Been crying? Tips to hide the evidence here.

Ok so something bad has happened that has caused you to cry. I’m going to give you tips for two scenarios, and hopefully this should cover you for crying emergencies 🙂

Scenario one: You are at home and have been crying all night but need to look fresh for the day 😦 these tips below are designed so that if you cry again during the day the impact on your make-up should be minimal.

– Wash your face with a gentle face wash, no exfoliating of any kind and only using tepid water. Not hot or cold as both can cause irritation and more redness.

– Soak green tea bags in cold water for 5 minutes, squeeze out excess water and hold on your eyes for 10 minutes (the antioxidants in the green tea is thought to ease puffiness) If you don’t have green tea bags get a wash cloth and dampen it with cool water (not freezing) hold it around your eye area for about 5 to 10 mins (if possible lie down and take deep breaths whilst you are doing this).

– Put a few drops of Clear Eyes eye drops in, I do no usually encourage the use of clear eyes but if you do need it try to only use it for one day. This will greatly prevent the redness of eyes temporarily.

– Have a big glass of cold water.

– Gently dry your face and apply a primer, I like the revlon photoready primer.

– Apply a light application of a sheer foundation such as make-up for ever HD foundation, then conceal any redness with a green under toned concealer ( see my concealer post if you’re wondering which ones are green under toned ).

– Then on the cheeks I would recommend the Face Of Australia face and body illuminator in the shade ‘angel blush’ this adds a tiny bit of colour as well as a glow.

– Curl lashes then apply waterproof mascara, again I wouldn’t recommend waterproof for every day use as this is bad for your lashes if worn everyday, but if you feel you will cry again i say go for it, wearing mascara will really open your eyes open and give definition without having to wear liner or shadow.

– On lips go for a nourishing lip treatment with a bit of colour such as lanolips lip ointment with colour.

Lastly put some fragrance free Huggies baby wipes, clear eyes, waterproof mascara, concealer and tissues in your bag in case you cry again through the day, if you forget these these things and are caught off guard in a public place read below!

Scenario Two: caught off guard in public ekk!

– Firstly find a bathroom!

– Take a few deep breaths, drink some water.

– Most people suggest splashing your face with water, but if you are anything like me who wears make-up every day this will make you look even worse! Instead slightly dampen (don’t drench) some toilet paper and dab to try to remove excess black make-up and cool the face.

– Once you have removed all the make-up possible and cooled your face, pat your face dry with clean dry toilet paper.

– If you have your bag and you have a cream concealer cover any redness. If you only have a powder, unless it’s super amazing coverage then I would not use it to cover redness. You end up still looking red but as though you have tried covering it up, it’s better to just try and calm down till the redness fades than packing on the make-up.

– Apply any kind of lip balm that you may have in your bag to take the attention away from your eyes.

If you are reading this and sad, I really hope this helped a little bit! Feel better xxxx

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Valentine’s Day Make-up.

I think this type of makeup should be natural and boy friendly..glowing and kissable 😉 using tints and powders rather than gloss and creams so that the make-up is long lasting.

-Do your base as usual but set with a translucent powder then highlight with a warm nude powder highlighter..I actually like the too faced ‘silk teddy’ eye shadow from the palette i mention below.

– Pop a bit of pink or red stain on lips and cheeks for long lasting colour, I like Benetint and Posietint by Benefit.

– Apply Smiths Rosebud Strawberry lip balm to your lips, this balm is great because it’s not glossy or sticking and it tastes like strawberries..yum! If you can’t find this one, a good ol’ yummy lipsmacker is a good option too.

– For boy friendly eyes I like warm neutral colours, the too faced “natural eye” neutral eye shadow collection is great! It comes with handy instructions too!

– Curl your lashes with a Shu uemura eye lash curler and apply a few coats of mascara, my fav is ‘i love extreme’ by essence cosmetics.

– Lastly I would recommend sweet breath drops! You have one drop and your breath is super fresh..available from pharmacies xxxx

Obviously you don’t need to use these brands but just stick to the basic colours I mentioned, a touch of pink or red on the lips and cheeks followed by a sweetly flavoured balm that isn’t sticky or glossy, warm tones on the eyes and lots of lashes accompanied by fresh breath.

❤ ❤ ❤

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An interview with Richard Kavanagh author of ‘Love Your Hair’. MUST READ!

