Thursday, December 20, 2012

Sheer Summer Sheen

Going on holiday and changing seasons in the process can play havoc on your skin. I have found this out during our trip to Australia. Luckily I had some of my (now) favourite products. I will be reviewing these (finally) over the next few weeks.

Going from Winter to Summer, in just over 24 hours calls for some serious moisturiser. Not only will the long haul journey dry your skin out but the extreme changes of weather will dry out the oiliest of skin. It took me at least a week before my skin knew which side of the planet it was on, as for mind, a little longer.

Obviously I had to change my skin routine, as summer is all about parring things back: Lighter fabrics, shorter sleeves and strappy sandals. Your make-up should do the same. Keep it minimal and use sheer formulas that wont melt when the humidity and temperatures soar. Increase your water intake and pack your diet with as much fruit and veg as you can, so your summer glow radiates from he inside out.

Forget opaque, long wearing or heavy foundation formulas. Instead, opt for a tinted moisturiser or BB cream, such as Dior Hydra Life BB Creme Enhancing moisturiser, Bobbi Brown BB Cream or Dr.Jart+ BB Beauty Balm. As Boots Chemist had a special offer on the Dr. Jart+ BB Beauty Balm, that quite simply ended up in my toiletry. I was not disappointed, even if the colour of the balm is quite off putting to start off with. It rubs in well, I didn't burn in the 40 degree heat and my skin looked even throughout the day without it sliding.

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Links to BB Creams 1, 2 & 3

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Around The World In 80 Days

I cannot put into words how exciting it is to receive a message from the talented Elly Lucas, especially when she is asking if I would like to work with her again..erm..... “Yes, Yes, Yes”..... 

You can see our other projects here. 
Elly is based in Sheffield and one of the most creative people I know, she sings, plays the fiddle, not only for fun with her family but also in a successful folk duo, called “David Gibb & Elly Lucas”. Her talents extend to photography and needlepoint as she succeeded to patiently stitch the "Hot Air Balloon" used in the shoot, before setting the lights up for the shoot in her parents freshly painted dining room. I watched her put the finishing touches to the theme, whilst I painted away on our brilliantly comical model - Halo Haynes
It wasn't the warmest of mornings, but as luck would have it, the shoot was indoors. This is the result of Elly's luxurious imagination and hours of applying paint, glitter and icing sugar, yes you read right. Not that it worked as well as I'd planned it still had a wonderful “Iceberg Effect”....

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Please let us know if you would like to see more from like this from Elly and I as we love to make excuses to hang out.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Christmas Star Crochet Pattern

Puff Centred Crochet Star

This year as you know I have become completely hooked on crochet. So much so that when I found this pattern on Ravelry I just had to give it a go. Okay so Christmas is a little way off yet, but wouldn't this look gorgeous as bunting? Not only does it look good as a hanging ornament, but a bunch of them joined together with a chain stitch and then wrapped around the christmas tree, would look wonderful. I simply had to share with you all.

DK Yarn in as many colours as you decide to use. We used a recycled denim cotton.
4.00 mm hook

Please note: These instructions use BRITISH ENGLISH crochet terminology.
Dc/dc     double
Tr/tr         treble
Ch/ch     chain
St/st       stitch

  • Puff Stitch: Make 4tr into the same stitch; take the hook out of the current tr and pull that loop through the top of the first tr of the group.
  • 6tr group: 3tr, 2ch, 3tr
  • Picot: 2ch, dc back into the st where the 2ch started.

Pattern by Penny Peberdy,

  1. Make a magic ring. Here is a great tutorial by planetjune.
  2. Start with 2ch for height. (the 2ch does not count as a stitch). Work 5 puff sts into the ring, working 2ch between puff sts. Slip stitch to first puff st to join. 
  3. Work a 6tr group (3tr, 2ch, 3tr) into the top of each puff st and 1ch between the groups. Slip stitch to join.
  4. Slip stitch to the chain space at the centre of the first 6tr group, the work *3tr, picot, 3tr into the ch space. 1ch, dc into the ch between groups on previous round, 1ch. Repeat from * to end, slip stitch to join and end off the yarn.

We tried two different ways to finish the star. One was by attaching a piece of ribbon. Personally I think that it could have done with a smaller piece of ribbon and maybe a wooden button. However, we are far too eager at Reet Neat headquarters and used what we had to hand. Later on (first picture) the ribbon was removed and a chain was formed using the same wool, with a bead detail.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Back to making Zombies

I have just got off the phone with the Director at Light Films Ltd and the conversation has left me so excited for next weeks shoot I could burst. After months of hanging out in the directors garage shooting all the scenes we have with the main character, we finally have got to the part all of us have been waiting for..... The Zombie fight scene.

