Beauty takes time but when the weather is steaming outside you do not want to layer on foundation. You want coverage that is light and weightless but give enough coverage
My star buy is Dior Skin Star foundation
Brightening weightless long-wear foundation with SPF 30
This foundation felt like a second skin, it is so light and weightless I almost forgot that I had foundation on my skin. I like light coverage but for those that like a heavy coverage, you can build it up to give you the coverage you need.
My other favourite are;
Revlon's Nearly Naked, this foundation literally melts into your skin the moment you put it on and stay's on all day, you hardly feel it on your skin so light is it. It works in harmony with your skin to cover flaws and perfect tone and texture. Formulated with weightless pigments that melts right into the skin and creates a beautiful even complexion. Available in the lightest tone – Ivory to darkest tone Cappuccino
Revlon BB Cream
This is a lightweight Beauty Balm that combines skincare, makeup, and sunscreen all in one. It hydrates your skin just like a moisturizer, protects against the sun with SPF 30. Smooth's out the skin like a primer and covers like a foundation. Available in Light, light-medium and medium
I love the beautiful glow and colour this BB Cream gives and as the above foundations I hardly feel it on my skin.
Sleek CC Cream
As skin tends to be more oiler in warmer weather the Sleek CC cream is great for oily skin as it matte's out shine and corrects complexion and conceals imperfections. Available in Light, Fair, Medium and Dark
Do not forget your basic essentials;
1) Make sure that you match the right colour for your skin tone
2) Prepare your skin with a good moisturiser
3) Primer – for smooth application
4) Your tools – foundation brush, wedges or blending sponge
"China through the looking glass" the theme for this year's MET Gala, with superstars all dressing to complement the theme the art show was just as much inside the museum as on the red carpet.
There was a lot of great looks but my favourite was supermodel Joan Small's, with her off the shoulder purple floral applique Robert Cavalli gown. The sheer cut-outs showing just enough skin, for added sexiness. Pulling it all together with a simple yet stylish black choker and black strappy leather sandals.
Complimenting her stunning look with a purple Smokey and nude lip, a blend of Estee Lauder's Pure Colour Gelée powder eyeshadow in Cyber Magenta and Pure Colour Envy Eyeshadow Palette in Currant Desire
Estee Lauder Instagram –"the eye look everyone will be talking about"
Pure Colour Envy Eyeshadow Palette in Currant Desire- & Estee Lauder's Pure Colour Gelée powder eyeshadow in Cyber Magenta and Available at all Estee Lauder counters and online at www.esteelauder.com
In the world of Beauty things come and go but there are some trends that keeps on making a comeback. The following 5 beauty trends has been around for what seems forever and just keeps on coming back better and better.
This iconic hair feature dates all the way back to Louise Brooks an actress, made famous by the 1929 European film Pandora's Box. In the 50's it was worn by the glamor model Bettie Page, referred to as the Queen of Pinups, with her jet black hair, blue eyes and trademark bangs. The 80's and 90's brought us the curly teased bangs and then it was revived Kate Moss with a thick, deep and blunt cut bringing it back in vogue. Modern day bang icons are Rihanna and Taylor Swift giving it a more softer look.
The Cat Eye
Brigitte Bardot sex symbol of the 50's and 60's upped the sexy factor with her sultry cat-eye, combined with her flawless skin and nude pout, still a go to sexy look today. Then there was the 1960's mod queen Twiggy with her flicked out cat-eye liner and then there is our modern day cat-eye stars Lauren Conrad with her classic cat-eye liner and her signature flick, making the look super feminine.
The bob came to life in 1924 with the Shingle bob, a dome-shaped razor cut into a V shaped at the neck. It was Vidal Sassoon that made this cut more stylish in the 60's with artist like singer Cilla Black making it popular. It was Cyndi Lauper, in the 90's that breathed new life into it with her colourful bob then it was Uma Truman turns to make it popular in the film Pulp fiction. Then it was brought back to live by the layered cut of Jennifer Aniston, Victoria Beckham with her angler bob and Katie Holmes short bob. The bob is truly a hairstyle that keeps on reinventing itself.
