Monday, 21 July 2014 19:10

Shake off the Summer Heat

As you're reading this article, chances are you've been hit by the overwhelmingly hot weather which has engulfed Britain this last week. Sticky, humid and with a couple of cracking thunder storms thrown in, the new hot climate has sun blathers reclining in their bikinis while others shy away to a shady spot to keep cool. Whatever your feelings towards the weather, it looks set to stay pretty warm so you should defiantly invest in some of the summers coolest pieces to shake off the heat.

First of all, you should have a good decent pair or shorts. Shorts come in an array of styles and sizes, yet for sweltering weather you should opt for a pair of white linen shorts as they don't absorb heat and will allow your skin to breathe easier. H&M have a great selection, with pastel and khaki colours while for more long lasting pieces, head to Joseph for a pair of tailored perfection. For added comfort, make sure that your desired shorts fall at a reasonable length (are not hot pants basically!) and you are free to move around with ease.

Summer dresses are also a must. Primark, New Look and Bershka always do amazing cotton dresses for this time of year, with light fabrics and cute designs. Halter necks, spaghetti straps or just a simple boob-tube, it really doesn't matter, just as long as it looks and feels good. Try not to choose a dress which will force you to wear a slip of vest top underneath; remember the less layers the better. And New Look currently have a fantastic sale on at the moment, so get shopping!

To shield your eyes from the piercing sun, a good pair of sunglasses are crucial - plus they add glamour to any outfit. It doesn't matter on the shape or design; it could be cats-eye, round or square, just ensure they have protected lenses to stop your eyes being damaged. I like the cute yet costly Max Mara sunglasses range, which has only just hit select luxury department stores, like Selfridges. Defiantly worth checking out.

But the most important thing this summer is that you have a great time and stay safe. Holiday across the country at beachside resorts and enjoying tasty ice creams while relaxing. And if you have time why not treat yourself to some retail therapy!
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Photographer Mert & Marcus for Vogue Paris June 2011.
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Photographer Mert & Marcus for Vogue Paris June 2011.
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Isabeli Fontana wearing a variety of Versace, Prada, Moschino and Emilio Pucci.

Photographer Mert & Marcus for Vogue Paris June 2011. 

Written by Hannah Last 
Cheryl Cole marries Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, who she has been dating since April.
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Saturday, 12 July 2014 01:02

festival Face.Lace

Some of you may of seen or heard of Face.Lace before, especially if you were recently at Glastonbury where the new festival Face.Lace designs were a genius alternative to hiring an avant garde Make-Up artist and were made to stay on through the mud, sweat and tears. But for those who've not, rest assured as I'm about to tell all on these amazing creations.

So what is Face.Lace and where has it come from?

Face.Lace was founded by the Make-up Artist Phyliss Cohen, famous for her intricate designs and staggeringly bold fashion feats. Phyliss has a huge portfolio including advertisement, magazines and even designed tattoo designs for Jean-Paul Gaultier. She was often asked by many "How can I do make-up like you?" With that in mind, she took her previous illustration background and MA fine art degree along with her passion, talent and drive and produced the incredible brand Face.Lace.

Face.Lace comes in many designs and colours and are vinyl shaped cut out adhesives. They can be applied to anywhere on your body but most commonly on the face for a quick avant garde look looking like you've spent hours perfecting that design or hiring your own personal Make-up Artist. Because they are stick on adhesives they are non-smudge and ready to wear. Your natural look can change in a minute by simply peeling off the designs on the sheet and sticking to your face giving you that mind blowing look in minutes.

There is a large range of designs from the original designs of 'Masks' and 'Demi-Veils' which are designed to cover half of the face or eyes, medium designs names 'Mehndoodles' and smaller 'eye laces and doodles'. For true creatives Face.Lace also do 'play sheets' and 'beauty sparks' which are small shapes of coloured super shiny mirror finished foils. Then there's the new 'brow lace' which Make-Up Artist's love, me being one of them! These designs can be mixed up and added to the other designs to create something really unique and magical.

What's more if you really want to create your own custom design just contact Face.Lace through their website and they will create your own bespoke design.

I simply love Face.Lace and it is always a product that is in my kit. I was very lucky to of met the very talented creator Phyills and her team at this year's IMATS in London. Phyliss then went on to do a presentation on the main stage where hundreds of her fans sat and watched her create her magic.

You can buy or inquire about Face.Lace on their website www.face-lace.com

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Phyliss on stage at IMATS London
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Face.Lace Beauty Sparks and Festival Eyes £4.95 and £9.95
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Face.Lace Rocco Playsheet in white and Eye Lace Swirlyqueue £15.95 each
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Face.Lace Lace brows in Gun Metal Silver and Dappled Gold £4.95 each
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Face.Lace Whiplush Brow Lace and Dresserenity Brow Lace £16.95
Friday, 11 July 2014 13:40

Pretty Pastel Pieces

Summertime is the perfect season for injecting a boost of colour into your wardrobe, and this also means your jewellery collection too! We love the sugary sweet blue, pink and yellow shades that seem to be everywhere at the minute, helping you pick out the perfect outfits for your summer holiday. Take a look at some of our favourite pieces in these shades including gorgeous Ti Sento jewellery.

