How to rock a Berry Lip.

Monday, 22 November 2010

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The berry/plum lip is hot this season. It's synonymous with the Vampiresque theme we've been seeing around lately! It's got a mysterious feel yet bares alluring qualities. I love love love it!

I want to share with you one of the ways I like to wear it...with simply lined eyes, mascara and a plain cheek.

CLICK my photo to take you to the Tutorial I Filmed...



Products used:

Eyes..

Lid : Cream/Ochre (Bohemian, Sleek)
Upper Lash Line : Superliner (L'Oreal)
Lashes : Collosal (Maybelline)

Lips..

Base : Carmex
Lipliner: Plum (Rimmel)
Lipstick : Black Cherry (Revlon) and Sinister (MAC)
Lipgloss : Vibrant Pink (H&M)

Face..

Foundation : Studio Fix Fluid NC45 (MAC)
Concealer :  Studio Finish Concealer NC45 (MAC)
Powder : MSF Natural Dark (MAC)


A few shades you can check out, I have No. 1,4 & 5 and the rest I've seen on friends...

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1. Sinister, MAC : This is a semi-sheer brown with pink-plum shimmer. Lustre Finish. Nice on Medium to Light Skin tones.

 (Price : Part of MAC's VV Collection, may not be available in MAC Stores anymore, but do have a gander on ebay, just make sure you check seller feedback for postive reviews before buying anything!)

2. Rebel, MAC : This is a deep fuchsia berry with a glossy finish. Great for all skin tones.

(Price : £12.50)

3. Black Maple, Bobbi Brown : This is a rich burgundy brown. Lovely on darker skin tones.

(Price : £15.50)

4. Black Cherry, Revlon : This is a deep cherry/plum shade. Good for medium to dark skin tones.

(Price : £7.29)

5. Majestic, Sleek : This is a highly pigmented plum. An all rounder.

(Price : £3.69)

Get your berry lips on!

..xo

[Images Sourced from Google]

Brush With Fashion.

Friday, 19 November 2010

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Last night I attended the launch of "Brush With Fashion" - a limited edition make-up collaboration with the London College of Fashion and The Body Shop. It is a collection of sustainable and cruelty-free make-up, with built-in brushes for the Spring 2011 season.

It was lovely to see models of all ages and sizes take to the catwalk wearing sustainable designs for Spring Summer 2011, created by alumni of LCF and emerging names of the fashion world, William Tempest and Jena Theo.

The models also showcased four looks created by LCF graduate Nikki Palmer, using the Brush With Fashion palettes.

After the show, we were treated to some bubbly and cupcakes backstage, and also had the chance to play around with the collection. I got to speak with the artists and learned the inspiration behind the collaboration as well as a few tips and tricks!

I had a marvellous time and was kindly sent away with a goody bag full of stuffies that I'll be swatching and reviewing soon! :)

The collection will be available in early Spring 2011.

Hope you like the pictures! :D

..xo

1. Designer William Tempest and Models.
2. Face charts of Three Looks...don't know where the fourth one went.. :/ Lol
3. International Make-up Artist Chase Aston let's me in on a little trick to brighten my brown eyes and make them pop! (Watch Video)
4. One of the lovely wrapped gifts I was sent away with. I will be unwrapping it in an upcoming post!

Rihanna "What's my name?" Video Inspired Look.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

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A long overdue makeup tutorial for you lovelies. This one was requested by a few of my subscribers. It's the lilac look that Rihanna sported in her newest music video "What's my name". I really like the look, it's really girly and fresh, and she looks stunning! I delved right into my collection and played around with a few pieces, and here's what I came up with...

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The Tutorial...


Products used...

Eyes..

Primer : Shadow Insurance (Too Faced)
Base : Milk (NYX)
Lid : Lilac (Circus, Sleek)
Crease : Texture (MAC)
Brow bone : Cream (Bohemian, Sleek)
Upper Lash Line : Blacktrack (MAC)
Lashes : Collosal (Maybelline)
Lashes : Wispy Lashes (£Store)

Lips..

Lipstick : Blush (Revlon) and Ambre Rose (Maybelline)
Lipgloss : Hula Hula in Hawaii (H&M)

Face..

