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Working at The BAFTAs 2018!

Ahhh at last, I’m finally getting time to write this out, at long last. It’s been a crazy few weeks to say the least, hence to why I am only getting chance to write this post now.

As the title reveals, YES I worked at the BAFTAS 2018!

The British Academy of Film & Television Awards, if we’re being proper here.

I worked the BAFTA Weekend with my Lancôme Family at The Savoy Hotel in London – Home to the Luxurious Lancôme Suite.

If I’m being honest, it still feels a bit weird to type it out and put on my CV ‘Lancôme BAFTA Make-up Artist 2018’.

The only way to some up the entire working weekend, would be to say I was in an exquisite magical bubble for the entire weekend, which just floated by so quickly and I definitely landed on Cloud 9.

I felt incredibly lucky and blessed to have been chosen to be part of the small Lancôme BAFTA Make-up Team, working under our top Lancôme UK Make-up Artist, Fortunato Benavoli.

The Lancôme Suite

I can’t even tell you how beautiful, the Lancôme suite was that we worked in. Every detail oozed Lancôme Luxe. The fresh real pink rose decor, the Lancôme fragranced candle burning away silently in the background, scented the whole suite. Vases filled with minature La Vie est Belle & Tresor La Nuit perfumes for guests to take, sat next to face charts created by the King of Face Charts Alex Babsky, created to inspire our guests who awaited make-up in the suite, layed upon a beautiful mirrored glass table. Individual Black and White Make-up stations adorned every required Lancôme product needed for a red carpet look, organised side by side. Modern 1950s light up mirrors, with Lancôme branded directors Make-up chairs finished off the luxury stations perfectly, what a way to get our guests in the BAFTA spirit.

To the left of the Make-up Station was the Lancôme photography room. Yes a whole room, for photos. Lancôme knows.

The room had a grand floor to ceiling flower wall, embellished with real soft pink roses of all sizes & fairytale forest greenery. In the centre a neon Lancôme Logo, shon through the floral backdrop.

About 8 cameras stood in front of the backdrop, cos you know why have 1 when you can have 8… these made the perfect gif.

But expect to nail the perfect one after around 23 attempts, which ends to slowing down the viewing machine, which ends to having an internal melt down after seeing 3 chins you were in denial about, which leads to the anxiety of the whole queue thats formed seeing your failed attempts, in which you end up asking the guy in charge for posing tips, to avoid the piggy face or tum being on show. We were all guilty of this, right Marek? Hahaha.

We all loved this, especially the guests. After you had nailed your pose, you could view it on the fancy vending style machine. Send it, print it or share it, instantly!

In the room next to this was the bathroom of all bathrooms. Imagine a Savoy Suite bathroom decorated with every Lancôme skincare product required for a perfect base for red carpet make-up. Head over to @esteelalonde ‘s Instagram to see how big this bath really was!

Grand visuals hung around the suite of our stunning Lancôme ambassadoress’. Kate Winslet’s portrait hung next to me, everyone commented how gorgeous she looked. The pressure was on.

The Team

I couldn’t have asked for a better team to have around me for my first BAFTA experience. I was the only one who has travelled from ‘reet up north’ from Leeds, so I was a little nervous.
Make-up Artists I worked with which I would highly recommend you check out their instagrams:

Fortunato @fortunato.benavoli

Charlotte @charlottewood.mua

Maja @majamakeups

Marek @MarekHegli

Georgios @itsonlyabitofmakeup

Sameera @sameera_facecreative

Hasan @makeupbyhasan

Eleni @EleniTuesley

Skincare Experts were Tiffany @Tiffany712 and Ezra, having these girls there to prep the skin, was a dream, you were a huge help ladies!

Painting Faces

So the big question, who’s make-up did you do!?


Honestly, I lost count I must have painted at least 20 fabulous faces, across the whole weekend. I met some wonderful ladies of all ages from London, Ireland, Scotland, LA, Italy & California. I was lucky to make-up a few of the nominees, a few ladies which come to mind include:

Mary H. Ellis, Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, & Jennifer Evans

The last person I made up was the beautiful Lancôme Blogger & influencer, Manal who goes by the handle (@chinutay).

To know what I used on Manal & other attendee’s please view Lancome page, by clicking here.

Comment below if you have any questions!

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Thanks for reading,

Ruth x

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Best Luxe Matte Liquid Lips EVER?

