Monday, 8 September 2014

10 Commandments of healthy hair


Having healthy, long hair actually requires less not more. We are far too harsh on our hair with heat and colour and processing, so when it comes to getting the health of our hair back, here are some tricks of the trade.

1. Ease off on the GHD

As much as I love my heated tools for styling my clients, overusing them everyday can strip the natural moisture from the hair and leave it dry and frizzy. Try using heated tools only sparingly. For instance, if you curl your hair every week, reduce it to once every two weeks. If you blow dry your hair often, try leaving hair to air dry a few times a week. Your hair will love you for it.

2. Protect protect protect

If you must use heated tools, protect your hair with a salon-grade heat protectant. For my clients, I use the ghd protectant spray if I am using my GHD. For more heavy duty bridal curls and styling, I apply mousse evenly throughout the entire length of the hair. Do not use oils before applying heat, as this has a roasting effect and will actually fry your hair. Only apply oils after heat styling to finish and polish.

3. Trim regularly

Trimming hair every six weeks will not only eliminate split ends but will keep your style polished and fresh. If you are growing your hair, having a small 1cm trim every six weeks will keep the split ends from increasing and will help your har grow longer and healthier in the long run

4. Treatment time

Once a week, use an intensive mask on the mid-length and ends. Don't apply on the roots as it will lead to build up over time. If you can handle it, wash it out with ice-cold water, which seals the cuticles and promotes incredible shine. I love Macadamia Oil Deep Repair Mask for its thick, creamy texture. I have used it for years and it is particularly great for chemically processed hair. 
5. Scalp massage

When shampooing, take the time to really massage your scalp. Regular massage stimulate hair follicles and promotes growth. A great massage brush works wonders too!

6. Soften hair ties

Hair ties can pull and break hair, so use soft, cotton hair bands and ties that are designed to prevent hair from pulling. Instead of a pony tail, try a plait or braid and only tie the end of the hair, so the mid-lengths stay protected.

7. Serum time

Argan oil is one of my holy grail products and I've found ever since using it, my hair has become so much more shinier and manageable. I use it as a finishing serum and it can also be mixed with your conditioner for added nourishment.

8. Brush it off

Invest in a good paddle brush that won't pull and break your hair. I love the Moroccanoil Brush brush range for their durability, strength and their gorgeous non-slip handles. These brushes as a must-have in my kit when styling my clients hair.
9. Colour less frequently

Processed hair is always going to be more difficult to keep looking shiny and nourished. Try giving your hair a break from colour, or apply foils or highlights less sparingly. The less you mess with your hair, the healthier it will stay in the long-run.
10. Shampoo wisely

Too frequent washing can strip your hair of natural oils and leave it dry. Twice or three times a week is all you need for a healthy scalp. For colour processed or chemically treated hair, use a sulfate-free shampoo to keep the colour or style for longer.




Images (c) www.thebodyparade.com
Hair and  makeup: williamspromakeup
Model: Leela
Location: London



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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Better than gel polish! Toxin free nail polish by Intensae

A nail polish that is salon quality, toxin free and on trend? Now that is something worth trying!

I absolutely love nail polish, and as a makeup artist, having groomed hands are a must. On top of this, fashion and commercial shoots often demand I have a selection of nail polishes handy to complete a particular look, or touch up model's nails that need to look more camera ready.

So I was particularly intrigued to try the cult brand Intensae, which offers a new range of toxin-free nail polishes, fresh from the UK. 
Shine and opacity
Being an avid fan of OPI, I was incredibly impressed with the way Intensae glide on effortlessly without clumping. Two coats is enough for an opaque look and all my pictures are without a top coat, how shiny are these polishes just on their own?

As long lasting as gel
As my hands get a severe beating as a makeup artist continually washing and sanitising my hands and washing makeup brushes, normally I need to have gel polish as regular polish chips after a day. However I tried Intensae out for durability and they lasted impressively well for over a week without chipping! So bye-bye UV lamp and harsh chemicals, hello to Intensae.

Colour range
There are over 25 shades and the clever creators did a lot of thinking when they come up with these shades, because there is something for every occasion!

