Redefining YOUR Beauty…


Lush Life? 🤔

Hey Loves,

How are you? How have you been doing? I wonder if you really answered that question or did you just read it in your mind and ignore it? Tell you what let’s make this a bit more interactive! I really wanna know how you’ve been doing and although this is a blog post it does not mean we can’t talk so…

  • Let me know how you are in the comments below! Write a word, sentence or paragraph!
  • Hit me on my social media all the links will be at the end of this post!
  • Go a step further and call or message me! If you’re a real OG then you have my contact details. *Hint- they are also on the contact me tab if you look hard enough!

You see, I do want to know how you are. I don’t always get comments on the posts although there are some people who comment religiously (shout out to you Glemz ❤ you dollface) and although I appreciate all of you who read my posts, I want us to get more interactive). You make this blog with me and you are every word I type and crazy though I have… it is you and me…and I thank you!

Sorry for the long intro but hey, it was how your girl was feeling and it had to be said!

With all the mayhem that is my life right now, I feel as though I have been neglecting my skin care.  If you check out some of my previous posts you will know that I am big on looking after skin. Now that I am in my 40s I have noticed that my face is a little drier than before and those dark circles, well they are still there. I have a general regime that I follow but I have been slacking so I will be setting myself a challenge and I want to challenge you too! There will be more on that on Wednesday this week so stay tuned!!

I recently visited LUSH handmade cosmetics for the first time. Yep, I normally just walk past the place but my homie Glemma dragged me inside and I thought I would give it a try! I picked up two products: LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL and OATFIX Fresh Face Mask! Both products Vegan 🌿 (so that’s a yes from me) and I am excited to give them a try and write an honest review on how my skin feels after using them! Will it be the Lush Life for me in the future? Can I get my skin back on track?

Let the Good Times Roll has popcorn (yep actual popped corn 🌽), maize flour, cinnamon and more!

Oatfix is for dry and sensitive skin with bananas and vanilla!


Those are the basics for now and more to come when I do a full review! My main concern is trying not to eat it, to be honest! I kid! or am I? Do you use Lush products? Tell me more!!!

Background on skincare: Dry skin type / Exfoliate 3 times a week / I use a serum along with day, night and eye creams /  I also go to Clarins at least once every 2 months for a facial! I am not loyal to any brands but do not use products tested on animals.

New On Location with The Beauty Holder out tomorrow! See what I got up to at The International Women’s Peace Group event for International Women’s Day and also The Glamour Beauty Festival! Your girl has been busy!

So I look forward to hearing about you! 😊

Besos! 💋

TBH! xoxo

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So you wanna become a Make-up Artist?

This is a special reader request for my beautiful friend Etta who sent this along with a couple of other requests. Etta is not alone in this quest as it is something that I get asked all the time. I still consider myself pretty new in the game having only really embarked on this just over a year ago. Truth be told I am probably an OG as so many people are becoming make-up artists every day.

I will be honest. This field is full to the bronzing powdered brim and overflowing. The industry is saturated and shows no signs of slowing down. My story is different to others and I will give you the short version. For the full, no holds barred version, click here. I used make-up as a mask and it helped me find confidence. I wanted to help others find confidence through inner beauty first and so got into beauty and make-up.

It does not come naturally to me. I am not artistic- I draw the line at stick men- see what I did there! I did not wear make-up before a year and a half ago and still don’t on a daily basis. My passion for this has come later on in life and continues to grow each day with the people I meet and helping them see their beauty truly is internal.

So you wanna become a Make-up Artist? Here are my tips and some general advice. This is from my own experience and has not been influenced by anyone or anything. As always they are my own thoughts and feelings.

