Autumn Bridal Make-Up & Hair

Chels deb2AlogoSomething I hear from brides, time and time again is that they want to look like themselves on their wedding day. Most tell me they don’t want “cake face” or any crazy Instagram contouring. Just soft, pretty and romantic hair and make-up.

With that in mind, this was the look Linda and I came up with for our Autumn bridal shoot with our beautiful model Chelsea.
Chels deb7logoKlara Cosmetics had sent me some gorgeous, high pigment shades for the eyes and lips ….think Milk Chocolate, Toasted Coconut and Marsala….perfect for this shoot. They have now taken up permanent residence in  my kit.

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Chelsea wedding hair makeup

Linda went with a soft curl and half up briaded/half down style.  Linda is an incredible hairstylist for cuts, colours and event styling. You can find Linda on Facebook here at : Hairby Linda Lee.

Linda Lee hair collage

I still have a few dates available for 2015 weddings and now I have added portrait shoots like this to my little bag of tricks, so if you’d like to check my availability or get a quote, please get in touch. I’d love to hear from you.

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Klara Autumn Bride Makeup Chels Klara1alogoProduct Credits: Klara Cosmetics* Shimmer Eyeshadow No.1 (a white shimmer) | Klara Cosmetics* Matte Eyeshadow No.24 (Marsala matte finish) | Klara Cosmetics* Matte Eyeshadow No.25 (Milk Chocolate matte) | Klara Cosmetics* Lipstick 2 | Helen Dowsley Lashes: Naturals | Armani Luminous Silk Foundation 5.5 | Inglot Gel Liner 77 |  Nude by Nature* bronzer | Nude by Nature* Pressed Mineral Foundation Medium | Dress: Vintage Asos  | Headpiece: Model’s own.

Model: Chelsea  | Hair: Hairby Linda Lee | Make-up & photography: Marnie Avagiannis (that’s me)

Till next time.

Marnie x

Disclosure: These products* were provided for editorial consideration. Marnie has no affiliation with any companies mentioned. All opinions are the authors own.


Organic Rosehip Oil by Rosehip PLUS™|Review


Rosehip Plus Single Bottle

This is going to be a short & sweet post & review (with lots of pictures).

I could go on & on about the organic, cold pressed, rose hip oil,  skincare range from Rosehip PLUS™….a range I have been seriously road testing for months …yes months!

But I’m not going to.

I’ve thought long and hard about how to explain how much I really, really like this range. But instead I just took some pretty pictures.

Rosehip Plus Bottles

Put, simply…this range has taken my skin from dehydrated and itchy to very smooth and comfortable (almost overnight). Which is why I kept using it….the rebel in me needed to prove it wrong. But my skin just kept on getting better. Dang it!

Rosehip Plus Day & Night Cream

But seriously, this is how I used the range.

After cleansing with my usual cleanser (unfortunately Rosehip PLUS™ don’t offer a cleanser in their range…yet…but I’m holding out for one)

I would apply a few drops of the cold pressed, organic rose hip oil and massage it into my face and décolletage.

I then applied my eye cream and then a serum (at night)

For day I would use the Rosehip PLUS™ day cream and the night cream at night. Genuis right!

I like to add a few drops of the oil to my cuticles as I have some fancy idea that my nails might actually grow…..that’s another story for another time.

That’s it…no big fuss, just lovely skin. Happy days.

Rosehip Plus Organic Cold Pressed

The main things I like about Rosehip PLUS™:

  • It’s Australian Certified Organic
  • Cruelty free
  • Rosehip PLUS™ is a brand that is distributed by The Rosehip Specialists™ – an Australian owned family business.
  • It doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily or greasy.
  • Rosehip PLUS™ is suitable for all skin types. I keep the handy eyedropper 50ml bottle in my bathroom and the 30ml bottle(with eyedropper) in my kit for using on my clients (they’ve been loving it too)
  • There’s even a Skin Boost, roll on bottle that you can keep in you bag or pocket for a quick pick me up and to target small areas that need some more TLC.
  • The packaging is clean and beautiful.
  • The RRP ranges from $14.95 to $29.95 so they are great value for money.
  • Rosehip Plus packagingRosehip Plus Roll on
  • Rosehip Plus Skin BoostRosehip Plus Packaging Box Open

I’ll add a link to the Rosehip PLUS™ website for online shopping goodness (here) . There is also a section on the website to find your nearest stockist in case you don’t feel like shopping in your PJ’s. (there are at least a dozen near me including some Priceline Pharmacies)

If you’ve tried this range before, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment or come for a chat on Facebook at Marnie Avagiannis Make-Up Artist


Till next time.

x Marnie

Disclosure: These products were provided for editorial consideration. Marnie has no affiliation with any companies mentioned. All opinions are the authors own.

Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Eye Shadow Set | Review & Swatches

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It doesn’t matter how many eyeshadow palettes you have….there is always room for one more…..just one more.

Kevyn Aucoin Collage

So, I’ve been road testing this beautiful Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Eye Shadow Set, Palette #2 for a few weeks now.

It’s a lovely little palette of luxe & this particular palette is quite versatile too….perfect soft nudes + highlights + a smokey grey/purple (some may say taupe) + a matte black for a multitude of looks.

I really like the colours in this palette, especially the purple.

Kevyn Aucoin Essential Eye Palette 2 trio

The texture of these eyeshadows is light and a little creamy (which I like). Blending was easy with the darker colours and the light shades “pat on” well.

I did notice that there was a little excess powder that “fluffed around” in the first few uses but I had no problem with fallout either. That said, fallout often comes from improper application rather than product quality.

Kevyn Aucoin Palette #2 Swatches with CRC Primer

I have also been road testing the Eye Primer from Camera Ready Cosmetics. My usual go-to eyelid primer has been the eyeshadow helper from Lime Crime which has almost run out. I’m not even going to try tracking it down again as this new CRC Primer is exactly what I need.

Often, I like to use the LC Primer and then apply a MAC Paint Pot (usually Painterly for bridal) but I find this new primer works like a primer + paint pot combined. Doing one step less is a is always a good thing.

As you can see from the picture above, shot in natural daylight with no flash, the primer helps bring out a more intense colour in the eyeshadow swatches. Top row with primer, second (and third) row is eyeshadow on bare skin. (No chances of me ever becoming a hand model).

I’ve ben testing this on myself and have also been using it on clients and there is no creasing.

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KA smokey purple close up

The elegant packaging is always nice to have too.

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Till next time.


Marnie x

Disclosure: These products were provided for editorial consideration. Marnie has no affiliation with any companies mentioned. All opinions are the authors own.

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