Face Masks- Six of the best

Photo credit Lou Denim Hair and Make-up Victoria Bond @ Caren. Model Annie Budgen @ Milk.

Photo credit Lou Denim Hair and Make-up Victoria Bond @ Caren. Model Annie Budgen @ Milk.

I love a face mask, there is nothing I like more than a nice bubble bath, a glass of wine and a moisture mask. I can just feel the goodness soaking into my skin and restoring it’s radiance.

In terms of work I like the Sisley Express Flower gel mask this can hydrate skin in three minutes. If my model has been travelling a lot or has just finished fashion week this can turn their skin around in a short period of time. On set I wouldn’t have time to have models sat around with thirty minute face masks on!

Different masks do different jobs some clear the skin, some add moisture, radiance, heat, cool whatever your requirement is there is probably a mask to cover it. I tend to just use either radiance or moisture masks as thats the boost my skin usually needs.

Masks I love

1. Sisley Express Flower Gel £60 sisley-paris.com I have mentioned this already this mask gives you instant moisture in three minutes. Perfect for those on the the go.

2. Sisley Black Rose Cream £95 sisley-paris.com This is my absolute favourite I tend to sleep in this and let it absorb overnight. When I wake up my skin feels plump and rejuvenated.

3. Darphin Youthful Radiance Camellia Mask £45 darphin.co.uk. This is instant youth in a tube guaranteed to put the glow back in tired dull skin. Another fav!

4. Kiehls Earth Pore Cleansing masque £21.50 kiehls.co.uk. This masque is for those with oily skin. It matitifies  skin and helps to reduce and refine the look of pores.

5. Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask £15.75 uk.lizearle.com. This is a clay mask which is great for drawing out any impurities leaving the skin balanced and calm.

6. Avocado from 75p at local supermarkets. Mash up a super ripe avocado and pop it on you face just like a normal face mask. This is a cheap and natural moisture mask!

Exfoliation – My Top Tips and Recommendations.

Photo credit Efi Zachou Hair and Make-up Victoria Bond @ Caren Agency.

Photo credit Efi Zachou Hair and Make-up Victoria Bond @ Caren Agency.

Good skincare is the key to great skin. There are other factors such as diet, exercise and sleep but I will get to that in later posts. What I am trying to do with my blog is give you the basics and build up from there. Basically if you have good skin and eyebrows make-up will look good on you!

Even with regular cleansing the skin will still have a dead skin build up that needs to be swept away by a good quality exfoliator. Not too gentle and not too harsh. I like to use a Darphin exfoliator I find it has the right level of grit for my face. I recommend exfoliating once week to keep skin clear, bright and smooth. It can also help combat fine lines and reduce the size of pores. It also allows any skin care you are using to work as it’s removed all the impurities from the skins surface.

Tips for using Exfoliators

I usually use a fifty pence piece size of the exfoliant and rub it between my palms. I cover my face and neck avoiding the delicate eye area. I use my hands in circular motions all over my face. I usually do this for a few minutes if it starts to hurt you’ve gone too far! Take some time around the nose and chin!

My Top four Exfoliators

1. Darphin Age-Defying Dermabrasion £52 darphin.co.uk. This is my personal favourite that I use every week. It is suitable for sensitive skin due to its creamy formula. But also powerful enough to reduce the look of pores, age spots, discolouration and heliport out wrinkles!

2. Sisley Gentle Facial Buffing Cream £49 sisley-paris.com. This lovely exfoliator is good for all types of skin but again good for those with sensitive skin that might be put off from using an exfoliator. It soothes and softens skin making it ready for a mask or a fake tan.

3. Liz Earle gentle face exfoliator £15.75 uk.lizearle.com. This exfoliator is from the lovely Liz Earle range. Made with jojoba beads this gentle yet effective exfoliator buffs away impurities and dead skin cells. It’s not suitable for sensitive skin!

4. Origins Never A Dull Moment £25 origins.co.uk. I love this exfoliator it’s an old favourite of mine! in fact I had forgotten about it. It’s made with fruit extracts that help brighten and radiate skin! It smells gorgeous and it’s suitable for all skin types.

VB.xx

How To Cleanse Effectively.

Photo credit Lou Denim. Hair and Make-up Victoria Bond @ Caren Model Annie Budgen.

Photo credit Lou Denim. Hair and Make-up Victoria Bond @ Caren Model Annie Budgen.

Cleansing the skin is a really important, this keeps the skin healthy and sets the stage for make-up. It’s really important to use the right cleanser for the job in hand and according to your skin type. I think the most common mistake is to use a cleanser that is too harsh. or worse than that using wipes! When people tell me they use wipes my whole body recoils in horror! Wipes are ok for  quick cleanse now and again, but used on a regular basis can be damaging to skin and worse still cause wrinkles. So girls if you want to stay youthful put them away for emergencies only.

Do try not to sleep in make-up. Night time is when the body repairs itself. So it’s best to make sure the skin can breath so it can renew. This is also important if you want to keep a fresh youthful complexion.

I also recommend using good quality cotton wool (I like Boots own brand). I always wet mine first so its gentler on the skin.

If you do wear heavy make-up or waterproof mascara I would recommend using an oil based cleanser specifically for eyes. This will just melt away makeup and cause less damage in the delicate eye are.

I will talk about deeper cleansing and exfoliating in another post.

