UK based makeup artist, skincare specialist, beauty blogger. She is the founder of the Podcast series

THE BENEFITS OF Lemon + Hot Water for skin and health

What are the benefits of Drinking Lemon Water?

The benefits of drinking warm water are immeasurable, most importantly it protects the body against deficiencies in the immune system whilst serving as a really powerful anti-bacterial agent for the digestive system.

Having a refreshing glass of warm lemon water at the start of your day can aid the flushing of toxins due to pectin a high fibre that is contained in the lemon peel. 
The best time to drink this cocktail of goodness, is first thing in the morning and some research has shown that the effects in the evening are just as powerful.

Lemons  contain many other beneficial plant compounds and are a great benefit the skin, due to the natural source of vitamin c, citric acid, and potassium. For a simple detox try drinking Lemon water instead of coffee, reducing your chances of having a stroke or potential heart disease. 
Mild chest and bronchial problems, are relieved, the natural ph system in the body is boosted with this simple yet effective cleansing drink. 

I have friends who swear by lemon water for aiding weight loss, lowering high blood pressure as well as assisting with the relief from stress and tension. Many of my massage clients have noticed a difference to their skin, hair and nails in a short time. Those who suffer from bloating can also experience relief by drinking lemon water on a regular basis. 

Follow the simple details below for a wonderful, natural detox, for the whole body, with a digestive system cleanse that works well alongside a healthy eating plan. 
Take 1/2 a lemon squeeze the juice into a glass of warm water, stir adding 2/3 lemon slices, let them infuse in the water, add mint to taste.

This is a great substitute to carbonated drinks with, far greater benefits to keep the body hydrated, skin softened and visibly energized on a daily basis.

Meet Successful Mum Cheryl Huggins Makeup Artiste

Makeup Artiste and Beauty Specialist Cheryl Huggins shares her business journey at Successful Mums

Having started this challenging journey as a small business owner, I created my Makeup and Beauty blog as a diary to document my life within the Beauty and Cosmetic Industry.I began building my Bespoke Beauty and Makeup business, after many years of training in London, Paris with experience and training with Luxury Brands that delivered exceptional techniques, and products.I always knew that I needed a mentor to provide professional guidance and expertise to acquire the correct balance of skills and financial acumen, needed to produce a successful small business or to return to work after being a mother and carer for many years.Having met Jane Knight on a taster session for 'Successful Mums' in Kent, I enrolled on the 6 week course, not sure where this would lead. The course brought together like minded women who were starting their business, or holding onto an idea that was on the cusp of blooming into an established business. During the course we discussed the importance of social media, developing strategic marketing tools and creating the all important business plan together.Jane Knight is a highly experienced and professional business women, who delivers her weekly classes across the UK. Her creative mentoring style, would challenge the presence and platforms of the popular TED Talks. The daily classes included entrepreneurial guest speakers, who would share in-depth experiences, that most business and career start-ups would find invaluable.I am eternally grateful for the ability to harness my drive and ambition at Successful Mums, allowing me to create a solid work life balance, to support my family emotionally and financially. With ongoing 1 to 1 mentoring and business guidance, you can personally create the life of dreams and many mums have been very successful since embarking on this course.I would truly like to take this time to thank Jane Knight for the opportunity, to find the correct path and journey suitable for me and my family. Daily I am reading new makeup and beauty material, providing makeup for fashion and photographic sessions, testing skincare brands, providing makeovers for beautiful brides, and ensuring that glamour is available for all.I am proud to create incredible makeovers and relaxing natural spa treatments for women of all ages, skin tones with the correct products, that will deliver incredible results for their age, skin type or skin condition.

Join me and take a look at the link below for my business STORY... | Meet Successful Mum Cheryl Huggins, Makeup Artist 

Cheryl x

The Masterclass Mario Dedivanovic

"Mario is one of the most influential makeup artists of our time and he continues to teach makeup & inspire women globally to reach new limits. After being both a model and student at his master classes, my makeup game has never been the same! Mario has changed the global standards for makeup artistry and is already a legend!"

Huda Kattan, International Beauty Blogger and Makeup Artist

Mario Dedivanovic began his career as a fragrance and aspiring makeup consultant, this now highly sought after makeup Artist, has cultivated a career that inspires many professional and highly experienced Makeup Artistes worldwide. His personal journey is a unique balance of talent, natural artistic skills and dedication.

