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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

LFW SS15: Ashley Isham


My Friday at London Fashion Week started with appointments, meetings and diving head first into the deep end of social peacocking around Somerset House. Annoyingly I missed the Shrimps backstage call time by matter of minutes - note to self, it's actually quicker to walk than to sit in a car in heaving traffic.. even wearing heels - but check out Zoe's post! Anyway, I then headed to Fashion Scout at Freemasons' Hall to see what was going on at Ashley Isham.

As Lan Nguyen-Grealis worked her magic for The Body Shop, the models were transformed into beautiful Art Deco dolls. With inspiration being taken from Mata Hari and sexy spy, the look was perfect for a fashion show but at the same time I don't think it's too much of a far cry from the kind of makeup I like to wear on a daily basis. Take from that what you will!

First of all, brows were multi-tonal and almost fluffy - built up to look natural and using a flat brush with the Brow & Liner Kits this was achieved effortlessly. A mix of Colour Crush Eyeshadows in Golden Cinnamon, Gorgeous Gold and Sunshine Love gave a soft, warm wash to the lids along with Sugar Glaze used as a highlight in the inner corners of the eye. Eylure 101s gave a classic, doll-like look to the lashes and the Smoky 2 in 1 Gel Liner made for a seamless flick.

For the lips, the Colour Crush Lipstick in 105 Coral Cutie was used straight from the bullet for a rounded, pouty look that went slightly over the natural line, rather than precise with a lip liner. This was then blended into the corners with a brush followed by a good slick of Mint Lip Gloss to give an extra zing and added shine. All-in-One Cheek Colour in Guava was placed onto the apples and just above the hollows of the cheeks, with Pink Crush Eyeshadow applied above with a squashed down brush in a perfect fan shape. No contour required.

A last wash of Sugar Glaze on top of the pink highlight along with a little down the centre of the nose, and the look was complete. Finished with a spritz of Vitamin E Face Mist, the models were catwalk-ready. What do you think?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

OPI Coca-Cola Red

Ask anyone I know and they'll say I've always been a red Coke girl. No sweeteners for me, thnx. For this reason I knew I was going to love Coca-Cola Red from OPI's Coke collab - the perfect, classic rouge for your nails that sees you through any season. Red is my go-to nail shade for good reason. Goes with pretty much any outfit (including my usual all-black attire, or alternatively stripes - trés chic non?) and just seems to bring my skin tone to life. Who needs vitamins?

OPI were one of the first salon brands I'd save up for and although my collection isn't as heavily dedicated to the brand as it once was, this polish is a winner and the formula reminds me why I loved them so much back then. Opaque in one coat, not too thin or thick in consistency and a glossy finish. Winner. Coca-Cola Red is available as part of a duo pack with shade Turn On the Haute Light (£19.95), in a pack of ten mini shades (£29.95), or on its own (£11.95).

Do you have a favourite, fail-safe nail colour? Have you found your perfect red?


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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt

When Jo Malone's latest fragrance drop was introduced to be way back in May, I fell in love at the very first sniff. I wanted to talk about it for so long but didn't want to when it wasn't available for everyone to experience. It was released in counters and boutiques yesterday though so I don't need to feel bad anymore!

Celebrating the Great British seaside, the Wood Sage & Sea Salt both takes its inspiration and draws scent from mossy driftwood, salty sea air and breezy clifftops. With top notes of ambrette seeds and buchu leaves as well as a bergamot twist, it's fresh with a slight citrus feel to it at first which soon deepens down. Dried plum keeps the heart of the scent sweet whilst mineral accord - a synthetic note - and sea salt add an addictive crunch to the cologne. Base notes are earthy and woody with guiacwood, clary sage, white musk and driftwood. It's really, really good.

Wood Sage & Sea Salt is something very special indeed. Typically I'd be drawn to sweet florals when it comes to fragrance, but this is just something else. There's no floral element at all - a first for Jo Malone, and not very common in perfumery - and for this reason it does have a real unisex feel and has a beautifully 'worn in' rawness to it - as easy to wear as your favourite pair of jeans. I do find that it wears into the skin very well but because of this it has a habit of becoming less detectable on me; others can still smell it, but it's something to think about. I really like pairing it with Peony & Blush suede to bring down the prettiness just a little and give it a more carefree twist.

