Feast your eyes people- the super sexy Angela Lizotte from Hughes models for Effigy magazine.
I loved working on Angela’s face, the NYC beauty has incredible bone structure, skin and the best eyebrows I’ve ever seen. Massive brow envy that day! Not to mention dangerous curves, this is why I LOVE plus size models! I hate to use that already over used term “fierce” but there are no other words x
I just visited the lovely Daisy and Chloe from NBPR in lush Home House for the launch of some of their new products!
Exciting stuff from MyFace Cosmetics, Skin Art and Lulu’s time bomb collection (whatever lotions and potions she is using to stop time and reverse gravity I want to know all about!)
As a make up artist its in my blood to gravitate towards sparkles, colour and gloss so I was surprised to find the thing that really impressed me was Lee Stafford’s electrical range!
I had the pleasure to see Lee in action whilst working on a series of videos for Slink Magazine a year ago and he was evidently very dynamic and adventurous as a stylist so the uniqueness of the equipment doesn’t surprise me!
I had my hair ‘did’ at the event.
Obviously being a girl of very dirty mind I opted for the wand which looks like a sex toy! The wand which is made up of very Anne Summers looking balls is really unique as when winding the hair the balls enforce separation and randomness between the curls (there is nothing more bla than perfect Heidi curls, it’s nearly 2013, come on wags, ditch it!)
The curl is nothing short of sexy and natural.
Sold! Put me on the waiting list, this curler is out in jan 2013. And will first been found on http://www.very.com
Other amazing appliances in the electrical range are a huge tong for massive body, a skinny, skinny tong for tight curls or brushed out for editorial frizz and lots of what I am going to call transformers-appliances which have several purposes and are designed ingeniously! For example; the deep waver which proves the deepest wave I have seen on the market thus far, flip it round for a more subtle wave or remove one of the styling grills for an ‘S’ wave.
You know that gut wrenching moment all too well.
You have searched high and low for the perfect **insert impossible to find cosmetic item here** and the brand suddenly discontinues it.
Months will be spent trying to find a close alternative…
Ive had that several times which is why I think Bobbi brown’s bring back lip colour concept is really great, stock up ladies! Stock up!!!!!!
This month sees the launch of six discontinued Bobbi Brown Lip Colors with its social media campaign Bobbi Brings Back: Lip Color. The shades with the most votes: Blush, Tulip, Wine, Clove, Tulle Brown and Scarlet are available exclusively through the Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Facebook fans fCommerce tab until December 31. Further discontinued products are set to be reintroduced in the future – watch this space.
Thank you to the lovely people at Liz Earle for helping me fuel my Liz Earle addiction with some samples from their new colour range.
As you all know I am an avid Liz Earle skin care enthusiast and I have been topping up on their tinted moisturiser since its release!
Liz Earle’s tinted moisturiser and Bobbi Browns tinted balm are without question the best tinted moisturisers for my dehydrated skin!
I created this super speedy day look using only the following Liz Earle products
Tinted moisturiser medium
Blusher in Peach 10
Perfect fix concealer in Fair 02
Healthy glow blush cream in nude
Natural glow bronzer
Excuse the wet hair, also I went heavy on the blush so you guys could see the colour, don’t judge me
The only non Liz Earle cosmetic used is mascara and a little Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder to set concealer/foundation around my eyes.
As unprofessional as this is to admit I don’t think you can beat fingers for application of the tinted moisturiser, I rub and pat it into place, building up in areas in which I need more coverage.
I also like to apply cream blusher with my fingers. I smile to bring out the apples of my cheeks and then I dot the product on, I then use my index and middle finger to pat the product out until it resembles and natural blush.
I loved the soft moisturising colour of the lipstick. It’s not a colour I would of picked picked out for myself but I loved it and am sure this lippy is going to get a lot of good use and the colour will be a big seller.
The packaging is very simple and modest.
The only negative thing I will say about the colour products I tested was that liz Earle don’t have a large selection of bronzers and the ones they do have, I’m not sure they would add much colour to the fake tanned and post summer tan girls and boys I have been making up of late.
Also the bronzer wasn’t glued down to the packaging which is no issue for me as I regularly put powder products which I can pry out of the packaging in to handy z palettes but if this is a handbag product it would smash in no time loose in the container.
I will post in the comments at the end of the day to let you know how I found the products held up by the end of the day.
