure of working with these Eco Tools make-up brushes from the Complexion Collection range on lots of occasions. They’re a permanent part of my make-up brush line up. Here’s some of the amazing benefits you’ll get from these brushes.

  1. Firstly they are synthetic so completely bacteria free.  I’ve heard of serious staphylococcus infections through real hair make-up brushes infecting broken skin after sharing dirty brushes with friends.
  2. These brushes are easy to wash and very quick to dry.
  3. No malting hair so preventing any getting stuck to the face.
  4. These brushes offer a sturdy and directional application whether you’re using cream or powder, great for contouring, blusher and eye shadow and good for body painting.

Further info on Eco Tools and available to buy online here at Boots UK  

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