Make-up Monday…

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The party season is less than 3 months away… eek! In this age of smartphones and megapixel cameras, if party season means one thing it means photo season.  


Primark have just the drop of beauty and make-up essentials, mostly which are under a fiver! To ensure you and your girls are photo ready for those festive group selfies and party snaps.  


The appropriately named Insta Girl range has been heavily influenced by the beauty trends seen on social media.  Expect a candy-shop array of shimmering neutral eye and face palettes and a wide range of suave nude lip pencils and liquid lipsticks that deliver that Kylie Jenner inspired velvet finish.  

If that isn’t enough, wait till you see their range of make-up brushes that have been designed to help you achieve a face that is selfie ready…


You will flock like a unicorn to your nearest Primark for these beauties!  The angled foundation brush (far right) is a must for seamless application in seconds!


If you’re pushed for time or manicure ideas, there’s even several glamorous sets of Insta Girl stick on nails in some beautifully sophisticated designs.  These are high-end nail salon look, but the prices aren’t high-end; at £1.50 a set, you’ll have fun upping your mani game!


Holo Happy: Metallic nails are a huge trend for AW17 and Primark have nailed it!

Christmas is fast approaching, and Primarni may just have the ideal stocking fillers and secret Santa surprises.  

Recommended products… you have to try these!


Flash Photo Powder, £2.50

A flawless matte finish in seconds coupled with light reflecting blue pigments for skin that’s photo ready.  Don’t worry about it’s duck egg blue appearance, it goes on translucent.  


Intense Liquid Lipsticks, £2 & Kissproof Lip Liner Pencil, £1.50

The perfect velvet matte lip pencil that can be worn alone or as a base for your favourite lipstick.  This is smudge proof and long lasting.  

 

Nude, greige, pale mauve, fuchsia, wine red… whatever your preferred pout this season, you’ll be able to find your new favourite liquid lipstick.  It glides on like a dream and dries to the softest of velvet matte finishes.  The price point is pretty cheerful too!

Insta Girl Nail Lacquers, £2-£3…

Deep wine, mauve, nude and slate grey… meet your new fall/winter nail shades.  Insta Girl’s Nail Lacquers come in a variety of trend hues and are purse friendly compared to the likes of Essie, Sally Hansen and other luxe nail brands.  Fans of holographic nails will love the range of Insta Girl Chrome colours for just £3 a bottle.   

Iridescent and Chrome manicures are also achievable in a matter of moments with a range of instant stick on “chroming” nails for just £2 a set!

You’re bound to find a new make-up must have in this exquisite range exclusive to Primark.  This party season, you will break the internet with your mermaid glow!


For more information on the Insta Girl product range, visit the Primark website…

https://m.primark.com/en/features/beauty/2017/september/instagirl-aw17

Follow Primark on Instagram @primark 

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Mix n’ match Monday…

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Printed graphic sweaters are big news, get a bit of roar in your life with Kenzo’s tiger head aesthetic. Teamed with a pair of black skinny jeans, it looks uber-chic with a peekaboo tote bag and a pair of cute flats for daytime cool. Got the Fendi fever, just a bit!

Sweater: Kenzo

Skinny Jeans: Amari

Peekaboo tote bag, wallet & flat shoes: Fendi

Black, glorious black! It’s such a splendid backdrop for those 90’s inspired sporadic pops of colour and clean cut, digital patterns. There’s a lot of red around this season, too, what better way to add a touch of evening glamour than a pair of the most photographed shoes on Instagram… Valentino Rockstuds!

Black sweater with peeking eye pattern: Fendi

Black skinny leather look trousers: River Island

Black bag adorned with fluffy pom poms: Fendi

Red heels: Valentino

This season’s metallic sneakers and embroidered totes will take plain everyday sweaters and jeans from drab to fab!

Grey sweater: H&M

Ripped jeans: Current/Elliott

Embroidered tote bag: Fendi

Metallic silver sneakers: Adidas Originals

Add a touch of sparkle to your plain black ensemble with a sequinned sweater, metallic mules, and a Valentino embroidered cross body bag with a gold chain strap. One of many ways to turn a sweater into a cosy Autumn/winter evening out piece!

Black sweater with gold sequin detail; Marc Jacobs

Black Jeans: Topshop

Rose gold mules: Alexander Wang

Embroidered Rockstud cross body bag: Valentino

Gucci’s printed hoodies and sweaters are uber cosy and embrace the graphic trend. Jazz up your everyday skinny jeans with all the tropical goodness of one of their printed bags and a pair of their glittery, striped sneakers.

Red hoodie with graphic print: Gucci

Tropical Print bag: Gucci

Skinny jeans: H&M

Glittery sneakers with stripe detail: Gucci

Tuesday… Hues-day!

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I can’t be the only one who only has to look at something deep sea blue on scorching days like this to instantly think of refreshing, cooling treats.

Some of my favourite Summertime Blues: Victoria’s Secret Aqua Kiss, Mavala Cyclades Blue, Nails Inc Special Effects in Fitzroy Square, Barry M Molten Metals, Mavala Blue Curucao and Maui Moisture Coconut Milk Weightless Oil Mist

Curucao, an ocean inspired blue shade inspired by its namesake Caribbean island, is the type of summer blue that goes swimmingly well with poolside afternoons well spent at your favourite holiday destination.

Essie’s Beach Bum Blu, a pale metallic teal, is one of those nail colours that always evokes memories of Mediterranean adventures to Spanish and Greek Islands.

Mavala’s Curucao Blue is similar. It’s a stunning aqua blue with slight a shimmer finish. Whether you’re rocking out at an electric festival or chilling by the sea, this bold teal is just ideal for summer, so is the similar Cyclades Blue, which is more of a Santorini inspired, dreamy blue.


Victoria’s Secret Fragrance Mists have been getting a lot of use this Summer; Aqua Kiss has to be my favourite. It’s the most refreshing blend of Rain Kissed Freesia and Daisy that instantly revitalises.

Maui Moisture, the next big thing in eco-friendly, beautifully packaged haircare, boasts one of the lightest, hair hydrators around. Made with 100% pure aloe juice, coconut milk, mango butter and guava oil, one spritz of this paraben free formula will quench thirsty strands without weighing hair down.

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. 

Trend Tuesday: 4th of July Lookbook!

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Above:

T-shirt: Calvin Klein 

Ripped Jeans: Topshop

Bag: Gucci 

Happy Independence Day to #FASHALIA101 readers in the beautiful nation.  Today I thought I’d bring you a Summer Lookbook to celebrate what a colourful carnival the US of A is!


Top: Stella McCartney 

Tropical Printed Skirt: Sacai

Sunglasses: Tom Ford

Coral Tote Bag: Hermes

Sandals: Rebecca Minkoff


Guns n’ Roses Leotard: Intermix Online

Denim Shorts: Rag & Bone

Rose Embroidered Sneakers: Steve Madden

Burgundy Backpack: Chloe

Skull Choker: Betsey Johnson


Red Silk Dress: Helmut Lang

Le Boy Blue Quilt Bag: Chanel

Red & Blue Heels: Christian Louboutin 

Blue Choker with Star: Kenneth Jay Lane


One Shoulder Top: Stella McCartney

Denim Mini Skirt: See by Chloe

Polka Dot Sandals: Tabitha Simmons

Buckle Detail Saddle Bag: Miu Miu


Red Ruffle Trim Dress: Givenchy 

Snakeskin Saddle Bag: Chloe 

3 Colour Platform Shoes: Christian Louboutin 

Choker Necklace: Alexis Bittar

Flower Stud Earrings: Kate Spade

Stackable Rings: Kate Spade

Red Dress: Alice & Olivia

Navy Watch: DKNY

Stud Sandals: Jimmy Choo 

Quilted Bag: Chanel


Dress: Valentino 

Two Tone Backpack: Versace

Heart Embellished Sneakers: Philipp Plein

White & Silver Chronograph Watch: Allurez 

Blue Sunglasses: Fendi

Jumpsuit: Elie Saab

Scarf: D & Y from Amazon 

Cuffs: Chanel

Mules: Aquazzura 

Bag: Gucci

Happy July the 4th, ‘Merica! 

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Mix n’ Match Midweek 

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This season’s cold shoulder, ruffed dresses pack in so much ditzy feminine detailing the best look to balance them out is to add a touch of brutality with the on-trend chunky metallic chokers and block heels to balance out such delicate frills.

Summer White meets film noir inspired accessories for an easily put together monochrome look that is sharp, polished, yet still boasts a touch of flirty playfulness thanks to the loosely cut frills on this off the shoulder Temperley dress.

A nautical, mermaid look can be amped up easily with SS17’s very interesting Miss Selfridge chokers, platforms by Salvatore Ferragamo and a chunky Gold Guess watch for a pop of instant beach bar glam.

SEA’s one shoulder dress has three trend boxes in one ticked: off the shoulder, ruffles and stripes! Making this work for a night out is as easy as slipping on the chicest of polished gold accessories and investing in timeless tan arm candy, don’t you just love the little bling ring on this Miu Miu bag!

Ease into this summer’s bohemian prints; plain accessories and a bang on trend envelope bag are a good way to mix n’ match with interesting patterns & tassels. 

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.