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Serene block colours & simple accessories never go out of date.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

Top 5 Travel Beauty

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Being as I’m about to embark on a weekend away, I thought I would share with you some essential tips on travelling light.  It’s not easy to do when you think about all of the things you can’t leave the house without, but one of the things I think is genius is swapping your generic 100-200ml product bottles for their mini me’s!

December/January Fashion & Beauty Favourites!

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Hello again!  Feels like it’s been an age since I last posted an update but if you follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or my other YouTube channel, Very Vicky, you’ll know I have a new bundle of joy keeping me on my toes!  Perry joined the family over the Christmas period and he’s proving to be a rather playful little boy, into everything and a lively little brother to Charlie.  He’s 13 weeks today and a tri-colour mini Jack Rusell.

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I’ve never owned a Jack Russell before and only looked after two for a friend, Perry’s energy knows no bounds and it’s the ultimate JRT trait, according to trusty Dogs 101!

I had a rather peaceful but busy Christmas making sure the puppy didn’t get into anything he shouldn’t like Christmas chocolates, etc but it was a rather memorable one too.

Today I got round to filming a long awaited favourites video for December and January which includes some goodies I got for Christmas plus make up and nail products from brands I love such as Orly and Models Own.  I also discovered the KIKO Cosmetics store that’s just opened at the Merry Hill Centre and I am so happy to finally be trying this terrific Italian brand.  There were KIKO stores across Europe and a recent opening in Birmingham too, but the store at the Merry Hill Centre has all the best of KIKO under one roof!  If you’re yet to try this brand, you’re in for a treat!

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Here’s today’s favourites video!

That just leaves me to say my thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues past and present of David Bowie. I was shocked to hear the news of his passing this morning at age 69.  What a sad loss to the music industry.  Bowie’s music, stage presence and general style will remain a huge inspiration for many bands, artists and all his fans worldwide and I’m sure his legacy will live on.  Sleep well, Starman x

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Drugstore Contour vs Simpler Strobing…

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I hope that my latest video will help you make sense of the world’s most intricate beauty trend, contouring.  I’m so fortunate to come across the Chisel Cheeks Contouring palette from Barry M.  Chisel Cheeks makes achieving the perfect sculpted glow as easy as 1,2,3 with a matte trio of highlight and bronze hues for the light and dark parts of your face.

If you’re not contouring, strobing is much simpler than this.  Strobing is highlighting parts of the face that catch the light the easiest with illuminator or highlight powder.  Strobing is lower maintenance and doesn’t involve as many steps as contouring.

I fell in love with strobing this summer and my NARS Illuminator in Silver Factory is a God-send, it delivers instant radiance and promotes that healthy glow.  MAC original Strobe Cream is also a great strobing illuminator so is Benefit High Beam, which has been nicknamed “supermodel in a bottle.”

Be sure to check out my spin-off YouTube channel, this has more snippets of life and cute Charlie and also what I’m up to, etc.  It’s called Very Vicky, here’s the link!  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsroiHu4ew0suK63zLIm9CA

The latest video on Very Vicky! https://youtu.be/rcfISOAounY

Outfit of the Day + Essence Cosmetics Mega Haul!

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In today’s video I thought I would share with you lot my absolutely rockin’ ensemble for a perfect autumn 2015 day.  I thought I’d give my River Island leather look Molly jeggings an outing in broad daylight as they’re normally reserved for the evening but they look effortlessly chic for a casual day with a good band or slogan t-shirt.  Moving on to t-shirts, I’ve always wanted a Ramones t-shirt and last week I finally found the Johnny, Joey, Deedee and Tommy tee of my dreams at Primark for £8.  There’s a lot of black in today’s look so I added a pop of colour with my plum skull scarf and burgundy Forever 21 rucksack which packs plenty of grunge fringing.  I’m loving berry, plum and burgundy and they really own the runway and high-street at this time of the year!

I also took the opportunity to tell you about Europe’s No1 cosmetic brand on the market.  There are many reasons why Essence Cosmetics is the top beauty phenomenon on the continent and in the UK.  I’m glad I heard about this brand last year and I think I have reviewed some of their products before.  Think up to the minute eye and lip make-up trends and an effortless salon-quality manicure in your own home, and all starting from one pound!

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If you’re nowhere near a Wilko store that stocks Essence goodies, however, just visit http://www.essence.eu.

I hope you’re all enjoying my videos and if you’re on YouTube, feel free to subscribe to my channel for some cool style and beauty bytes like this one!

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Top 5 Holy Grail Skincare!

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We’re officially in November and with winter fast approaching, it’s important to keep your skin nourished with the right treats for your skin type, as you do all year round.  In my latest vlog I talk about 5 of my favourite complexion correcting discoveries, some of which are fairly recent and some of which I’ve loved for a number of years.

If you take the right approach to looking after your skin and invest in products formulated for your skin type, your make-up will look ten times better with an evened out, radiant skin tone and your make-up will act as a beauty enhancer not an imperfection mask.  So here’s my rather descriptive narrative on my favourite skincare products and apologies for the “screech” noise at 0:58, someone else is obviously very excited about the best beauty treats ever, too!

Products mentioned:

La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Gel – available at Boots stores

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Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Cleansing Water – available at Boots Stores and on Feel Unique

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Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful CC Superfluid – available at Boots

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Weleda Iris Hydrating Facial Lotion – available on http://www.luckyvitamin.com and Feel Unique

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REN Vita Mineral Daily Supplement Mousturising Cream – available at selected department stores (Selfridges in Birmmingham has a REN concession), Feel Unique (www.feelunique.com) and some Marks and Spencer stores stock REN goodies too, the tube shown in my video was a freebie with InStyle magazine.

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Hello liner lovers…Feline Flicks… made easy!

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Since discovering Pinterest a year and a half ago I have been amazed by all of the mood boards full of some rather useful life hacks.   The most common form of DIY style and beauty inspirations are created out of everyday household items so dirt cheap and bog-standard you couldn’t see their capabilities beyond their intended purpose.

I had to try one of the easiest beauty hacks around and decided to have my first try in front of the camera.  Girls, if your Winehouse-esque eyeliner flick hasn’t quite gone to plan, this video will transform how you line!

I am pretty impressed with my first attempt, but note the gaps!  If you get gaps you probably weren’t brave enough but the guided flick shape will make it miles easier for you to join it all up.  I am so chuffed with today’s mini beauty haul I had to mention my Revlon and REN goodies, too!

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This picture suggests you could also use Scotch Sellotape as a makeshift eyeliner stencil, but masking tape is the skin-friendlier beauty addicts’ secret weapon.  For thicker winged liner looks, you could try thinning strips of masking tape with your scissors and sticking a strip in a horizontal line from the inner corner of your eye right to the outer corner, gradually going up diagonally.

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I can’t get over how affordable and easy to obtain masking tape is and I was able to get 4 rolls for £1 at a discount store today.  It’s a jack-of-all trades capable of more than just DIY and art crafts; it can also be your best friend if you do your nail art at home!  What better way to help you gague out the ideal French manicure tip!

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If you’re about to pick up a roll, be it for nail art, or that sought after winged eyeliner, good luck!

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