Ok so our feet is always last on the list of beauty to-do's and especially because we are still stuck in boots and closed shoes, due to winter still hanging around. But as we are nearing the end of May and summer looming, why not take the plunge and make your feet happy with a DIY Pedicure.
Start by soaking your feet in some warm water with lemon juice. This is help to clear up any stains on your toes, for tired feet add some Epson salt. Grab a magazine, while you're soaking your feet, to catch up on some summer fashion trends. Remember to remover old nail polish before you soak your feet. This is also the best time to cut and file your nails, as soak left them soft making it easier to cut and shape them.
The soak will leave your feet nice and soft. Now for the scrub part, I prepared a Vanilla scented sugar scrub, this will take off any dead skin on your feet. Remover hard calluses and smooth out heels with a pumice stone or scraper.
Vanilla scented sugar scrub – mix sugar with olive/baby oil and add vanilla extract
Olive oil is my choice of moisturiser cover your feet with this moisturizer and then put a pair of fluffy socks on to let it all soak in.
Now all that is left is to paint your toe nails, I picked Hot pink- PS ILOVEYOU range, available at Primark. Do not forget to put a base coat especially if you are using a dark colour to avoid staining.
If like me you are a fan of flip flops and bare feet during the summer months then try and do a DIY pedicure at least once a week. Or if you prefer the salon make sure to go regularly because our feet are much more exposed during the summer months so make sure to keep them looking good throughout the season.
Now that your feet are happy Show them OFF !!! Mine absolutely need some sun
Some inspiration from Dune London – www.dunelondon.com
Gosh Cosmetics – Giant Sun powder
I absolutely love this product, it is a giant and I have two of them and I have hardly scratched the surface of the one. It give a beautiful subtle glow and works great as an eye shadow as well.
There is tons of top oils on the market but my favourite is baby oil, it leaves my skin super soft and well moisturised. I put it on my skin with it before I shower for baby soft skin. It also works great as a make-up remover.
Pantene curl definer mouse
I love mousse on my hair, as I find it softer then gel and the mousse gives great curl definition and leaves my hair with less frizz.
Leave-in conditioner & water mix
To give my hair that added moisture during the hot days lazing on the beach. Make your own by mixing some of your favourite leave-in conditioner with water in a spritz bottle, carry it in your bag and spritz as needed.
Wide tooth comb
As soon as water hits my hair it goes into coily curls so a wide tooth, is a must to safely detangle my curls
W7 Lipstick –Sandpiper
This is from their Full Colour range and yes it is defiantly full colour, my lips POP when I put this colour on it. A beautiful hot pink that goes stunning with the soft glow of the giant sun powder.
P.S I LOVE YOU – nail polish
I have a whole collection of the P.S I LOVE YOU nail polish range, but currently I am loving the pinks, the light pink and the neon pink being my favs. Light pink for the nails and neon for my toes.
Protect your eyes against the sun's UV rays just make sure that you pick a pair that suits your face shape.
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Well now you all know what I am dreaming of, Sun, sea and sand!! Come on SUMMER !!!
So we are not all top notch make-up artist and if you like me, you are always buying new make -up products and before you realise it, your make-up bag is over flowing. So let's make things easier, here are your 8 basic essential to always carry in your make-up bag.
Many women often buy products that;
• where sold to them by an over enthusiastic make-up counter assistant, they buy it and then do not use it
• because they were drawn in by the advertisement on television, because the model looked so good wearing it
We then end up not using any of these products because we do not know how to use correctly
It is time ladies, to go back to the basic, because everything else in our lives are already complicated the last thing we need is to complicate our make- up routine
Carrying these basic essentials with you can make things so much easier and will give you a flawless look for day and night.
