We’re guessing you all love a little bit of self indulgence. But how about a little self indulgence with the proceeds going to charity? If you fancy getting a fantastic manicure whilst doing a bit of good in the world we highly recommend you and your friends head down to London’s Soho Square on Friday 29th August!
A team of manicurists will be taking to London’s Soho Square to tend to the city’s talons, with all proceeds going to Breast Cancer Charity CoppaFeel!
Taking place from 10am-8pm in Soho Square London, the event will see 20 manicure stations set up by Birchbox, in partnership with Models Own nail polish with a team of therapists offering express manicures to the public. Spaces can be pre-booked at birchbox.co.uk/manithon. The manicure fee (minimum of £5 per person) will all be donated directly to CoppaFeel! Drinks and snacks throughout the day will be provided by VitaCoco and Propercorn.
Quirky fashion illustrator Sally Faye Cotterill has designed a Limited Edition T-shirt for the event. Modeled by celebrity Sarah Jane, the T is available exclusively through the Birchbox website at www.birchbox.co.uk/shop priced at £12.00, with 100% of proceeds from the sales of the T-shirt going to CoppaFeel too!
Not every brand can turn the heads of both men and women, however, Elijah Choo has created the perfect skincare range - Bodhi & Birch. Proudly made in the UK he has brought together East & West with a powerful range of exquisite products made from the finest ingredients.
We tested out a couple of products for good measure and weren’t disappointed! The range will appeal to men on mass due to it’s sleek packaging and handsome scents.
Desert Rose Rejuvenating Facial Oil £38
The smell of the essential oils in the Desert Rose Face Oil will hit you with a warm welcome. Full of Bulgarian Damask Rose Otto, Organic Moroccan Argan Oil and Rosehip Seed Oil (fyi- great for pigmentation) make this rich in essential vitamins, anti-oxidants and fatty-acids designed to intensely hydrate skin, help stimulate skin cell rejuvenation and increase cell regeneration to combat ageing. Great for perking up lust lacker or dry skin.
Mint Temple Balm £15
This has to be one of the nicest smelling products on the market. Cooling and refreshing this temple balm soothes and awakens sleepy minds. Applied straight from the tub to the temples it works quickly to refresh. Eucalyptus and Frankensenze provide a tingly sensation which alleviates head stress. Based on traditional herbal remedies it’s ideal for tension heachaces, easing travel sickness and remedying minor skin irritations like insect bites. We reckon it would also be great after a night of one too many or a day of rushing around the city (in a word this stuff is - LOVELY).
The range boasts of high performance skincare without the harsh synthetics found in so many higher end brands today. Check out the full range of products at https://www.bodhiandbirch.com/skincare
With so many makeup brushes on the market in all shapes and sizes it can be really confusing as to what a basic brush set should consist of.
Don’t be fooled into wasting your money on cheap brush rolls sold on ebay or a “brush set” which promise to give a professional finish with over 15 different types of brushes.
A set of just 5 good quality brushes will last you over 3 years and will be well worth the money you invest in them. I personally love and use brushes from Mac, Sigma, Real Techniques & Shu Uemura. These are trusted quality brushes which will stand the test of time.
1. The Foundation Brush
Weather you go for a stippling brush or a flat brush is down to personal preference *I prefer to use the flat synthetic ones* but be sure to invest in a foundation brush. Applying your foundation with a brush will give a more even finish and it will certainly save you £ in product as well as mess.
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush /Mac 190 Foudnation Brush / Mac 187 Stippeling Brush/ Boots No 7 Foundation Brush
2. The Large Powder Brush
You’re going to need something to apply your powder with. Whether it’s a powder to set a foundation or a powder foundation - a large fluffy powder brush will help seal in your makeup and de shine the forehead. Although sponges can be good for some things, I’d recommend a powder brush to give a more “natural” appearance. Use brush cleaner and you can even apply blusher with it (assuming you go for a more compact shape like the first brush below - not the huge kabuki style pictured third).
