Monday, 28 May 2018


Lizzi Richardson and Catherine Batour
Lizzi & Catherine
Updating your look is not always about what's in your wardrobe or what's new for the season ahead.

Unless you are super crazy about make up, then I think at times we can all be guilty of wearing the same make up, day in, day out - because it's easy.

I for one struggle in this area, I have about 2-3 lipsticks that I go to, I wear the same blusher every day and I'm too lazy to put on eye make up. I have days where I think "I'll just do my base and put a bit of lip gloss on, and that will do" - does this sound like you too?

I met Catherine Batour recently at a Chloe James Lifestyle Fashion Show in St Albans; Catherine was working as the make up artist for all the models, and I was helping out as a dresser for Mel Wall, a stylist who was modelling at the fashion show. 

All the models looked fabulous in what they were wearing, but I couldn't help but notice just how lovely their make up was too; the models had their make up to suit their colourings and their face - it made me feel like I had no make up on at all (and if I'm honest, I probably just had my base on with a bit of lippy) So it's time to step up my game.


And so a make up lesson I booked with Catherine Batour soon after this event. And it's this, my own make up lesson that I'm going to take you through. Now Catherine will come to your home but for reasons I won't bore you with, we held the session in a room at Chloe James Lifestyle Boutique (Thank you Donna!).

Let's start with me, how did I look when I arrived? Well I thought I had make up on, I had even made 'an effort' to arrive in my best (*slot in emoji of monkey with hand over eyes here). But once I took these photos, you can see I look like I'm not wearing any at all!

The session started with Catherine asking me a few questions, how do I feel about make up? What did I want from the session? (plus more) but I'm going to answer these two right here:

How do I feel about make up?
I want to wear it, but I don't have time for it? I'm not a big spender on make up and I wear the same products day in, day out. 

I also want to make myself look my age. (What? I hear you say - bear with me here and let me explain). It's all very lovely having compliments that I look younger than my years, and yes on a Saturday night out that's exactly what I want to hear. But in a professional environment, I want to look my age, I have earned my 20 years+ career, and I want people to acknowledge my experience, and so if people think I'm 5-8 years younger, where does that leave me?

What do I want from the session?
I want to still look natural. I don't want to be wearing lots of colourful make-up, I just want to enhance my own natural style.

Plus, I have a lot of red on my nose and cheeks, and I apply lots of foundation to try to cover this up and within an hour you can see it again. I also have dark inner eye circle, right in the corner of my eye on my nose, and so I would like to even that out. 

I also own a lot of make up, either bought for me or I have got them in gift bags etc, and I just don't use them, but I appear to be a big collector, I simply don't throw it away!

So let's see my daily make up kit...

I own quite a few items from No.7 which is the make up I purchased back in March; No.7 Instant Radiance Foundation - here Catherine quickly pointed out to me that in the short time I've owned it, I've got through far too much of it, so I'm either applying too much (yep) or I take too much out of the bottle and then not use it (and yep!).

No.7 Beautiful Eyebrow Kit - which I've not been that happy with because it doesn't last all day like the L'Oreal product I used to own, and once we chatted it through it seems the wax is just making it slide off.

My No.7 Shimmer Palette - which I love, along with my Avon Luminous Blush, a mascara (I'm not brand loyal, it's whatever I've received free or buy cheaply as I discard every 3 months). And that's it!

And this is what I own... (including all those brushes!!!)

As you can see I need a bigger make up bag for the items I own but don't use compared to the tiny daily make up bag I do.

I think one of my apprehensions before my lesson (and I didn't say to Catherine) was that I thought I would leave my session with a long list of products to buy or to be convinced into buying more product in my session to sit along side all this other product. Well fear not, Catherine doesn't sell any products (she does recommend a variety of brands, but you need that advice anyway - as I don't have a clue!). I left my session with a list of four items I need to purchase and one of them was a brush! I was truly happy with this.

So you see, I already have the products, I just need to start applying them to my face! (LOL) and this leads me nicely on to the next part of the lesson.


So before we even touched on how to apply what I need, Catherine talked me through daily hygiene of using my kit. Ever wonder why you might have spots around your chin or on your forehead - it could simply be not cleaning items before they touch your face, and this is just not make up, think about your phone and your hands too.

