2011!

10Jan11

Happy New Year everyone! Can you believe it’s 2011 already? 11 years since hillbillies across the world went crazy, bought out supermarkets’ non-perishable goods, built bunkers and thought we would all combust in the year 2000! And we’re all still here…

I normally don’t do resolutions because by February the real world has caught up with all of us and the ideals we had in January are slowly slipping away. Having said that here are a few of my goals for 2011, and here’s to trying to keep them!

1. Eat healthier food. Not a diet as such, but eat less meat, eat less carbs and more fruit and veg.

2. Attempt to run a 5km race. I say attempt because I am the worst runner. Although today I ran / walked on the treadmill for 40 mins. That’s a start right?

3. Spend as much time with my boyfriend as possible taking our poodles for walks. Dogs love walks, it’s a weird phenomenon. Humans should like them just as much, so much to see, smell and experience. So much poop to pick up!

Remy and Clouseau

 

4. Move into our new place and make it the sickest pimp pad ever. EVER I SAID!

5. Work on a feature film. A really cool one where I get to make people up preferably into period makeup and hair.

6. Book and save for another overseas trip. This time somewhere first world. I’m voting Buenos Aires.

That’s about it… after which I’ll take over the world.

Alexa

xx


Statement red

26Nov10

Christmas time is full of opportunities to eat and drink to much, and also try out some festive looks that you haven’t tried before.

My personal favourite? The matte red lip. Obviously.

What better way to scream Christmas than with bright red lips? In my opinion it brightens the complexion, makes your teeth look whiter and immediately makes you look like a renegade at any party. Although it may be a little work in the beginning, and it requires a little attention throughout the evening; this one is well worth the effort!

When wearing a red lip I always like to pair it with a flawless complexion, simple eyes (mostly just loads of mascara) and either slightly bronzed cheeks or a soft blusher.

If you have no clue how to begin with red lips, you have to know whether you’re warm or cool toned in order to find your perfect red. Cool toned ladies can opt for a blue based red like MAC Russian Red (a true red), while warmer toned beauties should rather opt for yellow toned reds like MAC Lady Danger (more of an orange) or brick reds. If this makes no sense to you then check this out.

Celebrities like Dita Von Teese and Gwen Stefani lean to the cool side and so wear classic blue reds, bright vivid cherry reds and deeper plum or burgundy reds.

Stars like America Ferrera and Salma Hayek both have a warmer undertone and find brick or slightly yellow or brown based reds far more flattering.

People with cool tones tend to have a pink undertone to their skin, while warm tones have more of a yellow or olive. But beware, just because you have a Mediterranean complexion or tan easily that doesn’t necessarily make you warm toned. It really is a matter of going to your nearest makeup counter and trying some different reds on.

These are the general rules of the game but really there are no rules that have to stick hard and fast.

If you’re not sure on how to apply red lipstick best… I pass you on to none other than the best: Lisa Eldridge and her tutorial for statement lips a la Dita Von Teese.

Hope you enjoy and that this helped!

Alexa

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Those who are familiar with MAC and their range will have either tried or come across Fix+ at some stage of their beauty and makeup obsession. I met this “skin refresher and finishing mist” as MAC calls it about 3 years ago in film school.

MAC says

An aqua-spritz of vitamin and minerals, infused with a calm-the-skin blend of green tea, chamomile, cucumber, topped off with the fresh, natural, energizing scent of Sugi. Adds radiance, finishes makeup. Spray it on. Skin drinks it up!

It doesn’t say much about how to product should be used, and a lot of people are of the opinion that it’s no more than expensive water.

I disagree… let me tell you why!

I use Fix+ on set all the time, and although people believe if you give your freshly made up skin a spray it will help your makeup last longer, this in my opinion is questionable, and you’re better off spraying hair spray all over your face. Believe me some people do this, and on occasion I have squirted body art with a little ‘fixative’ (ie hairspray).

Fix+ is beyond brilliant for some things though.

  • I often spray it over a freshly powdered face to get ride of that powdery look; there’s nothing worse than powder sitting on the skin, but Fix+ helps it melt into the foundation and push some radiance back into the skin.
  • At the beginning of a makeup application I spray this on the skin to moisturise, I let it sink in for a couple of seconds then go ahead with foundation.
  • I spray Fix+ onto a latex sponge to dampen it slightly and then use the damp sponge to blend out foundation edges, or other areas that are prone to looking cakey. I find this works wonderfully on more mature actors when product begins to settle in lines.
  • To convert dry eyeshadows into wet ones, to create that ‘foiled’ look on the eye, I spray my brushes with a little Fix+ then go ahead and apply.
  • I often spray it on actor’s faces to refresh their makeup before I do any touch ups.
  • And the best… when you’re on set and it’s blisteringly hot and you look awful, I give myself a quick spray all over my face because it’s lovely and cooling and smells nice.

