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Autumn brings with it the twinkling promise of Christmas just ahead and, as a Kent dweller, I’ve loved watching the autumn harvest with my young family – always so exciting viewed through a child’s eyes. It seems only yesterday that I was doing these things myself, but luckily I’m now surrounded by wonderful Liz Earle products to keep me looking more like the young girl I still am at heart. Our new Superskin Hand Serum is working wonders and, along with our beautiful Strengthening Nail Colour (with its array of flattering shades) helping to keep my hands looking groomed and youthful. Remember –  a good manicure can take a decade in age off your hands!
What do we all fancy for the party season? We’ve got it covered, whether you feel like luxuriating in the comfort of your own home, away from the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, or you want to be the glamorous life and soul of the party… there’s something glorious for everyone. Glossy locks? Enviably manicured hands? That coveted must-have lipstick? And of course, the secret inner poise that comes from knowing you have radiant Liz Earle skin.

My party season favourites…

  • Our instantly transformative Sheer Skin Tint SPF15 lends skin a natural, dewy glow. Or you could opt for the professional-looking, airbrushed perfection of Signature Foundation for that groomed, polished look.
  • Haven’t got time to squeeze in a trip to the hair salon? Achieve a ‘sped-up’ blow dry with our Botanical Shine Nourishing Hair Oil, which leaves locks looking professionally glossy, luminous and full of bounce.
  • The effortless ease of our Strengthening Nail Colour makes for a stunning (and easy to achieve) manicure. If you’ve got any festive parties coming up, try a striking take on classic red with a pedicure in ‘Knockout’ or ‘Moment in Time’ – just gorgeous with peep-toe party shoes!
  • For cheeks, Coral (choose from our Healthy Glow Cream Blush or Powder Blush) is the most wearable hint of summer glow to restore colour and vitality to even the dullest of winter complexions. The secret beauty of our colour range is that it’s so light and comfortable to wear, perfect if you’re not a huge fan of putting on lots of make up.

Tricks to revitalise for office to party?
Soak two cotton wool pads with our Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion, fold in half into little half-moons and place under your eyes for a quick five-minute pick-me-up.  Finally, a spritz of our seductive fine fragrance Botanical Essence No.15 – real decadence awaits!

Superskin for winter
I wrote a blog about the wonderful and varied skin virtues of Superskin Concentrate earlier in the summer months – and it’s so versatile that it’s great to also sing its praises in the depths of winter. It makes a great additional nourishing layer for feet and hands (try it with Superskin Hand Serum). Best of all, tired, energy-parched, dehydrated, party-weary skin will thank you after just a few drops of this overnight skin treatment has had time to work its magic. Wake up to new-feeling, fresh-looking, skin that’s full of vitality! Such a great restorer and also a helpful aromatic unwind after a party, with the lavender and neroli helping to rebalance the senses….

Enjoy the run-up to Christmas, and don’t forget to visit us for plenty of gorgeous gift ideas!

This year I was lucky enough to be invited down to some very exciting London Fashion Week shows. Having worked back stage on several occasions I know the hard work and creativity that goes into planning every single detail, from skin finishing to accessories, tailoring each model – even down to what colour the models’ eyebrows should be!

We at Liz Earle were very excited to be part of the “Fashion Week set”, by being asked to supply make up for the Markus Lupfer Show. Make up Designer Lucy Burt’s inspiration was ‘Rebel Schoolgirls’, with fresh and flawless looking skin with some playful eye make up to create an edge – she created such a beautiful fun and fresh look.

To get this flawless skin finish…

  1. Apply Sheer Skin Tint and carefully blend with either fingers or ideally a foundation brush.
  2. Pat Signature Lip Colour in Sweet Pea over lips for a subtle flushed lip and apply Healthy Glow Cream Blush in Rose or Nectar (I actually love mixing my cream cheek shades for a bespoke blush!).
  3. Smudge Black Eye Pencil across your lash line (blend with a cotton bud for extra softness), then apply a coat of Lash Definition Smudgeproof Mascara in Black.
  4. A brushed up brow is a great way to modernise your brows (model Cara Delevingne has really made bold brows beautiful again!) Fill in sparse brows or add extra shape with Brow Pencil in Fair for blondes, grey for redheads, or Brow Pencil in Dark for brunettes and black hair.
  5. The models had their nails painted in Signature Nail Colour Ebb Tide – the perfect rebel nude tone!