Catherine explained about cleaning your brushes and also your face cloths as well as (and I never truly thought about this) but using antiseptic wipes to clean the outside of your make up cases and bottles, as you pick them up too and then put your fingers on your face.

Catherine has written a great blog herself on this, well worth a read and it also takes you through the how to understand how long you should keep your products. Simple click here for it.


Here Catherine talked me through applying skincare and how to apply it correctly, getting the order right (particularly over the age of 40) can help plump up your skin and make it look really fresh. 

Plus the importance of face powder after you've applied your foundation. Because I like a dewy look, I skip this step, and it's that reason why my make up doesn't last as long, as I've not set it properly.

To create this base, we've evened out the red of my cheeks and nose by using MAC Prep & Prime Colour Correcting - ADJUST, which Catherine has found works on the majority of people, when I bought mine yesterday (Westfield Shepherds Bush) there were 3-4 versions, so ask in store for the right one for you.

Now for the dark areas in my eye socket, this can be really dark at times, Catherine explained that people fail to use more than one colour concealer. It seems throughout the year we need different shades as our face colour changes depending on time of year, plus to get good coverage you should consider using at least two to help blend it to achieve an even tone.

Specifically for my dark areas, to equalise the blue, I actually need to apply orange!

Catherine recommends NARS and Laura Mercier as great concealer brands; she also explained that the more premium the concealer the quicker it drys, and so some people who are new to concealer perhaps do not act very quickly and then struggle to put it on to get good coverage - if this is you go for a concealer that's a little more fluid until you get the right technique.


An area I was completely avoiding! Apart from my eyebrows, I really just didn't know what to do here.

Sticking with various shades of creams and browns, Catherine Batour talked me through selecting three colours for day that were at the lighter shade of the palette and then up'ing it to three darker shades for the evening.

The one thing Catherine really understood was my need to turn my day look into evening straight from work without the luxury of going home and refreshing the entire look. So by having an eye palette with about eight shades of similar colours (which it seemed I already owned?!) I could easily do this. The technique is to reapply on top of my day eyes, with three darker shades to create a more smokey eye, and then turn up the dial on eye liner to create this look.

The left eye (on the photo) has darker eye shadow for evening compared to the right


I'm a little heavy handed on the blusher it seems, and so we had to tone this down, I think I was using blusher in this way to balance out that I didn't apply make up to my eyes. So for a Day Look it's important to get the right balance, and this was the final result which I was very happy with!

And then with a slightly smoker eye and a deeper lipstick, this elevates my day to evening without having to do much work at all!


This is the difference between my original day look and my new day look as inspired by Catherine Batour - I cannot believe just a few tweaks have really enhanced my look, and I still look like me. I can also confirm none of it came off a few hours later, so I'm truly happy with this.


  • Keep your kit clean and keep it organised - hygiene is important and helps to keep spots at bay
  • Twist your mascara in and out, don't pump it! You'll be adding air, which dries it out and then it goes clumpy and not easy to apply
  • Just because your product says SPF 15 or 30 - it may not be protecting your skin from sun damage. It's important to still wear sunscreen and check that products have UVA and UVB.


I loved it! I can highly recommend taking this time and spending just a couple of hours getting hand-ons advice with your own kit. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one that has lots of product and never use it!

We noticed as soon as I completed my day look, I was smiling and I felt so much more confident. I also found after I left Catherine, walking around St Albans, I just felt fabulous!

A 1.5 hour session with Catherine Batour is £75, you can add £25 to that and have the session with a friend. Because you are applying the product to yourself you won't miss out on any 'me time' by doing this.



Catherine Batour
Catherine Batour

And in her own words....

"I started my own business following many years of working in London for Harrods and American Express, with well renowned luxury brands managing VIP clients and luxury partnerships.  It is important to look the part and this combined with my love for fashion and beauty has allowed me to run my own business. My business enables me to help others and have a new career around my family life.

Working with local photographers, stylists and fashion boutiques – I can offer a 360 degree service."

Catherine Batour's services:

  • Make Up - Enhancing Your Natural
  • Beauty - Look & Feel Your Best
  • Style - Love Your Look

To find out more simply click here for Catherine Batour's website.


This was taken at Chloe James Lifestyle Boutique straight after the session, the top is Culture Elena Strap, £28.50 available in Black, Navy and Red.

