My Day at The Arqiva BAFTA TV Awards Style Suites

As well as the big film awards early in the year, BAFTA also has a Television Awards in May. I was invited down to the Style Suites last week where this happened….

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They had invited select members of the press, and four bloggers to experience the Style Suites which were located in London’s swish Corinthia Hotel.

The Style Suites are open to all the nominees of the BAFTA TV Awards to get gorgeous pre-awards. I was given the star treatment for the day, visiting each of the brand partners, and getting made up to look like Sienna Miller in The Girl (which I’d never watched before so it was very interesting to see the look unfolding!)

The day began with a St Tropez Spray Tan with celebrity tanning expert Michaella Bolder, a good start to any day! As the look we were going for was very ‘English Rose’ skin-wise, we decided to go for the Sensitive tan – which leaves skin with a glow, but has no guide colour, and develops over 8 hours – so when I got home that evening, I had a gorgeous tan ready for the weekend – score!

The St Tropez team will be in the suite from the Thursday before the awards, right through to the Sunday where they will be providing skin finishing. Some of the nominees request a spray tan in their own home, which they also have a team available to do.
Michaella predicts that most of the nominees will be going for a glam golden glow. The clothes for the  TV Awards are much more playful, and perhaps shorter – this will be the first time a lot of people will have got their legs out in a long time (me included!) so making sure there’s no pasty legs on the red carpet is what she’s trying to achieve. Skin wants to look luminous and glowing – slightly dewy like holiday skin with a nice sheen.
I asked Michaella for her top tips for tanning at home – the most failsafe option is a mitt and mousse. The mitt will absorb the moisture of the product so you get a nice even finish over your skin. Pump 2 to 3 pumps on to the mitt and distribute over the body evenly. Use the mitt with no extra product on to do your hands and face… and to get the backs of the hands, put your hands into a claw shape to make it looking natural.
Next up I was off to the MAC room – where the next step of my transformation took place. Sienna Miller’s character wears quite simple make up, with a black eyeliner flick and either red or neutral lips – I decided to go for the red look for a bit more fun! 
Photo courtesy of BAFTA
For the 10th year running, the MAC make up team will be on hand on the day of the awards – there will be a team at the Corinthia and another team doing home visits. They will all be given a touch up kit so they can keep themselves looking gorgeous for the rest of the night.
Terry Barber, the Director of Makeup Artistry at MAC said, about this years trends – “This year, I predict we will see a throwback to the glamour of old Hollywood with a touch of modern neon. Lashes will be well defined with Extended Play Lash Mascara – a mascara that is like a ‘blow-dry’ for the lashes. Lips will be filled with a matte burst of electro red. Skin will be refined and teamed with a light layer of foundation coverage to make skin look fresh, natural, yet perfect – try the new M∙A∙C Mineralize Moisture SPF15 Foundation.” And that’s pretty much what I ended up with! The Mineralize Moisture SPF15 Foundation felt comfortable on my sore, Roaccutaney skin and left a pretty dewy finish. After eyeliner I had corner lashes applied, and Lady Bug lipstick with some lip conditioner.
Terry Barber’s top five products used in the world of Film & TV over the last twelve months include: 
MAC Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage which gives a flawless look that works from underneath the foundation.
MAC Fast Response Eye Cream – a must-have for those tired moments on set – it’s an “instant miracle worker”.
MAC Extended Play Lash in Endless Black gives up to 16 hours of wear.
MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger as it works as a great  retro, yet modern red for any period drama or television chat show needs.

Off to Mark Hill, the hair partner for this year’s awards who expect to be busy on the day of the awards with 10-20 people to style each! There will be 9 stylists and assistants on hand, so it seem’s it’s a very popular stop in the Style Suites!

Mark Hill himself will be there on the day, and already has confirmed Sienna Miller as one of his do’s for the day. 
The team predict that this year will be Hollywood and glam (I sense a theme here?!) – it’s moved on a notch from loose waves and is more defined. Plaits aren’t such a main focus any more but may be incorporated into a style, or we may see micro-plaits which are hot this year and adds texture to a style while being effortless.
Photo courtesy of BAFTA

My hair was curled with the tongs, then rolled and pinned up at the back. I’ve never had my hair like that before, but I felt like I was from a different era for the whole day – I loved it!
House of Fraser is the style partner, and is offering brands including Biba, Untold and all of their eveningwear collections such as Shubette, JS Collections and Adrianna Papell. 
The nominees are sent a lookbook with the available gowns in it, however many of the nominees and VIPs will book personal shopping appointments within one of the stores in the weeks leading up to the awards. When it comes to who get’s what it’s first come, first served, and once a dress is confirmed it will be off limits to anyone else. The team are also on hand to avert any last minute dress disasters – last year a certain celebrity’s vintage gown split one hour before the awards so they had to sew her into her dress!

