With January almost done and 2016 in full swing, it is time re-fresh your beauty kit and stock up on some new products.
Here are some that is on my shopping list.
Feed your hair with the new hair mask from Macadamia Professional. The Weightless Moisture Masque is designed for baby fine hair, the macadamia and argan oil blend repairs, replenishes and reconditions hair without weighing it down. Intense moisture is infused into the hair, leaving it smooth, silky and protected against future damage.
The product is also free from parabens, sulphates and gluten. RRP £29.70.
Natural Skincare lovers, Origins is launching Maskimizer™ Skin-Optimizing Mask Primer. Maskimizer saturates skin with hydration and skin-softening ingredients that prepares the skin for the treatment of the mask.
The mask features Origins Marine Algae Complex, which optimizes the skin’s condition to enhance the mask experience. It primes the skin to perform at its peak and makes the skin more receptive to the mask’s active ingredients.
Maskimizer features osmotic technology that helps maintain the moisture and fluid balance in the skin. Creating hydration ‘cells’ to boost skin’s ability to bind moisture. Softening the outer layer of the skin.
Available exclusively at origins.co.uk from February 12 and nationwide from March 2016 at select department stores. RRP £18.50. www.origins.co.uk
Love thy lips- Beauty brand Clinique is launching its new Pop Artistry Collection. The range that is inspired by candy and available in six shades includes Pop Lacquers, Glazes, Oils and Eye Shadows.
The Pop Glaze sheer lip colour and primer (£16) is formulated with shea and murumuru butters that provides superior moisture maintenance for the lips and a combination of emollient oils to provide shine.
The Clinique Pop Lacquer lip colour and primer (£16) moisturizes, and smooth lips, while delivering intense colour with a modern lacquered finish that wears for up to six hours available in 10 shades.
The Clinique Lid Pop (£15) has a silky, long-wearing formula and is developed with patented, “slurry technology”. The formula begins as a smooth liquid which transforms through a slow baking process into a lightweight powder. Richly pigmented, and is comes in eight different shades.
The collection will be available exclusively at Harrods and Clinique counters from 01 February 2016 and online from March 18 2016.
For Sleek MakeUP lovers- the brand is launching their Lip VIP collection. The creamy, long-lasting formula glides on smoothly, leaves an even, semi-matte finish and is available in six velvety shades:
Reserved, a candy pink
Flaunt It, a punchy orange
Backstage, a coral pink
Guest List, a warm coral
Private Booth, a classic nude
Night Spot, a chic red
The collection contains vitamin E, shea butter and coconut oil.
Available From sleekmakeup.com, Boots & Superdrug. RRP £5.49.
Bronze and glow with Benefit– the brand is launching three new additions to the Hoola range.
The new products are the;
Hoola Zero Tanlines (£19.50), an allover body bronzer which stays on for 12 hours and is suitable for all skin tones
Dew The Hoola (£22.50), a soft-matte liquid bronzer for the face, which provides a shimmer-less natural look and the;
Hoola Bronzing & Contouring Brush (£17.50) a domed powder brush.
Available from March 26 www.benefitcosmetics.com
Whether it's the oversized boy-cut blazer; a tassel-embellished accessory; or the block-heels sandals, retro fashion has made a come-back and is here to stay!
Comfort and style - what's not to love?
Handmade Wool Coat & Mule Sandals - Zara
Fringed Suede Bag - Mango
What new season pieces are you adding to your wardrobe?
Let’s face it guys when we wake up its dark. When we leave work its dark, its overcast, it’s rainy and even though spring is on the horizon its not here yet. We need to take things in to our own hands!
Brighten up your wardrobe with the most cheerful colour in the rainbow Canary, lemon, citron, and marigold. I’m talking about yellow baby already spotted in the SS16 catwalks shows of Burberry and Christopher Kane this trend is going to be major this summer so why not get a head start.
Whether you colour block or just opt for a pop this colour will defiantly brighten up your day.
Heels makes you feel sexy and confident and the higher the better!! but they are not always good for the health of our feet and leave our feet feeling and looking like it has been in a war zone. Here are some tips on how to wear your killer heels without causing too much pain to your feet.
Blisters are caused by friction, as your foot rubs against your heel. So reduce friction by wearing a thick strap over the foot as this hold the foot in place and prevents it from slipping around and causing friction points.
Available @ www.office.co.uk
Keep your pedicure short
Wearing heels and walking around in them all day, can make your feet sweat, causing your feet to slide forward, so always make sure that your pedicures are short so it does not cause extra tension on the toes.
Available @ Dune www.dunelondon.com
Running around and on your feet all day, make sure that your shoes are comfortable. Chunky block heels, or cute kitten heels, for all day running around, are a better than those high stilettos’. Keep those supper high heels for date night or girly nights out.
Also make sure that your shoes are not too tight as your feet will not have any room to breathe.
Available @ www.office.co.uk
LILLIAN SLINGBACK - www.hobbs.co.uk
Relieve the pressure
When you are on your feet all day, try to relieve the pressure by slipping of your shoes. You can do this while sitting at your desk, just to give your feet a little breather.
Available @ www.office.co.uk
Sprinkle bottom of shoes with baby powder
The baby powder will soak up any moisture created from the walking in your heel all day. The moisture from your feet sweating can cause friction which will cause blisters. So the baby powder will keep your feet from slipping and thus minimizes blisters.
As of Monday 18th January 2016, Gorilla Perfumes at Lush, in collaboration with Studio Xag, will be presenting the Gorilla Galley at Lush Oxford Street.
This is the first of a two-parts, it is free to attend and explores the Art of Perfumery in a celebration of two of Gorilla Perfume’s most iconic fragrances, The Sun and The Smell of Freedom.
Open to the public until 24th March 2016 this interactive take on presenting perfume is a wonderful addition to the unique shopping experience on offer at Lush’s biggest global shop on Oxford Street, London.
Why not check it out?
The Gorilla Gallery (Lower Ground Floor), Lush, 175-179 Oxford Street. Open daily 10.00am-9.00pm and Sundays 11.30am-6.00pm
If your goal for 2016 is to be more inspirational or to be inspired to be the best version of yourself then the new SS16 Topshop campaign “BE MORE KARLIE” will be right up your alley. Karlie Kloss a true multi-faceted woman, she is a supermodel, entrepreneur, student, vlogger, philanthropist, coder, fitness guru and food lover. A true inspiration to many of us that wants to be the best versions of ourselves and so much more.