And my make up - well that's Catherine Batour

Sunday, 20 May 2018


I'm writing this post the morning after a fabulous and very modern Royal Wedding; as a devoted royalist I was hesitant to see what changes they were going to bring, but I loved it all - Absolutely Fabulous! Well done Harry and Meghan - you've made Britain very proud.

Meghan Markle's classic style was very much present, both in her bridal gown and in her evening ballgown - glamorous and truly stylish. I'm pretty sure Meghan has inspired so many young ladies and girls yesterday, I certainly know I was truly blown away.

And it's with all this, as a fashion blogger, I know so many will want to achieve her style - over the last couple of weeks, I've been reviewing the key elements of Meghan's style, that can easily be adopted.

Megan Markle Style



Her dresses are fitted, structured and for the most part she likes a neutral palate, she doesn't appear to be so keen on frills, big skirts or mini in length, in fact nearly every dress I have seen it's all been below the knee.


Tailored and black, that's the DNA of Meghan's jacket style. I like how she has it over her shoulders, making it far less formal and yet she's keeping to her own style.


She very much likes a closed pointed shoe, but if you look closely she likes details of straps, ankle details, and a slim stiletto heel


She's definitely not into the big shopping tote, again she likes a stiff structured small bag, either with a strap or as a clutch. And she keeps this simple with black, white or tan.


Minimal, to say the least. My observations say to me, she likes a few small and delicate items, and that is all. (Although after seeing the ring Harry gave her last night, she has definitely joined the bling club!!!)


This is a slightly different style of post this Sunday, as I was invited by Westgate Oxford, a new shopping centre in the heart of Oxford city to do a collaboration piece - I provide the time and they provide the product. The brief was to get a top-to-toe Megan Markle fashion outfit from using their own stores, and this is how I got on.

My first thought was to find a delicate floral dress similar to the green one above - floral dresses, simply equals & Other Stories, one of my favourite stores at Westgate Oxford, and so I headed there to see what they had.

& Other Stories at Westgate Oxford
Westgate Oxford

This yellow wrap dress caught my eye, the small flowers where definitely Meghan's style, but I just knew this bright colour was not Meghan at all...

Lovedbylizzi Andotherstories

Off I then headed to John Lewis, the only department store at Westgate Oxford, and when you want to find a dress, heading to a department store is one of the quickest ways to cover lots of concessions and get a feel of what's out there.

John Lewis at Westgate Oxford
Westgate Oxford

I tried on quite a few, the dressing rooms in John Lewis are big, so it's a very comfortable environment to spend time get in and out of many dresses (believe me I know!! LOL).

This deep crimson dress said Meghan Markle right from the off and not a bad price at £69. Structured, well-fitted, and it's from a brand called Finery, which up to now I've only seen online, so it's great that you can now get hands-on with this brand in their store.

I loved the dress, but the ruffles didn't quite say Meghan to me...

LovedbyLizzi Finery

Westgate Oxford have a number London stores that you don't typically see in every town's high street, like COS and Oliver Bonas, so I took this opportunity to take full advantage in checking out what they had to offer, and this leafy green dress was nearly a big contender.

Oliver Bonas at Westgate Oxford
Westgate Oxford

This Palmrama Printed Leaf dress is gorgeous, and I highly recommend it for any day event you've got coming up, the fabric was lovely, it was a really good fit, priced at £75. And if I can talk changing rooms again it was spacious and lit so well I could see what I was actually wearing!

Why didn't it make it? it has an open back see pic below, it's not too revealing but again this is not Meghan's style.

Lovedbylizzi Oliver Bonas

I then popped into Oasis, and as soon as I saw this dress, I just knew I found it before I had even popped it on! Meghan Markle wears monochrome, I think it's her signature style. She loves a neutral palate and stripes too are so on trend at the moment, it's an easy way you can adopt her style.

Oasis at Westgate Oxford
Westgate Oxford

This dress comes in XS, S, M or L - I am wearing a Medium for a 12/14 fit. It's jersey material so it flows naturally across your curves, and the style of the stripes it very complementary regardless of your proportions. And better still.... wait for it.... it was only £45, but now it's £36!

 Once I got the dress, everything else just fell into place, starting with the shoes.

You know I love New Look shoes, well New Look at Westgate Oxford has one of the biggest displays I've seen, I had plenty of choice, not only for colour and styles, but various heel choices too.

Sticking to Meghan's style, it had to be pointed, it had to be black and it had to have some ankle detail of which these have a bow at the back, and only £25.99.

