Party season is well and truly upon us and I have been thinking about my favourite looks to get into the Christmas spirit. I have decided that it’s gold and bronze eyes all the way for me!
Here are my fave makeup bits for metallic luxe.
My favourite everyday go-to product is the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Shadow Stick pencil in Bronze. I literally just draw it over my lid, blend it out with a brush into the socket and it’s instant subtle glam! Once it is blended and set, it is there to stay. It also makes a great base to add powder shadow on top for increased intensity.
The Urban Decay Vice 2 palette has some absolutely amazing golds and bronzes in. I love to sweep true gold (Strike) in the inner corners of my eyes to really light them and rose gold (Toxic) is beautiful concentrated on the centre of the lid. Platinum shades (Shellshock) are just perfect to highlight the brow bone and keep the metallic luxe theme going.
Another favourite palette with gorgeous metallics is the new RiRi Hearts Mac Phresh Out palette. I use the gold and rose-gold over the lid and the highlight shade on the brow bone and the inner corner. The grey goes in the crease for depth and I take the darkest shade along the top and bottom lash lines for definition.
Finally, and on the more affordable end, is this fab palette from Rimmel. It is the newest HD palette and part of Rimmel’s Christmas collection. It has the prettiest gold shade in the centre and then metallic grey and silver to complement the golden eyes look. If you want to really smoke it up, there’s a super pigmented matte black in there too. Use it along the lash line for instant sexy eyes!
I used the BaByliss Boutique Straighteners to create this look and then whipped in a couple of plaits. You can find the full tutorial HERE.
It is a really pretty look that doesn’t require clean hair, so will speed things up!
This is your basic top knot with a little extra added. It is really easy to achieve and as well as being a bit more interesting than a regular bun, it also helps to add volume. Find out how to create the look HERE.
This is one of the styles I go for when I am traveling or going to be super busy and I want my hair to stay looking good for a few days. This is all about bouncy curls that last and last.
It’s quite a glam and gorgeous look that changes to more loose, soft waves as it wears, so perfect if you want to look great with minimal effort.
For this I started with freshly washed and conditioned hair. I applied heat protector then part rough dried it and when it was still a little damp, lightly applied some of the new L’Oreal Studio Line Waves Creating Spray. I then gently finished drying it. This will give the style extra staying power.
I parted the hair in 2 sections over my shoulders.
Then took the front section like this, ready to be curled.
I used the BaByliss Curling Wand Pro, as it creates long lasting curl in the hair, lifted the section high up and positioned the wand under it.
If you lift the hair from the roots as you curl, it gives the hair lots of bounce.
I let the hair slide off the wand and crunched it in my hand while it cooled a little.
This step is vital to really set the hair and make the style last.
Then it was just a matter of working back through the hair, remembering to hold the section high over the wand.
I scrunched each section while it cooled. And then started on the other side in the same way.
I let it completely cool when all the curling was done. Curls will last much longer if you refrain from touching them whilst they are still warm.
Once it was cool I gently combed it through with my fingers, just to break up the curls a bit.
I then sprayed it using Lee Stafford Fat Flexible Hold Hairspray on the lengths and ends…
Christmas is such an amazing time of year and BaByliss are just about to make it 12 times better!!! Launching today over on the BaByliss Facebook page is 12 Gifts of Christmas! Head over there to find out how to enter.
Packing can be such a nightmare, and I have a tendency to try and pack absolutely every product I own, just in case! But that is a tad ridiculous and with the whole liquid regulations and limited bag space, it just can’t be done! So I have honed my overnight hair kit down to these few essentials.
If I am going away, I tend to style my hair really well the night before in the hope that I can get away with minimal effort whilst I am there. If you want to see how I do this, check out this post on Curling Your Hair the Night Before.
So let me tell you about the kit! I am a huge fan of the Tangle Teezer. It goes through my thick hair with ease and never makes it frizz. It can gently tease curls without flattening them too which is just what you need when you’re trying to eek out a style. This is the travel version and has a handy cover to protect the bristles in your bag. Click here to read more →
Katy Perry loves to have fun with her hair but one of my favourite styles is when she goes all Old Hollywood with soft and glamorous retro waves. Here’s my take on it!
The key to achieving this kind of retro look is to ensure that all the waves and curling forwards towards the face. I side-parted my hair and chose the BaByliss Boutique Soft Waves for large loose waves, starting at the front.
I took the front section, and holding the wand in front of the hair, began to wrap forwards.
I held it in place until the hair had heated through (about 5-10 seconds) and then let the hair slide off the wand.
Straight away you can see that curling forward gives that retro feel. Because it is quite important that this front part keeps its shape, I wound the hair back up into its curl and pinned it up to set.
I then continued to curl the hair forwards with the Soft Waves, working back through the sections.
It’s Get the Look time again and there’s some serious hair involved because this week, we have Kate from Dolly Bow Bow – seeing is believing with her hair! We have 2 looks in one, so it’s an extra value video!! Plus we have an exclusive interview with Kate, so keep reading for the inside scoop on what it’s like to be Dolly Bow Bow!
During this brilliant video, Kate works with Beverly C to create 2 gorgeous, easy to achieve hairstyles using the BaByliss Boutiques Soft Waves.
Here’s a super quick way to fix your hair and make it last all day. This is my 30 second sturdy bun!
To pull this off in 30 seconds, you need to gather a few little bits first.
Some dry shampoo (I used So…?), 2 hair ties (I used an Invisibobble and one to match my hair) and some hairspray (Toni & Guy Glamour Firm Hold Hairspray).
I sprayed the dry shampoo generously through the roots:
And then brushed it through the hair with my Tangle Teezer.
I pulled my hair back into a ponytail and secured it with an Invisibobble.
I chose Invisibobble because it holds well and creates a nice firm base for the top knot. Click here to read more →
I have been chatting to amazing makeup artist and BaByliss regular Jaimee Thomas about the beautiful makeup look she created for the Curl Secret TV ad. I adore the look and wanted to know how to recreate it, so here’s Jaimee to talk us through it. And keep reading to find out how Jaimee broke into the exciting world of makeup.
“The look created for the BaByliss Curl Secret is all about beautiful glowy skin with nude lips, a little cheekbone definition with some colour on the apples of the cheeks. I created gorgeous Bambi eyes which I’ve broken down into four parts on the pro charts below, so you can recreate the eye makeup as seen on the advert. Click here to read more →