  1. You do not have to go to Make-up School. There is no law here in the UK or overseas (that I am aware of ) that says you do. Some of the most talented MUAs are self-taught. What a school will help with is specific skills and possibly confidence from a certificate. It is a personal decision as they are not cheap and there are alot of additional extra’s that come with it. Some supply basic kits and other’s don’t. If you think it is for you then…
  2. Do your research. Find out what the school offers. What your fee includes? Do you have to buy products as the course goes on or will they provide them? In the UK, PAM London and Illamasqua have great free courses/ workshops/ drop in sessions available. Click on their names for links to their sites. You can also do a longer college course and combine make-up and beauty. For young people in the UK there are a lot of free ways into this arena.
  3. Insurance. If you are looking at this as a professional career then you should have insurance to cover you when making up other people. You don’t realise how important this is until you need it- which I pray never happens. The same way you insure your phone, contents etc, you should get insurance. You should still consider it even if not doing this professionally as regardless of family or friend, it is important to be covered.
  4. Assistant required! Starting out as an assistant to a MUA is a great way to test the field and see if this is really for you. I started out assisting a friend and it was an eye opener. She allowed me to set up, prep skin and eventually do make-up under her watchful eye. I will do another post on how to be the best assistant you can be. Thank you Mary-Jane.
  5. Practice! Practice! Practice! I will save the practise and perfect adage only because I do not believe in perfection as it gives you nothing more to strive for. Struggle with winged liner, then practice. A smokey eye going up in flames? Practice. Not sure how to do make-up for dark skin? Hooded eyes? Practice. You will get better with time and you will see your progress the more you do it. I seriously get so nervous when I do my friends. Strange but true.
  6. You Tube! This place taught me much. There are so many talented ‘beauty gurus’ as they are called providing step by step looks. Everything from daytime simple to hollywood glamour looks. This generation is serious about their craft and you can watch on your phone or in the comfort of your own home. Stop, start, forward and rewind at your own pace.
  7. Don’t let talent overshadow personality. It doesn’t go without saying and needs to be said. Be a kind person. Be polite, professional, courteous and punctual. I am so humbled by the referrals and booking I get from others and majority of that is by being good natured. I am not the best MUA there is but I am me and I give every client my all regardless of whether they are paying £50 or £500.
  8. Be presentable. I have opted for the casual approach when working on regular clients but I am always clean and presentable. I don’t also wear black all the time. I can only be me, so do I wear a full face of make-up? No. It has to be you and what you are comfortable with. You can wear heels but remember you may be on your feet for long hours.
  9. Believe in yourself. Saying I am not the best MUA is not negative but honest. I am striving every day to get better. I do believe in my ability and what I can do. I let that confidence speak through me when I am on a job and make sure every client has the best experience they can.
  10. Do you do hair? Clients will want to keep costs down where they can. If you can do hair, let them know. If you can’t then consider a basic course. If it is still not for you, then be honest and tell the client when they book you.
  11. Develop a thick(er) skin. This industry is not easy. You will question your ability when you are not booked for a job or when a client changes or adds ‘subtle changes’ to your look right in front of you. Some clients may not even call back after booking you or say they like your work but then behind your back say something different to the photographer. Try not to take it personally. Everyone has reasons for what they do. You are responsible for your actions and yours alone. You may feel a little setback but as Jay-Z would say… dust your shoulders off. As long as you gave it your all and had a good heart that was enough.
  12. Keep learning. Update your skills. Do follow- up courses if you can. I ask for feedback from my clients so I know what I need to improve upon and what worked well. That may be the old Customer Service Manager in me but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I adore working with people and I want to make sure they get the most paramount service I can offer.
  13. Team work. Photographers, Hairstylists, Models, Stylists and everyone else involved. Know what they do and be supportive. Someone once told me that MUAs are considered the bottom of the pecking order on shoots. None of the shoots I have worked on. I challenge that theory and then some. If I have to hold a reflector or help a model into their shoes I do it like there is nothing to it. I do not, however, accept rudeness. We all have bad days but you can turn that around if we smile and try.
  14. Be prepared. Know in as far in advance as possible about the shoot. Ask for a mood board (a series of looks detailing what the shoot is going for) themes, what the model is wearing, what light the photographer is shooting with. if in doubt, ask. Don’t be embarrassed to ask. Being prepared will show you mean business!
  15. Promote yourself. Be your own PR agency. No-one will blow that trumpet like you can. Keep your CV and portfolio up to date. You do not have to be the big tweeter or face booker but get yourself out there. Local paper, flyers, business cards. The level will depend on you.
  16. Overnight Millionaire. Even if you’re doing Rhianna’s make-up you are not gonna be a millionaire overnight. You more than likely gonna have flights around the world and get closer to Trey Songz than I would (vex face). The money depends on so many factors such as what part of make-up or beauty you get into. Bridal can be big business as can glamour. You may have to do a lot of jobs for free to build your portfolio but have a limit or cut off. Know your work and as we said in point 8- believe in yourself and your talent. You may not be financially rich but emotionally you will if this is your passion.
  17. Money out vs. Money in. Your kit can get expensive. Very expensive. You think you need everything when you start out. You so do not! Think about each purchase carefully. Don’t go buy fake blood or SFX stuff if you only want to do bridal. You do not need a specialist make-up case if you have a perfectly good suitcase and clear bags for your products. Weigh up the cost properly. You do not have to outdo anyone. If you have seen my other posts then you will know you do not have to always go for the most expensive products. As you build up a clientele and have more money coming in then you can be a little less tight on the purse but not too much!
  18. Have a career plan or goal. Do you want your own make-up line or want to be a celebrity make-up artist? Just wanna do make-up for friends and family. No matter what the goal is, let it be your dream and your vision. Not someone else’s vision for you. Big or small it is your dream, right?
  19. There are specialist agencies out there (yep! like Modelling agencies) that represent Make-up Artists and other creatives. There is a process to go through and they represent a lot of the elite. Another strand to consider should you want to get into this field. You can also go the counter route. Working for Lancome, Clarins or Mac. They generally require sales experience and examples of your work. It is easier through recruitment agencies as opposed to directly with the brand but there will be a recruitment process or you may be lucky enough to know someone on the inside.
  20. Look after you. This job can take a toll on your back, feet, body and skin.There will be long hours and not so glamorous locations. You may have to work in cramped spaces or in the rain. All for the love of it.