Prosthetics are made and ordered, we have torn noses, popped out eyeballs and missing chunks of flesh. As I type litres of blood are being made ready for Tuesday.

I truly cannot wait for this part of the feature and promise that if we have time I will get someone to video the application of the prosthetic pieces, so that I can post them on here as a tutorial at a later date. 

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Official poster for Wasteland - Artwork by Neil Simpson

Friday, June 22, 2012

5 Annoying Beauty Problems Solved

My make-up brushes only last a few months.

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This could have something to do with either washing them incorrectly or not at all. I used to wash my brushes in luke warm water with a dash of baby shampoo and tea tree oil. The shampoo dissolves the grease and the tea tree oil has antibacterial properties. I didn't think I could justify the cost of the higher brand cleansers. But that Ladies and Gentleman was before I tried anything other than shampoo. I have tried M.A.C 's Brush Cleanser and Bobbi Browns, I have no preference as both just make you brushes feel like new. Such a small amount is needed that the price is insignificant to the price of replacing your brushes. I also use bare minerals "quick change" brush cleaner, which is an excellent product between shampoos. Just spray this product on a tissue or cotton pad and swipe the brush back and forth until no  trace of colour is left on the brush.

The only concealer that will cover my bags is so thick it looks cakey.

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Trying to hide dark circles by piling on the heavy concealer is not the way to go. You need a light liquid formula as they absorb more easily under the eyes and cover without caking. Go for an opaque fluid with a peach tone to counteract the blueish/grey tones. Still seeing shadows try a light dusting of fine, light reflecting powder over the concealer to brighten.

Just hours after applying mascara, I find traces of it on my lids and under my eyes.

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That's because mascara can break down when it comes into contact with oils on your skin, leaving tell tale spots. If you're not planning on wearing eyeshadow then a primer should do the trick. Before you coat the lashes create a matte canvas on lids with a primer, like this light NARS formula, before topping it with a light translucent powder. Look for ones with silica which absorb oil, like MAC Cosmetics Prep + Prime Transparent finishing powder.

Even though I wash my face before bedtime, I still wake up with residue.

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Your cleanser just isn't doing it for you. Switch to an oil based formula, like DHC's Deep Cleansing oil, which breaks up oil better than regular soap. Or use regular cleanser as it should be used, by smothering your face and neck in cleanser and leave for a about 20 seconds to melt away make-up and grime. Gently wipe away cleanser using tissue or cotton pads. Then tone to make sure you remove any residue left.

I always smudge my polish before it dries.

I always paint my nails when I'm in a hurry, I can never do nail art due to being too impatient to wait for the first coat to dry. My absolutely favourite product for my impatience has to be Nails Inc Kensington Caviar. The base coat is like most others, but the top coat is the best I've tried. It dries in 45 seconds. I could do with the Top coat being sold as a duo.

Nails Inc LONDON Kensington Caviar Top & Base Coat Duo

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Collaboration with Cosmo Nominees "I am into this"

Last week I received an email from the Cosmopolitan Blog Award Nominees "I Am Into This". The virtually new blog features.....
'...two very entertaining British young ladies, Samantha and Teresa, delving deep into the sparkling world of life, fashion, beauty, and weddings.'

They have sent me a request to give an interview on the most popular and frequent questions asked by Brides. Seeing as research for most brides starts almost the moment after the proposal. We thought we would put together all the questions you have about Hair & Make-up in one easy to find place.

You'll be able to read the interview on their blog over the next coming weeks. Teresa and Sam of I Am Into This have done a wonderful job of bringing together a beautifully structured blog, that's caught the eye of Cosmopolitan for a Blog award before they are even a year old. So please take a look at their site and please give them a vote for the Cosmopolitan BLOG Awards. Not long left to vote.

If you would like to vote please follow this link and click on the Cosmopolitan Ad on the right, thank you

Also keep an eye out as I review some beautiful products for them too!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Who On Earth Is Deborah Bennett? Competition

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So my application is in.

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What have I to lose? The competition has a great prize of allowing it's winners to become interns and put together the October Issue of ELLE.

All I need is your votes, your pins, your tweets and likes. Share it on all your social pages, show them the wonderful support you show me everyday.

I'm not holding my breath as there are some awesome applicants, but let's get them to at least wonder

"Who on Earth is Deborah Bennett?"

To find out more about Deborah Bennett, please visit her website at and Facebook page.

Vote for me here
Tweet, Share, Like, Pin  go on you know you want to......

