Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Coat by Apricot Clothing

Good afternoon lovely people!

Hopefully you're enjoying the festive break and getting some good R&R.

I really enjoyed Christmas this year and am enjoying spending time with loved ones.

One of my favourite pressies was something I spotted at Tynwald Mills by UK label, Apricot Clothing.

I introduce to you, the Jacquard Coat in black:

I love the patterned detailing and the military style buttons. There's a definite nod to Karen Millen in terms of the structure and design.

The best news is its price point. At £49 this was about a third of my expected cost and I thought it'd be rude not to!

The coat isn't dry clean. The label says it needs to be cold washed. This could be a good or bad thing. On the one hand it cuts the cost and horrible smell of dry cleaning (is it just me who hates the smell?). That said, I'll edit this post with how well the coat washes.

I hadn't heard of this brand before so I checked out its website. Other eye-catching items for me are:

Night Forest 3 Button Tunic

Perfect paired with opaque tights, boots and a red coat.

Cotton Shirt Dress

With skinny jeans or leggings.

Big Flower Belt Dress

Could be worn casually with skinny jeans or with tights for a night out. The colours of the flowers are perfect to use for accessorising.

I'll try an do an outfit of the day with my new coat as the website photo doesn't do it justice. :)

Thanks for stopping by to read my blog post. Enjoy the rest of your day!

Love Lottie xoxo

What were your favourite Christmas presents?
Have you bought anything from Apricot before?
How would you style this item?

* All images via http://www.apricotonline.co.uk/

Monday, December 27, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone's having a fantastic holiday, getting thoroughly spoilt on Christmas day!

It's been a lovely, romantic time for me. Product reviews on some of my pressies will be up soon as they were lots of beauty products and some clothes too.

Thank you supporting my blog this year!

Lots of love C x

Monday, October 18, 2010

Make up Parties

Hi ladies

Would you like to get your make up done by a professional make up artist, fully trained by international celebrity makeup artist Wendy Campbell?

I will give you a makeup tutorial with a bespoke look for your own Colour Direction to give you a sparkle!

The makeup is from a brand new mineral makeup range which is currently exclusively online. This is the perfect opportunity to try out these gorgeous products for yourself.

It's THE night in before a night out and a great chance to get some of your Christmas presents sorted or even just to treat yourself!

Costs £15 per person for a maximum of 10 minimum of 6 people.

If you would like to arrange your own girls night in makeover night for you and your friends please contact me at charlie_beeman@hotmail.com. I can come to your house or other venue at a time suitable for you.

This could be a fun work night, hen night or just a girls night in!

I can also arrange a bespoke "Design your own perfume" night for you to create your own fragance like the stars do!

Love Charlotte xxx

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Manx Bridal Fashion Photoshoot 101010

Hi everyone

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to take part in the Manx Bridal Fashion Shoot. The event was the concept of Shan Fisher who, with Project Manager Heidi Baker of The Flower Studio St Johns. Shan is an international award winning photographer and also happens to be our wedding photographer for our big day next year!

The shoot took place at the beautiful Nunnery in Douglas and incorporated over 27 wedding suppliers based on the Isle of Man. The objective of the shoot was to encourage brides and grooms to use local suppliers.

I was lucky to be comissioned the make up for a "Rock n Roll bride" and a "Traditional bride". Models Terri Anne and Amy Baker were fantastic canvases and a pleasure to work with.

For Terri Anne I used the following products:

Primer: Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
Concealer: Sheer Cover Duo Concealer
Foundation: Mineral Phototouch Foundation in Linen
Eyebrow powder: Clarins Eyebrow Kit "Pro" Palette
Eyeshadow base: Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Powder: Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 15 in Blonde
Blusher: MAC Well Dressed
Highligher: Prestige Skin Loving Minerals
Eyeshadows: Signature Shadow Quad Hipster, Body Shop 39, MAC Phloof
Eyeliner all over the lid: Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil Electric
Eyeliner on the upper lash line: Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner Blackink 1
Mascara: L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black
Lipstick: MAC Lustre Lovelorn
Lipgloss: MAC Lustreglass Flusterose
Eyegems: 2true Crystal Couture dazzling crystals for eyes and face
Falsh eyelashes: Internationale
For Amy I used the following products:

Primer: Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
Concealer: Sheer Cover Duo Concealer
Foundation: Mineral Phototouch Foundation in Linen
Eyebrow powder: Clarins Eyebrow Kit "Pro" Palette
Eyeshadow base: Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Blusher: MAC Ladyblush Creamblush
Highlighter: MEMEME Beat the Blues 1 Sun Beam
Powder: Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 15 in Blonde
Eyeshadows: Ultimate collection, Dazzle dust by Barry M 39, MAC Phloof
Eyeliner on waterline: MAC Eye Khol Fascinating
Eyeliner on the upper lash line: Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner Blackink 1
Mascara: L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black
Lipstick: Lustre Plink!
Lipgloss: MAC Creamsheen Glass

I have included Shan's photographs of my models who I'm sure you'll agree looked stunning.

To see the whole shoot - please check out Shan's blog here.

You can also watch the behind the scenes video here:

Shan's Photography - Manx Bridal Fashion Shoot 2010 from Shan Fisher on Vimeo.


