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Friday, 19 September 2014

A Year of Weddings - Double Wedding Day -

There are some Saturdays that I have two weddings. I try not to do them very often but if I have a timeframe that works and a bride that will do anything to have me, then I will add the second wedding.

On this particular day in August I had the chance to do Lisa's wedding:


Lisa was completely calm and collected! Even though she heard another wedding couple in the same hotel arguing over the groom losing the wedding ring... it didn't give her the jitters like it would most brides. 
Lisa had a traditional style and wanted a smooth half up and half down hairstyle , adding a hairband with a lovely vintage style broach on the side. We emphasised her eyes, keeping the rest of the skin fresh and dewy. 
Lisa and her photos just looked absolutely amazing on the wedding day!

My second wedding of that day was Sophie! Sophie, the bridesmaids and my assistant and I had the pleasure of watching Friend (American sitcom) the entire time we were getting everyone ready! Let me just tell you that nothing sets the tone like some hilarious Friends episodes! So funny!

Sophie opted for a lovely plait along her fringe and we went for a light smokey eye and pinky lips! 
While Monica worked away on the bridesmaids' makeup (her job was so easy, just look how stunning they are), I did their hair. We went for soft, side swept half up styles that looked elegant but natural. Sophie comes from an outdoorsy family and she didn't want anything too harsh!


With this particular undo, we went for the veil to be underneath so as not to upset the intricate style of the bun! It worked perfectly!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

A Year of Weddings - Maggie's Wedding | Cambridge

This is a perfectly fitting blog of weddings this week because the wedding I am doing this Friday is being photographed by the same photographer, Ben Minnaar, from Maggie's wedding just over a year ago. Only this week I will be in London.

Maggie, my lovely bride, is a beautiful Californian who I had the pleasure of doing hair and makeup for, for her wedding.

With Monica, my sidekick, we tackled this gorgeous wedding on a lovely August morning.

Maggie wanted her hair to be sophisticated and soft. We went for a smooth undo with a soft, sort of basket weave bun. It was gorgeous! We made sure we emphasised her eyes but kept her looking sun kissed and natural at the same time.

The whole look really complimented the 1920's-30s feel that the wedding dress embodied!

These are some of my favourite wedding photos from last year and you can probably guess why...from just looking at them :)
Ben Minnaar Photography

Ben Minnaar Photography

Ben Minnaar Photography

Ben Minnaar Photography



Monday, 8 September 2014

How to look super fresh for school this year!

So either school is under way or people are just starting back this week! Its pretty stressful, from what I remember, going back to school, whether you're just hitting high school or you are starting college, young and old!

I know that one thing that gave me more confidence when I was going back to school is having a new outfit or two (to deflect from my nervousness) and also just feeling good about yourself on the outside while you're totally freaking out on the inside.

Below is a quick tutorial on how to feel and look your best on the outside when starting a new year cramming your brain full of clever stuffs!

THIS IS WHAT I USED:
Benefit- Stay Flawless Primer
Maybelline-  BB Cream- Dream Fresh
Maybelline - FIT ME concealer 20
Rimmel-  Scandeleyes Taupe Eyeshadow Stick
bareMinerals-  Shimmer Eyeshadow in Taupe
Barry M -  Grey Khol Eyeline Pencil
Maxfactor- Wild Mega Volume Mascara
Smashbox- O Glow Cream Blush
MAC - Refined Golden Bronzing Powder
bareMinerals- READY Tinted Touch up Veil
Benefit- Dandelion Lip Gloss

THIS IS HOW I DID IT:

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

A Year of Weddings - Iryna's Country Wedding

Last year I had the absolute pleasure of doing Iryna's wedding at Old Hall Ely, one of many weddings I have done at this Jacobean Manor House. I do love it when I have a local wedding in Ely!

I really had a soft spot for Iryna and her lovely sisters and amazing mother. After the initial trial in London, I knew I was going to get along with these ladies like a house on fire.


Iryna wanted a focus on her eyes but to still look natural and fresh. We kept the foundation lightweight with MAC's Face and body and used neutrals on her eyes with a bit of liner to define them to the way Iryna loves it! 
We did a soft, messy bun that wasn't 'too bridal' so that strands could fall out naturally and frame her face. 

Friday, 29 August 2014

Guest blogger Lena Mae brings you STREET STYLE with Kylie!

Hallo meine Favouriten! I return with another style crush for you, this time it's the gorgeous Kylie.

Yeeeah ok not THAT Kylie, but this one is just as adorable I promise! I met her in Yorkshire last weekend, she was working backstage at a show I was performing at and I was in awe of her presence from the get go. Not only was such an incredible sweetheart, but her outfit popped and I was instantly jealous of her drag inspired style.

*As an aside, unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me, so had to use my telephone in this particular vogue emergency, please excuse the quality of photographs. *

Let's GO! Check out this jumpsuit :



LOVE IT. Bright reds, yellow and greens. Tapered leg, pluuuunging neckline. And if that wasn't enough, Kylie wore a few shades of bright green eyeshadow. She said I knew I had to clash, so green had to be main colour. I have always had a strong fascination with make up and never felt "pretty". Studying countless MUAs and being around drag queens of old I have started to go for big drama with my make up.'

For your info.. The jumpsuit is from boohoo.com and the gorgeous golden footwear shoes are Anna Sholz for Simply Be; 'A bloody bargain reduced to £18'

Next stop, that enormous flower in her hair. Approximately the same size as her head. That's the way to do it.



I do enjoy a good bit of head garnish, and the drama of Kylie's made me so happy. Check out where she got it..THRIFY ACCESSORIZERS take note!

'I knew I wanted an extravaganza look to go with the garish jumpsuit. I raided my local garden center. Got the old glue gun out et voila. Massive shit off hair piece.'

So eloquent! Balancing out the 'shit off hair piece' was a mountain of hair on the other side. We're talking uber volume. We're talking Victorian madame out hawking for business type volume. Genius. Here's how she created it :



'My hair was flumped by the addition of a 3/4 wig simply for volume. If you need a hand getting fat hair, use a wig. I bloody love having mahoosive hair. Hate wash day as have to brush all the back comb out!'

For those make-up junkies having a read, I found out which brands Kylie used to create her look. Don't say I never give you anything :

'For this look I used just two brands. Elizabeth Arden double wear foundation and my NYX all you ever need palette - contains eyeshadows, contour palette etc Oh and my lips were lined using Illamsqua pencil then topped with Boujois Velvet lip stain in Ole Flamingo.'

And lets have a final look at the whole she-bang in it's full length glory :


Bloody Lovely.

A little added info, the show I was part of was www,thefroufrouclub.co.uk and I highly recommend it. You can read a little more about me at www.lenamae.com, if you like! 

Auf wiedersehen for now! Lena x 




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.