I am always on the hunt for new makeup for both myself and my kit, especially foundations. I do tend to find it tricky to find something that ticks all my boxes, I have tried so many and never really feeling that they do what I want them to do. So I decided to give the new Clarins skin illusion foundation a try, let me share my thoughts with you.

I’ve never tried a Clarins foundation before and hadn’t heard about this foundation prior to catching a glimpse of it as I was passing the Clarins counter in Boots so I decided to stop and take a look. Clarins described this as a natural hydrating foundation and with winter on it’s way I was definitely intrigued.




This foundation comes in a range of 22 shades, I purchased 110 Honey and 116.5 Coffee and got samples of 112.3 Sandalwood and 114 Cappucino. My summer glow is fading fast *sobs* and whilst I was in store I was more Sandalwood however I’m more of a match to Honey now.

The shades I chose are fab, they are really adaptable to a range of skin colourings and the darker shades I chose have more of a yellow hue, as many of my clients wear self tan and I feel these tones match much better.


When I saw the dropper dispenser and dripped some onto the back of my hand I was thinking “this is going to be far too sheer” however as I started to blend it I was pleasantly surprised. The consistancy, whilst feeling light had such great pigment meaning that you didn’t need much product to even out  your skin, allowing your skin to still look like skin.

This foundation is still very buildable, on first application it is quite dewy but dries to a lovely satin finish which is perfect for a drier skin, meaning if need be you can add a little powder to the areas you need to, if at all.


This foundation makes no claims to be long wearing as it is designed to provide long lasting hydration, that being said I am very happy with the longevity of this foundation.

Obviously if you have an oily skin this is not the foundation for you anyway but I would say this would still suit a combination skin with a little powder through the T-zone.

I’ll also add that I have been using this on myself withoit a primer to see how the foundation holds out on it’s own and as I said I am happy how it wears through the day.


The Clarins skin illusion foundation comes in a sleek rounded glass bottle with a white and gold lid, which is a dropper to dispense the foundation.

I’m not sure whether I would prefer a pump and lid but the dropper is still quite handy for not wasting product.



I was really suprised how much I liked this foundation, my doublewear has even been cast aside for daily use.

When I first applied it there was a slight scent which reminded me of Chanel Vitalumiere and sometimes my eyes are not great with scents but so far this hasn’t affected them, which is great.

As I know it has great skin benefits it feels like a skincare product when I apply it, as well as a foundation.

This would definitely suit a drier skin type and perfect for a more mature skin, it has the feel and moisturising qualities of a tinted moisturiser yet the coverage of a foundation.

I have tried many foundations and whilst they sit in my personal makeup kit they don’t often make it into my professional kit…. and this one has!

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Click HERE to try this amazing foundation




On a recent trip to the Trafford centre I saw YSL were doing an exclusive special edition YSL lipstick package. You purchase 2 of their Rouge pur couture lipsticks and get interchangeable limited edition lids to go on them, all presented in a YSL box for no extra cost. I thought they looked super classy so decided to treat myself.


I simply love YSL not only for their luxury brand and packaging but their products are great too. I’m a massive fan of their Rouge Volupte shine lipsticks as I love a more balmy feel and a glossy look without wearing a sticky gloss, the only problem is they don’t last well on the lips, however they do look fab when you pull one out your bag to reapply.

I purchased 2 lipsticks in the shades 66 Bois de rose and 17 Rose dahlia and chose the lids in a nude and gold snake print finish and also the red and gold snake print finish.

These not only look amazing but are a great handbag must-have.



The Rouge pur couture lipsticks are available in 43 shades.

I purchased 2 shades, 66 Bois de rose, a deeper neutral colour with a slight purple tinge, looks slightly less intense in person than it does in the picture, I have quite a bit of natural colour in my lips so feel I can’t wear anything too nude this has a similar tone to my Chanel lipstick in Mademoiselle.


I also chose 17 Rose dahlia, a beautiful bright corally-red, again slightly less intense in person which makes this a very wearable shade, not too intense for a brighter day look.


As you can see below these are both beautiful, wearable shades and a great addition to my personal collection.



YSL claims “an SPF 15 moisturising formula which saturates lips with intense, stay-true colour and medium to full coverage, with a radiant, satin lipstick finish” and I would have to agree, if I go for a full cover lipstick I much prefer a satin finish and these offer just that, a comfortable wear yet great colour pay off.


Again YSL claims a “up to 6 hours” wear, like with all lip products it depends what you are doing whilst wearing them, eating, drinking…kissing all will affect the longevity. I am very pleased with the longevity of this product though and would highly recommend.


