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Serene block colours & simple accessories never go out of date.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

Summer Nail Spoiler Alert!

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Indulge in all the deliciousness of French patisseries this SS17, without all the calories… oui oui!

You won’t be able to resist six sweet Essie shades that will keep your mouth watering all summer long. 


Inspired by all the glittering confections of the finest Parisian cafes, the S’il Vous Play collection will take you on a whimsical journey through the chic streets of the city of style, decadence and love with soft pastels and a shimmering metallic that is absolutely delectable.



Anything with a Parisian theme or style has always drawn me in, and I know I’m not the only one attracted to the kitsch wanderlust of the city of lights.  Seeing this Essie collection is making me crave macarons, maintenant…



This soft iridescent sugar white will have you licking your lips all the way to the confiserie!


An irresistible lilac cream inspired by the tastiest macarons dans la Rue!


An unforgettable lavender pink foil that will remind you of the most frosty cake icing and the sweet namesake of this collection.  I’ll take the petit gateau avec Glacage Rose s’il vous plait!



Tres fondant of this sparkling apricot marmalade shade!

Romantic rose candy cream that will evoke all the passion of the city of love.


The prettiest pastel Parisian blue that says casual summer all over it!

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.  

Microbead Ban: The End Of Scrubbing As We Know It?

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In the latest of news stories about the environment, pollution and nature, MP’s in the UK have recently proposed a ban on microbeads found in numerous beauty products you probably use religiously in the morning and at night.  If you’ve always used a certain face exfoliator or toothpaste made with these tiny little scrubbing balls in you’re probably contemplating the ban on the beads and wondering if your products will scrub as good without them.

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The proposed ban probably won’t wash well with many beauty addicts but a typical squeeze of face scrub can release tens of thousands of tiny particles of plastic into our sewers, rivers and oceans, where they are being eaten by a menagerie of sea creatures.  It’s thought they can pollute the whole food chain and even end up back on our plates.  It’s a scary thought but people who eat shellfish and similar could also be consuming 11,000 tiny particles of plastic per year. Let’s not forget the damage to all of the unfortunate marine animals who unwittingly eat them too…

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It’s not just facial exfoliators that contain these tiny balls designed to scrub away dead skin cells and dirt.  Microbeads have been a key ingredient in many shower gels, body polishes and toothpastes for many years.  Any product designed to slough away dead skin is highly likely to contain them, even if they’re from brands that are thought to be cruelty free.  Canada has already enforced the microbead ban currently being proposed here for the same reason.

Let’s face it, we’re a nation obsessed with our appearance and billions of pounds is spent on beauty products and cosmetics alone every year.  When we’re using our face scrub or toothpaste in the morning, however, we rarely think of the long lasting effect their ingredients will have on the environment around us.  Greenpeace have the best philosophy when it comes to considering the effect on sea life and that’s simply the belief that something that’s used for a few minutes every day shouldn’t stick around in the environment for many decades.  The plastics used to make these tiny microbeads are a man made substance and do not degrade very easily.  Some common products that contain obvious plastic microbeads are in the spot-busting Clean & Clear range, if you’re a fan of this brand you may want to stock up on plenty of Morning Energy face scrub before the government pulls the plug on it’s exfoliating microbeads.  If and when the ban does go ahead, I’m sure plenty of environmentally friendly alternatives and DIY solutions will replace the hole in the exfoliating market, so don’t despair!

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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!

February Favourites!

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Today’s been kinda peaceful, filming material for both YouTube channels and chilling with my puppies watching catch up TV.  If you haven’t checked out my YouTube channels, I have a self-titled one which is mostly style and beauty and a more personal one which gives a more candid “behind the scenes” insight into what I’m doing when I’m not blogging.

Self Titled Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC1Bzs-6ToPETnmU_Wt7JxA

Very Vicky Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsroiHu4ew0suK63zLIm9CA

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Charlie, 3 and Perry, 5 months

Sometimes Charlie and Perry like to help their mom and it feels so good to involve two cute megastars!   Perry is now 5 months, he’s grown distinctively since the day we bought him home and has learned to climb up on the beds.  He’s a typical boy puppy and good at running off with shoes!

He was very interested in the making of today’s video, which is all about my favourite hair care, make-up and nail products this month…

 

Amongst my cosmetic favourites this month was a Bourjois gem that’s been around a good while but I’ve recently gone back to this, having tried it before.  Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation, £10.99 from Boots, has a decent coverage with built-in colour pigment technology.  With Yellow, Mauve and Green pigments, you can say goodbye to those dark circles, that dullness and those red blemishes!  It’s one of the best drugstore foundations I have used.

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I’ve also been talking about Pantone colours of the year and Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Polishes in Rose Hip and Blueberry are perfect matches for Rose Quartz and Serenity!  Today I’m wearing Blueberry with a glittery accent of Essence’s On Air! (Top picture).

I hope you’re enjoying watching these videos and subscribe to my channels if you want to see more style and beauty favourites!

 

 

 

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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