Concealer is used to hide your dark under eye circles and the spots on your face
Even out your skin complexion by applying your foundation all over the face, this will balance out your complexion and give you a clear canvas to apply the rest of your make-up
3. Neutral eye shadow
Neutral shades like beige, is easy to use and suits every skin tone and are great for an everyday look
4. Eye liner
A black or brown eye liner is essential or you can also use dark eye shadow along your lash line to enhance your eyes
Defines your eyes by applying it over your lashes to enhance the length of your lashes
As foundation evens out your skin tone, blush ads colour, apply it to your cheeks. Blush comes in a variety of shades so choose the right shade for your skin tone.
• Select a colour that will accent your facial features and will not make you look like a red check clown
• Bright red colours may not look that good if you have a very pale skin. Pale skin try a soft pink colour.
• So depending on your skin tone you will need a lighter or darker colour
When applying it, make a fish face then apply blush to the centre blending it along the cheekbone
We do not all like popping colours so try a nude colour to enhance your natural lip colour
Lipstick like blush adds colour to your face.
Apply to skin to set make-up and for a matte effect, dust lightly using a fluffy powder brush
Declutter your make up bag and let's get back to basic !!
Crisps, clean and fresh whites are a summer must, showing off radiant sunkissed skin. This season get ready to wear white from head to toe as seen on the runway's
Before setting out to the shops makes sure that you choose the right white for you skin tone
Cool skin tones bright white works well with your skin tone. Pair your look with silver accessories.
Ebony/dark skin tones, white shines against your skin paired with either silver or gold accessories.
Warm skin tones cream or ivory white's sets off your complexion beautifully
The right underwear
Be careful of white underwear as it can be quite visible under white fabric. Skin-toned underwear will make sure that noting peeks out drawing the eye away from what you really want to show off, your beautiful face.
For the office
Keep cool and look chic in a sparkling white sheath dress and nude pumps, setting it off with gold accessories. Keep your make-up natural with a bright popping lip, taking you from work to after- work cocktials. Keep that summer fresh feeling, by spritzing your body with the Vanilla body mist (from the Body Shop) and keep your tan glowing with the Shea Beautifying Oil for all day hydration and shimmer.
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White for the fuller figure
Avoid clingy fabrics rather opt for dresses that billow, flounce or flow but still gives you shape. Stand out in a classic A-line silhouette, this faux wrap dress is perfect, defining your waistline for a white hot summer's lunch date.
Sugar and Spice Dress@ www.curvydivas.com
A simple white and black look, with the delicate chiffon, taking your look from late lunch to dancing all night long.
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Overalls are back, this trend was huge during the 1980 to the 1990. Stay on trend and comfortable with this white on white denim overall look. Go wild with an animal print clutch and sexy aviators and an all-white pedicure.
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Adding pattern and texture make it just that much more interesting. Top your look off with natural make-up and a sun-kissed glow
This Lace look screams beach holiday and fun in the sun showing off beautiful tanned skin.
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Flowy Lace trim perfect for a hot a summer's day paired with espadrilles and jewel tattoos.
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White is a acts like a canvas, so keep your accessories simple
High street fashion giant H&M announces the arrival of their new range of beauty products.
Fashion is at the heart of the range with an ever-evolving make-up selection that focuses on seasonal looks, ideas and colours.
The products will be available this autumn in over 900 stores worldwide and online at hm.com.
The launch comes at a time when make-up is more important than ever for personal style, whether the look is natural, classic or fashion-forward.
"We are very excited to have 'fashion for the face' on offer at H&M. It's an opportunity to be inventive, creative and to have fun with colours", says Sara Wallander, concept designer at H&M Beauty.
There will be over 700 beautifully packaged make-up products in the range, which will replace the existing beauty products at H&M, will also include two subsidiary collections: a premium beauty line and a conscious range of Ecocert-approved sustainable products.
With dedicated beauty areas in stores to help customers experiment with trends and develop a look that's all their own.
We all get dressed in the morning but there is a difference between dressing up and being a stylish fashionista. A fashionista is like a hunter always on the lookout for what's hot and new to ensure that she is always stylish and fashionable.
