Monday, 7 October 2013

Dr Organic: Find The Face

Here's something that might be of interest to some of you. I'm quite a fan of organic products especially for clients with sensitivities. So I usually carry a variety of skincare products that are organic and generally non reactive. One such brand is Dr Organic, a large range that focuses on various key ingredients such as Coconut Oil, Argan Oil, Olive Oil & Honey to name a few.

Dr Organic is currently running a competition to Find The Face of it's brand. Someone who embodies the principals of the brand. The winner gets to have a glossy photographic shoot, a luxury weekend for two and an opportunity to win a contract with Premier Model Management. 

So I thought I'd lend a hand in bringing it to the attention of my readers. If you are a fan of organic products, maybe this is for you?

To enter, click here. Good luck everyone, the competition ends on the 12th of October.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Givenchy: Brand Visited: It's All In The Prep & Skin

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you'd have noticed my recent surge of love for Givenchy Cosmetics. To the point where I think some might think it borders on obsession. As a MUA, I'm always searching for new formulas and products to help me in my everyday work and my recent reconciliation with the brand has indeed got me rather excited! So why am I so excited? Boils down to 2 things, Textures and Performance. I could go on and on but let me showcase what I think is worth investing in for yourself or if you're a MUA, your kit.

Hydra Sparkling Multiprotective Luminescence Moisturizing Fluid SPF 30
I first came across this gem when working with the Givenchy team and they brought some moisturiser with them and when I used it on the model, I was stunned at how good a moisturiser it was! Why was it good? It's hard to explain but it gave the skin a gorgeous dewiness and a radiance that meant I didn't really need much foundation after. It has a slight luminescence, not shimmer or glitter but it gave skin a gorgeous sheen that reminded me of another brand's Illuminating cream but this was much lighter. The SPF 30 is also an added bonus in my opinion. I've since converted and use this all the time.

RRP £39.00 for 50 ml.

Hydra Sparkling Intensive Moisturizing Flash Luminescence Serum
This light serum with glowy particles leaves skin radiant and packs the skin full of moisture and hydration. I've found that my recent makeup techniques have responded well to skin that is highly saturated with moisture and hydration. Model's have remarked on how cool and comfortable it feels on skin. I think it's a keeper!

RRP £41.00 for 30 ml.

Acti'Mine Colour Correctors
How did I not know these existed?! Marketed as Colour Correctors, I suppose they are what the beauty industry is calling CC Creams now. I have tried many and when I tried these, I was shocked and now cannot imagine work without them. Whatever you expect and want from CC Creams, these are the only ones I have found to deliver. As a MUA I tend to steer away from colour correction products as they usually tend to add another layer of not-doing-much to the skin and usually means bubbling or piling of foundation after. These are so amazing that I have found that I have barely needed to add foundation after! Shocking and bold claims right? I shall show you proof but first some info. 

These come in 6 shades to boost skin luminosity and address all your complexion concerns and range from No. 1 to 6, named as Milk (White), Strawberry (Pink), Kiwi (Green), Plum (Blue), Mango (Apricot) and Peach (Beige). The light cream melts and re-texturises skin to provide what really is the perfect surface to apply makeup. Truly incredible. 

RRP £25.00 for 30 ml.

I used all the above on a shoot recently to see if they really were indispensable in my kit. The model had good skin anyway but due to a cold she did have a few red patches and also dryness round the nose. She also looked a bit tired and blue. So I took a before shot after applying moisturiser and serum and then another after shot after applying just the Colour Correctors. I also did the brows and applied the lips as I was running short of time and needed to get her ready for the shoot. The point is that she has no foundation on but only a bit of concealer to cover a spot and a bit under her eyes to counteract the blueness. Have a look.
Come on, that's quite a heck of a difference without foundation right? Her skin looks like it's glowing from within and perfect. Now before I get a barrage of people saying that her skin is perfect anyway and there was nothing to hide. I will repeat that I am not claiming that you won't need foundation after using Acti'Mine, the point is careful prep using beneficial products will truly help in making skin look it's best without excessive makeup. 

I shall leave it to your discretion on whether you think this will suit you but if you have used any of the above, I would love to hear your comments.