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anouche & tom

r a i n

You can plan everything to the finest detail. And then on your wedding day, it  r  a  i  n  s .

And it doesn't   s  t  o  p  !

Anouche was calm and it didn't faze her the slightest about the dreary skies. She has been coming to me for 8 years for brow maintenance and I love our pommy banter and catchups. It was important to have people involved in the day that she knew and felt cofmortable with. An unsual quirk of the day was her hairdresser doubled up as her photographer too. Oh to be that creative and multi-talented…I wish! Matt did an epic job of capturing the spirit of the day and I’m pretty sure he got to enjoy the party later on 🙂

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The theme to this makeup was m i n i m a l. Anouche was adamant that Tom needed to recognise her as she walked in. It was going to be a low key event held in the private dining room at Balmoral Bathers and I don't think anyone was expecting her to be wearing a wedding dress. She sure showed them and she was positively glowing. No amount of wet weather was going to get in the way of a good time.

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So what delightful products did I use on this beauty and what tips can I share??

B a s e - Anouche has struggled with her skin this past year and we were very conscious of creating a base that covered but didn't mask. My biggest tip would be to still use a light-medium coverage like Face & Body and then conceal any spots, scars or redness with concealer. A great tip to cover pimples is to use a fluffy brush to apply Mineralise Skin Finish Powder…it deflects the light and creates a smooth finish.

E y e s - How did I make her baby blues pop? Soft lemony golds…the eyeshadow I used is called Spring up but it has been discontinued….not particularly helpful i know!! But you could use something like Retrospeck and Goldmine mixed together.

B r o w s - I am a big fan of the MAC Big Brow Pencil in Fling for us blondies. The colour and texture is perfect. It is also super easy to use and requires minimal blending. Eyebrow hair can naturally be a mixed bag of colours so I love to use a coloured brow gel…on Avouch I used “Emphatically Blonde” by MAC.

L i p s - How do you pick a natural shade of lipstick? Think of finding something that is like a “foundation” for your lips. You match the colour of your normal foundation to your skin so why not seek out a lip colour that is closest to your natural shade. And oooooomph it up with some gloss like the PLushglass range from MAC.

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What did I love about this wedding? Firstly, I got be involved in Anouche’s big day (obviously!). But her easy breezy nature is what weddings should be about….don’t sweat the small stuff & the rain…just revel in the company of your loved ones and have a bloody good time!

xxx

r e m e m b e r

was there ever something you did that you were REALLY proud of?

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As I get older, I love to think about when I was younger. I think we all do. Call it romanticising a time in our lives.

For me, ballet from an early age was all I could think about it. My mother drove me to countless destinations so I could be involved in rehearsals, performances & auditions. Most nights after school AND both days of the weekend. I was lucky. Lucky because she facilitated it, but lucky that she wasn't a pushy “ballet mum”.

So how do you remember it & record it in a completely vain way? Why, you ask a clever photographer to take some photos whilst you move your limbs and hope to god that it is the slightest bit flattering!

Kerstin from Lillikad Photography made me feel super duper comfortable and we had the most amazing natural light to work with. What was her biggest surprise? I think how many outfit options I had haha! Now there had been a bit of prepping with this. I am a “mover” from way back, if I don't exercise I tend to become unmotivated and grumpy (ask the hubby!). I had done a hell of a lot of Xtend Barre classes in preparation. I was intent on getting some of that muscle toning that dancers have. Did I achieve it? Not as much as I had hoped but thats where makeup & the right lighting comes in handy.

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So what did I use:

  • B a s e : Face & Body Foundation everywhere! Tanned muscles look more toned so I plastered myself in a colour called C4. This is great for a photoshoot. Please do NOT use this on your wedding day! There are many products that claim to be non-transferable….nothing is 100% proof!
  • E y e s : Light and neutral with matte colours like Orb on the lid to keep it looking light and fresh and then a sweep of Shadester Contouring Bronzer in the socket. I wanted the overall makeup look to not be distracting so keeping the tones of the eyes the same as the rest of the body colour will add just about the right amount of depth. Pop a bit of NC15 Chromagraphic Concealer Pencil in the waterline and the eyes look instantly awake. Mascara on both top and bottom.
  • C o l o u r : Brit Wit Cream Blush was used to continue with the neutral colour scheme. Cream blush is great for keeping the skin dewy….I suggest putting it on with a small round buffing brush or fingers tips on the apple of the cheek and blending it up the cheekbone. I avoid using a sponge as you will waste product and potentially create lines.

