Thursday, 15 May 2014

YSL Touché Éclat Radiant Touch

It's glorious sunshine in a pen; the one and only Touche Éclat by Yves Saint Laurent. 

The beauty secret of the world's top makeup artists and models, Touche Éclat is the original must-have for a radiant, flawless face.
Capture 8 hours of sleep with the click of a pen. With a few strategic strokes of this award-winning complexion highlighter—dark circles, fine lines and signs of fatigue virtually disappear. Powered by the radiance-boosting Luminocaptide Complex, skin is instantly illuminated, so you look rested and refreshed—even if you’ve been up for hours. Sleek and sophisticated, it discretely slips into a makeup bag for quick touch-ups anytime. It’s the one beauty essential no woman should ever be without.

As a makeup artist this little wonder has been a staple in my kit since Instarted. I wouldn't dream of leaving the house without it. Sure there have been imitations but none live up to this product. It is a brides dream as it will banish those under eye dark circles from a restless night before the big day. It can be used anywhere on the face but you don't need much. Use it under the brow to lift or on your Cupid's bow to give the appearance of fuller lips. I swear by the original but you can now buy many shades. 

New Shades now out on Feel Unique2.5 Luminous Vanilla, 3.5 Luminous Almond, 4.5 Luminous Sand, 5.5 Luminous Praline, 7 Luminous Mocha

oX Wendy Xo

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

International Body Painter Pashur Workshop

I had the privilege to meet and learn from the Internationally famous Body Painter Pashur. I took his workshop in Norwich, UK this week to learn tips and tricks from the best. He came all the way from LA, USA. The public can see him painting at Paintopia, Dunston Hall this Sunday (tickets on the door £6). I'm going for the first time to view all the wonderful artists at work.

Pashur has been in the industry for over 17 years and is known as "The Picasso of Body Art". The work he has created is out of this world! There are some artists that I've seen that can't do half as good on a piece of paper as he does on a body. His clients have included Nickelback, Playboy, TV show Skin Wars, Toyota to name a few.

When I heard Pashur was coming to hold a workshop at Jackie Hamiltons School of Beauty I jumped at the chance to take part. I surprised myself having never done an body painting before with what I ended up creating. After Pashur introduced himself I had to come up with my own idea to paint something. This threw me as I wasn't prepared and useless at doing things from memory. I found a photo of the roses my boyfriend bought me and with noting else coming to my mind started sketching them out on. It was my beautiful model Lindsey Beard's first time modelling for body art so it was a great experience for both of us. It took me 2hrs to paint in the end, stopping and starting while Pashur showed us how to lay the paint in different ways. The whole workshop ended up being 4hrs in total.

I bought some paints and brushes both from Cameleon so I'm looking forward to creating more art work in the future. Practice makes perfect after all.

oX Wendy Xo