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Posts from — April 2013

Make Up in Minutes…..

Fabulous in a flash!

BUSY! We all know that feeling, from meeting to lunch to office to drinks…Working with clients who need to look amazing NOW – here are some chic FAST fixes that will have you looking Pretty in Minutes…..here we go!

Make up

First up – I’m a big believer in foundation and feel it not only gives you that finished, elegant look but choose the right one and you can literally awaken your skin, make your eyes & teeth brighter.  So many though are time consuming and messy. This all changed with the launch of my favourite  – Maybelline The Eraser. It couldn’t be easier to use. You simply turn the dial at the base of the stick, the foundation is released into the sponge on the end and you stroke onto your skin. Light, silky,  infused with goji berrries and vitamins, no mess  – and just takes seconds! You can also use it as a concealer throughout the day – for super quick touch ups. Really good coverage but you can still see your skin.

For a fresh natural blush – in seconds – the brilliant Benefit’s Posie Tint is great. Dab across your cheekbones then smooth across, you can also use on lips for that just bitten look.

Follow up with a quick brush of Chanel’s  Les Beige Healthy Glow face powder. This superfine powder, complete with antioxidants and SPF 15, ‘warms’ you up in a lovely natural way. It can be used all day without build up, isn’t drying and controls shine brilliantly. It just gives you a gorgeous subtle healthy feel. Huge range of colours and stunning  packaging too.

Seconds later, run your finger along the Bobbi Brown Shimmer brick, and apply to your eyelid. This amazing compact contains 6 shades of shimmer for shade and highlighting and really opens up the eyes. Then run the residue lightly over your cheekbone for a slight shimmer.

You can alternate the Posie Tint with the Shimmer Brick depending on the level of ‘blush’ and ‘glow’ you want.

Follow with lashings of Max Factors False Lash Effect mascara and for amazing body and lift – massage in  Batiste Dry Shampoo in cherry to your roots then brush out.

Finish with a spritz of Flowerbomb – its long lasting incredible scent will last all day. Its a major celeb favourite with a stunning bottle.

Before you walk out the door – slick on the amazing Mighty Mouth from Soap and Glory. This wonder gloss balm is so good and works FAST. Plumping instantly with a wonderful colour – a warm pink that shows up really well – it defines your lips, makes your eyes stand out more, while still being subtle. And super quick!

5 minute Magic!

Stay gorgeous!

 

April 17, 2013   2 Comments

Thinner By Tonight – Tip 2

How to look slimmer - Shapewear

How to look slimmer – Shapewear

April 15, 2013   No Comments

Hot Candy!

I’m currently rocking a nail trend I call ‘Hot Candy’. This wear anywhere brilliant bright mani is so simple, long lasting, looks amazing and flatters all skintones. Taking inspiration from the chic candy neon of new movie Spring Breakers, you can use any combination of  colours, just chose two contrasting brights that compliment each other – and apply 4 coats for maximum impact on alternate  nails. I chose this combo of pink and pale bright turquoise. Tipping its hat to the Ombre trend, this is a cleaner, bolder look that combines the colour duo formula of ombre – but the strength and style lies in the simplicity.

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NAILS

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Orly –  Feel the Vibe Beach Cruiser

Chanel – Nouvelle Vague

Jessica Nails – Happy Hour

Rimmel Lycra Pro in Peppermint

Chanel Rose Insolent

Nails Inc – Haymarket

 

 

 

April 14, 2013   1 Comment

Mulberry Willow

The Mulberry Willow tote is gorgeous – an instant classic!

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Kate Moss was the first to get her hands on this gorgeous bag last year. It launched last month and is quickly gaining cult status.

The Willow has an oversized ‘front pocket’ that can be detached to form a smaller clutch bag, the innovative style plus classic features make it the It Bag for 2013!

Comes in an array of shades including Nude, Navy, Black, Mint and Apricot which is perfect for Summer but works equally well throughout the year, especially come Autumn!

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At £1,500, its expensive – but I predict similar styles on the high street for A/W13 – so look out in stores this Summer as new stock hits the shelves.

 

April 12, 2013   No Comments

Oh Ombre!

Ombre is BACK and better than ever. Its no longer just our hair in 2013 –  its now our clothes, our nails, even our LIPS!