With plenty of transitional pieces ranging from bomber jackets, trench coats, boyfriend jeans to camouflage shirts all inspired by the supermodel
Here is just a small preview of the pieces featured in the SS16 campaign coming to a Topshop near you soon.
Pink Karlie Bomber jacket, Paisley bandana and leather skinny
The Biker jacket
Moto Mid-blue Mom jeans
Suit Blazer and Pants
ALL AVAILABLE @ www.topshop.com
It is not easy to ignore chapped lips and as the weather gets colder and the air drier they just get worse. Dry, flaky and even painful chapped lips are no joke so here are some simple ways to heal them and keep them moisturized.
Honey Lip Scrub
Honey locks moisture in to your skin, so a little honey combined with sugar and almond oil to exfoliate. Rub gently onto your lips as it moisturizes and takes off dead skin.
Fill up on water
Water is the best aid for dry, flaky lips because if you are hydrated, your lips will be too.
Brush your lips with a soft toothbrush
If you do not have lip scrub, then try a soft toothbrush to gentle exfoliate your lips once or twice per day.
If your lips are starting to get really cracked and painful, open up a vitamin E capsule and put a little bit of the gel right on the problem areas.
Go for natural lip balms
When buying a lip balm make sure that they contain coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter or beeswax to seal in moisture.
Take care before bedtime
Apply some coconut oil or even honey on your lips at night and wake up with soft and supple lips.
Sunny laid back days with clear blue skies and bright yellow sunshine !!, that is where Camp California will take you. The collection conjures the spirit of the 70’s with retro inspired denim pieces and worn fabrics to create a casual look. Everything and more that you will need for SS16. Take a peek and start dreaming of those lazy summer day and feeling the sun on your skin!!
Cut off- ripped relaxed denims shorts for those easy going days
Minimalist summer separates in classic shapes
Afro loving vintage 70’s style with logo t-shirts and flare denims
Stay cool in casual denim dresses
A-line skirts and lots of indigo denim
We all get super excited about the new year and our goal to get fit and healthy. We spend tons of money on fitness gear, clothes and gym memberships only to give it up come March.
So why not try something different to help you, keep it up!!
Kickstart your children’s confidence (if you have kids, if not your niece and nephews will do)
Do this by incorporating a physical activity into their everyday routine. It can be to play catch, dance while doing chores around the house, or a fun weekend activity like cycling or walks in the park. Exercise should be fun so turn it into a family activity rather than a chore.
Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment. Pick an activity where you normally zone out and try to stay focused and in the moment while doing it. This is not easy but, it will contribute to a happier state of mind.
Find Your Fitness
Instead of investing in an expensive gym membership, buy a skipping rope, you can pick it up anytime during the day and skip for about 20 minutes it works the whole body or try a HIIT workout. Find some great workouts on Tone It Up
Workout wear available @ www.newlook.com
Take The Right Vitamin Supplements
Instead of buying up the whole health store, focus on what your body really needs. A multivitamin will top you up your health-supporting nutrients that are lacking from your diet. Omega-3 will boost your immune system. You can incorporate this through eating fish such as salmon and tuna.
Fill up during the day with fresh fruit and unsalted nuts.
Not getting enough sleep is bad for your skin, mental wellbeing, weight and immune system. Try to sleep for at least seven to eight hours a night. Create a routine by going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. Also try to switch your phone off before bedtime.
Invest In A Juicer Or Blender
Saving on a gym membership means you can invest in a good blender or juicer for healthy juices and smoothies. Combine your favorite fruits or try kiwi, banana, spinach, cucumber, ginger and lime for a nutritious drink.
I would like to start the new year by sharing one of my most enjoyable highlights from last year.....Enjoy and don't forget to pop back next week to read all about my favourite beauty products entering 2016 with me.
In July 2015 I had the pleasure to travel to Florence Italy, to provide makeup and hair for an editorial shoot.
The concept of the shoot was to experience the unknown streets of Florence and experience it from the eyes of a local girl going about her day to day life and day dreaming about her dreams. This local girl, played by Charli, is able to keep her dreams alive of being a royal princess as well as showing her everyday life as she cycles down the street, takes a ride in her chariot or visits in a local park.
The era was not to be present day but a mixture of 50s, 40s and 20s. This was achieved by mixing up wardrobe, hair and make-up looks from the different eras to create our final look.
Photographer: CocTales Photography
Photographer: CocTales Photography
Photographer: CocTales Photography
Photographer: CocTales Photography
Photographer: CocTales Photography
Bioderma - Sensible Cleansing Water
Clarins - Daily Energizer cream, Beauty Flash Balm, Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
Dr Paw Paw - Original Balm
MehronUk - Celebré Pro HD Foundation and brow powder
Sleek Make-up contour, blusher and highlighter palette in light
Dior - Reviver Palette
Mac - Pigment
Clinique - High length mascara
Model: Charli Meredith
Wardrobe: Charli Meredith and Albert Martincich
Hair and Make-up: Victoria Davies
This Editorial was alos published in Dark Beauty Magazine and Dreamingless Magazine.
January 2016, the first month of a new year, exciting, daunting and freaking amazing because we get a do over. A blank slate to never ever again make the same fashion mistakes, to not buy that shade of foundation, lipstick or eyeshadow because it simply did not bring out the best in us. You will, like every other year, decide to live and be better. But this year you are going to stick to it, because you have finally learned that in order to be better, you need to let go and avoid the mistakes of last year.
So what are you going to do this new year;
You are going to love yourself more
You are going to stop focusing on how you look and stop comparing your beauty to those around you
You are going to get to know and understand your body shape
You are going to wear colors that suits your skin tone and brings out the best in you
You will pamper yourself at least once a week and this will include manicures, pedicures and a facial
You will watch what you eat and drink because what you put into your body usually shows on the outside
Hudson’s Bay, Toronto (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)
Winter doesn't have to be boring! Below you can find a selection of 5 fabulous coats that not only look very stylish, but will also keep you warm. Trendy patterns and bold colours will brighten up long winter days and won't allow you to disappear in the crowd.