Mario's precision and natural makeup style, make him one of the most sought after makeup artistes of our generation. His images and techniques have graced the covers of numerous fashion magazines, including Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Allure to name a few. of the fashionista's beauty bibles. His attention to detail, and techniques have garnered a large following of Celebrity clients, including Jennifer Lopez, Ciara, Eva Longoria and many other ladies who are fortunate to have him on speed dial. 

Mario's work is known around the globe, his fame as the illustrious contour artiste, who creating the photo perfect, makeup for social media 'Queen of selfie' Kim Kardashian West.

Photo credit: Mario Dedivanovic represented by TheWallGroup

With over 2.6 million internet followers, this Makeup Maestro arrives in the UK on the 18th March 2017, to present The Masterclass Mario Dedivanovic. With sellout classes in Dubai and USA, and an appearance of the 'A List' Kim Kardashian on stage, he will demonstrate his expressive fashion forward, picture perfect, iconic looks.

Makeup whisperer Mario, sent the social media bloggers and makeup fan's into a media meltown, in September when he teased his makeup palette. Kim Kardashion West tweeted images of the sought after palette, in collaboration with Anastasia Beverly Hills Makeup line, which then SOLD OUT immediately.

One of the most eagerly awaited Beauty events of 2017, I personally cannot wait for the arrival of this Makeup Demi-God in London, early next year.This will be an event not to be missed.. Beg or Borrow funds for the ticket, Just ensure you get a ticket and a seat.


Take a look at Kim Kardashian's Makeup Tutorial with Mario Dedivanovic 2009

Business Entrepreneurs Enterprise London

 "We have the training, mentoring and the infrastructure to help starts-ups take hold and grow. Our results demonstrate that start-ups using our services face a better chance of survival than those who don't."
            John Govett – Ixion Group Chief Executive

I have recently completed the start up and Enterprise programme for Entrepreneurs, learning how to create a professional business plan, cash flow and completed a working portfolio. Over 4 weeks we developed our business ideas, working with other like minded small business entrepreneurs at the local Further Education College in Kent. The course covered aspects of market research, organisation, including motivation with our specialist consultant and mentor. 
The course culminated in a Dragon's Den style pitch for 5 minutes delivered to our peers, delivering essential feedback and self reflection. We acquired valuable knowledge on business start-ups including forecasting after researching our individually created and well produced business plan.
Images: Cheryl Huggins working on Portfolio, Cash flow and Business Plan for Bespoke Beauty Professional at home Services.

I met some fantastic people with exceptional business ideas, who were able to share their experiences. A successful month of studies, I look forward to bringing you a precision, and streamlined Makeup and Beauty business that I can be proud of.
With my experience, qualifications and training this course exceeded my expectations, thanks to our tutor Ali Kaddouri, Peter Jones of Dragons Den in collaboration with Ixion.

The course culminated in a Dragon's Den style pitch for 5 minutes to our peers, covering essential knowledge including forecasting through selection by a well produced and thought-out business plan.

Cheryl Huggins of Bespoke Beauty Pitching her Business

"Make your dreams reality" Peter Jones Dragons Den

Entrepreneur Enterprise team with IXION at Orpington College Tutor Ali Kadourri

M.A.C cosmetics and Taraji P. Henson Makeup collaboration Launch

The M.A.C cosmetics collaboration just continues to grow with its latest signing, the beautiful academy award nominated actress Taraji P. Henderson. The makeup collection will launch online on 6th September, and be available in select M.A.C stores on September 8th. The range is a 7 piece powerhouse of extensive vibrant and glamourous colors and includes mascara, liners and importantly the 'bosslady' lipsticks. To get your Taraji glam, try the shimmers in the Mineralize skinfinish range, or get your 'TarajiGlow' on with the flawless powders which I am sure will sell-out at the selected M.A.C cosmetics stores.

