Monthly Archives: May 2015

Science says NO! Part One.

I often get told that I have an expressive face. My friends and family can read me like a book because nothing hides on my face. I have perfected my “you do WHAT!?” face when clients or friends tell me things like “I don’t need sunscreen in winter”, or my favourite…  “I put butter on my sunburn”…  I love butter like the next person but putting it on sunburn?  Really?….

Home Alone Shocked Face

Why? Whhhhhyyyyyyy!?

I decided to start a series of blog posts called “Science says NO!” in the hope to clear up some confusion on the topics I know I are hard to find a straight answer to.

You say: “I use coconut oil to help my eyebrows grow back”

Coconut Oil

It’s good, but not that good!

Science Says: The only things that affect hair growth are HORMONES and MEDICATION.

Fact: Coconut and almond oil will simply nourish existing hair and skin, which in turn will assist in healthy brow growth. Oils will not make hair grow.

The team at Get Threaded have developed a treatment called Brow Nourish that helps nourish the area of the skin surrounding the brow. It contains a combination of oils that are known to promote healthy brows by stimulating blood flow to the brow hair root, nourishing the skin and brows and protecting against dryness and breakage (which is a challenging environment for hair to grow).   If you try it be sure to comment below with your findings.


Certified Organic Ingredients: Aloe Vera, Macadamia Oil, Jojoba Oil, Seabuckthorn Oil, Vitamin B, Wheat Protein Extract, Rosemary Extract, Carrageenan Extract, Pink Grapefruit, Mandarin and Bergamot essential oils.

You Say: “You shouldn’t moisturize sunburn as it will trap the burn”

Science Says: You can moisturize sunburn but not as a first response.


  • Sunburn is damage to the epidermis caused from ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
  • Blisters occur when damage has also occurred to the dermal layers.
  • Redness is part of the inflammation that occurs when you get sunburnt.

In the initial phase of sunburn (when you might feel the tingling of a burn or see some skin reddening) you should GET OUT OF THE SUN, get hydrated and use cool packs and cooling gel or aloe vera gel/spray.

Banana Boat Aftersun Spray

Banana Boat Aloe Vera Spray…

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or Aloe Vera Gel. Both are great options.










If there is redness and no blisters– you can moisturise using a water-based moisturiser, like Sorbolene Cream. This won’t stop the burnt skin from peeling off, but it will help boost the moisture content of the skin beneath and make peeling and flaking (so sexy!) less noticeable. Do not scrub, pick or peel flaking skin.

Does the job.

Does the job.

If there is redness and blisters- see a doctor immediately. Especially if there is severe sunburn with extensive blistering and pain, sunburn over a large area of skin, headache, nausea and vomiting, fever or dizziness or altered states of consciousness.

Fess up, were you guilty of any of the above? Did you learn something new? Are there any other beauty/skincare/make-up related myths you would like me to help clarify?


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A Welcome Re-invitation

Getting asked to be a part of someone’s wedding is wonderful enough, but getting asked back by a sister of a past bride is even more special. When Connie asked me to be her make-up artist for her Adelaide wedding, I knew it would be another wonderful Blefari wedding. And I wasn’t wrong.

Simply beautiful.  All photos are courtesy of the phenomenal Claudio Raschella who photographed Connie & Chris’ wedding.

Connie wore an exquisite Jenny Packham gown and Rapsimo veil.















Make up was soft and romantic with creamy glowing skin and a few false lashes.



Boris the Cuttery was the team involved in styling Connie’s hair in beautiful water waves and a faux bob.


They also styled the bridesmaids with textured updos.


The florists at The Turquoise Rose delivered Connie’s beautiful bouquet of freesias, peonies, spray roses, lisianthus, snapdragon and dusty miller.


For the bridesmaids…


And for the bride

Nepenthe Wines was the backdrop for Connie & Chris’s ceremony and reception.





















The menu featured only South Australian produce and was cooked by renowned chef Todd Steele.  Highlights included the Spencer Gulf seafood platter and roman gnocchi with crumbed ricotta.

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In keeping with the South Australian theme and coming from a family of wine makers, Connie and Chris served Blefari sparkling and Nepenthe wine.




There was cake…





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And celebrations ran long into the night.

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Connie was kind enough to write me this testimonial:

Sonia is the absolute best in the makeup business and I cannot recommend her highly enough. 

On my wedding day, I wanted to look natural and flawless, and Sonia delivered above and beyond my highest expectations.  Sonia managed to enhanced my best features and give me flawless skin, and yet I felt and looked as though I was wearing very little makeup.   

My makeup, including my lip colour, lasted all day through humidity, rain and sunshine. Even my husband, who would rarely comment on such things, felt compelled to say how natural it looked.

Not only did Sonia provide exceptional service on my wedding day, in the months leading up she provided support to tailor my beauty routine as well as importantly taking on feedback from my trial to make sure I got exactly what I wanted.

My only regret is that I live in a different state to Sonia so I can’t easily have her do my makeup for other special occasions!

Thank you Connie for inviting me to be a part of your day.  You are a bride I will always remember.


If you are getting married and looking for a make-up artist, please get in touch here.  I do travel interstate, especially if like Connie, you are an Adelaide bride!  Any excuse for a trip home.


© 2015 Sonia Allen Make Up.  Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author’s written permission.


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Monday, Tuesday, WHAT day!?

I haven’t seen my friends in a while and while I like to remind myself that I do still have them, I also reflect on why I have been so absent.

On Friday I was asked by Australian Bridal Fashion Week to shoot for their article in The Daily Telegraph.

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Model Vivienne Barclay in a Jennifer Regan gown. Hair and make-up by me.

Saturday I caught the 5am train to Wollongong where I spent the weekend filming with this great crew.

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The film is called “Deposit to Freedom”

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And I love the ending!

On Monday I worked with Photoplay Films on the new music video for Triple J artist Elizabeth Rose.  The video was directed by my good friend Emma and I can’t wait for this video to be released. Three weeks and COUNTING!  I will dedicate a post to this video for sure.

Elizabeth Rose Music Video

For now here’s a sneak peek!

Tuesday and Wednesday were spent working PR for Tenderfield at Design Build Expo in Sydney’s Olympic Park.  Who knew make-up and construction were such similar industries!?


With Tenderfield director Jason Kamha at Design Build Expo.

On Thursday I caught up with my bridal clients and did a trial for a bride getting married in Lake Como.

Friday I took a day off and caught up on some zzzzzzzzs!!!!

Saturday I had the pleasure of doing hair and make-up for the fabulous Elly Hanson and lived vicariously through her while I continued my hibernation.

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Hollywood waves, glowing skin and lashes = party ready.

What is everyone doing to keep motivation and momentum at this time of year?  Who else has been hibernating?  Love to hear your thoughts.


© 2015 Sonia Allen Make Up.  Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author’s written permission.
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