Saturday, 14 June 2014

Father's Day Frenzy

It seems that birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and any other occasion requiring a thoughtful gift always creep up on me far too quickly, and I end up putting far too little thought into my purchases.... Father's Day is no different.

The standard gift that is always appreciated, is clothing. Yes, I got some of that. But what I really wanted to get was....

Terre d'Hermes Eau Très Fraiche now available at Stuffafords
Yes, cologne. I know it's cliched, but it's just my way of saying...this is what you smell like to me....in that moment when I think you're gorgeous and sexy and wonderful and I no longer want to send you away to a far away land where the tables are turned and you have to do eveything I do...! ...yes, I did laundry today.
Lots of laundry.
So I didn't get it this time....I was busy doing laundry, remember!? But our anniversary is coming up...and it's about that time I remember how good he smells to me ...and a little bit of Hermes can only do good. Newly released Terred'Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche sounds like my man. With a bit of aqua, sky and earth, I already visualize him liking this fragrance. So just as soon as I can I'll be off to Stuttafords...uhmmm...that may only be in July!! #freelancemom



Saturday, 24 May 2014

Why Is #L'Oreal so popular??

Yes, I could live here. 
  Beautiful, quality makeup that has evolved dramatically over the years...that's L'Oreal Paris Cosmetics. Back in the nineties, I doubt you'd have found too much L'Oreal in most make-up stylists' kits. But now more and more you just can't deny that this brand is simply becoming so much more popular. Wonder why??
Sylvie Hurford sharing her makeup love
 It could be that worldclass makeup designers like Rae Morris (I idolize this woman!!) have been given far more say in what we get. Our very own local L'Oreal makeup designer, Sylvie Hurford, recently was available to share some of her favourite L'Oreal makeup products for 2014. Her excitement said it all. It's obvious that the quality is superior; and if  a makeup artist like Rae Morris is prepared to work with any brand, then it says oodles about the quality of their products.
Infallible Lip Duos by L'Oreal...this will amaze you.
 Off course, there is just no denying that L'Oreal's Infallible lip duo is the ultimate epitome of longstay lipstick. And with such an array of beautiful shades, you will easily find a few you simply must have. I adore the neutral shades, but feel that if you're going to go bold, then do it with this lovely lip darling. I absolutely despise a red lip that fades into oblivion after a couple(yes) cups of coffee...If you want to avoid that kind of disaster, then this is how it's done. It's a two step jobbie: first apply the colour (the lipgloss wand makes it easy), and let it dry until it's a bit sticky; next, coat lips with the balm on the other end of the tube. Perfection: easily achieved.
And if you want dramatic eyes...here it is: Miss Manga Mega Volume mascara...pretty blinking awesome; nearly doubles the length of me lashes, without making them look spidery. Colour Riche Les Ombres eyeshadow quad in Beige Trench  is gorgeous: soft, silky texture that glides on and deposit just the right degree of pigment. It doesn't crease! well, not on my lids anyway. The shades in the Beige Trench palette(which I've got) work beautifully for green and blue eyes, but suit most skintones. This one is in my personal kit, but may soon travel to my shooting kit...because I dig it.

With a tagline like "because you're worth it", I often blush myself away from the L'Oreal ads...but can you deny that they offer really good makeup at reasonable prices??! And more often than not, they're ahead of the trend...you just don't know it because in South Africa we always have to wait for international releases to make it to our shores.
For example: the most divinely awesome news ever....is that L'Oreal have some amazing shades coming onto the scene this year... it's only later in the year...but it's coming! For now, go and find the perfect palette of Color Riche eyeshadow quads to suit you, and experience veritable proof of their popularity.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Neutrals are just so nice.

A favourite brand
 Nobody does neutrals and nudes quite like Bobbi Brown. 'Natural' makeup has never been so sexy! What Bobbi Brown Cosmetics have given us is more than just neutral makeup. They've delivered an attitude of pride and appreciation of that barely there makeup look that most of us wear every day. I am sadly one of those who skip almost everything except moisturiser and mascara... with intermittent spurts of vigour, and a full makeup look, on sporadic occasions.
This palette has been used to smithereens...but started out like this not too long ago. 
In the (very) early morning rush to get to set,  I blame the lack of time for my decided lack of adventure when it comes to lively makeup...or sometimes any makeup at all. With the new Bobbi Brown store now open at Canal Walk, I will have plenty opportunity to go and try out new shades. Plus, they offer quick lessons if you'd like a new take on your old style; or just rev up your routine. It's always fun to try out a look that we may not usually go with. I've been avoiding bright lips for years...and Bobbi Brown does a host of sophisticated brights that don't feel badly bold. And I just might try them on me.
now you can see why this Bobbi Brown palette has gotten so much love
I have two of their pro palettes, so I can try quite a few of those brighter lip shades, but that's another post. Palettes are a great buy for makeup artists who work of different shoots nearly everyday, with different faces all the time. You'll always end up using something from your palette. The neutral shades in Bobbi Brown makeup are ideal for my kind of advertising stills and commercial work, and it's sometimes a little difficult to admit that my style may be a tad stuck in the mud. So... this week I'll be using my neutral Bobbi Brown shades a little differently...and pairing them up with brighter lips. I'm stepping up my neutrals to a notch above natural...adding a touch of drama. Also, the brief calls for more character looks, so this will work nicely. And on myself... I may not go for neon eyeshadow...ever...but I'll be trying out some new shades. You may just catch me at the Bobbi Brown store on the upper level at Canal Walk; I may try out plenty new shades, even bright ones,  and find options to blend in with my standard neutrals...but one truth remains: I shall never be without my army of neutrals, because, well, neutrals are just so nice!