There is not a single women that does not love Red lipstick. Dark red lipstick was a popular shade in 1920 with ladies wearing it to represent their independence. Women started to move away from the dark red with Elizabeth Arden introducing lipsticks in different colours. It was only during the 1950's with Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor that women began wearing dark red lips again. Their look defined the 50's and women are still captivated by it today.
The Smoky Eye
Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra made this look memorable in the 1963 film. Today with the creativity of the make-up artist, it just keeps reinventing itself.
If these looks has been around so long just image the creative inventiveness with which it will reinvent itself over the next coming years.
Denim on denim for breakfast, this is simple enough look but be aware or you might get it wrong so;
1) Never wear denim accessories, like handbags or denim shoes, with your look, because you do not want to look like a denim tree.
2) Use shades and shapes that flatters your skin tone and body shape, lighter shades draws the eye to the body parts they cover and darker shades has a slimming effect. So it is best to wear the lighter shade on top and the darker shade on the bottom.
3) Dress up your look with a pair of statement heels or flaming red lips
The Gingham trend is one of my favourites this season, made popular by style icons like Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn during the 50's and 60's. This preppy print is easy to wear with a ladylike feel. Pair it, for lunch with the girls, with a figure hugging pencil skirt and a flirty off the shoulder Bardot top for a Cute and sexy look.
This floral Cami dress is perfect for a Diner date, outlines your curves and defines your waist while showing of just a bit of leg with the slight slit on the one side. Remember if you are wearing Tropical print, tone it down with neutral accessories like a belt, sandals or shoulder bag.
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Winter with her moody shades of olive greens, burgundy and plums are over, or well we hope!! Time to inject some brighter colours into your life and just maybe we can bring on some warmer temperatures.
Whether it is the ocean or the sky Blue has such a calming effect on us. Nail it or glitter your eyes with it Blue is a must for the coming summer season.
Sally Hansen- Making waves from the Hawaii Collection
NailsInc Baker Street, - gel effect for an ultra-glossy high shine
Pure Red lipstick is always on top of every once list but it time to try a red with a hint of orange
I love Revlon Lipstick it does what it says on the box, and gives great colour. Their new Ultra HD Lipstick is a wax free gel lipstick giving a more intense colour and smooth application.
Colour Stay Moisture lipsticks soaks lips in glossy wet colour, with Vitamin E and Aloe
Moisturises without stickiness
Purple and Pinks
For the girly girl in you, pink gives your look a springy look and if you do not want to look to Barbie pink mix it up with a purple or lavender hue.
Nude or naturals for days when you do not want to show off to much. Essie – Bride to be is a soft caramel blush and Like Linen a soft and creamy neutral.
Tone down your blush and give your cheeks a dewy flush Maybelline's Master Glaze blush stick is a creamy blush with glazed pearls for natural colour and smooth and even application. It is also fragrance free and suitable for all skin types. The bonus is that it can also be used as a lip shade or eyeshadow.
Mint and Greens
Mint gives that soft pastel feel and green for new growth and the new season.
OPI – That's Hula-rious from the Hawaii collection a pastel mint that making you dance with joy.
OPI- Green -wich -village a brilliant green that will make them green with envy.
Orange is a great pigment for everyday wear, let it pop by applying a few swipes to intensify the look.
This is a new twist on the hot orange-red, but with a pink edge to create flawless coral it is bright and bold.
Get ready for a party on your nails with China Glaze's Red-Y To Rave coral from the Electric night collection.
And lastly a Twist of Lime for those not afraid to go just a little neon crazy This might not be for everyone so go a bit slow with it, maybe start off by just Lime-ing your toes.