If you’re looking for a spray that will make your makeup last longer, I don’t think it’s this, but this is a great product for overall application. I probably use it in many more ways than I can remember now, but once you become familiar with it, you begin to realise its full potential.

If you’re not so sure, and not keen on the price You Tube guru Koren makes a homemade version… Check it out, he happens to be really cute and enthusiastic.

Are there any products you’ll pay for even though you know they’re no miracle?

Alexa

xx


Hair style icon

28Oct10

Before I left for India, I went for a haircut and I decided to go really short. Mad some might say but my inspiration was none other than the gorgeous Jean Seberg.

Nevermind hair inspiration… she’s also a style inspiration.

Some more cropped inspiration…

And one of my all time favourites: Natalie Portman

Who’s your hair icon?

Alexa

xx


Hi all,

It’s been ages since I posted on my blog, because I’ve just spent the last 7 weeks exploring India. Or should I say backpacking around India, it’s really not as glamourous as it sounds, but even more fun than it sounds! My beauty routine had to do a complete 180 for various reasons.

1) I had to carry around everything on my back. 40 Different eyeshadows just wasn’t an option, although I did end up taking 2 foundations… which I barely used.

2) It’s really hot and humid in India, I had to rethink everything. Literally.

3) I had to manage to look in between the lugging things around and the blistering heat at least a little hippie chic. I’m not sure that this was achieved. I’m just not a decent hippie.

So this is what I settled on:

  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation. Can you say gorgeous? And this actually lasted okay through the humidity, although it did wear.
  • Chanel ProLumiere. Vitalumiere’s slightly more matte sister… which I thought would be best for the heat.
  • MAC Blushbaby Blusher. Perfect dusty pink and matte blusher.
  • Bonnebell Powder Bronze in Sun Swept. Fabulous and so frikkin’ cheap it’s disgusting.
  • L’Oreal Voluminous mascara. Black black black.
  • MAC lipstick in Russian Red and Blankety. I figured a nude and a red to create a stain. Never used them.
  • MAC eyeshadow quad in Satin Taupe, Club, Smut and Charcoal Brown. Lovely…

This may seem overboard and actually it was. Most days all I wore was a little mascara and a dusting of bronzer!

Who would have thought I’d be able to survive with only two products…and so as a tribute I award Bonnebell Powder Bronze and L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara the… “If you were stuck on a desert island” award for outstanding survival value!

And two drug store products on top of that!

What are your favourite holiday products?

Alexa

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SKINCARE

-How many times do you wash your face daily?

Mostly twice, always always always at night to wash my makeup off, although sometimes if my skin is feeling very dry I skip this step in the morning.
-What skin type do you have? (dry,oily,combo)
It’s probably combination most of the year, although it can lean towards dry in Winter.
-What is your current facial wash?
Cetaphil. Cheap and cheerful
-Do you exfoliate?
Yes, couldn’t live without exfoliating!
-What brand do you use?
Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant, it’s brilliant but pricey stuff. It’s a powder exfoliant that you mix with water until it forms a paste and then exfoliate with that
-What moisturizer do you use?
Bioderma’s Atoderm PO Zinc, it’s an amazing, affordable range that caters to sensitive or needy skin. This particular one is rich and creamy and I use it mostly at night to repair and moisturise.
-Do you have freckles?
Yip, on my nose and cheeks and on my upper lip (very weird).
-Do you use eye cream?
No although I’m seriously starting to wonder if I should be investing in one.
-Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
Never full blown acne. My skin was mostly clear throughout my high school years, with the occasional breakout, but once I hit my twenties I got hormonal breakouts on my chin and jawline. Not shocking ones, but definitely not confidence boosting. I’ve since done a short course of extremely low dose of Accutane and my skin has cleared and never been better. I’m lucky to have been blessed with fair, porcelain, small pored skin. If anyone wants to know about my experiences with Accutane let me know!
-Did you ever have to use Pro-activ?
No. 

MAKE-UP

-What foundation do you use?
I actually haven’t been wearing any at the moment, although I alternate between Chanel Vitalumiere and Chanel Prolumiere and Bourjois’s Healthy Mix foundation which is absolutely amazing.

