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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Help cosmetic brand Benefit raise money for Refuge & LGFB charity sunday 8th May 2016.

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Two amazing charities who directly help and support women in vulnerable circumstances.  As a very long-term volunteer with the Look Good Feel Better charity I’ve met and worked with many people who categorically say it helped them to full recovery. Including a top oncologist who herself was diagnosed with breast cancer and after attending LGFB workshop realized that the after care is as important as the treatment.  It’s about the whole person when you’re in recovery and these workshops have real positive psychological impact on all the women involved including the volunteers. In the past I’ve helped raise £20,00 for the LGFB charity at the Royal Opera House with Jamie Coombes, Dior’s international make-up artist. It meant a lot to me to volunteer my professional skills and it was a lot of fun.

So now its your turn to help Benefit raise money and the profile and of these two charities that directly helps women in very difficult circumstances. Whether it’s domestic violence or helping those recovering to full health after being diagnosed with cancer.

There are three ways of getting involved. Either make a donation if you cant be there, book a brow wax at one of their 140 + stores (where you will receive a free Gimme Brow worth £18.50), or join the march on Sunday 8th May 2016 in London with a donation of £10 and receive £20 worth of make-up goodies. Bring your mums, sisters, cousins, friends, family anyone who cares as much as you do about other women’s lives who need our moral and financial support.

Here’s the route online…Bold is Beautiful... You can donate here and find out further info about the campaign. This is the second year it’s running.

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The start/finish is in Cavendish Square behind John Lewis in Oxford Street, London W1.  Denise Van Outen will be heading the campaign and they’re hoping for at least 1000 people attending the walk.

For me these two charities do make a real difference to women’s lives here in the UK..  Bold is Beautiful.…10am registration the walk will be in two waves 11am & 11.45am further details online Benefit March sunday May 8th 2016..…hope to see you there..

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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The Little Black Dress & Avon’s Christmas make-up favourites 2015.

If you’re looking for glamourous affordable party dresses & make-up ideas for Christmas, then read on.  Party dresses from under £50 & make-up items from Avon to suit your budget easily for 2015.

The company Little Back Dress had bit of a bash recently at the Cafe Royal in one of the most beautiful rooms i have seen for a long time. It’s worth a visit with your friends if you get a chance to visit town before Christmas.   It was full of press, bloggers, pop stars and soap stars.  Typical of me to sit in the reserved spot and was quite quickly removed by a PR with a smile,  ( I know my place :)).

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Amazingly it was the 9th year for the Avon Beauty Bus and it was parked up opposite the John Snow Pub in Broadwick Street Soho. Named after Dr John Snow who discovered the water pump in this street was the cause of the Cholera epidemic 1854.

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As it says the must have Matte lipsticks £8.50,  you can see the John Snow Pub to your right. Below left is the advent calender £55 with 12 nail polishes, next is the Medium Make-up Palette £12 & to the right My Eyeliner Wardrobe £12.  For more details on Avon for Christmas just click here AVON UK. 
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A fabulous collection of Nail Vanish each £6, Pink Bracelet £5 part of the Breast Cancer Aware Campaign that Avon takes part every October where £2’s donated to the Charity. Avon also supports those suffering from domestic violence and help raise money for Refuge & Woman’s Aid.
See below some further Christmas gift ideas  AVONUK.
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Australian brand Nude by Nature’s answer to natural mineral make-up.

nude by natureThe name NudebyNature conjures up thoughts of  the outdoors and reflects the concept of this beauty brand.  I understand from my newly discovered extended family ( who happen to be make-up artists) and live close to Melbourne Australia, say the brand widely advertised on infomercials. That’s an advertizing term i hadn’t ever heard before.  However i had the chance to try these products for myself at the event with journos Rebecca Barnes and Karen Heath at the London Launch in the Charlotte Street Hotel.  I have to say i  liked the consistency of the liquid foundation as it smooths over the skin so easily and naturally.
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WP_20150930_18_38_28_ProI met the Global Brand Ambassador & fellow make-up artist Clint Dowdell where we exchanged some friendly banter.  This make-up range is easy going for those of you looking for a simple choice while enhancing the skins complexion. The description of each product below is true to expectation which is refreshing.  There are no harmful ingredients or parabens and the foundations are available in mineral and liquid consistency.

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The range includes a line up of eco friendly synthetic brushes. This makes them bacteria free, soft to touch, easy to wash and dry. There’s something for everyone here and works for the lightest of skin tones to the darkest.

Brush Set, £50 with pouch.

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Individual brushes range from £16 to £25.
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Radiant Loose Powder Foundation, 10g, £25, Flawless Pressed Powder Foundation, 10g, £25, Luminous Sheer Liquid Foundation, 30ml, £25.
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Flawless Pressed Powder FoundationLuminous Sheer Liquid Foundation
Perfecting ConcealerMatte Pressed BronzerNatural Glow Loose bronzerPerfecting Concealer, 5.9ml, £20, Matte Pressed Bronzer, 10g, £22, Natural Glow Loose Bronzer, 10g, £18.
Mattifying Pressed Setting Powder, 10g, £22, middle Perfecting Primer, left 30ml, £22, Cashmere Pressed Blush, £22.
Perfecting PrimerCashmere Pressed BlushMattifying Pressed Setting PowderTranslucent Loose Finishing Powder, 10g, £22,  Sheer Light Illuminator, 30ml, £18, Sheer Light Illuminator, 30ml, £18.
Transluscent Loose Finishing PowderSheer Light IlliminatorSheer Light Pressed IlluminatorPrices start at £18 click on the link  Feelunique.com to find out further details.