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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 14:06

Father’s Day Gift Guide

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This is a quick guide to help you pick some presents ready for Father’s Day.

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I purchased a mug from Snapfish that I was able to personalise with pictures of the family. It really is a great gift, every time my Father has his morning coffee he will be thinking of us. They have numerous mugs for you to choose from. Porcelain mugs, magic mugs, travel mugs and more. There simple photo mug with an inside colour is the easiest to create – simply add your photo and hey presto. What’s is even better is the price, they start at £6.99

Bond and Knight

I chose the Mark 2 Billfold wallet for my Father. It measures 8x9cm and is the smallest wallet that will hold up to 6 cards with a full sized notes section. I had his initials put on the inside of the wallet along with a picture that he holds close to his heart. I love the fact that you can add any picture you like to make it more personal. It is a stylish design that holds your secret picture inside and will only cost you £60.

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Boxers and Briefs

When I am shopping for the men in my life I always purchase an item or two from Boxers and Briefs. This time around I picked a Calvin Klein intense power swimwear rounded V-neck t-shirt in white which costs £31.45. Trying to keep my Father up to date with the latest fashions is a hard job but someone has to do it.

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EasySMX Gaming Headset

If your Father is partial to playing the odd computer game then why not buy him the EasySMX gaming headset? An EasySMX gaming headset works perfectly with a PS4 and mobile phone and comes with a splitter cable for use with PC. It can be used for Xbox One via an adapter, which is not included in the box. The adjustable headband with cushion pad fit well with all head sizes and give a better gaming experience. The omnidirectional microphone picks up your voice clearly in gaming. It is one of the best gaming headsets on the market and will cost you £17.99.

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The Personal Barber Monthly Box

With just about every man I know making sure that they keep their beards trim or to have a really smooth face this would be the ideal present. All new members get a free safety razor and shaving brush in their first box as well as step-by-step instructions that guide you so that you have the best shave of your life. It is easy enough to join and you can pay month-to-month, three monthly, six monthly or twelve monthly. The choice is yours and as they like to keep things interesting you can always expect to see new soaps, blades and post-shave products like oils, balms, colognes and alums in the other boxes you receive. No two months will be the same. Twelve monthly pre-pay is £20.95 per box.

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Written by Hayley Sweeney #blogger

Monday, 22 May 2017 12:36

Less Is More: Joshua James Jewellery

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Jewellery Joshua James

Less is more so bare it all with distinct and personal jewellery. Joshua James Jewellery, one of the UK's most popular and fastest growing independent retailers offers a stunning collection of fine jewellery from pendants that layer from your chin to your collarone to earings that sparkles in the glowing sunshine. With a huge selection of pendants, bracelets, watches, earings and rings. I was spoiled for choice but the Silver CZ Earring Jackets  caught my eye and I was in love.

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I am besotted with my sparkly, Silver CZ Earring Jackets , it draws just enough attention to make a statement and jazz up a plain white T-shirt and Jeans look. The perfect pair of earings to get a lot of mileage out of. It works for special occasion wear as well as every day wear.

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Pendants to layer, is the must have this season, with Celebs and It-girls alike layering dainty pendants to make a layered statement pieces. The Silver CZ Flower Pendant, closes with a spring ring clasp and can be adjusted to 3 different lengths. So the ideal piece to start layering.

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Pair your flower pendant with the pretty Silver CZ V Pendant, to add extra sparkle or wear it on its own for an understated classic look.

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Mix your gold and silver with by pairing your V-shaped pendant with a pair of the Delta Rose Gold & Clear Crystal Dual Earrings . The shimmering clear crystal will add a refined sparkle to any day or night look.

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Bracelets whether you like it simple or statement worthy, they are all about adding extra glitz and personality to your style. The Silver Round CZ Bracelet will complete your look on its own or stacked with other pieces.

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Studs are ideal for everyday wear, they might be small but they are in the direct line of vision of everyone you talk to through out the day. So the rigth pair can have a big impact like the pretty pair of Rose Gold Plated Openwork Stud Earrings.

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Jewellery are the silver linings to any great outfit. So take your style from basic to brilliant with any piece from Joshua James Jewellery, as you deserve to shine.

Monday, 22 May 2017 11:58

As Seen In Vogue

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Shop this seasons must have pieces, As seen in Vogue and receive 15% off your first order with the code STYLE1.

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Romantic and subtly sexy ,Chloé's tri-coloured blouse, crafted in lightweight silk crépon frabric. You will be floating in the pretty piece with its exaggerated, tiered bell sleeves. A must have summer statement piece.

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Fall in love with this multicoloured Valentino gown, the closing pieces at the Valentino SS17 runway show With its beautiful lace detail and block colores for a contemporary romantic look.

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Say it loud in this limited- edition slogan T-shirt emblazoned with the words Canned Candies,after the London exhibition of erotic photographs by 1960s photographer Jean Clemmer featuring Rabanne’s futuristic chain-mail designs.

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Sweater dressing just got seriously sexy and you will look the part in this Esteban Cortázar’s asymmetric, split hem knit dress with a white ruffle trim and one-shoulder.

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Boho flair at its best, is the Valentino's black leather fringed shoulder bag with its multi-stand twisted strap and rockstud and turquoise cabochon embellishment.

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Get your hands on one of the jewellery pieces from the Christopher Kane’s SS17 runway show.

The bejeweled beetle necklace set in resin alongside sparkling stones. The perfect accent for all your summer prints.

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Saturday, 20 May 2017 12:06

Travelling In Style - Summer Essentials

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Sunglasses, an essential summer accessory, are an important element of a trendy outfit. This season, the bigger and brighter, the better!

Founded in 2012, Bôhten manufactures and designs eco luxury glasses made from reclaimed material sourced from West Africa. All frames are super light and go well with various outfits. Perfect for travelling!

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Ripped Denim

Be it skinny, boyfriend, flared or cropped, ripped jeans is one denim trend that is still going strong.

Whether you pair it with a floaty blouse and sneakers for a daytime look, or a silky camisole and killer heels for a night out in town, ripped jeans add a definite edge to your outfit.

For more styling ideas, click here 

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Photos courtesy of Pinterest, Vogue, and Pull & Bear

Slip Dress

This is arguably one of the most versatile piece of clothing you can bring. A slip dress can be worn various ways. Throw it on and pair with comfy sandals for a day of sightseeing, with a sweater for a lovely dinner, or even over your swimsuit for some cover up for an evening stroll on the beach.

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While the floral print trend has been in full bloom for as long as we can remember, it is still one of the best ways to freshen up your wardrobe and get ready for the summer season. Fabulous florals combined with simple, minimalist accessories, will never go out of style.

If you are looking for a more edgy look, try mixing florals with other prints and adding bold accessories such as statement jewellery or oversized sunglasses.

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For more travel essentials, click here Happy Summer!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 10:42

ASOS SS17 Occasion Wear

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Occassion wear Asos

Here is just a snippet of what caught our eyes but there is plenty more when you click Shop Here.

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So what ever the occasion or if you just want to show off ASOS has you covered with 20% OFF OCCASION WEAR

You won't even make a dent in your bank balance.

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So all you need to do is Shop, Shop and Shop, some more !!!

Monday, 15 May 2017 16:39

Save The Blow Dry

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I love to have a shower every day especially with the weather getting warmer, but I hate to spend what can seem like hours blow-drying my wet hair after.

I have found a way to make the whole process a lot quicker. My solution to this problem is a Save The Blow Dry Shower Cap. This shower cap has a water proof design with an internal layer of soft micro weave towelling which helps to keep your hair dry and bouncy instead of letting the humidity and condensation win the good hair fight.

The cap is also reversible so it can be used when your want to leave products in your hair without leaving a mess all over your clothes and house. After using it all you need to do is rinse it under the tap ready to use again next time. This shower cap actually works. My hair is not damp or wet after I have had a shower and the cap itself is comfy and does not make my head itch like other shower caps I have tried in the past.

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Save The Blow Dry is only £14.95, which is a small price to pay to keep your hair looking dry and fabulous. The caps come in a blue and pink colour and are great for those of us who do not wash our hair every day. If you cannot deal with blow-drying your hair more than a few times a week this cap is for you.

Written by hayley Sweeney

Monday, 15 May 2017 14:26

Spring summer 17 Must-haves

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Tried and tested these SS17 beauty and essential handbag must-haves, have our seal of approval. Yep! that's right we can't live without any of them.

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Fakebake 60 Minutes Tanning Lotion

With the unpredictability of British weather, you never know if you'll be invited to a last-minute summer parties. Unlike traditional fake tans there is no need to tan in advance as this tan develops in an hour, an easy way to keep your tan topped up whatever the weather.

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Thank You Farmer Sun Project Water Sun Cream SPF50

As South Koreans triumph when it comes to sun protection, its only right to turn to them for sun cream. This lightweight cream leaves no sticky greasy residue like traditional sun creams for a lightweight invisible protection from the sun.

