One of the amazing parts about my job is that I get to work with some very talented people. I first met Rachel Toledo (formerly Rachel Wood, as she was recently married) over a decade ago and we worked together on numerous projects from catwalk shows to celebrities. Rachel was always easy to work with, sheContinue reading


I met up with makeup artist Rachel Wood (you can see her on Plain Jane) for some pre-Thanks Giving preparations and we baked a Deepest Darkest Chocolate Cheesecake.

  A few nights ago, I was invited to the opening of a new NYC flagship store for ultra cool cosmetic company NARS. The new store is located at 413 Bleecker Street. It’s a great area for a shop to be placed in Manhattan as its on the same street as Marc Jacobs and SexContinue reading

I’m so excited for MAC’s Wonder Woman collection! Showcasing  4 gorgeous lipsticks including its iconic Russian Red  plus Marquise d’ (cream peach), Spitfire  (bright magenta) & Heroine (vibrant bronze). The packaging and advertisements for this new range are so fun. I remember as a little girl thinking Linda Carter, the actress who played Wonder WomanContinue reading

  Lately I’ve noticed a little beauty movement happening from Harpers Bazaar to Louis Vuitton’s latest ad campaign…it’s makeup with disco flavour! Big metallic eyes, lashes that are curled with thick mascara left spiky and layers upon layers of red shimmer lip gloss that’s practically dripping off the lips. I’m totally riding on the metallicContinue reading

How about giving a gift of pampering this festive season? LUSH have some super limited edition holiday products. I admit, the aromas and smells inside a LUSH store can sometimes be a little over powering but the products themselves are good enough to eat. There’s nothing more relaxing than a hot bath after a longContinue reading

  Working in extremely close proximity with people, I am very aware of the importance of fresh breath. When having long shoot days with meals in between and early start times drinking coffee, gum doesn’t quite cut it. Recently I discovered Colgate Wisps – mini disposable tooth brushes. My favourite is the cinnamon flavour. TinyContinue reading

One of my favourite jobs that I do in the UK is run the makeup team for the backstage fashion theatre for the Clothes Show. I ran the backstage for the London show. I had almost 40 models and dancers to look after, a team of 15 assistants, various celebrity presenters popping through each dayContinue reading

Look out lash lover’s!! Rimmel’s launching a new mascara come this September called Lash Accelerator. This new product works as both a cosmetic and a treatment. Every time you use Lash Accelerator it not only makes up your eye lashes but works its inner magic to promote lash growth. Use for a month to seeContinue reading

For anyone who really struggles with their brows, I’ve found a fab solution – Soap & Glory‘s Arch De Triumph. This cosmetic product is a double ended pencil: one side brow shaper and the other highlighter, but what’s so super about this makeup pencil is that on the back of the package it has variousContinue reading

Neha Morjaria is a former makeup assistant of mine. She is a talented part of my crew and has worked as part of my backstage team for fashion week and the clothes show. Neha is now taking the word "artist" from makeup artist to a whole new level. She’s taking inspiration from the world ofContinue reading

Recently I discovered a new drink product that has taken the USA by storm – MonaVie. I was turned on to this wonder beverage in by fitness expert and New York City personal trainer Matt Townsend. This superfood-packed beverage contains the Acai berry from Brazil and 18 other beneficial fruits. 4 ounces of this drinkContinue reading

I adore boutique’esque style cosmetic brands. They’re like finding little hidden treasures. I recently have had the pleasure of meeting NY based makeup artist Suresh Senevirante. After years of working in the cosmetics industry, he created a lovely little line of some of the prettiest lip glosses I’ve seen. We met for coffee in ManhattansContinue reading

Melanie Mills is the Emmy Award (the TV equivalent to the Oscars) winning makeup artist and creative head makeup artist for #1 USA TV show Dancing with the Stars. Where are you originally from? MM-I was born and raised in 1000 Oaks California… Spent alot of time in Hermosa with my grandma’s Did you alwaysContinue reading

Anyone familiar with the W Hotel chain will know that their motto is "your wish is our command" and there could never have been a more true wish then to hope for a fabulous LA branch of the Bliss Spa. Bliss spas are little oasis’s of pure indulgent decadence. Plus at this LA Bliss SpaContinue reading

Any woman with the tiniest whisper of fashion will have a fool proof, wonder of LBD in her closet. The LBD dress is instant glamour; it gives the wearer a combo of sex appeal and self assured confidence. I feel women should have the same fool proof instant power product in their makeup kits… theContinue reading

Samantha Chapman is an accomplished make-up artist and lecturer with extensive experience in the fashion, television and music industry.Samantha who is one half (the other half is her sister Nic) of FashionFace.TV.  Samantha and Nicola, run www.fashionface.tv – a unique website which shows how to create fashion forward looks as well as vintage classics. ToContinue reading

Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of appearing on the other side of the camera for various TV segments. It’s a wonderful compliment when I get asked to appear as a beauty expert. I love to "talk makeup". This past week I filmed a segment for Gok Wan’s How to Look Good Naked. I’veContinue reading

I have to admit I’m not the biggest fan of the craziness of the holiday season. All those stressed out shoppers who flood the streets in search of that perfect gift . The pushing crowds who are a little lacklustre in holiday goodwill make me want to run and hide under my blanket and wakeContinue reading

MAC cosmetics are known for their fantastic makeup artist pro-classes and the latest one they held in NYC didn’t disappoint. The USA’s number 1 TV program – Dancing with the Stars Head Makeup Artist Melanie Mills’ delighted an audience full of makeup artists at the Lighthouse Theatre in NYC. She gave brief introductions and descriptionsContinue reading