Archive of ‘Blog’ category

Lisa Vale Mini Makeover

Lisa Vale Mini Make Over – Forever Living

I had the recent pleasure of giving Lisa Vale a min make over using her Forever Living Product Range. The make up range – Flawless by Sonya – provided some great products, which can be used to create a natural make up look.

Flawless by Sonia Cosmetics

The Beautiful Lisa Vale

Lisa Vale Mini Make Over – Forever Living

I had the recent pleasure of giving Lisa Vale a min make over using her Forever Living Product Range. The make up range – Flawless by Sonya – provided some great products, which can be used to create a natural make up look.

I started on clean cleansed skin and used Sonya Aloe nourishing serum to prep and prime the skin for make up. Using a Beautyblender I applied a BB cream as a base and defined check bones with a cream to powder foundation in a  shade approximately two shades darker than Lisa’s natural skin tone. I also ran a little around the forehead, under the chin, down the sides of the nose and blended well. The skin was then powdered with Delicate Finishing Powder.

Eyebrows were combed and defined using an eyebrow pencil. In the absence of wax a little petroleum jelly was used to tame stray hairs.

Using Bronzer, the eye socket was defined and a little copper eyeshadow was added. A matt brown shadow was used on the outer V for further definition. Wetting a small flat brush, a little violet shadow was used to line the top lashes. Under the brow, a gold shadow was used for highlight. On   the bottom lash line a dark mat brown shadow was used as liner. Eyelashes were enhanced using lengthening mascara.

Next the check bones were contoured with bronzer and more was brushed on the temples, forehead and jawline. A coral toned blush was swept across the apples of the cheeks.

The lips were outlined with a lip pencil and Pomegranate lipstick colour was added to give colour. To further enhance the lips a gloss in a coral tone was added to the cupids bow area and to the centre of the bottom lip. A little bit of serum was added to the top lip area to conceal any vertical lip lines.

Lastly a little highlight was added to the centre bridge of the nose and down to the tip. A tiny bit of finishing powder was added to blend the look together. A damp Beautyblender sponge set the finish.

Forever Living Products used are listed below. The link appears first and then the item below.

Nourishing serum


Purple Shadow alternative liner

Shadow quad – Liner and copper shadow


BB Cream

Cream to powder foundation

Finishing powder – A Firm Favourite

Pomegranate Lipstick

Anyone who would like a makeover pamper session with a portrait or photo-shoot – please contact Allison on 07718425551








Sonia Kashuk Neutral Eye Palette

When I was in America recently I was lucky enough to pick one of these Sonia Kashuk eyeshadow palettes from Target. I have heard a lot about these on youtube.

sonia kashuk palette


Apart from Target, the only place I have seen these for sale is ebay, and that is because this is a Target exclusive.

Although this little compact does not look much, the colour formulations are fab, and as an all matte palette this is very difficult to find.

If I could, I would have picked up more, but this was the last one on the shelf and they seem to have disappeared from the Target web site. However there is a shimmer one being sold with a similar colour range.

I am keeping this gem for myself and if I can procure another I will keep it in my kit. Alternatively, I will see if I can match the colours from MAC or Makeup Geek, but that will prove costly endeavour.

How to get younger looking skin with one simple skin care tip. I wish I had heard of this ealier

I was watching a QVC presentation today and I came across one of the best skincare tips I had ever heard.

I have been using A’kin Pure Radiance Rosehip oil. I have been using it like a serum and placing it on my skin before my moisturiser. But the presentation I was watching  suggested that any oil should be placed on the skin after moisturising, as oil sits on top of skin and locks in the moisture. The analogy was that of oil sitting onto of water in a glass.

A'kin Rosehip Oil

Use after moisturiser

I love the A’kin Pure Radiance Rosehip Oil. A small drop goes a long way and when I used it on top of my moisturiser today, I felt the difference. This is something I will be using in the future. I dare you to try it.


Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Vs Nspa Hot Cloth Polish Make up removal and cleanser

Liz Earle Alternative

Beauty cleansers for make up removal

These make up removers sit side by side in my bathroom. I must say that I prefer the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, but I think that is based on fragrance only. There is of course a huge price difference.  The Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish comes in at around twenty pounds at the time of writing.  Where are the Nspa alternative is currently being sold at two for eight pounds at Asda. So I tend to alternate between the two.

Both products remove make up and both use a similar cloth to remove the product so it really is toss up between price and fragrance in the end. – Happy shopping

Must Have Revlon Blush Colours

Revlon has always been a favourite with me. Not quite a drug store brand make up and not quite high end, Revlon sit firmly in the middle.

When browsing for blush colours ( as the newest ELF blush pallets have not made it over the Atlantic Ocean yet) I discovered these two beautiful colours in the Revlon section at boots. I didn’t purchase them because I have two new Kiko blushes recently purchased  from The Westfield Shopping centre in London and I have yet to try them out. (That is after I finishing experimenting with some new Tarte blush purchases.) So suffice to say – I have one too many blushes on the go at the moment. But if I can justify it – these two beautiful colours will be added to my collection.

090 093

Huate Pink Rose Classe is a beautiful pink which would go well with fabulous cool pink toned lipstick. And Classy Coral Coral Chic is a lovely orange toned coral to compliment a nude look. At around the seven pound mark they don’t break the bank, and are certainly worth the investment.


Makeup brush dupes. How to find the best alternatives

Sometimes finding the right make up brush can be a real pain. Often we pay out large sums of money only to find ourselves favouring a particular brush that came with a set or pallet years ago and can never be found again.

makeup brush dupes

Find the right brush may involve looking at brush dupes

Often price is no guarantee of quality.So in my experience it is best just to experiment. Discard the ones that come with large price tags and just blind test. Don’t choose a brush just because it says if was designed for a particular area. Contouring brushes can make good blending brushes and visa versa. And I am not against a good old plain hack with the scissor, if you think you maybe able to save a brush that you never use. Rather that than let it go to waste.

Here is a fabulous article which lists brushes and some dupes worth investigating.


L’oreal False Lash Telescopic Waterproof Mascara Review

L’oreal False Lash Telescopic Waterproof Mascara is a mascara that I  have wanted to try for a long time now, mostly due to the good reviews it has had from various Youtube Makeup gurus.

Loreal mascara

Silver Barrel does not photograph well with a phone.

When I tried it I was not disappointed. It has a good price point, (around the £10 mark) and for that investment I would say that this is a mascara that girls should check out for themselves.

When I tried it, I did not test the waterproof ability of the L’oreal False Lash Telescopic mascara. (However I did recently have a  crying fit when I went to hospital, so I can say the Estee’s Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplier Mascara held up relatively well even though the formula is not waterproof – as long as you catch the tears fairly quickly with a tissue.)

The L’oreal Telescopic wand is a thin rubberised construction, which means that you can get to even the most stubborn of your thin eyelashes. The overall effect once applied is quite impressive.

This mascara is going to be in my top five and so I recommend that people check out the L’oreal False Lash Telescopic ( even though it does have a long name,) because this formula at this price point, is worth investigating for yourselves.

My favourite mascara of the moment.

I have tried many, many mascaras. And I thought I had found the real deal in the Benefit They’re Real mascara. But I have found one to top it. And it comes from Estee Launder.

Mascara review

Sumptuous Extreme

Estee’s Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplier Mascara, comes with a large brush, and not the rubberised version that you would get with Benefit and many other of the newer mascaras. The volume and the length are extreme.And it is indeed my favourite mascara of the moment. ( There is always another mascara around the corner.)

But one word of warning. This stuff really hurts if it get into your eye. So if you have sensitive eyes or your eyes are prone to watering, I would stay away. Me? I have decided to risk it because the pay off it worth it And no primer is needed with this mascara.


Nude lips and why you shouldn’t use them.

Stop wearing a nude lip, it doesn’t become you. And I am going to tell you why!