Have fun creating your LFW looks all you ex-rebellious school girls out there

Love Nathalie x

With innovative nail trends causing as much of a buzz during Fashion Week as the accessories and make up, it’s no surprise that creative nails will be the ultimate style statement this season. I just love how a couple of clever licks of standout polish are all you need to work a key trend and update your look.

My go-to wearable trend from the shows has to be ‘Cashmere Nude’ – combining two subtle tones added alluring contrast and a touch more adventure to the classic natural nail look. Try coating your entire nail in delicate Grace 01 before applying a second slick of the warm neutral Quicksand 02, for understated glamour with a twist.

For those seeking a little more drama, try this season’s modern take on the French manicure with a ‘Graphite French’ – just combine two deeper tones with the darker just at the tip. From clever contrasting to vibrant clashes, the beauty of the two-tone look is that there really are no rules! My favourite is Grey Dawn 04 with a slim line of Rhapsody in Blue 12.

Finally, and always a firm favourite of mine, bright orange ‘Colour Pop’ was huge. Don’t be afraid of it being too bold – wearing this lively shade on well-conditioned hands brings skin tone to life and totally brightens up your day. Try a couple of coats of classic coral Bright & Breezy 05, and paint your ring finger nails in the equally fun Parade 06 for a stylish ‘colour clash’ contrast. And don’t forget to keep hands touchably-smooth and cuticles conditioned with our much-loved Hand Repair.

Allow some drying time between each different colour coat so as not to merge colours in your brush.

Today, step into any of our Liz Earle stores and enjoy our special ‘Five Days of Beauty’ event. If you can’t join us in person, don’t worry – our experts will be posting a blog each day so you can enjoy their advice and tips from the comfort of your own home.

When it comes to creating gorgeous lips, a few simple tricks can help you achieve flattering colour that lasts. Visit us in store today for practical ‘lip-over’ advice or read my top tips below.

Using our Lip Pencil can help you achieve the perfect lip shape and create a more intense lip colour that lasts. First line your lips using a gentle feathering motion, starting at the Cupid’s bow and working outwards, and ensure that you take the colour into the corners of your lips for a beautifully defined look.  For a great base of colour that lasts, apply lip pencil all over the lips then smudge before applying your chosen shade of Signature Lip Colour. I love to experiment with different combinations of lip pencils and lips colours to create bespoke shades – my current favourite is our Lip Pencil in Poppy layered with our Signature Lip Colour in Damask Rose.

When you’re applying lip colour, I recommend using our Precision Brush, which will allow you to gradually build colour and achieve a more precise result.

Until Saturday, step into any of our Liz Earle stores and enjoy our special ‘Five Days of Beauty’ event. If you can’t join us in person, don’t worry – our experts will be posting a blog each day so you can enjoy their advice and tips from the comfort of your own home.

Creating gorgeous eyes often seems complicated, but it’s actually much simpler than it looks – especially when you choose the right tools and shades. Visit us in store today for practical demonstrations and advice or read my top tips below.

Using high-quality brushes is particularly important when it comes to eye make up. Our Eye Colour Brush helps you apply an even ‘base’ of colour quickly, while our Blend & Contour Brush makes it easy to achieve a seamless, professional result. To create an effortless smoky eye look, simply apply a neutral shade of eye colour using our Eye Colour Brush, then line your top lashes with our Eye Pencil and blend upwards to create a smoky result (keeping the colour below the brow bone). For gorgeous eyes, I always say ‘blend is your friend’ – taking the time to thoroughly blend your eye colour will give you a finish that looks both subtle and professional.

