Mix n’ Match Monday…

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As Summer 2017 slowly begins to transition into Autumn 2017, you are more than likely to be thinking about re-introducing those winter warmers back into your closet. But transitioning seasons is tricky, what does one wear when it’s too cool for frilly summer dresses and too warm for thick knits? Luckily, some of the top trends of late will see you through the last dregs of Summer and the beginning of early Autumn. Denim dresses are big news, and floral printed jackets have made an unexpected appearance, so forget covering up with that old jumper! Flats and heels in jewel tones and velvet bags add pops of colour and compliment these simple, jean hued dresses in the most beautiful way…

LBD: Balmain

Black & floral jacket: Moschino

Embroidered bag: Loeffer Randall

Purple embroidered mules: Gianvito Rossi

Lapis cocktail ring: Anne Sisteron

Pale denim dress with lace front: Balmain

Bomber style multicoloured patterned jacket: Alice + Olivia

Velvet bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Lapis cross shape ring: Van Cleef & Arpels

Mid-heel electric blue mules: Alexander Wang

Bold horizontal stripe dress: Carolina Herrera

Bright floral jacket: Diane Von Furstenberg

Metallic & transparent heels: Miu Miu

Gold cross body bag: Gucci

Lapis Rings: Monier Freres & Saks Fifth Avenue

Gold & Lapis Necklace: Aurelie Bidermann

White buttoned denim dress: Balmain

Floral blazer: 3.1 Phillip Lim

Cross body velvet bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Tortoiseshell butterfly heels: Sophia Webster

Denim button front v-neck dress: Balmain

Multicolour velvet bag: Tory Burch

Mustard velvet heels with gem detail: No21

Coloured & gold choker: Monier Freres

Cut out denim shift dress: Courreges

Maroon velvet bag: Off White

Burgundy Rockstud flat shoes: Valentino

Moon Lapis necklace: Andrea Fohrman

Multi row gold bracelet: Pippa Small

Zip front mini dress: See by Chloe

Coral velvet shoulder bag: Off White

Electric blue mid heel mules: Alexander Wang

Gold and Lapis cut out bangle: Ippolita

Circle earrings: Jade Jagger

Pale button down denim dress: Stella McCartney

Dusky pink box bag: Stella McCartney

Pale Rockstud flats: Valentino

3 stone gold ring: Ippolita

Pale blue and gold drop earrings: Judy Geib at Barneys New York http://www.barneys.com

Make-up Monday…

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Only Nineties kids will remember applying their lipstick and kohl in the back of a cab, or on the Tube, a little cag-handed and rarely with a mirror to hand. Make-up looked lived-in, and messy in a special glam-rock way. If you could channel Debbie Harry's midnight kebab stop look on a Saturday night, you oozed some serious cool.

Fast forward to today's massively digitally influenced rituals, think Kardashian contour videos and 12-step smokey eye tutorials, which have gone some way to producing symmetrical, predictable faces that look almost fem-bot.

Thankfully, AW17 is set to see something of a false-perfection backlash. Why not take a break from obsessive blending and precision, and go for something a little rough around the edges… yep, crap-plication is the newest emerging beauty trend!

Distressed Kohl…

Pile a kohl liner all around and into your lash lines, taking it outward until it looks like an undone Bardot wing. You can easily achieve this in seconds by smoking out the kohl with a small smudger brush.

For a darker, more dramatic take on this look, you can break up the black using an eyeshadow brush to paint any excess over the lids and outwards for a sooty halo. Rubbing the lids with your finger adds more destruction. Apply some black mascara for lash definition. Keep lips bare and natural.

Kohl picks…

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Gel Crayon in Back To Black, £4.99

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean,
£5.50

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Black Velvet, £15.50

Socket to them…

Vibe? Applied in the back of a car that drove over a speed bump. Generously trace your top lashes with some bright pot eyeliner with your eyes closed. Then, open wide while the liner is still wet. Hey, presto, half the colour will transfer into your creases. Line your bottom lashline equally as thick, but don't join up the lines at the corners. To avoid a clown face, strip back the rest of your make-up. A bit of leftover looking lip stain is all you need.

Bold pot eyeliner picks…

MAC Chromaline pot eyeliners in Hi-Def Cyan and Primary Yellow, £16.50 each – you could blend these two together for a fun looking "pea-soup" shade!


