cushion blush subtil

Meeting Lisa Eldridge! Life Goal Made.

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Well what a MINDBLOWING day. I’m writing this from the train back home from London to Leeds and I genuinely feel like I’m floating on cloud 9 right now, I mean, did that really just happen?

Lisa Eldridge is what just happened. Queen Lisa. Goddess Lisa. THE Ms L. E. THE LISA ELDRIDGE. Here’s what happened…

The morning started off with a 7.40am train from Leeds to London and a 15 minute tube ride to the beautiful part of London that is Sloane Square, my destination being the spectacular Peter Jones Store.

I ended up arriving in plenty of time, however I was more than happy to be an extra pair of hands to help everyone set up for the important day.
The event took place in the Sloane Room, when I arrived everyone was busy getting on with individual jobs. Jobs included organising the goodie bags for the guests, helping with refreshments, to glamming up fellow Lancôme members ready for the event and lastly  helping to set up the gorgeous make-up stations. The station set ups which would be used by the Lancôme Make-up Artist Team after the Q&A with Lisa Eldridge, included skincare which ranged from Bifacil, Micellaire Water, Advanced Genifique, Light Pearl and a range of moisturisers. Make-up displayed included the La Base Pro Primer, L’absolu Rouge Lipsticks, Matte Shakers, Lip Liners, Cushion Blush Subtils, and range of powders from Belle de Teint to Teint Idole Powder and to make the experience a memorable one newly launched Tresor La Nuit was today’s Perfume of choice to be used.
I had the pleasure of freshening up Emily’s make-up who is the Head of Pr in Social Media. Emily explained she didn’t want a lot so we agreed on mainly base product with a nice pop of colour on the lips. We used Ultra Wear Foundation (04), with a slight dusting of Teint Idole Powder through her T-Zone, to add colour back to her cheeks I went for a light wash of Cushion Blush Subtil (022) and we finished off with L’absolu Rouge Lipstick in shade Isabella (189). After helping where needed, I took the opportunity to grab a few pictures of the make-up stations and overall event. This time felt like the calm before the storm. The decor looked beautiful, very elegant, feminine and classic, as it does on every Lancôme event. I think we can all agree Lancôme definitely knows how to host an event… not biased by any means!

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At this point I was handed my ‘press’ card, which excited me, from this point onwards you can just call me a mini Alexandra Steinherr (lol!).

Once fellow guests arrived, it was the time we had all been waiting for. We were incredibly lucky to have the gorgeous bubbly Canadian Youtuber Estee Lalonde interviewing Lisa.

Estee was brilliant! Viewing her Instagram story, she explained how nervous she was as it was the first time she had ever interviewed and you had no idea, it was flawless, very effortless. She confidently asked Lisa lots of questions about her love of makeup, her earliest memories and building her career and a name for herself from the age of 13. I had previously thought about some questions I would ask Lisa and Estée pretty much got Lisa to answer all of them, see she was a real natural!

It was so inspiring to hear Lisa talking about how she interprets everyday life into her work, as this is what inspires her. Whether it is two contrasting objects together or tones of colours she sees that she likes together. She has a photographic memory, which she takes inspiration from.  As well as this Lisa shares the same love of iconic film stars such as Bridget Bardot and Marlene Dietrich.

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A burning question which a lot of people were dying to know, was what’s Lisa’s predictions on the upcoming trends? She believes minimal fresh skin, colour blocking and doubling up colour is a new trend which will take off this year, which is very interesting to know.

Lisa spoke about how her own personal makeup inspirations have shifted slightly. Previously the Korean/ Japanese girls inspired her a lot, with the bright pop of colours on the lips and pale skin. But now she’s attracted to the West Coast, L.A. vibes, entering into Spring Summer.
As a Lancôme Make-up artist I often see so many new exciting products that appeal to me on social media by Lancôme but never actually launch in the UK and I know a lot of people share my frustration. Hearing Lisa speak about the struggles and pressures of being a Creative Director for such a global beauty brand, was so interesting and really opened up my mind. Lisa explained how all countries around the globe, have such high expectations, with different interpretations of what beauty is to them, so creating products which can be sold globally can be hard to appeal to everyone. Lisa referred to her love of L’absolu Rouge Lipstick at this point and how her 84 chosen shades of Lipstick was a global launch, because there are colours that apply to all of these different markets, so everyone’s a winner. Her chosen L’absolu Rouge lip today was 393 – ‘Rose Rose’.

