Category Archives: Beauty Not Beast
A few weeks ago I went to “stock up” my regular make-up bag. As in – the bits and pieces I use pretty much every day…..I tend to run out of things at a similar time.
I needed a new mascara (mine had got to the “dry and flaky” stage) a liquid liner, under-eye concealer and lipstick…..the total cost came to just under a hundred quid.
Yep, a HUNDRED POUNDS.
Admittedly all of the above are from what I would determine as “luxe” brands – most which I have been using for some time. However, is it me or all of a sudden do cosmetics in general seem to have hiked their prices just that little bit too um…high?
As a self-confessed make-up junkie and marketeers dream (It has special glow infusing caviar derived peptides?! I must purchase a giant jar NOW!) I don’t regard myself as particularly budget conscious when it comes to what I slather on my face (after all it is your…well, face.) But even I’m wondering what these products must actually do in order to justify a price tag equivalent to a mini break.
A good friend of mine recently purchased a fancy foundation, it looked beautiful on her skin (to be fair she is blessed with an epidermis that is both poreless and practically flawless in the first instance) and it was……£95.
Actual – in real life.
I’m surprised that I am so surprised by this. Why shouldn’t you spend as much on making your complexion 100% HD ready as you would on say, a half decent pair of peep toes?… View the full post.
If I was to pick an era that was my favourite the 60′s would win by a landslide. I loved EVERYTHING about it. The fashion…..the music. ALL OF IT.
And more than ever before I think we are beginning to see a distinctly 60′s influence in bridal, I’m loving anything shift-shaped and long live the bride who chooses to work a larger-than-life beehive.
Make-up wise for me it was all about Brigitte Bardot, a strong black liquid liner flick and a nude pale pout. I endeavour to imitate this look often – my “natural” lipstick collection is getting to the point of ridiculous….I have so many.
With all of the above in mind we thought we’d share with you some tips and tricks on how you can achieve this look for yourself, or perhaps even inspire your future pretty bride faces?
Katherine At Ivy Clara: After moisturising the skin, a primer is essential to even out the skin texture, filling in any fine lines or enlarged pores. I used Perfecting Primer by Airbase (specialists in airbrush makeup) but this can be used under any type of foundation. I dotted this over the centre of the face and blended outwards using my fingertips.
Makeup in the sixties was very matte but I wanted to create a fresher, almost satin finish which gave a nod to the sixties without looking too ‘fancy dress’.… View the full post.
Sometimes I like my make-up to be natural. Sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I like to wear a 60′s eyeliner flick with barley-there nude lips and sometimes I like to wear a sweep of gold shimmer shadow and a bright hot pink pout.
Whatever the “look” might be I always want the same finish for my base…..LUMINOUS.
I don’t mean shiny necessarily – I actually prefer matt…but that doesn’t have to mean flat.
And of course you can take this look as far as you fancy, from subtle glow to full on Blackpool illuminations. And yes, should the moment take me I could be accused of the latter.
All of the images of Lolly’s lovely (and now luminous) friend Sophie are by Ines Banks at Source Images.
Catherine at Ivy Clara: After moisturising, use a pea sized amount of primer. I love Daniel Sandler’s primer which fills in pores, fine lines and provides a soft focus finish meaning that less foundation is needed to create a flawless base. Apply the primer with a foundation brush starting in the centre of the face, working outwards.
You’ve all heard and probably have Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat in your makeup bag right? Well this is Touche Eclat Foundation and it is pretty darn amazing! It provides a luminous glow and diminishes dark shadows and fine lines.… View the full post.
I’ll be the first to admit I’m not very adept at creating the perfect “natural” look, I always find that I just end up looking like I haven’t bothered at all or spend the day missing my signature black liquid liner.
That’s not to say I wouldn’t give it another go if I could do it properly though, and having seen Jodie Hazelwood work her “Maybe she’s born with it maybe it’s um… Maybelline?” magic on Lolly I have actually picked up a few skills that I now use on a daily basis.
Compared to the other tutorials we have shared recently this is a long one in terms of images, but we figured we should show you every little detail – you are then free to use which ever aspects you feel will work for you.
As far as your Big day is concerned it seems this type of make-up look, all softness and glow, is absolute bridal perfection and the key (certainly what I have found anyway) is to ensure skin is moisturised, prepped and primed as much as possible to prevent any fading or creasing.
Enjoy you gorgeous lot you.
Jodie Hazlewood: So the irony is, this very perfected ‘no makeup makeup’ look actually involves a rather long list of carefully chosen products! The secret is to a very light touch and check yourself at all angles in the mirror to look for any hard lines… You must blend, blend, blend!
To start prep the skin with a light but hydrating moisturiser and really massage it in to plump up your face.… View the full post.
Wearing your barnet in some sexy waves is nothing new, I mean – who doesn’t want to look like one of those bohemian surfer chicks who seemingly dry their hair naturally in the sun only to emerge all golden skinned and perfectly coiffed after a day spent on the beach?
Personally I find my waves don’t often last – and if I get them to the point where they do I find I’ve used so much salt spray that my hair is kind of….crunchy.
So the question is lovelies, how do you achieve that soft yet glamorous tousled look that is perfection for a relaxed W-day…a version that is not going to turn into a limp straggly mess by the first dance?
Well you’re in for a treat you gorgeous lot you, Love Lust List member Jodie Hazlewood is going to show you how to become a sunshine goddess and includes all of her favourite products to enable you to achieve full-on boho beauty in just a few easy steps.
Jodie Hazelwood: Firstly Prep the hair with something that will protect it from the heat and give it a little bit of shape and body. I spritzed Bumble & Bumble Prep through Lolly’s hair.
Section the hair from behind the ears straight across and fastion with a sectioning clip.
Happy Tuesday fellow make-up junkies….Have any of you lovelies decided on what your pout might be doing for W-day?
A pretty pink gloss maybe? A slick of a sexy nude lip sheer?
Perhaps neither of the above take your fancy. Perhaps what you really want is something brighter, something BOLD.
And if you do then the talented Love Lust List member Jodie Hazlewood is demonstrating a few striking shades that might appeal and is also offering recommendations for alternative hues that suit a variety of skin tones.
If you are wondering who the luscious lipped model is then it’s our Lolly, and the very fancy “studio”? that’ll be the O’Shea kitchen… (just keeping it real people.)
1. Prep lips with a lip conditioner or balm. I recommend the Body Shop Lip Conditioner or Lucas Paw Paw treatment. Massage it into the lips with a cotton bud to give them a light exfoliation
2. Blot off any excess with a tissue
3. If you feel nervous about bright colours then try a sheer finish first. I love Kryolan Lipstick Kryolan LC334 which I used on Lauren – it’s a fab pink coral and the texture is easy to wear and apply.
4. I always use a lip brush for stronger colours. Always take your time applying bolder lipstick, tracing the outside of the lips first then filling in with the brush.
5. With sheer finishes I give them a quick blot with a tissue but you will have to re-apply this type of lipstick throughout the day.… View the full post.