Tuesday, 2 June 2015

I'm back

Right, baby is now 2! I've been make-upping along the way.... let's go!

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Maternity Leave

I am currently on maternity leave after having a beautiful baby girl called Ivy. Normal service will resume very soon!

Monday, 19 March 2012

Blue Mascara - would you dare?

I would and I do! I have to say, I love blue mascara. As I have orangey brown eyes it really works on my colouring. Talking of who it suits, I don't think it suits people with blue or green eyes very much, but this is my opinion, however if you want to wear it and have green or blue eyes, I suggest using navy or using a layer of black mascara first to bring the colour down a bit.

My current favourite is by a brand called 2true.  I have tried their other mascaras and I do not rate them but this one works - it's bluuuuue, it lasts very well and I love the price - £1.99!!! One Ninety Nine! (Superdrug)

Would you dare to wear?

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

My friend Nivea Soft

It's cold! And my skin is dry.... really dry. So at times like this I reach for the ..... drum roll...... NIVEA SOFT.

I have used this on and off for years and love the consistency, the fragrance, the non-greasy formula and it really seems to sort my skin out (face and body) when it gets really dry as a result of cccccold weather.

You can buy this in big supermarkets and all main high street chemists and unsurprisingly it is a great price - just FOUR pounds for a 200ml tub.

I use it on my whole body and as a hand cream too.


Thursday, 26 January 2012

My absolute favourite foundation brush

I was sent some wonderful Japonesque goodies a while ago for a charity fashion show I was heading up the make-up for and amongst them all was the pro foundation brush. I just have to share with you that I think it is the best foundation brush I have ever used. It will be staying in my kit for ever and ever.

THIS is what I love about it...

I love the long handle - which makes it easy to control
I love the angled bristles - which makes getting into the nooks and crannies of the face SO easy
I love the firm bristles - firm but not too firm and certainly not floppy and hard to control (like some brushes I have owned)
I love the price - only £19!
I love that non make-up artists can buy it and enjoy it too (John Lewis)

Three tips from me...
1) Use a foundation brush when you apply liquid or cream foundations
2) Wash your brush after every use with a mild shampoo (some foundations take longer to wash out, however do not scrub the bristles to get it out, repeat the shampoo process 2 or 3 times until clean)
3) Treat this brush with care and it will last you a lifetime!

Hope this was helpful - leave a comment with any foundation and brush related questions, I am more than happy to help!


Wednesday, 4 January 2012

My First TV Appearance

I've been working on the new SkyLiving show 'Bigger Than' over the last few months and tonight was the first episode.  I worked mainly with Mark Summers and Paul L Martin but on a few of the other shows I did the make-up for the contestants (Gaga's and Rihanna's). I loved every minute of this show and it also makes great viewing

Wednesday's @ 9pm on SkyLivingHD

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Natural 'Barely There' Bridal Make-up

Lulu contacted me about her wedding day and her brief was BARELY THERE MAKE-UP.  Lulu doesn't really wear any make-up and the idea of looking 'made up' on her wedding day was too much - she really did want the 'no make-up / make-up look'. On her trial we tried various degrees of eyeshadow and depth of colour (although still light shades) but it all came back to the 'peaches and cream' look that was best for her.

Here is a fab pic of her and her husband and a list below of the products I used.

Foundation; Chanel Vitalumiere
Concealer; Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
Highlighter; Boots No7 Skin Illuminator - peach
Brows; Laura Mercier Brow Pencil - Blonde
Eyeshadow; MAC shadows - number of cream/creamy brown colours
Mascara; Max Factor 200 Calorie black/brown (combed through for natural look)
Cheeks; MAC Peachykeen blusher powder (v lightly applied)
Lips - can't remember - but likely to be a colour v close to Lulu's lip colour
Powder; MAC Prep and Prime Translucent Finishing Powder
Highlight Powder; Laura Mercier Loose Shimmer Powder

The glowy sheen to her skin looks natural and flawless. The KEY to the no make-up look!