Along with the cologne - available in 30ml (£40) and 100ml (£82), as always - there's a body creme (£50), a hand & body wash (£28) and a candle (£40). The candle itself has more of a woody feel than the cologne as the base notes are intensified, but this works very well for a home fragrance and as can see, I've been liking mine a lot!

If you couldn't tell already, I'd highly recommend a visit to your nearest Jo Malone boutique or counter if this sounds like your bag, but if that's not doable then you can always sign up for a scented card to be sent to you. In true seaside style, you can also send a postcard to a friend or loved one - how sweet! Will you be trying out Wood Sage & Sea Salt?


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Monday, September 01, 2014


Hiiii.. it's September already (???) and this is a little hello from me. Have some recent outtakes. Still got it.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Repurchases: Makeup Edition

As a self-confessed beauty addict and someone who gets to try out a plethora of products, it's not surprising that a lot stuff, unfortunately, gets swept under the metaphorical rug. Going through my stash recently, though, I realised there are a few bits I simply cannot be without, and as such they've been repurchased time after time. Here's my most loved..

Rimmel Salon Pro Kate Moss Nail Polish in Hip Hop, £4.49, ASOS: second bottle after my first went gloopy after the contrast in temperatures after I took it on holiday with me. In some lights it looks orange-red and in others has more of a pink tint to it, the brush makes for easy peasy application and the price tag is equally pleasing.

Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque, £19, John Lewis: a colour correcting, super creamy pre-concealer that cancels out blue and purple tones under the eyes. I was lost without this when I ran out and don't go a day without using it.

Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips, £11.50, Space.NK: this is never not in my bag or pocket. Like an unfragranced Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, it can be used for pretty much anything but it's a saviour for my dry lips and cuticles.

YSL Touche Éclat Complexion Highlighter, £25, John Lewis: I've lost count of how many Touche Éclat pens I've been through in my time, but it's probably well into double figures now. Really. Great for touch-ups and adding a believable radiance to the skin. I'm almost too scared to use this Touche Éclat Wild Edition* as it's so darn pretty!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown, £15.50, Cult Beauty: after buying my first Brow Wiz stateside, I was hooked from first use. One end twist-up pencil, the other a handy spoolie brush. I was pleasantly surprised with how long it lasted but swiftly repurchased from one of my favourite online beauty havens, Cult Beauty, once I ran out.

L'Oréal Paris False Lash Telescopic Mascara in Waterproof Black, £10.99, Boots: a favourite of mine for many, many moons, the old blue tube was discontinued for a while and I almost gave up before the new packaging was introduced. Thankfully the formula wasn't messed around too much and it remains one of my most loved mascaras.

Benefit Eye Bright Pencil, £15.50, ASOS: I'm still getting through the pile of these I stocked up on when Glamour included them as a freebie a few years back, but it's my go-to for brightening up the waterline on a daily basis. Its pale pink hue along with creamy formula wakes everything up and makes such a difference.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, £20, Space.NK: if I had to pick one beauty tool, it'd be the Shu Uemura curler. There's not a day that goes by that I won't curl my lashes, even if I skip mascara.

NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna, £27, ASOS: I'm not alone in my adoration for NARS Laguna. Mostly matte brown without too much orange and a subtle shimmer, Laguna is a big hit for those lusting after a golden glow.

Do you have any beauty bits you just have to, without fail, repurchase once you hit pan?


Monday, August 11, 2014

YSL La Laque Couture Bleu Celadon

YSL La Laque Couture #50 Bleu Celadon: £18.50*

Whilst I wasn't too taken by the YSL summer 2014 collection, one piece really got my heart skipping a beat. Enter La Laque Couture in Bleu Celadon. With inspiration taken from the glimmering hues of the Mediterranean sea, it's the most perfect poolside blue and I just can't get enough of it at the moment.

The YSL La Laque Couture range of polishes is a polish hoarder's dream - the formula glides on effortlessly, lasts well into a week on me, and not to mention how the rectangular bottles make for blissful storing. Bleu Celadon is creamy and opaque in two coats. It's somewhere in between a blue and a green and alternates between the two in certain lights. I've had countless compliments on the colour and it looks beautiful against a tan.. be it faux or the real deal.

It seems to be pretty hard to find online but I'm sure you'll still be able to grab a bottle on counters no problem. It's a real beauty and if you're going to go high end.. gold ain't a precious metal for nothin'.

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