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  • Sep 14

Lucinda & Adam…

On a glorious day in June we had the pleasure of sharing the morning of Lucinda’s wedding day along with her beautiful bridesmaids and of course, not forgetting, the gorgeous little Betty and her expert heel wearing skills..(psst).

Lucinda had the bridesmaid dresses handmade, therefore catering to each of the girls’ unique styles, which translated so nicely into the girls’ hair and makeup choices. Lucinda was very relaxed about the the hair and make-up for her girls, her main concern being only that they were all happy. It made for a very fun morning for the team, creating a diverse range of looks for each bridesmaid.

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The girls went for relaxed curls with part or all the hair down, differing from waterfall braids to victory rolls. The hair was teamed alongside natural smokey eyes, differing in liner from natural lash lines to bold flicks.

All in all, it was a lovely morning spent with lovely people and we were so overwhelmed when Lucinda was kind enough to share some images with us from the very talented Georgina Piper, that we felt a blog post was most definitely in order. Congratulations again Lucinda and Adam, we hope you all had a wonderful day (from the looks of all those smiles you certainly did!).

So enough from us and we’ll let the photos do the talking…


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The Catherine Elizabeth Team x


Hair & Make-Up – Catherine Elizabeth

Photography – Georgina Piper

Dress –  Wilden Bride London

Wedding Venue – The Merchant Taylors York

Reception Venue – Skipbridge Country Farms

Teepee – Papakata

  • Aug 5

Our Top 5 Make-up Tips This Summer…

1. It’s all about that base..

dermaYour daily skin care routine is just as, (if not more) important as your make-up. Catering to your skins needs does all the hard work for you when it comes to make-up application. There are many different products out there to cater to different skin types from dry to oily. One brand you will find in our toolbox is Dermalogica. Try their ‘Speed Mapping’ to see which of their regimes would best meet your skin’s needs.

As most of you may already know, skin types are usually divided into 3 categories; dry, combination and oily. There are of course sub categories that cover more specific skin types, but these are how most brands categorize their products. During hotter weather many people suffer with an increase of natural oils, what once was combination skin may now be more prone to oily and so on. A good way to tackle this is to switch your daily moisturizer to a ‘light’ or ‘oil free’ version of your preferred brand. However, if you’re one of the lucky few who can get away with it, a brilliant way to lighten up this summer is by using a tinted moisturizer.


2. Prime Time

Investing in a good primer is a sure way to help your make-up routine all year round, not just in summer. Primer creates a thin layer between moisturizer and make-up, helping smooth out creases, lines and even some acne scarring. Primer powers do however really shine through in summer months when make-up would otherwise slip and slide without it. With primers finally getting the credit and ‘coverage’ (excuse the pun) it really deserves, there are now many out there that cover different skin types from deep pores to mature skin. Here are a few that can be found in our kit..















3. Building Good Foundations

hd-powder-70908As we spoke about before, with the right base, your usual foundation should hold on tight. If however you are still finding oiliness creeping up on you throughout hot days, switching to an oil free foundation is the next step you should try. Many brands now offer oil free alternativ604214851108_allnighteres so ‘season proofing’ your make-up bag from Winter to Summer should be pretty easy. We do of course always recommend setting your make-up with a translucent powder and/or setting spray, this should help absorb any excess oil and keep your make-up in place.

4. Cream Of The Crop

Firstly, let us state that the list of beautiful powders we use here at Catherine Elizabeth is endless, but for some, with hot weather comes powder incompatibility. This applies specifically to eyeshadows and blushers, in hot weather, even the best brands can sometimes bake into lines and creases, which does not help get us that ‘sun-kissed’ and ‘glowing’ look this summer. If this sounds familiar, try changing things up and switching to cream blushers and eyeshadows. Have a little look below at some of the products we use on our clients..

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 5. Most Importantly..

If you take one piece of advice from this post, please let it be this…

SPF, SPF, SPF, please make sure that at least one of your base products contains SPF, whether it be your moisturizer, primer or foundation, protecting your face from harmful UV rays is a must. It is not hard to come by, there will be an SPF option in one of your products and can be easily added into your daily routine. Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget your lips, the skin on your lips is easily damaged by the sun and there are many balms available on the market that provide SPF.

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The Catherine Elizabeth Team x

P.S. All images will link you to the brand websites, happy shopping!