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Corkcicle Tumbler

There is nothing worse than reaching into your bag on a hot day to find a warm drink. This is no longer a worry with the corkcicletumbler, it keeps your drinks chilled for up to nine hours.

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What Skin Needs Balm

Perfect for getting that fresh glowysummer skin, with its skin renewal properties say goodbye to dry sad wintery skin. 

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Topshop Summer Cateye Sunglasses

A timeless sunglasses shape, with a modern on trend twist that brings out any eye colour adding a hint of summer colour spirit to any outfit.

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Happy shopping!

Written by Claire Morrison

Saturday, 13 May 2017 08:55

Skincare Ancient And Modern

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Skincare like our diets, in this modern age, can be confusing. Open a magazine, browse the internet or switch on your television, all it is telling you, is eat this, do that and use this. AH!!! it is a nightmare, all this information and there you are, still clueless as to what really works.

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Women throughout the ages all wanted the same ideal as us modern day women, radiant and youthful skin. These ancient women used a variety of methods, some a bit bizarre but harmless and it worked for them.

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The female Emperor Wu Zetian, of China used Fairy Powder. A powered made out of Chinese motherwort, a plant that is a part of the Mint family. She mixed this with cold water and in turn used that mixture to wash her face every morning. Surprisingly this worked for her as she was well know for her beautiful skin and appearance right into old age.

Then there was the use of Placenta , which have become trendy again. Women used human placenta to keep them looking and feeling youthful. Another ancient method that is trendy in modern day is the use of Snail Slime in creams, the wonder cure for anti-aging treatments and reducing of wrinkles, stretch marks, acne and scars.

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Something a bit bizarre, to me at least is the Anti-Sagging Lips as Face Slimmer. An invention by Japanese cosmetic company Glim. Now this is a rubbery looking mouthpiece, that keeps the muscles of the lower part of the face pert by stretching it.

Many of us will love this one, Wine baths. Queen Mary the sixteenth century Queen of Scots and bathed regularly in white wine to keep her skin young, smooth and beautiful. And yes it worked for her as she was admired for her looks.

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Just like the above methods there are many like them all with the promise of younger, radiant and blemish free skin. As fast moving modern women, we life in a world where we need to keep up with changes happening daily in our lives. Yes, the tried and tested ancient ways have worked and some are still working but we want new and not old ways.

New ways like Ellipse a clinically proven, safe and effective laser based skin treatment. Their treatments have been proven to be effective for sun damaged skin, leg veins acne, hair removal, wrinkle reduction, onychomycosis and the removal of pigmented and vascular lesions.

Every Ellipse product is developed in close cooperation with leading dermatologists making it safe and effective.

Some treatments that we recommend:

1) Intense Age Defence anti-ageing/wrinkle reduction
The innovative Intense Age Defence anti-ageing/wrinkle reduction programme from Ellipse is a painless, two-step procedure where Intense by Ellipse Photo Spray enhances the well-established Ellipse I²PL light procedure. Ellipse delivers Anti-Ageing, Wrinkle Reduction treatments.

2) Acne Laser treatment

IPL Acne Therapy is an effective new light-based therapeutic therapy which is now revolutionising the treatment of acne. Ellipse has one of the safest and proven unique technology to be extremely effective on moderate to severe inflammatory acne.

Need more then CLICK HERE

Friday, 12 May 2017 16:10

Star Buy's From Superdrug

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What better time than the weekend to relax and check out these starbuy's from Superdrug. We know you’re going to love them because we do!

Versace Bright Crystal Eau de Toilette Spray 30ml Save £18 Was £39.00 Now £21.00 Valid from: 10th may - 16th May

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You can Save Up To 1/3 on Real Techniques Ultimate Base Set valid from: 10th may - 16th May

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Versace The Dreamer Eau de Toilette the perfect gift for men and boys. 100ml Valid from: 11th May - 15th May

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BOSS Orange Woman Eau de Parfum 50ml Valid from: 11th May - 15th May


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Happy shopping with Superdrug!

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Monday to Friday means sitting at a desk staring at a computer screen, which often, for me atleast, leads to an excotic daydream. Fantasizing about sipping champange on a yacth, or sipping cocktails on a beach in Ibiza. Then only to wake from my daydream, because what will I pack to wear on this excotic holiday.

But then like magic the post man drops me this little package and my daydream is restored, sun, sea and sand here I come.

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Jules B have been dressing stylish men and women for over 30 years and now it is mine and your turn to experience their style.

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Beautifully packaged and presented I could not wait to see the gift inside.

My gift is their gorgeous Deep V- Neck Leopard Print Kaftan

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A semi- sheer chiffon kaftan adorn with beautiful tropical print and bead detail with a seductive deep V-neckline, side slits and three-quarter sleeves. I love the colour because it just brightened up my pale untanned winter skin. The fit was gorgeous sitting nice and loose on my body in light breathable fabric. Cool and loose for those hot days on that tropical island in the shimmering heat, and at the same time chic and original. Perfect to be worn all day and night.

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Kaftan's has become a high fashion item, a simple yet stylish piece of attire that can take you to daytime poolside or evening drinks on that fancy yatch. Uncomplicated and fuss free, easy to slip-in and easy to slip-off.

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Just like my day dream slipping on a Jules B kaftan, evokes exotic glamour of a beautiful woman poolside looking effortlessly chic and sophisticated.

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SHOP Your JULES B Kaftan – CLICK HERE

OnePiece Top picks SS17 Creators of the Onesie

The streets have become the new runway and we #urban chicks know, that if we we are “gonna bring it” we need to have the right arsenal to bring the streets to its knees.

Onepiece, the original creators of the onesie, is the premium #streetwear fashion brand. The brand has become a global phenomenon since hitting the streets in 2007. With the chicest of urban #fashionroyalty, Beyonce, Gigi Hadid, Cara Delevingne and the MIC crew, donning it with such ease and nonchalant flair.

This season they are kicking it up a gear and taking You the #fashiondiva to the front of the queue, with their new collection of jumpsuits, joggers, t shirts and jackets. We had a looksie into their SS17 lookbook and picked our favs and we are loving it. Read on for our Top picks.

Become the leader of the #streetfashion pack and in the words of Paris Hilton, “Don’t be boring and dress cute wherever you go. The only rule is not to blend in.”

Swoosh the streets in the Black Bay Jump suit, we love it!! because it is totally, out of bed sexy, showing just enough flesh to tease, WOW !!! it got us hot and bothered.

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Nothing says, I am hot and I know it, like the perfect festival look. The Pacific Rain Mermaid Jumpsuit oozes just enough allure of a dreamy bod under that cover. It is playful and effortless the perfect cover on those days when not even the summer down pour will ruin your #glam.

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Pacific Rain Jumpsuit Mermaid SHOP YOURS HERE

Ditched the puffer jacket for the Sphere Jacket, this lightweight nylon jacket is wind and water resistant. Totally on #vogue this Muted Clay colored jacket is a must for the jet setter style aficionado flying high this Spring/Summer, especially on those days when you are faced with all 4 seasons in one day.

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These pieces are perfect for the confident #fashionista that is effortless and comfortable in her #streetstyle. Onepiece is Fashions Finest endorsed and we dare you ditched the norm and go Onepiece for added flare whether you are off-duty or need to set the streets on fire.

Monday, 08 May 2017 11:31

Stylish Storage

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For lovers of interiors, and those who those who admire modern and minimal interior design - here is some inspiration! Lately, I have fallen in love with some unique interior storage designs, for these reasons:
- they create the minimalist design for the modern day home
- reduce clutter, create more space
- your guests will believe you're the tidiest person on the planet.

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I've had so much fun on Pinterest just getting some storage ideas. Here are some really handy tricks there if you're an interior designer; renovating your home; and/or crafting a new home!

Share your favourite interior storage tips with us!

Friday, 05 May 2017 10:47

Veritas Bespoke SS17 Collection

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Veritas bespoke jewellery

Nothing expresses our personality quite like the embellishments we choose to adorn our every day ensemble with. Those special jewellery pieces that can completely transform any outfit.

If you are looking for one of those special pieces that are enticing and exquisite, then read, on you might just find that “IT ” jewellery piece to personalise your wardrobe like the Lioness Cuff Bangle in 18 Carat Gold Plate from Bespoke Jewellers Veritas.

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Veritas Beskope jewellers, have been creating beautiful Pendants & Necklaces, Bracelets & Bangles, Friendship Bracelets, Rings, Earings, Brooches and Pins since 2004.

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Each unique piece created by Veritas are timeless, sentimental, playful and wearable. Crafted from beautiful material with each piece commanding attention.

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Each piece is a skillful mix of contemporary chic, elegance and playfulness. Expertly designed pieces crafted with a deep appreciation for craftsmanship.

