ysl all hours foundation

Have you tried the YSL new foundation?…  I have!

Here’s my review of the NEW YSL All hours foundation.

YSL claims

“The 1st YSL night & day foundation: own the night and the day with a flawless matte complexion which stays put.

Up to 24H long wear: this innovative formula is waterproof and transfer resistant, with no compromise on comfort. No need to touch up even through non stop activity.

Full coverage: a rich level of fine pigments create a flawless even coverage without a mask like effect.

Matte shine control: throughout the day, this oil free formula keeps complexion shine free and reduces the appearance of pores.

Urban protected skin: enriched with a skincare complex and UV filter this active foundation protects skin against external aggressions leaving it looking fresh and smooth.

Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

Dermatologically tested – Non comedogenic”

Available in 22 shades

0.84 fl.oz. 25ml



I went to a local YSL counter and asked the consultant to match my colour, she asked whether I prefer a yellow, pink or neutral cast to my foundation I explained that it depended on the foundation some are too yellow so I opt for the neutral….but definitely NOT pink. She tried a neutral and a yellow and I went for the yellow, my shade is BD50 warm honey.

The BR shades are pink tones, B are neutral and BD are yellow toned.

The consultant explained that they do oxidize on the skin, which I thought they would as I find the YSL Touche eclat foundation does the same.

I was happy with the colour match so bought the foundation and she also advised the All Hours Primer which I also purchased.

ysl all hours foundation


I’m always on the hunt for new foundations, I’ve tried sooooo many and whilst some are better than others nothing makes me want to repurchase and be loyal to it like Estee Lauder Doublewear.

I like my foundation to disguise the pigmentation on the sides of my face, but not feel too heavy on my skin, I HATE it when foundation transfers on to my hand, my phone… anything. I don’t like to wear powder as I like my foundation to set and I don’t really mind going shiny through the day. I am 37 and very conscious when products crease around my eyes and mouth.

So this foundation has its work cut out.

ysl all hours foundation


Even though I bought the primer I wanted to test the longevity of the foundation so applied it without primer and without any radiance boosting products.

The packaging is a chic frosted glass bottle with black lid and writing and a gold YSL logo….there’s a pump yaye!, this is a massive bonus to me as its the one thing I dislike about Doublewear.

I applied it with my usual real techniques buffing brush, I like to apply a thin layer and buff it into my skin and then stipple over the areas I need more coverage, where my pigmentation is and sides of my nose.

It has a feint YSL smell, but nothing as strong as the Touche eclat foundation, so that’s good, I used two pumps to cover my face, I was happy with the coverage, my pigmentation can always be slightly seen but that doesn’t bother me, I could have layered up for more coverage.

I left the foundation to see what finish it gave and after a few minutes it left me with a beautiful satin matte finish which looked amazing.

I didn’t want to use any powder to see how the foundation wore, so I applied my usual makeup and observed closely throughout the day.


It does oxidize on the skin a little so just be aware when choosing a shade, I went slightly shiny throughout the day as I usually do (but had no primer or powder) I didn’t notice it transfer on anything and it lasted really well. It didn’t seem to crease around my mouth or around my eyes, it felt beautiful and light on my skin.

This is definitely staying in my makeup bag and once I have given it a thorough testing I can see it making it into my professional kit too.


Have you tried this foundation? Would love to hear your thoughts





choosing a bridal makeup artist

Choosing a makeup artist for your wedding can be tricky decision and when it comes to wedding preparations, a lot of brides think twice about hiring a professional makeup artist for their wedding, as they see it as an added expense that they could do without.

If you’re the type of bride who gets riddled with nerves easily or has little experience with makeup applications, hiring a professional makeup artist for your wedding would not only make your wedding day less stressful, but sitting in a chair and getting pampered helps you totally relax so that you can focus on walking down the aisle, and finally be married to the one you love!

Firstly you need to think about your look, I always say to brides that you want to be the best version of you. If you usually rock a smokey eye or wear black liner then stay true to your style as anything else will make you feel bare, however if you usually wear very little makeup then stick to a natural, polished look.

Bridal makeup needs to transcend on to the camera and also still look great in person, the most important factor is that it’s going to be long lasting, most bridal prep starts at 6am and your evening guests may only get to see you for the first time at 7pm, any true professional bridal specialist like myself will feel confident that you will still look amazing whilst you are dancing the night away into the early hours.

Ask family, friends and other suppliers for their recommendations, that’s always a good place to start. The majority of my work is through recommendation, someone has experienced my work and will vouch for the quality, its lovely to do a bridesmaids makeup and for her to choose you for her own big day.

If you haven’t got any recommendations or just want to find someone yourself then research is key, look at their website and social media for pictures of their work and make sure their work is in keeping with your look.

Choose someone you click with AND whose work you love, you want to make sure their work matches the quality of makeup you are expecting to receive for your wedding plus you will be spending a significant amount of time with your makeup artist on your wedding day, so it is super important that you get along with your makeup artist.