Stila Smudge Pot in Electric Blue £13

NYX Gel Liner and Smudger in Teal, £8

Steamed Liner …

This swampy eye look is meant to look like you slept with your eyeliner on. Alternatively, apply a generous amount of pot or pencil liner along the lower lash line and dot the same colour between the top lashes. Fuzz the lower line downwards with a smudger brush, so it looks like you've been in the sauna with your make-up on. Dabbing some metallic pigment powder in the same colour on top of the lines will set them and add some depth. Skip mascara, and brush your brows upwards with brow gel. Good morning!

Steamed Liner Picks…

Smashbox Always On Gel Liner in Baller, £18

MAC Pigment in Emerald Green, £16

Max-Cara…

To paraphrase Dolly Parton, it takes a lot of effort for mascara to look this cheap. Curl your lashes and then paint your lashes almost individually with the tip of your wand, blobbing on the colour and then separating the lashes. Do this repeatedly until you think you're done, then apply more. To finish off, drag the wand back and forth through your lashes. Now do all this again with your lower lashes!

Max-Cara picks…

NYX Coloured Mascara, £6

Kiko Smart Coloured Mascara, £5.90

Snogged Off…

Remember being 16 and being able to kiss for two hours straight before appearing with the most beautiful, rebellious looking stained lip? Well, this is what you're going for now. Use your finger to press a matte lipstick onto your lips, then blot this to create the stained look. If you want to blur the edges, an eyeshadow brush is ideal. To make lips look licked, top with a clear gloss in the centre. Alternatively, slick on one of the new glossy lip stains that do all this for you. Feel free to do the actual snogging, too!

Snogged Off Picks…

YSL Glossy Stain, £26

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, £7.99

Beauty Tuesday: Dupe Alert!

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Some of the most sought after eyeshadow palettes can cost nearly £40. If you're a beauty addict on a budget, don't despair, Make-up Revolution and it's sister brand I Heart Make-up sell almost straight-up copies of those much wanted Naked palettes! For the price of that Too Faced Chocolate Bar you could treat yourself to nine Revolution Iconic palettes, and the best thing of all… the dupes pack just as much shimmer and colour pay off as their holy grail counterparts, the shade ranges are even identical!

Urban Decay Smoked Palette… £38

Revolution Hot Smoked Palette… £4

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette… £39

I Heart Make-up I Heart Chocolate Palette… £7.99

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette… £39.50

Revolution Iconic 3 Palette… £4


Urban Decay Naked Smokey Palette… £39.50

Revolution Iconic Smokey Palette… £6

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette… £39

I Heart Make-up Chocolate & Peaches Palette… £7.99

What’s New in Beauty Wednesday 

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US brand Maui Moisture is the latest feel-good, sulphate free, paraben free haircare line to use 100% aloe juice as the first ingredient in their products. Maui are Eco-friendly and suitable for vegans, too. With a shampoo, conditioner, hair mask and oil mist sprays that cater to every hair need, the products also boast a delicious tropical smell you won’t be able to resist.  The good news is, you don’t have to go all the way to Maui to get your hands on some much needed hydration for your locks, Maui Moisture has just landed in larger Boots stores.  The Heal and Hydrate shampoo and conditioner, which comes in beautiful popping pink bottles, is the perfect pick me up for your mane if you blow dry and straighten regularly.  

NYX have rolled out the Cosmic Metals Eyeshadow Palette, which consists of six versatile, metallic neutrals in shades of gold, copper, and dark plum.  Each of these shadows loads eyelids with crisp, metallic colour with an incredible colour payoff.  Metallic eyes and lips are a big beauty trend right now, and it’s easy to see the shades in this palette have been inspired by the much loved Cosmic Metals lip creams. 



Another make-up look that has really had a boom recently has been highlighting and strobing.  There are some amazing illuminators on the market that will help you achieve the glow of the unicorns!  NYX, always up to date with the latest beauty trends, have jumped on the bandwagon with their Duo Chromatic Illuminator powders.  Available in five light-catching shades, these highlighters are formulated with duochromatic pearls that will create a luminous glow that looks different from every angle.  


Swept across the highest points of the face, like cheekbones, bridge of your nose and Cupid’s bow, NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminators will guarantee you an ethereal, lit from within glow in no time.


Still on the quest for the perfect unicorn inspired make-up brushes?  Look no further than I Heart Make-up.  They’ve just bought out a limited edition 5 brush set, complete with Insta-worthy multicolour hairs and pearly horn shaped handles that pack plenty of pearl duochrome.  These are currently £20 in Boots, and on the TAM Beauty website for £14.99 (www.tambeauty.com).


