Mani Monday…

Beauty & Fragrance, Colours, DIY Health & Beauty, Fashion, High Street Heroes, Nails, Popular Culture, Retail, SS17, Style & Beauty Gives Back, Tips

If you’re looking for a good quality, long lasting gel nail polish range that doesn’t cost the earth, look no further than Barry M!

Their Gelly Hi Shine nail paint range delivers a diamond shine finish in one coat, for just £3.99 a bottle.

Very highly pigmented and chip resistant, they’ll outshine other polish formulas when it comes to longevity and shine.

Gelly Hi Shine nail paints are available at Boots, Superdrug and at http://www.barrym.com in an endless variety of colour popping shades. This is one gel nail range that’ll have you spoilt for choice.

What’s more, Barry M’s products are vegan friendly and cruelty free, so you can polish your talons and your halo, safe in the knowledge no bunnies were hurt in the making of such bright, glossy goodness!

Make-up Monday…

Beauty & Fragrance, Colours, Cosmetics Collections, DIY Health & Beauty, Fashion, High Street Heroes, How To's, Popular Culture, SS17, Tips, Uncategorized

Only Nineties kids will remember applying their lipstick and kohl in the back of a cab, or on the Tube, a little cag-handed and rarely with a mirror to hand. Make-up looked lived-in, and messy in a special glam-rock way. If you could channel Debbie Harry's midnight kebab stop look on a Saturday night, you oozed some serious cool.

Fast forward to today's massively digitally influenced rituals, think Kardashian contour videos and 12-step smokey eye tutorials, which have gone some way to producing symmetrical, predictable faces that look almost fem-bot.

Thankfully, AW17 is set to see something of a false-perfection backlash. Why not take a break from obsessive blending and precision, and go for something a little rough around the edges… yep, crap-plication is the newest emerging beauty trend!

Distressed Kohl…

Pile a kohl liner all around and into your lash lines, taking it outward until it looks like an undone Bardot wing. You can easily achieve this in seconds by smoking out the kohl with a small smudger brush.

For a darker, more dramatic take on this look, you can break up the black using an eyeshadow brush to paint any excess over the lids and outwards for a sooty halo. Rubbing the lids with your finger adds more destruction. Apply some black mascara for lash definition. Keep lips bare and natural.

Kohl picks…

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Gel Crayon in Back To Black, £4.99

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean,
£5.50

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Black Velvet, £15.50

Socket to them…

Vibe? Applied in the back of a car that drove over a speed bump. Generously trace your top lashes with some bright pot eyeliner with your eyes closed. Then, open wide while the liner is still wet. Hey, presto, half the colour will transfer into your creases. Line your bottom lashline equally as thick, but don't join up the lines at the corners. To avoid a clown face, strip back the rest of your make-up. A bit of leftover looking lip stain is all you need.

Bold pot eyeliner picks…

MAC Chromaline pot eyeliners in Hi-Def Cyan and Primary Yellow, £16.50 each – you could blend these two together for a fun looking "pea-soup" shade!


Stila Smudge Pot in Electric Blue £13

NYX Gel Liner and Smudger in Teal, £8

Steamed Liner …

This swampy eye look is meant to look like you slept with your eyeliner on. Alternatively, apply a generous amount of pot or pencil liner along the lower lash line and dot the same colour between the top lashes. Fuzz the lower line downwards with a smudger brush, so it looks like you've been in the sauna with your make-up on. Dabbing some metallic pigment powder in the same colour on top of the lines will set them and add some depth. Skip mascara, and brush your brows upwards with brow gel. Good morning!

Steamed Liner Picks…

Smashbox Always On Gel Liner in Baller, £18

MAC Pigment in Emerald Green, £16

Max-Cara…

To paraphrase Dolly Parton, it takes a lot of effort for mascara to look this cheap. Curl your lashes and then paint your lashes almost individually with the tip of your wand, blobbing on the colour and then separating the lashes. Do this repeatedly until you think you're done, then apply more. To finish off, drag the wand back and forth through your lashes. Now do all this again with your lower lashes!

