Monthly Archives: April 2015

Back in the (very) early 1990’s I rocked a deep plum or dark red lip. I was a fully paid up member of the Rimmel Black Cherry fan club (if there ever was such a thing). Deep red lips and black liquid liner along with patchouli oil perfume, long tasseled skirts or skinny black jeans and lots of big silver jewellery was my uniform (for want of a better word).
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This week saw the return of the biggest event in the natural and organic industry calendar; Natural and Organic Products Europe. Held at Excel in East London, Natural and Organic Products Europe is the leading trade show for those in the health food, natural beauty, natural living and health industries and is a focal point for suppliers and buyers alike.

One of the key events of the show is the Natural Health Beauty Awards, an annual ceremony now in its tenth year. The awards celebrate the best of natural and organic beauty and are held in conjunction with Natural Health Magazine and Natural and Organic Products Europe.

With over forty awards spread across hair, make-up, body and skincare categories, there was a lot to celebrate and too many to mention and so as ever I have highlighted the categories most relevant to my blog.

The overall winners were…

Best New Product of 2015: This Works Sleep Plus+Pillow Spray
Anti-Ageing Range: Antipodes
Natural Range: Aromaworks
Skincare System: Caudalie Polyphenol Range
Lux Range: Mel Millis
Ethical Range: Spiezia Organics
Eczema Range: Salcura
Value Range: Skin Blossom
Male Grooming Range: Elements
Naturally Inspired Range: Summerdown Mint
Organic Range: Australian Bush Flower Essances Love System
International Brand: Dr Hauchska
And on to the make-up categories…

Make-up Range: Pacifica 

Winner: Logona Make-up Perfect Finish
Highly Commended: Antipodes Mineral Foundation SPF17, Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation With SPF 15

Winner: Tropic Skincare Illuma Brightening Concealer 
Highly Commended: Barefaced Beauty Mineral Colour Corrector, Jane Iredale Disappear Concealer with Green Tea Extract

Winner: Sante Eyeshadow Trio
Highly Commended: Tropic Skincare Mineral Eyeshadow Palette, Lily Lolo Pressed Eye Shadow

Winner: Liz Earle Eye Pencil
Highly Commended: Jane Iredale Eye Pencil, Benecos Natural Kajal

Winner: Lily Lolo Natural Mascara
Highly Commended: NATorigin Lengthening Mascara, Pur Double Ego Mascara

Winner: NATorigin Powder Blusher
Highly Commended: Vitage Colour Minerals Blusher, Jane Iredale In Touch Cream Blush

Winner: Logona Double Lip Pencil
Highly Commended: Lily Lolo Natural Lipstick, Jane Iredale Pure Moist Lipstick

Finally, the skincare category…
Winner: Pure Lochside Organic Orange Cleansing Oil
Highly Commended: Antipodes Juliet Skin Brightening Gel CleanserBarefoot SOS Repair and Renew Nourishing Cleanser

Winner: Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream
Highly Commended: Neal’s Yard Frankincense Intense, Mary Elizabeth Frankincense and Rose Moisturiser

Facial Oil
Winner: Skn-RG Organics Organic Pro Oil Concentrate
Highly Commended: Orico Superico Vitamin Rich Face Oil, Toulou Organics Youthful Rosehip Seed Oil and Neroli Face Oil

Winner: Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator
Highly Commended: OSKIA Micro Exfoliating Balm, Afyna Weekly Facial Exfoliator

Skin Serum
Winner: Espa Optimal Body TriSerum
Highly Commended: Zk’in Line Smoothing Serum, Mel Millis Phytonutri Qi Enhancing Arctic Essence

Eye Cream
Winner: Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream
Highly Commended: Dr Organic Dead Sea Mineral Eye Rescue Rollerball, Dr. Hauschka Eye Balm

Tinted Moisturiser
Winner: This works Perfect Look Skin Miracle
Highly Commended: Benecos Natural BB Cream 8-in-1, Pacifica Ultra CC Cream

Face Mask
Winner: OSKIA Renaissance Mask
Highly Commended: Afyna Weekly Vita-Enhance Mask, Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask

Lip Balm
Winner: Jane Iredale Lip Drink
Highly Commended: Mary Elizabeth Spearmint and Tea Tree Nature Balm, MooGoo Tingling Lip Balm

Congratulations to all of this years winners – There are some truly wonderful products there. For a full list of all the winners and runners-up, visit the Natural Health Magazine website

Sadly I couldn’t make the show this year due to work commitments however by all accounts it was a good one. Did you go? What where your highlights?

