Real Bride, Holly

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Holly for the first time, on her wedding morning. Holly's friends had recommended me from previous weddings and she put her trust in me and decided to go without a trial. 

The morning was so relaxed, Holly wanted a natural look, while also having good coverage on her skin. We did a neutral eye using warm shadows and a flick liner in brown for the eyes.I mixed two foundations so get a good coverage then warmed the skin tone using a liquid bronzer. 

Main Products used( not all, you'd be bored) 

Eyes Smashbox Cosmetics & MAC Brushstroke Liner. 

Base. Keihls Moisturiser and Benefit Porefesional Primer, MAC Face & Body, Estee Lauder Camoflage Foundation, Nars Laguna Liquid bronzer

Lips, Charlotte Tilbury Pillowtalk Liner & Lipstick

These are some images from the very talented Angharad Thomas Photography and amazing floral crown and flowers by Blooming Belles

Brow transformation

I've been toying with the idea of having my eyebrows microbladed for over a year, I have seen it done well on several clients, and as you can see from my before picture, you'll see why.

As a child of the nineties I over plucked, a lot. The hairs never really grew back, and even though I had some success with brow growth serums, they needed to be used indefinitely for the results to maintain. 

After speaking to a few friends, I decided to visit Sian at Realistik Beauty in Swansea. Sian is highly trained and is constantly up to date with the latest trends and techniques. She has travelled the world and has demonstrated her techniques at international exhibitions.

During the consultation, Sian made me feel really relaxed and showed me the brow shape she would give me using a pencil. The shape was pretty much what I had been drawing in, so in the interest of saving precious time in the morning I decided to book.

The booking is for two sessions, 6 weeks apart. During the first treatment, Sian mapped out the shape of my brows using specific tools and techniques. The brows were drawn in using a pencil while I sat up, to make sure the brows were even and sat correctly.

Then laying down, Sian began with the blade... I can honestly say that it didn't hurt, but it was a bit uncomfortable. I would compare it to someone plucking your eyebrows.

Once the first brow had been bladed on, Sian applied a numbing cream, allowing her to carry on, at which stage I couldn't feel a thing.

The sound is a little unpleasant as you can hear the scratch of the blade on your skin, but its more than bearable and worth it for the results.

The aftercare advice was great, the salon supplied me with a little bag, full of everything I'd need, including chocolate! 

The brows need to be wiped, firmly every three hours, then coated with a thin layer of vaseline. This stage is to be repeated frequently for 24 hours, then a few times a day for the next few days.

I am so happy with the results and would recommend anybody wanting it done, to visit Sian for a consultation, you can call - 01792 447946

Jessie

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Spring Magazine Coverage

Okay, so this is a little late, but these are gorgeous images none the less...

Magazine shoot for WM Magazine.

Photography by Justin Harris, Hair Jasmine @ Vanilla Rooms Cardiff, Creative Director Brian Brown

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Here are a few of my prom girls from this year, from a pretty, natural look, to matte shadows and lips, to a glam smokey eye... 

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Chloe. 

 

Warm shadows with a pop of silver pigment to tie with her outfit, crisp feline flick and lots of lashes!

Hannah.

Cool smokey eye, blending from the lashline out using MAC shadows, finished with a sweep of pure pigment from Illamasqua. Contoured cheeks with killer highlight from Charlotte Tilbury.

Bria.

Matte eyeshadows, blending warm orange with a cool, deep purple, a defined black liner using NARS eyeliner stylo. Matte lips using MAC cosmetics Retro Matte Liquid lips in 'So Me'

Yes, its still me!

So I FINALLY got round to changing my logo from my maiden name to my married name.

I wanted to do a post about it to save any confusion as a lot of old clients will know me as Jessie Harries... I am now (after a year and a half of marriage) Jessie Dallimore.

Out with the old logo, in with the new!

Also, happy new year to everyone, I am conscious that I have slacked massively on the blogging and I am going to do my best to update this page more frequently. I have two small children and time is precious. If I'm not falling asleep or finding some time to shower theres a heap of other jobs on my list...

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Alternative Bridal

This week I shot with an amazing team in Cardiff. Photographer Jess Withey organised a wonderfully creative shoot in The boiler House Graffiti Studio for an editorial, alternative bridal shoot.

Colour, roller skates and glitter were major themes. I used pure pigments to create intense pops of colour around the eyes and then worked through various looks to build glitter using Make Up Forever Glitter pots... More images to follow but heres a few and some behind the scenes.