-How about concealer?
MAC Studio Finish in NW20. I apply with my MAC 224 and I’ve been happy with the results.

-Do you know your undertone color?
Yip, my face is cool, with a pink undertone. Although the rest of my body is more tanned, and actually carries a yellow undertone. I normally ALWAYS choose foundations with a slight yellow undertone to counteract the pink in my complexion and match my chest and neck to my face. I follow Bobbi Brown’s philosophy on yellow toned foundations, especially when it comes to redness in the cheeks.
-What do you think of fake eyelashes?
I like them, although I don’t love them. Shock horror, coming from a makeup artist. My view is that when they’re done right they’re brilliant and really flattering, but they can go so wrong in my opinion. I hate overly voluminous, overly obvious strip lashes on anyone, and favour more natural tapered lashes, that concentrate on elongating the outer corner. Individual lashes have and always will be my preference of enhancement.
-Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?
Yes. Meh.
-What brand of mascara do you use?
Clinique High Impact mascara; it’s a revelation or a decent dupe L’Oreal Voluminous.
-Sephora or MAC?
Well I suppose MAC because we don’t have Sephora here, but if we did, I’d probably choose Sephora.
-Do you have a MAC Pro-card?
Yes.
-What makeup tools do you use in make up application?
Fingers fingers fingers… although I use a MAC 224 for concealer, an Estee Lauder flat eyeshadow brush for packing on colour, a MAC 217 for blending and a AOFM contour brush for cheeks.
-Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes?
No, although if I REALLY feel it’s necessary I prime with MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre.
-For the face?
Nope.
-What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)?
This is truly a ridiculous question! How am I supposed to choose? I will simply answer with my favourite of the moment: MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow in Brightside, a shimmery nude colour. 

-Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?
Both, depending what effect I want. But most days I use neither.
-How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?
Very rarely. Occupational hazard.
-What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
I love them – and have an obsession with buying them. They just look so pretty in those little pots, but I rarely use them because they’re a pain in the arse to apply.
-Do you use mineral makeup?
No, load of bollocks.
-What is your favorite lipstick?
At the moment, Revlon Black Cherry or Illamasqua Scandal. Revlon Black Cherry below.

 

-How about lipgloss?
Can’t stand it.
-What is your favorite blush to use?
At the moment I’m enjoying MAC MSF in Stereo Rose used as a blush. 

-Do you buy your makeup on ebay?
No – I like to try things in a store before buying.
-Do you like drugstore makeup?
Yes, there are some wonderful brands creating great basics and some fun items too!
-Do you go to CCO’s? (cosmetic company outlets)
We don’t have them here, because we suck.
-Did you ever consider taking make-up classes?
I did, they were unbearable and old fashioned and I learned more from reading and practicing.
-Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
Not really. If I’m feeling clumsy I apply less, so I can’t mess it up. Nothing worse than clumsy and badly applied makeup
-Name a makeup crime that you hate?
Bad foundations and over plucked eyebrows, that have been drawn on. Disgusting.
-Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones?
I LOVE bright colours and find myself constantly buying colours I never wear.
-Which celebrity always has great make up?
Scarlett Johanssen often has great makeup or Penelope Cruz. Natalie Portman is always beautiful whether with statement eyes, pink cheeks, or a berry lip. Kate Winslet also always looks polished. Marion Cotillard
-If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item,what would you use?
Mascara.
-Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?
Yes, I do.
-Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?
I think I look fine, although I like the effect of makeup.
-In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line?
Difficult question. I think that overall Bobbi Brown has a pretty strong makeup line. Foundations are good, blushers, eyeshadows, liners, lipsticks are all good quality and consistent. My other option is Estee Lauder, if you think it’s old fashioned you’ve got it all wrong. Some of the best foundations…hello Futurist?! Great eyeshadows, blushers, and lovely lipsticks.
-What do you think of Makeup?
I love it. It’s the most fun a woman can have, that leaves her feeling pretty, or powerful or both.

Vanessa Paradis is the quitessential French beauty. Slightly quirky, petite and always charming… the gorgeous Mrs Depp has most recently become the face of  Chanel’s Rouge Coco lipsticks.

I love her…and yes I want to be her. But who wouldn’t?

Life’s hard when you’re married to the sexiest man in the world, happen to be the face of Chanel and one of the most gorgeous creatures to walk the planet, n’est-ce pas?

Alexa

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