What to expect at Stylist Live 2016: Standard vs VIP

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What to expect at Stylist Live 2016: Standard vs VIP

This year I attended Stylist Live twice – once as a standard ticket holder and once as a VIP.  Last year I attended on a standard ticket only and was quite impressed so I expected even more from my VIP ticket. Here are the differences I spotted.

On arrival


On arrival my wrist was stamped and I was given a little token for one Chambord cocktail and an empty tote bag for all of my purchases.

There was a cloakroom but it was upstairs on the way to the catwalk so I didn’t realise until I was ready to go home!


I picked up my VIP lanyard and a wristband and entered the Secret Garden via the escalator. The lanyard gives you one filled tote bag, a chance to win a prize and three drinks from the Chambord bar.

Inside the VIP Secret Garden there was a lot going on!  There was a funfair “grabbing” machine where you could try and win a prize. I failed but Beauty Breaks with Vicky managed to win a Hershesons tourmaline professional waving wand!

I picked up my tote bag  from the bag hut which was filled with goodies and put my coat and umbrella in the cloakroom. Unfortunately we were unable to put shopping and tote bags in the cloakroom because it was quite small and  I guess everyone was buying very similar things. I think an improvement for next year would be for VIPs to have lockers or a whole cube rather than just a hangar, a bit like what you get a some museums.

There were a couple of places to eat and lots of snacks and there was also a spa area where you could book either a Dyson blow dry, Shavata strip lashes, Nails Inc manicure or Urban Decay makeup.

I liked the full-length selfie mirror but as you know, selfies are not my strength!



On the main exhibition floor there were plenty of beauty stands to get treatments and makeovers. Urban Decay could do eye, lips, contouring or a foundation colour match. I went for smoky eyes using the Naked Smoky palette. As it was quiet my lips were also touched up with a sheer hot pink but I can’t remember what it was called.

Liz Earle had 10 minute facials, Clarins were doing hand massages, Caudalie also had beauty treatments, Lancôme were doing makeovers and you could get your nails done at WAH London. You could get other treatments from other stands, some of which were included in the ticket price.


I didn’t see anyone having a Nails Inc manicure or Shavata lashes on the main floor so I think those were Secret Garden exclusives. Although you could get the blow dry or the makeup on the main floor, the main benefit for me was you could wait for all of the treatments while sitting on a comfy chair.



There were places to purchase food and drink and the food stands had samples and offers.


There was a Chambord bar where VIPs had to get their complimentary drinks. I had brunch at Pip and Nut and dinner at  Mac’n’Cheese. There were two food stations and snack and soft drinks everywhere such as water, Bottlegreen, Propercorn, Jude’s ice cream, Graze snacks and much more. Brilliant to keep your energy levels up for the whole day.

Catwalk Show


I was seated on the third row. The bench was so high I my feet couldn’t touch the ground!  Clearly I don’t cope very well when I’m not on the front row.


Front row, of course!

Will you be a VIP next year? I will!



Stylist Live 2016: Special offers and must dos and sees

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Outside the Business Design Centre in Islington

Here’s my quick post on what you must do, must see and the special offers I spotted at Stylist Live 2016.

Urban Decay

Get mini makeover (included in ticket price). You can choose from eyes, lips, contouring or a foundation colour match. The Naked Smoky palette is on offer at a huge 30% off so make sure you snap one up if you don’t have one already. You can also pick up the new Full Spectrum palette which is not going to be released for another three weeks.  A definite must have for Urban Decay junkies and colour lovers.

Liz Earle

Get a 10 minute facial (included in ticket price). Get your name on the list early  – you might have time for a wander before your treatment. Also, sign up for the mailing list at get a free 7-day sample of the iconic Cleanse and Polish with a muslin cloth. If you want to buy products, there’s 10% off.

MDM Flow

Not only can you see lipsticks being made in front of your eyes, if you buy one lip product you get a limited edition semi-matte lipstick for free. You’d be crazy to miss out! The limited edition may even be the one that you saw being made, making it extra special.

WAH Nails

I always keep the press-on nails in my beauty kit. They are on offer at £5 each. I think there was also an offer on the nail polished and nail kits but I don’t really have the time for nail art at the moment. For a small fee you can get your own WAH Nails nail art done.  Tempting, but I like my current nail colour!


I spotted someone getting a facial (not sure if there was a fee) and there was 10% off the products. You also have a chance to win your favourite product by tweeting a photo of it.


I didn’t get my makeup done here but I bumped into someone who had their full face done after their Liz Earle facial.

Little Ondine

There are special offers on certain shades. Some glitter shades are only £5.  Otherwise, you can get one bottle for £9, two for £16 and there’s more money off the more you buy. Time to stock up I think.

The London College of Fashion

Here you can get a voucher for £25 off their courses. They have a selection of makeup artistry courses.

The Dyson Stage and the Stylist Stage

The talks on these stages are non-bookable so make sure you catch some of the talks.  I heard from MDM Flow on the Dyson Stage and afterwards on the Stylist Stage was Melanie C and Shappi Khorsandi! To get a seat, turn up 15 minute before the talk. Don’t worry if you can’t as there is some standing room at the back too.

