An Evening with Daniel Sandler

Last week, Cigdem and I had the pleasure of attending the Look Fantastic and Daniel Sandler event, at Four London, in Mayfair, where we were greeted with Champagne and macaroons, and treated to a masterclass by the celebrity make up artist himself. Daniel focused on two make up classics, the perfect smokey eye and the timeless red pout. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to recreate the looks :

The Perfect Smokey Eye
Taking your make up from day to night has never been so easy, thanks to Daniel and his modern take on the classic smokey eye, which replaces powder eyeshadows with colourful eyeliner pencils, for an easy, fun and sexy look. Here is how to do it :

Step 1 Line your upper and lower lash line, making sure to get the colour in between the roots of your lashes. To do this, Daniel used his waterproof eyeliner pencil in the colour Blue Velvet, but you could also go for purple, green, or even grey. 

Step 2 With an angled brush, soften the line you just created. For a sexy cat eye effect, flick out the colour slightly and blend until you are satisfied with the result. It should be like a soft cloud of colour around your eyes. If it's not... Keep blending! 

Step 3 Take a darker colour pencil and repeat step one and two. Make sure the line is slightly thiner, so it creates an ombré effect. 

Step 4 Line your lashes using the same dark eyeliner, without blending it this time, before finishing off with several coats of your favourite black mascara. If you want to make your eyes stand out even more and make your eyelashes look even thicker, you can also use one of Daniel's favourite tricks : tightlining (that is lining your waterline, for you and me!)

The Timeless Red Pout
Back in the days when red was the only lipstick colour available, there was no questioning whether or not a woman could wear the statement lip. They just did. Daniel believes that any woman can rock the bold, glamourous hue and that it is all down to how you apply your lipstick. Here are Daniel's tips on how to make red lips work for you.

Technique n°1 Gently pat the lipstick onto your lips, using your middle finger for a natural, stained effect. Your finger will naturally find the curve of your lips, which makes this technique the easiest way to apply red lipstick on the go. It is also great for younger girls and those just starting out with the classic shade.

Technique n°2 Using a lip brush, start applying the colour to your top lip. Chances are, like most women, your bottom lip is naturally fuller than your top one. Concentrating the colour to your top lip will balance them out nicely and give the illusion of a more proportionate pout. Paint your entire lips, blot and repeat. Not only does this allow you to control the intensity of the colour, it will also lock it in and make it last longer. 

Another tip Daniel likes to use on his clients is to use concealer outside the lip line, before even applying the lipstick. This gives the illusion of a sharper, cleaner pout and will also prevent the colour from bleeding. Just make sure to remove any trace of concealer from your lips, as it will prevent the lipstick from sticking and denature the colour.

Talking about lippie, I am going to Zoe's ZOMG lipstick launch party tomorrow, more commonly known as the #ZOMGbloggersbash. Will I see any of you there? 

- Elodie x


Best of 2011

Happy new year, everyone ! Having just bid farewell to 2011, I thought now would be a perfect time to share with you a few fashion and beauty items that really stood out for me and made my life just that little bit more exciting, over the past 12 months.

Top, Bikini, Tights - H&M. Sunglasses - Ray-Ban. Sandals - Les Tropéziennes. -
Shorts - Zara. Wrap Bracelet - Turner & Leigh on Etsy. Jeans - New Look. Watch - Michael Kors. -
 Loafers - Topshop. Chain Necklace - Forever21. Dress - Motel Rocks.

In My Wardrobe in 2011

It Bag - My Mulberry Oversized Alexa bag has not left my arm since my sister gave it to me, on my 20th birthday, back in October 2010. It goes with everything, makes any outfit instantly more stylish and is just the perfect size to carry around my everyday essentials. To take a peek at what’s in my bag, click here!

Summer Style - With my parents living only five minutes away from the beach, it is rare for me to properly dress up during the hotter months and last year was no exception. I mainly spent last summer in a bikini, bright-coloured shorts, a loose tank top, gladiator sandals and a pair of Ray-Ban Aviators. One trend I had lots of fun with, though, is colour blocking, which I featured in one of my outfits of the day, back in August. Click here to take a look!

Skinnies - After testing a few high-end denim brands, such as Levi's and 7 for All Mankind, I am not ashamed to say that 2011 saw me remain faithful to my trusty New Look super skinnies. They look great, are very comfortable and I don’t have to limit myself to a couple of pairs, because they are ridiculously affordable.

Sequins - I am addicted to sequins, which I’m pretty sure you’ve all figured out by now! Sequined dresses, such as this gorgeous little number by Motel, have occupied a place of choice in my wardrobe, this past year. I have dressed them up, dressed them down, and you’ve seen me wear them on my birthday, at blogging events and even to work. Who ever said sequins could only come out at night was seriously clueless in the style department…

Prints - Dresses, tops, belts, bags, shoes - animal prints have totally invaded my wardrobe, this year! I have also developed a soft spot for Chevron prints, notably on accessories, like scarves and tights. They’ve even made their way onto my business cards!

Jewellery - I adore chunky jewellery and rarely leave the house without my Michael Kors watch and - at least - one of my chain necklaces. In 2011, I’ve really enjoyed pairing them with more understated pieces, such as a delicate wrap bracelet, a short pendant or a set of extra thin bangles. I find it makes a nice contrast and gives a feminine edge to my outfits.