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I always like to learn something every time I do photoshoot….what was the lesson this time? Your body will NOT move like it did when you were 16…nor will it look like it.  I had cut down on my water consumption in the lead up to the photoshoot to make sure the muscles were more defined…. would I suggest it? No! So thirsty and its bloody hard to balance in awkward poses when you are feeling parched haha.

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Thank you to Kerstin for your patience, your eye for art and your ability to balance on very tall ladders to get some epic aerial shots! xxx

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Why does my eyeshadow crease? All the  t i m e. o i l This is a question I get asked a lot and it really comes down to the shape of your eye and its natural contours. Your eye is constantly moving so the skin on the upper lid is constantly rubbing. This means…
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the p l u n g e II

I  l o v e it when the nights are lighter for longer... spring is here and summer will be sure to follow, oh yes!

It was time for The Plunge Collective to showcase their next range of kaftans and I was one happy chappy to be involved again! Their debut range has been a great success and Founder/Director Olivia has been super busy creating 8 new prints of kaftans, dresses and tops. Fun, flirty and versatile, I want one of each! We had 24 outfits to work through which meant that it was going to be a busy day.

Chantelle our beautiful model was flown up from Melbourne and she made my job incredibly easy. I don't think I have ever worked with such a polite and hard-working model. Her energy is contagious and she has a natural knack for getting each pose perfect. I did not envy talented Photographer Andrew Barbaczy’s job of sorting through all the images after….there would have been too many corkers!

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Break it d o w n:

  • P e r f e c t  S K I N means minimal foundation. It is all about prepping the skin. Buffing MAC Prep & Prime Essential Oil into the skin to hydrate meant that the skin already had a radiance before the foundation. Using oil doesn't have to mean that it is going to cause acne FYI….think of it as super hydration which will get absorbed with no residue.
  • I knew that I didn't want one feature to stand out so I decided that I was going to stick to N E U T R A L tones that tied in together. MAC have a beautiful creme blush called Uncommon which I knew would work beautiful on the eyes too. Buffing it on with a fluffy #217 brush and then laying matte brown eyeshadow Taupe by Bobbi Brown over the top. I used a great MAC Kohl Pencil called Costa Riche and smudged it along the lash-line. It was then intensified by applying Embark eyeshadow over the top. The ruddiness of the pencil and eyeshadow really brought out Chantelle’s beautiful eyes. I lightened the inner part of her eye with Orb eyeshadow, this attracted light to her eyes creating an open-eyed look.
  • How do you C O N T O U R when you want to keep the skin looking fresh and dewy? You can use a creme based product, like a darker foundation. I used the Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in Number to 6 contour Chantelle’s cheeks.
  • Uncommon creme B L U S H was applied on the apples of the cheeks.
  • When you want to H I G H L I G H T the face its important to stick to the high points of the face. For this shoot I applied Hush Cream Colour Base along the top of Chantelle’s cheekbones, on her brow bone and also at the top of her cupids bow on her lips.
  • To keep the palette consistent I used the creme blush Uncommon on her L I P S and outlined it with Subculture lipliner.

If anyone is loving the jewellery as much as me then go to Susan Drivers website and try to resist. Kaftans and tropical jewellery....luckily christmas is coming!!

xx

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Are you planning on being on stage any time soon? No?

Then lets tone things down shall we??

I am all for a defined eyebrow but ladies…. please. What is going on??

This new trend of over-darkening your brows needs to fade out. It’s great on a stage, it looks great with the right lighting and fabulous with the right filter. Everyday life, not so much.

In England we call them “Scouse” brows which refers to a particular region of the UK where people are of a certain overly made-up, bad fake tan calibre. Grab a “sharpie” and draw ya brows on. Nice. Here in Australia its taken inspiration from some very talented drag queens.

I believe that eyebrows should be seen on the face but should NOT be the 1st thing you look at. slow down on the “angry eyes” people.

Blend it...please!!!!

Blend it...please!!!!

Sometimes, we may need a little bit of extra definition on our eyebrows. This can be done using a variety of products, the market is saturated with choice.

I'm not a big fan of tinting as I find that even when the colour is perfect initially, with the washing of your face it tends to last only about a week. Regrowth can look pretty interesting too when the brows have been lightened…tiger stripes anyone?

I usually like to recommend using a small angled brush to apply a shadow to fill in any gaps in the brow and create some extra definition. There are specific eyebrow powders or use a matte eyeshadow instead. I always comb through after applying the colour with a clean mascara wand to remove excess product, this will soften any harsh lines too.

Blend it and soften it!

Blend it and soften it!

