The wedding day is the most notable day of our lives. While it is the most photographed event of your significant other and yourself, you also enjoy being close to your family and friends. Everyone has their eyes on you, you are the focal point of the event, what more could you want? Perfection? YES! Since this is a onetime white affair in the whole life, why not indulge ourselves into what exactly we desire?
Although some people opt for backyard weddings, in my perception, the wedding day should be unique, exclusive and thus, should be celebrated with the same enthusiasm.
Thanks to the expert wedding planners these days, it is easy to get a beautiful hall decorated with thematic embellishments, giveaways, flowers and what. The question is, are you focusing on yourself enough?
While the groom can appear flawless as soon as he gears up in a suit with the matching tie, is a white gown enough for you? No. An absolutely mesmerizing makeup is a must. With a vast range of makeup products available, you can go for any look you desire. FYI, smokey eye makeup is in!
With that said, let's look at some amazing smoky makeup tips that will complement your wedding dress, your auspicious occasion as well as your overall persona.
Soft Look: Daytime Wedding
This gorgeous soft look is gaining a lot of attention. If you are planning to have a daytime wedding ceremony with a sun shining brightly at you, this look is your go to!
The soft makeup allows you to work on your jewelry and your hair without becoming too flashy. If you are not a makeup lover, this look is perfect for you.
The Elusive Cat Eyes
Cat eyes are everyone's favorite but will you wear this look at your wedding? Why not! By witnessing the picture, this gorgeous look is making the girl appear posh. By throwing in some black eye shadow, gel or winged eyeliner and fake lashes, you can bring the attention towards your eyes. While saying your vows, imagine how happy your groom will be when he looks deep into your eyes. Convinced enough?
The Black Beauty
Check out the breathtaking eye makeup this bride has opted for. This makeup is flawless, unique and bold. While there is no noticeable jewelry, the concentration diverts straight to the eyes.
To achieve this makeup goal, ask your beautician to darken your eyes in a smoky grey fashion while leaving your lips and cheeks nude. The hairstyle can either be simple curls, a gorgeous bun or a bit of both.
It is your big day, choose what pleases your eyes.
Glow like a Star
It is but natural to glow on your wedding day due to the excitement and rush of emotions to the peak. What good is the makeup which doesn’t do justice to the natural glow?
Observe the beautiful illuminating makeup that brings out the glow from within in this bride. The NYX eye shades do justice to her skin tone while the MAC gel eyeliner and the amazing mascara are the cherries on top.
If your skin tone is on the darker side, pick this makeup look and drop some jaws while you are walking towards the aisle!
Bold and Beautiful
If you are a bold career oriented woman, this wedding day look is made for you! I'm sure you don’t get to wear too much makeup to work, hence choose a unique ravishing look for your special day.
The dark smoky eyes and luscious red lips are the perfect models like the combo you must go for.
The bride wears a glowing embellished tiara which complements the whole ice princess fashionable look.
Reds are in!
If you are not an eye makeup fan and want something basic, why leave the lips plain too? Get your hands on the best lipstick range from Maybelline with various shades and textures. I'd suggest the Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Color range for luscious looking lips without worrying about smudging, creasing or reapplication.
Go for the red lips, gain all the attention and pose away for those lovely pictures.
Glam it up!
Glam up your wedding look by standing out from the crowd. If you have worn makeup all your life through your high school, prom, gtg's with your girlfriends and everywhere else, let your 'wedding day look' be diverse. Spice it up by stepping away from the norm by choosing a mélange of black and white dress and a feathery shrug. Get yourself some diamonds for the neck and ears, make a partial messy bun with hair accessories and you will be good to go! This all may seem crazy, but imagine the beautiful pictures you will have by your side forever!
Now that we have shown you the top trending smoky makeup looks for your wedding day, why not show you how the smoky makeup is done?
• Blending is the key.
• Apply in smooth strokes. Curl the lashes and Voila!
• White smoky eyes need practice. Application and blending, both matter.
• Cat eyes require precision, patience and the right choice of color combos.
Although you have to run through of all the trendy makeup styles and also learnt how to create unique smoky eyes, have you thought of the factors that can probably ruin your makeup look on the stage? Take a look below.
Tips and Tricks to Save your Day!
All brides make a few mistakes which can ultimately result in a disaster. From hair falling apart crisis to the eyeliner being smudged, all these factors can be eliminated if you lay your eyes on the below-mentioned tips for your oh-so-special day.
• Water Proof is the best
Choose a Mascara which is waterproof and won't create a black tear in case you decide to cry while hearing the vows!
Remember to contour your eyes, your cheeks, the nose and the jaw line. Defining a sleek shape will give you the beauty edge when being photographed.
• No Surprises!
Use the makeup brands you are comfortable with. New brands might not suit your skin and may result in red spots, red eyes or pimples.
• Zit is normal!
All brides fear zits. In case yours just popped out, don’t give it more germs to thrive on by poking it once in a while. Let it be, ice it up and let your makeup artist do her magic.
• Natural lighting is the key
Go for a makeover near the window so that you can use the natural light. This will help you see fine lines, ease in the blending techniques and will help you not become too flashy. The natural light will also allow the pictures to come out perfect, glossy and illuminating.
• Save the Dress
Remember to apply your foundation and other products first and then follow up the wearing of the gown. In case you do the vice versa, the white dress can get stained with makeup.
• Picture Perfect
Go for the bright colored lip colors these days. While your dress is also white, the nude shades can appear washed out in the photos. While everyone will see a pretty you, the pictures on Facebook will suggest otherwise!
I generally do not like the idea of drastically changing my appearance but when a friend, Kim, trainee Microblading therapist, asked me to be a model for her Microblading course I hesitantly said yes. Now I was not really blessed with full eyebrows but loved them none the less!! So although hesitant I agreed to undergo the treatment and was wonderfully surprised at the outcome. Because I now have eyebrows that you can actually see. So I am happy!!
So what is Microblading
Microblading is different from the permanent cosmetic tattoo as it is a more natural option that offers a semi-permanent result. The treatment is done with a pen-like tool that has 11 tiny needles at the tip. The therapist starts the treatment by numbing the skin with a numbing cream and once the skin is numbed she applies cosmetic -grade eyebrow dye. She then sweeps the dye pigment with her tool onto the brow area. The whole procedure takes two hours and you do feel a slight sting but no real pain.
After the first treatment you will have to wait for a period of four weeks to apply the second treatment. Now this is just to fill in any gaps and add a second color for dimension.
After the first treatment, your brows appear very dark and it is a bit of a shock if you are not used to full dark brows. After a couple of days of treating it with Vaseline, there is a slight scabbing but once healed you will see a definite but subtle difference.
So yes, I am defiantly loving my new eyebrows!!
The nice part is, that it is a low maintenance treatment, as after healing you can treat them just as your normal brows and no special care is needed other than staying out of the sun as this will fade the brows quicker. Therapist do recommend that you go back after one or two years for a touch up treatment.
Skin care regime can be tasking; and with the overload of information circling the Internet, it's hard to find the right stuff.
Solution: educate yourself and the skin care ingredients and their benefits. Like the body, the skin needs the right nutrients. We should take advantage of the information age, and know what we are feeding our skin. The Internet can be your best friend (if you use it properly).
Feel free to share your recommended products!
1. Red Flower Kinmoxei Wild Lime Silk Oil.
This contains (amongst several others) rice bran oil, which is an antioxidant.
2. Mukti Antioxidant Facial Oil
As its name suggests, it's a great antioxidant product. The pomegranate and carrot seed oils give it its nutritional boost.
3. Your Best Face Private Reserve Antioxidant Oil
With a simple base of meadowfoam oil along with vitamin E, your skin is sure to have the basic nutrients.
Get ahead of Autumn/Winter with these looks from the High Street.
Set free you inner-animal with this High neck skater style animal print pleated dress, paired with the ever so sexy, thigh high black pointed heeled boots. Perfect for the office.
All available @ www.newlook.com
Love, this queen of the street look, with its effortless thrown together pieces, working fabulously together. The Burgundy Maxi slip dress paired with a white roll-neck top and the fab vintage feel, faux fur collar heritage checked coat.
