swansea

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

x

 

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 

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

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


Summer Issue of WM Magazine

I'm back blogging after a few weeks away, I'm now somebodies Mrs and life has finally calmed down after our wonderful wedding. I've been really busy with weddings, proms and graduations but wanted to share with you some of my favourite images from this quarters WM Magazine shoot. I love the subtle highlight and bold colours. Perfect for the sunshine.

x


Couture Bridal Wear Shoot

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of doing the make-up for a new look book for E&W Bridal Couture, shot in Cardiff by Oliver of OJ Creative. The collection, designed by Sophie is a range of bridal separates and dresses which are absolutely gorgeous and really unique. The make-up was very simple with glowing, highlighted skin, a flush of mauve eyeshadow and neutral lips.

Photography: OJ Creative

Designer: E&W Couture

Natural Bridal Make-Up

Last post covering a recent photoshoot for a bridal house in Swansea. This make-up look is natural and a classic look for a bride, particularly someone who wears no or minimal make-up.

Key points for this look:

Light base colour correcting any blemishes.

Emphasized the natural brow with brow gel.

Enhanced eyes with individual lashes and a light brown shadow.

Please get in touch if you'd like to book wedding make-up or make-up for a special occasion.

x


Vintage Wedding Make-Up Before & After

'Vintage' is very popular for weddings, whether its a vintage dress, accessory or make-up.

Its great to be able to take different influences from each decade and adapt them to suit each client and event. Be it a 1940's soft coral lip and small flick eyeliner or 1950's bold red lip with a strong black flick and extended lashes, a personal favourite is the 1920's, a soft smokey eye and deep plum lip.

I recently did a photo shoot for a bridal collection and have some behind the scenes images and steps involved in achieving an adapted 1920's look, enjoy x

(The third image has been edited for publication, but every other image is unedited)

Strong Bridal Make-Up Before and After

I often get asked for something a a little bolder than the natural bridal make-up look, if you want to add some glamour to your wedding day, or usually wear strong make-up daily then this is the look for you. 

This look is all about the eyes using natural browns, golds and a feline flick as well as layers of individual lashes.

Here are a few steps involved in getting this gorgeous look, and a before and after shot.

Key Products used: Avene Moisturiser, Smashbox Photofinish Primer, MAC Paintpot to prime the eye, Lorac MegaPro Eyeshadow pallette, MAC Pigment in Tan, MAC Face & Body Foundation, Illamasqua Lipstick in Starkers.

If you'd like to discuss bridal, prom or special occasion make-up please get in touch.

x

Photography: Christian Felices


Behind The Scenes for WM Magazine

Last week's work included shooting with Justin Harris, Brian Brown and Jasmine from Vanilla Rooms Cardiff for WM Magazine's Spring edition. The model was the gorgeous Lara from Alpha Agency

Here are a few behind the scenes shots, I'm looking forward to seeing them in print

X

Bridal Make-Up Trial Swansea

Here are a few snaps from a trial earlier today with gorgeous bride-to-be, Sophie.

Sophie wanted lots of lashes, which we achieved by building individual lashes so that they still looked very natural with a soft flick, some natural contouring with flawless skin and a pink/nude lip.

For bridal make-up or special occasion make-up for Swansea, Cardiff, Carmarthen or further afield please get in touch via the contacts page, or email: info@jessiemakeup.com

5 Foods To Better Skin - With Nutritionist Kirsten Davies

Whenever I tell people I’m a nutritionist they assume that I spend my days helping people to lose weight, and while this is true, it is only a small part. As a nutritionist, body confidence coach and founder of The Food Remedy, I help my clients understand the link between the food they eat and the thoughts they think.

We are all familiar with the saying 'you are what you eat', but do we really understand the full implications of our daily diet?

Once a month the skin replaces itself and the body makes these new cells from the food eaten. What you eat literally becomes YOU. This is great news when it comes to your skin as you can add in more skin friendly foods and boost the nutrients that your skin needs via the food you eat.
There are a number of foods known for their skin friendly nutrients and by adding these to your diet over time, they could help to significantly improve the quality of your skin.

Here are my top 5 foods to help you glow from the inside out.

