I'm a pro makeup artist/stylist sharing my experience in beauty, fashion, visual arts and a bit of everything else in between... 

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Sarah xx 

Summer Nudes

Summer fashion usually brings with it bright fun colors and casual comfort. However, different parts of the world have their own unique take on fashion and summer is no exception.

Today’s set was inspired by my love of French films, especially romantic comedies shot by the French Riviera where the sun glistens over the intricate architecture of white buildings, luxury cars parked on the roadside, yachts resting on turquoise waters and of course the classic elegance of fashion!

So I designed this set with subtle creams and soft nudes which can easily be translated into a cocktail outfit or evening wear on a hot summer’s night. I was particularly drawn to the sequin details on the skirt with the warmth of the bronze and a touch of color from the blue/gray patterns (which I paired with a similar color bag for some added contrast).

I added the sunglasses just in case we ever get to strut our stuff on the French Riviera ;)

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***All the fashion sets I publish are my own work from page layout to design, to styling. I create my sets to be of inspiration to carry into your own closets; whether you’re interested in the brands I feature or find alternatives to replicate the look. Please leave any questions you may have regarding the featured items in the comment section below.

What’s your favorite summer color combo?

Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson Collection

What do you get when you cross the expertise of a renowned makeup artist with the amazing talent of an iconic photographer? Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson Collection of course :)

Combining vintage images by Norman Parkinson whose work adorned the covers of fashion magazines such as Vogue with Charlotte Tilbury’s modern take on makeup, this capsule collection is a fashion and makeup lover’s absolute dream!

Charlotte Tilbury ships to US, UK, Canada, Australia and within Europe

Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson Collection

As with Charlotte Tilbury‘s permanent range, this collection also consists of a classic color palette which is great for everyday looks yet can easily be turned into dramatic evening looks. The compacts and the beauty bags feature vintage photographs by Norman Parkinson and they really are in a league of their own compared to the traditional makeup packaging we’re accustomed to.

The collection features exclusive lipstick shades, blush, highlighter, bronzer/highlighter palette and makeup bags. And in typical Charlotte Tilbury fashion, you can also purchase the collection as a whole or as a “Get The Look” set.

There are two “Get The Look” sets: Miss 1975 and Miss Kensington. These sets feature additional products from Charlotte’s permanent range including eyeliner, mascara and her new cream shadow pots. What’s even better is that she has videos on her website showing step-by-step how to achieve each look with the products.

SHOP THE COLLECTION HERE

Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson Collection

Miss 1975 Set and Video / Miss Kensington Set and Video

Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson collection is limited edition and available to purchase now at CharlotteTilbury.com. The website ships to US, UK, Canada, Australia and within Europe – just remember to change your currency on the top left corner of the home page ;)

What do you think of this collection? Do you have any Charlotte Tilbury products?

 

 

Beauty Blender Tips & Tricks

You’ve seen it, you heard about it, you may have it or maybe like many others, you bought it expecting the miraculous results everyone talks about and it did nothing for you. I’m talking about the Beauty Blender – the hot pink egg shaped sponge that has become an absolute staple in every makeup lover and professional’s kit.

Beauty Blender is one of those products that has a specific way of use in order to get the full benefit from it. So today we’re covering all things Beauty Blender, how to use it correctly and some additional tips and tricks so you can make the most of this mini-wonder…

Beauty Blender tips and tricks

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WHAT IS A BEAUTY BLENDER

In short, Beauty Blender is a makeup sponge BUT…it’s not just any makeup sponge. I remember when the very first Beauty Blender was launched and we all raised an eyebrow (or two) about what was so special about it. When I finally got one and used it, I had one of those “ah-haaa!” moments and I haven’t parted with it since.

The Beauty Blender is made from latex-free tightly compacted sponge material and coupled with its unique design allows perfect application of liquid and powder makeup on larger areas of the face, as well as hard-to-get-into corners.

 

SO WHY THE BEAUTY BLENDER?

Other than its shape, what sets the Beauty Blender apart from all other makeup sponges is that IT HAS TO BE USED DAMP. This is where a lot of people get confused, using the Beauty Blender in its dry form. Naturally it soaks up all the product, doesn’t distribute the product evenly and leaves a less than impressive finish on the skin.

The concept of the Beauty Blender is that it needs to be wetted (is that a word?) completely, the excess water squeezed out til there’s no more water dripping and then placed in a towel and squeezed one last time to ensure it’s no longer wet, but perfectly damp.

Here’s the Beauty Blender dry vs damp

Beauty Blender Tips and Tricks

What this does is, it expands the sponge to almost double its original size which makes the texture softer and more squishy. It also prevents the sponge from soaking up too much product (such as liquid foundation) so the product ends up on your face instead of going to waste. It also allows for flawless application of the product which is close to being that “airbrushed” look.
 

HOW TO USE THE BEAUTY BLENDER

This is another gray area for many. Traditionally we’re used to using sponges by swiping it against the skin. With the Beauty Blender, the products need to be applied in dabbing/patting motions…never swipe or drag on the skin.

Beauty Blender Tips and Tricks

By dabbing the product onto the skin, the Beauty Blender ensures the product is evenly distributed and hence giving the skin that seamless, streak-free flawless finish. There are no obvious lines or uneven patches and it’s super quick.

 

HOW TO CARE FOR THE BEAUTY BLENDER

Beauty BlenderHygiene is extremely important when it comes to makeup products and tools and the Beauty Blender is no exception. In fact, being a sponge and used damp, it’s imperative to know how to properly clean and dry the Beauty Blender so bacteria doesn’t breed within the sponge and hence transfer onto the skin.

The most important tip I can give you about the Beauty Blender is: leave it out in the open after each use. Don’t put it away in your makeup drawer, in your makeup bag or any other enclosed space where it won’t breathe and dry properly. This is where mould and bacteria starts to take residence and it’s not healthy for the skin or the sponge.

I would advise to leave it to dry naturally after each use and wash it off thoroughly with the Beauty Blender solid soap , Beauty Blender liquid soap, or my favorite Dr Bronner’s castille soap before each use. This will clean the sponge and also have it ready for application seeing as it has to be damp anyway. Two birds, one stone ;)

BEAUTY BLENDER TIPS AND TRICKS

* Use the rounded bottom of the Beauty Blender for larger areas of the face such as cheeks, forehead and chin. Use the pointy tip for sides of the nostrils, inner corner of the eyes or for concealer under the eyes.

* You can use the damp Beauty Blender with powder products too. It sets the makeup and prevents that chalky/cakey look all at the same time.

* You can apply blushes, bronzers, contour products and highlighters (liquid, cream or powder) with the Beauty Blender

* You can dab away excess product if your initial application was too heavy. The more you dab at the product, the more sheer it gets.

* Beauty Blender comes in different colors but texture and performance of the sponge is the same for all of them.

* There’s a tiny version of the original Beauty Blender called the Micro Mini to use around the eye area.

* Latest release from Beauty Blender is the Body Blender sponge which is larger and slightly flatter and it’s perfect for application of body makeup, bronzers and also tanning products.

* There are many Beauty Blender dupes out there but I’m yet to hear of one coming close to the quality and performance of the original. Beauty Blenders last a very long time if cared for properly so purchasing the original is definitely a better option.

Beauty Blender sponges retail at $20. Check out the whole range of Beauty Blender products including value packs HERE

 

Do you use a Beauty Blender? What are your thoughts? xx