As the tough and fearless outstanding Cookie Lyon on Fox's hit music drama 'Empire' bright red lipsticks are the order of the day creating a powerful no-nonsense image. Taraji gives us the confidence to stand tall, to embrace new makeup trends by wearing the similar flame red lip colour off screen. Cookie's dedicated You Tube fan's also tuned in to watch the show, to check out her style and re-create the diva's signature makeup trends online. Ashunta Sheriff, created both of the looks for Taraji and also Cookie delivering a fearless 'best beauty' attitude. The M.A.C makeup collaboration has captured the real Taraji P. Henson in this diverse range for all women, all skintones, all races!

With 'Empire' and 'Cookie Lyons' returning to our screens on September 21st, we look forward to Taraji P. Henson dynamic character and visually stunning persona.

The cosmetics industry, has in previous years overlooked women of colour, its empowering to see continuous diversity across the brand, offering transferable solutions within their cosmetic line. Recent collaborations from M.A.C cosmetics, have included Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Mary J Blige and RuPaul. 

I look forward to the collection, and await the queues at the M.A.C counter in London. 
#MACTaraji #GlamReport 

Image courtesy M.A.C Cosmetics

Images courtesy M.A.C Cosmetics


All that Glitters is Gold for Simone Biles

All that Glitters is Gold for Simone Biles and her stunning performance with Team USA bringing home the Gold in the Gymnastics with a victorious win.

The Olympic gymnast led the makeup fashionistas in a Glitter Meltdown with her patriotic Red, White and Blue, Glitter eyeshadow on her waterline wowing the crowds!

Simone posted a photo on her personal Instagram and set the Internet on fire. Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and National Press around the globe hailed Simone as the Gold leader with her makeup inspiration.

The Olympic stadium and the world is on the edge of their seats whilst we await Simone Biles breathtaking performance, going for GOLD.

I have watched and followed this young ladies career, for many years and look forward to the brilliance of this young women in the Games.

I take this opportunity to wish Simone Biles every success for the Individual Medals..GO FOR GOLD Simone Biles

Good Luck!

Simone-Biles-GETTY IMAGES 


Celebrating The Gele at Majestique International Magazine

Majestique Magazine Photosession

I was fortunate to work alongside the founders of the recently launched Lifestyle magazine namely 'Majestique International', showcasing the global news within Current affairs, Entertainment and exclusive coverage of the Fashion Industry in Nigeria and global trends.

Celebrating the in-depth coverage and diverse culture in the community, the magazine has its fashion focus rooted in the developing and fast emerging African fashion scene. A collaboration of talented writers, and experienced journalists depict a heritage steeped in rich fashion trends.

I created a natural makeup look to enhance the beautiful, and resplendent bone structure with finely tuned contouring. I hi-lighted the flawless skin of these dedicated Media entrepreneurs using my current makeup range of choice by L.O.G Cosmetics. 

Celebrating The Gele with Natural Bold Makeup Trends

I was honored to spend the afternoon working on this fashion shoot with the regal Founders of Majestique International magazine, capturing the diversity and elegance of the traditional ornamental 'Gele' for their photo session. The 'Gele' pronounced (Gay_Lay) is the traditional Nigerian and African cultural headdress (head wrap) that can be worn everyday or as elaborate as the wearer would wish, Gele bling is the latest trend. The is usually made up of a stiff cotton or silk fabric. 
This is the regal crowning glory for many Nigerian women, embracing her status and social importance, the ultimate expression of femininity. 

This traditional fashionista headdress is usually worn by female members of the community for Church, Ceremonial events, milestone birthday celebrations, Weddings, and many special occasions. with the ever-changing fashion looks across many regions the stylish 'Gele' is evolving and emerging as the fashion accessory must have across the Globe! With A List celebrity stars donning the traditional style, the Majestique Ladies looked stunning...

Thank you Rebecca, Theresa, and Onome for an Inspirational afternoon.
Congratulations on a successful photo session, I wish you every success with your Majestique International Magazine.

Majestique Magazine Photosession
Session Photographer: Rudy Atwell 
Makeup: L.O.G Cosmetics, Daniel Sandler, M.A.C Cosmetics, Urban Decay, Kryolan. 
Image Credit: Cheryl Huggins iphone 6


A Day in the Life of a Makeup Artist


Working around the clock, does not always allow for the best dietary choices, and can lead to a multitude of health issues.

