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Last weekend was ace! It was the United Make-Up Artists Expo over two days and took place in London’s Business Design Centre in Islington. It was every pro make-up artist’s dream – the best brands, the finest products and it was civilised!
I’m sure a lot have never heard of United Make-Up Artists Expo. Well it’s a European event born in the UK and based in London to support the make-up industry and aspiring make-up artists. Following support from prominent individuals in the make-up business and with expertise accrued over the years, this make-up show made a return to London once again.
Arm-in-arm with Leanne from Do Not Refreeze, we went straight for London Brush Company‘s stall where to my delight, founder Siân Richards was holding fort. When I first met her two years ago at IMATS, she had a humble collection of make-up brushes. Fast forward to the present day and her vision has become a reality with an extensive range of new brushes, a cosmetics line and a brush shampoo. She was also Halle Berry’s personal make-up artist on the set of Cloud Atlas. Her chatty persona is infectious so to hear Siân talk passionately about what she’s been working on was refreshing and excited me a lot.
LBC’s brushes are Helen and mine’s favourites so to see Siân has redesigned her range with shorter handles is brilliant but what’s more exciting is her new vegan collection called NouVeau.
These are distinctive by the teal coloured handles but also, the range includes 2 amazing looking brushes – the pyramid shaped foundation brushes. I think myself and Frootibeauty let out a little scream when we saw these. I’ve tried flat foundation brushes and stipple ones but a pyramid shaped brush looks like it will be brilliant to use around delicate and difficult areas like around the eyes.
Quality made make-up brushes are hard to find. The craftmanship on these brushes is phenomenal and the hairs are so soft. They’re a dream to use for application and blending – you can tell they’re good when you touch them. While other big brands which once made quality tools have sold out for cheaper production lines, Siân won’t sell her soul to the devil for a quick buck.
The other thing that got us feeling dizzy is her brush shampoo (I will be posting a review of this separately this week). It’s a pot of solid shampoo that shampoos, conditions and sanitises make-up brushes. After all, we look after our own hair, why aren’t we taking the same level of care with brushes that touch our skin?
With talks and demos going on by guests like Glenn Hetrick, I found time to peruse various stalls at my leisure and bought some beautiful things from Make-Up Forever, Lime Crime, MAC and NYX and conveniently at a nice discount. I also bagged a couple of large bottles of Bioderma so that should keep me going for the next 5 years. All in all, I think I behaved quite well!
I had anticipated that I would be free after a couple of hours. I left when the event closed for the day. It wasn’t a show on a huge scale but focused and I think that’s why United Make-Up Artist Expo was so enjoyable. A brilliant, relaxed atmosphere I was able to wander around, swatch products without being elbowed, chat to make-up artists and take it all in. I forgot to eat – that’s how intoxicated I was with all that make-up.
If you missed out this year, you may want to make sure you don’t next time. Check http://www.umae.co.uk/ for more information. UMAe, you were amazing – see you next year!
Last Christmas I popped into Harrods’ Urban Retreat for a chin wag with make-up artist Daniel Sandler. It feels like a long time ago when he gave me a sneaky peak at his exciting new eyeshadow quads for 2013, which will be available soon – I’ve forgotten when, maybe February? Sorry, Daniel! I can tell you there is a very promising smoky palette so keep a look out for that.
I think it’s fair to say Daniel is well known for his Watercolour Blush but it’s also worth noting that he also has an excellent make-up remover which I’ve been using it for about two months.
It’s a gentle formula and suitable for all skin types. The light blue coloured solution is an oil and water duo especially effective on stubborn mascara and long-lasting lipsticks. Shake before use as the two separate with the difference in density (get me with my GCSE Physics!).
I prefer watery removers over creamy lotions as they absorb into the cotton pads better and consequently tackle make-up removal more effectively. It’s also not messy and less product is used too.
If you’re on the hunt for a make-up remover that delivers, give this a go. Daniel’s Dual Action Make-Up Remover is £15 and is available from www.danielsandler.com.
Recently Daniel Sandler very kindly sent me some of his products to try and interestingly this included a cream-in-a-compact.
I trust liquid and gel more for an even distribution and flawless coverage. It’s been years since I used a base in compact form (powder actually) and my only experience with a creamy compact wasn’t particularly memorable. With that in mind I wasn’t sure how Daniel’s Catwalk Compact would compare to the methods I am comfortable with.