Liquid Lips are in and have been for ages now and believe me, they’re not going anywhere soon in a hurry!
So let me introduce you to my collection of these Lancome Matte Shakers, the investment that will have you covered from A to B.

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Where to Purchase: Debenhams, Boots, Harvey Nichols, John Lewis, House of Fraser, Browns, Selfridges, Harrods, http://www.lancome.co.uk

Price: £19.50

Amount of Shades Available: 7 Shades Available

  • 270 Beige Vintage
  • 272 Energy Peach
  • 186 Magic Orange
  • 189 Red’y in 5
  • 374 Kiss Me Cherie
  • 378 Pink Power
  • 379 Yummy Pink (I’ve got the Pink Power 378, Magic Orange 186, Kiss Me Cherie 374 & Yummy Pink 379)
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L-R: KISS ME CHERIE, PINK POWER, YUMMY PINK, MAGIC ORANGE

Product Description from Lancome
Ready to shake-up the rules of matte?
Our innovative new Matte Shaker liquid lipstick formula has an intense colour payoff. The liquid formula turns matte after a few minutes for a beautifully matte result.
Matte Shaker leaves behind a gorgeous lip stained look too, for lips that want to stay bold.
Choose from seven vivid colours in opaque and highly-pigmented matte lipstick shades that glide on so comfortably you can barely feel them.
Thanks to the liquid matte lipstick formula, enriched with silicone oils, you can say goodbye to stickiness and that dry feel and enjoy intense coverage with a lightweight second-skin feel.
The water-in-oil emulsion is non-migrating and non-transfer, designed to keep your lips looking luscious.
And with a ultra-precise lip cushion applicator, it couldn’t be easier to apply.
Finish your look with precision perfection – find your contouring colour match with our new Le Lip Liner collection.
Be mad. Be matte. Be you!

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L-R: KISS ME CHERIE, PINK POWER, YUMMY PINK, MAGIC ORANGE

Amount of Product?
6.2mls

The Packaging?
The packaging is lovely in my opinion, really fun and really cute. You are bound to get a lot of questions from your friends as soon as you pull this out of your make-up bag for a on-the-go top up.
The Lancome shakers are designed to look like mini cocktail shakers, however these are made from plastic, so there wont be any spillages in the bag from these!
I love how the black glossy lid, is a clear visual to distinguish the different texture to the Juicy Shakers also buy Lancome.

 

What is the applicator like?
There’s no other lip product on the market to date which has this unique cushion applicator, except from Lancome’s own Juicy Shakers!
Its quite a wide domed cushion, with a point which allows for quick application and accuracy. It’s surprisingly so easy to use despite my first initial ‘that’s going to go everywhere’ thoughts, I think this is due to the pointed applicator and the outter shaker style lid, it allows for a firm grip and easy to manoeuvre.

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Does the product bleed/ run?
Not at all! This product is the best liquid lip I’ve found for colour pay off and for staying put. Due to its incredibly light ‘wet’ texture, it definitely covers the lip as a second skin effect, there fore does not bleed. Those of you who were familiar with Lancome’s old L’absolu Velvets, they had the tendency to bleed, due to the thick creamy texture however these stay put, meaning you can eat and drink in confidence. Perfect for date night!

How long does the product stay on for?
These last all day! I usually put these on around 8 am in the morning and usually get home around 6pm and they haven’t budge all day and they look just as good as when I initially left the house. I do like to give a quick top up after I’ve eaten, even though I could get away without (Bonus!) I think its just habit for me. I usually have to use my Bifacil eye make-up remover to get the bulk off before bed. These truly have the most amazing staying power.

Is the product suitable for dry lips?
Yes! I thought these may dry my lips out, however they don’t, again I feel this is because of the feather light texture. If you have really dry lips you can always apply a bit of lip balm before applying the shakers, the Renergie lip balm works perfectly for this I’ve found as its a nice light lip balm so doesn’t interfere the matte shakers, colour pay off or texture.

Tips & Tricks?
Get the product going quicker by shaking your shaker upside down! You will need to shake for every use due to the oil and pigment created in the product, oil has the tendency to separate when left.
Use the applicator in your favour! If you are wanting a bright punchy bold colour, use lots of small light dabbing motions over the lip to build the colour using the pointed end of the applicator.
If you want a sheer, wash of colour or a ‘just bitten’ type of colour, you are best to swipe the cushion applicator over the lip, using the rounded flat side of the cushion. This means not as much pressure is going onto the cushion for the product to release a lot of product.