A pencil can be used but ladies, keep it light and blend it! If you draw on a line...it looks like a line. Soften it! I am in LOVE with the new MAC Big Brow Pencils. They provide a powdery finish and don't require much combing through with a wand or brush.

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Coloured brow gels are also an option for eyebrows that are a little patchy in colour.

Do you trust yourself with a long-lasting tattoo pen?

Do you trust yourself with a long-lasting tattoo pen?

And the latest trend are the eyebrow "tattoo" pens and gels. Do they work? Hmmmm I'm testing a few to find out. Watch this space!

Greta & Rumesh

Bridal m a k e u p  breakdown

I landed back in Sydney from my honeymoon in Africa on the 26th December at 10.30pm. I arrived at Greta’s family home on the 27th December at 6am to start makeup for her big day! Yep thats a matter of hours!! I didn't even have time to be tired and any jet lag I was feeling was replaced by excitement. I committed to being involved because Greta has such a kind and warm soul so I didn't want to miss out on seeing her on her big day. Nothing gets in the way of me being able to do what I LOVE.

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For an early start, everyone was remarkably perky and fresh. Ready to rock and roll!! The first thing I noticed about all the bridesmaids was their friendship & love for one another. All 6 of them! It was going to be a busy morning.

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The girls were going to be wearing a flattering pewter blue dress so I wanted to work a suitable colour scheme into the makeup. FYI just because you are wearing a blue dress, does NOT mean you should wear blue eyeshadow!! I kept the eyeshadows on the cooler side by incorporating Vex, Copperplate and Scene on the eyelid. I buffed Club eyeshadow over the top of Chromaline. This is an amazing eyeshadow as it is a double tone. It is a warm brown base with a green shimmer layered on top, it suits everyone!

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I think we can all agree that Greta's skin is glowing and super smooth. I had encouraged her to exfoliate a couple of times a week in the lead up to the big day and it shows. I mixed Studio Fix Fluid with a mixing medium to create a silky flawless finish.

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Greta has beautiful green eyes so we started on the lid with Woodwinked and blended her socket with Antiqued and then intensified it with Embark. I popped All That Glitters on the inner part of the eye to ping open Greta's eyes, this a great trick to compliment emerald coloured eyes. I wanted her lashes to look long and lustrous so I applied black gel liner Chromaline along her lash line.

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Greta had her braces off only a matter of weeks before the wedding and she could not stop smiling and showing her beautiful pearlers off. We still wanted to keep the lips neutral as we wanted to accentuate her eyes so I applied Modesty Lipstick with Big Baby Plushglass gloss over the top.

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Thank you to Callan Robison Photography for sharing the beautiful images of Greta's big day. You are such a talent and a delight to work with.

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If you couldn't live without one makeup product, what would it be? It is a tough question. I will leave you to have a little think….. So, for me it would have to be CONCEALER. One product that I think is magical. [caption id="attachment_2782" align="aligncenter" width="2913"] 10 Hours sleep in a tube!![/caption] I know, I…
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s m o k e it.

Make it soft.
Blur it.
Soooooo many pencils!

Soooooo many pencils!

Pencil is the most forgiving of liners as it can be smudged easily into a smokier look by using a variety of tools and techniques.

The first step is to always make sure that your pencil is sharp even if you know you want to soften the liner. I find the wind up pencils are lovely and soft but they tend to not allow for a sharpened tip which will mean your line will be thicker.

So how do you soften a line? Lets try to avoid using cotton tips shall we? There are a lot of brushes out there to choose from so here are a couple of tips:

Angled Brush - This is usually made of a synthetic fibre. The shorter edge will always lead the way. By using this brush, you will soften the line and keep the pigment of the liner looking consistent. It will be harder to spread the eyeliner thicker using an angled brush

Small brush - This is great for softening and dispersing the liner out of its defined state. It is like a small shadow brush, the softer edges means that it will spread the product so will soften the line

Pencil brush - Why not intensify the liner by laying some eyeshadow over the top of the pencil. The moisture of the pencil will help the shadow stick and the colour will be intensified. The brush is a small dome shape so it will help soften the line whilst the colour  builds.

Smudge it. Smoke it. Blur it.

Smudge it. Smoke it. Blur it.

Tips:

I like to tip my head back and keep both eyes open. Otherwise, I find the skin tends to pucker (this is only going to get worse as our eyelids age unfortunately 🙁 ) By using a dot-to-dot method I find the pencil will stay nice and snug to the lash line.

