Redefining YOUR Beauty…


Your questions…answered! (Write my blog responses)!

I am issuing a huge apology first and foremost! Sorry for taking so long to post this. My aim was to get this done early on in June and life (as it does) got in the way. I have had a hectic June and cannot wait to tell you all about it. That, however, is for another post.

Thank you for being so patient and not giving up on me. I also want to say a super duper THANK YOU to everyone who sent your questions in. Your questions (and my responses) are what will make up this blog. So thank you once again, you have officially co-written this blog post! Great job!

I was inundated with questions as a response to my last post, where I asked you to submit your beauty, make-up etc questions for me to answer. With just over 80 (83 to be exact) I am so grateful you took the time to send them in. There were a couple of duplicates and so as not to make this post too long, I have decided to condense them down to lucky number 25. The ones that were a little more personal, I have sent responses directly back to the individuals. As I type, I notice this is starting to get longer, so on with the questions. In no particular order…

  1. What is your favourite brand of make-up? I really don’t have a favourite go-to brand for make-up. Each brand has something different to offer and some are quite unique. Some of the ones that you will always see in my kit are: NARS (love their blushes and foundations), MAC (foundations, eyeshadows), Bobbi Brown (concealers), Sleek (lips), Illamasqua (foundations, lips, eyes) and INGLOT (foundations, lips).
  2. I think that my make-up is causing spots. What do I do? Sounds silly, but first, be sure that it is your make-up. Spots, acne, rashes etc are caused by so many different things and not just external factors such as face creams and make-up. If you can start with the process of elimination. Did you get the spots as soon as you put the make-up on your skin? Have you changed your make-up or skin care recently? If you are stressed, have dyed your hair, changed your detergent or shower gel, you could be irritating your skin and not knowing it. If in doubt, speak to your doctor or dermatologist and discontinue use of the make-up until you know for sure.
  3. What make-up product can you not live without? Any mascara that lengthens and thickens my lashes. If that fails, false lashes!
  4. Can I use milk of magnesia as a primer for my oily skin? Yes…but in moderation! Apply a very thin layer to the skin over your moisturiser and under your foundation. I would advise against using it every day and limit use to at least twice a week as it can really dry out and change your skin type.
  5. I keep getting razor bumps after I shave my beard. Is there anything that I can use/ do? There are many products on the market designed to help reduce the appearance and combat razor bumps (e.g Duke, Bump Away). Try using a shaving oil underneath your shaving cream or gel. This will help the razor glide over the skin. Make sure your blade is sharp. Dull blades have more work to do, thus pulling and tugging the hair. It is also so important to exfoliate and look after the skin in-between shaving. if you shave every day, it may be enough to exfoliate just before you shave to help remove any dead or rough skin.
  6. Do you have a favourite lipstick? Girl About Town (MAC). Fuchsia pink shade that I tend to have on in every picture of me.
  7. What colours go well with green or blue eyes? Colours in the same colour palette as your eye colours tend to compliment it. So if you have deep green eyes, then olive or forest greens look great. For blue eyes, e.g. light blue eyes, then sky or sea blue will compliment. To get more depth and intensity then try pale neutral shades including browns and golds. For intensity for green eyes, dependent on the warmness or coolness in your eye colour I would recommend, warm browns, topaz like colours, plums to violets and purples respectively. I can’t say that I always follow this guidance and sometimes just work with what I think will look good with the skin tone and eye shape.
  8. Do you match your make-up with your clothes? No! and No! again. Not really for me.
  9. What do you think of men and foundation? I think there is nothing wrong with it. I am not here to judge people. Make-up is worn for many reasons. A lot of men in film and TV wear make-up because they have to. Some people who are not in the industry wear it for confidence because of skin issues and the like.
  10. How much money have you spent on make-up? A lot.
  11. Most expensive make-up product? Foundation and some of my brushes.
  12. Do you have any beauty tips or secrets? That is a post in itself. I guess one of my main tips is beauty doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Try and be smart when purchasing make-up and don’t just think you need a product because of the brand or name behind it. Do your research. It pays dividends and saves you money in the long run.
  13. I want to become a make-up artist. How do I get into it? Make a plan. Think about the area you want to go into (fashion, catwalk, bridal etc). Do you want to do a course, practice on friends or family, work cosmetic counters, assist an artist. There are many different routes and everyone’s journey is different. It is not always glamorous but if you really want it, it will be rewarding. Whether you are working on a celebrity or a neighbour who is getting married. Put in the work and go out on a limb. Always be polite, professional and personable. Even if you don’t encounter people who are the same. Listen and don’t be afraid to put forward suggestions and ideas. Be yourself. Believe in yourself. Personality counts for so much. Outward beauty is really special and even more beautiful when it comes from within.
  14. Where can I see your work? My website is currently undergoing it’s own makeover. I post work on twitter (@thebeautyholder) and will be creating a Facebook page ( I hope to have the website finally finished by the end of July.
  15. Do you get nervous when you are doing make-up? I used to. I sometimes get nervous just before I do a bride or if I am working on a celebrity. They are good nerves though and ones I channel into doing the best job ever.
  16. Can you do period make-up or film and TV make-up? Yes. I am currently working on a film called Krish and Lee (released next year 2013- will tell more in another post).
  17. What looks do you enjoy the most? Classic beauty looks. Flawless foundation and defined eyes and lips. I also love bridal looks as each bride is different.
  18. Do you wear make-up everyday? No. I honestly only wear full make-up for special occasions.
  19. What is in your make-up bag? Very little. MAC Spiked eyebrow pencil, Vaseline, Clinique Body Smoothing Cream, Clinque High Imapact and Lash Power Mascara, Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara, MAC Spite Lipglass, Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick 20. Image
  20. I think bright colours look too ‘in your face’ on black skin. What do you think? I think from the lightest to the darkest of black skin if you find the right colours to compliment your shade and tone, you will look amazing. We have gorgeous skin and need to celebrate that. I love a bright pink lip (see question 6). Be beauty confident and embrace what you have, understand what looks good on you and rock it with pride!
  21. Can I wear a smokey eye in the daytime? Yes. Try using browns and golds or any colours you want and go more intense at night with black.
  22. Red lipstick makes me look old, why is this? I am not sure if you are being told you look old or if you think it makes you look old. I think everyone can wear red lips just as long as it is a shade of red that compliments your skin tone.
  23. What make-up look do you wish you could do? A perfect cat eye liner. It takes some time to get it just right.
  24. Do you use lash curlers? On my own lashes, no. When working on clients, photoshoots, models etc, then I look and see if I need them first. Most of the time, I do.
  25. Final Question: What inspires your beauty and make-up looks? The person I am working on! After introductions are done, I talk to them to find out more about them and what they want to achieve. I want them to be able to be confident about the look they will be wearing. As cliche as it may sound, they are my beautiful canvas and I am simply going to enhance that!

