You’ve probably already heard by now that Herbal Essences have brought back their original shampoos and conditioners, and I picked up my bottle of their Shine Collection Brillance Shampoo back when I was in Florida. I’ve been using it ever since!
Although I did rave a couple of months ago about my favourite Lush shampoo combinations, I found that duo not only expensive but still a bit too harsh on my scalp so I gave up trying to avoid sulphates for now and went for an old favourite. I adored this shampoo back when I was a teenager, and its reemergence did not disappoint. A cult product, it is well known for being gently cleansing and removes product build-up like a dream. The intoxicating scent of flowers is just a bonus! So if you’re looking for a new shampoo, I highly recommend it.
Make Up Bag
This week I am working
away from home, as a wig swing on The Book of Mormon in London’s West End (which you can read all about here). I
have to be honest and make a slight confession – I am a lazy packer. I will
always try and pack as lightly as possible, purely for the fact that I cannot
be bothered to schlep heavy bags on the tube (one of my all time most dreaded
scenarios is bulky bags on a busy tube – *shudder*)
up artist, my own personal make up bag is quite simple (ish), and I thought I
would share with you what I brought for my week of work in London.
primer with me, and that’s Benefit’s The Porefessional. If I had a big night
out planned I might bring something extra, such as Smashbox’s Photo Finish, but
I am at work every evening so no such fun for me!
always bring my three most trusted concealers; NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in
Custard for undereye circles, MAC’s Studio Finish concealer in NW20 for
blemishes and Make Up Forever’s Full Cover concealer, for any hardcore blemish emergencies.
Keeping it nice and
simple I have only brought two foundations, both firm favourites of mine.
Bourjois Healthy Mix in 52 Vanilla is perfect for everyday work use. I have
plans to meet a friend for lunch one day and will use Yves Saint Laurent Le
Teint Touche Eclat in BR40 for that day, as I’d like to look a little more
polished. The only powder I have brought
is my trusty MAC Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder.
bases covered (pardon the pun, unintended!) with one pink toned blush,
Collection 2000’s Shimmer Shades in 2 Blushalicious, and one more golden/brown
shade, MAC’s Warm Soul Mineralize blush. I will probably not use a highlighter
on a day to day basis but for my lunch date I might pop on some MAC Soft &
Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish to give my skin a gorgeous glow.
options for my eyes open with my MAC Neutrals palette, as there are so many
combinations I can do using these beautiful shades, and all in a slimline case.
Travelling heaven! I have been more strict with other eye products though and
only brought one eyeliner, MAC’s coffee pencil, and one mascara, Maybelline The
Falsies. Not forgetting my trusted Shu Uemura eyelash curlers of course!
tight for space, I think lip products are a fantastic way of changing your look up, whilst ensuring that
you keep your make up bag light. With me on this trip are By Terry’s Baume de
Rose, Rimmel’s Moisture Renew lipstick in Let’s Get Naked (a gorgeous easy to
wear nude), Maybelline’s Baby Lips in Cherry Me (low maintenance lip balm with
a sheer wash of red, for subtle relaxed colour) and NARS’ Velvet Matte Lip
Pencil in Red Square for a red lip day.
popped into my make up bag was my current perfume of choice, Jo Malone’s
Blackberry & Bay.
If you want to check it out, I have uploaded a video on my YouTube channel of a tutorial using these products:
space, what would be your must-pack beauty products?
up artist I thought of all of the typical things that come to mind with that
job – studios and catwalks and film trailers, oh my! I didn’t ever think that
after training as a make up artist my heart would lie in theatre.
I had a major career change last year and re-trained as a hair and make up
artist at Delamar Academy. They give you comprehensive training to enable to
you to work in any aspect of the industry, including fashion make up, bridal,
hair styling, prosthetics, special effects and also wigs. Wigs was something
that sounded pretty cool but not an area that I ever thought I would want to
in July last year, most of my work experience has been in theatres. I don’t
seem to be able to get enough of the buzz that comes from working in live
theatre. You can feel the excitement of the audience from the wings, and the
adrenaline rush that the cast and crew experience is addictive. Unlike film and
tv work, you are on the go from the moment you walk in the door to the minute
you leave. It is exhausting! But so exciting. And I thought today I would share
a little with you about what my working life in a theatre is like.
Mormon, the West End musical currently showing at the Prince of Wales theatre
in London. Being a wig swing means that I am not there full time, but cover
holidays and sickness for the full time team. This suits me brilliantly, as it
allows me to do some tv and fashion work, whilst still regularly getting to be
backstage in a theatre! It is this
variety that I love about the industry.
on the show I tend to get there at around 6pm. I help with any tidying that
needs doing in the wig room and go through the lists of who is performing which
character for that performance. The show is on 6 days (8 shows) a week, with
only Christmas Day off for the rest of the year. Every cast member needs holidays so there is
lots of chopping and changing of roles. As the wigs are all made to fit the
individual, this means lots of different wigs being used from performance to
receive the half hour call, and I make my way up five flights of stairs with a
basket full of wigs, to the dressing rooms. I prep the hair of some of the
girls so that their own natural hair is as flat as possible against their heads
ready for the wigs to fit over the top. Then the wigs are put on and pinned as
securely as possible. There is lots of dancing in the show and the last thing
we want is for a wig to come off on stage! (I’m trembling just thinking about
call it’s time to dash down to stage right, where I take my position in the
wings. My first task is to remove the wig from a male actor as he comes off the
stage about 30 seconds into the performance.
From this point on, I am back and forth from stage right to the wig
room, back to stage right, into a dressing area, backstage, back to stage right
again and so on. In each area there is a different task to do. I’m either
removing a wig, or putting one on.
This is when an actor has a very short space of time (sometimes as little as a
minute!) from when they come off stage to get completely changed and get back
onto the stage. When this also involves a wig change it is all hands on deck
and there are very often several dressers as well as a wiggie who are helping
the actor make it back onto stage on time. In my role on the Book of Mormon, I
have one quick change, and although we have the luxury of having a few minutes,
the actress must get from traditional African dress including a wig, headdress
and full face paint, into an entirely different outfit with a new wig. This
means that the dresser is helping to change her shoes, whilst she is removing
her make up, whilst I am taking all the pins out of the first wig to remove it
and then pinning on the second wig. Very often, I am still pinning in the wig
running alongside her as she makes her way back into the wings. It’s so strange
that sometimes it goes seamlessly, and sometimes we are a bit tight for time, but
we ALWAYS make it J
busy during the interval. While the audience are picking up their half time
drinks from the bar and chatting about the first Act, we are taking advantage
of the time by getting the whole cast into their starting Act 2 wigs. The
madness continues through Act 2, and by the end of the performance I am glad to
be able to sit down for a minute! Before we go home we make sure that the wigs
are all back on their blocks and secure. We tidy up any of the wigs that need
it and get the room ready for the next day.
Actually, normally at this point we also have a glass of wine too!
to be given this job. It has been a fascinating insight into the world of wigs
and has taught me that I definitely love the atmosphere in a live theatre. I
haven’t mentioned much about the show itself but despite being maybe a tiny bit
biased it really is an incredible show! I have made some lovely friends there
and can’t wait to go back for my next stint there in two weeks.
What did you think?!