Wednesday, 26 February 2014

brows, brows, brows

With the trend for brows being 'bigger is better' many people are doing all they can to beef up their brows if they are a bit scarce or accentuating their assets if they're lucky enough to have a good strong brow. I'm a bit between the two, I used to have really bushy brows but after plucking and waxing they've been through the wars. I'm lucky to still have enough of my brows to shape and they still look full and here's some of the products I use on a daily basis. 
I start by grooming through my brows getting rid of any excess product from before and just making sure they're brushed the same way. I use the Daniel Sandler spoolie: I bought this off ASOS for around a fiver but you can get spoolies pretty much anywhere and they all tend to do the same thing. 
I then take the RT brow brush to actually fill in my brows. I've come to the conclusion that I think this brush is a bit too big to get a precise shape and the brows can sometimes look a little bit OTT as it's not a very small brush, however I'm going to soon invest in the MAC 266 brush as I've heard it's excellent for getting a precise shape. 
The product I'm currently using to fill the brows in is the NYX eyebrow cake powder in the shade taupe/ash. I don't really use the tools that came with the product as I've got my own full sized ones and I find the mini ones to be too small and hard to handle! I basically just mix the powders together (only a tiny little bit) and then dip the brush in the wax (hence the grubby condition) I then follow the shape of my brow and fill in any areas I feel necessary until I'm happy with the result. It really is a simple as that.  I'm definitely one for experimenting with brow products but at the moment I feel this method really works for me and I'm happy with the final look. 

Please let me know what your go-to brow products are and if you've used any of the product I've mentioned above! Thanks for reading!

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Wednesday, 19 February 2014

london fashion week autumn/winter '14: day 5

The last of London Fashion Week for yet another season, and it's been a good 'un this season. My final favourites from day 5 of the week:
1. Simone Rocha: Simones collection was very, very diverse this season which is such a good thing. With diversity in all different areas: colours, cuts, shapes and silhouettes there was lots to look at from the collection. There were brights mixed with subtle shades and lots of exaggerated hip shapes which are sure to flatter many figures and hide lumps and bumps! 
2. Osman: I loved the Osman collection on day 5, particularly the four looks pictured above. I love the mixture of textures, the prints produced and the cuts of the garments. 
3. Simongao: I loved, loved, loved this show on the final day of the week. The minimalist design, charcoal greys mixed with monochrome colour palette was right up my street. The silhouettes were kept interesting and contemporary and I can definitely see some of the features being filtered down to high street fashion. 

So lfw has come to an end but it's been a beautiful week with so much talent from older and new emerging designers. I've loved keeping up to date with the collections through live streams, lfw website and vogue. Please let me know if you've been keeping up to date with the collections and what your favourites have been. Thanks for reading!

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london fashion week autumn/winter 14': day 4

My favourite collections from London Fashion Week day 4: 
1. Christopher Kane: The collection had a huge range of stunning design features, mixing masculine tailoring with feminine details, Kane's collection was fresh and contemporary with a gorgeous colour palette and strong cut silhouettes.  
2. Whistles: The Whistles ready to wear collection was clean cut, sharp and contemporary. I loved the lilac shades and the turquoise hues also, the collection looked so minimal with a subtle colour palette. The cuts and shapes of the garments were flattering and simply stunning. With an understated, minimalist inspired collection the Whistles show has been on of my favourites from the week. 
3. Burberry Prorsum: Christopher Bailey was right on point with the stunning collection which received probably the most press and publicity throughout the week. With Cara, Suki Waterhouse and Edie Campbell taking to the catwalk the show was sure to be something not worth missing. If this wasn't enough, there was live performances from Paloma Faith, Rhodes and Ed Harcourt which accompanied the fierce models on the runway. Harry Styles of course made an appearance on the frow alongside Bradley Cooper, Tinie Tempah and Jamie Campbell-Bower. The collection itself was absolutely beautiful, unique and abstract the watercolour inspired prints and floaty fabrics created a calm and tranquil atmosphere in the Kensington Gardens show space. A big ten out of ten from me for this collection and I'm sure some of the features will filter down to the hughstreet. 