Megan Markle Style

The bag, well we all know I love River Island for a bag, and their collection at Westgate Oxford did not disappoint, I could have picked two or three to specifically go with this outfit. This structured boxy small bag, has cross-body straps and is predominately white with contrasting tan and black detailing with gold metal features.

To finish the look, I needed a tailored jacket, well no one does that better at fashion price-points budgets than NEXT. I knew within a few minutes of walking in there I would have a great quality black tailored jacket for less than £50, and I did!

NEXT at Westgate Oxford
Westgate Oxford

The NEXT at Westgate Oxford is a large store with lots of choice in Ladies collections. And they win the award for best changing room, not only is it stylish, it's got a lovely area for you to spend lots of time trying on clothes, it has a huge mirror with lovely carpet - so you can twirl to your hearts content to get the best view of your outfit.

This little number finished off the whole outfit and not a bad price too at £42.

And as for the jewellery, well I wore my own family jewels, my most small and delicate pieces, just as I think Meghan does, each day.

This entire outfit is less than £150 - and you can shop the whole look at Westgate Oxford Shopping Centre.

Megan Markle Style

Megan Markle Style

Royal Wedding

And this was me yesterday celebrating the Royal Wedding at home with family. 

The post MEGHAN MARKLE STYLE was a collaboration post with Westgate Oxford Shopping Centre. I gave up my time, they provided the outfit. First published on Loved by Lizzi

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Thursday, 17 May 2018


Straw bag

Straw bags are probably one of the biggest trends this summer, and they are available in all shapes and sizes and for any kind of budget!

I've only bought the one above so far, which I featured on my Linen dress post, it is a lovely small tote with a cross-body strap, which makes it versatile for work, for city shopping and also for a fabulous lunch out with the girls!

I am planning to purchase a second, this needs to be much larger, now that we don't really use plastic carrier bags for shopping. I like to have a nice shopping tote to carry around and use - one bag for everything rather than several.

So I've been on the hunt, and I can't quite decide, and that's simply because there is so much choice. I feel you have two ways to go, once you know what size of bag you need and that's...

  • Buy a pre-designed bag with all the trimmings and colours decided for you, it's probably only going to work with a few of your outfits, but that's ok!
  • Buy a plain straw bag and accessorise it - there's lots of things you can easily lay your hands on in the likes of Primark, New Look, H&M to jazz up you bag along with gorgeous silk scarves which you can change depending on what you are wearing.

Here's a look at what I'm loving on the high street and online!

Straw bag with rounded handles

I think this is very classy, and would be quite versatile, the classic black is very chic and perfect to take on holiday too.

Floral Embroidered Straw Tote Bag

I really like the design of this one - it's a fairly good size after checking it out in store and it's really good quality for the price point.

Shelly Straw Basket Bag

This design was popular last year, and it's back! I don't fancy a very hard basket to carry around, and after getting hands on with this one, you cannot fit much in it. 

And beware if you are taking it on holiday, think about how you can pack it and if you choose to carry it on the plane.... that's your allowance gone. It's not a thumbs up from me, but it might be your cup of tea!

BIBA - House of Fraser

Straw Glitter Trim Beach Bag

The photo of this does not do it justice! I did a double-take as I walked by, and I came so close to just picking it up and taking it to the sales counter - I just can't justify £65 on this bag. 

But if I don't find anything else, this is the one!

Straw shopper with crochet highlight


Love this - I posted it on my Instastories when I was in House of Fraser; I love how they have used the scarf to cover the handle, very chic. It's not a colour-way I particularly want, but it's gorgeous! Perfect for the nautical look and certainly fabulous for holidays.


I've not seen in store, but this is simply gorgeous and loving the tassel detailing - one I will be checking out!

Now if you are only looking for a mini bag, I simply love this - how cute is this??!

Supermarket Spree

I have checked F&F, Tu and George all online, and I can’t see any straw bags - sorry!

Boutique Online

I have a couple of online boutiques that I have found through Instagram, I've not had the chance to get up close to see what they are like, so you'll have to go by their details on the website. I just think they are a great alternative and something unique that you are not getting on the high street.


This bag is plain, so head to the website to see how it's been jazzed up using a scarf of a tassel bag charm - you can purchase the tassel bag charm for an additional £4.

Lizzi Richardson

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