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Toućhe Éclait is allegedly the must-have pen of Make-up Artists and a cult product adored women everywhere. With one stick being sold every 10 seconds, it one of the worlds most in demand beauty products! If you believe the hype then this is the one beauty essential all women shouldn’t be without…  

I’m going to hold my hands up now and say I personally am not a fan and don’t really get the hype – at all. On the whole I am not a lover of pen style products (from a hygiene perspective in a pro kit they are a  big mistake) so I tend to avoid them like the plague, however I know a lot of people who love them.
Toućhe Éclat has been misunderstood by women for years. It is not a concealer. It is a highlighter. Big difference. Yes, it has some concealing properties and will cover very minor shadows (anything pigmented will do this) but essentially the liquid formula will enhance areas thanks to it’s light reflecting particles.
Adding a touch of highlight to certain areas, such as the hollow of the chin, sides of the nose or the philtrum  can bring out or enhance an area that may be sunken, sallow or flagging, however most people apply the pen to the under-eye which (in principle) is correct, however if you are going to have your photo taken (and we are in the age of the selfie) applying a highlighter to the under-eye can have disastrous effects; the reverse panda (where flash bounces off the product) – one make-up issue that is splashed frequently across Celeb Make-up Disasters features in gossip mags. Admittedly this isn’t always the fault of Toućhe Éclat but it is more often that not due to the use of highlighting products used in place of concealing ones…
On to the dupes. I love a good dupe and have picked three suggestions (and added key points) on some cleaner alternatives for those looking to green-up their old Yves Saint Laurent fave…

Borlind Natural Liquid Concealer – £13.50 from Naturisimo

* Smoothes fine lines and disguises shadows and hyper pigmentation 
* Free from parabens, sulphates, petrochemicals, silicones, synthetic dyes, artificial fragrance
* Vegan friendly
* Sadly only available in 2 shades

Jane Iredale Active Light Under Eye Concealer – £20.49 from Beauty Time Therapies

* Reduces puffiness and soothes irritated skin
* Sheer to medium coverage
* Gluten free 

* Available in 6 shades for a wide range of skin tones

Couleur Caramel Perfect Complexion Concealer – £25.50 from Couleur Caramel
* Revitalises and brightens dull complexions
* Sheer to medium coverage
Rich in seed and nut oils and butters
* 98.8% of ingredients are from natural origin and 14% of the ingredients from organic farming 
* Great for all skin types
* Available in 3 shades
Hopefully these three are worth considering if you are looking for a cleaner, greener alternative. Let me know how you get on.
If there are any other mainstream products you would like to see duped with cleaner alternatives, then please get in touch and let me know what you would like to see.
Main Image: Via Beautylish
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This months trip down into the vaults sees me returning to a product that I once loved. So, what do I think now..?

W3ll People Universalist Multi-Use Stick

As you know, I love a multipurpose product and this one just doesn’t fail, working pretty much anywhere. Universalist Multi-Use stick is designed for use as a highlighter, blusher, eye or lip colour – take your pick!

A thick, slightly dry and waxy consistency, Universalist sticks can be easily applied with either a brush or finger, however I do think that they work better having been warmed up on the back of the hand and worked a little before application, as this seems to benefit their ability to blend. Once applied, they look incredibly natural and are surprisingly sheer, enabling you to build up the colour as you desire. 

Universalist has great staying power and being of a slightly waxy nature, water beads slightly on the surface rather than dissolving or moving the colour, so it would probably tolerate a certain amount of use on water-shoots (although I have as yet to test this).

Universalist is available in nine fantastic colours and two finishes; matte and luminous. There are five luminous sticks in the range; Pale Pink Glow (#1), Platinum Glow (#2), Mauve Rose (#3), Bronzed Rose (#4) and Golden Glow (#9) which give a soft radiant glow to the skin. These are complemented beautifully by their four matte counterparts; Creamy Cherry (#5), Creamy Plum (#6), Creamy Peony (#7) and Creamy Caramel (#8) which, although matte, still have slight light reflective qualities to them.
One of the great things about Universalist is their packaging, resembling a traditional pan stick, it is recycled and incredibly light-weight – meaning that you can easily have all of the sticks in your kit and not even notice!

