Friday, 24 May 2013

Latest Kit Acquisitions: Before/After: Fierce Pink and Blush

With all the Spring collections coming out in shops, it is usually unavoidable to get pink in there somewhere. Don't get me wrong, I love the colour pink but when it comes to eyes, it usually scares me a little bit. Don't ask me why I just shy away from it as an everyday eyeshadow colour, I think in the 90s I was told it makes eyes look sore and it's stuck with me ever since! Go figure!

So when Chanel sent their summer collections and I was sent their new Stylo Eyeshadow Pens in Jade Shore, Black Stream and Pink Lagoon, it did send me into a minute little panic. What do I do with shimmery pink?! Well undeterred I was determined to use it and when I did, I was so glad I did! I'm jumping ahead of myself so let me show you the 3 pens I was sent.

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow (Fresh Effect Eyeshadow)
Available in 6 colours, these eyeshadow pens twist up and create a gorgeous sheeny wash of colour and according to the model feels cool and like a liquid. So it feel lovely and fresh on the eyelids.

RRP £23.00 available 31st May 2013.

Kryolan Lip N' Cheek

Any MUA will know of Kryolan, the German stalwart of the TV, Film and Theatre makeup world. After their rebranding last year, they have been launching some very ingenious and highly usable products. These Lip n' Cheek colours are exactly what the name says it is. Water-resistant and easy to blend and spread, they come in 11 beautiful shades from naturals to brights. I was quite eager to try them as soon as I got them. 

RRP £16.50 for 10ml and available from Charles Fox.

Right now to the fun bit. I was recently reunited with Maja the gorgeous Dutch beauty I showcased in my Technicolour/Stepford Wife post. She has returned and still as beautiful as last year and might I even say, better! 

Since we were shooting lots of florals and prints, I didn't want her to look too pretty and girly. Add pink eyeshadow (eek!) I was even more adamant in making her look intense and tough. So what did I do? I thought about what I've seen everyday women do to their eye makeup that I find so hard and harsh and I thought overly-lined eyes! Yes! I usually dislike it when women with small eyes line their eyes inside and out with a harsh black. It's counter-productive and make their small eyes even smaller.  So that's what I did to make the pink Chanel pen less girly. It had to work right? 

Meet Maja.
Face Prep: Bioderma Sensibio H2O, Emma Hardie Lighter Lotion, Emma Hardie Moringa & Rose Treatment Lip Balm, Face Primer (a new product that I'm developing that I can't disclose yet).

Now the finished look.

Foundation: Kesalan Patharan Liquid Foundation, Givenchy Mr Light, DiorSkin Sculpt Concealer.

Eyes: Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow in Pink Lagoon, Givenchy Magic Kajal in Magic Black, Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner, L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Noir Excess, Highlighter (a new highlighter I'm developing that's amazing, all will be revealed!).
Eyebrows: Shu Uemura Hard Formula Pencil in Seal Brown, SUQQU Eyebrow Liquid Pen in Brown, MAC Brow Fix in Clear.
Cheeks: Kryolan Lip N' Cheek in Rose and Freesia, Highlighter (again!) on cheekbones and nose bridge.
Lips: Ultimate Lip Liner (my new product , will reveal asap), Emma Hardie Lip Balm, Highlighter(!).
Powder: Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder.

Here's a shot of Maja with flash and then a close up of the eye to show the shimmer.
What do you think? I think it's still pretty but yet tough and with an edge. I can't wait to use the other colours from both Chanel and Kryolan. As always I'd love to hear what you think, so don't be shy.

Editorial Update: Diesel Campaign

Last year I worked on a series of campaigns for Diesel and I now have the images finally! There was a film/video as well and it was quite an interesting process as it involved the production building incredible sets inside a freezing warehouse! On retrospect it's hilarious how cold it was but while working on it, it felt like we were going to die! Anyway have a look at the images, I'm really pleased with them and hope you like them too.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

La Roche-Posay: Brand Catch Up : Anthelios Offerings

As we fast approach the summer months and (hopefully) sunny days, I've been travelling for work and as always pack a comprehensive SPF kit for crew and myself! Through experience everyone on a trip tends to delve into my kit for SPF concerns so I bring a lot! My main concerns with sunscreens and blocks especially when it comes to being used on the model is that one, they offer good protection so she/he doesn't burn or change colour so that they stay constant for the shoots. The other concern is that they don't grease up the face and cause that awful chalky finish that the higher factors usually give.

One of my favourite is the Anthelios range from La Roche-Posay. I was first introduced to this range by the lovely PR who is now a good friend. I was sceptical, a point she continues to make even though it's been many years! The orginal Anthelios products I had were the fluids in SPF 30 and 50 and I love them as they melted into skin with no traces. Well Anthelios has upped it's game! Let's have a look.
Anthelios XL SPF50+ Invisible Nutritive Oil
At last! Someone's created an oil with the high SPF factor of 50! For fans of oil which usually contains the lowest or no SPF, this one is a treat. Light and non-greasy and drying to a satiny finish, it smells lovely and I can't wait to use it on an upcoming work trip! Oh it also contains La Roche-Posay's Thermal Water to calm and soothe skin. And did I mention SPF50+?! 

£14.85 for 200ml at

Anthelios XL SPF50+ Dry Touch Gel-Cream
This newbie to the range disappears on skin upon application to leave a matte finish that's perfect for hot humid countries. It's also water-resistant so perfect for sweaty or wet activities! Tipped to be my new favourite!

£16.50 for 50ml at

Anthelios XL SPF50+ Tinted Cream
Promising the same high protection but this time in the form of a tinted cream. So for those who want a little bit of a glow and colour, this is perfect. I've tested it on various skin tones, it's pretty adaptable so I'd be confident in using it all the time. Helps keep foundation to a minimum as the tint gives skin a slight polish. 

£15.00 for 50ml at 

So there you go! 3 very effective and gorgeous SPF products to ensure no one burns during days out in the sun. Whether on holiday or on a shoot! Anyone tried these yet? I'd love to hear how you get on so please feel free to leave comments. Tan responsibly everyone!