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Friday, October 02, 2015

LFW SS16 Backstage: Emilia Wickstead

SS16 at Emilia Wickstead was a 50s inspired affair - playful and feminine, with an array of floral prints and muted hues. And those pointed slingback flats.. I'll take one of each pair in a size 5, thank you very much.

Skincare was taken care of by Sunday Riley - including some exciting new Pro Cleanse products, exclusive to backstage. Any existing makeup from models' previous shows was removed with the Pro Cleansing Water, followed by a deep cleanse with the Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm, out this month and it is incredible. I can't wait to share my thoughts with you! For the models with oilier skin, the Ceramic Slip cleanser was used with Good Genes to follow which acted as a flash facial. On all models, Pro Flower Acid Toner was applied to gently exfoliate and refresh the skin. Depending on skin type, one of the three oils - Juno, Artemis or Flora - was applied to hydrate further and final step of makeup was a spritz of the Pro Luminous Gel Mist. I really hope that the mist at least makes it to the permanent line in the near future!

With Chantecaille in charge of the beauty look, SS16 at Wickstead was all about that perfect porcelain skin - fresh and minimal, yet flawless. Cult favourite Just Skin Tinted Moisturiser hydrated the skin and gave it a perfected finish, and the Total Concealer masked any blemishes effortlessly. Liquid Lumière Illuminators - shades Sheen and Luster - were applied to add a soft highlight and a pop of colour on the cheeks came from Cheek Gelée in shade Happy. Eyes just had a little mascara on the lashes, and balm on the lids for shine. Finally, the Lip Chic in Geranium was applied to models. A 90s inspired face for a 50s inspired collection.

Finally, Babyliss were on hand for hair and it had the same feel as the beauty look - effortless, cool and pared-down pretty. Think Downtown NY girl. Hair was rough-dried with the new Babyliss 3Q Hairdryer, which dries hair in a flash; I've been trying it out for myself and I'm super impressed with it after just a couple of uses. More on that very soon! A natural-looking loose kink was added to the mid-lengths with a large curling tong and a low loose ponytail was created. All very laid-back; even the parting was off-centre and super relaxed, and a regular, non-metal band was used. You can be cool and still care about hair damage FYI!


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil

I do love a bit of Bumble. The Hairdresser's Invisible Oil is a product I've had in my stash for some time, but only when the line was extended to every step of your haircare routine did I sit up and pay more attention. And I'm kicking myself that it took so long..

The Invisible Oil range is packed with six different oils to tackle dryness, frizz and general wear and tear. I find the scent quite hard to describe - slightly sweet, slightly floral and almost edible - but it is a joy to use and the range I tend to reach for the most, even with my hair much shorter these days! I've never suffered from frizz but having thick hair - and being partial to curly tresses that only heated tools can give me - means I need all the help I can get to keep my mane looking healthy.

First up is the Invisible Oil Shampoo (£23) feels super rich but doesn't feel heavy in the hair or like it's not getting properly clean since the ingredients feel more akin to a conditioning product. You really don't need much at all and it doesn't give you a weighed-down feel for such a nourishing shampoo. Considering its sulfate-free status, there's no shortage of lather either.

Next we have the Invisible Oil Conditioner (£25) - you can leave this on for as long as you like, but this stuff works fast. Again you don't need a lot - even when I had super long hair, it took me months to get through a bottle. The consistency is a thick cream and feels like a cuddle for stressed, dried-out and thirsty hair.

Before drying and styling my hair I give it a good spritz of the Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer (£20.50) to soften even further, whilst helping to detangle the hair and protect it from heat styling and sun damage.

Last but by no means least is the original Hairdresser's Invisible Oil (£32) - this stuff can be used whatever you hair type. Don't be scared of oil! It can be used very sparingly or in double-dose form depending on what you want from it. I use this to add a little moisture back into the ends of my hair after styling, a pump or two into damp hair before I dry it, a tiny bit all over when I've been lazy and reached for the dry shampoo. The list is endless. It's nourushing but not as heavy or thick as a lot of the other oils I have, so I think this would be great for even fine hair in need of a boost. No need to scrimp on the volume with this little bottle of magic.

I don't use the Invisible Oil range constantly - partly because of the price tag, partly because it's not what I need every single time I wash my hair - but the primer and oil are in rotation the most and definitely worth a look in. Bumble are also really good at mini kits, like this one, and most of the range is sold in miniature; great for trying products without committing to full size.


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