I haven’t asked whether you want to do it as a hobby or career and that really is your own question to ask. This really covers Make-up Artistry. Beauty therapy and skin care does require education and qualification. It is like anything, hard work and you get out what you put in. Make-up on your friends is different from Film, Television and Music. There will be terminology thrown around such as dewey or flat, sepia to cut crease and you will need to decipher the code or ask questions. I am behind you all the way.

Good Luck! I hope this helps in some way. If you have any questions or any further advice to offer please comment and let me know. If you find these blogs useful then why not subscribe? If you are on WordPress all you have to do is hit the follow button. Everyone else, just put your email in the box on the right and receive email notifications every time I blog!

Here are a couple behind the scenes pics of me when I first started out…

Working with Ny on film Krish and Lee With Allegra Hart on Breathe Music Video


TBH! xoxo


Straight…No Chaser! Clarins Double Serum Review!

Greetings and Salutations! This blog post is long overdue as I have mentioned this product in previous blogs a couple of times now and it deserves its own review! As always this comes from my own mouth, tried and tested on my own skin and purchased with my own money. Opinions are genuine and honest and have not been influenced by anyone other than me.

It’s like a Genie in a Bottle and I have been excited about it from day one. Clarins Double Serum is something to be excited about. In fact, you can get ‘Tom Cruise jumping on Oprah’s couch’ excited. It is that good! I have always followed very easy regimes when it comes to skin care. This is not to say that I don’t take it seriously but more so to say, I stick to the 3 steps of cleanse, tone and moisturise. Throwing in a serum was a little out of my comfort zone previously as I really couldn’t see the benefit of putting loads of products on my face. With this Serum, I see no harm in adding one more product to my still very simple regime.

So what exactly is a serum? Do you really need one? Is my moisturiser not enough? Hopefully by the end of this review you will be able to answer those questions and more. I know I have said it before but it really is down to preference what you put on your skin. You always need to think about what your skin really needs to be able to decide what is best for you.