Remember, be patient. Eyeliner takes practise, the more you do it, the better you will be...I promise!

n a t a s h a & matt

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I don’t actually remember how Natasha came to me but I’m glad she did. What a beautiful soul she is. There were so many elements I loved about this wedding. It was simple and the celebration was a surprise…even to her bridesmaid!

They had gathered all their friends and family for an engagement party and caught everyone off guard by actually having the wedding then and there. Natasha said that she didn’t want the fuss and expense of a big wedding but wanted to mark the big occasion sharing it with their close friend, family and their son. Celebrating in Matt’s parents backyard which they had decorated with flowers from the flowers markets was the perfect laid-back backdrop.

Natasha has amazing skin, it is absolutely flawless so we didn’t need much foundation at all. A quick touch of Pro Longwear concealer under the eyes and a sweep of face and body foundation set with some sheer powder is all that she needed. Lots of lashes and a black Chromaline Gel liner to define and extend the lash line. The eyeshadow colours on the lid were kept neutral with retrospeck and kid in the contour.

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A great tip for opening up the eyes is to use a light coloured pencil on the lower inner waterline. White can look a bit stark and unnatural so instead I tend to use a concealer pencil called Studio Chromagraphic Pencil in NW20. By putting it along the lash line it attracts light to the area creating a fresher more wide-eyed look. This is a great trick when you are tired (or hungover!)

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The photos are stunning and I think they can be best described as natural & honest. Margan Photography have captured the day earnestly and the happy couple look effortlessly calm and stylish.

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l e a r n . . .

We can design a look specifically for you!

We can design a look specifically for you!

and create something new...

Makeup can be an everyday routine that can become a bit of a bore.

I find at the turn of the seasons, it is a great time to evaluate what is in your makeup bag. Chuck out those wrong purchases and buy something new and fresh.

But where do you start? If you go to a makeup counter, they will sell you what their company has produced and only that. Although I am MAC girl I don’t only recommend their delights, I am open to other suggestions if I think there is a better product.

This past month has seen me making a lot of recommendations of makeup products during our Eyebrow Styling appointments. I love talking about makeup and leading people in the right direction to feeling and looking fabulous. It can be hard to demonstrate and make my recommendations as the appointment is too brief.

So, why don't you think about booking a lesson in with me? Let me get my bossy head on 🙂 I ask you to bring in your existing makeup & brushes and then we can sort through it. I will show you how to apply makeup in step-by-step instructions and then you can do the other side. I promise I will balance you before you walk out the door. And whats more, you get to take away eye charts, face charts and a tips and tricks booklet. Stick those charts on your mirror and follow the instructions. Easy!

Like anything, it takes practise and a bit of time. Before you know it, you will be polished, flawless and fresh in no time and you will have done it yourself!

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You head to the make-up counter.

You ask to purchase your favourite product.

You find out that it has been discontinued....

Discontinued & Disappointing

Nooooooooooooooo!

I seem to have a knack of falling in love with makeup products that either get discontinued or they are limited edition. I am a MAC girl from waaaaaaaaay back and my kit is full to the brim with their delights. They are a company that pride themselves on evolving their products so that it is the absolute best that technology can make but also for creativity purposes. Personally, I have the type of personality that once I love something, I tend to always stick with it. So, when I run out of a discontinued product, its like a break-up!

Luckily we are surrounded by a huge array of cosmetic companies who are constantly bringing out new delights to play with though.

So here are some of my loves that have gotten the chop:

  • Wild About You lipstick - a deep dark wine matte that would make Lorde jealous…I’m going to say I started the whole dark lip thing waaaaay before her! Now I have moved on to a colour called Volga by Nars. Silky, matte and it does not shift. Its the perfect vavoooooom needed for a plain outfit. Seen here on the beautiful Kat on her wedding day...(image courtesy of John Benavente Photography)

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  • Spring Up eyeshadow - want to liven up your baby blues? This was a great soft lemon colour that made your eyes pop. Although  not quite as pastel yellow as Spring up, a good alternative is Retrospeck or Gorgeous Gold which is a beautiful muted gold.

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  • Dirty Blonde Brow Pencil - this was perfect. W H Y?? It was ashy, the pigment density was excellent and it was super easy to blend. I now use & recommend the new MAC Big Brow Pencil in Fling for my blondie clients. They are a new release and they are permanent fixture...(for now!). I am VERY excited!

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  • Brow Definer Shadow - Now this is going back a few years, when I used to work for MAC! It was a washed out shadow that defined without being too dark. You used an angled brush to apply with small feathery strokes and you didn't even need to blend it. Nowadays, there are all sorts of products to choose from: Anastasia Brow Powder Duo where you use 2 colours to create dimension softly. If you don't want to commit to a specific brow powder, you can use normal eyeshadows too. Try Bobbi Brown shadows in colours like Grey, Malted, Blonde & Saddle using an angled brush like #204.

