Rare Accessory Alert!

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I have a feeling Chanel only made a few of these rare evening cross body beauties, as they aren’t as commonly seen on the style circuit as the 2.55, Le Boy or Reissue bags. Some of these come in an unexpected shape and design that doesn’t follow the classic crowd, they’re the type of bag you would wear if you didn’t want to blend in, but instead be more of an isolated incident with your individual style.


Known for their timeless luxurious quilted designs that never date, Chanel are also good at thinking outside the box when it comes to their unique clutch bags.  Fans of their make up compacts may recognise the compact powder shaped Minaudière bags, which come in black or white. 



The classic compact is just one of many shapes they have succeeded in experimenting with.  


The cassette tape has to be my favourite – glossy, boxy and sturdy to hold all of your evening essentials, whilst retaining its daintiness and rock n’ roll edge.  This definitely is on my rock chick accessory bucket list!


No5 is undoubtedly one of Coco Chanel’s most successful holy grail fragrances, loved by millions of women worldwide, so it made perfect sense for them to release a clutch based on that signature bottle shape. 


The Resort 2017 must have box clutch packs somewhat of an earthy vintage vibe to it that looks as though it has been inspired by a luxury cigar box, if the medallions and references to Cuba and Paris are anything to go by.  You can’t help but notice the centrepiece, the unmistakable cameo of Coco Chanel herself.

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Serene block colours & simple accessories never go out of date.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.

What I’m loving Wednesday…

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I discovered Too Faced Melted Metal liquid lipsticks the other day and couldn’t be happier with the formula and shade variety.


The 90’s foiled statement pout has made a comeback in the form of lustrous liquified metal.


Melted Metal is a multi faceted lip colour like you’ve never seen before.  It’s velvet smooth applicator makes light work of gliding on creamy metallic shine  that coats lips in fresh bursts of glazed colour without the sticky, heavy feel of similar liquid lipsticks.  


Debutante (far left) has to be my favourite shade.  A neutral peach that isn’t as coral-y on as it looks in the tube.  

Make-up Monday…

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Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow palette is an irresistible collection of shimmery, neutrals and smokey hues which is sweetly packaged in juicy peach packaging, for beauty addicts, it’s undoubtedly temptation at its best, but it’s £34 price tag may mean for some people, Sweet Peach is forbidden fruit.

Don’t despair if you’re a beautista on a budget, TAM Beauty brand I Heart Make-up London heard your calls for a purse friendly dupe of Too Faced Chocolate palettes, the Chocolate & Peaches palette, £8 is more like a straight up copy of Sweet Peach, the packaging, while a little plainer, is modelled to look like a peach bar of chocolate, with shades inside that are identical to it’s Too Faced counterpart.  


Something I Heart Make-up have included in their version is a double sponge applicator, the type of tool that’s usually discarded by many of us in favour of a professional brush, Too Faced Sweet Peach doesn’t include an applicator and the mirror inside is smaller than that of Chocolate & Peaches palette.  

Looking at both, the shades are almost the same the only difference is their position in the palettes.


This is the best dupe of Sweet Peach by Too Faced I’ve come across and £26 cheaper than the original.  

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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Maybelline New York have many exciting new launches just in time for Spring & Summer 2017…

You won’t be able to resist the all new Baby Lips balm crayons, their first colour crayon infused with moisturising oils that combine creamy, crisp colour and twelve hour hydration – and all in sleek, a twist-up stick!


If you love a good eye make-up look and like to experiment with different looks, you’ll fall in love with the City Minis palettes.  Each City Mini features six vivid shades that are perfect for creating custom eye make-up looks.  


Six highly pigmented palettes are available from street inspired Grafitti Pop shades to hazy Rooftop Bronzes and Chill Brunch Neutrals, to Urban Jungle olives and sparkly Girls Night Glimmer, City Minis have all your smoky Eye wishes covered!


For a pop of colour and a healthy glow, Master Blush is a beautifully curated collection of blush and highlighter shades in a versatile palette.  For vibrant and dimensional cheeks, Master Blush by Maybelline Facestudio features 3 blush shades and a pearlescent highlighter which allows you to blush your own way.


If you are looking to enhance or refine your cheekbones and want to speed up contouring, Facestudio brings you Master Contour V-Shape Duo stick. This is Maybelline’s first 2-in-1 stick that has been absolutely raved about! The 2 coloured twist-up bullet makes light work of contouring. Simply use the darker bronze side to define then illuminate with the highlighting side. Easy, peasy! 


This is an already much loved phenomenon, thanks to it’s creamy matte texture that delivers a sculpted look that lasts all day.


Not everyone is lucky enough to be blessed with a naturally perfect complexion, and if you seldom get blemishes, count yourselves very lucky indeed!  Those of us not so lucky never underestimate the power of a good concealer to camouflage our way to that insta-perfect canvas.  Enter Master Camo, a six-strong concealer palette that focuses on colour correcting.  Master Camo makes saying goodbye to redness, dark circles and dull areas possible thanks to the innovative colour correcting technique, once only reserved for make-up artists.  


Master Camo puts all the tools you need to correct, conceal and highlight in a New York minute in your hands!  The green shade is designed to neutralise areas of redness while the yellow shade will brighten tired looking under eye circles away.

And on a final note, don’t forget your brows this summer! Every beauty buff knows your eyebrows are the coat hangers for your face! With that in mind, if you’re looking for one easy to use product that will fill, fix and tame brows at the same time, look no further than Maybelline’s Brow Drama Pomade Crayons.  

The ultimate celebrity inspired sculpted brows can be yours in seconds by using this ultra blendable formula to fill in sparse areas of your brows and sketching in the direction of natural hairs.  

To find out more about these exciting products and more, visit the official MNY website! 

https://www.maybelline.com/

Make-up Monday…

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Rainbow, unicorn inspired everything is here to stay. It’s safe to say every cosmetics brand has dropped their own mythical version of the colourful craze. Lottie London are the latest company to come up with their own dreamy rainbow highlighter called Mermaid Glow, available at Superdrug stores.  

TAM Beauty, the company behind Make Up Revolution, Freedom and I Heart Make Up have come up with their Unicorns Heart, which they have gifted to I Heart Make Up. Unicorns Heart is the dreamiest, pastel shimmery rainbow highlighter that is boxed in the shape of a heart.

Essence Cosmetics are another brand to embrace all things technicolor and glowing, they have bought out not one but two variations of the make-up must have that sent the Internet crazy. Prismatic Rainbow boasts four vivid shades of red, orange, yellow and blue. Blossom Dreams is a calmer take on the rainbow with its spectrum of 5 pastel shades. 



Bitter Lace Beauty, the Etsy store that stepped up the glow game with the handmade rainbow highlighters that swiftly sold out, is believed to have sown the seeds of the rainbow revolution. Any make-up maestro and beauty addict knows highlighting is the gateway to that perfectly on-point glow.


Beauty junkies have bid up to a thousand dollars on eBay for the original Prism highlighter from Bitter Lace Beauty, which has a waiting list of up to ten months for people wanting to get their spectrum glow from their Etsy store.  


If you can’t wait for your unicorn shimmer fix, rest assured, there are some fantastic dupes starting to emerge on the wider market, thanks to the likes of Lottie London, TAM Beauty, Essence and even Forever 21!