Make-up Monday…

Autumn Fashion, AW17, Beauty & Fragrance, Colours, Cosmetics Collections, Popular Culture, Retail

Something rather exciting is causing a stir online, thanks to its beautiful bold colours.  BH Cosmetics have just launched quite possibly the only eyeshadow collection you’ll ever need.  Studio Pro Ultimate Artistry has 42 super pigmented shades, yes, 42! This power packed palette has a shade to suit just about anyone – and there is a mixture of finishes: velvety mattes, shimmers, duo-chromes, metallics and soft shimmer shades.  

Thanks to the BH Cosmetics website, we’ve got an idea of what some of these beautiful eye colours look like, and they are stunning!

Whether you’re a colour buff who loves to experiment with bold eye shades, or you like an earthier, more natural toned look, Ultimate Artistry beholds your brand new colour crush for your best eye make-up creations yet!

The palette itself has sleek, professional looking packaging like a make-up artist’s kit.  The only thing it lacks is a mirror inside the lid.  The eclectic rainbow of shades and finishes more than make up for the absence of a mirror.

What’s more, the price point of BH Cosmetics palettes isn’t as steep as the likes of Urban Decay, Violet Voss, Kat Von D and other brands that make beautiful eye palettes.  Studio Pro Ultimate Artistry retails for around $19.99, around £15 in the UK and can be ordered here:


Midweek Mani Inspirations…

Autumn Fashion, AW17, Beauty & Fragrance, Colours, Cosmetics Collections, Drugstore Brands, Fashion, Nail Polish Collections, Nails, Popular Culture, Retail

Do you like neutral nail colours that have an element of individuality about them…? If you love looking for the perfect modern nude nail, you’ll love Essie’s Wild Nudes collection.  Inspired by the outdoors during the Fall season, the 9 shades in this super collection pack plenty of rich creamy colours that are edgy and bang on trend for AW17.

Go back to nature… in style.  When adventure calls, disrobe, disarm and totally charm everyone with these new nudes; from light gray, to khaki, to dusty purples and camel shades, this collection captures the element of autumn in a way no other nail polish collection has before!          

Without A Stitch is a clean light gray inspired by all things slate and clay coloured 

 Accentuate your full, round moon in this pale shadowy blue with a black undertone. Mooning is the perfect muted pale shade to compliment the colours of a Fall sky.      

Strip down to nothing but this mossy green with a subtle white overcast, show the world your true colours in Exposed.

Truth or Bare – why choose? Dare to wear this trusty light cinnamon brown with a hint of red and you can have the best of both worlds!

Skin is in! This sumptuous sienna is all the fashion you need! Clothing Optional.

To win is no sin – this dark, dusty purple with a gray undertone loves to get your Winning Streak on.

Skinnydip! Take the plunge in this light peach with a hint of black.  Nude is so very naughty but oh so very nice.

Bare With Me – let’s get naked! You’ve got nothing to lose but your inhibitions in this apricot cast with a hint of gray.

The collection’s namesake, Wild Nude, is an untamed, sexy fierce light tan with a wash of white that’s anything but plain and bland! Walk on the wild side in this wild nude!

Bold yet natural, watercolour landscape hued but never wishy-washy, you’ll zen out looking at Autumn’s new nudes that will beautifully compliment all of your stylishly cosy ensembles.  And we just found another reason to love Autumn.

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…

Follow Primark on Instagram @primark 

Beauty Secret Sunday…

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Every once in a while, you’ll be rummaging around in good old Boots when you stumble upon an up and coming new brand which has been co-created with thousands of women.  

Your Good Skin is the latest brand exclusive to Boots, and it is one of the newest skincare discoveries of Autumn/Winter 2017.   

The brand focuses on finding balance.  We all need to achieve balance in our lives, throughout our work, home, families and relationships, the same applies to your skin.  A balanced complexion is beautifully healthier and more radiant, giving you the confidence to feel as good on the outside as you do on the inside.  

Your Good Skin’s brand new range has been developed in partnership with some top dermatologists who really know their stuff!  Formulated with every skin type in mind, their star product: Balancing Skin Concentrate has been proven by a large portion of women to visibly improve the health of your skin in 28 days. Whatever your skin concern, your skin will feel smoother, have an overall more even tone and appear clearer and more radiant over the course of 28 days.  

