Thursday, 31 December 2009

Must have books... No.4

Make-up your mind - Francois Nars. A great book filled with beautiful women before and after make-up. This book gives me make-up inspiration for all skin tones.


Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Pixiwoo reading...

I have just created a useful book store for further reading on make-up artistry, photography and iconic beauties.
You may also notice that the Alex Box book is almost half price so if you were considering it then now is the time.
If you click through to the book store you will see that I have created categories with sub categories so that it should be relatively easy to find what you are interested in.


Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Fashion fits all.

'V' magazine has devoted its January issue to plus size models.
This shoot by fashion photographer Terry Richardson features a size 16 Crystal Renn alongside a size 0 model, proving that size ain't nothing but number.


Sunday, 20 December 2009

2009 Hotlist

The top 10 products of 2009 to make it into my kit (not my personal make-up bag, that's a different story.)

1) Jemma Kidd Tweezers

2) Bobbi Brown University Palette

3) Benefit Coralista Blush

4) Illamasqua Brow & Lash Gel

5) Clinique Gel liner

6) Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara

7) Illamasqua Blusher (Nymph in particular)

8) Louise Young brushes

9) Illmasqua Medium pencils

10) Benefit High Brow

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Marlene Dietrich research.


When I research a look for an icon or a celebrity I build a collection of images from different angles and different periods of their career.
I then study the pictures to find the similarities that would determine the subjects signature look.
From the pictures above you can see that :-
1) Marlene changed the shape of her eyebrows from her early days probably due to fashion. However, her eyebrows always remained thin, dark and defined.
2) The socket line was always very defined and blended.
3) Likewise, the cheeks were contoured and highlighted to give a very sculpted finish.
4) Liquid (Cake) liner was always present and flicked.
5) Marlene left the underneath of her eyes bare apart from a flesh coloured eyeliner on the waterline. This adds to the heavy lid quality.
6) The top lip is always rounded and the lips were red.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009


On 11th August 2007, 20 year-old Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend Robert Maltby were kicked, stamped on and left unconscious - for nothing more than looking different. Sophie later died from her injuries.

It would have been Sophie's 23rd birthday on the 26th November.
ILLAMASQUA has funded an animated 4 minute video titled Sophie: A Dark Angel that will be premiered internationally on MTV this Thursday 26th November at 9pm [during a break of The Hills] it will then run after 9pm across all MTV channels.

Sylvia Lancaster, the Mother of Sophie has been quoted as saying “The film is a chilling and dramatic reminder of how prejudice, hatred and intolerance can destroy lives. It has been created as a reminder to all people to stop, and think twice, before judging, insulting, abusing or attacking someone – purely based on how they look.”

For more information on the charity visit
The video will also be available to watch at

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Creative Masterpiece Competition


Illamasqua 22 lashes

These are the lashes I wore in the most recent tutorial.
Gorgeous black lashes with a violet overlay.
They are also available in green (23) which look amazing on brown eyes.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

What's in my jewellery box

These are some of my favorite pieces. It is fair to say that I have an addiction.

Necklaces (above & below)by Pick Up Sticks available from Soho Hip in the UK.

Necklace (The heart has its reasons, which reason does not know) from Eclectic Eccentricity

Earrings from Anna-Lou of London

Bow ring from Hoxton Boutique

'Once upon a time' Necklace from Soho Hip

'Amore' Necklace from Classic Hardware available from Soho Hip in the UK

Wing ring from Hoxton Boutique

Butler & Wilson 'Ruby Slipper' earrings

Vivienne Westwood earrings

Bracelet from Classic Hardware

Bracelet from Chanel

Snake ring from Hoxton Boutique

Vivienne Westwood Earrings

Vintage Marcasite Necklace.

Feather Bracelet from Eclectic Eccentricity

Tatty Devine Pegasus earrings

Pandora Charm Bracelet

Butler & Wilson Peacock earrings

Flower ring from Hoxton Boutique

'Such is life' Necklace from Eclectic Eccentricity
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