The #Makeup Marvels at #Maybelline

Using the 24hr Color Tattoo pots as a base makes eye shadow more intense
 When Maybelline invited me to view and experience some of their products recently, I knew I would love everything I saw. I'm actually very fond of this brand because of its affordability and accessability. I also love their sense of fun. Afterall, I play with makeup everyday.
I have fallen in love with their BabyLips range...they're addictive
 Maybelline's FitMe foundations are some of my favourite shades for deeper and warmer skintones. I do like the way these blend. Maybelline also have a new foundation powder out that looks pretty good ( click on link to read reviews on Beauty South Africa), and priced at R79,99, it could possibly be quite a bargain...I have yet to try these, but the shades look promising.
Maybelline MUA and brand ambassador, Linda O'Connell, does her thing
The Diamond Glow eyeshadows are certainly sparkly. I do like the golden tones; these could also be great for adding highlights and shimmer. Sadly these are not great for depotting...and I end up depotting everything. But that won't stop me! 

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

New #makeup goodies from #essence

Still have to try this lot...looks delicious
I go through lip gloss like it's my business... awwwww, I know, corny... but it IS my business. And I spend oodles on lip gloss every season. My most used colours are nude shades that echo the true colour of each model's lips. And as you know, that can be quite a range. I also want the texture to work for camera and for the looks I do. But most important is the need for the lip gloss to be comfortable to wear. And then there's the price. So when I find a product that delights me in every category, I buy oodles of it. I've been using some of the lip cream's from essence for the past two seasons, and am always impressed by this very affordable European brand. And they have a few new items out that I simply must try! Definitely the new Matt lip glosses! All the shades are gorgeous, but I always think of work first, so my collection will always start with nudes and pinks.
I am also very curious about their new "ice cream" range (what I'm calling it ). Essence calls it "Me & My Ice Cream". Pastel ice cream shades in nail colours and eyeshadows could be yummy. Will try the nails for sure. But what I'd like to see are the cream blushers... sadly the shelf at Clicks was empty.... must get to Dis-Chem this weekend to check it out!
Always so affordably priced, this brand brings you a beautiful bargain that even the pros are using.

#makeupmistress does "Moirs Biscuit" TV ad


This shoot had me in stitches! it was hilarious. Give it a watch and let me know what you think.
Makeup and hair by Natasha Rees-Davies.

Underwater makeup: simply beautiful

Underwater shoots can actually be the most stress-free shoots possible... with the right makeup products. As long as it stays long enough for me to not have to do fix-ups, and as long as there is absolutely no smudging or bleeding or undesirable makeup degradation, only then will any "waterproof" product make it into my underwater makeup kit. I know, as we all do, that not all waterproof makeup is made equal... So try to test yours in extreme conditions before you even consider bringing it on to set. If you are going to an emotional event and you don't want to end up with strange smudgy goth eyes, then take a shower with your makeup on to test how it stands up in such an extreme environment. ...I mean, you're never gonna be that drenched, now are you?!?
But if you need this make-up to make it through an underwater shoot, then be brutal with your testing, because you have to know your limits. I also believe that unless you're doing a very specific fashion shoot underwater, you should stick to the most natural, and certainly the least amount of makeup as possible.
I have been using my creams mostly for all the underwater makeup I've done recently, because they stain perfectly and wear well, so they don't become blotchy and the pigment stays on longer. I adore my blush wheel by Ben Nye; these cream blushers are ideal and I use them for almost every look. I also started using my brow gels from Ofra, which worked well instead of powder shadows to define brows. The shades initially looked a bit too intense for a brow, but they worked well with a delicate application. I would even go as far as to use this product in the lashline if necessary for a deeper line. But I always just ended up using my M.A.C. Blackout as a liner, which stood up well in all the underwater shots. For mascara, I would turn to my Sensai 38degreesC mascaras in brown and black. These are just superb. There's no harsh hard feel of the lashes, and yet they are pretty darn waterproof in anything under 38degreesC!
My Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo cream shadows work brilliantly as a shadow base for intense eye makeup, but I used them on their own for subtle eye shading that survived the underwater shoot.And if I need to conceal anything, I turned to my Judith August cover up palette. Alcohol activated makeup will definitely work for underwater scenes, but I usually only use this to cover tattoos or create FX makeup designs, because it is very drying on the skin. I also try as far as possible to keep the skin hydrated with a good natural moisturiser from Philosophia Botanica when my models come out of chlorinated pools.
I would rarely use a full-on foundation when shooting underwater scenes. A BB cream is great for moisture and light cover, which is all you need underwater. Everything else will look horrid in no time at all.
If you are doing an underwater shoot anytime soon, go for strong eye definition and popping lips and cheeks, and don't stress about anything else.
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