Monday, 24 June 2013

Hedonistic, Passive, Barbarian

My second final shoot for uni this term was based around an exploration of how young people in Britain use subcultures to disguise or reflect their class. I also looked at how mainstream youth culture today has visually become huge mashup of multiple different subcultures. Do we have a rich youth culture or a lack of identity?

Photography here is by the incredibly talented film photographer Katie Silvester (see her work here) and styling by the equally wonderful stylist Gianfranco Colla (see his work here)

Photography: Katie Silvester
Styling: Gianfranco Colla
Model: Lucy @ Premier
MUA/Hair: Me

Monday, 10 June 2013

Monthly Favourites

May and June have been  busy months to say the least, and this I do feel like I have made some major beauty discoveries, having changed a lot of key items in my makeup bag, particularly facial products. All the following I have been using for a month or over, so I can testify to the product working successfully (especially true with the skincare)

L-R: Bioderma, MAC, Estee Lauder, Algenist, Philip B

I gave in and bought two classic and very well reviewed products this month, and both, I can safely say, live up to the hype. If you regularly read beauty blogs and beauty columns, it is near impossible not to have heard of these two! The first is Bioderma Cleanser, which I picked up in Paris when I went in April. This product is available in the UK, but it is very hard to get hold of, so I recommend using Amazon or other online retailers. This is something I use both in my kit and on myself, and has quickly become one of my skincare essentials. It removes every scrap of makeup, is gentle and non-drying (a nice surprise from a water-based cleanser) and has a lovely cooling sensation on the skin. Usually I only use oil/balm cleansers but I love how much cleaner and how refreshed this makes my skin feel.

The other well-loved product which I tried was Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Foundation in shade Ivory Nude. I tried a 10 day free sample from the promotion that they ran and I am completely and totally converted. I love a med-full coverage matte foundation, and Double Wear is the best I have ever tried. It is oil free, but also oil balancing, so it has a lovely non-greasy texture but can be used to balance both oiliness and dryness. It also has a buildable coverage and incredible staying power. I rushed out and bought the full size post pay-day, top marks.

MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder in shade Light 2 is also an absolute necessity to me these days. I got this about 2 months ago, and I would describe this as a powder for people who don’t like powder. It has the most natural finish on the skin (as the name suggests!) gives a light, but buildable coverage. This is the antithesis of a cakey, heavy, fake-looking powder. Perfect on top of moisturiser for no makeup days, and just as perfect to set even heavy foundation in preparation for a night out. You need a brush to apply it, rather than a sponge, which may be a downside to some, but I promise you, it is so worth it.

From oldies to newbies, Algenist’s new Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturiser is a real find. Perfect for summer months, this moisturiser has a light gel texture and is oil free. The Alguronic Acid is repairing, protecting and regenerative to the skin, while Salicylic Acid helps to clear blocked pores. This product is instantly absorbed and boosts radiance, refines the surface of the skin and locks in moisture. I have combination skin and this suits me down to the ground. I use it morning and night, at night over a serum to add a little extra moisture.

The final product that really stood out for me this month was one which I have a minor obsession with, Philip B’s Oud Royal Perfect Finish Shaping Fiber. Yes it has a rather cryptic name, but don’t let that put you off. This is a shaping and styling wax for the hair. Grab a fingerful, get it in the palm of your hands and clap your hands until the product gets gummy and white fibres start to fly in all directions (this part is pretty weird first time you do it) Then work into your hair at the roots to give tonnes of volume and shape, or at the tips to enhance curls. The best thing is that the product disappears almost instantly but leaves your hair weightless. Again, this one is a little tricky to get hold of but I promise you your money and efforts will be worth it.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

LaMode.Im Magazine

A new online fashion magazine called LaMode.Im launched on Monday, and I was lucky enough to write a beauty article on my summer must-haves for them. Here is a link to LaMode.Im Magazine. I'm on page 49 of 55!

Please have a look, there are some lovely illustrations, editorials, and articles in there and I'm sure we can expect great things coming soon. It's always great to get behind new creative talent :)

Rhiannon xx

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Off To The Races

This shoot was one of the finals for my project last term at uni, loosely inspired by Lana Del Rey. I have an obsession with black lips at the moment, and I created this look by using MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, which is actually a gel eyeliner, and a tiny lip brush. Not so practical in the real world but perfect for shoots. If anyone knows of a really good quality matte black lipstick I'd love to know!

Photography and Postproduction: Anup Kumar Pandey (see his work here)
Model: Aymee (Model Mayhem #2987646)
Styling: Own using Bundle Maclaren Millinary
MUA/Hair: Me

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Sirenium Scopuli

This shoot was a collaboration with photographer and illustration student Laura Coughlan, who is one extremely lovely and talented lady, view her work here. I think the finished result is absolutely beautiful. We did a second shoot based around the same idea which has just been accepted for Mindgame Magazine, so keep watching this space!

Photography and Postproduction: Laura Coughlan
Assistant: Jade Gellard
Model: Esther May