A common mistake I often encounter is when women apply heavy eyeliner to the full length of their lower lash line – this actually drags the eyes down and can make them appear smaller. Applying the liner only to the outer third of your lash line and stippling the colour carefully between each lash will help to define and open the eyes without heaviness.

Our range of Signature Eye Colours offers so many beautiful shades to choose from, but my favourites for winter are undoubtedly Bronze and Chestnut, warm tones which suit almost everyone. Blue eyeshadow is also making a huge comeback this season, so try Marine for an alternative take on the classic smoky eye look.

Until Saturday, step into any of our Liz Earle stores and enjoy our special ‘Five Days of Beauty’ event. If you can’t join us in person, don’t worry – our experts will be posting a blog each day so you can enjoy their advice and tips from the comfort of your own home.

A carefully chosen shade of blush can instantly enliven your face and enhance your features. Visit any of our Liz Earle stores today and enjoy handy hints and tips for achieving the best results with your blush – or read my indispensable advice below!

Cream blushes, such as our Healthy Glow Cream Blush, are great for delivering a radiant-looking, dewy burst of colour. Using your ring finger, apply to the apples of your cheeks then blend outwards in a soft teardrop shape, ensuring you keep the colour on the cheekbones rather than below them. Blush should gradually fade out along your cheekbones.

For a velvety matte finish opt for our Healthy Glow Powder Blush and apply using our Blush Brush to create a diagonal teardrop shape that fades out along your cheekbones. A little goes a long way, so start with a small amount of colour then build as desired.

My favourite shades of our Healthy Glow Cream and Powder Blush are Coral and Nectar, which are perfect for brightening your complexion on cold wintery days. I use these shades frequently during in-store colour consultations as they flatter almost all skin tones.

Until Saturday, step into any of our Liz Earle stores and enjoy our special ‘Five Days of Beauty’ event. If you can’t join us in person, don’t worry – our experts will be posting a blog each day so you can enjoy their advice and tips from the comfort of your own home.

The key to great make up is creating a flawless-looking canvas using the best base products to suit your skin type. Visit any of our stores today, where our expert make up team will be happy to advise you and give practical demonstrations, or read my top tips below.

To create a fantastic base, first choose your level of coverage. If you prefer a more natural look, our Sheer Skin Tint SPF15 is great for evening out the complexion and giving a radiant-looking, dewy finish. Simply smooth a small amount over your face with your fingers, using gentle downward strokes. For a higher level of coverage our Signature Foundation is ideal – the silky-smooth formula hides minor skin imperfections, gives a radiant finish and an even, natural-looking complexion. Use our Foundation Brush for best results. If you have combination to oily skin, opt for our Perfect Finish Powder Foundation – the velvety-smooth formula blends with ease to minimise the appearance of minor skin imperfections. Use the sponge applicator for a higher level of coverage, or our Powder Brush if you prefer a lighter finish.

We also have two fantastic concealers for you to choose from. Apply our Perfect Fix Concealer to hide any areas of redness, thread veins or dark circles, then use our Light Reflecting Concealer to deliver a touch of radiance to the top of the cheekbones (at the outer corner of the eyes), the Cupid’s bow of the lips, the inner corner of the eyes and the bridge of the nose. Remember to always apply concealer after liquid foundation but before powder foundation.

When it comes to foundation, less is usually more – apply a small amount at first, only to the areas of your face that need it, then build to achieve your desired level of coverage.

There’s no escaping it, Christmas is coming!  This year I am really excited as we have a whole new world of gifts to choose from with Liz Earle Colour.  For the past eight years, my friends and family have been delighted with their beautiful Liz Earle skincare gifts, but this Christmas all the ladies in my life will be unwrapping something new and different.

Looking back, I don’t think I’ve ever bought make up as a gift, but our range is full of wearable colours to flatter all ages and skin tones.  If you’re not sure which shades to choose, our fabulous teams are on hand to advise, whether you visit us in store or call our customer centre. If opting for Sheer Lip Gloss, then Mallow suits almost everyone, as do Cherry, Water Lily and Petal – see it’s easy!