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It was interesting to hear her favourite international SPF product is the Precious Cells sunscreen with SPF 50, which Lisa can’t stress the importance of using an SPF to prevent ageing, this is definitely one product I will be keeping my eyes out for on my travels!

Lisa shared with us her desert island product when asked by Estée and how she feels the same with majority of women it has to be a base product and is no longer mascara. Lisa’s would be the upcoming camouflage cream, as she suffered with acne as a teen and has never out grown out of the use of a good concealer.
On the topic of concealer, it was interesting to hear as a Lancôme make-up artist that customers were mainly asking a lot of concealer based questions, which opened up my mind as to how the desert island product really has changed, which comes as no surprise I guess, due to the selfie ready environment we live in today!

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Lisa’s secret to perfecting the skin on all her clients and models is the use of her special mixing techniques of products to get the perfect formula for the individual. Whether it be mixing eye cream with concealer, serum with foundation, bb cream with concealer. The possibilities are endless and at the base of it all I found a new passion for concealer myself and how it really is a beauty product that may not get enough praise.

Another product recommendation from Lisa was the Grandiose mascara for sparse lashes. She couldn’t stress enough that massaging the products into the roots of the lash is key, up until the point where it almost becomes unbearable for her client, before dragging to the end of lashes and zigzagging up, a super handy tip that really does work, trust me – I’ve already put this tip into action!

I loved hearing about Lisa’s story and advice about her freelance career. Hearing how she got to assist the ever so talented Mary Greenwell was so fascinating! Lisa was told when she went to see Marys agent at Premier she didnt need to assist as her work was already amazing, however Lisa felt she was lacking the knowledge of working as a team, acting as a make-up artist on a ‘proper’ shoot. She said she felt up until that point she had just done her own thing, but know wanted to step it up and be in the best professional position she could possibly be!- How inspiring? Even when she was told by one of the Worlds BEST make-up agencies Premier she was good enough, it wasn’t enough she wanted more. This lady never settles, which I LOVE.

There was also there Lancome Make-up Team working on the day, offering attendee’s a make-up service, from the products provided on the stations. Many opted for a complexion make over using the much loved Ultra Wear foundation, whilst others opted for a pop of fun, with lip art using the fun bright new Matte Shakers!

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I finished the day on an absolute high meeting Lisa, grabbing a photo with Lisa! LIFE GOAL MADE. Lisa even complimented me on my make-up. LIFE GOAL MADE 1000x OVER.
I was also gifted with Lisa’s ‘Facepaint’ Book (which I was thrilled to be taking home), by the lovely Charlotte Wood, who invited me to the whole event.
Charlotte also works for Lancome and is a talented make-up artist, you can check out her work on instagram, her handle is ‘@charlottewood.mua’.

I had such a memorable day and felt so honoured to be a part of the special day for Lancome!

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading about this? Have you met Lisa before? Did you attend the event? Let me know below!

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Lancome Cushion Blush

THE GIFT: Lancôme Cushion Blush –  024 Sparkling Framboise


Available to purchase:, Debenhams, Boots, House of Fraser, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Harrods

Price: £28

What they say:
‘Vibrancy and freshness of a liquid blush in a portable cushion. This new blusher cushion instantly refreshes by bringing vibrant colour to your cheeks. Choose the intensity you want and apply with the mini puff applicator. Lancôme Blush has never been so fun!’

Colours Available:
There are six shades available, ranging from a natural ‘flush’ to a bright ‘pop’ of colour.
– 02, Rose Limonade
-022, Rose Givree
-024, Sparkling Framboise
– 025, Sorbet Grinadine
-031, Splash Orange
– 032, Splash Corail

Whats included?
– 7g of blush
– Sponge applicator

Tips & Tricks:
The blush can also be applied using a stippling brush or finger tips. When using the sponge applicator for the first time I recommend tapping the sponge onto the back of your hand first to get any excess product off before applying directly to the cheek. If you need anymore blush you can use the remaining product off the back of your hand.

The blushers can actually be used on the lips also, and give a really nice pop of colour and work well when work on the cheeks and lips. They dont have the best staying power but brilliant to use if on the go and need to freshen up your appearance.

