Capsule make up

Having spoken to Lisa on numerous occasions about different products and new trends, what I really wanted to know was what I would need for a quick, everyday look that is put together, otherwise known as ‘the basics’. Not too much to ask surely? But Lisa loves a challenge and has come up with a great capsule collection of make up that we just shouldn’t be without.

Over on Lisa’s blog, she has gone into the details of the key products but here are photos to the final look that Lisa demonstrated on my friend Penny.

Read the full article on Capsule make up here.

Capsule make up mascara Capsule make up finished

What make up could you not be without?
Wedding guest make up

Last the day, stay fresh, look natural but polished…just a few of my requirements I put to Lisa Hancox, make-up artist earlier this month. I’m not experimental when it comes to make up but I know that when attending a wedding or an all-day function I like to make a little extra effort.

This make up look that Lisa has curated meets all my requirements and means I’m not restricted on colour or style for my outfit.

{skin care & base}

Skincare and base

: skincare :



EyebrowsLaura Mercier eyebrow pencil in Fair :


{eyes}Eyes: eye products :

Collection clear mascara / Urban Decay eyeshadow primer in Original / MAC Paint Pot in Vintage Selection / Dior 5 Couleurs eyeshadow palette in 609 Earth Reflection  / Shiseido eyelash curlers / Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eyeliner in Jet / Clarins Waterproof mascara 

{lips}Lips: lips products :

Elizabeth Arden 8hour cream  / Bobbi Brown Lip Colour in Pale Pink 

{finished look}Finished look



Do you have any other tips or products to last the day?
Spring Make-up trends

This season I’m covering my top three make-up trends for Spring/Summer – really tough to whittle them down to just three, but here goes.

All of these looks will work for any skin colour and they all share these things in common – they’re fast, low-key, feel fresh, will suit everyone and very simple.

1. Bold lashes.

This season go seriously lashy with two or three coats of mascara on the top lashes and one on the bottom set with flushed rosy cheeks (Max Factor’s Miracle Touch Creamy Blush is perfect for this) and just a slick of clear or tinted lip balm for a pretty and youthful, wear with anything look.

Lisa Hancox make up

Find a mascara that provides volume and length and road-test a few to make sure they’re smudge and heat-proof. I love the gentle yet effective Clarins Wonder Waterproof (£21) and Max Factor False Lash Effect Fusion for everyday (£11.99).

2. Soft and modern, washed smoky eyes.

Create an up-to-date smokey eye with a pale neutral gold or pale berry/plum shadow (creams applied with a fluffy brush work best for creating this light finish effect).

For a gold, try Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Shadow in My Two Cents (£15.50).  Pair with a peach or coral blusher.

Lisa Hancox Make Up gold smokey eyes

For the plum, Maybelline’s Colour Tattoo in Metallic Pomegranate (£4.99). Pair with a mid-pink blusher for freshness.

Lisa Hancox Spring make up trends

Go without any eyeliner and finish with one coat of mascara top and bottom and keep the lips natural with lip balm.

3. Bright matte lips.

Both pink (my favourite for spring/summer) and orange lips were a feature on practically every London runway. I know I know, but don’t be scared! Orange can come in many forms and you can interpret the look with an gorgeous mandarin gloss.

Try NARS Lipgloss in Wonder (£18.50), a light coral lip crayon like the new Revlon Colour Burst Matte Balm in Audacious (£7.99) and Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Orange Punch (£7.99) or keep it dramatic with a matte finish lippie – TopShop’s lipstick in Charmed (£8) is a really wearable peach-orange.

Lisa Hancox Spring make up trends

And I promise, bright orange really does look amazing on olive and darker skins. Make sure you’re your base is flawless, neutralising any redness in the skin.

Wear either orange or pink with youthful bold eyebrows, one coat of mascara on the top lashes, the lightest dusting of a pale peach blusher and a little subtle highlighter on your cheekbones if you like.

I hope you enjoy experimenting!

Lisa x

Cold weather beauty

First day on the slopes today so I asked Lisa Hancox for beauty advice to keep my skin in tip top condition and beat the freezing conditions. Here are some cold weather busting beauty saviours. Edited by Lisa Hancox.