Don’t forget the cheeks – having spent lots of time with Jane Bradley (our Make up Ambassador and blush and lash fanatic), I am now a huge advocate of blusher and I love the way that our Healthy Glow Cream Blush enhances cheeks with a healthy-looking, dewy, finish. Not sure which shade to go for?  Opt for our always-flattering Rose or Nude.

Make up is great to receive at Christmas – I can’t wait to gift my girlfriends and sister-in-laws.  Lip glosses, mascaras and eye pencils all make great stocking fillers.  My six-year-old daughter even has her eye on some lipstick – maybe in a few years…

Our accessories range is equally desirable, with fabulous make up brushes that are animal-friendly and 100% man-made. My favourites are the Blend & Contour Brush for making eye colour application and blending so simple, and our Brow & Eyeliner Brush which is double-ended, completing two jobs in one.  We also have a super-cute Pencil Sharpener that’s very cleverly designed to create a perfect point for precise application.

My current day-time favourites are our Signature Foundation for perfecting my complexion, Signature Eye Colour in Rose Quartz and Bronze, Healthy Glow Cream Blush in Nude, Eye Pencil in Brown, Lash Definition Smudgeproof Mascara in Brown and our Sheer Lip Gloss in Nougat. For evening, I am drawn to Signature Eye Colour in Charcoal and Smoke, with black eye pencil and black mascara for a more dramatic look.

Liz Earle Colour CollectionThis year, we have made it really easy to drop hints about what you would like for Christmas! Why not let your loved ones know what you’re wishing for with our ‘send to a friend’ tool, or use the ‘like’ button on Facebook.  Keep your fingers crossed and maybe they’ll get the hint!

Christmas shopping has never been so much fun. Enjoy the start to the season!

Jenny x

I caught up with Jane Bradley, our Make up Ambassador, over coffee at our recent Liz Earle Colour photoshoot and asked her some of your most popular questions. Here’s what she had to say…

Jenny: What’s the one make up item you absolutely can’t live without?
Jane: I never leave the house without mascara on. It makes such a difference to the face, making the eyes really stand out and sparkle.

Jenny: Can you tell us the best piece of beauty advice you’ve ever been given?
Jane: Mum got me into a proper skincare regime as soon as I started wearing make up. She was adamant about looking after your skin and said it would pay off in later life. In spite of never having had any cosmetic work done, she looks much younger than her age and still turns heads, proving she was absolutely right.

Jenny: What are some of the most common make up mistakes? And how do you fix them?
Jane: Wearing the wrong shade of foundation and also wearing too much. I see blusher applied in the wrong place, over-plucked and badly shaped eyebrows and incorrect lip, cheek and eye colours too. All of these errors can be fixed with a bit of education about application techniques and simply knowing how to choose the right make up in the right shades.

Jenny: What does beauty mean to you?
Jane: It’s a cliché but I believe real beauty emanates from within.  It’s easy to get drawn into the belief that perfectly symmetrical features set in a wrinkle-free face will make you beautiful, but all this does is make us feel inadequate, which in itself is unattractive. A woman who accepts what she has and who she is and understands how to make the best of herself will always radiate ‘real’ beauty for me.

Jenny: Tell us about your daily beauty regime…
Jane: I’ve used Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser morning and night for years. It removes all my make up and gently exfoliates my skin, leaving it soft and clear. I spritz on Instant Boost Skin Tonic and follow with Skin Repair Moisturiser for normal/combination skin. Even though my skin errs on the dehydrated side, I find this works perfectly, and I use it at night too. Now and again I use a mask when I feel my skin needs that little bit extra. I’m a complete convert to the Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo and Conditioner and won’t use anything else. Energising Body Wash is a staple too, as is Energising Body Scrub, and Foot Repair Moisturiser is miraculous.

Jenny: Could you share a quick beauty tip with us?
Jane: If you have zero time, the quickest and easiest way to make yourself look instantly better is by applying blush. It gives life to the whole face, makes the eyes look brighter and gives you a more youthful look.