Clarins Double Serum Double Serum pic 2

Let’s start with the basics!

A serum is a formula or concentrate (more often than not liquid/ gel) that goes deeper into the layers of the skin to nourish, hydrate, rejuvenate and even prevent ageing. There are several types of serums on the market. You would normally use a serum after you cleanse and tone and before you moisturise.

Whether you need one or not is down to you. Please don’t go rushing off to the nearest department store to go find any serum you can. I would try to avoid the temptation to order one online so that you have it in time for your bedtime facial tomorrow. If your moisturiser or current skin care products are doing what you need them to, there is no need to add a serum. If you feel that your skin could seriously benefit from a product that tackles a specific issue such as hydration, for example, then maybe it is something to consider. All in all, start with a trial size serum where possible and see how your skin reacts. Moisturisers do not break down as much as serums do and most do not provide the nutrients of a serum. Science part over!

This is what Clarins say about it. “Double Serum is the only age- control treatment to revitalise the 5 vital functions crucial to youthfully radiant skin. Hydration, Protection, Regeneration, Oxygenation and Nutrition. Using Lipidic and Hydric formulas to replicate the model of the skins hydrolipidic film and dual oil-water nature of the skins cells.”

Find out more about Clarins and their values and philosophy here.

Why I love this Serum!

I have dry skin and my face in particular seems to crave more than my moisturiser gives. I have tried a couple serums in the past that have just made my face shine on the surface like I have used a whole tub of vaseline on it. Others appeared to have no real effect on my skin apart from making it sting or dry out even more. I watched a couple of video reviews about others who had tried the Double Serum and I tried a sample. Instantly my skin looked vibrant and fresh. It felt like I had nothing on my face. It was light and refreshing and you could tell it was not ‘sitting’ on the skin.

During my visit to my local Debenhams, Kirsty the Skin Care Specialist (who is now my Clarins Skin Care everything) took time to look at my skin in detail and discuss the pros of this product. There was no hard sell or push to buy it or any product but instead an opportunity to try it and decide for myself. That is one of the reasons I am so impressed by Clarins. I love when the product knowledge is there and when you are left to make a decision and it is not rammed down your throat. That was back at the beginning of February and I have been using it ever since.

Beauty Holder Roundup!

Price: 3.5/ 5

At £55.00 in the UK it is the pretty pricey. It is a huge stretch even for my beauty budget- yes, I have one! Do I think it is worth it? Yes. I would happily forgo buying some foundations for this product. With what it has done for my skin so far- I don’t need the foundation. A little does go a very long way as I will tell you below. For that reason it gets a decent score. Clarins is also synonymous with premier skin care and a high end brand so I knew it would be a pretty penny!

Packaging: 4.5/ 5

Plastic bottle like container that should be fully recyclable. That always gets a thumbs up. The clear bottle allows you to see the 2 separate chambers of the ‘lipidic‘ and ‘hydric‘ formula. Pump applicator that dispenses equal parts of both that you mix together to activate before applying to face. It contains 30ml or 1FL OZ so handbag and travel friendly. I was able to use to the last pump but could see some at the bottom that I could not get. This is my only gripe with the packaging. There is very little left over- talking a drop if that. I may wrestle with the bottle next time.

Product: 5/5:

You only need to have read up to this point to know I really love this serum. As serums go this one does everything it says it can. All skin types will benefit from this product. It smells delicious and as with all Clarins products it is plant based and natural. Non-greasy and light, it is not sticky and does not irritate the skin. The natural nutrients the Double Serum is putting inside my skin show on the outside. The effects on my skin are not just noticable by me but others. Any fine lines due to dehydration have disappeared and I appreciate they were very fine lines to begin with. There is a natural glow to the skin that lasts throughout the day whereas previously with only my moisturiser, my skin would not appear as supple halfway through the day. I am getting older now and so the skin needs a little more love and magic! It is not so much about the youthful look of the skin that this product gives but the nourishment, the prevention and of course the hydration.

