A Fresh, Pretty Makeup Look For Tired Mums…

Lisa Eldridge’s Fresh Faced Beauty Makeup Tutorial with Sophie Dahl

Today’s post showcases Lisa Eldridge’s latest makeup tutorial – specifically for tired Mums! It’s a natural, pretty, very lasting makeup look.  And it features the truly beautiful Sophie Dahl.  Just perfect….

Underneath you will find the results of my attempt at the look and the substitute products I used.


My attempt at Lisa Eldridge's Fresh Faced Makeup Look With Sophie Dahl

My attempt at the Lisa Eldridge Fresh Faced Makeup Look With Sophie Dahl

I am not fair like  the gorgeous Sophie but the look is so versatile.

The products I used are:





What do you think?  Are you inspired to try the look?

To see my Day to Night Glitter Eye Makeup look, perfect for a night out, click here.



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Mummy – I’m Sweet On You! SewLomax Bags

sweet on you makeup bag emma lomax

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Look At This Sewlomax Makeup Bag.  Isn’t It The Perfect Valentine’s Gift For Mummy?

I bought this gorgeous makeup bag for a friend of mine for Valentines.  She happens to be single at the moment and I thought it was such a sweet bag and would make her smile.

(It would certainly make me smile if I received it. In fact it is the perfect gift from littlies to Mummy (take note Daddies)!  I would melt if my kids handed me this and I read the beautifully embriodered message – ‘Sweet On You’).

When the bag arrived from Sewlomax it was superbly packaged; crisply wrapped in branded tissue paper and placed inside a lovely box all tied together with a ribbon. Emma Lomax, the lady behind Sewlomax has obviously put a lot of thought into all aspects of her products.  The attention to detail is stunning.  I especially love her needle and thread logo which appears on the packaging and on the products so you know you are getting the real Sewlomax article.

The Sewlomax website has a great range.  From makeup bags and washbags to stationary, kitchenware and even Pooch Pouches.  All with the same quirky, handmade quality feel.  I am coveting her gorgeous ‘Bite Me’ apron and and towel set for Mother’s Day.  They have such a sophisicated Mad Men vibe!
The website states that all Emma’s bags are ethically sourced and hand finished.  Also fully lined and Scothguarded for added protection.  I like the option to have the bags personalised with initials.  Such a great little addition.  Again, I’m so impressed with the attention to detail.  It really is these little touches that you remember, like the Sewlomax signature bobbin zip fastenings.

I was so thouroughly impressed that I wanted to find out more (and also spread the word) about these beautiful products immediately.  Emma is lovely and readily answered my questions regarding her business…

Your products are witty and sophisticated yet with a lovely hand crafted appeal.  I love them!  Where does your inspiration for your items come from?

“The inspiration for my designs comes from all sorts of places, friends, people suggestions, shopping or as I like to call it market research, which can dangerous on my bank balance.I always have to start at the drawing board, literally with a pencil and a very large rubber. Once the idea is finalised I can start stitching, this is when the idea comes to life.”

I note from your website that you have a strong ethical belief regarding your creations.  Can you tell us a bit more about what your ethical choices entail?
“The process of producing a product happens in many different stages, from sourcing the materials from local farmers to posting the finished product to your door. Each bag has its own carbon foot print I try to keep this as low as possible.”

What is your favourite product from your range?
“It changes from day to day, I usually like the newest colour or shape, because I am looking at the bags everyday, a new design is always very refreshing. Its so exciting when you have been planning and struggling with a new design for ages and it comes to fruition.”
What is in store for SewLomax in 2014?
“So many exciting things to look forward to in 2014, my baby range which is due out in March which has been inspired by my nephew Wilfred, My new spring range which will be being launched in the next few weeks and some fab beach accessories, so everyone keep your eyes peeled.”

Click here to visit the Sewlomax website.


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Review – Maybelline Baby Skin

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Lightweight Primer, £7.99

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Lightweight Primer ReviewI’m a Mummy of three under 6 which does not leave a lot of time for messing about with make up.  However, as I get a little older (when did that happen?) and a lot more tired (night feeds) I know I look better with a little makeup help.

And I enjoy it.  It’s a few moments of me time in 23 hours and 55 minutes of them time.

When I saw Maybelline’s new product in Boots I thought I would give it a go for two reasons.  The first, it was relatively inexpensive (especially as I used my Boots points) and secondly, I liked the idea of having the pores on and around my nose erased.

So did it work?

It did – to a certain extent.  It did not erase the appearance of my pores, but it certainly did reduce the appearance of them once I had my tinted moisturiser on.  (See photos below.)  I was actually surprised as I was slightly cynical about its claims.  I think you need to not skimp on the product application.  On my nose where I had applied it most generously is where the effects were most noticeable.

What did it do?

After applying I could feel the product laying on my skin.  It did not feel uncomfortable at all and was in no way greasy.  In fact it felt velvety soft.  (Baby Skin is a primer so I would expect it to form a barrier between skin and makeup). I have very dry skin and it did not exacerbate this at all.  It made my skin feel incredibly soft and smooth and went some way to disguising any dry skin.  I kept touching my face, it felt so nice.