This is no ordinary hair book, these hair styles are super cool yet classic. The concept of the book is what makes it so unique, it is essentially a recipe book for hair. For every hair style there is easy to follow recipes. Including ‘Ingredients’ and ‘Time required’! Super cute and handy if you ask me. Not to mention the amazing step by step photos (shot by Stephen Chee) that make it feel like your are flipping through a high fashion magazine.

Firstly I would just like to say your book ‘Love Your Hair’ is so awesome, I had the privilege of working with you on one of the days of shooting for it and I fell in love with it before it was even printed.

Katy: What inspired you to write this book?

Richard: I love being witness to that moment when someone sees themselves and a little bit of happiness flows through them because they like what they see. Doing hair, you get to see that moment and it always gives me a buzz. I was researching for a regular spot on morning television, where i was showcasing the key trends from runways of the world and how they could be translated into wearable styles. The spot was popular and the network wanted me to do more than we originally planned for so i needed more content. I emailed a bunch of girls asking them what they’d hope to find if they found a book on a girlfriends coffee table that would help them with their hair. A couple people emailed back asking where they could get the book, so i thought maybe i better write it…

K: Seems like a good reason to write a book 🙂 What are the top products or tools you simply could not work without?

R: My blowdryer, Mason Pearson brush, a curling iron, some Redken forceful, my Redken dry shampoo and my wool shake.

K: So who did you look up to when you first got into hair dressing?

R: The first seminar i went to was with a guy called Richard Kownacki. He talked about cowlicks and working with the individuals hair. I really admired what he had to say, the way he said it, and the thought process behind it. india miller, of douse vidal sassoon, and i was always inspired by the incredible jon sahag. not only for the work he did but also for the way he created the career he wanted…

What advice would you give the everyday girl? (other than buy ‘Love Your Hair’ that’s a given 😉 )

i would say the first thing to do is work out what sort of hair you have. is it thick, or coarse, fine or thin? that way you’ll be able to work out what works for your hair and what won;t work for your hair…
What was your all time favourite job? “
it;s hard to pick between the first time i did the prada show, the first time i did italian vogue and working with kelly osborne… each were super fun and exciting in their own unique way…

What mistakes do girls make with their hair that makes you cringe?

i think sometimes girls try too hard with their hair. they can sometimes overcomplicate a simple idea and it ends up looking trite or contrived. i love it when a girl’s hair looks effortless (even though i know how much work went into it). i like it when a girl owns her hairstyle. it makes me cringe when i see someone that looks uncomfortable in their look…

Thank you so much for being so generous with your information..readers I recommend you give ‘love your hair’ a good read..keep it on hand at all times to avoid bad hair days 😉

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Natures miracle treatment.

It’s coconut oil! now before you dismiss it as a beauty trend (and yes coconuts are “cool” at the moment) take a moment to think about why it has been used for thousands of years in tropical cultures, because it works.

So why is coconut oil so effective? Compared to moisturisers or hair serum coconut oil does not contain water, water temporarily makes the skin feel moist but quickly dries drying the skin along with it. It is also free from petroleum that can dry the skin.

Coconut oil is composed of medium-chain-length fatty acids, or triglycerides MCTs, now let’s be honest I have no idea what these are but they act as an antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial agent. It also contains vitamin E, is rich in antioxidants and has a high content of Lauric Acid.

Here are some of the many uses for coconut oil, you many be surprised…

– A natural all over body moisturiser for soft, hydrated skin, for me coconut oil is what keeps my skin moisturised for the longest. If used on the face, the connective tissue in coconut oil is strong so it helps to slow down fine lines. If you have oily skin and break out easily (like me) it’s best to use a minimal amount tapped onto the top of your cheekbone area to keep your under eyes moisturised and plump.

– It is claimed that it can improve or completely heal in some cases skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis and acne.

– Use it as a eye make-up remover, Put a few drops on a cotton pad and gently rub over eyes (this also helps to grow long and healthy lashes), Wash with cleanser afterwards.

– Massage through hair as a treatment, leave in for 10 minutes then wash like normal in the shower..if you want to leave it in so it penetrates more you can put a towel on your pillow and leave it in over night. Doing this treatment will leave your hair shiny and soft (especially good for those with dry scalps because it actually penetrates the roots).

– Rub into cuticles for strong and healthy nails, it has anti fungal properties so will also help with fungal nail infections.

– Use it to shave instead of soaps or creams that can be drying, it’s also a natural alternative if people have sensitive skin (Good tip for boys too).