That's day 4 of lfw round up, let me know what you think of the collections from day 4 and thanks for reading! 

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Sunday, 16 February 2014

london fashion week autumn/winter 14': day 3

Day 3 of fashion week is done and dusted and it was welcomed by sunny skies today. There were some gorgeous collections as always and my three favourites of the day are down below: 
 1. Paul Smith: There was colour, colour, colour and prints galore coming from Paul Smiths collection today -- the collection was vibrant and eye catching. The clashing prints created interest and were worn with confidence. I'm absolutely in love with the playsuit and think that clashing prints will be filtered through to the high street stores.
2. Topshop Unique: One of the most talked about collections every year is the show put on by the Topshop Unique team. There are lots of features within the collection which will definitely be displayed this autumn/winter. The cable knits and faux fur collars are sure to be seen in Topshop stand alone stores as well as other high street retailers. 
3. Mulberry: British born brand Mulberry have bagged themselves even more publicity today with their new bag collection with the help from the it girl of the moment Miss Cara Delevingne. The bags are simply stunning and come in a range of sizes with multiple prints. Having 'bagged' (sorry) Cara to promote the collection this range will surely sell like hot cakes.

So there's my three favourite collections from today! Let me know what you think of them and your favourites! Thanks for reading!

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Saturday, 15 February 2014

london fashion week autumn/winter 14': day 2

Day 2 of London Fashion Week and the show stopping stunning collections just keep coming. Today was various key designers time to shine including JW Anderson, Jasper Conran and John Rocha. Here's three amazing collections from the day! 
1. Sibling: In their gorgeous collections today Sibling sported dropped denim hems and tangled knitted webs. An interesting design feature on a lot of their garments which made interesting textures and contrasts. Colour wise their palette had a mixture of both monochrome and bright oranges and pinks.
 2. John Rocha: The amazing John Rocha never fails to to produce absolutely exquisite statement pieces which have many intricate details and lots or textures. I especially loved the laced garments and feel this will trickle down to high street fashion. 
3. Holly Fulton: Holly Fulton again produced a pristine, clean cut collection at lfw today. Mixing lights and darks, pastels and shadows the collection was kept interesting and fresh. There were lots of structured shapes and fits and flares.

There's my favourite looks from the day and I'm looking forward to seeing more tomorrow! Please let me know your favourite collections from the days of lfw so far and thanks for reading!

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Friday, 14 February 2014

london fashion week autumn/winter '14: day 1

Forget about Valentines day, today marked the first day of London Fashion Week for Autumn/Winter 2014. As part of my degree it's my duty to keep up to date with the latest fashion events, news and trends so I'm going to choose three collections each day and briefly discuss why I like them. Unfortunately I'm not going to be attending as it has called on my reading week so I am going back home for a week but now we have constant twitter, vogue and lfw updates and live streams so I can have a good browse through all of the collections. 
1. Jackie Lee (J JS Lee) 
This has probably got to be my favourite collection of the day, Central St Martin trained Jackie created some beautiful minimalistic looks in her show today. The monochrome simply oozes sophistication and class whilst mixing it with a subtle sports luxe trend makes the pieces current and trendy. I especially loved the big collars throughout the collection and feel they'll be filtered down to high street fashion this Autumn/Winter. 
2. DAKS
I'm always a fan of the DAKS collection and this season was no different. An interesting choice of colours with the palette ranging from nudes, beiges and olive greens. There were a lot of mosaic inspired pieces which worked nicely with the military style garments too. Above is four of my favourite looks from the collection, particularly look three with the block shapes and contrasting finishes looking effortlessly stunning. 
3. Jean-Pirree Braganza 
Finally, the last of my top three shows of the day has to go to Mr Pirree Braganza. The collection was inspired by painter Artemisia Gentileschi where Jean juxtaposed illuminations with darker shadows. A lot of the pieces were very structured and androgynous. I also feel like a lot of the features on the garments will be filtered down to high street clothing for this AW. 

