Friday, 21 July 2017

Lee Pycroft and My Make-Over



Hi Loves,


I wanted to write a post really in praise of Lee Pycroft, I am sure many many of you will already have heard her name, she is a renowned Makeup Artist who has worked with some very famous people in her time and was also head of the Makeup team on Britain's Next Top Model.


I first discovered Lee via Twitter about 18 months ago, I don't know why it caught my eye but it was just one tweet that led me to discover the amazing work that she does, and no I am not talking about superstar faces, although in a way I guess I am, as every woman is a superstar in her own right.  Lee is responsible for founding and running an incredible initiative called My-MakeOver a fabulous scheme that uses beauty and makeup as a form of self care for the most vulnerable women in our society, here are a few examples; 



Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends.
MY-Makeover visits once per month to Maggie’s at Charing Cross Hospital to deliver bespoke makeup and manicure sessions.
My-Makeover visits Solace Women’s Aid once per month to deliver a makeup and manicure sessions.
Solace Women’s Aid’s vision is of a world where women and children live their lives free from domestic and sexual abuse.
My-Makeover visits Solace Women’s Aid once per month to deliver a makeup and manicure sessions.
HCCT  work with people who are socially excluded in a variety of ways both in Camden and Islington.
My-Makeover visits Holy Cross Centre twice per month to deliver a manicure session.
Team H4H is an extremely passionate bunch. Our passion comes from our links to the Armed Forces; some of us have served, others are related to or know someone who has.
My-Makeover delivers sessions twice a year to Tedworth House & Colchester Recovery Centres for their respite weekends and quarterly to the London based support groups. Larger events have also been created for Band Of Sisters and Band Of Brothers with the intention of creating an environment where couples and families could enjoy the experience together.
Widowed & Young is the only national charity in the UK for men and women aged 50 or under when their partner died.
My-Makeover created an event for 25 of W.A.Y’s guests where each person could enjoy a variety of treatments and take home a goody bag.
Phyllis Tuckwell is the only Hospice Care service for adult patients, and their families, living with cancer or other serious progressive illnesses (such as heart, lung or neurological disease) across the whole of West Surrey and part of North East Hampshire
My-Makeover delivers approx 3 sessions per year to this hospice treating approx 15 people per visit to multiple treatments.
Trinity provides skilled, compassionate care and support to people with progressive, life-limiting illnesses and those close to them.
We support people living in our central and south west London community, at home and at the hospice.  
My- Makeover delivers approx 4 sessions per year to this hospice and treats around 20 people per visit to multiple treatments.



I asked Lee what her motivation was for starting My-Makeover ?

My mother was diagnosed with cancer some years ago and as she became progressively more ill she started to fear that she would  become dishevelled and start to smell of the sickness she was carrying.  Her appearance meant a lot to her and she loved to look groomed and always used to apply wonderful body creams and fragrance when she was well. So, when she became poorly  I would paint her nails or do her makeup for her as a way of her experiencing something different during her day and as a reminder of the things she loved. On the day she died I had done her makeup for her and taken lots of pictures with her and that time we shared was a wonderful way of saying goodbye. 


After Mum passed on and I went through my own emotional struggles but  I started to see how I  could use beauty and makeup as a from of self-care with lots of people who were vulnerable and going through challenges and i was fortunate to have a network that could help me achieve what the My-Makeover Initiative is today. 

Through the MY-Makeover events I create I met a woman called Linda Magistris who is redefining how bereavement  is dealt with in the UK care system by bringing all the necessary resources under one umbrella. She started a charity called The Good Grief Trust and it will help people all over the  UK as with one click of a button everything you need for support will be found in one place. 

 I feel bereavement is something that will impact us all I am honoured to be the Ambassador of the charity and work with them by creating MY-Makeover events for them and helping them raise awareness and funds. 

Check out Lee's website here 
Lee's work has really touched me and made me think of a time I spent in hospital, in the bed next to me was a beautiful soul who was not only quite poorly but also suffering with Alzheimer's, Ivy commented on how nice my nails were, I asked her if she would like hers painted and bless her she was delighted, it just made me think how such a small thing was something that was overlooked in all of her care, of course it wasn't anything to do with making her better, but it certainly made her feel better, even for a little while.