All Available @ www.primark.com
My favorite, the Romantic Boho Wanderer, with a touch of 60’s/70’s cool. The Pink frilled top giving the touch of romance and the A-line embroidered denim skirt bringing the “bohemian wanderer” with the buckled patent leather boot stepping you right into that 70/60’s Cool.
All available @ www.riverisland.com
Subtly sexy, tease your date in this mesh ruffle metallic polka dot top with its cold shoulder detail and A-line gold sequins mini skirt for an added touch of sparkle.
All Available at www.missselfridge.com
Ever wondered why you get breakouts in the same areas? I know I have.
It's good fun being a makeup artist, trying and using so many beautiful skincare products but for the past month to 6 weeks I've been having a problem with my skin. No matter how well I look after it, I've still been getting breakouts. I couldn't work it out, I use the most beautiful skincare products daily, I drink bottles of water a day.. I've even been going makeup free. But I found that I was breaking out down the left side of face. I went to the doctors convinced it was a side effect of my medication.. Apparently not.
I started to search the Internet for clues and came across this image.
It suddenly made perfect sense. I've been having problems with my stomach, constantly bloated and in pain. I was surprised to see that according to this image the area I have been breaking out indicates I have problems with my stomach!!
Surprised even more, now that my stomach problems are starting to calm down so are my breakouts.
It seems to be correct for me... Is it for you?
We are in the last month of summer and as much as we hate to think of autumn/winter, we cannot avoid it because it is coming. But at least we be prepared. So maybe knowing what to expect, you will be a bit more excited about Autumn /Winter.
Bomber jacket has already been a rage all summer season and they are back for another season
For the colder seasons, we see this much loved item updated with sequins, embroidery and prints to elevate if from a key piece into a can’t-do-without item.
Available @ www.glamorous.com
Available @ www.next.co.uk
Another great love of the summer season, the cold shoulder, is back to rule the new season with variations ranging from super cool sexy dresses to knitwear for edgy street wear.
Available @ www.riverisland.com
Available @ www.newlook.com
Making a comeback from the 90s, the minimalist slip dress is here to stay. Take your pick from delicate lace trims, to dainty florals, and classic spaghetti straps.
Available @ www.rivierisland.com
Available @ www.riverisland.com
Available @ www.missselfridge.com
No A/W season is complete without velvet. The key fabric for the season and no matter how you wear it, crushed, colored, top-to-toe, just make sure that you have something velvet in your new season wardrobe.
Available @ www.primark.com
Available @ www.riverisland.com
Another one from the 90s is the choker, this season it is back to make a statement and you will love it.
Available @ www.newlook.com
Available @ www.riverisland.com
Seems like we just cannot get enough of them, platform boots and chunky heels. This season we will love them even more as they have been given a new lease on life for A/W 16 in Black suede and velvet making is super-hot especially on those cold days.
Available @ www.newlook.com
Available @ www.newlook.com
If there is anything that I have learned from the world of Fashion, then it is, that it is all about making a statement, we create, design, decorate and dress, too express who and what we are. And what I love is that, we can bring that statement into our living spaces. Because just as we dress to express who and what we are, so we decorate our homes to reflect our personal style.
What better way to dress our living space, be it our bedroom, living room or home office, then to start with our walls. Gallery walls are after all the fashionable décor accessory to be seen in all chic homes.
Print @ EllebyLizelle Etsy
A gallery wall with all your favorite prints and art pieces, is the perfect way to instantly elevate the look and style of any space in your home.
Print @ EllebyLizelle Etsy
The best part of your fabulous wall gallery is that it will inspire and be the envy of all those who enter your bedroom, living room or home office. So choose prints that make a fashionable statement.
Prints @EllebyLizelle Etsy
Achieve the look you want by mixing different kinds of prints, in a variety of sizes and frames. There is no right or wrong, it is all about your style and what best expresses you.
Make a color and print statement by mixing the two together just as you would with your look of the day.
Prints @ EllebyLizelle Etsy
Spice up your living spaces with fabulous focal pieces and turn it into the chicest space.
Prints @ EllebyLizelle Etsy
Loving the minimal looks by luxury designer, Joseph. I came across this brand a few years back, and I absolutely love the comfort-luxury style! My take on Joseph's creative direction is that it uses a canvas of quality and luxury; and allows the individual to add and personalise as they wish.
- Check Jacquard Nicol Blouse
- Nappa Leather Scandal
- Scuba Jog Pants
What isyour favourite Joseph piece?
Not all celebrity fashion trends are that easy to follow - especially as most of us don't have celebrity-sized budgets to spend on accessories, or jewelry designers and retailers asking us to wear their products to a party. Celebs don't just get asked to wear certain pieces of jewelry and other accessories - they're often paid a fee to do so. At a big do like the Oscars or a similar red-carpet event, some stars might be using their own necklaces, rings or earrings. However, it's far more usual practice for them to wear jewels which are on loan for the occasion.
For example, at this year's Oscars, Naomi Watts wore a stunning Bulgari High Jewelry diamond necklace, while Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner wore a matching earrings and necklace combi from Tiffany & Co, which complemented her gray-green Galvan dress perfectly. Cate Blanchett also underwent the Tiffany treatment, with a pair of platinum drop earrings that featured marquise and round diamonds and a platinum starfish cuff bracelet from the Tiffany Blue Book Collection.
However, for everyday life, it's heartening to see that many celebs opt for simpler jewelry touches that we can all find similar versions of, should we wish to follow their lead.
This year, for example, there are plenty of celebs who've been spotted out and about wearing a simple bar necklace - with a range of different outfits. Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Alba have both been seen in a simple jeans-and-jumper outfit with a bar necklace. Rihanna, on the other hand, has paired hers with a buttoned-up collar shirt and tailored jacket.
Some celebs go for the personalised option, with their name engraved on the bar (in case anyone didn't recognise them, perhaps?). From the simplest of designs to some really intricate ones, monogram necklaces are another personalised jewelry choice that can be matched up with numerous different outfits. Plenty of famous necks have sported them, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Emma Watson, Sandra Bullock and Rashida Jones.
If you prefer darker colors like black, gray and navy, because of the slimming effect, it is time to embrace color. So step out of your comfort zone and incorporate color pieces into your outfits.
Prints that flatter your figure
Do not over layer, even if you feel you need just one more layer to hide your shape, don’t. Keep it light, comfy and cute.
Do not be afraid of trends, so if the trend is off-the-shoulder, then wear it, nothing is stopping you.
Show off your best bits, so if it is your legs then flaunt it!!
Espadrilles and cool sunglasses are the epitome of summer so pairing the two together just make sense. The espadrilles will give you that casual and relaxed vibe while the color popping Adidas Original sunglasses will give you that cool street vibe look. Pick your pair for a rocking summer!!!
What is better than a pair of denim shorts and a pair of espadrilles. With so many different styles and designs of denim shorts you can really wear a pair every day. I love the one featured from Glamorous especially the 1940’s fringe detail, giving it a touch of vintage glam, pair it with a bodysuit, black espadrilles and your purple color popping Adidas Original sunglasses for a sexy street glam look.
The mini skirt, BOOM, show off your legs!! Keep it playful with a character cropped t-shirt, patched denim mini skirt and lace up espadrilles, paired with the purple tinted sunglasses for a subtle hint of sexy cool.
Classis chic, striped t-shirt and white mini, for a relaxed monochrome look paired with Blue sunnies for a hint of color.
Espadrilles and a mini dress, a girly combo, playful and flirty. I picked the white laser cut-out, off the shoulder dress because the white will show off your glowing tan and the wedge espadrille will give you the extra height, showing off your legs. The color framed sunglasses from the Color Pop Adidas Original collection will just make it all pop.
Don’t you love it when fashion trends come back around? This 90’s throwback was recently featured in a number of designer’s collections during showcased tops and dresses with cold shoulder silhouettes NYFW for Spring 2016.
And now the cold-shoulder trend has graced us with its presence, and it just so happens to be the perfect way to ease yourself into showing a little skin during this changeable weather we are currently experiencing since you can keep the rest of your arms coverer.
Do you dare to bare (shoulders) this summer?
Our make-up bags, like our wardrobes are often over-flowing with every imaginable product on the market. Because as soon as we enter a shop, it is like walking into a candy store, and you know what they say about kids in a candy store, you simply need to have it all.