USEFUL TIP: If you are wearing a statement coat, remember to keep the rest of your outfit simple. Choose your accessories carefully and opt for classic black or calm, neutral shades. Recommended colours for Fall/Winter 2015: red, pastel pink, camel, yellow, black combined with other colours. “Reinvent new combinations of what you already own. Improvise. Become more creative. Not because you have to, but because you want to. Evolution is the secret for the next step.” ― Karl Lagerfeld
1. Reversible colour-block wool coat by Narciso Rodriguez
2. AWAKE Faux Fur Coat - designed by Natalia Alaverdian
3. COACH teddy bear coat - warm and cozy!
4. GIAMBATTISTA VALLI Panelled shearling coat
5. MIU MIU Python-trimmed bouclé-tweed coat
For more winter inspiration, have a look at the bright colours of MOSCHINO AW 2015 collection.
I love reviewing beauty product and when I was sent the Rossi Rice Bran & Borage Seed cleansing oil I couldn’t wait to try it out.
I have been using the cleansing oil now for one week as I think a week give your face time to get used to a new product. I like to keep my cleansing to a minimum so normally use two methods when washing my face 1. Wipes 2. Face wash and i usually find that neither removes fully every trace of makeup or daily grime. I don’t normally use a daily cleanser but getting used to adding this into my regime was a breeze especially when I saw how much more it cleaned my face and removed the last traces of makeup.
The oil comes in a lovely packaging and once opened it’s presented in a glass bottle with a pump. The consistency is a lovely and thick oil so you don’t need to use too much and it does not drip everywhere. My method was to massage the oil into my slightly damp face then remove with a damp cotton wool pad which left the face feeling great, totally clean, moisturised and hydrated all at the same time.
What gave the Rossi Rice Bran & Borage Seed cleansing oil extra bonus point for me was that it used 100% natural ingredients. It did have a slight unusual smell which I guess was from the bran but it still did not put me off.
Rossi Rice Bran & Borage Seed cleansing oil is a 100% natural cleanser that also includes avocado seed botanicals. More about the ingredients below:
Rice Bran Oil
Borage Seed Oil
100% natural ingredients and no fragrance. No parabens, sulphates, petro-chemicals, PEGs, phthalates or plastic fillers.
I think the Rossi Rice Bran & Borage Seed cleansing oil is a great product and worth every penny but if you don’t want to take my word for it why not buy a bottle and try it out for yourself. The hydrating cleansing oil (100ml) retails at 14.95 which isn’t too pricy as it will last a long time if used wisely. You can get it from www.rossiuvema.com
Enjoy and happy cleansing with Rossi Uvema!
Reviewd by Deborah St. Louis (Fashions Finest Director)
Every year at Christmas and on New Years Eve I dress up. There is something about those two dates that makes me want to wear fancy dress, the dates and the fancy dress partiesthat I get invited to. This year thanks to Tickled Pink fancy dress I will be dressing up in a Kigurumi purple unicorn costume. It is purple and white, has a long purple tail and on the hood it has the Unicorn’s ears, eyes nose and it has its famous horn, which is yellow.
As it is a onesie it is comfortable too. It has a low cut crotch and one size fits all. The sleeves and around the ankles are elasticated so you will not get the bottoms dirty. I absolutely love it and it is less than 40 pounds. If purple is not your colour there is no need to worry because it comes in pink and blue.
With the Kigurumi costumes you could also be a Fox, Leopard, White Tiger, Red Panda, Zebra or a Giraffe. As this costume is so easy to move around in you will not have to miss out when it is time to dance, you can whip and naa nae all night long.
Tickled Pink fancy dress provide many other outfits for you to choose from, they have Superhero’s, Pirates, Disney costumes, Halloween and Army costumes. They have a range of accessories to go with all the costumes, face paint and make-up, hats, wigs and moustaches and weapons and armour for all those going into battle for the night.
If you have not already got the perfect fancy dress costume for all the festive parties go online at Tickled Pink fancy dress and get yours.
Written by Hayley Sweeney
This is the season to party, and all those late night partying leaves your skin looking tired. And the last thing you want, waking up after a great night is tired looking skin. So why not let your products take the night shift. Why not give these products a try this party season?
A good night cream recovers and moisturizers. The new Miracle sleeping cream from Garnier does just that, with its self-smoothing texture it envelops the skin and visibly helps to reduce the signs of fatigue while you sleep.
For best results, especially during this crazy party season, use it every night for skin that looks refreshed and less tired.
Overnight mask is one of the best ways to wake up with beautifully refreshed skin. Garnier’s Miracle Wake Up Cream serves as an overnight mask. It re-awakens your skin revealing radiant, soft and youthful looking skin morning after morning.
“Remove all make-up & cleanse skin to wake up with well-hydrated skin”
As far as Serums goes the number one serum, for me will always be Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II. After the first night of using it you will wake up to more beautiful looking skin.
Although many of the world's top fashion shows can provide an fascinating introduction to the next season's styles, for many who are interested to see what the latest range of cutting-edge designs look like in real life, there's no better way than by simply visiting the races.
Horse racing has enjoyed a long and close relationship with the aristocracy in many countries, and because of this many top couture houses have sought to use these spectacular occasions to unveil their latest creations.
So here's a look at how high-end fashion has managed to gain access to the racing world and provide an extra dose of entertainment alongside the betting options and of course the racing itself.
The introduction of ladies days as the pinnacle of fashion for many racing events has been greatly enjoyed by spectators, attendees and of course the press who relish the opportunity to comment upon the fashion successes and mistakes of the many celebrities who flock to the event.
Because of the huge amount of attention that many race-going celebrities attract, there's a great deal of competitiveness amongst many of the high-end designers to get such celebrities to wear their latest creations.
Although many of the prestigious events attract aristocratic celebrities such as Zara Phillips, it's invariably the fashion faux-pas of some of the more alcoholically-enhanced racegoers that attracts the greatest amount of press derision.
