Real Wedding – Nikki’s intimate but classy wedding…


Nikki rang me earlier this year looking for someone to do her make-up for her Exmoor wedding in April. The ceremony was being held at Little Quarme Cottages on Exmoor and the lovely Mai who runs the place passed her my name. As I’m an Exmoor girl at heart I jumped at the chance to do her make-up. Nikki now lives in Essex so coordinating meeting up was going to be a little tricky but thankfully she was very helpful and keen to come to me so we put the wheels in motion and soon enough she had secured her place in my diary.


Nikki came to me for her trial, which is quite unusual as most people like me to travel to them. So on the morning I got up bright and early and prepared a tranquil space (ignoring the traffic outside as I live on a busy high street!!) for her to chat to meet and relax in whilst we worked through her trial. Nikki was keen to look like her but a much more polished version. She described her cornflower coloured flowers and bridesmaid dresses and the intricate detail on her dress. All these elements helped me pull together a look of soft pinks and mauves with a slight element of shimmer. She decided on a couple of individual false eyelashes to open up her eyes and add a little element of glamour without being over the top. Upon reflection a few days later she decided she wanted brown eyeliner instead of black to make the look a little softer and less striking. I loved the fact that she felt she could tell me this. At the end of the day its her day and I wanted her to feel relaxed and happy with me and what I was doing, and hopefully that’s how she felt too.


This is Nikki on her wedding day. A timeless look that teamed perfectly with her stunning dress. Nikki has great skin so a simple wash of mineral powder foundation was all that was needed. I’ll list all products used below.

Nikki said… Thank you so much for doing my make-up -It really did last me all day without fading at all. I am so impressed! And I got lots of complements too. It was everything I hoped for and more.

Products used for Nikki’s make-up

Body Shop mineral foundation

Make-up Academy brightening concealer

Body Shop mineral blusher

MAC eyeliner in brown

Body Shop Shimmer Cube (the lily cole range)

Benefit Badgal Mascara

Eyelure Individual lashes

No7 Lipstick – Divine


Nikki’s bridesmaids wore beautiful cornflower coloured dresses. I teamed a cream eyeshadow and very dark mauve shade in the corners to enhance the look. The eyeshadow used is Estee Lauder eyeshadow duo in Vanilla Pods.

Nikki had a vision and it really worked. A truly stunning wedding and a pleasure to be a part of!

E x

Real Weddings… Betsy’s Glamorous Day!


Welcoming Mrs Betsy Quartly-Hall…

Betsy picked up my card at a wedding fair and luckily for me she got in touch. She was planning a Spring wedding with her two sisters and her best friend as bridesmaids. Teal was her colour scheme and her wish for her make-up was to look glamorous  I love it when I’m asked to produce this!


Betsy has a 2 year old daughter Delilah and as most mothers do she dedicates most of her time to her daughter now. So feeling a million dollars on her wedding day was really important to her.

I met with Betsy and her lovely family just before Christmas. We talked colour schemes, her dress (I love this bit) and she had cleverly planned to have her hair done on the same day and had a wonderful beehive up do going on. I couldn’t wait to start playing.

We went straight for a strong dark brown eye colour with a gentle bronze shimmer. This complimented her hair colour and allowed plenty of black liquid eyeliner and of course a set of full false eyelashes to add to the glamour to finish off the look.

Products used to create this look: Body Shop Browns – eyeshadow cube, Body Shop eyeshadow in chocolate, Benefit Badgal Eyeliner and Mascara, Body Shop liquid Eyeliner.


She has fabulous cheekbones so it was important to emphasise these. I used, Make Up Academy Brightening concealer palette to cover any blemishes and  L’Oreal 16 hour infallible foundation to create a flawless look, followed by Body Shop Mineral foundation to create a matte finish. The contouring on the cheekbones was created with High Beam above the cheekbones and Make Up Academy mosaic blusher in a sweeping motion up towards the temples and along the cheekbones.


Betsy went for a very soft nude lip colour and topped up with a simple gloss throughout the day. I think you’ll agree she looked beautiful and the make-up worked very well with her hair –  I loved the full fringe which was apparently a late decision  a good one I think!

The Bridesmaids

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Betsy wanted her bridesmaids to all have silvery make-up. The same make-up isn’t something I would usually advise purely because everyone has very different skin tones and colourings and one colour might not suit everyone. In this instance her bridesmaids were all quite different in looks and whilst I used the same make-up on each girl I applied it in 3 slightly different ways to make it work for them. They all were excited about having their make-up done and were a little apprehensive about it but were very happy with the results.

