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You may be one of those wonderful people who religiously cleanses your skin before you sleep each night, or you may be like myself and occasionally (or frequently tsk tsk) uses the excuse of too tired, too much Prosecco, or no wipes to hand! We all know that we should take off our makeup before we sleep but not doing so on the regular is truly damaging. Here are some of the worrying things that could happen...
1. PREMATURE AGING, WRINKLES AND LINES
Makeup as we know can block the skin, and leaving it on for longer than needed can really suffocate it. Over time skin starts to lose it's elasticity and ability to repair properly so help it out a bit by gently removing makeup and the daily grim so that it can really regenerate itself overnight. Otherwise you will really leave it dull and speed up the appearance of wrinkles.
No, I don't mean blocked sinuses, but blocked and clogged skin. Your skin is full of teeny tiny holes in very thin dermal layers, these can get clogged up with makeup, oil, dead skin, dirt and grime from the day. You really should double wash at night, once to remove dirt and makeup and the second to cleanse and treat the skin itself. Not sure about you but one cleanse definitely does not remove all my makeup. You do not want to put on that gorgeous serum or night cream mixed in with some left over scum that you have missed on your face.
3. INFLAMMATION + SPOTS
Most of us have a red tone to our skin, some people are affected by rosaccea too so, leaving makeup on overnight (as well as the rest of the daily grime from pollution and dust) can end up irritating the skin. You may not notice it visibly overnight but it will build up and become trickier to unclog those pores which in turn can lead to spots. White heads, black heads, larger cysts and bumps. If you are concerned about enlarged pores too, it is said that dirt, oil, grime in pores not only clogs them up but can in fact stretch them over time. So get cleansing!
What is Milia? These are little white spots under the skin's surface and sometimes called milk spots. Thisis caused by dead skin cells, and sometimes excess product and makeup getting trapped in your pores. They are very hard to get rid of naturally as you need to be consistent so you may eventually need professional removal methods, so it would be pretty devastating to get Milia from such a simple task as cleaning your face properly morning and night.
So hopefully these reasons will be enough of a wake up call to ensure that you get into a great habit of cleansing your skin at night, even if you do not wear much or any makeup, it is SO important to take away any nasties and dead skin that might accumulate over the day. Lastly, you don't want any of that grime to be transferred onto your clean pillows right?
What should I use?
If you wear a lot of makeup I recommend:
A alcohol free makeup remover (not wipes) on eyes and face, followed by a gentle cleansing face wash, second wash with the same or an anti-aging one, tone, serum and moisturise main areas (forehead, cheeks) a tiny amount as your preference.
If you wear minimal makeup:
Gentle eye makeup remover or Miellar water, followed by gentle cleanser, still double wash. You can use less product just wash twice still. Follow with your normal tone, serum, moisturising routine as you desire,
Good luck and let me know if you have any questions, Jen xx
What makeup will we be wearing in the future...
When you think about future makeup or space age makeup, images like you see below crop up. Beautifully creative makeup, that is totally OUT THERE!
This year for Future Fest 2016 (an innovative event all about the future!!) we were asked to bring along 8 x MUA's to provide the general public with an experience on makeup of the future. This made me have to think carefully about what the makeup of the future will REALLY be like? To be honest, I do not see myself as someone as forward thinking. Don't get me wrong I set goals and think about my future and the future of my family, but what we are talking about here is WAAAAAY into the future. Hundreds and thousands of years even.
So, with the guidance of Dr Morgaine Gaye, Food Futurologist and one of the curators of Future Fest, we discussed what it would be like. I found out about the rise of veganism, superhumans, cyber relationships and future love, robots, nano tech, artificial intelligence and lots more. I would not be able to have an in depth conversation about these subjects but my interest has definitely been piqued!
C'mon then, what WILL the makeup of the future be like then, do I hear you ask?