As with all YSL products their packaging is super classy, whether you buy the standard lipsticks in their sleek gold packaging or these limited edition ones they both look amazing when you pull them out to reapply.

Here is a close up of the 2  complimentary special edition YSL lipstick package lids I chose.



I love these lipsticks, a great product, with a great finish, available in an amazing shade range, in fabulous packaging…what’s not to love!

These retail at £28 and I am happy to pay that, it maybe a little out of someone’s budget but I would definitely suggest putting it on your gift list.

You can treat yourself or a loved one to their very own HERE

Hope you liked this post, if you have any questions or comments please comment below

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So you’ve always longed to get married abroad…sun, sea and sandy beaches. Your wedding planner is there to guide you through your experience but what about your makeup? Here are some things to consider about DESTINATION WEDDINGS AND YOUR MAKEUP.

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There are 3 main options when thinking about your wedding makeup abroad

1 Have a makeup artist in the country you are getting married

This seems like one of the only options and the easiest but there are definitely a few things to think about before you make your final decision.

Will you get to have a trial?

For some they are lucky enough to be able to visit many months before and have a trial however usually it is done just days before the wedding. So what happens should you not like it? Is there availability to find someone new with only days to spare?

Makeup styles

Often different cultures have different styles this goes with makeup too, you need to be seeing examples of work to make sure it’s inline with what you had in mind.

Language barrier

Many countries are amazing at English, we are definitely the lazy ones when it comes to language and whilst they may speak good English are you able to get through exactly what you want and if changes need to be made.


The first time I was asked about flying out to do a destination wedding I thought surely it is a lot more expensive, it turns out there is not a great deal of difference in price in some areas to actually flying out a UK artist than having it done at a local salon.

Building a rapport

When booking your destination wedding you will build a great rapport with your planner but not often speak to your makeup artist until you arrive. Wedding mornings are such a personal time that you want to make sure that you get on with your artist beforehand

Will you have to travel to a salon

Just like in the UK it is far less stressful if the artist will come to your room or villa on the morning especially if there are a few of you, so check whether you have to travel out to a salon on the morning.

2 Fly out your makeup artist

This might sound a bit A-list but more and more brides do this, you will often have to cover flights, a night of accomodation and transfers on top of the makeup prices, but for peace of mind and a stress free amazing wedding it will be worth every penny.

You will need to enquire even further in advance as the artist will often need to book out days either side to allow for delays etc, some artists may charge for days out of salon as they will have a loss of earnings but it is definitely worth enquiring with them, as I said before this can sometimes still work out a similar price than having a makeup artist from the country you are getting married in.

Using a local artist means you can have your trial and as much contact as you need before the big day, you will feel more comfortable and at ease on the day, they will come to you and spend the morning with you helping you get ready and may even stay through the day for touch up’s.

3 Doing your own makeup

If you are worried about all of the above and feel confident about your own makeup application then why not book in with a local bridal makeup specialist for a few makeup lessons to learn and perfect your look. The artist can advise you on which products and tools you will need for the job.

For more information on booking a destination wedding or booking a lesson with myself please click HERE

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When I go away I tend to relax a little more with makeup, I rarely see people I am ever going to see again or who know what I look like made up… but I personally never feel I can really go without makeup so here are some SUMMER HOLIDAY MAKEUP ESSENTIALS.


As always you need to start with good skincare, keep your skin hydrated, this is important everyday but on holiday there will be sun, sea air and probably lots of sangria along with air conditioning, all of which will suck the moisture from your skin, so a nice hydrating moisturiser, serum and even a hydrating face mist to help cool and refresh will do the job nicely, as well as drinking lots of water.

SPF is so important all year round and even more so on holiday, it won’t stop you from tanning it will help protect your skin from burning and being damaged by the sun. Sun protection needs to be reapplied regularly thoughout the day to maintain a good level of protection for more information click HERE.

Dont forget your lips, choose a lip balm with an SPF in that you can reapply through the day, my favourite is Elizabeth Arden eight hour cream nourishing lip balm SPF20.

Ok on to makeup, I personally still like to wear a foundation, the sun tans me but also brings out my freckles (not cute ones) and pigmentation so I need more coverage however I tan EXTREMLEY well so my foundation shade can alter dramatically, I can go on holiday a doublewear shade 2N1 and a few days in I’ll be 4N2 and by the end of the holiday I’m adding in some 5 or even 6.

So if, like me, you also colour easily maybe take two foundations one light one very dark and mix them accordingly.

