With January almost done and 2016 in full swing, it is time re-fresh your beauty kit and stock up on some new products.
Here are some that is on my shopping list.
Feed your hair with the new hair mask from Macadamia Professional. The Weightless Moisture Masque is designed for baby fine hair, the macadamia and argan oil blend repairs, replenishes and reconditions hair without weighing it down. Intense moisture is infused into the hair, leaving it smooth, silky and protected against future damage.
The product is also free from parabens, sulphates and gluten. RRP £29.70.
Natural Skincare lovers, Origins is launching Maskimizer™ Skin-Optimizing Mask Primer. Maskimizer saturates skin with hydration and skin-softening ingredients that prepares the skin for the treatment of the mask.
The mask features Origins Marine Algae Complex, which optimizes the skin’s condition to enhance the mask experience. It primes the skin to perform at its peak and makes the skin more receptive to the mask’s active ingredients.
Maskimizer features osmotic technology that helps maintain the moisture and fluid balance in the skin. Creating hydration ‘cells’ to boost skin’s ability to bind moisture. Softening the outer layer of the skin.
Available exclusively at origins.co.uk from February 12 and nationwide from March 2016 at select department stores. RRP £18.50. www.origins.co.uk
Love thy lips- Beauty brand Clinique is launching its new Pop Artistry Collection. The range that is inspired by candy and available in six shades includes Pop Lacquers, Glazes, Oils and Eye Shadows.
The Pop Glaze sheer lip colour and primer (£16) is formulated with shea and murumuru butters that provides superior moisture maintenance for the lips and a combination of emollient oils to provide shine.
The Clinique Pop Lacquer lip colour and primer (£16) moisturizes, and smooth lips, while delivering intense colour with a modern lacquered finish that wears for up to six hours available in 10 shades.
The Clinique Lid Pop (£15) has a silky, long-wearing formula and is developed with patented, “slurry technology”. The formula begins as a smooth liquid which transforms through a slow baking process into a lightweight powder. Richly pigmented, and is comes in eight different shades.
The collection will be available exclusively at Harrods and Clinique counters from 01 February 2016 and online from March 18 2016.
For Sleek MakeUP lovers- the brand is launching their Lip VIP collection. The creamy, long-lasting formula glides on smoothly, leaves an even, semi-matte finish and is available in six velvety shades:
Reserved, a candy pink
Flaunt It, a punchy orange
Backstage, a coral pink
Guest List, a warm coral
Private Booth, a classic nude
Night Spot, a chic red
The collection contains vitamin E, shea butter and coconut oil.
Available From sleekmakeup.com, Boots & Superdrug. RRP £5.49.
Bronze and glow with Benefit– the brand is launching three new additions to the Hoola range.
The new products are the;
Hoola Zero Tanlines (£19.50), an allover body bronzer which stays on for 12 hours and is suitable for all skin tones
Dew The Hoola (£22.50), a soft-matte liquid bronzer for the face, which provides a shimmer-less natural look and the;
Hoola Bronzing & Contouring Brush (£17.50) a domed powder brush.
Available from March 26 www.benefitcosmetics.com
Floral prints, are a classic pattern and a stable in so many of our wardrobes. And as in nature it heralds the coming of Spring when flowers are in bloom and our senses are tantalise with beautiful smells and colour. So this coming Spring season whether it is daisies or roses make your floral tribute a memorable one!!
Flower designs range from dainty and delicate to big and bold, each kind carrying its own personality and character. Choose a pattern that works with your personal taste and style.
Do not pile on accessories when wearing striking prints as you want the print to shine.
Smaller and dainty prints can bring a feminine and romantic touch to a day or evening look.
If you want to make a statement then choose pieces with larger flowers, bright colors, vibrant designs and eye-catching details.
For a slimming effect opt for dresses with flowers going down the center as this will draw the eye in, creating a slimming illusion.
Floral prints typically come in multiple colors, giving you plenty of styling possibilities. So when pairing items, wear clothing in coordinating colors to create a cohesive look. This also gives you the option of creating different looks with just one item. So pay attention to the pattern's colors, and choose one or two, then work around it when pairing items.
Floral prints also look good with solid neutral shades. These colors include black, white, gray, taupe, ivory and beige. Pairing with neutrals are great if pairing with solid colors are too daunting for you and also if you do not want to pair pieces with any of the colors found in the actual print.
It is also easier to pair floral prints with neutrals, when you are not sure what to wear, but would like to add florals to your ensemble.
Floral accessories can add instant style and are one the simplest and easiest ways to introduce prints/ patterns to your wardrobe. Even just one accessory is enough to brighten up an otherwise plain outfit.
