Face B4: two weeks on…

Sarah skin was a cause of deep insecurity for her, despite her balanced diet and regular exercise.

Sarah’s skin was a cause of deep insecurity for her, despite her fairly balanced diet and regular exercise. She also only wears a full face of make-up if she’s working or going out.

So my case study has now been using the FaceB4 Antibacterial Facial Wash and Antibacterial Serum for just over two weeks. Before this she, like Sarah Harding and so many others, was a face wipe girl. She, like brand ambassador Sarah Harding, mainly uses MAC make-up, but wears a full coverage foundation every day.

Her skin has cleared a lot. It was prone to breakouts and quite dehydrated, dry/oily in places, congested and unbalanced, but now she has clear skin across her face, no bumps or congestion and almost no redness. In my professional opinion her skin is much more balanced with far fewer blemishes. She can use a good moisturiser without having to worry about those oily patches becoming oilier. However, as Bruce Green CSci CChem MRSC (resident science dude at FaceB4) says – it is not oil production (usually caused by diet) that causes acne and breakouts; it is bacteria. To eliminate bacteria in the skin, there is no one better to formulate a range than a company that has specialised in sterilisation at a medical level – MediChem.

The products work as a two-step process. The first being a dual action facial cleanser & toner. The two solutions are only mixed together when you pump the product into your hands. This activates the formula. One side has a sodium (salt) solution to gently sterilise without alcohol, and the other contains a tri-acid formula made up of citric, lactic and salicylic acid to gently but deeply exfoliate and cleanse. The patented components for the packaging alone took 18 months to develop and are in themselves very unique, pumping out a foam of macro bubbles for maximum skin contact. This face wash claims to kill bacteria in 20 seconds and has been tested against every mass-market skin-clearing brand in the UK, consistently coming out on top.

The second stage is using the Antibacterial serum after cleansing. This works by very simply going into the thoroughly cleansed pores and lubricating them to stop bacteria shacking up there, thus eliminating grounds for blackheads, whiteheads, bumps and spots. The serum contains various vitamins to nourish and retinol to help shrink pores. Bruce recommends continued use of this, even after your skin has cleared, as the vitamin content will help to heal any scarring which may have occurred previously.

It is also rapidly becoming a new make-up artist essential as it makes an excellent primer under make-up. YouTube make-up artist Olivia Newman-Young says:

Olivia Newman-Young

Olivia Newman-Young is a YouTube sensation and well-known blogger.

“I discovered FaceB4 back on the Sarah Harding campaign that I worked on last year. The serum is such an essential for me now, because it’s so hydrating and the texture is so silky it’s ideal for photo shoots as it creates a matte finish and allows me to build on a fresh clean base, also because it’s anti-bacterial if I am swapping and changing the make-up looks all day it keeps the skin calm and soothes any irritation. “

I think this shows how versatile the products are. What I like is that they’re gentle enough to use as a preventative routine everyday, even if your skin has cleared up or if you just want to maintain your skin’s natural health. The formulation means that over time, the products would have many other benefits to the skin other than simply killing bacteria. There are so many harsh,  stripping ranges on the market, with five or six steps and very strong formulation that can sometimes cause more harm than good to acne prone skin, which tends to also be very sensitive. FaceB4’s alcohol-free, clinically proven formula is a fraction of the price of these ranges and much easier to use.

The products are available online and in Boots stores now at the reasonable RRP of 14.95 each and should last about 30 days, depending on usage.


Voulez-vous coucher avec Moi, Savoir?

On Tuesday May 15th, the legendary Savoir Beds of King’s Road, London, opened its doors for an evening of sensory delights. For more than one hundred years (since 1905), Savoir have been making beds for the infamous Savoy Hotel where the Duran Duran film ‘Girl Panic’ was shot. This was the brief for the party. Organised and hosted by event Wonder Woman Freya St. Johnson, the bourgeoisie were invited to the store to feast their eyes (and tummies!) on the beautiful handmade beds, adorned by glamourous Matching Models sporting lingerie

Gina shoe porn!

supplied by Myla London, bling from Theo Fennell and shoes by Gina.

As if that wasn’t enough to excite both sexes, there was also Thiénot Champagne on tap, cocktails galore and mouth watering canapé served all night, by yet more of the Matching Models.

My two glamourous assistants and I were on hand to get the girls ready for the catwalk and subsequent pillow fight. As well as hair and make-up, I also ended up being chief stocking stylist for the five models, assisting them with a few Myla mishaps! Our brief was Big shoes, big lips, big eyes, big hair. Rock and roll after party in a hotel room.

Guests included Made in Chelsea, the girls from Grazia, loads of fab designers and a judge from Holland’s Next Top Model.

A few shots from behind the scenes for your viewing pleasure, click on the slideshow to enlarge the gallery:

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Jan Bryant – Dangerous Lady

Having make-up done for Love ur Look show in Bedford.

In March I travelled to Bedford to work with Ronke Fashola on a catwalk show put together for the town’s business women’s network at BMW. Ronke had picked some great models, including Model of Diversity and all round Dangerous Lady – Jan Bryant.

About two weeks later I received and email regarding up-coming dates for events with Ronke and this put Janice and I in touch. She contacted me saying that she had a big shoot coming up and only wanted myself and Ronke for make-up, hair and styling. The shoot was possibly going to be featured as a spread in the Telegraph, and Channel 4, also making a short film about Jan, were filming the whole thing.

I travelled up to Cambridgeshire (a first for me – west country girl!) the night before and was bowled over by Janice’s warmth and hospitality. I met her lovely cats – Tigger, Squeaker and The Terminator, and we all spent the evening getting to know each other properly. After a good night’s sleep and breakfast of coffee and porridge we were ready to rock…

Here are some behind-the-scenes stills from the day, but I’m afraid you will have to wait a little longer for the final cut!

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No Waste Man Ting!

On Easter Sunday, I peeled myself out of bed and made my way (albeit about 1 mile down the road) to Camberwell Studios to shoot the video for an up-and-coming UK Hip Hop artist. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, having not heard the track and having never used the location before, but I was very impressed by the concept and direction for the video, and by the professionalism and hospitality we received at Camberwell Studios. Josef is the man to talk to – he’s great fun and very knowledgeable about what kit and studio spaces to use. He has also played host to some of my favourite UK artists including Skunk Anansie, La Roux and Beardyman.

The video for Dano – No Waste was filmed on the green screen and has a dark, 1920’s feel to it. It stars writer and producer Dan-O Ggm, DJ King and fresh new dance crew ‘iSoCrazy’ as well as many more faces to watch. The track and clip are released on 28th May 2012, but until then here’s some pictures from behind the scenes:

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How about that?!

No Easy Way Out

On Monday afternoon, we wrapped NEWO after nearly 40 hours of filming in 3 days. The story is about a married woman who cannot conceive. She finds out that not only has her husband been having an affair, but his lover is also with child. We follow her in a short film that illustrates the desperation and madness this ensues. A tragic story, beautifully written and beautifully shot, starring James Alexandrou, Cathrin Blickling and Sylwia Kaczmarek.

Below are some of my favourite stills from the making of the short film. Click on Film & TV above to see the full gallery.

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