Butternut Squash
Butternut squash gets its lovely orange colour from a compound called beta carotene, it is a type of antioxidant that actually builds up in the skin, helping to reduce inflammation. The beta carotene also serves to protect the proteins in our skin that keeps it supple, which adds a nice anti-ageing benefit to the mix too. Introducing more of it into your diet will help keep your skin lovely and smooth.
 

To really enhance the positive effect of butternut squash, combine it with healthy fats. Try butternut squash drizzled with olive oil or topped with feta as this helps the body to absorb the beta carotene.

Garlic
Garlic contains Sulphur which is known as ‘the face lift nutrient’. It helps strengthens the fibrous strands in our skin, which helps the cells to hold their shape, helping to prevent wrinkles and sagging. Increasing you sulphur intake could help your skin become more resilient to environmental damage caused by free radicals in the atmosphere. 

Many studies have also shown that sulphur-rich foods could also improve acne, although no clear link why has been uncovered yet.

brazil nuts.jpg

Brazil nuts
These nuts are packed full of selenium, a powerful antioxidant, which increases the number of infection-fighting white blood cells in the body, strengthening their fighting power. Selenium also wards off opportunistic infections, keeps the muscles in the heart healthy and even helps with acne. 

They also contain vitamin E, copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium and iron which are all essential for healthy skin. Brazil nuts also contain a good amount of zinc which reduces ageing skin inflammations and eases dry skin problems like eczema and psoriasis that leaves the skin more vulnerable to wrinkling.

Just four Brazil nuts provides you with the recommended daily amount of selenium.

Tomatoes
Tomatoes are rich in both vitamin C and lycopene. Vitamin C helps to keep the skin firm and taut by aiding collagen production while lycopene, the red pigment which gives tomatoes their lovely bright colour, is a carotenoid that helps keep your skin smooth. Research has also found that lycopene may also protect your skin from sunburn! In one study, participants who were exposed to UV light had almost 50 percent less skin reddening after they ate 2 1/2 tablespoons of tomato paste, in addition to their regular diet, for 10 to 12 weeks!

prawns.jpg

Prawns
Prawns are an excellent source of high-quality protein, which is great for your skin, if you don't have enough protein in your diet, you could end up with rough skin, wrinkles and/or poor muscle tone. They also contain several important vitamins and minerals that support good skin.
Prawns are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which help to lubricate the skin keeping it soft and supple. They also contain high levels of zinc which is essential for the production of new skin cells.

Zinc is particularly beneficial for acne sufferers because it helps to speed up the rate at which wounds and infections heal. I've had many clients with acne that cleared once they were getting enough zinc in their diet. It also carries the added benefit of helping to even out oil production, whilst the Vitamin E in prawns contains an antioxidant that protects and repairs your skin.

Kirsten Davies is a nutritionist, body confidence coach and founder of The Food Remedy. She combines her nutritional knowledge with neuro-linguistic programming, helping clients distinguish between food facts and myths in order to reach the body's full potential.

Real, whole food is her mantra, which, teamed with her burning passion to help others see their own light, makes her compellingly magnetic.


Fuel your mind, nourish your body and feed your soul.


For more information:
Website www.thefoodremedy.co.uk
Facebook www.facebook.com/thefoodremedy
Instagram @thefoodremedy
Twitter @thefoodremedy

Easy natural brows using eyeshadow

Brows make a HUGE difference to the face and they should never be overlooked or forgotten.

Applying products to your brows and filling them in doesn't mean that they will look unnatural and obviously drawn on. You just need to have the correct product, tools and most of all, colour. 

If you are fair like me use ashy colours and steer clear of anything with warm undertones as they will look orange (Benfits 'Brow Zing is a terrible shade, if you're a red head its great). The darker your hair colour the easier it is to match up a shade that will look natural, you can allow to go a shade lighter or darker if you colour your hair.

The aim when doing your brows is to fill in missing hairs rather than drawing on a different shape.

Yes, you can tweak and make them slightly longer or thicker but be careful not to get carried away. You have to work with what you have been given and don't worry too much about your eyebrows matching each other perfectly, as Goss Make-Up Artist says: eyebrows are sisters not twins. Mine aren't even related!

