Stila Halloweeen Masterclass at Selfridges Birmingham



Yesterday I watched a brilliant Halloween make up masterclass with one of my favourite beauty brands, Stila, at Sefridges Birmingham. Stila’s lead UK make up artist Sascha Jackson was creating a gothic look using my friend and fellow blogger Ting Newall as her model. The look she created was perfect for Halloween parties and beyond, using smoky eyes and glitter and shine that will also be perfect for the upcoming party season that Christmas will soon bring.

I have attended sessions with Sascha before, and have been lucky enough to have had my own makeover with the Stila products, and I love the fact that Sascha gives you so many hints and tips, from the best way to apply products, to the best colours to use for different skin tones. She always preps the skin using the One Step Correct primer that adds balance and an even skintone, making your skin a perfect canvas to your make up.

Sascha applies foundation with a brush, in order to get a more natural coverage. The stay all day foundation is great for a natural look that actually lasts the day.

STILA Stay All Day foundation £28.50 Click to visit Selfridges

The theme of this makeover was all about gothic beauty, but you needed to leave any ideas about overblown, over done make up at the door. The look is all about the eyes, but skin in general, and brows and cheeks were kept as natural looking as possible. Eyebrows were accentuated, with Sascha giving the tip that if you add eyebrow colour from the centre, and leave some small gaps, the affect is of natural beauty. Another wonder product is the Poreless Putty Perfector which is the perfect product to help hide pores and give natural coverage, almost giving your skin an airbrushed feel.

The look is all about the eyes, and the colour was built up using two shades from the Perfect Me, Perfect Hue palette that have mauve/purple tones that are perfect for a gothic look. Liquid eyeliner was also used, going right into the waterline of the eye to exaggerate the smokey-ness of the look. The eye was then given a hint of sparkle with the fabulous glitter and glow liquid eyeshadow, a must have for party season.

Click to visit Selfridges

The gothic look is light on the blusher to avoid making the look too pretty, this is, after all a look that could work for Halloween, so apple cheeks are not a good look. The lips however, are a different story. Stila is renowned for fabulous lipliners and lipsticks that stay all day, with the Stay All Day lipstick being an award winner. Sascha built up an ombre style lipstick on Ting, using two shades, nude and purple. I love that the lipsticks have a matte look to them, and come in a great range of shades.

Ting’s finished look was gothically glamorous and beautiful, one that would certainly work well for Christmas party season. I loved the colours used and the techniques that Sascha employs to create a flawless face.

With thanks to Stila, Selfridges and Ting for the invitation.


Harvey Nichols Birmingham is getting set for Christmas

Christmas is almost upon us, and the party season is all set to swing, so getting that skin perfect and your festive make-up sorted should now be a priority. So let Harvey Nichols give you a helping hand in this department with an evening of skincare and beauty advice. Join Harvey Nichols Birmingham on Thursday 1st December as it celebrates The Stylist Magazine 2011 Skincare Awards. The luxury Mailbox store will host an evening of pampering and beauty advice, giving customers the chance discover the latest tips, trends and tricks from the professionals

 Staged from 6.30pm-9pm, there will be complimentary mini treatments from top brands Benefit, Stila, Sue Devitt, Trish McEvoy, MAC, Creme de la Mer, Elemis and Space.NK, and guests can pick up advice with master classes and tutorials from the experts.

This year’s Stylist Awards looked at hundreds of skincare products before readers voted to whittle down the list to the ultimate beauty must-haves. Winners included Fake Bake, St Tropez and Soap & Glory – all available at Harvey Nichols. Tickets for the evening cost £10, which is redeemable against purchases made on the night. Shoppers will also receive a goody bag (whilst stocks last). Tickets are available in store, by calling 0121 616 6000 or online at

This is a must attend event, which will also give you an opportunity to check out the fabulous Christmas windows, with this years theme capturing the idea of an ice workshop where handcrafted props have been frozen in production. The displays are both magical and mystical and are well worth seeing. Head of Visual Display for Harvey Nichols, Janet Wardley explains  “The idea started following a trip to our workshop after the team there had been sculpting with polystyrene. It looked as if it had been magically snowing inside with the workshop frozen in time. The overall effect was a contemporary setting and it felt like a very novel approach to portraying Christmas.”

Stila is back in Britain…and you can find it in Harvey Nichols!



It was the cult cosmetic brand that everyone loved…and then it disappeared! But now Stila is back, and Harvey Nichols, Birmingham is the only department store where you can find it, residing on a sparkling new beauty counter. I went along last week to have a look at the new concession, and to experience a Stila-over.  I don’t mind admitting i experienced pure make-up lust.

During the late 1990s, early millennium Stila was the hot make-up brand for trend setters.  Cult products and hot colours saw it turn into a company that fashionista’s turned to again and again for their make-up needs. But,a take-over by the Estee Lauder group saw Stila return to the internet and to the US, where it remained a huge name, working on New York Fashion Week and on major films and TV shows. But now, the brand has been taken over by Glorious and Stila is most definitely back.

I went along to Harvey Nichols in Birmingham’s beautiful Mailbox last week to meet the team and get  a first look at the new concession. I was met by Sarah, a qualified make-up artist who talked me through all the new Must-Haves and gave me a glamorous make-over. She told me all about the amazing new wonder products that no make-up bag should be without, including the Stila One Step Corrector/Brightener and Prima . This looks like a strange product due to the three ice cream shades that are visible in the clear bottle, lavender, peach and mint.However, this product works wonders in giving you an even skin tone that makes it perfect for wearing on make-up free days.It left me with glowing and healthy looking skin. I haven;t stopped using it since.

Stila one step corrector click to visit

Another fabulous product that I’ve added to my make-up regime is the One Step perfect and correct foundation. I don’t usually wear foundation  as it can often seem to be like a mask, I apply it too thickly. But using this product, and applying with a make-up brush (what a great tip!), this just made me seem like I had naturally perfect, flawless skin. It felt oh-so-light!

.perfect & correct foundation click to visit

I chatted to Sue from Stila who explained that Stila was not  a fashion-led brand, but instead was a company able to provide all colours and products to suit all ages and skin tones. She was proud to say that Stila products were designed to last all  day, her own make-up proved this, it still  looked fab after being applied at 8am that morning.  I was seriously impressed with the lipsticks that only need one application to last the whole day.

Harvey Nichols Birmingham manager Kevin Breese told me how pleased he was to have Stila in the store. He said how he felt it was a fabulous mother and daughter brand in that the girls who had loved it first time around were now bringing their daughters to introduce them to the brand. Stila fits in perfectly with the Harvey Nichols ethos of style  and choice.