A Romantic Sorrento Wedding

In July I was very blessed to be doing bridal make for a beautiful bride and special friend – The location :

The Cloisters -Sorrento – Italy

Jacqui and I have worked together on many weddings as she is exquisite at bridal and bridesmaid hair.

This time she was doing her own hair and I applied her make up for her very own big day.

We had a make up trial and skin care advice plan pre wedding and talked about the look Jaq wanted to go for I was very privileged to be involved at this stage and we could plan her complete bridal look.

This was a challenging make up application as this was no ordinary wedding – firstly we had the heat to contend with – blue skies and a mid day wedding themperstures in the mid 30 degrees 

Add to that the  change of Jacquis skin colour due to pre wedding fun in the sun and other elements…

This make up would also need to withstand an on foot tour of Sorrento – lemocello shots,  dancing in the street and then a wedding breakfast in a beautiful Italian garden and an evening party…..


The brides look was classic vintage and we wanted to make sure her make up coincided perfectly so we went with a classic vintage Hollywood theme with a pink lip.

We had much deliberation over the lip colour but jacqui wanted to feel like herself on the day (you will notice this is something I encourage ) and so she went with a beautiful YSL Pink

Jacqui’s dress was a vintage classic from the US and all of Jacqui’s accessories and headpiece were hand made by the very talented Carly Kassube – See Carly’s beautiful work here https://www.instagram.com/misscmillinery

This make up needed to withstand the heat and all of the usual wedding elects hugs, tears, dancing etc and I barely had to touch up or re apply – Jacqui looked classically beautiful from start to finish.

My hero product at this wedding was  – Hydro Veil primer by Illamasqua

For more information on Jacqui’s Bridal hair services click the link here https://www.instagram.com/jaqsbridalhair



Make up review – Dr Haushka – Organic and natural

As many of you know I love natural and organic products especially skin care and make up. When I find some organic and natural make up that is extra special I can’t help but share it with the world.

I want to share with you a love of mine – Dr Hauschkas Illiminating Powder

This was a limited edition and there is still some stock available, keep reading to find out where you can get your hands on some but you will have to be quick as myself and my fellow make up artist may beat you to buying up whats left!

This beautiful powder gives a natural sparkle, luminosity and radiance to the skin and it smells so very lovely too! This isn’t something I have ever come across really with a powder before. It is a pure silky powder that balances your complexion and pampers your skin with pure botanicals. It is oil absorbing and light reflective.

The wonder ingredients in this powder are Anthyllis and Witch Hazel which calm and balance the skin. Tapioca starch and diatomaceous earth create a matte, oil absorbing finish. I can hear you thinking Diatomaceous what?…Diatomaceous earth also known as D.E., diatomite, or kieselgur/kieselguhr, is a naturally occurring, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder. It has a particle size ranging from less than 3 micrometre to more than 1 millimeter, but typically 10 to 200 micrometres

My fellow make up artist and I were recently getting ready for a ball when I showed her this little wonder product and she insisted on using it, I feel it gives the skin a real natural radiance that can be seen on many a celebrity on the red carpet. Amy and I are both wearing it in the image below!

Facebook squreThe powder comes in a lovely little black shiny compact with a twist and secure lid and as with all loose powders it can be tricky if on the move but it has a neat little filter level in the middle to help the distribution of the powder.

Buff into the skin with a small powder brush for a lasting and luminous set to your make up.

I love this powder!

I have used a few mineral powders in my kit and have found some of them too chalky or flat looking, this one is so different, it is light and luminous and that light reflection and radiance makes for a really beautiful finish to the skin. It will be beautiful for brides and ladies looking to add some radiance to their skin without adding BB creams or light reflecting primers.

Perhaps this could be a perfect treat for Mum for Mothers canadameds.com Day?

If you would like to get some of this little powder keep an eye out on Dr Jauschkas website.. I am hoping they will re launch it…


Also for more 5/5 reviews…


in the meantime there is a little bit of stock available on Amazon…


Coming soon- More Dr Hauschka Make up reviews.. eyeshadows and Liners…

Happy Make up days x x x

How much lipstick do you eat?

It’s perhaps not a well known fact to the public that lipsticks contain a variety of Chemicals (some even lead) after all that isn’t going to have you rushing to the make up counter to treat yourself, and what we also are not openly told is that by wearing these lipsticks we are effectively eating them – therefore absorbing what is in them not only through our skin but with our food as well. I am sure you wouldn’t consider biting the top off your favourite designer lipstick and chewing it but if you are a lipstick wearer just think about how much you re apply your lipstick and where it goes?

It is thought by many different sources that we effectively eat up to 7 Lbs of lipstick in our life time! Thats half a stone!!! Now I don’t want to put you off lipstick far from it I am a make up artist and I love Red Lips, Pink Lips, shiny lips, matte lips and more, I just want you to consider perhaps alternating between your favourite high street/luxe brand and perhaps an organic lipstick?

I feel this could be particularly important for ladies receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy, I am extra passionate about these ladies using organic skin care and make up and generally people who may be unwell. I feel that we come into contact with so many chemicals in the modern world that if we can reduce our contact with them even for a day we should consider it.

One of my favourite organic lipsticks is from a much loved brand of mine Dr Hauschka. These lipsticks feel moisturising and luxurious. They have a great colour pay off and smell lovely! I regularly use these during the day and save my favourite red for nights out and weekends, I figure then my intake of lipsticks containing chemicals has to be significantly reduced!

I particularly love these 2 shades – Lipstick Novum 7 and 8 they come in sleek gorgeous packaging and twist up for application.

These beautiful lipsticks contain in their ingredients list… just to name a few

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil,
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil,
Rosa Canina Fruit Extract,
Beeswax (Cera Flava),
Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract,
Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil,
Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax,
Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax,
Rosa Damascena Flower Extract..
Find out more about these gorgeous lipsticks and treat yourself to one at


Watch this video it will make you smile and maybe look at your lipsticks differently from now on!