Making your Cushion last longer
A little tip for making your blusher last longer, is to actually use a pair of tweezers to flip the cushion sponge over in the compact. Usually due to having to press into the sponge a lot of the product can end up sitting right at the bottom of the sponge. So if you flip it over, it should be like brand new again!








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Sept ’16 Wish List

Sept '16 wishlist


So recently there have been a few products that have been playing on my mind recently and thought I would share them with you.  These are a few of the products which are currently on my September wishlist, which I really want to try and most importantly buy, some are new releases others have been out a while!

I’m not sure if any of you are interested but I thought I would share with you, in hope some of you can maybe give me any advice/ reviews on these products and if they are worth the money.

1. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder ‘Diffused Light’ £40

Hourglass Women's Ambient® Lighting Powder - Diffused Light

They say:
  • Captures, diffuses and softens the way light reflects on your skin
  • Utilizes cutting-edge photo-luminescent technology—transparent micron-size, color correcting particles—to alter and refine the appearance of the complexion
  • Delivers a multi-dimensional luminescence to every skin tone, making it appear younger, unlike traditional powders, which simply sit on the skin to cover imperfections
  • Free of parabens, talc, fragrance, nano-particles and gluten

Reading the above with a 4/5 Star rating on Space NK, its hard to not want this dreamy powder!

2. Lancôme Teint Idole Cushion Foundation ‘010’ £30

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact

They say:
‘”Thanks to Teint Idole Ultra’s cushion technology, Lancôme introduces its first full-coverage, compact and refillable liquid cushion foundation. The lightweight and refreshing makeup instantly brightens skin and gives a flawless and velvety-looking complexion. The puff applicator provides even and buffered dosage for high coverage and long-lasting hold.”‘I LOVE the Teint Idole Liquid Foundation, its such a buildable, flawless coverage foundation which lasts all day, however its not very good for travelling on the go and not ideal for touching up out of the house as its rather a risky mess with a brush and glass bottle.So no surprise I need (meh, want then) to try out the originals little sister! This one has an incredible 5 star on the Lancôme website also (Eek!)
3. Lancôme Cushion Blush Subtil ‘022’ £28
Lancome Blush Subtil Cushion
They say:
‘”Vibrancy and freshness of a liquid blush in a portable cushion. This new blusher cushion instantly refreshes by bringing vibrant colour to your cheeks. Choose the intensity you want and apply with the mini puff applicator. Lancôme Blush has never been so fun!”‘
Having swatched these in store, they are incredibly pigmented, feel so light and cooling on the skin, like nothing else on the market. I’ve also heard these work well on the lips, so I think these need to be mine so I can see if the rumours true – Ill report back.
4. Smashbox Colour Correcting Primer ‘Adjust’ £26
smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer, Adjust
They say:
‘”Colour correcting, wrinkle reducing, and dark spot defying – talk about a miracle product! Create a perfect canvas for foundation application and even out skin tone with this silky, lightweight blend of antioxidants and vitamins A & E. The formula helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for visibly softer, younger-looking skin”‘.I’m really suffering with a lot of redness around my chin around at the moment, more than ever before so really on the look out for the right product to counteract against the red, this looks ideal.
5. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner $20
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
They say:
‘”Achieve eye perfection with this high-pigment, waterproof liner that stays put all day for a fade-, melt-, crack-, and run-resistant finish. The superfine and flexible brush tip glides across the lashline for incredibly fluid application, allowing you to create a variety of looks with ease. Unlike traditional felt tip liners, this brush tip will not fray”‘.
I’m not sure about you… but to me this looks like an incredible liquid liner!? I’ve heard a lot of good things about this eyeliner, so with Kat Von D launching in Debenhams over this month, there’s no wonder I cant stop thinking about this liner LOL!
6. Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette $46
Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette
They say:
‘”Effortlessly sculpt, chisel, shape, and slenderize your features for enhanced definition. Unlike traditional bronzing powders, the Shade + Light Contour Palette is loaded with a unique selection of matte shades that capture the true hues of shadow and light. The three contour shades create realistic shadows to recede facial features, while the three highlight shades impart a soft luminosity to amplify dimension”‘.
I was lucky enough to have a play with this last year in London at my favourite place, ‘House of Glamdolls’. There I got to experiment with this palette and I knew I needed to get my hands on it. Unfortunately with it only being available in America its hard to get my hands on, especially with Sephora Delivery. ONE DAY IT WILL BE MINE.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this, let me know if you have tried any of the above products!