Not only does her work involve makeup and the beauty industry she is also passionate about her therapy/ coaching service that she offers to individuals and corporate staff covering any issues people may have.
As Bloggers we are in the fortunate position to be given an awful lot of very lovely things, and it occurred to me that to show our appreciation it would be nice to give something back and support where we can, YES this is the part I ask you for money, even if you could only spare a couple of pounds, or the price of a lipstick, it would feel great knowing that we were helping a good cause even in a small way.
What do you say girls ?  can you help ?  It would be fantastic if you could, and I for one would love you forever.


As Lee is Ambassador of The Good Grief Trust it would be amazing if we could all support this charity.

The Good Grief Trust aims to raise awareness of issues around bereavement and try to change the way we deal with this taboo subject in the UK, ensure acknowledgement of the potentially severe effects of grief and encourage us all to talk it about it more openly. 


https://www.gofundme.com/thegoodgrieftrust

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and please, please help if you are able.

Lyn xxx



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Thursday, 13 July 2017

The English Mineral Makeup Company pt 2


The English Mineral Makeup Company
The English Mineral Makeup Company

Hi Loves
My love for The English Mineral Makeup Company continues with some new discoveries, if you have not heard of the brand take a peep here  where I first discovered them.
There are a few photos with this review as I wanted to give you the full effect of the powders
  ( especially one ! )

The English Mineral Makeup Company


Tone Correctors

There are 7 tone correctors in the range one for every skincare problem, shown here is the Green which reduces redness, a fabulous base under foundation to reduce the redness of *hot moments* or Acne scars, as always the finest milled minerals on the planet apply with ease and a little goes a long way.

  • Pink
  • Green
  • Yellow 
  • Blue
  • Gold
  • Sienna
  • Raw Umber
The English Mineral Makeup Company

Blush & Contour

With the 8 shades of highly pigmented powder you can be as subtle or dramatic as you like, as a blush these are gorgeous for providing subtle hint of colour when used with a delicate hand with the little Kabuki brush included, the shade I trialled was Blush Cool which was a delicate Rosy Peach, really flattering. I have always been wary of any kind of powder blush as I often find it quite ageing, not with this it sits beautifully on the skin.

The English Mineral Makeup Company



Mirror Mirror

This is something you could completely miss when looking at the brand site, it would be a shame to miss it, this is something of a little pot of genius, this crushed pearl eye illuminator is a bit of a game changer, literally used under the eyes it both conceals dark shadows, while reflecting light on the orbital bone area to really lift and brighten the area, on first impression it may look like a simple highlighter, don't be fooled this little pot is positively magic, I used a fair amount which blended away really easily, I am honestly impressed.


The English Mineral Makeup Company



Ethereal Body Glow

Now THIS I am positively in love with !  It comes in 3 shades Gold, Bronze (shown here ) and silver. I have never experience such a beautiful shimmer, glow is definitely the right word for this, it's not Christmas tree glitter is adds a beautiful glow to the body, I used this on my shoulders, collar bones and best of all shins, yep that's right, shins, If you have ever watched a film or TV show of a gorgeous superstar they always sit crossed legged, tanned with incredibly shiny shins ( daft but true ) this product gives you those shins in one easy swipe, I used the little sponge for this, it really does have a slimming effect on your legs !  I have gone a little overboard with pictures as I really wanted you to see this up close and personal.

The English Mineral Makeup Company



The English Mineral Makeup Company



The English Mineral Makeup Company can be found Here. 

Don't forget samples are available.

Lyn 💋


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Joan Collins Compact Duo


Joan Collins Compact Duo
Joan Collins Compact Duo


Hiya Beautiful

Sometimes something is so gorgeous you don't want to use it !


Joan Collins Compact Duo


This Compact Duo by Joan Collins Beauty is one of those things, it is a work of art, the design and construction are a thing of genius and beauty, the lipstick case sits on top and inside the compact at the same time, sat alongside the face powder with it's own mini puff, all housed in a vintage Hollywood Star style golden compact case complete with mirror, it is sheer glamour, I remember the days that ladies used to proudly show off their gorgeous compacts and apply lippie at the dinner table, you could go back to those days with no hesitation showing off this gorgeous kit.


Joan Collins Compact Duo


Joan Collins products for me represent everything I love about make up and beauty, the quality of the products are amazing and the sheer glamour brings back the joy of being a woman in these days where we compete with men ( and win ) 

In this compact we have Lipstick in Fontaine which is creamy rich and has incredible staying power, not that you would mind re applying this every half an hour just to show off !