Facial Oils – perfect for extra hydration at high altitude. Clarins have some of the best I’ve come across.

Clarins Facial Oils

Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil  / Santal Face Treatment Oil / Sanctuary Therapists Facial Oil

Not sure of the difference between dehydrated and dry? Drop Lisa an email (

Moisturisers & Make-Up

I’ve always used a tinted moisturiser with SPF but Lisa recommends a non pore-blocking, high UVA/UVB SPF facial moisturiser with enough SPF to protect against exposure to the sun like this one from Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF50. Then apply a light colour base on top with a tinted moisturiser. Lisa recommends these from Bobbi Brown & Laura Mercier.

Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser

Lisa has more on SPF face creams here.

Hands & Body…

The Aveeno hand cream is really nourishing and creates a long lasting barrier between hand washes that doesn’t leave your hands with that greasy feeling. It’s also scent-free. Carry a tube in your pocket when out on the slopes. For your body Lisa recommends the Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Body Lotion for dry skin.

Hand and body moisturisers

Your lips can often suffer the most in colder climates.  Slip an Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream lipstick in your pocket.

Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream
For extra indulgence…

Use the wonderful Dermalogica Skin Hydrating mask – light enough for combination skins but effective for dry skin too and can be used twice a week for dry skin.  Lisa also recommends the new Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask.

Skin hydrating masques

What are your cold weather busting beauty saviours?

This week I’ve asked Lisa some questions that I’ve been thinking about for a while…

I’m looking for a really nourishing eye cream but one that’s not too heavy. What’s your recommendation? 

Dermalogica’s Total Eye Care is a good all round, multi-tasker for both morning and night.

The Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum or Gel is my favourite daily treatment night cream for eyes for all skin types.  They have a beautiful texture, sink into the skin well and it really makes a noticeable difference to hydration quickly. The choice of formulation is purely personal.

For sensitive and dry skins, look at Avene, Kiehls Creamy Eye treatment with Avocado and Dermalogica Ultra-smoothing serum for eyes.

Zelens Triple Action Advanced eye cream is a premium but excellent choice.

If you have specific concerns like darkness, wrinkles or puffiness, I’d use a multi-purpose eye gel or light cream in the morning and a night cream targeted to your needs.  In the morning, make sure you leave a good 10 mins after applying your eye cream before using under-eye concealer – this will stop it creasing.

I’ve recently started using a black liquid eye liner. I love the effect but feel the black is too harsh, what else would you recommend, that’s not brown?

Black can sometimes be too harsh you’re right – and slightly ageing too – especially for daytime.  Graphite grey, navy, black-plum or a brown-black (a deep espresso) will all be softer and more interesting depending on your eye colour.

As for the type of eyeliner you choose, I’m a huge fan of gels, used with a fine brush (I couldn’t be without my Bobbi Brown superfine eyeliner and the Laura Mercier fine angled eyeliner brushes).  Gel is totally flexible – it can be used to create a statement line to the eyes which is still crisp but slightly softer than liquid, or you can smudge it before it dries for a sultry look, either blended into your mid or dark eyeshadow for a smoky eye or on its own for a rock chick effect.

If you’re a beginner at applying eyeliner, trace a thin line with a pencil first, then go over it with the gel.  Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier make the longest-lasting gel liners in beautiful colours, or try one of the L’Oreal Superliner Gel Intenza colours for the best budget version.

For the festive season I’d love a deep red lipstick with a matte effect. Which is the best one to go for?

I’m a firm believer that there’s a red out there to suit everyone, no matter their skin colour and tone, eye and hair colour.  Today’s lipstick textures are so much better than those on the market even three years ago and the best matte formulations are super long-lasting, contain nourishing oils and vitamins and are kind to your lips and wear off evenly.

I particularly love:

  • NARS Velvet Matte pencil in Cruella or Mysterious Red or NARS Pure Matte in Amsterdam
  • Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau in Muse
  • Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon
  • For a sheer burst of deep red without making a statement, try Lipstick Queen’s Medieval.
  • Although it’s not matte, I adore Bobbi Brown’s Hollywood Red.

