Beauty

In My Makeup Bag

in my makeup bag

Studded leather makeup bag from Austique. Available in navy here and you can find similar styles here and here.

Recently I’ve received a few requests from you lovely lot as to the makeup and beauty products I use. Your wish is my command so here we have the first of what I hope will be a series of posts about grooming. As I’ve said many times in the past, I’m actually pretty crap when it comes to makeup. This is partially out of laziness and lack of time – given how high maintenance I am when it comes to clothes and accessories, paying the same level of attention to my visage would be exhausting – but it’s perhaps also a hangover from my teenage years when I experimented wildly and badly with caked on foundation, orange fake tan and vats of glittery eye makeup. I looked like a low rent drag queen, especially given the stilettos and body con I paired the sorry lot with. Of course I’ve erased those days from my memory, as one does with truly traumatic experiences, but the periodic appearance of photos from “Val De Lobo ’07″ or “So and So’s Sweet Sixteenth” have no doubt served to keep me in very minimal, low risk make up ever since. Well now I’m a bit older and while probably not exactly wiser, certainly less likely to leave the how looking like the cast of TOWIE and Footballer’s Wives combined. So I’ve decided that maybe it’s time to take a few make up risks and have been embracing lipsticks of all colours and even experimenting with the odd smoky eye! I’ll be telling you more about this in beauty posts to come but I thought that to kick things off, it might be an idea to share the makeup staples I just couldn’t live without…

bareMinerals basics

in my makeup bag

Anticlockwise from left: Light stroke brush, £14, Full Flawless Face Brush,£24, READY Blush,£22 (I wear “the faux pas”), Original SPF 15 Foundation,£25 (I wear “fairly light”), SPF 20 Concealer,£19 & Well Rested Face and Eye Brightener,£22

Aside from when I’m on shoots, I have used nothing but bareMinerals powders on my face since I was 18 years old. I find any other foundation, even supposedly lightweight ones too heavy and pore clogging to wear on a regular basis. This stuff is genius as you can apply the lightest of dustings to eliminate the odd pimple of bit of blotchiness or buff and build it for a camera ready coverage if you’re off out somewhere fancy for the night. It also doesn’t totally screw up your skin if you don’t take if off before going to sleep which, let’s face it, we all do sometimes. The foundation also contains SPF which is brilliant if, like me, you always forget to apply it. My love affair with bareMinerals products began with their Get Started kit which you can buy here. It’s great because it includes all the powders and the brushes which are utterly essential but pretty expensive. If you want to purchase or find out more about any of the other products click on the underlined descriptions above.

Les Yeux

in my makeup bag

From left: Lancôme Artliner liquid eyeliner,£22, Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl eyeliner,£16.50, Eyeko Alexa Cheung Eye Do eyeliner,£15, MAC False Lashes mascara,£18 & Dior Iconic Overcurl waterproof mascara,£24.50

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you much about my go-to eye makeup. A flick of black liquid eyeliner and lashings of mascara never fail! Generally speaking, I keep the eyeliner part to an absolute minimum, if I wear it at all, during the day. Then come evening all you need to do is add more for a defined feline flick. People often ask me about how I apply it so neatly but seriously, it’s so easy. If I can do it anyone can! The trick is practice – always the way, obvious though it sounds and boring though it is – and also starting with the thinnest line possible as close to the lash line as possible. You can always build it up but it’s a total nightmare to make the line thinner or neater once it’s on. The amount of times I’ve gone about my business with totally mismatched eyes is not to be believed. When it comes to liquid eye liner, Lancôme is the absolute best but it is seriously bloody expensive so Rimmel or L’Oréal can be great alternatives. As long as it’s got a good brush (fine, possibly spongy, without trailing stringy bits if you know what I mean) and the liner itself isn’t ridiculously gloopy then it will be fine. When it comes to makeup, I think splashing out on really great quality foundations and concealers is the most important thing as ones with tons of chemicals and whatnot in them can seriously mess with your skin. With eye liners and mascaras you can get away with spending a lot less and to be honest, some of the cheaper brands products are basically just as effective.

Perfect Pout

in my makeup bag

From left: Lanolips 101 Ointment, £9.97 & L’Occitane En Provence scented lipbalm,£8.50

While my recent obsession with offensively bright lipsticks shows no sign of waning, I rarely if ever wear them during the day. This is less to do with fearing looking OTT – that’s an unavoidable side effect of dressing like a cartoon character anyway – and more because I know I’ll get it all over my clothes, face and anyone/anything else I come into contact with. I don’t do lipgloss (another beauty product I abused as a teen) so lovely balms like this are my everyday pout perfectors. Lanolips 101 Ointment is quite literally the best thing ever for vanquishing chapping and leaving your lips all soft and smooth while L’Occitane’s Rose Tenderness Lipbalm adds just the right amount of shine and smells delectable too.

Have you found this little beauty post interesting? I’m scheming a few more so let me know what you like or don’t. Also I must apologise for the rubbish photographs. I took them myself and my photography skills are so non existent they make my makeup technique look Charlotte Tilbury standard!