Mac 129 Powder Brush/ Sisley Loose Powder Brush / Nars Botan Brush /Nars Bronzing Powder Brush/
3. The Angled Eye Liner Brush
I’d recommend you invest in an angled liner brush. Why? Oh the endless possibilities. This is so much more than an eyeliner brush. With a little brush cleaner you can interchange this brush and make it a multi tasker. Not only will it create a perfectly smooth gel or liquid liner effect - you can also use it to fill in brows, soften out eye pencil around the eye & fill in lipstick to create a perfect shaped pout. Not just an eyeliner brush you see!
Nars Angled Brush/ OCC Angled Brush / Mac 263 Angled Brush/ Louise Young Angled Brush
4. The Eyeshadow Applicator
This brush should be reasonably firm and flat. Ideal for applying eyeshadow in cream and powder forms. I’ve noticed alot of clients go for a “duo all in one” eyeshadow brush which is neither firm nor fluffy. Simply put, you can’t blend with those brushes. Use a flat firm brush to apply product on the eye (similar to the brushes below) and then invest in a blending brush (see next section) to soften out the eyeshadow.
Mac 239 Brush/ Nars Wet/Dry 49 Eyeshadow Brush / Chantecaille Eye Shadow Brush / Makeup Forever 226 Medium Eye Shader
5. The Eyeshadow Blending Brush
Think Fluffy! This will be valuable in blending not just eyeshadow but also concealor. The “blending technique” required to use more than 2 eyeshadows together takes practice but once you get the hang of it you can have a lot more fun with your makeup. Natural hairs work best for blending so look out for good quality. My favourite is Mac’s 217 (pictured first.)
Mac 217/ Nars 42 Blending Brush / Trish McEvoy Blending Brush
- Use quality brushes *anything less than £7 is probably not worth looking at
- Try before you buy - if your in a shop or boutique just ask for a little help in finding the right type of brush for you
- Wash regularly with shampoo or fairy liquid to keep brushes clean
- Be fooled by the bulk buy offers! You don’t need 15 brushes! Just 5 good quality basics will make the difference
- Be put off by the price - good quality brushes last YEARS
- Go for “two in one” brushes when it comes to eyeshadow - you’ll need something firm to get shadow on with and something fluffy to blend it.
Mac Pro 3D Glitter Relaunch
I can not express just how excited I am that Mac have relaunched their 3D Holographic Glitter range. I was absolutely gutted when I heard they were discontinuing the original 3D glitters, but delighted to find out this was only so they could bring them back even better. The new range includes *in order of above image* :
- 3D Platinum – cool, silver
- 3D Black – black silver
- 3D Brass Gold – green gold
- 3D Lavender – blue lavender
- 3D Pale Mint – silvery blue green
- 3D Silver – large chunk silver
- 3D Pink – baby pink
For some glittery inspiration on how to use these check out the Glitter Project on Pinterest.
Dermalogica Gentle Soothing Booster
This stuff is gorgeous. It sinks in quickly so you’re skin doesn’t feel clammy. Red Rasberry and Honey soothe inflammations and calm skin. It’s great as a prep serum before applying moisturiser and I’ve been using a lot on clients who have been a festival and caught the sun!
Real Techniques Beauty Blender
I’ve still got a love affair with beauty blenders at the moment. I picked up this Real Techniques from Shoreditch Beauty Mart a few months ago and have been using it on myself mainly. I use it to get an “airbrushed” look to makeup - aka a no makeup makeup effect on the skin. Dabbing powder under the eyes and over concealer with it also works well to hide fine lines and give a more natural appearance. It’s also fitting in nicely with my pastel pink obsession of late which leads me to…
OCC Lip Tar in Mannequin
This is an absolute favourite lately. This is a really blue toned baby pink shade. As I’ve recently died my hair pink I’ve been trying out some fun new colours to go with the new look. The colour stays true for a long time and it’s highly pigmented. If you haven’t tried any OCC Lip Tars yet you are really missing out!