La Mer Moisturising Cream

I have been fortunate enough as a beauty stylist to try out some amazing products over the two years.  And one of my very favourite products has to be La Mer.

This product was developed many years ago by a scientist who burned himself doing one of his experiments, and he developed La Mer to heal his burns and scars with amazing results.

Its not just an anti ageing product , it is a product that has incredible healing properties due to the organically harvested kelp. They call this the miracle broth – this is the ingredient that goes into the Créme de la Mer.

It is not a product that is considered affordable.  But having said that, with this product – across all of its product range – less is more. You really don’t need to use very much for great results.  It is quite simply, superb.

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I can honestly say that it leaves your skin feeling smooth and nourished. You can notice the change.

But what is more incredible,  is that over time it actually heals the skin. So those fine lines and open pores become considerably less.  When you wake up in the morning your skin looks dewey and fresh. Your skin will feel soft to the touch and a big bonus is the smell. It smells like luxury and it feels like luxury.  If you have quite problematic skin- La Mer is the answer. So this range is good for most skin types.  And again, this product was originally made to heal a very damaged skin. But what followed was not only the benefits of healing , but an anti-ageing second to none.

Its a wonderful product and it is well worth the money you pay for it.

If you want to invest in your skin. I would invest in La Mer.

Dior Nail Polish

These two incredible DIOR colours are a win!

The first one is a limited edition shade sunkissed. It looks incredible. Get to the shops now and get your hands ready to impress with  DIOR nail polish. dior-summer-2015-tie-dye-collection-couture-color-gel-shine-and-long-wear-nail-lacquer-239-sunkissed

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Once the limited editions are gone- they are almost impossible to find again. So enjoy them whilst they are available and stock up if you really love the colour. The Dior   brushes are amazing to paint with. They are perfect and I cant understand why other nail brands don’t use similar brushes for their nail polishes. Just incredible tools to paint with. It makes all the difference.

My next favourite colour is sundowner. Every time I wear this shade I get asked what I am wearing. It looks beautiful on the nails.

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Always use a base coat to secure an even finish and help prevent discolouration on the nail. And always use a topcoat.

These are two very different but very beautiful shades.

 

 

 

 

Dior Backstage Pro’s

I have written about the Maximiser before in a blog post.  But I cant believe that I have not yet added the other DIOR Backstage Pro that I have been so fond of this last year. This is my “fresh favourite”. What I mean by that is that this addition  is literally going to give your face the freshest look.  Its a technique I use almost daily on clients when I apply makeup. And as soon as that client turns to look in the mirror at what I have done, they are stunned.

Take a look at this video And see for yourself. I can honestly say that I really do love these products, and I use them with confidence. Often.

My new makeup bag stable for the freshest cheeks you could ever imagine – Dior Rosy glow.  This incredibly fresh blush is the perfect fresh face look.Its so shockingly pink to look at, yet takes to your skin tone and just lifts the face up.  Its incredibly pretty. An absolute winner.

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And then the brilliant Lash Maximiser. For that dramatic look with you eyelashes. I have found the best way to use this is to let the Dior Lash Maximiser dry for only a couple of seconds before applying the Dior Iconic Over curl.

These really are beautiful beauty products.

 

 

 

Prime Your Skin

Essential prep for going out.  Always use a good moisturiser cream. Prime the skin. I have used Dior backstage skin primer.  Next use a good foundation like Dior Star and last but not least, I have finished this look off with Airflash foundation. Its the most amazing airbrush affect, and I always love using it to get that flawless look.  IMG_5487

My last details that I have used here are to use a primer for the eyelids. Again –  I have used a  Dior Backstage product eye primer . The Dior backstage products were created by makeup artists that worked behind the scenes at the Dior fashion shows to create the best looks. They are amazing products.

Finish off with bronzer and blush, and of course – lashings of mascara.

Yoga girl

I recently decided to take up some yoga after following a young woman on Instagram that my sister-in-law recommended to me. Her name is Rachel Brathen aka Yoga_girl  & her story gripped me instantly. I saw similarities and her husband is partly Dutch I believe. When I see them on Instagram in Amsterdam , it makes me feel close to home in many ways.  She speaks from the heart and her posts are everything from joy to happiness to travel and even heartbreaking pain.  What this woman has achieved through social media and a love of what she does is just incredible and a real sign of the times of the world that we now live in.  A real inspiration to an incredible amount of people, me included!