*Edit* the products including the lipstick all lasted well during the day. I received compliments on my skin (as always with the tinted moisturiser). I’m totally converted to the lip colour, fresh and complimentary.
I am a bit late on this but I have just seen images of Jael Strauss from Americas next top model on the newsagents shelf today, not in the way you would hope to see a ‘top model’ on a cover- styled, beautifully lit and airbrushed.
There was 2 images of the former reality star side by side to labour the evidence of her shocking demise. One image from the hit tv show americas next top model where the glamourous model dons an enviable body and face, with bench mark setting cheek bones and a youthful sparkle in her eye.
Next to that an unrecognisable Jael. The only word I can think of to describe her appearance is ravaged. Sunken eyes and cheeks, thin lips scraggly hair and pitted skin.
I don’t know if it was seconds or minutes I had been staring at the dramatic before and after snaps of Jael. I fell victim of that horrible captivation we get as human beings, alike the way miles of opposite way traffic form when we rubber neck road accidents, you don’t really want to see the horrible consequences but your compelled to look!
Jael really highlighted the ravaging effects of the drug crystal meth as she was simply so beautiful not that long ago.
Something I have noticed working within the beauty industry is there is this unspoken expectation that if a person is beautiful they have a charmed life. You only have to look at advertising for cosmetic surgery, the smiles! They are selling the ideal that beauty will solve all your problems and pick up your confidence but unfortunately this is a marketing ideal! That nose job wont turn your life around! Bad things happen to beautiful people too!
Jael had curves in all the right places whilst her limbs seemed to go on forever! She was sassy and sexy. The last person you would expect to fall foul to such an ugly demise.
I do have to question these conveyor belt shows. The girls are plucked at a young a with dreams of glamour and success but in actual face being a contestant in any reality show casts a stigma when it comes to being taken seriously and I know through working with many top model contestants that the show can create barriers when it comes to tackling the real (somewhat pretentious) world of fashion.
You could argue that Jael had dabbled in drugs before her stint on the show but if she was a drug user at this time she should of been evaluated and not appeared on the show.
I think after care is something that should be offered as well as ludicrous photoshoots and tearful make overs. The fact that a contestant has been homeless for 6 years and reduced to a skeletal version of her former self is so very tragic. Celebrity nethworth predict that Tyra Banks empire net worth is around $90 million. I pray she helps this girl through rehabilitation before she does any more damage to herself or dies.
Very happy to see Tanning brand Sienna X launching two new bronzing products to their tanning line ( available in September).
I see a dip in the market for truly natural looking bronzers.
Many products can be over zealous with shimmer or are often disappointingly golden/orange not offering the glow a real tan boasts.
I’m always intrigued to see what the tanning experts come up with!
They have brought out a Matte Powder Bronzer (£25) which is fantastic as like I said manufacturers have a penchant for loading bronzers with glitter sparkles (groan!)
This formula contains light diffusing pigments to soften the look of wrinkles-sounds good!
The Illuminating Cream to Powder Duo (£25) is a light, non-greasy formula that features ingredients to absorb excess oil.
Any one who regularly reads my beauty musings will know I’m a big sienna x fan.
I adore the colour, application and tropical scent of their self tanning products and can’t wait to give these bronzers a whirl!
Isn’t it great when one of your all-time favourite products gets a good, old fashioned spicing up!
I’m really excited to hear that Liz Earle has been mentoring Rebecca Taylor – a young entrepreneur supported by The Prince’s Trust for the Tomorrow Campaign.
The Tomorrow Campaign was created to inspire the next generation and paired six Trust-supported young people with iconic mentors to create a product that will be retailed nationwide to raise funds for The Prince’s Trust.
Together, Liz and Rebecca have given my Liz Earle favourite the original Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser a new twist. This award-winning formula has been updated to include rose and lavender essential oils, 2 of my favourite sniffs! The calming and relaxing lavender oil combined with the soothing properties of rose make this product ideal for night-time use, and gives the much-loved beauty essential a new twist for an exceptional cause.
As well as all this the kind folk at Liz Earle will donate £2.00 from every product purchased to The Prince’s Trust, helping young people into jobs and training.
It all makes perfect sense! I for one will be at the front of the queue for the release on the 6th September!
Kudos to London’s top agencies Storm, IMG, Next, Premier Model Management and Elite Model Management London, among others, have agreed to a zero tolerance policy on sunbed use for all models on their books, or those wishing to join.
