Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Blistex MedPlus

I haven't done a product recommendation post for a looonng time, but was inspired to write this one by a conversation on a makeup artist facebook group.

At this time of year many of us often suffer from dry, flakey or sore lips. I personally suffer from this a lot in the winter, especially if I get a cold. I have tried many different products and techniques over the years to exfoliate flakey skin from lips before lipstick application. There are so many 'lip scrub' options on the market. I particularly like the LUSH's Mint Julips for it's mint choc-chip flavour and great scrubbing action.

However, when working with models I find that some of the scrubs can get a little bit messy to use so I've had to come up with something different, so here's my top-tip:

Blistex MedPlus is my secret weapon against sore, dry lips - Both for myself and on models. 

What it says on the website: A medicated balm with a dream team of ingredients to repair and restore your lips. Jojoba Oil and Cocoa Butter for conditioning and Menthol to add soothing coolness.

When doing makeup for a shoot I pop a generous layer of this on the lips after I've thoroughly cleansed the model's skin. I let it absorb whilst I do the rest of my skin prep. Once I have prepared the model's skin with lovely nourishing serum, moisturiser and eye cream I blot the lips with a tissue to remove excess balm. Then, using a cotton bud, I gently rub the lips using small circular motions. This will help to slough away any flakey skin without hurting the lips - dry chapped lips can often be a bit sore too. Once I feel satisfied that I have removed as much of the flakiness as possible I pop another layer of the balm on whilst I do the makeup. When I come to doing the lips blot well with a tissue to reveal soft kissable lips.


Give it a try next time you're suffering from sore, dry lips and reveal a beautiful kissable pout.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

The shoot that made my year in 2013 was one for Hope St magazine which took place in December. I was asked to join uber-talented makeup artist and art director, Sara Hill, on a big beauty story for the 2nd issue of this amazing new magazine. Anette Schive was photographing and we had Shaun McGrath working his wig and hair magic along with Hamish Duda on styling and Tom Mitchell doing videography and photography too.

Tom has just released this little teaser video on instagram to give you a taste of what's to come. Hope St have just launched their new website and I hear there is lots more to come in the way of cool videos and and exclusive editorials.

 Click to see the video
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Thursday, January 02, 2014

2013 hi-lights

I've been really awful at keeping up with my blog in the past 12 months due to a number of different factors - most recently my relocation to the south of England from Glasgow, Scotland has been a pretty major upheaval. But, there is a positive side to that move in that I now live only an hour away from London!! This fact has very exciting prospects for me that I can't talk about just yet but hopefully this time next year I will have a lot to write about. 

So here's to the future and whatever it may hold.

In the meantime I'd like to share some of my favourite pieces of work from 2013, I hope you will enjoy.

photographer | anette schive

photographer | anette schive

photographer | elliott mackie

behind the scenes - test with sarah shiplee

behing the scenes - test with anette schive

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Scottish Springtime

Here is a small selection of the finished shots from that very cold day back in March, including the one I have made the new main image on my website. It amazes me how Rachel doesn't even look 'that' cold! I can assure you, it was freezing.

photographer | anette schive
stylist | victoria martin
hair | andrew young
makeup | sian lidgate

Friday, May 03, 2013

Iman - behind the scenes

Below is a great little video from behind the scenes on the shoot for singer - songwriter Iman that I worked on with my good friend Elliott and with Lauren Andrew on styling. 

photographer | elliott mackie
stylist | lauren andrew
makeup | sian lidgate

Iman loved the wearefaux 'shantha' lashes that I used on this shoot.

There's another video here which is great if you wanna learn a little bit more about Iman. Such a talented girl. I'm sure we'll be hearing lots more from her soon. 

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Scottish Springtime

This behind the scenes shot pretty much sums up the test shoot I did with Anette Schive in Edinburgh last week! Our super brave model was the amazing Rachel @ Model Team. There was a foot of snow on the ground just outside Edinburgh and the temperature was -1°c but with a very cold wind making it feel more like -5°c. 

photographer | anette schive
stylist | victoria martin
hair | andrew young
makeup | sian lidgate

Friday, March 22, 2013

Up to 50% off we are faux lashes.