Project director: Shan Fisher – Shan’s Photography Project Manager: Heidi Baker - The Flower Studio
Photographer: Shan Fisher – Shan’s Photography
PR Manager: Charlotte Beeman – Pretty Geeky

The Nunnery – Gill Maddox
Isle of Man Railway Douglas
Flowers: The Flower Studio – Heidi Baker

Wedding& Bridesmaids & Flowergirls Dresses & Jewellery:
The Bridal House – Kate
Bells and Bows – Rachel

Menswear: Jonathan Daniel The Tailor Shop – Rob & Uma
Wedding Transport: Platinum Vintage Cars - David

Hollywood Themed Black Table – Finishing Touches Ltd – Candy Atheson
Vintage Red Cherked Table - Finishing Touches Ltd – Candy Atcheson
Shabby Chic Table – Switched On Events - Angelina Leece & James Gale
White Party Table - Switched On Events - Angelina Leece & James Gale

Wedding Cake:
Roses Cupcakes & Heart shaped Biscuit - Sally’s Cake – Sally Humphries – sallymanxcakes@hotmail.co.uk
Manx Themed Cake – Manx Cake Maker - Allison Ratcliffe
Shabby Chic Cupcakes – Cake Away – Maria

Catering: The Nunnery – Angelo
Marquee & Changing Room: Manx Marquee – Angelina Leece & James Gale

Props & Decorations:
Balloons To Go – Paul & Gill Fisher
Paperstitch – Kirsten
Pomegranate – Sam Rafferty
The Snug – Kim Kneen

Wedding Stationary: Handmade by Sarah – Sarah Kerruish
Videographer: The Video Moment – John

Party Dresses & Accessories:
Boutique Mesmerize – Sonia
Formal Menswear: Burton Isle of Man – Chris

Makeup Artist:
Karen Bass - Euphoria Charlotte Beeman – Pretty Geeky
Hairstylist - Globe Hairdressers,Douglas:
Carol Brogan - carolkane79@yahoo.co.uk
Rachel Tewksbury
Emma MacDonald - croeso@hotmail.co.uk

Stylist: Shan Fisher / Heidi Baker
Behind the scene Photographer: Mark Parsons
Assistant: David Fisher / Ruth Baker (team catering)

Female Model: Lauren Rafferty / Maria Hodgson / Teri Anne / Amy Baker / Danielle Quinn
Male Model: Chris / Nick Kinrade / David Baker / Sam Waugh
Flower girls Model: Lucy Cringle / Ruby Kirby / Lianna Godwin / Naomi Godwin
Pageboy Model: Liam Hunt / Patrick

Love Lottie XXX

Make Up Artist Training In Colour Directions

Hello everyone!

What else have I been up to? Well at the end of August I completed a professional make up artist course with Wendy Campbell of Image Matters. Wendy was only doing a couple of these courses so I was very lucky to get a space.

The course was based around Wendy's new mineral makeup range called "Colour Directions". The first day was spent on colour theory as well as learning about different eye and face shapes.

By the second day I was desperate to try out the make up. With a small class size we were all able to really experiment with the whole range. I will post pictures of our makeovers soon.

Theses are some pictures of the gorgeous products.

I also took part in Wendy's filming for the new range and will post a link to that soon. For now here is a sneak peak of my makeover.

Thank you to Wendy for making this course so informative and fun. I have been doing makeovers for friends and family for a long time but now I feel I have the skills and confidence to persue my hobby professionally. I am currently building a website which will feature my portfolio but for now, I shall also post a link with all my prices and services on my blog.

You can buy the Colour Directions make up online here and I really recommend you try the products out.

There are so many to choose from but I have narrowed down my top five products:

1) Mineral Photo Touch FoundationThis is so easy to work with and I love the inbuilt brush. The foundation lasts all day and you can build the right amount of coverage for you. My colour is "Linen" and it blends perfectly with my skin tone. I have tried this foundation out on lots of clients now and it's brill!

2) Volume X Mascara
This mascara gives incredibly length and volume but doesn't look clumpy or thick. I particulalry liked the plum colour for an alternative to black.

3) The single shadow quads
These are a must have for any make up artists kit bag. The range of colours are great and the colour payoff is awesome. I like to get creative and use different cominations, the possibilities are endless.

4) The artists palette
A great product to have. I can minimise redness and cover dark shadows before applying my base with this - I love it.

5) The Artists Concealer Palette
This is another must have for any makeup artist. I can get the correct skin tone for any clients with this neat little product.

I hope you will check out this make up range and hopefully you'll love it as much as I do!

Love Lottie XXX

Update and Studying Tips

Hello everyone!

Sorry I have been AWOL for so long! I will not bore you with excuses, rather, I thought I should just start off where I left off. It's is good to be back and thank you for your patience to anyone who is still following this blog!

I thought it worth mentioning though that the primary reasons for my absence is that along with working full time I have also recently completed and passed The Professional Certificate in Marketing from The Chartered Institute of Marketing. This is a great course and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who wants to persue a career in marketing or who wants to market their own business better.

My best study tips are:

1) Engage with your peer group
Don't be selfish. Help other people and they will help you. You class mates will be one of your best resources of knowledge so get together, get to know each other and help each other through.

2) Learn how to pass the exam or assignment
This sounds simple but how often do we all start reading rather than learning how to answer the questions. Base your revision around past papers, certain thems always come up so, as a starting point, learn to answer these questions.

3) Cut yourself some slack
You can't be expected to know everything, just get the basics covered first and work from there.

4) Avoid the post mortem
What's done is done. There is no point dwelling over the paper. As long as you've done your best that's all you can do.

5) Look after yourself
Eat well, sleep well and take walks as regular breaks. You will need it!

All the very best to anyone taking exams soon. I hope some of these tips are helpful!

Love Lottie xxx