Yes, the Ombre trend for 2013 is set to explode. The combination of colours &  a happy hippy feel as we aproach Summer –  is perfect. Totally ties in to the 90’s trend,  but our Ombre is grown up tie dye – the colors and tones blend into each other beautifully, its all about the graduation…..

Bright, fun and totally wearable. The outfit IS the statement piece!

 

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Get the Look!

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Gorgeous dress from South Beach – £29.50 at ASOS

 

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Cute skater style dress from Misguided.co.uk

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Bright Hollister shorts (£26)  are perfect with tanned legs….

 

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I love this silk Topshop dress – £75

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You can do Ombre in a cute cosy way. Team this snuggly knit with a pair of pale blue skinny jeans for a natural on trend feel thats sweet and  subtle.

Topshop – £38

 

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For a more tonal Ombre experience, pair this elegant beaded tunic from Mint Velvet –http://www.mintvelvet.co.uk  (£79) with leggings for a sleek chic look. With a hint of metallic, this grey and mocha look is a glam sophisticated take on the trend.

 

If you want to make your colour statement with make up instead – go for a bright candy ombre nail. This blue and purple look really pops. The key here is all about moving away from the harsh edged tip – the look is all about blended, gradient ‘wave’ of colour…..ombre nails

 

Or go big and bold with liner a la the 90’s but revamped for the ‘teens’..for Ombre lips – find two contrasting shades, pink and orange/red and purple/pink and red – outline the lips with one shade, use the other on the lips – line and combine !! Ombre lips have the added bonus for making the lips look bigger and are such an easy way to follow this trend. Stunning!

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Even if you add just a few touches of Ombre this Spring, its a gorgeous way to look forward to Summer………

 

April 10, 2013   No Comments

Thinner By Tonight!

Wear skinny high heels with pointed toes

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Legs look slim and sexy in skirts paired with a shoe that has a tapered toe that has at least a 2-inch stiletto.

A Slender toe and thin heel work to extend the narrow silhouette of calves.

 Square-toe styles with a thick, chunky heel give the appearance of a shorter, bulky leg.

Zara Suede Court Shoe – $90

Jimmy choo Abel Shoe $595

Saint Laurent Leather Pumps $625

Zara Leather court shoes $89

 

April 8, 2013   1 Comment

Minty fresh…..

Fresh zingy mint & cool breezy turquoise – LOVING the new Spring’s cool hues…… Wear a flirty dress like Hayden Panettiere – Keepsake Lost Without You Dress (£105/$159) for an after hours feel….

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Or for more daytime chic –  this gorgeous ASOS tulip dress – very classic


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H & M pleated skirt in Mint Green

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Pale turquoise deliciousness from Mango…..

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Team with nude heels Kitsch Couture at £30 

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April 7, 2013   No Comments

Spring Feel…..

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With Spring almost here to stay – its time to look at the perfect transitional looks. These key pieces will take you right into Summer and with some adjustment you can wear them into Autumn too. While its still chilly outside, the flowers are blooming so lighten up the palate with shades of taupe and tan rather than the usual black for handbags and shoes. I pack up my heavier black handbags around March and bring out the classic beige leather numbers – try this sleek  shoulder bag from H & M at £50. it’s a gorgeous nude shade, will go with everything and feels good on your arm.

Spring is all about the return to the Nude Ankle Boot and these are great.  The perfect pale shade of beige, great stud detail and amazingly affordable – New Look at just £30.

Pastel Skinny Jeans are SO hot right now. These babies from Gap at £18 wont break the bank and come in an array of colours from mint to this incredible lilac – which is a major look for S/S13. They seriously lengthen legs and are perfect to team with chunky ankle boots now and pumps come Summer. The perfect way to ease into Spring.

Butterflies are everywhere at the moment – go for this delicious floaty blouse which totally channels Etro at a fraction of the price – just £33 from Wallis.

To complete the look – The Cape has returned!

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The hardest working piece in your wardrobe will be the Cape. I’m loving this classic beige number from Coast £195. Fasten at the top and let it show off the rest of your ensemble……

Scarves are my favourite way to add to my seasonal look.

 

Butterfly scarf

Add a chic butterfly piece  – as above – £10 from Oasis – to a simple look for a up to date feel

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Or a classic cashmere/silk scarf from Chan Luu above in Dusky Pink – £155 –Net-A-Porter –  would complement the Butterfly blouse, brighen up your face  and-  double up as blanket for chilly alfresco Spring drinks!

 

 

 

 

April 1, 2013   No Comments