I am learning to indulge in a modified balance of fruit, vegetables, and proteins in my diet and cutting down on the dreaded carbs.. which I adore! I find it difficult to cut out the Junk Food especially when working late.

I recently purchased weighing scales, something which I have said I would never do! I hope to achieve and maintain a natural and effective food menu, whilst I am out and about with Brides and Makeup clients and My Makeup masterclass lessons. I know that portion size is my issue, and look forward to my healthier lifestyle by eating nutritious snacks and on the go.

My food intake this week has been varied as I have juggled, with appointments, intense heat in the car, and arriving immaculate for my clients. Freelance makeup artistes, beauty therapists, hairdressers need to make the best choices to keep us alert, creative and energized to deliver the best services for our makeup clients.

Always choosing an organic option is really the best decision for me, and I am making a consious effort to include lots of fresh fruit, a box of healthy snacks and re-organise my meals by pre-cooking them in the morning for later in the evening. 

I have taken the first step, and look forward to my healthy and new improved lifestyle with some good home cooking ..and dropping a dress size in the process!

Thank you all for your continued support!

 Cheryl x


Breakfast Cup-cheryl-huggins-mua


Tips to Create Glamorous BROW!

BROW Solutions in Kent

Brows have truly played their role in defining one’s personality and beauty regime, groomed and coiffured to perfection the Makeup Masters are sending a "bigger is better" bold statement to the cosmetic world.
Gone are the over-sized bold and stenciled brows that needed a science degree to master the art of achievement. No more over-painted exaggerated and bold, Nefertiti  ‘Queen of the Nile’ brows, this stylish over drawn trend is gracefully leaving the catwalks and high streets, leaving us glistening with under brow hi-lighter.

Previously on the Catwalks of London, New York, Milan and Paris, we saw a progression to a dark yet, skinny brow shape, straighter, and leaner, decorated with ornate jewelry, bright colour's including diamante cut rhinestones.
The new brash and bold BROW statement, delivers a youthful signature beauty 'must have', the 'BROW GURU's have unveiled the fuller natural arched brow. Most high street chemists and department stores sell, step by step brow palettes containing, water resistant powders, brushes and styling waxes to keep your perfectly manicured brow in it's youthful looking place.

Pencil's, gels can define and lift your arch and ensure your brows standout. Look for a more modest, sensual and softer shape befitting an 80's ‘supermodel’. Taper the brow shape at the ends, creating a natural high arch, delivering a lift to the face, giving a youthful appearance. If your brows are thin and sparse, there are fantastic brow extensions readily available for application, with proficient and qualified therapists ready to indulge your desired shape, colour and fullness.


Why not take a visit and have your brows magically transformed at the Benefit Counters latest gizmo's, Brow Mapping, and popular 3 step products, their staff are ready to tackle the most unruly, sparse, mis-shapen and unkempt brows, they are transforming and providing brow solutions for all.... one Eyebrow at a time!

With their Goof Proof brow pencils, Ka-Brow creme gel colour and the infamous Brow-zings shaping kit, you can tweeze, sculpt, tint and go creating the most perfect arch in a short space of time. If you are truly proud of your Brows, you can even upload a perfect brow selfie to show all the Benefit beauties your fantastic Benefit Brow solutions at #WowBrows.

The natural brow look has arrived and with the fantastic array of products, leave no stray hair standing, ensuring that you are in step with the current signature BROW beauty trend.



 BROWZINGS at Benefit in Kent


If you have tried any of the Benefit Instant BROW solutions, please let us know...Drop me a line we would love to hear about your experience in store or at home.

Book a Professional Makeup Masterclass with Cheryl Huggins

    Diary Date: 11th July 2016 7pm-9pm KENT 

Makeup Artiste Cheryl Huggins will be sharing her knowledge, experience and training to women who are looking to create the most radiant looks for home, business and special occasions in Kent, at a Masterclass Makeup presentation.

This 2 hour demonstration will unveil the techniques, secrets, and products that Professional artistes use, to achieve the best looks for your skin type, condition and age. By following and integrating a few professional application skills you can achieve a more flawless and radiant makeup look.

The event is open to those who have a great interest in makeup, those who would like to update their current makeup closet, and those who would like to gain a deeper insight into the Makeup Industry. Learn the secret tricks used for many celebrity makeovers, allowing them to be 'Red Carpet' ready. 