Jenny: What makes you smile?
Jane: I love the reaction I get after I’ve made somebody up and taught them a few of my tricks – giving someone a bit of self-confidence is extremely rewarding. I can’t bear how women are so hard on themselves. It kind of breaks my heart.

Jenny: What inspires you and what are your influences?
Jane: I love the glamour and elegance of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s and have always been a huge fan of old black and white movies. The stars of the day such as Bette Davis, Lauren Bacall and Grace Kelly always looked so polished and beautiful; they were iconic. I also love the make up from the 1960s and ’70s when make up took a completely new direction. I like to take elements of the old and the new and mix them up to make them modern; a precision lip with a soft smoky eye, for instance. Keeping an eye on fashion and music also influences my ideas too.

Jenny: What do you think are the beauty essentials that should be in every make up bag?
Jane: The bare minimum would be concealer, blusher, mascara and lipstick, along with precision brushes to apply them with. But the most essential beauty tip is to always to look after your skin!

Jenny: What’s this season’s biggest beauty comeback?
Jane: Probably eye shadow. Bright lips have taken centre stage for quite some time, but now the trend is leaning towards the addition of eye colours too. I think make up in general is back in a big way, which is quite exciting.

Jenny: What advice do you have for looking more youthful – what kind of products are best to go for?
Jane: Choose products that give luminosity, such as Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint and Light Reflecting Concealer and avoid sparkly, heavy powders, which will only sit in fine lines and accentuate them. I also love nothing more than a bright, punchy lip on a mature lady. A red or a deep pink with silver hair looks knockout and will take years off you. Brow hairs become long and unruly as we age, but by keeping them trimmed and groomed your whole face will look more youthful.

Jenny: Your job involves a lot of work abroad. Do you have any top travelling tips?

Jane: While flying, try to keep off the alcohol as this adds to the dehydrating effects of being in the air. Pop a travel-size Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer in your bag and spritz your face at regular intervals to help lock the moisture in. Avoid salty foods as they can lead to puffiness, and once at your destination always protect your skin using a mineral sunscreen.

Jenny: And finally, what’s your favourite piece of skincare advice?
Jane: Find a skincare regime that works for you, and use it religiously. Always use moisturiser, keep your skin exfoliated and drink lots of water. Your skin will thank you for it!

I can hardly believe it’s almost been a month since we revealed the finishing touches to our colour collection.  Our brand new, eagerly awaited Liz Earle Colour products have received an amazing response and are flying off the shelves!

So, which products do you love?  Everything!  Our Signature Foundation and Perfect Finish Powder Foundation are the two products everyone wants to try, as foundation is such a key make up product to get right – and according to the customer comments and responses we have received in store and online, it seems we really have hit the mark. Once you strike the perfect balance between a matt and dewy finish with simple, beautiful radiance, you don’t look back, and this is the feedback we are receiving from our customers.

Last week, I have been out and about talking to members of the press and it has been terrific fun sharing in their excitement about our new products.  We have a wonderful collection of the most wearable shades, with 20 stunning eye colours that will give you a fabulous modern look, whatever your shade preference, and 19 incredibly wearable lipstick shades – the tough part is choosing which shade to try first.

Now that we’ve launched the full Liz Earle Colour range I see customers becoming more adventurous with their make up. Trying a new look can be quite daunting, so you may find it helpful to watch our new ‘how to’ films, which include tips and tricks from Jane Bradley, our Make up Ambassador, on how to use our colour products.

We’ve also created an interactive shade match chart to help you find your perfect base products. Our intention was always for Liz Earle Colour to be ‘make up made easy’ – so we are here to help you every step of the way.

I spoke to a leading make up artist who was working at London Fashion Week and she was using her Liz Earle Colour range to create catwalk looks – “It’s incredible, I didn’t find myself dipping into other ranges – you have it all! Other make up artists were coming over to borrow Liz Earle Colour products!”  Well, if it’s good enough for the supermodels!

As always, we really love to know what you think, so please get in touch to share your thoughts and experiences.  Our full colour range is available online, via our customer centre, Liz Earle stores and select John Lewis stores.  View our colour stockists page for more information.

Jenny x