Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Doutzen Kroes Is Queen Of The Galaxy

I love 60's inspired shoots.
And I love Doutzen Kroes.
So I absolutely adored this shoot in the March 2015 issue of Vogue Netherlands.


Lensed by Nico, Kroes wears designers including Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Versace, Moschino and Balmain.
Gorgeous makeup by Mo Karadac
Hair by Christiaan Houtenbos

Queen Of The Galaxy








Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Briday Beauty Tip #7 Go Easy On The Contour

Brides beware!
There is this crazy trend in bridal beauty where brides feel they need to be super contoured like a Kardashian. Brides are often showing me pictures of overblown contour, thinking it's the ultimate in makeup, and telling me thats what they want. Sometimes it can take a lot of explaining to maneuver them back out of what could be a real makeup disaster.

Don't be the victim of a bridal beauty blunder.


Firstly let me say Kim Kardashian invariably looks fabulous.
No question.
But she lives her life in a very different lighting situation to that of 99% of all brides.

I loved this quote from Jezebel: 
Sure, love is a battlefield, but makeup isn't supposed to look like warpaint...

Makeup artists have been contouring forever. It's part of how we create balance in the face, bring out the best in your features, and diminish the things we don't want to draw attention to.
But there is a huge difference between the contouring that a pro makeup artist does on a shoot, and that which we see all over Instagram and You tube.
Contour should be subtle, and only used where needed.
It should blend away seamlessly into the complexion, so that you can't see where it is, you only see a beautiful face.

It looks as though the majority of IG contour has been stolen from the Drag Queen playbook. And don't get me wrong - I love my drag queens. In fact I adore them. 
Drag Queens utilize significant contouring to take their very manly facial features and soften them into female features. They soften their jawlines and foreheads, streamline their noses, create cheekbones to die for. What they do is brilliant. But much of the time it is designed to look stunning with a wig, under bright lights, at night.
Not to be photographed outdoors at 2 o'clock on Saturday afternoon in natural light, with a soft swishy updo and a white gown.

If you step in to kiss a Drag Queen's cheek there is an expectation that she will be wearing a heavy layer of makeup. If you step up to a bride you are expecting her to look radiant and beautiful, not excessively made up with completely overblown contour.

contour gone wrong...

You may think your extreme contour looks okay (ish) in the makeup chair, but when you step outside its an entirely different story.
Sunlight is going to pick up all those white lines in your highlight and flare right off them, literally giving you white stripes and white patches, meanwhile the dark areas are going to grab the light. If they are too dark, or have the wrong undertone, or aren't blended properly your skin will look muddy.
If your contour is not blended to the nth degree you will look like you have stripes on your face.

With brides I find that most of the time a little well placed 
non glittery and non sparkly highlight, blended to perfection into a gorgeous, sheer foundation is all you need to create the illusion of a natural contour. 

Make your focus be a flawless, beautiful complexion (that looks lovely at close range) and your wedding makeup will look absolutely stunning. 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Beauty Tip of The Week # 6 Color Deposit Shampoo

Want a quick and easy way to revitalize your look?
Nothing pretties up your look quite like brightening your hair. 
When your hair looks bright and shiny your skin glows along with it and you look fresh and alive.


When the winter blahs hit you, when summer sun and surf strip your hair or when you are in between color touch ups or when you are just feeling a little flat, brighten up your vibe with a color depositing shampoo.

My new beauty addiction is Pure Blends Hydrating Color Depositing Shampoo. This one is sulphate free, sodium chloride free and actually contains a semi permanent color which deposits life and vibrancy back into your hair. 
It is high lather but super hydrating, and works on fade prevention as well as revitalizing. 
I use Marigold to keep my red hair looking bright and alive, and several of my blonde friends use Lemon Pure Blends to tone their hair.
Below is a color selection chart:


Shade Selector  
Violet: Violet base maintains the coolness of white, gray and pale blonde hair, preventing warm tones.  
Lemon: Pale beige base maintains pale to medium blonde hair producing neutral blond tones. Sun: Beige yellow base maintains light, medium and dark blonde hair producing warm sunny tones.  
Marigold: Orange yellow base maintains the brightness of copper, auburn and warm brown tones.  
Red: Red base maintains the brightness of bright red and red brown tones.  
Cherry: Red violet base maintains the coolness of red, red brown, and burgundy tones.  
Chestnut: Orange yellow brown base maintains the richness of warm brown chocolate tones.  
Cocoa: Cool brown base maintains the richness of neutral cool brown tones preventing warmth. Orchid: Blue gray base maintains the depth of dark brown to black hair preventing warmth.  

Pure Blends is made by the same company who make my other absolute beauty addiction, Simply Smooth Magic Potion, which I reviewed here

Friday, February 27, 2015

Get the Spring 2015 Makeup Looks With These 3 Products

Wondering what makeup items you need to buy to keep up with the new spring 2015 makeup trends? Yesterday we looked at 
Today I've narrowed it down to 3 super fabulous and endlessly versatile products to help you pull off all the best looks for spring 2015. Check them out here:


At Dolce and Gabbana Pat McGrath used Dolce and Gabbana lipsticks in Ultra and Amethyst. Also check out Dolce and Gabbana lipsticks in Lust and Orchid for the perfect Spring 2015 pout.

 Try Chantecaille's amazing gel liner pencil to get that perfect winged eyeliner. This is the first long wearing gel eyeliner to be housed in a pencil. It's also smudgeproof and waterproof.

