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Wednesday, 25 November 2015 11:28

What to wear with Mustard

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 WEARING MUSTARD

Mustard is definitely not one of those loved colours but it is a favourite for autumn/ winter. So if you do find yourself buying something mustard this season here are some colour combinations that goes great with the colour.


Mustard and Blu


Blue normally looks good with blue Pair it with navy or even a brighter popping blue

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Mustard Shirt with a playful navy blue polka dot mini skirt

Mustard & denim blue

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Mustard and Brown


This is a nice warm colour combination and is perfect for the season. This would be a really easy combo for those who loves neutral colours.

Pair it with dark chocolate brown for a sophisticated evening look or go lighter with tan or beige for the day.

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Mustard and Burgundy


Another warm colour combo perfect for the colder months. Pairing burgundy with brown is also great way to add a hint of colour to your look.

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Black and Mustard


A great combo just like black and yellow but with mustard it adds more mustard more depth and warmth to your outfit.

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Thursday, 19 November 2015 12:55

Your Winter Hat Selection

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WINTER SELECTION OF HATS

With gashing winds blowing us in all directions and the ever so annoying raindrops ruining our hair a winter hats will be our go to protection when leaving the house and bracing all that wind and rain.

A hat is not just a hat anymore!! Add it to your look to make a make a statement.

The number favourite the knitted or crocheted beanie, great for keeping your ears warm and those fly away hairs in check.

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If you a no fuss kind of girl then the simple plain black beanie would be your thing. The nice thing about the plain black beanie is that it can be worn with anything and it will not mess up the vibe of your look as it blends right in.

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The bobble hats are for those of us who would like to be a little bit more fun and playful. The cute pompom-like ball on top is pretty eye catching and a great pick for the girly girl.

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A touch of Parisian chic!! Just add a beret. They have a very artsy look and feel

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The trapper take out this bad boy if it is really cold and snowy and you want to go for bit of a tomboy vibe. Best of all, the fur, is a great element to add texture to your outfit.

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Wednesday, 18 November 2015 21:38

The Bare Minerals Experience

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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.

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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.

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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!

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 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.

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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.

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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 

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 20:04

How to wear the turtleneck

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Turtleneck style

The weather has quickly turned from mild to freezing and during these rapid temperature drops we need as much warmth as possible to get us through our day.

I find that on those days my trusty old turtleneck provides the perfect amount of warmth, while still looking chic.

Transform the way you wear this classic winter item with some helpful tips and ideas.

Basic And Neutral

This can be like you Monday morning look, when you really do not have the energy, after the weekend to think very hard about what to wear for that day. So keep it simple and in a neutral colour.

What is more simple and basic then Black, look chic and Monday ready in an black sleeveless turtleneck, paired with black pants and jacket.

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Or the basic thrown together look, in beige, grey and black.

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Layered

For a stylish look, wear it underneath a dress, a super easy combination to pull off and it looks great underneath any kind of dress.

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Close to the body or in chunky knits paired with prints

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Or in a cosy and comfy chunky knit

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For that street chic look rock it with dungarees

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Or the 70’s vibe with suede mini skirt and knee high boots

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Oversized With Knee High Boots


A laidback everyday casual look, the oversized gives a more relaxed look, compared to the fitted turtleneck, pair it with leggings or skinny jeans or just stockings and knee high boots.

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Thursday, 12 November 2015 16:03

Rihanna launches hair & makeup agency in Los Angeles

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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.

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Go Rhi-Rhi!

Thursday, 12 November 2015 12:37

How to style your leather jacket

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Leather jackets are one of those iconic pieces that can give you that edgy rock chick feel. It can dress up even the plainest of looks. It allows you to still be feminine, but with a tougher edge. Here some tips on how to wear your leather jacket for a sexy, “do not mess with me” statement look.


Proportions

The right proportions can make you look slimmer. When wearing your favourite skinny jeans pair it with a cropped leather jacket for a slimmed down look or for a bit more edge go for shorts and ankle boots.

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Texture

Leather is worn best when worn with different textures, colour, and proportions. So adding textures like silk, velvet, fur, cotton, and or even denim will give your leather pieces that something making your look a bit more interesting and chic.

For those colder days match your leather jacket with a velvet pants, skirt or dress for a polished casual looks.

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More Edge

Leather on its own is already edge but you can toughen it up a bit more by pairing another leather pieces. Pair it with hot trends like a leather skirt or a leather dress finishing it off with black heels and a structured handbag bag, and your statement red lipstick.

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Soften It Up

Soft flowy feminine pieces creates an unexpected sweet and sultry look. It looks unexpected, but still put-together. Pick soft draping or flowy fabrics in soft feminine shades, in pieces like dressy rompers, jumpsuits, and or dresses to make that tough yet girly statement.

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Wear It With Stylish Prints

Pick prints that reflects your personality and mood. If you are more of a classic girl then polka dots, houndstooth, stripes, plaids, tartans will show off your classic personality. A more creative fashion personality, then you will love bold and funky graphic prints, like animal prints.

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Go For Colour

With black and brown being the traditional colour for leather jackets. You might want to add some punch to your monochrome look with a bold shades like red, green, blue and purple. Allow the colour to stand out by creating an all-black backdrop.

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Wednesday, 11 November 2015 11:14

One-piece wonders

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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.

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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.

Website: www.bondjewellery.co.uk

Written By Hayley Sweeney

Monday, 09 November 2015 18:15

Rain Boot Style

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With the heavens opening up, it is time to dust of those rain boots!!

Here are some tips on how to wear your rain boots and still look stylish

Go for Colour

Be on trend and go for a pair of rain boots in colour and add some personality to your outfit. Pick a colour or print that you can pair with any and all of your winter items.

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They work well with skirts and dresses

You will be surprised how well a stylish pair of rain boots will go with skirts or dresses. The combination of a soft girly dress paired with rain boots gives a no frills feel and creates a perfectly balanced stylish look.

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For a sleek look

Rain boots is not the most stylish pair of shoes but with a lot of brand going for a more sleeker and posh look invest in a pair the stylish

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Saturday, 07 November 2015 22:28

AEOS - Active Energised Organic Skincare

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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.

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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.

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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

Saturday, 07 November 2015 13:40

A Fashionable Shopping Bag

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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.

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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

Friday, 06 November 2015 17:06

Have you met the Drew?

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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:

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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. 

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Friday, 06 November 2015 14:43

Hot Hair Trends This Winter

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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.

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French Twist

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.

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Bohemian Waves

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

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Wednesday, 04 November 2015 18:40

How To Wear Flare Denim

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 18:09

How To Wear A Poncho

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Monday, 02 November 2015 14:04

The beauty of brown

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Brown and blue is a match made in fashion heaven because the contrast between the shades makes it a pretty combo.

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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.

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Also try these shades with beautiful brown, burgundy, light blue, army green and pink.

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Monday, 02 November 2015 11:47

Put your best foot forward with Lyst this Autumn

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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:

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Written in collaboration with Lyst.

Friday, 30 October 2015 12:12

Fall Girl

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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!

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- Boot leg jeans (Citizens of Humanity)
- Silver brogues (Meandher)
- Black back-pack (Burberry Prorsum)

What are your wardrobe treats this month?

Keji x

Friday, 23 October 2015 16:56

Twisted Curls Of The Birds Nest

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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.

The Makeup

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!

The Hair

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.

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Photographer: Drew Ormrod
Make up: Sita Gill
Hair: Karen Windle
Model: Charlotte Godfrey
Designer Brand Hellavagirl: Helen Woollams

Friday, 23 October 2015 11:15

Perfect Eye Makeup with Dior

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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.

The Look

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.

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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.

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Using Dior Eye Reviver and Mac pigment in shade universal mix to centre of the lid only.

Thursday, 22 October 2015 13:18

Style Up Your Ripped Jeans

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Ripped and distressed jean are all the rage, but because it is has such a causal feel to it. It can be difficult to make it look, well, polished. But if styled correctly you can achieve a more stylish and less grunge look.

This might not be something for the office, unless you work in a more casual setting, but knowing what to pair them with you can create the perfect stylish and polished look.

To keep the look more sophisticated go for the skinny fit jean rather than the baggy boyfriend jeans.

Pairing it with tops or jackets that are more feminine and dressier, like a silk or lace blouse, printed or plain button-down shirt, and or a classic V-neck blouses. By adding these lady-like touches, to your more edgy ripped jeans will make it look a lot classier.

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If you do work in more informal setting you can pair it with pattern or printed booties, like these snake skin pair and keep the formal yet casual look with a button down white shirt and coat. Keeping the silhouette structured giving it a more refined look.

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A blazer, trench coat, leather jacket, and or knitted cardigan with your ripped jeans always looks more put together. But if you do want to go for something more edgy, go for a leather jacket giving it a cooler chic vibe.

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Glamorous elements like fur, wool, cashmere, velvet, and even silk will give those ripped jeans an instant lift from street casual to glam chic.

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Monday, 19 October 2015 18:46

Louis Vuitton’s “Series 3” Exhibition

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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.”

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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.

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Monday, 19 October 2015 16:27

Chic Up Your Puffer Coat

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The air is definitely turning a bit chilly, so it is time to unpack or invest in a new bulky puffer coat. Not the most stylish or flattering item in our wardrobes but they make us feel all warm and cosy. An essential item for those cold winter days.

Chic Up your puffer with these styling tips

Slim down the rest of your outfit

Because the puffer coat is so bulky you want to keep the rest of your outfit’s silhouette slim. So do not wear anything heavy or chunky with it.

Emphasise your waist

The puffer coat is a very bulky and shapeless item, and will add inches around your waist. The key to making it look more flattering on your body is to create a nice silhouette by cinching with a belt and to accentuate your waist. If your coat does not come with a belt, just use any belt that will match your coat to tie around your waist.

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Go for colour, print or pattern

Invest in a coat that come in a nice bright colour or one with a nice print or pattern. This way you can turn it into your winter statement piece. If you are more comfortable with a black or nude coloured coat then just layer it with other pieces to add lots of contrast.

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Colour Contrast

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Print and Colour

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Add a touch of elegance with Fur

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The puffer coat is a very casual street style item but you can dress it up by adding fur details and trimming on it. This will instantly take it from street cool to elegant

Thursday, 15 October 2015 20:50

The latest game changers for radiant glowing skin

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Glow on

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.

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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.

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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 Results:

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

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All in all a winning result!!

Monday, 12 October 2015 16:24

Mac A/W15 Beautiful and Damned Trend

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Beautiful and Damned is one of four big makeup trends this coming A/W from Mac Cosmetics.

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The trick with this look is to make it look effortless but to also notice the precision in the lines. Think of a look that was done in the morning but still looks good by the evening, or a DIY job vs refined.

Black is your main colour. You can go creative with a smudged kohl on the eyes or heavy carbon colours of black with a black or berry tone precision lip, or a smudged lip with precision lines around the eyes. Team either look with luminous polished skin and you can’t go wrong.
Remember…. Black, effortless vs precision is the key to mastering one of tis seasons new makeup trend.

Get The Look

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  • Feline Kohl Power Eye Pencil – Blackest of black kohl formula
  • Black Chromaline – Pigmented and long-wear gel liner formula
  • Beg For It Into the Well Eye Shadow – Wet/dry carbon black shadow liner
  • Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash – High volume, high definition carbon black mascara
  • Media Lipstick – Satin
Monday, 12 October 2015 15:30

A girl’s best friend, the ankle boot

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Who does not love an ankle boot, it is one of those items that can tie together the overall vibe of your look, whether you are going for, the classics, or sexy glam, office wear or even just your weekend casuals. The right pair of ankle boots can pull it all together.

Definitely one of those items that takes us through every season, the ankle boot, a girl’s best friend.

For every day wear the t shirt/shirt and jeans combo is simple but fierce, pair it with a blocked heel ankle boot for the easy going, just thrown together look.

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Give your basic look and edge with this, black faux leather ankle boot with faux croc back detail and gold trim with its zip and strap detail from Miss Selfridge- Shop for it at here.

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Or keep it simple with this Sole Diva sip detail ankle boot from Simple be.

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Add some interest to your look with the on trend fringe detail or metallic both available at Dune www.dunelondon.com

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Glammed up, the peep-toe or the sexy lace up with a mini dress, keeping the focus on your legs, moving the eyes downward showing off your shoes.

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All pieces available at Primark /Penny’s @ www.primark.com - Black Velvet One Shoulder Dress €14, Belt €6, Faux Fur carf €15, Boots €23, Rings €3, Tights €2

Make sure you really show it off by wearing a plain dress and opt for boots in a different colour. Black always looks good when matched with interesting shoe colour.

Love these lace up with cut out detail from Dune @ www.dunelondon.com

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Or for something similar but with a peep toe, in a different colour, this one from Dorothy Perkins @ www.dorothyperkins.com 

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For the office, go for something a bit more subdued but still fierce 

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Or my other fav is this one from Office, a pointed, open back shoe boot with a slim stiletto heel and tassel detail.

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Wednesday, 07 October 2015 20:29

How to get that perfect Halloween look

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Your make-up on Halloween is just as essential as your outfit. As an added extra this Halloween I have decided to change the colour of my eyes for the night. This is to create the perfect spooky look. To change the colour of my dark brown eyes I used contact lenses from VisionDirect.co.uk. The colours I had to choose from were amethyst, turquoise and gemstone green.

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I picked amethyst as purple is my favourite colour and amethyst is quite close to that. They looked amazing when I put them in, as my eyes are dark brown the contacts did not look that bright on top of my own eyes but the subtle amethyst colour on top of them gave them a Halloween glow. I was now ready to sort out my Halloween make-up. First I had to choose what I would go as, as I had been invited to few Halloween parties and my aim was to stand out and look my best.

After an hour of racking my brain and searching the Internet for ideas I decided on a vampy look with a spiders web to complement it. Who wouldn’t love a vampy look with a creepy spiders web? To achieve the right look I went to Chez Titine salon in Leamington Spa. Jane who is a qualified make-up artist always does an excellent job and I knew if I attempted the look myself things could go terribly wrong. With Jane’s help I was on the way to a Halloween look I could be proud of.

1. Jane started the look by dabbing on white face paint to all areas of my face (this was done using a cloth).
2. Black eye shadow was then brushed onto my forehead, cheekbones and chin.
3. Using a black eye pencil Jane filled in my eyebrows so they would stand out.
4. Jane then concentrated on my eyes using a black eye pencil to draw on my top and bottom eyelids and then finally flicking the pencil slightly at the end for a winged effect.
5. Black eye shadow was then added to the eyeliner to make my eyes pop. This was added to both the top and bottom of my eyelids.
6. Using black eyeliner Jane proceeded to draw on the spider web above and below my eye. Jane referred to a picture as she did this.
7. My lips then had black lip liner drawn around them.
8. Red lip liner was then used to draw inside of the black lip liner.
9. The last step was the colouring in of my lips with red lipstick.

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In the picture posted above you can see me without the contacts, then with the contacts and white face paint and then the completed look.

Written by Hayley Sweeney

Monday, 05 October 2015 16:37

How To Pan Your Look For The Day

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HOW TO PLAN YOUR LOOK OF THE DAY

Plan Your Look The Night Before

Planning your outfits the night before safes you loads of time in the morning trying to figure out what to wear. To make planning your outfits even easier you will need a super organised closet.

Organizing Your Closet

One of the best ways to organize your closet is to keep all of your pieces together and colour coded, meaning tops together followed by pants, jeans, skirts and dresses.

Try and keep your shoes in one place and your tights and socks in one drawer. Jewellery on a stand or in a compartment drawer. Scarves and belts on racks.

Keeping your wardrobe organized gives you more control of your clothes and accessories which makes planning your daily looks stress-free.

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Seasonal Pieces And Trends

Once you know what it in your closet you can identify what is missing, according to the seasons or specific trends and styles that you like.

When you are planning your look according to current trends, do not do the copycat version especially if you are using fashion magazines as a guide. Rather pair pieces in a way that makes it your own and select details from the current fashion trends that accentuate your personal style and turn it into something unique, and completely you.

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Accessorizing

This would be the last step in planning your look, pairing your shoes, handbag and jewellery with your outfit pieces. Dress up simple pieces with bold shoes and accessories.

Categories your accessorize according to;

• Classic accessories: pearl or diamond-stud earrings, silk scarf, leather clutch and classic black pumps
• Glamorous accessories: chandelier earrings, bib necklace, large cocktail ring, crystal-embellished clutch, oversized sunglasses and sky-high heels
• Playful accessories: chunky jewellery, boho bag, and headbands
• Edgy accessories: thick cuff bracelet, choker necklace, studded handbag and black leather booties
• Workday accessories: delicate necklace, classic watch, large satchel or shoulder bag and kitten heels
• Casual accessories: candy-coloured bracelets, cross-body bag, floppy hats and espadrille sandals

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Outfit Combinations

This makes planning a look easy so if you a 9-5 office kind of girl. Your go to combination would be the tailored pants and Blouse. This outfit combination can take your from day to night. Your capsule wardrobe should at least have one pair of tailored pants and a silky blouse. You can re-style this combination by wearing your blouse buttoned up and with a cardigan for a simple office-friendly look. For a night time look and then unbutton the top buttons of your blouse and add some bling. Alter the, at the office look, by switching between heeled and flat shoes.

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Saturday, 03 October 2015 16:18

Bond Jewellery & Diamonds

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Being proposed to is an extremely special moment for a lady. Like most little girls it is probably a moment that they have been fantasizing about their entire childhood through to adult life. This is why everything about the proposal should be perfect down to the last detail. You have got to make sure that the engagement ring that you pick for your future wife is unique and shows her and the world exactly how you feel about her.

This is the ring that she will proudly show to her family and friends, so it needs to be as beautiful as she is. This is the reason why I want my future husband to have my engagement ring custom made at Bond Jewellery and Diamonds. Their process starts with a face-to-face consultation in one of the offices at Bond Jewellery and Diamonds.

If you are unsure of what you are looking for then you will be guided and educated at your consultation. You will be talked through the different styles, types, metals and diamonds. No style is off limits at Bond Jewellery and Diamonds. They are willing to guide you through the process, if that is all you need.

At the moment Bond Jewellery and Diamonds are in the process of designing an engagement ring for Jake who is having it made for his girlfriend Natalie. Jake knew what type of ring he wanted, a platinum band with a round brilliant centre stone, 4-claw set on diamond set shoulders. After Jamie discussed the piece with Jake they spoke about the characteristics of diamonds and the 4 C’s, which can affect a diamonds value.

Bond Jewellery and Diamonds make sure the client is informed every step of the way. Last but not least the budget was discussed so the sourcing of diamonds could begin. So for all of you that are lucky in love and ready to take the next step with your loved one you should visit Bond Jewellery and Diamonds. Even if you are not ready for marriage they provide jewellery for all the other occasions in your life.

Make sure you all stay tuned as the next stage for Jake at Bond Jewellery and Diamonds is the design stage, we will follow his magical story right through to the proposal.

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Written by Hayley Sweeney

Saturday, 26 September 2015 20:10

Lola And Gilbert

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I was kindly gifted a pouch and wash bag from Lola and Gilbert. The pouch reads; this bag contains my face and the wash bag reads; it’s not easy being this damn pretty. These are two statements that I can firmly stand by. Lola and Gilbert are a London based company that is owned by Natalie and Kristina and they named the company after their beloved pets. They both design and hand screen print what I think are hilarious sayings onto canvas zipper bags which can be used as make-up bags, wash bags, bikini bags or passport holders, the possibilities are endless.

As Lola and Gilbert print each bag individually you are able to personalise them. You could have your favourite quote printed on them or even your name. I have told Claire who is one of my best friends all about what Lola and Gilbert has to offer as she is getting married soon and think that the pouches would make perfect presents for the bridesmaids. (I am of course one of the bridesmaids). You can even choose your fonts, sizes and colours. The choice is entirely yours.

My daughter is turning 13 in January and having a sleepover with a few friends and I personally think having their names put on pouches would make a fabulous parting gift. What girl wouldn’t want a pouch to put their prized possessions in?

Whether you need a bag to put your bits and bobs in or looking for a gift for a friend go online and check out Lola and Gilbert, you wont be disappointed.

Written by Hayley Sweeney

Thursday, 24 September 2015 13:25

Use Eye Of Horus To Discover The Goddess In You

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My eyes have been looking fabulous this week, as I have been reviewing Eye of Horus products. It is an Australian colour cosmetics brand that promises to bring out your inner Goddess. Eye of Horus products are not tested on animals they contain natural ingredients and are paraben free. All products either come in gold or black stylish packaging. I was more than pleased with each product that I tested.

• Dynasty brow define-this is a thin make-up pen used for filling in your brows and giving you perfect arches as an end result. (My colour was medium/dark). One of the ingredients in Castor oil, which enhances your brows condition and growth.

• Babylon brown liquid define-this glides smoothly onto your eyes to give a loud but perfect line. It is also smudge proof and will stay on all day.
• Goddess smoky eye pencil-this was my favourite, I used this to achieve black smoky eyes. I used the pencil part to draw on the lines and then used the other end to smudge, ending up with perfect smoky eyes.
• Eye of Horus Goddess mascara-ingredients include Moringa oil that was found in King Tuts tomb. This make-up is based on ancient Egyptian formulas and is said to have beautifying powers by the Gods. It made my lashes longer, thicker and they did not smudge or clump together.
• Goddess smudge proof eye pencil-easily glides on, looks fantastic and does not smudge.

In my ultimate Goddess promotional pack I also received a custom cosmetic sharpener and a free promotional gift. Eye of Horus products help my eyes make a statement and it really has revealed my inner Goddess.

For 15% off Eye of Horus go online to: www.eyeofhoruscosmetics.com Code word: “Review”

Written By Hayley Sweeney

Monday, 21 September 2015 20:50

Suit Up

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A perfectly tailored suit is not just professional but makes you look polished and stylish whether it’s for work or fun. Suits are back on trend as seen at the Topshop Unique -Working Girl runway show at this year’s London Fashion Week. So get your suit on ladies!!

