Bridal Headdresses & Veils Taking 2013 By Storm!

So very excited by the trends sweeping through the wedding scene for 2013.  One of which is the stunning headdresses and veils.  Tiara’s have been left so far behind to make way for these stunning pieces of art.

Which is your favorite?



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What More Could A Girl Ask For


Catherine Elizabeth Would Like To Share Our New Best Friend!

YSL New Gel Foundation “Le Teint Touche Éclat”


This is the new and gorgeous gel foundation by YSL.   I had heard so many great thing about this new gel foundation, that we had to see what my fellow hair and makeup artist friends, in the television and film industry were raving about.

Le Teint Touche Éclat, is a revelation in foundation.  For the first time, the magic light of Touche Éclat is in a foundation. Infused in a weightless fluid, Touche Éclat foundation targets shadowy areas and highlights the contours of the face. With its buildable coverage, Le Teint Touche Écla can be used as a tinted moisturiser or a full base foundation.  This foundation’s perfecting texture evens the complexion and helps conceal imperfections, enhancing your skin’s natural beauty.  Which means goodbye concealor!  Yes this foundation is so fabulous you can use it for cover up too.

I have been using this beautiful foundation since the end of December and I am thrilled with the results

Le Teint Touche Écla is also available in 17 shades, with a selection of warm, neutral and cool tones, with SPF19 broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.

A must have for your makeup bag fora gorgeous completion all year round

Top 10 Eye Makeup Tips

All About Eyes!

What are the best colours to use for my eye colour?

How can I make my eyes look bigger?

Are just a couple of questions Catherine Elizabeth is asked about.  So we have but together what shades are best for your eye colour, and our top 10 tips.

Blues Eyes

Use shades of taupe, gray, violet, purple and deep blue.

Green or Hazel Eyes

Use shade of brown, apricot, purple,plum, mid and dark greens.

Brown Eyes

Use shades of copper, bronze, brown and green.

  1. Always use a good quality eye moisturiser to hydrate the skin around your eyes.  This will keep your eyes looking healthy and fresh.
  2. Always curl your lashes, using a curler before applying mascara.
  3. All you need is a light application of eyeliner to enhance the beauty of your eyes.  Remember not to over do it.
  4. Applying false eyelashes to the mid to outer lashes can make your eyes appear larger, fuller and open up the eye.
  5. Replace your mascara every 2-3 months, as they dry up very quickly, causing your mascara to crumble and drop from your lashes during the day.
  6. If you have small eyes, use a light shadow on the brow bone and lid, shade above the socket, and lengthen out your eye liner upwards.  Given the illusion of larger eyes.
  7. Eyeliner and full eyelashes can help make your eyes look bigger and more appealing.
  8. When applying eyeliner, use a gel liner starting from the outside of your eye and work towards the center, holding the inner eye with your third finger.  Then from the inside corner to the center, to get a crisp line.  Then add flicks to the outer edge if you wish.
  9. By applying two coats of mascara, will give your eyelashes great definition.
  10. Apply a darker shadow to your socket line and blend upwards and outwards to lift the eye.  Making it look bigger.

Now you have the know how, you can go and experiment.  Remember good clean brushes make such a difference to creating the best look.


Catherine Elizabeth


Your Never Too Old!

On the 29th of September I had the honor of doing hair and makeup for a very important client.


Which believe me is an honor as she always does her own hair, even though she has a professional hair and makeup artist for a daughter,  haha.

The day was simply beautiful.  I was so happy that my mum found a lovely man that truly loves her, after loosing my dad a few years ago.  So wonderful they have found each other (which was by yours truly planting a small seed!)
James my brother flew over from Germany, especially to give mum away.  Looking very dashing in his army attire, including his first medal for his services in Afghanistan.
I was privileged to be my mum’s bridesmaid, which she personally picked out an outfit from Karen Millen.  Spoiled!


So wonderful to have the whole family together and friends from all over the country, to share this special day.


Thank you for letting me share these gorgeous images with you all.


Catherine Elizabeth


Keeping Your Skin and Hair Healthy This Winter

Keeping Your Skin and Hair Healthy This Winter

Even though we are still in summer we need to be ready to take care of our hair and skin during the winter.  Your hair and skin respond differently to cooler temperatures, so with winter around the corner, it is important that you adjust your beauty and hair routine accordingly.
The harsh winter elements and colder climates that we have in the height of winter, have a harmful, drying effect on skin and hair. But by following these simple tips, it is easy to have healthy, glowing hair and skin all year round!

Tips for healthy winter skin

1. Exfoliate

Going from the cold winter wind and moving into a heated room, it has a major drying effect on the skin. Exfoliating your skin will remove layers of skin, allowing for new skin cells to develop.

2. Moisturise

In the colder months it’s a great idea to switch to heavier moisturising creams this is vital for keeping your skin glowing and smooth. Ingredients such as green tea, coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, grape seed, melatonin or vitamins C and E all contain antioxidants which help reduce damage caused by winter sun and leave.