Foundation : Studio Fix Fluid NC45 (MAC)
Concealer :  Studio Finish Concealer NC45 (MAC)
Powder : MSF Natural Dark (MAC)
Blush : Plum Foolery (MAC)

 Hope you like! :)

..xo

“Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.” ~ Pablo Picasso.

Monday, 8 November 2010

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My new dress from H&M. I lovvee it! It's so nice and colourful and comfy! Here's just one of the ways I would wear it...paired with a belt, denim jacket and a chunky scarf! 
 
Dress : H&M
Belt : Primark
Jacket : Topshop
Scarf : H&M
Leggings : H&M
Boots : H&M
Bag : Topshop

..xo

Creams, camels and brass, oh my!

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The effortlessly chic colour palette.

...I love.

A few pieces from my latest shopping trip. :)

Chiffon Blouse, Topshop, £38.
Camel Trench, H&M, £49.99.
Denim Jacket with Shearling Detail, Topshop, £48.
Cricket Jumper, H&M, £14.99.
Pocket Tee, Topshop, £15.
Creme EDT, Zara, £9.99.
Textured Brass Cuff, Topshop, £14.
Ring, Topshop, £10.
Heart Chain, Topshop, £10.

Hope you're having a good Monday!
I am, well sort of. Apart from the heap of coursework I have to complete, and the not so nice weather, I'm all good! :)

..xo

Literature.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

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Last summer, while searching the shelves at WHSmith for potential summer reads, I came across a book called "The Old Girl Network". The catchy title and beautifully illustrated cover are what drew me close. It's a book by the author Catherine Alliott, and it's about a young lady called Polly, who finds herself helping a stranger to find his lost love, and in the process finds love for herself. One thing I have to say is, i'm a sucker for romance, so approving very much of the synopsis, I bought it. Catherine's writing style is just excellent! She captures the reader with every word. She's got a bit of a sarky vibe and I found that very entertaing when I read the book. I'm very sure that every young woman would somehow relate to the character Polly. The book had some interesting twists and turns, and was surprisingly not as cliche as some of the usual romance books go!

I was glad to find that there was a sequel to this book, "Going to far", which continues Polly's story. I also bought another of Catherine's bestsellers, "The Real Thing". I'm very excited to read both, and can't wait to share my thoughts with you.

The butterfly detailed journal pictured is from Topshop. I don't mind splurging on journals because I enjoy writing! This one's especially pretty and the leaves have the most amazing texture!

I'm also reading November's Issue of Vogue, and eagerly awaiting for December's.

What are your current/fave reads?
You can leave a comment or post about it on your blog, and link me to it! :)

..xo

I'm loving the A/W Fashion Trends...

...i've been seeing on the high street lately, and I've been a naughty little girl and gone barking, buying a few things here and there, when i'm supposed to be saving up... Oopsie. ;)

I'll be showing you my buys in upcoming posts and fashion lookbooks, but in the mean time I wanted to share with you some of this season's hottest trends from my favourite stores...

TOPSHOP
(In store & topshop.com)

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ZARA
(In store & zara.com)

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H&M
(In store & hm.com)

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RIVER ISLAND
(In store & riverisland.com)

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GAP
(In store & gap.eu)

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PRIMARK
(In Store Only)

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 From Shearling to Capes, Chiffon to Faux fur, there's definitely something to sweeten your fashion taste buds!

Hope you got a little inspiration for your A/W wardobe! Happy Shopping! :D

..xo

Skin Care.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

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An artist spends time in preparing his canvas, to create a masterpiece. We should treat our skin a bit like a canvas, and spend time taking care of it, so we can achieve great results.

Developing a good skin care routine is the secret to amazing skin and flawless makeup.

There are five main skin types, and you should identify what type you have, so you can choose which products best suits you. They are:

1. Normal Skin : Vibrant and supple skin, hardly ever any breakouts, regular sized pores.

2. Dry Skin : Tight skin, may have a few flaky areas, small pores.

3. Oily Skin : Shiny skin, prone to breakouts, large pores.

4. Combination Skin : Combination of normal, dry and oily skin, for example, T-zones oily and cheeks dry, with the rest of the face normal.

5. Sensitive Skin : Delicate skin, prone to allergic reactions.

The Routine.

FOUR key things your routine should include: Cleansing, exfoliating, moisturising and sun protection.

CLEANSING

Cleansing helps to remove dirt from the surface and clear any make up. They can come in wash or cream like forms. You need to find a good cleanser that tailors to your skin type. If you have dry skin, go for a creamy moisturising cleanser, and for oily skin, a clear cleanser. Some cleansers come with toners, which can be used to remove excess oil or dirt after cleansing, but unless it’s made to be used in conjunction with your cleanser, it’s not too important.

EXFOLIATING

Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and works to improve skin tone. Can be done up to three times a week if you have oily skin, but if you have dry or sensitive skin limit it to just once or twice a week. I recommend finding a nice scrub, or alternatively an exfoliating cloth to use with your cleanser.

MOISTURISING

Your skin needs moisture!! If you want to maintain smooth skin, then spend time moisturising it. (Tip: Be soft around the delicate areas such as your eyes and lips, circular motions around your cheeks and sweeping motions everywhere else.). Go for a light moisturiser if you have oily/sensitive skin and a hydrating moisturiser if you have dry skin.

SUN PROTECTION

The sun emits rays that can be harmful to your skin, so using sun protection helps prevent your skin aging or getting damaged. Some moisturisers come with SPF (sun protection factor) so that’s always something good to bare in mind when picking out one!

A few tips..



• Drink lots of water, as this helps keep your skin hydrated.

• Avoid products with harsh chemicals and unnecessary perfumes, as these may irritate your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin.

• Antioxidants found in foods such as berries and tea help keep your body healthy and toxins at bay!

• If you use makeup often, clean your tools, brushes and makeup, as bacteria can build up and cause breakouts.

• Sleep is very important. Get some!

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Any skin care secrets you'd like to share? Product reccomendations?
Let me know! :)

..xo

good girl, bad girl.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Two palettes, two different looks, two alter egos…

Good Girl

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Eyes..

Primer : Shadow Insurance (Too Faced)
Base : Milk (NYX)
Lid : Pink Grapefruit (Sleek)
Crease : Morello (Sleek)
Brow bone & Tear duct : Meringue (Sleek)
Waterline : Studio Finish Concealer NC45 (MAC)
Upper Lash Line : Blacktrack (MAC)
Lashes : Big Falsies (Maybelline)
Lashes : Diamond Lashes (ELF)

Lips..

Liner : Indian Pink (Rimmel)
Lipstick : Chatterbox (MAC)
Lipgloss : Apricot Freeze (Maybelline)

Face..

Foundation : Studio Fix Fluid NC45 (MAC)
Concealer :  Studio Finish Concealer NC45 (MAC)
Powder : MSF Natural Dark (MAC)
Blush : Plum Foolery (MAC) & Pomegranite (Sleek)

Palette Swatches..

Top Row 

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 L-R : Lychee, Meringue, Candy Floss, Lollipop, Pink Punch,Cupcake.

Bottom Row

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L-R : Strawberry Sorbet, Pink Grapefruit, Peach Melba, Papaya, Raspberry Coulis, Morello.

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Bad Girl

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Eyes..

Primer : Shadow Insurance (Too Faced)
Base : Slate (NYX)
Lid : Blade (Sleek)
Crease : Rebel & Noir (Sleek)
Brow bone & Tear duct : Innocence (Sleek)
Waterline : Smolder (MAC)
Upper Lash Line : Superliner (Maybelline)
Lashes : Big Falsies (Maybelline)
Lashes : Dramatic Lashes (ELF)

Lips..

Liner : Bad Gal Liner (Benefit)
Lipstick : Majestic (Sleek)
Lipgloss : Raspberry Soufle (Sleek)

Face..

Foundation : Studio Fix Fluid NC45 (MAC)
Concealer :  Studio Finish Concealer NC45 (MAC)
Powder : MSF Natural Dark (MAC)
Blush : Sahara (Sleek)


Palette Swatches

Top Row

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L-R: Innocence, Gullible, Blade, Gun Metal, Underground, Noir.

Bottom Row

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L-R:Intoxicated, Envy, Obnoxious, Abyss, Twilight, Rebel.

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The Tutorials..

...will be re-filmed at a later date, as all was lost during formatting. Sad times!

Anywho, I really like both pallettes, very pigmented, easy to blend and the fact that each indivdual eyeshadow has a name!

Hope you like the looks! Let me know what you think! :D

..xo