What do you think to her skin on the picture above?


Hard as Nails?

My nails have always been weak and flaky.  I hate them. In my job I use my hands a lot and make it a priority that my hands look as good as they can - but it is not always easy.

I have found a product that strengthens my nails in one coat and it is a great base coat for any nail polish too.

I love that is protects my nails from my Mum and housework duties which often strip my hands of any moisture (yes I know I should wear gloves!) and enables my nails to grow to a nice length so that they look presentable and healthy whilst I am working.

Thanks Sally Hansen

I also keep them really moisturised by using either Jessica Phenomen Oil:

Jessica Phenomen Oil

And of course by wearing household gloves!!! (New Year's Resolution)


Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Quash Your Hands

As a Professional Make-up Artist I need to ensure my hands are squeaky clean and bacteria free before I even go near to anyone's face. I have tried loads of the germ busting products on the market but none as good as the one I am about to reveal.  I honestly find most of them really drying, very chemically and awkward to use (most are sloppy gel formulations - not nice)

The one I love is QUASH.  It is 100% natural and alcohol free - have a read of the Quash claims:

Key Claims:

  • Kills 99.9% of harmful germs > lab proven
  • Alcohol free > leaves skin soft & moisturised NOT dry or cracked
  • Safe for kids > uniquely formulated to be gentle on skin. Endorsed by the Skin Health Alliance.
  • Contains vitamins & minerals including manuka honey & aloe vera > to nourish your skin
  • Made in the United Kingdom
Our Hand Sanitiser Spray is ONLY made from 100% natural ingredients > free from chemicals 

This is a big shout out to anyone in the beauty, make-up, hair, salon industry.....in fact any industry - this product is safe, cheap (£2.99 for 50ml) and ruddy BRILLIANT. 


Simone France - It's All About The Way You Clean Your Skin

Simone France skincare claims that great skin is all about the way you clean your skin. As my face has been so shockingly bad over the last year, I am about to put this to the test with my bespoke skincare routine package that was sent all the way from the US. Excited = yes!! I want the skin I had in my 20's again so let's see if Simone France can help me to achieve that.

A little in-sight into my face; my skin used to be flawless and spot free but since I had my little girl 18 months ago it has taken a huge turn for the worse and I suffer from those hurty / boily spots (I am sure some of you know them) on my chin area that are painful and... monthly - need I say more. It is generally dry, i.e. if I cleanse my skin and don't moisturise quickly, I feel like someone has stretched cling film really tightly across my face and left it there. 

Onto my first correspondence with Simone France. Firstly, I was sent a link to the Simone France Skin Care Analysis questionnaire which I promptly filled in truthfully and in a detailed manner so that Simone France could assess and therefore prescribe my skincare regimen. After a couple of days I received a VERY thorough response to my analysis describing that there are four main reasons why my skin is not as beautiful as it could be, in short they are as follows:

1. You are using a drying form of cleanser and not getting your skin optimally clean
2.  You are using foundation
3.  Lack of daily deep pore cleansing
4.  Drying up breakouts

(I just have to say that the email I received was so incredibly detailed AND personal, an approach which I immediately found amazing and have come to love - not many companies offer the service that Simone France does - I will come to that later)

Without going into too much detail of my own skin and skincare issues I just want to summarise what the four points above mean.  

1. You are using a drying form of cleanser and not getting your skin optimally cleanI was using a few different liquid and rinse-off cleansers which I thought I loved, but Simone France says they dry the skin and leave behind a thin film of product which can irritate and 'liquid cleansers are not good at removing oil, impurities or make up.  You need something with a bit of oil in it to dissolve these daily deposits.  Think about it - if you put your lipstick on and then drink water, the lipstick stays put.  But eat a few French Fries and it's gone!' (wise words from Penny Kjellberg).

