Anne-Marie and Ian’s vintage day

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I had to open this blog with this most stunning photograph of my bride Anne-Marie from her wedding morning back in early July. All the images in this blog were captured by the very talented Leah Photography.


Our story began back at the beginning of the year. I was busy chatting in the office of my full-time job as a Production Manager with a a colleague about my make-up business when the guy in the corner of the office who had been working on another production asked for more information about my wedding business. My confusion behind why he was asking was soon dispelled when he explained he was getting married later in the year and he knew his fiance hadn’t found her make-up artist yet. Like most women she wasn’t sure who to ask or where to start and was afraid of looking anything other than a more polished version of herself. I passed my website details onto Ian (the groom) with the hope that Anne-Marie might get in  touch and thankfully she did!
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On the morning of the wedding I’d made the 40 minute drive accross the River Severn to Wales and had pulled up in the hotel car park in  Cardiff ready to find my bride to be. I’d been told that she had atranged a suite for us to get ready in, but I had no idea just how huge the space was going to be and even though it was a very misty morning the view was utterly amazing.

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Check out the view – awesome! The bride doesn’t look bad either ey!!

Anne-Marie was a super calm bride, a doctor by trade this was going to be a walk in the park or at least that was the impression she gave.

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Wonderful dress and veil

The look we perfected for her in her trial was quite vintage in style. Anne-Marie has a stunning rosey complexion so no bronzer here. I went for pinky blusher to enhance her cheek bones and added High Beam by Benefit on the tops of her cheek bones to add even more definition.

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We chose a a mix of shades on her eyes. I started with Bourjois eyeshadow in Champagne as a base, then the Body Shop shimmer cube set in Warm 06. I used the peachy colour from this set lightly at the corners. I then used the ruby pink shade from the shimmer cube set 07 into the creases from the outer corners. I then used the grey shade from the 06 set gently into the outer corners. I ran the dark brown shadow along the lashline, I wet an eyeliner brush first then loaded up the brush before running along the lashline. I then added a thin line of Bobbi Brown Gel liner in Black ink and used the brides own mascara. Anne -Marie wore Revlon Lipstick in Cappuchino on her lips, a gentle shimmery coffee lip shade.

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Her mum was relatively shy when it came to the make-up application and so bravely put her trust in me to do what I felt was right. With this in mind I took a look at her outfit, a goldy grey coloured dress suit. I paired her eyemake-up to suit. I used a very light grey base shadow with a gold shimmer over the entire lid but very subtly. A small amount of brown liner and mascara was enough to finish this look. The lipstick was her own, a neutral brown shade.

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Anne-Marie’s bridesmaid were wearing beautiful dusky pink dresses. Jennie had bought an eyeshadow she wanted to use especially, Mac Smokey Mauve. It was fab, really shimmery and complimented the dresses perfectly. I enhanced this shade with a darker aubergine colour in the outer corners.

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Angana, also wore this shade, but I blended it with a lighter pink as she felt that it was a little dark for her. Angana wanted more of an eye flick than Jennie so with Bobbi Brown gel eye liner and a very fine brush I created a flick. Lashings of mascara finished off the look.

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Pretty ladies!

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All three looks worked so well together!

Congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs Hay it was a pleasure to be part of your day!

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The double eye flick…

Just a quickie to show you the make-up I went for yesterday…

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I wanted something quick but long lasting as I had a busy day of a road trip to Weston-Super-Mare, gardening and we planned a sunset picnic and I didn’t really want to be touching my make up, up all day.

Face: Make Up Academy Brightening concealer, I used Maxfactor Lasting Performance foundation in Natural Beige, applied with a foundation Brush, more concealer where it was needed (I’ve not got the best skin at the moment), finally True Match pressed powder in Golden Beige.

Cheeks: Make Up Academy Mosaic Bronzer in Sunkissed Glow – love this! Such a bargain at just £2.50 and gives the best contouring!

Eyebrows: Body Shop brow kit 03

Eyes: Mac Peek at you eyeshadow over the entire lid up to the brow, applied with Mac eyeshader brush 239 – this shade gives a bit of a glow without wearing full eyeshadow. Mac Brown Eyeliner under the eye for a less harsh look. Maybelline Gel Eyeliner in Brown. Again I love this product it comes with a brush and as you can see from the picture has a slight shimmery bronze look to it. It’s really easy to apply with the brush in small strokes. I went for the double eye flick look. Simply start with the lower flick on each eye, as big or as small as you want, using the brush and gently flicking it outwards. Use a cotton bud to mop up any mistakes. Then follow the line of the eye further up to add your 2nd flick. It’s really feminine and girly, and almost gives the illusion of fluttery lashes from afar! Give it a go it’s not that hard honest!

Lips: As it was the day time I went for a simple lip light lip colour. I’m loving Revlon Cappuccino Lipstick at the moment, the shine on it is great and it’s really long lasting. Apply a liner (I went for Maxfactor Mauve Moment) use this generously along the edges of your lips and blend into your lips gently with a brush avoiding smudging the outer line. The fill in your lips with the lipstick with a lip brush and blot well. Your lipstick should last you a good 4 hours.

Of course this could be made into an evening look by switching the brown liners for black, enhancing the flicks to make them bigger and a bolder lip!

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Product Review – Be a Bombshell, Onyx Eyeliner pen

As most of you know I’m a subscriber to Glossybox and this month I was sent a particularly great box, including Eyelure Lashes, Elizabeth Arden ‘Untold’ Perfume (a decent sample sized bottle too), Toni and Guy ‘Classic Shine and Gloss serum’ – which is fab, the Original Nipple Balm for lips (look it up), and Onyx Be a Bombshell Eyeliner pen. Being a make-up fiend this is obviously the product I’ve decided to review.

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It was delivered in quite a cool black and white little box, which unfortunately went in the bin after the first open as the flap ripped on opening – I think I was a little too eager to see the contents! 🙂 The design of the pen itself is a little dull, with simply this writing and the ‘made in’ info on the back. I feel there’s room for improvement here.

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The pen itself looks just like a felt tip pen and it’s pretty easy to use really. my advise is lift you lid upwards or outwards to create a flat surface and simply drawn a line along the lashline. You can easily draw a thin line due to the narrow contouring at the end of the pen or a fatter line should you wish. I would advise to only use this pen on the upper eyelid though as I did find applying it underneath resulted in smudging pretty quickly really.

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You get a very neat and strong black line using this pen and the black is very black! I do wonder how long it will last and whether in a few weeks it will dry up but for now it seems to work fine. I do occasionally have to give it a shake to get fluid back to the tip but that’s no hardship. It’s a very neat product with a good strong lid so no worries about it falling off in your handbag and ruining the lining.


Be aware that if you’re applying over eyeshadow it’s not quite as easy to use and it grips to the shadow and the colour isn’t so strong. I would advise a couple of layers and then it will work a lot better.


Ultimately it’s a good eyeliner, great to chuck in your bag and easy to use. I don’t believe it’s on general sale in this country yet but you can buy Be a Bombshell eyeliner and other cosmetics here and this is currently retailing at $14.

I give it…


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