The main trends the team predict for the night will be a mixture of modern, catwalk inspired monochrome and clean lines as well as Great Gatsby inspired, traditional glamour, with full length beaded gowns.

I asked for tips for any woman deciding what to wear for a big night out and the general consensus was to wear something that not only made you feel glamorous, but was also comfortable as there’s nothing worse that spending all night breathing in or constantly re-adjusting your dress. Go for something that fits you perfectly in all the right places and you will automatically feel confident and beautiful.

Carat is the jewellery partner – a brand that is loved by many celebrities, as you can see in the photo below.

Just look at these gorgeous diamonds!
Psyche! The secret of Carat, is that they don’t use diamonds, but hand cut and polished natural gemstones. This means the price tag is a lot more purse-friendly and they can actually be worn, rather than hidden away! 
They didn’t have the range there on the day but check out the bracelets from the Chelsea collection – I am totally lusting over the rose gold ones! 
The brand operates in a similar way to House of Fraser – the nominees are sent a look book, and if they like any of the pieces, they are sent them with a view to them being worn. I picked out some cluster earrings which we thought were very fitting for the era, a matching ring, and a simple bracelet.
Photo courtesy of Jai’me from
Photo courtesy of Jai’me from
And that was the end of my day! I really enjoyed getting to see how the other half live for the day and was so fun to transform into someone else I never would have otherwise. The hair, clothes and jewellery are things I never would have picked out myself – it was great to have a play with new styles, I encourage everyone to do it! 
The Arqiva British Academy Television Awards take place on Sunday 12th May. You can watch them on BBC One and BBC One HD. I shall be going to the awards (what on earth shall I wear!?) so make sure you’re following me on Twitter and I’ll try to sneak in some updates! 

My Night at the EE BAFTAs

Following on from my day at the EE Style Suite, I was invited along to the EE BAFTAs last night – where I was given a spot on the red carpet to take photos of the stars and tweet about them for BAFTA.

I had such an amazing night, and saw so many people that made my heart skip a beat (Bradley Cooper, Sarah Jessica Parker, George Clooney and Anne Hathaway in particular!) – of course, it’s England, so the rain turned to snow, which somehow managed to get underneath our covered area – and despite the thermals, I froze! The excitement and many portable iPhone chargers managed to get me through it! In case you weren’t following last night, I thought I would do a little update as a proper post.

Most of the women that walked the red carpet last night looked incredible. My favourite outfits have to be Sarah Jessica Parker who wore a gorgeous Ellie Saab jumpsuit, had her hair done by Charles Worthington in a sleek straight do, and smoked out eyes with nude lips. She stole the show for me, making a bit of a difference to all the big dresses poufy hair that everyone else seemed to be donning.

Another favourite outfit, following the same kind of theme was Laura Whitmore. She wore an almost backless Alexandre Vauthier jumpsuit, with gold and teal jewellery and classic red lips and black eyeliner. The girl did good – she was outside for most of the night, wearing next to nothing, but didn’t seem to moan and just looked gorgeous throughout! She came and had a chat with us and said she was very much looking forward to seeing Jennifer Lawrence as she has a girl crush on her (don’t we all?!). 

Another amazing dress was Anne Hathaway’s studded Burberry number, bringing a bit of edge to the red carpet. Despite the weather, she oozed happiness, I think I love her!
Gemma Arterton wore a stunning Celia Kritharioti one strapped dress which had black and nude diagonal stripes across it. Unfortunately the bottom got rather wet by the time she walked the carpet, I’ve seen a few shots of her in the press today sorting it out! 

Sally Field looked amazing. I had to remind myself how old she was last night – she didn’t look out of place next to all the newbies to the screen – amazing figure, amazing face, amazing hair, and amazing choice of dress by Antonio Beradi, not to mention the Jimmy Choos – go Sally!

Jessica Chastain wore a striking bright blue Roland Mouret dress – I love black more than anything, but this blue was a welcome splash of colour in a sea of darkness. I loved that her make up was so noticeable without being over the top, and her hair seemed to stay perfect despite the weather conditions. 
Thandie Newton was another who’s make up I loved – the red lip and black liner with a black dress (this gorgeous one by Louis Vuitton) just looks so sumptuous! 