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Veritas supply some of the worlds best known brands, companies and stores with custom made, unique jewellery for either corporate gifting or retail purposes.

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Head on over to www.veritasgifts.co.uk to take your pick of one of their unique SS17 pieces or to let them help you develop your own custom made jewellery.

Friday, 28 April 2017 16:31

Weekend Cool

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We are about to head into another long weekend and that means, time to let our hair down and throw caution to the wind and bring out the Prosecco. Weekends are also for casual cool style. So if you are heading out this weekend and in need of some inspiration to jazz up your look, we got you covered. Scroll down for our pick of effortlessly chic outfits to keep you fashionable this long weekend.

Girls love Skirts and Dresses

If your Monday to Friday is ful of #bossbabe pants suits, then the weekend is the best time to bring our your girly side with a femine dress and or skirt. Channel spring fever with flower and frills for a boozy girly brunch.

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Chic Denim Up

Keep it cool, edgy and street chic in denim, sheer and metallics for a modern and cool weekend look.

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Pants and All

Nothing beats smart casual trousers for a fashionable weekend lunch or dinner for a modern yet classic weekend look.

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Happy Feet

Weekends are for walking so keep your feet happy in cute flats and comfy heels for a fresh and trendy look.

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Enjoy the long weekend ladies and have fun !!!!

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 12:27

How Coachella does fashion

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While us mere mortals gorged chocolate, and went to church over the Easter weekend somewhere in the Colorado Desert celebs, socialites and the uber trendy were getting down at Coachella.

Festival of festivals the four-day event which was held over two weekends boasted a star-studded a line-up of music greats which included Kendrick Lemar, Lady Gaga, Schoolboy Q and our very own Stormzy to name a few.

But can we talk about the fashion?

No rules no trends just do your thing boo boo. Make sure and take note because the inspiration for many of this summer’s trends will defiantly be drawn from the valley this summer.

Check out some of the looks:

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Monday, 24 April 2017 12:16

CB12 For Fresh Breath

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I was sent a few products from CB12 to try. The package contained three mouthwashes, which were the CB12 mild, CB12 white and CB12 original. I was also sent the CB12 spray for pleasant breath on the go and the CB12 chewing gum. The CB12 original has a fresh taste to it and leaves your breath smelling fresh for hours while the CB12 mild has a mild mint taste to it and keeps your breath fresh throughout the day.

The CB12 white has a peppermint taste, which is strong and long lasting. The CB12 white whitens your teeth after you have been using it for two weeks. It removes all the stains that have been caused by coffee, tea, red wine and nicotine.

As I happen to be a smoker at the moment it is a great help, so until I quit which will be in the near future I will continue to use CB12 white. The CB12 spray and gum is great for when you are out and about and need to freshen your breath. I take my spray everywhere with me.

A CB12 product gives you12 hours of protection. That is 12 hours of fresh breath, you can speak to anyone with confidence once you have used CB12. Studies have shown that CB12 is more efficient than other mouthwashes.

If you have not tried it I suggest you give it a go and get fresh breath in time for Summer. It will be a good investment. Prices range from £2-£30 and I would say that every product is worth the money if you too want to have fresh breath. Do not be a person that has to cover their mouths while having a conversation.

Written by Hayley Sweeney

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 20:37

The Metallic Edition

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Whether you love it or hate it the high shine of metallics are simply unapologetic glam. A throwback from the Eighties the trend is fast becoming the boomerang of the fashion world, as it keeps on coming back to fill our wardrobes with bright shiny objects.

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High-shine fabrics could be seen all over the catwalks in and array of blues, greens and golds, futuristic yet girly and flirty.

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Read on to find out how you once again can embrace this trend.

Unless you do not want to look like a futuristic alien go for sublte hints of metallics. So go for pieces that catch the light as you glide by and catches the eye of all passers by. Shoes is it then, runners, mules, stilleto's and slip on sandals.

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High-shine and flirty ,wear your metallics matchy -matchy for a bold statement or mix it up with prints and or color.

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A metallic jacket, skirt or dress is a great way to stand out from the crowd But whatever you do, do not overaccessorize. Let your dress, jacket or skirt be the statement and keep your accessories minimal.

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Keep your focus on the shade, blues, greens and golds are very flattering. If you are going for a cooler shade like silver,keep your accessories in a sold color for a cool chic look.

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Add little touches in your day wear for a dramatic futuristic glam vibes.

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 19:31

Cruelty Free Fragrances You will Love!

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We love these fragrances from Monsoon and Accessorise not just because they smell gorgeous but that they have been ethically produced with no testing on animals. 

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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 12:20

Dorothy Perkins Capsule Bridal Collection

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Simple, elegant and affordable, that is what we are all looking for in a wedding dress. The new Dorothy Perkins Bridal Collection is bringing us just that, simple, elegant and affordable wedding dresses.

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The collection is made up of 10 styles ranging in price from £85 to £150 in sizes 8-18 and include petite, tall, curve and maternity.

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Styles range from Grecian drapes to modern mid-lengths, fancy fishtails and halter necks with a touch of vintage lace. Simple, stylish and affordable.

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Alongside the bridal dresses, you can also find shoes, accessories and bridesmaids dresses. All -in -all making shopping for your big day simple and hassle free.

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The collection will be available from April- Shop now at Dorothy Perkins Bridal

Monday, 27 March 2017 10:41

My Lagos Retail Experience

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If you are a fashion lover or simply enjoy retail therapy in your spare time, then you may be very conscious of the different retail experiences out there. Visiting the motherland, Nigeria, is never short of an experience to remember.

In Lagos, the fashion hub of Nigeria, the latest trends are everywhere, and shopping is a luxury that everyone will afford-by any means necessary. As you drive through Lekki, away from Lagos mainland, you will notice the conscious effort of everyone to make the streets their own personal runway. Consequently, malls and boutiques lavishly splurge on cutting edge and off-the-runway inspired designs; and you'll find both luxury and low-end pricing. There is really no excuse not to be on trend- this is Nigeria, after all.

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You can't really share a Lagos experience on one page- time doesn't permit; nor does one claim to know it all. But this is why it's a personal experience. So in a nutshell, happy reading!

'The early bird catches the worm' describes moving around in Lagos perfectly. Particularly if you want to get to the island (Lagos consists of an island and the mainland), setting out early in the day allows you to shop to your heart's content and gives you enough time to head back to the mainland before rush hour creeps in. Lagos is rich in culture and activities, and it's also heavily populated. Make sure traffic doesn't put a dent in your plans. Also, once you've mapped out and decided where you want to go, don't hold back on your purchases! I'm not saying splurge or be wreckless in buying the unnecessary- but if you love it, go ahead and buy it. Boutique items are sourced from so many different parts of the world, and from so many fashion seasons- there's a small chance you'll find the exact item elsewhere and at a better price. Having said that, the market is a great place to haggle, look around, and return if you wish to make a purchase. Balogun market on Lagos Island is known to be one of the most resourceful and most loved open markets to shop. They say you find everything in this market: from designers, to wholesale, to machinery parts.

Make sure you indulge yourself in some good icecream spots if you're out shopping the whole day! I recommend Chocolate Royal if you're on the island; or browse Ikeja mall on the mainland for a good spot.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 12:37

Chloe Ferry Cosmetics

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Last week I had the great pleasure of meeting and working with Geordie Shore and CBB star Chloe Ferry. Chloe was being interviewed about her cosmetics range, By Chloe Ferry Cosmetics.

Being a Make-up Artist I was super excited to see the line up close and personal and was very lucky to be gifted some of Chloe’s matte lip glosses. Thanks Chloe.

So yesterday I thought I would give these lip products a test. The most impressive thing I noticed is the pigment.. it's super strong…the product stayed put on my lips all day... the pigment in this product is so good that I promise you if you pop one of these stunning matte lip gloss on in the morning you will still see the colour later that day.What more can a girl want?!

With 12 shades to choose from all personally selected by Chloe there's a colour to match every skin tone and occasion.

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I was intrigued to know a little more about Chloe’s line and where her inspiration came from in creating this stunning line of cosmetics. Here’s what I was told...

“ Chloe Ferry launched her By Chloe Ferry Cosmetics line in 2016 to massive success. Since then she has quadrupled her range and has massive expansion plans for 2017.

Following in the footsteps of her idol Kylie Jenner, Chloe has brought out her own Matte Lip Gloss range to market costing £14.99 - an affordable yet premium product range.

Chloe’s By Chloe Ferry Cosmetics company employs 6 people currently at their offices and this looks set to grow.

Further expansion plans include full makeup range kits, lip liner, more lip gloss products and eyeshadow in the cosmetics sector. Chloe will also be releasing a fake tan in 2017 via www.bychloeferry.com.