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So what products have you had discontinued that you absolutely L O V E D & wish you had stock-piled?

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w e d d i n g – Becky & Mark

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I have known Becky for about 10 years now. She first started to visit me when I was plucking eyebrows at MAC in David Jones and she soon became a regular client. Then, after I left MAC I would go and visit her office and she would book a meeting room for me. I would pluck her and her colleagues in a boardroom overlooking the harbour. It was a genius idea, they never had to leave their office building but they could maintain a beauty routine. I would visit every 6 weeks and it was great…they would be back at their desks before their boss’s would notice!

We lost contact whilst she changed jobs and had babies. But, she found me again and it was exciting to hear that Mark and her had decided to get married after 15 years of being together. I put up my hand to do the makeup and I was honoured to be part of their big day.

So beautiful. So effortless. And it makes me feel mighty grateful that I could be a part of Becky's big day.

m a k e u p   b r e a k d o w n :

the p l u n g e

Sometimes, you have to just follow your h e a r t .

I am lucky to have the pleasure of meeting a lot of people through my work and I LOVE the relationships and opportunities that unfold from our interactions.

Olivia Babarczy had been working in the corporate game for many years when she decided it was time to mix things up. She wanted to invest her time in something she had a love for.

R e s o r t  w e a r .

Olivia was just about to have her fourth child when she decided to launch this new project. I think she is Superwoman! The Plunge Collective was born and since its launch in November it has been dressing ladies in fun and beautiful patterned kaftans Australia wide. Lightweight with a silk and cotton blend means you can throw it on for any occasion and they feel fabulous.

When Olivia asked me to help with the hair and makeup for the shoot, I jumped at the chance. Using pinterest we came up with a glowing bronzed look for our model, Jira from Chic Management. Jira made my job so very EASY. What a beauty and what a professional.

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Skin : when working with perfect skin, you really don't need to do much. Hydrate it with MAC Lightful C Formula, dot on some Select Cover Up Concealer where it is needed under the eyes and buff on a very light layer of Smashbox BB Cream. Seal it in with a spray of Fix + and we were ready!

Eyes : Gold and bronze. I used Fix + with a flat #239 brush to spread Vintage Gold Pigment over Jira’s lid. It creates a fantastic moist look to the eyelid without looking like the product is clammy. I used Shadester Sculpting powder to contour her eyes. I wanted to define her eyes without being too dark so I used a great pencil called Powersurge. Its an ashy bronze colour that seems to suit everyone and you can pop it in the waterline for adding a bit of oomph and get rid of any redness.

Lashes : Fluffy lashes were created with individual lashes evenly spread out along the eye. I used a combination of the short and medium length Ardell lashes and used minimal mascara so that the lashes looked less brittle.

Lips : We wanted to a have a few different looks using different colours. I used: Morange (orange), Rebel (dark plum) with Currant Lipliner blended, Shy Girl (nude) and Lady Danger (tomato red).

Warmth : I wanted to keep the cheeks very neutral as Jira would be in a number of outfits and the look was all about glow and bronze. I brought in warmth by using Shadester on Jira’s forehead and cheeks and applied a beautiful blush called Trace Gold. It has a soft gold shimmer to it so it gave the cheeks a subtle sheen.

Hair : Using my trusty GHD straightener I was able to create some fantastic soft curls in Jira's hair. We were going to accessorise one of the kaftans with a turban and then have a number of different hairstyles to vary the look. The secret here is to not use too many products as the hair has to stay malleable. I am a big fan of the Unite products especially the Texturiza Spray . Its great for styling freshly washed dry hair and giving dirtier hair a bit of a boost.

Photo credits must go to the talented Fashion Photographer Andrew Babarczy who flew up from Melbourne to be a part of the fun.

Best of Luck to The Plunge Collective and I cant wait to see more fabulous prints in the next season. xx

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1 y e a r & still going strong

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Time has absolutely flown. I have just celebrated my 1 year wedding anniversary, which blows my mind.

It really was the best day. I would happily do it again & again….mind you, the old bank account probably wouldn't allow it. So much planning and headspace too but ALL worth it!

I still question whether I should have drunk quite so much alcohol the night before with my bridesmaids….especially as I had been on a detox for the month leading up. I was one eager beaver to get the party started. I did a hell of a lot of rehydrating with drinking coconut water and then moisturising the morning of the wedding. It is amazing the difference having a glass or 2 of vino makes on the skin. I may have had tired skin but I had a very happy heart!

