Stila is one of those beauty brands that often falls off my radar, for long periods of time. Every now and then I discover something new and make a mental note to try more of their products! Their Convertible Colour in Petunia was my first ever blusher, received at the age of 13. Naturally, I applied enough to grout an entire bathroom.
Sit down with a cup of tea, because I have quite a magical mascara tale to tell…
Beauty intelligence sources will tell you that the future is about bespoke, personalised products. I’ve read the Mintel reports. I know my shit. Us Emma Stevie readers – the beauty junkie customers, are becoming more discerning, more educated and know exactly what we like. It is no surprise then, that uber cool eye makeup brand, Eyeko, have absolutely nailed a new, more personalised service called Bespoke Mascara. This breakthrough in makeup is completely game-changing. Rather than amble around beauty counters looking for mascaras you might like… this service allows you to take control and decide on the wand and formula. It really blows all the other mascara competition out the water.
SO, like a kid in a candy shop, I went to Harvey Nics in Knightsbridge to experience Bespoke Mascara for myself. I was somewhat apprehensive that my mascara taste might be too specific. I have never struggled to know (or explain) what I want. This was going to go one of two ways…
Not a day goes by where I don’t thank the makeup gods for bringing these gifts of beauty into my life. The following products I use almost every single day, hand-picked out of hundreds of makeup products in my kit. This is my makeup my hall of fame, if you will, and all of it is unapologetically luxury. My rationale being that I only have one face, and wear it every day, so slathering it in such expensive, gorgeous products makes me happy and feel a wonderful sense of put-together-ness.
My best friend was always going to hire my makeup services on her wedding day. We had discussed this aged 15 on a Geography field trip after I applied a “smoky eye” to her, on the coach, with just MAC Satin Taupe and a well-loved bush. After receiving my first bits of premium makeup, Amelia was my unlucky test subject. I am glad to say my artistic abilities have developed, and here we all are on her big day. The six bridesmaids and bride were done in under 3 hours. Who the hell said Rome wasn’t built in a day?!
I feel a pang of guilt at posting this; as a devotee of NARS Sheer Glow for 4 years now, I dabbled with other foundations, and returned straight back to NARS. This blog post here… this is no dabble. I have used my Armani Luminous Silk foundation for a month, uninterrupted as Sheer Glow sits, unloved in a drawer. My guilt is meshed with a flutter of excitement for a new era in my makeup journey. Only a true beauty junkie will understand this feeling of elation, having found “the one”.
From right to left – Nude Clarifying Cleansing Oil, La Roche Posay Effaclar Toner, Nude Progenius Oil, Emma Hardie Protect and Prime SPF30, Nude Rescue Oil.
I wrote about my holistic approach to having good skin here… this post harps on about the importance of being happy, rested, eating good food etc. These are some overlooked and often neglected home truths when it comes to the quest for beautiful skin. Beauty industry PR’s will tell you that you need all these expensive products to look good, but I know plenty of people (men especially), who barely use skincare and have THE most beautiful skin.
Sadly I am not so blessed. My face is dry, taught and feels uncomfortable if I step out the shower and delay to apply some oil or moisturiser. The silver lining to having this skin type is invisible pores and few spots. Hurrah! Skincare forms the backbone to my beauty routine, and meditative preparation for the day. Some people can’t start the day without a coffee, I can’t start the day without a vigorous oily cleanse and hot flannel. I love the feeling of silky soft, even-toned skin. I don’t stop at my face, no no, I scrub my body within an inch of it’s life, laser the shit out of my hair (for a very candid and entertaining account of lady garden laser hair removal read here). I then slather myself in body creams and potions that smell positively edible – not like pizza lol… think almond and coconut. I might have just typed myself into doing a body skincare post. Nice one Em.
I did not want to wash my face after this look was completed. To the frustration of some viewers, I find it difficult to not talk to Wayne while he is doing the makeup. As the products come near my face, I am saying one of the following:
Here is a contouring makeup tutorial I filmed with the lovely Wayne Goss a couple of weeks ago. My big takeaway as a makeup artist, watching this back is how REALLY GOOD brushes with an even-pressured, light hand make for the most seamless contouring.
This is not a makeup look I would usually do on myself, as I prefer to keep my base really sheer. That said, I think you will agree the end result is incredibly flawless yet natural looking, tactile skin. Great job Wayne!
A word on modelling in x4 HD… with a completely naked face… in front of Wayne’s 2 million plus subscribers… I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – it is bloody scary. I have received the loveliest compliments from many lovely people. Thanking everyone of them for being so kind. My cheeks have been burning with embarrassment and bewilderment at these comments. I have also received lots of versions of the same question, along the lines of:
“You had bad skin and now you have great skin, what did you do?”
EOS are not the only brand to have nailed cute lip balm packaging. Lipstick Queen has just launched these adorable tinted lip balms in Belle Nude, Belle Pink and Belle Wine.
Cutness overload aside, the formula is the bees’ knees – a lovely Shea Butter base with Omegas 3, 6 and 9, rice lipids, algae extract and good ol’ vitamin E. I love tinted lip balms they are my preferred lip product for summer. My absolute favourite is Dr Paw Paw Tinted Peach Pink Balm, for the colour and softening results. These Belle Époque lip balms are a close runner up.
GOOD products are easy to spot in my makeup collection, for being the most used, most loved and most frequently found in my handbag (so my flatmate doesn’t steal them). This NARRSISST eye palette is no exception. I have not stopped using this baby since the day it landed in my lap. If you are in the market for an eyeshadow palette, read on…