Estée Lauder Crystal Baby - Mac Media - TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Dusting Powder - Sephora by OPI Going Nude, Eh? -
Chanel Rouge Noir - Orly Rage - Sigma Essential Brush Kit - MAC Pink Power Mineralize Skin Finish - Maybelline Lasting
Drama Gel Eyeliner - Soap & Glory Trick and Treatment - Stella In Two Peony perfume - Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume -

MAC Mulch Eyeshadow - By Terry Bronze Expert in Copper Sand - Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Pencil in Bourbon and Zero -
Clinique High Impact Mascara -  Philosophy Amazing Grace Bath and Shower Gel – Lush Lemony Flutter - Benefit Hoola bronzer -
Clinique Extra Mild Facial Soap - Clinique Dramatically Different Lotion - Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream.
In My Make-Up Bag in 2011

Skincare - I have been using Clinique extra mild face soap and Dramatically Different lotion for years and added Bobbi Brown hydrating eye cream to my regimen, a few months ago. It’s a trio that works pretty well for me. However, like most girls, I do get bored using the same products all the time and one of my New Year’s resolutions for 2012 is to experiment more with skincare. Exfoliants, masks, brighteners… I cannot wait to share my best finds with you all !

Bath & Body - I tried Philosophy products for the first time in 2011 and instantly fell in love with them, especially the bath and shower gels. Other products I have used consistently, this year, are Soap and Glory Righteous Butter, Lush It's Raining Men and Snow Fairy shower gels, and more recently, The Body Shop Spiced Vanilla and Candied Ginger scrubs and body butters

Hair - I have been using the TRESemmé 24 Hour Body range religiously, since I discovered it in my local Superdrug, last year. My favourite product of the line is by far the Dusting Powder, which helps lift my roots and give volume to my otherwise painfully flat, straight hair.

Perfume - Without being a perfume junky, I must admit to owning quite a few perfumes. Yet, I find myself going back to Stella In Two Peony and Marc Jacobs’ Daisy, year after year. These are respectively the best Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer fragrances - though after recently testing Prada Candy, I have a sneaky feeling it might become my favourite perfume of 2012… Only time will tell!

Make-Up Brushes - Sigma brushes are a great alternative to the likes of MAC, if you are looking for good quality make-up brushes. I have used them pretty much every single day, in 2011, and I can’t imagine doing my make-up without them.

Face - Although I am not one to wear foundation on a daily basis, I do use concealer most days. Trick and Treatment, by Soap and Glory, has been a life saver, this past year, helping me fake a 12 hours sleep, when in fact, I was still packing for a photo shoot at 10.30 pm and had a 5 am wake-up call the day after. It is a product that I can definitely see myself repurchasing, many times again.

Cheeks - Benefit Hoola has been my bronzer of choice for years and it has remained a favourite of mine throughout 2011. For blusher, I have found myself reaching for my MAC Pink Power Mineralize Skin Finish a lot, over the Summer. I have also really enjoyed By Terry Bronze Expert blush, in Copper Sand, in Autumn and Winter. Other cheek products that deserve a honourable mention include Sleek Rose Gold and ELF Peachy Keen blushes, VIVO baked bronzer in Sun Kiss, MAC My Paradise cheek powder, MAC Stereo Rose mineralize skin finish and Benefit Moon Beam highlighter.

Eyes - Despite owning a ridiculous number of eye shadows, I am ashamed to say that I have pretty much used my custom-made MAC palette and my Urban Decay Naked palette, every day. My look of choice, in 2011, was a subtle wash of colour all over the lid, with a strong black winged liner, as seen here. I mostly used gel liner, but on the occasions I wore pencil eyeliner, I fully relied on my Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Pencils. They have the best staying power and the colours are simply mesmerizing! For mascara, I am happy to report that I have discovered a new staple, this year : Clinique High Impact Mascara. Not only does it thicken my lashes, it also holds the curl like no other. RESULT!

Lips - I have really enjoyed experimenting with lipstick, this year. When I was not wearing one of my favourite nudes, I was most likely rocking bright pinks or deep berry colours. Some of my all time favourite shades are Estée Lauder Crystal Baby, MAC Hue, Crème d'Nude, Patisserie, Chatterbox and Media and Barry M Punky Pink. As for lip glosses, I more or less remained faithful to Jemma Kidd's Petal, Philosophy Sparkling Cranberry, Barry M Toffee and Revlon’s Pink Pop.

Nails - Most people I know have never seen me without nail polish… Sad, but true. Some of my favourite products to achieve a professional-looking manicure at home are Sally Hansen's cuticle remover gel, Lemony Flutter cuticle butter by Lush, and OPI RapiDry top coat. For nail polish, I mostly relied on nudes (Sephora by OPI Going Nude, Eh?, Nails Inc. Caramel), pastels (Beauty UK Peach Melba, ELF Mint Cream), corals (Max Factor Diva Coral, Essie Carousel Coral), golds (Max Factor Ivory, Orly Rage) and, of course, my trusty Chanel Rouge Noir.

On My Blog, in 2011

2011 has been an amazing year, both for me and for my blog. If you had told me when I was typing away in my uni room, that I would be attending events, meeting with fellow bloggers and that people would actually recognise me as the face behind Elle Yeah, I would have referred you to the nearest mental institution!

I am so incredibly grateful for the amazing opportunities that have come my way, this year. Thank you all for making 2011 a fantastic blogging year and let’s make 2012, at least, twice as fun!

For a little walk down memory lane… Click away…

- Elodie x