I realised I never did do a product breakdown of my makeup look. So, I thought now is as good as time as any!

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Base : I used Face & Body Foundation all over my face because I LOVE the finish and the fluidity. I built up coverage with Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick. And then underneath my eyes (where my slight hangover was evident) I used Select Cover Up Concealer….10 hours sleep in a tube!

Lid : The look I wanted was all about the eyes. Gold hues against blue eyes make them POP and this was a day I wanted them to shine. Goldmine by MAC is one of my favourites which I pressed onto the eyelid. A really simple thing to do to freshen up the eyes is to use a light colour on the inner part of the eye. I love a colour called Nylon which is a very pale lemon colour applied with a soft fluffy brush like the #217.

Socket : Contouring doesn't have to be difficult. Start off with a medium colour like Kid that follows the outer part bone socket to about two thirds of the way towards the inner eye. Then I started darkening the outer socket with Tempting and then Sketch.

Waterproof : On an emotional day like this it was imperative that I used waterproof products. BlackTrack Fluidline and Haute & Naughty Waterproof Mascara kept any streaking on hold.

Lashes ; I cant go past the individual lashes. They stay on better than the row of lashes and I love how you can build the thickness and length where it is needed for each individual. Personally, the Ardell lashes are my favourite. They are easy, they don't look synthetic and they don't break the bank.

Brows : One word for us blondes. Fling. It is the BEST colour for us lighter haired ladies. Unfortunately MAC refuse to bring it out in anything but a skinny pencil that only winds up (and not down). Use it every day and you are likely to burn through it in about 6 weeks. Annoying and expensive! Save it for special occasions 🙂

Warmth : I used a bronzer by MAC called Shadester. They call it a sculpting powder so it means that you can create a very contoured look. It is matte and it is the perfect colour as it minimal redness in its hue and it has no shimmer BUT the pigment is extremely strong so blend, blend, blend.

Blush : I wanted to keep the glow to my cheeks so I used a combination of Margin and Springsheen. They have a fine milled shimmer to them which creates a radiancy to the skin when it catches the light. They are my absolute favourites.

Lips : I LOVE my red lipstick, especially a fabulous colour called Lady Danger by Mac but I knew I wanted to have a good snog at the alter and I didn't think that the colour would necessarily suit the hubby. So I decided that I wouldn’t upstage my eyes so I kept it very light and soft by using a great lipstick called Blankety. I then topped it up with my favourite lipgloss called Big Baby.

Make it last : I love to set my makeup so I spray Urban Decay All Nighter once my makeup is complete. It helps rehydrate the skin creating a dewy finish and it helps to keep all the products in place.

I would like to thank my friend Tara who applied my lashes for me as I would never have been able to apply those individual little suckers with all my excitement. She also did a beautiful job of my bridesmaids makeup.

And I will always be grateful for Vicki Macfarlane, who is the best bridal hair lady in town. She knows her way around a head and over the years I have worked many a wedding with her. My hair did not move and it was an absolute pleasure to have her there with me on my big day.

What a day, what a year and what a marriage. So far, so good 🙂 xxx

e y e b r o w s

how long will you let them grow out for?

Its funny how eyebrow shapes follow “trends". It doesn’t sit well with me. Don’t get me wrong, I am loving the thicker brow that is in fashion at the moment but if you look through the past you can almost pinpoint the decade just by looking at the brows.

For every parent out there that refuses to let their children touch their own eyebrows, I salute you! Its this yearning we have as teenagers to remove hair, I can’t remember why I wanted to pluck my eyebrows, I think I just felt like its something I was meant to do. Luckily I didn’t get too pluck happy with them.

There are countless brows that I have rescued over the years from the dreaded "over pluck” and I know its a long and painful growing out process. Let me tell you, the regrowth doesn’t always come back where you want it. You can guarantee that those particularly useless hairs positioned on your eyelid will be persistent though. Frustrating.

I do think seeking help from a professional is a good idea. Would you cut your own hair? Nope. I have spoken to so many clients and they love their magnifying mirrors. I don’t. Its not real life and no one looks at us that closely (except maybe our loved ones and I would hope that they are forgiving).

What I would recommend is come in for a regular shape and then in between appointments you can do a little bit of tidying up. Below are some tips to help with the maintenance:

Tweezers   - I LOVE my Rubis tweezers that are angled and skinny at the tip. They get every hair first time and they allow me to grab the hair just as it breaks the surface. Tweezerman are great too.