I've just noticed this fantastic deal on itison for the We Are Faux eyelashes I featured on my blog recently. £6 instead of up to £12 for your choice of one of 9 We Are Faux lash sets!

Ends very early morning on Tuesday 26th march so don't hesitate.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Magazine Subscription Giveaway

I'm sure many of you that read my blog have a similar unhealthy obsession as I do, with buying magazines... it comes with the creative territory. (That's my excuse and I'm sticking with it!) I love flicking through magazines for inspiration, but I often find them stashed by the side of the couch or under my bed barely read! I am very bad at throwing them out when I'm done and all over
my home there are various stacks of magazines that I just can't part with. I wish they looked artful, like the photo below, but in reality they just highlight my hoarding tendencies and also the lack of storage space in my flat! 

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Zinio about offering a subscription giveaway on my blog.

Zinio is a service which offers thousands of top magazines from around the world in digital format. You can browse and purchase subscriptions or single issues instantly from your computer or mobile device wherever and whenever you like. You can use it on your iPad, iPhone, Android mobile phones and tablet, kindle fire, laptops and desktop computer!

The lovely people at Zinio hooked me up with a free subscription to any magazine of my choice from their virtual newsstand to try out. I had a hard time deciding what to go for, with such a huge selection to choose from including Marie Claire, Harpers Bazaar and Elle, British and International editions to name just a few. It's not all glossy fashion mags though, I'm eyeing up National Geographic and Sky at Night as well.

I finally settled on British Vogue.

The sign up process was really straight forward. I was pleasantly surprised to find I did not have to enter any credit/debit card details in order to retrieve my free subscription. I half expected to be tied into a annual automatic renewal type affair, but this was not the case. Just my name, email address and a password.

Once I was registered the current issue of British Vogue was there in my Digital Library waiting for me. It reads very well on my MacBook and looks awesome on my Samsung Galaxy S3. Both the desktop and mobile apps are very easy to navigate through, you can flick from one page to the next as well as skim through thumbnails of every page to jump to a specific article or spread. I love that you can zoom in on the pages to get a closer look too. This is going to be so handy for when I'm travelling with work, in my head I'm justifying the purchase of an iPad as we speak!

From what I can see Zinio always have a little selection of offers on the go and the odd flash-sale as well. Currently they are offering 2 years subscription for the price of 1 on selected magazines - there's some great ones there if you're into Photography or a travel and outdoorsy type. Click the banner below to see what's on offer.

Because of my positive experience in signing up and using the Zinio service - I am delighted to offer up for grabs a free subscription to any magazine of your choice, from Zinio's selection, for 9 lucky readers of my blog. All you need to do is use the Rafflecopter widget below to follow my blog and leave a comment below telling me why you'd like to win a free subscription from Zinio. I'd love it if you'd go like my facebook page and Zinio's too, but its not compulsory! 

The giveaway will begin at 12am on Thur 21st March and run until 12am on Thur 28th March (GMT) after which the 9 winners will be chosen at random and notified within 48 hours of their win.

All a-flutter

I've got some recent work to upload where I've used false lashes from We Are Faux. I am in love with their lashes at the moment.

We Are Faux launched in 2011, the brain-child of MakeUp Artist Ana Cruzalegui. Ana wanted to create a range of false lashes that were inspired by fashion, beauty and art trends with seasonal collections and creative collaborations. Daring and seductive with a touch of backstage glamour. For minimal to maximal, fierce to feminine, there is something for everyone and every occasion.

Previous collaborations have included British electro band Ladytron and designer Rebecca Torres.

Good Girl

We Are Faux lashes are available from selected Urban Outfitters and Superdrug stores and La La Land Glasgow but if you buy direct from the We Are Faux website you get free shipping within the UK - even better!