So today I thought I would post about my final look from my Many Faces project with Max Factor. Incase you missed the previous two posts, I'll fill you in! Max Factor created the Many Faces campaign with Gwyneth Paltrow, which showcased her different makeup looks, from the business woman to the rock star's wife! I got the chance to work with top makeup artist Caroline Barnes to create three different looks for myself for different occasions.
My final look is the makeup I would wear to an event in the evening. I needed something that would look polished and pretty, but not take much time, as when I am in London I'm always rushed off my feet!
Caroline has really got me into creamy textured eyeshadows lately. In this picture I'm wearing Max Factor Smoky Eye Effect Pen in Bronze Haze. It is a double ended pen with a dark brown cream stick one end (which I have on my lid) and a light gold the other end (which I have in the inner corners of my eyes). Even though it's an evening makeup look, because it's not for the red carpet or anything, I didn't want to put too much makeup on. I think less is more. To add a little extra definition I lined my top and bottom lashes with Max Factor Liquid Line Effect in Bronze Blaze. I used my all time favourite mascara from Max Factor, False Lash Effect. Less is more apart from when it comes to lashes!! I went for the All Day Flawless foundation, because it photographs really well and lasts all evening. We all need a foundation that looks good in pictures for an evening event! I applied lots of the Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Pink to achieve a rosy glow then on my lips I used the Giant Lip Pen in Subtle Coral. This is so quick and easy to apply with no lip liner needed. It's like a cross between a lipstick and a lip gloss which I love.
I chose the gorgeous GlossFunky nail polish in Flushed Rose, it's such a pretty colour for Summer.
What do you guys think of this makeup look? Let me know in the comments if you like it! Now time for the picture bloopers! My friend Zoe was helping me set my camera up to take 10 pictures in the speed of light and it took me by surprise! Oh dear...
Blogging tip: don't try and take nice makeup pics of yourself with a friend in the room, especially if that friend is doing everything she can to make you giggle!
Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this post and are having a lovely weekend :)
So last night I went to the special screening of The Great Gatsby in London. I was so excited to see the film as I loved the book and I'm such a fan of 20's hair and makeup!
*excuse the picture quality!
I had been so busy leading up to the event, I hadn't had time to find a dress! So, yesterday morning I called Wish Want Wear (a company that lend dresses) and they sent over a selection. However, by the afternoon I was starting to panic, I had no idea which dress to go for and the one I liked the most was too big for me! Thank goodness Electra Formosa (an amazing fashion stylist) was in town, she came to my rescue! She helped me choose which dress to go for, we chose the Halston Heritage Carrie Gown as the pleating and the sparkly belt gave it a 20's vibe. Electra pinned the dress so it fitted me better, ideally we would have had more time to find a dress that fitted me perfectly etc. but I think it looked ok!
I kept my hair and makeup really simple as I didn't have much time to spare! I wore the same eye makeup as usual; MAC eyeshadows in Shroom and Charcoal Brown and Maybelline Falsies Mascara. Then on my lips I wore Burberry Sepia Pink, a gorgeous, subtle berry nude.
Jim dressed up for the occasion too in a gorgeous Buberry suit.
We were both so excited as dressing up and the cinema are two of our favourite things! When we arrived, we went straight to our seats and ate all our popcorn whilst we waited for the film to begin. Does anyone ever actually wait for the film to start before eating their popcorn?!
We had high hopes for the film particularly, because both Jim and I love Baz Luhrmann's Romeo & Juliet and we weren't disappointed. From about 10 minutes in Jim and I kept nudging eachother and whispering "isn't this amazing?!"
The film is so visually beautiful, I loved the 3D effects, especially with the snow...I felt like I was in the film myself! Warner Brothers worked with Tiffany on the jewellery and it was truly exquisite. The actors were wearing period Tiffany jewels and some pieces were designed especially for the film, like Gatsby's ring. I was just in awe watching all the amazing characters wearing all the sparkly diamonds and incredible dresses. The makeup was spot on, 20's glamour. If you are studying makeup, this film is a must-see!
The soundtrack was totally unique, a mixture of classic 20's, Jay Z, The XX and more. Really up mine and Jim's street, we have bought the soundtrack already!
I won't tell you too much about the plot as I don't want to ruin it for those of you who haven't read the book! Leo and Carey played out a story of lost love so beautifully, the film was inspiring, sad, and glitteringly elegant.
So on Wednesday I was very lucky to be invited behind the scenes at the BRIT Awards to experience their backstage spa. Each year a "BRITs Spa" is created within the O2 so the glamorous stars can have some last minute pampering including massages, manicures and spray tans before the much anticipated awards ceremony!