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Hands up. I admit that I haven’t been using this stick quite as much as I should’ve. It has become a little side lined of late and I have more often opted for cream blushers or lip specific products when this may have well done the job – my bad!

That said, I still can’t really fault it for universal appeal and handiness. It is a great product and I promise I will make a concerted effort to renew my relationship with this multipurpose gem.

Priced at £25.00 from Content
W3LL People (pronounced Well) was established in the US by three passionate individuals; a Make-up Artist, a Dermatologist and a self confessed environmentalist, the aim being to produce a completely toxin and cruelty free range. The W3LL People approach to beauty is simple and they successfully combine science and beauty with social and environmental responsibilities.

(*Denotes certified organic ingredients)
Grapeseed Oil infused with Green Tea, Reishi Mushroom**, Bayberry**, Beeswax, Olive Oil***, Passionflower Oil, Castor Oil****,Silica, Coconut Oil*****, Silk Powder, Castor Isostearate Beeswax Succinate *, Essential Oil blend, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Lysine, Grapefruit seed Extract, Japanese Knotweed Extract, Pomegranate Extract, [+/-: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Carmine (CI 75470), Manganese Violet (CI 77742)] 

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Back in December, whilst in the midst of working out what to buy people of christmas, I was worked on an E commerce shoot for fashion line Yumi, shooting the Spring/Summer 2015 collection – here is a little snippet of the make-up…

Working in collaboration with my old friend and fellow Make-up Artist Alexis Day, we created a fresh, bronzed but youthful look as per the brief. Radiant skin and a sun-touched glow were definitely the order of the day(s).

For those of you not in the know, E commerce (or e-com) is basically a photoshoot (studio or location based), the outcome of which is product shots for online content (i.e. online shops, websites and digital advertising). When it comes to a studio shoot, the make-up generally has to be pretty strong as the lights are usually heavy duty and so bleach out much of the colour. This shoot was very much once of those where I felt that I was completely overdoing the models and putting far too much make-up on the face (to my eye) but in the test shots, the make-up didn’t look overdone at all – Always check what the camera is seeing!

We were shooting in the basement of the beautiful Pall Mall Deposit in West London, in the studios of still life and lifestyle photography specialists No_Halide Digital. With over fifteen years of photographing fashion, beauty, homewares and food, No_Halide boast an impressive client list that includes: GAP, asos, Fred Perry, Boden, M&S and Marie Claire and Red magazines.

For the life of me I can’t remember every product I used (note to self: write them down or photograph them!) but I’ve mentioned a good few below…

Helen Dowsley Lashes

I prepped the skin and applied Weleda Skin Food to the face and neck to put some much needed moisture into their winter ravaged skin. I then applied my beloved Kjaer Weis foundation before touching up any blemishes with a little concealer. Brows were tided and filled in and eyes were layered and lining with various brown, cream and gold Couleur Caramel shadows. A little contouring and highlighting added definition to the face and Earthnicity Minerals Blusher in (I think) Sorbet added a glow to the cheeks and the lips were filled with a peachy/nude lip colour and gloss. After curling the lashes were swiped with some mascara before I applied Helen Dowsley Pretty Girl Lashes for added va-va-voom.

A post shoot pic.

A much more done make-up than I usually go with but I think it definitely conveys a youthful vibrancy and springtime fun. 

Images: No_Halide Digital / Laura Jane Sessions – Organic Make-up Artist

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I am not usually one for pastel nails (more often than not I am spotted rockin’ a variation on black, purple, blue or green), however this Spring one collection that I love is Delight; the Spring 2015 collection from 5-free Zoya.

The six polishes are verging more towards brights than pastels (which is probably why they’ve caught my eye), however there is a definite air of pastel to them…

To me the cool ice cream shades hark of beach huts and breezy beach walks. Spring is most definitely here!

Daisy: a sheer lemon merengue metallic yellow shot through with a zesty turquoise shimmer.

Eden: an bright opaque gerbera pink with a glossy, cream finish.

Lillian: described as a faded aquamarine, Lillian is a opaque glossy cream polish.

Rayne: an opaque but dewy, spring metallic blue shot through with a vibrant metallic turquoise.

Tiana: a smooth but glossy pistachio green with a creamy finish.

Leslie: a soft and creamy metallic lavender brightened with a flash of turquoise.

Going for the brighter shades, my favourites have to be Eden and Rayne, which are yours?

The collection is available (individually) online from Lucy Rose and Nail Polish Direct.

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