Sola Oyebade aka Mr Mahogany, the CEO of Mahogany International (a leading fashion company) accuses the British Fashion Council of only awarding the mainstream designers. In this controversial statement he made whilst we filmed the red carpet of the Fashion Finest awards, Mr Oyebade said: "when we look at what the British Fashion Council did, which is the major award in the United Kingdom, we found very simply that if you weren't a mainstream name, if you weren't a top player, if you weren't from a background of money, you weren't going to get there."

The Fashions Finest Awards was set up last year to celebrate the unsung talent within the fashion industry. There are plenty of designers and models within the UK indsutry who had produced great work and this show was there to acknowledge their efforts.
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Thursday, 09 August 2012 18:20

Lynne Hutchinson Goes for Gold!

British Olympic gymnast Lynne Hutchinson is going for gold...with her nails!
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Saturday, 12 May 2012 18:10

Rihanna for Vita Coco

We are loved these images of Rihanna at her photo shoot for Vita Coco and thought we would share them with you, enjoy!

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Photo credit: Terry Richardson
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Tuesday, 08 May 2012 21:14

Beauty brought straight to your home

Have you ever been in a situation where you finally purchase that incredibly overpriced but beautifully packaged it beauty product which has been promises to change your life; only to try it out only to find that it doesn't quite work for you?

It can take a lot of work, a lot of experimentation and unfortunately expense to discover the right lotions, potions and miracle products that will leave you looking, feeling or smelling irresistible.

However kind people from Glossy box could take some of that burden off your hands.

For a tenner a month, they'll send you a indulgently wrapped box which contains a bouquet of 5 deluxe sample samples from new and established LUXURY beauty brands, all tailored to the beauty profile that you give them when you register; helpful info, and a 6th surprise item could show up in your box at any time.

Brands included in previous Glossy boxes include: Dermalogica, Clairns, Eve, NARS, Nail Rock, HD Brows, Kimia, L'Oreal, Neal and Wolf, Eyeko, Orly to name a few.

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The Glossy box subscription service is currently available in Germany, United Kingdom, South Korea, Brazil, Netherlands and now Canada. They are also expected to expand to United States, Switzerland, Austria, and France as well.

Glossy box has also recently started Glossy Box for men, a perfect way to spoil the man in your life on a regular basis without much effort on your part.
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Tuesday, 01 May 2012 13:52

A luxurious surprise!

By Sherry Tagoe

This week I received a luxurious surprise in the post from our good friend and designer Timothy Roe. Opening the package inside I found a personalised note wishing me happiness with my new product. Inside the I found a beautifully presented purple gift bag complete with ribbon, inside was a black jewellery box. Inside that a very delicate pair of sterling silver clover stud earrings.

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I wore the earrings hoping they would bring me "luck" at a very important meeting I needed to attend the next day. The studs are simple and delicate and perfect for casual dressing .They can also be used to compliment a smart dress or business suit. I found the earrings to be secure and they were very comfortable to wear.

The earrings retail at 19.00 GBP which also means they are very affordable for the quality you get.

Timothy Roe also have an eclectic range of custom rings. All the bespoke jewellery are made of sterling silver, gold, gemstones and pearls, something for everyone.

You too can get your very own slice of luxury!
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Tuesday, 24 April 2012 18:45

Splash Styling SS12 Trends

By Tasha Leslie of Splash Styling.

Tasha Leslie, founder, creative director and fashion stylist for Splash Styling gives us her perspective on the latest SS12 trends. Showcasing a mix of up and coming and established brands.

With Splash Styling named after the movie Splash and mermaidesque gowns ruling the runway in Armani and Alexander McQueen collections, Splash Styling adds an aquatic twist on a vintage inspired concept. As well as the oceanic influence in SS12 trends Splash Styling also depicts 1920s and 1960s style. Reproducing runway trends 21st century Gatsby, sports luxe, pretty pastels, colour blocking and print clashing.

With her creative mind and innate sense of style, Tasha has selected fashion forward and bespoke designers to collaborate with. The success of Splash Styling attributed to her creative team and the relationship she has with her clients. Tasha says 'Splash Styling is a family and all my clients are considered friends not business partners'

Agi and Sam –Having worked for designers such as Alexander McQueen and Karl Lagerfeld Agi and Sam put their stamp on menswear fashion with a new and exciting menswear brand. With a strong emphasis on entirely bespoke print and humour Agi and Sam designs show fearlessness as they push the boundaries with their bold, vibrant contemporary SS12 collection recently showcased at London fashion week.