Matte Lip Gloss Range: 12 colours to choose from personally selected by Chloe based on feedback from her fans and friends on what they like and want to see: £14.99 each.

Lip Plumpers: Various sizes and prices.”

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So it Sounds like there's many exciting things in the pipeline for Chloe Ferry Cosmetics, with much excitement to her millions of fans and her new fan me, I cannot wait to see the next products Chloe brings out. But for now, her full range of matte lip glosses are going straight into by pro kit. Well done Chloe.

Chloe Ferry Cosmetics can be purchased exclusively from www.bychloeferry.com

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 12:26

You Will Need This On Your Shopping List

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We love list and by far our favourite list is our fashion shopping list. Because nothing relieves stress quite like retail therapy. Here is some of my #lustlist items on my #lookgood shopping list.

Denim and animal print

Stay fashionable and casual, in the button- down denim dungaree dress, from La Redoute, wear it on a girly weekend with a sweater underneath and look cool and on trend.

The 60’s snake print block heel, and animal print sunglasses from H&M, will inject the new seasons animal prints into your wardrobe.

The covetable bag in the Pantone colour of the year, Greenery, from H&M is a must on my lust list.

Palm prints and earthy tones

Sartorial Jungle, utilitarian details and palm prints in sophisticated earthy tones will put you in #holidaymood lounging on a tropical beach.

Belted high waisted wide leg trousers, H&M, palm print strappy vest, River Island, totally cool #junglequeen.

These pair of tropical print heels, from Dune London and neon print palm print clutch will jazz up any plain outfit.

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Feminine edge, play the innocent siren in this white off -the- shoulder lace dress, from H&M.

Metallic is still a hot number, the silver metallic block heel mule, from H&M, is the perfect on-trend slip on for any outfit.

Channel classy chic with the, top handle applique detail mini handbag from Dune London and a pair of glitter encrusted cat-eye sunglasses, from River Island.

Thursday, 16 March 2017 21:29

Curls Aloud

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Diane C Bailey

Incorporating decades of hair care philosophy with ethically sourced (and gorgeous smelling!) ingredients has helped create an inclusive and award-winning product line for SheaMoisture. The brand mantra that ‘the best ingredients come from nature’ is proven with each of the nourishing masks, sprays, shampoos and conditioners.

You will not find any nasties commonly found in many other hair care solutions in SheaMoisture, the brand stays clear of: Parabens, Sulphates, Phthalates, Paraffin, Formnaldehyde, Mineral Oil, Petroleum, DEA, artificial colour or synthetic fragrance and SheaMoisture never test on animals.

Diane C.Bailey, celebrity stylist and SheaMoisture brand ambassador shares exclusive tips on the curl wrenching mistakes many of us are making, creating curls for specific hair-type, insider tips and much more, ensuring that we have the low-down when it comes to curl world.

From styling Beyoncè to creating trend-setting looks for the runway, Diane’s expertise and passion allows all SheaMoisture customers to expertly pick the right products for their individual hair types.

Mistakes People With Curls Make

Diane explains the most popular mistakes that she sees often are that: “Many of my clients with curly hair or type 3 hair types want frizz-free curl definition. For full head curly girls, I recommend “less is more” – use products with a light touch. Many curly girls use heavy oily products to smooth the cuticle to reduce frizz, weighing down the hair. Light hydrating oils with anti–frizz benefits are the best solution. For voluminous curls minus the weight, I use SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Texture Spray and the Coconut & Hibiscus Hold Curl Enhancing Smoothie.”

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SheaMoisture, Coconut &Hibiscus Hold Curl Enhancing Smoothie £10.99, Boots

Red Carpet Tip

“A lightweight mousse and light hydrating spray are ideal for type 3a to redefine fine to medium “S” shape wavy/curls on either wet or dry hair. I use the moisture mist on the red carpet as style refresher, to bring out shine and bust frizz.”

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SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Texture Spray, £10.99, Boots

Frizz Free Curls

Hair type 3c has a tighter curl pattern with more density and a coarser feel. To create frizz-free curls Diane recommends these three top tips:

“Use the “LOC” method with your favourite leave-in, oil and cream, selecting products that work for your hair’s texture, thickness, porosity, etc. This works well to nourish, moisturize and reduce frizz, while creating lasting styles. On freshly shampooed damp hair, moisturize hair with a small amount your favorite leave-in. I use SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Grow Leave-in Conditioner, applying it sparingly to hair, avoiding the roots. To define curls follow with your favourite styling cream. My go-to is Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie. Finger coil to define and set curls. Finish with several drops of oil to seal in moisturize and bring out shine. Apply lightly throughout hair.”

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SheaMoisture, Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strenghten & Grow Leave-in conditioner £10.99, Boots

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SheaMoisture, Coconut & Hibiscus Hold Curl Enhancing Smoothie £10.99, Boots

How To Define Your Style

Applying a product such as SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Extra Moisture Detangler helps to smooth dry, damaged hair and restore body. Diane recommends to “run the detangler through wet hair to achieve the best look and apply large pin curls. Begin to curl hair from the ends, working your way up to the roots, once you have curled one section secure in place with bobby pins. Blow dry hair with a diffuser which will set curls. Once dry, finger comb and style.

Learn How To Blend Textures

“To blend multiple textures, section damp hair, sparingly apply styling cream and braid hair section. Blow dry with a diffuser or let hair air dry, take down braids, carefully separate and apply a lightweight oil or serum to add shine and minimize frizz.”

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SheaMoisture, Raw Shea Butter Extra Moisture Detangler £10.99, Boots

Creating Perfect Curls

Trying to tame and perfect curls can be tricky, Diane advises that you should:

“Avoid heavy oily products that just lacquer. Find products that hydrate, without leaving a flaking, heavy, sticky finish.”

Prep work is essential too – “If you have a special event, shampoo your hair several days before. Curl memory takes a few days to find its moisture and curl balance.”

Remember to keep with what works for your hair type and your budget. Diane says: “Quiet your inner product junkie. If it works for your strands and supports your hair’s health, stick with it.”

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 11:28

Update Your Bedroom For Spring

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I love waking up to the sound of chirpy birds and the sight of beautiful spring blossoms outside my bedroom window. YES!! finally, a glimpse of Spring after a very long winter with miserable days of drenching rain and freezing cold nights.

Time to shake of winter and welcome brighter days. The first signs of spring, has put a smile on my face and a happy spring in my step. Time to get rid of all the grey of winter and replace it with colour and some Spring flair.
We update our wardrobe for Spring, so why not give our bedrooms an instant refresh.

To get you in the mood for a Spring make-over, here is some of my favourite pieces from Primark perfect for a bedroom update.

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This tropical duvet set is sure to put you in the mood for festive nights and long poolside lounging days. Goodbye comfy and cosy neutral tones and Hello to light weight textures in vivid colours like pinks and greens

Bring Light into your bedroom with soft accessories like these cushions in ice creamy pastels like candy pink, sherbet yellow, mint green and baby blue is the perfect statement pieces to energize you for days soaking up the sun in the park eating ice cream.

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Velvety Pastel coloured cushions @Primark

Up your level of chic with these statement and interchangeable pieces in the seasons biggest print trends, Pineapples, Palm leaf, Toucan birds and Protea flowers.

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Pineapple, palm leaf-Aloha cushion @ Primark

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Toucan and Parrot bird print cushions @ Primark

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Toucan Canvas and Aloha Hanging Plaque @ Primark

Decorative touches are small changes but can make a big difference to your mood.

Fresh flowers in this Toucan ceramic vase, fresh smelling candle and a cute hanging cactus are all small things to add to your bedroom to uplift your mood and welcome sunny and brighter days.

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 16:24

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Mothers day gift guide

Moms are the best, that special lady we all love, the one and only that holds an extra special place in our life and heart. She deserves something great this Mother’s Day. Read on for some gift ideas to show her how much she means to you.

If your mom is a classy lady, then spoil her with a classic, Red Door by Elizabeth Arden. A bouquet of rich flowers all packed into the iconic Red Door fragrance.
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50ml EDT @ £27.00 @ www.thefragranceshop.co.uk

Pair it with some more classics, Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour cream and or their Eighth Hour Lip palette.

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Available at Littlewoods Ireland

Keep it cute and sweet with this Primark mug set and cute hanging plaque , she will treasure it.

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No one can brings peace, harmony and balance in our lives like our mommies. So thank her with another classic, Samsara by Guerlain with scents of Citrus, Jasmine, Ylang-ylang and Sandalwood evoking balance and harmony.

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30ml @ £25.00 www.thefragranceshop.co.uk

Flowers are always special and a beautiful personalised floral gift basket in Pink and Lilac is perfect.

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Available @ £39.00 @ www.gettingpersonal.co.uk

For the cool and modern mom, Gucci Rush an enticingly addictive fragrance.

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50 ml EDT @ £35.00 @ www.thefragranceshop.co.uk

Spoil her with a Luxury Hamper filled with delicious treats.

