This year's much anticipated Chanel Cruise show was held in Seoul, where the fashion house showcased their pre spring/summer 2015-2016 collection. The location of the shoot was the astonishing futuristic Dongdaemun Design Plaza, in South Korea.
The show was astoundingly impressive, right from the colourful pokadot invitations to the catwalk stage. The minimal room contained small colourful stools, which were dotted around at different heights. The show was nothing short of being breathtakingly young and lively. The curves and sweeping designs of the floor were filled with large colourful spots.
The collection was full of wacky and fun colours, contrasting patterns, patchwork, and zigzag stripes. The combination of garments included some tailored concepts, as well as loose fitting dresses and sleeves; the collection was colourful and had an animated quality. Designs also included some signature Chanel looks including the colourfully woven jacket silhouettes and pencil skirt styles, as well as the Chanel flower the – camellia, which was artistically constructed in a pop art fashion.
There were also some exquisitely embellished evening wear designs, which were full of intricate detailing, including some light chiffon fabric beautifully garnished with elaborate small sequin designs.
The models hair and makeup was just as stunning, Sam Knight who was responsible for creating the looks said that: "Karl sent me images, photos and paintings of traditional hairstyles worn by ancient Korean nobility, and we then made 120 and black hair braids from synthetic hair dressed with beeswax to keep it in place" He also added that he moulded it "into different shapes, from cute Minnie Mouse ears to large triple back buns, and traditionally inspired crowns, almost making them into hats which were fastened with clips and combs onto each girl's hair."
The Mini mouse looking hair was also possibly a reflection of the Korean Manga cartoon genre, which brought a bright and spirited feel to the event.
I like to think we will see this trend filtered down into the high street, perhaps with big braided buns, and plaits. The doll like makeup was very wearable too; from bright pink and red lips, to subtle blusher on the apple of the cheeks; (perfect for summer). The brows were outlined creating precise symmetry.
We are also seeing the return of false lashes but in a small micro mini version, in the middle of the bottom lash line. If this look is too daring for some perhaps opt for a thicker mascara look on the outer corners of the bottom lash line, it will add definition as well as making the eyes appear larger.
The Guest List for the event was star-studded as expected, with everyone I'm sure wanting first dibs on the clothing, we saw the likes of Chanel 'It girl' Kristen Stewart, veteran of the catwalk Gisele Bundchen, as well as the very talented British actress Tilda Swinton.
Karl Lagerfeld's vision for the show was truly magnificent, and inspirational.
Written by Aaminah Saddieq
Sunglasses are there to protect your eyes against the sun's rays, but it is a must fashion accessory as it can take your look from gloomy to stylish and cool. But choosing the wrong pair for your face shape will do nothing for your look.
Heart-Shaped Face: A heart-shaped face has a wide forehead, narrower jaw line, high cheekbones, and a narrow chin. Go for the cat-eye shape as they will accentuate your face shape.
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The oval face shape: Your face is wider at the mid-point of your cheekbone area right below your eye level, you have a softly rounded jawline. Aviators and wraparounds styles work great as the symmetrical shape works best for your soft curves of your face.
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Oblong face shape: Your face is longer rather than wide, flat cheekbones with a long chin and forehead, can appear oval but with a long vertical line. Wraparound styles looks great on your face also vintage style frames with sharp angles and bold lines will sharpen your soft features.
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The round face is almost as wide as it is long, with curving lines rather than hard angles and your jawline is full and round. If your face is wide/big sunglasses with straight or angular lines will lengthen your face. It is best to avoid rounded styles that will accentuate your full cheeks.
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The Square-Shaped Faces: Your jawline is square and angular, your cheekbones and forehead are the same width and the width or your jawline is the same as your forehead. Try rounded frames or circular lenses which will soften your angular face. The classic Ray-ban aviator is a great choice for you.
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Triangle face shape: Your jawline is wider and fuller then your forehead and cheekbones, your face structure narrows at your cheekbones and temples. Your choice of sunglasses should draw attention away from your jawline so pick glasses that adds interest to your forehead with a detail and or colour at the top of the frame.
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Coily kinky afro, who does not love a good looking Afro? Your afro can be the envy of all but keeping it looking stunning takes some work. Here is some helpful tips to keep your afro or natural curls in check.
This is the number one tip as natural hair tend to lack moisture, so to avoid dry dull looking hair. Invest in a good moisturising condition.
DIY hair therapy
Keeping your hair well moisturised can be as simple as mixing your own hot oil treatment. For an overnight treatment mix olive oil, coconut oil, and shea butter, melt them all together in the microwave and then massage onto your scalp, then seal your hair, with a shower cap and cover with your head scarf. Wash it out the next morning for moisturised and smooth, frizz-free curls.
Drying your hair:
Squeeze-dry your hair with a t-shirt or microfiber towel as this will decrease frizz. Then detangle with your fingers as this will help keep your hair texture without interrupting your curl pattern.
Use a silk pillowcase or silk scarf to avoid frizz and keep your curls in place
Image Credit Katya Koliban
A big congratulations to Jacqueline Shaw and the rest of the Africa Fashion Guide team for organising this event. As a designer, I definitely left being more informed, more connected to the industry and more inspired to take my fashion brand, 'Keji Victoria', to new heights. Every guest panelist gave a unique and seasoned insight into the Africa Fashion industry. Enjoy my highlights below!
*Please note that all content including those in speech bubbles have been paraphrased for the purpose of this blogger platform.
Highlights of the Africa Fashion Conference
African Fashion Market
This segment of the conference was insightful in highlighting the highs and lows of the African fashion scene as a whole, and the individual businesses within it. The panel of guest speakers celebrated the opportunities that fashion players have to showcase their businesses. For example, Lagos and Johannesburg Fashion Weeks are quite large in scale, and a great way to showcase national and international talent. However, the scheduling of these Fashion Weeks could be more organised and structured-perhaps parallel to the existing international shows.
'The Africa Fashion Market' section at the #FAConf2015
Beatrace Oola, the Founder and Managing Director of Africa Fashion Day Berlin (AFDB), shared why such opportunities for designers, buyers and sellers to meet and network are created. By bringing different aspects of the supply chain together, the Africa fashion scene can begin birthing reliable and sustainable production and selling structures. Buyers or sellers who are committed to attending and making transactions at trade shows such as 'Premium Berlin', will be treated with respect in the industry, which will translate into committed clients and services in the long term.
Sustainability and environmentally aware designers are definitely the future of Africa fashion. Abrima Erwiah, co-founder of Studio 189, shared an insight into her business vision. 'It's not just about trends, it's about quality. We focus on the local artisans and the supply chain contributing to the quality of every item'. She went on to give some business advice- 'don't try to do everything by yourself; focus on your strengths and collaborate with others who possess things that will compliment yours'.
Rosario Dawson, co-founder of Studio 189 along with a remarkably diverse portfolio, added, 'take time to work on what you have. As a designer, do the ground work and emphasise on quality. Presentation is key, and the story that goes behind your work is equally important and interesting'.
Samson Soboye, owner of Fashion and Lifestyle store, Soboye, gave a refreshing aspect to the consumer-side of the fashion industry: 'the visuals, image, and quality of garments are the foremost important things when selling to consumers. Before the consumer hears the story behind any work, they would have made up their minds on whether they like it or not, based on the above criteria.' Soboye left us with thoughts to ponder on; 'A business is not a business without money! What infrastructure do we have? Are there resources to get to the next level? Is it sustainable in the long term?'
Africa is Open for Business
This segment gave great insight into how far Africa has come in being receptive to the Fashion business, and whether fashion players still experience barriers to building successful businesses. The host, Hannah Pool of The Guardian Newspaper, asked the guest panellists what they believed to be the key challenges in doing business in Africa;
Jordine Bartlett, of Financial Times Lifestyle, stated that, 'time is of the essence! Working to time is needed, so that we can be recognised and respected on a global scale'.
Sindiso Khumalo, brand owner and Creative Director of Sindiso Khumalo, added that time and quality control may be lacking in certain places. She advised the need to invest resources and time in the actual market of operation. Some people spend little time studying and investing into their market- which can be the reason why quality is lacking.
Yemisi Makualu, of Hatch Africa, went on to emphasise that African consumers may lack patience. Most of these consumers want to make quick money. Business takes time, and sometimes it's not just about putting something out, but about investing in the right places.
Networking at the #FAConf2015
Sourcing From Africa
The final segment I attended focused on the supply chain within the industry.
One of the questions asked by host, Abi Rushton, of Aid by Trade Foundation, was 'what determines your sourcing decisions?'
Daphne Kasambala, owner of Sapelle, shared that having a network of people all over Africa helps because there is little budget to physically travel and meet with different suppliers. She went on to say that Kenya has great potential for sourcing, drive and the curiosity to create from raw/local materials. They are good at taking things from their raw state and recreating something unique.
Paola Masperia, owner of Mayamiko, said that her company is committed to sourcing locally, 'which means we can't always source all the fabrics we wish for. But we are contributing to the local economy....' She highlighted that the trading agreements need to greatly improve in Africa. For example, it's easier to trade and supply fabric around Europe due to the existing trading blocs; but this proves very challenging between African countries.
Another question was put through the the panelists; 'how do small businesses find cost-effective ways to produce in small quantities?'
Paola: 'there are great initiatives available so that you can collaborate with other designers and businesses when ordering to off-set extremely high costs. Otherwise, focus on your chosen market and customers for your collection'. Paola noted that focusing on your consumers allows you to order according to demand- which may be for a short term basis.
Daphne: 'diversify your portfolio, search for different manufacturers so you are not limited to one way and terms of production'
Madeleine Rosberg, of Responsibly Africa, also added that 'some African markets are open to small businesses- such as Kenya, Ethopia, Uganda, etc. In such places it is easier to find the right manufacturer who can produce the smaller quantities you desire. It's about searching for the right manufacturer.'
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Following the success of the recent Adidas = Pharrell Williams collaboration Adidas Originals have teamed up with high street giant TOPSHOP and to create an exclusive seven-piece capsule collection. The collaboration sees the high-street giant rework classic pieces from the sportswear brand, with the ever-popular Superstar jacket and trainers taking trophy status.
Our capsule with Topshop is the perfect partnership, as it allows us to explore a contemporary fashion aesthetic while paying homage to our iconic sportswear roots," said Josefine Aberg, design director of Adidas Originals.
"Our love of fashion and sportswear comes to life in this capsule collection. Sportstyle classics with bold graphic numbers are the superstar looks this season." said Topshop's creative director - and Vogue contributing fashion editor - Kate Phelan.
The collection launched globally on April 30th, online and in shops.
Beauty takes time but when the weather is steaming outside you do not want to layer on foundation. You want coverage that is light and weightless but give enough coverage
My star buy is Dior Skin Star foundation
Brightening weightless long-wear foundation with SPF 30
This foundation felt like a second skin, it is so light and weightless I almost forgot that I had foundation on my skin. I like light coverage but for those that like a heavy coverage, you can build it up to give you the coverage you need.
My other favourite are;
Revlon's Nearly Naked, this foundation literally melts into your skin the moment you put it on and stay's on all day, you hardly feel it on your skin so light is it. It works in harmony with your skin to cover flaws and perfect tone and texture. Formulated with weightless pigments that melts right into the skin and creates a beautiful even complexion. Available in the lightest tone – Ivory to darkest tone Cappuccino
Revlon BB Cream
This is a lightweight Beauty Balm that combines skincare, makeup, and sunscreen all in one. It hydrates your skin just like a moisturizer, protects against the sun with SPF 30. Smooth's out the skin like a primer and covers like a foundation. Available in Light, light-medium and medium
I love the beautiful glow and colour this BB Cream gives and as the above foundations I hardly feel it on my skin.
Sleek CC Cream
As skin tends to be more oiler in warmer weather the Sleek CC cream is great for oily skin as it matte's out shine and corrects complexion and conceals imperfections. Available in Light, Fair, Medium and Dark
Do not forget your basic essentials;
1) Make sure that you match the right colour for your skin tone
2) Prepare your skin with a good moisturiser
3) Primer – for smooth application
4) Your tools – foundation brush, wedges or blending sponge
Over the Bank Holiday weekend i went along to Be:Fit London, the only women's fitness show in town!
I'm not exactly a health freak but i have been in the Gym recently trying to get sexy for the summer so I figured it worth coming down to see if I could get some tips.
I attended Be:fit London last year but other than that i am a Fitness expo virgin so i didn't know what to expect.
Last year I had a blast but the only complaint i had was there wasn't as much venders as I expected and the venue was kind of small (Even if it was nice to be by the river). That wouldn't be an issue this year as Be:fit was now in a new location the Design and Business centre; and I am happy to say there was loads of different brands to meet, as well as a wide range of fitness classes to join in, expert talks, cooking demos, etc.
I loved that there was also dedicated chill-out areas, where you could go hang out and regroup when it gets a bit too over whelming.
In all I had a lovely time but I wish I allowed myself more time there as there was so much to see, taste, and demo.
Did you get to attend Be:fit London over the weekend?
What were your thoughts?
"China through the looking glass" the theme for this year's MET Gala, with superstars all dressing to complement the theme the art show was just as much inside the museum as on the red carpet.
There was a lot of great looks but my favourite was supermodel Joan Small's, with her off the shoulder purple floral applique Robert Cavalli gown. The sheer cut-outs showing just enough skin, for added sexiness. Pulling it all together with a simple yet stylish black choker and black strappy leather sandals.
Complimenting her stunning look with a purple Smokey and nude lip, a blend of Estee Lauder's Pure Colour Gelée powder eyeshadow in Cyber Magenta and Pure Colour Envy Eyeshadow Palette in Currant Desire
Estee Lauder Instagram –"the eye look everyone will be talking about"
Pure Colour Envy Eyeshadow Palette in Currant Desire- & Estee Lauder's Pure Colour Gelée powder eyeshadow in Cyber Magenta and Available at all Estee Lauder counters and online at www.esteelauder.com
In the world of Beauty things come and go but there are some trends that keeps on making a comeback. The following 5 beauty trends has been around for what seems forever and just keeps on coming back better and better.
This iconic hair feature dates all the way back to Louise Brooks an actress, made famous by the 1929 European film Pandora's Box. In the 50's it was worn by the glamor model Bettie Page, referred to as the Queen of Pinups, with her jet black hair, blue eyes and trademark bangs. The 80's and 90's brought us the curly teased bangs and then it was revived Kate Moss with a thick, deep and blunt cut bringing it back in vogue. Modern day bang icons are Rihanna and Taylor Swift giving it a more softer look.
The Cat Eye
Brigitte Bardot sex symbol of the 50's and 60's upped the sexy factor with her sultry cat-eye, combined with her flawless skin and nude pout, still a go to sexy look today. Then there was the 1960's mod queen Twiggy with her flicked out cat-eye liner and then there is our modern day cat-eye stars Lauren Conrad with her classic cat-eye liner and her signature flick, making the look super feminine.
The bob came to life in 1924 with the Shingle bob, a dome-shaped razor cut into a V shaped at the neck. It was Vidal Sassoon that made this cut more stylish in the 60's with artist like singer Cilla Black making it popular. It was Cyndi Lauper, in the 90's that breathed new life into it with her colourful bob then it was Uma Truman turns to make it popular in the film Pulp fiction. Then it was brought back to live by the layered cut of Jennifer Aniston, Victoria Beckham with her angler bob and Katie Holmes short bob. The bob is truly a hairstyle that keeps on reinventing itself.
There is not a single women that does not love Red lipstick. Dark red lipstick was a popular shade in 1920 with ladies wearing it to represent their independence. Women started to move away from the dark red with Elizabeth Arden introducing lipsticks in different colours. It was only during the 1950's with Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor that women began wearing dark red lips again. Their look defined the 50's and women are still captivated by it today.
The Smoky Eye
Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra made this look memorable in the 1963 film. Today with the creativity of the make-up artist, it just keeps reinventing itself.
If these looks has been around so long just image the creative inventiveness with which it will reinvent itself over the next coming years.
Denim on denim for breakfast, this is simple enough look but be aware or you might get it wrong so;
1) Never wear denim accessories, like handbags or denim shoes, with your look, because you do not want to look like a denim tree.
2) Use shades and shapes that flatters your skin tone and body shape, lighter shades draws the eye to the body parts they cover and darker shades has a slimming effect. So it is best to wear the lighter shade on top and the darker shade on the bottom.
3) Dress up your look with a pair of statement heels or flaming red lips
The Gingham trend is one of my favourites this season, made popular by style icons like Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn during the 50's and 60's. This preppy print is easy to wear with a ladylike feel. Pair it, for lunch with the girls, with a figure hugging pencil skirt and a flirty off the shoulder Bardot top for a Cute and sexy look.
This floral Cami dress is perfect for a Diner date, outlines your curves and defines your waist while showing of just a bit of leg with the slight slit on the one side. Remember if you are wearing Tropical print, tone it down with neutral accessories like a belt, sandals or shoulder bag.
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Winter with her moody shades of olive greens, burgundy and plums are over, or well we hope!! Time to inject some brighter colours into your life and just maybe we can bring on some warmer temperatures.
Whether it is the ocean or the sky Blue has such a calming effect on us. Nail it or glitter your eyes with it Blue is a must for the coming summer season.
Sally Hansen- Making waves from the Hawaii Collection
NailsInc Baker Street, - gel effect for an ultra-glossy high shine
Pure Red lipstick is always on top of every once list but it time to try a red with a hint of orange
I love Revlon Lipstick it does what it says on the box, and gives great colour. Their new Ultra HD Lipstick is a wax free gel lipstick giving a more intense colour and smooth application.
Colour Stay Moisture lipsticks soaks lips in glossy wet colour, with Vitamin E and Aloe
Moisturises without stickiness
Purple and Pinks
For the girly girl in you, pink gives your look a springy look and if you do not want to look to Barbie pink mix it up with a purple or lavender hue.
Nude or naturals for days when you do not want to show off to much. Essie – Bride to be is a soft caramel blush and Like Linen a soft and creamy neutral.
Tone down your blush and give your cheeks a dewy flush Maybelline's Master Glaze blush stick is a creamy blush with glazed pearls for natural colour and smooth and even application. It is also fragrance free and suitable for all skin types. The bonus is that it can also be used as a lip shade or eyeshadow.
Mint and Greens
Mint gives that soft pastel feel and green for new growth and the new season.
OPI – That's Hula-rious from the Hawaii collection a pastel mint that making you dance with joy.
OPI- Green -wich -village a brilliant green that will make them green with envy.
Orange is a great pigment for everyday wear, let it pop by applying a few swipes to intensify the look.
This is a new twist on the hot orange-red, but with a pink edge to create flawless coral it is bright and bold.
Get ready for a party on your nails with China Glaze's Red-Y To Rave coral from the Electric night collection.
And lastly a Twist of Lime for those not afraid to go just a little neon crazy This might not be for everyone so go a bit slow with it, maybe start off by just Lime-ing your toes.
Neon _ American Apparel & Essie – the more the merrier – lime green
I suggest we wake up the sun by introducing at least one of these colours into our beauty routine.
The bohemian look originated in the 1960's Hippie culture and is a popular today as it was then.
Drawing inspiration from all over the world adding texture and richness, it has something for every fashionista. With neutral colours as its base making is easy to add colours to key pieces. Layering is key so start with your basics and layer it with pieces like cardigans, jewellery or shawls.
But remember just because the elements of boho style is so relaxed and layered, it does not mean that you have to look like a sloppy hippie. It is always best to keep it simple and the layering to a minimum if you are unsure. Try to keep it feminine and chic by mixing oversized with fitted pieces to balance out your look
Layer on the accessories sunglasses, necklaces, belts and jewellery, a lavish amount of accessories are key to this look. Never combine more than four shades of colours, if your look is already eye catching tone it down with grey's, beige or brown colours. Be sure to add touches of your own style personality and have fun.
Bohemian summer is all about lazy and chilled out days going from music festival to the beach.
It's girly yet stylish!!!
Here are some of my favourite boho looks for summer.
The Boho look is all about being natural and earthy, so floral prints are always a winner, be it that you are wearing a flower crown or a flirty floral print top or the latest trends in floral print shorts or playsuits. Make sure to incorporate florals into your boho look and show your love for the earth.
What is more bohemian then Gypsies, with their flowing sleeved tops, colourful scarfs, skimming skirts, lace, large dangling earrings and beaded jewellery. Show off your carefree side with flamboyant and vibrant colours. Let your hair flow naturally or tie a scarf loosely around it.
Although not a traditional boho look. Showing just a little bit of skin making your look sexy but still keeping the signature laidback feeling. Go for a loose fitting or a super cute crochet crop top and pair it with a maxi skirt or a palazzo pants.
Tie-dye adds splashes of colour to your boho look, great with short shorts or over your bikini
Crochet tops and summer knits
These lightweight knits are for layering and creates a casual and uninhibited vibe.
Accessories and footwear
Head wraps, turbans colourful scarves, vintage style sunglasses and Indian style bangles and African style neckpieces as well as gypsy earrings are ideal pieces to finish of any bohemian look. Accessories can also be a great way to add splashes of colour to your look and to tie all the pieces together. It can be as simple as a flower crown paired with a fringed crochet top with a pair of shorts or a flowy maxi skirt.
This is defiantly not a look for stiletto style heels so keep it flat with ballet pumps, or Ethnic inspired sandals like Greek, Roman or African styles. Cowboy boots in matching shades to your look, are perfect.
Boho is not about throwing everything in your closet together that is fringed or tie-dyed, but is about mixing pieces together, so that it reflects your personality. Remember is all about a chilled "flower power" vibe and being you.
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Modern day fashion has no rules and so often we see fashionista's crossing the borders between male and female fashion trends. The bowtie is traditionally worn by men and a man that wears it exudes class and sophistication.
The brand has its origins in Poland and was born out of a love story. Martha wanted something special for her fiancé but could not find what she was looking for and decided to create her own designs for bowties and Marthu men's wear was born.
Marthu's designs are leading the pack with their original and stylish handmade bowties. Their prints range for one of a kind quirky to the one-tone traditional designs.
They have also taken the hassle out of tie your bowtie with a wide selection of pre-tied bowties making it that much easier for you.
So whether you are pairing it with a shirt and jeans or a sexy Angelina Jolie tuxedo look Marthu Men's wears, bowties are both stylish and quirky making it an easy fit for the ultra-stylish fashionista that is not afraid of blurring the lines.
The number one rule of wearing a bow tie as with any accessories, is to wear it in proportion to your body size. You will find that like any clothing item bow ties comes in three sizes small, medium and large. Unsure of the right size for you always opt for the medium sizes.
Pair their Gingham pre-tied bow tie with boyfriend jeans and a denim shirt.
The Casual Look
When going for a casual stylish look make sure that your shirt and bow tie are two different colours, as wearing the same colour shirt as your bowtie will take the attention away from your bowtie. If you want your bowtie to attract more attention go for a neutral colour shirt. To get the perfect colour block combo choose colours that are close to each other on the colour spectrum such as blue and purple. If the colour block look is not for you and you want to create a look that has a lot of dimension and depth wear the same colours, for both your shirt and bow tie, but in different shades.
For example a light shade of green with a darker shade of green, this will create more volume to your outfit.
Create a stylish yet relaxed look for Him and Her and be the talk of the town.
Mixing Prints And Patterns
When you are mixing prints and patterns, there needs to be a balance, wear either thick stripes or small dots.
Solid Colours And Prints
With a huge variety of prints, from cars to glossy CD and QR code you can change up either your look or your man's look pairing it with a solid colour shirt allow the bow tie and you to be the centre of attraction.
Turn your man into a gentleman for that formal event with the pre-tied Bourbon bow tie.
Dare to be different and ditch the statement necklace and switch it for a floral print pre tied bow tie.
Summer is on its way and by know we have started shopping for our summer wardrobe, and doubled up on exfoliating and moisturising our bodies. But what about spending some extra time on preparing your hair for your summer holidays. The exposure to sun, salt and chlorine can damage your hair leaving them dry, brittle and prone to breakage. Here are some tips to help you prepare your locks for those sunny days lounging by the pool or on a sunny beach
Prevention is better than a cure, deep conditioner once a week as this will keep your hair in good shape all summer long. Also get colour treatments before the summer and avoid heat styling as much as possible.
Macadamia natural oil Deep Repair Masque, rebuilds dry and damaged hair with its combination or macadamia and argan oil.
Available at www.feelunique.com
Chlorine sucks the moisture out of your hair, so be sure to wet your hair before and after swimming to get rid of the salt and chlorine.
Redken Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo clarifies and removes copper, iron, hard water and minerals as well as product build up and suits all hair types.
Available at www.feelunique.com
Too much exposure to the sun can leave your tresses dry and lifeless so spray your hair with a SPF spray. Wella Professionals sun protection spray contains a double phase formula. Phase 1 helps to protect hair against UV rays while Phase 2 contains a vitamin complex that hydrates the hair leaving healthy and soft to the touch.
Available at www.feelunique.com
Humidity brings out the frizz monster so you want to thoroughly moisturise your hair. Natural curly hair needs extra moisture, keep a spray bottle with a mixture of water and leave in conditioner to spritz your hair throughout the day.
I love the Naked Range and finds that the Naked Style Gorgeous Curls Taming Cream and their Leave-in conditioner helps to keep my natural curls defined and moisturised.
Available at Boots www.boots.com
No To Greasy Hair
Summer means everything is a bit oily so dry shampoo is great to keep oily hair at bay so spray your roots to absorb any oil and freshen up your locks.
Klorane gentle dry shampoo with oat milk softens and protects while cleaning.
Available at www.feelunique.com
Colour Treated hHir
If you have coloured your hair before heading of on your summer holiday and want the same vibrant colour throughout use a treatment designed for colour treated and damage hair and use sulfate free shampoos and conditioners to keep it looking healthy.
Kérastase Reflection Chroma Riche Treatment Masque, protects and boosts radiance for dry, highlighted and colour treated hair.
Available at www.feelunique.com
After Summer Care
Three months of fun in the sun will leave your hair damaged. So you want to make sure that is not just your glowing tan you showing off when the sun fades but also fabulous looking hair. Get your hair back to its former glory with the Redken extreme strength builder fortifying mask for distressed Hair deep. It deep conditions and strengthens hair from the inside out.
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So before heading on your holidays make sure to give your hair some TLC so that it is not just your body and skin that is ready for all your summer frolics.
A couple of weeks back I was so honoured and proud to finally work with UK designer Hellavagirl. Hellavagirl was created by the talented Helen Woollams, not only a UK designer with her own brand but also an educator in fashion design. Helen showcased her last collection at LFW with Fashions Finest back in February and I have been dying to get my magic make-up brushes out ever since to create a unique avant garde make-up look to match her collection. I was so happy when she agreed.
So the date was set, Sunday 12th April 2015.
We teamed up with London photographer and magazine owner Zoe Michelle. The three of us spent hours discussing how we wanted the shoot to go and how the look of the models was of utmost importance for us to pull of an incredible editorial. After handfuls of applications we chose two models, Shola Nikitta from Dama Model Agency and actress/model Emily Haigh.
The two girls looked very similar, that they could be sisters. Beautiful long blonde tresses of hair which we plaited in small plaits to create a wave almost crimped effect.
I wanted the make-up to be different, a pale face was a priority in my make-up design. This would show off the intensity of the make-up as well as the designs from Hellavagirl.
As Helen was showing some of her new collection for the very first time in this photo shoot I wanted to do her proud. A lot of lace is used in Helens new collection, I thought a perfect look would be to combine the incredible Face.Lace with Helen's designs, what's more Face.Lace have just brought a fabulous new collection out too. The designs were perfect.
The lovely talented Phyllis and her team at Face.Lace sent out some designs for me to use. WOW...was my first word when I opened the package.. the new design 'Salome Mask' £29.95 is the prettiest edition I have seen yet. So that along with designs; 'Salome eye lace' £14, 'Mehndoodle designs 1' £17.95 and 'Beauty sparks illumonet' in shade orchid violet £4.95 were designed into my make-up looks.
I kept the look fairly simple in terms of products, using only a handful of products and 3 colours. The first set was white, black and lilac, the second set was white, black and gold. I created a different look on each model using the same three colours on both in each set. It worked, the images look great and I'm happy to say they are being published in a magazine very soon. But for you lucky readers here is a preview.
Superstar Face paints
Clarins Skin Care
Lush lip care
Tigi Bed Head hair care
This editorial used simple lighting with the sole aim of having the images in contrast black and white with varying texture.
Models: Floret Fauna & Dovile Paciauskaite
MUAS: Rosita baiamonte & Sheila Nessa
Designer: Helen Woollams @ Hellavagirl
Photography & art director: Dayo Awe
Assistant photographer: Amma Adjei
As my eyes water in this forever changing English weather, my eyeliner never stays on for long. I decided that it was time to go permanent. Having seen pictures of the work that Daisy had done recently, I knew that she was the right lady for the job. I wanted permanent eyeliner on the top and bottom of my eyelids.
On entering the salon I was asked to fill out a medical form, which took longer than expected as my hands I must admit were shaking. I was nervous about the procedure. After taking my form Daisy instructed me to lie down on the bed. I was asked what look I was going for with the eyeliner and then the pre-num was applied to my eyes.
Daisy told me that it would feel a little uncomfortable at first but then I would not feel anything. They say to never trust a bold barber but I felt safe trusting a beautiful beautician; I instantly relaxed after Daisy had talked me through it. When the pre-num had been on for 15 minutes Daisy began.
I could hear the hum of the needle and the music that was playing in the background. All I felt was a slight scratching at first and then nothing. When I say nothing it did feel like a wet cotton bud sliding from side to side over my eyelids which was a nice feeling. Three layers were added to my eyes, these are called passes.
After the procedure my eyes felt sore but this was to be expected. To say I was pleased with the results would be an understatement. I had to keep my eyes dry for a week after and I was told that I could loose up to 50% of the colour but would go back for a top up 4 to 6 weeks later.
To anyone out there that wears eyeliner on a daily basis, stop what you're doing and get in contact with Daisy. You will look fantastic and save yourself so much time and money. It is only two hundred and fifty pounds for what I had done.
To contact Daisy click on the link: www.facebook.com
Written by Fashions Finest blogger Hayley Sweeney
I love to paint my nails, its quite thearaputic. The only problem I have is that they do not last more than two days before they chip. So when I heard about gel nails at Ruby's corner (that were on offer) I had to get them. With gels your polish could last up to a month, a date with Prince Harry could not keep me away. I decided to treat myself and have my fingernails and toes done.
On arriving at Chez Titine the nail technician who was extremely friendly and made me feel as if I was catching up with an old friend sat me down. She then proceeded to buff my nails and file them to achieve the perfect shape. Buffing I am told is an important part as it helps the gel polish to grip to the nail.
The colour choice was limited but I have been told that more colours are on order. I picked black and red. After putting the gel polish on which was called Geleration, I had to place both my hands and toes under a UV lamp to allow them to dry. After this process, a coat of finish was added to my nails.
Within a few minutes my nails were dry. I have had nothing but compliments about how they look. I have had them on for a few weeks now and I'm secretly hoping that they will chip so I can have them re-done. I cannot wait to see what exciting new colours will be available.
To perfect your nails click on the link: Ruby's Corner
Written by FF Blogger Hayley Sweeney
27 March witnessed the opening of the 30th Anniversary Season of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia. It was the maestro of the Russian fashion, Vyacheslav Zaitsev, who traditionally was the first to present his new Fall-Winter collection 2015-2016 Nocturne. The first block of the show featured female demi season coats that became the signature garments of the Fashion House. Principal core of the collection made the formal suits, slim fit jackets and straight dresses accomplished with massive accessories. There were silk wine-coloured skirts with mixed textures, combination of graphic and floral prints on the evening gowns, plenty of adornment - which still left the collection in harmony with the calm and compete colour palette and the choice of silhouettes. Little black dress with the asymmetric collar and bright insets performed in stained-glass technique was according to designer the major highlight of the collection. As for the male line - classic coats, straight-cut suits and shirts with prints made personally by hand of Vyacheslav Zaitsev took the catwalk.
Some of the designers who took part...
Yulia Prokhorova Beloe Zoloto
More information about the designers who took part can be found on the MBFWR site here: www.mercedesbenzfashionweek.ru
I had the pleasure of being invited down to the Diane von Furstenberg Bruton Street store celebrate Grazia magazine 10th university (Has it really been that long?) and the launch of DVF's new S/S14 collection.
I have always been a fan of DVF even if it's a little out of my price range so it was nice to get a look at the colour collection pretty prints bright colours sooo DVF darling.
Attendees were treated to lovely nibbles, cocktails and champagne and the opportunity to socialise with the events co-hosts Global Brand Ambassador (and winner of House of DVF on E!) Brittany Hampton and style editor, Jessica Joffe.
DVF also had its very own very own glittery photo booth for attendees to get their vogue on.
Thanks Grazia and DVF for having me.
You can check out the DVF SS13 collection on their website: www.dvf.com