29 May 2011

Eyeshadows by Atelier Maquillage International

I came across this brand at IMATs this year and as a makeup artist I am always on the look out for new colours and products so I tested them on the back on my hand at the stall. To my surprise the colours were vibrant and highly pigmented. The eyeshadows come in palettes of 5, and you can buy them pre packed or make your own palette. I bought a couple of pre-made ones in Blues , Purples, Peaches, and Pinks. Apart from trying them for test shoots I tried them on ME for a TV interview I gave a few months ago. Some of the eyeshadows are light reflective and shimmery and others are matte. The real test was on a shoot I did with Actress Maia Sethna  and I wanted to create a turquoise / acqua eyemakeup with a smokey look, the colours have come out really well in the pictures. I am so impressed with them that I might buy a larger palette which takes in more of their colourful eyeshadows.


This is a French brand but now they are available in UK and stock a wide range of products for makeup artistry.
307 D Finchley Road, London, NW3 6EH, UK, open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm from 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm

21 May 2011

Display Window at Landmark Hotel, London

One of the many exciting opportunities I was recently offered was a display window at the prestigious Landmark Hotel. The Hotel is set in the heart of Central London, a skip and a hop away from Marylebone Station. Among the many wonders of the hotel, it has a magnificent lobby which is always buzzing with visitors. Through the lobby are the staircases that lead up to the mezzanine level, where several display windows exist (and now one of them showcases my work too!). They form a lovely walk upto the area where the buffet takes place at weekends. Make sure to check it out when visiting London!

Scissor Happy days at Sassoon Academy - London

OK so it has been a very long time since my last blog - APOLOGIES first! Now an explanation - I joined the Sassoon Academy in March and have not had much time as it is full time from 9am to 5 pm Mon to Fri. I am completing the NVQ 3 and Sassoon Diploma (30 weeks) which is in Hair cutting and colouring. These new skills will be an addition to my existing makeup and hair styling skills.

For those of you who might be thinking of hair dressing, a quick overview is that the 30 week course is divided in 6 stages (5 weeks each) and at every stage you learn something new and exciting.
Stage 1 - overview of the course and basics covered with some cutting at the end, main emphasis is on hairstyling.

I won the best mood board for end of stage 1. Mood board had to show best hair styles done so far.

Stage 2 - main focus on cutting women's hair, with some additional knowledge on colour theory (also get to spend a day at Wella and learn about their products)
Stage 3 - main emphasis on Barbering, some more colour theory and cutting hair
Stage 4 - Colouring Hair nearly everyday
Stage 5 - Cutting and Colouring Hair
Stage 6 - Advanced cuts and prepare for graduation soiree (find 2 to 3 models for hair show) - END of diploma!

At the end of every stage, there is always a competition of best student portfolio and mood board and the amount of products sold!

At present I am just finishing Stage 2 and have a better understanding of the ABC cutting theory than when I began. I must say although cutting hair is enjoyable, it is very technical and colouring is just another story to be amazing! I am really looking to the next few stages and in the meantime, have started taking the opportunity of cutting my friends and family's hair to add to my practise.

Might I also add, that throughout the course as our knowledge and skill set is increasing, our hair length is decreasing. In the past 10 weeks I have had 3 hair cuts......well, I did have hair below my shoulders!

Last but not least, this week the movie about Vidal Sassoon has released in London. I was lucky enough to grab a ticket which played at Westfield. Lucky because the great Hairdressing Icon Vidal Sassoon himself was going to be there for a Q & A after the show.

I am not sure whether I was more excited to watch the movie or the fact that I got to see him and get a photograph with him (o ok so we are in the same FRAME!!)