Brides Up North

Merry Christmas Beautiful! 12 Days Of Bridal Beauty!

December 13th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Are there really are only 12 days left until the big C? Has anyone else not started their shopping yet?  Is it just me? (Can you feel the panic through your screen?) Luckily, my fabulous Featured Supplier and fashion and bridal beauty expert Jo Leversuch of Make Up By Jo is on hand with some Christmas shopping suggestions that will also fit perfectly into your wedding day kit should you, you know, fancy treating yourself while you are at it.

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Ladies, I give you Make Up By Jo’s 12 days of Christmas beauty stocking fillers, one for each day left on the calendar.  Just how good have you been this year?!

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Jo says:  I wanted to share with you my favourite 12 items of make-up perfect for Christmas presents for friends and family members.  The make-up items i have chosen are all under £20 and vary from brand to brand.  Have a Merry Christmas and a beautiful New Year!

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Make Up By Jo 12 Days Of Christmas

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1.  Bobby Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner

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This award winning gel liner gives you the look of a liquid liner.  It is easy to apply with a brush and is water-resistant.   Black is great for those wonderful "cat flick" eyes perfect for News Year’s Eve. 

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2.  Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour 

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These chubby sticks are fun, colourful and you are spoilt for choice which colour to choose.  The lip treatment has a sheer colour that is perfect for dry, cracked lips and provides moisture.

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3.  Ariane Poole Conceal and Contour Palette

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Voted the best concealer.  This multi-functional products contains three shades of concealer perfect to blend to counteract dark circles under the eyes, redness and thread veins on the cheeks. 

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4.  Chanel Nail Polish – Le Vernis Nail Colour

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The famous Rouge Noir colour nail polish… the essential pick of all nail polishes to have in your make-up bag, and festive too. 

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5.  Tatcha Blotting Papers 

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A beauty secret cherished by the Japanese Geisha for centuries, these handmade, gold-infused papers remove excess oil and sweat without disturbing makeup or stealing moisture from the skin, so you can go all day without needing to touch-up.

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6.  Steam Cream face, hand and body cream

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This amazing natural product represents the latest concept in skincare.  Freshly handmade in the UK and Japan, this wonder product can be used all over the body.   You can choose over 100 funky all limited edition tins… the perfect stocking filler. 

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7.  Kate Moss Long Lasting Matt Lipsticks

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These gorgeous lipsticks come in a variety of colours and are so easy to apply with a velvet, rich matt texture.  Perfect for the party season.

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8.  Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

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A squeezy tube mascara that adds drama, volume and curl to the eyelashes.  Key ingredients are keratin and Shea Butter .

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9.  Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencils

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The product comes in over 13 shades and are so easy to apply.  These jumbo sized pencils are versatile and can be applied to shade the lid, line or highlight the eye.

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10.  Lancôme Ombre Hypnose Mono Eyeshadow

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An intense & smoothing eye shadow.  This black eyeshadow has a subtle shimmer in for that intense strong smoky eye look.

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11. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

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The iconic Shu Uemura Eyelash curler is still the best!  Perfect to curl eyelashes to make the eyes appear larger.

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12.  Illamasqua Cream Blusher

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These rich strong pigmentation cream blushers are perfect for a rosy cheek colour or to highlight cheekbones and add a Winter glow. 

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Merry shopping!

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  – Images © 2012 as credited

Make Up By Jo is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier and this is a sponsored post

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A Jemma Kidd masterclass@HOME For Brides Up North – Perfecting Skin and Mastering Natural Make-up

July 18th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Jemma Kidd masterclass@HOME by Fyzal Photography

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So, I’m thirty years old.  I run my own business, held down a job as a lawyer for years and worked in fashion magazines before that.  I know how to apply my own make up.  Right?

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Right?

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Wrong.  Very wrong.

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I thought that I knew.  At least, I spent over 15 years slapping it on every morning and heading out the door feeling A OK, didn’t I?  But it turns out that I didn’t even have a clue.  I was doing it backwards, for a start.  15 years of potential skin perfection and better photographs wasted!

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Still, the only way is up from here, and I now come armed!

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I recently spent a most enjoyable morning with Brides Up North Featured Supplier Make Up By Jo, taking part in a Jemma Kidd masterclass@HOME.  Jo has recently become an official tutor for Jemma Kidd (as well as working her make up magic for Rimmel at London Fashion Week and on hundreds of lucky ladies on their wedding days). 

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The morning, at Jo’s beautiful home (she is happy to host parties there or come to you) was filled with laughs, gossip, multiple cuppas and Jo’s amazing home made cookies.  I think I stopped at five.

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As well as the day being a load of fun, I also came away with an armful of on the day discounted products and some super useful hints and tips for making myself look prettier.  Result!