In order to not attract the wrath of the fashion police, it's always a good idea to take a few tips from some of the top designers in the country. So we asked Denise Mahmud from the London-based brand Moixa who specialise in beautifully-crafted and trend-resistant clothing her thoughts and advice on fashion at the races.
Why do you think horse racing events have become such an important part of the fashion calendar?
Considered a formal social event, horse racing has had close ties to fashion for decades. Since the early 1900s the races have been a place to see and show off new fashion trends.
If you had to design an outfit for the races, how would you get around the restrictions over dress codes in regards to hem lengths?
I designed outfits for the races every year. I try to help my clients understand that lady-like doesn't have to mean boring. Instead of working around the restrictions, I try and make them a feature that reflects the client's personality and style.
Do you approve of the rise of fascinators?
Personally, I'm not a fan of fascinators. They're like an Alice Band gone wrong.
Denise Mahmud's advice regarding dress codes is of key importance when considering fashion at the races. Many of racing's key social events such as Royal Ascot will frequently implement restrictive codes of dress for different areas of the racecourse and as such, it's always a good idea to check with the race course's website before attending.
The subject of fascinators is particularly sensitive in the world of racing, as many particularly outrageous designs have led to top racing events such as Royal Ascot banning the offensive headwear.
However, much as betting is part of the fun of Ladies Day thanks to sites like Betway who have a handy new mobile betting feature on their website, it's always important to remember to embrace the style challenges with a degree of fun and enthusiasm.
Whilst it can be tempting to try and adapt some of the latest designs from the couture houses into your look for the races, keeping your hemlines traditional and perhaps embracing some exciting new colours and textures could be a better way to approach this fashion dilemma.
Online boutiques such as Little Black Dress have provided a good selection of race-day dresses that capture a degree of sophistication thanks to some sharp 1960s cuts, whilst the subtle use of feminine floral imagery softens the look to make it perfect for the coming of spring.
As the many of the racing world's top events such as the Cheltenham Gold Cup tend to take place in the colder months of the year, it's always a good idea to try and layer up too. On-trend textures such as coloured suede can provide all of us with a stylish look that will keep us warm when we're out at the track all day. And if you're feeling particularly countrified, then you can always pay a fashion tribute to horse-racing's country origins by adopting a tweed look in the form of a sharply-fitting blazer.
So whether you're sipping champagne in a chic A-line dress in the executive box, or cheering on one of the favourites in the race in your warmest winter jacket, make sure that you have fun with your look and celebrate your betting at the races with the very best in British fashion.
Every season Hobbs delivers something new and exciting for the modern woman. Something that she can slip into and fall in love with. Each piece is tailored to be feminine and makes the wearer stand out from the crowd.
There SS16 collection is full of beautifully designed pieces for the traveler in you that can take you from day to evening.
Belize jacket in ebony appliqué mesh, Belize top in ivory jersey, Antonella skirt in ebony & ivory cotton blend
Ndara Poncho in ebony & ivory cashmere, Santiago top in ivory pleat poly, Santiago skirt in ebony pleat poly, Celia hat in ivory straw, Jemma cuff
Luciana coat in ice white & ebony linen blend, Aylesbury belt in ebony suede, Lola sandals in ebony suede
Salvador blouse in ivory & hot red silk, Salvador skirt in ivory & ebony cotton blend , Aylesbury belt in ebony suede, Lola sandal in ebony suede
Rica dress in natural & ivory linen blend, Rica trousers in natural & ivory linen blend, Amber sandals in snake print leather £99/€120
Paola cape in dark natural suede, Santiago top in ivory pleat poly, Cosette culottes in ivory satin back crêpe, Valentina in pendant in gold & ebony, Amber sandal snake print leather
Catalina blouse in azure blue silk, Catalina trousers azure blue silk, Lola sandals in ebony suede
Belize jumpsuit in ebony satin back crêpe
At this time of the year I love lounging around at home, sitting by the open fire reading a book in my comfy pyjamas and drinking a hot chocolate with maybe a tiny splash of Baileys in. When it is the evening and I read a good night story to the children I like to make sure that I feel comfortable so choosing the right nightwear is a must. If I am not in the right night attire, then when it comes to falling asleep it is an absolute nightmare. Having my beauty sleep is a must.
When I was looking online the other day trying to find some new pyjamas to treat myself to I came across a website called The Pyjama Store in London. I instantly fell in love with all that they had. As I have not yet won the lottery (buying a ticket would help) I knew I could only choose a few to order. How would I manage to just pick a few, when everything they had looked so elegant and luxurious?
After I spoke to the lovely James who owns the store he told me that he would gift me with a pair of Ce Soir pyjamas with black and ivory stripes. To say I was delighted would be an understatement. I felt like a kid in a candy store looking at all they had to offer. One of my favourite pyjamas are: Three J: NYC ‘Jamie’ cotton white with grey trim. The Pyjama Store provides for men, woman and children so that no one in the family will be left out. Pyjamas are always a much needed present so why not treat your family and friends to some this Christmas?
Have a look online at www.thepyjamastore.com and then you and your family can sleep as well as I do at night.
Written by Hayley Sweeney
This Christmas may your gift giving bring you as much pleasure as your gift receiving!!
Here are some of my favorite gifts for this Christmas. Merry Christmas!!
It goes without saying that you should always buy the best for your very best friend. Spoil her with something sparkly and gold. A cute gold clutch is great for those girly nights out and a gift that she can always treasure.
I love these bags because they scream look at me! The perfect gift for the creative personality, so if your friend loves bold prints she will love either one of these bags to add to her collection.
What girl does not love receiving beauty products to spoil themselves with. The Laura Mercier Crème de la crème luxe body cleanser collection contains four delicious body cleansers in scents of Ambre Vanillé, Almond Coconut Milk, Crème Brûlée and Tarte au Citron.
Sisley All day all year prestige box is a day and night anti-aging duo that pushes back the visible signs of skin aging. The box contains the All-day all year 50ml anti- aging shield that protects the skin from outside aggressions to help preserve its youthfulness. As well as the Supremÿa 50 ml, a night time repair product that repairs the skins past damage and leaves it looking radiant and youthful.
The true Fashion diva will love these pair of silver boots and a good quality handbag like the Michael Kors Grey tote that will match perfectly with everything in her wardrobe.