I hope you enjoyed this post and look forward to more like this in the future. If you have a question for me, email

The Beauty Holder! xoxo


Skin Deep? Special FX Make-up…

As part of the Creative Flow workshop at the Mai Lee Beauty Academy we had the opportunity to try our hand at creating wounds, monsters, zombies and more, using Special FX make-up. Our tutor Elias is a master of this and we all had great fun. 

The lovely Charity allowed me to transform her into someone a little different. Notice how she is still beautiful…


It got me thinking…Make-up is not only about creating beauty but some of the scary stuff we see on TV and Film. For some people this is not make-up but instead the face or body they are born with or left with as a result of an accident, skin condition or something else. Make-up is worn for many reasons and you may never know the full reason why. We all have many layers and the outer one may be the only one you ever see!

The old adage that beauty is skin deep may not always apply. Even if you don’t always feel beautiful on the outside, if you are beautiful on the inside, that somehow always shines through. 

The Beauty Holder! xoxo


Straight… no chaser! Real Techniques Brush Review!

The following is an honest ( and always humble) review. I have not been paid or endorsed to make this and all opinions made are that of my own! Disclaimer over and out!


I love make-up and tools that are versatile. Value for money is important to everyone and believe me, make-up and all that comes with it can get pricey. If I can find a brush that blends eyeshadow perfectly and does the same for concealer, then I’m interested! If the price is affordable, then we can start talking! Finally, if the product hits mostly all of my ‘necessary/ important’ boxes then it’s extremely likely that my wallet is about to come out. Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman ticked all my boxes and is now a huge part of my make-up brush collection.