After all we are women and make-up and fashion is our addiction, so yes we want and of course need all the latest must have make -up products.
So to fuel your addiction here is the latest Make-Up must haves!!
With any addiction there is a down side, you love make -up, you love wearing it, but hate the hassle of removing it. Well here is a simple but yet brilliant solution for you. The Makeup Eraser, a microfiber cloth that not only removes all make -up but, wait for it, also exfoliates!
What more can you ask for in a pretty pink microfiber cloth.
After having tried it, I believe that this is Simply a mastermind creation, as it removed all my make-up even the stubborn bits. No make -up remover required as all I needed was the cloth and water and viola I was left with clean glowing skin.
I am sure that like me you use up a whole bottle of make-up remover in one month and need to buy a new bottle. But with the Makeup Eraser you will save money as you can use it for over a 1000 washes which should last you longer than one month. It is also a great, make-up must have, for sensitive skin beauty junkies, in the heat and has no fragrance or alcohol ingredients that is harmful to sensitive skin.
Because all you need is the microfiber cloth and water. Simply Genius!!!
Available @ Boots
Our next must have, is a firm favorite to the stars including Kim Kardashian. This multitasking product has 6-in-1 features, it can be used as a repairing mask, it moisturizers and hydrates, primes and removes make-up. Works on all skin types and has a combination of shea butter and emollient oils that helps to rebuild, rejuvenate and repair the skin for a healthy looking complexion.
This magical product, that is loved by so many, it is called Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré. Brought to us by legendary French skin care brand Embryolisse.
My skin loved the product. It is a very nice lightweight cream that easily absorbed into my skin leaving it with a glowing complexion without any oily residue. Perfect for mixing with foundation.
Available @ Boots
Must have number 3 is defiantly a product to have, because we spend hours on achieving the perfect brow. So if you have had tweezer after tweezer to achieve the perfect brows. You will love, Rubis Tweezers a favourite of make-up artist like Bobbi Brown, who described it as “the Ferrari of tweezers”.
Rubis tweezers are a Swiss Brand. So you can be sure that it is design at its finest. Each tweezer is hand crafted with perfect tips to remove even the shortest of hair. It is made of resilient, antacid stainless steel and can be sterilized in acid or boiling water.
I agree with Bobbi Brown, I loved the tweezers. It is a great tweezer, it is nice and sharp. Easy to use and grabbed even my shorter hair strands, which are usually a pain to pluck. Best of all it came in my favorite color RED! After using it I got rid of all my other tweezers for the best in Swiss Design.
Get yours at the following retailers - Harvey Nichols stores, Fenwick stores, www.lookfantastic.com and www.rubis.co.uk
If your make-up is on point and you are looking good, you got to smell fabulous. So the last must have is something, that comes in the hottest color on the fashion scene, Rose Gold.
Monsoon Rose Gold is an Eau De Perfume, for the chic sophisticated lady. The perfume itself is rose gold and comes in a cute tear drop shaped bottle with a rose tinted cap and lid and is packaged in a white box with rose gold details.
Featuring top notes of sparkling lemon, soft fruit and ozonic, for a clean, fresh scent combined with rose, tuberose neroli and cyclamen, giving the fragrance a deeper, more floral scent. With base notes of Eastern woods, vanilla, mosses, musk and balsamic amber, leaving you with a soft, musky and powdery scent.
I love the packaging, as it gave off a chic feel, and the bonus was obviously, that the perfume itself was Rose Gold. And I love musky fragrances because it is so sensual. So if you want to express your sensuality and be chic and sophisticated at the same time, Monsoon Rose Gold is the fragrance for you.
Available @ uk.monsoon.co.uk
There you have it, your Make up must haves and your must have fragrance.
By Deborah St. Louis CEO
I have been asked to be the Maid of Honour at my cousins wedding and I am over the moon. I was told not to spend too much on my outfit as she was sticking to a tight budget. Apart from getting my outfit together which had to be red I was told, I also was in charge of getting the party boxes to entertain the children during the evening.
I decided to purchase the party boxes from Little Party Parcels as I could get them pre-filled. The boxes would be silver and filled with magic sets, stickers, mini doodle pads, colour swap crayons and Bufferfly gliders. My one duty was sorted thanks to Little Party Parcels.
The red dress I purchased was from ASOS and was an absolute bargain at £15.50p in the sale. It was a Missguided Lace Overlay Bodycon dress. I fell in love with it; it was perfect to wear at the beginning and the end of the evening for the party.
Next I needed some shoes, I found some Mid Heel Barely There Sandals in white, which were New Look shoes but I had found them at ASOS. The shoes were £17.99p. I was so pleased with myself for managing to keep the costs down.
All I needed now was a piece of jewellery to set my outfit apart from all the rest. A pearl necklace would be perfect I thought. I was lucky enough to be gifted one from Schmuckwerk. They sell all types of beautiful jewellery including silver and glass lockets. I will be buying all my jewellery for special occasions from there. I cannot wait to show my pearls off at the wedding, they will add some much needed class to my outfit.
Written by Hayley Sweeney
St. Tropez has never let me down, it's one of the most popular tanning products and celebrates being established for 20 years this year.
Their new Luxe Dry Oil is their most advanced formula in self tanning yet giving an instant luxurious glow which then develops into a long-lasting tan after 4-6 hours and lasts for up to 10 days.
Infused and approved with natural tanning agent technology that is fused with a luxe Brazilian-inspired dry oil, this self tanner has multiple skincare benefits and gives a streak-free and entirely natural looking tan.
- Non-greasy formula
- Easy to apply
- Leaves skin feeling supple, nourished and perfectly conditioned for up to a week
- Gives an instant shimmering glow for those occasions when you need a bit of colour straight away
- Long lasting
- Contains100% natural tanning agents neroli, lemongrass and grapefruit
- Paraben, sulphate and phthalate free
Directions for use:
- Exfoliate skin and apply tan with mitts.
- Once it has fully developed, wash off the subtle shimmer that acts as a guide colour to reveal a golden tan.
St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Oil £25/St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Facial Oil £23
Enjoy 3 for 2 across the St. Tropez now www.lookfantastic.com
Wedding season brings with it Hen/bachelorette parties, marking the end of the single-life for the bride-to-be. A day to celebrate her last hoorah in style. So defiantly one of those parties that you want to look your best.
So depending on the weather and the location here is some ideas on what to wear.
Brunching into Lunch
Jumpsuit @ Oky Coky, Wedges @ Moda In Pelle, Tapestry Pouch @ East, Bracelet @ Accessorize
Brunch is an ideal weekend bachelorette party activity for this a jumpsuit is the ideal easy-going style. As it is both chic and dressy for you to brunch right into lunch. Pair it with simple accessories for an effortless look.
A dress affair
Dress @ Very, Shoes @ Debenhams, Bag @ Accessorize, Earrings @ New Look
Afternoon Tea with yummy cakes and champagne calls for a Dress-affair. So whether you like it dainty, lacey or full-on prints a sundress is total sophistication.
Skirt @ Very, Shoes @ Debenhams, Top @ Lipsy, Bag @ Very, Chocker @ New Look
For boozy cocktails and dancing you want to go for something a bit sexier. Opt for pieces with cutout details or sheer panels or playful ditsy prints for a more retro-sexy vibe. Keep it simple chic and sophisticated.
Switch it up with either a Midi skirt for a bit of girly glam or a Trousers for a sleek look.
Good morning and welcome to my second part of the new Benefit Brow range. If you missed my first instalment, scroll down the page and you will see it, I recommend reading that one first.
These fabulous new brow products are on sale 24th June nationwide I’m pleased to tell you all about these incredible new products that haven’t left my pro kit since I first received them.
A cream-gel brow colour that comes with its own brush. Rich in colour, Ka-Brow easily fills, sculpts and defines brows. This product is a buildable, so why not go for a soft and natural-looking brow in the day and build for a night rich look.
To use: Pull out the brush from the cap, glide across the cream-gel and stroke a tiny amount on the brows.
Available in 6 shades.
7, READY, SET, BROW!
• Holds hair in place
• 24 hour staying power
An invisible product that not only shapes and sets the brows in place for 24 hours or until washed off but also locks on makeup so that the brows don’t pull a disappearing act. Flake free formula, this easy to apply setting gel is one of my new favourite key products in my kit.