Beautiful quality lingerie always makes for a nice gift, whether you buy it for yourself or you get the man in your life to buy it for you.
Remember when buying lingerie; to pay attention to the detail and make sure that what you are buying are comfortable because you want to look sexy but you also want to be comfortable when wearing it.
The classic such as black, pink, red and whites are always a popular option. If you want to steer away from the classics go for navy which suits most skin types. If your man is buying it for you, do some research with him online so that he knows what to buy when heading into the shops.
Fragrance is always a winner whether it is buying your old favorite or trying out something new. Gucci Bamboo is a floral woody scent for the confident yet feminine women.
Coco Mademoiselle for the brave and modern women that loves luxury and elegance, a favorite gift among many women.
Tom Ford Noir Extreme, an amber woody oriental fragrance for the man in your life.
For all those last minute gifts the Martini Shaker set for stay in cocktail evenings. Add a pop of color to her handbag with the Calvin Klein purses. The beautiful painted Cath Kidston Rose bath set contains products with a velvety rose scent enriched with shea butter and glycerin. The gift set comprises of; Painted Rose Shower Gel - 30ml, Painted Rose Body Lotion - 30ml, Painted Rose Bath Crystals - 25g, Painted Rose Soap - 25g and Face Cloth.
We all have that one friend that loves to entertain. Spoil her with any of the Biba art deco collection for nights of great food, good wine and great friends.
There's something about the festivities that makes us want to do something special with our wardrobe style. More so for those of us who spend Christmas time celebrating the birth of Christ- the reason for the season!
So, as my custom is, I'm sharing a few 'must - buy' pieces that include both Highstreet high-end and mainstream prices. Rather than break the bank to look good for the special occasion, why not mix it up? It's amazing how styling your wardrobe can really bring out class and elegance - all on a budget!
Gold Tone Woven Necklace (topshop.com)
Light Grey Low Rise (riverisland.com)
Layered Print Blazer (kejivictoria.com)
'Wizard' Low Heeled Boots (kurtgeiger.com)
Block Tote Bag (debenhams.com/Red-Herring)
What are your favourite pieces this season? Let me know your thoughts!
If you suffer from sweaty feet you really need to get your hands on a pair of slimsoles.
We tested them out for a week and they are comfortable and keep your feet fresh and dry all day long. They also have a grip foam to prevent the insole from bunching or sliding. Slimsoles are up to a UK women’s Size 9. For a comfortable fit, follow the printed guidelines on the insoles just cut them down to your shoes size.
Available in many highstreet stores and directly from Odor Eaters. Slimsoles are a musthave for anyone suffering from sweaty feet.
Reviewd by Deborah St. Louis CEO
We are currently onto stage 3 with Bond Jewellery and Diamonds. Jamie has decided on the perfect design with Jake so it is finally time to add what I would call the sparkle. It is time for Jake to go to Bond’s consultation suite and decide on what diamonds they should use for the engagement ring.
Having been told what Jakes budget was earlier on in the stages, Jamie has been able to find a number of diamonds for him to view and choose from. The diamonds all have unique characteristics; carat weight, colour and clarity. What all the diamonds will have in common is that they are all in a round brilliant cut that matches the design impeccably.
Jake was shown each diamond one after the other and had the differences of each one explained to him. He was told what impact this particular diamond would have on the rings price. After viewing 6 diamonds Jake fell in love with a stunning 1.16ct, D colour diamond.
The ring for Jakes future wife will include a 16 small 0.03ct stones set within the shoulders of the ring. All of the diamonds must match the centre stone on colour and clarity so that the brilliance and sparkle of all the diamonds will be equal. After Jake found the 16ct centre diamond he then found the smaller stones that would accompany.
Now the design and diamonds have been selected the real magic can begin; the creation stage. Even I am excited at this stage so I can only imagine how Jake must be feeling.
Written by Hayley Sweeney
A good quality coat should be an investment pieces, one that you will be able to wear for a few more winters. You need it not only to keep you warm but also to be durable and give you great wear year after year. Here are some suggestions for that new winter coat you have been saving for.
The classic belted Military style is a timeless pieces with its double breasted button fastening and belted waist it is one of those styles that never tires
Available at Debenhams - J by Jasper Conran
If you want to keep the classic shape but with a slight rock chic edge then this elegant black coat with its leather detail and buckle and belted finish is the one.
Available at Debenhams – Todd Lynn
White would now not be your typical winter colour but with its beautiful striking chic silhouette who can resist and the faux fur trim just takes it up another level
Available a Debenhams - Star by Julien Macdonald
This longline wool blend coat in dark grey with its checked design and two front pockets are perfect for everyday
Available at Debenhams - Betty Jackson
Available at Debenhams – Betty Jackson
What is more classic then a trench coat. This leather trench coat is ultra-feminine and functional, creating a defined silhouette. It is one of those pieces that will look great with even a more casual look.
What an enjoyable few hours spent this evening at the Bare Mineral counter at House of Fraser Nottingham.
I braced the wintery weather and was warmly welcomed by the two hosts with a glass of bubbly and strawberries dipped in chocolate and a raffle ticket.
Guests were given an overview of some of the best Bare Mineral products and offers in the range which would make great gifts for Christmas for family and friends.
We were also able to see a demo of the products being applied to two of regular people, one young and one more mature. The looks were nice and natural and showing how just adding a little more colour, eyeliner and heavier mascara can transform the face from a day look to evening look using one simple pallet.
After the demo we were given the opportunity to test and purchase any product we wanted and with every purchase we received a raffle ticket to win one of the lovely gifts on offer. I purchased the mineral powder and stoke of light eyebrightner for darker skin tones which was nice and light but had good coverage. Just how I like it!
Tha raffel was finally drawn and i won two prizes one of which was possibly the best on the table. The prizes were - travel makeup brushes, a gold bag with mineral powder, lip gloss, eye shadow, eye shadow brush, eyeliner and a makeup brush.
Before the evening ended we were all presented with a Bare mineral goody bag which contained even more fabulous gifts to sample from other brands within House of Fraser such a perfumes, eyeliner, body wash mineral foundation to name a few.