For those lucky enough to not have to wear foundation I love the Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow which will give you a hint of colour and a sheer coverage or even just a good sweep of Chanel bronze universel, a beautiful cream bronzer.

As well as foundation other things such as bronzer and blusher may need to change as your fair shades won’t show up as well on your gorgeous golden skin.

You won’t need or want to pile on makeup in the warmer climate so keep it simple with a light foundation, BB cream or tinted moisturiser (with an SPF), a coat of mascara (waterproof to prevent it melting off), a little bronzer, a pop of cheek colour and a nice hydrating lipstick, my favourite is the Rouge Volupte shine range by YSL.

What are your holiday favourites?

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When we apply our makeup we often get stuck in a rut, as we get older our application and formulations often need to be adapted, this is not necessarily at any particular age/number, at any age makeup can add 10 years or take 10 years off, so let’s look at HOW TO AVOID MAKEUP AGEING YOU.

Wearing too much makeup can often age you, thick foundations, heavy powders and shimmery eyeshadows can all add years on, instead of taking them off.

Wearing too little makeup can also age you, as we get older we can develop tell-tale signs such as broken capillaries and age spots, these don’t just appear with age, too much sun exposure can produce dark spots on the skin and poor skin protection or too much alcohol can also cause broken capillaries, however with these on show we can make our skins appear older.



The start of every complexion is skincare, if the canvas is in the best condition it can be, then the makeup will sit nicely on top.

Identifying your skin type is important to be able to treat your skin with the right products.

Quite often skin will appear drier as we get older so a nice hydrating moisturiser is a must, we will also benefit from adding in extra serums underneath to help boost anti-aging properties and lock in moisture.

The thing we do lose in our skin is often luminosity, a young person’s skin has that natural glow of youth. We then need to replace that with hydration and light reflecting products and can also mimic that with makeup.

To make our skin look less dull and more radiant, exfoliation is key. This need to be a regular, yet gentle process as skin often appears thinner and more fragile, so no harsh grainy scrubs, instead opt for more gentle yet effective A.H.A’s to restore brighter, fresher skin.

Eyes and lips are where more lines will develop with expression and age so a hydrating eye product and lip balm will keep this area looking hydrated and supple.

The neck and hands are also tell-tale areas of age so make sure all your skincare doesn’t stop at your jawline and you continue it down onto the neck and chest. A hand cream by the sink and or by the bed will hopefully prompt you to keep those hands moisturised.

Protect from further damage by wearing an SPF on your face each day, not just on the beach.



As with any age people prefer different products, finishes and consistencies so it is about finding something that works for you. Here are some general tips to try:


Whether you prefer a tinted moisturiser or a foundation use a small amount just to even out the complexion, then go in with with more foundation or a concealer to pin point the areas that need more coverage, rather than applying one thick layer over the entire face.


As we age gravity sets in and everything starts to lose elasticity and firmness so cheek and eye products are best applied a little higher to counteract this appearance.

Apply blusher on the apples and higher up on the cheek for a youthful glow, often eye lids can start to droop and mask any eyeshadow you have put on so apply your eyeshadow a little higher then it’s not lost.


You have to be careful with shimmery, glittery products as you get older as the appearance of them can often highlight lines and crepey eyelids, opt for a soft matte or cream shade then apply a little highlight around the tear duct you make you look more awake. Charlotte Tilbury wonderglow is fantastic for adding radiance to the skin.


One thing that does often diminish with age are eyebrows and eyelashes. Brows are important to add shape and structure to the face so a light soft shadow through the brows will help frame the eyes. Make sure the product is more on the taupe side and less red as this is more flattering.

To give definition to the eyes that lashes give, you can fake a little by using eyeliner, again nothing harsh in colour and no harsh lines, powders give a much softer finish and make your eyes pop.


Powder can often accentuate lines and make skin seem dull, so choose one with a little radiance in and only use where you need to.

Cream textures can look more flattering on the skin, I don’t find them as long lasting on the skin but if that’s not a concern for you then opt for cream bronzers, blushers and highlighters. I like Chanel soleil de tan as a cream bronzer to add colour and warmth to the skin. Sometimes too many creamy textures can move into fine lines so keep product to a minimum and add where neded.


When choosing a foundation shade it is always more flattering to go one shade warmer and blend down into the neck rather than making the face appear paler.

Blush and lip colour are best a touch brighter as you age, to appear more youthful and add some colour to the face, if this is out of your comfort zone opt for neutral tones.

The lips often thin as we age so avoid dark, matte colours on the lips and opt for a cream finish to make the lips appear plumper.

I hope you enjoyed reading ths post, if you have and questions or comments feel free to comment below

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