Brow Comb   - By using a brow comb it will help keep the hair that you want to actually keep out of the way whilst you pluck. I like to use a plain mascara wand.

Magnifying mirrors   - Its a distorted perception of our face. Instead use a normal mirror and remember to take a step back occasionally so you can see your whole face.

Good Lighting   - This should not be the natural lighting in your car. Using your rear vision mirror. Whilst you are stopped at the traffic lights. PLEASE. Overhead lighting can create a shadow from the brow bone so I do find natural lighting is the best. Sit in the garden with a cuppa or by a window in your house with a hand held mirror. Alternatively if you happen to have a mirror with lights around it like the celebrities do, use that!

w e d d i n g – Alison & Justin

  • Alison & maids beach
  • Alison & Maids Rain
  • Alison Car
  • Alison Final Touches
  • Alison Makeup Corner
  • Alison Nearly Finished
  • Alison Smile

 

The weather could not make up its mind. Would Alison and Justin be able to get married outside as planned? Yes, yes they would! It certainly was a bit dicey there for a while…but rain and clouds can certainly produce a beautiful backdrop and light for the photographs. Creek St Photography has captured it wonderfully, follow the link to see more on their blog.

 

m a k e u p    b r e a k d o w n
  • Skin:  Alison had quite dry skin when we first met so her mission was to hydrate intensely. I recommended for her to exfoliate twice a week with Clinique 7 Day Scrub and also intensifying her moisturiser with either Rosehip Oil or a serum. Her skin was radiant for the wedding day.
  • Base:  Studio Fix Fluid was buffed into her skin mixed with Fix + Spray to make the foundation easier to spread. The coverage can be a little intense with this foundation so i like to thin it out when I am working with good skin.
  • Eyes:  Natural but with definition. I love to work with the MAC Paint Pots as a base so I used Vintage Selection on Alison. They stop moisture coming through the eyelid and they create a fantastic medium to apply & blend the eyeshadows.
  • Eyebrows:  We had a mission of growing out Alison’s brows leading up to the big day and with a bit of perseverance we got them to a great shape. On the day, we filled them in with Fling Brow Pencil and then kept the hairs in place with Emphatically Blonde Brow Gel.
  • Cheeks:  I used Springsheen Blush as this really made Alison’s skin glow and we contoured with a bronzer called Shadstar.

 

Wedding Gown: Mia Solano      Photography: Creek Street    Hair: Jaimi Neal @ Blondes and Bows Hair Artistry

F A K E T A N

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  • Ella bache

Ahhhhh over the years I have discovered that a "good tan" is sometimes in the eye of the beholder. I know, it's the more safer option than actually baking yourself in the sun but it's not having the right effect if you KNOW its fake, right? Whether it be because of bad application leaving you with stripes or whether it's just because it is the wrong colour.

It's imperative that the right one is used, which unfortunately means a bit of trial and error. But think of it this way: When you are trying to match foundation to your skin, you are looking for the right texture (oil-free, moisturising etc) and more importantly the right colour. So why wouldn’t fake tan be the same?

I have a yellow undertone to my skin (growing up I was called Bart simpson…kids can be so cruel) so applying a yellow based “golden” tan is going to look ridiculous and make me look jaundice. Not quite the desired effect. I am a control freak from way back so if I am going to wear fake tan its going to be applied by me and me only. It's a lot of effort and it requires some pretty interesting body contortions but so far I've been pretty successful. Luckily, I was blessed with long gangly arms!

For us “Simpsons” I love the Ella Bache Great Tan Without Sun as it has a bronze undertone which means it gives my skin a subtle warmth. What I love about this product is that the lotion is actually coloured so you can see where you apply it to prevent the lines and patches. Unfortunately it is a 6-8 hour one so make sure you don’t have to exert yourself that day and I tend to stay indoors. You will look dirty by the end of it so maybe wear some older clothes. See, I said it was a bit of effort.

There is obviously a bit of preparation and some things to look out for. Follow my tips and you will be a bronzed god/goddess in no time!

  • Exfoliation - This HAS to be done in the lead up to your application. 2 days before and then again the day before (especially in the colder months). The tan will sit on the dead skin cells if they aren’t buffed off creating patches (and grossness!). Try using an exfoliating mitt with circular motions or use my favourite product at the moment Frank Body.
  • Hydration - Fake tan will always dry out your skin so you want to make sure that it is well nourished before its applied. This should be done in the lead up everyday to create a smooth palette for the tanning product. Mix a bit of Vitamin E oil or Bio Oil into your body moisturiser to ramp up the hydration.
  • Application - If you aren’t a control freak (like me!) then head to a salon that either specialises in fake tans or go off a recommendation. I send all my brides to Bronzalicious in Neutral Bay. They have every make of tan available under their roof and they match the product according to your skin tone and your desired darkness. Some will only need to be left on for 2 hours which is a winner in my eyes.

