As a new feature here on the blog I am going to start putting together a products of the week round up for you guys... it's going to be a list of 3 products that I am loving for the current week and why. I know it may seem like loads, but seeing as I find myself with new products, especially make-up, almost everyday... this won't be too difficult to put together.

Collection Gel Eyeliner in Black - £4.99
Having used a 1000 and one gel eyeliners and always finding they are never quite 100%, this product has simply become my absolute beauty must have for 2013. Frankly I'm obsessed. This is the blackest gel eyeliner I have ever used and it's such a rich texture it's remarkable it's under £5. It glides onto the skin effortlessly (a little too soft at first, but after a week it set's to the perfect texture and stays there) and stays on all day. I'm not sure if this product is intentionally water-resistant but no matter what conditions I'm in, it doesn't move. Not an inch. To put it simply, I couldn't love a product more for this week, month and probably this year. (small tip... bin the brush this comes with, immediately, it's the only negative of this product as it's just not precise enough to create good liner).

MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Chestnut - £11.50
Ahhh how I love that MAC rarely fails me. I think the reason why us make-up artists rave about MAC so much is that they have developed an unshakeable consistency as of late and for that I am forever greatful. This has to be one of my star products of the week as I am a firm lover of a lip pencil, especially for use on my eyes (in the waterline, on the lid) and this is the PERFECT eyeliner pencil for me to use to create an amazing sultry smokey eye which brings out brown eyes. I would describe this as a completely matte bronze and everything from it's texture to the pigment is nothing short of impressive.

Illamasqua Satin Primer - £22.50
Cult beauty brand Illamasqua is another brand which I feel delivers a level of consistency superior to even the most high end brands on the market, so it's no surprise then that their Satin Primer has made it into my PPOTW list. As someone with a oily to combination skin, it's probably a bit of a contradiction for me to love this primer... however there's many reasons why I do. Firstly, as a make-up artist this is a must have due to it's amazing dewyness on the skin and it's ability to deliver a skin-like-glow. Secondly because it's the perfect mixing medium. I often mix this with my foundation daily to reduce it's opacity and to increase it's elasticity on the skin helping to deliver a radiant glow.



A couple of days ago I was contacted by the lovely Stephané Alexander whose a TV presenter that's been racking up the work recently on stations such as the Africa Channel and many more... so I was more than excited to have the pleasure to do her makeup.

Firstly I will say she was a pleasure to work with so this made me job really easy and the glam squad which consisted of Erica the stylist (who was phenomenal... a true genius) and Khaleema who did wonders making the hair look immaculate helped to make the day a real joy. I tweeted a picture of the lovely Stephané and so many of you asked what make-up I used to get a flawless finish etc.. so I'm going to actually do a breakdown on here for you with exactly what I used.
Moisturiser/Base: MAC Strobe Cream 
Primer: MAC Face Protect SPF 50 Primer 
Eye Primer: MAC Paint in Bamboom
Foundation: Illamasqua Skin Base in Colour 16 mixed with MAC Lustre Drops in Sun Bronze
Concealer: Sleek Hide It Concealer in Colour 3
Face Powder: Motives for La La Mineral Dual Foundation in Dark
Eyebrows: MAC Brun Eyeshadow + Studio Finish Concealer in NW40 to highlight 
Eyeshadow: MAC Eyeshadow in Brulé + MAC Eyeshadow in Swiss Chocolate 
Eyeliner top: Collection 2000 Gel Eyeliner in Black 
Eyeliner bottom: MAC Lip pencil in Chestnut 
Mascara: MAC Opulash Mascara 
Highlight on inner corner of eye: Collection 2000 Mosaic glow 
Blusher: Illamasqua Blusher in Thrust 
Highlight on cheek: Collection 2000 Mosaic glow 
Lip liner: MAC Magenta Lip pencil
Lipstick: Motives Cosmetics Lipstick in Times Square

p.s. below are some sneaky behind the scenes pictures too!
The amazing penthouse room we we're filming in with panoramic views of the London skyline

Chess set

Cheeky little Karma Sutra book 


Editorial Beach Shoot - BTS - CUSTOM LIPSTICK

So yesterday I had the pleasure of doing make-up for a magazine editorial beach shoot and it's been an amazing start to my year. The shoot was on the amazing coast of Norfolk and never have I seen anywhere so beautiful and serene... it was like a postcard.

It was however, painfully cold (temperature ranged from about 1-2 degrees celcius all day) and let's just say, I'm still defrosting now! Despite the weather conditions we all braved the weather (even doing the makeup in the back of the car!) and the photographs have turned out perfect. Here are a couple behind the scenes photos from the shoot and a huge thankyou to the Model Rachel and the photographer Daisy who also styled the shoot and filmed a fashion video with the help of Lukey.

P.S. I also made the lipstick myself, from scratch ... it's part of a new project that will be coming from me soon alongside Wonderbox that will make a lot of my makeup friends and makeup artists alike very happy!
Stay tuned...

LL xx


As an obsessive compulsive collector of all things beautiful (so makeup, makeup and more makeup), I've tried and tested a huge amount of products in the industry, so rarely am I surprised when I discover a new beauty brand.... until now.

Motives by Loren Ridinger is exactly that, a line of beauty products created by the founder of Market America who has made a name for herself as a successful business woman with a wealth of ideas for success. So it's no wonder (excuse the pun), that Motives isn't just another line of products created with no real substance in comparison to all the others in the industry, it's actually good.... amazing in fact.

Daily i've been using the Liquid Powder Mineral foundation and as someone who unfortunately usually hates foundations of this type (even though still a liquid, this is more of a liquid-mousse texture) I was pleasantly surprised and impressed! The coverage was medium which for me is perfect in the day time and it didn't move from my skin all day (even when I did the ok-today-i'm-not-going-to-wear-a-primer test). Those with a dryer skin I would recommend mixing this foundation with a moisturiser to give it more elasticity as I found it quite matte which for me is perfect, but some may not love that just so much. Alongside the foundation I have been using the Motives for La La Mineral blusher in centrefold, the Pressed Eyeshadow in cappucino which gave a really rich amount of pigment (daily, it's a perfect neutral colour for my skin) and the Lustrafy Mascara which has a wand almost identical to MAC Studio Fix lash (my favourite mascara), so it's no surprise that I loved this. The Motives for La La lipstick in time square wasn't the colour for me, as I prefer much lighter pinks but as a blusher it worked out truly amazing (waste not, want not!) and three strokes of it on my cheeks, blended with my finger and it was the perfect cream blush (**the lipsticks aren't tested for use in this area, but for me it's caused me no problems**).

The star product that I loved the most? The Motives for La La Mineral Dual foundation which has an incredibly soft texture designed to glide onto the skin like a veil and is a credit to it's finely milled process which allows it to be so silk-like whilst providing an expert layer of coverage. For me, this product solidified the Motives brand as a substantial make-up line to take note of in 2013 and beyond.

4 out of 5 Stars = ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ 


Gone are the days of the popular 70's prom curl and in is the love of the dishevelled beach wave readily seen across the harbours of L.A. Well now you can join the club too and with minimal effort. Using a salt spray such as Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray (my all time favourite and huge B+B bestseller) after an upside down blowdry of freshly washed hair, you can create beach waves and curls that look as authentic as the stars of MTV's The Hills.