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OK, we are hurtling towards month number 3 of the year (a quarter of the way through!) but I wanted to debut a long-awaited look with my hair – kinky curls.
My first cut and colour of 2014 is taking an exciting step forward with me embracing the natural waves and curls all because my hair is getting longer. This also means giving my hair a break from the heated styling tools used nearly every day and letting me have an extra hour in bed, not to mention the fraction of the time it will take to get ready.
However, I did have a little help with the new style from The Wand by Cloud Nine. My stylist Georgia introduced me to the wonders of the Wand when I popped in for a cut and colour at the weekend. She was confident using it on me would guarantee long-lasting natural curls. Well I wasn’t so sure. I have had my hair curled with other styling tools including straighteners and they always fall out after a few hours. But almost 12 hours later as well as battling through gale force winds, my curls with the Wand are still holding up as I type this.
I’m not sure if it’s because the curling wand is ceramic (therefore kinder to the hair) or that it’s temperature controlled or simply that it’s Cloud Nine which can do no wrong but I do know it took less time than blow-drying. Georgia’s advice? Don’t look in the mirror when styling with the Wand and don’t focus on trying to make it look symmetrical or it will frankly look crap.
I’ve had a yo-yo of a journey with my barnet, trying to grow it but then having to chop it off to regain strength. I know I sing the praises of the salon I’ve been going to for three solid years but The Chapel has been with me every step of the way including the low points. An excellent salon will nurture your hair so if you’ve found the one, don’t let it go.
Thank you, Georgia and Billie, I’m thrilled with my new hair and I’m definitely going to try to recreate the look too.
Last week I had a wedding to go to. Not just any wedding, mind – a big, fat Asian wedding. I’m always disorganised when it comes to dressing up for Asian marital events because it’s quite a complex procedure in getting ready for one. Jewellery, hair, a blinging outfit and crucially, make-up. Henna on the hands is optional (and nice if you can get that done).
Thankfully the arduous task of slapping on the war paint was in the very skilled and talented hands of my beautiful friend, Tanzina who’s behind the blog MakeupAtoZ. If you want to refresh your minds about Tanzina, we have 20 Questions answered by her.
Tanzina is a self-taught make-up artist but seriously, she could give a few pros a run for their money…certainly the one who did the bride’s make-up at the wedding I attended. I love Tanzina’s style – it’s individual, bold and she never ceases to amaze me with the ideas she comes up with.
I wanted to share some photos of Tanzina’s amazing efforts and if you’re not reading her blog or following her on Bloglovin’, Instagram and Twitter, you are missing out. This girl is extremely creative and stunning to boot.
Among the products used were Illamasqua’s Hydra Veil and Skin Base, Urban Decay’s concealer (it’s a chubby pencil which I must get!) and the eyes were a blend of Urban Decay’s Naked Palette, a pigment from Inglot and Illamasqua’s Pure Pigment in Beguile with Eylure false lashes.
Tanzina, I can’t wait for you to do my make-up again! And please start making YouTube videos.
I’m not going to beat around the bush with this post but unless you live under a rock, you might know Illamasqua has a new collection, The Sacred Hour. It drops exclusively in all Selfridges stores across the country tomorrow before it’s rolled out nationwide on 19th August and *squeal*, it’s one you will be pawing at.
Inspired by two pivotal times of the day, the collection takes its inspiration from the sacred hours of dawn and dusk and merges it with our daily make-up routine whether it’s the start of the day or when we step out in the evening.
At the launch tonight, Illamasqua’s Creative Director, Alex Box’s face just lit up as she talked animately about how The Sacred Hour came together. It’s a totally wearable and loveable array of products and not breaking with tradition, Illamasqua love to keep you on your toes with some surprises.
There’s a lipstick, two nail varnishes, two velvet blushers, a lash set, an eyeshadow quad and (probably the highlight for me), a brightening concealer for under the eyes. I didn’t get any pictures of the concealer (it’s called Skin Base Lift) but there are 7 shades infused with peach tones to flatter and brighten every skin tone. It blends easily, correcting uneven pigmentation and visibly lifting the eye area. This isn’t press release jargon, I saw it for myself as I was matched up by Illamasqua’s Director of Product Development David Horne.
I’m thrilled about Skin Base Lift because not only is it the missing jigsaw piece in the puzzle with Skin Base and Hydra Veil, it deals with the tiresome issues I have under the eyes like dark circles. Up until now, I’ve been using concealers with yellow undertones like my foundation…who’d have thought a hint of peach would give dramatic results. And you can do something else amazing with Skin Base Lift – contour your cheekbones but instead of usually using dark shades, it’s contouring in reverse with the brightening of the concealer. It’s light, it’s delicate and it’s effortless to blend with a brush. Clever stuff. So very Illamasqua too.
Well, I’ll stop waffling and let the pictures do the talking…and of course I will share my thoughts on these products in more detail.
I’m really looking forward to wearing the Sacred Hour collection – it’s almost worth hurrying autumn along for.