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I spend my days recording tutorials, reviews, writing blogs and making people beautiful running after my son and when I have time, actually doing a bit of painting as well. 

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Monday, 25 August 2014

A Year of Weddings - Clare's Big Day

Next up on my list of beautiful weddings I have had the pleasure of working on in the last year is Clare.
Sparkes Photography 

I loved that Clare wanted something a bit different with her hair. She wanted to keep it soft, slightly messy with a fishtail plait/braid going from either side, creating a crown effect. I loved the bohemian feel of her hair with a 1960's twist to it. We kept Clare's skin, sheer and glowing with a lovely pop of pink on the lips! I do love a good pink lipstick!

The brilliant wedding photographer for the day was Glenn from Sparkes Photography  who is a Cambridgeshire based, international wedding photographer.

We had a lovely morning getting ready together (well.. me getting Clare ready) and everything went to plan... ok ok, almost everything. After Clare left for the ceremony, there was a slight issue with the maid of honour and her car breaking down on the way! Nightmare! But luckily all was fine and Clare DID get married and everyone arrived on time,  and there are some beautiful photos to show for it!


Sparkes Photography 

Sparkes Photography 


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

A Year of Weddings

Weddings have consumed me for the last year, more so than previous years. Its been a lot of work but I have enjoyed every wedding!

From the first email to the moment my brides walk down the aisle I have had the chance to get to know each and every one in such an intimate way that I can look back and feel the same excitement that we had on the day!

To celebrate the weddings and the experiences we have shared together I am posting each week, one wedding, where we were, what we did, what her makeup was! Starting from August 2013 to the end of this wedding season 2014.
Enjoy!
First up is Faye! Faye got married in the start of August 2013.
 What a doll, she is! Faye flew in from Germany (but a true English Rose) for her wedding at South Farm in Royston. 
Faye had a real purple theme going on. 
We were able to play around with her makeup a bit and add a pop of purple in the liner.

The beautiful images below are by Jordana Marston  who has such a beautiful, unique style and way of capturing the feel of the day. The images really do give you the feel of what this magical day was like and just how beautiful this wedding, and of course, venue was like!

Photos by www.jordannamarston.com
Photos by www.jordannamarston.com

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Quick Plait/Braided Half-up Half Down Hairstyle

I love it when I have perfectly quaffed hair! I mean, who doesn't?

It's always nice to look good, but with life rushing past us, who has millions of hours to style our hair and put our makeup on. I literally want to be able to click my fingers and look good. Sadly, this is totally not possible, but I can definitely spare a few minutes to rock a new style if it isn't too much of a hassle.

Here is a quick tutorial on an easy half up half down hairstyle that can be for a nice date night, work, or even a wedding!

Check it out below!

THIS IS HOW I DID IT:




Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Brigitte Bardot Makeup and Hair Tutorial


Nothing says 'sex bomb' like Brigitte Bardot's hair and makeup! This woman had some serious hair going on and amazing makeup that is still replicated to this day! 

Brigitte's slightly messy hair and cat flicks will never go out of fashion (at least in my eyes)

So I have recreated a Brigitte look for you, in my own style! I hope you enjoy!

Friday, 25 July 2014

Wedding Photography - Guest Post | Jared Tseng


I often speak to my brides about who their photographers are and how they chose them. More often than not, they are unsure if they chose the right person and often have doubts. If you don't know your photography, its hard to make an educated decision. 

Today I have had the chance to chat with Jared Tseng  , a fantastic photographer (I had the chance to work with in April)  that has given us a glimpse into the photography world and some information that may be useful when choosing your own photographer for your big day. 

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Party Makeup | Weddings| Festivals| Parties


I am a little late in posting this! This season has spiralled out of control and I am so busy...even busier than last year, I barely have time to send emails, let alone post on my blog...which seriously stresses me out because I LOVE updating my blog and knowing its sitting there, gathering internet dust makes me tres sad!

BUT I am here and I am updating and that's what counts NOW :)

As I am a full blown, freelance makeup and hair artist and my summers are consumed by weddings, I can't seem to stop thinking about them. So I wanted to do a tutorial for those who are going to weddings but not necessarily in the weddings.