The creamed compact is packaged in a solid and attractive looking compact, which also comes with a sponge applicator. It has SPF 25, is suitable for combination to oily skin types and is available in 10 shades with attention on medium to dark skin tones.
While it’s not unusual to use your fingers to apply liquid or gel foundation, you most certainly need a sponge for cream as you are dealing with a thicker and almost solid texture.
The cream light-weight foundation is very soft and very little is needed for a medium coverage which is buildable for maximum coverage. I used shade 06 which was a perfect match and it blended effortlessly and quickly with the sponge, but most importantly once it was on it stayed on.
I usually prefer a dewy finish but Catwalk Compact leaves a soft matte finish with the setting properties of a powder. However it doesn’t look caked on at all and as I mentioned earlier, it is incredibly light. I really didn’t feel the need to layer it on as it gave me the sufficient coverage with long lasting results.
I also used Daniel’s Watercolour Crème Bronzer in Fiji – a gorgeous terracota – with my fingers and it would have been rude not to finish off with his watercolour blush in Spicey. I love this product so much!
Daniel also has a liquid foundation, Super Mineral MakeUp which is a foundation, sunscreen and anti-oxidant in one.
Containing nutrients and vitamins to nourish the skin while offering protection (SPF 15), its light diffusing mineral pigments help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles too.
The product which comes with a pump, offers medium to full coverage, giving a dewy look. It’s oil-free, fragrance-free and water resistant like the Watercolour Blush and Bronzer. Suitable for all skin types it comes in a total of 10 shades too.
I can’t fault this one either and I have two choices when it comes to selecting a foundation by Daniel Sandler. The compact is great to slip into my handbag and is practical to use on the go or when travelling while the Super Mineral Makeup liquid is something I would opt for more frequently just because of personal preference. Both have delivered impressively and sit very reasonably in the price scale when it comes to foundations.
You’ll have noticed I’m wearing a bright red lippy in the first photo – it’s Daniel’s Red Carpet matte lipstick and Daniel insisted this colour would suit me. Hmm. Well this one is full of surprises.
Not only did I notice immediately how smooth and evenly it glided on, the texture was so soft too. What should be pointed out is the lipstick contains a “non-drying” matte formula – 4 hours since application, my lipstick were still moisturised with no cracking or peeling.
Red Carpet feels light on the lips and the colour is richly bold and beautiful – it couldn’t have a more apt name. This is how all matte lipsticks should look and feel!
The magic ingredients are Squalene, a natural moisturiser and Hyaluronic Acid to soften lips as well as Vitamin E and as a result this lipstick doesn’t bleed. It is also hypoallergenic, free of preservatives and fragrance.
Catwalk Compact and Super Mineral Makeup foundation are currently available at the special price of £15.50 (usually £21.50), Red Carpet lipstick costs £13.50 and Watercolour Crème Bronzer (available in 2 shades) is £15.50.
Thank you, Daniel for creating such superb products that deliver – I’m in love. I think this is one affair that will go the distance.
To buy online and support the best of British, visit www.danielsandler.com.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting make-up artist Daniel Sandler. One product I’ve heard great things about is his Watercolour Fluid Blusher. Watercolours reminds me of my art lessons which was my favourite thing to do in art classes so the idea of watercolours for the face sounded great.
But what ones would I try? There are 10 shades in total. Daniel suggested ‘Spicey’ would be perfect for my skin tone. It’s a lovely peachy pink shade that gives me an instant warm glow. It is a very runny liquid (well its name should suggest that) to work with but it is easy to get to grips with. The first thing I was fascinated with though was the glimmering shimmer.
It is silicone based oil free formulation (so it doesn’t clog pores and suits every skin type) and is water resistant too. I can confirm this as I went swimming and the blusher hadn’t budged after 40 lengths.
I used a stippling brush by Real Techniques to dab the blush on the apples of my cheeks. I’ve tried it with my fingers as well. You just need a couple of drops for instant radiance and it is easy to build up the desired look you want. It also very light to wear, sets with your foundation effortlessly and fine to wear on its own as I’ve often done so.
I’m going to be bridesmaid for one of my best friend’s wedding this coming weekend in Scotland and I will definitely be taking the watercolour blush with me.
Daniel Sandler’s Watercolour Fluid Blusher costs £14.50 for 15ml. To find out more about Daniel’s make-up range and to buy online, visit www.danielsandler.com.