2. You are using foundation - I almost shuddered when I read this! A Make-up Artist who doesn't wear make-up!!! In all honesty as a Mother and Make-up Artist I rarely wear foundation whilst at home when I am doing my day-to-day Mummy things, but I do wear it at work, I do test it out, I do use it to hide my spots, I do use it to feel glam and made up. So yes, I do use it, probably a bit more than I think I do. My assessment revealed that when I wear foundation and powder and use my typical 'drying' cleansers to remove it, it won't be coming off. With the method I've been using I was told 'Your skin is never clean with these products on them and over time the pigment builds up in your pores and causes uneven skin tone' - reading this made me think, really think. 

3. Lack of daily deep pore cleansing - Ok, I put my hands up, I don't deep clean my skin very often (I do my house and my clothes regularly, so why don't I do my skin?? hmmm) and Simone France believe that the use of mild exfoliation and deep pore cleansing is the key to beautiful skin. Sounds a bit daft but I have never really understood how to deep pore cleanse, how, if your pores are clogged and congested, do you get it out??? I guess the proof will be in the pudding, as they say! Simone France advised me that 'Once you start removing the dry skin that's building up and preventing further build up, and once you really get in there every day and clean out your pores from the powder and the daily accumulation of impurities you will very quickly see smaller pores, a velvety texture, improved tone and firmness, and a bright, glowing complexion'

4.  Drying up breakouts - YES, I am guilty as charged (according to SF) I have used all the bad things to try to zap my horrible chin spots, but have had little success. I was using a number of very drying spot lotions, oils and creams on the affected areas (the potions will remain nameless) but in actual fact they were making the problem a whole lot worse.  Whilst temporarily zapping the horrible spot, they were drying out my face and fooling my skin into thinking it needed to produce more oil... in fact I am going to hand you over to the description in my skincare analysis results.... 'Here’s why:  When you dry out your skin,, your body senses the dryness and its natural response is to try to fix the problem.  It does this by producing more oil.  You respond by applying more drying products and the cycle continues.  Soon you have created a hard dry surface and the oil gets trapped underneath where it clogs and stretches your pores.  Bacteria thrive in this environment and blemishes often ensue.   While it is natural to have a monthly breakout or two, once you start removing the dry skin that’s built up over time, and clean with products that don’t dry you out, you will very quickly see the blemishes lessen and in all likelihood disappear'.

5 days after I received this email I was sent my goodies and that evening at precisely 7:30pm, just after my daughters bed-time, I cracked on with my regimen.  Below is a pic I took of my products:

(clockwise from back left)
Disposable Cleansing Cloths, Light Milk, Gentle Toner, Soap, Instant Radiance, Refining Scrub,
Complexion Perfection, Light Moisture Cream 

You can click here to read more about each product.

Also in my email was a clear guide on how to use them.  This has always been my problem with 'off the shelf' skincare products, no-one advises you how to USE them. This is where things have changed for me.

Here is what we (SF) recommend for you:

Every morning clean your face with The Sandwich for Normal to Oily Skin. Make sure you follow the directions exactly as the method is just as important as the products used. You will be using soap, which will get your skin cleaner than any liquid cleanser, but when used in our unique way it will never dry your skin. The Refining Scrub will gently remove the dry surface that's built up and deep clean your pores, and you will be wiping everything off with Disposable Cleansing Cloths so nothing will be left behind to dry or irritate or dull your complexion. You won't believe how fresh and clean your skin looks and feels after washing this way each morning. Moisturize with the same Light Moisture Cream you used to wash with, or with Parasol SPF 15.

Every evening clean your face and remove your makeup (eye make up too) with Light Milk and Gentle Toner.  Remove both with the same Disposable Cleansing Cloths you used to remove your Sandwich. Moisturize with the same Light Moisture Cream you used in your morning Sandwich only if your skin feels dry

A few times a week use Instant Radiance exfoliating treatment followed by Complexion Perfection mask. This powerful duo will really speed your results, refine your skin texture and bring on that healthy glow.


My skin has been analysed, now it is my turn to tell you my analysis of the Simone France skincare range.

