Make up – making us feel good

Key Trends 2018

The good thing about make up trends in 2018 is that anything goes. Its possible to be as individual or as understated as you like. Key looks this summer are block colour eyes – think bright vivid hues in electric blues and oranges. Pinks & Reds also feature heavily both on the lid and with a sweep under the eye. Think 90s clubbing and its an anything goes feel.

Want to replicate this look without spending a fortune on products – then consider using the new seasons gel glitter liner – all the high street beauty brands have them – I love the Rimmel Wonder Swipe 2-in-1 Liner to Shadow – a bold metallic liner that can be transformed into a sparkly shadow with one swipe. Most of these new formulations are smudge proof and transfer proof and can give up to 10 hours of wear. Try shade 001 Slay for a shot of colour to the side of the eyes – it doesn’t have to be thick or intimidating – a tiny 5 to 8 mm line in the corner of the outside eye can give a subtle pop of colour that says wow.

I personally rate Collection makeup and I am head over heels in love with Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Liner in Le Freak 5 its a Turquoise glitter gel and whilst at 46 I could do without the glitter it actually looks great if used sparingly. Only a few pounds (£3.99 Superdrug) and once on you can be assured there will be no smudging or running hurrah!

The colour blocking trend is colour almost stamped onto eyelids and it is a serious look – however this can be replicated for the less bold with a sweep of colour – try a cat flick in yellow or red for something completely different.

Sheeny skin is big and whilst our summer gets hotter and hotter foundation will get lighter and perhaps a sweep of illuminator across the cheek bones is a good way to stay chic and groomed whilst its sweltering outside and make up needs to be light and translucent. A personal favourite of mine is Laura Mercier mineral Illuminating Powder £27.00 from Space NK it gives a sheer pearl glow when applied with a brush to highlight cheekbones and adds a lift to skin.

If £27 is a little out of budget for a simple powder (well the queen of powders in my estimation!) then maybe try another from budget brand Collection – Gorgeous Glow Bronzing Block gives a shimmer of colour that adds a lovely subtle bronze glow and its £3.99 at Boots.

Beautician Tricks and tips

The number one thing that will make any makeup application look great is even greater skin. Remember to stay as hydrated as possible – water water water and drink as much as possible to keep skin dewy and hydrated. Oxygen is one of the greatest assets to beautiful skin – running or any aerobic activity will give you a glow that lasts all day.

Great groomed brows lift the face and provide a wonderful frame. As a beautician I am constantly amazed at how waxing even the soft downy here around the brow area can lift and brighten the face. Tint adds a final pop of colour that adds strength and continuity to a great brow. Another simple adjustment that gives great results is lash tinting. A really effective treatment that most of my clients book monthly with their eyebrow tint & wax.

Of course regular facials with lots of facial massage give great lifting and rejuvenation of the skin as well. This is also good for the connective tissue and keeps skin supple and lifted.

For special occasions I love lash extensions – either a full set of individual lashes or the cluster lashes added to the corners add a touch of glamour and give the eyes a real lift.

My personal favourite Budget Buys & Key Splurge Items

There are a few products that I could not live without.

1. Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable Foundation

This is a silky lightweight foundation that gives a natural dewy coverage with the lasting finish that moisturises for us to 25 hours. It also contains an SPF20. £8.99 Superdrug

2. Laura Mercier Noir Supreme

It applies with ease due to its shape and gives the finish of a gel and the precision of a liquid liner yet this is a kohl pencil – i just love this products design and look and it gives excellent coverage that stays put all day for a wonderful smoky eye. £22 John Lewis.

3. Guerlain Meteorites

One of those beauty products that makes you feel like a million dollars. These multi coloured pearls with their violet fragrance add a touch of colour to my make up application – the packaging is just beautiful and I feel every woman should have these on her dressing table – a bit of old school glamour. £41 John Lewis – PS they last ages and are worth the money honestly – they would also make a perfect gift.

Beauty Tools – The Beauty Blender

Worth mentioning a beauty tool that you may like to try. The beauty blender is a sponge designed by a make up artist to give a flawless foundation application. Simply wet the beauty blender first and using the fat side tap your foundation. Apply concealer under the eyes with your fingers and using a micro beauty blender squeeze pointy side and once again tap tap tap into the creases of the eye. You can also blend contour with the beauty blender – wiping contour outwards and upwards towards hairline. You can then use the beauty blender to dot on a liquid highlighter. The genius of the beauty blender is that you can also set your make up using a powder with the same blender. Clean your beauty blender after each use – with soap.

