New Dolce Gabbana Make up Campaign

Absolutely love this, great use of colour. When using colour it’s best to keep the rest of the face neutral, for a modern super luxe look.

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Vote for Menelouandrueberg Talent House Fashion Film

Back in January I was fortunate enough to work along side film makers Menelouandrueberg. They produced a beautiful fashion film, to be shown in super cool boutique Machine – a. Styled by the lovely and uber cool  Paul Joyce. I provided the hair and make up and premier the models.
Marlon of Menelouandrueberg has entered the film into The Talent house competition, ran by Diane Pernet and blogger Tavi. Please vote for us!!

http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/kossstakis/115/?referral=fb_wall_vote_link

True Blue – How To Wear It Well

Make a bold summer statement with lovely hues of blues and greens, be bold, be brave…..

1.       Pale skinned girls should keep blue to a minimum. Start with neutral base and lip then apply a gold eye shadow to the lid; fill the upper and lower waterline with a black kohl pencil, then apply a dark metallic blue or deep dark aqua marine underneath the lash line. For a more dramatic evening look, don’t be afraid to too bring the blue deep underneath the lash line.
2.  Aqua marine is a great colour to enhance a tan, so this is a great holiday look. Apply a basic brown matte eye shadow to the socket line; then follow with a strong metallic aqua marine on the lid, really layer the colour up. For extra intensity fill the water line with a metallic brown eye liner, Mac Teddy is perfect. Then use a metallic brown under the lash line and blend well. Follow with lots of black mascara; a bit of bronzer on the cheek’s, nose and fore head. Finish with a slick of clear lipstick.

3.  Bold block colours look great on dark skinned girls; Mac liquidlast liner in blue horizon is perfect for creating a Dolce Vita flick. Make sure you take the colour right down to the top lash line and look down to create a good shape. This can take a bit of practice…. Finish with a strip lash, lots of mascara and a chocolate lip gloss.

4.  For a bold evening look; that isn’t too over the top, try Estee Lauders new pure collection by Tom Pecheux. Apply the navy eye shadow to the entire lid, into the socket and the lower lash line. Then use the black eye shadow at the corner of the eye and then along the top line. Fill in the waterline with a navy pencil and finish with lots of black mascara. This is a great alternative to the Smokey eye and is straight of the catwalks.

5.       For those of you who are scared of colour, keep it really simple. Line your waterline with Mac minted eye liner. Then add some cream blush to the apples of the cheek, Bobbi Brown pot rouge in tan is perfect. Finish with a slick of sheer fuchsia lip gloss.


Meaningful Beauty By Cindy Crawford My Review

As a new mum I really think it is important to keep up a good skin care regime with all the hormones and lack of sleep its essential to feed the skin good quality products to keep it in tip top condition. I really liked Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford; this anti ageing skin care range was effective and easy to use.

I really liked the cleanser, it was in an easy to use pump dispenser so no spills and it was non foaming which I like. It suggests using a face cloth to remove the product, I used a muslin cloth and found this gave me an extra clean feeling but without that awful tightness that some cleansers leave.

I tried out the face mask in the bath as this is the little bit of me time that I get. Once applied the mask has an instant tingling and tightening feeling I could almost feel the mask drawing out any impurities there may be in my skin. After fifteen minutes I removed the mask and I definitely think I looked more radiant and my skin appeared clearer!

I like that this system has separate night and day cream as the skin has different requirements during the day and night. The night cream is thicker and more luxurious which left my thirsty skin feeling sated, my only complaint being by morning my skin did feel a little dehydrated so it probably wasn’t quite rich enough for my skin.

The day cream is nice and light and provides a good base for make up, is easy to apply and just sinks into the skin. It’s a shame it has a low SPF (eight) as I like to protect my skin with a high factor all year round, even winter light can cause damage to skin.

The eye cream which I applied twice daily (which is essential to anybody over twenty five as this is the area in which we start to show the first signs of ageing) was nice and light since anything too heavy can have the reverse effect and cause ageing. I also find any creams that are too rich make my skin break out in milk spots – yuk!

I really liked the idea of a separate cream for the décolleté and neck these areas I sadly neglect. I moisturise my face but I forget about my chest and neck another hot spot for ageing, so this routine made me take notice and look after these delicate areas.

The last product in the kit was a bit of a life saver; my first evening out after having my little boy was to an RAF ball and everybody makes a real effort. I used the glowing serum and I think it definitely gave me an extra boost – I did get lots of compliments that night so it did the job!

Over all I think this is a really good skin care set it made me think about those areas that I so often neglect.  It doesn’t take up lots of time so is great for busy mums and if you are travelling its small, compact and easy to carry. I give Cindy nine out of ten!

Let There Be Light

I love natural day light I don’t think you can beat it, unfortunately we don’t get enough sunshine in the U.K.  So grab it when you can. This shoot which was shot by Efi Zachou started in the studio but moved outside as the light was so good. The story has a mix of outdoor and studio shots.

Styled by my good friend Peter Breen; using fabulous clothes from Machine – a, London’s uber cool fashion installation boutique.

It took me a long time to crimp Melina’s hair but I think it was worth it!

Let me know what you think??