3. Use a gentle cleanser

In winter it is important to be much more selective when choosing a cleanser. A scented anti-bacterial soap can be extremely harsh and often will strip the skin of essential oils that it needs however using products with natural oils and ingredients, are much more recommended as they are absorbed more easily.

Tips for healthy winter hair

1. Use a gentle shampoo

Winter hair care includes using a shampoo that won’t strip your hair of its natural moisture. It is very important that in the colder months to cut down on frequent washing, as it will dry out the scalp and hair more easily.

2. Use a deeper conditioner

Richer heavier conditioners and leave-ins allow for more protection on your hair as they provide lubrication which will prevent damage and stops the hair becoming too fragile by rebuilding the hair structure which helps it grow and shine

3. Use a weekly treatment

It is common for hair to experience breakage in the colder winter months, so to ensure this doesn’t occur, a protein-rich treatment should be used at least once a week this will ensure that your hair stays soft and healthy.

Ingredients to avoid when choosing skin and hair products are mineral oils such as Petroleum, Paraffin, Parabens, Comedogenic 

By following these simple tips you can be sure to have soft skin and hair all year round!

Our Top 10 Skin Care Do’s & Don’ts

1. Water is a great way to nourish the skin, by drinking just a liter a day.

2. Pull out the toxins from your skin, by adding a combination of Epsom salt, sea salt and baking soda to your bath.

3. Balance out oily skin, by using a water based cleanser and moisturizer.

4. Want firmer, smoother, younger looking skin? You need to exercise everyday. Exercise brings oxygen and nutrients to your skin.

5. Keep your skin feeling and looking healthy, by avoiding stress, sun exposure and smoking.

6. Keep your skin looking and feeling radiant by getting plenty of sleep, eating lots of vegetables each day.

7. Strengthen your skin by choosing skin moisturizers that contain Vitamin A and E

8. Say goodbye to blemishes and pimples by cleaning your face with a mineral oil and perfume free cleanser that is labeled PH balanced.

9. Apply moisturizer after a bath or shower, so you can lock the moisture into your skin.

10. Revive dry skins by using an high oil based cleanser and moisturizer.


A lot of time and detail went into choosing your dress, ring, flowers, and even your venue. Don’t let your makeup and hair take a backseat. Here are some top tips for making sure you look your best for your wedding day.

1. When choosing your hair and makeup artist, check their background experience, look through images of their work, this will help you see if their style will match your ideas.

2. Take the time to go through magazines and pull out makeup styles that you really like, even tear out the ones you really hate. It could be how a certain feature is played up, or that great lipstick color, or how the skin glows, or even how they used way too much eyeliner. All this is easy to say and show to a makeup artist, like me, with pictures. It helps tremendously to show your desires by pictures rather than endlessly describing it. This helps me immensely in seeing what you like and don’t like. A picture is worth a thousand words. It really gives a lot more information with a visual sense.

3. Take a picture of your wedding dress. This gives the artist a great idea of the style of the dress and the wedding. Is it romantic? Dramatic? Elegant? This gives an idea of your style.

 4. Wear the correct shade of foundation. The best way to figure this out is in ‘natural’ daylight. Never make a decision about foundation unless you’ve applied it to your jawline first and looked at it in daylight. The colour should blend away like it has disappeared.

 5. Waterproof, waterproof, waterproof. Many women make the mistake on assuming that they won’t cry on their wedding day when, in actuality, they always do. Use waterproof eyeliner, and mascara. We don’t want makeup running down the face from either tears or too many dances. Or alternatively treat yourself to eyelash extensions, gives a gorgeous natural look, opening up your eyes and will lasts for 6 weeks. So you can look gorgeous for your honeymoon too.

6. When having an up do style for your wedding day, always wash your hair the night before, so your hair has time during the night to produce natural oils. Which helps your hair hold its style on the day.

7. Get your hair into great condition by doing a deep conditioning treatment once a week or once a fortnight in the run-up to the wedding. Either at a salon or at home, by putting a conditioning hair mask on and wrapping a damp hot towel around your head leave to cool, then rinse of with cool water to lock the moisture in.


8. Keep your skin balanced and hydrated, treat yourself to a course of facials to the lead up to your wedding day. Even by just drinking 1 litre of water a day can give you an amazing glow to your skin.

9. Don’t think of your current style as a starting block for your wedding style. By adding hair extensions or a hairpiece can create volume and the style you dreamed of and still look completely natural. The beauty of a one off hairstyle is that you can go to much more effort than you would if you had to do it every day.

10. Get a great cut two to three weeks before the wedding day. Even if it’s long, get your ends snipped off. I’ve heard some hairdressers tell their clients to keep the ends and not cut them off as hair is easier to put up. I say get them trimmed — you have to think about your hair after the wedding and you want it to look good on your honeymoon.