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Jemma Kidd masterclass@HOME by Fyzal Photography

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Jemma Kidd masterclass@HOME by Fyzal Photography

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Jemma Kidd masterclass@HOME by Fyzal Photography

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Fabulous photographer Fyzal and brilliant videographer Richard Leng also gave up their time to come along and capture the shoot on camera. Absolute pros who work together fantastically, these guys are another must for your wedding day memories.  Watch this space for news of their exciting new luxury collaboration project, coming soon to Brides Up North. 

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Jemma Kidd masterclass@HOME by Fyzal Photography

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Jemma Kidd masterclass@HOME by Fyzal Photography

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Jemma Kidd masterclass@HOME by Fyzal Photography

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Jo is a Featured Supplier for Brides Up North, but this is not a sponsored post and I can honestly say that the class was relaxing, enjoyable and useful. I’m sworn to secrecy on all the tips and techniques disclosed, but if you fancy competing with Kate Middleton and doing your own make up on your wedding day, or fancy a refresher course (or, like me, a complete “begin again” session) in advance of all those photo opportunities that being a bride to be entails (hen parties, engagement parties, engagement shoots, rehearsals, family gatherings, dress fittings, the opening of an envelope… the list goes on), then I would recommend a session with this lovely lady.

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Even if you already know it all, it’s worth it for those cookies.

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Jemma Kidd masterclass@HOME by Fyzal Photography

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Jemma Kidd masterclass@HOME by Fyzal Photography

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Jemma Kidd masterclass@HOME by Fyzal Photography

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Jemma Kidd masterclass@HOME by Fyzal Photography

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Jemma Kidd masterclass@HOME by Fyzal Photography

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Jemma Kidd masterclass@HOME by Fyzal Photography

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Jemma Kidd masterclass@HOME by Fyzal Photography  

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Tool Kit

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All by Jemma Kidd

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Define Stay-Put Eyeliner in Mahogany

I-Perfector Prep&Brighten Duo (eyelids)

Stardust Creme Shadow

Eye Wardrobe Colour Quartet in Brown

Lash Xtension Volume Mascara in Black

I-Rescue Bio-Complex Cover (concealer )

Skin Rescue Bio-Complex Veil SPF 15 ( skin primer in shade Y1)

Mineral Skin Nourishing Tint in Cameo (foundation)

Dewy Glow All over Radiance Creme (highlighter used on the temple area of the face)

Blushwear Creme Cheek Colour in Pomegranate

Lip Perfector Anti Feather Prime and Plump

Hi-Shine Silk Touch Lipgloss in Tea Rose

Bio-Mineral Perfecting Powder

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Brushes used

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Pro Brush 02 – Flat Liner

Pro Brush 09 – Flat Top Foundation used for the primer, dewy glow and blusher

Pro Brush 10 – Pointed Foundation Brush used for the foundation

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Jemma Kidd masterclass@HOME

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Like me, learn how to apply make-up like a professional artist through masterclass@HOME, in association with Convivality which brings the teaching from the Jemma Kidd Make Up School directly into the home in an accessible, affordable way. Led by a specially-trained Associate Tutor, each masterclass of six to10 offers step-by-step teaching on pro application and techniques in a truly interactive way. Classes include: Perfecting Skin and Mastering Natural Make-Up, Quick-Fix Make-Up Day and Night, Night-Time Glamour, Beauty Foundations and masterclass@WORK.

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To book, you can contact Make Up By Jo directly at jo@makeupbyjo.co.uk or email jk@conviviality.com for a class in your area. 

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  – Images © 2012 Fyzal, Film © 2012 Richard Leng

Make Up By Jo and Fyzal are Brides Up North Featured Suppliers

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Live – Laugh – Love: A Styled Shoot

August 31st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Happy Wednesday everyone!  Don’t you just love a four day week? 

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I’m celebrating love on Brides up North today with a styled shoot sent in to me by friend of the wedding blog, Sally Thurrell Photography.  I love to feature collaborations between Northern wedding industry suppliers, and this one is just lovely, showcasing some rocking accessories. 

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Here is just a selection of my favourite images from the day – to see more, head over to Sally’s blog.  And…if you like what you see here, there is a little black book of wedding suppliers at the end of this post. 

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Sally Thurrell Photography

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Sally Thurrell Photography

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Sally says: When asked if I’d be interested in doing a shoot with a vintage twist I jumped at the chance! Joanna from Tees Valley Weddings had rounded up a team of local suppliers from models to hair & make up to dress hire, and one sunny Sunday we all met up at the gorgeous venue, Whinstone View near Great Ayton, North Yorkshire to get cracking. 

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Sally Thurrell Photography

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Sally Thurrell Photography

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