– Make your own scrub

Face scrub:
Mix baking soda into your coconut oil, the baking soda exfoliates your face while the coconut oil moisturises.

Body scrub:
Mix brown sugar with your coconut oil as a body exfoliating scrub..the sugar rubs off dry skin then the oil leaves your skin super soft. If you are prone to fungal infections focus this scrub on your feet because coconut oil is known for it’s anti fungal properties.

– If you have super frizzy or curly hair it can be used (in minimal amounts) to smooth frizziness.

– Sunscreen?! Now I would never recommend not wearing sunscreen, but if you happen to be caught out with none and you happen to have coconut oil it blocks out up to 20% of the suns rays..only if you are caught out though!

– Mouthwashhh?!??? Yep mouthwash..it’s kills harmful bacteria in the mouth and prevents bad breath..not sure I will be trying this one out.

– Treat head lice on children naturally by combining coconut oil, olive oil, tea tree oil..the tea tree aggravates lice and the other oils suffocate them.

The 100% virgin coconut oil is the purest oil to use, but it doesn’t smell as nice as you think it would. Pure Fiji have an exotic oil that mixes coconut with things like almond oil and macadamia oil with a little bit of fragrance so if I’m going out then I use this one.

It’s also great for massages, now go get tropical ;)!

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An interview with Martin Bray a.k.a glitter king :)

Head make-up artist of programs such as Xfactor and Australia’s Got Talent, Celebrity Make-up artist and king of special Fx, body painting and glitter 😉 this guy has it all including his own pro makeup range! I’ve been lucky enough to have him be my boss for Xfactor..now I’m interviewing him just for you guys!

Katy: Top products you couldn’t work without?

Martin:- my new foundation (martin bray pro range Skin Perfection) goes on all skin types like silk. Very excited about it.
– black kohl pencil ( KIm Wong He ) , so soft and extremely black
– eye paints to put down on the eye before eyeshadow
– Modelrock fake eyelashes
– eyelash glue and every glitter under the sun.
– Martin Bray Pro Range( MBPR) pallets for lips ,cheeks and skin
– MBPR high definition loose powder.
– good quality brushes in general.
– waterproof liquid eyeliner

K: Amazing! What is your favourite job you have ever worked on?

M: Don’t really have a favourite. Each job brings different challenges, i did love being makeup director for Xfactor and Australia’s Got Talent. We normally work by ourselves, so It is great to work with a team of artists to create magic.

K: Yes of course! So what inspired you to become a make-up artist?

M: I was working in hospitality and after studying acting and dance many moons ago and I was craving a creative work environment that could make people happy.

K: Oh and you just happened to be amazing at it! Were there any particular make-up artists you looked up to?

M: In Sydney when I was starting out I looked up to 4 different artists who really helped me. Kelly Stratton, Linda Jefferies, Noni Smith and Jodi Oliver. Internationally, Pat McGrath.

K: Wow they are some VERY talented ladies. Now lastly I wanted to ask on behalf of my readers, If you could give one tip to the everyday girl to help her makeup application what would it be?

M: Make sure the foundation matches your body, not just your face and don’t “pack it on”. A little cream blush always livens up the skin.

K: Great tip! Thank you so much for chatting with me today 🙂

Not only is he a great artist, but martin’s range of products are amazing..I could not live without his cream blush palette that I use on cheeks and lips. They are available at http://www.lehved.com.au

I could go into detail about his amazing work but it would take pages and pages so check it out here at his website:

http://martinbray.net/newweb/

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Make-up heaven a.k.a my favourite makeup store.

My favourite makeup store is Pm Studio, I didn’t hear about this place until I had been in the makeup industry for a while so I had to share! Pm studio is like heaven to me.

It only stocks the highest quality make-up brands and most are not available anywhere else in Australia.

Their staff is so lovely (yes lovely! Not bitching or snobby like some make-up stores) they are so passionate and involved, they only use brands they 100% believe in. They personally test and try everything they sell and their product knowledge is phenomenal, so much care and thought goes into every single detail. This leads to an amazing range of brands.

The best part is that it’s all different brands so they can show you the best products without being restricted..it’s such a cool space as well!

It’s the closest thing to Sephora we have in Australia so if you live in sydney I strongly suggest you check it out (if you are a makeup artist they offer a 30% discount) if you are not local then visit their website.. 🙂 xx

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