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Brows: Rapidbrow, HD Brows and Make-Up.

Unfortunately I wasnt blessed with great eyebrows, I'm fair and being a child of the 90's I over plucked my eyebrows as a teenager and well, they've never really had the strength to come back...

Last year I left them for 6 months, no tweezing, or waxing and well, nothing happened. Zero growth apart from maybe five or six stray random hairs. Great.

I did a bit of research online and read a LOT of positive reviews about Rapidbrow. Here's what lookfantastic.com say:

Put the wow back in your brow with this brow enhancing serum helps transform weak, uneven, sparse brows into healthier looking and more beautiful brows. RapidBrow Eyebrow Enhancing Serum is a clinically proven formular with an exclusive Hexatein™ 2 Complex, a unique blend of fortifying proteins, stimulating peptides and nourishing ingredients.Designed to help condition, restore and repair the appearance of eyebrows in 60 days
— http://www.lookfantastic.com/rapidbrow-eyebrow-enhancing-serum/10644472.html

I managed to find the serum on Amazon at a good price of £23 (click here for the link) instead of the usually RRP of £37 which, to be honest I think is steep.

These are my brows to begin with.

The serum arrived within two days and I started using it morning AND night as instructed, I didnt notice any real difference until about 30 days, when I noticed my brows were definitely denser and darker. I purchased another tube (one lasts a month as a rule). Its really easy to use with a mascara like wand and clear colour serum you just brush through your brows. There was no irritation or redness.

After 60 days my eyebrows had definitely improved, there was more growth, the colour had darkened and they were noticeably thicker. 

Some people would notice growth by not plucking their brows for 60 days, but honestly this is like a small miracle!

This image is after 60 days use, morning and night.

I then decided to visit the lovely Lisa Curzon for a HD brow treatment (I also had LVL Lash lift which is why you might notice a different in my lashes, I LOVED this treatment, more on that again) Lisa took time shaping my brows with a combination of dying, waxing, threading and plucking. The treatment costs £25.

These pictures are a week after the HD treatment, brushed brows and filled in using a brow gel.

What a difference some make-up makes! This eyebrow gel by Illamasqua at £18,50 is lovely and lasts all day, its really important to use a small dense angle brush and to fill in from the arch outwards then use whats left on your brush (less product) on the inner part of your brows to avoid square brows.

All in all I am definitely going to continue using the Rapidbrow to encourage growth and thickness. I'll also be visiting Lisa again for the HD treatment, she really took time to shape what i had, I couldn't imagine spending two months using the serum only for someone to do a bad shape or god forbit make them too thin!

I hope you liked this post, I know brows are such a hot topic and really make such a difference to someones face. This is proof that with a combination of products, treatments and time you can change your brows from being a bit shit to a hell of a lot better!

Jessie x 

Victorias Secret Model, Lily Aldridge inspired make-up.

I wanted to do some occasion make-up which wasn't a heavy smokey eye or overly contoured face. My gorgeous model, Georgie reminded me so much of Lily Aldridge I decided to look at some of my favourite make-up looks of hers and re-create them. Click here to see the images.

I started with prepping Georgie's skin, after cleansing I added a boost to her skin with Liz Earles Skin Brightening Mask (Sorry about the pics Georg). This is one of my favourite products to use before an event or night out, it gives skin an instant boost and healthy glow. After this I applied Trilogy Vital Moisturising Cream and Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream to the lips while I worked on the look:

The first look I created was a simple eye so I started by applying MAC Pro Longwear Paintpot in Painterly then IT Cosmetics loose powder to the lid for a smooth base for shadow. I kept the colour neutral and shaded in the socket line in Cork shadow from MAC with a white shadow across the lid. For the base I used Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation as well as MAC Pro Longwear Concealer under the eyes and to a few blemishes.

This look was all about the lip so after applying a single coat to the top lashes only I filled in Georgie's brows with MAC Brow Pencil then moved onto the lips...
 

Moving onto the lips I used MAC Absolutely It lipliner around the outer corners of the lip then filled in the colour with a mix of MAC Media & Diva for a subtle ombre lip which will enhance the shape. Not in keeping with the original Lily look, but I was inspired to a 1920's feel so applied a high colour blush to the cheeks using MAC Frankly Scarlet as I felt it complemented the lip and Georgies dark hair. I powdered down using NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Powder and highlighted the tops of the cheek bones using MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Lightscapade

For the second look we went for sexy bronzed skin and a sultry feline flick with false lashes... 