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Items in the images are available from Jewellery and All That, New Look, River Island and ASOS. 
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 16:08

The French Fancies with killer style …

One of the worst things about fashion nowadays is that no one has a mind of their own, instead people turn to high street stores and wear what the retail industry is telling them is 'in' to wear.

It is the fashion icons from decades ago, whose children you need to be looking at, as these are the people who ooze class, sophistication and timeless style – which you can't buy from any typical shop – you are born with it.

An example of some of these iconic children are the off-spring of the sensational beauty and 60s icon, Jane Birkin. Two of her girls, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon, are the epitome of style with their French femininity and edgy rocker looks.
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As you may be aware, Birkin was the 'IT' model of the 60s, not only known for her beauty, modelling and acting career, but also for her choice of men, whom over time fathered her three girls.

First of all it was the James Bond Composer, John Barry, whom she had the talented photographer Kate Barry with – which ended in tragedy as she sadly died earlier this year.

Then there was the magnificent, French God of music and sex appeal, the mighty Serge Gainsborough whom she had Charlotte with, and then came along Lou whose father, Jacques Doillon was a very famous director.
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With all the beauty, talent and reputable statuses each of the parents shared in the celebrity world, it was no shock that Charlotte and Lou would end up following in similar iconic footsteps to their mother and fathers.

This is shown today, as the sisters are often featured in the fashion Bible, Vogue and modelling for top end designers such as Givenchy. Their whole lifestyle and look will make any fashion day dreamer want to move to the star's homeland of Paris and swoon ...
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Charlotte who was born in the UK, was brought up in France, and is therefore fluent in both French and English – meaning her acting and singing is adored in both countries.

The natural beauty is rarely seen wearing make-up and she always looks as though she has thrown things together, but in a way that always looks effortlessly chic, a look which not many women can pull off.

Her extremely petite frame is often covered in jeans, Converse or boots and tailored shirts and jackets, a look which she describes as "not very fancy", which of course is extremely admirable considering her wealth.
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Charlottes younger sister Lou has carried on her mothers remarkable beauty, and even sports the same hair style her mother was known for in her hey day.

Lou, like her family, hasn't escaped their lucky streak of having sensational style, and when she isn't strutting the catwalk or playing her music, she can be found roaming the streets of Paris in a nonchalant fashionable manner.

Her style is similar to her sisters, except she has more of an indie, boho vibe as she often wears quirky hats, over sized jackets and braces with her jeans.
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Both sisters, like many Parisians, stick to the same colour palettes, which often consists of navy, black, white and grey and these colours are the ones to opt for if you want to mimic a look like theirs.

Ultimately though, the greatest thing about Charlotte and Lou's style is because they don't flash their wealth in their clothing and they don't show off and flaunt their figures, they wear 'regular' clothing, but in a way that when they team it together, they are just that cool, they make everything look superb.
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If you're looking for a touch of the French fancies look, then look at the footwear on Elia B – simple, classic and chic, just like Charlotte and Lou.
Monday, 07 July 2014 15:21

Summer Styling for the Curvy Lady

For all of those fabulous curvy ladies out there, plus size fashion retailer, Elvi, has graced us with a gorgeous summer collection to get your summer wardrobe off to a flying start. With an aim to help plus size women express their inner confidence, Elvi cater for ladies sized between 14 and 26.

The summer collection is infused with a sterling range of pretty pastels, flattering cuts and luxury detail. We've put together three chic outfits to inspire your new summer wardrobe.

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Tuck a classic cami into this lovely coral A-line skirt and complete your attire with a further pop of colour with this mustard handbag for the perfect brunch ensemble. We would suggest wearing a pair of block heel sandals to help extend your pins.

A Day at the Races
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As one of the most popular trips of the summer, an outfit for ladies day at the race is a must. Elvi has a beautiful collection of plus size dresses for you to choose from. Ooze elegance and be right on trend in this lilac dress with a black lace trim. Finish the look with a black fascinator and black accessories.

Shopping Trip in the City
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Achieve comfortable yet stylish attire for a shopping trip by opting for a pair of soft jeans and a cute pastel top – we love this floral lace one from Elvi! Keep your look classic with a neutral tote and a pair of casual pumps.

Monday, 07 July 2014 15:04

Spend Summer With Clarks Shoes

With summer already upon us, most of you will have already sorted your wardrobes for the season. But for those who have booked a late summer holiday, now is time to organise that suitcase and start choosing outfits for your trip.

