Emma Hardie Starter KitIt’s Mother’s Day in the UK on Sunday 10th March so don’t forget to buy a present!

If you’re looking for a pampering treat, Emma Hardie’s Moringa Cleansing Balm is an amazing product. It’s a cleansing balm that will treat your skin and will remove all traces of make-up, yes, even eye make-up. It smells amazing too, with extracts of uplifting Neroli, Orange and Mandarin. You can also apply a thin layer as a night time treatment for a bit of extra pampering and I’ve also found it to minimise open pores so a great all rounder!


Another celebrity inspired video…

If you’re a keen youtube viewer then you’ll have noticed how many ‘celebrity inspired’ make-up videos there are! So, here at MadeUp we thought we’d try another one out as Fran has already done a Kardashian one so this will add to the collection. I really enjoyed making this video as I would never usually wear this much make-up so it was fun experimenting.

We really wanted to find a wig for this video but we didn’t have time, however, we did try spraying my hair black but it was such a disaster Rich had to go in really close for the intro shot to try and hide it! It was another really fun filming day but we did eat pizza AGAIN! :/

Fran did a beautiful Rita Ora and Taylor Swift and I did a Zooey Deschanel so lots more videos to come…

Want to keep your skin looking young? Use a high SPF.

Summer is back, maybe only for a few days but isn’t it nice?! The rays inspired me to write this post about some of my favourite sunscreens. I took this photo whilst on holiday in Spain earlier this year.

Remember, it’s really important to protect your skin from the harmful rays to minimise your risk of developing skin cancer. If we protect our skin from a young age it can stop premature ageing.

Green People SPF 15 Sun Lotion is a nice non sticky suncream that doesn’t irritate your skin as it has no fragrance. My skin can get quite sensitive in the sun so this is a good option for anyone with sensitive skin.

La Roche Posay SPF 50 Tinted Fluid is a tinted lotion with high protection. This is great as it doubles up as a tinted moisturiser and instantly absorbs into the skin. It’s a fluid texture so it’s not heavy on your skin and you can wear make-up over the top. They also do a non tinted version.

Lancaster Sport SPF 30 Stick is good to use on smaller areas where we sometimes forget to apply sunscreen – lips, ears, back of neck. It’s a cream and a stick so a good multipurpose product.


Love make-up but get stuck in a rut? Read here about Lauren’s make-up lessons

Christina’s boyfriend booked her a personal make-up lesson as a surprise birthday present after she’d dropped a few hints!

Make-up lessons are a great way to find out about new products and try different techniques without feeling pressured in a shop environment. As a make-up artist, I use lots of different brands so we’re not stuck using one brand.

We had a fun two hours talking about what she currently uses, what she’d like to learn and we did a couple of make-up looks. We started off by going through her makeup bag (love this part!) and looking at what new products we could introduce.

I showed Christina how to do a natural daytime look that she could do quickly in the morning and wear to the office and how to adapt it for evening.

I recommended some Benefit cream shadows as they’re so easy to apply and here are some of the other products that we used in the session:-

Dermalogica Sheer Tint Moisture in Medium
By Terry Highlighting Concealer Brush in Cream, No.2
MAC Select Cover Up in NC35
MAC Mineralize Powder in Medium Dark
MAC Buff Blusher
Estee Lauder Blusher in Rose Nuance
T.LeClerc Eyebrow pencil in Chatain 02
Laura Mercier Eye Basic in Flax
MAC Handwritten eyeshadow (used as eyeliner)
MAC Wedge eyeshadow, I used on the lower lashline and in the eye socket/crease
MAC Phloof eyeshadow as the highlight in the inner corners and on brow bone
MAC Tempting eyeshadow
Bourjois Sparkling Navy Smoky eyes pencil
Clinique Chubby Stick in Graped Up
Guerlain Lipgloss in 869
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Apricot

If you’d like to find out more about lessons, go to www.laurendunn.com (new website launching soon!)