My makeup also went on more smoothly and I noticed that I did get a longer wear time out of my tinted moisturiser.  As it is marketed as a primer I also used it on my eyelids and found my shadow was more vibrant and lasted longer.

How long did the effects last?

I applied Baby Skin to my face and did not put on any makeup so that I could see how long i could feel it on my skin.  I felt the product for about 20 minutes.  After that it seemed to be absorbed by my skin.  My skin still felt soft however.


I probably wouldn’t bother with it everyday as the effects were not ‘wow’ enough.  But if I had a special occasion I would probably use some to help with makeup longevity and also to give a pore blurring effect.


Don’t forget to enjoy your day.





Giveaways & Christmas Gift Ideas

My style guru, top makeup artist Lisa Eldridge, has posted her 2013 christmas gift ideas videos.  Check them out for wonderful ideas for not only Mummy but Daddy, Brother, Sister, Grandma and everybody in-between. There is also a chance to win any of the products Lisa recommends. Watch her videos for details.


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A welcome life enhancing tool for us exhausted Mums!

A life enhancing moment for this exhausted working Mum

Lisa Eldridge has provided me with sooooo much enjoyment since I discovered her site over 18 months ago.  GET ALONG to it fellow Mummies and do something for yourself that will give you MUCH joy and MUCH confidence.  I promise a life enhancing experience!

Until I discovered her, I was like so many other women – completely unsure of how to apply makeup.  I had my ‘day look ‘and then my ‘going out look’, both of which were unchanged for years.

Now I have an extensive and well utilised makeup drawer that enables me to create chic and attractive makeup for myself on a daily basis.  Not a bad feat for a working mother of 3 children under 6 years old!

PLEASE do yourself the biggest favour and check out her blog and tutorials.  And I can attest from personal experience that she is the loveliest, most down to earth person.

Go on – have some fun and spoil yourself.

The following is from Lisa’s ‘About‘ page on her website.

Lisa Eldridge – Make Up Artist


With over 20 years of experience, Lisa Eldridge is one of the most highly regarded make-up artists on the international beauty and fashion circuits. Whether she’s called upon to create her signature look, best described as fresh and flawless or to work her magic for the catwalk or on editorial shoots, her understated, modern approach to beauty has made her indispensable to designers, magazine editors, art directors and celebrities alike. Through her online make-up tutorials, and her role as resident on-screen beauty expert for three seasons of Channel 4’s successful series ‘Ten Years Younger, Lisa has become one of the most recognised faces in the beauty industry, both in the UK and internationally.

Having previously lived and worked in Paris, New York and LA, Lisa is now based in London. Throughout her career, she has maintained a high editorial profile working with many of the world’s top fashion photographers including Regan Cameron, Solve Sundsbo, Patrick Demarchelier, Thomas Schenk, Paolo Roversi and Horst Dirkgerdes. Her masterful make-up artistry appeared on the pages of virtually every fashion magazine including British, Italian, Chinese and Japanese Vogue, Allure, Glamour, Elle, Numero, Pop and Lula.

In addition, Lisa has collaborated with many of the world’s top fashion houses on their advertising campaigns and fashion shows including Chloe, Alberta Ferretti, Prada, Donna Karan, Moschino and PPQ.

The list of celebrities she has made-up reads like a who’s who of the world’s most glamorous women including Kate Winslet, Katy Perry, Keira Knightley, Emma Watson, Eva Green, Cameron Diaz, Amanda Seyfried, Kate Moss, Helena Christensen, Cate Blanchet, Demi Moore and Salma Hayek.

Continually quoted on the pages of the glossiest magazines, Lisa’s expertise has become highly prized over the years. In 1998, her authority was officially recognised by industry giant, Japanese make-up and skin care company, Shiseido who approached Lisa to work on developing the concept for a new make-up line. Designed and developed with Shiseido, Lisa collaborated on everything from shade and texture formulation, to packaging and new product development. “The experience of working on my own make-up line really completed the circle of my career, and has lead me to fully understand make-up from the inside out having applied it, designed it and learnt how it is made and sold,” says Lisa.

This was followed by another coup, when Lisa was head-hunted by established British cosmetics brand, No.7, and appointed as their Creative Director in 2003, a post she still holds. Working on the re-design and re-launch of this cult brand, she was responsible for bringing No.7 cosmetics back into the limelight. Using her vast experience in product development, formulation, colour, design, consultant training and P.R., her role has been key in the brand’s reinvention and global expansion into Europe, the US and Far East. What sets Lisa apart from her peers is her innate ability to translate trends, and then to communicate them through her expert make-up tutorials (created in her own studio) and blog posts. The tutorials brought her to the attention of Chanel, who asked her to collaborate with their Creative Director, Peter Phillips on Chanel’s “Make-Up Confidential,” a monthly digital magazine for which Lisa creates content. Most recently, Lisa has been commissioned to write a monthly column for BritishELLE, entitled “The Beauty Guru”, where she will sharing more of her aspirational and accessible make-up know-how with the readers.