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.
Fashion week ready?
Hair by Annette Gray
Nails by Erika Hernandez
Styling by LeighAnne Mroczka
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.
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!!
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
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
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.”
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Strike the perfect balance between edgy, girly and chic with your updated gingham style.
Actress Blake Lively confesses she too is an Urban Decay fan.
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
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!!
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
Drape Ear Jacket
Pavè Sphinx Cuff
Odeon Pendant Necklace
Alila Lace Cuff
Bliss Statement Necklace
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Buying a gift for your man has never been easier with grüum, facecare, for men, without the fuss.
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.
Inspired by the principles of Scandinavian design, function and affordable quality, grüum likes to keep things convenient, simple and natural.
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
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
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.
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
Includes oska razor handle, 3 x 5 blade cartridges
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Shave and Wash Kit - £29.95
Includes face wash, shave gel, moisturiser, shave
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Beard Maintenance Kit - £29.95
Includes beard wash, beard oil (X3 scents), beard
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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.
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.
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 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
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 me baby
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.
Blush me up
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.
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.
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.
We build a strong bond with certain special jewellery pieces and that bond is forever just like this Rose Gold Sparkle Infinity Necklace
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
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.
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
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.
Burberry Touch evokes feelings of intimacy, sensuality and sophistication. A luminous and airy oriental fragrance. The perfect gift to spice up your special night.
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.
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.
Match him as an equal in intimacy and sensuality for and explosion of strong emotions for a fiery night of passion.
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.
Crisp, clean and refreshing Tommy by Hilfiger, is for the man that is energetic and passionately lives out his dreams.
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.
Dreary rainy days calls for, “Phone off, kettle on, pyjama time…” and yes, I took YAWN, a luxury sleepwear brand up on that offer. I literally spend a whole day in my favourite, the Blue Chambray set.
Lounging around never felt so comfortable and luxurious as in this soft, of softest cotton chambray PJ set. The bottoms are just perfect, with its soft waistband and drawstring for easy comfort and the top is cosy soft with it large pockets to keep my hands warm and a collar button to cover up against the chill.
Who is YAWN
YAWN is a London based luxury sleepwear brand and in their own words, “Yawn make special, warm-hearted nightwear devoted to relaxation. Unique, hand-drawn prints on super-soft, luxury fabrics, all designed by our team in London”.
I totally agree, I loved my chambray set, my perfect companion for a chilly rainy day of tea drinking and staying in.
There is a cold storm front predicted for the rest of January so why not experience the YAWN luxury for yourself on those cold nights. Float Away to a warmer state of being in their Float Away night shirt and or Pyjama set. Drawing inspiration from Paris the print is set to evoke relaxation, comfort and romance. Float Away into the arms of your love.
February is the month of love so the perfect time to snuggle up with your valentine for a cuddle. Show and share your love in the Lovebirds Night shirt and or Pyjama set with its cute cuddling Lovebird print.
Just like the Lovebirds you will form a lifelong bond with your YAWN Pyjama’s showing it fierce loyalty and affection.
YAWN for the perfect pyjama’s
With celebrity fans from Megan McKenna, Charlotte Crosby and Binky Felstead, Sticky Heelz, the world’s first dual anti -slip system, is selling out fast.
Discreet and easy to use the cushioned connection attaches to the back of your shoe and firmly to the heels of your shoe preventing slipping, painful blisters and discomfort. Improving the fit and comfort of any new shoes. Stopping your shoes from slipping off, allowing you to walk with confidence.
The dual anti slip system even works when you are wearing tights, just place the heel pad on the heel of your foot and your tights over the heel pad.
Sticky Heelz are suitable for all types of shoes from high heels to flat ballet pumps. Improving the fit and comfort of all shoe sizes and even those whose feet are prone to swelling.
Sticky Heelz, the solution to a great night out, your big day and looking office smart all day long.
Each- and- every new year we wow to do better and take on new challenges, promising ourselves that this year we are going to do better than the year before. But come mid-year, and we start to take stock of all our set out intentions to move forward and out of our comfort zones. We realise that we have not achieved half of it. So, the question remains, how do we go about achieving our set out intentions? Personally, I believe that the key to that is Confidence.
Read on to discover my personal tips on achieving New Year Confidence.
Take care of yourself
It is amazing how much of a difference a new hair colour or smelling beautiful and glowing skin can have on your self-confidence. Looking good and feeling great is a fantastic boost to your self-image. So, take the time to take care of yourself indulge in those small things like a new lipstick or trying a new eye-make look. It will turn your mood around from feeling glum and grey to bright and sparkling.