Mrs J- One of Britain's most creative designers famed for her unique pop star creations for Kylie Minogue, Rihanna and Madonna to name just a few. Her highly desirable high end street wear designs boost a new commercial collection which is extravagant, unique and about to hit the mainstream.

Vicky Martin –Vicky Martin designs are for the young, confident and stylish woman. Her Designs offer an alternative to mainstream fashion and bespoke service on request. You get a real sense of quality, personal style and elegance with each garment. Her designs worn by our very own UK celebrities, Kym Marsh, Michelle Heaton and TOWIE cast.

American Apparel – Established high street brand. If you're a conscious fashionista who likes to have fun with fashion and want to look on trend, this is your one stop shop. The new SS12 collection offers a great range for both men and women with bold colours, retro prints, chiffon's, pretty pastels and dance wear.

Bl^nk – A widely stocked luxe brand with delicately crafted accessories, exquisite evening wear and crafted complementary day wear pieces. Its base inspiration being drawn from 1920's Hollywood with a contemporary twist meant it was the perfect marriage for Splash Styling vintage concept.

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Shirt: American Apparel £65
Trousers: American Apparel £57
Bow tie: American Apparel £16
Belt: Vintage £35
Socks: Vintage £28

Dress:Vicky Martin £85

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Dress: Vicky Martin £175

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Shirt: American Apparel £65
Trousers: American Apparel £57
Bow tie: American Apparel £16
Belt: Vintage £35
Socks: Vintage £28

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Necklace: Kleshna £84.95
Skirt: American Apparel £40

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Blazer: Agi & Sam £575
Shorts: Agi & Sam £320
Shoes: Agi & Sam £320
Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs £180
Socks: Vintage

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Hat: Bellapacella £130
Shirt: Vicky Martin £95
Skirt: American Apparel £51
Shoes: Sam Edelman Kate Kuba £125
Socks: H&M £3.99
Handbag: Juicy Couture Kate Kuba £130

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Dress: Bl^nk £240
Shoes: Alejandro Ingelmo £527
Necklace: Bl^nk £402
Headband: Bellapacella £30

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Jacket: Mrs J £85
Skirt: American Apparel £68
Shoes: Chloe Kate Kuba £285
Socks: H&M £3.99
Bikini: Bl^nk £81
Necklaces: Broken Fab £165
Cuff bracelet: Bl^nk: £221

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Headpiece: Culietta £280
Bodysuit: American Apparel £40
Collar Clip: Culietta £125
Trousers: Mrs J £125
Shoes: Alejandro Ingelmo £493
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Thursday, 22 March 2012 21:37

jewellery inspired by diverse cultures

This week’s special – Boticca designer Suzanna Daiseen on Liz Hurley, Alicia Keys & Gossip Girl.

Suzanna Dai is a unique collection of jewelry inspired by old-world travel, exotic destinations, and diverse cultures. Each exquisite piece has a vintage feel with a modern flair.

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AND – even spotted on the most amazing First Lady Michelle Obama recently! These very same earrings will be available on Boticca.com very soon!

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We run down a few top tips to avoid discomfort.

It was always mum's job to teach the basics of bra shopping. A bit like the sex talk, it was a kind of rite-of-passage in a way – popping to M&S or somewhere similar and doing the measuring, working it all out, having that kind but seemingly overbearing saleslady helping you out.

How many years have gone by. But also, how many years have gone by without any further consideration of the lowly bra and its aid to our figures and postures. Ask any lingerie specialist and they'll tell you that a good third of women are wearing the wrong bra size. And it's not about the price – you can get plenty of cheap bras with great support from the likes of New Look if you have the measurements right – it's about knowing a few basics for wearing it right.

But we're not here to measure your chest...far from it...we're here to give a few tips on the next stage – how to get that bra to match the rest of your clothing.

Here's our top tips:

1. Colour
A no-brainer when it comes to black and white, obviously, but what about pastel shades? You'll also find that blues come through very easily under whites – as well as through cotton yellows or light pinks. Even if it's your favourite bra in the world, it's better to find something with a shade that can match your lighter tops.

2. Plunge
When it comes to spring or summer dresses – or sleeveless dresses with lower necklines, you often need to consider plunge. Low-cut dresses – or dresses with cut out panels or sheer elements – are almost inevitably going to require a particular bra suited to plunges or with very low side support.

3. Lace and pattern
I love lace. Lacey underwear gets my vote any day of the week. But once again, when it comes to lighter shades, or tight tops, lace or particularly textured or embellished bras can become visible and often looking bizarrely bumpy under patterned materials or lighter fabrics. Avoid bras with 'seams' or lines down the middle of the cup.