I love getting uber glammed up for a wedding. This is a tutorial that will allow you to unleash the proverbial sex kitten and be your best, glam self for all of those weddings that are still ticking away!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Wedding Gifts That Rock!


It seems there are more weddings than ever...at least for me. With a never-ending stream of wedding enqueries coming through, it got me thinking... 'I wonder how many people I know are attending multiple weddings this year and what do you get everyone???' 

I know, personally, I like to keep gifts unique. I hate to think that someone else has bought the same gift as me. I like something quirky, but not too crazy and something that can stick around ... not a one off gadget or appliance that is only used while it is still fun. 

This is when I discovered UncommonGoods . There are some cool things on here and the best thing about it, as it is untapped territory. It's not overloaded like other 'unique goods' sites that everyone is hitting up the same venders. 
I first wanted to have a look at  special gifts for bridesmaids. Click here to check out some of the amazing gifts I came up with!
I loved this personalised branch bracelet! Its perfect for those rustic weddings that are so popular now!
RRP: £82-117

I did a search for wedding gifts here and there were so many great ideas. For example, personalised prints:
RRP £53-89.00 depending on frame.
Check the lovely prints out here!

Monday, 16 June 2014

Guest blogger Lena Mae brings you STREET STYLE with Lolo Brow.

Ola Amigos! I love gassing about my performing life, but don't really think it nestles comfortably within a beauty diary, hey? So here I am with something new that I hope works well and will interest you, dear Readers..CUTE PEOPLE WITH AWESOME STYLE! I lug my camera around with me most everywhere - so snapping someone who looks like a genius should be no bother. I began last week. Click click. Allow me to introduce you to : LOLO BROW
I've just started working with Lolo - we're both dancing in the House of Burlesque show at this Summer's London Wonderground on the Southbank. She turned up to rehearsals all DMs, green hair and FISH PRINT enormo-scarf and I had to blog about her.
I make no secret about the fact I think she's the coolest. Her beautiful, unusual tattoos are all designed by her, and the latest ones were inked onto her by Illumin-eye. The bright pink lipstick (it's kinda washed out in these photographs but it POPS in reality) is Maybelline 24 hour stay and is 'Bloody brilliant'
She matched her hair to her laces with some 'ribbon found in my crafts wardrobe' and the DMs are well loved staples. Even her amazing talons are effortlessly co-ordinated!
Her freshwater themed scarf was gifted to her by a family friend when she was a nipper, I love how she drapes it over her hair, reminiscent of a punk rock Mary Magdalene, maybe.. Lolo is an amazing dancer and performance artist, you can find out more about her here : www.lolobrow.co.uk Do let me or Ash know what you think about my guest blog, I welcome feedback and suggestions..Or if you can think of a hella hella name for it, give me a shout. My latest suggestion of 'Curb Crawler' wasn't very popular.. LOVE Y'ALL! Lena x

Friday, 13 June 2014

Pampering Before Your Big Wedding Day!


The lead up to your wedding day is going to be manic, whether you intend for it to be or not. The last minute little finishing touches, family members arriving from out of town, etc can make you and your partner feel less than fresh before the actual party takes place!

This is why it is important to mentally and physically try and slow down when and where you can. Try and finish up the little bits that are left, a few weeks before the big day and leave the last week before the wedding to be something of a relaxed build up! I promise it is possible! You just have to be a little organised. 

To help you slow down and really enjoy the build up, start thinking of ways to gently treat yourself at home each night! A little self pampering goes a long way for both the bride and groom. 

I would start with having some long soaks in the bath! Taking the time for the both of you the really enjoy yourselves and unwind before the chaos and fun of the big day! 

Monday, 9 June 2014

Guest Post- Simply Bridal Talk Lingerie!

I have a lovely guest post by Simply Bridal  who know, not only how to make you look and feel good in the perfect wedding dress, but also know how to make you look and feel confident and beautiful underneath it all!
Image Courtesy of - Victoria's Secret