To say this was a worthwhile and enjoyable experience is putting it lightly and I have lots of lovely products and gifts to try out over the next few months.
If you have never used Bare Mineral products I suggest you give them a try.
A big thank you goes out to the ladies who hosted the event and I look forward to attending another event again soon and telling everyone all about it.
More information about their products here: Bare Minerals
Written by Fashions Finest Director Deborah St. Louis
Pop princess Rhianna yesterday launched her brand new agency Fr8me with managing partner Benoit Demouy in Los Angeles. The LA based agency’s mission is to style artists for booking commercials, editorial shoots, ad campaigns and red-carpet appearances.
Rihanna spoke “Hair, makeup and styling play an important role in creativity. I am very involved with that part of my process, so this agency was an organic thing for me to do”.
The agency have already lined up Rihanna's makeup artist Mylah Morales, wardrobe stylist Jason Bolden and celebrity hair stylists Patricia Morales and Marcia Hamilton. It is not yet known which other artists will be signed up or which celebrity clients the agency plan to work with, but Rihanna's new business venture is big talk in LA and looks to be a success.
According to H&M the jumpsuit is this season’s chicest around-the-clock piece. As it's the festive season why not go for colour or glam it up with glitter. When it comes to the shoes, dress it down with a pair of flats or rock it with elegant in heels.
I promised you that I would be back with more information on Jake and creating the perfect engagement ring for his future wife and this is the next instalment. We are now onto the second stage with Bond Jewellery and Diamonds. As Jake has now clearly explained to Jamie exactly what piece and style he likes, the process is able to move on. Stage two is where Jamie and the other employees at Bond Jewellery and Diamonds get together and begin to develop the perfect design for Jakes beautiful fiancé. This process involves sketches and computer-aided design.
Jamie is knowledgeable and keeps up to date with all the up and coming trends on the market so that his customers will never be disappointed with their designs. All the while Jamie keeps in constant contact with Jake sending him their ideas via meetings and emails. This gives the client full control in creating the perfect piece for their partner. Keeping the client involved is important as this is their way of expressing their love to another. Everything about the whole process must be perfect.
After a design has been decided on Jake will move on to selecting the right diamond or diamonds.
Written By Hayley Sweeney
I was asked to review AEOS facial products and hand cream and to be honest as I like a simple daily cleansing regime I was a little overwhelmed by all the different products and wondered if I would be able to continue for more than one day with the process. However I was willing to give it a try.
After persevering with these products I have to say I love everything about them. From the moment you open the pack, the presentation, the textures, the smells, everything. My face felt clean refreshed ready to take on the day and then also cleaned from all makeup and grime of the day ready for bed.
Favourite products from AEOS have to be 1. Dew Facial Wash 2. Gentle Cleansing Lotion 3. Enriching Moisture (blue) and 4. Realive Serum. All containing organic and essential oils like lemon, neroli, honey just to name a few.
However my ultimate favourite and #musthave from the AEOS range has to be the AEOS Enriching Spelt Hand Cream oh my days, this product felt like silk on the hands and the smell was out of this world. I shared it with my girlfriends and the expression on their face said it all. Nourished hands is all I can say.
Would I buy these products again? Absolutley!
Thank you AEOS for allowing me to test your products it was a pleasure!
More information about AEOS products here www.aeos.net
Reviewd by Fashions Finest CEO Deborah St. Louis
Having little girls makes you realise just how many bags they need (want) in their lives, I can’t tell you an exact number but I can tell you that’s it’s a lot. They need bags to take out when they go shopping with their friends (probably for more bags), bags for their toys, bags for their make-up etc.
Every time I go food shopping with my girls and they have picked up a few of what they would call vital essentials on the way round they insist on having their own bags to put them in. Buying them their own jute bag every time we frequent the shops can end up being quite pricey. I wished they could just stick to the one bag.
One of my friends told me to check out bags at ClaireaBella Classics when I told her my problem. What I saw on their website solved all my problems. I could choose a jute bag and then pick what design to have on it. Each of the designs where girls, you could pick what skin tone the girl was and what outfit she would wear. You could even pick what accessories she has. To make the bag even more perfect for your little girls, you can have their name added to it. I instantly knew my girls would fall in love with them. I picked the large jute bag costing just less than forty pounds.
It is not just jutes bags that you can buy at ClaireaBella but also suitcases with the same designs. This is a case that you wont be losing easily at the airport. They have many more gift ideas for the girls; you just need to look online. They sell make-up bags, latte mugs, personalised hoodies, and my favourite; wine glasses. There really is too much for me to mention, you need to have a look for yourselves, you will not be disappointed.
ClaireaBella has many celebrity fans such as Amy Childs, Kelly Brook, Fern Cotton and The Saturdays.
Written by Hayley Sweeney
Her round curves and sleek lines are admired by fashion editors, celebrities and #chloeGIRLS everywhere.
The Drew bag comes is so versatile and comes in a number of colours ranging from light to dark which means it will go with just about any look.
Here are a few ways to rock the Drew bag:
Retailed at Chloe from £960.00 upwards, which may be too expeive for most of us but you can always opt for a cheaper version like this one from Topshop for £30.00.
The days are getting cooler, the dark nights are already here, we wrap up in big jumpers, coats, scarfs and hats but don't let that stop you from looking beautiful. Look forward to the new season by trying out some of the new hottest hair trends. From a classic French twist with a modern update, low ponytails or my personal key hair trend bohemian waves there's something pretty for everyone this new season.
The Low Ponytail
Messy or sleek, side or straight, the low ponytail is big this season. The trick to the trend is to wear it very low. Choose a messy low ponytail for the daytime and by night opt for a sleek sophisticated look wither straight or to the side. If you're wearing one of winters hot metallic eye makeup trends why not wrap some metal around the ponytail.
A classic French twist with a difference is massive this season after seeing it on the catwalk with both Chanel and Tom Ford amongst others. The key to the trend is to make the twist looser and younger. Make it much messier or try adding waves to the hair first, hold the twist with statement pins or ribbon.