95% felt their skin was smoother
95% said their skin was softer 

81% noticed a more even skin tone

85% said their complexion appeared brighter

90% noticed their skin was visibly healthier

77% said they had less visible skin problems

Your Good Skin products are powered with skin-nourishing goodies like antioxidants, Vitamin C and Green Tea, and have been designed to work in harmony with your skin.  Used twice a day, they cleverly adapt to balance out skin differences over 28 days, and by skin differences they have thought of everything: oiliness, dryness, hormonal changes, texture, tone and radiance.  There is even a range of products available within YGS for sufferers of acne and oily skin which leads to annoying breakouts.  

Your Good Skin believe in bringing active treatments for problematic skin onto the market, for the thousands of women out there who aren’t blessed with problem free skin.  Their Active Treatment Tonic, aimed at people who are acne prone, is formulated to clear up breakouts while it prevents new ones from forming.  

There’s nothing more annoying than putting on a great face of make-up in the morning, only for it to be compromised by that 12pm oily nose!  YGS wants to change that; their mattifying Anti Shine Base Lotion and Immediate Shine Relief will show that midday shine who’s boss!

Beauty Sleep: wake up to nourished, healthy looking skin with ProVitamin Overnight Cream

Because Your Good Skin has been designed and developed with a community of 2000 women, all with differing skin types, these products are sure to sell like hot cakes at Boots!  To learn more about the exciting product range offered by YGS, visit their website:

Follow them on Instagram and enjoy #GoodSkinForLife … @yourgoodskin

Make-Up Monday…

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NARS are about to settle where life imitates art, with their massive new make-up collection for Holiday 2017.  

Francois NARS has taken a large chunk of inspiration from surrealist artist and photographer Man Ray as his muse, for quite possibly NARS’ most stunning colour cosmetic collection yet. 

The artist’s iconic works have been beautifully adorned onto the exterior of a handful of the NARS x Man Ray pieces, and the shades within each palette are just as chic. 

Glass Tears is a 6 strong collection of richly pigmented eyeshadows in smoky black, teal, olive, golds and rusts, the perfect eye shadow shades for Autumn/Winter 2017.

No matter how you play it, soft or smoky, the Love Game palette of 12 eye-catching matte and gilded shades will be right up your shadow street!

No filter needed with The Veil cheek trio. This cheek palette is all you need to contour, glow, and pop with buildable dimension.

Double your pleasure… because you can’t have too much of a good thing… introducing Love Triangles… a lipstick and blush duo housed in Man Ray’s rather pleasurable pyramid.  Love Triangles combine two universally flattering hues for lips and cheeks…

Love Triangle: Orgasm Lipstick & Orgasm Blush

Love Triangle: Dolce Vita Lipstick & Audrey Blush

Love Triangle: Rita Lipstick and Hot Sand Blush

Pink Grapefruit Blush will deliver the perfect pop of healthy glow throughout the sallow winter months.

Photogloss Lip Lacquers are the all new product in the mix and 4 shades are available.  A reddish hazelnut, a fuchsia, a burgundy and a golden shimmer, all of which boast a high shine formula.

Overexposed Glow Highlighter is embossed with Man Ray’s signature lips motif and is the perfect glow-getter for a flush of radiance!

NARS x Man Ray also features two eyeliner shades, Santiago (reddish brown) and Nagoya (deep purple).

Velvet Eyeliner in Santiago 

Velvet Eyeliner in Nagoya

Neutral lip lovers will fall head over heels for Audacious Gold Lipstick in Anita, the ultimate nude!

NARS x Man Ray launches at all NARS outposts, Nordstrom, Sephora and on their web site on October 6.  For more previews visit or follow NARS fantastic Instagram at @narsissist.

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

Faux fur coat: Stella McCartney

Gold Bag: Gucci

Tights: Cette at

Leopard print and gem detail Boots: Casadei at Farfetch

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

Black leather and faux fur biker jacket: Noir Kei at Net-a-Porter

Blue Satin shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker at Saks Fifth Avenue

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.

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!

My Favourite Product Midweek…

AW17, Beauty & Fragrance, DIY Health & Beauty, High Street Heroes, How To's, Nails, Retail, Tips

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: