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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Ruffled blouses and floral skirts ooze femininity. A touch of frill or some ditsy florals pep up any plain office ensemble. Frills and flowers have been a big trend during the warmer, lighter days, but do you want to extend the wear of your flower power…? Here’s how to transition summer’s floaty tops and skirts into the greyer months… 

Ruffled Black Blouse: Chloe
Floral skirt: Simone Rocha
Burgundy Bag: Chloe
Burgundy Tights: Macy’s http://www.macy’s.com
Black Ankle Boots: Gucci
Burgundy and yellow Gryffindor Scarf: Etsy

Swap bright backdrops for black, navy, burgundy and dark plums.  Pastels and tropical prints have had their summer holiday, so look for not-so-busy prints that incorporate classic colours like pillarbox red.

Biker jackets toughen up an overly girly outfit to create a look of rocker chic.  
Black Biker Jacket: Acne Studios
Olive ruffled blouse: Faith Connexion
Floral skirt: Preen
Black Ankle Boots: Steve Madden
Leather tote bag: Fendi

Black. Classic, timeless, and goes with anything and everything! 
Black long sleeved blouse: Isabel Marant 
Black long skirt with orange floral print: Peter Pilotto
Top handle orange bag: Gucci
Black court shoes: Gianvitto Rossi


Red lace, check! Jacquard effect and floral print, check! Faux fur clutch, check! Metallic heels, check! Voila, instant evening glamour for those impromptu ‘dos during the festive season.
Fringed Biker Jacket: Maje
Red Lace top with plunging neckline: Topshop 
A-line jacquard and floral skirt: Dolce & Gabbana
Burgundy faux fur clutch with stud detail: Prada
Gold strappy heels: Prada

Bold and beautiful! Offset ditsy florals with contrasting block colours…
Red Biker Jacket: Christopher Kane
Blue layered sleeve top: Wallis
Ditsy floral detail mini skirt: MSGM
Navy blue top handle bag: Fendi 
Red shoes: Alexander McQueen 

Bye Bye Summer! Hello Autumn 2017

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Time to say bye bye to those floaty summer dresses and dig out all of your deep night shade colours once again. Corals and pinks are no match for the shades of the city after a rainfall, so swapping those bright nail polishes for some galaxy inspired black diamond and dark berry hues is the best way to transition your beauty regimen into Autumn 2017. Where has this year gone!

So swap ensembles like this …

For looks like this!

Black satin slip cami dress: Wolf And Badger http://www.wolfandbadger.com

Faux fur coat: Stella McCartney

Gold Bag: Gucci

Tights: Cette at http://www.navabi.co.uk

Leopard print and gem detail Boots: Casadei at Farfetch http://www.farfetch.com

Black is a timeless classic, and an LBD for evening beholds a bottomless pit of possibilities! Leopard print boots and faux fur jackets are big news this autumn too!

Blue satin sash back slip dress: Galvan at Style Bop http://www.stylebop.com

Black leather and faux fur biker jacket: Noir Kei at Net-a-Porter http://www.net-a-porter.com

Blue Satin shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker at Saks Fifth Avenue http://www.saksfifthavenue.com

Quilted bag: Chanel

Satin dresses are the latest evening look and look absolutely rockin’ teamed with a biker jacket and a sultry, smoky eye and a deep glossy mani.

Swap this…

passion fruit corals won’t cut it in the winter, so go over to the dark side!

For this!

Nail Paint in Black Diamond, £3.99, Barry M. http://www.barrym.com

Metallics for nails and make-up are this Autumn’s key beauty trend, and Barry M has plenty of goodies to help you get your glimmer on!

Meteor Storm is an eyeshadow palette packed wth metallic duochrome shades, all of which are autumnal warm neutrals that look amazingly wearable for any eye colour. It’s just landed in Superdrug for £9.99. The packaging alone is heavenly!

Dupe Alert!

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There are hundreds of holy grail palettes on the market, some of which come with price tags that aren’t exactly within everybody’s reach. Many people also have an ethical reason to source a dupe rather than the original itself; while there are several make-up companies who don’t test on animals, unfortunately, some of the biggest brands are not cruelty free. While no bunnies were harmed in the making of Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes, they are a little on the pricey side, retailing at almost £40 on the UD website! Luckily, many mid-range and drugstore brands recognise such high-end price taggery and are always keeping a close watch of the beauty trends for major dupe inspiration.