Larger items such as tote bags, hats and scarves can add major color to a look. Jewelry and belts brings a light dose of floral fun to any day look. So invest in a few flower patterned accessories, because you will never know when your outfit will need a little extra floral lift.
Maxi Floral Print @ www.missselfridge.com
Dress @ www.misselfridge.com
Floral Print dress @ www.lipsy.co.uk
Large print dress @ www.phase-eight.com
Shirt Dress – floral print dress @ www.riverisland.com
Pencil skirt – floral print @ www.riverisland.com
Cropped print jacket @ www.phase-eight.com
Ditsy floral print blouse @ www.next.co.uk
Floral Cross body bag @ www.accessorize.com
Wildflower Synthetic Backpack www.accessorize.com
Floral Slip On Plimsoles @ www.newlook.com
Stripes are back and whether you opt to wear them up, down, horizontal, diagonal, mixed or matched, they are pretty hot for SS16.
Mixing stripes, try a striking mix of horizontal stripes on your top and smaller vertical stripes on your lower half. If you are not afraid of color, then go bright but keep accessories to a minimum and your shoes simple and chic.
@ River Island Multi-color stripe sleeveless top & Striped Knitted Knicker Shorts www.riverisland.com
For a sexy stripe look, the slip dress is the best way to keep cool
Dress @ Dorothy Perkins www.dorothyperkins.com
Keep it sleek and chic with sheer fabrics, great for office wear pair with either black trousers or a pencil skirt.
Striped blouse available at www.orsay.com
Wear it as a neutral, pairing it with denim, camel, khakis, and leather
Crop stripe top Available at Primark www.primark.com
Striped Shirt and Jeans Available at Next www.next.co.uk
Mix Patterns, stripes are the easiest of the prints to mix with other prints, so mix it up with florals, polka dots, or other geometric shapes for a trendy look.
Wilton Woven Hem Stripe Top and Fleur Print Linen Skirt Available at Phase Eight – www.phase-eight.co.uk
Ponte Stripe Top with Faith print soft trousers @ www.phase-eight.co.uk
Be daring and go bold, the in-your-face motifs will look fresh and casual. Scale back on accessories to allow your bold stripes to shine.
Striped dress @ www.riverisland.com
Diagonal striped Skirt at www.riverisland.com
Stripe and graphic available at www.riverisland.com
If your goal for 2016 is to be more inspirational or to be inspired to be the best version of yourself then the new SS16 Topshop campaign “BE MORE KARLIE” will be right up your alley. Karlie Kloss a true multi-faceted woman, she is a supermodel, entrepreneur, student, vlogger, philanthropist, coder, fitness guru and food lover. A true inspiration to many of us that wants to be the best versions of ourselves and so much more.
With plenty of transitional pieces ranging from bomber jackets, trench coats, boyfriend jeans to camouflage shirts all inspired by the supermodel
Here is just a small preview of the pieces featured in the SS16 campaign coming to a Topshop near you soon.
Pink Karlie Bomber jacket, Paisley bandana and leather skinny
The Biker jacket
Moto Mid-blue Mom jeans
Suit Blazer and Pants
ALL AVAILABLE @ www.topshop.com
It is not easy to ignore chapped lips and as the weather gets colder and the air drier they just get worse. Dry, flaky and even painful chapped lips are no joke so here are some simple ways to heal them and keep them moisturized.
Honey Lip Scrub
Honey locks moisture in to your skin, so a little honey combined with sugar and almond oil to exfoliate. Rub gently onto your lips as it moisturizes and takes off dead skin.
Fill up on water
Water is the best aid for dry, flaky lips because if you are hydrated, your lips will be too.
Brush your lips with a soft toothbrush
If you do not have lip scrub, then try a soft toothbrush to gentle exfoliate your lips once or twice per day.
If your lips are starting to get really cracked and painful, open up a vitamin E capsule and put a little bit of the gel right on the problem areas.
Go for natural lip balms
When buying a lip balm make sure that they contain coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter or beeswax to seal in moisture.
Take care before bedtime
Apply some coconut oil or even honey on your lips at night and wake up with soft and supple lips.
Sunny laid back days with clear blue skies and bright yellow sunshine !!, that is where Camp California will take you. The collection conjures the spirit of the 70’s with retro inspired denim pieces and worn fabrics to create a casual look. Everything and more that you will need for SS16. Take a peek and start dreaming of those lazy summer day and feeling the sun on your skin!!
Cut off- ripped relaxed denims shorts for those easy going days
Minimalist summer separates in classic shapes
Afro loving vintage 70’s style with logo t-shirts and flare denims
Stay cool in casual denim dresses
A-line skirts and lots of indigo denim
We all get super excited about the new year and our goal to get fit and healthy. We spend tons of money on fitness gear, clothes and gym memberships only to give it up come March.