For both your sexy smokey eye and youe soft brown spring eye choose the endlessly versatile 
Lorac Pro Palette.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

4 Exciting New Makeup Trends For Spring 2015

We normally think of spring makeup being about glowy, bronzey skin, soft glossy lips and pastel eyes. 
Not so for spring 2015! This year they are shaking it up with trends not ususally associated with spring. Check out four of my favorites below:

4  New Makeup Trends For Spring 2015

winged eyeliner at Oscar de la Renta

Winged eye liner is in for spring, in all it's modifications from a pretty flick seen here at Oscar de la Renta to heavy liner at Saint Laurent.


Lips strayed from the usual soft pinks to deeply bitten berries at Dolce and Gabbana (check out the quintessential winged liner. It literally does not get better than this!)

exquisite berry lips at Dolce and Gabbana

and bold, flaming orange-reds at Zac Posen.

flaming lips at Zac Posen

Brown eye shadow is in this spring, 

brown eye shadow at Gucci

but rather than heavy, dull browns they were copper and gold based browns that lit up pale eyes.
brown eyeshadow at Paul and Joe
Also unusual for spring, smokey eyes are in. Sexy, sultry, bad girl smokey eyes at Tom Ford
smokey eyes at Tom Ford
and boho chic at Sonia Rykiel

smokey eyes for spring 2015 at Sonia Rykiel

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

10 Bridal Beauty Tips

The spring/summer wedding season is about to take off, so if you are getting ready for your wedding in the next few months here are 
10 bridal beauty tips to have you glowing and gorgeous on your big day.


1. Hydrate.


Even if you are months away from your wedding day start drinking extra water. Every cell in your body will love you for it and your skin will start to glow and look super vibrant!

2. Book your makeup artist.
The good ones book up fast so make sure you secure one as quickly as possible.

3. Book your trial makeup
I'm a big believer in getting this done as quickly as possible. You need to be certain that she is the right artist for you, and if she isn't then you want tht extra time to find someone else.
Your artist may have some fabulous ideas for your look that take some time - maybe she wants you to grow your brows in, or maybe she wants you to get a series of facials. The sooner you can get started the better!

4. Find a really great facialist.
Whatever your budget, find someone to work with you on facial treatments to get your skin in super good shape. The better your skin looks, the better your makeup will look.
Your makeup artist can probably give you some great referrals if you don't already have someone.

5. Book a trial airbrush tan.


Instead of planning on UV hours on a cancer bed, opt for an airbrush tan. Have a trial so you can see that you like the color and see how many days its good for. I like to count out how many days it is til perfect. For me day 3 is the best color. Once you know which day is the prettiest you can schedule it that many days prior to you wedding day.

6. Get a trial eyebrow session.
Everyone looks better with well groomed brows, but you don't want to make any drastic changes, or have any drastic errors happen right before your wedding! Find a great brow girl and have a trial with her a few months out. If you love the look she gives you its easy to keep it maintained until your wedding day.

7. Plan your body treatments.
Start losing the rough skin of winter, and get some glow into your skin. Making the skin on your body glow can take a little work, so start early with exfoliation treatments and luxuriant lotions. Whatever skin is showing in your dress needs to be smooth, supple and radiant.

8. Cool Sculpt.
If you have problem areas that no amount of working out is helping, such as over the bra fat that wants to roll over the top of your strapless dress (even slim girls get this!), and if you have at last 3 months before your wedding day, look into Coolsculpting.
This is the miracle cure to literally melt away (well, freeze away) the problem folds and have you both looking and feeling sensational. I send my brides to Sandra at the Blume Skin Centre (click HERE for info). The results are nothing short of spectacular!

9. Treat your hands to some TLC

Every bride has photos taken of her hand with the ring, her hands holding the flowers, her hand slicing cake - her hand gets a ton of attention on her wedding day! Getting some hand treatments along the way helps to keep the skin smooth and luscious. If you have sun damage you can get photofacials on your hands. If the skin is just dried out and tired a few parafin treatments will make it look and feel like a million dollars!

10. Love your lips.
Soft, supple lips take work to achieve. Invest in a gentle exfoliant and a super lip balm and use them religiously in the months and weeks leading up to your big day.
Your lipstick will glide on and hold better, and your lips will look fantastic. Chapped, scaly lips never look good!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Coveted ~ The Perfect Nude Sandal

I just got back from the Oscars. As always, it was so much fun!
And as always coming back here feels weird. I lived in LA for many years, and somehow it still feels like home to me...

Kate Middleton steps out of her limo in her Jimmy Choo Vamp sandal

As spring approaches, and fueled by some serious shoe gazing in Hollywood, I am obsessed with finding the perfect nude sandal for the new season. The most valuable shoe in your closet is a nude shoe. It goes with everything, makes the leg look longer and thinner, and gives you a full body compliment.
(I'd love to claim this as my own wisdom, but it was taught to me by Vanna White when I first moved to Los Angeles a lifetime ago.)

My favorite shoes always seem to be my Choos. While on the hunt for the perfect nude sandal these keep popping up as my most coveted.

Jimmy Choo Vamp
Jimmy Choo Kayak
Jimmy Choo Nude Matte Linda Snakeskin

Jimmy Choo Kayden
Saint Laurent Tribute Leather Platform Sandal
NORDSTROM - Shop Spring Sandals
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