Well, sadly I think the makeup products and trends of today will all be eradicated, extinct, kapoot! SHOCK HORROR! How can you say that Jen? You're a Makeup Artist! I know, I would be out of a job!
Although we did get a mixed reaction from Future Fest attendees, some thought it was a positive to get rid of cosmetics and the current makeup trends! What do YOU think?
The main reasons why we will not be using and relying on products like mascara, foundations, concealer on a day to day basis are for several reasons:
- Optimum health and nutrition- less skin problems to try and cover up as we will all be glowing and looking and feeling at our most optimum. Don't forget advancements in supplements and facial skin care technology.
- Improved well being, we will all be discussing our feelings a lot more, there will be less society pressures and fashion trends. Self love and confidence will be on the rise therefore we will be so happy with our own looks and features that we won't be trying to use makeup to tweak our faces to what 'they' say is aesthetically pleasing or trendy.
- Cyber interaction: virtual relationships and communication will all be done without actual bodily presence by the sounds of things. So who will need to have makeup applied when you aren't even facing anyone!
Sounds unbelievable right? What will happen to the huge conglomerates of the beauty industry? Well, they will adapt to what the public want.
But don't fear....
I think we will still be wearing some kind of makeup for self expression. There will still be MUAs around, and they will be just that- artists. Not solely skilled in enhancing someone's features accordingly to what someone says is aesthetically pleasing. Symmetrical features, almond eyes, cheek bones, full lips! NO MORE!!!
Makeup Artists will no longer hear people say I hate my thin lips or small eyes, hide that spot please!?
Instead, perhaps there will be makeup that you can apply that is connected to your brainwaves and emotions and change colour to suit your mood, or to mask your mood to give off a different vibe to your viewers. (This makeup would probably be banned in a poker game though!)
Anyhow this is what our concept for Future Fest was based around, a mood stripe! It wasn't actually able to change to reflect or be controlled by your emotions and feelings (yet) but people had to choose which feeling they felt the most and then we painted them with a colour. As the day continued people would spot their colours on other people and knew already how they were feeling! It was a great conversation starter, plus they could not choose the colour they wanted but had to pick using emotion. Some people really struggled with this and wanted to match their outfits or pick what colour they thought suited them! Enough said.
Perhaps makeup in the future will be just a masque to preserve our delicate luminous healthy skin beneath.
I do believe that people will wear makeup but in a more artistic way, true self expression will be prevalent. No one will worry or care what others think and anything will go. Everything will be socially acceptable no matter who you are, where you are, what you wear, what you do.
This may seem farfetched but maybe it will get you thinking a bit more about the future and where things are going. Where do you fall in this category? Also maybe think about the reasons why YOU wear makeup?
I would love to hear your comments on this please, anything goes but remember this is conceptual and fun.
We had the pleasure of being at a gorgeous little farm in Sussex this Summer for Andy and Jo's wedding. This couple planned a fabulous festival style barn wedding with lots of country side, fresh air, outdoor living and intimacy because everyone chipped in and joined in with the fun and amazing planned activities.
There was a Fro Yo van, a wood fired pizza Citroen H van and the LoLo & Co. 'Glambulance' to serve the bridal party.
We were parked up on the farm from the morning and available for guests and the bridal party to get ready in, pre-ceremony. A lot of guests stayed overnight in the camping field which meant they could then wash their hair and blow dry it using our styling tools and products along with two mirrored stations within an enclosed space large enough to stand up in and with the privacy of TINTED WINDOWS!!!
I actually had a wedding in Winchester that morning so left the LoLo van there for guests to use and arrived back at 3pm to begin the Glittermasque fun. Glittermasque is a bespoke glitter design for the face available for everyone. We are trained to use techniques that create the best sparkling effects using an array of Glitter including now BIO-DEGRADABLE glitter as well. Each design is unique to that client and the artist (in this case ME) feels and gauges what that person would like and suit them. We had a little queue forming outside of the van as people were coming in to get 'glitter-faced'. It was so much fun and the van was the perfect facility to have for this wedding event.