Follow her step-by-step guide to answer beauty secrets and makeup questions with simple customised instructions. Learn simple tips for beginners, and makeup lovers, on the techniques used to expertly apply your primer, how to make great colour choices for base, applying contour and shading to create the best looks for you and defining those beautiful eyes.

From making your makeup product purchase, choosing the best skincare suitable for you, may lead to costly mistakes, in stores or on the internet if given incorrect advice. Learn from one of the experienced, qualified and passionate makeup artistes who is aiming to deliver the most natural glamorous makeup for all women.

"I provide red Carpet glamour to enhance the natural beauty in all women, creating confidence one brush stroke at a time"   Cheryl Huggins MUA

Book Now for your guide to Learning Tips, Specialist Tricks + Makeup Techniques in Kent.


The Shoe Consultant Susannah Davda

The Shoe Consultant

Susannah Davda has spent most of her life surrounded by shoes, from the very first fashionably bespoke shoes during her early school years, fast forward to her becoming a professional ambassador, who travelled around the globe on exotic shoe buying trips. After completing and achieving a BA Honours degree in Footwear Design, Susannah embarked upon a career that changed her life. Her knowledge as a professional shoe specialist, enabled her to combine all of her skills gained within her extensive 16 year career in the footwear Industry, and her unique passion for creative design. Armed with her extensive knowledge, and recognition of her  achievements she is a consultant on a mission, her aim is to assist all women to make better and more informed decisions regarding their shoes and footwear.

The author of two EBooks, Susannah can be found guiding, HR departments, shoe buyers, and new footwear brands with specialist training to create great commercial products and also gain a reputation in excellence for customer service. Running a successful consulting service and making decisions for corporate women on the art of shoe aesthetics, Susannah Davda professionally delivers the optimum specialist footwear advice for your core brand or personal shoe shopping needs. 



                                               "Wins are so much bigger"

Susannah is the advocate for beautiful comfortable shoes, her mission statement is to assist women and shoe brands to make better decisions about footwear.

CH. Who do you believe has been the most influential shoe designer who
 embodies your creativity and passion!

SD. I think that Sophia Webster has had a big impact, on the Shoe Industry by making luxury items, fun and quirky, especially as luxury has always been previously known for a more conservative style and look. Her exceptional catwalk designs have now, filtered to the High Street. I tend to look for someone to do something creative and outside the box rather than contemporary shoe design. I would also love to mention the shoe designer Charlotte Olympia and her creativity, I love women designing for women, such an inspirational shoe designer take a look at her fabulous creations.

CH. When choosing a pair of evening heels, what should we look for to ensure that 
we make a great choice especially as different brands have several different sizes, that are supposed to be the same size...

SD. I am very picky about shoes, so finding something that I like, to reflect my signature  
style and personality can be difficult. It would also depend on the venue and event,   getting into a taxi, sitting for a meal and not having to worry about dancing. I would   recommend not too high, and always look for a well balanced heel position when shoe shopping.Make sure that the shape of the shoe resembles the shape of your foot, leather lined are best for foot hygiene and comfort. Look beyond black as a shoe color choice, but match your footwear with your wardrobe so it can match with everything. Cushioning under the ball of the foot is important for protection, and ease when walking. A non-slip sole is very important, so ensure that you examine the resistance when choosing shoes.

CH. What were your Inspiration, goals and visions when you started your
 Shoe Consultancy. 

SD.  I'm quite an independent person, and I always wanted to work for myself. The career that I had been doing for several years, did not enable me to help people directly, which is something I really wanted to do. Creating a great work life and family balance was also really important. I had a passion to  strong driving force to my business to me as well. 

CH. What would you say are the most important features of shoe construction and can you outline what are the most important characteristics we 
should AVOID at all costs.

SD. It's all about comfort, if its not comfortable in the shop it will never be comfortable. It will not have any extra give, if it doesn't fit on first trial, its never going to. Being in pain effects your mood so much, it can really ruin your day. Shoes are something that you will wear over and over, try and make choices that will last more than just one season. I believe it doesn't have to be classic and boring to really last through the years, but it should suit your personality and style.The main points to look for are that they are well balanced, look for a great heel position. Try and ensure that the shoes are leather lined, with great cushioning under the heel. If you are a shoe shopper who always  buys black try not to match everything and look beyond black with brights, patterns, patent, metallics have fun and change it up! Finally for safety check that you soles are non-slip to avoid falls, and trips. 

