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Look Good Feel Better

It was a real joy and honour to volunteer recently for the Look Good Feel Better charity.  A dear friend of mine had breast cancer last year and my gorgeous mum was diagnosed with ovarian cancer early this year.  Both had to undergo chemotherapy and it was through their experiences that I heard about the Look Good Feel Better charity

Look Good Feel Better is the only international cancer support charity that helps women and teenagers manage the visible side effects of cancer treatment. Their aim is to greatly increase people’s confidence and self-esteem at a very difficult time in their lives. They run free workshops to teach women how to take the best care of their skin and apply makeup to give them a real confidence boost.  Here is a quote from a lady who attended a LGFB workshop:

I learnt so much at the session. The pyschological impact of cancer is largely unaddressed and learning to apply my make-up properly made me feel more feminine, like my old self and was a real confidence booster. Just what I needed.
— https://www.lookgoodfeelbetter.co.uk/

By volunteering my services once or twice a month, I hope to help ladies and give them a confidence boost when they most need it, as it did to my mum and friend.  Every attendee is also given a goodie bag of skin care and makeup items to take home - all items have been donated by various cosmetic companies.

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Source: https://www.lookgoodfeelbetter.co.uk/

Britain's Next Top Model - Anastasia

I was delighted to be asked to do a photoshoot with Britain's Next Top Model Anastasia Ellis.  We were showcasing some gorgeous designs by fashion student Nazia from the BCU in Birmingham.  Anastasia was a delight to work with and a real good sport!  It's such a joy to work with talented and creative people whether they are the designers, photographers or models.

Britain's Next Top Model, Anastasia Ellis, in action

Britain's Next Top Model, Anastasia Ellis, in action

Highlighter Palettes

There is so much choice of highlighters in the market these days that it's difficult to choose the best one, so I was delighted to discover the Sleek Highlighting palettes. There are three cream formulas and one powder within each palette and they offer great quality and super pigmentation.  My favourite is the Precious Metals palette with beautiful golden highlighters and shimmers. As we approach the holiday season, this palette will give your skin a gorgeous golden glow.  I use these colours not only as highlighters on cheeks, nose and cupids bow but also as eyeshadows and on the body to highlight your collarbones and add a glow to shoulders.  And what's even better is the price at a very affordable £10.00.  Happy shopping!

Sleek Highlighter Palette

Wedding Fair

It was great to chat to all the lovely brides attending the Wedding Fair on Sunday at the Welcombe Hotel in Stratford upon Avon.  There was a fabulous catwalk show (always popular) and other quality exhibitors, including wedding bands, celebrants, bridal dresses, photographers and cakes.

My friend kindly agreed to model for me and I created a real bridal look on her... dewy, glowing complexion, light shimmery eyes and pink lips with some light contouring.  She loved the look and when I took some photos of her she said it made her look 10 years younger!  It's all about applying the right products that photograph well in the right place. I used mainly MAC products for the base and Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vite palette on her eyes - the colours in this palette look quite dark, but the trick is to use sparingly to add just a hint of colour!

Charlotte Tilbury wonder products

I’m loving my latest Charlotte Tilbury purchases…

Her Magic Foundation is infused with vitamin C, Hyaluronic Filling Spheres and mushroom extract to give a full coverage to help conceal any imperfections or blemishes, whilst still feeling lightweight on your skin.  Perfect for creating that flawless finish.

Charlotte’s Mini Miracle Eye Wand is just that – a miracle for tired, dull and dark under eye circles.  It’s 2 step formula works magically – the hydrating under eye cream smooths out and firms the eye area, and then the light infusing concealer minimises the appearance of dark circles.  A win win!