 

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So after months of reading Yoga_girl’s posts and wishing that I was in all  the places that she has taught around the world. The best thing happened. She launched some yoga videos to do at home!  I did not hesitate to purchase mine. Who better to learn from than someone who teaches around the world, and has more than a million followers on Instagram right? I began my first one a few days ago, and managed to complete my second one today. They are fabulous! And I know that I will see results if I stick to doing them.  One day I will be able to attend one of her classes in person.  I stretched places on my body today that I honestly never knew I had! And that is saying a lot for someone who does Pilates regularly.  The very first day that I did her first video, I must have opened up a few chakras that have been shut due to a lot of past pain, because I sobbed after. It was a real release.

 

Yoga_girl has a variety of yoga that she teaches including SUP yoga .  Rachel and her husband are the one and only certified legal  SUP business.  This is a stand up paddle board method on a Bogayoga board, that I believe her and her husband Dennis, also an instructor –  have devised and mastered.  This is done in her hometown of Costa Rica and in other fabulous beach locations around the globe.

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I urge all of you to follow Yoga_girl on Instagram and to get connected on her website for up and coming events in your city around the globe. http://rachelbrathen.com/blog/

I can absolutely recommend her yoga videos to use in the comfort of your home.  They are incredibly peaceful, challenging and powerful.

I will keep you updated with my progress.

 

Light Smokey Eye

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When you are doing a smokey eye, it can be done in any colour as long as you blend it well.
Try different things when you are experimenting with colours. Yes there are some rules with make-up, but you can bend the rules to make it your own version.

Here I chose to use bronze summer colours for a daytime smokey effect.
This lightens the eyes up and does not give you the feeling of a heavy eye for day. Instead it lifts. lightens and brightens.

Colours of my eyeshadows are from SHU UEMURA

Dior Lip Maximiser

Lips again! Yup that is pretty much what I am blogging about again, and I promise soon it will be about other products, but before I move away from lips, this one is worth writing about.  This is a lip gloss that has been described by DIOR as a lip care system, which I thought was quite apt and accurate.

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But the bonus is that this really works over time to stimulate the production of more collagen in the lips.  The hyaluronic and marine-based fillers are what do the work in the long term.  I use this a lot, and I do love it.  I am often complimented on the “shade” I am wearing on my lips. It gives an incredibly healthy glow to the lips and a very fresh look. Its not sticky and gooey. Its an absolutely great product.  UnknownDior lip maximiser

Philosophy 3 – in – 1 PURITY Cleanser

I have always loved PHILOSOPHY products.  I was first drawn in by the clever packaging and design. Its so pleasing to the eye, and inviting.  But its not just about the packaging.  The products work.  I have been using the PURITY cleanser for a while now. It works super fast and very well! I love a cleanser that lathers up and froths all the make-up and daily dirt off.  You can literally sweep everything off of your skin with this stuff.  It smells pretty basic. Its not a smell you would get from a super luxury brand. It smells of clean and “job done”  I am using some of their other products at the moment which I will elaborate on very soon!  If you are looking for a cleanser and make-up remover and toner all in one, then get this! Its great! At the end of a long day I simply cant wait to take my makeup off as soon as I get through the front door. I love that sparkly clean feeling. This does just that! Purity made simple_16oz_Scene7

Dior – Fluid Stick

I am using a lot of lipsticks and lip glosses lately.  I have to because of work, more than I ever have had to in the past! So I am really getting to try some of the best and some of the worst.

Worst to me is when your lips feel like they are dehydrated and utterly ugly.  When you can move your lips without the feeling that you have a ton of gunk stuck on them, that is how you should feel when you wear a good quality lipstick or gloss. DIOR Fluid Stick is a great combination of a gloss and a lipstick, the best is they come in the most beautiful shades.  My absolute favourite is the ADVENTURE and the WONDERLAND. There is certainly a colour to suit each and every individual taste, and the colours last an incredible amount of time throughout the day. I have often gone through the day and  had lunch, tea and bottled water and my colour is still very prominent on the lips.  You can add layers of this gloss to make a statement to really stand out. Or you can apply a thin amount just to stain the lips. Either way, these colours and this line of product is an absolute winner. They are incredibly popular.  533983a60a9a5

Shu Uemura – Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte

Oh my! What a beautiful lipstick.  I was once a make-up artist for a small Shu store in Amsterdam. I have always loved their products. This beautiful Matte lipstick delivers glam and bold statement. I know when I get a buzz around me from friends asking  me what I am wearing, that my choice is good.  The lipstick lasts well, and it feels nicely moist on the lips, but not at all gooey.   I can’t wait to have a slightly healthier glow in my cheeks, and to use the M OR 570 My choice is a blend of red and orange. (its winter here and I’m a little pale) This will go with anything from floral summer dresses to suits and serious attire, or glam nights out sipping champagne and eating caviar.  Whatever you might want from fashion and statement colours. Its always a great idea to have a matte lippie in your collection. 16548377702-350

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