So why not try something different to help you, keep it up!!
Kickstart your children’s confidence (if you have kids, if not your niece and nephews will do)
Do this by incorporating a physical activity into their everyday routine. It can be to play catch, dance while doing chores around the house, or a fun weekend activity like cycling or walks in the park. Exercise should be fun so turn it into a family activity rather than a chore.
Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment. Pick an activity where you normally zone out and try to stay focused and in the moment while doing it. This is not easy but, it will contribute to a happier state of mind.
Find Your Fitness
Instead of investing in an expensive gym membership, buy a skipping rope, you can pick it up anytime during the day and skip for about 20 minutes it works the whole body or try a HIIT workout. Find some great workouts on Tone It Up
Workout wear available @ www.newlook.com
Take The Right Vitamin Supplements
Instead of buying up the whole health store, focus on what your body really needs. A multivitamin will top you up your health-supporting nutrients that are lacking from your diet. Omega-3 will boost your immune system. You can incorporate this through eating fish such as salmon and tuna.
Fill up during the day with fresh fruit and unsalted nuts.
Not getting enough sleep is bad for your skin, mental wellbeing, weight and immune system. Try to sleep for at least seven to eight hours a night. Create a routine by going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. Also try to switch your phone off before bedtime.
Invest In A Juicer Or Blender
Saving on a gym membership means you can invest in a good blender or juicer for healthy juices and smoothies. Combine your favorite fruits or try kiwi, banana, spinach, cucumber, ginger and lime for a nutritious drink.
The 2016 Pantone colors are Rose Quartz and Serenity a soft mix of baby pink and baby blue.
Rose Quartz with its gentle tone conveying compassion and a sense of composure.
Serenity with its calming effect and sense of relaxation. Reminding us to always be mindful and in a constant state of happiness.
The secret to wearing Pantone 2016’s colors is to pair items to make up your own combination of the solid tones, rather than trying to find items with both of these shades in it. This does not mean that, you have to find one piece with both of these colors in it, instead try to mix and match items to create the same effect.
Pair with tailored silhouettes and rich textures to counter balance the delicate hues of sugary sweetness. Fabrics like silk make these two tones look really sophisticated.
Pink Laser Cut Open Toe Heels @ WWW.NEWLOOK.COM
Blue Tote Bag @ www.newlook.com
Limited Edition Print blouse @ www.marksandspencer.com
Maxi dress @ www.primark.com
Light pink smart jacket @ www.riverisland.com
Lace Up Heels @ www.newlook.com
This is the season to party, and all those late night partying leaves your skin looking tired. And the last thing you want, waking up after a great night is tired looking skin. So why not let your products take the night shift. Why not give these products a try this party season?
A good night cream recovers and moisturizers. The new Miracle sleeping cream from Garnier does just that, with its self-smoothing texture it envelops the skin and visibly helps to reduce the signs of fatigue while you sleep.
For best results, especially during this crazy party season, use it every night for skin that looks refreshed and less tired.
Overnight mask is one of the best ways to wake up with beautifully refreshed skin. Garnier’s Miracle Wake Up Cream serves as an overnight mask. It re-awakens your skin revealing radiant, soft and youthful looking skin morning after morning.
“Remove all make-up & cleanse skin to wake up with well-hydrated skin”
As far as Serums goes the number one serum, for me will always be Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II. After the first night of using it you will wake up to more beautiful looking skin.
Every season Hobbs delivers something new and exciting for the modern woman. Something that she can slip into and fall in love with. Each piece is tailored to be feminine and makes the wearer stand out from the crowd.
There SS16 collection is full of beautifully designed pieces for the traveler in you that can take you from day to evening.
Belize jacket in ebony appliqué mesh, Belize top in ivory jersey, Antonella skirt in ebony & ivory cotton blend
Ndara Poncho in ebony & ivory cashmere, Santiago top in ivory pleat poly, Santiago skirt in ebony pleat poly, Celia hat in ivory straw, Jemma cuff
Luciana coat in ice white & ebony linen blend, Aylesbury belt in ebony suede, Lola sandals in ebony suede
Salvador blouse in ivory & hot red silk, Salvador skirt in ivory & ebony cotton blend , Aylesbury belt in ebony suede, Lola sandal in ebony suede
Rica dress in natural & ivory linen blend, Rica trousers in natural & ivory linen blend, Amber sandals in snake print leather £99/€120
Paola cape in dark natural suede, Santiago top in ivory pleat poly, Cosette culottes in ivory satin back crêpe, Valentina in pendant in gold & ebony, Amber sandal snake print leather
Catalina blouse in azure blue silk, Catalina trousers azure blue silk, Lola sandals in ebony suede
Belize jumpsuit in ebony satin back crêpe