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Wonderbra full effect lace bra, £30.49

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Wednesday, 14 March 2012 21:14

Human Fundamentalism

Human Fundamentalism is an explosion of your alter ego. It's becoming who you are and not who you're told to be. Beauty isn't conformity, but the fundamental human desire to express your inner self on the outside.

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To rise above mainstream limitations and exist in a world where individuality is received with celebration not derision, and breaking the mould is a sign of strength not instability.

We stand for freedom of expression, embracing our glorious imperfections and showing the world we're not ordinary but extraordinary, even if society refuses to accept it.

We're beyond conformity. Beyond control. Beyond hiding who we really are. We are not a religion, but the singular opposite. We are Illamasqua.

"Human Fundamentalism is the unique spirit and fundamental human drive for individuality. It's a belief, a movement and an emotion. A connection with the spirit of the age and its global motifs. You are your own human hybrid, a unique nomad of street cultures and global trends."
Alex Box, Illamasqua Creative Director.

Get ready for a startling celebration of humanity's connection with colour. Introducing the Human Fundamentalism collection, where blinding flashes of pigment provide a sharp contrast to neutral tones, creating a saturated palette that catapults your alter ego to new levels of self-expression. Mix contrasting textures to express your true self, spiralling from rich metallic to pale matt shades. This is nonconformity at its most fundamental. At its unpredictable best.

''Human Fundamentalism to me is physical expression of your self-belief, sharing your opinions with colour that shape the narrative of your thoughts and inner self. It is a statement of conviction and colour confidence, it states, this is me and now see what I see, be tinted by how I express colour and behold an oblivion to social convention and constraints.'' David Horne, Illamasqua Director of New Product Development

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Products

Powder Eye Shadow (£15.00)
Subvert normality with an explosion of highly pigmented Powder Eye Shadows in six bold shades: Obsidian (Rich Black), Burst (Blue Green), Pivot (Yellow Green), Cancan (Lilac Purple), Vernau (Yellow Ochre) and Sex (Pure White). Intense, long lasting and easily blendable, there's an extraordinary shade to express every aspect of your humanity.

Sealing Gel (£10.50)
One drop of Sealing Gel turns any powder product into a colour-intense, water-resistant paste, perfect for adorning your face and body with bold stripes, intricate lines or geometric patterns of pigment. Use with new Human Fundamentalism Powder Eye Shadow to unleash your artistic potential.

Palettes (£30.00)
Fundamental Palette – The Fundamental Palette is a playground for self-expression. Experiment with contrasting textures, from glistening Liquid Metal in molten pewter to matt Cream Pigment in mint green, to express every inch of your alter ego. Coupled with two vibrant Powder Eye Shadows in Hype (Bold Yellow) and Inception (Rich Violet) this palette demands bold levels of nonconformity.

Neutral Palette – Create sculpted highlights and stark contours anywhere on your face and body with these four fundamental Powder Eye Shadows. From new matt shades in Stealth (Creamy Buttermilk), Wolf (Chocolate Brown) and Vintage (Antiqued Gold) – a shade exclusive to this palette - to the accents of Obsidian (Rich Black), express your inner light and darkness in a rich riotous glamour.

Precision Ink (£17.00)
Precision Ink in pure white Scribe is the ultimate anti-liner. Subvert expectations and highlight the unconventional, creating white-lined eyes and white-out brows with Precision Ink's super-fine tip. Waterproof and extremely long-lasting, Precision Ink also makes the perfect nail art pen. Simply apply then seal with Illamasqua Top Coat for nails that transcend conformity.

Nail Varnish (£13.50)
New Nail Varnishes in Stance (Bright Mauve) and Nomad (Bright Jade) are fearlessly fresh, bold and vibrant. High-gloss, chip-resistant and packed with pigment, they represent the most stunning shades of idiosyncrasy.

Lipstick (£15.50)
Dare to be you with our vibrant new Lipstick shade, Apocalips (Bright Teal). This deep turquoise blue shade speaks of uncompromising self-expression, the fundamental desire to stand out and a strong connection with the power of pure colour. However, if your alter ego manifests itself in the richest reds, our deep scarlet Lipstick in Box takes you way beyond conformity.

Skin Base Foundation Shade Au (£25) *Limited Edition
When the world says blend in, we say stand out. Skin Base Foundation in Au, the chemical symbol for gold, contains tiny flecks of metallic shimmer combined with our cult BB-inspired foundation that smoothes, softens and conditions your skin. Mix with your usual foundation for a subtle glow or wear alone for a luminous effect. 
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Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:34

Winter body secret?

What's Rosie Huntington Whiteley's £41.00 Winter body secret?
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