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Contents Yorkshire Popcorn Strawberry & Cherry 90g. The Buttermilk Confectionery Co Salted Almond Brittle 100g. Simply Cornish Strawberries & Cream Shortbread 200g. Thomas J Fudge Roasted Almond Blisscuits Dipped in Milk Chocolate x 8. Ooh! Chocolata Milk Chocolate Flower 70g. Choc on Choc Pink Hearts 80g. Choc-affair Raspberry & Rose Hard Boiled Sweets in Milk Bottle 170g. De Bortoli Willowglen Rose 75cl. Pintail White Iris candle in Flower Tin.

Available @ www.cuckooland.com

Let her be queen for a day with this cute Queens of Mom gift box

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The Queen of Mums Gift Box is exclusive to The Great Gift Company and is presented in a reusable box which is beautifully presented and finished off with luxurious ribbon, Queen of Awesomeness Mug. A bright and cheerful mug for her to keep and a daily reminder of her status - Queen for a Day inflatable crown. She'll wear it with pride, you watch - A jar of "Yummy Mummy" jelly beans.

Available @ www.thegreatgiftcompany.co.uk @ £25.00

As we near the end of AW/17 fashion week season one particular day from this season is still stuck firmly in my mind….

The 19th February saw me working with my fashion family Fashions Finest at their off schedule show and their Britains Top Designer Award season 5 during London Fashion Week. I spent the day with some of my favourite people in the industry and two of my favourite clients Lydia Lucy and Tom Bleasby. Lydia and Tom were invited as VIP guests for the day, as well as Lydia being asked to perform at the Top Designer Award.

Of course my job was to make them look even more gorgeous than they already are! Both Lydia and Tom are such humble beautiful people inside and out, they make my job so easy! Every time I'm lucky enough to work with them we always have the best day.. we're relaxed, we have fun, we're happy.. so what a fantastic day to end my AW/17 London Fashion Week season with beautiful souls and my creative and fashion family!

For both Lydia and Tom I wanted to go for a healthy fresh current look. It's important for young people who are constantly looked at in the public eye to remain current and fresh.

For both artists it was so important to start with skin prep. I swear that good skin prepping is the foundation to good makeup. There’s so many amazing make-up brands and products on the market which work wonders but without good skin underneath, that make-up just won't sit on the skin in the correct way.

So I began with my skin prepping routine, which takes me a good 10 minutes on each client. If there is time I like to leave the products to sink into the skin for 5 minutes before applying make-up.

For Both Lydia and Tom I used Dermalogica Pre Cleanse and Dermal clay cleanser. For Lydia I followed with Caudalie Beauty Elixor, Clarins Daily Energising Moisturiser, Beauty Flash Balm, Perfecting touch primer and Eye revive Beauty flash. For Tom I followed with Urban Decay’s prep spray, Clarins men's moisturiser and Benefit pore professional primer. Both had Dr Paw Paw original balm to their lips.

After skin prep I applied highlighting creams to both Lydia and Tom’s skin using Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, in shades Opal on Lydia and Pearl on Tom. I adore these highlighting creams, they're great for applying natural highlights to the skin before, after and even mixed in with foundation.

Next I applied foundation, always with a Duo fibre brush from Mac, using Illamasqua Skinbase on Lydia and Mac BB Beauty Balm on Tom. I like foundation to soak into the skin while I work on other areas of the face. Many artists prefer to do eyes before foundation, but for me.. foundation is always first. I like to see the colour of the skin with foundation on before choosing the colours to go on the eyes. Personally for me, skin looks more flawless with a 2 step foundation technique.

I then moved on to the brows, to give me a guide for eye make-up. For Lydia I used Illamasqua Brow gel in shade Strike, for Tom I used Benefit Cosmetics Gimmie Brow in shade 4, followed by Benefit’s Ready set brow on both.

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For Lydia’s eye make-up I wanted to create light, I opted for shimmery shades that would catch the lights on the runway.. by using carefully chosen shades the eye make-up opened Lydia’s eyes, giving the illusion that they were bigger, brighter and of course dazzling. I used Urban Decay’s eye primer in Minor Sin, which is a shimmery champagne colour absolutely perfect for the shadows I chose to use. With the Mac 239 brush I patted on Urban Decay’s Moondust eyeshadow in shade Element to the outer corners of the eye, crease and half of the mobile eye lid. With the same brush I used Charlotte Tilbury’s pop shade from The Vintage Vamp palette to the centre of the mobile eye lid and blended the 2 colours into the crease with the Mac 217 brush.

To finish the eye look I used Illamsqua’s pigment eyeshadow in shade Beguile to the inner corner of the eye and brow bone, precision gel liner in black and their black mascara.

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For Tom I wanted his eyes and brows to be the focus of his look. I contoured the sockets of his eyes with Urban Decay’s eyeshadow shade Extra Bitter from their Naked Ultimate Basics palette. The shadow is matte. By contouring the sockets it brought Tom’s eyes to life, it gave the illusion that his eyes were brighter with the light on the mobile eye lid coming forward and the contour crease recedes resulting in a highlighting effect on the eyes but in natural way. I finished with Benefit’s primer mascara in shade brown.

Back onto the skin, I polished the foundation with a Real techniques buffing brush, adding more if needed and concealed. Using Face Powder on both from Mac Cosmetics Skin Finish Natural I set the foundation.

For Lydia I contoured under the cheek bone lifting up into the apple of the cheek using Nars matte bronzer in shade Laguna followed by Illamsqua’s Beyond Powder in shade Epic on all the high points of the face. For Tom I did a masculine contour using Benefits Hoola matte bronzer.

To finish the look, I painted Lydia’s lips using Inglot lipstick and Tom’s lips with Dr Paw Paw original balm.

Fashion week ready?

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Hair by Annette Gray
Nails by Erika Hernandez
Styling by LeighAnne Mroczka

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 10:13

Celeb Beauty Secrets

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PSST...THE CELEB BEAUTY SECRETS.

Sharing secrets is what BFF’s do, well we might not be BFF’s with many of these ladies but they are some of our favourite celebs. Read on to be let into the secret, and PSST… It is okay to share it with your BFF.

A cream that has stood the test of time Embryollisse Lait Crème is the 24-hour miracle cream. A multi-tasker extraordinaire, it is a primer, moisturiser, and make-up remover, repairing mask, an after-shave cream and a baby-care product.
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Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate, £20, Boots

This cream is really, really good!! not to brag but our #bff’s Emma Willis, Karlie Kloss, Kim Kardashian, Scarlett Johansson, Kristin Stewart, Elle McPherarson, Rosie Fortescue, Sam Faiers, Gwyneth Paltrow and Michelle Keegan swears by it and you don’t get better than that.

Karlie Kloss: “Embryolisse is where it’s at.”

Emma Willis: “I swear by Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré moisturiser, I love this French moisturize

Looking for that hot bit of gossip to share with your mates, then tell them that you got this straight from Megan McKenna, “I just want to show you something I use on a night out. They're called sticky Heelz. Your feet won’t slip around when dancing’

Have fun girls and dance the night away!!

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Sticky Heelz, £6.99, Boots.com

They say, you got to “Fake it till you make it” well we agree, and so do these celebs. You gotta Fake Bake it!! until you can spend you days basking in the sun.

Ellie Goulding; “Thank you Fake Bake, my tan is looking sweet for my shoot today” Vicky Pattison; “I don't know what I'd do without my Fake Bake spray tans” Charlotte Crosby; “We just got our tans did using the one and only Fake Bake” hook up your mates and get your “tans did” like Ellie, Vicky and Charlotte at Fake Bake, www.fakebake.co.uk

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Lord andBerry

Lord and Berry may not be a secret, but it sure is the beauty secret to these ladies’ signature look, Claudia Winkleman, Anja Rubik, Michelle Keegan, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Charlotte Crosby, loves it.

My beauty secret is…, can you guess? “Black eyeliner is my signature look, I love the Lord and Berry range, which are very long -lasting. Claudia Winkleman

Lord & Berry Polish Eyeliner, £11, www.lordandberry.com

With its glossy properties glides onto the eyes, leaving a light-reflecting finish resembling a high-shine liquid eyeliner while maintaining the smudge ability and easy application of a pencil.

Another Lord and Berry fan is Anja Rubik "Lord & Berry Ultimate Lipliner in Bare is my must-have. It's a pinky brown that works perfectly with my lip colour. I use it to overdraw my lip a little by the cupid's bow and on the bottom, but you can't even tell it's there. It just enhances your lips but no one will know you're wearing it. You'll see the difference, though. Just...better!”

Lord & Berry Ultimate Lipliner, £11, www.lordandberry.com

Easy-to-use in a brand-new round-shape, the formula is enriched with LXB complex to soften and protect the skin.