There are a lot of products on the market for brows, my favourites are Mac 'Eye Brows' and Anastasia Beverley Hill 'Dipbrow'

For this blog post I'm using Nars 'God Created the Woman' eyeshadow palette as most people will have some brown shadows lurking in their makeup bag.

photo 1.JPG
photo 4 copy.JPG

To get really natural looking brows try using two different shades, the lighter at the inner part of the brows working into a darker shade on the arch and to the tip. I used the top left and bottom right colours from this palette.

Begin from the arch of your brow rather then from the inner point as this should look the least effected by product, going too heavy around this area can make them look drawn on and harsh.

Its really important to use a thin, firm fine angled brush to apply the colour, draw on individual hairs rather than filling in an entire brow. I used the Illamasqua angled brush from their travel range, I like that it is stiff and very thin.

If you make any mistakes or go little too far, just take a damp cotton bud and remove and excess product.

xx

photo 2 copy.JPG
photo 4 copy 2.JPG




5 Steps to the perfect pout.

1. Prep your lips with a lip scrub, I absolutely love this bubblegum lip scrub from Lush, it smells and tastes divine, after scrubbing away any dead skin you can lick away the remaining sugar.

2. Moisturise your lips, vaseline works well or Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream, do this before you apply eye make-up or foundation so you can give it a while to work its magic and soften up your lips. Once you have finished the rest of your make-up, remover any excess before continuing.

3. Okay, this is the magic bit, especially if you have small lips like me. Apply a thin layer of 'Sexy Mother Pucker' from Soap & Glory. When applied to the lips it gives a little tingling sensation and sends blood to the lips and plumping them out, Give it a minute or two, you can really feel it working then remove any excess, leaving a little amount on the lips.

photo 5.JPG

4. Apply a lip liner. Depending on the colour lips you want, from nude to bright pink I would always say to use a lip liner, there are so many colours available you can't go wrong. It enhances a nude lip giving more definition and shape and will hold a stronger colour in place and stop any bleeding outside your lip line. For an easier application, try warming the pencil on the back of your hand before drawing on your liner as it will glide on a lot easier, particularly on cold winter mornings.

5. Lipstick. Lipsticks come in all forms of finish from matt through to a high shine frost, a popular every day finish would be satin adding a little bit of moisture to your lips. For an edgy, dramatic look try a matt lipstick in a deep plum or red, if you do want a matt look then you will ned to remove all of the lip plumper after step 3. Whether its for work or a night out, I would recommend getting a highly pigmented lipstick, it will last longer and have a truer reflection of the colour your aiming for.

Before and After Bridal Make-Up

Firstly I need to thank Georgia for allowing me to put up a before and after picture of her getting ready for her wedding day.

Georg wanted a natural look, but with a brown smokey look to her eyes and neutral lip.

These are a few images showing some of the steps involved in doing the make-up for her big day. Sadly I don't have any to show you of her foundation or skin work but you get the idea, I hope you enjoy! If you'd like to know more about bridal make-up please email me for information. info@jessiemakeup.com

x                        

Okay, this is my first, of hopefully many interesting posts! I am Jessie, a professional make-up artist based in Swansea and cover South Wales and work nationally across the UK.   I trained in the London College of Fashion and its safe to say that I absolutely LOVE being a make-up artist! I cover fashion, editorial and bridal make-up. I enjoy the diversity that the job brings, being able to collaborate with fellow creatives and also working with wedding parties making the brides day extra special.  
  My blog will consist of my work, make-up which inspires me and products I love, oh, and ones I don’t love so much!   

  Thanks for reading! xx

Okay, this is my first, of hopefully many interesting posts! I am Jessie, a professional make-up artist based in Swansea and cover South Wales and work nationally across the UK.

I trained in the London College of Fashion and its safe to say that I absolutely LOVE being a make-up artist! I cover fashion, editorial and bridal make-up. I enjoy the diversity that the job brings, being able to collaborate with fellow creatives and also working with wedding parties making the brides day extra special.

My blog will consist of my work, make-up which inspires me and products I love, oh, and ones I don’t love so much! 

Thanks for reading! xx