I can't wait to show you all of them, but I decided to road test a few shades that I thought were particularly unique. 

Effortlessly cool
The shade '1966' on the left if one of my favourite. So on trend, it goes with everything and makes everyone wonder 'where did you get that colour?' It is great as a winter shade, but I equally love it as a pedicure with a great jungle hot tan.


My holy grail pink
'Youthquaker' has become my holy grail of pink polishes. Think MAC's 'saint germain', with more opacity, shine and brightness. This colour is a must have for travel. It makes your hands look wonderfully expensive and flatters both long and short nails.



Hands that mean business
For the ultimate posh, 'Broken Flowers' makes your hands look like you mean business. It is a mannequin nail with a bit more bite. This manicure goes with that morning latte, it takes you through that meeting and gets your handshake noticed. It makes even the shortest nail worthy of attention.


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Monday, 25 August 2014

#Brushes are a bride's best friend



Weddings are such joyful occasions, and I absolutely love transforming a bride on her special day. But beautifully contoured cheeks, the perfect blush, long-lasting foundation and star quality eyeshadow cannot be achieved without quality brushes.

I have written extensively on vegan friendly makeup brushes, as I truly believe they are now leaps and bounds ahead of natural fibres like goat and squirrel. The Nanshy brushes are perfect for bridal makeup as they have such gorgeous pearl white handles and come in really pretty satin pouches, making them an ideal pamper treat for any bride to be transformed on her special day.

On top of this, they are superb in quality and durability. I always choose dense foundation brush for my kit as they create a far more airbrushed finish when stippling on liquid or mineral foundation. 

No need to carry around my heavy airbrush machine when I am a master of the stipple! So it goes without saying that my favourite brush is the flat buffer foundation brush (fifth from the left), which is always a must-have in my pro makeup kit.

Blush and contour brushes also need to be dense in order to blend a softer, more natural look for brides. I love the weight of the Nanshy fibres, that feel soft, yet also blend product effortlessly.

In terms of quality comparison, the Nanshy range is very similar to Sigma, Crownbrush and also the limited edition QC Makeup Academy brushes. All these brushes are easy to clean, keep their shape and don't shed, which makes them great value for money, especially when I have to clean my brushes every day!

Nanshy have also released a diamond-studded brush belt, which is great for professional makeup artists who want to add a little sparkle to their wedding service. I like the fact it has loads of pockets, especially as I tend to carry two sets of everything for larger numbers of bridal parties.



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Thursday, 14 August 2014

#Twilash review - Seven amazing things you can do with this one mascara


I recently tried a new product called 'Twilash' and was quite intrigued by what looked like a mini space capsule!





The mascara comes with an ergonomic end, and some disposable makeup pads.






After watching the how-to video, I realised this was no ordinary mascara. If you look at the video, it shows how the end can be used to curl lashes and then, using the removal pads, take the mascara off cleanly.








After putting it to the test myself, I found that there were a lot of uses to this little beauty. Seven, in fact!



1. Curling your lashes


The ergonomic end is a pretty fool proof way of curling lashes, and is pretty effective and gentle. For anyone scared of using traditional lash curlers, this is a great alternative.


2. Curling fake lashes




So this is where it is very handy indeed. I can create incredible curl on false lashes in a way that I could never do before. And it takes only seconds!

3. Mascara for fine lashes




For anyone with super fine lashes, this mascara wand is perfect for dispensing mascara evenly without clumping. It creates a natural, no makeup look, with the focus being on the curl.



4. Makeup removal



The end that is a curler also removes mascara just as gently. For contact lens wearers, this is fantastic as no eye makeup residue clouds or gets into contact with the eye.


5. Gel polish enhancer


Removing the sticky top coat from gel polish needs a lint free pad, and these little Twilash remover pads are superb! 


6. Cotton bud holder



The packaging that comes with the Twilash mascara is so sturdy, it is great for storing travel essentials like cotton buds, small travel brushes and even mini lip glosses!


7. Tooth polish




Again, a great travel option and reall does make teeth lovely and shiny. The makeup remover pad goes on the finger, and then you add a little toothpaste or whitening paste. Rub over teeth and shine away!