Michelle Keegan’s secret attributes her lovely shiny glossy hair, healthy skin and strong nails to LQ Liquid Health Skin, Hair & Nails. “All you have to do is drink one every day for glowing skin, healthy hair and stronger nails” Michelle Keegan

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LQ Liquid Health Skin Hair & Nails, £29.99, Boots.com

This is a liquid supplement to be taken once a day. With an abundance of healthy and good things for you like Marine Collagen + Hyaluronic Acid + Resveratrol + Silicon + Glucosamine + Selenium to transform your appearance.

Okay so we love going to the nail salon to get our nails done, but truthfully sometimes we just got to stay within budget. That is why we love Fearne Cotton’s secret; “I saw a couple of bloggers writing about SensatioNail. It really appealed to me as I love having my nails done especially a gel nail as it lasts longer. As time is so limited these days especially being a parent, the fact that SensatioNail Polish to Gel can be done at home is simply genius and a real game changer for me.”

Polish to Gel home kit

SensatioNail Polish to Gel Transformer, £49.99, Boots.com

Yes!! Now this is something for our next BFF pyjama party, our very own at-home kit Polish to Gel kit that turns any nail polish into a long-lasting, super-shiny gel polish.

We all know that a bad hair day can ruin your whole day, well not for these ladies; Sarah Jane Crawford: “I love SheaMoisture’s Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque (£12.99) and their Coconut and Hisbiscus Curl and Shine Conditioner (£10.99) because it’s natural and organic and you can get it in Boots!

Kassius Nelson: “I’ve got so many SheaMoisture products – they are great for curly hair. It’s an all-natural, cruelty free brand and keeps my hair frizz free and moisturised.

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SheaMoisture Collection, from £10.99, Boots.com

SheaMostuire is the best-selling US cult haircare range with certified organic and natural ingredients, eco-friendly, cruelty-free and fair trade. With six ranges, there is something for all hair types from Afro hair, Mixed Textures, European Hair, Asian Hair and everything in-between.

There you have it ladies, when it comes to beauty nothing is really, ever a secret, because we Sista’s gotta stand together and share the Beauty Love. #celebbeautysecret

Monday, 27 February 2017 17:23

How To: Negative Space Nails

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I'm very excited to bring you the step by steps for one of the nail art looks I created for this season at our recent Fashions Finest LFW event.

Nails are the finishing touches to every outfit. They are one of the most important details to a Photoshoot. Every model or client that comes to see me for any type Photoshoot I make sure the nails reflect the final look.

I compare them to a girls’ handbag or her heels. They can make an everyday casual enable look perfectly polished in every way.

Here is one of the main nail art designs I created for Fashions Finest for the season. 2017 is all about being positive, only have negativity on your nails!

They are so easy to recreate. This look is all about a simple bold black smile line and a wavy half-moon that looks like a cat eye. Imagine your half-moon is an eye and draw in a distinctive flick. You can add any colour you wish and it will look bang up to date!

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Written by Sarah Bacchus nail technician & photographer 2Boxes

Monday, 27 February 2017 08:31

What To Do When You Have A Free Afternoon

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1. Read a magazine or book that you have been meaning to read for a while. Whether it is an old favourite or something new that was suggested by a friend.

2. Have a nice soak in the tub surrounded by candles and maybe use a bath bomb so the water looks colourful.

3. Go to a yoga class in your area or if it is dry outside try it in your garden. You can purchase some cute yoga pants at Accessory Insanity I have some Mandala Mehndi Pattern-Full Length Yoga/Sport/Dance Pants myself and would not do yoga in anything else.

4. Sort out that picture album you have not finished yet and then reward yourself with a facemask, foot spa and posh peel from Patchology.

5. Why not purchase a gaming keyboard to make your life easier if you are into gaming? They are easy to use and you do not have to download anything, you just plug it in and get going. I purchased mine from Amazon and love it as I can type faster with it, which makes it less tiring to write essays and letters.

The keyboard is black but when it comes on it lights up with 6 other colours. There are 12 dedicated multi-media keys on the function keys at the top of the keyboard. These enable you to quickly access your music, videos, email, browser and other items. It is not as expensive as other gaming keyboards on the market at the moment and is just as good if not better.

6. Go for a walk/jog around the block or the local park.

Keeping yourself happy and relaxed all has an effect on how you feel and look. Keep looking good.

Written By Hayley Sweeney

Saturday, 25 February 2017 19:59

Made With Love

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In the world of Fashion and Beauty some things come across pretty standardised and impersonal. So it's always good to know that there are brands out there that carry alot of personality , and truly do have their end-consumer in mind. The last 5-10 years have witnessed this growing trend of sustainability and social responsibility. Brands that tell a story, one personal to the creator, are definitely winning in my books. These are brands made with love.

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So in no particular order - 

1. Keji Victoria Designs - a bespoke and Ready-to-wear collection by yours truly, is inspired by my cross-cultural journey between Africa and the West. The latest collection, #madewithlovebykv draws inspiration from the names of locals in Northern Nigeria; as well as pays homage and solidarity to local businesses in that area.

2. Shea Moisture - a hair and beauty brand that has a family history and African heritage: shea butter, a rich home-grown plant is the selling point of this kind-to-the-hair brand.
Sofi Tucker was the forerunner to selling shea butter (that inspired Shea Moisture); and the grandmother to one of the brand's co-founders.

3. The Honest Company, founded by Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan, makes pure and harm-free baby products their priority. Once again, the most cherished brands are ones who the owners are also proud consumers of the goods.

4. Alex and Ani - an eco-conscious accessory brand that exists to give back to the planet. What I love about this brand is the recycle qualities in its manufacturing processes. The accessories are made with some recyclable elements, and the aesthetics are not compromised.

5. Studio 189 is a fashion social enterprise founded by Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah. The Ghana and New York based platform works with award-winning artisans in Africa. 'Fashion Rising' has been notable campaign of the brand, which uses fashion to create more opportunities and empowerment for communities particularly in Africa.

6. Two-Thirds clothing brand - takes its brand inspiration from the ocean, which is known to take up two-thirds of the planet. Every collection is designed with lovable sea creatures and donations are made towards keeping our blue seas clean and safe. How lovely!

Can you share any brands in the industry that exist to help their community and make a difference?

Keji x

Saturday, 25 February 2017 18:33

Gingham Revamp For SS17

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Gingham is getting a new lease on life this spring/summer season, with a more grown-up look the classic check is sure to rock SS17. So, to help you put your shopping list together, here is some of the new season key items.

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Take your pick from the sexy cold shoulder, girly frills, larger-than-life sleeves, crop tops, to preppy tie-waist details, gingham is definitely on my spring/summer hot list.

This new season’s gingham print is moving away from the simplistic black and white print, to bold and bright red’s and blues with added colour through embroider floral accents making the print come alive.

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Playsuit are fun and playful, now you can be all of that, plus a total #fashionbabe in this red gingham playsuit, from New Look , and give your onlookers the cold shoulder with a touch of girly frill.

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For the classic demure lady, who loves to keep to tradition, this button-down dirndl dress, from Primark, with its bell sleeves and nipped waist, is perfection.

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This oversized puffy sleeves gingham blouse is a modern take on the feminine and whimsical style of days gone by. The gingham print with the red embroiderer floral detail, offers the perfect ladylike #lookoftheday and will cause quite a stir on the streets, blouse from New Look.

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Strike the perfect balance between edgy, girly and chic with your updated gingham style.

Thursday, 09 February 2017 11:37

Get The Look With Blake Lively

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Actress Blake Lively confesses she too is an Urban Decay fan.

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In a recent interview she explains how she loves UD electric 24/7 glide on eye pencil.

"The pencil has a little metallic tone" used in the waterline of her eyes the blue metallic tone makes her blue eyes pop and look electric.

Get her look now for £15.50 from www.urbandecay.co.uk

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Masculine, oozing power, confidence and charisma, are these the words that you would use to describe your man? If your answer is yes, then this is the perfect gift for him this valentine’s day.

Jaguar Pace with its classic masculine notes of black pepper and cashmeran combined with crystal moss and rosemary gives the fragrance a spicy boldness. Exuding manliness and style, presented in a cool iconic bottle for the cosmopolitan man.

Recommended retail prices: Eau de Toilette Natural Spray, 60 ml @ £28.00, Eau de Toilette Natural Spray, 100 ml @ £44.00

The fragrance designed to mark the arrival of the new Jaguar F-Pace family sports car. Is a true reflection of this fast and furious car, the vibrant grey and blue glass bottle has a similar bold silhouette to that of the new car and is complimented by the blue-tinted perfume. The compact base is covered with a sophisticated lattice design reminiscent of the famous Jaguar radiator grill. The centre of the bottle is emblazoned with a shiny round silver insignia with the unmistakable brand sign of the legendary cat. The shiny silver stopper creates an attractive contrast to these tones, whilst the packaging is in blue, grey and dark silver with black lettering.