Here is a few of my favourite bits to ensure that we all stay stylish and fashionable
The floor length jacket or fine knit is a great way to update your short shorts and crop t-shirt and layering always adds a bit of interest to any look, "I am loving" this knitted dress in rose gold from Missguided
Defiantly my go to look, polished and chic, whether it is for a simple affair or a soiree.
Sexy and stylish all in one!!, look awesome in this, Peonie print cigarette trousers and Bardot style crop top, with loose beach wavy hair a cat eye and red pouty lips.
Look playfully stylish in this structured brocade floral playsuit, sexy, fun and chic!! A structure silhouette for sophisticated elegance. Keep your accessories simple to compliment your look
Futuristic holographic prints like sequins, you do not want to overdo it so pair your item with a neutral staple for effortless style or add it into your look with accessories or a pair of shoes.
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Mix it up
Remember you are a fashion hunter so you set the rules so mix it up by combining unusual colour and or prints together and get the looks not just for your good looks but your awesome style
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Modern and Vintage mix
Retro fashionista!! Keep you style current by mixing vintage with modern pieces, even if it just a vintage pair of cat-eye sunglasses, a silk scarf or a vintage midi skirt with a leather jacket and sleek pointy-toe heels. Vintage are always in-style and stylish
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Remember dressing up is just putting pieces together but being stylish is taking all those element and merging all the right pieces together to bring out the best you. So keep it simple and throw in a large dollop of confidence and most importantly have fun.
3 of my favourite way to ensure healthy glowing skin
No amount of make-up will guarantee healthy skin, the best way to achieve a healthy glow is to take care of your skin. There really is no excuse for bad skin, not when you have a kitchen cupboard full of beauty potential.
Here are 3 of my favourite ways to maintain a healthy natural glow.
Honey and Lemon for brighter skin, apply the mixture with fingers and keep it on skin for 5minutes then wipe off with a flannel cloth and warm water
Benefits of Honey
• unclog pores
• Antibacterial properties, making it a great option for acne-prone skin
• A natural moisturizer and helps to soothes skin for a natural sun-kissed glow
• Honey is also rich in antioxidants, which can help diminish the look of age spots
Benefits of Lemon
The natural AHA in lemons are natural exfoliators, the acids in lemons removes dead skin cells and evens out skin tone. It also is a natural way to diminish oil, freckles, and blackheads.
Lemon & honey sugar scrub
A teaspoon of brown or fine white sugar and a teaspoon honey and lemon juice mix together
Please note: Do not apply scrub under the eye area, only forehead, nose and cheeks.
Helps to get rid of dead skin cells. Exfoliating is important not only for your complexion but the rest of your body as well. Your skin cannot absorb creams and lotions if it has a layer of dead skin cells hanging around. Exfoliate at least 2-3 times a week.
How: Wet your face, and exfoliate very gently, in a circular motion using your fingertips for about 2-3 minutes and rinse off with warm water
I love this little brush, I used it on my skin when I was in Secondary school and loved it. I remember that then it was by Avon, I stopped using it because it went of the market that it is back now.
This one I bought in Primark (Penny's)
It exfoliates, deep cleanse, and removes dirt, oil and make-up. It is easy to use, just wet face, place face wash on the brush and clean skin with circular motion and rinse with warm water. Leaving skin soft and glowing.
Add to all of this a daily intake of H2O and viola naturally healthy glowing skin!!!
Image - SS15 Campaign @ www.very.co.uk
Culottes' keeps on making a comeback year after year and this Spring/Summer season they are back in store. This no fuss trend is great for day or night and works for either short or tall girls. It adds shape to tomboy figures and creates the illusion of a small waist.
Culottes are the same shape as an A-line skirt so proportions are important when wearing them.
If you doing a casual look with flat sandals or pumps then go for a slightly longer style.
Image - Primark –Floral Culottes – www.primark.com
Prints are always fun to wear and if you bold enough match the print of your culottes with the same print top and wear it like a one-piece jumpsuit.