I would honest say that you only need between one to 2 pumps (or 1 1/2) in the morning at night. Anything more than that is a waste. I only use one and that is enough for my face and neck. This serum has given my skin what it was lacking and means that I do not loads of different products for different issues but one that can do it all. My skin care regime is just as easy breezy as before, my skin just has a new ally- Double Serum!

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope this post was useful to you in some way. Get in touch and let me know if you use a serum or if you have tried this one. You may not need one at all- remember that is down to you to decide!

Until next time!


TBH! xoxo


My skin care routine…

One of the questions I am asked the most is what I use on my skin. What is my skin care regime and how I look after it. How I look after my skin varies according to a couple of factors, such as time of year, how my skin is feeling and more. I didn’t have a regime until at least 2 years ago. Up until that point, I was using water, witch hazel and a body moisturiser. Oh how much I have learnt.

What I hope you will take away from this is the importance of a routine or process of skin care. Even if you have dry skin like I do, it doesn’t mean my regime will work for you. My advice would always be to speak to a specialist (i.e. dermatologist) or beautician. You can also check out some of my other skin care posts, such as Quick Skin Type Fixes, Male skin needs love too and Layering your skin care products.

If you know me well, you know that skin care is very important to me. Much more so than make-up. I love make-up but I maintain it is there to enhance the natural you. Yes, even if you have acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, dark circles and more. I know that make-up affords some confidence at times but that confidence is within you, not in any make-up product. I hear alot of people refer to their skin as ‘good skin’ or ‘bad skin’. Yes, I have an opinion on that too. As long as you are looking after any skin conditions or issues then you are doing the best for you skin. That is what is important. What’s truly important is knowing your skin and treating it well.

You are likely to find me on a daily basis with no make-up (apart from filled in brows and lipgloss/ stick). I make sure I follow my regime religiously night and day. Even if I come home in the early hours of the morning after a shoot, I always make sure my skin is clean and moisturised.


This post will include my bare face- with some cheesy grins of course! They will not be pictures of me with full foundation claiming it is my skin.


  • Daily cleanse with Simple Moisturising Facial Wash or Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel (love this product! It is an oil, gel, and the milk). I do this in the shower.
  • I exfoliate at least 2 times a week with St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub. I sometimes use porridge oats and moisturiser.
  • Simple Toner to ensure all products are removed from my skin and to balance and soothe the skin.
  • I talk alot about the darkness around my eyes. I use my homemade eye cream day and night and once a week (not pictured).I also use my Clarins Eye Contour Balm when I have it (at least every 4 months or so). I find my homemade cream is extremely hydrating.
  • Clarins Double Serum is my most expensive skin care product. It retails for £55 approx here in the UK. I have been using it for about 3 weeks now and absolutely love it. I am finishing up a review on that for next week. I do have to co-sign on it though. It is amazing.
  • Moisturiser is also Clarins Multi Active Day.
  • Vaseline for the lips (not pictured). I do a sugar scrub for the lips at least every 2 weeks.

Skin care products


  • Simple Face wipes to clean my face of any product, dirt, oil eye make-up.
  • I use the face wash or cleansing gel as per point one above.
  • Eye cream.
  • Clarins Serum.
  • Night moisturiser and vaseline.

Important to note the following:

  1. I leave each a gap of at least 5-8 mins between products
  2. I use luke warm water- never hot. Sometimes I use cold water to refresh the skin and wake me up in the morning.
  3. With the serum I always squirt the product in my hands and rub together to activate rather than play connect the dots with it on my skin.
  4. I try and sleep on my back so as not to rub off the product with the pillow or pick up hidden dirt and oils from your pillow case.

Picture time!

All moisturised up after my regime, shining bright like a diamond (thanks Rihanna)!

All moisturised up...

How I leave my house…with brows and lips! Brows make a difference for sure.

brows and lips...

The top pic is inside the house and the other is a car pic in the daylight so the lighting differs. No camera tricks. My face is a little red in the top pic as I went through the whole regime in quick time for this picture- sorry! 🙂

Hope you enjoyed this post.

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Until next time!

Big clean skin besos!