A gorgeous smelling man behind the wheel of a fast car what can be more sexually electrifying, go on shop now and enjoy the experience!!

Jaguar Pace is available from selected Marks and Spencer's stores around the country as well as online.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 09:21

Go Glam for Winter

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When Winter sinks it's ice teeth in, we bring out the accesories. There's no need to wait till you're flaunting your summer style again to glam up! So, while the stylish tops and skirts are buried under during the cold months, you can invest in these special Stella and Dot pieces. Spice up your wintry wardrobe with some shiny emblems! Check out some of the jewellery pieces here: www.stelladot.co.uk

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Sunday, 22 January 2017 20:20

grüum: Face Care For Men Without The Fuss

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Buying a gift for your man has never been easier with grüum, facecare, for men, without the fuss.
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Now you have the power to revolutionise your man’s bathroom essentials with grüum, a new concept in male grooming. Founded in the UK by four friends grüum was created to deliver personalised quality, simplicity, form and function. Facecare without the fuss.

The grüum concept

Designed as a monthly subscription service, making it easy for the modern man to keep himself looking good, with minimal effort and maximum results.

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Inspired by the principles of Scandinavian design, function and affordable quality, grüum likes to keep things convenient, simple and natural.

grüum Products: Shave

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grüum offers high quality shaving for a fraction of the price. With precision-engineered razors manufactured from high grade Swedish steel. The added roller component helps to lift hair away from the face, creating a close and comfortable glide.

Oska razor handle is the ultimate fusion of form and function; bold styling, striking colours and ergonomic design combine to deliver a gripping shave. osku razor cartridges give a shave as close as the big brand razors.

danne clog-free shave gel can be used clear for maximum visibility and precision, or gently foamed. Infused with soothing Aloe Vera and antibacterial Witch Hazel, with Orange and Eucalyptus for a mild, fresh scent.

grüum Products: Beard

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bård beard wash is formulated specifically for facial hair, a gentle cleanser that is blended with essential oils to help maintain the beard’s natural balance. Orange and eucalyptus give it a mild, refreshing aroma.

leif beard oil nourishes and protects beards with natural essential oils. Infused with Argan and Jojoba to smooth and soften the hair, and Vitamin E to moisturise the skin beneath, leif beard oil is available in three subtly scented blends. tor beard wax helps tame unruly facial hair. Combined with Carnauba and Bee’s Wax to give a light, flexible hold, while essential oils and Shea Butter nourish and moisturise.

grüum Products: Cleanse

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kóri is a mild everyday exfoliating face wash with exfoliating beads to gently scrub away dirt and unclog pores. Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel soothe and calm the skin, whilst Orange and Eucalyptus provide a refreshing hit.

kåre daily moisturiser gently hydrates and reinvigorates the skin to look its best, day and night. It is a light-weight formula that is easily absorbed into the skin. With a hint of Cedarwood for a fresh and zingy scent.

gösta facial tonic is loaded with honest, natural ingredients. Soothing Chamomile, Rosemary Oil, and Aloe Vera gives the skin some real TLC, while Witch Hazel kills bacteria and refreshes the complexion.

His skin and you will love each of the grüum products whether he and you like the clean-shaven baby face look or the edgy beard look.

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This Valentines is the perfect time for both of you to give grüum products a test drive with their gift set. With a great range of gift sets, not matter what you choose, it will be the perfect treat for your man.

Luxury Razor Set - £21

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Includes oska razor handle, 3 x 5 blade cartridges
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Shave and Wash Kit - £29.95

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Includes face wash, shave gel, moisturiser, shave
tonic, 4 x 5 blade cartridges and oska razor handle.

Beard Maintenance Kit - £29.95

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Includes beard wash, beard oil (X3 scents), beard
wax (X3 scents), moisturiser and face wash.

grüum’s online subscription service will have you covered for his birthday or any special upcoming occasion. It is simple and flexible and you will receive premium products delivered to your door.

With no commitments (you’re never tied in), you will receive exactly what he needs to look his best for you. And you can change, pause or cancel your grüum subscription at any time, scaling up or down as his grooming needs change. With grüum kits starting from just £6 per month. It’s the smarter way to keep him looking good. Simple, user friendly, and fuss free.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 19:51

How to Effectively Remove Beauty Marks

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Beauty marks can sometimes result in people suffering from low self-esteem, as they may feel quite self-conscious about a mole or dark patch on the skin. If you have a beauty mark you would like removed, it might be a comfort to learn you’re not alone.

According to the BBC, the number of people requesting mole removals roses by an incredible 127% in 2015 in the UK alone. In fact, some of the world’s most beautiful celebrities have also embarked with mole removals, including Madonna and Enrique Iglesias.

However, instead of embarking on invasive cosmetic surgeries, we are here to show you how to remove beauty marks using natural remedies.

A Natural Removal

While it is not backed up by scientific evidence, it is believed that the acid in apple cider vinegar can prove successful in the removal of a variety of beauty marks, such as age spots, moles, warts and birthmarks.

If you would like to try the apple cider vinegar removal, simply soak a cotton ball in the vinegar and then place this on the mark. For an effective result, you could always secure the cotton ball using a bandage, which will allow the vinegar to go to work on the birthmark overnight.

Once you wake from sleep, simply remove the bandage and cotton ball and repeat the process later that night with a fresh cotton ball and bandage.

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You may find the birthmark starts to scab; however, it is recommended to protect the skin with petroleum jellies, such as Vaseline, or almond or coconut oil. Never pick a scab or you could end up with an unsightly scar.

Lemon Juice

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Lemon juice could also prove effective in lightening a beauty mark. The acid in lemon juice has lightening properties that could help reduce a birthmark’s shade.

It is unlikely the lemon juice could remove the birthmark altogether, but it could make the blemish less noticeable on your body – which will most likely be a comfort to those who are self-conscious about their beauty marks.

If you would like to try the natural method, simply squeeze the juice of a lemon and rub it onto the beauty mark twice per day. Do not expect to see immediate results, as it will take time for the lightening properties to take effect, but the skin could lighten gradually if you perform the routine daily.

Lemon, Baking Soda and Sugar Face Scrub

So, we have told you all about the benefits of lemon juice, but did you know sugar and baking soda could also help you successfully reduce darker spots or skin blemishes?

By making a lemon, baking soda and sugar face scrub, not only will you have beautifully exfoliated skin, but your face will be free from bacteria and dust that can become trapped inside your pores. Plus, thanks to the lemon, you can lighten up any beauty marks denting your confidence.

A Coconut Oil and Olive Oil Massage

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It seems the whole world and her husband have fallen in love with the many benefits of coconut oil, and it appears it is a gift that keeps on giving. That’s because both coconut oil and olive oil are jam-packed full with vitamin E and K, which can remove sun spots and dark patches, as well as improving your skin’s elasticity and tone.

For the ultimate massage oil, simply mix equal parts of coconut oil and olive oil, before applying to the skin and massaging it onto your desired area. Perform this massage for between 4 to 5 minutes, rubbing the oils into the skin in a circular motion.

Tomato and Honey Facial Cleanser

It might be a little unusual to add tomato and honey onto your face, but it could be the very thing you need to do to say goodbye to those beauty spots affecting your daily life. The cleanser is thought to not just lighten dark patches, but to remove pigmentation marks and clear your pores.

To create the facial cleanser, simply grind a tomato in a mixer, before draining the juice into a bowl and adding two teaspoons of honey. Stir the ingredients well and your facial cleanser is ready and waiting for you to use – and it’s perfect for your everyday skincare regime.

Toothpaste

You might have heard about toothpaste having the power to remove pimples, but did you know it can lighten dark patches on your skin, too? That’s because it contains bleaching and antibacterial agents that can reduce spots and make darker areas of the skin much lighter.

If you would like to try this method for yourself, simply apply the toothpaste to your desired area using a q-tip. The toothpaste should remain on your skin for up to 30 minutes and then simple wash it away with cold water. If you perform the toothpaste trick twice per week, you may soon notice a difference.

Cumin Seeds and Rice Water

If you thought lemon juice and toothpaste were strange ways to lighten up dark spots on the skin, you must hear about cumin seeds and rice water. This effective natural remedy could be all it takes to remove a beauty mark from your face.

So how does it work? Well, cumin seeds and rice water contain skin cleansing and lightening properties, which not only helps to remove dark patches, but can banish acne marks and pimples – so it’s great as part of a skincare regime, too.

Simply boil two tablespoons of cumin seeds in two cups of water. Once you have done that, drain the cumin seeds’ water into a bowl and add one cup of rice water, stirring thoroughly. All that’s left to do is pour the water into ice cube trays, freeze and then rub an ice cube on the area for just three minutes.