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

West Country and Sleepy Talk

Click on link to see larger image and read the article

Ballet Theatre UK were featured on the cover of the West County Times 'Leisure and Lifestyle' with a fantastic article featuring details about the production, the company and Artistic Director Christopher Moore.

 "This dramatic interpretation will have you captivated"
You can find out more about Ballet Theatre UK by checking out there blog on the link provided.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Beautifying The Bad Fairy

Being Key Make-up Artist for Ballet Theatre UK means that I get to design all the make-up for the Ballet Dancers. This was the first opportunity I'd had to do a creative shoot with Chaz Barnes, since working with him in a Photographic Studio in the Midlands. photo BadFairy_zps9e0d8ae5.jpg
I pre-made all of the pieces placed around the eyes. Using lace, gems, glitter and card. It was very effective with the strong green and black make-up used, to enhance the dancers beautiful eyes. I also gave Carabosse (The Bad Fairy) a strong dark lip to intensify her evilness. 

On this shoot I assigned Hillary Sullivan Make-up Artist as my assistant to help out with applying the designs.

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You can see more of Hillary's work here..

And check out tour dates with Ballet Theatre uk here...

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Behind the Scenes - Urban Beauty Shoot with Chrissa Wadlow


Today I had the pleasure of working with some of my favourite people in the film industry, Chrissa Wadlow of Light Films Ltd and Sophie Black of Triskelle Pictures.

Chrissa has always had an interest in photography and was keen to photograph one of her best friends daughters. Sophie and I were both thrilled when Chrissa asked us to come along and join her.

"Urban Beauty" is a working title full of interesting concepts and ideas that will be announced at a later date.

As for now you can read up about Sophie's involvement here

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Free Crochet Bag Pattern

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I wanted a quick project for a birthday present for a 3 year old. I found this crochet bag pattern at futuregirl. She uses the same pattern over and over as a blank canvas, adding new details each time to make each bag individual. They are gorgeous and I'm so tempted to make one for myself, as the options for personalisation are endless. I wanted to use a bird brooch, that I had previously made, as a decorative piece on the bag. I then stitched a simple branch pattern onto the bag for somewhere for the bird to sit. As you can see below futuregirl uses a crochet flower on her gorgeous sea foam coloured bag. 

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Futuregirl also shows you step by step and video instructions on how to add a lining to your bag. I didn't have time to line the bag, however, I have used this method for another crochet bag that I lined. I love Futuregirls hand stitched labels.

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If you do decide to add a lining to your bag, furturegirl kindly shows you how to sew the lining into your bag. This is a great tutorial that I have used in the past for other crochet bag projects.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Oreo Truffle Brownies

These Brownies are insanely good! This is the perfect dessert to Wow your guests.

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  • 1 cup of butter softened
  • 2 cups of sugar  
  • 4 eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa 
  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 packet of double stuffed Oreos
  • 4oz cream cheese, softened, add more as needed
  • 10oz cooking chocolate  


  1. Cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs and blend well. Add vanilla, salt, cocoa and flour. Don’t overbeat. Pour into a greased 9X13 pan. Bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
  2. While brownies are cooling, make Oreo truffle layer. Crush Oreos finely in a food processor or by putting them in a ziplock bag and smashing them until finely ground with a rolling pin. When Oreos are finely crushed, using hands (or a spoon, I just think hands are faster), mash softened cream cheese and crushed Oreos until well combined. Start with 4 oz and keep adding until desired consistency is reached. When Brownies have cooled completely, place layer of Oreo truffle on top.
  3. Melt dipping chocolate (you can use chocolate chips or other chocolate candy coating) and pour and spread evenly over the top of the Oreo truffle layer. Cover and put in fridge until set.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Lace Market Fashion Graduate Shoot

Lucinda Gautrey

Today, I've been with Holly Booth in Nottingham's beautiful Lace Market. I arrived and was eager to use my new Instagram app in the car park.

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We shot the fashion shoot in several rooms within The Lace Market Hotel. I managed to get some behind the scene shots too, before leaving for another job.

Lucinda's outfits were very wearable, I loved the autumnal colours and the structure of the clothing. I was also impressed with how much she had spent on accessories. Taking great care with them as they would soon be returned to ASOS once the shoot was over. Including a £200 ring, not bad going for a  student on a budget .....

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This is a shot I got of the bathroom, when you've gotta go, you've gotta go.......

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Our model readjusting her hair......

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The plan was to capture a story board, I love this shot I managed to get on my phone.....

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I managed to get sneaky picture of the photographer too.... To see Holly's professional pics of the day click here

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The sun was shining today, but it was absolutely freezing. I'm sure our model was pleased to have been modelling "sensible" clothes....

As you can see I had fun playing with the Instagram app you can follow me here