Joan Collins Compact Duo


And the super finely milled Meticulous face powder is ideal for touch ups. 


This Duo comes in 12 shade combinations and the lipsticks can be interchangeable.


The shade range can be found here Joan Collins Compact Duo 

Watch this space for more from the Joan Collins Beauty Range 


Lyn 💋


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Goldfaden MD Detox Clarifying Facial Wash

Goldfaden MD Detox Clarifying Facial Wash
Goldfaden MD Detox Clarifying Facial Wash


Hiya My Gorgeous Reader

Thanks again for stopping by, I don't get much of chance to say thanks for being here, I really appreciate you.


Goldfaden MD Detox Clarifying Facial Wash


Goldfaden MD is not a completely new brand to me but one that I would very much like to discover more of, I completely fell in love the Doctors Scrub in 2016 which you can read about here  this time round we are discovering the Goldfaden MD Detox Clarifying Facial Wash, anything containing the word detox hits the spot for me, although I have to be honest and say I am not usually a lover of face wash of any description as I tend to find them drying and itchy, although this is described as a face wash I would consider it more of a treatment.



Goldfaden MD Detox Clarifying Facial Wash

Firstly it contains some of my favourite ingredients a combination of Lactic, Glycolic and Alpha Hydroxy Acids that beaver away to remove dead skin cells and dirt build up inside the pores, therefore giving your skin a huge deep cleaning detox, as always whenever using any product containing Acids do NOT forget your sunscreen as they will make the skin more sensitive to harmful rays,  this foaming cleanser has been designed for problematic skin, although I have no problems with my skin, I have become a little bit obsessed by this facial wash as I love its deep down cleaning effect, I use a an oil based or balm cleanser to remove make up and then one pump of this fabulous foam ensures nothing grim is left on my face at all.  There is nothing drying about it although you would half expect it to be with the acid content, it simply leaves you super clean, soft and positively glowing, but the best bit is the smug feeling you get knowing that your skin could not get any cleaner.

Available July 2017 at www.SpaceNK.com 


Lyn 💋


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Lucia Magnani Skin Care


Lucia Magnani Skin Care
Lucia Magnani Skin Care 


Hiya Darlins

It's not often I get to try out such a luxurious range as Lucia Magnani Skincare, the range become available exclusively at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge in March 2017 with prices starting at £90.00 for Refreshing Energising Tonic to £590.00 for the Ben Essere Set.

 Ben Essere is Italian for wellbeing/wellness and is Lucia's Mantra as she believes that wellbeing is the achievement of physical and mental balance that reflects on the beauty of the skin, which is the brand's USP combining science and nature to create this balance.

Combining clinically proven anti-oxidents such as CoQ10, Vitamin E and Alpha Lipoic Acid alongside Quartz, Sea Salt and Grape extract the range aims to not only work but increase your feeling of wellbeing while using them.


Lucia Magnani Skin Care



Lucia Magnani Skin Care


Starting out with Daily Firming Hydrator, this lightweight formula literally sinks into the skin and gives an immediate visible brightening effect which is aided by advanced light diffusers, containing Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin E, Vitamin C and Alpha Lipoic Acid said to " protect against Free Radicals and maintain a beautiful youthful skin while it improves the appearance of mature skin."  £195.00 50ml



Lucia Magnani Skin Care



Lucia Magnani Skin Care

Retexturising Radiance Mask 
I will literally sob when this jar runs out, it is one of the most beautiful products I have ever experienced, at first glance it is a mud mask, but when you apply it nothing you have used before comes close, unlike usual masks you massage this in, you feel it drawing without turning chalky and cracking, it rinses off beautifully and you are literally left staring at your skin. The formulation is based on the rich mineral mud and waters  from  Castrocaro Terme in Italy enriched with CoQ10, Vitamin E and Alpha Lipoic Acid, as with everything in the range you will find these basics evident, again combining Nature with Science. At the time of writing I cannot give you a price on the mask alone as it appears to only be available as part of the Ben Essere Set.

I was lucky enough to be offered a full facial by Lucia Magnani at Harvey Nix but unfortunately I was due into hospital on the day, and wasn't contacted with a further date  so  I can't give you the full experience, but can you imagine just how luxurious it would have been ? literally facial heaven.

Discover Lucia Magnani at  Harvey Nichols.

Lyn 💋


Products shown are Brand/Agency samples unless otherwise stated.

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