There's my opinions of my favourite collections from day one of Fashion Week. Please comment and let me know what collections you liked or if you were lucky enough to go! Thanks for reading! 

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[all images sourced from www.vogue.co.uk] 


Monday, 3 February 2014

all around the world with nyx

Having never bought from Nyx before I decided to take the plunge after hearing many, many good things. I loved the look and sound of their lip creams, I thought they would be a lot like the Collection cream puffs (which they are) but Nyx had a much vaster shade range so I thought I'd give them ago.
I decided on the shades Tokyo and Amsterdam - I think the names of these lip creams are just too cute as their named after famous cities from all over the world! I selected Amsterdam as it was a shocking bright red shade which I'm sometimes partial too. I also opted for something much more contrasting, Tokyo looked like a much more subtle everyday shade which would just add a bit of colour to the lips. They had so many shades to choose from I was there pondering for a good hour or so, but I'll definitely be going back for more!
Not only do these lip creams look gorgeous on, have great pigmentation and last a long while they smell insanely good. The scent is sweet like cakes or something and I personally love it. The consistency of these is so creamy and easy to apply they are just so practical! 
Finally, although Nyx cosmetics are hard to buy in the UK (why, why, why?!) I ordered them for their usual price from http://www.123hairandbeauty.co.uk/nyx-m34 with free delivery too! They have so many Nyx products on their site I think I'll be investing in a few of the blushes soon. Please let me know if you've tried these or what Nyx products you enjoy using. Thanks for reading!

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Saturday, 1 February 2014

the favourites post: january 2014

The first of February is already here -- how crazy is that?! Christmas and New Year feels like a life time away and it's now time to start prepping for my assignments and it'll soon be Easter! I'm going home for reading week this month which I'm really excited about - although I love the London atmosphere uni work is pretty full on and sometimes a break back to the countryside is needed. Anyway, enough rambling and onto my favourites of the month.
First up I've been loving my new Daniel Sandler eye groomer (spoolie) for the brows, I was in urgent need of this little tool and I picked this one up on ASOS for about a fiver. It serves it's purpose and helps to keep the bushy brows at bay. 
Next is a product I bought a month or so ago and I'm really enjoying using - The Body Shop never seem to fail me with their products and their Tea Tree Pore Minimiser is no different. I apply a little bit of this on before my foundation or sometimes even mix the two together. I find this really helps to prime the skin and create a smoother finish to what I'm used too. The scent is quite strong so if you're not a heavy fan of scented products then maybe give this one a miss. 
I'm unsure of if I've mentioned the next product before on the blog but if I haven't I definitely should have. I've had my MAC Mineralize skin finish in Lightscapade for a good six months now and I absolutely love it. This month I have rediscovered the art of highlighting and this one does the job just beautifully. I was opting for Soft and Gentle originally but decided that this one would be far better suited for my pasty face and it seems to be. A little goes a long way with this product and it just adds such a gorgeous shimmer to the cheekbones or wherever else needs to be highlighted. 
I've also rediscovered a gorgeous lipstick this month which I've definitely opted for wearing more than most. I'm not a huge fan of Rimmel lipsticks because of their scents but with the colour of this Kate Moss shade 03 being so divine I can make an exception. This nude beige shade is the perfect neutral colour for my complexion and has been a complete go to colour for me throughout January. 
Finally is another lip product and another product from The Body Shop. I've been using their Honeymania lip balm many times a day to help with the cracks and sores from the cold weather. I love the scent and the consistency and it's just a really good lip balm to be thrown in a bag so it's there whenever you need. 

The Products: 
1. Daniel Sandler spoolie

Only a few favourites for the month of January but I really love them all and have been using them all copious amounts. Please leave your blog posts if you've done a favourites post or let me know if you like any of mine! Thanks for reading!

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