Clarks, a name that has been synonymous with the shoe industry for a number of years now, has a fantastic selection of summer staples which every girl should be adding to her footwear collection. With sandals, heels, wedges and more available in their current seasonal range, you would be forgiven for wanting the whole lot in your suitcase this summer.

So, what are you planning on wearing on your holidays? Well if you are stuck for ideas, fear no more! We have picked out some holiday perfect outfits that will add style to anyone looks. Spending the summer stylish has never been more simple.
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Sophisticated Day Wear

Need to look smart in the heat? Want to add some sophistication to your day wear? Then why not layer a blazer over a vest and denim shorts combo and add a pair of Clarks Gin Crush Leather Shoes to your ensemble.
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Summer Nights

Every girl needs to pack an outfit for a night out in her suitcase and this look is ideal. A cami dress will keep you cool, while a simple solid bangle and a prim clutch will add evening glam. The Clarks Ornate Jewel Leather sandals make the perfect finishing touch.
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Poolside Attire

If you are looking for a stylish yet casual look, a maxi skirt if the way to go. Add a Cropped vest and a bold necklace to make your look standout. A pair of Clarks Romantic Moon Nude Leather sandals will keep you comfortable and stylish too. 
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 18:49

The Make-up Artist's magic tool

If you follow my work or any other make-up artist's work then it's no secret how much us make-up artists love our brushes. A make-up brush to a make-up artist is a magic tool. I'm always asked on make-up jobs why I have so many brushes and I can honestly say that every single brush I own has a purpose. Without the right brush you couldn't acheive a certain look that you may be trying to create. For instance, how would you acheive the perfect cat eye eyeliner trend with a pot of gel eyeliner with out the right brush? Even the most experienced famous make-up artist's in the world would find it difficult.

So today i'm going to give you some info on some amazing new brushes from one of my favourute brush brands that are now nicely sitting in my expanding brush collection waiting to be used.

Crown Brush are by far one of my favourite brush brands. I have so many of their brushes in my kit and they never fail to dissapoint me. They have been manufacturing brushes for over 20 years and the quality, price and customer satisfaction is second to none. They offer many different ranges ensuring that everyone can find their perfect brush.

One of my favourite ranges is The Infinity Range.

The brush hair is so soft and feels silky smooth on your skin. The hair is made of vegan soft synthetic bristles that are designed to create a flawless make-up application. The brushes are perfect for a make-up artist to create high definition work essential for camera work in film, TV and photography or perfect for anyone at home wanting to create a flawless perfect make-up look everyday.

Because the bristles are synthetic they don't soak up the product meaning that your product, whether it be foundation, blusher, eyeshadow, lipstick will last much longer than if you were to use a natural hair brush. Overall verdict = the perfect brush range!!
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Infinity C453 £12.99 (angle blusher brush)
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Infinity C450 £16.99 (Foundation brush)
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Infinity C456 £5.99 (Pointed blender)
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Infinity C460 £4.99 (Blending fluff brush)
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Infinity C463 £2.99 (Angle liner)
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Infinity C465 £2.99 (Silicone glitter applicator)
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All brushes can be bought online from Crownbrush Uk
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 16:16

Zara's Print-on-the-run Sale!

New print campaign #afroprintspirebyk will share my LOVE for Afrocentric prints. Feast your eyes on these ankara-inspired prints in #Zara's 2014 Summer sale! Sometimes it can be hard to match your African print with your day-to-day clothing. But when it's summer, there really are no rules to matching bright colours!

How would you rate each piece? Comment below!

Casual slouch print
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Day time chic print
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Play date print
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Boyfriend vest print
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Diamonds are said to be a girl's best friend, whether they are real or fake when placed on accessories. When it comes to these gems and jewellery, the combination provides the perfect pieces to add to your bridal look. It doesn't matter if you have plenty of cash to splash or are limiting yourself to a tighter budget, you can get gorgeous bridal jewellery at a range of costs that will all look stunning.

Some of our favourite pieces are silver, as they have a clean and elegant appearance that work well when paired with traditional white and cream bridal gowns. Below are some of our favourite pieces from UK based brand Jon Richard. The name has everything from pretty dainty pieces for a subtle style, to some stand out jewellery that will bring any dress to life.

Fab florals

Flowery pieces are a must have choice when getting married during the spring/summer seasons. They give a look a really feminine feel, especially these earrings with the mix of a pearl and crystals.
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Glitz and glam

If you love to be centre of attention and have all eyes on you, adding some standout jewellery will tie your outfit together perfectly.
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Pretty pearls

This more traditional looking piece of jewellery is very ladylike and has a regal feel to it. You will feel really classy wearing pearls, and you can find coloured styles now too if you wanted a modern twist.
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Crown of jewels

Whether you have chosen to wear a veil or not for your big day, adding some pretty jewels in the form of a tiara, headband or slide will look gorgeous. You can tie them in with so many different hair styles; they really stand out when placed in an up do.
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