To prepare your lips, pat on a thin layer of concealer all over the lips before applying your lipstick. Just make sure your lips are smooth and you apply some balm 10 minutes or so before. Remember you can make any of your favourite lipsticks become matte by dusting a thin layer of translucent powder through one layer of tissue on top of two coats of lipstick.

I’m really noticing a change in my skin with the change in season. How do you recommend keeping it looking fresh?

Really invest time in your skincare routine in the cooler months, layering your products.  Cleanse, tone, serum, (oil if needed), cream in that order and weekly exfoliation and a hydrating mask all over the face if you have normal, red-sensitive or dry skin and on the cheeks if you have oily or combination skin.  If you have dry or sensitive skin, switch to a milk or calming cleanser in the winter.

Consider introducing a wholly natural facial oil to suit your skin type if it feels dehydrated but make sure it has no mineral oil.  Any skin type can be dehydrated due to a lack of water and / or too much salt and alcohol – it’s different to a dry skin type.

Avoid super-hot water when cleansing as it will dry the skin out.  Make sure you remove your make-up and apply your skincare at least an hour before bed, if not two – or your expensive products will end up being absorbed by your pillowcase instead of skin!

Nurture from the inside by drinking lots of water and eating excellent foods for the skin like salmon, mackerel, almonds, walnuts & pistachios, olive oil, avocado, artichokes, broccoli and seeds.  Consider taking a fish oil supplement too.

TIP: if your face feels tight and wind-whipped during the day in a cold snap, take two pea-sized amounts of your normal face moisturiser, rub between your hands until they are coated in a super-thin layer and pat onto your face over your make-up for instant relief.

This is a big one but I am in desperate need for a new foundation. It seems like a minefield out there and I don’t want to waste my money. Where do I start? 

There are five things to consider:

  • Colour-matching

Test the foundation, whilst not wearing any, around the jawline for the best match.  Lighting in shops is poor so take a small mirror and check the colour by the door.  The one that ‘disappears’ into your skin is the right one.  Always wear s foundation for a day to see how it lasts or ask for a sample or two, do not buy on the spot!

  • Coverage and finish level

Are you looking for light coverage (water-based foundation or tinted moisturizer), medium or full coverage? Would you like a dewy or light-reflecting, semi-matte or matte finish?

  • Your skin type

Even if the colour is spot on, if the formula of foundation isn’t suited to your skintype, you won’t look your best.  Avoid oil-free formulas if you have dry skin and go for an oil or gel base with anti-ageing moisture properties. If you have oily skin go for oil-free, water-based foundations with medium coverage. If you have sensitive skin, look for fragrance free products and if your skin is also oily or combination, consider a mineral powder formula as it will usually have less preservatives.  Normal skins can take their pick and if you want to create an airbrushed flawless finish, HD liquid foundations are your bet – I love the new Liquid Halo by Smashbox.

  • Texture

Finally, consider what you like to use: powder, mousse, liquid, cream, cream to powder or tinted moisturiser?  If you use a lot of cream products (cream highlighter, blusher, bronzer), I wouldn’t pick a powder or mousse foundation as you’ll find it very difficult to use these on top of your foundation.

Thanks Lisa! Here is a link to Lisa’s website for more tips and tricks Lisa Hancox Make-Up.

If you have a make-up or skincare question for Lisa, please leave a comment below.

Make-up is an area I definitely lack a more than a little confidence. I have a minimal collection and seem to stick to a very safe routine – something that I am longing to change but don’t have the confidence to do without the right advice. I have recently met a wonderful make-up artist who I am delighted to say is going to feature regularly on My Pollyanna with handy hints and tips for everyday and occasion make up.

Introducing Lisa Hancox. Lisa specialises in make-up tutorials as well as weddings, special events and editorial photo shoots. As a little introduction of things to come, Lisa has put together this post all about concealer and it’s multi-faceteted benefits…

“Concealers might say they can do it all, but very few can. You’ll need at least two on your dressing table for daily use after you apply your foundation or tinted moisturiser. The first is a creamy, thick liquid consistency for applying with fingers under your eyes (remember to set with translucent powder so it doesn’t crease). The other is a waxy ‘set’ paste, for covering blemishes, pigmentation, scars and redness. Applied with a pointed thin synthetic-hair brush and blended into your base with your fingers.