Personally I have been faking it for years. Why would any agency subject their models skin to sunbeds when carefully applied fake tans (my favourite has to be Sienna x -smells amazing like a splash of tropicalness and applies incredibly evenly if you haven’t tried it stock up now for spring!!!)
The move supports Cancer Research UK’s R UV UGLY? campaign, which highlights the damaging effects sunbed use has on the appearance and health of skin. ‘Supporting this campaign makes perfect sense as the wellbeing of our models is of paramount importance and we take a serious approach to their health.
We do not advocate the use of sunbeds for any of our models, and recommend that they choose safer options if they require a tan – spray tans are easy to apply and can last a week,’ comments Sarah Doukas, Managing Director of Storm Model Management. sk:n clinics are also supporting the initiative by offering the public two free skin assessments (usually £25 each) from now until the end of February.
Fantastic to see people at the top of the fashion industry taking responsibility. I would love to see this effort and solidarity can be matched in other areas of the fashion industry- body image, workforce manufacturing, use of fur to name just a few.
Just a few sunbed myths from- http://www.sunsmart.org.uk/advice-and-prevention/sunbeds/
People use sunbeds for all sorts of reasons. Here, we clear up a few of the most common myths.
Being tanned is not a sign of health
The simple fact that your skin has changed colour is a sign of damage. Without goggles, UV from sunbeds can also damage your eyes and lead to irritation, conjunctivitis and eye cancer.
Skin damage from sunbeds is just as big a problem for young people
You can’t always see the damage that UV does straight away as it builds up gradually. But every time you use a sunbed you are damaging your skin, making it look worse in the long run. Using sunbeds for the first time before the age of 35 increases the risk of developing melanoma skin cancer by 75%. Surgical treatment for skin cancer can result in serious scarring.
Spending more time on sunbeds will not make your tan look any better
We each have our own tanning limits. No matter how much UV you receive there comes a point when your skin won’t get any darker. Using sunbeds will make your skin coarse, leathery and wrinkled. Boosting your tan by having two sunbed sessions within 24 hours or after sunbathing is particularly harmful. Get your beauty sleep in your own bed, rather than on a sunbed.
Sunbed tanning is no safer than sun tanning
Sunbeds are not a ‘safe’ alternative to sun tanning. The main cause of skin cancer is overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Like the sun, sunbeds give off UVA and UVB rays. While sunburn is mostly caused by UVB, both types of UV can cause DNA damage, which can lead to skin cancer.
Modern sunbeds emit mostly UVA rays, but UVB rays can make up anywhere from 0.5-4% of their total output. These emissions can be comparable to the midday sun. And the amount of UVA given off can be 10-15 times higher than the midday sun. .
You cannot tan safely by building your sunbed tan gradually
Unfortunately, using sunscreen or limiting your time on a sunbed will not completely protect your skin from damage and ageing. In fact, short periods of intense, irregular UV exposure, like you get on a sunbed, are the fastest way to damage your skin.
A tan will not provide much protection from the sun on holiday
A tan offers very limited protection from sunlight or burning. At most, a sunbed tan is the equivalent to a sunscreen with SPF of just 2-4. Not enough to keep you safe in the sun. And if you don’t tan easily in the sun, you won’t tan easily on a sunbed.
You don’t need to burn to get a tan
Burning or going red under a sunbed is a sign that you have seriously harmed your skin. UV can penetrate deep into the skin’s layers and damage the DNA in our skin cells. Cells damaged by UV are at greater risk of mutating and then dividing uncontrollably, which is what happens in cancer.
You don’t need a sunbed to produce vitamin D
Vitamin D is essential for good health. Our bodies make the vitamin when our skin is exposed to UV rays and it is also present in certain foods. You only need short exposures to the sun to produce adequate amounts. So you don’t need a sunbed to get your vitamins! For more information see our vitamin D page.
When you can get a great tone like this for £3.99 there is no excuse not to experiment with lip colour!!!!!
Miners have 16 great, affordable shades of lippy I am going to do a more detailed blog on the full range very soon.
Here is a Olympics inspired Body Painting Editorial I did for Face On Magazine.
We had a great team-
Models from Select and Profile
Photography Claire Harrison
Make up and body paint me using Dermalogica skin care and Mac Pro Cosmetics
Make up Assistant Nadia Blanco
Hair Zed Nevada
Hope you like