#fiftyshades Beauty Shoot

#fiftyshades I’ve read the first book, it was ok… I haven’t, as yet, booked to see the film – BUT I did work on a shoot with a subtle (yea right!) nod towards the style. I decided to try out some of the new foundations I’ve added to my kit and MAC Studio Sculpt SPF15 Foundation is a winner for a flawless complexion.


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COVERAGE & APPLICATION: MAC Studio Sculpt (RRP £25.00) is nearly a full coverage foundation yet has a slight dewy finish. There is none of the fancy Colour Correcting elements so you definitely have to get colour matched at a MAC Counter or Store – beware though you will definitely buy more goodies when you are there lol!

I’ve applied it with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (RRP £11.99) in a circular, blending motion to get an even finish and coverage. On Nina, at the shoot I added slightly more to the under eye area with my finger tips to use it as a concealer.

Another standout feature are the lips – come back early next week and I’ll add a tutorial on the application for the Top Shop Lip Bullet… For now, check out how much fun we had behind the scenes.

Karen x


Photography – Jeanette Lendon Photography

Model – Nina Hearne

Body Art – The Glitterbox Face Painting


Happy Belated New Year! I wanted to have new nails to post a picture of before I wrote this piece. This year I will have my nails done approximately 25 times and will spend over £500 doing it (ok, ok, so not quote a £500 mani)! Is that normal? I’m a Shellac addict it seems, as are many of my friends, colleagues and clients. I will post a picture every time I have them done – make it even more worthwhile…

Above are some of my favourites’ from 2014 (left to right: Cerulean Sea, Wildfire and Lobster Roll) expertly applied by Nails by Tanya. Check out my shiny new colours throughout 2015 on my Instagram Page here.

No idea what Shellac is? I first saw it in the UK about 3 years ago but finally converted from *whisper* acrylics only last year. Shellac is a 14 day nail colour that lasts on the nails like a gel system. The application is a varnish (bottle & brush) with base, colour and top coat, then it is ‘sealed’ under a UV lamp. They now have an array of 79 shades that can be mixed and matched to create further colour ways, plus it’s great for nail art. I’m quite boring with my choices and stick to the ones I know. One thing I would love to see from them are some Neon colours… Any suggestions welcome for other brands? (I’m not a nail varnish girl though hehe).

Karen x


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This will be an on going subject that I am going to keep touching upon… #hitting30hard

Turning 30 changed everything for me – my skin, hair and general wellbeing. Ive heard this so many times from friends, clients and colleagues – it must be something to do with hormones or possibly the realisation and stress that you have to start growing up literally overnight?

I was stamped with Adult Acne by my docs, which seemed a bit ridiculous seeing as I only had 3-4 spots and red raised areas on my cheeks, admittedly they were clearly visible and unsightly and oh so sore but 3 months of pills from the doc didn’t change a thing for my skin or the way I felt about it. So, I decided to take the matter into my own hands and see if I could help myself.

Gluten free, paraben free and no synthetically produced preservatives sounded like a great start which led me to the Uber Brand. To improve my skins texture, pigmentation and keep those hormonal problems at bay I’ve been using the Uber Facial Massaging Oil every other evening mixed in with my usual face cream. I love the sound of facial oils but always worried that the ‘oil’ content would add to my problems and make my skin greasy. However, being a fast drying and hydrating oil this was not the case, it simply made my evening cream so much more luxurious.

Über Facial Massaging Oil
All Skin Types
£15.50 30ml


DID IT WORK I hear you ask… Yes, I think it has. I took the first pic of my skin back in August and then an up to date one this month (October) so you can see the change already. Alongside drinking buckets of water and cleaning my makeup off every single night the red raised and angry areas have definitely gone down and my skin is much clearer. The ingredients in the Facial Massaging Oil have a great array of properties. Jojoba helps to reduce inflammation and has anti-bacterial properties, Frankincense rejuvenates and heals, Almond Oil calms the skin, the list goes on. One ingredient that interests me a lot is Sea Kelp. I spent years working with Creme de la Mer as a brand, the ultimate in cult skin care. Sea Kelp holds the key to the ‘Miracle Broth’… I’ll definitely be researching this for you over the next few weeks. Look out for an update as I continue with my new Facial Massage Oil routine to see if my skin balances out anymore. So far, I would definitely recommend it.

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Has #hitting30hard affected you?

Karen x