Paloma Faith’s Nicholas Oakwell dress was a shimmering silver delight – in true Paloma style, she went all-out with the hair, which was done by Lyndell Mansfield. She gave the red lip, black liner look a twist by adding very dark defined brows.
Dame Helen Mirren was the hair surprise of the evening – I heard fellow members of fashion press squeal as she walked onto the red carpet sporting a new pastel pink crop created by John Frieda, which was completely her own idea. She also wore a Nicholas Oakwell dress, which she twirled round for the photographers.
Jennifer Lawrence didn’t seem happy to be in the rain, but she still looked beautiful – her hair and make up was to die for. She’d opted for a sleeked back look which was perfect for the weather, and her sultry smokey eyes with nude lips were gorgeous. I wish I’d managed to get a closer peek at her Dior dress under the coat!

EE BAFTAs partner Charles Worthington’s team gave Jessica Raine a grecian inspired up-do which complimented her make up perfectly.  Her red clutch bag mirrored the red of her lips, against a silver gown. 
Charles himself did Emilia Fox’s hair – giving her a loose, chic up-do. The Lancome team worked their magic on Emelia, giving her a nude gloss, with a brown smokey eye – the eyes worked fantastically with her green Adler jewellery.

Jennifer Garner’s make up was very minimal – perhaps as her Roland Mouret dress was a feast for the eyes – origami styling to the front, and not much dress covering her back! The look was set off by stunning Forevermark Diamond earrings. 
Louise Roe, the face of Lancome for the BAFTAs, wore an interesting burnt effect dress by Giles Deacon. Her make up, by Lancome, natch, was gorgeous – and I loved the pieces of hair falling out of her up-do framing her face.
Another make up star that walked the red carpet was YouTube’s very own Tanya Burr. She wore a Grecian inspired dress and also had her hair done by the Charles Worthington team. 
And now for some men – Bradley Cooper, Joaquin Pheonix, George Clooney, Ben Affleck, Hugh Jackman, Damian Lewis, Chris Tucker, Henry Cavill, Samuel L Jackson. I don’t need to say any more!

Thank you to everyone that followed my live feed last night – hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

My Day at the BAFTA EE Style Suites

A few weeks ago I posted this image on my Instagram account….

Yes, that’s me, dripping in ridiculously expensive diamonds, hair and makeover done, wearing a designer gown, holding a BAFTA. Y’know, just a normal day for me…. ha, I wish! 
I am finally allowed to spill the beans on my day at the BAFTA EE Style Suites – and what an exciting day it was!
BAFTA invited me along to experience the EE Style Suites, which are open to all of the BAFTA nominees before the awards. They can choose outfits, gifts, have their hair and make up done, and relax and indulge before the ceremony. Which girl in her right mind would say no to an offer like that?!
I arrived at the gorgeously decadent Savoy Hotel mid morning, and was taken to the Style Suite. When they say ‘Suite’, this is no exaggeration – the space they had taken over was about three times the size of my home! On the actual day they take over an even larger space to make sure there’s enough room for everyone visiting the suites. Everything about The Savoy oozes luxury, mirroring the brands the Suites have to offer, which makes it a perfect location.
On arrival I was given a glass of Tattinger, offloaded all my junk and was told to have a seat for a minute. In the room, which was the living area of the suite – Edith Bowman was being filmed. I sat sipping champers watching the action unfold, and a handful of other journalists from the likes of Glamour and OK arriving to experience the EE Style Suites too.

Once the cameras had stopped rolling, I started my tour of the Suites.

First up was the mens bit which began with 88 Rue du Rhone – a Swiss watch brand who is the first watch partner to come on board for BAFTA. They launched in the UK last summer in Selfridges and John Lewis and always feature 8 or 88 diamonds in the watches (sounds like my kind of watch!)

The nominees visiting the Style Suites will be offered a selection of watches for them to choose from. Dustin Hoffman and Anthony Hopkins have already been gifted the gorgeous rose gold watch which is big and masculine (but I still think would look great on my wrist!).

For the second year running, Hackett is the menswear partner for the 2013 BAFTA Style Suites. This year they are offering classic suits either single or double breasted. The trousers are formal and black with piping.

They had some gorgeous velvet suits in jewel colours with peaked and grosgrain lapels, finished off with a pleat front or marcella shirt.

The accessories are big – it’s all about the bow tie which they also offer in velvets, dress scarves in silk or velvet, pocket squares, tie pins, and dress studs replace the buttons to lift the shirt more.