My key hair trend is exactly this. Beautiful long, thick, textured kinky waves that simply look like you plaited your hair wet and let it air dry; and why not do exactly that? If you don't want to leave your hair to dry in plaits simply spray some sea salt spray into damp hair before drying
Nothing says casual-chic like a pair of flared jeans, so goodbye to skinny jeans. This 70’s flashback is all about a casual retro trend.
Flare denims available @ Miss Selfridge, Coat @Miss Selfridge, shoe @Miss Selfridge, bag @Dorothy Perkins
Wear a heel with your flares:
The flare shape elongates your legs and a heel will take that illusion one step further. As well as minimize the risk of a bunched up hem.
Flare denims available @ Miss Selfridge, Jacket New Look, Shoe@ Dune, bag@ Dune and Cami @Very
A perfect hem:
With flares it is all about the hem. Go for a pair with a slightly longer length than the rest of the trousers in your wardrobe.
Flare denims available @ Miss Selfridge, Blouse @ Very, Cape @ Laredoute, shoes @ Very, clutch @ Primark
Opt for a high- waisted silhouette:
This is the most flattering fit, because any trousers that sits higher on the hips will enhance the leg-lengthening affect and give you a curvy silhouette. Add a belt for a more defined waist.
Coats, jackets and hoodies are the common layers we throw on once the temperature start to drop. But the poncho has become the latest piece of layering to keep us warm and on trend.
Available @ www.littlewoods.ie
It work well with nearly everything in your wardrobe. Poncho’s can be tailored for a chic formal and or professional style or bohemian in chunky knits, colourful patterns, Aztec prints and or tassels and fringes.
Although poncho’s can appear to be an easy item to wear, it’s important that you choose a poncho that fits your frame. Make sure that it is not too small or to big but that it fits your frame, otherwise you will drown in it.
Necklines such as cowl neck, turtleneck, V-neck, scoop-neck, crew-neck, and boat neck are great as they frame your face and upper body. Whereas boat necks and crew necks tend to make the chest and shoulders look wider, but are perfect if you have narrow shoulders or a small bust V-necks especially are good for women with broad shoulders or a large bust, as it has a slimming effect. If you have a longer neck, go for a turtleneck that has a shortening effect through the neck and face.
Available @ www.primark.com
If you want to elongate your frame opt for a ponchos that falls, no lower than two centimetres above your knee.
Petite ladies should be aware of long ponchos as they will overwhelm your petite frame.
To balance out your silhouette, choose bottoms that have a slim fit, especially if you are top-heavy.
Available @ www.houseoffraser.co.uk
Wear your poncho with slim-fitting trousers, skinny jeans, leggings, pencil skirts, and slim-fitting miniskirts paired with knee-high boots, ankle boots, and high heels for a chic look.
Go for interesting prints like plaids, Aztec designs, and subtle patterns, as long as the colour is subtle and the print is not too large.
Available @ www.very.co.uk
But remember when wearing a patterned poncho, keep the rest of your look simple.
Keep your accessories modest, especially if your poncho is your statement piece. Keep chunky jewellery to rings and or bracelets. Switch up your shoulder or sling bag for a clutch or a satchels.
A belt is your best option for a shapely silhouette.
Available @ www.jigsaw-online.com
The beauty of brown, with its earthy base, is an amazing and versatile colour. Ranging from dark rich chocolate, foamy latte, sweet caramel, fragrant coffee beans to warm honey. Classic and sophisticated, a perfect replacement for the timeless and elegant black.
The past season as well as the current season we are seeing deep brown on fringed jackets, rich caramel on wool coats, and hints of the colour mixed into ensembles, with accessories like leather bags and shoes. Wearing brown skilfully means that you can take your everyday pieces and making them feel a little bit more luxe and unexpected.
If black is you daily go to colour, then switching to brown can be a bit intimidating, but shades of brown like tan and beige can be fun to wear and perfect for any season.
If you rather stick to black and play it safe, you can still incorporating brown into your look with accessories in tan or light brown.
Available @ www.newlook.com
Paired With Lighter Shades
White, off-white, soft grey and cream look chic and sophisticated when paired with tan and light brown colours. The lightness of these shades combined with the darkness of brown will create a look an eye catching look.
Available @ www.laredoute.co.uk
Available @ www.laredoute.co.uk
Available @ www.wallis.co.uk
This is probably one of those colour combo’s that might be a big no-no, as it is both such intense colours but the sophistication of both these colours together creates a really chic look.
Available @ www.laredoute.co.uk
Available @ www.laredoute.co.uk
Available @ www.laredoute.co.uk
Brown and blue is a match made in fashion heaven because the contrast between the shades makes it a pretty combo.
Available @ www.missselfridge.com
Available @ www.laredoute.co.uk
Available @ www.wallis.co.uk
Wearing it head to toe
As with black and white, tan and camel are colour tones that looks great when worn from head to toe but if you are a bit on the fair skin side you should avoid wearing beige, and for medium skin tones its best to avoid lighter browns, as these shades will make you look washed out.
Available @ www.laredoute.co.uk
Available @ www.wallis.co.uk
Also try these shades with beautiful brown, burgundy, light blue, army green and pink.
Available @ www.Marksandspencer.com
We all love making lists. Whether it’s the weekly food shop or things to do on your day off - there is something very organised and efficient about setting yourself a good tick list. Well, fashion site Lyst, does exactly that, creating your own personal shopping experience.
The exciting website, www.lyst.co.uk allows you to shop for the latest trends from a variety of brands and stores, including everything from luxury designers Fendi and Stella McCartney to high street retailers Zara and Vans, and then create your own Lyst of items you’re lusting over. Browse through beautiful pieces from Rag & Bone, Michael Kors, Converse and Asos to name just a few, and add them to your own personalised ‘lysts,’ which are helpfully organised into different sections such as ‘wish list wardrobe,’ ‘gifts for me,’ and ‘gift lyst.’ Essentially, Lyst is a more ordered way to shop online, without any hassle.
As Christmas approaches, why not create your own Lyst on all things festive and fun for your winter wardrobe or how about the lovely, tan leather boots that are such a big thing this autumn. Group your favourite styles together and create whole looks by adding clothing, shoes, accessories and jewellery to find your perfect wish Lyst pieces in a variety of sizes and colours.
