Exclusive Interview With…Ruby Hammer

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – The Queen Of Beautiful Skin Ruby Hammer Shares Her Tips.

It’s a good one!

I have yet another EXCLUSIVE interview from a top Make-up Artist. This time I speak to Ruby Hammer one half of make-up brand Ruby & Millie. I started using their cosmetics at college and have used their gorgeous teal eyeshadow a number of times in some of my looks, it’s definitely a fave. Some of you may rememeber seeing Ruby on the TV show 10 years younger where she would transform ladies from tired and dated to bright and confident. The way she made each client look glowing always made me admire her.

On to the questions.

What product/products would you consider your star items in your kit?

My Aveda Exfoliant, KHIEL’S ultra facial moisturiser, Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage, eye drops from Italy.

For those starting out how would you advise building a good kit, what deserves spending more money on?

I have always said spend money on your tools, buy the best brushes you can afford, good eyelash curlers, tweezers and best foundations in a selection of colours.

What skincare products do you swear by using on clients and models prior to make-up application?
See above but I also love primers from YSL, Shu Uemura and Clarins.

It’s a very competetive industy, how can you make sure you stand out?
You always have to be true to yourself, you can’t please everyone. Gradually your unique mark and passion is felt.

What do think of beauty blogs?
I love them, they are another source of information to us all. It’s another tool to use, Some are amazing…others are just like a press release…you decide.

What’s your favourite look for S/S 12?
I love the fresh glowing skin shown in many of the shows, also the 20s style stain on the lips. Very feminine and glamourous.

My mother asks – What foundation formulas are best for mature skin and which brand you recommend?
Ones that are light reflective, Bobby Brown, Chanel, Estee Lauder. Ones that are not heavy but give you some cover. It is not just the products but how you apply them too. Use a beauty blender sponge from Cult Beauty or Urban Retreat to apply your base. Make sure it’s the right colour, not to light, not too dark.

(Hope your reading this mam, your brushes drive me nuts!)

My readers ask

Twitter question – What is the number 1 mistake women make when trying to look younger and end up looking older?
Too much bronzer, too much blusher, too much in general. Not enough blending and too harsh tones and colours?

Twitter question – What’s the best way to disguise pores?

Have regular facials and use a pore minimiser product. From Clinique or other brands, many out there, whatever suits your budget.

Such a great insight to the life of a professional make-up artist, hope you guys enjoyed this!

Paul & Joe Kitty Lipsticks

GIFT IDEAS – Feline Friends At Paul & Joe.

How cute are these! Since Mothersday and Valentines is coming up you may want to get these as a present for a cat lover or maybe leave a hint for some one to buy you them :)



  • Cat eyeshadow in Purr-fect and Siamese Please £21.50 each
  • Paw Matte pressed powder £28.00 each

Available at ASOS

Trend: Blue Nails

REVIEW | NAILS – Blue Shimmer.

Blue nails are making a comeback, Chanel brought us fashionable blues last year with the Les Denim collection but now it seems pastel blues have been replaced by vibrant shades.



Colour Payoff-Needs 2 layers and benefits from a white base coat to make the blue more vibrant.
Longevity-Didn’t last long, chipped within the first couple of days.
Shade-Blue Shimmer.
Texture-Quite thin but not too runny.
Finish-Creamy with a very slight pearlised sheen.
Price – £2.49
Shop – BeautyUK

Video: California Waves tutorial

HAIR | HAIR STYLES – See Giles At John Frieda Create This Look.

The team at John Frieda have some really great hair tutorials on YouTube, there’s blow dry’s, braids, vintage styles and more.

See the tutorial below to see how Giles Robinson a stylist at John Frieda creates this look.

The Tutorial

Video: Angelina’s Red Carpet Look

VIDEOS | MAKE-UP TUTORIALS – Look Every Inch A Star.

Most of us have seen the pics of Ange looking super glamourous at the Golden Globes awards. I’m sure lots have re-created this make-up but I couldn’t help but have a go. What do you think?


I have done an Angelina inspired look before but the not the combo of feline eyes and red lip. Watch the tutorial to see how I did this.

The Tutorial

The Products

Jemma Kidd Brow perfector in Brunette
MAC Naked pigment
Jemma Kidd i-sculpt in Carnaby St
Maybelline gel eyeliner
Rimmel Glam eyes mascara

Prestige lipliner in Amore
NYX cherry lipstick

Jemma Kidd citrus colour corrector
Mally primer
Myface cosmetics fair 3 medium 1 foundations
Bobbi Brown concealer

What do you think of my imitation dress? it was made from a pillow case and the red was some satin wrapped around cardboard :)