These can be purchased in most stores that sell makeup brushes tools etc. for around £10

Most of all enjoy your make up – its fun and makes us feel good! Steph xx

My treatments

Here’s a little run down of my most popular mobile treatments – all in the comfort of your own home at a time that suits you! For St Leonards & surrounding areas

Indian Head Massage £25 includes arms, neck, back, face & head massage. Finished with hand or feet massage.

I would consider this a most important Restorative and Rejuvenating treatment.
St Tropez Spray Tanning £20. Xen-Tan also available. I consider these premium tans amongst the best available which give excellent long lasting results.
Eyebrow Wax & Tint combined with Eyelash Tint £26 for defining the eyes and lifting the face. Great brows add definition and sharpness. My clients know that I can achieve great brows with these treatments. Even sparse brows can be given sculpt & definition with waxing & tinting. I only use the best European tints which are long lasting and gentle on brows & lashes.

I aim to bring out the best of each individual clients beauty – achieving treatments which enhance your natural look.

For complimentary consultations and bookings phone 07487740787. St Leonards & surrounding areas.

Best of St Leonards & Hastings 

Hastings Pier,  1 – 10 White Rock, TN341JY is a wonderful piece of archeticture and a very Zen public space.  Tranquil & strong. 

The restaurant and fabulous food kiosks make this top of my list as a local destination for whiling away a few glorious hours of relaxation with the kids & dogs.  Watch out for special events on the website Hastings Pier.  I’m keen to see the Tigers Freefall Parachute Display on Sunday 16 Th July, 1 pm for Pirate Day. VIP tickets are on sale now. Get the best view of this awesome display from the VIP Deck with prosecco & canapés too. Hmmmm very tempting!

A little further closer to Warrior Square cafe Zanzibar  has had a makeover and now has a glorious North Shore beach vibe.  The garden is a tropical oasis and a great get away from the hustle & bustle of the waterfront. 

Cafe Zanzibar , Café Zanzibar, 9 Eversfield Place, St Leonards TN376BY open 8 am to 10 pm. One of my favourite places to meet with girlfriends & family for lunch. I can wholeheartedly recommend the salt & pepper squid with one of the best sea views in town. Go to Cafe Zanzibar for the delicious menu & wine list.  I should also mention all food  is local and home cooked and the waitresses are the best in town!

Spray Tanning Tips

vintage bathers

Spray Tanning is increasing in popularity as the formulas used by Tanning companies like St Tropez offer a golden natural looking all over body tan with no streaking.  Just a nice golden tan!  No tango here!

Here are my guidelines for a fantastic Spray Tan using St Tropez. 

Pre Tan Preparation:

Shower, exfoliate, and remove body hair 8 to 24 hours before your tanning session.

Skin should be clean and dry before being sprayed.

Don’t apply moisturisers, deodorants, antiperspirants, oils or makeup before your tanning appointment as they can effect tan development.

Wear loose, easily cleaned clothing to appointment.  Wear loose shoes.

Style hair in a hairclip or pony tail so it will be off of face, and neck.

Remove all contact lens and jewellery before your tan.

Remember to optimise your tan you need to avoid water for 6 to 8 hours.   Ideally you should not  swim, sweat, bath or exercise.  The longer you can leave your tan to develop the better so if it is possible to sleep overnight with your tan then shower the next morning then that is ideal.

If it is raining, bring an umbrella, and protective shoes and gloves!


After Tan Care:

Wear  loose fitting clothing for 6 to 8 hours, while tan develops and avoid exercise and steam and water.

After 6 to 8 hours, shower normally, avoid exfoliates and abrasives.

Wash with a mild shower gel, preferably moisturising, Use a soft  shower sponge.

A little colour will wash away when you first shower and this is normal; this is excess solution, and colour guide tint.   Remember to pat skin dry gently and no rubbing.

Avoid exfoliating skin. Some products can cause faster fading so try and use as natural products as possible.  Try and use a gentle shower wash.  I recommend Biona Pure Virgin Coconut Oil as it is unrefined and unbleached and an excellent body butter which you can apply whilst skin is damp to lock in moisture.  I buy mine from   3 Trinity Street, Hastings, TN341HG.  They also have an excellent range of Weleda bathing products and body oils.

Basically if your skin stays as nourished as possible whilst you have your spray tan you should have 5 to 6 days of a gorgeous tan.


For those who have not tried a spray tan, then you can opt for a light mist all over.  It is possible to adapt the tan to suit your needs so a full consultation will be done prior to your spray tan to ensure you get the exact depth of colour your are after!


Enjoy your tan!