Quite simply ... I love it. I have to tell you that my skin feels clean, my skin feels fresh and my skin feels young! I must admit I had a wobbly start to it and about 2 days after the regimen, my skin was bumpy and slightly sore! DON'T PANIC THOUGH! I immediately wrote a detailed email to Penny and she revised my products there and then and shipped them from America that very day! It turns out that the 'light moisture' was just too light for me. As England turns to winter the air has a nip to it and my skin truly suffers as a result, this was taken on board by Simone France and my moisture was adjusted accordingly. What skincare brand do you know that consults even after purchase? answers on a postcard please.

My favourite part about the regime is The Sandwich.  I have always loved the squeaky clean feeling of soap, but hated the drying feeling that comes with it which is where The Sandwich cleverly comes in. Each morning I moisturise, gently scrub and then soap my face - yes! all in that order and it feels gorgeous. I follow this with 'Lovely Glow' as through a bit of trial and error this is the right moisture for me. I sometimes use the 'French Formula' but only when my skin feels a bit parched and in need of a bit more moisture love.

I have to admit I still use foundation (but no powder which is SF's biggest No-No) but I cleanse it away properly in the evening. I also have to admit I am still getting the 'monthly' spots which are driving me a little bit insane, but I know why these are occuring and they are clearing up faster without my skin-dryingly-skin-blastingly awful home spot remedies.  

I also took it upon myself to interview Penny as I had a few questions of my own for her, they make very interesting reading and they make me love the brand EVEN more.

How long do you advise people to use Simone France for until they see proper results?
1.  Most people at least feel the difference the first time they use The Sandwich.  Within 2 weeks there should be a noticeable improvement, and the longer you use it the more results you will see.  Once in a while some people can break out for a day or two as things come to the surface, but that isn’t the norm and that soon goes away.  The results are really very fast, because the products and the method work with the skin’s natural processes, instead of trying to overtake and control them.

Why did Simone sell her company?
2.  Simone still has her facial business, the same one she’s had for all her life.  She and I started the product company together in 1999, and her interest in that is what she sold in 2006 that Sally, Jean and I now own.  She is in her 80s, a very private person, and prefers at this stage of her life to just work one on one with people on facials, instead of having the pressure, work load and visibility of a big product company.  The facial business is as it always has been – just her, no receptionist, no other facialists.

Why is it not available in regular shops / stores?
3.  We used to be in Bergdorf Goodman and Nordstrom, but we prefer being an on-line only company.  There are many reasons why this is better for us and for our customers as well.  On line we  deal directly with our customers, one to one.  Our end customer is the woman washing her face every morning and it is important we keep that direct connection.  When you sell to stores, your end customer is the store – you have to do things their way, put their needs ahead of all,  and there are any number of salespeople between us and the end customer.  We can run around the country doing our best to train them, but it will never be the same as dealing directly.  It’s better for the customer, and it is better for us because we always have our finger on the pulse of what our customers need and want, how they are using and liking the products.  In our case, we also have the added issue that we are so very different from every other company in both product and philosophy.  It is difficult to ask the same facialist or salesperson to tell people they shouldn’t use liquid cleansers or chemical exfoliants, or powder, when they have to sell liquid cleansers, chemical exfoliants and powder in order to keep their jobs in their stores and spas.  Simply put, we don’t fit in with the crowd that is in stores and spas.  And, frankly, we don’t want to!  The reason people see such good results with our products is because we give them something no other product company does.

How and why are you different from all the other skincare ranges out on the market?
4.  How and why are we different – let me count the ways!  1.  We use the fewest, simplest ingredients possible  2.  We have a method that is just as important as the products used – if you use our products the same  way others are made to be used, you won’t get the benefits.  3.  We have a unique view of skin typing and diagnosing  4.  Rather than selling people more and more things to apply to their skin, we say that you should use less.  And 5 is perhaps the most important.  We do not follow trends – we remain true to the formulas and method Simone has used, hands on, one on one, on thousands of women for decades.   We know these products and this method works.  Unless and until that changes, we’re not going to change what we say or what we sell.

