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.
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.
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.
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.
What Skin Needs Balm
Perfect for getting that fresh glowysummer skin, with its skin renewal properties say goodbye to dry sad wintery skin.
Written by Claire Morrison
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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!
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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.
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.
Beautifully packaged and presented I could not wait to see the gift inside.
My gift is their gorgeous Deep V- Neck Leopard Print Kaftan
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.
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.
Just like my day dream slipping on a Jules B kaftan, evokes exotic glamour of a beautiful woman poolside looking effortlessly chic and sophisticated.
SHOP Your JULES B Kaftan – CLICK HERE
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.”
Bay Jumpsuit Black SHOP YOURS HERE
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.
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.
Sphere Jacket, Muted Clay SHOP YOURS HERE
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.
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.
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!
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.
Each unique piece created by Veritas are timeless, sentimental, playful and wearable. Crafted from beautiful material with each piece commanding attention.
Each piece is a skillful mix of contemporary chic, elegance and playfulness. Expertly designed pieces crafted with a deep appreciation for craftsmanship.
Veritas supply some of the worlds best known brands, companies and stores with custom made, unique jewellery for either corporate gifting or retail purposes.
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.
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.
Chic Denim Up
Keep it cool, edgy and street chic in denim, sheer and metallics for a modern and cool weekend look.
Pants and All
Nothing beats smart casual trousers for a fashionable weekend lunch or dinner for a modern yet classic weekend look.
Weekends are for walking so keep your feet happy in cute flats and comfy heels for a fresh and trendy look.
Enjoy the long weekend ladies and have fun !!!!
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:
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
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.
High-shine fabrics could be seen all over the catwalks in and array of blues, greens and golds, futuristic yet girly and flirty.
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.
High-shine and flirty ,wear your metallics matchy -matchy for a bold statement or mix it up with prints and or color.
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.
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.
Add little touches in your day wear for a dramatic futuristic glam vibes.
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.
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.
Styles range from Grecian drapes to modern mid-lengths, fancy fishtails and halter necks with a touch of vintage lace. Simple, stylish and affordable.
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.
The collection will be available from April- Shop now at Dorothy Perkins Bridal
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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.
Photo taken from Google
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.
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.
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.”
Credit: By Chloe Ferry Cosmetics
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
SheaMoisture, Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strenghten & Grow Leave-in conditioner £10.99, Boots
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Pineapple, palm leaf-Aloha cushion @ Primark
Toucan and Parrot bird print cushions @ Primark
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.
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.
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.
Available at Littlewoods Ireland
Keep it cute and sweet with this Primark mug set and cute hanging plaque , she will treasure it.
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.
30ml @ £25.00 www.thefragranceshop.co.uk
Flowers are always special and a beautiful personalised floral gift basket in Pink and Lilac is perfect.
Available @ £39.00 @ www.gettingpersonal.co.uk
For the cool and modern mom, Gucci Rush an enticingly addictive fragrance.
50 ml EDT @ £35.00 @ www.thefragranceshop.co.uk
Spoil her with a Luxury Hamper filled with delicious treats.
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
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.
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.
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.
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Hair by Annette Gray
Nails by Erika Hernandez
Styling by LeighAnne Mroczka