Closer look at the shades I own…

KISS ME CHERIE

YUMMY PINK

MAGIC ORANGE

PINK POWER

Have you tried the Lancome Matte Shakers? Whats your favourite shade?

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L – R: KISS ME CHERIE, PINK POWER, YUMMY PINK, MAGIC ORANGE

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My New Love. Mr BIG is Here. And he’s my PERFECT Match.

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There’s a NEW man in town, have you heard?

Mr BIG has arrived! – Okay so HE may have not arrived but IT certainly has!

The NEW Lancome Mascara has finally landed in the UK, I’ve been dying to get my hands on this ever since hearing Lisa Eldridge talk about the unreleased product at the time and how much she loves how fun it was!

The promotional material, for the new millennial aimed mascara features th

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e GORGEOUS Victoria Secrets Angel and Top Model, Taylor Hill:

Price: £21 Available at Debenhams, Boots, Selfridges, John Lewis, Hoopers, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, House of Fraser.
Also available to purchase here and travel size is available to purchase here at £12.

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Who’s Mr BIG for?
Forget Big from Sex and The City, this little guy definitely wont let you down.
Mr Big is the perfect for match for any lady who likes an instant false lash effect, with intense black pigment. Big, Full, Voluminous, Fun, False Lashes! NO flaking, smudging or clumping, with an phenomenal 24 Hour voluminous hold.
Lancome Hypnose Mascara is the Number 1 best seller, for Luxury Mascara.
Mr Big, we have BIG expectations from you… no pressure.

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What he promises:
Mr Big provides heart stopping volume, leaving lashes 12x more volumised! The formula of Monsieur Big is Ultra- Creamy, making an easy light weight application – it glides on like silk! The supple waxes and polymers, allow an instant effect straight away for BIG Beautiful Lashes, for upto 24 Hours to last you all night even through to the morning after…

There really isn’t a fun mascara like this on the market, the results off the Lancome USA Website say it all, in my opinion!

95% feel this mascara glides easily on lashes during application
95% find this mascara comfortable to wear all day long
92% find the colour of the mascara very dark / intense
91% feel this mascara make their eyes look bigger
90% feel this mascara lengthen their lashes well

Where he fits within the Lancome Mascara family:
I feel Mr Big is the new fun version of my beloved Hypnose Drama Mascara. I feel Hypnose Drama, is Mr Big’s older more sophisticated older sister.

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My findings:

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LIFE BEFORE BIG

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Curling the Lashes for MAXIMUM Results

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LIFE WITH BIG APPLIED LESS THAN 5 SECONDS – 1 Quick Coat!!!

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LIFE WITH MR BIG!

Trying out Mr Big, he certainly delivers what he offers on the packet. In less than 5 seconds you’ve got a fabulous coating of mascara, exactly what a lot of mascaras offer after minutes of building the mascara up.
I do find the Mr Big formula very fast drying, so you don’t have as much play time as other Lancome mascara’s but this is what sets it apart from the other Lancome mascaras, its not a bad thing as its not a drying flakey mascara, I would just be aware of this when applying Mr big for the first time.
This mascara is perfect for False Lash wearers as you can definitely feel you’ve got the big full weighty lashes, hence why this mascara is a complete no no for a natural mascara wearer.
I haven’t found Mr Big to flake on me through out the day or transfer and I absolutely love the intense black pigment it provides. I’ll be honest I do find I tend to over look this in a mascara – because black is black right?! Well no this really does have that intense black pigment which stands out.
It’s super easy to remove also at the end of the day, the Lancome Bifacil Eye Make-up Remover is an effortless gentle quick dream to get all of Mr Big’s remnants off.
Overall I love Mr Big but for me he’s definitely a special occasion mascara in my make-up bag – but don’t let my opinion put you off this mascara is an absolute must for false lash wearers – this little fella will end up saving you a lot of pennies on lashes in the long run  trust me!

Have you tried Mr Big yet? What’s your thoughts?

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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!

Thank you,

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One2One with Lyndsey Harrison!

Hello!

So this post is following on from my most recent post which can be found here!