You cannot look all pretty and not be dressed nicely, if you dress nicely, you’ll feel good about yourself. A nice dress or a pants suits will make you feel successful, presentable and ready to tackle whatever the day hold and brings. Invest in good quality items and build your capsule wardrobe with pieces that will make you feel confident when going for that all important meeting or interview.
Re-brand your self-image
Our mental picture of who and what we are, so often determines our confidence. If we feel good or negative about ourselves, we reflect that outwards. In the way, we carry ourselves and how we allow others to interact with us. Let 2017 be the year where you make the choice to re-brand your self-image. Make small changes, like having a mantra, my favourite is, I AM BEAUTIFUL, I AM WORTHY, I AM CONFIDENT, I AM CAPABLE, I AM NOT LESS THEN OR BETTER THEN THOSE AROUND ME, repeat this every morning in front of the mirror and with time you will start to carry yourself in that manner and not allow yourself and others to make you feel small and worthless. Remember, who you want to be and how others perceive you, is your choice. So, choose to show you true worth.
This is an important part of re-branding your self- image and building self-confidence. Positive thinking can open- up new opportunities. It is all about the energy you bring into a situation, so if your energy is positive you will be more open to feel good about yourself and to become the best version of yourself.
A smile lights up your face and will instantly make you feel better and it will help you to be kinder to yourself and those around you. A small but beautiful thing that can have a wonderful chain reaction. Your smile is one of your best assets so use it well this new year.
Good posture will make you feel taller and more confident. If you stand tall and walk with confidence into any room people around you will take notice. Stand straight and pull your shoulders back and stand tall and walk talk and be proud and have confident in yourself, your beauty and that gorgeous smile.
Have a wonderful 2017 and may you achieve at least one of your set out intentions for this new year.
Most people have goals that they want to achieve by the end of a New Year so here are a few of mine.
Having goals in life can help to keep both your body and your mind healthy:
1. Get up earlier in the morning, if not for a jog then to get a few
2. Read 50 books
3. Go to the gym at least 3 times a week
4. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
5. Start putting money away each week for a rainy day
6. Do some charity work
7. Start doing yoga
8. Start to write a novel
9. Write more poetry
10. Travel more
11. Try cooking new exciting recipes for my family
12. Spend more time with my Grandmother
13. Keep up with a skin care routine
14. Always dress to impress
If you do not already have goals for this year then I suggest you start to write a list, make 2017 your best year yet.
It's been a few years now since I've been a contributor to Fashions Finest blog; and I've been privileged to share my views on a blog platform that is growing and constantly evolving. As a designer (Keji Victoria), I chose to write alongside my craft and share personal views of the industry? Why? While this may be a pretty simple equation, giving that fashion bloggers are poised to also be stylists and trend and design experts, it's good to reflect on real perks of fashion blogging....
(Photo from Instagram)
1. You are connected to what is trendy and relevant
When it comes to writing you really need to stay relevant. I learnt this the hard way- spending so much time digging in to find material, but not always completing the last research stage- is it relevant to my viewers? Years of writing has definitely helped me appreciate the value of of the viewers' interests and needs. It makes writing worthwhile!
2. You are encouraged to share unique opinions and views
While staying relevant is crucial, my blog page isn't the only one that exists to be relevant, and neither is yours. People are always looking for something unique and refreshingly different, it's a battle of the fittest (so to say). I remember some years back, I shared a post on my favorite ways of using a wrap to cover the hair (as seen on Solange); I remember my house mate at the time came to me saying how much she enjoyed reading my FF post and how she sat down attempting the differenthe wrap styles. At that point, I realised that people are definitely interested in what I have to say- useful, relevant, yet unique. Although simple, my research on head wrap styles was a unique compilation.
3. You appreciate the work and accomplishments of others
Since being part of the FF blog family, I have had several opportunities to attend Fashion shows; participate in media and blogger events; and the likes! That is definitely a perk of working with a great platform. The journey has put me in the company of people whose views and styles are as different to my norm, as they could be. When you are set the task of covering a show or collection, you move from simply admiring the work to appreciating the hard work behind it.
4. You step out of your own comfort zone and work
The parallel work of designing (Keji Victoria) and writing constantly keeps me on the edge of my seat: designing keeps you locked in your own world and writing brings you out of it- not to talk of mastering the skills that go behind blog-style writing. I'm never short of inspiration!
Happy new year fashion bugs!
Thanks so much for stopping by my page!Keji Ewuosho X