Pukka Tea

Make sure to stop by and get some samples. I gave myself a boost with the Vitalise powder drink. I just realised I forgot to stock up on tea! Oh no.

Hey Holla

There was a discount on gym gear and a chance to win a free gym class(or was it three?) in Covent Garden.  I entered. I need to get fit!


Jump on the mini-catwalk then play a game to see what you will win. I got a voucher for £10 to spend at Stylist Live but I met two people who won bracelets!


Stop by Magpie on the Run and Coco’s Liberty for gorgeous jewellery and Sarah Baily for sumptuously soft metallic  leather bags and biker jackets.


There is so much more to do and see. Have fun!


English Rose Bridal/Wedding Makeup Tutorial for darker/black/brown skin: contour

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In this wedding makeup tutorial I adjust the natural pretty-in-pink bridal look to include contouring.  I contour my cheeks, jaw, nose, forehead and hairline using only one product and two brushes:

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English Rose Bridal/Wedding Makeup Tutorial for darker/black/brown skin: cheeks and lips

english rose intro cheeks and lips

For my third YouTube tutorial in my English Rose for Darker Skin series I finish the look with a no-contour cheek sculpting and pretty pink lips. I use the Bobbi Brown colour pop cheek method which defines the cheeks by highlighting only which has now become popular as strobing. Don’t be scared by all of these terms, it’s really easy to do as you’ll see!

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August Heat Face of the Day: Hyper-Strobing No Mascara

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We’ve had some extremely hot days this week (for the UK). Temperatures reached 33 (or more) degrees centigrade so it must have been unbearably hot on the London tubes.

I chose to wear a modified no-makeup makeup look. As was my usual for allergy season, there was no mascara. But this time I decided to use my Pat Mcgrath Labs Skin Fetish 003 Iridescent Pink 003 Pigment from the Nude set. I don’t buy Pat McGrath Labs (with a $25 shipping fee!) to play it safe!

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Hot Summer Makeup: no-makeup makeup

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Hot Summer Makeup: no-makeup makeup kit on a lovely pool/sky blue holiday-esque background!

My final look in my “Hot Summer Makeup” series is no-makeup makeup.  I like this look for melty days because when my makeup starts to fade, it isn’t too obvious.  This works best when I’m having a good hair day although that  can be difficult in the blazing sun, especially if there is high humidity.

For this look I didn’t photograph what I wore at the time (you’ll that see that all too often on this blog) but I have a good idea.

For my base, primer would be needed in an attempt to keep the makeup in place followed by my Iman Luxury Radiance Makeup in Clay 1 mixed with Lancôme Hydra Zen gel cream moisuriser all over my face including under my eyes.  I would have dusted on some Iman Second to None Luminous Foundation in Clay 1 to maintain the dewy look and boost the glow. Plus, I need powder on my T-Zone. I have no real option there.

Eyes were nice and simple – a strong defining line across the top lash line using a waterproof gel eyeliner such as Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink.  Waterproof is essential. The line gives the illusion of thicker lashes and works well without mascara if you have black lashes anyway.  No mascara for me that day because when it is hot, the pollen count is usually high. You could wear a waterproof mascara or a long lasting mascara such as Benefit They’re Real.  I later discovered that my YSL Vinyl Couture mascara in I’m the Clash is quite comfortable to wear, even with my allergies.

Brows must be groomed but kept natural so I probably just combed through some dark brown eye gel such as Benefit Gimme Brow in shade 5.  To deposit colour and thicken the brows brush it against the direction of hair growth then to neaten and set brush in the same direction as hair growth.

It leaves the brows naturally filled in and looked after without looking over-groomed.  Luckily I’ve never had a brow product slip.  I would also use a brow pencil, brow powder or eyeshadow set with clear or brown brow gel although I’m not very good with pencils.

Cheeks had to have that glow so I know I used my Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Nectar across the whole cheek then did a colour pop on the apples of my cheeks with Bobbi Brown blush in Desert Pink.

Finally, I went ultra-nude on my lips using my Maybelline lipstick in Coffee Craze 740, possibly over my Bobbi Brow Lip Liner in Heather or Clarins Lip Liner Pencil in 02 Nude Beige. It also looks like I patted on some Bobbi Brown Crystal Lip Gloss.

In this look I worked with the weather rather than against.  I think this one is my favourite. You can check out my other looks here:  No Foundation No Mascara and Bold Brows and Statement Lips.

Which is your favourite? Comment below!


Hot Summer Makeup: no-makeup makeup

Hot Summer Makeup: no-makeup makeup

Hot Summer Makeup: no-makeup makeup highlighter strobe

Intense stare!

Hot summer makeup: no foundation no mascara

Hot summer makeup: no foundation no mascara

No foundation, no mascara makeup will only work for me in a certain set circumstances:

  • I’d look worse with makeup than without because it will all melt off;
  • I have a (fairly) decent skincare routine in place because my skin will be on show;
  • My hair is perfect; and
  • There are no cameras around!

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Hot summer makeup: bold brows and statement lips

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Morning sunlight


Hot summer days bring a makeup dilemma. Do I not wear makeup and look underdressed and probably tired? Or do I wear makeup and be uncomfortable all day and look like a melted mess by the evening?

I’ve tried a few options and here’s one of them.

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