  • Jul 22

The Wedding and Hay Fever Correlation…


     After meeting with a bride recently at the Catherine Elizabeth studio, we got onto the topic of hay fever, as she was suffering from symptoms after forgetting to take her daily antihistamine. After reeling off a few of the ‘Old Wives Tales’ given to us by the good old Mums and Grandmas over the years, it lead us to think about what other home remedies may be out there. Here’s what we found…

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       As the wedding season approaches, so does the inevitable pollen count. With around 30 different types of pollen released throughout the year, reaching highs between Spring and Autumn, a variety of symptoms such as runny noses and itchy, weeping eyes make their appearance amongst around 95% of the UK’s population.

The Science Behind The Sniffles…

    For those of us who suffer with pollen allergies, pollen can cause inflammation of the nasal passages when tiny particles of pollen, carried in the air, are inhaled; the pollen triggers an antibody Immunoglobulin E in allergy sufferers, which is the cause of mucus build up and congestion.

Where as, hay fever, most commonly induced by grass pollens, reacts with the immune system to create natural histamines and therefore triggering symptoms.

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With the Yorkshire regions showing consistently high pollen counts it’s unsurprising that we see so many people suffering with their allergies.

The Remedies…


honey-1460406_960_720 Not just any honey, but delve into your local Farmers’ Markets, Farm    Shops and Delis to find a locally made honey. The pollen collected by these bees will be native to your home region and therefore will be contained in the honey and should help boost your immunity to the pollens when they become airborne.  Take note though, it’s not an overnight remedy and will take time to take effect.








Orange Juice (Not from concentrate)

fruit-665607_960_720Another one from the family, orange juice is an ingredient Emma from team Catherine Elizabeth has every day in her smoothies. Whether it is a coincidence or a real help, the fact remains that her hay fever flare-ups have lessened immeasurably in the last 6 months that it has become part of her daily diet. Supposedly, the Vitamin C and Bioflavonoids found in Orange juice act as a natural antihistamine and decongestant, thus helping to alleviate the most common symptoms. Try the ‘Orange Smoothie’ from Jamie Oliver.


carrots-1112020_960_720Carotenoids are a naturally occurring pigment in vegetables such as, carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and spinach. Research suggests that they act as an antioxidant that works well as an anti-inflammatory, helping the irritation and inflammation of the nasal passages.





Chilli Peppers

chilli-1446963_960_720We found significant support for this little spicy vegetable amongst forums and research, claiming that the capsaicin found in chillies acts as a decongestant, opening up the airways.



    Granted, a diet made up of orange vegetables, honey and chillies does not exactly fill us with motivation! But added in here and there amongst an average diet seems a pretty easy (and natural) way to help alleviate the common symptoms that have plagued so many for so long. We for one feel happier treating hay fever with diet as opposed to having to rely on daily medication. If honey on toast for breakfast, or some carrots with our tea give us a head start, then we’re in!






Met Office. (2014). Pollen Allergies. Available: Last accessed July 2016.

The Allergy UK Forum. (2009-2016). Hay Fever Help. Available: Last accessed July 2016.





  • Jan 28

At Home Herbal Facial Stream

At Home Herbal Steam Facial

This soothing treatment is simple to do yourself and offers your skin and senses a host of benefitsFacials are one of the most popular spa offerings for good reason: Not only are they incredibly relaxing, but they offer a number of beauty benefits, including clearer pores, softer skin and a glowing complexion.

Benefits of Steam

A steady stream of warm, soothing steam does more than instantly relax your body and mind. Steaming your face also:

  • Boosts circulation. Exposure to warm steam increases perspiration, helping your skin’s blood vessels to dilate, which improves blood flow.
  • Hydrates and oxygenates your skin. Moist heat revives dry, tired-looking skin thanks in part to that fresh, oxygenated blood.
  • Loosens debris and unclogs pores. Warm steam softens the skin’s surface, which makes it easier for bacteria and dirt to exit pores.
  • Promotes a healthy glow. That boost in circulation beneath the skin, combined with a blast of hydration to the surface, will help you look refreshed.
  • Calms your nerves with herbal aromas. When you add herbs and essential oils to your facial steam, it works as aromatherapy to help soothe your mind and body.