Tools of any trade are very important. They can be the difference between a good job and an excellent job. A flawless make-up application and don’t leave your house with that make-up on application. I have tried so many brushes. From those that cost £1.00 (some of the elf ones are great) to those that cost £37.00 and more. Yes, there are make-up brushes that cost that much and that is not even the highest. While pricing and affordability are key, it should be noted that expensive doesn’t mean ‘exceptional quality’.

Real Techniques, Real Genius!

Samantha Chapman is the genius behind Real Techniques. A professional make-up artist for more than 15 years, Sam helped design a make-up brush line that was affordable, cruelty- free (brushes are synthetic), ergonomic, and easy to use. To learn more about Sam, click here.

Real easy to use!

The brushes in the collection are colour-coded for easy use. Copper- Flawless base, Purple- Enhanced Eyes and Pink- Perfect Finish. The brushes have a name so you know what they are for but to be honest, they are versatile and you can use them for more than just what they say on the tin!

I love, love, love the buffing brush for applying liquid/ cream foundation on my clients. It effortlessly buffs foundation into the skin creating a true flawless finish. As I have a small lid space and the deluxe crease brush is a little to big for my socket, I use this brush to blend concealer. The angled brow brush now acts as my crease brush. That is what you call getting the most out of your tools. The brushes do the work for me!

Really affordable!

You can buy the brushes in a set or individually. The Core collection ( detailer brush, pointed foundation, buffing brush, contour brush, case and stand) retail in the UK (from Boots) at £21.99. In the US from the Real Techniques online store they are $18.00.

There is also the Starter Set ( base shadow brush, deluxe crease, accent brush, pixel point eyeliner brush, brow brush, case and stand) for the same prices as above. The brush sets are fantastic as there are not many other places where you can get 4-5 quality brushes at an affordable price.

Individual brushes in the range such as the Stippling brush ( perfect finish) and Foundation Brush ( flawless base) range in price from £9.99 to £11.99 (UK) and $8.00 to $10.00 (US).

Boots are always doing special offers on make-up and tools and you will often find the brushes available in their 3 for 2 offers. A real bargain when it happens as you can get 3 packs of the box sets for the price of 2!

To go to the Boots website, click here.

So do they REALLY work?

Yes! They work and then some. I have been using them for more than 6 months now. Both my clients and I love the way they feel and how soft they are. They are quick and easy to clean and the quality has remained the same wash after wash. I have yet to have one of them shed their bristles and I wash them regularly. They get used a lot!

These ones are my favourite (Top to Bottom: Buffing Brush, Foundation Brush and Blush Brush):


Almost all of the brushes are free standing. Even for those that are not, you have the carry case and stand- which you don’t pay extra for.

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Price: 5/5

Whether you get them in the UK or abroad the price is super cheap for brushes of this quality. It really does pay to get the brush sets/ collections in the first instance as this is an easy way to get the flexibility of having more than one brush that does more than one thing!

Packaging: 5/5

The brushes come in a clear box with information about the brush, Real Techniques and Samantha Chapman. The actually style of the brushes is cute and different from others on the market. The colour-coding is a cool touch that makes them easily stand out from the rest.

Product: 5/5

I honestly would not be without these brushes and they are a staple in my kit. They rival some of my loyal long-serving brushes from MAC and other companies. They are soft but durable, free from cruelty, give an even application and finish, flexible, easy to clean and a great price.

With any product if there is something you don’t like then it is so important to say. Some people say that they ‘wish’ there was something bad they could say about something they really like. I’m not like that. I honestly don’t have anything negative to say. I also don’t wish I had something bad to report as I really like these brushes. I like them A LOT!

If you haven’t tried them yet and can pick one or more up, it is a great investment. I am sure you will find them as useful and wonderful as I have. The Real Techniques site has loads of videos of how to use the brushes and expert advice from Sam herself.

Hope you enjoyed this review! I have loads more coming up. If you missed the last one on lipsticks, glosses and the like, you can see it here!

See you soon!

The Beauty Holder! xoxo