Never book a makeup artist based on price, thinking ‘if I pay a lot she’ll be really good’ is definitely not always the case and also thinking ‘its only makeup, it’s half price down the road’ is also a big gamble. You spend lots of time and money on a venue, flowers, cake, photographer and dress and whilst I appreciate that people have budgets, your face will be on almost every picture so why spend all that money on your dream day and not have the best makeup?

If you are really worried about your makeup I suggest booking in for a special occasion makeup with your chosen artist, this wont necessarily be your bridal look but it will give you an idea of whether their work is something you feel comfortable with and also allows you to meet them in person.

When you find the right one, BOOK THEM securing your makeup artist needs to be done as soon as possible, we professionals tend to book up quickly (about a year in advance) especially during wedding season (March-September) so it’s really important to secure your makeup artist as soon as you find the one that fits you best.  I personally have brides booking up to 2 years ahead and I offer exclusivity, so only take one bridal booking per day, once your date has gone its too late.

The artist will require a deposit or booking payment to hold your date for you and your trial will need to be done 3 months before your date at the earliest.

At your bridal trial this is the time to make sure you speak about your makeup likes and dislikes and be confident to tell your artist if there are any changes you want to make at the time, she will appreciate it.

I love to make my client’s feel comfortable enough around me that they don’t feel awkward, ashamed, or embarrassed to ask me to change or add anything when I’m done with a makeup application. I also love to make my client’s feel like they can ask me about anything makeup or even just vent to me about wedding stress. We are there to help you carry the load!

Have you had any good or bad experiences when looking for an artist? Any other tips you found helpful?

choosing a bridal makeup artist


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I was extremely honored to be flown to Lake Como, Italy for my first ever destination wedding.

I flew out the day before the wedding from Manchester… after a much needed full english and of course a breakfast mimosa at the airport.

I was greeted by a private transfer and escorted to Il Grifo in Lenno where I was staying.

Once I was unpacked I went for a short walk around the Lake and out for dinner… and obviously had to sample a couple of cocktails!

Prior to my trip everyone I spoke to said how lovely it was and I thought, aren’t most sunny countries lovely?… but all i can say is WOW, Lake Como is absolutely breath taking, the views are just incredible it truly is a beautiful place.

On the morning of the wedding I was taken to the villa where the bridal party were getting ready, I think its safe to say the view from my window at work had never looked so good, I had to pinch myself.

After the bridal prep I decided to catch the ferry over to Bellagio and take in the sights along the way.

Once in Bellagio it was tapas and cocktail time, I was served a platter of delicious meats, melon, bruscetta and freshly made bread with oils and balsamic, all washed down with a very delicious (and very strong) strawberry daquiri.


Back to the accommodation to pack my case and get an early night for the flight home, bye Como hope to visit again soon.

Have you been to Lake Como? Did you have a destination wedding? Or would you like to? Leave your comments below




Urban decay heat palette

Let me start by saying how much I really love this palette. I own the Naked 1 and 2 palettes and to be honest they get carried around in my kit, are put out at most jobs and never used, the only 2 colour’s I seem to use are Sin (which I bought as a full size single) and half baked which is a beautiful gold colour.

I think this is due to the fact that there seem to be quite a lot of frosted colour’s in there and I prefer matte I thought the palettes seemed pointless if I was only going to use 1 or 2 colour’s so didn’t entertain Naked 3 or the smokey palette.

When Heat was released I was drawn in by the range of colour’s as lots of clients ask for very warm pinks and oranges, but I was a little hesitant as I thought it might just be something else I carry around and not use.

If I’m being totally honest I bought it on a whim, not really looking or testing the colour’s, there seemed to be so much buzz about it I just wanted to say I owned it.

When I first started using it WOW! I fell straight in love with it, every single colour I will use. The shades I would use for transition (the colour to blend out the dark into the light) and for deepening up the crease are all matte, which is a must for me and the colour’s that are shimmery are bright and pigmented for the lid.

The colour pay off with this palette is great and the eyeshadow’s apply really well they have a beautiful buttery texture which means very little fall down.

The palette is priced at £39.50 and contains 12 x 1.3g /0.05oz eyeshadows, a decent sized mirror and a brush (which I never use).

If you are in two minds about this palette, honestly go for it you won’t be disappointed!

Do you already own this? If not buy it now!… Share your love for it in the comments section below.



Botanical luxe shoot

I was so honoured to be part of an incredible styled shoot at the amazing Holmes Mill in Clitheroe.

The theme was botanical luxe and all the suppliers involved pulled out all the stops to create a magical atmosphere.

The makeup was kept soft and natural on one model and more of a luxurious glam on the other, with bold eyes and a striking red lip.

The colour scheme throughout was kept neutral throughout allowing the greenery to take centre stage, the beautiful candelabras and finishing touches added elegance and sophistication which was a lovely contrast in the rather industrial setting.

Photos –  Kerry Woods Photography

Dresses – Kimberley Anne Bridal

Hair – Sam Gateley & Co

Flowers – Sam Williams

Cakes – Finch bakery

Venue dressing – Creative cover hire

Hope you like it