Neon _ American Apparel & Essie – the more the merrier – lime green
I suggest we wake up the sun by introducing at least one of these colours into our beauty routine.
The bohemian look originated in the 1960's Hippie culture and is a popular today as it was then.
Drawing inspiration from all over the world adding texture and richness, it has something for every fashionista. With neutral colours as its base making is easy to add colours to key pieces. Layering is key so start with your basics and layer it with pieces like cardigans, jewellery or shawls.
But remember just because the elements of boho style is so relaxed and layered, it does not mean that you have to look like a sloppy hippie. It is always best to keep it simple and the layering to a minimum if you are unsure. Try to keep it feminine and chic by mixing oversized with fitted pieces to balance out your look
Layer on the accessories sunglasses, necklaces, belts and jewellery, a lavish amount of accessories are key to this look. Never combine more than four shades of colours, if your look is already eye catching tone it down with grey's, beige or brown colours. Be sure to add touches of your own style personality and have fun.
Bohemian summer is all about lazy and chilled out days going from music festival to the beach.
It's girly yet stylish!!!
Here are some of my favourite boho looks for summer.
The Boho look is all about being natural and earthy, so floral prints are always a winner, be it that you are wearing a flower crown or a flirty floral print top or the latest trends in floral print shorts or playsuits. Make sure to incorporate florals into your boho look and show your love for the earth.
What is more bohemian then Gypsies, with their flowing sleeved tops, colourful scarfs, skimming skirts, lace, large dangling earrings and beaded jewellery. Show off your carefree side with flamboyant and vibrant colours. Let your hair flow naturally or tie a scarf loosely around it.
Although not a traditional boho look. Showing just a little bit of skin making your look sexy but still keeping the signature laidback feeling. Go for a loose fitting or a super cute crochet crop top and pair it with a maxi skirt or a palazzo pants.
Tie-dye adds splashes of colour to your boho look, great with short shorts or over your bikini
Crochet tops and summer knits
These lightweight knits are for layering and creates a casual and uninhibited vibe.
Accessories and footwear
Head wraps, turbans colourful scarves, vintage style sunglasses and Indian style bangles and African style neckpieces as well as gypsy earrings are ideal pieces to finish of any bohemian look. Accessories can also be a great way to add splashes of colour to your look and to tie all the pieces together. It can be as simple as a flower crown paired with a fringed crochet top with a pair of shorts or a flowy maxi skirt.
This is defiantly not a look for stiletto style heels so keep it flat with ballet pumps, or Ethnic inspired sandals like Greek, Roman or African styles. Cowboy boots in matching shades to your look, are perfect.
Boho is not about throwing everything in your closet together that is fringed or tie-dyed, but is about mixing pieces together, so that it reflects your personality. Remember is all about a chilled "flower power" vibe and being you.
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Modern day fashion has no rules and so often we see fashionista's crossing the borders between male and female fashion trends. The bowtie is traditionally worn by men and a man that wears it exudes class and sophistication.
The brand has its origins in Poland and was born out of a love story. Martha wanted something special for her fiancé but could not find what she was looking for and decided to create her own designs for bowties and Marthu men's wear was born.
Marthu's designs are leading the pack with their original and stylish handmade bowties. Their prints range for one of a kind quirky to the one-tone traditional designs.
They have also taken the hassle out of tie your bowtie with a wide selection of pre-tied bowties making it that much easier for you.
So whether you are pairing it with a shirt and jeans or a sexy Angelina Jolie tuxedo look Marthu Men's wears, bowties are both stylish and quirky making it an easy fit for the ultra-stylish fashionista that is not afraid of blurring the lines.
The number one rule of wearing a bow tie as with any accessories, is to wear it in proportion to your body size. You will find that like any clothing item bow ties comes in three sizes small, medium and large. Unsure of the right size for you always opt for the medium sizes.
Pair their Gingham pre-tied bow tie with boyfriend jeans and a denim shirt.