The following cleansers are my personal favourites…

1. Bioderma Sensibibio H20 – £4.50 100ml Lloyds Pharmacy. This was always the make-up artists little secret as you could only buy it in Paris. But now it is widely available in the UK. This is always in my kit I panic if its not! It brilliant it’s gentle I don’t know anybody that is allergic to it. It’s good for all skins but perfect for sensitive or dry skin. Its also non rinse. I find its also great for makeup corrections and sharpening a cat eye flick. The downside its not great at removing big make-ups if I’m doing a beauty shoot I always have a Bobbi Brown make-up remover on hand. (see below)

2. Bobbi Brown Instant Long-Wear Make-up Remover £18 House of Fraser.  So if I’m doing a beauty shoot I will use this to remove the eye makeup. It’s still very gentle but it’s specifically for waterproof or long-wear make-up. Its still safe if you wear contact lenses! So I would recommend having this on hand for big make-ups and if you wear waterproof mascara.

3. Kiehls Supremely Gentle Eye Make-up Remover £11.41 Nordstrom. This is what I personally use to remove my make-up. Its super gentle and it doesn’t sting. I like the creamy formula. My skin always feels clean without a tight sensation.

4. Darphin Azahar Cleansing Micellar Water £23 darphin.co.uk. This is another go to cleanser for me. I use this on myself and it is also in my kit. Its again good for sensitive skin. It softens, refreshes and comforts skin. Pricey but worth it! Models always ask what this is as they like the feeling of it on their skin.

Keep it clean girls! VB.x

Facial Oils – My top four for super perfect skin!

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Photography Cameron James Wilson, Styled by Octavia Lilywhite, Hair and Make-up Victoria Bond @ Caren Agency model Rafaelly Xavier @ Zone models

I’m asked on nearly a daily basis how I create the skin in the above image. Well I’m going to give you the answer and its oils. People are frightened of oil as they think it will make their skin oily and cause spots. But I want to dispel that myth. Oil does quite the opposite as the skin is made of oil it finds it easier to absorb and process oil. Thus giving you gorgeous skin. Facial oils also tend to be made of more natural ingredients so much better for us all round.

I always give my models a little facial massage before I apply any make-up. Always work upwards and don’t be afraid to be firm. Skin enjoys being manipulated its this stimulation that gives it a glow. I do this myself twice a day when applying oil morning and night. Yes you can wear it under make-up it has a lovely effect on foundation and I find it’s the only way to get the skin to look real. No heavy cakey make-up on my models!

My top four Oils

1. Nude Pro Genius treatment  oil.I use this everyday on shoots and genius it certainly is. Made from a precise blend of 10 natural plant oils this oil turns around any skin in minutes. It also lasts quite along time due to the pipet. big thumbs up from me!  Available from Space NK £58.

2. Darphin 8-Flower Nectar – I use this oil on myself day and night. Its made from essences of eights precious flowers. The smell is sensational and relaxing especially last thing at night. skin is left supple, plump, radiant and I’m sure it helps keep wrinkles at bay! available online from Darphin.co.uk £94

3. Sisley Black Rose facial Oil– This oil is most suitable for either mature or very dry skin. Again rich in omega three with lots of nourishing properties. The smell is divine and a real treat. It also comes with a 30 day guarantee! It definitely works another favourite! Available at John Lewis £134

4. Decleor Neroli Super Serum – This is a good all rounder and suitable for all skin types but will pep up dull or dry skin. A beautiful smell and easily absorbed another amazing must have! Available online decleor.co.uk £44.

So don’t be scared give it a go let me know how you get on!

Skin Care

Make-up will only look good if your skin is in great condition, this is what I tell all my clients. Good skin care is vital but not the only contributing factor. Drinking lots of water, fresh air, good diet and plenty of sleep will keep you young and fresh. 

The Rules

1. Always remove make-up before bed, the skin needs time to rest and repair and lets face it keeping it on is just plain skanky!!

2. Use a good cleanser – My favorite is Bioderma only available from French pharmacy’s (and ebay) this is a very gentle water like cleanser favoured by Make-up artists and models. It can also be used to correct any make-up mistakes you may make. I also like Ren no.1 purity balm, DHC deep cleansing oil and Liz Earle cleanse and polish.

3. Ex foliate – at least once a week – this gets rid of any dead skin cells prevents pores from becoming blocked and leaves an all round clean feeling. Dermologica microfoliant this is gentle and will suit all skin types.

4. Moisturise – Essential for happy hydrated skin. These creams won’t make you look younger but they will keep your skin supple and make-up ready. I like Darphin and Decleor both are oil based and really work. They also do oils and balms which are lovely at night and can really improve skin in six weeks.

5. Eye Cream – If you are over twenty five an eye cream should also be part of your regime. Remember to use a tiny amount about the size of a grain of rice and pat gently from the inner corner to the outer corner. Using too much eye cream can have the reverse effect and cause ageing so be careful this is a very delicate area. Sublimage by Chanel is expensive but amazing.

6. Face Masks – Just once a week its nice to give your skin a bit of extra help, look at you skin and see what it needs? Is it blemished? try Ren Clear calm anti-blemish mask. Do your Pores need minimising? Try Ren Pore min detox mask.Does it need a quick fix? try Sisley express flower gel face mask this mask nourishes and brightens in three minutes. Now we all have three minutes in a day.

7. Sunscreen – protect your skin even in winter I have a factor 50 on all year round. La Roche Posay do a lovely light fluid for the face in 50 which is great.

8. Don’t forget your lips there’s nothing worse than chapped lips. Keep them kissable with creme de la mer lip balm, Carmex or my fav Lanosil (tit cream).

Stay happy, healthy and abide by the rules and I promise you skin will be amazing in six weeks time!