Who set the skin analysis questions? (when a customer first applies)
5.  The analysis questions have been the same since Simone and I started the product line company in 1999.  The questions were written by me (a former beauty editor and beauty publicist), after working with Simone and seeing her diagnose hundreds of customers.  These are the questions she herself asks.

How long should a full sized set of SF last a customer?
6.  Full sizes last 2-3 months, although if you are only using it on your face the soap will last much longer than that.  

What 3 things should anyone do to achieve glowing flawless skin, for life?
7.  Three things to do for a healthy complexion for a lifetime are:  1. Physically block the sun from your skin with a hat, a parasol or staying in the shade.  2.  Clean your skin twice a day.  One surface cleansing and one deep pore cleansing and mild exfoliation  3.  Respect your skin and do not try to beat it into submission with strong chemicals and procedures – do not try to “fight” wrinkles, “zap” zits, etc.  If you go to war with your skin it will only show you battle scars!


I went away with my husband for my first anniversary and took the entire range with me, this is it in our hotel cabinet - I never travel lightly.

My small skincare kit!!! :)


Would I buy it? YES! (I don't think there is a font big enough for this)

Would I recommend Simone France to friends, colleagues, clients? YES YES YES!!

As a bridal and fashion Make-up Artist I am asked about skincare all the time, I am not a dermatologist / skincare expert so do find it hard to recommend things that are right for the individual.  With Simone France I can recommend the regimen and then they will do all of the analysing and the advise - hurrah. At the beginning of this post I briefly mentioned the service that Simone France offer and I have to say this is second to none. The service was really personal, very effective and it's customer care that is OUT OF THIS WORLD!

If you want to ask me any questions about my experience of Simone France skincare please do via my website www.lucybakermakeup.com  or email through to Simone France themselves information@simonefrance.com.

Here is a piccie of my skin, with a bit of party make-up I have to add, but doesn't it look clear and glowing? - I think so. 

Hardly any foundation - and NO powder! 

Lots of Party Make-up :) - but still, no powder

What is your skincare regime? Please comment below as I would love to hear! 

NB - My skincare test was over a 6 week period (to date)

Simone France Product Ingredient List click HERE

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Have a sniff!

The best candles I have ever, ever sniffed are by an Australian company called Sniff Soy Candles and they truly are unique in that they actually smell exactly like they say they should - a rareity.  I was in Liberty a few weeks ago and did a proper smell test of most of the candles in there, which I have to add ranged from £25 to £75 (for a candle!) anyway, I came away thinking that a lot of them smelt nice but none of them had a scent that would linger and fragrance a room properly.  

I have been very lucky to get my hands on 3 candles all the way from Australia; Rose Bud, Fresh Cut Flowers and French Verbena. See them on the website here 

I can honestly say that they smell adorable, French Verbena is my fave, and they retail at only $29AUD which is about £18. A whiffing sniffing bargain!

Mine are branded too - so I have the only Lucy Baker Make-up Sniff Candles in the world! :)

Thanks to the Sniffettes for sending these over to me to try.


Monday, 7 November 2011

My favourite lipbalm EVER EVER EVER

I am a total and utter lip balm addict and can confess that I have bought nearly every single one on the market over the years and I can also confess I have loved.... just about none of them. Too greasy, too expensive, too slippy, too smelly, too this and too that and none have been right - UNTIL NOW.... I am too excited about telling you about this product as it is a great price, a great product and it stays on! hurraaahhhhh.  Plus is is SPF 15, available on the high street, organic, super conditioning and and and....... ok.....here it is
THE BEST LIP BALM IN THE WORLD - according to me

It is from Holland & Barrett and is just £3.25 for a 5.7ml tube. My advice to you is GO OUT AND BUY IT AND THROW ALL YOUR OTHER RUBBISH LIP BALMS AWAY!