On offer to the nominees is a selection of 12-15 dinner jackets and 3-5 options of dinner suits. Stephen Fry has already confirmed he will be dressed by Hackett, but sometimes they won’t know until hours before that a nominee wants to wear one of their suits, so it’s all hands on deck to get the alterations completed within a couple of hours!

Now the men’s stuff is all rather interesting and gorgeous, but the girlie bit of the story now begins…

I was taken into one of the bedrooms where Lancome had set up their make up stations. They are the official make up sponsor for the BAFTA Style Suites and provide a team of make up artists (and this year, skincare experts to prep the skin) on site to make the stars beautiful before they head out onto the red carpet.

Maja Rickner, one of the team that will be working on the big day, was in charge of giving me the red carpet look. The products she used were: 

Skincare Preparation
  • Lancôme Eau Micellaire Douceur Express Cleansing Solution
  • Lancôme Bi-Facil Non Oily Instant Cleanser
  • Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate – this is their award winning lightweight serum which makes skin glowy – this is a red carpet must!
  • Lancôme Hydra Zen Neurocalm Extrême Cream-Gel

Red Carpet Make-up
  • Lancôme Eclat Miracle Complexion lluminator in 01
  • Lancôme La Base Pro Perfecting Make-up Primer – this is a lovely oil free primer – it felt gorgeous, and left my skin mattified and radiant at the same time!
  • Lancôme Effacernes Concealer in shade 02
  • Lancôme Teint Idôle 24H foundation in shade 010 – this foundation is perfect for the red carpet as it’s long lasting and feels so light on the skin.
  • Lancôme Poudre Majeur Loose Powder in shade 01
  • Lancôme BAFTA Limited Edition Blush Subtil in their best-selling shade Rose Sable (exclusive to Selfridges) Full review of this here
  • Lancôme Ombre Hypnôse Mono eye shadows in P102 (Sable Enchanté) and M204 (Très Chocolat)
  • Lancôme Crayon Khôl in Noir 01
  • Lancôme Artliner felt eyeliner in black
  • Lancôme Rouge in Love lipstick in 240M (Rose en Deshabillé)
  • Lancôme Contour Pro lip liner in 303 (Rose Boisé)
  • Lancôme Hypnôse Drama mascara in black 

The smokey eye is a red carpet favourite with nude lips, or the Hollywood classic of red lips with a more subtle eye. I loved the smokey eye that Maja gave me, it’s really intense and made me fall in love with lining my waterline again. Maja told me she always lines the upper lid too – this is to avoid seeing any skin between the lashes in red carpet close-ups. Another trick she uses is when she has lined the lips, she also fills in the corners of the lips with liner to help it last longer and to withstand canape nibbling and champagne sipping.
The make up artists will speak to the nominee before starting their make up, to see how they will be dressed and how they are styling their hair, to work together to create a complete look that compliments each different part, and make each nominees’ look as individual as possible.
To ensure there isn’t a mad rush just before the ceremony, the nominees book in a slot to have their make up done – or some of the nominees have the service in the luxury of their own home! Each make over normally takes around 35-45 minutes depending on the schedule. Each person they make over gets given the lipstick they are wearing and a powder for quick touchups, but Lancome provide a special service where they will provide touchups on the night too!

Next stop was Asprey, the official jewellery partner, who hosted the nominees party for the 5th year running. They dress the nominees and presenters of the awards, by sending them a selection for them to choose from, or they come to the Style Suite and pick something out (oh, how the other half live!)

Some of the pieces on display at the Style Suites, and on offer on to the nominees and presenters were the Daisy Collection – this is an iconic and classic collection, boasting coloured diamonds and big earrings.

The Lattice Collection is typical red carpet jewellery – the lattice necklace costs a whopping £120,000, with the matching bracelet ringing in at £78,000 (no wonder there was also a guard in the Asprey room!). These kind of pieces will go with anything, which makes the style a big favourite for the nominees. My personal favourites were the feather earrings, which when they are worn, are super duper sparkly as they have so much movement and are constantly catching the light.

The Whimsical Woodland Collection is a fun, quirky collection designed by Brit, Shaune Leane, which has a main icon of the oak leaf. The pieces are less traditional and perfect for anyone wanting something a bit different. The oak leaf necklace is simply stunning, as was the intricate detail on the charm bracelet.