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Naked Heat Palette, £39.50, Urban Decay

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BH Cosmetics Solar Flare, Galaxy Chic and Supernova Palettes

BH Cosmetics, from the City of Angels, are affordable, cruelty free and their products ooze plenty of LA cool! They drew lots of inspiration from the big fascination with galaxy print when they bought out their Solar Flare, Supernova and Galaxy Chic baked eyeshadow palettes, housing all of that celestial magic in the most beautifully printed compacts.

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Urban Decay Moondust Palette, £36

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BH Cosmetics Supernova Palette, £11.80 ($15.99) on http://www.bhcosmetics.com

Super pigmented, finely milled shades that suit everyone, and Supernova has to be a definite dupe of UD’s Moondust palette, which doesn’t host as many shades as these beauties. The latest addition to the BH Cosmetics Milky Way, Solar Flare, boasts several pearlescent deep neutrals almost identical to UD Naked Heat, so much so it could safely pass as a dupe.

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BH Cosmetics Solar Flare 18-colour baked eyeshadow palette, £11.80 ($15.99) on http://www.bhcosmetics.com

There are benefits to rummaging the drugstores or the world wide web for dupes, you discover your new favourite cosmetic brand, you end up with a lot more product for your money, and you may find a dupe that’s even better than the real thing!

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For more updates on the wonderfulness of BH Cosmetics, visit their website at: http://www.bhcosmetics.com

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My Favourite Product Midweek…

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We’ve all been there. 2 minutes to spare and bare nails, you paint them in record time, all while answering those “where are u?” texts, gingerly fishing out some shoes or a bag with your wet nails, and leaving the house. Result… you turn up at the event/night out/party with some up and coming marbled mess for a manicure. Gone are the days of dented gel jobs and that so called precision colour that’s gone everywhere but on your talons, and looks like you painted your nails on a bumpy speedboat.

If you need to set your nails in a hurry, Speed Setter by Essie is the answer to all of those manicure mishaps!

This is a top coat that sets any nail polish in one minute. Used in place of your usual top coat, Speed Setter delivers a touch dry, diamond-shine finish in 60 seconds. When I first bought this, I wasn’t holding out much hope for it living up to its claim, as I don’t rate those setting sprays at all, they tend to leave a smoky haze in the room. So I was pleasantly surprised when I recently used Speed Setter and my nails didn’t take half as long to dry as they usually do. I had a hardened finish that was ultra glossy in no time. I would recommend Speed Setter to anyone wanting to speed up their manis and pedis.

Essie Speed Setter Top Coat is sold at larger Boots stores and retails at £9.99. For more info & to buy, click here:

http://www.boots.com/essie-nail-care-speed-setter-clear-quick-dry-top-coat-10236258

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

AW17 Forecast…

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Top trends for AW17 take inspiration from the clean cut, sleek accessories of 90’s style with plenty of girly grunge thrown into the mix. Thought you couldn’t wear a dress in autumn…? Think thick collar detailing, plenty of houndstooth or tartan and richer, thicker materials like velvets; tights and chunky boots add that cosy element of warmth and grunge appeal to this season’s trend collar dresses.

Checked Collared Dress: Miu Miu

Tights: Cete at Navabi.com

Wine Faux Fur Shoulder bag with stud detailing: Prada

Black Platform boots with gold buckle: Gucci

Red Collared Dress: Red Valentino

Tights: Wolford

Block Colour bag: Gucci

Boots with studs and buckle detailing: Mint Velvet

Collared dress: Givenchy

Suede and Calfskin backpack: Chloe

Velvet blue high heel pumps with stripe detailing: Gucci

Collared Dress: Rocksanda

Tights: DKNY

Quilted Patent Bag: Chanel

Block Heeled loafers: Miu Miu

Velvet Collared Dress: VIVETTA at Harvey Nichols

Tights: Cette

Leather Platform Boots: Alexander Wang

Coral patent Quilt bag: Chanel