After taking away the bright lip and cheek I reapplied the base and concealed the lips using the same products as before as well as contouring with Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel with MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in the lightest colour along the high points of the face and under the eyes.

 I wanted a little more definition in the socket so used Lorac Dusty Plum shadow then cleaned up with lid with white from the same palette. For a sexy Bardot inspired feline flick I used NARS Eyeliner Stilo along the whole top lash line, flicked out slightly and ran to the inner corner of the eye plus filled in the inner corner waterline for a clean solid look. Some more Mascara and Ardell Demi Whispies (I wish I'd have had other lashes to use which were closer to the original Lily look)

Lips were a mix of Spice lipliner and Honeylove both by MAC and 'strobed' using a highlighter from Benefit - Whatsapp along the tops of the cheekbones, down the nose and across the cupids bow. Finished with powder and another dusting of powder to set and finish.... 

Smoking hot for a Saturday night! 


Real Bride, Aime

One of my many christmas brides, Aime, got married at Oxwich Bay Hotel this December and I've just received these lovely images from John Wellings Photography. Aime opted for a very natural, classic bridal look for herself and two bridesmaids.

Click here for more info on Johns beautiful wedding photography.

Real Bride, Cerian

Back in the summer I had the pleasure of doing Cerians make-up for her big day as well as her bridesmaids and Mum... Here are a few images from the day. Cerian wanted emphasis on the eyes with a neutral lip and fresh, glowing skin.

Photography by Martin Phillips

London location shoot

Here are a few gorgeous images from a recent test shoot with Morgan Ellis Williams in London

Model: Katie Attwater @ Premier Model Management

Christmas Party Make-Up

The party season is looming and its the perfect opportunity to experiment with new looks. If the idea of having your makeup done for a night out fills you with dread you can rest assured you wont end up looking like a drag queen, caked in heavy makeup.

Elegant, party make-up doesn't have to mean layers of heavy eyeshadow and thick black eyeliner, see below a few of my favourite glamorous red carpet and party looks, perfect for the festive season.

I am running a promotion through December when booking for two or more people, all bookings include FREE individual or strip lashes, which ever you prefer for your desired look, as well as special discounts:

1 Person £40

2 People £70 (£35 each)

3 People £90 (£30 each)

Please send me a message on here or call me on 07789 007 657 to book

Merry Christmas! x

Real Bride, Laura

I've just received these gorgeous images of Lauras wedding morning, photographed by Maria Farrelly. I spent the morning in Cowbridge getting Laura, her bridesmaids and her Mum ready for the big day. Laura and the girls wanted glowing skin and a natural, classic bridal make-up. I love Lauras wedding dress from Stephanie Allin Bridal, stunning! x

Studio & Beach shoot

I've just received these gorgeous images from an amazing photographer, Morgan Ellis Williams.

The brief was soft romance, I kept the skin clean and glowing using Illamasqua skin base and highlighted using MAC cosmetics strobe cream and touched up with their mineralize skin finish powder. I defined the eyes concentrating on the brows rather than layers of mascara and added a bitten lip look using a mix of vaseline tinted lip balm and a deep plum lipstick by Gerrard cosmetics.

Model: Georgina Whitlow


Better late than never...

Here are the Fall images from the WM photo shoot. I used deep red lips for autumn and also a strong smokey eye and played around with a fun 60's pink lip for some of the looks.

My favourite part of the make-up was the eye, I used a deep plum pigment from Illamasqua on the bottom lash line for added interest and layered the top with tattoo eyes by Maybeline and shadow from my Lorac Prop Palette.

Photography: Justin Harris

Creative Director: Brian Brown

Styling & Hair: Jasmine @ Vanilla Rooms

Model: Emma Davies @ Gingersnap

Best Make-Up nomination at the Welsh National Wedding Awards

I'm back from a wonderful three week holiday in Bali, my husband, son and I celebrated a late honeymoon and we had the best time!

When I returned home I was overwhelmed to receive a nomination for the Welsh National Wedding Awards for Best Make-Up. 

A sincere and HUGE thank you to all my lovely clients who voted for me, it really means a lot and I'm so excited for the awards at the end of the month.

I'll keep you posted, I'm going to spend the next few weeks practising my gracious loser / humble winners face... ha! x