Max-Cara picks…

NYX Coloured Mascara, £6

Kiko Smart Coloured Mascara, £5.90

Snogged Off…

Remember being 16 and being able to kiss for two hours straight before appearing with the most beautiful, rebellious looking stained lip? Well, this is what you're going for now. Use your finger to press a matte lipstick onto your lips, then blot this to create the stained look. If you want to blur the edges, an eyeshadow brush is ideal. To make lips look licked, top with a clear gloss in the centre. Alternatively, slick on one of the new glossy lip stains that do all this for you. Feel free to do the actual snogging, too!

Snogged Off Picks…

YSL Glossy Stain, £26

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, £7.99

What I’m loving Wednesday…

Beauty & Fragrance, Colours, Cosmetics Collections, DIY Health & Beauty, Fashion, Popular Culture, SS17, Uncategorized

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?

2015 Trends, 2016 & trends, Beauty & Fragrance, Colours, Cosmetics Collections, Creative Writing, Discontinued products, DIY Health & Beauty, Economics & Finance, Fashion, Fashion Does Good, Good Causes, How To's, Popular Culture, Style & Beauty Gives Back, Style Hunting, Tips, Uncategorized

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.

afacewash

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…

amicrofoodchainn.jpg

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!

amorningenergy

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Travel Beauty

2016 & trends, Accessories, Beauty & Fragrance, Cosmetics Collections, DIY Health & Beauty, Economics & Finance, Fashion, High Street Heroes, How To's, Luggage, Pattern & Print, Popular Culture, Retail, Tips, Travel, Uncategorized

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!

MUR Iconic Pro 2: Swatch Party & Review!

2015 Trends, 2016 & trends, Accessories, Art, Beauty & Fragrance, Celebrating, Celebrations, Colours, Cosmetics Collections, Designer Collaborations, DIY Health & Beauty, Economics & Finance, Fashion, High Street Heroes, How To's, Pattern & Print, Perfume, Popular Culture, Retail, Tips, Uncategorized, Vlogging, work and careers

aiconicpropalette

I know I am not the only blogger to constantly sing the praises of The Make-Up Revolution.  They pack the premium qualities of the most prestigious make-up products on the market, in fact, everything about their sell-out palettes is premium but the price.  I’ve picked up some of their bestsellers from Superdrug and I’ve also been click happy on their website!  My review on the Iconic Pro 2 palette makes it easy to see why this brand is a firm favourite amongst bloggers, make-up pros and general beauty addicts!

 

 

apropalette

It’s comparison to LORAC’s Pro 2 palette is bang on in terms of colours, however, it’s £6.99 dupe scores 1 or 2 points more in terms of overall impression because it has the professional brush and larger mirror the LORAC one doesn’t have.

acomparisonn

Most bargain palettes offer a sponge applicator I’d discard within a day in favour of a professional brush, well done MUR for taking note.  The fluffy end is ideal for base coverage all over the eyelid and the flat end is ideal for creating a look of definition.  The brush performs just as well as some of my Real Techniques and Lottie London eye brushes.

aiconictwo

This palette’s packaging is the type of sleek finish you’d expect to see from a backstage make-up artist and sturdy enough to hold a large mirror running the entire inside of the lid.  While not as decorative as some of it’s pricier counterparts, it’s professional presentation and performance as a versatile make-up product can’t be faulted.

Most of the bloggers I have been watching on YouTube of late have joined the Revolution and now, like me they are amazed with London’s best beauty phenomenon yet!

 

 

 

 

February Favourites!

2016 & trends, Accessories, Beauty & Fragrance, Celebrations, Celebrities, Colours, Cosmetics Collections, DIY Health & Beauty, Fashion, How To's, Nails, Popular Culture, Retail, Style Hunting, Tips, Uncategorized, Vlogging

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

aperryp[uppywallpapperr.jpg

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.

abourjoisonetwothreee

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!