One of the biggest trends for autumn/winter 2015 is the ‘Ghillie’. You might not have heard of it, but you have definitely seen it before and you might possibly own a pair already. The ghillie is a type of shoe which laces up at the front, with no tongue originating from Scottish country dancing. Everyone from the Duke of Windsor, who was often seen sporting a pair of ghillies with argyle socks in the 1920’s to Naomi Campbell, who infamously wore purple wedge ghillies on the Vivienne Westwood catwalk where she took a tumble in 1993, have been seen wearing them. And on Lyst, you too can jump onto the band wagon and put a fashionable foot forward yourself, with current designers Isabel Marant and Aquazzura offering up some great styles.
Other great footwear available on the Lyst website are minimalist sneakers, functional flats, cosy boots and glamorous heels, which once added to your Lyst can be worked with other items you think will go nicely with your current wardrobe. It’s fun, free and very organised so start making your fashion shopping list today with Lyst.
Below are a couple of Lysts we put together on key Autumn fashion pieces and Halloween attire:
Written in collaboration with Lyst.
We are enjoying the mild Autumn weather so far, and it's by far one of the best fashion seasons! There is something effortless and yet graceful about Autumn and it definitely reflects in the trends.
Check out my top 3 fashion picks you can treat yourself with!
- Boot leg jeans (Citizens of Humanity)
- Silver brogues (Meandher)
- Black back-pack (Burberry Prorsum)
What are your wardrobe treats this month?
The brief was to come up with a current punk theme, to set the collection off. Heavy sultry eyes, full lips and big hair inspired by Edwardian theme but deconstructed to look punk also the pin curls inspired by the movement of the clothing but remaining sharp.
The result is Avant Garde punk perfect to show case Helens collection.
Black intense smoky eye paired with a red lip, combined together to bring out the inner confidents and personality of every women! Not afraid to be different and stand out of the crowed. Delicate yet a show stopper. Every girls envy…She’s a Drama Queen!
Hair was made up of lots of hair prices and extensions and another look of barrelled curls and pin curls a vintage method turned punk for the day.
Photographer: Drew Ormrod
Make up: Sita Gill
Hair: Karen Windle
Model: Charlotte Godfrey
Designer Brand Hellavagirl: Helen Woollams
This weekend I am heading up the hair and makeup team at the annual Mahogany Bridal show taking place at The Grand Connaught Rooms in central London. Brides to be swam in from across the UK to attend this event that not only caters for the tradition bride but also the fashion conscious bride looking for a one off unique gown. The fashion show is always a special moment for guests as they witness the luxurious gowns in the flesh. My job is to make sure that the models showcasing these unique designer gowns look as beautiful as the gown itself.
Brides to be almost always opt for a natural, flattering makeup look that's pretty, elegant, sophisticated and brings out their best features on their special day. It is important as a makeup artist to understand the art of makeup. A woman’s wedding day is one of the most important days of her life, she puts her trust into the makeup artist to make her look her very best for her groom.
My Magic Product
As with any makeup look I do, whether it be a bride, a model an actress I always use one eye palette as a base.
Dior Eye Reviver
This is one of my favourite products in my pro kit and having only owned it around 6 months I sometimes wonder how I survived without it. It will be the only palette I need at the weekend to create stunning eye makeup added with a highlighting pigment.. The palette is like magic – containing a powder primer, 4 neutral eyeshadows and a cake eyeliner, the luminous neutral shades create a radiance of flawless eye makeup instantly brightening the eyes and making them look wider while creating perfect contouring structure. The results are beautiful.
Using Dior Eye Reviver and Mac pigment in shade universal mix to centre of the lid only.
Described on Louis Vuitton’s website as: “A modern and unexpected reinterpretation of a fashion show, this exhibition, following on from SERIES 1 and SERIES 2, invites visitors to discover Nicolas Ghesquière’s inspirations for his fourth ready-to-wear show as the Artistic Director for women’s collections at Louis Vuitton.”
I was completely blown away by the innovation and the thought that went behind Louis Vuitton Series 3. Every aspect of the design process was portrayed from the beginning roots of the Louis Vuitton design and creation process to modern day with all the technical advances that have been picked up along the way. Actual artisan from Vuitton were flown in to demonstrate the assembly process for Ghesquière’s and visitors were able to ask them questions, there was a virtual catwalk show and the ultimate Louis Vuitton wardrobe.
We love a good highlighter and can definitely no live without our favourite moisturizer and we never leave the house without our much-loved lipstick, but when it comes to skin care and beauty products we want something that will give us beautiful glowing skin.
Waking up with dull and lifeless skin can makes you want to crawl back into bed, in need of more sleep to wake up your skin.
Not to worry ladies, help is at hand with the newest power players to boost your skin and brighten your eyes.
First up is the lastest from Elizabeth Arden, the Superstart skin renewal booster. This products helps to restore the healthy look of your skin's surface layer.
What does it do; it stimulates the skin’s natural ability to repair and renew it self.
How to use it; apply it before your serum or moisturiser, it boosts the results of your skincare products. Your skin looks beautiful, resilient and refreshed, ready to face the day.
Why do you need this product; When the surface layer of your skin is damaged, your skin may not be able to retain moisture, and loses its natural defences to protect itself and will ultimately lose its the ability to renew itself. The Superstart Skin Renewal Booster, was designed to strengthen the skin's natural ability to repair and renew by restoring the healthy appearance of your skin's surface layer.
Lancôme Visionnaire Nuit Beauty Sleep
This unique gel-in-oil formula with its ultra-light texture that melts into your skin for super hydrated and plumped up skin.
What I love about this product is, that you immediately see the difference in your skin. It looks smoother, feels softer, suppler and looks nourished. Beautifully revitalised skin.
Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Eye Concentrate
This product wakes up your eye area and enhances the performance of other eye creams.
Used as a pre eye care treatment it helps to fight against external environmental factors that can cause damage to the skin. Protecting the skin against moisture loss while working to diminish fine lines, roughness and dryness. A great aid in fighting the anti-ageing war as it strengthens and regenerates the eye area.
The skin around your eyes becomes soft, smooth and supple
Improves fine lines and wrinkles
Diminishes dark circles as your skin tone becomes, even bright and luminous
All in all a winning result!!