I was so excited when I was told I could literally just hang out in the spa all afternoon and experience all of the treatments! Firstly I had a blow dry by the lovely John Vial at Fudge. He used a big round brush to get lots of volume into my hair, then instead of using a hair oil to give my hair shine, he used a lightweight shine spray, so as not to weigh my hair down.
(that's obv not me in the pic, but just wanted to put a pic of him in because he was so nice!)
Revlon nail ambassador Jenny Longworth, who is Jessie J and Rihanna's nail artist was offering last minute manicures! I already had my nail's done so just stood and watched as she did one of my fave celeb's nails, Laura Whitmore. Laura presents on I'm A Celeb and I always think she seems so bubbly and happy - I love her! Here's a pic of Laura in her beautiful dress...
There was such a lovely lady called Fiona from Decléor offering massages and skincare treatments. As I already had my makeup on I opted for one of her 15 minute massages. It was amazing! She said I had really tense shoulders with lots of knots and within 15 minutes she managed to relax my muscles. She said I should visit her for a massage when I have more time and I definitely will!
Harry Styles even came in for a massage with Fiona, meeting him was the highlight of my day! I am such a huge 1D fan. Harry was lovely :)
Here are some more pics of the different award winning brand's treatments that were on offer...
It sounds bizarre, but a guy called Anthony from Champneys was doing body statistics tests. He measured my cholesterol, blood pressure, height, weight and many more things I can't remember! Turns out I am normal and healthy, but it was interesting doing all the tests!
Fake Bake were offering spray tans on the go!
And lastly, Revlon had makeup artists on hand ready to touch up the star's makeup before they walked the red carpet!
I had a brillant time backstage in the BRITs Spa! I hope you guys enjoyed my little blog post about my experience! Leave me a comment telling me what your favourite beauty treatment is whether it's taking a bubble bath at home or having a blowdry at your favourite salon :)
- Bath & Body Works Mango Candle - I have this burning in my office when I am editing videos and it just makes me feel uplifted and happy!
- Sisley Lipstick in L31 - This colour is SO beautiful and I have had it for a while but haven't wanted to use it as the lipstick is shaped so beautifully and I didn't want to ruin it! However, I have decided to use it this week!
- Illamasqua Nail Polish in Nomad - I am wearing this on my nails now and have had compliments on it all week!
- Illamasqua Loose Powder - I hadn't used this before this week but now I have discovered it I absolutely love it, it is just as good if not better than MAC Prep & Prime and the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder (both of which I love).
- Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation - I can't wait to use this in one of my video makeup tutorials to show you guys as it looks so pretty on the skin, it's flawless looking and lovely.
- Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel - I have wanted this cream bronzer for YEARS! I really don't know why I didn't get it sooner, but now I have it in my makeup collection I feel very happy. Sometimes it is nice to use a cream for a more natural look and nicer texture on the skin.
This is a SUPER brief post as I haven't gone into detail about any of the products or reviewed them as such...it is more just to let you know of a few things I am loving right now!
Recently I went to get my hair cut at Gielly Green - I needed more shape put into my hair and had heard great things about this salon. I usually have Mark Woolley from Electric cut my hair but with his busy schedule it's hard for us to both find a free day to do my hair!
The salon is on George Street which is in Central London, it is very glamorous and cool inside. It's very spacious and also has beauty rooms where you can get your brows threaded, lashes tinted etc.
I don't know the name of the girl who washed my hair, but she gave me the most wonderful head massage. Also, the reclining chair that I sat in to have my hair washed was the most comfortable hair-washing-chair I have ever been in - they are usually so uncomfortable but I nearly fell asleep in this one!
I was very lucky to have one of the owners cut my hair - Shai Greenburg. When he asked me what I wanted I said I was looking to achieve hair that bounces when I walk and has a pretty feminine shape. I am so so so happy with the cut he gave me that I think I am going to call him and say "please please please don't forget how you cut my hair the other week as I want to have this same cut again and again for the rest of my life!" I only have a couple of pics on my iphone of my hair which I will post below, however in my most recent makeup video (top ten MAC lipsticks) you can see the results a bit better. Shai gave me an incredible blow dry which I could never do myself! However I have been using the Babyliss Big Hair styler to get that salon blowdry look...I may do a video tutorial on it soon.
Since my hair cut I have been adding a couple of Gielly Green products into my hair routine. I had used them in the past but ran out so was happy to have them back in my shower! I love the repair shampoo and mask, but my favourite product of all is the Argan Rescue. It is an oil serum and just one pump revives, smooths and softens my hair without feeling at all greasy.
I highly recommend having a haircut at Gielly Green if you are in London and want your hair to feel fabulous!