Please, please, please do not be a serial fake tanner though. Your skin will need a rest in between and trust me, it takes weeks for it to be off completely even with a good amount of exfoliating! Although I'm not of a scientific background, I don’t think pickling your skin in this tone changing substance can be good for you too right?

Now that the warmer months are upon us and I don't want to blind everyone with my white and mottled flesh I guess I will start warming up for my contortions!!

# n o f i l t e r

I PROMISE to NOT use filters on any of my photos that showcase my work....

Do you know why? Because my work is about real life, real vision and what we see in real time. None of us are walking around with filters on our eyes. There are so many apps to help us achieve a flawless and in my honest opinion an unrealistic look nowadays. I think it is messing with our perception!

Instagram is wonderful for a lot of things but I'm beginning to think that "reality" is being a little bit warped.

Granted, filters can make a photo look pretty. They can accentuate colours. They can smooth out lines and creases. They can make us look younger. Give that photo a tea-stained sepia tinge and we are instantly "vintage". There is even a function where you can whiten teeth and eyeballs!

Its clever. Not only are we "smugging" about an amazing experience that we are having (and actually not being that present in the moment because we HAVE to record it on our phones) but we can now look EXTRA beautiful whilst doing it!

I am a sucker for it, I've definitely used them on myself in the past...if in doubt, change your photo to black and white and I can guarantee you will instantly look better haha!

Some may argue that makeup itself is "fake" and "cheating" and I suppose I would agree to a certain degree. We use it because we want to look our best, we like the transformation and the confidence it brings. Makeup should NOT feel or look like a mask though.

So, my instagram account that displays my makeup won't have filters on, no sireeeeeee. I want to showcase my work, I want it to be MY work. No clever lighting. No filter. And no plastic fantastic models either. I like to see how beautiful a woman can look naturally.

Let's look and enjoy the REAL things in life!

xx

 

how confused is your s k i n ?

  • Frank Body Scrub
  • Frank
  • Frank making a mess!
  • Goats Milk Soap
  • Geranium Body Balm
  • Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser

 

The colder weather has left my skin feeling less than happy. The temperature rises…the temperature drops. In this transitional phase of the year my skin doesn't know what to do with itself.

From personal experience I know that I absolutely hate getting out of the shower during winter…I have to give myself a serious talking to. And then its a mad rush to dry yourself as quickly as possible before literally leaping into your clothes. If only it was that simple and quick though. If anyone else is like me, the tightening of the skin quickly transcends to flakiness and its not pretty. I don’t like imitating a snake when my clothes peel off at the end of the day, its gross.

So what do we do to stop it from happening to our bodies? Hydrate, moisturise, hydrate, moisturise and then some more of the above if you get a chance.

Here are some tips to keep you smooth and silky during this in-between season where the skies cant seem to make up it’s mind:

Hydrate from within - Remember to drink plenty of water…we have a tendency to keep less hydrated when its colder, this will show in your skin!

Temperature - As tempting as it is, having a scolding hot shower dehydrates your skin (and makes it even more difficult to get out at the end!)

Cleansing Skin - Try to avoid any product that contains soap as this will strip your natural moisture and will leave you feeling extremely tight after. I Love Aesop’s Geranium Body Cleanser. When my dermatitis plays up I use Goats Milk Soap which is neutral and gentle to wash the day’s grime away.

Exfoliate - Keep it regular at once (or more if you can) a week if you can. This will remove the dead skin and it will help prevent ingrown hairs and pimples. Exfoliating encourages circulation…the more circulation to our skin cells, the plumper they are which will mean a beautiful smooth finish. Use an exfoliating mitt, a brush or an exfoliating scrub. I have just discovered a fantastic exfoliating scrub product called Frank Body….it smells divine and works an absolute treat!

Hydration - The market out there is completely saturated with choice for products, it really is a case of finding the right one for you. I like the more natural products, I find the more fragranced products are not as hydrating. Mind you, the Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Balm smells divine and that moisturises my body pretty darn well. Before I go to bed, I LOVE to absolutely baste my body in Coconut Oil…and yes I mean the stuff you cook with….you can’t get more natural than that and I smell delicious!