Short girls opt for pointed flats which will elongate your leg. Pairing them with stiletto, then choose a pair that is just below your knee creating the illusion of longer legs.
For the Apple shape figure wear your culottes with a crop top, to define and highlight your waist and if you are wearing it to the office go for a longer top or blouse that you can tuck in.
Image @ House of Fraser
A monochromatic look can give the appearance of length, the right pair of culottes can help you to maximize this elongating effect. With black being a popular choice for a monochromatic look because it makes you look taller as well as slimmer. Pair a top and culottes in matching colours for a monochromatic look and wear heels with it to give your extra length.
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Denim culottes a perfect casual street style outfit paired with a funky t-shirt and a statement necklace.
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Culottes comes in different lengths so make sure that you choose the best length for your legs , its needs to stops mid-calf, giving the appearance that you are wearing a swingy skirt.
If you do not have a pair yet, do not be afraid to get a pair as with the right layering and styling, they can bring out the best in all figure shapes and heights.
Sunglasses are there to protect your eyes against the sun's rays, but it is a must fashion accessory as it can take your look from gloomy to stylish and cool. But choosing the wrong pair for your face shape will do nothing for your look.
Heart-Shaped Face: A heart-shaped face has a wide forehead, narrower jaw line, high cheekbones, and a narrow chin. Go for the cat-eye shape as they will accentuate your face shape.
Katy Cateye- available @ accessories.com
The oval face shape: Your face is wider at the mid-point of your cheekbone area right below your eye level, you have a softly rounded jawline. Aviators and wraparounds styles work great as the symmetrical shape works best for your soft curves of your face.
Nikki Aviator @ accessories.com
Oblong face shape: Your face is longer rather than wide, flat cheekbones with a long chin and forehead, can appear oval but with a long vertical line. Wraparound styles looks great on your face also vintage style frames with sharp angles and bold lines will sharpen your soft features.
Anabelle wrap sunglasses @ accessories.com
The round face is almost as wide as it is long, with curving lines rather than hard angles and your jawline is full and round. If your face is wide/big sunglasses with straight or angular lines will lengthen your face. It is best to avoid rounded styles that will accentuate your full cheeks.
Prada Eyewear @sunglasshut.com
The Square-Shaped Faces: Your jawline is square and angular, your cheekbones and forehead are the same width and the width or your jawline is the same as your forehead. Try rounded frames or circular lenses which will soften your angular face. The classic Ray-ban aviator is a great choice for you.
Ray-ban aviators available at sunglasshut.com
Triangle face shape: Your jawline is wider and fuller then your forehead and cheekbones, your face structure narrows at your cheekbones and temples. Your choice of sunglasses should draw attention away from your jawline so pick glasses that adds interest to your forehead with a detail and or colour at the top of the frame.
Embellished Micheal Kors @sunglasshut.com
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Stay on trend with these trends;
Embellished sunglasses - Prada @sunglasshut.com
Mirrored sunglasses - Ray-ban @sunglasshut.com
Retro round sunglasses @ accessories.com
White frame sunglasses Bvlgari @sunglasshut.com
Coily kinky afro, who does not love a good looking Afro? Your afro can be the envy of all but keeping it looking stunning takes some work. Here is some helpful tips to keep your afro or natural curls in check.
This is the number one tip as natural hair tend to lack moisture, so to avoid dry dull looking hair. Invest in a good moisturising condition.
DIY hair therapy
Keeping your hair well moisturised can be as simple as mixing your own hot oil treatment. For an overnight treatment mix olive oil, coconut oil, and shea butter, melt them all together in the microwave and then massage onto your scalp, then seal your hair, with a shower cap and cover with your head scarf. Wash it out the next morning for moisturised and smooth, frizz-free curls.
Drying your hair:
Squeeze-dry your hair with a t-shirt or microfiber towel as this will decrease frizz. Then detangle with your fingers as this will help keep your hair texture without interrupting your curl pattern.
Use a silk pillowcase or silk scarf to avoid frizz and keep your curls in place
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