To use: Simply brush onto the brows to set. Wear alone or over other brow products.
• Enhancing highlights
• 12-hour wear
• Instant colour highlights
A highlighting gel that takes brows to the next dimension! 3D Browtones instantly enhances your natural brow colour with subtle highlights & soft contrast. Wear alone or over other brow products this 12-hour water-resistant, 12-hour wear product highlights your natural brow hair.
To use: Brush onto brow hair, building colour as desired. Use comb tip to define and perfect. The mini-comb tip fits narrowest part of the brow while the spiral bristles for even, mess-proof application.
9, HIGH BROW & HIGH BROW GLOW
• Brow highlighting pencils
• Brighter looking eyes
• Younger-looking eyes
Two pencils; High Brow and High Brow Glow. They instantly highlight the arches for brighter, boosted and younger-looking eyes. A creamy, bendable formula. High Brow is a linen pink shade for a natural looking finish and High Brow Glow is a luminous champagne pink for eye-opening wowness!
To use: Apply the pencil under your brow following the arch and lightly blend.
That’s it.. the brand new Benefit brow collection! There is something for everyone, all brow dilemmas are fixed with their amazing new collection. Must have products in mine and many other make-up artist’s pro kits why not join us and wear perfect brows everyday.
Over the last few months, CEO of Fashions Finest, Deborah St Louis, has been working closely with the ladies at The Branding Initiative. It was a pleasure to finally get to meet her in person when we were both invited to #BeInspired at Bentley Birmingham for an evening of luxury cars and fashion for Female Entrepreneurs.
Bentley Birmingham are leading the way amongst the luxury car industry in realising that the female empowerment movement represents women, globally, not only fighting for places on corporate boards but also in carving their own nichés as entrepreneurial superstars! And let me tell you, at the Bentley Birmingham ladies event, organised by Chameli Chowdhury, we met a fair few female entrepreneurs that are, for want of a better phrase, kicking ass!
Upon arrival, we were greeted with a chilled glass of Ruinart champagne. The scene was set with pop up areas dedicated to fashion, jewels, art and a showcase of NSPCC Childline, Bentley’s choice of sponsored charity. Bentley aim with this event was to “combine inspirational names from the worlds of luxury style and fashion” and they didn’t disappoint!
With only 20 Bentley dealerships across the UK and 4 of them managed by Sytner, Bentley Birmingham is switched on to what it means to use affiliate, attraction and digital marketing to increase exposure to the brand and broaden their client base. Marketing towards women is a smart move. Connecting luxury cars to other luxury items like fashion and jewels is an even smarter move! I mean, what other luxury car brand is so in tune with women in business that they showcase luxury shoes and handbags to match the car?!
Meet “Purple Rain”, the stunning Bentley that comes with bespoke hand made shoes designed and crafted by Kate Spence. Kate designed for and managed the Jimmy Choo brand for seven years before establishing her own luxury couture footwear brand for women in 2012.
Deborah St. Louis was especially keen to listen to the keynote from catwalk designer Alice Temperley of Temperley London, Deborah’s connections to London Fashion Week with Fashions Finest being the second largest off schedule event organiser for LFW.
Throughout the summer Bentley Birmingham are exploring what inspires people and how that inspiration becomes a luxury item and creating something exquisite that perfectly balances form and function. Female entrepreneurs are the perfect target market to add huge value to that. What inspires us? What drives us? We’ll be interested to see what Bentley Birmingham come up with. What we would love to see is a catwalk show, showcasing up and coming designers, mixing new innovation traditional luxury. With more events lined up like that of #BeInspired, we have no doubt that this is going to be an interesting summer for Bentley!
Deborah St Louis and Melanie Jones were delighted to meet Jenny Lee Holt at the event, a huge supporter of The Branding Initiative and fellow female entrepreneur and Director of Spectrum Telecoms. Together we browsed the cars, fashion and diamonds. Luxury bespoke jeweller S.P Green of Birmingham showcased some stunning pieces at the event and we had our beady eyes on a beautiful diamond and sapphire piece – blue and white to match our logo of course! What better way to spend a Friday evening?!
Deborah St Louis and the ladies at The Branding Initiative would like to express huge thanks to Bentley Birmingham for the invitation. We look forward to working with you more over the coming months.
For more information about Bentley cars, please contact Chris Gretton.
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Written by KellyAnn Schiavo - Co-founder of The Branding Initiative, Women in Business Ambassador & Blogger
A couple of months ago I was kindly invited to Benefit Cosmetics new good ship on the River Thames at London’s Victoria Embankment. On arrival I was treated to a magic cocktail that changed colour. After sipping the magic potion amongst other makeup artists and beauty bloggers we were all invited through to The Brow Lounge, and like by magic the future of brows unravelled.
Three years ago Benefit embarked on a bold brow mission.. to create a collection that would magically solve each and every brow dilemma.
Skimpy brows – Patchy brows – Barely there brows.. their mission was to instantly disappear all your brow dilemmas.
On sale 24th June nationwide I’m pleased to tell you all about these incredible new products that haven’t left my pro kit since I first received them.
A brush-on gel containing tiny microfibers that adhere to the skin and hairs creating NATURAL-LOOKING fullness and definition. Buildable, water-resistant and long-wearing.
To use: Stroke the brush tip along the brow to define the shape. Brush through to blend and build.
Available in 3 shades
GOOF PROOF BROW PENCIL
• Brow filling
• Shaping pencil
• Soft colour
• Super easy brows
Everyone is a brow expert with this super easy glide-on colour pencil to create a fast, full natural-looking soft brow.
To use: Glide the pencil along the brow to fill and shape, using a couple of strokesto build the colour. Blend with the spoolie-brush.
Available in 6 shades
PRECISELY, MY BROW PENCIL
• Ultra- fine brow defining pencil
• Brow filling
• Hair-like strokes
• Precise and defined brows
An ultra-fine pencil that fills in the blanks with incredible natural-looking, hair-like strokes. Rich in colour and smudge-proof.
To use: Apply pencil onto brows using light short strokes. Blend with the spoolie-brush.
Available in 6 shades
BROWVO! CONDITIONING PRIMER
• Wear under brow makeup
• Fuller-looking brows
• Contains Keratin & Soy proteins to help the brows look thicker, healthier and fuller.
A nutrient-rich primer for fuller looking brows. This magic product works in 2 ways, conditioning the brows to make them look fuller, thicker and healthier and primes allowing the brow makeup to last longer and enhances the colour.
To use: Click the pen once and glide over the brow. Repeat for the other brow and allow to dry. Wear alone or as a primer under other brow products.
• Includes tweezers
• 12 hour wear
Everything you need to tame and shape the brow. A perfectly paired waz and powder with mini brush and tweezers.
To use: Pluck any stray hairs with the tweezers. Shape and define the brow shape with the soft wax and then fill in with the powder.
Available in 6 shades
Keep an eye out for the next 5 brow products from Benefit on my blog soon.
My latest collection, #madewithlovebykv, puts sustainability at the heart of fashion. Being rooted and connection with my hometown, I am able to source supplies and fabrics from local businesses in Kano, Nigeria. I'm constantly inspired by the textiles found in small local businesses- it's almost certain you won't see it anywhere else. Being able to support these small enterprises and give back to my community definitely drives what I do.
Where did the name for the collection come from?
Being a part of the whole making of the collection; from sketching to sampling, means that every piece has my customer in mind. What makes the KV person comfortable, bold, and unique? Personal touch sometimes gets compromised when making multiple pieces and we sometimes get too focused on following a theme or following trends that do not necessarily reflect our customers needs.
New features in the latest collection include:
• Real model size for guidance
• Plain colour fabric options available to customise your order
• Easy-to-access Size chart
Want a chemical free way to colour your hair?
Want to colour your hair without subjecting you locks to all those harsh chemicals?
Well let me introduce you to Naturigin
Founded in 2004 by the Danish couple Stig and Mette NATURIGIN offers 19 permanent colour shades which are all 100% free from PTD, SLS, ammonia, resorcinol, and parabens. Containing a naturally derived formula, with a special blend of certified organic lemon and mandarin essential oils, along with 10 additional pure and gentle organic extracts and natural oils, which protect the hair during colouring to reveal shiny nourished locks!
