Tally Ho product junkies!
This weeks blog will be featuring a special lady. Fran’s mum! She has been busy putting Clarins Double Serum to the test…so listen up!
‘Hi all. My name is Bernice and I am 68 years old. My skin has always been quite good but as I’ve got older it has become quite dry and lost its elasticity. I often get dry flaky patches around my nose and as I live in Spain, the problem has become acute with the dry hot weather. I also suffer with redness, especially on my cheeks. MadeUp gave me a sample of Clarins Double Serum so I thought I would give it a try. It’s an anti ageing product claiming to even out skin tone and boost hydration as well as smooth wrinkles.
Over the years, I have always tried to look after my skin, cleansing morning and night and moisturising. I’ve used good creams, but never thought to add a serum into the mix. I was a quite sceptical at first as I thought it might be be oily, but in actual fact it’s quite the opposite. I used one pump every morning and evening before moisturising for 8 weeks and the results were very good. When I applied the product over my face and neck, it absorbed into my skin very well without leaving any residue. It’s fairly rich so a little goes a long way.
The plumpness has returned to my skin and it feels much more hydrated. The dry flaky patches have stopped and my skin feels so much fresher and brighter. I would definitely recommend it to all my friends. It’s quite expensive at £55 but my advice would be to get a sample from the Clarins counter to see if you like it as you will no doubt see and feel a difference only after a couple of days.’
You can find it here.
We all love a bit of lippy but how do you get it to stay on that bit longer? One glass of wine and it’s gone! As part of our back to basics series, Fran’s done a quick video to show you some handy tips, you’ll need:
– a lip brush
– a lip liner
– your favourite lipstick
– pointed cotton buds (if you need to tidy up around the edges)
It might take you a bit longer to apply but using this method will really increase the longevity of your lippy, just make sure your lips are nicely moisturised first. If they’re a bit dry and flaky use a toothbrush to gently buff away the dry skin.
You can pick up a lip brush from Boots or Superdrug, one of my favourite lip brushes is from Estée Lauder as it’s quite flat so good for layering on the lipstick.
If you try this technique, tweet us your pics!
Lanolips Lip Balm
Clarins Lipliner in Ruby 02
Estee Lauder Bois De Rose Lipstick
MAC Lip Lacquer
We have a new video up, this time it’s easy contouring. Not everyone is blessed with chiseled cheekbones but with clever make-up techniques you can create the illusion! Another great contouring product that we’ve just discovered is Kevyn Aucoin’s Sculpting Powder available from Space NK.
Adding bronzer is a quick and effective way of adding a healthy glow.
Even if you have very pale skin, a light dusting to where you’d naturally catch the sun will really give your skin tone a boost.
We love this compact by Clarins, it’s their Transparent Warm 03 face powder but works great as a bronzer, especially good on fairer skins.
The summer is coming and we all know what that means. Wedding Fever!! 😍🎉💋👰🎩💄💗
My family friends Dan and Emma are getting married soon and so we thought we would grab an opportunity to do a makeup trial. After some discussion on what kind of colours Emma usually wears/ prefers, we decided to give it a go. My partner in crime Lauren, always tells me that the skin needs to be prepped correctly. Otherwise, no matter what you put on top, the makeup won’t sit well on the skin.
A bride must always prepare her skin for the big day – making sure she exfoliates and moisturises in a way that is right for her. How do we know this? By really noticing and looking to see how your skin behaves. There is no magic potion or wonder cream, it’s about finding something that works for you. Don’t ever be afraid to ask advice. Ask professionals about skincare, read up on blogs and get swotting up 👍
Emma’s skin was a little dry so I cleansed and moisturised, leaving the moisturiser to soak in for a few minutes. Then I used a ByTerry base in cream beige which has a medium to heavy coverage. On your wedding, choose a base that will last all day. Estée Lauder Double Wear is another great foundation that is long lasting.
Emma loves browns and earthy tones, so I applied one bronze over the lid and a matte brown to contour from my Smashbox eyeshadow palette using a 217 brush. I then lined the top lid with Estée Lauder blackened cocoa kohl and set it with a brown shadow for a soft definition on top and a little on the lower lash line. We didn’t have any posh eyelashes with us so I used some cheapie ones just for our test 😯 On the day we will use lashes with a much more delicate lash line so they look more natural. Individual lashes are good idea to keep it soft and natural too as they add volume where you need or want it most.
I then contoured the face with a matte Clarins bronzer with a little mac blush to brighten the cheeks. Cream blush is also a nice alternative for the big day as it smudges on easily giving a healthy glow without looking too matte. A Estée Lauder nude lippy topped with a Clarins lip perfector and the lips were done. Next time, we will line the lips first for more definition. A sweep of Mac mineralise and a slick of mascara and we were finished.
Until next time…
Here are some shots from the photo shoot the other day with the lovely Jojo Desmond, singer, songwriter and dancer!
First up, we started with our cheesecake, pin-up look. The makeup was kept simple, with a plain vanilla eye, red lips and falsies for a Jane Russell inspired look. The hair was rollered towards the top of the head at the front for the victory rolls and hot sticks were put into the back for a nice retro wave.
Our second look was a ballet dancing ’80s rockstar!’ We decided to go with blue and gold on the eyes, strong pink cheeks and glossy lips. The hair was backcombed for maximum volume, hair sprayed a little and then set free to move!
Our last look was quite experimental 😜 We created a sad, slightly scary clown queen! Jo had some preferential colours so we went with the flow to create something a little bit different. We mostly used Mac pigments and greasepaint to achieve our desired look. Let me know what you think!