CH. The Global shoe industry has expanded over the years, with styles, shapes and sizes not always reflecting the best designs for comfort or foot and back posture. Damage to feet can often lead to back pain and other foot related problems. 
Can wearing ill-fitting shoes present damage to clients over a long period of time.

SD. Great question, there are so many things, that can affect and cause serious damage over a long period of time. The most common issues are back and knee problems, corns, heel pain, leading to arch pain with a tendency to bunions, and Plantar fasciitis. Foot problems are also a direct correlation with pain and mood, so ensure you choose and wear your shoes wisely. The best advice is to invest in comfort over style, this can help to ensure fewer foot related problems. Take a look at my 'Shoe Shopping Kit' for ideas and tips for great shoe investments.

CH. How should women store their shoes to keep them in a great condition, what are your favourite pair of shoes at the moment.

SD  Once you have worn shoes for a day, place them on an open rack, for 24 hours to let the air circulate, when the shoes have aired out, put them back into the box with extra stuffing. Invest in fashionable shoe boxes and trendy shoe bags, both are a fantastic idea for travelling and protecting your best pairs. My favorite shoe of the moment...
I'm wearing a selection of tomboyish comfortable walking shoes, and love my recent purchase from Clark's.


The new fashion trends for Summer 2016 and Winter 2017 bring a great transition of colour and styles why not step into the new season with intricate bows, intricate dressing and brogue walking shoes..

For a complete professional and personal guide, with recommendations, and invaluable tips on how to plan and what to look for, when shopping for beautiful and comfortable shoes, follow The Shoe Consultant. 

Susannah Davda




DIARY of a Makeup Artiste 

I am enjoying my pot of refreshing spiced apple organic tea whilst confirming events and appointments with Brides and their Wedding party. I am following all the latest news, and collections from Graduate Fashion week, in particular Central St Martins and the College I was trained at the London College of Fashion. 

The first ever Makeup Artistes Trade show IMATS was held over the weekend, at London Kensington Olympia from 3-5th June 2016. The professional Makeup Artistes show was presented by the prestigious Makeup Artiste Magazine, and is held 6 times a year Globally. London provided the backdrop for professional, students  and members of the Makeup and Cosmetic Industry with designated education, talks, artistry workshops, competitions and the must see demonstration classes. Since 2002 the event has seen an increase in the number of dedicated, creative and talented makeup artistes, body glamour creators and FX specialists.

Industry professionals gave insightful talks and seminars including the uber talented Hannah Martin the highly sought after artiste who was trained and works for Bobbi Brown, Body Painting champion Madelyn Greco, also attended the Trade show. The International and UK hair and makeup artistes from Oscar, BAFTA, TV and films also provided a glimpse of their rewarding and creative profession. 

The event was an exhibition of fast paced seminars with talks, demonstration and educated makeup workshops. This year the visitors had an opportunity to view a tour of the Makeup museum and watch the outstanding work demonstrated at the Battle of the Brushes student makeup competition.
The cast of the Revenant Oscar award winning hair, makeup and prosthetics team, took to the stage to enlighten the audience on their behind-the-scenes stories and classes at IMATS.

If you believe you have the determination talent and creativity, make sure you book next year, a must visit for those who wish to have a career in Film, Theater, Prosthetics or character design makeup, I would recommend that this is the show for you. 

Enjoy this Summer afternoon, I am off on appointments! 

Cheryl Xx


Bridal and Wedding Makeup in Kent

Bridal Makeup in Kent


Stunning Bride Nicky  Kent

 "I thoroughly recommend Cheryl Huggins, she was my makeup artist on my wedding day 14th August 2015. She is quick, thorough and professional and completely makes you feel at ease with her calming aura.
Myself, my Mum and Mother-in-law and all 6 bridesmaids looked and felt amazing!"

Mrs Nicola Bashford  
Mrs. Bashford Photo credit: Dan Potter Photography                           
MakeUpArtiste Cheryl Huggins

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