Wednesday, 29 September 2010

A year in Twitpic


Yaby Blusher Palette

I have a new Yaby blush palette avail from Make-up Artist Boutique.

These are great for a make-up artists kit as like the Yaby e/s palette they are incredibly compact.
There's a choice of 19 colours, the palette holds 8 and also features a large mirror in the lid so quite handy for showing clients how they look once you have applied one of these lovely blushers.

The blushers are very pigmented and the pans are tightly pressed so I doubt they would crumble easily which is always a concern when carting palettes from shoot to shoot.

Empty palette - £9.99
Pans - £8.99 each

Posted by Sam

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Chanel - Rouge Allure Extrait De Gloss

Available from 1st October 2010
Chanel - Pure Shine Intense Colour Long Wear Lip Gloss - £22.50
These glosses come in 9 shades of which I have 7 (shown below).

In the past month I have been swapping between Insolence and Imaginaire because I can never get enough of pink gloss.
These glosses feel absolutely lovely on the lips and because they are Chanel the packaging is typically simple and stylish.
They come in a weighty opaque black square glass tube with a unusual 'V' shaped wand which makes application easy and somehow luxurious.
I wanted to keep applying it but there was no need because the product itself is very long wearing.
Totally recommend.

Note: I was wearing Imaginaire in the Waterproof Mascara video.
Posted by Sam

Monday, 27 September 2010

Questions and Answers from Make-up Artist Maggie Hunt

If I could have a pound for every time someone asked me why I became a make up artist I would probably have about £30.... Ok, so I wouldn’t be rich but £30 is better than nothing. 
Both Sam and I were inspired to become make-up artists by Maggie Hunt, who also happens to be our auntie (handy).
So I decided to ask my Auntie Maggie a few questions about her life as a make up artist. 
MAGGIE HUNT is a leading name in the fashion and beauty industry, working with top photographers like David Bailey, Terry O’Neill, Lord Snowdon and directors such as Gerard de Thame, Joe Pykta and Tony Kaye.  Maggie’s make-up has appeared on covers including Vogue, Harpers, Tatler, Brides, Elle, Cosmo, Company, The Sunday Times and Sunday Telegraph.  
This is just a few of the high profile people Maggie has worked with.
The (late and great) Princess of Wales.                                      
HRH The Prince of Wales 
Gillian Anderson
Kate Beckinsale
Honor Blackman                                  
David Bowie
Pierce Brosnan
Shakira Caine
Naomi Campbell
Belinda Carlisle
Julie Christie
Abigail Clancy
Simon Cowell
Cindy Crawford
Dame Judi Drench
Agness Deyn
Paul & Linda McCartney 
Janet Jackson
Check out Maggie’s website for more info and images;
Maggie Hunt Questions and Answers. 
1.How many years have you been a make up artist for?
I’ve been a make-up artist for 30 years yet I’m still as passionate about it now as I was at the beginning of my career.
2. How did you get into make up?
I became a fashion model in the sixties. I was truly inspired by the make-up of the swinging sixties and models such as Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy; I could relate to these young and successful girls.  During this period most photographic shoots did not include a make-up artist, hairdresser or stylist so I was required to be a ‘Jack of all Trades’.  Make-up changed dramatically from big wide eyes and pale lips to dark eyes and dark lips (Biba inspired).  Then the feeling moved on to romantic and then punk.  It was around the punk era that I decided to put my creative flair to good use but I wanted to do it properly as you are only given one chance, so make-up school was on the cards for me. 
3. What has been your best job to date?
It is not so much what I perceive to be my best job but the perception of others, so in this case I would have to say having done the make-up of The Princess of Wales and HRH The Prince of Wales for their official engagement photographs shot by Lord Snowdon which where used globally on and in every magazine plus postage stamps.

4. Can you tell us 5 of your favorite products and why you love them?
I would prefer to say that without the use of great make-up brushes you can not achieve glorious make-up. With the use of my choice of brushes I'm able to create beautiful make-up, with all make-up, irrespective of price.
Maggie Hunt Make-up brushes at

5. Who/What inspires you?
I'm mostly inspired by photographers and their work rather than catwalk make-up but I'm also influenced by films and pop videos.
To name but a few these are some great photographers whose work has inspired me over the years - Steven Miesel, Guy Bourdin, Paolo Roversi, Helmut Newton, Sarah Moon, Barry Lategan, Nick Knight.
Great make-up artists that I have admired over the years - Barbara Daly, Francois Nars, Serge Lutens, Pat McGrath.


6. Who is the nicest person you have worked with?
I do like Paul McCartney and Sarah, The Duchess of York as they are both kind and genuine people but I also work with some really nice models too. 

7. How did you get so successful?
It is a combination of many different qualities and not just creativity.As a model I watched many talented make-up artists work and I also watched many untalented make-up artists work so I was able to compare and understand the different emotions a model and myself included would go through with the application of amazing make-up and ugly make-up.  So I knew my aim was not just to please myself but also to please the person I was making up.  Yet, it isn’t only that, to success you need to be liked and wanted because of your talent, professionalism, dedication, hard work, self-belief, organization, modesty, kindness and these qualities cannot be learnt; methods can be taught, products can be brought but the rest is down to your personality.
8.What do you think is the most difficult thing to do as a make up artist?
There is not much that I’m fazed by as a make-up artist and I love going out of my comfort zone to create looks that I’m truly proud.  However the realms of make-up are very broad and I do not venture into an area that I do not cover such as prosthetics. 