Love Ella. X

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Get A New Do At Trevor Sorbie!

Trevor Sorbie

I reckon you all know me pretty well by know and are well aware how deeply dull, non adventurous and generally useless I am when it comes to hair and makeup. Much as I’d love to be one of those girls that gets a bold new look every couple of weeks or turns up at a party looking like she’s just stepped out of a vampy ad campaign my idea of pushing the boat out is a bit of eyeliner and if I’m feeling really brave lipstick or even an up do. Well now and again, I get so bloody bored of rocking the exact same beauty look every day I’m almost tempted to swap my bob for a Miley Cyrus mohawk. Luckily there are professionals at hand who can persuade me against attempting anything drastic and some of the loveliest can be found at the lovely Trevor Sorbie salon in Covent Garden. Recently I’ve been feeling extra O-V-E-R my current ‘do so when they invited me along for a cut and colour I didn’t need to be asked twice. I went in clueless as to what I wanted and came out with a slick aubergine (I think the technical term was “deep chestnut”) look that felt very autumnal and, dare I say it, a little foxy.

Trevor Sorbie

I won’t bore you with a step-by-step of my whole salon experience INSTEAD you can use this one time only, exclusive La Petite Anglaise reader discount to get a hair update yourself! Yep, if you fancy a new ‘do too (see what I did there?) then claim 50% off all hair treatments at Trevor Sorbie simply by quoting “La Petite Anglaise” when you book. You can book online here or call the salon on +44 (0) 207 379 6901. The offer is valid until December 1st… happy grooming!

Love Ella. X

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Introducing: Eyeko

eyeko

I often think I don’t write enough about beauty products. Despite being both rubbish at and lazy about applying my own make up, I adore having my make up done and I enjoy personal grooming and everything it involves to a positively worrying level. When I was introduced to Eyeko – hotter-than-hot eyes only make up label launched with the intention of providing the “ultimate mascara wardrobe” – a couple of weeks ago, I knew within seconds it was seriously post worthy. Plus, my sources tell me that the whole world will be buzzing about this cult beauty brand so this way you (and I) can be among the first to rave about it.

eyeko

Launched in 1999 by fashion and beauty guru, Nina Leykand and stocked everywhere from Sephora to Harvey Nichols, you’d have thought that Eyeko would be a household name to rival MAC or Maybelline. Not so. Nina’s label, may be flying off shelves all over the world but somehow it’s remained the beauty industry’s best kept secret. Well now the secret’s out. I may be no expert but having been wearing Eyeko for the past week I can confirm that the gel based, Keratin containing mascaras are every bit as luscious as you’d expect. As for the Eyeko’s latest innovation: one mascara, three brushed to achieve a myriad of lash tastic styles… Can you say #TOTESAMAZE?

Love Ella. X

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bareMinerals White Hot Palette Makeover

People are often surprised to discover that I’m absolutely rubbish at doing make up. You’d think that between modelling and working in fashion I might have picked up a few tricks but no, my idea of really pushing the beauty boat out remains a slightly wobbly slick of eyeliner. A while back the lovely folk at bareMinerals were kind enough to give me a makeover with their Supernaturals collection. Since then I’ve managed to forget everything I learnt and with New Years Eve coming up I was dying to do something a little dramatic so they agreed to give it another go with their party perfect White Hot palette. The timing couln’t have been better as I’ve recently been debating whether to branch out into video blogging and thought a video makeup tutorial (that wouldn’t involve me having to say or do too much on camera) would be the perfect way to get started. Luckily my brother is a dab hand at filming so I roped him in to do it. This is our first foray into making videos so please forgive any minor blips but overall I’m really pleased with the results of the film and the sultry eye makeup. Enjoy!

Filming & Editing by Louis Catliff.
Look created by Sarah-Jane Froom, European Make-Up Artist for bareMinerals

The bareMinerals White Hot palette is available for £39, click here to buy it online.

Love Ella. X

 

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LPA Loves… Essie Stylenomics

Essie Stylenomics

As you’ve probably gathered by now, I’m not one of nature’s penny savers. Much as I’d love to be the kind of girl who makes purse-friendly packed lunches and doesn’t visit Starbucks three times a day or not-so-occasionally take taxis instead of the tube due to impractical footwear issues, I’m just not. But while economics may not get my pulse racing, the concept of stylenomics certainly does. Whether it’s due to the recession, the arrival of a whopping great phone bill (guilty) or the rising price of just about everything, most of us can’t afford to do a major wardrobe overhaul each season just because cobalt blue is the new black. We can however, forgo a glass of wine or two and spend that cash on a couple of brand new nail polishes. This is a sentiment shared by Essie who have released a collection of ultra on-trend hues named, ‘Stylenomics’. Instead of stressing over the fact that your wardrobe is lacking in this seasons must-have berry tones or muted greys simply stick to wardrobe staples and update the look with an opulent and oh-so-now nail polish shade!

My personal favourite is “skirting the issue”, which one do you rate?

Love Ella. X

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