If you’ve not read that post to give you a little round up I’ve been following Lyndsey Harrison’s work since studying at Leeds City College, studying my BTEC Diploma in Performing Arts. Roughly that must be about 6 years ago now (2011) which is mind blowing.
I first discovered Lyndsey’s work after she was mentioned by Sam Chapman (Pixiwoo) in a Youtube Video. When researching Lyndsey’s work, encouraged by Sam, I then discovered she was working Behind The Scenes of TOWIE, glamming up the girls for their on screen appearances. Being a lover of the glam make-up and TOWIE, it was a non brainer that I became a follower of Lyndsey’s work and spoke to her a few times over the years.
Lyndsey now works daily with Celebrities such as Charlotte Crosby, Denise Van Outen, Lydia Bright, Sam and Billie Faiers to name a few!

Finally last Saturday I was able to meet Lyndsey in person, as my parents had booked a One to One lesson with her as part of my Christmas Present, it was just down to me to organise it all! So I thought I would share with you a little review/ insight of the day, without giving too much away!

After contacting Lyndsey over email and Lyndsey offering me a selection of varied dates, I opted for a Saturday and Lyndsey’s timing of 1-3pm suited my travelling needs perfectly. As I would be travelling from Leeds – Marlow.
Sorting out payment prior with Lyndsey was so efficient and easy. A bonus was the button on the email which came with the invoice which had the option to ‘send a notification’ after payment had been done, which was super handy!

On Saturday Morning I was greeted by a text from Lyndsey, whilst on my way down and took the opportunity to tell her I would be arriving much earlier than 1pm, due to the Sat Nav taking us a different route to which we had originally planned. Lyndsey offered to start the One2One half an hour earlier, putting me first, which I was so grateful for! To pass the time on Lyndsey suggested I venture down to the High Street, which was an amazing high street – you don’t get these types of highstreet’s up north! I’m talking about your Space NK, Jack Wills, WHSmiths, Zizzi’s plus loads more on a HIGH STREET. Everything you could ever need. After grabbing some Fish and Chips and wandering back to the car it was time to head to the One to One… Eeek!

Lyndsey’s studio is so easy to find with a private car park, it’s so beautiful, so clean and so organised, every girl’s dream. Her studio is decorated with magazine cuttings and beautiful images of her celebrity clients and friends, which made a great inspiring work environment to be in!

Lyndsey made me feel so comfortable, having to do make-up in front of a celebrity make-up artist can be a daunting experience, but don’t let this put you off, Lyndsey’s persona is very calming and laid back which helps to put you at ease and really gets the best out of you. Lyndsey really listened to what I wanted to gain and tailored the lesson to suit, giving industry advice and tips throughout. The 2 hours passed by so quickly!
We decided on a glamorous type make-up which Lyndsey regularly creates on her celeb clients. Lyndsey explained how this would be beneficial for me to learn as I could recreate on clients as well on photo shoots and would be beneficial for me and in my portfolio. In which I agree.
Lyndsey did one half of my face and I mirrored on the other side, after each step. Ideally it would have been great and much easier to have a model to use, however coming down from Leeds and choosing a Saturday Afternoon didn’t leave me much choice!
Putting this aside I still got as much out of it as I thought I would. Using products from my own kit along with my own brushes, was so handy.
I have also come away with knowledge of new products and up to date industry techniques to add to my kit in future.
The freedom and encouragement to take photos throughout is a bonus and a great way to remember the day too!
If you are thinking about booking in with Lyndsey, I would highly recommend even with a First Class Honours Degree in Media Makeup with Special Effects, I still came away learning new techniques with confidence. It really is worth the money!
Below are a few pictures of the make-up!
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Products Used:
– Urban Decay ‘All nighter’ Foundation
– Becca Pistachio Green Colour Corrector & Peach Colour Corrector
– Becca Under Eye Brightener
– Tarte Creaseless Concealer
– MAC Prep & Prime Powder
– MAC Paint Pot ‘Painterley’
– MAC Fluidline Brow GelCreme ‘Dirty Blonde’ & ‘TRUE Brunette’
– Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Contour Kit ‘Medium Tan’
– MAC ‘Soft & Gentle’ & ‘Global Glow’ Highlighter
– MAC Fluidline Gel Liner
– MAC Warm Eye Shadow Palette
– Lord and Berry Brown Eyeliner Pencil
– Lancome Hypnose Black Mascara
– Kiko Cosmetics Lip Pencil
– Lord and Berry Skin Lip Gloss
– Doll Lash False Eyelashes
Thank you for reading & thank you again Lyndsey,
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An Update! Ft Lisa Eldridge & Lyndsey Harrison

Hello!

