I find beauty a challenge, I love beauty products and seem to stock up on the latest trend and ones with pretty packaging, but I am not very good at doing my own make-up other than the basics, so when Yves Saint Laurent invited me to have a one-to-one make-up masterclass with the amazing Fred Letailleur, the man behind Cara Delevigne’s latest YSL beauty ads, I jumped at the chance.
As well as enjoying the fashion, catching up with friends and discovering new designers to crush over, I love that fashion week always means that I get to hangout at The Apartment and have a team of beauty professionals make me pretty.
I am so bad at make-up and doing my hair, something other than straight, that I really do need all the help I can get and this season I took full advantage of Blow LTD and their approach to fast beauty – doing a fabulous hair style in 30 minutes, refreshing my make-up in 15 minutes, and even putting a pop of colour on my nails in a speedy 15 minutes – a full look in 60 minutes – what more could I ask for.
For favourite look out of the three had to be Beach Blow (above), tousled waves to make it feel like summer in this crappy wet weather. I just loved the relaxed vibe of this blow dry, it was just enough curls and volume to make me feel really pretty, plus I loved how they kept my make-up quite natural with just a pop of colour on my lips and cheeks.
I also was also convinced to try on some Eylure lashes, normally I shy away from fake lashes as they touch my glasses, but the lovely make-up artist just used half of the strip to add some volume without them being uncomfortable and I think she has made me a convert and I will have to look into having that done for my wedding. You can’t see them so well under my glasses in these photos but every complemented me on how great they looked – so I will be definitely trying those again.
Second favourite look was my Power Blow (above), more sculpted waves than the Beach Blow that made my hair look shorter and shinier. I like the slight wave and the volume and even in this rain we’ve been having you could still tell that my hair had been given a makeover.
It is tough to say my least favourite, as I really did love all three blow dry styles, but out of the three the Luxe Blow (below), lots of volume, more glamorous and bigger than the others was just maybe a little too much for fashion week shows, a party yes, running around London probably not. But I am so glad I tried it as it is something I really wouldn’t have normally gone for.
The whole team was amazing, they made me feel so comfortable and I never felt rushed as it was super quick. They also used the new GHD pastel straighteners on my hair and I am kind of addicted – I think I need to look into upgrading my plain black ones!!!
I really can’t wait to try out more styles off the Blow menu – especially the Scarlet Blow for a night out and the Blow N’ Braid for a bit of fun.
Which Blow Dry would you select?
**Thanks to Blow Ltd & The Apartment for letting me try out the service**
As much as I love beauty, stocking my bathroom with potions and lotions, acquiring so many nail varnishes my vases are overflowing, make-up is my major downfall. I am terrible at getting it right, which generally means I just do the bare minimum to get by, foundation, a little bronzer, mascara and the occasional lip gloss and hope for the best.
So being asked by the lovely Lauren and Fran to be star on their fab beauty channel ‘Made Up’ on YouTube was also an opportunity for me to learn a trick or two!!! What I love most, well except for how pretty Lauren made me, is that it is very rare to see make-up tutorials for glasses wearers who realise that we also want our eyes to shine – most are focused on adding blusher and lip stick, whereas Lauren really went for striking eye make-up that is easy to replicate.
I really love the Made Up Back to Basics series – everything from shaping eyebrows to covering spots and even easy contouring for beginners – if like me you are a lover of make-up but not very good I would recommend checking out their video channel to pick up some tips.
Let me know what you think of my makeover.
[Top pic & Video – Made Up by Lauren and Fran]
Each award season my fascinated with the red carpet grows, not only with regards what the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Hudson and Nicole Kidman are wearing, (if you missed my earlier post check out the trends of the Golden Globes here), but also with their make-up as each year it seems to get more and more refined and flawless.
One of my favourite looks of this year’s Golden Globes had to be Anne Hathaway, who not only looked gorgeous in Chanel Haute Couture but she also complemented her gown with a flawless complexion, which her Chanel make-up artist Kate Lee described as wanting her to “appear as if lit from within”.
To create the look, Chanel and Kate Lee have released the make-up used and how to achieve this flawless, elegant look, everything from the skincare to the shade used on her lips.
First Kate prepped Anne’s skin with Chanel Hydra Beauty Serum followed by Chanel Base Lumière Illuminating make-up base, and then used Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting foundation to keep the skin looking radiant, and then a small amount of Chanel Perfection Lumière was applied where needed.
Then a “light sweeping touch” of Poudre Signée de Chanel Illuminating Powder was used on Anne’s cheekbones to “illuminate her bone structure”, as well as along the clavicle and over the shoulder blades. Then on the apple of the cheek, a pale peach blush was used to contrast the lip colour.
For Anne’s eyes, Kate defined her eye socket with Chanel Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Fauve, which she describes as “a delicious grey/lilac shade”, on the lid and along the base of the lower lashes. Then her lashes were curled and given a coat of Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara in Noir, and to make her lashes look luscious a selection of lashes were added for a “customised shape”.
Finishing off her look, and my favourite bit, “the perfect pink for a perfect pout”, Kate applied Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Seduisante.
As red carpet make-up goes, this is simple, but so, so elegant and I love it – I have put together the key pieces from the look below so why not try it out yourself.