After having a child, I've noticed the dramatic effect not having a regular routine has on her. Which makes me think it's important we address our routine to ensure a good night's sleep. Most of us know that eight is the magic number of hours the typical adult needs to sleep each night, but sometimes with the best intentions of an early night it's hard to get to sleep; I'm hoping these tips will help you. I understand that factors beyond our control can mess it up, my girl is two years old, lol.
3-4 hours before bed
Limit or avoid caffeine (coffee, tea, fizzy drinks, chocolate) I'm not the best at this as I love a cup of tea and some chocolate.
Avoid naps, you should limit naps to 10-30 minutes and try to take them in the afternoon, if you're lucky enough to get the opportunity.
Limit alcohol consumption, it sometimes sends us to sleep but it's usually disturbed.
1-2 hours before bed
Cut out too much fluids (if you're like me, it makes you need to get up in the night to use the toilet)
Try not to snack or eat.
Turn off phone, computer, iPads etc, the light simulates day light which wakes us up. If you're a bit addicted to being on your phone as I am, oops, some Iphones have a night shift option that automatically turns on warm low light at the time you want. Go to settings - display & brightnes - Night shift.
Here's some suggestions for a routine-
Brush your teeth
Remove your makeup
Have a warm bath
Write your thoughts; if your mind turns to worries at night, keep a notepad by your bedside. When worries come to mind, write them down and address them in the morning.
Listen to relaxing music
Talk to your loved ones
Pack the next day’s lunch
Pick out your work clothes
Count your blessings
Write your accomplishments of the day
Try going to bed around the same time every night
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I did this Galaxy makeup on request from a client in Leamington Spa as she was going out for Halloween a few years ago.
(All MAC unless specified)
Darker swirl on left eye-
- Chromaline Black
- Pigment Deep blue green
- Reflex glitter Turquatic Pro
Inner light swirl-
- Paintstick white
- pink opal pigment
- Magenta madness pigments
- Rule eyeshadow
- MAC pro acrylic paints- Pure white / Hi-Def cyan
Right softer eye-
- Paintpot Coral crepe
- Pink opal pigment
- Rule eyeshadow
- Feline pencil / Carbon eyeshadow pressed on top with angel brush for liner
- Zoom fast black lash mascara
- Face & body foundation with YSL Touche Eclat on top
- Prolongwear concealer
- Careblend powder
- Pro contour powder
- Morange lipstick mixed with Shy girl lipstick
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Here's a few Images of my makeup for the bride, bridesmaids and mother of the bride.
The bride's mother and sister had travelled all the way from Australia for the joyful occasion.
I did the makeup in The Church Street Townhouse located in the heart of Stratford upon Avon, then travelled to the church in Warwick for touch-ups.
Please Leave a comment if you would like to know what products I used
Sophie is a talented makeup artist based in Nottingham so the pressure was on to make sure everything was up to scratch.
Primer MAC prep and prime skin.
Foundation MAC face & body & YSL touché éclat.
Concealer MAC select cover up and studio finish.
Cheek Illamasqua dixie cream blusher, MAC Harmony blush as contour, Highlight MAC Pearl cream colour base.
Bronzer Bobbi Brown in medium.Eyes-
Highlight MAC vanilla pigment.
Lid MAC expensive pink.
Crease MAC ground brown and bamboo eyeshadows.
Liner MAC blacktrack and liquidlast pointblack.
Lashes Shu Uemura.Lips-
lipsticks in Vegas volt mixed with Saint Germain.
Here's a swatch, I tried it on myself then a few of my clients and I love it, give a beautiful sheen.
The MAC artist recommend using it wet , if you do this I suggest to carefully scrape a bit out then mix it with MAC fix + for a creamy wet highlight.
You can order it from MAC Cosmetics
I've just purchased it in a Pro palette of 4 shades -NC15, W10, NC20, NW20 & 2 colour Correctors in Pale Yellow & Pale Pink. These are a slightly different formula to the studio finish concealers, slightly creamer. Also a friend pointed out on instagram that this formula doesn't have the SPF 35 which is better for photographic purposes, as the SPF is what tends to make the product flash back lighter. It costs £35.
The swatches were done on my skin tone, I'm light, about NC15/NC20 in MAC. The palettes come in light, med, med deep & dark.
I'm a huge fan of director Baz Luhrmann, with his previous films being Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge and Australia! He always seem to combine an incredible combination of stunning visuals, music and fashion, so I knew I was in for a bit of a treat when I heard his new film was The Great Gatsby. I love 1920s makeup, art deco design and fashion, my only wish is that I was part of the makeup team for the film!
Here's what Silvi had to say on the makeup:
“Baz Luhrmann approaches directing his films like a painter, giving strong priority to the looks of each character. In his mind, makeup is one of the key elements used to depict love, struggle, pain and romance”
“When we started preparing for the film, my department and I had to choose which products to use for the two main parties: What we referred to as the Glam party and the Sad and Tawdry party.” In creating The Great Gatsby‘s cinematic look, Silvi employed these four key elements:
“We based each character’s makeup looks around their costume and hair colour. For lighter skin shades we used Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 in shades such as NW15 and NC20. For darker skin shades we used Matchmaster SPF 15 in shades such as 8 and 9.”
I wanted to do a quick blog post with a photo of the Lady Gaga inspired makeup from her music video Born this way, I did on request from my client going to a Halloween fancy dress party last night.
I will update this post soon with a more detailed description of how I did this makeup and a few more photo's but I'm just about to go to a party dressed as the Evil Queen from snow white and need to do my makeup, lol.
Products I used:
- Prep + Prime Natural radiance
- MAC white face and body
- Illamasqua skin base foundation White
- Prep + Prime finishing powder
- Ebony eye pencil to sketch out design
- MAC pro Chromaline BlackBlack to fill in as its water resistant
- MAC pro Paintstick to soften some of the edges
- MAC pro Acrylic paint in Black
- Omaga eyeshadow for shading skin