Here are some of my favourite suit looks.

Mix and match textures and prints for a more luxurious look. Pairing texture like a tweed or wool with a silk or satin adding depth and interest to your office outfit.

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Long gone are those dated, retro boxy suit shapes, keep it fresh and contemporary by going for more modern cuts. Like this Etienne Deroeux trouser suit with its wide leg trousers and trendy modified blazer for an updated twist.

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Go beyond the basic black and opt for darker, richer colours for autumn and winter or select shades like charcoal grey, navy, brown or even plum to add that pop of colour for a sophisticated, work-appropriate attire.

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Keep it stylish and super sexy with a tuxedo style suit paired with a pussy-bow blouse and black stilettos.

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:31

Fashionably Autumn

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Autumn could possibly be favourite fashion season for many designers. You an play around with layering while using earthy, rich colours.
Check out my top picks for this new season below.

What are your favourite autumn pieces? Let us know by commenting below!

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Mango Carla coat
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Zara Suede platform ankle boots
Mango stud cross body bag

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 20:30

Lily Stone Watches From Hippie Chic Online

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As I have numerous family, friends and Godchildren, I have already started my Christmas shopping. I do not want to be one those people who has to run around panicking, buying what ever gifts are left in the shops on Christmas Eve. In my search for unique presents I came across Hippie Chic while looking online. They sell clothes, jewellery and accessories.

Hippie Chic gets their inspiration for the items they make from the world that we live in. This could be fashion, nature, art or life. They strive to give you something that you have not seen before, something very special. When I was looking through the all the products that they had online I came across a Lily Stone watch which had a tan leather strap that I thought would be the perfect gift for a friend. The watches face told the time using Roman numerals and was gold in colour, I instantly fell in love with it. At only 35 pounds it was a steal.

I also spotted a Boho watch and bracelet set that I know my Mother would love and was an equally good price at 22 pounds. If your family and friends are not watch people (I know a few people who are sick of people asking them the time) then you should check out their selection of earrings. When you have looked at the Braye-metallic half moon tribal earrings, the Chari-matte gold plated arrowhead pendant earrings or the Cuanza- blue and matte gold beaded diamond earrings, I am sure that you will end up getting a few Christmas presents out of the way like I did or even end up treating yourself.

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By Hayley Sweeney

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 17:30

Pat McGrath key make-up looks at NYFW SS16

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 This fashion week season is well underway having started in New York and soon to be in London in just a couple of days time. We all know that fashion week season is focused on the clothes being showcased from all the fabulous designers around the globe but a women's guilty pleasure is that we can't help but admire all the makeup looks created on the models each season.

One of the most iconic makeup artists in the world of makeup and present at fashion week every season creating beautifully designed looks whether it be natural to creative is Pat McGrath. Pat McGrath’s name is no secret to anyone in the business, her talent is beyond incredible and each season I look forward to seeing her new makeup designs. Makeup trends soon spread across the globe each season based on the key looks she creates and the new season will be no different.

McGrath’s main focus on all models across all designers she keyed makeup looks for this season at NYFW was to keep the skin soft and dewy. Gleaming, glowing skin with well defined structured brows were key for all models. She then adapted looks to suit each individual designers designs.

For Jenny Peckham, McGrath chose to use a turquoise eyeliner in a shape to suit the individual models eyes, she then teamed up with either a nude or bold red lip.

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At Diane Von Furstenburg, she chose shades of turquoise and blue-greens to create a jewel toned eye again keeping the lips nude teamed with the gleaming skin.

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Victoria Beckham’s models were kept a little more simple concentrating on the glowing skin teamed with either a nude lip or a pop of orange-red lips.

While at Givenchy she changed the direction slightly by adding a wash of mauve shadow around all of the eye. And keeping the brows light.

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Not only were pastel shades of turquoise, green and blue used on the eyes in Pat McGrath’s designs it seemed to be everywhere supported with a nude or orange tone red lip.

So now you're ahead of one of the makeup trends at NYFW SS16 why not head down to the makeup counters and try some shades for yourself.

 

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 16:25

It's All In The Detail

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We all know that it’s is often the little extra’s that makes all the difference and nothing adds an extra dose of style like a standout accessory.

This season’s accessories are no different and will instantly upgrade your outfit. Here are our four of my favourite trends for this season.