This innovative Danish brand won the best Natural Beauty Product 2014-2015 in the US market and Naturigin is the only hair dye in the world to have an organic certification and is made from using 98.2% naturally derived ingredients, making it a vegan product.
I recently tried the product myself as I was concerned about the health of my hair and wanted to avoid using any chemicals and I must say the process was super simple and I was thrilled with the results.
If you’re ready to stop colouring with toxic chemicals, why not give NATURIGIN a try.
I cannot think of a more versatile team of clothing then the humble white T-shirt. Seriously what piece of clothing are you able to wear any day of the year, in any season. That said, it’s in the summer that white t-shirt truly becomes a wardrobe necessity, as it can anchor statement pieces such as wildly-printed shorts or colored jeans, take the formality out of work wear, add a casual element to silky, beaded, or even sequin skirts, just convey a sense of laid back summer style with a pair of blue denim cut-off shorts or jeans or nick your boyfriends oversized t-shirt chuck on some statement jewellery and voila you have a tunic dress.
Whether it’s a crisp cotton crewneck or the paper-thin slouchy styles made popular in recent season the white t-shirts are a must for your wardrobe.
It is not easy to shop for a man and it becomes even more tough when it is your dad. But as Father’s day is approaching you do want to get him something nice to show how much you appreciate him.
To give you some idea on what to buy him, here is handy gift guide, to help you find the perfect gift.
Your dad is bit of a geek and love all the latest gadgets and gizmos. Go for a tech toy like a Virtual Reality set, a Darth Vader 3D mug, solar charger-stand or a leather wallet complete with a charger.
Your dad likes to look his best and he is all about being well groomed and being a true gentleman. Then get him something practical like a hip flask, beard grooming kit or a shoe shine kit. Or the King of Daddies gift set Elegantly packed the King of Daddies Gift Box really is fit for a King and contains: an inflatable King for the Day crown, King of Daddies mug and a Jar of Dishy Daddy mixed jelly beans. To show him that he is truly the King of your heart.
Your Dad likes to entertain whether it is movie night or just hanging out with the guys listening to records and reminiscing about the good old days. Then he will like the smart phone projector to show movies straight from his phone, the Lager Brew barrel home brewing kit, to brew his own beer for poker night, or the cocktail tool kit for romantic nights with your mom or the Jam record player to listen to all his old records.
No Needles, No Effort.
Growing up I was never really a princess, make-up and nails kind of girl and even today I prefer flip flops to heels and only wear make up at weekends (mostly).
I’m quite loyal to my make-up and don’t tend to shake it up by using new brands. I’m 40 and I’ve never had surgery. I wouldn’t entertain messing about with my face for the fear of it going drastically wrong and I don’t much wish for people to see my lips enter a room before I do!
I was intrigued therefore when I was introduced to Transformulas Lip volume gel – beauty with surgery. It claimed to add volume to lips without surgery or needles just giving “volume, definition and less wrinkles”. The wrinkles bit caught my attention as I’m getting a bit older and don’t fancy the idea of a train track mouth so I thought I’d give this product a go.
Transformulas Lip Volume comes in a handy box containing a 10ml handbag sized silver canister of lip gel and a sachet of hydrating cream called ‘hydration gold’ (it is actually gold!). Note that the product claims to ‘enhance’ women’s lips so if you rush out to buy this, don’t expect to resemble Kim Kardashian over night! Whilst the results vary for everyone, it is suggested that you see results immediately.
Note: Contains macadamia nut oil.
Here’s what I found:
Having washed and moisturised my face using my normal products, I conditioned my lips using the hydrating gold. Once that had appeared to dry in, I applied the Lip Volume gel. I was expecting a stronger tingle than I got and was surprised that I didn’t see any results immediately. It looked and felt as though I had applied a layering of Vaseline or other lip gloss.
However, after about an hour, I returned to the mirror to check and I swear my bottom lip did look fuller. Was it all in my mind or did this product actually work?
I followed the instructions using the gel three times a day for ten days. Whilst my lips, when the gel is on, are smooth and do appear more defined, I’m not sure if they are more voluminous. The gel is extremely conditioning and as the size of the container is a bit bigger than a normal lip gloss, I did use it throughout the day as I normally would.
After a few days, I applied lip liner to create more definition (again, definition created by the liner or by the product?) as it suggests on the box and a coating of my usual gloss. Only then was I surprised to see that my lips did in fact look more luscious and plump!
For best results Transformulas Lip Volume should be used 3 times per day for 30 days and claims to ‘work with the body’. I’m not sure how it works with the body as no other information on this is provided. After the 30 day application, you can reduce to once a day or wear over lipstick as a conditioner.
My overall verdict on Transformulas Lip Volume is that it is super creamy and super conditioning. My lips felt. I’m not convinced that it volumised my lips by working with my body but once lip liner was applied, it did add to the volumised effect and that lasted for as long as my lipstick stayed on. On the box it says “use with a lip pencil to gain the look of natural glossy lips with the benefits of a lip balm”. This is exactly what the product I did, so: hydrating and conditioning is a thumbs up whilst volume is a thumbs down as I think this was created by the illusion of the lip liner, not by the product.
Disclaimer: I am not an ambassador of the Transforumlas brand and all opinions are my own.
Written by KellyAnn Schiavo - Blogger, Women in Business Ambassador and Co-founder of The Branding Initiative
If you are a Penny’s (Primark) fan and a make-up lover, then say howdy to their new PS- Pro range. A 42-piece collection focusing on the preparation and perfecting stages of your make-up routine. It is also a mix between high-end and high-street cosmetics, offering you amazing products at an even better price.
Each and every product is designed to be long-lasting and made from premium ingredients and superior formulations, delivering a long lasting and professional finish.
Here is just some of my favorites from the collection
The PS Pro Primers
Take your pick, mattifying, illuminating or miracle, which aims to prep and correct. Love the Miracle and Illuminating Primers as they can be worn under or applied over make-up as a liquid highlighter. Or can be mixed with your foundation for a dewy finish for a dewy finish.
Then there is the PS Pro Longwear Mineralized Foundation. It provides a medium, buildable coverage with a satin finish enriched with all of the benefits of a mineral powder. It is also packed with vitamins A and E to hydrate the skin and contains SPF 15 for protection against the sun. Suitable for normal to combination skin and is available in five shades Porcelain, Ivory, Warm Beige, Rich Beige and Chestnut.
Then there is the CC Concealer palette, the Pro Longwear Finishing Powder, and a range of lip, brow and eye pen products. Prices start at €3 and the collection will be available to shop from May.
PS Pro Concealer Palette
PS Pro Long Wear Concealer
PS Pro Finishing Powder
The new collection definitely ticks all my “need to have in make-up” boxes but don’t take my word for it check out the PS Pro Range online or instore.
Since being a makeup artist I’ve often found that one of the most popular questions inspiring makeup artists often ask me is how do you do male grooming?? So I thought it was time to let everyone in on my male grooming process; and with the permission from the lovely Vangelis Polydorou semi-finalist from this year’s BBC The Voice I’m happy to show you how.
Almost 9/10 times with male grooming the key is to give him a healthy looking almost invisible makeup look. It’s important that the skin is visible to the eye and not a face full of makeup. Makeup on a man can look artificial if not done correctly.
Follow my steps on how I achieved perfect male grooming on Vangelis:
Skin prepping as with women’s makeup is my KEY element to perfect face makeup. The difference between male and female skin is that males skin contains a lot more oil. As a makeup artist you need to tame and control the oil. You do this by adding a product with water and vitamin B6.
I began with cleansing Vangelis’s gorgeous skin using Nude Skincare; Perfect Cleanse omega cleansing jelly to clean away all impurities. I love that this product is a natural formula and leaves the skin clean and fresh with a natural healthy glow – yes men should have a healthy looking glow too.
Secondly spray on Urban Decay’s B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray. The B6 vitamin in this product absorbs any unwanted oil found in male’s skin. You can also use this miracle bottle anytime throughout the day to refresh his skin or take away any excess oil that may shine through.
Moisturise; never miss this step. As long as you use the right moisturiser you will never add extra unwanted oil to the skin. I use Clarins Men Super Moisture Gel.