So I’ve been a little bit absent on my blog recently, but thought I should fill you in on what I’ve been doing.

Last week was a very eventful week, on Thursday I had an incredible time at my Lancôme Conference in London!

It was made extra special that one of my favourite make-up artists made a surprise visit, the one and only Lisa Eldridge!  😳

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Lisa is a big inspiration to me in make-up, her work is so Original, Creative and yet so Beautiful, always enhancing her models image and working with her canvas. Lisa spoke about her journey into the industry and how she has progressed to be Lancôme’s Creative Director of Make-up. Her visit was then rounded up by a Q & A for us all! And yes I can confirm Lisa in the flesh is just as beautiful and her voice is still as calming and soothing as ever even in front of around 600 Lancome BA’s.

Then rolled on Saturday!
On Saturday I spent the afternoon playing with make-up with Celebrity Make-up Artist, Lyndsey Harrison.
I’ve been following Lyndsey’s working since studying at Leeds City College studying my BTEC Diploma in performing arts, so that must be about 6 years ago (2011) mind blowing. I first discovered Lyndseys work after she was mentioned by Sam Chapman (Pixiwoo) in a Video. When researching Lyndsey I then discovered she was working BTS on the Cast of TOWIE, glamming up the girls for their on screen appearances. Being a lover of the glam make-up and TOWIE, it was a non brainer I became a follower of Lyndsey’s work and spoke to her over the years.
Finally last Saturday I was able to meet Lyndsey in person, as my parents had booked a One to One lesson with her as part of my Christmas Present, it was just down to me to organise it all!
I will be doing a little post in much more detail about how the One2One went so keep an eye out!

Let me know what you’ve been up to?

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‘The Game Changer’ 

Introducing ‘THE Game Changer’ in the hair department.

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So who else was like me and hates washing, drying, generally giving their hair any form of attention because it takes a ridiculous amount of time?

See how my key word there was ‘was’… Wahey, not anymore!

Long gone are the days of holding a heavy hairdryer with an aching arm for a good 20-25 minutes, thanks to my new product discovery. Meet the Keraste Resistance Ciment Thermique.

I was introduced to this saviour of a product when I went for my hair doing at Vidal Sassoon in Leeds.

The person who had to tackle my mane was Nathaniel. After several hairdressers and variety of combs and brushes later after getting my hair washed (I’ll save that story for another day!) I was ready for my hair to be dried, the bit I had been dreading, as it usually can take upto 20-30 minutes, with a decent hair dryer too – we’re talking with a Ferrari engine. I do not mess around, do I?

Nathaniel whipped out this tall thin blue bottle of hair product which he used a 10p sized amount and ran through my hair using his hands, before evenly distributing with a comb, before drying. 10 minutes drying time it took. 10 bloody minutes!

‘Kerastase Resistance Ciment Thermique’, you game changer, you.
Yes its a mouthful, but Oh my its insane.
Its a cream which you apply on towel dried hair.  Less is definitely more with this product, as you only need a small amount. Use too much and well its back to the shower for you.
The small amount is better in the long run anyway, as the product will last you so much longer!

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It has heat activated properties in so when the heat from the hairdryer hits the cream it creates a special Topseal which has been specially made by Kerastase and is there signature trademark weapon.This ‘top coat’ formula which works to strengthen and repair the hair inside out, claiming 87% less breakage. And I’m a firm believer.

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Its halved the drying time of my hair, which is incredible!! It now only takes me 10 minutes tops to dry my hair which before using this product would be completely unheard of.
The healthy clean shine it leaves my hair its again just magic, a product has never had this much of an impact before, even those claiming to have ‘shine enhancing’ properties in them haven’t finished close. Its impossible to gain frizzy unmanageable hair from this, as once the hair is dry its so gorgeously smooth and silky soft… an absolute dream.
But most importantly its improved the overall condition of my hair in the long run, which I am most pleased with.
If you want super lightweight, silky, shiny conditioned hair like the girls in the ads have you NEED this I cannot recommend this enough, you will certainly not be disappointed.

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Give this ago, and let me know what you think!!

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