The End

Saturday, 22 October 2011

A little look at make-up prep on a photoshoot

I did a photoshoot today using a lovely model called Olu. The photographer, Hannah, chose her because she has a truly amazing face that she knew would be just PERFECT for our shoot.  My make-up brief was to focus on the lip, using glitter, heavy glosses and bright colours to accentuate Olu's amazing smile, so of course I 'went for it' whilst keeping the skin natural and glowing and the eyes kinda natural.

The snaps below are just a few of me doing the make-up - the main shoot images will follow very soon. I'll list the products I used at the shoot on my blog when I add the finalised images.


And here is Olu in the finished images:-

Base; MAC Face & Body

Friday, 23 September 2011

My Make-up Today - quick and easy is the name of the game

As a busy Mummy to a little girl I often need quick and easy make-up that stays on really well through food fights, tears (mine and Nancy's) and the everyday mishaps that are part of the kind of days we have at home together when I am not working.

I did my make-up in 10 mins flat this morning whilst Nancy was amusing herself on our household trampoline (our bed) and I thought as I was doing this I would share with you the products I used and a quick overview of how I applied them.

Moisturiser: Oilatum Natural Repair 
Foundation: Bourjois 10 Hour Sleep Effect ; colour 74 (apply with fingers and latex sponge to smooth)
Brows: Laura Mercier Eyebrow Pencil colour; brunette
Concealer: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage  colour; SC3 (only apply as spot/blemish cover-up)
Blush: Shiseido The Make-up Blush Duo colour; pink (rose nature)
Eyelash Curlers: Shu Uemura Curlers (curl top lashes)
Mascara: Leichner Waterproof mascara colour; Jet Black (3 coats top and bottom)
Powder: Origins Brighter By Nature Skin Tone Correcting Make-up colour; 4 Light/Warm (sweep a tiny amount over skin with a fluffy brush at the end of your make-up)

Remember this is a quicker than quick make-up.  I didn't use any colour / pencil on my eyes as a good eyelash curler and 3 coats of mascara gives me that wide awake look. Put it this way, if I bumped into Ashton Kutcher in the street on my way to buy some eyelashes or nappies, I would feel groomed, confident and glowing and ready to accept a lunch date from him!

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Adult Spots - How To Effectively Cleanse

Over the last few weeks my skin has taken a turn for the worst :( I have big spots on my chin area -which are often related to hormones - so I wanted to share with you what I do to help my skin heal.
As soon as I feel that bruise feeling on my face I kick start my Super Cleanse Skin Routine and keep my fingers crossed for speedy results and for the horrendous spots to vanish!

Super Cleanse Skin Routine

Firstly I remove all traces of make-up with Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser making sure I use the muslin cloth very gently over the bad areas and with tepid, not hot, water. It is important to say that when my skin is bad I don't wear foundation unless I am going out.

Secondly I boil the kettle, grab a large plastic mixing bowl, a large clean towel, cotton wool, my Avene Toner and a bottle of tea tree oil. 

Face Steam Process:

Fill the bowl with the freshly boiled water and add 5 drops of tea tree oil, swish round and leave to cool for 3/4mins.

Tie your hair back and place your head 4 inches above the water level and cover your head with the towel - hold the towel around the neck area so no steam can escape. 

Steam your face for 3 mins. 

After this first steam session soak a cotton pad with your usual toner (I use Avene Gentle Toner) and tone your face all over.

Top up the water with more boiled water straight from the kettle and repeat steaming your face for another 3/4 mins.

Cleanse your face with your toner again and pat dry with a clean towel.

If you need to squeeze the spot (steaming will ripen the area, sounds gross but it is true) use a very fine pin or needle to ease the spot out but it's essential to sterilise it in boiling water or a dettol/tcp solution first as you do not want to infect the area. DO NOT POP THE SPOT WITH YOUR FINGERS - this ruptures the skin and creates a scabby spot and even worse, scarring.

Wait for 10 mins and moisturise and apply tea tree oil to the spot/s using a cotton bud.

Steam every other day until your skin clears up and continue to steam your face once a week for the rest of your life! - who said being a woman was easy?!