Mix n’ Match Monday: Insta Beach!

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Are you ready to enjoy your most colourful, envy inducing seaside snaps and selfies on social media yet?  Course you are! Just pack some up to the minute swimwear and accessories, Instagram likes guaranteed!


Sleek & polished with a touch of bohemian glamour, Chloe fringed sandals and a Haight coral one piece scream summer 2017! (Above)


Unleash some serious wanderlust on the beach and beyond wearing popping pinks and dreamy violets! A hot pink Forever Unique swimsuit with bang on trend lace detail paired with a sharp yet comfy wrap skirt will sizzle along the seafront.  A 3.1 Philip Lim mauve Pashli may induce envy amongst fellow holiday makers!  Brights are excellent at amplifying a golden tan, too!


Serene block colours & simple accessories never go out of date.  Look sleek yet mysterious in a deep ocean Diane Von Furstenburg one piece and Prada block sandals, while a pastel pink Kenzo tote will stylishly hold your essentials whilst adding a touch of feminine simplicity.


Spring through the palms in a D&G tropical bikini and accessorize with the coolest lime green sandals from Prada and a pair of aviators!


Chillax poolside in the dreamiest blues.  One piece swimsuits are big news, and are modest enough to be worn with this summer’s wrap skirts for some stunning summer evening looks.  Arcadia have some irresistible swimsuits and I just love this aquatic looking skirt from Fausto Puglisi!


Clean Lines & Monochrome stripes in the form of the ultimate Marc Jacobs maxi equals instant Beach to bar chic! Don’t forget to add a touch of sparkle, these Giuseppe Zanotti kitten heels are perfection!

Slip into this celestial River swimwear and a pair of mirrored Ray-Bans and unlock that inner mermaid!

Transition this sea foam shimmer swimsuit from River Island from sitting at the sea side to sipping cocktails outside! Add a tropical print wrap skirt like this Missoni beauty and a cross body bag in a cool hue like this one from Jimmy Choo.  And these designer look platforms are a steal from ASOS!


Summer brights & pastels inspired by sweetest, juiciest seaside treats! Ruffled dresses like this Anna October maxi are fresh off the catwalk! Amp it up with a juicy clutch from Commes Des Garçons and a pop of watermelon gloss on nails and lips!


Maxi up a midsummer’s night in a floor length Melissa Obadash dress that’s just peachy. Bling up a plain dress with a choker, the hottest boho glam jewellery trend of SS17.  Be daring, add an unexpected accessory like Judith Leiber’s crystal encrusted beach ball clutch.

Summer Nail Spoiler Alert!

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Indulge in all the deliciousness of French patisseries this SS17, without all the calories… oui oui!

You won’t be able to resist six sweet Essie shades that will keep your mouth watering all summer long. 


Inspired by all the glittering confections of the finest Parisian cafes, the S’il Vous Play collection will take you on a whimsical journey through the chic streets of the city of style, decadence and love with soft pastels and a shimmering metallic that is absolutely delectable.



Anything with a Parisian theme or style has always drawn me in, and I know I’m not the only one attracted to the kitsch wanderlust of the city of lights.  Seeing this Essie collection is making me crave macarons, maintenant…



This soft iridescent sugar white will have you licking your lips all the way to the confiserie!


An irresistible lilac cream inspired by the tastiest macarons dans la Rue!


An unforgettable lavender pink foil that will remind you of the most frosty cake icing and the sweet namesake of this collection.  I’ll take the petit gateau avec Glacage Rose s’il vous plait!



Tres fondant of this sparkling apricot marmalade shade!

Romantic rose candy cream that will evoke all the passion of the city of love.


The prettiest pastel Parisian blue that says casual summer all over it!

Beauty Tuesday…

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There’s no doubt that over the past few years, nail effects and nail art have been enjoying a rather big moment.

Holographic, glittery, textured, beaded… the beauty market has experienced a boom in nail trends, some of which were never tried before.  


Magnetic nail polish, which has only been around this past five or so years, is one of the new phenomenons that will take your manicure from everyday chic to envy inducing and edgy.  

Magnetic nail polish…? You may be asking yourself how does this work…? The science behind the magnetic mani is the magnetic particles that have been mixed into the polish that are able to create a pattern when they come into contact with a magnetic force. Most magnetic nail polishes have a magnet on their lid, as this is held over the newly painted nail, the iron powder in the polish gravitates towards the magnet to create the astonishing finish. As if by magic!


One of the first brands to foray into the magnetic field of nail patterns is Nails Inc, who came out with eight jewel-toned metallic colours, each of which boast their own magnet to create an individual magnetic pattern, from fishnet, to star, to wave, magnetic nail polishes attract so many opportunities to take your normal nail look to the next level!