Concealer: unlike a woman we don’t want to brighten under the eyes with a concealer, so instead of using a highlighted liquid based concealer use a flat cream. I used the Mac Pro Conceal palette. Remembering how important it is to keep male’s makeup visible, dot on the cream based concealer where you see the deep undertones underneath the eye. It usually looks like a line from the inner corner of the eye stretching underneath. Pat your product in with your fingers. It’s important to leave the natural skin tone right under the eyelashes, so avoid placing concealer in that area. You can apply the concealer underneath the foundation or over as we’re not brightening the area just neutralising the tones.
Foundation: Don’t apply a thick coverage, this will look false. It’s important that you look at a man’s skin differently to a woman’s; you want to keep the different tones in the skin. The forehead may be darker to the cheeks, or the cheeks darker to the nose. It is very important that you see this and use different tones of foundation in the different areas. Applying one colour all over a man’s face will make him look very artificial, too even. When applying, avoid any stubble or facial hair, try applying with a beauty blender as opposed to a brush to give a shearer coverage. Opt for a tinted moisturiser or BB cream. I used Mac Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm and Bare Minerals complexion rescue.
Powder: Apply using a big brush. You don’t want to apply a matte flat powder, the aim is to keep the skin healthy and visible. I used Mac blotting powder.
Bronzer: This really depends on the individual. But always remember to use a matte bronzer. Simply sweep over the face to warm up the skin or use as a contour to show off striking cheekbones.
Brows: Depending on the man and the brows, you can get away with a quick comb and set with a clear brow gel. On Vangelis I filled in his brows to make them look slightly darker as he was performing on stage so we wanted them to be visible. I used Benefit Cosmetics Brow Zings, Gimme brow and brow setter.
Eyelashes: This really depends on the individual and what they like. It’s very common that a male doesn’t like his eyelashes coloured, if not, simply brush clear mascara through them. Again as Vangelis was performing on stage we opted for colour. I used Benefit Cosmetics They’re real tinted primer – a brown tinted eyelash primer.
Lips: Simple, a bit of balm. I used Dr.PawPaw Original balm.
Any questions, feel free to comment and I’ll answer.
Who does not love a pool party? And I am sure that over the course of the summer you will have several to attend. And because a pool party requires you to dress down. You can virtually go in just your bikini if you want to but if you do need to cover, here is some simple layers to add to your swimwear.
Slip on a Skirt
The quickest and easiest thing to slip on and off is a skirt, like this embroider skirt from Monsoon and pair it with a one pieces like the Evangelina red plunge swimsuit from Pretty Little Thing, with white sandals from Primark.
Another great embroider maxi skirt from Monsoon and or these printed shorts from Primark with flat slip-ons from Dune. Ethnic print Bikini Top from Primark, Embroider Bikini Top from Accessorize.
Dazzle in a Dress
For a sexy vibe opt for a playsuit like this tropical print one from Miss Selfridge and the pink and blue leafy print bikini from Accessorize with these flat gold, front tassel fringed detailed flat sandals from Dune
I have been recently gifted with a few treats from cosyfeet.com. I received a Rose body lotion, Rose moisturising cream, Rose cleanser and Rose toner. I have always loved Rose scented bubble bath but to be honest that was the only product with Rose I had ever tried. I had been told me about these products a few months ago but unfortunately I had not got hold of any. I have just learned that my face and body have been missing out on being completely pampered with these Rose products.
Every morning and evening I have been using the Rose cleanser, toner and moisturising cream on my face and using the Rose body lotion everywhere else on my body once a day. It has made such a difference to my skin.
My face is clearer and feels so fresh throughout the day and my legs have never been so silky which is wonderful as it is now dress and skirt season. One of the best things about the body lotion and moisturising cream is that they easily rub into your skin and makes it feel instantly soft. The Rose scent is beautiful and strong but yet not overpowering like other scented beauty products that I have tried in the past.
Even though these Rose products provide you with all the luxury that I am sure you deserve, they all cost less than £50. If you would like your face and body to feel and look as fantastic as mine then get your products at www.cosyfeet.com.
Written by Hayley Sweeney
Spice up your outfit with these cute bags.
Set sail with this nautical inspired blue and white stripe suitcase bag from Accessorize
Tropical smoothie any one? You cannot go wrong with these juicy, fruity and do not forget cute watermelon and pineapple clutches from New Look.
Mermaids should definitely never be without her seashell full of beautiful pearls. If you have dreams of being a mermaid this summer get your Lilac Textured Shell Clutch Bag at New Look.
For the traveler in you, there is this super cute Riviera suitcase across body bag from Accessorize. BON VOYAGE!!
Life is one big picnic! Well now it can be with this picnic basket across body bag from Accessorize.
Flowers always brightens up any gloomy day! This 3D flower sequins clutch from Miss Selfridge, in blue and gold will not just brighten your day but also your outfit.
Release your inner-gypsy with this multicolored print across body bag from River Island.
Denim has never been out of fashion and this SS16 we see the all-time fashion favorite take on a whole new fashion edge. From embroidery to embellishment we see it all, revamping the much loved classic style.
Classis but yet versatile whether your dress it up or down you can never go wrong with a denim jacket. Pair it with a cute summer dress and sandals for effortless chic.
Dress @ www.missselfridge.com, bag @ www.uk.accessorize.com, sandal @ www.office.co.uk
Keep on trend with retro patches or embroider embellishment. Complete the retro street style with a quirky print cropped top and dungarees.
Top @ www.mandco.com, bag @ www.riverisland.com, dungarees @ www.newlook.com, shoes @ www.missselfridge.com, sunglasses @ www.sunglasses-shop.co.uk
Maison de Mode, a US-based online luxury fashion retailer, prides itself in showcasing fashion that represents sustainability. Unfortunately, sustainability has been an ambiguous word thrown around to make products more appealing to consumers, lobbyists and other members of the public. But what does it really mean? Is sustainability relatable and directly linked to the consumer? And the big question for fashionistas- is style comprised on the platfotform of ethical standards in fashion?
Maison de Mode does a great job in bridging the gap between consumers and such standards: it is now easier to understand how your every day fashion choices can make an impact in our society and environment- without all the sustainability jargon!
See what it's designers are doing to earn the sustainability badge:
Achu Parpat Vintag (by Mola Sasa)
Mola Sasa used artisanal techniques with beautiful intricate woven details in this bag. Creating handmade pieces means artisans can compete in a world of homogenised mass production. Let's not forget the recycled materials used, which means we can be more responsible for the materials we consume.
Kimono Dress Shirt (by Maiyet)
It's great when high-end designers promote small, artisanal designers. Many companies take advantage of work factories in developing countries- it's nice to see that individual designers and dress makers can be paid decently for what they do- without compromising on quality. Maiyet also donate a portion of their proceeds to ocean-related charities. Not bad!
Oversized long coat (by Shipper)
Shipper partners with organisations that help sustainable businesses which allows them to grow and make profits. So as you lavish yourself in this tweed coat, you'll feel even better knowing that you also contributed to the success of other sustainable businesses!
What are your thoughts on sustainable businesses in fashion?
Sunday is family day in our house. It’s not so much a day of rest but a day of doing. We like to spend time with the children just hanging out with no plans and no stress. We decide what to do as we’re doing it and as with most outings it usually starts or ends with food and drink.
Today wasn’t any different. We headed out to the Greenwich Peninsular (think O2, Emirates Cable Cars and surrounding areas). We originally intended to go to the Greenwich Ecology Park which is amazing for the children as they can bird watch, pond dip and spot water scorpions but as we approached the river, I was side tracked by the distant beat of an African drum.
We stumbled across the Urban Village Fete and let me tell you, it was the best day out we’ve had as a family in ages! The atmosphere was amazing, the sun was shining and there was literally everything there from music to crafts, food and drink, clothes and even luxury dog food!
The Urban Village Fete was set up to put a spin on the traditional fayre. It was colourful. It was modern. It was innovative. Even the cranes that littered the Thames skyline were coloured! The fete attracted a really good mix of local suppliers, craftsmen and performers. At one point, the DJ was taking requests from the public which resulted in about 100 people dancing on green grass banks to Madness’ Baggy Trousers – coming from Liverpool, it was a pivotal cockney moment for me and it was a pleasure to join in with the crowd!