Later on at the glitter party in the barn the Glittermasques around the room were amazing to see. Thank you for the Photos by Ian Greenwood of Greenland Photography who really captured the magical and fun-filled essence of the day too.
Congratulations Andy + Jo!
If you are interested in hiring out the LoLo & Co. Glambulance for your special event then get in contact or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We can provide a bespoke makeup service just for you or hire the van on its own.
Sorry this blog is months late but I have finally managed the time to finish writing up about our first time EVER at Glastonbury this year, and it is BIG, I mean BIG! It was 4 days of working and crazy loving fun, it is on a different level. Lolo & Co. were teamed up with the fabulous Boo-Dior based in Silver Hayes offering fashion-attire in the form of Fuud hoods, Pom Pom visors, snoods, capes, sexy leggings from Puckoo couture....and Glittermasque designs for the face! In the LoLo & Co. van and area we were offering hair washing and styling, makeup, eyelashes, adornments and facials.
On the Friday, Saturday and Sunday we were booked out with hair washing and styling that surpassed my expectations, we had some full blow drys, full makeup, mini facials were happening and the 'regulars' in the form of a bunch of Liverpudlian ladies wanting to use the blow dryers and vanity station every morning. Team this up with a great DJ in a cool tent and everyone is having a great time.
So from this experience I can tell you if you're a fashion loving glamorous festival goer, don't fear LoLo & Co. will be back with even more hair and makeup facilities for you next year. We are beginning our planning stages already.
Lack of wash facilities means you need a good cleanser that is moisturising and toning in one, with ingredients that can penetrate your skin to the max as well as have sun protection. This is where I was so pleased to be able to have the Arbonne range with me and available for clients. In particular one guy came in sunburnt red and heating up. We gave him a cleanse with the soothing Calm wash and then used the RE9 spray toner full of Vitamin C and marine extracts, then gave his face a large dollop or RE9 day cream. After 5 minutes he looked at his reflection... et voila, he noticed he was less red in the face already.
We had artists coming in right before going on stage to get eye lashes put on, Helen Lewis (Glittermasque) was able to use the LoLo & Co. Van to prepare actor and entertainer Amy before going on stage in Shangri-La. Loved up couples were coming in to get feather eyelashes put on... Kath who worked with us this year was amazing and was professional but also bags of fun. My cousin Lucy and her boyfriend Mark werealso there this year where we all got to watch DJ EZ's set in the sound platform, the atmosphere was immense. It was the perfect festival setup and I cannot wait until 2016.
If you were lucky and managed to get 2016 Glastonbury tickets then make sure you come and pop your head into the Boo Dior Tent and LoLo & Co.! I will give you a BIG HUG!
Comment on your thoughts of Glasto 2015 or if you're going to be there for 2016!!!
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After a good 6 weeks converting the Lolo & Co. Van into a workable and totally transportable salon space by the Butta boys and their pals, we had a deadline of the 12th of December where we had a booking in Aldgate, London to do hair and makeup for a group of ladies before their Christmas Party. Apart from a minor mishap with me bumping the top bumper...doh! (Check the height Jen!) it went like a dream.
Jim from Butta came with us to check everything on the 'van' side would go smoothly, which it did. Myself and Becki did hair and makeup fl=following a tight schedule of 30 minutes per person. We had Helen (Glittermasque) assisting us with timings and ensuring things ran smoothly as well as pouring out the Prosecco plus I think she was happy to have a little nosy and see how the van would work.
We are so chuffed with that first event. Everything that I had envisioned the space to be able to do, it did! The reaction from the clients was amazing as well.
We took it out on NYE as well and had a blast in it. Its such a cozy but deceptively large space. Now to concentrate on the diary/calendar for 2015/2016.
With huge thanks to Butta Ltd, Darren Moore the Mechanic, Ross Stafford the spark, Mr Rustic the chippy!