Creating a magnetized mani at home couldn’t be easier.  All you need to do is apply 1 coat of magnetic nail polish, then carefully hold the magnet close over each nail, taking care not to hit your wet nails.  Hold the magnet over each nail for 1 to 2 seconds to create a mesmerising pattern.  Then wait 10-15 minutes for your first coat to dry, and if you feel a second coat is needed, apply a second coat of your magnetic polish, and hold the magnet close to each nail like you did with your first coat.  Wait until it is touch dry then apply a top coat to protect your newly metallized talons.  


Nails Inc are giving you the opportunity to experience the full magnet magic for yourself, thanks to a very exciting promotion on their website.   All you need to do is enter the code FESTIVALNAILS at checkout, when purchasing their full collection of 8 magnetic polishes, which is called the Festival Fever Collection.  


I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw how much I’d saved on this set – a nail collection that should be over £100, and a whopping £96 saving!  Strokes of luck like this do not come around every day, and the good news is that you do not have to be an O2 Priority customer to take advantage of this amazing offer!  

For more about this collection & what colours you get, and to grab a beauty bargain, head over to the Nails Inc site here!

https://www.nailsinc.com/collections/nails-inc-festival-fever-collection_1605/

Make-up Monday…

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Nothing beats the feeling of getting your hands on a product you’ve being eyeing up for ages. I had a few hallelujah moments on a recent shopping trip.

First of all I re-stocked on my favourite foundation of all time, Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation. This is extremely easy to apply with my trusty Real Techniques stippling brush and it delivers a lit from within healthy glow without streaking or showing tell-tale orange lines. Being pale skinned, the best shade for me is 20 Watts. Yes, being a radiance enhancing foundation, it’s shades are named after light bulb wattages, very appropriate. The darker the shade, the higher the wattage number.  

I’m also a fan of Make-up Revolution, that offer cutting edge innovations in make-up without the professional price tag, and their products are available at Superdrug! My most recent addition to my Revolution palette haul is the Hard Day Eyeshadow palette. There’s 18 neutral and smoky shades, 12 of which are shimmer and the other 6 matte. The colours look super versatile and wearable for any occasion, with this line up, I’m already dreaming up my next evening smoky eye look! 


Recently, I’ve been drawn to metallic “lip toppers” that can be worn alone or over your favourite lipstick to create a velvet matte, shimmery finish to your pout. Having fallen in love with the Lime Crime Diamond Crushers, I have also invested in Kiko’s Lip Top Coat. It’s exclusive application wand rolls the product onto your lips to deliver smooth, satin-y shine in seconds.


Unlike Lime Crime’s Diamond Crushers, the Kiko Lip Top Coat is quite fluid and watery in consistency and has to be shaken up before you apply it to mix the shimmer. 


Essie are one of the best brands for an unlimited variety of bright, on trend colours. I must own tons of Essie’s bestselling shades. My two recent additions for spring are Lots of Lux, which is a shimmering lapiz blue with a superfine matte glitter finish and Jewel In The Crown, which is a very bright, modern and edgy plum with shimmer that looks fuchsia in some lights.

Make-up Monday…

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Get your unicorn glow on! Lime Crime Diamond Crushers Liquid Lipsticks are the best and one of the only metallic yet matte liquid lipsticks on the market. Long lasting and in a variety of irresistible, mermaid-esque hues, you’ll want to own them all! To find out more about these iridescent pout wonders, take a mystery tour to Lime Crime’s website: http://www.limecrime.com.

 

Nails Inc’s latest shade collection features two colour flip, multichrome shades, the sort of oil-slick effect nail colours that can magically look different colours in different lights or at different angles. Get your talons lit here: http://www.nailsinc.com.



 

 

Mermaid style and unicorn horn make-up brushes have sent many beauty addicts into an online buying frenzy for these mythical make-up tools.  One of the brands to embrace all things ethereal and enchanting is Tarte, with their unicorn inspired, metallic handled make-up brush set. Unleash your inner unicorn at http://www.tartecosmetics.com.


Mani Monday…

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It’s time to embark on some colourful adventures this summer with the 12-strong Wanderlust collection from vegan friendly nail polish maestros Zoya.

I was mega excited to hear news of Zoya’s latest collection, which will be available on May 15 on http://www.zoya.com. Wanderlust boasts a bountiful array of colours that look as if they have taken inspiration from sunsets when there are lighter nights. Read on for a reveal of Zoya’s SS17 offerings!

WINNIE is a soft watermelon pink cream which isn’t too pale and isn’t too vivid, this could be the perfect pink for all year round.


BIRDIE is a bold, rich bubblegum pink cream. The type of standout fuchsia shade that has subtle blue undertones to it and would flatter cooler skin tones.


SONJA is a summery crimson red cream. A solid colour that resembles a red-toned pink with warm undertones.