There were so many cool people selling their wares but my favourites definitely were Little Sparrow Tea, Pinkster Gin and the Bus Bar Company – all drink related, go figure!
We Brits love our tea and I am no exception to that rule. Imagine my excitement when I found Little Sparrow Tea that claims “each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage”. I kid you not, the display was mesmerising! I tried the Russian Caravan and sure enough I was transported straight to a trail of caravans transporting tea from China to Europe via Russia. It’s said that the smokiness of the flavour comes from the fires lit at night to keep the tea transporters warm. It definitely warmed me up!
Next up was Pinkster Gin, totally English with its HQ out near Cambridge. It’s a pink artisan gin made from berries and it’s so tastily refreshing. My summer is most definitely sorted!
After browsing the stalls, we took the children to the activity area where they drew, made paper vegetables and made dream books for the library. This was great as I instil in them to work hard for everything so writing down their dream got them thinking as to how they will achieve it. They now realise it’s not so easy to get to Disney Land after all!
I absolutely adore days filled with random surprises and this didn’t disappoint. I was spotted taking colourful photographers by another photographer which resulted in my pictures being included in her gallery. When you’re out doing what you love and people you don’t know show their appreciation, it totally makes everything you strive for worthwhile.
Before heading home we, we sat chatting to revellers who had perched themselves with direct access to the Bus Bar Company – an old route master totally kitted out as a travelling pub. As I sat listening to the music, watching the people and seeing my children enjoying themselves, I felt utterly grateful to live in such a buzzing, thriving city where you can go out for a leisurely walk and happen upon a totally adventurous day.
Sundays were most definitely not made to be lazy!
Written by KellyAnn Schiavo
Disclaimer: All pictures and opinions are my own.
Do we ever need an excuse to buy new shoes? The minute the sun sticks its head out, we start dreaming of hot carefree summer days and all those endless opportunities to wear all those sandals we have been dreaming about on those grumpy winter days. Dreams can come true, the sun is here and we have partnered up with Daniel designer footwear to bring you the summers hottest and must have sandals.
Liberate your feet with our selection of sandals from Daniel designer footwear.
Our star buy! The William Square White Leather Studded Gladiator sandal part of their new season collection, crafted from premium leather featuring gold tone studded embellishment. A definite must have staple for your summer wardrobe. Perfect for everyday wear paired with a strappy sun dress.
Shop yours here William Square White Leather Studded Gladiator sandal also available in black and tan
Dress, bag and sunglasses from www.primark.com
The Plano Tan Leather Fringed Block Heel Sandal, why not add a bit of retro vintage to your OOTD with these fringe and studded embellished Block Heel Sandals. Summer perfection!!
Shop yours here Plano Tan Leather Fringed Block Heel Sandal
Dress, bag and sunglasses from www.primark.com
No summer is complete without espadrilles, so you want to add the San Marcos Blue Ankle Tie Wedge Espadrille to your collection. Perfect for an afternoon of fun with its shimmery canvas leather lining, high raffia wedge and rubber sole.
Shop yours here San Marcos Blue Ankle Tie Wedge Espadrille
Dress, bag, necklace and sunglasses www.primark.com
If you cannot wear it on your finger, then wear your gold on your feet with these on trend Puno Gold Leather Embellished T Bar Sandal. A true treasure because it will make any plain outfit shine and you will so on trend with the beading and fringing detail.
Shop yours here Puno Gold Leather Embellished T Bar Sandal
Playsuit, bag, hat and sunglasses @ www.primark.com
Prints are a must and we love them on dresses and tops so why not take it down to our feet. Well now you can with these super quirky New England Red Leather Strappy Wedge a modern twist on a classic style. Love it, it is super chic and fashionable!!
We all have that one occasion that calls for a dressier look and the Palm Springs White Leather Woven Sandals are just perfect for that occasion. These beautiful white heeled sandals are crafted from premium leather with its cut away detail, woven straps and block heel. You will look and feel a million dollars.
You will be as sweet at honey in these Honey Brook Brown Leather Gladiator Sandal Always a favorite among fashionistas, summer season after summer season and this SS16 it is no different. So if you do not have your pair of Gladiators yet, I am gently nudging you, to most definitely get the Honey Brook pair.
Orange is the new black and it is such a nice warm color for summer. Bring that warmth to your feet with the Southaven Orange Suede Block Heel Cross Strap Sandal with its block heel and buckle fastening to the ankle for easy wear. What more do you need, it is colorful, stylish and easy on the feet and the eye, Gorgeous!!
Shop yours here Southaven Orange Suede Block Heel Cross Strap Sandal
For more styles and plenty more designer shoes visit Daniel Footwear
With our busy lifestyles, spending long hours staring at a computer screen in heat conditioned offices and then heading off to party in windy conditions, as fun as it might be, takes a heavy toll on our health, including our eyes.
The environmental conditions combined with all those hours spend in front of a computer and enjoying our crazy social life, as well as the “not so nice” hay fever season leaves ours eyes feeling tired, dry, red and puffy and add to that an annoying headache. Believe me it is not a nice place for your eyes to be in.
I can vouch for that, as a sufferer of daily itchy irritated sore eyes. So you can image my joy when I was asked to try out the Bio True –re wetting drops and the Bio and Thera Pearl Eye-ssential mask.
First let’s get the business part out of the way with some product Facts
The Bio True rewetting drops comes in a 10ml dispenser with control grip making it easy to use in the office, during leisure time or while travelling. It is also preservative free and can be used for six months once opened.
It delivers instant and natural hydration because of its specific preservative free formulation based on hyaluronic acid.
The drops contain hyaluronic acid (HA), a favorite ingredient in beauty and skincare products. It is this essential ingredient that helps to keep your eyes lubricated and hydrated.
I tried the drops first as I suffer from daily itchy irritated sore eyes and was really looking for something to give me greater relieve, then previous products I have tried. I found that with Biotrue rewetting drops, instantly hydrated my eyes allowing me to get back to glaring at my computer screen.
I did however have one little problem with it, and it was that I found the blue bit, on the dispenser, that you have to push down a little awkward and would have preferred a squeeze bottle. But other than that I love the product and would highly recommend it.
Thera Pearl Eye-ssential Eye Mask
Provides 20minutes of soothing stress relief and relaxation, it also reduces puffy eyes and relieves headaches. What’s more it is re-useable so you can use it for 20minutes every day. The mask uses unique Pearl Technology which means it can retain its temperature.
When used cold, THERA°PEARL® Eye-ssential Mask
• Relieves puffy eyes
• Takes the sting out of a brow wax
• Relieves headaches
When used hot, THERA°PEARL® Eye-ssential Mask
• Provides soothing stress relief
• Relieves symptoms of dry eye/computer strained eyes, as well as blepharitis, and it can also treat Styes
Headaches are the biggest annoyance to me and because I am not a fan of painkillers. I often go to bed with a headache only to wake up with the same annoying headache. So the THERA°PEARL® Eye-ssential Mask, wow a perfect product. My headache was gone before I even got under the covers and I woke up the next morning feeling refreshed and headache free.
Get your Bio true –re wetting eye drops in Boots and Superdrug. The eye drops come in a handy 10ml dispenser (£9.49), which can be used for six months once opened. They also come in single-dose packs (£6.49) Just the right size, to carry around with you in your handbag, to use wherever and when you need relieve from dry itchy eyes.
THERA°PEARL® Eye-ssential Mask is available from Superdrug RRP £7.99
Being a child of Caribbean descent Palmers Coca butter was one of the main beauty staples in my house (No one was leaving the house with no dry arms and legs), so of course I jumped at the chance to check out their award-winning Coconut Oil Formula range which includes a Body Lotion, Hand Cream, Body Cream and Body Oil.
I had been incorporating coconut oil in to my skin and hair care regime for some time now so it’s nice to cut out the middleman as brands are realizing the many benefits of including coconut oil in their products.
The Coconut Oil Formal aside from smelling amazing and leaving my skin feeling soft supple and moisturized without feeling greasy consist of mainly ethically and sustainably sourced raw, organic Coconut Oil which is infused with ancient Polynesian sacred oil, Tahitian Monoi Oil and is also free from Parabens, phthalates, mineral oil.