1. Pom Pom

Fluffy and bouncy a quirky addition to any look

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2. Faux Fur

Faux fur is chic, practical and in demand and with a plush, stylish faux fur collar, you’ll never have to sacrifice fashion for the sake of warmth. This multitasking accessory can be worn as a luxuriously soft scarf or hat.

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3. The Extra-Long Scarf

A long-length scarf will add instant trend to your look. Add sparkle to it with a standout brooch. Wear it tucked into a belt or loose around your neck.

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4. The Bucket Bag

Destined to be autumn’s” IT” bag, the classic bucket bag gets a refined, minimalist update. An absolute essential for the girl on the go. I love black and white grid duffle bag from Primark a definite must to any handbag collection.

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Monday, 14 September 2015 18:01

Anti-Ageing Makeup Tips

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In our 20’s and 30’s ageing is the last thing on our mind but once you hit the BIG 40 those ageing concerns starts to creep in. So instead of trying to hide your age by covering up, here are some simple tips on how to master the techniques, textures and colours to keep you looking radiant and youthful.

Take It Easy

An overly made-up skin will make you look so much older, so take it easy with the make- up and if you have dark circles or some sun spots dot a tiny bit of concealer on the inner corners of your eyes or on those spots and not all over your face. The more skin you show the better, especially if it is well-hydrated skin. This will give you more youthful looking complexion than a heavily covered complexion.

Switch To A Lightweight Base

As we age our skin is prone to discolouration and dullness, so look for a foundation that illuminates as well as gives good coverage. Avoid heavy consistency foundations that will cake in your fine lines this will age you further. Tinted moisturizers with luminescent particles or lightweight liquid foundations are best for lined skin because unlike pressed powder, which settles into the wrinkles and makes the skin look even older that what it is, a light-reflective liquid formula creates the illusion of a glowing complexion. Also blending a lightweight foundation or CC Cream evenly into your face and neck with lightweight concealer to shadow problem prone areas, like around your nostrils and under your eyes.

To apply foundation flawlessly, you can use either a damp sponge or a foundation brush to dot it all over your face in tiny amounts, use loose translucent powder, on your face avoiding the eye area, to set it.

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Open Your Eyes

Eyelids tend to sag with age, but with clever contouring you can disguise a lack of definition. Curling your eyelashes will lift sagging eyes, and a volumising mascara will thicken your lashes that have grown sparse with age.

Curling your eyelashes and adding a glimmer shadow as a highlighter are the easiest way you can make your eyes look bigger. Work a soft, matte shadow into your socket line to add depth but avoid pale and glittery products that can settle into fine lines and dull your complexion. As far as mascara go for the blackest black mascara you can find as it will make the whites of your eyes look clearer and whiter.

Fuller Brows

Thick and full brows can take years off your face and because your brows lifts and defines your face you want to fill them in to make them look fuller. So if your eyebrows are thin, use an eyebrow kit to fill in any gaps and add structure with an eyebrow gel. Select an eyebrow pencil in a natural colour like blond or brown and draw feathered lines to fake fuller brows.

Plump Lips

Your natural lip line can begin to fade as you age and this will make your lipstick bleed so tracing your lip line with a clear lip liner can help lipstick stay in place. Avoid matte textured lipstick, which will shrink lips further. Instead, apply a dab of gloss to the centre of your lower lip to fake a well-hydrated, plump pout. Mid-tone coral and red lipsticks look good on most skin tones regardless of age, but steer clear of very pale pinks, dark aubergine and brown tones that flatten the mouth and pile on the years.

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Youthful Blush

Blusher can knock off the years in an instant so add a creamy blush into the highest point of your cheekbones to create the illusion of structure. Luminous blush will bounce light off your face softening the appearance of fine lines and adding a rosy flush.

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Sunday, 13 September 2015 21:27

FOY - Fountain Of Youth

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Fountain of Youth: Restoring, Repairing and Rejuvenating.

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FOY rejuvenating Night Cream, Moisturising Day Cream and Eye Contour Gel and Anti Cellulite Gel. Four beautifully packaged products, great consistency.

Moisturising Day Cream

FOY is designed for mature aging skin, basically anyone over the age of 25 but for me the day cream was not rich enough. My skin absorbs quickly and I felt that I needed to keep reapplying in order for my skin to feel fully moisturized.

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Rejuvenating Night Cream

I liked the rejuvenating night cream as it was richer and left my skin feeling great all night long.

