A makeover with Sascha Jackson of Stila UK

Sascha Jackson is one of the UK’s most renowned make up artists, and last week she took a trip to Birmingham to promote Stila UK and their range of festive products and shades. I was lucky enough to be invited along to the stunning Harvey Nichols store in the Mailbox in order to try some of the new products and get a chance to chat with Sascha, picking the brains of a bona fide beauty expert.

Even though I’ve had many years of practice at putting my face on, I still feel like I have a lot to learn when it comes to make up. Sascha was full of advice, recommending products from the Stay All Day range that is a godsend for mom’s who don’t have time to keep reapplying their make up. We also chatted about the Stila brand, a brand which was very familiar in the UK quite a few years ago, but then disappeared, only to make a comeback a few years ago, launching the brilliant, multi-coloured One Step Correct, which is a total hero product in my book and perfect for creating a base for your make up, or just correcting your colour so you can get that natural, ‘effortless’ look.



I wanted a natural make up look as I was off to do the school run after my pampering session. Sascha started with the Stay All day foundation, and then dealt with both eyes and cheeks with the ‘Perfect Me, Perfect Hue’ eye and cheek palette. Sascha explained that blush can double as an extra eye colour, as it can be swept both on the eye and below. We also looked at my eyebrows, which are plucked, but have not been threaded recently as I have decided I like them slightly thicker and more natural. Sascha’s tip for shaping eyebrows was that you draw your ultimate shaped eyebrows before you pluck to avoid taking out new, but actually wanted hair.


Stila Perfect Me Perfect Hue Eye & Cheek Palette £28.00 Click to view


STILA Morning to Moonlight Waterproof Eye Liner Gift Set 1.06ml £30 Click to view


Blusher is another product that I have trouble with, so much trouble I only started wearing it this year. Sascha’s advice is that if you smile slightly when applying it, and then just lightly brush over your cheeks, it should appear dewy and natural. I’ve been trying this and it definitely works. We then turned to lips. I really love the idea of a darker lip, but tend to stick to coral/orange shades. Sascha tempted me with darker violet shade, although I still balked at the beautiful plum lip that I really wanted to try. I really loved the shade used on my lips, and the effect a really good lip liner can have.


STILA Stay All Day® Liquid Lipstick Gift Set (3 piece) £18 Click to view


Finished Face



With Sascha Jackson


It was a pleasure to spend time with Sascha and to learn just a little of her beauty know how.



The Art of Scent at Harvey Nichols

Having the world’s worst cold which has totally eroded all sense of taste and smell is probably not the best thing to be suffering with when you attend a night dedicated to perfume. But, unfortunately, that was exactly what I was suffering from when I went to the beautiful Harvey Nichols store in Birmingham’s Mailbox to enjoy The Art of Scent. Not being able to actually enjoy the fragrances did not mean I didn’t enjoy the night, it was a fascinating insight into the world of perfume, and, with the Q&A session with Alice Lavenat, there was a real opportunity to learn all about the life of a perfumer.

Throughout the store there were special treatments, treats and offers that made this a perfect night for a pamper and an early bit of Christmas shopping. To encourage people to download the Harvey Nichols Rewards App, there were complimentary and very pretty floral headdresses and garlands available from the Style Concierge. I didn’t get one myself, but the lovely Ting and Emily showed these off to perfection, as you can see from the photograph below.

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As previously mentioned, I was feeling pretty dreadful, and left earlier than I would usually, but that was not before I attended a masterclass in perfume from the award-winning French perfumer Alice Lavenat, hosted in collaboration with The Perfume Society. Alice was the winner of Young Perfumer of the Year in 2014, and her perfume, Le Parfum D’Alice was created by Nejma and is now on sale at Harvey Nichols.


Alice talked about her influences and favourite fragrances (Prada and Narcisco Rodriguez), along with describing how she chooses the base and top notes for her own fragrances. She also gave advice on how you can choose a new fragrance for yourself, you shouldn’t buy a new perfume straight away, but should first get a sample that you allow to dry on a card. If you still like the fragrance after it has settled for some time, then you should spray it on yourself, and then allow it to dry and mix with your natural body scents. If you still like it once it has dried, this might just be the one for you.


With Alice Lavenat

With Alice Lavenat


With Amy PYT

It was so interesting to hear Alice’s passion for perfumes and scents, her explanation of fragrances that seem to enter the room before you do, or the more intimate ones that people can only smell when they get up close. Le Parfum D’ Alice itself is stunning, a warm fragrance with blackcurrent and pink pepper mixing beautifully with Turkish Rose. This might just be my next signature fragrance.

Nejma D'Alice Eau De Parfum 100ml (1983064) Availability: In stock £165.00 Click to visit Harvey Nichols

Nejma D’Alice Eau De Parfum 100ml (1983064)
Availability: In stock
Click to visit Harvey Nichols

*With thanks to Lisa Piddington and Harvey Nichols for the invitation.


Harvey Nichols Birmingham is taking style underground

I have been to fashion shows in the strangest of places. In shopping centres, in the middle of Department stores, in plush hotels, historic buildings and industrial abandoned spaces. All have been bold and brilliant in their own way. But I can honestly say I have never been to a fashion show held in an underground car park…until now that is.

Harvey Nichols, Birmingham, based in the cities Mailbox complex is hosting its Autumn/Winter fashion show in the most unlikeliest of locations – The Mailbox Car park! Destined to be as memorable an event as its other recent shows, the show will be taking place next Thursday evening (25th September), and with just 300 tickets available, it is sure to be a total sellout.


The evening will kick off with a drinks reception at 7pm on the Lower Ground Level of the Mailbox. This will be followed by the catwalk show at 7.30pm. As has been the trend in recent years, the show will be a glamorous showcase for fashion’s most sought after designers, including Peter Pilotto, Stella McCartney, Dsquared2, Versace, Thakoon, Kenzo, Valentino and Christian Louboutin. Following the show, there will also be a chance to shop until 10pm with an exclusive 15% discount in store.

General Manager Richard Vickery explains why these shows really are Birmingham’s hottest ticket, saying “Our shows really have become the talk of the town, and each season we work hard to ensure we offer our guests something different to the one before. For A/W14, we will be bringing a host of our exclusive collections direct from Knightsbridge, with many of the pieces not available anywhere in the region.”


I think the cool industrial setting will be a perfect backdrop for the season’s hottest designs, and with a LFW worthy front row, this is an occasion not to be missed. Tickets cost £15 and are available in store, via the Personal Shopping team on 0121 616 6008 or online at www.theticketfactory.com/harveynichols.