I know all things go in and out of fashion. But the nude lip thing that has been around since Mario Dedivanovic started using it on Kim Kardashian for a photoshoot, is one that  many pale skin and medium toned skin women should avoid like the plague. They should wish it would disappear from magazines forthwith.

Nude Lipstick

Try using your own lip tone

Please remember this, unless you are a woman of colour with rich olive tones to your skin  (and a makeup artist like Mario)  a nude lip is going to wipe you out colour wise. It’s going to drain colour from your face and make you look ill.

It may look good and funky on an editorial spread on a red headed freckled faced girl when the art director is trying to call attention to something ( like the motorbike she maybe draped over) but it really is no good for most women and they really, really should stop wearing a nude lip and they should really, really  should chuck out those nude lip tones from their makeup bags.

Olive skin tone women, who had had their face dramatically highlighted and contoured by a make up artist can wear a nude lip and it looks great, because the nude lip is a colour contrast to the colour in the skin tones and the colours  created by the makeup artist; and therefore it stands out.

There used to be a saying in makeup artistry that many still hold to be true If you go heavy on the eyes then go lightly on the lip.And of course visa versa. However, “going lightly on the lip” does not mean wiping out the colour of your natural lip tone.

If you want a a true nude lip, just chuck on a light gloss over your natural lip colour.In fact I would recommend the Gale Hayman lip lift  as an alternative. It’s a great product which protects the lips and has some plumping properties.

So let me just remind you. If you have gone for a big dramatic smokey eye, go lightly on your lips so that you don’t look like a drag queen. I would recommend using lipstick close to your own natural lip tone. That really is a nude lip. Or a gloss over your own lipcolour. But don’t wipe out the colour of your lips with a glossy beige tone and think you look great,. because the chances are that you don’t, and you are the one that is going to have to live with the pictures or yourself trying to be a Kardashian clone some way done the line. We live in an age of social media. Believe me, those pictures are going to come back and haunt you.

When contouring goes wrong.

There has been a trend of late to heavily contour the face with either different shades of foundation or bronzing powder.

Contouring the face is not new. You trace contouring the face back to the black and white film era and into colour film. Even the likes of the beautiful Marilyn Monroe relied heavily on her makeup artist Whitey to help create her perfected look.

105 072


( Above a concealer palette with light and dark shades. The darker shades can be used to sculpt the face, whilst the lighter shade can be used to highlight. Another low cost option when contouring the face.)

Marilyn used contouring to define her face shape and to help alter the look of her nose .But what you didn’t see in her pictures were awful muddy dirty stripes down the side of her cheeks, in an attempt to try and emphasis her cheek bones.

If you are going to contour your face then try to be subtle about it. Remember less is more and never use bronzer with shimmer if you can avoid it. This often has the tendency to react with the oils in your foundation or skin and can turn a muddy colour on the skin.

On a recent photo shoot I did with a professional model, I was a appalled to see a model turn up with awful hollowed out cheek bones in a glittery muddy brown. I asked her to turn up with light make up so that I could touch up and enhance where needed for speed on the shoot. Well that request has taught me a lesson I will never forget. Her facial makeup had to be removed and redone ( without any bronzer or contouring,. The model had great cheek bones, all she needed was a little blush. She looked fantastic once her makeup had been redone. But that time is taken from the time needed with the photographer and the loss of daylight.

Please, please re think the use of heavy contouring on the face. Remember when  using a bronzer you should use it lightly in the places where the sun would naturally catch your face. Use it to sculpt around the hair line on a high forehead. If you must use it on your cheeks then use it very lightly just under the cheek bone, and then sculpt the jaw line. But even then, it would probably serve you better to invest in a face powder a couple of shades darker that your foundation, than to use a shimmer bronzer.

Not everyone needs to contour their cheek bones. Some people are naturally blessed and if you over emphasise an asset you can end up detracting from it. So think before you reach for the brown powder and brush.

1 2 3 5