Creating Your At Home Herbal Facial Steam

You don’t need a pricey facial steam machine, like those that aestheticians use, to reap the many benefits of this treatment. Simply find a metal pot or mixing bowl and follow these other set-up steps:

Step 1: Boil water and add enough to almost fill a plastic, ceramic or stainless steel basin.

Step 2: Add a few pinches of the dried herbs of your choice to the water in the basin and allow to draw for a few minutes.

Step 3: Sit at a table with a towel over your head and cover the basin of hot water in front of you. Keep your head at a comfortable distance above the water so the steam reaches your face. You may prefer to keep your eyes closed if you think the steam may irritate them.

Step 4: Sit for 5-10 minutes with your head in the ‘tent’ and allow the herbs and the steam to do their work. You can use the bathroom sink instead of a basin – just take a chair into the bathroom so that you can sit comfortably

Step 5: Gently rinse your face with cool water to remove any sweat and debris that’s loosened from your pores, and pat your face dry with a clean towel. Then choose your favorite hydrating serum or moisturizer and massage a small amount into your face. Just as a professional would do during a facial, take some time to massage your jaw, cheeks, temples, forehead and nose. while taking the steam.
Choose the Right Herbs

Knowing which dried herbs/plants or herbal essential oil is best for you can help you make the most of your at-home facial steam:

Dried_Chamomile_Flower.jpg_140x140  Chamomile Flowers to soothe irritated and sensitive skin.




394788622_071  Lavender Flowers as a good tonic for all skin types.




Valentine heart of dried nettle on white background  Nettles to cleanse pores on oily skin.




21  Peppermint leaves to close pores, tone and clarify the skin.




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Fotolia_5300629_Subscription_L  Rosemary to tone and restore elasticity to the skin.




bigstock-fresh-sage-leaves-on-white-bac-43698121  Sage as an astringent and antibacterial toner.





Nurture Your Skin

  • Jan 1

Catherine Elizabeth’s Top 10 beauty resolutions for the New Year

New Year is the perfect opportunity for a beauty rehaul.

Improve your skincare regime and update your look with these top ten beauty resolutions, courtesy of the London MakeUp School.

1. Stop going to bed with make-up on

Always wash your face before you go to bed. Cleansing wipes are not enough. Dirt and make-up will clog your skin, preventing it from doing vital repair work and letting your skin breathe while you sleep; it’s not called beauty sleep for nothing! We recommend Bobbi Brown’s lathering tube soap.

2. Step up your skincare

Wear an SPF and use a serum everyday as part of your beauty routine. Your skin needs extra protection and moisture as another year begins. Try Bobbi Brown protective face base factor 50 and Nars Skin brightening serum.

3. Moisturise your body

Moisturise every day. Whether you choose butter or a lotion, replenish your skin’s lost moisture from this cold wintery season and exfoliate every week with a body brush to kickstart healthy blood circulation.

4. Clean out your make-up bag and wash your brushes

Dirty brushes are unhygienic and underperform every time. Use a brush cleanser or hair shampoo. Throw old make-up away; old mascaras and nearly empty products just need to go, and give the remaining make-up a quick wipe over before you put it away.

5. Make a statement

It’s tempting to stick to neutral colours, but try and experiment every new and again. Go bold with your lips or chose a colour liner to wear, just make an effort to keep changing it up.

6. Curl your lashes

Nothing opens up the eye more than curling your lashes. It doesn’t break and ruin your lashes, but simply opens your eye and helps your mascara do its job. On the days when you don’t wear any or much make-up, still curl your lashes, as you will instantly look brighter.

7. Try a BB cream

We swear by them. Use it daily to even skin tone, as it covers any unevenness without looking heavy, or blocking pores. Every brand does one, so you are spoilt for choice and shades.

8. Cleanse, tone and moisturise

Clean, healthy looking skin is a hot trend and the 3 step skincare routine really does work, so take your time in choosing. Invest in some good products that will buff, polish and replenish the base to your perfect makeup!

9. Subscribe to a monthly beauty service

This is easily the best way to get inspired for new looks, without breaking the bank. Each month you get to try out new and exciting products, and if you like them you can invest. If you don’t, just wait for your next delivery.

10. Go to the salon

At least once a month, treat yourself to something at a beauty salon. Try to have a massage or a facial as this will release toxins and clear up your skin on a regular basis. You will see the results in a few months; it’s food for your skin and soul!

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