MANDY is the ultimate shimmering berry pink. The soft shimmer turns Mandy into the ultimate glamorous pink with a mysterious depth.


ETSY is a playful looking yet muted fuchsia pink cream that shouldn’t just be reserved for a summer collection but all year round!


SAWYER is a soft taffy orange cream shade, a quieter neutral peach for those looking for a quiet summer mani/pedi.


CORA is the perfect coral cream for SS17, slightly bolder than Sawyer.


JOURNEY is a glimmering strawberry red that could span several seasons.  Very classic with a twist!


RIVER is a cool shimmering cobalt blue. River by name, river by nature!


LOIS is a magenta violet cream.  Zoya know more than a thing or two about creating the perfect tempting purple polish!


ARBOR is a rich olive green cream that may look an odd colour choice for summer.  Even though it resembles Army green, it’s a khaki shade that has been brightened up for the summer.


SCOUT is a fresh moss green that’s been awoken by added shimmer, similar to Arbor, this looks like a gold-toned olive.


There you have it, the Summer 2017 colour collection from Zoya.  If I was to pick a favourite that would be hard because there are several shades I have took a shine to already – River, Mandy and Journey, they’re definitely going right in my cart!

What’s New In Beauty Wednesday…

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High street stores have seen a massive drop of goodies you just cannot miss out on if you are a make-up and beauty junkie.  


Nail polish that would normally cost between £11 and £15 has turned up in… Poundland. Yes, a premium product is being sold in pound stores!  

Nails Inc goodies on sale at… Poundland!

Nails Inc recently re-designed their bottle shape to rectangular bottles. Nails Inc, fearing the stock in the old style cylinder bottles won’t sell, have gifted them to Poundland to sell for less than a quarter of their price. This is good news if you are a sucker for a good quality nail product. Several colours are on sale for just £1, including Maddox Street, a frosted black, Chelsea Physic Garden, a very Chanel like pastel blue shade perfect for spring, Galaxy Effect Glitter, Fibre Optic Glitter, Kensington Caviar Base Coat and Gel Effect Top Coat. Due to being put into plastic packaging and hung up some of the polishes may have separated, but upon shaking the ones I picked up, I found that the formula re-coagulated and it didn’t make a difference to their quality.


Some of the Nails Inc bargains I landed, here I was wearing Chelsea Physic Garden with Fitzroy Square Special Effects Glitter as a feature nail.  Others photographed are Galaxy Effect in Knightsbridge Road and Fibre Optic Effect in Belgravia Place.


Metallic nails are a big trend for spring, with Barry M recently extending their range of Molten Metal Nail Paints.


Holographic Lights is the best of them all if you want to master an iridescent manicure, it’s a whitish silver that packs plenty of rainbow multi chrome. Pink Ice is the perfect Rose Gold shade, while Blue Glacier is the most serene watercolour blue amped up with shimmer.  The darkest of the new shades is Black Diamond, a classic black that is lit from within by loads of microfine silver sparkle, it isn’t dissimilar in shade or finish to Silver Lining.  The collection features two expensive looking copper shades, Copper Mine and Bronze Bae, while Gold Digger is the ultimate 24K gold. 


Barry M Molten Metal Nail Paint in Gold Digger

Barry M are currently doing a 2 for £7 offer in Boots stores, good news if you’ve fallen in love with more than one of these shades! My favourites are Pink Ice, Blue Glacier and Bronze Bae. 

Barry M Molten Metal Nail Paint in Blue Glacier

Mascara maestros Maybelline New York have bought out some of the best mascaras I have ever used and a lot of their formulas rival those of a high-end brand. Their latest addition to their Colossal family is the golden tubed Colossal Big Shot, which guarantees fully loaded volume and definition onto natural lashes in just one sweep.  Lash like a boss!

Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot Mascara

Another exciting mascara launch is Rommel London’s innovative new Volume Shake Mascara.  Volume Shake features the all new “shaker” inside its tube that enables the formula to be refreshed when it is needed. No more lacklustre lashes!

Innovation in mascara: Rimmel are the first to release a mascara with in built shaker system to refresh the formula when needed.

Meanwhile, glossy lips may be a top trend for this year but matte lips are going to stick around a lot longer too.   I am a massive fan of the NYX Liquid Suede and Soft Matte Lip Creams, I am a collector I must admit!  One of the newest lip care launches on the market is Lip Oil.  More fluid and more nourishing than balm, lip oils are rich in ingredients essential to maintaining hydrated and healthy lips.  Investing in a lip oil is a must if you want your matte liquid lipsticks to glide on effortlessly and stay smooth all day, it’s your weapon against the dreaded matte lip crack!


Splurge: Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil, £19

Or


Save: Barry M Lip Oils in Berry Good and Coco Loco, £4.99