9. What do you think about your nieces following in your footsteps?
 I feel honored that my nieces have wanted to follow in my footsteps; they have the perfect attitude and on top of that they have captured a market which has propelled them into an area that was untouched until now. Although they are both still young they have many years of experience, which has built them into who they are today. Samantha and Nicola are focused on succeeding and with their determination and hard working ethics they will arrive and that pleases me. my sister (their mum) and all the family, which gives encouragement to the younger members of the family and hopefully to all those trying to make it in the world today.

10. Have you got any advise for people starting out?
It doesn’t happen over night, never give up learning, confidence is good, arrogance is not, live and breath make-up, patience is a virtue and dedication is paramount. 

Posted by Nic

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Designer discounts

If you have followed this blog for a while you will know that I love a designer bargain. Actually, I am using the word 'Bargain' in its loosest possible term. What I should say is half price or less because even at half price some of these items can hardly be described as bargains.

Here are my favourite online shops.
Flannels Fashion
The clearance section of this website is vast and absolutely brilliant.
Gucci Slouch Boot £695 £295

Gucci luxe court £395 £195

Miu Miu boots £525 £195

Charlotte Olympia platform shoe boot £625 £250

Galliano kimono sleeve dress £740 £350

                               Temperley lace insert dress £765 £395

Next up is 
This is a members only sale website but anyone can join.
There are excellent sales on here and I have seen Alexander McQueen bags going for under £200. When a sale opens you had better get in quick because it sells out almost immediately. Also check delivery dates because sometimes there is quite a wait due to shipping from abroad.

I also check out CatfishWomen for deals on Vivienne Westwood, Anglomania, Sonia Rykiel, Diesel and McQ
The Vivienne Westwood site can also be excellent when there is a sale on.

In the past I have bought from all these sites but not regularly as although they are 'bargains' they are still a lot of money.

Posted by Sam

Friday, 24 September 2010

Sleek Shimmer Blush

Launching in store and online from 29th September.
3 new shades from Sleek Make-up's shimmer blush collection RRP: £3.99 (seriously)
> Rose Gold: A golden shimmer blush with pink undertones (possible dupe for Nars Orgasm and already in make-up bag)
> Sunshine: A shimmer blush with brown/red undertones (left)
> Pomegranate: A shimmer blush with burgundy undertones (not pictured)
Posted by Sam

Thursday, 23 September 2010

My fantastic 30th Birthday Presents.....I'm a very lucky girl

Ian really spoilt me with an amazing birthday party.

A trip to Rome, which is still to come on October 8th!

                       My gorgeous little puppy, that i love so so much Tilly.

A Picnic Hamper because I have always wanted one. 


   A Vivienne Westwood Bracelet.            
Just in case that wasn't enough i also got presents from my friends and family 

Earings from my friend Bex to match my necklace

A picture from my Mummy .
A pandora Bracelet from some of the girls I used to work with at MAC.
Links of London Bracelet from Dom and Caroline.

DVD's and books from Sam.

Armani code perfume from Jim and Tanya.

And I got so much more........ Thank you so much to everyone for your fantastic gifts and thank you Ian for being the best boyfriend in the world, organising a party for me and so much more.


Elizabeth Arden Masterclasses

Nic and I will be teaching masterclasses and doing a bit of backstage filming at London Fashion Weekend this Saturday 25th September at the Elizabeth Arden Beauty Studio in the catwalk tent.
The classes are trend based and 30 minutes long. The times are 11.30am & 2.15pm.
So if you are attending LFWE; come in and say Hi.

If you have not heard of London Fashion Weekend check it out here
We cannot wait for this event but we have the difficult decision of what to wear. On one hand we want to look good but on the other hand we need to be practical and think about being on our feet all day.  Hmmm... choices, choices.

Drew Barrymore inspiration pic


Tuesday, 21 September 2010

ILLAMASQUA Flagship store and launch party

The ILLAMASQUA flagship store opened this week on a massive high.
The launch party reunited make-up mavericks of the eighties and introduced them to the current talent.
The new store at 20 Beak Street was packed wall to wall with colour and crazy individuals including Vivienne Westwood, Boy George, Philip Salon, Adam Ant and Steve Strange among others.
It seemed a very fitting tribute to a brand that embraces anything other than the ordinary.

The store itself is a real feast for the eyes decked out in black, accented in white and adorned with smashed mirrors. The neon signs in the windows give a nod to the fact that the store is located in the infamous Soho area of London, and the hand painted mannequins make it clear that you are about to experience something a bit out of the ordinary.
Sectioned off by House of Harlot rubber curtains is a large make-up studio with 10 work stations.
One of the studio's many features is that it has different types of lighting so that students can learn how to work with the correct shades for different conditions.

If you happen to be in London pop into the store for a look around. Located just off Regent Street, the closest tube stations are Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus.

Posted by Sam
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