With Summer well in full swing, it’s time to switch winter darks and spring pastel nail shades for some of the boldest, most vivid nail colours around.  The summer brights from Swiss brand Mavala will ensure your manis and pedis are on point with some juicy hues for July.  Inspired by popular holiday resorts, Cyclades Blue, Smily Orange, Blue Curaçao and Aruba will compliment your vacation wardrobe, and your destination, in the most amazing way. 

Mermaid Monday …

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Primark have the much sought after metallic gradient make-up brushes, with fish tail handles, purple tinted hairs and the ultimate shape and texture to achieve the glow of the unicorns! At £10 for a set of 5, they aren’t as pricey as similar sets. I have a feeling these beauties will sell like hot cakes!

Considering Girls With Attitude’s 9 piece Fantasy Collection, which boasts two tone gradient handles and hairs, will set you back £49.99, Primark’s offerings are set to add some serious wanderlust to dressing tables and make-up bags without straining your post-holiday purse strings.


Girls With Attitude Fantasy Collection, 9 brush set of unicorn inspired professional brushes, £49.99

GWA Mermaid Mythical 6 brush collection are not dissimilar in colour scheme to Primark’s and are truly mer-mazing, slightly cheaper at nearly £35… 


Mermaid Mythical 6 brush collection, £34.99, GWA


Girls With Attitude have a variety of tools that will cater to your every face need, and they’re oh so pleasing on the eye, but at nearly £50 for a set of 9, and £35 for a set of 6, if you want a set of mer-mazing brushes but you’re watching the pennies after that beach break, look no further than Primark!  

I also noticed Amazon have an amazing selection of mermaid’s tail brushes, some of which are pastel metallic, pink with gold and even rainbow, for a reasonable price.  It’s well worth a rummage on there for a wider variety at a good price range, there are some generous sellers that have thrown in free shipping too.  


What’s New in Beauty Wednesday…

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Sleek Make-Up have added to their hugely popular collection of spellbinding highlighters with the Distorted Dreams palette.  

Made up of five ethereal shades, 3 of which are cream and 2 powder formula, these light reflecting, holographic pigments have your every highlighting need covered.  


Sleek Distorted Dreams Palette, £10.99, Superdrug

With a glimmering variety of duochrome tones in its creamy shimmer shades, Distorted Dreams can be used to illuminate your cheekbones, eyelids and lips. Cream with green glitters, cream with blue glitters, and a gold and pink duochrome cream. The powder shades are amazingly stunning too; a shimmery gold powder and a pale pink with purple-pink glitters, which isn’t dissimilar to BECCA Prismatic Amethyst Shimmering Skin Perfector highlighter.  


Becca Prismatic Amethyst Skin Perfector highlighter

Matte Me Metallic Lip Creams combine the revival of the 90’s Metallic lip trend with the current liquid lipstick trend.


Sleek Matte Me Metallic Lip Creams (from top: Volcanic, Roman Copper and Rusted Rose), £4.99, Superdrug. 

Three new shades of metallic liquid lipstick are part of Distorted Dreams collection and they are called Volcanic (frosty muted purple toned rose), Roman Copper (red toned shimmery amber) and Rusted Rose (frosty pink rose).  


They apply like normal liquid lipsticks that dry down to a long lasting, velvet matte finish.  Applying a layer of lip balm before applying these will ensure extra comfort and stop the dreaded “matte lip crack.” 

Tuesday Shoesday… 

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June is here, which officially means it’s the start of the summer. Exciting. Festival fever will soon be upon us, which means dropping those dull winter warmers in favour of some sizzling hot trends which ooze boho glamour.  

Taste the rainbow and get summer party ready in these succulent multicolour Sophia Webster sandals. These beauties are so irresistible they should really come with an envy warning!

Fluorescent pom-poms and tassels are big news and will take the festival fashion scene by storm this summer, be they on wedges or flats. An unlikely comeback that’s cool, colourful and a little eccentric, this trend is a festival in itself.


Block heels meet block colour, with plenty of ditzy tassel detailing, pom-poms and laces to add an element of Coachella cool. Not only are these Aquazzura offerings easy to walk in they tick every 2017 style box. Eye catching and comfortable, you really can have the best of both worlds!

Rebecca Minkoff’s relaxed yet vivid vibe is going right in my beach bag this summer!