When I was asked if I’d like to try any of it on, of course, I said yes!
It seemed such a shame to take them off…. but that wasn’t the end of my foray into Asprey’s world of diamonds for the day…

Onto the dressing room of the suite, where I got to meet the legend himself, Mr Charles Worthington who personally styled my hair.

He gave me a gorgeous halo braid, which took him all of five minutes. He told me it was very easy to do yourself, the trick being not to look in the mirror, although I have since tried, unsuccessfully, at home! 

Like the Lancome Team, Charles’ team also discusses with the nominee what they will be wearing to try to achieve a complete overall look. There will always be the classics like Hollywood curls and dolly buns on the tops of the head, but this year there is more of a 60s vibe going on, and a lot of the styles will be looking not too “done”.

Once one look has been done on one person, the team ensures that nothing remotely similar is done on another of them – that is a complete no-no. Even things like a simple plait would have to be totally different to ensure each person looks completely individual.

The unpredictable February weather can cause havoc with freshly styled hair, but the team of experts is on hand, and standing backstage with brushes, pins and products ready to make sure the nominees’ hair is perfect the minute before they step onto the stage.

My last stop before the final surprise was the bedroom that had turned itself into a giant Escada-dress-filled walk in wardrobe. There were short dresses, long dresses, bright dresses, dark dresses…. oh so many dresses!

Manequins were dressed in some of their iconic pieces, with photos of stars wearing their dresses at previous awards.

I was invited to try on anything that took my fancy (squee!) and I went for this gorgeous Grecian number – I thought it tied in with my hair rather well. It was amazing – the top part was made of chain mail which draped over the shoulder… I felt a million dollars wearing it, apart from the fact it was tiny and I couldn’t do the zip fully up, it was perfect.

Feeling on a high at my wonderful day, but also a little deflated that it had come to an end, I got undressed and started putting my clothes back on, when one of the BAFTA team came to get me for my photo shoot. Photo shoot? What photo shoot!? I felt like Cinderella with all these luxury dresses at my disposal… as much as I loved the Grecian dress, I didn’t fancy exposing myself in the shoot, so when I tried the grey dress on and it fitted like Cinders’ glass slipper, I knew this had to be the one. 
I popped back to Asprey who picked out the feather earrings, latice bracelet and daisy ring to compliment my outfit – then off we went (accompanied by the Asprey guard) to the room which had had a photo studio set up in it!
It was then that I was presented with an actual real-life BAFTA. It was surprisingly heavier and smellier (it has a distinct metallic smell) than I imagined, then it was photo shoot time! For some reason I could only pull comedy faces, but they are still lovely mementos of my day.

So then my time at the Style Suites really had come to and end. I enjoyed myself so much, and found it really interesting to experience the lives of the nominees before the awards ceremony. I will be thinking of them in the run up to BAFTA, in their cosy little haven in The Savoy, getting beautified, with fond memories.
The Film Awards take place on Sunday 10th February. Keep up to date with BAFTA by following @BAFTA on Twitter and follow #BAFTAstyle for all the latest BAFTA style updates. 
Oh, and one more thing – I’m going to be there on the night!!!! Make sure you are following me on Twitter @Super_Gorgeous for live updates from the BAFTA red carpet.

Lancome Blush Subtil – Rose Sable – Limited Edition BAFTA Edition

Lancome, being the official beauty and make up partner for the BAFTAs, has launched a limited edition blush palette to mark the occasion of the 2013 BAFTAs.

The shade of blush is Rose Sable – a member of Lancome’s permanent line and one of their best selling Blush Subtil’s. For the BAFTA edition of this blush, they have produced it in packaging depicting a winners envelope with the wording “…and the winner is…” mega-cute!

As with the standard Blush Subtil’s, it comes in a mirrored compact with a small blusher brush applicator, and 6 grams of beautiful product embossed with the Lancome rose. 
Rose Sable is a gorgeous peachy rose colour which has a tiny amount of shimmer in it. It works really nicely on my skin, and I think it would be great for those with really pale skin too – it can be used lightly to give a natural looking flush of colour, or built up to be much more noticeable. 
It feels lightweight on the skin – it doesn’t look powdery or chalky at all, and blends nicely. I love the smell of Lancome products too – it reminds me of trying on my glam Nans’ make up as a child and this does not disappoint!
The limited edition blush goes on sale on 1st February exclusively at Selfridges priced at £27.

The Film Awards take place on Sunday 10th February. Keep up to date with BAFTA by following @BAFTA on Twitter and #BAFTAstyle for all the latest BAFTA style updates.