Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Latest Kit Acquisitions: RMS Beauty Living Luminizer

Once again thanks to the magic of social media, I was introduced to a new brand, RMS Beauty. Brain child of New York makeup artist Rose Marie Swift, this more than organic range was created to heal and nourish skin the products were used on. The ingredients used are all raw and food grade thus promising the Living and Nourishing qualities. It's a big range so I won't go too heavily into it. I only have one product at the moment and it's surpassed everything I've expected from an organic range!

Living Luminizer
This beautiful radiant illuminator is based in coconut and Castor oil and is so light and illuminating without any stickiness or oiliness. I was dubious but after using it on all my shoots as soon as I got mine, I can safely say it's stunning and will be in my kit till it's finished!

I got mine from Cult Beauty for £30.00 for 4.25g.

To show you how it looks like, I've included photos of a shoot I recently did where I applied it on all the highlight planes of my model's face. Obviously I've exaggerated it as I wanted to really create a dewy sheen. Have a look.
Foundation: Givenchy Teint Couture, Estee Lauder Maximum Cover.
Eyes: Givenchy Magic Kajal in Brun D'Exception, PIXI Silky Eye Pencil in Black Cocoa, RMS Beauty Living Luminizer, L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Noir Exces.
Eyebrows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette, MAC Brow Fix in Clear.
Cheeks: Le Maquillage Foundation in 117, Living Luminizer.
Lips: Sisley Confort Extreme Nutritive Lip Balm, bit of foundation, Living Luminizer.
Powder: Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder.

Here's a close up with flash to really show all the highlights!
What do you think? I'm a huge fan already and will be looking into getting more of the range in my kit. Have you tried any from this range? If so, please share your thoughts! 

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Latest Kit Acquisitions: Professional Makeup Products & Retailers

It is impossible to count how many cosmetic brands there are out there. As a working makeup artist I come across brands and new products on a daily basis and it is easy to forget about brands that have served you faithfully and loyally over your career. So today I wanted to write about a couple of them and also their retailers. 

I'm not talking about brands that you can get in the beauty halls of department stores, we all know about MAC, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Illamasqua, Givenchy and the list goes on. I'm talking about brands that were introduced to you while you were studying makeup in college. Any makeup artist who's been to makeup school or even if they haven't will know of these brands and I bet will have some form of the products lurking in their kit.

To make it really simple, let's start with the places that sell the products. Many of these places focus on the TV/Film side of makeup artistry but don't let that put you off, if it's good enough for the actresses and actors of our silver screen, it's good enough for everyday use. Within reason of course! 

I'm often in dilemma as to whether I blog for the general public or whether I blog for the MUAs. Then I remember that my blog is about my life and experience as a working MUA, and many of the things I do and use can easily be applied to everyday use for the everyday woman so here goes!

Charles H Fox Ltd
Situated in Covent Garden in London, this stalwart of the makeup industry houses a brand that most of us (MUAs) will remember fondly. German brand Kryolan is still being made and sold till this day. I remember buying my first few pieces of my kit almost 20 years ago, saving up to buy my first SupraColour palette! I went in recently to meet the head of makeup there and to re familiarise myself with the new and improved formulations of the brand and came out with all my favs, all reformulated and performing to today's high standards! 
My fresh new SupraColour palettes. I've had my old ones for more than 15 years and was in need for new ones! I was really pleased to see that the high impact pigments were still there and they even had slightly less dense ones for a people who didn't want that heavy/strong a finish. These grease-based colours are amazing for creating looks where I want really strong and bright results. They also make a great base for shadows to go on top off for even stronger results!

You can look at the whole Kryolan selection here. Good brands to also look at if you visit the shop are Ben Nye and Fardel.

Charles H Fox is located at 22 Tavistock St, London WC2E 7PY.

Guru Makeup Emporium
Run by the fantastic Niki and Aine, who will offer you a cup of tea when you come in, this little gem if located in Fulham and sells a brand that I also adore, Make Up For Ever. I go in whenever I am in need of something from this little french brand, especially their Flash Colour Palettes and their Aqua Colours.
Guru's online website is here and while in there I also check out amazing brands like Stilazzi, Numeric Proof, Paris Berlin and Kett to get stashes of my kit secret weapons!

They are located at Studio 4 Filmer Mews, 75 Filmer Road, Fulham, London SW6 7JF.

PAM (Precious About Makeup)
Founded by makeup artists Kate and Jan, another treasure trove for the working makeup artists. Again I recently popped in as I haven't been for years and left with some new toys that I can hand to heart say are now firmly in my everyday kit! I'm a huge fan of a little brand called Le Maquillage Professional, their Makeup Mixer is amazing and also their foundation palettes are a delight to use. 
Pam's website is here. They also retail Make Up Forever, AirBase, MUD and Tweezerman to name a few other brands. Once again many of my secret weapons are from here too! The girls working there are also great for a chat and gossip!

They are situated at 6-7 Goldhawk Mews, Shepherds Bush, London W12 8PA.

Cocktail Cosmetics
Someone I met through Twitter and can now call a friend is Julie Burford who runs this amazing little site. I meet up or chat to Julie regularly to catch up on what new brands she is carrying and she keeps me well informed! I admit I am not the most on the ball when it comes to finding out what the new brand is so Julie is someone I go to. My most recent purchase are Z Palettes. It's been on my mind for ages to redo all my palettes and eventually I have. I still have 6 more to do but so far my 3 are serving me superbly well!
You can browse through all of Julie's latest and best selections here. Amazing brands to also consider are OCC and their Lip Tars, Lime Crime, Stilazzi and Sugar Pill Cosmetics.

There are many other brands and also retailers so these are only a few that I have a personal contact with. If you're after a professional finish, maybe it's a good idea to visit these shops and check out their wares. All of the people working in them are great resources of information and might help you achieve that desired finish or look that's always eluded you. Go on, check them out and here's a big cheers to all the independent PRO makeup retailers for supporting us MUAS! X


Editorial Update: Stylist Magazine Beauty Shoot

Hi everyone, a quick post to share my latest shoot to have been published. It was a beauty shoot for Stylist Magazine shot by the talented Jonny Storey, directed by Beauty Director Evie Leatham, hair by Mark Hampton, styling by Nicole Smallwood, nails by Michelle Humphrey and makeup by yours truly! Have a look and let me know what you think!