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Anti-Cellulite Gel

I decided to give the gel to a friend who has cellulite to test out and see if it made any difference on her skin. She tried it for a few weeks and said the smell was great, the texture was amazing. When applied the gel created a tingling sensation. No visible improvement was noticed after two weeks of usage. Everyone’s skin reacts differently so this does not mean the product did not work but maybeon her skin type it needed to be used for a little longer to see any results.

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Eye Contour Gel

My FOY top pick has to be the Eye Contour Gel. As a sufferer of dark, itchy, tired eyes I am always looking for the perfect gels to moisturise the eye area and this was perfect! Out of all the products this is the one I would definitely invest in.

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Find out more about FOY and the other products in the range here: www.foy.global

Reviewed by Deborah St. Louis Fashions Finest CEO

Saturday, 12 September 2015 11:15

Getting the most out of your exercise Routine

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getting the most of your exercise routine

We all know that looking good takes work and to achieve that we need to work out to make our bodies to be better, faster and stronger. To obtain a healthy body and achieve the best during our work outs we also need to take care of our bodies. That means having the right tools, a balanced diet and adequate restorative time ensuring that we get the most of our workouts.

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Look The Part

Did you know that your workout gear can have a direct impact on your health that is why slipping into a new pair trainers can immediately make you feel healthier before you even begin to break a sweat. Old, worn shoes are one of the most common causes of injury especially if you are a runner. Always consider your foot type, is it flat, neutral or high-arched, when buying your trainers. Also pick clothing that is slim-fitted and designed to absorb sweat making you more comfortable when you run or workout.

Track Your Progress

You can track your progress with a wide range of fitness apps that monitor your activity levels and advise on your diet.

Fuel Your Fitness

Make the most out of your fitness routine by giving your body the fuel it needs so drink 500ml of water to avoid dehydration an hour before an intense workout. It is also a good idea to fill your body up with slow burning carbohydrates, before your workout. Feeling low on energy before your workout, eat a date or a handful of raisins as they are fast-burning natural sugars that will give you a quick energy-boost.

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Workout Boosting Supplement

We all know that a balanced diet is important when it comes to health and fitness, but supplements can give you the essential ingredients that you are lacking. If you’re athletic you want to include Vitamin B in your diet to help your body break down carbohydrates, whilst Vitamin C will help you metabolise them and protect your immune system. Vitamin D will assist your body to absorb calcium, promoting healthier bones.

Recharge Is Important

Your body needs to recover after intense exercise, so allow it adequate time to repair. Protect your muscles with a supplement that will increase your endurance and protects your cells. Fresh ginger in boiling water are a great natural remedy for aching muscles or try a spoon of turmeric, a natural anti-inflammatory.

Before taking any supplements do speak to a health adviser for advice on which supplements are the best for you.

Thursday, 10 September 2015 13:50

Stay fit and look fabulous, whatever your age!

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Staying fit and eating healthy is the basis of living a healthy and long life but as we get older our bodies change, requiring us to adapt our workouts accordingly.

During your 20’s

If you are used to regular exercise in your teenage years you are more likely to carry on this habits into your twenties. Now while your body is still strong in your 20’s you would still need to strengthen and lengthen your muscles as well as boost your metabolism with strength training. Circuit training is a great way of combining cardiovascular activity with toning. Try to do at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity, five times a week.

Your 30’s

During your 30’s, your metabolism slows down making it harder to drop those few inches of body fat. Your hectic work and personal life might make regular exercise during these years difficult but it is still important to fit exercise into your daily routine. So try to create a routine that balances high-intensity aerobic activity like interval training with strength training. Join a weekly yoga or Pilates class, which will help with lengthen muscles and will correct bad posture.

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40's

It is during 40’s that you lay groundwork for good future health. Invest in a pedometer to ensure that you are walking at least a minimum of 10,000 steps a day. Do this alongside a daily cardio exercise routine with one a rest day. Also include resistance training into your schedule. If you’re anxious about lifting weights, why not hire a trainer or join a gym class, always be sure to be safe when doing weight training as you do not want to injure yourself.

50’s

Many Women experience hormonal changes during their 50’s, which can cause an increase in fat around your torso area. You can look after your waistline by working your core with a stability ball, or sign up for a yoga class that will exercise your mind and body simultaneously. Exercising with low-weight dumbbells will protect your muscles and joints, complementing your cardio schedule.

60’s and up

Women in their “golden age” must take extra good care of their bones. You need to challenge your but not exhausted. Try swimming and aqua-aerobics which are a low-impact workout to help you stay toned. If you suffer from joint pains then daily walking and for balance which is essential at this age try Tai chi will improve your strength and flexibility.

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