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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Products used: All MAC
- Ebony lip liner
- Currant lip liner
- Pro lipmix Magenta & Red
- Clear lipglass
- Lip brush #231
Embryolisse is a moisturizer that is a skincare must have. From working at fashion week I learnt that it was models' and makeup artists' secret weapon. This moisturizer made by Lait-Creme Concentre has been available in French pharmacies for over 60 years. I use it on my own skin as I have extremely sensitive and dehydrated skin, which tends to react to most products but this one works like a dream.
The only down side is its not easy to get hold of if you don't live in France, so if you go on holiday there its worth popping into one of their pharmacies as its quite cheap there.
Here is a UK based site you can purchase it from - http://www.gurumakeupemporium.com/Embryolisse-24-Hour-Miracle-Cream-Lait-Creme-Concentre-75ml
Bourjois kindly sent me a collection of their new products to try.
- HEALTHY MIX SERUM FOUNDATION
- VOLUME CLUBBING BLACK JACK MASCARA
- BEAUTY'FULL VOLUME MASCARA
- HEALTHY BALANCE UNIFYING POWDER
- SMOKY EYES TRIO EYESHADOW in 13 brun wood & 14 vert jungle
- QUEEN ATTITUDE KHÔL KAJAL
- LITTLE ROUND POT INTENSE EYESHADOW in #4 & #10
I like to try the products on my skin before I use them on clients so here's some pictures of my makeup after my experiment.
The makeup I used on myself and a mini review of a few of my favorite Bourjois products-
MAC- Prep and Prime skin- As you can tell if you have read my previous posts I always use a primer before applying foundation as it gets your makeup to last on your skin, and helps with a smooth application of foundation.
HEALTHY MIX SERUM FOUNDATION- 16 hour radiance booster- A while ago they had sent me Healthy mix serum which I love for a natural finish foundation. Even though it is a sheer foundation it still covers redness, it has a natural satin finish that mimics the look of radiant skin, not too shiny not too matt.
MAC- Studio finish concealer- I have spot prone skin so need to go back with concealer in target areas, this MAC concealer is a full coverage.
HEALTHY BALANCE UNIFYING POWDER- This powder is ultra fine so sets the foundation without looking powdery and dry.
SMOKY EYES TRIO EYESHADOW- I used the three eye shadows from the 13 brun wood pallet, I've got to say I am picky with eyeshadows but these were easy to blend and did have a good colour pay off. I was a fan of this colour combination this palette comes with a olive green, warm red and black, these colours suit a lot of people but especially green eyes as the red in the brown will make green eyes look brighter.
LITTLE ROUND POT INTENSE EYESHADOW- I went back into the outer crease of my eye with the #10 black mineral based eyeshadow as you only need a small amount to create drama.
VOLUME CLUBBING BLACK JACK MASCARA- This mascara is great if you like volume, you can really build up your lashes to create drama.
QUEEN ATTITUDE KHÔL KAJAL- I used this all around my eye and in my waterline, it does last well in the waterline.
MAC- Oak lip pencil, To the future pro longwear lipstick & clear lipglass.
Before a photoshoot with a designer I designed this ProChart using LITTLE ROUND POT INTENSE EYESHADOW in #4 & QUEEN ATTITUDE KHÔL KAJAL.
You can purchase Bourjois products from- www.bourjois.co.uk
If you want to design makeup looks you can purchase the blank Procharts from- www.prochart.co.uk
The Advanced Photographer Magazine shoot was a Sigma competition for a number of photographers. I did the makeup on the beautiful model Chloe-Jasmine Whichello. The eight finalists got to spend the day shooting in a studio with top fashion photographer Dave Kai Piper. The stunning jewellery was by Lodichka Jewellery.
The key products I used on this shoot were-
- MAC Studio sculpt foundation
- MAC Posey cream blusher
- MAC Pearl cream colour base
- MAC copperplate eyeshadow
- MAC Blacktrack fluidline eye liner
- Ardell demi wispy false lashes
- MAC Beet lip liner
- MAC Craving lipstick
Here are some tear sheets from the Advanced Photographer Magazine.
Here's some behind the scenes photos by Martin Gillman. martingillman.co.uk
This is one of photographer Dave Kai Piper images. www.davekaipiper.co.uk
One of the photographers Kate from LKPhotography sent me a few of the amazing photos from the day. www.lkphotography.co.uk
It was a real pleasure working with everyone involved! x
Photographer: Dave Kai Piper
Assistants: Paul McKelvie & Martin Gillman
Makeup artist: Naomi Mckeever
Styling & Art Direction: CJW
Jewellery: Lodichka Jewellery
Model: Chloe-Jasmine Whichello
Will Cheung: editor of Advanced Photographer