Sandalwood, Turmeric and Milk Face Mask

What woman doesn’t love a face mask to feel beautiful? Well, if a mole-like mark is making you feel less than beautiful, you should consider creating the sandalwood, turmeric and milk face mask.

Sandalwood has anti-ageing and anti-blemish properties, which is ideal for those wanting to say goodbye to pimples or age spots; whilst turmeric is one of the most natural products that can be used to lighten skin. Also, those who want to prevent skin pigmentation should consider adding milk onto their skin, too.

If you would like to create this effective facial mask, add two tablespoons of Sandalwood powder and a pinch of turmeric to 3 tablespoons of fresh, thick milk. Apply the paste onto your face and allow it to dry naturally for approximately 20 minutes. To remove the face mask, wash your face with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry.

BIO: Ella Allan is a blogger at Beauty Blog - Allbeautytoday.com

Monday, 16 January 2017 09:21

Nail Trends 2017

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If your resolution for 2017 is to try something new, we got just the thing for you! Inspired by the catwalks the hottest nail trends for you to try is here. Come on you know you want to, try it and let your hands do the talking.

Black is back!

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Simple and chic, black is back, dark nails was spotted all over the catwalk, as seen on Aalto S/S catwalk. This look can easily be recreated, by applying a dark pigmented polish all over the nails such as SensatioNail’s Midnight Rendezvous or alternatively you can try another dark shade such as SensatioNail’s Black Plum with a tint of purple. Perfect for day and night with its edgy gothic twist.

Stay Neutral

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Spotted on the Oscar De La Renta catwalk and many celebrities. This look is in strong contrast to the black. The plain Jane barely-there nail look can be recreated by applying a clear varnish all over the nail, or alternatively a sheer nude shade which will add a hint of colour onto the nail. Do try the SensatioNail’s Barely there or So Rosy gel colours, great for Spring/Summer or when you're looking for a pretty, yet barely there look.

Pop till you drop

Color Pop

Vivid and punchy colours are here to stay!! Bright and bold tones with a twist of colour contrast are right on trend, as spotted on the Jeremy Scott catwalk. This trend is summer perfection. Start practising now and get it down to a T, with the SensatioNail’s Pink Purple People Eater and Island Hopper. To funk it up apply a second shade in a circular shape in the middle of the nail with SensatioNail’s Kiwi Squeeze or even Tropical punch.

Go Graphic

Graphic Nails

This look has been seen almost everywhere and is set to be the biggest trend of 2017. Go crazy graphic and create any nail art your heart desires, from negative spacing, dots, prints and even cartoons, there is no end to what you can create. Our favourite design was spotted at the Christian Siriano show. Consisting of block colours and stripes, these funky fingers are super easy to create. Start by painting half your nail in a blue and the other half white, using gel colours like SensatioNail’s, Mint and White Lily. Once that is dry, use nail strips to create the black graphic lines. Party or festival, this is the perfect nail look.

Monday, 16 January 2017 09:11

Makeup Trends 2017

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Make Up Trends 2017

We are 16 days into the new year and now there is no more turning back, 2017 is officially in full swing. The excitement of a new year is the new things it brings and we are jumping for joy for all the new beauty trends this year will bring.

Here is our quick guide on what’s hot for 2017 and how to get the look.

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The barely there, makeup look continues its reign of popularity. Keep your face fresh and dewy with minimal colour and product. Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre £20, is the one product makeup artists swear by. Use it as a makeup base to moisturise and transform your skin in an instant. Giving you a dewy and youthful finish. It also doubles up as a repairing mask and primer too. Natural and untouched looking brows, are key to this look, achieve this with the Lord & Berry’s Must Have £14, a brow mascara that locks stray hairs into place whilst also adding a subtle tint.

Finish off the look with a soft and subtle touch of nude lipstick- to recreate an English rose shade with the Lord & Berry’s 20100 Lip Crayon in Charme £12, giving a subtle hint of pink, its creamy texture adding moisture to your lips.

Color Chic

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Bright bold popping colour is key for 2017. A bold lip such as PPQ’s Lilac theme is a must this year. As seen on the catwalk, models were sporting the Lord & Berry’s Lip Crayon in La Fiesta, £14. Highly pigmented with a creamy texture, this lip colour will show that you are fearless, so embrace it. However, if bright bold and fearless is too much for the office try the Lord & Berry’s Timeless Kiss-proof in Bold Red £15 to make a subtle statement. A liquid lipstick that dries matte, is long lasting and smudge proof, perfect for all those Valentines kisses.

Glow Baby

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Another trend that is here to stay so highlight and shimmer away for healthy youthful glowing skin. To achieve this look, apply a highlighter such as the Lord & Berry’s Luminizer stick £14 on the bridge of your nose, cheekbones and on your cupids-bow this will give the illusion of a smaller nose, higher defined cheekbones and fuller lips.

For an all over dewy glow to your face, perfect for summer, apply the Transformulas 23 Carat Hydration Gold £41.95. This crème instantly illuminate and adds a hint of 23 carat gold shimmer to the skin. As and added boots is it contains hyaluronic acid that hydrate the skin, help promote collagen and keeps your complexion youthful.

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Lastly, another trend that will hit us in 2017 will be the return of the blush-woo! Spotted on the 2016 catwalk in 2017 we will see this trend evolve with blusher now being used across the temples and eyes-adding a stronger and more daring edge.

To achieve this look, apply a blusher such as Lord & Berry’s blush in Lotus, £18 along the cheekbones in a sweeping motion with a brush such as Brushworks Blush Brush £6.99, giving you a soft and subtle rosy glow ready for the day ahead.

Monday, 16 January 2017 08:56

Alexi London

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We can live without many things but fashion, make-up and jewellery are some of the things that we cannot. So, to feed our need for more of those things we cannot live without. We are always on the lookout to find our next obsession and yes, we found it in ALEXI.

ALEXI London is an online jewellery brand that aims to find pieces that reflect designer looks, but in a more accessible way. All their products are available in three colour ways- Gold, Silver and Rose Gold and all pieces are Sterling Silver, with 18ct Gold or Rose Gold plating.

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At ALEXI London, I found rings, necklaces and bracelets that would bring more than just a little sparkling joy to my everyday dressing as well pieces that made me feel truly special.

I fell in love with these Silver Oversized Solitaire Drop Earrings. Dainty and elegant the perfect match to any day or night look.

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We build a strong bond with certain special jewellery pieces and that bond is forever just like this Rose Gold Sparkle Infinity Necklace

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Who would not like hugs and kisses every day, well now you can remind yourself to share a Hug and Kiss with these cute Silver Hug and Kiss Threader Earrings

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Who says you need an engagement or wedding ring to make a statement when you got this Rose Gold Cross Bar Ring, delicate yet edgy, need I say more.

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ALEXI LONDON seasonal, must-have, elegant and contemporary jewellery you will love to wear and love to give. SHOP for yours today with our reader PROMO code FASH10

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His and Hers

Violets are Blue Roses are Red, it’s almost that time of the year again, Valentine’s day. Get your gift shopping, for your love-one done early with these great early bird deals from the Fragrance Shop.
For your pleasure and to fit your pocket after the January Blues, the Fragrance Shop is offering up to 60% off on selected fragrances as part of their early Valentine’s Day Event. With a great selection for him and her across their designer brands like Burberry, Roberto Cavalli and Tommy Hilfiger. Get online at www.thefragranceshop.co.uk or shop instore and get yours before the big rush.

For Her

Burberry Touch for Her

Burberry Touch evokes feelings of intimacy, sensuality and sophistication. A luminous and airy oriental fragrance. The perfect gift to spice up your special night.

Brittany Spears Fantasy

Fantasy is for the girl that likes her bling with a bottle that is adorned with Swarovski crystals and interlocking rings that represents everlasting love. You will cast a spell on him with this light feminine scent that explodes into a lingering scent of creamy musk and sensual woods.

Roberto Cavalli

Mesmerising and exhilarating from the first contact with its scent of amber florals, this fragrance is addictive. Exuding strength and sensuality. You will love and he will melt in it.

For Him

Burberry Touch for Him

Match him as an equal in intimacy and sensuality for and explosion of strong emotions for a fiery night of passion.

Classic David Beckham

A classic fragrance for a classic man, that is not afraid to show his modern flair and sophistication. With its woody citrus spicy scent, it is a bottle of contemporary elegance.

Tommy Hilfiger

Crisp, clean and refreshing Tommy by Hilfiger, is for the man that is energetic and passionately lives out his dreams.

FCUK Friction

Let him arouse all your senses with FCUK Friction for Him. A masculine fragrance that is seductive and alluring and just one whiff of it will leave you begging for more.
Make Valentine’s 2017 a night to remember!!

The 60% Off, offer is valid in-store and online between 20th and 31st January 2017

To shop now visit www.thefragranceshop.co.uk/valentines-shop.

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