The Casual Look
When going for a casual stylish look make sure that your shirt and bow tie are two different colours, as wearing the same colour shirt as your bowtie will take the attention away from your bowtie. If you want your bowtie to attract more attention go for a neutral colour shirt. To get the perfect colour block combo choose colours that are close to each other on the colour spectrum such as blue and purple. If the colour block look is not for you and you want to create a look that has a lot of dimension and depth wear the same colours, for both your shirt and bow tie, but in different shades.
For example a light shade of green with a darker shade of green, this will create more volume to your outfit.
Create a stylish yet relaxed look for Him and Her and be the talk of the town.
Mixing Prints And Patterns
When you are mixing prints and patterns, there needs to be a balance, wear either thick stripes or small dots.
Solid Colours And Prints
With a huge variety of prints, from cars to glossy CD and QR code you can change up either your look or your man's look pairing it with a solid colour shirt allow the bow tie and you to be the centre of attraction.
Turn your man into a gentleman for that formal event with the pre-tied Bourbon bow tie.
Dare to be different and ditch the statement necklace and switch it for a floral print pre tied bow tie.
Summer is on its way and by know we have started shopping for our summer wardrobe, and doubled up on exfoliating and moisturising our bodies. But what about spending some extra time on preparing your hair for your summer holidays. The exposure to sun, salt and chlorine can damage your hair leaving them dry, brittle and prone to breakage. Here are some tips to help you prepare your locks for those sunny days lounging by the pool or on a sunny beach
Prevention is better than a cure, deep conditioner once a week as this will keep your hair in good shape all summer long. Also get colour treatments before the summer and avoid heat styling as much as possible.
Macadamia natural oil Deep Repair Masque, rebuilds dry and damaged hair with its combination or macadamia and argan oil.
Available at www.feelunique.com
Chlorine sucks the moisture out of your hair, so be sure to wet your hair before and after swimming to get rid of the salt and chlorine.
Redken Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo clarifies and removes copper, iron, hard water and minerals as well as product build up and suits all hair types.
Available at www.feelunique.com
Too much exposure to the sun can leave your tresses dry and lifeless so spray your hair with a SPF spray. Wella Professionals sun protection spray contains a double phase formula. Phase 1 helps to protect hair against UV rays while Phase 2 contains a vitamin complex that hydrates the hair leaving healthy and soft to the touch.
Available at www.feelunique.com
Humidity brings out the frizz monster so you want to thoroughly moisturise your hair. Natural curly hair needs extra moisture, keep a spray bottle with a mixture of water and leave in conditioner to spritz your hair throughout the day.
I love the Naked Range and finds that the Naked Style Gorgeous Curls Taming Cream and their Leave-in conditioner helps to keep my natural curls defined and moisturised.
Available at Boots www.boots.com
No To Greasy Hair
Summer means everything is a bit oily so dry shampoo is great to keep oily hair at bay so spray your roots to absorb any oil and freshen up your locks.
Klorane gentle dry shampoo with oat milk softens and protects while cleaning.
Available at www.feelunique.com
Colour Treated hHir
If you have coloured your hair before heading of on your summer holiday and want the same vibrant colour throughout use a treatment designed for colour treated and damage hair and use sulfate free shampoos and conditioners to keep it looking healthy.
Kérastase Reflection Chroma Riche Treatment Masque, protects and boosts radiance for dry, highlighted and colour treated hair.
Available at www.feelunique.com
After Summer Care
Three months of fun in the sun will leave your hair damaged. So you want to make sure that is not just your glowing tan you showing off when the sun fades but also fabulous looking hair. Get your hair back to its former glory with the Redken extreme strength builder fortifying mask for distressed Hair deep. It deep conditions and strengthens hair from the inside out.
Available at www.feelunique.com
So before heading on your holidays make sure to give your hair some TLC so that it is not just your body and skin that is ready for all your summer frolics.