Products used to create this look…


Body Shop Baked-Eye-colour in Moonstone, Body Shop Shimmer cubes palette 07, Benefit Badgal eyeliner and Benefit Badgal Waterproof mascara. I used a number of blushers on the girls as they all have very different skin tones, including… Body Shop Mineral Loose Powder Cheek in Golden Pink, Make Up Academy Mosaic Bronzer in Sunkissed Glow, Body Shop Cheek Blush in rose and Golden Coral and Bourjois Blush in Rose Frisson. It might sounds like a lot but remember your face isn’t one colour and for the most natural look buy a number of shades and use a little of each and blend well with a big face brush.  The girls all wore Mac Lipstick in Fanfare.

Mother of the Bride…


Betsy’s Mum loves her make-up, and was very concerned that it should match her outfit (but of course). We discussed this in detail at Betsy’s trial and she mentioned she might treat herself to a selection of make-up to use on the day. This is never a problem for me in fact it often makes life easier especially when the person in question’s favourite brand is Estee Lauder. I love ES make-up but can’t afford to have it all so when I was greeted on the morning with a glorious selection of make-up for me to use I was very excited. She wasn’t afraid of make-up in fact loves it and like me doesn’t feel ready for the day without it. So I got going on her look using the  Estee Lauder eyeshadow set called raisins. A soft peachy pink colour with a dark burgundy to compliment it. I used the paler colour over the whole lid and applied this generously. I used the dark burgundy colour to create shadow in the out corners and then blended well. Lashings of eyeliner and mascara finished the eye look. She has great skin so a wash of her favourite Estee Lauder foundation gave her a comforting, flawless glow.


This was my first wedding of the year and I loved every minute of it. It’s always a pleasure to spend time with a family on one of the most exciting and nervous days of their lives. To share in their joy and laughter but also to ease any last minute nerves. There’s a definite feeling of responsibility that you’re used to this scenario and you’re looked at to be calm and confident and to help relax everyone in the room. I personally love this responsibility and can’t wait to head off for my next wedding on Saturday in Exmoor!

Thank you for reading

E x

All images in this blog were taken by Thomas Frost Photography

Skincare Product Review… MooGoo!!!

Last week I walked into the chemists looking for something to soothe my very sore arms. I suffer from a relatively mild case of eczema, but over the winter months my skin gets very dry and tends to worsen. Of course our winter seems to be never ending so I felt it was time to try to get something a little stronger to help and possibly try something new. I’m also a bridesmaid for my sister in just under 3 weeks and didn’t want my ugly arms to be a problems.

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Anyway back to my story I went in to the chemist for something similar to hydrocortisone cream. Hydrocortisone cream can’t be used daily as it thins your skin so can only be used for a maximum of 5 days, which is fine for a quick fix but I need something I can use all the time. The lady was about to hand me something medicated when she stopped herself put the product down and went over to a range called ‘Moo Goo’. Sounds pretty odd doesn’t it? Well the weirdness doesn’t end there…

The cream she handed to me was called Udder Cream, and no it’s not some strange marketing idea it’s actually cream that has been developed for cow’s udders. Even the packaging still had the instructions for how to use it on a cow!!…

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After being slightly surprised by what she handed me, she then explained the benefits of it. It’s totally natural and is supposed to be one of the newest and most exciting skin care products on the market. Now I’m a complete sceptic and never usually fall for this kind of sales pitch but it seemed worth a try.

The Benefits…

So the product claims to easily penetrate the skin with healing ingredients and is non-greasy. Full of skin repair ingredients and Milk Protein for Skin Elasticity. I’d also been told it had itch relief qualities which I needed to check out for myself.

What’s in it?

You need to see the table of information they give you on the product, shows how much they know and care about what they’re creating…

What’s the history behind it?

MooGoo’s Skin Milk Udder Cream is being recommended by a number of oncologists and hospitals in Australia due to its efficacy in helping the recovery from chemo and radiotherapy induced dermatitis. A clinical trial initiated by the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital making a comparison between the use of sorbolene and MooGoo Skin Milk Udder Cream is currently underway.

How much is it?

The Skin Milk Udder Cream is £8 for 120ml bottle so if doesn’t break the bank

What else do they offer?

The claim to have a cream for most skin ailments, and have a very large range of products, from face creams, oils, deodorant and shampoo.

So… does it work?

Yes, it really does. The difference on my arms is incredible. I take it to work and probably apply it 3 – 4 times a day. It smells creamy and milky and very non offensive, as it says it’s non-greasy and soaks into the skin well. I’m a complete convert and will be buying more products from the range as I’m convinced my shower gel doesn’t help my condition either, so watch this space as I’ll update you on my
progress with the range.

If you’ve tried the range before or try it after reading this, I would love to hear from you!