My favorite product from the range is the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Body Oil as I loved the way the oils absorbed into my skin quickly and easily without feeling sticky and left me smelling heavenly.
I also like that fact that you can add a few drops to your bath to make your bathing experience a little bit more luxurious.
Palmer’s Award-winning Coconut Oil Formula range is available for purchase at Boots, Sainsbury’s, Feel Unique and Amazon.
The dreary grey and damp days are fast becoming a thing of the past never to be thought of again, well at least not during the 3 months of glorious sunny summer days. With those sunny days comes summer parties, barbeques and lounging evenings of wine and laughter. So to be sure that you are ready for all your social engagements here are a few killer outfits for any occasion to get you through the summer social season.
For a mid-morning brunch date with the girls, you just want to get up and go, so slip into a Maxi dress, Green floral print tie waist wrap front maxi dress, wavy beach hair, slip on mules and your handbag. No hassle no fuss, because you do not want anything to come between you and your mid-morning Prosecco.
Maxi dress @ www.newlook.com,shoes @ www.newlook.com, bag @ www.riverisland.com
Just because it is a backyard BBQ it does not mean that you cannot look good. So Ditch the cut-off denims and go for an African inspired look, with sunset and sand-dune colors. Slip into this Orange embroidered trim tie front slip dress pairing it with these jewel embellished animal print sandals.
Hair Band @ www.uk.accessorize.com, sunglasses @ dress and sandals @ www.newlook.com, bag @ www.primark.com
Date night calls for something romantic with a touch of sexy. With just the right appeal, the white split front floral print pencil skirt with a white lace camisole and red strappy heels.
White cami @ www.phase-eight.com , shoes @ www.littlewoodsireland.ie, clutch bag @ www.dunelondon.com, Pencil skirt @ www.newlook.com
Lounging next to a pool calls for something chic and cool like the orange lace Bardot top and white lace shorts.
Hat & sunglasses @ www.primark.com shoes & tote bag www.newlook.com, Bardot top & shorts @ www.newlook.com
Soak up the sun in this a fuss-free look, a swimsuit is the perfect starting point, and tropical playsuit to go from sea and sand to your favorite lunch spot, paired with lace-up pom-pom sandals, sun hat, sleek sunnies and hold all tote for all your essentials.
Bag, hat & sunglasses @ www.primark.com, sandals @ www.newlook.com, bikini @ www.next.co.uk, playsuit @ www.newlook.com
For some more Sexy Outfit inspirations read on Bringing Sexy Back & for an update on your Festival Hair accessories- Ditch the flower crown
So you and your “BOO” has been going steady for a few years, your even started to argue like an old married couple, all that is missing is that shiny big engagement ring on your finger. Well we came up with a plan and teamed up with diamond experts Vashi to offer you a helping hand and nudge MR RIGHT in the right direction. Because we know that, at this stage there is nothing stopping him from putting the ring of your dreams on your finger.
So if you know that, he is going to be asking you the question soon, do head over to Vashi Engagement Rings To view their amazing catalogue of the most beautiful engagement rings.
Here is just a sneak peak
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and it is that love that made me fall love with the striking half eternity style ring with its 14 dazzling diamonds that so beautifully sets of the central stone. Crafted in 18 carat White Gold, this stunning ring is both delicate and durable and a dream on my finger.
Believe me the moment you choose your ring, your dream wedding flashes in front of you!! Mine would be in shades of Limpet shell, Peach echo and Rose quartz. Limpet Shell is a fresh, clear shade of green /blue and one of the top ten 2016 Pantone colors. With color splashes of Peach Echo and Rose quarts to compliment it. Giving it a beautiful beachy vibe.
image Source Pinterest
The dress, complimenting my gorgeous White Gold side stones engagement ring, from Vashi Jewelry, is the, Evangeline wedding dress. A simple chic and elegant white tulle full length skirt with a beading embellished top.
What more does a girl need apart from an 18 carat White Gold diamond encrusted Vashi Engagement Ring Come on ladies make it happen and say YES with a Vashi Engagement Ring.
Downtown Los Angeles (Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)
Los Angeles, the second-largest city in the United States after New York City, doesn’t really need an introduction. Famous centre of the American film and television industry, L.A. is a popular tourist destination all year round.
“The sun and palm trees in L.A. are so great for lifting the mood. It’s always nice coming over the hills and seeing the ocean.” - says celebrity stylist Kemal Harris.
This summer, discover the stylish side of Los Angeles and explore downtown’s Fashion District, vibrant art scene, and unique architecture.
Shopping in L.A. / Broadway Street (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)
LA Fashion District features hundreds of wholesale showrooms, textile stores, and retail boutiques.
“The LA Fashion District’s designer showrooms are located at the intersection of 9th and Los Angeles Streets. Our designer showrooms host five market weeks yearly, where buyers and retailers come to shop the latest in contemporary apparel and accessories. There are over 1,200 showrooms representing over 4,500 fashion lines.” - fashiondistrict.org
Santee Alley, located between Santee Street and Maple Avenue, is best known for its vibrant atmosphere and amazing bargains.
Tulips by Jeff Koons, The Broad (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)
“Los Angeles is often billed as the "Creative Capital of the World", because one in every six of its residents works in a creative industry and there are more artists, writers, filmmakers, actors, dancers and musicians living and working in Los Angeles than any other city at any time in history.” - Wikipedia
Recommended Museums: The Broad (221 S Grand Ave), MOCA / Museum of Contemporary Art (250 S Grand Ave), and LACMA / Los Angeles County Museum of Art (5905 Wilshire Blvd) - currently holding an interesting menswear exhibition: www.lacma.org
Broadway Street / LA Fashion District (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)
Downtown Los Angeles has lots of interesting buildings and trendy restaurants, stores, and hotels to explore. Many places feature unique interiors and combine traditional style with bold, modern influences. One of the best examples of the stunning downtown architecture is Walt Disney Concert Hall designed by a Canadian-born American architect Frank
Gehry (see it on Instagram: www.instagram.com).
Have a fabulous summer in L.A.!
What is summer, if nothing else, to show of that hot body you have been working so hard on.
So here's to summer and bringing sexy back. It is time to flaunt it, in intoxicating mini dresses, sexy jumpsuits, and shiny bling. So be ready to create your own sexy summer magic with these key pieces from Pretty Little Things, you will love !
Girls just want have fun!! and you surely will in these, Floral Print White plunging neck line Jumpsuit and white laser cut out mini dress.
Oozing cool and sexy in the Tarlia Multi Sequin Plunge Playsuit
All you need is a bit of sparkle!! Shine bright in the Omaria White Sequin Backless Dress
Be daring in the Charlay Silver Metallic Halter neck mini dress and flaunt it, your sexy abs, killer arms and glowing skin, in the printed co-ords as a set or as racy separates.
Steal the show and his heart in the Vayla Green Choker Printed Playsuit
Shop these looks and more @ https://www.prettylittlething.com
So are you ready to welcome the fine jewellery trends setting up for year 2016? We don’t always have time to discuss the economy or world politics all the time. We all do regular things such as waking up, brushing teeth, getting dressed, open and staring at our closet and try to get the best items there that we actually like. Most of us are also curious about the recent fashion trends and start revamping our closet. In order to inform you about the fine jewelry trends, here are the best jewellery trends for 2016:
1. Oversize Earrings and Diamond Necklaces
Remember the Oscar Awards where many celebrities were wearing oversized earrings and even oversized diamond necklaces to flaunt at the event. You can also get customized earrings depending upon your personal requirements.
2. Statement Necklaces with Finest Crystal Work
This would definitely be one of the popular custom jewelry trends in 2016. The finest crystals working on statement necklaces make you look elegant and charismatic.
Today, we live in a global world and no more appreciate things merely on the basis of their religious association. You are now free to choose any rustic jewelry pieces or any customized jewelry without any hesitation of being judged by others. ‘Crosses’ is one of the finest and religiously customized jewelry items which is expected to be echoing in the jewelry market in 2016.
I am not kidding. Chains would definitely be back in fashion and it would also be coming in different forms such as palm bracelets, chokers, belts and double chain earrings in different colors, sizes and shapes.
This trend will remain evergreen or would be trending at least for a long time. Their geometric forms, conventional designing and a chain fragment to make a hoop make them the fine jewelry items globally.