I can’t be without…

Bobbi Brown UK Creamy Concealer (£18.50) or Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer (£7.50) for under the eyes.

Bobbi Brown concealer

Laura Mercier UK Secret Camouflage (£26) is great for targeted concealing of blemishes, redness and marks.

Laura Mercier concealer
Other tips for your concealer…

Long-lasting lips: if you don’t own a lip liner and find your lipstick bleeds a little around the edges, you can pat on a thin layer of concealer all over the lips before applying your lipstick. Just make sure your lips are smooth (apply some balm 10 minutes or so before).

Toning down: Mix in a tiny amount of a creamy concealer to tone down a new cream blush or lipstick if you’re worried that it’s a bit too strong.

Correcting shadows: The reason for using an under-eye corrector is to ensure a flawless light finish to the eye area. Firstly you should correct any under-eye shadows, often blue or purple-toned with a peach or coral corrector, bringing it back to a ‘skin’ colour and then use a concealer to brighten on top. Bobbi Brown sells the widest range of correctors on the high street – if you often have dark circles I highly recommend being colour matched and adding this to your daily ‘make-up capsule wardrobe’.”

Thanks Lisa!
Are you looking to expand your make-up collection?



During the Summer I discovered lipstick – read my trepidation into lipstick here. I went with bright corals and varying shades of pink to orange but now it feels right to warm things up a bit for Autumn/Winter.

No shopping around for this one. I went straight to Tom Ford beauty counter in Harrods. I’d been having this feeling for a while that I missing out – “lipstick envy” sort of feeling. I kept seeing and hearing about Tom Ford lipstick but couldn’t get my hands on it locally.

When I took Miss Pollyanna (daughter #1) on a day trip to London I managed to negotiate a trip to Harrods with her by playing it off with a stop at the Morellis Gelato ice cream parlour. Win-win as I far I was concerned!

Tom Ford Crimson Noir

So now I’m in possession of Crimson Noir. It’s stunning. A really rich, warm tone with the scent of vanilla. Honestly – it’s divine and almost too good to use.

Do you have any other autumnal shades I should know about?

Reflecting on my holiday to Italy and having compiled my holiday resolutions, I was feeling a bit of pressure to put them into practice. There’s nothing worse for me than saying you’re going to do something then not following it through. So off I trot to John Lewis…

The ‘To wear bright lipstick‘ was by the far the scariest holiday resolution I had made. I have ALWAYS steered well away from lipstick but being in Italy changed my thoughts on this and I was about to step out of my nude lip-gloss wearing comfort zone. Orange seemed like a good place to start. I trawled Chanel, Clinique, YSL and the usual, but these were my favourites.

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Dior, Diablotine Extreme 643.

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A punchy, tomatoey bright red/orange. Glossy finish and plenty of colour so no need to over apply. Goes on well and stays on very well.

Bare Minerals, Go the Distance.

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I bought this one as an everyday, ‘go with anything’ shade. I’ve recently bought the Bare Minerals foundation and really like it so I’d thought I’d give them a go. Love it. They also had a couple of other shades very close to this one, so definitely worth having a look at.

Bobbi Brown, Salmon.

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This is much, much lighter than the others. The girl on the counter reassured me this was the one – the one that I’d lusted after in the magazines. I was a bit dubious but went with it, she was the expert after all (yes, total sucker!).

Definitely best worn with a tan as it has that real ‘tangerine’ look. But equally, it still has all the qualities you’d expect from Bobbi Brown and I really love the fact it’s a bit brighter and more ‘orange’ than the others.

Bourjois, Rouge Edition,  03.

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One routine trip to Waitrose I stumbled across the Bourjois lipsticks and thought I’d give them a go. For £7.99 I have to say, they’re brilliant. They’re so easy to wear, last a long time and feel moisturising.

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I couldn’t do a post about lips and not mention my trusty Eight Hour Lip gloss. An absolute winner. The usual benefits of the Eight Hour Cream with a proper glossy effect.

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Have you found any lipsticks I should know about??!

Laura x