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Monday, 4 August 2014

How to contour your makeup the #vegan way!

I have written extensively on vegan and vegetarian makeup and was delighted to recently be interviewed on how to achieve natural beauty on BeNaturallyou.

Vegan, all natural contour kits are almost impossible to come by, so I was delighted to try Haut's range of contour and highlight creams.


For anyone suffering from acne or breakouts, using non-natural derivatives can clog pores and cause havoc on the skin. With my move from London to Sydney, my own skin has been really temperamental, so I have slowly moved towards more natural brands for my own makeup. Ingredients like arrowroot powder, clay, organic rose hip oil and jojoba oil are anti-inflammatory, skin soothing and assist wound repair. On top of this, they keep breakouts at bay.

So when I found out Haut contained all these ingredients, I jumped at the chance to try the range! And I was very impressed.


from top, clockwise, aloe tint in marble, aloe tint in he's the one, white brightener, beige highlighter and yellow brightener. In the centre, Haut mineral foundation


I particularly like the 'aloe tint' in 'marble' pictured above, because it has so many uses! You can use it to contour, define and sculpt cheekbones, slim down the nose, anywhere you normally contour using your regular contour cream. It has a fantastic HD finish that photographs beautifully.

You can even create a gorgeous smokey eye or even a soft, smokey eyeliner using a small flat precision brush. I wore it on the beach on a hot sunny day of shooting and it didn't budge!

The beige highlighter and white brightener both work beautifully to highlight cheekbones and browbones. They have a very thick, creamy-to-hard formulation, which is great as they can be easily mixed with your favourite moisturiser to sheer them out.

For natural cheeks, the aloe tint in 'he's the one' has the perfect, not too matt, not too shiny finish, and is not as waxy as many other cream blush formulations on the market. It also photographs quite beautifully, which makes it a perfect organic bridal option. I love to blend a drop of paw paw cream with the tint to make a skin saving lip balm that is perfect for both summer and winter.




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I tend to use Haut's mineral foundation more as a finishing powder over my foundation, as it has a good matt finish that sets my makeup all day. It is a little too sheer for skin like mine that needs more coverage, but it does set my makeup really nicely and stops shine. On top of this, I haven't had any breakouts from it, unlike talc formulations that really irritate my skin.

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Monday, 7 July 2014

Top Sydney #fashion #model shares her #beauty secrets with Williamspromakeup!


Having worked with top designers around the world, Tiffany Winteler is fast becoming one of the most in-demand models in Sydney. I have had the pleasure of working with Tiffany Winteler on a number of shoots and she is so talented yet so down to earth. Here is what she had to say when I interviewed her.

Above shoot:
Location: Newtown
Hair and makeup Williamspromakeup
Model Tiffany
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How long have you been modelling?
I've been modelling full-time since finishing uni and before that I was doing it on the side while

at uni and working. However I think it's only when you do it full time that you can invest enough 

time into getting better.

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Model Tiffany
(c) www.thebodyparade.com

What were your favourite jobs/campaigns?
I'm not sure really, there have been so many shoots that I've really really enjoyed!

I think one of the best things about modelling is that you get to meet so many interesting 

people!

Hair and makeup Williamspromakeup
Model Tiffany
(c) www.thebodyparade.com


How do you keep your skin so flawless?

To be honest I think I've been quite lucky with my skin because only now do I treat it more 

carefully because I need it to be good. 

I think the best tip is drinking a lot of water but to be honest I still have to remind myself to that 

each day.

Hair and makeup Williamspromakeup
Model Tiffany
(c) www.thebodyparade.com

 What are your three beauty must-haves in your hand bag?


It will have to be a face cream, a concealer and a mascara


How do you handle the pressure of castings?
I guess I go into them expecting not to get the job and if I do it's a great surprise:)

Hair and makeup Williamspromakeup
Model Tiffany
(c) www.thebodyparade.com



What is the one thing you recommend to girls starting out modelling?


Trust your instincts and don't get pressured into anything you don't want to do.


Find out more about Tiffany at www.facebook.com/tiffanywintelermodel or visit her 
Instagram page: @tiffanywinteler


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